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I can't figure out how to set my hard drive as "Master", I don't see anything like that in the bios menu. Where do I find it?

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  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    I got a used IBM thinkpad 570e which had no hard drive or OS. I installed XP Pro in an IDE hard drive on another computer (a dell, if that makes any difference) and when I turn on the 570e all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. The 570e seems to recognize the HDD because it's there in the startup
    menu in bios, but nothing else

  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    One hard drive, and the cd in the ultrabase is new. I need a definition for CS

  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    Service manual didn't really say much except how to remove the HDD

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Your laptop has space for one hard drive, so there is no "master" there is just the hard drive. I have given you a link to the service manual for your laptop below. Just copy and paste in your internets browser. Make sure to make a copy for yourself for future reference.

http://www.elhvb.com/mobokive/edwin/laptops/IBM/THINKPAD%20570%20AND%20570E.PDF

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    Donovan, in most cases Windows will not allow another hard drive with a windows installation to boot up in another conputer simply because there are hardware changes. Hardware changes are the biggest reason that windows refuses to boot and gives you the black screen and cursor. Now you might try booting off the disc and trying a repair option to the boot menu in the registry and you might trick it into booting up. Try seeing if it will boot to safe mode, when yu see the Dell splash scree, tap F8 until the multiboot menu appears if it will. If it does scroll to "safe mode with Networking" and see if the computer will boot. If it gets to safe mode and stabilizes then you have a chance of saving some work. Otherwise, the hard drive seems good and is recognized....you can always just reload Windows to a fresh install.

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Hi Donovan,

In order to save you a lot of time and trouble, I wonder if you might comment me back as to what you are trying to accomplish. Answering a these questions will help too.

  • Please confirm we are talking about a thinkpad.
  • How many hard drives do you have
  • Does the machine boot
  • Does your CD work
If you have one drive and it boots, its master

Unless you have two Hard drives, the master / slave is sort of moot. There is also the CS option. This is why I need additional info.

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I would re-install Windows XP into that computer with your installation CD, and start all over again
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