HDD . jumpers and all that.

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hi i got an old HDD that i want to put linux on.im my pc at the moment i have windows on a new HDD .i want to run both hdd and OS but that not a problem . the problem is i dont have the thing you put on the pins for jumpers is there a way i can do it with out them and also i think the HDD in there at the moment is set to cable select do i need to set up master and slave and all that. if yes HOW!!! please help.

also i dont know if the HDD works . any easy way to test it.
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ok i just gave it a go with out any jumpers or any thing 1st boot took bout a minute to dectect as a slave then went to load windows windows boot screen loaded then went black 3-5 minutes later windows welcome screen came up 2 minutes later it was on desktop. im my computer there was no drive . so i rebooted. dectection was quicker but took ages to load windows again, still nothing in my computer . i loaded command prompt and typed "F:" (it should be F as i have C: D: E:) and it said bad file name .....(or summin like that) then i typed "format F:" took a few minutes and told me "F: is FAT" then asked if i wanted to continue format i sed "yes" it came up with "0% complete" i wated a few minutes and it had stop responding tured it off and took it out .

what do you think is wrong . what should i do . is the HDD dead!
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What is the model number and brand of the hdd?

You will need a jumper to put over the pins to make it a slave or cable select depending on how the other drive is jumpered.

I would not assume for now that this drive is bad.
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its a seagate. i think the model numbe is
ST31276A
this is the one http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/ata/st31276a.html
so do i need to get a jumper some how . and is there any way i can do it with out.

p.s like i sed the other drive is set to cable select
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Change the jumper on the first one from "Cable Select" to "Master", then leave jumpers of the second and it should work
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ok il try that when i get home . dam school!!! is that the reasin windows took ages to load
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ok i did what you said but first time it went on the the windows boot up screen then crashed restarted and it said fail to boot insert system disc and press any key!
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unplug the 80gig win HDD and left the old 1 in . booted from a linux cd and see if it will instal
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ok linux could not detect it as a master or cable select. i think the hard drive is dead :( now should i make a partion on my 80 gig if so how hard is it to undo it like delete linux and make it a 80 gig windows drive . do i need to wipe windows to do it.
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i take it you have 2HD's atm right.

1 with windows on, and 1 you want to install linux on?


set the one with windows on to Master
set the one which you want linux on to slave.

stick a boot disk in, make the new drive a partition.

then go about installing linux.

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