I have had two Seagate EIDE HDs operating as slave & master in my system for some time now. Bought a new WD Caviar Blue 500GB and used Acronis True Image WD Edition to clone the C:\ successfully. Powered down and changed the jumpering and drive positions on the ribbon so that the new drive is master and the old system drive would be the slave.
The system won't start, it stops at the 1st screen where we press DEL to enter CMOS. The drives are listed correctly, new HD being primary, the old HD being secondary. Eventually it says the drive failed.
Swapping the drives back the system starts and operates normally. We can explore the new drive and it is a mirror image of the original C:\.
I set up the new drive as a master on it's own and it starts fine and seems to operate normally.
Connected the old drive as slave and no go. Connected the old slave drive and still no go.
System is a AMD Athlon 1.92Ghz 1Gb Ram Windows XP pro
Thanks for your help.