I switched a hard drive from one Hewet packaerd, to a dell, I can't get the computer to see the hard drive.  Is there a way to do this, bios?  Thankyou
O I'm on Win 98. And if someone can help me, I'm just learning.  Thanks
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Go into BIOS (CMOS SETUP) and select AUTO DETECT HARD DRIVE, and auto detect your hard drive, save settings and
exit, and you should be OK.
rdabateAuthor Commented:
I press DEL to enter the set up, I set Drive 0: to Auto
and reboot, I get a messege that says "Insert bootable media in the appropiate drive.  I havve a disk that says Disk Manager Manufacured for FUJITSU, but I'm not sure what to do with that.

Before I set it to AUTO, I would reboot and this is what would happen,

Pleade Wait...
Hard Disk 0 Installed FUJITSU MPC3064AT
Floppy A: Installed
The I would here one beep
rdabateAuthor Commented:
I ment then I would here one beep, Thanks
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You need to go one step futher and select on the MENU the
AUTO DETECT HARD DISK and press enter, to see if your hard
disk is correctly detected.

If you have an AWARD BIOS this function is on the right side
of the main BIOS  screen.  You have to hiughlight this and
press enter.  If it is detected correctly and as you say, you
already have DISK 0 set to auto, you should then be ready to

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Whoa there satwa, he might be wanting what is on it.


Did the Dell have a hard drive in already? is it still in? did you set the jumpers on the harddrives correctly? Does the Dell have 2 IDE channels, does the other have a CD Rom on?

If you wanted to use the HP drive as an extra drive and it was used as an extra drive, not the boot drive in the HP, then you probably have the jumper settings correct. If the HP drive was a bootable drive, and you are now using it as an extra drive, you need to set the jumpers to the slave position for that drive, and also check the Dell's drive to see if there is a seperate setting for Master with slave, rather than just single. This would also be a good plan in the first case too.

If you replaced the boot drive from the Dell with the boot drive from the HP, then it should work, unless HP installed some boot block IDE drivers for it's hardware, but it is also a good idea to check the jumpers to make sure, the HP may have had a CD as slave and the drive may be set for master rather than single.

The settings for the Fujitsu drive are here ..

Note the Fujitsu drive only requires the one setting for either Master or single, there is no separate setting for single.

If you have another drive in the system, please tell us what it is, so we can check out the settings for you.


Road Warrior
The reason that I did not think he wanted what was on it was because he was talking about using the DISK MANAGER disk
from Fujitsu. Everytime I ever used one of the DISK MANAGERS
it completely cleaned the disk.

rdabate said he was just learning, so I sort of ignored that, since a novice might the regard disk manager as "something that will get the drive working" rather than "something that will mid level reformat, partition and dos format the drive after it is installed correctly", fair enough assumption though, I just thought we ought to check the basics first. If he has another drive in the system, and has them configured wrong, like both master or one or both on cable select, then one could be overlaying the other and using a disk manager "low" or mid format on them might write the parameters of one to the other, or something else nasty. Even using fdisk on them like this can make things complicated.


Unless you have some software or data on the HP drive you want to keep, then after you are sure the hardware is correctly configured, you should follow satwa's instructions to set up and format the drive. If it already has an operating system on it, it probably will be less trouble in the long run to wipe it and start over, since the Dell may have a substantially different hardware configuration than the HP and although it is possible to run the version of win on the drive and install the right drivers, this often gets one a flakey and bloated install that causes problems every time you change something.


Road Warrior
some input here- some Dell computers use cable select settings on hard drive.
I just added another HDD to a Dell yesterday (Celeron 300), and master HDD was on CSS (cable select).Think this may be problem. Setting both HDDs to master & slave did not work.
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