New Hard Drive Not Recognized in BIOS

April 22, 2010 at 23:30:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 664 MHz / 510 MB
Hey guys,

I'll start by saying that i am not very knowledgeable in this area but hope someone can help me

Alright, I have an old compaq 5bw130. this pc came with a 15 gb ide hard drive so i thought i would upgrade it to a 250gb ide western digital hard drive which i bought on ebay. I used the 250gb drive as a slave at first for storage and it worked fine. Just recently, i thought it might be better to format the 250gb drive and install win xp on it from the xp cd. So i took the 15gb ide hard drive out and set up the 250gb ide hard drive as my master on the jumper and booted from the xp cd. Everything worked fine and it went to that blue screen and i formatted the hard drive and windows copied all of the files on to the drive. The problem is when it finishes, it says it has to reboot to continue the installation. Now, i know when it reboots it should say "press any key to boot from cd" and go through to installation if i dont press anything but it doesn't give me this option it just says "setup is is inspecting your computers hardware figuration..." and goes straight to the blue screen again and doesn't let me finish the installation.

I did realize once i took out the xp install cd that this problem was caused due to the 250gb ide hard drive not being recognized when set as master but when i set the jumper to slave or any of the other ones it does say"press any key to boot from cd" and it is recognized but the installation doesn't continue afterwards.

I believe that the installation will continue if the hdd can be recognized as master.

Why is it that my hard drive is not recognized when jumper is set to master but is when set as slave or cs or any of the others?

Any help is highly appreciated!


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#1
April 23, 2010 at 04:40:47
Does your old Compaq even support 250GB HDDs? I doubt it.

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#2
April 23, 2010 at 11:30:32
Yeah, I'm surprised you got that far with it. Get an ATA card that is 48-bit LBA compliant and connect the drive to it. Should be some on ebay. Probably get a 133 mhz card. Don't get a raid card. Promise makes them and there are some OEM Maxtor cards too.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#3
April 23, 2010 at 18:54:47
Thanks for your help guys

but i still don't understand why it is that the drive is
recognized when it is a slave and has 242 gb available.Does
That mean that the pc can handle it or is it different when it
comes to using a drive for storage and using it to boot the
OS? and also Why does it show in the windows installation when i boot from the cd if it is
not recognized in my bios?


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#4
April 25, 2010 at 00:52:33
If the bios isn't 48-bit LBA compliant the drive might still be seen but just not the correct capacity. I don't know why it seemed to be seen correctly as a slave but not master.

You didn't mean you used it as an external drive did you? If so, those drives are recognized by OS drivers and not the bios so different rules apply. You can usually use a drive externally even though the bios wouldn't see it right if it was an internal.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#5
April 25, 2010 at 21:53:43
no i used it as an internal hard drive and i also just checked
on my manufacturers website for an update on the bios which
there was one that makes the bios 48 bit compliant but i
already had that update installed so that isn't the issue. Are
there certain hard drives out there that you just cant boot from
or is there something wrong with this one because i would
buy a new one but i have to be sure that this one has gone
bad first?

Again thanks for your help!


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#6
April 25, 2010 at 23:58:19
It could still be a bios problem. Sometimes they'll write an update but it just doesn't work for all indicated hardware. Or, if it's the drive, yes occasionally a non-booting drive will work OK but when when set as a booting drive it may have problems. That's usually a hardware failure on the part of the drive and not some design problem.

I've had some occasional problems too with an install going OK until it reboots and then it either can't find the drive or starts over. I think it's due to the bios/drive relationship but don't have a fix other than using a different drive.

Also, you need at least XP SP1 to install on a 48 bit LBA drive--one larger than about 128 gig.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#7
October 9, 2010 at 08:40:02
There is a program that records the Drives Bootup rules and it has been a pain in the neck for my XP SP2/3 Windoze for about 5 years now. MS did at second level support help it. It is a DOS text file that in Recovery Console can be Created by using some cryptic commands the File is BOOT.INI or Boot initialization. It is the probably the KEY reason many with laptops. desktops and most computers with Operating Systems cant see Hard Drives as it gets defined in the background and it causes most of the errors if what you do later is different. The key is working around it! IMO That is what I am struggling AGAIN with while trying to install two HDD first the master the other a slave. Computers are a bunch of GARBAGE and so are the folks that Write the garbage that created them. Considering IDE is becoming extinct maybe and SATA has been around or many many years that WINDOWS failed to take that in account in Windows XP SP2. But they did in VISTA the OS I read people hate. And in their Windows 7 an attempt to fix the hated desktop etc for those using Windows XP and earlier.

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#8
October 9, 2010 at 08:42:59
The idea of trying a Card to see the HD versus a sophisticated Motherboard with TWO CONTROLLERS on it sound good but another waste of money also.

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#9
October 9, 2010 at 08:45:08
It probaby a BAD Idea to use SATA Drives with Win XP as it was for IDE and not for SATA. My SATA drives about 4-6 of them all had trouble/ failed or crashed with XP Pro. So maybe I will have to suffer and try Windows 7 instead which works better with SATA Drives from the get go.

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#10
October 9, 2010 at 08:47:29
I think Windows XP cant handle the Speed of SATA Drives or its Drivers vs IDE controllers abilities to. My old Windows 98 machine with TWO IDE drives still boots up while the Windoze XP SP3 with SATA drives Fails easily eventually over and over and over and over and over

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#11
October 9, 2010 at 08:50:30
I wonder what it the Rate of HDD Failures between SATA drives and ID drives for Windows XP SP 2/3.

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