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EIDE Hard Drive

By Midnyt ·
I've fitted IDE hard drives with very little problem,so I've some idea of what I'm doing.
I've now tried to fit a EIDE (45Gb) HD in a comp,which already has a IDE (4Gb)drive.
I've connected both drives together,using the ribbon cable,,but only theIDE(the original drive),works. Just connecting the EIDE by itself,,doesn't do any good either. I've tried running the floppy disc that came with it,,but that won't run.It flashes for about 2 seconds,then stops.

The system is,,400mhz,32Ram,and 4 Gb,in a AT case. I was told that both IDE and EIDE drives should be OK to work together,though I have my doubts. I wasn't aware that Hard Drives needed a Floppy to get them going.

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by DS9 In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

First, the diskette is required because windows will not directly recognized a drive with 45 Gb. Therefore, "Translator software" must be used to fool the OS into recognizing it.

Second, make sure you check your documentation on your 45Gb drive, and locate the jumper block and insure that your drive is set to be a SLAVE drive and not the primary boot drive.

Regards
George

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by DS9 In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

Also, you may have to check your BIOS in the set-up mode. Some require that bios indicate the number and type of drives.

George

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by Midnyt In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

Although not all of the comments helped,,but the ones with checking the jumper block did,,as I went over them and switched them from Master to Slave. I finally got the floppy to work and,, in the end,,the drive is fitted and working.
Thanks.

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by McKayTech In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

IDE and EIDE will generally play together nicely but you do have to make sure the cabling, jumpers and BIOS settings are correct. I usually like to make the faster, newer drive the Master and the the other one the Slave, but to initially get up andrunning, adding the new drive as a Slave should work fine.

If your BIOS auto-detect doesn't work right, and it sometimes won't with these big drives, you may have to go into the CMOS configuration and tell it what to find.

Where you'll need the floppy is after the drive is physically recognized but only part of the space appears. The floppy installs a BIOS translation that permits access to the rest of the drive.

The other "gotcha" I discovered recently is a jumper setting on some drives called "cylinder limitations". I recently had to use this jumper on a 40gig drive (Maxtor) to use it on a PIII motherboard. As a result, my drive is only a 32gig drive for the time being. But until I changed this jumper, it wouldn't even boot.

paul

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by Midnyt In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

The comment made,that the floppy will only work after the drive is recognised was a help,as I thought it'd be the other way round,where the floppy would tell the computer about the new drive.
Thanks.

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by Tocolote In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

Does your IDE controller support EIDE drives?

Download the latest drivers and diagnostics from the HD manufacturer and use those.

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by Midnyt In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

His comments weren't helpful as I didn't need to download new drivers, but the comment about whether or not EIDE would be supported did make me wonder.

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by niroopbelliappa In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

the BIOS and the OS has to be fooled into reading into such a large drive, and also there has to proper jumper settings done in order to recognise more than one drive.

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by Midnyt In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

I didn't bother with the BIOS settings,but the jumper settings,I knew about.

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by OTL In reply to EIDE Hard Drive

I agree with above answers, however you may want to check the jumper on the IDE drive, probably set to single drive master.

BTW I had same problem with a particular (off the shelf) computer, my solution was to install it in my sons computer, works great there!

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