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Hard Disk Power On Issue

I just replaced the case (Again) For my Old Gigabyte GA71XE4 System, with An Athlon Thunderbird 850mhz,640MB SD 133MHZ RAM, Radeon 8500LE, Maxtor DiamondMax VE 20.4GB 5200RPM Drive and A Seagate U Series 5 10.1GB. The Problem 'm Having is that the hard drive Wont work if It's plugged into the IDE Connector, But Will work When Not Plugged into the IDE Ribbon, What Would Cause This?

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How can it work if NOT plugged in???

In reply to: Hard Disk Power On Issue

Please explain. Or do you have the ribbon cable plugged in backwards [upside down]????

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IDE And Power Cable

In reply to: How can it work if NOT plugged in???

Ok, You need to connect the IDE Ribbon and the 4 Pin Power Connector to the drive right. If I do that The drives refuse to boot (Iv'e Tried both). If you disconnect the IDE Ribbon and just leave the 4 Pin Molex in they spin up as per usual, Why?

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In reply to: IDE And Power Cable

The cable is on backwards. The drive(s) are jumpered incorrectly. Both alike???? If so when they both are connected the system has no idea which is which.

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drives refuse to boot (Iv'e Tried both)

In reply to: IDE And Power Cable

Which drive has an operating system installed?

H/D detected in post?

Correct BIOS settings?

Correctly connected? Jumpered?
M/B -> Slave (middle connector) -> Master

Error Message?

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