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Q: Adding old hard drive to new motherboard.

I have just bought a new motherboard/processor and had it put into a new case with a better PSU (given that my older system died recently ).I deliberately didn't get a new hard drive.
I intend to put my old ram and graphics cards on the new motherboard (they are compatible).
My question is - can I simply attach the old hard drive from my older computer with my operating system (XP) and files settings etc and expect there to be no conflicts when it boots up .?

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I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Adding old hard drive to new motherboard.

Hi ohisay, and welcome to TSG.

Unless your new motherboard, BIOS and CPU are just about identical drop in replacements for the original parts, you will most likely have problems with hardware driver conflicts and getting Windows XP to run. If your PC came with an OEM version of Windows XP, I believe that the Microsoft license ties it to that that specific motherboard.

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Hi everyone,
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few months ago and created another partition for it on my 1TB hard drive.

I didn't really care for Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition it was on.
That might have been a mistake.

Well, now there's 87.68GB of free space on my hard disk that I can't use and I don't know how to add it back to my c: partition.

There was another post about this a couple years ago, but I don't understand the instructions and am not actually sure if it worked. Can someone explain how to do this, please?

I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not familiar with partitioning disks. It was just the one time with Ubuntu.

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The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.

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ADDED 2ND HARD DRIVE - IT DOESNT SHOW UP UNDER MY COMPUTER - I DONT KNOW IF ITS FORMATTED OR NOT -CAN I GET SOME DIRECTIONS ----THANKS

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I want to add a hard drive since my existing one is 12 gigs. Since the price has come down so much I waould like to get a 100 gig or higher. Will the new 7200 rpm hard drives work on older computers, or does it need a different interface?
 

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If the computer is older it's really doubtfull it has an ata100 controller. Depending on age it could be ata33, now the newer drives are suppose to be compatible but I haven't tried one in that configuration.
Another problem would be that the machine's bios probably won't recognize that large a hard drive
Now you could check for a bios flash for the motherboard if you have the info or you could go the route of buying a ata controller card, it would plug into a pci slot and you can connect the hard drive to it after you load the drivers for the controller card
Just some options and opinions
 

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I have an Inspirion 11-3162 with a 32GB drive.  Can I change it to something larger?  Thanks!!

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Unfortunately, not without replacing the mainboard.  The system was available with the option of a 2.5" hard drive - but the version that has a 32G eMMC doesn't have a connector for a hard drive.
You'll likely find that replacing the board will be 50% or more of the cost of the system initially.
Anything else you add must be external.

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hello. i am new here and have perhaps a stupid question. i have a 6 year old Gateway that i am replacing with a new HP tower. my old (20G) hard drive has some programs and data that i cannot part with so i want to put it in the new tower as a slave, retaining everything.

the OS on the old drive is Windows 98. the new (80G) drive has Windows XP (HOME) on it. is this a simple operation? will i have Windows version problems?

any tips? do's? don'ts?

thank you in advance
 

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How would I install a second hard drive? I have a Gateway G6 350, 128 megs ram, 10GB hard drive. I was given a 4GB hard drive thatworks fine. It needs reformatted and partitioned I
suppose. I was going to use it for extra storage for mp3's and such. Please Help!
 

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I don't know what your level of expertise is but if you are not familiar with the insides of a computer you might want to have a pro install it.

If you want to do it yourself, you don't need to do anything with the old one unless you want to erase it. I see no reason to repartition it unless you have a problem with the current partitions.

You basically have to mount the new drive into a bay in the machine close to the other hard drive. Each IDE cable has two plugs on it. use the unused plug from the cable going to your old hard drive and connect a power supply cable (you should have some extra ones in the machine) to the new drive. You will have to set the jumper pins on both drives to set one as Master and the other as Slave. The exact locations of the jumpers is different on every drive so you'll have to look at your drives documentation to find it. If you computer supports it you can also use the 'Cable Select' jumper setting that will automatically set the drive at the end of the cable as Master and the one in the middle as Slave.

The new drive will probably have to be partitioned and formatted and loaded with an OS if you plan on making it the Master.

That's about as good as I can do for such a general question in this type of a forum. If you have any specific problems, post back and we'll try to help. Good Luck!
 

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i have 2 comps.. 1 windows xp home, 1 windows xp professional... i was wondering if i could take the hard drive out of the xp professional comp and put it as slave on the xp home comp
 

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i physically added my 2nd hard drive, now how do i get it to be recognized if i put it as my slave? the main drive starts fine, but i dont know how to access the slave now. i went to the my computer screen, but the slave drive wasnt listed there...
 

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I presently have two hard drives a 13G and a 40G. I have another 30G drive that I would like to add to my system. I have an 1833 Mhz Pentium 4 with 256M RAM.
I am running Windows XP Professional.

What do I need to do to install it?
 

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Hello. Let me first state that I am new to computers. Also I mostly use them for gaming. I recently got accepted to a beta for a new game, but it needs 30Gb for the install. I do not have enough room on my C drive for this. I do have another 74GB raptor drive not being used at the moment.

Could I add this other raptor drive to my computer and Install that beta game on it and play from there? I never had a computer with more than one drive so I really don't know how to utilize a second drive. Can I play games from that second drive or is only for storing data and pictures etc.?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
 

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Hi Waxalot,

welcome to TechSpot. 30Gb for a beta game? nice! is this Diablo mulitplayer? or WoW? (just guessing)

Yes you can install a second drive onto your PC and install/run the game onto your second drive.


Hope this helps

James
 

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I have a P2-400 and a p3-450, both running Win 2000.
I'd like to add a big hard drive to one of them, can I just find a deal, install it and it's done?
Or is there compataility issues, something I have to match to or?

Thanks
Will
 

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I run Windows98se; I have one hard drive with several partitions:-
C: windows
D: applications
E: application data
F: swap file
G: temp
H: temp internet files
I know it's overkill but it helps with backup and fragmentation.

If I add a second drive, it will become D: and the current D: to H: will move one letter on. Will all the paths in the registry and throughout the system be automatically updated? If not, is there any software that would help me achieve this?
 

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If I'm not mistaken, your 2nd HD will be I:
 

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Hi,
I have an old laptop that is unbootable due to damage round the power cable input area. It was running Windows XP SP2 but hasn't been booted for a couple of years.

I have the hard drive and want to connect this to my PC thats running XP SP3, model - HP Pavilion Media Center s7610.uk, so i can salvage files and delete any personal info before I dispose of it.

Does anyone know how I would go about connecting the drive, is this something i could do myself or does it require taking the PC to pieces?

Would I be able to boot my PC from the old SP2 drive?

Thanks
 

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You could buy an adapter to connect the drive internally to the PC, or you can buy an external drive enclosure that connects the drive to the PC by USB port.

The advantage of connecting internally is that you will have much better luck at data recovery if the file system is damaged because recovery programs cannot access BIOS information about an external drive.
 

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I have an old Digital PC 5000. I have successfully cabled in a 20G hard drive, now it is wanting to boot off the new hard drive. I think I need to set jumpers for a master/slave configuration. Can anyone tell me where to find (the info) or what this setting needs to be.? Or if I'm completelly off base ??

Thanks for your attention and support
 

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Hey Guys,
My lap top broke last week, I broke the part where the power cord attached (I guess thats what you get when you try and step over your dog). I then bought a new lap top. But now I want to get the info off my old hard drive. So I went to the local store and got a cable adapter. I plugged it into the computer and thats when things went weird. The original hard drive (in the home computer)a sumsung sv8004h suddenly became the slave and the hitachi travelstar ic25n060atmr04-0 is now the master. But the computer (compaq) still boots up and loads windows xp2. So then I went to disc management and assigned the old harddrive G: (hitachi). When I was doing this I was instructed to format the disc, which is something I do not want to do because of all the info I had on that drive. (I realize now that I should have been saying the stuff onto CDs). When I looked around the computer for answers, i went to the C: and this is what it said the volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sue that are required field system drivers are loaded and that the volumne is not corrupted. I also went into the BIOS and did the auto detect and the system tells me that the harddrive is healthy. So whats my next step.
Thanks
 

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Hey All,

I just received a "MAXTOR ATA/100 200GB" hard drive. I want to install this HD into my system. I'm running 98SE for my "master" and the "slave" as a 2nd HD. I want to divide the "new" HD into 3 sections.....1/3 for XP-pro, 1/3 for 98SE back-up and the final 1/3 for a LINUX system. I know I will need a "Dual-Boot" software (I think). So.....my question is....how do I do all of this ??
Thanks in advance
 

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Ive got 2 ide hard drives and im adding a 3rd drive that is sata. ive installed the drive, hooked up power, sata card and installed the drivers, and in device manager it sees the card and the new drive, even tells me correctly how big it is. when i open windows explorer to move files, etc to the new drive i only see the original 2 drives. any ideas on what im doing wrong?

thanks!
 

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I want to get a bigger hard drive. How easy is it to back up the files from my old HD to a new one?
 

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If you want to transfer everything ie make the new drive a clone of the old one, you can use the utility that came with the drive. It will have an option to copy disk to disk.

If you want to do a clean install of the os and just copy your data / work files, you can connect just the new drive and install. Now connect the old drive and copy whatever you want. Most people use the old drive as backup and or storage.
 

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Hi all,

I need some technical advice please if possible as I have installed a third hard drive sacrificing a cd drive I have my main hard drive Capacity 80GB jumper setting master showing 78GB, second drive capacity 200GB no Jumper present so acting as slave 189GB showing the third drive is installed capacity 200GB but only 31GB showing I have the jumper set on the third pin from the left I think it is cable select all my drives are Maxtor?s I have downloaded and run various programs from the Maxtor website but I still have a 200GB drive with only 31GB of room showing can anyone suggest where I am going wrong and or how I can get the max capacity showing from my drives any info would be gratefully appreciated

Thanks
 

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Are all HD's the same brand?

Showing as in BIOS? If in Windows, reformat the drive.

If the mobo is old, update the BIOS.

It's better to use either master or slave. Cable select can screw things up.

Modern mobos have SATA so they support up to 6-8 devices w/o add-on's. You can get an ATA/RAID/SATA PCI card and add more drives.
 

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Have new Dell P4 and want to add Fujitsu hard drive from old system. I left the primary Dell hard drive as originally found (with respect to IDE connector, jumpers and power supply connector.
With the old Fujitsu hard drive, I changed the jumpers to the Slave setting, connected the second IDE connector and the second power supply. Subsequent to restart, there is a message that the primary device (device 0) could not be found.

Are there additional steps that I must take?
Any help greatly appreciated!
 

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I've added a second hard drive on my XP Home machine. I set the jumper to slave. I't was recognized at startup. It is showing up twice on my device manager. It says it is working properly but I don't see it when I look for it with Explorer.

Any hints on how I find it so I can format it?
 

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Howdy Spudboy...

Right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management - right click on the drive in question, choose Partition, then right click and choose Format...
 

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Hi,

Well, I bought a new hard drive, and am preparing myself to install it. Read the directions, and trust that if everything is as it says it is, it will go smoothly. (big if, for what I find inside PC)

Anyway, it says to "back up" my data, programs etc...
I have a cd burner... what is the easiest way to do this, and is it absolutely necessary? I plan on leaving the old hard drive in, as secondary storage.

Thanks,
Debby
 

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I recently purchased and installed a seagate 80 g hard drive to replace my existing HD. I intend to use the old HD as a slave. I copied the old drive using Norton Ghost. My problem is each drive will work without problems without the other being hooked up and they work fine with my old drive as the master and the new drive as slave but when I change the jumpers for the new drive to be master almost nothing will work everything says not enough system resources. I am running windows me with an amd athlon 2400 and 768 meg ram. I should also say that I ran Ghost twice and each time it locked up at the end but everything seemed to be on the new drive. Any ideas? Does cable position matter?
 

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Cable postion does matter. The master has to be at the end of the cable.
I know a lot of people here use and recommed Ghost, but did your new drive come with a conversion utility disc? If the Ghost is not finnishing totally I would not trust it.

The system resourses issue may be related to the installed RAM. WinME does not like more than 512mb.
 

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I'm interested in adding a 2nd internal hard drive and I've only taken a quick look inside the case.  It looks like there's a spot for the 3.5 in. main drive, already installed, and a spot for a 2.5 inch drive.  However, it appears at first glance at least, that there's only 2 sata connections and both are already used (HD and DVD drive). Am I missing additional SATA connections that would allow me to mount a 2.5in drive?  I wanted to add an SSD as the main drive running the OS and use the drive that came with it as a storage drive. Thanks!

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Hi, Please check a similar discussion for the same series:     https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/HP-Pavilion-Desktop-570-p055na-... Regards.

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i want to add a new hard to my computer
the problem i have is i do not know how to set it as master or slave i know you have to use a jump pin but i do not know which pins i have to put it on
the original hard drive does not have any jump pins
 

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do you know if these are IDE drives
I'll find a picture
 

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I want to install another hard drive in my computer(and still keep the old one), but all my Primary Master/slave and Secondary Master/slave positions are taken. How would I go about doing this???
 

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You can have up to 3 Devices per IDE Port. Set it as the secondary slave.
 

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hello everyone again..

I recently found that my hard drive has little room.. so I am adding a 100 GiG hard drive tom my system.. the only problem is i dont know how to do this.. i dont even know what i need..

If i was replacing my old hgard drive that would be no problem.. but im not im adding one to run along with teh 30 gig hard drive i have already, but im not sure if i have cables to connect another hard drive or how i set up windows xp to do that.. or anything.. does anyone have any resources to help me do this or to help me figure out if i need to purchase cables or if i have cables already in my tower somewhere.. and also what i need to do as far as changing things in my opperating system or my mother board etc...
 

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In my current system, I am running a lone 10 gig hard drive. I am a college student, so I am running out of space on it rapidly. I was home this weekend and my father gave me a 15 gig hard drive to use. The only thing is, 2000 is on my current hard drive, and 98 is on the new hard drive. I know how to hook the drive up as far as the jumpers go, I just need to know what else to do. I need to know how to format the new drive to get all the stuff off of it. I also need to know what I need to do so my BIOS will recognize the new drive. Also, I think that I have my CD-R as a slave to my current hard drive, can't really remember, I set it up a few months ago. Will I have to run another IDE cable from the rom to the mobo? Will I have to change the jumper comfiguration on the rom too?
 

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I am working on my boys computer they have a 2.1 gig hard drive and have just ran out of room. I have several extra 2.1 gig hard drives from previous replacements and would like to add a 2nd one to there computer. I have never used to hard drives.

Is it as simple as just installing hooking up the ribbon cable. (which is also attached to the primary) the current hard drive letter is c: will it add the d: automaticly and can I just format the d: without erasing the software on the C drive

I know this sounds like a dumb question but I have worked on computers and made very bad mistakes (LOL)

Thanks for you advice
Steve
 

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Yes, its straightforward, you will have to ensure that the jumpers on the 2nd HDD are set to Slave, then just hook it up as you described, ribbon cable and power. It should come up as D: and can be formatted or partitioned without affecting C:
 

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I'd like to install an SSD hard drive to my system; not for the OS- the only thing on the SSD drive would be a game.

I have an external hard drive mount that runs on 120v and connects to system with USB. Would it be worth getting the SSD drive with this type of connection? I have room in the case for the drive, but will have to remove video card and unplug a lot of wires to get the new drive installed.

Then again, is the SSD drive sufficiently faster to justify the expense and labor?

Thanks, John
 

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I want to replace my current HD with a bigger and faster one but keep existing data.I have installed the new HD formatted and done a disk to disk copy using Ghost 2002,changed the jumpers to make the new HD primary.
When I boot up everything seems to be OK except that Disk management states that New HD (D) Healthy and old HD (C) Healthy(page file).But when I disconnect Old HD ,system only boots up to the welcome screen(display windows xp) and hangs.
Help please
 

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was the new hd the same brand just a bigger size
or a different brand?
 

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Hi I am running Win XP and currently have 2 hard drives. I was wondering if it is possible to add a third and possibly fourth hard drive and if so how would I do that

Thanks in advance
 

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you could put in a pci eide controller card this would allow you to put in another 4 devices
 

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HELP PLEASE!!!

I am running 64MB-10 GIG-WIN 98 2nd addition on a gateway desktop. I need to know if the avg do it your selfer can add an additional hard drive to their existing system. If so what would be compatible with mine? And would I have to install a 2nd operating system or could I run it off my existing drive C?

If someone could offr some advice I would greatly appreciate it!!
 

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Ok im running amd 1733mhz cpu, 1 gig ram, windows xp and everythings all good.

Now.... I have a 2nd HD hooked up now... but its not showing in my computer... it is alone on a IDE cable and it should be set to master ( there is no jumpers in it ) Its an old hard drive heres the stats 53073H4 and its maxtor!

Anyone have any suggestions ? ?
 

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Can anyone tell me what size, 2.5, 3.5 or other my hard drive is on a HP Pavilion 6605p  and what is the largest memory hard drive I can add to it. I am almost out of space.Thank you;

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Hi, I can't find HP Pavilion 6605p  but HP Pavilion 6605f:      http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c02549515 Given they are on a same family you can add 3.5" SATA II HDD to your machine. Your machine has 3 bays/slots for HDD's. Finding SATA II HDD is a bit hard now, you can use any standard SATA III HDD on market today. My suggestion: it is much simpler to manage HDD around 2TB and under. Regards. 

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I have a P4 1.8 ghz w/XP and added a used Drive with Me os.... the drive shows up in the bios as primary slave and also shows up in Device Mgr and Disk Mgmt but there is no drive letter and it wont let me creat one ....therefore it doest show up in Explorer...also i do not want to lose whats on the hard drive....any help would be greatly appreciated...Thank You
 

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Since it's ME, try booting the system with a MS-DOS floppy, you can get a boot image at Bootdisk if you don't have one, and see if you can access the ME drive in DOS. I'd unplug all other hard disks during this process, that way there's no possibility of jumpering or cabling errors causing the problem.
 

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I need to install another hard drive to a PC. I have to retrieve information from a hard drive when the PC died (it is not a hardware issue). I am trying to install it to another PC so I can copy the folder that I need from the old hard drive. Any suggestions or links to a site that would help me out? Thanks in advance.
 

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It is pretty simple.

If this is a standard ide drive, check how the current drive is jumpered. If it is set to CS [cable select] set the new one to CS also. Connect the drive to the unused ide connector on the cable. The ide cable should have three connectors; blue to the mb, black to the master drive, and gray [which should now be empty. Connect the drive to the gray end. Connect a spare molex power connector to the drive. Power on the system. The os should find the drive and assign a drive letter. Copy what you need.

Note if the existing system does not use CS, set the jumper on the back of the drive you are adding to slave. Connect as above.

If this is a sata drive, there is no jumper. Just connect the drive and power. Restart the system.
 

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I want to add a second HD. I have a dell computer with, right now, 64 mb of ram. It is not enough for what i these days. I am constantly having to delete files or move them to diskette just to run programs because I am out of space. A friend gave me a western digital HD, 7200 RPM. I would like to ADD this to my machine, not replacing the old HD though. I've downloaded some instructions off the net and have a few questions b4 i start..

1. how do i get into CMOS?
2. If i am adding, not replacing, i do not have to put OS on new drive...is this correct?

Any advice would also be appreicated.
Thanks
 

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Try CTRL-ALT-ENTER keys either from a DOS prompt or during bootup process.
No, you don't have to put the OS on the second drive to use it.
 

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I have a spare PC (running XP) that has a 160GB (or maybe it's 180GB) hard drive.
Something is wrong with the PC, I get blue screen of death, the previous owners took it into a shop and were told that it couldn't be fixed. So it was given to me for the parts. I already put the internal DVD recorder into my current PC (also running XP) and it works great.
now I want to take that spare hard drive and add it to my PC so that I have a 2nd hard drive. I think I understand how to hook it up. It is connected by a SATA cable,
and it should be set to be treated as the slave.
but my question is once it is hooked up and I start up my PC, will there be any likely problems/conflicts, like with the systems files that are in that new/slave hard drive?
I don't know if there is a big difference between adding a second hard drive that came from a used PC versus adding a second hard drive that came new/empty from the store.
(I'm not too worried about viruses, the previous owners barely used it and didn't really download stuff from the net)
 

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You shouldn't have any problems. Just set the jumper on the drive and pop it in. For most systems, that's all you need to do.

After booting up, go to Disk Management and remove all the partitions, create new ones, and format.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

If you have any problems, BIOS settings may need to be changed.
 

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I just added in a used internal hard drive into a computer. From what I understand, I can't use a used drive with a different computer so how can I reformat the drive so that I can use the used drive with the new computer? I can't get it to get past the HP menu.

Thanks

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Is reformatting an option? I wouldn't think that file type would be an issue, and obviously you probably aren't trying to make molex and sata reverse compatible :P

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This may seem basic to some, but I'm confused....I want to buy a second hard drive for my pc, but don't know what type I need as there are PATA and SATA types?? My PC is about 4 years old and has a 60GB drive with IDE cable attached......what type should I be looking for? I want a 160 GB. Also should I make this the master drive or just leave it as a slave, it will hold my music and photo files mainly? Thanks
 

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I am about to upgrade my PC with a new MB, CPU and I am adding a new C Drive and going to use my current C Drive for extra storage. I am currently running Win XP64 and am upgrading to Windows 7 and from what I've read, will be easier to install on a fresh drive with no OS than to upgrade to Win 7 over XP 64.

My last concern before starting has to do with how to move all the existing settings... like browser settings, Thunderbird settings and other software that have custom settings or data already installed that I would prefer not to manually set up all over again if I don't have to. Can I just copy the Administrator folder on my current C Drive into the new folder when Windows 7 creates it?

Honestly, the hardware part of this doesn't intimidate me at all but this data thing always scares me because I only do it once every 4 or 5 years and I forget how I did it last time.

Any advice on how I can make this transition simple and stress free would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I was just wondering I have a 8 gig hard drive now. I am going to add a 2nd hard drive a IBM deskstar 14.4 gig. Should i make the bigger hard drive the main one for booting windows and so on, and leave the second one for storage. Or should I keep 8 gig as main hard drive and use 14.4 as storage. And if I do make bigger one for main for booting windows, is there a way to transfer all my files from hard drive to hard drive and make this possible. Thanks.
 

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I would keep your current hard drive as is. I would add the second drive and use that for storage. This will make things very simple and quick. I cannot think of any benefits of using the bigger drive as you main drive and moving your Operating system to it. It will just take a lot of time. That's what I would do !
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hiya im adding a new hard drive to my computer that i just wont to use as storage so that i can drop and drag files into i have put the hard drive in my computer already but when i click on my computer i dont see my second hard drive can someone help me please thankyou
 

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I currently have a 80 GB hard rive at the moment and i am in fear of running out of space soon, i want to add another hard drive which is atleast over 80 gig. I would like to set it up as another partition i dont know if that happens anyway, I wanted to know can i get any hard drive or do they have to be compatible in some way?
 

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You should be able to put in any type of hard drive. There isn't any compatibility issues, and they dont have to be the same make.
You do however have to be aware of how to add it. If you put it on the same IDE cable then the existing drive should be jumpered as Master and the new one as Slave(or CS-Cable Select).
Or if adding it to the second IDE channel again the same thing. If there is a CD-ROM installed observe the jumper settings and make one Master and one Slave.
If physically installed correctly then you shouldn't have any issues when you start the computer.
If using XP then on start up windows will find the new hardware and format the drive for you creating a new partition and using the next available drive letter.
 

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