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Not sure what this means IDE Drive doesn't exist or all primary partitions are occupied. Computer worked fine....unplugged to move...now won't work. What do I do?

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Open the case and check if the IDE cable is plugged all the way in to the hard drive and motherboard.

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Messed up an IDE partition now BIOS won't recognize drive, can this be fixed or is there a workaround?


During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key this will vary depending on your operating system and computer Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter Change the first boot device to your hard drive.
The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP:
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:

IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?


IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ? Hope this helps.

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The bridge has a jumper I believe next to where the powerplug is. This jumper must be pulled out and put on the A-B NOT the A-C if youare going to use the IDE ribbon cable. Another trick is do not use the IDEcable (extra) that you may have with or below or above your other harddrivesince bios will always keep trying to go to your SATA drive even when youchange your primary drive with working operating system to slave and changeboot order....will just show on screen something like no boot disc. The easiestway without messing with the bios and drivers and all is this....move jumper toA-C then use one of the IDE cables that you have (you should have 2) of youCD-ROM. If you are using 2 CD-ROM's remove one and plug this IDE cable intoyour SATA bridge. The computer will now find new hardware. Then right clickthat new found drive when you click "My Computer" from"Start" and "Format" it, just to make sure everything is off thedrive even if new it will not hurt. Not sure if you want your SATA to be yourprimary drive but if you do,you now can use Acronis Ghost software or other tomirror your primary drive onto your new SATA. Once done take out or dissconnectyour primary drive and install your SATA into that slot or above or below yourprimary drive if you have available room in your tower then hook that IDE cableto your SATA and hook power. BAM.. your computer will now use the SATA to bootup and all is fine. Remember SATA does not have slave/master jumpers like IDEdrives. Now if anything happens to that SATA you still have you disconnectedprimary drive to fall back on. If your concerned about wanting 2 drives you maybe able to take your original primary drive and change that jumper from Masterto Slave.Since bios will default to your new SATA drive now and use that hasyour master and boot up from that drive. If you do not want to use yourSATA as your primary without installing an operating system or usingghost/mirror software then to make life easier just use the IDE cable from oneof the CD-ROM's or get an extension IDE cable that will reach since your SATAdrive is smaller and most likely will not neatly fit into the CD-ROM slots. Youcan use the extra slot if you have one above or below your primary drive yourusing now, then plug your CD-ROM IDE cable (with extension if needed to reach)into SATA and then you can now use the SATA to send files and anything else youwant to store in that drive. Hope this helps.

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Primary IDE port does not work. My main hard disk drive and DVD writer drive are connected to the Secondary IDE port. If I move them to the the Primary IDE port, both the drives do not get detected at all....


Good day sir, there are several way to connect an extra IDE if the motherboard is full:
  1. Buy a PCI to IDE/SATA card. Check your local computer dealer if there is available.
  2. Buy an external USB to IDE Hard disk enclosure.
Of course, these are things to buy, but check first the CMOS setup if the Primary IDE is enabled on your PC.

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The HP drive has what is called an EISA partition on it, this partition holds HP information incase of a recovery. It has to be deleted in order for you to use this drive on another computer. If you have an EIDE / SATA to usb adapter you can attach this hard drive to another computer to access it. The adapter can be bought ast a computer retailer, ebay etc. for about 20 bucks. When you get the hard drive attached, look in "My Computer" to nake sure it shows up there and write down the drive letter it gave it. Below is the procedure to delete the EISA partition, follow it closely and you'll be fine. Just make sure that when you are in the command prompt, you DO NOT do anything with Drive 0 that is your main drive on the computer and that is not to be messed with.

Here’s the trick to delete and remove the EISA recovery or diagnostic partition in Vista. Before proceeding with the deletion action, make sure that at least a set of Recovery Disc Media has been created. Else, you won’t be able to restore your computer to working and factory default condition when any problem on PC requires reinstallation.
  1. Open a command prompt as administrator.
  2. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart in the command prompt.
  3. In the “Diskpart” prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.
  4. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.
  5. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:
select disk 0
Finish by Enter key.
  1. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.
  2. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:
select partition x
where x is the number of the EISA based recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.
  1. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.
Once the partition has been deleted, exit from Diskpart, and now users can use the much familiar and much easier Disk Management tool in Windows (diskmgmt.msc) to manipulate the freed unallocated partition. Users can create a new volume (partition) with this space, or simply merge it to existing partition by extending the size of the existing partition.

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When turning on, all I get is a balck screen w/ a


Your hard drive may be dead, the partition/boot sector is damaged or the motherboard seiral ata chip is bad. If it is one of the first two you will need to delete the partition, re-create the partition and format the drive. Take the drive out and install it in another computer as a slave and see if the drive is recognized and files are all there. If it works in the other computer try backing up the drive and then re-install it in the problem computer and try to format and re-install the system either using the installation discs that came with the computer. If the system utility to restore the computer is located on the drive you might have an issue. You can try using that utility if you have it and it may or may not work.

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If your using IDE hard drives i would try to put them both on the same cable on the primary IDE controller. Then set you main hard drives jumpers and the second hard drive to cable select not slave. Try to boot if the boot fails your goiong to need a Windows 98 boot floppy with FDISK. You need to start up the 98 boot disk with out CD support then when it reaches a command prompt start fdisk. ONce fdisk is up format and partition the second drive. Now it should work. :) Check that the harddrive is detected in the BIOS, it may have become disconnected, it should also be the master drive on the primary IDE. If the drive is not detected in BIOS there is little chance of it working

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First, check the jumpers on the back of the drive to ensure that it's set for master. There will be a legend on the drive label explaining where the jumper needs to be to achieve this. If it has been used as a system drive previously you won't need to worry about this.

Second, physically fit the drive into the tower and connect the IDE ribbon cable. The motherboard end of the cable should connect to the primary IDE slot. To identify which one is primary look closely next to the two slots, they'll be marked IDE 0 and IDE 1. IDE 0 is primary. Connect a molex power connector to the back of the drive from the PSU.

Since this drive has been used previously you should now be able to install your chosen operating system from a CD or DVD. XP and Vista both have options for creating/deleting and formatting existing partitions during setup.

These are simplified instructions and assume that it is an IDE drive and not SATA and that no second hard drive will be installed on the same IDE bus. More detailed instructions can be found here:

http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/install-hard-drive.htm#install-new-hard-drive

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