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Hard drive recognized as SCSI

Q: Hard drive recognized as SCSI

I am helping my brother in law out trying to do a non destructive repair using the installation disc. When we went through all the steps and got to the section that shows the hard drives it does not recognize the hard drive and won't let us do a repair. If we wanted to do a clean install it still would not recognize the hdd.
I decided to check bios and see what was recognized and in the hdd section it showed that the hdd was a SCSI. It is not a SCSI drive. We checked PC Wizard 2008 and it showed SCSI. All the places show that it is a SCSI. What is causing this? It is not a SCSI drive but a SATA drive. Can anyone tell me what has happened?

A: Hard drive recognized as SCSI

it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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Hello all,

I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.

This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.

Oh, and there are no error messages when trying ... Read more

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windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?

My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page

A:if i have 1 ide and 1 scsi hard drive how do i install windows on the new scsi hd?

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Would someone please assist me. I have two Hard Drives; an IDE (which was Primary C Drive) and a SCSI (which was Slave F Drive). Everything "was" working until I installed Service Pack 2 on XP Pro.

It became necessary to reformat my *C* Drive (IDE). After formating, the computer finds and identifies the "C DRIVE" in *Windows Explorer* and in *My Computer* and in *Device Manager*. The SCSI Drive is recognized when the computer is in the boot-up process. After boot-up the SCSI can be found listed only in *Device Manager*. Device Manager displays the Segate SCSI and states that it is working properly **BUT** nowhere can the SCSI Drive be visually found when looking in *MY COMPUTER* or in *WINDOWS EXPLOYER*. I need for the computer to recognize the SCSI and I want this SCSI to operate as a Slave.

What must I do to get my computer to recognize my SCSI.

My Mother Board is ASUS P4P800 with SCSI card installed Pent 4 CPU 2.4GZ RAM 1 GB

IDE Segate 7200 RMP Hard Drive 80 GB
SCSI Segate Cheeta 75GB

I hope I have furnished enough information.

A:SCSI Drive not recognized on WinXP Pro

Have you looked in Disk Management? What SCSI host adapter are you using?

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I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

A:hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL

I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
Hpe it helps!


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I have a Dell Poweredge SP5166-2 that uses Seagate Barracuda (4.3gb) hard drives put into trays that are slid into the computer and connected to the motherboard. I want to put another hard drive in but it is an HP C2490A (2.1gb). When trying to install it the first times, bios recognizes it and says it is working properly, but it is not displayed under Win2k's logical devices or my computer. It is however displayed under device manager. So, it does exist but I just can't make it work within my computer. I also tried to make connect the SCSI bus cable that goes into the cd rom into the hard drive, but no luck. Is there any master slave config for scsi devices? My understanding is that there aren't any; only scsi ids. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


You can check couple of things.

You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).

If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.

Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.

Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.

Good Luck,


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I was able to salvage an old system from the trash at work. It has a Western Digital 4.3GB SCSI hard drive and I want to know if i can use it in a non-scsi system. To use it will I have to use a SCSI adapter or have to have all HD's as scsi?

A:Using SCSI Hard Drive

You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.

A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.



A:SCSI HArd drive

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Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.

But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!

Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



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Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.

Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.

You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.

There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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Whenever I boot up my old computer, I get a message during bootup that tells me that the SCSI boot device is not installed. I have a SCSI hard drive connected to an Adaptec SCSI pci card. I had just taken the hard drive and card out of that computer and tried to install them on this computer, and it didnt work, so I put it back. I tried running a SCSI utility on the bootup screen, and it didnt even recognise the existance of the hard drive. It wont let me format or anything. If there is something I can do to get it working, then please post. I do not care if the solution requires reformatting, because I do not have any really crucial data on the drive.

A:SCSI Hard Drive

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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.

One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.

The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.

So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?

Ive never seen ones like this before.

I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
Made: 26th May 1999

I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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ok i posted eariler and its final the scsi seagate is mine and it looks like im keeping it.ok so i bid on the scsi control card thats ldv and now im looking for a cable . my question does the cable need only one terminator? im new to this so if anyone can help me out on installing a scsi hd it would be greatly appreciated

A:scsi hard drive?

You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.

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I've got an old computer that we've just been using at the office for payroll and a few other things. The problem is its runningout of hard drive space, so I was just going to install another hard drive, but I forgot that it has a scsi hard drive. I was wondering if i could hook a regular hard drive up to the scsi cable? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


A:SCSI Hard Drive


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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?

does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?

A:7200rpm scsi hard drive


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Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.

Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.


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I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.

When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?

Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.

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I have a SCSI Hard disk, that i some how messed up by transfering it to a different controller, cuz i didn't know that you can't do that, i do now. i tried to get it to come back alive, by puting it back on the controller, but my master partion table thing got messed up, when i had tried to use it on the other controller, the first controller was a LSI Logic, and the second was an Adaptec 2490-UW. so i tried to use diskprobe to read the sectors and set it up like that, which failed. i thought it might have something to do with the board so i had taken that off, but now when i go into the Adaptec "SCSI-Select" program it doesn't show a size. could i have connected my board back up the wrong way?? it does still spin up, but i don't understand why it lost the size of the disk. it had the size before btw. it is a 18.2 GB 10K RPM SCSI-2 drive, and i have 2 other identicals if they may be of any help. but i really want to know if this drive is toast.
EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4

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OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:

Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.

Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.

My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?

I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:SCSI hard drive question

I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.

For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.

It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.

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can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

A:SCSI Hard Drive - No Letter Assignment

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE

A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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As per the norm, I got a Monday call from a customer freaking out about their server. I paid them a visit and sure enough the Western Digital SCSI hard drive I replace about 6 months ago is dead. SCSI utility is seeing it as a 1MB quantum. I told them to boat anchor that machine and get a new one. It's a pentium (i don't remember) 600MHz machine so it's a bit of a dinosaur anyway. their book keeper is the hero of this story. I taught her how to backup the server which she did before she left on Friday. I loaded backup files on an unused workstation, mapped some network drives and had them back up and running PDQ.

What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????

A:2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

Is there a UPS or surge-protector installed between wall-socket and PC?
If not, unstable electricity might cause that, such as spikes, brown-outs or black-outs.
Or the PSU might be on the edge of its capacity. If the HD is a 10'000 RPM disk, they need a pretty good and stable PSU.
The disk should still be under warranty.

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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
Also, with ASPI3520.SYS enabled, the adapter and the primary and secondary ide controllers are disabled in device manager, it also makes A: drive use ms-dos mode compatibility.
I used the setup mode of the adapters BIOS to format the hard drive, After it formatted and I continued it says that it can't find a scsi hard drive.

A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?

Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?

If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.

Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers

Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that what you are using?

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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.

A:Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"

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I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.

Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy

My problem...
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory

Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved

BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI

Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result

OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.

Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
If I ignor the Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI thing, the puter will g... Read more

A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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What are the differences between all of these?

I'll probably not use SCSI, but I was looking at the WD raptor 10K rpm hard drive (SATA). Do you need a special motherboard or certain controller to run this hard drive? And do you need a special CABLE for it? I have tons of 80pin IDE cables, but those wouldn't work?


A:HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.

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I have a Dell Tower Computer (Circa 2000-2002) that runs RIP software (Raster Image Processor) used to send graphics/image data to a machine that makes by way of laser imaging our plates or masters for our offset printing presses. Monday the hard drive failed. The Dell has Windows XP license decals on it but when booting up it display Windows 2000 NT. The computer has only 1 hard drive, a 68 pin SCSI drive and the cable to it connects to separate dual channel SCSI card which is in a slot on the motherboard. There is another SCSI card (single channel) in the slot next to it which has a cable that goes to the machine that this computer drives. The software that runs on this computer is proprietary software and I have a re-install disk for it being send via UPS Next Day Air as I type. I have an XP disk & license that I can install on what ever hard drive I can get to work here and the RIP software manufacturer said their software would work on XP. But I don't have a copy of Windows 2000 NT.

My question is that if I can't find this same hard drive locally, can I use an IDE or a SATA hard drive instead and still run the RIP software correctly? There is 2 IDE (primary & secondary) connectors directly on the motherboard. One is used for the CD rom drive, the other is unused. I am not certain but I don't believe the motherboard has a SATA connection. I have 2 good spare IDE hard drives.

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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings

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Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.

The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.

Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?


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I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.

All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.

and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
Like it says, it's not ready.

now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.

Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?

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Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.

Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
Cache: 8MB

I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?

This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-

They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.

You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.

Also go to
for a bit of background.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

A:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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I used to have a cd rom and a cd burner master/slaved to my motherboard. a while ago that ide slot died, so i master/slaved my hard drive and my burner to the working ide slot.

a few days ago the computer crashed. i dont remember the exacy error but it no longer recognized the hard drive. when i tried to restart it brought me to the strike f1 to reboot/strike f2 for options screen. i assumed this meant that the hard drive was toast, but upon further inspection when trying to change the boot sequence in the BIOS it recognized the floppy drive but the the hard drive nor the cd drive were recognized. this lead me to believe that the second ide slot had now gone bad as well.

my brother has another dell dimension so i opened his up, removed his hard drive and replaced it with the questionable hard drive. i booted it and got Boot Failure : System Halted.

is this enough evidence of a hard drive failure? ive come to terms with it being time for a new computer but im still hoping everything on the hard drive can be recovered.

any opinions/suggestions?

A:Dell Dimension Hard Drive and CD Drive not recognized

Did you check that the Master/Slave jumpers were set correctly?
Moving a HD to another PC normally does NOT work, unless both PCs are identical in hardware. Put your 'old' HD as a slave in your brother's PC, boot up and see if you can access your old drive. Save whatever you can and burn onto CD/DVD.
Then go buy another PC, anything but Dell or eMachines!
Or better, if you have the know-how, build your own from components.

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

A:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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I purchased a SSDNow V+ hard drive which is shown as Win 7 x64 compatible. After installing it and booting, I checked the bios and it shows the drive. After windows booted, I went to Acronis to clone my old system drive, and it found the new drive. I checked the drive tree in explorer planning on formatting it first, and the drive did not appear there. I checked Device Manager and the drive appears there. I went to Computer-Manage-Disk Management expecting to just change the drive letter. Unfortunately, Disk Management does not find the drive. It perplexes me that Device Manager sees it, but there is no way to access it.

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undefinedLaptop HP Pavilion N3402 With XP / Hard drive Fujitsu model MHR2030AT 30G, DOES NOT RECOGNIZE NEW HARD DRIVE

A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Have you formatted the drive? It will not show up in Windows unless it is formatted as fat32 or ntfs. And if it is brand new it isn't formatted as anything, so you will need to do that. Right click on My computer and choose Manage. Then browse to Disk Management, find the drive and right click on it and choose format.

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My external WD hard drive was dropped...
My computer doesn't recognize it at all...not listed anywhere
The lights are on and no one is home.
I've tried CBL to see if I can retrieve the files...get an "error 27 in HD 129" . This program has been running for 24 hours.
Can the files be retrieved? By whom and at what cost?

A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

If you go to the website of the manufacturer of the drive you should be able to download a diagnostic tool to test the drive.

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I have a Kingwin 3.5" SATA hotswap rack in both my systems. My i5 3570K, and my E8400 systems are both running Windows7. The E8400 is Pro 64bit 4GB DDR3 and the i5 is 64bit Ultimate with 16GB's of DDR3. My swap drive is a 1TB Hitachi Deskstar. When I load it into the i5 system it's recognized right away. The E8400 system doesn't see it unless I reboot. I have a 811N Router/cable modem so the E8400 in the living room connects wireless. It's also connected to my 40" TV but I can't run video unless I swap the drive into that one and run the video directly on the system. Am I doing something wrong? In particular, the i5 has a blue ray burner but the E8400 doesn't, so I'm uploading movies from the ROM to the HDD and playing the HD movies in the living room. I hope thats not confusing.

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I am building a computer from scratch and I've run into one problem.

I have installed a Hitachi 80GB SATA hard drive, and it is recognized by the BIOS and motherboard, but when I try to install WinXP Pro it tells me I have no hard drive installed and therefore can't format/partition/install windows.
Because it's a SATA drive, it has no jumpers and is set to master by default, so that's not the problem. It's a completely new drive, so it shouldn't have anything on it at all.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model HDS722580VLSA80
ASUS A7V880 Motherboard with VIA KT880 Chipset

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I have hard drive connected with a USB to my Windows 7 computer.
I got a message Scan and Fix (recommended) or Continue. I selected the Scan and Fix. Now I cannot access the drive.

Below is what I've tried so far. Any help will surely be appreciated.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

'g' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk /f g
The drive, the path, or the file name is not valid.

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk /f g:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted.


A:Hard drive not recognized

Are you able to see the drive in Computer? Are you able to see the drive in the BIOS, Disk Management? Is it in an enclosure or does it just use a USB adapter/connector.

Try and program like Recuva or GetDataBack to see if those applications can access the drive.

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My dell dimension 4300s just stoped working and know the pc dosent recognize the hard drive or cd-drive, in bios it just says unknown.Please help

A:Hard drive not recognized

try diconnecting the power from the cd drive and see if bios recognizes just the hard drive. if both device are on the same parellel cable you might have a slave/master conflict.

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I have been running 2 hard drives for about a year.All the sudden my second Hard drive that contains all my pictures from the last eight years can not be found!!! Can anyone help???? Is there some way to get the Data off there?

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Appreciate some assistance.

Have an AZZa mainboard, 5VMX, with an AMD K6-2/550 CPU and an AWARD BIOS 07/04/2000-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEP8AC-00.

Trying to install a hard drive, and it will not recognize it. Keep getting "Primary Master hard disk failure" over and over.

This computer was infected by a virus a while back. It was never quite right, so decided to clear out the hard drive, and start from scratch. However, the BIOS will not auto detect the hard drive that was on it, nor any other hard drive. Have tried 3 different ones.

The cables are tight, and connected correctly.

Any ideas on what to do?

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It will shows up in diskmgmt as unallocated space,
but not in my computer.
This was given to me from my brother, and he used a mac air book.
Is there any way to access.

A:Hard Drive not being recognized

you need to create a partition and format it and make sure to mark it as active in disk management

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Hopefully someone has some ideas for me on this...I picked up an old system for my wife to use (Compaq Deskpro, P2, 350 mzh). It only had a 3 GB hard drive so I decided to switch it with a 30 GB drive I had. When I made the switch, the system would not recognize the drive. After the POST, it would default to a flashing cursor. I tried to reinstall the original 3 GB drive and it did the same thing. I tried setting the jumper to Master, and to Cable Select. The IDE cable and controller seem to be functioning, since installing each drive promted the system to recognize a new drive size. Nothing in the BIOS seems unusual. I tried wiping the 3 GB drive clean and reinstalling W2k from the boot disks. The install completes, then when it does its reboot, the flashing cursor returns. I don't think the CMOS battery is at fault, and I know the system did boot at one point since I booted it up before I bought it. It seems as though it starts to recognize the drive and then hangs up. I do not receive any error messages. Anyone have any ideas on this? Thanks!

A:Hard drive not recognized

change the cmos battery
try another eide cable

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I have a compaq presario 2100 running XP. Out of the blue it powered itself down. I powered back on and received the following error "Operating System not found". I then brought it up and brought up the setup. I ran the hard drive test and received "no IDE device". So I popped my recover CD in and tried to boot off of it. I also made the CD device the first avail for boot sequence. It will not boot off the CD and now I'm receiving the following message before getting the "no operating system", it's "PXE-E61 media test failure check cable". I have receded the hard drive, but disk is not turning and blue light does not come on. So, shouldn't the recover CD boot and how can I tell if the disk is bad? Any help would be great!

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I"m running a home-built computer with a mach-speed MB, a Celeron 2.0G processor,256Mb DDR RAM, a DVD-Rom, CD/RW,and I'm running Win 98 SE. I was doing a little experimenting with a couple of old hard drives I aquired (they're both about 3Gig). I put them both in my machine and loaded my OS (Windows 98 SE).I formatted and partitioned both drives. One I jumpered as "primary-master" and the other I jumpered as "primary-slave". Everything worked fine. I drag/dropped some files onto the slave drive .

I switched my "primary-master" to a larger hard drive and reloaded my OS (formatting before loading my Windows 98SE OS). this time when I went to Windows explorer to move the files to the larger drive, the smaller one was not shown. I re-booted the machine and in the start-up, I see the drive listed , but I can't find it in My Computer or Windows Explorer. I've double, triple and quadruple checked my jumper positions and cable positions and everything is as it should be. I hear and feel the drive respond when I boot the machine and the indicator light comes on while the machine is booting.

The files aren't "that" important that I can't reformat the drive or even chuck it; however, I did put some music files on it that I'd like to "try" to get back. I'm more interested in the learning end of this dilemma. I could probably take it to a shop and see if they can get my files back, but I ... Read more

A:Hard drive not recognized

I would try connecting just the drive your having a problem with by itself as master or slave just to see if it is recognized. Then at least you know the drive didn't die and its just a configuration problem.

Also I think I have seen on some drives there is jumper setting for "master" and another setting for "master w/slave present" You may want to check that on the new drive you installed.

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I have an IBM Thinkpad 760el which I am trying to reinitialize and install Windows 95 on. I purchased a Quick Recovery CD/Disk for my model from ebay thinking this looked like exactly what I wanted to do. I followed the instructions sent with the CD and everything seemed to be working OK. The final step was to reboot to reinstall Windows 95. However the computer would not boot from the hard drive (all I get is a flashing "-"). I then booted from a floppy disk to see if it would recognize the C drive and the response I get is "Invalid Drive Specification". I then turned on the computer pressing the F1 key to run a test and the hard drive tesk was OK. I have also downloaded the BIOS from the IBM website and reinstalled that, all to no avail. Any ideas on where to go from here would be appreciated

A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Quick question.
Did u had a chance to format the hard drive with the "format c: /s " command?
Usualy when u want to start fresh , you first start with the format of the hard drive , then move on to the installation of the OS, in your case the recovery CD.
And since it doesn't seem to be a hardware problem , "I then turned on the computer pressing the F1 key and run a test and the hard drive was OK " indicated that it's very likely that is the problem. Hard drive not been formated.
Also, in case you have a windows 95 boot disk , might want to start the computer with that boot disk and at the a: prompt might want to type this
sys C:
That should correct any problems in the FAT , and might be able to by pass the format process.
Keep in mind thought... when u issue the format c: /s command , you will wipe out all the data on the C: drive ( as in gone from it )

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My Western Digital USB hard drive was recently connected to a MAC to transfer some files. When I connected it back to my windows PC, it does not recognize the drive.

Help please!!!!

A:USB Hard Drive not recognized

Quote: Originally Posted by SomanS

My Western Digital USB hard drive was recently connected to a MAC to transfer some files. When I connected it back to my windows PC, it does not recognize the drive.

Help please!!!!

Is it recognized in BIOS? what format is it? Does it have a drive letter?

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Vista, Service pack 2, 2MB Ram, 2 X 100gb hard drives in Vaio VGN AR51E laptop
Hi I am having a hard drive problem, specifically, second hard drive.
I just reloaded a Sony Vaio VGN AR51E laptop using the sony recovery disks.
Works perfecty except for not recognizing 2nd hard drive. It shows 2 100 GB drves in Bios But "My Computer" and "Device Manager" only see C and it is listed as 84.2GB, not 100 as it should be (I know it never shows full size but not minus 17GB) I tried "New hardware" but it doesn't seem to list hard disks Just storage controllers
I changed the second hard drive to another, no difference, I have checked the cable connections to hard drives and even swapped with cable from a similar laptop. Both drives show in Bios as 100GB so it must be a Windows problem, I think.
Would appreciate any help on this as I am trying to sell and cant till I sort this out
Thanks, Boyd

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I have an iomega hard drive that worked fine for a few months but is no longer recognized by any computer. I store movies on it and my television still recognizes it but my Macbook does not nor does my friends PC. I am very much a computer novice. Thanks to anyone who can help.

A:hard drive not recognized

see if it is on tv mode. if so switch it.

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Hello all, I have a severe problem and hope someone can help me.

It started last night with my computer off and unplugged. My 160gig external drive was still plugged in and on when it was accidentally unplugged. I plugged it back in, and a minute later heard 2 clicks...i shut it off immediately.

turned it back on an hour later and the computer. no clicks, but it the drive didnt show up in "my computer". it did show up in the device manager as working properly. But when looking at volume information in properties it shows as unreadable. It also doesnt show up in disk management.

I have tried several downloaded programs and most see the drive and show it as corrupted partition. They also show the drive as far larger than it is (like 2 terrabyte) and show it as 1 head 1 sector.

I am lost as to what to try next. I hope someone can help me.


A:Hard drive not recognized by xp

Welcome to TechSpot

Your unplugging corrupted the file-system of that HD.
You could try and take it out of the case, set it to slave and stick it in a PC, connect it to an IDE-cable.
Then hunt around for various Data-recovery programs. Try and D/L this one from TechSpot's DL-area:

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I have a Dell Dimension XPS T350 computer that does not recognize my hard drive. It's not a hard drive problem because I have tried other hard drives that work in my other computers. The ribbon cable is connected tightly. The jumper is set correctly.(Master) I've checked the bios settings. When I type "C:" a message comes up saying "Invalid Drive Specification". Also, when I type FDISK , a message comes up saying "No FIxed Disks Present". I had the same problem with my Compaq Deskpro 2000. I attempted to take out the cmos battery by prying it out but it was difficult to remove so I left it alone so as not to create more problems. I tried rebooting again and I was able to get to the "C" prompt, although the "D" drive wasn't appearing when I clicked on "MY Computer". I had to reinstall Windows 98SE. But for my Dell computer I took the battery out and put it back in and the hard drive is still not recognized. Any suggestions as to the problem with my hard drive not being recognized?

A:hard drive not recognized

Is this a new drive? Did the problem start all of a sudden?

Does the BIOS recognize the drive?

Take another look at the jumper. Some require a jumper only when on a cable with another drive, and some require a different position of the jumper if there is another drive on the same IDE cable. Try removing the jumper altogether.

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Hey all! I am having trouble getting a second HDD to be recognized by Windows 8. Here's what I know, I have it plugged into the SATA 2 port, the original HDD is connected to SATA1, and the optical drive is set to SATA 3. There is an unused eSATA port. I don't know what it is for. I started the computer and entered the BIOS. It recognized the 2nd HDD, but when I start the computer and check to see if it is there, it doesn't show it. I looked under disk management, but all I can see it the primary drive and the optical drive. I have a Levono. Any help would be appreciated.

A:2 Hard drive Not Recognized

I am not trying to configure a RAID set up. I just that second hard drive so I can access my old files.

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hello I recently installed a new wd 80 gb harddrive on a pent II 400mhz gateway pc windows 98 system.I set the jumper to single I formatted and partitioned it.but nothing shows up on
boot up screen other than whats below.everything else seems fine with system other than no information at boot up.

set blaster=a220 I7 D1 t2
set sndscape=c:\windows

any help greatly appreciated im a newbie to computers im hopeing not to have start all over again or worst yet screw up the hole system its my kids computer thanks in advance.

A:hard drive not recognized

Have you installed windows? Did the computer see the full 80gig of the harddrive or did you use an overlay program from WD?

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when i try and run just about any type of program on my computer, it takes much longer than usual to do it. sometimes the compiter locks up, and takes a while for it to fix itself. when i tried to run a virus scan, a blue screen pooped up and told me i had to reboot. i did, but then the computer froze before windows loaded. im not sure if this is a virus or what.

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I have WD passport 500 GB. but now it can not recognized in my computer. The light is on and there is thicking too but the drive not shown in computer and the disk management. Please help me how to recovery my data ?

A:Hard drive not recognized

If its not showing up anywhere and i guess you mean its ticking it sounds like the hard drive is dying or has died. you might try a usb sata/ide connector and see if you can recover anything.

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I've got a Dell Dimension 4600. I think the hard drive is failing so I took an old hard drive that I had (western digital caviar wd600) and replaced the one that came with the dell with the western digital one. I booted with the xp cd in and ran an install formatting the drive , but now when I try to boot I get a message saying

Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found

Anyone know what I've done wrong?



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Hey I have a new Western Digital 500GB Caviar Green Hard Drive, and it is recognized in my computer, it is formatted and I have marked the partition as active. Yet it will not show up in my Windows 7 installation. How do I make it show up in the installation screen?

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Did you assign it a drive letter by right clicking on it ?

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Sometimes I get a message saying, "The request can not be performed because of an I/O device error."

How can I fix this issue?

Thank you so much!!

A:Hard Drive is not recognized

Hard drives, and electronics in general, don't like to be dropped.

There's a chance it can be only the enclosure and not the hard drive inside; you'd have to take apart the enclosure, remove the hard drive, and try connecting the hard drive inside/internally in your PC and see if it works.

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Hello. A month ago I was instructed here on Bleeping Computer that my HD is failing. As it was still under warranty, luckily I got the new HD for free. Now I decided to install Windows 8 on it, and I did so using a bootable USB. I partitioned my disk (system reserved
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A:Hard Drive not recognized

Is the HDD is detected in BIOS ?. Some systems do have an option to disable some boot device by adding to an exclusion list. You should check if the HDD is accidentally moved to the "Excluded from boot order" list.
Some system BIOS uses a HDD emulation mode to boot from USB. If that is the case, USB Pen drive may be treated as the first hard disk and hence your HDD may be omitted from the boot list. Remove the USB stick and try to boot. 

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My dell Inspiron 6000 crashed and I had a message that it was a hard drive problem. I bought a new hard drive and when I plug it in, it shows that it is not recognizing the hard drive. I went into the set up and under hard drive it says [none]. I made sure it was set in properly, but still no luck. Any ideas?

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Maybe it's your data cable. I mean I had a similar problem before. First I thought it was my hard drive, but after ruling that out, I finally found that I needed a new data cable.

If your system has a spare data cable (like your CD drive, if connected through another cable on your other IDE port) test this one on your hard drive.

You could also test your hard drive on a friend's PC to rule out hard drive malfunction.

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My Western Digital MyBook 1.5 GB has recently stopped working. I spins for about 20 seconds, then stops. It is not recognized in windows explorer, but it is recognized in device manager and disk management.

Under disk management it says that it has 2047.35 GB unallocated space.
It also says the disk is unknown and not intitalized. When trying
to intitalize the drive, it says "The media is write protected".

I have tried swapping usb cables, running safe mode, and freezing it.

Any help would be amazing! Thanks!

Picture of Disk Management

Picture of Windows Explorer and drive properties

A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

When a drive/parttition can be seen in the Device Manager and Disk Management, but does not show up in My Computer, most of the time it is only the partition table that is either missing or corrupt.

In such a situation my advice will be to try and fix it with the freeware Test Disk. The program runs in a command window and may be a little daunting to a new user but if one diligently goes through the step by step procedure given in the online documentation, it shouldn't be difficult. Download and documentation: TestDisk - CGSecurity.

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Hard Drive Not Recognized i followed this tutorial but i obviously done it wrong and wiped my hard drive and had to buy a new one. I still have the old one what i am wondering is can i take the hard drive out when my system is running and put the old one in and fix it with drivers. It's a Western digital hard drive if that makes any difference.
Thank you in advance.

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hi there

well on the motherboard you should have a few sata connectors so why don't you plug the drive(leave the new drive in you don't need to take it out) that you replaced back in(WARNING please unplug the pc from the mains lead pull the cable from the pc and press the on/off button for 5-10 seconds to discharge any power in the machine, and touch a piece of clear metal on the pc case to earth yourself to rid any harmful static before doing any work on your pc) and we will go from there ok. i take it its a internal drive? could you post your machine specs to help with diagnosing problems in the forums please.

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I bought an SATA 2.5 hard drive housed in an external case powered by USB, on ebay:

40GB USB 2.0 External Portable 2.5" w/ OEM Hard Drive - eBay (item 200389641931 end time Dec-29-09 13:26:13 PST)

Win 7 can't find a driver and it didn't come packaged with one. How can I get Win 7 to recognized the drive?

Thanks much,

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Hello Harold,
Is the drive listed in Device Manager?

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Hi all, new to the forums. Was researching a problem and came across this board, and saw problems that were similar to mine but not quite. I'm working on a Dell XPS 400, we were wipping the drive and reinstalling XP, but as we got to the point to sellect a partition, it would say cannot write to the partition, and then we tried deleting it and it wouldn't allow it. So we got a new hard drive, the original one was only 80 GB, and we saw one for 320 for a great price so we scooped that one up. As we went on settting up the new drive, we came to the point again to select a partition, but there were none to choose from, and pressing enter brought us that notorious BSOD, stop code 0x0000008e, went back and forth with the installation cd, seeing if we missed something but nothing. Then i realized a problem as i'm looking inside the tower, the master was set to SATA 0 controller, but we had it plugged into SATA 1, changed that then i got a different stop code, this time it was 0x0000007f. Gave up on the new drive and went back to the old one and saw that he overlooked partition 2, which i used to install XP. Any ideas as to why the new hard drive wasn't recognized?? was it because it was so much larger than the original 80GB?

A:New hard drive not recognized

It may need a Bios update to see larger Harddrives
By the way it's best to start with no partition before installing Windows
And never manually create a partition, just let Windows automatically create a setup one

Here's all info on Dell computers (Drivers\warranty\parts you name it )

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A:hard drive not recognized

Sounds like a bad drive. Does it work on any other computers?

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A:Hard drive not being recognized.

It sounds like the bios is not holding the settings, try changing the battery.

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Hi from glenaurora

I have recently installed a 2nd 500GB HD and it will not work on my desktop. It's use is for extra capacity only. The OS is Windows XP home. It is installed via the shared ribbon cable with the original 160GB HD. The ribbon cable is plugged into the secondary mother board connector(this is the way it's always been) The 500GB HD(New) is connected to power and the grey 40 pin connector and the 160GB HD(Old) connected to the black 40 pin connector The old HD is set to "master" and the new HD is set to "slave" When both are connected I get a message upon boot up telling me there is no OS installed. When I disconnect the 500GB HD from power and the ribbon cable everything works fine. Could this be a matter of formatting the new HD or does it need to be connected seperately to the primary ribbon cable connector on the mother board? It only lists HD :C and at no time lists the other HD.

A:New hard drive not recognized

It might just be an issue with boot priorities in BIOS. Head into BIOS and check the boot order.

Ideally you want it to be the following:

1st: CD/DVD drive
2nd: Your 160GB hard drive with the OS installed.
3rd: Can be anything really.

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I just built a system using an SSD as the main drive. Everything is humming along just fine except that a second 1Tb Seagate Hard Drive is not being recognized by the system. I had to use a Molex to Sata converter to connect it because the SATA Drive coming off the power supply only reaches the SSD and Optical.

I'm rather new at this and so................


A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Is it detected in the BIOS? Is it detected in Device Manager as a drive? If yes then you likely just need to initialize, partition, format, and assign it a drive letter through Disk Management:

Also, your power supply should have more than one SATA power cable. What power supply do you have?
I'd use the adapter on the optical drive and give the hard drive the SATA connector from the PSU instead.

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A:Hard Drive not recognized

Download a bootdisk from here

that will get you to an A:\ prompt for commands.
Probalby wont help much until you get the bios to find your hd.

open up your case, blow the dust out of it and reseat all your HD cables(power and ide) then reboot.

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Hi all

I have noticed a number of requests to solve this issue, all without any real resolution. One person was lucky enough for his system to suddenly find the offending item. The operating system may identify the new drive in System Properties but not in Windows Explorer.

However, it should be noted, that any Hard Drive whether it is internal or extenal has to be prepared by the system itself, in order to be able to use that hard drive. Back in the good old days of DOS, this would have meant using the FDISK utility to prepare and setup the drive.
If you are still in possession of a floppy drive attached to you system, then it is a simple matter of using any of the rescue disks that could have been created during the installation of the OS (you can find such disks available online as well, somewhere). Using FDISK you can access the new drive by choosing option 5 in the FDIDK menu to change to the desired Hard Drive you want to setup. Naturally enough, if you already have 2 Hard Drives on your system, and you want to install a 3rd external one, the the drive you want to work on will be drive 3. It does not matter how many partitions are on the othere drives, FDISK is only interested in the physical aspect of the drives. Once you have access, you should check to see if you need to delete any partitions already on that drive. Once you are sure you have a completely empty drive, you can then simply create a Primary Partition on that drive. It is not necessa... Read more

A:Hard Drive not Recognized

Why not just use Disk Manager and avoid the need for any additional software?
I have yet to see a salvageable disk I couldn't cure with a Linux disk and disk manager.

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Well I have a dell desktop (not sure of the exact type) and I have Windows Xp Home edition. My computer suddenly stopped working saying that my hard drives were not found. I'm at a loss here and I have no idea.

Any help is appreciated.



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Does Windows still work in any shape or form? Can you give details of what happens when you switch on - any fan or drive noises, any lights, any beeps? Anything on the screen ? If so, what does it say - exact wording please.

It will speed things up if you also tell me what model your PC is, it's age, and any other details that you can. At this moment, anything might turn out to be relevant. Do you have a floppy disc drive, do you have any original install CD for Windows, if so exactly what? From Dell likely nothing at all.....

We are looking here at failed Hard drive, power supply or motherboard, which is as wide a choice as you can get....

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I just bought a new drive ( for a case I've had for about two years ( Windows is not recognizing the drive at all and I've tried the standard fixes. First and foremost, is the drive compatiable with the case? What else can I do to get Windows to recognize the new hardware?

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I have a msi k8n nero 4h motherboard.

There is a SATA cable from one of four mobo sata connections. All four of them are enabled. The SATA hd is connected using a standalone 4-pin connector converter cable similar to the following:
I have taken both standalone cables and tested them on another computer and they both work.

Any suggestions on why the hard drive is not being recognized will be appreciated.

When I hook up an IDE drive the computer recognizes it and it boots up perfectly.

A:Hard drive not recognized

Have you tried connecting the hard drive to one of the other Sata ports?

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I purchased a Maxtor 120gig sata hard drive and my intentions were to eliminate the 14gig as the boot drive by replacing it with the new one. I didn't have an onboard connection so I installed a PCI controller which the device manager says is working properly.

I figured no sweat, just install the new drive, format, partition and copy the boot drive to the new one using MaxBlast3. The problem is I can't get the computer to recognize the new hard drive when it is hooked up so I cannot do squat.

Anyone got any input that might help me?

It doesn't show up in the bios or My Computer.

Thanks in advance!

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A:Hard Drive not Recognized - Why?

Check that the hard drive shows correctly in the BIOS.
If not, you probably haven't attached/jumpered it correctly.

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Hey can anyone please help me out with this problem. I got a new ADATA Nobility NH03 1TB 3.0 External HDD and it works on the USB 2.0 ports but it is not recognized at all on the 3.0 ports, the device still lights up when I plug it into the port but nothing happens on the pc. The USB 3.0 port can see my other USB 2.0 devices though. My motherboard is an ASRock 870 Extreme3. I have the USB 3.0 enabled in my BIOS.

Please help me out and thank you.

A:USB 3.0 Hard Drive not being recognized

nevermind i fixed it

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