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Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2002 - 9:06 am:   

I just built a new system with an 80Gig Seagate, installed Win 98SE, everything works fine. But I want to use my old hard drive out of my old system as the 2nd hard drive without doing fdisk or reformatting it - I need to use all the data on it. Everything is set up and detected correctly in BIOS, new drive is primary master, old drive is primary slave. Windows sees the old drive in device manager, but no drive letter is assigned and it does not show up in Explorer or in DOS mode. Is it possible to do this and if so how? I have tried everything I know - even making the old drive secondary master, but still no go. Is this because both drives have the OS on them?
Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2002 - 7:07 pm:   

First, make sure you can boot from the new drive by disconnecting the old drive. If you can't than you need to make it so. after the O.S. is setup and working shutdown, replace the new drive with the old drive boot with it in safe mode and remove and Shut down replace the old drive with the new drive and put your old drive as secondary master and you should be good to go.
Gloria Vester
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 8:52 am:   

Thank you! I was wondering if I had to remove all Windows files from the old drive - you just saved me a lot of trouble. Very much appreciate the help.:-)
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 9:31 pm:   

No problem at all, this question gets asked alot where I work and I encourage folks to make sure the new drive is setup properly with the O.S. first as a stand alone drive before attempting a dual drive config.

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