New Hard Drive Hardly Wants to Work
Posted on 2002-04-20
I bought a new hard drive, a Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80 Gig. I was pretty much out of room with my old 20 and I figured 80 would give me a bit more elbow room.
After I installed it, I found that it did nothing. As in zippo, nada, no-way-Jose-am-I-gonna-work-for-you-buddy.
I double checked my jumper setting (master,single drive...I'm putting my old drive into the kid's computer) and that the ribbon cable's red line is lined up with the Pin 1. Made sure all connections were as tight as a virgin's, uh, drum. Still nothing. No sound of it spinning wildly out of control, no light in the front of the computer coming on (the hard drive light), nothing.
Now I went to the Seagate webpage and saw something that is probably my answer, that is if I was smarter than a hayseed like Jethro Bodine, and under their troubleshooting section for if the hard drive doesn't do anything it says:
"Verify that your system is ATA/100 compatible with the UDMA mode setting."
Well, since that makes as much sense to me as saying "verify that your phrisozitanium hoozamatoch is aligned with the khaloramatory settings of the wheezulahooey", I thought I would ask for the guidance of intelligent folk such as yourselves.
The hard drive that I took out was a Western Digital Protege Enhanced IDE. I have always thought that the only different kinds of hard drives were IDE and SCSI, but I guess I would appear to be wrong about that.
For everyone else it's probably an obvious problem in which I'm setting myself up for all kinds of mocking and abuse, but that's okay, my wife does that to me all the time so I'm used to it.
Is there some kind of setting on the mother board to make this drive work with my system, or does this puppy have to go back to store?