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Q: scsi hard disc

I have 2 scsi drives in my compaq evo w6000 pc c & d drive they are 18gb I want to replace c with a 73gb drive can i put in the d drive position & copy c drive to the new drive using norton clone & then put it in the c position & put the old d drive back in the d position will my pc boot without the old d drive when i put in the new drive in it's place so i can clone c drive to the new drive Thank You [email protected]

A: scsi hard disc

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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

A:if i have 1 ide and 1 scsi hard drive how do i install windows on the new scsi hd?

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I am having a spot of bother implementing the read disc structure command. The error comes from transferring data from the returned buffer into a char to print.


invalid application of sizeof to a bit-field
invalid conversion from uchar to const char*
initializing argument 2 of char* strncpy(char*, const char*, size)

//Function to access disc structure
void discStructure(HANDLE device)
readStructureCDB readStruct = {0}; //Creates CDB structure
SCSI_recvStructure recvStruct = {0}; //receive data
DWORD returnedBuf; //Bytes received through DeviceIoControl

unsigned char cmdLen[sizeof(SCSI_PASS_THROUGH_DIRECT) + 96] = {0};

typedef enum {
DVD = 0x00,
Bluray = 0x01
/* reserved */
} media_Type;

//Set disc struct CDB here
readStruct.opCode = SCSIOP_discStructure;
readStruct.allocationLength = sizeof(recvStruct);
//readStruct.mediaType = media_Type;
//printf("%d", readStruct.opCode);
memcpy(discStructureSCSIptd->Cdb, &readStruct, sizeof(readStruct));

discStructureSCSIptd->DataBuffer = &recvStruct;
discStructureSCSIptd->DataTransferLength = sizeof(recvStruct);
discStructureSCSIptd->DataIn ... Read more

A:SCSI read disc structure C++ help

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hi every one

i'm sorry if my topic is not in the wright department

and sorry again

my Problem is

i have tow hard disc and need ti instal 2 windows copy
in ech one of them
but the big problem is

i want when the pc startup founde in bios screen
2 choice
1st : xp
2nd : 7
and choose what i want to log in

this problem is making me soooooo crazy for 3 days and
finally i found a solution for it
but it is so poor
i remove one hard disc and instal the windows
and did the same for the second hard disc

but cause Moore time and hard to start my work
soo plzzzzzz
i just need someone help me and be Patient with me


A:install windows 7 in hard disc and XP in another hard disc in same pc

See this tutorial for how to setup a dual boot environment with Windows 7 and XP. It covers both methods, XP installed first or Windows 7 installed first.

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I think I may have found an answer to my boot problem. After reading the tutorial on system image restore I saw this statement.

"You can fool it into thinking that simply by marking the 7 partition as active.

May be as well to make it a "secondary" system partition , by copying across the relevant files - in case you forget to hand the active flag back"

How would I be able to make my "C" WIN7 drive my system drive instead of my "D" Vista drive. Right now my "D" Vista is my system drive.
Or, can I have two system drives at the same time? Remember these are on TWO SEPERATE hard drives.

A:How to make a hard disc a system disc

First make sure you are set to see hidden and protected files in Windows Explorer.

Copy bootmgr file from D: to C:
Copy boot folder from D: to C: and tell it to skip over copying bcd and bcd.log when it prompts.

Run this command from an elevated command prompt. You may copy and paste into it. Hit enter.

bcdedit /export C:\boot\bcd

Reboot into bios and change the primary boot device to be your C: drive.

Boot to Windows and make sure C: is now the system drive. If so, you may delete the boot folder and bootmgr file on D:

If you want two "system drives" so in case one fails you'll be able to boot from the other, don't delete anything and use bios to change drives in this instance.

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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.


A:SCSI Hard Drive


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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?

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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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

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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Hi everyone,
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.



A:SCSI HArd 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.

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.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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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?



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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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.

A:SCSI Hard Drive

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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.

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 couple questions I have concerning SCSI devices....
1) Scenario: You have a scsi cd-rom, 50-pin, and a scsi hdd, 68-pin. The adaptec adapter manuel says for automatic termination, you have to set the 'low/high' setting from 'on/on' to 'off/on'.

Now I've hooked up scsi devices before, but only hdds. My question: by having a 50-pin device (cd-rom) and a 68-pin device (harddrive) both on the same scsi controller card...would that slow the hdd down? To me, it seems like I'm disabling the scsi wide aspect of the card.

2) SCSI-1 is 8-bit, right?

3) SCSI-2 is 16-bit, right? also known as scsi wide, right?

4) What is Ultra wide?

5) Is SCSI-3 and SCSI 160 the same thing?


A:SCSI Hard Drives

Have very little experence with SCSI but good resources for info. Try the following link for good reading.

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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.


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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In a recent attempt to upgrade my video card I have come across a strange Hard Drive issue.

My system is a Dell 2.8 GHZ (running XP) and I purchased a new 256MB AGP video card to replace the stock 128MB... as a precaution before I did this, I took out the ATA adapter card in a PCI slot that runs 2 seagate ATA drives. After my installation was complete I put the ATA card and drives back in.

Now my Device Manager sees them both, but it reads them as SCSI drives and my ATA adapter as a SCSI adaptor, and It thinks one drive is empty, and the other needs to be formated.

My remedy was to re-install the driver for the ATA card, no luck, so I checked the jumpers and bios settings, no luck... called and spent 1 hour with Seagate level 2 support, no luck (we did test both drives and seem to be fine)

My E drive has a capacity of 279 GB and there is about 80GB of data there and my G drive has about 185GB on it with a capacity of around 200GB.

Does anyone have a suggestion on where to go from here? (With out reformating my drives and losing 250GB of data)

Thanks in advance.

A:2 ATA Hard Drives seen as SCSI

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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?

A:7200rpm scsi hard drive


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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?

A:Hard drive recognized as SCSI

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

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I just picked up this old server for nothing it's an IBM x240 2X9gig and 2x76gig Scsi and i wanted to try and get it going, not as easy as it sounds.

I got the drivers and the serverRaid disk from IBM and loaded the drivers onto a floppy, placed the 2k3 server disk in hit f6 and loaded the scsi drivers all was good.

Then an error saying i have no hard disk installed came up cancel the installation hit f3.

What have i done wrong?

This is what comes up during the post.

At startup Current memory configuration is not optimized
Adaptec aic-7897 scsi bios v2.20

Press Ctrl-a for scsi select utility
ch A Scsi ID: 5 IBM Ultrium-TD1 Ultra2-se

SCSI bios not installed

IBM serverRaid Bios
Bios Version 7.10.18

1 ServerRaid-4H Slot 4, drive configuration takes up to 5 minutes

Press Ctrl-I to enter mini configuration program

2 beeps

And then it ask me to insert a disk and hit f1

Any help appreciated

A:Loading Scsi Hard drives

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Hi there,

I have got two SCSI hard disk arrays running in my server, one is a 3-disks array on RAID-5 and the other one is a 1-disk unRAIDed.

Both arrays are presently holding data.

I want to install another 2 SCSI disks on the second array so that I can RAID these 2 together with the existing 1 on a RAID 5.

Can someone please kindly give me a walkthrough how to do it, because apart from changing hard disks on a PC, I have never done anything with SCSI hard disks before.

Is there any issue with data migration?
Do I have to temporarily transfer the data in the disk to another storage, install the 2 new disks, RAID the three together, then transfer back the data?
Or can I just simply plug in the two new disks, and RAID the three together, without having to worry about the data contained?

Ascan be seen I am in very very desperate need for help here.
So from the time the new disks arrive, what do I have to do?

Thanks so much. Any input is very much welcome and appreciated.

A:How to add SCSI hard disk to RAID

I am not sure I completely understand what you want to do. I think you want to install two new drives onto a scsi card and then create a raid array on those two disks.

As long as the scsi controller you are connecting these to supports raid, it should be no problem. Shut down and connect your drive to the controller. The one disk connected now will have the terminator jumper / plug installed on it. This needs to go on the last device in the chain. Now restart and enter the bios for the controller you are setting up the raid array on. There are different key combos for different card mgf's so you need to know which key to hit. When in the raid bios, select the two disks you want to create the array and start the creation process.

I am assuming that the os is already installed on another device and that drivers for the raid card are already installed. Go to disk management and you will need to partition and format your array. You MAY need to restart after you partition the array. Format with ntfs and you are good to go.

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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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On all internet vendors, I find sections of these 10k,15k RPM drives, called SCSI, and I have absolutely no idea why they are different to SATA/PATA. If they are just super fast hard drives, I'd buy 4 and link them in a RAID array, but I still don't understand the different names. It's a problem that has been needlessly bothering me for ages!

A:SCSI Hard Drives, What on Earth...?

scsi is a interface that looks more like pata than sata, but you will need a scsi adapter card or a scsi header on your motherboard, and even if you want to spend the huge amount of cash for a 15k hard drive you will not be able to utilize all of it because the your optical drive wont be able to keep up with the hard drive, i would stick with pata and sata both for cost and it (seems) that is what you know about, scsi is a whole different world than ide and sata

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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

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I've been trying to setup a Dell poweredge server I have just got, and am having huge problems getting it to recognize any of the 4 SCSI hard drives I have in it. I've trailed through the BIOS and so far have found, when SCSI devices it can find the drive in port 0, if I go into the RAID array to put this hard drive into the raid setup, there are no drives. If I boot all the way through to the install for the Linux distribution I'm going to install, no drives are found to install on. I've tried running the open manager server assistant CD to no use. I've tried installing a bootable floppy with SCSI drivers on it only to be told it's not a bootable disk.

I'm at a loss and nearly at the point of accepting defeat and buying new hard drives. Surely there is something really basic or obvious I am missing?

Help or suggetsions or rational thinking would be a blessing. Thank you.

A:SCSI hard drives not detected

Can we get a little more information about the model of dell server, and the size and type of scsi harddrives? I tend to not think it is the drives, I work with dell servers all day at my job, and usually it is either software crap, or a different piece of hardware has failed. what RAID controller are you using?

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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:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

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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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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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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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
(5/20 new, unlimited, pay to surf site added):

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I have a Dell Precision 530 and I would like to replace the two SCSI hard drives (Win XP OS) with two IDE hard drives instead with Win XP as the OS. Can anyone tell me how to go about doing this? Should I just do a clean install of Windows XP on the IDE drives? I know that the SCSI controllers are difficult to deal with.Are there any specific settings I need to enable/disable in the bios/setup before attempting to do this? I intend to completely remove the drives and the SCSI connector cable from the machine if I can get the IDE drives to work.

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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*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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How can I test disks that are 68 PIN SCSI?
I have a SCSI controller but it takes a different connector.
Can anyone shed some light?

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

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

A:SCSI Hard Drive - No Letter Assignment

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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.

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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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I suspect that my 640 GB hard disk (from 2008) is nearing the end of its life and would like to plan for a replacement.There does not appear to be much if any chance to replace such a SCSI disk any more.What is the best type of disk to replace it, and does it need a new controller?I run Vista (original OS) and Windows 7 (new) in a dual boot configuration.It has currently three volumes, a Vista C: drive (c.300 GB), a Windows 7 C: drive (c.300 GB) and the HP "FACTORY_IMAGE" drive 15 GB

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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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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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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.

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appreciate your help!
thanks in advance

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Hi kianlie,

This is a feature of some HDDs in order to make them quieter. Unfortunately, because they work by reducing the speed of the drive (according to load), they can make some systems run slow. There are utilities available to turn this feature on and off (where supported), but you will need to get these from the HDD manufacturer's website.

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In Disk Manager an Hitachi drive attached to the card shows up as a SCSI device.

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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?

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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'Lo All,

I need to upgrade the HD space on my PC here, and was wondering if it'd be worth it to convert over to a couple of those shiny new 15000rpm SCSI drives (If it's pertinent, my motherboard is an Intel 875 / 2.4ghz and both hard drives are 18 GB 7200 rpm IDE's). A couple of quick questions:

1. Do I need a SCSI controller (the ones that I see selling on Pricewatch for about $25) to plug the "new" drives into, or is there a way to get them to work without this?

2. Is this even worth it; that is, will I see an appreciable increase in system performance once I've made the jump from 7200 IDE --> 15000 SCSI?

3. Anything else I should know about this whole scenario? Ostensible pitfalls/perks/etc.?

TIA for any responses...

P.S. I'll pre-empt any, "Newbies shouldn't mess with the inards of their computer"-style responses by stating that a friend will be doing the actual install/setup work...

A:Switching from IDE --> SCSI hard drives on home desktop...good idea?

the newer scsi run at 360 this means faster access
you will need a card that handles this speed plus the cables
price has come down some still very xpensive almost $2.00 USD a gb
SATA is cheaper and is almost as fast ,in most cases you will not see diff.
I think sata's run at 180 ( I dont use sata)
iede run at 133
warrentys on both are bout the same from 3 to 5 years
both support RAID most sata cards have this included
scsi cards don't you have to pay for that feature
if MB doesn't support sata you will need a card for it
only invest in scsi if you have critical systems and or run very intense app's
so if you want to upgrade and keep cost at min. go sata
if you are not up to task of boot issues with sata stick with iede 8mb cache 7200 rpm (I perfer Seagates)

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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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Hi! I am running an Adaptec 29320LP adapter with 2 Seagate st336754lw 36gb 15k hard drives but the hard drive speed is maxing out at 70gb per second!! Does any one know how do i config to get the full 320 gb per second or at least close to????

Any help would be apriciated.


A:scsi U320 Speed problem for SCSI Wiz

Because the interface supports that speed doesn't mean the drives can actually sustain a transfer rate close to that. Same as with PATA and SATA IDE drives. But 70MB/s does seem low. Are the drives in RAID or just seperate individual drives?

Also how are you measuring the speed? Try HDTACH:

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ive got some stuff with the older type SCSI fittings,
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sorry the rules here is no ilegal information and the sharing of dvds is ilegal so go away

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I have a laptop that came with Windows 8. I have been given a Solid state Hard drive, If I replace the current Hard Drive with the SSD, can I load Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 ?

A:Change Hard Disc

Yes but you need a license and drivers for Windows 7. If you have Windows 8 pro you have downgrade rights contact Microsoft for your activation key after installation. You can check for drivers at the laptop manufactures site.

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hi i have vista home on my laptop but i have problem with sql server 2005 on vista ,i want to divide my disk on two parts and on other to istall windows xp but when i can't use partition magic 8 ,show some problems .
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A:divide my hard disc

Hi aleks, and welcome to the Vista Forums,

When you say you have problems can you be a little more specific.

Have you tried running SQL server in Compatibility mode for XP ?

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Create a Recovery Disc - Vista Forums

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NeoSmart Technologies

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Hi all,
Greetings everyone. I am new to this forum.

I am going to buy COMPAQ CQ42-403AX Notebook( AMD athlon duel core P360 2.3GHz, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 500 GB HDD) and install Windows 7 this week. How will I make 4 partitions ( 100GB, 200GB, 100GB & 100GB) of the Hard disc? The HDD has free DOS preinstalled.

A:Need help regarding Hard disc partition

Have a look at those tutorials:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Clean Install Windows 7
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

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A:Using 80 gb hard disc without partioning

when you install XP part of the process asks you where and how you want to install...choose to reformat using NTFS, then load the OS...of course this method deletes access to all data on the HDD (though data recovery tools would recover a fair amount)

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A:Disable Hard Disc

Have you tested this?

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Im about to install xp on a pc that has ubuntu on it at the moment i read somewhere that it makes a difference what hard disc you have i think it said sata or ide ive copied the spec below but it doesnt mean a lot to me could somebody tell me which type it is,and are you asked what type of hard disc you have during xp installation


Manufacturer Part no

Device Type
Hard Drive - Internal

Formatted Capacity

Drive Transfer Rate
133MB/s (external)

1 x 40-pin I DC Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7) IDE/EIDE


Spindle Speed

Compliant Standards
S.M.A.R.T , RoHS

Average Seek Time
9.0 MS

Average Latency
4.17 MS

Form factor
3.5" x 1.3H"



1.3 lbs



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I haven't stumbled upon my situation in my searches yet, so I was hoping someone could give me some guidance.

I was trying to unzip a .rar file when I realized I didn't have enough room on my primary hard drive to do it. I canceled the process. After that, I highlighted a bunch of stuff in a folder and CTRL X'ed it. I doubled clicked on my secondary hard drive under My Computer, opened it up and browsed through the folders until I got to my destination folder I wanted to save my files to. Next I hit CTRL V. The computer hung for a while, as I expected it would, but then I got a write error. "G://Could not write to Destination." (Or something like that.) I rebooted the computer and got the S.M.A.R.T message that my Secondary hard disc was failing and I should replace it.

It's a two year old Western Digital 500GB Hard drive (SATA) that a rarely use. I only use it to back up files off my primary hard disk and move stuff off the primary when it gets full. I tried swapping the data and power cables with my primary hard drive and the problem follows the Hard Drive.

I can load windows XP normal after the SMART Failure warning (because its off the Primary), but when I open my computer, it opens super slow, maybe 5 minutes after I click it. Then, I can't open the Hard Drive even though it's listed. It won't run disc check on bootup. I ran Western Digital's utility and it says S.M.A.R.T test failed. I ran their 2 hour test an... Read more

A:S.M.A.R.T. Hard Disc Failure

Well...I guess that I don't understand why you are unwilling to believe the SMART warnings.A hard disk can fail at any time, just as anything manmade can. If a drive fails and it's covered by warranty...the logical alternative is to return it via RMA and get it replaced.Before I attempted that, I would run the manufacturer's long/extended hard drive diagnostic on the drive. It's been awhile since I had to return a hard drive, but the diagnostic was the first thing asked for.The only suggestion I can make...heed the warnings you've received thus far and move all data files from that drive...before doing so becomes more difficult. If that means buying a new drive, so be it.As an addendum to that suggestion...stop using the drive until you get the data files transferred or at least attempt such transfer.Louis

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For the past 2 months I have noticed that everytime I use my PC, free space in the drive in which Windows XP-SP2 is loaded keeps reducing (by 0.1Gb for 4-6 hrs of working on the comp) without me adding anything. I reformatted that drive but the problem persists. I regularly delete cookies and temporary internet files. Updated antivirus (Avast and Clamwin) does not detect anything. Please suggest a solution.

A:Hard disc space

You'll probably find that's system restore if it is a XP system. If you wish to change the size of the hard drive system restore takes right click my computer and click on the system restore tab. You can then change the settings in there. Be wary though, if you turn it off or lower the space it will give you less points to back up to

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I have HP omnibook xe4500. currently running xp sp3. It is running so slow I want to wipe the hard drive and restart. I have taken a full back up. I have an xp CD standing by. How do I wipe C? when booted up on C it refuses. when booting up on CD all it will do is try to install windows.

A:wipe hard disc

If slowness is the only problem I would try running disc defragmenter first and then use ccleaner. download this from
This will clear up a congested pc and only takes a minute to use.
If this doesnt resolve the issue you could try using killdisk at to erase the drive
but xp install gives the option to do a full format if you boot from the cd and do a clean install instead of an upgrade install.

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hi all,

i have a toshiba laptop that has windows xp preinstalled on it when i bought it. no disc.. the hard drive died and i had to get it replaced but how can i now get the windows xp? is there a way to find it on my laptop without the disc?


A:New hard drive.... but no disc for xp....

You can contact the manufacture of the computer, who will then sell you a recovery disc (at a reduced cost) for your specific computer.

Or purchase one of these (at the going rate, and without your drivers)

XP Pro;

XP Home;

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Please find the failure is and send me the solution for it  pu10qf-6qn899-mfpwxf-61ba03

A:Hard disc error

 Hi, Unfortunately that error code indicate that the hard drive is failing and needs to be replaced.

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Right I have been having some problems with my Toshiba a100 laptop. Its a bit old now (5 years) but should still be working ok.

My computer was working fine, until it crashed. When restarted xp got stuck on the installation screen. When restarted again a black screen appeared with a blinking cursor in the top left, and it was unresponsive

XP would not start in any form, so I used the xp start up CD. On the xp set-up I tried to format my hdd but this failed. It would also not let me partition the hdd. I tried using the recovery console to repair the hdd but the recovery console would not recognize the hdd, saying 'the drive was not valid'

I am at a slight loss as what to do next, so I would greatly appreciate any help


A:Problems with Hard Disc and xp

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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My hard disc is almost full so I uninstalled some programs and games, ran disc cleanup and defrag, and emptied the trash but it didn't free up any space. What's up?

A:Hard Disc Full

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this my first post. my hard disc is showing error message. i am worried of data loss. is there a serious problem. i have uploaded screen shots of the error message. below i have specified my pc:
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.0), 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 102296 MB, Free - 76860 MB; D: Total - 102398 MB, Free - 2462 MB; E: Total - 102398 MB, Free - 42353 MB; F: Total - 102398 MB, Free - 2621 MB; G: Total - 67205 MB, Free - 12132 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G31M-S2L
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

A:hard disc error

hi, welcome to this forum.
You do have a problem - your hard drive is failing. You need to back up your files immediately and replace the hard drive. If you have an external drive, back up to that.If you don't have an external drive, remove this drive until you get get a new drive. Once you have the new drive installed and loaded with the OS, hook up the old drive as a secondary drive and back up your files to the new drive. Or you can use an external enclosure to connect the old drive to the computer, but unless you have one lying around it's an unnecessary expense. Also, check the type of connection your hard drive uses before ordering a new one - SATA (most likely) or EIDE. SATA uses a narrow cable, EIDE uses a wide ribbon cable.
Check the manufacturers website to see if your drive is still under warranty. If it is you can get a free replacement.
(if I'm reading this correctly you have one drive with many partitions, is that correct? )

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XP 120GB Hard Disc is suddnely Full. But all files added come to at least only 60% of this. Where's the other 40% gone? Was ok until a few weeks ago. Recycle bin is emptly.

A:Where's my hard disc space gone?

The files could be hidden. Follow the steps in this link and check again after teh hidden files are shown.

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Hi there

The problem on my pc appeard while i was starting the pc it didn't start but was writting bad disc
so i put on the cd rom the cd of win xp to load boot disc from cd i thought i had problems with win so i wantted to format the first part of the hard disc beacuse on the second part i have some files that i haven't on cd....
the disc doesn't format so i send it on service to reapare they told me today that it doesn't work so i need your help how to open the second part of the disc because i have 70gb music files and privat pictures
thanks for helping me...

A:Problems with the hard disc

I am not sure what you are asking... You mean you don't have an operating system to boot into but you have a second partition with data that you need to backup?

Where are you going to back all of that data up to?


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Hello all, I have a hard disc that is partitioned into two segments,the "C" (NTFS)partition which is nearly full with only one gb space left, the other partition the "D" (FAT)segment has system recovery files (pc angel) and has about three gb of space available. My question is can I safely reformat the "D" segment (FAT) and add the available space to the "C" partition? I know that I will lose the ability to use the restore files but am willing to take the chance that I will not be needing them. I have all important data backed up and am just trying to limp this computer along for a couple more months until I replace it. If this sounds like a sane option would any one be willing to walk me through the steps? If this does not sound like a good option please let me known. Thanks in advance for any input. John. Computer is an older Emachines running XP.

A:Hard disc is nearly full

Hi -

You do not mention how much RAM is on the system.

Are there any files and programs that you can place on CD or other media (DVD) -
This may include music , photos , programs that have not been run for a while Etc.
This is usually the easiest way to free space -

Your other option sems to be, to purchase another an External drive and move any items that you wish to save to there.

Regards -

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Hi, All ! Its me again!! I know I use a lot of words when I write but I like to give back-up info to help direct you efficiently towards the core question/problem - so here we go.......
I have recently been using a Sata/usb to transfer files from my old tower 90Gb disc to my new HP Compaq 610 lap-top with some reasonable success. Then suddenly right in the middle of the last session everything disappeared off the screen and since then I have been unable to re-establish contact with the disc. There ARE some difficulties with the disc I know (including an intermittently dysfunctioning drive motor) and after many attempts (inclding using other computers and sata/usb's), have now given up hope of trying to recover my files by "conventional" means. My well-trusted local techies have been unable to help and in desperation I have come up with an idea:-

I happen to have another useless 90 GB disc but with a functioning drive motor and I wondered whether it is physically or theoretically possible to disassemble the faulty hard disc unit, remove the disc assembly and "transplant" it into the functioning assembly - can anyone out there suggest whether this is in fact a viable suggestion and solution?


A:Hard disc problem

yes but never done it myself

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hi. I was wondering if any body could tell me about hard disc partitioning. I would like to know whether you could create a new partition on a hard disc, if you had deleted all previous partitions, and if you could, then how? I have gone to re-install windows xp on my computer, and it gives the option of installing on a partion already there, and it gives the option of deleting a partion too. So i was wondering if it would be ok to delete that partition so that there are no other partitions on the hard disc either, and then to create a new partition, and if you can then how? I would like to know all about what I'm asking so please help. Thanks.

A:Hard Disc Partitioning

Well, here's a place to start. Keep in mind that if you have a computer with a special partition used for re-installing Windows, you may run into problems if you delete it. Some companies, like HP, use a small partition to house the operating system. So you need to know how large the partition is that you're given the option to delete. If you only have a single partition that fills the entire drive, and it's the C: partition, then you can delete it and recreate it if you wish. You can also choose to not use all of the drive when you make the partition and use the remaining space for a second partition if you wish. This is handy for keeping data on, while your operating system and programs reside on the primary partition. But in my considerable reading, I find that XP actually works faster with a single partition. Although I used to use separate partitions in Windows 98, I use only a single partition in XP. However, if you have a very large drive, it might be better to make separate partitions because it takes a lot longer to defrag and scandisk a single large drive - you can do a partition at a time and not take so long, and maybe alternate separate days for maintenance. But for something like an 80-gig drive, I'd just make one partition.

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Trying to fit new hard drive. system or old disk not recognised old disc seagate st3240014a new disc maxtor 6y060l0 unable to make new disk slave for transfer. have to be brief more details to follow

A:XP Pro not recognised in new hard disc

Had to be brief on previous post as pc keeps crashing, tried posting twice before to no avail.
1Old drive seagate st320014a, new drive, maxtor 6y060l0 tried cloning old disk, keeps asking for verification sp2 disc. swapped discs new hd maxtor will recognise old seagate as slave but i want it the other way round, if i can't clone my old disc to new and i dont have my xp2 pro set up disc i take it i've lost xp pro help appreciated.

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As this is my first post please be patient.  I have a Pavilion notebook that has a Windows 7 32 bit operating system.  My problem is thus - over the past  months I have had problem after problem occuring on the machine that I have been unable to fix.  It has now come to a time that I wish to do a fresh update on the hard disc.  I have a 500Gb drive that is new and has NO data on it at all.  I thought the fix would be to just reload the operating system, but I have discovered that the hard disc has several partitions on it - recovery HP tools, etc totalling four partitions. Is there any software that I can use to partition the disc simply or can I run the system without these extra partitions?

A:How to partiion new hard disc

Hi, I don't know what are you trying to achieve at the end but Windows Disk Management will help. My question: what are going to do AFTER giving new HDD few partitions ? Regards.

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What is a good % of free space for your hard disc to have? Mine has 80% and Im sure its enough, but just curious what some other people have, what's optimal etc.

A:Hard disc % free

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I need help with this..I booted up my xp this morning and on boot up got this error

(primary master hard disc S.M.A.R.T. status bad. Warning: backup your data and replace your hard disc drive.)

Now does this mean its bad and I need to replace it, or could something else be causing this.I have noticed lately when playing games or watching videos that the game is real laggish or it shutters alote.
If I do have to replace my hard drive then can this be done without windows xp cd as it came already installed with no cd..
Any advice and help would be appreciated..Thanks ..Greg Hedge

Here is my operating system...

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name YOUR-US67PI6LUV
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 05
System Model P9853A-ABA 763N
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2523 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD VG31313, 9/11/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name YOUR-US67PI6LUV\Owner
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 887.75 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.02 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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In a post on another topic, this was said by lehnerus2000:
You could set-up everything the way you want, get all the latest Windows updates and then make a disc image.
Windows 7 has a built-in imager (I haven't tried it though).

I use Macrium Reflect (Free Edition) to make my disc images.
It takes about 2 minutes/GB to image a partition (on my PC).
It takes a similar amount of time to restore an image (much faster than re-installing).
It also allows you to create a rescue CD, so that you can re-image your System partition if required.
Remember to store your backup images on a different drive (preferably an external one), so that if your HDD dies, you can put your image on a new HDD.
Macrium converted my Windows 7 Ultimate x86 initial install (plus updates and drivers, no programs) to a 3.2 GB image which is small enough to put on a DVD (or USB stick).

Does anyone have experience with the disc imager in Windows 7? I am looking for a program that will take a "System Restore" image of my HDD when my system is set up basically the way I want it, so that if anything happens in the future, I can at least go back to that without re-doing everything, including the HD format, Windows 7 install, hardware specific driver installs, and user customizations.

I do not understand what he is saying about Macrium also. I thought th... Read more

A:Need Hard Disc Imager

Sure, no problem. The Windows 7 backup has a good imaging system.

See these 2 tutorials:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

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I am running xp and last week decided to reformat and reinstall xp.
When asked which partition to reinstall i deleted the c\windows partition(idiot i know) anyway i installed xp on the smaller partition (i think) and when i checked on pc pitstop it says i have unusually slow c drive performance
"One or more of your NTFS partitions have a cluster size smaller than 4KB. Small cluster sizes have a negative effect on uncached disk performance. You may want to reformat the partition using a larger cluster size, although doing this is a tedious process since you have to back up, reformat, and restore the drive data"
i have cluster size of 4k.
how do i restore drive data?

A:hard disc help needed please

Well if you just did all this last week, and you don't have much installed, it really doesn't matter, not much to save. If this is indeed the case, just start over and reload XP where you want it.

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I have just installed XP pro onto my pc, I have 3 hard discs, one with XP and programs, one with backup stuff and one with music and photos and such.

the third one with the music and stuff is partitioned into a few smaller drives so there is one for music, one videos etc, but XP isn't reconising that, it thinks it is a blank hard disc which needs formatting.

I have tried it on another pc and all the partitions and files are still there, so I haven't wiped it in a fit of stupidity which is what i first thought had happened.
Is there a way for me to get XP on the new computer to find the files?


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my hard disc is nearly full although it shouldn't be so. I assume that it is infected. My updated Norton IS 2007 and Spybot cannot find anything. Actually it is working not more slowly than usually - everything is the same but the hard disc is full.

My logfile (main):

Deckard's System Scanner v20070905.67
Run by ***** on 2007-09-23 10:11:28
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
15: 2007-09-22 16:19:30 UTC - RP98 - Installed J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 3
14: 2007-09-21 15:40:07 UTC - RP97 - Windows Update
13: 2007-09-19 21:41:29 UTC - RP96 - Windows Update
12: 2007-09-13 18:22:24 UTC - RP95 - Windows Update
11: 2007-09-11 19:32:56 UTC - RP94 - Windows Update

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-08-28 21:53:08 UTC - RP83 - Windows Update

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

System Drive C: has 0.36 GiB (less than 15%) free.

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2007-09-23 10:17:51
Platform: Windows Vista (6.00.6000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16386)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\AVC Finger-sensing Pad Driver\FsCp.exe
C:\Program Files\Po... Read more

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My computer is working fine but it is very slow and I am having problems with disc space. It is four years old. Would an external hard disc solve my problem or would I be better off just buying a new computer? I would really appreciate any advice anyone could give me.

A:External Hard Disc

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I am using HP Compaq 6720s Notebook PC Laptop.

I installed Windows Vista trial two months ago.

Now i wish to install Windows XP on it.

When i boot the Laptop from Win XP CD, setup run, and finally shows the error "there is no hard disc found."

Now how can i install Win XP?

My Laptop is brand new and every hardware is 100% working.

If i try to reinstall Win Vista, it will installed, but error shows only in Win XP CD.

I also changed the CD, but the problem was same.

A:Hard Disc not found

Do you know who the Hard Drive manufaacturer is?You can down load tools from the manufactuer's website,As an example;Go to seagates site and look for SeaTools for DOS. You have to register at this site.Regisiter, then download the ISO. I use ImgBurn to write image file to disk. Then you can boot your laptop from the disk and run diagnostics on your Hard Drive.

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