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Can't Format Harddrive


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#1 tat2jstar

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 11:08 PM

I am trying to put a different hard dive (that someone gave me) in my desktop computer. The hard drive is a Western Digita WD Protegel WD400 40GB. The problem I am having is that while in DOS, and at the screen where I can format the hard drive it tells me that it "can't access the drive". Is there something wrong with it or am I doing something wrong? How can I get the hard drive to work so that I can get my computer working again?

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 03:58 AM

Have you properly configured your bios to recognize another drive? Is the drive IDE? Sata? Other?

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 08:29 AM

Sounds like you haven't configured your Bios to recognise the new drive. You need to go into the set-up bios configuration and change the setting to recognise the new drive. To do this just press "ESC" "F2" or the "DEL" key to get into the bios setup - (depends on what MOBo you have) and change from there.

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 10:20 AM

Since someone gave you the drive they may have had it setup as Slave. Make sure it is Master. If you are Slaving the drive DOA may have a RAMDrive as D:\ and pushed all the drives back a letter. If you think its D or E it maybe E or F.
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Posted 28 December 2005 - 01:24 PM

I configured the drive and it is reconized on startup. The drive is an IDE. But when I go to FDISK it it still comes up with "unable to access drive 1". I don't know to do so I can get it working? What can I do next?

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 02:26 AM

Are you trying to ADD the drive to your PC or REPLACE an existing drive?

When you say it is recognised at startup what do you mean? You see the make and model in the POST tests?

What operating system is on your PC?

What operating system is/was on the PC the 'new' drive came from?

When you put the 'new' drive in your PC what did you set the jumpers to? Did you connect it on the same cable as the existing drive or with the CDROM or something else?

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