CD/DVD connected to pci card with ide connection.
Okay this is a totally different ball of wax (so to speak).
You must have only one IDE slot on your motherboard, so you are using a PCI to IDE expansion card to accommodate the IDE DVD drive you are using.
Now aside from this, you obviously have an IDE data cable connected to your main IDE slot, to which you have two hard drives connected, hopefully one drive as MASTER and the other as a slave.
Now for a better understanding, I am going to add some pictures to this post that will hopefully help you in how things should be connected.
Below is an IDE/PATA hard drive with the connection terminals facing you, you'll notice the IDE data cable connection port to the left, the jumper port for selecting either MASTER, SLAVE or CABLE SELECT (in this pic, there are two white jumpers installed) and the 4 pin power port to the far right.
Next picture is the IDE data cable, the RED
arrow points to the second IDE connector, it is commonly connected to the second or SLAVE device, but it is NOT required that it be hooked up this way if the cable does not reach both drives that way.
Blow is a picture of a motherboard to which has two IDE ports, the BLUE
connector is the PRIMARY IDE channel, this port can accommodate two devices, which are called IDE 0 and IDE 1.
The white connector is not always found on newer SATA-II motherboards, but on older ones, it was called the SECONDARY IDE channel.
Now getting back to that BLUE
connector, two devices can be hooked up to this port via an IDE cable, however, both devices share the same wires and sharing can cause IRQ conflicts.
To get around this, devices connected to the same cable have to acquire a personal identity that is different from the other device, this is where the jumper on the hard drive comes into play.
One drive would be set to a master and the other drive set to a slave, electronically, you gave each drive its own identity from the other drive, almost like assigning each device its own telephone number (so to speak) when the number of the MASTER drive is called, only that drive will respond, the SLAVE drive will not respond.
If both drives are jumpered as master or both are jumpered as slaves, a conflict will take place, because both drives are being called at the same time and both are answering. That would be fine if both were part of a RAID hard drive array, but IDE ports do not use RAID arrays, only SATA drives can be setup as RAID.
Going back to that picture of the hard drive above, you have to examine the drives label for a map, or check the drive near the jumper area for markings for MA, SL or CS.
One drive should be MA, the other set as SL.
Boot up the system and enter your BIOS setup utility, it is either DELETE key or F1 at POST screen, make sure both drives are detected and save the changes and exit the utility.
If you have two drives hooked up to the PCI to IDE card, please let me know this, because I will have to offer a totally different set of directions, pertaining to your PCI cards settings.
You might also want to tell me the make and model number of your PCI to IDE card, that will be helpful as well.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 30 May 2011 - 11:54 PM.