Quote: Originally Posted by chaps2013
It is a MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD motherboard. What do you mean by slave? Sorry it took me so long to respond. Finals and my job was keeping me busy.
Without knowing what board you have as well as what type of hard drive an ide optical drive can be slaved to an existing ide hard drive on the same ribbon cable if the hard drive was already mastered. Generally systems now will see mostly Sata II or SSD drives with the latest boards now being strictly Sata 3 no longer having Sata II ports.
The position on the ide cable itself determines whether is set for Master, Slave, or leaving the pin jumper on the back of an ide drive to the Cable Select position. On an old system where the hard drive was a PATA type or EIDE drive you would move that into another case and may have to plug it in on the middle connector on the ide ribbon cable when another drive which would have been the main OS drive was mastered in order to recover your personal data.
For the present build you have using an ide cable you may have the jumper pin on the wrong position say the pin is on CS or MA for Cable Select or Master while plugged into the middle Slave position or vice versa where the pin was set to Slave in the original case and placed on the master position at the end of the ide cable. If you find the pin on the wrong position that would explain the problems installing Windows with it set that way.