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#1 buckshot721

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 07:43 PM

Had to reinstall XP on my wifes HP desktop. All went well except when you click on my computer.  C: drive is ok but D: drive (internal) shows up as a flash or jump drive. Plus it wants to scan D everytime windows boots up.  I did not format the drive before the reinstall, just replaced the copy of Windows on c.  Its a single sata drive the I partictioned the last time I changed out the hard drive.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:31 PM

This is a desktop with two internal SATA drives? What is the model number of the HP?

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:23 PM

Its a 1620 Pavillion, and it just has one drive. I partictioned the drive when I swapped out the harddrive. The first time I installed XP it did not do this.



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:24 PM

This usually indicates you have not yet installed the motherboard support chipset drivers from HP. SATA drives are hot swappable, and if lacking the correct drivers, Windows can't be sure if it's a fixed drive or a removable, so takes the safe course of assuming it could be removable.


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#5 buckshot721

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

I will jump on the hp site later, an check and see if I missed anything.



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 02:59 PM

Just went to hp site and device manager seems to have everything.



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:32 PM

Did you actually install all the available drivers from HP? Device manager usually won't show any missing drivers when this problem occurs, as a generic Windows driver will have been installed to perform basic functions.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:36 PM

There are a number of 1620 Pavillion desktops. Does yours have a suffix after the 1620? It would be either e, uk, fr or something similar. Is the processor AMD or Intel?



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

there is an E on the end,  amd. and yes I got all the drivers from hp



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:13 PM

The motherboard specs out as having a Nvidia chipset. Updating Intel chipsets is fairly easy but I would leave well enough alone on the Nvidia chipset.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:36 PM

Half of my internal hard drives show up as USB drives that could be 'safely removed' in the Safely Remove Hardware menu. I think you just need to turn off autoplay completely, and then windows will stop scanning it to see what filetypes it should pop autoplay up for.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:17 PM

Funny thing is the first time I installed Xp on this new harddrive it showed an internal drive.






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