06-25-2008, 01:15 PM
| | Re: When is a hard drive valid?
On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:46:55 GMT, gecko <email@example.com>
>Primary Master = hard drive # 1. (Vista)
>Primary Slave = hard drive # 2. (XP SP1)
>Secondary Master = hard drive # 3. (XP SP1)
>Secondary Slave = DVD burner.
>My BIOS fails to recognize hard drive # 2 at all.
>When I manually rewire things, swapping the two Slaves, things work
>just fine. That is, my BIOS recognizes all drives.
>Is the first hard drive somehow preventing the second hard drive from
>being present on the same channel?
Some brands / types of harddisk are just very hard to mix.
Work around include puting them on separate channels as you found
In some cases, switching to cable select solves the conflict.
And in all cases: if you are using 80-wire ATA cables, make sure
that you connect them correctly: blue to the motherboard, black
as master, gray as slave.