I have replaced my old hard drive (HD-O) with a new hard drive (HD-N) because the operating system was corrupt and could not be repaired without erasing HD-O according to Dell. HD-N now is working fine with MS XP. However I can’t get the computer to recognize HD-O (tested and operational) so I can transfer (or even access) all of my data.
Here are my settings and additional info:
HD-N (Primary Drive 0) – Western Digital 120 MG, Primary master with the jumper settings set to “Cable Select, connected to the end or last IDE connector
HD-O (Primary Drive 1) – Western Digital 60 MG, Primary slave with the jumper settings set to “Cable Select, connected to the middle IDE connector
I have tried setting the drives to Master / Slave respectively with no improvement.
System Setup is set to detect Primary Drive 1 (set drive type to “Auto). Boot sequence is set to CD-Rom first then HD-N (drive C)
When I start as configured above, XP appears to begin to load but then all I get is a blank screen.
Without HD-O connected I start up fine (except I do have to hit F1 at startup to load XP because the system is looking for Primary Drive 1).
I have run every test on the HD-O I can come up with (including IDE Drive diagnostics) and it passes.