I have been trying to install into my friends computer a second optical drive a DVD-RW. He already has a DVD-Rom/CD-RW. Here's what I've done;
1: Installed & screwed the DVD-RW drive into the second case bay below the current drive.
2: Linked a connector strip from the same IDE ribbon cable already linking the other drive so both drives are on the same lead.
3: Connected a spare 4 pin power connector to the DVD-RW drive
4: Booted the PC, both drives LED's flash as they do on power up.
5: Now heres the problem explained below;
The pair of optical drives are now both installed and connected on the same IDE ribbon cable with each using a power connector off the PSU.
Neither of the drives are detetced by the pc on bootup, bios or in windows. I disconnected the DVD-RW leaving the original drive back as it was, on a second pc boot up its all back to normal, for now my friends DVD-Rom/CD-RW is disconnected and the DVD-RW is in use, what I can't seem to do is get both drives working together on 1 IDE cable, 4 hours of tinkering and no luck.
The PC's mainboard doesn't have a spare IDE slot to use the drive on it's own cable, he doesn't use the floppy disk drive so I also tried using the IDE cable from that, original DVD-Rom/CD-RW works this time but no DVD-RW detected.
I did some searching on google and found info about installing a second optical drive and the photo diagrams and instructions was explaining the same ribbon cable can be used, it's the jumper settings/slave thingy I'm confused about.
SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!