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250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Question: 250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

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Preferred Solution: 250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: 250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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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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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated.

Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567

Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much


Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,


Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found Towards the end of the page is this image;

Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive


It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.


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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here:

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here:

Thanks so much,

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer



Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?


Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful...**

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.

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I was wondering if LANParty UT NF3 250Gb Motherboard is good for gaming or other usage. How reliable is this motherboard ?

Thank you

Answer:LANParty UT NF3 250Gb MoBo

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I'm looking for a motherboard around or less than $90. My choices are the Abit NF8 and the DFI LanParty UT nForce3... The DFI is older, but costs more and seems to be very favorable. The Abit NF8 is cheaper, but newer, and seems to outperform the DFI just a tiny bit according to the reviews. Both have what I want: onboard everything (LAN, FireWire, USB, sound) Which one do you recommend? Thanks.

Answer:Best AMD socket 754, nForce3 250gb mobo?

I would go with the Abit board, great boards-lots of o/c features

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I have the gigabit LAN port plugged into my switch (EZXS55W) which is also normally plugged into my Laptop on another port. After desktop pops up, it loads NVmix and my Wireless Software, then pauses for a long time considering.....

until LAN connection comes up, ITE SmartGaurdian, & Security Shield, pops up.

Is there a setting to bypass DHCP resolution on startup?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:A64 nF3 250Gb (mobo): Why does XP pause until Linksys Switch gives IP?

Set the IP manually

If you had a router, it'd assign the IP while XP is booting up, but since your using a switch, XP has to assign itself an IP address.

Just assign an IP manually to the laptop and another to the desktop

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So yeah, i have a Lanparty UT nF3 250GB Mobo. Not 100% on what goes goes where. Unable to locate a users manual online. The wires are as follows:

4pin white / open / black / red with the same 4pin connection on the other side

(Qty. 2) 4pin red VCC / white USB2- / green USB2+ / black GND with a separate 1pin GND

2pin red / white -> H.D.D. LED

2pin orange / white -> POWER SW

2pin blue / white -> RESET SW

Welcome to how to wire your mobo 101. Really need some help figuring out where these go. Thx

Answer:Need help with wiring Lanparty UT NF3 250gb mobo, lost manual

Try this

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Can anyone tell me how to set up up raid on a8n-sli premium mobo...socket 939 amd 4000 with2 x wd 250gb hdds

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Hi. I'm making a gaming PC and I have a budget of about 273 dollars. I have a Hard Drive with Windows 7 installed. I heard that you should re install windows if you put it in another system. However, the disk I used to install it was thrown out. How do I reuse this drive?Thanks!

Answer:Old hard drive, new mobo?

Well, you still need to reinstall Windows - Do you not have the licence key/sticker for the installed copy of WIndows?  If you can do you can try and borrow another disc with the same edition of Windows on it and use your key with it.  However, if the licence came on a prebuilt PC (i.e.  a sticker on the PC case) and not in a full retail box, it cannot legally be transferred to a new machine.Also, unfortunately $273 is nowhere near enough to build a gaming PC.

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OK I have an Intel celeron 1.10Ghz CPU, and a intel 810 chipset
mobo. And my mobo is not working right, the cpu fan and the case fan dont work. So I want to buy a new mobo and cpu.
(Iam running winxp) Iam getting a P4 2.40Ghz cpu and a VIA P4X266e board, will I have problems running the new board and
cpu on my old hard drive with winXP?

Answer:New mobo old hard drive

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G'day all

Can a Hard drive be to old for a Mobo??

I have a Asus Azv333 motherboard and i am trying to shift a hard drive from an old computer to this setup. Nothing happens no post no nothing?? Its the only drive in this system so i though i could just move this over and it would keep working on the newer system.....nope!!! The Hard drive is a Samsung 30gb from about 3 years ago.

Thanks in advance for any advice

Answer:Hard drive to old for Mobo???

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Question: mobo/hard drive

so im building a computer.
i alreadly have a ide 40 gig hard drive and this motherboard im looking at has ultra ata and i dont know if these are compatible.

Answer:mobo/hard drive

i think it should be compatable

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i've got a chance 2 get a new mobo and cpu (pentium 4 board and cpu) but i dont really wanna have to format my system, i am currently using a foxconn mobo and a AMD Sempron 2600+ cpu. Now i have got new mobos before but have always formated the drive and backed all ma stuff onto a spare HD. Which was cool cause ma HD was usually f***ed anyways. But for the first time it isnt and everything is hte way i want it. If i put the new mobo and cpu in and wire up my existing hard drive as it is will it still work? or will it conflict with hte old settings and casue me to format?


Answer:New mobo and CPU with old Hard Drive

No, it won't work.
You will have to start from scratch and reinstall the whole lot.
Unless you are daring enough and try one of these:

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I came back from vacation and computer was off and upon start up was Super slow. We may have had a storm with brief outage while gone. Anyway, was able to do a clean install of Win 7 and no difference. I've been able to do safe boot with command prompt and both dskchk and memory test are ok, no errors. When I run these tests and even part of Windows startup the speed seems about normal, but when I try to do anything post launch in Windows it's slow for everything. My question, basically, is it likely a HDD, MOBO, CPU, PS issue? I figured next step would be try a new HDD....
I'm using an off the shelf Gateway SX2311.

Answer:Hard drive or Mobo?

I would recommend reading this stickied thread first and foremost, before trying to determine if there are actually errors.

A new install of Win 7 can oftentimes be slowed by the updating process. If this still doesn't work properly after all updates are installed, my guess would be a HDD issue. Although it's not always the case, issues with the motherboard and CPU tend to be binary, i.e. they either work or they don't. PSUs can cause some weird issues in the lead-up to a failure, but general slowness doesn't usually manifest from a failing PSU.

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iv been at this for days and i desperately need help. here is the story:

this computer sat in a room for just a few weeks after being used regularly without any issues what so ever. i moved it to another room to be used as the family computer as I got a new one, and we then got a blue screen maybe every 3/4 times after the windows loading screen. the error was usually 8E. but every once in a while it would boot just fine. so we got sick of it and i did some reformatting. didn't work. i popped it open to find the video card loose. so i fixed that and it didnt happen for a while. now its back. this time it would flash the blue screen for a split second BEFORE the windows screen and then reboot. the error was 7B. that error plus the dell diagnostic lights told me it was probably a hard drive problem. so iv tried 3 different drives. some blank, some with an OS. nothing. it then started giving me error 4E. now, bios nor windows install will even recognize any of the 3 drives. absolutely NO hardware changes short of keyboard/mouse and using single monitor as opposed to 2 (current monitor was one of the dual monitors).

iv tried:

different ram
3 different IDE cables
resetting CMOS
connecting nothing but video card and hard drive
3 different hard drives (2 WD, 1 maxtor, 1 blank, 2 with windows XP)
using different plugs from power supply

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Answer:BSOD - hard drive? mobo? help please

idk why my edit made a new post...sorry.

i tried reformatting the external drive and it says it cant access the partition.

would an ide to sata adapter work if the ide slot is dead? the mobo has sata slots.

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Hi guys......just switched everything into a new case. The mobo and hard drive have never met...........I want to get win xp to work with the new setup WITHOUT re-formating.........I know there are steps by booting off of a win xp disk (which i have) to repair...............but i just don't remember them...............could use some help with this, and I know I'm in the right place..........Thank you in advance for all replies............"K"........( windows xp is already on this drive)

Answer:Need to introduce another mobo to hard drive

Just boot into Safe Mode and reboot in Normal Mode. Windows will take care of detecting then new mobo. No need to reinstall XP. If you haver a driver CD that comes wih the move, install it.

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I'm swapping a new mobo for an old, burned-out one, and I'm trying to salvage the data on the HDD.

The HDD is PATA, formatted to Windows XP.

The mobos are different models, but both Slot 478; I swapped the CPU over.

All components are connected and work fine.

Oh, and it's a tower.

Problem is, I've got the manufacturer's (emachines) restore disk, and it doesn't offer me a repair option when I start up--so I will lose all the data once I hit enter.

I don't have another XP machine, but I have one that runs on ME. I MIGHT have a friend who has an XP desktop/tower, but I have no idea if that will help.

Is there a way to back the HDD up through my ME system? If not, what's the easiest way to get this done?

Answer:New mobo, hard drive back-up

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Could somebody tell me whenever I try to upgrade my mobo, the comp will get to the loading screen then shut off?

Note that I am using a hard drive from a different computer when installing the new mobo..

Can anyone tell me the correct procedure on how to do this?

My step-dad (a comp wiz more or less) couldn't figure this one out.

Answer:Installing new MOBO with old hard drive..

If the hard drive came from another pc, and you are trying to use the same windows, your chances arent good, most likely you will have to reinstall windows. ed

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Hi guys, my first post here. Hopefully someone can guide me through some trouble shooting.

In the middle of copying some files, I got a "this program has performed an illegal operation.... bla, bla, bla". when I pushed "OK" it went into a full reboot, only it never started back up. Upon start, nothing happens. I've got power (fans running) but I never get a starting beep or any beep codes. I get no power lights on my cd and dvd drives and can't open the drawers. I have no cursor and can't even access my bios setup page. The hard drive activity light stays on constantly. I've tried reseating the hard drive cables, no go.

I've had hard drive failures before, but i've always been able to access my bios page, so I suspect a mobo failure? Any ideas where to start trouble shooting?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:MoBo or Hard Drive failure?

The first place to start is to unplug all of the IDE cables from the systemboard. You may have to wait for an error timeout; but, you ought to be able to access the BIOS. If you still can't, unplug the AC cord, remove the CMOS battery, wait 20 minutes, and try again.
If that still doesn't get anywhere, post back and I'll walk you through the next steps.
If it does, put back the IDE devices one at a time (and I would reconnect the "C" drive last)

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Help, my mobo won't detect a new hard drive i'm trying to install (as master). The hard drive is a Maxtor Fireball 3, i'm not sure what the mobo is but it's for the Celeron 1.3Ghz (tualatin core) processor.

I know the hard drive is fine. I tried it on my other computer and it worked perfectly.

My motherboard detects the floppy drive and cd-rom, but not the hard drive.

The jumpers on the hard drive are correct. Set to master.

The cables are working I tried and tested them.

I don't know what to do. Any help is appreciated thanks.

Answer:Mobo won't detect hard drive

there are a number of possibilities:
maybe your IDE controller is not working
maybe you are using an 80 pin drive and your motheroard only suppports 40 pin

does the computer work with other hard drives?

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Hi all,

Let me start my saying that all these problems started just after I installed Diskeeper Pro ver.8. I'm not sure if it's coincidence or not....

This is what I have: Comaq EVO: P4/1.8Ghz, dual HDD, 768 MB RAM, nVidia GF4 Ti-4200, CD-RW, and DVD ROM. Win XP Pro

My system keeps locking up during large file transfers. At first, I thought it was my secondary drive but now I think it's my main HDD, but I'm not sure.

Every time I copy large amounts of files TO my C: drive FROM any source (second HDD, laptop on network, cd ROM) the system locks up completely and the HDD light drive stays on all the time. Even if I copy large blocks of files WITHIN the C: drive, the system locks up.

I can copy files FROM the C: drive to other drives and to my laptop on the network with no problem and no lockups, but I can't copy TO the C: drive.

I'm leaning towards the hard drive as the problem, but I wonder if it could be the mobo or even the operating system. Any ideas? Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive, Mobo, or OS going bad? Help me decide!

if diskkeeper is still installed after the restore I reccomend uninstalling it and see if it still has probs

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i need to install my current hard drive on a new board/processor. Is it possible without losing my data on the hard drive?

Answer:Solved: Use Old Hard Drive W/new Mobo?

Yes, here's how:

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I'm replacing my old computer with a new one, but using the same hard drives (2 Seagate Barracudas in mirror array). What I want to do is keep the operating system (WinXP Home), all the programs etc, files, pictures etc and just drop the hard drives into the new system (without wiping the hard drives).

Is there a problem with simply assembling the hardware as is, booting up, then uninstalling the old mobo driver and reinstalling the new one?

What's the right way to go about this? I'm totally confused and want to protect my investment in pictures, files, programs etc.

Answer:How to implement new mobo/CPU with same hard drive(s) ??

dude i think i have that problem. i bought a new mobo, CPU and RAM and want to keep all the old stuff and now i'm having problems getting windows to load up.

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Okay, where to begin...
I just aquired a new 80 gig WD sata hd that i wanted to install on my old mobo listed below,im trying to use a sata to ide converter that i purchased from newegg @

Anyway, the problem is there are some jumpers labled jp1, jp2, jp3, and pdiag.
on the sata to ide converter

I have no idea what these are.

thx, mecroneo AKA jon

Answer:new stata hard drive and old ide mobo...

I read some reviews on that converter and many many people had trouble getting them to work. What you should get is one of these. SATA Add-in Card

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I want to use a ide hard drive on a sata motherboard.I know I'll need somesort of adapter in order to be able to do this.My local computer shop quoted me a price of £25 but I have found this one click here which is half that price. Could anybody tell me if this is the right adaptor for what I what to do.

Answer:using a ide hard drive on a sata mobo

Forget the Sata Sockets, You can get this to plug EIDE ata drives into click hereit fits into a PCI slot

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Hi, I am assembling a new PC with the following material:

Processor: AMD Sempron 2600+
Mobo: Asus K8S-MX
Mem: 512 Mb
Hard Drive: Hitachi IDE 80Gb
Optical Drive: Samsung CDRW

The motherboard seems to detect the HD in the bios, but when i start to install Win XP, after pressing the ENTER key to proceed with installation, the computer hangs on. I tried to install Windows in this disk using another computer and when i installed the HD in this one again i had an blue screen with that said something about an HD configuration error.
Don't know what to do now, i'm thinking to change the IDE HD by a SATA one.

Answer:Mobo K8S-MX: Hard drive not detected when installing Win XP.

Welcome to TechSpot

It does sound like you are having HDD trouble.
I recommend tryin a disk util from Hitachi.
You might wanna try putting Hdd in another
system and do a low level format (writing zero's).
it may be able to find & lock out any bad sectors
on the drive.
I'm runnin a WD 80g Sata drive as my primary
drive and it works great!
Though make sure you have SATA drivers
(for your MoBo) on a floppy, when you
first boot from cdrom to install windows
right away you'll be asked to press f6
to load third party scsi drivers. then follow
instructions on screen.

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Tommorow is black friday and im going to buy a new motherboard for my PC. I know that i have to do a clean install of windows xp (meaning i loose all of my data right?), so i was thinking of buying a new hard drive. My question is, i have alot of programs in my old hard drive (the one i'll be using as a slave), will i be able to use them? For example, I have the latest mcaffee, will i have to reinstall that in my new HD so that it can protect my computer? or will everythin be fine the way they are?

Will it be ok for me to buy an external HD and use that as a master?
Would you reccomend it?

What do you recommend me doing? I.e buy a new hd, clean install, etc.


Answer:I need a fast reply (mobo and hard drive)

When you reinstall windows you dont lose any files because they are saved up in your HD... so if you use the old as a slave and use a better one for master then you can just file transfer them to each other,

Also... I personaly think Mcaffee sucks =P

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Hello again, enlightened ones,

I have decided to build a computer for my sons room, so he can play his Cars games on it and not take up precious time on my computer...that's for ME to play on!

Anyway, I bought an Asus K8V-SE Deluxe Socket 754 motherboard to go with an Athlon 64 3300+ cpu I had laying around looking for a home. I purchased everything off of Ebay, except for the cpu which was purchased from Tigerdirect. I installed everything just like I did when I built my personal computer and fired it up. It starts to boot up, then says that no HDD is found. I have a Seagate SATA 300gb drive installed, and have even tried another drive with no luck. I didn't get a drivers utility cd with the mobo, but can download them from the Asus site (only problem is I don't have a floppy on my computer, and cd didn't seem to work). I am still rather new at this, and don't want to poke around too much in the BIOS in fear of trashing something! I also don't know about RAID settings, so if you could fill me in on that, it might be helpful in finding the cause (I have an Asus cd/dvd drive that is SATA, and another dvd burner that is IDE....the SATA drive doesn't seem to be recognized in the BIOS either).

You guys are usually my first stop when something goes haven't let me down yet! Thanks for any help. If you need any other info, just let me know! Thanks again!

Answer:New Mobo not recognizing SATA hard drive?

Was the other drive you tried with this new build also a SATA drive? If so, two possible (but fixable) problems occur to me. What sort of cables (and how many) are plugged into the SATA drive? On most SATA drives (just as with IDE drives) there are two cables -- a data cable (with a narrower plug) and a power cable (with a bit wider plug than the data cable). But SATA hard drives, I think, typically come with only the data cable included in the box. You'll have to find an unused power cable from the power supply to plug into the SATA drive to power it up. If your power supply doesn't have any SATA power connectors there are adapters, I believe, that will allow you to mate the old 4 pin power connectors (like you'd plug into an IDE drive) with your SATA drive.

If you have connected the SATA drive with both a power and a data cable, then the likely problem is in your motherboard BIOS. You'll have to find the setting(s) in the BIOS that must be turned on in order to activate the motherboard's SATA features. You did check that this motherboard supports SATA drives before you purchased it, didn't you? Given that, I think, socket 754 processors are getting a bit long in tooth (and no longer in production are they?) I wonder if your motherboard does provide SATA support? Double check that if you're not certain.

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i've got a GIGABYTE GA-73PVM-S2H mobo i've got all the power connected and that works fine however there only one socket for the optical and hard drive i know ones got to be master and the other slave but how do i do this? i know i've got to do something with the jumpers but how do i do this i'm completley loss on this bit

Answer:connecting optical and hard drive to mobo

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I have had my PC Built and Oporational for about a year now. Up untill maybe 3 months quit working all together. It would give me beep codes and show nothing. I fixed this by taking everything out and putting everything back in, just in Reverse Order. Now that the computer comes on, It goes through all its prep, then as soon as its about to start Windows XP, it gives me a message saying that windows did not shut down sucessfully last time and that to save my data, I have to do one of 5 things. Safe mode, Safe mode with networking, Safe mode with command Prompt, Last known Good Config, or Start Windows Normally. When I select Start Windows Normally or Last Known Good config, It Goes to the Windows XP Loading Screen. After about 20 seconds on this screen, the Blue Screen of Death Flashes then the pc restarts itself. If I Select The other three options...Text of System files flood my screen, then it stays there for about 20 seconds, the restarts itself.

Something Tells me its Corrupted Windows Xp Files, So I decided to Reformat. However...My Computer has a mind of its own and it decided that i does not want to reformat. I'll Explain. :dead:

I place my Windows Xp start up disk into my CD Rom and boot it from the CD. When it does its "thing", It tells me to Install Xp, Fix XP, or Quit. Whenever I try to Fix XP or just plain Install it...It tells me my Hard drive is not installed. This is incorrect, because How could the pc start windows up... Read more

Answer:Hard drive/MoBo Issues? You Be the Judge.

Go into the BIOS and have it manually detect the hard drive. Also change the IDE cable and make sure the power connector is in firmly or try a different one.
Go to Seagates website and download their diagnostic tools. You may also try going back to the older motherboard BIOS. Once when I upgraded mine all the PCI slots stopped working.

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Hi there,
My first post here so excuse me if I seem stupid! (Most likely)
My brother-in-law has a PC built by Evesham Micro in the UK and it had an 80Gb hard drive installed as new. This has just failed (although the PC is now out of guarantee) and I had previously installed a secondary drive for him (250Gb) so the plan was to remove the 80Gb drive and just have the one 250Gb drive at least for the time being. All went well until I came to re-install windows XP (via the Evesham Recovery CD) and I noticed that on the partition format section it only recognised approx 130Gb of space. I checked the Bios and it hadn't recognised the drive correctly so I checked for newer Bios version and found version 1011 (original being 1006). I have flashed the Bios today and again that seems ok, it now recognises 250Gb BUT the windows installer still wants to format 130Gb only.
So my question is, has anyone come across this before?

The board is an ASUS A7V-266E (rev 1.07) and the drive is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 250Gb U133

Any help very much appreciated, I don't have much hair left anyway and can't really afford to pull any more out!!!


Answer:ASUS mobo and Hard-drive problem.

Most likely the version of XP on the Manufacturer's restore disk is pre SerPack 1 is needed to natively see that big HDD. Check the info here and you can work around to get upgraded

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Friend asked me to fix his ADVENT 3316 which wouldnt start.Easy peasy I thinks ... new PSU.. no joy .. sometimes the cpu fan spins for about 4 seconds then nothing else happens. I ASSUME the mobo is terminal.(mibbe someone can enlighten me on that given whats happening above).However,if it is the mobo,I can get one on Ebay fairly cheap. My real question is,when I fit the existing hard drive into the "new" mobo,will it boot to the XP HOME which is already on it,or is there some jiggery pokery I need to do. Thanks in anticipation

Answer:replacing mobo will hard drive with XP boot up

If it's an identical mobo you may get away with it. Failing that, a repair of Win XP may be sufficient. If that doesn't work you're looking at reinstalling the OS, in which case it would be worth hooking up the HDD to another pc to retrieve any data / files / photos etc first.

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so since today my pc wont boot.
My main hard drive, 500gb 70.11 seagate , with has the MBR (boot sector) didnt boot.
i guess it died since it didnt appear anymore on BIOS. im sure its getting powered and i guess spinning, i felt it.
I have a 1tb samsung F3 , with a clean windows 7 install and i thought i could just fix that by adding a boot sector to this other drive.

The thing is that i cant repair the windows installation on the F3 samsung HD because its not detecting a windows installation on the drive.
If i try to reinstall windows on it , i get a message saying that the controlers are not enabled on the BIOS.

Since i had never updated the BIOS on my mobo i got the latest bios for my gtx470s SLI and hoping the problem would go away.
I cleared the CMOS with jumpers and loaded default settings, but now the F3 HDD is not showing up anymore.

im a bit lost on this , im not to worried about missing the HDs info and not concerned either if anything went bad.

i had no internet for like 6 hours so i had tons of time to fix it but i had no access to the web.
im at work now and im gonna keep looking for answers , my rig is ready to go to the shop , there i can test the parts and start figuring things out...
any help on this would be appreciated.

i7 920 DO
EX58-Ud3r rev 1.6
ocz ram 1600 6gb ddr3
4890 MSI Cyclone thats going away for 2 gtx 470s
antec truepower new 750w

Answer:hard drive/mobo boot problems

Hello loskaos.
My head is spinning...

You say: "i got the latest bios for my gtx470s SLI".
Your video card?
Did you mean: " i got the latest bios for my EX58-Ud3r" ?

It sounds like your problem is that the motherboard controller can't recognize the drives. If these are SATA drives this might happen if the Storage Configuration settings were changed. It could also mean a failing motherboard.
Resetting the BIOS defaults will reset the SATA controller to IDE mode. This alone would not explain your symptoms, but will cause you further problems if W7 was installed in AHCI mode.

Did you flash the BIOS update? Simply resetting the CMOS will not upgrade your BIOS.

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I have a Hitachi Deskstar 250GB Hard Drive that I recently removed from my computer and brought to a friend's house. We regularly swap hard drives as slaves in our systems to share files. The Hard Drive worked perfect while we were there. I bought a new case (Thermaltake Armor Jr.) when I was there, so when I got home I moved all of my parts into the new case. I hooked up my hard drive and booted up.

The hard drive is not being detected at all. I tried a different IDE cable; that did not matter. However, an alternate Hard Drive was detected.

Another problem that I find odd is that since the 680i motherboard only has one IDE channel, so I was using this for my optical drive:

It worked fine until I moved my parts, now the optical wont detect as a SATA drive. I swapped SATA cords; no go. I also moved the optical to the IDE channel; then it detects.

So what is going on here? Is there a problem with my IDE & SATA controllers on my motherboard, or did my hard drive die?

Answer:Hard Drive Died?! - Or Mobo Failure?

Does anyone have any idea. This is the only computer I have, and my parents will not allow me to buy a new one if I cannot get it fixed. I am out of ideas....

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I am thinking of getting a new X58 mobo to replace my 780i. I was wondering is it possible to uninstall chipset drivers and such like, then transfer the whole hard drive into the new mobo. Whereupon I can install the new chipset drivers and be on my way. I expect that this will count as a significant change in hardware but as I have a retail copy of windows surely this should be no problem (I would still only have the OS installed on one computer).

Answer:Transferring existing OS hard drive into new mobo

You left out a key detail. What version of Windows are you running? It can be done, but Windows 7 is the most flxible in terms of detecting the new hardware without issue, especially considering you are going to an Intel chipset.

It should go without saying, but a fresh install is always the best way, and regardless of the usual arguments against, it doesn't take that long to do.

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not sure if I should post this here or on the OS board but here goes. I cloned my win xp hard drive so I could run xp on my 2nd pc. I cant get it to boot up.Im assuming it is because of win xp. I'm running a DFI mobo CM33-TL

Answer:Cloned hard drive for new mobo, won't boot

If the hardware is different than the computer the drive was cloned from then it won't work. It needs to be formatted and installed with the hardware that the drive is currently in.

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I tried to add RAM to my old computer. Somehow I did something which caused smoke to rise from the machine. Not much but I could smell it. When I put old RAM back in and thought I'd just stick with what i had it would not boot up. I played with the RAM and got like an opening screen on the monitor which DID say AMD 3000 but that was it besides the monitor brand... After playing some more I found that I could every now and then get it to display both AMD 3000 AND RAM (not the correct amount it should have though) and then it stopps doing anything.

Now to the real issue. I encryted some files using the preinstalled encrytion software in Win Vista then transferred them to an Ext hard drive thinking I only wanted them to work on THAT computer anyway. I then deleted them from the desk top hard drive. I now have them stored on the ext HD and all was fine till the smoking incident.

I took the HD out and put it in another computer. Everything was fine but the files were encryted and would not open on the new computer with the old HD. The new computer is windows Ultimate.

Is there ANY way to open those files from what I've written. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated!! The key should be on the desktop HD right? Is there a way to access the key from another computer??

Answer:blown mobo encryption on Ext hard drive

have you tried using the HD from the old pc in another pc ?

use the drive in another pc as the main boot drive ( take out the new pc's boot drive and replace with the old one )

boot into safe mode from the old HD hopefully it should let you do that
now try and retrieve the encryption key or plug in the external drive with the encrypted files and decrypt them

worth a try...

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About 1 to 2 months ago i bought a new harddrive (
and i installed it with everything working successful. last week I noticed a huge bog down on my speed while doing everything from boot-up, playing games, to just browsing the web.... Finally last night i got the dreaded BLUE SCREEN!, This one was a "Machine Exception Error" blah blah "windows has shut down to prevent damaging hardware, if this is ur first time please go into windows bios and turn of Cache Shadowing, something something," gives me a big terminal error at the bottom (00000x01) or something and then it reboots, this all happens in a matter of 5 seconds so i dont really have enough time to read it all.

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+
Motherboard Name DFI nF4 Series
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce4, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT (256 MB)
(Old HD Set as Slave)Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y120P0 (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
(New HD)WDC 250 16mbcache SATA

Edit: I am in the debugging process jumping between my friends and such, and I have installed windows on both of my HD's and noticed that they seem to be bootable on my friends computer but not on mine, so i am thinking about it, and maybe it is NOT my HD, but I have no idea what it could be, or who I should call for suppor... Read more

Answer:Urgent Hard Drive/MoBo/ Something Problem!

Well, you could try doing what you think it said ...turn off cache shadowing ...go into your bios settings and disable it.
See what happens.

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Hi guys, I've got a head scratcher for you. I got a Dell Dimension 4550 from work (it was free) So I take it home and it works fine. I take the hd out of there and and replace it with a different hd I had that I know works. Nothing. It gets to the Dell logo screen and hangs. I put the origional hd back in and it works fine. I can not keep this hd because my job needs it. I have checked the jumpers in the back to see if they were different and the origional hd didnt have one installed so I took the jumper out of the other hd and it stil dosent work. Any ideas?

And yes everything is plugged in all nice and snug and I can feel the hd starting up so I dont think it is a power problem.

Answer:Mobo wont recognize hard drive

Are you able to get into the bios to see if your hard drive detects?

Is your hard drive empty(formatted), if it's not maybe it's causing it to hang because of changes from your old system to the new dell.

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I just purchased a whole new system from newegg:

gigabyte 915 pro
3.0 prescott
1 gig corsair ram
ati x800 (pci x16)
500 watt psu

but im going to be using my two hard drives from before

a magnetic data technologies 100 gig
and a western digital 80 gig

my problem is when it tries to boot, the first bios screen doesn't show the hard drives at all. however, then it shows my hard drives when displaying the RAID set up. (they arent set up in RAID either). it wont boot to windows because it says there are no hard drives. so i boot from the xp cd and go to reinstall windows and it says there are no hard drives there.

knoppix will boot so i think that means the rest of my system is fine?

ive searched these forums but nothing quite seems to fit.

and ive checked the giga-byte support site, it told me to change an option in the bios so that the system waits for the hard drives to boot a little longer. however there is no such option in the bios.

thanks in advance.

Answer:wierd mobo/bios/hard drive

u gotta get the jumpers right bro thats should do it
sata or ide??

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This is my first post, having just found this site, and I'm hoping you can help.

I had a major MoBo issue a while back, and had to replace it with a Shuttle AK32 (the only one at my local Micro Center that worked with my CPU). I bought a new hard drive around the same time, and that also crashed...badly. It was making various squeaking noises, and was totally dead.

I returned the hard drive for a replacement of the same model, an 80-gig IBM 120GXP. This one is now having problems, and I don't know if it's the motherboard, the bios, or the HD. Basically, every so often, the hard drive will crash (normally during a certain game, though often enough not during the game). I then try CTRL+ALT+DLT, but normally to no avail. So I restart it using the reset button, and the BIOS fails to recognize the HD (Under Primary Master, it says "None").

So then I turn it off completely and a few seconds later, turn it back on (cold boot). At this point, it generally recognizes the hard drive, and will either go through check disk and into windows XP, or give the option for Safe Mode, Safe with Networking, etc.

So the question I have is whether this has happened to any of you (or anyone you know), and whether you think it's a MB/HD/BIOS/RAM issue.

The Specs of my system are:

Shuttle AK32 MoBo (I don't know if it's an "A" or an "L")
AMD Athlon XP 1800+
2 sticks of 128MB generic PC2100 DDR RAM
Entec 500W Power Supply
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Answer:Hard drive/MoBo/Bios problems

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This is a follow up on a previous post, but is enough of a change of topic to start a new thread... I think.

I've been trying to boot an old computer (for my parents - just for emails and a bit of Internet) using an 8 GB HDD. It hung before getting to Windows (98se), but worked OK as slave to a 1 GB master (also with 98se).

I then ran Check Disk on it and some errors were corrected, but it would still not boot - got to Non System Disk msg.

In searching net, came across mention of max memory on HDDs - the thing I read mentioned a max of 2 GB (normal memory, not RAM) - seemed to be a mobo limitation. So I tried the HDD in another computer and it booted fine.

Questions are:

have I run into a max memory problem - could that be true? mobo is DSI CA61 Rev B1. Computer has no distinguishing labels, but it has PIII 800 MHz CPU, 3 X 64 MB RAM.

if yes, is there a way around this - I want to run Windows XP Home on it (I could use 2 HDDs if necessary)?

Merci d'avance


Answer:maximum hard drive memory for mobo

Im a bit confused as you seem to jump from hard drive to memory and back. Which one is the issue? If its both, ill try and address them.

On an older computer there was a limitation to seeing large hard drives. You might check for a BIOS upgrade for that motherboard that addresses that issue. Dont bother upgrading if it is not listed as a fix.

As for memory, it is usually limited by operating system. Your correct on 2 gig of memory for XP, 2K and more modern operating systems. You can google for "3GB switch: and will find directions on enabling 3 gigs of memory in XP.

Finally, you can always use 2 hard drives or even more if supported. I always run 2 drives, one for backup.

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Hi all.

I'm pretty sure I fried my motherboard or processor. I'm probably going to leave it to someone else to fix it, but I was just wondering if it possible/advisable to take the hard drive from that machine and put it into another machine (both running XP), hook it up as a slave and back up everything?

Ordinarily I wouldn't bother, but there's a lot of information on that hard drive that is needed tomorrow, and I'm not sure I can get someone to fix the motherboard/processor in time.

If it is possible, are there any pitfalls or dangers that I should know about?

EDIT: Both copies of XP have different serials btw - 1 is XP Home Edition and the other is XP Media Centre

Answer:Fried mobo - can I move my hard drive to another machine?

Hmm... from what I know, there shouldn't be any problems hooking it up as a slave drive and getting the information you want off it.

However, if you're gonna boot from it, might be a different story. WinXP might decide to give you trouble since you're on a different system.

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right i recently built a new pc. and the problem is my motherboard does not reconise the full capacity of my hard drive. hard drive is 250gb sata and its only reconising 127gb....wheres the rest of it? however the bios reconises 250gb which is ok but when i click on to windows explorer and view the details of my hard drive it jus reconises 127gb and now it says i only got 20gb free space left but really i should have more.

ive tried EnableBigLba and value data as 1 and still no luck. im running win xp pro sp2.

spec : asus p5wd premium mobo
p4 3.2 ghz 800fsb
1gb ram
250gb hard drive (supose to have 250gb but mobo reconising 127gb)?
gefore graphics card t6200 with turbo 256cache or sumink. lolz.

Answer:mobo is not reconising my full hard drive capacity...?

Have you updated your bios lately

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I arrived here via One Click Answers seeking info about getting my ECS PT800CE-A MoBo to recognize a new, unformatted WD SATA II 2500WS hard drive (250 GB). Got directed to a thread about same problem with ASUS boards. Being my first visit, don't really know how to get back there after registering. UH...never mind-reopened a tab & found it. Was back in January 2005 with members PRELUDiCON, HoopaJoop, Gunny etc. Maybe some one has figured it all out better by now? Thanks to any help!

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I'm looking at parts to build a computer and I'm not sure if there will be a compatibility issue with the Hard Drive and Mobo I chose as the hard drive uses Serial ATA150 while the Mobo seems to only support ATA133.
Here are the specs,

150Gb WD 10000RPM SATA HDD VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 16Mb Cache; Serial ATA150


Gigabyte GA-EP45T-DS3R P45 MB


4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory Dual channel memory architecture Support for DDR3 1900 (O.C.)/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules (Refer to Memory support list for more information PCI: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot 1 x PCI Express x8 slot (The PCIEx16 and PCIEx8 slots support ATI CrossFireX technology and conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.) 3 x PCI Express x1 slot 2 x PCI slots Audio: Realtek ALC889A codec High Definition Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel Support for Dolby Home Theater Support for S/PDIF In/Out Support for CD In LAN: 2 x Realtek 8111C chips (10/100/1000 Mbit) Support for Teaming Storage Interface: South Bridge:

6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 JMicron 368 chip: 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices ITE8718 chip: 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive DualBIOS: Yes (Virtual DualBIOS) IEEE 1394: T.I. TSB43AB23 chip Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the in... Read more

Answer:Serial ATA150 Hard Drive and ATA133 Mobo?

That will be fine.. It has SATA and PATA (ATA133) on the board.. You're good.

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My (all new) setup is:

Epox 8RDA3+
Athlon XP2800
MSI GeForce5200
Windows 98
1GB Crucial 3200 memory
Aspire SuperAlien case w/ a 500W power supply and 6 case fans

Memory and processor were correctly identified at startup. So, I assumed the mobo, processor, and RAM were good.

When I went to install the hard drive, I started having problems. At first, the BIOS wouldn't recognize it, no matter how I jumpered or cabled it. Piggy backed it onto the 40GB master in my other computer, formatted and copied it. Back in the new comp, the BIOS recognizes it, but hangs and freezes at boot.
Round 4: Put 40GB drive in new comp. BIOS insists it's a slave drive, no matter the configuration. Won't recognize 80GB drive--again. (BTW, even back in the other comp, the 40GB drive won't work unless it's set to slave, now)
Round 5: Attach 80GB IDE to Promise card, reformat and install W98.

Computer boots up now, but it takes FOREVER. On top of that, the stupid windows hardware wizard keeps adding multiple copies of hardware. i.e., device manager shows ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering in there 26 times. When I start to install the drivers from the Epox CD, (i.e., nVidia nForce2 Memory Controller) the stupid wizard pops up during the install and I have to keep hitting cancel. If I try to install them via the wizard, it says "windows was unable to find...," eventhough I've pointed it to them on the CD.

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Answer:Mobo, hard drive, hardware wizard woes

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OK. I did search and googled it but did not find an adequate topic or post about it.

My computer is not very new. I bought it from Fry's in 2004. It is a GQ 5090 runnig Windows XP home sp3 MoBo is 661FX-M with a 40g IDE Hard drive. It does have two SATA connectors. I just bought one Seagate 750gb SATA Hard Drive and connected it to the SATA 1 port but the computer doesn't show it. I went to BIOS and looked for a SATA option but there is none.

The Standard CMOS features only shows:
IDE Channel 0: Master
IDE Channel 0: Slave
IDE Channel 1: Master
IDE Channel 1: Slave
UltraDMA :
UltraDMA :

And so on. Or something very similar, I don't remember exaclty.

I went to Integrated Peripherials>SIS OnChip PCI Device>

And it says:
(After many other options)
SiS Serial ATA Controller [Enabled]
SiS Serial ATA Mode [IDE]

I hit enter on [IDE] and it gives me two choices


I changed it to [Raid] and when it boots it gives me another option of confiiguring Raid but I couldn't do it. I tried it but I do not know how to. I don't know if I was suppossed to see the drive or not, I just didn't see it. I let it boot all the way to windows and tried to find it from there but I couldn't either. I didn't see the drive nor in BIOS, nor in the Cofigure Raid Option at boot up nor from Windows.

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Answer:MoBo 661FX-M won't recognize SATA hard drive

Ok, I went to see the options in the standard CMOS features. It says:

IDE Channel 0: Master [my dvd burner]
IDE Channel 0: Slave [my other dvd burner]
IDE Channel 1: Master [my IDE 40gs hard drive]
IDE Channel 1: Slave [none]
IDE Channel 2: Master [none]
IDE Channel 3: Master [none]

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Okay, My girlfriend got her HP about 2ish years ago brand new, the motherboard, so far as I know it, is a MSI Aspen AMD 780G ATI SB700. BIOS from Phoenix Technologies, LTD, Version 5.08, 12/10/2008, Well, at least that's what Speccy says about the thing. I have a 1 TB Hard drive back where I used to live, and I wanna make sure that it's compatible with My GF's mobo before I have it sent over, this way, if need be, I can go ahead and have My buddy send over the parts and casing to turn it into an external.

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Hey guys, I just a got a new motherboard the other day and installed it. Having both SATA HDD's installed, only my Windows 7 can be seen, not my 2nd HDD which is a Samsung 750GB with all my data on it.

I've gone into Disk Management and the 2nd HDD has come up as Invalid and going into Diskpart through CMD mode says that the HDD is invalid. Any idea whats wrong here and how to get the HDD to show up in Windows 7. It gets detected through BIOS and all but its just not showing up in Windows itself. Also in Disk Management there was a little ? on where the actual partition should be and it said That some policy has changed due to administrator. I am the only adminstrator user on my computer and I need to get the HDD up and running again without reformatting because its got all my data on it.


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What can I do with 20 250 gb internal hard drives? What would I need to buy to turn them into a server? Any other ideas besides ebay?

Answer:I have 20 250gb internal hard drives. What can I do with them?

You can set them up for Raid, using all the Sata (assuming Sata HDD) connections onboard.
But you will likely only use 4 Max

The other 16, can be put into external cases (for USB)

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I got a Abit IS7-E mobo and I bought a western digital 400 GB hard drive (WD4000KD) and the mobo doesnt recognize it.
If some had a similar situation, please help me.

Answer:Abit IS7-E mobo doesnt recognize WD4000KD hard drive

If the harddrive is SATA, you will need to instal SATA drivers.

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I have built a new system using an Asus K8V mobo, AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Processor and intend using a single Samsung 160 Gb SATA Hard Drive which is to be partitioned with a dual boot facility (Win 98SE and XP Home)I have installed the HDD on the Primary SATA connection but on powering up the HDD is not recognised.I am sure that there is a simple matter that I have overlooked. I would be grateful for any help!

Answer:Installation single SATA Hard Drive with Asus mobo

Check that it show's up in the BIOS, if it's not that, it's beyond me. I'm almost new too.

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Hey guys, it's been a while since I've been on here- I've had no time recently- but I find myself again in need of assistance, in the midst of a tech crisis with my PC.

My sig needs to be updated, as I have made some changes to my hardware since I was last here. To make a long story short, some chemicals were spilled through the top fan of my HAF case, my graphics card fried, and there was a short across the terminals in the PCI-E slot in my motherboard, melting the plastic of the slot. I bought a new GPU, an HD 6830, and a new motherboard. My new motherboard's specifications escape me- I think it has an AMD 990FX chipset, or something like that- but I know it's got UEFI BIOS and an AM3+ socket.

Anyways, I started having problems with my new graphics card a week or two ago. An update was available for the drivers, so I went ahead and downloaded it, but when my system rebooted, it had reverted to windows basic as if there were no drivers installed. Then I got a notification telling me that Hydravision is uninstalling itself because there are no AMD video drivers installed. I thought that maybe the computer had crashed while installing the updates, so I went to the AMD site and re-installed the drivers. Still no luck, so I did it again, but this time I reinstalled the old version of the drivers, that had worked fine before. Didn't do anything. I went to hardware manager to check the driver, and Windows had no problem recognizing the drivers. It seems that the drivers just d... Read more

Answer:Graphics drivers not recognized- hard drive or mobo failure?


Originally Posted by redfish

Hey guys, it's been a while since I've been on here- I've had no time recently- but I find myself again in need of assistance, in the midst of a tech crisis with my PC.

My sig needs to be updated, as I have made some changes to my hardware since I was last here. To make a long story short, some chemicals were spilled through the top fan of my HAF case, my graphics card fried, and there was a short across the terminals in the PCI-E slot in my motherboard, melting the plastic of the slot. I bought a new GPU, an HD 6830, and a new motherboard. My new motherboard's specifications escape me- I think it has an AMD 990FX chipset, or something like that- but I know it's got UEFI BIOS and an AM3+ socket.

Anyways, I started having problems with my new graphics card a week or two ago. An update was available for the drivers, so I went ahead and downloaded it, but when my system rebooted, it had reverted to windows basic as if there were no drivers installed. Then I got a notification telling me that Hydravision is uninstalling itself because there are no AMD video drivers installed. I thought that maybe the computer had crashed while installing the updates, so I went to the AMD site and re-installed the drivers. Still no luck, so I did it again, but this time I reinstalled the old version of the drivers, that had worked fine before. Didn't do anything. I went to hardware manager to check the driver,... Read more

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