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Q: SCSI hard drive question

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.

Oh, and there are no error messages when trying ... Read more

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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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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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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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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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*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 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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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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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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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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A:SCSI hard drive died - can i switch to ide or sata?

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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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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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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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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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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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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.

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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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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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Hello, I have a quick question about cloning a old hard drive to a new hard drive on a desktop computer.

I bought a new 320 GB EIDE hard drive (my computer uses IEDE not SATA) about 3 months ago.
I successfully installed it and it works, but when I set it up as a secondary (slave) hard drive (when I say set it up I mean: physically on the hard drive before I installed it into the computer, I put it to slave not master; and I virtually set it up to a slave hard drive when the computer booted up and all that stuff).
Then I put a music folder in the slave hard drive, that's it.

Now, about 3 months later, I see that I should have just set up my new hard drive to be the master hard drive because my old 70 GB hard drive is just way to small to be used for a computer.
I want to clone my old hard drive to the new hard drive (I want to boot on this hard drive and have everything that was on the old hard drive). I also want to set my new slave hard drive to the master hard drive and the old hard drive to the slave. I looked on the internet and youtube and I know how to clone so I'm alright there.

So since I want to set my slave hard drive as the master:
QUESTION: Do I take my new hard drive out of the computer and physically switch it to master BEFORE cloning, or AFTER cloning (because I'm sure you have to physically do this on the hard drive right? not just virtually through a program)? And do I have to put the new hard drive where the old hard drive cur... Read more

A:Need Help Cloning Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive (quick question)

Never mind...I figured it out.

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So I've got one 80GB drive that I use to store my Windows XP operating systems, all my programs, games, etc.

I also have an 180GB drive that I want to partition into possibly 3 drives, one for music, another for movies, and another for game installation files.

My question is, what exactly do I format the 3 partitions as? Extended, logical, primary, I have no idea which will make the drives stay "available." The problem is that once I finished partitioning the drives the first time, the next day the last 2 partitions became unavilable.

Anyone got any ideas?

A:Question about formatting a second hard drive to serve as a storage drive...

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Heya guys!

I have googled this and I cannot find a reliable procedure on how to unlock a hard drive.

It goes like this: Someone's xbox took a crap and they offered me the hard drive that is inside. They told me it was blank last they check, but that it cannot be used for a pc.

It is the same drive they sell anyone for a pc.. (It's a Seagate U series 5 15gig)

I have an external usb hard drive enclosure, so I popped it into there and several things happened. The computer saw a 'disc drive', but under "computer management" > "disk management" it doesn't list it at all like it would for a drive that you could format.

When I try to restart the computer it actually locks the system if I have it on, and it appears that they 'lock' these drives for the xbox. The person who gave it to me also told me I'd never be able to get it to work for my pc, yet it seems like it should be able to considering that it is the same hardware as in my computer.

Any ideas or direction? I simply want to format it, then keep it in the external enclosure so I can store files on it.
Thank you to anyone who has creative input on this thread!

A:the Gift? A hard Hard drive question

Basic info on this drive;

Seagates info;

Info from Dell;

When I try to restart the computer it actually locks the system if I have it on, and it appears that they 'lock' these drives for the xbox.Click to expand...

If the machine locks with it installed, you may not be able to find a work-around. If you can get the machine to boot with it installed, the "Unlock" command, or a hard disk utility such as KillDisk may stomp on it, thereby enabling a setup/partition/format on the disk.

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I have a bunch of old computers in my attic, so I took them apart and salvaged what I could. There were a couple SCSI floppy drives (the actual 5.25 inch floppies) and some SCSI cables. At least I think they were SCSI, I'm not really sure since I've never actually seen one. But the drives have connectors like PCI cards, and the cables had the slots for them. The cables also had IDE connectors on them, so my question is, can I still use these cables? The drives aren't really worth using, but I like to save what I can, so i figured I might as well keep the cables. There were also some other SCSI cables, I'm guessing they were for hard drives.

If I were to get an old SCSI drive, just for fun, what would i need to run it? Each cable connects to the motherboard the same way an IDE cable does, I assume, so would I need anything different to run them?

A:Question about SCSI....

I think what you have there is the old style floppy drive crossover cable. the IDE style connector is probably at each end and the connector that you believe to be SCSI is between them, the one that attached to the 5.25in drive. part of the ribbon twists at one of the IDE style connectors. A SCSI cable has anywhere from 2 to 7 connectors on them and they are 50 pins, so that makes the connector longer than an IDE. I hope this helps.

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In a book I have a question that I got wrong but thought was right.

Two SCSI hard drives are installed on the same SCSI bus. Which statement is true?

a. The two SCSI drives must have the same SCSI ID.
b. The two SCSI drives must have different SCSI IDs and one must have SCSI ID 7.
c. The two SCSI drives must have different SCSI IDs.
d. It does not matter which SCSI IDs the drives have.

Now the book says the answer is d but I thought it was c because I thought that all SCSI devices must have a different ID to prevent conflicts.

A:SCSI question

"C" is correct. I can recall a couple of times in school when I got an answer counted wrong on a test and challenged the instructor on it. The answers in the teachers book are not always correct.

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I have a printer on my network thata can take a SCSI CDROM externally. Is there a way to determine what type of SCSI from the port alone? I know there are a bunch of different kinds of SCSI out there (ultra-wide etc.)

A:SCSI question - how to tell?

I seriously doubt that a printer would be looking for an UW SCSI drive. My guess is it's a normal single-ended SCSI-II 8 bit interface. What does the connector look like, a 50 pin ribbon connector?

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I am wanting to build a new computer. I have an HP 5p scanner that runs on a Symbios Logic 53C416 ISA SCSI adapter. I don't want to replace the scanner. Should any PCI SCSI adapter work, without any major headache? Is there any other alternatives such as a USB or Firewire adapter/converter? I know I can get a new MB with atleast 1 ISA I was just curious. Thanks for any info.

A:ISA SCSI Question

From my experience, HP scanners use a fake SCSI system where the pinouts (and sometimes pin layouts) are not consistent with normal SCSI. In a nutshell, you need that card for that scanner. I may be wrong about this, its been awhile since I used that line of scanners.

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This involves a computer at work,not my system. It runs on Win2000 Pro.

Monday morning I have to move a SCSI scanner from one station to another. The new place already has a SCSI card. I also have the disc that came with the scanner(but no printed directions) Is this a simple PNP situation? I'm assuming that Win2000 will see it as "new hardware" and ask me what to do with it? Is it this easy?

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A buddy of mine and I were talking about performance and the future of storage device, when we started wondering why Flash drives aren't used as hard drives?
NV-RAM is dependable, why isn't it finding its way into every PC to replace the magnetic platter approach?

We aren't electronic engineers of course, but we can only imagine it comes from the cost of putting a 500gig flash drive into a PC, but if the device can take up the space of a 3.5" HD, would cost still be such a problem? Our other thought was heat, but if a 10,000 RPM drive doesn't overheat, why would a flash drive?

Any input is of course appreciated, hope noone loses sleep on this! Or maybe someone knows the answer already.

PS, I do remember hearing Samsung is going to start production of a very lare thumb drive, 16gig I think, so this just adds to the problem, if the little keychain can hold 16+ gigs, why isn't there a flash hard drive?

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Hey there,

I bought the following rig from a very reputable self-builder here in Ireland:

Intel [email protected]
Tuniq tower cooled
EVGA nForce 680i mobo
Corsair 2 gig DDR2 XMS2 Dominator
2x POV 8800gtx
2x scsi320 147gig 15k rpm hdds raid0 + PCI-E SCSI RAID CARD
320gig sata2
Nec 5170 Dvdrw
XFI Fatality Fps
PC P+C 750 Silencer Quad
24" Dell 2407WFP
Creative 7900 7.1 system
CM Stacker

He was up a week ago to do a few bits (he's abroad now for three weeks and unreachable)

Anyway, after an unsucessful attempt at installing a IDE drive bay (not enough power cables on the motherboard) - and a bit of tinkering inside the case, the bios showed the following error at startup :

1 LOGICAL DRIVE(S) found on the host adapter
1 LOGICAL DRIVE(S) handled by BIOS

He said it was a lose cable so he tweaked something at the scsi drives and it worked. So I'm convinced it's not a corrupted drive...

The same issue has arisen again - I'm lost looking into the thing and need a little help - the rig has two HD's and a DVD drive - I've opened it up and tried to mildly fiddle with the cables into said drives... same error message on bios.

If one drive is being recognised, can I just unplug one (to find the failed one) and hope to god the working one is my windows boot...?

I've a dual boot on the system - XP/Vista.

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A:Quick SCSI question - HELP!

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I just purchased a new ASUS P5AD2-E Premium motherboard and I'm about to connect my hardrives.

I have a new Maxtor Diamondmax 10 160GB SATA 7200 RPM drive and a Quantum U160 SCSI 10k RPM drive.

Which should I go with? I'm assuming the SCSI will be faster, but will it be much faster? Since, using SCSI will take some work off the it worth it? will I notice much performance difference?

A:Question about SATA vs SCSI

I would use the sata drive for apps and storage and the scsi for os.
If I didn't have to add a sata adaptor to get sata running, that is.
The scsi will have far less latency than the sata drive, so it should give a snappy response to user input when used as the os drive.

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iam a student and after searching about SCSI i came across your web iste, Actually iam a student and just learning about SCSI and i have this two very basic questions about SCSI, please if you can help me out.

the questions are:
Describe, briefly, how an ‘initiator’ on a SCSI bus identifies the logical entity with which it wants to communicate?

List the bus states (phases) which may use the signals on the optional cable (Cable B) of a SCSI bus.

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I want to know what cables to use for SCSI U320 HDDs. Will the 68-pin U160 work with the U320? (I mean, they both have 68 pins.)


A:A SCSI cable question

It will work but at half the speed that the drive is capable of. It all depends on the speed of your scsi card really, if it runs at 360 then you need to put your hand in your pocket if you want full performance.

Hope that helps. Rik.

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I have a Dell Poweredge 2400 server with Adaptec SCSI. I recently added a second HD (not a RAID BTW). After I did it I started getting the weird beep from inside the box (not the PC speaker - see attached).

I know that if I take out the second HD, it stops. Everything on the system is working fine. It's just this annoying beep every couple of minutes or so. Dell is apparently stumped, and Adaptes says they can'y help because it's OEM. Let's see if you guys can do anything....


A:SCSI alarm question...

Moved to hardware.

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I bought a UMAX vista S6E scanner that came with a SCSI card that I have to install. I have never done anything like that but I think I can, as I found some installation instructions. Anyway, my question is, how do I know before installing this that is will be compatible with my pc? Or can I know that? I have a compaq pc with win98. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:SCSI Scanner question

SCSI is a very old and well established standard that works on all modern PC's. I wouldn't worry too much about that. Good luck on your installation.

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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.

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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]

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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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my hard drive has a partition with a single folder on it for recovery. this partition has about 2GB of space left.

is it OK to store other files on this partition or would it mess something up if I need to recover?

I think it's safe to do but wanted to be sure. thanks.

A:hard drive question

The recovery partition is for the exclusive use of the recovery system. You should not store files there or modify it in any way. Doing so could prevent it from being used for it's intended purpose.

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I want to add an additional internal hard drive to my system. However there are no free cables. I was wondering if i could use the cables currently connected to my diskette drive and hook it up to my extra hard drive. I dont need the diskette drive. Are the connections compatible?

A:hard drive question

no they are not compatible you could buy a raid controller card if you have an open pci slot though

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could someone please tell me what is the difference between sata and sata II hard drives is in western digital

A:hard drive question

Here is the full review:

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Im wondering whats a good way to get data from a hard drive? My current computer doesnt work and i have a 2nd HDD that ive had for a year and want to get the data from, ive booted from it and it just lagged so bad i think because of all the drivers needing to be installed into the pc for it. Should i just wait for my new computer and attach it as a secondary drive? or is there some way i can do like a data transfer without it being in a computer?

A:Hard drive question

Quote: Originally Posted by Xenshoa

Im wondering whats a good way to get data from a hard drive? My current computer doesnt work and i have a 2nd HDD that ive had for a year and want to get the data from, ive booted from it and it just lagged so bad i think because of all the drivers needing to be installed into the pc for it. Should i just wait for my new computer and attach it as a secondary drive? or is there some way i can do like a data transfer without it being in a computer?

Sorry for my confusion but you say you have a 2nd HDD that you want to get data from. Then you say you've booted from it but it lags really bad. Is this HDD installed in the computer that doesn't work? Or is it in some other computer? You could probably buy a USB enclosure (2.5" if it's a laptop hard drive or 3.5" for a desktop hard drive), install the HDD, then connect it to a working computer just like any other external USB drive. The working computer should show its own hard drive as C: and the newly enclosed HDD as perhaps drive E: (or some other letter.) Copy the files from the new E: drive to wherever. I've seen 2.5" enclosures for as low as $10 and 3.5" for $15.

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Question: what does it mean when your hard drives "beep"

i know hard drives dont have speakers but it sounds like a beep and its coming directly from the HD.

everytime i ever heard this noise days, or months later the HD is toast

What the heck is up with my hd's

note these are usually laptop HD's that do it

A:Hard drive question

I've never heard of a HD beeping, but I guess anything's possible.
Start with Event Viewer and look for disc errors.
Check out your SMART readings also.

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So my laptop no longer boots up, it goes to the windows XP pro screen where the little green bar scrolls across the bottom, then BSOD comes and shuts down. Does that continually and never boots up. My question is if I take my laptop HDD and put it onto my PC is it as simple as connecting power cord and IDE? or would i have to format the HDD. My main goal is to get the information off of the laptop hard drive, but if anyone knows how to fix it that would be great too.

Thanks for your help!


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Question? I have bough a computer with a partioned hard drived that's into two seperate hard drives. Is there a way i can reconnect them?

A:Hard Drive Question?

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So, my laptop harddrive failed me. I don't exactly know what went wrong, (for sure not overheating) and its dead now. So I want a new harddrive to work for my laptop. If I just bought a USB hdd, would that work on my laptop as my primary harddrive? or should I just shop around for a new laptop harddrive?

Thanks for your help.

A:Hard drive question...

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If the hard drive is damaged, faulty. or just "went out" will that prevent the laptop from starting? Or can it still start? to login etc?

A:Hard Drive Question.

If the harddrive is dead, you won't be able to boot into windows.

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Ok i have finally given up on installing my third hard drive and am asking for some help:

First up my problem - i want to connect an old hard drive to my computer to get some information. I have currently 2 SATA drives and 2 CD/DVD drives so in bios is looks like:
IDE 1 master - 120G harddrive
IDE 1 Slave - 200G harddrive
IDE 2 master - DVD burner
IDE 2 slave - cd burner

now i only want this drive tempareroly not full time. my question is: how to connect to so that i can grab the info and put it into one of my SATA drive.

I have tried for about an hour to do this unsuccessfully and i wont bore you guys with the details except at one stage i got a message that said my CPU was unworkable (fixed now ) and at another stage i could not detect any IDE devices (fixed now too).

Can anyone help me with this problem??

also was i doing the right thing by pulling the jumper cap thing off the old hard drive so that it will act as the slave.

Thanks, Gordon

A:hard drive question

I had the same problem and tried for weeks to get it to work. I never figured out why it would not detect. In the end, I solved my problem by getting a PCI controller card.

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Hi, when i first bought my computer i partitioned my hard drive into two sepertate partitions but now i have decided i want to turn them into one, its such a pain defragging and cleaning two seperate partitions, etc. One partition has all my programes etc, "C" the other has all my music and other stuff "D", and what i would like to do is merge D into C, is it possible to do that without losing anything?


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I would use partition Magic, it is easy to use and you do not lose data.

Free trial version here:

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ok guys im going to get this motherboard . this cpu . and well all i want to know is if i could use that motherboard and hook it up with the hard drive i have right now in my computer? will i have to do anything special when hooking up this computer with the hard drive if i can hook it up, like the bios? cause i dont know anything about the bios lol. and if i should know anything about building the computer, speak away!!! oh and by the way, my hard drive is ide.

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I was talking to a computer illiterate friend last night who had been told that when a hard drive is too full all the time it can cause it physical damage. His friend had told him that it was due to more expansion and contraction of the hard drive . Does anyone know if this is true? I hadn't heard of that before and can't seem to find anything relating to it on the net. Thanks ,

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Can you replace a 5400 RPM Hard drive (60GB) with a 7200 RPM drive (120GB)? Not sure if my old hard drive is shot or not. I get this message on boot up: No operating system found. I have tried installing the Windows XP home Ed. utility but always get stuck... Please help! Thanks.

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Hi I have a question regarding my hard drive. I have an IBM 80GB 7200 hard drive that I put into a new machine with a new Intel 845ebg motherboard. I have set everything fine drive is configured to use 16 heads and is configured to be a master used fdisk with one primary partition set everything to Auto in the bios. when I went to format it it says that it is formatting a 10 GB drive. what could be the problem is my hard drive going south on me. By the way I enabled Fat 32 on the drive. please help.

A:Hard drive question

Most likely you need to flash your board BIOS. Also, try formatting the drive with the Utility Disk that came with your drive. I hope this helps!


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I recently took out my internal hard drive from my HP Pavilion that ran vista. I have a lot of files on there that I would like to look at. The only other laptop that I have on hand is a macbook. Would this hard drive work in my macbook? I'm sure it's a silly question, but unfortunately, I'm not a guru. If it helps, it's a Toshiba HDD2D60. Thanks so much in advance.

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I don't think you would be able to "install" the hhd to your macbook, but you can get an adapter and get all the files off of it (or just look at them).
something like this will work. | USB-DSC5 | Sabrent USB-DSC5 IDE/SATA Cable

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Hi everbody, this is my first time posting on tech spot.
I have a Dell Dimension E310 that I bought back in august of 2006. I am now going to build a computor. What I am wondering is can I take my hard drive from my dell and use it on the computor that I am building? Will I lose my info that I have on my hard drive? Will my os stay on the hard drive when I move it? I am also wondering if I could use my cd/dvd drive to?

Any help would be great!

A:Hard drive question

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Yes, you will be able to reuse your hard drive. However, you will need to reformat it once you`ve installed it in the new computer. This is because the hard drive contains all the hardware/software drivers etc from the old system and simply won`t work with the new systems hardware.

This means you`ll need to backup any important data you have, otherwise you`ll lose it, as a format will wipe the hard drive.

You shouldn`t have any problems with using the cd/dvd drive.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I have recently installed a new hard drive on my Dell 4700. The old one crashed without me backing up my file and folders. Don't worry, I have learned my lesson. LOL Anyhow someone at work told me I might be able to retrive some of my info if I take the old hard drive and unplug the cables going to the CD-Rom, plug those into the old hard drive and maybe the info would show up. Since I have everything running really well right now I do not want to do any damage so I thought I would ask you all if you think this will work or not. If not, do I have any options besides learning a valuable lesson and throwing the old hard drive away. Thanks,


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Hi, I am looking to install a second hard drive, and have been offered a 9.1gb quantum atlas IV SCSI SCA Hard drive for £18.50. I am wondering if this is compatible with my system, and how I would go about installing it - I don't know about this stuff, although I did install my cd writer which came with no instructions!

I am running windows 98 on a Patriot PC, with a 7.5gb hard drive and 64mb ram.

Can anyone tell me if this hard drive is compatible with my pc, and where I can get good clear instructions on how to install it?

Thanks, Teresa

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Hello everyone,

I have a queery I was hoping someone on here could help me along with. I am currently running a cicero system with windows me and about a 15gb hard drive...but I also have a e-machines that died on me earlier this year which was set-up with XP and has a 80 gb hard the question I pose it possible to switch out these hard drives myself?......or is it a task more suited for a professional if anyone could either walk me through it or send me somewhere that can explain it I'd love to hear any suggestions...


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I have a 60 GB hard drive that is formatted to have 2 hard drives. 5 GB in the C: for the operating system, and 55 GB in the D: for the rest. I am running out of room in my C: drive.

My question is how can I make the C: drive bigger. I have Plenty of room in my D: drive that I want to be moved to the C: drive. Is that even possible?

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Yes, its possible to resize a partition. You need something like Partition Magic, Acronis Partition Expert, Ranish, Partition Resizer, to name a few tools to do this though - some of these are free or have demos available.

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i recently got a new hard drive..a QUANTIUM FIREBALLP AS 40.0
when i boot up, when it's detecting the IDE devices, it detects that normally, when i detects these weird symbols....which are pretty long too, is there something wrong wtih this??
plz help, greatly appreciated

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i am wondering of theres a way of removing everything on a hard drive so that all there is available is space. i have 1 hard drive that has my OS and is currently hooked up. i have another hard drive thats sitting around because its kinda messed up (some kinda virus slows it down big time). this messed up hard drive has an OS in it but i just want to use it for storage now. is there a way to erase everything on it without using disks? ( sorry if this is a duplicate topic. and i dont have much knowledge for computers )

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You just need to format it

You can do this by first plugging it into a working Windows computer
Then open My Computer and right clicking on the drive and selecting: "Format"
You can also select "Quick Format" from selecting the above first.

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Hi all,

I want to replace my 15g hard drive with a new 80g. I was just wondering (I'm new to all this, so please forgive any daft questions!) whether or not my (very old) PC will restrict the size of any hard drive I want to install.

Here's the system specs:

1st Mainboard Pro FR33E Motherboard
Intel Pentium III 600mhz
15G Hard Drive
256MB Ram
Windows ME 4.90.3000

All help much appreciated!!


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I'm building my own computer and I've noticed something funny with hard drives. The larger the capacity, the cheaper the GB/$. I was wondering if the much larger, say 250-300GB hard drives, which are significantly cheaper GB/$, perform as well as say, an 80-100GB hard drive. My logic is, there is more area/platters to seek across before you find the data on the larger ones.


80GB SATAII Hitatchi Internal Hard Drive

250GB SATAII Hitatchi Internal Hard Drive

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i have an 80 gig hard drive and i want to buy a 250 hard drive for media, etc....i use windows XP and i want to hook it up via IDE.

but, i have been hearing about people's XP not recognizing hard drives over a certain size (like 137 gigs or so).

Do i need to be worried about this or is there some brand that i can buy to ensure that this won't happen???


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About a month ago I started getting the blue screen of death stating unable to write to Drive C (which is my hard drive). About one week later, it died. I took my computer into the shop and had the hard drive replaced. Today, my Norton Systemworks popped up and said there was an error in drive C and that Norton Disc Doctor could fix it. I did not want to run it right then so I stopped it and was going to run it overnight. Just now I got the blue screen of death again stating unable to write to Drive C and this is a brand new hard drive!! Does anyone have any clues as to what the problem may be?

Thanks so much,


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I'm pondering either going with an external hard drive, or going with the slave unit route. I'm not sure if an external hard drive will work the same as having an internal one.

For one, I'm not a gamer, therefore, I won't be putting stuff like that in there to run. I just want to know how it will work.

I tried another type of site, much like this with a forum. I posed the same question. My only reply to the questions, was .....

I assure you I can find things on the internet, I am more concerned about how this will work if I go the external route.

Thank you....

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A couple of days ago my computer crashed(think i was playing wow for a bit) and wouldn't start back up. I found out in the subsequent hours that my psu had fried (figures). I don't know if it was something on my part or if it was a faulty piece, i've only had the comp for 3 months now.
I think it was a CG 580w power supply? I don't think i should have had any power problems within the computer itself so if anything it was brought about by something external like my guitar amp or something.
Thats my first question - Most likely a faulty piece (thats what im hoping) or is this on me ?

The second is well about the hard drive. I bought a new psu (a 550w) to test out mainly so i could get the comp to start up to see if there were any other probems. Well i got a boot up device problem and it seems the comp isn't picking up my hard drive anymore.
So i guess its fried as well? I don't know much of anything about hard drives but my main question is, if it is fried, is it possible that data could still exist, or is it all lost?
Just wondering before i contact warranty and all, thx .

A:Question about hard drive and psu

Hi - work through these diagnostics - proceed if good - stop if not!
test 1 - try another power cable. Sorry but it has been known!
test 2 - does the PSU smell? If yes not a good sign and replace it.
test 3 - check the connections to the motherboard - take them off and look at them - any discolouration on the connector pins is a bad sign. Replace the PSU
test 4 - disconnect all drives from the PSU leaving just the connections to the motherboard and graphic - if it boots reconnect each drive one by one until you find which is causing the problem.
Replace it.
If none of this works, the PSU is u/s
Hard drive - If the controller card is blown you can sometimes get at the data with a replacement but it has to be exactly the same model and revisions - can be hard to find!

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I have a Samsung 40 gig drive, but my bios has a ceiling of 32 gigs.
Fortunately it is possible to set the jumpers on this drive to limit
its capacity to 32 gigs.

It is also possible to use an 'Overlay' program to fool the bios and
make almost the full 40 gigs available. I have been using that, but
now the 'Overlay' program seems to be getting in the way.

So i want to try using it with the jumpers set to limit the drive at
32 gigs. That is where i need a little help. Here is a picture from
Samsung which is supposed to help me to do this.

But i don't really follow it very well.

Any advice or help in deciphering their explanation would be welcome.

Regards, John

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Looks pretty self explanatory...
Hold the board so that the molex connector is on the left, and set the jumpers accoding to the picture of what you want to have your drive do.
Am I missing what is puzzling you?

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I have a partitioned hard drive. I am running out of space on my main C drive, so I'm going to star moving file over to my D drive. I have a question though. Can I move the documents, music, video, etc folders too or will that mess up the system.

A:Hard Drive Question

It depends on:
1) What the purpose of the D: drive is. If it's your recovery partition, you risk corrupting the recovery data (and the ability to recover your PC in the event of disaster) if you modify the data there.
2) If you move the files & folders using the Properties → Location tab → Move button everything should move flawlessly.

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I have a Lacie 160 GB HDD and recently I was converting to Mac (which is a whole other story) and I was going to use it on my Mac. Anyway, needless to say I have since converted back to PC but my HDD is not recognizable by my OS (XP Pro). I checked in the device manager and it said that it was working properly but I cannot find the HDD on my computer anywhere. Any suggestions?
Thank you.

A:Hard Drive Question

Assuming XP. Rightclick on my computer, click on manage. Click on Disk management and all your drives will show up. Find the right one , right click and format. Put check mark in the box for quick format.

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My HD is supposed to have S.M.A.R.T. capacity, and it is enabled in the BIOS.

So far, Crystal Disk Info is the only software that seems to recognize and fully get data on my HD.

Pretty much every other freeware I've tried indicates that it either had "run into an error" w/S.M.A.R.T., or it indicates it does not recognize any S.M.A.R.T. drives.

Any suggestions? I'd like to know if something is wrong!

Compaq Presario
Athlon X2 4450e dual core processor
250 Gig HD
3 Gig RAM
Windows Vista Home Premium


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A:S.M.A.R.T? Hard Drive Question

Most software has to run under an account with administrative privileges on windows PCs to be able to access the drives information.

Otherwise since most of the technology behind the S.M.A.R.T. system is an "industry secret" and its implementation can vary wildly between manufacturers the software available to view and monitor that information is unpredictable.

Software packages basically have a small list of supported devices and can't read anything not on the list.

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If a hard drive is dying/dead will it still appear in the Bios? I'm just having some odd problems here with my 2nd drive disapearing on me and such and it shows up in bios all the time just barely in windows :-/

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