Installing a Secong HD

Discussion in 'Computing' started by arnieguitar, Mar 26, 2009.

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  1. arnieguitar

    arnieguitar Guest

    I think I did this wrong the first time...
    My DAW PC died, and I took the HD out of it to see if my replacement PC would let me access the projects on it...don't laugh, I took me a while to find the courage to install a sound card!!!
    Anywho, like I said, I think I did it wrong the first time when I put it in my backup PC. I don't remember ecactly what I was asked...something about installing Windows?, I don't remember, anyways, when I clicked on yes, after being congratulated, my Desktop from the DAW PC was now on my new desktop, as if the DAW HD was dominating, and the other HD was secondary. I also had no sound from the speakers.
    After a little research on the web and YouTube, I didn't know about the "jumper" on a HD, where you can select "Master", "Slave" etc...the DAW HD was on the original setting. When I removed the DAW HD, everything was back to normal.
    I put it back in, and copied my music stuff from DAW HD to the new, then took out the DAW HD and was able to play and hear my music projects on the repalcement PC.

    I'd like to try this on another PC, but I should put that jumper on "Slave" next time, right?
    Also, that DAW HD was used on a PC with XP Home, and I'd like to see if I can install it in a PC that has XP Media Center on it. My Sonar doesn't work on with XP Media Center, but I was hoping that if I put in the HD with XP Home, that I will able to use my Sonar on that PC, because it has more of everything...ram, etc...
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Master/Slave things are confusing most of the time.
    It depends entirely on the IDE bus you add it to (these are IDE, I assume, with a 40pin connector) and what else is on that bus.

    If your primary IDE has a HDD on the end (typically for the master) but nothing on the middle connector (typically for the slave) then you could set your drive to Slave and put it there.

    As I said, it depends entirely on the config within the PC.
    Also, you may need to review the settings in the BIOS - the boot order may end up looking for your drive after you remove it or you may have to move your drive up in priority.
  3. arnieguitar

    arnieguitar Guest

    Thank you for taking the time to respond, I really appreciate it. :D
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