Skip to comments.How do I add a second DVD drive?
Posted on 05/19/2011 7:22:01 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Can someone please give me some tips on installing my second DVD drive correctly. I have the ribbon cable end on the primary DVD RW drive and it works fine. The second DVD drive is on the middle ribbon cable connector.
The jumper on the back of the second DVD drive is on "slave". The compute recognizes the second DVD drive, but I cannot play a DVD in that drive. Any media player I run and try to "open" the movie on the second DVD drive does not "see" it. Any suggestions?
When using a modern IDE drive, the cable has 2 positions (Master and Slave).
You have a choice - you can set BOTH drives to AUTO negotiate; this works most of the time.
However, I prefer to delegate MASTER and SLAVE settings on each drive. This removes any confusion, as they are clearly defined.
You CANNOT have one drive set to AUTO and the other drive set to MASTER or SLAVE. When using AUTO, both drives must be set to AUTO.
Try changing from slave to cs cable select on the @nd drive,
Make sure the bit bucket is empty.
Do you have the jumper on the original DVD player set on Master? Do you have a second IDE or SATA(not sure which interface you are using) plug on your motherboard that would allow you to connect the second player to the board directly? Just some thoughts.
How confusing. Windows explorer shows DVD drive letter “F” to be a “RAM” drive, no RW capability. Explorer shows letter “G” to be a RW DVD drive. However, when I put a DVD in drive “F”, the top drive, it still shows it to be a “RAM” DVD drive although it is actually a RW drive and it shows the files. If I put the DVD in the second drive, the “G” drive, it doesn’t show up at all on the system and the system sees that drive as a RW drive when it is actually a RAM drive. How do I fix that?
These are IDE drives. Don’t know about the second mother board connection yet. Will look into it.
Be careful with the “master” and “slave” talk - it’s racist, donchaknow.
I think the new lingo is “community organizer” and “disenfranchised” or is it “union” and “member?”
Some devices had 3 jumper settings. Master/Slave/Cable select
Cable select meaning it behaving as master and no slave devices allowed.
Check your master device and see how it is set.
Go to start>run and type compmgmt.msc. The Computer Management console should come up. On the left panel click on Disk Management. The drive should show up on the right-hand side of the console. If it doesn’t, either your system or Windows isn’t recognizing it. If it’s there, you might have to manually assign a drive letter to it, which you can do by right clicking on it and selecting Change Drive Letter and Path.
I agree woth mountainlion. The best option, IMO, is to get a USB external rewritable DVD drive. Then all you have to do, is plug it into an open USB port. Assuming you have the required HW & OS.
Take it to the shop????
In the past I have found that when installing multiple optical drives, it is best to set the jumpers on each drive to CS (Cable Select). The Master/Slave config never worked for me on CD/DVD drives. Give it a shot. That way, the PC selects the relationships and will see both.
Okay, did that. The two CD-ROM drives show up at the bottom. The problem drive does not show media inserted when media has been inserted. The top drive does show media and its title in the Disk Management box. The odd thing is...the computer in “My Computer” gives a flipped ID to the two CD-ROM drives, showing the RW drive as the RAM drive and vice versa. ?????