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Hi,
  I bought a new 5.1 GB Quantum HDD to complement my existing 2.1 GB HDD. I cannot get the bios to recognise my new slave HDD ( let's call it 'NEW' ) but it still recognises the old HDD as master.

When I bought it, it was default set to Master so I had to change the jumper to Slave.
It should work BUT I suspect that the data cables are not in the right order.
From the motherboard, the first HDD connected to the data cables should be the NEW or OLD HDD???
I tried connecting the OLD HDD first and then only the NEW HDD.. nope, the NEW HDD is not detected.
I haven't tried the other way cause my cable is not long enough (due to my placement of the 2 HDDs)..
As I understand, my OLD HDD should be the Primary Master and the NEW HDD the Primary Slave, so they should share the same data cable. ( the CDROM takes up the Secondary Master )
SO is it the order of the data cables to the HDD or does it NOT matter?
Thanks, FYI, my comp is a K6 AMD 200Mhz.
Also, my NEW HDD is newly formatted so it is not the reason it might be spoilt.

Bye!
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rmarotta earned 400 total points
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The order in which the drives are connected to the 40-pin data cable is not important.
Here are the important things to look for:

1)  Enter CMOS setup to be sure IDE ports are enabled.

2)  Power plug properly connected to supply power to the drive.

3)  Colored stripe on edge of data cable is oriented towards pin-1 on the drive's cable connector.

4)  Drives are correctly jumpered as Master (or Master w/slave present) and Slave.

Some hard drives cannot co-exist with others on the same IDE port.  Try installing the NEW drive on the seconday port as master, with CDROM as slave.

Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph
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by:thiamwah
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I will try the above steps and get back to u in a few days time... thanks.
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