Slave drive issue

Wd Caviar blue 500gb 7200rpm sata-300 id...
July 2, 2010 at 20:42:22
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I am trying t o install this as the slave drive. The master drive is a Seagate Barricuda ST3300622A. I have the jumper on the seagate as a cable select.

What jumper position should I use for the WD?
I have tried the slave jumer which is pin 2 and 4 alone and it hangs up on boot up. I have tried to jumper both 1 and 3 and 2 and 4 at the same time and still hangs up on boot up.

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July 2, 2010 at 20:59:47
It's generally best to put HDDs on separate channels. If you put them both on the same channel/cable, either both have to be jumpered to cable select (middle connector = slave, end connector = master) or the Seagate has to be jumpered to master & the WDC jumpered to slave.

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July 2, 2010 at 21:15:06
If the WD is SATA, you don't need to set any jumper. Just connect it to an SATA port on the motherboard.

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July 2, 2010 at 21:26:22
The correct end connector on a 3 connector 80 wire IDE data cable must go to the mboard header or controller card header - usually it's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector.

Some IDE drives, e.g. many Western Digital models, have two ways they can be set to Master - e.g. Master, single, for when they are by themself on a data cable, and Master, with slave, for when they are on a data cable with another drive set as slave. That must be correct for the situation.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

There are some really old main chipsets that required you install IDE hard and optical drives on separate channels for the best performance, but it does not make any difference with modern mboards whether you have two IDE drives on the same data cable or by themselves - the cpu only accesses one drive at a time.

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