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Hello. I just transferred my Maxtor 30gig 7200rpm HD from my old computer to my new system.
I have it jumpered as slave to my primary WD 40gig 7200rpm HD.
I did not reformat the the maxtor since there are some files/programs I would still like to use. It has win98SE o/s in it but since it's the slave i don't think it should make a difference.
The maxtor is not recognized by my system.
What can I do, short of reformatting it for my system, to get my system to recognize it?
thanks in advance.
 

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Is the primary drive jumpered to master, rather than single
did you make sure the cable red stripe lined up to pin 1 on the drive
Drive jumpered as slave

did you enable the bios to autodetect the primary slave

Big question, did you use a overlay software on the drive to get it to be full seen on the old computer
 

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Thanks for the quick response.
Yes, the primary is jumpered as the master.
Yes, the cable w/ the red stripe is positioned correctly.
No, I didn't mess around w/ the bios yet and would not know how to ave it autodetect the the primary slave drive.
No, never had to use overlay software w/ my old computer.
I hope I gave you enough info to see if you can help me.
thanks again.
 

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WD drives have two settings for master. One is master single drive and the other is for master multiple drives which is the one you need to use. Make sure that is set that way and make sure the bios is seeing the drive when you boot up. You should see both drives on the boot up screen. If not make sure the primary slave [or which ever ide channel] you installed the drive on is enabled in the bios. Depending on your motherboard, you may have to set the parameters for you drive manually. Most motherboards will auto detect the drive for you.
 

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You need to look around for the ide configuration menu

It will list primary master/slave, secondary master/slave

Maybe be listed under standard cmos setup or ide configuration
 

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Another thought, depending on how 'old' the computer was that you took the Maxtor drive out of --- it could possibly have a software overlay program on it (EZ Bios) and if that is the case, you'll need to remove it before it'll be recognized.


*** EDIT *** oops, wakeup Candy, I see brianF already thought about that...... :)
 

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One time something like this happened to me, too. The computer wasn't happy having an OS on the slave drive. You might try ghosting the slave to the master or something, unless thats already been done and said on this forum...I'd try and look, but im too lazy. I hate my A7V.
 

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You guys are right!!! It does have ez bios in it.
How do I remove it?
By the way, I disconnected my WD and installed the maxtor alone as primary master and it was recognized. It just isn't recognized as a slave.
 

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I just hate it when I'm asleep :)

You'll need to boot with the EZ-Bios floppy, there will be advanced options........disable it on the drive first, then remove it.....no data will be lost.
 

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i never had an ez bios floppy. i used the maxblast software that came w/ the maxtor HD that i used to format the HD.
Can please give me a step by step guide as I have never done this before.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
 

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I disabled and then uninstalled the ez bios on my maxtor hd but still had to auto detect it as the prim slave hd.
I got my system to recognize it.
only problem now is that the maxtor has 7 items infected w/ the W95.hybris.lugin virus.
I'll post in the security forum.
Thanks to everyone that helped.
 
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