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    Adding 2nd drive

    I have a Dell Dimension 1 GHz computer with 256 MB memory. It has a Western Digital WD800JB 80 gig drive. All works fine. My son had a WD800BB drive left over from his conversion to a SATA, and I thought it would be nice to have all that extra storage in my computer, so I did a quick format on all three partitions, pulled the WD800BB, and stuck it in my spare drive slot. Booted up the computer, opened my Windows account, started to pull up my computer to see the new drive letters, and the computer rebooted. As soon as it came back up, I opened my account, and the computer rebooted. I let it come back up, and after a few minutes, it rebooted. I let it, hit delete, and looked at the BIOS. Both drives show up, exactly as they should, with the JB as master (drive 0) and the BB as slave (drive 1) on the first IDE bus. Dell uses cable select, and both drives are jumpered for cable select. The JB is on the black, end connector, the BB on the gray, middle connector. It runs normally if I disconnect the WD800BB drive. So, why's the computer rebooting?

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    Re: Adding 2nd drive

    Are you getting any error messages (or any messages) prior to the reboots? Have you tried changing the jumpers from Cable Select to Master & Slave(you can also use this configuration)? I've had no problems with the cable select setting, but others have reported flakey performance.
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    Re: Adding 2nd drive

    No error messages. The screen just suddenly goes black and the computer reboots. I thought about trying master slave settings, but didn't know if it would work. Do I need to change the drive cable to use master-slave?

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    Re: Adding 2nd drive

    No, you shouldn't have to change cables. There is a very good article here regarding cable select. As this article suggests, your cable might be the type where the master drive should be connected to the middle connector and the slave to the end connector. Might be worth switching the connections first before resetting the jumpers to master/slave.
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    Re: Adding 2nd drive

    Wow. Great article, John. At least, for my engineering mindset, it was. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>
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    Re: Adding 2nd drive

    I agree with Mark - this is a very clear explanation about cable select versus master/slave! And I bet this also applies to CD drives. Which makes me realize I need to check something out on the inside of my computer today............It may explain why I've been having some problems with my DVD drive. Or I hope that's the reason.............Thanks for the reference material!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Adding 2nd drive

    pat,

    Another engineer chimes in.
    That sure sounds like a cable problemsetting to me. Carefully read that link that John supplied and see what type of drive cable you have.
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