Hard disk problem

By jibicherekandy
Mar 5, 2008
  1. Hi,

    My Hard disk is 40GB & i got a 80 GB hard disk.can i include this 80GB hdd to my computer.can i get the pocedure to install it??i inserted it in my computer slot already but wen i on the computer it shows disk boot failure...how can i retrieve it??
    After tat i took the 80gb hdd but then also same command come??can anyone help??whether my hdd has gone??i cannot detect??
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    I assume the 80 GB is new and the 40 GB is used?
    Check your jumpers on the end of the hard drives. When you use two drives, the jumpers work best when set to master and slave, or else the EIDE cables must be connected right for cable select.
    It is usually easier to setup and install the new drive without the other one connected.
    In some computers, you may need the setup software of the hard drive manufacturer which you can find on the hard drive manufacturer web site... except for Toshiba, which has none.
    Install one drive, jumpered as Master, and run your Windows Install or recovery disc. If that doesn't work, get back to us with what you have attempted thus far.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You don't need to install Windows to the other drive if you just want it added.

    Make sure you have the jumpers correct, your 40 needs to be Master, the 80 Slave.

    Did you mess around in your BIOS any? Because there is absolutely no reason that not connecting the 80 would leave your system unbootable unless you just completely forgot to plug in the 40.

    So what exactly did you do?
  4. wolexf

    wolexf TS Rookie

    i think you first disconnect both drives
    check the jumper settings to make sure that the 40GB is set as the Master and the 80GB is set as the slave. once you have done that i think it will be fine.
    But you will also need an application like Partition Magic or any other software that can create partitions because the new 80Gb by default wont be partitioned which means it deosnt show up in My Computer. But when u partition it i think it will be just fine
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