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Old 12-05-2004, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
rasputeena
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There should be 2 IDE chains, a Primary, and a Secondary. The primary chain should have two connectors on it, as should the secondary. In my opinion the primary chain should be used for hard drives, and the secondary for cd roms, dvd roms, burners etc. Now it is not true that the master is always at the end of the chain, i have an HP that is reversed. (the first thing on the chain is the master, and the last is slave, most cables are labled, especially store bought machines). Boot your machine up, and go into BIOS and you should see something like this:

Primary Master: (your Seagate should be detected here)
Primary Slave: None or Auto (make sure you set it to Auto)
Secondary Master: (your DVD rom should be detected here)
Secondary Slave: None or Auto (Make sure you set to Auto)

Once you do that, shut down, open your case and connect your WD to the Primary slave chain, making sure you set the jumper to CS (or slave if your primary hdd is set to master) connect your power cable and boot up. it should auto detect it. If you decide to connect it the chain with your dvd rom you will lose hdd performance everytime you're running a disc in your dvd drive.
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