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Installing Memory and Hard Drive

Question: Installing Memory and Hard Drive

I'll soon be installing 2 additional memory chips, an extra parallel port and a second hard drive in my Compaq Presario 5461 with Win98-v2 OS. I want to do this all at the same time.

I've read that whenever something like that is done, I should back up everything, and make note of all my BIOS settings BEFORE I even open up the tower to install the new components.

Is this true?

Where do I find and record the BIOS settings for my Compaq??

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Preferred Solution: Installing Memory and Hard Drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Installing Memory and Hard Drive

When you bootup your computer, it'll usually say something like "Hit DEL to enter Setup" during the RAM count. This would be the BIOS. As for whther to backup, yes!!!!!!! There's a good chance a screwup will happen, whether your fault or not.

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Just remember, i could be wrong.

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Hello everyone, I've bought a new Y530 laptop 1 month ago, everythings was ok but I want to change my disk, I taking a look here if they exist a "How to" for replace the Hard Drive but didn't found one. I want to know who to replace my HDD, but keeping the OneKey recovery parition and increase the capacity of my D:  for saving my document in case of crash and split my C: for installing Vista and linux.Actually I have a 11Go for my Linux but I want to extend it to 20Go. I look into this topic for partitioning the disk but I didn't know if it's work, can someone tell me if he tests this solutions and if it's works? I've an another question, is it possible to add a Intel Turbo Memory module on this laptop?I disassemble it without finding a slot for this; if someone have one can he gives me the solution?  Thanks for your help.See you soon.Sorry if my english was bad, I'm french.

Answer:Installing a new Hard Drive and intel turbo memory help

Replacing a hard drive is quite easy. You have two removeable panels on the bottom of the laptop. The smaller panel close to the "Dolby Home Theater" logo is where the hard drive is. Just remove the screw and pull the panel off. Then slide the hard drive out away from the SATA connector. In that same area is a second mini-PCI Express slot for which you can install an Intel Turbo Memory module.





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Is the Ultra 31664 1024 DDR PC3200 440MHZ compatible with my motherboard?

I researched and the Intel 845PE Chipset Supports up to DDR333 SDRAM memory for higher system performance.

I have a ASUS & Intel 845pe Motherboard, AMD Athlon tm XP 1800+ Model 8 computer. I bought an Ultra 31664 1024 DDR PC3200 400MHZ yesterday to upgrade my RAM. I have 2 256mb DDR PC2700 333MHZ memory sticks. I ran the system scanner from www.crucial.com and one of the recommendations was to use a 1024 memory DDR PC3200 400MHZ to upgrade. The option was my two current 256 mb's and the new 1024 mb.
 

Answer:Can installing a higher memory ruin a hard drive?

I don't think your drive is ruined. Put your original RAM chips back in their original slots and leave the new stick out.
Try unplugging your computer and removing the battery. Leave the battery out for about 5 minutes then put it back in. See if the BIOS resets.
 

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Like a bafoon, I think I may have tapped or banged on my mouse pad too hard on the laptop and damaged the hard drive. Laptop comes on, and you see the "Lenovo" trademark flash real quick like normal, but instead of going to my baground with the "sign in" slot with password, it just stays black. You can see the screen is lit up but it just stays black, but will not start up (Windows). My recovery button won't even work and I can't retrieve files and just want to start over with new hard drive. So, when installing new hard drive with nothing on it or empty hard drive (no windows, no files, no operating system, a hard drive fresh out of the box) what operating system DVD's do I need to get computer up and running again? This was a Lenovo N586 Windows 7, 64 bit laptop, scratch and dent buy, so I did not get the operating system DVD's when it came from Lenovo.

Answer:Installing new hard drive, Need to know how to install opetating sytem, Old drive hard gone.

Read this link (http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/windows-8-installation-disk/m-p/1827302#M14... about the media creation tool.

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I've had a few problems with my hard drive & it is being exchanged by the manufactuer. I have backed the hard drive using the back up facility in sytsem tools windows 2000. I have backed it up to another PC I have on a peer to peer network.
My question is this. After formating the new hard drive will I have to install the O/S or just restore the backed up file. I should mention that I did a "back up everything on my computer" back up & I'm unsure if that would back up the O/S as well.
Anyway do i just restore or load the O/S then restore.
Many thanks in anticipation.
 

Answer:advice needed for installing back up files after installing a new hard drive

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Hello All, My hard drive has been failing checkdisc so IBM sent me a new HD. I want to make sure I understand everything I need to do before replacing the HD. Replacing the HD seems pretty straight forward, I need to disconnect battery first and I really don't have any more questions about that step. Where I am a little unsure (thet didn't send me any concrete instructions other than the typical recovery CD instructions) is about reinstalling XP. When reinstalling Windows XP from the recovery CDs do I have to go through all 7 CDs? Also, do I have to install all of the bulkware that is included or can I install the barebones XP operating system? Any links to info that would help make this easier? Thanks,Jack

Answer:Lenovo 3000 N200 Installing new hard drive and installing XP from recovery CDs

you have to use all your cd, but you can choose not to install certain bulkware, it will ask you during the installation step.... it is quite easy, the installation step will take you step by step. 

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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
 
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
 
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
 
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
 
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
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Answer:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
 
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
 
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
 
Up to you.

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Hi. I'm always a little nervous about jumping into a forum--hope everyone here's patient with dumb newbies, 'cause I are one.

Anyhow, here's the problem: Toshiba laptop got infected with Vundo virus, tried many anti-virus & vundo specific tools, & the virus would always reappear (it seemed to actually keep some like spybot search & destroy from running at all). Got disgusted, tried to reinstall OS from recovery discs, install would never complete. Reformatted and repartitioned, then got error message saying hard disc was about to fail whenever I booted. Ran some disc recovery utilities, no go.

So I bought a new hard disc, installed it just now, and tried to boot from recovery disc to as to install XP on it. The computer starts, I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order. I tell it to boot from the CD drive, it goes through the bios check and the CD drive runs, then everything just stops & I have a blank screen. When I put the old HD back in, I can boot from the recovery disc just fine, though it still says the hard drive is about to fail and I can't get to windows, but I can get to setup just fine. Is there something about the new HD that could keep the machine from booting from the recovery disc? Or am I just missing some obvious step I should have taken (I really have googled the heck out of this, so I don't think so).

JB

Thanks,
JB

Answer:Problem installing XP on new hard laptop hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The recovery partition is on the original drive, which means you have to install XP the old fashioned way:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/cont...icles/158.html

This assumes you have an XP Installation cd . . if not, you can request a replacement from Toshiba or borrow an OEM version from someone.

Was this a typo?
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I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order

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I am replacing an old Dell system with a new one in a few days. I want to add my 64 RAM card from the old machine to the new machine and install the old machine's DVD Rom drive as well. Is there a website where I can get information on doing this myself?

I know just enough to be very dangerous and want to make sure it's done properly.

Cheers....
 

Answer:Installing memory and DVD Rom Drive

The RAM may not be compatible with your new system.. I DO NOT recommend that you do this your self, once you open your new system up that will void any warranty.... also the RAM in a computer is very easy to kill, the slightest bit of static elecrity can kill off the RAM. Once again, if you don't know what you are doing DO NOT do it, get a professional to do it for you.
 

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Hey everybody,
Ive got a Windows 98 tower with a 750 MHz motherboard, 160 Mb of SD RAM. Is it possible to swap out the 98 HD with a HD with XP Home on it? I tried, but it wont work. After I turn it on, it beeps once, then goes to a blank with a blinking cursor that looks like this ( _ ) in the top left. Any suggestions on how to get XP on there without replacing everything? Thanks in Advance!
 

Answer:Installing a XP hard drive instead of Windows 98 hard drive.

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major
If the HD with Windows XP on it was previously in a PC that does not have EXACTLY the same hardware as the PC you're trying to run it on, then it will not boot to a desktop and will crash, usually to a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) error but it may flash by too quickly to read or even be noticed. However, from your description, it doesn't seem like the system is even getting that far. The first thing I'd do is check the BIOS and make sure it's recognizing the hard drive correctly. If it is, then it could be that the partition has been set as 'inactive' somehow, or maybe the boot sector or boot record has been fouled up. If you have the XP installation disc, the best course of action would be to either boot to the Recovery Console and run some disk error checking/repair using chkdsk /r, rebuild the boot record and boot sector using fixmbr and fixboot respectively, or simply perform a safe Windows repair installation. There's an easy to follow guide at this link.
Good luck! I hope this helps!

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- I strongly recommend that you research the commands I mentioned above and the Recovery Console in general before doing anything to avoid possibly making the situation worse; the same applies to the repair install: read through the steps at the link I provided so your aware and familiar with the process; here's some other good links:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us... Read more

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.

 

Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

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Answer:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

Answer:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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Hi Gang

My mate has just asked me is it easy to install a new 40GB drive in his PC. We are going to a PC show tomorrow and he wants to buy one.

What do we need to know re SCSI stuff etc??? Do we need any cables? Do we buy 2.5" or 3.5" internal drives?

Any quick advice greatly appreciated, thanks

John
 

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Is it possible to install windows on a new hard drive and computer by using the old computers recovery drive?

Answer:Installing windows from a HP recovery drive on a new hard drive?

You already asked this in your system build thread. I am not sure.

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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Hi

I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

Questions:
1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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Answer:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions

Hi,

1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.

-Thomas
 

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

Answer:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge.

Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan with malwarebytes but no answers.

I also noticed a new file listed named c:\END. When you open this with notepad it says "conduitok"

There also seems to be ads and a new toolbar listed in IE. Any ideas how to find out what the heck is going on here?

Thanks!

Answer:Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive

jffl29,

welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

Also look here

Remove toolbars in IE

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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I have an Acer aspire 5315 laptop running Vista. I have no Vista disk as it was already pre loaded. As the standard hard drive is quite small I have just bought a larger capacity hard drive. The physical part of removing the old and installing the new I am ok with. I have an old copy of XP with a lisence key that I will install on the new HDD, are there any problems with this? will I encounter any problems?

Also I would like to know how I can transfer my itunes to the new HDD, can I simply copy it all to dvd and then load it to the new HDD?

If someone could explain for me in simple terms what i need to do and any possible problem i may come up against I will be eternally greatfull

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Installing a new Hard drive

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I need to install a bigger Hard Drive. As my old is is vvvvv. small (6Gb) I am not bothered about keeping it. And i don't want any info from the HD (I have Windows on CD) as I am selling the computer. Is it Ok to simply remove the old HD and replace it with the new one (similar to with a CD drive) or is there other crucial info stored on the old one? Its just that I have read a tutorial for ADDING a HD and it sounds a bit comlicated (changing BIOS, jumper settings etc.) Will it be easier, if even possible, to just swap the drives?

Answer:Installing new Hard Drive.

computer you wish to change the HDD in Please.Firstly; Which Windows do you have?If its Windows 95 I would personally not bother.Going off the age based on the size of this HDD I think you would find putting a bigger HDD in would A: Not be recognised at its full size if using Win 95 or 98 and posibly ME because I have the feeling your Motherbaords BIOS is old and wouldn't realises the real size of a newer HDD.You would also save yourself £40 ish + if you just sold the computer with the 6GB intact.I could go on but really it would be like putting new wine in old bottles as the saying goes and not look or work too great and casue probs.

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This isn't good. I bought an 80 GB. hard drive to add as a slave drive to my old computer. I tried installing it and it didnt work but when I put my computer back to its original setting (ie. cords plugged in the same way as before) it doesnt start.  The bios recognizes the drive but it has an error right after that that says "Drive Not Readt. Insert BOOT Diskette in A:/" and so ill do that and it doesnt do anything but put it in DOS which I dont know what to do from there. Please help me get my computer back to normal! Oh, and information on how to get my new hard drive working would be greatly appreciated also. Thank you.information on the computer:packard bell force 101cd (i told you it was old)40 mb. of ram200 mhz. processori only really use this computer for instant messanging and email but I do have some very important photos and other files stored on it.

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This really isnt good   I need files from that computer very soon

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My current PC has two 40gb hard drives

As you can see I am short of hard drive space.
I have a 160gb HD that I want to install.Do I just remove one of the 40GB hard drives and replace it with the new one.
Also just wondered why the drives only show 32gb as total size.Is this because the Vista os takes up the other space.
Thanks in advance
 

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Your O/S is taking up what you don't see of the 40GB.
If it's enough, just remove the secondary and replace it with your 160GB
 

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Can anyone see any problems if I removed my CD Rom, leaving just my DVD Recorder/Player, and connect a third Hard Drive to those cables. I would appreciate your advices.

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I am running Windows XP Home Edition

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I believe my hard drive has gone out. I've pulled it to get info from it and need to know what I need to do from here. What got me to this point? When I would try to boot it would rather quickly get to one of the black-with-white-lettering screens and say 'disk read error - press cntrl alt delete to restart'. I tryed that quite a few times and it went right back to same. I also tried 'f8' to get to safe mode...no go. So, would appreciate info on replacing the hdd. The bad hdd I have in-hand is: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 320 GB, Sata, p/n: 9BJ13G-506 ST3320820AS - Firmware -3.AAD. My computer is a Gateway GT5620 Desktop, Vista Home Premium, Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140, 2GB DDR2 Dual Channel memory. I have my vista cd that came new with the system a couple years ago. I have most of my personal stuff backed up on a thumb drive. I now need to know which drive(s) are good for a replacement, the process of installing and being able to at least get online in case I need any drivers, etc. during my device reinstalls. I had used up about 5/8ths of the space on that drive, go a bit bigger? does the vista cd have the initial system drivers I'll need...or...? A walk-thru will be very much appreciated. Thanks and please let me know what other info you may need.

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Download this and burn it as a bootable cd rom using imgburn.

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Just purchased an Aspire ATC-605-UR13.  Also purchased second hard drive to install before I get it up and running.  Problem is, I see no way of doing so at least not like I am used to in terms of expansion slots.  Am I missing something?  Can someone point me in the direction for an FAQ or How To regarding this process? Thanks. 

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TheHarrington,
 
I want to apologize for the delayed response as I was researching your question. I found that this desktop does not have a slot or bay to support a second hard drive.




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i bought a new western digital hard drive and i hooked it up but when i put in the installation cd it doesnt do anything. what do i need to do for the cd to work? also i just want to take all the stuff off of my old hard drive and put it on this one, how would i do that?
thanks
 

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My laptops hard drive packed in and i had to replace it.

Obviously this involves re-installing Windows. So, i put my CD in the drive and tried to boot, before realising that the CD Drive was also broken. Instead, i copied the files to a flash drive using the method that involves PeToUSB. It is now booting up into the windows setup, however when it asks what partition to use, it dosnt list my new hard drive. The only option i can chose is my flash drive which i cant install into, but it shows no other option. My Hard drive is not formatted or partitioned however there is no option for me to do this. The Screen does say i can press "C" to create a new partition, however when i do this, nothing happens.

Thanks very much for any help!!

Answer:Installing XP on new hard drive

Boot into the Bios and see if the new HDD is listed there. If not, is it a SATA drive or IDE. If it is a SATA drive, and it's listed in the Bios, change the Mode of the drive from AHCI to Compatibility mode, or EIDE, ATA or Legacy(depending on the bios). If it is EIDE, then you don't have the jumper pin set correctly.

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Hi, new to this, but will cut to the chase. I had to install a new hard drive into my laptop. I had windows vista previous and made recovery discs before the crash. I was told I could install vista to my new installed hard drive using these recovery discs and my valid product key. When doing so I keep getting error code 1005 and 100a at random times during attempt. Can anyone tell me why and what I am doing wrong? I thank you in advance!

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hellosee if this helps? http://xtreview.com/review207.htmbest of luck

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I posted a question about installing a solid state drive in my desktop. I have all that down pat. As for installing the  operating  system on the new drive, I know about the adapter cable to hook the hew drive up thru the USB port to clone the operating system onto the new drive. My question is since this desktop is less than a year old and I'm having no problem with the desktop should I just go with that? In the event I picked up some malware or some files got corrupted in that year, is doing a clean install maybe a better alternative. Or am I just being paranoid and should save the recovery media until it is actually needed. Looking for some input on this and once again thank you for the professional insight you have.

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>  My question is since this desktop is less than a year old and I'm having no problem with the desktop should I just go with that? Replacing a "spinning" disk-drive by a SSD will improve the performance of Windows.For you, is it worth spending $100, amortized over 4 or 5 years -- the minimum expected life of your computer -- to have better performance over that time? > In the event I picked up some malware or some files got corrupted in that year, is doing a clean install maybe a better alternative. Read: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc700813.aspx"Help: I Got Hacked. Now What Do I Do? "written by Jesper M. Johansson, Ph.D., CISSP, MCSE, MCP+I, [at the time of writing the article] Security Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation Obviously, an authority.He states that the ONLY way to recover from malware is to reinstall. Windows has the 'SFC' -- "system file checker" utility -- that should detect any corrupted system files that are essential to the running of Windows. > Or am I just being paranoid and should save the recovery media until it is actually needed. If you are paranoid, you should "test" your recovery media, to prove that it will work if/when it becomes essential that it does work. Also, after the SSD goes into "production", save that "spinning" disk-drive.Once a month, "clone" from the SSD onto that "spinning" disk-drive, to create a complete, bootable, "recovery" option for you.Probably, the ... Read more

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Is this possible...?

I have this laptops at work that have no other drive than a usb floppy which boots and no usb cdrom we have tried so far has been able to boot up...
thx
 

Answer:Installing XP from hard drive?

idk if it is possible unless you could some how partition your hdd in two and make the bios reconize that the second partition as a second hdd.
 

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I have a windows vista 2gb cpu. Geforce graphics.

My computer tells me hard drive failure is immanent which i already know. I came to the fact that it is a virus from ANTIVIRUS 2008 which im sure its gone, even though my computer says my hard drive is going to fail.

Ok the real thing i need help with is that i got my old hard drive (windows ME edition) from my old old old cpu. I want to set it up with my computer at home. The p4, p5,p6 connectors im sure you know what the is. ( a white connector cord that connects the hd and DVD rw drive) 2 of them connectors are connected with dvd drive and hard drive. So i found a spare and just hooked it in to my old drive and yea it went in =D i turn computer on and so does my old driver but my computer does not detect it. I dont know what im doing wrong.
 

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I have a computer running vista home premium. I have a spare hard drive that ran xp from another computer. Both from HP. Can I install the spare HD into my vista computer to run two OS or just run the spare for more space? If either is possible, how would I go about it?
 

Answer:Installing second hard drive

It is possble to dual boot more than one OS but it will have to be reinstall.
It is not possible simply to transfer the OS from one pc to another it wont recognise the new PC
You can set the drive up as a slave and use it for extra storage
 

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Hello,

First a short history. 6 months ago I built my first computer. Everything was fine until I came home 1 day to find the computer would not boot up. After talking to a few people I found out it was the motherboard.

I purchsed a new motherboard but it was not the same make and model. As I switched the motherboards I left everything else untouched(i.e. HD, RAM, Sound card, etc.) When I booted the computer after installing new board. Everything seemed to be working fine until....

I tried to install a video game and I get the install shield error. I next try installing other software/games and always some type of install error came up.I spent a week researching how to fix this problem. I tried everything I was told to do. NOTHING worked. I could not even format my hard drive because It wouldn't run my win xp cd.

I finally just went and bought a new hard drive. Everything works great now. My question is this. I want to put the old hard drive in the computer along with the new one. I'm afraid that if I do this whatever was causing the install issues will corrupt the new hard drive.I have never ran 2 hard drives and really have no idea how to even hook 2 hard drives up.

Do I piggy back the hard drives or is there another way to do it? Also will the bad data/files on the old hard drive some how "seep" into the new one? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:Re-installing second hard drive

Set the second hard drive to be a slave,the seepage issue should not be a factor as you will just access the drive like opening a CD,it just posts the files and as long as the boot.ini resides on the master drive there should be no problems.To set the drive to salve just follow the jumper settings on the back of the drive.

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hi, I already have 2 SATA drives plugged in. I want to install an IDE hard drive, but I tried a few jumper settings, all of them didn't work (I get a screen with lots of 99 in the boot up).

is my jumper setting at fault or what?
 

Answer:installing IDE hard drive

most likely something in the BIOS.
firstly - if you are setting it to be slave (no jumpers on the pins), make sure that there are no other slaves on the IDE cable (eg CDROM)
same with if you are setting it as master (jumper on pins closest to IDE cable), make sure it isnt clashing with another master on the same IDE channel.

secondly - in the BIOS, most mobo's will automatically be set to boot from an IDE hard drive rather than SATAs if one is plugged in. go to boot options & make sure that your pc is trying to boot up from your original SATA boot drive
 

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I need to istall a hard drive on my PC. I know where to put it and where to put all the wires but i am wondering if i need to do anything else or can i just connect it and then use it. It will be a slave.

Thanks
 

Answer:Installing Hard Drive

As long as jumpers are set properly, all you would need to do is partition and format it.
 

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So pleased with my fast running PC after gregrockers Clean Install that I don't want to interfere with that at all but could do with an instance of WinXP on this PC. I have an unused 80GB Ext USB Hard drive available. Does it make sense to install my legit copy of XP on that?
Forget this for now. Ext Hard Drive has just died R.I.P.
No as you were! Just come alive again. (Actually I had the wrong mains lead connected

Answer:Installing XP on USB Hard drive

I don't think you can install windows on an external hard-drive.

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I have been trying to install a secong hard drive but i am now at a loss,Heres the situation.on my motherboard i have a primarary and secondarary data cable connection.At present the primary is connected to my CD rom and hard drive.The CD rom is set to SLAVE with the HD set to CS.the connection for the CD rom is at the end of the cable.On the secondary input there is only my CD Writer this has been set to master.I have tried a combination of jumpers settings to allow me to install a secong hard drive as slave but it just doesnt want to work.I have put both CD.s on one cable and set them to SL & MA and the HDs on the other cable also set to SL & SL.But then the PC refused to boot up.I have tried many combinations and cable positions but it just wont have it.The bios is set to auto detect.Can anybody give me some ideas?

Answer:Installing a second hard drive----HELP !!!!!

One master and one slave on each IDE cable.Eg main HD and secondary HD on IDE1, main set to Master and second to slave. Both CD drives on IDE2, one set to Master, one slave.

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First, I'm running Windows 7x64 Ultimate. I recently bought 2 Samsung 850 EVOs to setup in RAID0, and I bought a WB Black 4TB drive to increase my storage. After hooking everything up, I setup the RAID array, but then discovered my system used both SSDs and a portion of my WD Black drive to setup the RAID array. So, I removed the RAID and then rebuilt it using only the two SSDs.

I then proceeded to partition the WD Black drive using GPT, and when I go into Disk Management, it shows all my drives being partitioned and allocated, but I only have 3725.84GB free on the 4TB WD Black drive. When I view the properties of the disk, it shows 250GB being used but I can't find this anywhere. I've removed the partition, recreated the partition, I've removed the RAID arrays where Windows shows two separate drives, but I still can't find out what happened to the rest of my drive. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Need help with installing hard drive

A 4TB drive should have 3725GB free space. That is correct. Why does it show used space I don't know. Try removing the partition and re-initialize the drive as GPT.

Hard Drive Size Capacities Calculator

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I would like to install another SATA hard drive, but I need to know if I could use the new drive as a slave drive without having to RAID my new one with the old one. I currently have a 7200 SATA 80 GB Western Digital hard drive and a Asus K8V SE Deluxe Via K8T800 motherboard. I would greatly appreciate any help.

Answer:Installing a new hard drive

If you are going to be using just one drive attached to the SATA 1 controller or a drive on both SATA controllers (no raid) then there is no need to enter the SATA bios, it should recognize your hard drives when you boot up. You may hit F4 when you see the option upon boot just to take a look that both your drives are seen by the silicon SATA bios, but itís not necessary.

i got that from a post on setting up an SATA harddrive that microbell listed here a while ago, im sure he'll be pleased it was used

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i popped in my new maxtor 300 gig serial ata 300 now it had been found in the hardware panel but its not showing up in my computer any ideas?i try running the software cd wont go through im also on vista.
 

Answer:help installing new hard drive.

I have the same problem

I have the same problem. I just put in my new Samsung 250gb IDE into my computer. It wont show up under my computer, but it says it is detected in the bios, and in the system information.

It's just something i've done wrong. But in bios my harddrives shows like this:

IDE Primary Master: [NONE]
IDE Primary Slave: Maxtor (this is the one with windows on)
IDE Secondary Master: Samsung
IDE Secondary Slave:[NONE]

What is wrong? >_>
 

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The hard drive on my HP Pavillion 7935 has failed. I'm about to buy a 80 GB Western Digital hard drive with one of the system requirements being:
System Requirements : IDE-ATA interface (40-pin connector); 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch internal drive bay; Ultra ATA-capable system. My first question is does my Computer meet these system requirements,especially the Ultra ATA one?
Also, my OS is XP and I did not receive any Cds when I bought the computer. I have contacted HP will be getting from HP so-called System Recovery CD(s) that they indicate will be necessary to install the new drive. Any further advice to install the hard drive would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Installing New Hard Drive

Yes, the hard drive will work fine. It should be a matter of connecting the power and data cables and mounting it in the case. Then you will need to run the Recovery CD's to restore Windows onto it.
 

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Have been given a Windows XP computer but with no (IDE) hard drive. Can i fit a new hard drive and run an OS "Linux" to boot up from or even to install straight off the CD? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing a new hard drive and os

Yes, just done it this weekend, alter the start up sequence in bios so that the cd drive is first to boot.

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Hi all, Please help the tyro!I have installed a new 30g HDD in my system as a Master. I want to install win98se on the drive. I set the computer to boot from the "A" drive with the styartup diskette. everything loads well and I get the "starting your computer" msg. Then I get the diagnostic tools loaded sucessfully to drive D, next, File not found. Then the A\>. I switch to D so I get D:> and type SETUP hit enter and get Bad command or file name. I have made new diskettes from original Win98se cd and am still not getting anywhere. What am I doing wrong?
Any help would be appreciated.
 

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So I have a Dell Dimension 3000 and I want to install a second hard drive. Well first I wanted to hook everything up just to make sure that it worked so what I did was take out the single cable (It has a pin missing on the connectors and a hole in one of the cables, I am unsure of what kind of IDE it is, possibly 80?) going from motherboard to the master hard drive. Then I put in my own IDE cable and hooked up my master drive to the end of the new cable (possibly 40?) and my new hard drive to the middle connector. Well when I boot up my computer I get the following message: Primary drive 0 not foundPrimary drive 1 not foundSecondary drive 0 not foundSecondary drive 1 not foundBoth hard drives are in working order and so is the new cable because I used it to test the new hard drive. So basically I'm wondering why would the new cable/new drive make my optical drives stop working and how can I get the computer to recognize my new hard drive. Could the new cable being a 40 have anything to do with it? Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:Installing Second Hard Drive

New drives need an 80 pin IDE cable. The drives also must be jumpered correctly.

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Bought a WD MY PASSPORT ULTRA 2TB. We have an antiquated Windows XP which we want to get rid of, but I want to save my files onto the hard drive. I start installing in Wizard, but then I get a pop up telling me it is advisable to stop the installation, as it hasn't passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility with Windows XP, continue this installation could impair or destabilize the system, now or in the future.

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Hello, I don't know much about computers so you will need to walk me through this. I was blue screened and took my laptop in my college tech repair store and they told me I needed a new hard drive. I purchased a 750gb SATA HD LAPT drive and replaced it myself. When I rebooted, I received the following message  EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (B8-88-E3-9B-D6-6E) boot failed.Checking Media [FAIL]EFI Network 0 for IPv6 (B8-88-E3-9B-D6-6E) boot failed. Then a blue box pops up and says Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed.Insert Recovery Media and Hit any keyThen Select Boot Manager to choose a new BootDevice or to Boot Recovery Media[Ok]  What does this mean?!How do I fix this? I read somewhere that I should go into the Bios and go to the Boot Tab. Then to change Boot Mode from UEFI to Ledacy Support and under it choose Legacy First  under Boot Priority. I tried this and upon exiting and saving I get this message Intel UNDI,      













Solved!

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Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 083)Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel CorporationFor Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.1.1.1(12/23/11)Check cable connection..!PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM. This message keeps flashing up over and over.  Please help!  Sorry for 2 posts.   I have a Lenovo Ideapad Y580.

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i have got a new hard drive and i dont know how do install iti have a hard drive in my pc but i need more spacehow do i install it

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My P70 came with an m.2 ssd and the 2.5 disk bay is empty. When I tried to put a hard drive in there by first plugging the front connectors, the other end sticks up, and even when I press it down, there doesn't seem to be anything to permanently hold it down. Do I need some kind of rubber, screws, and/or connectors to do the trick?I would greatly appreciate any input.  Thanks

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Hi everyone - is there anyone out there who can help me?
I have a Dell Studio Hybrid and the original Hard drive failed. I bought a new one and installed it but am finding it impossible to install windows xp on it. I bought a new install xp disc with a new product code. First it kept giving me the blue screen of death as I went into the setup so I couldn't go any further from the xp CD. So then I thought that if I put the hard drive into my laptop and installed xp onto it and then transferred it back to the Dell it would be fine. But now, although it is definitely further on in the installation it is still giving me the blue stop message (this time 07b) when windows tries to start.
Am I doing something that is obviously wrondg?

Answer:Installing new Hard Drive

What is the model # for your Dell Studio Hybrid?
You cannot install Windows on a HDD on one computer and transfer it over to another. When Windows installs on a computer, It takes a snapshot of the motherboard, chipset etc and installs drivers specifically for that Motherboard. If you remove that HDD and place it into another computer with a different motherboard, it will look for the old Hardware and not find it and then BSOD. If you do a Repair Install, it will fix this, but it's best to do a Clean Install.
As for installing Windows XP on a bare drive. XP does not have native SATA drivers on the disc. Boot into Setup (Bios) go to SATA or HDD and change the HDD mode from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility mode. Then boot off of the XP CD and it will install without BSOD'ing. Or you could slipstream your SATA driver from Dell, into your XP CD.

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I think it's time to upgrade my PC, and I need a little assitance, please.

I have a Compaq 4250, a 400Mhz AMD processor, 64MB of RAM, and an 8G hard drive. I really would like a huge hard drive, so I can download lots of MP3's and other media files. My system also came with WIN98 pre-installed. (Factory installation). It also came with a Restore Disk.

My three main questions are:
How hard is it for a novice to open their tower and remove/install a hard drive?

Since my hard drive has WIN98 already installed on it, how will I get WIN98 installed on my new hard drive? Do I have to buy WIN98 and do the installation myself?

And lastly, what exactly is on this Restore Disk? Would it work on other systems, other than my Compaq? Does it have WIN98 on it?

Thanks so much for the help!

 

Answer:? about installing a new hard drive

Q-1 It is not that hard to physically replace a HD but you will need to do some reading first to get everything right the first time. If you have a friend that has done it before, get help. The link below is to a site with help topics on various computer problems including how to install a new hard drive.
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Network/6000/adding_hardware.html

Q-3 The Restore Disk is a disk that lets you restore the computer back to the way it came from the factory. It loads Win98, information as to what sound card, modem, hard drive, etc. is installed as it came from the factory. This will cause any new programs, data, information about newley installed components(such as a new CD-RW, scanner or printer) to be erased. This will not work on other computers unless they are exactally the same as yours. It has Win98, but is is probably hidden by Compaq in a folder as CAB files. These restore disks often cause problems if you upgrade components as you want to do and try to use the disk. It will be looking for the old hard drive and if it actually installed to the new hard drive, it probably will not use the new hard drives full size. It may just hang on installation and not load at all.
Q-2 You would need a copy of Win98 unless Compaq gave you an OEM version of it with the new computer.

Read the up on how to install a new HD, and if you feel confident that you can do it, just remember that you may run into problems if you attempt to use the Restore disk. I t... Read more

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Hi guys.. again... a while back my hard drive was corrupted by that nasty win32virut.gen virus... from what i understand, i ended up with a corrupted boot sector....


I took it in to the local store who handed it back to me and said it's virus free but the sector was not fixable...

Here is my situation... I am currently using an old computer with a 12 gig IDE "i believe" hard drive that has "win xp home" on it... My old corrupted hard drive is a 200 gig sata seagate drive....

I went to Best Buy and bought a TB Western Digital Sata Drive...

I dont know what to do with any of this.. I tried making my corrupted drive a slave drive to the other to back up stuff.. that did not work..

I do not have any disks of an OS.. because it was all on a partition on the currupted drive...

How do I go about just installing the new drive with Xp on it... Do I connect it to the 20 gig and let it transfer over windows.. then put it back in my old computer and it will be good...

Or will it be bad because the old drive was XP Media Center.. and this one is Home....

how should I go about doing this.. is there a place that i can put in my key to download a copy of Media Center??

Please help, this has been at least 2 months or so since this has been going on, and i've had to use this old dinosaur "Samsung - with a duron" lol

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies
 

Answer:Installing a new hard drive

I wouldn't plug a corrupt HDD into a pc with a healthy HDD already plugged in, you're just asking for Karma to come & get you again LOL

If you don't have any OS disks you cannot install an OS quite simply :-D
This is mainly down to security & copyright, if I could get into you're PC & plug in my HDD as a slave I could copy you're entire HDD otherwise. Plus some people would spread a fresh copy of their OS over the internet if it could be copied.

What you need is to get yourself an OEM operating system, they are for system builder only but not many places ask LOL If they do just say you are building a system :-D OEM are cheaper because they don't come with any packaging, my XP Home has the disk in a paper wallet with a CD Key on a sticker

Hope this helps

:major2-Bit-Geek:major
 

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I am looking to install a bigger hard drive in my desk top, right now it is a 80, looking for bigger, but there are lots of programs, apps, things i would like to carry over. so my question is this if i put it in as the master and my 80 as a slave can i carry over the os or do i reinstall, partition all over again, do i need the original disk w/ the key number?

i know this question been asked plenyt of times be for

thanks
ron
 

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After installing a brand new empty hard drive, per Dell diagnostics advice, I loaded my recovery discs, then restarted lap top per disc instructions. Screen doesn't go beyond Dell logo @ approx 75%.. ive read about reinstalling devices drivers and applications, yet am not understanding this. If I have a backup of my lap top on an external hard drive, would that contain the necessary drivers? I am tech challenged. Any detailed advice/instructions is appreciated.

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OK guys sorry to make a new post but i have looked at all the others.

I am trying to install a new hardrive a on a old comp, but the system wont find the hard drive.

I Have checked the jumper on the back and all the conections. along with bios, and cmos, every thing looks ok. Im running out of ideas if you could lend some help i would me most greatful.

The hard drive is a western digital 40gig, the comp is a pcimporters ( no clue )

the processor is amd, board is fic va-503+ , Every thing boots up but when it gos to find the hard drive nothing....
 

Answer:Need HELP INSTALLING NEW HARD DRIVE

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I want to upgrade my hard drive from 40GB to 160GB which I have purchased could someone advise me a good web page on how to install.operating system windows xp pro service pack1processor 1000megs Amd AthlonMain Circuit Board MSI MS-6191.Many thanks in anticipation.

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When you say "upgrade my hard drive", do you mean that the 160 gig drive will be the main drive with the O\S on it, or is the 160 gig to be a slave drive?

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howdy all...a newbie gringo here.....i've visited the board many times reading but this is my 1st post...and wouldn't you know it, i'm begging for help...

i was given an HP 450 PII. it had the hard drive and cd-rom removed when i got it...

i have a couple of drives and roms that work in other machines....i installed Win98SE on them..

problem is, i can connect either drive with 98 installed and boot to the desktop just fine....but the plug n play doesn't recognize any of the add ons, etc

i formatted one of the drives and connected it and a cd-rom to the box and it only gets to the HP splash screen and stops..


anyone have time to help a dummy or give some tips on troubleshooting and or installing the drive and cd-rom?

much thanks in advance

and if this is in the wrong forum, feel free to scold me and move it

Answer:installing a hard drive and cd-rom

Hi six,

We're not dummies, we're technologically impaired! Well, maybe that's just you and me. There's a lot of knowledgable techies here and I'm sure you'll get the help you need. Lot's of 'em have helped me out!

I'm sure help is on the way.

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Hey I just bought a new computer,
it's an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+
2.11 GHz, 2 GB RAM

And it came with a Sata 120g Hard drive already installed and ready to go.
It came with windows XP SP3.

My problem is that I'm trying to install my old hard drive from my old computer which is an IDE 40g hard drive which I have all of my files on which I need to put into this computer.

The pin slots look like this - :::: - there isn't a fifth row, just four.

When I plug it in and start up the computer, it will give me a screen telling me that windows has not started successfully so I press enter to start windows normally and then the computer restarts and just repeats the loop.

I've tried using pins, different ends of cables but everytime it starts up, beeps, and tells me the same thing.

I am also running a DVD writer hard drive.

Help would be much appreciated thanks!
 

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Am installing new hard drive in laptop to replace exsisting hard drive that is corrupt.Is there anything i need to do before fitting hard drive and trying to install windows??

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Possibly you may have to configure the bios settings to boot from cd first as opposed to the hdd.How to install windows xp click hereAssuming its xp.

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I had to wipe a hard drive for a friend of mine due to numerous issues. I have an XP cd but I want to know if it's ok to install XP on the hard drive through my laptop. The hard drives are the same, but on the computer that is having the issue, the cd/dvd drive is broken so I figured i could put that hard drive into my laptop, load xp and then put it in her laptop. WOuld this cause any issues?
 

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can u please tell me wat ineed to do to install more than one hard drivei have a seperate drive for my music and a master hard drive 4 my operating system and i want to put these into another pc ta

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Buy a External USB Drive so you can plug it in any PC

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Hi Everyone,
I'm running XP Pro. I just installed a maxtor internal 160gb to replace my 40gb hdd in my dell desktop. I've created an image from the old disk to the new one and was hoping just to unplug the old hdd and leave the new hdd in, but this isn't working due to the 160gb hdd not being the "system" disk. When i try to start the comptuer without my old drive connected as well it tells me it doesn't recognize the disk and its missing config.sys. Someone who knows about this, please tell me how I switch everything so the new hard drive is my main one and I can take the old one out!!
Thanks
 

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I have researched this but either the threads are very old or everyone has a different opinion. I am going from 500GB, 5400rpm to a 1TB, 7200rpm SATA HD. I don't have any installation disks as my laptop didn't come with any. I have upgraded to Windows 10 & I have made a recovery USB flash drive & created a system image on a USB backup hard drive. Do I need a separate boot disk media or can I boot up with the recovery disk? How should I recover with the system image? Do I need to partition the new hard drive, it is a bare drive, or will the system image do that? Sorry, I'm very new at this.

Answer:What dI I need to do after installing a new hard drive?

First try booting from the USB recovery flash drive and that should have the option to restore the image you made on the USB backup hard drive.

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GRRRRRRR. I am so mad, my brother was going to check out this hard drive he had and used my daughters computer, (he said he knew what he was doing) so I let him now her computer does nothing when turned on except comes up Compaq and then the monitor goes off. sometimes a screen will come up that says F1 to Boot or F10 for setup. Can someone please help me get this to running again? The origanal hrd drive is a Quantum Pioneer SG if this helps.
 

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Can anyone please tell me how to install xp pro on a new hard drive I have just had fitted which is blank at the moment though has been formatted thank you

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click hereHi Ninky this should give you the info you needgood luck [email protected]

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i'm looking into getting a second 1TB hard drive specifically for games while my main one is used for my art programs. what i want to know is if i will need an OS on the second drive or if i can just put a "Games" folder there and install directly.
 

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You don't need an OS on the new drive. If the games you install offer a choice of where to put their files then yes you can install onto the new drive.
 

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I am having difficulty with formatting a second hard drive that I have installed. The bios recognizes the drive; however, I am having difficulty assigning a drive letter and having it recognized in windows xp. This is a slave drive and I only want to use it for storage purposes. Please advise.
 

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Go to Control Panel - Administartive Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management and select the new drive to partition and format.
 

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I have an AMD 750mhz sys with Win Me on a 20g HD. I'm planning to install a new HD (Western DIg 40G 7200). When I install it Can I just copy all my files from my old HD to the New one and change the jumpers on them or should I just start from fresh and install my OS on the new drive and reformat the old drive?
 

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Hello and welcome to TSG!

Just copying won't work. Definitely start over and have the newer, faster (I'm assuming) HDD for youir OS.
 

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I was using a gateway with a PIII and the PS 2 connection got fried. Tried to use a USB keyboard but the system did not recognize it. So I had another gateway with a Celeron processor with Win98SE on it. I tried to remove the hard drive out of the PIII machine which has XP Home and put it on onto the Celeron which has Win 98SE. The problem is that Windows XP cannot load because the Mobo was designed for Win98SE. I looked on the Gateway support site and there was no drivers for XP for the Celeron machine. Is there a way that I can get to a DOS prompt so that I can reformat the drive and put Win98SE back on it?

Answer:Installing a XP Hard Drive

Go to www.bootdisk.com and download a boot disk. Delete the partition with FDISK and make a new one. Then format the hard drive and you should be ready.

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After installing a brand new empty hard drive, per Dell diagnostics advice, I loaded my recovery discs, then restarted lap top per disc instructions. Screen doesn't go beyond Dell logo @ approx 75%.. ive read about reinstalling devices drivers and applications, yet am not understanding this. If I have a backup of my lap top on an external hard drive, would that contain the necessary drivers? I am tech challenged. Any detailed advice/instructions is appreciated.

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Let me first apologize for my ignorance when it comes to computer hardware.

My issue is this: I am trying to add a second hard drive to my computer. I'm not sure if it matters, but the hard drive is a Quantum Fireball Plus KX. Anyway, I understand I have to connect an IDE cable to the back of the hard drive, but the IDE cable has fewer connections than there are pins on the back of the hard drive.

Also, apparently I need to move this little white thing between four sets of twopins on the back of my hard drive to set it as a slave drive, which of the four do I connect to?

Sorry if this doesn't make much sense, I'm trying. All responses appreciated.
 

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Ok I am running windows XP pro to start with
Today I baught a new hard drive and i would like to run it as a slave, so i hooked it up and changed the jumpers for it to be a slave...and whenever i turned my computer on it said it found new hardware and it installed it...and i checked it on the 'install new hardware' list and it said its installed and working properly....but its not listed in my computer...if anyone could please help...it would be very much appriciated, thanks!
 

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You need to partition and format it. Right click on My Computer and select Manage. Then go to Disk Management and right click on the drive to partition it. After that it'll appear in My Computer as the next available drive letter.
 

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My computer is a Compaq Presario 8000z series, it came with hard drive C (20GB) and system save D (20GB), I installed a new second hard drive and partitioned as Drive G (98GB) and drive H (14GB), I just purchased anotheer hard drive to replace my originald hard drive C, how I do , please help.
 

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Hi,

I have an Intel DG965WH mainboard with 3 SATA hard drives in a RAID 5 configuration, plus one IDE hard drive. I need to install another SATA hard drive, but not part of the RAID array. In the RAID configuration manager (Ctrl-I) I have removed the new disk from the RAID. However, when I boot using a Windows XP CD, the new drive is not shown. What am I missing?

Thanks!
 

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I recently tried to install a second hard drive for extra storage on my computer. I dont want to boot from the drive i just want to use it for storage. After i physically put the drive into the computer and connected everything correctly i turn on the computer and in the bios none of my hard drives or cd roms were get detected. I try auto detect and i get nothing. So i switched which hard drive was connected to the end and the middle of the ide cable and the hard drives were detected but not my cd roms. I continued booting the computer and it took a lot longer than usual. When i went to "my computer" the new hard drive didnt show up. I have tried several different jumper setting and nothing seems to work. I have windows xp pro if that helps.Thanks, Andrew

Answer:Installing a Second Hard Drive

If your 80-line UDMA hard drive cable is a straight feed one, the old drive must be jumpered as Master with Slave and the second one as Slave. If it is a Cable Select cable, both HDs must be set to Cable Select. The old (master) drive should be on the end connector and the new drive on the middle connector. Your BIOS should then recognise both drives as well as your optical drives. If the two drives balk at being connected to the same cable, mount your new drive as master or slave to your CDRW drive, and if you have a DVD reader mount it as slave to your old drive.

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I'm about to install a 80-Gb Seagate (Barracuda, model ST380215A) as the D: drive alongside my Western Digital (Caviar Blue, model WD200BB) C: drive. Links to the drive specs, in case anyone's interested: old WDC, new Seagate.

Over in the Windows 98 section I posted a question about installing Windows on the new D: drive (then transferring all my files) while continuing to operate from the old C: drive: Installing duplicate Windows 98 on new drive. No one had responded there when I started this post (I notice they have now -- I got severely delayed by a power outage) but in any case I thought I'd ask here about the strictly hardware side of it. I haven't installed a hard drive in 20 years; back then, if the new hard drive didn't come up we'd just go on working from (5.25") floppies till we figured out what it wanted. Besides following Seagate's and Dell's directions, is there anything special I should know about (a.) having two bootable hard drives in the same system or (b.) later swapping them, then phasing out the old one?

Dell recommends using the "Cable Select" method of jumpering so that the drive on the end of the IDE cable will be the "master" and the one on the middle connector, the "slave". I assume I should make the old drive the "master" and the new one the "slave" until the new one is ready to be the boot drive. At first I was worried that if the "master" dr... Read more

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So you decided against cloning the old to the new and using that?

IDE hard drives have not changed in 20 years (except internally, of course). All you need do is set the jumper and install it. And check the jumper on the other drive on that cable, too, since some have a different setting if there is a slave than if there is not.

Then, delete all the volumes on the drive, create new ones, and either clone the old to the new, exchange them and use the new, or install 98 to the second and set up a boot manager so you can boot to either.

Check the BIOS on boot to be sure that drive is set to autodetect instead of "None".

Free boot managers:

GAG Graphical Boot Loader
XOSL (Extended Operating System Loader)
Boot-Us (Graphical or command-line)
 

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I am installing a Western Digital Caviar WD2500 EIDE Hard Drive 250 GB, in a Dell Optiplex GX150, w/ an Intel Pentuim III 1ghz Biso version A09 Cash 256. My problem is that it is not recongnizing the capacity of the drive all it show is 71MG. How do I get it to recongnize the whole 250 GB drive? So that I can install the OS. Thanks in advance for any help
 

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hatcht said:



I am installing a Western Digital Caviar WD2500 EIDE Hard Drive 250 GB, in a Dell Optiplex GX150, w/ an Intel Pentuim III 1ghz Biso version A09 Cash 256. My problem is that it is not recongnizing the capacity of the drive all it show is 71MG. How do I get it to recongnize the whole 250 GB drive? So that I can install the OS. Thanks in advance for any helpClick to expand...


What OS are you using? only windows xp with service paxk 1 will recognize a drive that big. you may also have to upgrade your bios to a newer version.
 

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ok just got a new Maxtor 80gb with 8MB buffer. i want to put windows xp onto this, so do i just connect up the new hard drive and insert the xp disc and let it run?
or do i need to do anything else?
 

Answer:Installing win xp to a new hard drive

Set your PC to boot from CD.
 

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I want to put a new HD to my PC, but i dont know how.
I already have a HD in there and i will leave that one in there.

I emailed compaq so they can tell me how to and this is what they told me.....

1. Hard drive will be connected to Primary IDE Controller with cable
select mode option.
2. CD-ROM drive will be connected to the Secondary IDE Controller with
cable select mode option.
3. CD-RW drive will be connected to the Secondary IDE Controller with
cable select mode option.

Now, you can connect the second hard drive to the Primary IDE Controller
with cable select mode.
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I really dont understand that, so can one of you translate it to 'english' plz.
 

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btw my first drive is partitioned into 2. I have 98 in one and xp in another. Dont know if that matters.
 

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I am about to upgrade my wife's PC. I am buying a barebones bundle and will then install her current PC hard drive in it. I am assuming that will cover the Windows XP OS (and everything else) transfer -- and all will be sweetness and light Or have I overlooked something like,say, Microsoft 'recognising' the new PC?

Answer:Installing old hard drive in new PC

Was the original copy of Windows purchased as a product or was it OEM. If it came with the previous PC I foresee many future visits to sort it out and a very low success rate.

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