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Question: i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a

hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.

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No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.

If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.

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Hi all,

So I'm on the market for a new hard drive, as my current one is about dead (Windows will not load even in safe mode anymore). I currently have a Gateway NV52 laptop with a 320GB SATA hard drive. RPM is 5400 and buffer size is 8GB, beyond that, I don't know much else since I haven't removed it from my laptop. (I do know how to do this safely.)

In my searches for a new one, I've found one that is an exact replica (but obviously in better shape) as my own, made for my particular system, and another that is also made for my model, but in 500GB (RPM and buffer is the same), and only $5 more. It is very tempting to just buy it, but I need to know whether it is possible, for one, and secondly, whether it is even recommended. I have Vista, but when I get the new drive, I am going to install 7 on it, since I got a free upgrade to 7 when I bought the computer 3 years ago and never installed it. (I have the disk and serial for it.) From there, I am going to put my old drive into an external enclosure and transfer files that way. I know I'll be able to transfer the easy stuff (documents, pics, etc) with no problem, but with different OS's, will I be able to transfer program files directly from my old hard drive into the program file folder of my new one? Some of these (Microsoft Office especially) I installed a long time ago and I no longer have the serial numbers for them, this is why I am asking that particular question.

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Answer:Can I swap my failed 320GB hard drive for a larger one?

Yes. You can use any 2.5" SATA internal drive.

2.5" SATA drives are available up to 1TB (1000GB); however I've found the long-term reliability of anything over 500GB to be a bit more iffy.

Although $10-$20 more than a standard grade drive, my pick would be be Western Digital Scorpio Black series. The 7200 RPM speed will boost performance a bit with very little (about 1%) impact on battery life, and they usually have 16MB cache memory equaling faster seek times.

You will only be able to transfer files. Programs such as MS-Office require a complete retinstall, so be sure to have your license activation codes handy for any paid software you reinstall on the new drive.

Hope this helps.

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I am using a Gateway E4000, with a WD IDE harddrive partitioned into 2 partitions, OEM XP Pro Sp3, 1.5 gig memory, 2.5 ghz CPU.  I want to put this existing harddrive into a Dell Dimension 8400. It has a SATA Harddrive, OEM (?) XP Media Sp3. 4 gig memory, 3 ghz CPU.  I have no drivers BUT I do have the Dell Bios on a CD.My questions are:1. Since I am moving to the Dell will there still be a BIOS that I can set the IDE drive as the boot drive?  If not how can I use the BIOS that I have on the CD?2. I have no drivers, so will XP boot using generic drivers until I can download from Dell?3. Since my IDE Drive has an OEM version of XP (and a different flavor of XP) will it need to be reactivated, and infact will MS activate XP anymore?4. If MS no longer activates can I download software that will retrieve my old act # and use that?5. What other problems am I looking at and any solutions for those problems?

Answer:How to swap a IDE hard drive from a Gateway to a Dell the has a SATA hard drive

You cannot legally use an OEM installation of Windows on a different machine; the license is tied to the hardware. Also if you take a hard drive with Windows installed on it, out of one PC and put it into another PC, and set it to be the boot drive, it most likely won't work properly. If it works at all. You will need to install a properly licensed version of Windows of your choice on the Dell, if there isn't one already.

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not appearing in my computer but the light is on in the desck

Answer:samsung g2 portable 320gb external hard drive

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.See Response 1:

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Hi,I am new to this forum. I like to upgrade my Hard drive to higher capacity.Will T60 supports  SATA II? Is the following type suitable for T60?Seagate OEM 320GB 7200 RPM SATA II Internal Hard Drive Part Number: OEHDIS320S Thanks in Advance..njvr

Answer:T60 hard drive upgrage to 320GB SATA II

Welcome to the forum! I have the exact same drive in my T60p and love it, however, it runs at SATA I speeds and there's nothing that can be done about it it due to a chipset limitation. Hope this helps.

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I have a western digital 320GB SATA hard drive which is brand new. I uninstalled windows xp to install the pro version and now its saying i only have 131gb of space... how can I make it recognise the rest? i have not yet installed my new windows xpthanks everyone!

Answer:my 320gb SATA hard drive has shrunk to 131gb! HELP

please lend a helping hand someone!

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Hey guys, bought this brand new hard drive (listed above), and i think it is faulty. ok the primary reason that i obught it ,was to put it into my ps3 for more storage space. it powered up, (had a ticking noise), and the ps3 wouldnt read it, my computer when connected to it, it would read it, sometimes, and i even put a couple movies onto it. but it wont read it any more, nor will my ps3 ever touch it. ummm is there any way this hard drive can be fixed? also i know its not my ps3, as i jsut obught the exact same hard drive, n it worked in my ps3 perfectly, so i think the problem lies within the hard drive itself. what can i do, many thanks!

Answer:Hard Drive Problem ( 320gb WD 2.5" sata hdd)

Use Data Lifeguard to check your drive when installed in your PC. Clicking sounds are never good.

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I hope someone can help me?

I live in the UK

I brought a new sata 500 GB hard drive a while ago but after about 6 months it died...

i rang samsung and they sent me a new one under warrenty...

the new one broke a month later!

but now when i tried to RMA it through their website it says they cannot replace it because it was sent from the USA - i emailed them and they said the same thing in their email.

So now i cant replace the drive because they sent it from another country?

is there anything i can do?

surly thats not right - was a new drive and they chose to send it from the USA not me.

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Answer:Samsung sent me a new sata hard drive...

You should CALL the company and speak with a live person or two or three to get it resolved.

Have you had your computer physically checked for problems that could be causing the hard drives to fail? If there is no fault in the hardware (or user error)...the drives could have both been from a "faulty batch of hard drives."

Does Samsung have a policy regarding how many drives can be returned in a certain time period?

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.


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Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
PCI CloneMaxx

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I would like to upgrade my factory 128GB M.2 SSD Sata 3 on my OMEN by HP 15-ax206na  as the factory M.2 Sata 3 is slower than my old laptops Samsung 850 evo Sata SSD.I believed that the M.2 format is supposed to be faster than a regular Sata SDD.I am interested in a  Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD NVMe I understand this is a different pin out configuration, the factory 128GB M.2 SSD Sata 3 being M + B and the the  Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD NVMe being M only or B, i'm not sure which. My question is, if this new NVMe drive does fit will i get the full NVMe speeds?and is there any other compatibility issues i should be aware of?


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Answer:M.2 Hard drive upgrade laptop is Sata 3, Samsung 960 EVO M.2...

Thank you for the info, this helps greatly. One final question, how did you migrate the original m.2?

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Hi i've got a p4 built on an intel D865PERL motherboard. I used to run only a 160G SATA hard drive, and I decided to get a new hard drive. I bought and installed a 300G ATA hard drive, and installed windows XP on it.

The problem is that the SATA isnt recognized anymore. When I load the bios before startup, it doesnt even show up!
I have tried a bios upgrade, and it already had the latest bios version.
I have also tried going into device manager, to see if it had to be enabled under the admin username, but of course its not recognized in the bios so it wouldnt show up there...

The old SATA still has windows installed on it. i was hoping to run both hard drives for a while, and transfer over data onto the new ATA drive and then remove the SATA and run the one hard drive.

Does anyone know why I cant run the SATA with the ATA? I thought this would be possible!? Is it because I have windows installed on the SATA, i wouldnt think that would be a problem in recognizing the drive...

Answer:run ATA hard drive and SATA? wont recognize SATA?

is the SATA master and the ATA slave?

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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


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

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

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HelpI have an old PC,with a jetway mother board.I have purchased a W/DIG 160sata hard drive(Not knowing there was a big difference to IDE).First problem,no sata plug on mother board.Have now got an ide adapter and plugged it in.On boot it show the hard drive as master,and so I moved on to load XP.It runs as far as Poss and then says windows cant find a hard drive??What do I have to do next?...How do I get the windows system to see the hard drive??Help!!

Answer:Xp wont see sata hard drive

You will require a Sata host controller card and you will require the Sata drivers for the hard drive that you transfer to a floppy on installingWXP you press F6 it will then ask you to inset the floppy.Windows will see only upto 121GB although this was suppose to have been delt with SP2,i would return the sata drive for an IDE not above 120GB.

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

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

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

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Is there any reason I cannot install a ThinkPad 320GB 7200 RPM SATA drive (43N3411) as the primary internal hard drive on my R60 (9456-57U)? I can't tell from the description whether they are saying it can only go in the little drawer where the DVD writer normally lives. Has anyone done this? Thanks, Charles


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Answer:Can I replace my R60 hard drive with a 320GB 7200RPM drive

yes that will work as the primary  harddrive or in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II use rescue & recovery to make a backup of your harddrive on dvd then use the dvds to image the new harddrive

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ive just been and bought a new 300gig Sata hard driveinstalled the drive in a free bay. connected the power lead and also connected the sata cable to the motherboard.When i press the power button on PC nothing happens. but when i disconect the SATA Power lead the PC boots up with no problems.any ideas cheers guysJohn

Answer:Sata Hard Drive PC Wont power up

What size of psu do you have.If you have a cd/dvd drive fitted disconnect and connect your sata drive.If you can now boot your psu is probably not powerful enough.

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Someone unplugged my Sata USB connected hard drive when it hung up during a file copy session. Now, it won't mount. XP and Linux will not recognize it. XP Error message is USB Not Recognized. Linux Error Message is Cannot Mount Volume. :cry

What Free Hard Disk Utility Software can fix this problem?

Answer:USB Sata Hard Drive wont mount

First off, you can check the status of the filesystem of the hard drive buy going to computer management under administrator tools. Once you get to computer management, click drive management.

If you do not see administrator tools on your start menu, right click on the start icon and go to properties. Go to the start menu tab and then and then click customize. Towards the bottom you should see an option to include administrator tools in the start menu.

See what the drive shows up in drive management (be sure not to mistake it for your boot drive, probably c:\). A lot of things can show up, so report back with what it says. If you don't see the drive, report that also.

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Issue: Its seen that computer having a samsung hard drive of 320 GB and 500 GB will give black screen with a cursor at the top left corner and it wont boot.
The reason behind this is these hard drives contains a scanner inside them which periodically scans the hard drive to check for error and tries to recover them.
Resolution: Enter the Boot device menu(By pressing the F12 or F9 key on the manufacturer logo).
Change the Boot Device
Select HARD DRIVE as the 1st boot priority and press enter. The system may or may not boot.
If the system boots, go to :
Here you will find a patch which will delete/disable the scanner.
If the system wont boot even after selecting the Hard drive from Boot menu., wait till the scan completes and then run this patch.
Do not Reinstall OS or replace your hard drive for this issue.

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HiI have a generic PC with a Sata hard drive running Windows7 64 bit. It started playing up, not loading programmes etc. Turned it off, restarted it, nothing. At first I thought it was the PSU, replaced it, nothing.The best I can get is it comes up with the first screen offerring f2 f11 etc, click on f11 it then comes up with start from CD, floppy etc. It is now set to start from CD.Whatever appears on screen is there for for no more than 1 second After a few minutes a very pale " starting windows " comes up near the bottom of the screen.Next after a few minutes a very pale light blue windows background with the spinning disk comes up then goes then nothing even after been left for hours.I have tried boot up disks, recovery disks, even bought a win 7 64 bit boot up recovery disk and still nothing.I would prefer to recover some data but not essential, wouldn't mind re-foratting the hard drive if nesessaryAny help greatly appreciated pleaseReplies at dummy level pleaseKeith

Answer:generic PC with a sata hard drive wont boot

Download the hard disk test utility from the maker of the hard- drive and run a test. If the drive is failing use "PC File Inspector or Recuva" to get your data off the drive. Both those programs are free and quite good at recovering data.

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I have just upgraded my PC to a ASUS K8V-X MB and AMD 64 3000 CPU I have installed a new 160gb SATA hard drive on sata 0 channel and my old hard drive on IDE 0 I put my windows cd in so that I could format the sata drive and install windows on it, Windows didnt find it and promptly booted up from the old hard drive on ide 0 and is now running normally. I want to run the sata hard drive as the main drive. I have been into windows explorer and it doesnt show the new sata drive but the new M/B drivers are there as there is a new icon on the task bar called via raid tool and when I open it it shows me the HD is there. Anyone know how to set all this up to how I want it

Answer:Explorer wont detect SATA hard drive

During windows setup there is an option to install third party RAID / SCSI drivers chances are that you need to install the drivers for the SATA controller at that point. Windows setup should then hopefully find the drive. Not sure why u can't c it in explorer thou

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hi, my 320GB hard drive has something wrong wif it when plugged in it wont let the pc turn on ? i have no idea why ? help

Answer:Hard Drive 320GB is....

Are you sure your PSU can handle the extra load?

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Hello and i thank you all for your help in advance. I've found other threads with some solutions to my issue but my computer does not have a floppy drive so i cannot solve this problem via that route.

I have an Asus EEE 1005ha laptop and the hard drive failed. I just bought a new SATA 500gb hard drive and did the physical install, but now when I try to install my original Windows XP service pack 3 re-installation disk and i start running through the installation process, Windows is not letting me select any hard drive to install the operating system on. It says there is no hard drive present. It will eventually prompt me to hit F6 to select drivers so i can property do the install but anything i select from the list is prompting me to insert the re-installation disk into the floppy drive (which i have none), and then i am forced to restart the entire process.

I've read other posts that i would need to get the proper drivers loaded onto a floppy in order to move forward so Windows can see the drive. How do i get around this without a floppy? I tried loading the files I think i needed from the ASUS website onto a flash drive but windows will not recognize this drive when i plug it in. I am fairly knowledgeable with PC's but this is obviously too big a problem for me to get past.

PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Windows xp wont recognize sata hard drive

If you have a Retail (not OEM) copy of windows you could Slipstream the drivers into the installtion disc. You can download nLite here the guides for creating the slipstream disc on on the webage as well.

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Hey guys i had a working 80gb sata drive in my pc along with a 200gb stata drive so i took out th 80gb one and put it in an external caddie, so i pugeed it in and the pc recognises it and vista finds the drivers and says ready. when i click on the drive it says 0gb and wont let me acces it, how do i fix this

Answer:vista wont recognise external sata hard drive??

Try.... right click 'My Computer' - Manage, then Disk Management.. Select the drive and R Click and set as active partition.

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

Answer:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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I recently bought an internal hard drive (A Samsung HM320HJ) for my Toshiba Satellite A...300 I think? Anyway, I used Macrium reflect to clone my old drive to my new one. When I put the new hard drive in, everything works, but when I got to My Computer, it shows the drive as only having a 140gb capacity. I'm not sure what to go by, because in Macrium Reflect it still says that my new hard drive is 320gb. Why is my computer displaying it as a 140gb hard drive, and how do I fix it?

Answer:Hard Drive only showing 140 of 320gb.

what does diskmanagement show? right click my computer or computer, click on manage, click on disk managment. It should show the drive in the right column. Are there any other partitions

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Hello and good evening to you all. Okay, here we go, and i'm hoping that i can get some help with this please. I have a samsung Rv510 laptop that I purchased a few months ago from argos..exact link is here|categoryroot|Office%2C+PCs+and+phones|14418968/c_2/2|14418968|Laptops+and+netbooks|14419039.htm
I purchased this laptop in July, as I also have a desktop, and it has a hard drive disk space of 320gb hard drive(as advertised). I never really checked the hard disk space on it, when i was using it and I had loadz of stuff on the hard drives which I then copied to an external hard drive. I will be selling this laptop on gumtree is a few days, and I decided to restore it to factory settings yesterday, and ive done all the updates and everything is fine, but when I go to my computer, it shows the local disk C drive as 206GB free of 230. The only drive that shows is the c drive, and I know that there is probably the samsung recovery disk that takes some space, but for me to have 206GB left from a 320gb hard drive is way too small, and when I wanna sell it on gumtree, how can I confirm to a potential buyer that it came with a 320Gb hard drive please??? If i can try and claw back MORE of the hard drive from wherever it is hidden, that would be much appreciated. Any suggestions please??

Answer:WHERE is the rest of my 320Gb hard drive???

I'm guessing it has W7 installed and also guessing that this might work the same as Vista.
Click the start menu and right click computer from the list. Now click manage and then expand the disk storage menu at the left. That should list all the partitions on the HDD and their space... if it works like Vista :)

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Hello there, i purchased a 320gb seagate hard drive a few weeks ago,..and i've put a lot of sensitive data on it....i wish to encrpyt it so that no matter WHAT.....if its stolen or lost NO ONE can get access to my important files...on UFO's, etc(just kidding!!)....i just wanted to get advice on the best FREE software to use, and HOW to use it.cheers,Jules

Answer:How to encrypt my 320Gb Hard drive please

look up...1)truecrypt2)axcrypt3)microsoft private folder

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I recently purchased a Maxtor 320GB Diamondmax 21 EIDE to be setup as a seconday storage device. I have set my current WD 120GB to Master and the Maxtor 320GB to Slave. It reads the Maxtor 320GB in the BIOS and in Win XP under Disk Management. I have triple checked the jumper settings and the cables(Black = Primary Master and Gray = Primary Slave). When I go to format the Maxtor 320GB it formats all the way and then give a popup window that says Format Unsuccesful. Please help.

Answer:Maxtor 320GB Hard Drive

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hi all i just put a new wd 320gb internal hard drive on my acer travelmate 4000 laptop now it will only show 128gb how can i force it if ya can 2 show full amount on drive ????

Answer:Solved: wd 320gb hard drive

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trying to upgrade old 80gb hard drive on my dell dimension e521. is there any limit to the size of the new hard drive i can use? in dell specs they mention going with two 320s. is a 320gb the largest drive i can go with? plan to use a western digital 320gb sata 7200rpm 16mb cache. any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Upgrading with a 320GB hard drive

What operating system are you using?

In theory you should be able to use a much larger hard disk, but you need to make sure you use the correct interface for them.

There are two types used in Dell PCs:

1. PATA, or IDE hard disks (which use a flat, wide ribbon cable to connect to the motherboard)
2. SATA hard disks (which use a small flat cable to connect to the motherboard).

At the time it was probably just sold with 2x 320GB hard disks as an option. You should be able to go much larger if you wish.

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I'm trying to get a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB SATA drive working with my 1706-M7M X60 thinkpad. I've cloned my existing OEM Hitachi 80GB to the new drive using Acronis True Image. So far I've done this four times so I'm thinking the cloning is not the issue. BIOS has been switched to Compatibility mode. The odd thing is that the resuce and recovery partition works but not the bootable windows partition? I can also see all the files on the new drive, both partitions are visible when it is plugged in via the USB enclosure. They look fine. I've been trying to get it working for 3 days and I'm ready to throw the notebook out the window!  Thanks in advance.


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Answer:Help! X60 won't boot with new 320GB hard drive..

There's probably something wrong with the master boot record (MBR) on the new drive. If you're using Windows Vista you can download and create a bootable recovery CD that will repair the MBR. Download this ISO using BitTorrent and burn to a blank CD. With the new HD installed in the X60, boot your from recovery CD. You may need to buy/borrow an external USB CD drive if you don't have an Ultrabase with CD drive. Then do a Repair following this procedure.

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I installed a slave drive in my HP Pavillion PC (Win98) some 6 months ago (after some very helpful advice from forum "listeners" - thanks again!). In the past month I have started to experience an intermittent fault - on standby mode the drive whirrs loudly every four or five seconds and the system refuses to come out of standby. I have to reboot the machine. I use Norton Utilities which on reboot tells me I have an invalid boot record on the slave drive but to only repair it if I am experiencing difficulties using the drive (which I'm not, so I don't).Anyone have any suggestions to this long-winded thread!?Squeals

Answer:IBM GXP 80Gb Hard Drive problem

Wait for conformation on this, but Norton is correct in the fact, "You do have a problem" and it wants to fix it.

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xp pro 80gb hard drive nearly full but why?,hardly anything on running ok,but properties on my c drive says its nearly full, have had no error messages thus far but worried as showing only 5 percent left??????????

Answer:xp pro 80gb hard drive nearly full but why?

Crap Cleaner click herewill delete temporay files that are no longer can also save space by deleting restore points and windows upate restore points look in the winows folder any files in blue strating with $ can be deleted.

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I have just done a system check & have found out that I have an 80 GB hard drive.The PC only shows C drive with 40GB.Any ideas how I can get/use this other 40GB.

Answer:80GB hard drive but only 40GB is being used.

You don`t say what OS ! But if you fdisk with win98 startup disc, you will find your disc information and the missing 40gb... take it from there...

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Hi,I have just purchased the above external hard drive.Supplied was a software disc containing the following...PMS software,includes password protection,autorun,sync application and secure and compress.Do I really need to install the software to use it correctly?.cheers,IQS

Answer:freecom sl hard drive 80gb

Usually these things are "Plug n Play" - this is of course dependent upon your Windows insallation (should work fine as long as you have full XP Home/Pro and it is genuine). Most additional drives will work fine in this way but some do require installation of additional software from the manufacturer - thats just the way it is!

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I am running xp pro I was trying to put a slave hard drive on my system.I put the jumper settings to slave turned the computer on, it was found in post and by windows but it was not asigned a drive letter and was unformated(I now know how to do the through disk management dead easy)I remembered that xp formats on new instalation and did this, whilst I was doing this nice and happily I put a couple of partitions in and formated them just before windows was about to be installed I turn my computer off and back on again the new hard drive is working fine but missing 2 partition of aprox 45gb any idea's norton scans and says my D has no problems anyone please help!!!!!!!

Answer:hard drive "missing 45 of 80gb"

how big is your primary drive , if its about the same size then it sounds like your motherboard doesnt support the ATA133 standard if this is the case then the bios will only see the first 137gb

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Help please....Just put a 2nd hard drive into my system, its an 80gb Seagate and my primary hard drive is a 300gb Seagate.My 2nd drive is only showing as 31.4gb!!I have checked all other threads and there has been some topics like this before so I have followed all the advice on them:There is no jumper on the 2nd drive, it is formatted in NTFS the same as the 300gb one, I have even tried the "regedit" advice given out in a thread in Nov 2005.... nothing seems to be working...arrrrgggghhh!Any help would be much appreciated but if it involves the "regedit" advice please make sure that the instructions are very clear.Thanks in advance

Answer:2nd Hard Drive only showing 31.4gb when its 80gb..

Check the jumper on the drive is not set to 32gb

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why would my hard drive be saying this? On top of that i cant get it to come up in My Computer, ive tried initializing it but i get nothing.(Disk 1)


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I needed more space on my pc so i bought an extra hard drive. I installed it on the second IDE, set my first harddrive as a master drive and set my second as a cable select (as it didn't have instructions for a slave drive). Booted the compyter, but the BIOS didn't pick up the new hard drive. When i booted Windows it would pick up the new hardware but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

I then unplugged the second hard drive and replaced my 2 CD-ROMS with it. So I had one hard drive on IDE1 and one on IDE2. This worked fine and the BIOS regonised it. However I can't plug both CD Roms and two hard drives because the IDE cables aren't long enough.

Does anyone have any idea what im doing wrong? Help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:80GB Hard Drive Problem

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I need to replace my hard drive on my 3000 C200 (out of warranty). I was looking to replace with a refurbished 80GB, but am not sure which are compatible. It says 5400RPM sata, but so do many of the ones I've researched. Does anyone have any experience in doing this? After I get the drive, can I just run the product recovery CD to restore the operating system and then add my backed-up files? Thanks

Answer:80GB Hard Drive died

I am not sure how much cheaper a refurbished drive cost. But I can tell you if you are going to get a new drive, get a 720rpm and I prefer seagate. The reason is simple. 7200 rpm will give you a faster drive than 5400 rpm and Seagate drive has 5 years warranty on it. It is definitely better than a refurbished drive which may have one year of warranty.As for recovery, it should work if your recvoery Cd done correctly. I do believe you should have at least two DVDs and one of them is bootable.

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Is there a way to fix it without formatting the hard drive? I know how to fix it formatting the hard drive. But I don't want to lose my sisters data cause its her pc thats screwed up!!!

Answer:80GB hard drive only sees 2GB

hmmm... try partition magic

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i just ordered a 320 gb hard drive from newegg. its a sata drive. I work on computers for the local ballet company and the computer i am putting this in is a hp pavilion a1540n and for some reason the last guy who worked on the computer pulled the sata 1 connector out so i have the drive plugged in on the sata 2 port and its showing up in the windows install as only 130gb. only and in the hp bios it shows as the correct 320gb. What am i doing all wrong??

Answer:320gb hard drive only showing 120gb

see this thread

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I bought my son one of these drives for his birthday a few weeks ago and we tried it for the first time today, we did everything by the instructions but the laptop tells us that "windows cannot find the drive" even though when going into "computer" there's an icon for the drive and it states that there is 289GB available, it appears that there is no software installed on the drive, is there anywhere I could find and install the software, I've hunted high and low on the Iomega site but have discovered nothing. Any ideas?

Answer:Iomega 320GB portable hard drive

Youn don't say which version of the OS you are using but have you initialised the drive?

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Hello so my Dell XPS Studio 16 running on W7 Home Premium does not recognize my Iomega hard drive anymore after about 6 months of use. In my computer Hard Disk Drives there is nothing BUT in Control Panel>Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers it shows as connected and installed properly. Any ideas? I tried using a few USB based utilities but it doesnt seem to help me at all.


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I’ve own a “320gb Simpledrive External Hard Drive:” for almost 2 years now. About 6 months ago, my “320gb SEHD” stopped working. After weeks of trying to fix it, I’d finally decided to store it away in my closet. A week ago from now, I took my “320gb SEHD” out of my closet to test it a few more time and it turned on! I was sooo happy but that happiness faded once I’d connected to my computer… My computer said that I needed to install the software to activate it and I’d lost the CD. Plus, ever since my laptop had broken, I’ve been using my Desktop (Windows XP SP3) which had no internet access so I have no idea which software to get (forgetton disc name)... I’ve been downloading what I think would work from the Library’s computers but none of them didn’t work. So I ask, what software do I need to install my 320gb SEHD?!

Answer:320gb Simpledrive External Hard Drive SW

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I have a T60P, Vista Business, latest bios.Specifically, I would like to install a Western Digital Scorpio, 320gb, 7200rpmm sata drive. It is the same dimensions and has the same connections as the origional drive.Any suggestions would really be apprecieated. Thank youMessage Edited by Jadecarver on 06-13-2008 11:59 PMMessage Edited by Jadecarver on 06-18-2008 08:12 AM

Answer:Will a new 320gb hard Drive work in a T60p?

Hi Jade, I just bought a T61 with Vista Business.  I had them install a 320GB WD Scorpio drive.  Everything is working fine. 

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i have a maxtor 80GB hd....

and i have a PCI ATA133 IDE card..... i plug everything in, and it only recognizes the 80GB hard drive as a 32GB hard drive ....... i thought with the ATA card, it would be ok, but guess not .....

i could resort to using maxtor's hard drive software, but rather not as id like to steer clear of that if possible .....

dell (older one)
PII 350Mhz
128MB Ram
Maxtor IDE ATA133 PCI card

help? quick if possible too

Answer:installing a 80GB hard drive....quick

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I have xp pro 30gb master hard drive 80 gb slave my motherboard is a jetway v333u which supports ultra ata 133 when I came to install a slave hard drive I set the jumpers and pluged the cables in turn it on it was detected in post and by windows as being as above (30gb master-80gb slave) but had no letter asigned to it and also needed formating which then i didn't know how to do so i remembered that windows formats on a new o/s which it did then i put 2 partions in and formated them but turned it off before the o/s when in, when i turn it back on i now have a 35gb hard drive as a slave and still a 30 as master can anyone help I thnk I need a dos formating tool to wipe all the info out (xp,partition magic,my pc info don't show a 80gb hd only on norton disk doctor checking free space and say it cann't fix

Answer:Help !! 45gb missing from a 80gb hard drive

You're probably using the FAT32 file system, and XP has a 32 gb limit on it's format tool with that. If so, you either need to run Fdisk using a Windows 98 startup floppy or use Partition Magic or similar. You can download the files for a 98 floppy from here:-click here

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Does anyone know if I can upgrade my Compaq Presario Hard drive to 80GB Ultra ATA/133 @7200RPM? I'm running out of Hard drive space and constantly get a message saying that I have little space left. I have to constantly defrag my system and erase most of what I download off the internet. My computer is old and I think it only has about 30GB which most of my software takes up. I'm looking to turn my computer into a modern computer by updating my hard drive. Everything else works fine. I have great speed and hardly ever run into problems so I'm not looking to replace my computer just update it.



Answer:Can I upgrade my HD to 80GB ultra ata/133 hard drive?

That upgrade should be just fine, seeing as you already have support for 30GB hard drives, then 80GB will also work. You'll only have problems (depends on your system, which you haven't supplied details on) if you decide to go above 137GB, as that would require an ATA133 controller.

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Here is my pain I have windows xp on a 30gb drive that is partitioned into two drives. Windows xp is running off of a 20gb partition and the other partition is for storage. I have grown out of this hard drive, so I bought a Western Digital 80gb w/8mb cache drive then comes my pain. Windows XP will not allow me to move my XP partition to the new drive! Even in the help and support if you look it up it will tell you that windows xp does not support this. Any ideas what I can do to solve this problem. I had considered using windows backup, reloading windows xp on the new drive then using windows backup to try to take the new drive to were I have my computer now. Only problem is I could just do a full install, and save time. The tools that came with the drive will not copy the XP partition either. Maybee I should do a full install because I am going to use the old 30gb for a double boot with mandrake linux.

So my questions are this, should I just go ahead and reinstall XP on the new drive?
And, if I want to double boot to mandrake is there a certain way I should go about it? Or do I just tell windows xp I will be double booting during setup? Will it promt me to install linux at that time? Will using a NTSF partition, and whatever mandrake will be using as its file system cause problems? With the double boot that is, or will it just ask which one to load? I realize that by doing the seperate file systems that each operating system will not be able to use the others partition. ... Read more

Answer:Windows XP will not copy to my new 80gb hard drive.

I checked it out, but it is not what I need. Anyway I decided to reinstall windows to the new drive anyway. All I need know are the linux questions answered:

quote from my other post:
And, if I want to double boot to mandrake is there a certain way I should go about it? Or do I just tell windows xp I will be double booting during setup? Will it promt me to install linux at that time? Will using a NTSF partition, and whatever mandrake will be using as its file system cause problems? With the double boot that is, or will it just ask which one to load? I realize that by doing the seperate file systems that each operating system will not be able to use the others partition. Can you think of any other problem I will come across?

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I Got This 80gb Hard Drive, It's A Westel Digital. I Got It Like 1 Year Ago. Now The Bios Detects The Hard-drive And Sometimes It Works To Intall Windows, But Once I Give It A Month It Dies On Me And Tells Me That My Hard Drive Is Currupted Although The My Computer Bios Still Detects The Hard-drive. Now I Was Wondering Is This Problem Fixable And How Do I Do That, And If Not It Is Going To The Trash....

Answer:80gb Hard Drive Possibly Dead

can you hook the h/d up to another computer and set it as slave and see if it can be viewed then?

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I have installed a second hard drive to my system. The PC recognises the drive and everything is working fine but it is only being recognised as a 40gb when it is an 80gb. Could someone please tell me why? Thank you.

Answer:hard drive is a 80gb pc sayes it is a 40gb

Download the free PC checking utility "Everest Home Edition" from this website click here Install it on your PC then open the programme and click on "Computer" under "Storage" it will tell you the make and model of your hard drive and also the capacity of it.

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have Pent 4 1.4gb w/512mb ram. trying to add 80gb hard drive with win 98 SE and it is only seeing 10gb. Need to know if I need different type boot disk or if I am doing something wrong. Once I get it to see the 80gb hard drive I need to know where I can get a program to copy over everything from my old hard drive to this one.
Thanks for any help

Answer:80gb hard drive in win 98 boot sees less

Have you set any partitions with this new drive? Are you sure that all available space is being used?

Go to Start, run, and type in command then hit enter.

type in fdisk and hit enter

select Y for large disk support and hit enter.

hit 4 and enter to display Partition Information.

is your partition set to 100%?
are there more than one partition? do they all add up to 100%?
What is the brand of the new hardrive? Most Harddrive manufacturers have software available on their site to handle transferring all data to new harddrives.

I can recommend the one on Seagate's site (it's free) as I know it will work with Quantum drives as well, and more than likely any other drives. Take a look at my experience to learn a little more about it.

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I have just bought a new Maxtor HDD 80gb and i have attatched it to my computer,now when i start up and go to bios it is recognised,but when computer boots up,it is not in My Computer directory at all,i have been told to format it but i didnt receive any software with it,what can i do,Please help me.Thank You

Answer:HDD Help,just bought a Maxtor 80gb hard drive

Hi download max blaster 4 from maxtor web site and follow the intructions to configure your drive kopite

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I've heard before that Hard Drives over 32GB in size cannot run under FAT32 mode. I've also heard that some people have bypassed this limitation by using third party partitioning programs and the sort of thing. Now I'm asking, is there an easy way to re-format my 80GB Hard Drive from NTFS to FAT32 and install Windows ME on it? I did this with my 4GB hard drive, not as a test for FAT32, just as a test for Windows ME and my hardware. That worked out good so now I'm going to do the same to my 80GB HD. Can it be done? Would I have to use a third party partitioning software? Can I use MaxBlast 3 to do it? Thanks.

Answer:Formatting an 80GB Hard Drive to FAT32, can it be done?

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I'm tearing my hair out here trying to partition and format an 80GB Hitachi hard drive. I want to create two 40GB FAT32 partitions and then mount the drive in an external enclosure.The drive is currently installed in the PC as Primary Master. Booting with a Win 98SE floppy only lets me create a partition of 13999MB (14GB). If I boot with a Windows XP installation CD, that only finds available space in which to create a partition of 4GB.If I install the drive in the USB 2.0 enclosure and plug it in, XP's Disk Management sees the full 80GB of "Unallocated Space", but doesn't give me the option to create a partition. (The external housing's instructions do say the drive must be partitioned/formatted before installing.)Am I missing something?

Answer:Partition & format 80GB hard drive

Look at click here, it is a doddle to use

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Hi Ya gurus,My Evesham Computer - seven years old now - came with a 20 GB hard drive. When I found it running out of disk space I installed a 40GB Hard drive. Evesham told me at that time that my Motherboard would only take the max 40GB Hard Drive. My friend helped to to Partion my 40GB into 13GB for all my Personal Documents Etc and 27GB for the rest. Now I find that my main Partition C Drive has less than 8GB space left. Would I be able to install an 80GB hard drive and Partion it 40/40GBs. Would my Motherboard recognise both Partition Drives.That will Give me plenty of more space on both sections.Please let me know if this is possible & how to do this particular Instalation.Motherboard - K7 Pro ATX IR3 Mainboard.AMD 800 Athlon Processor.Power supply I think 300/350 Watts.ThanksSolartopi

Answer:Will My Motherboard Recognise an 80GB Hard Drive

Do you have XP?This link will provide the information required re partitioning:click here

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Hi. I recently purchased a new SATA harddrive and a Serial ATA PCI adapter and installed it on my computer. I also have an IDE hard drive in my computer.Is there any way to run them both together on my computer. I want the SATAdrive as my primary drive. I can use them separately but not together. WindowsXP professional is installed on both.(The IDE drive was the original drive in computer...) When I try to run them together the IDE takes over, if when set as a master slave..the RAID software is installed in system BIOS. Any suggestions?Shyboy

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.

Answer:cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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Hi. I have taken out my sata hard drive and swapped it for an ide hard drive. I formatted the disk with acer recovery fine, now when the pc starts it says error reading disk. I cannot understand this. My work flow is as follows: I took away the sata drive and cables found a ide ribbon cable with three connectors one to the board, the second to the ide hard drive set as master and the third to the dvd, set as slave. Can anyone please shed some light why the pc refuses to load windows. Perhaps there is a cmos/ bios setting i need to change. Any help greatly appreciated with regards.The system is an acer desktop aspire T180

Answer:swapping sata hard drive for IDE hard drive error

MB=========================Slave========Master.Or you can try temporarily disconnecting the optical drive to see if it works.Is there an OS installed on this drive ? ?If so was it installed on that drive when it was in the Acer ? ?This can cause issues if it's from another machine where Windows was installed....

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?

Answer:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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In windows 7 my external hard drive does not show as a back up location.  When I go to system image, the box for what items I want to back up also has the ext drive checked. I do not want to back up the external hard drive but it will not uncheck.,
(faded lettering) I believe this is why I cannot back up my computer to it.  How do I get the back up from including the external hard drive? <input id="39f7f89d-082d-4e34-8bd3-a03da4f8d21c_attachments" type="hidden" value=""





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Hi. could you advise. i have portege M500 with 80GB HDD.
Is it upgradeable to 320GB SATA? thanks.

Answer:Portege M500 - 320GB Hard Drive Upgradeable


Since the SATA controller has not real HDD size limitation I would say that this is possible.
As far as I know the notebook supports the 2.5 (S-ATA) (ATA-6) 5,400 rpm. 9.5mm HDDs
You can also use HDDs with various speeds.

That should be ok.

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I am having some problems with my Western Digital 320gb hard drive. When i load up the pc, windows starts and the desktop loads up etc. I then go into "My Computer" and the drive is present, i can access it and brouse through files. But it disapears from 1 minute to 20 minutes after complete load up. I currently have 2 hard drives in the pc, a 40gb master (containing windows) and a 120gb slave (containing programs and media). I attached the 320gb onto my other IDE cable and set it as master and connected it to the end IDE connector. I did this just so that i can transfer all my files on my 120gb over to my 320gb.

Does anyone know why the drive is simply disapearing without warning?

If you need any further information please let me know and i will help as much as i can.

Many Thanks,
Andy Gray

Answer:Problem with my 320gb Western Digital Hard Drive

That should work, humm with the hdd as the master I assume you are setting the jumpers on the cd/dvd drive as the slave? If so try making the cd/dvd drive the master. Some burners are picky they have to be the master and the third hdd as the slave. Just because it is the slave you still should be able to transfer files to it with no problems.

Edit - something else to consider maybe the PSU can't handle the load and is crapping out.

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I have bought the above drive to use on my Vista Operating System. When the Seagate is connected and the PC is powered up, 'eventually' (about 10 minutes)Windows Explorer appears. In the list of drives the Seagate is listed but inaccessable.If I power up the Seagate after booting the PC it does not recognise the drive at all. As it is a USB connection I assume that no drivers are required, and none listed on the Seagate web site.Any help would be appreciated. Dave

Answer:Seagate 320GB External Hard Drive on Vista

Go to My Computer and right click it, then choose Manage then Manage Hard Drives. It should be listed there

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I would like to upgrade my Y410 hard drive from 160GB to 320GB drive. Does the BIOS support this size of hard drive?  I plan to clone the existing drive to the new drive using a cloning software EZ Gig II) which supports cloning to a larger drive. I don't plan on recovering the one key recovery partitiion as it does not work with a different partition size.  Thanks.

Answer:3000 Y410 Can I upgrade my hard drive to 320GB?

 Well, yes. You can even use 500GB drive if you find one that is SATA 2,5" formfactor and 9,5 mm height.

//help will save the world

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I need to copy an 80Gb Windows 98 hard drive, using something like Ghost. It is formatted into a number of partitions, which also need to be copied. Can this all be done in one fell swoop, or do you have to do each partition separately? The other problem is that my Windows 98 FDisk does not recognise the full 80Gb, which makes it a little difficult to format... Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Copying data from 80Gb Hard Drive with partitions.

The Fdisk prob I think is down 2 the fact that win98 will only regonise hd below a certain limit which 80gig is well past. Try using a separate tool like partion magic.

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I have a hotswap caddy in my Vista Dell PC and need a new hard drive to use in it.
So far I have only used 1 TB drives with it.
Is the physical size of a 3Tb drive the same as 1Tb or Tb drives, and will it go into the caddy?
Will a Dell XPS 435MT (i7 920)with Bios 1.1.2 running 64bit Vista SP2 OS be OK with a 3TB drive?
sorry, I can't find how old the PC is : maybe 3 years?
Thank you!.

Answer:3TB internal hard drive in a hot swap drive caddy?

Yes it is and yes they will.

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I do vertical systems integration and am getting more and more requests for W7.
I have a drive tray used as the boot drive and I want to be able to swap out the boot drive in order to change OS's and Options. I don't trust multi boot installs, they get in each others way, and sometimes I need Linux in various distros. All the data i may need "across platforms" is on FAT32 partitions.

On my XP machine I have 4 HD that have XP installed with different software sets and options, and 2 with Linux. I just power down, swap the HD and power on again.

I already made a W7 System Image and Recovery disk.

Is this doable in W7?

Next is to figure out how to lock down the BIOS so it doesn't keep changing my boot options!

My HD list is
Drive 2
Data files D: FAT32
Downloaded files E: FAT32

Answer:Hard drive tray used to swap W7 boot drive?

Hello randyrls, welcome to Seven Forums!

This would be a whole lot easier, no swapping HDDs around, you don't even have to power-down, just reboot.


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer – F12
Packard Bell
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Gigabyte – F12
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12

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so basically, found a random desktop outside the dumpster i guess someone was getting rid of, and i was like, eh, looks pretty new, lemme take it in and check it out. only thing missing was the front piece and the hdd,everything else was in tact. so i figured lemme take the hdd out of my crappy computer i use and try to hook it up to the "new" one. well my old one has an ide setup, and this one is a sata hookup. i unplugged the ide cable and power from the cd/dvd drive in the new machine, set my ide hdd to master, and plugged it into the emachine. i booted everything up, and it came to the boot menu to choose, safe mode, safe mode with networking, normal, ect.. so i choose normal, emachine logo pops up, starts loading, i see hit f2 or f10 in the bottom right hand corner, the usual, but then it just goes back to the boot menu asking for safe mode, normal, ect... i went into the bios and i see it recognizes my hdd and everything else looks normal.

anyone have any idea why it wont boot up. im on my old pc now. i just popped the hdd back in and booted on up no problem. also, just to put it out there, i do have a few external hdd's i could possibly use as an internal hdd i think.

old pc is a dell with ide hdd
new pc is an emachine t3604 with sata hdd hookup
i already tried to boot into safe mode, safe mode with networking, and last working configuration, but it always takes me back to the boot menu. this is with the old hdd in the "new" emachine.
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Answer:dell ide hard drive in emachine t3604 sata. wont load past boot menu

You can not boot off a HDD between systems. Windows gets confused, as all it's hardware settings are now all different. You have to do a fresh install.

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so basically, found a random desktop outside the dumpster i guess someone was getting rid of, and i was like, eh, looks pretty new, lemme take it in and check it out. only thing missing was the front piece and the hdd,everything else was in tact. so i figured lemme take the hdd out of my crappy computer i use and try to hook it up to the "new" one. well my old one has an ide setup, and this one is a sata hookup. i unplugged the ide cable and power from the cd/dvd drive in the new machine, set my ide hdd to master, and plugged it into the emachine. i booted everything up, and it came to the boot menu to choose, safe mode, safe mode with networking, normal, ect.. so i choose normal, emachine logo pops up, starts loading, i see hit f2 or f10 in the bottom right hand corner, the usual, but then it just goes back to the boot menu asking for safe mode, normal, ect... i went into the bios and i see it recognizes my hdd and everything else looks normal.

anyone have any idea why it wont boot up. im on my old pc now. i just popped the hdd back in and booted on up no problem. also, just to put it out there, i do have a few external hdd's i could possibly use as an internal hdd i think.

old pc is a dell with ide hdd
new pc is an emachine t3604 with sata hdd hookup
i already tried to boot into safe mode, safe mode with networking, and last working configuration, but it always takes me back to the boot menu. this is with the old hdd in the "new" emachine.
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Answer:dell ide hard drive in emachine t3604 sata. wont load past boot menu

and welcome to the Forum

You cannot move a drive with XP to another machine without reinstalling ( or a repair install if you are lucky )

Look at the capacitors on the eMachines . . they were hit hard with the bad capacitor plague

To test the machine ability to boot, try booting from a installation cd

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I have a 320GB I/O Magic external hard drive that I copied all my data to for moving to my new Windows 7 machine (which I just purchased today). Only problem is the new machine is either not recognizing the drive or it's not working with Windows 7. At first it showed as the I drive but when I clicked on it to access my files it just clocked and clocked and My Computer eventually stopped responding. Then it didn't show up as a drive at all. Then it was there again, and so on. Been playing with it all day with no success.

Drive has been plugged into an XP Home machine and there are several applications installed on it because the hard drive on my old machine was full.

Any suggestions?

Answer:I/O Magic 320GB External Hard Drive Not Working/Recognized

Are you using a powered adapter for your drive or depending on the USB connection to supply the power? If you are depending on the USB it may be due to too much power already being used and not enough to power it sufficiently for the drive to work correctly, if powered by its own adapter check it on another USB port known to be working, these are what I would try if this was something I was needing to troubleshoot on a system I owned or was working on, good luck.

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My Seagate 320GB External Hard Drive makes a funny whirling noise whenever I plug it into the USB port. The whirling noise is interrupted by an occasion "beep." My computer doesn't recognize that anything has been plugged in. When I went to "Computer Management" and checked under "Disk Management," I'm being shown two additional drives (beyond the C: and D: drives) that are not labeled.

The first one has the following details: FAT file system and Healthy (EISA Configuration) status. When I right-click that drive, it only gives me the option of "Help." I'm pretty sure that's not the Seagate drive but I have no idea what it is.

The second one has the following details: FAT32 file system and Healthy (Unknown Partition) status. When I right-click that drive, all the options expect for "Delete Partition..." and "Help" are unavailable. This is more than likely the Seagate drive.

Is there anything I can go to recover my files off the external drive? Programs, services, anything at all!

Answer:Seagate 320GB External Hard Drive: Dead or Salvageable?

It sounds like what is happening is that the HDD is spinning up then giving an error (stopping an beeping). I've had it happen before. The best advice I can give you is to try it until It spins up and then get your data off asap. Also, did you make the drive yourself (buy internal HDD/external case) or is it 'store bought' ?

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Is there a way to delete the computer hard drive clone on the external hard drive and recover the files that were lost?  I want my full external storage capacity back and, if possible, the files.  Thanks.  I'm running XP Home.

Answer:Disc Copy 2.3 ate up all my external hard drive-- from 320GB to 37GB now!

No idea what you are talking about. How about starting at the beginning and telling us the whole story?

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I've installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and my external hard drive (usb powered, 320gb freeagent seagate go) does not show up in my computer.

I've tried switching usb ports, nothing happens.
I've run the troubleshooter (control panel- troubleshooting) but it says that hardware changes might not have been detected. I tried restarting, but the problem still remains.

It detects in Windows xp on the same computer (dual boot).
It also shows up in partition magic installed on Windows 7.

I've attached a screenshot of the two:

Screenshot in xp:

Thanks in advance

Answer:Unable to detect external hard drive (seagate 320gb)

Assign a drive letter to it - in disk management you right click it and select assign drive letter - not sure with what your using. If if that doesnt work put up your system specs in detail and a screen shot of disk management.

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The portable hard drive works on my XP, Vista, 7, and 8. When I try to access it all I get is working on it. It did open once but wouldn't open all my files. There is still over 290 GB of space avalible.

Answer:Why does my Iomega HDD 320GB external hard drive not work on my windows 10?

Could be lots of things. What format is the drive in (FAT32, NTFS, other etc). If you are able to connect to an OS on an older OS, it may well be worth backing them up on that, then format on the Win10 PC then look at copying the files back. Sounds drastic, but that's something I would consider.

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I could use some help with reformating my 500gm hard drive after installing new 80gm mSata SSD. I want to eliminate the factory pations so it shows up as 1 drive that I can use to store files and run games from. I tried to do a reformat but it still shows the drive formated into 2 drives one being empty and the other having about 199mb taken up.Thanks for any help you can give me.


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Answer:How to reformat hard drive after installing 80gb intel mSata

hey, I can help you with this since I've done it before.  first thing you will need to do is burn a recovery disc, use onekey recovery that comes pre-installed on you're lenovo, you will find there is an option to burn a factory reset recovery disc.  make sure you back up anything important on you're hard drive like music, pictures, etc. there should be a folder named lenovo under C:, in it you will find a folder named drivers and a folder named applications, burn them on a cd, you will need  to install them on you're computer once you have re-installed windows.  if you have a copy of windows on a cd, put it in you're disc drive, restart windows, press f12, select boot from cd. delete you're old partitions and create a new one or however many you need, re-install windows on whichever partition you like (maybe you want it on the SSD so it boots up faster? I dunno).  you can get windows from the microsoft web-page and burn it on a cd if you don't yet have a cd. use the windows product key on the bottom of you're laptop to activate it.  don't forget to re-install drivers from the lenovo drivers and application backup cd you made! otherwise, you're computer will not run correctly. You can decide whether you want to install the applications again, but drivers need to be installed. drivers are also available on lenovo support under drivers. edit: if you have already done this, remember that windows creates a part... Read more

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I've had my system for over a year and a half now:

Vista Ultimate 32bit
Intel Q6660
3Gb ram
Nforce 780i motherboard
1x DVDrom
3x Seagate 320Gb harddrives

I've had some strange trouble regarding one of my 320Gb HDD's It goes missing in Vista.

When I start my system up, I watch the monitor. And see the DVDrom and all 3 HDD's register in Bios. But once Vista has loaded, theres only the DVDrom and 2 HDD's.

When I first purchased the system I had all three drive's acting as one 640Gb drive in a RAID config. I since had that taken down. So they should be working as 3 separate drives.

I didn't have a problem with them til about December 08, when one dissappeared under Vista. I didn't concern myself about it at the time, figuring it was a Vista issue that they would rectify in their own time.

About 3months ago. There was a breakthough, I think a Vista update sorted it out.

Until about a month ago I had all three Drives working. I think another Update went through. And now I'm back to 2 HDD's.

Everytime I restart my system. I always see all 3 HDD's recognized under BIOS. But once Vista loads. I only have the 2.

When I look in control Panel/ Administrative Tools/ Computer Management/ Storage/ Disk Management everything comes up as primary partition(in blue), and nothing as Unallocated(black)

Is there any reason I should look at motherboard drivers? Current drivers are nforce 15.23
Motherboard is 780i

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Answer:Hard-drive Vista Ulimate 32bit Seagate 320Gb Missing

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The Background :
I built my new P4(3GHz) System in Dec 04. I used the same old 80Gb HDD

I got KTs in Second Yr Engineering which resulted in, me facing my Dad's
real bad temper. The worst thing was that he spent all his anger on my
beautiful System.

Now all I'm left with is a broken cabinet, Cracked MB, non-working FX5700
Ultra, a P3(700mhz) system and a hurt soul.

The Problem :
Apparantly the HDD survived all that (although the plastic around the bus
attachment area was a little broken)

It was working fine. But now after taking a 4 weeks gap to cool things down
WinXp just showed the Partitions for about a Min and it showed no more.
The Bios & XP Device manager shows the HDD, U can feel it working, but it
doesn't display the Partitions.

Please anyone help me! All my VB, Java, C, Photoshop & Flash Projects are
still in it.

Thank You

Answer:Samsung 80GB Hard Disk's weird Problem

first, move it to another box w/o all the trama, then run some diags to verify
the sanity of the media.

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I had to swap out the hard drive from my laptop. My last one is still functional and has Vista on it. Can I boot from it and use as if it were still inside the machine?

I tried holding down F12 and booting from External USB device and got a quick flash of a blue screen, then it booted as usual from the internal drive.

Any ideas? Does the drive HAVE to be internal to boot from?

Answer:Hard drive swap - Can I boot from last drive?

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Possible to swap out the dvd drive with a second hard drive?  Would I need some type of ultrabay adapter to make it work.  I have the new L series L420 notebook. 

Answer:Swap DVD drive with hard drive - L-series

Hi mac1133,i'm not too sure about that, probably you can get in contact with our technical team via the number listed in the link below : -

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I have a Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop and am looking into replacing the existing hard drive with a larger one. I would like to use the old one in an enclosure as an external drive for storage. Does anybody know what size enclosure I would need to get? I see they come in 2.5", 3.5", and 5.5" sizes. Thanks for your time.

Answer:Enclosure for my 27R2302 27R2303 80GB HDD 5400RPM HITACHI hard drive

You need a 2.5" enclosure. Now just be sure if you need either for a PATA or SATA hard drive. Is your hard drive connected to your laptop with a bunch of pins? If yes, that is PATA. If not, that is SATA.

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I have the 80GB primary SSHD with my operating system Vista 64, and a second 250GB (5400rpm)  HDD in the second spot, I also have a new 200GB (7200rpm) available. neither second drive is formatted yet.I would like to extend the SSHD with one of the drives.Will windows (and most installed programs) continue to run quickly since it is installed on the fast SSHD?will the RPM difference of the second drive affect performance much?Please let me know if you have any experience with extending solid state drives? 

Answer:dual hard drive on W700 primary 80GB SSHD and extending to another?

I think you're not getting any replies because of the word 'extended'.  the only way I know of to 'extend' is to set up RAID across drives, and I don't think that's what you mean.. I don't believe there is a way to merge multiple drives under the same drive letter. So you would have 3 seperate drives/volumes/drive letters at a minimum, I believe. Good to have the boot stuff on the SSD, and programes as well, while storing backups or bulk data on the HDDs. I have the 128G Samsung SSD, and while it definitely isn't slow, it ain't a hell of a lot faster than an HDD so far.. mine has SSD only at this point.

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I have an e machine that need a new hard drive. would this work? I don't know what else to say about 9it, so i'll let you ask questions.

Answer:would a 80GB Western Digital Maxtor Hard drive 7200 RPM 40 GB work for me?

Umm. I really can't understand what is the "this" you are asking about. So, are you planning to replace a 40 Gd HD with a 80 GB HD? Please post the model of your emachine.

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I recently purchased an Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive and was working fine when i first got it. Now, a week later i am unable to access the hard drive on multiple computers. It is detected as being plugged in and windows goes through the found new hardware when its plugged in but i cannot access it. Could someone possibly help me with this?

Answer:Solved: Help with Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive (unable to access)

See if it is visible in Disk Management and what it says about it.

How did you partition the drive? If you didn't, it should be done by you and not rely on the bad job done by manufacturers.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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Hello there, i just installed a  ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter P/N 40Y8725 in my ThinkPad R61.I intended using a Samsung Hard Disk HM500LI. The Disk is being recognized by the Windows Visa System but not shown on my  Ressoures. I cant use the Disk.Is it possible that the 3,0GB/s Samsung drive is not compatible to the 1,5GB/s Adapter?Can someone recommed a good silent drive working in this adapter? This Drive seems to be quite loud even, when it doesnt work yet. Thank you for your help. Best regards,TN

Answer:Which SATA Hard Disk to use in ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter

The R61 can use SATA2 hdd but only at SATA1 speed of 1.5 gb/s........ you got to format the hdd first before you can use it.  

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