hi, i have a thread click here to do with the non recognition of my 2nd hdd, and i may have discovered the problem. it appears the firt connector on my IDE ribbon may be faulty. i have 2 hdd, one master one slave, the usual. master is fine(touch wood) bu thte slave seems to be having a prob being recognised and needs constant formatting. so i swaped the drives round on the ribbon, and now it appears the master is having a prob. swapped them back again and master is now fine once more. decided to leave the 2nd hdd off for now, till i can chak the ribbon. any advice on this plz?
hi MAJ i will tomorrow, but i was wondering how the 2nd od the connections to the drive would be ok, if they are both obviously of the same ribbon. if there was a break in the ribbon, then surely it would affect eh one on the end as well. do you know what i mean?
I know what you're getting at, second best. Those little connectors (the slave especially) fit onto the ribbon cable by piercing the cable with little "spikes" so making a connection. It's possible that that is where the problem lies.
The new circular IDE 40 wire (80 connector) ide cables 45cm (master and slave offsets) are 5 quid plus vat from Microdirect, manchester. These round IDE cables assist a much better airflow inside the PC case than the ribbon cables. 90cm cables are also available for full tower systems.
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