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Re: FITTING A GERICOM 160GB HARD DRIVE AS A SLAVE...
You indicated that this is a windows ME system. Windows ME is a FAT 32 system. It is therefore limited to 32GB partitoins. This may present a problem that can be solved with a new OS. If the drive is also not reported in the system bios, there is also a motherboard limitation indicated. There may be a bios update to fix that, but it won't fix Windows ME.There may be a workaround: If the bios detects the drive, you can use fdisk to remove the current partitions, and create new FAT 32 partitions FIVE of them! at 32GB each.
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Is this a new hard drive that you are fitting to a desktop PC? If it is a new - empty- hard drive it will have to be formatted before you can install Windows. If it is a hard drive that you are fitting as a slave you may be fitting it on the wrong part of the IDE data cable, or if SATA, on the wrong motherboard connector. IDE data cables have many pins and are grey and wide. On an IDE cable you may have 3 connectors. One which fits the motherboard, and 2 connectors to fit drives. The connector FURTHEST away from the motherboard is the MASTER. The middle connector is for the slave. On the rear of a hard drive you also have 'jumper connectors'. The location of these connectors sets the drive as either master or slave. On an IDE data cable the master drive must be at the cable end with the jumper connector set to master (or 'cable select'). The slave drive - on the middle connector - must have its jumper connector set to 'slave' (or 'cable select'). If you are using SATA, the hard drive should be set to master or slave. However, it would appear your computer IS recognising the drive. To check, restart your computer and press the delete key as it boots up (or it may be another key ..it tells you on the start up screen which key to press to access the bios settings). Access the bios settings and look for the disk information. It will tell you if the disk is detected and whether it is a primary master or primary slave. You can always try disconnecting your dvd drive (power off the computer first..) and fitting the hard drive in its place. Restart the computer and go into the bios settings again. Is the drive now recognised as the secondary master? It well may be just incorrect location on the cable/jumper settings/where the cable is connected to the motherboard. If it is just a single hard drive you have and it is new, Your computer will tell you that it needs formatting before you can install an operating system or software. If it's a second hand drive you are fitting, your computer will not boot up even if the hard drive already has Windows on it. You will have to reinstall Windows from a dvd. If it's your existing hard drive which had been previously working ok, remove the data cable and reconnect it. It may be a 'dry joint' causing the problem. If disconnecting and reconnecting the cable on an existing hard drive does not work .. begin to suspect a failing hard drive
Is the drive powering up . Is the light on the front of the drive always on.If always on the cable would be put in upside down change either on motherboard's side or on the drive. Is your drive a SATA or IDE. If IDE and the drive is sharing a cable with another drive or HDD then you will have to set the master/slave jumper found behind the drive. Look behind the drive and you will see a jumper with more connectors.
Generally there are three options C/s,Master,Slave. Removing the jumper completely also makes the drive a slave. Make sure the other drive is slave or master and appropriately change on this drive. IF HDD ( Hard disk) is master make this one slave or vice versa. Now windows should be able to find the drive.
Have you tried setting the jumpers on the new drive to CS (cable select) If you use that setting, the position of the drive on the cable determines whether it is master or slave. For example, the plug at theend of the IDE cable is the master and the plug in the middle of the cable would be slave. Just a suggestion. If you are using SATA, this does not apply.
Floydage, some ribbons are different in the orentation of pin#1. try a differnent cable...but you said that you tried that right.? have you tried to make sure you have the latist BIOS. It could be this paticuler drive have a different bios it self...and yes drive's do have chip's and software in them. If nothing ells just load the OS to that drive anyway and than change the drive letters in windows.
If you look at the connector side of the drive itself, There are some jumper settings that either make the drive master, Or slave.. Limit the capacity, Or prevent write access.
The sticker on the top of the drive should have directions as to which jumper setting does what.
A slave drive is defined by removing the jumper (pin sleeve) completely from the drive. Then go into your BIOS and if it doesn't auto-detect as slave, manually change the settings and you'll be good. You shouldn't have to go into your BIOS.
If you can see it as slave in BIOS, but not in Windows that means the drive is not formatted properly and to do so, Right click on My Computer in Windows and goto Manage. It should load the Computer Management window. From there goto Disk Management under Storage in the left side browser. You should see the Hard Drive there, right click on that and format it.
Please make sure your HDD are in proper configuration.
An IDE device have two cofigurations.
Master and slave.
Any motherboard will have two IDEs.
Primary and Secondary.
You can connect two drives to one IDE in Master and slave configuration.
This is determined by setting a small pin called jumper setting.
You should visit the following website to know more about setting jumper for a Hard disk.
This way you could solve your problem.