Make sure to get the 80 wire identified by Blue, lite gray, and black connectors,
what do you mean “do not uninstall the ide channel your system hdd is on”.
Usually HDs will be installed on Primary Channel Bus 0 and optical drives CD/DVD on Secondary Channel Bus 1. Each channel supports 2 devices Bus 0 Master Bus 1 Slave.
Please don’t worry about insulting me, I will be the first to tell you that I am not an expert. I do have a second hard drive on my pc and yes I do have the os discs.
We won’t insult you, but may joke some when it will do no harm. I see you have OS Disc, do you have the one for your Motherboard as it contains drivers too. Some system work best with the generic MS drivers while some may ask for the other drivers on that disc.
I would be willing to manually edit the registry, I have gained alot of knowledge about my pc over the last few weeks, but I would need your help.
We will save that for last as regseek usually fixes the registry.