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MX6L060J3 (Maxtor) I have the following HD "MX6L060J3" from Maxtor and for some reason I cannot detect it in the bios. I have tried everything. Jumpers settings are correct. Cable is checked. Motherboard is Asus P4P800 SE I tried to get it working with another HD and without, but nothing helps. When I start my computer I hear the HD booting up (rattling for couple of sec) and a green light, then the light turns off. I do not know what is wrong. I have tried to open the HD, but I do not have the screwdriver needed, so that option is out. What could be the problem?

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If you?ve tried another hard drive with the same results it would seem unlikely that both were bad. The more likely candidate is an error in connecting them or a bad motherboard. Your Maxtor hard drive is an IDE so check the following: - You have two IDE channels on your board usually marked in some fashion Make sure you are connecting the drive to the primary channel. - Are you using Master / Slave or cable select to identify your drives? Make sure you are using the correct cable depending on which system you are using. - Make sure you have jumpered your drive correctly, in your case it should be set as Master or cable select. - If you are using cable select make sure you have the drive plugged into the correct connector, typically it would be marked drive 1. By the way home users should not attempt to take apart hard drives. There are no user replaceable parts and all you?ll do is ruin the drive. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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