Newbie sucessfully installs second IDE hard drive....now what?
Well, I was brave and took the harddrive from my old computer that blew up and put it into my new Dell.
I knew I had to set the jumpers but really didn't have a clue how, so the first time I put it in I didn't do anything with it and the computer tried to read the old drive as the "master".
I unhooked everything, took it apart and looked around at the old drive.
For all you pros out there, the jumpers aren't self-explanatory, lol!
Finally i found a little black piece on one set of four pins and moved it over one slot.
Put it all back together again and then tried it out again, Voila!
I now have a drive C: and a drive D:and my CD-RW has been renamed E:
Now the question is what do i do with it? I really just wanted to see if I could do it and if I could get my pics back that i thought were lost.
Turns out that some of them were there but not all the ones I thought were, I am lost as to where they went.
The old drive has Windows 95 on it and most of the software for my printer, scanner, digital camera etc. that i have on the new harddrive.
Do i leave windows 95 on there, does it have to have an OS to be accessed? Do i leave the duplicate programs, use it to store pics etc?
I know this is just a discussion forum, not a tech school...so if anyone has any good links for me along with advice that would be great.
You don't need the OS on the D: to access it. In fact, you should copy/move any files you need from your D: to your C: then format your D:
Once done, you can use your NEW d: for storing data. Plus you'll have more disk space now that the OS and duplicate programs are gone.
so if I don't have an OS on it and I use it to save files, etc. Will they be accessible just like in windows? or will I have to use the DOS prompt to get to things.
Probably a silly question but if ya don't ask you'll never know.
Yes, the drive will be accessible from Windows explorer, just like your C: drive.
One other issue that you may run into. If you have games or other software installed that run partially from a CDROM, you may have a problem now that your CDROM has a new a new drive letter assignment (the links are still going to be looking for the CDROM on drive D)
You can either update the links, or reinstall the programs.
You can reformat D: by opening my computer- select D: and click format. Also after you reformat... in windows exployer you can create a new folder by selecting D: in the right window right click white background select new--Click folder. Hit backspace key type Aphoto to have a storage for photos easy to access
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