Piggy Backing Hard drives, tries to boot from HD

May 12, 2012 at 11:39:46
Specs: Windows XP
according to my hard drive settings, the jumper is removed completely to make it a slave drive. When I turn on the computer, it still boots it with XP. It's on a machine that runs vista so I know it's reading from the "broken" hard drive. The hard drive is plugged into the cd rom drive using the "slave" plug. Am I doing something wrong? I did this about 8 years ago and it worked.

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#1
May 12, 2012 at 13:10:14
Is the main hard disk IDE or SATA? I'm guessing SATA, else why are you plugging the second into the same port as the cd rom and not the same port as the main hard disk?

Under these circumstances it's likely that the BIOS sees the IDE disk first (whether it's connected as a master or slave is irrelevant). Just change the boot order in the BIOS so that your main disk is the boot disk.


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#2
May 12, 2012 at 13:31:54
Yes the working machine is sata. I've gone into bios and browsed and not sure what I need to change

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#3
May 12, 2012 at 13:42:04
You need to change the boot order. Where you find that depends upon your BIOS. It's the same place where you would make the CD-ROM the first boot device. In my BIOS it's on the second page. Look for something called "Boot Order", "Boot Device", or something similar. You should see a list of all bootable devices; just move your SATA hard disk to the top of the list (or second to the CD-ROM if you want that to be the primary boot device).

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#4
May 12, 2012 at 14:41:52
I will try and find that.. Thanks. Now the computer keeps shutting off when I turn it on with the drive attached...grrr! The computer works when it's not hooked up; it wa working. I hope the drive isn't dead.

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#5
May 12, 2012 at 18:22:57
Try this as a test:

Temporarily unplug the SATA HDD & the CD drive. Change the jumper on the IDE HDD to master & connect it to the IDE cable on the end plug. Boot the system, enter the BIOS & check that the HDD is being properly recognized, then change the boot order to make the IDE HDD the 1st device in the boot order. Save the settings & reboot.


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#6
May 13, 2012 at 20:55:12
You can also make any of your drives Bootable or not bootable from your BIOS set up. If you make a drive not bootable the it will not show up as an option on the boot order.
If you have a drive with an operating system on it that you are not using as a bootable drive then copy all of the important files form it onto another drive and repartition and format that drive so it can be more easily used as a storage drive and room is not wasted with ano operating system you are not using anyway.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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