Problems Instaling Seagate Slave Drive

By sneakazz
Jun 11, 2006
  1. Hi,

    I recently bought a second hand pc and have tried to instal my old HD as a slave.

    The master HD is a Seagate ST320420A (20gb)
    The slave is a Seagate ST380012A (80GB)

    I have set the jumper settings on both as per the info on the seagate site ( but it doesn't seem to register in "My Computer" and when I go into the bios it says no slave is installed.

    This is the first time I have had a go at upgrading/dealing with internal hardware so Im not 100% sure what Im doing is correct. e.g. Does the slave need to have a cable going into the 4 larger pins next to the jumpers?

    Can someone talk me through it please as Im going nuts? Im obviously making some newbe mistake.

  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    Yes both hard drives need A power cable and an IDE Ribbon/cable going in to them. If you have them attached to the same ribbon make sure the ribbon is in the IDE 0 slot on the MB. If you are using a separate ribbon for the slave then the slave jumper has to be set to master (which would be secondary master in the bios) and plugged into IDE 1 on the MB.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    fastco partly not correct
    you don't need to have the ide set to master on the 2nd ide port
    even if is the only one on it
    first setup ide 1
    moved drive to the middle connect not end for slave setup
    set to slave
    2nd ide 2 can put on middle or end ,end is the master
    if you have a cd or dvd drive use middle for the HDD and set to slave
    if you can't see in explorer go to my computer right click /manage /
    hard drive management/ see if it shows may just need to add a letter
    if not
    check bios see if there ,may need to enable 48 bit or LBA
    always check cabling and the power setup
  4. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    Thanks for the correction and addition..I'm just rying to keep it simple..
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