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Old 01-27-2004, 03:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, here are the specs on the machine:
Sony VIO
Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
128 MB RAM

The system described above runs great. What I am trying to do is take a Hard Drive from an older machine (a self build with Windows 2000 installed) and install it in the Sony machine w/out reformatting it so I can keep all of the files that are on the old drive. I tried just plugging the drive in, but when I tried to boot, the computer gave me a system boot error, which I am assuming is because the cpu thinks the new drive is the master hard drive instead of a slave. I think I have to adjust the 'jumpers' to let the computer know I want the 2nd hard drive to be a slave drive, but aside from that is there anything else I need to do to get access to the old hard drive in my new machine? Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-27-2004, 07:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you should just need to adjust the Jumpers and make sure the boot order in the BIOS is correct

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Old 01-27-2004, 08:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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u can also try to do it through the cable select
primary should have the jumpers on
secondry need not have any-ie slave
-that would work
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Old 01-27-2004, 10:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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So do you think I will or will not have to adjust anything in the bios? If so, what setting would it be? I've yet to explore changing BIOS options. Thanks for the replies!
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