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Jordan Day
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 12:50 am:   

Hi, I've been piecing together a new system and finally got everything together that was necessary just to run (mobo, vidcard, floppy drive, hard disk, that sort of stuff) and i have connected everything, and it all works fine, except the BIOS will absolutely not detect the hard drive! The BIOS is almost brand new (march 2001 revision i believe) so it shouldn't be a problem with the HDD size, I am trying to connect a 40 gig Western digital HD, and I know i have the jumper settings correct, but the BIOS will not detect it whatsoever. It will detect a cdrom drive just fine on the same ide channel as the slave, but it won't detect the HDD master. I tried an old 3.2 gig maxtor HD just in case it was a size problem, and no dice there either. I know the maxtor drive works fine yet it is not being detected.

Really i have everything connected properly, jumpers, cables, everything, but for some reason my HDD is not being detected. Has anyone else experienced this problem and has an answer?

If it will help my motherboard is a KV7ZA for athlons from ESC with the newest AWARD BIOS.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 12:52 pm:   

have you tried installing in bios as "user" with the correct parameters.
just a thought
Jordan Day
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 12:53 pm:   

yes, i've tried just about everything.
i've tried using the manual configurations but nothign works.
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2001 - 5:17 am:   

just out of curiosity.(have you tried) what happens if you boot from a start-up floppy and try to fdisk and format the WD drive

i know you said the jumpers are correct but have you tried the other jumper settings. ie: as a single drive, master drive, slave, or no jumper at all,even on the secondary controller to see what happens
some more thoughts
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2001 - 7:50 am:   

Do you have another cable to try?
Jordan Day
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2001 - 9:17 am:   

I have booted with a bootdisk, but I cannot fdisk because even fdisk won't detect the drive. I have tried two different IDE cables, as well. I'm beginning to think that the motherboard may have a problem with it. The strange thing is, when I boot with no IDE devices connected at all, the BIOS blazes through the "Detecting IDE devices" after the POST, and of course it reports no devices were detected. When I do plug in a HDD, it takes about 30 seconds, but it still reports that no devices were detected. It's like it can tell something is plugged in but it's just not able to "talk" to the drive. The weird thing is CDROM drives and things work fine.

And i've tried all the different jumper settings. Single, master, slave, everything.
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2001 - 4:52 pm:   

jordan i am having a very similar problem i cant find a solution either
Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2001 - 11:07 am:   

I have the same problem.

Except, my HD was recognized as a 40GB disk. Then after a few reboots, poof. It was gone.

I have tried all the jumper settings. Took eveything off the buses. The CDROM works fine.

How do I get it back? HELP!?
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 - 1:35 pm:   

me too its says that i have to use fdisk if i have a hpfs and ntfs or something like that what can i do somebody tell me that is the compression i dont know
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 7:52 am:   


DELPART is a DOS based utility that will remove NTFS partitions from hard drives. FDISK is unable to remove some types of NTFS partitions. DELPART can wipe clean a hard drive, then you can use FDISK to create partitions normally.

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