Connecting two hard disks together!

January 23, 2007 at 04:08:58
Specs: Windows Xp SP1, AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 256Mb

Hello, I recently bought an 80GB hard disk to install into my computer along with the 40Gb hard disk it already has with Windows Xp installed on it. When I try connecting the 80Gb hard disk using the IDE cable primary slave/ or any other, it just doesnt let me boot afterwards, in the black screen it says "ATAPI disk needed" or something like that, could it be that the motherboard is not compatible with this hard disk drive or just cant cope with two hard disks at once?

Thanks a lot
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January 23, 2007 at 04:17:10

most likely you have the jumpers and/or cabling wrong. Make sure that you have the drive with the operating system set as master, and the other drive set as slave.

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January 23, 2007 at 08:10:48

You will also need to check the BIOS I think?
It needs to be set up so that it knows it has 2 drives to look at.

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January 23, 2007 at 08:15:24

Yeah thats what I did, but still doesnt let me boot. About the jumpers, i dont actually have any put.. I didnt know it was needed since ive connected DVD drives and CD drives without having any jumpers put in them.

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January 23, 2007 at 08:28:30

sounds strange because even cd devices have a master slave jumper setting change.
Didn't the drive come with jumpers?
Most drives also have a diagram telling you how to position the jumpers...

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January 23, 2007 at 15:33:58

How do you have the second drive physically connected? Is it Primary Slave? Secondary Master? Secondary Slave? If it's on either slave connection, you will need to set the jumper accordingly.

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January 24, 2007 at 16:33:20

Put it in another computer and see what happens. Sounds like the drive is bad to me.

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January 25, 2007 at 11:58:56

Basically the main Hard Drive which has windows connected is set as Primary master with the jumper setting properly put in it. And the other hard drive which I put is connected at Primary Slave with the jumper put in it. I've been able to log into windows normally and all and when I go to 'Device Manager' Both hard disks are detectable, But the problem is in my computer there isnt any Icon displaying the new hard disk drive? Which means the 80Gbs are not seen anywhere..
Any help?

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January 25, 2007 at 12:21:49

So you are able to boot? What is shown in Disk Management? It won't be seen by Windows until you partition, format and assign a drive letter (or letters) to it.

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