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Old 06-28-2002, 04:52 PM   #1
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Bios is not detecting my 2nd hard drive

This is my first post and first contact with the Linux Community. As embarassing as it is my problem is that i can not get my BIOS to detect my 2nd hard drive, which is set as slave. But when using W2K i see the 2nd hard drive label as Local Disk E.
Primary hard drive is Maxtor ATA133 80gig,JumperSet is Primary
Slave hard drive is Maxtor 8gig, 3 to 4 yrs old
MotherBoard is Abit KT7raid.
all ide cables are correctly fitted
ata133 disable
Please help me or point me to the right direction. I am trying to install RedHat Linux 7.2 on the 8gig hard drive.
Thank you.
Old 06-28-2002, 04:59 PM   #2
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have you try to set both your hard drive to cable-select and let the bios detect again?
Old 06-28-2002, 10:28 PM   #3
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Even if the BIOS didn'tdetect your second hard drive, Linux will detect it (unless the BIOS explicitly does something to hide it). In fact, you can set all your hard drives to "None" and Linux will still detect them. I have tried this successfully with the Award BIOS version 4.x, other, higher quality BIOSes may not be susceptible to this...
Old 06-30-2002, 01:56 AM   #4
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Thank you, i have solve the problem, by default the motherboard was set to only detect the primary hard drive, so by manually setting the bios to detect my second hard drive it solved the problem. Thank you very much for the support Shoot2Kill and Sewer_Monkey. Great appreciation


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