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Bios not recognizing my new hard drive, have new hard drive cable also.


I have a IBM based desktop computer and have installed many hard drives on this computer, but this time the bios is still says Primary Master not installed, I checked all the cables and tried jumper on cable select! Is there something wrong with my motherboard?

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  • GeorgieQ Dec 07, 2007

    I got the bios to recognize the hard drive now, but it's a 160 GB hard drive but bios only recognizes 137.GB of it! what can I do to make it recognize the whole 160 GB.

  • GeorgieQ Dec 07, 2007

    How can I upgrade the Bios, I don't have it hooked up to the internet yet? I'm installing Windows 2000 in it right now, it's almost done formatting. It's a new hard drive.

  • GeorgieQ Dec 07, 2007

    Ohhhhh!! I see! so what info do I need about the bios in order to upgrade it? I'm obviously new at upgrading the bios! and what will upgrading the bios do for my computer?

  • GeorgieQ Dec 08, 2007

    Oh! It's an Ami (that's the brand right?) oh! okay! I check it out! Cool! can I still do that even after I have Windows installed?

    And that will make it recognize the whole 160 GB right?

  • GeorgieQ Dec 10, 2007

    I didn't do the Bios update yet, but I found the bios info on my computer that I need and I'll check out that website. You've been a great help!!! I REALLY appreciate everything you helped me with already!

    Merry Christmas!,


  • srkiiq Jan 01, 2008

    i have a WD Caviar SE WD2500AAJS drive model. I try to use it in my PC, but i can,t see it in a BIOS setup. My motherboard is MSI K8T Neo MS-6702 Ver:1.0, chipset VIA VT8237 with two SATA connectors. I try everithing, but no result. I also use a two same ATA WD Caviar 80 GB. My problem is only WD Caviar SE WD2500AAJS.I will be very grateful if you can help me about this. I'm from Serbia and my english is not very god.



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1) Try upgrading the BIOS software (flash it) according to your BIOS manufacturer.
2) What OS are you using?
3) When you fully format a Hard Drive (of any size) part of it is lost to the formatting process, have you checked if you have another partition on that hard drive?

- CoolDragon )O(

Posted on Dec 07, 2007

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  • Baja Data / Jay Arias-Chavez

    You don't need to have THAT computer on the internet, just write or type down what make and model the BIOS is, then visit the website from another PC connected to the internet; and download whatever is necessary and either burn on a CD or copy to a diskette.

    Hope That Helps!
    - CoolDragon )O(

  • Baja Data / Jay Arias-Chavez

    Ok, enter the BIOS setting (depending on what brand it is, it could be DEL or F2 to enter upon startup).

    Look through the menus to see what version and brand it is. Usually it's AMI, Award or Phoenix.

    Then go to the respective website and look for an update to that BIOS.

    Good luck!

    - CoolDragon )O(

  • Baja Data / Jay Arias-Chavez

    I cannot guaratee that, but a BIOS update can help a lot!
    Further support for AMI BIOS is here:

    If you need further help, contact us at FixYa.

    - CoolDragon.

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