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03-05-2011 06:51 PM
Hello! I have tried to install a second SATA hard drive in my m9340f with no success. It is a 2 TB SATA drive, so it should be compatible, but on power up the system doesn't even go to past POST. No BIOS screen or errors messages. When I disconnect and remove the new drive, the system is back to normal.
Anyone have any success installing second drives in this HP model? This is the first additional SATA drive I have ever put into a system, so am I missing a step?
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03-05-2011 07:34 PM
Bill, welcome to the forum.
Here is a guide that will help you install the HDD. The only suggestion that I have is to assure the jumper setting is correct. I believe all new HDD's have Cable Select. This is normally the recommended setting.
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03-06-2011 08:26 AM
Which Sata slot on the motherboard are you using for the new drive? The Boot drive's slot is the first slot.
Cable Select is a hold-over from the PATA EIDE era, and Sata drives do not have this. The only jumper, if any, on a Sata drive would be for Sata1 (1.5Gb rate). That is not necessary for your machine.
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03-06-2011 01:56 PM
Thanks to all for the rapid responses!
I was able to solve this issue by taking two actions:
1) I applied an update to my BIOS.
2) I switched to a different manufacturers drive. A Hitachi 2TB drive did not work, but a Western Digital one work flawlessly on the first attempt. This was with the same cable and motherboard connection which did not work for the Hitachi.
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