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Computer won't detect new HDD as master when booting

I have an older computer (Dell Dimension XPS I believe) that I am trying to add a bigger hard drive to (500gb Western Digital). I had two small drives attached (80gb & 200gb). I already have my operating system installed on the 500gb drive, but any time I plug it in as the master drive with a slave drive I get a message that states ''No Operating System Found'' when I try to boot. If I hook up the 500gbdrive as a slave, then everything works fine. I really need it to be the master, because I need to get my files off of the 200gb drive. Any help or suggestions (besides getting a new computer) would be greatly appreciated.

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You can do this!

1. Connect your 500gig drive as the slave of your smaller boot drive.
2. Go to http://freewareapp.com/western-digital-data-lifeguard-tools_download/ and get the Western Digital Lifeguard tools.
3. Run the executable to install WD tools.
4. Run that application.

You'll notice there is a Drive to Drive Copy utility. This will clone your new 500gig drive from the smaller drive. When the utility finishes copying the drive, shut down. Remove the smaller drive, and set your 500 gig drive as master/single. Reboot, and you should be running off the new drive.

It is possible that your old drive was an IDE drive and your new one is SATA. If so, you may need to enter Setup on the reboot, go to the Boot menu, and set the boot device to the new drive type.

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