trouble installing second dvd drive


M

mitchbryan

I have a sata motherboard with 4 sata data connections on.


My hard drive is connected to Sata 0 and my DVD burner is connected
to
Sata 1.


This is all fine. But I want to add another DVD drive. I have
connected the power cable to the drive and tried connecting the data
cable to Sata 2 and Sata 3, neither of which has worked.


The drive does not show up in the bios no matter how I try. I have
switched cables round and ports round - both drives work as do both
data cables, as whichever is connected to Sata 1 appears in the bios.


Can someone help me to get both DVD drives working together please?!!


Many thanks,


Mitch
 
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S

smlunatick

I have a sata motherboard with 4 sata data connections on.

My hard drive is connected to Sata 0 and my DVD burner is connected
to
Sata 1.

This is all fine. But I want to add another DVD drive. I have
connected the power cable to the drive and tried connecting the data
cable to Sata 2 and Sata 3, neither of which has worked.

The drive does not show up in the bios no matter how I try.  I have
switched cables round and ports round - both drives work as do both
data cables, as whichever is connected to Sata 1 appears in the bios.

Can someone help me to get both DVD drives working together please?!!

Many thanks,

Mitch

Please check with the motherboard's manual. Some SATA ports might be
default set to SATA RAID or might not even be available to be used.
 
M

mitchbryan

the motherboard is a dell inspiron 531 and all cables are working
(power and data) and both drives are fine.

i havent got the manual for the motherboard.

i am goin to look in the bios for an option i have heard about - sata
1+2 being disabled. hopefully this will solve it.
 
P

Peter Foldes

Mitch

Are you sure the inspiron 531 board supports this option. I would check with Dell on
this
 
T

Tae Song

mitchbryan said:
the motherboard is a dell inspiron 531 and all cables are working
(power and data) and both drives are fine.

i havent got the manual for the motherboard.

i am goin to look in the bios for an option i have heard about - sata
1+2 being disabled. hopefully this will solve it.

Manuals for Dell Inspiron 531
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd531/en/index.htm

Double check the SATA connections. They can slide off easily unless they
have the clips. And make sure they're lined up correctly. SATA connectors
aren't very reliable. I have 4 SATA hard drives (3 for RAID, 1 for backup),
a SATA DVD-RAM and 1 SATA ramdisk drive and had problems getting them all
recognized cause they weren't completely inserted properly. I stick my hand
in to push one in and end up loosening another. Really annoying.
 
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Peter Foldes

Tae Song

Thanks. I know nothing about Dell's motherboards. Was just an educated guess since
this type of post has happened many times before
 

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