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How can i use 2+ hard drives?


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averysadman

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I recently got my hands on a couple of old win 98/95 pc's. Iv got one of them working again, then noticed that it had a 16GB hard drive, (the computer that i already have ((win98)) has a 5GB hard drive)
I connected the second HD up to my pc perfectly, all of the connections fitted and when i turned the tower on i could hear both HDs spinning happily.
However i couldnt get my pc to read the second HD. It didnt show up in My Computer, nor did it show up when i scanned for it (in add/remove hardware) I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to get this thing to work, as 16GB extra would really be conveniant. Please note that the second HD has a different OS (win95)
Thanks in advance.
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Hello averysadman

Welcome to G2G! My name is Oreo Collas and I'll be helping today. Please be sure that you print or copy all of the instructions to a document on your desktop as many of the directions may require you to log into Safe Mode or unhook your internet connection.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure to read through all the directions and make sure that you understand them completly before doing any thing. If there is something that you do not unsderstand then let me know and I will elaborate. Skipping steps, working out of order, or working ahead of the directions may cause undesireable results.

We will need some more information
If this is a name brand system:
Make
Model
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space



If this is custom then We will need the following:
The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/ SATA
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots
Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing.
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With that old of a system, you are most likely going to have to set the hard drive jumpers for master (for the first one) and slave for the 2nd one.
There is usually diagrams on the drive. If not, you may have to do a search at the manufacturers web site for that model of drive.
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My computer is a complete hybrid freak, consisting of half british, half french parts. Can you specify where i can find the exact make etc of each part you need to identify?
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Well, 123Runner is most likely right in what he is saying. If you take your hard drive out of your computer and look at the back of it (Where the connectors are.) you chould see a bunch of pins. On the top of the hard drive it should tell you what jumper settings you have to set. You want to set your primary hard drive as master and your secondary hard drive as slave. If you have trouble finding this out I can go into more detail on how to set your jumper settings.
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