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Room for CD/RW & 2 HD??

By jkal ·
I never thought I wouldn't have the room for a CD/RW but Its full and I got one . I have a 3 gig HD that came with my system. Then I put in a 60 gig later so now I don't think I have the room to put in a CD/RW. The 60 gig Maxtor is where the RW would go. Is it possible to mount the maxtor elsewhere or take out the 3 gig HD to make the maxtor the only drive? I know "DUH"!! I'm still learning. Thanks

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by VinnyD In reply to Room for CD/RW & 2 HD??

Is it possible to take out the 3 gb and only use the 60gg, the answer is Yes, but!

If the 3 GB drive is your boot drive and that is where windows is installed you are going to have to reload everything.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Room for CD/RW & 2 HD??

Hi,

At a guess, your case will have two 5.25in bays and three 3.5in bays. Your Maxtor will be in one of the 3.5's, you'll have a floppy in another and the 3Gb HD will be a 5.25in drive in one of those bays...

Unless you've checked (and it doesn't sound like you have by your post) I'd say you have one 5.25in bay left!

If this isn't the case, however and if you want to keep everything, then you can buy a 5.25in cradle where you could re-mount the 3Gb drive.

I've never used one but I guess they bolt on under the 3.5in bays.

Hope this helps. You wont know until you take that case off!

Cheers,
Tim.

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by TheChas In reply to Room for CD/RW & 2 HD??

If I understand correctly, you have limited space in your case, a HDD mounted in a 5 1/2" bay, so no open bay for CD-RW drive.
I assume the following;
3GB HDD is boot drive.
60GB is 3 1/2" drive.
You want to keep your CD-ROM drive.

1. Eliminate 3GB HDD. This is possible, praticle, but may be problamatic.
What you do is copy/install all of your software on the 3GB onto the primary partition (D) of the 60GB HDD.
There are copy utilities just for this. If your 60GB HDD is already partitioned into multiple drives, just clear out the "D" drive, and use the utility to copy the "C" drive over to "D". Shut down, remove the 3GB, reset the jumper on the 60GB, shuffle the 60GB, and install the RW drive.
NOTE: any programs that were installed in the D or later drives will need to have shortcuts and file settings corrected.

If you have all of your software, re-installing Windows from time to time is a good idea. Back up important files off of the 3GB, make sure you have a boot floppy, shut down, shuffle drives, boot from the floppy, and install OS & software.
Hold on to the 3GB for a couple of weeks just to be sure you didn't lose a file.

Not knowing what your case looks like, I cannot specify other mounting options. It may be possible to make a bracket to mount one HDD below the existing drive bay.
Most cases have 3 3 1/2" bays. 1 for the floppy, 1 extra external, and 1 internal. If you don't have anything in the 2nd floppy bay, can you move the 60GB to that bay.

Question. If this is a small case, how big is the power supply?
If less than 250 Watts, I recommend getting a new larger case, and moving all of your system into the new case.
Even at 235 watts, I would be concerned about having enough power for everything.
A case is only a few dollars more than a larger PS.

If 60GB is a 5 1/2" drive, you have to get a new case, or replace your CD-ROM drive with the RW drive.

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by grbeckmeyer In reply to Room for CD/RW & 2 HD??

Go to www.maxtor.com and download the Maxblast utility from the Product Support/Software & utilities link. This will allow you to easily copy your 3GB drive over to the 60GB, with Windows & all apps intact, then you can remove the 3GB and you will have room.

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