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Re-Hooking HD's on PC with Win 95

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All the old machines I have ever worked on in the past had the HD's hooked to a single controller even if their were 2 of them. They would be hooked as master and slave drives. Now I have a much newer machine with on-board primary and secondary controllers. When I put the sys together I hooked the drives (I have 2- WD 1.2 gig) to one cable as master and slave drives. Then Win 95 was installed and all works fine.
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Lee W, MVP earned 50 total points
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Win95 will do the same thing with Hard Drives that BIOS and DOS would.  
If you had four hard drives, each partitioned with a primary partition (as opposed to extended only), the drive letters would be as follows:
Primary Master   = c:
Primary Slave    = d:
Secondary Master = e:
Secondary Slave  = f:

CD-ROMs, regardless of controller placement (but the boot drive typically has to come first in the above order), will get the next available drive letter NOT assigned to a hard disks (Hard disks and EIDE Zip Drives get drive letters first).

Assuming each of your drives is set with only one partition, set your current C: drive to the Primary Master and then set your second hard disk to be Secondary Master.  Both drives need to be jumpered (if necessary) as single drives, no slave present (unless you have an IDE CD-ROM, in which case put the CD-
ROM on either of the controllers and jumper the hard drive and CD-ROM drive appropriately--master/slave).  You will then need to go into your BIOS and set the configuration for the controllers.  (some BIOS will autosense where the drives are after the first boot under the new config and after that boot normally.

Ideally though, I'd redo the system putting Windows on your faster hard disk.
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Thanks leew:

Just to clarify what you said at the begining of your responce, as long as I take care of the BIOS setup on the machine. Which in this case would be Primary master - drive C: & Secondary master - drive D:... Then Win 95 will take care of itself as far as re-configuring itself (device manager) when I start Windows? I figured that was the way it would work, but just wanted to make sure before starting to pull & plug wires!!!

P.S. I have a tape drive and do plan to format and restore my fastest drive of the two as my C: drive.

Take Care;
Jeff

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