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Motherboard fails to see Hard Drive...please help

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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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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Sounds like you lost an ide channel, swap the ide cables around, primary to secondary and secondary to primary. and see if it recognizes the hard drives and not the cdrom.

I lost an IDE channel and had to install a sata hard drive or run the hard drive and cdrom on the same ribbon. If you run HD and CDROM on same ribbon set both to CS (cable select)

Posted on Mar 23, 2008

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