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Windows 7: Power to disc drives, but no data reading

26 May 2010   #1
FLaTLiN3D

MS Windows 7 HP 64Bit
 
 
Power to disc drives, but no data reading

I'm having troubles with two disc drives I installed into my computer....

I currently have 2 plugged into my computer (Both internal). One is a CD drive, and the other a DVD.

Now, at first I had two CD drives installed and they worked fine, however I needed my computer to read DVD's also... So I removed one of my CD drives and installed a DVD drive. They both have power to them, however my computer doesn't seem to be able to communicate with them in a sense of transferring data. It doesn't even recognize the original CD drive that I had installed. I don't receive errors, they are simply non-responsive.

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Optical Drives
    No optical disk drives detected
Help would be much appreciated,
FLaTLiN3D


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27 May 2010   #2
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Are the drives IDE or SATA? If they are IDE you need to make sure the jumpers are set to MASTER and SLAVE or if you have a CS cable then the jumpers on both drives are set to CS.

If they are SATA there are no jumpers to set.
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27 May 2010   #3
FLaTLiN3D

MS Windows 7 HP 64Bit
 
 

Does it matter which one is the master and which is the slave? I don't see how it would they both do the exact same job except with a different type of disc... I thought Master and Slave was only for HDD's?
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27 May 2010   #4
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FLaTLiN3D View Post
Does it matter which one is the master and which is the slave? I don't see how it would they both do the exact same job except with a different type of disc... I thought Master and Slave was only for HDD's?
Any device that is and IDE must be set to MASTER or SLAVE if you are using them together on one (1) cable. Typically CD-Rom and DVD-Rom will share a cable.

It does not matter which is MASTER or SLAVE as long as they are not both the same.
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27 May 2010   #5
FLaTLiN3D

MS Windows 7 HP 64Bit
 
 

I'm not sure if I'm using the correct cable.... It looks alright but it doesn't say "Master" and "Slave" and "CPU Board" on it like the one I use for my HDD's... Here, take a look.



On the next picture, it's plugged in on the other side of this cable... I couldn't get a picture of it because it's such a small space.



FLaTLiN3D
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27 May 2010   #6
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You are using an IDE cable.

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You should set the jumpers on your drives as follows: Firstly, for the drive connected to the end (black) connector, this should be MA. Secondly, for the drive connected to the middle (grey) connector, this should be SL. The blue connector should go to your motherboard. Incidentally, I don't recommend the Cable Select (CS) option. Note that the illustration shows the typical jumper positions, however you need to check your actual drive because some might be in a different order. I also recommend the use of 80-conductor cables as opposed to 40-conductor ones, and I use the rounded versions as these are easier to install.

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If using a 40-conductor cable, there is often no colour coding on the connectors. However, on all cables the middle connector is not actually in the middle, but rather towards one end, roughly splitting the cable into 1/3 and 2/3. The end of the cable where the connectors are closest together goes to the devices, whereas the other end goes to the motherboard. The individual connector positions and connections are still as described above.


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27 May 2010   #7
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Excellent information Dwarf , very easy to understand
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27 May 2010   #8
FLaTLiN3D

MS Windows 7 HP 64Bit
 
 

Very good information indeed and thank you very much... Except the IDE I'm attempting to use, all of the ends of it are black, there is no white or blue. I'll check and see if I have one that is colored like that....

FLaTLiN3D

Edit: All of the cords that I have are all black at the tips.....
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27 May 2010   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It doesn't matter about the colouring. The relative positions of the connectors on the cable should help to identify which is which, as per the description given in the last paragraph of my previous post.
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27 May 2010   #10
FLaTLiN3D

MS Windows 7 HP 64Bit
 
 

Right, but the cord plugged into it now is set up like this....

1===2===========3

The numbers represent the connectors...
1. CD Drive
2. DVD Drive
3. CPU

Should I just try a different IDE cable? Perhaps it's defective.

FLaTLiN3D
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