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installing hard drive w/o reformat?


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Hi,

I am wondering if it is possible to install my slave drive without wiping it clean?

My primary master hard drive got toasted. I bought a new primary and have installed windows xp on it and got it running, but I cant figure out a way for my computer to recognize my old slave drive without it deleting all the old partitions and info.

The one thing I havent tried yet is;
The slave drive is a western digital, and I have the western digital data lifegaurd tools cd. Can I use this to recognize the slave drive and if so how?

Slave drive: WDC WD2500PB-98FBA0 5.1.2535.0

This is my new hard drive:
Maxtor 160gb IDE 133 8mb cache 6L160P0
or- http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822144181


My old problem is here, must information I have is on that thread
http://www.geekstogo...isk-t66251.html

Thanks for the help,
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Could anyone help me with this?

Current jumper settings I have tried:
Jumpers ive tried (primary, slave)
-Master, Slave
-CS, Slave
-Master, CS

Any one have any other ideas???

Thanks,
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If you're using the 80 wire cable with the blue connector for the mainboard, the grey for the slave, and the black for the master, both drives should be set to cable select. If it's the old forty wire cable, then use master/slave and the position of the drives doesn't matter. You should not have trouble recognizing the second drive if you're using XP. You should get two prompts from New Hardware before the drive will show up in My Computer.

Edited by Tyger, 10 October 2005 - 06:10 PM.

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Using 40 pin ide cable, but master/slave position didnt work.

Edited by Droog13, 10 October 2005 - 06:46 PM.

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If you're using the 80 wire cable with the blue connector for the mainboard, the grey for the slave, and the black for the master, both drives should be set to cable select. If it's the old forty wire cable, then use master/slave and the position of the drives doesn't matter. You should not have trouble recognizing the second drive if you're using XP. You should get two prompts from New Hardware before the drive will show up in My Computer.

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Just an fyi, but NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER use cable select on a machine. It causes more problems than I can count. Only use the Primary/Slave settings.

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Have you tried setting the new hard drive up as a Master on the secondary IDE channel? Which would be the one your CD-ROM is connected to. For the time being, disconnect the CD-ROM (or CD-ROMs if you have more then one connected to that IDE channel) and just connect the new hard drive as primary on that IDE channel.

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Using 40 pin ide cable, but master/slave position didnt work.

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You should always use 80pin cables for hard drives. They run like crap with 40 pin cables because they are meant to go alot faster then 40 pin cables can handle.

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Welly im pretty sure its 40 pin. It his blue/gray/black like the 80 pin was described. Any way I can easily tell the difference?

With my old HDD I ran it as cs, slave.

Ill try connecting my master HDD ide to the secondary ide channel and will post the results.

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Welly im pretty sure its 40 pin.  It his blue/gray/black like the 80 pin was described.  Any way I can easily tell the difference?

With my old HDD I ran it as cs, slave.

Ill try connecting my master HDD ide to the secondary ide channel and will post the results.

Thanks for the help Fenor

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Obviously don't connect the hard drive with Windows actually on it to the secondary channel. I meant hook up the hard drive that you were going to set up as a slave on the pirmary hard drive to the secondary one, as a MASTER.

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Edited by Fenor, 10 October 2005 - 07:12 PM.

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See the attached picture for pictures of 40/80 pin cables.

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Edited by Fenor, 10 October 2005 - 07:14 PM.

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Its 80 pin
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Does it work set up as Master on the secondary IDE channel?

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Im currently working on homework, I wont be able to check until later tonight (a few hours) or tomorrow afternoon. :tazz:
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Im currently working on homework, I wont be able to check until later tonight (a few hours) or tomorrow afternoon. :tazz:

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No problem, gotta have your priorities straight. :) Just post back whenever you have the chance to check it out.

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Just an fyi, but NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER use cable select on a machine.  It causes more problems than I can count.  Only use the Primary/Slave settings.

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I'm using the cable select mode on the machine I'm on now and have used it on all the machines that support it, without any problems. I have run across older machines and hard drives that don't support it, but they're getteing scarcer.
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Ok, tried what you suggested and it did not detect the 250gb in bios or auto-detect. (Normally it would detect it as hooked up on the slave on auto-detect). Though I still see "Local Disk (G:)" in My Computer.

Both jumpers were also on master.
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