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Gigabyte motherboard doesn't recognise Samsung F1 Hard disk

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July 14, 2011 10:59:18 PM

I built a pc from the following components listed further down in late 2009. I used a Gigabyte motherboard and a Samsung SpinPoint F1 Hard Disk for my XP setup. However as much as i tried, the motherboard/bios settings would not recognise the hard disk on bootup. I had this problem for weeks and finally got around it by attaching an ancient IDE 2GB Hard disk from something like 1998 and the motherboard would recognise that hard disk first and then recognise my Samsung Hard disk.

When I try to remove this veteran IDE hard disk I get the same problem, I cannot get my pc to boot up with just the Samsung F1 hard disk.

How can i fix this problem permanently? I am finally getting around to this because i want to attach a new hard disk and install Windows 7.


Any ideas on why motherboard won't recognise my Samsung hard disk?


Item: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5GHz Socket 775 800FSB 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor/

Item: Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H GeForce 7100 Socket 775 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard

Item: Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM

Item: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5GHz Socket 775 800FSB 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor


Item: Corsair 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.9V

Item: Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 Processor Cooler

Item: OCZ Stealth Xtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan

Item: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU

Item: Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM
a b B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
July 15, 2011 1:48:37 AM

When you install XP it will have to be at least Service Pack 2 possibly Service Pack 3 at installation. This drive is new and the OS is old. Win 7 will probably recognize it at installation. Failing that you may have to upgrade your BIOS.
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