While many hard drives exceed 5 years of age the ugly truth is that we are using 5 year design life parts. That 40GB is too likely to be over 5 years old so get what you can off it and think about moving it to some USB case for occasional use. That's what I did and it's a "don't count on it" usb 40GB stick.
I see geeks.com sells a 750GB drive for 55 bucks so by the GB that 40GB is worth about 3 bucks. No great loss.
I'd eject the 40GB and put the DVD as master on the master connection of the shiny 80 conductor IDE cable.
i am having windows xp,i am using asus P5GCMX motherboard,i am having three hard disks 1. 160 gb sata 2. 160 gb ide 3. 40 gb ide
1.i have connected 160 gb sata hdd to sata connector
2.i have bought ide to sata converter and connected my 160 gb ide to sata connector in motherboard
3.i have connected my 40 gb ide hdd with dvd drive in ide connector
so i am experiencing problem like often either 40 gb hdd or dvd drive not detecting while booting in bios,i have connected properly in ide connector
why this is happening?
anyway to solve?
and sometimes cables gone out,i have changed four cables in 6 months