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Problems putting HDD and any other device on the same IDE cable

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dan, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    I have a Maxtor D740X-6L 40GB HDD and I am encountering difficulties
    whilst trying to put the drive on the same IDE cable as any another
    device. I have set the HD to master, and the other devices to slave,
    and when I boot the PC, it picks up neither drive. If I run the HD on
    its own IDE cable, it works with no problems, and any combination of
    the other drives in my PC work on the other IDE cable. I have also
    tried swapping the cables, to no avail.

    My PC is an AMD Athalon XP1700+ running on a AS Rock K7S8X

    Has anyone got any ideas how I can get another device to work on the
    same cable as the HD (preferably without buying a new motherboard or
    HD)! :eek:)

    Dan, Sep 10, 2004
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  2. Hi Dan,
    You just might need an after-market controller card. Check with
    the motherboard manufacturer if the standard controller will support
    other drives on it with the HD. If it will, you might need to make a
    couple changes to the BIOS.

    Silicon Alley Computers
    Silicon Alley Computers, Sep 11, 2004
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  3. Dan

    Jim Phelps Guest

    Hi Dan, The usual problem is that one of the drives is jumpered wrong.
    double check the proper jumpering. Some drives have weird jumpinging.
    In the "old days" some brands of drives would not work together and
    sometimes the one you wanted master would have to be the slave before
    they were happy. You should not need another IDE card unless you want
    to use more than 4 IDE devices, but may be needed as a last resort.
    The last thing I can think of is that the new drive is defective.
    Good Luck, Jim
    Jim Phelps, Sep 12, 2004
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