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Solved: What did I do? Install second harddrive. (moved from XP)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TechQuest7, Jun 29, 2005.

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  1. TechQuest7

    TechQuest7 Thread Starter

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    Hello....Well I tried to install my other computers harddrive into my good computer using the CD ROM cable(I should have bought a double connector cable,hindsight)and it did not work, so I reinstalled into the computer it came from and now the motherboard does not read it all. What did I do?I have a installation program just for my harddrive,but it's like it's not even connected.
     
  2. SolidSnake85

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    Why is your CD Rom Drive not working for the motherboard or something?
     
  3. TechQuest7

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    no.....I just needed a cable so I disconnected it and used to for the Harddrive not realizing it would not work that way(same connector)
     
  4. ryanjoachim

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    The cables used to connect the cd-rom and the hard drives to your computer are the same kind of IDE cable. What cause you the problem is probably one of these 2 things:

    1: When you used the cd-rom cable to connect your hard drive, you connected the hard drive to the IDE port on your computer that is reserved for cd-roms, and not the alternate hard drive port.

    2: You changed your jumper settings on your hard drive.
     
  5. AGCurry

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    This may or may not be true. Even though there are still only 40 pins, ATA-66/100/133 drives need 80-wire cables to work correctly.

    ??? I've never seen dedicated connectors for CD devices. An IDE connector is an IDE connector.
     
  6. blonde288

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    Agreed. I have never seen this either.
     
  7. ryanjoachim

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    Meh...I worded myself wrong there...
    ha

    Didn't mean to say it like that.
     
  8. wolfworx

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    The problem could be an 80 pin v. 40 pin problem, but most drives and mobos work fine with standare 40 pin IDE cables. The mobo should have a primary and secondary IDE port, allowing you to connect 4 drives using two cables with double drive connectors.

    I suggest connecting the main hard drive as Master and the second hard drive as a Slave to the primary port being sure to set the drive jumpers approprietly for Slave and Master. Note that Western Digital drives make a distinction for setting the jumpers if a drive is Single on that port or a Master with Slave. The secondary IDE ports should be used for your CD or DVD drives.

    If you are still having a problem, why not buy an external USB enclosure for your spare drive? You can buy one for about $25.
     
  9. TechQuest7

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    Well thank everyone for your advice. My main concern now is getting it operate in the computer it came from which it does not.
     
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