My machine is quite old and recently had my hard drive crash, making loads of noise. Turned off the machine and went to get it fixed but the hard drive was screwed and they couldn't recover any data. Lesson learnt, do backups.
So they installed a new hard drive which didn't work first of all, seemed to be incompatible with my machine, couldn't find the operating system. They put a different one in and that worked.
I now have a 'Hitachi 41.1GB UDMA/100 7200RPM 2MB IDE'
I am running Win XP Pro on an Intel P3 666mhz, with 266MB ram. Motherboard is a QDI Advance 9. I have the hard drive on primary master and an internal zip on primary slave. on secondary master i have my cdrom drive and secondary slave my cd-rw.
My problem, the hard drive is making some odd noises. Nothing loud like when it crashed, more of a small whining sound every so often.
My question really is, is it that the hard drive is faulty or that my machine isn't compatible with this hard drive?
When I am booting up, I see this error:
"Primary IDE Channel no 80 conductor cable installed"
A bit of google searching and I've found that my hard drive is udma and that i am using a 40-conductor cable.
Do you think that the noise could be to do with using an older ide cable?
Do you think if I get a 80-conductor ide able it might solve the problem?
Will my motherboard allow me to use an 80-conductor cable?
Any advice you can give me would be great as if its faulty it needs to go back before the warranty is up or before it crashes.