I have been trying to install a secong hard drive but i am now at a loss,Heres the situation.on my motherboard i have a primarary and secondarary data cable connection.At present the primary is connected to my CD rom and hard drive.The CD rom is set to SLAVE with the HD set to CS.the connection for the CD rom is at the end of the cable. On the secondary input there is only my CD Writer this has been set to master.
I have tried a combination of jumpers settings to allow me to install a secong hard drive as slave but it just doesnt want to work.I have put both CD.s on one cable and set them to SL & MA and the HDs on the other cable also set to SL & SL.But then the PC refused to boot up.I have tried many combinations and cable positions but it just wont have it.The bios is set to auto detect.
Leave all the jumpers now, disconnect all the drives except your main one, switch on, listen, switch off, connect next drive - till you find the culprit. Its possible you may need to swap a CD onto IDE1. How old is the motherboard?
If you are using XP, go into device manager and right click on your hard or optical drive then click properties and in the box it will tell you whether it is the Primary or secondary IDE channel. To get to device manager,click start/ right click My computer/click Properties/click Hardware/ click Device Manager.
Many boards have tiny writing next to the connectors, IDE1 or IDE2, or just hook up one drive, switch on and go into bios, do Auto-detect drives or devices, it should show up. First two entries are IDE1, last two are IDE2. make sure you do the same step when all the drives are fitted and things seem to be working.