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Seagate HDD recognized by windows but NOT BIOS

by houman83 / February 27, 2008 11:21 AM PST

So I bought this 250 GB Barracuda PATA HD, installed it, along with my previous maxtor 6y080L0 80 GB HD. Both jumpers were put in "cable-select", and my maxtor positioned as master.

Initially the pc booted up without BIOS recognizing any new drive, which was kinda surprising. I restarted into setup, ran the IDE diagnostics, and interestingly it only recognized Primary master drive, but no primary slave drive. I boot into windows, and under device manager, there is another drive in addition my old maxtor drive. I format and partition the drive in windows, and everything is set, it works great in WINDOWS ONLY. I boot backup, the BIOS still does not recognize the added drive, but windows continues to recognize the drive. So I am kinda perplexed.

I have an old Dimension 4600, with Intel Pent4 @ 2.8Hz, with windows xp sp2, and latest BIOS update.

Should I just get back in there, and change the "cable select" jumper settings to master and slave instead?

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I've seen that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2008 11:31 AM PST

The owner had disabled the slave in device manager. Go figure.

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by houman83 / February 28, 2008 11:34 AM PST
In reply to: I've seen that.

Well, it didn't seem like the slave was disabled in the device manager, just not formated, not surprising, and it showed up afterwards under XP. I guess if anybody can answer the question, how can I get it recognized by my BIOS, since I'm trying to use it as a dual boot, and if BIOS doesn't recognize it, I won't be able to boot from it.

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There are some BIOS that can't do this with
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2008 11:52 AM PST
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I'll try that
by houman83 / February 28, 2008 1:44 PM PST

Yeah, both are currently on "cable-select," I'll set 'em up as master and slave instead, see if that works. The BIOS limiting the size to 127 Gb though, the BIOS should still recognize it, as I understand it, but you would only be able to utilize 127 GB of it. Thanks

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by houman83 / February 28, 2008 2:16 PM PST
In reply to: I'll try that

Awesome, I can't believe I could be so stupid, BIOS was not set on auto-detect, it was in fact "disabled" as you put it. 2 ways to fix BIOS not detecting drives, either set it on "auto," or just flash the NVRAM.

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That's good to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2008 10:51 PM PST
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BTW, Some try changing to no detect to speed up boot time. Later I'll forget I did that.

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