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Dell Precision 530 MT wouldn't recognize newly installed EIDE drive

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I am adding a new EIDE hard disk into the primary IDE controller and my machine information is:
1) BIOS A06
2) No SCSI drive at all
3) system setup said "Primary Drive 0 .... OFF" -- cannot change it
4) Secondary IDE controller has one DVD drive and one CD drive

If I unplug the CD drive and replace it with the  the EIDE hard disk then I can see the disk on the "Secondary Drive"
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Should be able to put that drive on the first EIDE controller as the primary drive. Are you able to change the other drives in the bios to Auto? Also update your bios to version 11.
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by:sgchang
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My problem is the primary EIDE controller and it seems that I cannot connect any drive to it and make it recognizable.  I tried:
1) connect two EIDE hard disks (using cable select or master/slave)
2) connect the two drives (DVD and CD) that were on the secondary controller


Where can I get bios 11 and instruction for updating bios?
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3) system setup said "Primary Drive 0 .... OFF" -- cannot change it

That is your problem. Can you set that to auto? Can you change that setting for the other three?
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http://support.dell.com/

Go to desktop -> precision -> 530 then to BIOS and get the floppy one. It is the easiest. It has a read me file.
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You should reset bios first see if the drive can be detected in bios.
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by:sgchang
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I was not be able to change the "OFF" setting with BIOS A06 but after upgrading to A11 now I can change the setting to "AUTO" so I am fine now.
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