adding second hdd

  creak 13:10 02 Jun 2004

just got new hdd today (diamond max plus 40gb 7200rpm) fitted it but windows ME doesn't see it. don't now if original hdd is master or slave (nothing to say which) this is an old computer with 400 celeron pros. any help would be great. thanks.
400 celeron
8.4gb original fitted with WIN ME
196mb memory
samsung cd/rw
ricoh cd/rw

  buscrew 13:18 02 Jun 2004

Your original will be master. Did you use FDISK to create an extended DOS partition, the create a logical drive within that, then format the disk?

  hugh-265156 13:21 02 Jun 2004

are you adding the new drive as slave or as a replacement master with the old one as slave?

on the drives themselves there should be a label showing the position of the jumpers for master and slave.

your old drive will already be set to master or cable select so if your adding the new drive as slave just check its jumpers are set to slave and connect it to the middle of the ide cable.

master goes on the end of the ide cable.

enter your bios and see if both drives are seen here.set them to auto detect maybe.

if the drive cannot be seen in the bios and your jumpers are set correctly then maybe your bios might need an update.leave that for the moment though untill you check everything else.

  pj123 13:49 02 Jun 2004

Most new hard drives are set to Master as default. If you are adding it to an already existing system it needs to be set as Slave. It then needs to be detected in the BIOS. Then it needs to be FDISKd and formatted before it can be used. Unfortunately, with the spec of your computer you may also find that the maximum size hard drive you can have is 8.4gb, so a 40gb won't work.

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