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XTREEMMAK

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I just bought a Seagate 400GB hard drive for my computer wich already has an 80gb harddrive (you'll be surprissed how much space an uncompressed wav file at around 48khz a recording takes). What I initially wanted to do when we got the 400gb open is use it as an aditional storage device to comp the Windows XP SP1 installed 80gb Harddrive. When I set it up as the 80 being the master, and the 400gb being the slave, I get a Primary Slave Disk Error -> Press F1. I checked the BIOS and everything is on and it see's the 400gb harddrive. So I check the manual and the use the given CD to access the 400gb harddrive. I tryed to do a long format but it wouldnt move beyond 0%. My guess was that it froze. So I restarted and went back to the utility again. This time I did a quick format and it seemed to work.

So I went along and partitioned the drive to have 200GB on each side. After that I restarted and tryed again. I get the same error. So then I decided to install the OS on the 400GB and use the 80gb as a slave device and transfer all my data over to the 400GB. Irronically when I was done installing on the 400gb, and restarted the computer, it came up with that same Primary Slave Disk error! So then I unplugged the 80GB and tryed to boot. Besides the fact that it first showed the drive as only having 32gb, it Worked perfectly! I was even able to repartition the drive so that it would see the rest of the 400gb harddrive. So after I did that, I was just going to plug in the old drive back in again. Same stupid error would come up, and it wouldn't let me into the OS! So then I switched back out again. I even messed around with the jumper settings! I didn't use both set to cable select, but I did go in and out between master and slave between both drives, and at one point I used the capasity limiting jumper for the Seagate so that it would only see 32gb.

When I swited back, I just totally formated the first partition of my 80gb harddrive (I have the 80gb split into 2 partitions, 40gb each) and reinstalled the os. Then I plugged in the 400GB. Now I was able to boot up, but Windows wouldn't see the drive. So I went to Disk management to find the space for the drive. Nothing. So I went to systems and refreshed the info. It found the drive and windows was installing everything. Then, THE DAMN THING FREEZES!!! So I restart the computer and try to boot, and it stops right when it's about to go into the OS. I had to go into Safe mode and disable the drive to get back into windows normally.

I dont know wha'ts going on or if anyone could help me out. I meen even though Windows sees the drive, sometimes it wont after making a few physical changes. This is also the Second one I bought. I exchanged for the same exact drive because I thought it was defective. But Its doing the same exact thing like the other drive! I'm just so used to using Western Digital drives, this is the first time I ever used a SeaGate.

Sorry for taking so long to explain but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything.
 
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maybe look into your motherboards company for a bios update that supports large drives. And if i remmber right to use a drive over 137gigs you need a sp1 and some updates. Im running winxp sp2 with a 160 and a 250 fine no problems.
 

XTREEMMAK

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Yeah I already checked for Bios updates on my Motherboard. All it has is processor updates and those processor updates are for support. Nothing regarding Harddrives.

I am running SP1 though. BTW, the Motherboard is an ASUS P4VP-MX board with 1.5gb ram
 
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well if it has a bios update id get it if you feel safe doing it i like to keep mine updated sometimes hidden fixes and stableity fixes.
 
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