Tiffanie you can attach the drive from your computer as a secondary drive to your parents computer. Does the ribbon cable that attaches the drive have a second connector? That is where you would attach it. You also have to attach the white connector with four wires like on the other drive, but you probably know that because you already attached it. That is the power cable. There may be a tiny connector with now wires near the power connector that allows you to set it to Slave or Master. You should set it to Slave. The setting for this should be shown on the hard drive near the little connector (called a DIP jumper).
When you install it as the secondary drive you will be able to acces your files, but not the programs that you installed on your computer. You will be able to find mp3's, pictures, Word documents, and other files in D:\Documents and Settings\(yourusername)\My Documents folder where D is the drive letter the computer assigns you.
Good luck and remember you can always do a search for the file you are looking for.
First off, I know some tech stuff, but not much. Please forgive me if Im wrong about anything.
Well, my computer just died. I had a friend check it, he said the power supply was shot (only certain things getting power). When I turn the computer on only the floppy drive turns on and nothing else. Its an HP Pavilion 743c and almost 4 years old. I think a storm/lightning strike nearby caused this problem.
Do you think its worth it to try to fix the computer? Or should I just wait and get a new one?
If I dont fix it I was hoping to be able to put the hard drive on this computer (this is my parents computer). As a second hard drive. Can I do this? What would it be like? Could I make it like it was two different computers (like logging on to our seperate hard drives)?
I have attached the hard drive to this computer (replacing the hard drives) and it acted like it was going to boot up, but on the screen it said something about something missing. I know I need to configure it somehow. But I want to do it as a second drive.
Can anyone explain how to do this or point me in the right direction on instructions and information? I just didnt know where to start looking.
Sorry thats so long and jumbled up. Thank you for your time!