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I have 2 optiplex 330 desktops and am trying to put both hard drives into one tower. I can not find how to switch the secondary one to slave.

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If they are IDE Harddisks, check jumpers at one end. it's wise to set it to CS (Cable Select). On the IDE cable, the furthest connector is the Master.
If SATA Harddisks, there are no jumpers required (only one HDD per connector). you will need to change the setting in BIOS to boot from one. Also SATA connectors should have a label nearby, namely SATA1, SATA2, etc. Use SATA1 for OS.

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There are jumpers on the unit sl is slave, cs is cable select, and ma is master, i recommned putting it on cs (cable-select) and using the middle connector for it, then goto the bios and confirm

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