Move Old files to new HD.

July 16, 2011 at 20:16:33
Specs: Windows Vista, SP 2, 500 GB
Had a damaged HD (WD3200AAKS) (possible virus?) So I got a new HD, but would like to see if I can slave the old one to see if I can retrieve some of the files that were important. So how do I set old one as slave so the system doesn't try to boot from it. Its got a jumper setup, but I can't find anywhere on the internet what jumpers to set. Also, if there was a virus, do I run the risk of infecting new system, even thought I have very new anitvirus setup and a service contract for repair.

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July 16, 2011 at 20:29:57
If you do have a virus, why wouldn't you just remove it rather than swapping out the HDD? And yes, if you connect an infected drive to another system, you risk infecting that system as well. If there is a virus, it has to be removed!

If these are SATA drives, there is no jumper setting to mess with. If they're both IDE/PATA drives, the main HDD with the OS should be on the primary channel jumpered as master & the other drive should be put on the 2ndary channel - master or slave doesn't matter. If there is no 2ndary channel, the 2nd HDD would obviously need to be jumpered as slave.

If you have a mix of SATA & IDE/PATA drives, we need to know which is which.

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