Setting an SATA drive to "slave"
Posted on 2005-05-16
My hardrive crashed (OS failure) and I purchased a new one, installed XP and the remaining software on it. Now, I need to retreive the information from the bad hardrive. The bad hardrive is a SERIAL ATA by MAXTOR. According to the MAXTOR website, my SATA drive is already set to "slave" (although that is the way it was set when it was working as a "master"; I never changed it). The problem I am having though is that the computer does not see it as a slave drive. If the MAXTOR SATA drive is plugged in (either inside the machine or connected via USB in a HD enclosure) the machine takes about 20 mins to do a "sort of" boot-up which indicates to me that it is stuggling between picking the OS of the good HD and the one from the bad HD. I've been told that there is a way to set this drive as "slave" via software. I looked into the BIOS but no luck there. Any ideas of what to do?