How should I set up a second hardrive?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by rferoni, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. rferoni

    rferoni Guest

    Hello all,

    Just purchased a seagate 120 gig HDD. If anyone is interested they had these at bestbuy for a $100 minus a $50 rebate.
    About $55 when all is said and done. Anyway, I just want to use this drive as storage for music and photo's. How should I go about
    setting it up on my computer, including the jumper settings and everything? My current setup is:

    SCSI cd-rom/burner(old one but I love it!). It's plugged into a pci slot via a scsi card. Not sure what the jumper setting is at.

    Primary ide/HDD is connected to ide1 slot on MB. I think the jumper is set to cable select.

    So I was just wondering what the best way to set up the second drive was. Should I partition it(not sure how to do that even) or
    just leave it whole? Oh yeah my main HDD is a maxtor 60gig. Thank you for any info...

    ron
     
    rferoni, Mar 30, 2005
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  2. rferoni

    JAD Guest

    as long as your software is installed on the same partition as the OS
    (windows?), Then its cut and dry. Cable select has sometimes caused problems
    for me. I use master / slave [or master with slave in the case of western
    digital drives]. I would break that 120 into 2 / 3 partitions. Use the
    Seagate utilities.


    a drive has to be partitioned and formatted NTSF (XP) or fat32 Win 9x.
    which is why possibly you thought it was dead in your other post.
    An 80 conductor ribbon (ultra 133-ultra ata- called lots of things lately if
    your trying to
    get one at Frys/ bestbuy etc.), Should be used.



    they had these at bestbuy for a $100 minus a $50 rebate.
    drive as storage for music and photo's. How should I go about
    everything? My current setup is:
    via a scsi card. Not sure what the jumper setting is at.
    Should I partition it(not sure how to do that even) or
     
    JAD, Mar 30, 2005
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  3. rferoni

    rferoni Guest

    as long as your software is installed on the same partition as the OS
    Not sure what you mean by this. I want to just use the second drive for
    storage only, for music and photo's. Do I need to put windows on it?(I have
    WinXP OS). So say I'm using iTunes software for example. Can't I put the
    iTunes software on the new drive? or do I need to put the iTunes software
    on my main drive(the one with winxp). If the latter is the case I take it
    the software from the main drive then just accesses the music stored on the
    slave drive.



    I would break that 120 into 2 / 3 partitions. Use the
    What is the advantage of partitioning?

    thanks,

    ron
     
    rferoni, Mar 31, 2005
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  4. rferoni

    JAD Guest

    well some people make 2 partitions 1 for the OS and another for all the
    installs of software, instead of putting them on the same partition as the
    OS. e.g. Os on c: and all other installations on d:. If you have done
    this then when adding a HD the drive letter assignments will change and mess
    up shortcuts and registry values.
     
    JAD, Mar 31, 2005
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  5. rferoni

    Jamie Guest

    No you dont have to put windows on it. I have been using a similiar set up.
    You should partition the Hard drive although you dont have to. Windows will
    just assign drive letters and you can see the partitions when you viw "My
    Computer".

    --
    Jamie

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    Jamie, Mar 31, 2005
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