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New hard drive problem

Postby JohnDugdale » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:41 am

I have had an Amilo M3438G and recently the C drive (Samsung HM080JI) started to have quite a lot of bad sectors. I have bought a Samsung HM320II but it does not seem to work - I get NTLDR missing. I cannot decide whether the drive has an error (damaged in the post ?) or is not compatible.
Can anyone help please, thanks.
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Re: New hard drive problem

Postby aspettl » Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:02 pm

Does the BIOS detect the disk with 320 GB?
How did you install Windows on the new disk?
Maybe the bootsector is broken, NTLDR really doesn't exist, or there is a wrong configuration in boot.ini.

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Re: New hard drive problem

Postby JohnDugdale » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:53 pm

The BIOS does not detect it. In RAID tools it says No Drive (but continues of course to detect the other D drive which was there).
I therefore have not installed windows on the new disk.
I got the disk in the post, not particularly well wrapped (not in a box). I'm wondering whether it's defective or whether it's not compatible.
However the pin layout is identical to the old one...
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Re: New hard drive problem

Postby aspettl » Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:04 pm

Did you already try to remove and reinsert the drive? Possibly there's just a problem with the connection.
Ist the new disk SATA 1 or 2?

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Re: New hard drive problem

Postby JohnDugdale » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:03 am

Yes I've several times swapped the new drive with the old, each time the old works fine (apart from the bad sectors...).
As I say, the BIOS only detects the old one and not the new.
The new one is : SATA II 3.0Gb/s.
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Re: New hard drive problem

Postby hikaru » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:47 am

If you take out the drive again you should see a jumper field of 4 pins on the side where the connectors are. Link the two outer pins with a jumper! This should set the HDD to SATA-I-compatibilily mode which should make it work with M-series amilos.
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