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    IDE Problem Question

    Please confirm this...

    I have two HDD's (master and slave) connected to a single IDE port with a single cable. The slave drive dies. Is it possible for the death of the slave drive to cause both of the drives to no longer be visible to the MOBO, ie, no IDE detection?

    It is my impression that if one of the HDD's dies it could create the symptom that the IDE port on the MOBO seems to be dead.

    True or false?

    Thanx...

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    Yes and no.

    Sometimes a slave drive will go dead and the master will still be shown. In other cases, the slave drive will die and the master is not seen in bios or reconized by windows.

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    Originally posted by LT-73
    Yes and no.

    Sometimes a slave drive will go dead and the master will still be shown. In other cases, the slave drive will die and the master is not seen in bios or reconized by windows.
    In my case the master is not seen by the bios. The bios can't see any drives on IDE 1. The bios does see the CDROM on IDE 2.

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    First make sure that IDE controller is enabled in BIOS. If that does not work, try disconnecting the slave. If that does not work, try both the slave and master in a different computer.

    You'll be able to figure out what is wrong (eventually).

    Good luck.
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    You can also try changing the IDE ribbon. They go bad from time to time.

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    The bottom line is that:

    From the MOBO side...

    (1) IDE on the MOBO is defective.
    (2) IDE on the MOBO is turned off.

    or from the HDD / cable side... (based on one cable, two HDD's)

    (3) Bad IDE cable.
    (4) IDE cable not connected properly, ie, slave and master connections crossed in relation to how the HDD's are configured as slave and master.
    (5) HDD pins not properly set for proper slave, master configuration.
    (6) One or both HDD's dead or dying.
    (7) Power not getting to one or both HDD's.

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    this happened to me once.. only the mobo would lock up when detecting the drives..

    guess what? Its the jumpers (probabaly) some drives dont like being in a master mode when there is no other drive..

    try setting it to single and see what happens.
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    The slave drive was the culprit. I could hear a constant knocking at boot time in that drive. Ran the master only and everything is ok, IDE controller no longer confused. Fortunately the slave drive had nothing valuable on it. Good bye Quantum SE 2.1GB drive; born 11/97 - died 11/02. 5 years of faithful service.

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