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Testing Old Hdd In New Computer

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#1 Wardner


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Posted 15 August 2006 - 08:54 PM

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600) HP Pavilion 061 ER890AA-ABA a1410n 0nx1114RE101NAGAM00
System Serial Number: CNH6070MK1 NA660
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. NAGAMI 1.01
Bus Clock: 199 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.01 02/09/2006
Drives Memory Modules c,d
281.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
239.98 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552L [CD-ROM drive]

Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 5
Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
Generic USB SM Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Maxtor 6L080P0 [Hard drive] (81.96 GB) -- drive 0
WDC WD2000JS-60MHB1 [Hard drive] (200.05 GB) -- drive 1
WDC WD80 0BB-00BSA0 USB Device [Hard drive] (80.02 GB) -- drive 6 960 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
Slot 'A2' is Empty
Slot 'A3' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 1) 190.92 GB 159.07 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 1) 9.11 GB 410 MB free
j: (NTFS on drive 0) 81.96 GB 80.50 GB free
Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Administrator 2/10/2006 4:55:57 PM (admin)
HP_Administrator 8/15/2006 8:23:40 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never
SUPPORT_fddfa904 never

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Amyuni Document Converter 2.50 on LPT1:
Microsoft Shared Fax Driver on SHRFAX:
Controllers Display
Primary IDE Channel [Controller] (3x)
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] (3x)
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (3x) NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE [Display adapter]
KDS AV-7TF [Monitor] (14.9"vis, s/n AAA41213365, October 2000)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller Realtek High Definition Audio
Communications Other Devices
Agere Systems PCI-SV92PP Soft Modem

Networking Dns Servers:
OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
MS ArACPI Driver
MS ArPolicy Driver
HID-compliant consumer control device (2x)
HID-compliant device
USB Human Interface Device (2x)
HID Keyboard Device
HID-compliant mouse
NVIDIA Network Bus Enumerator
USB Composite Device
USB Mass Storage Device (2x)
USB Root Hub (2x)
Virus Protection [Back to Top]
Norton AntiVirus Version 12.02
Virus Definitions Version 1/4/2006 Rev 6
Realtime File Scanning On

I don't know what is required for system info so I included part of a Belarc audit above. The hard drives should show up as BOLD

I took my non-booting XP PC (five years old) to Staples for repair. They said the hard drive was toast and then sold me the machine described above.

Later, I fooled around with the old PC and was able to get to the BIOS. I bought some recovery CDs off eBay but I could never get Windows to load.

I took out the old hard drive and put it in an external enclosure that is connected to a USB2 receptacle on the new computer. Belarc, Device Manager, BIOS, System Info all see it. "My Computer" doesn't see it so I cannot click on it to open it. I ran the jumpers on CS, S, and M.

I am wondering if there is a way to connect it to one of my card readers (Drives F, G, H, or I). Seeing as those are displayed in "My Computer" I think there might be a chance I could explore the old drive.

Failing that, could I disconnect the new slave hard drive and plug the old one in its place? They are both 80 gigs. Or could I simply attach the end of the 80 wire ribbon cable and power wires to the old drive. I am afraid to go either route without some expert opinion.

Edited by Wardner, 16 August 2006 - 02:36 AM.

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#2 xtatik222k


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Posted 15 August 2006 - 10:21 PM

As long as you aren't taking out the route drive that contains your xp setup (of course) it's probably your best option. Just put the new drive in the computer in a free slot. If you don't have one take one of your other drives out. Boot up and see if your bios can recognise it. I don't know what kind of controller you might need for your hard drive, as I recently had hdd problems and fixed it with a sata controller I needed installed before my XP setup. But I might be completely wrong... :S

#3 JPHarvey


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Posted 16 August 2006 - 06:08 PM

If you can't see you drive, try having a look for it in the windows disk management utility (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management), you may find it is in there but requires formatting or importing...
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
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