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Installing a ATA-100 drive into a Dell Poweredge 1600SC server

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Installing a ATA-100 drive into a Dell Poweredge 1600SC server, as directed in this thread...

https://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Misc/Q_22127619.html

This is an install where I want to keep the existing drive as C:\ and just add this new drive on another drive letter.

The drive is this...

http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=44FH

I've upgraded the BIOS to A12 and thats confirmed when the machine boots.

With the new drive plugged in I get
   "No boot device available".
So far I've tried the following:

1. Change the BIOS to support ATA-100
2. Put jumpers on pins 5-6 (tried with and without) (with="Cable Select", without=Slave)
3. Still boots up ok with the new drive unplugged
4. Tried setting primary device 1 and secondary device 1 to AUTO (tried with and without)

The jumpers on the old drive appear to be "Cable Select". I haven't touched this as they are factory set jumpers and would need some tweezers to get them out.

What am I doing wrong ?
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I think the boot sequence that you should setup in bios is an issue here. Locate the C: drive where your windows os, that is your boot drive, not the ATA-100 you just added in. Access bios again and setup boot sequence.
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Thanks for this.
 
In the BIOS, when the new drive is plugged in, none of the drives are recognised, Primary 0 and Secondary 0 (c: drive and CD rom) are all unrecognised. As are primary 1 and secondary 1

So I think its a problem that the drive is messing up the entire system when its connected.
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As far as I can tell I've followed all the instructions in there. Both drives are now pinned with "Cable Select" and I'm still getting "No boot device available", and nothing recognised in setup.

What part of the document are you referring to ?
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... and the master drive is at the end of the cable with the black connector, and the new drive is in slave position in the middle of the cable with grey connector
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Sorry Punky, the original boot disk is IDE/ATA, even though its got a scsi controller. Dell sold these servers off really cheap (£300~=$500) in 2004 with IDE Disks.

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Thanks rindi

Will have to get the server back out of production to try this.
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OK I plugged the new disk into the master cable connector (black).

With no jumpers:

      When the system boots it says "Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found"

With Cable Select Jumpers:

      The system hangs before it gets to the above message.

In BOTH CASES

      The hard drive beeps every 9 seconds
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I have sent the disk back to mfr.

FYI This is the first time I've given a grade C in over 400 questions, since noone came back to answer..

Still I am grateful for the help you gave. Thank you.
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