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Hdd failure..

By mightyyoungfai ·
hi,
i need to know why my computer keeps on destroying my hdd? once i attach my new hdd to it, it can be dettected at all. that keeps me puzzle for a very long time.

i have 3 pc, all with the same spec. all running on network conneted to my home server. the problem start when one of the pc hdd fails, i toke the hdd for warranty and got a new one. so i attach the new hdd to one of my working computer and run symantec ghost on it.

after it had finished, i tested both hdd on the computer to see if it is working or not? it works. without any doubt i tranfer the hdd to the computer that without hdd, no mistake on putting back the hdd. but once i try to boot up it cant detect my hdd! checked everything that i could but still fails to detect my hdd, when i try to put another hdd to it, the results is same.

my problem is i cant get both of my hdd to be detected on the two computer? dont know why? i cant risk to test it on my another last computer.

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by queen1 In reply to Hdd failure..

Check your BIOS setting make sure it's auto detecting. Check jumper setting on the new drive is in proper postion ie:master\slave\cable select.

Good luck

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by Lizzy In reply to Hdd failure..

Answer 1 is correct. Also check your ribbon cable in the other PC's to see if that is the problem. If not, it could be the slot that the ribbon cable connects to on the mother board which would mean that would need to be replaced via warranty as well.

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by malkeetdxb In reply to Hdd failure..

Also make sure the power cord ur are connecting
to your HD is working, try connecting
different power cord, it still it doen't work
try changing the power supply of this system.

Try & let me know the result.

rgds
malkeet

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by Orpheum In reply to Hdd failure..

i still don't think people completely understand what steps you have been taking to troubleshoot your hdd, dude. you're grammar is quite confusing and i can't figure out what you're plugging where.

First of all, repeat your question by calling the hdd which is causing problems HDD #1.
Next, if you know the tricks of the BIOS settings and jumper settings (yes/no?), why the **** are you ghosting the drive from another source?!?! you're probably copying the MBR or SID which the BIOS doesn't really appreciate, now does it.
if you really know your ghost imaging, you have to supply some more details for anyone to attempt to answer this question, and good try answer #1 on the BIOS and jumper settings there, but it's clear that's a generic reply to non-detection - we can't understand the variables here, dude.
By the way, the 3 computers - are the motherboards identical models?
not looking for points here - just tryin' to help ya' out, son. be more specific with your situation. It probably isn't as bad as you think.
I'll be checking you all day!! Write back with the details.

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by ddollinger In reply to Hdd failure..

You did not state whether or not the 3 PCs are all the same make/model nor what O/S you are running. It is possible that the PC with the bad HDD is running off of a controller and the driver is not installed on the new HDD such as a Promise controller. If that is the case, you can fix it one of 2 ways. First insert the start-up disks (WIN2000 or XP), press the F6 key when it asks if additional devices need to be loaded (be quick it displays just before it begins loading devices and does not stay displayed for long). Once you have done that it will ask you for the manufacturer's diskette (which should have been supplied with your PC) and you load the controller from that. Other option is to look at your IDE ports, if you have 4 of them, then hook the HDD to the grey IDE ports (stnd IDE port), not the blue ones. This will allow the PC to boot and operate but will not allow you to utilize any the extended HDD features such as UDMA/Ultra 66, 100, etc.

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