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How can I find a COMPATIBLE HARD DRIVE for my laptop?

Q: How can I find a COMPATIBLE HARD DRIVE for my laptop?

I have a Compaq Presario 1200XL106 laptop with the slimline type 5 GB hard drive (Compaq part #169609-001). I want to replace the hard drive. From ads on ebay I found that at least one of the IBM Travelstar drives (IBM model DARA206000, also 5GB) will work. I'd like to move up to a larger drive. So,

1. Is there a place I can find a cross-reference list that will tell me what drives will be compatible with my computer?

2. What determines whether a drive -- say a Hitachi XXX-XXX -- will be compatible? (I realize size is one factor - it has to be the 9.5mm x 2.5in like mine is; and, of course voltage) But what else must I look at?

Preferred Solution: How can I find a COMPATIBLE HARD DRIVE for my laptop?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8047 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6370, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 421612 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1411
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Transcend StoreJet 250: plugs into USB ports,

Tried the transcend software, it can't backup all the files it says many files are too large

I used to use XXClone, it expired won't update

Tried Reflect it can't find the drive I have says I need a drive, "please upgrade to the paid version" - If I was a rich person I would not be worried about all this. I am poor, I can't even buy food at the end of the month.

Is there ANY free software that can clone in any way my disk to keep me from losing everything like the last time my hard drive crashed which does not require a genius or massive expert to run?

A:Solved: Trying to "clone" to Transcend hard drive but can't find compatible siftware

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I was wondering if I can upgrade my laptop hard drive to bigger GB's. The specs only shows 1gb hard drive and nothing bigger or smaller. I want to put replace the drive with a bigger hard drive like 2GB or 3GB.

A:I need to find out about my laptop and hard drive

Hi,Specs: http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c04104762Yes you can. Get 2.5 inch SATA 7mm/9.5mm thick HDD.Eg.https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178872&FM=1Create a recovery USB before any upgrade:http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c03481733Manual: page 49-51, it's pretty easy to do.http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04069163My humble opinion: I would not spend money on more storage but on performance. What I would suggest is upgrade HDD to 2.5 inch 7mm thick SATA SSD for maximum boost in performance and move personal files to external hard drive.RegardsVisruth

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i bought a used dell latitude d600 at auction. no hard drive..i just installed a WD 7k 16m(whatever that means?) 250gb.hd...i put in a windows xp reinstallation cd....i was following the text on the screen to boot it up..it said it cant find a hard drive.... now what do i do?

A:laptop cant find hard drive

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How can I cause Windows 7 to recognize a new hard-drive in my laptop?

I know it can be done, but I have forgotten how.

Thanks for your help.

A:Windows 7 can't find new hard drive in laptop

Welcome to the Forums

You added a 2nd hard drive and windows does not see it ?

Is it seen in the bios ?

Does it show up in disk management ?

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I need a solution not an opinion. I'm not buying a new hard drive.
My computer turned off today and when I rebooted it, it says "no Bootable devices" F1 to reboot, F2 for utility setup and F5 for diagnostics.
F1 brings me to the same page
F2 I changed some setting but nothing helped.
F5 Ran diagnostics and said "error code 0150" error code 2000-0150 no hard drive detected.
I Also got a suggestion from the computer to "reset harddrive" so I took the hard drive out and dusted inside and put it back inside and it did not work still.

A:No hard drive detected? Find a way to reboot my laptop please.

If you need a recommendation for a replacement drive, please post the system model.
You cannot ask for help, and deny the inevitable - your hard drive has failed and if you want the system running again, you'll need to replace it.

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I'm trying to play minecraft and other games but they don't load or display correctly.

Computer: Sony Vaio VGN-CR31Z

All the drivers I download aren't compatible.

Before Win 8 everything worked fine with Intel Centrino.
But Windows Basic Display Adapter is horrible and the only compatible.
Does anyone have any drivers that would work? Everything I've downloaded is not compatible.
Even the Sony Europe website doesn't have the correct drivers, it just makes my resolution weird.
Also my PC needs a driver with OpenGL.. for MC.

Thanks :'D

A:Can't find any drivers compatible for my laptop.

According to my quick Google search, your laptop has the ATi Radeon X2300 graphics card. There are some threads in this forum section about legacy drivers that MIGHT work with this card. You should check them out.

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Here are my specs:
HP Pavillion G50-104NR Notebook PC
Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3200 @ 2.00GHz
Memory (RAM): 2GB
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

According to crucial.com - I ran the system scanner
Motherboard Manufacturer: Wistron
Motherboard Model: 360B

CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
CPU Speed: 2000 MHz

Total Memory Slots: 2
Installed Memory: 2 slots: 1 GB, 1 GB


I want x2 2GB memory sticks.. = 4GB ram
but i cannot find what type of ram my laptop is compatible with
ddr, ddr2, or ddr3?
Thanks in advance!

A:How can I find out what type of RAM would be compatible with my laptop?

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The harddrive on my other laptop just died (it's an HP Pavilion ZE4300). This was the first time a harddrive gave up on me, so I was quite shocked by the whole process... never thought it'd happen to me. Fortunately, I periodically back up all my data to an external drive.

Now, because the laptop is otherwise perfectly fine, I just want to replace the drive. I pulled the current one out, and it's a Toshiba harddrive with the number MK4021GAS, .

I googled this info, and I got links to new and used harddrives for sale with the same config (40gb, ATA).

However, I thought I'd shop around and look for something cheaper, and possibly with more capacity. Any thoughts on how I can search for compatible harddrives? E.g., how can I figure out if a certain Maxtor harddrive would work on this laptop.

Also, if you have suggestions on where to buy a replacement HD for a laptop, do list them.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:How to find compatible laptop harddrive / harddisk?

My best advice would be to contact HP.
If you go over what was installed there might be a bios limitation for large drive support.
Basicly it might not see the full drive

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

A:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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I'm looking at getting a new hard drive for one of my older pc's and was wondering if the new hdd is compatible?

The current hdd in the pc is this one: http://reviews.cnet.com/internal-ha...h-hard/4507-9998_7-30022322.html?tag=lwrspecs

and this is the one l'd like to replace it with: http://reviews.cnet.com/internal-ha...-ata-v/4507-9998_7-21053459.html?tag=lwrspecs

Hopefully someone could tell me if the new hdd will work in my pc.


A:Is new hard drive compatible?

I don't foresee any problems there - I presume it's for a laptop - you'll probably have a cage or sleeve to transfer to your new drive is all.

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Hi Guys and Girls,

I have a replacement HDD to buy and am not sure if the HDD i want to buy will work ok, i have heard of boot-up message saying HDD not recognised.

Can you help?

How can i check this?

PC is Dell Inspiron 510M, wanting to buy a Samsung 160gb IDE HDD

Thanks!! Appriciate your help!

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Hello . Could someone tell me if a WD CaviarSE 16 250GB. sata hard drive is compatible with this ASUS mobo .( A8n- SLI )........Motherboard :ASUS A8N-SLI
CPU : AMD 64 +3700 @2.26 GHZ/ 1.39V
GPU : 2 x GeForce 7800 GT sh.(oc)
RAM: 2 GB. (4 x 512 MB) Kingmax [email protected]
HDD: 1 x 60 GB seagate ; 1 x 80 GD W.Digital
PSU : Tagan 580 Watt
Disp.: BENQ FP202W 20 inch w/screen
Audio: Realtec AC97 with Logitech (3 speakers incl, sub -woof)
+ siberia USB -soundcard/icemat h;phones
Keyboard: Saitek
Mouse: Razer /copperhead.
Joystick: Logitech EXTREME 3D PRO

A:...is this a compatible hard drive?

That board does support SATA drives.

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Hi all,
This may be a dumb question, but after all the problems I've had with the new computer, I'm not taking any more chances.
I bought an AMD 900mhz with a 20Gig hard drive, and the problems with it are limitless. However, it appears that the hard drive is usable, SO my question is this: can I put the new 20 Gig hard drive into my old computer, which is an IBM Aptiva 7360 333/96mg Ram, or will that size hard drive cause huge problems with an older system?
Any help appreciated. I've tried a number of ways to make the new system work intact, but everything but hte hard drive seems to have issues that can't be fixed , so I'd really like to salvage something...

A:Hard Drive Compatible?

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I've got a dell dimension 4600. I think the hard drive is shot. I have an old hard drive that I would like to test on it. It is a western digital caviar wd600

The specs I found for the hard drive list the model number as wd600-JB but mine says wd600-BB I'm not sure if that makes any difference.

Would this hard drive be compatible. I'm not sure what makes it in/compatible.

If so I would just need to plug it in and fire it up provided my jumper settings are right and windows is installed on that hard drive, right?

Thanks for reading.


dell specs
HD specs

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I noticed the connectors are different..but is there anyway to make a serial and IDE hard drive a master slave ?? any info is appreciated

A:Is a serial and IDE hard drive compatible ??

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I have a P580 Laptop (ideapad) - Machine Type 3087 (308725U) . Its 3  year old and is out of warranty. The Hard drive is reporting bad sectors, and there is a notification to replace the hard drive on this laptop. The Current hard drive size is 750 GB ,5400 rpm, model ST750LM022. Can i install a new hardrive of a larger capacity like 2 TB either of 7200 rpm, when i replace it? Will it support a SSD? 

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I have an hp dv7-3065dx and need a compatible hard drive replacement. Suggestions? 

A:I have an hp dv7-3065dx and need a compatible hard drive rep...

 Almost any retail 2.5" Mobile SATA hdd  can be used. Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, etc all make laptop hdds. HP uses third party hdds such as these. Example:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W02NG0835

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I am looking to upgrade my hp 255 g1 laptop pc, by replaceing the hard drive, with a cloned SSD Drive.  What are the compatible drives available and what is the memory size limits for this pc?  Is this a viable venture for this pc or will it still crawl as if it has lead for a processor?SSD,

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Yes, My friend has an HP Pavilion notebook ze4500. Her hard drive is dead and she wanted to know if she can get any notebook hard drive for it? I told her I don't see why not. Anyway I told her to get this one but she wants to be sure it will work in it before she buys it. Her dead Hard drive was a MK4021GAS:* 40GB capacity ,Rotational Speed:4,200rpm. The one I told her to buy is:Seagate Notebook Internal Hard Drive (ST9120821A)

SGE ST9120821ARK
• 120GB capacity, 5400RPM
• 8MB cache
• Ultra ATA/100

• Highly secure
• Low battery consumption
• For Mac® and PC

Can anyone tell me if this will work? Thanks.

A:Compatible Notebook Hard drive

That should be fine 44 pin

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hey guys, unfortunately i can't get the name and model of my mboard, but i i have the specs of the current hard drive that's in the machine and that works perfectly:

i've never installed a hard drive before. could someone tell me how difficult it is?


Disk 0
Manufacturer Seagate
Model ST3160827AS
Size 160.0 GB
Firmware Version 3.42
Serial Number 4MT0P82A
Interface Serial ATA
Standard ATA/ATAPI-6 | ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D version 2
Transfer Mode (Current / Max) SATA-150 / SATA-150
Features S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ
Temperature 39 C (102 F)
Drive Letter(s) C: E:
Controller Buffer Size on Drive 8192 KB
Queue Depth 32
Removable No
Cache Enabled (Read / Write) Yes / Yes
SMART Support Yes
Attribute Name Attribute Value Worst Value Threshold Value Raw Data
Raw Read Error Rate (01) 062 048 006 000007ED9189
Spin Up Time (03) 097 096 000 000000000000
Start/Stop Count (04) 099 099 020 000000000787
Reallocated Sector Count (05) 100 100 036 000000000000
Seek Error Rate (07) 080 060 030 000522687E69
Power On Hours Count (09) 080 080 000 00000000461C
Spin Retry Count (0A) 100 100 097 000000000000
Power Cycle Count (0C) 099 099 020 0000000007B3
HDA Temperature (C2) 039 050 000 000200000027
ECC On The Fly Count (C3) 062 048 000 000007ED9189
Current pending sector count (C5) 100 100 000 000000000000
Off-line uncorrectable sector count (C6) 100 100 000 000000000000
Ultra ATA CRC Error Rate (C7) 200 200 000 000000000000
Multi Zone Error Rate (C8) 100 253 000 000000000000
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A:What hard drive is compatible with my motherboard?

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Hello there, I recently ran a hardware diagnostic test on my laptop and the hard drive is faulty, affecting my laptop in several ways. I was wondering which specific hard drives are compatible with my current one, and where I may buy them. Don't know anything about hard drives and how they differ, so I'm afraid of buying the wrong one. Any help would be appreciated!  Thank you!


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A:Compatible Hard Drive for HP 15-1162DX?

SATA is SATA...all interoperational, backward compatible, interchangeable. You will have a hard time finding anything on the market that is not SATA-III and your laptop system is SATA-III so a good match but even if you found a SATA-II drive it would work, just not optimally. For reference and illustration, a SATA-III disk will run fine on an old SATA-I motherboard. The speed will drop back to the speed of the slowest component in the pairing.  From the Manual: Supports 6.35 cm (2.5 in) hard drives in 9.5 mm (.37 in) and 7.0 mm (.28 in) thicknesses (all hard drives use the same bracket) Here is the Manual: Manual Page 44 shows hard drive replacement. Not real easy. Not your exact model but pretty close and shows the work you have to do to get in there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpmkHPE9od4 Your laptop came with a 750 gig 5400 rpm. You want at least a 7200 rpm hard drive or an SSD.  https://www.amazon.com/Black-Performance-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B01DOL05OC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484087801&sr=8-1&keywords=1+TB+7200+rpm+laptop+hard+drive Post back for more information, other options or to discuss SSDs and software migration/reinstallation.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as SOlution" to help others find it.     

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I want to install another hard drive in my computer. Gateway won't give me any info on third party hardware. After replacing my video card with a $60 video card which works great after Gateway advised me to order their $299 card as the replacement, I am hesitant to take their advice anyway.

Can anyone tell me if this hard drive would work in my computer. I have a Gateway GT5220 computer. The current hard drive is found at this URL http://support.gateway.com/s/HARDDRV/Westernd/5508836R/5508836Rsp2.shtml

One they recommend is Western Digital Gateway Certified (WD800JD) 80GB

One I am looking at and want to know if it will work is here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106 Am I right in thinking this is the same hard drive as their certified one?


A:Infor on a compatible hard drive

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My desktop computer's motherboard just died (had it confirmed by qualified tech people.) The computer was about four years old. It was a standard machine running XP home.

I am going to put together a new system, but someone mentioned that the new motherboards might not accept my old hard drive as the primary drive, which is a WD 40G drive. I can't believe this is true; won't a new motherboard just recognize it? That would save me the huge hassle of reinstalling everything....(as far as data, etc, I'm well backed-up in any case.)

Can anyone advise me on this?


A:will my old hard drive be compatible with new motherboard?

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I recently bought a samsung portable hard drive from the M3 series with a 1TB storage capacity.

My computer currently runs on Windows 8.1, x64, 4GB RAM and a 3Ghz processor

When trying to install "Samsung drive manager" or any of the other software that came with the hard drive - I receive the following error message "This runs on Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7, please check your OS".

I have tried to install the "Samsung drive manager" from the Seagate website, thinking that it might be compatible but I receive the same error message.
According to the Windows compatibility website and Samsung/Seagate, the M3 hard drive is compatible with Windows 8 (Note, I have Win 8.1, but is there really that much of a difference?) I ran the software bundle on my old laptop (Windows 7) and it worked fine, so that excludes any issues with the actual hardware
Anyone with a similar problem or solution?

A:Samsung M3 1TB Hard drive not compatible with windows 8.1

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The small hard drive thats currently inside this laptop is very small, and I was wondering what the largest compatible hard drive I can use is.

A:Largest compatible hard drive for IBM 380XD

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I have a TOSHIBA Satellite L25-S1216 I bought new in early 2006. (Intel Celeron M Processor 380 1.6 Ghz, 1MB L2, 400 MHz FSB, ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Chipset.) I have not been able to boot into Windows XP for 3 years using the factory TOSHIBA Recovery and Applications/Drivers DVD and the Fully Recover procedure on the back of the DVD package. I have been using Linux for the past 3 years. Ubuntu SMART test disk utility tells me I have 20 bad hard drive sectors.

I have concluded I should buy a new hard drive, since mine has 20 bad sectors. My current hard drive is ATA-6, so I know I need a PATA compatible hard drive. I'd like to increase to maybe 60 GB from the current 40 GB. I'd also like to go with a solid state drive, but there don't appear to be many PATA compatible solid state drives.

And I don't want to get too complicated or expensive; I want to stay with my current Windows XP. Not sure if a SATA PATA interface adapter would work to allow me to use a SATA solid state hard drive or not. I know (from reading knowledge base posts) there is also the potential problem of the older BIOSs not recognizing the newer Advanced Drive Format drives.

QUESTION: Does anybody have any advice about buying a hard drive that would work for me? How can I be reasonably sure a hard drive I buy is compatible with my computer?

Thank you,


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hi everyone

I am tearing my hair out because i've tried to get this Mac hard drive to work on my winxp and all these programs that are supposed to fix it don't help at all so hopefully you can.

its a Noontec Sun Lite hard drive and its model U235 (if that helps). I tried TweakUI- that didn't work- it just showed that all my drives had red circles with white question marks on them.

then i downloaded MacDrive 7 which is supposed to render any mac drives compatible on windows but that didn't work either- it suggested in its Help section that i needed to get a driver to make it work but i have no idea what that means or where to get one.

please help!

A:Mac hard drive not compatible with winxp- nothing works!

Hi IT dummy and welcome to TSF !

The drive is in the MAC OS file format, XP only recognizes FAT32 and NTFS. If you want to use the drive in both Mac and Windows environments you need to format it in FAT32, else NTFS is the way to go with Windows.

Use this guide to format the drive as FAT32 from a MAC (select the MS-dos file system) : http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage...ing_tiger.html

To reformat the drive within Windows right-click my computer => manage => disk management. You should see the drive with an "unknown file system" message there. Right-click => delete the partition, create a new one and format as FAT32 or NTFS.

Be warned that reformating the drive will erase its content, if there's still data on it hook it on a MAC and backup first. FAT32 file system doesn't support files bigger than 4GB.

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My st380013as hard drive has been making alot of sounds latly when im loading games, so im planning to buy a new better one how do i find which well be compatible?

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dimension 4700
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A06
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 502MB RAM
Page File: 566MB used, 733MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: None
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2582&SUBSYS_01811028&REV_04
Display Memory: 128.0 MB
Current Mode: 1152 x 864 (32 bit) (75Hz)
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A:Need help finding a compatible hard drive to replace

Any SATA hard drive will be compatible. Just, if you get a SATA2 hard drive, make sure it comes with a speed limiter jumper.
Example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262 or make it a bit bigger and faster: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152100 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

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this might seem like a stupid question, but just making sure!
i have an old hard drive that isn't bootable anymore, (it was on windows xp) i was just wondering if i bought an external hard drive enclosoure, would it work with the windows vista, or work at all?

i am trying to recover about 10,000 songs that was on the old hard drive.

A:old unbootable hard drive compatible with vista?

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Okay, My girlfriend got her HP about 2ish years ago brand new, the motherboard, so far as I know it, is a MSI Aspen AMD 780G ATI SB700. BIOS from Phoenix Technologies, LTD, Version 5.08, 12/10/2008, Well, at least that's what Speccy says about the thing. I have a 1 TB Hard drive back where I used to live, and I wanna make sure that it's compatible with My GF's mobo before I have it sent over, this way, if need be, I can go ahead and have My buddy send over the parts and casing to turn it into an external.

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Hi Guys

I'm pretty sure the hard drive has failed on my laptop (windows loading screen just hangs).

Would this hard drive be compatible?

Thanks as always

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Is it possible to find a replacement HDD for my Portege 4000, since the original is becoming very temperamental?

A:Portege 4000 hard disk drive replacemnt - what HDD is compatible?

Hi mate

I think the Portege 4000 is an oldie and in my opinion this notebook supports an 2.5? IDE HDD.
I?m not 100% sure so I recommend installing an hardware diagnostic tool like Everest Home Edit which would provide all information about the internal HDD.
This would help you to get a new, compatible HDD.


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Hi All,

This is where I am I have an Dell Inspiron 15 n5050 which came with 500GB Seagate Momentous 5400RPM hard drive....
now its gone and wont spin at all so I am replacing it with 750GB Seagate Momentous 5400RPM Hard Drive will the System Image still work on that....

or I have to Start fresh

A:Is the System Image of windows 7 compatible with Hard drive upgrade

Danny121222, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

Windows 7 image backup will restore to a larger hard disk, just not a smaller one. Making sure that you create the boot disk that
the image program has you create.

I have done it lots of times. When you restore the image to your larger disk, you might have extra space at the end which you will have to extend your C drive size to include that unused space..


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Hello, My Hard Drive has failed, I have purchased another one however I am having trouble getting a copy of window's 7 to re-install.  Does someone know what to do?  When I go to windows site it says my product key it says "The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options" can't find a download on the HP site...can't seem to find live chat anymore either? Help!

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

A:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I was wondering if someone on here could help me. I was trying to find out my hard drive speed as it is the lowest score on my setup. I downloaded a small speed checker program and ran it. It was set to read mode and was writing a log file. I then switched it to write test and got a message saying the it would destroy data, I assumed it meant the log file and clicked ok.

All seemed well until suddenly the computer restarted. It then could not find the systems files. I checked the bios and found that it was trying to boot to "apti drive", whatever that is, and so I changed it back to my hard drive. Still it wouldn't fire up.

I have been looking through the forums and have put in the win 7 disk and tried to repair it, also bootrec, bootsect/ mbr, nothing works.

I downloaded an updated bios file which seems to have loaded ok.

I am showing a hard drive in setup and everything looks fine. When I am in cmd prompt and try to change to C drive, it doesn't recognise it. In cmd the drive is showing as X, all I can get is my cd drive which has changed to D.

It is as if my hard drive has vanished. I am assuming that the program wiped my start up files, but I can't understand why I cannot reinstall them. I also tried to reinstall win7, but it can't find a drive to install to. I am getting a bit desparate now please help.

It looks like my hard drive has just vanished.

A:Cannot find hard drive

What was the name of the software?

It sounds as if it has wiped the drive.....use this to check if the disk/partitions still exist or have data on them:

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Hello everyone,

just now I tried to boot my pc when he "told" me he couldn't find the requested boot device. I checked my BIOS settings: the hard drive was selected as my primary boot device, as normal. When I had a look at the "devices" tab, I saw a list of the available SATA's. SATA 2 was my CD-ROM drive but SATA 1 wasn't recognized.

In short: my BIOS settings don't seem to be wrong but the computer just can't find the hard disk. I haven't made any hardware changes recently.

As always, any help would be appreciated.


A:pc can't find hard drive

Does your computer recognize the hard drive in the popup boot menu? Usually F11 or F12 during POST.

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Its a full version of xp, its my old computer. (i havent found any info on the laptop yet) and im not totally for sure if i want to wipe everything yet.

since i dont have any of the original disks it will be very hard to do. (i would think anyways)

what do ya think?

Intel Pentium processor 447 mhz, 128 mb ram

microsoft windows xp, home ed, version 2 service pak 3

didnt know if you needed this or not.

A:how to find what is on my hard drive?

Perhaps you could explain precisely WHY you might want to wipe your hard-drive, especially if you cannot (apparently) reinstall the Operating System?For a discussion about how to find out what files are on your hard drive, this thread seems important:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/221865/how-to-find-out/Regards,John

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My PSU went bang I replaced it and now my computer hangs on starting
If I try and reload windows 2000 it says it can,t find a hard disk
If I try and load XP get blue screen error and say windows is shutting down
If I go into the bios again there doesn’t appear to be a hard disk
Tried the hD on another computer … same problem
Can I do anything to make the computer see the HD or is the drive kaput?
Many thanks
Mark UK

A:Cant find Hard Drive!

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I just reinstalled win 7 home premium edition onto my cpu and now i cant find my secondary hard drive. It shows up in my bios but not on my computer screen. NO I do not want to format this hard drive it has all my backed up files!!! Can anyone help me?
A little more info:
Before i redid my cpu the hard drive was a secondary that i had used bitlocker on to keep it password protected. I know my password but i do not see my hard drive and i NEED to get into this hard drive.

A:Cant find Hard drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carry out following please:
Run disk management:
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

thanks, karl

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I have an extra storage drive on my system. To avoid erasing anything during a reformatt of drive c, I unplugged it. Reformatted C and then plugged it back in again. Now it's not showing up. I checked the connections and robooted several times but nothing so far. Not sure what I should do now.

A:Can't find hard drive

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i just reformated my computer last night. and now i cant get my other hard drivve up were i saved everything. can anyone give me a suggestion on how to get it running again

A:cant find my 2nd hard drive

foghorn28 said:

i just reformated my computer last night. and now i cant get my other hard drivve up were i saved everything. can anyone give me a suggestion on how to get it running againClick to expand...

might sound silly but try 'add new hardware'from control panel!

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I am trying to setup Windows XP on a Gateway Notebook MT6840.
After pressing Enter to start with Windoes setup, it gives the message :
"Set up did not find any hard drives installed in your computer".

This computer has Windows Vista pre-installed. I defined a new partition there, and that is where I want to install XP. Also , it has a SATA driver.
It only has CD Drive, no floppy Drive.

I know that during the setup, and before getting the message , you can press F6 to load SCSI/RAID controllers, i do not know if I have to press it, and then F2 for recovery. However, this computer only has CD Drive, no floppy Drive.

Any suggestion to fix this problem?



A:XP Set up did not find any hard drive

use a usb stick for the floppy driver install
do a google search on how to install xp after vista

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