Its not rocket science here but i need a leg up i reckon for adding a new hard drive to my system Because i have never had a dual hard drive system i thought a few tips on how to go would be appropiate and well recieved I havent touched on any sites or googles on this one!, fresh ears and eyes! At present i have..... 60gb Hard drive with windows XP Pro Dvd Rom reader Dvd recorder & cd recorder on 2 IDE Cables Running off an ASUS 333 Motherboard How does the introduction of another hard drive at 160 gb fit in to my presently stable PC ?
Do you have a SATA controller on your motherboard? Make sure you know before you buy and make sure you buy the right one. If you have SATA, buy one of those. You just have to connect it up. If you don't have SATA: What I would do is have your drive with XP be on IDE0 on the end of the cable and install the new drive as a slave device on IDE0, connected to the ribbon in the middle position. Put both the DVD drives on the other cable (IDE1). Make sure that all jumpers are set correctly. Mark the DVD drive that is on the end of the ribbon as master, the other DVD drive as slave. When you boot, make sure the BIOS does an autodetect for the position of the devices. If something is not found by the BIOS, check your jumper settings. If jumper settings are correct, reboot, go into the BIOS and make it do an autodetect for devices. I don't remember off hand what the hard drive size limits are. There are certain cutoffs for how large a hard drive the BIOS of certain eras will recognize. Your motherboard might be new enough to see the 160GB drive with no problem. If it does not, you may see it as a smaller size or you may need to install a program from the manufacturer to make it work correctly or buy a new controller card. I don't understand what you mean by 333 motherboard. Is this the max or min memory speed? Without knowing what this means, I cannot give a good guess as to how old your motherboard is. My feeling is that you will have no problems and your machine is pretty new. If not see this: www.dewassoc.com/.../hard_drive_size_barriers.htm ... Due to BIOS limitations as well as those unique to WindowsR, partitioning and formatting drives larger than 137 Gigabytes without proper driver or controller support will result in data loss when storing data to the drive beyond the 137 GB Barrier. In order for you system to recognize more than 137 GB you will need to utilize one of the following recommended solutions: If you have a motherboard that has a Intel chipset (810, 810E, 810E2, 815, 815, 815E, 815EP, 815P, 820, 820E, 830M, 830MP, 830MG, 840, 845, 850, or 860) please visit Intel's web site and download the Intel Application Accelerator. Intel's Application Accelerator supports the full capacity of drives larger than 137 GB. If you do not have a motherboard that has a Intel chipset then it is recommended that you purchase an Ultra ATA 133 PCI card that supports 48 bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA). You can purchase the Maxtor Ultra ATA 133 PCI Card, which supports drives that are larger than 137 GB, directly from us or your local distributor....
I am assuming you have a spare space on your IDE lines for it. If not, you will have to get an IDE card and place that in a PCI slot and then attach new HD through that, or run one of your CD drives through that. Basically, you get second hard drive. Look at the settings on the drive. It will tell you how to set the jumper on the end to be either a master or a slave. I have mine two HD's connected as master and slave and the DVD drives, as master & slave. It seems to work better that way. Primary is your master and is connected to the END plug on the IDE cable. The second plug (a little way down) is for your slave drive. Connect other end to motherboard and boot up. For gods sake don't go connecting it while your system is running. Your computer should be able to detect the drive, and then right mouse click on my computer, select Manage, select drive, and format it (this used to be Fdisk in win98). If you are connecting your new drive through an IDE card and not touching your current configuration, connect it to the end plug on the IDE cable attached to the IDE card and make sure it is set to master. On each IDE cable you will have one master and one slave. You can't have two of either one. Try it and watch the joys of misery unfold. lol Should be easy enough.
Put a drive drawer in. I have drive drawers on all my machines, and the best way.
Your plan is an execellent abckup procedure. Let me add to it to help everyone. This is what I do. I have an 80 gig drive that I have my OS installed on....I put everything I want to save into My Documents. I have another drive that I backup the my Documents folder to and when I do backups I have a 3rd drive that I switch to quick and do a backup of the backup. This way the data is sure to be retrievable. Unless of course the house burns, the roof falls in or my whole pc vanishes into thin air then of course I would be in a predicament like you
And I thought I was obsessive about backing up.
Not to mention the back up of the back up on an external HD (not always connected to the PC in case of surge. Then of course, one can burn out crucial info (including a ghost image of the drive) onto cd's and store in several locations in case of damage (say water damage during a storm). That's the problem with having had multiple HD crashes and losing everything each time. You get really paranoid and back up the back up of the back ups just so you're nicely backed up. Mind you, when the worst happens, it's a great feeling to know you can pick up and get on with relative simplicity.
Should be a piece of cake John. Just follow the directions that came with it and you should be fine. You might want to think about partitioning it 60gig plus 100gig (which may turn out to be 99 or 98gig). That way you can duplicate your C drive onto your new drive for backup once a week or so for security although that logic did not help me recently when both my hard drives crashed in a crazy way (luckily I was able to recover everything). Have fun and please yell with questions.