November 27th, 2000, 11:00 AM
Hard drive problem???
I just built my first computer and everything works great except I cannot get it to recognize the hard drive as the primary master. Any suggestions?? My specs are below.
AMD Duron 700mhz
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Maxtor 20.4Gb 7200rpm
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November 27th, 2000, 08:41 PM
someone help will help better than me but i think that you can change that in the cmos options! i think!!
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November 27th, 2000, 09:19 PM
Make sure that you have the HDD connected to the very last IDE connector on the IDE cable and make sure that you have the Master/Slave/Cable Select jumper setup for Master. Then enter the BIOS and have it auto-detect the HDD. Save your settings and reboot.
November 28th, 2000, 04:55 AM
As 4x4 said, check you cables/jumpers etc and have the bios detect the drive- assuming its a new drive, you will have to Fdisk/format it before you install windows (assuming you are installing windows), if unsure about this, post back
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November 28th, 2000, 10:55 AM
I have already partitioned and formatted the drive and I know the jumpers on the hard drive are set for master. I just wanted to make sure that it was connected correctly to the mobo and that the connection to the drive was correct. As said earlier, I have an Asus A7V and a Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 45. This is my first time building so I'm still a little unsure of some details. Thanks!!
November 30th, 2000, 11:54 AM
Is this the only drive on the cable? If not, try it alone first, as problems with the other drive might be causing this. Verify that pin1 on the ribbon (the red line) lines up with pin1 on the motherboard and drive- they should both be marked clearly. If you have a keyed IDE ribbon, you can only plug it in one way.
And is it an ATA66 ribbon, or an old one? Try to jumper it as a single drive first, and on the secondary IDE port with a different cable if it doesn't work in the primary.
Make sure it's plugged into the right slot too, unless you want it ATA100. At any rate, if the cables and jumpers are OK, you shouldn't have to do anything at all on this mobo. With bios set for Auto, it will nearly instantly poll all drives on IDE0 and IDE1 upon startup, and then the promise ATA bios controller takes its sweet ole time auto-detecting the ATA100 drives. (Don't forget to re-enable ATA100 if you want to use it )
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