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BIOS won't detect IDE Hard Drive

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December 30, 2011 7:09:30 AM

On my old secondary computer my setup was

Motherboard: Chaintech VNF2-350
Master 0: HDS722516VLAT80 with Windows XP SP3
Slave 0: WD800BB-53CCB0

But then I started getting Machine Check Exceptions and my motherboard ultimately perished. So I replaced that with a Foxconn K8S755A-6ELRS. But this new motherboard won't detect the hard drive.

It will hang at the part that says "Detecting IDE drives", sometimes it will give up and display "0" where the drive is supposed to be, other times it will hang until you unplug the cable.

If it's on the same channel as the Hitachi drive with XP on it, the BIOS recognizes the other drive, but fails to boot from it.

If they are on different channels, it boots the XP drive but will see no hint of the drive on the other channel., even in Disk Management or Device Manager.

I also tried connecting it to my other computer's Intel DP35DP mobo, and it was able to detect/read/write and all that, though it does have a few bad sectors.

Any help?

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December 30, 2011 12:21:07 PM

Jumper settings for master slave or cable select set correctly?
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December 30, 2011 1:07:05 PM

Ok so if its recognizing both on the same cable, check the jumpers if your plugging one of the drives into a "master" plug with "slave" jumpers. If you have master/slave set specifically then try switching to "auto select" to give that a shot.

If you plug int a single channel you see both drives but doesnt load windows, So i would assume that you can put them both on the same channel, then get into your systems BIOS and modify the primary hard drive as it may be trying to boot the WD drive at that time.

Do you have a CD/DVD drive on your system
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December 31, 2011 1:31:16 AM

Here's a review of how to set jumpers on IDE drives.

1. Always use the diagram on the drive to guide you. Do NOT use the diagram on one drive to set the jumpers on another. If your drive has no diagram, go to the maker's website and look up specs for the specific model you have.
2. A PATA data ribbon cable should have 80 wires in it. Start counting across it. If you get to 20 and are only ΒΌ of the way across, you're OK.
3. A PATA data cable has 3 connectors on it. The BLUE one on one end goes to a mobo IDE or PATA port connector. The BLACK one on the other end goes to the HDD you set as Master. The GRAY one in the middle goes to the HDD you set as Slave.
4. ONE HDD MUST be set to be Master using the jumper on the back edge and the diagram. Into this one plug the Black END connector of the data ribbon plus a power supply 4-pin Molex. On older computers, sometimes the Master drive on the Primary IDE port was the boot drive, but for some time now most mobo BIOS's let you set which device is the boot drive in the Setup screens.
5. IF you connect a second HDD on a data ribbon, it MUST have its jumper set to Slave, and into it you plug the Gray middle connector. And of course, it needs power.

NOTE that all this means that, if you move a Slave drive to a different IDE port and data cable so that it is the ONLY drive on that cable, then you MUST change its jumper to be the Master of that port, and you really should plug it into the Black END connector of that second cable.

The exceptions to all this is: You CAN set BOTH drive's jumpers to CS ("Cable Select"). Then whichever drive is on the END connector WILL be the port Master, and the one on the middle connector will be the port Slave.
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December 31, 2011 2:47:23 AM

My thought is are you sure it was the motherboard? If you bought a new board and still having drive/loading issues, it might be those "few bad sectors". I'd see about getting a new drive ASAP and start backing up data.
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December 31, 2011 2:57:09 AM

Well the drive was recognized on the two other motherboards, but not this one. I have checked and rechecked the cables and the jumper positions
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