View Full Version : NEW HARD DRIVE HELP!!!!!
08-26-2003, 03:17 PM
I bought a new 80 gb Maxtor hard drive. I have a Maxtor in the system so I figured it should be easy. I have set it up as master and slave. I get nothing from it. I downloaded both powermax and SCSImax from Maxtor, still nothing!
My computer will not recognize the HD any way I put it in. I reset the bios and tried to get it to "Auto-Detect"....nothing. HELP!!! http://www.spamhate.com/mad.gif
08-26-2003, 04:53 PM
New hard drives can be a pain. Are you replacing your existing drive or adding the new one as a secondary/slave?
08-26-2003, 05:31 PM
I am replcing the existing. I dont care about the info on this one. I have the disks for everthing.
08-26-2003, 05:33 PM
I am replacing. I have disks for everthing so there is no need to transfer data.
08-26-2003, 05:49 PM
Did you partition and format the new drive?
From the mfr and size it appears to be an IDE drive so SCSI utilities won't be of any help.
"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created
08-26-2003, 06:01 PM
Do you mean the BIOS doesn't even recognize it?
If so, set the drive as master, make sure the IDE cables are in their proper places, and go from there. Let us know what happens...
08-26-2003, 08:26 PM
Do you hear the new drive spin up when the power is turned on?
I will assume you are dealing with ide drives.
Are both drives on the same ide cable?
Are you trying to put one of these drives on the same cable as a cd, dvd, zip,... drive? These also have to be set as masters or slaves.
Have you tried setting the drive as a master and removing the old one from the computer?
ribbon cable 1:
primary master, primary slave
ribbon cable 2:
secondary master, secondary slave
08-27-2003, 10:59 AM
Keep the sugestions coming, I have tried all that!
08-27-2003, 11:14 AM
Does BIOS recognize the drive or do you get an "Operating System Not Found" error?
08-27-2003, 07:52 PM
Check the IDE cable where it connects to the motherboard. I've accidentally pulled it out enough that it wouldn't work, even though looking at it it looked like it was connected.
Also, some drives have a jumper setting for "single drive only." If it's a stand alone drive, check the manual to see if it has a single drive jumper setting.
Learn from the mistakes of others, you won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.
08-28-2003, 11:19 AM
Put the jumper back to the factory position, and hook it to the motherboard using the first connector on the hard drive cable. (That only matters on the new drive cables, but do it anyway)
make sure no other drives are connected to the motherboard, even your cdrom
Turn the machine on. If it doesn't detect the drive, and the BIOS isn't dicked up, the drive is dead. If it does, then something else is wrong when you try to put it in with the rest of your drives.
Check your jumpers on everything.
08-28-2003, 06:59 PM
I unpluged everthing but A and C. Nothing. Put old drive in. Boots normal. Would memory have anything to do with it? I only have 128????
Checked all jumpers. CDR on master CD on slave (secondary) C is on master. Cables are all OK.
I think I have a bum drive!
08-29-2003, 08:05 AM
I suspect your drive is what is known in the industry as DOA. Send it back.
You get no play at all right? No noise, no vibration, no lights?
Get a RMA from the business, if purchased online, or just put it back in it's box and return it, if not.
08-31-2003, 06:34 PM
OK long story short. I traded the Maxtor for a Western Digital 80 gb. Everything works but the modem. I have loaded everthing without any problems. But to get on the internet I have to unplug and plug the old hdd in. I have a Conexant Soft56k. I have downloaded new drivers from their site and still nothing. Obviously since I am here the modem works, but not with the new drive. Any sugestions????
08-31-2003, 07:09 PM
Ok, so the modem only works with the 'old' hard drive installed, right?
So..... I'm thinking the drivers for the modem which are on the new drive are not the right ones, or are chaising their own tail, or something.
I would re-download a copy of the new modem drivers and save them someplace where you can get to them with the new drive installed.
Plug in the new drive, *completely uninstall* the modem drivers, turn off the machine, and physicly remove the modem. Start the machine without the modem and let it come completely up, then turn it off again. This should completely clean all memory of the drivers from the machine.
Now install the modem, and turn on the machine. It should "see" the modem and ask for the drivers, and that's when you point it toward the new drivers you downloaded.
They should install, you'll restart several times (probably) and when the machine finally wakes up again, you should be in business.