Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:04 PM
Is the second drive connected to the same IDE cable as the hard drive in the new system?
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.
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.)
Note inserting a second hard drive will 'bump' your CDROM/DVD drive(s) down a letter (actually one letter for each partition on the second drive) so if your CDROM was originally "E:" it will now probably be "F:". This can causde a problem for some software and you may want to use the Drive Manager in XP to set the CDROM back to its original letter.
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