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Hdd Install Hangs Up

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#1 tinpan


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Posted 20 October 2007 - 12:38 PM

Im trying to install a wd 160 gb hdd on an asus a7v8x-x mb, running wd software. sys hangs up on " ata level communications; attempting pm ata identify-........ can any body save the rest of my hair ?

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 01:35 PM

I guess I'm wondering what WD software you are running and why.

When I install a new drive, I just attach it and format/create a partition for the O/S...and let the O/S install.

And I make sure that I change the BIOS boot options from IDE-0 to CD/DVD so that I can boot from the optical drive.

Question: Does the BIOS recognize the drive as being installed? Are drive parameters accurately reflected in the BIOS?


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Posted 20 October 2007 - 06:42 PM

the hdd does show in the bios, I thought I had to run the software that came w/hdd. when I set the hdd as primary master, and boot w/ WINDOWS VISTA, it says invalid sys disk

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 10:20 PM

Is your computer Vista compatible?

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 07:14 AM

Have you added the SATA drivers that Vista asks for when attempting the install?
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 01:40 AM

Hi, Tinpan.

I was installing a Western Digital Caviar SE hard drive tonight and I saw the exact same problem. I have the vpr-matrix 2020 and the hard drive crashed. I spent hours mucking around with the BIOS and looking online for a BIOS flash update. The problem is that Intel doesn't support that motherboard anymore.

Finally, I took a closer look at the manual for the hard drive and it said "Alternate Setup Instructions for Windows 2000/XP." The instructions are "Boot to the Windows 2000/XP Installation CD". So that's all I had to do. Actually, I inserted the vpr-matrix system restore CD and the installation succeeded. I wish I tried that hours ago. :thumbsup:

Hopefully this post will be useful to anyone else who has this problem in the future.

Edited by mimis_mama, 12 July 2008 - 01:42 AM.

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