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how do I install windows 8 on the slave hard drive

I received a desk top from a friend with one of the hard drives missing. When I go to boot up, monitor shows a blinking cursor and nothing else. I am guessing that the hard drive that was removed was the primary drive with the operating system on it. How can I get this unit up and running?

Jack
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  1. There is a drive in it? On power up, go into the BIOS and see if it shows up.

    If so, power down, plug it into SATA port 1.
    Power up and boot from your Windows 8 install media.
    Install...
  2. USAFRet said:
    There is a drive in it? On power up, go into the BIOS and see if it shows up.

    If so, power down, plug it into SATA port 1.
    Power up and boot from your Windows 8 install media.
    Install...
  3. yes there is a drive. bios show it as number 4 with all details of drive info....I do not have the install disc or media. It was not included with the unit. I do have the SATA power cord and SATA data cord plugged in, but do not know what port it is. There is only one SATA data pin block as it appears.There are only two cords, the SATA power cord and the SATA data cord with one other receptacle labeled as jumper block
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    On the motherboard, it should be numbers printed next to the SATA ports. Plug that drive into 0 or 1, whichever is lower.

    As for an OS? Either buy a Windows install, or use a free Linux OS.
    I suggest creating a Linux install disk, just to verify the rest of the hardware actually works. No need to spend money on a Windows install if multiple other things are broken.
  5. USAFRet said:
    On the motherboard, it should be numbers printed next to the SATA ports. Plug that drive into 0 or 1, whichever is lower.

    As for an OS? Either buy a Windows install, or use a free Linux OS.
    I suggest creating a Linux install disk, just to verify the rest of the hardware actually works. No need to spend money on a Windows install if multiple other things are broken.
  6. Thank you

    Jack
  7. USAFRet said:
    On the motherboard, it should be numbers printed next to the SATA ports. Plug that drive into 0 or 1, whichever is lower.

    As for an OS? Either buy a Windows install, or use a free Linux OS.
    I suggest creating a Linux install disk, just to verify the rest of the hardware actually works. No need to spend money on a Windows install if multiple other things are broken.
  8. With the aid of a mag glass I found the sata numbers...2, 3, 4..there is however, only one, [satas 2] that I can plug into. The others have no plugins. So I guess I am wired ok. thanks again for your help..Jack
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