I have a Dell Tower Computer (Circa 2000-2002) that runs RIP software (Raster Image Processor) used to send graphics/image data to a machine that makes by way of laser imaging our plates or masters for our offset printing presses. Monday the hard drive failed. The Dell has Windows XP license decals on it but when booting up it display Windows 2000 NT. The computer has only 1 hard drive, a 68 pin SCSI drive and the cable to it connects to separate dual channel SCSI card which is in a slot on the motherboard. There is another SCSI card (single channel) in the slot next to it which has a cable that goes to the machine that this computer drives. The software that runs on this computer is proprietary software and I have a re-install disk for it being send via UPS Next Day Air as I type. I have an XP disk & license that I can install on what ever hard drive I can get to work here and the RIP software manufacturer said their software would work on XP. But I don't have a copy of Windows 2000 NT.
My question is that if I can't find this same hard drive locally, can I use an IDE or a SATA hard drive instead and still run the RIP software correctly? There is 2 IDE (primary & secondary) connectors directly on the motherboard. One is used for the CD rom drive, the other is unused. I am not certain but I don't believe the motherboard has a SATA connection. I have 2 good spare IDE hard drives.
If I can't make plates I can't print so I need to get this resolved ASAP. I am new here so I hope I gave enough information.
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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata
With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE
What are the differences between all of these?
I'll probably not use SCSI, but I was looking at the WD raptor 10K rpm hard drive (SATA). Do you need a special motherboard or certain controller to run this hard drive? And do you need a special CABLE for it? I have tons of 80pin IDE cables, but those wouldn't work?
Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.
I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/mainboard/ecs-945p-a-i945p.html ) .
Thanks ahead of time.
According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...
(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable
You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.
The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.
Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.
Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me
windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?
My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page
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I have a Startech brand PCI add-in card to get some extra SATA ports on my old Biostar MCP 6PB M2+ board.
In Disk Manager an Hitachi drive attached to the card shows up as a SCSI device.
However my backup software doesn't see it (old copy of Norton Ghost on CD) and the POST operations do not show it in the BIOS. Win7 reports that no driver updates are needed for the Hitachi on the Startech card.
It's very confusing. A new motherboard is due for me but this problem solved would extend the use of the Biostar. Why would the Win7 see the device but nothing else?
I'm a little confused. In the course of trying to speed up my computer a little bit, I came across something interesting and puzzling. The rig is a Dell Dimension C521 with 2G ram and an AMD 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ at 2GHz running windows Vista Business.
As you'll see below in the device manager, it tells me that I have a SCSI drive. Yet, when I take the case apart, it sure looks to me like SATA. It's got a SATA cable, etc. Unless they changed the SCSI cable, it has to be SATA. I remember SCSI cables as being fat ribbons from my Mac days (MacPlus, IIsi, PB160, etc.).
Am I going crazy, did I miss something, or is the computer going crazy.
Thanks for your sanity, Sam
find the model number of the drive on the drive unit and google for it. That might tell you if you have a scsi or sata drive.
Not sure whether to put this here or programming section seen as its more of a hardware issue. Anyway, I am currently designing some software which will be able to send SCSI defined multimedia commands MMC which are defined by SCSI.
I am going to be using a SATA connected Blu-ray/DVD drive. When MMC commands are sent using IOCTL the drive should return information held on an optical disc.
The question I have is are MMC, well SCSI commands compatible for use with a SATA interface? I am unsure whether the protocols are different or not. I'll be using windows xp.
I have an HP desktop computer running WIndows 7. The motherboard has an nVidia chipset. I also have 2 standard SATA hard drives and a SATA SSD drive attached. When I bring up Device Manager, all of the drives are listed as SCSI drives. Anyone know if there are any driver updates that can fix this? I'm not really worried that they are mislabeled, but the SSD is not performing well, even after the typical tweaks. In fact, one of the tweak applications can't identify the drive mode. It should either be IDE or AHCI. In any case, NOT SCSI. My BIOS doesn't have any settings to change IDE/AHCI modes, so I have been told this needs to be done through software.
Maybe the driver for the controller determines what the OS sees.
all my drives list as ATA
My motherboard died and i had two 80GB SATA drives setup in raid 0. I'm wondering if i can save the data on the drives if i can get another motherboard with similar specs. Does anyone have any idea about what i could do to save the data from the drives?
M/B: Gigabyte 8KNXP
Chipset: Intel 875P / ICH5R
Do the drives have the OS installed on them? If you get the same motherboard it should work without problems. I think you can also pull it off with any motherboard thats going to support raid 0, you will just have to repair XP to get your system to boot.
If they don't have the OS installed you should just be able to hook it up to any raid 0 setup and the data will be fine.
Unless of course something bad happened when your mobo fried and took the drives with it (ie - lightning).
Ill try and keep this straight and to the point but at this point myself, intel, and dell are baffled. I have a Dell XPS730 with the Nvidia Nforce 790i chipset. I run two 500 gig SATA drives under RAID 0. I recently installed an Intel X25 80 gig SSD and have ran into problems. Windows recognizes the drive as SCSI in device manager. Granted it works however because it is listed as SCSI TRIM and the intel toolbox wont work which makes an SSD useless.
After tons of research I have found that because of the Nvidia chipset it makes the drive show up as SCSI. I have tried Vista and Windows 7, both show it as SCSI. I have moved the SATA cable away from the other main 4 that support RAID with no luck. I have refomatted several times as well with no luck. I have completely disabled RAID in the bios and it STILL shows as SCSI. Is there any way to get around this? I have read that changing the nvidia controller drivers may work but im not sure what I would switch them to? I am totally lost and any info would be MUCH appreciated!
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I have a problem with Sony PMB software not recocnizing my DVD RW. Sony says its because my computer see's my drive as a scsi. It is a Sony DVD RW that is hooked up with a SATA cable to mobo. The box that the DVD RW drive came in shows it as a SATA. Do i need to do something in the BIOS to correct this. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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You haven't done anything wrong, it's just that I want you to get the proper help you need. Remember to mark this thread solved before posting over there so you don't have 2 threads open at once.
Have a W540 with the Samsung MZ7TE512HMHP-0001L SATA Solid State drive. Noticed after one of the updates from either MS or Lenovo, the driver changed to a SCSI driver, and the performance has slowed. It now shows a 6.3 on the windows experience, vs the 7.6 it did before. I haven't seen a SCSI drive in years and doubt that is what is rockin in this workstation. Things I have tried:1. Update driver (says I have the correct driver)2. Run Lenovo Support utilites Suggestions welcome
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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133
Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults
Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.
Thanks for any replies.
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I was able to salvage an old system from the trash at work. It has a Western Digital 4.3GB SCSI hard drive and I want to know if i can use it in a non-scsi system. To use it will I have to use a SCSI adapter or have to have all HD's as scsi?
You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.
ok i posted eariler and its final the scsi seagate is mine and it looks like im keeping it.ok so i bid on the scsi control card thats ldv and now im looking for a cable . my question does the cable need only one terminator? im new to this so if anyone can help me out on installing a scsi hd it would be greatly appreciated
You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.
Whenever I boot up my old computer, I get a message during bootup that tells me that the SCSI boot device is not installed. I have a SCSI hard drive connected to an Adaptec SCSI pci card. I had just taken the hard drive and card out of that computer and tried to install them on this computer, and it didnt work, so I put it back. I tried running a SCSI utility on the bootup screen, and it didnt even recognise the existance of the hard drive. It wont let me format or anything. If there is something I can do to get it working, then please post. I do not care if the solution requires reformatting, because I do not have any really crucial data on the drive.
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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.
One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.
The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.
So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?
Ive never seen ones like this before.
I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.
Made: 26th May 1999
I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.
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I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.
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I have a Dell Poweredge SP5166-2 that uses Seagate Barracuda (4.3gb) hard drives put into trays that are slid into the computer and connected to the motherboard. I want to put another hard drive in but it is an HP C2490A (2.1gb). When trying to install it the first times, bios recognizes it and says it is working properly, but it is not displayed under Win2k's logical devices or my computer. It is however displayed under device manager. So, it does exist but I just can't make it work within my computer. I also tried to make connect the SCSI bus cable that goes into the cd rom into the hard drive, but no luck. Is there any master slave config for scsi devices? My understanding is that there aren't any; only scsi ids. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
You can check couple of things.
You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).
If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.
Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.
Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.
Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.
But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!
Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.
I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?
Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.
Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.
You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.
There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )
Every morning is the dawn of a new error...
I've got an old computer that we've just been using at the office for payroll and a few other things. The problem is its runningout of hard drive space, so I was just going to install another hard drive, but I forgot that it has a scsi hard drive. I was wondering if i could hook a regular hard drive up to the scsi cable? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.
This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.
I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?
Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.
Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.
Recently my Hard drive died and my Laptop just boots to the BIOS.
I can here a clicking sound so know it's the hard drive that's faulty and the BIOS says no hard drive is detected.
I have upgraded a hard drive before using cloning, but never had to replace a faulty hard drive that has completely died.
I have removed the old hard drive and ordered a new one, but how do I now recover the Laptop?
I have a recovery DVD or USB, when the new hard drive arrives can I simply put it in and then insert the recovery DVD or USB reboot and go from there installing the OS (Win 8.1) or do I need to create some sort of DVD / USB with Drivers for the new hard drive?
Any advice on replacing a dead hard drive and recovery of a Laptop back to the OS would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
If the Recovery DVD you have is simply a Rescue disk and not the full OS you can download the Windows 8.1 media creation tool here. If the computer came preinstalled with Windows 8 or 8.1 the key is embedded in firmware. After installing the OS it will self-activate once online. If you use the Media Creation Tool additional drivers from your OEM's support site may need to be installed.
When installing using the OS from the MCT click next when it asks for the key.
I started to get a sense the hard drive was failing so did a full back up using XP supplied backup to an external hard drive. Took
close to 5 hours via USB. Now what? I was able to build a boot floppy before the failure. I do NOT have the original OS cd's as
I bought the machine used. If I get another drive what steps do I follow? This is a Thinkcentre desktop with a Hitachi Deskstar
You are going to need a legal copy of windows.
I have an HP dv5135nr 100gb IDE hard drive that just died out on me. I need to get a new hard drive obviously....i have no idea on how to go about doing so. Any help would be appreciated.
sorry typed so fast i didn't put specs and put the wrong model number
HP dv5135nr notebook and internal.
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I posted here a while back with complaints about my PC, as i couldnt get XP to re-install.
Well, now it tells me the Hard drive is dead and to contact the manufacturer .
Its a Dell Dimension 4300 1.7GHz, and from a quick google search i have found a replacement HD, but its 140 notes. Now, if that doesnt work and the computer still wont get its act together then im £140 down, which im not keen on .
My question is...... Its only a 40gig HD, and i know i could find one a lot cheaper than £140, but im not sure if it would be compatible.
Does anyone know if these machines are fussy as to what make or model of HD you sling in them??
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Hi to the forum.
This is my first post.
I got a windows 8 pro disk from amazon and installed it on my laptop over windows 7 and it worked great, no problems.
I then downloaded windows 8 pro from Microsoft on to one of my desk top pc's which was running windows xp. This went well with no problems at the time.
Tonight the hard drive died on that desk top. When I put a new drive in this desk top can I use the windows 8 pro disk to install on this hard drive but with the windows pro 8 key from the windows 8 pro I downloaded.
also as its is a upgrade windows 8 will I need to reinstall windows xp first.
Thank you for you help with this.
Hello Cornishman, and welcome to Eight Forums.
Yes, you will be able to do a clean install with your upgrade Windows 8 Pro without having to install XP first. You would just use the same product key number that came with your download.
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
Hope this helps,
I have a Compaq Presario 6027US Desktop PC. I tried to turn it on the other day and a message popped up saying it failed to boot up due to a missing or corrupt C:\Windows\System32\Config\System file. I tried to recover but it only made it 60% before stopping. I restarted it and it said "eminent failure has been detected on your hard disk." I was going to use Knoppix and retrieve my files off my hard drive, if possible. What I need help with is buying a replacement hard drive. I can't get onto "My Computer" to see what exact type I need.
I know it uses an "Integrated Hard Drive Controller" ATA 100.
What I don't know is whether or not it is 5400RPM or 7200RPM.
It will make a difference because I want to upgrade the storage size as high as possible. If it is 5400 RPM it will only upgrade to 80GB, but 7200 RPM will upgrade to 120GB.
Is there a way to find the exact specs. of my system since my computer will not boot?
Any help would be GREAT!
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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?
does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?
I have a SCSI Hard disk, that i some how messed up by transfering it to a different controller, cuz i didn't know that you can't do that, i do now. i tried to get it to come back alive, by puting it back on the controller, but my master partion table thing got messed up, when i had tried to use it on the other controller, the first controller was a LSI Logic, and the second was an Adaptec 2490-UW. so i tried to use diskprobe to read the sectors and set it up like that, which failed. i thought it might have something to do with the board so i had taken that off, but now when i go into the Adaptec "SCSI-Select" program it doesn't show a size. could i have connected my board back up the wrong way?? it does still spin up, but i don't understand why it lost the size of the disk. it had the size before btw. it is a 18.2 GB 10K RPM SCSI-2 drive, and i have 2 other identicals if they may be of any help. but i really want to know if this drive is toast.
EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4
Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.
The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.
Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.
I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.
When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:
The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?
Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the size..........so it says.
You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.
I am helping my brother in law out trying to do a non destructive repair using the installation disc. When we went through all the steps and got to the section that shows the hard drives it does not recognize the hard drive and won't let us do a repair. If we wanted to do a clean install it still would not recognize the hdd.
I decided to check bios and see what was recognized and in the hdd section it showed that the hdd was a SCSI. It is not a SCSI drive. We checked PC Wizard 2008 and it showed SCSI. All the places show that it is a SCSI. What is causing this? It is not a SCSI drive but a SATA drive. Can anyone tell me what has happened?
it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.
OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:
Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.
Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.
My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?
I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.
I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.
For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.
It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.
This is my first post, I hope someone can help me.
My 2 week old Western Digital Elements died. Totally dead. My laptop isn't even recognising it any more. Since it's only 2 weeks old I hadn't had a chance to back up the stuff I had put on it yet (well really, who'd've expected it to die within two weeks?)...is there any chance whatsoever of recovering the material on it? I'm really kinda devastated at the loss of things.
Thanks in advance!
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545. The hard drive went bad just a couple weeks after purchasing it. Dell replaced it. Now a year and a half later the hard drive went bad again. I have over a years worth of pictures, videos, and files on there. Is there any way I can get these back?
When the hard drive died recently my laptop just froze. I turned it off. A few hours later I went to get back on and could not start windows. It told me to "start normally" or "set up repair" When I would choose set up repair, the laptop would restart and go back to the same screen. If I chose start normally it would go to the windows start page not doing anything, flash a blue screen, and restart. I contacted Dell and they had me do some tests, which it said found no defective hardware. I got a new hard drive and the laptop works fine. I just hate to lose my data for, what seems like, the hundredth time! I've lost at least 5 hard drives in 4 years. =\
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Sad, but true. I DO BACKUP my data, weekly, keeping 2 weeks on cd's. BUT, now that my hard drive started "clicking" on occasion, I can't copy data to disc. Took hard drive in to recovery company and they said they can't copy, but can recover data for exorbinant amount. I know, through it away and use most recent backup, except.....backups were in the case stolen from car (was on way home to put in safe). No back up. Is anyone aware of any programs, etc. that would assist in getting my data off the drive? I can still access it, (don't have it in the machine at present), but can't copy from it. Thanks.
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Haiz, Today was a nightmare for me bcos ACER aspore E11 E3-112M hard drive die instantly warranty out and so far i never done image backup or recovery and there are no clue or help can be done so what i done mean done and i create a recovery and image backup from another acer ICONIA W7 install to new hard drive for Acer ASPIRE
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Hi I recently tried plugging my external hard drive in to my computer and at first it didn't load up but the light went on the hard drive. I played around with the power connection cord and the light went on and then off and it hasn't worked since. I was wondering if we can't get it fixed by anyone would it be possible to get the information off of it. We have very important photos home movies and iTunes on it. We have some backed up but not all. Thanks
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So I bought a new one, but i don't have an XP Cd to load the OS onto the new drive. The laptop just shipped with recovery disk. So i was wondering, could i possibly clone my desktops hard drive to the new drive then Run my laptops recovery disk when i install it back into the Laptop? Any help would be great.
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I have a HP dv1000 laptop. I was having problems with the power cord, and the day before I was going to take it in for service, it just suddenly would not proceed past one of the DOS screens... so I took it in for service (luckily I had a protection plan), thinking there was a command I didn't know how to do or something, and when I got it back they told me my hard drive died and had replaced it with a new one. Well I was thankful to have the problem fixed but I had data I didn't have time to back up! If I would have known and had a chance beforehand, I would have backed up my data...
So I'm on this forum because I want to find out if there's a way for me to go BACK to my old hard drive and retrieve the data and programs I NEED... I did purchase an external hard drive to transfer everything to. HELP IS NEEDED! Thanks in advance.
Have you installed the old drive in the enclosure?
Does diskmanagement "see" the drive?
We need to know what you have tried
*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive
I have DL145 G2 from HP
On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...
I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001
So the BIOS sees both the drives?
What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?
SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.
can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...
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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).
My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.
I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?
Any help is appreciated.
Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.
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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
Also, with ASPI3520.SYS enabled, the adapter and the primary and secondary ide controllers are disabled in device manager, it also makes A: drive use ms-dos mode compatibility.
I used the setup mode of the adapters BIOS to format the hard drive, After it formatted and I continued it says that it can't find a scsi hard drive.
Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?
Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?
If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.
Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers
Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Is that what you are using?
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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.
Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"
How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE
Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.
Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.
As per the norm, I got a Monday call from a customer freaking out about their server. I paid them a visit and sure enough the Western Digital SCSI hard drive I replace about 6 months ago is dead. SCSI utility is seeing it as a 1MB quantum. I told them to boat anchor that machine and get a new one. It's a pentium (i don't remember) 600MHz machine so it's a bit of a dinosaur anyway. their book keeper is the hero of this story. I taught her how to backup the server which she did before she left on Friday. I loaded backup files on an unused workstation, mapped some network drives and had them back up and running PDQ.
What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????
Is there a UPS or surge-protector installed between wall-socket and PC?
If not, unstable electricity might cause that, such as spikes, brown-outs or black-outs.
Or the PSU might be on the edge of its capacity. If the HD is a 10'000 RPM disk, they need a pretty good and stable PSU.
The disk should still be under warranty.
I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.
This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.
In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.
This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.
I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.
I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.
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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some reason, I am unable to Restore to any previous installation. As I have loads of files I want to access, I've decided get a new Hard Disk and run the original H/drive (if possible) from a SATA drive Docking Station. So essentially, I would like to know if my Dell DXC061 will run and support a new Seagate 1Tb SATA3 7200rpm Barracuda. My BIOS is Ver. 2.4.0 dated 05/24/07. I have opened the CPU to see that the current drive connectors appear similar to those on the SATA Docking Station and think my old drive will fit it. However, it's now occurred to me that its possible the newSATA 3 drive may not be compatible with my BIOS or Motherboard. Any help or comments please? Incidentally I have most of my most useful files backed up on an external drive, so all, hopefully is not lost.
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Hello there, I am needing some help with a problem and was hoping that some-one may be able to help.
Start at the beginning.....
A friend brought me his computer to have a look at as it had stopped working, ie: it no longer booted or ran at all, I built this system for him 8 months ago and it has ran flawlessly until this week.
So on getting it back I tried to boot from a floppy emergency disk but the computer would not even put up a boot screen or show any sign of life on screen.
Next I took out the hard drive and tried it in my own computer, this time I was getting a starting bios screen but it would not detect the hard drive, kept hanging at the "detecting master hard drive" screen, but hard drive is spinning up ok so it's not dead, just not being recognized.
Took out his processor, (to see why I wasn't getting a startup screen on his computer), and put it in my system only for it to wreck my system, eg: it will no longer boot, screen is dead, or recognize the hard disk and am getting a constant beeping noise from the speaker. Can't even see the POST and bios screen on monitor. Same as the culprit machine.
As it's an Asus motherboard on mine and I have the I panel I am getting a "C1" error indicating "auto detect on-board DRAM & cache" whatever that means.
So I now have 2 systems sitting that I cannot boot or get to recognize hard drives or even show any startup screens.
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toshiba hd died put new hd in want do notting. no curse bleeking in the corner.the f2,f8 and f12 key does notting. if i let it run for a minute it says operating system not found. put windons xp and windows7 cd in with the hd in does notting for a minute then trys to boot but crashs with this message for xp stop : 0x0000007B(0xF78DA63C,0xc0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000). for windows7 it run but says no device drivers were found. trying to get in the BIOS but no luck. can some tell me the keys to push .oh put new hd = harddrive in say need driver what driver. this is win7. toshiba satellite L655-S5061
Toshiba hard drive died new drive not seen
what is enable AHCI and how do i get to it.
Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB
You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.4 more replies
My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory
Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None
Floppy disk(s) fail (40)
Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved
BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI
Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 3: SEAGATE SX910800N
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result
OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.
Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
If I ignor the Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI thing, the puter will g... Read more
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I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.
Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.
if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.
Here's the question --
I had a Dell Dimension IDE XP SP3 PC but the memory/motherboard is gone. I ordered a Dell Inspiron 530S that only has 1 320 Gb SATA drive. I have access to older Dimension PCs at the office, and could use some direction or web shortcuts on taking my old HD, which has XP Home SP3 and pictures and financials and resumes (Word '03) and adding that to a PC that can "see" my home PC hard drive as a secondary IDE drive so that I can copy files to a flash drive/CD to transfer to my new Dimension SATA/Vista Home SP1 drive. Thanks in advance for your response.
I have a HP Pavilion a520n computer in which the hard disc died, so I found an used identical one for sale on ebay. This computer had Window XP and a couple years ago I added to the memory and installed Window Vista (Home edition). After installing the drive it comes on blank with a blinking curser. So I tried to install my Windows XP installation disc and when it tries to load I get the following: WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION SETUP - Setup cannot find a premium version of Windows installed on your computer. To continue Setup needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product. Please insert your Window NT 3.5 Workstation, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows Professional, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium into your CD-ROM Drive.
That is what comes up, any ideas on what I need to do to get the Windows XP installed on the new hard drive? My plan then is to update it to the Windows Vista (Home Edition) like I did before. Your help is appreciated.
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I want to recover if possible, not only my emails, documents, videos, and photos. I also want to recover my browser bookmarks, tabs, and history, and my programs, particularly some shareware I have.
I have had a firm in California recommended to me.
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My hard drive has died and I really need a OSCAR Recovery download for my Probook 4540s. Please help.
OS not OSCAR, stupid auto correct...2 more replies
Today my motherboard died on one of my desktop computers.
How can get my pictures of the hard drive?
what will happen if i put the hard drive in a enclosure hard drive case?
will it read it even if the hard drive has windows on it?
or is there a easier/cheap way to do it?
please help. i need my family pictures.
Thanks to all that help
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My hard drive died in my HP Pavilion 6640c. Can anyone tell me what type of HD can I install. Does it have to be a proprietary HP HD or can I install a generic one like Maxtor or Western Digital. Also will the restore CD that came with the Pavilion. I understand that HP assigns a serial number on the original HD that has to be matched with the restore DC.
go here about installing the new harddrive
As for the hard drive any IDE compatible drive can be installed. And I wouldn't exactly call Maxtor or WD generic, but other's will probably disagree.
The serial number is Microsoft's Product ID number. It's located on the manual or on the jewel case the cd came in, it's about 20 numbers and letters long. You need to type it in during the install process when it prompts you to. DO NOT THROW THE NUMBER AWAY. You can't install the software without this number.
Web cam doesn,t work and dvd player doesn,t work-----------drivers are up to date, and hardware is working---also can't scroll with touch pad----what do I need to do -------More replies
dvd player doesn,t work-----------drivers are up to date, and hardware is working---also can't scroll with touch pad----what do I need to do -------
Try this, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/mats/cd_dvd_drive_problems/en-us1 more replies
First of all, hello to all the people here. I am new in this forum and I am far from being an expert on this things, so that's why I am here I guess, to get some help.
Yesterday suddenly my computer restarted ang gave me and error message: Can't start windows cause the file System32/Drivers/Isapnp.sys is lacking or is damaged.
Well, you know that's not a rare thing, cause a lot of people seem to have that problem once in a while. You usually load the windows xp cd, go to the repair console and you fix it from there.......
Problem is, that I havent been able to fix it being the result that the hard drive is seriously damaged. The Chkdsk operation told me it had some unreparble damage and we tried the hard drive in another pc and it didnt read it. It said it had no format.
So I really wonder what could have caused this. A virus? How come a hard disk that is only a year old and it hasnt been through bad use died this way suddenly???
And I thought Maxtor hard drives were one of the best on the market, now I dont think I will ever buy one again.
Any comment, help, will be really appreciated.
Drives can die in the first week of use. It could have just been a bad drive to begin with. Have you run any of the Maxtor utilities to see if you can any error codes? Is the drive still under warranty? Did you have any data that you needed off the drive?
Firstly I know I know I should have backed up, but all may not be lost with the Dell laptop. It ran out of power and now it won't charge up. My cousin says the fizzling noise from the pack on the power lead suggests it's the lead itself, and to try borrow a similar lead. If it's not the lead it may be the battery needs replacing. If neither of these work he says he can open the laptop remove the drive and use some docking thing to transfer all my files onto an external drive for the moment.
I hope to buy an iMac similar to those in my college and therefore I need to buy an external drive that can work with an iMac and a Windows laptop. I asked in a local computer store and the sales assistant told me that he could sell a 3TB drive formatted for windows, but it couldn't work with a Mac. He said that drives need a switch or something to change from Mac or PC. This seems wrong because I bought a small 650GB external drive and formatted it to FAT32 on my tutors instructions and I can easily work on either the college iMacs or my PC laptop at home with no problems. The sales guy seemed surprised by this. Not sure he knew what he was talking about.
Am I right, can I buy any external drive, I had my eye on Seagate STBV3000200 3TB Expansion USB 3.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive and simply format it on the Mac to FAT32 and will it then be compatible if I plug it into a PC?
Sorry for the novel, and thanks in advance for any help.
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I have a Dell Inspiron XP w/Windows XP (NFTS file system).
Recently, the monitor on the laptop went black. I connected it to my LCD TV. The laptop worked all right for a while.
One day, it would not load windows and said "Unmountable Boot Drive" along with the Blue Screen of Death.
I've had this laptop for about 5 yrs and actually recently bought a new one.
I would like to try and see if I can recover files from this hard drive though. I have pictures, word docs, programs I purchased, bookmarks, etc, that I'd like to recover.
Here's the problem:
I created a boot CD to try and see if I can access the files w/a program I got at NTFS.COM
When I fire up my laptop, I cannot get it to display on my LCD TV screen until I hit FN F8, which brings me to the Windows Safe Mode Prompt.
I can't get into the BIOS and change the boot order on the laptop!
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
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As the title says, my Acer laptop died on me.
I have ordered a new laptop which is an HP.
If I transfer my existing hard drive with win 8.1 and all my programmes installed from the Acer to the HP, what problems will I encounter, and are they surmountable.
Thanks in advance for any input.
If your new PC was also an Acer with the same type of CPU, you might get away with a HD swap, But since the new one is an HP with probably a totally different CPU, you're stuck with using the new PC with the HD that came with it.
There are several different ways, that your old HD can be connected to your new PC, via a USB cable, so that you can access and copy all the files from the old HD to the new one. Programs themselves cannot be copied, but you have to be installed from the original media.
Almost any decent Computer Shop can hook up your old HD to their own computer, access all your data files and burn them to a DVD for you.
I do that quite often for my own customers. As long as they give me the old PC, I don't even charge for the data recovery service.
This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.
This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.
I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.
I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.
Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.
It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.
I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.
I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.
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Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?
SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings
Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.
The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.
Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?
How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?
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My laptop shut itself down and said there was an imminent hard drive failure. Gave it to my district's IT person who tried to copy the hard drive to put into the new one I bought, but she said her drive copier couldn't read the drive. Of course I can't find the correct version of Windows anywhere. (She has Wondows 7 professional, I found the Vista Update of Windiws 7 professional but we can't find a copy of 7 home.) We checked HP and I can order Windows or Recovery discs but she said the sticker on the laptop doesn't have the serial number needed. Tried emailing HP for advice on that but their technical contact page "cannot be found" and I got put on hold forever when I tried to call.
Here's the info she said us on the label if my laptop:
Pavilion dv7-4087d Entertainment Notebook
Any ideas? Thanks
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I have a FULL Seagate Barracuda 3tb internal hard drive that just stopped working that I would like to recover the data. My big road block in trying to recover the data myself is that my computer is not recognizing that the drive is connected. It has not been physically damaged and has not left the computer in the 11 months that I've had it besides for the rare occasion I add a new part to my computer. It is under warranty so whatever I do I would like not to void the warranty so I can have it replaced once I get the date. Here is what happened.
Last night when I tried to move a file to my hard drive it was really slow and and kept giving me errors. It finally worked and I started watching the file from the hard drive on my media player. Half way through my media player gave me all kinds of errors and the file stopped working. After closing my media player I saw that my hard drive seemed to have been disconnected (It did not show up in "My Computer". I tried rebooting, taking the hard drive out and putting it back in and switching which bay I had it in (I have a case that allows for hot swapping). None of this has worked. When I put it in the computer you can hear it working (all normal noises, no bad ticking or anything). It slows/freezes up the computer as the computer seems to be trying to read the hard drive but after awhile it seems like it gives up and the computer returns back to normal without recognizing the hard drive.
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Hi zaphenomenalone and welcome to TSG.
Does the hard drive show up in the Bios ? Does it show up in Disk Management ?
Please download and run this TSG hardware utility and paste the result into your next post :-
Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.
Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?
This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!
Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-
They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.
You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.
Also go to
for a bit of background.
I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.
All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.
and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
"UNEXPECTED SCSI COMMAND FAILURE" with above a SENSE KEY: "NOT READY".
Like it says, it's not ready.
now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.
Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?
Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?
Soo, I own an Acer Aspire V3-771G-9456 laptop, before the crash it was running windows 8, which came preinstalled.
The other day I had gotten a USB in order to make a recovery disk for my laptop. A few days before the hd corrupted and I had to completely reformat using its recovery partition, but then before I could make said recovery disk, the HD started 'buzzing' and needless to say...it's dead now :[
So I ordered an erecovery disk from Acer the other day, and purchased a decent looking SS hard-drive.
I have the new hard-drive installed, but who knows when the recovery disk will arrive!!
So here's where you geniuses come in:
So I'd rather not wait for the disk to arrive as it might take up to 2 weeks!
My brother informed me that I should be able to download windows 8 online and use the product key that's usually listed on the back of the laptop. However, there is no win 8 product key on the back :-/
So I'm at a loss... his laptop has a windows product key, but mine doesn't? Is it located somewhere else that I'm not looking?
I checked the bios but at first glance it didn't appear to be there, and that's as far as I've gotten.
Any advice on how to get win 8 onto my system legally without any more purchases, so that I can be using my new SS-hd laptop preferably tonight?
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The Windows 8 key is embedded in the BIOS, there is no COA sticker.
I believe you will have to wait for the recovery disk if you want Windows 8 as you will not be able to download a Windows 8 ISO without a retail key. Microsoft really screwed this up and has made no attempts to fix it.
You can do a clean install of a Windows 7 upgrade disc, see here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums
I have tried to google for solution but nothing worked. I cannot come to windows xp (to desktop). No matter how I boot (normally, safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with cmd and so on), it always gives me out bluescreen error that goes away extremly fast (around 1 microsecond or even less). I tired around 15 different copies of xp - all were bootable but nowhere were the option Recovery Console, also not (Re)Install Windows. I repeat, I cannot come to desktop. I tried with Linux's knoppix cd - hardware is good, all datas could be accessable well. But this doesn't mean anything to me. Thanks good it goes only through Knoppix bootable cd, I don't want to have linux installed. I want to come to xp. Im not so good in Knoppix - just in case if someone thought to give me some instructions through it.
My question is the following:
Could anyone please provide me a solution? I know the following is against the rules but I have no choice; Does anyone know where, online, I could get proper installation windows xp pro (sp3)? Which will, for sure, have the options to reinstall (overwritte) xp over damaged one?
I apologize for this, I know its not good to ask this but I really see no other way.
Hopefully someone could help please.
Your operating system is most likely corrupted.
Or HDD might be damaged.
Do you have any important files on HDD???
Take out HDD, connect HDD to some other PC and backup important data.
Check what make/model is HDD. Visit manufacturer's Web Site,
download diagnostic tools and scan your HDD.
If HDD is bad, it is vital to backup data as soon as possible.
If HDD turns out to be OK, you have two options:
1. To run System Repair.
2. Wipe HDD and do a clean install of operating system.
Post back after you scan HDD...
Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.
A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?
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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.
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Hello, my computer had locked up not to long ago so I had to give it a hard reboot. However, now it doesn't seem to recognize my main hard drive. I have 2 sata hard drives plugged in and it only recognizes my other one. If i set the option for "Configure SATA as" to RAID in bios, it shows it in the boot list but then throws a BSOD with error code 0x0000007b. Also it seems the same BSOD error happens when I set it as AHCI. Both hard drives recognized but BSOD thrown.When it has "Configure SATA as" IDE it only shows the other hard drive. Any ideas?
My System is:
ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
I have a hard drive with corrupted windows XP. Windows has sent me a new disk.
I would like to use a new hard drive as master, install windows XP on it, and install the old drive as slave. That way I won't lose the data on the old hard drive.
Is this possible? Do I have to remove Windows XP from the old hard drive?
If so, how do I do it?
you are fine all you need to do is make the corrupted hardrive as a slave and new hard drive as a primary and when you install a fresh new windows then you can be able to access you're files from the secondary harddrive.
Hello again all, I seem to be cursed. I've been back and forth for the last 9 months or so with quite a few problems. It's all the more annoying for me because prior to putting together this new machine I'd had a totally reliable PC which rarely gave me more than half a dozen harmless and totally fixable errors every year. Sadly that machine did finally give out due to a fault on its motherboard.
Right, here we go with the specifications:
XP SP2 Home Edition
1tb Boot drive
500gb storage drive
GeForce 9600GT graphics
AMD Phenom 8400 Triple-Core
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe
Seasonic 650W PSU
Recent problems have included serious graphical errors during games, culminating with one of the following:
1) The game crashes and presents an error message
2) The game crashes, causes a BSOD and forces a restart
3) The game presents serious errors in graphics, forcing me to quit the program
4) The game (usually during a graphical error) causes a failure of the graphics drivers, sending my screen back to Windows 3.1 and forcing a restart
Now such problems are worrying to me, but the worst has occurred twice in the last few months. I'll be playing a game and the hard drive seems to just switch off completely and my monitor reports "No Signal". A reset fixes the problem, and Windows has no knowledge of any error occurring. Now thus far some other people have offered the following ideas:
1) The cables connecting my HDD to the motherboard are fa... Read more
I have 2 computers. One is a SONY PCV-RS430G and the other is a Gateway GT5220.
The motherboard on the Gateway seems to be going out and I really don't want to invest any more money in it. The SONY is still working fine. What I would like to do is take the hard drive out of the Gateway and put it in the SONY as the master drive with the SONY's hard drive set to slave. I would like to keep the Gateway hard drive as it is and not have to reinstall everything. Can this be done?
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I have a very specific task that I wish to accomplish.
Right now I have one HDD where all my files and folders exsist for my computer. Only one.
I want to expand to two HDD, one for the OS and one for my games, videos and music.
How can transfer the OS files for Win7 to the new HDD?
You want to keep Programs installed on the OS drive.
To transfer User files to a (Logical) partition on second HD, follow this tutorial and video:
User Folders - Change Default Location
I would make a separate primary Recovery partition on the second HD to save a Win7 backup image so it can be easily detected to reimage the first HD using the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
System Repair Disc - Create
Then backup your User files from second HD to external, or leave a copy of them in a (Logical) storage partition on the first HD. Now you have everything backed up if either HD fails.
Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to make your logical data partitions.
Unfortunately, as college is about to begin I have computer woes. The computer I have been working with (ol' faithful) isn't the fastest and memory is slowly dwindling. I also have another computer which is not in use. I wanted to know is there some way to possible move my hard drive to a faster system without losing any of my files or even combining the two.
Just wanna save money and keep an old friend
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