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Old 10-13-2009, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought this cheap 120 gb HD on ebay a few years ago and realized its just a internal HD that the've put in some makeshift case. Rather than have to turn it on and hook it up each time i want to use it, could i install it in the bay under the cd drive? I see there is a place behind the existing HD to add another, but i'd need to get hardware to do so. If i put it in the bay under the CD drive can i use the unused "drive 1" IDE ribbon that is also plugged into the Cd drive? I just don't wanna screw anything up and/or have to re-format the HD. Any help would be appreciated.

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You should just be able to plug it in and it work. Make sure the jumpers are set to make it a slave drive (if it has them.. I'm not entirely sure). Yeah, it should work.
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So move the jumper from the CS2 pins to the Slave pins? What does the current CS2 stand for?
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I wouldn't know, sorry. It should work right off the bat, no matter if those pins are adjusted or not. If it's a primary drive and it has an operating system on it, the Windows boot manager or whatever it's called will detect it, but if there isn't an OS it should work fine.
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CS stands for Cable Select, meaning it will automatically assign itself a slave or master ID depending on its position on the ide cable.

I'd suggest looking at your CD drive first, check how it's configured. If it's configured as a Master, set the new IDE drive to 'slave'.
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It worked perfectly. Thanks for the help.
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