In order to use an old HDD as an external backup with the USB connector I bought it says I need to set the jumper so it's a master. the disk is a maxtor model 83840A6, 7443 cyl, 16 head, 63 sector, s/nC60353KA
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Does you motherboard have the old PATA connectors (white 4 pin molex power and 40/80 pin flat & wide data cables?
Being that old you may have to get the little jumper pins at the back to be set in the correct layout (probably slave).
You can also get external PATA cases or docking stations and set it up that way.
The reason there are two USB plugs it the power required by the external hdd is too much for one USB.
Mac do not use NTFS or other types of file systems like windows does. When you have plugged the external drive in, give it a minute to sort out what it can do and go to Disk Utility. Locate the external hdd and format it for MAC.
Go to Time Machine and set up that drive as the backup drive and proceed to back up the computer to the drive. This may take some time!
This have to be easy. Use small philips screw driver to open HDD compartment, there may be one or two other screws to remove, slide the HDD away from it's connector and take it out. If there is any cage, remove the HDD from it (4 screws at most). Replace with the new HDD and assemle in reverse order. Boot from the recovery CD and install the OS, device drivers and other software. Your old data will be on your old HDD. In case it is in good working order you can put it in USB cage and use it as external USB HDD to transfer your data back.
I suspect that you are using an external drive for backup purposes, the 7 backup has the ability to allow booting from the external HD, SOOOO when you boot up, the system looks for bootable devices, of which the external drive is one...
I have found that changing the boot order in the bios has no effect.
Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Backup>enter This will bring up the Backup/Restore Wizard.which you will choose Backup. In the next window you have options as what to backup. Make your choice and go to next window. Next window is where you choose where to backup and you will then pick your IomegaHDD 80 gb USB external hard drive. Click on next. Good Luck!!
Before you change the 80 GB Hard Drive you can take the backup of your hard drive to the External Hard Drive or if you have any sata case so you put your new hard Drive in the sata case and make 2-3 partitions in the new drive and copy your data in the new hard drive except in first partition which will be primary C Drive for your laptop and will replace data when you install windows in it. after the windows is installed and your data is verified in your new hard drive you can clear your old hard Drive or use it as an External Hard Drive (as you like )
2nd thing which is more safer and reliable is that you make backup CD/DVDs for your data before proceed to formatting or even changing hard drives, it will be very useful and helpful for any unforeseen data loss
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All you need is a good working DVD ROM and a 2.0 usb port.
Plug in your hard drive to the usb port. It should install and be ready to use in a few minutes. Insert your DVD's Open My Computer and open your dvd disk (right click on the icon and choose open) Open My Computer again but this time open your newly inserted hard drive (there will be an icon naming the drive) Now, just use copy / paste from the dvd to the hard drive (you may have to create folders on the hdd to keep it organized)
Check that your usb connector is ok i think problem will be there. Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back as requested, how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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