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#1 Chuck6265


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Posted 17 October 2006 - 04:34 PM

:thumbsup: I am running Windows XP Home. I have a problem with my hard Drive. Sometimes when you boot up you get a RED Error display saying "can't find the hard drive. I've learned to change the jumper on the drive from MASTER to CABLE SELECT and it boots up and runs just fine. Then at a later date (MAYBE A MONTH THE SAME THING HAPPENS) and I change the jumper back to MASTER and it works just fine again. I was wondering if I could put jumpers on both Master and CS if that might work. I didn't want to try it in case I could screw something up. If some of you know the answer to this please reply. Chuck6265

(Moderator note and edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 17 October 2006 - 04:46 PM.

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 04:42 PM

NO!!! It'll (at best) confuse the drive - at worst it can actually destroy your data!

Sounds like mobo drivers or BIOS problems. Could you give us some information about the make and model of your computer/motherboard?
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Posted 17 October 2006 - 07:50 PM

Try changing the IDE ribbon cable and make sure you get the newer 80 wire cable.

Connect the Master Drive to the END connector of the IDE cable - the middle connector is for a slave drive only.

Put the jumper on Master.

(do you have a slave hard drive installed?)

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for the reply, Enthusiast. I will change the ribbon. No I do not have a slave hard drive installed. I never thought it could be the ribbon as it works most of the time. I am running a generic PC that I built several years ago.

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