Can't reconize the Hard Drive


I am trying to install a new 40 GB EIDE HD on an older PII 400 Mhz Whitebox whose old HD crashed. I originally installed the new HD in on the same IDE cable that the original HD was on. When I turned on the PC, it didn't recognize the drive. I've double & triple checked the jumper settings. I've even changed the jumpers from Master to Slave on the HD and Slave to Master on the CD-ROM but it still didn't recognize it. I've even placed it on it's own IDE Channel with its own cable and tried multiple jumper settings on the HD. Still no detection. The BIOS has an automatic HD detection utility but it still doesn't recognize it. I think it might be a BIOS issue. How to I determine which BIOS is being used on this PC? Am I on the right track????


This question was answered on March 4, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Your system is P11 Especially when you are trying to install a bigger hard drive your bios will not recognize it because your bios does not support the 40 gig configuration you need to look at the bios company name and go online and upgrade your bios I think this will help you try to run a hardware compatibility list for your system.

good luck!

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 4, 2004