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Okay, I'm trying to get my HDD that came with my DeLL Dimension 4100 into my late father's Compaq. His HDD boots fine with his hardware, when I put in my drive and unplug his, it also books (but it's all messed up with displays 'cause I don't have his drivers on my HDD).

I wanna just get all my files from my old 40 GB IDE HDD onto his comp so I can burn them with his drives. When I just plugged in my HDD, it didn't show his drives. I'm guessing I need to boot up his as primary and have mine as a background drive and pull the data from it. Something to that effect, anyway.

Can someone help me with what to do? When I put in both HDDs, connected on the same IDE cable, it just stopped ata black background after Windows ME loaded up (all light blue). What do I do?
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Have you set the jumpers to make the dell drive a slave and the compac drive the master? Also, try installing the dell on a different ide channel.
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uh upgrade to XP
(cough *prate if U cant afford it*)
make sure set the jumpers right if u havent done that


or yoyu could try setting up a network and transferring files that way
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I got it on my own after I posted, oddly. Thanks though, guys. I never set the jumpers to anything, but I had the IDE cables in right the first time. I had a power plug labelled P3 in my HDD, his had P4. I tried putting the one labelled P2 in mine and it worked. I have no idea how or why, but I'm burning my CD as we speak.
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