Re: Hard disk not detected!

Re: Hard disk not detected!


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Posted by Henry on February 24, 2002 at 20:07:28:

In Reply to: Re: Hard disk not detected! posted by cyman on February 24, 2002 at 05:50:59:

: Hmmm... I think both of you have different problems with similar effects.

: About the printer issue: I have also had similar issues with my monitor. It might be power related. Try plugging the printer in to a different outlet entirely.

: About the other problem, with the 30 gig appearing as a smaller drive, the problem seems to be BIOS related, or just a bad disk. When you say "sometimes", did you mean that sometimes it works perfectly as expected?
: The #1 thing I'd suggest is to borrow a CD burner and make backups ASAP.
: After that, just speculating, it could be the BIOS, or the hard drive acting up.
: If the drive has never worked, or never had more than a 10.7 GB capacity, it is for sure the BIOS. The BIOS will only support drives up to a certain size, especially on older systems. Most manufacturers (Maxtor, IBM) have software you can install to override this. Search on Google for your manufacturer and BIOS install and it shoudl be there.
: The odd thing is that it sometimes does not detect the drive at all which makes me think the computer, or more likely the drive, is old and/or going bad.
: Also, make sure the power to the system is ok. Make sure all the cables for the drive's power are tightly inserted inside.

: ----=== CYMAN ===----


Mostly some GOOD suggestions, but I disagree with suggesting a drive overlay program. For what it is worth, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST using any drive overlay program, regardless of the source (except as a LAST RESORT when NOTHING else works). Reasons:
1. Overlays sometimes conflict with BIOS (compaq for sure)
2. Overlay often does not support different make or different model drives on the same PC
3. It is Difficult to recover data from an overlay drive to a normal (BIOS supported) HDD using another PC (if yours fails). Usually you can see one drive or the other but NOT both at the sme time.

If, as a LAST RESORT ONLY, you MUST use a drive overlay to get HDD support - make certain that you have a RELIABLE file backup procedure in place and you use it as if the HDD or PC will fail within the next few hours. The rule should be: If anything you want is on a computer - take a copy of it with you.

You can find some good information about drive overlays and problems removing them at:
http://www.wdc.com/support/faqs/software/ezdrive.asp#lba [FAQs 29, 30 & on]
and:
http://www.maxtor.com/Maxtorhome.htm [Select Product Support, Desktop (ATA) Drives then Technical Procedures] [Read Docs 24003, 24006, 24019, 24020]

Hope this helps,
Henry



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