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Ide not detected

When i start the computer BIOS do not recognized any of ide drives. i check the power and it is OK.

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Re: ide not detected

BIOS Try setting the BIOS settings to Auto detect any IDE Devices. POWER Try using a spare Molex Power Connector IDE CABLE Try using a space IDE\SATA Cable. Make sure all are properly locked down into the sockets. (Mobo and HDD) SOUNDS and VIBRATION Since all HDD's are mechanical devices they produce sounds and vibration. Make sure they have this else its a powre problem or your HDD is defective. ====================== If you are having trouble with Newly bought items save your self from headaches by returning them and demand a replacement or a refund! You may have purchased a reconditioned\repaired\factory defect product.

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Change ide or sata cable.
Also change power cable of smps to harddisk.
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Then check in bios.
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In order to recognize many new devices the BIOS manufacturer make software updates you can download ( if available)from they website an install it ( i don't recommend you to do that unless you have no other option).
The battery is only for the CMOS, a memory that keeps your setup configuration when you turn off your PC.

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You hard drive must be partitioned and properly formated.

You will have to start you computer using a 3 1/2 floppy disk or bootable CD with MS-DOS.
Note: go to SETUP and set the right drive to boot from first( A: in case of floppy, CD in case of CD), save and exit
Make sure the disk have some commands you will need, FORMAT among them.
I suggest you look for totorials about partitioning a hard drive.
Is no big deal but you have to know what you are doing.
Create a partition using FDISK command and activate it
then format the drive.
Now it is ready to be recognized for Windows.
In the process of windows installation( only XP), right before it start it will ask if you wish to format de Drive, answer yes( the fast one) and choose NTFS( a more efficient Partition for windows XP.

I hope this help you.
Good luck

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