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i tried installing a second hard drive yesterday - i made ms-dos boot disc then proceeded - i set the hdd to slave and plugged it in and all seemed well - i shut down to screw everything down and when i started up again windows wouldn't boot up - i was prompted to insert boot-disk and press any key to continue but the computer can't read the disc - that's where i've been ...
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A little confused here... why did you have to make a msdos boot disk?

When you set the second drive to slave, did you set the other one to master?

What is the boot order in bios?

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i was using a walk-through that suggested i make the boot disc - i can't find the site now - i only assumed the first hdd was set to master and it's the only hdd now - i don't know the boot order 'cause i can't even get to the bios
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i can't even get to the bios


What exactly does this mean?

Does it mean your computer doesn't even attempt to boot?

Or does it mean you can't access bios by hitting the delete key?

Where is the computer hung up at?

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don't really know where i'm hung up at - i guess that's why i'm here - didn't know about using the delete key to get to bios - maybe i'll shut this down for awhile and give it another shot - anymore tips? ...
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by hitting the delete key?

I threw that in so I wouldn't insult you! :tazz: It's difficult to know how much a poster knows!

Get your computer back to it's original configuration. Remove the second hard drive you installed. Set the jumper on the existing main hard drive to Master... even if there is no slave drive. Having it set to master will not hurt your configuration, but it will help it later when you go to install the slave drive.

Let me know how it goes and if you require more help.

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thanks - i'll take another whack at it - don't worry about insulting me - i realize i'm very inexperienced here - maybe i should have come here for advice in the first place...
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thanks makai - i got it back up - now to get back to what i wanted to do in the first place ...
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Good luck with your endeavor!!!!

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