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BSOD after installing a 3tb Drive

Q: BSOD after installing a 3tb Drive

Hi all ,

Been having these random pc crashes and BSOD , These have happen after i installed a 3tb HDD. I am not too sure if its a PSU issue where as being not enough or a Motherboard issue..... the reason i say motherboard issue is because when i was installing the new 3tb hard drive i had to take out one of my Radeon 7970 cards , in doing so i think i may of pulled out the plastic pci-e port of the board as i never pushed the release lever down enough , the port did seem to go back in ok. But after doing this my problems started to happen....but only when i have both cards in cross fire , single usage is fine , no crashes , but as soon as the second is put into crossfire mode i get crashes , The event viewer gives me a bugcheck code of 278 everytime...so i really dont know weather it is a power supply problem or a motherboard ( due to my carelessness ) below are my specs and the dump zip and perfmon zip.

Hope someone can help.

Corsair Obsidian 800D Case
XFX Radeon 7970x2 In Xfire
i5 2500K O/C 4.5ghz
16gb Kingston RAM
GA Z68x UD3H-B3 Mobo
Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-E Soundcard
Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speakers
Corsair Hydro H100 Cooler
120GB Crucial SSD ( System Drive )
Seagate Baracuda 2TB HDD ( Storage )
Seagate Baracude 3TB HHD ( storage )
Dell Ultrasharp U2711 Monitor
Corsair 1300 Headphones
Corsair 2500 2.1 Speakers
Razor Death adder 3500dpi 3.5sg Mouse
RazorBlackwidow Mechanical Keyboard
Microsoft HD LifeCam

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A: BSOD after installing a 3tb Drive

I forgot to add that my motherboard does accept 3TB Drives..

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I've just finished building my new computer and I'm getting BSOD errors when first formatting a hard drive and secondly (after a successful format) installing a game on it.

My boot up SSD drive seems to be fine, it's just my other hard drive.

64bit Windows 7 Home premium. Full version I bought a a few days ago. The whole computer is new. If you need any further information, let me no.

8GB RAM. Intel Core i5 2500k CPU. Radeon 7850 graphics. 120ish SSD. 1Tb hard drive. Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3 motherboard.

Edit: having just seen a notice, I've updated the post to contain two attachments. Or atleast I think I have :\

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A:BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

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My error is BSOD -- "Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated."

.... it tells me to run chkdsk /f, but then I try that switch and it tells me that it is an invalid switch!
I am really bumming and hope someone can help me ...

Here are my exact error codes and symptoms:

Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf88c2528, 0xc0000034, (last two are all zeroes)

I have tried 2 brand new hard drives on this Compaq laptop.

I install the hard drive, and boot from CD (XP home).

It formats then installs XP.

Upon its own reboot I get the XP logo and then the blue screen with the above error.

If it is a boot sector virus, how do I get rid of it when I cannot boot at all? I'd be willing to try to solve it is if it a boot sector virus -- PLEASE HELP! I have already spent $150 on hard drives!!!!!

Thank you to anyone willing to help here.

Don in Tucson

A:BSOD after installing new hard drive

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My motherboard has two SATA III 6.0Gb/s ports. The first is occupied by my Crucial C300 SSD booting Win7 Ultimate x64, and the other with my new Hitachi. These are controlled by a Marvell 6.0Gb/s driver. I also have two SATA 3.0gb/s devices connected: a WD Black 1TB HD and an ASUS Optical drive. I'm starting to think it has something to do with either the Marvell Controller, or how these three hard drives are configured, but honestly I have no idea at this point. I'm usually well versed when it comes to troubleshooting BSOD's or any general problem with my PC but I cannot figure this out for the life of me so I'm hoping you guys can help me out!


Before you guys ask for a minidump file, trust me, i've tried! I don't know why, but when my PC BSOD's it won't generate a dump file. I have all the settings configured for the memory dump, but it will not produce. I opened up the computer and checked all ... Read more

A:BSOD after installing new hard drive, PLEASE HELP!


WIN + PAUSE/BREAK key combo |
Advanced system settings in left-hand pane |
the System Properties dialog will open with the Advanced tab selected |
in the Performance section, Settings button |
in the resulting Performance Options section, Advanced tab |
in the Virtual Memory section, Change button |
in the resulting Virtual Memory dialog, checkmark Automatically manage paging... |
OK button | OK button | OK button

WIN + PAUSE/BREAK key combo |
Advanced system settings in left-hand pane |
the System Properties dialog will open with the Advanced tab selected |
in the Startup and Recovery section, click on the Settings button |
in the System Failure section, checkmark Write an Event to the system log |
in the System Failure section, checkmark Automatically restart|
Under Write debugging information, select Small memory dump (128K) |
in the Small dump directory: box, enter %SystemRoot%\Minidump |
OK button

If you get a crazy message from Win 7 about your paging file being too small, then just ignore the message since we have already made sure that the paging file is set to be managed by Win 7.

WIN key | type SERVICES.MSC | ENTER key
Scroll down to Windows Error Reporting Service |
Double-click on Windows Error Reporting Service |
In the resulting dialog, General tab |
In the Startup type box, c... Read more

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BTW windows isn't really portable from one computer to another.

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A:BSoD after installing Windows 7 on my spare hard drive?

Hi,and welcome to the forums.. Please re-post


Try booting up in safe mode(Keep tapping the F8 key while the machine is booting up, then once at advanced system startup options, select SAFEMODE)

Does it boot?

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I have a HP Envy 14 running Windows Home Premium. Over the past few months I was receiving a BSOD 1-2 times a day on average. A few days ago my hard disk burnt out and yesterday I installed a new hard drive with a fresh copy of Windows 7 on it. Today I again received a BSOD with this error report:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: fe
BCP1: 0000000000000008
BCP2: 0000000000000006
BCP3: 0000000000000005
BCP4: FFFFFA80066887A0
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Can it be that this BSOD issue is hardware related?


A:BSOD after installing new hard drive and fresh copy of Windows 7

Possibly. It might be referring to a boot sector problem with the HDD. If you can boot into Windows, do the following:

1. Download the DM Log Collector application to your desktop by clicking the link below

DM Log Collector.exe

2. Run it by double-clicking the icon on your desktop, and follow the prompts.
3. Locate the .ZIP file that is created on your desktop, and upload it here in your next reply.

If not, try reinstalling Windows after formatting the HDD during setup.

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Anyway do i just restore or load the O/S then restore.
Many thanks in anticipation.

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D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
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Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
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It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

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A:Installing old primary drive in new computer as secondary drive

Yes, you can install the old drive in the new PC.

No, you will not have to remove Windows 7 from the old drive.

The new PC will recognize the data on the old hard drive, but not the programs. You will have to reinstall the programs onto the new hard drive in the new PC.

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Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

A:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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Anyone have any thoughts or point me in the right direction???

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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A:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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You didn't mention the jumpers. How did you set them?

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The IDE and Sata drives are on different controllers, so the jumper settings on your IDE drive shouldn't be a factor. Check your BIOS to make sure the IDE drive is ahead of the Sata unit in the Boot Priority list.

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A:Does installing Windows from usb pen drive damage the drive?

Complete myth. You are able to use it as much as you'd like

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Windows 2000)
Plzzzzzzz help
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Hello guys,

I need to reformat Drive C in my laptop and then re install Win XP, but the thing is my CD rom drive is not working, so im unable to boot up the machine and install XP. How ever i have an external CD/DVD RW drive and also an Eternal Hard disk and USB pen drive and Windows 98, Me, 2000 and XP and Win 7 CD's

So Is there a any way to install Win XP back on Drive C using the resources i have ?

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A:3 BSOD after installing a new mouse. 1 BSOD the day before.

There are various different bugchecks with various different probable causes.

Test your RAM using MemTest86+ - Test RAM - Windows 10 Forums
Run it for at least 8 consecutive passes or the errors comes out. If you notice any error/red line, stop testing.

Let us know the result. A camera snap of the memtest86+ window will be a very effective feedback.

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Thanks in advance for any help

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I use win XP

Ok, I plugged in all the wires and cables to the drive. The drive has power, the tray can open up, but it can't read any discs and it doens't show up on My Computer.

I figured I would just have to insert the driver cd but I can't as it's not even reading the cd.

So i plugged in my old drive back in and that one doens't work either.

At the startup it says 2 unknown devices something something.

Please help.

A:installing dvd drive

You could try going to the device manufactuers website and download the driver. Then go to device manager and update the driver for unknown device.

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I have Winxp sp2/1300 intel processor. Master drive: Seagate U-Series 5 20gb. I have nti cd/rw/floppy/and I want to put my old hard drive in that has my pictures and all from old pc, it is a quantum fireballlct10 ata/ide 15gb.

Questions: I have tried to put it in and quantum either doesn't show up in bios,makes all these crackling noises when I start up so i shut it down or it showsup in bios but sits there waiting for floppy drive. IT detects cdrw and both hard drives are in proper place, of master/slave but then it never detects floppy and i believe it wouldn't let me in bios that time to check the floppy. I have switched jumpers all around but not sure if they are not compatible maybe? the two hard drives meaning.
Does the floppy have to be configured with it somehow? Plus, the power cable, does it have to be connected to both drives and then its goin to power source? Or does it not matter which power cords you hook to what?
I didn't try the cdrw/and second drive together cause my drive cable has master/slave written on it but it just isn't working out right. Any help would be great to get my daughters pictures atleast off the drive. thankyou, kim

A:Installing second drive help

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I would like to fit a cd rom drive in my sons 486 there is only 1 IDE socket i had a 486 with a cd rom which only had 1 IDE socket so i know that it can be done but am not sure if cd should be master or slave or wether i need to alter anything in the BIOS please help as i would like to get this computer up & running properly thanks

A:Installing cd drive to 486

The harddrive has to be master, the cdrom would be slave

You would have to enable the primary slave ide and set it for either auto or cdrom

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I wanted to modify XP a little bit and to install it on a SATA drive connnected to USB. I don't want to install it on VM so I wanted to install it on an external drive. After installation it starts up and suddenly shows Stop 7B and BSoD. Do I have to install and configure it on a drive put inside the computer? Will it work connected to USB?

A:Installing XP on a USB Drive

Microsoft says XP cannot be booted from a USB drive.
There is a PDF here that explains the steps required to boot from USB but the forum linked to in the PDF is gone and this is not supported by Microsoft so your results may vary
Here is a web page that explains the steps. Read the comments

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I ma using windows 10 and one drive is a part of that. Have been trying to install it and it looks very simple. not the case at least in my space. As you know it asks for a email address, and it takes that, then cant seem to find the right password, so go the verify section, follow their process and it ends with will send you a cod to install. Have done this at lest 6 times but never get the code. What is happening. Look forward to hearing from someone. Gary

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Does anyone know of any step-by-step instructions on how to replace my dvd-rom drive on my hp-compaq-evo:n1020v? Would appreciate it. I just bought a new dvd rom. thx

A:Installing a dvd-rom drive!

If you do a search on hp's website they have all the docs on there.


pdf showing repair / maintenance on the evo n1020v laptop.

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I have a question. I am installing a cd-rw drive. On the back

it has settings for the jumper,slave and master. There

are 4 settings:

1. Set the jumper as slave when you want hard disk as
master to primary ide port. cd-rom connected as master
to secondary ide port. cd-rw connected as slave to
secondary ide port.

2. Set the jumper as master, when you want hard disk
connected as master to primary ide port. cd-rom connected
as slave to primary ide port. cd-rw connected as master
to secondary ide port.

3. Set the jumper as slave,when you want hard disk
connected as master to primary ide port. cd-rw
connected as slave to primary ide port.

4. Set the jumper as master when you want hard disk
connected as master to primary ide port. cd-rw
connected as master to secondary ide port.

Which one do i pick?



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Hello, I am having problems on my present operating system that I cannot resolve so I am thinging that I can install XP on my second harddrive which presently is empty used only for storage. How do I install XP on this second harddrive of 250 gb? Thank you.

A:Installing Xp On A Second Drive

Hi Xandr, you will have to go into the bios and change the boot/primary drive to the one you want to install XP on to.

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Hi All,

I installed a new hard drive (80G) in addition to the existing drive (4G) with the help of you tech guys.
Currently the OS ME is installed on the (4G) drive.
I would like to upgrade to XP Pro but was thinking that it may be better to use the larger disk as the primary disk seems to run much faster.
What is the best methode to do this.
I have the full XP Pro software disk.

Any suggestions?


A:Installing XP on new drive

First make sure the disk you want to install on is set to the master. If it is sata, disregard since there is no master / slave for sata. Unless you want a dual boot menu, I would disconnect the 4gig drive until after you are finished with the install.

1 Place you xp cd in the cd drive.
2 Restart the system and enter the bios. Set the CD as the first boot device. Save settings and restart.
3 You should see a message "To boot from CD press any key" do so.
4 Setup will start and you will then have the option to create one or more partitions on the disk. Format with ntfs and setup will continue to load xp.

Once you are finished with the install, you can shutdown and reconnect the old drive. I would format it and use it for backups.

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I installed a DVD drive. It's being detected by BIOS but now Windows. Windows told me it found it and said I needed to restart to detect it but then Windows crashed and I hate to power it down by hitting the reset button. Now it's not showing up in device manager. I tried install new hardware but it's not working either.

How do i install it?

A:installing DVD drive

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How can I install windows xp on a secondary hard drive. The install wizard doesn't give a choice of locations. It defaults to C: drive, and I want to install to D: drive.

A:Installing XP to a second drive.

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How can I install windows xp on a secondary hard drive. The install wizard doesn't give a choice of locations. It defaults to C: drive, and I want to install to D: drive.

A:Installing XP to a second drive.

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I have installed a Ram drive (sort of), it is drive Z:
I used the add new hardware wizard.
However, it contains zero bytes! How do I assign it some RAM?

Any advice will be appreciated.(if it works) LOL

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have an old ex sky box sata drive would like to use it on my computor,plugged it in etc, but its not not found,tried to reformat but get ..read only..cant find how toswitch it on,format it etc..any ideas..

A:installing used drive

Hello joe900, welcome to Seven Forums!

If there's no data on it you care about, have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if diskpart will detect it so you can do a wipe, clean all (secure erase) to it, that may help as it overwrites any/all data on the entire HDD and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

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a buddy of mine just gave me his old laptop, an ibm thinkpad T20. the computer has no cd drive, just a floppy drive. is there any way i can load xp on it? i have no access to the current os because it is password protected, so i just want to reload xp. i looked all over the place for this, never really got a good answer.

A:help installing os on a pc without a cd drive

One way or another it's going to take a cd drive.

You could look for an ext USB cd drive, if you don't want to spend the money for original replacement notebook drive.

Or if you check Ebay, you could get lucky and find the right one for cheap.

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I have an old PC in my room that I was hoping to put XP on. It currently has linux installed, but now that I am at college and get a free copy of XP through MSDN, I want to change OS.

Unfortunately, the CD drive no longer works, so this makes installing XP almost impossible (theres nothing wrong with linux, except that I can't install windows software on it, games etc, which is why I want to install XP as well).

I'm a broke student so buying another CD drive isn't really an option. What I do have though, is: A laptop + network cable + flash drive, and the oldish pc that now has no CD drive. It doesn't support booting from USB, but it does have a floppy drive (and yea I actually still have some floppy disks!). After searching a bit, there seem to be two valid ways:

1 - a network install - from what I read, this is pretty complicated and involves setting up all sorts of servers and stuff that I don't really want to attempt.

2 - Extracting the .iso image, copying the i386 folder to a dos readable partition of the pc (somehow!), and running winnt.exe.
At first I thought this would be simple, I tried to shrink the main partition from linux (the latest version of linux mint) so that I could create a fat partition that dos could read from with /i386 on it. But since the main partition is mounted I can't shrink it. The swap partition is only 400mb, not big enough for /i386 (512mb). Maybe I could install win 98 using some of the swap partition a... Read more

A:Installing OS without CD drive... Help!

Just borrow a CD drive and cable from a friend. You will meet friends at college.

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Good morning,

So I'm very software savvy, but totally helpless when it comes to installing hardware. I bought a DVD burner, and have installed it (almost) in my computer. Here's where I'm stuck. It's in the slot, but I haven't plugged it in yet. I've already got a cd rom/burner drive and a dvd drive. I don't know which cables go where. I don't see any room left on the motherboard to plug in the really small cable. I don't want to just go ahead and play with it, because I was warned that I could fry the computer because of the master/primary slave thing. Can I just remove the patch cables from the dvd drive and plug the dvd burner in there in its place? Just substitute one for the other and then install the driver??

Thanks TONS for any help.


A:Need Help Installing 3rd Drive.

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well, I'll tell you now that, I'm not a computer whiz, & I need step-by-step instructions on how to do things; so, keep that in mind if you post a reply. my computer has a DVD drive and only a DVD drive. I have several songs on my computer that I know are basically impossible to copy to any CD without the proper drive. I have a gateway computer (model # EV700) and use windows xp. my questions are this: is there any way to install a CD-RW drive without having to take apart my computer? are there any sites I can go to to download a drive or something that will act in place of it; or is it possible to copy my music to a cd by using my DVD drive? I'd like to know whether or not this is a hopeless plan because as of now, I'm determined to get this music recorded.

A:Installing a CD-RW Drive

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