how do I configure a second IDE hard drive as an extention of the first,rat

By strat4axe ·
Hi I'm just a beginner self build enthusiast who has run out of hard drive space,how can I extend the space on my main drive using another hard drive.I've got windows XP Pro as my operating system.I have added another hard drive and was told that with XP Pro I would get the option to use the partition as an extention to another directory in the first drive wheh using the partition wizard.However this didn't happen or I missed it.Twice!!?! I realize this is probably really basic to you, guys but any help for this short term fix until I get a decent size main drive would be much appreciated.Yours in hope Paul

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Dual Hard drives

by DKeith45 In reply to how do I configure a seco ...

The way I do it is to put both drives on the same IDE cable. The primary drive on the end of the cable, the secondary drive on the middle connector. Setting both drives jumpers to CS is usually ok, but some drives need to be set as a Master/Slave combo. Primary drive Master, secondary drive Slave. If Windows boots and you don't see the new drive, you may need to download drive copy software from the makers website such as Maxblast for a Maxtor drive, Data Lifeguard for a WD drive etc...

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Big thanQ to Dkeith45

by strat4axe In reply to Dual Hard drives

Just wanted to say a big thanQ for taking the time to send me an answer to my question,nice one Dkeith45 much apreciated Paul

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Dynamic disks

by mafergus In reply to how do I configure a seco ...

you need to create a spanned disk volume, but you can only do this if you are using dynamic disks.


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I'm trying to discover WHY a person would want a spanned disk volume.

by Ron K. In reply to Dynamic disks

I've done a little bit of research but I still don't understand <i>why</i> someone would want to do that. With a C: drive there's always the risk of failure and spanning a volume to another drive would increase the risk and lose data on both drives if one failed, right? <br>
I don't get it, mafergus. Could you please give me a brief example of why it's something worthwhile?

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I found a reason.

by Ron K. In reply to Dynamic disks
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What reason?

by DKeith45 In reply to I found a reason.

I checked the link and still don't see why someone would want to do that. I see that it's possible under certain circumstances... but why? What did I miss?

What the original questioner as a new computer user obviously needs is a Master/Slave combo OR a larger drive set up as the new boot drive with custom partitions OR a large USB drive for data storage. But the link was interesting all the same... learned something new today : )

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Upon re-reading I didn't find a reason either.

by Ron K. In reply to What reason?

My reading comprehension skills are shot all to ****, lately.<br>
I learned that you can create spanned volumes but I'm at a loss, yet, for a reason to do it. <br>

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Well just the obvious one

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Upon re-reading I didn't ...

With a new user thinking that a Spanned Disc would solve their problem without introducing several others which may be worse than the original problem.

They said that they where running out of Disc Space so by fitting another drive and setting it up as a Spanned Volume they thought that this would cure the Low Disc Space issue. Which on the surface it would but as this is a new user they don't understand the limitations that are imposed by using a Spanned Volume.

Or maybe my reading comprehension is all shot to hell I I didn't understand the original Posters question.


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I think that you have it right.

by Ron K. In reply to Well just the obvious one
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I learn from all this

by santeewelding In reply to I think that you have it ...

As I follow this one and so many others, that a single user on a standalone attempting to keep his whole life on an active machine, would be better off taking a class in log-rolling.

Google, the federal government, enterprises larger and smaller -- that's a different story. They're committed to balls-out implementation of the best and latest and most complicated, with all controls pertaining thereto.

I've resorted to fired clay tablets I keep out back in a shed, on the floor, so they can't fall any further and break.

Every so often I look them over and wonder, "Why the **** am I keeping these things?"

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