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Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 7:54 am:   

My grandma just got her old computer upgraded with a new 40gb hard drive. It still had the old 6gb one in it with windows 98. I re-installed it with win me, but now it only sees the old hard drive. Before I re-installed it, it saw the new hard drive but now it doesn't. In bios it says that the new hdd is the only one installed. I don't know what to do, so could someone help me?
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 11:34 am:   

Sorry, but your reference to *it* is confusing, and I'm not sure what you have done. One way to get the computer up and running would be to remove the 6Gig, set the jumpers on the 40Gig to *Master* and install that drive into the Primary/Master IDE, along with the CD as *slave* on the Primary. Then use fdisk to partition the drive, then format and install your OS. When done, you can configure the old 6Gig drive on Secondary IDE and copy data files to your new drive. From what I understand, Win98 SE is better OS than Win Me.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2002 - 6:51 pm:   

If you want to use both drives, be sure to install one as MASTER and one as SLAVE (jumper settings). Next make sure that the BIOS detects both drives - use the auto detect feature if there is one. If BIOS then sees both drives, the problem should be solved.

Good luck....
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2002 - 6:53 pm:   

By the way, I would use the larger drive for the OS - it's amazing how much "stuff" you can accumulate in a short time
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 6:55 pm:   

I only want to use the new drive, so can't I just disconnect it? Then what would I do in bios and all that?
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 5:03 am:   

1. Remove 6Gig HD.
2. Set jumper on 40Gig to Master
3. Be sure jumper on CD set to Slave
4. Re-boot, set BIOS Primary IDE Master to Auto
5. Set BIOS Primary IDE Slave to Auto
6. Save BIOS settings
7. Boot w/ OS set-up disk
8. Partition HD and format
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 3:17 pm:   

Ok, thanks. I'll try that.

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