[RESOLVED] New EIDE drive install with Asus A7v133a board
I'm trying to install a new 160GB WD EIDE drive in a system with an Asus A7v133a motherboard. I want the new drive to be the master and I want to install WinXP on it, and use the old drive as the slave drive. At first I tried connecting it to the on board drive controller with the old drive as slave but that didn't work, (the CD drive disappeared), then switched the two drives with the same result.
Then I plugged it into the Promise controller slot and everything showed up. I set the old drive as master and went into windows, (WinME), to load the drive setup software and format the new drive and it seems to have formated fine, though it would not let me choose NTFS file system, (I assume because I was using WinME.)
My plan is to now set the new drive as master and the old drive as slave and then install WinXP to the new drive.
Does this all seem correct? Will I be able to select NTFS during the XP installation? Do I want to? I still want to be able to access files from the old drive.
Sounds like you didn't set the jumper settings properly.
Except that the CD showed up after I moved the hard drive cable from the Asus controller plug to the Promise controller plug, I didn't change any jumpers
Another question: Did I need to partition and format the new drive before using the WinXP install CD, or could I have just done that from the XP install CD?
Yes there are different settings for single drive Master and Master with Slave, I do have the proper settings. The 2 hard drives are on one cable and the CD Rom is on a separate cable, which is why I don't see why the hard drives make it disapear. I may try cable select to see what that does, but I still don't understand why things seem to work fine through the Promise controller but not through the Asus controller? I guess there is nothing wrong with using the Promise, though it does slow down boot time.
From the way you described it, i thought the cdrom and slave were on the same cable. That's the way you should do it anyway. Chances are that you will be transferring data from the primary drive to the slave or cdrom. You would want to have the drives on separate channels. Putting the primary and secondary hard drives on the same cable doesn't make sense, since IDE can only read or write at one time.
Yes I seem to remember something like that from years ago when I last installed a hard drive and CD drive. So in this case I should have the new drive set as master on it's own cable, the CD drive on a separate cable as master, and the old hard drive on the same cable as the CD drive set as slave?
I'm running BIOS 1009. For some reason I just can't seem to boot off the CD So right now I'm in the middle of trying to use a WinME boot floppy with smartdrive to access the i386 setup folder and it seems to be working. We'll see what happens.....