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Re: PC not recognising the slave drive
Assuming you set it as slave or cable select as required by the motherboard, you have to first get the bios to recognise it press F2 or Del on boot up to enter cmos and then there should be an option to auto detect drives, save settings for a re boot.
When in windows, right click on my computer icon and select manage>disk management and then your drives will be listed, right click on the slave drive and select format or set as active and it will then show, but only 137GB may show depending on the bios version.
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ata is a big flat cable whereas sata is a newer thin flat cable. it really depend on your motherboard and if it accepts them. if you could plug it in then it means that it accepts the connection. you can use any harddrive as long as it has the ata or sata connection and also if it can plug in to the mobo (motherboard).the windows insatllation may not be recognising the newer drive or the original one. make sure you have the jumper pins on your original drive set to master and the ones on the new drive set to slave. then as the pc boots up repeatadly tap the delete key and you will eventually go into dos. in dos go to peripherals or boot devices (different with some) , it may be called something else but find the boot sequence and set your cd drive to 1st boot device then your old harddrive to 2nd boot device then 3rd to your new drive. or if you have a floppy drive you can set that to first and then cd to second and master drive to third. if you want to only use the new harddrive then you will have to set it as master on the jumper pins and then 2nd boot device in dos after your cd drive and floppy drive. then you would have to do a fresh install of windows on the new drive and not use the restore disk.then you would have to transfer your files off your old drive which you would have to set as a slave drive on the jumper pins. if you do a fresh install of windows then you could download it. if you still have problems then write back. if you do get it to boot up it may not recognise the new drive, i would recommend checking the jumper pins on the harddrives and then reinstall windows. and format your new drive.
You indicated that this is a windows ME system. Windows ME is a FAT 32 system. It is therefore limited to 32GB partitoins. This may present a problem that can be solved with a new OS. If the drive is also not reported in the system bios, there is also a motherboard limitation indicated. There may be a bios update to fix that, but it won't fix Windows ME.There may be a workaround: If the bios detects the drive, you can use fdisk to remove the current partitions, and create new FAT 32 partitions FIVE of them! at 32GB each.
You have half a dozen reasons why this will not work. The Operating system (XP) does not recognise the different hardware, the Bios doesn't recognise the MBR (the file structure of the harddrive) and you have all the wrong hardware drivers installed.
There is a way to do this if you have the original XP installation disk, install the harddrive, put the XP installation disk in the CD/DVD drive and set the machine to boot from the CD/DVD first. When the machine boots up and goes to install XP follow the instructions as if you are doing a fresh install, when SetUp attempts to format the harddrive it will discover you already have a version of XP installed and will give you the option to repair it, go ahead with the repair and MAYBE SetUp will be able to see and install the correct hardware drivers. If not you are looking at Slaving the harddrive, saving your personal files and then formatting the harddrive and reinstalling XP fresh.
the harddrive is likely to be located with some screws
Remove these screws
There will be a ribbon cable and a power lead - remove these
you will then need to install this into your current PC.
1 - Do you have a spare line or space on an IDE line...
2 - You will need to establish whether you are on primary or secondary line, and then if you need to set your hard drive to be a master or slave Hard drive (recommned slave on the 'other' line to your master hard drive) - this will improve the communication speed.