problem with slave hdd

By idontknow000
Oct 2, 2006
  1. alright i need your help. my friend just gave me his old crappy computer for something to type papers on. i installed xp pro on the hdd and everything was working fine. but after everything was up and running i put my slave in and windows wont start. it says "please remove media and push any key to restart". so i removed the slave and it started up fine. the hdd isnt bad, i checked it out on my other computer and it works fine. anybody have any suggestions? i need my slave!! thanks
  2. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190


    go into the bios and make sure the computer is booting off the correct hard dirve
  3. idontknow000

    idontknow000 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i did and its not even recognizing the slave at all. and like i said i know its not a bad hdd because it works with my other computer.
  4. Centurio

    Centurio TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Some first thoughts: Are any HD/MB connector pins bent or missing? Is your HD data cable connected correctly? Did you try using a different data cable?

    Regards, Martin A
  5. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Sounds like the jumper is not on the correct setting.
    Either set the jumper to slave or cable select.

    Check the bios each time you do a change and see if its recognized.

    If none of those work. Pull the jumper completely off and reboot
  6. idontknow000

    idontknow000 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i fixed the jumpers they werent on right. now when the slaves connected bios recognizes it and it gets past the startup and theres a black screen that says "press A key to reboot"
  7. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Is the Primary HDD found? If not change the jumper

    Is the Floppy drive found? If not check the power source and ide cable

    Is the floppy light constantly on? If so its on backwards.
  8. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    did you you press it and reboot? Does the same message reoccure?
  9. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    can i suggest, if you intend to use the slave as a total slave, and not for booting, just remove the jumpers altogether, then reboot. you then have two hdd's, one for storage and one for OS ooperation.
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