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Why is my hard drive light constantly on?

I just started running Windows 2000 Pro and my hard drive light is constantly on and will never shut off unless I shutdown. When I disconnect the Slave ribbon on my CD-RW, then the hard drive LED is fine....and goes on and off when information is being read like it should. Is there something going on with my slave device that I should be concerned with?

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Are the CD jumpers appropriately set to be the Slave device? Also, most systems have a secondary IDE controller. IT would be preferable to plug the CD reader into the secondary IDE Controller as opposed to connecting in serial with the HDD on the primary controller. The system will often negotiate communication speeds based on the slowest device on the cable. Putting the CD on the same controller will result in lowered performance to the HDD.

This was first published in October 2001

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