Re: Drive hanging computer

Re: Drive hanging computer

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Posted by Henry on February 25, 2002 at 00:36:39:

In Reply to: Drive hanging computer posted by cyman on February 24, 2002 at 15:35:56:

: Hi I just bought a new 60 GB Maxtor hard drive, and am having trouble getting it working. It is installed as primary master (assuming I configured everything right)

: -When I boot the machine with the new, blank hard drive installed, it hangs. It reads the CD and the A:, but does not boot frmo either one. And I cant see exactly what is going on when it boots because I have a compaq and it hides the BIOS intro screen with the stupid COMPAQ logo! BTW, I have an autodetect BIOS.

: -When I take out the hard drive, or use an older one I found, it boots fine from CD (and probably 3.5" too).

: -The system is a 366. About 1.5 years old. The new disk is not formatted at all. What can be wrong? How can I get it going?

: Thank you!

Before you think about finding a drive overlay program - you need to know that compaq DOES NOT work like other PCs and you will probably ruin your existing (old) HDD if you try it. Your BIOS is probably set to boot the C: drive first; your new C: isn't bootable so the PC hangs. The boot drive on a compaq PC usually has a small non-DOS Diagnostic partition that holds the CMOS Setup Utility and some Diagnostics. You can verify this - just run fdisk and display the partitions on your working compaq HDD. Partition 1 should be small, non-DOS; partition 2 - whatever you made it. When you installed your unpartitioned, un-formatted HDD as primary master you removed all hope of getting into CMOS Setup - booting too if C: is first. If you install a drive overlay program on your old compaq HDD it will wreck your non-DOS partition.

You have a very large HDD. If you haven't already done so, check microsoft regarding fdisk, format and scandisk - there are some patches that need to be applied to make them work right with your HDD (HDDs > 32 GB, I think). You MIGHT be able to get going by booting to a floppy with fdisk, format, chkdsk, scandisk and ... on it. Partition and format the new drive and perform a thorough surface scan (mainly to verify that it is OK to start with). After that, you should have a bootable HDD and your PC may run but you won't be able to get into CMOS Setup without the special partition and software that goes in it. If you have a compaq CD for your PC it may have the files and software you need - otherwise go to compaq's web site and drill down deep 'til you find it.

Hope this is enough to get you started - post again if you need more suggestions as you try to get your PC going (What OS are you using? that may make a difference later).

Good Luck,

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