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Tom Eggert
Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 7:11 pm:   

OK...I am by no means a computer idiot. I normally do my own upgrades, etc. But I am having issues.

I have an Archos Recorder15 MP3 player. Want to upgrade the hard drive to 40 GB. Purchased a IBM Travelstar 40 GB hard drive, IC25N040ATCS04. This came from someone who took it out of their laptop.
I have to connect this drive to my PC to FDISK and format, etc before the MP3 player will recognize it.
I have an IDE adapter to connect to the 40 pin connection. I have tried literally every combination of primary or secondary IDE cable, master or slave (I have used the jumper settings correctly), my PC will not detect the drive.

The drive says near the bottom of the label "Apple HDD Firware 2001".

Is the Apple firmware the problem?
Is there any way to get around it?
Pentium 3, 550 MHz
"Award BIOS"

Please any guidance would be appreciated.

I can certainly sell this drive if I need a non-Apple version

Or I can go after the guy I bought it from if it is defective.

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 11:34 pm:   

You might want to run a diagnostic on the drive with IBM's Travelstar utility. Chances are the drive's firmware might need updating for use on a PC.
Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 11:46 pm:
Tom Eggert
Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2003 - 7:39 pm:   

I can't access the hard drive at all. I don't have an Apple laptop to install it into, I only have my PC. I can't run any utilities on the drive unless the system recognizes it to start with...

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2003 - 8:25 pm:   

Does the drive even power up?
Tom Eggert
Posted on Friday, October 3, 2003 - 3:37 pm:   

The drive does not power up when I connect it to the PC. It does power up when I connect it to the Archos MP3 player, however, the firmware in the MP3 Player does not recognize the drive. It spins and then beeps at me, but no access at all.

On the PC connected to the IDE cable, it does not spin or make any noise whatsoever.
Posted on Friday, October 3, 2003 - 7:04 pm:   

Something tells me the drive is faulty if it wont spin up in the PC.
Posted on Friday, October 3, 2003 - 7:05 pm:   

Or you have a faulty ide to laptop drive adaptor.
Tom Eggert
Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2003 - 3:51 pm:   

Well I have taken the new drive, marked with Apple firmware, and tried installing it on my work laptop. Not recognized. The laptop from my hard drive (also a Travelstar, only 6.49 GB) I hooked up to IDE adapter cable, and my BIOS recognized it on first try.

So, I think I am down to faulty HDD or one that only will work on Apple?
Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2003 - 4:46 pm:   

If the drive is good it should be detected, I have installed many Apple branded IBM drives in PC's and all that is required is to restore them to factory settings or delete the non-dos partition and the like. Compare your jumpers on the drive that works to the one that doesn't just to rule out any misconfigurations. If all is correct chances are you have a bad drive.
Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2003 - 7:23 pm:   

Is it possible the cable is reversed?
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 1:11 am:   

I have 5 nos of machine IBM 300gl type 6288 model LOA S/N 2F-LTPV2 (one machine serial no)
When i start the machine found "startup error"is that 1762 configrution has been changed
162 configrutoin has been changed . After it machin either go to setup or becomes reboot& not detecting hard drive.

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