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IDE hard drive problems on G3 B&W

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I installed a 20GB UDMA Samsung HD on my rev1 B&W G3, replacing the 12GB IDE drive that came with the machine. I booted from my OS 9.1 CD, it recognised the drive, I initialised it, partitioning it 3 times, and installed 9.1 on the first partition. I then rebooted and finished the install, but since then a reboot does not find the drive.

Booting without CD gets a missing Start-Up disk error; booting from CD (OS 9.1 or X) and running Disk SetUp only sees the CD. Also, restarting takes an age between shutting down & powering back up. Is this an issue with the UDMA disk. I have read that Samsung drives are compatible with Macs, and indeed, I was able to install OS 9.1.

My firmware is up-to-date. I had no probs with the 12Gb Quantum Fireball. Any suggestions?
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by:weed
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Check the drive connection. It could just be a loose ribbon cable. May have been tight enough to get you through the install but came loose just after.
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Oh, i should ask. Do you hear the drive spin up when you turn the machine on?
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Yes to both, Weed. What I haven't done is check with a different data cable. I'll do that tonight.
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by:pete_c
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The problem is the same having checked the data cable. What actually happens is that I switch the machine on, it boots to Mac OS 9.1, no problem; I retsart, it takes an age to reboot & then can't find the start-up drive. Very odd.

I've actually given up & just re-installed the Quantum, which is giving me no probs. I figure it is best to run a  disk that is designed for Macs. I would still be very interested in any further thoughts you have though, for future ref.
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What happens if you make the new drive a slave drive?
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As I said, I've reinstalled the Quantum so I don't really want to swap the drives back over to test it as slave. The drive was always installed as master; what makes you think slave would be a better setting? I'll give you the points as you were good enough to post some comments.
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