- Oct 18, 2003
Hey, I was trying to connect a WD 3.2493 GB ata33 hardrive to my comp with ata133 support even though I already have a 120GB seagate barracuda. I was trying to reformat it so I could install mandrake 9.1 on it so I have another rig, cause the machine I took it from can't boot off a cd. No matter what I did, I couldn't get the drive to run properly in my comp. When I put the old drive as slave on the same channel as my main drive, the bios detects the old drive and lists its name where it should be, and then xp boots. After the loading screen it just goes blank instead of user selections. When I set the old drive on another ide channel, the comp stays and "detecting ide devices" in the bios and is locked up. All of the jumpers on the hard drives are set correctly, but I just can't get my machine into windows with that drive. I was maybe thinking, could it be that I have to use one of those old ata cables with the thick wires instead of today's skinny ones? Can anybody please help?