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Majin

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i have a odd problem, i am running xp home on a hp with a 30 gb harddrive. I have another 30 gb harddrive from a previous couputer that will not load past the loading screen because it needs windows reinstalled and i do not have a system disk for that one. So i thought i would use that hard drive as a slave hard drive. Please assist, where should i go from here? I have already plugged it into my slave part of my jumper and windows just wont load. Is there something in bios i should change? Or should i format the slave drive? if so how would i do that?

Edited by Majin, 20 December 2005 - 05:20 AM.

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Did you change the jumper on the drive you moved from the non-working computer? On the working computer, the hard drive jumper should be set to master, and the drive you're adding must have it's jumper set to slave. Look on both drives near the IDE cable and you will see a little two-pin jumper. Make sure the jumper is placed in the correct spot for each drive.
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. Make sure the jumper on the hd is set to slave, and that the master hd is set to master with slave present.
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ok i see exactly what your saying on the drives, a set of 4x2 prongs with a extra prong and a cap on the first two top and bottom. which should it be set on for a slave drive and a master drive?

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The cap is on the #2 slot of the slave currently.

Edited by Majin, 20 December 2005 - 08:01 AM.

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On the drive itself, there should be a diagram. Or you can visit the drive manufactures website for info on how to set the jumper.
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Thats awsome, its in and great, however when i went to format the drive it went for a while and said it could not complete the formatting of the drive and then it disappeared off the my computer screen all together. Any suggestions?
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Restart the computer and try to format the slave drive again. Do you know what file system the computer is running? Is it the same for the slave drive?
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Yea the one i am running now is ntfs, and i am trying to format it as ntfs.
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should i do the full format or the quick format?
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Always do full format.
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Wow its working great, thank you guys very very much. Is there any suggestions you have for someone who hasnt had a master and slave drive before?
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Wow its working great, thank you guys very very much. Is there any suggestions you have for someone who hasnt had a master and slave drive before?


You're welcome! :) Advice? Yah... just have fun with the extra room you now have! :tazz:

Take care!!
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