Hard Drive Not Detected

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January 6, 2010 at 01:12:10
Specs: windows 98se
Hi,

Trying to sort out an old computer with a chaintech CT-6BTA3 motherboard. I did have it working fine and it was running windows 98 no problem, accessing internet etc. It then stalled on boot up at the usual 'verifying DMI data pool' problem and as the hard drive was clicking decided that the HDD was the problem. I have tried a Maxtor HDD that was given to me and now both HDDs are not recognized by the BIOS or during boot up. It just says '0' for all drives. I have checked cables etc, cleared the CMOS and loaded up the defaults. I have tried 'auto' detecting and 'normal' for the drive settings but neither drive is working. I have tried FDISK but no drive is found. Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks Ian


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#1
January 6, 2010 at 01:44:04
How big is the Maxtor?

Are both drives connected on the same cable? If so the bad drive may prevent the bios from seeing either.

If they're on the same cable, how are they jumpered?

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#2
January 6, 2010 at 01:48:39
Thanks for the reply. No, they're not both connected, just tried them separately. Both are 20GB

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#3
January 6, 2010 at 02:02:00
If you have tested the IDE cable in a different system to verify it is OK, then try to see if the drives can be seen in a different system. That will tell you if the problem is with the drives or the motherboard.

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#4
January 6, 2010 at 02:08:11
Could also be faulty IDE cable
But for 20Gig hard drives it may just be faulty drives

I pull apart the old harddrives and take the super magnets out :)

edit

Oh Richard59 replied about the data cable already


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#5
January 6, 2010 at 02:18:06
Check in cmos/bios setup that both IDE controllers are enabled.

Is the Maxtor a known good drive?

That's an old 440 chipset and may not be able to properly see a drive larger than 8.4 gig.. I know it was working with the other 20 gig but that may be because it had a 'cylinder limiting jumper' or was manually ID'd as a smaller drive in cmos/bios setup. Do you now if that's the case? What's the model number of the drive that previously was working?

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#6
January 6, 2010 at 02:31:00
I will try the hard drives with a different system and see what happens. I haven't got a spare IDE cable though it was working fine before. I guess I could try the CD Rom cable?

To daveincaps, the Maxtor was given to me, so I would be surprised if it is a bad one too, though it could be. Neither are spinning which is odd. I installed the previous Samsung hard drive and it was auto detected, not manually ID'd.

Thanks Ian


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#7
January 6, 2010 at 02:35:57
I guess I could try the CD Rom cable?

Yes you could

Hard drives are ideally connected with 80pin data cables though


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#8
January 6, 2010 at 04:47:08
If the drives are not spinning and you are using a known good molex connector then the drives are defective. Are you sure they aren't spinning?

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#9
January 6, 2010 at 05:27:14
I couldn't hear anything but I will try again. Thanks

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#10
January 6, 2010 at 05:36:41
Try feeling the top of sides of the drive, not the bottom.

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#11
January 6, 2010 at 16:36:56
But you only have the maxtor connected now? If the samsung is connected also, even on another cable, disconnect it both from the data and power cables and see how the maxtor acts.

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#12
January 7, 2010 at 00:54:14
Bingo!! You were all pretty much correct, it was the IDE cable. I found one in a discarded pc and it recognised both drives straight away. The samsung is definitely dead as faults were detected during scanning. The maxtor seems fine though and I have managed to create a partition.
However, I have used the start up disk in drive a which works but have now forgotten what to do next at the A: prompt in order to get the OS up and running. When I start up without the floppy it says something about a 'Grub' after 'verifying DMI data pool'. Again, any help much appreciated. Thanks Ian

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