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Boot using a slave drive

By BellyBob
Jan 16, 2012
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  1. How can I boot up my computer using a slave hard drive?
    I have an additional hard drive and I know that MS-DOS 6.2 is installed on it.

    I have installed the hard drive in my main computer. I have also jumpered the drive with MS-DOS 6.2 on it as a slave.
    Both drives are being seen by the BIOS.

    I have Windows 95 on my main computer, and ususally boot from that with no problem. Can I boot my main computer with the slave drive into MS-DOS 6.2? How?
    Thanks
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Are you in a 3rd World country? When was this computer built 1995?
     
  3. BellyBob

    BellyBob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No Sir, I do not live in a third world country.
    Yes, around 1995 but it still works great.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What do you do with it? Use it as a night-light. MS Support stopped for it a long time ago. Are you a senior citizen as I suspect?
     
  5. BellyBob

    BellyBob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What's with the insults?
    No I do not use it as a night light.
    So ...What if I am a senior citizen? What difference does that make?
    I don't care if Microsoft has dropped support for Windows 95.
    If you can't help, please don't reply with more insults.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It's not an insult because I am a senior citizen too, but I have been working with computers since the '70's and I still build them and repair them. I install nothing but XP, Pro Service Pack 3. I threw away my Windows 98SE discs 5 years ago and Windows 95 was loaded using floppy disks. I work with a lot of seniors using XP. I will not even look at older systems with less than XP loaded any longer... Including yours :) Good luck
     
  7. BellyBob

    BellyBob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't need you to look at my system and I didn't ask you to.
    I don't care if you have been building systems in the past.
    I don't care if you threw away your old software.
    I don't care if you have worked with senior citizens.
    I don't care if you are a senior citizen.
    I don't care if you think you did not insult me.
    Can I boot from a slave drive? How?
    Anyone else on this forum know?
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Can you trade it in for an XP computer? You may be on a fixed income, but that is really no reason to stay in the "dark ages". People are giving away free much better computers at garage sales all the time :confused: Windows 95 had a lot of short-comings... Windows 98SE was pretty good. Too bad you never experienced it. Bill Gates is a few years younger than I am. Are you typing from a cell phone?
     
  9. BellyBob

    BellyBob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Anyone else on this forum know how to boot from a slave drive?
     
  10. BellyBob

    BellyBob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found the way to boot from a slave drive.
    I ran the FDISK.COM program and made the partition on the second hard drive an "Active" partition.
    The FDISK.COM program is included with MS-DOS and Windows 95.
    Now my computer boots up MS-DOS from the slave hard drive, as long as the master is connected also on the same cable.
    The "Active partition" is the partition the computer boots from.
     
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Nice work BellyBob,
    thanks for the update :)
     

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