old sata 80gig harddrive w/error in it

Dell / 4700
November 2, 2010 at 06:38:23
Specs: Windows XP 2, pentium 4
I have a dell demension 4700, was trying to defrag, and i mistakenly deleted a partition between my windows xp and net zero, -then tried to reboot windows---couldnt,found out the error in my sata 80gig harddrive,---called dell about it, they said get a new harddrive, so i installed the new western digital sata 160gig harddrive, and took out the old harddrive, but now i realize i want to download the old harddrive, onto the new harddrive, im a laymen, so i need simple instructions, but how do i download the info on the oldharddrive, and how do i fix the error on the harddrive , i have a dell cd reboot disc ???/? Please help me , ty

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November 2, 2010 at 06:44:24
well ty , but i really need help , i dont find an answer to my question on this list

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November 2, 2010 at 09:54:39

I suggest you reconnect the original 80GB drive and use a program called testdisk to fix the partitions. Get testdisk at the link below. Be sure to read all the instructions before using so you know what you are doing.

Your computer BIOS may not allow you to use a 160GB hard drive. The problem is 48 bit LBA compliance. Your BIOS may only be 28 bit LBA compliant. Using the drive under those conditions will eventually result in data loss and/or corruption.

A simple method to use now that you already have the 160GB hard drive is to watch the POST screens at start up. If the 160GB is not configured by the BIOS in those screens using the model number and the FULL drive capacity then don't use it.



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