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Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

Question: Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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Answer: Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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well I had the same problem when I first got a new hard drive, but gave up and used Ubuntu (which is way better I now know). Anyway, now I want to dual boot so I can play games in WIndows. Ubuntu finds the harddrive easily and installs easily, but Windows can't even find the hard drive or anything.

So I used Parted Magic to shrink the Ubuntu partition by about 25GB and created a new primary primary partition.
I have a SATA hard drive with a PCI SATA card
my motherboard is from like 2002 and doesn't have any onboard SATA

halp please

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Pro can't find hard drive on install

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i have just swapped a 10 gig hard drive from one pc to another...
the 10 gig drive used to be in my portable usb hard drive case. which i then used as a portable hard drive.
i formatted said portable drive on windows xp.
i have just decided to put the drive into a different pc.
however when booting from my setup/operating system cd's
i get a message telling my the drive cannot be found.
obviously i have checked all the connections a few times.
im wondering if maybe i have lost some data on the drive when i formatted it?
or any other ideas and helpfull info woulld be most appreciated

Answer:Solved: cant install operating system as it cant find my hard drive!

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last night i put a Samsung hard drive in my computer and every thing seemed normal xp detected it and it showed up in device manager but it wont show up in my computer.what could be wrong with it. did the drive just go bad?

Answer:Solved: Hard drive doesnt show up

If it's a new hard drive, did you partition and format it?

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Hi.. I am not computer savvy at all . I need some help . My dell inspriron laptop couldnt connect to windows. I called Dell ( my warranty expired last month) After buying a exteneded "advice "package, i was then told that my hard drive is no good and i would have to buy a new one. I asked if i would lose all my data and they said possibly and to tell who ever I have install hard drive to be sure to "save" the data.
I went to local ofc supply store, A young man explained to me to try to back up hard drive with an i-portable by iocell. It took me a while, but i figured it out how to take out my hardrive , and put in in the i-portable, (there were no instructions) but when i tried to connect it to my desktop, it wouldnt download the software / drivers (failed), I tried several times, it did not acknowledge the device. the i-portable is working, the green light was on, And i am confused about what to do when if and when it does recognise the device, will it automatically dowload to my deskop?

I dont know what to do. when i bought the laptop, the os was already installed, there was no backup disk. I think I had to backup myself, and I have 3 disks. I do remember trying to back up, but i was so unsure how to do that , i am not sure I did it right. I really hope I didnt lose the data on the current hard drive, that is why i am hesitant to put those disks in.

Any advice that you would give (and think i could understand (lol) would be appreciated.


Answer:Solved: laptop doesnt recognize hard drive

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

Answer:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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I ran a complete reboot of my gateway gm5066e desktop w/windows xp media center edition 2005. over the years running slower. after the reboot runs like new again. the problem, copied all files,photos,movies to my portable external hard drive(hitachi simple drive mini) I know it copied properly because i plugged it into my wifes mac book pro laptop and automaticaly popped up and i could view the files. since the rebooting of my desktop, nothing happens, I spoke with hitachi tech support, said try updating chipset, i did,no response, the comuter doesnt recognize any external hard drive. i evern attempted all usb ports, nothing can you help me, i'm not very computer savy so please bare with me.

Answer:Solved: computer doesnt recognize external hard drive

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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Hello everyone I just finished my build and am installing windows 8 but when I reach the page that should show my hard drive nothing is shown and it says they can't find drivers at the bottom can anyone help please?

Answer:Windows 8 install can't find my hard drive


Originally Posted by ChuckTesta

Hello everyone I just finished my build and am installing windows 8 but when I reach the page that should show my hard drive nothing is shown and it says they can't find drivers at the bottom can anyone help please?

What SATA mode is your BIOS on? Have you gotten the RAID drivers to load on boot?

Sent from my Nexus 7 using TechForums

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hey i have recently purchased a HP Pavilion DV2000 laptop it came with Windows Vista pre installed and as far as i know every thing on the laptop is working the way it is suposed to. the only problm that i was having was some compatabliliy issues with Windows Vista and some of the games i play. so i wanted to install a second operating system on a seperate partition on my computer, i have had experience doing this with my old pc and every thing was going well untill i tryed booting the computer using the windows xp cd to install my second operating system. it went through the process of loading the the drivers etc. when i pressed enter select the option to install Windows Xp and i got the error message "can not find hard drive press F3 to exit.
below is some information about my laptop if its any use
System Information
Time of this report: 11/2/2007, 18:15:49
Machine name: DAVID-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista? Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.070627-1500)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Pavilion dv2500 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 @ 1.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
Memory: 2038MB RAM
Page File: 1273MB used, 3022MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
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Answer:Windows XP can not find hard drive during install

i also need the answer to this, the only thing i have a problem with is windows xp, i installed linux on mine and it worked fine, just cant get windows xp pro on there, help..

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I just put a new hard drive in my PC. It is my new C: drive. My original C: drive (small capacity) is also still in the PC. I also have a separate HD for my non-operating system/working files. When I boot from the old C: drive the system sees the other drive, but when I boot from the new C: drive I can't find the working drive. Bios is the same either way, so I can't figure out why the new C: can't find the working drive. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:New XP install can't find slave hard drive

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I have an older P3 600 x86 family 6 model 8 stepping, with a Fijitsu 6 gig drive model MPE 3064AT. It is dangerously close to running out of space. I am looking for say a 40 gig drive that I can use with this system. How do I find out what will work and how do I dump info and operating system from old drive to new or should I even bother? Using Windows 2000 OS. Any help, comments appreciated. Regards, RickT

Answer:Help! Trying to find a larger hard drive and install it.

You can safely add a 40GB hard drive no problem you can go as high as 60 GB.
Check this one out if you decide to buy it go to the Seagate website and download their disk utility they have a disk transfer software that transfers your old drive to the new one regardless of capacity differences, that's important to ghost to the full capacity of the new drive.

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My PC was shut due to power cut.
Next time I tried to switch it on, Windows could not load up, system had crashed.
I needed to access my files desperately, then I installed Ubuntu on it, got my files.
But now when I try to install Windows 7, it does not detect hard drive. It does not display hard drive at all. [also While system is booting it says 'BIOS installed successfully', it was never displayed before the system crash]

My question is
'Is it because of file system? even then i should be able to format hard drive and change file system'
Why is this message coming up 'BIOS installed successfully' every time I boot my computer? (I always thought, power cut only affects OS not BIOS it self.)

Help will be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Cannot install windows 7.. cannot find hard drive


Can you give the model of the PC if store bought or the model of the motherboard? SIW should be able to tell you both.

What happens after the "Bios installed sucessfully" message--do you have to do anything or does it just sit there?

How did you install Ubuntu? Did you install it on the HD or run a Live CD? Was this on the same computer that Windows won't install on?

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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

Read this link ( about the media creation tool.

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop can I install windows on my new hard drive?

Answer:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

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the C: prompt still shows up....any easy answers?


Answer:Solved: How to find which hard drive is being used?

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Hi Everyone,
I installed a new Seagate 160g sata hard drive on my PC but it's not showing up. I found it in the device manager but not in my computer and I didn't see it the post. My Western Digital IDE 60g is still hooked up as the master and the new sata is on the primary sata connector. I have also tried it on the secondary. Seagates disk wizard can't find it,Acronis can't find it. Please Help!

Answer:Solved: Can't find my new hard drive

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So, I'm running XP and a while back I reinstalled windows because of a few errors(non hard drive related). Turns out when I did so i reinstalled on my second, smaller hard drive. After realizing my mistake I once again reinstalled windows and in deleting that second partition I may have deleted the actual hard drive from the computer. My problem is I dont know what type it is if I need drivers, and the Device Manager only sees one drive (the larger one)...

How bad did I mess up?
Does anyone know how I can get both hard drives recognized and get all the space I paid for?

I appreciate any and all help.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: Cant Find Hard Drive

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I am reloading a brand new HP DV5000 laptop with a Hitachi SATA hard drive. I am doing this to get rid of all the trial software and just have a clean copy of XP Home. The problem is that XP cannot find the hard drive. I then used a 98 disc and ran fdisk. It found the hard drive with no problems. I then deleted all partitions and created one dos partition and then did a low level format. I tried to re run the XP install and it still states that it cannot find a hard drive. I went to Hitachi's website to se if it had SATA drivers to no avail. I did find a couple of H/D utilities that test H/D for integrity etc. It passes with no problems. What I was hoping for was something like MAXBLAST or Seatools (but for Hitachi). Alas there seems to be no such thing for Hitachi. I also tried to boot with the 98 disc with CD rom support, ran smartdrv and then install XP from a dos prompt using winnt.exe. It looked like this would work, but upon the first boot, I get the BSOD.

Answer:Solved: XP cannot find hard drive

What I need is SATA drivers for the motherboard

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I've asked this question to alot of people and they kept telling me the same crap. My pc is capable of windows 8, my hard drive is not broken and (since my hard drive is an option in boot order) I (think!) its detected in my BIOS. I also updated my BIOS. But none of the things I can find work. Some people also tell me I have to create my own partition but this option is not availible (I cant press it). I have windows 7 on right now. and I try to do a clean install. (This is where it gives me no partitions.) When I click to keep all my files n' stuff. It says I have to update it with the program IN windows 7 but when I do that it comes at a certain point that it says 'windows 8 installation has failed'. I have an HP envy ultrabook 6 1050EB. I hope someon can help me

Answer:Windows 8 doesnt find any partitions/hard drives to install

To perform a clean install of Windows 8 you first have to delete the Windows 7 partition, then create a new, empty partition and install Windows 8 on that empty partition. You can delete the existing Windows 7 partititon and create a new partition with the Windows 8 installation disc. You can't do it from within Windows 7.Windows 8 Setup is telling you that there is no partition to install it on because the existing partition still has Windows 7 on it. You have to get rid of Windows 7 first as explained above because for a clean install of Windows 8 there has to be an empty partition available to install it on!Boot into Windows 7 first and back up all your data to a different drive or to a blank DVD. Then boot from the Windows 8 DVD, run Windows 8 Setup and delete the partition that has Windows 7 on it.Then create a new partition and install Windows 8 on it.

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooki... Read more

Answer:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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I am having a lot of trouble trying to get the PC to find Sata drive while tring to install Windows xp!.I have checked out different sources but they all seem complicated. It is a custom built pc with an intel motherboard. I do not have a floppy drive in it. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I dont know what to do.

Answer:Cannot find any hard disk drives during windows xp install. do not have floppy drive!

You can provide those drivers from CD.
When the setup asks you to press F6 to load drivers, press F6, remove XP CD, insert driver CD.
When done, installation will ask you to re-insert XP CD.

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Hey guys,

I'm looking to replace my laptop's hard drive. It's a 5400rpm 60GB ATA-6 drive, and ideally I'd replace it with a 7200rpm, 120GB drive (the biggest my system will recognise). However, I can't find a single 7200rpm drive that doesn't use SATA.

So, I've got two questions:
1) is there such a thing as a 7200rpm ATA-6 hard drive for laptops?
2) is it worth buying one, or should I just settle for a 5400rpm drive?


Answer:Solved: Trying to find a replacement hard drive

Haha, there are 7200rpm ATA-6 type hard drives around, but the largest one that I have found is only 100gb.

Here are the links:

The first one is a Hitachi, the second is a Seagate.

Getting one depends on your budget and what your needs are.
There is a difference between a 7200 drive and a 5400 drive. The 7200 drive is faster, but it also drains more power and it is more expensive.

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We have two hard drives on our computer...our second one (not having Windows on it) we used to store all of our pictures - from the last three or four years!!  All of a sudden it's no longer available - what can I do???  This is really freaking me out!I built the computer a few years ago, so I know a little bit - just have to refresh my memory - but the hard drive is still plugged in!Thanks,~Annie

Answer:(SOLVED) Nevermind!! Can't find second hard drive!?!?!

Alright...well I feel like a dufus...I trusted my dear husband when he said it was wasn't.  So it's working now!  I think I'm gonna find some DVDs to back up those was too scary to think they were gone forever!

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I have just reformatted my hard drive using a 98 startup disk with cd-rom support but it will not recognize the cd-rom. i have had this problem before the format. but don't want to invest the money for a new cd-rom since I'am giving the computer away to a friend without one.
error message "device driver not found: 'MSCD001'"
no valid CD ROM device drivers selected

Please help before I throw it out the window.


Answer:[SOLVED] reformatting hard drive but can't find CD-rom

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Okay *sigh* I'm getting desperate. Let me explain.

I have a Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600. It has two hard drives, and XP Media Center Edition. I'd been heavy hit with viruses for whatever reason and was cleaning them out, my internet got really slow, and eventually the whole computer froze, only to get a black screen when I tried to reboot.

Trying safe mode only got down to "isapnp.sys" in the drivers before it stopped.

Trying to boot from an XP disk only said it could not find any hard drives. The BIOS says they are both online.

Please, please, please help! I'll bake you a cake if you live in the Chicago area! Seriously.

Answer:[SOLVED] XP Repair Cannot Find Hard Drive

At what stage does it say hard-drives not detected? Does it boot from the windows xp disc and load all the drivers, then say no hard-drives detected?

If so then go into bios and disable the Native SATA option and retry.

Thank You

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My wife's laptop has started to take up almost all of it's disk space.
It is an 80 gb drive and there is only about 9.5 GB of free space.

I have tried running windirstat.exe but I'm not able to dertemine which
files are eating up all the space. There is nothing unusual on the disk.
We have Outlook 2003 running, IPOD software, Word and Excel, Google toolbar, Mozilla Firefox and all the usual "stuff", but none of them seem to add up to 68 Gb of data.
I have removed all the .jpg files, which only resulted in about a 1.5 GB
becoming free.
I'm at a loss. I ran Scandisk (no errors), & can't do a defrag since the system needs 15GB free space to execute.

I have an external hard drive (250mb) that I have been "off loading" some files to and have managed to gain about 3 gb of space, which has the system sitting with the 9.5 gb I mentioned.
I am including a HJT report. Perhaps you might see something that's causing the problem.
The five largest files I could find are the Windows 74,903kb,
Registry Backup.reg 66,571 kb,
IPOD Updater 2006-01-10.exe,
another Windows (in a diff directory) 74,902 kb (same as the first one,
and lastly the outlook.pst file which I know is large, but we have a lot of emails and contacts in it (184,529 KB).
Here's hoping you can supply some help.

MY Wife's computer: (Ignore computer specs in my signature, that's for my laptop)
MS Windows/XP Home
Version 2002, Svc Pack 2... Read more

Answer:Solved: Hard drive almost full. Can't find out why.

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I want to replace the failing hard drive on my Windows 8 dell laptop.  
It did not come with a Windows CD.  Is it possible to install windows onto a replacement hard drive without a CD?
Thanks in advance for any replies.

Answer:Hard drive failure. How do I install windows on new hard drive without a CD.

You'll need to contact Dell to purchase a copy of the recovery media.

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
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to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

The computer in question is a brand new Dell Dimension E521, 2.0 GH... Read more

Answer:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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I just purchased a new hard drive for my Dell Latitude C600 assuming that was the problem. But after inserting in my laptop I still keep getting the same message when I put my windows xp disk in. Windows starts the setup but gets to a point where it stops with 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 hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program. Setup cannot continue.

I do not have a manufacturer supplied dianostic or setup program. Is there anyway to go on the internet and download to a different computer and then run it on the Dell?

I am soooooooooooooo frustrated with this.

Answer:Solved: New Hard Drive but Set-up indicates it can't find any harddrive on computer

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I have a 463GB hard drive in my Fujitsu Lifebook and the properties of my C: drive says 87.9GB is being used, when i open it and select all the files (Including hidden and operating system files) and click properties it shows only 35.79GB being used witch leave 52.11GB unaccounted for. i also got a program called I.Disk and it also says 35.79GB is being used and yesterday the properties of the C: drive said 80GB so it's rising.

I don't know what it could be, maybe a virus and if so i don't know what kind.

I have AVG and it hasn't found anything.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You in advance.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive space used and can't find what's taking it

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Hey everyone-

Probably a fairly simple question that I am having problems with. I have an older Lenova thinkpad laptop that has 108 GB available hard drive. It says that I have 16GB free. When I go through all the folders on this drive, the data adds up to less than 50GB - including windows, program folders, documents etc. Why can't I find an additional 40 GB of data?

Any help would be much appreciated.


Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive says it is almost full but I can't find all the data

Can use this might help

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Hi. I replaced my router with a Motorola Surfboard cable modem/router combo. Since then I cannot access my backup hard drive (buffalo linkstation 250g about 8 yrs old). Everything worked fine before I replaced the router.

The only thing I have on my network is my HP laptop, vonage box and hard drive. Windows 7, Explorer 9.

Router: HD:

I've tried "tracert" and only get back the router address. I've tried connecting directly from my laptop to the HD and tried the ip instead of the 'name'. I replaced the cables, rebooted the laptop, router and hard drive. I also went through the whole "add devices" on "devices and printers" and "search network for devices"

I'm mid-level competence here but running out of ideas. I suspect there is something I need to unlock in the router. (???) Or do I have a conflict between the "...168.0...and 168.1..."? If so, how can I change it?

Any help much appreciated!!

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Hey there!

So this is my issue -

I recently had a lap top get destroyed, and had the hard drive pulled out and placed into a dock for me to pull the files off of. I have been able to relocate most of my files-

Except EVERYTHING that had been on the Desktop. No files, folders, or anything. And I can not target anything through the hard drive itself, I have tried.

I have also tried granting permission for my new lap top to make sure I have access to everything on the drive - still nothing.

There is no 'Users' folder anywhere easily accessible, and when I DO find it, it's empty?

I have a lot of music and art files from my school work on this thing, and any help to find the files would be appreciated as I have been scouring forums for a month or so with no luck.

Thanks for the help ahead of time.

Answer:Solved: Can not find files on external Hard Drive

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Hopefully someone has answers for this one.

My PC crashed yesterday. It would not boot. I have resigned to the fact that I will need to format the hard drive. So I have gone out and bought an external drive and an external converter so that I can save my files from the old hard drive before I format the drive.

Using my laptop, I connected the old hard drive via the USB, and the old hard drive appears to be working fine. If I right click on "Documents and Settings" I can see well over 100GB of data inside that folder.
However, when I look in the "Documents and Settings" folder, I can't see any files from "My Documents". If I right click on the 3 x folders (Administrator, Default User, All Users), each of them only show a small amount of content (ie. 500MB at the most). I am viewing 'hidden files and folders' but can not see where my documents actually are.

At the moment, I am moving all the data from the old hard drive to the new external hard drive. I can see that it is moving all of my 100GB of files as I can see their names. But looking in the external drive, I still can't find where they are. I have tried a search of known files, but this comes up with no result.

Any ideas on how I can find and retrieve these files?


Answer:Solved: Can't find files in My Documents from old hard drive

Was infected by a virus. Typed in "files hidden by virus" and there was an easy solution there.

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I just purchased a via vt6421 RAID controller. I have 2 EIDE 160 GB HD connected to it and am attempting to load XP pro. I am unable to find any real instructions, and I have yet to install an O.S. on a raid so I am sure it is something I am doing wrong.
I found the folder called "floppy" on the cd that came with it and put it's contents on a floppy drive which are: jraid.sys jraid_f.inf and last txtsetup.oem

It appears to find a driver and loads it for the raid controller, but when I am to the point to choose where to install the O.S., it says it couldn't find any harddrives.

I really think it is a driver problem since the same drives connected the same way show up when I boot into windows with my other HD.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Raid Controller Setup cannot find hard drive

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My wife for some reason decided to install Outlook 2000 when it was already installed and then killed it. The problem is that I have an older machine that belongs to the company I work for and I was given it "as is" with no installation disks.

I have been able to get Outlook started but I need to find where on my hard drive my account settings would be if the install process did not delete them. I need to set up my email accounts and I can't remember all of the config settings to get my email.

Does anyone know where Microsoft hides these settings? I would like to somehow import them or open them in notepad and enter the info again so I can get email.

Any help would be appreciated.



Answer:Solved: Outlook 2000 - Where can I find my accounts on my hard drive

Try looking in: C:\Documents and Settings\"YOUR NAME"\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.
although your email account settings may have to be re-entered the above location should have all your emails (.pst) and address book (.PAB) etc.

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i have installed a new 2tb hard drive in a dell inspiron 530 and in Bios when i press auto drive detect its not detecting it

Answer:Solved: hard drive install

The BIOS may not support a 2TB drive, drives larger than 2TB are not supported on older systems due to limitations.

You could try updating the BIOS to the latest version and see what happens:

Also since this is a Dell, have you made sure you have it connected to a SATA port that is enabled? You may have to enable it, save and exit the BIOS and then return into the BIOS and run the AutoDetect again. Also try another SATA port if possible.

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Trying to install a new drive into a Dell.
It is a Maxtor 160GB ATA/100 drive.

Leaving the jumpers to CS, I attempted to use the Maxtor CD to install the drive.
When the computer boots up and in the BIOS the Harddrive is detected.
When running this CD it gets to a point where it says.
Int 13 Level Communications
At... Int 13 IO to Drive 80 Drive Found
Next line is the same but drive 81 no Response

ATA Level Communications
Attempting PM ATA identify -SN(SPADE Character)<
< - invalid response
Attempting PS ATA Identify

At this point the cursor is blinking. I left it go one time for like 20 mins and finally went into this Maxtor Program. When it first goes in it finds the drive and says what do you wan to do with it.

But when I would go into the section to Format or partition it. It tells me NO MAXTOR drive has been found.

I really just wanted to use this as a second hd just enough to install the back up from my Nortons Ghost 12. But like I said. Even in the Norton Ghost it is not finding the drive to install the Image....

Any help would be appreciated...

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Install

It might be a fault with the hard drive.... try putting it in another computer and see if that does anything.

If it still does nothing, try RMAing it.

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Hello TSG,

I am working on a gateway desktop 300S LTD., Windows XP. The system went down about 3 weeks ago. I keep getting a message when its trying to boot:

Intel basecode PXE-2.0

I tried to replace the HD with one of my older models (Dell) It worked so I decided to purchase an upgrade from 40GB to 80GB. When I went to switch them I keep getting the same error message as mentioned above.

This is my first HD replacement. Am I skipping steps? please help.

Answer:Solved: Install new Hard Drive

I diasbled the boot from LAN in bios and I get a message Boot failure:System halted.

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i had to purchase a new hard drive due to multiple errors on my hard drive. My brand new drive is the same exact model as my old one but when i try to install xp on the new drive i get as far as formatting the drive and the computer shuts off and wont turn back on. I have to unplug it, let it sit for a little but and then plug it back in and it will start up again. Am i missing something here?

Answer:Solved: new hard drive xp install

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I have a 3 year old Gateway DX4860 sitting in the corner collecting dust and thought I'd buy a new hard drive for it and get it working again . I've never done this before and it seems pretty straight forward but I was wondering which hard drive I should buy .

It currently has a Western Digital 1.0TB #WD10EADX and finding a replacement is simple enough . But for just a few more dollars I can buy a 2.0TB #WD29EARX or a 3.0TB #WD30EZRX . Will these work in this computer ?
The 1.0TB has SATA / 32MB Cache on it and the other two have SATA / 64MB Cache on the label .

Thanks for any advice you can give me .

Answer:Solved: Which hard Drive Should I Install ?

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How do I install a second hard drive in 98se. I've put it in and set it to slave but I'm not sure how to 'assign' it or even recognize it being there.

Answer:Solved: New Hard drive install

You will find a tutorial here....

Just make double sure when using Fdisk that you select the correct drive.

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I have been given one .

Mine has packed up
Any thing i need to be aware of ?

Gets screwdriver and knife ready

Answer:Solved: How hard is it to install Dvd drive ?

Generally, its nice and easy I guess you been around long enough to know where you are, and there are better people than me can give a good guide
As a basic, turm computer off at the mains, and unplug it, take case off. You will see the DVD drive, which is normally held in place with 4 small screws, 2 on each side. In the back of it, there wil lbe 2 cables- a wide thin ribbon one, and a small power one, often white, sometimes black, fron power. Unplug these from th edriveand make sure you can find em again, (tie a piece of string round them I find useful), undo the 4 screws, and it should push out the front. Push the new one in, put in the screws, connect the cables, thats it
2 things to watch- when you do the screws up, get all 4 in loosely first. you can usually slide the drive round a bit, so it fits thefront of the computer. second, make sure the wide ribbon cable goes in the right way up- the little plastic bit on the bottom (or top) fits into the little cut out on th eplastic round the slot om the drive.

Hope it is useful,

Oh.. can I have your kboard when its free? Sounds perfect hehe!!

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I have a gateway, and want to install a bigger hard drive.
Can someone direct me to a site that will walk me through it.
I'm not sure how to get the info from the original drive to the
new drive.

Thanks - Have a wonderful day!

Answer:Solved: Install New hard drive

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I'm hoping you guys can help me with something - I'm doing a favor for a buddy. His wife's laptop crashed - I don't know the whole story, only that I'm gonna try to pick up the pieces. The Geek Squad was able to rescue some files but said the hard drive was toast. Basically, I have a Dell Inspiron 1000 (service tag H1PY151) with a brand new hard drive and not a whole lot else. Supposedly, they didn't recieve any CD's from Dell, so the called Dell up and got 3 CD's sent to them - a Roxio CD, a reinstallation CD for CyberLink PowerDVD 5.5, and a reinstallation CD for XP Home SP2. This is my first problem:

-Am I wrong in assuming that this reinstallation disk is worthless for my intent and purpose? It's a blank slate, so I have nothing to reinstall over, correct?
- Would it work to install XP from another XP disk, only use the product key on the sticker on this particular laptop?

Assuming that I can use another XP disk, what can I expect when I turn this computer on? I've never done a fresh installation of any OS before. Since I have no drivers, I assume that I'll have to download them from Dell. What is the particular order I should do things? Is there any tutorial or link anyone can send me to, or walk me through it? Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: XP install on new hard drive

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Hi guys

Long time since I have logged in Tech-Support-Guy
I have searched all over google for this process on how to install xp on a second hard drive but all of the information is suggesting me its how to dual boot with the same hard drive as 7 and xp as I don't need that and I have searched the forum but did not find any results so forgive me if this has been answered before.

I have windows 7 on my main primary hard drive with S-ata settings and same goes to my second hard drive.

If you need any more informations please ask.

Thank you for reading

Answer:Solved: How to install xp on a second hard drive

The easiest way would be to disconnect the windows 7 drive then
go ahead and install XP on the other drive.
Make sure to power off the computer and disconnect the AC before working inside.
Once it is installed reconnect the windows 7 drive and boot to windows 7.
If you want XP added to the windows 7 boot menu,use easybcd to add it.
Run easybcd from windows 7.
If you don't want the boot menu,you can use the bios to change the first boot device.
Doing it this way protects your windows 7 master boot record from being overwritten.

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Hello All

Windows XP SP3 installed on hard drive C, need to format and reinstall on hard drive D. Windows does not like this idea. How do I carry out this function?

Regards SilverSurf

Answer:Solved: Install XP on second hard drive

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I've had this problem now for a while, the hard drive light is constantly flashing and you can hear the drive doing what it does, so decided to go ahead and do an upgrade.  Bought a new 2TB WD hard drive, and did a new install of Win 7 Home Edition.  
Problem still exists.  I am looking at the Resource Monitor > Disk Activity and there is a lot of stuff going on.  I've captured a screen shot.  Can anyone tell me what is going on and can I stop this madness?  I left my computer running all night, woke up around 4 am, and it is just as busy as ever.
Ran malwarebytes on it today and says everything is clean.
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Answer:New install, new hard drive, but hard drive never stops

Pretty much just looking like windows indexing your hard drive on a clean install. Pretty normal. SearchIndexer.exe is the windows indexing programing, that is reading the files and the data being written below that to the programdata\microsoft\search\ directories is where the indexed data is stored. This just makes it faster to search for files using the Windows search function. Leave the computer on for a couple of days and it should finish shortly.
However I have seen it where if you have a file that is corrupted for some reason it will cause the search indexer to lock on that file. If you restored old data to your drive windows will reattempt to index all of that old data, and potentially run into a problem file. 
If it just drives ya nuts though you can just disable the searchindexer service by hitting Start, typing services.msc, hit enter. Towards the bottom of the list find the service named Windows Search, double click it and change the startup type to disabled. Restart and you should see decreased disk activity, but will find that if you search for files it will be a bit slower.

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got this r61 #8935-a47 from my niece and i'm messing around with it,   the hard drive is a 80 gb 5400 rpm can i throw a 160 gb 7200 rpm in it  i have here the only difference that i see is the 7200 is 800 mA and the 5400 is 700 mA the 7200 # is p42t 1567  will it work or not,  got the laptop  for free so i'm messing around with it  got 4 gb ram..   nice condition she took good care of it   thanks   for any input on how to make it better   maybe give it to my 13 year daughter  for school work  thanks again


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Answer:r61 hard drive can i install bigger hard drive

You can use any 9.5mm/2.5" SATA laptop hard disk drive, regardless of rotational speed and size.

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I just added a hard drive to my desktop computer running win xp.  Somehow the computer doesnt see the hard drive.  What could be wrong?

Answer:my computer doesnt see a hard drive

Is the drive recognized in the BIOS?If yes, Start>Control Panel>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management, find drive, format if necessary and make active.If no, re-check drive connections - power and data.

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Just got a new board/memoru/cpu. and our old hard drive does not like it. we get a blue scree...

i know formatting and re-installing xp would be a soulution, but a hassle.

we are looking for a way to avoid formatting.

llemee kno soon

Answer:new motherboard/cpu/ram, old hard drive doesnt like it

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hi ok i got 111Gb hard drive and my program files say filled up 30gb so that would be all my games then windows is 9gb and there is a folder thats 1.2gb and in users 17gb and thats all I have used and It reckons that I only have 9gb left. I dont know whats going.
any suggestions what I should do I really dont want to format though.

Answer:Hard drive full but doesnt look to be

There must be some space on the drive not being utilized but still there.

Did you partition the drive originally?

Maybe you need to backtrack.......

You could use a program like Partition Magic to manipulate the drives contents....

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This is weird.

I have a newer system...(see specs...) and it uses a Sata drive. Then, on the IDe, I have plugged in a 200 gig hard drive.

I leave my computer on at all times, and after I have left it on over night, the drive disappears!

I have desktop links to my drives, and the one that links to my secondary gets the terror inspiring red question mark next to the symbol of the drive.

When I restart the is there. However, when I let it go to screen saver mode, (which eventually shuts off the screen and turns off the monitor...), god knows when the drive disappears.

ANy ideas or help please??? Thanks friends!

Answer:Second Hard drive shows, then doesnt.

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Recently i have bought a seagate 320 gb ultra ata ide hard drive that i intended to create 4 partitions so as to install windows xp and linux ubuntu.I have partitioned the hard drive with a special tool recommended by the seagate company (even though after i have done it even with the windows installation disc).The first part of the installation seems to go well as all the necessary files are getting copied into the drive.Just to mention i have installed the ultra ata driver given by the seagate site even though windows installer gives me a message that has already an ultra controller driver (Anyway nothing changes even if i dont install it manually this driver).After copying all the necessary files and doing the reboot so as to continue the installation the pc seems to block after the message.. Verifying DMI Pool Data.Simply doesnt boot from the hard drive to continue windows installation.As a secondary drive works fine.Exactly the same happens after installing linux.
Do i need to install special ide drivers for the as8 abit motherboard?I havent found any on the abit site.Neither the abit installation cd contains any.
I would apreciate any suggestions ..i am desperate

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so before i installed vista i had 3 drive 2 SATA and one IDE, when i installed vista i only had SATA pluged in and formatted one had vitsa and one have my back up , recently i needed something from my IDE drive and when plugged it in i cant see it anywhere under vista , i can see it the bios but not in vitsa , any ideas how to fix this? thanks.

Answer:Vista Doesnt see my hard drive

Can you see the drive in disk management?

Was there data on the drive?

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ok, so ive installed another hard drive, my comp apparently recognizes that there is another hardrive installed, but it is not displayed along with the other hard disk drive. i can see it in my device manager but thats all. I just dont understand how to access it or put anything on it

Answer:My New Hard Drive Doesnt Work

Are you using XP or 2000? If so, go to your control panel, then Administrative Tools, then 'Computer Management'

Select Logical Disk Manager, and look at the new hard drive.. ensure that you have created a partition on it and formatted it. If not, create one there by right click the 'Free Space' section and selecting new partition... the rest of it is pretty straight forward.

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I recently tried to install an new large ( 320GB) hard drive. It was a Western Digital EIDE internal drive. I had it set up to be the Secondary Master.

The install seemed to go well. I used the WD software to partition the HD. I made 3 smaller partitions of about 100GB each. The problem came on the reboot.
The PC would not start up. I couldn't get into Safe Mode either.

So I uninstalled the new HD and had to get my XP install disk out. I did a SCNDSK /R
and that fixed the error (after a 4 hour scan).

My question: Is it Xp that has the issue with HD'd over 137GB or is this an issue with my MotherBoard ( witch is over 3yrs. old).

Answer:Solved: Hard drive install problem

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I need to replace my internal hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. I do not want to copy anything from it. I bought the new hard drive, but I am not sure how or what order to install everything. I have the 'Reinstallation CD MS Win XP Home' from Dell, SP2 & SP3, and the Drivers & Utilities cd 'for reinstalling dell inspiron system software'. Since these are all 'reinstallation' cds, can I use these? Is there a website or other link that you can point me to that may have step by step instructions/pictures of this entire process? I am not doing an actual reinstall, but that's what the cds say. I am installing a NEW hard drive. Please help! I'm pretty sure I can get the actual HD in the laptop. It's just a matter of what to do next to get Windows XP on it. Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Install Windows XP on new hard drive

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Recently format a 40 gig hard drive. Wiping out old os and now when I boot it doesn't recognize hard drive. It says unknown device in bios.

Answer:Solved: Help Install XP Os to a formatted hard drive

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I ghosted a 80 gig hard drive to a 500 gig hard drive. When XP boots up I have to go into F8 mode and click on Last Known Configuration then it boots fine up until XP recognizes the hard drive and tells me that I need to reboot. If I say no I can use the computer just fine. If I reboot then I get the Blue Screen 0X0000007B. If I go into F8 again and do the same as above it just repeats again. How can I get this to boot on its own.

Thank you!!!

Answer:Solved: Issues with new hard drive install

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My school ran a program where students were able to buy a computer from the school's computer shop. (Its a trade school). The computers they were selling were dirt cheap (as in $20, yes twenty ), because they didn't have an OS installed. Well, because they inadvertently kept me waiting for almost four months, they put Windows 7 Pro on it for no charge. The computer is an HP Compaq 6000 Pro Microtower.

Anyways, I used it to replace my Dell Optiplex 210l. Last night, I decided that I was going to pull things like the RAM, DVD Drive, and hard drive from it then have it recycled. I looked into it and the HP seems like it should be compatible with the Dell's hard drive, and it can support up to two hdds. What I want to know is, how would I go about installing it as a second hard drive?

Thank you,

Answer:Solved: How would I install a second hard drive into a computer?

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I'm looking to install an additional hard drive in my parents computer but just need some clarification that what I'm going to do is right! The current hard drive (10GB Western Digital WD Caviar 310000 IDE Hard Drive) in the PC is only 10GB hence why I need to add another one. The spec of the PC is as follows:

Gigabyte GA-7ZXE Motherboard
Athlon processor (not sure of specific model)
1280mb RAM
Windows XP
What other details if any do you need to know to figure out what type of hard drive etc I need to be installing? I'm currently thinking of installing

Will this be ok to use or not?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Solved: Need to install additional hard drive

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Hi guys Im seriously stuck here. I got Dell XPS 600 and have had problems reinstalling windows XP Pro SP3. I am able to load setup proceed through the first part then through 2nd part and when it trys to load setup (3rd part where it starts to load GUI and desktop) i get BSOD STOP Error 0x0000007E Says in bottom paragraph Check hard drive and drive controllers make sure configured and terminated properly. So I took HD to guy I bought PC from and he tested with Drivre Fitness and got a FAIL msg so we swapped a drive he gave me a 160GB instead of the old 80GB I had and when I got home and turned it on to install windows after install SAME DARN THING!!! OMG I DONT UNDERSTAND!! I have tried all four sata ports oping maybe different controllers and made sure they were set to on in BIOS (i'm not completely stupid ) PLEASE anyone know how to fix this. Also tested RAM with Memtest via USB stick drive and came out fine PLEASE HELP TY

Answer:Solved: Hard drive bsod after install

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Just got my daughters computer. A HP Pavilion XT868. It's OS was ME. She had nothing but problems with ME, So I am trying to install a new hard drive and XP. Set jumper as master/single ,since it only has the one 80GB drive.I'm having a problem getting it to boot from the XP installation cd. It just keeps telling me "No operating system found". It's a WD hard drive, 80GB. The jumper setting on the hard drive says no jumper for a single hard drive. The old hard drive is a Maxtor 80GB. Possibly a bad hard drive? Just installed one on my other computer and it was no problem. Booted right up from the XP installation cd and pretty much took care of itself.Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Hard drive install problem

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I've installed an additional hard drive on a Dell Dimention 2400.
I disconnected the old drive, connected the new.
Installed WindowsXPhome and drivers using Dell discs,
the new drive is up and running. I powered down set the jumpers on both drives, enabled the new drive on setup menu and rebooted.

I can see the drive in the device manager but I can't see the drive in 'my computer'

what step am I missing?

thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Additional hard drive install

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I am trying to install a second hard drive (used, 1.7 Gb) in a friends 486 with Windows 95b. If it matters the master drive is a 200+ Mb drive that has been compressed.

I have set the drive as slave on primary controller. The drive is autodetected and shows up in Windows Explorer. I formatted the drive from Explorer and the box popped up showing it was successfully formatted.

When I try to access the drive however, I get an error message " Sector not found reading drive D". One reference I have indicates this means there in some physical damage on the disk but it should be repairable.

I thought I would start over from scratch and Fdisk. I had to try several different boot disks before I could get one with an Fdisk that would run. Kept getting an error message "incorrect version of DOS" Fdisk indicates the drive has one primary DOS partition and it is set as active. I don't think the slave drive's partition should be active, should it? I can delete that partition, (at least it says it's deleted) but when I try to set up the new one, either primary or extended, it goes to the screen that says "creating primary (or extended) partition, depending on which one I try, and then freezes. I ctrl, alt, delete to reboot and do the Fdisk thing again and it shows the active, primary DOS partiton is still there. After several tries, I got an error message that the PC wants to do a Scandisk on the drive because it may have problems. Scandisk freez... Read more

Answer:{Solved} 2nd hard drive install woes

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My friend's computer seized up in the middle of the boot. Tried recovery, but it isn't able to go forward. The hard drive seemed to be spinning tho, so chances were good we could recover the data. I removed the hard drive and copied everything to a back-up external drive using my own computer. Replaced the hard drive in the disabled computer. Question is how do I install Windows XP? The recovery files on the hard drive are not accessible, I assume, so we can't use those - right? We misplaced the disks that came with the computer, so I'm buying a new copy of Windows XP. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Maggie

Answer:Solved: How do I install Windows XP onto new hard drive

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I have a Lenovo H215 desktop that had win7 (64 bit) preinstalled. The hard drive crashed and I have a new one on the way.

Actually I like xp more. Can I successfully install and operate xp (32 bit) on this machine?

Answer:Solved: Install winxp on new hard drive

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1400MHz, x86 Family 6 Model 9 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1279 Mb
Graphics Card: MOBILITY RADEON 9000, 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 28615 MB, Free - 17570 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation, 0X2034
Antivirus: None

(Note: I will install Avast! Antivirus, once I can get this computer's wireless working...)

I replaced my hard drive last night. There is no more wireless in my network connections folder.
I went to, I installed new drivers, then after re-boot, It said that my ethernet/modem were also now gone??? Confused, I did a system restore, back to June 2005.

My Dell Service Tag is: 2BWWT31

After system reboot, I went back to dell, and entered the service tag, and I installed all recommended driver updates, which included BIOS A16.

I still have no wireless ability. In device manager, under other devices, there is a yellow exclamation point for "Network Controller".

I've looked for hardware changes, and i've tried to update driver from device manager, and no success. It wants a cd installed. This laptop was bought used from my boyfriends old co-worker, and given to me as a gift. I don't have any operating cd's at all. I have been trying to update this computer myself and am getting frustrated. Money is tight, and then I found TechGuy... Read more

Answer:Solved: New Hard Drive, Network Controller Lost, Can't Find Driver, Dell Latitude D60

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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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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

Answer:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Hi,Im attempting to boot up a computer. However before it gets to the Win XP logo screen i get the error message"Unable to detect primary or secondary HDD"When i try and boot up again i get the "Press F1 to try again or F2 to run setup" error messageI have been in the BIOS and tried AUTO Detect but when i look at the devices in the BIOS it just says Primary Master Unknown Device ...which is the HDDSeconday Master Unknown Device.....which is the CD ROMI have also reinstalled the HDD and even uninsatlled the CD ROM but still it didnt work.Th strange thing is that i can press open on the CD ROM device and it opens!!!! Even though in the BIOS it says its an unknown deviceThe HDD is a Hitachi DeskstarThe pc is DELL Optiplex

Answer:Computer doesnt detect Hard Drive

Try the hdd on the cable which currently has the CD Rom.Could be that that cable has failed, or even the hard drive.

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I have an external hard drive, and when i plug it in, the safely remove hardware icon pops up, but the drive is nowhere to be seen. I've tried going to computer management to find it, and it's there but it has no letter assigned to it, (C:,D:, etc..). But it's there. Plus in safely remove hardware it lists it as Mass Storage Device? but this isn't on my computer either, and it says it's working fine. Which t's not.

I need help

Answer:PC doesnt detect external hard drive

funny you should ask that. I have recently had the same problem.

I ended up going into device managment and assigning it a drive letter. Rebooted and it showed up ok.

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i installed win7 on my SSD (like 22gb drive) in my asus today. Now, under my computer, it shows nothing but the SSD. it doesn't show my 500gb hard drive.. Im pretty sure its because of something i didnt do in the setup..
What should i do to get it to show up? i really really really don't wanna re install windows because i got all the drivers and installed programs..

Answer:Hard drive doesnt show up under My Computer?

Hi there jagwar.There was probably no drive letter assigned to the HDD.Go to disk mamagement,right click on the on the 500 drive and under "change drive letter and path",assign one to it,should be fine.That is,you are sure that the sata cable is properly seated,power cable as well and you are not "hiding"the drive by any way.Post back!

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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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Hi , i had 2 hard drives , 1x60gb and 1 x 40gb , i've replaced the 40gb with a 160gb. when i booted up windows xp found new hardware and my drive shows up in device manager as working but doesnt show in my computer, just the original 60gb. any ideas ? the old drive was set as slave so i set jumpers on new drive as slave also.

Answer:Hard drive doesnt show in my computer

click here

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cookie, i have read your process to get rid of the message which lets me access to my harddrive, i have done exacty like you told but in vain, i still get the message,,,,,,,,,,,,, please help me ............

this is the record i got in safe mode when i was running avg virus scan
AVG Anti-Spyware - Scan Report

+ Created at: 9:56:30 PM 12/5/2006

+ Scan result:

HKU\S-1-5-21-1454471165-789336058-725345543-500\Software\IST -> Adware.ISTBar : Cleaned with backup (quarantined).
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\switch.exe -> Downloader.IstBar : Cleaned with backup (quarantined).
:mozilla.122:C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hkmxyk0s.default\cookies.txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
:mozilla.123:C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hkmxyk0s.default\cookies.txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
:mozilla.104:C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hkmxyk0s.default\cookies.txt -> TrackingCookie.Adbrite : Cleaned.
:mozilla.105:C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hkmxyk0s.default\cookies.txt -> TrackingCookie.Adbrite : Cleaned.
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I just installed vista home premium and now my 2nd hard drive doesnt show up anymore, this drive has all my files on it and must be saved please help?

thanks in advance

Answer:2nd hard drive doesnt work in vista

Did it work in XP?

What does the device manager say? Is it even recognized?

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Hi -
I'm having a problem installing XP Pro SP2 on my new WD hard drive. The new HD is a SATA 6 Gps jumpered for 3 Gps. My problem is almost exactly like the one described here:

[SOLVED] Unable to install XP...Harddrive Error...

The solution provided there is exactly what i've found in other forums and blogs. Once I got past a floppy drive problem that prevented me from loading the SATA drivers using the F6 key solution, I finally was able to load the drivers from the floppy that came with my m/b.

However, after Windows setup started, it got to the point after loading some drivers where it showed me the blue screen giving me 3 choices - I chose to begin installing Windows XP. So I clicked Enter, and the next blue screen gave me the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer."

I've tried several different configurations in the BIOS, but none worked. Right now, its at the default settings. SATA is configured for RAID since my m/b floppy contains RAID Drivers.

Man, I am at a loss. I have no idea why I can't get XP installed. Thank you for any help.

Answer:[SOLVED] SATA hard drive not recognized after F6 during XP Pro install

You want to set the SATA to work as IDE . . not RAID, unless you have a RAID array. . . and you want the SATA drivers, not RAID drivers.

If you set the SATA controller to work as IDE you do not need the drivers on the floppy

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I have a computer that the hard drive is starting to make Indy 500 noises 3-4/day. Decided to purchase new HD and transfer date over to it before the other one hits the wall. Extensive amount of data is backed up on external HD using Acronis software from which I have never had to use the restore function. Presently running XP home ed. QUESTION! I have no more slots, data cables or power cables free. Can I temporarily unhook my zip drive cables and insert them into new drive just to complete this new install? If that is OK, do I Fdisk and format new drive from present drive to get NTSF before data transfer or do the drives come pre-formatted with NTSF? As to actual transfer of all data is it best to use Windows Explorer and copy all programs so I know hidden and R/O files are transferred or has anyone restored a full HD using Acronis so I know that when swapping new HD from slave to the slot where present drive resides and becomes the bootable drive, all will FLAWLESSLY work like intended and then re-hook up zip drive. Never had to replace HD with this many GB of data and # of programs before. Always threw the whole works in the dumpster because entire system needed to be upgraded. Any flowsheet of how to perform this task will be greatly appreciated. You guys have'nt let me down yet. Hoping for another smooth transition for a really common procedure I would guess. Thanks so much! Paul

Answer:Solved: Install new Hard drive and transfer data

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AMD Athlon 1.8Mhz, hard drive failure a while ago, two new (second hand) hard drives, installed Linux, not sure what flavour, now want to upgrade memory and install WinXP.

I've installed many different Linux over the years to other machines, and did previously dual boot Pclos with XP on this machine, until hard drive failure. WinXP was installed when purchased.

It is set to boot from CD - I'm just wondering if there are any specific issues I shout be aware of before beginning the installation process. I do have the original CD and key (somewhere)!


Answer:Solved: Clean install WinXP to new hard drive

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I have bought a new Maxtor SATA 120 Gig hard drive. I am having a problem getting the system to see it.
I am using a ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard which has 2 SATA connections. When I try to install windows XP I get a message saying hard drive cannot be found.
Using the auto detect in CMOS does nothing and I have set all configurations to default, nothing happens.
adding RAID drivers on install has no effect either.
I cannot get the motherboard CD to boot, although the CD is set as 1st boot.
Power is going to the HD, which I have had inspected by PC World to check it's ok, which they confirm.
The only time I can see the name of the HD is in the SATA configuration window.
I only want to use one hard drive so I have not used any of the RAID configurations.
Any advice please? Thanks

Answer:Solved: Sata Hard Drive Install Problem

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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Tried as much as I could to avoid an expensive new hard drive, but in the end I surrendered. Problem with the sound now though, it's real choppy. I shouldn't think that would be happening with a new hard drive installed.

Computer: 2007 Dell Vostro 1500 laptop
OS: Windows XP Home SP3

What to do, please?

Answer:Solved: choppy audio after new hard drive install

did you check to make sure you have the most up to date audio drivers?

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Formatting new hard drive in e-machine. All goes well until I restart computer and install begins. Gets as far as "Name Computer" screen and hangs! E-machine says I have to remove the wireless adapter installed and upgraded video card, then put back the old modem. Does this sound right?? I'm using the e-machine system restore disks.

Answer:Solved: Formatting hard drive...hangs during install

That could very well be true. With big brand name systems the Recovery CD's are made for the system as it was configured originally. In some cases the Recvoery CD's refuse to work at all if there are too many hardware changes. In your case it just sounds like a driver issue with the minor changes you've done. If you have the old video card put it back and retry the Recovery process. And remove the wireless card.

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