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swapping a hard drive...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by daves01902, Apr 7, 2008.

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  1. daves01902

    daves01902 Thread Starter

    Jun 21, 2004
    I have 3 hard drives in my system, two 30GB and a 120GB.
    The 120GB is SATA, so I'm not even touching that one.
    The two 30GB drive are both IDE, and I want to swap out one of those with a 120GB IDE drive....
    I cleared the drive that I want to swap out, but I'm just not sure which one it is hardware wise. In disk management, I have 3 drives listed,
    disk 0, which is the one I want to stay,
    disk 1, whih is the one I want to swap out,
    disk 2, the 120GB SATA.

    So, I cleared all the data off of disk 1, which is the one I want to swap, so how do I know which one I have to change hardware wise. Which drive on the IDE cable is it?

    If someone can help me out, I would appreciate it!
  2. tomdkat

    tomdkat Retired Trusted Advisor

    May 6, 2006
    Are the IDE drives by different manufacturers? If so, you can locate the manufacturer name of the drive you want to yank, drive 1 in this case, and look for that label on the physical drive.

  3. Kenny Gates

    Kenny Gates

    Mar 9, 2008
    you could always just remove both ide drives and read the sticker on the top of them, if there both identical just keep one plugged in, if its the one you want then there you go, if not just swap it with the other one.

  4. kfinpgh


    Oct 1, 2005
    multiple IDE drives can be set up with jumpers or with cable select.

    Jumpers are for master (drive 0) and slave (drive 1). You will need to examine the rear of both drives to determine which is which. You might need to pull them to check jumper settings. Jumper diagrams are usually printed on the drive case. If not, consult the drive maker's website for info.

    Cable select is a bit more direct. Master is on the end of the cable and slave uses the mid-cable connector.
  5. Dan Penny

    Dan Penny

    Mar 25, 2005
    Open Device Manager. Click on View, choose "Show devices by connection".

    Expand the "system" until you see "whatever_name ATA Storage Controller". Expand that, and the Primary and Secondary IDE channels, and it will tell you where the drive is.
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