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How do you replace proprerly a CD/DVD Drive?

When I replace my CD Drive with a DVD Drive my computer can no longersee some of my other drives with date on, they aren't there, they don'tshow up on My Computer.
How do I properly replace a CD/DVD Drive?

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  • c_jaffray May 25, 2009

    Hi Alstech, thanks for the help you have on my DVD/CD problem, how to put this, I know a very little about computers, you appear to know a lot, I'd just like a DVD drive to watch DVD's, fancy explaining it to me as you would to a 5 year old?



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HI there

I belive what you have done is ccaused a conflict on the ide channel that the dvd is on you should check the jumpers on the back of your new device and match it with the setting from your old cd.

you have three options master , slave . or cable select (cs) you can only have one master or one slave on each ribbon cable .

by what you are saying the second device on that channel must be a hard disk if you dont have your old cd drive check what the hdd is set on ie master then set your dvd to the oposite ie slave .

if your hdd is set to (cs) then also set your dvd to (cs)

this should get you going

Regards Al "alstech"

Posted on May 25, 2009


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I agree with Alstech this could be the basic problem.

Personally I never found it useful to bother with the CS (cable select) option though, it doesn't work with all types of cables and just introduces uncertainty in the installation. Ok if the old Cd drive was set to CS it should work fine but if not, just make sure you have one drive set for master at each channel you use and the other drive - if present on the same channel - set as slave. Then it should work for you and all IDE drives should be recognized by bios.

There is a slight possibility that some drives are not recognized by an old bios, then try upgrading to latest bios version to see if it helps.

Good Luck and thank the higher powers for the newer SATA standard that eliminates all these headaches in future installations... :)

Posted on May 25, 2009


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