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Connecting IDE Drive Cables
Last updated: 11/3/01

Hard Disk Drives, EZ Drive, and Recent Motherboards
Last updated: 9/8/01

Q.  The EZ Drive floppy that came my new hard disk drive appears to be able to format, and under "check bios" it searches for the drive and hangs... I've tried auto, large, LBA and the maximum... How do I install the drive?

A.   The answer applies to many recent motherboards...   You do not need, and should not use the floppy that came with the hard disk for the recent motherboards (unless you are going to use EZ to copy stuff from an old drive to the new one).  Disconnect the CD-ROM from the motherboard and power until the hard disk is detected.  Pull all boards except video.  Reload defaults in the CMOS Setup to get rid of all of settings that have been attempted.  That should set the CMOS to Auto for the drive, which is the correct setting.  The motherboard should detect the drive if everything is working, the drive is jumpered correctly, and the cables are installed properly.  Smartdrive should be enabled in the CMOS Setup (the default is disabled), but the drive will work fine if it isn’t.  Western Digital drives should not be jumpered for Master unless another drive is attached to the same cable as a slave. Remove the jumper altogether or put it in the default position, the one it was in when the drive was new. That position should be marked on the top of the drive and it is the position where the jumper is horizontal when the drive is horizontal.  I presume the drive is an ATA/66 (or ATA/100) drive and you are using the ATA/66 cable that came with the motherboard. That cable has an end that is marked “System,” or something like that.  It goes (must go) to the motherboard IDE1 interface with the Blue (may be red) stripe towards Pin 1. The other end (the far end, marked “Master,” or something like that, not the connector in between the two ends) must be attached to the drive with stripe towards the power connector.  If the drive is not an ATA/66 drive, the ATA/66 cable will work if connected as just prescribed.  Make sure both ends of the cable are fully seated.  And, of course, the power connector must be fully seated.  Check the pins on it to be sure one isn’t pushed out.  If you can hear the drive spin-up, power is probably OK.  If the drive still does not work, you could have a bad motherboard IDE interface, bad cable, bad hard disk (most likely), or a screw of or standoff shorting the bottom of the motherboard.

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