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Old 08-10-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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GRUB error 5 when I try to connect new SATA HDD


Hi All,

Messing around with my 4 yr old Dell. Have two distros multi-booting with XP. Bought a new 400 gig SATA drive, but anytime I have the SATA drive connected I get "GRUB loading, please wait, Error 5".

I can disconnect the SATA drive, go into BIOS and turn off that SATA connection, and I can boot up fine to XP or Linux.

The SATA drive has not yet been formated. Not sure if I have a bootable CD to do the task (I can not get gparted to boot from CD).

Anyone know if this can be fixed?

Thanks for all help.
 
Old 08-10-2007, 06:53 PM   #2
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Hi, First, I would check the bios to see if the cdrom is the first boot drive.

Second I would make sure the ide hd is second boot drive, If no cd boot normally.

The sata drive I would make sure the bios does not pick it up as the first boot drive when it is connected.

An old way to be sure of this would be to connect the drive, and reboot. When the bios is handed over to the boot loader, reset the machine and go into the bios to check your settings.

The sata drive should not interfere with the system. Perhaps the bios is configured to pick up any sata as the primary by default, and when it is detected the bios changes your boot order of the drives.

See how you go, Glenn
 
Old 08-10-2007, 08:07 PM   #3
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Thanks.

As long as I change boot sequence from "CD-ROM" to "primary drive C", I boot up fine. Thanks for getting me through that, I do appreciate it.

Now my issue is that Windows is not seeing the new SATA HDD. Even in disc management nothing shows. This HDD came from Newegg with no drivers or utilities. I had expected to be able to format it with disc management in Windows.

Thanks for the help
 
Old 08-10-2007, 08:16 PM   #4
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Normally XP just picks up the (SATA) drive and asks to format it - maybe you have a driver missing.
Try sticking a partition on it from Linux (i.e. create a partition table for it) and see if 'doze wakes up then.
 
Old 08-10-2007, 08:29 PM   #5
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You should be able to change the boot drive back again later when you have finished partitioning.

But I normally leave cdrom as first boot in case, and for easy service.

As said above, the sata drive may have no partitions yet. I use qtparted, but cfdisk will do in terminal mode to partition and format.

Glenn
 
Old 08-11-2007, 03:20 AM   #6
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XP doesn not always see SATA drives. I had to hack a driver for the Intel chipset before it would. Even a disk that hasn't been formatted should be visible in XP if you go to Disk Manament.
 
Old 08-11-2007, 06:10 AM   #7
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You may need the sata chip driver for your mother board and chipset, for winxp.

Glenn
 
Old 08-11-2007, 06:26 AM   #8
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Oh, and another suggestion:

examine that hard drive for a SATA jumper; if your pc is 4 years old, I would doubt that it will support SATA II. That is why most SATA II drives have a small jumper to select SATA 150 instead. I do not know for sure whether having this jumper wrong would actually cause the drive to become invisible to some operating systems, but there must be a reason that it's there.
 
Old 08-11-2007, 08:12 AM   #9
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Back to square one, this morning I can not boot with the SATA connected, no matter what boot sequence I use.

Thanks for the tip on the jumper, this Samsung has that feature, but it has not appeared to make a difference.

I guess I will have to research to see if I can find out what chipset this Dell has, see if I can get any help there. Maybe that is where I need to look next. The Dell did come with XP, so I would have thought it would have included drivers for the connections existing on the mobo.

Thanks for the help.
 
  


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