Older HP BIOS/New Hard Drive

Discussion in 'HP' started by Tim Hurley, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. Tim Hurley

    Tim Hurley Guest

    My sister-in-law received an older (386?) HP computer as a gift. It only
    had one hard drive and the IDE cable did not have an additional connector to
    add a slave. I sent her one of my old drives along with a ribbon cable with
    connectors for both master and slave. After installation, the computer sees
    the new slave, but DOS can't see it nor can Norton Ghost ( I just wanted her
    to be able to back up to the new drive).

    The BIOS settings shows that the slave is not present.

    How can I have her modify the BIOS so that it will detect the drive?
    Tim Hurley, Jun 28, 2003
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  2. Tim Hurley

    Ben Myers Guest

    First, the easiest, and perhaps the only, way to add a second hard drive is to
    install an add-in 3rd party disk controller card with its own built-in disk
    BIOS. If the computer really is a 386, or even a 486, you'll need to search for
    an ISA bus card. These are very hard to find. You may spend more time to find
    the card than the computer itself is worth.

    A 386 is almost like a gift to ones worst enemy these days. If you are anywhere
    near Harvard, MA, give a call, come on by and I'll sell you a working $10
    Pentium system. I've been scrapping them for about $10 worth of electronic
    scrap, because I can't sell them any more around here... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jun 28, 2003
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  3. It sounds like she doesn't have the jumpers set properly. Some HPs require both
    drives be set to "CS" or cable select, and a cable select cable used. Other
    computers use the master/slave jumper settings and a pass through cable...
    Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr., Jun 28, 2003
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