Someone gave me a spare drive after mine stopped working. The hard drive that stopped working was a Hitachi Deskstar Model: HDS728080PLAT20. The replacement drive is a Western Digital WD400 Model: WD400BB-00DEA0. The motherboard is an ECS Elitegroup Model: P4M800PRO-M478 (V1.0).
All the connections are correct, but when I boot the computer to install Windows XP It only gets as far as the BIOS Setup and boot options, it does not continues on to reading the CD-ROM and installing the OS.
I was not able find a spec sheet on the Western Digital, just pages of
of drive failures and "DEA0" puns.
Mortality rate aside, is this hard drive even compatible with this motherboard, some of the search hits imply a backwards compatibility.
If this isn't the case would someone please explain why, so I will know what to look for when I go to buy a replacement hard drive.
Specifically, the compatibility between the mother board ( ATA133 - Supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 IDE devices, data transfer rate up to 133MB/s) and the hard drives (parallel ata-133 and Enhanced IDE) is what's confusing me. Thanks is advance.
They are compatible.
Check what Ghislain said, unless they're on seperate cables.
Next go in to your BIOS, go to Advanced or Boot Options (will be in something like this) and make sure your CDROM is set to be the only boot device (remove the hard disk entries). Do the XP install, then go back in to the BIOS and set the first boot device to be your hard disk.
If the computer starts and shows 'Press F11 for Boot Menu' or something similar, then it'll be easier to use this, just select the CDROM from the menu.
The computer not booting off the CDROM is not the fault of the new hard drive, but it might be a fault in how you've set it up or the computer hasn't been told to boot from CD.