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    Second SATA HD - no jumpers; how do I resolve please?

    A broken OS partition has forced me into re-establishing the PC on a new HD - would have been better doing it before this happened but that is part of the paving to hell!!

    The data is on a separate partition on the old drive, and I thought there would be no problems in just fitting that as a slave and hey-presto.

    First barrier was that there was no 2nd cable, so Ebay had to be consulted to sort that.

    But then no jumpers on SATA drives. My reading is that the system works out where the OS is and boots from that, but in my case the old drive still has XP on it, broken maybe, but how can I be sure that the boot is from the new HD?

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    Rob

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    With SATA there are no jumpers. Define the hard drive priorities in your BIOS and you should be good to go.
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    Rob,

    SATA doesn't use jumpers as each drive has its own cable and MB header. Usually, Motherboards will try to boot from the drive connected to the SATA0 header. If you're old drive is still connected the the original cable just swap cables as it is most likely attached to SATA0. The other thing is to check the BIOS to see if the boot order has been changed there or if you can change it there. HTH
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    Many thanks guys - and sorry for not getting back earlier. I was away for part of the weekend and then found that even with this old drive connected nothing happened, so had to go and do another Google search to find I needed to switch on the second SATA port in the BIOS. It's all there now and I can get at the data files I wanted.

    Rob

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