problem with cloned hard drive

April 27, 2009 at 12:12:07
Specs: Windows XP
I used Acronis disk copy to clone my laptop hard drive from a 100g 5400rpm OEM unit to a new 320g 7200rpm drive. Everything went smoothly, but when I attempt to run my Toshiba Satellite A105 with the new drive it shutsdown after 10 minutes every time. It is not overheating, and everything runs normally until I hit 10 minutes when the screen goes blank and I'm forced to reboot. The laptop is still powered up and the LCD screen is on, but it is blank. When I swap back my old hard drive, the laptop runs perfectly. I have checked all of the power settings I know of and shut-off the screen saver(which was the only thing I could find that was set to activate at the 10 minute mark) Any suggests would be great because I have misplaced the system disks that came with the machine making a clean install tough. Thanks!

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April 27, 2009 at 12:18:31
"It is not overheating". How you you know that? There is a good reason why 5400RPM drives are used in Laptops. Power consumption and heat.

Are you even sure your BIOS is 48 bit LBA compatible? Watch the POST screens at start up to verify the new drive is identified by both the model number and the FULL drive capacity.

If the BIOS shows around 127GB then your BIOS is NOT compatible with drives larger than 127GB. Continued use will result in data loss or corruption.

If you don't SEE any POST screens then enter the BIOS (setup) and disable fast boot and all Logos.

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April 27, 2009 at 12:29:06
I run speedfan and the laptop is actually running cooler than with the 5400 drive. It also doesn't "feel" any warmer to touch. I'll check out the BIOS again when I get home from work. At first glance, it did recognize the drive, but I did not look at the size of the drive that was recognized.

Thanks for the input

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April 27, 2009 at 12:30:53
You may have some energy settings that are causing the issue.

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April 27, 2009 at 13:50:44
See event viewer logs.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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