Adding IDE drive to SATA drives

accent February 4, 2009 at 20:26:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Gateway machine that has one SATA drive. I also have an IDE drive that I want to get info from. I unhooked the DVD drives on the IDE cable and plugged in the hard drive. The computer will not boot at all, just goes to the screen asking me to boot normal, safe, etc. Whichever one I choose, it ends up back at that screen. I have set the IDE drive to Master, Slave, CableSelect, and the same thing happens.
Any advice would be really appreciated as there is data on the IDE drive I really need.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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#1
February 5, 2009 at 05:58:05
What's the Boot order? Did you connect the drive to Primary or Secondary IDE? Does it have an OS on it? Does the BIOS see the drive?

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#2
February 5, 2009 at 06:02:30
You probably don'[t have the hard drive jumpered correctly. Look at how the DVD drive is jumpered and duplicate.

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#3
February 5, 2009 at 08:42:33
connect the drive alone.
go into the bios and make sure you detect it and see it listed there.

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#4
February 5, 2009 at 08:56:21
Apparently the system is trying to boot to IDE drive you just connected to. because IDE has different XP system files than DELL hardware config, and cause XP not able to bootup and keep reloop.
What you have to do is to change the Boot Order.
Press F2 when PC first start to go to BIOS setup screen.
Under System, Boot Sequence, you need to make sure Onboard SATA Hard Drive is first, then Onboard IDE Hard Drive is last.
That should bring you back to SATA HDD. From there, you should be able to see the IDE HDD as new device found (a letter D:\ maybe)
Alternately press F12 when PC start, that bring you to One time Boot Menu, select SATA HDD to boot from...
Cheers

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