Strange things with my hard drive

Gregory Nowak gnowak1 at
Tue Feb 26 12:23:39 EST 2002

I too want to thank you for your ranting. I certainly find it very informative, and I enjoy learning about this stuff even though I've built 2 machines and dismanteled 3 486s, and repaired 2 other machines.

On Wed, Feb 27, 2002 at 12:59:31AM +0800, Kerry Hoath wrote:
> How big is the drive you are trying to use? Is the boot
> partiton below the 8.4gb limit? That is strange that int13 is not
> controlling the device it should. If your motherboard has udma/66 or udma/100
> controllers it needs the 80-wire cable.
> Some motherboards and drives don't get on so wd released a  utility to disable udma/66
> with a loss in performance.
> Does lifeguard show any drive errors? If it does it's the drive's fault.
> Is the bios the latest that is available for the board? A bios upgrade
> can fix hard disk recognition problems.
> Feel free to summarize precisely what is in the machine
> and how it is hooked up.
> Motherboard type and bios date if known. processer. ram. type and number
> of drives. Model numbers of cdrom and hard drives hdd most important.
> I can't see anything so far that jumps out at me, but something might ring alarm
> bells when I see the system config.
> No there are no copyrights on my messages;
> I just get into a mood where I feel it necessary to rant about something
> I know things about to either summarize points given,
> clear missinformation (cable select one slave on a cable) etc.
> There is a FAQ on ide and the like it is called the Fast ata faq or something
> available on news.answers look for enhanced ide/ata faq or similar.
> Regards, Kerry.
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2002 at 05:05:42PM +0100, Victor Tsaran wrote:
> > Hi, Kerry!
> > I think I am going to collect your very informative messages. Are there any
> > copyrights on them?!
> > When I ran Western Digital Lifeguard floppy, it told me that int13H is not
> > supported and that BIOS is not controling your device.
> > Also, a strange thing happens here.
> > When I switched 40-pin cable for 80-pin cable, Windows XP would not start,
> > and only after I, in despair, reflashed BIOS, everything started to work
> > normally. Don't know what to think about all of this.
> > Victor
> > 
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