How to know hard drive type?

April 28, 2011 at 11:55:42
Specs: Windows XP
How to find hard drive type?Can i find this in BIOS or run/msinfo32/system information/Storage/.

I have used SIW program, found that the HD standard is"ATAPI", Interface-Parallel ATA, but i'm not sure.There is in BIOS boot sequence A, C, SCSI option.

It's by Speccy progarm:
HD Device type-Fixed,
ATA standard -ATA/ATAPI 6
Interface-PATA

I need to reformat old computer, If it's SCSI what need to do reformat the computer?Is it need to just press F6 when XP setup starting then wait and reformat normally?
Help me, i'm not experienced computer user.


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#1
April 28, 2011 at 14:06:44
When you boot to the xp disk don't press the F6 for any options just yet. Go on to the install. What happens when you get to the hard drive part?

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#2
April 28, 2011 at 15:06:11
The parallel ATA indicates you have the older style IDE ATA/ATAPI standard.

You should be able to install WinXP without a problem. That assumes the computer was running WinXP before.


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#3
April 28, 2011 at 19:12:51
Yes, the XP installed in the computer before.I saw in BIOS boot sequence A, C, SCSI option so i begin doubts about the hard drive type.What is the BIOS boot sequence SCSI option?

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#4
April 28, 2011 at 20:47:41
Wait a minute. You mean your bios doesn't show the cdrom as a boot device? Just how old is it and how did you get XP installed on it originally?

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#5
April 28, 2011 at 23:17:46
No, BIOS shows the CD-ROM as boot device, i reformatted the computer.I ask about SCSI option on BIOS, there is many boot sequence options:A, C, SCSI; CD-ROM, C, A etc.

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#6
April 29, 2011 at 00:43:49
The SCSI option is preset in the boot order--just because it's there doesn't mean you have a SCSI drive. It just means that if you do then you can boot from it. The info you give in your initial posting show you have a regular IDE drive.

In the boot order you want the cdrom to come before the C: drive (where C: is going to be the drive letter assigned to the partition on the hard drive that has the operating system). So it could be A:, CDROM, C: or CDROM, A:, C: or CDROM, C: A:

That way you can boot from the XP cd and start the installation. If you just want to delete everything on the drive you can choose to remove the partition when the OS setup asks where to install. You can then exit setup and leave the hard drive blank or you can recreate the partition and do a fresh install of XP.

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#7
April 29, 2011 at 04:01:43
ok, thanks.

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#8
April 29, 2011 at 14:11:33
Basically forget scsi all together.

scsi is/was normally used on servers and high end workstations. Basically forget it. In one odd situation a pci add on card like pci to sata may end up using that option but that is rare.

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