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I have a PC which was running fine until I installed a new hard drive. It's a 80Gb Maxtor drive. I ran the software utility that came with it, but it stopped half way through. Now I can't get the PC to boot. I thought I may have screwed the Bios up,but I can't update it because I can't use a floppy disk or CD to change anything as the bootup doesn't get that far.

Any help would be appreciated.

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by courtsupport In reply to Bois Problems

Have you tried putting the old Hard drive back in and trying to boot off of it. Also you may want to try to reset your motherboard. These are two starting steps that I would take.

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by it_admin In reply to Bois Problems

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by R.W. Grimes In reply to Bois Problems

I don't think I can tell you how to resolve this directly. But if the utility you used, is something called "EZ-Drive", it could have caused the problem.

It should only be used if your BIOS isn't able to handle the size of the drive you've installed.

If the size of the drive doesn't match what's in the CMOS settings, EZ-Drive will slap some code called "EZ-BIOS" onto the boot sector of the drive to override the default BIOS settings.

If this process doesn't complete properly, you willhave difficulty.

You didn't mention if you could press "F1" or whatever to enter the CMOS setup process during bootup. If you can enter the setup menu, be sure your boot sequence includes your diskette drive before the hard drive. That may be why booting from that doesn't work.

Hopefully, you can get to boot from the diskette. These are just thoughts I had about the situation.

Assuming you can get around this, you probably shouldn't use the utility from Maxtor unless the drive is too large for the BIOS. Assuming we're talking about EZ-Drive.

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by TheChas In reply to Bois Problems

The floppy that came with the Maxtor drive may have installed a Drive Overlay, or BIOS interpreter program.

These programs are used to enable older motherboards to support newer / larger hard drives.

Start by verifying that the jumper settingson your hard drive(s) is/are correct.

Then, go into BIOS settings, and setting the boot sequence to boot from floppy.

While you are in BIOS setup, verify whether or not your motherboard properly detected the Maxtor drive.

If the drive settings are correct for the Maxtor drive, boot from the startup floppy for your Operating System.

Run the command fdisk/mbr with the Maxtor set as the primary master drive.

Then, run fdisk from the boot floppy, and partition the drive as desired.
If you need further information on partitioning, check out the article at www.aumha.org
Or the information at www.fdisk.com/fdisk

If your motherboard does not detect the drive properly, I recommend installing a new IDE controller card.
For under$30, these cards add 2 IDE ports that are either ATA100 or ATA133, and detect large hard drives properly.

Finally, if you are using Windows 95 or 98, they can have problems with drives larger than 32 or 60 GB. You will need to partition the drive into 2 or mare smaller hard drives in order for the drive to function properly.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Bois Problems

If by you can't use the floppy or Cd drives, you mean that the system locks up while performing the POST operation, you may have a loose or bad drive cable, or, the drive may have failed!

Chas

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by it_admin In reply to Bois Problems

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by OTL In reply to Bois Problems

Good ideas above, but definitly uninstall the software that came with the drive (use the help file in the program/documentation to do it correctly), on newer PC's this confuses the BIOS and it will not boot properly. Then run FDisk. With the Overlay program still in the boot sector you will not be able to correctly partion, format, or load programs onto the drive, unless this is an older system that needs help with large disk support.

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by 14ME24U In reply to Bois Problems

I just went through this with a 60G Maxtor Drive on a P2 350 system. I downloaded UDMA Update that Maxtor made because they said the BIOS had a glitch that caused the problem. It was suppose to get the drive functioning . The patch is at Maxtors site. It is in the tech support area. I just Typed in UDMA 33 in the search engine and it sent me to the patch. Problem is even with a clean boot to a: and reboot after install it was a no go. I ended up hanging a 20GB Fujitsu in the system and away it went. Some things just arent meant to be. If you do get this to work let me know.

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