easiest way to install a new hard drive
Hello. I'm in a bit of a situation. I want to keep my existing hard drive (temporarily) and install a new one. The thing is, I need them both in the computer at the same time for a little bit so I can copy everything from my original onto my new one. Once everything is copied onto my new one, it will be my primary and I'm not going to use the original. The problem is, I have 3 IDE cables, each with only one channel. One goes to the HD I have now, one to my cd-rom, and one to my floppy. Since none of the cables have dual channels, I cant install another hard drive onto one that is already in use. The way I see it, I have two options. I'm wanting to know which is easiest:
1) I could remove either my cd-rom or floppy and use its IDE for the hard drive while the data transfer is taking place. Once thats done, I can take out my original, replace it with the new one and put my cd-rom back where it was. Can this be done?
2) I can simply buy a cable with two channels. Plug my old and new hard drive into each, set my old hard drive as master and my second as slave. Then after everything is copied, I can take out my old hard drive, set my new one as master and leave the other channel empty.
I'm sure there are other ways but these are the two that came to my mind first. What do you think the best way of doing this would be?