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Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 10:48 am:   

Is it possible to take the hard drive from my old computer and put it in my new one without formating it? I just want to get my stuff off of it?
brian lefoe
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2002 - 5:15 am:   

yes - you need to set the jumpers on the old HD to make it a slave, then connect the data and power leads, then boot up. The computer should find it - if not check the bios settings. If you have problems you might have to get the right drivers for your old hd and install them on the new one.
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2002 - 2:27 pm:   

Like Chad I am trying to add a hardrive, my system is an older Toshiba tecra laptop with a docking station. I went to the mfr 's website for the second drive and downloaded the instructions for the jumper settings. The problem is that the isntructions do not talk in terms of Master and Slave. They provide jumper settings for the "SCSI ID 0,1,2,3,...7". as shown below

1. The jumper positions of JP1, 2, and 3 define SCSI IDs of the drive.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are Off, Off, Off, the SCSI ID is 0.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are On , Off, Off, the SCSI ID is 1.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are Off, On , Off, the SCSI ID is 2.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are On , On , Off, the SCSI ID is 3.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are Off, Off, On , the SCSI ID is 4.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are On , Off, On , the SCSI ID is 5.
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are Off, On , On , the SCSI ID is 6.(Set at shipping)
If JP1, JP2, JP3 are On , On , On , the SCSI ID is 7.
2. If JP4 is Off, the drive will spin up automatically after power on reset. If JP4 is On, the drive will not
spin up unless the host system issues START/STOP UNIT command with the start bit set to 1.
3. If JP5 is On, Unit Attention after power on reset or SCSI bus reset is disabled.
4. If JP6 is On, the internal SCSI active terminator is turned on.
5. If JP7 is On, Target Initiated Synchronous Negotiation is disabled, and then the Initiator is required to
start a negotiation handshake if Synchronous SCSI transfers are desired.
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 5:36 pm:   

I had to restore my original hard drive before I could make a back up of info on my second hard (I installed)drive which I used as a storage. After the restore, I cannot get to my storage drive I can format it but that will lose all the info on it, is there another way to get to the second drive???

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