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I can't get my computer to detect my used hard drive

by chrismorey21683 / October 25, 2008 5:01 AM PDT

i have a used hard drive that a friend of mine gave me.Its a maxtor 80gig and i really need the extra storage but when i installed it my pc "sony vio" won't show it in my computer.i have been trying to get this to work for weeks now and i think i have the jumpers and cables set up right. Is there a setting in bios or somthing that i need to change in order for my comp to see its there, or do i need to format it?Please help!!!running out of storage!!!

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What type and how is it connected?
by Steven Haninger / October 25, 2008 5:36 AM PDT

SATA or IDE (PATA). Let's guess IDE. If so, and you connect to the same cable as your primary drive, you either have to set one to master and the other to slave or just set both to cable select as long as you're using an 80 conductor cable. As well, you can interrupt the POST and see if it is detected in the BIOS. If it is but Windows Explorer doesn't see it, this usually means it doesn't have a recognized partition. In this case, you go to disk management (through control panel/Administrative tools/computer management) and find the drive there. If you see it, you need to partition and format the drive. Once this is done and it has a drive letter, Explorer will see it. Good luck.

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thanks for the speedy response!
by chrismorey21683 / October 25, 2008 5:50 AM PDT

it is an ide drive and i have the hdd whit the os connected to the second connector on the ribbon cable and jumper set on cable select, the used drive set too slave on the first connector of the ribbon cable. i am going to try formatting it like you explaned because it is not seen in bios when i boot it. if that does not work, is there a setting in bios i have to make in order for it to be recognised?

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no luck
by chrismorey21683 / October 25, 2008 6:04 AM PDT

that didn't work. in fact it doesnt show the drives at all on that screen or in bios im going to try setting the both on channel select and see what happens

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With drives set as CABLE SELECT, all drives on that cable
by VAPCMD / October 25, 2008 8:27 AM PDT
In reply to: no luck

must be set to CABLE SELECT.


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Remove aol message real play not installed
by Joegreengreenjo / October 30, 2008 4:08 AM PDT

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Setting up a second hard drive
by Joegreengreenjo / October 30, 2008 4:20 AM PDT
In reply to: no luck

I hope I have posted this note in te correct place. Concerning viewing a second hard drive. I tried connecting one I found at a Goodwill store, to the second connector on the master drive cable. no luck. So I connected it to the second connector on my cd/dvd player as a slave and I was able to see all the files on the new drive. then I was able to use it as is deleting the files there or I guess I could format it and install an operating system. hope this works.
Computer is an old dell with win98.


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What OS?
by Willy / October 30, 2008 7:50 AM PDT

I want to be clear as a bell with the instructions. You want to deal with the old but new to you HD, right. Then install it alone on the cabling you currently have and be sure its jumpered just like your old HD. I certainly hope you didn't want any files from that HD as you say, your friend gave it to you. If so, don't want files and pgms. etc., then be sure your bios boots from the CD 1st, place your OS CD there and allow it to acknowledge it or see the HD. If it does, then your HD is OK. You can now either exit out of the setup or simply shutdown. Return the system back to the way it was and place old new HD into system. The cable MUST be a 40-pin and 80-wire type in order to use CS/cable select if not then master/slave setup for 40-pin/40-wire. Now be sure under master/slave setup that you set both drives accordingly because in some cases, the jumpering is required not only for master/slave but also "dual/single" drive setup as well, this may require yet another jumper.

Since, you have a win98 system, then deal with it alone and format and setup for use. Once done, then install it for use in system as a blank but ready HD. Unless, you wanted use in an XP system, I'm going from you last post probable win98 install.

tada -----Willy Happy

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