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I just received a newer Dell computer I wanted to save all my information from my other hard drive and just transfer my old Maxtor hard drive loaded with XP from my old Gateway computer. I am unable to boot up I have a second hard drive I wanted to install but that is another issue. I took the jumpers off the back of the hard drive and I get a OS not found, even tried to put jumpers on master but still no joy. I either get a Primary and secondary drive not found or OS not found. I put the hard drive back into old computer it boots up fine, also the new one came with a 10 Gig hard drive with xp on it, that hard drive can boot up fine. I check my boot.ini and Nt detect found no problems. Some one help me please!


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Check the bus cables. Im sure your new Dell computer usese bus (aka ide) cables that are different from the ones you were using in your old Gateway computer. Try using the bus cable from your old gateway computer and connect the old hard drive to the dell computer's ide slot.
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i'm not 100% sure on this one (xp is a different animal) but...usually when you load up an OS on a hardware platform it is configured for that platform (irqs, drivers, etc...) so usually just putting that drive in and hoping it will boot doesn't work....if you were to put it in as a slave with the drive that came with the new machine as the master you would be able to transfer your files. but not the programs
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Had this problem myself, if you can't get the computer to recognise your old drive even in slave, there is normally no problem in putting it into an external harddrive box and connecting by USB.
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I fixed the problem with my harddrive, I used my XP disc to boot up on and just did a repair. It seemed to fix the problem but I still can't get my. Secondary hard drive to work I tried looking online but so far no success thanks for all you suggestions. :tazz:
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What IDE Cable you using? 40 pin?....If 40 pin maybe you need an 80 pin cable...Ultra ATA and Ultra DMA need 80 pin cables.

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does the second hard drive show up in device manager?
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I am using and 40 pin I will try the 80 pin later today I. I have not seen it in my device manager at all I am starting to think its fried but I can hear it spinning when I take the cover off my Computer. If the new cable does not work I will try to use an external hard drive attachment to get my files.
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