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Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

Q: Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

Hi! I currently got a new system with Windows 7 after my old XP system died, Since I cant boot up the old system I was wondering if I could install the old C-drive from it into my new(Win 7) system if so, would I have to have a dual boot option or would it recognize it as a Hard-drive and allow me to access it through Win7?

So in a nutshell can I take a hard-drive from a Winxp system and throw it in my new systems drive bay and without doing anything have it recognize it or will I have to go into BIOS?

I was going to plug-n-pray but I figured I'd enlist some help from some Techies namely anyone who can answer/help me

Thanks so much for anyone whom can help

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A: Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

It will just recognize it as a hard drive. For it to work in a dual boot setup you will have to install XP after the hard drive is installed in the computer.

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All right, so here is the problem: I've been trying to install additional SATA hard drive on my computer, I've connected all the proper cables to mobo and power supply and at first it looked as if everything was fine, the hard drive was recognized by BIOS and Win7 but then Windows failed to find the driver for it and it disappeared. So what should I do?
The hard drive is WDC WD1600AAJS-00PSA0, mobo is ASUS P5E-VM DO, BIOS is AM ver. 0902, OS is Win7 Home Premium.
Important note: if I disconnect and connect the SATA cables the process repeats as in: Windows starts up, for a few minutes while OS is looking for driver the hard drive is visible and listed in disk management (I managed to format the drive just in case) but when it fails to find the driver it immediately disappears and I can't access it again.
The weird thing is that my main drive is also WD and it works just fine, no problems.

A:Issues with installing SATA hard drive on Win7

Welcome to the forum normally no driver's are needed how did you format it in another PC and did you do it as gpt or MBR? It doesn't show in disk manager at all is it sata 2 or 3 and does the mb support it

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hello there, i currently got a 80Gb HD and will be getting a new 250Gb SATA HD that i plan on using for additional storage. Im not sure how it works with the original HD and if i will have any problems or not? or if it makes my other HD work harder or anything like that? Basically im in the dark as far as installing a new HD for additional storage goes. I'm basically just looking for good advice on installing a new SATA HD with my original SATA boot drive. Any links, or peronal know how is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!!

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Hi everybody :
I'm thinking about installing a second SATA hard drive.
Last time, when I tried to do this I ran into a few problems. One, I set the BOOT ORDER so that my Western Digital 500 Gb drive was used as the boot drive. Two...after installing another Western Digital Drive 500 Gb drive......(doing all the prerequisites....activating the drive....formatting, etc...), then setting this drive as the "Slave" (secondary) drive in BIOS. BIOS somehow still used THIS second WD Drive as the boot drive.... And the System wouldn't boot. I went into BIOS and made sure that the FIRST WD Drive was set as the boot drive. I'm pretty sure I clicked SAVE and ENTER (exiting the BIOS). So I disconnected the "second drive", used it as an external drive, via a docking port (works fine). But I'd rather have an internal second drive. One possibility ? Maybe I connected the SATA cable to the wrong port on the MB ? The sequence for the Mother Board ports ARE 1,2,3,4, correct. (I mean that they're not 1,3..2,4 right ?) Also, if I remember correctly. There WERE jumpers on the back of the SATA drive. I'm pretty sure I had it "jumped" to SLAVE. Being, I'm thinking about trying it again, I need advice as far as the steps in setting it up and configuring it (last time I DID use Disk Management), in BIOS.
My System : Windows 7 Professional...32-bit
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard
Intel Core i-3 Processor

A:Installing 2nd SATA Hard Drive

Sata drives don't use the 'slave' idea, they are simply numbered. You should be able to set which drive you want to boot from in the Bios. If not swap the data cables over.

The jumpers on Sata hard drives set the speed so they can be used in an older computer, you should remove the jumper.

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Hey all,I recently bought a dell inspiron 1720, it comes with Vista home premium, now I just dont like the program, its slow and eats ram and I just dont like the lay out of it. Installing XP wouldnt be that hard only the inspirion has a sata hard drive and XP wont regognize it.I've followed THIS TUTORIAL to make a custom XP disc (I used an xp disc with sp2)I replaced the driver download link with one off dell's website for the inspiron 1720 and extracted the exact same driver file.""SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)""Even with the updated disc when I try to install windows xp onto the laptop, it starts to install and then just says incompatible and asks me to search for a solution and says there is none.Any help you could give will be greatly appreciated.(I can post any screenshots you might need, just let me know)Thank you.

A:Installing Xp Onto Sata Hard Drive

try going into bios, boot options, set sata support to ON. Not all bios menus are the same, you may have to look around, but it's a common option.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 10197 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7570, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 911 GB (834 GB Free); D: 19 GB (2 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I've been using computers for 35 plus years and its been many years since I installed a new hard drive. In those days you have to us Jumper shunts an little black or white jumper blocks to cover certain block of pins. You also had to select "Single", "Master" and "Slave" settings.

I would hope hard drive technology has advanced enough where this is no longer necessary. I intend to buy a Western Digital one terabyte 7200 SATA internal hard drive and install it in the computer system as shown in the specs listed above.

Following the physical installation of the drive, I will be inserting a USB drive with the Windows 10 ISO file (created from the MS Media Creation Tool) and install Windows 10 which was previously on the old drive I took out. I will only have this one hard drive, so I assume the Windows 10 installation will format and partition the new drive before the Windows 10 is installed.

I hope it will find the drive without doing the old process as was necessary on hard drives year ago. Your expertise on this would be appreciated.
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Hi, i've been trying all day to install Windows XP (home edition) on to my new Seagate 80GB SATA Hard Drive. Im connecting it to a Gigabyte GA-K8NE motherboard with a 3GHZ AMD Sempron. Here's whats been happening....

1. Start PC and Boot to the Windows XP installtion CD
2. Press F6 to addtional Drivers
3. Use a floppy and load Nvidia RAID Utillity and Nvidia Storage Control
4. Windows setup contiunes BUT then say its can't find Mass Storage device, Press F3 to restart...blah blah blah
5. And lots of loud swearing follows!!!

Can some please guide me as the Gigabyte website is actually rubbish!!!

A:Problem's installing XP on a new SATA Hard Drive


Are you actually doing a RAID or do you just want to install Windows Xp on the new SATA HD? If you are just installing XP then don't press F6 and just install XP. It probably can't find a Mass storage Device because you need at least 2 HD's to implement RAID.

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This is my first build and everything went perfectly fine....from assembly to installing windows xp pro 64.
Now im trying to install a second Sata hard drive (a seagate 1.5tb hd) and it shows up in the bios and in the windows hardware under hard drives.
Windows says the device is working, but it doesn't show up when i go to my computer.... It just shows the C drive.

I had this problem before when i was trying to build a external HD (WD 320gb black with a maccally usb/firewire enclosure) and still haven't figured that one out.....

my rig:
AMD 9950be 125w
gigabyte mb GA-MA790GP-DS4H
6g of ocz ddr2 800
wd 750gb 32mb sata
samsung dvd burner
500w power supply

A:Problems installing a second Sata hard drive

Right click on my computer and choose manage. Then double click on disk management. Does the new drive now show on this screen. It is probably completely unallocated, hence it won't show up in explorer. Partition and format it the way you want to in disk management and see if it shows up in explorer after that.

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installed new hard drive and when I turn it on it gives me a "non-system disk or disk error, replace and hit any key to continue." is there a bios setting or a jumper I need to change?

A:Installing new SATA hard drive on HP dc7600

If you already have a SATA hard drive installed with an operating system on it, format the new hard drive through Disk Management.

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Hi there, I bet you've heard this question a million times but can any one help me install windows xp onto my new sata II hard drive?

I have decided to update my pc and i have put a sata drive in. Never used one before. On installing xp i get the bsod. I have been researching into this and found that i am missing some drivers as old copies of xp don't register sata drives. My motherboard detects the hard drive and so thats all cool. The problem is i don't know where to get a driver for it from? I've looked every where.
Here are my specs:

ASUS P5KPL-AM Motherboard
250GB Maxtor SATA II Hard Drive

I know that the pc is ok as I tried the old ide hard drive and everything was fine. I have also looked on the motherboard software disc and asus website for a driver for this but they don't have one or any makedisk.exe file!

A:Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

Your motherboard may need a bios update in order to fully use SATA drives. You should only be using an XP Pro, SP2 install CD now. There are jumper pins on SATA drives that can be used to slow down data rates for compatibility on older motherboards

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

A:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello everyone, me again, thanking in advance for any comments or suggestions or opinions.

My OS is windows 7 64bit and I am using H61M-P31G3 MSI mainboard. It has 4 SATA slots: SATA 1 for my 500GB HDD, SATA2 for my DVDRW Drive, and SATA3 & SATA 4 none connected

I have an older PC with 200GB SATA HDD, and I plan to remove this HDD and use only as back-up hard drive on my newer PC.

My inquiry is >> IF I INSTALL THE HDD CABLE (200GBHDD) ON MY SATA 3 or SATA 4 slot, WILL IT BE JUST A SIMPLE "PLUG & PLAY," meaning that after rebooting my PC I can now use the 200GB old SATA HDD as a backup &/or file storage hard drive? or anything else that i must do in order to use it as a backup &/or file storage drive.

have a nice day to all.

A:Installing Additional SATA Hard Drive - Inquiry

Yes, it should be that simple. The OS will install device drivers for it when you boot.

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I have just bought a new 1tb Western digital sata hard drive [WD10EADS] to use as my secondary drive. It was bought to replace a 320gb sata seagate drive that i was using but is now too small. The problem i am having is that the new drive is being detected at bios start-up [ie the drive number is showing] but the system will not boot up. The system is installed and booting from a different drive however - the new drive is only for data. I have tried changing the jumper settings and the only time the system will boot up is when the jumper is on the 3,4 setting but the drive number does not come up during startup and is not accessible in 'disk manage'. The system seems to detect that a drive is there but the drive information is not shown for it and it is not accessible in windows. My motherboard is a pata system but i have a sata to ide card which worked perfectly with the segate drive. I don't understand how one works and not the other. Both drives are SATA II and have a 32mb cache so the interface is identical, just not the manufacturer. The jumper settings cannot be copied either as the segate drive uses 4pins whereas the WD one uses 8. I'm running XP home as my system. The motherboard is an AS-Rock K7S41. I have installed the hard drive on another system [with a sata motherboard] and the drive comes up properly so have established that the hard drive is ok. I also formatted the hard drive on that system to see if that would make a difference but it stil... Read more

A:Problem Installing Secondary SATA Hard Drive

Doneos, sounds like you need to go into the bios and change the boot sequence for the hard drives. Depending on what type of system you have, you can hit one of the f keys or the delete key to get into the bios. Once there, look for a setting or heading that says something like "boot sequence". There, it should list out the order in which your drives are booting.

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Pentium D 945 2.8Ghz
x2 Seagate 120 GB
Not sure of the motherboard

Win Xp Pro SP3
I am not able to install Win XP Pro with a SATA hard drive.
I have tried slipstreaming drivers into teh Xp installation CD with these instructions: http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html
I have the problem of the CD being too big in size.
5GB on a 700MB CD
Not knowing what specific drivers for my motherboard?

Any suggestions for me?
Am I missing something?

A:Installing Windows XP cannot detect SATA hard drive

Does the computer have a floppy drive?

Also what version of XP?

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So here's the lowdown.

I have an Asus x86v thats a few years old and it bluescreened on me a ways back, and since I no longer had the recovery disks (originally vista), I decided to just load linux onto my machine, and I did and it was fine.

I got tired of linux and decided to upgrade to windows 7. After trying to install windows 7 using a legit DVD, I noticed my Hard Drive wasn't being recognized. Did some reading, and someone said to just completely wipe the hard drive and then it would be easier. So I did.

Well the same thing is happening now, once I try to install, I can get to a point, but I get the error "no drives were found" blah blah blah.

After reading more, I figured I probably needed to load the SATA Controller drivers, and luckily I still have my Driver/Utility disc. I copied all the drivers off the disc and put them on a USB and there are literally 200 or so, and I can't figure out which one to select. I've tried selecting them all and hitting next but it cycles through them and nothing happened.

I'm running in compatibility mode and I don't think I have RAID or whatever. I've tried literally everything I could find online and nothing has worked. I'm at a loss here. Any help would be awesome.


Forgot to add that the Hardrive does come up on BIOS, just not when I try to install. Also, I did go in and partition/format the Hard Drive. And by chance, or who knows, it popped up once, but wouldn't let me continue.

A:Installing 7, SATA Drivers? Hard Drive problems... HELP!

Hello Gorogon, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look through Method Two and the other information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


The clean all is also very useful before starting the Windows installation process to correct for disk format errors of many kinds, to include over-writing the Linux / Grub boot loader, that is known to cause serious issues when installing Windows to a HDD / SSD that has had Grub as a loader in the past;

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I have a 40gb hd that loads windows and I just recently installed a 160gb sata hd just for storage. Now when the computer starts up it takes forever to load the 40gb hd that has windows. My question is what is causing this to happen? I even edited the boot.ini file so that it only sees 40gb hd that has windows on it. If anyone has an answer please let me know.

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Recently I decided to upgrade my hard disk storage space so I bought a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA hard disk drive. Upon installing the drive I entered the Bios and went into "Intergrated Peripherals" section and set the BIOS to recognize P-ATA + S-ATA drives. When I reboot the new Maxtor drive shows up in Windows Explorer and functions normally. Also in Windows Explorer, my CD/DVD drive appears. However when I put a cd in the drive and click on the drive in Explorer I get the message to "Insert a disc into drive F:". The drive will not read the disc. When I went into Device Manager the CD/DVD drive shows up and says that it is functioning properly. Strange.....
So, I rebooted and reset the BIOS to the setup defaults (ie. P-ATA Drive Only) and when the computer boots up now the CD/DVD drive functions normally but the Maxtor drive is now not recognized. I understandObviously the Maxtor drive is not recognized because the BIOS is set for P-ATA drive only, but why when the BIOS is set for P-ATA + S-ATA is the CD/DVD drive not recognized?

My computer specs are as follows:

Processsor: Intel Pentium4 3.2C GHz (478pin/FSB800)
Motherboard: MSI i865G ATX
Bios: AMI Bios
RAM: DDR SDRAM 1GB (512MB x 2 / PC3200)
Video:nVidia GeForce FX5700 128MB AGP
Sound: CREATIVE SoundBlaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro
Hard Disk1:160GB Ultra ATA HDD (7200rpm)
Hard Disk2:Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB SATA
OS: Windows XP PRo

A:CD/DVD Drive not recognized in BIOS after installing SATA hard disk

No one going to take a stab at this one. Please, I need some help here. Any advice would be appreciated

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I have a new barracuda sata hard drive that i am trying to install in a dell dimension 4400. i needed the PCI sata host controller card which i have...installed the drive, turned it on and it won't boot. Is there something else I need?

A:Installing SATA Hard Drive in Dell Dimension 4400

OK, if I understand your post you installed a controller card and now the system will not boot.

What happens when you disconnect the drive and attempt to boot the system with just the controller card [no drive connected to the card]

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i have a mobo that only has 2 sata II ports. unfortnately, they are blocked due to my gtx 260 gpu.

so i have a pci card that provides an extra sata port. so i used that port to connect my sata hard drive. so i boot W7 and it recognises the new hard drive. so it installs etc and when it reboots it says there is an error due to a hardware change. it says to repair the files etc. so this is what i did 3 times but that same error keeps coming up. i even tried to freshly install W7 again but the same thing happens. so how can i fix this?

before you guys respond, let me tell you what i did to try to overcome this:

i removed the gpu and connected my sata hd on the actual sata port on the mobo. i then installed W7 and it was successful, no problem. but then how can i put back my gpu thats gonna block it? i have to take it off! so i have no choice but to use the pci card. so when i switch it back, W7 doesnt load! it says error etc. but then maybe the pci card is faulty? but it isnt. because then i used my ata hd to install W7 and when i click on my computer, it recognises the new sata hd (from the pci card)!

so now we know that the new sata hd and the pci card is not faulty, as even the BIOS recognises the hd too.

so what is the problem? how can i fix this? why is that i can install W7 successfully when the sata hd is in the original sata port but have problems when the hd is the sata port of a pci card?


A:Windows 7 continuing to get errors installing on new SATA hard drive.

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i have vista nad got today window 7 ultimate and a 2nd and 3rd hard drive and want to install windows 7 on my 1st hard drive are my other hard drives ok and will windows only install on the 1st drive and leave the other 2 alone and not format them?

A:Installing WIn7 on 1st hard drive

It won't format them, but it will add them to it's boot loader and set up a dual boot. If you don't want that, disconnect them before installing.

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I had to buy a new hard because the old one went wrong. I was running win7 64 bit on the old one, i do not have a windows 7 installation cd and the sticker underneath with the product key is faded. Do i need to buy a new window7?

A:Installing win7 on new hard drive

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T410. Win7 came pre-installed on hard drive without DVD copies. I want to put in a new solid state hard drive. Is there a way to create a Windows installation disc so I can format and install Win7 on the new hard drive? I know there's a copy of Win7 on a partition on the hard drive but I don't know what to do to make a DVD. Thanks.

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Hello, and HELP
I need to wipe my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7, for the 3rd time. I have been working with Microsoft support for more than 6 months, and they are not able to resolve my issues with Windows Updates constantly failing. So I'm gonna DIY and start over fresh. The MS tech support guy decided that my Win7 install DVD must be corrupted, so he downloaded a new install file (X17-59186) which is stored on my second internal drive (for saved files and photos only).
My C:\ drive is a Crucial M4 256 GB SATA III SSD drive
My D:\ drive is a Western Digital 1Tb SATA 6.0Gb/s internal hard drive. This drive has many folders storing documents and photos. One of these folders is "Downloads" and the Win 7 software is located here.
Here's my question:
According to instructions, I must go into BIOS, set the boot sequence to the DVD drive, insert the install DVD, restart, get to a command prompt and open DISKPART to create the partition, then restart and the reinstall starts from the DVD drive.

How do I proceed without a DVD? Thanks in advance for helping.

A:Installing Win7 from folder on second hard drive - how to

First step is to burn that X17-59186 file to a disc, which you would then boot from.

I assume that file has an ISO extension?

I assume you have a DVD drive??

Can you do that? If so, do so, and report back.

Confusion: you say the "MS tech support guy" downloaded that file. Then you say it's on your hard drive.

How did it get from him to you? Do you know EXACTLY where it came from?

Do you in fact have a 25 character "Product Key" that corresponds to version X17-59186?

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I am currently running Windows XP on my laptop and am planning to install Windows 7.

I have two partitions, C: and D:. C: is where the OS and programs are while D: is where all my documents and media is saved and I already have it all backed up. I will be installing Windows 7 onto the C: partition. However, I would like to repartition the hard drive. I keep running out of space on the D: and there is extra on C:.

The hard drive is of 150 GB. How much should the C: partition have? Is 25 GB enough? Also, how can I do this? Before installing Windows 7 or after?

A:Installing Win7 and Repartitioning Hard drive

You can delete existing partitions & create new ones using the Windows 7 DVD, prior to starting the installation process.

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Hey there,
Okay I have a netbook. It came with win7 starter (and a lot of bloatware lol).

I have a seperate copy of win7 home premium (on dvd) that i purchased.

There's no dvd/cd drive on netbook and I will not be purchasing one for it. (defeats the portability of netbook!).

So, is there anyway (and if so how) to install or create a boot usb_key or external hard drive from the win7 home premium dvd so that I can then install win7home premium onto the netbook from the usb_key and/or external hard drive?


A:Installing Win7 from usb_drive (or external hard drive)

Hello John,

If this is a retail Windows 7 installation DVD, then yes you sure can. METHOD ONE in the tutorial below will help show you how to create a bootable Windows 7 installation USB flash drive. You could use the note under Method One for how to create a ISO file from your Windows 7 installation DVD to use with the program to create the USB.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Hope this helps,

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

Currently I have:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi -

Both drives have Windows 7 installed on them?

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

KillDisk - http://jcgriff2.com/killdisk_imgburn.html

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

Contact Microsoft and explain new HDD purchase - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

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

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


Regards. . .



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My friend's PC has two internal drives:

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

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

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

I installed Win7 in this partition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help gratefully received.


A:Solved: Can't Boot XP After Installing Win7 On Different Hard Drive

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I have a Dell inspiron 580 i3 64 bit and may order a Del xps 8900, both are desktops. I would like to know if I can take the hard drive out of the 580 and put it in the xps then use it as a D drive and still get win7 from that drive? Would then like to switch to win10 when needed? Probably a stupid question but asking anyway. Hey, thanks for any help you can offer. Hollyrock2

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As of about a year ago, my Hard Drive crashed. Yesterday I bought a new 600 Watt Power Supply and a new 1TB hard drive. The windows 7 install took over 6-8 hours to complete and the mouse was extremely laggy when doing so. Once the installation completed I could barely do anything and I checked task manager and my CPU was maxed out at 100% when I wasn't running anything and there were no applications open. What could be the cause of this?

Here is the originial specs of my computer. I had an upgraded Video Card as well that I tried unplugging for the process of the installation. Here

A:Installing Win7 to New Hard Drive Slow Run/install

Hi and welcome to TSF what power supply did you install have you checked all the cables and connections are firmly in place,what harddrive did you install and have you run any diagnostic on it

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I have got a system that was running xp on a sata hard drive which was cloned onto a second sata hard drive. The main hard drive started freezing on the welcome screen and so I started using the second hard drive but the same has happened to that. I could not boot in safe mode or last known good configuration etc.
I decided to format the first hard drive and put xp back on it but every time I try to do so after it has been formatted and the xp files have been loaded onto the drive when it comes to reboot in order to load the files the computer will not load the files and just starts the whole process again of setting up windows and then giving me the option of formatting etc I am just going round in circles.

Is there something special that needs to be done with a sata hard drive in order to put xp on it?
Does anybody have any idea what the initial problem was with freezing screens?

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Hi there,

I am trying to install a Seagate 500GB SATA hard drive to my old DELL Dimension 4500.

I have previously installed PCI Controller Card from Masscool. I also installed and updated the driver on my old IDE hard drive.

I am not seeing an option in my BIOS to detect the hard drive.

When I get to Windows and open up My Computer it does not detect the drive but it does detect the SATA DVD drive I have installed to the controller. When I open the device manager it sees a hard drive connected but sees a SCSI drive.

Lastly when I open the program that I installed as a raid controller it does detect a SATA hard drive but it isn't allowing me to do anything with it.

Ultimately I would like to install this new hard drive and no longer use the old IDE one. I believe the next step is to access the RAID BIOS but I have no idea how. I would appreciate any help anyone could give me.

Thanks in advance,

A:Trying to install a SATA hard drive on an old system.

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My Win XP aro PC has two internal SATA drives. The OS is installed on drive C. Drive F is the other one, used for data

I was moving some files from drive C to Drive F and the machine crashed, giving me a delayed data write error. After that the F drive was not accessible. It either wouldn't open or I'd access denied errors.

I tried running chkdsk f:/f, which has always worked in such situations on external drives. It didn't work at first, giving me access denied errors, then I rebooted and I ran it - it didn't work the first time, I got unrecoverable sector errors.

Finally, after 3 attempts chkdsk seemed to work, but after that the Windows immediately froze. I shut it off and now it won't boot up. I get the windows splash screen then it just freezes on a blackened screen.

Please help!

A:SATA Hard Drive failure, system won't boot

I just ran the drive diagnostics from the setup screen - I get Drive I... Fail. Return Code: 7.

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I have just bought a new computer with no operating system.
AMD Athlon 64 with ASUS motherboard
200gig sata hardrive

I started an intsallation of a copy of XP professional but it asked for xp with service pack 2 which i don't have on that disc.
I reset the computer but now when i turn it on it comes up with the message 'Error loading operating system_'

I have bought a new and legal version of xp home with sp 2 but i can't get past this error message.

I think i have to somehow wipe the sata hard disc from bios but i don't know how to.

Can anyone help please


A:How to wipe a sata hard drive without an ooerating system

2 ways you can do this...
1) Travel to bootdisk and DLoad a WinME bootdisk if you have web acess on another machine. Extract the zip to a floppy, then boot up in the new machine...
At the A: prompt type format C: and hit enter. This will prepare the drive for an OS When it is finished remove the floppy and re-boot with the XP CD in and you will now be able to run setup.
2) Determine who's SATA drive and go to the manuf. site and DLoad their HDD utility. This will also prepare the drive and you should be good to go.


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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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I was just looking around and I saw a thread that indicated that it might be possible to transfer a Windows XP Pro hard drive to a new system.

I'm wondering if this is true or not because at the moment I am looking at getting new Intel D865GSA Motherboard to replace the same type of motherboard because it failed on me. I was also looking at putting in a similar processor as well. The original motherboard was an Intel D865GSA and the Processor was an Intel P4 640 processor.

That was the original hardware that was in there when I installed Windows XP on the hard drive, but due to the age of the hardware people have told me that it would be better to just upgrade the motherboard, processor and memory. I've been looking at the idea of doing that with a barebones system and I could do that, but I would need to use the hard drive that Windows XP Pro is currently installed on without any loss of actual data.

It's important that I keep whatever data is on there due to a legal case that I'm dealing with, but I don't know what will happen if I try to upgrade things so that it has a newer motherboard, processor and memory that can support Windows Vista or higher.

What can I do to make sure that I can access this drive as is without any loss of data?. I don't mind doing device drivers at all as that won't affect the data, but reinstalling XP will cause it to lose the data and at the moment I can't back it up or print it because of what happe... Read more

A:Moving Windows XP Pro Sata Hard Drive to new system

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I am wondering if I can access files on a SATA or IDE hard drive installed in a desktop computer with no other hard drive installed. Meaning, the drive I am trying to access isn't configured with drivers for the desktop's other hardware or motherboard. There is no other drive installed in the desktop. I was wanting to know if I could use a boot CD (Hiren's or Linux) to use as way to access files, pics, etc. and transfer it to a usb flash drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Can I access data from a SATA or IDE hard drive on a system it's not configur

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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I have a computer running Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit on a dual core machine. I will be getting a new i7 machine and instead of re-installing all the programs, I'd like to just swap the hard drive. Will this work? Or will I run into Vista or other problems?


A:Installing old system hard drive in new computer

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I have an OEM version of XP Pro and I want to load it onto a new hard drive for a Gateway laptop. I used to know how to do this during the old DOS days, but I don't have a clue with Windows. Can anybody help me? Thanks so much!

A:Installing an OEM XP Operating System on a new hard drive

Do you have a XP cd?

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Trying to reinstall Windows 7 and i am hitting a problem as soon as i click the install button

I get the "A required cd/dvd device driver is missing"(if you need the whole error message i will provide).After searching the internet trying to find fixes i couldn't fix my problem.So i ask you what can i do to reinstall Windows 7.

I have a Acer Aspire 5741 g laptop
hdd is a WDC WD5000BPKT-00PKT0

if you require more information i will provide

Most internet sources say that i need a driver for my hdd drive.I downloaded various SATA drivers(probably wrong ones).I can't seem to find the right one.Either that or what i am trying to do is wrong from the start and i must do something else

Please help me and i thank you in advance

A:Problem when installing Win7(i think regarding SATA hdd)

What is the source of your installation disc. Why don't you try to reinstall from the Recovery partition. Press Alt+F10 during power-on.

Else you can get an alternate .iso from here. Burn that to a DVD and install with it. Then activate with the product key on the COA sticker which is on the bottom of your laptop.

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I want to install another installation of windows xp on an external hard drive. My plan is to boot up with and use the external drive for my web browsing. I have already formatted and partitioned the drive and am looking for suggestions as to how to do it. The only thing I have is on my recovery disk since the computer cam pre loaded with windows xp home.
I would try linux but from what I have read in microsoft support files, linux is not one of the operating systems that windows will allow a dual boot with. What do I need to do?

A:Installing a 2nd operating system on external hard drive

XP won't install to an external drive. Is your machine capable of booting from USB?

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Well my hard drive finally died and I need to replace it. I have never done anything like this so I'm kind of nervous about doing this. I was running a raid 0 configuration before but this time I'm only going with a single 500 gig hard drive. The guy that built it for me no longer lives in my state so he can't help me. I have found a sata hard drive and a oem operating system for around $150.00, can someone help me out with advice on installing the hard drive and the operating system, TY

A:Need help/avice on installing new hard drive and operating system

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Ok, we've got a bit of a problem. Our computer came with Windows XP Home Edition already installed by Dell. Just recently my internet stopped working, and my mom changed the administrator password and made the main account non-administrator. Problem? SHE FORGOT THE PASSWORD!

So, now, we can't install/uninstall anything and we need to know how to completely reformat our hard disk and uninstall windows so that we can start over fresh. We plan to reinstall Windows with a complete Windows XP Home Edition CD that we purchased separately. We also have another CD that came with the computer, but we're not sure if it is a complete Windows XP Home Edition installation CD.

*NOTE* My mom is working with me on this, and she's more computer savvy than me. She's going to be the one reading the instructions. I just type faster :P.


Dell Dimension 2400
Pentium 4 , 533 MHz, 1024
Free Space:
22 Gigabytes
with WIN XP Home Edition

A:Uninstalling WindowsXP and Reformating my Hard Drive

Before you reformat, boot into safe mode and there should be an "Administrator" acount in the welcome screen with no password. If you have the classic welcome screen set then type Administrator into the userna,e box with no password. Thats the system administrator acount, you should be able to adjust the acount types/permissions there.

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Ok, so the ASUS MicroATX Guppy MB I got from a spare parts bin has no builtin SATA support. So I got one of these sata to IDE plugins that go on the back of the drive - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=170486946762

But, the machine will not install Win7 on that drive via this interface changer. It also won't backup the vista install to the drive. Seagate says they won't RMA the drive unless it fails on their seatools utility - which it does not that I can tell. Any suggestions on what might be some options. I would like to have a complete Win7 install on this spare drive just incase something craters.
This is a test machine by the way - it has nothing other than a web browser at this time so it would not kill me to do a clean Win7 install on it - I would just rather not.

A:Suggestions on installing Win7 on a SATA with IDE interface?

I would suggest a plugin SATA card for the PCI/PCIe slots.

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I have a Dell Vostro 420
Service Tag: <ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy> | Express Service Code: <ADMIN NOTE: Express service code removed per privacy policy>
I am re-purposing this computer for another user and I want to start fresh with factory settings.  Unfortunately I cannot seem to find the cd that came with the computer, so I don't know how to do this.  Any help would be appreciated.  I have tried going into the setup when i see the dell logo, but there is no option for system restore or anything like that.


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