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Hard Drive/Motherboard setup problem

Question: Hard Drive/Motherboard setup problem

Hello all...

Here is my problem. It's long, but I'll give the condensed version. My father is household tech guy. He's upgrading my motherboard to fit more ram. When installing everything, we've encountered a problem. The computer is no longer booting correctly. It recognizes the harddrive, tries to load it, and NOTHING. The best we've done is gotten the computer to boot to DOS. From there, we were able to find out that what was formerly the C: drive is now called D: What was formerly the D: drive (Recovery drive) is now the C: This is the guess of why it is not booting properly. We tried to manually run Windows XP and boot it from DOS but could not figure otu how. In the BIOS, the Primary drive is listed correctly. We're not sure what to do. Unfortuantly I do not have the recovery CD's for windows (They are at my house, and I'm at my parents). Does anyone have a solution or ideas?

Here's the best I can give you on teh details of hardware...everything except the motherboard and graphics card are original equipment from a HP Pavilion A220N. It is an ATX motherboard that IS compatible with the hard drive.

Any help would be appreciated...thanks!


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I Have about a 3+/- year old Compaq
Win XP Home SP1
AMD Athlon XP 1600+
Maxtor 40GB Hard drive (original)
MSI motherboard [(new) reason; apon turning on the system would get "System board failure" message nothing else]
The hard drive is seen in the BIOS and in the first post screen but will not boot. I hooked up one of my old hard drives with 98SE on it and booted right up. Slaved the old hard drive off the 98SE hard drive. Both show in BIOS and post but only the 98SE shows in "My Computer"
Have yet to check old motherboard with 98SE hard drive to see if it is bad or the hard drive caused the problem.
What are the chances that the motherboard took out the hard drive or vise versa?
Everything was original before I changed the motherboard.
Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Motherboard/Hard drive problem

It's possible. but more likely that you need to do a repair install so that the old XP system ( I guess? ) can start up on the new board. . . what message do you get when you try to start it?


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I just bought an AMD XP1700 board and a new atx case. In my old machine, I had a 40gb hd for primary, and a 20 gb for a slave. Now, my 40 Gig drive is not being read by the new board. Fdisk won't partition it or format it. I can't install anything on it, and the machine wouldn't boot off of it when I still had my OS on it. My old machine reads it fine, and the new board reads by 20 Gig drive fine. I installed Windows 98se on it, installed partition magic 7.0 and tried to partition the bigger drive from there, but its still not working. HELP!!!!

Answer:Hard Drive problem w/ new motherboard

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I purchased a foxconn mother board bundle into which I intended to place my old hard drive cd rom, cd writer and dvd writer in.
I first formated my hard drive while it was in my old machine, then placed it along with my cd rom into the new case and instaled windows X/P.
I then went on to place my cd and dvd writers into the new machine one as master the other as slave, I also slaved the cd rom off to the hard drive. When I rebooted the machine windows would not recognise my hard drive I disconnected both slaves setting the hard drive back to master but only the cd writer is being reconised in post and the bios.

Answer:New motherboard old hard drive problem

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my desktop is 4 years old ...and has never given me problems until now.

for a long time, i was running my main OS on my main hard drive...
and i had another bigger hard drive for storage. for a total of 2 drives.
this setup lasted for a while..and was basically problem free.

i added another storage drive, for a total of 3..and this was around the time when i ran into various problems. (although it could just be due to the fact that my computer is getting old..i dont know) i would get some random (but somewhat rare) "Beginning dump of physical memory Blue" messages. also, at various times, i get many messages at startup saying i need to run checkdisks processes on either one of my drives. when that happens, im forced to format because these checkdisks messages are too recurrent. after a fresh computer can easily run my 3 drives without any problems... but after a month or so...i need to format yet again. if i dont do that..i get checkdisks messages + a few errors (bad sectors etc.) and my internet browser as well as a few other things become horribly slow. i'll do the sacrifice to run only 2 drives at once...but right now..i wanna know whats at cause here.

what is causing this?

-my main hard drive?
-my motherboard?
-CPU even?

plz help!

Answer:problem source; Motherboard or hard drive?

Try running Memtest86+

Also, try disconnecting your new hard drive and see if anything improves.

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I have an ECS N2U400A-Ultra mobo and a BUSlink Seria ATA Controller card controlling a Raptor. What I cant figure out is how to make the Hard Drive activity led work.

Answer:Motherboard Hard Drive Activity Led problem

As that is a PCI card, it does not have a connection to the control-light that connects to the motherboard's IDE controller.
Unless there is a LED-connector on that BUSlink card, you'll have to live without it.

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I have a computer that seemed to of died at random
we walked in and the thing was just off (we left it on)

I turn it on and it says "drive 0 can not be found"
I took the drive out of that box and put it into mine as a slave..
and it says drive o and 1 can not be found.. I tried master as well.. same error msg..
so I'm assuming the drive went bad, over heated (I dont know)
the drive spins up and powers up.. just no computer I put it in seems to find the drive..

heres the real problem:
when I try to install a new hard drive in the comp..
it keeps tellin me "drive 0 can not be found"

Ive tried 3 different spare drives I have..
and I know these drives to work..
some are unformated, other with win xp installs..
and the comp keeps tellin me it cant find the drives..

my question is:
is there anything like bios settings.. or some kinda config
that I need to delete/clear so that the comp will find the new drives I put into it?

any ideas before I buy a quick 300$ dell to replace it?

Answer:hard drive failed or motherboard problem?

try changing the IDE cable.. if it still fails . these is some problem with the IDE drive in Motherboard..

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I am trying to help someone with a Toshiba Satellite L655-S5150 laptop computer, with Win 7.

Recently the hard drive failed, and a new hard drive (Fujitsu) was installed (not by me). Then just a few weeks ago, the hard drive failed again - after only a few hours of operation. I verified this by removing the drive and connecting it to a Dock. The drive is not recognized (I tried connecting the dock to 2 different computers). I can hear some clicking noises coming from the drive, but I cannot access the drive.

As a check, I connected a known good drive to the dock and everything works.

The owner of the computer was told (again, not by me) that the problem is that there is a motherboard problem causing the hard drives to fail.

Does anyone know of any motherboard problem that can cause a NEW hard drive to fail?

I searched this forum, and I tried several different search engine searches, but without success.

Answer:Can a motherboard problem cause a new hard drive to fail?

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Hi! It's my first time posting here and I'm currently confused as to what exact hardware problems have caused my desktop to repeatedly freeze and shutdown.

My specs are as follows:
CPU: Intel i7 920
GPU: Nividia Geforce GTX 660 Ti
Hard Drives: 1. Corsair Force GS 240GB SSD (For OS and Games) 2. A Seagate ST31000528AS HDD (For Storage and misc. data)

My computer has been suffering constant freezes and forced reboots the past two months and I've had no idea whats causing it. The computer mainly freezes when I startup my computer - often freezing immediately after logging in. It should also be noted that the computer freezes and does not display a BSOD. A characteristic of the freezing is that the CPU fans get extra loud and just stays at that volume, however upon checking the CPU it's not actually overheating at all. As such I'm lead to believe it might not be a CPU problem, but more of a harddrive problem - specifically since I run two hard drives at the same time.

The problem is that I've run tests for both CPU and Hard drive and they both report to be working perfectly. I used the Seagate Seatools to scan for errors on both my hard drives and they both passed a full test. I also stress loaded my CPU with the HotCPU program, and my system worked perfectly fine. My computer also runs perfectly during safe mode, which is perplexing.

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Answer:Diagnosing Hardware Problem - Motherboard or Hard Drive?

What is the make and model of your power supply and your motherboard?
Have you done any Overclocking?
Are all updates done and drivers updated?
Have you tried to run the computer with just the SSD (your OS hard drive) to see if the problem persists?

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All alliteration aside, I have a serious problem:

Since September, my computer has been having problems. After numerous failed repair attempts, my friend fixed it for me. It worked for about a week, and then two days ago, I decided to try and get the whole thing working. When I got the computer up and running again, I switched to another hard drive I had (I have three). I wanted to switch back to my original (larger) hard drive. I reformatted, and for the first time in months, it worked!

Unfortunately, I got greedy, and I tried to get my other hard drive hooked up, too. I managed to get that particular hard drive working, but they wouldn't work together. After trying different things, I decided to try and install Windows again. However, when I try to install it now, it says I don't even have a hard drive installed! I know that I've hooked everything up right (I even took the entire computer apart, and put it back together to make sure), but it won't detect my hard drive at all...any of them!

Even Adult Swim couldn't make me feel better, and glaring at it with murder in my eyes isn't helping any.

Answer:Horrible hard drive problem; possible motherboard meltdown

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My T43 (type 1875) cannot operator unless I am pressing down on the palm rest above the spring-loaded definately drive connector.  This connector appears to be designed to move up & down on two posts.  The 44 hard drive pins appear to connect indirectly to the motherboard via 44 springs in this assembly.  This assemble must be manually compressed for the system to communicate with the hard drive.
Do I understand the physical design of this connection?  I definatly don't understand the purpose of this complicated mechanism.  Is it part of the hard drive protection?
To correct the problem, I see two possible solutions;  either compress the springs, and then bend the alignment pins to hold it in the compress state, thereby making the electrical connections, or replace the motherboard.
Would anyone set me straight on how I might resolve this problem?
- Michael Faklis
Moderator Note; e-mail address removed before too many spambots find it


Go to Solution.

Answer:Problem with spring-loaded hard drive connector on T43 motherboard

This is certainly not normal. A systemboard would be the best solution for you here.

 Do NOT PM me with technical issues. Post in the forum for assistance. Thanks

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I am apologizing before I start because I have limited knowledge and hope not to waste anyone's time.

The story: I am trying to recover a few data files from my old hard drive. I have removed my hard drive from my laptop in which the motherboard crashed. The hard drive is about a year old, laptop 5 years old. I placed the removed drive into a usb drive enclosure. The failed computer had Vista OS, my new computer has Windows 7 OS. The failed drive has a password on it at the level of logging into windows. When I connected old drive to new computer via usb, the new computer recognized it and gave it a drive letter. If if clicked on the drive I could see the files in it. When I tried to go to the files that contained my data, I got a message that I did have permission to open them. Then the new computer continuously tried to open the file. This process wouldn't stop even trying to kill it with the Task Master. I had to pull the drive out of the usb and reboot my new computer.

questions: What should I do? Is this a problem with conflicting OS systems, passwords, too many OS. I have looked at forums but could not find anything that I could understand and use. Any suggestions?


Answer:Problem recovering data from laptop hard drive after motherboard failure

Try to take ownership.

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The R51 2887-W1F has a dead HDD.I start the laptop and WinXP Pro sits at the opening screen for 45 minutes.Nothing new installed, infact the Access button just freezes the laptop after a while too. I pulled the HDD out and ran a number of hardware tests, even MemTest86 for 4 hours and the laptop is in good shape.I put the HDD on an 2.5"-to-3.5" IDE adapter and tried to get 3 different PCs to see the HDD but I can't see the HDD and so I can't copy anything over to the PC.Any thoughts on how to do so? Since it appears to be a dead/dying 20GB HDD, I was going to replace it with a 80 GB HDD.I understand that's the biggest this R51 can use/see. I know the R51 had a special partition with some files, and IBM has a TON of special drivers too. So what problems can I expect with an outright replacement of HDD?Do I actually need the special partition & if so how do i install it? Moderator Note; please update your profile with your correct country location as per the forum rules. Products, options and services vary from market to market. Knowing your location helps us help youMessage Edited by andyP on 09-22-2008 06:43 PM

Answer:R51 2887 Hard drive is dead, how to replace the drive and setup.

You should be able to upgrade to any PATA size drive of 9.5 mm thickness that you wish, there is no limit in size. So you can get a 250 gig if you want, any harddrive brand. If you don't have the original recovery cd, then you will have to use off the shelf version of the XP pro cd and activate it using your own s/n on the bottom of the laptop. You can download most of the drivers off the support site.  

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I mean like do I have SATA or IDE or RAID. If I not mistaken doesnt SATA and RAID have a PCI card. I wanna be sure first.

Answer:how do I know what Hard drive setup I have?

There are ways to do it through your OS, but the easiest way to tell is to open the case and look. If you know the differences between the cables you can tell what you have. Raid is not a drive type, its a way of linking multiple drives to act like you only have one large drive. The most common types of drives use IDE and SATA interfaces. IDE is simply a 40 pin port. You can recognize this easily as it is 2 pins x 20 pins rectangle. These usually use a flat "ribbon" cable, although they are making round cables for these. If you have a store bought PC, with IDE drives, most likely, you will have a flat grey or white ribbon cable connecting the drives to your motherboard.

A lot of newer motherboards are coming equipped to recieve SATA with built in ports. So you won't necessarily see a drive connected to a PCI card. A lot of these are also coming equipped with a built in RAID setup, as I don't have a raid set up yet, I couldn't give you any info on this.

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Question: hard drive setup

I have been trying to run windows 7 ultimate in raid 0 and I am having too many problems and error messages.

Right now I can't even boot up. How can I get rid of my raid set up so I can just install my operating system on Drive C and the rest of my programs on the 2nd drive?

Answer:hard drive setup

Hello lazylyons, welcome to Seven Forums!

Leave only a single Hard Disk Drive connected to the motherboard and that connected to the #1 SATA port; I would suggest a complete wipe on the entire HDD before the install, have a look at the information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, then boot the Windows 7 installation media to use Step One of this tutorial at the first link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.

Whether you use diskpart to run either the clean all command to completely wipe a HDD / SSD or just the clean command to remove the format configuration data and don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the installation to, letting the Windows installer do the format you will end up with the new Windows 7 System Reserved partition, if you want to make your own decision whether this partition is added, study these two (2) options below. Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition... Read more

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Ok, i have a two hard drives. one is a 120Gb and the other 40Gb. both 7200rpm.i run Windows XPpro, have 1Gb of DDR ram.i use applications for work such as Adobe Photoshop7, Adobe Premiere6.5, Discreet 3DsMax5.1, Macromedia MX series of products i've heard that installing the os and software applications on one drive and using the other as a scratch/storage disk would give me better performance.I assume that the sofware and OS would be installed on the master drive and the slave being the storage drive.i'm not exactly sure which way to set it up, should i have the 40Gb as master and 120Gb as slave?if anyone knows anyting about this kind of thing i'd be very greatful for your input...thanksNas

Answer:best hard drive setup?

its a personal choice depending what you do with each drive.i have the operating system and standard programs on the small drive and i keep games,music,personal programs/files stored on the large so that if i need to reformat then my information is safe also if your os crashes theres a good chance the other drives information is safe though have heard this isn't guarenteed.

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Question: Hard Drive Setup

Hello I have a computer with 4 hard drives and I'm wondering how I should go about setting them up. They are: 2 SATA Western Digital Raptors 36 GB at 10,000 RPM
1 Western Digital 200gb IDE at 7,200 RPM
1 External 160 gb not sure the speed at the moment

The person who gave me the computer said that one of the SATA Raptors will stop working during the boot process if the computers been on for a long time. I've seen it happen, if I'm in windows for a day and reboot it physically clicks and the RAID will be lost until I let it sit for awhile. At which point I boot and it works fine. I'm thinking this is cause by overheating? and I have two 120mm fans on the way (back exhaust and one that goes right over the hard drives). If the fans don't solve that problem feel free to give me some ideas. Last step is to try and return it, buy another, or forget about it.

Now my main question is how should I set these up doing a fresh install of XP?

1) Assuming I get the SATA drive working should I RAID them? (my mother board is capable of doing that). Or is that a bad idea? Would the RAID setup that makes the two hard drives work together improve performance?

2) Install XP to the one working SATA Drive?

3) Should I use the 200 gb for games and non essential programs? (I use photoshop a lot and figure that should go on the fastest/same drive as the os)

4) Do I need any self imposed partitions for page file or anything like that?

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Answer:Hard Drive Setup

I'd say RMA the raptor first, then you can decide wether or not to RAID them. Throw all your stuff on the 200GB drive. Use the external for backup and overflow storage/files you want to take with you. If you can, put the page file on your 200GB as well.

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Question: hard drive setup

hi i have a sata 2 hdd installed and want to install an ide hdd will i need to set the ide as slave or can i leave it as a mastercheers

Answer:hard drive setup

Leave it as master, and it'll work just fine. The SATA are on a completely different cabling system, and so don't affect the ide master/slave setup.

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Question: Hard drive setup

Hi,I cannot get my second hard drive to work. Ive added a 200gb maxtor 7200rpm to my computer and the computer just wont accept it. I doesnt say on the back which jumper settings are slave so I have been guessing. Sometimes ive heard dodgy clicking noises coming from it. I just dont know what the settings are for a slave, does anyone know or have a link?

Answer:Hard drive setup

try this click here

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I'm trying to find xp setup on hdd to burn so i can have copy. Can anyone help?

Answer:xp setup on hard drive

More details/information is needed before a helpful reply can be given!

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Ok, I have 4 identical Western digital 160GB 7200rpm 16mb cache SATA hard drives.

I need 2 of those hard drives to run in RAID 0

Then I also want the other two other drives to run in RAID 0, but I also want them to mirror the other RAID 0 setup like a RAID 1 setup.

See where I'm getting? Heres a diagram

Is this possible?

How would I do this task?

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Is this hard drive setup possible?

That will all depend on what windows version you are using!!!!!

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Question: hard drive setup

just bought and installed a new maxtor diamondmax 40g drive, came with nothing but the drive, installed ok, auto detected ok, cannot format, downloaded maxblast3 for windows from the maxtor site but when i install it and than try to reboot, says maxblast has encountered an error and must close???? please please will someone tell me how to format the drive.

Answer:hard drive setup

Just checking - when you say installed Maxblast you did install it to floppy by running the .exe and then booting from that floppy,didn't you?

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Hi, first post as I'm a brand new member of this forum. I have an issue when setting up XP from an OEM on a brand new harddrive (PC P4)
Partition and formatting : OK. Windows CD Files copies on hard drive : OK. The problem happens when the copy of the files is successfully completed. As expected, the assistant (under DOS) asks to restart the PC. When doing so, the PC launches again the whole process and even ask to delete the C:Windows directory where there is obviously an operating system, instead of continuing the set up. It is likley an endless loop.
> Any sugesstions ? Thks a lot.

Answer:Pbs with XP setup on new hard drive from an OEM

do you take the cd out before restart?

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Hi all,

My machine was built for me. Up till now everything worked fine. But due to some errors etc. I want to reformat my c: and start over. I have backed up everything. I booted from my Win xp cd, but I get an error message:

Setup up did not find any hard disks installed on your computer. Please check that hard drive is connected and powered correctly and any configuration is correct.

Setup cannot continue.

Obviously I have a hard drive. and at the moment it is working and I'm using it.

I once tried to use hard drive mechanic and got the same problem.

Could anybody help?

Much appreciated.


Answer:Win xp setup can't detect a hard drive.

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Okay, my sister has XP on her machine as she had for all it's life. All of a sudden the setup of XP does not locate her hard drive thust not allowing us to choose a partition to install XP on...Can anyone help me with this? I apologize for not being able to give info such as which version and such but it isn't my machine nor will she bring it to me...Just hoping someone has a solution is all

Answer:Setup won't detect hard drive?

Hi!! Darhhearted.

I thing that you are having Windows Vista Home Premium SP1. If you are trying to install windows XP above it it will not install.

For this you have to format the Hard drive first with some external software but it will cause to lost all your data. So to take precautions backup all the data first on external hard drive.

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Hi all, I've just ordered a new 200gb hard drive for my Dell computer as i'm constantly running out of space on my existing 20gb drive. I was intending to replace the old drive completely and re-install Windows XP and all my software on the new drive as it is alot faster etc. I'm not bothered about the hassle of re-installing everything, it's been ages since I last did a clean install. I was just wondering if anyone might have any suggestions about how I should set up my new drive (partitions etc) as I want to make sure that I can make the most of the new capacity but also be able to make defragging/maintenance as quick as possible. I'll be using the NTFS file system on my drive, and I have a Pentium 4 1.4ghz processor with 128mb RD-Ram. The new drive is a Seagate ST3200822A Barracuda Plus, 200GB 7200RPM ATA/100 with 8MB Cache.Any advice?

Answer:Recommended setup for new hard drive?

I'd suggest at least 3 partitions. This cuts down error checking and defrag time as well as reclaiming data easier.

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So here's my issue...
I have an alienware M7700. I am trying to install a new hard drive. The computer was configured for an IDE drive, I installed a SATA cable and a Fujitsu 160gb SATA hard drive (MHW2160BJ). When I power the computer up, the drive is detected and everything seems to work fine until I try to set up Windows XP. the last screen that apears asks which drive I want to use to setup windows, but the list only has 4 spaces that all say "Unknown drive -there is no disk in the drive". then I get a BSOD with error messages that indicate

0X0000008E (0XC0000005, 0X8081A799, 0XF6F61778, 0X00000000)

Answer:New hard drive... can't setup windows XP

I think you should go to BIOS and setup your primary hard drive.

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What is faster 2x 10k raptors in raid 0, or 6x 7200 hd's in raid 0. The reason I'm asking is bc my video editing program (pinnacle 9.3) is really slow on the video rendering while the cpu ussage is relatively low (40%+-) (p4 3.06 ghz). I plan to use a 64 bit 66mhz pci raid controller card with 64 mb of ecc cache.

Answer:What is the faster Hard drive setup?

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I am trying to reinstall windows XP for a friend, but setup is not recognizing the hard drive. If I use the Recovery CD that came with the computer (Dell 8400) I get a Stop error:0x7b If I use a Windows XP CD It tells me that there is no hard drive. I have checked all of the connections inside and the drive is listed in BIOS. Any ideas?

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I started up pc and a black screen came up telling me to hit f1 to retry or f2 for utility setup.
In setup hard drive is showing n/a. checked cables still wont register. any help would be appreciated.
dell dimension 4600
windows xp home

-maxtor 80gb ata/133 hdd

Answer:Hard Drive not showing in setup

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I have been trying, with help from this forum, to Repair my Win xp.When I get to "Welcome to Setup" screen, At "To setup WindowsXP now, press ENTER" and do this. the response is "Unable to find a hard drive"(or similar wording) F3 to quit."I am having problems with my registry, but why can't Windows find the HD, is it because it is NTFS? and if so, how can I resove this without reformating etc?..........please

Answer:Win XP - Setup - no hard drive found

Go into the BIOS and make sure the drive is being recognized.

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So here's the deal:

I'm installing a new HD to replace my old one. They're both SATA, and are about the same size.

I install the drive, and then get stuck at the Post screen. The keyboard will be lit up, but my computer doesn't accept the command to boot from CD.

Sometimes the DVD drive will be reluctant to open up, so I have to use the release hole. This was true even after I switched DVD drives to one that I know works.

I checked BIOs:
-It is set to boot from CD 1st, and HD 2nd.
-The hard drive is detected
-The CD drive is detected

Things I have tried:

-I've switched keyboards
-I've switched dvd drives
-I've switched back to my old HD (it works perfectly)
-I reordered the new HD, assuming it was defective. Same problem with the new one.


GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3

Thermaltake W0101RU 550W ATX 12V 2.0 Version SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6400

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB ram

SONY 16X DVD?R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model DRU120C

new HD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

What is going on?

I want to think that this is some sort of power issue. My apartment is old and sucky, and I have trouble with my DVD drives on both computers.


Answer:Trouble with new hard drive setup

Is the new hard drive the same make and model as the old one ? I assume not the same model, though, because a newer one would most likely have more storage space. But I can't assume this. Am I close ? What are the particulars, in other words. Going by what you have put in your post, I can just ask, have you have tried updating drivers for the new drive ? There might be an update at the manufacturer's web site.

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hey guys,

i am setting up a gaming rig for my boss... no he is not that cool but he is that rich!
the motherboard will support sata6 but they all have 2 sata 6 ports only... so my plan to have 4 drives Raid 0+1 is shot.

what do you guys think the next best thing is?

the largest sata 6 drives are 1TB (caviar black) and so just 2 of those is not enough...
I am thinking either having 2 sata 6 drives 1TB on raid mirroring, and adding 2 more drives on sata 3 as data drives with raid stripping.
or having 2 sata 6 drives 1TB on raid stripping as the data drives, and just having a 128G SSD as the OS on sata 3.

I don't think SSD is worth it on a desktop ( i am all for it on a laptop) especially since for the price of a 128GB drive you can usually raid 2 high end 1TB drives...

what would you guys recommend or suggest?

Answer:best hard drive setup hands down?

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I'm thinking of putting in a dual hard drive setup, a more tech savvy friend of mine explained that one disk is read only with the OS on it, then the other I would save everything else to, such as games and the like, what are your thoughts? Would this be an efficient setup? Are there any problems I would encounter? Any input at all would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Regarding Dual Hard Drive Setup

Yes, that's a good setup - I have the same. I have an 80GB SATA which I have my OS on, and a 640GB I use for storage.

It's more efficient because you can load things from both drives at the same time, i.e. you can play a game from the storage drive while also doing stuff on the OS drive.

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Hello everyone. Im building a pc and I was told that a hybrid hard drive configuration is the way to go. I was told to use SCSI hardrives for my boot and programs and a non SCSI hardrive for file storage. Can someone tell me if this configuration makes sense as far as performance is concern. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this configuration?

Answer:HYbrid Hard Drive setup

Rick, thanks for your response. The computer will be used for home music production and gaming purposes and using up to date hardware without going over my budget of $3000.

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I just picked up a new HP Envy DV7-7259nr. The laptop has two drive bays and I just added a SSD drive. I installed the drive in the primary hard drive bay, and moved the SATA drive to the secondary one. I made no changes to that drive. I installed Windows 8 using the HP restore disks that I created. I need to create another set, but I will open a separate thread for that. I had some issues with the restore set, but was able to finally get Windows 8 installed on the SSD. The other drive was not connected while I did this. Everything worked fine until I re-connected the SATA drive. Now the laptop is booting from it instead of the SSD. I cannot seem to find any information anywhere on how to make the laptop boot from the primary drive. I thought it would do that by default! There is no options in the BIOS to alter this, so I was looking for something to edit in Win8 to make this happen. I cannot change the drive letter of the boot drive in Disk Manager. I suppose if I just took the second drive out of the system and just formatted it that would work, but I would realy like to keep it as is for the time being. Has anybody else tried to have a setup like this? Any and all help would be appreciated!

Answer:Dual hard drive setup

Is your BIOS mode UEFI or legacy? Whichever, apparently you are able to get to your BIOS. When there, are you unable to access your boot menu? What happens when you try to access your boot menu using an F-key? Consider trying to boot to the startup options menu (Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8), and seeing if you can boot to the SSD from there. Also, consider this tutorial: Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8.

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I inherited an older computer w/ Win2k on it and I want to upgrade to XP. The problem is that when I run the XP cd I get the message:
Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardwar configuration is correct. This may involve running a manuafacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.
​The computer loads Windows and everything, but I opened the case anyway just to check and verified that there is in fact a hard drive. I also jiggled the cables in case that was the problem.

I still can't install XP, and it's still not recognizing the drive. I read a few other threads that suggested running CHKDSK thru the Recovery Console (which didn't work, I just got the same screen), or adjusting the BIOS. I'm not sure what to adjust in the BIOS, but I couldn't find the drive in there at all. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:XP setup does not detect hard drive

First, I doubt that the drive is SATA seeing as it has Win2k on it, but if it IS SATA, you may need to install SATA drivers when the XP install begins (by pressing "F6" at startup). Guessing that it's not a SATA drive, check all BIOS settings, just to make sure that there's not some strange RAID emulation settings on that's preventing XP from seeing the drive. Obviously the drive is functional if you can boot to 2K, so that tells us that the problem is coming from an incompatibility or lacking driver of some sort.

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Odd problem I'm having...

My Asus netbook won't boot to the OS (Win XP Home, SP3). Seagate seatools says the disk is fine, Acronis boot disk looks at the disk and performed an image restore, reporting success. The Asus restore disk performed an OEM restore, and reports success, but the OS still won't load. So the last thing I did was boot to the XP setup ISO, and it quits because it says it can't find the hard disk. It won't take me far enough to load the recovery console. Anyone got any ideas?


Answer:Setup can't find hard drive

What is the exact error message...after using the built-in restore-to-factory-defaults feature?

System model?


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New Hard Drive Setup Issues

My hard drive crashed and so I got a replacement.

I set the BIOS settings to [AUTO] but I wonder if that was the smartest thing to do.

The size that it displayed seemed to be a little low. I am wondering if maybe I should have done something other than set the BIOS to automatic determine the settings for the new hard drive.

I suspect I did something wrong because when I have tried to install the Ubuntu Operating System it is stuck on 36 % when formating and/or configuring the hard drive.

How do I go about making the BIOS hard drive settings by hand?

Answer:New Hard Drive Setup Issues

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I just finished installing a second hard drive in my Dell XPS 8300 desktop. It is a WD SATA 5000AZRX. The primary drive is a TB Hitachi. All went well physically although instructions with Dell were not great. I use windows 7 Home Prem 64bit. I note the drive is not listed under disk drives but it was assigned as drive 0.

Am I safe to assume it needs to be initialized and formatted using disk managemnt? I want to eventually clone the primary drive. Anything need to be checked before I initialize?

Can I enter the bios to see if it has been recognized. I assume that is where the assigned 0 came from



Answer:Solved: New Second hard drive setup

You don't need to partition it or anything if you are just going to clone an existing drive, the cloning will take care of that.

If you wanted to use it as a secondary drive then you would need to initialize, partition, and format it through Disk Management.

If you are having trouble with it being detected by the computer then check your BIOS setup, many Dell's have SATA ports turned off that don't have any drives connected to them from the factory and you simply have to enable them in the BIOS when you connect a drive.

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Why would you ruin an other-wise solid machine by partitioning the Y510 harddrive in such a dumb way, then make it impossible to change? With just updating Windows, I have just 3.45 gb free. I took off as much as I could before hand. (By the way, when will PC makers get it through their thick heads that we do not want all of this software pre-loaded!) I realize that the D drive is big, but if you ever have to use the one touch recovery, you still have to reload the majority of soft ware, so the storage excuse is out. I bought this machine based on what I read about it on Lenovo's website, which did not mention the awful hard drive setup. My DVD drives run so loud (since I bought it) that there is no sense in even trying to watch a movie. But that's another matter. I know I should have returned it when I bought it, but I really wanted it to work out. Needless to say, I will not buy or recommend any Lenovo product again

Answer:y510 Hard drive setup

that's strange. normally it comes with big c volume, small d seems someone already partitioned the volumes and installed the operation system on d by mistaken.can you upload a screen preview? ( disk management windows )i don't think it's lenovo's fault.

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I need some serious help here. I'm begging.

My buddy has a Dell XPS Generation 2. He customized his order on the website and has been gaming on it for the past year or whenever Gen 2 came out. Anyway, I just got off a three hour phone call with him trying to help him do what should be a fairly simple wipe and reload. He managed to aquire a number of viruses and his system keeps rebooting. It's pretty vicious.

However, when we boot from the CD and try to run XP setup, it says it can't detect an installed HDD. Which is odd because it'll boot to Windows if we don't boot off the CD.

I don't know if my Google Fu is weak, but I couldn't find a solution. I caught some allusions to him needing to press F6 and install the SATA drivers somehow, but his driver disks don't have any SATA or RAID drivers on them and I don't know how to find the correct driver for him online. This would be easy if he wasn't clear across the continent from me, but, sadly, that's not the case.

So, how can we get Windows Setup to detect his Hard Drive so we can run a format and get him a fresh install?

Any help here will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


P.S. Stupid Dells.

Answer:Setup can't detect Hard Drive

Bullio said:

I need some serious help here. I'm begging.

My buddy has a Dell XPS Generation 2. He customized his order on the website and has been gaming on it for the past year or whenever Gen 2 came out. Anyway, I just got off a three hour phone call with him trying to help him do what should be a fairly simple wipe and reload. He managed to aquire a number of viruses and his system keeps rebooting. It's pretty vicious.

However, when we boot from the CD and try to run XP setup, it says it can't detect an installed HDD. Which is odd because it'll boot to Windows if we don't boot off the CD.

I don't know if my Google Fu is weak, but I couldn't find a solution. I caught some allusions to him needing to press F6 and install the SATA drivers somehow, but his driver disks don't have any SATA or RAID drivers on them and I don't know how to find the correct driver for him online. This would be easy if he wasn't clear across the continent from me, but, sadly, that's not the case.

So, how can we get Windows Setup to detect his Hard Drive so we can run a format and get him a fresh install?

Any help here will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


P.S. Stupid Dells.Click to expand...
A friend of mine had a similar problem, and it was because setup needed drivers for the SATA hard drive.

I found the driver online at Dells page, so it should be available there.

Just have your friend enter the service tag or p... Read more

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Alright, so I got a new rig a few weeks ago and I wanted to do everything right. I think I failed. It's running a intel 930 at 3.9, has three hard drives and a gtx 480. The three hard drives are an intel 80 gb SSD, a 500 gb and a 1tb HHD.

My basic question is, how would be the best way to manage this. I figure I should have windows on the SSD (which it already is), everything else on another HD and use the third as a backup drive. The only problem is, I just tried to copy a bunch of stuff from the C (SSD) drive, where it automatically installed and now I have programs (games, office, etc.) on various drives and I'm not sure what I can uninstall and move without messing with windows.

I have been told I can set the default install drive. What would be my best course of action to utilize the 3 drives optimally?

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

edit: Sorry if this is in the wrong place, wasn't sure how to describe the issue.

Answer:3 Hard Drive Setup/Windows 7 64-bit

the problem with a lot of apps are, is the fact that they almost always install thigns into the C:\Program Files folder.

you can use symlinks so that to Windows, C:\Program Files is on the C: drive, but the symlink is actually pointing it to Program Files folder on your D: drive.

there's some threads around here talking about how to use symlinks and the like.

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Hiya all, hope you all had a start to the year.I've got a pair of SATA hard drives that i was going to setup but haven't yet. The problem is that i don't know how best to setup all my drives. I think i've got it sussed, but would appreciate some current plan:1x 120gb ATA (data storage disk)2x 40gb ATA RAID 0 = 80gb (scratch disk)2x 80gb SATA RAID 0 = 160gb (os disk)I'm thinking about partitioning my SATA drives, one partition for OS, one for productivity software, and one for games.Now a few questions that i have...1) Does is make a difference if XPpro or other software is NOT on C drive?2) i've heard that windows isn't meant to have more than 3/4gb of software on it? is this true?3) if the above is true then will installing the software on seperate partitions make a differnce?4) Certain software i use, photoshop etc, prefer to have their scratch disks on seperate drives to the windows system files and paging file(virtual memory). So... will putting the Paging file on a seperate drive make a difference to the performance of windows?Any advice would be really appreciated, and if anyone thinks i've got the setup wrong, then please tell me. Thanks in advance. ;o)

Answer:A good hard drive setup?

1. No it doesn't - I have two WinXP installations on my machine, one on the C drive, and one on the H drive. I use the H drive version daily - the C drive is for beta testing the WinXP SP2 which has just gone into beta. It all works perfectly.2. There's often confusion here. A FAT partition can't support a file size of more than 4 gigabytes - not much use if you're a video editor. NTFS partitions don't have that limit, and if you can't install more than 4Gb of software in WinXP I'm in big trouble - I have far more than that installed, and the computer runs like a dream.3. Not really, although you can do it if you like - it will have some effect on disk fragmentation.4. Yes, it's a good idea - particularly if you work with large image/video/sound files.

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I have just purchased a Campaq Presario laptop v3607TU. It came with only "FreeDos" installed. If I boot up, it goes to the c prompt, and I can see call the directories on the hard drive.

I inserted my Windows XP bootable disk into the CD/DVD slot, and restarted. It booted from the CD, and the setup files begin to be read. Then I get a message that says, Setup cannot find any hard drives on your computer. The only option is F3 QUIT.

Any helps available?


Answer:setup cannot find hard drive

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I am planning/building a computer that will cost over 4000 ($5,776).
I lately I been reading a lot of posts on the forums about hard drives/Raid etc what has got me re-thinking me hard drive set up

To start I have a GS1000 (black) for my case.
Now the main thing I want is speed (for a lease the hard drive with OS) but speed all round is good. My first thoughts was to have 6 of the following

Ok let me exspand I want 1 hard that will have OS/programmes on
one that will have lots of media
and one that I will parition the help out of and will have a lot of VM's on it
then they will all be backed up either by Raid 1 or I would ghost them like once a month etc

another idea I had was to have this little beasts click me as my main drive then have one of theWD VR as my 'VM' drive and a 1TB hard for my media and have it all backed up on one 2TB drive

Now when it comes to SSD I need to confirm that I will be able to fit it in my dray bays (even if I have to get a converter) I have ask Zalman if this is possible but they haven't got back yet

Raid 1
If I have two of the same drive (same size as well) will Raid 1 mean that it does a complete copy of the first drive. and do I need any exspantion cards for Raid

just a note the MoBo will be the Rampage 2 exstream
I hope I have made sense thanks for any imput

Answer:Hard drive setup for a beast of a computer

update-after making this post on other tech fourms

Well SDD in general has gain an increaded amount of interest and the 1TB Samsung F1 is differanty in there as an option

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I built a new computer about a year ago, and installed win 7 home premium. the version I bought has both 32 and 64 bit included. I have no idea why, but I installed the 32 bit version, and now a game I want to play requires 64 bit. I'm trying to remove all other hard drives except for the c drive so I don't accidentally format and install to the wrong one. I know it sounds stupid, but with xp, I've done this before. the default drive to install on wasn't c drive, and I didn't pay attention to the drive it was formatting because I assumed it would be c. anyway, when I disconnect all drives except for c, I'm getting the boot error message. when I connect my other main drive, which wasn't connected when I initially installed windows, then it runs fine. there is a hidden folder on the second drive "system volume information". my question is, if I disconnect it and install the 64 bit version, am I going to run into any problems when I reconnect it after I install windows?

Answer:i'm confused about dual hard drive setup

Connect all of your drives and post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Is your goal to have 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 installations in separate partitions on the same hard drive using a single license?

I'm not clear on whether you are referring to partitions or drives, so the screen shot is needed.

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This is probably a very simple question with at straight forward answer (i hope!). I have finnaly installed my new hard drive (Seagate 20Gb on Win98, old mobo - 5 years ish) after numerous posts on this forum. When I switch the computer on, a message comes up saying Primary Master: Samsung..... - this is my old hard drive set as master - all is Ok (works fine)Then another message comes up saying Primary Slave: ATAPI IncompatibleTo mo, the 'incompatible' part starts alarm bells ringing. Once Windows loads there is no trace of the new HD when looking in my computer - NOTE- i havent yet formatted/partitioned the new HD yet, because I don't think I can - setup just does its thing, bringing up the above mmessages before loading Windows. Does anyone know the problem? Thanks a lot in advance, Gavin.

Answer:New Hard Drive Fitted - Setup Trouble (please help

Forgot to mention - I have tried rearranging cables/making sure they are properly seated etc. all seems OK. Also, DiscWizard (seagate's setup program) doesn't recognise a salve (my new) drive.

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Hi, everyone. I am currently having a problem booting my other computer. When I tried to start it up the other day, something was wrong with the ACPI Controller. It told me to boot from the setup CD so I inserted the disk and it proceeded to boot windows. However, I'm getting an error message that Windows is not detecting my Hard Drive and that Windows XP is not installed on my computer. I am not installing Windows, this simply just started happening.

Answer:Windows Setup Not Detecting Hard Drive

Sounds like your hard drive has died or the cable is faulty or loose.
Go into the bios and see if that can see the h/drive.

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I currently have two hard drives, 80gig and 20gig, that run fine. I am going to purchase a 300gig hard drive (which will be the main bootup drive and use XP Pro w/SP2 so it will read it fine), but my motherboard doesn't support a drive that large. So, I am using a Maxtor PCI ATA133 controller card that came with the 80gig I got 2 years ago. I read here:

towards the bottom, that my controller card should work for the 300gig. My question is, how do I set it up? I've never used a controller card before.

The card has 2 IDE slots. For IDE devices, I want my CD burner, the 300gig, and the old 80 and 20 hard drives. As of now, all run from the IDE controllers on the motherboard. Now, I want to add in the controller card for the 300gig (and have the 300gig become my boot hard drive). How can I do that, but maintain the other IDE drives?

Is it simply just plugging in the PCI card and hooking up the 300gig as master, or do I need to do some other configuring?

Answer:Hard drive setup with controller cards


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Trying to Install XP pro on my puter, setup doesn't recognize my HD, I have the driver and press F6 at startup then "S" when prompted. It loads the driver but once it has loaded all the other apps and actually trys to start windows, there is no HD. Intel P4 with ht, 512MB pc2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM, 160GB Serial ATA hard drive. I had Vista on the machine, formatted it so I could install XP Pro and now I am stuck.

Any help would be gladly accepted

Answer:Xp Setup Doesnt Recognize My Hard Drive

Could you let us know the make and model of your system (plus anything you've added to it) so we can troubleshoot this issue?

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I purchased a new hard drive as my old one broke. I have plugged it in correctly (checked this with seagate diagnostic tools which recognise the hard drive is plugged in and allowed me to do a quick scan to check it was ok.) When I run windows xp installer it cannot find a hard drive. Please help. The following is the harddrive information and processor:

The new hard drive is:
Seagate ST3500630AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 16MB Cache 7200RPM - OEM

I am using the following processor I bought 3 years ago:
AMD (Newcastle) Athlon 64bit 3400+ 512kb L2cache 754pin Retail Boxed Processor with 3 Year Warranty and Fan Included

Since buying the processor I seem to have lost the setup disk that came with.



Answer:Windows xp setup not finding new hard drive. Please help

More than likely if your bios recognizes the drive and XP does not you will need a driver which can be loaded from floppy or CD when XP setup first starts you will see a prompt at the bottom of the screen something like "Press F6 to load 3rd party drivers"

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Hello all.

I want to copy the files from my XP setup cd to a hard drive, then use those files to install XP. I believe I can boot into DOS and copy the directory of the cd to C: then run the exe and install from there.

Just looking for verification of that being the correct way.

Do I need to create partitions to do that? If so, can someone lead me in the right direction?

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Hi just got this board anybody point in right direction for sata setup and raid 0 and Raid 1....Photos or editorial on connectors and connections with a DVD writer from Motherboard to Harddrives would be a great help..........?Thanx in AnticipationBrian

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I formatted my Hard drive on a IBM Laptop and have since tried reloading XP setup but it gets to the point where it is about to start setup and gives the msg "setup did not find any hard disks on your computer, make sure HDD are powered on or properly connected etc.. I have tried Hirens boot disk and can find the HDD using the disk, I have loaded the XP file system on this way but again it will only load so far and stops. Not sure what to try next?
I have used the boot disk to run HDD scans and they all come up showing no errors.

Anyone had this happen to them and kept their sanity??!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks muchly

Answer:XP setup cant find Hard Drive on laptop

Is it a SATA HDD? I suspect it is. If so, you need to load SATA drivers either from a floppy disc at the F6 prompt or by slipstreaming them into an updated installation disc.

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I'm trying to install Windows XP on a eee pc 1005hab with an hitatchi 160GB hard drive. It shows up in bios, but in Windows Setup, I get this:"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed."What can I do from here?

Answer:Hard drive found in bios, but not setup

Windows XP does not have the required SATA controller drivers so you either need to supply them or if your BIOS has options to configure the hard drive as an IDE device you can use that setting.There are two methods to supply the SATA drivers. Method one is via floppy disk at the very beginning of the install when asked if you need to provide any third party drivers, or you can slipstream the drivers into the WinXP files on your CD and then burn a new CDR.I have no idea what a "eee pc 1005hab" is. You need to supply the computer make and full model, or if custom built, the motherboard model in order to get any further help.

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Bought the computer from a friend 3 years ago and was told the set up was on the hard drive and i wasnt given a disk. Having problems now and want to re-install windows but cant find the file name, can anyone help? Does re-installing work or will i see improvements by increasing RAM and GB, both i have found are really low on this system?

Answer:Can't find setup disk on hard drive

Reinstalling can improve certain things and adding more memory or a bigger hard disk will certainly do you no harm but that may not be necessary.Try using Windows search/ find files and look for *.CAB and/or setup.exe on your C: drive (assuming your hard disk is assigned to C: on your PC)If you are using Windows 98, the setup files may be in a folder called win98 (that's the folder name they are in when on the Windows CD) or some people (myself included) often put them in C:\WINDOWS\Options\Cabs.Before you reinstall you will also need the product code for Windows, so you may need to hunt around in the registry unless you have it written down. If you need help with this post again and one of us will walk you through it.

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I'm trying to reformat my folks PC, the windows xp setup loads, but then when I go to reformat it doesn't see a hard disk. I go into the bios and the hard disk is there. The drive is SATA if that matters. Any ideas to get this to work?

Answer:Windows setup doesn't see hard drive

Sounds like you need the sata drivers for that HDD and XP dont have them. Do you have a cd that came with their pc or is it a custom built one? You may need to see what kind of sata drive it is and then go to the mantufactures website, download the drivers, then either put them on a floppy or slipstream them into a new XP cd.

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In the BIOS it gives me the option to set the hard drives to AHCI or PCI and I may have stated that wrong but those of u that know computers will understand what I said. Is AHCI faster or does it matter in Windows7?


Answer:Question on what is the faster hard drive setup

AHCI has the faster >> buss << speed. This is SATA 2 @ 300-Gbs/sec.

The IDE setting is normally ATA 100 @ 100 MBs /sec (Note the different measurement standard Giga bits vs Mega bytes....)!

In practice, there wouldn't be much discernible speed difference with mechanical HDDs.

If ACHI is available however, you should take advantage of it. SATA running as SATA (AHCI) is hot swappable, therefore you can plug or unplug Esata drives, even internal drives, without powering down. I saw a case the other day offering a hot swap bay, specifically for the purpose of hot plugging internal HDDs right into the front of the case.

Also, if you elect to acquire an SSD in the future, that would be able to take advantage of the faster SATA 2 interface.

You must make up your mind though, before you do the OS install. If you install Windows and choose IDE, you would have to reinstall the OS to run AHCI.

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When I opened up my Satellite L300 the other day I found out that I have 2 hard drive slots and I have a spare SATA drive. I am looking to setup one drive for the OS and the other for all my data. I was told to do this in the BIOS but I don't want to mess around in it because I don't know what to change. What should I do/change?

Answer:Satellite L300 - Setup hard drive for only OS

I would expect you to have to do nothing. Plug in the drive, start up and Windows should see the drive and allocate a drive letter.

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I'm thinking about buying a laptop, but it comes with all these pre-installed software and stuff and the OS might not be the one I want. I will probably end up formatting the drive and reinstalling Windows (2K or XP, not sure yet, any suggestions?). The only concern of mine is will the setup/format utility in 2K Pro and XP Pro support large (60, 80, or 100 GB) hard drives or will I need another patitioning utility? I know that in DOS you can only partition up to 2048 MB. Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning with 2K/XP Setup Disk?

I know in XP Pro it does. I do this when I buy a pc from a vendor like Dell; they have all this prebundled software that I dont use/dont want so I just blow it off and start off fresh.

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I am running a Intel D845BG mobo and have a 6.5gb hd connected to IDE0. I launch my machine and I can see the harddrive in bios as well as my other devices. When I start Windows 2000 setup, it says that it can't find boot partition to check signature. It gets to the initial setup and gives me 3 choices. to repair, setup, or exit. I choose install fresh copy. Then I get the error message, "Setup cannot find any hard disks installed on your computer" Press F3 to restart.

I have tried all jumper combinations on the hard drive, I know the hard drive is good but can't get Windows 2K setup to recognize it. Please Help.. I have tried everything.

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Setup W2K Doesn't detect Hard drive

Have you tried using a different ide cable?
Also have you tried a bios flash?

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Right now I only have 1 hard drive. It's 120GB so I partitioned it with

60GB for system, boot, pagefile, active, crash dump, and set it as the primary partition.

The other 60GB is for storage - saving music, programs, and pretty much anything I download.

Is there a better way to set this up. When I download updates and other things it always wants to put them on the primary partition.

I was thinking about getting a 2nd high speed drive. What would be the best setup when running 2 drives. The 2nd one will likely be fast but have a lot less room/ I was thinking of leaving 2MB of pagefile on this drive and moving the rest to the highspeed drive since it acts like memory and needs the faster drive.

Any suggestions/tips/advice

Answer:Hard Drive setup for optimum preformance.

Blind Dragon said:

I was thinking of leaving 2MB of pagefile on this drive and moving the rest to the highspeed drive since it acts like memory and needs the faster drive.Click to expand...

the pagefile should be 2x your real ram.

two real HDs will out perform one that has been partitioned.

the BOOT disk must have a pagefile, but it can be smallish compared to the nonBoot PF.

placing programs on the BOOT disk and the PF and user data on the other HD
will give you the best thruput.

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I am currently trying to get my old destop pc back up and running, in trying to do so when I turn on the pc it goes straight in to windows setup and askes me to insert my windows XP recovery disk.
After doing so it loads files from the disk for a short time then when the screen says"STARTING WINDOWS" it shows me a message saying"Set up did not find any disk drives installed on your computer" tere is a 80GB hard drive installed and fitted correctly in the system.
Would be great if anyone could point me in the right direction to resolving my problem.



Answer:Windows setup can find my hard drive!!!

I'd first run diagnostics on the hard drive . . it may have failed.

Western Digital

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me , I bought my friend an ide hd but he already got one so now i want to put it into my machine but i have a sata drive and i've heard that there can be problems when mixing the two, can anyone advise me on how to do this??

My specs are:
AMD 3000+
EPoX K8M 800 DDR:8HMMI-A series motherboard
Phonix 6.0 PG bios
Windows xp pro
Samsung SP250 sata hd

Answer:Adding ide hard drive to a sata setup?

I have both, its not a problem as long as you set CMOS to boot to the right one, etc.

I've had zero issues with mine.

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I installed XP fresh on a system, and when I took the hard disk out and tried to boot it on a completly different hardware setup it just kept resetting. Is this a security issue or fault? And if so, is there any way to get around it?


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Hi. Well to start out I tried to format a partition on my computer I made after recently reinstalling windows xp onto my computer and shortly after the formatting was finished my computer shut down. I then spent a few hours searching for possible answers.

Not finding one from the Internet nor my brother or friends I decided the only way forward would be to reinstall windows or try to use the windows repair function on the installation disc. Much to my confusion after trying to do so a screen popped up saying that windows couldn't find a hard-drive connected to the computer.

I have absolutely no idea what to do so I would thought pleading for your help would be a necessary option. So please if you can help I would be very appreciative.

Thank you for reading and possibly helping.

My apologies for posting two threads. As I am currently posting from my iPod, as soon as I find a way to delete the other thread I will. until the I would appreciate it if anyone with any information could post on this thread.

Thank you and sorry again.

Answer:Windows setup not finding hard-drive.

if the hard drive is sata xp has no native support for sata

set it to be seen as ide in the bios

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My problems began when I got myself infected with some malware and had a virus scanner clean it. The malware infected a vital file that affected logging on, so when I did a reboot it would log on and log back off immediately. I found the solution to that on this site, I couldn't carry it out.

My system is a Dell Dimension XPS
4 gigs of installed ram
3.4 Ghz processor
Running Windows XP Pro

I got the recovery console up, and because the left side of the screen was cut off I couldn't see what drive I was in. I assumed it was in C:\ but seeing what was in the directory I realized it was on an external hard drive. I shut down and unplug the external and attempt to access it again, 'cept now it refuses to recognize my internal HD. I go to setup and its enabled and recognized.

How might one restore the functionality of this drive so that I can fix the first problem and get my system up running again?

Oh and hi everyone, this concludes my first of I hope many posts here!

Answer:Hard Drive detected in setup but not booting..

Hi tumms and welcome to TSF,

This probably won't work, but try it first. At boot, tap the F8 key to get into the advanced boot screen. See if you can boot in the safe mode, last known good configuration, safe mood with command prompt, and any of the other. The login screen might keep you out on each method, but try anyway. If any of these works, post back and we will give you some proceedures from there.

If none of that works, do this. Find a windows install CD that matches the windows version that you have installed on your computer. (XP home, XP pro, etc.) It also needs to have at least the level of SP that you have installed (SP1, SP2, or SP3). The recovery disk that comes from Dell won't work, it must be a Windows Install CD. The face of it has a hologram look. If you don't have one, borrow one from a friend. On boot, go into the BIOS setup and find the screen that lets you set the boot order. Set the boot order to CDrom first boot device, HD for second boot device, and floppy drive or none for third boot device. Save and exit.
Put the CD in the drive and reboot. Watch for the screen that says hit xx key to boot from CD. Where xx is a key, normally it says "Any Key". Hit that key to boot to the CD. That will fire up the Install CD and will take you to a screen with three options. (Repair, Setup XP, or exit) Hit R for repair. That will take you to the Recovery Console. You will have to log in as adminstrator. If no login has been set... Read more

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Hi all,
I have an Alienware Aurora with 2TB of RAID 0 (2x1TB). I am thinking of adding a Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD to use as boot disk, and then using the 2TB of RAID 0 as data storage. How do I configure this in the BIOS? (or anywhere else if that's the case?)

Answer:How to add another seperate Hard Drive to RAID 0 setup?

Does anyone have help?

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Hello you!
I want to thank you for the extraordinary work that you be trying to achieve. Congratulations.
My question is:

During the reinstallation of Windows 7, the operating system did not find the hdd. on some forum I visit they have to say download the drivers. but I do not know where to find its drivers

already thank you for your support

Dell Inspiron M5030.
CPU: AMD Athlon (tm) ii P360 Dual-core processor
Chipset: AMD M880G
Bios: American Megatrends
service tag (s / n): BODP3N1

Answer:windows 7 setup cannot found the hard drive

Make sure HD shows up in BIOS Setup. Test it now by booting into Dell Diagnostics by tapping F12 key at boot.

Where did you get the Win7 installer? Did you burn the DVD yourself? Is this a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7? Everything you need is in the blue link.

If it fails, wipe the HD after backing up all data and making your Recovery Disks if you want them.

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My computer was working fine couple of days ago until it froze up when i was playing a game. I tried to quit the game but next thing i know my whole computer froze up. So i had to forcefully restart my computer. When i tried to restart my computer, it give an error message: windows can't start and shuts down. So i tried to re-install my Window 7(64-bit) operating system. After booting from the window disk, it started the setup but it will not recognize my hard drive any more. I went into BIOS to see if my hard drive is getting recognized and yes it was. It is set to ATA/IDE Mode: Native and CHipset-SATA Mode: AHCI(and Yes i did tried setting it to IDE or Raid but nothing worked) and then i can see my hard drive listed there in SATA Port 0. I searched some forums and tried using diskpart solution to clean my hard drive completely by using shift-F10 command, but when i write "list disk" it says in diskpart "There are no fixed disks to show". I tried to change the cables connecting my hard drive to motherboard and the power cable but nothing works. Please if anyone can help me solve this problem it would be great.

P.S when the computer is on, the hard drive vibrates(as in something is circling inside) so i am guessing it is running so it is receiving power properely.

Answer:Window 7 setup is not recognizing my hard drive

Did you know you can repair Win7 using System Recovery Options if it won't boot?

I'd first test your HD using maker's HD Diagnostic diagnostics/repair extended CD scan,
followed by Disk Check run from Recovery options Command line.

Now boot into Recovery options to run Startup Repair repeatedly to see if WIn7 will start.

Startup Repair should automate System Restore and System File checker, but if not run them manuall from the Options links for SysRestore and Command Line: SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot

If this fails you can copy out your files using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Then reset the BIOS to optimal defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, boot Install DVD to try install to wiped HD, allowing installer to create and format the partition by clicking Next.

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I am trying to setup a 80GB hard drive via fire wire connection, fitted in a 3.5" external enclosure. I have initialized the drive but it does not appear in My computer. Can anyone advise?Mick

Answer:Setup exteranl hard drive for laptop

Is it a new drive?Has it been formatted?The usual cause of this problem is that the drive has not been formatted and therefore windows will not recognise it.

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I got a computer with no hard drive with a IDE hard drive connection and I have a new 320 GB sata hard drive. Is there some type of adapter / connection so I can use the SATA drive with a IDE connection ? Thanks in adavance !

Answer:SATA hard Drive work with IDE setup ?

If you wish to install in your pc then you will require a pci sata controller.
Otherwise you can buy a sata external caddy and use it for storage

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Plz help,

I got a virus in my system that has halted my entire system. My laptop wont even start. So i tried to format it with windows 7 (32 bit), the Bootable CD loads fine, but the setup does not shows any partition in my drive.

The error message is no drive found.

I was worried that my hard disk may have crashed, so i started my laptop using ubuntu 9.04 live CD, and it worked.
But I had 3 partitions in my drive...
1. C (primary)
2. D (Documents and imp DATA)
3. E (some other data)
Ubuntu can only detect C: drive, It is unable to mount D or E drive. And i have loads of data, very imp documents and projects in it.

Plz suggest how can i load my windows in my laptop. How can i make my setup detect my drive.

Answer:Windows 7 setup cannot load Hard drive

Work through these steps which will confirm the infection is cleaned up, repair System files and attempt to start Win7, then if necessary copy out files before running Factory Recovery or Clean Reinstalling: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums

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I have a Dell XPS 4100 running Windows XP Pro with 2 hard drives 1)Western Digital(master) 2)Seagate(slave) both are 80 gig 7200 rpm. The problem I am having is this: When trying to access my Seagate drive a box popped up saying the drive needed to be formatted. It was already formatted to NTFS. When I tried to format another message said it could not be formatted. To make a long story short I somehow eventually was able to format the Seagate drive. Now when I boot up I get a message saying this drive needs to run check disk, which it does and then continues booting. I can write files to the drive but when I try to access them the PC will sometimes freeze. I purchased this drive about 6 months ago because a previous drive went bad. Can my motherboard be the cause of my drive issues? Thank you

Answer:Bad Motherboard or Hard Drive

Welcome to TechSpot

In PCs anything is possible, but I don't think the mobo causes it.
Rather, check the cables and the jumper-settings on the harddisks.
Those HDs would prefer a 80-wire flat-cable, rather than a 40-wire cable.
Check that the colourcoded connectors correspond to the instructions. Check that the red control-band is on the side of the connector where pin 1 is. Check all power-connectors.
Try another IDE-cable if you have it (or borrow one).
The first (WD) should be set to Master (or Master with Slave present), not to Cable-select. The second (Seagate) should be set to Slave, again not Cable-select.
Check in the BIOS that both HDs are recognised, write down their parameters.

In the Storage & Networking forum is a "sticky", get the HD-util for Seagate from there and run it.

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My Dell Inspirion 6000 Notebook has the dreaded Blue Screen with c000021a (Fatal System Error) and will not boot to Windows. This has happened numerous times and the problem has been resolved by reloading Windows XP and the drivers and software. The system will work temporarily, but eventually shuts down and returns to the blue screen. It seems Windows XP gets erased every time the system crashes. I'm assuming the problem is either my harddrive or the motherboard. How can I tell which one is causing the problem?

Answer:Hard Drive or Motherboard?

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My comps powersuplly recently kicked out on me. It was making noise for a while, one day I turned the comp off and it never came back on again. It was a pretty small hard drive. So I got another hard drive out of a spare comp I had. More powerful, I think it pushes out about 350. I plugged everythign in, the only problem is The power supply turns on, all the lights come on but nothing happens.
The monitor keeps blinking "no signal" and I'm pretty sure the hard drives or the dvd rom isn't turned on because I can't get them to open or close. The hard drive light is solid but that's about it. What should I do?

Answer:Hard Drive maybe motherboard

now im just confused your mixing up harddrive and powersupply left and right "So I got another hard drive out of a spare comp I had. More powerful, I think it pushes out about 350." are you talking about GB or wats cuz i sure cant tell please clerify your situation

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I decided to make this computer, but for insurance I hired somebody to intall it all. It has responded badly since day 1.  The last time I got it back it worked for a week, then yesterday System Mechanic called for a system scan, and when it rebooted all it would get was the black screen,   mothboard diagnosis, and then the blue screen, from which it refused to budge.I reseated he memory and disconnected eveything to test the motherboard and still it wouldn't  go past the blue screen.  So I ran System Mechanic's drive scrubber, then the 6 start up disks from Microsoft, and the tried to installed the windows XP home CD.   It gave me log in choices,  none of which worked of course because I had scrubbed it. But there I am now, with the XP Home CD in the Drive , whose blue light is on, but when I boot up it won't load the CD.Do I have a bad hard drive or a bad motherboard?Sandy        

Answer:Bad hard drive? or bad motherboard?

A Windows installation will not fix improperly performing hardware. Give us some more details about your system for real assistance. Did the person building it have any responsibility after tthe fact, or any experience before?

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this all started last saturday. I woke up and i was hearing clicking coming from my computer. I moved the mouse to get out of the screen saver and it froze up... I restarted and windows xp pro wouldn't boot up, it would just sit at the loading screen and i would watch the little blue thing go from right to left o.o after that i restarted and got into safe mode to try and run chkdsk. it stoped at 22% and the system started to freeze up, but i would move my mouse and move widows around... but thats about it. from there i rstarted again. the drive no longer shows up on the ata133 onboard controller.

I took the drive to a shop and they ghosted the drive to a new one. the guy mentioned that the drive was giving him some trouble and that it was definatly bad. Anyway, i got the new drive yesterday. I plugged it into the same spot and all worked well... until i was watching TV on the TV tuner card it started to freeze up again. the tv was still playing but i couldn't do anything, so i restarted and then couldn't get into windows... then the drive didn't show up. SO! i moved the drive over to the primary IDE controller where i am now, in safe mode cause windows xp still wont load (this time is seems to hang after i log in and durring "loading personal settings"). System specs:

Gigabyte 8PE667 Ultra (onboard promise ata133/raid)
p4 2.8ghz
1gb ddr pc2700
radeon 9700 pro
120gb Western Digital hd (system drive that originaly screwed up)
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Answer:Hard drive then maybe motherboard?

You could have some kind of virus that destroys your hard drives.

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Hello again, my old CPU died a few weeks ago and I recently bought a new Motherboard, PSU and CPU. After I installed those, I had to reinstall the operating system. I upgraded from Window XP Home Edition to Windows XP Professional Edition. I think that may have caused conflict because when the computer asked me to insert the OS disc i inserted the Pro Edition. I have a 180 Gig HDD and I guess I can't access my old files, I dont care about that it's just when I checked my availible Hard Drive space left, i have only 47% disc drive space availible left? Maybe two OSs are installed, or maybe my old files are there just inaccessible, can you guys help me please? Thanks in advance.

Answer:New Motherboard, Old Hard Drive

Not sure I follow you completely . . . but it sounds like your files are still there. A fresh install of XP Pro should be around 5 to 7gbs, which wouldn't explain why 53% of your disk is full.

Does your computer boot ok into XP Pro?

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Hi everybody,

My dad just bought a new processor and motherboard and give me his old pc100 with 450mhz processor. Now, I wanna take my old hard drive which I was running on an Intell P200 mhz and put it on the motherboard he gave me. I hook up everything, floppy and HD and nothing seems to happen and nothing appears on screen.

The video is onboard.

Do I need to use a boot disk? What could be the problem?

Answer:Old hard drive on new motherboard

to a formatt and partion. Re-install os. if you dont see anything on the screen at all. try hals guild its fixed i think 3 problems like this on our boards

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I had all the parts for my computer selected and then I noticed that the MB and the HD might not go together. Im not goog with campat stuff at all Im thinking of building a computer. Could anyone tell me if this Hard Drive will work with this motherboard?

MSI P4N SLI-FI Socket T (LGA 775) ATX Intel Motherboard

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Answer:Need help with Hard Drive to Motherboard

Yes, they should work fine. The motherboard has 4 sata ports, and that drive will take one of those ports. The motherboard also should come with the data cable, so you're covered in that area as well. The thing to consider is whether your power supply has a sata power connector, like this.

There are also molex(4pin) to sata adapters, so even if you don't have one, you can get an adapter. Sata drives can sometimes be troublesome to setup, but I doubt you'll have problems with that board, as it's newer and name brand.
Good luck on the system.

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My one-year-old out-of-warranty HP Pavillion dv1000 laptop (Windows XP Home) has been slow or unable to reboot, so I'm trying to diagnose it and figure out if I just need a new hard drive (where can I find instructions on upgrading a hard drive on this laptop?) or have to replace the whole laptop with a new one.

One of the problems found was the hard drive was in PIO mode, so I had to repeatedly switch it back to DMA mode (using the DMA-to-PIO registry hack or remounting the hard drive). This occurred weekly until I ran SpinRite, then it stayed in DMA mode for a month.

What I think is relevant from my Event Viewer Log include:

atapi event 9s: The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout
atapi event 11s: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0.
a single atapi event 26: The driver has detected that device \Device\Ide\IdePort0
has old or out-of-date firmware. Reduced performance may result. [I think this may
just be a generic message when it gets too many errors]
cdrom event 7: The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block.
disk event 51: An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging
disk event 7: The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.
ftdisk event 57: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption
may occur.

Recently the main hard drive went to PIO (even though it crashed while trying to burn a DVD, strange huh?) was unable to reboot u... Read more

Answer:Hard drive vs. Motherboard

It could be a bad drive, a bad connection or a bad controller.

Ideally, you would take the drive out of your laptop and test it with the manufacturer diagnostic utility.

In reality, you could just take the drive out, clean the contacts, put it back in and do the diagnostics in this computer.

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I have a Latitude 600 and when I turn it on, it may take up to 10 minutes or not at all. It will only stay on about 10 minutes or so then has a message saying preparing standby in order to eject.... The battery died just before this started happening. I have been in contact with Dell support 3 said hard drive dying, another said motherboard, another said power which is it? I tried to do the test by pressing Fn and the power button but that does not work. I doubt this old thing is worth putting a new motherboard. I was also advised to never try working on a laptop it really that bad? Thanks

Answer:motherboard or hard drive?

Try replacing the power adapter first. Does the computer boot normally and are you able to access all of your files and folders. If the hard drive was failing those wouldn't be the symptoms in my opinion. Also go into the control panel and change the power settings to never hibrinate and to go into standby after say 60 minutes of inactivity and turn off hard disks after at least 60 minutes. See if those things help.

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I have a Compaq Presario R3000 that's about three years old, running Windows XP with an AMD processor, 40 GB hard drive and about 1 GB RAM. About six months ago, whenever I turned it on, it would occasionally seem to freeze at the initial loading screen, the one that says "Compaq." You can do nothing to get it past that except cut the power to the computer and reboot it; I've tried hitting every key, combinations of keys, waiting half an hour, nothing works. When you do reboot it, it comes up with various computer goobley-gook, and the messages that the system time and date are invalid, and that the computer did not finish loading on the previous attempt. When Windows opens, the date and time have reset to Jan. 1, 2003, 12:00 am. I formatted the computer in an attempt to fix this, but it did no good.This is in addition to the fact that there are issues with the sound; for about the last year, it has a tendency to randomly cut out. I listen to a lot of music on my computer, but the sound will just suddenly stop. All the setting show that there should still be sound coming from it. Rebooting it doesn't help; you have to give it an actual physical jar to get it working again. I figured it was a loose connection or something. But it's been happening more frequently. In addition to that, when I open up my "My Documents" folder, the files are scattered around in random order. I can right click and select to organize them by name, but it only ... Read more

Answer:Motherboard, hard drive, both, or something else?

Wow...With this array of problems it sounds like more than one thing going out. Files vanishing could be the result of a virus or a faulty hard drive. Physically jarring the laptop having an effect on the sound would indicate a physical connection problem as you suspected. Getting stuck at the Compaq loading screen could either indicate a problem locating the hard drive or a motherboard problem.To be honest, it sounds like the thing is on its way downhill. You might be in the market for a new laptop before long.

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I'm having trouble with my new system.

The system is as follows:

Asus P5N-D (nForce 750i)
Intel E8500 (Core 2 Duo @ 3.16 ghz, not overclocked)
4 gb of Ram (2 x 2gb)
XFX nVidia 9800 GTX+ 512mb - Latest Drivers
Samsung 500gb SATA HD
LG Optical Drive on ATAPI port
Corsair 650w PSU
External 750gb HDD on USB interface
Vista x64 SP1 w/ all Updates

I'm getting these errors in my system log (from disk or nvstor64):

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0.

A parity error was detected on \Device\RaidPort1.

Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort1, was issued.

I don't use a RAID - I'm running the Samsung 500gb drive that came with the system, but this sounds like either a bad motherboard or a bad hard drive. I'm not willing to go out and buy a motherboard and/or a hard drive to see if that's the problem so I'm hoping you can help. Please let me know how we can work this out, ASAP. I bought a nice, new fast gaming PC, so I'd like to actually play a few games.

I've ripped out and reinstalled the nForce drivers several times, including using DriverCleaner in Safe Mode to really get rid of them. I've installed the previous version of the nForce drivers. I've disabled command queing and write caching. I've tried another SATA port on the motherboard.

I've opened a topic on the iBuyPower forum (where I bought the system recently) in case there's more info there that might help:

http://www.i... Read more

Answer:Motherboard or Hard Drive?

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The other day we had a storm, the power went out for a few minutes. When I restarted the computer, my hard drive was bare, it wasn't even formated. This has happened when the power goes out (not all the time). What I'm trying to figure out is if it is the motherboard or the hard drive. I have a Western Digital WD1600-JB hard drive and an Abit KV8-MAX3 (VIA K8T800) motherboard.



Answer:Motherboard or hard drive?

Replace the hard drive... Then if the problem persists, look at replacing the power supply before going for the motherboard

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Hey guess i'm new but we'll save that.

So my laptop (compaq presario, 1.5 years old) was running very slow and choppy i ended up defrag etc. and ended up getting the blue screens of death. It was at the point the computer would work for 5-10 mins then BSOD. SOOO I reformatted totally wiped the hard drive etc. and did a fresh install of xp home (i was running pro before). Anyway, that went fine and I thought I was in the clear. Next thing I know same thing same BSOD:

0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8244CDA0, 0x8244CF14, 0x805C749A)

While this happend for awhile, i began to get upset. Now the laptop is doing the PXE-E61 check media cable blah blah....

Long story short..I took it to get serviced..they told me nothing was wrong with ram OR the hard drive (wow thanks)

Then out of spite I took it somewhere else; the guy there basically just used an HD of his and installed XP and said..well it looks like a new HD is what you need. Tried that, but when I installed it...I still couldnt' get passed the media cable errors (which he didn't even have).

Yes i've tried changing boot orders etc.

Weird thing is..sometimes it will load windows...othertimes it won't? And usually when I try to install windows it says no hard disk found blah blah F3 to exit

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Answer:hard drive? or motherboard?

Well, if you replaced the HD and it still doesn't work right..

It could be a bad connection. Does your laptop use some kind of a tray or an adaptor for the hard drive? It may not give good contact. Maybe get another one?

I have also seen a ThinkPad that would lose the HD if you didn't bend the corner of the laptop right. Took it to the repair shop and had them re-solder all the hard drive connectors. Fixed it.

And yes, it could be plain bad HD controller.

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Hi just asking a question about H/Drives mainly as they get larger in the amount of gigabytes/terrabytes is there any size that the motherboard will start to not recognise? At the moment in my desktop i have a 2TB hard drive and was thinking of putting in a Western Digital Caviar Green Power 3TB 64MB Cache Hard Disk Drive
SATA 6GB/s <8.9ms - OEM as a backup fpr my music/photo's
This is my motherboard
Thanks for any thoughts.
Setup is
W7 64 bit
8 gig ram

Answer:Fit a new 3TB Hard Drive to this Motherboard.

The current maximum size of an NTFS partition is 16 exabytes (18 billion gigabytes). Assuming you can divide up the drive into four primary partitions, you can have 64 exabytes on a hard drive. Of course, Windows still uses BIOS addressing to find the size of a hard drive, so it is still limited by what the BIOS can see. Currently, the newest BIOS'es support a maximum of 144 petabytes (144 million gigabytes).
So I think you will have no trouble with your 3TB HDD.

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