2nd HDD Not Detected on My PB desktop

March 6, 2011 at 07:49:44
Specs: Windows Xp Sp2, 466MHZ CPU 384MB Ram
I have a Packard bell Multimedia 7955C and it doesn't detect a new hard drive I want to put in.
It currently has a 6.1 GB drive and I want to put a 40GB drive in.When I plug it in,I plug it into the same wire as the cd drive.When I try,It doesn't detect anyhing on that IDE cable.
I have tried 2 40GB hard drives and neither get detected.

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#1
March 6, 2011 at 09:17:43
You need to configure the master/slave jumpers correctly.

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#2
March 6, 2011 at 10:42:40
I already tried that :(

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#3
March 6, 2011 at 13:55:44
Are they partitioned and formatted?

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#4
March 6, 2011 at 19:57:15
The bios is probably not able to detect a 40 gig drive. Many of the older P-II, P-III had a bios limitation that left them unable to detect a drive larger than about 8 gig. There's a few things you can try:

1) Got into cmos/bios setup and manually configure the drive with a cylinders/heads/sectors setting of 16383/16/63. That's the maximum the bios will see and is about 8 gig. Those figures are also written to the firmware of the larger IDE drives and sometimes will allow the entire capacity to be seen.

2) A bios update sometimes helps but I couldn't locate any downloads for that model.

3) Connect the drive to an add-on ATA card. They have their own bios and can see larger drives.

4) A bios/drive overlay--software that's installed on the drive that allows the usage of the entire capacity even though the bios can't see it. When using that you need to jumper the 'cylinder limiting jumper' on the drive.

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#5
March 8, 2011 at 11:36:06
Wizardfred:
Yes,They are formatted.
Daveincaps:
I'll try that!

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#6
March 8, 2011 at 13:25:54
Is the drive identified if it is the only drive?

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#7
March 9, 2011 at 03:14:05
There are 2 drives.

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#8
March 9, 2011 at 09:55:07
For test purposes test them separately.

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#9
March 15, 2011 at 04:10:58
I tested the drive in 2 different machines

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#10
March 15, 2011 at 04:31:47
If neither drive is detected in the computer then the BIOS is incapable of supporting a drive of that size. Get a newer motherboard.

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#11
March 15, 2011 at 11:37:16
It detected the 6GB hard drive but not the 40GB

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#12
March 15, 2011 at 17:21:37
As in Response 4 if the computer was made before 1995 the BIOS may not recognize drives over 8.4 GB.

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#13
March 16, 2011 at 04:02:39
It says designed for windows 98 so it was made after 1995.

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#14
March 16, 2011 at 11:25:29
Now it detected the drive but it just gets stuck at the drive

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#15
March 16, 2011 at 20:49:33
What changes did you make to get the drive detected? And what do you mean 'it gets stuck at the drive'? Does the bios posting screen stop there or does it try to boot from the drive?

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