p4 computer system not allowing 500GB HDD to boot properly

October 5, 2012 at 03:58:36
Specs: Windows xp, 1 gb
Hello all .. Plz help me in this
my system is p4 , 1 gb ram , window xp pro
I have to hard disk 80gb and 500gb
So when i start computer with only 80 gb .....its all fine
But when i try to start computer with 500gb hard disk .... Its just not go further .....and stopped at 1st screen ...where there are two options
1- enter setup f2
2- press f12 if u want to boot from network

So i press f2 ...but nothing happened ...and from last 20 minutes its still says entering setup


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#1
October 5, 2012 at 04:43:45
Enter BIOS set up (see your manual online) and check not the boot order but the hard drive boot selection. Since your 80GB drive has the boot information on it, only that drive can be set as bootable, the other drive needs to be set as not bootable. What appears to be happening is that the BIOS is trying to boot to the hard drive that does not have the boot sector on it. To enter BIOS set up, you typically need to tap a specific button during boot up, sometimes the Del, but it can be F1, F2, and sometimes another key. Your manual will have this information.

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#2
October 5, 2012 at 04:49:46
i tried to enter into bios .. but just cant
it says enter f2 to enter setup .. but its not happeneing . .it just saying entering setup thats it
and i have window xp in both my hard disks

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#3
October 5, 2012 at 05:21:53
It sounds to me like the 80 gig hard drive was original and you decided to add a 500 from another computer. If this is the case, you can't boot from the new drive. Is this the case or how did you install the os on both drives.

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#4
October 5, 2012 at 05:24:55
80 gb is my old one ..its 5 year old approx and working fine
500 gb i bought in march this year
i installed window in my 500 gb hard disk from another cpu . this hd is working fine in other cpu , showing all my stuff in it too
just not getting whats the problem

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#5
October 5, 2012 at 05:51:23
The problem is you can't use the hard drive from another computer and expect it to boot up in the new one. When you install XP in a machine, it is hardware specific. If you want to use the 500 gig in the old computer, you'll have to remove the 80 gig and boot from the xp cd and do a repair install on the 500 gig. You could also format the 500 gig and use it for storage and expansion. You don't need two copies of xp on the same machine. Are they both the same kind of hard drive. IDE or SATA?

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#6
October 5, 2012 at 06:24:39
You didn't provide enough information plus you need to work on your terminology. A CPU is a chip that fits in a socket on the motherboard. It is NOT the tower & everything inside of it, that's called a computer.

Are you working with SATA or IDE hard drives? If they're IDE, you need to configure the master/slave jumpers correctly. If they're SATA, all you need to do is make sure the 80GB HDD is the boot drive. The 500GB drive will only be bootable in the orginal computer it came from. If it is transferred to a different computer, Windows will detect the hardware changes & lock up. If you want to be able to boot from the 500GB drive, XP will have to be reinstalled using the "repair install" method, but if you do that, the drive will no longer be able to boot in the original computer it was removed from.


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#7
October 5, 2012 at 11:53:48
I have IDE hard drive. help me in configuring the master n slave plzzz
See what i want is to use 500gb as an operating system hd , i have 65 gb drive in it ,which i want to use to install window xp and as far as 80 gb is concern , i want to use it as a storage disk

problem is .... my computer is just not reading 500gb hard drive , how can i repair it
plz help me


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#8
October 5, 2012 at 11:55:23
i dont want to use two operating system .... i will remove the xp from 80 gb after i succesfully install xp in 500 gb hard drive
i have ide hd

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#9
October 5, 2012 at 14:45:31
Begin by taking the 80gb drive out and connect only the 500g drive.
Setting the jumpers should not be an issue at this stage as the 500 was most likely configured as master in the system it originally came from.

Now boot up into BIOS setup and check for drive detection and set the boot order to CD first followed by hard drive.
I gather there is a 65gb partition on the 500g drive that you wish to install a fresh copy of XP. Was that the partition that originally contained XP when the drive was in it's original machine? If you need help installing XP there are guides available in the HowTo forum.

Once you get XP up and running on that drive you can then deal with the 80g drive. There is usually a diagram on the back of the drive to show you how to configure the jumper to make it master/slave, How you configure it will depend on whether you place it on the same cable as the 500g disk or the secondary IDE cable, as well as the settings of the other device that shares the cable EG: optic drives.

Each cable can accommodate two devices with one set as master and other as slave or with both set to Cable-Select (not recommended in my opinion).

If you only have one optic drive I would put the 500g drive alone on primary IDE as Master and then put the 80g and optic drives on the secondary IDE with the HDD set as master and optic as slave.

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#10
October 6, 2012 at 00:53:38
my 500gb hard drive information : sata/16mb cache WD5000AAK


jumpered pins 3-4 enables puis,
pins 5-6 limits phy to 3Gbps

factory jumper settings:
7 5 3 1
8 6 4 2

my 80gb hard drive info :

master/slave jumper not required for sata
jumpered pins 1 and 2 enable SSC
jumpered pins 5 and 6 enable sata 150MB/S ONLY OPERATION

and there are 2 slots in my cpu which says sata 0 and sata 1


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#11
October 6, 2012 at 02:57:11
richard i tried what u said .. but my computer is just not detecting my 500gb hd

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#12
October 6, 2012 at 16:58:31
In response 7 you said you have IDE hard drives but in 10 you now say they are SATA. If they are SATA most of what I advised is irrelevant. You should be aware however that XP does not come with SATA drivers in it's setup files. You need to either create a slipstreamed install disk that incorporates the SATA drivers or provide them on floppy for installation at the first F6 prompt when you boot the XP install disk.

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#13
October 6, 2012 at 22:41:07
its sata .... i googled about it on internet , then i get to know about it
actually its connecter is a red wire which is connecting to motherboard(sata 0 or sata 1)
link of the pic : http://www.google.co.in/imgres?imgurl=http://pc-level.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/sata-cable.jpg&imgrefurl=http://pc-level.com/2010/01/types-of-computer-cables/&h=375&w=500&sz=37&tbnid=FxSPDAC38XBo3M:&tbnh=92&tbnw=123&zoom=1&usg=__A628ubgHd_VJ0fEsGXyXzMVYIfE=&docid=e8wvBBo3cLA_TM&sa=X&ei=SBVxUNnZGY_SrQfOtoF4&ved=0CC8Q9QEwAw&dur=1476

and i dont think i need any extra drivers for it .. bcoz my hard disk i working just fine in another cpu.
right now i m transferring all my data of 50gb hd to my laptop
then i will delete all partitions and format everything ... then hope 4 the best :)


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#14
October 7, 2012 at 01:18:39
Hoping for the best will not get XP installed on your new SATA drive. You will need drivers for it and they have to be provided at the F6 prompt when you begin the install.

The only other option is to slipstream the driver into a new install disk. You will need to obtain the SATA driver for your motherboard.

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#15
October 7, 2012 at 05:03:07
Actually, some motherboards offer an option in the BIOS set up that allows you to have your SATA drive emulate a PATA (EIDE) drive and allow you to install or repair the XP installation and install all of your drivers (absolutely required) and then you can turn the SATA drive back to the faster SATA settings.
If your BIOS does not offer this option, you are left with the above advice and need to install the drives during the installation.

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#16
October 8, 2012 at 01:48:57
where i can find drivers ?

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#17
October 8, 2012 at 04:35:07
Identify your motherboard and go to the manufacturer's website

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#18
October 8, 2012 at 22:33:13
which one

this is my motherboard page
plzz select the right one

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...


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#19
October 8, 2012 at 22:45:40
another link
its pdf file of my motherboard

http://download.intel.com/support/m...


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