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{SWA}Gen.MadHatter

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#1 13 years ago

Hi, I'm a noob at this and im haveing a prob. installing a second harddrive to my pc with win. 2000 prof. edition on it. I have built complete pc's from the ground up but have never tried to use 2 drives. Help on this would be really appericated.




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#2 13 years ago

It's painfully easy. First, it really helps to know the following: -Is the current HDD parallel or serial ATA? -The the new HDD parallel or serial ATA? -How many optical drives are installed?




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#3 13 years ago

Answer C38368's questions before you expect any more help. Remember it could be a SATA configuration, though.




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#4 13 years ago

or what about IDE, im pretty sure mine is IDE




{SWA}Gen.MadHatter

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#5 13 years ago

ok, sorry for the the delay. They are both parallel HDD's. I have one optical drive installed. I set the jumper pins on my HDD w/windows to master , and the other to slave and on boot they show as master and slave but will not boot windows. If I just boot without the extra drive installed then install it as PNP it installs, and shows on my pc as drive E: but when I re-start my pc it does the same thing. I appericate the help on this, thank you.




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#6 13 years ago

O, dont know if it matters but both disks are FAT32




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#7 13 years ago

Odd.

On boot: -Does the system POST successfully? -If so, do you receive an error message after POST?




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#8 13 years ago

i think that it post succesfully, I get one beep from the pc then it does nothing like its not reading the boot files.




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#9 13 years ago

Sounds like it isn't posting succesfully. If it does, then you'll see a black and white text screen, it usually flashes so fast you can't see it.

{SWA}Gen.MadHatterok, sorry for the the delay. They are both parallel HDD's. I have one optical drive installed. I set the jumper pins on my HDD w/windows to master , and the other to slave and on boot they show as master and slave but will not boot windows. If I just boot without the extra drive installed then install it as PNP it installs, and shows on my pc as drive E: but when I re-start my pc it does the same thing. I appericate the help on this, thank you.

BTW, to other who might be able to help. Parrallel is also known as ATA, and IDE. SATA, is Serial.

Have you tried plugging them up to seperate cables?

Are you sure that the jumpers are set right, some drives have them in seperate places.

Check for bent pins, from when you plugged it up

Is your computer an older one, that may not support bigger drives? I ask that, while running Windows 2000 on my computer, an older one. I can't get a 40 gig to work, untill I partition it as 2 20gigs. However Windows 2000 still booted into Windows. It is an NT workstation though.

Try booting into BIOS, and making sure its set to boot from HDD0. The first Disk drive. It may be trying to boot off the slave drive.




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#10 13 years ago

What exactly happens after POST is rather important: if nothing happens (blank screen, no HDD activity) then you've probably got a conflict of some kind. However, if you get a message telling you that there's an error loading the OS, or (more likely) telling you that there is no bootable media and asking you to insert a disk or somesuch, then it's probably trying to read off the second HDD, assuming it has a valid boot sector.

I'm going to have to start grasping at straws soon. What happens if you unplug the old drive and put the new one in as the master?




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