[NBLUG/talk] Can't boot from Hard Drive

Dave Sisley dsisley at sonic.net
Tue Oct 23 08:55:07 PDT 2007


I don't think so (I'm a bit of an ignoramus when it comes to hardware):  
The HD is cabled to the motherboard with its own cable, and the CD is 
plugged into another slot on the motherboard.


Lincoln Peters wrote:
> On 10/23/07, Dave Sisley <dsisley at sonic.net> wrote:
>> I have a Dell Dimension 2350 that had what looked like a Hard Drive
>> failure.  I put in a different (used) drive and installed FC4 on that.
>> When I try to boot, the machine acts as though there is no hard drive
>> installed.  Poking around the bios boot options, I don't see the drive.
>> The drive is jumpered to be a master with slave present (CD).
>> What's funny is that booting from knoppix or from the FC4 install disk -
>> meaning booting from CD - works fine.  What's more, the CD-based OS can
>> see the hard drive.  Knoppix saw it, and FC4 obviously saw & wrote to
>> it.  That means the disk is okay, and that there's nothing wrong with
>> the data cable or something...
> Are the hard drive and CD drive on the same IDE controller?
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