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Replacing A Hard Drive


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#1 eminentgonz

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 05:18 PM

My hard drive recently died on me, so I replaced it with a different one. The issue, though, is that the new drive (I only use one at a time) automatically defaults to slave drive whether I set the cable to slave or master (which is what it says in the BIOS). I'm now unable to do a fresh install of Windows XP, I can only assume, since there is no master drive on the machine. I'm more of a software guy, but I know some hardware and I seem to remember this being a common problem. How do I attempt to fix this?

I use a stadard IBM-based PC.

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#2 JPHarvey

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 05:23 PM

It may be a setting in your BIOS. Is the new hard drive SATA or IDE, and what type was your old HDD?

I had similar problems getting my SATA drive to work - you need to ensure that the SATA drive is connected to the correct port (port 1) for it to be set as master.
If it is IDE, make sure the jumper at the back is set to master (there should be a diagram on the HDD to show you how it needs ot be arranged) and that the IDE ribbon is connected to the correct IDE port on the MoBo...

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#3 eminentgonz

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 05:55 PM

I THINK both were IDE. The old one was a Seagate U Series 9, and the new one is a Quantam Fireball.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 06:01 PM

Well, like JPHarvey was saying, make sure the one you want to boot from has it's jumper set to Master, and the other one is set to Slave. Then plug the master into the end connector and the slave into the middle connector on the data cable.
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Posted 16 August 2006 - 10:22 AM

Yup, it was the jumper. Thanks.




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