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Windows xp setup not finding new hard drive. Please help

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading and possibly helping.

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

Thank you and sorry again.

Answer:Windows setup not finding hard-drive.

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

set it to be seen as ide in the bios

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I've installed a Maxtor 20gig HD as a slave to my WD 20 gig boot drive. I used the software I downloaded from Maxtor to partition and format the new drive. The bios Auto-Detect finds the drive, but Windows is not "seeing" it

Any ideas ??

Answer:Windows is not finding new hard drive

The OS does not see drives--ever; it sees only partitions. I think the problem is in the fact that you used a utility other than Microsoft's FDisk to partition the drive. That, combined with the fact that the drive is a slave, is your problem.

The software you used is probably some kind of drive overlay, intended for use on the Master (bootable) drive. Since the bootable drive is another drive, the overlay never gets activated and, therefore, the new partition isn't seen by the OS.

Drive overlays are to be avoided whenever possible.

Create a Windows Boot disk.
Turn off the computer.
Disconnect the Master drive.
Set the new drive as Master.
Boot from the startup disk.
Type FDISK /MBR and press enter.
Type FDISK /MBR and press enter again.
Type FDISK and press enter.
Now delete any partition that exists.
Create a new partition.
Format the new partition.
Turn off the computer.
Set the new drive back to slave.
Connect the old drive back as master
Turn on the computer.
Your new partition should now be "seen".

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I am working on my friend's laptop, a Vostro 1400. It's been dumped on a lot, but this one problem is baffling me. I am booting into the Windows installation CD to fix some boot issues in the first place. (It has the default boot system as something called "Windows" that boots to nothing, and I can't seem to remove it and set it back to the correct option that is also available.)

The problem starts almost immediately when booting to the disk. It loads to the repair/continue page, and whether I hit 'Enter' or 'R', it tells me that Windows can't find a hard drive etc etc... F3 is my only option and it just exits and reboots.

I am so confused. If anyone can help me, you will have my undying gratitude.

Man I said "boot" way too many times.

Answer:Windows XP Pro Installation CD not finding hard drive

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I am using a usb bootable drive to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have used hade USB copy of Windows for some time now so I know that it works.
My issue is at the moment is once the install starts and makes it to the screen that ask you which drive you would like to install windows on it cannot locate any drive.
I says something similar to no useable drive or something similar. (I do not have the screen in front of me) The list is empty. You have the options of opening a command prompt, advanced repair options, or load drivers. From what I see I need to
create a new drive but cannot figure out how or if I'm trying to do something I don't need to do.
Any help walking me threw this Please.

P.S.   The hard drive I am using was at one point used in a different computer and was wiped clean

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Hi, i really hope someone can help.

I have a Windows 7 Laptop which i bought in January, at the same time i bought a WD 2TB external hard drive to back up all my files onto (last laptop broke and i lost everything so decided to keep everything off the laptop itself)

This has been working fine for me until last week. I was using my laptop with the hard drive plugged into the USB port transfering files across when the hard drive suddenly disappeared off my laptop. since then when i plug in the external hard drive the laptop doesnt recognise that there is any hardware there. I have tried plugging in other USB devices and they work fine so pretty sure it isnt the USB port thats damaged and i have tried searching for new hardware in the control pannel but it doesnt find anything. I have also done the right click on my computer and go to manage to change the disk number that have seen suggested on other forums but it doesnt show up on there so cant change anything there
The light on the hard drive comes on and starts flashing as soon as i plug the USB into the computer but doesnt show up at all. i have tried restarting the laptop and reinstalling the drivers but this hasnt helped at all

Couple some please help me figure out what i need to do to sort it out? i am getting pretty desperated because all of my files are stuck on it!

Answer:My Windows 7 Laptop Has Stopped Finding My WD External Hard Drive

Try to uninstall & install the wd external driver files.

restart and check it...!

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Hey guys. I have an old laptop here that was working fine, but I wanted to reinstall Windows. I inserted a Windows xp disk into an external disk drive that I have attached to the laptop via USB, I went into the BIOS and I set the USB CD drive to be the first boot device, and when I tried to install XP it said that it recognizes no mass storage devices.When I try to boot regularly from the HDD, it shows the XP loading screen, but goes to a black screen. Any idea what happened?

Answer:Computer suddenly stopped finding hard drive when I tried reinstalling Windows.

Either the HDD is junk, optical drive copied corrupt data, disc is damaged, or the driver for the SATA controller is missing to mount the drive to install the OS. Is this XP SP2 clean install or SP0 or SP1a etc? ( SP = service pack )

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Can't locate files or hard drive, after successfully removing windows vista recovery malware. I thought I read how to do this once before, but can't seem to find the thread..

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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Plz help,

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

The error message is no drive found.

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

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

Answer:Windows 7 setup cannot load Hard drive

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

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

Answer:Windows Setup Not Detecting Hard Drive

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

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



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

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

Western Digital

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

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

already thank you for your support

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

Answer:windows 7 setup cannot found the hard drive

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

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

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

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

Answer:Windows setup doesn't see hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Windows XP setup does not detect hard drive anymore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi -

Run HDD Diagnostics -->

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

Regards. . .



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey guys...

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:SATA hard drive not recognized in Windows XP setup

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

Good luck with the rest of the build.

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

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

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

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

Answer:WINDOWS setup cannot detect my hard disk drive

why do you need to reformat?

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

--BiG J

Answer:Hard Drive Issues, not recognized in Windows Setup

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

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

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

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

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Model No. VPCF115FM.
Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 preloaded.

Recently, received this error:

"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk" and it prompted me to boot using F1 and then backup my data.

Step 1: I used Sony Vaio Care to create 2 sets of Recovery Disks and then used Drive Cloner RX to backup all of my data manually and a system image onto a new Seagate external hard drive.

Step 2: I purchased a new Hitachi 750 GB (7200 rpm) 2.5 SATA hard drive from Comp USA. The computer's original hard drive is a Hitachi HTS545050B9SA00 500 GB 5200 rpm.

Step 3: I removed the original HD and installed the new one. Then, inserted Recovery Disk 1 and then Disk 2. After the prompt to restart the computer to finalize Windows setup I received this error message:

"Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computers hardware."

I then click okay and subsequently receive this message:

"Windows could not complete the installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation."
Q: Is there a workaround to load Windows 7 in this instance and restore my computer to original factory settings using new HD?

Note: There are no outstanding issues with the laptop. The computer came preloaded with Windows 7; I have the product key on the computer base. It also came loaded with Microsoft Office, and retreived all of my licenses for the software on my computer using SIW.

Sony Vaio Hard Drive Failure, Sony Vaio Hard Disk F... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio Hard Drive Failure: Windows setup could not configure ...

Try using a HD Drive under 2gb.

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Hey guys I am trying to find this hard drive to replace the one currently in this desktop so I can sell it to my grandparents.

the mod # is WDC WD400EB-11JEF0

i found this one on newegg but its a we400BB not EB so not sure if it will work. - Western Digital Caviar WD400BB 40GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

I googled it and it came up with several places that have refurbished models but I would prefer to buy a new one.


Answer:Need help finding this hard drive.

Good luck finding a 40 gig. might as well grab this one: - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380215A 80GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

It's less than $40. But for $44 you could get a 160GB. Just because a computer came with a 40GB doesn't mean that is all it can use.

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Win 7 can't find my new drive.
I dual boot Win 7 and Ubuntu. Both boot okay on my machine but I want to add a new drive to the two existing ones. Currently Win 7 is on a 320 G Seagate and Ubuntu is on a 500 G Seagate. The new drive is a 1 T WD.
My bios recognizes all drives. Belarc Analyzer also finds the drive and even notes the serial number. But my `Computer `can`t see it and ``add new hardware`` can`t find it.

System-Asrock AOD790gx, PhenomII x4 955, 4 G`s mem, 600w Psu.

Answer:Finding new Hard Drive

Did you try "Devices and Printers" in the Start menu and then " Add a Device".
Also have a look in Disk Management whether it is there. Maybe you have to initialize it and assign a drive letter. For Initialize right click on the left pane of the drive (where it says Disk 0, 1, etc.). To assign a drive letter, right click on the right pane. You may also have to format it (take "quick format" - with full format you are in for 10 hours)

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I just install a new Maxtor 15gig hard drive to use as a slave drive.My BIOS doesn't show that I have a primary slave IDE. I made sure the jumpers were at the settings the installation guide said to use but still it doesn't show up. I called the help line for Maxtor but they didn't seem to know what the problem is. Can anyone help?

Answer:finding new hard drive

Have you confirmed that the jumpers on your first drive are correct? You may need to change it from Single to Master.

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I really don't know too much about this type of stuff, but here goes...
I bought a firelite external hard drive and it worked for about 2 weeks. But recently I haven't been able to find it. It's not showing up on "my computer" or in the contol panel...I guess I'm not very sure where it is. If it helps, I have windows XP...thanks!!

Answer:Not finding hard drive on computer...

try unplugging will machine is running(USB right)
reboot machine with drive unplugged
after boot plug back in ,xp should see it if not check your USB drivers ,made need to reload them

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Not finding hard drive on start up. Then shut down without prompting during testing

Answer:Not finding hard drive on start up

Dublove Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about no boot device found and wanted to help.These problems are generally due to one of two basic problems:1) Failed hard drive2) Corrupted/missing boot loader filesAs to the first, please follow the directions in this link for testing your hard drive: that confirms your drive has failed, then you need to replace it.  Please report back if that is the case.As to the second, you will need access to a working PC for this step in order to create the media needed to repair your PC boot loader.Once you have that, please download and create Win10 install media from this link: ... I know that is for Win10, but it uses the same generation boot loader as Win8x, so it can be used to do boot loader repairs for Win8x as well as for Win10.Boot from the media you created, and follow the directions in this link: will probably have to run Startup Repair three times for it to fix all the boot loader problems.When done, your PC should boot OK.Good Luck

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I have recently updated the computer motherboard (MSI Z87 MPOWER) , graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650) and OS from Vista to Windows 8.1. I have installed 3 Hard drives but the OS will only see 2. I have files on this HD and require them. How can I get the computer to see them? I have EaseUS Partition Master free Edition and this program can see them but I'm unable to open them.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Finding extra hard drive

What does Disk Management say about the drive? Does it appear in Device Manager?

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I hope you can help me in my problem I'm facing.

I really searched for it a lot and I tried ALL possible solutions which I found in most sites talking about this technical problem but still the problem not solved

I have explained the problem fully in the following address:

Thanks in advance,

Answer:WIN XP Pro is not finding my slave hard drive

this is because you have windows on TWO hard disks at the same time.

SATA drives are ALL master drives. 1 drive per channel.

Your OS is confused as to which drive is which and therefore defaults to channel 1.

The only solution is to format each drive and leave windows OFF one of the hard disks
You may lose data unless you swap out drives and move the data offline (like a zip drive, etc....)

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I recently buyed a WD 2TB. I wired it up, but it wont show on My Computer, and a friend of me told me to find the hard drive and try to "Role it back", but i cant push the button to do that, could anyone help me please?

My Windows are on Norwegian, would be extra good if a norwegian knew the problem, but could try to understand it on english aswell.

Answer:Problems finding my hard drive

Is this an internal HD or an external HD ?

Does it show up in Disk Management ?

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So I have 4 hard drives and a SSD at the moment, but i'm trying to add 3tb hdd in place of another old smaller drive.

Problem: When I installed windows I had 3 drives plugged in so some how it put the MBR on one hard drive and my windows on another. Now when I unplug one hard drive to add my new one my computer says there are no bootable devices. Is there a way to maybe move it to my ssd with my new windows on it? or Make a new one?

Answer:Finding the MBR and moving it to another hard drive to add new hhd

I think the easiest way to solve your issue is to use your Windows DVD to repair the SSD drive. If you want that to be the booable system drive, unplug all other hard drives and then repair the SSD.

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I need to find and install a NEW hard drive for my computer (Compaq Presario SR1900NX, System#EX304AA  Serial Number#MXF62308HW)... no panic old still works fine but is 12 yrs. old... don´t know where to purchase... and not sure the info I have is complete enough to find a replacement... the Info I have from the specs at HP is: Type HDD... Interface Type SATA 3 GB/s    Spindle speed 7200 rpms  Interface Class Serial ATA   Capacity 120 GB... If someone could provide me any additional info for ordering a new one (would prefer NEW going thru this)...  and any directions on where to find one... It would be appreciated... dk.

Answer:Finding a new and replacing the old Hard Drive on my old Com...

dougieboy wrote:...  HP is: Type HDD... Interface Type SATA 3 GB/s    Spindle speed 7200 rpms  Interface Class Serial ATA   Capacity 120 GB.. [email protected] Welcome to HP Support Forum. The following link shows specs of your computer: It uses SATA II (or 3GB/s) HDD. Basically you can use any standard SATA II or III 3.5" HDD on the market today. Since machine is still running Windows XP, to be safe (due to old BIOS) please try HDD from 500GB down.  HP uses HDD's from few vendors, please try Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba from the following list (Note: check your region/country, they should stock those drives). Regards. 

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I'm installing a second hard drive in a fairly old PC (bought ~1998).

It has Win 98 and currently only a 4GB HD.

I'm trying to install a Western Digital 80GB HD.

The BIOS is from 1998 and the motherboard number at the bottom of the start-up screen is 2A69KG0AC-00.

I have tried the IDE cables and jumpers in every combination possible both as a single drive and also as master/slave with the old HD.

It can read the old HD and CD drive but the new HD seems to be non-existent.

Could the BIOS be too old to detect the new HD?
- I've read up about upgrading or flashing the Award BIOS but don't know how to get a newer version. Is it a free download or do I need to buy an upgrade?
Many thanks in advance for any advice.....


Answer:Solved: New Hard Drive - BIOS not finding it

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Hey guys new to TS and im in a bit of a bind I want to put a 64 bit processor and a new hard drive with as much space as possible in my compaq presario laptop i have a buddy thats training to be a crt that can help both of these things i know you can get these things fairly cheap if you know where to look but i need to know whats compatable and maybe some suggestions on what to buy I have a compaq presario F700 notebook BIOS AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Proc. TK-57 1.9hz
2588 avail ram and direct x 11 half of that info was probably not even needed but it cant hurt after installed im sure i will put windows 7 on here as much help and advice as i can get will be very much appreciated also off topicwhat do you guys think about uniblue power suite 2010 yes no i also need to upgrade my antivirus and spyware software if anyone wants to put in some input thanks so much guys and I look foreword to being a member of the site.

Answer:Looking to install a new processor and add hard drive need help finding them

You won't be able to (about a 10% chance you even could) replace the CPU, because its unlikely the motherboard's BIOS will support any significant change to CPU to make it worthwhile.

As for the hard disk, you need a 2.5" hard disk. You could probably get a 1TB version, but its likely to cost you.

Anti-virus: I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials, or AVG Free Edition 2011.
Spyware/malware: I recommend Malwarebytes.

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So, I don't know if this is the right topic for this section and if it not then I do apologize. But I am looking for a new internal hard drive for my laptop.

My old hard drive failed:
Seagate Momentus 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s.

I honestly don't know what to look for and I am really really short on time(needed by the middle of next week). I don't require a lot of space. I think my first HDD at 750gb was overkill. 7200RPM might of also been overkill.

My two main uses are school and casual gaming. I don't know if this is really what you consider when picking a new hard drive.

Asus Notebook A53SV
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Intel Core i5-2410M
Nvidia Geforce GT540M


Answer:Help finding new internal laptop Hard Drive

NewEgg's laptop HD selections

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Hello. I'm running into a problem with my PC connecting to one of my external hard drives and I'm not sure how to fix it. I have two external hard drives and both of them used to work just fine, but about a week ago I updated the USB drivers and ever since then the smaller external drive (a Wolverine drive) is no longer being found. The PC's running Windows 10, if it helps.

The Wolverine drive has two USB plugs on the cord to receive power from the PC (it doesn't have a separate power cord), and when I turn on my computer the hard drive does start up and turn on. If I unplug either of the two USB plugs the computer makes the USB chime sound, and if I plug either back in it makes the chime again, so the computer is finding that I'm plugging them in or unplugging them, but for whatever reason the drive isn't showing up anymore.

It used to show up as "Wolverine (L" in my computer's list of connected hard drives but it's not listed anymore.

I've tried looking up information online and most places just say to uninstall the USB drives through the Device Manager and then let them reinstall but, for whatever reason, my computer has about 28 different listings under the Universal Serial Bus controllers drop-down and I have no idea which to uninstall, and my mouse and keyboard are both USB-connected so if I uninstalled all of the drivers listed I'm not sure that I would be able to log back into my computer account after ... Read more

Answer:Computer Not Finding External Hard Drive

Sometimes just jiggling the cable works. Try going to search, type in Computer Management then go to Disk Management and see if it shows up there. Have you used the two drives together on this computer before?

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 I have a R51, 1836 and the hard drive died.  I found the following  drive for sale ...would it work? How would I be sure that I can get the proper drivers or whatever is needed to make it work?  All the software ( i.e.WIndows XP ) was lost when the drive died.  The machine is recently off waranty. This is my first posting ever to such a board, and I woud greately appreciate any advice you can give a novice like me. THANKS!!        Capacity (GB) 80 Form Factor 2.5" Notebook         Rotational Speed (rpm) 5400 Seek time (ms) 12 Average (typical)         Buffer Size  8 MB Drive Type  Enhanced IDE (ATA-6)         Product Life 5 Years Media Transfer Rate 493Mb/sec          Dimensions (mm) 9.5(H)x70(W)x100(D)    

Answer:Finding a proper replacement hard drive

Welcome to the forum! Any laptop 9.5mm (2.5") PATA/IDE drive will work in your R51, and the one you've picked is OK. All the drivers and utilities needed are available at Lenovo's website. Hope this helps.

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My st380013as hard drive has been making alot of sounds latly when im loading games, so im planning to buy a new better one how do i find which well be compatible?

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dimension 4700
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A06
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 502MB RAM
Page File: 566MB used, 733MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: None
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2582&SUBSYS_01811028&REV_04
Display Memory: 128.0 MB
Current Mode: 1152 x 864 (32 bit) (75Hz)
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Answer:Need help finding a compatible hard drive to replace

Any SATA hard drive will be compatible. Just, if you get a SATA2 hard drive, make sure it comes with a speed limiter jumper.
Example: or make it a bit bigger and faster: or

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i bought a pc a few days ago... discovered my hatred for windows vista and want to put xp on it.
i now know how... my problem is i cannot find the driver for my hard drive anywhere...
(hitachi HDT725025VLA SCSI)
my pc came with no disks for vista was alreaddy on it and vista has the drivers built in... xp needs the drivers... have searched online... including Hitachi and acer (my oem) sites but have had no joy....
can anyone help????

Answer:Finding Drivers For Sata Hard Drive

Actually, what you need are the drivers for the SATA controller. These are normally a part of the motherboard/chipset drivers and would be available from the website of the maker of the motherboard (Acer I presume from your post).

The driver should come in a file than can be extracted to a floppy disk - and from there I believe that you can use Device Manager to update the SATA drivers.

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Hi, my computer crashed and I had to replace the hardrive and purchase windows 10 operating tonget my computer going again. However when I try to custom install the new operating system my computer asks me where I want windows to install. It can't find my hardrive so It only gives me one option and when I click it it say "we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one". So I tried command prompt and checked disk drive and it can't locate my hardrive on there either. I've tried entering F2 for setup when starting my computer but it doesn't work. I'm stuck on what do do next. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I need to do an XP repair install on my Dell Dimension 8400 to fix several programs that no longer work (Update being the biggest problem). I had used this Forum a couple of months ago and doing the repair install was the recommended solution. I have a copy of the directions so I know what to do.

Unfortunately, when I try to launch the "to setup Windows XP, press enter" step, the program comes back with an error message saying the hard drive is not found.

Can someone help me do something to get through this step?

Thank you.

Answer:XP Repair Install & Finding the Hard Drive

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I am trying to reinstall xp on a friend laptop.. I have watched the post screen identify the hard drive, and then in the installation it says the hard drive cannot be found. This is pretty annoying.
Any ideas?

Answer:Gateway laptop not finding hard drive

How are you trying to reinstall, are you using recovery cd's or dvd's created for that computer or are you trying to reinstall from a recovery partition?

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Hi, Have an Acer Aspire T180 desktop, my daughter-in-law said that the Hard Drive stopped working, so got a new Hard Drive, but same problem occured. On load up the keyboard flashes twice and goes off, the Acer logo appears on moniter with the words Del: Enter Setup F12: Boot Menu. When I try to press F12 nothing happens. There is no loading up of Bios or Hard Drive (which is brand new, but not formatted or with windows!)No beeps either just the logo screen of Acer, your help much appreciated ...thanks

Answer:acer pc not finding bios or hard drive

Type of hard drive IDE or SATA?

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My brothers computer died and he needs his photos. I plugged his hard drive into my machine but I cannot find any files with photos. Any idea what I should do. Thanks

Answer:Solved: Finding files on old hard drive

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Is there any application that comes with Windows 10, that will show the hard-drive storage usage and free space?

I do not mean an application that will show usage and free space for each partition (disk). Such data is rather inconvenient, when one wants to know how much is left on a complete hard drive. Thanks.

Answer:Finding the free space on a hard drive

Used space and usable space of an HDD will never be completely accurate as there will be 2 or more partitions created during a normal installation of Windows and 1 or more of those 'extra' partitions will be unusable or inaccessible, won't have a drive letter which is required to allow File Explorer to have access. Some of the 'extras' are created by the manufacturer of the computer and/or by Windows. There is the built-in Disk Management of Windows but there's other programs both paid and free available on the 'net that may do a better job for what you desire.

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Evidently I blew my hard drive when I installed a web cam.  Now I can't seem to find a replacement hard drive for my z61t through Lenovo online or phone service.  Does anyone have any tips on where I can find a replacement?  I'm so discouraged -- I should have bought a warranty but thought they should guarantee it longer than 1 year so on principle I held out.  Now I am 2 months past warranty and this is where my principles got me!!!  I am a fifty-something technophobe -- can any of you youngsters help me?!?!Thank you!

Answer:I am having trouble finding a replacement hard drive

Welcome to the forum! At today's low prices for SATA drives, this would be my pick: I have it in my T60p and love it... Hope this helps.

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Can anyone advise me on how to find passwords on my hard drive, Please. I'm running Windows 2000. Many thanks

Answer:Finding Passwords on the hard drive-Win2000

click here

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well, i just got a used computer, a dimension 4600c its an older machine but it seems alright, well it did seem alright. right when i got the computer i opened it up that there was dust everywhere ( i got it from my brother and it hasn't been used in god knows how long ) anyways i pulled out the canned air and blasted those damn dust bunnies. When i was finished i started up the computer and it brought me to the login screen then realizing that i didn't know the password. Lucky enough i had a copy of ultimate booter v5 because i recently had to use it on my other computer, anyways i used it because i knew that it has the ability to delete the BIOS files so i could get in. ( and i tried to use my password recovery disk but for some reason after when i tried to boot with the dimension it says input not supported even though i was using a VGA cable because thats the only one that would work ) But after i rand the ultimate booter disk i try to start it up, and it says SATA hard drive 0 not found. I find that strange because i know its a IDE not a SATA but anyways i know the hard drive works because i hooked it up using my USB 2.0 to IDE&SATA cable and its recognized on my computer, i made sure everything is hooked up correctly in the computer all the cables seem fine, but no luck. =/

Any help would be great! =)

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Answer:Dimension 4600c, not finding the hard drive

I'm no expert when is comes to BIOS repair and or upgrading, but about 5-6 years ago I ran into a similar problem as you are having with a different computer. Now the following may or may not work with you computers motherboards BIOS, for different computers are known to have different BIOS handlers. This is what I did a long time ago.

With the machine unplugged from the wall, open up the computer case, normally removing only a side panel and look for the computers motherboard, once found try to locate the motherboards shiny chrome coloured battery, once found remove the battery from the motherboard. Then with the machine still unplugged press the (On) button for (30 seconds) to dissipate any remaining electrical charge on the motherboard. Then re-install the battery, plug the machine back into the wall and see if it will boot normally.

Also be aware that you and I own the (c) versions of a Dell Dimension, for I have the Dimension 5100c and I know that yours and mine support a "keystroke method of clearing the NVRAM (CMOS). Just follow the procedure I have outlined below for doing that."

- Boot the system and enter the BIOS Setup by pressing F2.

- Turn on Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock.

- Press ALT + E then ALT + F (should hear beep) then ALT + B

I will poke around my owners guide as to see about any more tricks that might help you out. But at least all of this gives you a direction to go!

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I recently bought a new computer (HP m7690y running XP). I tried installing a Seagate 160GB Ultra ATA/100 internal hard drive that I had previously been using on my old computer(it wasn't set for it's full 160GB capacity on that Windows 98SE system because it wasn't supported, and I'm fine leaving it that way). The drive is PATA, so I went out and bought a converter so that I could connect it to the new computer's SATA motherboard. The converter lights up, but the drive isn't showing up in My Computer.

Seagate talked me through right clicking on My Computer and going to "Manage." The drive isn't showing up in "Disk Managment" or "Device Manager."

I contacted HP to see if they could tell me if all 6 SATA ports on my motherboard were enabled in BIOS. They ran a check on the specs of this product number and claimed they are all enabled. I also questioned whether the ports are of SATA1 or SATA2, and got different answers from two different people....

I'm honestly not real sure what to do with the jumpers. Seagate told me that a jumper on the left pins of my master drive(new computer's drive) isn't necessary with SATA. He had me test a jumper on the left pins of my old drive to compensate for the potential difference in it being SATA1 or SATA2 compatible. I've tried many combinations of jumpers and no jumpers on the left most(center most) pins. I've also tried plugging the SATA cord int... Read more

Answer:Solved: Not Finding Additional Internal Hard Drive

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My laptop died (warped motherboard) and have been trying to retrieve the data from my hard drive, got an akasa integral driver (2.5" sata/ide) but the port meant to go into the hard drive is totally different to the hard drive's. This is what my hard drive port looks like, can someone tell me which enclosure I need, thanks

Answer:problems finding correct hard drive enclosure

You have a standard looking SATA drive as shown here. You have two options, either buy a dock, similar to these, but ensure it will take both 2.5" and 3.5" drives, or a SATA caddy for a 2.5" drive, you will need to decide if you want a USB powered unit or with mains power.
The USB caddy is likely to be more easily transported but ensure your ports provide enough power. A dock is more flexible as it will support both sizes od drive and you can swap them as required.

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I'll start by stating that I'm not the most technically inclined individual.
I recently installed a new hard drive to replace the fried drive in a Gateway GM5076E
I'd like to note that I bought this computer open box (at a ridiculous discount) with no Restore Disc, which is where my problems now stem from.
The drive I installed was one I conveniently found in a non-working computer at work. It had Win2k on it. I removed 2k and installed XP on it.
XP installed fine, but I'm now having issues with drivers, which I can't seem to find.
No sound, no internet, etc.
The only driver that I've been able to both find and install correctly is for the motherboard.
I've searched Gateway's maze of driver downloads only to find a select few drivers for it at all, and only the previously named one which would actually install.

If someone here could possibly find me a link to a complete driver package, I would very much appreciate it.

Answer:Issues with finding drivers after installing a new hard drive

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Ok, I know this is a weird question.  I backup my hard drive.  But I have a lot of data.  And after a data disaster that computer crashes or hard drive dies (like just happened), I restore files but some how it seems like over the time some files came up missing before the disaster happened, or when I restored the files, I didn't notice a major folder is missing.  I don't notice it until months or years later.  

Answer:Any suggestions for finding missing files on my hard drive?

Actually there are a few "common" things to check.
1.  Check your security.  For instance:
1.1.  If you used a different userid from when it was backed up, and you restored the files exactly to the original location, they may be under s different folder.
1.2.  If you attempted to backup files under another userid, the backup may have failed for those files, because you didn't have the security to access those files.
2.  Check program parameters.  For instance:
2.1.  If the files you were attempting to backup hidden or system files, the backup program may not be able to access the files without sepecifically telling them to backup hidden and/or system files.
3.  Also, the backup program most likely wasn't able to backup files that were in use at the time of the backup.
4.  Backups should be done at least weekly basis, and if possible in the program you use, have it verify what it backed up, against what you told it to, verses what is actually on the list.
5.  When backing up, it is best not to use the computer, so that file collisions don't occur, and files you're expecting to get backed up failes, because they're in use.
Have a great day!

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Hello, Trying to fix an old dinosaur of a PC for my gf.Got a SATA drive and on installing windows I get "Setup did not find any hard disk drives"From what I've read I can make an alternate xp boot CD with the Sata drivers but cannot find the right 'text-mode Sata' drivers.The motherboard reads : V266b rev which seems to be JETWAY although the only drivers I can find are Audio and Bios related.If anyone can be of assistance, Thanks a lot!

Answer:Windows Setup: Setup did not find any hard disk drives

You simply need a Windows XP installation CD including SP3. It supports SATA.This Windows XP SP3 CD needs to be the same version as the one, you got an activation code for.E.g.:If you have activation code for Windows XP Home, you need Windows XP Home including SP3.For Windows XP Professional, you need Windows XP Professional including SP3.a.s.o.

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Hi, I have the same problem with the same computer.How did you resolve your problem?Please, give some feedback!

Answer:Windows Setup: Setup did not find any hard disk drives…

Read this:

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i have an hp pavilion dv5000 and at first i had a "blue screen" problem so my friend thought reformatting my hard drive will help but no i have no OS and when i try to put one in it says like "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system" please help i dont know what to do

Answer:my hp pavilion dv5000 has many problems like its not finding a hard disk drive

What is the error code on the blue screen message.

Look for specific numbers such as 0x---------
Also anything such as PAGE_FAULT

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I found this dvd player with a USB port, but I really don't even know it it's even close to what I'm looking for. I have an external hard drive that I was hoping to be able to play avi files from.

My external hard drive is formatted MAC OS Extended (Journaled). I don't know if that's important.

I was hoping for the dvd player to be able to play discs that avi files had been burned to as well, if possible. Like playing a data disk. I've read in other places that there is an explorer type set up on a lot of dvd players like that where you can just select what type of disk or video you're trying to play and it will work like that.

I've tried burning disks to dvd format, but conversion takes FOREVER. I've also tried hooking my computer up to my tv, but had some issues with that as well. I figure this is the last resort. It's probably the easiest solution as well, but buying a new dvd player was more expensive than the other two options. Although in retrospect it was probably much more worth it to have just gone this route in the first place.

I'm also hoping for a simple process. You know, plug the hard drive into the dvd player and up come some sort of menu. I do realize that that might not be the case though, and I may have some work cut out for me.

Any help would be HUGELY appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

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Here are my HijackThis results:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:51:19 PM, on 12/20/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18865)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Canon\MyPrinter\BJMYPRT.EXE
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4.0\OpWareSE4.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynToshiba.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\InputPersonalization.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
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Answer:Running slowly; scanner consistently finding cookies; losing space on hard drive


(Bumping is allowed, isn't it?)

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

Answer:best hard drive setup?

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

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Question: Hard drive setup

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

Answer:Hard drive setup

try this click here

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Question: hard drive setup

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

Answer:hard drive setup

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

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

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

do you take the cd out before restart?

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

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

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

See where I'm getting? Heres a diagram

Is this possible?

How would I do this task?

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Is this hard drive setup possible?

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

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

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

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Question: Hard Drive Setup

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

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

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

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

2) Install XP to the one working SATA Drive?

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive Setup

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:hard drive setup

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

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Question: hard drive setup

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

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

Answer:hard drive setup

Hello lazylyons, welcome to Seven Forums!

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

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

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

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

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

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



Answer:Solved: New Second hard drive setup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


P.S. Stupid Dells.

Answer:Setup can't detect Hard Drive

Bullio said:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Hi all,

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

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

Setup cannot continue.

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

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

Could anybody help?

Much appreciated.


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

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

Answer:What is the faster Hard drive setup?

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New Hard Drive Setup Issues

My hard drive crashed and so I got a replacement.

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

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

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

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

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


Answer:Regarding Dual Hard Drive Setup

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:XP setup does not detect hard drive

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

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

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

Any helps available?


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

Answer:Setup won't detect hard drive?

Hi!! Darhhearted.

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

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

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

Answer:Dual hard drive setup

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

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

Answer:Recommended setup for new hard drive?

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

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So here's the deal:

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

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

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

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

Things I have tried:

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


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

GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3

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

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

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB ram

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

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

What is going on?

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


Answer:Trouble with new hard drive setup

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

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Odd problem I'm having...

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


Answer:Setup can't find hard drive

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

System model?


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

-maxtor 80gb ata/133 hdd

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hey guys,

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

what do you guys think the next best thing is?

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

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

what would you guys recommend or suggest?

Answer:best hard drive setup hands down?

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

Answer:A good hard drive setup?

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

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