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What's wrong with this hp?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bstrange99, Sep 14, 2004.

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  1. bstrange99

    bstrange99 Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to install a new hard drive in a hewlett packard Vectra for a friend. The new drive is a maxtor 60gig. When I get it all connected, it goes through the diagnostics screen up to detecting ide drives, and it wont see any drives. If I unplug the hard drive, it sees the floppy and both cd's. Any ideas?
    btw, it's an old pentium 3 450mhz.
     
  2. MFDnNC

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    The drive is prolly too big for the bios, try a flash but as old as that PC is it prolly cant handle a 60 G HD
     
  3. junker39

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    Check the jumper on the rear of the HDD. It has got to be set as Master. Good luck.
     
  4. bstrange99

    bstrange99 Thread Starter

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    I've tried the jumper at master, and cable select. I've even tried it with nothing but the hard drive. And the hard drive works fine in a compaq that I have.
     
  5. Alex Ethridge

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    Then it is most likely as previously stated: The system BIOS suffers from a small drive limitation.

    BIOS update may be available; but, with a machine of that vintage, I doubt it will carry it all the way to 60 Gigs.
     
  6. junker39

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    Just for fun, have you set the partitions and formatted this new drive? The BIOS should see the drive even if it doesn't see the whole 60g. Try a fdisk and set to active,then format it. See what that does.
     
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