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I am working on few machines which are quite old, manufactured in 2000(PIII, MX6BEZ board, 128MB RAM) and need to get them working for a special project. A colligue of mine had all the hard drives(Fujitsu, 10.2GGB, model no MPF3102AT, No OS)  and memomry removed from those machines 1 or 2 years back( not sure). Now when I am trying to install those hard drives and memory back to those machines , I am not being able to have the hard drive recognized by the motherboard. It keeps telling me no primary drive. I tried to test them with a good working machine and same thing happend. I also experience too much heat from the memory stick when I put them into slot. In some machines I could smell something burning or frying. I tried to format a drive ( fortunately that was recognized) and took 3 hours to complete 9% of it. Could you please suggest me what cause this kind of issue with hard drive and meomory so that I can stream down the issue ?  As we are planning to use these machines for about six months time, I need to make sure they will be dependable enough to go for them.Please advise.
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Hello there,

That burning that you smelt was probably the RAM. Sometimes if the RAM is seated half way in the slot and you turn on the computer thinking its seated properly, the RAM will get extreamly hot and will give off a burning smell. This will more then likely damage the RAM. As for the Hard Drives that arn't being recognized, you might want to check the jumper settings first. This is the most common issue why HDD don't get detected. If that doesn't work try replacing the IDE cable with a "known" working cable. If you still have no luck, knowing that the HDD's are old they might have been damaged some how.

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Those Fujitsu drives - tsk, tsk tsk.

There are known problems with the following Fujitsu desktop hard disk model numbers: MPG3102AT, >> MPF3102AT<<, MPG3102AH and MPF3102AH (all 10Gb), MPG3204AT, MPF3204AT, MPG3204AH and MPG3204AT (all 20Gb), MPG3307AT, MPF3307AT, MPG3307AH and MPF3307AH (all 30Gb), MPG3409AT, MPF3409AT, MPG3409AH and MPF3409AH (all 40Gb). There are similar problems with the laptop MHM and MHN hard disk models.

Symptoms: These Fujitsu drives will in many cases seem to be working perfectly, then all of a sudden they just appear to fail and die. They will not be recognised by the BIOS and sometimes the BIOS may identify them with nonsense information. You may see an error message telling you of a disk boot failure and also that your operating system can not be found.

Cause: These drives fail as there appears to be an inherent fault on one of the chips on the controller board of the hard disk. Taking the form of a memory leak, after a finite period of time the drive will quite literally forget what it's doing and fall over.
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Thanks for your valuable advice. Yes I did check the IDE and jumper settings very carefully. I indeed use a connector cable that is working for another machine and also tried a new cable  which just recently arrived.I am working on around 25-30 HDD and most of them are giving me this kind of issue. Thanks.
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Thank you very much Johny Canuck. I have come across this exact error message and I have spent more than one day to test these HDD which are leading me nowhere. I do appreciate this advice as it saves us from bigger damage. Thanks a lot!!
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FYI :   Fujitsu & Hitatchi drives  GARBAGE.  2cents  =)  
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Thanks guys..all these help me to decide upon our next step of action. I am happy that I posted my experience before I lost my mind!!
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Thanks a lot and I want to close the question.
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Hi srabanti_chitte
If one (or more) of the experts has helped you could you please allocate points.

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Hi srabanti_chitte
I'm going to ask for this question to be reopened. My comment above shouldn't have been accepted as an answer. When it's reopened please select the appropriate answer.

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