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I have a Seagate 80GB drive (ST380215A Barracuda 7200.10)which I have tried to instal in place of the original 20GB drive. The PC doesn't seem to recognise the drive when BIOS is set to "AUTO". I therefore wish to set the parameters manually. The drive does not give this information on the case, and I can't find it on the Seagate website. I need to know the number of: Heads, cylinders, sectors etc. Can you help?

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  • Webshot Dec 02, 2008

    Thank you crayzeetrayn. The jumper is set for master, identical to the 20Gb drive, and the drive is at the end of the ide cable with nothing else on it.

    I cloned into the 80GB drive through an external USB set-up, and then did a straight swap with the 20GB drive. But it doesn't seem to be identified and refuses to go past the hard drive check stage during the boot.

    There is an 80GB drive option in the BIOS, but the built-in parameters don't appear to be appropriate to the Barracuda, hence my wanting to insert the parameters manually.

  • Webshot Dec 03, 2008

    Hi crayzeetrayn. I'm new to this site and it would appear I've locked myself out of the discussion without realising it, so I'm sending this under "I have the same problem"
    The PC is an old HP model with an MS6166 Ver 1 motherboard, having a slot 1 pentium lll, 800 Mhz CPU. I've just replaced the motherboard, which works OK with the original 20GB drive, using Xp OS.
    Every time I replace the 20GB drive it boots and works OK, so that seems to check out the cable and board interconnect. I also tried the 80GB drive prior to cloning, and that was also unsuccessful.

  • Webshot Dec 09, 2008

    I'm sure you are right. I did look for a BIOS update, but so far I haven't found one. It is possible that there is not one available for a motherboard of the age of mine. I'd still like to try putting in the drive parameters manually, but can't seem to find those quoted anywhere. I find that very puzzling!


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Is this a new or used HDD? If it is used maybe it is bad. Is LBA enabled in the BIOS? Maybe try the secondary IDE BUS. Also try connecting it to the first connector on the IDE BUS rather than at the end.That is all I can think of right now.

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How do you have the jumper set .. Slave, Master or Cable select?

I have a Seagate 80GB - moz-screenshot.jpgIs there another device on that ide cable (i.e. cdrom, dvdrom etc)

Be sure that it is not conflicting.

Match the jumper settings to your 20GB that you are replacing.

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 03, 2008

    What is the make/model of your pc?

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 03, 2008

    Is it not seeing the drive at all? Check to make sure you didnt work the connection loose off the motherboard.

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 09, 2008

    I would look for a BIOS update .. I think you have a BIOS problem preventing you from "seeing" the 80GB

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 09, 2008

    I have searched quite extensively for a BIOS update for you and/or a drive utility that wold allow you to use your 80GB but haven't been successful. Sorry.


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