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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

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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.

A:advice needed for installing back up files after installing a new hard drive

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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
-couldn't boot in one operation; I had to get to a point in the process (I've forgotten the details) and then shutdown and ... Read more

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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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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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.

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

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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 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 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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I have a server that has run out of disk space so I want to add two new hard drives in to the server to run along side the current hard disks already installed. When they are installed I want to increase the partition on the D drive and expand it over the two new hard drives I have installed. Can this be done using Partition Magic 4.0 and with out having to format the drive that all the current information is on? OR do you know of any other options that may help me complete the same goal.

Any information you could supply that will help me complete this task successfully I would be very grateful for.

Kind Regards
James Bolden

A:Installing new hard drive

What OS? If NT, it has the capability to take multiple physical drives and create one big one. In Disk Administrator, create a volume set with the existing drive, and the two new ones. You can also do a stripe set if all the partitions are approxmiately the same size.

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My first computer has burned out, not worth repairing. I have just purchased another computer and I would like to put my old hard drive in as a second drive so I won't lose the data on the old hard drive.
What must I do to install this drive as a second drive?
Thank for any help.

A:Installing 2nd. hard drive?

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I'm going to install a new hard drive 500gb on my dell Dimension 4700 to replace the one it has with 40gb. Any recommendation of what should I do first? I have the XP disc that came with the new Pc, can I use that disk to format the new hard drive ? and if so what type of format do you recommend, and will I be a ble to use the same OEM key for the windows XP ? should I be concern with drivers, and if so where can I find them so I can back them up ? I would appreciate any advise.

Thank you in advance


A:INSTALLING a New Hard Drive

u won't be needing any drivers for ur harddrive and i prefer NTFS format moreover yes, same oem key will work

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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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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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Trying to teach myself how to do things for myself. I have installed a new hard drive in my dell computer. I have the operating system cd as well as the driver and utilities cd which came with the computer. Here are my questions:

1. Do I have to format the drive before I install the OS or drivers?
2. Which do I install first - the OS or the drivers?

I am fixing this computer for my mother and unfortunately she only as dial up. After I add the modem is there anything else I need to do to "activate" so that it works?

Thank you in advance for your help.

A:Installing new hard drive

hlratliff said:

1. Do I have to format the drive before I install the OS or drivers?
2. Which do I install first - the OS or the drivers?
3. After I add the modem is there anything else I need to do to "activate" so that it works?Click to expand...

1. Backup and format when prompted to when installing XP.
2. XP then drivers from XP.
3. No idea.

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My computer origonally had 2 hard drives on primary cable and 1 cd on secondary

I just connected a third hard drive to the secondary cable and set the jumpers to "master with slave"

Is that what i am supposed to do?

I went into bios and the hard drive was secondary master and the cdrom was secondary slave

But when i go into windows it does not show on "my computer"

What do i do? Did i do this stuff correct?

(Please explain simple i do not know much about computers, i just used common sense)

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I need to istall a hard drive on my PC. I know where to put it and where to put all the wires but i am wondering if i need to do anything else or can i just connect it and then use it. It will be a slave.


A:Installing Hard Drive

As long as jumpers are set properly, all you would need to do is partition and format it.

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Greetings...Please, I need help installing a Western Digital 320 GB internal Parallel ATA hard drive.This hardrive is basically a bare OEM Drive in a box, no cable or software included for installation. The PC that I'm installing the harddrive is a DELL Dimension 4400 Desktop. I can't access the original hard drive because of an "isass.exe – System error.Cant even access in safe mode. Can someone please provide me with steps on how to install hard drive and access the original hard drive and remove tons of important files to be added to my new Western Digial hard drive. Than yo so much!

A:Please help installing Hard drive

Have you tried to repair the install using your Dell supplied OS disk?

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Hello. I was just wondering how i install progs on my 2nd hard drive that i just installed. Whenever i try to install anything it automatticly goes to C:\ and doesnt install cos i have no space left on there. I know with some installations you can choose your filepath but on some of the thing i want to install it cant get past the 'unpacking' phase of installation cos there isnt enouhg space on C:\ and you dont choose your installation file path until after the unpacking. Is there some sort of way to make my new hard drive my primary drive?

By the way, i run windows from my old hard drive, dunno if thats a problem or not.

OS: Windowns XP Pro.

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I am having difficulty with formatting a second hard drive that I have installed. The bios recognizes the drive; however, I am having difficulty assigning a drive letter and having it recognized in windows xp. This is a slave drive and I only want to use it for storage purposes. Please advise.

A:installing a second hard drive

Go to Control Panel - Administartive Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management and select the new drive to partition and format.

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I have two desktops. One is a Dell 2400 with a bad 40GB HD. The other is an older system with a year old Western Digital IDE 80GB HD. I want to put the 80GB HD in the Dell.

When I do this though the Dell will not recognize the HD. And I am not able to get into BIOS all I get is the system setup screen and the boot setup.

Can someone please help me.

A:Help Installing New Hard Drive

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I'm about to install a 80-Gb Seagate (Barracuda, model ST380215A) as the D: drive alongside my Western Digital (Caviar Blue, model WD200BB) C: drive. Links to the drive specs, in case anyone's interested: old WDC, new Seagate.

Over in the Windows 98 section I posted a question about installing Windows on the new D: drive (then transferring all my files) while continuing to operate from the old C: drive: Installing duplicate Windows 98 on new drive. No one had responded there when I started this post (I notice they have now -- I got severely delayed by a power outage) but in any case I thought I'd ask here about the strictly hardware side of it. I haven't installed a hard drive in 20 years; back then, if the new hard drive didn't come up we'd just go on working from (5.25") floppies till we figured out what it wanted. Besides following Seagate's and Dell's directions, is there anything special I should know about (a.) having two bootable hard drives in the same system or (b.) later swapping them, then phasing out the old one?

Dell recommends using the "Cable Select" method of jumpering so that the drive on the end of the IDE cable will be the "master" and the one on the middle connector, the "slave". I assume I should make the old drive the "master" and the new one the "slave" until the new one is ready to be the boot drive. At first I was worried that if the "master" dr... Read more

A:Installing second hard drive

So you decided against cloning the old to the new and using that?

IDE hard drives have not changed in 20 years (except internally, of course). All you need do is set the jumper and install it. And check the jumper on the other drive on that cable, too, since some have a different setting if there is a slave than if there is not.

Then, delete all the volumes on the drive, create new ones, and either clone the old to the new, exchange them and use the new, or install 98 to the second and set up a boot manager so you can boot to either.

Check the BIOS on boot to be sure that drive is set to autodetect instead of "None".

Free boot managers:

GAG Graphical Boot Loader
XOSL (Extended Operating System Loader)
Boot-Us (Graphical or command-line)

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I just bought a new hard drive (WD800JB) and I want to install win2k on it so it becomes my main drive.

So I startup with the win2k sp1 install CD, make a partition from there (10 gigs) and another one (66 gigs - remaining space). Then tells it to install on the 10 gigs partition and formats it in NTFS. When the formatting finishes, it tells me it was unable to format because there was a problem with the partition and that it seems to be damaged.

Did I buy a broken Hard Disk?

I seem to be able to use it as a secondary drive thought, if I keep my old drive in (with the OS on it).

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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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Hi everyone - is there anyone out there who can help me?
I have a Dell Studio Hybrid and the original Hard drive failed. I bought a new one and installed it but am finding it impossible to install windows xp on it. I bought a new install xp disc with a new product code. First it kept giving me the blue screen of death as I went into the setup so I couldn't go any further from the xp CD. So then I thought that if I put the hard drive into my laptop and installed xp onto it and then transferred it back to the Dell it would be fine. But now, although it is definitely further on in the installation it is still giving me the blue stop message (this time 07b) when windows tries to start.
Am I doing something that is obviously wrondg?

A:Installing new Hard Drive

What is the model # for your Dell Studio Hybrid?
You cannot install Windows on a HDD on one computer and transfer it over to another. When Windows installs on a computer, It takes a snapshot of the motherboard, chipset etc and installs drivers specifically for that Motherboard. If you remove that HDD and place it into another computer with a different motherboard, it will look for the old Hardware and not find it and then BSOD. If you do a Repair Install, it will fix this, but it's best to do a Clean Install.
As for installing Windows XP on a bare drive. XP does not have native SATA drivers on the disc. Boot into Setup (Bios) go to SATA or HDD and change the HDD mode from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility mode. Then boot off of the XP CD and it will install without BSOD'ing. Or you could slipstream your SATA driver from Dell, into your XP CD.

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I have Win2000 on my primary hard drive. Is it possible for me to install 98 on my secondary hard drive without a boot disk? My floppy won't work, and I think I have traced it down to the floppy controller. I just want to get 98 up and running because 2k won't run a lot of my apps.

A:Installing OS on 2nd hard drive

Here's M$ take on that

I'm sure there are work arounds to get there but you need the dos os on first. Did you load W2K on fat32 or ntfs?

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Just purchased an Aspire ATC-605-UR13.  Also purchased second hard drive to install before I get it up and running.  Problem is, I see no way of doing so at least not like I am used to in terms of expansion slots.  Am I missing something?  Can someone point me in the direction for an FAQ or How To regarding this process? Thanks. 

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I want to apologize for the delayed response as I was researching your question. I found that this desktop does not have a slot or bay to support a second hard drive.

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I have a gateway 4540 and I just purchased a new hard drive from gateway along with CD for a complete restoration of all the OS and drivers.
When I put the CD in the CD ROM drive and start computer the computer does not recognize the CD ROM drive and will not boot up OS install CD. I have gone through the BIOS and all is set to read the CD first and have used the F10 key to tell it to boot from the CD ROM and nothing. It keeps telling me that there is no operating system. I know there isnt but how do I get he CD to boot so I can load the OS? Please....anyone that can help me I would very much appreciate it.

A:New hard drive and installing XP OS

Try hitting F12 instead of F10 on boot up - should get you there. Will give you option of booting from CD

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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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Hello i was just wondering about this...i have a extra 200 gb harddrive i picked up...i wana install it..i put it in and installed it ....but when i boot up into winxp i dont see the extra hard drive......what do i do to detect it and actually format it to make it usable..
thanks guys

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After installing a brand new empty hard drive, per Dell diagnostics advice, I loaded my recovery discs, then restarted lap top per disc instructions. Screen doesn't go beyond Dell logo @ approx 75%.. ive read about reinstalling devices drivers and applications, yet am not understanding this. If I have a backup of my lap top on an external hard drive, would that contain the necessary drivers? I am tech challenged. Any detailed advice/instructions is appreciated.

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 desktop computer that I want to install a 2nd hdd. My sister gave me her computer (which is the same exact as mine). Her's was hit by lightening, she thinks. The motherboard was fried. I'm wanting to use her 40gb hd as a 2nd hdd in my computer.
My question is: Will I have to do a clean install on her hdd? I don't want to do anything that would damage my good drive.
If I install her drive in my computer and make it a slave in the bios, will that be all I have to do?

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my neighbor has offerred to install a second hard drive on my system -- 60 gb. here is my question --

will this make my pc run faster [33.6] modem, or will it simply give me more memory? i'm too embarrassed to ask ...

thank you,


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I want to put a new HD to my PC, but i dont know how.
I already have a HD in there and i will leave that one in there.

I emailed compaq so they can tell me how to and this is what they told me.....

1. Hard drive will be connected to Primary IDE Controller with cable
select mode option.
2. CD-ROM drive will be connected to the Secondary IDE Controller with
cable select mode option.
3. CD-RW drive will be connected to the Secondary IDE Controller with
cable select mode option.

Now, you can connect the second hard drive to the Primary IDE Controller
with cable select mode.
Click to expand...

I really dont understand that, so can one of you translate it to 'english' plz.

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btw my first drive is partitioned into 2. I have 98 in one and xp in another. Dont know if that matters.

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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

A:Need help installing new hard drive

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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I have an aging Emachine E5250 and the hard drive seems to be on the way out (forever clicking and whirring, taking ages to load, freezing up etc) I am looking at getting a new drive and cloning the old one. The current drive is a SATA hard drive and my question is that will a newer SATA drive still be compatible? I have looked around and there seems to be SATA 150, 300, Sata II. As far as I can tell if I install a newer SATA drive and the motherboard isnt compatible it will revert to a slower SATA speed, is this correct? The drive im looking at is this .. Maxtor DIAMONDMAX23 320GB 3.5IN 7200RPM 16MB SATA300.

Hope this isnt too stupid a question!


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Yes a Sata 3 will be compatable with a 1.5. just will run slower

and when u do a clone copy. it should work, but just remember... during the clone it could give u problems, so u may need to do it a few times...

the program i would sugest is norton ghost... (or the maxtor cd may have a cloneing software too)
good luck

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I have too much free time, so I figure I have to try to screw up my computer setup.

Right now I have a 1.6 mhz computer with 768 meg ram and a 40 gig hard drive running win xp home.

After installing way too many programs, my registry has massive problems, and I've tried to use registry cleaner and other programs to clean it up, but many problems still come up.

I'm buying a 120 or 160 gig hard drive, probably samsung or Western digital (7200 rpm).

I want to install windows xp home (I have a oem edition - will this be a problem?) on the new hard drive after partitioning it with partition magic 7.0 into three logical partitions.

After installing win xp, and copying all relevant data(pics, movies, graphic files), I want to wipe the old 40 gig drive and use it as storage.

My computer has more than enough spare power cables (5), and I bought an expansion card so that I can add 4 more hard drives if needed.
Any suggestions on the best way to proceed? Any suggestions, help would be gratefully received.:


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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'm looking into getting a second 1TB hard drive specifically for games while my main one is used for my art programs. what i want to know is if i will need an OS on the second drive or if i can just put a "Games" folder there and install directly.

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You don't need an OS on the new drive. If the games you install offer a choice of where to put their files then yes you can install onto the new drive.

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