HDD Problem Installing

By Glenville ยท 6 replies
May 22, 2004
  1. Hello and thanks for having me here.

    Ime building a computer using old parts.

    PCchips M810 Motherboard which worked OK in the PC I upgraded.

    AMD Duron 1300
    New PSU and case
    Plenty Memory
    CD Writer Reader

    Hard Drive not recognised on IDE 0 or IDE1

    Tried Auto Detect in Setup and everthing else is detected OK but the Primary Master HDD or any HDD for that matter.

    Ive tried CD Drive on the same cable and it is detected OK.

    Ive tried different HDDs new and old and none are detected.

    Ive tried swapping HDD between IDEs but it isnt recognised.

    Ive build a number of systems and never came accross this problem.

    Does anyone have any suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.:confused:
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Have the hard drive connected to the ribbon cable on the master channel (Hard drive > Cable > Master Port on the mobo)

    Also, be sure your hard drive's jumper is set to master, that could well be your problem ;)
  3. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 160

    Well you have tried most of the ideas that i would have suggested, just a couple more for you to try, reset your bios using onboard jumper, ensure drive is working in other pc.
    Unplug all other drives except for the main one.

    Good Luck
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Does that mobo have Raid, and was it set-up to use Raid before?
    Maybe need to switch a jumper or BIOS setting.

    Does that HD work in another PC? Maybe a pin is bent or one of the molex-connectors for power is loose.
    Check the startup in BIOS, set it to floppy, to see if the rest works.
  5. Glenville

    Glenville TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your replies.

    I had already tried most of your suggestions apart from resetting the BIOS. Ill try that and let you know my results.

    BTW, Same MOBO and HDD where both used in on the system where they came from.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Is the drive actually spinning up? If you touch it whilst the computer is on, do you get the feeling that the drive is actually moving?

    Did you say that ALL hard drives you attach to the system have this problem?
  7. Glenville

    Glenville TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Solved the problem... but don't how, i just rebooted with the Windows XP Pro disk and for some reason the HDD was their...
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