Hard Drive Not detected in BIOS

Maxtor Yar41bw0 genuine maxtor 80gb 7.2k...
December 3, 2009 at 02:56:43
Specs: Windows XP
1. I took my Maxtor YAR41BW0 Hard Drive out of its External case and stuck it into another brand new external case. (the original external had a power problem and would not even switch on)

2. I reformatted the drive from FAT to NTFS. (it was working wonderfully.

3. After 2 days, the drive stopped being recognised by XP, so I decided to take it out of its new external case and straight into the PC itself as a slaved internal drive.

4. Rebooted and the boot hanged for about 2 minutes. Then I get the: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key" message.

5. Turned off the PC and removed the slaved drive.

6. Rebooted the PC without the slaved drive and the PC works fine again.

CONCLUSION: It seems that when the slaved drive is unplugged, the BIOS detects my original primary drive. However when I plug my slaved drive back in, the BIOS does not recognise my primary master or the slave drive (basically my PC has no hard drives at all - I checked in my BIOS and showed no Hard Drives being connected hence the: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key" error).

I checked my jumper and cables and all is fine. I felt the slaved drive working too by touching it.

Is it a conflict of some sort? Please help.


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#1
December 3, 2009 at 04:00:08
Which IDE riboncable did you connect it to? Was it the same one as your primary drive? If so you need to check jumpers on both drives as some makes have jumper settings for Master alone, Master with slave, CS , Slave

If yours is set as Master alone and you connect a second drive to the same cable the boot will hang.

The preferable method would be to connect the second drive to a different IDE cable although some recent motherboards come with only one IDE connector.

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#2
December 3, 2009 at 04:42:56
To Richard59:

First of all thank you very much for your reply.
I am using the same ribbon cable connected to my primary master to connect my slave drive because I only have 1 IDE connector. I will check my jumper for my master drive and let you know shortly. I also made a mistake in my previous post so I have rectified a few details below.

CORRECTION: When I go into my BIOS with my slaved drive plugged in, this is what I see:

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NOW:
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Primary IDE Master: Maxtor 2B020H1
Primary IDE Slave: NOT DETECTED

Boot Device Priority: Hard Drive

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BEFORE:
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Primary IDE Master: Maxtor 2B020H1
Primary IDE Slave: Maxtor YAE41BW0

Boot Device Priority: Maxtor 2B020H1
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When my slaved drive is NOT plugged in this is what my BIOS shows:

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Primary IDE Master: Maxtor 2B020H1
Primary IDE Slave: NOT DETECTED

Boot Device Priority: Maxtor 2B020H1
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Looks like my boot device priority is 'Hard Drive' instead of my primary 'Maxtor 2B020H1' when my slave is plugged. However when slave is unplugged, it shows my boot device as my actual primary Hard Drive which is 'Maxtor 2B020H1'.

I will try out Richard59's advice and check my jumpers. I hope that's the problem.


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#3
December 3, 2009 at 04:45:17
To Richard59:

First of all thank you very much for your reply.
I am using the same ribbon cable connected to my primary master to connect my slave drive because I only have 1 IDE connector. I will check my jumper for my master drive and let you know shortly. I also made a mistake in my previous post so I have rectified a few details below.

CORRECTION: When I go into my BIOS with my slaved drive plugged in, this is what I see:

-----------------------------------------------------------------
NOW:
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Primary IDE Master: Maxtor 2B020H1
Primary IDE Slave: NOT DETECTED

Boot Device Priority: Hard Drive

-----------------------------------------------------------------
BEFORE:
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Primary IDE Master: Maxtor 2B020H1
Primary IDE Slave: Maxtor YAE41BW0

Boot Device Priority: Maxtor 2B020H1
-----------------------------------------------------------------

When my slaved drive is NOT plugged in this is what my BIOS shows:

-----------------------------------------------------------------
Primary IDE Master: Maxtor 2B020H1
Primary IDE Slave: NOT DETECTED

Boot Device Priority: Maxtor 2B020H1
-----------------------------------------------------------------

Looks like my boot device priority is 'Hard Drive' instead of my primary 'Maxtor 2B020H1' when my slave is plugged. However when slave is unplugged, it shows my boot device as my actual primary Hard Drive which is 'Maxtor 2B020H1'.

I will try out Richard59's advice and check my jumpers. I hope that's the problem.


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#4
December 3, 2009 at 05:27:33
These are the jumper setting available for my Primary Drive:

Master (currently selected)
Slave
4092 Cylinder Limit
Cable Select

These are the jumper settings available for my Slave Drive:

DS Master
DS Slave (currently selected - No jumpers)
Cylinder Limit
Cable Select

Are the jumper setting ok or should I try a different setting?


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#5
December 3, 2009 at 05:43:09
When using Master jumper setting on one drive you must use Slave on the other. You are using CS (cable select) on the second drive.

One other point to make. Western Digital hard drives have TWO Master settings. One for Master alone and another for Master with Slave.


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#6
December 3, 2009 at 06:02:37
I am using Master jumper setting on my primary drive and on the second drive I am using slave jumper setting which is no jumpers at all (that's what it shows on the top of my second slaved hard drive: No Jumper = DS (SLAVE).

To enable cable select (CS Enabled) then I need to use a jumper.


I also tried to put both drives on Cable Select jumper settings. That didn't work either.


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#7
December 3, 2009 at 06:06:10
Also none of my Hard Drives are Western Digital. Check Response number 4 above to see what jumper settings are available to me. Both drives are Maxtor.

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