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Old 07-24-2004, 07:39 PM   #1
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Linux Installation FAILURE harddrive not detected


Hello. I was installing red hat linux a while back when it said some packages were missing during the installation, and rebooted my computer which it said it couldn't detect any harddrives. So i tried running the installer again to format and it said it couldn't detect any harddrives. Then i tried running other distro's like knoppix to fdisk and it didn't detect it neither did freebsd. I tried windows to detect it and no good. I've tried some of the manufatures products(diskwizard from seagate) which have done nothing for me. I was thinking maybe if i could get a program to write zeros to the disk it might fix it. If anyone else has had this problem and knows a solution or if anyone has any ideas at all, it would be awesome to hear from you.
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Old 07-24-2004, 11:03 PM   #2
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Tell everyone what kind of computer and chip you have. Windows can't detect the hard drive?? Is the computer defective? Did something work on it before you tried to install linux?
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Old 07-24-2004, 11:05 PM   #3
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what kind of computer chip? and yes the computer is fine its this computer !!! LOL. its only like a year old same age as teh harddrives, and the harddrive worked before i installed half of linux
 
Old 07-25-2004, 01:33 AM   #4
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Don't tell me... Let me guess...

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what kind of computer chip? and yes the computer is fine its this computer !!! LOL. its only like a year old same age as teh harddrives, and the harddrive worked before i installed half of linux
If i didn't know better i'd say you were trying to install Mandrake 10....

Because it almost did the exact same thing to my system, in fact, my system, which oddly enough is running as we speak, still has the effects of Mandrake 10 (pre-release). it somehow told my partition table that it had an incorrect number of cylinders and while my system will still boot, cfdisk and system commander absolutelly refuse to touch the partition siting that the cylinder count is a mismatch. now fortunately for me fdisk does manage to function and there is an option there for setting the cylunder count however, i'm literally shit baked to do so....

at least not until i back everything up and since i now have Slackware 10 running just fine, which means i now have usb 2.0 accessing my external maxtor, i can do a backup and make an attempt at fixing that problem....

however, back to you!

try your luck with slackware 10 and don't forget vector linux.... get your VectorLinux Live CD from here and see if you can run fdisk on your hard disk....

now my apologies if it's not mandrake 10.... (just making an educated guess)

- perry

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Old 07-25-2004, 11:12 AM   #5
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GO TO THE hd MAUFACTURES WEB SITE AND DOWLOAD THE UTILITIES TO A FLOPPY, THEN INSERT THE FLOPPY INTO THE MACHINE AND SET UP THE hd
 
Old 07-25-2004, 12:17 PM   #6
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i went to the site and did that zandak and perry it was redhat but i've had a friend tell me to try to install slackware but unforntuantly im on 56GAY and 2 files of 699 mb isn't to fun to download 30 hours each.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 01:59 PM   #7
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i went to the site and did that zandak and perry it was redhat but i've had a friend tell me to try to install slackware but unforntuantly im on 56GAY and 2 files of 699 mb isn't to fun to download 30 hours each.

SORRY, WHAT IS THE NAMEBRAND OF YOUR HD, AND DIDN'T IT COME WITH A FLOPPY OF A CD WITH THIS UTILITY ALREADY ON IT,, YOU NEXT BEST THING TO DO WOULD BE TO USE DOS TO REFORMAT, THEN CREATE YOUR PRIMARY DOS PARTITION AND THEN FDISK
 
Old 07-25-2004, 03:42 PM   #8
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how do i use dos to reformat? and the brand name is "Seagate"
 
Old 07-25-2004, 04:05 PM   #9
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it is probably a bad hard-drive. try a different harddrive and see what happens.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 04:08 PM   #10
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its on this computer that i've been trying the harddrive.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 04:18 PM   #11
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i tried a dos format and i dont think i did it right cuz all i got was an error "Bad command or file name"
 
Old 07-25-2004, 04:45 PM   #12
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Make sure the motherboard's BIOS is set to auto for the IDE channel where the hard drive is located. When the computer boots does the POST show info on the hard drive? Can you verify the hard drive is spinning? Verify the cable connecters are seated securely on both the drive and motherboard.

Could be a hardware problem... either the drive or the motherboard.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 06:57 PM   #13
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no i know its not the motherboard because im using this computer(the one im on right now) to test the harddrive! the bios is set for auto select and the jumper is set correctly. the bios doesn't detect the harddrive thought i dont understand why, because it detects this harddrive that im using at this time to post this fourm. i dont understand how redhat could mess up the harddrive so much! could it have someone **** up the firmware in the harddrive? i know that the harddrive is spinning because i plug it in and i hear her purrrr!!! anyother ideas?

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Old 07-25-2004, 10:13 PM   #14
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if it were me i'd try the disk in another system and double and tripple check the dip switches....

failing that, i'd get the model number and if it's a recent drive, hop on down to my local hardware store and buy one just like it... then take the damn thing back and demand to see the manager....

ask him what kind of an **** joint he's running here anyway....

well it worked for me with a cd-rewriter that ate about a dozen cdr's....

- perry

Last edited by J.W.; 07-26-2004 at 02:07 AM.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 10:23 PM   #15
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perry the fact is i bought the hd from a friend and its less than 2 years old(1 1/2 year at the most) and i dont have a receit and i dont know where he bought it from, plus i dont have the money to front for a new disk... i already tried it in another system, but i mean how could linux fuck up the frimware? its crazy :s
 
  


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