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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2001 - 3:32 am:   

Basically, my friend has just aquired a 10gb hard drive and we were wondering if you can simply attach it as a slave without changing any jumper settings and what effect it may have on the system. And if correctly installed, can he simply reboot in Dos and prompt the relevant drive to format or do we have to format both drives and run FDISK or something to let windows know it's there.
Sorry I'm not too technically minded as yet. GASHA. Any help would be much appreciated.
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2001 - 7:23 am:   

to set it as slave on the primary controller the jumpers do need to be set for slave.
check the drive to see if the jumpering info is on it. or refer to the manual or the manufacturers website

if you just attach it without setting the jumpers correctly the system will give an error and won't continue to boot.
after the physical installation, boot up and go into bios to auto-detect the new drive. save the changes and exit. you can then boot into dos to fdisk and format the drive.
when in fdisk select option "change current fixed disk drive", so you don't fdisk the wrong drive. ( i did that one time because i was moving along too quickly. i couldn't believe it. fortunately it was my own drive )after fdisk, exit and reboot to save the changes, then format, again making sure to format the correct drive. you can boot to windows and format from there, too.
you don't need to fdisk or format the main drive.
if the new drive is going to remain as slave, then thats all you need to do.

hope this is helpful

i don't think i left anything out
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2001 - 1:36 pm:   

Thanks very much Vera for taking the time to go into so much detail ,someone with your "incredibly" extensive knowledge is an absolute goldmine as I am a Student at HNC level(only been 3 to 4 weeks so far) ,but it's great. Be sure I'll be back on for more advice in the future. And best of all it's "free".

Stunned "GASHA"
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2001 - 6:20 pm:   

your welcome, i'm glad i was able to help. and you know what, i'm a pc user just like you, and everyone else that comes here. i learned because i needed to do it for myself. keep at it, there is always more to learn.

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