hard drive compatibility
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Fri Jun 26 10:39:17 CDT 2009
On 26 Jun 2009 at 11:18, Keith wrote:
> Think semi-recent BIOS and new versions of linux should autodetect the
> drive type ? Modify the (limited) info in BIOS? Use hdparam in linux?
Most IDE drives shouldn't have a problem--I've got some fairly
ancient ones. Are you using a 40-conductor drive cable? If your
BIOS permits setting the transfer mode, have you set it to PIO (the
faster DMA modes don't work with old drives). And finally, you're
not trying to use it as a slave with another manufacturer's drive
being master (or vice-versa), are you? Old IDE drives were
notoriously finicky when paired up with other makers' units.
See if you can access the drive (at least on a physical sector basis)
under MS-DOS/INT 13 services.
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