My HDD is acting funny.

Gateway notebook / MX8715
January 2, 2009 at 03:53:05
Specs: Linux i686, 2GB
My first HD crashed because i had a total of 8GB left on it and i was using it as Ram. But i got a new external HD and riped it apart to get the HD out and i put it in my computer and tryed to install Windows Xp pro, but it says to check the HD cables and the power. But when i tryed Linux (Ubuntu). It started right up with to prob and installed. The BIOS says theres a HD. But windows does not. And my computer takes a Sata and the external is a Sata. If u have any ideas please help. Thanks!


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#1
January 2, 2009 at 06:09:53
Check drive settings - is it Master-no Slave; or cable select. Although as bios sees it this is not likely to be the issue here.

What make drive involved - and is it OK for the laptop; not all are from some accounts - even though it appears OK with Linux?

How large the drive; version of XP sp involved?

Do you get as far in XP setup as supplying SATA drivers for XP?


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#2
January 2, 2009 at 08:17:05
Is your OS Linux or Windows? As trv asks, did you press F6 at the Windows install screen in order to install the SATA drivers?

And, why did you install a new drive when you had trouble with the first one? Do you mean you had an 8 Gig pagefile?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
January 2, 2009 at 18:04:42
The HDD is 40GB more. There is no slave drive, just master. Ill try the F6, and if that works im set, if not idk. I downloaded Xp Pro SP 2. and XP Home sp 3. What is the black jump thing that can go on top of the HD?

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