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    Eric
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    Ok, this seems like a pretty typical problem, but I cannot figure out what is going wrong. Here's the story...

    I just recently bought a new computer. I transfered most of the stuff I wanted on the old computer through floppy discs. However, there was something rather big that I couldn't use floppys for. Rather than using common sense, I decided I could just take out the old hard drive and hook it up to another computer.

    I was attempting to take out the hard drive (Maxtor 20Gb) out of an old Micron running Win 95 (it has a Pentium II and I think about 233 Mhz), and put that into a Dell running Win ME. I thought I knew what I was doing, but I didn't. I at first tried to install the hard drive without switching the jumpers (in other words, both hard drives were set to master). Obviously my computer wasn't recognizing it and in fact my computer froze. I couldn't figure out why it was freezing. So then my friend had the brilliant (well not so brilliant) idea of connecting the two computers while they were both on. Luckily we didn't kill ourselves, but I have to admit that the old Micron was imporperly shut down several times.

    I then wised up and realized one needed to be set to slave. I did that with the old 20Gb hard drive. However, my newer computer still didn't recognize it. Fine I thought, and so I installed it back into the old Micron. Then I borrowed a flash drive from my friend and went to recover my files that way. However, when I went to turn it on, it said it failed to find a proper boot disk. Upon entering setup I realized it was not even recognizing that the hard drive was there. I checked all the cables and everything is good. In fact, I even tried switching cables, and every time the cd rom and the zip drive are recognized, but never the hard drive.

    The files are not absolutely necessary to get, but I was planning on giving the computer away to someone that really needs one and I told them that I'd get it to them soon (this was before the accident). Is there anyone out there that can help me?

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    Did you set the HD back to master when you put it back in the Micron?

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    Yes I did. It's on the master setting. I have also tried to input the settings in manually in setup, but it still says it is not installed.

    Thanks for the quick reply!

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    Chances are the system files are either missing or corrupted on the old drive.
    First you need to determine if the BIOS recognizes the drive. If so boot up with a Windows 98 Start Up disk (you can make one on the newer computer) and at the a: prompt type sys c:
    That should copy the system files to the hard drive.
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    hterceros
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    Default unrecognized hdd.

    I think that you should try placing the jumper back where it was at the beggining and then reboot. if your computer does not recognize the hard drive this time the your problem is bigger, you probably burned the card that is attached to the disk, all i can say is try this and good luck.