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I have two hard drives in my computer C and D.  The D drive just started giving me problems.  I called the manufacturer and they sent me a new hard drive.  How and where do I install the third hard drive so that I can copy the old D drive to the new one.  

A friend of mine said I should use one of the drives power and and cable and then use that to copy to the hard drive, but that is giving me problems because when I do that the system ask me for a CD.

Please help.
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I am not sure on how to connect the third hdd, but heres one way of doing it :

You could remove the c: and put the new drive in its place and set the new drive as the master and d: as slave.
Then you would have to install windows on the new hard disk and after installing, it would recognize c: and d:(old one).
So now you could just copy all the data from d: to c:
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by:Kdankwah
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I am sorry but I want to copy the c to the new one and then copy the old d drive to the old c drive.

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by:D0uble_A
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Is c: your primary hdd (ie does it have the operating system)?
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yes
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by:tosh9iii
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1) Are still able to access your old (corruped) drive?

2) I take it that each of these drives are ATA

3) How big are these drives, and how much information do you want to transfer?

4) You're other choice might be to purchase an IDE Controller Card
http://www.acortech.com/.sc/ms/dd/1092846221636072/9/nc/ee/486/SD-ATA8212%2520ATA133%2520IDE%2520CONTROLLER%2520RAID%2520CARD%2520RETAIL%2520BOX

5) Overall, I agree with Double A,

C:Windws
D:Old
D:New

If you drives are big enough, copy the info from D:Old to C:Windows.
Then install D:New and copy the information to there.
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by:Kdankwah
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1.  I can still access D (corrupted) drive

2. Yes its ATA

3. The old D and the new D is 160GB
 Seagate drive

Info on D old will not fit C drive.  

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by:D0uble_A
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For starters you could remove the d: and put the new disk there.  Then you should use norton ghost to copy the contents from c: into the new one.
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by:Kdankwah
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Yes I can remove that but the system did not recognise the new dirive that when I did that.

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by:D0uble_A
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Does it show up on the BIOS?
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by:Kdankwah
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I meant the system did not recognise the D(new) when I put the power and the cable from the old (D) drive.

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I did not check that yet.

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by:Kdankwah
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What do I have to look for in the BIOS?

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by:D0uble_A
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Check that if the new hard drive is detected in the bios.
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Double A, I have to sign off the try what you said about the BIOS.

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by:Kdankwah
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Will get back to you.

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by:Kdankwah
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I checked the BIOS and only the Master is there with drive. The slave has no drive when I installed the D(new). I did not see the D(new. Interestingly, the old(D) too does hot show up on the BIOS, but when I checked in MY COMPUTER I have a D drive.  How can that happen.  This computer was set up for me by a friend of mine about 2 months ago


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If it is not detected in the BIOS, then check the jumper settings and the cable.
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by:D0uble_A
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The old one wont show up at it was removed from the system.
Did you try accessing the d: from my computer?
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by:Kdankwah
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Unfortunately I did not get any litereature with the harddrive.

I will check the seagate website and see how to do that.

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by:Kdankwah
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I see it when I put the old one back.  And I can access D.

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by:Kdankwah
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I checked the seagate website and I found the out to use the drive as a slave I should remove all jumpers, I did and I saw the slave but the did not see the master.  When I go to MY Computer I see the C drive but the new drive.  Am I doing anything wrong here.

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by:Kdankwah
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I meant not the D(new) drive. When I go to My Computer there is no D drive.


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by:D0uble_A
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Try connecting the drive on a different IDE cable
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by:D0uble_A
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Also is the new drive formatted and partioned?
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ok will do that tomorrow.  

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no
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its not formated or partitined.  Do you know of any software that will do that for me.
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Thanks for everything you definitely deserve my thanks.

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by:D0uble_A
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Check out this page for formatting and partitioning
http://www.pcguide.com/proc/setup/hdd-c.html
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by:D0uble_A
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Sure no problem, hopefully something works out.
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by:surly1966
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Do you only have one cd, Last time I check I could easily put 4 IDE devices on 2 masters 2 slaves. there can be some compatability issues but usually they all get along. If you have all drives in there the same time it is much easier to ghost or drive copy it.

Good luck
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