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

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

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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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. 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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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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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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Hi all

This is a really silly question.. but maybe someone can lend an idea.

I just recently aquired a new computer from a friend of mine... Months ago I helped her install win XP and partioned her drive... now she just gave it to me because she's getting a new one. Anyway... So I eagerly ripped it apart and my old computer and stuck things all together... and everything went really well. Now I'm tearing my hair out trying to decide how to organize all these new drives. What would you do or suggest?

Hard drive 1 = 20 gig (C: 15 gig D: 5 gig)
Hard drive 2 (My old drive) = 10 gig (E: 7 gig F: 3 gig)

With my old drive I used the 7 gig part for Win XP and the 3 gig part to store all my back-up files I didn't want to loose when I reformatted. I also ran my small little server on my 3 gig part... I want to install my server again and I'm not sure which drive would be better to do it on, and if I should just join my partitions together on my old hard drive? -- or leave everything as is.

Told you this was a silly question. I hope you don't mind, I was hoping someone would have some ideas on better organizing my drives and partitions? I figure now is the time to do it when everything is freshly installed.

Thanks for reading

A:Silly hard drive orgranizational question.

Not a silly question at all...I spent a LOT of time pondering drive/partition setup on the computer in my sig.

The larger drive will probably be the faster drive. If I had those two drives in my posession and wanted a setup similar to yours, I would setup the 20 gig drive as follows:

C: = 10gig, what I call the "Core"...for your OS only.
D: = 10gig, for your major applications. You'll want your apps to run on the faster drive.

The smaller drive I would split in half the same way:

E: = 5gig, for your personal, internet and misc. files.
F: = 5gig, for your server

I wanted to keep some kind of barrier between OS and the big bad internet, for performance and headaches sake, so I figure putting all your internet, media, and "other" files on a different hard-drive and partition than the OS would help.

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Hi, I am working on a machine for a friend. It is a server tower which he picked up cheap, it has a 10 gig SCSI hard drive which is facing imminent failure. He picked up an IDE drive cheap, and wants to switch to it.
My question is: if I get an IDE data cable, and a controller card which goes into a PCI slot, can I use the IDE drive in place of the dying SCSI unit?

john cunningham

A:Installing IDE drive in a SCSI system?

Yes, you can install a controller card and drive. Are you planning to install the os to this drive? If so, you will need to install the driver during setup or setup will not find the disk to install to.

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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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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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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'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'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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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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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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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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I have a air gapped Sony Vaio VGN-FW230J that I picked up today to work on, and the user doesn't have any discs for it. I am wiping Windows 7 from, and installing Windows XP for them so then can do panel programming for alarm systems with an app that only works on Windows XP from Mircom.
When I booted the installer, it only showed my usb stick for places to install Windows XP, and asked for SCSI adapter disk controller drivers.
And I tried google for the drivers, but I'm not quite sure which one it would be on there drivers page, Sony eSupport - VGN-FW230J - Support, as there is nothing that says SCSI on there.
Can someone please help me out.
I managed to find the SATA NON-RAID drivers on there website. And it's just an exe file, so I extracted it to folder and tried put it on usb stick and plug it into the laptop, but WinXP installer wouldn't let me search on there, instead it just says no Floppy Drive found lol.

Any suggestions?

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE

A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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*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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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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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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That's what I think they are called. The 3 grey blocks which should sit on the right of my screen, I think they are 'data block' 'cd block' and some other block. They have disappeared, and Sony helpdesk is ignoring me, can anyone tell me how to put them back. I have a vaio desktop with xp 2002. Thank you.

A:Solved: Silly silly question re: data block

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


A:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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pleeese help.ive got norton 360 and avast.and i think 15 cant pick them up.avast can but wont delete/fix says they r friend found them in back up.dont no how he found them but anyway can u please help computer is soooo slow 2.

A:Solved: im a begginner heck i dont no how to paste

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hello there.
I just bought a Seagate Barracuda 250GB, 7200rpm IDE (ATA) hard drive which I can&#8217;t get installed.

My problem is that I would like to install the Seagate 250GB as a SLAVE and keep my current 30GB Western Digital as my Master (C.

The problem is that my Seagate 250GB shows in my Bios but only as a 136/7GB hard drive and in Windows it is displayed under Device Manager, but it does not show up in Windows Explorer. In windows Explorer it only shows my C: drive (Western Digital).

My specs are:
Windows XP, SP2
Pentium 4, 1.6GHz with 512MB RAM.
Gigabyte GA-8IRX Motherboard
Western Digital: WDC WD300BB-00CCB0

Could the problem be that I need to upgrade my BIOS or need different cable than normal IDE or is it something else?

All help will be appreciated.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with windows vista. I dropped it and damaged the hard drive. We bought a new hard drive off ebay with windows Vista on it. When I turn it on I get blue screen saying:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
Technical information:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0x80399BB0, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I have never done this before type of thing before and am totally clueless about what to do next. I have the dell reinstallation DVD for Vista that came with my computer and access to another computer. What do I do?

A:Solved: Installing new hard drive

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Hi there ive got an old hard drive hitachi deskstar and was wondering if i could install it into my computer and use it to store videos ect

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) D CPU 3.33GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 447 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71296 MB, Free - 8582 MB;
Motherboard: PACKARD BELL BV, , 1.0, 00000000
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Solved: Installing another hard drive

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I have a Windows XP desktop and want to add a second hard drive. The hard drive that is on my computer is an EIDE 80gb. I plan to install a Maxtor DiamondMax 60GB 7200rpm EIDE using the slave connector on the primary leg of the IDE controller cable. The secondary IDE leg has a CD-RW and a DVD drive. I know how to jumper and physically install the new drive.

I need detailed instructions on what to do once I have the hard drive physically installed. I understand that I will boot up and then run "Disk Management" to set up the new hard drive. I have a copy of "Partition Magic 7.0". Should I use that instaed of "Disk Management"?

The new drive will be used for data only. I want to set up the new drive as at least four drives. I assume they will be D, E, F and G. I want to use the new D drive for general data (no more than 4GB), the new E drive for photos (probably 20GB), the new F drive for creating CD images (about 2GB) and the new G drive for scratch, like virtual memory for Photoshop.

Where can I find instructions on how to do this as well as information as to what kind of partitions will best suit my needs? I understand that I will boot up and then run "Disk Management" to set up the new hard drive. I have a copy of "Partition Magic 7.0". Should I use that instead of "Disk Management"?

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A:[Solved] Installing 2nd Hard Drive

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I just installed my older hard drive in my current computer (after reformatting it). The only way I can access both is when I have my reformatted one as the master and my current one as a slave. If I switch (including the jumpers), I get a message that says I don't have an operating system. So, I switched it back. I have 3 questions:
1) Why?
2) Also...why can't I run the programs that are now on my slave drive?


3) Is there a way I can reverse the order of drives (placing the one that has all of my info on it) a master? This would prevent me from having to reinstall all the programs...correct?

I am running Win Xp Home on both...

Thanks -

A:Solved: Installing 2nd hard drive...

Hi, and welcome to the TSG forum

1) Why?
Click to expand...

Because thats the way a PC works - it looks at the master on the IDE and if it has a boot code written on a special area of the Hard disk - it boots....
The salve drive reformatted ( you old one ) does not have the boot area anymore
2) Also...why can't I run the programs that are now on my slave drive?Click to expand...

he salve drive reformatted ( you old one ) does not have the boot area anymore - nothing will be on the harddrive - also you will have to install programs on this PC to run from the second harddrive. If you had put the harddrive in without formatting then that may have booted and run programs - but that is never a good idea - as hardware and software need drivers etc that are set up for the actual hardware
3) Is there a way I can reverse the order of drives (placing the one that has all of my info on it) a master? This would prevent me from having to reinstall all the programs...correct?Click to expand...

as i said not a good idea - and if you have formatted the drive you nolonger have all your data

I am running Win Xp Home on both...

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This is my problem:

I have an IBM T-43 Thinkpad that I'm trying to install a brand new hard drive in. The HD is 80 GB and has had an OEM version of XP Pro installed on it from another computer.

At startup, I get a screen that says, in part, "Error 2010, The hard drive you have installed has not been qualified for use in this computer...Press <esc> to continue, Press <F1> to setup."

How do I get the computer to recognize the hard drive?


A:Solved: Installing New Hard Drive

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Just installed a new seagate 80 gig into my nieces computer.The bios reconizes it as 80 gig.Used max blast to transfer everything from the 15 gig to the new seagate.It gets to the hp screen the says no operating system found.Is that Hp stuff stopping it?Jumpers are set right.

A:Solved: Installing new hard drive

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I have built my own computer with a 20.4g h/d. I think I partitioned it to c & d. To get the files from my old drive to the new on I installed it. The settings are now new drive: c & e old drive D and cd is e. I copied the files over and took the old drive out. The new machine will not boot up now. I posted this on the operating board and was informed that you can not just install a second drive like this. I am now going to have to format and reinstall to the new machine. Once I have done this how do I install a second drive to get my files without messing everything up again.
Many thanks.

A:{SOLVED} Installing second hard drive

I forgot to mention that both the old and new drives have an operating system on (98se) and both have a primary dos partition.

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My system informed me prior to ultimate bail that the hard drive was bad. I purchased a new hard drive and tried every possible configuration from Master/Cable Select/Slave to no avail. Each time I power on, it beeps. I have it firmly connected to the main board and am using the 80-pin cable connector on the end (not the mid point connector). Please advise as to what I am doing wrong. Thank you.

A:Solved: Installing new hard drive

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I have windows 7 installed on my Acer Aspire M3910 computer. I added a 1.5 TB hard in addition to my installed drive.My computer recognized and installed the new drive. I can see it in the Disk Management and Belarc but when I open My Computer there is no drive letter assigned to the new drive. What is my next step to get a drive letter assigned?

A:Solved: Installing 1.5 TB Hard Drive

have you formatted the drive from disk management

windows will not see it until you do

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Hello Everyone. I have a computer that has a small 10 GB harddrive in it. I purchased an 80 GB Hard Drive that I had planned to add. However when I went to add it, it only picked up the small one. I went into the BIOS and tried to auto detect it, but still nothing. Does anyone know what may be wrong here? Im guessing it could be a few things. Also if I couldnt get the two to work together, does anyone know how to copy the small hard drive, windows/drivers and all to the new larger disk? This would be fine as well.

A:Solved: Installing a new hard drive

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Hello Gang,

A friend of mine is trying to install a second Hard drive on his PC. The hard drive is showing in the 'Device manager' but is not showing under 'My Computer'

Any advice please?


A:Solved: Installing Second Hard Drive

It needs to be partitioned and formated before it will show in My Computer. You can do that from Disk Management in Device Manager.

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What to do after installing new hard drive
I have rep[laced my hard drive as the old one stopped working properly, this seemed a very simple operation but now I can't get the computer to run.
I have the original discs that came with the Dell inspiron 1720 and after swiching on the computer with the new hard drive I checked in f2 to see if it was recognised and it was.
So I then inserted the Operating System reinstallation Windows Vista Home premium 32 bit dvd and by using the f12 key booted the computer from the DVD.
It seemed to run ok until it reached the Installing Windows screen where it seemed to run perfectly through all the stages giving each a tick as they were completed, then switched off and back on again eventually getting back after some seconds to the Installing Windows screen with all the stages still ticked and a line at the bottom of the page saying Completing installation and 3 running dots. And there it has stayed even after leaving it on all night.
So my question is am I doing something wrong? Should I load the Drivers and Utilities Disc first?
What loked to be a simple operation has turned into a real mess which I have no idea how to resolve but hopefully one of you will know what needs to be done.
Thanks in advance and best wishes to al for a happy and healty new year

A:Solved: What to do after installing new hard drive

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I have a computer that's been acting up on my lately to ridiculous extents. I've started trying to do a restore using the restore discs HP made me make (silly HP) when I first started using the computer. However, this and all modes of attempting a restoration have been a bit...fruitless. It keeps freezing or BSODing me or the like halfway through or before I can start the restoration process. It's managed to get about halfway through a restore as of now, though, but just in case it dies on me here again, can I use the restore discs on a different hard drive (since I fear that may be the root problem here at this point), or would I have to get another copy of Vista to do an install?

A:Solved: Installing on a new hard drive

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Recently bought and hooked up a new hard drive. Turned on the computer and it displayed the normal "please insert bootable media" message. I didn't have an XP disk lying around so I opted to throw in a Hiren's Boot CD I had from before just because. Apparently, I loaded a mini version of XP on it briefly. Now when I restart my computer the new harddrive displays no message, just a black screen. Is this bad?

Also, is it possible to make XP recovery disks without using the old hard drive?

A:Solved: Installing New Hard Drive - Did I do something bad?

Glad you got it taken care of; but could you tell us how you fixed your problem?

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Hi all,

I have recently come into possession of a perfectly working 80GB IDE Seagate hard drive, that has been tested and refurbished.

I would like to install it, as a secondary hard drive onto my computer, so I can install Ubuntu onto the second hard drive and leave Windows XP and all my primary data on the primary hard drive.

I work in the IT industry, but alas I am in the sales/service department, so I am only 80% cluey when it comes to actual hardware configuration.

I opened up my case and I have a 200GB Western Digital HDD in the box currently set as a master (as it is the only one there atm).. however, on the sticker on the HDD describing the jumper settings it says that there is a jumper setting "Master w/ Slave"... would I need to set the jumpers to this to then hook up this 80GB Seagate as a Slave? I have checked the jumper settings on the Seagate and it is on Slave mode. Or can I just leave the WDL on "Master" and have the Seagate as "Slave" and it will all work ok?

Also, would I need to configure the BIOS to let it "see" the second hard drive, or will the PC automatically recognise that there is an extra HDD plugged in...?

Any help or suggestions would be great!

Btw, Linux ppl... I realise that in theory that you can install Linux onto the same HDD as Windows.. but I would like to keep it all simple and separate in case I don't like anything or in case anything happens to either.

Thanks again!

A:Solved: Installing second hard drive:

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My hard drive is failing and I need to replace it. If I make restore discs before I install the new hard drive can I rebuild off of the restore discs I made or will I have to buy a new copy of windows. This is a computer that didn't come with restore discs.

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I am adding a WD Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III (WD5000AAKX0) hard drive to my pc. I think i have physically installed it correctly. It does show up in Device Manager with no errors and Windows XP recognized it on first boot. However it is not visible in My Computer....

Thanks for any help you can offer.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1534 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 34373 MB, Free - 7497 MB; F: Total - 95597 MB, Free - 20115 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0M3918
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Solved: Installing a Second Hard Drive

Is this a brand new hard drive?

Most harddrive need to be formated before it can be used.
Click START - Right click MyComputer - Select Manage

Computer Management screen
Expand Storage - Disk management
Check if any of the drives listed here match your 2nd harddrive.

Right click it choose "Format" or "Assign Drive Letter and Paths" if its already formatted.

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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 have a pc for my kids for their games. i would like to copy the games to the hard drive and install and run from there. this way they can play without using the cd and risk damage from too much handling. i have been trying to do this by copy and paste but only a very few of their games will run this way. they will install but not run. most still ask for the cd thus defeating the purpose. am i doing something wrong? is there some other way? i'm running win xp pro with 256 mb memory.



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EDIT: I found some information on google.

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Is it possible? My internal hard drive in my laptop finally gave out after 10 years of use and I don't have any money to get a new one, but I do have an external terrabyte drive, but is it possible to install XP Pro on it or should I think of just installing Ubuntu on it?

A:[SOLVED] Installing XP Pro on an external hard drive?

You cannot install an OS to a USB HDD. Remove the HDD from the laptop. Being 10 years old, it may still be an IDE drive. If it is a SATA, and your USB drive is 2.5" (as opposed to 3.5") you can remove the HDD from the USB Enclosure and replace your dead laptop drive.

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I have a emachine 540, the HD has died, so i have bought an Seagate HD. I know how to do almost everything to install it but not sure what to do about the jumper options(8pins), i want to make this my master drive, how can i do this?


A:Solved: Installing a internal hard drive

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This thread is a follow-up to this thread

OK, I have decided to reinstall XP to make all of drive C available, since only 60 gig is available now because the original drive was 60 gig. In addition, the appearance of bad sectors on the new drive is an issue.

My question now is whether I need to reformat the good drive which will be the boot drive. If I re-install XP, will the new re-install of XP reformat the drive or do I need to do a reformat as a separate procedure?

Thank you in advance for your replies.

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Hi, my first question here. I'm a bit of an amateur but i intend to replace the hard drive on my computer. Make is a Sony Vaio desktop PCV_W2. It has a 160gb IDE hard drive and i want to replace it with a 500gb. Can anyone tell me will the computer recognise the new hard drive as I've been told it may think my Widows XP is not a genuine copy? Also i think the hard drive may be 2.5 inch can anyone confirm, or how do i find out myself) can i replace that with a 3.5 inch or do i have to keep it the same? Thank you.

A:Solved: Installing a larger hard drive.

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I just purchased a Dell Optiplex 745 and I would like to install my old HD as a slave drive. It is a Seagate Barracuda ATA IV (IDE). The new PC is SATA. Can I install the IDE HD as a slave? If so could you please give me some info on how to do this...speacial adapters, connections ect....Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you so much in advance!!!

A:Solved: Help installing a slave hard drive

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Hello, All.

I'm in the process of repairing and making a bunch of usable used computers for financially disadvantaged families for Christmas. In this regard, one of the computer "bones" recently acquired is a Dell Dimension E510 with the hard drive missing.

I have put a new herd drive into this Dell Dimension E510 computer and I also have. a Dell Win XP w/SP-2 CD disk that came with the machine.

I want to install the Dell Win XP OS from this disk and I'm wondering if I have to do anything special when booting up from the CD and doing a new install of the OS (and Dell Utility files?). For instance:

1. May (or should?) I format the new HD as an single partitioned HD and, if I do, will the Dell Win XP disk automatically handle the formatting and the creation of the hidden partition for the Dell Utilities? Or, during the formatting process, must I reserve (create?) some small amount of space for a hidden partition for the Dell utilities and then the installation process will install Win XP in the main partition and the Dell Utilities in the smaller hidden partition?

2. Once the hidden partition is created, what are the Utilities/programs that Dell installs into this partition and how is the hidden partition accessed once it is installed?

3. Any other suggestions or hints in these regards would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks you in advance for any help and assistance you might offer in these regards.

Mike Sturgeon

A:[SOLVED] Installing Win XP on new hard drive in a Dell

and welcome to the Forum

1. May (or should?) I format the new HD as an single partitioned HD and, if I do, will the Dell Win XP disk automatically handle the formatting and the creation of the hidden partition for the Dell Utilities? Or, during the formatting process, must I reserve (create?) some small amount of space for a hidden partition for the Dell utilities and then the installation process will install Win XP in the main partition and the Dell Utilities in the smaller hidden partition?

One partition is fine . . you do not need a partition for the Dell Utilities

2. Once the hidden partition is created, what are the Utilities/programs that Dell installs into this partition and how is the hidden partition accessed once it is installed?

No need to worry about the utilities . .

3. Any other suggestions or hints in these regards would also be greatly appreciated.

You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here:

Dell Operating System Redirector | Dell

After you have the Operating System instaleld, install SP3 then all drivers

I like to get the newest drivers from Dell:

You can go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers. Be sure to use IE and do not use the Dell Download Manager!

Just download the driver file, save it to the desktop and double click to install

On the list of drivers, click on the driver file:

Then the download button here:

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I know this topic has been posted by other people... but I can't find any older scripts that are 100% relevent, sorry!

I am looking to enlarge the amount of space I have available to me on my computer. I have just bought a 250Gb ATA drive that I wish to replace my old drive.

I intend to completely start afresh with a new install of windows because my old system had become cluttered with over 5 years of junk and problems.

How should I go about moving necessary folders to my new hard drive (not programmes)? Would it be possible to link up the second hard drive - transfer the files over - then remove the old hard drive and install windows on the new one?

Thanks guys!

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My Pc has a 2 gig hard drive, and I want to add a secondary 2 gig which I already have.

My hard drive is listed as the primary master drvie, and my cd.rom is listed as the primaty slave drive. Nothing is plugged into the secondary port. Can I plug my other hard drive in as my secondary master drive? If so, how would I go about setting this up? Would it automatically detect it, or would I have to do something in the setup to make this work?

A:{SOLVED} installing a secondary hard drive

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hi all,

Being new to the forum and unsure which forum to post in I have opted for this one as I suppose it's more of an XP thing than a hard drive thing.

Ok this is the situation. I currently run 2 drives in my Dell optiplex GX270, both IDE. A primary and slave drive. I have managed to salvage a SATA drive from a relatives old PC (they bought a new one) which I would like to use in replacement of my 2 existing drives. This situation presents me with a few issues which I will list here -

1. The drive already has an OS installed (XP media centre edition), I currenty have XP pro and wish to install this version.

Will this be an issue? I assume pro would be an upgrade from media centre edition?

2. The new drive came from a non Dell PC.

will there be any compatibility issue with the new hardware? If not how can I find out what drivers I will require for my other hardware i.e. motherboard, disc drives, etc?

I would appreciate some expert advice on these subjects before I go any further, I want to take it step at a time to avoid information overload


A:[SOLVED] Installing windows XP pro - new hard drive

technically you cant upgrade from mdeia center to XP pro because they are virtually identical the only difference being is that xp pro has more networking abilty.

So if you really want xp pro to be running you most likely need to format the drive.

There shouldn't be any compatabilty issues aslong as you have your master/slave settings correct.

Remember that if you format you will need all your motherboard drivers installed after windows to ensure everything will work correctly.

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putting the hard drive back into my other computer.

I have 2 computers one of them a tiny peice of plastic broke off the outside edge of my primary ide connector and nothing will plug-in to it (no pins are broken or bent just a peice of plastic off the edge broke QQ) there for I can only have my HD plugged in and not my cd I am getting a dx10 video card and I have my vista upgrade cd...

So my question is, can I take my HD out of my main computer put it in my old computer, upgrade the OS to vista, then put it back into my main computer.

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I just installed a new hard drive in a toshiba laptop M-55. the old hard drive crashed so I had to start fresh ( not files to transfer) Had the Recovery disk with all of the original drives etc. The hard drive and the new drivers when in with out any problems, expect one. I do not have any sound on the laptop at all.

Things I have checked or tried.

1. Made sure that the sound card was being recognized Yes it shows on the device manager and no yellow question marks
2. That the speakers were not muted

3. That the volume was up

4. Down loaded new drivers

Any other suggestions???

Thanks is advance

A:Solved: No sound after installing new hard drive

check your BIOS settings

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Let me preface this post by saying that I know less about computers than anyone else in the world, so I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question with an obvious answer:

Last Monday I took my old computer (which I've used for 8 years) to a repair shop because it had been having problems (often shutting off during the reboot process, freezing whenever I recharged my ipod, overall slowness, etc.). The guy there said that for the money it would cost to fix everything, it would cost about the same for me just to buy a refurbished one from him. So that's what I did.

Everything about the new computer seemed better than my old one, except that it only had a hard drive of approx. 80GB. But that seemed fine with me, since on my old one (160GB capacity) I still had well over 100GBs available even with a 2000+ song itunes library, a few games, and 8 years of saved documents and spreadsheets on there. I assumed 80GBs would be fine for now.

But for some reason, the available hard drive space seems to be shrinking. Two days ago it was 62.3GB free of 74.4GB. Then when I checked yesterday morning it was 62.1, yesterday afternoon it was 61.8, late last night it had dropped to 60.8, and right now its 59.9. I haven't downloaded or installed anything in those two days, so why is it dropping? I'm on a dial-up connection, so there's no way that much could've been somehow downloaded with the short amount of time I've spent online.

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A:Solved: Hard drive shrinking although I'm not downloading/installing anything

The only other thing I thought it might be is those windows updates that get installed whenever I shut down the computer, so I turned those off last night (which I wasn't comfortable doing), yet it's still dropping today.Click to expand...

You need those updates. I suggest turning on automatic updates again, even if it is the culprit behind this (which it does sound like it).

You can also try deleting Shadow Copies of system restore points on your harddrive.

Scroll down to "Option One" and follow the directions there.


As for your purchase, as long as you're a general computer user for internet and office type programs, this computer is fine for you.

It has powerful enough hardware to even run some decent games if you wanted, albeit they would have to be some years old.

Also in response to your thoughts about Windows XP, I do not suggest installing that either. Windows 7 is a great operating system and has much better security and support for software and hardware being made nowadays. Windows XP is a decade old.

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I have an Inspiron 6000. The old hard drive crashed and I got a new one with Vista Business edition. Now I can't use the touchpad to scroll, and dragging things has become harder as well. I couldn't find any drivers for Vista. Any ideas? thx

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Load the Vista drivers for the Synaptics TouchPad would be my first step.

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Hi all,

I have a Dell Inspirion 1525 Laptop. My old hdd died so I bought a replacement hdd. I had the Re-Install CD that came with it for Vista and have re-loaded Vista so that is now working. However I don't seem to have the CD for installing the Drivers.

We have a CIsco Wireless Router but it cannot find it and gives me the message "Computer does not have a wireless network adapter installed and configured" when I try and do a search for a wireless connection. I assume that is because the drivers are missing?

Also when I put in the CD for the wireless it says the Windows fix pack is required but I can't get to the do I do??? LOL...thanks for any help.

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Currently, I am using my OEM CD's (Gateway PC) to install XP on my hard drive. But when I try to copy my system files to my hard drive I get this error:

"EMM386 has detected error #01 in an application at memory address 067B:012A. To minimize the chance of data loss, EMM386 has halted your computer. For more information, consult your documentation.

To restart your computer, press ENTER."

The hard drive has no data whatsoever, as it is already formatted. Any help to this issue?

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I purchased a used computer and have no manual. OS Win ME. It is only used to play card games nothing fancy.

The hard drive was making a racket so I installed a new Maxtor 30gig. My intention was to copy all info from the old drive to the new one, make the new one the master after doing so and just leave the old one in for a slave.

After installing, when I turned on the computer, it started making a beeping sound. There is a small speaker in the bottom of the tower and the beeping sounds like a backup alarm on a forklift. (sorry, only way I know to describe it)

I figured I screwed up putting the new drive in so I changed everything back to the way it was since I couldn't get the computer to do anything. Now when I turn it on, I still get nothing but the alarm. Nothing comes up on the screen. I tried to boot with ME boot disk, but got nothing. There is a reset button on the front of the tower and the alarm will stop beeping when you press it and start again when you release it.

Does anyone know what the problem might be?

As always, thank you in advance for your support.

A:[SOLVED] unidentifiable alarm after installing hard drive

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I had to install a new hard drive on a computer (Dell). All I have is the Win XP upgrade disk. It tells me that since there is no operating system on the disk, that it cant install the upgrade. Is there any way around this other than buying a full XP disk?


A:Solved: Installing XP on a new hard drive from upgrade disk


You have 2 options:

Buy the full version XP CD.

Get hold of a 98, 98SE, or ME CD.


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I have bought a new 1TB sata hdd to use as my main hdd and keep my old hdd as a storage hdd.

Currently I have:

SATA1 The old Sata as C: Old Win7 installation here, and boots from this
SATA2 The new Sata as D: New Win7 installation, bios won't show this as bootable.
SATA3. DVD drive.

If I switch them around and stick my new hdd to SATA1 then it doesn't boot even though it has Win7 installed. If it's on SATA2 and the old one is back on SATA1 then it boots with 2 windows options.

Second issue is that I want my new D: drive to be C: and vice versa. I am a bit concerned about doing it through Disk management as I don't want to risk losing both OS's unless I can boot up my Win7 setup through external hdd as mentioned below.

Third issue is; my Win7 is a digitally bought version which is in my External hard drive in a folder. And I am not sure If I can just boot with that and format my c and d to be able to rearrange the volume and boots etc.

How can I set my new secondary SATA drive as my main C: drive and let the computer boot from it. As far as I know SATA's jumper settings are for something else than declaring master/slave.

A:[SOLVED] Issues with Installing Win7 on a new hard drive

Hi -

Both drives have Windows 7 installed on them?

I would remove the old HDD, connect the new 1 TB HDD as SATA1, wipe it will KillDisk, then install Windows 7 onto it.

KillDisk -

You'll need to activate and validate the OS. Activation problems may occur as the keycode is currently used for Windows 7 on the old HDD.

Contact Microsoft and explain new HDD purchase -

Then connect the 2nd HDD, transfer over the user profile folder files, e.g., Docs, Pics, Music, etc... then format the 2nd HDD.

Info on the digital copy of Windows 7 you purchased from the Microsoft Store -

Regards. . .



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My friend's PC has two internal drives:

a Western Digital (400 GB): C: drive (XP installation) and D: drive (323 GB), and
a Samsung (1000 GB): G: drive (833 GB) and two other partitions.

I made a System Image of the Western Digital C: drive (XP) and stored it on an external hard drive.

I deleted the two other partitions on the Samsung to create some unallocated space, and then created a new 48.83 GB NTFS partition.

I installed Win7 in this partition.

After installation of Win7 there was no option displayed to boot from XP or Win7 - it always booted Win7.

I accessed the BIOS and made the Western Digital drive the first one in the boot order list. Win7 on the Samsung still booted.

I accessed the BIOS and deleted the Samsung from the list of drives. When restarted, an error was displayed about missing files.

I accessed the BIOS and re-enabled the Samsung. Win7 boots normally.

I have found no way to get the XP system booted from the Western Digital.

I assume that restoring the XP System Image to the WD drive will solve the problem, but I hope there's a simpler solution.

Any help gratefully received.


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I installed a new HDD in an HP pavilion 510n desktop pc. After completeing
FDISK to create a partition and loaded HP's proprietary system recovery disks for windows XP I get this error after disk 7: "The section IDA_END_EXPLORE
_CDS_ND does not contain the valid dialog template." After clicking on "ok"
the pc reboots and gives this error message. "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected boot disk configuration. Check boot path and hardware. Please check the windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

I have ran FDISK/MBR to create a boot sector. I have the correct jumper set
on the HDD. It is a Seagate HDD. The install disk that came with the drive
sees the HDD just fine. Bios settings are correct. What is the problem?

A:Solved: Installing a new hard drive in a HP Pavilion 510n PC

Straight out of Slick Willie's website:

This behavior can occur if any or some of the following conditions are true:
The Default value in the [Boot Loader] section of the Boot.ini file is missing or invalid.
Windows XP is not installed in the location specified in the Boot.ini file.
The Ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or damaged.
The partition path in the Boot.ini file is not set correctly.
General hardware failure.
To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods.
Method 1
Edit the Boot.ini file to restore or correct the Default entry and to ensure that the other entries in the [Operating Systems] section of the Boot.ini file point to the appropriate directories.

For additional information about how to edit the Boot.ini file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
289022 HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

Method 2
Use the Bootcfg utility in the Recovery Console to correct the Boot.ini file:
Use the Windows XP CD-ROM to start your computer.
When you receive the message to press R to repair Windows by using the Recovery Console, press the R key.
Select the Windows installation that you want, and then type the administrator password when prompted.
Type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER.
When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed:
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
[Type Y in response to this message.]

Enter Load Identifier:
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Just bought a new Gateway desktop today; it may be my last. I also bought an additional internal hard drive. All of my other desktops have come with instructions and diagrams for installing, but this one doesn't, and no such document seems to be available either on the computer or on their website. So I initiated a chat with Gateway tech support to ask where I might find such a document. At first the guy said he could help with that issue. The next thing he typed was that he was "just a hardware specialist" so that was beyond the scope of his (and his group's) knowledge. He then said he would be happy to connect me with a group at Gateway who could, for a fee, "remotely troubleshoot my issue."

So, can anyone tell me where I might find instructions for installing an internal hard drive in a Gateway FX6840?

A:Solved: Installing additional hard drive on new Gateway - they were NO help

All you need to do is find a guide on how to install a SATA hard drive. As long as the power supply has spare SATA connectors, you're set. You might have to buy a SATA cable though. Good thing they're cheap.

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I got myself a 160GB hard drive to replace my 20GB one for my Dell Latitude C840 laptop. When I start the XP installation, I ran into this pop-up.

It says:

"An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing.

Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information.

Press OK to view the Setup log files"

So I clicked OK and got this pop-up:

which says:


The digital signature catalog D:\I386\NTPRINT.CAT could not be installed. The error code is fffffc02.

The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc02 in the message file for syssetup.dll.

The digital signature catalog D:\I386\NT5IIS.CAT could not be installed. The error code is fffffc02.

The system canno find message text for message number 0xfffffc02 in the message file for syssetup.dll



the digital signature catalog D:\I386\MAPIMIG.CAT could not be installed. The error code is fffffc02

The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc02 in the message file for syssetup.dll.


The digital signature catalog D:\I386\MW770.CAT could not be installed. The error code if fffffc02.

The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc02 in the message file for syssetup.dll

Setup encountered an error while trying to set system security.
Unable to read from or write to the database.

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A:Solved: Anyone had this problem when installing Windows XP on a new hard drive?

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My hard drive failed on my pavilion 7935, so I went out and got a western digital 120gb hard drive to replace it. I used the recovery disks to format the hard drive, but they will not fully load.

Is the hard drive not compatible with this computer or do I have to format the hard drive in a different way?

Thanks for any help


A:Solved: installing Hard Drive for HP Pavilion 7935

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I put my little girls laptop in for repair, they replaced her hard drive. The cost of having windows 7, drivers etc installed was beyond me, so the nice gent there gave me a windows disc and said i should be fine to install it myself as i have the authentication code.

I went into the bios and changed the boot order to boot first from dvd put in the disc and restarted. At first all seems to be going well,then i see the following on the screen

windows is loading files, then
starting windows,
the windows background comes up
then i get a cmd box titled
and in the box
x:\windows\system32>wpe in it

then the title changes to Administrator:
and in the box it says
X:\windows\system32>wpe in it
X :\windows\system32>

I don't know what info is relevant, so i will include what i can about her computer and the new hard drive

the drive is a western digital technologies 2.5 inch 500gb sata hard drive.

The laptop is a toshiba satelite C665D model PSCOYA 04NO24

the windows sticker says it runs windows 7 home premium OA

the disc the gent at the store gave me says windows 7OEM preinstallation disc

I literally know more latin than computer terms, so i really need some advice. Well i hope this info helps, if someone is willing to help and needs more info please let me know

A:Solved: Problems installing windows on new hard drive

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I got a new hard drive and plugged it in, booted up with the windows DVD, it went through all the loading business etc., and it came to the part where you choose where to install windows. My new hard drive showed up on the list, I selected it, and it began doing it's business. It was checking video settings and stuff like that.

Next time I looked it had arrived back at installation for some reason. So I did it again, but this time when it came to the part where I chose the hard drive to install on, it had disappeared as an option (the list was blank). I thought maybe it had already installed so I booted up without the DVD, but it asked for the disc. And I put my old HD back in (as evidenced by this post), so I didn't accidentally unplug some cable somewhere.

Unfortunately I was not paying attention to what was on screen before it seemed to reset back to the installation start.


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I am not computer literate so this question and others that might follow may seem rather dumb.

Currently I have four hard drives in my box. when my drive 0 (C) failed it took five days, there was a weekend, before things were repaired. I am looking for a work around to avoid this problem in the future.

I just purchased an external hard drive. Is it possible to make this a bootable drive so if my C fails again I will have an operable, but slow, computer?

If it is possible I will have further questions. Thank you for your help.


A:Solved: Installing Windows XP on an External Hard Drive

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Ok so I recently bought a new drive to replace my old dead drive,installed and everthing seemed fine,I use my recovery disc to install windows vista,it seemed as tho it installed,after it told meto remove disc and it would restart after pressing ok. After comp restarted I received a message...........operating system not found.I re-install windows vista again and get the boot recovery or rescue press f11. I do so but nothing next step is cloning my hard drive from a similar laptop. Just to get the os.
It will be greatly appreciated for tips on how to fix my problem or let me know if there's. Something. I'm not doing correctly
.....trying to save money by learning myself!!!!!!!

Also I'm not able to download or access anything but bios and etc....

A:Solved: installing windows on new hard drive failure!!!!

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