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    When reading the instructions on the IDE hard...

    When reading the instructions on the IDE hard drive I learned that the black connector on the IDE cable is Master and the gray one is Slave with the drives set to Cable Select. I had to connect the...
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    I'll try switching out the disk drive with the...

    I'll try switching out the disk drive with the other one that was also in my PC. One of them must have been master.
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    Jim, Yes, 0 is the code to enable 8.3 and I...

    Jim,

    Yes, 0 is the code to enable 8.3 and I always "Run as administrator". After typing the command and Enter(ing) it I was returned to the command prompt without any message so I assume it was...
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    Jim, I ran the following command. ...

    Jim,

    I ran the following command.

    fsutil.exe behavior set disable8dot3 0

    Is that correct?

    Any ideas on the other problems?
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    That didn't work. The DVD drive works after...

    That didn't work. The DVD drive works after booting but I cannot boot from a DVD with the drive connected to the middle IDE port. The DVD drive is at the top of my boot sequence in the BIOS but it...
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    Jim, Well, I'm still working on my original...

    Jim,

    Well, I'm still working on my original old PC. I managed to do a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit on the drive that had the 32-bit version but then I could only boot from that drive even...
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    Jim, I've just checked and the backup looks...

    Jim,

    I've just checked and the backup looks good and I can select the folders & files I wish to restore. I did not do an image.

    I do plan to reformat the drive.

    Tow truck is here so I have...
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    I think I've got it. For the Windows 7 32-bit...

    I think I've got it. For the Windows 7 32-bit drive - run a back up then install Windows 7 64-bit - then reinstall software - then restore the back up.

    Jim,

    The two old hard drives are SATA...
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    Well, I'm still working on transferring my two...

    Well, I'm still working on transferring my two old hard drives to my new Dell 8700. It's taking a long time due to circumstances beyond my control also known as life. My old hard drives are:

    WDC...
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    Jim, I discussed that with the technician at...

    Jim,

    I discussed that with the technician at APC but the newer models with similar capacity have a very, very loud fan. I know! I returned a newer unit because I could not stand the noise and...
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    Jim, I've just ordered 3 sets of IDE to SATA...

    Jim,

    I've just ordered 3 sets of IDE to SATA adapters for my two hard drives and one optical drive.

    One of my battery backups crashed during the ice storm outages and surges. I just got...
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    Jim, Thanks but I need female to female. I...

    Jim,

    Thanks but I need female to female. I have asked Newegg if they have such an adapter and am awaiting a reply. I'll let you know what I find.

    Norman
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    At last the computer has arrived! It's supposed...

    At last the computer has arrived! It's supposed to have 3 slots and it does but one of the two PCI ex1 slots is blocked by the fan on the graphics card so there are only two available slots - one...
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    Jim, Thanks so much for the information and...

    Jim,

    Thanks so much for the information and the peace of mind it gave me. I have been very upset by the GPU downgrade but I have since discovered that Dell has downgraded all their GPU's to...
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    Dell cancelled my order because the original...

    Dell cancelled my order because the original credit card hold timed out. They reinstated the order but changed the graphics card to an Nvidia 650 (from the original 660) or so they told me on the...
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    My new system from Dell was supposed to arrive...

    My new system from Dell was supposed to arrive today. I was in touch with a supervisor last week and they put a priority on my order and gave me today as the delivery date. I checked the "Order...
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    They would be glad to cancel my order and start a...

    They would be glad to cancel my order and start a new one but it would cost me at least $270 in lost discounts so I'll suffer with the grief they're giving me.

    And thanks for your thanks.
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    Thanks for that. So now I must consider air flow...

    Thanks for that. So now I must consider air flow as well!

    I checked on my order at Dell and discovered they had changed the delivery date from the 18th to the 30th without notifying me.

    I...
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    Jim, Of course the physical space will decide...

    Jim,

    Of course the physical space will decide what I can install and I may have to keep the old system functional for my niece's children. She was given an old tower but without cables so I need...
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    Jim, I thought I would need something like...

    Jim,

    I thought I would need something like this for the IDE drives but I find it hard to believe that they have changed the configuration of the power supply plugs.

    Also, my present optical...
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    Thanks. Is this control in BIOS or is BIOS gone...

    Thanks. Is this control in BIOS or is BIOS gone and they now call it something else? I ask because I heard while Windows 8 was in development that BIOS was to be eliminated.
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    Secure Boot? How do you turn that off? Also,...

    Secure Boot? How do you turn that off?

    Also, I failed to mention that the three hard drives I now have are IDE. Will that be a problem installing them into the 8700?
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    My two HD's in the old system are 250Gb each and...

    My two HD's in the old system are 250Gb each and I ran a system image of both earlier today onto a 500 Gb HD. The new SSD is the smaller of the two available from Dell.

    I've never restored from...
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    Safely transfer Window 7 to new PC

    My new Dell XPS 8700 desktop should arrive in 4 days with Windows 8. I plan to move my two Windows 7 Ultimate hard drives to the new pc and boot from one of them. Will Windows 7 discover that it is...
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    One of our two cats would remove the post-it. ...

    One of our two cats would remove the post-it. They're always helping out like that.

    Let me explain. When the monitor is off but the system is running (such as when a project was started hours...
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