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How to install 2nd dvd drive

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  • SATA
  • DVD Drives
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October 31, 2010 2:32:31 AM

So im trying to install a read/write dvd drive. I already have a regular one that only reads. Currently my HDD is on SATA, DVD is on IDE, and the new one is on SATA. I plugged it in but nothing shows up. Is there something I'm suppose to do that I;m not doing?

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a b G Storage
October 31, 2010 2:54:26 AM

Does the DVD drive show up in BIOS? Have you installed the drivers for it?
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October 31, 2010 3:12:58 AM

Pyroflea said:
Does the DVD drive show up in BIOS? Have you installed the drivers for it?


It does show up in bios as IDE CHANNEL 4 as a Master even though my maxtor drive is also Master in CHANNEL 3 on SATA
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a b G Storage
October 31, 2010 4:08:22 AM

SATA only supports one drive per channel, so don't worry about master/slave settings. I was going to ask if you remembered to plug in the power cable, but if the bios saw it you did. All I can suggest is a different cable and/or SATA channel. Perhaps your trying to use RAID ones or ???
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October 31, 2010 4:29:12 AM

4745454b said:
SATA only supports one drive per channel, so don't worry about master/slave settings. I was going to ask if you remembered to plug in the power cable, but if the bios saw it you did. All I can suggest is a different cable and/or SATA channel. Perhaps your trying to use RAID ones or ???


yup everythings plugged in. Drive opens and closes but it isn't showing up in My Computer.
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a b G Storage
October 31, 2010 4:45:34 AM

Thats odd as it shouldn't need a driver. What OS are you running? Have you tried a lower numbered SATA port.
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October 31, 2010 4:47:34 AM

Im running XP 32bit. There are only 2 SATA ports on my board. I've had this issue before when trying to add a different DVD drive that was IDE. I ended up giving up. (that was an older board) I have a new board now that only has 2 SATA ports. Should i switch my HDD and DVD drive around?


EDIT: Bizzaro thingo happening.

I see a drive (E:)  (thought it was my virtual drive). I put in my verbatim dvd for burning to see if it works and the drive changed from DVD-RAM to CD DRIVE
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a b G Storage
October 31, 2010 4:51:16 AM

How would you switch them around? Ones SATA and the other is IDE. I'm not sure whats up. Still wondering if your SATA only supports drives and not optical ones.
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October 31, 2010 4:54:17 AM

my new drive im trying to install is SATA. The one i already have installed is IDE. I was suggesting switching the ports for the new LG drive and my HDD. Also when i try to access the drive with a CD in it says E:\ is not accessible, incorrect function. When theres no disc it says "insert disc"
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a b G Storage
October 31, 2010 5:24:41 AM

It might change because its a blank disk? Does it burn or read a DVD?
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October 31, 2010 7:01:30 AM

4745454b said:
It might change because its a blank disk? Does it burn or read a DVD?



hmm just tried a regular game dvd rom and it works. Haven't tried burning with the verbatim as I dont wanna risk using up a DL disc.
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a b G Storage
October 31, 2010 9:09:35 AM

Your installed DVD drive is a reader the one you want to install is a DVD writer/reader that won't gets recognize.

Try unplugging the DVD IDE drive. See if Windows XP detects it. I guess your using the XP without the service packs.

One thing don't use a DL disc if your DVD writer don't support it.
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