Autodetection of IDE-Devices

First of all, launch the program of auto scanning using a command “IDE HDD AUTO”. This command is located in the main menu of BIOS or directly in a section “Standard CMOS Features”.

To launch auto scanning of IDE-connections, highlight IDE HDD Auto Detection using the arrow keys and press Enter. If there is no such command in “Standard CMOS Features”, return to the main menu pressing Esc. If there is no such command there too, this means that scanning is performed automatically and your capacities are limited.

If auto detection did not help, try again – sometimes BIOS recognizes disks from the second or third attempt. But if this action did not help too, you have to disassemble your system unit. Before doing this, call Customer Services and get all necessary consultations.

You must disconnect your computer and remove its cover. You will see a lot of different wires and cables there. Find the biggest cable – IDE-loop. It may have 40 or 80 wires. Nowadays many producers use “round” IDE-loops: a usual loop but split into parts and hidden into a sleeve.

Each device connected to IDE-cable can be set as Master or Slave. If a similar value was set for both devices located on one cable, this may cause a failure during scanning of system devices and your device will not be recognized. To solve this problem, reinstall a jumper at the back panel of one of devices in the appropriate position. For example, if both devices are connected as Master, reinstall a jumper of one of devices in the position “Slave” or “Cable Select” and leave a jumper of the second device in its initial position.

Having replaced a type of connection, you must check the secure attachment of the power- and IDE-cable to a motherboard or a device. Then switch your computer, enter BIOS Setup Window and try scanning again. If all the steps have been completed properly, the records of all available IDE-devices will appear in “Standard CMOS Features”.