Ive got a couple of old PCS and Im hoping to combine the 2 by adding the hard disk from one to the other. How straightforward is this to do? There are a few other things that come into the equation. I eventually need to format the original hard disk (only) and I was wondering if its OK to do this once the 2 disks are together or and should this be done before?
The other thing I wanted to ask is the hard disk that is going into the PC, does it matter if it still has information and programs on it? Is there anything I need to do in order to be able to access these programs?
Presumably if you just insert this drive removed from one PC and install in the other you will have Windows O/S on two drives. Even if this drive you have installed is connected as slave. I think you will have to remove this O/S before windows will recognise the drive. Never actually done this but wait for someone who knows the answer to tell you more on this.
Just insert the drive, but set jumper to slave. The BIOS will detect it and you should be able to access the progs and files etc as normal. You could probably alter the boot sequence in BIOS to boot from the slave drive also.
As you can see from this small pdf the jumper block is located between the IDE ribbon cable connector and the power connector at the rear of the hard drive. It has small plastic lugs that slip on to the pins. This example is a western digital hard drive.
The pins on your drive should be in the same position, unless it is a really old drive,but the commands from your pins may be different. The instructions for the jumper settings will be on the flat top of the drive.Look for the setting that says slave and insert the jumper on to that pin or pins.