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Old 12-06-2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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Hard drive not recognized

I have this really odd problem.

I installed a new 160Gb Western Digital hard drive. I have installed it and all the cables are correctly installed and the jumper settings are correct. The drive is the Secondary Master, and I have a DVD burner as the secondary slave.

When I switch on the computer, only the two hard drives on the primary are recognised. They do not even show up in the bios. If I then reboot, the hard drive and dvd on the secondary are recognised and work correctly.

Any ideas what is causing this, and what I can do to fix it?

The relevant lines of my fstab are shown below (I don't know if this will help or not ):
/dev/hda1    /           ext3    defaults,errors=remount-ro    0    1
/dev/hdb1    /home       ext3    defaults                      1    2
/dev/hdc1    /home/ian   ext3    defaults                      1    2
Thanks in advance for your help
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Sounds like a hardware problem with the second controller not being reset properly on power up. I have the same problem on one of my computers with a SCSI controller. I am also forced to reboot whenever I first power on the PC.

Assuming the BIOS and everything is configured correctly I do not think there is anything you can do besides getting a another IDE controller or replacing the motherboard. The problem might be due to a faulty drive or DVD. You could disconnect one and a time to see if it fixes the problem.


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