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I have a dell optiplex, the primary HD is a Western Digital 160gb Sata I also have a LG DVD/RW combo drive set to master on the IDE channel. I recently attempted to add a 2nd ide maxtor HD and for the life of me cannot get both ide devices to show in the bios.. I've tried setting the ide hd as both slave and master and the dvd drive the same to no avail, always one will show in bios but the other won't.. however both ide devices will show in windowsXP and work just fine.. being that I need my drives to be bootable I need them to show in the bios as well.

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    Chris Hoven Jan 07, 2009

    Ok Thank you I will try that and post the results. Cheers

  • Chris Hoven
    Chris Hoven Jan 07, 2009

    Your solution worked thank you kindly!

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Hi there
When you into the bios settings choose default bios settings and save, reboot the machine and have a look in the bios again to see if the bios has picked the drive up

Good luck and kind regards

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