How to install new HDD in HP laptop

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March 1, 2010 at 09:09:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have an Hp pavilion dv6000 series laptop, its hard drive just stoped working so I buyied the exact same hard drive, the same in every possible aspect. When I run a hard drive diagnostic on the new hard drive it passes but when I try to install Windows XP the system just says that there is no hard drive installed and stops. I also connected the hard drive to my desktop via USB and the system recognizes the hard drive but does not show it in the explorer, like it does not exist.

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March 1, 2010 at 09:29:41
To install OS you might need to install disk drivers. I think its F3 when installing.

On your desktop, goto disk management and see if the disk is visible. Maybe its just not assigning a drive letter.

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March 1, 2010 at 09:54:24
Did you format the new hard drive first? If it's not formatted, it's not going to be useable in your laptop.

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March 1, 2010 at 10:10:07
XP doesn't natively support SATA hard drives, so either the drivers need to be installed at the very start of the installation or you have to "trick" XP into thinking you have an IDE drive. There are a few ways of doing it:

1. check the BIOS to see if if there's a setting for "IDE compatibility mode" (or something to that effect). If there is, go ahead & select it, install XP, then install the SATA drivers. Then you can go back & change the setting back to SATA again.

2. at the beginning of the installation, press F6 when prompted & load the SATA drivers from a floppy.

3. if you can't do either of the above, you'll need to create a new XP CD that has the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. Here's the instructions:

How To Slipstream SATA Drivers Into XP CD

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March 1, 2010 at 12:08:18
Thank you Micka, My desktp now recognizes the hard drive, but still does not work in the laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive, but the OS says in the instalation that there is no hard drive, the installation starts and all the necesary files are opened, but when it has to start installing them in the hard drive says there no hard drive available.

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March 1, 2010 at 12:11:22
Thanks najitech, the drive is formatted and still does not work.

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March 1, 2010 at 12:22:05
You DO NOT need to format the blank hard drive first before you install XP on the drive when you boot the computer from the XP CD - Setup will detect that it has no software partitions and is not formatted, and will prompt you to make a partition and format it.

Your problem is that when you boot from the XP CD, Setup cannot presently see the SATA drive at all, because of bios Setup settings !

See jam's info in Response 3 !

"1. check the BIOS to see if if there's a setting for "IDE compatibility mode" "

More info...

In the bios Setup, IDE compatibility mode is a.k.a. ATA, PATA, IDE, EIDE, compatibilty mode, or similar

We don't know exactly what to tell you it is, because there is usually no information anywhere on the web, or in the User's or Owner's manual for the brand name system model, about what is seen in the bios Setup settings for a brand name bios version.

If you see a setting in the bios Setup where it's set to SATA or AHCI mode, that's what you need to change to some IDE compatibilty mode, save bios settings. .

If you can select and set some IDE compatibilty mode, XP's Setup will detect the SATA drive controller and the SATA drive, as IDE compatible devices .

After Setup has finished, after the SATA controller drivers have been loaded in XP for the laptop's mboard, you can go into the bios Setup and change the setting back to SATA or AHCI.
Or - you can just leave the bios set to an IDE compatibilty mode, in which case the XP CD will find the SATA hard drive whenever you boot from the XP CD.

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.

If you can't access the internet near the end of Setup, you won't be able Activate Windows or download anything from the web. In that case you need to get at least the network adapter drivers you need on another computer, copy them to something such as a flash drive, and load them on your computer, in Windows - DO NOT load drivers while booting the computer, before the software for the device has been installed !

A side note........

Setup defaults to making only one partition on a hard drive.
The problem with that is if you ever need to re-load Windows from scratch, you lose everything on the partition Windows was installed on, and when you have only partition on the hard drive, that's everything on the drive - unless you copy the data you don't want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you install Windows from scratch (most people don't bother, and lose all their data) .
If you're installing XP from a regular CD, it's recommended you make at least TWO partitions on the drive.
How to make more than one partition on a hard drive, when you're installing Windows on a blank hard drive, or when you are deleting the existing partition(s) on a hard drive before you run Setup .....
See Response 3:

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March 1, 2010 at 13:17:46
Thaks Jam and Tubesanswires

That was the problem, I used the program to insert the SATA drivers to the instalation disk and situation solved.

Thank you very much you all

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March 1, 2010 at 13:30:02
We're glad to hear you solved your problem, but....

In most cases, you can change a setting in the bios Setup to an IDE compatibilty mode of some sort, then you don't need to bother to integrate the SATA drivers into a burned XP CD's contents.

Did you make just one partition on the drive?
If so, that's NOT recommended.
See the last part of Response 6.

If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....

See Response 6
starting at
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."

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