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Using a laptop drive in a desktop as storage disk


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:17 PM

Hi, my bosses Sony Vaio recently started going to BSOD on boot up with following error: C0000218 \systemroot\system32\config\software. I thought I'd just do a Windows reload, but his CD/DVD Rom is dead also. I had to get him up and running, so I set up an older desktop we had around. He now wants/needs his old emails and data so I thought I'd take the hard drive from the laptop and slave it in the desktop. Got the adapter and connected it onto the IDE cable that says "slave". When starting the desktop now, I get a disk error like the desktop is trying to boot from the laptop drive. I tried setting the desktop hard drive to "Master", but it still gives me the same error. There are no markings on the laptop drive for jumpers to force it to a slave. Any ideas on how I can get this drive to be recognized as just a storage drive so I can get his data off? I've thought of getting an external CD/DVD drive and try reloading that way. Thanks for any help.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:22 PM

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What is the make and model number on the hard drive?


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:44 PM

The laptop drive is a Toshiba HDD2183 (I think)(maybe a MK6021GAS), 60GB.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:59 PM

To put this model into slave mode, put a jumper over pins A & B as shown in this diagram:

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:26 PM

That worked!!!! Thank you.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:36 PM

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:40 PM

MrBruce1959 - thank you for your quick reply :)

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:52 PM

MrBruce1959 - thank you for your quick reply :)


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