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    I have just installed a dvd writer and 2nd hard drive into my pc but on switch on it just goes to the page from which you can setup Bios but does not go any further, i.e windows does not start up. I unplugged the power connector to the second h/drive(slave, which is brand new completely empty) and the PC starts up ok. I am running windows XP and have two dvd drives on one ide connecter and the two h/drives on the other ide connector.

    Any ideas what it could be?

    Also I did try just adding the second h/drive before adding the second dvd drive and the PC fired up ok but when I looked on My Computer I could only see one h/drive(c drive)but in the bios there were two and in system manager also two h/drives could be seen.

    Could it be that I need to install the SP1 pack for XP?

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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    Have you formatted and partitioned the new drive in manager?
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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    have u set the jumpers correctly on the drives ?

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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    Sounds like jumpers to me
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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    i have never seen what happens if jumpers are set wrong but gotta be worth checking them , the original HD should be set to Master , the new HD set to slave , also check in BIOS what it thinks is on the IDE channels , best setting them to AUTO
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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    I found out the problem, my fault the ide cable was reversed, all I had to do was unplug the connector from mobo & plug the opposite end connector to mobo.

    Also thanks to:

    urbanmiffs

    about telling me about drive manager, using drive manager has made the new hard disk appear in My Computer.

    I have transfered one film from one hard drive to another and it took ages, about 1.5 hours for about 5G, my proccessor is 1.4 Duron & 256m RAM, it seemed to long to me.

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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    what you expect you got 4 hard drives on 2 channels got ebuyer and sort your self a IDE-PCI card that should speed things up

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    Default Re: 2nd hard drive stalls PC

    Quote Originally Posted by amepani
    what you expect you got 4 hard drives on 2 channels got ebuyer and sort your self a IDE-PCI card that should speed things up
    if you just want to use second drive for storage only you have to take out all the jumpers from the back of that drive

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