Why does my new hard drive crash my computer?


Hello Sir,

Recently I bought an 80 gig hard drive.

After I pulled the old one out and put the new one in, my computer doesn't want to start up again. After I push the start (power) button, it starts working, gets to the certain point and then shuts down. With that, on my screen nothing is showing up. All I get is a message that the monitor is in power save mode. The monitor is ok because I use it with my other computer. I checked every cable between the motherboard and the drives, main power cable, monitor outlet and so on. I checked the jumpers on the hard drive and it's preset to factory settings. It's set for master.

One more detail...

On the motherboard there is a red light every time I start up. Would that mean that I have a fault somewhere, or is that light for some other reason?

Please advise.

Thank You


This question was answered on December 20, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The first thing I would do is check my motherboard specifications to make sure the computer can support this size drive Check your BIOS and see if it can auto-detect your drive Make sure any other devices on this IDE primary chain are jumpered correctly, it is not recommended to have a cd-rom on this chain; they are better off on the secondary After all this and still no go, first try just booting off your harddrive, to narrow down the problem device, plug in other devices one by one until your back to your problem.


David W.

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Posted by Matt of Data Doctors on December 20, 2002