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Need to put OS on old WD hard drive

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  1. greyhnds

    greyhnds Thread Starter

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    I formatted a Western Digital WD Caviar+ 26400 hard drive. I need to put an OS on it and my computer won't recognize it as being installed. I tried 3 different ages of computer and never could get one to recognize the hard drive as existing. What can I do?
     
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    How did you format it if you couldn't get anything to recognize it and if it was recognized as a secondary (non-system) drive, is it still recognized as a secondary drive currently (after its not being recognized) and only not as a potential system drive? What OS are you trying to install and is it a retail install disc or something else? Is it an IDE drive or SATA?
     
  3. Elvandil

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    How could you format it if it wasn't recognized by any machine?

    It needs to be seen in BIOS before Windows will see it. Check the jumpers and cables.
     
  4. greyhnds

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    I forgot all about the formatting. I formatted it on one of the older computers and after that is when it was no longer being recognized. It was recognized before the formatting. I have checked the bios and it won't show up. I tried it as a master, as a slave, on the CS jumpers for both drives and as M and S and nothing will work. I have found references to drivers that this hard drive used but it is so old that WD no longer has them on their website. I have gone all over the internet looking for drivers or something and everything I found that was supposed to work doesn't do anything.
     
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    If three computers do not detect the drive and you've checked the jumpers and tried multiple IDE cables then it sounds like the drive is dead.
     
  6. greyhnds

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    It was working before I formatted it. Did I do something wrong?
     
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    Not necessarily, but static electricity or pressure on the circuit board could have damaged the drive.

    Have you tried the drive by itself as the primary master at all or always with another drive connected on the same cable?
     
  8. Elvandil

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    There are no drivers needed for an old WD. It needs to be recognized in BIOS before the machine can use it. So look in BIOS first and see if it is there aan recognized correctly. If not set to be automatically detected there, it should be.

    But formatting won't damage a drive, no matter how you did it. But it is a very intensive process that may have hastened the death of an already failing drive.
     
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