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Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 1999 - 8:24 am:   

This past weekend I added a 6.4 Western Digital Hard Drive as a slave, to my 1.2 WD Hard Drive ("C")which acts as the Master. Prior to the upgrade my Mitsumi 6x CD Rom worked perfectly as drive "D". After the upgrade the slave hard drive was listed as "D", the master remained "C" and my CD Rom became non-operational and has no drive letter assignment. It seems that everything else was unaffected by the upgrade. If you have any suggestions or help please e-mail me with your advise. Thanks
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 1999 - 1:11 pm:   

E-Mail sent as requested.
Posted here as reference

Hi Fred

Please don't be offended by the obvious nature of some of these suggestions.....sometimes people miss the simple.
I had an 8x Mitsumi a while back. When I set it up on the secondary IDE channel I left it as a slave but the readme that came with the drivers for that drive told me I had to put a switch like 170:15 in the device MTMCD001 line in the config.sys for the computer to recognise it did plug the data cable into the IDE channel the right way round didn't you?
With a new 6.4gb drive that is probably faster than your old one have you considered doing the old reinstall of your operating system? The speed of your slaved drive is tied to that of your older master drive and you would probably get the full value of your new drive by setting it up as the Master. Some people use Norton's Ghost to transfer their drive contents but if you haven't done a format and reinstall for a while then it's probably not a bad thing. Remember to back up things like your mail, address book, bookmarks, docs etc. You could just leave these on the older drive while you set up the new one and then transfer them across. You could then just slave your CD off the new master on the primary IDE (where you know it works and doesn't require any special switches to do so) and plug your older drive into the secondary IDE.
Good luck

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2000 - 8:46 am:   

is there any documentation that i can get that explains what you just said in dummy terms? i have the same problem but didnt understand a lot of what you just said. =)
Andrew Koluch
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2002 - 6:00 am:   

Hi Fred,

Sometimes, I have forgotten to move the jumper on the CD Rom from Slave to Master when I add a new drive. The BIOS settings let me know if this has happened. If the PC sees it in the BIOS, you generally know that the CD is set up correctly.

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