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

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

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.

Preferred Solution: Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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

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The hard drive in my laptop just died, it was a 250gb 2.5" SATA hard drive, I'd like to replace it with a Corsair FORCE GT SATA 3, 210 GB solid state drive. Can someone tell me if this will work?

Thank you

A:Solved: Replace SATA hard drive with a SSD SATA3 in a Sony Vaio pcg-7153L

Yes, it should work. You won't get the full speed of the SSD due to the laptop's SATA controller only being SATA 2(3GB/s) but it should work and be a lot faster.

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

A:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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I have a Dell Vostro 200. It has a hatachi 80 GB harddrive. It has no OS installed. I want to switch it with a 1TB hard Drive. 1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate. And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start? Oh, I don't believe it has ever been used. It was supposed to be a vista...yuck!

A:Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

ynotbme said:

1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate.Click to expand...

Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.

ynotbme said:

And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start?Click to expand...

That would be the idea if you have it set to boot from disk in the system BIOS. The CD/DVD must have first priority over the HDD to boot.

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I'm finding conflicting information with google searches. Trying to find out what options are available for upgrading this laptop from a normal hard drive to an SSD. I'm not sure if there is a m.2 slot or not, or if it would be the best choice. Anyone know? Thanks! Edward 

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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I have to replace my original hdd on my 9 year old Dell XPS 8100. The desktop  has an i7 chip so I'd hate to replace it with a new i7 PC because they are expensive.The bad drive is an esata drive. I notice that current crop of hdd's seem to be sata III drives. Will the old Dell PC mother board  on the desktop support the new sata III drivesIf I replace the bad hard drive would I be able to restore the W7 OS and all my data by using a macriumbackup file on the desktops external  backup drive?
Thanks for your help!

A:Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Any 3.5" SATA drive will work.
As long as the system is in working order, and you purchase a SATA data cable for the additional drive, you should have no trouble cloning the existing drive to a new one.

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The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some reason, I am unable to Restore to any previous installation. As I have loads of files I want to access, I've decided get a new Hard Disk and run the original H/drive (if possible) from a SATA drive Docking Station. So essentially, I would like to know if my Dell DXC061 will run and support a new Seagate 1Tb SATA3 7200rpm Barracuda. My BIOS is Ver. 2.4.0 dated 05/24/07. I have opened the CPU to see that the current drive connectors appear similar to those on the SATA Docking Station and think my old drive will fit it. However, it's now occurred to me that its possible the newSATA 3 drive may not be compatible with my BIOS or Motherboard. Any help or comments please? Incidentally I have most of my most useful files backed up on an external drive, so all, hopefully is not lost.

A:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

You need a SATA3 port to connect a SATA3 HDD to be fully compatible.

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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My friend bought a Sata Hard drive, his mother board is Sata compatable. Well when he went to plug it in, it didn't show up. Any help? Thanks...

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drive Help.

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I have an Asus P4P800 Deluxe MB. My OS is Windows XP Pro. There are two sata connectors. I would like to add another hard drive. The manual lists several "RAID" configurations.(RAID 0,RAID1,RAID 0+1) These configurations all seem to indicate using two hard drives. There is one configuration in the BIOS labeled "JBOD" (Just a bunch of Disks). My question is: Can I just use one connector or must I use both sata connectors? My budget is limited, so I don't have enough at this time to buy two hard drives.

A:Solved: SATA hard drive

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First may I say a thanks to everyone who helped me in the last week or so. I have now managed to install a new mobo and now have the pc up and running. I have installed 2 sata hard drives, one is new drive that I have done a clean install of the o/s and all my other apps. I have also installed my old hard drive as well. Both drives are being recognised with no problem, the only thing is this, there was some data I wanted to retrieve from my old drive but when I try and open up the my documents file it is saying that it is empty. The only files I wanted was in this folder. Is there any way to retrieve them or have I lost them forever? I can open up most of the others.

A:Solved: Second Hard Drive (sata)

If you open explorer and navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents do you see the files? Or C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\My Documents and see files? Another thing, Are any files from that drive's other locations or is it just My Documents you are missing? visible? Does it report the right size in My Computer?

Sorry, lots of questions.

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Hi Everyone

I want to buy a new hard drive for a home built pc which the processor is AMD Phenom 9450E Quad Core 2.10GHz..

The hard drive I am using is a Maxtor 7L250S0 ATA 3.5 250GB

I want to upgrade my hard drive to bigger memory etc and change it from IDE to SATA

But I am not sure what hard drive suits my specs and which connector I need..

Would appreciate help thanks



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I'm going to be ordering a Sata hard drive for my computer. It will be an OEM purchase, so I know I have to order the Sata cable. My question is: Do I need a special power connector for it or do the Sata drives use the same power connection as my EIDE hard drive and my DVD Rom?

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drive

Power lead from power supply will work

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Hi all, just blew my almost 10 years old HP desktop (XP) few days ago, now am trying to retrieve all data from my WD2000 SATA hard drive, exactly the same in image from the link below,


can anyone please tell me what kind of cable or adapter i need to use in order to retrieve all data from hard drive to my window 7 desktop, thanks in advance

A:Solved: SATA hard drive

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I have a PC without a hard drive and a spare 2.5 sata (notebook) hard drive.

Can I use this hard drive in the pc?

I have been trying to find an answer online and 50% saying yes its fine and 50% saying I need a converter due to the 2.5 using 5V and PC's using 3.5 provide 12V.

The PC has a SATA cable and a power cable as far as I can tell the same as the hard drive.


A:Solved: 2.5 sata hard drive in a PC

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I am currently building a new system and am researching what type of hard drive I should use to run the operating system from. I have run into a problem though. I had decided I want at least a 10,000 RPM drive and also want it to be SATA-300. For the life of me I cannot find a drive that offers both. If there is one out there, where can I find it? Or, if it doesnt exist (as of yet anyway) which is best to run the OS from, the SATA-150 10,000 RPM or the SATA-300 7,200 RPM?

Please someone, inform me

Thanks in advance.


A:Solved: SATA-300 Hard Drive with 10,000 RPM?

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Can anyone tell me if itís feasible, to boot from an IDE hard drive and setup two SATA 150 drives with a Raid 0 for storage of video and rendering without conflicts? I am assuming yes, but I am not sure seeing the IDE drive(s) would not be in a Raid configuration and the SATA would. I am looking for a little reassurance before investing the funds in the new hardware. Thanks!

A:Solved: Hard drive configurations IDE and Sata

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Ive got an older mother board, a kt600a, that has 2 sata headers on it, but its sata1.

Im upgrading the mother board, and the current hard drives had to have a jumper set so that they could run with this older system.

My question is this: Can I remove the jumper to use the drives with the newer system, WITHOUT loosing data, or do I need to back up the entire 500 gig drive, and reformat them with the new system?


A:Solved: Sata Hard drive question

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This problem may be solved. Mailing the DOA drive back to Hitachi tomorrow and hope to try again in a couple of weeks when the new one arrives.

I finished building my computer Sunday with your help and it started right up. No problems.

Now, I want to add a second hard drive as a slave.

It is identical to the other (both are Hitachi 160 gig SATA hard drives) but no matter which SATA port I plug into on the motherboard, it is not recognized in the Control Panel Disk Management. I have also connected this drive to different power plugs inside the computer.

Partition Magic does not see it either.

The drive is not formatted and when I run the Hitachi Hard drive installation disk, it says to use Windows Disk Manager. I assume that this is also called "Disk Management".

This is my first experience with SATA and I am not too crazy about those weak connectors that they use.

I have checked them over and over so the only other thing that I can think of would be either jumpers that I did not see or a dead hard drive.

I tried to test the hard drive by unplugging the present master and leave only the present slave drive which I wanted to format but it does not work. I tried this a couple of times but had no luck. The Ontrack Disk Manager does not seem to recognize the drive either. If this drive is dead, it is dead right out of the box. Trouble is that I bought it last year on sale so not sure what the warranty would be.

Another possibility would be a bad cable but I ... Read more

A:Solved: Are there jumpers to set on SATA hard drive?

Sata doesn't use jumpers at all, but since you have another drive you will have to enable SATA raid in your BIOS if your using the onboard raid. At that point, the drive should show up, and you should be able to confiigure it to your likeing. Refer to your MB manual to see how to do this.

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I had purchased a Seagate SATA 160 GB some months back. It died within 3 months. It was in warranty, so i got a replacement. The replacement HD looked brand new, and packed in an antistatic bag.

Today, i took out the hard drive and connected it to my PC. On starting the PC, it started to give a strange spinning noise, and i could hear faint clicks. I checked in the BIOS. It took sometime before i could get into the BIOS... the red HD led was on constantly, like it happens with a bad HD. After a delay, i got into BIOS, but the HD was not detected in the BIOS. I checked the connections, and tried again. Again not detected in BIOS.

I had two SATA power connectors, and 3 SATA cables. I tried all of them. Same result. I could hear faint clicking, and BIOS didnt detect the HD.
I have 4 SATA ports. I started to change ports. Two ports... didnt work.

Then on 3rd port, I was able to get into BIOS without any delay, and without the constant HD led glowing. And there was no clicking sound, and the HD was detected in the BIOS. I shut down, checked again. It was detected again.

Then i did diagnostic check on the HD with the seagate tools CD. It passed both the short and long tests. When i did the acoustic test two times, both the time drive spins, and it makes a faint click at the last.

Now am confused... should i keep this HD or should i take it for replacement again? I could hear faint clicking first, and no detection of the drive when i tried earlier few times. But after that, the... Read more

A:Solved: New Sata Hard Drive: Faulty?

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Right, well, that's what I'm doing. The machine is Win XP Pro, SP2 with bare essentials running on it. Anti-spyware and Antivirus, Filezilla Server, and UT2k4. Yes, UT is essential. How else would I run a UT server?

Anyways, ordered a SATA hdd so that I could expand how much the server could hold, and now I can't get the thing to install. It's a 250GB drive. The Motherboard is an Asus A8V chipset VT8237. I've tried drivers, different ports, another computer, RAID settings, reading it as IDE, everything I can think of. In other computers it works fine. In the one I want it on, the best I've managed is to get a SATA RAID array to detect it; but then I'm unable to get the computer itself to detect it. The only thing I can think of to do now is to try and reinstall Windows using a floppy with the device drivers on it. But I really, really don't want to; it was a pain to get the thing configured to be accessible outside my network.

Any thoughts? And I'll clarify whatever you need clarified.

A:Solved: Adding a SATA hard drive...

When you say the computer won't detect it does that mean Windows or BIOS or both? If Windows did you check in Disk Management? What drivers did you install?

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i have a sata plug and a molex connector on my hard drive (western Digital 320) can i use the sata plug to the mobo, and the molex power connector, or do u have to use a sata plug and a sata power plug?

A:Solved: Hard drive sata and molex

You can use either power connector to run the SATA

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I've just built my self a new PC and installed a 160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA hard drive.

Windows XP found it fine during install and formatted it. Everything works ok, but in Windows it says that the drive is only 127GB in total.

I'm using an MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard http://msicomputer.co.uk/Products.aspx?product_id=703538&cat_id=77 , AMD 64 4000+ processor and 2GB RAM.

The board has 2 ATA-133 IDE sockets and 8 SATA sockets split between two RAID controllers - in BIOS it lists the hard drive as the 4th IDE Master, even though its in the first SATA socket. (I have nothing on the 1st IDE channel and a DVD ROM/DVD writer on the 2nd).

I've also noticed that in Windows the drive is listed as the secondary device on the SATA channel - there's no primary.

Apologies if this is a bit confusing - I haven't had any experiencing using SATA drives before and am a bit stuck as to what's causing the problem. Any advice will be much appreciated


A:Solved: SATA hard drive problem

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I shut down the computer that was running windows 7 on a WD black caviar 640 GB SATA drive. When I tried to turn it back on I kept getting messages about needing to repair windows. I tried numerous times. I was able yesterday to get it to run on this computer downstairs that is an older HP also with a SATA drive. I got some things that I needed off on an external hard drive.
Then I connected it back up to my other one and tried to re-install windows 7 32 bit. It would get to the end and then give me the need for repair messages again. Now I can't get it to run on either machine and can't re-install windows XP or 7. What can I do next short of a new hard drive ?

A:Solved: corrupt sata hard drive

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I don't expect a solution for this; it's more of a question. I have a Segate 7200.11 500GB SATA II Hard Drive and I'm pretty sure it's dead. I also have a Western Digital 320GB SATA II drive. The 500GB has my OS installed on it and the 320GB is basically back up for MP3s, pics, ect. So I'm not really worried about the 500GB. I turned on my computer this morning and got the Boot MSTR is missing message. I rebooted and found that the drive isn't even showing up in BIOS.

My question is, is it possible that something on my motherboard went out or maybe power went out from the cable? Or does it sound like the drive is completely dead? I unhooked both drives and swapped SATA cables; the 320 still showed up and the 500 didn't.

Do drives just die out of the blue like that? The 500 is only about 6 months old. Am I over looking anything?

Sorry for the vauge post, but I think I'm just SoL here, so I didn't really go into much detail.


A:Solved: SATA II Hard Drive Is Dead?

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Okay, after searching for the entire day in solution to my problem i hope someone on here can help.

I have an Asus p4s533 motherboard and a maxtor 120gb IDE hard drive set up on my computer. This set up is five years old or so so i thought i would treat myself to a new hard drive to cope with expanding collections of photos, mp3's and videos.

I bought a samsung spinpoint HD753LJ 750gb sata 2 hard drive and a Adaptec Serial host PCI controller (as my mobo has no sata connections).

Okay, all good so far. What i want to do is use the new hard drive to run windows xp and then when all files have been transfered and all is working use my old hard drive as a second drive.

I installed the PCI controller card no problem, attatched the Samsung drive, windows recognised it and then i partitioned and formatted the new drive using windows disc manager. The new drive now appears under my computer and is usable. All good.

Then i changed the Boot up settings in my bios to boot from the 'SCSI boot device' before my old maxtor and tried to install windows xp from the installation disc onto the new drive.

During the first few black screens it recognizes the samsung device and gives its capacity. Then the blue screens appear, it asks me to press F6 for any additional sata or raid drivers, which i do and then load the drivers from the 1.44mb floppy disc. Still all good.

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A:Solved: Sata hard drive mystery

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Hello everyone,

I have a fairly out dated computer which is a E-System Ei 314 with a Pentium 4 3.2GHz. It has only got 1 80GB IDE hard drive and 4 free 150 sata ports. I bought a nice new Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB with 8mb cache to fit into the computer. It is all plugged in but the computer doesn't recognize it. I have tried looking in the bios but cant realy find much about it. Any ideas any one?

Thanking in advance

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drive Issue

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Okay So I've been looking recently at a Multimedia DVR enclosure which can be found here: http://www.chinavasion.com/product_...sata-hdd-enclosure-scheduled-video-recording/

For those of you who don't know, this is just a DVR/Multimedia Player without a Hard Drive. I own the Hard Drive and plan on installing manually.

The specs for the supported Hard Drive are as follows:
SATA 3.5 Inch HDD Enclosure
Max HDD Size: 500GB
Max Partition Size: 40GB
FAT32 file system
My main question is quite simple. I have an IDE Hard Drive and I was wondering if I could simply buy some sort of adapter to convert SATA hook-ups for an IDE HDD.

My other question concerns the Hard Drive capacity limit in relation to the Max Partition Size. Does this really mean that I have to create 12 separate 40 gb partition to take full advantage of my 500 gb hard drive? This makes no sense to me at all. Especially since I'm going to be using it for other content such as software/documents. Does this have to do with it only supporting Fat32 File systems? If I'm misinterpreting anything I'm reading I would be more than happy if somebody were to tell me I'm wrong. Please shed some light on this subject if you wouldn't mind. Thanks!

P.S. If you need any further elaboration just ask...

A:Solved: 500 gb SATA Hard Drive with only 40 gb Partitions?

You can get IDE to SATA converter boards that pop on the back or come off in tails but I would really take a look at space available and such for if you're trying to fit all that into a DVR. Formatting to FAT32 in Windows is limited to 32 gigs per partition actually, but there's a program called SwissKnife that can quick format any size drive it can recognize to FAT32. It might depend on what the specs actually apply to though since there may be other restrictions depending on use.

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I am building a computer for my grandson for Christmas and have a question. I ordered and received this hard drive for it:


which is a 250 gb Seagate SATA drive. I know that when you create a new partition while installing Windows I should not see the entire 250 gb. However, the largest partition I can create according to Windows XP Home is 131,062 mb. Something doesn't seem right to me. Do I have a bad hard drive? Thanks for your assistance.


A:Solved: Question about SATA Hard Drive

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.

A:cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?

A:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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I have an wxt-e830 external hard drive enclosure, which has both USB 2 and e-sata connectors, which I want to use with Windows Backup & Restore Center (Windows 7).
The USB 2 transfer is fine, albeit the slower USB2 transfer rate, but when I try the e-sata cable (on it's own!), data will be copied, but it will freeze the system for up to 30 seconds every minute or so.

The drive inside the enclsure is a seagate sata 300 drive, and the caddy supports this speed.

Anyone got any ideas on this?

By the way, my motherboard has 6 sata connectors, all of which are in use now, and the e-sata is connected via a back-plate with a cable (which came with the drive) directly onto the sata conector on the motherboard.

Thanks for any help


A:Solved: e-sata hard drive lags during transfer...

I think I have an idea about why this was happening.
I had the eSata plug on port 4 or 5 on the motherboard, which was set (due to a 'chipset limitation') to be raid-only.
Now on another and it's not happening any more. Not yet anyway!

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i am in the process of ordering parts to build my 1st computer but i am not sure about the sata hard drive power connection. do i need a special power supply to run the sata drive as the case i am ordering has a 400 watt supply in it or is there an adapter that i can purchase to adapt the supply i have to power the sata drive? any info will be a great help. thanks in advance.

A:Solved: sata hard drive power connection

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I just removed a disabled SATA Hard Drive from a Compaq Presario computer and am about to purchase a new hard drive to replace it. I happened to have an extra hard drive, but it seems to be a PATA hard drive. Is it possible to use this drive? Or do I have to get a SATA hard drive? Thanks. Maggie

A:Solved: Difference between SATA and PATA Hard Drive?

As long as your motherboard has an IDE (PATA) connector on it, and you have an IDE cable to connect it, you can use a PATA (IDE) hard drive. I haven't seen a motherboard without an IDE connector on it so you should be OK. However, SATA is a much improved interface for hard and CD/DVD drives. Highly recommend you stay with it.

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My pc is working well after a clean install on a new sata seagate hd.
question is: i skipped the step ( Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver)
did i miss a crucial step in the install and possible endanger my pc in the future?

A:Solved: reinstall winxp on new sata hard drive

If the drivers for the SATA controller are included with XP, and it boots, then you should be fine.

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Hi -
I'm having a problem installing XP Pro SP2 on my new WD hard drive. The new HD is a SATA 6 Gps jumpered for 3 Gps. My problem is almost exactly like the one described here:

[SOLVED] Unable to install XP...Harddrive Error...

The solution provided there is exactly what i've found in other forums and blogs. Once I got past a floppy drive problem that prevented me from loading the SATA drivers using the F6 key solution, I finally was able to load the drivers from the floppy that came with my m/b.

However, after Windows setup started, it got to the point after loading some drivers where it showed me the blue screen giving me 3 choices - I chose to begin installing Windows XP. So I clicked Enter, and the next blue screen gave me the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer."

I've tried several different configurations in the BIOS, but none worked. Right now, its at the default settings. SATA is configured for RAID since my m/b floppy contains RAID Drivers.

Man, I am at a loss. I have no idea why I can't get XP installed. Thank you for any help.

A:[SOLVED] SATA hard drive not recognized after F6 during XP Pro install

You want to set the SATA to work as IDE . . not RAID, unless you have a RAID array. . . and you want the SATA drivers, not RAID drivers.

If you set the SATA controller to work as IDE you do not need the drivers on the floppy

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I'm trying to install a secondary HDD on my Windows XP PC, but it won't recognize the drive. My BIOS locates the SATA drive just fine, and if I try to run it as the primary, it's fine, but as a slave, the PC won't locate it. how do I get XP to find my freaking HDD?

A:[SOLVED] Windows XP not recognizing SATA hard drive?!?

Are you looking in Disk Management?

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I have bought a new Maxtor SATA 120 Gig hard drive. I am having a problem getting the system to see it.
I am using a ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard which has 2 SATA connections. When I try to install windows XP I get a message saying hard drive cannot be found.
Using the auto detect in CMOS does nothing and I have set all configurations to default, nothing happens.
adding RAID drivers on install has no effect either.
I cannot get the motherboard CD to boot, although the CD is set as 1st boot.
Power is going to the HD, which I have had inspected by PC World to check it's ok, which they confirm.
The only time I can see the name of the HD is in the SATA configuration window.
I only want to use one hard drive so I have not used any of the RAID configurations.
Any advice please? Thanks

A:Solved: Sata Hard Drive Install Problem

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I just built my first computer (specs in signature) with a SATA hard drive. I put the windows XP Pro CD and it formatted my Hard drive the it installed windows, but it says that windows could not start due to a hardware configuration problem. Is there some special thing I need to set to get it to boot from the drive or what? Any help would be greatly apreciated, thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Windows XP is not recognized on SATA Hard drive

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my pc has an sata pci card (i dont really know the brand but the chipset is silicon image); it works fine except that it gets stuck when i tried to connect a big hard drive (750G) to it; if a 750G is connected to it, it just blinks before POST and I cant even get into BIOS, it works fine for drives <300G; I just wonder if it's possible to update the firmware of the card or something to make it see larger drives.


A:Solved: sata pci card not able to see 750G hard drive

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Hi All,

I just bought me a new SATA 250GB Hard Drive and a external hard drive enclosure. I received the items today and I just realize the hard drive enclosure doesn't build into the way to connect to the SATA 7-pin data connector. All it has is the Parallel ATA 40-pin data connector.

Can anyone recommend any external hard drive enclosure that can connect to SATA connector directly. And there is a main reason why I choose a SATA hard drive.

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: Looking for Sata External Hard Drive Enclosure

Well, I did this GOOGLE Search and turned up a ton of them. Should keep you busy for several days looking through all the links.

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I had a hard time getting this drive recognized in vista so I installed a older IDE drive and installed my OS to it.

I had to unplug the SATA drive to install the driver
or I would crash on boot. I managed to get it installed and now it's only 204GB.

Any ideas on where to go from here? I am completely lost.

Abit Uli M1689 MOBO.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


Disk: Disk 1
Type: Basic
Partition style : (MBR)
Capacity: 610479 MB
Unallocated space: 2MB
Reserved space: 0


(D:) Capacity 207347 MB

A:[SOLVED] SATA Hard drive capacity 1/3 in Vista

what do you see listed for it in disk management,any unallocated space

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