Do IDE boot drives need to be on the end of the cable?
Posted on 2003-03-13
After three months of rolling error messages and successive Windows (ME) installations crashing in flames we finally took my son's Duron 800Mhz machine back to the shop.
They said the problem was that we had put the boot drive (with Windows) at the MIDDLE of the IDE cable (these are ATA66/100 Seagate drives) and the extra drive at the END of the cable.
All jumpers had been set right. That was not the problem.
They charged us though for reinstalling Windows (again, which we could have done), having formatted the drive without asking (oh God ALWAYS backup everything important before handing your drives to these people!)
I eventually dragged a work warranty out of the manager.
I need to know is there any truth in this "the boot drive must be at the end of the IDE cable" story? I have never heard it before, and the computer looks as unstable as ever after an evening wrestling with it