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Helen Percival
Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2003 - 4:17 am:   

I've installed 40GB Exelstor HD with Windows98SE after my 15GB Quantum Fireball HD started to die. I DO backup fairly regularly, but am hopimg to retrieve some recent data from the Quantum. My Dell XPS T700r system uses Cable select apparently. So, if I just connect the old HD as the second drive will I have a chance of getting stuff off the old HD without having to mess with BIOS settings etc - & thus risking new HD setup - I am very unfamiliar with hardware stuff. So am nervous of messing up. Help very much appreciated.
Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2003 - 8:07 pm:   

If the quantum is clicking, clicking, clicking, than hurry, hurry, hurry. Shouldn't be a problem as long as the data isn't corrupted. You may want to disconnect the power and cable from the old drive before reinstalling the operating system on the new drive until you are ready to actually transfer the data. This will pretty much ensure you won't kill the old drive completely whilst installing on the new. Re-connect with the power off of course.
Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2003 - 8:09 pm:   

I re-read your post so sorry about the longitude of my reply. I really should get another cup of coffee.
Jim C
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 8:16 pm:   

If your bios supported the new drive, then you should have no problem setting your other drive up, however, what I would do if I were you, is...
unhook the CD drive, and put the old HD on THAT cable, then you won't need to worry about jumper settings for master/slave drives, and all that.
Good Luck - if you need more help, post....

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