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Installing A New Hard Drive?


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#1 kevin500

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 12:18 PM

ok i recently got a new hard drive Hitachi 250 gb sata because my old one stoped working.
now when i try to install windows it said http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/upload...7/09/image3.png
(but i use windows xp home edition disk)and when i try to install the motherboard cd it said "No HPA enabled drive"
this is site has my old hard drive on the right and my new one of the left(not the same model but the same connecters)
http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/MaxtorUL...quid3D-7741.jpg

My old hard drive had 3 connecters but my new one has only 2 have i got the wrong one?

if not how do i get the new hard drive working?

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by kevin500, 19 May 2008 - 01:09 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2008 - 12:26 PM

Check all the connections are tight, reseat of neccessary, does the drive spin up ok?

Edited by Axegrinder, 19 May 2008 - 12:26 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2008 - 01:07 PM

Check all the connections are tight, reseat of neccessary, does the drive spin up ok?


Wires are in fine and are in properly. i can hear the hard drive when i start up the pc.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:06 PM

Possibly a damaged SATA driver.
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#5 kevin500

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:53 PM

Possibly a damaged SATA driver.


Could it be due to any other hardware problems cause my last hd wouldnt get past windows home edition just kept rebooting itself. Hence the reason i brought a new hard drive.

Edited by kevin500, 19 May 2008 - 04:55 PM.


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Posted 20 May 2008 - 10:25 AM

What is the make and model of the sata hdd?

Did it come with a CD to format, partition, and add the drivers for the drive?

Does you BIOS require that you enable a sata drive?

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 12:09 PM

Possibly a damaged SATA driver.


Could it be due to any other hardware problems cause my last hd wouldnt get past windows home edition just kept rebooting itself. Hence the reason i brought a new hard drive.



I had this problem with a computer recently, where it would restart right after showing the windows logo screen. I did a repair (not system recovery) on the installation using my XP cd and it fixed the problem. Maybe you could give this a try with your old hard drive.

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:33 PM

Thanks guys i think its down to my motherboard not reconizeing this sata drive maybe its 4-5 years old?
thanks for help tho my old pc is fixed now also =)




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