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No master device detected

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  1. stymiedguy

    stymiedguy Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to replace the hard drive in my old XP PC but I'm thinking I'm in over my head. The initial bios pages say "Master: no device" and when I try to set up Windows from CD using the fastbuild facility it says it cannot complete set up because no hard drive is detected. But another bios page scanning the IDE shows the new hard drive as functional, so it can't be that I haven't connected it properly. Any ideas how I can configure it?
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Is it jumpered as master? Connected to the first cable position and connected to the first IDE channel?
     
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    It is cabled exactly as the previous hard drive was, although I had to use a molex/sata adaptor. The other ends of the cables haven't moved. Also the new drive doesn't have a port that takes jumper connectors so I assume it is set as master by default.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    Are you trying to install a SATA drive on an IDE cable/channel? If so, there's your problem.
     
  5. stymiedguy

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    No. The last hard drive was a SATA, though I've no idea why it also had a molex connection and they wired it using that.
     
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    Why don't you start from the beginning and explain exactly how things were connected with what hardware and how they're connected now. The board supports both SATA and IDE drives. Windows XP probably don't have SATA drivers for your controller included, so if that's what you have connected now, you'll need to slipstream them into an install disk.
     
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    The old hard drive had a 4 pin molex (male) as well as the two sections (15 and 7 pin) of the standard SATA arrangement. It was connected by a female molex and a 7 pin (female) SATA connection. My new Hitachi hard drive simply has the 15 and 7 pin connectors so I've connected the 7 pin as before and the 15 pin by a short adaptor cable to the female molex cable inside the PC. I've already emailed Hitachi for the right drivers for the drive (the supplier didn't provide a disk) as I suspected a problem there, but how do I "slipstream" those drivers into the install disk?
     
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