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Harddrive installation I presently have two ide harddrives connected to my ASUS P4P800-E deluxe and would like to add a third. How do I go about doing this?

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Hello .I m having intel845 with 2.4 Ghz Cpu.1 gb of ddr333mhz of ram.I h've installed 320gb harddisk.every 2-5minutes hangs up .Plz give a solution.

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Re: Harddrive installation

In most pc's there will be 4 ide connections. Put 2 hardrives on one cable and add the other one to the cable with the cd drive.

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Find socket for hard drive

HP part number 5188-5473 brings up the Asus A8N-LA motherboard, made especially for HP,

The rest of the number/letters do me no good.

I will elate some information based on the above, and see if it does you any good;

1) The Asus A8N-LA has connectors for two types of Harddrives;

A) IDE. Also known as PATA.

This type of Harddrive uses a flat ribbon IDE(PATA) data cable,

Another look,

(The Asus name probably won't be on it. These two IDE data cables just happen to be made by Asus )

The connectors on each end have 40 socket holes. One socket hole will be blocked off. (Or should be) ONLY 39 socket holes are used.

A look at the connector on the motherboard;

Looking at the motherboard illustration, look at the Bottom/Right corner. There are two IDE connectors. They are marked as IDE 1, and IDE 2.

Scrolling down a little bit to the motherboard photo, you will see IDE 1 connector is Black in color, and IDE 2 is Blue in color.

The IDE (PATA) harddrive's data cable goes to IDE 1.
Optical drive/s (CD/DVD drive) goes to IDE 2.

This is the type of power cable from the Power Supply, that goes to an IDE (PATA) harddrive,

There is usually a square, or rectangle, or two bumps; used on the IDE ribbon cable connector, to line up with the connector on the motherboard, or harddrive, or optical drive.

It is called a Locating Lug.

This particular IDE data cable connector, has two raised bumps, for a Locating Lug.

It lines up with a Cutout in the motherboard's connector, or the harddrive's connector, or the optical drive's connector.

IF, there is NO Locating Lug, use the faint Red stripe on the side of the IDE data cable.
The red stripe is on the same side as Number 1 wire.

Number 1 wire goes to number 1 pin.
On a harddrive, or optical drive, number 1 pin is ALWAYS closest to the power cable connection,

Looking at the photo number 1 pin is on the Right side. It is closest to where the 4-pin Peripheral power cable plugs in.


Looking at the motherboard photo, the Yellow, and Blue, and Black, and White connectors; to the left of the Blue IDE connector, and Black IDE connector; are SATA connectors.

SATA 1 is Black. This is where the SATA harddrive's data cable, is supposed to plug in.

The BEAUTY of SATA though, is that you can plug the harddrive into ANY of those SATA connectors on the motherboard, and BIOS will find the harddrive. (Or any other peripheral device)

An example of a SATA data cable, and it's connector,

The red SATA connector shown below the SATA cable example, is just a different style of SATA motherboard connector; than what your motherboard uses.

Note the L-shaped opening in the SATA data cable's connector.
Lines up with the L shape on the motherboard connector, or harddrive connector, or optical drive connector.

Most SATA data cable connectors, also have a Lock on them.
Sometimes it's a Lock you can easily see.

Most times, it is a small depression you depress with your thumbnail, or a little 'bulb' you depress.
Depress/unlock to plug the cable in, or remove the cable.

The 90 degree angle connector end, (As shown), plugs into the harddrive, or optical drive. The Straight connector end plugs into the motherboard.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

Between it, and the SATA data cable connector, it is the larger of the two.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.

Also note the rectangular depression on the SATA power cable's connector. That is where you depress to unlock the connector.
The SATA power cable's connector also has an L-shaped opening.

2) IF, you are trying to hook up a laptop harddrive to this motherboard, you need to determine if the laptop harddrive is an IDE (PATA) type, or a SATA type.


There is a label on the laptop harddrive. It has the manufacturer code on it. Type the number/letters in your browser search bar, and click on the search icon. (Magnifying Glass)

Now purchase an external enclosure.

The external enclosure opens up, and the laptop harddrive goes inside, and plugs into an interface.

Close the external enclosure, and plug it's USB cable into any available, open USB port on your computer.

It will be a 2.5 external enclosure.
Harddrive's are measured across their width.

A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches across in width.
A laptop harddive is 2.5.

Example of a 2.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

Example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Jan 28, 2013 | HP Compaq Motherboard

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Will xw4300 accept compaq S6200cl hard drive

HP XW4300 Workstation Desktop PC specs,

Scroll down to you come to the bold heading -
Standard Features - Specs
Go down the chart on the left side until you come to -
Interfaces Supported

1 SATA 3Gb/s interface (4 Serial-ATA connectors), 1 EIDE interface for optical drives

One EIDE interface. That is the Blue 40-pin connector, on the right side of the Ram Memory slots. (39-pin actually)

(Right next to the Black Floppy Drive 34-pin connector, and above the 4 SATA connectors)

Compaq Presario S6200cl Desktop PC >Main Support page,

Product Information > Product Specifications > Product Specifications,

Scroll down to the bold heading -
Hard drive

120GB Ultra DMA

It is an EIDE harddrive.

HP XW4300 Workstation motherboard example,

The answer is Yes.

Connect just the EIDE harddrive from the Compaq.
Make sure the correct jumper pins on the back of the harddrive, have a jumper cap on them to set them to Single;


The IDE harddrive model you have may Not use a jumper cap on any jumper pins, for some models of harddrives, to set the harddrive as Single.

Look up the harddrive jumper settings on the internet.
Start with the model number on the label of the harddrive.

Example; WD2500JB
Western Digital 250GB harddrive that is IDE. (EIDE)
Western Digital jumper settings for IDE (EIDE) harddrives,

You will need a SATA optical drive now.
BIOS Setup > Boot Options > Set the first boot device to CDROM.
Install Windows disk.

Use IDE harddrive, and IDE optical drive on the same flat ribbon IDE cable?
Can be done, but usually is a HEADACHE, and MAY not work.
BIOS looks to see what drives are connected. It looks for the drive with the Operating System on it. (Windows)

Now put a disk in the optical drive. Time has to be divided between the harddrive, and the optical drive.
IF it does work; when you are using the computer, and the optical drive you will know the real meaning of Slow.

Have a SATA optical drive?


Nov 05, 2012 | ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe : ATX Socket A FSB400...

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How to add a second hard drive to a tower pc

I'll state basic information, and also more detailed info using an Asus M4A88TD motherboard;

The Asus M4A88TD-V EVO motherboard, with USB 3.0 technology, and an AMD AM3 processor socket,

[Plus the motherboard chipset is an AMD 880G - Northbridge chip, and AMD SB850 - Southbridge chip, ]


Under the main view photo at the top left; there are 4 views shown underneath. Click on the third view from the Left. Shows a top view of the motherboard.
Now it is the main view. Click on the main view to enlarge it.

See the 5 blue SATA connectors under the Blue and Black ram memory slots? Red line points to them, and subheading states;
SATA connectors; 6Gbps

IF you are going to add a SATA harddrive as a Secondary harddrive, use one that is open. (Nothing plugged into it)

Which one? Does NOT matter.
The beauty of SATA is, that you can plug into any one of those SATA connectors, and BIOS will find the device that is plugged into it.

(SATA 1 connector is usually reserved for the Primary harddrive, though. The one with the Windows operating system on it.
[Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc )

This is a general example of a SATA power cable,

Note that it's connector is longer, than a SATA data cable's connector.
It has 15-pins.

General example of a SATA data cable,

Looking at the connector for the SATA data cable at the top, note the L-shaped opening.

Looking at the SATA connector for a motherboard, shown on the bottom, note the L-shape where the SATA data cable plugs in.

The SATA power cable has the same L-shaped opening.
Only plugs in one way.

IF, the SATA harddrive you are going to use, has a provision for a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable, ONLY use just a SATA power cable!

Because you will burn the SATA harddrive up! Maybe not right away, but I assure you down the road it will.

4-pin Peripheral power cable,

(Also know erroneously as a Molex power cable.
Molex was the first manufacturer of that type of power cable connector.
Name kind of stuck. Just like calling an adjustable open-end wrench, a Crescent wrench ),

A) Computer unplugged from power, computer case open, FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside your computer.

Computer on a table, computer Unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.

IF, you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

B) Plug the SATA data cable into the motherboard. Bring the SATA harddrive closer to the computer case, and plug an unused SATA power cable into it.

Find a slot in the metal harddrive bay, that you can slide it into.
Install the screws in the side, if the harddrive bay is of this type.
Otherwise there will be plastic clips on the side of the slot.

That's it.
Close the computer case, plug the computer back into power.
WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

General example shown in 3 videos,




That Asus motherboard also has one IDE connector. (IDE/PATA)
[40-pin connector, Blue, and below the round CMOS battery ]

More than likely if there is a device plugged into it, it would be an optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)

I would Not plug an IDE harddrive, and an optical drive (CD/DVD drive), on that same flat ribbon IDE cable.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Aug 03, 2012 | ASUS Motherboard M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3...

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Mother board came with pc with 160 gb hard disk I have added 500 gb hard disk in addition thepc isworking well and it cannot recogognice the extra hard disk and I have to tighten the jumper connection of...

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to boot

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your motherboard to your hard drive make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty

make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ?

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to ......,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart

The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:

IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ?


? single or master :::::

master with slave ::'::

???????????????? slave? :::':

note the plastic jumper is

Dec 16, 2010 | Asrock P4I45GV R5 Motherboard

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ASUS P5QC does not detect any devices... I have a HD and a DVD hooked up. The jumpers are set to normal but they are connected to the MB with one cable. Does it need to be a master slave setup?

Yes, since you are using two IDE drives on One flat ribbon cable, you need to set the harddrive as a Master drive, and the optical, (DVD), drive as a Slave drive.

When two IDE drives are installed on one cable, BIOS needs a way to find the drive that has the O/S, (Operating System), then the optical drive.

Would recommend you buy a SATA optical drive, as soon as you can afford it. SATA DVD burners aren't that expensive.
Your motherboard is set up for SATA, and SATA is WAY faster than IDE. (IDE is also referred to as EIDE, ATA, and PATA)

Then of course a SATA harddrive, and a fresh genuine copy of Windows in the future.
SATA doesn't care where you plug in a drive, and doesn't care which drive connects to what SATA header. It will find that drive. You can connect any SATA drive, to ANY SATA header on the motherboard.

Having two IDE drives such as an IDE harddrive, and an IDE optical drive on the same cable, S-L-O-W-S your computer down! BIOS has to look to see which drive has the O/S first, then it will look for the optical drive.

Thought I would include two links that tell you, and show you how to set jumpers on the jumper pins, on an IDE harddrive, and IDE optical drive,
2.Optical drive:

Should my solution have helped you, feel free to rate it.

Jul 13, 2009 | ASUS P5QC Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket...

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Need diagram of how to hook up my western digitial sata harddrive to mother board a asus a7n8x-e deluxe

this motherboard does not support your new Hard Drive. SATA is a connection type required for your hard drive. Your motherboard supports IDE connector. You probably can get a pci card that allows you to attach the hard drive.

May 24, 2009 | ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe NForce 2 Ultra 400...

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Does ASUS P4P800 deluxe support high density memories

Here is a link to Asus' Qualified Vendor List of RAM modules for your motherboard. I do not see it mention high density RAM. You would need to search the specs on the modules recommended to be sure.


In case you don't have the manual, here is a link for it too:

ASUS P4P800 Deluxe Manual

Memory info begins on Page 2-10. Again, there is no mantion of HD modules.

Mar 01, 2009 | ASUS P4P800 SE (890552603657) Motherboard

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Sata concetion

SATA HDD's do not have master/slave/cs jumpers like IDE drives do because only 1 cable is connected to each drive, so you have to plug whichever HDD you want to be primary into the SATA0 port (or SATA1 if there is no SATA0) on the motherboard.

Also make sure you have your masterboot recrod installed on the drive you use to boot.

Jan 22, 2009 | ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe NForce 2 Ultra 400...

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Asus P4P800E Deluxe won't boot after upgrading RAM to 4GB

check if you Ram appear in Qualification Vendor List OF ASUS

Dec 22, 2008 | ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe Motherboard

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Problem, as it Restart automatically by itself within 1- 10min

i had the same problem. its within your harddrive. you must reformat it

May 14, 2008 | ASUS P4P800-X Pentium Motherboard

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