Making the new hard drive the boot drive

  Shanks69 17:40 10 Apr 2004

New Hard drive is installed and already recognised by the pc, and has been installed as a slave to the original hard drive.

I'm about to load windows onto the new drive, and once I've copied everything I want from the old drive, the old drive will be wiped/formatted and used for storage.

Will it then be simply a matter of changing jumper settings to make the new as master and old as slave - or do I have to enter the bios ?

  bremner 17:43 10 Apr 2004

Take the old drive out. Change the jumper on the new drive to master.

Install your O/S.

Install the old drive back into the machine as slave and copy across everything you want.

Then wipe.format etc the old drive.

  bremner 17:47 10 Apr 2004

Sorry missed vital point.

If you are installing XP, 98 or ME you will need to ensure the machine boots from the DVD/CD drive. This will entail a trip into the BIOS.

Go to the Boot tab and ensure DVD/CD is the primary boot device.

Then boot the machine and ..... Robert is your mothers sisters husband.

  Shanks69 17:56 10 Apr 2004

Thanks for that - couldnt I use a floppy boot to install the os ?

  ade.h 18:00 10 Apr 2004

Don't forget to run Files & Settings Transfer Wizard before removing your old drive - just use it to copy your settings to removable media and you'll find the new installation that much easier.

  Rayuk 18:02 10 Apr 2004

Just remove cables[ide and power supply]no need to physically remove the drive.
Just remember to change the drive jumper to slave before reconnecting it.

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