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How to access slave drive - Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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Once the drive is connected to the computer correctly and has a partion and formated you should be able to see it as a drive letter

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360 harddrive

Is this a new hard drive that you are fitting to a desktop PC?
If it is a new - empty- hard drive it will have to be formatted before you can install Windows.
If it is a hard drive that you are fitting as a slave you may be fitting it on the wrong part of the IDE data cable, or if SATA, on the wrong motherboard connector. IDE data cables have many pins and are grey and wide.
On an IDE cable you may have 3 connectors. One which fits the motherboard, and 2 connectors to fit drives. The connector FURTHEST away from the motherboard is the MASTER. The middle connector is for the slave.
On the rear of a hard drive you also have 'jumper connectors'. The location of these connectors sets the drive as either master or slave. On an IDE data cable the master drive must be at the cable end with the jumper connector set to master (or 'cable select'). The slave drive - on the middle connector - must have its jumper connector set to 'slave' (or 'cable select').
If you are using SATA, the hard drive should be set to master or slave.
However, it would appear your computer IS recognising the drive. To check, restart your computer and press the delete key as it boots up (or it may be another key tells you on the start up screen which key to press to access the bios settings).
Access the bios settings and look for the disk information. It will tell you if the disk is detected and whether it is a primary master or primary slave. You can always try disconnecting your dvd drive (power off the computer first..) and fitting the hard drive in its place. Restart the computer and go into the bios settings again. Is the drive now recognised as the secondary master? It well may be just incorrect location on the cable/jumper settings/where the cable is connected to the motherboard.
If it is just a single hard drive you have and it is new, Your computer will tell you that it needs formatting before you can install an operating system or software.
If it's a second hand drive you are fitting, your computer will not boot up even if the hard drive already has Windows on it. You will have to reinstall Windows from a dvd.
If it's your existing hard drive which had been previously working ok, remove the data cable and reconnect it. It may be a 'dry joint' causing the problem. If disconnecting and reconnecting the cable on an existing hard drive does not work .. begin to suspect a failing hard drive

Jun 08, 2013 | Transcend StoreJet Computers & Internet

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I can not access my computer after imminent failure message

> imminent failure message ... cannot access

Bad luck that the 'imminent' failure was _SO_ soon followed by _complete_ failure.

Buy a new disk-drive. Disconnect the old disk-drive.
Install Windows to the new disk-drive.
Reconnect the old disk-drive, as a 'slave' disk-drive, and hope that you can access the files on it, even though you could no longer 'boot' Windows from it.

Oct 26, 2010 | Samsung SpinPoint P80 SP0802N 80 GB Hard...

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Hello Aom1908, check your wiring and drive jumper setting.
  1. If you are using IDE, check loose IDE cable, of the DVD drive and the Hard Drive. motherboard connection included.
  2. Check also the jumper at the back of the drive, one should be master and one should be slave. I prefer the hard drive master and the DVD drive slave.
  3. Check also the power connector for loose connection.
Thats all. keep me posted.

Mar 22, 2010 | Pioneer DVR-520H DVD Recorder

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My cd-roms work seperstely but not as a pair. The small 3-prong hookup wire is not connected to anything

By 'work' are you referring to loading software, being able to see the drive in windows and find/access files on the drive,... or are you referring only to playing cd music directly from the drive(s). Most likely the 3 conductor wire you are referring to is specifically for the audio playback of cd music directly from the drive to the sound card. In any case, the 3 conductor audio cable is not necessary for the drive to operate.
For the moment I will assume you are adding a new or at least second cd/dvd drive to your system:
If you can only use one at a time (not being able to see at least one drive in windows when both are connected, or not see any drive when both are connected) the master/slave settings are not correct on the drives. On each of the drives is a series of pinouts between the IDE connector and the power connector. Either in front of the pins or on a label on the top of the drives you will see MA, SL, CS or Master, Slave, Cable Select. If your IDE (Flat, wide cable with 1 conductor having a red stripe has the words Master and Slave stamped on it, you may use the shortout connector and set both drives to CS). If the cable is not labeled you may not be able to use Cable Select and have to set one drive to Master and the other to Slave. In either case,.. once you set the drives appropriately, and connect the cables correctly,.. both drives will show up in windows and be accessible.
I hope this helps you with the issue.

Jan 30, 2010 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

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My laptop cant se my external hard drive

Hi hot_lips_swe

If you've tried everything possible to access it through the external,what I would do, is to dismantle the case around the hard drive, and take out the physical hard drive and switch the back pins to Slave, and add it to a desktop if you have one. (make sure you have your main drive as Master) Then as a slave drive you have a lot more options to recover your data. If you don't have a desktop, you can purchase a laptop port extender at your local computer store. Or you can buy you HERE, and connect it direct to the usb port. Your best way is to slave the drive on a desktop thou.

Good Luck

Jan 20, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB...

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The hard disk in drive D: is not accessible

Hope I can help you with your problem. If your hard drive was installed to be used as D: in your old computer then you will have to set it up to be D: in the new computer. This may be why it is not being recognized. You can do this by connecting it as a slave on the primary IDE cable.
Also you will need to check the jumper on the hard drive to make sure it is set in the slave position.

Dec 03, 2008 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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Phantom Titanium Hard Drive

there is a master/slave input for you IDE wires on the back of your hard drive, simply have a master drive as primary w/ that as a slave... it would be accessable via My Computer, as another hard drive i believe

Aug 05, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Master\Slave Jumpers

Should be a diagram on the drive telling you where to put the jumpers (Master, Slave, Cable Select). You might also check Maxtor's site - bet they have the diagram you need. winstephen

Jul 09, 2007 | Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120 GB Hard Drive

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