Hard drive(s) won't work on rebuild.

September 25, 2010 at 13:23:50
Specs: Windows XP, 512/2.3
I have just been building my desktop from other computers after mine overheated and blew the processor - I was given three desktops so I built onto a processor/motherboard A7V400-MX that i knew worked fine. All fine until the hard drives they were My two that I want the most 'hitachi deskstar HDS722580VLAT20 ATA/IDE 82gb' and an identical one. The only one that waorks is a western digital WD1600AAJB-56WRA0 that works but is massively infected with viruses I have removed the viruses but it killed the OS I would re-install but haven't got a disk.

Can anyone tell me pls how to make the other drives work?
The cables are the big grey ones - sorry for not being being good on jargon.
Any help will be greatley appreciated Thank you

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September 25, 2010 at 13:46:56
The "big grey ones" means the drives are IDE/PATA rather than SATA. Therefore there is some setup involved. Hopefully you know that there are generally two IDE channels - primary & 2ndary. Each channel can accept 2 drives - master & slave. You can NOT have 2 masters or 2 slaves on the same cable/channel.

On the end of your IDE hard drives (& CD/DVD drives) there are small jumper caps that have to be moved to designate the drive as master or slave. There's usually a diagram on the label or there may be marking near the pins (MA, SL, CS). Configure the drive you want to boot of off as primary master.


But be aware that XP doesn't like being moved from one system to another. You *may* get lucky & be able to boot into Windows, but more than likely you will just get a blue screen.

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September 25, 2010 at 14:30:05
AFAIK the A7V400-MX mobo doesn't come with SATA controllers, only PATA ones.

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