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I have a 1.2 GB bigfoot HD just finished setting up windows 95 on it. Turned it off and now my computer wont recognise it. If I try the floppy boot disk it shows invalid drive spec [if I try C or D drives]. I set up my BIOS to user with drive specs but it still doesnt identify it[ it does show the CDROM] . The leds lights up in both CDRom and HD. Power leads and connection cables are hooked up properly and the hard drive worked great before.
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What happens if you choose to detect the hard drives in the BIOS? If it appears here, the connection is good.

Boot off a floppy with FDISK and FORMAT on it and try to view the partitions with FDISK. If there are none, try creating one. Set it active and reboot. Now boot off the floppy again, and try to format the hard disk.

If this works, there isn't any problem with the disk. One thing you should know is that you have to set 'system bootup speed' in  the BIOS so 'slow'. This is because the Bigfoot takes about 8 years to get up to speed before it can be read. So quite often the BIOS is ready to boot the operating system off the drive, but the drive isn't up to speed yet, and so the process fails.

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I see no speed setting for the drives in BIOS, When I try the fdisk on my boot disc, I get no fixed disks present.
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