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2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
Musmach3 Jul-24-00 02:30 AM
I'm installing a new HD for my friend and i have everything done except for the software. I have run the BIOS to detect the HD and it did that, it's just when i try to start the computer it gets to a screen that displays all the system info and then locks up. The screen is supposed to be there, but it's not supposed to lock up. What do I need to do to get rid of this? Is there some way i can reverse the process and reinstall the drive again?

1. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
lbyard Jul-24-00 04:01 PM
In response to message 0
Please provide more info. What drives do you have in the computer, how are they jumpered, and how are they connected to what cables? The BIOS Setup should be set to auto for both drives. Which drive are you attempting to boot from? You more than likely have a cable that is backward or not fully seated. Wait a couple of minutes and see if you get an error (like, for example, cannot find the system files). Larry

2. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
Musmach3 Jul-24-00 07:36 PM
In response to message 1
I'm installing a 10GB Seagate HD with a 1.6GB HD already installed. I'm using the 1.6 as the master and the 10 as the slave. I know that's different, but all the people want it for is to use it as storage for pictures. There is also a CD-ROM and a 1.44MB floppy drive installed. All the cables are hooked up correctly and the jumpers are in the correct position. It's just it reaches a point in the boot process and just locks up.

3. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
lbyard Jul-24-00 08:07 PM
In response to message 2
Does it boot with the 10 Gig drive disconnected? Larry

4. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
Musmach3 Jul-25-00 01:18 AM
In response to message 3
Yes, it will boot when it's disconnected and it will boot when it is not listed from within the BIOS.

5. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
lbyard Jul-25-00 12:11 PM
In response to message 4
I would then connect the 10 gig as the only hard disk, boot to a floppy, and see if the hard disk can be accessed. You may need to fdisk and format it. The 10 gig drive could be bad, or the 1.6 and 10 gig drives are incompatible. Another possibility is that the motherboard BOIS needs to be flashed. Some older BIOSís have problems with drives that are greater than 8.4 Gig (see http://www.westerndigital.com/service/FAQ/8-4.html). The BIOS should be set for Auto. Larry

6. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
Badguy Jul-26-00 04:25 AM
In response to message 5
Hi, I've had this problem before too, it turned out that the motherboard wouldn't accept the newer drives speed (UDMA 66)


7. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
lbyard Jul-26-00 03:22 PM
In response to message 6
Hadn't thought of that one.. Most ATA/66 drive manufactures have a utility on their web sites to change an ATA/66 into an ATA/33 drive by flashing the drive frimware. Larry

8. Same problem!
ngtu Sep-01-00 08:51 PM
In response to message 0
I got the same problem with adding another hard drive to my computer. It gives me the message something like this "invalid system disk, remove and press any key whhen ready" when I try to use it in my new WIN2000 computer. The drive is OK with my old WIN98 Compaq. What seem to be the problem? Please?

9. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
lbyard Sep-01-00 11:13 PM
In response to message 0
Itís probably not lockingĖup. It is most likely trying to boot from a hard disk that has not been partitioned, formatted, and had the operating system installed. See http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/upgrade/intro.htm for tips/procedures. Please come back if you need more help. I should be here all weekend, but that isnít a promise. Larry

10. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
ngtu Sep-10-00 08:05 PM
In response to message 9
HI Larry,
I realized that all I need to do is set up the jumpers and format the new-installed hard drive because I don't know much about computer and I don't want to mess it up. Does FDisk really necessary? Tu.

11. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
lbyard Sep-10-00 09:44 PM
In response to message 10
I just looked at your older message. I am a bit confussed about your configuration and what your are trying to do. Are you saying the drive works in another computer? It boots? Larry

12. RE: 2nd Hard Drive Installation Problems
Xircweb Sep-20-00 07:20 PM
In response to message 11
I've run into the problem a few times myself... First of all which version of Win2000 are you running? If it is Win2000 Professional, you have to do few tricky steps. First of all, Check to see if the drive is in the device manager.(right-click on the "my computer icon" go to properties, Go to the hardware tab, Click the "Device Manager" button. Look under "disk drives" If you see your hard drive type there, then go to the next step, but if you do not, then you must first resolve the BIOS problem that you have. Make sure that you have the slave-master settings correct and check the jumpers. Step two... only if you see your drive in the device manager.
Go to the controll pannel and click on the "Administrative tools" icon. Under this new window click on "Computer Managment". Next click "storage" then "disk managment" Under there see if you have a second storage other than c: drive. If you do, you need to create a partition (preferably Fat file system) and then format it. After you accomplish this Shut down, Reboot and win2000 plug-n-play should do the rest. If you still do not find the drive after this, then the Plug-n-play service needs to be restarted. to do this , go back to the administrative tools, this time click on "services" instead of "computer managment" and Find "Plug and Play"-- right click on it and choose start. Then restart and you should be in business.

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