Solved: New WD HDD Doesnt work in old PC.

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ThePCguy95

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I got a new wd2500ajjs a sata to ide adapter and an old dell dimension 8250. It is going to be ran as a small home server for pictures and music. It has its original 60gb seagate barracuda V drive with XP home on it and I want to install the WD one as a slave. The new hdd and adapter both work for sure but when I put it in the old computer it shows up as device 0 and the other dissapears, but when i switch the jumpers on the old one it show up but the old one is an "unknown device", there has to be one thing I am forgetting here, please try and tell me how to make the old one the master and the new one the slave I need to get it done soon. Thanks!!
 
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I can't tell from that listing if the adapter actually has master/slave/cs jumpers... but if not, my guess would be that it's made to work in Cable Select (CS) mode. Try setting the old drive to CS as well. That way, master/slave is determined by which cable connector it's attached to (end or middle). If the old drive shows up as slave after that, you may need to change the boot settings in the BIOS.
 

ThePCguy95

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Ok, I will try switching the cable around. The adapter does not have any jumpers so Im not sure how it runs but even with the old drive in CS mode they both are undetected. What should I do About that
 
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The adapter may need to be on its own cable, then. Most older machines should have two IDE ports - try putting the old HDD and the CD drive on one cable, and the adapter on another.
 
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