My system is old , the least I should do is get some more RAM but I am amazed at what I have been capable of getting by with. The reason it crashed was many faceted. I downloaded a toolbar trojan Mdjx or something and everything went bad from there after I downloaded AVG antivirus., It is too much for my system to handle. Then Real player became an issue and then while using Recording studio software it crashed and that was just about the end of it. I am looking for a used dual core and am looking into ways I could run two old systems side by side . Not sure If I could run one on XP and one on Windows7 and have one monitor but it sure would help .
Anyway yes I did try and boot the slave HD as a primary by switching the cable plugs but it wouldnt detect it . I am leery of playing around like that again as when it does boot up after being jammed it really makes noise and I fear one of the drives could fail. You know I have an old Maxtor HD that probably still works . Its a SATA so I will probably give that a try just to see if it still works seeing I have another slot open. I just need some insurance to keep the system up and running. As long as I can keep one of two bootable drives working I can always fix the other. Eventually I will build another system from scratch . I saw a motherboard and processor for 100$ on the Sunday Frys deals. Funny how Apple has one part of the equation but it''s the PC tower that has more interchangeable parts and a layperson can work their way up in hardware assembly experience. Getting my hands on some old systems and working on them would be a good learning experience. I rebuilt my 8100 when the motherboard went. Salvaging is fun.