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Dual HDD advice, please!

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Anonymous
April 1, 2004 1:21:52 AM

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Hello,

COMPAQ PRESARIO 5000 SERIES, 5WV254 Running WINME

I have just replaced the 20Gb HDD (Quantum Fireball 3.5 series) with a
Western Digital 80Gb drive. Everything works fine, and I ghosted the new
drive up from some backup ghost-disks I made prior to the HDD exchange.

When I tried to connect the 20Gb HDD as a second drive, everything seemed to
work OK - the 20Gb second drive (which I formatted) holds and can transfer
data, etc - but on inspection I discovered in <System Properties | Device
Manager> that there was a red 'X' on GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE01 giving rise to
a 'Primary IDE Controller' (dual FIFO) black-on-yellow exclamation mark.

I have tried the link and connector ribbon in all positions, but no
difference. Both drives are CSEL.

I tried the old 20Gb HDD on its own in the PC, but the system wouldn't get
past the 'COMPAQ' bios-generated display, and a cursor just kept blinking
away in the top RH corner. Could this be related? Have I developed a 20Gb
HDD fault?

All information and advice much appreciated!
--
Regds,

Russell W. B.
http://www.huttonrow.co.uk

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Anonymous
April 3, 2004 8:00:03 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

"Russell W. Barnes" <rwbarnes@DOGglobalnet.co.uk> wrote in message news:<7pidnWWp_ZtftfbdRVn-gg@brightview.com>...
> Hello,
>
> COMPAQ PRESARIO 5000 SERIES, 5WV254 Running WINME
>
> I have just replaced the 20Gb HDD (Quantum Fireball 3.5 series) with a
> Western Digital 80Gb drive. Everything works fine, and I ghosted the new
> drive up from some backup ghost-disks I made prior to the HDD exchange.
>
> When I tried to connect the 20Gb HDD as a second drive, everything seemed to
> work OK - the 20Gb second drive (which I formatted) holds and can transfer
> data, etc - but on inspection I discovered in <System Properties | Device
> Manager> that there was a red 'X' on GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE01 giving rise to
> a 'Primary IDE Controller' (dual FIFO) black-on-yellow exclamation mark.
>
> I have tried the link and connector ribbon in all positions, but no
> difference. Both drives are CSEL.
>
> I tried the old 20Gb HDD on its own in the PC, but the system wouldn't get
> past the 'COMPAQ' bios-generated display, and a cursor just kept blinking
> away in the top RH corner. Could this be related? Have I developed a 20Gb
> HDD fault?
>
> All information and advice much appreciated!

Sorted it!

I found out - from a link on this NG to a COMPAQ help-site - that
Compaq use either ATA or Conner HDD's in their machines, and the two
are incompatible when used on the same bus.

I think my 20Gb HDD must've been a Conner (though it didn't say), as
the 80Gb is ATA. When I fitted a 10Gb ATA as well as the 80Gb ATA
both HDD's worked fine.

The Conner 20Gb HDD works OK in the kids' Dell PC, so I pinched their
10Gb ATA and all's well. As for the 20Gb HDD not working on its own,
I think all was wrong was that the power connection was loose.
--

Regds,

Russell W. B.
!