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By markd ·
I have a 1.6 GB hard drive that was a slave when I installed a 30 GB hard drive using Max Blast (EZBIOS) software. Now I want to use this drive Independently. Removing MaxBlast, Reformatting,Ect. did not work. The drive seems to still respond as a slave drive, even though the jumper and on board bios is set correctly. Help please. Mark

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by dmiles In reply to Hard Drive Problem

If their are two drives in the system it will still be a slave,because the larger drive has the boot files and set as active,in WIN 98 even though you may have the bios and jumper set check to see if the drive is set for auto detect in the bios control panel,yet you have two drives and one will be a master/slave.try fdisk by disconnecting the cable from the other drive

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by markd In reply to Hard Drive Problem

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by John Wilkerson In reply to Hard Drive Problem

Try setting both drives to Cable Select (CS) and placing them in the appropriate positions on the IDE cable. Also you can try flashing the motherboard BIOS to the latest version.

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by markd In reply to Hard Drive Problem

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by gwrider2004 In reply to Hard Drive Problem

You can only make one drive at a time active with fdisk. You can have more than one active drive in the system. You will have to make the drive active using fdisk without having another drive installed.
Most BIOSs today will allow you to auto detect the hard drives. If this is where it is being detected as a slave then the jumpers are wrong on the drive.
Putting the drive on the secondary or IDE 2 connector you should be able to turn off the first drive and then boot to to the 1.6 GB and verify the boot capability of the drive if your BIOS will allow booting to IDE drive number 3.

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by markd In reply to Hard Drive Problem

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by markd In reply to Hard Drive Problem

I just checked the partion information using the partinfo program from partition magic. It sees the drive as 779 64 63(chs). The drive has marked on it 3121 16 63 (chs). This must be the problem, but I don't know how to fix it. Any suggestions?

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by MarcAsk In reply to Hard Drive Problem

The drive is using a built in translation table. If you multiply 779 X 64 X 63 X 512 (Bytes per sector)you get 1.60815 gb. Using the same logic, 3121 X 16 X 63 X 512 = 1.61073 gb. The difference is negligible as both are considered 1.6 gb drives. IfI understand your question correctly, you are saying "the drive acts as a slave" and I am taking that to mean you can not boot to it. Disable the larger drive in the PC'S BIOS, boot from a Windows 9x or DOS diskette (> ver.6.0) and run FDISK. You should be able to make that drive bootable (ie the partition active) even though the other drive is physically in the machine and designated as slave. When the other drive is activated again, it will still function as your "D:\" drive, but can be booted to in the event your larger drive bites the dust. I use a similar method to backup my main drive.

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by dsaffel In reply to Hard Drive Problem

There are two issues here:
1) You desire to remove the MaxBlast software so that the drive is a pure IDE drive with no special partitioning/BIOS/operating software on it. There is a utility available from Maxtor that will do this, and relatively painlessly. I do not remember the name, but it should be available on their website.

2) A slave is determined by the jumpers on the drive, and how they are set AND by the other devices on the chain that they attached to. You must have the jumpersset correctly for a Master position, and you must have the motherboard set to either automatically detect the master drive, or set the parameters as user settings correctly. One other responder suggested some settings, but once again, they should be easily accessible from the Maxtor website.

As I suspect that the removal of the MaxBlast is the real root of your problem, I would attempt to tackle that animal first.

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