February 10, 2005
Out with the Bytecc, in with internal
So after hacking together the Bytecc external IDE USB drive case last year, I decided last night to put the drive into my desktop multimedia case (since it was plugged into it most of the time anyway).
It is also interesting to note what a difference a year makes. In Feb of 2004, the leading inexpensive harddrive interface was IDE with 133 paralell ATA interface. Today it is Serial ATA running over 150 with a larger buffer and 100gig more to play with. But I digress. Do you know that IDE was originally a floppy standard? SATA is a HUGE jump forward in speed and features for harddrives.
Anyway. So my Sony case had a nifty two drive IDE enclosure with an open spot and an IDE cable and power cable just sitting there. I took it out, unscrewed the drive from the Bytecc and screwed it into the sony enclosure. Now I had to figure out jumper settings for master/slave or cable select since I was going to have two drives on one cable. The other drive there is a Segate 125gig wich is partitioned into two logical drives (one for OS and one for data). So if I screw up the cable, the computer won't boot. A quick google for Segate Jumper settings and Maxtor Jumper settings takes me directly to the PDF manuals. I reset the jumpers and make the new Maxtor the master and the Segate the slave. Power up. No boot. I guess the BIOS is having a problem, maybe it is not set to Cable select. Or it can't boot from a slave drive. I can't switch them because the cable won't reach.
Rather than trying to figure all that out, I just go downstairs and get the Promise 133 parallel ATA PCI card that came with the Maxtor and plug it in with a new cable. Make the Maxtor and Segate the master again, rest the jumpers and reboot with both drives on separate controller cards. Windows boots fine, recognizes the new Promise card, auto installs the driver and recognizes the drive. Bob's your uncle. All done.
Now you can buy the ByTecc enclosure if you want (works great). Isn't e-bay the best?
Posted by Martin at February 10, 2005 7:40 AM
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