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Adding a SATA Hard Drive

by Cessena / June 22, 2005 4:55 AM PDT

I recently had to get a whole new computer because my old one kept breaking. I would like to put my old Hard Drive in as a slave just to get some of the information off of it. Both Hard drives are SATA connections, and both have windows XP installed on them. How do I put my old Hard Drive in as a slave so that the computer doesn't boot off of it?

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(NT) (NT) You set what boot device to use in the BIOS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2005 5:06 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) There is no master/slave relationship with SATA drives
by jcd / June 23, 2005 1:20 AM PDT
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Look at the motherboard
by jackintucson / June 23, 2005 3:41 AM PDT


Look at the motherboard where the SATA drives are connected. Each connection is numbered. Usually starts with a zero. Make sure your "boot" drive is in the lowest number and the 'old' drive is in a higer number. POST will look at this sequentially at first.

Or, as your computer is POSTing (before the Windows logo appears, your screen should give you a chance (however small) to enter setup... usually by pressing the <delete> key several times during this initial start-up phase. Once you are in setup... you will see the opportunity to change the boot sequence. Select your desired drive here and continue the boot-up process. Let us know, OK?


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