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From: "DeAnna Burghart" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] OT: Computer Question
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 15:41:53 -0700
In-Reply-To: <>

With any modern drive, you *should* be able to just plug them in, if, as you
say, they're jumpered to the right settings. I don't know how you have your
CD/DVD drive set up, but assuming it's primary on the second IDE cable, then
slaving your old drive to the primary IDE cable should work just fine.
(Obviously if Dell sets up the CD/DVD as slave, you'll want to set the
second drive as primary on the secondary IDE cable.) Your system should
recognize it as D and off you go. I say this in theory, as I haven't
actually done it yet ... ;)

A couple possible gotchas to look out for:

* IDE or EIDE? Make sure that the drive you have is compatible with the IDE
cable on the new mobo. I haven't built a computer in 2 years now, but I
think I recall at the time there were new IDE specs coming out and they
weren't all compatible? I could be completely off my lid here. ;)

* SATA or not? I am not entirely certain how it all works, but I think if
you have a SATA compatible mobo you might need to set something in the BIOS
in order to make sure it's not trying to read your old IDE drive as a SATA
drive? Just best to check the BIOS, I'd think.

* Boot settings -- make sure that the old drive isn't set as a boot -- make
your boot C: and make sure D: (or whatever) is skipped entirely in the boot
sequence (unless you want to boot to the old drive for some reason).

* BIOS settings -- Tangent to the above (and to what Ian just mentioned)
make sure that you know what kind of drive it is before installing, so you
can pop into BIOS right off and make sure it has detected it properly. If it
hasn't, you can probably just fix it to the right settings, but only if you
know what they are.

That's all just nitty worry wort stuff, though, and it should work just
fine. I've done it before a few times with other drives when upgrading
computers. It's a great way of making sure that you've really, really got
everything before finally marrying yourself to the new system.


-----Original Message-----
From: Pam [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 3:00 PM
Subject: [TMG] OT: Computer Question

Sorry for the off topic question but I have a pretty big computer problem
and I'm hoping someone from the list with more knowledge than I can
help. I came home from a 2-week trip to Salt Lake City to a computer with
a dead motherboard (that'll teach me to leave my hubby alone w/my

I've ordered a new one and I'm pretty up to date with backups but there are
a few things I want to get off the old C drive. I was planning to just
move the jumper to slave and install it as a second hard drive in the new
computer until I get the files I need. I was then going to remove it and
put the second drive in my old computer into the new one. Since both
drives from the old computer are formatted and have data on them, I'm
assuming I can just put them in and the computer will recognize them? Both
computers are Pentium 4s and have/will have WinXP Home installed. Is there
anything I need to be aware of that might pose a problem? Both old drives
are Western Digital and since the new computer is from the same
manufacturer (Dell) I'm guessing the new drive will also be WD. I know
some brands used to be incompatible with one another but I'm hoping these
will all be the same brand. I appreciate any suggestions I may have not
thought of.



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