Solved cant boot my rebuilt pc bios only reconizes a; drive

June 1, 2013 at 04:24:39
Specs: windows xp, 512
im trying to expieriment with cpu building so i took two really old xp systems and tried to add both hdd and change ihe cd rom to a burner when i changed the hdd i moved the pins for master and slave and i put it all back together im gonna try and boot xubuntu and wipe both hdd clean but now i power on and cant reconize any thing but the floppy

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June 1, 2013 at 04:53:02
What do you mean by "moved the pins for master and slave"? Exactly how did you set up the IDE devices?

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June 1, 2013 at 05:12:16
experiment with cpu building

You mean you are experimenting with computer building. INTEL and AMD, amongst others, build CPUs. The CPU is the biggest chip on the motherboard, the one with the heat sink and fan attached to it.

Best get the terminology right then everyone know what you are talking about.

Check you Pin settings. If both drives are on the same cable and both are set for master or slave then the BIOS will get confused and just ignore them.


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June 1, 2013 at 07:15:43
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How many IDE devices are you connecting? It sounds like you have 2 HDDs & one burner. If that's the case, here's the best configuration:

primary master = HDD w/Windows
primary slave = none
2ndary master = burner
2ndary slave = 2nd HDD

As an alternate:

primary master = HDD w/Windows
primary slave = none
2ndary master = 2nd HDD
2ndary slave = burner

There are other possibilities, but the above are the best because any data transfers between the devices will primarily be made from channel to channel (faster) rather than between 2 devices on the same channel (slower).

If the drives aren't being recognized, it's either because you have the jumpers set incorrectly or you have the ribbon cables connected upside-down (or both). You cannot have 2 masters or 2 slaves on the same IDE cable/channel or they'll cancel each other out. And the red stripe on the cable must correspond to pin #1 on the board connector & the device. Also, some HDDs (usually WDC) have different jumpers settings for master (single) or master (with slave). Double check those jumpers settings & adjust as necessary.

One last thing, if both the HDDs have XP installed on them & you want to be able to boot into Windows, make sure the primary master is the HDD that was originally used with the motherboard in your new build.

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June 1, 2013 at 16:47:56
AND make sure you are not holding the drive upside down when you set the jumpers or you will get confused.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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