Troy, on 22 August 2011 - 11:28 PM, said:
If you want to retrieve the data off the old one it will need to be connected as well as the new one connected up. This is where it gets a little tricky...
First things first. We are dealing with a device that plugs into the electric plug in the wall. So remove the power source!
The most important thing you will need to do is identify each drive, one as Master and one as Slave. This is set by using little jumpers over pins in between where the power and data cables connect. There should be a picture or diagram on each hard drive that shows the positions for this. Make one drive Master and the other Slave. This is so the computer knows how to talk to each hard drive separately and they will both show up in their own right as being connected.
The old IDE hard drives connect by a ribbon cable, it has one end plugged into the motherboard, and then two connection points at the other end because you can have two hard drives connected to the one cable. It looks like this:
And you will notice they have a keyed notch so the cable should only fit one way. So both of the drives will need to be connected with this cable. Also both of the drives will need power from your power supply. IDE Drives had a power connection that looks like this, the 4 pins on the right of each drive:
And the power cable is called Molex and looks like this.
Once everything is connected, let me know if you can see them both listed when you first turn the computer on (The "American Trends" page as you call it).
Do what troy said... that how you hook up a IDE hard drive! but before you do that write down the part numbers of you hard drives and make sure you know witch is the one with all the data we are going to need that later, this is assuming both of your drives have different part numbers!!!
after that download this
make sure you select the .ISO file and burn this to a CD this
make sure you pc is set for boot on CD first.
if you are not sure how to set your computer to boot from cd read this
before you boot up the PC.
once you have set this and insert the CD you will get this screen
select HDD that will bring you to a simulair screen and there you select disk cloning.
you will get will get 7 options to choose from, i normally use EaseUs Disk Copy (Disk Copy is totally free software that allows you to copy your disks or partitions regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme.)
have the program load and then click next.
after you clicked next you select disk copy (this will copy all of you data to the new drive)
the you will be prompted with a screen where you select you hard drives first you select you the drive with the data (you can see the part numbers on the screen make sure you select the right drive!!!! if you select the wrong drive
it will still clone but it will clone the empty drive and this will result in all of your data being deleted!!!!!
after you selected the right drive click next and select the target drive and click next.
this will take you too a confirmation screen double check if you selected the right drives and that you data disk is being cloned to the new and empty disk!
it will prompt a screen are you sure you want to clone (if not 100% sure you selected the right drives click NO)
this will start the cloning process it can take up to a couple hours to finish.
when its finished shut down the computer and take out the old hard drive.
put the new hard drive in the slot of the old hard drive and connect the cables, before you do this make sure the drive is set for "master" or "cable select"
make sure you use the information written on you hard drive and not the one on the picture since that is a example
once hooked you hooked this all up the right way boot up you pc and your problems should be solved without have to reinstall you OS (operating system)