I am by no means a hardware expert, so I bow my head to the hardware Gurus.
My scenario, I have :
3 Sata Hard Drives
A CD/DVD combo on the IDE
NO IDE HARD DRIVE
NO FLOPPY DRIVE
I installed the trial version of windows 7 a while back with my new computer hardware. However, my CD/DVD drive stopped working, so off I went and bought a new one... this also didn't work
I've looked into the jumper options.. and all the options I've tried for the CD/DVD still do not make the drive visible in the bios or operating system (Master.. and at the end of the cable, slave and Cable Select)
Is it actually possible to have and IDE CD/DVD drive when you only have Sata hard drives? ( I just can't believe it would be possible!)
I've been playing around with the bios for... well months, and I just gave up
Now my windows activation is about to run out, and I have no way of installing windows 7 without a cd/dvd drive. So my questions are
for my scenario:
1) Should the CD/DVD combo drive be set up as a Master on the jumper options (It's the only one on the IDE cable, it's added to the end of the cable, and the end of the cable does not have a blue end)
2) Is there something simple that needs to be set in the bios, when you only have a CD/DVD on the IDE ports, and the rest Sata Drives ?
I would use the 80 pin blue cable if you can find one for your ide dvd drive. Try disconnecting all the other hardrives and use just the dvd cable. If it detects, try the others one by one on each sata port. Set the ide jumper to cable select if you have that option. The sata drives should all be detected if they're prepped properly. I use the hardrive manufacturer's software to set only one as boot and the others as secondary drives. Maxblast 5.0 works great on seagate and maxtor hardrives. It's also possible the dvd drive is going out. I got my samsung dvd for only $22 shipped from newegg recently. It's 22x and works great for a bare drive.
Try booting with the dvd drives one at a time and see if either one is detected. The hardrive software acts as a boot device; I have actually added sata drives while the system is running and this software will detect them when windows won't. Maybe you are cursed. Too bad I can't help you in person. I've been building systems for 19 years and worked at dell 3 times assemblying components or handling them.