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Windows 7: IDE hdd not recognized

05 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
IDE hdd not recognized

Windows 7 Ultimate. The motherboard is a M2N68-LA (Ivy) and has one pata connector.

I'm trying to install a second hdd (ide/pata style hdd) into my pc for extra storage. I know the ide hdd works cause it works fine in another pc. When i connect my ide/pata hdd to the motherboard the computer starts, i don't see the "starting windows" logo, instead of the desktop screen i get the blue screen of death. I tried connecting the ide drive as cs/slave etc but pc refuses to boot. I used different ide ribbon cables to connect the ide hdd but it had no effect. If it makes a difference my main hdd is connected by sata cable. The boot order inside BIOS' "main" tab shows 1st drive none, 2nd drive none, 3rd drive is my main hdd, 4th drive cd, could this be the issue? I tried to change the main hdd to 1st, inside BIOS, but the system will not allow me to make any changes. Also pata adapter is enabled in BIOS. I know I can buy an IDE to SATA adapter to get the drive to work but I don't have the space inside the case for the adapter. Any help would be appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

An issue with PATA drives is in the jumper settings on it. The data cables of the last several years have had 3 plugs, one for the motherboard, the other end for the Master drive and the middle one for the Slave drive. Both drives should be jumpered for CS/Cable Select [should be on the label] and the position/plug on the cable determines which is which. When using PATA drives the boot drive is usually required by the BIOS to be on the Master end of the cable. Could also be the mix of SATA and PATA drives is a problem, most of my brand-name Desktops have SATA connections for HDDs and PATA connections for the Optical drive/s but the jumpering of the PATA drives is still the same procedure.

Note: IDE is used for both types of drives.
What is IDE Interface? Webopedia
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