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Used hard drive on old computer


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#1 jeeep

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:14 PM

Hello, I work in a lab that has several old computers laying around with no hard drives. One of my co-workers brought in some used hard drives that work and I would like to know what I need to do to the hard drives so that they can install on the old computers. Any insight would be much appreciated. Thank you

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:37 PM

First thing is make sure their compatible-are they IDE or sata, and are the old computers IDE or SATA? most likely IDE, in which case physical installation is easy-just plug in the IDE ribbon and power cable. And double check the jumper-there will be a little jumper pin somewhere on it, if its the only drive on the Ribbon, you can set it as either C/S or Master and it will work-if there are multiple drives, you will need to select one as master and the other as slave. If the drives and computers are SATA, you dont have to mess with the jumpers at all-simply plug in the sata power and the sata cables to the approrpriate spots.

After that, you will have to find the Operating system discs for the computers, and install the OS you wish to use. If your using windows, you will need the original discs for each computer or new OSes and keys. If your using a version of linux, then you can use one disc all around.

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