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26-Aug-2005, 10:50 AM #1
Master/Slave HD problem
I'm still having trouble accessing my 2nd HD. When running Active SMART the HD's show up as:

Primary/Slave
Secondary/Master.

Now I know that the cable ribbon is correct for each drive (it's labeled) and on the Second HD no jumpers are on (slave).

Can't even access the 2nd HD through Disk management to assign a label to it. Shows up in grey.

Any ideas?

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26-Aug-2005, 04:35 PM #2
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Originally Posted by Camaro69
I'm still having trouble accessing my 2nd HD. When running Active SMART the HD's show up as:

Primary/Slave
Secondary/Master.

Now I know that the cable ribbon is correct for each drive (it's labeled) and on the Second HD no jumpers are on (slave).

Can't even access the 2nd HD through Disk management to assign a label to it. Shows up in grey.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Try it as a Secondary Slave and make sure that the jumpers are correct on both master and slave! If that doesn't work, try switching IDE controllers and cables.
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26-Aug-2005, 04:42 PM #3
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Try it as a Secondary Slave and make sure that the jumpers are correct on both master and slave! If that doesn't work, try switching IDE controllers and cables.

I did check both jumpers and they were set-up properly. I also changed the IDE controllers as I realized my Zip drive was on Primary IDE and the HD's were on Secondary.

Rebooted the system, and the HD's changed to:

Primary/master
Primary/slave

Unfort, I still didn't have access to the slave drive. So I did what I've been dreading to do....format the 2nd HD.

After the format and rebooting, the system recog the 2nd drive and I had access to it. Unfort, all my stuff was gone..oh well..
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26-Aug-2005, 04:45 PM #4
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I did check both jumpers and they were set-up properly. I also changed the IDE controllers as I realized my Zip drive was on Primary IDE and the HD's were on Secondary.

Rebooted the system, and the HD's changed to:

Primary/master
Primary/slave

Unfort, I still didn't have access to the slave drive. So I did what I've been dreading to do....format the 2nd HD.

After the format and rebooting, the system recog the 2nd drive and I had access to it. Unfort, all my stuff was gone..oh well..
I think that pretty much tells you there was a problem with that drive anyway, but at this point we will never know. I always like to keep the main hard drive as the Primary/master although I've switched them without any problem.
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26-Aug-2005, 07:24 PM #5
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I think that pretty much tells you there was a problem with that drive anyway, but at this point we will never know. I always like to keep the main hard drive as the Primary/master although I've switched them without any problem.

Somehow after I did a format last week the drives changed. I never set them up as Primary/Slave.

But either way, like you said, we'll never know.
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26-Aug-2005, 07:27 PM #6
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Somehow after I did a format last week the drives changed. I never set them up as Primary/Slave.

But either way, like you said, we'll never know.
Well, on the board there is a Primary and Secondary IDE controller. It can't change by itself because you physically connect one cable to the Primary Controller and the other end to one or two IDE devices--they become "primary" master and slave. And of course, the other controller is "Secondary". They say the primary hard drive should be on the Primary IDE cable, which I always do, but I have switched them troubleshooting and had no problems. I don't know why it matters, frankly. Probably used to matter years ago before plug and play and doesn't anymore.
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