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Windows 7: A second HDD

04 Dec 2010   #1
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
A second HDD

I have an 320 GB HDD that came in my computer. Now i want to add the HDD (80 GB) that was in my old computer to install another OS on it. (i know that i can install two ore more OS on a single HDD using partitions but i don't want to do this). So i googled about adding a second HDD and in every post i found was this that i need to add something on the pins so that the HDD knows if it is main or secondary.

So if anybody can explain me step by step what i need to do it install / add to second HDD to my PC.


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04 Dec 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Is you old 80gb HD a Sata or IDE HD ?

Sata HD's have small thin data cables like this.

A second HDD-sata_data_cable.jpg
IDE HD's have wide flat ribbon data cables like this.

A second HDD-ide_cable.jpg

Sometimes pins have to be jumpered on IDE drives depending on the configuration.


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04 Dec 2010   #3
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

thx you for the fast answer,
its an IDE HDD

I have set the jumpers to Cable select and not to slave or master.
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04 Dec 2010   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Is it the only HD on the flat cable? No other HD or CD/DVD drive on the cable? How many IDE 40 pin connections are on your motherboard? Is your SATA HD on the first SATA connection on th MB ?
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04 Dec 2010   #5
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

there are no other hdds or dvds on the cable.
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yes
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04 Dec 2010   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I would set the 80gb IDE HD to master, & then connected to the Primary IDE connection on MB by its self. Then make sure both HD's are recognized in the bios setup. Then follow one of our tutorials for setting up the second operating system you want to do on the IDE HD.
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04 Dec 2010   #7
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What do i need to do after i have connected the HDD to the PC.
Do I have do setup the new HDD or is this done automatically ?

I want the 80gb to be secondary / the slave of the 320 gb
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04 Dec 2010   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Are you going to erase / Format the IDE HD? Have you saved any data & files from it that you need to keep? What is the second OS you want to install ?
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04 Dec 2010   #9
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes i will format the 80 gb ide hdd (that that i want to add) and install windows 7 x64 on it.

On my 320 gb hdd i have running windows 7 x86
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04 Dec 2010   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Our Guru installer gregrocker knows how to do this best. I am pretty sure he usually disconnects the first 320gb sata drive & does a complete clean install on the second IDE HD.

Do a search for his posts, I'll see if I can find one of them. Plus I'll leave a message for him to view your thread here.
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