|I just purchased a 640gb Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA II hard drive (WD6400AAKS) to replace a failing SATA I on my Dell Dimension 8300. The first time I booted up the pc and attempted to do a clean install of XP I was able to get to the Windows Install screen where you're asked if you would like to partition the drive or install. At this screen the hard drive showed up as unpartitioned and 610gb (normal). When I hit enter to install windows a notification came up saying windows could not access the disk and to reboot. |
So I did and ran the windows installation again, however this time right after it loads all the files from the cd and says "starting windows" I get BSOD'd with the stop code 0x7f. It mentioned damaged memory as a potential cause so I ran memtest86 which passed all tests and turned up no errors. So I downloaded the lifegaurd utility for WD6400AAKS and booted that up. As soon as it's booted it returns error code 201, non-western digital drive. It seems to be recognizing that there is a hard drive there in BIOS, because it is listed under Primary SATA, however something is not right because the model says unknown and the capacity says 0gb
Thinking this may all be because the motherboard (SATA I) is having trouble reading the SATA II hard drive, I jumper it across pins 5 and 6 to run in SATA I mode.
But to no avail... still BSOD's right after it says Starting Windows during the xp install, still shows up as a non-western digital drive with code 201 in lifegaurd, and still shows up as a SATA hard drive with unknown model and 0 capacity in BIOS
Dell BIOS version A05
Intel 875p chipset
XP install disc with SP2
I was under the impression when it prompts you to create a partition with 'c' or hit 'enter' to install, hitting enter to install without manually creating partitions would make the system partition the whole drive for the installation (which is what I wanted). Did I messed it up by doing that or was this thing messed up from the get go?
Any ideas to fix this? Or is my hard drive just DOA?