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#1 shinji1146

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 04:43 PM

i have a old about 2 gb hard drive that has been sitting around and i was wondering if a could put it on my comp as a slave drive for backup purposes. can someone guide me through the process?
ill post with the hd specs later.

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 07:08 PM

Slaving a hard disk drive on an IDE cable, a primer:

All IDE hard drives have jumpers (fig 1). These jumpers dictate to the system where the hard drive is (that is master or slave) in conjunction with their actual position on the IDE cable.

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Step 1: Find the manual for your model of hard drive (either the manual that came with the drive or online) and find the appropriate Jumper Settings section. Use the settings for Slave listed in the manual to set the jumpers on your hard drive. (Note the settings are sometimes also listed on the hard drive itself, but not always)

Step 2: Mount the hard drive in your computer below the master hard drive (Fig 2)


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Two Hard Drives mounted within a case. The Lower drive is
the slave, the upper is the master

Step 3: Connect the Master drive to the end connector of the IDE cable. Connect the slave drive to the middle connector on the IDE cable. (Fig 3)

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You're done! Post back with any questions/issues that you still have.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:12 PM

okay i have done all of that and it works fine, but i do not know what to do because i had to remove the drive due to a thermal error. since its removal, the BIOS says that it couldnt find the primary (1) drive. i then press f1 and it boots up as normal. how can i fix this?

i also need to format the drive. how do i do that?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 07:05 PM

For your first question, we'll need to know the make &model of your motherboard.

You second question is easier. In Windows XP & 2000, right-click on My Computer, and click on Manage from the menu. In the left-hand pane of the window that appears, click on Disk Management. This will diplay a representation of all your disk drives. Select the drive you wish to use (note: do not touch the drive marked as "(System)"):
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The drive may need to be initialized, in which case right-click on the drive and click Initialize.

Now you must Partition the drive. Right-click on the drive in question and select New Partition to launch the partition wizard. It will ask you how much of the hard drive's space you want to allocate for the new partition. If you choose not to use the full capacity of the drive for this partition, you can create other partitons later on with the remaining space. For now, with only a 2GB drive, just use the max. You'll be asked to assign this new drive a drive letter, assign it the letter you wish (that hasn't been taken by an existing drive). In the next step, the wizard will ask you to format the drive. You should leave the settings as they are (you can change the Volume Label if you like) and press next. Windows will now format your new drive under the assisgned drive letter.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 08:59 AM

It appears that your boot drive isn't your primary master - that's why the error occurs and it will let you boot.

Setting the controller for the removed drive to "None" in the BIOS should eliminate this message. But, should you ever decide to redo the system I'd suggest restructuring the setup so that you boot drive is your primary master.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 07:11 PM

okay. i have resloved those problems with the drive. i just had my computer crash on me but not because of the new drive. somwthing to do with my printer. thanks alot guys. now i just need to format the drive and im done!

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:51 AM

Windows: Congradulations! You have successfully repaired Windows from a major error just in time for the next major...

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 06:50 PM

ha! thats funny!




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