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Dan_320
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New Hard drive

I have a computer that i have decided to add a new hard drive as the only hard drive in the machine. It is a 120GB Maxtar and I want to install Linux only onto it. after i plug it in, everything seems to work fine, i will put the cd in and it will run through the whole Linux install cycle, but after i restart it will not work at all. a friend of mine told me i might have to manually change the hard drive information as far as sectors and stuff like that in the bios, but i am not to sure how to go about doing that. am i on the right track or not? thanks in advance.
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Ivajlo Yanakiev
Respected Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

Bios:
Go to HDD location nad set Auto for your.
Do not set manula any value.
If your disk and bios are good they will work.

Take one Knopix CD live or boot from install CD and try to mount your DISK.

Or you may have problem with boot manager.
Install reinstall Grub or Lilo.

Dan_320
Occasional Visitor

Re: New Hard drive

the hard drive came with a cd to help the instalation process but it says that it will only set the hard drive up for a type of windows. will that have any effect?
Ivajlo Yanakiev
Respected Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

I never had that :)
What kind of install make this CD.
How make up your disk ?
Frimware ?
or what ?

Ivajlo Yanakiev
Respected Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

Generaly you do not need any softwate for new disk. Linux cat take any IDE standart disk nad can work with it.
did you try to find some help on manufacturer SITE.
My be there are some linux tools for download.

Dan_320
Occasional Visitor

Re: New Hard drive

i will try that and see what happens. ill let you know.

thanks
NiCK_76
Respected Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

Hi Dan,

It seems a hardware problem. Did your motherboard support 120G harddisk? Did your BIOS setting correctly?

NiCK
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Dan_320
Occasional Visitor

Re: New Hard drive

how do i check to see if the motherboard will support a 120GB hard drive?
NiCK_76
Respected Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

Offical website
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Alessandro_66
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Re: New Hard drive

Hi Dan,

Which kind of HD do you have? Is it a SATA HD? Could you post the error you have during the boot phase of your PC?
Dan_320
Occasional Visitor

Re: New Hard drive

i have a maxtor ultra series 120 GB pata133 HDD.
NiCK_76
Respected Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

Hi Dan,

Which distro are you using? Old version did not support SATA. You should loading driver before you install.
SATA controller vender should provide driver for linux. You should make a SATA controller driver disk for linux installation.
When you boot from linux install cd ,type "linux dd" for REDHAT linux or press F6 for SUSE linux to loading SATA contorller driver from driver disk.

NiCK
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kcpant
Trusted Contributor

Re: New Hard drive

Hi Nick,

He is saying PATA, not SATA, and there is no problem in setting up Linux distros on any PATA disk...
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