Help installing a secondary HDD

By John_P ยท 4 replies
Aug 16, 2005
  1. Hi,

    I'm on a Dell Dimension 2400.

    I've been having some problems with my Maxtor 6E040L0 40GB HDD so I'm going to get another HDD and use the Maxtor as a secondary (till it dies).

    I don't have much experience with the hardware so I need help on a few particulars.

    1. It looks like the CD-RW drive is on a secondary cable with an extra jack and bay for a DVD drive, whereas the current HDD is on a cable of its own with no other jacks.

    Is there any reason not to put the second drive on the cable with the CD-RW drive?

    2. What I was thinking about doing is first installing the new drive as a slave, booting to Windows XP to format and partition it, then switching it to the master and installing Windows.

    Is there any reason why this shouldn't work?

    Also, if I do it this way would I have to change anyhting in the BIOS?

  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

    I would install the new drive as stand alone. Install XP from cd and just let
    Xp install, partition and format it, less steps involved.
  3. John_P

    John_P TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I would, but I was hoping to transfer some data as well as create separate partitions for Window, Data, Pagefile, etc.

    How should they be jumpered with a HDD and a CD?

    Thank you,
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    I would run the HDD as master, on the end of data cable and cdrom as slave on the middle of datacable.
    Once you have a stable system try MT'ing the old drive and do a
    Maxtor low level format, all zerooo's.
    It might fix it....
  5. John_P

    John_P TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help!

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