I have four IDE hard drives connected to a motherboard through two IDE ribbons. On each ribbon, a drive is jumped as master and the other as the slave. When I have all four drives hooked up, the system will not boot. The BIOS freezes right after it auto-detects all four of the hard drives. Strangely, if I unplug the secondary master and slave the system will boot. It seems like anytime even one of the drives from the second ribbon cable is hooked up, the boot process freezes. Do I have a dead hard drive or is it something with having four hard drives together? How can I narrow down what my problem is? Thanks.
MSI RD480 Neo2 motherboard
Seagate ST340015A (40GB primary master)
Maxtor 4D080H4 (80GB primary slave)
Seagate ST380013A (80GB secondary master)
Western Digital WD2500JB-00REA0 (250GB secondary slave)
Edit: Problem Solved. It turns out that two of the hard drives I was using, had died. I tried each one seperately and two were unresponsive. Thank you for the troubleshooting help.