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BSOD after installing new hard drive

Q: BSOD after installing new hard drive

My error is BSOD -- "Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated."

.... it tells me to run chkdsk /f, but then I try that switch and it tells me that it is an invalid switch!
I am really bumming and hope someone can help me ...

Here are my exact error codes and symptoms:

Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf88c2528, 0xc0000034, (last two are all zeroes)

I have tried 2 brand new hard drives on this Compaq laptop.

I install the hard drive, and boot from CD (XP home).

It formats then installs XP.

Upon its own reboot I get the XP logo and then the blue screen with the above error.

If it is a boot sector virus, how do I get rid of it when I cannot boot at all? I'd be willing to try to solve it is if it a boot sector virus -- PLEASE HELP! I have already spent $150 on hard drives!!!!!

Thank you to anyone willing to help here.

Don in Tucson

Preferred Solution: BSOD after installing new hard drive

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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A: BSOD after installing new hard drive

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Last week I installed my new Hitachi Deskstar 1.5TB SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive. Windows recognized it right away and everything went smoothly as I transferred files over. A day later I started getting generic DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD's, but they only happened right after I woke up the computer from Sleep Mode. Before I installed the HD my computer was absolutely perfect with no problems so this made me think it was a driver issue. Updated all drivers with Driver Genius, but still BSOD after waking up computer (they are random, it doesn't happen after every wake).

My motherboard has two SATA III 6.0Gb/s ports. The first is occupied by my Crucial C300 SSD booting Win7 Ultimate x64, and the other with my new Hitachi. These are controlled by a Marvell 6.0Gb/s driver. I also have two SATA 3.0gb/s devices connected: a WD Black 1TB HD and an ASUS Optical drive. I'm starting to think it has something to do with either the Marvell Controller, or how these three hard drives are configured, but honestly I have no idea at this point. I'm usually well versed when it comes to troubleshooting BSOD's or any general problem with my PC but I cannot figure this out for the life of me so I'm hoping you guys can help me out!


Before you guys ask for a minidump file, trust me, i've tried! I don't know why, but when my PC BSOD's it won't generate a dump file. I have all the settings configured for the memory dump, but it will not produce. I opened up the computer and checked all ... Read more

A:BSOD after installing new hard drive, PLEASE HELP!


WIN + PAUSE/BREAK key combo |
Advanced system settings in left-hand pane |
the System Properties dialog will open with the Advanced tab selected |
in the Performance section, Settings button |
in the resulting Performance Options section, Advanced tab |
in the Virtual Memory section, Change button |
in the resulting Virtual Memory dialog, checkmark Automatically manage paging... |
OK button | OK button | OK button

WIN + PAUSE/BREAK key combo |
Advanced system settings in left-hand pane |
the System Properties dialog will open with the Advanced tab selected |
in the Startup and Recovery section, click on the Settings button |
in the System Failure section, checkmark Write an Event to the system log |
in the System Failure section, checkmark Automatically restart|
Under Write debugging information, select Small memory dump (128K) |
in the Small dump directory: box, enter %SystemRoot%\Minidump |
OK button

If you get a crazy message from Win 7 about your paging file being too small, then just ignore the message since we have already made sure that the paging file is set to be managed by Win 7.

WIN key | type SERVICES.MSC | ENTER key
Scroll down to Windows Error Reporting Service |
Double-click on Windows Error Reporting Service |
In the resulting dialog, General tab |
In the Startup type box, c... Read more

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Alright, so I have a primary hard drive that I have my main OS (Windows 7) installed on, and i had a spare hard drive. I decided to install windows 7 on that hard drive also, but after I went through the entire process of installing it, I went back into my primary hard drive and it wouldn't boot! I don't know if MBR is messed up or what, but when I try yo boot into it through the default Windows bootloader, it says that there was a problem and that it shut of the PC so that there would be no damage to it... Please help! I need to get access to that hard drive!! Thanks

A:BSoD after installing Windows 7 on my spare hard drive?

Hi,and welcome to the forums.. Please re-post


Try booting up in safe mode(Keep tapping the F8 key while the machine is booting up, then once at advanced system startup options, select SAFEMODE)

Does it boot?

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I have a HP Envy 14 running Windows Home Premium. Over the past few months I was receiving a BSOD 1-2 times a day on average. A few days ago my hard disk burnt out and yesterday I installed a new hard drive with a fresh copy of Windows 7 on it. Today I again received a BSOD with this error report:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: fe
BCP1: 0000000000000008
BCP2: 0000000000000006
BCP3: 0000000000000005
BCP4: FFFFFA80066887A0
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Can it be that this BSOD issue is hardware related?


A:BSOD after installing new hard drive and fresh copy of Windows 7

Possibly. It might be referring to a boot sector problem with the HDD. If you can boot into Windows, do the following:

1. Download the DM Log Collector application to your desktop by clicking the link below

DM Log Collector.exe

2. Run it by double-clicking the icon on your desktop, and follow the prompts.
3. Locate the .ZIP file that is created on your desktop, and upload it here in your next reply.

If not, try reinstalling Windows after formatting the HDD during setup.

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I've had a few problems with my hard drive & it is being exchanged by the manufactuer. I have backed the hard drive using the back up facility in sytsem tools windows 2000. I have backed it up to another PC I have on a peer to peer network.
My question is this. After formating the new hard drive will I have to install the O/S or just restore the backed up file. I should mention that I did a "back up everything on my computer" back up & I'm unsure if that would back up the O/S as well.
Anyway do i just restore or load the O/S then restore.
Many thanks in anticipation.

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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
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A:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
Up to you.

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Hi. I'm always a little nervous about jumping into a forum--hope everyone here's patient with dumb newbies, 'cause I are one.

Anyhow, here's the problem: Toshiba laptop got infected with Vundo virus, tried many anti-virus & vundo specific tools, & the virus would always reappear (it seemed to actually keep some like spybot search & destroy from running at all). Got disgusted, tried to reinstall OS from recovery discs, install would never complete. Reformatted and repartitioned, then got error message saying hard disc was about to fail whenever I booted. Ran some disc recovery utilities, no go.

So I bought a new hard disc, installed it just now, and tried to boot from recovery disc to as to install XP on it. The computer starts, I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order. I tell it to boot from the CD drive, it goes through the bios check and the CD drive runs, then everything just stops & I have a blank screen. When I put the old HD back in, I can boot from the recovery disc just fine, though it still says the hard drive is about to fail and I can't get to windows, but I can get to setup just fine. Is there something about the new HD that could keep the machine from booting from the recovery disc? Or am I just missing some obvious step I should have taken (I really have googled the heck out of this, so I don't think so).



A:Problem installing XP on new hard laptop hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The recovery partition is on the original drive, which means you have to install XP the old fashioned way:


This assumes you have an XP Installation cd . . if not, you can request a replacement from Toshiba or borrow an OEM version from someone.

Was this a typo?

I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

- I immediately shut off my computer and removed Dr... Read more

A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

A:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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Hi Gang

My mate has just asked me is it easy to install a new 40GB drive in his PC. We are going to a PC show tomorrow and he wants to buy one.

What do we need to know re SCSI stuff etc??? Do we need any cables? Do we buy 2.5" or 3.5" internal drives?

Any quick advice greatly appreciated, thanks


A:Installing a new Hard Drive - easy or hard ??

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

A:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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A:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm planning on replacing the hard drive in my older (its < 1gb), but I dont know if the hard drive I am replacing is SCSI or IDE.<BR><BR> How can I figure out what kind of hard drive I'm replacing? and what kind would you guys recommend installing based on ease? IDE?<BR><BR>dan

A:Installing A Hard Drive

Start button, settings, control panel, system, device manager and look at the hard disk controllers area. If it refers to IDE, you have an IDE hard drive.

I've had great luck with Maxtors, price, ease of setup, instructions, etc.

If you have a 1 G H.D. I'm going to assume you have an older machine, so you will probably run into some bios issues.


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I'm practically a beginner or hardware so need a bit (a lot) of help.
I want to place a secondary hard drive for my family PC because there's too much people who uses it and 270g space is not quite enough. Also my PC is also not built from scratch so i think i'm kinda stuck to some bios setup and driver installation.

My PC setup
HP Pavillion m7480n
XP SP2,Dual core 930, 2gigs memory, 300G hard drive though 10g went to recovery partition, Geforce 7300le, P5LP-LE motherboard (tried googling it and everything but cant seem to find its specs).

link to my computers break down.http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...9311&cc=ca&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_CAEN

I also took a look inside my PC and its really pack with it having 2 dvd drive, a docking station for a personal media drive and the main hard drive. Also i think the hard drive is a SATA coz its not connected like the cd drive. ie. cd drive connected by a 24 pin flat gray connector and HD is connected by a thick smooth wire. (please so say if my wrong here)

So the problem now is up to how big can my secondary hard drive go? and where can i pack it inside the pc.

solution 1, take out the slave dvd drive and put my secondary hard drive(500g) there (hopefully its a plug and play and everything would go well).
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I have a computer running vista home premium. I have a spare hard drive that ran xp from another computer. Both from HP. Can I install the spare HD into my vista computer to run two OS or just run the spare for more space? If either is possible, how would I go about it?

A:Installing second hard drive

It is possble to dual boot more than one OS but it will have to be reinstall.
It is not possible simply to transfer the OS from one pc to another it wont recognise the new PC
You can set the drive up as a slave and use it for extra storage

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Hello Everybody, I am going to put a bigger hard drive in my computer running windows 98. Could I just install the new hard drive and after the computer finds it could I put in the restore disk and let it load everything it needs and then load the printer and the programs I want on it. The computer I have is a IBM aptiva. Also what is the best hard drive I could Buy. Thanks and you all have a great day

A:installing new hard drive

why not just copy your entire old hard drive to your new one?
Keep me posted

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I'm looking to install a hard drive in My older Dell Dimension 8250 PC. The existing drive is getting noisy and it will be a great chance to clean the machine up a bit and improve it's performance.( For $50 for a western digital HD I thought this unit worth it as it has served me well) Anyway my cousin is going to help me and I want to be prepared for the switch. He said we will leave the existing drive in and then once the new drive is formatted and has an OS we will start switching over my material. The hard drive from Newegg didn't come with cables so should I presume I need a power cable and an IEDE cable. I'm not sure if this motherboard has a second
EIDE input for the second drive or if I will need one of those jumper type cables. Sorry for rambling but I'm just hoping to keep this from becoming a computer beating, they bite. Any tips would be great.

A:Installing hard drive

You most likely have extra molex (power) cables for the additional drive. I've never seen one that didn't. As for the IDE (2-inch-wide) ribbon cable, you may need one with three connectors, one on each end for the main board and the old hard disk and another connector in the middle of the cable for the new disk.

Dell is bad about shipping computers with only one hard disk and using what I call a half cable (connector for only one hard disk).

By the way, you may find vast differences in cost from location to location on the ribbon cable so shop around. I once had a guy attempt to charge me $22 for an IDE cable. At that time, the low and high prices I was running into were 99 cents to six dollars. There was an idiot in the room and I believe the idiot was the one who thought I was an idiot.

I get new ones with main boards all the time and I have accumulated so many I have started throwing them away. There may be some shops around your area that will pass one on to you at a give-away price, or even free.

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I have installed hard drives in laptop comps. several times. They always had a
door to access the dirve. I have a H.P. Pavillion N 5475 ( no door ?)
I have removed the bottom screws and the 2 in back but it is still not opening.
I don't want to force it and break the covers. How does the botton cover come
off ???????
thanks Eric
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i installed a 2nd hard drive on my computer, but i cannot access it to install a different OS then the main hard drive. Can someone please help me? i want the 2nd hard drive because some of the games my hubby palys will not work on main operating system. Have xp on main, want 98 on secondary hard drive

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I have just finished  installing a New  Hard drive in my  HP  Pavillion  dv4-2049us  Laptop Windows 7. What do I do next to get the computer up and running??e.g. Do I have to re-install  Windows 7 from the disk? Or , do I have to use a "Boot Disk"?  BTW, what is a boot Disk??

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A:What to do next after installing new hard drive.

Hi, Please try this: on the first screen, select Internal CD/DVD and hit F10 again to save the setup. You have to switch back to HDD after the loading the OS on your machine. Regards.

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I am installing a Western Digital Caviar WD2500 EIDE Hard Drive 250 GB, in a Dell Optiplex GX150, w/ an Intel Pentuim III 1ghz Biso version A09 Cash 256. My problem is that it is not recongnizing the capacity of the drive all it show is 71MG. How do I get it to recongnize the whole 250 GB drive? So that I can install the OS. Thanks in advance for any help

A:Installing a New Hard Drive

hatcht said:

I am installing a Western Digital Caviar WD2500 EIDE Hard Drive 250 GB, in a Dell Optiplex GX150, w/ an Intel Pentuim III 1ghz Biso version A09 Cash 256. My problem is that it is not recongnizing the capacity of the drive all it show is 71MG. How do I get it to recongnize the whole 250 GB drive? So that I can install the OS. Thanks in advance for any helpClick to expand...

What OS are you using? only windows xp with service paxk 1 will recognize a drive that big. you may also have to upgrade your bios to a newer version.

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not being computer literate , i am having a problem with a new hard drive . i took out the old one . i have the windows disc and product codes , but i can't get it to boot to start the windows installation. i have done it on another computer , and the disc begins installing windows on start up. i have tried starting the computer with the disc in place , and without it . obviously , i must be missing something to get it started . the disc is brand new . any help would be appreciated .

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I want to put my CD for my ship from WWII onto my hard drive. I am allowed to do this can you help I am 84 years old Thanks God Bless [email protected]

A:Installing CD to Hard Drive

Hi Admiral.
Welcome to TechGuy.
Give you a quick tip.
You should see a link to edit your post.
Click this and remove your email address from your post.
It is not a good idea to list your email address in a public forum, unless you enjoy receiving spam.

What is the contents of the CD?
If it is just pictures and documents you can physically just drag them over to a folder on your hard drive.

Just open two Windows Explorer Windows.
One window with your hard drive and one window with your CD.
Create a directory on your hard drive where you want the contents of the CD.
Go back over to the Window with the contents of your CD. Up on the toolbar select EDIT and Select All.
Everything should be highlighted. You can now left click and drag all those files over to the folder you created on your hard drive.

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I have a Gateway G6-400 computer from about 1998. A couple of years ago when I got a new computer I had taken the hard drive out and slaved into my new computer. I bought a new slave drive and now want to "revive" my old Gateway as a gift for a for a brand new young user. I had taken the cable as well. I tried to hook a new cable up, from the new hard drive box in my old computer to my old hard drive. I don't have a floppy drive installed right now and I don't have a cable running to my CD-Rom drive yet. When I tried to boot up the system, I get beep...beep, beep, beep and nothing is displayed on the monitor. When I took the hard drive out, it was working fine. I took the jumper off the hard drive after the beeps the first time and it does the same thing. Any suggestions on me getting my hard drive installed correctly and the computer back to life? Thanks for your help.

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I have a Western Digital 40GB hard drive I want to install for storage of music files, etc.
The WD is out of another computer & has Windows 98 on it. The other is a 60GB with XP Pro. How should the jumper pins be set & also will I need to format the 40GB. I don't want 2 OS, just want to use the 2nd drive as storage.


A:installing second hard drive

You will need to set the jumper on the second drive to slave and you will have to format the drive.
Once installed you will have to go to disc management start>run> type in diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. Create an extended partition in unallocated space. Now create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs. You may need to restart your computer. You will now be able to copy files etc to the new drive

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My computer is a Compaq Presario 8000z series, it came with hard drive C (20GB) and system save D (20GB), I installed a new second hard drive and partitioned as Drive G (98GB) and drive H (14GB), I just purchased anotheer hard drive to replace my originald hard drive C, how I do , please help.

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I'm trying to install a new hard drive but I am stuck because I can't figure out where to plug the power into it.

There's a bunch of wires coming out of my power supply, each group terminates with a rectangular object with 4 prongs sticking out, I'm guessing this is where I'm suppose to power the hard drive, but it doesn't fit.

EDIT: I'd be happy to upload higher quality images but ImageShack is putting a cap on the size

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That is a SATA drive. You need a SATA power cable, (Big L) and a SATA connector (Little L)

You appear to have an older type power supply which does not have SATA plugs. The old 4 pin MOLEX power supply is used for older hard drives (the ones that came with the big wide grey cables).

You need one of these gizmos:


Plug one end into the power supply, the other into your hard drive (the bigger L)

Does your motherboard have a SATA slot on it? If your PSU does not have SATA plugs, your motherboard may not have them either. A SATA slot on your motherboard will look like the smaller of the two "L's" on the picture, and have a little box around it. There SATA cable, which looks like this:


will need to be plugged into the motherboard and into the smaller plug on the hard drive.

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The IDE Hard drive in my computer is about to fail, everytime I start my computer I get an error message saying someything about "SMART - Hard drive has bad sectors replace as soon as possible" and then the computer shuts downs and tries to restart again. It does this on a continuous loop.

Anyway I was looking at new hard drives and it seems that most new hard drives are SATA and not IDE connections. I have checked my computer and my MOBO does not have any SATA connections.

I was basically looking to know that if i bought a new SATA hard drive is there a conversion lead or card that I install to connect the new SATA hard drive to my existing IDE MOBO. Or do I have to buy a new IDE hard drive, which there doesn't seem to be as many IDE hard drives for sale compared to SATA hard drives.

Also I was wanting to know if there was any way of transferring the contents and XP OS on my old hard drive onto the new hard drive. And if I do install a SATA hard drive and conversion lead or card (if there is one) and transfer the XP OS from the old hard drive onto the new hard drive will the computer boot up ok or will I have to change some settings or files, and if so how.

Any help would be greatlly appreciated.

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You say your MOBO dosnt have connections for sata?...Probably your winxp os dosnt have the drivers for it either.
Sounds like an older computer. I would only suggest you buy an ide hd. There are lots around...and getting cheaper too.
Once you have it installed..(if you go that route)...make sure it is set as your master...and change the pins on your old drive to be the slave. If you are lucky and the old drive is recognized...you can then just copy anything off your old drive to your new one.

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the XPS-8900 I bought came with a 1tb hard dive I went and bought a WD black 2tb  and the drive  make so much noise its bad. I herd that this was the best for me at a Micro Center store by my home is there a 2tb hard drive at 7200 rpms that I could install that would be quiet for my XPS-8900    Thanks

A:installing a 2tb hard drive

There are no Quiet Drives other than SSD's.
There are also only 3 actual makers of drives left in the world.
Western Digital
If you want quiet get a tiger and an icy dock.

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I recently got an Alienware Area-51 M15x notebook, and like an idiot I got the 160GB hard drive with it. I've only installed a few things and it's already down to 70GB. Anyway, I luckily still have a 320GB 2.5" SATA notebook hard drive I bought for my PS3 but haven't used. Can someone please explain to me how to install this thing? Thanks

A:Need help installing hard drive

Not too sure on laptops but isn't it just the screw at the back of most laptop that has the hard drive? You just need to unscrew/install it and maybe you'll need to install the SATA driver become you can use it.

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I have pre-purchased a Windows 7 professional upgrade and am trying to determine my install options when it is available.

I am currently running Windows Xp pro and have a computer with 2 identical hard drives. I know I will have to do a clean install from Xp. I would like to install Windows 7 on the second hard drive and be able to use both Windows 7 and Xp until I am familiar enough with Windows 7 to confidently abandon Xp.

I have a hard drive switch that I will use to boot to the OS that I want to use. I elected to do this instead of using dual boot. Currently that switch is not installed.

I would like to install Windows 7 on the second hard drive, but am concerned that I will need to verify that I have an authentic copy of Xp for that to work.

Will there be options during the install so that I can select the second drive as the place to install Windows 7 (and make it a bootable drive)? I would not like to get into a situation where I would be overwriting Windows Xp on the drive I currently boot from.

A:Installing on different hard drive

In the setup, you'll be able to choose what drive you want to install Windows 7 on.

Once it's a seperate drive from where XP is installed, you won't have to worry about overwriting XP.

Hope this helps

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600 that has two physical positions for hard drives.
However, I really want to add a third (ATA) hard drive (to use for backups).
If I only had one CD/DVD device (where there are two positions), couldn't
I use that position for a hard drive? I realize I might have to do something
strange to mount it, but is it the same IDE connector type? Wouldn't this work?

Maybe I should also be careful about exceeding the power supply, if HD's take a lot
more than CD/DVD's?

Please pardon my ignorance.

(The reason I'm not looking at using an external USB drive is because I would think
it would be WAY slower than IDE!)

One other related possibility ...
if my motherboard also has used SATA connectors could I just buy a new SATA
drive? (my other two are ATA)

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.


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How do you install Windows XP from a USB drive?

Also, can you copy the Windows files to a hard drive partition and have a fast install from a partition on your hard drive? If so how?

A:Installing from USB and Hard Drive

You can install Windows XP from a USB drive, as long as it is a drive that can be detected by the
BIOS to make a "bootable" drive.


Download Win to Flash

Click it, and when it runs, click the Task tab.

Now, choose which task you want to perform: Transfer Windows XP/2003 setup to flash

Next, select the file path of the installation; where the installation disk is located and the USB drive; where you would like to save the data.

Click Next and wait for it to finish!

After that you should be able to install from a USB drive.

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GRRRRRRR. I am so mad, my brother was going to check out this hard drive he had and used my daughters computer, (he said he knew what he was doing) so I let him now her computer does nothing when turned on except comes up Compaq and then the monitor goes off. sometimes a screen will come up that says F1 to Boot or F10 for setup. Can someone please help me get this to running again? The origanal hrd drive is a Quantum Pioneer SG if this helps.

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I'm trying to install a 3rd Hard drive on my Gateway 500XL. I have two hard drives on my primary IDE Controller and a DVD RAM on the secondary, where I now try to install a Samsung 80GB 7200rpm hard drive.
I first tried to install it as an external, USB drive, but it took over my D:\ drive. Also when I tried to install it as "Master" on my secondary drive with the DVD RAM as "slave" it not only took over my D:\ drive, which is on the primary controller, but it also wiped out my DVD RAM. I am running XL Pro and XL home on the two different drives.
Any assistance "not too technical" please.
Kind regards

A:Installing a 3rd hard drive

What do you mean by taking over? Do you mean it becomes D? I assume thats what you mean. That by itself isn't anything bad, it may just mean it pushed your other drives back a letter or 2. Check to make sure that is the case. If so, thats a simple enough fix. In your Disk Management from Administrative Tools control panel you can change the drive letter names.

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I have an Acer aspire 5315 laptop running Vista. I have no Vista disk as it was already pre loaded. As the standard hard drive is quite small I have just bought a larger capacity hard drive. The physical part of removing the old and installing the new I am ok with. I have an old copy of XP with a lisence key that I will install on the new HDD, are there any problems with this? will I encounter any problems?

Also I would like to know how I can transfer my itunes to the new HDD, can I simply copy it all to dvd and then load it to the new HDD?

If someone could explain for me in simple terms what i need to do and any possible problem i may come up against I will be eternally greatfull

Thanks in advance

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I have an Intel DG965WH mainboard with 3 SATA hard drives in a RAID 5 configuration, plus one IDE hard drive. I need to install another SATA hard drive, but not part of the RAID array. In the RAID configuration manager (Ctrl-I) I have removed the new disk from the RAID. However, when I boot using a Windows XP CD, the new drive is not shown. What am I missing?


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I have a 800Mhz computer running Win 98se and I want to install a new hard drive. The drive that I bought is a Maxtor 40gb, 7200rpm Ultra ATA/133 drive. I want to make this my C primary drive so what is the best way to do it. I want to move all of my programs and files on my existing C drive to this one and make my original primary drive my D drive. I also have 2 CD drives D and E so D has to become E and E have to become F. All suggestions and idea's will be appreciated.


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I have installed a few drives in my time. But something I do not understand has happened in drive manager in Win 7.

Obviously I have to initialise a new drive before I can format and partition it, but when I go to initialise another box comes up and identifies the new drive and asks to I want to partition it with MFT tables?? Not seen that before I obviously dont want to move any boot partitions from my C drive.

I have drive C with hidden boot partition, main active system partition and a data partition (logical).

The new drive will be E, is 1TB and I want to partition into 4 logical drives. I know how to do it, query is what is the box that comes up and asks whether I want MFT or another version?? Is it safe to say OK.


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The MFT is Master File Tables, It keeps all the Data about the Drive in such as allocation and such It is Used in the NTFS Format, no idea why it is popping up on you Though.

So i would Say yes to allowing it as it holds all the data for where your files are.

A guess as to why it pops up is the size of the Drive and the type (Being 1Tb or Over), But Dont Quote me on that.

Anyway Let us Know if there is a Problem When Accepting.

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Recently had a corrupt HDD. I made HP and Windows Recovery/Boot disks directly after purchase. Is is necessary to make a backup of the old HDD system to install the new HDD? A Factory condition OS is fine. If necessary, is a flash USB drive sufficient? Thank you.

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My friend bought a 1.0tb harddrive, we just put XP Pro 64bit on it and he wants to get rid of his old hard drive. I'm curious if it will cause any problems, because when you boot up you have to option to boot to that drive. Can I just unplug it (from IDE) and take it out and the other drive will work as normal?

Should I open msconfig and disabled the other drive first?

This new installation is using drive G:\

Will I be able to convert it to drive C:\ without problems?

Just looking for some advice.

A:Installing a new hard drive with XP

You're going to have to do a "repair windows xp" installation because the hardware on your friend's computer is different from yours.

Uhless, you're just planning on fomratting your friend's drive?

We need some more info as to what your objective is. Are you planning to have two hard drives with two installations of Windows? Or something else?

You're also going to have to adjust the jumper settings.

You don't need to bother with msconfig

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Ok I am running windows XP pro to start with
Today I baught a new hard drive and i would like to run it as a slave, so i hooked it up and changed the jumpers for it to be a slave...and whenever i turned my computer on it said it found new hardware and it installed it...and i checked it on the 'install new hardware' list and it said its installed and working properly....but its not listed in my computer...if anyone could please help...it would be very much appriciated, thanks!

A:Installing a new hard drive

You need to partition and format it. Right click on My Computer and select Manage. Then go to Disk Management and right click on the drive to partition it. After that it'll appear in My Computer as the next available drive letter.

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