new hard drive not detected

August 20, 2006 at 02:20:52
Specs: xp pro, p4 3.2 1gig
Trying to install new hard drive maxtor 7L 250gig but after correctly installing the hard drive the bios does not detect it. Even though i have not disconnected my cd and dvd drive they have became ATAPI not compatible and they do not come up on bios anymore. Can anyone help me here?

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#1
August 20, 2006 at 02:28:15
First download and install the most up to date version of your bios from Compaq's website. Some bioses won't detect large drives like the 250GB one you have.

If this doesn't work try reseting your bios to it's default settings.

If that does not work, PM me and i'll post some more options.


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#2
August 20, 2006 at 02:40:12
Is this an IDE drive? If so did you connect to the primary or secondary IDE channel.
If you connected it as slave on the primary IDE channel along with the original drive as master, did you check the jumper settings on both drives?

I used to have a signature but it disappeared and I just couldn't be bothered writing another so please feel free to ingore this.


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#3
August 20, 2006 at 03:22:33
Well 1st off its a compaq x09 and my dealer told me to not install the newest bios from the motherboard website because it will cause problems and the compaq website does not offer any update for my bios. 2ndly yes it is a IDE and it is on the primary as the master and i have set the jumper to cable which the compaq website says to do. But all i get is hard drive not detected and the secondary drive APATI not compatible which is the dvd+rw and cdrw drive, which i have not touched and yet all of a suddens says APATI not compatible.

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#4
August 20, 2006 at 05:51:18
You Said=2ndly yes it is a IDE and it is on the primary as the master and i have set the jumper to cable which the Compaq website says to do.

This is a little confusing, if you set the original drive jumpered as master you should set the new drive as slave and not CS.

Or, if you have the 80 wire ribbon you can set them both to CS. You also need SP2 installed to use the 250 GB drive.


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#5
August 20, 2006 at 10:00:58
A bios update is NOT recommended unless absolutely necessary. Look here for working with large drives. Also, is the drive being recognized in the bios on the boot?

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mosaddique/Working%20with%20Large%20Hard%20Drives.html

http://computervitals.com/


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