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Sata Harddrive not showing up

Q: Sata Harddrive not showing up

I have a sata harddrive in my pc and bought another one today plugged it in the spare sata connection slot and when i turn the pc on it loads up fine goto my computer and it isnt there, now i dont know if i need to have it set so there needs to be a jumper in it, theres no jumper indicator on the hdd itself so i tried it in them all and its not showing up still. Ive went to disk management and it isnt showing up there either.

Its a SAMSUNG hard drive the model number is HD320KJ SERIAL ATA 3GB/S

any help would be apreciated with this issue

thanks you

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ok i order a new computer from newegg.com and got a new seagate 7200 rpm 160 gb hard drive and dfi motherboard and a 600 watt power supply

im new to sata hard drives so i got the system all set up in the case and start the computer but i cant get to where i can install my OS im guessing i need to format my hard drive first but how? i try a 98 install disk and typed Format /S but it just says bad file or something i tried fdisk and it says no fixed disk present

im not sure what im doing wrong but please help

A:PLEASE help with SATA harddrive

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I'm thinking about getting a Seagate 160 GB SATA hard drive and I wanted to ask if a SATA installs the same way as a normal IDE hard drive... I.E. I plug it in and windows recognize it and then I can format it or do I have to get specialized drivers? Also can I use 2 IDE's w/ an SATA?

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Asus K8V Deluxe


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I'm at my wits end. So far i've spent the last 2 days trying to get the computer to recognise this harddrive.
firstly the specs:
Motherboard: Asus K8V-SE Deluxe AMD Skt754 (Athlon64) DDR400
RAM: 512MB DDR400 PC3200 RAM (Elixir/Nanya brand) memory
Processer: AMD CPU Athlon 64 3000+ 64 bit Skt 754
Graphics Card: Radeon 9600 with 256mb memory
Hard Drive: Hitache 320gb

The bios is Fast track i think (sorry brain freeze after 2 days of tinkering)

I know the harddrive works, i tested it on my machine and it works 100% fine but we can't get the BIOS in his machine to register the hard drive is there. it only realises its there when we plug it into one of the RAID SATA ports, it says it doesn't exist if we plug it into the normal ports.

So far i have tried formatting the hard drive, tried to install sata drivers onto windows but ofcourse that didn't work as its a bios problem (it was kind of a last ditch attempt) and all manor of other things i can't even think of. I'm almost convinced its the bios at the moment. I would try to flash and install a new bios but i've never done that before and, quite frankly knowing that i could ruin my friends motherboard scares the pants off me (i'm a broke student i can't afford to replace it )

Any help appreciated, Thanks alot.

A:Installing a new HardDrive (SATA)

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Ok so i just got my processor yesterday evening and I've been up formatting and installing all of the usual... I download a BF2142 update and a WoW Patch, both from filefront... then, after about 4 hours, I open up the BF2142 update and i get an error saying:
"Sorry, the installer was unable to start up. You may be out of hard drive space."

.... wth? How could I be out of harddrive space on a 250gig seagate when all i've installed was anti virus, wow, and bf2142?

I suspect it has something to do with the SATA hookup... I'm new to it, but its obviously and easy hook up to figure out. Now, heres the even weirder part... my pc is showing the "Safetly Remove Hardware" icon in my system tray. When I access it, guess what I find? MY HARDDRIVE. And, ofcourse, i can't stop it because im on it (plus why would i want to).

Someone please help me out here, this is killing me... If I'm totally wrong about the SATA then please call me out on it. HELP!!

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Well, I attempted to download one of the patches again (bf2142) and found that it stopped at 95%... it didnt close the window or anything, it just like froze; transfer rate stayed the same, time left stayed the same, bar stayed the same, and the file kept flying over to the folder :/ (lol).

I remember this happening yesterday sometime, but I didn't think much of it... now im thinking maybe the patches I downloaded were faulty or something, but then again i got em from filefront which is the most reliable you can get. I figured maybe if they stayed froze like that for sometime, it would just say it saved the file on your desktop when it really is leaving it corrupted and non-useable.

So, I did a little experiment... I downloaded a 10mb patch for wow that I would need eventually anyways, and it downloaded fine... it even ran successfully (but ofcourse my wow isnt updated to the correct version, so it couldnt apply the patch)!
I downloaded another patch I'd need and the same thing happened - it worked.

So I've come to the conclusion that my router is the problem maybe... I never configured it to my new computer, I just popped in the ethernet cable and it worked, so I figured re-configuring it would be the last thing I did. Well, now I've reconfigured my router for this particular computer and I'm downloading latest wow incremental patch now (once again). Unfortunently I can't wait for it because I've got school, so after school I'm gonn... Read more

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I had an external wd harddrive that I wasn't using much and decided to fill that last empty 3.5" bay in my new case. My problem is that the external drive is ide and my motherboard only has one ide slot that's being used by two dvd drives. I found an ide to sata converter on newegg, ordered it, installed it......and it dosen't seem to work. I have four sata slots on my mobo. I have already added one sata harddrive and had to configure bios to work with it, but this last harddrive dosen't show up. I went to the manufacturer's site and I found that I installed it correctly. There are no drivers I need to download. The converter is a small circuit board with an ide plug on one end. When inserted into the harddrive and power connected, it's led indicator lights up, the harddrive idles but it just dosen't show on bios. Oh....and I formatted my pc thinking it would inadvertantly fix something and now I can't even GET into bios. When I press F2, F10 or Delete it dosen't do anything. Just loads windows with no eMachines post beforehand. I don't have any ideas. Help!

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I need to get a Boot hard drive for my computer. I want a hard drive and not an SSD.

It looks like I can get a WD Raptor with 10,000 RPM speed, but SATA II


I can get a 7200 RPM drive with SATA III.

My motherboard has SATA III.

Question: Which would be faster for booting and applications (not going to store data on it)?

10k @ Sata II


7.2k @ Sata III

A:Harddrive for boot 10k rpm or sata III?

I would go for the SATA III drive as it's theoretically twice as fast for transfer speed compared to SATA II. That will (potentially) lead to much better performance than the 10,000 rpm will give you over 7,200 rpm.

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This situation is a bit screwy, and I might not be able to explain it fully. If there's something I said that doesn't make sense, feel free to say so.

My story starts out with one rainy day and cleaning out my harddrive. I'm a fairly messy fellow, and kept most of my personal files just in the C:\ directory. Going through and cleaning it out, I deleted ntdetect.com. I know -- it was a stupid thing, especially not knowing what it did, however my stupidity isn't part of my question.

Jump forward two weeks when I finally restart my computer. I get an error saying "NTLDR is missing". A quick search on the internet shows that this ntdetect.com file I deleted could very well be the source of these troubles. "No problem" I think. I just pop my XP disks into the computer, run the system repair on it and try and copy the file over to my C:\. However, it turns out that C:\ doesn't exist. My harddrive now goes urecognized by my computer. Grumbling a bit, I head over to the bios. In the CMOS section, it tells me I have no primary master drive, but a primary slave drive (LITE-ON LTR-523275 if that helps). This is a bit peculiar I think, however I think I remember seeing this before, and this computer has ran for over a year with no problems.

Another weird thing -- the f6 to install sata/raid drivers with the XP disk doesn't work. When it says it doesn't detect any mass storage devices prescent though, I am able to go select t... Read more

A:SATA Harddrive not being detected

I had a similar problem a while back with my Sata drive however the sata wasn't the C: drive for me so I could still do many things fine. I had to go into the Bios and Checked around long and hard and eventually I started enabling things and such that I thought would involve a Sata drive eventually I got it and It worked however I can't remeber the setting so my advice would be look in the bios and search around and play with them a little don't change things that are critical though try to play with minor things untill something happen don't mess with things that are obviously not invloving hard drive like cpu settings but you probably already knew that you probably know too it's not smart to screw with the bios but I did and it fixed my problem even though I got lucky It'd say it's the best option unless someone else has a better idea.

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Well i have a 120GB WesternDigital harddrive and its SATA, well i cant install Windows XP pro on it. Whenever i install Wndows XP pro on it, i reboot my comp the first time and then it goes to the blu screen. But then when i install win 2k on it, it workds fine. I really want win xp cuz i relaly really dont like win 2k and i dont know whats the problem im having with this. Is it because of my SATA harddrive? or is it because of my computer not ever gonna get to install XP. Thank you for your time guys.


A:Problem With SATA Harddrive

it sounds like you have some hardware not compatible with xp

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I recently bought a WD 74GB Raptor harddrive to install XP on, but I'm having problems. Everytime I load up XP setup from the setup CD, when it gets to the part where the installation options menu is about to appear, as it tries to boot windows from the CD, I get a BSOD and have to restart. I've tried running the CD with my other 80GB WD IDE harddrive inside and it doesn't cause this stop error. I've been screwing with this for 2 weeks now trying everything I can find on google and forums to fix this problem. I have the correct SATA drivers for my board as well for the drive of which I hit F6 for at the beginning of setup.

As far as I can tell, it only happens when I have the SATA raptor drive installed. I don't think it's the windows CD being scratched as it is near perfect condition.

The stop error reads as this:
*** STOP 0x0000006f (0xc0000020, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Most of the searching I've done has concluded either bad disk or bad optical drive, but this is only the case for me when the raptor is installed. Could it still be this? Thanks in advance.

A:Can't Install XP on SATA harddrive


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Hey guys new to the forum, hope you can help. I just received my new sata 1.5 terabyte drive from newegg. I currently have an 80 gig Sata for my OS and a 1 terabyte sata for everything else 90% filled. Ok so here's the last hour of my day. Put it in booted up windows, pop up says " Mr Steve your good to go" then I look in my computer? Nothing? but the two other drives are there, so I look in device manager, and it's there. Now for some reason I choose to reboot, My friends that's the last I ever saw of that drive. Now for some reason when I do get it to boot to windows with the drive connected it removes my other storage drive. If I unplug new drive and reboot it's back. Now the last things I can mention, is that I've tried 1.5ing the drive with a jumper, that did nothing. I've tried different data ports and sata cables and power. Nada!!! I'm not to savvy with bios so I'm hoping that's not it, BUT i have no problem play around with it.

A:New Sata harddrive issue.

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I am very new to SATA and decided since my motherboard support it i would buy a SATA harddrive when i ran out of space.So i bought a 320GB Maxtor HD.I have a SIS661FX motherboard.So what i want to do is to install the 320GB as primary master and have my dvd rom installed as well.My old drive(80GB) i am going to remove.So i went into bios and enabled "SERIAL ATA CONTROLLER". Installed the Harddrive on SATA0 and booted. Obviously nonthing picked up on Primary master or slave, only Secondary master which was my CDROM. SO next up popped up a screen to tell me maxtor primary master and secondary master no scsi installed. So i thought goodie my system is pciking it up.So i let the windows disk run on.And as soon as the screen comes up where you can select Enter to installed windows on this advice or delete patition or create partition, NO DISKS are available to select.Am i doing something wrong.I am not sure about the procedure i am following. What i did try is to put the 320gb(SATA) as secondary master and boot of the old 80gb(IDE) and it picked it up in windows.Any ideas please????

A:Installing SATA Harddrive please Help!!

Please can someone just take a look.I need serious help!!!

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My current PC that has the GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard (see my computer spec) that I built in 2011, was later on in 2012 added a new harddrive 2TB internal and 2TB external (for duplicate copy), using this PCI Express 2.0 SATA III controller card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132030
Now I'm running out of harddrive space again (the joy of being a photographer). So I need to add more drive.

My question is, can I just change the current controller card, with one that has more ports like this one:

Can I use 4TB for my next drive or does my OS/Hardware limits me to only 2TB max?
I'm interested in using this one:

A:Adding more SATA III Harddrive (4TB possible?)

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OK, I tried to install XP Pro on my IBM T60 laptop which has an SATA hard disk, and it said it could not find any hard disk in my system. Then I tried to install Vista RC1 as a placeholder/test, and it worked (I'm on it right now). I have read that I need to install certain RAID driver or something specific to my motherboard. How do I go about doing this when I don't have a floppy drive? Can someone please walk me through this? Thanks!

A:Installing XP Pro with SATA harddrive?

When going thru the Installation the first screen at the bottom gives you a chance to install RAID drivers. After the RAID drivers are installed it will see the hard drive(s).

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hey guys l got a SATA hard drive from my shop which l think is the 120GB Special Edition Serial ATA drive (model WD1200JD), and l have the kt600-a motherboard and then l bootup the computer the harddrive wont bootup but the computer does but when l take out the red data cable out of the harddrive it boots up, l also tried it in my brothers computer and it worked fine but not mine can anyone help me, my other specs are
6800 nvidia video card 128mb
1.5gig ram

and normal dvdrom drive

again the motherboard is the kt600 l think,
can someone people help me.

also would l need to update the bios.

A:Harddrive problems SATA

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I have the Compaq Presario V6ooo. It has a 100GB SATA HD. I want to format the drive and put my Win XP Pro and other programs on it and get rid of the trial programs that are on the drive when I purchased it, including the OS that's on it. Everything on this drive are trial version programs and I want to install my Win XP full version OS. But when I try to do a clean installation with my windows it stops the installation and tells me it cannot find the HD. The laptop works reads and loads perfectly, but my Win won't complete the install because it can't find the hd. Does anyone know how I can resolve this issue? I don't hjave a floppy drive for this laptop, only a cd and dvd drive combo. Thanks.

A:Laptop SATA Harddrive

Edited due to me completely forgetting that some systems require sata drivers....thx Kiwiguy...sigh....lol


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I this is strange i have a 250g sata hdd i was looking in disk management i seen HDD drive E: is 250gb i know it is disk management says the same but disk management also show a extended partition of 97.66g which in total drive is 330.64g how can this be possible if drive is only 250g...

i took a SS so you can see for your self..

thank you

A:sata 250g harddrive

Well that is bizarre, check if there are any firmware updates for the drive, also download and install any management software from the drive manufacturer and see if it confirms what disk management 'sees'.

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I need to back up about 20G of files, because my computer is so virus ridden that I can't use it properly anymore. SO...
My friend told me to buy an external harddrive, and when I went to the store, the guys tell me that they only sell internal harddrives (and a casing that connects it to your usb port to make it an external.) I ended up buying the internal harddrive only without the casing, with the guy in the store telling me that I put the harddrive into my computer, and it will work.

WRONG. I tried everything - that I could possibly try, because I am NOT computer literate at all, so I didn't want to screw anything up.
The harddrive was NOT showing up anywhere - including the device manager.

I went back to the store tonight, and bought the casing that transforms the harddrive into an external, and plugged it in and set it up, and turned it on, and AGAIN - it is not showing up anywhere - including the device manager.

I even tried to plug it into my mom's computer to see if it was my computer screwing up, but again, the harddrive is not showing up anywhere on my mom's computer either.

What is wrong?? I have read a lot of stuff on the net tonight, but there just doesn't seem to be an answer to my specific question.

THANK YOU for reading this, and thank you for any help that you can offer.
I am NOT computer literate at all, and I am completely having a nervous breakdown. I cannot afford to buy any more parts, as I have now spent 100$ ... Read more

A:External HardDrive Not Showing up! Help Please!

Is the hard drive in the casing an ATA one? If so, check the jumper settings.
See whether its M (master) SL (slave) or CS (cable select)
Best to set it to CS.
Your pc should make a sound when you connect the drive, often even if its doesnt' mount the drive.

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As the title suggests I have a hard drive that isnt showing up. Its a seagate 500 gb.

The thing lights up and everything and it shows up in disk management without a letter. From what I've read from various help threads, I'm supposed to right click it and change the disk letter or something but the problem is that it all the options are greyed out

I took out this harddrive and plugged in my other WD 750 gb to see if it do the same thing but the WD harddrive already had a letter automatically assigned and did nothave the change letter option grey out.

any thoughts?

A:External harddrive not showing up

Does the drive show up in DISKMGMT, and is it ONLINE or OFFLINE?

Does it show a file system on it (e.g. NTFS) and size/capacity? Or does it show RAW?

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i have win 7 32 bit and i just installed an old adaptec scsi 29160 pci controller and a scsi seagate cheetah hard drive.

at first win 7 couldn't find drivers for it, but after messing around while reading forums it was able to find a driver via device manager. it now shows fully functional.

but, i cant find my scsi hard drive that is connected to the scsi card. im booting win 7 on an ide drive separate from my scsi card.

this is a separate question, but i want to clone my separate ide drive with win 7 onto the scsi drive, and made a system repair disk and system image to do it. but, it doesnt recognize the scsi hd when i booted the comp using the repair disk and tried to system image restore. im not sure how to go on now, so any help? thanks in advance.

A:scsi Harddrive not showing up

This is just a wild guess, but, it could be that your BIOS has it disable.

Mine is disabled because SATA is sometimes preferred over RAID.

I think that RAID is older than SATA.

If your computer was manufactured within the last 2 or 3 years, it will use SATA instead of RAID.

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HDD Enclosure Usb 2.0 when connected to Usb ports will not show either My Pc or on desktop Wins 8.1 Usb ports are okay. Have restarted Pc with Ex Drive connected but no use.
Was working before

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My zune broke so i took the hard dive out and placed it in a 1.8 enclosure case thinking i get the music off it .
The problem is i see it in device management as 811ata/atapi device usb device but i can't access it at all.
The only option it gives me is to initialize the disk before i use it but i don't want to delete anything off the drive..
Please help me get the files off it.

A:Harddrive enclosure not showing up.


will not wipe the data unless u format it

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HDD Enclosure Usb 2.0 when connected to Usb ports will not show either My Pc or on desktop Wins 8.1 Usb ports are okay. Have restarted Pc with Ex Drive connected but no use.
Was working before

A:External Harddrive not showing

Does the enclosure have it's own power adapter? if so, be sure to use it and plug it into the wall directly not into a power strip or extension cord as this diminishes the power.
Be sure to plug the USB cable into the Back USB port of the computer (desktop) not front or through a Hub as these ports are weaker.
With the enclosure plugged in, go to Search and type devgmt.msc, Right click the devmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Device Manager are there any devices with a Yellow flags? Or Under Universal Serial Bus Controllers is there an Unknown Device? If so, right click and Uninstall it. Unplug the USB cable from the computer end and restart your computer. Once the computer comes back up, follow the above instructions.
If there are no yellow flags, and there is a USB Enhanced Controller showing, then go to Search and type diskmgmt.msc, right click the diskmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Disk Management window in the lower pane, is the HDD that is in the enclosure showing? Is the file system Unallocated Space? Or is the Disk# (Disk1, Disk2 etc) showing the drive is Not Initialized?

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hey guys,

well i recently bought a new comp after struggling with my old comp for a long time.
i have also bought Vista Home Premium and i have bought a brand new 500gb with it. However, i decided to bask up all my important stuff from my old comp to my old 200gb Seagate SATA harddrive and wanted to xfer it to my new comp. at first windows didnt pick it up wen i plugged it in so i tried a different slot and i realised i forgot to check device manager, which windows was detecting but hardware was not workin properly. so i have read another thread on here which tells u go to to disk management and to allocate a drive letter etc and windows is not pickin up the harddrive but it requries me to format it first before using it. Now normally i wouldnt mind losing just some downloads but it also has all of my family photos, formal photos etc and i really dont want to risk losing everything just to have another 200GB. ive also checked seagate website for any vista drivers but no luck. does any one have an idea on how i can get this working again?

A:SATA harddrive problem on Vista :(:(

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hi i have hp a6452f machine with windows 32bit and western digital 640gb harddrive that it came with. i bought seagate  1tb harddrive  and install it. now i did factory recovery using the cd. and i get this message (windows setup cannot install windows on this hardware). now the harddrive sata port is set to achi. now i did set it to ide and it worked. but i think achi is little faster on newer harddrive alittle so i did another recovery. anyway i was wondering when you update the driver for intel sata controller by dowladoing f6flpy-x86.zip dose it stay on intel chip or on harddrive? so in future if i do another recovery i wondpw get that message again. 

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I'm trying to connect a SATA hard drive to an old motherboard that only has EIDE ports. What's the best approach? I might need to connect 2 SATA hard rives, so would my best be be a raid controller that connects to a PCI slot?

A:SATA harddrive, EIDE motherboard

That's probably the best option. Some offerings @ Newegg; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...TCH&Description=sata+controller+card&x=8&y=27

The 2 port cards are quite reasonably priced, and "The Egg" has been running such items in their Email flyers.

I suppose it depends how far you intend to go with this machine, as to whether it would be worth springing for the much more expensive 4 port controllers.

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Gday again

My new tower arrived yippeee, now I am having problems with the motherboard recognising the SATA harddrive.

I have followed the motherboards directions to the bios setup ((motherboard GA-M55SLI-S4 (rev. 1.0))

I have pulled out the sata connectors and replugged them back in (still no joy), so now I have swapped on the motherboard the actual sata connection which was on SATAII 0 over to SATA11 1.

Will this make a difference or not? I also need to recheck the slave/master settings on the new DVD Burner.

I have a broken leg at the moment, which makes it impossible for me to move the new tower from the office to kitchen, and back again.

I so badly want to use my new PC Tower, however when it comes to this SATA stuff I have no idea. IDE no problem, thats old school like me.

I have the SATA floppy ready to go once I can figure out why, the harddrive isnt being recognised, and from memory the DVD Burner wasnt being recognised either.

As I only have the use of one monitor and a broken leg, it is extremely difficult to do anything.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Yours who is NOT A BLONDE!


Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.

A:Motherboard not recognising the SATA harddrive.

you DID install the SATA drivers?

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I have a computer with Windows XP home edition and want to erase all information and install Windows XP Professional.

I have Dell dimension 8400
2 sata hardrives at 150 gb each
3.4 ghz
nvidia 6800 256mb
1 gig ram

When I load the disk and continue with setup. I get an error harddrive not found .. make sure its connected etc. Can anyone please help me?

A:Installing Windows XP on Sata harddrive


Here are a couple of things you might want to check/answer:

Has the boot order been set to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Hard Drive - 3rd (one you want to boot from)

Has the disk you want to put this on been partitioned and formatted?

Did you when starting setup tap F6 when it asks if special drivers are needed?

Did you load the floppy drivers when it stopped and said enter them now?

Are there any other hard disks on this computer other than Sata?

Have you considered using the manufacturer's utility to clean and prepare the drive for installation?

I don't know whether you are trying to do a clean format and install or just trying to change the OS and save the data on your disk, so you need to say something about that.

This information might help us more to see what the problem could be.

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I recently bought a WD 74GB Raptor harddrive to install XP on, but I'm having problems. Everytime I load up XP setup from the setup CD, when it gets to the part where the installation options menu is about to appear, as it tries to boot windows from the CD, I get a BSOD and have to restart. I've tried running the CD with my other 80GB WD IDE harddrive inside and it doesn't cause this stop error. I've been screwing with this for 2 weeks now trying everything I can find on google and forums to fix this problem. I have the correct SATA drivers for my board as well for the drive of which I hit F6 for at the beginning of setup.

As far as I can tell, it only happens when I have the SATA raptor drive installed. I don't think it's the windows CD being scratched as it is near perfect condition.

The stop error reads as this:
*** STOP 0x0000006f (0xc0000020, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Most of the searching I've done has concluded either bad disk or bad optical drive, but this is only the case for me when the raptor is installed. Could it still be this? Thanks in advance.

A:Can't Install XP on SATA harddrive RESOLVED


To make, sure as its pointing to the SATA WD drive, download and run the WD HDD diagnostic utility which can be found here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/hard...utilities.html

Do a thorough scan and see if any errors arise. Check all connections before doing so.

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I have Asus motherboard with a SATA WD 250gig harddrive......i`m upgrading my motherboard and processor with another Asus motherboard.I replaced the motherboard and set everything up but for some reason the new motherboard doesnt see the SATA harddrive.I`m trying to figure out why.....i know all connections are correct.If i put in a IDE motherboard the bios sees it with no problem....the thing is i want to use this SATA drive.....does anyone have ant suggest to why its not seeing it?

A:SATA harddrive not working with new motherboard

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My computer recently shutoff completely and when I tried to restart I was getting error messages about not finding Windows system32 files. Thinking the Hard drive was gone; I went and bought a new Sata hard drive and continued to have the same problem and the drive was not listed in any of the Bios settings nor in the boot up. I had installed the Data Lifeguard tools (western Digital) and even it did not detect my hard drive. I have recently tested an IDE hard drive and it worked perfectly on the machine. I dont know if my sata controllers on the mobo are broke or if im failing to load something. So basically I have 2 Sata hard drives that are not found on the computer (1 with windows loaded that had worked perfectly, 1 clean) and can not seem to get any further progress on fixing this comp.

Any help on resolving the issue would be greatly appreciated.

A:Sata Harddrive issue: not detecting

if a known good drive does not show up in BIOS, even though the drive controller is turned on, you have youirself a problem with the onboard drive controller. in that case, the motherboard is bad and will need replacement. also, try updating your bios to the latest version before discarding the mobo.

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Hello Everyone,

I have a dell e520, that was preload with a RAID setup and SATA 160g HD.
it was loaded with Win XP home.

I now have a terribly corrupted hard drive, and did all I can do to recover it..
its running but there are gremlins on the drive/OS, I just cannot remove..at my technical skill level
I am a true novice.
Ran AVG full version, and its holding 11 viruses at Bay..but they still have complete control
over my Admin rights, system restore, etc. and I am not skilled enough to overcome them.
so I decided to just give in and unplug that bad drive and reload everything..

I bought a new 1 tb sata HD..but before it arrives, everyone is saying..its not going to be
able to Load XP...from the installation discs. I have a store bought full licensed version.

My question is..if My current BIOS setup sees my current bad drive and loads XP, will the
BIOS see the New SATA Drive, and load the Win XP Os? or am I in for a battle?
Please Advise,
Best, Derek,

A:Windows XP and Current SATA Harddrive

Hi .First of all...if you only have 1 hard drive, your system could not have come preloaded as a RAID. The typical RAID requires at least 2 hard drives.Your system may have RAID capability...but that's a non-factor unless the user sets up a RAID.See bottom of page 27, http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...en/NH730A01.pdfSooo...my question is...do you actually have two hard drives in a RAID configuration?Louis

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I have a Lenovo desktop with two 1 tb hd attached, 1-is a sshd 1tb drive ,and the other is a 1tb that originally came with the computer.I have a 4tb hard drive that I had hooked up before I upgraded to the solid state hybrid drive.
But I cant get the computer to recognize the third drive.I have a gaming case and can have up to 4 hard drives attach via sata ports upgraded power so that is not a problem.
any advice
mike t 

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I am not sure if this is in the correct section. I apologize if it is not.

I am trying to install windows xp on a brand new hard drive for my desktop (the old harddrive fried). The thing is the desktop is an older model and only has the cables for ide hard drives, not sata. So I am trying to install xp on the sata harddrive via the usb adapter.

i tried installing it using the desktop and i got an error message saying your computers start up program cannot gain acess containing the space you choose...etc

So i tried installing it using my laptop and everything went fine until at the end i got an error message. i plugged it into the desktop and booted from the install cd again and it did recognize the drive and the newly partitioned space. So how do i get the desktop to boot from the usb harddrive. Or can it simply not even use the sata drive?

thank you

A:installing os on sata harddrive via usb adapter

i'm confused. how can you plug it in your desktop when it has no cables for it (or even supports it in general) are you using an hard drive enclosure on the sata drive and connecting it via usb and then trying to boot from it?

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I have a Western Digital 500GB external hard drive (USB) that used to work just fine. The hard drive still seems to work just fine and my PC (WinXP) works fine as well. For some reason, the drive no longer appears in my My Computer list of mapped drives. However!!! If I right click a drive and choose properties it shows me a list of all disk drives and the external IS included in this list (listed as WD). I have tried unplugging and replugging it in to redetect or what have you. Suggestions? Anyone? I feel like I'm missing an easy solution.

A:External Harddrive not showing up (mapping?)

Try DriveCleanup, it was posted yesterday here (with instructions): http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=727106#post727106

I unplugged all my USB external drives (not anything else) and used it
Then plugged my USB Drive back in and it seems to be quicker. Anyway, this may fix the fault. Please let me know

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I bought a HDdock and a 1TB harddrive to go in it. I connect it through the included USB cable to my laptop. It says it installed the hardware and is "Now Ready to be Used". However, it never actually shows up on my computer. If I go to devices, it says "Generic USB Device", and shows about 953GB on this device, but wont let me do much with it. I'm going to try re-installing it.

I need to have it figured out in about 36 hours (have an important trip and need to store data on it). Thanks for the help everyone!

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Hi All,

I recently uninstalled Flight Simulator X (12GB). And I have a 60GB HDD. My laptop switched off half way through the un-install. Anyway, I went back into Add/Remove programs and removed the rest of it.

But when I click on my C:\ drive, it says I only have 18GB (of the 53.8GB) left. Which is NOT correct as when I highlight all the folders in the C drive and right click and click properties, it only comes up to 15GB. 53-15 equals 38GB, not 18!

Any ideas?


A:Harddrive is not showing correct available space

Alright, get JDisk Report
That will help us greatly improve as to where all your space went. :)

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I have just about filled all my hardrives on my system!! I have 3 hard disks installed on my system drive D which is my main drive (where all the programs are installed) is showing only 127gig when its total capacity is 180gig. I just purchased an external Nexstar 300gig hard disk still in the box.
1.How do i go about repairing my main drive D and maintaining all the programs?
2.What is the best solution to this problem?
3.Do i NEED to reformat my HD?
4.Reinstall WIN XP?

A:Harddrive showing incorrect capacity

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I installed the windows 7 and my secondary internal harddrive. The first hard drive has windows xp sp3 on it. The harddirve is detected in the device manager but it's not in my computer under hard disk drives. Windows 7 harddrive is on an ide while windows xp is on an sata. Pictures show the problem

I put this post under the drivers section since it might be a driver problem, but I don't really know
(The snipping tool is great)

A:Master harddrive not showing up in my computer

You need to go to your disk manager and assign a drive letter for it and then you will be able to see it.

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hey guys so i have a quite new seagate 250GB harddrive just for movies and stuff. and the problem is that i plugged it into my computer via usb and that new hardware icon or message showed up and then i went to my computer but i had no harddrive there. yet if i go to device manager it is there. so i dont know whats the problem

A:external harddrive not showing up on mycomputer

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I recently built a new system, got everything configured and updated, installed Windows XP Pro.

System specs:

Biostar 570 SLI
2gb ddr2 800 ram
8600 GTS 256MB
Western Digital Caviar 250GB Sata hard drive

Everything is updated and updated all the drivers including my Bios. My harddrive says currently that it has 145GB's used and I have only installed roughly 30GB worth of programs and games. My Windows and BIOS identify it properly at 250GB but for some reason it's saying that I have used 60% of my new hard drive already but I definately have not.
Any help or advice you can give is appreciated.


A:New 250GBWD HardDrive showing 120GB's used

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Just got a new computer, running windows 7 64bit. I have a 640g toshiba external harddrive that I have been trying to use on my computer, but it won't show up. When I plug it in, it lights up, but cannot be found in "my computer" or under "device manager." I've tested the external harddrive on my old laptop and on two friends PCs, all of which will properly identify and allow the external to be used.

For some reason my new computer is refusing to identiy/ allow me to use it.

Help plz

A:Toshiba External Harddrive not showing up

Have you tried using a different USB port or different devices on this new computer to see if it may just be a defect? Ie?f you have tried those things and other devices work but the hard drive still does not, Does it show tat windows is installing drivers for the hard drive or does it do nothing when plugged in.

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Well it all happened last night. I wanted to move my pc and internet connection to the office to keep things organized. When I did my hard drive will not work. When I plug the power cord to the hard drive the blue light quickly flashes then stays off, but the hard drive turns on then stops completely. I have stripped apart the external encloser to find any other discrepencies, but still nothing. I happen to have a magazine "Blac X" So i just attached the hard drive to it and still noting, except the hard drive continues to run instead of shutting off after a few seconds of running.
a quick brief look of what my drive looks like.
A western digital "My Book Essential Edition" 500gb external hard drive.

I have looked on the website and WD has nothing of interest. I have read and search through numerous customer reviews and I have found much related problems from other customers, but they found their solutions.

I have brought the problem to the geek squad at best buy and they have checked my hard drive. They said the hard drive works perfectly on their systems and recommended me to update my drivers for the hard drive.

Well I have no idea where to find the proper drives for this hard drive, I try on WD website and they are just to inconvenient they require registration and the exact date of purchase, but i lost my receipt and installation CDs which the drivers come from.

I try to search for the driver, but only come across programs that update every driv... Read more

A:WD 500gb external harddrive not showing on pc

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hello everyone, i have been issues for the past couple of days after blowing parts of my computer up ( PSU and MOTHERBOARD ) after replacing them i have been trying to install XP and vista and no look on my SAMSUNG HD321KJ. I insert the motherboard disk and it says not the in ATA support list .When i try installing any OS it says cannot install as cannot find any harddrives. What am i doing wrong ?

A:cannot find SATA harddrive in bios or XP install

and welcome to the Forum

If the drive is not seen in BIOS, change the cables ( power and data ) and see if that fixes it.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: RADEON X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71468 MB, Free - 24974 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YC523
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Before I purchase an SATA Interface Cable and power adaptor cable, is this project doable ? and will there be a SATA host adaptor when I open my PC up ?

A:adding Seagate SATA harddrive 1TB 32MB

Open it up and check. I doubt it on a computer that old.

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Hello everyone,
I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that has a hard drive that uses a gray cable to connect to the motherboard. I think that is an IDE ?  I am trying to find out if it is possible to connect a SATA hard drive to this motherboard.  
I have a Dell Studio that simply refused to come on. I feel it is the motherboard, not the power switch, because things have, over the last little while, quit working. First the DVD drive would not work, then the external DVD drive that can be plugged in to a USB port would not work on the pc. I had a friend who had the very same Studio and the same thing happened to hers. She had someone look at hers and was told the motherboard had indeed gone bad. So I feel that the motherboard just breathed her last breath and died on me.  The SATA drive is in it. I have all my info on the drive backed up to about a month or so ago, so it is not a huge loss of data, but over the last week there are things on the drive that were not backed up yet that I would like to access and get off the drive.  I have no reason to believe that the hard drive is ruined in any way, and I would like to install it on my Dell Dimension 2400 just to get what I did not have backed up yet over the last week.
When I went to install the hard drive out of the Studio I found that it does not have a spot for the long gray cable on it.  So I need to know if I can still install this drive on the Dimension 2400. If so can someone tell me, or post a link to, ... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 2400 and SATA Harddrive

Okay, update... the little adapter came in today. It worked so far as connecting and everything. But Vista on the hard drive is 64 bit and the older pc I was wanting to put it in motherboard will not support 64 bit.   So yes, the little connectors do work as they are supposed to. But the motherboard would not support Vista 64 bit.  Oh well, I didn't spend a lot trying it and I discovered a docking system, so I just got one of those.

Thanks for everyones help!

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