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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.
AND...no 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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3 If you are using recovery discs, be aware of the following items:
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6 You may also use available CD/DVD Drive cleaning kits to clean the laser reading lens of the CD or DVD drive.
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If your computer stops responding after using the recovery program, do the following:

NOTE:If the computer appears to have stopped responding after restarting from a recovery, please wait, it may take several hours or longer to complete the initial Windows XP setup process, especially if a recovery was run from a recovery disc set sent by HP. A Standard recovery may also take longer, depending on how many files are stored in user accounts (like in My Documents ).

1 Exit the stalled recovery process by pressing the POWER button on the PC until the power turns off, this takes approximately five seconds.
Before recovering, disconnect personal media drives, printers, scanners, cameras, camera-type memory cards, and other devices that did not originally come with the PC.

2 If you are using recovery discs, be aware of the following items:
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3 Clean the discs with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth wetted with distilled water. Wipe from the center of the disc to the outside edge. You may also use disc cleaning kits or disc restoration kits from your local computer store. These kits produce better results than using cloth and water.

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