hard drive quesitons...

By Ziildjian
Jan 4, 2007
  1. ok, i have this drive that will only boot as the primary slave, because i think i accidentally re-formatted it and reinstalled it as the primary do i get it to be the master drive because i have this other drive that will only run as the master drive and doesnt boot correctly, so i was trying to get my "slave" drive to run first so i can get into the old one and make it good again...stupid viruses and stuff...i know its kind of confusing, hopefully some one can help...
  2. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    Is your Drive IDE? Usually, in those IDE hdd, there's so called jumpers behind the HD. If you would like to change your primary slave to primary master, you could change the jumpers position.
    This jumpers info are important as you cannot have 2 slaves or 2 masters at a time. I hope you can understand what i mean.
  3. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    and they have to be on the same cable if u understood him
  4. Ziildjian

    Ziildjian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've tried all kinds of different connections, and it is IDE...when ever both drives are connected, the "bad" drive is the only one that will boot, and the computer cant find the "good" just gives me a black screen saying "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK" reguardless which drive is connected to the master slot or works fine when the "bad" drive isnt i dont know...
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    "it works fine when the "bad" drive isnt i dont know..." This tells me that the "bad drives" electronics/IDE interface is shorted. Remove this drive and don't use it again!
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