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I would say leave it as a Slave since you already have a HD and a CDROM that are prob both Masters already
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post #32 of 48
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I think the Master/Slaver setting matters if they are on the same IDE cable. These are connected through two different cables. ie If you have a hard drive on one IDE cable and a DVD Rom on another IDE cable, I think they register as Primary Master and Secondary Master. If there was no jumper on the external USB drive they should have both been masters.

You are able to boot into windows with the external usb hooked up so the boot order in the BIOS seems to be correct.

Was the 80GB drive also from an NTSF or was it a Fat32 system?
No, the HD is still inside my computer. I haven't taken it out yet and tried the external thing yet.

Not sure if it was a NTSF or Fat32 system. It was from an XP computer, if that means anything.
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post #33 of 48
Good deal I'm glad you got it working. You shouldn't have to do anything more than put it back in the enclosure and try it out. I would reformat in NTFS first though just because!

Edit: It was in NTFS if you look at your screen shot you posted.
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Good deal I'm glad you got it working. You shouldn't have to do anything more than put it back in the enclosure and try it out. I would reformat in NTFS first though just because!
Yeah, I want to reformat anyways because I don't want all the crap from my old computer on here. How exactly do I do that? I want to be very careful here because I have 200GB+ on my main drive that I don't want to accidentally delete.
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Do you have another drive that you can create a backup to? It is always a good idea to back up your info before a reformat.

Edit: Didn't want to double post AGAIN LOL You should be able to right click the drive in Disk Manager ( The screen shot you posted after the drive was recognized as G ) and select Format
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From my computer right click on the G drive, click format, choose NTFS from the drop box, choose quick format and click ok. It's that simple!!
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Do you have another drive that you can create a backup to? It is always a good idea to back up your info before a reformat.
Well I have that smaller 30GB USB one. I should back up the important stuff on my main drive, just to make sure? Is there like some sort of program that creates some sort of back up of the essential operating files because I otherwise don't know what to use?
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Do you have another drive that you can create a backup to? It is always a good idea to back up your info before a reformat.
He said he didn't really care about the info on the 80gig hdd so he should be okay.
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He said he didn't really care about the info on the 80gig hdd so he should be okay.
I meant to backup the main drive that he is concerned about protecting when he formats the 80GB drive. Sorry - wasn't clear on that.

Edit: Personally, I would format it without backing up the main drive, but that is just me being RECKLESS
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Are the jumpers set correctly to master and slave?

edit: nevermind - i just thought about it - that didn't make sense - they are being plugged in separately - sorry
Actually that does make sence.
I have 2 external cases with WD HDDs in each, and even though you use no jumper for a single master you have to use the jumper to config it as "Master" as if a "Slave" was present for them to work.
    
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