I just installed a DVD drive in my Dell Dimension E310. After startup I got the BIOS screen stating two of the drives not found. These were the PATA-0 and PATA-1 drives for the PRI IDE Master and PRI IDE Slave. I can work on the computer and access internet. It appears that everything runs on the computer except for the CD and DVD drives. I also think the floppy disk drive won't work because the 'A' drive and CD and DVD drives do not show up in the My Computer folder. The device manager does not have the CD or DVD drives but does have the PRI and Sec IDE channels showing up in the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section.
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Re: IDE Drive not found on startup
I am assuming that the cd and DVD drives are on the Ide right ?? thats because one of the drives jumper is set wrong. If you take a look at the back you will find it saying master / slave / Cable select with eighter a 6 to 10 pins. basically one needs to be set to master and connected with the top piece of the cable and the other set to slave and connected with the middle of the cable. and the other jacks into the main board. If i misunderstood you please respond correcting me as soon as possible so i can be of further help.
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Shut down computer, disconnect from power outlet. disconnect all usb devices on the usb ports and just leave mouse and keyboard connected. disconnect harddrive cable from the motherboard and hard drive and reconnect cable again.
Restart system afterwards to see if the issue was resolved.
Should you have any other questions please just leave a comment.
first try installing one and go to your bios and set your bios to default . save you changes and exit.
also in my computer look and see if it appears there
if so you know its being reconized.
rite click it go to properties and then hardware
select the drive if you have gotten this far meaning you saw the drive. . go to properties and see if it says its working properly. it could also be that none of the drives your trying to install are compatible.
If your system has one optical drive, press F12 when the Dell screen comes up at boot. then select the drive... If you have more than one optical drive, the master is the only one that can boot(per Dell). If the above (F12) does not work, you can try changing the boot order in the BIOS to: First--CD/DVD Second--IDE-0 (hard drive) Third--(any other devices)
When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.
Check your BIOS setting to see if it detects the hard drive (Primary disk 0). If it can't detect the hard drive then the hard drive maybe faulty. Open the case unpluge the IDE cable from the hard drive and reconnect it again, also unplug the IDE cable at the motherboard and reconnect it again including the power connector on the hard drive.
There maybe an option to test the hard drive in the BIOS, if so use it to test the hard drive.
If the hard drive is faulty, you need to replace it and install Windows, the various device drivers and your programs to get a functioning computer again.
You might consider buying a new computer (it will be faster & better than the old Dell) and you have your new monitor to go with it.
Normally you would set it up to boot from:
1. CD/DVD drive
2. Hard Drives
There may also be a floppy drive to add in whereever you want it.
This problem sound like some kind of drive controller or the drives are not being recognized in BIOS...check and make sure you see the hard drives when setting the boot order.