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my computer keeps thinking all my drives are slave drivesOMG

by EternalDarkness / October 7, 2004 1:43 PM PDT

OK im getting sicks of this and I cant seem to figure it out I only have on cd rom drive hooked up and on hard disk hooked up they are hooked up to 2 different ide cables and are on the end farthest from the mother board if I try to hook up 2 cd roms or 2 harddrives they both dont load only one does this is becoming a real pain can anyone please tell me what is going on and what I can do to fix this

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Re: my computer keeps thinking all my drives are slave drive
by Steven Haninger / October 7, 2004 10:21 PM PDT

If you have not done so, make sure you are using 80 conductor cables and have the jumpers on each device set to CS (or Cable Select). If this does not work, you should be able to force the master slave relationship. Make sure the cables are properly connected. They are color coded. Usually blue goes to motherboard and black to master drive.

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Re: my computer keeps thinking all my drives are slave drive

What is the difference besides the fact those cables are color coded?

The computer thats giving me this problem is an old q systems when I insert its origional hard drive it boots up fine but its original hard drive is damaged and now dosent work so I unplugged its original hd and inserted my new and better one (a Quantum Bigfoot) in the same place I didnt change the cable or anything it thinks this new hd is a slavedrive I think this is more specific then my intro.

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Re: my computer keeps thinking all my drives are slave drive
by Steven Haninger / October 8, 2004 10:04 AM PDT

The master/slave relationship can be defined by jumper settings on the drives themselves or cable if it is of the proper type and the drives have the jumpers set to allow such. I am going to take a guess that you have an older 40 conductor cable and your drives jumpers are set to the slave position. There does not seem to be a standard with these jumpers from drive to drive. The manufacturer determines the configuration options so you will need to find this out. You may find these on the drive itself or on the manufacturers website and make sure the jumpers are set as master. Other odd things can happen if you have an ATAPE device attached to the same cable. If you do, make sure it is set to be the slave.

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