HP 6710s HDD

February 6, 2012 at 18:36:54
Specs: Windows 7 32 bit, 2 GB
Hello everyone,

I've loaded my Hp 6710s with windows 7 32 bit after upgrading the ram to 2 GB. The original 80gb Hdd-XP pro factory- crashed & I replaced it with a Hitachi 500GB. All was ok until recently when it froze. On reboot the HDD isn't detected although I can hear it spinning. The F10 bios entry doesn't highlight the HDD for the self test options in the drop down menu in Diagnotics. I'm also having trouble trying the get safe mode with F8!?

After checking the specs, I now realise the 500gb spins @ 7200 rpms which is too fast for the mobo- specs recommend the largest of 250-300GB @ 5400.

Need to know is this my problem & the unit has overheated?

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February 6, 2012 at 20:26:14
The size/speed of hard drive should not be an issue.

If it is overheating, it is likely you have cooked something..........

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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February 6, 2012 at 22:26:09
!!! cooked what?

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February 7, 2012 at 05:22:12
First, is the hard drive recognized in the BIOS set up. If it is, make sure that it is listed as a bootable drive and that it is listed in the boot order. It is OK for it to be listed as second or third behind floppy and CD/DVD drives, but make sure the drives are empty (especially the floppy drive if you have one). If the old hard drive or a second hard drive is listed there, it may prevent the system from finding your boot sector. Also, was the new hard drive the only hard drive plugged in when you loaded Windows? If not then the boot sector may not be on the same drive and removing the other drive or changing any settings may also make the system miss the Bootloader.
If it is recognized in the BIOS, use the install disk and do a start up repair, even if the bootloader was on a now removed drive, this should work.
If it does not work, use the hard drive mfg's utility to test the hard drive via bootable CD.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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