installing a new harddrive!

  [DELETED] 19:07 07 Sep 2003

i am a computer novice and was thinking of installing a new harddrive, i would like to know how i would go about installing as slave, im not sure about all the setting jumpers and stuff so someone please help.

  [DELETED] 19:17 07 Sep 2003

Switch yer puter off first.
There is a jumper on the drive which needs to be set to the slave position.See diagram on drive itself. The red wire on the data cable HAS to to go next to the power socket. Plug it in, plug the power plug in.
Tell the BIOS about it.

Bob's your unc.


  howard60 19:30 07 Sep 2003

if your ribbon cable has only the two connectors 1 in the motherboard socket and 1 in the master hard drive you will have to get another cable with the slave connector in the middle about £10 from etc.

  [DELETED] 19:33 07 Sep 2003

okay thanks guys i will try to install it.

  [DELETED] 04:01 08 Sep 2003

Before you can use it you need to Fdisk and format. If you don't know how then post back in this thread.


  [DELETED] 06:08 08 Sep 2003

I was just about to post a similar question, I have bought another hard drive expecting to receive installation instructions with it but there was nothing. I need a detailed step by step explanation of how to install it. I have a Packard-Bell iPower puter running on Windows ME. It has a pentium 4 processor, the new hard drive is a Western Digital 80 GB.
Any help will be appreciated

  powerless 06:41 08 Sep 2003

click here for the Western Digital Hard Drives Installation Guide. (print)

  [DELETED] 07:40 08 Sep 2003

Powerless: Thanks for the link, printed out all 40 pages, now - spend a few hours reading them !

  [DELETED] 07:52 08 Sep 2003

If you're using WXP, you don't need to fdisk and format. This is done from within Windows itself.

  [DELETED] 09:42 08 Sep 2003

right! well so this is what i do:

1. set the jumper on the 2nd hard drive to slave.

2. plug in the ribbons etc.

3. load into bios, and tell it about the 2ndhard drive being slave.

4. run bootdisk and fdisk the 2nd hard drive.

by the way can i run fdisk from the primary hard drive and isnt fdisk also format aswell?

  [DELETED] 10:04 08 Sep 2003


FDISK and FORMAT are two different commands and do different things.

You must FDISK a new disk before you can Format it.

Fdisk will allow you to determine if your new disk has just one partition or more than one.

After creating Patition or partitions you must then Format it or them.

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