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« on: July 07, 2008, 06:37:31 PM »

I recently installed a new motherboard and everything hooked up fine. I have 2 hard drives, one with a SATA hook up and one with an IDE. Since my motherboard only has 1 IDE slot, I put a DVD burner on the same cable as the hard drive (the hard drive has a master jumper and the DVD drive a slave).

The computer detected the hard drive, but when I tried to double click on it, I was told that I had to format the hard drive. I didn't really want to lose the data on the drive, but formatted it anyways - the data wasn't super-important and I could try to recover it with programs anyways. However, after formatting, the computer listed the maximum size as 31.4GB, more than half the original size of about (I'm not 100% sure) 72.5GB.

Also, the hard drive makes annoying humming noises that alternate between loud and soft over and over and over again.

Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 08:15:13 PM »

Sounds like the drive is failing on you. Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.
Which drive are you hoping to boot from?

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