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How to find compatible laptop harddrive / harddisk?

Q: How to find compatible laptop harddrive / harddisk?

The harddrive on my other laptop just died (it's an HP Pavilion ZE4300). This was the first time a harddrive gave up on me, so I was quite shocked by the whole process... never thought it'd happen to me. Fortunately, I periodically back up all my data to an external drive.

Now, because the laptop is otherwise perfectly fine, I just want to replace the drive. I pulled the current one out, and it's a Toshiba harddrive with the number MK4021GAS, .

I googled this info, and I got links to new and used harddrives for sale with the same config (40gb, ATA).

However, I thought I'd shop around and look for something cheaper, and possibly with more capacity. Any thoughts on how I can search for compatible harddrives? E.g., how can I figure out if a certain Maxtor harddrive would work on this laptop.

Also, if you have suggestions on where to buy a replacement HD for a laptop, do list them.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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A: How to find compatible laptop harddrive / harddisk?

My best advice would be to contact HP.
If you go over what was installed there might be a bios limitation for large drive support.
Basicly it might not see the full drive

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Here are my specs:
HP Pavillion G50-104NR Notebook PC
Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3200 @ 2.00GHz
Memory (RAM): 2GB
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

According to crucial.com - I ran the system scanner
Motherboard Manufacturer: Wistron
Motherboard Model: 360B

CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
CPU Speed: 2000 MHz

Total Memory Slots: 2
Installed Memory: 2 slots: 1 GB, 1 GB


I want x2 2GB memory sticks.. = 4GB ram
but i cannot find what type of ram my laptop is compatible with
ddr, ddr2, or ddr3?
Thanks in advance!

A:How can I find out what type of RAM would be compatible with my laptop?

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I'm trying to play minecraft and other games but they don't load or display correctly.

Computer: Sony Vaio VGN-CR31Z

All the drivers I download aren't compatible.

Before Win 8 everything worked fine with Intel Centrino.
But Windows Basic Display Adapter is horrible and the only compatible.
Does anyone have any drivers that would work? Everything I've downloaded is not compatible.
Even the Sony Europe website doesn't have the correct drivers, it just makes my resolution weird.
Also my PC needs a driver with OpenGL.. for MC.

Thanks :'D

A:Can't find any drivers compatible for my laptop.

According to my quick Google search, your laptop has the ATi Radeon X2300 graphics card. There are some threads in this forum section about legacy drivers that MIGHT work with this card. You should check them out.

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I have a Compaq Presario 1200XL106 laptop with the slimline type 5 GB hard drive (Compaq part #169609-001). I want to replace the hard drive. From ads on ebay I found that at least one of the IBM Travelstar drives (IBM model DARA206000, also 5GB) will work. I'd like to move up to a larger drive. So,

1. Is there a place I can find a cross-reference list that will tell me what drives will be compatible with my computer?

2. What determines whether a drive -- say a Hitachi XXX-XXX -- will be compatible? (I realize size is one factor - it has to be the 9.5mm x 2.5in like mine is; and, of course voltage) But what else must I look at?

A:How can I find a COMPATIBLE HARD DRIVE for my laptop?

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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One of my computers, that I found in a container in the ministry of defense..., this is not a joke, I actually cleared it with the people working there, and it was ok.

I wanted to change hard disk. What happened then was that the computer does not find the hard disk. When I use the old one it does not allow me to enter administrator rights. i have tried to start the computer on XP disc no luck.

Anyone with skills?

Norwegian trying to express himself abroad, pls be patient

A:Computer can not find harddisk

Is the BIOS set to allow booting from a CD?

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My W7 pro 64 can suddenly not find my LACIE xtern harddisk. If i start my backup-program it can identify it as "partition 2". I want it to show as a "Harddisk station" in my "Computer" window, as it did before. What can I do?

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This program looks promising: Partition Wizard is a Windows based FREE Partition Manager. It works as partition magic and supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 server and Windows 7. FREE for Home and Business user.

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Hi there my fellow geeks,

Might I get some information?

I bought this new internel harddrive.

Western Digital WD3200AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 320GB, 3.5" SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 16MB

I want to know if it's Sata 6Gbps is compatible with my motherboard(Pegatron ECS RC410-M).

My current harddrive is Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Thanks in advance,


A:Is my new harddrive compatible?

Maybe, some older boards such as yours with the ATI Xpress 200 chipset have trouble working with SATA 3 and 6Gbs drives. You may have to use a jumper to limit the drive down to SATA 1.5Gbs mode as described here: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/search/1/a_id/1337/c/130/p/227,295
Only do that IF the motherboard does not recognize the drive at all or if it takes a really long time detecting it.

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I need a new hard drive are they all compatible or do I have to buy one to match my motherboard?

A:New Harddrive are they all compatible

i think in general they are compatible, then someone will disagree. why dont you let everyone know what mobo you have, then someone may advise you better.

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I want to buy an external hard drive to back up my entire system. My problem is that I am running Vista Home Premium 64bit and there seems to be a lot of controversy about what brands and models of external hard drives are compatible with this OS.

If anyone can provide me with some guidance, I would be most appreciative!



Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6134 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 938436 MB, Free - 494377 MB; D: Total - 15359 MB, Free - 6625 MB;
Motherboard: DELL Inc., 0X501H
Antivirus: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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Greetings All,

I am looking for a Harddrive and backup/syncing software that will work with Windows Vista x64.

My previous setup was Vista x32 using a 320gb Seagate FreeAgent Go External usb HD and the included Seagate Manager software to sync specific folders whenever the drive is connected. On my new system (x64), the software is not compatible

FreeAgent Desktop Software | Seagate

I am still able to connect and use the Drive, but the auto-sync capabilities offered by the software are no longer available. Thus, I would need to manually backup each new file, which is a major inconvenience.

Does anyone have suggestions on a HD and software(most importantly) that works with Vista x64? I am looking for a 500gb - 1.5tb External usb 2.0 hd.

All replies, thanks in advance..

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hello guys,

got a strange problem with my laptop when ever I turn on my laptop it boots perfect and I am in my windows then the problem starts here it gets too slow and then i cant go inside anything but the laptop is processing ok then i realised it seems like harddisk is making some strange kind of sound like tik tik but its too hard to hear that sound..

Anyways any suggestions or fixes what can i do with it...

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I have 40GB harddisk and now I am moving to 120GB SATA hardisk. But i want all the data with softwares, plugins and all the windows settings to be transferred in the 120 GB harddisk.

There is any way so that all files and setttings will transferred and I dont have to install everything again.

In my system Windows XP Pro SP1 is installed.

A:Transfer data/settings from small harddisk to big harddisk

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

I recently replaced my old harddisk to a new harddisk. The old harddisk has windows xp home and other programs installed.

I did not format the old harddisk, I only took out the old harddisk and replaced it with a new harddisk. I then installed windows xp home to the new harddisk.

While I am installing programs on the new harddisk, I discovered that one of the programs do not allow me to activate the program license because I have previously activated the program on my old windows. I need to do a proper uninstallation to release the license, then I can activate the license of the program in the new harddisk.

My question is, can I take out my current new harddisk, replace it with the old harddisk, boot up as normal into the old harddisk windows, uninstall the program inside the old harddisk, then replace the old hardisk with my new harddisk again.

Will I be able to access the old windows on the old harddisk?
Will it mess up my current windows/programs settings?
Will my current new harddisk windows be able to work as normal after accessing the old harddisk windows?
I thought of accessing the old harddisk as a slave, but I do not know if it is possible to access the old harddisk and do a proper uninstall of the program?
Is there any better way of uninstalling the program on my old harddisk?

Thanks in advance.

A:Accessing Win XP on old harddisk to uninstall programs after installing new harddisk

you have to swap out the drive completely. at no time should you have both hdd plugged in.

repeat, do not run them as master and slave. run each hdd individually at each time only.........

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I have an Acer Aspire 5103 laptop running Windows vista. The laptop was never dropped or was subjected to any physical abuse. Off late it started to reboot all of a sudden and it will not find its hard disk.

I removed the harddisk (let us call H1) (SATA) from it and swapped it on a HP Laptop (having a hard disk H2) which took a similar form factor hard disk. The HP machine was happy enough to recognise this hard disk (H1) and continue to work with out any problems.

I took Hard disk H2 and fitted it on the Acer Laptop . Even after this the Acer reboots and doesn't find its hard disk now and then. i.e if you leave the laptop switched off and stationary for 2 hours - when you boot, the laptop will find its hard disk.

So I deduced it is a problem with the Acer Laptop rather than the hard disk.

If you move the acer laptop or do something to its physical position (this also depends some times it doesn't matter even if you move it keeps working) the Acer stops recognising the hard disk (irrespective of which ever hard disks) - The BIOS itself doesn't show the Hard disk.

However after 2 hours or something similar (after poweing off the laptop) - the laptop finds its hard disk and boots. Once booted if you don't move it - it keeps working as long as you want or when it stops finding the hard disk due to some minor movement. If you reboot the machine however many times it won't find the hard disk once it starts to miss its hard disk - but after 1 or 2... Read more

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i have a compaq presario laptop which have a harddisk space of 10GB oni. Can i buy another harddisk to replace the one i have? Mine no more warranty already. Anyone have any site link to show how to open up the laptop? Or have tried upgrading the harddisk themselves? If i buy a harddisk from outside, will it be able to work in the laptop? Cos compaq is well known for customising their systems.

Any help will be appreciated.

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My Toshiba laptop as been doing something strange lately... Sometimes when I turn it on after a hard reset it sits at the Toshiba splash screen (the screen where is says you can press F12 for boot options or F2 for setup)...

The first time it happened it wouldn't boot until I held the power button down for 10 seconds after removing all power including the battery.

Last night even that wouldn't work. So I yanked the hard drive and tried to boot again and finally got the "we can't find an operating system" message after it tried to boot via the network... Then when I popped the hard drive back in it booted perfectly the first time.

I'm wondering if my hard drive is about to fail or it this indicative of something else?

Any advice or insights would be appreciated!

Win7 Prof 32-bit
4gb RAM
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 @ 2ghz (not overclocked)
Satellite Pro L300-EZ1523
Stock Toshiba Harddrive - Windows Explorer shows 232gb capacity, so I guess it's a 250gb size.

Thanks in advance!

A:Toshiba Laptop Harddisk Question

Can you post a picture of your Disk Management. Maybe there is something wrong with the partition designation.

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I am facing a problem in starting my laptop because of some hard disk error. I have purchased my laptop in april 2016 and it is already having issues. I tried to contact contomer care but they always kept my call on hold, as all the lines are busy. I have generated acase no. for the same and yet not received any call from HP. My case no. is [Personal Information Removed]. Kindly look into it..

A:Laptop is not working because of some Harddisk issue and it ...

This is NOT official HP Customer Support and I, as most other persons on this forum, do not work for HP. This is a peer-to-peer user supported forum for HP products. HP maintains no official presence on this forum and it is unlikely that HP will respond in an official capacity. Any reply from a HP employee represents their own opinion and not that of HP's. When requesting assistance, please provide the complete model name and product number (p/n) of the HP computer in question. HP/Compaq makes thousands of models of computers. Without this information it may be difficult or impossible to assist you in resolving your issue. The above requested information can be found on the bottom of your computer, inside the battery compartment or on the startup BIOS screen. Please see How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number? for more assistance locating this information. DO NOT include your serial number.  Please contact customer care again and reference your case number. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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I've got a new computer with 256 MB DDR ram. The computer is Athlon XP 2000. Windows XP Home.

I plan on upgrading ram to 512 mb. I have been given, by someone who knows even less about computers than I do, a RAM (chip?) that apparently has never been used.

A tag stuck on this chip says "PC2100 DDR". There are also some numbers which may be serial #'s or part #'s.

I'm wondering if there's any way, aside from installing, to tell if this chip will get along with my motherboard and my ram.

A:How do I find out if RAM is compatible

Pretty much, it should work.........but sometimes certain chips don't work with certain chips, so installing it is pretty much the only way to find out.

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I replaced the hard drive in my dell 8400 with one listed as compatible on the dell web sight. A Caviar blue 500 GB SATA 3gb HD 16 MB 7200 rpm 3.5. its twice the hard drive that was in it. fit in just fine. started teh computer. dell logo appeared, put in OS disk. restarted pressing f 12. choose the boot from cd and windows started. got to the screen that said install, repair or quit. I choose install, then it came up with.. cant find hard drive. and canceled. So from the f 12 screen i chose diagnose hard drive. It did, found the new hard drive came up with passed. I looked in set up under f 1. the correct new hard drive was listed. . thought maybe bios needed updating to run this new hard drive. istuck in a floppy i had with an bios flash on it. chose f - 12 again but picked start from floppy. it did. then it said it cant install it because it was for a dimension 4300 not the 8400. so i went back to dell sight. downloaded to my 4300 the update to go to a A09 (it is currently A03) put that on floppy. put the floppy in the 8400 started boot from floppy and it said .. remove media disk and try again. Im guessing the file is zipped? Any suggestions to getting this computer to use the new hard drive?

A:cant find harddrive

What are you trying to install?

If the BIOS is still working, don't try to update it. You may make the machine useless.

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I have a SONY VAIO laptop with Windows XP Home version. It crashed several times during daily uses. So I tried to format the whole harddisk and reinstall Windows XP Home version. But it failed to format the harddisk. I also tried to install Windows 2000 but got the same problem. I'm thinking of that the harddisk may got damaged. If so, the question is how to replace it? I couldnot find any instructions on it.
PLEASE PLEASE help. It affected my life so much. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!


A:How to replace harddisk for SONY VAIO laptop

check the sony website to make sure that your hdd was not a defect one that they will replace. i have a sony vaio desktop, and they are replacing many hard disk drives because they malfunction when exposed to humid or hot weather.

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This laptop will not save documents or files to the hard drive. They are there when initially saved, but disappear when the system is next switched on.

Anyone help me pls...

A:Laptop Fail to save any data to harddisk

You need to say whether you are new to computers or not and which Windows operating system you have. I remember when we first got a computer many years ago the wife thought that I'd deleted her work. In fact we didn't know whereabouts it was saved and couldn't find our way around. If you are a beginner using Windows 7 try clicking on the Start button and then Documents in the menu that opens to the right. By default that's where things are saved but you can use the Save As option and choose a different location.

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Did somebody get the instruction that can help to do the harddisk upgrade, as the harddisk is fixed inside the laptop.

Many thanks.

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well my computer (a dell 4600c) cant really handle the things i do on it (music producing) ... in the programs the cpu goes up to %100 and it crashes.... i recently upgraded the ram to 1.5 gb, it helped but not alot... so i was thinking about putting in a new processer... i can only spend $200 - $300 though. oh btw, right now i have a pentium 4 2.66ghz ....so i have a few questions:

how do i find one that is compatible with my computer?

what processor would u recomend?

would putting in a new processor even help?

if not, what should i do?

thanks in advance

A:how do i find a compatible processer?

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Hi,I have 2 laptops from HP:HP Pavillion 15-N002ET andHP Pavilion DV6-3114ETI need genuine HP batteries for them but I can't find out which battery models on your website would be compatible with my laptop models. Can you please advise?Thanks.

A:Can't find compatible battery

Hi, 1. HP Pavillion 15-N002ET :     From its Maintenance and Service Guide page 26, it uses 4 cell, 41-Wh, 2.8-Ah, Li-ion battery, part number 728460-001   You can buy battery from :        http://partsurfer.hp.com/Search.aspx?SearchText=728460-001 2.  HP Pavilion DV6-3114ET:    Again, from its Maintenance and Service Guide, it can use      6-cell, 55-Whr, 2.55-Ah Li-ion battery for use with all computer models  part number 593554-001     6-cell, 62-Whr, 2.8-Ah Li-ion battery for use with all computer models  part number 593562-001     9-cell, 93-Whr, 2.8-Ah Li-ion battery for use with all computer models part number  593550-001  You can buy from:      http://partsurfer.hp.com/Search.aspx?SearchText=593562-001 Regards.

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my laptop has sodimm form factor. ddr3 ram at 1600 mhz speed & 1.5 v.i want to upgrade to 16gb.will Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3/DDR3L 1600 MHz (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Memory work with my laptop.http://www.amazon.in/Crucial-PC3-12800-SODIMM-204-Pin-Memory/dp/B008LTBJFW

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I need a new charger because mine just blew up after 3 years of loyal service (thankfully my laptop wasn't harmed). However, I am unsure what charger to get because when I look at chargers on the HP store's webpage and click on a charger, under the "compatible devices" section, my laptop's model name isn't listed under any of these. My laptop is only 3 years old so I don't understand why I am having so much trouble finding out a compatible adapter for it. The charger I've been using for the past 3 years has the following specifications:120WInput: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz 2.0AOutput: 19.5V  6.15A I have no idea what those figures mean, so if someone could reccommend a safe and suitable replacement charger while I nurse my electrocuted thumb I'd be very grateful!

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Hi guys, I've been reading this forum for some help but cannot seem to find anything as my problem (or multiple problems) seems to be quite specific.

The problem:
During the creation of a 30GB FAT32 partition on my brand new IOMEGA 1.5tb desktop external harddrive the power cable was unwittingly disconnected and the partition failed. Since that time I have been unable to find the harddrive on my system.

What I've tried so far:
I've tried searching 'My Computer', 'Disk Management', and 'Device Manager', none of them are showing up anything ( they were showing the device perfectly before the incident ). I have also attempted to use the harddrive on a laptop of mine but to no avail. I've attempted to find out if UPnP is enabled on my Bios menu but for some reason this menu keeps softlocking/hardlocking and I must manually restarted the computer. I have also shut down all power to the computer for about an hour and the problem persists.

Any help would be most appreciated.

A:Cannot find external harddrive

problem fixed

i had to buy another hard drive

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hi - after reading for a couple hours, i'm still not able to find my answer. i have a 80G drive w 4 partitions that no longer boots. C: is winXpSp1, the others are for data and temp files. during post it takes a minute or 2 (long time) to find the HD (and finds it correctly during post, or in BIOS) and eventually complains its not a system disk. running XP setup from CD to try to do a repair results in "no installed drives found." when placed in another system as a slave, its found as quickly as the master HD is when its alone, and seems to function normally - chkdsk & surface scan find no errors & kaspersky finds no MBR or other problems. i even used TestDisk to rewrite the partition table and MBR to no avail. i'm able to copy off all my files, but would like to know if there are other things i can try. is there a way to XP setup repair / replace boot files on a drive other than C:? or can i use anything from a working system to fix the slave drive? can i ghost the partition and put it on a new HD and run repair there or will the boot problems be copied with the image?

is this problem a prelude to complete disk failure? or can i use this (if not fixable) for data storage? since this drive will post normal/quick when its a slave, does someone know what's missing/messed up to cause the long post when master, and anything to do about it?

as a test i put an 2 year old ghost image on another drive, and put it in the box as master, and the box wo... Read more

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Hello to all.
My first post here .....Woohoo.
I'm running Vista Business, and would like to know where to go and how to maneuver around in order to figure out the size of the harddrive.
Thank you very very much for your help in advance.

A:How to find out the size of the Harddrive?

Two ways-

1. Right click on the drive in "Computer", click "Properties"

2.Start> right click "computer", click "Manage", click "continue", click "Storage-Disk Management"

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Hi everyone!,

This is my first post in these forum so i thought i should say hi to everyone. I have a problem with my Vista installation in that when i boot up with the disc in the dvd drive, i get the screen where you choose the partition and HD etc but it cannot find anything and I can't click on load drivers because I dont ever remember having a disc for my harddrive!
Im currently running a P4 3Ghz, 2gb kinston RAM, Nvidia 7600GT, Dell Dimension 8300.

I was wondering if anyone could help me.



A:Vista cannot find my harddrive

Does your BIOS see your Hard drive?

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I bougth a Lenovo Laptop t60 model 1951-BS7  and no OS since I already own a copy of XP and my last PC HD burnt out.  I wanted to load XP on my new hardrive.  When I boot from my XP CD it goes through the setup process and then tells me it can not find a hardrive in the laptop.  I go to BIOS and can run the HD scan and all works well so the Laptop's BIOS knows the HD is installed.  Any one have any suggestions?

A:XP on Lenovo T60 will not find Harddrive

This is the url to the lenovo page where u can look it up: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/7zim06ww.txt
If your system has Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller, (as you have), select Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller.
No need to change BIOS, just download the drivers from the link to a floppy desk, start ur windows installation and press F6 at the very start. Then press "S" and select "Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI", press "enter" and continue the installation on your T60 ;-)
Good luck.

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Any software (ie. Crystl Disk) that I use to check out my hard drive cannot find it. The drive has smartdrive and should readily found.

A:Sodtware cannot find harddrive

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I have two hard drives a C: (160g WinXp) and E80g Music etc...) drive. I am getting the NTDLR is missing error on a black screen. When I go into Windows Setup it does not recognize my primary C: drive (which has winxp installed). I see the E: drive, but that's it.

Does anyone have any ideas how to get my C: drive up and running? Any help would be appreciated

A:Cannot Find Primary HardDrive

you may need to use another machine and see if disc manager can set it active
if OS see's it at all
or use the xp disc and try a command window that may let you see the first partition.
there are a few bootable free disc utilitys out there if you can get someone to burn and try repair and copy the files needed
seems files are there,something has deactivated the c drive

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My computer blue screened and refused to load xp. I put the drive in an external case to move my files to another computer and wanting to do a clean install formatted the drive and partitioned a section for installing a linux os. I put it back in my computer and tried to install xp. It says no harddrive found. The harddrive shows up in the bios by brand name and model number. Plus I installed ubuntu to it and am using it right now. Still when I try to install xp it says no harddrive and to make sure the drive is connected properly. I'm using a dell xp home sp2 cd with my dell dimension desktop.

A:xp install can't find harddrive

Hello and welcome to the forum

Is the drive SATA or PATA?

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:


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I have purchased a used hp pavilion ze5170, It will not find the hard drive. I purchased a new hard drive and it still does not work. I go into the Bios and the boot is set on fd,cd,hd then lan. this computer has ze 41oo bios, is that the correct Bios. Does anyone know where I can get the Bios for a ze5170 on a fd?

Thank you in advance for your help


A:hp pavilion can't find harddrive

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Try changing the ide cable, it might just help.

If that doesn`t work than maybe you`re looking at a bad ide controller/bad mobo.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hey, I installed the Win 7 beta(64) and when i was reformating from xp32 to win7 i remember i pressed delete my main partition(cause i was sure that was to delete all the files on it) My win7 version works fine, but i want to get back to xp32 and i cant reformat.

I get up the setup to the recovery cd and everything, but when i choose install xp32 i get an error where it says that it cant find any harddrives to install xp32 on..

What do i do please help.

A:Recovery CD cant find my harddrive

Hey, I installed the Win 7 beta(64) and when i was reformating from xp32 to win7 i remember i pressed delete my main partition(cause i was sure that was to delete all the files on it) My win7 version works fine, but i want to get back to xp32 and i cant reformat.

I get up the setup to the recovery cd and everything, but when i choose install xp32 i get an error where it says that it cant find any harddrives to install xp32 on..

What do i do please help.

(I also posted this in another category, sorry for double posting dont know where to put it)

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Okay, so I'm trying to run the Sims 2 on my computer but it's telling me I don't have DirectX 9.0c compatible drivers. I don't know what kind of video card I have, so I don't know where to get these drivers. When I try to go to the Device Manager to check, it tells me that Windows cannot find mmc.exe


A:No DirectX 9.0c compatible drivers and no way to find out what I need

What pc have you got and what windows version is on it????

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Hello. I own a g470 59302030  laptop. But i have lost the charger. I would like to know the part number of the charger. Thanks in advance for any help. It will be greatly appreciated. Salutations.

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Hi..I'm hoping someone could help me.I've just finished repairing my pc and then this problem is giving me a headache..I've spent hours searching for Video Controller (VGA Compatible).anyone?? thx

A:Can't find Video Controller VGA Compatible

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Hi, thanks in advance

So it started out with me attempting to get rid of old programs and making comp go faster. I was manually at the add/remove programs getting rid of junk, not sure exactly which program I removed/uninstalled that did it but when I restarted comp the desktop looked all messed up- when I right click+properties at desktop the settings was default at color quality lowest 4bit and the resolution is at 640x480... all that good stuff. I tried changing it back to 32 bit and better resolution but the color quality will not change. I tried to be careful not to remove any programs that would do that but perhaps when uninstalling something critical went with it? Oh and for screensaver in desktop properties it says " cannot find any compatible direct 3d devices".... so basically I can't change my settings to 32 bit color it is stuck on the 4bit lowest color and same resolution!!!!

please help. if you need any other info from me do tell.


A:could not find any compatible direct 3d devices + more

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I'm Getting this message after installing new HD. It's happening trying to run a screensaver...thanks

A:Solved: cannot find compatible 3d device

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My husband would like to be able to connect his puter with our TV. He knows what adapter is needed, but has learned that if his video card isn't compatible, then it won't work.

How does he go about finding if his video card is compatible?

He's running Vista and has a ATI Radeon 2100 video card. If anything else is needed to be known, let me know.

A:How do I find out if a puter is compatible to connect to TV?

Well if you are using an adapter and he knows you need that connecting it should be a cinch if you use the tv as a primary monitor it would be just like having a computer monitor. But you need the right resolution.

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..i want to update my graphics card to enable aero effects on my computer and some other stuff as well

i got this message from the aero trouble shooter : http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/a...D/Capture1.png

my mother board is :ASUS PTGD-LA

my graphics card is :Intel 915GV

CPU: intel Pentium 4 .

i have 3 PCI expansion slots .

pc is about 5 years old .

former OS : XP

it has 128 mb of ram enough to meet aero requirements

i guess i need a WDDM compatible driver.......i have no clue about that.
can you help me?

something affordable . not a gamer. just want to upgrade my pc and windows 7 visual effects .

thank you for your help .

A:please help me find a compatible graphics card 4 my pc

Quote: Originally Posted by Seven7

..i want to update my graphics card to enable aero effects on my computer and some other stuff as well

i got this message from the aero trouble shooter : http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/a...D/Capture1.png

my mother board is :ASUS PTGD-LA

my graphics card is :Intel 915GV

CPU: intel Pentium 4 .

i have 3 PCI expansion slots .

pc is about 5 years old .

former OS : XP

it has 128 mb of ram enough to meet aero requirements

i guess i need a WDDM compatible driver.......i have no clue about that.
can you help me?

something affordable . not a gamer. just want to upgrade my pc and windows 7 visual effects .

thank you for your help .

Hi and welcome

I dont know what kind of a budget you have but for little money you can get a card that will run aero. 128 Mb isnt enough. Let us know what youc an spend and we will give you a hand

Ken J

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Current Rig:
AMD FX 6100
SMPS 460 W Cooler Master
Corsair XMS 1600 DDR3 4 GB
HDD Segate 1TB Sata
Asus M5A88 MEVO Motherboard
Realtek Soundcard
Cabinet IBall 1161 Case

Logitech G400 & G400s Gaming Mouse
Logitech Normal Keyboard
Microsoft Wired Controller for Windows
Steelseries Siberia V1 Gaming Headset
Zebronics 7.1 Iron Head Gaming Headset
F&D A111u Speakers
Logitech C110 Webcam

Samsung 22" LED Monitor

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
My motherboard died about a month ago and i have secided to REPLACE it please help me find one MOBO + Graphics.

Help me out if you have any other suggestions for upgradation !

Thanks in advance

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Notebook model: Compaq presario c300 laptop
Processor type: Intel Celeron M CPU 420
Processor Speed 1.60GHz
Total Memory 768 mb
video memory 128mb(Xp only)
BIOS version F.24
I formatted with Win.XP recently but when downloading the suggested BIOS from the Compaq website the PC shut down and ever since I've had looping boots after a blue screen saying my hard device is screwed up. So I burned a boot disk with Darick's nuke, and completely wiped out the hard to install the Windows again, and it still says this and I just get a retarded laptop only with an opening Compaq screen then blacking out, booting, then coming back to this screen whenever a window installation is booted after i press enter to install:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any harddisk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuraion ins correct. set up cannot continue, to quick press f3.
If I press R to repair it still said that the path or file specified is not valid, and it lets me type from C:/). How can I revive the damaged hard that supposedbly not pwered on, found or connected properly?
This is the BIOS that i tried to install soon after I first formatted then booted the computer into retarded mode: WinFlash for HP Notebook System BIOS (for Notebooks with Intel Processors) - Microsoft Windows/Vista-Based
link:http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&a... Read more

A:HardDrive Down and Computer can't find so I cant install OS

What type of drive?

Darik's has destroyed drives before. It is intended for drives that are no longer going to be used by the owner.

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