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SOYO MB 7VBA133 won't find 80gig HD

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The soyo mb in this computer won't recognize the new 80 gig WD hard drive.  In fact it won't recognize a 40 gig Maxtor drive I also have. It originally had a 20 gig drive that died.  I have been to the website but am not familiar with flashing the bios and it has several options.  My bios version is 7BA-2AA1 but the date for Award bios is 1999. which download do I need and any suggestions with flashing the bios?
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The latest BIOS is 7vba2aa7.bin and can be downloaded from http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/selectresults.php?language=&col1=Motherboard&col2=74&col3=BIOS+Upgrade

Along with Awdflash.exe, which is the flash utility.

1. Download  Awdflash.exe and the BIN file.
2. Create a bootable DOS diskette and copy  Awdflash.exe and the BIN file to the diskette.
3. Copy  Awdflash.exe and the BIN file to a temporary folder on the hard drive. This is to make sure that neither of these files are corrupted on the diskette, especially the BIN file. Because if it is you will wind up with a dead motherboard.
4. Place the diskette into the machine to be upgraded and boot.
5. At the dos prompt (A:\)  type awdflash.
6. I don't know exactly what will happen next, but it will probably ask if you want to save the current BIOS, in which case the reply should be YES.
7. It will probably prompt for the file name of the BIOS. This will the name of the BIN file which was copied to the diskette, e.g. 7vba2aa7.bin.
8. Cross your fingers and start rubbing your lucky rabbit's foot. If anything goes wrong at this point you will most likely have a dead motherboard.

GOOD LUCK!
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lidsky earned 250 total points
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Sorry step 3 may not be too clear. What I meant to say was copy the files from the diskette back to the hard disk, to verify the files integrity.
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by:kimscpu
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Thanks but I chickened out and purchased another 20 gig drive.  I had no problems loading then.  I will save the steps in case I get brave someday.  Thanks for your help!
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So, you took the easy way out :-)
I probably would have done the same.

Cheers
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