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I need help. Bios cant detect my 40gb Western Digital drive on a Diamond Micronics C400 (slot 1) motherboard. Bios hangs when performing an auto-detect on the BIOS. I changed the HD to a 20gb drive but was able to detect it. I changed the jumpers (setting it to cable select and even tried to remove the jumper) but still, the BIOS cant detect it. I tried to bypass the auto-detection by setting the cdrom as a boot up but it never booted up on cd.
Moreover, I ran the WD 40gb drive on a different motherboard and it ran fine. Can someone help me out on this?
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40gb Western Digital drive on a Diamond Micronics C400 (slot 1) motherboard

Is this an IDE or SETA drive? RAID?

In theory, a fresh hard drive (fdisked and formatted, of course) and a clean installation of XP should be cake. XP should install, detect all hardware, load drivers, and be showing a desktop with some icons.

If not, then are you trying something a bit out of the ordinary, like RAID, SCSI, SATA/150, etc? These may require special drivers to be loaded from a floppy at a crucial moment during the installation process. Watch for the message about third-party
drivers.

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It is an IDE drive. And the main issue is that the WD drive cannot be detected by the BIOS. Whenever I try to auto-detect it, it just simply hangs up and never even responds to any key. I tried a different drive, a seagate 20 gb hard drive and it was detected right away.

And The same WD 40 gb drive works fine on the different (previous )motherboard.
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Perhaps that motherboardis incapable of detecting anything40 g or biger, check out ur website if u know it , if not an u really want the extra space, pehrhaps if u buy one of those usb/lan connected hard/cd/dvd/ drive cases off of ebay u couold place it in that an use it as a storage bay while ur 20 gb harddrive is placed in the computers owndrivebay.
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@destructo roboto
Yes. I agree. It is possibly an issue with the 32gb barrier because the motherboard was purchased last 1998. I checked on the Western Digital website and they recommended I update BIOS or run their utility program so the BIOS can detect HD.
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