cable select

  wullie1 22:47 09 Jan 2003
  wullie1 22:47 09 Jan 2003

can anyone tell me just what cable select is
the reason is i have an old time p2 200mgz pc
and cannot get it to detect the 60gb hard drive
do i need to sellect cable select for the bios to see it

  daxian 23:12 09 Jan 2003

hi wullie1,
60 gig drives were not thought of when p2 2oomeg
computers were brought out.
cable select is not going to help .
if you go to the web site for the hard drive you might be able to get a utility to enable the hard drive to be recognized by your bios .
does the bios not "see" the drive at all?

  Paranoid Android 23:43 09 Jan 2003

No you don't need cable select for this. All it does is it sets up a drive as the master or slave depending on which part of the cable it's plugged into.

If it is the only hard disk it must be set as master. If it is a second hard disk it can be master or slave, depending if there are any other devices plugged into the cable. Check the drive jumpers are set correctly.

If you have an 80 wire cable (as opposed to 40) the master must always be attached to the Black connector and the slave to the Grey connector, or it won't work.

When it's connected get your BIOS to autodetect the drive and see what happens.

Once you have got the drive recognised in BIOS, you will probably find that the BIOS will only read 8Gb. Follow Daxian's advice and get a hard disk BIOS utility such as MAXBLAST (Maxtor) or equivalent to allow the full drive to be used.
MAXBLAST will also partition and format the drive.

Also note that if you have Windows 95/98 you may need the full version not an upgrade.

If you post more details we can give more precise advice.


  DieSse 00:59 10 Jan 2003

Cable Select - is where the drive is detected according to which connector it is on with a suitable cable.

Cable select (nearly) always only functions with an 80 wire cable (for all practical purposes, you don't get 40 wire cable select cables).

It only matters which plug on an 80 wire cable you use when using cable select - then the drive on the end of the cable is the master, and on the centre connector is the slave. If you put the drive jumpers on master or slave, then it doesn't matter where on the cable they go - except that a single drive on a cable must be on the end connector anyway.

Your actual problem is almost certaimly due to the motherboard not supporting drives larger than 32Gb.

There are three possible fixes for this

There may be a BIOS upgrade

You can use the drive manufacturers utility program to get round the limitation

You can geta plug-in PCI slot disk controller that does not have the same limitation (Promise are often recommended).

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