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ThinkCentre (E53): need to install as secondary hard disk drive

Q: ThinkCentre (E53): need to install as secondary hard disk drive

Hi all, I am in need of installing a second disk drive for my ThinkCentre E53 10AS. I read the manual, which has instructions on replacing the disk drive - it does mention that in order to install a second disk drive, to follow these same instructions! Of course, it would not be an identical process. For example, there are 3 SATA plugs on the mother board, SATA1, SATA2 (both red), and SATA3 (yellow). SATA1 is plugged into the HDD.

There is a box connected to the power button, that has two buttons on the back. SATA power and SATA data. The SATA power is connected to the HDD and the motherboard via a 4-wire cable. The SATA data is connected to the HDD via a ribbon SATA cable.

So, if I want to install a second HDD, do I use a SATA plug to connect it to the yellow SATA 3 plug?

Does the fact that the plug is yellow mean anything?

And finally, I have looked everywhere, but cannot figure out what the max HDD capacity would be for a secondary drive? I bought a WD Red 3TB. Hopeful it works?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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A: ThinkCentre (E53): need to install as secondary hard disk drive

According to the hardware maintenance manual for the E73, the two motherboard SATA connectors (which you say are red) are SATA3 which supports 6GB/s. The third one (which you say is yellow) is SATA2 which supports 3GB/s.

Sinc you've bought a SATA3 drive, you should use the second red SATA3 connector to get maximum performance out of it. Be sure you use a SATA3 data cable and not a SATA2 data cable, as that's part of the requirement to get SATA3 performance.

As far as drive capacity goes, there's no hardware limit pertaining to your E73. However there IS a consideration depending on the fact that your drive is larger than 2TB. In order for a new drive to be usable, it must be "partitioned" and "formatted with a file system". And in order to use a drive larger than 2TB the partitioning technique must be GPT, and not MBR.

You can partition the new drive to have one or more partitions, but if you mistakenly use MBR as the partitioning technique only 2TB of the drive will be visible and usable for partitions. And there will be a maximum of four "primary" partitions (or a maximum of three "primary" partitions and any number of "logical" partitions). The extra 1TB of your new 3TB drive will be invisible and unusable. And the largest MBR partition is also limited to 2TB.

In contrast, if you partition the drive using GPT (which is the modern partitioning method that is recommended), this method supports drives of ANY size, including both 2TB and smaller as well as larger than 2TB. Furthermore, there is no limit on the number of partitions you can allocate on the drive, and the notion of "primary" vs. "logical" partition disappears. There is no such thing with GPT, as all partitions are simply "GPT data" partitions. And there is also no limit to the size of a GPT partition, so that it can be larger than 2TB (e.g. you could have your new 3TB drive be one large 3TB GPT partition if you wanted, or you could subdivide it into two or more GPT partitions of any size you wanted).

Your best bet is to use a free product named Minitool Partition Wizard to handle ALL of your partitioning needs, including working with a brand new drive or resizing/moving/deleting partitions on your existing drives. It is simply the easiest to use and most function-rich AND BEST product there is for this job. Partition Wizard supports all types of drives (i.e. HDD spinners as well as SSDs, and both MBR and GPT partitioning methods.

The final new drive consideration pertains to what file system you use for a partition(s), i.e. FAT32 or NTFS. Unless you are formatting an external USB key drive that you want to use in some non-Windows environment in which case FAT32 is probably what you want to use, there's really no other reason to use FAT32 and especially not on an internal HDD spinner. You should simply always use NTFS. Partition Wizard can create your partitions either using MBR or GPT (the drive is partitioned one way or the other such that all partitions on the drive are the same), and for each partition it can format them as either FAT32 or NTFS.

You should thus connect your new drive using a SATA3 data cable to the second red SATA3 motherboard connector. Then you will be able to use Partition Wizard to create one or more GPT partitions on it formatted as NTFS, and you will be able to use all 3TB of it.

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Hi all, I am in need of installing a second disk drive for my ThinkCentre E53 10AS. I read the manual, which has instructions on replacing the disk drive - it does mention that in order to install a second disk drive, to follow these same instructions! Of course, it would not be an identical process. For example, there are 3 SATA plugs on the mother board, SATA1, SATA2 (both red), and SATA3 (yellow). SATA1 is plugged into the HDD. There is a box connected to the power button, that has two buttons on the back. SATA power and SATA data. The SATA power is connected to the HDD and the motherboard via a 4-wire cable. The SATA data is connected to the HDD via a ribbon SATA cable.  So, if I want to install a second HDD, do I use a SATA plug to connect it to the yellow SATA 3 plug?  Does the fact that the plug is yellow mean anything? And finally, I have looked everywhere, but cannot figure out what the max HDD capacity would be for a secondary drive? I bought a WD Red 3TB. Hopeful it works? Any advice is greatly appreciated! 

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Having a hard time finding a part number for the secondary hard drive cage.  This would be the cage that is L-shaped and attaches to the base of the tower.  For now I was able to put the 2nd hard drive in the card reader bay, but would prefer to mount as designed as I'm concerned with the heat associated with one hard drive mounted directly about the other.thanksjoe

A:Secondary hard drive cage for Thinkcentre M91p 4524

Since no one ever answered this, and I have one in front of me...The sticker says the part number is 43N9680The stampings in the metal say 1B03AFY00 REV B and 2G266-01 REV B

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500 GB secondary Hard disk (D Drive) : 4 in 1 Acer One 10 touch screen Laptop. The 500 GB secondary hard disk and all data on it is detected correctly at the start of laptop. But any opened application or file which is saved on this Hard Disk keeps on closing frequently often unsaved. These need to be opened again and again. It appears as if the secondary Hard Drive goes into sort of sleep mode. The Key board keeps functioning correctly. What could be the recovery from it? No such problem occurs with primary 32 GB hard disk.

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500 GB secondary Hard disk (D Drive) : 4 in 1 Acer One 10 touch screen Laptop. The 500 GB secondary hard disk and all data on it is detected correctly at the start of laptop. But any opened application or file which is saved on this Hard Disk keeps on closing frequently often unsaved. These need to be opened again and again. It appears as if the secondary Hard Drive goes into sort of sleep mode. The Key board keeps functioning correctly. What could be the recovery from it? No such problem occurs with primary 32 GB hard disk.

A:500 GB secondary Hard disk (D Drive) : 4 in 1 Acer...

Is it a USB external hard drive? What model? What program are you using to open, close, save files? Jack E/NJ

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hi guys this happened to me a few months back.
this morning i tried everything...nothing works,and i i remember there is a person from dell here at the forum....well this is what happen.
--everytime i reboot i get
;"secondary hard disk drive 0 not found"
;"secondary hard disk drive 1 not found"
if i press F1 it works normally,also i can see the drives listed at my computer labeled correctly,if i turn off pc ,and then, turn on pc everything is ok.,,but at every reboot i have this black screen booting problm.
myp is a dell dimension 8200,xp pro/sp3 768 rdram.
-in device manager everything looks correct..


A:Secondary hard disk drive 0,1 not not found at boot up

ok i swapped ide cables with hard drives..it does reboot properly
it is read in bios.
only problem is that cd/dvd player doesn't "play"..is recognize in device manager..but plays nothing.
-dvd burner,plays record no prolem.

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As my computer has become increasingly unstable I intend to use the manufacturer's restore discs and start again from scratch. I have a secondary hard disk installed which is used exclusively for data storage. I do not wish to lose this data (most of it is backed up on CD/DVD but it would be a real hassle to reload and reorganise it all).

When I reinstall Windows will it ignore the secondary drive and just reformat to the C: drive?

Being of a nervous disposition I thought of disconnecting the secondary drive before the reinstall and reconnecting after I had got the main drive sorted. What will happen on reconnecting the secondary drive? Will all data still be intact and accessible?

A:Disconnecting and reconnecting secondary hard disk drive

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I seem to be having problems with the consistent connectivity of my hard drive that I have recovered from my laptop (320 GB Hitachi HTS545032B9A300 ATA Device). I am using a desktop currently. I have completely formatted it and occasionally check it for bad sectors yet the problem persists that usually when I download file onto the drive or use of items on the drive, the process would freeze up and the drive would disconnect.

My primary disk drive is run on a solid state drive (MKNSSDCR90GB ATA Device) and works normally.

I do not think it may be a connectivity issue as I have made sure the power connector and the data connector are firmly snug in the laptop hard drive.

I'm not entirely sure on how to recreate the issue as it happens uncontrollably when I'm either using some files or downloading some files onto the drive.

Thank you for taking the time to read into this issue of mine. I can provide more information if necessary.

A:Solved: Secondary Hard Disk Drive occasionally disconnects.

Sounds like a faulty drive. You can test it with the disk utilities available from the drive manufacturer. Run the short and long test. If either test has errors or fails, the drive is faulty. But based on your description, the drive is faulty. Time for a replacement.

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I have a dell inspirion 9100 and I just recently installed a new dvd-ram drive because the old dvd-rw died...
I have a pioneer dvr-k16 and when I boot up it stalls for like 30 seconds now and then flashes "secondary hard disk drive 0 not found". Windows starts up like normal and my drive works, although I've only watched movies so far and haven't tried burning anything. How do I get the error message to go away? I've tried going into setup and that doesn't seem to help anything because I don't know what to do in there. I keep reading on other threads that you have to change the slave to cs or something like that but I have no clue as to how to do any of that or if that would even alleviate my situation. Maybe just a dirty computer? I do have two cats and I have fur balls floating all over the place that I can't seem to get rid of...that's a whole seperate issue of course. HELP?

A:secondary hard disk drive 0 not found on a dell laptop what do I do?

The bios in your laptop was set up to use your old drive, the specs on your new drive will be different.

First off, have a look at the drive you took out to see if it was set to master, slave, or cable select. To do this, have a look at the back end of the drive near the connector for the jumper setting, then make sure your new drive is set the same.

Then you need to go into the bios and look for any options to scan for hard drives (this will scan for optical drives too). You need to make sure its set to your new drive and not your old one.

If you don't know how to do any of this the your manual will help, if you don't have it you can probably download one from dell.

If you still have problems then let me know and i will do my best to help further.

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My brother's hard drive got corrupted.

I was able to hook the drive up to my computer as a secondary drive, get all of the important information off, and reformat the drive. Now, I would like to install his OS (Windows XP) on the hard drive.

Unfortunately, I cannot find an easy way to do this. The XP cd just looks at my primary drive, determines that I've already got a "newer" version of Windows installed (updates, etc.), and doesn't let me go any further. It doesn't give me an option to do an install to my secondary, empty hard drive.

What can/should I do?

A:Want to install Windows XP on my secondary hard drive...

I would make the secondary drive the primary drive. If it is formated you should be able to boot from the Xp install CD and go from there.

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Hello, I hope someone can help me with an issue I've just come across.

I bought an LG BH14 Blu Ray DVD drive to replace my old LG drive. I unplugged my pc, pulled out the old unit, disconnected the two wires, connected them to my new unit, and popped it back in. Too easy, right?

After startup, I went to install the software that came with the new blu ray drive, and noticed that my secondary hard drive was missing from 'My Computer'
I have a WD drive as 'C', and a Seagate that is partitioned into E,F,G, etc.... all that was showing and accessible was the 'C' drive.
I checked Disk Management, and only 'C' and the blu ray drive are there.

I tried System Restore to no avail.... nowhere on my pc can I find, access, or even prove that my other drive even exists, even after reboot.

So, again I unplugged and popped off the cover to see if any other wires came loose, but everything is as it should be.

I've scanned the forums and seen similar problems, but not the same. This is an existing drive that has worked well for over a year, not a new install.....

I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree, so any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.

oh, I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit...... whatever that means

A:Secondary hard drive disappeared after install of Blu Ray DVD drive


I would double-check both the power and SATA cable connectors between this 2nd disk and the motherboard. Then, when booting, enter the BIOS screen and see if this 2nd drive is listed in the BIOS.


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I have a flex 3 MO R9N0B5C15004, and I read the only manul document I could find for it, which did not say anything about the hard drive or the possiblity of installing a secondary internal drive. My question is if I can install a secondary internal hard drive for my laptop please, and where can I find user manuals which are more relevant to my laptop please. I have registered my device. 

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I have Lenovo ThinkCentre M58p running on windows 10, I want to connect second hard drive, but the disk does not connect, why? The second drive is SEAGATE HDD SATA 1TB 7200RPM 6GB / S / 64MB ST1000DM003. Can I also connect a sata3 disk WESTERN DIGITAL HDD SATA 4TB 7200RPM 6GB / S / 256MB BLACK WD4005FZBX WDC?

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Hello to everyboy,
I have a PC -Thinkcentre M83 -  10AH S35 S00 - SN: xxxxxxxx - Windows 7, Disk C:  type: SEAGATE -  ST500LM021 - 1KJ152 - 500 GB, actually there are 100 GB of space occupied (Programmx86=4,39 Programms= 1 - Programm data= 1,26 - Windows= 54 - Sw tools=3,73 - Users= 36) but the disk indicates to be full.  (as enclosed image).  I have searched for hidden files and I have both used defrag and scandisk in repair mode.
If somebody has had the same problem please post solution or advices. Thank you very much.
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A:ThinkCentre M83 - DISK FULL; HDD, drive C: (Disk Cleanup, CCleaner)

You may have a ton of old Windows update files.  If you've never done it, run Disk Cleanup' as an Administrator (right click the Cleanup app, select 'run as administrator', then select to delete everything except for update log files.  Run it multiple times until it finds no more, it may take hours. 
After that, download and run the free version of CCleaner. 

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Hi! I want to install a secondary hard disk in a HP Z2 computer. Need to know what I need to order and how I can install it. I need storage space, 1TB or more. If it's a fast drive, it's even better. Thanks for any help!

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I have an Asus UL80Vt notebook. Asus does not believe in supplying a disk with a full installable version of Windows 7 with the computer- I got two disks with my system- "Windows 7 Recovery Media for Windows 7 Product" and a disk with Asus drivers and utilities.

Immediately upon starting the computer I was advised to create system restore disks, and 3 hours later I had 4 DVD-Rs with a complete rebuild on them. Also the factory hard drive has a hidden restore partition with about 9 GB of space.

I just purchased an OCZ SSD, and I want to remove and replace my factory Maxtor. From what I understand about SSDs it is not a good idea to clone a standard disk drive on to them, you should do a clean, fresh install of the OS.

Riddle me this- with what I have is that possible? Can I ask Microsoft to supply me with an install disk? Should I ask Asus? Am I supposed to get one with a system purchased from an authorized vendor (I do have the hologram sticker on the bottom of my laptop)?

I had one guy tell me to buy a copy, Newegg has OEM licenses for $105. WTF? I don't think so, I paid for the damn license already, not just a plastic box full of electronics.

What do I do now?


A:New hard drive, no install disk

I can't speak to the SSD aspect, but Windows has a backup and restore utility. If you create a system image to an external drive, or another internal drive, you might try restoring it to the SSD drive.

I have replaced a normal SATA drive and used the image restore to get my system where it was prior to the drive change. I do not have an SSD drive, but I think if I did have one, I would make sure I was keeping an image backup.

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i have connected 4 HD and one of HD is corrupted i guess

it is recognized only few seconds after the reboot after that it disappears!!!

now i got 160gb of data on that, if i try to transfer the data it keeps on saying calculating but i cant transfer any data from it...

can someone help me in retrevieng data from that hard disk!!!


A:one of secondary Hard disk corrupted

Quote: Originally Posted by raj1402

i have connected 4 HD and one of HD is corrupted i guess

it is recognized only few seconds after the reboot after that it disappears!!!

now i got 160gb of data on that, if i try to transfer the data it keeps on saying calculating but i cant transfer any data from it...

can someone help me in retrevieng data from that hard disk!!!


First thing I would do is to go to seagate and download their diagnostic tool to check the hard drive.


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I'm running XP Professional. when I start my computer I get this black screeen that says
"Secondary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found"
"strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"
I just hit F1, but I really should find out whats wrong and how to fix it. can any one help?
I hit F2 once, but quickly left cuz I thought i might screw something up
I appreciate your help, thanx in advance


A:Secondary Hard Disk Error

IMO, first step is check all connections to the drive...they can become loosened.If the drive is not one recently added to the system, it's likely the connections are loose...or one of the cables is bad...or the drive is going bad.The reason that you are given the option of going into the BIOS/Setup...is to check that the drive is properly detected in the BIOS. Some BIOSes do auto-detection of existing drives, some offer manual-detection alternatives. In any case, the Setup option provides an opportunity to check the drive's status in the BIOS/CMOS settings.Howstuffworks How BIOS Works - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios.htm/printable Louis

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ok damn computer wouldn't boot kept coming up with primary hard disk error press f1 to continue. replaced drive and got computer up and running but i really need the data off of the other disk. I installed in in the slave bay and when I boot up I get the secondary hard disk error and the computer does not recognize the disk at all. in the bios is says disk 2 0mb. these are sata hard drives. how can i access the drive and recover my data

A:secondary hard disk error

Is the 2d SATA port enabled in the BIOS?
Can you see this disk in Device Manager?
Specs of disks and computer including OS?

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i have a lenovo desktop pc
machine type:9851
model number: 7VG
i tried putting in a hard disk from my old pc to the lenovo and the old hard disk had windows xp in it.
when i switch on the system it asked me to select operating system both the primary & secondary hard disk have windows xp in them.
so im guessing the top option is the primary windows xp &
the second option is the windows xp of my old pc.
now the problem is that when i select the 2nd windows xp option it gives me a hal.dll error and it tells me to reinstall.

can anyone help me with this pls? i want to use the windows xp of my old hard disk and not the one that came with the lenovo pc.


A:hal.dll windows xp secondary hard disk

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Hello I bought a P50 with an 256 GB M.2 NVMe drive into slot 0. I would like to know if it is possible to add-mix a second hard drive like M.2 SATA in slot 1.The fact is that HDD type in slot 0 (=NVMe HDD) will be different to HDD type in slot 1 (= M2 Sata HDD). I know that i will need a M2 Sata tray (Part number: 4XB0L78233). Thanks in advance

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I reinstalled windows 7, 64 bit recently but post intallation, the secondary hard drive didn't show up out of my two hard disks. In disk management it showed DYNAMIC HARD DISK with an arrow sign.
I then followed a few forums and used hexeditor and changed the 0C1 sector from 42 to 07. On rebooting the drive showed up but only one partition (I had 2 partitions on that HD), on double clicking it showed an error "DISK STRUCTURE IS CURROPTED AND UNREADABLE". In disk management the partition is now "RAW, HEALTY PRIMARY PARTITION"
Data in the HD is very important, how can i recover it.
Any help would be really great.

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Hi, I have a ThinkPad P50 with 500GB SSD in it. I would like to add a secondard HDD. What is the maximum capacity available that I can add? Do I need to buy any special bracket/frame? I am looking for a high performance drive. Is there any option to add a 4TB, 7200 rpm 2.5" drive to this machine? Thanks. 

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How can I get access to the data on my backup drive (secondary drive) since the primary drive is bad (can't start Windows)?

I thought "Windows-to-Go" https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../hh831833.aspx would work and I would boot up on the Windows USB stick then access my backup drive, but the TechNet description says that when you connect a Windows-2-Go disk the on-line drives go off-line. I'm in the process of making one now but it doesn't sound like it will work for my purposes.

I am waiting for a new primary drive, then I will reinstall Windows, but until that arrives I would like to get to my backup disk so I can transfer my "Quicken" files to my laptop. Is there a way to access this disk? I don't have any encryption or secure boot on this system.


A:Need to access secondary hard disk as the primary is bad

I just found this tutorial on how to "unhide" drives (or get the drives on-line) when running Windows-2-Go, so maybe this will work to access my backup drive! I'll post back with the results.
Windows To Go - Unhide Drives from Host Computer

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When i connect a sata hard disk which is loaded with windows 7 as a secondary to another windows 7 system to take the data backup it is not showing the drives but i can see it in the device management in windows 7.

Could anyone please help me.

Awaiting for your reply.

A:windows 7 secondary hard disk not getting detected

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I need to install extra hard disks into ThinkCenter M800 desktop. There is one drive bay at the bottom and I think there are two drive bays at the top. The one at thebottom is same as the one drive bay that is having the drive that came with the system. But the two top drive bays are kind of much wider. What do I need to install harddisks into these drive bays? Do I need some special part to install harddisks into the drive bays? Any help is much appreciated.

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I am very much at the end of my rope. Not only does Windows not load at all, but now when I try to repair or reinstall it, an error message comes up saying that I do not have a hard disk drive installed. I do not understand how this can be possible. I thought a computer had to have some kind of hard drive to run.

I have the system disk, but I can't repair it. What do I do about this "no hard disk drive installed" error?

A:Windows XP Pro Install Says I Don't Have a Hard Disk Drive Installed

First you might try opening up the computer. Make sure the white power cable is connected to the hard drive. Then one at a time, disconnect and reconnect both ends of the ribbon data cable. Have seen where this looks connected and even pushing it in doesn't always solve the problem.

When your computer first boots, but before you get any error message, can you get to your computer's CMOS to see what hard drive is detected. Is anything there and if so, is it correct. You need to get the computer to recognize a hard drive before it can boot from one.

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I am using a usb bootable drive to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have used hade USB copy of Windows for some time now so I know that it works.
My issue is at the moment is once the install starts and makes it to the screen that ask you which drive you would like to install windows on it cannot locate any drive.
I says something similar to no useable drive or something similar. (I do not have the screen in front of me) The list is empty. You have the options of opening a command prompt, advanced repair options, or load drivers. From what I see I need to
create a new drive but cannot figure out how or if I'm trying to do something I don't need to do.
Any help walking me threw this Please.

P.S.   The hard drive I am using was at one point used in a different computer and was wiped clean

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Hi, this problem suddenly struck on my desktop a couple days ago. The problem is my secondary HDD (WD Green 2TB) suddenly disconnects and a couple of minutes (let's say like 3mins?) it reconnects like there's nothing happened.

And so, I brought it where I buy that HDD because it has it's own warranty and now they are fixing it. After I brought it to the store where I buy that HDD, I bought new HDD (WD Green 3TB) and a new SATA cable, thinking that might SATA cable is problem and not my HDD.

Then I plugged my new HDD to desktop, and after a couple of minutes tweaking my new HDD it suddenly disconnects and reconnects itself. Damn. I don't know what's the problem here. I even clean install from OS to drivers and even I updated my BIOS and still now luck.

I also confirmed/re-seat all plugs and cable on my mobo and still having this problem. I also noticed that when I plug my external USB HDD 1TB Toshiba I keep hearing click sounds from it and my windows didn't do anything (but I keep hearing from windows the sound of usb plugged)

Is my Mobo dying? My PSU (coolermaster 750w) is still new, almost 1 yr from now. Anyway I hope someone help me here.

Desktop specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte: Z68X-UD3H-B3
Processor: i7-2600
Memory: 8GB
Graphic Card: AMD R9 270x 4GB
PSU: Coolermaster 750w
Primary SSD: Samsung 250gb
Secondary HDD: WD green 2TB (this one I thought it that was going to die) and WD green 3TB (just bought it days ago)

A:Secondary Hard disk problem, Randomly disconnects.

Hello, shuin and welcome to the forums. First the Toshiba drive. The clicking is a sign of a hard drive going out. As far as the other hard drive, the Green drives will go to sleep when not in use. They are designed to do that. So, are you sure that is not what is happening? You can also try connecting them to a different sata port and check if the same behavior exists. I would suggest you running the long and short tests with Seatools for DOS on all of those drives. SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use as well as check disk Disk Check

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I have just switched and upgraded to windows 7 from windows XP...the hard disk/drives C:/ D:/ and E:/ show up normally in My Computer but the hard disks and partitions drives F:/ G:/ and H:/ do not show up....only after the PC is re-started do they appear and they after leaving the PC idle for a while or overnight it again disappears from My Computer. Is this a Power Management setting? The Drives F,G and H are secondary hard disks in the SATA slot. My IT engineer from my office has tried changing the cable connecting these hard disks but that does not seem to solve the problem.

Pls advise and help.

A:Secondary Hard disk not being shown or detected in My computer

Sometimes if drives are set to sleep after a certain amount of time, they go off line and disappear. Used to happen with an old PATA drive I had and I thought it was broken, but it wasn't.

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

A:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.


A:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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Hello everyone,

The main issue is that I have an ISO file on a USB and I've been trying to boot Windows from it. I get to the screen where it asks me which hard drive I want to install the OSS. I bought a new hard drive and as such it appears as Disk 0: Unallocated Space. From there, I select it and hit "next" but it gives me the error message: "Setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition."

I tried partitioning it, and then I tried formatting and that didn't work. Also, even though it is a SATA Hard drive, it is set as IDE on the BIOS.

One part I should point out is that the SATA cable I'm using is for my old hard drive which was a SATA 3.0 gb/s. This one is 6.0 gb/s. I'm pretty sure that they are backwards compatible but just in case this could be an issue too I should let people know.

Also, would it help if I burned the ISO on an empty DVD disk instead? I heard sometimes the culprit is things on USB.

Thank you

EDIT: Should point out that this is an old motherboard, but because I took the old hard drive out, it is a clean install, meaning that I have no OS at all

A:Windows 7 cannot install on new hard drive. Stuck on disk partition

Work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

In BIOS setup are there any settings for CSM, UEFI, Secure Boot or Legacy BIOS, or does the BIOS Boot menu show any UEFI devices listed?

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Last April, my hard drive (running Vista) crashed. I received a new one with no OS, and my school installed windows 7 professional on it, giving me the MSDN-AA "Enterprise" product key but no install disk. I have since graduated, and my hard drive has crashed again. I've been able to make a system repair disk, but it won't let me make a system image or back up because the shadow copy is timing out (I'm only getting my files to an external HD by copying and pasting...). Windows won't mail me a disk because they say my school has to do it. Since I have graduated, my school won't mail me the install disk, even though I still have my old product key. My new hd comes on monday, with no OS.

I have the Vista installation CD's, so I suppose I'll install Vista for now, but I'd like to re-install Windows 7 onto the clean disk or at least upgrade vista to windows 7 - any ideas?

A:New Hard drive, same prod. key, no system image, no install disk?!

Unfortunately, since you no longer qualify for the MSDNAA option, you will need to purchase a retail/upgrade version of Windows 7..

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I have a failing 1TB HD that I want to replace with a SSD 250-500GB HD. Do I need a 1TB HD replacement to use recovery disk? The only programs/apps are MS Office and printer software, so I know there is enough space. Thanks, Paul.

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1. I am currently using XP Pro.

2. My secondary drive(FAT, without OS, only mp3 file, doc, xls etc...) went lost while I was defragging it halfway. It 'hung' up and I rebooted the PC, but my BIOS was unable to find my secondary drive...

3. System restore was switched off, so unable to reset to previous configuration.

4. I then tried to put it as master and used Win ME bootable cd to see if I can reformat the disk. Failed to find the drive too.

5. Was it due to me defragging it(FAT) using XP(NTFS system)?

6. Any comments and help greatly appreciated.

A:Lost my secondary disk drive

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Small problem,
I had two DVD ROM on my pc; I removed one of the ROM set the jumpers to Master on the drive that I left in. However, when I start the pc, a message pops saying "Secondary Drive 1 not Found Press F1 or F2" I am not sure what to do. I have gone into the BIOS but all I see on the secondary drive is "Unknown Device" and I can not disable this. Any ideas? help/input if you can.

A:Secondary Disk Drive 1 not found

In the Bios for the secondary drive you have to change the setting to none or auto.

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I have only one IDE channel on this motherboard where both the HDD and DVD drive are connected along the same cable. The HDD is master and the DVD is slave. When I go to the device manager, both devices on the Primary IDE channel are set to "DMA if available", but both are currently operating on "PIO mode". The computer's speed performance is okey but I was concerned if I can make it faster by making DMA mode active on both devices. Is there any reason why I can't in this case?

Win XP Home Edition
IBM Thinkcentre
Intel Celeron D 335

A:Solved: IBM Thinkcentre HDD and Disk drive stuck in PIO mode

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How can I reinstall Windows on my Alienware X51 after a hard drive crash?  This means that I do not have access to the recovery partition and I do not have any external recovery disk.  I will attempt this with a Windows bootable USB drive.  What Window product key should I use??  or, can I create a recovery disk from Dell Support??

A:(Redirected) Clean Install after hard drive crash - no recovery disk

Hi pitarg,
Please repost this in the Alienware Club Forum for help.

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I am having a lot of trouble trying to get the PC to find Sata drive while tring to install Windows xp!.I have checked out different sources but they all seem complicated. It is a custom built pc with an intel motherboard. I do not have a floppy drive in it. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I dont know what to do.

A:Cannot find any hard disk drives during windows xp install. do not have floppy drive!

You can provide those drivers from CD.
When the setup asks you to press F6 to load drivers, press F6, remove XP CD, insert driver CD.
When done, installation will ask you to re-insert XP CD.

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Hello all. I'm new to these forums. Was hoping someone could help me with a problem I'm having.

I'm running a Dell Dimension 5150c. When I try to boot up I hear clicking noises from the tower that always click in the exact same pattern (six clicks, silence, two clicks, silence, two clicks). You could set your watch by them. Then I get the error message "error auto-sensing secondary master hard disk drive. Press F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter setup." I've heard before that any clicking noise from the hard drive (if that is what's clicking) generally means it's close to death. However, if I constantly reboot, one in every twenty times or so the computer will load windows. When it does, everything works perfectly and there are no clicks once everything is running.

The hard drive will give me no problems whatsoever once it is finally detected, even if I have it running for a week straight. On one of the occasions that the computer booted up properly, I downloaded and ran the WD diagnostic utility for the hard drive which stated that everything was perfect with the drive. If it wasn't for the results of the diagnostic tool I would have assumed the drive was simply beginning to fail.

I opened the tower once to check if there were any loose wires but I really had no idea what I was looking at. A wire may or may not have been loose. But I'm guessing a loose wire would stop the drive working all together and not just 99% of t... Read more

A:Error auto-sensing secondary master hard disk dirve

Check your BIOS at <F2> and <F12> on that Dell Be sure your boot order is correct... That clicking can come from simple error checking as Dell tries to work around setup issues.

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I am trying to figure out how to add a second hard drive to my new ThinkCentre M910z All-in-one. I have only been able to find instructions on removing or replacing the existing first hard drive, but not how to add a second hard drive. I have bought a 500GB 7200rpm 2.5? 6Gbps SATA Hard Drive (4XB0M60786) to install. This drive also did not come with a storage cable. Please point me to instructions on how to install it. 

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Well it has been a fun couple of days!

Trying to restore a mistake on my Windows 7 ultimate x64 hard drive that Ubuntu started to overwrite.

So far I have
1. Backed-up / Copied all my files so whatever is done to this HD is ok.
2. Restored the partitions
3. Tried FixMBR / FixBoot / Chkdsk / Rebuildbcd

In the recovery console it sees my OS just fine

But when I boot my Dell XPS desktop after post it says 'Disk Read Error' press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

I don't think it has anything to do with the bios - I've put the hard drive in another dell and it did the same thing (tried different Sata cables too).

I think there is a peice I'm missing somewhere with these partitions (see attached). I currently have my non-booting drive in another dell and you can see it as Disk 1 in the screen shot.

Any suggestions for getting this thing back to booting? I can access all the files from it fine when I have on this computer (as the 2nd hdd) which leads me to believe there is just a boot issue somewhere.

Can I repair install Windows 7 on this hd even though it is the 2nd hard drive on the computer?

I'm trying to avoiding a wipe and reinstalling all the programs so I'm hoping I can somehow fix this last peice.

Your help is greatly appreciated - thank you!

A:Disk Read Error - Boot Issue...Repair Install on 2nd Hard Drive?

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.

1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

2) Fix MBR.

3) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre tower with one hard drive and I have bought an extre SATA drive.
There is an extra set of connectors which plug in ok.
The thing is I have an OS on the original and was able to install a Fedora os on the other with the original disconnected.
Wondering if there could be a jumper to let number 2 drive be recognized (without the drive A unplugged)
As far as I can tell the motherboard is: L-IQ35 Rev 1.0 Core Duo etc.
Thanks in advance

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Windows 10 does not recognize my second hard drive!

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Hey,  So i have 28 stores and they are all using the Thinkcentre M93P ( i3) small form factor desktops. ( they are running a SQL DB ) They are all plugged into the battery backup of brand new APC 725 UPS's.   My issues is sometimes when the store loose's power, the PC powers back up but then says no OS found. And then a disk read error occured. When they ship me the PC, I hear a faint  BEEP, BEEP and I have determined it's the hard drive. Do anyone else have this issue, as of right now I find these units not very tolerable to power loss and I have to keep replacing the drives in the PC's.  anyone have any ideas on how i can possibley prevent this from happening? I looked in the newest BIOS update and I don't see anything in there refrencing the issue im having. ( i believe this is 4 possibly 5 now that i'm after replacing the hard drive in )  ThanksMark    

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