Any help would be greatly appreciated that thanks in advance. It is the holidays, so I am trying to do this myself and seem to hit into a wall.
Long story short:
Here is where I am at.
When I go into the BIOS I see both drives (SATA1=new WD drive--3 IDE=Phillips cd/DVD)
I am at the end of my rope and getting cranky, but almost refuse to bring it in for the $300 tune-up I can't afford from the Geek Squad....any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance....Jon
I am having a similar problem! I have to unplug and replug my hard drive for the boot to recognize the HD. Every other time I boot the system it fails to recognize the HD is there. I hope you get an answer to your question, it may help me too!
Is your system still under warranty jbchad300? If it is... contact tech support ASAP.
What system are you using... what OS, and what type of hard drive is in it - i.e. IDE or SATA?
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Warranty? Heck no, I bought it in 2004 and didn't take the extended plan. Windows XP, SP2 (whatever the latest fixes are). It's a SATA. bios is A10.
The drivers on the Windows installation CD are only for IDE and EIDE drives. In order to have Windows recognize a SATA (or other relatively new/exotic drive), the driver must be installed during the initial phase of the Windows installation. You will need to get the driver. It may be included in the box with the SATA drive, or you may need to download it from the manufacturers website. I found the easiest way was to put the driver on a diskette, because the Windows CD will be in the CD reader. (I bought an external USB diskette drive because my newer machine did not have a diskette drive built in. There may be a BIOS setting to get the system to see the diskette drive.)
During the first phase of the Windows installation there is a brief pause where you can press an F-key to install additional drivers. Pay attention, it goes away after about 2 seconds. Press the indicated F-key and insert the diskette with the driver.
I am writing all of this from memory, and I appologize for the lack of details.
Just unplug the old drives data cable, leave it unplugged until you get the new drive installed.
Make sure that the new hard drive is connected to port 0 (should be the one that the old drive was connected to) Use the CD to install Windows.
Do you also have a CD named "Operating System", Reinstallation CD"? Mine is green in color. I'm not sure that the CD you show has Windows on it.
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