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Hard drive help?

cycleman Avatar
9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
I bought a maxtor STM3250820A IDE 250Gb hard drive to replace my old 80Gb one, problem is my PC refuses to recognise it, I've tried every combination of jumpers, new IDE lead, different power leads, tried it on the first and second connector and nothing... even played around with the bios to try to make it recognise it (restored defaults now)
Can't think of anything else to try, very frustrating as I'm now back on my old hard drive.
Only thing I'm not sure about is that it says PATA and connect using an 80-conductor ATA cable.
Any advice much appreciated.
PS Even tried connecting it while my PC was running, just fr:? oze and 'blue screened'.
cycleman Avatar
9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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#1
check windows site. If you install more than a 160 you have to install a driver for windows to process this.
Sorry I am so vague but it has been a while since I installed my own but this will bring it to the top and someone will supply the correct information.
#2
Thanks for that I'll go there now
#3
that last process of connecting a hard drive while your PC was running is not a good idea..so avoid that at all costs.

You may well have a faulty Maxtor drive as I did last year when mine refused to load windows..you should set the jumper on the drive to the same as it is on the 80 gb one you are replacing..so I guess that will be either as master or cable select.

Which version of windows are you using??..are you planning on doing a clean install or transfering all the data (including operating system) from one drive to another???
#4
The Jumper on the 250 needs to be Set as Primary if your're going to use it as a Main one with your operating system on. if the 80GB Is going to be backup it needs to be set to Slave or Secondary.

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.

If you have done it correctly your drive should display in there, and you can format and make it active.
#5
tonyd19565
check windows site. If you install more than a 160 you have to install a driver for windows to process this.
Sorry I am so vague but it has been a while since I installed my own but this will bring it to the top and someone will supply the correct information.


This will not prevent the drive from being recognised..and when you load XP with SP2 it will be recognised at it's full capacity .
#6
Thanks currychops and everyone else, I've enabled large disc support done all the jumpers (my plan is to use this as the only drive with a clean install) but as soon as I connect the drive up everything freezes.
When I try and boot with my 250gb it stops when the 1024mb ram screen shows, but if I unplug it it boots up fine, I'm completely lost now
#7
A stupid question: is this drive recognized in BIOS?
#8
cycleman
Thanks currychops and everyone else, I've enabled large disc support done all the jumpers (my plan is to use this as the only drive with a clean install) but as soon as I connect the drive up everything freezes.
When I try and boot with my 250gb it stops when the 1024mb ram screen shows, but if I unplug it it boots up fine, I'm completely lost now


so you are doing a clean install of XP onto the new hard drive?..if so I take it you have the bios set correctly so that the PC boots to the CD/DVD rom as the first device??..because as you probably know you have to place the XP disc in the drive before you boot the system??

sounds like you may have a duff drive...or may have damaged it by trying to connect it with the PC running...you should never do that...anyway i await your further update.
#9
Kommunist
A stupid question: is this drive recognized in BIOS?



Not a stupid question. You need to check if your PC can see the drive first.
#10
Yes I boot from my XP disc it goes so far as to 'install xp' and then says there are no hard drives and it's not recognised in bios.
#11
Set is as master and on it's own 'ribbon' without the cd/dvd rom attatched.

Make sure that the ide cable is seated into the motherboard correctly. You may have disturbed it when installing the hard drive.
#12
So it is NOT recognized in BIOS. This is the starting point, TBH...
Forget about Windows or any other operating system at the moment - you need to force BIOS to recognize the disk.

Try the following:
1. Disconnect ALL other disks (you can leave floppy drive if you have it).
2. Set Maxtor as Master and try force BIOS to recognize the drive (normally something like 'Detect All Drives').
3. If it is not recognized, TURN OFF the power and change jumper to Cable Select. Ensure that you are using connectors on both ends of cable, not the one in the middle if you have dual-drive cable. Now, turn on power and ask BIOS to recognize the drive.
4. If it is still not working, ensure that black (or red) stripe on HDD is near power connector and on motherboard it is next to pin 1 (usually designated with white stripe or dot).
5. Still no luck? Get another jumper and try to use Master with Capacity Limiter (CLJ in Maxtor terminology). Or Cable Select...

And so on... Computers are fun, aren't they? :)

Maxtor Jumpers config
#13
What Kommunist said :)

Also if thats still not working - then it may be that your motherboard is old and needs a BIOS update:
You should be able to google the make/model of the board and find out what the latest version is and compare to what you have. if your board is a long way behind then a bios update could help (but has its own dangers!).

It may also be the drive is DOA, you could check this by placing it in a HD enclosure and plugging it into the PC.. (or another person's PC).
#14
Just wanted to thank everyone for their help, took wraithchild's advice and tested in an enclosure on 3 different computers and dead as a doornail, won't be buying maxtor again.
Tried a western digital and recognised straight away.....
#15
Any company's equipment can go wrong that`s why you get a guarantee. what you should know is a Maxtor is the same company as Seagate therefore probably the same harddrive with a different label.
#16
tonyd19565
Any company's equipment can go wrong that`s why you get a guarantee. what you should know is a Maxtor is the same company as Seagate therefore probably the same harddrive with a different label.



Probably but not always. :)
#17
My statement says probably so whats with the "not always".
Probably takes into account not always or is my English failing me?

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