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Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

Q: Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

Hello All,

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 ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A: Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

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...

You need

(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.

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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
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A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

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.
-David Betournay

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If I can't make plates I can't print so I need to get this reso... Read more

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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?


A:HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

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.

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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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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

A:Is this a SCSI drive or SATA?

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.

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A:Why does my SATA drive show up as SCSI?

Maybe the driver for the controller determines what the OS sees.
all my drives list as ATA

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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.


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A:[SOLVED] Dvd drive listed as scsi hooked up as sata.

Hi Odie, if you would be so kind as to mark this thread solved by clicking on the thread tools option at the top of this thread and selecting solved from the drop down menu. Then post this problem at the link below, our hardware techs will fix you right up. They are very adept at this sort of issue and will be happy to assist you. There are many sections to our forum so it is easy to get confused at where exactly to post a problem.

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.

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A:SATA SSD Drive shows up as SCSI - Rediculously baffled...

Windows will do this with some Sata Controllers.

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A:Solved: Cant access my files from SATA drive! :confused:

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
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Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

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Thanks for any replies.

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

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A:scsi hard drive?

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.

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A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


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.

Good Luck,


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A:SCSI Hard Drive


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A:Using SCSI Hard Drive

You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



A:scsi NT -- how to add IDE hard drive?


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.


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

[email protected]


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

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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.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
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.
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i don't know.

Cheers, John

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A:SCSI Hard Drive

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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.

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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:

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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 it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

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.

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A:Hard drive recognized as SCSI

it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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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.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

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.


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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.

A:SCSI hard drive question

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.

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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...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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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

A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

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.

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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.

A:Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

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"

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

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BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

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Hello all,

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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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??????

A:2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

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.

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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.

A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

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?

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
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*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

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

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.

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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.


A:Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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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.

A:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

You need a SATA3 port to connect a SATA3 HDD to be fully compatible.

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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 ?
Thanks Carl

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I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

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A:Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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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

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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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.

A:NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

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.

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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

My problem...
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 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.
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A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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I thought I had finally gotten this resolved by running Adware SE, Ewido, and Spybot Search and Destroy. However when Windows installed updates and restarted my computer it was back to the same thing. The computer keeps telling me I am running out of space on the Zip drive and prompts me to compress files to save space. But of course there is nothing in the disk drive to begin with. A disk icon for the Zip drive appears in the task bar that thinks it's the disk drive.

For a few shining moments I thought I had finally solved the problem because the disk icon disappeared and my web pages loaded as the should with a cable connection. Now my computer is running very slow again.

Does anyone know how I can permanently fix this? And what is telling the computer to use the zip drive???????????

I am attaching my hijack this file that I just ran in case it helps.

A:Confused computer. Thinks zip drive is the hard drive

Try uninstalling the InCDsrv.exe that comes with Nero and reboot and check affects.

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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.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

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

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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?


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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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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
Cache: 8MB

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!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

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.

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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
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?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

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?

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Using a WD 1Tb backup hard drive. After using the windows backup function in control panel the properties for the BU drive says it has used 540gb of space. However when I open the HD to view the contents there are only 3 folders. "owner pc" "WindowsImageBackup" and "MediaID.bin" the owner folder says "empty" the windowsimagebackup says "empty" and the mediaID.bin says 528 bytes. Where are the 540gb of backup!!!!!!!!!!!! I can find no folders or anything in the drive when I open it. When the properties are opened it claims 540gb have been used. FOR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!


A:Vanished hard drive space has me confused

Windows Image Backup may show empty if you do not have permission to read it.

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From reading threads I have concluded the best way for me to have additional storage for many photos and backup is with an external hard drive. I have located suppliers for a case and for hard drives, but now I need help in selecting the type to purchase.

The following is my computer per Belarch Adviser Current Profile:
Windows XP Home Edition SP 1
2.70 gh Intel Cereron
Main Circuit Board Bus Clock: 100 Mgh
Hard Drive 80.03 GB
Intel Ultra ATA Storage Controller-24CB
Bus Adapters:
Intel USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD
Intel USB Universal host controller - 24C2
Intel USB Universal host controller - 24C4
Intel USB UNiversal host controller - 24C7
Other Devices:
VIA OHCE compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub [4 of these]

1. Should I get a case with only USB 2.0 or is Firewire better or what?
2. Should I limit the external hard disk capacity to 120 GB or less?
3. I see Ultra ATA/100, serial ATA/150, and ATA/133 disk drives.
ATA/EIDE is mentioned. Which is better for me?
4. What is SATA and is it important for me?

An external hard drive is pretty expensive, but if that is the best way to go
please advise.

A:Help! I'm confused and need external hard drive advice.

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Hi there,

I have just bought a WD hard drive and I am really confused. It is 160GB however, when i looked at the installation guide, it mentions something about FAT32 and NTFS can affect the maximum storage level......This is what it says exactly:

This WD drive is preformatted as a single FAT32 partition for the compatability with all Mac and windows os. The FAT32 file system has a maximum individual file size of 4 GB and cannot create partitions larger than 32 GB in Windows 2000/XP; however, windows 2000/XP users can overcome these file size limitations by reformatting the drive to NTFS using the Disk Management utility. Click to expand...

I have to admit that I am no good at computers and I did not understand what the above meant. What I am confused about is whether it is a good idea to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS? Will it affect the running of my computer? And if I keep the WD drive as FAT32, how much memory will it have out of the 160 GB?

Many thanks.

A:confused: 160Gb WD passport hard drive

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When my dad and I first built my computer, he mentioned that we should partition my hard drive, which was a terabyte. However, I've used up 550 GB (I'm a gamer) and now I need more room. I'm not sure how to acquire the other 400 GB and I really would like to get it as I record for YouTube and video files take up a lot of room while recording. I would really appreciate the help, thanks.

A:Solved: Partitioned Hard Drive - Confused

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I built a new computer about a year ago, and installed win 7 home premium. the version I bought has both 32 and 64 bit included. I have no idea why, but I installed the 32 bit version, and now a game I want to play requires 64 bit. I'm trying to remove all other hard drives except for the c drive so I don't accidentally format and install to the wrong one. I know it sounds stupid, but with xp, I've done this before. the default drive to install on wasn't c drive, and I didn't pay attention to the drive it was formatting because I assumed it would be c. anyway, when I disconnect all drives except for c, I'm getting the boot error message. when I connect my other main drive, which wasn't connected when I initially installed windows, then it runs fine. there is a hidden folder on the second drive "system volume information". my question is, if I disconnect it and install the 64 bit version, am I going to run into any problems when I reconnect it after I install windows?

A:i'm confused about dual hard drive setup

Connect all of your drives and post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Is your goal to have 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 installations in separate partitions on the same hard drive using a single license?

I'm not clear on whether you are referring to partitions or drives, so the screen shot is needed.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dell 700m, XP Pro

Hope someone can help me with this, I appreciate in advance.
My computer power supply broke - before I shipped it off to get it fixed, I removed the hard drive (it's a Dell 700m).

Since I had to get some info off the drive while it was gone, I got a cable so I could use it as an external drive on my wife's computer. To acess the info, I had to "take control" of the drive, which I did and it worked.

Got the computer back last night and put the hard drive back in. I had to "take control of the drive" again to access the info and did, but here's the issue:

Normally on C drive docs and settings, I would have the profile name "Adam" and then the other normal ones, "all user" "default" etc. I had those, but I also had "Adam.xxxxx" (xxx was what I think the drive was named from when it was used as an external drive).

So now, I have both "Adam" and the other profile - and the other one is the one that has my info on it. But when I logged into my account, the desktop had gone back to a default setting - none of my info was the same. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing when I was working with this last night, but I backed up "my documents" thank goodness, just in case. Since "adam" had nothing in it important, I deleted it and just had the "adam.xxxx" but it regenerated itself so it's still there. It seems that the is the profile that ... Read more

A:Removed Hard Drive, Reinstalled, Computer Is Confused

Just thought of something in addition to my post.

I have never used XP System Restore, but would it work, if I restored it to a date before I pulled the hard drive? If I restored it to a week before the computer power broke and I pulled the drive, would I get all my settings back to that point? Or by pulling the hard drive, did I ensure that that is not possible?

I appreciate your help, thanks!

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I'm building a new computer, would it be possible for me to have 2 harddrives of different rpms. Say 1 hard drive is 300 gig 7200 rpm and another hard drive of 75 gig 10000 rpm. Would it cause any system instability when accessing files from both drives?

A:hard drive compatibility

No, only if files from both drives are needed by the same application, then the 7200 RPM drive will slow the operation a bit. Don't bother getting an old 10kRPM drive, like the WD Raptor, go for the new velociraptor if you want speed. Also, it's not worth it to spend more on the hard drive than on the CPU and RAM (their total price)...

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Hi, I currently have a Medion PC with XP home and P4 2.40ghz processor.

My hard drive is broken and I need a new one, which ones are compatible? any?
The broken hard drive is a Seagate model No. ST340810A9 40GB

Has anybody got any suggestions please?

A:New Hard Drive compatibility

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Is the WD 6TB 7200 RPM SATA III 128MB Cache Enterprise HD (WD 6001FSYZ) compatilble with the Z240 running 64-bit Windows 7?

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Hello all, this is my first post here so if it's in the wrong spot my apologies!

Ok, I know a decent amount about computers that I wanted to upgrade my Hard Drive, I currently have a puny Western Digital WDC WD300BB-32AUA1 (WD-WMA6W1966775). I'd like to replace it but not sure if it's ATA or SATA, I believe it's a ATA as it has the wide ribbon cable. If so, what are possible upgrades? For example, I'm looking for a minimal of 80GB. Don't care about much else... Also, I no longer have my Windows CDs so when I install a new hard drive I don't feel like blowing more money on buying a new OS. How can I avoid this?

Thanks a ton, all info would be great!


Is it even possible to just add another hard drive??

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I am working on upgrading a friends computer. It is a Presario 5000 Model 5WB220 with a UltraDMA IDE 5400 rpm 15 GB hard drive.

I have a 40 GB Ultra ATA100 7200 rpm hard drive.

Tech support for Compaq said I could only install a 5400 rpm drive. Based on other's comments of their "quality service," I thought I'd double check with some of the experts here.

I think the drive will work down because it will be limited to 5400 rpm which is what the motherboard (per Compaq) recognizes.

Will this work or not???

A:Hard drive compatibility

Sure, it will work. The motherboard is not concerned with the drives RPM. I've got a 7462 Compaq,(a little older thans yours) and it took a 40 gig 7200 with no problems.

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Hello, I have a 2014 HP Phoenix H9-1420T. I'm getting error messages that I have searched and according to the HP website I need to replace the hard drive soon. I am looking for a good replacement hard drive and I wanted to know if Seagate - 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops - Multi would be a good choice. I use the computer for work daily and light gaming (sims 4). If this is not good could you please recommend something? Thanks for your help! 

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I need to get a 2.5" external hard drive enclosure but all of the ones I see online don't list Vista as a compatible OS. Every other OS is listed - except Vista. Am I safe in getting one that doesn't list Vista?

A:hard drive compatibility

Almost without a doubt and especially if they work on XP. Some just need to update their specs or ads .

After you pick one, go to the manufacturer's site to be positive.

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Okay basically a while ago i formatted and then installed ubuntu on an old laptop because a virus had messed up windows pretty bad. after a while the hard drive turned completely un-usable and wouldn't even boot. so i decided to try to frankenstien together something at least functional using a hard drive from another of my old laptops. Now my problem is that when i try to start up the laptop i get as far as the windows xp startup screen when it seems to crash and restart, there is a brief blue screen with an error code reading:

STOP: 0X0000007E (0XC0000005,0XF789C756,0XF7AA7430,0XF7AA712C)

the laptop will run in safe mode but i don't have any of the driver installation discs that it asks for.

That's as much information as i can think of, any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Hard drive compatibility

How did you install XP on the old hard drive?

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I would greatly appreciate any help in this matter as I am well over my head with this problem.

My lab computer is now unusable and I was forced to acquire a new one. The problem is that I need the computer to connect with a Digidata (Axon - Molecular Device) for physiological recordings through a SCSI card (Advansys SCSI Host Adapter PCI\VEN_10CD&DEV_1300). This Digidata would only be compatible with Windows XP as under Vista and 7 a usb port was used instead of the SCSI card. To make everything works with windows 7, I would have to purchase the newer version of the Digidata software which is too expensive for our lab to afford at point in time.

I was given a new Acer Aspire M3450 to fully erase and install windows XP (regretful mistake I now realize). The newly formatted computer under Windows XP runs ok, but as everyone would expect I am out of some drivers. I check the Acer website, but none are for Windows XP (not surprising). Here is the list:
Audio device on high definition audio bus Func_01&Ven_1002&Dev_791A and Func_01&Ven_10EC&Dev_0662
Ethernet controller PCI\Ven_10EC&Dev_8168
SM bus controller PCI\Ven_1002&Dev_4385
Universal serial bus controller PCI\Ven_186F&Dev_7023
Video controller PCI\Ven_1002&Dev_9715

I have 3 questions. Do I need the SM bus controller and USB controller drivers? I could use this computer without the audio, ethernet and vga drivers if such is the case. I tried to use a usb key and it seemed to work fine... Read more

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My system has following Hard drive
313GB Seagate ST3320613AS ATA Device (SATA)44 ?C
which has become corrupt, I want to change it what specifications should I see when buying a new hard drive? thanks

A:Which Hard Drive to buy, Are there any compatibility issues.

Thanks to some natural disasters in Asia, this isn't the best time to be buying a HDD, but then again, you probably aren't in a position to wait. Any SATA hard drive would be fine. Your computer doesn't have SATA 6.0 connectors yet, so you don't necessarily need to buy a drive that's at that speed. However, given the age of your computer, if you plan to upgrade soon, you might as well go with an SATA 6.0 (aka SATA III) drive. This way, you can use it in a new computer at full speed.

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Hi..I want to buy a new internal hard drive. The PC is quite old and custom made. The details of the motherboard and the current hard drive as per "Speccy" is given below. Kindly inform if there are any technicalities that need to be taken care of while buying the new drive to ensure compatibility. Thank you.

Intel Corporation DG31PR (J3E1)
Hard Drives
149GB Seagate ST3160215AS ATA Device (SATA)
Form Factor 3.5"
Heads 16
Cylinders 16383
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA/ATAPI-7
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Features S.M.A.R.T., NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA II
Interface SATA
Capacity 149GB

A:New internal hard drive compatibility

Hi vvs,

there are some things to check out before buying a new internal HDD.

1. Decide of you want to buy a SSD or HDD drive. A SSD is fast and expensive and very good as an OS drive. A HDD drive is cheap with lots of digital space and perfect for storing files (like movies).
2. Decide the size of the HDD you will need. A common SSD file size is mostly 120 - 256 GB. A common HDD file size is 2 TB (2000 GB).
3. Since you have an older motherboard you should check if you have the latest BIOS drivers. You will need them to connect large HDD's (2 TB up).
4. Decide your budget and buy a new HDD. If you stick to the 'big names' you are always ok. A good SSD is the "Samsung 830/840 series" and the "Crucial M4". Good HDD's are the ones from "Western Digital" and "Seagate".
Good luck with it!

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I was wondering if I can replace the 16GB ssd in my HP mini 1000 with a 120GB HDD. I found one on eBay with a zif connector but will it be compatible with the hardware in the laptop? The interface is ATA-7, is it the same as the mini?

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I need help about Hard drive compatiablity.
My mother board says its 32bit Enhanced PCI IDE controller with ULTRA DMA/33 function.

Can I install a harddrive that is ULTRA DMA/66 or 100 ?

A:Buying a new hard drive/compatibility

Yes you can, but it will run at the speed of the controller on your motherboard. You can always upgrade to an add on ATA/100 or 133 controller. You need to also check if your BIOS will support a larger hard drive.

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I have an Acer Aspire model 5532. I just purchased another Acer Aspire model 5349. If I took the hard drive from the 5532 and installed it in the 5349 would it create any issues. This hard drive already has my programs on it. Was thinking it would be easier than re-loading the programs on the new one.

A:Laptop Hard drive compatibility

Chances are it won't work. The drivers are likely to be different, and the OS is probably tied to the original machine.
Bite the bullet and reinstall your apps.

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Ok i am new to making computers and i have a Q.

the hard drive i want says: Interface - Ultra ATA-100

my mobo says: Hard Drive Types -

so will the "Ultra"ATA-100
work with the mobo?

A:Question about hard drive compatibility

Yes it will work just fine.

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Hello guys,I am about to buy this acer laptop but i would like to upgrade my ram and hard drive(prolly into a ssd) in the near future when i can afford it so i would like to know how much ram does my laptop support and if it can take ssd and also which type in both cases. Thank you in advance!

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So I was recently told that upgrading my hard drive may help increase performance.

My current hard drive is:

Size: 500 GB
Interface: SATA
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

I have another computer that went out on me. The bios got bricked when doing a system restore on windows 8. So I sold off the ram, and the processor in the computer. Since I know neither would be compatible with my system.

However I do wonder about the hard drive.

It actually came with a SATA hard drive, but it was 1.5 TB.

I'm curious to learn more about upgrading hard drives. I'm interested in learning:

1: What type of hard drives would be good bang for your bucks for upgrading. How much of an increase in performance I should expect from each hard drive.

2: I currently have about 150 GB worth of stuff on my computer. I only have 100 GB free. How much does free space play into how well the hard drive runs? Is there a certain amount of space where the hard drive starts really slowing down (for example, if I'm only down to 30 GB it may start to get much slower)

3: I'm assuming if I move a hard drive in it won't boot up properly or work immediately. I'll maybe have to boot from a usb drive and then wipe the hard drive out? Then install windows? Just how that process works.

Thanks! I really appreciate all the wisdom I've gotten off of here. The knowledge given to me here has been extremely practical to me and very useful, and saved me hundreds.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility with different computers

We'd need to know the make, model number, and size of any hard drive you have to properly comment on them.

Generally, the faster performance comes from 7200 RPM SATA drives made in the last 3 or 4 years. These drives will have high areal density and high capacity per platter--often 1 gb per platter. Western Digital "Black" drives and the most recent Seagate models are fast.

See some other comments below:

Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano

1: What type of hard drives would be good bang for your bucks for upgrading. How much of an increase in performance I should expect from each hard drive.

Hard drive speed will have an effect only on operations that actually involve the disc. Fast drives generally are no substitute for a fast CPU.

2: I currently have about 150 GB worth of stuff on my computer. I only have 100 GB free. How much does free space play into how well the hard drive runs? Is there a certain amount of space where the hard drive starts really slowing down (for example, if I'm only down to 30 GB it may start to get much slower)

I've generally heard somewhere like 10 to 15 percent free space before it becomes noticeable. You are nowhere near that crowded. I've never noticed any slowdown on my drives due to space issues.

3: I'm assuming if I move a hard drive in it won't boot up properly or work immediately. I'll maybe have to boot from a usb drive and then wipe the har... Read more

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Hey there. Im currently thinking of exchanging this PC for a better one. And since i have an enormous ammount of Programs installed, it would definitly be quite a hassle to install them all again.
Im wondering if i can just take this Hard Drive and insert it onto the other computer. Are there any compatibility problems with certain motherboards? Or OS? Seeing as my current OS is XP, and the new one will be Windows 7 :/

Are there any other ways of just transferring all of our programs, and making the whole process alot faster and easier?

Thank You =)

A:Hard Drive Insertion/Compatibility

There's no upgrade path to Win7 from XP, and programs can't be transferred in most cases.

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I have a hard drive that has Windows installed on it! Now if I remove that windows installed hard drive from the current pc it is in and put it in another pc, will the hard disk and the os that is installed on it function like they used to? Or does it not work entirely?

A:Hard drive compatibility doubts!

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I am looking at buying an external hard drive for my computer. I am running Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 8400 computer. Is there a specific list of hard drives I can find that are compatible with this model, or are all external hard drives compatible with it?

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Hi, I know This workstation can take a 2.5" SSD or Hard Drive. I also know it can take a PCI-e NVMe M.2 SSD drive. My question is can it also take a M.2 2280 SATA Drive? Also besides 2280 form factor what other numbers form factors it can take.

A:HP ZBook G3 15 Hard Drive Compatibility

Hi, For your two questions: Please use  HP Z Turbo Drive 256 GB, M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive or larger (capacity) only. Why go to M.2 SATA when it uses PCIe GEN3X4 interface ?I think it only has one hole for the M.2 2280, other size may not have hole for a screw to keep it in place.Note: You can use the following parts: 1-TB, Z Turbo drive PCIe                            840951-001512-GB, Z Turbo Drive, PCIe                         840950-001256-GB, Z Turbo Drive, PCIe                         840949-001256-GB, SATA-3, self-encrypting drive (SED), OPAL 2 840948-001128-GB, TLC                                         846386-001 Regards.

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is my hard drive compatible with this.. /ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+, Onboard Video,Sound, GB LAN/.. motherboard the hard drive is this.. /Western Digital 320GB WD3200AAJB-00J3A0/..I don't know how to tell. Thought someone from here could help out thanks.

A:Solved: hard drive compatibility

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I have a Motherboard that is supposed to be SATA 150 ready. However, the HD I bought is a SATA 300 one. Will the HD work?

A:Hard Drive - Motherboard Compatibility

ftgml said:

I have a Motherboard that is supposed to be SATA 150 ready. However, the HD I bought is a SATA 300 one. Will the HD work?
Thanks.Click to expand...

Will it work, most of the time yes. If the drive is not compatible at a 3Gb. transfer speed you should be able to put a jumper on the drive to limit the transfer rate to 1.5Gb. and it should work.

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I need help figuring out the best hard drive to use to upgrade my laptop. I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 and my hard drive has died. The hard drive's specs are as follows.
Size: 160 GB
Form Factor: 2.5
Height: 9.5mm
Interface: SATA
Rotational Speed: 5400 rpm
Cache: 8 MB

The hard drive that I am contemplating getting is a Hitachi (Part #: DMH0A50940). It's specs are as follows.
Capacity: 200 GB
Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
Cache: 16 MB
Interface: SATA 150
Height: 9.5mm
Form Factor: 2.5

My question is wheither the Hitachi is compatible and if anyone knows a better hard drive to use as an upgrade?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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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
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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I am interested in getting a second hard dirve for my Gateway 1.7GHz machine (about 3 years old). I currently have a 120Gig drive. How can I determine if my bios will handle a hard drive larger than the 120Gig either as a primary or secondary drive? Based on the MS KB article (Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 303013,;en-us;303013) there could also be problem with XP home ed. Also are there any websites devoted to hard drives and the differences between them

Also any suggestions as to a hard drive to buy. I am looking at Maxtor and Western Digital 200-260Gig drives. Should I get a ATA, Ultra-ATA or SATA drive and what are the differences between them and compatibility issues.

I know I have asked a lot of questions but hopefully they are easy to answer because I am really confused.

A:Hard drive compatibility with BIOS and XP Home

First off, if you want to be safe, buy a 120gb drive, make it a slave and you should be happy for a long time. If you want a larger drive, the you should check your bios Mfg and see if it supports larger drives. Next if your system doesn't support Ultra-ATA or SATA, you will need to purchase a PCI card to support these environments. The best solution will still be a 120gb drive as a slave.


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My computer currently has two 250GB SATA hard drives in a RAID configuration. I have a lot of digital music and want to put that on two external hard drives in order to keep it separate and portable. I have decided to buy internal hard drives and plug them into cases to turn them into external drives. I have already ordered a Seagate 200GB Ultra ATA/100 8MB Buffer Retail Kit, which I think I can just plug into one of the cases that I have ordered and then plug it into the computer (since it is a kit and comes with the necessary software and everything). However, for the second drive I have found a good deal on a Maxtor Ultra 16 PATA 250GB internal hard drive. This second one is NOT a retail kit, so here are my following questions:

1) Will all of these drives be compatible together?
2) The Maxtor, since it isn't a retail kit, doesn't come with any software. Will that one be just as easy as slipping it into the case and plugging it into the computer, or will it take something else?

Thank you so much for all your help!

A:Need help adding hard drive space (compatibility and how-to)

Unless your using the drives in a RAID configuration there shouldn't be any conflict at all.
The oem version won't be a problem you will not need any software to install it( windows should recognize and format/partition it). but if you want to use Mfg's drive software ,just download it from them.

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I am repairing a laptop that needs a new hard drive. The owner has purchased a new hard drive except its serial ata like the old one. I need to know if there is some kind of connector/converter on the market that converts the type. I looked on and this is what I found.

But the problem is that's too big for the little space I have on this aleinware. I need something like that except for latops. Anybody help me?

A:Laptop Hard Drive Compatibility Problem

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I recently installed a new hard drive. My first hard drive is c:d:e:, and my other f:g:h:. I went into device manager (using safe mode in Windows 95) and deleted all the disk drive partitions. Dont ask why? And in trying to fix this problem deleted all my hard disk controllers also. Now PIIIx Bus Mastering PCI IDE controller has a resource conflict with the Standard IDE/ESDI hard disk controller. In the registry there is nothing wrong. Its all plug n play so i dont know what to do. I went back to safe mode and it showed primary and secondary controllers but the bus mastering still had exclamation point and all the partitioned disk drives were gone..... In trying to add new hardware I got error Msgsrv32 and Rundll32. I was able to add another Standard IDE/ESDI hard disk controller but it didnt do any good... My computer is an IBM Aptiva 2159 166mhz Windows95 4.00.950.a I also followed windows help in troubleshooting hardware conflicts and said basically it couldnt help me. Someone Please Help Me! Thank You

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