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Secondary Drive Not Found?


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#1 Sweetdreamzzz8186

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:02 AM

Everytime I restart my computer, the black screen pops up and says "Secondary drive 0 not found. Press F1 to Boot and F2 to Setup Utility." I don't know what is going on to make my computer do this when it starts up, but could someone help me plz!!!!!

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:05 AM

Do you know what this Secondary drive 0 is? Try looking in the Device Manager.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 09:55 PM

When i look into the Device manager under Disk Drives, it shows one and under Floppy Disk Drives it has one. I have a cd burner and one floopy disk drive that was originally on this computer when I got it and since then I have installed a dvd burner. I dont see anything about the dvd burner in the device manager. On the two that it does show it says they are working properly.

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 03:15 PM

Your hard drive should be on one cable connected to the primary IDE plug. Your 2 optical drives should be on secondary IDE plug. Make sure you jumpers are set correctly on the drives. The one set as master should be at the end of the cable and the one set as slave goes on the other connector
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Posted 12 April 2007 - 06:15 PM

When i go to the device manager i see the primary IDE channel, but no secondary IDE channel and I am guessing that the secondary channel would be my Lite On DVD Burner that I had installed about a year ago. When you said "Make sure you jumpers are set correctly on the drives. The one set as master should be at the end of the cable and the one set as slave goes on the other connector." I have no clue on what you are asking me to do, I am assuming that the jumpers are the plugs that go to the DVD drive inside the processer but is there like some kind of instructions for dummies and computers that I could look at to do this????LOL

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 08:23 PM

Have both drives been working and just now decided not to?. Did you add the drive or have someone else do it What is the make and model of your computer? I'll dig up a couple of illustraded tutorials and post back with some links
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Posted 12 April 2007 - 08:39 PM

Here's a couple of basic tutorials to give you an idea. Click on the images to get a larger pic.
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Posted 13 April 2007 - 01:28 AM

Well I tried to put a porno(the only dvd i could find, he he) in the dvd drive and it goes in and everything but the computer doesn't recognize that it is there, the top drive (CD Burner) does not open at all. Actually i dont think it is recognizing either of the drives, neither are on under My Computer. The only thing that is under My Computer is the C drive and the Floppy Disk Drive. hmmmmm....................................I had Circuit City put the DVD Drive in about a year ago. i am going to take it apart and chack the wires, a couple of weeks ago I took the cover off and cleaner the inside with air to dust it out. Maybe they came loose........

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 01:43 AM

I got it, thank you very much. Both of the wires on both drives were connected. I just disconnected and reconnected them and started it back up and the were working.

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 10:41 AM

Glad to hear it. It's always a good feeling when you figure it out for yourself. It always pays to reseat everthing when you have problems. Things have a way of working loose over time.
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 02:24 PM

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but if I could just piggyback on this, because I'm having the same problem on an old Dell desktop. I did unplug and reseat the cables on the drive, but still get the same "secondary IDE drive not recognised" error on startup. Short of the dvd drive going bad, any other suggestions?




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