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System- P166, 256mg RAM, 2.5 GB Seagate hard drive...

Trying to install the seagate drive, BIOs recognizes my hard drive but when I try to boot, I get "Failure Drive 0" and I can't get DOS to copy anything to the drive either.

It's been too long away from doing hardware...

Help...Please...
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Murray S.

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Howdy and welcome to G2G..

I take it this isn't a new hdd.. If it was, I would take it back as the error message would indicated the hdd has gone to the big repair depot in the sky !!

As an afterthought, is there an operating system installed on it??

Murray

Edited by Murray S., 10 June 2005 - 10:58 AM.

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Unfortunately, it's an old drive, and i can't remember if anything is on it. I was just going to format it and start over, with XP.

If the drive was bad, would BIOS auto detect it correctly?

Thanks for the speedy response,

Charles
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Yep.. it could depending on what had failed..

If the controller is working, then BIOS would "see" it..

However, if the hdd itself was damaged, then you would get the error you got..

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Any other way to determine that further?

Not much chance of getting another drive small enough to work with that system..

Maybe?

Thanks,

Charles
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You could try adding the drive as a slave in another system and see if you can get into it..

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OK, just not thinking too much today, I guess.

Thanks,

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OK, connected the seagate HDD to another system as a primary. It's recognized and boots up correctly, already has Win98 on it.

Any ideas why the other older system has issues? or a way to resolve the problem?

Thanks,
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Can you boot the other system with a Win98SE boot floppy??

Then, switch to c: drive and see if it comes up..

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