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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#1
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.

http://www.pctechguide.com/tutorial...

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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#2
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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