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Hello The IDE port for my Hard drive on my motherboard is not working. When I set BIOS to first boot on the CD/DVD to do a repair it goes to blue screen telling me that there is faulty hardware (this would be the IDE foir the hard drive. I have tried a cople of HDD and it comes up with same results. If there is a fatal problem with mt HDD IDE port can I plug my HDD in to another port (E.G USB) somewhere else on the motherboard? I will need atleast 1 CD/dvd Rom to do a repair or reinstall if ther is another place to plug in my HDD

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  • Mark Kessler May 11, 2010

    If your hard drive is internal then it is probably not equiped with additional connectors, such as usb. There should be 2 IDE ports on your motherboard, one is usually attached to the cd-rom and the other attached to the hard drive. Try placing the connector for the hard drive on the other ide connector and boot to the hard drive first. Then tell me what happens.

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I really dont know how i did it but its working.
Check this out:

* months ago I took my PC to the computer "expert" shop and they said that the board was dead.

So I boaght all new pc and rebuilt it my self, still work ok.
However, I wonted to do a clean out and retest all the old boards I got (retest before disgarding),

This is what I did:
I formatted the hard drive and restarted the pc . It started to install windows again and i could see it was starting to work.

I have another pc now , I used all old hard ware all good
Ta
Greg

ps Thank you for repling to my call I appreciate and I hope I can help oit you in some way.

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1) External drive:
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a) just power it up and connect it to the PC using an USB
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ii) Miniature -//- = -//-
iii) SATA power cable = Small black hooked beastie.

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I have two video cards, 8 hard drives and a DVD,
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e) Once the power is connected, you need to connect
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IDE or PATA = Parallel ATA ribbon cable

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blue or orange jacket, and small black
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SCSI = pronounce scuzzi, no longer common.

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Never use a 40 conductor ribbon cable if it is shared between
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1) Each PATA=IDE port can only handle one master/ slave pair.

2) You must never connect two MASTERS or two SLAVES
to the same cable.

3) The boot hard drive must be a MASTER on IDE1
for most systems, unless the BIOS has a way
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IDE port and cable, the hard drive should be the MASTER,
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MASTER this forces the drive to act as a MASTER
SLAVE this forces the drive to act as a SLAVE

CABLE SELECT special color coded ribbon cables
(80 conductor) must be used to make this work.
These now come with most new motherboards.

The blue connector at the far end of the cable, away from
the other two goes into the motherboard.

The black connector at the opposite end (near the gray one)
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The gray connector in the middle goes to the SLAVE drive.
(both drives should be setup as CABLE SELECT for this to
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When connecting the ribbon cable to the IDE drive, make sure
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connector. On the mother board, the marked of the ribbon
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Hope this get you started,

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