Bios can't see my other hard drive

June 1, 2011 at 14:20:29
Specs: Windows 7, p4 dual core 2.80
Bios can't see both hard drives basically. I'm using W7 when I change the ribbon cable config around it seems to see the other drive. I thought it might be a faulty ribbon cable but the same problem occurred with a different one tbh. Both drives are set to cs. With both drives connected, before it goes into bios it flashes up the capacitys and the E:\ drive is looking corrupted - red text and flashing with some crazy size like 3000 tb or something. I've tried connecting them individually and they can be seen fine but on a certain config which I can't figure out because I've just been changing them around for ages now much to no avail. the mb is an asus. When I exclude the E:\ drive it can go into windows no problem I've been having jip from this drive on/off for a while now, it doesn't make any suspect noises it's fairly new 5 years? 250gb maybe not as old as that.
I've googled "hdt722525dlat8" and it seems to be pointing to a Hitachi drive 7200rpm
I ran ActiveSMART is it? all seemed ok and also Speedfan is it? all seemed ok, here's a screendump from ActiveSMART. http://good-times.webshots.com/phot...

HELP!!! it's doing my skull in!!!


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#1
June 1, 2011 at 14:47:32
1. don't use Cable Select. If both drives must share the same ribbon cable, set one as Master, the other as Slave

2. if you have 2 IDE channels, make the HDD with the OS the Primary Master & put the 2nd HDD on the 2ndary channel, doesn't matter if it's Slave or Master


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#2
June 2, 2011 at 02:32:03
Thanks, will try again tonight when I get home from work.

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#3
June 2, 2011 at 16:19:23
Ok I wasn't sure about "32gb clip" so after getting it back on with just the C:\ and Googleing it, I don't think that's my one. Now what about 15 or 16 heads? one seems to be faster than the other? after an hour of mucking around, yes I set the first plug from the mb (Master) C:\ and obviously set the jumper to master, I think my C:\ only has either 32gb clip or 16 heads, so I chose the latter and the last plug into my E:\ drive as slave and 16 heads. What seemed to be happening is I can only seem to get bios to see ONE drive connected not both at the same time. I would really like to try a new ribbon cable because when I changed to JUST C:\ connected it showed in bios as "hard drive" instead of the actual drive spec (like it should do) and didn't want to boot into win. However, when I changed it to the last plug it saw it straight away b-boom 232gb no probs. to be continued....

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#4
June 3, 2011 at 03:23:38
got my pc back on, seems like it may well have been the ribbon cable.

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