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External Hard drive question.


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Scott123

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Well I lied, I actually have 2 questions.

1. I have my HD from my old computer and have an external case for it. I can access it and everything works fine, but it still has windows installed on it. Can I erase windows from the HD to clear up more room or do I need to keep it on there? My current computer has Windows XP.

2. I have my HD from a really old computer. It has Windows 98 installed on it. When I put this HD in the external case I can't access it. The drive works (ie spins in the case) It never shows up in Windows exploerer as a valid drive. I also tried "add new hardware" and got now where. Is there anything I need to do to so that this really old HD can be read with my new computer?

I don't have jumpers on either drive, can't find them to be honest with you, but I do have lots of wire if that could be used as a jumper.

Edited by Scott123, 21 December 2007 - 04:37 PM.

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1) You can wipe it. The installation on there doesn't matter so you can wipe it or leave it.
2) Some caddies require the drive to be set as a Master device. Some drives just don't want to know they're in a caddy.

For a jumper, if you have an older board that's no longer in use or is holding the door open, take the jumpers off that. They're universal. Failing that your local computer shop will probably give you a few for nothing.
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Thanks Neil :) I got rid of all my old stuff. I looked and found nothing. Pretty rare for a pack rat like me, so it look like I have to find a local computer store and see if they can spare a jumper.
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