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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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Re: Bios not recognizing my new hard drive, have new...

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?

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New 1tb hard drive not recognized in bios

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WD1001fals as slave

SATA Hard Disk as a Slave b> An SATA hard drive is an internal hard drive that connects to your computer's motherboard. It is even possible to connect multiple drives to the same computer; however, only one drive can be the master hard drive; the other(s) must be slave drives. This is because the master drive has the operating system installed and must be used to boot up the system. When installing a new SATA hard drive onto your computer, you must set it as a slave.

Power down your computer and disconnect the cables. Remove the Phillips screws from the exterior of the computer case and slide the case open to expose the interior of your computer. Identify the hard drive at the front of your computer, then slide the new SATA drive in underneath. Insert the smaller power cable into the power port on the side of the SATA hard drive. Follow the power cable running out of the current hard drive and insert it next to it on the motherboard. Pull out the ribbon cable, which has three different connection ports: one on each end of the cable and one in the middle. The connection port on the middle inserts into the slave drive and is slightly different than the other two ends (the pins built into the port are in different locations than the other ends). Insert the middle connection port into the ribbon port on the back end of the SATA hard drive. Plug one of the opposite ends of the cable (doesn't matter which one) into the SATA connection port on the motherboard (your current hard drive is inserted here). Once connected, this completes your slave drive connection. Second SATA 2 Hard Drive as a Slave b> Installing a second hard drive in your desktop PC or notebook is an option used to increase hard disk space without losing or transferring the data from your original hard drive. Using this method not only increases hard disk space, it also increases the virtual memory space for the Windows operating system, increasing operational efficiency. One of the ways in which a BIOS can recognize the second hard drive is to boot it as a slave drive, with the primary hard drive booted as a master drive.

Turn the PC off and remove the desktop chassis. Refer to the pin connector diagram. This is displayed on the sticker, on top of the hard drive, for the position of the slave pin. Place the plastic connector on the slave pin as detailed on the diagram. Connect the hard drive to the power and IDE/SATA cable. Ensure the other ends are connected to the motherboard. Use the screws to mount the drive. Replace the desktop chassis. Turn on the PC. Enter the BIOS, by default this can be done by pressing F2. If this does not work consult your motherboard manual. In the BIOS, press right until the boot device tab is highlighted. Set the slave drive to boot following the primary drive. Read the bottom line and use the relevant key to save the settings. Restart the PC.
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My dard disc wont detict

When installing a new hard drive, a PC may not recognize the hard drive. Incorrect cable installations, jumper settings and BIOS settings may cause the computer to be unable to detect your hard drive. Due to the vast differences in hard drive types (IDE versus SATA) and brands, motherboard brands and types, and BIOS types and configurations, please download or acquire your motherboard and hard drive manufacturers' documentation prior to acquiring a hard drive. Make sure that the type of hard drive you plan to purchase is compatible with the motherboard.
Shut down the computer. Unplug all cables and peripheral devices. Clip the anti-static wrist bracelet to a metal object, and attach the bracelet to your wrist. Remove the computer's side panel. (Cases vary. Some will require a small Phillips screwdriver for removal and others feature screwless designs. Please see your case manual if you are unsure.) Locate the newly installed hard drive. Check that two cables are running from the hard drive to the motherboard and to the power supply. If you see only one cable or if either of the cables are not securely seated, plug in the appropriate connector(s). Leave the case's side panel off for now. Reconnect the power cable, monitor cable, and keyboard and mouse connections. Restart the computer. Enter your BIOS immediately. (Your BIOS usually alerts you to the key required to adjust settings. If your screen does not show this information or if you are unsure, consult your motherboard manual.) If it is an IDE hard drive, enter the IDE settings. The BIOS should show the hard drive. Configure it as primary or secondary, according to your computer's configuration. (If you have only one drive, set this to primary. Otherwise, set as secondary.) Save your settings, and exit the BIOS. Once you are certain that the the PC is recognizing the hard drive, replace the side panel. Detect a SATA Hard Disk If you have connected a SATA (serial ATA) hard drive to your computer but are not able to access the files on it, then your system may not be detecting the drive correctly. On either a PC or Mac computer, you can manually detect and mount a hard drive that is locally connected. Once properly detected, the drive will become available for file transfer.
Plug the SATA hard drive firmly into your PC computer and ensure that the drive is powered on. Open the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" icon. Open the "Administrative Tools" folder and double-click on the "Computer Management" icon. Go to the "Disk Management" tool on the left side of the control panel window. This brings up a list of all drives currently connected to your computer. Right-click on the SATA drive that you want your computer to detect and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths." Click on the "Add" button and then select the drive letter that you want to be assigned to the SATA hard drive. Click "OK" to save the settings and detect the SATA drive. b> Mac Instructions b> Plug the SATA hard drive firmly into your Mac computer and ensure that the drive is powered on. Open a new Finder window and navigate to the "Utilities" folder, which is located in the "Applications" section of the Mac hard drive. Double-click on the "Disk Utility" icon. Highlight the SATA hard drive that you want your computer to detect from the list of connected drives on the left side of the window. Click on the "Mount" button at the top of the window to have the system manually detect the SATA drive. Hope this helps.

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Set The Jumper Setting On Your Hard Disk Drive

The hard disk drive will be detected as 32 GB if the jumper is set to the 32 GB clip pin setting. The common jumper settings for Samsung hard disk drives are listed below. Please check the label on your hard disk drive for the correct jumper setting.

Important: Use the alternate jumper setting listed below under General Pin Setting. After changing the jumper, partition and format your hard disk drive.

Configuring your Hard Disk Drive (Master, Slave, or Cable Select) - Setting the Jumper

If this is the only HDD in your computer, set the pin setting to Master.
If this is the second HDD in your computer, set the pin setting to Slave.
If this is the second HDD in your computer, and the first drive is set to Cable Select, set the pin setting to Cable Select.
If you are replacing the HDD in your computer, set the jumper setting to match that of the drive you are replacing.

Cable Select:

This setting is the default setting for PATA/IDE hard disk drives. With the Cable Select jumper setting, the BIOS determines whether a hard disk drive is Set as Master or Set as Slave by it's position on the UDMA cable.
If the hard disk drive jumper is set to Cable Select and is connected to the black connector on the end of the UDMA cable, it is recognized as Set as Master for that PATA controller.
If the hard disk drive jumper is set to Cable Select and is connected to the grey connector on the middle of the UDMA cable, it is recognized as Set as Slave for that PATA controller.

Note: When using Cable Select, your system must meet the following conditions:
Your systems host controller must support Cable Select.
Your hard drives must support Cable Select.
Your cable must support Cable Select.

Set as Master:

Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable with a hard disk drive Set as Slave, jumper one hard disk drive to Set as Master, and the other to Set as Slave.
Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable and the Cable Select setting is not recognized.

Set as Slave:

Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable with a hard disk drive Set as Master, jumper one hard disk drive to Set as Master, and the other to Set as Slave.
Use this setting if you are installing an additional hard disk drive to a single UDMA cable and the Cable Select setting is not recognized.

32 GB Clip Pin Setting:

Use this on computers manufactured before November 1998 when either you start up your computer and see the message, "Hard disk drive controller failure", or your system stops responding during the boot process after installing a new drive. This occurs when the hard disk drive is too large for the BIOS to support.

If after performing the troubleshooting procedure listed above, the full capacity of your hard disk drive is not recognized, click here for information about obtaining a system BIOS update. If you are unable to update your BIOS, another option would be to create a second partition with the remaining unallocated disk space.

Aug 18, 2012 | Hard Drives

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not sure what you want to install whether an operating system or a hard drive

Restart your computer

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys navigate to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart

on a desktop computer
wear an antistatic earth strap remove the power lead from the power in put on the computer
remove the side panels on on our computer you will see 4 screws 2 either side unscrew these

then remove the electrical lead and the sata lead remembering where these are located slide the hard drive out then put your new sata hard drive in placing the leads back to there original position then tighten the screws (do not overtighten)

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I installed a new hard drive in my PC. It installed itself after I turned on the computer but it doesn't seem to show up on My Computer as a individual drive. BIOS and the Sys Info recognizes there is a...

Are you sure your BIOS is not showing the old hard-drive you had before you installed the new one?

On the new hard-drive you bought, do the following step

there should be a jumper that came with it, put the jumper to "master",
if that didn't work, put it to "slave", if that didn't show up, put it to "cable select" and try it.
If all failed, totally remove the jumper and try.
Also check in the BIOS to make sure that the Drive is not disabled.
This seems to be a problem from the jumper.

Please rate 4 stars if this helped you.

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I cant get 1tb desktop hard drive to work

if you are trying to use this on an older computer, it may be that your BIOS does not support large drives. 
Going to the manufacturers website of your computer will let you check the specs for your system and also let you know if there is a BIOS upgrade available or if this is a no go.

if you are certain that your BIOS does support drives of this size, then i would check the usb cable, and make certain that you are using a USB 2.0 cable.
Have you installed the software that came with your drive?
Not sure what version of windows you are using,
but checking in device manager to see if the disk is recognized, and checking in your disk management to see if your drive is assigned a drive letter will give you an idea if the drive is at least recognized.

here is iomega's help page with drivers, updates and info for all versions of windows.,35&p_pv=2.35&p_sid=EyMCkEUj

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How do i install a used hard drive into an eMachines T2341? The hard drive still has information on it. do i set it as master, slave, or cable select? hard drive is an IBM 10.1 gb

There are two possible solutions depending on how your desktop is setup.
#1 install the 2nd hard drive and put jumper to CABLE SELECT. When you start the computer it should now appear in the bios as a SLAVE or 2nd hard drive. If not go to #2 below
#2 Turn system off again and change jumper on 2nd hard drive to SLAVE.
Now when your computer restarts it will appear in your bios correctly as the 2nd drive/SLAVE.
Do not make it "MASTER" or you will be trying to boot up to this drive and it may not work as you planned.

FYI: "Cable Select" means the hard drive determines which one is Master and which one is Slave by where it is on the data cable.

Good Luck

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I have a hard drive wd1600 and the computer its in is no good so i want to install it into another computer how do i do this

Make sure the other computer is compatible with the hdd. Remove the hdd from old computer. Set jumpers to what new computer requires for 2nd hdd. Put in new computer and hook up proper cables. Boot and bios should recognize new hardware. Hope this helps.

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Wd800jd sata hard drive not recognized in bios on boot up

Hi, A couple of ideas: 1. There are 3 versions of this motherboard: Dragon Plus, V1.0 & V2.0, perhaps your BIOS needs an update to be able to recognize the new HD. This of course would require flashing; 2. There are two variations of a WD SATA hard drive: Serial ATA amd Serial ATA II; 3. Re Jumper settings: the eight-pin jumper block is only used to enable power management on the drive. There are no master/slave settings since there is only one drive per cable; 4. If you are fresh installing Windows on it, you need to press F6 when asked by the Windows Installer and follow on-screen instructions. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information.

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