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Old 09-17-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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Installing a new hard drive


Hello, I am really new to Linux and am having a problem. Recently, I bought a new Western Digital Hard Drive (1TB) because the hard drive I was using before had a bad sector on it (Windows kept freezing at the startup phase, and it wouldn't reinstall. Thankfully, Ubuntu would), so i bought this new one to replace it.

here's the newegg page for the hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-284-_-Product


I have the drive installed correctly, physically (chords and everything are in the right spot). Whenever I try to startup with the new drive plugged in, my computer hangs at the 'Detecting Storage Devices' phase and won't go any further. When I plugged the drive in after booting up Ubuntu, the drive doesn't show up anywhere (I checked the filesystems, disk utility and device manager). I am at a complete loss as to how to fix this.

Any help is much appreciated
 
Old 09-17-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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Is 'Detecting Storage Devices' before or after you select your kernel in grub?
 
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Update your BIOS. Try switching between AHCI and Native mode in your BIOS.
 
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Update your BIOS. Try switching between AHCI and Native mode in your BIOS.
how do I do that? I've been trying to find a guide online but haven't come across anything helpful
 
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:10 PM   #7
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You must get in to BIOS, usually press DELETE/F2/F12 button, the question is how many devices you have installed on your MOBO, is your hard drive connected to SATA channel or mistakenly to RAID? what name is on your MOBO and number, usually when you open the case you can see this information in the corners or in the middle of the motherboard.

This number and name of MOBO you can use to search in Google, usually name + number (like ECS K7S5A) and then you can find tutorial and a PDF file for your Motherboard.


If the bios don't see your Hard Drive try to change the Red SATA wire or put the end of it in the different socket. If the computer is old in BIOS you must press enter in the field where you have many names of devices (old AWARD BIOS). In new BIOS like AMI BIOS you just choose the Device to boot first, and of course you can choose between AHCI and ATA . I Hope that this will help you.


I tried updating my BIOS, but the update I found on the HP website is Windows only, and I don't think I can find it anywhere else.

I checked to make sure that the Hard drive I was sent isn't bad, and when I plugged in the power supply I heard the disc spinning, which I'm pretty sure is a good sign.

Is there any way to do a fresh install of windows onto a different drive? I have 4 including the one i'm booting from and the new 1TB that isn't being recognized. I tried installing already, but it say something about not being able to find a system partition in order to install.

Thank you for all the help, I'd be pulling my hair out right now if it wasn't for you guys
 
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:03 PM   #9
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Well, I looked int he BIOS and didn't see anything that would allow me to update. When I looked at my hard drives, all I could do was look at SMART test related things (run a short or long test, and look at results. none of which did anything). I looked at the settings too, and under the ADVANCED tab, I didn't see anything along the lines of switching from AHCI to Native. I'm not super familiar with the BIOS though, so I may have missed something

Got any other suggestions?
 
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Propably the problem is not with your Motherboard but with your PSU, when you have 4x HDD and less then 400WATTs one of your drives won't work properly
How do you come to that conclusion? I would consider that nonsense.

@sluchi88: I would recommend to try the disk in another PC, maybe you got a faulty drive. Also check the cable, maybe your SATA-cable is faulty.
 
Old 09-20-2010, 10:40 PM   #11
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@sluchi88: I would recommend to try the disk in another PC, maybe you got a faulty drive. Also check the cable, maybe your SATA-cable is faulty.
I tried multiple SATA wires on the hard drive already, one's that I know work because my other hard drives show up when I use them. I'm pretty sure the drive isn't to blame, I can hear it spin when I plug the power cable into it.

The current hard drive I'm booting from has a faulty sector on it (the disk utility says "A few bad sectors"). Is there any chance this is to blame for my problems?

I tried reinstalling Windows 7 onto another hard drive, but it says that it can't find or create a system sector. Is there any way to work around this?
 
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Then non sense is that the Thread you are writing in, there already was a SATA-cable checking and I can see that you aren't a very competetive reader.
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Probably you don't know nothing about hardware!
OK, then I worked the last to years as chief technician at a large PC manufacturer without knowledge about the hardware. I wonder how I did that.
Maybe you should know that the wattage of a PSU is absolutely irrelevant, the relevant point is how many amperes the different powercircuits can deliver. I myself have already built fileservers with low power-cpu with more than 4 HDDs and smaller PSUs, and, oh wonder, they run 24/7 with ALL drives. I think with your second post you disqualified yourself.

@sluchi88: That your drive spins up does not mean that the drive-electronic is working correctly.
 
Old 09-26-2010, 08:23 PM   #14
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how do i tell if the hard drive I bought is compatible with my motherboard?

just for reference, my Mobo is m2N78-LA and the hard drive I bought is this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-284-_-Product

Sorry for the delays in my responses, I've been busy with school work
 
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