I am trying to get this pc up and running, but the mother board will not recognize the IDE Hard Drive. It doesn't show up in the bios. I have tried all jumper settings. all other drives are seen, (2) optical and (1) floppy. It sees a hard drive conected via usb, but will not let me install an OS on it. I'v also tried switching out the IDE cables, and that does nothing. Also tried other Hard Drives and none of them are seen. Please help.. thanks
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Re: Motherboard fails to see Hard Drive...please help
When you say "I'v also tried switching out the IDE cables", did you mean that you changed them from one socket to the other on the MoBo, as in disconnecting the cable with the two optical drives on it completely and connecting the cable with the harddrive on it in to the socket that is recognizing the two optical drives? If not give that a try and see if it's recognized.
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If all the motherboard has is IDE connectors,then you can with an add in card. To do this you need to run the installation floppy during a fresh windows installation when it prompts for 3rd party scsi or raid drivers. I'd take the easy road & install a slave drive on the IDE or run an external hard drive in a usb port. Or the ultimate option,build a system using a board with sata on it. Prices are way down on hardware in general,but it's not going to stay that way.
Unlike IDE drive cables, which allow you to connect at least 2 drives to the same cable, SATA cables only allow one connection from motherboard to drive per cable. You can connect as many SATA drives to your motherboard as you have SATA connections.
Couple of things to check:
1. Make sure the IDE cable is connected correctly and facing the right way both on the motherboard and on the back of the Drive. Remember on the drive it might not have a guide, but the rule is the stripe faces the power supply connection. On the mother board it normally has a guide that the IDE cable has to fit into.
2. Make sure the jumper settings are set correctly based on the location on the IDE cable the end of the cable requires it to be master most of the time if single drive. If it is running with another drive it has to be set as master or slave if it is on the same cable. Normally best is to set it as cable select. Main thing is it must match the arrangement of your drives.
3. Make sure the ends of the cable on the dvd and the mother board are pushed in all the way, and same for the power.
Hope this helps.
I had this trouble had to reset BIOS to default then it worked but would either recognize IDE drive and not SATA remove IDE SATA was recognized Its something in the BIOS setup As I do not know your BIOS you will have to check it out with *********** board manual how to do it to setup both drives
did you go into the new bios and check to make sure you have the hard drive setting on auto, then check your boot order that the drive is first to boot., if that doesnt work create a floppy boot disk (google it) and see if you see the hard drive when you do that.