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Old 10-26-2006, 08:31 AM   #1
rexthecoollion
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Question 2nd IDE drive


Hi All
I'm trying to install a 2nd IDE drive but I can't get the machine to recognise it. My system worx fine with a single drive. However when I add the second drive as a slave on the same IDE port it freezes on boot. The bios won't recognise the 2nd drive.

I've tried swapping the master and slave (by changing the jumpers). I even tried removing my DVD drive and connecting the second drive to that port (the other IDE port). That didn't work either.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA K8NSC-939. It's one of those all in one boards with grafix, network etc on board. It's got an AMD 64 chip on it. I'm not sure how much difference all this will make. The way I see it connecting IDE drives is a pretty simple operation.

Anyone got any ideas?
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:12 AM   #2
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master drive is at the end of cable and slave is in the middle?
Try so that put them all as cable select.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 11:09 AM   #3
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thanx for the reply,

However, that's where I started. When I connect both drives to the same cable the problems start. What are the possibilities? Dodgy IDE controller? that's the only thing I can think of...
 
Old 10-26-2006, 11:30 AM   #4
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Jumpers? If you have a cs cable then the drives must be jumpered cs. If you don't have a cs cable then one drive must be jumpered master, the other must be jumpered slave.

Could also be a BIOS setting; is drive detection set to "auto" for both the master and the slave? If it is, what happens if you become more specific about detection for the slave drive? Specify it and maybe set the drive size/parameters manually?

Could be a dodgy controller, but that seems to be not too likely; I would expect to see other symptoms if the controller was bad.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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This sounds like a jumper problem to me. Make sure that your master is jumpered to be master, and your slave is jumpered to be the slave. Personally, I recommend against using cable select
 
Old 10-28-2006, 09:52 PM   #6
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thanx for the reply JW

It turns out my 2nd drive was faulty. Now it won't spin up at all. Therfore something must have gone wrong with the chip.

I'm interested to know why you say cable select shouldn't be used?
 
Old 10-29-2006, 03:19 PM   #7
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The only reason I don't like cable select is because it doesn't seem to always work if I've got two drives on the same cable. Besides, it's my PC and I'll decide which drive I want to be the master and which one is the slave. If cable select works for you, no reason to change it, but if you are having hard drive problems, you can eliminate one possible factor by not using cable select.
 
  


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