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By Sitangshu ·
I have a problem with Seagate 40 GB HDD ST340810A (U Series, Ultra ATA/100) not being sensed by my computer on AutoDetect with system BIOS freezing / locking up at Power On Self Test (POST). System configuration is Intel PIII 500 MHz CPU, Procomp B 687 motherboard with Award BIOS, Windows 98 SE). Detailed configuration details are as under :
Intel(r) Chipset Intel(r) PIIXn Device
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Intel(r) 440BX AGPset 82371AB/EB (PIIX4/PIIX4E)

Hard Disk Controller : Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller (bus master drivers are native to the operating system and not Intel Bus Master IDE Driver )
Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)

BIOS Date: 02/12/99
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS I 02/12/1999-i440BX-ALI513-2A69KPNDC-00
BIOS Eval: B687 BIOS Ver:1.2
Chipset: Intel 440BX/ZX rev 3
Superio: ALi M5133 rev 0 found at port 3F0h

Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A (Windows 98 Second Edition Q 273991 Update)
Grateful, if you could advise me on how to overcome this particular problem and install the 40 GB hard disk as a second HDD on my system (my current HDD is Seagate ST313032A - 7BQOKED3 -13 GB). Do I need a BIOS Upgrade ?

Sitangshu M Basu

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by tldk In reply to 40 GB HDD not sensed

have you tried putting the harddisk settings in manually into the bios, this will tell you if the bios wil accept this size harddisk. You could put the disk in as the only disk, boot off a floppy and format it, you might have to partition it with fdisk first though.
Have you updated the bios, this would help

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to 40 GB HDD not sensed

Hi,

Its most likely that you've not correctly set the jumper on the disk setting it as the slave disk.

Its also vaguely possible that you have a faulty disk.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by rnegrete In reply to 40 GB HDD not sensed

hi, i hope i can help you.
i repair motherboards (Compaq)
the conector of hard disk(IDE1, IDE2) maybe is damaged. the chip that control the IDE conectors is the Southbridge or Northbridge (depending of the brand of motherboard)and also the Bios chip.
you can do:
1.- reset the Cmos (the jumper near the battery)
2.- check the IDE conectors
3.- check the resistance between IDE and SB or NB or Bios
4.- reflash the bios

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by teraine.stewart In reply to 40 GB HDD not sensed

I had the same problem with my trinty mother board.
Solution
- look up the settings on the motherboard website
there is a jumper settings there will enable the motherboard to reconize the 40 GB. you might check for BIOS updates too

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by mphoffar In reply to 40 GB HDD not sensed

I got a 40 Gig Western Dig a couple of months ago and did the same thing you're describing. Froze tighter then a drum on post. Ended up setting the BIOS for that drive to NONE and installed ez-bios from the data lifeguard tools. Works like a champ now. After doing a little digging, turned out my bios couldn't handle the geometry specs the drive was sending it.

You can probobly get something similar to this from seagates site if a disk wasn't sent to you, but if you have another brand of drive in your system (maxtor, WD, etc) you can also use theirs to install on their drive and it'll pick up the seagate.

If you don't want to go this route, you'll be looking at getting a secondary controller to take care of this.

Good luck to you

Mark

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