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Trying to add another internal hard drive to Dell Dimension 3000

I am trying to add an additional internal hard drive to my Dell Dimension 3000. I ordered it from Dell so I would think its compatable. It is a Western Digital 160 GB 7200 RPM Caviar PATA Internal Hard Drive. There are two connections for ribbon IDE cable on the mother board. One has two DVD drives attached to it. The other has a single ribbon cable going to the original C drive. If I replace that cable and put both hard drives on a new IDE cnale with two connectors (and set the second drive to slave on the jumpers), the PC doesn't recognize either drive. Is that original ribbon cable different than a regular IDE ribbon cable? It looks a bit different, like the wires are smaller and there are more wires. Additionally, if I disconnect one of the DVD drives and put the new hard drive on that cable (with the original configuration for the C drive on the original cable) the PC recognizes the new hard drive in the device manager, but I cannot see the device in the My Computer. What is going on?? How do I make this work where I can have two hard drives?

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Leave the cable connection as it is. That is, one ribbon cable for the 2 dvd drives and the original cable for the old hard drive. You dont need to set the jumper on the second hdd. It has to be set to 'cable select'. Then make sure to connect the second hard drive to the middle port of the ide cable. Don't forget to connect the power connector to the drive. It should work that way.

Two ports on the motherboard
primary ide controller port (for master and slave hard drives. both drives jumpers should be set to cable select. then make sure to connect the right ends of the cable to the drive. middle port is for slave. port on the end is for master. check the power connectors for both drives.)
secondary ide controller port (for 2 dvd drives.)

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Ok... one end of the ide cable goes to the board... make sure that's plugged in correctly and has a blue connector.... second... the last drive on the other end has to be the master... the drive before that is the slave... if that setup is not working ensure that the drivers are set for master and slave... also make the power is pluigged into both drives

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