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Recovering from Corrupted hard drive

 
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John4of5



Joined: 06 Sep 2011
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Location: England

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:16 am    Post subject: Recovering from Corrupted hard drive Reply with quote

Good morning, Newbie signing on here,

I have the following problem and would welcome a tip or two to help resolve my confusion please.

First, my system is a three year old ASUS desktop running windows XP. last December it refused to boot up, and a local PC'expert' looked at it and said the HDD had bad sectors affecting the OS so he corrected this and it ran OK but has been slowing down all year.
On Sunday it failed to boot again. I bought a new hard disk and installed it yesterday and re-installed XP SP2.

During the fault finding I learned the old hard drive is still part functioning, so I re-installed it supposedly as a second drive. My PC boots up fine, but in My Computer it shows the old drive is still C drive, and the new one is H. How does an XP machine assign the 'C' status to ahard disk?

Thanks
John
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JonS



Joined: 31 May 2010
Posts: 813
Location: Morecambe

PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) when you installed windows on the new hard drive, was the old drive still connected?
2) the boot sequence is controlled in the BIOS settings. Check the manual for our motherboard to see how to change this
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PixleStudios



Joined: 03 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Master and Slave Reply with quote

when you installed the hard drives into the machine, and you connected them to the ribbon cables, did you ensure that the jumpers on the hard drives where set up correctly.

the one you want to run as C:\, you must ensure that it is set up as a master and is attached to the end of the ribbon cable attached to the mother board in IDE slot 1.

your secondary hard drive, must have its jumper set to slave, and must be attached half way down the ribbon cable or on a ribbon cable positioned in the other IDE port (IDE 2) on the mother board port (if the CR-ROM/CD-RW/DVD-ROM/DVD-RW is attached to this port you must also ensure that the item attached to the end of the cable is also set up as a master and the other a slave).

hope this helps, if i dont make sense tell me, im good at not making sense
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