Lokai wrote in message
> I have installed an 80Gb Exelsor (ATA100, 7200 rpm) drive on my system:
> AMD XP 2500+ (Barton)
> 512Mb RAM, HDD - 120Gb (ATA-133, 7200rpm)
> Motherboard ASUS A7N8X 2.0 With Pheonix Award BIOS v6.0
> Window XP Home (current with updates)
> The system performed normally before I installed the
> drive but after installing I had a number of problems:
Yeah, something's stuffed.
> 1. The System seemed to slow down - it would take almost 2 mins to load up.
Most likely because of a high error rate with the boot drive.
> 2. In BIOS I do not see any recognisable description for the drive
> unlike with my Maxtor drive which I see in English for its description.
> What I see for the Excelsor drive is almost hyeroglyphcial.
Thats evidence of a stuffed drive or the system not
being able to use the drive properly, the hyroglyphics.
> 3. It does not show the correct encoding for the drive size:
> its show 23468 Mb when it should say something like 80 Gb.
Likely because it cant get the size data from the drive properly.
> I have the drive set-up as a secondary (Slave) drive and Windows
> appears to see it as a 'F' drive but the is about it. Windows Will
> not write to it (registering an I/O error whenever I try to)
Because it cant communicate with the drive properly.
> and the system all but hangs when
> I try to do anything with the drive.
Its probably just retrying for a very long time and that looks like a hang.
> Does anyone have any ideas how I can get around this
Work out where the problem is and fix that.
Make sure BOTH drives are jumpered properly.
You can get some weird effects with bad jumpering.
Try another ribbon cable with 80 wires if the jumpering is correct.
Try the new drive in another system and see if it works there.
If you get the same result, particularly the hyroglyphics, likely
the drive is dead. Try the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic
on the drive, usually from the hard drive manufacturer's web site.
> or is there something that I am missing?
Could be if you didnt do anything about the jumpering. >> Stay informed about: Drive Problem