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Q: Trying to install a SATA hard drive on an old system.

Hi there,

I am trying to install a Seagate 500GB SATA hard drive to my old DELL Dimension 4500.

I have previously installed PCI Controller Card from Masscool. I also installed and updated the driver on my old IDE hard drive.

I am not seeing an option in my BIOS to detect the hard drive.

When I get to Windows and open up My Computer it does not detect the drive but it does detect the SATA DVD drive I have installed to the controller. When I open the device manager it sees a hard drive connected but sees a SCSI drive.

Lastly when I open the program that I installed as a raid controller it does detect a SATA hard drive but it isn't allowing me to do anything with it.

Ultimately I would like to install this new hard drive and no longer use the old IDE one. I believe the next step is to access the RAID BIOS but I have no idea how. I would appreciate any help anyone could give me.

Thanks in advance,

Preferred Solution: Trying to install a SATA hard drive on an old system.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Trying to install a SATA hard drive on an old system.

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HI,  have a Dell OptiPlex 745, would like to install a second 500GB SATA; removed the cover and discovered there is only one data connector on the cable.  Can I buy a cable for t6his desktop computer that will connect two SATA drives?  Can someone help me figure out what cable to buy?  I have remove the cover. 

A:Like to install a second 500 GB SATA hard drive

HI,  have a Dell OptiPlex 745, would like to install a second 500GB SATA; removed the cover and discovered there is only one data connector on the cable.  Can I buy a cable for t6his desktop computer that will connect two SATA drives?  Can someone help me figure out what cable to buy?  I have remove the cover. 
Which version of the OptiPlex 745, do you have, the Mini Tower, Desktop, Small Form Factor, or the Ultra Small Form Factor?
No, a SATA cable only supports one SATA device, unlike the obsolete IDE/EIDE cables that can support two IDE devices.

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I installed a new sata 320gig hard drive
i start windows up
and format the hard drive
it gets all the way and i get this message

"Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.

Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or SCSI adapter documentation for more information.

You must select a different partition for Windows XP.
To continue, press ENTER."

fter clicking enter I see that it has created a new partition.
C: Partition 1 [New (Raw) ] 78521MB
Unpartitioned space 8MB

If I try to install on Partition 1 I get an error.

"An error occurred while Setup was updating partition information on:

78529 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]"

I have no idea what to do

i have only installed xp on IDE hard drives before

A:Can't install XP sata hard drive

Hello & Welcome to Tech Guy Forum.

Presumably your computer is a desktop & not a laptop. Correct or incorrect?

Which brand & model, if white box?

If custom, which motherboard, brand & model?

Is your SATA drive connected directly to the motherboard, or an SATA controller card? If a controller card, you may need to install the drivers for that card, during Windows setup.

Your motherboard probably can't recognize HDDs of that size. A fix might be available, by flashing the BiOS. Note: flashing the BiOS, if done incorrectly, or if bad luck is in the area, can render your computer unusable.

Best of success.


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I have a problem when install the second sata hard disk
I bought a new one 500 GB and I installed windows xp sp3 on it
and it works proberly I connected it in the SATA 0 port
when i want to install second sata hard disk 320 GB on sata 1
and it has an important data, windows reboot itself and make
blue screen sometimes "NTFS.sys" Or "SCSIPORT.sys"
so someone help me what should i do or there are HOTFIX for this problem.

in the BIOS I regcognized the two hard drivers :
IDE pri master 500 GB
IDE pri slave 320 GB
IDE second master ----
IDE second slave ----
SATA PORT 0 ------
SATA PORT 1 ------

i plugged the cd-rom in the IDE 2

Device spesification:
windows xp sp3
motherboard gigabyte 848P
intel ICH5
intel 8I848p775-g
celeron D Socket 775

A:please help i cant install the second sata hard drive

NOTE: Please provide the following information for a more detailed response: http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ta-452654.html

While waiting for a reply:

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests (located at this link: Hardware Diagnostics ). They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
Hard Drive Diagnostics (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources - Bootable Disks

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Hi There!

I have two 200 gig Sata Hard drives set up on my system and working perfectly.
There are 4 sata ports on my mobo. 2 are in use.
I want to add a third 200 gig hard drive to my current 400 gig.

The new 3rd drive has been formatted. I plug it into the next available sata port on my motherboard.

boot up. and I get NTDRL is missing.

HOW do I get my 3rd 200 gig sata hard drive working with the other two drives!?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:HELP me install my third 200 gig SATA Hard drive :(

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hi guy's nice place ya got here and happy to be here

I got an asus k8v-x MB it has 2 Sata outputs and IDE connections on the board and I just bought a 1TB hard drive that is Sata . (Hitachi)

So my question is ,,with the new hard drive (sata) installed in to the board as the only hard drive I go to install windows and it won't install I get no hard drive not found in your computer ????.

So I go do some reading and found out that win xp w/sp1 will not install not without loading the sata raid drive to a floppy and push f6 in the early part of the winxp install . So i try it and still no go !!!!!. So i found out that the Sata has got to be turned on in the bios so i go through the setup find it and turn it on to enable.

So i go to try and install xp again using the f6 to load the sata driver and i still get no hard drive found on computer.

I go back into the bios to make sure sata in enable and it is But!!!!!! i8 notice that it not recognizing the drive it is showing no drives installed.So i thought ok it has got to be the drive in shot So took it back and they tested it and it turn up it is good working find they said it just was not initialize so they did it there and said it was fine .So took it back k home installed it back into PC and it is doing the same thing No matter what i do I can not get it to be installed into the bios .

Man this is very frustrating any help wound be greatly appreciated


A:sata hard drive will not install on pc

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Hi, Is this possible? I have tried numerous times on my PC to install Windows 7 onto my Sata Drive to no avail. Yet as soon as I plug in my IDE HD it installs fine.

I have unplugged all external peripherals USB and internal Card Reader. Set my Bios ok as it sees both the Hard Drive and DVD fine (Both in the bios and during selection of hard drive during windows 7 installation). Yet when I come to install it, it craps out at a random percentage saying cannot read from source or worse yet it crawls so slow through the percentages (I really don't think Windows 7 should take 6 hours to get to 15%!!) Yet both the hard drive and dvd are fine and the disc works great on my other PC without the sata drive in. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!

My motherboard is a Biostar G31-M7 TE with latest bios now what is odd is that I recently updated the BIOS to the latest one so does my problem come from here or was it always going to be a problem on this board? Also when I do have win7 installed on the IDE drive when I plug in ther sata drive inside the whole system goes belly up (from freezes when transferring large files to just not seeing the drive)


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One of my favorite tips is to pre-format the HD on another computer to the partitions that you want for the new install on the new computer. Sometimes SATA drivers are required during install either from Disc or USB flash drive containing the correct Sata drivers needed.
Also check your Bios setting for AHCI, SATA, IDE.

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I want to do a reformat of my hard drive but its a WD Caviar Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II) and windows xp Media Center Edition won't recognize the hard drive during install, because its a sata unless I install the drivers from a floppy disk. I looked on the Western Digital sight but not sure which file I need. Can anybody point me to which driver I need so that windows will be able to find my hard drive during the install.

A:Sata Hard Drive and Windows Re-Install

Western Digital wont have the drivers that you need.
Whats the make/model of the system?

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My old IDE system drive failed so I bought a new Seagate SATA drive and windows wont install. During the installation process I get the dreaded 'setup was unable to create a new system partition...' message and I cant escape it. I currently have no windows installed so I only have the CMD to work with...please assist me.

A:New SATA hard drive, cant install Windows.

And when you get to the partition page it shows the hard drive as unallocated space, correct ?

Follow this tutorial.

Clean Install Windows 7

and look over Greg`s

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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This drive is to replace the other that totally crashed. The drive is a maxtor 500 gb sata drive. My motherboard doesn't have a sata connection on it so I put a pci card in for the sata connection. Well I attempted to install windows xp-pro but the problem is its not reading the drive as a drive at all. Any ideas on what I need to do to correct this problem.

A:Trying to Install a sata 500 gb empty hard drive

wrong forum - storage and networking.

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here is my story. abot 3 weeks ago i've bought a new SATA hard drive. i have old P4C800-E mb and IDE harddrive with XP running. so i unplugged IDE disc and was able to install windows xp on sata drive,-later got all the updates including service pack 3. few days later - the blue screen of death appeared on my new hard drive. i formatted and tried to reinstall for nada. most of the the time - it didn't show the hard drive in the bios at all. than i read on this forum that i can't install XP on SATA drives because of no drivers there for SATA (somehow i did though). i got desperate and have bought brind new windows 7 ultimate - now - first time it went up to "completing installation" - then rebooted,-then again everything from beginning... after the second time - it gave me a message - no hard drive:(( so my question is - is it possible that the SATA hard drive is defect?it's pretty warm when i touch it? or - my bios is outdated? o shuld i just buy another IDE hard drive and get rid of SATA? thank you!

A:can't install windows 7 on new SATA hard drive

another thing is - could it be that my psu has not enough watt to power that SATA 500mb

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Tower Case (my computer build)
AX450-PN FSP Group Power Supply
WD800JB PATA hard drive (Primary Master w/WinXP Pro installed)
WD800JB PATA hard drive (Secondary Slave)
DVD-ROM (LiteOn)
DVD-Burner (Philips)
Jetway KT-400A motherboard w/Phoenix Tech BIOS ver. 6.00PG (08-23-2004)
AMD XP 2700+ (2.166)
2.5 GB PC 3200 memory
nVidia GeForce 6600 video card

I have installed the SATA drive and connected it to the PS and plugged into the motherboard with appropriate connectors. Easy stuff! What is failing to occur is the drive being addressed in the device manager or anywhere else it should be apparent.

Several questions arise, but the prime one is .......... why isn't it being addressed.
At boot up the drive is there (recognized in the boot sequence), but not in the setup configuration.
What am I missing here?
Will a SATA PCI Controller Card be required to make the drive accessible?
With 2 PATA hard drives and 2 Media drives, I wonder if the motherboard system is capable of handling the additional SATA drive.

Thanks for any advice here.

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I woukd like to install a SATA hard drive using an external drive housing. They make a connector for the data cabe that attaches into a slot on the backside of the computer and to the motherboard via a short cable. Where can I find something for the power cable? My wish is not to use USB for it. Make it a stand alone external drive that will show up like any other attached drive. Does someone make a kit to accomplish this action? Thanks DonS

A:How to install an external SATA hard drive.

I believe you're referring to an eSATA port on the back of your computer. Generally speaking, external 3.5" drives have an external power supply that gets plugged into the wall while 2.5" drive enclosures are usually USB powered. I can't recall seeing a 2.5" drive with eSATA for the data connection and USB for power but they might exist.

Here are some examples of 3.5" disk enclosures with eSATA that have external AC power supplies: Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Hard Drive Enclosures, Yes, 3.5", USB & eSATA - Newegg.com

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Hi, I've just built my PC from components and am having trouble installing Vista. I can get as far into the installation as selecting where to install it to, but no hard drive is found! However, the hard drive (SATA) is found in the BIOS settings as the 'IDE MASTER 0' or something like that.

After a little googling, I found somebody with a similar problem and it seems that the vista install does not detect certain SATA drives. The CD that came with the motherboard says it contains some SATA drivers among other things, but even these arent found when I replace the windows DVD with it during installation.

Can anyone help me sort this out? Thanks.

A:Trying to install, SATA hard drive not found

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Hi, im trying to install Windows xp Pro with sp2 on a maxtor sata 2 300Gb HD.

The harddrive has two 150gb partitions on it and has been formatted (I used maxblast 4 in windows to do this), the first is blank and the second contans data.

Im currently running a maxtor IDE 80gb HD with windows xp installed.

I remove the IDE harddrive and begin the windows installation by booting from the cd,
I select the option to install windows then when it checks the harddrive it freezes.

Any Ideas.

Full PC specs:

Athlon 64x2 4600+ AM2
M2N32 SLI Deluxe
BFG Geforce 7900 GTX OC
2x 1GB OCZ PC6400 (dual channel)
80GB maxtor IDE
300GB Maxtor Sata 2
Antec NeoPower 480 Watt PSU


A:PC freezes during win xp install with Sata 2 Hard drive

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I have got a system that was running xp on a sata hard drive which was cloned onto a second sata hard drive. The main hard drive started freezing on the welcome screen and so I started using the second hard drive but the same has happened to that. I could not boot in safe mode or last known good configuration etc.
I decided to format the first hard drive and put xp back on it but every time I try to do so after it has been formatted and the xp files have been loaded onto the drive when it comes to reboot in order to load the files the computer will not load the files and just starts the whole process again of setting up windows and then giving me the option of formatting etc I am just going round in circles.

Is there something special that needs to be done with a sata hard drive in order to put xp on it?
Does anybody have any idea what the initial problem was with freezing screens?

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I'm about to add a new sata hard drive to my pc, and I intend to clone the old IDE hard drive to the new one. From what I have read, it appears that Windows XP will not recognize a sata drive unless you have sata drivers installed. So here's my queston:

I think I have located the drivers on my mobo driver cd, are the Promise SATA378 that I see on the cd the correct drivers that I need to put onto a floppy (there are also VIARAID drivers on the cd as well)? Also, it's version number is v1.00.0.26, are these the latest drivers?

Oh yeah, my mobo is an ASUS P4P8X SE with an intel p4 3 ghz.

Thanks for your help.

A:About to install new hard drive, question about sata drivers

Rick said:

Just download the latest from either from http://www.promise.com/support/download/download_eng.asp or http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-usClick to expand...

I cannot find SATA drivers for my mobo on ASUS's website, it's like it doesn't exist. Now are promise drivers compatible with my mobo? I do see different drivers listed on promise's website, though I do not see the specific ones I have which is SATA378.

Rick said:

Your manufacturer usually has instructions on how to create an F6 diskette, but the basic principle is txtsetup.oem, *.cat and other driver files should be in the ROOT of the floppy diskette.Click to expand...

Sorry, but can you elaborate on this (my mobo manual has no instructions for this step)?

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I'm trying to install WinXP SP3 onto a new 500Gb SATA2 drives using a MSI P6N SLI motherboard and when the PC boots, the BIOS sees two SATA hard drives (including the correct size), but when I run the WinXP install CD, I get stuck when the install CD claims it can find no hard drives to install WinXP on.

I have the install CD from MSI which has the ide SATA drivers on it and I've tried to use nlite to integrate the SATA drivers into the install CD, but the resulting iso file still cannot get past the "cannot find any hard drives" point. The MSI driver CD includes 7 ide_SATA files including an inf file which nlite adds to the i386\NLDRV\001 folder and strips all the last characters off each file, e.g. NVATA.INF becomes NVATA.IN_.

The only files on the MSI disk that contain a txtsetup.oem file are the RAID drivers, so I cannot make a floppy disk to insert via the F6 route, and as stated above, cannot get the nlite iso SATA drivers to be seen by the install CD.
I've been going around in circles with MSI tech support trying to have them provide a txtsetup.oem file for the non-RAID SATA drives, but either they don't understand or they are just avoiding the solution because they have no solution. They tell me to download the install driver file (same as on the MSI CD) from their website and load it - but I can't do that until Windows is installed, which I can't do. I can't seem to get through to them that to run the MSI driver CD, WinXP has to be ALREADY install... Read more

A:Can't get clean WinXP install on SATA Hard Drive

Hello jpegman

If you can`t slipstream the drivers all you can do is to go into the BIOS and change the SATA operation mode to RAID Auto/ATA.


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Hi -
I'm having a problem installing XP Pro SP2 on my new WD hard drive. The new HD is a SATA 6 Gps jumpered for 3 Gps. My problem is almost exactly like the one described here:

[SOLVED] Unable to install XP...Harddrive Error...

The solution provided there is exactly what i've found in other forums and blogs. Once I got past a floppy drive problem that prevented me from loading the SATA drivers using the F6 key solution, I finally was able to load the drivers from the floppy that came with my m/b.

However, after Windows setup started, it got to the point after loading some drivers where it showed me the blue screen giving me 3 choices - I chose to begin installing Windows XP. So I clicked Enter, and the next blue screen gave me the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer."

I've tried several different configurations in the BIOS, but none worked. Right now, its at the default settings. SATA is configured for RAID since my m/b floppy contains RAID Drivers.

Man, I am at a loss. I have no idea why I can't get XP installed. Thank you for any help.

A:[SOLVED] SATA hard drive not recognized after F6 during XP Pro install

You want to set the SATA to work as IDE . . not RAID, unless you have a RAID array. . . and you want the SATA drivers, not RAID drivers.

If you set the SATA controller to work as IDE you do not need the drivers on the floppy

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I have bought a new Maxtor SATA 120 Gig hard drive. I am having a problem getting the system to see it.
I am using a ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard which has 2 SATA connections. When I try to install windows XP I get a message saying hard drive cannot be found.
Using the auto detect in CMOS does nothing and I have set all configurations to default, nothing happens.
adding RAID drivers on install has no effect either.
I cannot get the motherboard CD to boot, although the CD is set as 1st boot.
Power is going to the HD, which I have had inspected by PC World to check it's ok, which they confirm.
The only time I can see the name of the HD is in the SATA configuration window.
I only want to use one hard drive so I have not used any of the RAID configurations.
Any advice please? Thanks

A:Solved: Sata Hard Drive Install Problem

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I just built a new PC and I am unable to install windows on the computer. I have tried installing Windows XP and Windows 7 but none of them work. When I tried to install Windows XP, I got the error unable to read hard drive. When I tried to install Windows 7, it gets to the point where it loads all the files and brings up the screen Starting windows but after that the screen just goes blank and the monitor cannot find a video source even though the computer is still on.

I tried plugging in another hard drive which already had windows xp installed on it. The computer booted fine but it could not find the 500GB WD hard drive.

I looked in the BIOS and it seems that the MB recognizes that there is a hard drive but it is having a hard drive reading it. If i go into the onboard device config it doesnt show the SATA controller.

I am wondering if there is a solution to this, any way I can install the drivers or is it just a faulty hard drive. My system specs are given below.

MB: Asus P7H55-M PRO
Chip: Intel i5 650 3.2 GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB) Kingston
HD: WD Caviar Blue SATA, 500 GB

Thanks in advance,

A:Cannot install Windows on WD 500GB SATA hard drive!

You can try to change the SATA controller mode (in the BIOS) to IDE mode. Windows XP setup should continue without a problem. You could keep the mode set to SATA or AHCI but you then need to install the appropriate SATA/RAID drivers at the F6 prompt at the beginning of Windows Setup. However, you will need a floppy drive for that. If you don't have a floppy drive, you can try making a slipstream CD which is a Windows CD with the SATA/RAID drivers included. Google, Bing or whatever to find several guides on how to create a slipstream CD.

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I have a dell from 2 years ago and the thing died so i'm rebuilding it... new everything. I got a nice setup and it all works fine.

Motherboard: Intel Intel D925XBC Socket 775 mATX MBB
I have 1 GB RAM
Hard drive: Seagate ST3200827AS 200GB 7200RPM 8MB SATA/300 HDD
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 516 2.93GHz 533MHz 1MB Socket 775 CPU
ROM: Lite-On LH-18A1P 18x Double Layer DVD?RW IDE Drive

Anyways I put it all together and everything works! BIOS start up nicely and everything.

1st off I want to put windows XP home edition on the hard drive since the last died. So I setup BIOS to load CD drive 1st then my hard drive, I boot from the CD and the normal blue screen comes up, I press F6 and I load my RIAD boot floppy disc so SATA hard drive can load. I load up all the drivers though on the floppy b/c otherwise the thing acts like i didn't do everything.

Once windows setup loads I agree and I take only 10GB partitian to load the windows OS on to so I have easy cleaning for later on down the road. It installs and restarts the system... i skip the CD boot and go to hard drive where the windows thing does its thing... it gives me the dumb error that it can't find a file...looked it up and found out that windows XP isn't made to know what a DVD burner drive is so i switch my ROMS out for a standard old fashion CD Drive that does nothing but read. I went ahead and uploaded the OS again just to make sure....pc restarts i get to the screen again and it goes through the 23min thi... Read more

A:Help with XP install, SATA hard drive, blue screens and more

what does the bsod tell you

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I was just looking around and I saw a thread that indicated that it might be possible to transfer a Windows XP Pro hard drive to a new system.

I'm wondering if this is true or not because at the moment I am looking at getting new Intel D865GSA Motherboard to replace the same type of motherboard because it failed on me. I was also looking at putting in a similar processor as well. The original motherboard was an Intel D865GSA and the Processor was an Intel P4 640 processor.

That was the original hardware that was in there when I installed Windows XP on the hard drive, but due to the age of the hardware people have told me that it would be better to just upgrade the motherboard, processor and memory. I've been looking at the idea of doing that with a barebones system and I could do that, but I would need to use the hard drive that Windows XP Pro is currently installed on without any loss of actual data.

It's important that I keep whatever data is on there due to a legal case that I'm dealing with, but I don't know what will happen if I try to upgrade things so that it has a newer motherboard, processor and memory that can support Windows Vista or higher.

What can I do to make sure that I can access this drive as is without any loss of data?. I don't mind doing device drivers at all as that won't affect the data, but reinstalling XP will cause it to lose the data and at the moment I can't back it up or print it because of what happe... Read more

A:Moving Windows XP Pro Sata Hard Drive to new system

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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I have just bought a new computer with no operating system.
AMD Athlon 64 with ASUS motherboard
200gig sata hardrive

I started an intsallation of a copy of XP professional but it asked for xp with service pack 2 which i don't have on that disc.
I reset the computer but now when i turn it on it comes up with the message 'Error loading operating system_'

I have bought a new and legal version of xp home with sp 2 but i can't get past this error message.

I think i have to somehow wipe the sata hard disc from bios but i don't know how to.

Can anyone help please


A:How to wipe a sata hard drive without an ooerating system

2 ways you can do this...
1) Travel to bootdisk and DLoad a WinME bootdisk if you have web acess on another machine. Extract the zip to a floppy, then boot up in the new machine...
At the A: prompt type format C: and hit enter. This will prepare the drive for an OS When it is finished remove the floppy and re-boot with the XP CD in and you will now be able to run setup.
2) Determine who's SATA drive and go to the manuf. site and DLoad their HDD utility. This will also prepare the drive and you should be good to go.


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My Win XP aro PC has two internal SATA drives. The OS is installed on drive C. Drive F is the other one, used for data

I was moving some files from drive C to Drive F and the machine crashed, giving me a delayed data write error. After that the F drive was not accessible. It either wouldn't open or I'd access denied errors.

I tried running chkdsk f:/f, which has always worked in such situations on external drives. It didn't work at first, giving me access denied errors, then I rebooted and I ran it - it didn't work the first time, I got unrecoverable sector errors.

Finally, after 3 attempts chkdsk seemed to work, but after that the Windows immediately froze. I shut it off and now it won't boot up. I get the windows splash screen then it just freezes on a blackened screen.

Please help!

A:SATA Hard Drive failure, system won't boot

I just ran the drive diagnostics from the setup screen - I get Drive I... Fail. Return Code: 7.

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Currently, I have XP Home installed on my Dimension 8400 with 160gb SATA hard drive.  I wanted to upgrade to Windows 2003 Server.  I was going to do a fresh install.  The setup for 2003 said it cannot see any hard disks.  I assume this has something to do with the SATA hard drive...  I need to know how to get the setup to see my hard drive.  Server 2003 didn't work, so I put the XP Pro cd I have in to see if it could see the hard drive, and same result. 
What can I do to get the setup to see my hard drive?  Is it a configuration in the Bios?  It is set to auto recognize the drive... 
Thanks in advance!

A:Windows Server 2003 install cannot see my SATA hard drive

You need the SATA drivers on a floppy.  Look in the downloads section for the drivers.  Windows setup asks if you need to add a SCSI driver.  When it asks, press F6 with the driver floppy in.

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were would I get a splitter canle for sata hard drive

A:Install second hard drive need a sata data cable splitter???

Hi, You can't split SATA data signals.  SATA power yes, but data no.

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Having a heck of a time figuring this one out. Would GREATLY appreciate any help/suggestions. Knock yourself out with a technical explanation, I'm an IT guy but even this one has me baffled.

Rebuilt my OS to Win7 Professional last Monday. After OS installations, I typically need to install drivers to recognize the additional SATA (Data) Drives that I have on the machine. This is perfectly normal and I've done this without fail almost a dozen times.

With this last installation of Win 7 Professional, the iTunes folder on an external SATA drive displayed initially and then dissappeared. It STILL appears to be taking up space on the drive, however I can not view it or access its contents. I've searched for files inside the drive and nothing. Repaired bad sectors, ran chkdsk on the drive and no luck. The folder still appears lost?

Any new suggestions or ideas to try? Yes, I do have a backup but its over a few weeks old and I have since added new content to the drive. Previous versions takes me back BEFORE my last backup was completed.

A:SATA Hard Drive Shows, Individual Folder Does Not after Install

You need to answer a couple of questions.

1 - Did you Recover WIN 7 or Re-install WIN 7 ?

2 - Need to know Mother board type and model

3 - CPU type and model.

4 - What kind of SATA driver did you install ?

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Hi! I currently got a new system with Windows 7 after my old XP system died, Since I cant boot up the old system I was wondering if I could install the old C-drive from it into my new(Win 7) system if so, would I have to have a dual boot option or would it recognize it as a Hard-drive and allow me to access it through Win7?

So in a nutshell can I take a hard-drive from a Winxp system and throw it in my new systems drive bay and without doing anything have it recognize it or will I have to go into BIOS?

I was going to plug-n-pray but I figured I'd enlist some help from some Techies namely anyone who can answer/help me

Thanks so much for anyone whom can help

A:Installing a WindowsXP Sata hard drive onto a new Win7 system?

It will just recognize it as a hard drive. For it to work in a dual boot setup you will have to install XP after the hard drive is installed in the computer.

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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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I am having a problem with unwanted installations to external hard drive when it seems i have no control over where program or microsoft updates install. actually the worst problem was when windows live updates and installations went to external. i did not discover this until recently and this explained why i have had to reinstall vista several times. i can always unplug the external if necessary but i would rather not. i asked western digital why this happens and they told me that since my internal hard drive is smaller than external that vista seems to not have solved this installation glitch yet. i prefer to use my external as storage for files and backups etc. does anyone know how to make my system recognize main drive as the smaller one. i hope this is clear enough to merit an answer. i have already suffered through a 3 day phone help with tech finally telling me to reinstall vista, which i did and it solved several other problems but not the int/ext installation issues.
thank you

A:programs and updates install to external hard drive instead of internal sata

I would recommend backing up your data to the external drive. Shutting down. Unplugging the external drive. Reinstalling Vista on a clean setup. Boot up with the DVD and remove the partitions from your internal drive. Shutting down. Turn on and install starting fresh.

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I am wondering if I can access files on a SATA or IDE hard drive installed in a desktop computer with no other hard drive installed. Meaning, the drive I am trying to access isn't configured with drivers for the desktop's other hardware or motherboard. There is no other drive installed in the desktop. I was wanting to know if I could use a boot CD (Hiren's or Linux) to use as way to access files, pics, etc. and transfer it to a usb flash drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Can I access data from a SATA or IDE hard drive on a system it's not configur

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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

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

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

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I 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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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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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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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Hi There I bought a new HP Pavilion 550-055na with Windows 8 a month or so ago but wish to use Windows 7. However, I have decided I will keep the Hard Drive the PC came with and have the option of Windows 8 sometime in future if I wish. Therefore, I'm installing Window's 7 on a new Hard Drive. My problem is that the fresh copy of Windows 7 won't install on my new Hard Drive.  I keep getting: Secure Boot ViolationInvalid Signature Detected. Check Secure Boot Policy in Setup It then takes me to a black screen after I press Enter/Ok which says the following. Check Media Presence.......Media Present.......Start PXE over IPv4. If I press F12 on powering up, I get a blue box asking me to select a boot device. The only options are: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller IPv4Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller IPv6and Exit using the arrow keys How do change the secure boot policy?  If I do so, does this then mean that I can install my Windoes 7 on my new Hard Drive? Also, providing I do, will I still be able to use my Windows 8 OS Drive after changing the secure boot policy? Any help would be greately appreciated. Kindest Regards DJ 

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Hi all. I recently had a catastophic hard drive failure. I bought a new hard drive, ordered the recovery DVD's from hp, and have installed the new HD. However, the recovery disks refuse to work. I leep getting an error message after several minutes saying Copy File Fails From: E:\PRELOAD\BASE10SWMTo: Z:\RM\IMAGE\BASE10.SWM I have attempted the recovery several times with the same result. I do NOT want to pay Geek Squad or similar money when the whole purpose of doing it myself was to save money. HELP!!! 

A:Cant install recovery system on new hard drive

Have you used these disk before? Could be possible bad recovery disk. And is your BIOS UEFI or Legacy set?

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I am new to this forum so sorry if I post anything dodgy. I will also try to be as clear as I can

I have recently come into the possession of a Dell Dimension 3000 as it is a friends who is wanting some help.

When I received the desktop I found that they had been using Wintenals ERD 2005 as there OS. I therefore started by trying to install windows xp on the HDD. When I did so the initial setup went fine until it asks me to partition my HDD as the format is not accepted for windows xp. However when I put in an amount to partition the hard drive the screen just reverts back to the screen showing the unpartitioned space. This is the same for any number that I enter.
I then decided to try ubuntu seeing as it is free and is relatively easy to install. however when I tried this it comes up with an error saying that it is unable to create the ext4 partition #1 or something (sorry I will try and get the exact statement)

I am not sure if the issue is me being stupid or if the hard drive is dead or something weird but if any of you lovely people could help then I would greatly appreciate it

A:Hard Drive won't install Operating System

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Would like to know How to install 2nd hard drive with different operating system

A:How to install 2nd hard drive with different operating system

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I got an old computer yesterday from my friend with a blank hard drive with no operating system, no nothing, but when I in try to install Kali Linux from KALI.org. It says something like ? Drive not partition correctly fix this from the partitioning menu? but the partitioning menu was no help! anybody have any ideas?

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