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  xania 14:15 07 Aug 2003

Before you start, you will have to make sure that your BIOS is set up to recognise your slave HD - you will have to enter the BIOS (when you first boot up, the screen will tell you how to do this) then enter something like 'Standard CMOS Setup Menu). You will see a like that reads something like 'IDE Primary Master', followed by a line that says 'IDE Primary Slave' - next to each will be a setting which should read 'AUTO' - whatever the master line says, amend the slave line to read the same then exit this menu, and Save & Exit BIOS Setup. When you now boot-up, with both HDs connected, your BIOS should recognise and report back on both, but only if you have set up one as master and one as slave - see below for further details.

If you have no Partition Manager software:

1 Make sure you have a bootable floppy disk available - if not create one whilst you still have your old disk working.

2 Remove your old drive and insert the new.

3 Change the jumper on the back of your old HD from master to slave and put that on the other connector on the same ribbon as the other HD - don't forget to attach a power cable as well.

4 You can now reboot using your bootable floppy disk and re-install Windows on your new drive. NB: you will find your old HD showing with the old OS as drive D:\ and any other partitions on your old drive as E:\ etc

If you have a partition manager (IE Partition Magic)or click here - warning, most demo versions will not allow you to change your active partition - you will then need to do this via FDISK.)

1 Change the jumper on your now HD from master to slave.

2 Attach the new drive to the same cable as the old using the unused connector - don't forget to attach a power cable as well.

3 Use you Partition manager to copy your C:\ partition from the old drive to the new and then change the active partition to be that on your new HD.

4 Allow the Partition Manager to do its job - this will probably involve closing down to DOS and rebooting, doing all the work and then re-booting again.

5 This final re-boot will report an error. Don't worry, turn off the machine and change round the two HD's. This means swapping the connectors and also changing the jumpers on both - your old one now becomes the slave and the new becomes the master.

6 You can now re-boot your computer and continue working.
NB: you will find your old HD showing with the old OS as drive D:\ and any other partitions on your old drive as E:\ etc

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