Re: Won't recognize 2nd harddrive....it did before

Re: Won't recognize 2nd harddrive....it did before


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Posted by Henry on November 25, 2001 at 11:22:37:

In Reply to: Won't recognize 2nd harddrive....it did before posted by Ed on November 25, 2001 at 09:52:58:

: I have a system in which I've been using a 30 gig Western Digital (WD300) as my C: drive and a 3.2 Seagate Medalist 3220 as my D:.
: I had some software conflicts so I backed up all my files(except Windows98) to the D drive and ran fdisk and reformatted C.
: Now I can't get bios to accept the D as primary slave. If I run auto detect it comes up as secondary slave and the CDrom as secondary master. When I manually put it in as primary slave it shows up on the bios screen but Windows doesn't pick it up.
: The jumpers are set the way they were before I started. The Seagate (D) has the shunt removed completely as specs say for a slave drive. The Western Digital (C), was jumpered as a single drive before and worked with a slave that way. In running out of things to try, I rechecked the install sheet and changed to the way they show for use as a master. Bios wouldn't show it and of course it wouldn't even boot.
: Any ideas?
: Also, when I first installed the WD300 as the primary, the WD software added E-Z Bios. I tried to reformat again without it and I don't think it's there now.
: I'm by no means a pro at this so I'd sure appreciate some proper direction. Thank you!


Sounds like you may have been bitten by EZ-BIOS. Drive overlay programs such as EZ-BIOS and Disk Manager provide a software BIOS extension to enable a PC to use a larger HDD than the BIOS supports. This is OK IF the drive overlay is compatible with the BIOS and all of the HDDs on the system, otherwise it can be a nightmare. Simple fdisk and reformat DO NOT remove EZ-BIOS, but it sounds like you damaged it. Suggest that you first read the EZ-BIOS removal article at:
http://www.wdc.com/service/FAQ/ezdrive.html#lba

Secondly I suggest that you eradicate EZ-BIOS - even if you must perform a pseudo low level format to do it (write zeroes to every accessible spot on the disk surface - use WD's utility ONLY). Get support for large HDDs either by BIOS update or by using an ATA/66 expansion card (supports HDDs up to about 128GB) - cost about $20 USD. You can spend more if you want to but you will not get much better performance (if any) because IDE HDDs sustained data transfer rate is much less than 66MB/sec.

Good Luck,
Henry



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