Issue with HDD Swapping

September 21, 2011 at 01:39:02
Specs: Windows XP


MY old computer broke down so i got a new one of a friend.
His original harddrive is SEAGATE Barracuda ATA IV – 80 GB but i want to put my old hardrive in which is a SEAGATE Barracuda 7200 10 – 320 GB.

When i try to swap them i get the error:
Secondary IDE Channel no 80 conductor cable installed.
Primary master hard disk failed.

When i put the jumper in the same HDD then the screen just freezes on detecting IDE Drives.

However, when i plug the 80GB harddrive in which came with the computer using the same cables it boots up as normal.

Also i know the 320 HDD i'm trying to put in works for sure and have tested it.

I'm pretty sure it's not the cable.
I compared both cables and HDD Pins and they are the same.
I also took one of the cables from the old computer and plugged it into the new one.
The 320GB hard drive still did not load but the 80GB did.

I managed to be able to boot from the CD now.
When i have the 320GB HDD in and i boot from cd to re-install windows it gets up to the last screen which says there is no HDD connected to the computer.

The computer is just having trouble detecting the 320GB HDD.

Tried but no success... :(
I tried flushing the bios too...

The strange thing is that the 320GB worked as a secondary HDD on my brothers computer but when i try to put it to run as primary i get the same error.
My brothers HDD worked fine on the new computer which im trying to use the 320GB HDD on and vice versa... but i cant even run the 320GB as secondary on the new computer.

The cables on my brothers computer and the new computer are also exactly the same.

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September 21, 2011 at 03:40:50
Hi Focus - flushing the bios is an absolute last resort. It is dangerous and could result in no longer being able to use you pc.

Suspect the 320gb when connected as primary master, could have given problems as its os is tied to a different pc.

A) I think you should leave the 80gb as the primary master, as this has a working o/s for your friends pc.

You can then connect the 320gb as:-
i) the primary slave
you may need to change the straps on *BOTH* disks


ii) the secondary master or slave
you may need to change the straps on the 320gb

B) You do not advise the make/model of your pc.

Could be it is having problems recognising the 320gb due to it size, and possibly a disk manager program is needed, This should be available to download from the disk makers website.

C) The bios needs to 'see' the disk before you can do anything with it.
In the bios you may have to 'activate' the disk on more than one 'page'.

As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 21, 2011 at 06:25:22
You have 2 problems:

1. you're using the wrong type of ATA/IDE cable - 40-wire instead of 80-wire. The plugs are the same, the number of wires connected to the plugs is different. The old 40-wire cable should work, but it will limit the data speed of the HDD & you will constantly get the warning at bootup until you change to the correct cable. Notice the difference (40 on the left, 80 on the right):

2. you were trying to boot a HDD with a Windows installation that was installed on a different system with a different hardware configuration. XP is designed to detect hardware changes & will not boot if certain changes (especially the motherboard/chipset) are detected. This is by Microsoft design, it is NOT a hardware problem.

Change the cable, then do a fresh install of Windows. Make sure to delete all existing partitioning & create new partitions. A single 320GB partition is NOT recommended.

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September 28, 2011 at 04:33:44
Thanks everyone.
I tried the above but no luck. I'm going to give up and just stick to an external 2TB which would be of more use anyway.
The only issue now is that I still get the error:

"IDE Channel no 80 conductor cable installed"

But the computer starts up fine.
I have 1 HDD connected
1 DVD player and 1 DVD Burner.

Any advise?

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