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I just received my new Dell XPS which arrived with a 74G SATA primary drive. Also in the package is a CD-RW/DVD +RW combo drive. The SATA drive is set as primary SATA .

I’m trying to add the Samsung 160G IDE drive and a Lite CD-ROM from my last computer and am unsure of how to configure these drives. I’ve installed the new HDD and it works and is recognized by the PC. I’ve installed the Lite CD-ROM which is recognized but now the CD-RW/DVD+RW has disappeared?

Should the new IDE drive be set as the Primary IDE slave or Master? Which cable plug should I use; the last (master) or 2nd (slave)?

Ditto the CD drives. How should they be configured and which plug end should each use?

Thanks for your advice.

I ran a IDE diagnostic and I've got this all screwed up. Not sure where and how to fix this.
Primary SATA Drive 0
Primary IDE
Drive 0 -no device
Drive 1 - no device
Secondary IDE
Drive 0 - Lite cd-Rom
Drive 1 - no device
???
Thanks


Ken
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1. sata works on its on small little thin cable , by itself



ide drives work on ide slots a 40 pin connectors

1.  primary ide slot
    master : samsung 160 gb

2. secondary ide slot
       master : cdrw/dvd
        slave: lite cd-rom

this set should give you optimal performance for your  new hd
also note some cd rom drivers are picky on which  master and slave configuration
they go on , you may have some trial and error time until you get all them
to play together . some even like to be set on  cable select when put
with another drive.

just a heads up.

if one of your cd-roms is not being recognized , its most then likely the jumper
settings.  remember red line gos to power
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by:kmlevine
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I've figured out that the IDE drive should be in location 1, or as IDE drive one not 0 as it presentrly is set. The back jumpers are ser to slave in upper 32GB, but not slave with limit capacity in upper 32GB or cable select. The cable connector attached to the drive is the last one on the cable. This is usually reserved for the slave. Must a jumpered slave use only the 2nd connector?

I corrected the CD-RW to slave and it is not correctly recognized.

What should I do about the IDE 160G drive.

If left as IDE Primary 0, the boot stalls until I hit F1.

Thanks for the help so far.

Ken
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by:mikeachilles
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magus covered this pretty well already, but you just need to make sure that your IDE jumpers match their position on the cable.  The 160 IDE HD should be at the end of one of the IDE cables and it's jumper should be set to master.  Likewise for the CD-RW on its own cable.  The lite cd-rom should be set to slave and connected to the middle of the cable shared with the CD-RW.  This should correct the problem.

(Also just to be sure you can set BIOS to auto detect devices, instead of specifying their type.)
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tnanks all for the good advice. Everything is rolling smoothly.
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