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Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

Question: Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

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Answer: Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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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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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
Welcome to the Forums.
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

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Hello and good evening to you all. I have a slight problem and i'm hoping to get some help please. I have a nice samsung laptop, it came with 320gb hard drive, and when i set it up it was split into the following:
C drive: 45.9GB free of 112GB
D drive: 167GB free of 167GB
I've put some music and a few other things on the c drive, so its beginning to fill up, so I need to know HOW to increase the space on the C drive by getting more space from the D drive please.
many thanks

Answer:How to increase space on my Primary Hard Drive from secondary drive

use this but read carefully
eaesus partition manager

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Hello everyone, my working laptop is a T 400 running on Win XP. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7. I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD everytime I need Win XP together with my other company stuff.I don't want to install Win 7 just in another partition as I don't want to risk anything happening to the XP machine ;-) Is the above described scenario valid or do I have to take anything else into consideration? Thanks in advance!Sascha


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Answer:ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater

----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable. Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said ... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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Hi all,

Hardware: Compaq Armada 7400, 300Mhz PII, 64Mb RAM , 20 Gb USB ARCdisk (External).

Ok, here goes...i have come just been given the above kit. It did come with its standard 10Gb IBM HDD which is unserviceable (numerous clicking etc - slaved it to my desktop and no joy at all so its hitting the bin).

After a bit of thought i realised that i have a spare 20Gb external USB ARCdisk so i have been trying to install XP Pro SP1 on the machine (using the USB HDD as the primary drive-no internal disc). The install sets of ok, going through "inspecting hardware config", starts loading the drivers and then reaches the point of selecting the partition to install to (there is activity on the drive as it inspects it (red light) and shows the exact size of the disk but then falls over after i select the partition saying "Your computers startup program cannot gain access to the disk".

I then thought "ahhh USB" maybe the XP disk didn't have the right driver so i restarted the setup and hit "F6" to install a third party USB Mass Storage Device driver but as soon as i hit return to load the drivers from the floppy i get a message back saying "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found". Back to square one.

I can't even seem to gain access to the BIOS as the older Compaq seemed to use a partition on the HDD to store part of it (according to HP website).

Any idea's much appreciated, maybe i'm flogging... Read more

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

Answer:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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I'm running Windows XP SP2, and I'm running out of hard drive space. So, I thought I'd buy a new hard drive with about 10 times the storage capacity. Should do the trick.

However, won't I lose all my settings and documents etc.? I've heard horror stories about upgrading components or whole systems with XP. Hasn't Microsoft made life difficult for those wishing to actually open the PC up and tinker? Or is that only a rumour and have I nothing to worry about?

I am running two HDDs, each 20g. What I want to do is replace the main drive ( C: ) with maybe a 200g. Would having the second drive there help at all?

Any advice welcome, thanks.

Answer:Windows XP & upgrading primary hard drive

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Hello Forums! I'm getting a new T500 and would like to run with the hard drive in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Is this possible?What I'm planning to do is run the laptop with two different OS's and switch between them using the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Thank for your responses.

Answer:Can I use a Hard Drive Bay Adapter II as the primary hard drive?

It works like a charm. You'll need to hit F12 at startup to select the boot source.

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This all started when I used my backup hard drive w/Win2000 (seagate) as Primary & my newer hard drive(Maxtor) w/Win2000 as my slave. I bought a new HDD (Western Digital) & wanted to copy files.

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.

I finally created a new OS on my Western Digital and made it my primary & put the messed up Maxtor as a slave. All I saw in the drive was the file folder with file fragments.

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Cannot read 2nd Hard Drive

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.Click to expand...

at this point a good file recovery app. is needed

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??Click to expand...

0&0 recovery and file scavenger recovery app. are a few

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?Click to expand...

this drive may be on the way out
HDD regen is a application that may fix it up for a while

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I bought a new 2 Tb hard drive because my primary one was getting full.

I would like to do a fresh install on the primary drive once I have moved over all the games, videos, pictures, etc. that I don't want to lose.

I can format the primary drive and reinstall windows without affecting the content on the second drive, correct?
Is there anything I need to know?

Answer:Fresh install of windows on primary hard drive

The only thing you need to know is to disconnect your primary drive before you do the install. After the install, re connect the primary drive, get your data off and format it if you want to. This tutorial may help. Clean Install Windows 7

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I upgraded to a SSD a few months back, and recommend it to anyone that is considering it. It's well worth it.

However, I recently upgraded my HDD (500GB) to a bigger 1TB HDD, and found that Windows is still using system files from the old HDD. Windows will still boot and run semi-normal when the HDD is removed, but attempting to access any system files reports that "the specified path does not exist", even though it gives a C:/ path. I can go through Windows Explorer to that path, and find the files, and they are there, but upon trying to run any of them, the same thing pops up.

Any suggestions?

Also, is it normal for a 1TB drive to be considerably louder than a 500GB drive?

Answer:Upgraded Primary Hard Drive to SSD, but Windows still relying on HDD

Hello and welcome jered mate just check in the boot priority order which drive is at the top of the list and also for first device boot check the SSD is at the top of the boot order.

In answer to the drive noise no the 1TB should not be any louder or if at all only very slightly louder. In fact I don't like any noise whatsoever from my drives.
Personally I prefer to have two 500GB's instead of a single TB as if the drive goes south you don't lose so much. But that depends on what space you have available.

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Last Friday, I wanted to copy a CD using my Sony Optiarc AD-7261S DVD/CD Burner and Windows 7 Home Premium. I don't have a dedicated disc burning program - I just use Windows explorer to do it.

Popped in the CD I wanted to copy and copied its contents to the desktop. Took that CD out, popped in a blank CD, the drive whirred a bit then nothing .... !

That's odd I thought . Didn't do this last time I burned a disc (a few weeks ago!!). Double-clicked the drive icon and got a message saying that "The disc in Drive D:/ is unformatted and must be formatted before it can be used". It was at this point that I noticed that Windows explorer was displaying the drive as "CD Drive (D" I'm sure it used to be displayed as "DVD RW Drive (D" but I've no idea when it might have changed.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I've discovered that the drive will read and play CDs and DVDs with content but doesn't recognise empty ones, therefore I can't use Windows explorer to burn a disc anymore. I've updated the drive's firmware. I've uninstalled and reinstalled it but nothing makes any difference and Windows continues to display the drive as "CD Drive (D".

Device Manager is happy that the drive is working and displays it correctly as a Sony Optiarc DVD-RW ATA device.

I later discovered that Windows Media Player and iTunes can both 'see' empty discs and though I haven't tried it, I'm assuming that as they can see them, they could probably burn them.... Read more

Answer:Windows Explorer displays my DVD RW drive as a CD drive

I don't know of a fix as such, but was just wondering whether you had considered using Windows Media Player instead?

Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Player: frequently asked questions

Many of us use ImgBurn too, it's free and it does a good job.

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Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

Originally Posted by Squa190

Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

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I decided to do a clean install of windows and formatted the hard drive after backing up any data I wanted to keep. When I put the hard drive back and tried to install windows, it took me several hours monkeying around in the BIOS to even get the hard drive recognized, switching back and forth between UEFI and Legacy, and trying to change other settings to see if it would help.

At one point the drive did show up but windows wouldn't install because the current settings at the time required the disk to be MBR instead of GPT. I converted it to MBR on another computer by pulling out the drive and using an enclosure and then putting it back in the original laptop, and when I put it back in it did look like it was going to allow me to install, but I had to call it quits at that point because I had to leave.

When I came back, surprise surprise, the hard drive couldn't be seen in BIOS anymore and I ended up having to install windows to an M.2 drive I had, but I need my primary hard drive to be recognized and used as the boot device.

I don't know what other relevant info to include so let me know if there's something I need to divulge.

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im running xp pro, and for some reason when i look at drive that i have as slave so i can access to get my stuff off of, its saying its FAT, which i know when i had windows xp on it, it was NTFS, i was moving around hard drives and came across problem of it not booting, NTLDR missing crap, no biggie, put a different HD in and setup xp pro all over again, now im trying to pull my old files etc... off, and its showing 10mb free space on the old 160gb HD that i originally was running windows on, and showing its FAT, and when i open it, its a weird F with a square picture, IM STUMPED.

did i lose all my files? the cd that came with the Hitachi drive has nothing as far as recovery, just setup tools. anything on net?

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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I have two hard drives. Both have Win XP and both are NTFS file system. The one that has all my info on it is out of my old Dell Dimension. Here's the trouble. My old computer will recognize both hard drives is the Bios no matter how I connect them. If I connect my old hard drive as primary and the Dell drive as slave I can see both in Win XP. If I connect the Dell drive as master it will detect both in Bios but will only go to screen that says Windows will start in 30 sec. but freezes after the 30 sec.

Any advice? I need the Dell hard drive for the info on it.

Answer:How to set up old hard drive as primary

You probably can't boot from the old drive in the new pc because when it was loaded on very different hardware. Usually this results in a blue screen when trying to boot. Why do you just boot off of the new drive and copy the stuff from the old drive onto the new one?

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I recently purchased an HP envy 750-427c.  I wanted additional storage to migrate my old failing HP laptop.  I ended up havein to reinstall windows from scratch (my bad) but now I have a clean install when I add the second drive it sees it as a USB removable media device.  I have gone through the whole exercise of MBR to GTB configuration.  The BIOS sees the drive fine  but windows will only show C drive and the drive manager shows it as removable media.  When I move the drive to an external dock on my laptop it sees it fine, I can format and partition the drive without a problem.  I will add some screen shots since I am writing this on my lap top not desktop machine. 

Answer:second hard drive displays as USB and no media

hopfully these images help.  

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Alright, I have a T510 with a single internal drive. I wish to add a SSD drive and make it my primary drive. I have an Ultrabay and know about the drive adapter for it and plan to use it as the new drive location. My question is how to perform the cloning of the primary drive. I can install the new SSD in the Ultrabay and use software, previously copied to the primary(or backup) drive since the Ultrabay is now used for the SSD so I can't run a CD. The issue is how to clone. I don't wish to buy another external drive just for the cloning software CD. I have an external hard drive that I use for backups. Has anyone cloned a copy of a drive(A) to another drive(B) and then copied it to a new drive(C)? If this is a good idea, it is easy since the CD drive is still available using this method. The end result would be to swap locations of the drives making the SSD the new primary internal drive and the old drive goes to the Ultrabay. Just looking for input.  Thanks for taking the time, Pete

Answer:How to Clone Primary Drive prior to, or after, adding a second drive in Ultrabay

What backup tool do you have? If you backup the primary drive, a good tool like Acronis True Image Home 2013 can restore to the new device without issue. I usually backup to an external USB attached drive, remove the source drive, install the new target drive, boot from the Acronis Recovery DVD, then run a restore to the new target. Easy

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I've got a customer with a Y580 who wants to upgrade to an SSD.  Only, in asessing the laptop for the upgrade requirements, I see it has a 64GB mSATA SSD.  I think it's configured as a caching device.  Is it possible to set it as the boot volume and just install Windows there?

Answer:Use mSATA drive on Y580 as primary system boot drive?

It is possible. You'd probably need to uninstall the cacheing software, but I'm not sure - check the BIOS to see if it comes up as a boot option first. Once you can get the computer to recognize it as a drive you can boot from, install Windows on it and move it to the top of the boot order.

Y510p: i7 4700MQ (Overclocked to 3.6GHz), SLI GT 755M (Each Overclocked 111MHz), Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2133MHz, Samsung 850 Pro 256GB, MyDigitalSSD SuperBoot 128GB, Intel Wireless-AC 7260, Windows 10 HomeDell XPS 13 (2015): i5 5200U, Intel HD 5500, 4GB 1600MHz, 128GB Samsung M.2 SSD, 802.11ac WLAN, Windows 10 Home (School Laptop)

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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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Recently my windows 7 froze at the welcome screen and I did a windows recovery from a disc provided for me. After I restored it, I wasn't able to see my secondary hard drive and I installed new programs. I finally got my secondary hard drive online and there was all my old data. If I restore this info from my secondary hard drive to my primary hard drive, will it wipe out all my new programs on the primary hard drive. There are pictures and video on it that I really want.

Answer:should I restore my primary hard drive or not

Nope, just drag-n-drop the files onto the location you want on your new hard drive.

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I am going to be getting the M93P Tower with the standard 500 gb hard drive.  I purchased a Seagate 240 gb SSD which I would like to use for my software (windows 8 etc) and a 1 T Seagate 600 hybrid SSHD drive for my data.  Can anyone tell me where I might find the instructions to set up the new drives?  Thanks.

Answer:How to change primary hard drive

I purchased my M93p tower with the 1TB drive.  Privately I also bought a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD drive (which is 2.5") along with a mounting adapter so as to be able to install it in the 3.5" internal cage as a second drive. I planned to leave the original 1TB spinner drive exactly where it was in its 5.25" slot, copying the OS (on C and "system reserved"), i.e. the spinner originally) over to the SSD where a new C would then be. Actually, I partitioned the SSD into C and D, and initialized the 1TB spinner into four partitions E, F, G and H.  There is a second SATA6 connector on the motherboard that I plugged the SSD into (using a SATA6 cable that I bought), and there is an available SATA power connector coming off of the 280W power supply that connects to the SSD. Using Macrium Reflect to do the imaging BACKUP (from spinner) and RESTORE (to SSD) it was trivial.  Using Partition Wizard to do the partitioning it was trivial.  Getting into the BIOS to change the boot drive sequence to point to the SSD as "first", as well as setting the new "system reserved" partition on the SSD as "active", it was trivial. If you wanted to pull the stock 500GB spinner out of your M93p to replace it with your Seagate drive, it's just a matter of removing it from the 5.25" cage it is installed in.  Look for the "hardware maintenance manual" for M83p/M93p on the Lenovo support site to show you how to do it, but it's really easy... as long as you have a 5.2... Read more

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Hi all,

I am new and daring enough to get myself into trouble, but would rather seek your help.

I have a "dell optiplex gx150" Windows 2000 Pro. I just installed Trend Antivirus and when I rebooted my system said "primary hard drive 0 not found" and directed me to go to setup utility. Well, I'm not sure what goes here: Primary Drive 0 is unknown and Primary Drive 1 is off. So is Secondary Drive 1.

I only have C drive installed. (Before the reboot, I had a few externals attached via USB but immediately disconnected and tried to restart again.)

What can I do to see my C drive again?

Thanks much.

Answer:Primary hard drive 0 not found

The Dell Optiplex GX150 is now very old

It is highly likely that either the HardDrive has in fact failed, or you have an internal connection problem to it (in most cases caused by dust)

I'd say, open the case up (power out, and adhering to all ati-static recommendations, in the manual), remove all internal dust, then reconnect all connections to do with the HardDrive

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I have formatted my hard drives. I have an old hard drive which is 30gb ST340014A. And is the Primary hard drive. My new hard drive that i want to make it as primary is WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B0 which have 500gb

I formatted both of the hard drive. And i tried to make the new hard drive to primary(ide)

I only have 1 jumper thing. I place the old hard drive jumper to the second row. Still my WDC hard drive detects as SATA.

Is there any way to change my new hard drive to primary?

A helpd would be really appreciate it.

Answer:How To Place New Hard Drive As Primary?

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I'm having some trouble with a PC which has not been booting up.Originally it was coming up with the 'strike F1 for reboot, F2 for setup' message. If I reset the machine a few times it generally booted up in the end.If I went into the setup, it just said Unknown Device next to the primary hard drive (it was set to auto detect).Yesterday however, it wouldn't boot at all depeite numerous times to reboot and then to disconnect and reconnect the HDD.I took it out and stuck it in another machine, only to be presented with the same problem.Putting it back in the original machine now comies up with the primary hard drive 0 not found message.Can anything be done with it? Or is the HDD knackered?I need the data off the HD if possible.Thanks,Sam

Answer:Primary Hard Drive 0 not found

Can you put it back in the other machine as slave see if you can access the data that way.

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My fiance recently reacquired his desktop from his parents as his brother moved out and no longer needed it. We found that the computer was somewhat no longer functional. Before moving out his brother had successfully gotten a nasty virus on it that made it so the hard drive needed to be wiped to work.

No problem there, we ran the format and the reinstallation of Windows XP onto it and now during the boot sequence it gives us the "primary drive 1 not found" line. I can think of some reasons for it, though I'm not sure if it could actually be the cause or how to go about fixing it.

When we got it back it actually had 2 hard drives in it. One that my fiance said was complete garbage that he took out and threw across the room angrily, and the one I'm currently trying to make use of.

After having broken the second power jack in a laptop I have been told that I am only allowed to use this desktop (once we get it fixed) and need it to get certain things done.

It's a Dell Dimension 2400. Any help is welcomed and needed.


Answer:Primary hard Drive Problems.

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I recently got a new CPU and from my old computer I took the hard drive from it and installed it into the new computer. When I launch the computer it boots off of a trial version of windows XP on my new hard drive (C: ). Since I have all my information on my other hard drive (now known as E: ) how can I set up my computer so that it boots from the copy of windows i have on my E: drive and not the copy of windows from my C: drive?

Answer:Setting Primary Hard drive

First you will have to go into your BIOS and change the boot order to boot off the second hard drive. Or you need to switch it so your old hard drive is the primary master and the new hard drive is the primary slave.

Read thru that, moving the hard drive to the new pc, is similar to replacing a motherboard

This has more information, but is more confusing.

To put it simply, you will need to do a repair installation of xp to install the drivers for your new hardware. You will also need to reinstall sp2 and other updates.
To do a repair install you need a bootable xp cd, not an OEM disk.

If your old pc is still working, you can put the hd back in it, remove all hardware drivers from the device manager. Then move the drive back to the new pc and install all the drivers for the new hardware, that should work. See the end of the first link for more details.

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My Laptop is not wanting to boot up. When I turn it on it says "primary hard disk drive not found, fixed optical drive not found. Under that it says No bootable devices. I have no clue what the problem is. I am running windows XP home edition. Please help!!!!

Answer:Primary hard disk drive

Do we get any clues about the machine. how old it is, what happened prior to this, etc.? See below.Go into the BIOS/setup and see if the drives are recognized there. It may be a failure of the devices (both at the same time from mechanical causes is unlikely) or the IDE controller and therefore the motherboard.Without more info we are just guessing, but it sounds like a trip to the shop is next.  

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Im trying to replace the older hard drive that's in my computer (200gb Maxtor) with a seagate 300gb. I used discwizard to make the hard drive a boot drive and had all the files copied from my current hard drive. When I take out my old one out and replace it with the new one, the computer turns on with the disk boot failure screen. For some reason it still works as a secondary drive with my old one in installed. Im pretty sure it's set at as a boot disk because when I went back into discwizard to fool around with the hard drive, I recieved a warning telling me that the hard drive is a boot drive and if I were to mess with it, it wouldn't work. So what am I doing wrong?

Answer:Trying to install a new primary Hard drive

Have you gone in to the bios setup menu and checked the following:

Boot Order - Make sure the Seagate is listed in this order and not the drive that you have removed.

Hard Drive Priority - (not all boards have this) Make sure the Seagate is listed as first in this area and not the drive that you have removed.

Don't forget to save before you exit if you make changes. Also, it would help if we knew the specs to your rig so we could better guide you.

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My hard drive is partitioned into 2, and the primary one that everything goes on is full, so i want to set the 2nd partition as the primary one. If anyone can help me, it would be gladly appreciated.

Answer:selecting a new hard drive to be the primary

Unless there is an operating system installed on the secundairy Hard Disk Drive, you can not boot from it.

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hi i got a new wd hard drive i have connected it to my computer and ive cloned my original drive now i want to change the new drive to the primary one to boot from it as well and access all my files from it but i still want to keep the original there for space.

Answer:changing primary hard drive

What type of connectors do these HDD's have ? ?If SATA put the new drive on one of the 1st 2 MBoard SATA connectors...Some boards it'll be 1 and 2...some will be 0 and 1.Then move the old drive to SATA 3 or higher...this will stop the BIOS from trying to boot the old can then format it and use it for storage.If they are IDE the new drive should be jumpered as master/master w. slave...and the old one as slave...then connect them accordingly...MB=====================slave=====master.You can then enter the BIOS at boot and set the new HDD as 1st boot priority in the advanced options F10 to "save changes and exit" and the PC will re-boot.

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What would be the best way to set up my second HDD?(WinXP) disk management says they are both primary.Will this cause any problems?

Answer:Second Hard Drive.Primary or Logical?

No problems, Windows XP supports up to four Primary Partitions in a hard drive and there must be at least one. You wouldn't be able to create a Logical Drive in an Extended Partition if the second hard drive didn't already have a Primary partition.

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How do I...fix hard drive not found, F1 continue F2 setup, when I hit F1 it just goes on and operates fine.

Answer:primary hard drive not found

I would still download the hard drive manufacturers hard disk fitness utility, perhaps the drive is beginning to fail and should be backing stuff up while you can.

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my primary hard drive don't show up in my PC

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Yesterday our AMD-K6 233 gave us the dreaded "Primary Hard Drive fail" message. The hard drive light goes on at start up and we can hear it running (took cover off)but it makes a ticking sound. Using system disk in A drive we get "Starting Windows 95" Message (though I had upgraded to Win 98 several months ago)and then an A: prompt. When we enter C: it says invalid drive. We have used our Norton Basic rescue disk and Emergency start up disk and it says there is an error restoring boot info to hard disk. (Also have gotten a DISK BOOT FAILURE message).
Not sure if this is related but several weeks ago I lost ability to access A: (floppy) drive. Then a couple of days ago the CD wouldn't open. Now the hard drive is inaccessible.
Someone said it could be the battery so we did get a new one but don't know if we'll lose anything important if we replace it. (do it while power is off or on or not at all).
Thank you for any help
[This message has been edited by Dancin (edited 01-11-2001).]

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Fail

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Hey everybody, my the first harddrive ( which is located on the top left of the laptop ) is acting up and I need to replace it. For some reason I can't find any resource about how to replace this driver. The only information I can find is how to insert a secondary drive or insert an ssd in the special ssd slot. I've got a W530. Bear with me if this question is a duplicate, but I seriously can't find anything about this. Best,mrzl

Answer:Replace primary hard drive

Hello and welcome,
Have a look at page 72+ of the Hardware Maintenance Manual .  Is that what you're looking for?

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A few months ago, my mother's computer wouldn't load up windows XP upon rebooting the computer (I'll post the setup of the computer later), so she sent it to a family friend to have it fixed.

Unfortunately, it seemed this family friend didn't really know what he was doing, as he set our primary hard drive from the C:/ drive to the H:/ drive. Not a big deal, right? Wrong.

Our good old C:/ drive had about 250 GB of memory on it. This new drive? 10 GB. We're constantly running out of memory, and it is extremely difficult to download/install programs because they want to install into the H:/ drive but that is impossible.

So I guess my question is, how do I return my primary drive to C:/ (If that is the right terminology I'm using).

Here is the setup.

Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2

250GB 7200RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
630 Intel Pentium 4 Processor
1.0 GB SDRAM memory

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Changing Primary Hard Drive

I'm a bit confused...

There was a 250gb hard drive. It was drive C: It is gone.
There is now a 10gb hard drive. It is drive H:.


Drive C: was 250 gb.
Drive H: is a 10gb drive, and has been set as the default primary drive. It is almost full.
The current status of the 250gb hard drive is unknown.

Where is the 250gb drive?

Please explain the situation a bit more clearly.

Whatever the current situation, if Windows thinks that drive H: is the default primary drive, then there is nothing you can do about it. It is impossible to change the drive letter that Windows was installed to. If you could, everything would go haywire and crash (if you need the technical reasons behind this, I'll explain it, but the "why" is not important). Your best bet is to find out where the 250gb drive went. If it's still in the PC, then your computer "expert" relative either created a 10gb partition for Windows, and a 2nd partition for everything else. There's a school of thinking that says this is a good idea. Whoever started this school of thinking should be shot. Why anyone would say "10gb is enough for a Windows install as long as everything else goes to a different drive" is beyond me. It's not only a bad idea, it makes installing programs, storing data, saving personal stuff (like music, etc) a chore because you have to make sure it goes to a different partition from Windows. DUMB.

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Last night my computer suffered from a blue screen. Due to the computer restarting the only error information I caught was, it was a stop error with the code ending in 7e or 7a or something similar and the message at the top involved the kernal. After rebooting, my computer informed me it could not find any of my hard drives. So I turned it off and left it for an hour, upon returning it informed me that there was an error with my primary hard drive.So I rebooted into my bios and tried to auto detect my hard drives. Only one of them was found and could not be booted from. Any ideas or help would greatly appreciated.

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Failure

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I had an older computer given to me it is an Intel Celeron 267 MHZ with 128 MB ram award bios not sure of the mobo.
It did not have a cdrom or hard drive in it so I purchased a 52x LG CD-RW and a Maxtor 40 GB Hard Drive.
I left the jumpers the way they were factory(master) I installed the IDE Cables correctly>>Put the Hard Drive into the Primary and the CD-RW into the secondary. I wanted to make my Hard Drive Primary Master.
So after hooking everything up I start up the pc and when it is detecting Primary master it just sits there on that and says press f4 to skip in brackets. I have gone into the Bios and made sure it was set to auto detect.
So after hours of messing with that still nothing. So i tried changing the jumper on the Hard Drive to slave actually I tried them all and the only way I can make it work is by putting the jumper on Cap Limit(cable Select) on the Hard Drive? So i did that and now when it loads up it says Detecting

IDE Primary Master = None
IDE Primary Slave = My Maxtor 40 Gig Hard Drive
IDE Seconday Master = MY LG CD-RW
IDE Secondary Slave = None

OK so i loaded a boot disk and fdisked set primary partition formatted c: loaded win xp seems to work
So is it ok to leave my hard drive as primary slave? I wanted to set my hard drive as Primary Master how do I do this and what am i doing wrong?
ALso now that windows will load up with these settings I look at my hard drive properties and came to find out that my 40 Gig Hard drive is o... Read more

Answer:I can't set my Hard Drive as Primary Master?


Take a look at this and make sure you have ribbon cables the correct place as well as jumper information that you might want to read. See if that helps:

The master and slave jumpers must be set up correctly on your drives as displayed on the top of each drive.

DO NOT mix master and slave with CS (cable select) on the same ribbon cable. If one is Master the other MUST be slave. If one is Cable Select the other one on the same ribbon cable must be Cable Select. (Please note that the majority of hard drives are factory default as Cable Select)

Make sure the drive is placed correctly on the ribbon cable as shown below:

H ==Ribbon Cable=== Slave ===Master (end of cable)
R ..................................?? OR ??
O == Ribbon Cable==Cable Select==Cable Select (end of cable)
A ..............................( as Slave)??. ( as Master)

Ribbon Cables and colors of 80 pin cables look and are to be used like this:

Make sure a master is always present, because you can not run a slave without a master.

Cables must be the 80 conductor cables for hard drives and never any more than 18? long.

A friend recently told me that with Western Digital if it is the only drive on the cable, the jumper will need to be removed ( try removing the jumper and connect the drive by itself on the IDE channel ) I don?t have Western D... Read more

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Hello All,
I have a situation here. My dell 2200 has been infected. I cant get past Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. When I check the set up utility, it shows no hard drive recognized. Can anyone help me?

Answer:Primary Hard disk Drive..HELP

Help.... I need a new thought to fix my cpu. I want to repartian my hard drive. But first I need it to be recognized. Can anyone help?

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A friend of mine has a Dell Laptop running Windows XP, everthing was fine and then she turned it on one day and now she gets the error message "Primary hard drive not found". Where should we start to elevate the problem. Hopefully this doesnt mean that everthing is gone. Thanks for any help that anyone may give.

Answer:Primary Hard Drive not found

Look into the BIOS and see if you can see the hard drive from there. If not, do an auto detect, that is if that feature is there. Remove the drive, “if your comfortable doing that”, and make sure that the connection is solid. It’s not unusual for a hard drive to just die like this. It happens a lot.

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I have an older pc I just plugged in to get info from and it is giving me the message, "Primary Hard Drive 0 Failure. Press F1 to continue or F2 for Setup"

Can anyone help me get this system working again?

Answer:Primary Hard Drive 0 Failure

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Last night I booted up my computer, and it took about a minute to get past the bios screen. Once it had, it said something about "error reading startup disk," or something along those lines. I put in my Vista disk to do a restore, and once it loaded the files, it sat at a blank screen for half an hour. Then the hard drive started clicking, so I powered off, and the drive has been clicking ever since. I've thought up some options for replacing the drive, and I was hoping for some input as to which I should go for.

1. RMA the drive. It is should still under warranty, but I have never heard anything good about Hitachi drives from people at TechSpot. With this option, I am afraid that it would just die unexpectedly on me again.

2. Buy a new 500 gb drive.

3. Buy a new drive and a copy of Vista 64 bit with a Windows 7 upgrade. At some point I will be upgrading my video card to one with more than 256 megabytes of ram, and that will cut out of my 4 gigabytes of ram, which is already crippled to 3.25 gb's by Vista 32 bit. I figure it is more sensible to upgrade Windows when I know I need to do a fresh installation than to wait, and have to delete my perfectly good one when I upgrade my ram or video card.

4. Buy a 64 gigabyte budget SSD. For the price of windows and a 500 gb HDD, I can get one with about 135 mb/s read and 100 mb/s write. This will barely be able to hold all my software, but it will easily be able to hold anything that reall... Read more

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Replacement

(sort of) Good news

Well, I figured out that in fact my secondary hdd is dead, not my first, so all I had to do to get windows up and running was to fix my master boot record. Unfortunately, I hadn't had a chance to back up anything on that drive, so I lost about 7,000 photos from stop motion shorts I make, 10 full length movies, and seven gigs of downloads. I sure have learned my lesson about backing stuff up. Soon I'm going to get a 500 or so drive and an external one also. Man, my computer really hates me right now...

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Hey, I'm running 7 on a logical drive (I have windows xp on my primary, which I don't really want anymore). It should be alright if I just format my primary hard drive partition yeah? If not is there any alternative to completely overhauling my OS?

Answer:format primary hard drive

I THINK you could image the drive Windows 7 is on.....format and partition your drive and restore the image to where you need it.

Get a second opinion before you do this, but I think it should work.

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I have a Dell GX150. The hard drive failed and I am replacing it with a hard drive I know works. I took it out of my Compaq this morning. When I look in bios the drive is listed as 0 and it won't boot up. What am I doing wrong? It is a western digital hard drive and the jumpers are set at the end pins on the right by the power cord. How can I change it from the 0 drive to the 1 drive? My bios is A6 if I need to update the bios how can I do that when I can't get past the primary hard drive not found screen?
The old hard drive was running XP. The new drive is running XP.

Answer:Primary Hard drive 1 not found

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I havnt had to bad of problems with my HD not switching on but sumtimes i turn my computer on and it will turn on slow or the HD wont turn on at all. i have a 350 watt power supply with 2 cd drives, 2 HD's, 3 fans, and a light kit. do i need more power is it a hardware problem?

Answer:Primary hard drive fail....

You probably do need more power because of the fans and lights, what do you have in your pci slots?

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Hi, i need some help i am trying to install my new hard drive eide, I already format the hard drive using Windows Xp and I already copy all the files but when the conputer restarts it says Primary Master drice fails, I already check the cables and sitch the jumper and nothing still saying the same thing, does some know what can i do at this point

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Not Found

You need to go into the computer's BIOS and check the "Boot Menu" to find out where your new drive is located in the boot order. Check you machines manual to find out which key to use to get into the BIOS, many times it's the delete key. The drive obviously was recognized by the machine at some point, or you would have not been able to install Windows.

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Hey guys. I have 2 hard drives and 1 is a lot bigger than the main one. I was wondering if I changed them around would my computer run faster and how I would go about doing this, what I mean is make my larger hard drive my default disk C if possible?

Answer:Changing which hard drive is primary.

Do you actually have two hard drives or one hard drive with two partitions? Please answer this with a screen shot of the Disk Management window. If you need help with a screen shot see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 8 or 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.

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I have added a WD primary slave drive to my WD master drive. All jumper settings are correct - have tried on both master and slave and CSEL jumpers - both work. Both drives register in bios on auto setting. Both drives show up in device manager. Fdisk will not recognise second drive on system and neither will 'Data Lifeguards Tools' supplied by WD - therefore cannot partition or format slave drive. On boot up I get 'primary slave drive fails' message. OS is ME. Size of slave drive 120GB. Pulling my hair out - anything would be FAB!

Answer:Primary Slave Drive added but 'drive fails'

Your WD primary master should have no jumpers set only the slave,what size have you upgraded from?? does your new drive work if set up as master?? I had a problem with my WD 80gb but it showed up as an error and mine was replaced if you put it as i said to master use the floppy to set up the drive you should be able to write zeros to the drive if it still doesn't work you could have a duff HD.

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I have a laptop that has an SSD with Win 8.1 + programs, and an HDD for projects. They are both formatted GPT. When I launch Macrium, for some reason my SSD is now GPT 1 and the second drive is now GPT 2. This is confusing because I'm used to imaging the top line of partitions which is usually my OS. Now that the GPT numbers are reversed, I have to be careful when doing my backups.

Does anyone know how to change this assignment so that the SSD will be GPT1 again?

Answer:How to make my primary drive GPT1 and my second drive GPT2

I just give them separate names, "System" for first, boot drive, "Data 1", for next and others by names that describe what I'm using them for. That way there is no confusion when some programs or OSs reverse or mix order.

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I recently purchased a new motherboard. After reinstalling windows, I noticed that my primary partition is also on my Storage Drive. Is there a way to change it back to only the SSD?

Answer:Changing Primary Partion from Storage Drive to OS Drive

I'm not sure what you mean by that - are you saying there's a copy of your system on the storage drive?

Everything in your screenshot looks perfect and absolutely the way it should be. There's no problem.

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Hi everyone!
I have an external 931Gb Seagate disk.
I wanted 5 partitions and it came out with 3 logical drives and 2 primary (all healthy)
After an infection with ransonware I had to delete one from the 2 primary partitions but suddenly
at the same time got unallocate one from the 3 logical drives too, like if they was connected (?).
So I lost everything in it which there was very important backups not infected.
Is there an easy way to allocate again this logical drive and find again the files was in it?
Why happened this? Is it normal?
Thank you.

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My wife has bought a new Dell XPS 8300 as her HP is four years old. The new machine has Windows 7 Professional already installed.
Is it possible to remove the original primary disk from her old machine and install as a second drive on the new one? Will we have to remove Windows 7 Professional on the old drive before installing in the new computer as a second drive? Will the new machine recognize her programs and data files on the second drive?


Answer:Installing old primary drive in new computer as secondary drive

Yes, you can install the old drive in the new PC.

No, you will not have to remove Windows 7 from the old drive.

The new PC will recognize the data on the old hard drive, but not the programs. You will have to reinstall the programs onto the new hard drive in the new PC.

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Hi all. I've tried to find an answer to this, but haven't had too much luck, and am hoping that someone can help.

Long story short, I have an HP Mini netbook with a damaged hard drive slot (pins are all bent out of shape. Nothing's actually broken off, but, I have a feeling it's beyond hope unless anyone has any great advice on that).

So that it's not a total loss, I'm trying to have the system use an external hard drive (WD MyPassport) as its hard drive.

I had backed up the old hard drive with Acronis TrueImage to a WD MyBook, and have the Acronis Loader on a smaller USB flash drive.

So, I plug all three of these things into USB ports, and start up the netbook.

The following paragraph isn't exact, since I don't fully remember all the options and what they are all called and everything. I'll do my best, but, basically I think I did everything possible

It boots from the Flash Drive, and loads the Acronis program. It finds the image file on the MyBook, and gives me the option of restoring the image from the MyBook to the MyPassport. I select everything (files, file structure, MBR), and it sends it all over to the MyPassport (which had previously been empty, and now looks like it has everything that should be on there, as it has the full directories and everything that had been on the netbook).

So, full of hope, I turn the netbook off, unplug the other two things, and leave the MyPassport plugged in. I start it up... Read more

Answer:Using an external USB drive as a primary, bootable drive with a netbook

Why did you duplicate your old drive onto an entirely new one? You could just buy a $10 SATA to USB enclosure for the original 3.5" HDD.

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Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard CompanyBIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006HzCPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHzCache RAM (L2): 2048 KBInstalled Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual ChannelMemory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMMemory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMInitializing USB Controllers..Done1st Dive None2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.Primary Master Hard Drive ErrorPress F1 to ResumeI did but nothing happened.Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

Answer:Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards


Answer:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.

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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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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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OK, long story short. I did a clean install to Windows 8 Pro 64. Because of the System Reserved partition, it showed both Win 7 and Win 8 available and would prompt to do a dual boot. I cleaned it up by following the instructions on the below link.Dual Boot - Delete a OS - Windows 7 Forums

It now no longer dual boots, and Windows 8 is fine. The only issue remaining is that my primary drive in drive management still has unallocated space. Disk 0 has 351MB Unallocated space, and 465GB of system boot, page file, etc...

In the instructions, it says to "Right click on the partition that contains the OS you want to delete and Delete Volume. Then right click on the deleted volume and Delete Partition. Now you should have "Freespace" where this partition originally was."

Well, I can't do that. When I right-click on the unallocated space, all I can do is: New Simple Volume, Properties, and Help. Everything else is greyed out. I also can't extend the other partition, the "extend" option is also greyed out.

And, I should probably be asking this on the Win 7 forum and all, but I'm now on Win 8... I'm dumb...

Any ideas how to put that 351MB onto the main partition?

Answer:Unallocated space on primary hard drive

I believe that 351MB is still teh System Reserved partition and is still being used, even though you do not dual boot.

See here for how to get rid of it completely if you really want to, though I don't see why it's necessary. 351MB is insignificant with todays hard drive sizes. How to Remove the Windows 7 "System Reserved" Partition

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Sometimes, when I startup my laptop, it gives the error: Primary hard drive disk 0 not found. It does this on both a cold boot, and when coming out of hibernation. The laptop is an Aspire 5630 running vista 32-bit SP3. I've updated the BIOS, and reset it to the default, to no avail. It doesn't have any viruses. It's a WD Caviar Blue sata drive, thought I don't remember the exact model number. All of the SMART data shows up normally, with nothing out of the ordinary. I'm out of ideas for what to try. It's had this issue for a while, but trying everything imaginable, and then ignoring it doesn't seem to have helped.

*the catch with all of this, is that if I shutdown, and restart again, it works just fine. It's an intermittent problem.

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

No one? Really? Not even a hint of input?

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I have just added a hard drive to my pc, second hd, not a partition. The computer recognizes it, device manager recognizes it, it's working properly. I know there isn't anything wrong with it because i just reformatted it. After i installed it the drivers were automatically loaded (OS XP home sp1). The problem is that when i open My computer, it only shows my primary master (C:\ 40 gig.....) i cant seem to get it to show my slave. I've tried to refresh the screen open it in safe mode, opened it as admin...nothing i've done seems to work.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive issues (primary slave)

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Hello Everyone,

I have been given a couple of hard drives and the above msg comes up when I plug them in as a master... but when I add them as a slave... My pc picks them up but.... wait for it... as a CDRom ??????? says CDRom(H)
I run Windows XP pro SP3.
I have tried FDisk that didn't work, unfortunately I cannot remember the msg that came up.
Any help would be wonderful....
Thank you....


Answer:Primary hard drive fail, on boot up

I would connect the drive as a slave to a working system. Now run the drive maker's diagnostic on the drive. You download this from whomever made the drive; ie WD, Maxtor, Seagate, etc.

In addition you need to make sure the jumpers are set correctly. If these are ide type drives and one of them is a WD, there are two different jumper settings for WD drives. It depends on whether the drive is a single device on the cable or a multi device.

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My dell laptop started not booting up. It will go to the dell startup screen and then goes black and displays the following text.

"Primary hard disk drive not found
Fixed optical disk drive not found

No bootable drives"

I tried booting the windows xp cd after changing bios setting to boot cd first and failed. I did get the computer to boot last night after it had been set in its case for 2 months when I got tired of messing with it and it worked fine I let it hibernate.When I went to start it up today it is back to the original error.
I know I'm probably over looking something. Any help would be great let me know what extra info you need. Thanks

Answer:Primary hard disk drive not found

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Hi, my father has a DELL Optiplex Gx240 running Windows XP Pro. Recently he had a power failure and lost his System Disk. Fortunately his data was into another partition on that drive and there also was a Ghost image of his installation. Since I could not recover his C: (system) drive, I got a new Western Digital EIDE 250 Gb. Using partition magic on my computer, I partitioned the new drive in two different partitions. One, the Primary DOS NTS formatted of 30 Gb which I reserved for the system and and a second NTFS for his data with approx 215 Gb. From Windows Explorer on my computer I could see the new drive (connected through USB) and both partitions. I could copy the Ghost image (Symantec ver 8) to the second partition and move files around on both partitions. The hard drive was tested with WD diagnostic soft and went through Ok.

I then re-installe de new drive into my dad's computer and booted from a DOS 6.22 diskette. I noticed a message saying that "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found" and "Primary hard disk drive 1 not found" so I went into the BIOS to make sure the drive was active. It was and was properly identified by the BIOS.

I then completed the Boot process and ran the Ghost program from a diskette. Ghost could see the hard disk and I could de-ghost the image I had copied on the second partition to the first partition.

When I rebooted, The computer without a diskette, I stil had the "Primary hard disk drive 0 not found"... Read more

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I have two other hard drives in my computer. My operating system now is on "E" drive. I'm wanting to replace my "E" drive with a larger and faster drive.

I am currently backing up my entire "E" drive on my "C" drive.

Is it possible to simply pull out my current "E" drive and install a new "E" drive and then restore my backup to my new "E" drive? Or is it more complicated than that?


Answer:What is the easiest way to install new primary hard drive?

If you really want it to be drive "E" go into Disk management and rename the current drive to what you want it to be. Disconnect all hard drives and connect your target drive.

Go into your bios, set your boot sequence to boot from CD/DVD (using your install disk to boot).
Do a fresh install as if it were a new system.
Once your install is complete, set your bios to boot from that drive.
Reconnect all other drives.

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Well after 5 years of internet bliss I believe I got a virus that totally screwed up my computer. I went to turn my computer on this morning and it won't boot. I get this message saying Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. Strike the F1 key to continue. F2 to run the setup utility. Hit the F1 key and the same message comes up. Hit the F2 and the setup utility came up but I really have no clue what to do in there. I run Norton Antivirus with the subscription updates. I have my Windows Firewall turned on. I also scan for Trojans pretty frequently with a Trojan Remover program I have had for years. Not sure exactly what has happened but maybe I somehow got this virus updating the MSN Messenger program I have had for years also. I have no clue what to do to fix this. Is this a lost cause?

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

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I have a C: (primary) and F: (secondary). I booted from C: and installed windows 7 on F: as well. I took C: out, and it won't boot. All it says is "NTLDR is missing". What can I do.thanks in advance

Answer:Making 2ndary hard drive into primary

Boot from your Win7 disk and do a repair - get the disk to check your system for startup issues and the missing files will be replaced."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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When I turn on my computer I get the above message prompting me to press F1 for retry or f2 for setup. Neither of these have done anything. Everything is plugged in correctly. I only have one hard drive so the cables are set up correctly.

Answer:primary hard disk drive 0 not found -- HELP!!!

That error message at boot indicates one of the following problems:

1. The HDD is not connected properly.
2. The HHD on-board hardware has failed and the drive in no longer any good.
3. The IDE Controller has failed and is no longer functioning.
4. BIOS does not recognize the drive correctly, most likely cause a defective CMOS battery.

Make sure that all cables are connected to the drive and IDE controller. Some cables will only allow you to connect the cables one way, however some can be connected incorrectly. Make sure pin 1 on the drive is connected to pin 1 on the cable, same with the IDE controller,pin 1 to pin 1.

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I had the above msg last week. I rebooted and got as far as the XP User sign on screen before I heard the dreaded 'clicking' noise from the hard disk and system froze.I rebooted using my recovery CD, Windows setup (blue screen) started and some files were copied/loaded before the clicking started again and system froze.My assumption was that the disk is knackered and so I purchased a replacement. Original was a WD1000JB Caviar just 3 year old and replacement is WD1600JB Caviar.I've installed the new disk and set jumpers to cable select. My question is whether it is best to also install the old disk, again with cable select but daisy chained off the ribbon cable for new disk, and then use my recovery CD or merely forget the old disk altogether. It would be useful if I could retrieve some of the recent unbackedup data but don't want to cause more problems by installing a duff disk.Advice gatefully received.Machine is 3 yrs old, Evesham AMD1600+ with 512 memory.John

Answer:Primary hard drive fails - next steps?

Apols I think this should have been posted in the beginners forum.John

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i have plugged in a 80gb hdd as a primary slave to a 20gb hdd... both are connected with one cable.

when i open Bios to detect the HDD it begins to detect it but stops and freezes before it can calculate the HDD space.

when i load the computer without going into bios it gets to the menu where u can press F8 for the different loading options and it recognises the new HDD as the primary slave (its on auto detect). BUT it says the HDD only has 65GB when by itself it usually says it is 75.

The computer loads fine and it detects new hardware, but it does not assign a drive letter to the slave.
I am using win98... the two harddrives are

Segate 20GB 5400 RPM
Western Digital 80GB 7200 RPM
help would be much appreciated.

Answer:installing primary slave (hard drive)

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Well i was away from my computer and i came back to a black screen with this message "Primary hard disk drive 0 failure" after several attempts of hard booting it would either show in the bios no hard drive or give me a message of no bootable devices or give me that same message again i managed to get it into safe mode twice but both times within minutes it gave me the "Primary hard disk drive 0 failure" black screen again i have no idea why this is happening a freind of mind said maybe the TDL4 root kit virus or maybe a dying drive i do not have Cds atm so i cant get a rescue disk made any suggestions wud be apprieciated

Dell lattitude c610 windows XP
i need to knnow a good free registry repair tool also thanks for your time

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 failure

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Hello -

I have a Dell Inspiron 4150 laptop. I booted it up after it sat idle and shut down for months and received the message:
"Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found".
I replaced the hard drive but still get the same error message.
In BIOS it doesn't even recognize the hard drive. I can use the CD drive and run a CD from it with no problems.

I don't know what else to check, I'm not literate enough on computer troubleshooting to know what else to check or replace.

Please help.


Answer:Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Not Found

If the computer can't find two hard drives, it sounds like the connection between the motherboard and the hd is bad. Are you sure you seated the new hd correctly? I know when I install RAM, I tend to forget how hard I have to press it into the slot for it to make proper contact and be recognized. Perhaps you didn't press firmly enough when putting in the new hard drive.
Also what size is the new hard drive? Can you start to install windows to it?

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computer detects secondary hard drive on both ide1 and ide2 but wont detect detect primary hard drive. when i install a cd drive on primary computer detects it. hard drives set to mater....just secondary drive detected.

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im not very familiar with scuzzy dirves maybe someone can help me out, at start up i get this message:

primary hard disk drive 0 not found
<<<ctrl a for scsiSelect Utility!>>>
Ch A, SCSI ID #0 -Quantum Atlas IV9 WIS Ultra 2 - LVD
BIOS Installed Successfully!
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

i checked the cables and everything seems to be in the right place, i've reset bios
I tried to set the hard drive to master buut theres nothing listed on the harddrive about a master or slave setting..

Answer:primary hard disk drive 0 not found

there can be several reasons for this, the first one is bad HD, if it's possible try to hook another one. the second you SCSI controler has gone bad. and the third one cables, but you said that they are all right.

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I,m new to the computer world but the guy at best buy said i would be able to install my a cd player on my own when i was finish the the computer screen was blue with an error message that had alot of numbers that i dont know anything about so then i restarted the computer now it says primary hard disk along with the secondary hard disk not found

Answer:Primary hard drive not found and secondary

Probably unplugged the ide cable (the flat ribbon cable that is likely gray in color) from the motherboard. Check to make sure your cables are plugged in and secure and try agian.

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I tryied to install a second hard drive on my computer, I could not get both to work at the same time. So I tried to go back to the orginal setup and know I getting NO hard drive found.

Answer:Solved: Primary hard drive not found!

if you know how to boot into cmos then can you see your hard drive listed under the installed devices?

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When my computer boots, it gives the message Primary Drive 0 not recognized, or something like that. That is the only hard drive I have and I don't know what to do. Any help?????

Answer:Computer Not Reconizing Primary Hard Drive


What brand name and size of hard drive. Also, what Operating System, what are jumpers set at, and where is it placed on the ribbon cable. That should help us. Oh, is there anything else on this ribbon cable.

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So i turn the computer on and I get this error message:Primary hard disk drive 0 not foundis my hard drive just need to be replaced or what else can be done to fix the problem?

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Welcome to the CH forums.Please read this...Is it a Dell or HP or what??  Is it a laptop, notebook, desktop, tower?More info please...

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I have a Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard with a WD 36 gig Raptor SATA hard drive as primary using SATA pins in motherboard, running Microsoft XP, with service pack 2. I installed a Seagate 160 Ultra ATA/100 in the primary IDE slot and set it up as slave. First the computer would not recognize the Seagate. BIOS wouldn't automatically recognize it either. I finally installed the Seagate Utility Discwizard. It told me that my motherboard wouldn't accept the large size of the Seagate 'do I want to have the utility fix it' (paraphrasing). OK. Then it partitioned the Seagate, but only to 148 gigs. All was well. My computer recognized both hard drives. I then decided to move some files (I am a photographer with hundreds, if not thousands of images) to the Seagate. No problem. Copied and moved over to the new hard drive. I did this all prior to restarting my computer after setting up the Seagate. I then restarted my computer. At the DOS prompt it said there was an error in the OS and wouldn't boot. The BIOS showed that I have no primary hard drive. It shows the Seagate however . I took the Seagate out and the now I can boot up XP. BIOS still shows I have no primary, but it boots and I still see it in My Computer under C drive. However, everytime I put the Seagate back on line it won't let my Raptor boot.My question is because I have the SATA drive cabled to the motherboard, instead of inline on the wide cable to my primary IDE slot with both drives on the wide ribbon, is this somehow o... Read more

Answer:Computer won't recognize primary hard drive

XP wih SP2 should recognnize the full size of the Seagate if you are using NTFS. Because of the nomenclature of disc size that 148 gig is the full amounnt of the 160 gig drive. (I'm sure Mac will be along to explain, but that is correct.)How are the drives set up in he BIOS? What if you put the Seagate on the primary channel and the optical drives on the secondary IDE channel? Be sure the IDE drives are jumpered correctly for how they are located.

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C Drive on a stand alone SATA as bootable vista.I need to add a 2nd harddrive which will be on old type IDE with photos on etc which will be the only drive on the ribbon does this mean I set to primary or does the fact windows boots from the SATA mean I set it as secondary.I will be checking BIOS for boot sequence as I know sometimes IDE tries to boot first.just junper settings for IDE what to set for please.

Answer:hard drive primary or secondry advice please

Hi,Put 2nd drive on the end connector of the ide cable and set to master,make sure the bios is set to boot off sata drive

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