No fixed disks are present

  the mole 13:35 21 Dec 04

Moving HDDs around now get the message
'No fixed disks are present'
Can anyone help please?
I have tried different cables etc.

  xania 13:38 21 Dec 04

If you've swapped the disks around, did you change the jumpers?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:39 21 Dec 04

1. IDE cable. The connector on the end will be the master connector and the one part way along the ribbon from this one will be the slave. Therefore if your new drive will be the systems only hard disc, or primary (1st) boot disc (drive C normally) connect using the ribbon cables end connector and set the jumpers on the drive to the master position.

2. Once the drive is fixed in position plug a power connector in to it, using an adapter lead if needed. The connector will only fit one way to ensure correct polarity. Observe the corners of the plug to see which way round to insert it.

3. Now connect the IDE ribbon cable to the drive. One edge of the cable will be coloured red or pink. This edge indicates which way round the connector should be inserted in the drive, and also into the motherboard, as this 'strand' connects to pin 1 of both the drive and motherboard connectors. The other end of the ribbon cable should be connected to the IDE channel 1 connector of the motherboard. Channel 2 will have the CD drive connected to it. Do not put different types of drives on a single channel or ribbon cable. They will work, but performance will be greatly reduced. So, channel 1 for hard discs and channel 2 for optical (CD or DVD) drives, unless you have a raid controller on your PC. If so you will connect your hard discs to this instead.

5. You are now ready to start your PC, switch on the PC Watch the screen for message on how to enter setup (del key during booting).

6. On the CMOS screen their may be a key to "auto detect harddrives" or you can select user and input manually the clys heads etc. from the information on the hard drive. NB if the hard drive will not show in the BIOS then a)the cables are loose not connected or faulty b) your BIOS does not supprt HDDs of this size c)the hard drive is faulty (unlikely).

7. Before you can use your new drive you will need to create a partition on it, and then format the drive ready to write files to it. Once this has been done your new drive is then ready for use.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:40 21 Dec 04

IF your drive is not new then DO NOT fdisk and partin and format or you will loose all data on it

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