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Slave is ok but master freezes...

Hi,I mostly used my st94011A-40gb seagate momentus hdd as external drive.But next time when I plugged it into my laptop as normal hdd,I realized that as master hdd the laptop freezes,but when I plug it as slave,than the computer recognizes my hdd but the problem is that as slave,I cant install windows to it because it doesnt have a boot support than...

Now the only thing that I can do is to start the computer from a usb stick with a linux distro and use the hdd as storage media...

I checked hdd for bad sector but its clean...
I thing the controller card of hdd is problem,is it easy to fix,or is there anyway to install xp even if the hdd is in slave mod?

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  • mefairo Jun 03, 2010

    dear chiefmecha,As I wrote,The hard drive doesnt work in my laptop as master mode or cable select mode.If I connect it as master,my laptop doesnt start,it freezes,only in slave mod my laptop starts normal,recognizes the hdd,but at slave mod windows is not able to boot from hard drive...

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You can install even if it is a slave disk. also you can try setting the jumpers to master mode, check the sides of the hdd, it has a jumper setting and set it to master, using the shorting pin, just plug it out and connect it to the right setting

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