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compu_student 04-01-2007 10:36 PM

Hard drive recognition problem
I recently had a new motherboard installed and replaced my 80gig hard drive which was dying for a 120 gig. My problem is, that sometimes when I boot my pc, I get an error message which says that the boot devices have changed and that the BBS boot priority would be affected. Please enter setup to check. When I do so I realise that the hard drive is not being recognized.
I get it to start working again only when I unplug and re-plug the cables.

My question is, could the socket be the problem or do I need to check the MBR?

fren 04-02-2007 10:01 AM

try to swap the power connector for the hd (loose power socket), sometimes it may help. enter your bios and make your new hd first boot.

Cobalt 04-02-2007 03:57 PM

Is this an intermittant problem or does it happpen all the time? If it is intermittant, it could be a number of things, including bad sectors on the drive itself, a faulty controller or cables.

Your first port of call is to check the power and data cables, replacing them with new or known-working ones if possible. Next, try loading a set of disk utilities to scan the drive for errors.

Another possibility is that the hard drive isn't spinning up quickly enough during boot - you can increase the delay before the drive is accessed in the BIOS.

These will all cause intermittant problems that may or may not be solved by a slight movement of the cables as you have noticed.

compu_student 04-11-2007 11:36 AM

Thanks for the advice, I switched the power cables two days ago and so far no problems.

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