I'm on w2k and want to format my 120gb external hd. Although I've got Partion magic and Ghost they can't get to it (faulty driver I think). So I'll need to hook up as slave and format. Now, I need really simple instructions on how to do that.
I've got 2 internal hd's, 'c' & 'd'. I disconnected 'd' and put 'h' (the external hd) on 'd's ide ribbon and power source but when i boot up there's error messages (like slave hd is not setup correctly). So I assume there's something I need to do to 'h' 1st. Does it involve jumper shunts. There's a diagram on hd but I'm not sure what to do and all the sites I've seen on instructions say set the jumpers to ****, but not HOW TO SET the jumpers.
The jumpers are little plastic lugs that slide in and out. The best way I have found is with a pair of tweezers. Just pull the jumper\ jumpers out and refit so it is down as slave.
The other thing may be a trip to the bios. The fact that it is saying (like slave hd is not setup correctly). May indicate that the slave hard drive is set to manual and not auto. Check in the bios under standard cmos settings that the slave drive is on auto.
Why not just set up the 120GB drive as master, disconnecting all others and use a boot disk to Fdisk and format?
It may be possible to boot from CDROM drive and use your Windows CD to prepare the drive.
Regarding jumper settings - check the diagram on your drive - sometimes it contains the power supply diagram on one side of the jumper pins. Set the jumper caps accordingly. If not - take a good look at the pins and see if there is an odd one - usually next to the Master setting jumpers and work it out from there. Don't mean to be silly, but the jumpers can be muddlesome sometimes because they differ whichever way up the drive is. Just trying to be helpful.
"The jumper pins don't move, (Western Digital)so do I need to get a 'shunt'?"
Let's get our terminology right, so there's no misunderstandings.
The pins (the pins that stick out of the drive) are fixed in place.
The little plastic "cap" you will find on some of them, is normally called a "jumper". The jumper will move - they all do - they're very difficult to grip with tweezers tho'. It's not possible that the jumper will not come off - try again.