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Added Secondary IDE HDD, Unrecognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by whutitdew, Dec 19, 2011.

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  1. whutitdew

    whutitdew Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2005
    OK. Long story as short as possible.

    I use an eMachines desktop. This desktop has a primary SATA drive. Removed side cover to see MOBO and found that the MOBO has an IDE connector on the MOBO.

    I have a Seagate external drive that I lost the power supply to. I then removed the drive from its enclosure and then I find out the drive inside is an IDE drive. This drive has hundred of pictures that I want to backup then use this drive as a primary drive in a broken down desktop.

    Went to Radio Shack and bought an IDE connector and power cable for the external HDD.

    Installed the IDE HDD using the extra IDE connection on the MOBO using the IDE connector, hooked up power and booted up WIN 7. Now the drive isnt recognized.

    Where did I go wrong?
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    I am not sure what IDE cable you got, but they usually have three connectors which are blue, grey and black. You want to plug the blue one into the MOBO, and the hard drive into the black one. Then set the jumpers on the hard drive for cable select or master, and connect the power.

    If you have done that the hard drive still isn't recognized, then run the BIOS setup utility to ensure IDE drives are enabled there.
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