Having problems with your Gateway GT5408 PC Desktop ?

Old HD to a "new" PC

\015 Hi.I want to add my old PCs HD (Maxtor model 9461ou6 40gb) to my recently acquired refurbished Gateway GT5408. The Gateway has a SATA HD. My old HD is IDE so I connected it to the cable the DVD uses.In Control Panel, it seems like the HD is detected and a driver is located and installed by then I can't see it in Explorer. Furthermore, the DVD drive disappeared. If I remove the HD then the DVD appears.I got tired of switching the jumpers back and forth to get the right MASTER/SLAVE setup. To make things worse, the HD does not have the jumper setting labeled and I'm not sure if what I found on the Maxtor (Seagate) site is for my model.Is it possible at all to get this to work? If there is, I'd very much appreciate your help.-Hector\015

Answers :

I had the same problem hector, I don't know if you figured it out yet, but you can't have a hard drive and an optical drive (dvd/cd/ect..) on the same IDE cable. It just won't work, the only explanation I've heard that made much sense to me was that there is too much of a discrepancy in their relative speeds (I have not found out if that's true though).

Your only solution is to either keep switching the cable every time you need one or the other or to buy an adapter to convert one of the ide's to sata, usb, firewire, ect...what ever you do have an extra of.

I just got the cheapest hard drive case I could find, internal ide and external usb, I use it like a giant (lol) portable drive now. I used newegg (20 bucks w/ shipping), I'm sure you can find cheaper now.
Hi My name is Karatela.First make sure you have two ide slots on your motherboard.Just connect the ide 1 to your old hard drive and ide 2 to your dvd.Start your computer let your pc install the drivers when finished right click on my computer and go to manage,Now click on device manager,in that click disk drives and look if your old hard drive is detected.Also go to disk management and locate your hard drive if you dont want any data from your hard drive just format it from the disk manager.

Also one more thing you can do is switch on your computer start pressing F2 [Bios settings] Go in the device manager is enable your hard drive and in boot manager select your new hard drive as primary master.

Just remember to connect your dvd and hard drives separately as your new hard drive is sata then there should be a sata slot on your motherboard,connect it to that slot.

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