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Mario Rodriguez
Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2000 - 4:41 pm:   

I assume that I need to install the drive controller driver, but how do I do this if I can't access the hard drive to get to the operating system?
Danny Albers
Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2000 - 6:14 pm:   

Most UDMA 66 controllers need NO SOFTWARE installed to access and use the hard drive. As well, you should be able to fully install Windows. Some controllers require that you change your bios boot sequence to something like

A,SCSI,C as to the bios, your UDMA 66 controller is a SCSI device. Please note: In most cases, if the only hard drives in your computer are on the UDMA66 controller card, when you try to use the BIOS IDE auto detect, it will find nothing. And this is correct. To the Bios, your controller is a SCSI device and it leaves all drive configurations up to it.

The UDMA 66 controller, and not your bios, should automatically detect and configure the hard drive on each boot up. If it doesnt then you should double check the following:

That you are using a true UDMA 66 IDE Cable (there is a large difference)

That the hard drive is jumpered correctly as Master or slave or single.

That the cable is on in the right manner, if you have a true UDMA 66 cable, it will be keyed and impossible to install wrong.

That you have plugged in the drives power connector.

If all these things are correct you either have a bad controller, bad hard drive or bad cable.

What is the model and brand of the hard drive and the controller? Let me know. Or, is the controller part of the Mainboard?
Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000 - 8:07 pm:   

You will probably think this is crazy but.... Turn your UDMA 66 cable around so that the end plugged into your drive is plugged into the board etc. It worked for me.

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