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i get a hard disk(s) fail (20) message and can't boot. can you help?

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  1. gmovol

    gmovol Thread Starter

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    i have one error message: hard disk(s) fail )20).
    can someone tell me what this means?
    this harddrive is a 3.4gb fujitsu with windows xp that booted ok several times until i transplanted it to this machine. bios and post detect the hard drive and 3243mb as primary master.

    so, opinions on hdisks fail 20 will help.
     
  2. JamesQB

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    Hard drives can be set as Masters or Singles. I have found that some motherboards are fussy about this. Whilst some will allow you to connect it up as Master when it is the only device on the IDE lead, others will not accept this and demand that hard drive to be correctly set to Single using the hard drive jumpers. Might be worth checking that it's set to Master if sharing an IDE cable, and Single if not.
     
  3. Kyle015

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    Try setting your regular cd drive as primary master, and set your hardrive to slave.
    Also, see if you have your hardrive connected correctly to your mobo.
     
  4. gmovol

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    i will set the jumpers for single primaty drive and check the ide cable connections to mobo. then i will add a second 2559mb wdigital hdrive.
     
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    i checked the jumpers of the hard drive and has 3 positions: master, slave and cable select. it has no single position. should i set the jumpers to cable select? and if i add the second hdrive, how should i set the jumpers?
     
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    yes, a new drive would be fine, but i try to fix this pc for a friend and its almost done. he will get 12 252 mb total in 3 hdrives.
    i wellcome sugestions on the jumpers question posted above.
     
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    On my computer it does! :p
     
  11. Kyle015

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    I would go into the BIOS and set your standard cd drive to primary master, and your hardrive to primary slave or just slave.
     
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    sure sure...I thought your windows peaked at 6.22 :p
     
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    I upgraded that machine to Windows 95 :eek:

    :p
     
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    Yeah, that was an upgrade :rolleyes:

    I upgraded my Win95 to Win 3.11 :D
     
  15. gmovol

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    well. i set the jumpers to cable select for primary drive, and get another message: hard disks fail (80).
     
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