When you install a new hard drive in a PC, it must be properly recognized by the BIOS at start time.
When you install a new hard drive in a PC, that hard drive must be properly recognized by the BIOS at start time. Otherwise, the operating system cannot use the drive at all. After the drive is installed, you must restart the system to the CMOS Setup and check the drive’s setup. Today’s BIOS versions can automatically identify the drive (auto-detect) and configure the system to “talk” to the drive (auto-configure). If the drive isn’t listed properly, recheck your installation process and verify that the drive has been properly jumpered (i.e., is set to the correct “master/slave” position), cabled, and powered. If the drive is an Ultra-DMA/66 or Ultra-DMA/100 model, be sure to use the 40-pin/80-wire signal cable that’s included with the drive.
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