Mixed Bag Gigabyte
New Build: (Win7x64)First build all on my own. Cabling took a while, but everything up and ran. Swarovski Jewelry (Both drives and optical). Noticed 1TB was on a Sata2 instead of a 3. After hooking it up to Sata3 I reformatted again. At this point I also notice I’ve attached my IDE completely backwards (Black to MB, gray to optical, and white to other drive) so I flip that around.
So after all this readjustment, Windows doesn’t see either device on the IDE. In BIOS I see both HDDs, but not the optical.
How did I screw up by “correcting” my cabling? Because the optical button works I know it has power. At one time I had the machine recognize the optical alone on the IDE which was only slightly less irritating.
Sid Swarovski Jewelry e note: BIOS also says I have no A drive, and I seemingly don’t. (The Swarovski Jewelry light isn’t on, but I don’t have any floppies around to check). I mention it in the event it somehow sheds light on the main issue.
I’ve spent way too much time on this. I would really like to understand what’s up.
If I were you, I would start by paying $25 for a new Asus 24x DVD, the same part number as in my signature.
Even if you make only $5 an hour RL if you spent 5 hours trying to get this to work you would be worse off than just buying a new drive.
I can tell you from personal experience that it is not the greatest idea to try to hobble along with old IDE CD drives.
I made that mistake myself and wish I hadn’t. I did like you and hobbled along with an old drive from the early 2000s and I had very hard to diagnose problems that just miraculously went away when I disconnected the drive during a change of case and I forgot to plug it back in.
My first thought was that there was no way changing the case cleared up my problem and it was true, I saw right away my CD drive was not connected. I plugged the CD drive back in and the problems Swarovski Jewelry happened again right away. Unplugged again and they were gone.
I replaced the drive with the Asus 24x that I mentioned, and the problems stayed gone permanently.
Now, I can sit here and try to assist you with trying to get a few years out of this old obsolete device, but it probably isn’t worth either of our time to do so.
Normally, I am not a fan of scrapping things for no reason that clearly work, but that isn’t really what we are discussing. If you had no problems, I would say sure keep it till you have some, but we seem to be at that point now.