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Adding a second hard drive

By t_miera ·
Im trying to install a second hard drive. The problem Im having is that the new hard drive is being recognized as my primary hard drive.I need to change it to the secondary in the bios setup. Can somone help me? Also if i disconnect the original hard drive and just load my system off the new drive, I am able to read the drive fine. and if i disconnect the new one.and read off the old one it works. but if they are both connected i get an erro that says disk E: is not ready. then i get the abort retry fail menu in msdos.
thanks for anyone that can help.

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by Ann777 In reply to Adding a second hard driv ...

Look at the jumper pins on the back of your new hdd. Make sure it is set to secondary... not master and not auto select. You might also want to take out your old drive and set it to primary (although it sounds as if it is fine the way it is).

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by TheChas In reply to Adding a second hard driv ...

Many drives need to be jumpered differently if used as a single.
So you likely need to set the jumpers on the olde drive to master w/slave present.
The new drive needs to be jumpered as slave.

If you don't have the manual for the drive, or the label on the drive doesn't explain the jumper settings clearly, you should be able to find the info on the drive mfg web site.

Chas

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by markshaff In reply to Adding a second hard driv ...

First check the jumpers. On both drives.
The primary the original that came with system should remain the MASTER and the new one should be the slave. However you can make your new drive the master. It will require the start up disk and the operating system you wish to install.
Anyways if the jumpers are incorrect then you will not see the other drive. Also check the BIOS setup in here you must select the settings for both drives.
If it still sees the new drive as primary switch the driveon the ribbon then check the jumpers. it sounds as the jumpers are seeing ribbon select instead of master and slave.
The bios only sees what the jumpers and the ribbon are selected with. Meaning check these.
You can also change primary drive and secondary with DOS with the start up disk reboot and type fdisk. do not delete anything select view and it should ask which drive is primary read.

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