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Install a loaded hard drive

I'm not a total newb, but this one's got me. I'm hoping this is easy and I'm making a stupid mistake. Please help or point me in the right direction. I have a new PC to which I want to add a slave hard drive. The slave drive that I want to add was the primary drive in my old PC.

I want to load the old drive into the new PC as-is (with the OS and all my files on it) but I can't get the PC to recognize the new drive.

Ideally I will be able to boot to either drive but that is not mandatory, just ideal.

I have a Windows XP P4 PC. The jumpers for both drives are in the right position. The Bios won't recognize the second drive and if I remember correctly the computer wouldn't post with the second drive installed. Incidentally, the old PC is a Windows XP P4 PC too.

When I do a fresh install I usually use the manufacturer's HD tool or load Windows from the CD and somehow, magically, both drives are recognized. I can't use the manufacturers HD tool (don't even know if it would work) because I the HDD in the old PC is a different make from the HDD in the new PC. I'm sure I'm missing a stupid step but I just can't get my new machine to take my old hard drive.

Any advice? Thanks for the help.


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Just one thing.

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Tell exactly how the jumpers on each device is set and if the cable type is 80 or 40 conductor. Nothing in your post tells if you are following the rules.


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My Config

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Good questions, I didn't think of them. When I first tried this I had the Primary drive jumpers set for Master and tried the secondary as Slave & Cable Select. At the time I had 40 wire cables. Now I have 80. Any ideas?



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With 80 conductor cables...

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Thanks for the help

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and the link. Going to try it again this weekend. Wish me luck. I must just have had the wrong combination of jumper settings, cables, etc. IDK.


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jumper to slave.

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Set your jumper to slave on the second drive.

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