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Hmmm. Unusual report, "secondary optical disk". Sounds like you have a primary and secondary IDE setup. Something desktops had, but rare for laptops. Because of this, I would try setting the HD to "master". Most IDE HDDs have some extra pins beside the IDE pins, 4 or 6 pins in a separate compartment, same side as IDE jack. These are for choosing "master", "slave", and (default) auto detect. To find out which pins must be connected, look for a diagram on the lable or side of HDD. If none there, look up the specs on your HDD at the manufacturer's website. If all fails, It does not hurt to use "trial and error" on these pins. Either BIOS will be happy, -or ignore the setting. Try again until you find the right one. You need a small jumper to try this. If you are VERY careful not to wrap more than two pins, you can do this with a single wire from a copper stranded wire. Use hemostats and clip the excess off clean. Use a magnifying glass to verify it only touches (connects) two pins.
Personally, I would try THIS first, but it will cost you a bit of money... Buy an external IDE HDD case, with USB connector, insert your HD, plug it into a desktop PC, mount it, and use FDISK there. Always better to format a 2.5 inch drive via ext methods. Avoids funky BIOS corruptions, wacky 8mb Toshiba "recovery partitions" and MBR viruses. Also avoids the LBA limits many older laptops have, if YOU format the drive externally. This can also be the only problem. Not jumpers, but format methods. If the laptop is older than 3 or 4 years, I would suggest restricting ALL partitions to FAT32. Maybe C, D and E. Afterwards, the external USB case is a GREAT device to have, for exporting/storing large files from your laptop.
Let me know how it goes
Posted on Feb 11, 2008
Hi ive got the same prob on a toshiba a100 only 18months old just stopped working and gets stuck on boot up tried two other hard drives same prob my conclusion is the motherboard seems to besome fault with them anyone else had a peoblem with one??
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
I would pull the drive from your laptop and reseat it. If this fails...I would first suspect the drive and then the motherboard.
Posted on Feb 09, 2008
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