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Adding old hard drive to new pc!

Right first time problem tried alot but cant work it out hoping some one will save me!! I previously had a dimension 3000 (dell) with 2 hard drives. i had a seagate 30gb hard drive as the slave which i had all my music stored on. that computer got a virus so i fresh installed and music was still on seagate hd. I now have a dimension 5100 which supports basically sata harddrive and the sea gate is ntfs, i would like my music on this computer and have connected the seagate in the slot between the cd drive and the floppy disk drive and have connected the right jumpers, power cable and its set as slave. So here is my problem my computer isnt detecting the hard drive, i tried looking in the system start up, in device manager etc etc i cant find n e way to get it to read it! can some one please help would be really appreciated and thank you for reading this !!!! since it isnt the best piece of literature ever written!

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  • yeboi Mar 09, 2009

    thats another problem because of the placing off the hard drive, im not 100% sure how to connect them iv tried finding a dummies guide or any guidance to how to do this! the first drive is sata but the second 1 is IDE my previous pc was all ide so it was plug and play! any ideas thanks for writing back so quickly and trying to help!!

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The seagate HHD (secondary drive) need to be on the same cable as the primary HHD. unless you haev SATA. then it is need to be connected to the second SATA connector on the mother board.
go to BIOS setup and make sure the BIOS know there are 2 HHD.
you should be good to go.

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    Frank Mar 10, 2009

    the connctor on end IDE cable is the primary, the connector in the middle is the secondary.

    you have to enable the auto detect in the BIOS for secondary IDE.

    configure the CDROM as primary drive and the HHD as secondary drive.

    if you set it up correctly, you should see the CDROM as secondary Primary and the HHD is secondary secondary drive.

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