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Just Installed New Mobo, But Cant Read Hard Drive, Need Help


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#1 got_rice111

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 08:24 AM

Hey everyone,

My old motherboard broke down, and I bought a used one (different brand but with identical specs) off ebay.
I installed it and it seems to boot up fine, but the thing is, it cant sense my old hard drive.
I know that when you install a new mobo, that the hard drive will have some incompatibility issues and needs to be reformatted, but I can't even do that.

Even when i boot it up with a windows XP cd and try to install, it says it can't detect my hard drive.
I booted up bios, and it cant detect it either.

As far as I know, the hard drive isnt broken. When i was still using my old motherboard, i would still be able to start up the computer occasionally, so the hard drive should be fine.

Can anyone help?

Also, is it possible for me to NOT have to format my old hard drive? I have some stuff on there that I would like to retreive first.

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#2 HitSquad

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 08:59 AM

Hi got_rice111, welcome to BC.
You've got a problem at a very basic level.
If the bios cannot see the drive, there's only a few possibilities.
The mainboard is toast.
The drive is toast.
The data cable is toast.
You're connections aren't correct.
Since you have power to the cd-rom drive, we'll assume the PS is good.

You said:

As far as I know, the hard drive isnt broken. When i was still using my old motherboard, i would still be able to start up the computer occasionally, so the hard drive should be fine.


occasionally?
Since you have data you want to salvage anyway, slave the drive to another system.
If it doesn't work there, it's most likely junk.

Please post the make and model board you have as well as HD specs.
Is everything else in the bios correctly being ID'd? (cpu, mem, etc)

Edited by HitSquad, 21 June 2006 - 09:04 AM.


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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:17 AM

all other components show up fine in bios, so i dont think its theres a problem with the mobo

the motherboard is an ASUS A7M266-M.

and i'll try slaving it to another system
The hard drive is a western digital 120 GB

Edited by got_rice111, 21 June 2006 - 09:36 AM.


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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:55 AM

all other components show up fine in bios, so i dont think its theres a problem with the mobo

That doesn't really mean anything as the board could appear to be functioning correctly yet the IDE channels, etc, are bad. In other words, not conclusive proof. :thumbsup:
Your starting in the right direction.
Let us know how you come out with the drive.

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 11:46 AM

ok im back

i finally got my mobo to detect my hard drive from bios
but it still wont boot up
i just said "disk read error, restart computer"


also, i only have one other computer in the house, which runs win98
when i tried to plug my hard drive into there as a slave, it didnt detect it.
is there some settings that i need to change before it will detect it?
or should i just try it on a computer that actually has XP on it?

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 01:37 PM

How is the hard drive jumpered? WDs have one setting for "single" (only drive on the cable) and a different setting for "master" (slave drive on the same cable). This may not be your problem but I didn't see any mention of jumper settings in your posts.

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:30 PM

Windows 98 uses FAT32, so if your old harddrive is NTFS, it will not automatically see it in the explorer, and may need to be imported to FAT32...

Is your Motherboard RAID capable? If it is, I had a lot of dramas trying to get it to see my IDE drive, but did eventually get it working...
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[LCD]SAMSUNG 226BW
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:39 PM

You probably have to format the windows installation on the main drive. If for some reason windows can't seem to recognize your hdd from there, you might need to have a raid controller drivers floppeh disc handy. I have an asus a8s-x board and I'm having similar problems. Although at mine I came across the possibility that I might have burned out my ide controller chip (forgot to use standoffs - doh!). Anyway, if after formatting your windows installation, and reinstalling windows, or if you're not able to format, or reinstall windows.. then we're at the same place. I'm currently requesting ASUS for a replacement, but I haven't been gotten back to yet. Stupid Newegg 'warranted through the manufacturer only'

Anyway, back to the topic - reinstall windows.




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