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WD 40GB not detected in HP 4445

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Darryl Johnson
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 7:59 am:   

This may be a simple problem for some but not for me. I have a HP Pavilion model 4445 with Window 98. Original hardware. Nothing has been upgraded, that include the motherboard and BIOS.
I do not have the make, model or version of the motherboard or BIOS (I believe PhoenixBios 1999)
I am trying to replace the original 4.3GB with a new WD 40GB 7200 RPM. I have set the WD jumper to single, this is the only device on the cable, same as the old. Modify BIOS for the new drive, Primary/Master 1023, 16, 63 and LBA disable,

When I execute Data Lifeguard program to install a new drive I get the error message "No Western Digital Drives found in system". I search WD support site but could not locate any reference to the error message, Contacted WD support via email weeks ago no response. Now I need your help in giving me any assitance, direction or advice. Thanks.
PS: Booted to DOS via a floppy disk try to fdisk error message "No Fixed Disk Present". Seem as if the system is not detecting WD. Could it be the MOBO? Also I tried different ribbon cables, jumper setting and BIOS auto option. Same results.
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 - 9:00 pm:   

Try using an 80 conductor 40 pin IDE cable as this may be a problem not with the drive itself but with the controller type on the mainboard.
Darryl Johnson
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 - 6:06 am:   

Thanks E.S for your response. I tried the 80/40 IDE cable that came with the drive. But the same problem exist. Still need urgent help.

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