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New Drive Not Recognized. Can't Install Xp!


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#1 nathansdad04

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 10:48 AM

I tried to do a clean install of XP(since cloning wouldn't work)....I booted using the XP reinstall disk and it gives me a message stating that their is no hard drive installed. The new drive is a Seagate Momentus 5400.
How do i get my Dell 9300 to recognize the drive?

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:10 AM

ATA or SATA? Did you double check the cables, jumpers and Bios settings?
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:17 AM

ata. No cables...it's an internal drive. I believe it's set to master. Pins are identical to the oem hd that I took out. I have no idea how to change BIOS settings. I got into BIOS menu, but I don't know what to change. I didn't see anything in there having anything to do with hd.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:22 AM

No cables??. . .Did you hook it up to the motherboard?

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 11:46 AM

In my laptop...I just place drive in the drive caddy and slide it in. When I put the old drive back in...I just slide it in and the computer works just fine. I literally only takes about 60 seconds to swap the drive. When I put in the new drive....it gives a Internal HDD error!
What am I looking for in the BIOS menu to change? Even when the good drive is in the laptop my BIOS does not show anything regarding what drive drive is in my laptop. Is there more than 1 BIOS area?
The BIOS screen I see when I hit F2 gives me the following headings:

System
Onboard devices
Integrated NIC
MiniPCi status
Modem enable

Video
security
power management
maintenence
post behavior
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 12:23 PM

Found the problem!! There was an extender piece that fits on the pins....now the hD powers up.

Next question: I want to create a partition for XP and 1 to be later used to reinstall dell media direct. how do i do that. I have to leave 1.5gb space for the media direct. Do i just create 1 large partition(minus 1.5gb) or do i need a partition for XP, 1 for media direct(later install). Never done this before so I'll need some help

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 10:37 AM

Easiest way would be install XP then use a 3rd party tool to shrink the partition so that you can add one.

You can use the fdisk command off of a floppy or bootable cd - you can probably get this (or a similar setup tool) for free from the website of the hard drive manufacturer.

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