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Can't get BIOS settings right

I just installed WD 160 HD the start screen is F1 to retry or F2 to set up.... in set up it say primary drive 0 unknown and primary drive 1 off
how should the they be set???

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    Bill Speer May 11, 2010

    Is your HD you're trying to install an IDE or SATA? Here's how you tell: IDE will have a larger 4 pin power plug. SATA has a smaller power plug at the end without any holes in it. Rather it will look like a thin **** that goes onto the HD. Now, in BIOS, does it say Primary Drive is SATA? We want to make sure the right kind is being searched for. Also, you do want the Primary Drive to be 0 as that is how a computer starts counting. The next drive you install (slave) would be 1.

    Also, are there any jumper settings on the hard drive that need changed? This would come with the documentation for the HD. Check the back of the HD where the cables go for your the jumper pins.

    Let me know what you come up with so we can take it to the next step.

  • PC fix May 11, 2010

    Do you have some other drives attached?

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First check to see if your drive (the 160Gig) is set to master or slave. If you are going to use this drive as your primary drive (boot disk) it must be set as master, and it would be drive 0. If, on the other hand, this is a second drive, it should be set as "slave, and should be drive 1. If there is an auto-detect HDD in your Bios, try that. If not, and this machine still won't detect your HDD, you may need to download and install a Bios update, because if your Motherboard is too old, it may not recognize a 160 Gig HDD.

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