Ok I found my dad's old external 300gb Harddrive and took it apart. Now I Have a Maxtor 300gb Internal Harddrive that is ide format, but I only have 1 IDE slot on my mother board. I removed one of the two Disc Drives so I could put in the Harddrive since I believe my other 38 gb sata is on the fritz. It was working fine, until my computer just shut off, I was trying to use both of them at the same time the Sata and the IDE it was fine, but the IDE overheated, and the computer shut off. So I undid the IDE and tried to reformat the 38 gb but, my keyboard doesn't work. It is fine and dandy until i get the the blue screen asking my to press enter to continue formatting. At that point the keyboard no longer works... and I can do nothing.... :( HalpPlx.
Have you tried it with both a PS/2 and a USB keyboard?
Did you set up the disc drive and hard drive with the master/slave settings? If nothing else you might just have a crappy IDE controller.
how do you only have 1 IDE plug? you should have 2 on mobo and a master, slave making 4 ide hook ups. set the jumper in the back yo cabel slect.
There should be 2 IDE cable spots on your motherboard. IDE-0 for hard drives, and IDE-1 for cd/dvd drives. The Hard drive IDE cable hooked into IDE-0 should have 2 connectors free, does it not? If not, try borrowing one from a friend.
Some boards only have one, the intention being that hard drives used in the system are SATA rather than IDE, leaving two IDE connections for optical drives.
Indeed. My mobo only has one IDE connector since it uses SATA hard drives.
Sorry for not replying soon my modem got struck by lighting soon after writing that, but I have a new one. Anyways I fixed my problem, I ended up taking out the CD-RW drive and leaving the DVD reader in and took the 300gb and put it in a floppy drive chassis. So its all good some heating problem earlier but those were resolved. It is so nice to have so much harddrive space as opposed to a 40 gb. I can fit all my anime/software on there and still have 200gb free. The only downside is that I am stuck with a flash drive to transfer data quickly between computers. Not that big a deal though. Soon I will change mobos and get 2 ide and 4 sata so I can have INSANE STORAGE (IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROPHECY!!!). Can you say terabyte, I'll save myself that agony until I get a job and money though. :P
Don't bother changing mobos, the only ones I know of with 1 IDE port are pretty high-end, so why change it just for a second IDE port? They're dying out anyway. Buy a PCI card with either IDE or (preferably) SATA ports. And yes, I can say terabyte. Got one, in fact. :p