I’ve had a second computer tucked under my desk for some time. There was also a second monitor beside the one I generally use for all my computing needs and a second keyboard and mouse that occasionally hit the floor when things got too busy. It was pretty crowded. A couple of weeks ago a friend gifted me with a Belkin switcher thingie that would allow me to use one monitor, one keyboard and one mouse with my two computers. That would be a great space saver.
I held off until this weekend to hook everything up. And, it was a mess. Lots of cables snaking all over the place. But, I eventually got it all sorted out. I went to turn on the computer and it was deader than a door nail. I hauled it out to the kitchen where we have another grounded plug and more room on the counter where I could take the whole thing apart and look at it. Deader than a door nail. I gave it the old whack. A light came on inside. I gave it several more whacks, but nothing else happened.
I pondered what to do. I could take it into my computer guy and spend $100 (at least) while he fixed it. Or, it might be the power supply. I looked online. They weren’t that expensive. But, it could also be the switch. Too complicated and getting more complicated by the minute.
Too bad. I had a lot of programs on that hard drive. And, it was a relatively big hard drive, too. Another light came on, this time in my head. Why not install the hard drive to use as a second hard drive in the computer I use all the time? Ah….so, I removed it and read about installing hard drives online. I need to get a split ribbon. I think. Otherwise, it ought to work. The master and slave arrangement is already set up. I would still want my present hard drive to be the controller, so that is the master. Anything I add in would be a slave by default, so I don’t have to fiddle with that stuff.
So, another project is launched.