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By ravichandra_jobs ·
I am faced with this problem for abt 2-3 days.
The bios sometimes detects the hard disk (Maxtor 91360U34) and most of the times it just says
"primary master detected none"
And so it doesnt boot. I tried using the windows 2000 boot CD and stillits the same result.

Even when it boots up rarely when it detects the hard drive it seems like after abt 30-40 min hard drive suddenly goes silent(one can easily observe the reduction of noise) and i get the blue screen.

Hard drive - Maxtor 91360U34
Windows 2000 Professional
Amd k6 450

I am not sure what to do now.
Can someone tell me how to go about it ?
Thanks very much
Ravi

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by dRb63 In reply to bios not detecting hard d ...

A few things that I'd look at are:

1. Check the BIOS for proper (default) settings.
2. Check ribbon/power cable for continuity.
3. Check jumpers. CS is not always the best option.
4. Run OEM diagnostics on the drive.
5. If everything still turns out ok then rebuild the MBR.

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by timwalsh In reply to bios not detecting hard d ...

Windows isn't a factor in this problem. No Windows bootable CD or boot disk will do you any good if the hard drive can't be detected reliably.

Couldn't find a listing for a Maxtor model #91360U34, but did find one for a 91360U4

Did this drivepreviously work or is it a new addition?

Have you made any other hardware changes to your computer recently?

Since the problem appears to be intermittant, we can narrow down the possible causes for the problem:

From your CPU, it sounds likeyour system may be several years old. Your BIOS may not directly support this size drive. Have you tried using the MaxBlast installation software that came with the drive?

If the drive were not jumpered correctly, you probably would never detect it, but double-check this anyway.

You could have a bad drive cable or it may not be seated properly. Double check that the drive cable is seated correctly and firmly to both the motherboard and the drive. Maybe try a different drive cable.The Primary IDE channel could be bad on your motherboard. If the above doesn't work, try connecting to the other IDE channel.

You could have a bad power connector or even a bad power supply. When you notice a reduction in noise (as if the hard drive has stopped spinning, check to ensure the power supply cooling fan hasn't stopped spinning. Reseat the power connector to the drive. Maybe try a different power connector. Use a voltage tester to ensure you are getting the correct voltage atthe connector.

The hard drive could have failed. Try it in a different computer to see if it can be detected correctly.

Hope this helps.

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by sbaltus In reply to bios not detecting hard d ...

Hi
I am going to make this simple your hard drive is going bad.you say that you can get it to work once in a while and that after 30-40 minutes it stops well thisn is because it is heating up and freezes. her is a simple trick to get a bad hdd to boot.take it out of the computer and put it in the freezer for a few hours I know that this sounds funny but it works. I would suggest that you get a new hdd
Good luck

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by TheChas In reply to bios not detecting hard d ...

If this is a new drive, I suspect that the drive and the BIOS on the motherboard do not work well together.

Even newer motherboards than yours have problems with the newer Maxtor drives.

Start by checking with the motherboard mfg for a BIOS update.

If you need help locating them, try www.motherboards.org
or www.wimsbios.com
Both have tools to help identify who made the motherboard.

If there is no BIOS update available, you have 4 choices;
BIOS / drive overlay program from MaxtorPCI IDE controller card $30
Custom BIOS (www.unicore.com) $60+
New motherboard / cpu $100+

My personal recomendation is to go with the IDE card. You will speed up the file transfer rate off of the hard drive.

Of course, you can always use this as a justification to make that major system upgrade.
For under $200, you could step up to a 1GHz Duron system. (motherboard, CPU, RAM, 300W power supply)

Chas

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by 14ME24U In reply to bios not detecting hard d ...

You should make sure you dont have an overheat problem with the drive. Make sure the Drive has plenty of room to breathe.Check fans etc. If you dont have a heat problem go to Maxtors web site and obtain the Maxblast Plus software. It will check the drive, tell you if there is a problem with the drive, and if not it will configure the drive for you.

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