Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Slave Disk installation problem

by worcester_ade / July 28, 2008 9:16 AM PDT

I am trying to install a second (slave disk) under windows 2000. I have connected the disk and set the jumpers for master and slave. The PC boots and recognises the two disks (master and slave). The first start of windows 2000 gave me a blue tombstone screen saying that if this is the first boot then restart or the disk is not terminated correctly or there is a virus. I restarted and all appeared well. Then after a few more restarts the blue tombstone returned and the system would not restart. I have now disconnected the second disk and the system is fine, but I really need the second disk. The Master is a Western Digital 40gb (WD400BB) and the Slave is a Maxtor 30gb (93073u6) and I am running Windows 2000 5.00.2195 service pack 4 on a Fujitsu Myrica PIII 650 with 656mb of memory. I have limited PC experience and would value any ideas as to what is wrong.

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Slave Disk installation problem
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Slave Disk installation problem
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
You must have a very old machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2008 9:21 AM PDT

Today's hard disks are usually connected with SATA or 80 conductor IDE cables and if IDE you set the drives to Cable Select unless you are very very careful. On machines past 10 years old I see the archaic 40 conductor cables and use the out of date Master, Slave and SP (slave present) jumpers.

I'd recheck my work and make it match what era of cabling you find.

Collapse -
Old machine
by worcester_ade / July 28, 2008 9:32 AM PDT

Yes it is old, but does what I need (apart from running out of disk space !). It is using 40 pin IDE connection with master and slave jumpers set on the disks.

Collapse -
40 pin vs. 40 and 80 conductor?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2008 10:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Old machine

Let's be more exact here. There is a difference.

Collapse -
40 pin vs. 40 and 80 conductor
by worcester_ade / July 28, 2008 11:34 AM PDT

Sorry to ask dumb questions, but how do you tell ?

Collapse -
IDE Cable
by worcester_ade / July 28, 2008 1:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Pictures via google...

Still not sure, but the exact cable i am using is

Collapse -
Use the pictures from google to find out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2008 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: IDE Cable

This change happened over 10 years ago. You could try the newer CS setting?

Collapse -
IDE Settings
by worcester_ade / July 29, 2008 7:39 AM PDT

I don't understand why the system boots up and recognises the disks, but windows 2000 can't start up. Surley if there was a problem with the settings of the disk then the system would not boot ?

Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2008 10:24 AM PDT
In reply to: IDE Settings

But since you can't try to match the cable to the jumper methods used for the cable type used you best head to a repair counter.

Sorry if that offends you but I had hoped we could work past a common gaffe.

Collapse -
80 conductor IDE cables
by worcester_ade / July 29, 2008 12:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

Just got confirmation that the disks are connected via an 80 conductor IDE cable.

Collapse -
And moving forward.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2008 1:07 PM PDT

I'll be out of range for a day. Hope you fix it.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Having Wi-Fi troubles?

From the garage to the basement, we blanketed every square inch of the CNET Smart Home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi.