Since installing a new hard drive computer freezes up


I recently had to install an new hard drive. Ever since installing it I've had problems with my computer freezing up. When I reboot I get a message: Primary IDE Channel 80 no conductor cable installed. I have gone over the installation instructions and everything seems ok. I have checked the fans and they are all okay. What now?


This question was answered on January 4, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You should have the 80-conductor ATA cable on the Primary channel, and only need one for the Secondary channel if you place a hard drive there as well (assuming it's ATA 66 or faster) The CDROM drives should not require an 80 conductor cable

There are two types of IDE cables: 40- and 80-conductor The 80-conductor cables are required for the high speed UDMA modes (above UDMA33 IIRC) That message would seem to indicate that the system has detected that you only have a 40-conductor attached to your primary IDE drive, which will limit its speed.

Installing the 80-Conductor IDE Cable

The 40-pin 80-conductor cable is orientation specific The cable connectors are color-coded: blue for the host connector, black and gray for the primary and secondary disk drives The blue connector should be installed into the Primary IDE connector.

All Ultra ATA/66 devices should be attached to a single channel and devices that do not support Ultra ATA/66 should be connected to a separate channel In single drive configurations, connect the primary drive to the end connector on the 40-pin 80-conductor cable.

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Posted by cristina of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 4, 2005