I just transferred an IDE hard drive from my old computer to my new computer. In my old computer, it was connected up as a Primary Slave data-only hard drive (i.e. No O/S on it). I connected it to my new computer as the Secondary Slave (the Master being the DVD drive). The Primary Master & Slave on the new computer are 2 IDE hard drives. When I boot up the computer, when it’s still in pre-windows mode, there is a message saying thus:
“Secondary IDE channel no 80 connector cable installed”
The slave part of the IDE ribbon cable (i.e. the one in the middle) is connected to this hard drive, as is the power cable connector. The jumper is set to slave. The IDE cable itself was a 40-conductor cable. And when I try access this hard drive in Explorer it says that the drive is not accessible.
I then swapped that 40-conductor cable for an 80-conductor one, and also swapped about the motherboard slots, so that the configuration now reads:
Primary Master = 120GB system HDD
Primary Slave = 80GB data HDD (the one with the problem)
- both of them connected via an 80-conductor IDE cable…
Secondary Master = DVD-ROM drive
Secondary Slave = 80GB data hard drive
- both of them connected via a 40-conductor IDE cable
No more error message at bootup about the cable. But, I still cannot access the problem hard drive in Windows.
P.S. on my previous computer, the hard drive in question was set up so as to be only accessed from one user account. I may or may not have restored normal access before I took it out. Could this be what’s causing the problem now?
P.P.S. the problem hard drive was a slave in my old PC