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How do I access my old had drive installed as slave in new computer?

Posted on 2004-11-18
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I cannot access my old hard drive in my new computer.  I have a new SATA hard drive installed with Windows XP Pro in my new computer which works fine.  I tried installing my old IDE hard drive with Windows XP Pro into my new computer as a slave and then as Channel Select but my new computer either does not see the old hard drive or it tries to load windows xp pro onto the old hard drive.  I get the messsage that setup is starting again and it wants me to install the Windows XP CD again.  What do I do to access my old hard drive?  I would like to transfer files and settings from the old hard drive to the new hard drive using Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.  I cannot use my old computer because the Motherboard is fried.
Question by:dagranger

Expert Comment

ID: 12622252
make sure your jumpers are set correctly and the ide cable is hooked onto the hard drive at the end. also go into the bios and give your ATA drive boot priority. its currently in device conflict with your other drive.

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cwisofsky earned 2000 total points
ID: 12622291
Change the jumper from CS to Master on your hard drive.  This might not be necessary, but if there is nothing on the drive it shouldn't hurt anything.  Also what type of computer are you using?  It sounds like you need to enter your setup (BIOS) and change the boot order around to not try and boot off the old hard drive.  The SATA drive needs to be in the boot order before the IDE.  Since it's a new computer, both drives will likely be listed by name so you can set the order correctly.  Some suggestions on getting into the CMOS would be to press the delete key during the memory count at boot.  If there is a 'splash screen' it may also tell you what key to press to enter setup.


Author Comment

ID: 12624988
Thank you, I had not checked the setting on the SATA drive.  I will make sure it is iset to master.  This is an IBUYPOWER computer with an ABIT uGuru processor and Motherboard and an Athlon 64 3000+ CPU.  I will change the boot order to Sata, IDE, CD, and floppy.  I can enter the BIOS through DEL key.

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