I'm looking for a bit of advice here. I've just acquired a Dell Optiplex GX280 which I got without any drives attached, and was looking to put in some of my kit from another machine. The problem I'm having is that even with my IDE HDD set as primary master (and with it as the only IDE device attached) and the BIOS configured to boot from it, it won't boot into windows. I know that the drive is good as it boots in a different machine without problems. When
I can boot into windows without a problem from my SATA (XP) drive, and here's the weird thing - with the IDE drive still attached, Windows, whilst running on the SATA, recognises the IDE drive, and names it correctly by brand and model - but won't let me access it as it says it's not formatted? And leaving everything as just described, if I go into BIOS - every drive is listed except the IDE! So, windows is picking it up, but BIOS isn't...?
I have been able to 'see' the drive in BIOS, but only without the other IDE device (DVD-RW Drive) attached. It's like the system is only wanting to offer me the opportunity to have one IDE device attached and working - which isn't much use, as I want to have all 3 in the machine and will want to put Vista or Windows7 on the IDE - but I obviously have to have both IDE drives working, and recognised as bootable devices at the same time to do this, from my installation discs.
Mobo only has one IDE port, but the cable connected to the mobo has 2 IDE connectors - surely they can't be exclusively for optical drives? I've tried pretty much every combo of the three separate 4pin molex connectors plugged into the IDE HDD and DVD drive, so I'm guessing I'm missing something in the configuration... any ideas? I've checked that the jumper settings are as they should be in relation to each drive.
Edited by Unfortunato, 17 September 2010 - 04:41 PM.