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ALRIGHT, so one of my dad's friends computer's hard drive has started to go funky. He is running a Dell Dimension 4400, 40 gig hard drive. For example:

His old HD started to do the chunky monkey a couple of months ago. It
would make strange noises and then stop. Eventually it died a horrible
death and either trashed the FAT or possibly trashed the drive itself.
When Dirk tries to put it in his new machine that has a new, working HD
installed, his MB keeps trying to select the old, dead HD as the Master,
regardless of how he sets the switches on the HD.

When both are plugged in the dead one forces itself to be the primary
and the new one isn't recognized

Any solutions to this? We're thinking the hard drive is gone, I mean its pretty obvious, but I want other people's opinions.

P.S. We've made sure the BIOS is set right, and I'm sure the IDE cable is good.

Edited by techie4fun, 19 March 2007 - 01:37 PM.

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Other than saying that the master drive is connected to the black connector and the slave to the grey and both should be set to cable select there isn't much to say. If it still picks the bad drive as master there isn't much to do. Hope you got any files off before it failed completely.
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