Hi, I recently bought a new hard drive, Western Digital parallel ATA,
80GB (WDD800) and tried to install on my pretty outdated PC (Pentium 3
500Mhz, 128MB RAM)
I am installing this new hard drive as the only hard drive in my PC as
my case is small and can’t fit 2 hard drives, so I took out my old
It turns out that my motherboard does not recognise this new drive
which is understandable the motherboard is old.
I checked out a few options to work around this. 1. I could flash my
BIOS, but the motherboard company hasn’t put out a new version and I
am too chicken to flash it antway. 2. I read an article on
PCWorld.co.nz (somewhere I can’t remember) that the easiest solution
is to install an IDE controller.
So I did. I bought “Silicon Image SiI0680 Ultra 133 Medley ATA RAID
controller” Installation took a while but I got there and got Windows
But here remains a problem I still can’t solve, hopefully one of you
computer geniuses can help.
On booting, the BIOS correctly shows that my primary master and slave
are empty (primary master was where I hooked up my old hard drive
which I now disconnect) and my secondary master occupied by a CD
writer. Then the controller kicks in telling me my new hard drive is
installed on it. But then a message “Disk Boot Failure” comes up and I
can’t boot. This occurs when I set boot sequence to “C - CDROM - A”
But interestingly, when I set the sequence to “CDROM - C - A” and I
leave my Windows XP disk in the CDROM, when it gets to booting, it
asks me to press any button to boot from CDROM, when I ignore this to
prevent booting from the CD, viola, Windows XP boots from my new hard
Can anyone tell me how I can get around this? I don’t when to have to
leave my Windows XP disk in there everytime I boot up.