I have bought a Samsung SP1604N. I am not sure if it is an IDE or a SATA (I suspect IDE)
1) How can I find which it is please?
I have currently got a Maxtor 6L200P0 200GB hard drive connected as my master which is working fine.
I have connected it the Samsung HD on the same ribbon as the Master and set it as a slave, master,cable select. None of them work. It is not recognized in the BIOS at all. I have tried connecting other smaller hard drives and then are auto detected fine.
I also have 2 DVD drives connected on another ribbon, I have unplugged one of those and tried it on that ribbon but still no joy.
My boot order is DVD, Hard drive then floppy. 2) Does this matter?
I have an AMD Athlon 64bit Dual Core 3800,
My mother board is an ASUS A8N-E
Raid would not be an issue unless you set it up via bios. Boot order would not make a difference. Other hard drive is the same type and working. Try a known working power plug from one of your dvd drives. Listen to see if you can hear it "spin up". If not DOA.