Harddisk speed and XP installation

May 1, 2009 at 23:27:51
Specs: Windows XP SP1, 500/256
May peace be on U.I generally install xp from harddisk.I keep a copy of xp ie i386 folder in my E drive(3rd partition of my 30 GB Hd).I bought a another PC.My 30 GB hd got damaged bcoz we generally work with 2 harddisks at a time to copy data from one to other,so then i changed its externel part(chip) .Now it started working but its speed was very slow.So i changed some settings in BIOS ie disabled LBA,DMA etc. and its speed recovered.My 20 GB hd works fine with auto settings but 30 GB works fine only with customised settings,with auto and some other settings it says ntldr error and speed becomes extremely slow.
Now the problem is that when i start xp from dos using winnt file,the setup cannot copy even a single file.May the changing of chip,bios settings made this problem.
If I format the 30 GB may it then works with auto Bios settings and then also xp setups fine.now i have XP sp1 Norton ghost in 30 GB but i want to install real xp sp2 fro my E drive.
Plz tell what should i do to make my 30 GB work with auto Bios settings and let xp installl from dos(winnt).

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May 2, 2009 at 02:41:10
I don't think that you will be able to get it to run as it was. I also have changed the circuits on a few hard drives and they all have worked but ran at reduced speeds. I am not sure but feel confident that this is caused by the circuits chip creating a read fault in the drive itself as the identifiers have changed.

Did you perhaps use a repair utility after you got the HD running again. Every one that I did, the report came back as a faulty drive even though the drive worked.

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