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By cmacleod ·
Why won't my motherboard detect my hard drive one IDE 1?

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by hinrgman In reply to hard drive detection

check your bios and make sure the point where the hard drive is connected (ie. primary or seconday)to the controller is set to auto or autodetect.

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by opatzg In reply to hard drive detection

1 your bios may not accept the larger type drives
2 loose cables
3 auto detect is not on
4 virus
5 system crash
6 your machine is just stubborn, shut down, try it again.

Specifically what size drive? Did it work before?
What is your hardware setup 1 or 2 or 3 drive system? Operating system? Power supply rating?
We need more info to diagnose this.

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by opatzg In reply to hard drive detection

Have you taken the modem card back out and does the machine work or was that the initial killer of the system? Either way ditch the card, don't use it again. If the system parts work without the modem card then maybe you didn't damage much else, sound like an electrostatic discharge problem in which case any number of your peripherals could be shot, could experience shorter lifespans etc.... If your newer motherboard won't post without a hard drive consider the motherboard or cpu dead or both. The chas might have some suggestions to look for burnt or melted diodes on the motherboard for further clues that the motherboard is toast. All I can say is sorry does not look good. If it will bot up with disk drive/mb/ram/video then get a newdrive, load the operating system and you're back in business. Good luck

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by RCOM In reply to hard drive detection

There is a lot of possibilities and you havn't given much info, here a re a few basics.

Is the drive connected alone or does it have a CDROM or something else attached? The jumpers have to be set correctly. The jumpers are located close to where the ribbon cable connects.
The choices are single, master, slave & CS (cable select). For most drives connected alone master/single is correct. There's still a few drives that have a different setting for single. Either way the jumper settings are usually printed on the label of the drive.

Is the ribbon cable attached right. The colored stripe on the cable is pin one and for hard drives allways goes next to the power connector. The cable must also be connected with pin one correct on the mother board.

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by cmacleod In reply to hard drive detection

To elaborate:a) The power to the machine was suddenly cut
b) turned machine back on and it powered up but OS didn't load, no "GOOD HEALTH" beep, hard drive spinning but POST didn't seem to follow through successfully.
c) The problem might be morein depth than just hard drive because after repacing processor and motherboard with slighty older hardware (633 MHz to 800 MHz) I was able to detect hard drive (master devoted to cable) but I could not detect burner or cd rom on IDE 2.
d) I was only able to load OS (Win2K) after replacing ATI AGP vid card with basic PCI ATI card.
e) While trying to insert 56 K modem it caused an instant interrupt and shut off video
f) Has the power failure damged critical Plug & Play files in the OS?
g) BIOS settings have been considered in detail but any suggestions or ideas welcomed...thank you

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