Solved Can not read neighbors HDD as second HDD

May 13, 2012 at 07:40:40
Specs: Windows XP
Neighbors old PC won't power up. He bought new one. Now wants some files off old IDE drive(s). I insert them (one at a time) into my older PCs. One is eMachines T1742 and the other is an IBM ThinkCentre 8187-R5U (M50). T1742 has 320GB HDD and 8187 has a 384GB drive. I have identical backup drives that I GHOST from time to time. Neither PC will not boot when neighbors 80GB drive is installed as second drive. I have tried plugging as cable select, master/slave and used cable from neighbors old machine. My machine at during POST without any message. My PCs will boot if the neighbors drive is the only drive installed, but stops at a message that says something like "Due to changes, windows needs to be activated" and then systems hang. Any
suggestions appreciated as drives have many pictures etc.

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May 24, 2012 at 05:03:14
I do this all the time and this is the first time I have had problems. I tried one last thing and that was to install the neighbors drives (one at a time) in place of my CD-ROM. And it WORKED. I was able to copy files from his drive so he could place them on his new PC. But thanks for all the responses.


#1
May 13, 2012 at 07:48:56
Sounds like you're not setting the jumpers correctly. If you're connecting the drive to a cable that already has a HDD or optical drive on it, you may have to change that jumper as well. For instance, WDC drives have jumper settings for master (single) or master (with slave). If you attempt to connect a slave drive while the WDC is set to single, it will not work.

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May 13, 2012 at 09:52:10
You can't move drives like that.

Boot to a live linux cd and copy the files off or use a bartsPE disk.

Hang up and live.


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#3
May 13, 2012 at 14:14:06
Jefro - I think you are incorrect in that.

I would have made the same suggestion as Riider.

Also to check in bios to see if there are any settings required relating to the addtitional drives.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#4
May 13, 2012 at 18:21:34
I don't disagree that there is some kind of boot order issue. Either in bios or with jumper selections. I'd tend to think bios would control boot drive.

The point was to insert only the subject drive. Boot to a live cd. Then move data off.

Trying to boot to the subject drive will fail because of hal issues.

There is also the issue of the subject drive being full of virus's. Don't allow this drive and your data to interact without a very good security suite. Best to use live cd.

Hang up and live.


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May 24, 2012 at 05:03:14
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I do this all the time and this is the first time I have had problems. I tried one last thing and that was to install the neighbors drives (one at a time) in place of my CD-ROM. And it WORKED. I was able to copy files from his drive so he could place them on his new PC. But thanks for all the responses.

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#6
May 24, 2012 at 05:27:16
Then the outcome proves the problem was related to jumper settings.since it worked fine when on an IDE cable by itself but would not work when two devices were connected to the cable.

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