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using of two hard disc

By marlon_balido ·
procedure, how to configure/install, use a two hard disc

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by DouglasB In reply to using of two hard disc

If the disks are going to be on the same ribbon cable set the jumper on one to master, put the end of the cable on this one, set the second to slave, on the other connector of the ribbon cable. Format depending on operating system you are using. The pins for setting master/slave are at the back of the drive where the power connector plugs in.

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by caestelle In reply to using of two hard disc

This is assuming you will be using windows...
If you already have the first hard drive setup and are just wanting to add a second, check the jumpers on the back of the hard drive as DouglasB suggested and connect the second hard drive to the middle position on the ribbon cable. Then turn your computer on and when Windows first loads it will find new hardware...let it do its thing and when it is through, right click on the My Computer icon and choose manage. Once the computer management console opens, click on Disk Management in the left pane and then scroll down the list until you see the second hard drive in the right hand pane. Right click on the on the second hard drive and choose Create Partition and a wizard will take you through the rest. Note that you should be able to get away with mostly defaults in the wizard, but one thing I would make sure of is that NTFS rather than FAT32.

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by dmiles In reply to using of two hard disc

Your motherboard has two IDE channels, each supporting two devices. So, if you want two hard drives, for example, you should have one be the ?master? and the other be the ?slave?. Have your main hard drive (the one with your operating system) be your ?master? and the other one will be your slave. If you will only have one hard drive, then you will have it configured as the ?master?, or on some drives, you would choose ?single? or ?cable select? to tell the IDE bus that it is the only drive on that chain.

The same procedure goes for your secondary IDE channel, where you will be running your CD drives, tape backups, or if you have a crapload of hard drives, other hard drives.

Configuring these drives is very easy. Often the jumper settings are printed on the top of the drive itself. On CD drives, the settings are described right above the jumper pins. On hard drives, the information is printed on the top of the hard drive, if it is printed at all. If not, then consult the manual for it or go online to try finding the specs. The manuals will also outline any special jumper settings such as use of the limiter jumper on Maxtor hard drives.

In general, have hard drives on a separate channel than the CD drives. If you have a second hard drive, set it as slave on IDE 1. Likewise, if you have a second CD drive, such as a CD-RW drive or a DVD, then install it as a slave on IDE 2. Keep in mind you can use a CD-RW or a DVD drive as a CD-ROM drive, although it won?t be as fast in some cases (usually older ones).

If a particular drive does not need to be jumpered at all, it is best to hang the jumper over one pin. This is the same as being unjumpered, but make sure the jumper is there for future use if needed.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to using of two hard disc

As you have not mentioned the M'Board that you have there are a couple of ways of doing this. Firstly if you have a fairly modern M'Board and Enhanced IDE you will have an 80 wire ribbon cable to connect the drives to the M'Board. These IDE leads are user specific the master goes on the end and the slave goes on the middle connector. Depending on what HDD's you have you may need to set the jumpers to either Master/Slave or Cable Select. Just a note of caution here if you are using the Cable Select option you need to put the drives in the right connections on the IDE cable or they will be reversed and the computer will not boot.

The same more or less applies to the older M'Boards with the 40 Way Ribbon Cables but with them if you have the HDD's set to master and slave you can generally place them anywhere you like on the cable although it is always better to havew the master on the end of the line and the slave in the middle. When the computer posts if you have not set the BIOS to Auto Detect you will also need to go into the BIOS and either change the BIOS settings to Auto Detect or run the IDE setup and identify the drives in the way that you want them used. Like which mode that will be used in. There are several options in this case and generally option 2 is the best for speed and not losing too much space on the larger HDD's in slack space.

There may also be a problem on some older M'Boards of them being unable to read the bigger HDD's that are available now so if you have a 200 GIG HDD and it is only read as a 120 GIG and there is no size limiting jumpers set "Maxator Drives only} then the M'Board can not handle the bigger HDD. To get around this problem you can use an IDE PCI controller card which will pickup the really big drives and at the same time allow the highest data transfer rates possible. If you can see the right size HDD's in BIOS then all you need do is follow the above instructions.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

But be aware that you may have to move the existing HDD to allow the ribbon cable to be plugged in properly as some are not long enough to force them around to reach a HDD that should be in a different place, generally you have the Master on top of the Slave and you shouldn't have any problems.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Just as an after thought if you have not altered the CD/DVD ROM drive to a letter higher up a lot of programs will not run that require a CD to be placed in the drive as they will be looking for the CD at D Drive and not at E where the CD/DVD has been moved to. You should keep that in mind when you add HDD's to any system.

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