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Old Hard Drive Installation as 2nd Drive

Company's computer for used for creating keying systems wouldn't power up any longer.
Replaced with Gateway 2000 which was in use in office.
Took HD #1 from defunct computer & installed in Gateway as master, then used old "D" assigned HD from Gateway & installed as slave.
Now, even though BIOS lists both drives properly and as master and slave, and the drive from defunct unit is assigned as "C", I cannot access the other drive by any higher letter command such as "D", "E" or any other letter. matter which one I assign as slave, it still boots up into the same "C" directory on the original drive.
Any suggestion would be welcome.

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First check your boot sequences. If you want to get it to boot from the defuct PCs HDD you will need to see which is booting first. Bios will remember the actual hard ware by serial etc, not by which is master and slave.

If you just want to run the programs off that drive, then are you running windows?

check out the computer management tools (found in the administrator tools section of the control panel) and there you should be able to use disk management to see what drives are there.

Here you can change drive letters and will be able to see if the drives are being picked up by windows

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