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Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

Q: Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

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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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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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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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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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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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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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?



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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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Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.



A:SCSI HArd drive

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I've 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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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'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 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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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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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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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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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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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
-couldn't boot in one operation; I had to get to a point in the process (I've forgotten the details) and then shutdown and ... Read more

A:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
Up to you.

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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


A:Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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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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Hello all,

I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.

This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.

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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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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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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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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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Hello, 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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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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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

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

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I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.

Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.

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

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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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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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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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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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

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A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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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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Tough one... not even IBM support could help me...

Im trying to load Windows 2000 Professional (with service pack 4) on an IBM Intellestation Z Pro (model 6223-14U). The system has a scsi hard drive... and there is no operating system currently loaded.

The problem is, when i boot up to install windows from the CD, I always get 'Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer' and aborts the installation. The bios settings are correct, and I read it could be that I need a driver loaded for the onboard scsi adaptor. So i did that.....

It gives me the option to install a 3rd party scsi or raid driver during windows 2000 setup (before actually tried to setup) and i insert the floppy as it directs me too... with the correct driver as per IBM, but i get this error

File \win32\a320raid.sys caused an unexpected error (18) at line 1211 in F:\nt\private\ntos\boot\setup\oemdisk.c

I have tried different copies of windows 2000.. and tried downloading the driver multiple times. no luck. And just for the hell of it.. I tried loading XP and it worked fine... but i need windows 2000 for a purpose.

Any suggestions?

A:scsi and problems installing windows 2000

Did you change the boot sequence? You have to change it to boot from cd rom as the first option.

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Hi everyone,

I just signed up and this is my first post.

I have Windows 7 Professional on my computer, but long ago it became unbootable and I'm tired of trying to diagnose and fix that issue. I just don't seem to have the time or the expertise. So I've been booting with various Linux distros instead. They serve me pretty well, and the hardware seems to be in good shape.

But I want to get Windows back as well. Recently I've been considering installing it on a second hard drive. (I'd rather not install it on the original drive for several reasons: in case there's something wrong with the drive... because I also have a lot of personal files on the original drive which I'd rather not have to move for a Windows re-install... and because I'd like to have a second drive anyway, for backups.)

So can I install a new hard drive and use my Windows 7 installation/repair disk to install Windows on that new drive, making it the boot drive while the borked Windows is still in place on the older drive? Is there anything wrong with that scenario? For example, would having a second installation of Windows on the same computer cause me any activation issues with Microsoft?

Now assuming that's feasible, what if the original drive is a RAID array consisting of two drives? Does that change anything? The drive containing the non-booting Windows and all my personal files is actually a pair of drives in a RAID striping configuration (meaning the dri... Read more

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So Im installing this new hard drive but need to put win 98SE back on it. I can not find my oem numbers and all of that. anyone have any generic oem's? do i need one for office 2000 as well? i can not find either one.

A:installing new hard drive windows OEM's?

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More specificaly i have an iso image on one of my two drives. I want to wipe the primary one and do a fresh install, but is there a way to mount the file during boot or something similar to acomplish this task? Google's only turning up bits and pieces but nothing substantial and most of it is linux related.

EDIT: (Current os is XP and image in question is XP too)

A:installing windows from another hard drive?


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It used to be that you could not have a slave hard drive with a winows installation on it, i.e. 2 hard drives with windows files on both. Is there any way to get the windows files completely off my present hard drive, change the jumpers to make it a slave and then install a new version of windows on a new hard drive. I could then use the old hard drive (now the slave) as a source to transfer all my old data files, etc., to my new hard drive after reinstalling all my programs on the new drive??? Just re-reading all this, now I'm confused . Hope you can understand what I'm trying to accoomplish. Thx

A:Installing Windows on new hard drive

There's nothing stopping you from switching your current drive to a slave, installing a new master, then installing Windows to that master. I've done that plenty of times. If you really want to be safe, leave the old drive unplugged until Windows is installed on the new drive, then plug the old drive in as slave.

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Please i need your help!

I am looking to install a second hard drive on my comp (SATA), mainly because i am upgrading my motherboard and cpu... and from what i have heard my existing hard drive will not boot up with the upgrade!

I am pretty new 2 all of this...

How do i go about this?
as of course i do not want too loose anything on my existing drive

Do I boot up and install win xp on the new drive?

Will I still have access to my other drive in windows?

How do i go about this?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

thnx in advance


A:Help Installing a second Windows Xp Hard drive

Why would the exisiting disk drive not work?

Anyway, you can always have 2 (or more) hard disk on the same computer. You need to connect 1st as primary and 2nd as secondary.

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Hello, first time posting here and apparently I am in a rut that I cannot solve. Trying to fix a friends laptop (HP Pavilion zv6000), got him a new hard drive because of his old hard drive being corrupt. Everything is running fine and all the required disks are in order, until I start running windows xp. The cd boots and the "Setup is loading files(*****)" shindig goes through but then stalls at "Setup is starting windows". I've tried his hp laptop specific disk and a disk of my own and they both stall at the same point. Waited a good 6 hours just in case and still the same results (both are xp sp2).

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I can not get passed the start display were the four stars make the flag. I need so help please.. Thank you

A:Installing windows 7 on a new wd 1tb hard drive

Welcome Thuwar to TSF.

Perhaps a bit more information might help.

Are you trying to boot from a Windows 7 installation disc, and it freezes just as it is showing the windows logo?

Is this the only hard drive in your system? (Does it have an Operating System already on it, or is it a new system all together)?

Also, if you are installing with a disc, where did you get the disc? Is it a retail edition of Windows 7 or?

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I need help on installing windows xp on a new SATA hard drive I bought. I want to use that as my main hard drive, and I'm not sure how to do so. My computer recognizes my new hard drive and I can use it, but I want it to be my main drive. I tried to install Windows XP and in the setup dialog, it doesn't list my new hard drive to install windows there. Is there anyone who can help me? Thank you.

A:Help installing Windows XP on new second hard drive

Well if you want.. take out the hard drive with windows on it and just put the other Hard drive in and do a regular install(** hit f12 , boot from cd** since you wouldnt have a OS on it yet.. then install it, put ur other hard drive it.. specfiy new hd to boot from evertime and it should work.

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Hi all,

I want to install a second copy of windows 7 on an internal HDD.

I have inserted the windows disk, pressed F11 an selected `boot from dvd.

when i get to the screen where it asks which drive I want to install to, only my C drive with my existing windows is showing??

The hard drive is visible in windows, formatted & marked as active, but as I say windows install wont recognize it. I have tried the other SATA ports (except the one running my main version of windows).

please help!!! & thanks in advance.

A:Installing windows on a second hard drive

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Hi to all, I've just installed an additional hard drive on my pc, I would like to know how ( if possible ) to install a copy of windows 98se on to this drive. The reason for this is that im trying to build a second pc from bits that I've collected from various upgrades and I would like to know that the hard drive was pre-loaded okay so as to eliminate any problems that may arise.

Thanks in advance Alan

A:installing windows to a 2nd hard drive

You would have to switch the jumpers on the drives, making the one you want to install to master, boot to dos prompt and install.

But it really isn't the best idea as installing it on a machine that it's not intended for will load a bunch of drivers that won't work on the other machine.

Your better of just installing windows once you get the other machine ready.

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hi guys,

i'm completing a new build later today, i haven't put a optical drive into the system, and i'm trying to find out how to install windows xp by copying the files to a usb hard drive. is this possible ? i have searched on google but all the techniques seem quite complicated.

i have a usb hard drive (80gb) to which i have copied the files from the xp cd to - could some kind soul please explain where to go from this point?

thanks in advance

A:installing windows from usb hard drive

I'm not the most experienced at this, but I would think that you are not going to get the machine to see the USB drive with the XP files copied to it as a bootable drive. The data will be there, but the drive is not bootable.

So first I would think you would need to image the USB drive with the XP Installation disk, using maybe XX Clone or simiilar.

Then you'd need to adjust the BIOS settings to boot first from USB.

Seems like a lot of trouble, given how simple it would be to (even temporarily) install an optical drive and run the installation.

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I have Windows XP Pro installed on my SONY laptop. It is in English.
I want to install another Windows XP in a different language, on a separate partition.
Can I do this, or does MS Windows demand to be installed on the C: drive?

A:Installing two Windows on a hard drive

Hello marossity, welcome to Seven Forums!

You can install a second XP to the same Hard Disk Drive (HDD) on a separate partition and XP will even configure a dual boot menu but I have not as yet been able to get the second XP to install ac C: so that may cause issues with some installed programs/apps that are hard-coded to look for C: during their installation process.

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I would like to install Windows 8 on an external hard drive and run Windows from said ext hard drive in order to run a full diagnostic on my internal hard drive (which I think might be having problems, but that is not what I want to discuss in this topic). How would I go about this process? 
A friend of mine was talking about master/slave drives, but I don't know how that works. Can someone please enlighten me?

A:Installing Windows on a second hard drive

If you really want to do this faster and not read a bit then I would just use a linux live cd.

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Anyone out there maybe help??? i need to install a second new hard drive on my pc which has windows xp O/S, the installation aint causing a problem, but when its all connected....wot do i do next? I know i might sound thick, but im only just learning...
any help would be gratefully appreciated. Preferably direct me to a good website, or step by step instructions...

A:installing a second hard drive on windows xp

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Well my old hard drive with 750 GB burned down. So i took out a other hard drive with 80 GB. I am currently running on Windows XP. And i was thinking to re-install Windows 7. Is it ok to install it on 80 GB? Or will it have performance issues?

Check systems specs for more information.

NOTE: Hard Drive is not SATA or PATA. Its IDE

A:Installing Windows 7 on 80 GB Hard drive

yap that's ok..for the hard disc 80Gb, more important for install windows 7 i think is memory but your memory is 2Gb. that's should ok.
and you can check this Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

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Hi just have a few questions about installing windows 7 on a brand new hard drive. Well i actually have a few questions so i will give you a little background first.
1. My hard drive failed on me a couple weeks ago and i was ever so intelligent enough NOT to make back-up cd's
2. I am in the process of ordering a new hard drive and need to install windows 7 on it.
3. the system had Vista home Premium 64
Ok so my questions... What version of Win7 should i order? I want home premium again but i dont think i qualify for an upgrade version because my previous version of Vista is completely inaccessible. So do i order the Builders pack/kit because i am installing a new hard drive? Also any helpful tutorials that may help my situation would be great i checked out the tutorials section and well quite frankly i was lost almost as soon as i started looking >.<

A:Help installing windows 7 on a New hard drive

Normally I would not suggest this, but since your laptop has an OEM license and the OEM is tied to the motherboard of the laptop, There is a way to modify an upgrade disk to run a full install.

Look into this.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Like I said before normally I would not suggest anything like this but technically your not breaking the terms of use just slightly bending

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Just recently had the NTLDR problem and was unable to solve well actually I solved it but so many other files were damaged I couldn't fix it. I saw another option somewhere and hoping soemone can enlighten me. I purchased the following A new version of xp pro since the guy that rebuilt my computer basically used a borrowed copy from somewhere. I saw somewhere that instead of installing on the c drive but I can install the new xp on my d drive and my computer should be o.k. Does anyone have any input on this?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

P.S. What happens if I was to borrow xp fromsomewhere input the cd key? Can this then be installed on another computer or does once I install the CD key that basically ties my computer to that software?

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Basically I'm looking to get some functionality into my PC again for reasons relating to my other thread, so the quickest way I feel to do this for the time being at least would be to install a 2nd Windows XP just on a different partition...

I'm looking for some advice on how to do this... and also if it is possible to maintain certain things like the files that appear on the Start Menu and the desktop etc etc...

A:Installing Windows XP On 2nd Hard Drive

Copy these folders from C:\Documents and Settings\%CurrentUser%\ ...

Application Data - will save settings for apps you have installed
Cookies - Save your logins and other cookie junk
Desktop - Save whatever is on your desktop (you will have to re-link any shortcuts to installed programs, however)
Favorites - Saves your IE favories
My Documents - Anything from the My Documents folder

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I have a single computer at my business that is still working but it has a corrupt windows component store and I have tried different Microsoft FixIt?s, Sfc /scannow and I even tried doing a repair install of Windows 7 but it failed multiple times.
I know I could just do a clean install BUT I only have 1 computer at my business and the software program and sql database that is required for the software is the only thing that keeps the business running.

Is it possible for me to buy a new hard drive and put it in a hard drive enclosure and install Windows 7 and the software program that I use for my business and then just swap the hard drives so I don?t experience any downtime?

I also have the exact same model computer at home with the business software installed already so is there a way I could make an image of that computer and then install that image on the business computer and then enter my Windows activation code that I have for my business computer?

I greatly appreciate any help I can get.


A:Need Help Installing Windows 7 on New Hard Drive

As far as I and most people here know, you can not install windows to an external hard drive.

Doesn`t the business ever close ?

Do the install when it`s closed, like right now for instance.

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Hello all, I have a Dell Studio 1558 which recently had a hard rive error code 2000 I think. I had to replace it today. Replacement went smoothly I think, but now that Im trying to install the operating systems I ran into a roadblock and need some help.

Some background info: I brought the laptop directly from, used the Drivers and Utilities CD which apparently it says it also has the OS for my laptop. Will I need to buy a Windows 7 premium or something or am I just doing something wrong?Any help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Installing Windows 7 on new hard drive?

The Drivers ad Utility disc usually does not contain the operating system. What is usually on that disc is what it says, the required drivers for the laptop and utilities normally installed on the computer from the factory. Is the computer booting to the Drivers disc? what message do you get when you try to boot to the CD? BTW Windows 7 would not be on a CD, but rather a DVD disc.

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My computer contains two hard drive, 3TB and 8TB and the motherboard is P67A-UD3-B3. When I tried to install Windows 7 on each of them separately, it was automatically converted to MBR and their sizes were limited to 2TB. Can it be fixed, meaning installing Windows 7 on each of them without loosing size, or should I consider buying a 2TB hard drive in order to avoid loosing size?

A:Installing Windows 7 on GPT Hard Drive

Why would you want Windows on 2 different disks? What are you trying to do, ideally?

Which of those 2 disks would you PREFER to put Windows on?

Booting from a drive greater than 2.2 TB requires GPT partitioning and UEFI, not BIOS. A system with BIOS cannot boot a GPT disk.

Does your motherboard provide BIOS or UEFI? That's an older P67 chipset so may be BIOS only.

Can you initialize the 8 TB disk as GPT and use it purely as a data disk, with no operating system? Maybe not on a drive that large with a motherboard that old.

Some motherboard manufacturers supply a downloadable bit of software that can work around the issue.

How much space do you need for C? I'd be tempted to buy a smallish SSD of maybe 128 GB and put Windows on it, using MBR.

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my problem is quite a difficult to solve i think..
i have windows vista home basic 32x installed in my lenovo ys10 775843Q
and now i want to install windows seven RC
but the problem is that my dvd drive is not working and i have a pen-drive of only 2 gb there any way to make our one of the hard disk partition bootable so that i can install windows seven through it ?
please help me out urgently as i am being curious to use windows seven

A:Installing windows seven from a hard drive

Hello Bankerrrahul, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can use a program like PowerISO to open the Windows 7 ISO file and extract all of the files in a folder on your Vista desktop. When done, you can run the Windows 7 setup to install it on a selected drive or partition.

Hope this helps,

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I have HP Pavillion Desk Top that I baught in 2010. The "hard drive" was failing (imminently) so I installed a New Hard drive - 1 TB - the same as before, bought the right one to replace the old one. Everything seemed to have gone well. And then ...
I inserted my factory recovery disk that I made just before I pulled the old hard drive out, and everything worked right, it installed both disks and was installing windows, but ...
After the disks finished installing and the computer went through 2 more screens with progress bars for installing the computer would reset and try to start windows to finish the set up, when windows was starting it would say windows is installing files, and before it was done,
a screen pop up and said that the setup process can not continue because windows can not load on this computer hardware.
So I tried again and some how when the box pops up with all the choices, I was able to do the PC DOCTOR, thinking maybe the computer is NOT taking the New Hard drive, but the Doctor said everything was ALL RIGHT. Computer PASS all the tests!
And when I reset the computer again, another message pups up but now it says:_
___Windows can not complete the installation process, please restart the installation.
And I did 4 or 5 times with the same response!!!
Maybe my recovery disk wasn't done right? Maybe I have to buy a new "recover disk" from the factory? or buy another Windows 7 ? It Sucks
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A:Installing Windows on a New Hard Drive

Most Hp computers will not accept the new hard drives. If it is not the same make and model of the old one. The hard drive is code into the recovery disks you made your self. This is due to the recovery disks you made are only a image of the original restore partition on your old hard drive. You may need to call hp support and see if their recovery disk will work. I just ran in to this problem . On a old hp I had. Lucky though it came from the factory with two hard drives. So I used the 2nd Hard drive to get it up and running. Then took the new one back where I bought it. GoodLuck!

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A couple of days ago my old hard drive started giving issues and eventually died. My brand new one arrived today. However, now I'm stuck with no HDD to boot my dekstop from and only a laptop to get Windows 8 onto my new HDD.
Can anyone tell me what would be the best way to go about doing this ?

Any advice is much appreciated!

A:Installing Windows 8 on a new hard drive

To make sure I have clearly understood the situaton: you got a PC with new empty HDD and a fine-working laptop allowing you to download anything from the Net?

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I installed Windows 7 a few days ago by running the setup in XP and everything went well enough but I am a little crazy and I want a truly clean install.

I had formatted a partition with NTFS through My Computer and had the files on there and when I booted to it, it started the windows 7 recovery program.

I then used the computer management > disk management. I cleared the whole hard drive. Set up a 10gig partition, formated it in FAT32, set it as active, then put the files on there. Now when I try and boot to it, it just flashes a "_". It hangs there and has to be restarted.

I can't think what the problem is. Any one try this and have similar results.

A:Installing Windows 7 from a USB Hard drive.

Does your BIOS have a setting to boot first from USN?

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I just got a new computer, new hard drive and everything. I attempted to install Windows 7 (full version, NOT an upgrade) by putting the disc in, starting the computer, and booting from the BIOS. The monitor shows a bar that says that the Windows files are loading. Then it displays the little Windows logo. And finally it comes to a blue-ish screen with a bird on it (which I have been told is the sign-on screen) with a cursor. Nothing else. I've tried pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE and running Safe Mode. Nothing works.

I have heard that the solution might have something to do with putting certain drivers onto a flash drive. Is that true? If so, um... explain. If not, explain that too.


A:Installing Windows 7 on blank hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by eikoangelus

I just got a new computer, new hard drive and everything. I attempted to install Windows 7 (full version, NOT an upgrade) by putting the disc in, starting the computer, and booting from the BIOS. The monitor shows a bar that says that the Windows files are loading. Then it displays the little Windows logo. And finally it comes to a blue-ish screen with a bird on it (which I have been told is the sign-on screen) with a cursor. Nothing else. I've tried pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE and running Safe Mode. Nothing works.

I have heard that the solution might have something to do with putting certain drivers onto a flash drive. Is that true? If so, um... explain. If not, explain that too.


Welcome to SevenForums,

You might want to follow those tutorials:

-Clean Install Windows 7

-SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Hi. A few days ago my hard drive crapped the bed so I bought a new one. I was wondering if I should do something different than what I was gonna do. I have the original Dell Windows XP SP1 cd that came with my Dell computer. I am going to install it on my new hard drive. After I do this should I go to and download the SP2 or should I do something different altogether? I just wanna make sure I have all the windows security updates on the new hard drive.

A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

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I have a Gigabyte H61m-s2pv Mother board fitted with a 8 gigabyte RAM and a 500 Gigabyte Seagate HDD. My problem is if i try to install any Operating System, it will come up the screen where I must select the hard drive to install, but does not show any hard drive and if it does does not allow me to format or partition the drive. At first i thought it was the hard drive then i changed the hard drives and the problem is still the same.I am currently using live usb for my computing (Linux Mint) and desperately need to install an OS on the Machine.

A:Installing Windows (No Hard Drive detected)

Having tried two different drives I guess it's unlikely both are bad. So it's probably a bios setting or bad connection. Is the drive seen in bios setup? Maybe the controller it's attached to is disabled. Check the motherboard manual if you're not sure how to set it up.You said that 'any' operating system will not install. Which ones have you tried? The drive is probably SATA which XP won't recognize unless it's configured in IDE mode (or whatever it's called for your motherboard) or external drivers are installed.

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Hello, i got a new hard drive on my hp laptop as the old one was failing. Its a ssd. I tried installing my other windows to it after i created a recovery disk and tried to reinstall it on new hard drive, but it gave me an error named:
UIA write failed 3 times
So i tried downloading a windows iso, and it said there is a problem with the key. i talked to a microsoft person, they said that it is probably a oem type which wont be able to download. So to avoid extra headaches i just got me another copy of windows 7, my old one is home premiun so i got professional edition
My question is, i did put the hp version of windows on it which i cannot install because of the uia error, do i have to reformat it completely before reinstalling the new windows 7 disk i bought?
If so, how do i do it? I cannot access windows.

A:Question on installing windows to new hard drive

Part of the installation process involves formatting the drive.  
You will need to set the BIOS boot order so the the optical drive is the first device and the ssd the second device, put the installation disc in the drive and restart the machine to make the installation.  
When the computer boots you will receive a message telling you to press any key to boot from the installation disc.  Follow the prompts from there.

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My laptop's (Dell Inspiron 1501, Phoenix Bios version 2.3) old HD failed, when installing Vista on the new HD I am getting the BSOD. The laptop is 4 yrs old. From reading some older posts, it may have to do with a setting in the Bios (changing the HD setting from SATA to autodetect), but I don't have that option in my Bios. Any suggestions?

A:Installing Windows Vista on new Hard Drive

these are bios updates for your inspiron on dell support site
the auto detect should be there maybe advanced options sometimes hard to find its on an old amd thing i have here working on @8 yr old

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So basically I'm selling my laptop, and obviously I want to get rid of all my data/make sure it cannot be recovered again. Now I'm a complete newbie but I'm not really sure as to what's the best method to go about doing this.

I was thinking of running DBan to overwrite the hard drive and then reinstall windows 7. But I don't have a windows 7 installation disk. I only have some recovery CD's that PCWorld made for me when I first got my laptop which I think is just a system image so I don't know if I'd be able to use it to reinstall windows 7?

My other option I was thinking of was to just replace the hard drive altogether but again that leads to the question that will my recovery/system images work on the new hard drive?

A:Installing windows 7 after wiping hard drive?

The simplest way would be to just restore to factory settings using the disks provided when you purchased the laptop, check when doing this that it follows usual practice and wipes the disk of all data before resetting the syastem to exactly as it was when shipped from the factory.

this should just be a case of either booting from the recovery disks and following the prompts, or running a program supplied by the manufacturer or PC World, details should be in the documentation supplied with the laptop in some cases you may be given more than one option, some may offer to retain various things you have added, data and applications etc. there should be an option to reset to factory condition, this is the one to choose.

The other advantage of this is that it should leave the system in a licensed state, and when the new user starts up for the first time it will go through the first start routine where they can create a user-name, password etc.

Before you start this process you should of course make sure you have copies of all the data and any disks and software keys for software you may have added whilst you were using the laptop

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Hi People,

I am an IT Administrator.

We have a Dell Server Poweredge R310, of which the hard drive (wd5003abyx-18wera0) running on a custom OS from a product needs to be formatted to Windows 7. Now, When on the screen for the format, It says "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3 (which is the Hard drive from the server).

I know for windows to be installed, the Hard Drive needs to formatted as NTFS.

What I cannot find out is the current format for this Hard Drive.

Can any experts help me on this ?\

Much Appreciated

A:Windows 7 not installing on Dell Hard drive

If the hard drive is installed on a computer.

Start Orb
Right click Computer
Select Manage
Select Disk Management
It should state there.

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I am putting a new harddrive in a HP Pavilian Notebook Computer, series DV5000. I had to order an HP Recovery Disk for windows XP as there was not any recovery disk available for this computer. I would like to be made aware of any problems I may encounter before I start loading XP onto a new harddrive. What Microsoft product number will I use for the software. Hopefully this number will be located on the outside of the disk when I receive it, or should I use the one on the bottom of the computer. This disk is on order and has not arrived yet. Will there is any problems activating XP with a new harddrive installed? Thanks for any help you can suggest.

Ordered Harddrive from here:,Laptop,Part,HM160HC.aspx

I ordered the HP Restore Disk from this location:

A:Putting in a new hard drive and installing windows xp

product key on bottom of computer. put in disk, set to boot from cd, follow on screen instructions.

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Hi! Apologies if I posted this in le wrong category.

I recently upgraded capacity of my hard drive (from 350GB to 500GB). I'm wondering how can I install my windows oem license from my previous hard drive to my new one. My laptop is Compaq Presario CQ58 and OS is Windows 8.

I really need your help guys!


A:Re-installing Windows 8 OEM license to new hard drive

Hello and welcome to the forum! The easiest thing would have been to image the old drive then transfer to the new drive if you have a large enough external drive.

Beyond that, I haven't done a hard drive upgrade with OEM. Not sure if will automatically get the key from the flash memory and activate. If not, you'll have to get the key that is burned in the board by using ShowKey or other retrieval utility.

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My computer recently gave me the message when I tried to boot it up that "No bootable devices found". After research I read that my hard drive had crashed and I would have to boot from disc. Atleast I hope that will work, you can correct me if I'm wrong. So I've inserted my windows vista install disc and it is asking me to select where I want to install windows but nothing is showing up. Does this my harddrive is completely shot with no chance of repair? Or is there a way around this..

A:Installing windows after hard drive crash

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I've heard a lot of good things about Windows 7 and have decided that I want to give it a try. I don't have an extra computer with a hard drive in it laying around to install it on, but I do have a 320 GB external hard drive. The download from Microsoft's website is a .ISO file. I'm wondering how do I install it to my external hard drive so that when I change the boot order to boot from the USB hard drive the installation screen will appear. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I've never installed an OS before so I'm not sure what to do. Thanks.

A:Installing Windows 7 to an external hard drive

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I apologize for the lengthy post, but I want to give as much info as possible to help diagnose.

Computer became infected with a virus.

I wiped the hard drive clean using Dell System Recovery Disk. It also installed Windows 7.
Upon completion of install, computer was restarted; Win 7 behaved normally (was able to access installed programs, internet, sound, etc.)
Once computer was powered off and turned on again, it went straight to ?Windows Boot Manager? black screen which said:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1) Insert Windows install disk and restart
2) Choose language
3) Click Repair Your Computer
Status 0xc000000e
Info: Boot selection failed because required devise is inaccessible.

An ePSA Pre-boot system assessment was run. Everything passed except the hard drive, which shows Error Code 2000-0146, Validation 62947 and shows a message of: "Self-test log contains previous errors." (this was run more than once).

The process of reformatting the hard drive using the Dell System Recovery Disk was repeated in order to get back into Windows. Then a scan of the hard drive was conducted via C:/Properties/Tools and returned the following errors:
-Found 6 bad clusters
-The volume Bitmap is incorrect
-Windows found a problem with the file system
-Run CHKDSK/F to correct this

I gave the command to run CHKDSK upon the next start of the computer. The comp... Read more

A:Hard drive errors after installing Windows 7

First thing I would do is along side that chkdsk I would run a sfc /scannow and try one more time since you got nothing to lose, if that doesn't work or sound like the way to go you can always try a hard drive cleaner by connecting your hard drive via sata/usb cord to another computer and try one of these programs
Five hard disk cleaning and erasing tools - TechRepublic

And last if this doesn't work chances are your hard drive has failed and you will need a replace in order to work.

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Hi. A few days ago my hard drive crapped the bed so I bought a new one. I was wondering if I should do something different than what I was gonna do. I have the original Dell Windows XP SP1 cd that came with my Dell computer. I am going to install it on my new hard drive. After I do this should I go to and download the SP2 or should I do something different altogether? I just wanna make sure I have all the windows security updates on the new hard drive.

A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

That sounds fine to me, but do you have a broadband internet connection? SP2 is pretty large for dial-up. After you install windows, go to and make sure you download not only SP2 but all available updates and patches.

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post and i apologize if it is posted in the wrong section. I have recently purchased and new computer with Windows 8. It's running smoothly and I love it, however I am encountering one particular problem which I have yet to find any solution for.

My primary boot device is a 128GB SSD and obviously I want that space for the operating system install and some essential programs (photoshop, fireworks etc.).

My secondary device is a standard 1TB HDD. This is what I want to be my storage space for files, documents and non-essential programs.

The problem - Whenever I try to install a program to my second drive it comes up with the following error

"Error Writing to D:\blahblah\blah\blah.xml. Verify that you have access to that directory"

I have check my permissions in the security tab and made sure that all the right check boxes are clicked. I have made sure to run the program as administrator and I've check to make sure that the directory is not set to 'read only'.

I really don't know what else to do now, so this is why I have joined this forum in hopes of finding an answer.

I would appreciate any advice and I thank you all in advance for your time in reading my post.



A:Installing Programs to Second Hard Drive Windows 8?

Format second drive...

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Hello I'm taking a hardware class and was ask to submit a question to this web site to get informed with tech blogs. Any suggestions for the question below. Thank you Pfeiffer
I have a 5-6 year old HP/Compaq laptop. I installed a new hard drive and I cannot install new OS. It sounds like it is reading the cd but nothing happens.

A:windows 8 not installing fron new hard drive

I have a 5-6 year old HP/Compaq laptop. I installed a new hard drive and I cannot install new OS. It sounds like it is reading the cd but nothing happens.Click to expand...

What's the complete model number of that HP Compaq laptop?
What's the exact part/product number(P/N) on it?

What's the Windows version and bit version on that disc that you're trying to install?
Is that disc an original retail or OEM one or is it a copied one?

Is the new hard drive recognized in the BIOS setup screen?


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I installed windows 8 and formatted my SSD to do so, and now Win 8 is on it clean installation.

I loaded up computer, and can't find my 2tb hard drive? It's not showing anywhere.. where has it gone? It shows in device manager but I can't access it.. :(

A:I can't see my Internal 2tb hard drive after installing windows 8, only my ssd

Similarly to the steps below from Ryanbac. 
Once your in Disk Management and you can see your 2nd hard drive, you'll need to assign a letter to it. 
Right Click on the Drive > Change Drive Drive Letter and Paths > Choose a letter. 
Once this is done you'll be find your 2nd or 3rd HDD when you open My Computer. 
If you can't then you'll definitely need to format it. 
Hope that helps :) 

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I have bought a new Laptop - Dell Inspiron 5520 . It had Windows 8 64-bit. I want, at best, to install Windows XP, if that's possible. However, I have a feeling that I've made a stupid mistake somewhere without doing the necessary research.
I have wiped the hard drive by using Copywipe from the Ultimate Boot CD that I have. Now I have no Operating System. Here's the situation:
I have a Windows XP Pro (Service Pack 3) ISO that I have made bootable using a small program called WBICreator.
I also have the extracted files as a backup.
I have PowerISO - but my bootable ISO doesn' work even on VirtualBox - it always says that "it cannot load BootMgr" so maybe I'm not using PowerISO properly, I guess.
When I attempt to boot the wiped hard drive, it says "No Boot Device found. Press any key to reboot the machine"...
Please guide me in installing this operating system on my laptop and ask me what details I should provide so that you can help me easily.

A:Installing Windows XP Pro (SP3) on wiped hard drive

Dell drivers for system, .
I see no XP drivers.
To install a different O/S on that would require a different license also, since your license only applies to the Win 8 preinstalled O/S.

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My friends laptop hd took a dive today, I know that physically replacing the HD is easy (already taken the old one out), I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to run into any issues installing the OS on the fresh drive. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

A:Installing a new hard drive and Windows 7 (laptop)

There shouldn't be any particular problem. Is there anything special you had in mind?

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Few days ago I installed a hard disk drive from a laptop with Windows installed to a desktop computer with Windows installed as well. I did so since I need to check the laptop HDD for viruses. After I removed the HDD, I could not boot to my desktop. How to fix this?

I have tried to use the Windows repair feature by using my installation DVD, but it didn't work. I kept getting a message saying something like the version of the Windows repair did not match with the version of the installed Windows on my desktop every time I tried to run the Windows repair.

For additional info, I use RAID 1 on my desktop which I set up by using Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The desktop runs Windows 7 Pro 64 bit while the laptop runs Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.


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Been having some problems with my pc and am on the verge of a full hard-drive reformat and might replace the motherboard at the same time. Should say that because of the problems I can't actually get in to Windows - stuck in the BIOS stage.

Where do I stand with my Windows 7 licence (I'd read you can only use it on one pc)?

If I install it on my "new" pc (i.e. reformatted hd and new motherboard) will I be able to activate it or is it still going to be linked to my old installation? Wondered if by activating it on the new hard drive it would automatically inactivate my other installation?

The problem being that I can't load up Windows in order to inactivate it and hence why I am looking to reformat in the first place!

I wonder


A:Re-installing Windows 7 if hard drive is corrupted

Quote: Originally Posted by ajb1983


Been having some problems with my pc and am on the verge of a full hard-drive reformat and might replace the motherboard at the same time. Should say that because of the problems I can't actually get in to Windows - stuck in the BIOS stage.

Where do I stand with my Windows 7 licence (I'd read you can only use it on one pc)?

If I install it on my "new" pc (i.e. reformatted hd and new motherboard) will I be able to activate it or is it still going to be linked to my old installation? Wondered if by activating it on the new hard drive it would automatically inactivate my other installation?

The problem being that I can't load up Windows in order to inactivate it and hence why I am looking to reformat in the first place!

I wonder


Dont worry about your activation. At worst you might have to call MS.. Format away you are safe.

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I seem to have exhausted my options. I read all the instructions and followed them for formatting my hard drive but am having no luck.

a) When I use an XP cd and get to the point where I have to press 'D' to delete the partition on my C: drive to format, I am not able to do so as I receive the message that I have Temporary Windows Setup files on this partition therefore I cannot delete it. So i'm stuck there.

b) When I go through the recovery option upon installation I reach the point where I type the command "format c: /fs:ntfs" ... the program gives me the option to format (y/n)... I hit Y and press enter and then nothing happens and it returns to the command prompt. So i'm stuck there as well.

These are the only two routes I've seen in my google searches so if anyone could help me get beyond those two problems I'd really appreciate it! Thanks.

A:Re-installing Windows XP / Formatting Hard Drive

you could try boot and nuke. this does a low level format, which will wipe any info on the HD. so be sure you don't need anything on it before you run this. also disconnect any additional HD's that you you do not want to wipe. just to simplify the process.

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Ok i have a fuji-semins laptop Model Li 18181 with windows vista home basic and im fed up with it, vista is slow on and it i dont hink it was meant for the pc althought it came with it. So i got windows xp pro, inserted the disk and when it loaded it said no hard drives foun, how do i install windows xp now if it cant find my 100gb hard drive, im confused as i have installed windows xp in other laptops for friends and never had this problem please help me.

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A:Installing windows xp, no hard drive found ??

I'm guessing the HD is SATA and you didn't stop the install at the proper F6 prompt to install SATA drivers.. If the pc doesn't have a floppy here's an article that will help.
BTW, have you checked to see if all your hardware has XP drivers available?

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