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Trouble my asus mainboard can't read harddisk westerndigital 160Gb.....why??? type Asus TUSL2-C

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  • arlesss Dec 12, 2008

    will not see 2- new wd 500 gig hard drives master and slave on either channel 2 or 3, nothing wrong with drives



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Hi didot05,
When you boot the PC press the Delete key every 2 seconds. This will open the Bios's main menu. You should see your WD 160 in the list of drives (including cd-rom drives). Bios settings can be found on pg. 50 of your user's manual. (Do not have your manual, download it from this link). Suggest you add this link to your favorites.
The most common reason a system can not see an IDE drive is because the drive's jumper settings are incorrect.
The second is the data cable is loose or needs to be replaced.
Re-check all your data connectors & power connections before closing the case. Make sure all cables are not loose.
If you are adding the 160 into a system as a slave drive than it should be connected to the same data cable as the primary drive. The primary drive (Model No), also needs its jumper checked. Most IDE drives have one jumper setting if it's a lone IDE drive but when you add a second drive its jumper is set differently.
Usually the primary drive is set as - Master with a slave.
(In a two drive system).
I can't advise you how to set your drives jumpers without the drive's model number. (160 IDE ex. WD1200BB), & (Your current drive's model number). On all IDE drives is a white sticker that shows the drives model number & jumper settings.
It's also important to know if the 160 is Primary Master or a Primary Slave. Below is WD's web site. (It's suggested you download WD's software to setup your drive. When you use WD's bootable floppy disk software temporally disconnect the data cable or power cable for any other IDE hard disk drives). No need to disconnect cd-rom drives.
In your case you would create a bootable floppy disk to test, format & setup your IDE drive.
Click the link below, scroll down the bottom of the page to,
Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Floppy). Instructions are also listed.

If everything is set correctly & the bios see's the WD. Everything should run fine but if your WD 160 can not be seen by your bios than your drive is defective & needs to be returned for a replacement. I think WD's warranty is 1 year.

Have more questions, feel free to ask.
Good Luck!


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Hello didot05,

It is possible that you may have a deffective hard drive. However, I would suggest checking your IDE cable to make sure they are connected. Then go into your bios mode to see if *********** reconizes the hard drive from there. If you are not able to see the hard drive through your bios, you may have a deffective hard drive and may have to replace the hard drive.

I hope this information helps.


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