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Multiple Hard drives

By digifreak04450
Apr 18, 2008
  1. Ive been learning how to setup multiple harddrives but im haveing problems. do they both have to be on the same ribbon cable? ive set the jumpers (one doesnt have jumpers) the ribbon cable is just to small =/ any advice, if i cant use 2 cables then ill have to redo my entire pc
     
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    What are you working with 4 IDE and SATAs? Did you update the BIOS?
     
  3. digifreak04450

    digifreak04450 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well im still hooking them up this is my problem my computer that im installing it into is small i just need to know right now if i can install 2 harddrives with 2 different cables?

    i can come back here for help if the cpu doesnt recognise them :)
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,626   +320

    Assuming you are talking IDE drives.

    Yes, but you obviously need IDE controller spots to plug them into. If they aren't on the same cable but are the only drives on that cable, they both need to be set to master.
     
  5. digifreak04450

    digifreak04450 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok then guess time to tear the drive rest of the cpu apart :D lol wish me luck :)
     
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    IDE you can get 4 in

    IDE 1 (it might have IDE 0 instead)
    Primary - Master - HDD1 set it to Master - Ribbon 0
    Primary - Slave - HDD2 set it to Slave - Ribbon 1

    IDE 2 (it might have IDE1 instead)
    Secondary - Master - HDD3 set it to Master - Ribbon 0
    Secondary - Slave - HDD4 set it to Slave - Ribbon 1

    Cables are different make sure the red line is facing to the right or use the knoch and connect them that way.

    CS - Cable Select the system is suppose to figure out what you have and put it in the right order but you can't depend on that method. Just to manually.
     
  7. digifreak04450

    digifreak04450 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thx for the help guys im still learning how to put computers together :) so i now i have to setup the BIOS correct? is therea tutorial already made in the forums about it?
     
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    BIOS should be already set to Auto Detect. Have you changed anything in the BIOS?
     
  9. digifreak04450

    digifreak04450 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    nope i havent so all i have to do is start it up and it should be good to go correct?
     
  10. digifreak04450

    digifreak04450 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well.. i think i fried it.. it starts up and both the lights just sit there lit up and it just staying like that =/
     
  11. digifreak04450

    digifreak04450 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well this is what happens the gateway screen comes up and it says Press F1 for details or tab and thats as far as i get
     
     
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    Do you know how to clear your CMOS?
    If not, then the easiest way to tech is to tell you to remove the battery on the MOBO (motherboard) Unplug the power first, then remove the battery and wait 15 minutes then put the battery back on the MOBO. If you have connected the HDDs right they system should see all the HDDs..
     
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