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Hard Drive Wont Work


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#1 birdman2314

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:13 PM

Well my brother's computer stopped working a while back and I have had this old junker sitting around my house. I decided to reformat it and everything. Got it working. Now I want to add my brother's harddrive from his broken computer to this one so that I can transfer the files and such. I hooked it up and everything but Windows and BIOS doesn't recognize that it is connected...

What should I do next?

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:20 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Let's stick with the BIOS...you are sure that it's properly connected and the jumper setting is correct for how you've connected it?

Does the drive feel slightly warm (on the flat surface) when you turn the system off?

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:31 PM

Jumper settings?????

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 07:28 PM

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000413.htm This link is outdated and somewhat inaccurate but it covers the basics.

Read EIDE Hard Drive Jumper Settings from http://www.wdc.com/en/library/eide/2579-001037.pdf

A jumper is a small piece of plastic (there can be two jumpers) on the hard drive end, see diagram in the Western Digital link.

On the hard drive itself...is a diagram showing the possible jumper settings.

My advice is to look at the hard drive you already have installed on the system that works. If the jumper on that drive is set to Master and you connect the old hard drive on the same cable...set the jumper on the old drive to reflect Slave. If the jumper on the working system is set to Cable Select/CS, set the jumper on the old hard drive to CS.

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