|Thanks OtheHill so much for helping me. I finally went out and bought another hard drive. Windows installed w/ no problem. So far things are ok. I need to reinstall all of my programs which is a pain I was trying to avoid. I tried connecting the older hd as slave to the new and the computer only sees one hd the older one. It is a shame as The old one is not very old and is 500 gb. I thought it was smaller. It is bigger than the new hd. The old hd works on an older computer w/out the new IDE cables. The new mb uses Ultra DMA this is what I found. Do you think this could be the problem? |
On new systems there are few issues with running Ultra DMA, because the hardware is all new and designed to run in Ultra DMA mode. With older systems, things are a bit more complex. In theory, new drives should be backwards compatible with older controllers, and putting an Ultra DMA drive on an older PC should cause it to automatically run in a slower mode, such as PIO mode 4. Unfortunately, certain motherboards don't function well when an Ultra DMA drive is connected, and this may result in lockups or errors. A BIOS upgrade from the motherboard manufacturer is a good idea, if you are able to do this. Otherwise, you may need to use a special Ultra DMA software utility (available from the drive manufacturer) to tell the hard disk not to try to run in Ultra DMA mode. The same utility can be used to enable Ultra DMA mode on a drive that is set not to use it. You should use the utility specific to whatever make of drive you have.