2nd IDE HARD drive problems


I'm having a problem with a 2nd drive HARD IDE, I,

For some reason any used on my PC recognize it,.

I have a 160 Gb SATA HDD (which is my first HARD drive with the OS on it) and a 40 GB IDE HARD drive (which is for storage, etc.)

Now I want my second HARD drive (where is also 40 GB) of additional storage space, but my PC used to recognize both IDE, one of them at a time with the SATA HARD drive.

The two IDE is fine and working properly I know (I ran the Tests and others), they both are recognized when put with the SATA, one at a time but not when I put all three in all

My Pc is:


SATA is: Western Digital Caviar WD1600JS (160Gb) (OS = XP Pro 32-bit)

IDE 1 is: Maxtor 2F040L0 (40 GB)

2nd IDE is: Seagate ST340015A (40 GB)

No idea as to why its doing this and a way to fix it?

Thank you



Sorry its been, lived a hard time lately, not had much on my mind.

The problem is solved!

It may be a combination of things you suggested or the fact that I saw my PC the other day and re-installed the OS completely.

Suffice it to say: all three now work together

Thanks a lot for your help, you two


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