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What hard drive is compatible with my motherboard?

Q: What hard drive is compatible with my motherboard?

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
Data Address Mark Errors (CA) 100 253 000 000000000000

Preferred Solution: What hard drive is compatible with my motherboard?

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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?


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I have an ABIT NF7-S motherboard. My hard drive just broke down so I need to buy a new one. How can I figure out if a hard drive is compatible with my motherboard. Will any of these hard drives below work with my motherboard?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus 160GB Hard Drive
(Ultra ATA/100, 7200 RPM, 8MB - MPN: ST3160023ARK) 65.28 USD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB Hard Drive
(Serial ATA II, 7,200 RPM, 8MB - MPN: ST3160812AS) 49.94 USD
Seagate ST3250623ARK 250GB Hard Drive
(Ultra ATA, 7,200 RPM, 16MB - MPN: ST3250623ARK) 69.99 USD



A:Which hard drives are compatible with the ABIT NF7-S motherboard?

Any of those 3 drives should work on your motherboard after reviewing the Specs on it. However the Sata on that Mobo according to abit is only Sata 150

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hey guys i'm wanting to buy the new WD Caviar Black 640GB with 64mb of cache.

i can't seem to bring up the right drive, but here's a similar one with 1tb of space:


my mboard is from 2005 so i don't know if it will support this drive.

here's my mboard:


does anyone know what other upgrades i can get for the mboard?

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can anyone tell me if an asrock k8vm800 supports sata hard drives?

A:asrock k8vm800 motherboard compatible with sata hard drives?

yes it does. it has two SATA150 headers

but I thought you are going to upgrade that board.. have you changed your mind?

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I would simply like to know if this optical drive is compatible with my motherboard.

This is the optical drive I am planning to get: http://www.techbuy.com.au/product.asp?prodId=168462&catId=DVDROM&parentId=DVDROM_DVD_WRITERS

And the motherboard is an MSI P67A-GD55 (B3)

Thanks in advance.

A:Is this optical drive compatible with my motherboard?

No, it does not appear to be compatible with the motherboard. The page you linked to for the drive lists it as a SATA drive, but the description shows it as having an EIDE / ATAPI (Parallel) interface. Checking the Samsung web site confirms it has an EIDE / ATAPI interface.

The motherboard is listed as not having any IDE ports.

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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...

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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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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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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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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 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 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 MacŪ 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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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?


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Hello. I have a Lenovo g50-70 Model 20351. I want to get high speed SSD harddisk for working with video edit operations. I would like to buy a Samsung evo 970 SSD harddisk on my computer. Is this model compatible with my computer? Can you recommend an SSD harddisk with high read and write speed if not 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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?

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

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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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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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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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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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This is a similar situation as described in the locked post talking about doing a non clean install of windows after replacing the motherboard. The main difference is that Dell did a clean windows install on my original HHD during a warranty replacement of a faulty motherboard. Below is a post I made on another site in the hope of getting some help. Please excuse my very basic knowledge of computers when trying to answer my question.
I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron laptop as my main photo editing device. I was quickly disappointed in its performance despite being sold that this was my best option at the price point. The 8th gen intel i5, 8gb of ram and 2tb 5400rpm HDD was not up to the task of quickly processing large photo files. I replaced the standard hd with a 2tb SSD and was finally happy with the performance of my lap top.

A few weeks ago my computer shut down to an immediate black screen and would not start up again. I sent it back to Dell for warranty but decided it was best to return it with the original HDD. It was found to have a faulty motherboard and in/out board. Both were replaced and the original hdd was wiped and returned to factory settings. Now that i have the computer back i would like to reinstall the SSD and get back to work. Unfortunately despite being told otherwise, the computer will not boot up with the ssd installed. All that happens now is it goes to a blue screen and notifies me that a problem has occured and that windows needs to restart. ... Read more

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I'm having trouble with my new system.

The system is as follows:

Asus P5N-D (nForce 750i)
Intel E8500 (Core 2 Duo @ 3.16 ghz, not overclocked)
4 gb of Ram (2 x 2gb)
XFX nVidia 9800 GTX+ 512mb - Latest Drivers
Samsung 500gb SATA HD
LG Optical Drive on ATAPI port
Corsair 650w PSU
External 750gb HDD on USB interface
Vista x64 SP1 w/ all Updates

I'm getting these errors in my system log (from disk or nvstor64):

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0.

A parity error was detected on \Device\RaidPort1.

Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort1, was issued.

I don't use a RAID - I'm running the Samsung 500gb drive that came with the system, but this sounds like either a bad motherboard or a bad hard drive. I'm not willing to go out and buy a motherboard and/or a hard drive to see if that's the problem so I'm hoping you can help. Please let me know how we can work this out, ASAP. I bought a nice, new fast gaming PC, so I'd like to actually play a few games.

I've ripped out and reinstalled the nForce drivers several times, including using DriverCleaner in Safe Mode to really get rid of them. I've installed the previous version of the nForce drivers. I've disabled command queing and write caching. I've tried another SATA port on the motherboard.

I've opened a topic on the iBuyPower forum (where I bought the system recently) in case there's more info there that might help:

http://www.i... Read more

A:Motherboard or Hard Drive?

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My Dell Inspirion 6000 Notebook has the dreaded Blue Screen with c000021a (Fatal System Error) and will not boot to Windows. This has happened numerous times and the problem has been resolved by reloading Windows XP and the drivers and software. The system will work temporarily, but eventually shuts down and returns to the blue screen. It seems Windows XP gets erased every time the system crashes. I'm assuming the problem is either my harddrive or the motherboard. How can I tell which one is causing the problem?

A:Hard Drive or Motherboard?

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I have a Dell XPS 4100 running Windows XP Pro with 2 hard drives 1)Western Digital(master) 2)Seagate(slave) both are 80 gig 7200 rpm. The problem I am having is this: When trying to access my Seagate drive a box popped up saying the drive needed to be formatted. It was already formatted to NTFS. When I tried to format another message said it could not be formatted. To make a long story short I somehow eventually was able to format the Seagate drive. Now when I boot up I get a message saying this drive needs to run check disk, which it does and then continues booting. I can write files to the drive but when I try to access them the PC will sometimes freeze. I purchased this drive about 6 months ago because a previous drive went bad. Can my motherboard be the cause of my drive issues? Thank you

A:Bad Motherboard or Hard Drive

Welcome to TechSpot

In PCs anything is possible, but I don't think the mobo causes it.
Rather, check the cables and the jumper-settings on the harddisks.
Those HDs would prefer a 80-wire flat-cable, rather than a 40-wire cable.
Check that the colourcoded connectors correspond to the instructions. Check that the red control-band is on the side of the connector where pin 1 is. Check all power-connectors.
Try another IDE-cable if you have it (or borrow one).
The first (WD) should be set to Master (or Master with Slave present), not to Cable-select. The second (Seagate) should be set to Slave, again not Cable-select.
Check in the BIOS that both HDs are recognised, write down their parameters.

In the Storage & Networking forum is a "sticky", get the HD-util for Seagate from there and run it.

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I had all the parts for my computer selected and then I noticed that the MB and the HD might not go together. Im not goog with campat stuff at all Im thinking of building a computer. Could anyone tell me if this Hard Drive will work with this motherboard?

MSI P4N SLI-FI Socket T (LGA 775) ATX Intel Motherboard

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

A:Need help with Hard Drive to Motherboard

Yes, they should work fine. The motherboard has 4 sata ports, and that drive will take one of those ports. The motherboard also should come with the data cable, so you're covered in that area as well. The thing to consider is whether your power supply has a sata power connector, like this.

There are also molex(4pin) to sata adapters, so even if you don't have one, you can get an adapter. Sata drives can sometimes be troublesome to setup, but I doubt you'll have problems with that board, as it's newer and name brand.
Good luck on the system.

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this all started last saturday. I woke up and i was hearing clicking coming from my computer. I moved the mouse to get out of the screen saver and it froze up... I restarted and windows xp pro wouldn't boot up, it would just sit at the loading screen and i would watch the little blue thing go from right to left o.o after that i restarted and got into safe mode to try and run chkdsk. it stoped at 22% and the system started to freeze up, but i would move my mouse and move widows around... but thats about it. from there i rstarted again. the drive no longer shows up on the ata133 onboard controller.

I took the drive to a shop and they ghosted the drive to a new one. the guy mentioned that the drive was giving him some trouble and that it was definatly bad. Anyway, i got the new drive yesterday. I plugged it into the same spot and all worked well... until i was watching TV on the TV tuner card it started to freeze up again. the tv was still playing but i couldn't do anything, so i restarted and then couldn't get into windows... then the drive didn't show up. SO! i moved the drive over to the primary IDE controller where i am now, in safe mode cause windows xp still wont load (this time is seems to hang after i log in and durring "loading personal settings"). System specs:

Gigabyte 8PE667 Ultra (onboard promise ata133/raid)
p4 2.8ghz
1gb ddr pc2700
radeon 9700 pro
120gb Western Digital hd (system drive that originaly screwed up)
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A:Hard drive then maybe motherboard?

You could have some kind of virus that destroys your hard drives.

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When i went to turn my comp on it wouldnt fully boot up.. all that happend was the fan was running... no beeping or anything.. so i thought it was my power supply so i put a brand new one in and went to turn on the comp and its still doing the same thing.. so now im thinking its either the mobo or hd.. i have no clue how to figure this out so if someone could help me that would be great...

A:Motherboard or hard drive?

I'm having the same reply as you. One thing I hope for me its the motherboard. It suck if it was the HDD. Have so much stuff on the HDD.

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Hey guess i'm new but we'll save that.

So my laptop (compaq presario, 1.5 years old) was running very slow and choppy i ended up defrag etc. and ended up getting the blue screens of death. It was at the point the computer would work for 5-10 mins then BSOD. SOOO I reformatted totally wiped the hard drive etc. and did a fresh install of xp home (i was running pro before). Anyway, that went fine and I thought I was in the clear. Next thing I know same thing same BSOD:

0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8244CDA0, 0x8244CF14, 0x805C749A)

While this happend for awhile, i began to get upset. Now the laptop is doing the PXE-E61 check media cable blah blah....

Long story short..I took it to get serviced..they told me nothing was wrong with ram OR the hard drive (wow thanks)

Then out of spite I took it somewhere else; the guy there basically just used an HD of his and installed XP and said..well it looks like a new HD is what you need. Tried that, but when I installed it...I still couldnt' get passed the media cable errors (which he didn't even have).

Yes i've tried changing boot orders etc.

Weird thing is..sometimes it will load windows...othertimes it won't? And usually when I try to install windows it says no hard disk found blah blah F3 to exit

Furthermore, in bios 9/10 times it will say NO IDE found for the diagnostic test, and only one or two times have I been able to run the test, both times giving an error something along the lines ... Read more

A:hard drive? or motherboard?

Well, if you replaced the HD and it still doesn't work right..

It could be a bad connection. Does your laptop use some kind of a tray or an adaptor for the hard drive? It may not give good contact. Maybe get another one?

I have also seen a ThinkPad that would lose the HD if you didn't bend the corner of the laptop right. Took it to the repair shop and had them re-solder all the hard drive connectors. Fixed it.

And yes, it could be plain bad HD controller.

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Here, im like an amateur Technician. I know a lot of things, although there's something that really questions in my mind.

These are like the performance of my PC.

Normally, a hard drive can go like 32mb ( or more ) per second copying some files or something like that.

Installing Black Ops takes less than 4 or 10 minutes.

Loading a Counter Strike Source game takes around less than 2 minutes or something like that. ( For some reason. )
My friend's PC? its like fried.

Back then he told me that its not that slow. Of course i can see that it doesn't really seem to be so slow before.

After doing a format due to some reason that his PC became so slow, kinda realized that something weird is happening to his PC.

Loading a Counter strike game takes like 10 Minutes.

Installing Black ops took like an hour.

Loading a Modern Warfare 2 Mission takes like 5 minutes, In the middle of battle takes like 2 minutes. Frame Rate was really damn smooth, but its like when it reloads the sound file, it takes like a minute to load it.

Mid Battle of some game, shooting a shotgun one time sounded like BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZRRRRRRRRRRZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT, then another shoot was normal.

We did another format, but it doesnt seem to budge.
One time his BIOS is telling him that his hard drive doesnt exist anymore in the system, so No boot. Next day, i opened it and checked the cables, and turned it on, it now tells me that it does exist.
So... Bad Hard drive? or Bad motherboard?

A:Bad Hard drive? BAD MOTHERBOARD!?

Have your friend run a diagnostic test on his drive.
It is best to use a diagnostic program from the drive's manufacturer.

However, I have found that Hitachi Drive Fitness Test works on most any hard drive.
Use the bootable Linux CD.

If the drive comers out clean, then you can start to suspect the motherboard.

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Hey guys, in couple days im getting a new MB, cpu, ram and case. I was wondering, can i put my old hard drive in, than just install drivers and bios for my new MB?

A:Different motherboard but same hard drive possible?

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I have a Latitude 600 and when I turn it on, it may take up to 10 minutes or not at all. It will only stay on about 10 minutes or so then has a message saying preparing standby in order to eject.... The battery died just before this started happening. I have been in contact with Dell support 3 times...one said hard drive dying, another said motherboard, another said power supply...so which is it? I tried to do the test by pressing Fn and the power button but that does not work. I doubt this old thing is worth putting a new motherboard. I was also advised to never try working on a laptop myself..is it really that bad? Thanks

A:motherboard or hard drive?

Try replacing the power adapter first. Does the computer boot normally and are you able to access all of your files and folders. If the hard drive was failing those wouldn't be the symptoms in my opinion. Also go into the control panel and change the power settings to never hibrinate and to go into standby after say 60 minutes of inactivity and turn off hard disks after at least 60 minutes. See if those things help.

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My one-year-old out-of-warranty HP Pavillion dv1000 laptop (Windows XP Home) has been slow or unable to reboot, so I'm trying to diagnose it and figure out if I just need a new hard drive (where can I find instructions on upgrading a hard drive on this laptop?) or have to replace the whole laptop with a new one.

One of the problems found was the hard drive was in PIO mode, so I had to repeatedly switch it back to DMA mode (using the DMA-to-PIO registry hack or remounting the hard drive). This occurred weekly until I ran SpinRite, then it stayed in DMA mode for a month.

What I think is relevant from my Event Viewer Log include:

atapi event 9s: The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout
atapi event 11s: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0.
a single atapi event 26: The driver has detected that device \Device\Ide\IdePort0
has old or out-of-date firmware. Reduced performance may result. [I think this may
just be a generic message when it gets too many errors]
cdrom event 7: The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block.
disk event 51: An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging
disk event 7: The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.
ftdisk event 57: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption
may occur.

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A:Hard drive vs. Motherboard

It could be a bad drive, a bad connection or a bad controller.

Ideally, you would take the drive out of your laptop and test it with the manufacturer diagnostic utility.

In reality, you could just take the drive out, clean the contacts, put it back in and do the diagnostics in this computer.

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The other day we had a storm, the power went out for a few minutes. When I restarted the computer, my hard drive was bare, it wasn't even formated. This has happened when the power goes out (not all the time). What I'm trying to figure out is if it is the motherboard or the hard drive. I have a Western Digital WD1600-JB hard drive and an Abit KV8-MAX3 (VIA K8T800) motherboard.



A:Motherboard or hard drive?

Replace the hard drive... Then if the problem persists, look at replacing the power supply before going for the motherboard

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Can't install win 7 stops at starting win insignia. Any Ideas on what the problem. And how to fix.

A:XPS 7100 new motherboard and hard drive

Are you booting to the windows 7 install disk and selecting Custom Install, Drive Options to allow windows to format the new drive? Read this for instructions--

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My Dell Dimension 4100 turns on but the green light does not light up...I can hear the fans running, I can open and close the dvd and cd parts...I can plug in my mp4 players and charge it..but the monitor does not show anything but a black screen. Nothing comes up.

Is my motherboard fried or did I crash my hard drive? I dont know what to try...my sister gave me the tower from her old compaq presario s4020wm but it wont work with my dell monitor. I also tried and old mv740 compaq monitor but that didnt work either. I thought I could use the old one until i got mine fixed (or bought a new one)

if I cant get mine fixed then can someone offer some advice on how to get the monitor to work with the compaq tower?

I am on my nephew's laptop and he is staying until tomorrow so after that, i wont be back for help so if I disappear...its not because I dont care, lol!

thanks so much for any advice...

A:did I crash my hard drive or fry my motherboard?

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Just got a new board/memoru/cpu. and our old hard drive does not like it. we get a blue scree...

i know formatting and re-installing xp would be a soulution, but a hassle.

we are looking for a way to avoid formatting.

llemee kno soon

A:new motherboard/cpu/ram, old hard drive doesnt like it

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