copying a hard drive

October 11, 2009 at 07:19:55
Specs: Windows XP, 3.06 ghz 2 gig ram
i want to copy a hard drive from old puter to this one but this HP rums a MB cord to the hard drive and not a ribbon it has places for more MB cords but my older hard drive doesnt have a MB plug in on it how can i copy this hard drive?

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October 11, 2009 at 07:34:36
What is an "MB cord"?

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October 11, 2009 at 07:36:15
MB cord is what the HP uses instead of a ribbon to connect the hard drive to the motherboard

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October 11, 2009 at 08:11:59
"MB cord is what the HP uses instead of a ribbon"

I've never heard of it before. Is "MB cord" your term or is it an HP term? Anyhow, it's a cable, not a "cord".

Are you trying to clone the drive or just copy some of the contents? Does the cable use standard 40-pin IDE plugs? If so, what's the problem? Or how about temporarily unplugging the optical drive & using that cable for the HDD?

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October 11, 2009 at 08:33:53
ok what i am trying to do it copy my old hard drive onto this hp hard drive and the cable says its a data cable the hard drive doesnt use a ribbon to connect to the motherboard it uses the data cable my old hard drive i am trying to copy doesnt use the data cable it uses the ribbon so i set the jumpers to slave took the ribbon that connects the cd/rom and connected it to the old hard drive but i cant seem to make it work or will it work doing it this way?

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October 11, 2009 at 09:12:04
You're still not making any sense. Try using CAPS & punctuation.

All drives use two for power & one for data. The 3 common data cables in use these days are SCSI, IDE (aka PATA) & SATA. I assume you're asking about IDE/PATA. It doesn't matter if the cable is flat, round or anything in between...if it has 40-pin plugs, it's an IDE cable. Some only support one device, some support two devices. IDE can NOT support more than two devices per device MUST be master & the other MUST be slave. The jumpers on the rear of the devices MUST be set accordingly or they will not work.

Newer IDE cables have a blue plug (motherboard), gray plug (slave) & a black plug (master). If you have two devices & both are set to "cable select", whichever drive is on the gray plug becomes the slave. If you use the actual "master" or "slave" jumper settings, it doesn't matter which plug the device is connected to.

The plugs on older cables are usually all black. If that's what you have, use the master or slave not use cable select. Also, some HDD have specialty jumper settings for master (single) or master (w/slave). This is common with Western Digital drives...the settings are usually printed on the label on the drive.

That being said, the best way to transfer data from one HDD to another is to have them on different cables/channels rather than both connected to the same cable. That is why I suggested temporarily disconnecting the CD/DVD & using that cable. If that's what you plan to do & there are no other devices on the cable, make sure the old HDD is jumpered to either master or master (single). Then bootup, enter the BIOS & make sure the old HDD is properly recognized. Assuming it is, simply boot into Windows. If the drive isn't recognized in Windows, you may have to play around with Disk Management. You may also have to "take ownership" to be able to transfer any files.

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October 11, 2009 at 22:13:30
I used to be that patient back in my younger days.

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