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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
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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.


A:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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

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Hello Could someone please explain to me how to install a new hard drive.

I just got a new 320gb hard drive. What i want to do is make that my primary hard drive and take my old 160 hard drive and make that my secondary hard drive. How do i move all of the information and how do i go about doing all of it?


A:Installing a new hard drive

you can try seagate disc wizard to copy the active boot disc and all
if sata I don't know if you will have issues I have done with ide and scsi drives always worked
stay away from norton products, my opinion
first put the drive in as slave use disc wizard to format the way you want ntfs file system
a drive that big
2 to 3 partitions
2 works fine
first one is a 10 to 20 gb for OS and stuff that can't be moved
the rest your choice
keep the partition limit dwn
then use wizard to copy the c drive over to the new partition you will use
follow the prompts as to how you want to proceed
I would remove the old one before the next boot
if the boot goes ok then install old drive 2d channel
you can erase the os from this drive or archive it
now some programs may not work as drive letters have moved around
this can be fixed for most part by re-assigning drive letters

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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.


A:Installing New Hard Drive

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My current PC has two 40gb hard drives

As you can see I am short of hard drive space.
I have a 160gb HD that I want to install.Do I just remove one of the 40GB hard drives and replace it with the new one.
Also just wondered why the drives only show 32gb as total size.Is this because the Vista os takes up the other space.
Thanks in advance

A:Installing another hard drive

Your O/S is taking up what you don't see of the 40GB.
If it's enough, just remove the secondary and replace it with your 160GB

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Have an OEM Vista machine here that the HDD has died and I am wondering if I can download the OS to a stick and then install to a new drive and use the activation code from the original sticker.

Hav not got any disks or back ups as the friends son was a little wanton with the use of this machine has bought himself a new 7 machine and my friend his Mum wants the machine herself but cannot afford to go 7.

A:Installing on new hard drive

Download and use Macrium Reflect. Put image on an external hard drive and then transfer to the new Hard Drive. I can tell you that it worked for me.
Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums
With Macrium, if you are on the same computer there should be no need to use the Product Key number, it is already in the image.

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I am trying to install a new hard drive that is much bigger then the one that came with the computer, but after I installed it, Vista shows it in the management section as being EISA configuration at only 47mbs. It is a one tig hard drive with 32mbs buffer. How do I get past this problem so I can use the hard drive as intented? I have found several answers, but I am not sure which one to try. I would like to put Windows XP Pro on the new hard drive. I would be greatfull for an answer that really works.

A:Installing new hard drive

Is it a SATA drive or an IDE? You might check the jumpers on it to make sure they are set right. Also, is it set up to AUTO in the BIOS? And is the BIOS recognizing it correctly, with the correct size?

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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.

A:Help with installing hard drive

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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).

A:Pb installing new 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'm having problems that I can't seem to solve. (See this thread.)

The OS still runs and all programs run, but I'm stuck with that long delay in Windows Explorer accessing various directories.

My question: Suppose I installed XP on the second (internal) hard drive and used that as the main drive. Would I have any problem accessing the drive that now has XP on it? In other words, I'd have XP on two drives at the same time.

A:Installing XP on a second hard drive

My initial query might not be clear enough. Right now, XP is running on the C drive, and the second drive is labeled F:.

If possible, I'd like to install XP on F as well, and still be able to boot up on C when I need to use applications that are there (essential for my work). I'd like to transfer all my data and settings to the F drive, install programs there, and eventually shift over to that as the main drive. Then format the other (C) drive and use it for storage. But temporarily, I need to be able to boot on C: and use its applications.

My questions at this point are pretty basic.

1. If XP were installed on both drives, how would I boot up on one or the other? Would I need to boot from the CD? If not, how do I tell the machine to boot on F rather than C (or vice versa)? When I power up the computer, my two choices are F2 to enter Setup, and F12 to enter Boot Sequence.

2. If I were booted up on F:, would I be able to access data files on C: and transfer them over? Or would the presence of XP on C: cause problems?

Many thanks for any guidance you can offer.

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I have a HP Pavilion computer in which I am trying to install a new hard drive.

I actual installation of the drive is done, but I can not load up XP.

I place the XP disk in the drive, which is part of the boot check off, but the computer attempts to read the drive and than does nothing.

The copy of XP is a new one, i.e. it did not come preloaded with the original hard drive.

I also attempted to make those boot floppies for loading XP but I get the same results, i.e. the system does the boot check off and nothing happens.

any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Installing a new hard Drive

You need to go into the BIOS at boot up time and configure the Boot page to allow the CD to be higher in the boot list than the HDD.

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I'm trying to install as second IDE hard drive on my win98 machine and it isn't working so I'm looking for any suggestions you guys may have. I have a standard PII motherboard (american megatrends I believe) with two IDE ports.

I'm connecting it to the cable that my existing hard drive is on and when I do that neither of them work. I thought maybe the NEW drive needed to be formatted so I unhooked the OLD drive and hooked up the NEW and booted to a floppy and followed the normal foratting proceedure. But when I hooked them both up to the cable they still did not work. I get "Operating system not found, insert a boot disk in to drive a:..." when I have two drives on the one cable.

- Could it be the cable?

I do have a secondar IDE port on the motherboard but I have my DVD drive and CDRW
drive on that and I don't recall being able
to ever hook up three drives to one port, but
if that would work I could do that.

I guess what I'm wondering is what the best way to hook up a second drive is and I thought I was doing it right and it's not working. I'm even willing to upgrade to Win2k if that would take care of it.

Let me know and thank you.

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Spackler, Did you set the jumper on the new drive as Slave ? Go into bios and at the Standard cmos setup screen set all ide options to "Auto".
What make and model is your Old and New hard drives ?

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I need to replace my hard drive and am wondering what Windows 7 product to get. I see some advertised as 'OEM' and 'System Builder', is that what I need to get my computer running with the new hard drive?

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What OS is on the old HDD?

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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

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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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i have been running xp pro on my computer for some time with a second harddrive which i just use for storage. my main harddrive that has xp already on it is working fine but i noticed that my 2nd harddrive is way bigger then the one i am using so what i want to do is install xp on the storage drive and set that for my primary hardrive. i tried to install from my cd but it kept telling me not enough room on c drive. which i already know this and it tells me setup cannot go on. it dosent give me an option as to where i want to actually install windows which is drive E.

so i took the main harddrive out and hooked up the storage drive as my primary..... and tried to do a clean install it went thru fine it formated the disc and all,but when it rebooted after the copying part it starts the process of loading set up and format\copying files i already did that, when i removed the xp disc and restarted computer i gt error loading operating system.

is there any easier way to do this? couldnt i just copy everything (operating system and all )over to the storage disk and then use it as primary?

i have norton ghost and tried to copy but it went half way thru and i gt an error so that didnt work either..is there any other better program to clone your harddrive and move it to a diffrent one and make it work lol

i hope you all can understand this i am terriable at trying to explain something lol

my main hardrive that currently has xp pro on it is quantum fireball with 6.99 gb

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A:installing xp pro on 2nd hard drive

You could use Partition Magic to partition your 2nd HDD, and PROBABLY not lose any data. Be sure to backup your data soon.

Then, you could use Norton Ghost 2003 or Acronis' True Image to clone your current C: drive, to include Windows XP to your 2nd HDD.
Norton Ghost 2003 is no longer available from Symantec, but probably is from an online vendor. Acronis TI is available from www.acronis.com .

Then, turn off the computer. Remove the current primary [ containing C: ] HDD. Configure the jumpers on the 2nd HDD so that it is now the primary master. Turn on your computer. Life should be good.


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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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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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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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I am looking to install a bigger hard drive in my desk top, right now it is a 80, looking for bigger, but there are lots of programs, apps, things i would like to carry over. so my question is this if i put it in as the master and my 80 as a slave can i carry over the os or do i reinstall, partition all over again, do i need the original disk w/ the key number?

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first i would like to say im not the best speller or know much about computers. i will try my best. please help.

ok to start off i have a dell inspiron 1525 that came with windows vista. i have no more warrenty.

well i had a problem with the hard drive so i got a new one. now i try to run the vista disk that came with this laptop and get to the install now button. do the agreement thing blah blah and when it is installing windows it gos to expanding files then an error code 0x80070017 pops up. so ther for i can't install windows vista.

what do i need to do to get this computer working agan?

maybe a step by step instructions?

please help thanks

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How to use the restoration CDhttp://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...lang=en&cs=

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I have installed my maxtor 30 gb hard drive in my computer. It has been used in another computer before. Its seems to have been setup correctly, under a secondary master. The primary slave config was unresponsive. Now the computer has recognized the drive, and installed the "new hardware".
I've even opened the drive in windows explorer and see the first level of folders, but clicking on one makes explorer freeze. My bro tried moving some files off of it using a dos prompt but we got some kind of IO (input output) error and it didn't work. This tells me that it is not the info on the drive that is corrupted but possibly more of a software based IO problem. I unfoturnately have been threw installations/upgrades in every field except IDE and am baffled. CAN ANYONE HELP?

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I need encouragement or discouragement!
I have decided that it would be wise to add a 2nd hard drive to my pc. I went out this afternoon and purchased a 20GB 7400RPM HD. I was told by more than one person that I could install it myself (even without asking how experienced I am.) I am self-taught as of 3 years. I have learned alot by trial and error and just by DOING. But when it comes to the inner-workings and some terminology, I am a bit apprehensive. Reading the instructions with regards to such things as Master, Slave, BIOS... I am leery to even begin. Do you pros out there think this novice (?) can handle this? Maybe reading is worse than doing. But all is well with my pc now, and I surely don't want to cause major problems by doing it myself.

If this is helpful -- I am working on a HP 4440, 4.3 GB, Win 98. I purchased a Maxtor HD.
I will anxiously await advice.

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So pleased with my fast running PC after gregrockers Clean Install that I don't want to interfere with that at all but could do with an instance of WinXP on this PC. I have an unused 80GB Ext USB Hard drive available. Does it make sense to install my legit copy of XP on that?
Forget this for now. Ext Hard Drive has just died R.I.P.
No as you were! Just come alive again. (Actually I had the wrong mains lead connected

A:Installing XP on USB Hard drive

I don't think you can install windows on an external hard-drive.

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I think it's time to upgrade my PC, and I need a little assitance, please.

I have a Compaq 4250, a 400Mhz AMD processor, 64MB of RAM, and an 8G hard drive. I really would like a huge hard drive, so I can download lots of MP3's and other media files. My system also came with WIN98 pre-installed. (Factory installation). It also came with a Restore Disk.

My three main questions are:
How hard is it for a novice to open their tower and remove/install a hard drive?

Since my hard drive has WIN98 already installed on it, how will I get WIN98 installed on my new hard drive? Do I have to buy WIN98 and do the installation myself?

And lastly, what exactly is on this Restore Disk? Would it work on other systems, other than my Compaq? Does it have WIN98 on it?

Thanks so much for the help!


A:? about installing a new hard drive

Q-1 It is not that hard to physically replace a HD but you will need to do some reading first to get everything right the first time. If you have a friend that has done it before, get help. The link below is to a site with help topics on various computer problems including how to install a new hard drive.

Q-3 The Restore Disk is a disk that lets you restore the computer back to the way it came from the factory. It loads Win98, information as to what sound card, modem, hard drive, etc. is installed as it came from the factory. This will cause any new programs, data, information about newley installed components(such as a new CD-RW, scanner or printer) to be erased. This will not work on other computers unless they are exactally the same as yours. It has Win98, but is is probably hidden by Compaq in a folder as CAB files. These restore disks often cause problems if you upgrade components as you want to do and try to use the disk. It will be looking for the old hard drive and if it actually installed to the new hard drive, it probably will not use the new hard drives full size. It may just hang on installation and not load at all.
Q-2 You would need a copy of Win98 unless Compaq gave you an OEM version of it with the new computer.

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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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Just purchased a 200 GB SATA drive to replace my IDE drive. what do i do?
just copy all the data and then set it as the primary drive? the C: drive?
will it just boot to that drive after the data is transfered or is there somthing else that i have to do.
OS = WinXPro

A:Installing new hard drive.

Depends on what do you man by "copy all the data". Copying the files under Windows will not do - you have to use some disk cloning software to do it.

Depending on what brand your new hard drive is you could find a drive migration tool on the manufacturers website if you didn't already get a CD with the drive itself.

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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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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

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

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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 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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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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