how to install a second sata hard drive as a

December 3, 2010 at 12:05:14
Specs: Windows Vista, intel petium 4/ 2 gb ram
I recently bought a WD 1.5tb internal hard drive and I hooked it up to my t5082 emachines computer. The new hd is sata so I got the adapter because my mb uses pata cables, the problem is that when I turn on my computer it only recognizes the new hd and it doesnt show the old one. What do I to make my old hd show up and make my new hd the slave?

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#1
December 3, 2010 at 12:39:43
You need to enter the BIOS (setup) screens and look for an enter to set which hard drive to use as the first boot device.

Once you get into Windows look for the new drive in Disk Management. You can partition and format it from there. I recommend several partitions with that size drive. You can change all the new drive letters to higher one to maintain the letters you have been using.


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#2
December 3, 2010 at 12:59:54
I have been in the bios and when I enter the drive and boot configuration it only shows the new hd and the old one doesnt show. When I powerdown and disconnect the new hd the old one shows up in the bios, It doesnt seem to show both at the same time when their both connected, it only shows the new hd. Thank you for the help.

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#3
December 3, 2010 at 13:06:23
The hard drive selection is not part of the boot order screen. Look further back in the BIOS for that selection. Name may vary but it is which hard drive to choose as the first boot device.

You MAY also be able to get to that selection by tapping an f key at start up. May be something like F11. Watch the screens for a message to change boot options hit ?.

The first method is probably the easiest. Just remember the boot order just says hard drive. Not which hard drive. Now that modern systems can have 8 or more installed drives that selection was added.


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#4
December 3, 2010 at 13:14:27
What I mean is that I went into both the hard drive and the boot order menus and in both it only shows the new hd and refuses to show the old one as if there was only the new hard drive connected when their both connected. Thank you for continued assistance.

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#5
December 3, 2010 at 14:52:56
I don't trust SATA to PATA adaptors at all.

A SATA PCI card would be a better idea.

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#6
December 3, 2010 at 15:10:42
What type of an adapter did you buy? The best route to take was getting a PCI SATA controller card. Here's an example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
December 3, 2010 at 15:26:02
Is the first drive set as master or cable select?

Likely


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#8
December 3, 2010 at 15:54:20
original drive is currently set to cable select and i have tried switching the jumper to master and it still only shows the new hard drive. If i try to set up the boot order it only shows the new hard drive even though the original is connected.

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#9
December 3, 2010 at 17:21:52
Gonzy, where is the adapter connected? Are you using it on the same cable as the original hard drive? Do you have 2 IDE motherboard connectors? If so, connect the SATA to the second connector. Switch your CD drive to the same cable as the original drive. CS should work for both of them.

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#10
December 3, 2010 at 19:09:55
@othehill

Thank you, great advice put cd drive and original drive on same pata cable and new sata drive on its on cable. Ran the bios both apear choose original to boot and initialized my new hd. Thanks again.


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#11
December 3, 2010 at 20:25:29
No problem.

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