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New HDD in a Toshiba Satellite A60

by worcester_ade / August 8, 2012 9:58 AM PDT

I have an old Toshiba Satellite A60. The old 30gb Toshiba HDD (MK3025GAS) has died. I have bought a 60gb Toshiba HDD (MK602GAX) as a replacement.

My problem is that I can't get the bios to see the new drive and boot off it. The bios for the old dead disc says under 'Built in HDD = Primary IDE (1F0H/IRQ14)'. With the new HDD it says 'Built in HDD = No Drive'.

Is there something I need to configure or have a bought a non compatible HDD ?


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A few very old machines had 32GB limits.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2012 1:54 AM PDT

These were common way back when but did happen.

Also, some IDE drives have you put jumpers to indicate Master, Slave or CS. Did you try all 3 settings/jumpers?

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by worcester_ade / August 9, 2012 3:03 PM PDT

Have tried all the different jumper combinations with no joy. Any other Ideas anyone ?

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Baring any connection issues.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2012 12:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Jumpers

I'd shop for a drive consistent with those days. In other words, another sub 32GB drive.

And did you test the failed drive? It would be a shame to chase down drives if the old drive was actually good.

I use one of these ->

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Under the Smartdrv.exe this file in the Windows directory.
by suprahumid78 / August 14, 2012 5:45 PM PDT

Installation from DOS, you need to load Smartdrv.exe, and then run under the I386 directory of the Winnt.exe.
Under the Smartdrv.exe this file in the Windows directory.

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Re: smartdrv
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 14, 2012 5:51 PM PDT

That's a totally blank picture, and a totally ununderstandable answer moreover.


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Eh ?
by worcester_ade / August 16, 2012 2:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: smartdrv

Eh ? What are you on about ?

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Same here, the link to that gif shows a dark blank.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2012 2:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Eh ?

Try again?

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by worcester_ade / August 16, 2012 2:36 PM PDT

Sorry, don't understand this reply. I have a blank disc, so there is no dos or windows directory.

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update bios
by luxl85 / August 22, 2012 5:42 PM PDT
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