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Comp wont POST with harddrive

Posted on 2003-03-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I am thinking that my hard drive is bad, but wanted some expert advice before I purchase a new one.  

Basically my computer wont POST or let me enter my BIOS with a WD hard drive attached.  It has the proper jumper settings, and when removed I can POST just fine.  I think this is a foregone conclusion, but is there anything I can do to be certain that this drive is bad?

Thanks all.
Question by:robc50
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Greetings, robc50!
   If you can boot up to DOS, run a scandisk on your hard drive. You can also download the WD hard drive tester.


Best wishes, war1

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ID: 8226946
Thanks war1, I'll try that, however I am not sure I can as it just hangs on "detecting ide drives...." when it is attached.
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I'll presume you have tried the jumper settings as MASTER, SLAVE and C/S.  With no other devices on the same cable.

And have tested it on another machine.

If it fails all these then it'll serve as a paper weight or something to throw at the cat.
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   The WD drive test will not hang.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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I suspect your jumper settings are incorrect or the drive really has failed completely.  WD drives are very picky about their jumpers; if the drive is the only device on the cable, you have to set it to "Master/Single" instead of just Master (or master/slave present).  Some IBM drives are like this also.  See:

Can you read the drive on a friend's PC?


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rjhawkin earned 150 total points
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It was already said that it could not POST with the drive attached. So it wont boot. It never gets that far.

For these steps you can put a booting disk in the drive to make sure the system comes up fully. I am going to be verbose since I dont know your level of tech, if it is below you its not intended as an insult. Make sure to read this whole comment before doing anything.

About discnnecting cables, try to pull directly on the connector not on the cable itself as you can damage the cable where it attaches to the connector. If you MUST use the cable pull gently, not with a jerk.

try this:

1) Disconnect all IDE devices and cables from the system. Make sure that that the system posts that way. Reboot it again and enter the bios. Check that the drive type is set to auto or the actual Cylindar/Head/Sector settings from the label on the drive. You might need to try both, try auto first.

2) Save and exit the bios, shut it off after it posts.

3) Double check the jumper settings, they are usually directly on the drive label. Set drive to Master, not Cable Select(CS).

4) Plug the drive into one end of the cable, and the other end into the motherboard in the socket marked Primary. If the socket is marked IDE# use the lowest #. Dont use the middle connector on the cable. If you have more than one cable you will want to check both.

5) Make sure that the red stripe on the cable is on the Pin one mark on the motherboard and the same on the drive. It is marked usually as a white arrow pointing at one end of the connector on the motherboard. It could be something different, but one side will be marked different. On the drive the stripe usually goes to the side of the connector closest to the power connector.

6) Connect the power connector (molex).

*** Make sure again that no other IDE devices are plugged in, not even a cdrom. ***

7) Power on the system and see if it gets past post and boots off of the floppy.

If it doesnt work try the other setting in the bios from what you used in step 1) and swapping the cable out as in step 4). Just make sure to power the system off before swapping cables arround.

If your still having trouble, Id lean towards the driving beingbad, but it might be under warrenty for replacement.

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ID: 8239479
Thanks rjhawkin.  I am convinced the drive is dead now.  Time to get an RMA and ship it off :)

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