Bios doesn't see both drives

Microsoft Windows 98 se (full product)
November 29, 2009 at 17:55:44
Specs: Windows XP Or Win98 SE, AMD SEmpron 2500/ 2GB
Resolved an issue W/ Dual boot .

But now the Bios will intermittantly see both drives Master/Slave on EIDE cable. And will see either drive consistantly as long as the other is without power- both are connected on the EIDE cable.

Have tried to verify the connectors are fully seated on the power cable before reinstalling the power plug, but that makes no difference.

Have unplugged 80 pin connectors from each device and reconnected.

Is there a likehood the cable has failed? New system about 5 years ago.

Thank you.

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November 29, 2009 at 18:07:36
Try using cable select instead.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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November 29, 2009 at 19:05:06
It's generally best to put HDDs on separate channels whenever possible. If you can, try putting the 2nd HDD on the 2ndary channel.

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November 30, 2009 at 08:16:52
Hey Jam!

Thought I read just the opposite, shud keep both drives on the same cable. But I'll try separation of the two.

As to the cable select versus Jumpers, both are WD drives with cable select as default.

Thank you, both!

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November 30, 2009 at 11:29:47
Data transfer between drives on the same cable will be a 'lot' slower than transfers between drives on different cables.

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November 30, 2009 at 12:58:14
You should be using an 80 wire/ 40 pin cable. That might be your problem. Also easy to configure the jumpers wrong. I have many WD drives and the default (no jumper) is Master. You need to have a jumper in place to run CS. WD IDE drives also have TWO Master settings. No jumper is Master alone. Jumper on third set is Master with slave attached.

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November 30, 2009 at 17:36:06
Both HD visible when on separate Eide channels, but strangely CDrom on second channel(CDrom jumpered as master and the HD jumpered as slave) now intermittantly disappears when bios is checking system at bootup. The CDrom is visible in Os.

It's just weird, not a problem.

Thank you for all of your help.

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