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Hard drive setup for a beast of a computer

Question: Hard drive setup for a beast of a computer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Answer: Hard drive setup for a beast of a computer

update-after making this post on other tech fourms

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

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Having problems with an HP nc6400 Laptop.
Here's what happens:
Microsoft Windows splash screen comes up. Then the options for Safe Mode,
Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good
Configuration, and Start Windows Normally. I've tried all the options
including Last Known Good Configuration and it returns to same screen. If
nothing is chosen, Windows reboots on its own. I have a full XP Pro
Installation Disc and was going to try a repair of Windows using it. I set
the laptop to boot off CD... Press any key to boot from CD. (Setup is
loading files). Windows Setup screen appears.

I Press R to repair Windows. Next screen is "Setup did not find any hard
disk drive in your computer. Setup cannot continue." The same message appears if you go to actually install Windows. Any ideas? Thanks.

Answer:Setup did not find any hard disk drive in your computer

I think your HDD is corrupted. Can you run a Linux (Ubuntu) Boot-CD, and can it see anything on the drive? If so, I would back up everything you can. Your HDD may be dying.

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I have a ASUS & Intel 845pe Motherboard, AMD Athlon tm XP 1800+ Model 8 computer. I bought an Ultra 31664 1024 DDR PC3200 400MHZ yesterday to upgrade my RAM. I have 2 256mb DDR PC2700 memory sticks. I made sure it was compatible with my system before I installed. I found that I could install a 1024 MB stick after I ran the system scanner from My system has a max = 3072 MB, 1 slot available, no dual channel support, cpu speed 1492 mhz, and does not support ECC.

When I installed the memory stick in the slot and booted my computer I got an error - CMOS checksun error. Pressed F1 and got after veryfing DMI Pool Data...

BOOt from CD :
NVIDIA Boot Agent,PXE-2.0 (build 082 V1.82)

PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.

I checked all cables and rebooted and got the same message. I took out the Ultra 31644 stick and still got the same error. It seems that something happened to my hard drive.

I booted with Windows XP CD to repair (I thought the registry was bad), but after I hit repair I got this message: SETUP DID NOT FIND ANY HARD DRIVE DISK DRIVES INSTALLED IN YOUR COMPUTER. How can this happen when the only think I did was to install more memory?

Is there a way to recover what I have in my hard drive?

Can you help me fix this problem? Can a hard drive be ruined installing a memory stick? Did I install the wrong memory and ruined the hard drive? ... Read more

Answer:Setup Did Not Find Any Hard Drive Disk Drives Installed In Your Computer

Did ya knock the connection loose when installing the ram?

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

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

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

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

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

do you take the cd out before restart?

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

Answer:xp setup on hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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Question: hard drive setup

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

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

Answer:hard drive setup

Hello lazylyons, welcome to Seven Forums!

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

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

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

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

Answer:best hard drive setup?

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

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Question: Hard drive setup

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

Answer:Hard drive setup

try this click here

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

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

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

See where I'm getting? Heres a diagram

Is this possible?

How would I do this task?

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Is this hard drive setup possible?

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

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Question: hard drive setup

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

Answer:hard drive setup

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

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Question: Hard Drive Setup

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

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

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

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

2) Install XP to the one working SATA Drive?

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

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

5) And I'm thinking the exter... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Setup

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

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Question: hard drive setup

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

Answer:hard drive setup

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

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

Answer:HYbrid Hard Drive setup

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

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

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

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

Answer:XP setup does not detect hard drive

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

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Hi all,

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

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

Setup cannot continue.

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

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

Could anybody help?

Much appreciated.


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

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


Answer:Regarding Dual Hard Drive Setup

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

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

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

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

Any helps available?


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So here's the deal:

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

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

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

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

Things I have tried:

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


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

GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3

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

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

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB ram

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

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

What is going on?

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


Answer:Trouble with new hard drive setup

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

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

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

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



Answer:Solved: New Second hard drive setup

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

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

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

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New Hard Drive Setup Issues

My hard drive crashed and so I got a replacement.

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

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

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

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

Answer:New Hard Drive Setup Issues

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

Answer:y510 Hard drive setup

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

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hey guys,

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

what do you guys think the next best thing is?

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

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

what would you guys recommend or suggest?

Answer:best hard drive setup hands down?

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Odd problem I'm having...

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


Answer:Setup can't find hard drive

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

System model?


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

Answer:What is the faster Hard drive setup?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Recommended setup for new hard drive?

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

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

Answer:Win XP - Setup - no hard drive found

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


P.S. Stupid Dells.

Answer:Setup can't detect Hard Drive

Bullio said:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual hard drive setup

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

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

-maxtor 80gb ata/133 hdd

Answer:Hard Drive not showing in setup

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

Answer:A good hard drive setup?

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

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

Answer:Setup won't detect hard drive?

Hi!! Darhhearted.

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

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard drive setup with controller cards


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

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

Does anyone have help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi tumms and welcome to TSF,

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

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

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

Answer:Can't find setup disk on hard drive

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

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

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

Answer:Adding ide hard drive to a sata setup?

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

I've had zero issues with mine.

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

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions/tips/advice

Answer:Hard Drive setup for optimum preformance.

Blind Dragon said:

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

the pagefile should be 2x your real ram.

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

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

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

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

Any help would be gladly accepted

Answer:Xp Setup Doesnt Recognize My Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:SATA hard Drive work with IDE setup ?

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

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

Answer:Satellite L300 - Setup hard drive for only OS

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

already thank you for your support

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

Answer:windows 7 setup cannot found the hard drive

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

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

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

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



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

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

Western Digital

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

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

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

Thank you for reading and possibly helping.

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

Thank you and sorry again.

Answer:Windows setup not finding hard-drive.

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

set it to be seen as ide in the bios

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

Answer:Hard drive found in bios, but not setup

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

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

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

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks muchly

Answer:XP setup cant find Hard Drive on laptop

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

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

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

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

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


Answer:Question on what is the faster hard drive setup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plz help,

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

The error message is no drive found.

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

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

Answer:Windows 7 setup cannot load Hard drive

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

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

Answer:i'm confused about dual hard drive setup

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

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

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

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

Answer:Windows setup doesn't see hard drive

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

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

Answer:Windows Setup Not Detecting Hard Drive

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

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Hello all...

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

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

Any help would be appreciated...thanks!


Answer:Hard Drive/Motherboard setup problem

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

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

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

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

Answer:Setup exteranl hard drive for laptop

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

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Hello all.

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

Just looking for verification of that being the correct way.

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

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

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

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Setup W2K Doesn't detect Hard drive

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

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

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

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

Answer:Window 7 setup is not recognizing my hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have a hard disk which already have windows installed, and now I want to setup this hard disk to my new computer, and of course I dont want to reinstall my OS.

I know that if I boot from this hard disk ,windows may not correctly boot because of drivers I just want to know is there anyway to deal with it without reinstall windows?

Answer:Is it possible to setup a hard disk to another computer?

Put the hard drive back into the old computer and boot it up.

Run in am elevated cmd the following commands...

pushd C:\Windows\System32\SysPrep
sysprep.exe /generalize

Wait for it to finish.

Move disk to new machine.


Activate Windows with your new CD-KEY that you bought with the new machine.

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My laptop had a hard drive crash and I lost the entire drive. It has been replaced with a new drive, and now I need to set it up for use. Would you please point me to some directions as to how to do this, how to determine what driver(s) I need to download and install and how how to configure settings. Should the drive be partitioned? After it has been set up, I then need to install Windows XP and MS Office. Thanks very much for any help.

Answer:Need instructions: How to setup a hard drive that has been wiped clean

Below are the steps to format and reinstall XP.

Formatting The Hard Drive In XP

There are several ways to format in XP:

1 During install

2. Using Disk management under administrative tools

3. Using the recovery console

4. Using start run cmd then the format command.

5. Right click on the drive in explorer and select format.

6. Using a Win98 boot disk

Note: WinXP will not let you mess with the boot partition or system partition since both contain items required to boot and run winXP. Thus, you should use the install process to format system and boot drive.

Here is the easiest way to perform a "Clean Install" of XP:

Using Windows XP CD:

1. Insert your XP CD in the drive upon booting computer.

2. You will be given some options here. You can select:

Clean Install

New Installation

Advanced ...and others I believe. But since this tutorial teaches a Clean Installation of XP, select "Clean Install".

3. Put a checkmark in the box to "designate where you want to install XP" (or some such dialog). Typically, you will choose to install XP on your C: drive.

4. Next, you will need to select the file system you wish to use. I recommend selecting NTFS as it is more secure than the FAT32 system.

5. Setup will then format the partition you chose and then you can install XP clean on that partition. Be sure that if you have more than one partition, you select the correct one.

6. Install your Windows XP Operating System. Using Windo... Read more

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i have a partition on my windows..i want to re-format my pc but the windows set-up says that it cannot continue the set up because it can't detect my hard can i fix this problem.pls help...

Answer:WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

why do you need to reformat?

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Hi guys,

I've just popped open my Sony Vaio NR21J/S to put a new hard drive inside and my setup looks like this (sorry in advance for the bad quality images):

(IDE 40gb Hard Drive)

I haven't fitted a hard drive before but have done a lot of research online before I finally gave in. The problem is my setup doesn't seem to look like anyone elses. I have the caddy and my new hard drive ready to go, but what is the circuit board piece for?

It slots nicely into the IDE slot on the mother board but it doesn't fit on the hard drive properly. As far as I knew it was a case of putting the new hard drive in the caddy, fastening it all and lining it up and sliding it in the IDE slot, but it won't fit which leads me to believe the circuit board must play a serious part (no sh*t Sherlock, I know)

If anyone could shed some light on exactly how I install this I'll be grateful.

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Hi guys I have a latop that I need to install windows xp on but the cdrom drive is dead. I do have a way to hook up the hard drive to anotther system with a cdrom drive and maybe copy the files from cd rom drive to the hard drive.what I want to is how to get it to run from there

Answer:Installing winxp from setup files on hard drive

Maybe I'm missing the obvious here, but why not borrow the CD drive from the machine just for the setup? This will make things MUCH easier on you.

edit:nvm, I just read it's a laptop... IIRC you can take the HDD out before the reboot, after the initial file copy and it'll detect the hardware on the laptop vs. what you installed it on. I have never done this, so YMMV.


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When I try to reinstall windows (everything was deleted), I come to a screen then hit ENTER to install windows, but then I get a screen that tells me no hard drive is detected. I originally had windows on a 240GB SATA RAID-0 array, but after failing to install to that, I went out and bought A 10gb ide drive, but windows setup does not recognize that either!! My motherboard is an Asus P4c800-e dlx with an overclocked northwood processor (from 3.4 to 3.7) and a 6800GT with 1gb of pc-4200 ram. My hard drives are 120gb 7200.7 seagate barracudas. How do I get my system to recognize my hard drives? Thank you so much, my brand new computer is completely DEAD.

--BiG J

Answer:Hard Drive Issues, not recognized in Windows Setup

You need to check the jumper settings on the drive, and then check how your drive controllers are configured in the BIOS. And if your actually going to run RAID0, hopefully you'll have backups early and often. That myth was completely debunked, but to each his own.

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My screen states
"Your CD?DVD drive during this boot cycle is f: A RAMDISK drive is available for this boot cycle as C:
It contains several Hard Drive setup tools. Please use these tools only under the direction of Dell Support Staff.


F:\> ___________ ????????

Answer:What is Dell Hard Drive setup tools CODE ?????

That would be a better question to ask on the Dell users forum where there are Dell "expert users". I used to do a lot of desktop support on the Dell forum and never heard of this. It must be something related to Laptops.

Here is the link to the Dell Laptop forum section Laptop - Dell Community

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hi!these are the logs that you told me to post.i have already done the guide from the link that you send to me...[recovering disk space -- attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Re: WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

[Topic Split From Here:,65577.0.html]All right, now we have to wait for one of our Malware Specialists. 

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Hi all,

I have a Dell Inspirion 1525 Laptop. My old hdd died so I bought a replacement hdd. I had the Re-Install CD that came with it for Vista and have re-loaded Vista so that is now working. However I don't seem to have the CD for installing the Drivers.

We have a CIsco Wireless Router but it cannot find it and gives me the message "Computer does not have a wireless network adapter installed and configured" when I try and do a search for a wireless connection. I assume that is because the drivers are missing?

Also when I put in the CD for the wireless it says the Windows fix pack is required but I can't get to the do I do??? LOL...thanks for any help.

Answer:Solved: How to re-setup Wi-Fi after installing a new Hard Drive on Laptop?

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Hey guys...

Just finished up a new pc with a MSI motherboard (K8M890 chipset) with a WD sata hard drive.

All of the hardware appears to be functioning properly, and the hard drive is present in BIOS. When trying to load Windows XP I receive an error - no hard drive found. This is immediately upon installation, I do not get the option to choose a drive,partition,etc...

I'm assuming that I need to load the drivers from the MSI cd, but its not bootable. So how can I do that without first loading an OS? I read similar topics on this board, but most ended with 'load the sata drivers.' Shouldn't my MSI disc be bootable? Or am I overlooking something?

I should mention that this is my first sata hd install, but power and sata cables are connected and as I mentioned the drive is present in BIOS.

Any other information needed please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:SATA hard drive not recognized in Windows XP setup

If you aren't careful when connecting the SATA drive, you might overlook something.... I did that while rebuilding a friends computer... Some computers have SATA headers in different places. One set will be the main set, and another set is for RAID configurations. Check the product manual (mobo's) to make sure it is in the correct bank of headers. When I had the drive in the RAID socket, it wouldn't see the drive, if I put it in the other bank, it was fine. There are likely steps that can lead you to use the drive on the RAID header, but it is probably more hassle than it is worth.

Good luck with the rest of the build.

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windows runs normally when I set bios to DVD drive and run the windows setup disk. When I try to run from the hard disk c from thru the bios the computer hangs up and does not continue. I feel that I may have a corrupted system file. If so is it possible to run sys c from the setup disk?

Answer:Boots from windows setup disk but not from hard drive

After swiching to the DVD drive, and done your job, On reboot, go back and switch back to the HD boot, the way it was to begin with. Then restart the PC again.

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Hello all! I'm really hoping someone here can help me out with a problem, because it's driving me insane.

I just put together a new computer. Older hard drive (80GB IDE -- I'll replace that when I have money), but new CPU (Athlon II), memory (2GB DDR3), and motherboard (Gigabyte MA74GM-S2). The hard drive is slave to a master DVD-ROM.

Upon booting, the machine POSTs fine, both hard drive and DVD drive are recognized accurately.

Here's the problem. If I put in my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, and try to install, it'll tell me it doesn't see any drives to install to. I get the Load Driver option and the Refresh option, with nothing in the box.

If I put in my Ubuntu CD, it boots up fine, sees the hard drive there, it'll even install to it without a hitch.

So, what are my options here, what can I do? Am I stuck with Ubuntu forever? I just want Windows 7 to install. I know it can, I had it installed on this very hard drive until this morning. What was my mistake, what am I missing?

Answer:Windows 7 Setup DVD won't recognize my hard drive; Ubuntu will.

If there is a linux partition will have to be deleted.the hdd set to master and the romdrive slave. Also the linux mbr will have to be removed and a windows mbr written to the hdd .Tools required partitioning tool

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Yes, I just want to RAID 0 two hard drives and put it in my current system. Do I just simply set the options in the RAID menu during post and simply format them in Windows XP? Or do I still have to install drivers?

Answer:I want to setup a hard drive RAID 0 without installing windows on it

for raid, you need drivers. but firstyou need to turn on the raid controller in bios, and then enter the raid configuration utility upon the next reboot where you can set up the array. not all motherboards do it this way, and i'm assuming that you have the raid controller integrated int o the motherboard (not an add-in card). once you get that set up, install the windows drivers. you can then partition and format the volume using disk management.

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Ok, This is my current system I use. I have two removable hard drive drawers that I use. One has my normal hard drive that I use for everyday computer usage, surfing and reading emails. The other removable drawer has what I call my "Secure" hard drive. I put it in and use it when I do banking transactions and online trading. I DO NOT use this for any web surfing or email browsing. I am sure you can see why I have this setup.

My question is this. A friend just bought a brand new computer and wants to put together a similar setup. With external hard drives being cheap at a few stores near me, I was wondering how I could setup a computer to "BOOT" from a external drive rather than the internal drive. Is there a way to do that? This way he does not have to buy additional drawers to set his system up like mine. If you can have the pc BOOT from an external drive, can you tell me how to set that up? I am pretty computer literate but just never thought through how to do that.

The way I would like to have it setup would be to only connect the USB to the External HD when wanting to boot from it for secure financial transactions. Unless anyone can convince me that if it is always connected and not used unless chosen to be BOOTED from that no virus's can "Jump" from the internal hard drive being used to the external "Secure" one.

Thanks in advance,

Answer:request info on secure hard drive setup...

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Hello all! I'm really hoping someone here can help me out with a problem, because it's driving me insane.

I just put together a new computer. Older hard drive (80GB IDE -- I'll replace that when I have money), but new CPU (Athlon II), memory (2GB DDR3), and motherboard (Gigabyte MA74GM-S2). The hard drive is slave to a master DVD-ROM.

Upon booting, the machine POSTs fine, both hard drive and DVD drive are recognized accurately.

Here's the problem. If I put in my Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, and try to install, it'll tell me it doesn't see any drives to install to. I get the Load Driver option and the Refresh option, with nothing in the box.

If I put in my Ubuntu CD, it boots up fine, sees the hard drive there, it'll even install to it without a hitch.

So, what are my options here, what can I do? Am I stuck with Ubuntu forever? I just want Windows 7 to install. I know it can, I had it installed on this very hard drive until this morning. What was my mistake, what am I missing?

Answer:Windows 7 Setup won't recognise my hard drive, but Ubuntu will.

Hi -

Run HDD Diagnostics -->

I had similar events happen; HDD had to be replaced.

Regards. . .



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Answer:extra hard drive/dual boot setup

I am thinkink of adding another hard drive to my comp so I can use 2 op systems (Win2Kpro/XPpro)(I can run them both on single drive, but when I install XP service pack 1 it wipes the boot files for Win2k) and was wondering how the boot setup would work with this? would windows sort it out or would I have to use bootmagic/partition magic or something? Also if I get a 7200 drive will my old 40gb drive slow it down? (how do I check speed of old drive?)

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For a year I've had constant mess with hard drive organization. i'd like to solve that but not sure exactly what the best setup should be for my workflow. Here is the programs I use for my business which requires both Video, Photo and Audio editing. I am using an iMac Intel Core i7 processor with 2GB of Video Ram. I have four USB 3 slots and two Thunderbolt slots which are already taken up for two display monitors. Below is the software I use and what I use each one for. Video: Premiere Pro, After Effects and Speedgrade. Footage is converted to Apple Pro Res. Photo Editing: Lightroom, Photoshop and digital scanning Audio: Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition CC and Reason. I edit, mix and produce music tracks and also edit audio for podcasts. Out of all those software programs I use and what I do with each one should I do this for my hard drive management? Have one External Hard Drive that holds every media file such as video, audio and photos Get a second External Hard Drive for cache files such as Render files? (known as scratch disk in Premiere.) Get a third external drive for all exports of completed media files. get a fourth external hard drive large enough to backup drives 1 through 3. I once read an article that said I should be using one external hard drive per software program. That sounds like overkill to me. Why would I need external hard drives for every program I use? Can someone please give me advice as to whether I'm in the right ballpark for finally g... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive setup for video and audio production

Typically, you would have an OS drive (which would also store all of your software).

As for audio/video editing, for best results, you would typically use two drives. Data is read from one drive and written to the other. This alleviates the bottleneck of trying to read and write to a single drive. I would recommend internal drives over external drives, but external drives should work as well, assuming you have a proper interface (ie: eSATA or USB3).

And as always, ensure you make backups of any data that you don't want to lose. Hardware fails all the time, typically without any warning. And external drives fail more often then internal models.

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Inadvertently my xp system was set to safe mode and then I tried to re-load xp but I'm at a standstill now as all I get is a message that can't do xp set up in safe mode. Is there any way of getting it out of safe mode so I can access drive. I don't want to format the drive as I've got important files on it.

Answer:Hard drive problems xp setup and safe mode

Back up your stuff in safe-mode, if you can, then just format the drive. This is a tip for most anyone who generates alot of files or data that they wanna keep: Run your system (if you can) with two drives:

1) A 10-20gb system drive that holds Windows and your Apps.
2) A 40-60gb data drive for holding anything you would ever want to keep in the event of a system reformat.

This is effective in that if you have to reformat windows, it will only Format C: and not your data on the other drive.

Hope this helps folks

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My screen states"Your CD?DVD drive during this boot cycle is f: A RAMDISK drive is available for this boot cycle as C: It contains several Hard Drive setup tools. Please use these tools only under the direction of Dell Support Staff.
F:\> ___________ ????????

Answer:What is Dell Hard Drive setup tools CODE ?????

u should try using OEM Operating System CD provide by Dell during booting. 'Resource CD' provided by Dell is not a bootable disk.

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A few days ago my computer with Windows XP Home SP3 got infected with a variant of the Virut virus. As a result some Windows system files (e.g. logonui.exe, winlogon.dll, userinit.exe) got infected.

In order to try to resolve this problem, I performed the steps below. However I ended up in a situation whereby Windows XP Setup does no longer detect any partition on my hard disk. My question is therefore: how can I make sure that Windows XP Setup sees my hard disk again?

Here are the most important steps I performed since detecting the virus:

1. Originally I had only Windows XP Home SP3 installed.

2. I wanted to perform a repair install of Windows XP Home SP3 to restore the original system files, but accidentally used the installation CD of Windows XP Professional SP2, and therefore started the installation of Windows XP Professional SP2 on the hard disk partition as Windows XP Home.

3. I interrupted the Windows XP Professional, but some files got installed. After that I had a dual boot option (for Home and Pro). I ended up with two Windows directories on the same partition: one called Windows (the original one, for Home), and one called Windows.0 (for Pro).

4. After that I deleted the files of the Windows.0 directory while logged into Home. The dual boot is not gone yet, but when I boot Pro, the system crashes (the error message being that the Hardware Abstraction Layer could not be found).

5. I am now trying what I wanted to do originally: restore ... Read more

Answer:Windows XP setup does not detect hard drive anymore

I would boot into your Home XP and save any files you want to a flash drive, burned CD or to another networked computer.
Boot off of the Windows CD, Delete all partitions that you have, and create a new Partition and reinstall Windows.

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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Raid Controller Setup cannot find hard drive

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Hi guys, i need help from experts in syspreping Win 7 SOE image.

The story is like this. Recently the company released a new SOE image which exceeds our 16gb thumb drives and they are only providing 2 new 32gb thumb drives for us due to budget. It is insane with the amount of work load we handle everyday. So now i am trying to look for alternative ways to resolve this.

I noticed that if i write the Win 7 setup(downloaded from Microsoft) to a external hard disk, i can boot from it later on and install Win 7 but when i try to do the same method on our SOE image, it doesn't boot/work. I get this 0xc000000e Windows fail to start error message and it stops there. Anyone know what is the problem i am facing here? I am suspecting it was disabled in the sysprep process when they creating the image. Anyone can help? =(

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Hello all. This is my first post here. How is everybody doing this morning?

I have a question regarding setting up an external hard drive to my existing home network.

I live in a house with 3 persons, each connected (hard-wired) to the network. The network access is a modem/router from Rogers. What I want to do is setup a 3TB External Hard Drive, and assign 1TB to a folder within the drive. The structure I want to follow is something like this: \\NetworkDriveName\Users\$FamilyMemberName$. To elaborate and to be more clear, I want to have the 3TB divided up (equally) into 1TB folders. I will name the folders to the corresponding person's name, as well. I want to map the drives, so that all each person sees for the drive is \\NetworkDriveName\Users\$FamilyMemberName$. The reason why is so that they only have access to their folder. Nobody will have access (except the Administrator) to that users personal folder except the user of that folder. I hope I am making sense so far. I want to set it up so that ONLY the pc's with the appropriate username can access their designated folder on the drive. So if person A logs into his/her PC, person A should see \\NetworkDriveName\Users\personA\. person A should not be allowed to manually type the drive to person B (ex. person A types in the Windows Explorer \\NetworkDriveName\Users\personB\). However, the administrator may access any folder. I have a bit of experience with Active Directory and Domains. Is Active Directory usefu... Read more

Answer:Solved: Networked External Hard Drive Setup Questions

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I was recently running windows XP professional on my Compaq 1900 laptop when my hard drive crashed, so I searched on ebay and bought the exact same model MK6014MAP (Toshiba). When i got the drive I put it in my laptop and turned it on. It didn't automatically recognized the hard drive so I put the Compaq recovery disk in to help the BIOS recognize the drive, it worked and I was able to boot from the windows XP pro setup disk. While setup was formatting my hard drive it crashed at 94%!!! So i turned off my computer but this time the BIOS didn't recognize the hard drive. So I put in the Compaq recovery disk in again and the BIOS recognized it once again but this time my Laptop won't Boot from the XP cd it just gave me a black screen. I tried booting from the cd with the hard drive removed and it works perfectly!! Can some body please help me! I love this laptop and can't live without it!!!

Answer:My hard drive is keeping me from booting to a windows pro xp setup disk!!

I am A+ certified with no experience under my belt so this is just my fart in the wind. I think you may need to look into updating the motherboards BIOS. Your BIOS should have no trouble recognizing the HDD. If that doesn't work I'd try contacting Compaq's technical support team. Hope that helps :/

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