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how to slave a hard drive

by MikeTamborrino / March 21, 2007 11:13 PM PDT

I recently bought a Dell with Vista. My old pc runs on Win98. I'd like to transfer some files over - just word and excel docs, a few Jpgs and PDF's. Would "slaving" accomplish this? I'm not a techie. Is this difficult?

Thanks!

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A story to start with.
by Kees Bakker / March 22, 2007 1:44 AM PDT

A friend of mine recently (just a month ago) had a good tech (the friend said) install his new computer and he (the good tech) transferred the files also. I don't know how he did it, but something went wrong, the (old) hard disk crashed and he (the friend) lost everything (like six years of his chess games). Even the good tech couldn't get it back. Sorry.

And he didn't have a backup. If he had had so, he could simply have restored the data from the backup to his new PC without any need to slave the disk.

Where's your backup?

Viable alternatives to slaving for you:
1. USB-stick (they are still being sold with Windows 98SE drivers)
2. Burn to cd (if your old PC has a cd-burner or you dare to open the case and connect one)
3. Local network/direct cable connection (if your old PC has a network card or you dare to install one)
4. External hard disk (if you've got Windows 98SE and at least one USB port, preferably 2.0) - don't forget to format it as NTFS if you're done with this job, so you can you can safely use with Vista.

And if you haven't done so already, better start thinking about backing up the data on your new Vista PC.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Yes, slave it.
by strickjh2005 / March 26, 2007 9:13 AM PDT

Then use the slave as a back up for everything. IF you have 98 you will most likely not be able to use any usb drives. External drives are expensive and a cat cable doesn't work with 98 because 98 sucks.

Open the computer, add the second drive in one of the bays, add the power cable and IDE cable and make sure it is set to slave. If the computer doesn't book its because you didn't set the primary as master.

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how to set up slave drive
by The.Duke / December 22, 2009 3:56 AM PST
In reply to: Yes, slave it.

Ok this may sound stupid but how do you set it as a slave I'm a newbie and can you have the old drive that has the OS on as the slave

Thanks for the help in advance

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Jez
by aux6 / December 26, 2009 5:37 AM PST

you don't need to slave the HD coz that's a lot of work.Why not get a flashdrive and copy and paste.dont worry cause it comes with an installer for 98

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by n1c3m4n / December 28, 2009 3:13 PM PST

u can see the jumper .. between IDE slot n POWER slot. there're an instruction to there on the HDD

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