I Purchased a bigger HD (WD) for GX110 but PC did not recognize it. Was referred to Intel site by Dell, and down loaded Intel Application Accellerator 2.3 for WD hard drives to correct problem. My Operating system is Windows 2000. Saved file on my original HD, and installed software. After software was installed, a reboot of my system was required. During the reboot process the BIOS did not recognize either of my 2 hard drives (not dual boot). However, my CD roms and floppy drive is.
I verified settings in BIOS were set at Auto.
Checked my IDE cable connections (setup for cable select), and they were plugged in ok.
Verified hard drives were setup as cable select.
Ran my GX110 configure disk (flash was the same, but I reinstalled anyway).
Tried another formatted HD (10G) from my other computer (Dell), but it was not recognized either.
Tried to boot PC with single drive using both 0 and 1 connectors on my EIDE cable (drive was changed to master).
Took out batter from mother board for 2 hours to reset BIOS.
Reset the password pin on mother board.
Removed all connections from the Motherboard before rebooting.
Ran diagnostic disk but it did not see the IDE connection for the hard drives, and it didn't give me an error on it.
Nothing I did worked. BIOS is running ver A09 and Windows 2000 service pack 4 when operational. Help!
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You don't have to swap drivers in windows it just a generic driver for all hard drives unless your using AHCI but that's generic too if your already using it. Just shut the machine down, don't get any static sparks from you fingers on anything, touch the metal PC tower firmly first, swap the drive, restart the computer and install windows. If the drive is in already and it's for a second drive and your PC isn't recognizing it it meamns your PC is to old and you need the Western Digital Acronis free version and you'll have to keep it installed on your computer for the life of the drive, it has a Tool or Utility called extended capacity manager that will recognize your drive properly. I can't see a SATA 2 drive being used in anything old enough to need software to recognize 500gigs. You wouldn't be able to use SATA.
You just do not drop in a replacement hard drive from another working computer and expect it to work. The replacement hard drive is now in a "foreign" environment and often will not work to protect the existing operating system. If you have the operating system disks you may be able to do a "repair" operation where the OS is given a chance to adjust to is new environment and install new drivers. If not, then all you can do is format the replacement unit and re install all of the software; everything is one drive is lost and you start from square one.
Sounds like a hard drive failure. It is fairly easy to purchase a new hard drive and put it in, but then you must have the software to re-install everything. If you are a bit concerned about doing these things, take your PC to a PC Repair shop and they will install a new hard drive and put a new operating system on it. Depending on how old the Desktop is, you may want to buy a new PC as the old motherboard may fail on you in the next 6-months to a year. Check your gut on this.
Several things can be done. You can try DIY software, assuming you have enough free space on your computer and it's a minor failure this may work.
Second, the enclosure itself may be failing, you can try moving the drive into a new enclosure, to do this take the drive to a PC shop and ask the technicians to test the hard drive in a new enclosure. If the drive works in the new enclosure you're set, if not move on to the next step.
Finally if you don't want the risks of the DIY method and the new enclosure fails, reply back with your location(Country, State and City) and I will be happy to refer you to a pro near you who can assist you with the process of recovering your files.
Check the settings of the internal setups. This is using the BIOS itself and hitting a particular key before anything happens. On some machines it is F1 or the DEL key. In the basic setup there are settings for the boot order and floppy drives and HD type. Make sure these are set correctely.
ALSO on one of mine I have to use a formatting/partitioning program supplied by the HD manufacturer (in this case Maxtor) to pre-prepare the drive beofre trying to install WIndows.
I picked up a couple of My Books lately( via Ebay), and noticed that i can not get them to work on the Firewire interface with my Dual Core Intel Mac. Shows up on USB2.0 fine however.I found an online reference that said Apple changed some things on the Firewire interface year or two ago, and that vendors had to update their firmware (it related to Firewire devices reporting a unique ID to the Mac).