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Two Internal Hard Drive Query

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by cyber19582, Feb 4, 2003.

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  1. cyber19582

    cyber19582 Thread Starter

    Jan 29, 2003
    have a system with two physical hard drives (C and D), both are listed in the bios, and they are piggybacked via the cable..what i would like to do is allow only one drive (C) to work even though both work properly. In addition to removing the physical drive, what do i do in the bios to allow this configuration? In effect, i do not want D to appear and thereby function at this time
    in terms of cables, are there specific alignments that the cables need to have when placing them into the physical drive? if a pin has the markings MR(master), SL(slave), which arrangement allows the particular choice to work, is it with the little dohicky on the pins or off? and finally, is there a particular arrangement that the white power strips have to be placed as they are placed in the device ( whether its a CD, 3.5 floppy, 5.25 floppy, hard drive, etc ) ? Please advise........Thanks with a SMILE!
  2. Jtoast


    Oct 3, 2002
    1) If you physically remove the drive, your bios will make the change automatically (assuming your not running a system 4 or 5 years old).

    2) The jumpers(little pin doohickys :D ) on the back of the drives determine master/slave. the jumper settings are usually printed on the drive itself. if not you may have to go to the manf website/owners manual to determine the correct jumper settings.

    3) The power cables only fit in one way. They are shaped connecters.

    4) If you have only one drive on an ide channel, that drive by definition is the master drive. if you have 2, the boot drive should be made the master, the other the slave.

    any other questions, feel free to ask.
  3. chrisbyrd


    Feb 6, 2003
    in the bios setup it'll probably be the first option on the list - go into that and just select 'none' for the place where your drive is that you dont want to use any more

    no other settings are needed - easy as that
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