So I have your generic ATA DVD Drive that hasn't worked for... a long time, I have the main end of the IDE cable plugged into the back of the drive, and the middle part plugged into my only ATA hard drives (I have two other hard drives which are SATA) could that be the problem? Should I try putting the middle part of the IDE cable into the DVD Drive?
Basically, it opens - so it's not a problem with power or anything, but it's just not being detected by the BIOS or Windows.
depends on the cable itelf, if it has master and slave labled on it, then you can put both drives to cable select and plug the HDD to the master. though, if im not mistaken the end of the cable is master and the middle is slave.
edit: a few pics from google images have confirmed this
Okay, turns out my DVD Drive doesn't actually have a place for jumpers. Just a molex bit, and an IDE bit, and two small sockets at the far side which I have no clue about. Definately nothing to put a jumper on though.