Won't detect hard drive

October 18, 2006 at 18:25:55
Specs: Windows ME, 768 Sdram

I'm trying to put a hard drive in the computer but it will not detect it at all. I've tried 6 different hard drives, even the one i'm using in this computer now. I've tried using several different ide cables, including the one's in this one, so I know they nore the hard drives are bad. For some reason it just won't detect the hard drive on either Primary Master or Secondary Master but it detects the Cdrom drives just fine on both of them, i'm completly stumped as to what could be the problem? Someone please help! I can't think of anything else to do, I've also tried switching the memory out with the computer i'm using now as well. It will detect the Cdrom drives on all of them, Primary master, Primary Slave an Secondary Master and Secondary Slave. When the boot screen comes up it says that it don't detect anything sept the cdrom an when I press f1 to continue it says Disk Boot Failure, insert system disk an press enter.

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October 18, 2006 at 18:39:21

What is the capacity of the HDDs that you tried? Perhaps a BIOS update is needed.

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October 18, 2006 at 20:01:51

Memory has nothing to do with it. Make sure you have the jumpers set correctly...do NOT use cable select. And if you have two devices on the same cable, make sure one is jumpered as master & the other jumpered as slave. Also, some HDDs have a separate jumper setting for master(single) or master(w/slave)

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October 18, 2006 at 20:33:06

Maybe the IDE1 is faulty. try using the HD on the same IDE as the CDrom making the HD master and the cdrom slave

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October 18, 2006 at 21:35:59

You need to check to see if the bios is set to 'auto' and is detecting them.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!

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