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By ameliapumo ·
Further to any previous questions I have posted, I am now at the stage where I have a PC that appears to work, except that even though when it detects the hard disk before windows starts up, it then says Primary master hard drive fail.

If I boot up with a win 98 boot disk, it does not recognise the hard drive.

My own PC (which is where I got the hard drive from)has no problems using the drive (fugitsu 10gb)

The PC i am trying to repair will not recognise this or any other hard drive

PS This is the case with the original motherboard, powersupply, processor and cables and also withn brand new ones and also by only connecting one hard drive with no others or CD Drives, and setting the jumpers to both cable select, and master

Where Im I going wrong

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by decoyboat In reply to Hard Disk fails

BIOS flash never hurts...

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Disk fails

I just remembered that there is a known issue with some Fujitsu drives.

Check out these links and see if the drive you have is part of the settlement group.

http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/products/hard-drives/hd-public-statment.html

http://www.hddclassactionsettlement.com/

These links are for the USA settlement, so I don't know what might work for the UK.

There was a problem with one of the ICs on the controller card on the hard drive that results in the drive just dying randomly.

Chas

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by TechieRob In reply to Hard Disk fails

"The PC i am trying to repair will not recognise this or any other hard drive"

- What is wrong with the PC?? ever thought that the hard drive conroller on this PC's mobo might be dodgy? If the HDD works in yours and doesnt get recognised on the other one, the problem doesn't lie within the HDD, its the motherboard. Try using an older ata connector (like an ata 66 if you can find it) and try connecting it to both of the HDD plugins on the motherboad (IDE 1 and IDE 2, obviously one at a time :))
Try settings in BIOS, that's where I would look. Does the mobo detect a cdrom on the same / different IDE?? If it DOES then Id suggest looking at the HDD settings within BIOS. Are you certain that this mobo supports this hard drive, not neccecarly a fugitsu.... but the size??

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by cd728 In reply to Hard Disk fails

Hi! I've encountered the same problem a couple of months ago and what I did after doing tons of isolation and PM on the PC was to replace the mother board's battery, chose the optimized default then re-detect the HDDs and lastly reboot. It worked fine after that.

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by bwells47 In reply to Hard Disk fails

Does the auto detect work in the bios? Have you tried typing in the cylinders, heads, and sectors manually? Make sure it is set for LBA. Try a different cable. The cable's can go bad, and it is an easy, cheap fix sometimes. Make sure you do fdisk, and set the partition, as it won't recognize a hard drive that doesn't have a valid partition. If it boots with win98, but then loads the virtual drive on "c", do the fdisk, and set the partition. I always fdisk the MBR after fdisk, also. Hope you have some luck. Bev

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