Your second drive is a Hitachi Deskstar 80GB, specs sheet here.
There are two different ways of setting up the two hard drives on an IDE channel sharing the same cable:
The original way used a 40 pin cable and the drives were jumpered as Master (MA) and Slave (SL). It does not matter which connector you use.
Faster IDE interfaces use an 80 pin cable and the drives can be jumpered either
as MA and SL or
both as Cable Select (CS). On this type of cable the Master drive must plug into the (black) end connector and the Slave drive plugs into the middle connector (grey).
You need to identify your IDE cable as 40 wire or 80 wire (Normally the 80 wire has different coloured connectors). If you have a 40 wire connector you must use the Master/Slave settings. If you have an 80 wire cable you can use either Cable Select settings on both drives
, or the Master/Slave settings.
The first partition on your Master drive becomes the C: drive.
Once the drive is connected correctly you must set the BIOS to detect it. Exact commands depend on what BIOS version you have - the easiest way is to set Primary Slave, Secondary Master and Secondary Slave to AUTO (Primary Master will already be set correctly because that's what your system boots off now.)
Older BIOS may not have an AUTO setting, there may be a seperate section for 'automatically detect Hard drive'. Even older BIOS won't have that but I don't think that's your situation.
Once the drive is correctly identified in the BIOS you can reboot and define a partition on the new drive using FDISK. I think you can do this from an MSDOS prompt but my own experience has always been working from a boot Floppy. Partitioning is where you decide into how many parts you want to split your hard drive (probably 1) and what file system it should use FAT16, FAT32, NTFS etc (for Win9x system choose FAT32).
DO NOT run FDISK options until you are satisfied you are working with the correct drive. (If you FDISK your system drive its bye bye system.) Choose the option to view the current partition information and make sure it's not the drive with Windows on it before you make changes.
After the drive is partitioned then you need to reboot again and at this point the drive will have a logical drive letter (probably "D:")
At an MSDOS prompt you then type FORMAT D:
(for a data drive)
When the format has finished close the MSDOS window and D: should be available for use under 'My Computer'.
The definitive reference would be here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;255867
Edited by Rimmer, 08 November 2005 - 02:38 AM.