IBM Deskstar as Slave Drive

By Charlie
Dec 17, 2003
  1. Need help. I have a AMD XP2600+ system running Windows XP Home Edition. My SYTEM REGISTERY because corrupted and the system would not boot up – in a continuos loop.

    The system had two (2) IC35L060AVVA07-0, IBM DESKSTAR, 60G Drives.

    I have these drives backed up about 95% but there is some data I would like off the drive.

    Since the “C” Drive system registry is corrupted I removed it and replaced it with a Maxtor 40G Drive. I next tried to connect the old IBM “C” drive up as a slave in an attempt to recover some data from it.

    I’m having tremendous problem getting the system to recognize either of these two drive as a slave drive.

    With the:

    Maxtor - Master

    IBM - Slave

    The IBM tried to BOOT


    Maxtor - CS

    IBM - Slave

    The IBM tried to BOOT


    Maxtor - Master

    IBM - CS



    Maxtor - Master

    IBM - CS

    The Computer BOOTS, The IBM is listed in DEVICE Manger as Installed and
    working properly but no DRIVE LETTER Shows in MY Computer.


    Maxtor - Master

    IBM - Forcing Device 1

    The Computer BOOTS, The IBM is listed in DEVICE Manger as Installed and
    working properly but no DRIVE LETTER Shows in MY Computer

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Use Partition Magic to convert the "active" partition on your IBM HD.
    Keep the Maxtor as you Master and set the IBM to CS.

    In Partition Magic click on Disk 2 (=IBM) and select the partition that (on the right) says "Status Active". Now rightclick it, select Convert and then Logical Partition.
    When PM is done, you should get a drive-letter for your IBM-partition and you can remove the data.
  3. Charlie

    Charlie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I will pick up Partition Magic and try that.
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    If you use the CS setting, then you should set all your drives to CS. This should avoid any problems that may arise if the drives both become set to Master (or Slave) since it is the position of your CS drive on the connector that determines whether it becomes a Master or Slave.
  5. Charlie

    Charlie TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. wcollins436

    wcollins436 TS Rookie

    I had searched the net for hours trying to find an answer to this problem and ran accross this post. Great solution. I have PM, but not installed on the new drive which, of course, will be installed very quickly.


  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    :wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

    Glad we could help you out. Hope to see you stick around. Feel free to ask any questions you have.
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