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Trouble with 160GB SATA Drive

Q: Trouble with 160GB SATA Drive

Okay, so today I got a brand spanking new 160GB 7200 Sata Seagate Hard Drive. Put the cable into Sata port 2 installed the sata power supply, bios detected it. (NOTE: I have a 80GB sATA where WinXP Pro is loaded.) So I boot to windows, I didnt see the sATA drive in My Computer.

I opened Partition Magic 8.0, partitioned my new 160GB drive. Next I booted noticing that the 160GB is not being detected in the bios. Partition magic says : ERROR Batch file cannot be executed, because drive not detected in startup. SO I restarted my pc again and the brand new sata drive WILL NOT SHOW UP IN BIOS.

I tried EVERYTHING! Nothing can detect my new 160GB drive! Can anyone tell me how to reformat the drive manually? I really need help!

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A: Trouble with 160GB SATA Drive

Not sure if this info will help

My motherboard is

MSI- NEO2-P (2 Sata ports) Intel ICH(Something) Controller

The malfunctioning Hard Drive is

SeaGate Barracuda10 ST3160815AS 160GB SATA 7.2K RPM

Bios is

American Mega Trends Award Bios

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I am needing to buy some sata drives in bulk and need a recommendation for a fast sata drive other than a raptor.Not looking to do raid 0 but need good access times and overall performance. Not overly concerned about transfer speed. Please give model numbers and where to buy for the best price. I am finding that Newegg has better pricing than a lot of my distributors. Distributors are wanting me to buy a case to get 1.50 off of their price which still is not beating newegg's price. This is absurd!

A:Sata drive in 80 to 160GB capacity

Newegg is good, as far as speed vs price; well you get what you pay for. WD Raptors are about the fastest there are unless you can spend big bucks for SCSI 10K and 15K drives along with the controller card.

I would recommend that you buy the 16MB cache drives it makes a difference is transfer speed, and transfer speed is the how you determine a fast drive.

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Hi everyone.

I'm doing some minor upgrades to my PC at the moment and one of the main things I'm doing is changing my two 80gb IDE hard drives to two 160gb SATA hard drives?

Which 160gb SATA offers the best value and performance?

Thanks to all replies in advance!

A:PC advice - What's the best 160gb SATA hard drive?

Before you spend all that money, does your mobo support SATA?
FYI, they use different connection-cables, not compatible with IDE at all.

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worked fine for a few days, moving files and adding new ones. then i used norton ghost to clone my main hard drive to the new maxtor. after reboot the system was VERY SLOW to boot and run programs, and i noticed a clicking sound from the new drive.

the drive is a maxtor ultra sata, and i used the maxtor sata/150 pci card to connect the drive.

any suggestions on what went wrong?

i uninstalled norton ghost and also reformatted the new maxtor drive, but the computer is still slow when it is connected. when i disconnect the drive, my computer runs fine.

any help / or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. and hope everyone had a safe holiday weekend



A:..a few days after install of Maxtor Ultra SATA 160GB Hard Drive...

Hi and welcome. Clicking sounds and hard drives are always bad news.

You might download the drive diagnostics from Maxtor's website, if you didn't get a floppy or cdrom with the drive. Test the drive and see what error reports pop up.

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Hey, my friend has recently purchased a Western Digital 160GB hard drive for his system. The SATA controler is enabled and detects the SATA drive fine. The problem begins when trying to access the drive from within WindowsXP or during WindowsXP Setup.

Firstly the problem from within WindowsXP:
The SATA controller is detected under device manager but has a yellow exclamation on it, and states that
"This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. ... (Code 12)".

The second problem I am having is trying to install WindowsXP onto this SATA drive. When I boot into Windows setup from the CDROM, i press F6 and and install the SI 3112 driver located on a floppy disk. WIndows setup confirms that it is about to install this driver and proceeds. When windows Setup has loaded, when i press ENTER to begin installation, I am presented with a message saying that no available hard disk drives have been found on the system, therefore Setup cannot continue and quits.

This problem seems to me like some kind of hardware (IRQ) conflict, I have tried disabling almost every device possible and yet I still encounter this problem. IF anyone has any ideas about this problem, it would be much appreciated as this is very frustrating.

System Spec:

RAM: 512MB Corsair CL2.5 PC3200
Motherboard: GA-7VT600-P(L)
CPU: AMD Athlon (Barton) XP2800

Thanks in advance -Shadey

A:160gb Wd Hdd Sata Problem

Exact Same Problem

I am having the exact same problem with trying to instal Windows XP Professional. I have a Western Digital 80gb Serial ATA hard drive, and I am only running one. Any help would be highly appreciated.

System Specs
Abit VT7 Motherboard Pentium 4 3.2 ghz
2 gb (1gb stick x 2) of Corsair PC 3200 ddram
80 GB Western Digital Serial ATA HD
On board Serial ATA connections

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Where did the 11 gb go?

I had to remove a WD Sata 160 gb sata drive(WD1600BEVT-2) from a laptop to scan it for virii and malware! this lenovo g530 laptop would not even boot from the hard drive! (see pic)

Anyhow I checked the drives with Ontrack Easy Recovery and it reported the drives as 149.05 Gb! where did the other 11gb go? (see pics)

I then used LLF to do a low level format and LLF reported it as as 160.04gb! the actual size of the drive! (see pic)

I then used my favorite reformat, wipe all partition, software Linux Gpart and Gpart reported this WD Sata drive as 149.05gb! Where did the other 11gb go?

Any thoughts suggestions? Did a mystery virus delete this 11gb or mark it as bad? I'm open to any suggestions!

A:WD Sata 160gb HD missing 11Gb!

Hard drive manufacturers designate the size of a hard drive in decimal terms 160GB but the operating system sees it in binary terms 149 GB. You are not missing any space.

See this
Drive displays a smaller capacity than the indicated size on the drive label

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I currently have a 250 Gb ATA HDD and I'm wondering if I should put my newly aquired 160 SATA, or if I should replace the 250 with the 160. I skeptical cuz another HDD will add more heat and take up more power. It is possible to have both though. Should I try both and see what happens? What do you guys think?

Antec 430W 2x12v
4 HDD's = 1x Sata (120Gb = XP), 3x Pata (80Gb = Vista, 2x 250Gb Stuff)

A:250Gb hdd PATA or 160Gb hdd SATA 150

That 160 isn't going to be any faster than your 250. Likely slower.

Yes its possible to use both, and I would do so.

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have usb maxtor one step 160gb hdd and need a sata driver to boot a system from it when I enable it from the bios.

A:maxtor usb 160gb one step sata driver

Externals need no SATA drivers. All the system sees is the USB interface. If your system will boot from USB, you need nothing else. But the drive needs to be bootable, contain a boot sector, MBR, and have the needed boot files. What OS are you trying to boot from the USB?

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I recently had a customer drop in a Dell Inspiron 9400, saying that they had gotten a message that their HDD was failing. After selling him a 160GB drive, we began cloning with Acronis, using 'Proportional' as the partition copy method. One done, I booted the laptop with the new 160GB drive in, and it appeared as a 60GB!

Deciding that i'd done something wrong in Acronis, I formatted the drive (using NTFS through windows) and it still appeared as a 60GB.

I then thoguht it could be a faulty drive, so I grabbed another 160GB drive out of the cupboard and tried Norton Ghost, with the same results. Using Boot & Nuke I wrote zeros to every sector of this HDD, but with no luck, still showed up as a 60GB (Note: even in other pcs it shows as a 60GB, even after formatting).

So... now I have two 160GB 2.5" Sata drives that are essentially only 60GB drives... and a Laptop with a near-to-dead drive in it. Any suggestions?

A:Dell Inspiron turning 160GB SATA drives into 60GB?

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Okay, what's the deal here....why doesn't CHKDSK, even with additional attributes added, work in repairing disk file problems. I have 2 SATA's added to my system, and both are additional storage only at the moment. I'll switch over to installing the OS on one later.

For now, however, I only want to convert them both to NTFS. For some reason they've both begun to deny my access to certain folders, with the system rendering the following error message "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable." The names of some files and folders have become truncated; and not all have long path names so I doubt that's it. I'm at a loss with this one...

Is there a utility someone could suggest, or know of something else I could try? I'd appreciate it.

I also own SpinRite - Steve Gibson's awesome HD recovery utility - but I don't think that applies here to this sort of problem.

Thanks greatly in advance!


A:Unable to convert 160Gb SATA to NTFS - invalid link and improper folder size

is there anything on those hard drives? also, who makes them? seagate has some good software available on their website for adding and formatting hard drives.

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I am having alot of trouble trying to get my laptop to accept xp, im not a computer geek by any means but I do know my way around more than just basics. I have done research to find out that I have to download drivers since xp is not supported on a sata drive, I learned to use and downloaded nlite, I researched several sites with info, drivers, links to more sites and has followed them to the T burned about 5 cd?s and still comes up with blue screen setup could not determine type of one or more mass storage devices. I press S to specify additional scsi adapters(im assuming this is right as if I press enter it eventually leads me to the blue screen says problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage and bottom has trouble code of 0x0000007b ) it says setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load oem drivers. pres esc to cancel loading oem drivers, f3 to quit setup.
I just want xp on my computer, I have 2 xp disk, both are xp pro however one is corporate with sp2 other is just single user disk. When I go through the integration It says it completed successfully, I dont' have another computer to check it out on.
computer is sony vaio vgn-CS320j, model pcg-3G5L 64 bit, but the windows xp is 32 bit, I have read I can put a 32bit on 64 system but not 64 on a 32 bit system so I should be ok on that. I think I?m not finding the right drivers or I?m simply leaving out a critical piece of information. Anyone that has done this be... Read more

A:Having trouble installing xp on sata drive

Since you don't have a floppy drive to complete the F6 > Press S > etc. installation of SATA drivers, you will have to install the SATA drivers though the use of a slipstream disk. You combine the contents of a Windows XP installation CD with the SATA drivers and make a new CD. Google for the exact procedure. There are several sites that explain how to do it.

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Greetings from Arlington, VA -

I'm having trouble getting my system to work with a new SATA drive. I've tried various BIOS ( settings, various jumper settings on the drives, and various connection arrangements among my three drives, but when ever I connect the SATA drive and change the BIOS setting to recognize it, i.e. turn to "Auto", my system will simply not boot and simply reports "F1 to continue or F2 to Setup." My OS is on D0 - ST3120026A LBA 120Gb on Ultra DMA5.

I've also look at trying to change the boot sequence, but the BIOS doesn't give me many options and doesn't even acknowledge the SATA drive; I'm limited to D0, D1, CD-ROM, or USB. Drives D0 and D1 are connected to a Promise Tech PCI Ultra100 IDE Controller TX2. I even tried removing both the controller card and drive it came with (D1 - WDC WD2000JB-00DUA3 200 Gb on Ultra DMA5), and connect drive D0 directly to the motherboard, but much to my dismay, my BIOS gave me the same response.

Any insights and assistance would be geatly appreciated!


A:Trouble with adding a new SATA drive

Please tell us the make and model of computer OR make and version of motherboard if a u-build.


Download and run Everest Home (it is free):


Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop.

Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor
(probably Notepad) and then use your mouse to highlight ALL the 'debug' entries and delete them, then use your mouse to hilight all the remaining text then copy and paste it to here.
For future reference: once you open Everest, click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.


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i lost the floppy that came w/ my mobo so i went to the mobo's site (abitusa) and d/l their sata drivers here: http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/drivers.php?categories=1&model=175

step by step here is what i did:

d/l the drivers.

unzipped the file.

after unzipping the file it created a folder w/ drivers for intel, silicon, and via then there was a file called txtsetup.oem sitting in there w/ the sub folders.

I transferred the whole folder to a formatted floppy disk

rebooted machine, ran windows cd rom

pushed f6 to install sata drives

inserted floppy and pushed enter when prompted

a message appears that says could not find txtsetup.oem (even though i know it is on the floppy!)

am i missing a step???

i have a few ideas that could make this work...i was going to try these, but if someone could save me the headache i'd appreciate it!

i was thinking maybe use an unformatted disk, try copying just the "via drivers folder" to the floppy, etc... but can anyone think of why i am getting the could not find txtsetup.oem error???

A:Trouble installing SATA drive on XP HELP!!!

moved file to via folder and it worked

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I have installed a second SATA drive, using the second SATA port on the MB. Device manager tells me that the drive is there and working, however it shows no file system and says the drive has not been initialized. What does this mean? I have partitioned/formatted disks in the past, but now I don't have a drive letter in Explore or MyComputer, so I don't know how to get to it. BTW, the drive (Hitachi) came with no disk. System: Pentium 4 3.0GHz, Windows XP Home.

A:Solved: trouble installing second SATA drive

From your post I guess you haven't yet partitioned or formatted this drive. Right click on My Computer and choose Manage followed by Disk Management. You should see your drive and then you can partition and format it.

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I have an older 30 GB SATA drive (FAT format) that I use for backups via USB. It works fine when I connect it to my Mac. When I connect it to my XP SP2 computer, device manager shows it's there without any conflict, yet I have no way to access it - there is no icon under My Computer for it.


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

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

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

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

A:Trouble installing XP on SATA II Hard Drive

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

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I was trying to figure out the best way to move files from my old PIII XP PRO desktop to my new Quad 7 box but then decided why not just move the drive over. (didn't remember that I might have used Windows Easy Transfer!)

The new Windows 7 64bit sata machine already had a 300gb sata drive as primary so I thought the 120 coming from the old computer might make a good storage partner/backup. (It might be better if they were the other way around....with the 300 as the 'backup'....but, so be it.

I bought an IDE to SATA adaptor to connect the old IDE drive to the sata mobo.
It seemed to work initially, although somewhat "sketchily"; the computer was slow to boot but I did eventually have both drives running OK and was able to access all files on both and see them both on my workgroup.

After a couple of shutdowns and restarts, though, the machine got increasingly slow/difficult to boot (sometimes only coming to life if I hit the spacebar on my keyboard (weird!)......then after three or four of these wonky boots, it wouldn't boot at all. I removed the added drive and after many shutdowns and restarts, the box finally started windows 7, but I swear it played the XP sign-on/splash screen music! At that point I realized/remembered that the XP Pro OS was still on the old drive....and now I see in another thread, that IDE drives somehow "overrule" sata drives. Ooops.

I think my Master Boot Record is botched up. (Booting takes longer than it did before...... Read more

A:Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

hit f8 during boot up....go to advanced boot options....repair your computer...press "enter"...startup repair

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Hi people, i wonder if you can help.
I have an ASUS A7V8X-X Motherboard and have been running it fine for a long while with 2 hard drives. I want to add a third so i bought a maxxor SATA drive and a SATA controller.

My situation is this. I can boot up with my primary IDE hard drive with the SATA disk with no problems.
But, if i also connect my 2nd IDE hard drive, boot up fails when windows starts with a continual beep - no breaks, just beeeeeeeeeeeep.
This isn't the usual POST beeping.

Any suggestions?

How could the second IDE hard drive conflict with the SATA drive?

A:Trouble adding SATA card and drive to system

If there is a resource conflict windows usually lets you know. I suppose one avenue to follow is that SATA devices can be set native or legacy. If I understand it correctly (and I may not!) setting it to native allows a wider range of system resources to be used. There is also another setting in BIOS that has something to do with this and I suggest you look at yoiur mobo manual.

How many devices can you have? I have Sata 1 and 2 on an Intel ICH5R controller and also Sata 3 and 4 on an onboard Promise controller. This allows me a wide choice.

Good luck.

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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I have just started building a new computer. And I ran into a few problems. I'll first list out the stuff I put together.

-Asus P4P800SE Motherboard
-P4 3.2e GHZ processor
-Corsair PC3200 XMS Series 3200CPT 512mb Ram
-Samsung SP1213C 120 GB SATA harddrive
-Generic Floppy
-Geforce2 ultra (just for now)

I tried to boot up with win xp, but the DVD ROM would not boot up. It detects the SATA hard drive but it is listed as the third ide master (i cant change it to first ide master. it detects the floppy but the light on the floppy is always on. everything is plugged in correctly, i double checked and triple checked. Any suggestions? Thanks in advanced

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I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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Hello i bought an 160GB drive. I have tried to format it as NTFS with winxp sp1 but it gets to 85% then stops. I have tried to setup xp on it with my winxp sp1a cd but when i format it. It get to 85% to 86% then stops there. What is wrong? My RAID controller supports 48bit addressing well it say it on the high point website.



A:160GB Drive not Formatting right

Hello again thankyou in advance to anyone who replies but i think, think i have fix it. It might of been because i was using an old driver that came with the motherboards onboard raid floppy disk. I was using it to give xp setup the raid driver or get faced with a BSOD. I have done a quick NTFS format and it completed it with no problems. I have to goto bed so i will not be 100% sure that it was because of an old driver. After college tomorrow (today) i should find out.

If it does work thats 7 hours wasted and the hard drive has had 5 or more uncomplete formats already. Has this aged it much? If the hard drive does go i have the 3yrs warranty to rely on.


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I received a 160gb Western Digital HD as a Christmas present and my dilemma is to successfully integrate this with my aging computer system. I would like some advice as to what checks I can undertake to ascertain whether this is indeed possible. I will welcome all suggestions.


Pentium 111. 500mhz.
Win 98se,
Award BIOS 1999.
Abit BE6 M/B.

A:160gb Hard Drive

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basically all i want to do is have a good reliable 160g hard drive so i backup photos, music, videos. i would like it to under 60 dollars. What should i buy?
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A:Best 160gb external hard drive?

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Hello everyone!

I just bought a Hitachi Internal Hard Drive with 160GB of Capacity. I installed the Hard Drive to my computer but the installation program only reconized 137GB instead of the 160. I deleted the DDO (Dynamic Drive Overlay) but now it's reading 41GB. Can anyone let me know what i can do to get my 160GB of space back. I can really use some Help with this frustrating situation......


A:Hard Drive reads at 41GB instead of 160GB

Drives over 137GB need something called 48 bit LBA which came about around 2001. For starters how old is your system?

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Last year, I installed my 160GB hard drive, but right now it only appears as having 127GB capacity.

I know hard drives always show up as having less gigabytes capacity than it should, but this is a different problem because the exact bytes shows up as 137,427,943,424. My 160GB hard drive should show up as 159,435,345,231 or something similar as its exact bytes and then something like 148GB as total capacity, but its not showing up like this. I don't know what the problem is, but I remember asking a long time ago and someone said it had something to do with the file system.... I'm using NTFS.

Thanks for your help.

A:160GB hard drive shows up as 127GB, how can I fix it?

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Im building this computer i just got yesterday im using one of my harddrives i used in my other computer seagate 160gb partioned into 50gb and 100gb the 50gb i have windows xp pro installed on and the 100gb i have movies and music
thats not the problem i also have a new harddrive i got which is a samsung 160JJ 160gb it recognizes it in BIOS but when i boot the computer all that is in My Computer is the 160gb seagate harddrive and the samsung is missing?

thanks in advance

A:Solved: 160Gb Hard Drive Missing?

Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management. You can Initialize, Partition, and Format the drive there.

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well my BIOS detects my additional 160 Gb hard drive (set as slave on the same cable to the master C and sets it to 137.4Gb which is the first issue. Why 137.4Gb? But the main problem is XP does not detect my drive at all. What do I need to do to achieve this? I am running SP2 fully updated in terms of the security updated but I've never particularly bothered with other XP updates.
Hope you can help!


A:BIOS detects 160Gb hard drive, XP does not

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Hi there,

I have just bought a WD hard drive and I am really confused. It is 160GB however, when i looked at the installation guide, it mentions something about FAT32 and NTFS can affect the maximum storage level......This is what it says exactly:

This WD drive is preformatted as a single FAT32 partition for the compatability with all Mac and windows os. The FAT32 file system has a maximum individual file size of 4 GB and cannot create partitions larger than 32 GB in Windows 2000/XP; however, windows 2000/XP users can overcome these file size limitations by reformatting the drive to NTFS using the Disk Management utility. Click to expand...

I have to admit that I am no good at computers and I did not understand what the above meant. What I am confused about is whether it is a good idea to convert the file system from FAT32 to NTFS? Will it affect the running of my computer? And if I keep the WD drive as FAT32, how much memory will it have out of the 160 GB?

Many thanks.

A:confused: 160Gb WD passport hard drive

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Hi there,

I've just completed a standard Ghost Disk-to-Disk Image transfer from one Seagate 160gb hard drive to another identical drive. Having performed this procedure countless times, I was a little surprised when the copying process only took about five minutes, and even more so when I logged in to XP on the source machine.

For some reason, Ghost (or myself) buggered up the formatting on the drive, so now Windows XP thinks that the entire drive has a capacity of 500mb.

This is despite:

*having approximately 10gb worth of files and applications on it, all of which can be accessed (i.e. the image didn't cut off the files)
*having a virtual memory of 1.5gb sourced from the drive
*C:\->Properties->Hardware->Properties->Volumes brings up both drives with 160gb of capacity

This is understandably frustrating: I can't write anything to the drive, nor even put the computer back on the domain. I have never, ever encountered anything like this problem, and to remedy it I'm about to ghost across a backup image to both drives in the hope that this will remedy the problem.

While I'm getting it ready, does anyone have any suggestions or advice for why this might have happened?

Thanks in advance,


A:XP thinks 160gb Hard Drive is 500mb

Okay now this is just baffling:

There are about 10 or so identical machines in my organisation, two of which originally developed this problem (160gb hard drive detected as 500mb in Windows). I assumed it was because of the Ghosting process: but when I booted up a third computer to make an image, it had the same problem.

I fixed all three of them, but it turns out this problem is more wide spread than anyone could imagine. Two other computers are now displaying the problem, and these were off the network and not touched for weeks surrounding the Ghost (which was Disk-to-Disk anyway!) So my question is now:


The only explanation that I can think of is that we've been hit with a virus that is specifically affecting these dual-core, SATA machines (the rest of the computers are single-core IDE affairs). The trouble is, there are a few dual-cores that don't have the problem at all, with Windows citing their hard drive space at the appropriate 149 GB. Does anyone have the foggiest as to what else might cause this issue?


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I have just bought the HP S3431 computer complete with a 160gb pocket media drive that slots into it

You are supposed to slot it in and it installs a program and you can use it with your media
But the software will not install Please help
I get a box come up and you are supposed to click OK
(See pic)
But there is no OK BUTTON there

A:Hp 160gb Pocket Media Drive just will not install"

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I would like to upgrade the HDD of my satellite Pro M70-220 laptop from the current 60GB HDD to a 160 GB HDD Drive, and would appreciate if anyone could provide information on the type/specifications of the HDD that I should like be looking for, and if possible, specific recommedations of manufacturer and model number of a suitable 160 GB HDD.

Thank you


A:160GB Hard Disk Drive Upgrade for Satellite Pro M70-220


The notebook uses a simple 2.5? SATA HDD.
It?s no really important what speed the HDD supports but I recommend using the 5400rpm or faster 7200rpm HDD?

Usually all HDD size should be compatible because SATA controller has no limitation.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.

A:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407

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I just bought a western digital 160GB hard drive to replace the one in my firewire case. The drive works fine but is only recognized as being 137GB.
I'm not sure why it is not seeing all of the drive.
Anyone have any ideas.

A:Solved: Western digital 160GB FW drive not fully recognized

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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 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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Hi, hopefully should be straight forward enough...

I have just bought one of these space saving Acer Revos which does not come with an Optical drive.

I have a Blu-ray reader (dvd writer) which is SATA, but the Revo only has USB or eSATA.
So... i was wondering what is needed to get this (SATA) drive to work via eSATA or usb?

Is it as simple as a SATA to eSATA cable or will this not give the necessary power to the drive?

Or do i need an eSATA enclosure, and if so what size for an optical drive 5.2?

Cheers for any help.

A:New PC with no optical drive or SATA connection (can i use a SATA drive in it?)

Ya no problem use it. For more details contact us at www.sacatech.com

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

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

A:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

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

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New build...installed XP Pro and used F6 to install proper drivers from Mobo CD...How can I tell if it's running at SATA 2 speed...3 Gig xfer rate...all device manager says is

A:How can I tell if my SATA drive is running at SATA 2 speed?


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I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

A:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

A few questions come to mind: is the drive plugged into a eSATA port on the computer and its cable rated as SATA II? Or is it in an External USB drive case that is plugged into a USB 2.0 port or maybe a USB 3.0 port?

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