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bodtchboy

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Hard drive not recognized as primary master
« on: February 16, 2007, 09:51:21 PM »
Hi,
 
I recently erased a hard drive and reformated it.  When I install it back into the computer, it is not recognized as the primary master in the bios.  It shows it as a drive I can boot from, and it is shown as a raid driver or "serial driver?", but is not recognized as a primary driver.  When I try and install windows,  it does not recognize a hard drive.  I can't figure out if there is something in the bios I am missing.  
 
If I plug the hard drive into another computer, it is recognized as a primary master and I was able to install windows on it.  However, when I put it back into the other computer, it starts to load windows, but then resets the computer.  I can't figure out what's wrong!!

dl65

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    Re: Hard drive not recognized as primary master
    « Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007, 10:00:20 PM »
    bodtchboy......
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    I recently erased a hard drive and reformated it.  [highlight]When I install it back into the computer[/highlight]
    ......  Why was it necessary to remove the HD to wipe it and do a clean install?
    Please specify what type of HD it is we're dealing with.

    dl65  ::)

    « Last Edit: February 16, 2007, 10:00:42 PM by dl65 »
    If you don't know the answer, it isn't a dumb question.

    bodtchboy

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    Re: Hard drive not recognized as primary master
    « Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007, 10:31:37 PM »
    It is my in-laws computer.  They got a bunch of viruses & spyware on it.  I don't know much about that stuff, so I back up their necessary files and then wipe the drive and reinstall everything.  I do it to mine every couple of years to clean out the junk.  
     
    Anyway, it is a seagate 7200 160g SATA(model ST3160023AS).
     
    I can't figure out if I am missing something in the BIOS.  I also can't find any jumpers associated with the SATA.  Not sure if there are supposed to be any or not.  

    Joe_Flanagan

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    Re: Hard drive not recognized as primary master
    « Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 12:40:13 AM »
    I would use the free Seagate utility to set-up the drive exactly as you want it (primary partition set to active, choose file system, extended partitions, if wanted etc.) [highlight]before Windows sees it[/highlight].

    Be ready with SATA drivers when Windows asks (F6)
    Then when you see "Regain Hero Status with in-laws", hit Restore  ;)

    If it was working before, why worry about jumpers now ?