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Stealing Cd Drive And Floppy Drive From Old Pc Help!


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#1 eilujam

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:05 PM

I recently bought an ACER PC because my HP PC HD died. My new PC came with 1 cd drive and no floppy... I would like to transfer them from the old dead PC. Would this be hard? What info do you need to help me? Please tell me where to find this info too! LOL I kinda know what I am doing and I can follow directions pretty well... Thanks!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:42 PM

Hello,

This is a fairly straight forward procedure, first and foremost does your new PC have the space for the drives? to find this out you will need to inspect the case to see if there are two spare bays.
Next you need to see if there are spare connection cables in the case that fit the interface of the drive, (make sure the system is off and take care not to alter anything)

Does the system have room?
Does the system have the connection cables?
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:58 PM

There is room in the case there is an empty cd bay and room for the floppy under the card reader.

Connection cables:
You are talking about from the power supply yes?

System have room? Don't know what you mean.



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Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:51 AM

The cables you will need should hopefully already be inside, look for a cable that resembles http://img.zdnet.com/techDirectory/_RIBCAB2.JPG
and a cable that resembles http://www.cablesdirect.com/prodimages/CC2121P_LR.jpg thefirst picture is that of a ribbon cable that will handle data transfer, the second picture is the power connector that the drive will need.

Have you removed the drives from the old system yet?
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 11:23 AM

If you do have room for a second cdrom drive, make sure the cdrom from the old pc to is set to slave when you install it.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:06 PM

OK this is starting to sound like I need someone who knows what they are doing to do it for me! LOL
I know what you mean by slave drive but I couldn't even imagine how to do it.
I have changed out my ps in my old system so I can do plugs but any farther than that I think I will get in TROUBLE! LOL

Anyone in Groton, CT wanna come help me out?



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Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:33 PM

On the back of the CD/DVD and hard drives is a series of pins. [::::] There is a small piece of plastic, called a jumper, that goes over a pre-selected pair of pins. The diagram for the position is either stamped on the metal case or printed on a sticker. If you bite your fingernails and can't grip the jumper, you can use a pair of tweezers to pull it out if it needs changing. If you can change a power supply, you can do this. My only concern is the floppy drive. You'll notice the connector is slightly smaller. If your new machine didn't come with a floppy drive, there might be a chance that it does not have the connector for it on the motherboard. You will have to look and see
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:37 PM

Anyone in Groton, CT wanna come help me out?

Offer usasma a cookie and gas money :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:53 PM

OK this is starting to sound like I need someone who knows what they are doing to do it for me! LOL
I know what you mean by slave drive but I couldn't even imagine how to do it.
I have changed out my ps in my old system so I can do plugs but any farther than that I think I will get in TROUBLE! LOL

Anyone in Groton, CT wanna come help me out?


If this 60+ old bird could do it (and I did), you can do it! garmanma's instructions for changing to slave are spot on. Now when I did mine, bear in mind that I am a master of overkill. I drew diagrams of what plugged into what and all that before taking anything apart. I drew little arrows in my drawings to remind me to have the colored edge of the cable pointing the same way it was before I pulled anything apart. I "mapped" where the power plug goes before I unplugged the old one. If I'd had a digital camera at the time, I'd have taken pictures....from all sides. But I did it!!!! You think this is hard? Just wait 'til you have to change out a stubborn heat sink. LOL!

If you absolutely need a floppy drive and it won't work in your case, you can always look into buying an external floppy. They may even make external cases for the floppy you have. (I think I've seen those.) I don't think either are too expensive.

If you get frustrated or scared, just walk away for awhile. You'll do fine. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 05:37 PM

Illustrated guides at: http://www.buildeasypc.com/hw/howto/instselectedhw.htm

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 12:23 AM

That last link is a HUGE help!!! I will try doing this tomorrow and will let you all know how it goes.
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 08:44 AM

Illustrated guides at: http://www.buildeasypc.com/hw/howto/instselectedhw.htm

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Thanks for the link, Louis.. One of the better ones
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

Easily done...I've added it to my Computer Help folder of links :thumbsup:.

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