I have master and slave hard drives and master and slave DVD drives. I just replaced my slave DVD drive (secondary slave) with a new model and the computer failed to detect all primary and secondary drives.
The PC will now only work with the primary drives only. Connecting the secondary IDE cable to any of my DVD devices results in a failure to boot due to all drives not being detected. I can connect the power supplies ok but not the secondary IDE cables.
Idiot! Idiot! My appologies. I put the IDE conector into the DVD player upside-down. I was thinking that the missing pin was space for the lug on the connector. The connector does go in very easily both ways, so the lug is not doing it's job.
I will go straight to jail without passing go.
By the way, is it important which connector, middle or end, the master drive is connected?