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fdisk can't find Drive 1

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I just put a new system together with a 60 gig hard drive. System board is a GigaByte GA-7VRXP. I booted using a Windows ME boot disk and when I run Fdisk it says "unable to access drive 1". I used the /x switch but the same thing happens. I have used the BIOS auto detect and manually set the drive perimeters with the same results. Using the /status switch shows drive 1 with no entries. What did I do and how can I correct this?
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It's UNCLEAR from your question whether or NOT the BIOS "sees" the drive.  This is IMPORTANT.  Does the BIOS detect the drive or NOT????

If not, then you have not properly installed the drive.  You've set the MASTER/SLAVE/CS jumper improperly, used an incorrect cable, or not plugged it in correctly.

If yes, then you may have a HARDWARE problem with the drive.  Are you sure it's a known good drive?  Is it NEW or did you get it 2nd hand?

>>used the BIOS auto detect and manually set the drive

Are you AUTODETECTING OR are you MANUALLY setting the drive?  These are mutually exclusive options.


Please be more clear and precise in your problem description if you want better assistance.
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Yes, it is a new drive. I just removed it and used another and fdisk detected it just fine. The new drive is a bad drive. Thank you for alerting me to the obvious.
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