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Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

Q: Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

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.

Preferred Solution: Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

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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 Can't Install a sata hard disk with a PCI sata controller card.?
My mb is MSI KT4V with AMD athlon 1800.My bios is AMI.
There is no option in my mb for a sata hard disk so i brought the sata pci cotroller card.
In post it shows the raid in my pci slot but cant detect my hard disk. It is a Segate 7200 rpm 160 gb hard disk.My sata pci controller card come with a driver cd but i cant install its driver in dos mode. and i think its for the windows version.
How can i install the single sata drive in my comp.
please help me...

A:Can't Install Sata Hard disk With PCI SATA controller card

Probably some fakeraid BS..
You have to enter the RAID BIOS and configure the drive as a RAID0 array or something similar. If it doesn't detect the drive in the RAID BIOS either, look over all your cables. Make sure you have power to the hard drive and suchlike.

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I don't mean to highjack the thread but I have an additional question that may be helpful for others performing the same type of recovery.
I ordered the recovery CDs for my HP 2000 Notebook just today.
To increase performance, I am also thinking of replacing the factory-installed 320GB hard disk drive (HDD) with a 240GB solid state drive (SSD).
QUESTION: Does the OS recovery CDs/DVDs need the drive to be the exact same size - 320GB? Obviously, WIndows will fit just fine of a 240GB drive. Does the recovery process recreate the recovery partition as well as part of the restoration process?
Thank you for your time and any advice.

A:Upgrading legacy hard drive to sata SSD

SBDavin wrote:I don't mean to highjack the thread but I have an additional question that may be helpful for others performing the same type of recovery. I ordered the recovery CDs for my HP 2000 Notebook just today. To increase performance, I am also thinking of replacing the factory-installed 320GB hard disk drive (HDD) with a 240GB solid state drive (SSD). QUESTION: Does the OS recovery CDs/DVDs need the drive to be the exact same size - 320GB? Obviously, WIndows will fit just fine of a 240GB drive. Does the recovery process recreate the recovery partition as well as part of the restoration process? Thank you for your time and any advice. It is advised not to go smaller on the replacement drive. SSD are pretty inexpensive for 500G right now. You don't want to go smaller. It doesn't have to be the exact same size but it should always be bigger not smaller. Factory recovery will create AS IS from the factory setup and recovery partition if you should use the Factory Recovery media.

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hi. I want to change my laptop hard disk from SATAII to SATAIII and i don't know that mainboard support SATAIII? my laptop is pavilion dv6-6190se. thanks for your help.

A:changing hard disk ( sata II to sata III)

Hi,SATA-3 is reverse compatible with SATA-2 and 1 ports.Motherboard may have SATA-2 support and you put SATA-3 hard drive but it would operate within SATA-2 speed only.Run this tool to know motherboard supported SATA speed: http://www.piriform.com/speccyRegardsVisruth

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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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Hello everybody!

I tried to put 2x SATA hard drives from my broken HP pavilion dv7 laptop( one is blank(D and other has windows 7 ultimate(C on it) to desktop pc(one and only HDD has xp professional on it) and one problem occured. Both of SATA disks are recognised but I could not acces Documents(c : ) nor desktop folders(c : )with my xp professional desktop PC. Is there any way for me to save those datas? I know that only solution to make all of my HDD functional is reinstaling windows on (C : ), but that will vanquish all the data from Documents and desktop.
I know that possible solution is to find very similiar laptop to pavilion dv7 and put HDD inside of it. Is there any other options?

Thanks in advance ,

A:SATA Hard disk drive

The reason you cannot access the files from the old machine is that they are not "owned" by you and may even be password protected. You will need admin access and take ownership of the folders, if they're not protected.

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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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I have a Dell XPS 400 that is almost five years old. I am running Windows XP and it has been working well until recently. A few weeks ago I got an error message upon booting up about a Low Battery (I don't remember the exact message). I plugged it directly into the wall outlet and it hasn't given me trouble since. Yesterday there was a power outage in my room and when I tried to reboot I got the message:
"SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure, Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" when striking F1, I get the message: "No boot device available-strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility". I'm on my roommates computer and tried searching for answers but can't find much. I don't have disc to reinstall the OS and I don't want to lose the data on the hard drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:SATA Hard Disk Drive Failure Message

if it wasnt on a surge protector either the hard drive or motherboard got damaged.the best case scenerio is that its the hard drive.from what ive heard parts like the motherboard for xps dell computers are very expensive.there are programs that will recover whats on the hard drive. i wouldnt use the computer at all right now because if anything can be saved or salvaged it will get overwritten if u continue to try to use it.u may have to have someone look at the computer and see what damage was done and if it can even be fixed.hope this helps.

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I have a SATA 1TB Seagate Barracuda that has been acting wonky for a while now. I have been meaning to back up the data on it (which is ~700gb of music and videos) but never got around to it. I think now I may have waited too late.

The drive was bought brand new roughly ~18 months ago and has never been dropped or physically damaged. I take very good care of my hardware. Regular cleanings, maintenance, no damage, etc. Anyway, the drive started acting weird a while ago and was sometimes not coming up as a drive but more often than not the performance was terrible. I had to check cables a few times and tightened them in and everything would be ok for a bit but the performance issues would start up again. I mean terrible performance. Sometimes it would take me 60 secs or more to access the drive after double clicking it. After that initial start up the drive would run fine for a while. It seemed like almost when the drive went to sleep it had an issue waking up or starting up.

Well it finally stopped reading. It won't show up now no matter what I do. I swapped cables, SATA ports, etc. I tested it with my 500gb Seagate Barracuda. That one works fine and when I swap in the 1TB.. nothing. I think the drive may be finished. But as I said, there is no physical damage done to it and also it powers up. I can hear the disks spinning when I connect it. Windows is just not reading it. When I go into my Intel Rapid Storage it comes up as a SATA device (0gb) so something is being read, bu... Read more

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Hi folks,

I was working on my pc the other day when it kind of locked up on me. No combo of key strokes could resolve it, so I was forced to do a hard reboot by pressing and holding the power button until it shut off. When I hit power to bring it back up, I saw the Dell splash screen with the options for F2 (setup) and F12(boot menu), then I heard 6 clicks, a short pause, then 2 more clicks. Shortly after I get the message:

SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

I press F1 and got a message saying that it could not find the boot sector.

I tried hooking this drive up as a slave with a known good hard drive as the master, but I hear the same clicking and it doesn't work. The drive is a Western Digital WD2500JS. I went to their website and downloaded a diagnostic ISO file and put it onto CD and loaded it into the drive and booted up. After a few minutes of no data on the screen it came up with this message:

"Unable to locate the License Agreement file, DLGLICE.txt!!!

Please make sure that the License Agreement file is located in the same path as DLGDIAG.EXE"

I put the disk into another computer and checked the contents of the disk. There are only 5 files:

The first file is not a typo, there is a 5 at the end of the filename. Maybe if I corrected this first before burning to disk? but how to do this and still have it be ... Read more

A:SATA hard disk drive 1 failure on bootup

Download a Linux ISO (Ubuntu, Mint, Knoppix are all OK) and
create a live CD to boot with and transfer your files to an external source.

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I returned from a 10 day vacation to find that when I started up my computer, it would not boot, giving an error of:

SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup utility

There is also a new clicking noise (hard drive, I presume?)
I found an old Ubuntu 9.10 CD I made a few years ago and was able to run Ubuntu from the CD.

In Ubuntu, under Places - Computer, I don't see my hard drive listed, which is disheartening. I do see a Ghost drive listed.

I'm trying to find a way to get some important files off of the hard drive.

Of note, about a week before I left for vacation, I got a malware infection (Windows Live Security Platinum) which I am pretty confident I had vanquished thanks to help from posts on this site. My computer was working normally for 4 consecutive days prior to leaving town, without any evidence of persistent malware infection.

Any advice as to how to access data from the apparently failing/failed hard drive?

BTW the clicking stopped a few minutes after loading Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance.

A:SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure

Does it make klunk klunk noise like someone is hitting metal again and again? In that case head is shot and it cannot be fixed by you. Take it to repair experts and they would charge you big money for extracting data from it.

If it is making small clicking noise, then the header is trying to read data but failing. Probable cause may be inadequate power coming from power supply or data cable is broken. Just attach it to another computer and check. It can also mean corrupt sectors.

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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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Hello. Iím trying to help my friend with her Dell Dimension XPS Gen5 running Windows XP.
It had been working fine and no hardware changes were made. Now, upon starting up,
the Dell logo appears but Windows doesn't start.

This message comes up:
SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure
strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

If I strike F1 I get the message:
No boot device available. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

If I strike F2 I successfully enter the setup utility but I donít know what to do there.

I donít know if this info is useful or not:
The service tag of this dell is 1LQ8981
The express service code is 349 062 724 9

Please help!

A:Solved: SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure

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Drive 1 not found Serial ATA , SATA Primary Hard Disk 0 Not Found Help Please Barbarajo99

A:Drive 1 not found Serial ATA , SATA Primary Hard Disk 0 Not

Howdy and welcome. I've removed your poll, as it was unnecessary.



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Hi, I have a Dell XPS 600 running windows XP and have recently run into a problem. Whenever I restart my computer (or when it is automatically restarted after an update) the computer won't reboot and I get the black screen with the message "SATA primary hard drive disk 0 failure" Hitting the F1 key gives the message "no boot device available". If I then hold down the power key on front of the computer to shut it down completely, wait a few minutes and turn the power back on, the computer restarts normally. Also if I am using the computer and shut it down completely (not restart), when I turn it back on, it will startup normally, so I do not think that there is a problem with the hard drive itself, it seems to be a problem recognizing the hard drive after a restart only. No hardware or configuration changes were made to the computer before this problem began. Also an issue that may or may not be related is the fact that more recently startup on this computer has been taking a VERY long time (as in more than 5 minutes). I have tried removing unnecessary programs from them startup tab in msconfig (this was done after the hard drive failure issue, so couldn't be a cause of that) with no change. Interestingly, during the very slow startup, the CPU usage is very low (1-5%). I run Norton Internet Security on this computer and regularly run liveupdate and do full system scans, nothing but the occasional tracking cookie has come up. Any advice would be ap... Read more

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Hello I have an external hard drive from my old computer that the screen broke so I ordered a SATA adapter and it installed the hardware,shows up in my devices but nowhere else..I went to the disk management and it only shows the hard drive on the laptop I'm connecting it to.Everything says it's working properly but I can't get it to show up anywhere else to open and get the data off the external hard drive.Any help would be greatly appreciated!Thank you! (Here are some screenshots I took if it will help anyone determine the problem)

A:External SATA hard drive Disk not ready, won't initalize.

1.Check the HDD cables,if they're well connected to the device.
2.Test this HDD on another computer

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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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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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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.

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hello everybody=)
im a 22 year old comp.sci student working towards an asc., and in the meantime im doing on-site pc repairs. this one clients pc is giving me such a headache i felt the need to reach out for some feedback.

orginal issue was the threads subject, SATA Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 Failure. f1 to retry f2 to reboot, upon pressing f1 you received "no boot disk found" or something to that effect.
a friend let me borrow a geek-squad MRI bootable CD which i used and uncovered and cleaned numerous malware spyware and viruses. all drive fitness tests passed.

once in a while the same SATA message appears , but upon shutting down and booting back up, they can get to their desktop and operate normally. but only about 6 out of every 10 times they reboot will they be able to operate normally.

thats issue one which im convinced is tied into issue 2.

issue 2 is the following- no internet connection.(just on the desktop)
client uses a timewarner broadband modem connected to a wireless D-Link router. (ill get model specs later today) so heres what i did.
opened device manager (which was empty, i had to enable plug and play w/ services.msc)
saw a conflicting WAN miniport (ATW) drive
uninstalled said conflicting driver
attempted to ping , it started pinging but i would only recieve "destination host unreachable",so im not sure if that was successful or not.
opened network connections, which was empty as well.
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A:Solved: SATA primary hard disk drive 0 failure, need feedback asap!

Sounds to me the two are related: Dying motherboard. I had a mobo that started dying with the same issues - NIC went out, then the EIDE went dead, then SATA, and finally, the thing just gave up the ghost.

For the time being, I would remove AOHell and see if you can get a network connection, as it usually digs its hooks into a system so much that nothing works as it normally would by itself, requiring the AOL software to be in top shape to work. When you completely remove the AOL software, reinstall it again straight from a disc, this should fix any problems the software may have caused. Once that's done, try the network again. If still no go, completely remove it again, and try to get network without AOL at all. Repairing Windows may be a good thing to do at this point. If still no go, then go find an add-on NIC card and try it again. If you DO get network with an add-on, then we know the onboard NIC is dead. Note the statement above.

Always keep spare NICs, SATA and IDE add-on cards, and a couple different video cards whenever you are on a customer site, so you can swap out and test things.

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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.

A:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.

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So this really irritates me because I just spent hundreds of dollars sending my laptop to HP last year because the hard drive completely failed. I have a 1TB hybrid hard drive and 22Gb solid state used for caching.  When I booted up my computer Intel Rapid Storage Technology said there was an issue.  When I opened it, it says that the status of: SATA disk (932 GB)(System) Accelerated, is Failed.  My SATA_Array_0001 22GB is fine though.  So I ran a System Quick Test,everything passed except Hard Drive Short DST Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: Q4MP7Q-6RA82U-MFGJWK-60W303 This is weird because other than the computer telling me there is something wrong every time I restart it, It seems to run just fine.  Im just worried because I don't want it to randomly die on me one day.  

A:SATA disk failed and Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed

Hi there @nmulji,  Thank you for joining in on the HP Support Forums and Welcome! This is a great place to ask questions, find solutions and get help from others in the community! I read your post on the HP Support Forums and understand that the Hard Drive in your HP ENVY TouchSmart 15t-j100 Select Edition CTO Notebook PC failed the Short DST Check.  SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System) uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to tell you when a hard drive failure is imminent. Have you tried to Restore the BIOS? If not, please try this step first. Then, just to be on the safe side, back up your data that way it does not get lost. However, there might be certain conditions that cause a hard drive failure message to display when a problem does not exist (a false positive). To fix false positive hard drive errors, please try updating the hard drive firmware. You can check whether an update is available by going to the  Get software and drivers page. You will need to put in your Model Number and then click the links that pertain to the computer configuration and see if a hard drive update is available.  You could also try to do a  Disk Defragment to consolidate files and move them to another section of the drive where errors are less likely to occur. Did this reply resolve your issue or answer your question? If... Read more

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

A:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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I managed to get hold of part 01HY319 for my trusty T460 and all works fine. It looks like this and converts from an NVME M.2 drive (M-key) to SATA Express connection on the motherboard.  SATA Express is only x2 PCI lines (rather than the 4 you get with "full" NVME support) so I was interested in performance. Performance before with a 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD SATA drive was like this  Performance afterwards with the 01HY319 part and a 1TB Samsung 960 Evo NVME drive was like this  Hope this helps anyone considering the upgrade.

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I have two separate instances of Win8 running on two separate IDE hard drives (both Win8's restored from same exact backup image).

The one on the hard drive comected to the SATA port (via an adaptor) runs fine, but the one on the IDE connection (motherboard's only one), does not respond properly when a manual shutdown is initiated. Instead of shutting down the PC, it goes into sleep mode. This does not happen if an application (my backup software, for instance) is set to perform a shutdown after completing it's job. Only affecting manual shutdowns, but all of them.

So I am wondering if Win8 is lacking an IDE driver of some kind, and if there is a way to deternine this.

Seems strange to me that while both hard drives are IDE "underneath the hood", that the one connected throgh an adaptor is more easily being recognized by Win8, and curious if there is an easy fix.

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I have a Lenovo G50-45. I want to upgrade my hard drive to a solid state drive. Here are the current specs on the laptop:AMD - A6 6310 w AMD Radeon R4 Graphics - 1.8  GHzRAM - 8 gb Can it be done and if so what recommended solid state drive would you use? Thank you in advance. 

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Hi guys,

Have a bare bones system (soltek) and bought a number of bits (cpu, memory etc.) for it; the hard drive is a SATA type, but the connection on the mother board is IDE, is there any way I can connect the hard drive to the mother board? Hopefully I can just get a cable from the mother board (ide connection) to my SATA hard drive, is this possible or do you need to get an IDE hard drive?

Any ideas???

A:sata hard disk

The short answer NO. the long answer is you need a SATA controller to use that hard drive.

Adaptec and a few others make them:


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I'm need a little help setting up my hard disks. I have a Maxtor 320g SATAII hard disk as my main disk running vista on a ASUS AM2 mobo and I'd like to add my two IDE hard disk, 1 a 160g Seagate and a 120g Maxtor. I've also got a DVD writer set as secondary master.

I want to add the two other hard disks but when I connect them its only finding one.

I've got the 160g set as a slave which it finds both in the bios and through my computer but it doesn't find the 120g one which is set as master.

Is that the right way to do it or is there something else I need to do?


A:SATA IDE Hard disk

go to start> run and type in diskmgmt.msc

See if you can see your two other drives there. You may need to go and format them to make it visible on "My computer"

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I Have SATA hard disk, when I checked the BIOS setup I found it had the "IDE sixth Master". Is there any way to make it "IDE Primary Master" or it never be "Primary Master".


A:Sata Hard disk IDE

while your in the bios looking at the sata ide settings, can you just hit enter on the sixth master option, and then select primary master?? thats just off the fly...

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can i upgrade the 256gb m2 sata ssd for a m2 pcle drive which are much faster thanks in advance

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Could someone please describe the proper procedure to migrate data from my old SATA drive (Fujitsu MHV2080BH) to a new SATA drive (Western Digital WD3200BEKT). Dell assures me the HDD is compatible with my Inspiron E1505. However, when I tired cloning the drive using Acronis I discovered the HPA issue related to MediaDirect on this laptop. After MUCH angst, I now have a new from the company WD hard drive and I don't want to screw this up! Please advise either

1) How to properly delete MediaDirect and kill off the HPA problem in the first place so that the drive can be cloned. This would be my preferred option since I don't even want to use MediaDirect anyway.
2) How to properly build the new hard drive using the original installation discs that came with the computer. This is not a bad option since a fresh install would have some benefits.
3) Some other strategy for doing this which will help me get the laptop up and running with the new HDD.

Thanks! Any help is appreciated.

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Hi, i'm new to this site but very familiar with technology, i built this machine myself.
im currently running off my old HD but i want to reinstall windows onto my new SATA hardrive (160GB) this one is an IDE. The BIOS and Nvidia Raid config recognize the drive but the windows installation does not. I was reading this thread on this site that i foudn from google


because he has the same MB as myself but different hard drives. I am currently in the process of trying what he did but i do not have a floppy drive. I only have a 1 CD drive and a 16GB floppy drive. i'm going to try these routes first for the configuartion software but if not im going to see if i can find one laying around.

IF i cant find one and the CD/flash drive don't work is there another way to try the methods described in the previous web link?

*Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar

A:Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Most newerBIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )

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Hi guys,
My old A215-S4747 has a Toshiba SATA drive (200 GB, model name: MK2035GSS) in it. However when i look at device manager, the drive appears to be configured over IDE bus, rather than SATA bus. I know, old motherboards were providing such option in order to eliminate compatibility issues with older OSes like XP, however this machine has Vista (SP2) by factory default.

I wanted to upgrade the drive (it's really aged) with a new faster SATA drive, but i couldn't find any option to configure it as SATA (not IDE) under BIOS!

I'm attaching screenshots here, and really disappointed about it. If i bus brand-new SATA drive, will it be forced to run over IDE channel (UDMA 5 max) which is really slower than SATA.

It seems Toshiba left no such option in BIOS and configured drives automatically as IDE eventhough they're actually SATA-provided.

Screenshots here:






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Dear friends,

recently, I have some problems with a new hard disk I bought (SATA). I thought that my mobo had a sata controller but it did not. So, I bought a new PCI card and I connected my hard disk to it. Everything was fine but after a week some errors appeared and when my PC started it showed that it could not recognize the hard disk.
Then I thought it might be the controller and I replaced it with another one (different brand). Again things were fine for 2-3 weeks when sometime - again - during startup, my PC could not recognize the hard disk (showing the same errors).
The status now is that sometimes it recognizes the hard disk and sometimes not. This is very annoying !
Do you have any ideas what might be wrong ? Is it possible the second PCI SATA controller card being defective ?
Thanks in advance for your comments.

A:SATA hard disk controller

Perhaps its your IDE Cable, Check to see that its plugged in securely, (That the cables are out of the way, and not getting hot or stuff).

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My desktop at home cannot be used anymore.

When I open the computer, the motherboard boots alright but then it displays this message
If I press F1, it displays the option of starting windows in Safe mode or normally. But either one you choose would make the computer go back to starting the computer again.


A:SATA 1 Hard Disk Status Bad

looks like your harddrive is bad............ replace harddrive and you will have to reinstall windows

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Well, My SATA connection keeps getting unplugged from the hard disk side, and thus it keeps disconnecting while i am working on the computer, I sort of Surrounded the Plug with a rubber band so that it would stick, Well Since this is temporary Anyone Knows a better Connection or an extension that could help?

A:Hard Disk (SATA) connection

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I have a new PC with an Intel Dual Core processor an ASUS motherboard and with 3 nVidia hard disks (2 of which I want as RAID drives). I am trying to install Windows on it but whenever it tries to install, it says it cannot find any hard disks yet in the DEL setup thing it says that they are connected and everything.

I have tried doing the put some HD drivers on a floppy and then pressing F6 and all that but it still can't find them.

Any help please...? Thanks.

A:SATA Hard disk problems!

Well, you are on the right track as you'll need a floppy for the F6 option for the initial install to recognize and configure your SATA controller and thus see your drives.

What we really need is the precise model number of your motherboard. Do you have a receipt or can you see it silk-screened on the motherboard itself? ASUS motherboards usually have the model-number in big, white lettering near the expansion slots or by the CPU socket.

From here, we can better instruct you on how to make a properly functioning F6 driver floppy for your SATA controller.

Alternatively, most ASUS motherboards also ship with a cd. You can try booting off that cd to see if it present a menu for making a boot floppy image.

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I've had some problems installing a new SATA HDD to my computer.
Actually i've 2 Maxtor 80 GB ATA133 on the primary ATA channel, and CD-ROM / DVD on the secondary ATA channel.
My motherboard is quite old, and doesn't have a built-in SATA controller. I've bought a PCI SATA controller with Silicon Image 3112 chipset, and a Maxtor 200 GB SATA HDD (6B200M0).
I've installed the controller and the HDD, but the system freezes just after displaying the SATA controller information ("press ctrl+s to enter RAID setup utility"). After that, i see black screen with 4 characters on the top left corner, ant the HDD led always on.
The only way to let it work properly is to unmount one of the two ATA HDD (the only one I can remove, because the other one is the boot HDD). If I do that, everything goes well, and winXP recognizes the controller and the HDD (189 GB).
What should I do to let it work with all the three HDD?
All answers will be appreciated! Thanks!!

My computer:
Intel P4 2.4 GHz
Motherboard Asus P4PE rev 1.03 (bios 1007 - the last one)
Video: Matrox Parhelia 128 MB AGP
HDD: 2 x Maxtor 80 GB ATA133 (6Y080L0) on the primary ATA channel
DVD+-RW Pioneer (master on the secondary ATA channel)
DVD Asus (slave on the secondary ATA channel)
SATA PCI Controller Sunix SATA2000 with Silicon Image 3112 chipset
Win XP Pro SP2

A:SATA Hard Disk problem

SATA and IDE combinations often don't work very well. I had it and had to choose one or the other with my MSI Motherboard. SATA usually wants to default as the primary drive, and you can get conflicts within Windows. I suggest either SATA or IDE only.

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I have a seagate baracuda 500 gb hard drive and it is giving me a headache installing in on my pc. Short story I have a pc with asus p5q motherboard, 2 gb ram ddr 3, and an ide hdd of 100 gb. I previously had the 500 gb sata installed but I had it taken uout of the pc for a while. Connecting the hard disk will result in one out of several fails : 1. I tried installing win 7 with both hdd connected. At the install screen i am only able to see the ide disk. I can see the sata hdd in bios, with both configurations for sata ( as ide or as ahci). 2. I tried connecting both of them and explore the drive after loading windows. The issue here is that the sata hdd was divided into 3 partitions (100 and 350) and my win only sees the 100gb partition. Needless to say I cannot open it or format it (tried with win format and several format tools). 3. Tries with xp install. I can see the 2 partitions in the setup but i am unable to delete or install.
Forgot to mention that I dont have a dvd wr and am using usb windows installers only. Also I tried using the ASUS EZ flash 2 from bios and it allows me to see the old folders on the hdd. Sata cable is new. I have 6 sata ports and I tried all of them.
What else can I do to fix this, and use the sata drive(either with the ide or alone)
Thank you in advance

A:cannot install sata hard disk

When installing any Windows OS, ONLY connect the HDD which will have the OS. Numerous issues can arise with other drives installed, most of them bad. Also, depending on the motherboard, install will only work on the SATA drive with the IDE drive disconnected.

If Windows can't alter the HDD, you can try use the drive manufacturers disk tools.

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I currently run several WD20EARX and WD20EARS drives (Sata 3 and Sata 2 respectively). Sadly the sata 3 drives perform worse than the sata 2 drives.

I'm looking to replace 4 of my drives. I like the reviews and performance of the Seagate ST2000DM001 drives, however, they are a little greedy with power consumption and only have a 1 year warranty.

Does anyone know of a good 2TB drive that is low power, has ratings equal to or better than the ST2000DM001, but with a minimum of 3 years warranty.

These drives are going to get quite a bit of use. Mostly used for media storage (such as movie backups and TV recordings).

I'd like to keep the price to AUD $600 if I could, but can go a litle higher if I must

I'd be willing to run 3x 3TB drives in place of 4x 2TB drives, as long as my Z68X-UD3R BIOS will support it. I would still boot from one of the 2TB SATA II drives.

Any advice is greatly appreciated

Edit: NCQ support would be preferable.

A:Hard disk recommendations (2TB) SATA III

WD RE4-GP, WD AV-GP, and WD Caviar Green are the 3 WD energy saving flavors with the RE being the enterprise series. The AV-GPs use IntelliPower for IntelliPark and IntelliSeek.

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I received an ide/sata error, everything is gone on my hard drive. how do I fix this? i'm running vista and have mcafee

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I thing I have a problem with my sata drive.

Windows 7 is working ok, and is booting up from the sata drive. The speed is only around 50 MB/s. Should it be more than this ?
HDD Details:

Interface SATA-II
Capacity 160 GB
Buffer 8 MB
Speed 7200 RPM

MB settings it's on SATA/AHCI because I also have a ata HDD 80 GB.

And why do I have the safe remove device in the bottom right corner ?

Can someone please explain ?

Kind regards.

A:Hard Disk Sata problem

It isn't a powered external USB drive?

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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'm wanting to upgrade to a better mainboard. I don't know much about SATA, but I've been using a SATA I hard drive very successfully through a pci controller card.

My question: If I get a new motherboard with SATA II headers, will it readily accept my SATA I hard drive? I can see how the reverse might not work, that is, not being able to connect a SATA II hard drive in a SATA I header, but maybe I'm wrong on that...?

A:Will SATA II mobo headers accept SATA I drive?

Yes, sata 3gb/s ports(commonly called sata II), are designed to be backward compatible. I'm using a sata I hd on my sata 3gb/s port on my chaintech vnf4/ultra, so yeah, it works.

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Hi guys,
My old A215-S4747 has a Toshiba SATA drive (200 GB, model name: MK2035GSS) in it. However when i look at device manager, the drive appears to be configured over IDE bus, rather than SATA bus. I know, old motherboards were providing such option in order to eliminate compatibility issues with older OSes like XP, however this machine has Vista (SP2) by factory default.

I wanted to upgrade the drive (it's really aged) with a new faster SATA drive, but i couldn't find any option to configure it as SATA (not IDE) under BIOS!

I'm attaching screenshots here, and really disappointed about it. If i bus brand-new SATA drive, will it be forced to run over IDE channel (UDMA 5 max) which is really slower than SATA.

It seems Toshiba left no such option in BIOS and configured drives automatically as IDE eventhough they're actually SATA-provided.

Screenshots here:






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