Ide Only Reads 2 Devices Out Of 4

By brown
Jul 22, 2005
  1. My problem happened anonymously.... one day i came home and my PC asked for a boot disk.... it comes down to my BIOS only reads 2 IDE devices at a time....

    IDE 0 - HD Master & HD Slave
    IDE 1 - CD-RW, DVD

    so right now it reads only

    IDE 0 - HD Master
    IDE 1 - CD-RW

    i've switched cables... and everything.... has to be BIOS or motherboard...

    any suggestions?
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    you've got to ensure your jumpers on each drive are set properly. if it's on the end of a cable, then it'll be set to 'master', in the middle of the cable it'll be set to 'slave'. most drives have accessible jumper blocks on t he back and they indicate which position activates which mode.
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