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Hard disk i got a hard disk but it work as a slave drive  but not a master drive i want to take out my old hard disk and put it into my comp but it doesn't work is there some how you can make the slave drive into a master

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You have to have both drives share the ide cable.on the back of each drive you will see a jumper,you will also see markings cs,mas,slave.the drive you want as master use the jumper on cs (cable select).the drive you want for slave use the slave jumper.if you just want to use your new drive put the jumper to cs first if that doesnt work put the jumper to master.

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Can I use this Hard Drive as a slave on my PC ?.


Ofcourse you can, look at the top of the hard drive to find the jumper settings lable, change the jumper so the drive is slave.

Then connect it to your computer with a ide cable, if you have another hard drive on the same cable the other hard drive needs to be set as master, and be preferably on the end of the cable and slave on the center of the cable.

Then check your bios / cmos / cmos setup / computer setup, right when you turn on the computer to see if the hard drive is detected and properly installed.

heres a video on how to use bios

if everything is okay it should show up in windows, if it doesn' then right click on my computer, select manage, then on left side select disk management, you may have to initialize and or partition the disk first before it shows up on my computer.

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when you say disk did you mean cd rom disks or dvd disks?
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suggestion.. be more specific when posting your questions.. that way it will be easier for a solution to be provided as your issue could be interpreted in different ways

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How bout on device manager? right click on my computer icon then go to manage, go to disk manager and check the disk management and configure the new hard drive

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OS does not matter how many HDD you have.
But OS must be put on your master HDD, b.coz when you put two HDD in a system one must be mater and another the slave.
There are Jumper settings in your Hard Disk to make one master or slave. Set this setting and then try to boot.

If you can tell me what you have in each disk, regarding OS, it will help me to give you proper support.

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