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Question: advice on hard drive detection problem

a few months back my computer was working fine but one day it suddenly rebooted with a disk boot failure message.

when this happened both my OS drive and my data drive were not found by bios.
so both appeared to fail at the same time.

when i tested the drives on another person's PC both drives were found by BIOS no problems and my OS drive even booted and shutdown fine.

i narrowed it down to 4 possibilities from my knowledge

bad SATA cables
bad power supply
bad SATA controller/ports
the drives being detected on the second PC was a total fluke and the drives are bad
i bought a new power supply and SATA cables and the BIOS still doesn't find my drives.

so i am thinking the SATA controller/ports is the issue and i am thinking about getting a new motherboard but i want to make sure that i am not missing some else.

also my IDE dvd drives seem to work fine just the SATA is the problem.
does any one have any advice or feedback on this issue such as other potential problem sources i didn't think of etc.
all feedback appreciated.

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Answer: advice on hard drive detection problem

Two things to try:
Reset the Bios Defaults
Clear CMOS/CLRTC procedure
Be sure to make note of all your important BIOS settings before doing either so you can set them back.

CLRTC Procedure (Clear CMOS procedure is similar):
Note all your current BIOS settings
Shut down the computer > remove the power cord.
Remove the 3v battery.
Move the CLRTC jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3.
Touch a metal part of the case and Press and Hold the reset button for approx. 30 seconds to discharge all power from the board.
Put the CLRTC jumper back on pins 1-2.
Replace the 3v battery > replace the power cord > boot.
Immediately go back into BIOS and reset all your preferred settings. If the CLRTC worked you will need to reset the date and time.
See if the ports are active after doing either of these.

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I am working on a Dell Dimension 2300 at work. A lady brought it in yesterday and said that she could not get Windows XP to install, and that it would say that she didnt have a hard drive.

The first thing I did was boot up the Windows XP CD to see what happens. I received a list of partitions, one with 25gigs, the other with 8mb, then proceeded to format the 25gig partition, NTFS quick format. Half way through the format I got a message saying the format failed.

The next thing I did was go into CMOS and check to see if the hard drive was listed, and indeed it was not. I then clicked to auto detect the hard drive and it was detected. I clicked again after waiting a minute and then it would not detect. Sometimes it will detect and others it will not.

So then I thought maybe there is something wrong with the IDE cable or the molex. So, I took my toolbox and got a extra IDE cable that I had laying around, and hooked unhooked the Dell's IDE cable and used my extra cable. I also disconnected the molex connector and tried a different one. Same problem so THEN I unhooked the hard-drive and tried another one that we had in the office. Same problem.

I've tried recovery console from Windows XP's CD, and also booting to DOS prompt from a Windows 98 CD. I could not gain access to a C: drive nor do a chkdsk or format.

This happens on two different hard drives, the exact same problem which doesnt make sense.

Obviously this lady can't wait forever so if ... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive detection problem

Arguably I am a little tripped out at the moment - having just had a "special" yogurt if you get what I mean - however if the machine is not recognising a hard drive at, then from what you have said it sounds like even the motherboard could be faulty. There are loads of capacitors and stuff all over the board and if even one of them goes, all will be lost in at least one particular department. My money is on the motherboard.
 

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My primary HDD is 200gb, plugged on SATA, working as a charm, the second drive that I just attached is giving me the problems, Its a 40gb WD disk drive, Its plugged on ATA, detected by device manager as you can see here, but with some strange problems, shown here :/, not listed here either.

Any ideas what to do?

I know that HDD has a working partition (FAT or NTFS, not completely sure) and files on it.
 

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Hi,

I am having a problem with my 20 GB Seagate hard drive. I was using this hard drive for about a couple of months when something went terribley wrong. I plugged in another hard drive to slave off of my 20GB hard drive to transfer some files on to the secondary drive when all of a sudden my 20GB Seagate hard drive wouldn't detect. I know the jumper settings are correct and everything is plugged in correctly into the hard drive. After I plugged in the other hard drive, I immediately took out the secondary one when my 20GB wasn't being detected and set the 20GB hard drive back the way it was but the 20GB hard drive would not boot at all. This is what happens.....the computer will turn on normally but will stay at the "Detecting IDE primary master..." for a long time. As a matter of fact, I left it like that for about an hour and when I came back it still had the same message, like it froze when it was trying to detect it. Normally, if a hard drive can't be detected, that message will stay on for about a minute and then tell you the drive cannot be found or detected. This is different. It stays at that screen for a LONG time and never changes. Any suggestions on what may be the problem and any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

AMD Athlon 1 GHZ
256 MB RAM
Windows 98 SE
Seagate 20GB Barracuda ATA III Model ST320414A
 

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Dear Friends
I have put new hard drive (seagate 40gb) in my pc which has following configration
processor-intel pentium 200mhz
ram-32mb
the pc does not detect hard drive. please advise appropriate solution. i shall be gratefull.
omar
 

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I have a Toshiba hard drive that used to work perfectly. I have a lot of things stored on it and I got a larger HD so I wanted to transfer everything. I plugged my old HD into my laptop and to the other 5 computers in the household and they all detect the new hardware but it doesn't show up under My Computer on any of the computers that I've tried. It shows up under my Device Manager but not under Disk Management. I tried to change the letter assigned to it for the drive but under my Device Manager it shows up as a Mass Storage Device. If I could format it I wouldn't want to because of all the extremely precious things that are stored on it. Please someone help me! I don't know what to do. I'm running Windows XP.. the HD is in a separate USB casing. I'm at my wits end! Help!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Detection Problem

Sorry, just to reconfirm.
You have tried 5 different computers and none of them detect it properly, is that correct?
If so, then just unscrew the external casing and plug the Sata drive internally, into one of the other computers (as a slave or secondary drive) then boot up the computer and hopefully Windows detects a new mass storage drive
 

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I have a really weird problem with Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition.

I had XP installed and i just inserted the vista dvd, rebooted the system and installed the new OS on a separate partition on my RAID1 array (the array has 3 partitions XP, Vista, Games). And everything worked like a dream, i didnt have a single problem with drivers or detection of the array. And then i noticed, Vista didnt see the 3 extra SATA2 drives i had.

So to fix that problem i thought maybe Nvidias new raid/storage drivers would help (ASUS Striker mobo). I installed them, with the nvidia storage manager, and when i rebooted the nvidia software announced that it had found 3 new hdd. But when i tried to get them to work, the nvidia software only gave me a choice to create a new array out of these discs. Well i didnt want to because all my data is on those drives.

So thats where it ended, i see the drives in nvidia hdd manager but cant initialize them without creating a new array. And vista still shows nothing, in device manager and in disk management.

Help.
 

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Hi, Im trying to add a secondary 80GB Seagate IDE HDD into my machine. I Already have a 120GB SATA installed which works fine.

When i installed the IDE HDD, it was detected on post as the full 80GB HDD, however, when windows had booted, in My Computer, the HDD is detected, but is only read as being 5.99GB in size.

I Tried a format on the Hard Drive to try and clear the issue, but when i open the Format window, in Capacity, the only option i can choose is 5.99GB.

When its finished, the HDD size is still 5.99GB
 

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Hi,

I have a Dell XPS laptop which for whatever reason decided one day not to boot. I took the opportunity to do a backup and full restore using Dell DataSafe (?) which crashed and got stuck at 29%. On attempting to restart my computer I receive an error message from SMART that my hard drive is about to fail, and despite me furiously tapping f8 to enter safe mode the error screen always overrides the safe boot menu (which I sometimes see for half a second but never long enough to do anything about it).

The backup I did using DataSafe prior to my first system restore is on a partition went to a partition on my C:\ drive so I'm loathed to switch out the HDD completely at this point.

I just want to boot in safe mode so that I can move my backup to my external HDD but I can see absolutely no way to do so. I have tried using bcdedit in the command prompt but I get the exact same thing when restarting the computer, just this time in safe mode - still no option to attempt to boot. I have no SMART options in BIOS so apparently I'm stuck with the error message!

I'm sure there are plenty of specifics I've missed out that I can provide if anybody has any ideas, just a case of jogging my memory! I've spent all day trying to work this out and it is beginning to drive me insane.

Thanks for your time (and hopefully help).

Will

Answer:Help! Problem with system restore and SMART Hard Drive detection

It is a fake virus and I have it too! Fortunately I have my trusty iPad!
Anyway, do a google search on SMART HDD and you will see what I am talking about.
I ended up having to buy PC Tools ($40 Australian) to get rid of the virus though I am not 100% sure if it is completely gone.
http://http://www.pctools.com/forum/...DD-Smart-Check
I have hopefully pasted in the link I am referring to.
For my particular issue I think I am going to have to reload the OS. At present I am backing up to DVDs because any USBs or external HDD is not recognised.
The good news is that once you follow the instructions and unhide your data should still be there. Good luck.

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Ok, my computer HD recently had an accident.

I accidentally dropped my laptop, the hard drive started to act weird. None of my OS's would boot until i did scan disk, and then it worked. but if I do anything on one of my partitions, drive (D), the HD goes "Click.. click.. click"

I used " Chkdsk /r " in command line to see if I can skip over those areas, thinking they were bad sectors, but it doesn't work.

My HD never clicks anywhere else, only on drive (D)

Will my HD last if I don't use drive (D)? Or should I buy a new one ASAP?

Answer:Hard Drive Problem. Need advice

I'd back my stuff up and get a new one ASAP. Clicks from a HDD are NEVER good.

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I keep getting a hard drive error when I try to reinstall my Windows NT 4.0 workstation. I can't partition the drive and forces me to quit the installation process. Is purchasing the new hard drive the answer?
 

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Hard drive problem

Greetings

What is the error message?

It is possible that the drive was originally configured with FAT32, so you will have to delete that partition and re-create it.

Also, you can not create a partition bigger then 4 gigs during the installation of NT4. And, if you create the partition in a different way (either with Partition Magic, or by installing the HD in a different NT machine, and creating the NTFS drive in that machine), you are still restricted to a active partition of 8 Gigs.

And, NT4 can only see the first 8 Gigs of any HD larger then 8 gigs, during NT4 installation, and you will need to install SP4 (or later) to see the rest of the drive, once NT4 is installed.

These restrictions are not in Win2K.

Personally, I like having a smallish (2 - 3 Gig) System partition, and the rest of my 17 Gig HD is a huge DATA partition. This lets me re-install my OS whenever I want, without the need to backup my data first.

Cheers


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Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Website: www.xperts.co.za/multiboot

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...
 

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Hi
First time here and it's an easy place to find your way around. I'm hoping somebody can help me with a problem. I have a Windows XP machine with 2 hard drives, one of 120Gb which is split into 2 partitions. Partition C contains Windows and Partition E contains all my photos and graphics. The other hard drive (80Gb) is split into Partition F and G both of which I use (rather haphazardly) for backups.
Last Friday I started to tidy the E drive with a view to backing it up to an external drive I was about to buy. On Saturday I couldn't access E at all although, thankfully, C was OK. I took it to the local PC repair shop where they saved the data on E and copied it back successfully. However, on loading I keep getting a warning that the drive is abou to fail. So I need to replace the 120Gb drive. I have bought an external network drive and used Acronis TrueImage to create a copy of E.
I now need to buy a new drive to replace the failing one. I have looked to see what is available and don't know whether I need an IDE or SATA. I did do a search on here about it and found a question but didn't understand the answer! If someone could explain that to me I'd be grateful.
Once I have bought a replacement drive (any recommendation? I am in the UK) how do I go about replacing my main drive? I have tried running Acronis TrueImage (just found out I'm running version 1.0 - time for an upgrade!) on the C drive but it keeps failing after a while and telling... Read more

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Hi, I am using a WD Elements 1042. I have had it for over a year and it is likely to be a few years old as I bought it second hand. The hard drive works perfectly, however a few days ago it got damaged and the point on it which I connect the USB to has become faulty. As a result, I now have to wiggle it around to get it to power on. The hard drive works perfectly once powered on with no glitches. These are the questions which I have. 1. Will buying an external enclosure solve the problem? 2. Will a 2.5 inch external enclosure do the trick, will any brand be Ok? I was thinking of buying one of Ebay from China since it is much cheaper. 3. Is it Ok to use the external hard drive now? Its works fine when I wiggle it to power on?

Answer: WD External hard drive problem, would appreciate advice?

First thing I would do is pop the drive open and see what sort of hard drive you have inside, if it's a regular SATA hard drive then a third party enclosure of the correct size would certainly do the trick.  However, I have a WD external drive where the USB connector is soldered directly to the hard drive itself (i.e. there are no SATA connectors on the drive) - If you have one of these you are basically out of luck beyond soldering a new connector on which isn't going to be particularly easy!

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Hi, I am using a WD Elements 1042. I have had it for over a year and it is likely to be a few years old as I bought it second hand. The hard drive works perfectly, however a few days ago it got damaged and the point on it which I connect the USB to has become faulty. As a result, I now have to wiggle it around to get it to power on. The hard drive works perfectly once powered on with no glitches. These are the questions which I have. 1. Will buying an external enclosure solve the problem? 2. Will a 2.5 inch external enclosure do the trick, will any brand be Ok? I was thinking of buying one of Ebay from China since it is much cheaper. 3. Is it Ok to use the external hard drive now? Its works fine when I wiggle it to power on?

Answer: WD External hard drive problem, would appreciate advice?

First thing I would do is pop the drive open and see what sort of hard drive you have inside, if it's a regular SATA hard drive then a third party enclosure of the correct size would certainly do the trick.  However, I have a WD external drive where the USB connector is soldered directly to the hard drive itself (i.e. there are no SATA connectors on the drive) - If you have one of these you are basically out of luck beyond soldering a new connector on which isn't going to be particularly easy!

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I am sure I should know the answer to this, but my brain doesn't seem to want to work right now.
I have just had to reformat and reload win98 on a computer but it is telling me it is only a 502Mb drive. The bios confirms that it is a 8.5Gb drive.Before the reformat it was correctly identifying the drive.
I had to fdisk before a format because the FAT seemed to be corrupted, I also had to carry out a low level format because my start up disk would not carry one out. When formatting low level it seemed to detect only 502Mb.
Any suggestions you guys??
 

Answer:Hard drive detection

Try deleting your partition again, then install win98, which should create a new partition for you.

I presume that you used the fdisk that came with 98 and enabled large disk support, but anyways I think if just delete the partition and install win98 everything should work out fine. Also make sure you autodetect your hard drive in the bios screen just to be sure it is configured correctly.

Its been some time since I last used win98, so hopefully my instructions will work fine.
 

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I am working on a P2 350 MHz/ Intel 440BX Chipset/ Award BIOS/128SDRAM/CDRW/CDROM/FLOPPY etc. Should be a simple install of Hard Drive (Maxtor 40GB) using Maxblast and Windows 98SE. What is happening is that when I connect the drive to the system - with BIOS set to Boot to a,c and Maxblast in a: the computer does the Memory Check- goes to the Detecting Primary master and hangs. F4 wont skip and it wont move forward to the a: drive so I can set up the drive.
The twist is this: I have tried the drive in another system- no problem (Its brand new) I have changed the Floppy drive on the problem system in hopes that a bad Floppy (no dice). I have placed a 6.4 GB drive in problem system- boots up like a charm. Cables arent bad (been tested) and I am running out of ideas. The Motherboard is one I am not familiar with P6B40-A4X and not made by Intel (no manufacturer name on it) so I cant even go to a site to see if I am missing something. The board is a 98 model and the only thing different in the BIOS is this:
In BIOS FEATURES SETUP there is
HARD DRISK BOOT FROM- PRI-IDE-M, PRI-IDE-S, SEC-IDE-M, SEC-IDE-S, SCSI
I chose PRI-IDE-M since that is how the drive is jumpered
BOOT SEQUENCE- I set it to a,c
Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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Hello, i recently purchased a new, second SATA hard drive, which was a bit faster (7200RPM) than my old one, as i thought i could put the windows files on there and put it as my first boot device, to speed up window boot speed. However, after having connected the drive to the motherboard/PSU windows will not detect another drive. I have gone into the bios, and i can see 2 HDD's in there, however, i can only select ONE of them as a boot device. Im very confused and any help would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:2nd hard drive detection

You want to select the hard disk with Windows on it as the boot hard disk.

Also, is your first hard disk SATA or IDE (PATA) with a ribbon cable?

If its showing in Windows its likely the problem is a RAW partition, rather than any serious issue. Head to Start > control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management and then select the new hard disk, and "create simple Partition", tick "quick format" and then format it as NTFS.

Once formatted it should then appear in "My Computer".
 

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I recently forgot the sequence of keys used to flash the BIOS so it re-detects the hard drive installed. I believe it was Ctrl, Alt and W or W, E. Something close to that extent.

I tried searching the forums and Google and can't remember the search string i initially used since it's been years. The cables are plugged correctly. The hard drive spins and all but i get the infamous "Hit F1 to try again or F2 to enter setup" options.

Anyone know this combination of keys i am speaking of?

Answer:Hard Drive Detection

Hit F2 to enter setup...you can then verify if the drive is recognized or not. If it isn't detected, then you have a hardware issue, drive controller, cable, jumper setting (IDE), or HDD. If it is detected, then there isn't anything else to do.

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Hi,

I'm putting together a computer for my brother and I ran into an annoying problem. First the specs:

Shuttle AK11 MB
700 MHZ AMD Duron
128 MB RAM
13 GB Western Digital HD
8x4x32 Atapi CD RW

I hooked up the HD as the primary master and the Atapi as the primary slave and I made sure the BIOS recognized it. When I insert a boot disk in (Windows ME CD is in the CD RW drive, too) and get to the A: prompt, I run FDISK and I get "cannot change a fixed drive" error. I then go to C: and type DIR and it displays all the contents of the WinME CD. The C: prompt is the CD RW and there is no other prompt for the HD. I also tried booting from the CD dircetly and it just hangs. Anyting else that I could do? Any help would be great!
 

Answer:Hard drive detection

Hi aerain,
Make sure your cables are connected correctly. Also make sure your jumpers are set to what you want.Pin 1 on the Hard Drive (Red line on cable) is nearest the power connector on the hard drive. Just a Thought!
 

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hello, i recently bought isnt being recognized by my computer, are there any programs or anything that could help?
 

Answer:hard drive detection

Not really enough information to go on. What OS are you using, the size of the hard drive, and computer specs. would be helpful. Do you have the hard drive jumpered correctly and is the BIOS set to auto detect?
 

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hey there guys, im new to the forums, hopefully your experiences can help me. Alright well my friend got a while bunch of hardware and wanted me to build his computer. everything works fine except the hard drives arent being detected. the mb is pretty much built for sata, but his dad bought ide hard drives, so we had to work with that. they are a "western digital 160gb hd and a wd 200gb hd" both ide. also he has two dvd burners. now the mother board is a asus P5WD2 Premium. i mean everything is working fine, except that the hard drives arent being detected.

there are two e-ide "ports" which in the manual it says should hold up to 4 hard drives, that i can understand but it doesnt detect the hd's so yea. there there is one "normal" ide "slot" in which the hard drives become detected, but the e-ide slots are not atapi compatible so i can not plug the hard drives in to the ide because the e-ide is not atapi compatible for the dvd burners. the hard drives can only be plugged into the e-ide slots with the existence of optical drives so....i mean i dont know what to do.

i've tried every jumper configuration...i even tried a 60 gb hard drive maybe it had something to do with the 137gb barrier......nothing......it just doesnt detect.

the specs on the comp are:
Vid Card: Geforce 7800 GT GDDR3 PCI Express 256 mb
Pentium D 3.2 ghz 840
2x Crucial Ballistix 512 Mb ram
160 gb Western Digital
200 gb Western Digital
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I recently bought a new DVD RW drive to replace my old one which had a burnt out laser. When I put in the drives I set up my secondary hard drive and my new drive as cable select and attached the master connector to the hard drive and the slave connector to the DVD. I booted the system and immediately got a boot error saying it couldn't locate either of the IDE drives. So, I spent the next hour or so trying every possible jumper combination setting and got the error no matter what upon boot. Finally I put them both back to CS and just skipped past the error because I was sick of messing with it. To my surprise, the drives showed up in My Computer and functioned but at a very very slow speed. I ran a PC Pitstop scan and it showed a drive speed of 2mb/sec which is really slow. So, clearly something isn't being detected properly. For some reason also, my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect" option to try to detect attached drives so in the BIOS it just has two unknown devices attached to the primary and slave IDE drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.... thanks !
THanks
 

Answer:Solved: IDE Hard Drive and CD drive detection issue

And the make and Model of your PC???????

my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect"Click to expand...

use "Load defaults"
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike

Answer:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

Does the other Hard Drive show up during POST or within your BIOS? If it does but not within windows - you may want to remove all HD controllers within the Device manager and let windows redetect them after rebooting.

If that doesn't answer the question set each of the hard drive jumpers to CS (Cable select) this will allow the BIOS to determine where on the cable (1st HD, Primary, etc) each is located.

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Hello guys.
 
I have a small issue with a drive being detected from within my PC that works from an external caddie.
 
For a few years i have had two drives inside my system. C drive and F drive. I recently removed both drives when i went off to India for a few weeks for security reasons. Today i find the F drive is not showing up. It is listed under "Show hidden hardware" in the profiles. I opened up the PC and swapped the ribbon cables around and rebooted. It started to install new hardware and stated it had installed it because i seen the name of the installed hardware (The F drive) yet it was still not listed in "My Computer" alongside the C drive. I then removed it an placed in in an external caddie and booted again. I got the same install message ( I had uninstalled the driver prior just in case) and it installed from the caddie and works.
 
I can not run it from there because i have two other drives that need to be listed for my Music Studio when it scans for files needed to open past and present work that uses files located on those drives my name. The issue can not be the cables as they both run C drive internally. 
 
I will try again later to install it from inside the PC as my main slave drive but it seems null. The issue may be software based or configuration based. But so far , i am mystified by this issue. 
 
Any ideas?
 
Thanks in advance.

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Hi, I've been given a couple of IDE hard drives that supposed to be OK and I can hear them winding up but sometimes the computer detects them and sometimes it doesn't. I'm connecting them via a USB and I've tried various ports but it's still iffy. I want to use them as portable back ups so I don't want to try installing them. I'm running Win 7 ultimate. Any help would be good, thanks.

Answer:External hard drive detection

Make sure the IDE drive jumpers are set to Master it wont detect the drive otherwise.

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I have just upgraded MOBO/MEMORY/CPU and kept original hard drives x 2, CDROM and AGP Card.

System will only boot maybe 1 in 10 times because it seems to have problems recognising the hard drives. I have checked cables and replaced with the cables that came with MOBO.

I have upgraded to latest BIOS.

Spec is:
Gigabyte 8S648-RZ
P4 2.53 Celeron CPU 533FSB
256MB Kingston DDR333
Hard Drives are Fujitsu MPC3084AT primary, MPG3204AT secondary.

Any ideas greatfully received.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive detection problems

Welcome to TechSpot

When you change your mobo, unless it is an exact replacement of the old one, you will have to reinstall Windows, no matter what version you have. This is because of all the different drivers for the new chipset, audio, LAN, raid, etc.
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

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Hi there, i just built my friend a new computer. Everything other than this is going fine. It is a HD from another machine.It has been formatted and had windows installed on it.when the computer is switched on from off ( i think this is a cold-boot ?? ) it will not detect the HD, (It is set to Primary/Master with no other drives on the same IDE port. Other than that there is a CD-ROM on secondary/master which is detected normally all the time), however, if it is restarted it detects the hard drive and all continues normally. If anyone know how to sort this annoyin problem i'd be very grateful.

Thanks

Daniel

Spec:

ECS K7S5A-PRO

XP 2000 model 8

256MB DDR RAM

GF4 64MB VGA

IBM HD 16.8GB
 

Answer:Hard drive detection.....or lack of!!!

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Hey guys, got a question about a fried hard drive. An old system crashed and I am trying to recover the data from the hard drive. Normally I havent had trouble doing this in the past, but it seems that my bios will not recognize this hard drive no matter what I do. The only difference I can see this time is that I am running a sata drive as my master, and the drive I am trying to recover is an ata. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Hard drive: Samsung SV4084H
Running xp pro.
 

Answer:Force Hard Drive Detection

You installed it as a slave IDE and it wasn't seen?
 

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

Answer:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

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i just got a new 80 gig hard drive. and i plugged the baby in and everything. at start up it says its being detected but when i get into windows the drive doesnt show up in 'my computer' i ran a diagnostics program. it detected it under phsical drives but nothing showed up under logical drives. ive put other hard drives in before and they always showed up. why wont this one?
 

Answer:hard drive detection problems

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So today I get home after school, practice, etc.. and I go to boot up my pc and it starts running tests. It finds that it cannot detect the hard drive. So what do I do I go inside check all cables everythings fine, i even replaced the sata cable just to be sure. Nothing. Then I make sure the Hard drive is spinning of course it is! So I have no idea whats wrong and would like some help PLEASE!!!!
Also I did not touch or change anything inside or software with the computer before this happened.
The Error Message Reads "Hard Disk Not Found, Enter System Disk and Press Enter"
 

Answer:Hard Drive Detection Errors

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I have a Seagate 500 GB External HD, and it used to work fine with my PC, and then Windows decided that it didn't want to detect it anymore. Instead of working, it shows up in the Device Manager as "USB Device". Luckily, the computer was due for a reformat, so I figured that whatever the problem was, it would be fixed after the reformat. I was right. Unfortunately, when I started re-installing all my software and drivers, the problem happened again. This is leading me to believe that some of my software is causing this problem. Is there any kind of software/drivers that could cause this seemingly random issue?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Detection Problems

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Ok, here is a strange problem for you guys. I just reformatted my C drive and reinstalled windows. Everything went fine. No problems there. The problem I am having is that my other drive, drive D:, is not showing up in windows now. Before the reformat it detected fine. I used the ASTRA32 program and it finds my other hard drive. Ive tried going into the bios and doing an auto detect and all of that, but still nothing. What do I do, any suggestions?

Mike
 

Answer:Wd Hard Drive Detection.....has me stumped

Welcome to TechSpot
How are your HDs set up, C=Master and D=Slave or are you using cable-select?
If the latter, change the jumpers on the back of the HD.
Is the D-drive formatted?
 

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Here's the deal.... I recently defragged my third hard drive(Yes I have three. Plus a CDRW.) only now the drive doesn't show up in windows explorer. I can find it in the device manager and the bios though so what's up? I use Norton Ghost to backup my system drive and still have this problem even after I've gone back to a working image.

The three drives are all Maxtors. One 20gig and two 80gigs(The drive that isn't showing up is an 80gig).
 

Answer:Hard drive detection problems

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Please Help..I have just bought a new Hard Drive (Maxtor 40 GB)and connected it to my desktop. when I ty tobootup .. it cannot be detected.... How do I detect the hard drive and format it.

Answer:Hard Drive detection & Formating

You should boot up to a boot disk and run FDISK and FORMAT.  Then they can be detected.Or, Windows2000 install will do it all for you if this is the disk where you will be installing the Windows.Chris C.

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Hi,
Last few days my primary hard drive has been detected intermittently by the BIOS. My machine has been running fine for a long while when all of a sudden I get this problem. I haven't changed anything in the BIOS or hardware wise. I fired my machine up a few days ago and the only drive detected was my second physical drive. I played around with unplugging and re-inserting the drive ribbon cables to both drives, and by doing this I can eventually get the BIOS to see my primary drive and boot proceeds as normal. One attempt simply involved me removing the ribbon cable from the motherboard for my second drive and the machine booted fine. Both drives are Seagate, the first drive is a few years old, the second only about a year old. I used the SeaTools drive checking facility and both drives pass all tests. There are no unusual noises coming from either drive to indicate a problem. I only seem to get this about once in about every 5 boots. Once the machine has booted into Windows (XP) I get no further indications that something is amiss. Any one else experience this...?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Intermittent Hard Drive Detection

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Hi:

I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.

M
 

Answer:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

Well, though I do not know much at all about RAID, I do know that I have had a bit of trouble with getting windows to recognize my SATA drive. I had to do a couple things in device manager to get it working, though I cannot remember exactly what. Is your E drive an SATA?
 

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Working on my friends desktop computer and the BIOS doesnt detect the haddrive all the time. If i cold boot or reset the machine the harddrive is not detected. However if i pull the CMOS battery and power cord then drain the capacitors (by pressing the power button) and replug the power the drive is detected by the BIOS and starts booting windows (then freezes). The Computer can boot from CDs fine (from IDE cd drives). when i power up the machine without draining all of it's power/ removing the power cord the BIOS gets stuck detecting the SATA drive.

I tried the Hard drive in my machine it and worked fine so i dont think its a drive/cable problem. i also tried one of my known good WD drives in the machine and it doesnt detect it.

i have tried replacing the signal cable

default settings (no options for IDE/AHCI just enable or disable SATA)

i'm not sure if windows freezing is a 2nd problem or part of the first.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-k9ns Version F9
Drive: seagate 500gb sata (also tried a WD green 500gb & black 1TB)

thank you for any tips

Answer:intermittent bios hard drive detection

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Hi:

I ran a clean install of Windows XP, now one of my drives is missing. My computer was originally setup with RAID 0...not sure how that plays into all of this.

2 physical drives: My C drive is 40G, the E drive (now missing in action), is 80G. I looked in BIOS, Device Manager and Disk Management...no 80G hard drive...but, there Z drive (RAID partition?) which was used to back up files from C and E shows up.

When I installed XP, I had a floppy with FastTrak 133 drivers (RAID for WinXP). Being the extreme light bulb I am, I thought this was how I was suppose to setup my RAID config. So, I don't see this 80G guy in bios or anywhere...is there a way to recover.

Could I have deleted everything on E? If so, how come I don't have 80G of free space...? Thanks for any advice.

M
 

Answer:Windows XP, New Installation, Hard drive detection

how many physical hard drives are in your computer and which ones were set up as a RAID?

When you boot with your xp cd press F6 when it tells you to (at the beginning when it loads everything) and then insert that floppy and it will load the needed drivers from that to recognize your RAID setup. In the bios it will (should) just come up with the separate hard drives and not the RAID drive that you saw in windows.
 

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My brother was having startup problems on his Dell during startup. It would continually tell him he had hard drive failure.

So, I get the brilliant idea of putting his C drive into the D drive of my deal to run Scan disk on it. Well, now my computer won't start. When XP tries to load, it goes to a blue screen saying that it is shutting down to prevent damage.

I've gone through the bios and startup options and nothing is giving me any hint on what's going on. Half the time in bios, it does not detect my hard drive.

Help?
 

Answer:Startup and Hard drive detection problems

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I'm not really sure where to put this, as it covers many different errors, but basically what is happening is this; when I boot up my computer, half of the time it doesn't detect my main hard drive. Even when it does, it still trys to boot off my secondary hard drive, despite the other one being higher up in the boot order. So, if i select it maually, it boots windows, before bluescreening. I have anywhere between about 30 seconds and 5 hours before it bluescreens. When it bluescreens, it either gives a kernel stack inpage error, a kernal data unpage error, or it tells me that a critical thread has been exited unexpectedly.

Does anyone have any ideas? I will try to find more information if people need it.
 

Answer:Hard drive detection problems and other errors

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Hi,

I have a Dell 8200 w/ 80 gig Maxtor drive. It works well. I recently acquired a new Samsung SP0411N 40 gig drive.

Both drives work well by themselves.

However, if I connect both drives (Maxtor as primary master and Samsung as primary slave), after a very long time the BIOS detects what seems to be like no drive on primary slave and messed up name for primary master (something like CA82smiley-HP#l0d) as a 49999MB drive.

???!?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Dan
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive detection problems

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First, please forgive me. I am a computer noob. I'm not very savvy with computers, so I might need "extra" help.

We have a shared family computer and today, all of a sudden, a window popped up and said something along the lines of, "Hard Drive Detection Error". My wife restarted the computer and everything on the desktop disappeared, none of the programs were in the Startup menu and we have no idea what happened and how to fix this. I've searched and found that others had similar experiences. I'm not sure if my hard drive really is out of commission or if we've contracted a virus.

I'm running Windows XP (sorry not sure which Service Pack). My hard drive is petitioned into 2 parts, Operating System is on the C:\ and everything else (music, games, pics, etc...) is on the E:\. It seems like everything still shows up on the E:\, that's why I believe I may have contracted a virus???

Can someone please help this noob out?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Virus???: Hard Drive detection error

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If necessary, you can run it straight from a USB drive.

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My W530 has just started displaying the detection error, however, Windows can still see the device, as well as the BIOS
 
Windows shows it as the actual hard drive model.
 
however, the BIOS shows it as DISK.
 
does this mean the drive is failing(again), or is it the SATA controller?

Answer:2100 hard drive detection error

The mSATA SSD or the hard drive?

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Recently, I upgraded a friend's computer and operating system from Windows XP to Windows Vista. I ran into very few kinks until recently, when the new hard drive I added stopped working. Upon inspecting the problem, I checked the BIOS to find that the second hard drive was detected, but it only 'occasionally' is detected by Windows. I've been at a loss for what to do to solve the problem. As far as I can detect, all of the Windows drivers are up to date. ...And yes, I jiggled the wires: I wouldn't be coming to you guys if I didn't. Any suggestions? I know may not be the most appropriate section for this problem, but any help would be greatly appreciated from the experts. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Windows Vista Hard Drive Detection

I know you jiggled the wires but have you tried different sata and psu cables and tried a different sata port on the motherboard?

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I installed a second hard drive. I put it on the same serial cable as first hard drive. Bios detects hard drive. Windows XP Device Manager also detects it. But it detects an extra CD-ROM that I do not have. In My Computer there is an extra icon for an F: Drive and its detected as a CD-ROM. I have uninstalled both secondary hard drive and extra "ghost" CD-ROM and then I have either tried to Add Hardware or I have restarted the computer. Either way both items are detected but the CD-ROM is the only item coming up in My Computer (and I, of course, cannot access it).

Answer:Secondary Hard Drive installation, Detection but not properly

Update:I disconnected the serial cable to the second hard drive and restarted the computer. Windows still detects secondary cdrom device even though there is nothing physically connected (instant check to make sure, one hard drive, one floppy drive, one dvd drive... all of which are listed in my computer as well as the "ghost cdrom drive).  I uninstalled it again and went to add hardware and it found the cdrom again... very confused now

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Hi:

I've plugged this guy up to three different computers now, even my new one...and it doesn't show. Not in disk management, or anywhere...no signs of life.

Basically, I have to figure out any way I can get the info off of this thing, if there is a way.

Has anyone ran into the solution?

Thanks for any help.

Specs:

Pentium 4
Windows xP
One Touch Family I USB
 

Answer:Maxtor One Touch External Hard Drive Detection

Have to start with the obvious...sorry...does it have a power on light that indicates the unit is on?

When you plug it in do you hear the "USB Tone" that indicates new hardware found?

Likewise, if you click on the "safely remove hardware" icon on the taskbar, is the device shown there?

Have you tried different USB cables?

Have you thought about exchanging it for a new one?
 

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in my new built computer the time had come to instal an o/s,but first, do all the bios stuff.when i got to the ide hdd auto detection all i got was 15 beeps whilst a pop up said detecting hard drive.after the beeps, nowt, in the capacity heading a big fat zero.all my cabling has been checked so could it just be a faulty hdd.your thoughts on the matter would be gatefuuly received.

Answer:hard drive detection on newly built computer

To find out your beep code meaning, visit this site:-click here

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Ok my mothers computer has gone wierd after working fine, it's an AMD Athlon 3500+ , 2.5GBs DDR-400, Foxconn 939 board, 4 year old WD Caviar 250GB win XP Home SP3. Anyway it had a disk read error after verifying DMI Pool Data, then actually booted into windows but as it was loading blue screened. I am wondering whether the hard disk is going bad :/

Anyway what I WANTED to do was plug it (the potentially bad hard disk) into my PC and copy the important data across, format the "bad" had disk and copy the data across.

However when I plug it into my PC depending on which SATA data cable I plug in it either: tries to boot to windows XP, or give me a disk mgr problem and wont boot any OS.

I have tried changing the boot order in the BIOS but my pc's hard drive isn't even detected just the "bad" one. I have also changed the jumpers to no avail.

help very much appreicated

Cheers.

Answer:AHHH hard drive booting prioty/detection problems

Go to the Western Digital site and download the appropriate Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Utility for your PC.

WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS

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Can someone please help me? I purchase a new free agent 500gb external hard drive. When I plug the free agent external hard drive into one of the 4 usb ports it does not appear in My Computer. I have tried the external drive in my wife's computer and it works well and we can back up files. The only difference between her computer and mine is she has xp professional and I have xp home edition. I have all the latest window updates pack 1,2,and 3 including all the other releases. Although the external hard drive does not appear in 'my computer' it does appear in Computer management/disk mangement and assigned the drive letters to the external drive. This is fine, but as soon as I restart the computer it loses its drive letter and I have to start the whole process over again. But the external hard drive still does not appear in my computer. In the regular windows operating system, I have unistalled all of the usb drivers and then restarted the computer and reinstalled. The hard drive still does not appear. I have also unistalled the usb drivers in safe mode and reinstalled them in the regular window operating system and the hard drive still does not work. I have worked through the fault finding found on Seagate website and Window website and nothing works.I don't know what else I can do? 

Answer:failure Plug and Play Detection of USB External Hard Drive

Is the problem computer a Hewlit-Packard ?

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?
 

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..
 

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HP portable 1tb hard disk is detecting in devices and printer, disk manager but not showing in My computer

Answer:Hard disk detection problem

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
It's pretty staggering to see 133 multimedia devices listed that could be a record

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Im suddenly getting a window that says that "Windows detected a hard disc problem". then is instructing me to do a backup right away, which im doing right now.
my acer laptop, running wondows 7 is less than a year old, so my question is could this detection of a problem be a misread? is there a test or a fix? i checked the drive for errors twice and nothing came up. is there something i can check to verify this before i call 911 and scream?
thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Disc problem detection

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hi i m getting a strange problem in my pc. It
detects my hard disk alternately means one
time it detects the hard disk and loads the XP
but if i restart it gives error "Reboot and select
proper boot device Insert boot media in
selected boot device". From here if i again
restart OS loads. I can't understand the
problem. Checked the Bios once the hard disk
is enabled and once its automatically gets
disabled we need to reenable it, if we want to
load XP each time. The board is an Intel 845.
Pls reply its very urgent
 

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So I just finished building a new system with the following equipment:

Gigabyte GA-965GM-S2 motherboard
Core 2 Duo E6400
1 GB DDR2 800
320 GB Western Digital SATA HD
NEC 16X DVD RW (IDE)
320 GB Maxtor ATA 100 IDE HD (added later)

I got the system set up with only the SATA hard drive at first and had Vista fully installed, updated and working perfectly.

I decided to put my old HD back in since this is what contains all my backed up media, which I really need for streaming to my XBOX.

Since this motherboard only has 1 IDE connector, what is the best way to connect both the DVDRW and Maxtor HD to the one IDE cable?

It is the cable that came with the motherboard, so it is ATA/133/100/66. I connected the blue connector to the motherboard, the black to the DVDRW (master) and the gray to the HD (slave). Jumpers for both drives were properly set. Half the time the system locks at POST, other times it will let me into BIOS but the identity for the HD is all garbled up; looks something like: 320 #1'FJG --'20 or something like that. If and when it finally boots into Vista, neither IDE drive shows up in device manager.

The DVDRW by itself works fine, the HD by itself does not, in Vista. So I was worried about my data, and I uninstalled Vista, reinstalled XP MCE 2005, plugged in the second HD, and it worked fine, and actually showed up properly in the BIOS.

So is this a jumper issue? A cable issue? Should the HD be the master? Should I try cable select?

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Answer:Drive Detection Problem...

Hey man , this isnt the answer your looking for but im about 90% sure you can use a hd and optical drive on the same IDE cable

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Hey guys i got a laptop that's called a hp pavilion entertainment PC (dv67000) and it doesn't detect the hard drive nor the CD drive. I disconnected and reconnected them and reset BIOS to load default settings. And still nothing. Anyone have any ideas to what can be done, I really don't have the money to buy new parts at the moment. Thank you.

Answer:HP dv67000 HDD & CD Drive Detection Problem

Hello Antonius. Welcome to the Forum.

When you are in the BIOS, is the hard drive and/or CD drive recognized there?
Try removing the battery and running it on the power supply only.
Did this unit suffer a fall or other "event"?
Are you comfortable with taking the unit apart? If so, you could remove and replace the drives. Check the contacts and blow out the dust, reconnect and try again. If you are uncomfortable bring it to a shop.

Unfortunately if the drives are not recognized in the BIOS and are connected properly then that strongly indicates a motherboard failure - the SATA controller chip most likely - and the cost of replacement approaches half the cost of a new laptop.

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I just bought a Western digital 160 GB harddrive from Sams. When I installed it, using a fresh install of WinXp, it shows up as having only 139 GB. I have an MSI motherboard with AMI BIOS (latest version). Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Solved: WD 160 GB Drive detection problem

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I have an HP Pavilion 4-4141us entertainment model laptop with windows 7 64 bit. (Well, it used to have that, before the drive failed) The original equipment was a 640 gb drive. I didn't want a "new" warranty replacement from HP because they said it would be refurbished. Already experiencing a hd failure, I don't want someone else's "fixed" drive in it. I don't need 640 gigs anyway, that's just what was in it.

My question now is whether it's wise to buy 640 gb or larger. I've been told by a geeky type that it's better to go with bigger, instead of smaller. The old hard drive never gave a single hint it was going to fail, but considering how tiny the laptop is (I wanted it specifically for that purpose) I am wondering if 640 gb ran too hot in the compartment (if they have to invent a rubber gasket to surround it, probably WAS too hot). So I would never go with more capacity.

Can anyone give any idea what the best (least likely to fail) brand is, and a recommended gb size?

Will it require adjustments in the BIOS, if it's not identical to the original?

Answer:Need advice about which new hard drive to buy

The size of the hd has nothing to do with how "hot" it runs or how long it lasts. As a rule, most people should buy the largest hard drive that fits within their budgets simply because you can never have too much space.

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Several questions need answering please!!My mate has bought a new PC and I took his old one. It has a 80GB hard drive in it which I have now put into mine as a 'backup'. My main hard drive is a Sata and this one is an older IDE type. They won't conflict will they? It won't slow my PC down? Should I put an O/S on it? I also found after I installed this that I have an extra CD drive!!

Answer:Advice On Second Hard Drive

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Hi, 1)  My laptop came with only 25 or 30GB and it is now dangerously low. What part number should I be looking for in Hard Drive with at least 150GB? Is refurbished drive from ebay ok? (What is refurbished?). Also, on ebay they also mention something with (9.5) mm? What is that? How do I know what I need? 2) I had increased the RAM from 528 to 750 or so by adding an additional 258 RAm stick. Now I think I wanna go for 2 GB RAM. What is the part number for that? 3) I already have recoivery disks and dont know how to transfer my program files into new drive? How do I transfer needed files/documents and application into the new drive? Is there an online utility where I save my downloaded programs for redownload once I have new hard drive running?  Thanks for any help

Answer:R51 - Need Hard Drive and RAM Advice

Welcome to the forum! Your laptop will work with any PC2700 (DDR 333) laptop RAM As for hard drive, you're looking for a 9.5mm (2.5") PATA/IDE laptop hard drive. The prices are so ridiculous for the new ones, that you really shouldn't be buying refurbished, check out this: www.zipzoomfly.com www.newegg.com Hope this helps.

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I've recently decided to get a much bigger hard drive, perhaps 500 Gig. It will be a huge step up from the 40 Gig I have now. However, this will be the first upgrade in several years and I was wondering if the computer can handle this without needing to upgrade something else as well.I am comfortable with my computer as is. I don't want to upgrade the OS, it's finally working the way I like it.I was hoping someone could suggest a drive, given the info I supply. If you need more, please ask and I will do my best to get it. Thanks kindly.Mind Computer ProductsIntel Celeron 1.80GHz2 GB RamWinXP Home / SP2Mainboard ECS P4VMM2S3 Graphics ProSavageDDRVinyl AC'97 AudioAVG free, Spybot, Ad-aware, SUPERAntiSpywareCCleaner, HyJackthis, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Answer:Want new hard drive. Need advice.

 The new hard ware perhaps 500 Gig. It will be a huge step up from the 40 Gig I have now. However, this will be the first upgrade in several years and I was wondering if the computer can handle this without needing to upgrade something else as well.I am comfortable with my computer as is. I don't want to upgrade the OS, it's finally working the way I like it.Thanks for giving information in right.

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Hi, I am looking to double my hard drive space to 160GB. I currently have an 80GB Maxtor 6L080M0, which if I am correct in what I am saying is a Serial-ATA. I did see one hard drive but it is classed as an SATA2. So, my questions to you are, what is the difference between SATA2 and SATA and if you could advise me on a good quality hard drive to go for...Obviously I have looked at some myself but thought best get the advice before I make my decision...Thanks in advanceAidan(Just in case you were wondering why I want to double my hard drive space rather than buy another one to put as my secondry is because I do not believe my current PSU is powerful enough to power 2 Hard Drives along with other components in my machine.)

Answer:New Hard Drive Advice

SATA 2 (SATA 300) is not backwards compatible with a SATA (SATA 150) controller. In order to use a SATA 2 drive on a SATA (SATA 1?) controller, the hard drive must have a jumper position to restrict it to using SATA (SATA 150), and a jumper must be installed. Some drives have the jumper position available (e.g. some recent Samsung), some don't (e.g. some recent Maxtor).This information can also probably be easily found on your hard drive manufacturer's web site.If your drive does not have the jumper position available, you must return it and get a SATA 2 one that does, or a SATA drive.What motherboard do you have are you sure the board is only a SATA 1 controller?

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Question: Hard Drive advice

HiIve just bought a 500 gb sata hd as my 120gb main primary drive is over 3/4s full and my 2nd drive(mp3s)only has 6gb left and my 3rd drive(flight sim and addons) only has 10 gbs remaining.Ok,so ive originaly bought my new hd for a back up to use as a new 2nd drive to store all my mp3s and move other stuff over from my 1st drive(such as photos etc..)to free up stuff from my primary but my 1st drive currently is an IDE style hd.Should i use my new Sata drive as my primary or my 2nd hd?will a SATA be quicker then my current IDE primery drive?Any advice will be greatly apreciated.CheersPaul.

Answer:Hard Drive advice

Sata would or should be faster if your motherboard supports it. But don?t think you would see the speed difference. My choice would be to us it as a Backup drive and take all the stuff of the other drive

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I understand that puttin all of your my documents folder onto and external hard drive will make your computer run faster, but if i put all of my documents onto a separate partion do the same. I am running windows xp pro and have a 100Gb hard drive.Please try to answer the question and dont just recommend and external hd straight away. I dont mean to sound pushy.Thanks for all help

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sry i ment but if i put all of my documents onto a separate partion will it do the same

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Hi all. my 2 year old laptop keeps telling me that i have no space left on my tiny 60GB HDD. what is the easiest way of dealing with this? How long would it take to have a new put in and does anyone know of any decent places in birmingham to get this done?Thanks in advance for any advice.

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you need to buy a 250gb drive .cost about 55i would do a clean install of the OS if you have the disc, if not, you will need to clone the old drive onto the new one.if you havnt done this before suggest you get an external hard drive and back up everythng first

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i would like to install a ssd drive and load vista 64 bit on it for faster boots and then run a 1.5tb hard drive as a second drive for storage but i have no idea how to do it can anyone help? do i just open the comp and conect both and viola or is there more

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Hello ls6camaro and welcome to the forums

Rather than me trying to explain it for you, I've found you a tutorial

How to: Setup SSD boot drive with secondary Hard disc optimization - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

Let us know how it goes!

Tom

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It seems that downloading too many simpsons, family guy, and southpark episodes has filled all of my hard drive space. It is about 92% full. So rather than my computer exploding from fragmentation, I've decided to purchase a new hard drive. Any recommendations?

This is my current setup:

AMD Athlon(tm) 1600+
1.40 GHZ
760 MB RAM
MSI Mother Board
40 GB Western Digital Harddrive 5400 RPM
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I'm thinking about a Seagate 40GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive . . .

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Eide
80gb
Maxtor
Ata66-100
7200rpm

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hi all looking for 1tb or more external hard drive under 60 really can anyone reccomend cheapest places my usb is 2.0 any other info please let me know . thanks
 

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Wait a month to six weeks... They are actually off line at the Hard Drive factories, so the prices are very high. As soon as they catch up with existing orders, they will go back to full scale manufacturing of the 1, 1.5, and 2 TB drives... at a cost you can afford.

Prices have already come down 12 percent, but it will take a while for availability and somewhat normal pricing to get in gear.
 

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hi had nothing but trouble with the hard drive in my system ,thought i would swap it for a higher capacity and faster drive ,the only thing is i am confused i have seen drives advertised at aia133,uide133 ,2mb cahe ,8mb cache-what does all this mean and which one is correct for my system ,the comp is a amd athlon 700 ,512mb of sdram the motherboard is a gigabyte ga-7ixe,and the hard drive is an internal on ide 0 ,As usual all help is greatfully recieved ,much obliged-Hol POL...

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ALSO FORGOT to mention looking at the seagate and maxtor drives would appreciate any feedback on either model ,thanks -Hol Pol..

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I was wondering if i could ask some advice on a few people on my future Hard Drive choices.

My PC is currently using 1TB WD Caviar Black @ 7200rpm

Works PC is running a Seagate Barracuda 500GB @ 7200rpm

And my bro's PC i built is same as mine but 500GB
Cant help but notice that mine is alot louder than the others put together.
Kind of annoying when i go to work and its just as fast but almost silent!

Ive looked at a HDD bench mark website and my WDC Black is pretty much on par with the Seagate.

So wondered if anybody could give me any kind of advice on choosing the next HDD in the future maybe in a few years or so.

Pretty vivid question im sorry but, if i could change my WDC Black for a Seagate atm i wouldnt hesitate.

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Get a SSD

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Hi All,

Need some advice and wondered if someone could help.

Looking to buy a NAS box, for an extra couple of pounds I can get a 2TB HDD with it. All the spec says is that its a Samsung Eco drive. If I want to RAID them (which I do) do the devices need to be exactly the same model numbers etc?

The came company sell Samsung Eco drives which are the same size as the one included in the NAS. Will this work or will i need the exact same?

Failing that, does anyone know any good affordable NAS boxes that are shipped with two drives?

Thanks
 

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Raid does work with dissimilar drives however there can be issues. If you have drives of different size, you end up loosing some drive space; raid1 will result in an array the size of the smaller drive. Raid0 will be 2x the size of the smaller drive.

Using drives of different speed, mfg, and or cache size can result in stability and or speed issues. Since you are getting a NAS, I assume the data you intend to store on the NAS is important to you. I would not be going with a samsung drive; the very least would be a WD black series drive OR if you are really serious, the WD RE type drives. Both are of better quality than the samsung.
 

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I have 2 hard drives, one slave and a master ofcourse. The master is 80, and the slave is 30. I am about to install linux, should i partition the 80 and put linux and windows on it? Or shoudl i partition the 30 and use it as master for linux and windows?
-blitze
 

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I have a sata primary hard drive and I'd like to add a ata 80gig drive for music. I've been told that I should get another sata drive but I'd rather not buy something when I have ata drives by the bucket loads. Theres open ata ports on the mother board.
 

Answer:second hard drive advice

No problem just hook up the drive making sure the drive is on the end of the ribbon and the jumper is set to MS master or CS cable select.
On reboot go into bios to check it has been recognised and that's it
 

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Okay... I'm still not sure how, but it appears that my hard drive crashed. (any easy way to confirm this? Error reads "Unmountable Boot Disk" before the operating system can load)

Now I'm looking at replacing it myself and need some help. I have a 3-year old Dell, which is about all I can tell you about my mobo. It's a 1.7GHz P4 with 384MB/133 SDRAM. XP Professional OS.

1) Is replacing the hard drive as easy as a CD burner or the like?
2) Can I get a good/decent hard drive in the $100 or less range? (I can live with 40-60GB)
3) How important is speed? (I think I'd like to have a 7200...)
4) Is 100MHz sufficient, or should I get 133?
5) What brands are good in this price range?
6) Any good sources/sellers you know of?

I know this is a lot, but I would appreciate any help.

As far as the bad hard drive is concerned, is it worth it to take it in somewhere and have it diagnosed? This might only confirm the bad hard drive and cost me the diagnostic fee. Or, it could be something else and save me the hassle of guessing.

Thanks...

--TigerB

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i think your hard disk is working 100%. unmountable boot disk means something is wrong with the bootup configuration or .......no i think that is basically what it means. this would be a software problem and does not directly mean that your hard disk is dead.

if you have a restore CD use it to restore your operating system. otherwise you will have to have an operating system CD like win98, millenium, winXP, ect to install.

TigerB curious, you say it is 3 years old? that is impossible if the processor is an p4 1.7 Ghz. it would not have existed 3 years ago i beleive. my estimates is, at most, it would be a year old.

but than again i sometimes forget how old i am or what year it is.

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I am really wanting to upgrade my hard drive. I currently have Dell Dimension 4500 with a Maxtor hard drive of 20Gb. I am wanting to make a LARGE upgrade, but I do have a tight budget. Anyone know any good places to check out? And should I even consider refurbished?

Answer:Advice on Hard Drive ???

I wouldnt bother with refubished Hard Drives, as they have mechanical parts that actually show wear over a short time compared to silicon.

Check out www.newegg.com for usually good prices.

In case you were wondering, make sure you get a hard drive that spins at 7200rpm, and has an 8MB cache.

It seems the most reliable hard drive brands are Western Digital and Seagate. I have used Maxtor, WD, and Seagate, and have no preference as of yet (except the Seagate has a better warrenty).

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Hi there,

I've had my current computer for about 5 years now and i think my Hard Drive needs upgrading. I'd like a completley new one about 160GB in size.

Does anyone have any advice on which one to get?, where from?, what type? and is there a thread on here on how to complete this transfer??

I'd probably wanna ditch my old Hard Drive and just use my new one.

Thanks in advance.
 

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hello, I currently have a 80gb ata 133 hard drive I think. I am looking to get another one for storage and I was wondering if a ata 100 will work on my existing setup. I am using an msi kt4v mother board and I will set the second drive as slave on the primary ide. Thanks for any help. Also could someone have a look for some cheap drives for me please as I dont know which ones are reliable. I would like the price to be about 30 and at least 40gb of storage. Thanks.

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click herethis is just one of the drives available from ebuyer. dont forget the delivery charge will be on top of the price.ata 100 will work fine with your setup.

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I intend installing a second hard drive and would like some advice on which one to set up as master and which as slave.
My present hard drive is only a 13GB Seagate C:8GB and D:5GB with 3.6 and 4.62 GB Free space respectively.
Apart from my OS which is XP PRO.SP1 and a few virus and spyware programmes nothing else. Computer used maily for sending and receiving Emails. I now want to become more involved and start with 40 or 80GB upgrade.
My question is which, in your opinion, is the one to use as master.
If it is the new drive do I have to install windows or can I transfer the old C: drive data to the new drive, if so which is the best way to transfer.
All information will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks
 

Answer:Need advice on second hard drive

hey
120GB??? *shakes fist* ur lucky....
if you have your xp cd, and all the software cds, i would set the new 120gb to master, because its most likely faster than the 12gb... if you dont want to do a reinstall, just plug it in as a slave

cheers
 

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I just added a small but new hard drive to my already existing system. My question however is if I should make my new hd (160 gig) the master drive, or leave well enough alone and leave my existing 40 gig hd as master.

And if I did change it over, would that not mean also that I'd need to not only copy my existing xp onto the new drive, and also partition it. I'm an aged user yet still very much a newbie when it comes to upgrades n fixes etc. My computer came with Winxp already installed, and no seperate xp software disks.

Everything works just fine, and the old adage "if it works, dont fix it" comes to mind.

Any advice?
 

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I have an XP system with a Maxtor 6Y080L0 ultra ATA133 80GB NTFS HDD and would like to add a Fujitsu MPG3409 ATA100 40GB NTFS HDD from a redundant machine, which has XP on it (I assume I can simply delete XP & everything else AFTER installing the drive, if I set it as slave?). Could someone advise which IDE ribbon I should attach the new drive to. The primary IDE has the Maxtor and a Zip drive, the secondary IDE has a CD and a CDRW attached. Thank you.

Answer:Second Hard Drive Advice?

Personally I'd put both hard drives on the primary channel, lose the CD and put the CDRW and Zip on the secondary channel.

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BRAND NEW HERE, I stink at computer technology and want to attempt to learn more And thought this may be a good place to start.
I am purchasing a Lenovo G550 (WIndows 7) and need to transfer some data from my Dell Inspiron 6000. I would like to do this on an external hard drive, not a flash drive. Any suggestions on what brand to get that is compatible w/ WIndows 7? I don't need a ton of space, maybe 250GB max.
Thanks for your patience.
 

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Hi all,I need a little bit of advice. I have a 320GB hard drive in my 2007 iMac and long story short I'm down to 67GB of space remaining. I'm looking to move my movies and photos folder over to that as it will save 200GB of space straight away.The drive is now 3 years old and I'm concerned about hardware failure. I have a Time Machine backup through a Seagate 500GB drive but I'd like to keep that as a backup drive only.I want to be able to watch/view the media from it - do you think USB would suffice or should I take advantage of FireWire? I realise external drives are mainly USB so in that case would anyone recommend an external enclosure?I'd probably be looking for a 1TB drive+. I'm feeling a bit lost, anyone got any suggestions for which way to go?

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My iMac works with all USB devices with no problems at all including external HDDs.External desktop hard drives click hereExternal portable hard drives click here

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if I get on of these can i 1]partition theeternal hdd in xp computer management as normal.2] use it with norton "ghost" and norton "save&restore" to keep a clone of my desktop on one partition then plug it into the lap top and ghost the laptop to another partition.3] can i use it to copyfiles from one pc then plug into a laptop and copy the files to the laptop.not used an external hdd before are all 3 of the above possible, any advice please.

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1] yes.2] maybe, but I think I have read that on boot only the first partition of an external drive is visable. However, if the drive is large enough there is no problem in putting both ghost images of your pc and your laptop in the same partition. Just make sure to label the images in an identifiable way.3]Yes.Hope this helps.

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Hi everyone longtime no see. I have a hard drive question for you all. I picked up a Dell XPS 420 and have 2 HD set up in Raid 1 as I need the mirror. It came with one HD and I installed a 2nd for the mirror and the 2nd failed within a week. I got a bad one but it was identical to the 1st. My question is other than size and rpm just how close do they need to be in spec to each other or does it matter? By spec I mean the original HD was from 2011 (see the pic) vs. one being made years later so my concern is firmware being different causing a problem etc. Also what do you think of the "White Label" HD's. Thanks everyone.

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Hi Folks.

With prices being so low at the moment I was thinking of getting another hard drive and would like some advice.
At the moment I have 2xSamsung HD501LJ drives.
One is half full of my Vistax64/Windows7 7127 dual boot plus a growing collection of games.
The other has all my music, photos and movies on it and is over half full and growing rapidly.

So I'll need more space eventually. Also I notice that my HDDs let me down in WEI.
So would a faster and/or larger drive see any speed improvements?
I have been looking at a Samsung 1TB Ecogreen F1 HD103UI which is a great price.
I could use that for my OSs and as my primary drive and use the other two for storage and backup.
What do people think or recommend?
Would a faster drive for the OSs show any speed improvements in reality?

Thanks, John

PS I have an AsusP5Q pro

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Running your OS on one drive and programs and storage on another is noce from what I hear. I am going to try that when I build my machine this winter.

I have always gone with Western Digital or Seagate higher end drives. They are good choices but I'm sure Samsung has fine drives. Think about an SSD (solid state drive) for one of the system drives. You will wish you had. Do some homework first though. I will be getting an SSD for one of mine on my next system for sure.

I'm not a HD expert but like talking about them. haha

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Hi,I have a Asus A7N8X deluxe mobo which has the option to use SATA connectors from reading the manual.I need to purchase a new and bigger HD as my current is on the way out so can anyone advise me which ones I am able to use?.Also if anyone has any advice on installing one and whats the procedure on transfering data to a new one. Many thanks

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Hi, I'm about to buy a new hard drive to put into a second-hand PC I have just bought. (In order to protect me from unwanted files/images etc as I don't know the history of the PC). The current drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 so I am intending buying the same. My problem is, not being very technical, I'm unsure quite which cache size to select. I'm planning to go for 80Gb capacity and am wondering if the smallest cache offered (2Mb) will be sufficient or should I go for the medium cache size (8Mb) - or is there no choice?I'm planning to use the PC for office, surfing and the odd download (not gaming) if this makes a difference.Apologies if this is a very basic question but any advice would be appreciated!

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Bigger cache is better/faster but you'll likely not notice any difference in speed considering the uses you have for the machine.

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I just got a bunch of new storage today 1 ea Fantom Greendrive Esata External 2tb
and a 1.5 tb WD15EARS w/ 64mb Cache. I usually manage my system and os's through partitioning and storing nothing on my C:// drive aside from the OS and installed software this way I can change reformat ugrade/downgrade at will and not lose anything. My question is this; should I go about getting my boot/OS partition on my new HDD(1.5 WD15EARS) or leave it where it is now, i.e. 150GB partition of one of the 640's. I guess I'm wondering if the extra 32 MB of Cache will better serve my system with the primary partition/os using the 64, or is it better suited as a secondary storage drive aiding in data transfer of larger files?
Am I making any sense at all?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Vektor67


I just got a bunch of new storage today 1 ea Fantom Greendrive Esata External 2tb
and a 1.5 tb WD15EARS w/ 64mb Cache. I usually manage my system and os's through partitioning and storing nothing on my C:// drive aside from the OS and installed software this way I can change reformat ugrade/downgrade at will and not lose anything. My question is this; should I go about getting my boot/OS partition on my new HDD(1.5 WD15EARS) or leave it where it is now, i.e. 150GB partition of one of the 640's. I guess I'm wondering if the extra 32 MB of Cache will better serve my system with the primary partition/os using the 64, or is it better suited as a secondary storage drive aiding in data transfer of larger files?
Am I making any sense at all?
Thanks in advance for your help.


If nothing is going to be RAIDed together, I'd download CrystalDiskMark or something similar and figure which drive is going to be the fastest, and use that for OS. Keep in mind that partitioning a drive is going to cause some lags in performance, esp when transferring from one partition to another the same physical drive.

Download CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1b / 2.2.0p Free - A small HDD benchmark utility for your hard drive - Softpedia

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