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By swampcat ·
I took the HD out of my old HP 742c and I want to install it as a slave in my new HP m7367c. Mainly to retrieve data, images and a couple of apps. The jumper on the old HD was set to CS and I haven't looked at the jumper on the new one. What's the best way to do this and what issues will I face ? The old HD has XP home Password protected and the new one has XP Pro. Am I spinning my wheels and need to take it to a shop and pay $80.00 per DVD or go ahead and try it ?

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Questions before I answer

by TechExec2 In reply to Second Hard Drive

"Am I spinning my wheels and need to take it to a shop and pay $80.00 per DVD or go ahead and try it ?"

Before I answer, why did you say the above? What would the shop be doing for you at $80 per DVD? Data recovery? Is there something wrong with your old HDD and/or system?

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"The old HD has XP home Password protected and the new one has XP Pro."

What do you mean the old HD is "XP home password protected"? Did you secure and/or encrypt your data with some 3rd party software?

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Do you have a current backup?

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Data recovery, PW protect, Back-up

by swampcat In reply to Questions before I answer

The shop would be taking my HD and recovering the data and apps for me. What i mean by PW protect is that whebn the old HD boots up, it requires a password to finish and provide access because I created a password on it before the calamity. The old system was a victim of a dispute with a spouse. I removed the HD after it hit the dumpster. WE're fine now and the new machine was needed anyway I guess.

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So the situation is...

by TechExec2 In reply to Data recovery, PW protect ...

So the situation is:

Backup: None.

Old System: Not operational.

Old hard drive: No known problems before trip to the dumpster.

Password protection: Just the Windows XP Home Login. No special hard drive security or encryption. No 3rd party software, just Windows. No 3rd party (including HP) hard drive security software.

Spouse: Does not like PCs :^0

All correct?

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Almost all corect

by swampcat In reply to So the situation is...

I did have some backups but I lost a lot of software discs in the mele. I didn't realize that until later because I have so many discs. No known problems with old HD. Yes, only log in PW protect.. That's BIOS isn't it? Spouse likes PCs when they serve her needs. Actually it was a way that she knew to get my goat. It was an expensive goat though. This new pc ran $2,000.00 plus the loss of the old machine.

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Ok. Here's the deal

by TechExec2 In reply to Almost all corect

"only log in PW protect.. That's BIOS isn't it?"

No. A BIOS password is entered on a text screen right after you turn the PC on. The Windows password is entered after Windows starts and presents a graphical login screen.

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Somebody is going to have to connect your precious old hard drive to a new device. It might as well be you. And, I think you will be fine.

The CS jumper means "Cable Select". It is an alternative to jumpering as "master" or "slave". When using an 80-wire IDE cable, the position on the cable determines which drive is master and which is slave. The drive at the end of the cable is the master. The one in the middle is the slave.

Your new HP computer should have the new 80-wire cable. The 80-wire cable is needed for the new high-speed disk controllers that have been standard for a few years now.

Since your old system ran XP Home, and you did not use any 3rd party data security or encryption software, the files on your old hard drive should be directly accessible by your new Windows XP Pro system.

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Turn your PC off. Connect your old drive to the middle connector on the IDE ribbon cable, and turn your PC back on. Windows should automatically recognize the drive and you should have complete access to it.

If you encounter a problem, post back and I'll reply again.


P.S. It could have been a lot worse. You could have owned a Ferrari! :^0

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Thanks

by swampcat In reply to Ok. Here's the deal

I appreciate that. I know just enough in some areas (PCs that is) to get in trouble. One more question..In "My Computer" I see several "Removable DRs".."G "H" "I" and "J". I only have one removable HD port and I haven't installed one yet. Will this operation create a new Drive letter and if I decide to un-install the old HD, do I simply delete the newly created Drive Letter ? Thanks . ps. I have 4 memory card slots,could that be the drives indicated in "My Computer" ?

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by TechExec2 In reply to Thanks

"Will this operation create a new Drive letter"

Yes.

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"if I decide to un-install the old HD, do I simply delete the newly created Drive Letter ?"

No. If you undo what you did (by turning off, physically removing the old drive, turning back on), the new drive letter should go away automatically.

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"In "My Computer" I see several "Removable DRs".."G "H" "I" and "J"."

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"I have 4 memory card slots,could that be the drives indicated in "My Computer" ?"

That's probably what they are. Some removable drive letters always appear. Some don't. You should probably leave them alone. If you were to remove them, you might impair the operation of the memory card feature.

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