Service pack3 crashed puter - after reinstall machine thinks extra hard drive is a disk drive.
I have Emachine T2958 with 80 gig hard drive. I added another 80 gig hard drive some time ago, worked fine. Recently MS installed Service pack 3, it crashed my puter. I ended up re-installing Windows, whole thing. Everything is fine now, even have SP3 in and working fine, but computer thinks my extra 80 gig hard drive is a disk drive. I took wires off hard drive (unplugged it more or less) and it's still listed as a disk drife (F). ls there a way I can get into BIOS (like in the old days) and change the designation?
I am running Windows XP, home edition
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take the hard drive to a local computer guru... recovery will depend on what caused the crash, and what has happened since then. Basically, he or she will need to try to boot your hard drive with another tower, or pull all the info directly from the disks themselves. If you had to ask this question, you're gonna need help to fix it.... Sorry.
Pardon me, but NO! The statement, "two things are responsible for booting up computer RAM and Hard Drive" is simply not true.
A hard drive crash COULD cause the symptoms you describe, but that is more indicative of a virus infection. When you say the XP reinstallation disk would not start it exactly how did you use that disk? Attempt to use the repair console? Boot directly from the disk? Attempt reinstallation of the whole operating system? If you attempted reinstallation, do you also have the specific drivers for all of the components E-Machines used when they built your computer (you will need at least some of them.)
Post again with some more details about how you used the reinstallation disk.
hi your hard drive is a 250gig when your reinstalling vista it will think that your pc needs to split the hard drives for recovery this is why its done that and because of that it will use a small part of the hard drive for its own mem use so you will lose the total size of the hard drive im running 1000gig and only getting 800 gig for my self this you cannot do anything about .
the only thing you can do is reinstall your vista program and when on the screen for formatting the hard drive it will say do you want to format the partitions in the box there will be a delet this partition you must delet all the partitions so there is only one left then you must reinstall vista on that one only this will get rid of all the other ones so you sould be left with just 1 hard drive when you start up vista this should put you back on to close to 235gig
hope this works for you
all the best thanks
get simple windows xp you just have to format deep with emachines as ntfs ive ran windows complete programs on emachines with out a problem and created straight recovery disk simple to be ran in windows safemode
now your hard drive
depending on which brand hard drive you have there is a couple out there that have data compression problems over 80 gig these harddrives over 80 gig have a crash ratio of 8 to 1 sea gate about 2 years ago had this problem dont know if they corrected it yet
quite possible your hard drive did not die at all but the power supply just didnt have the juice to push it check hdd by another source of power
flashing a bios, can render your machine/motherboard useless.
You should always ensure any bios download is from a trusted source. if you experience a power failure, or an incomplete bios file. your computers as good as dead.
Windows 95/98 only supports disk drives to a certain capacity. if you updated to windows 2000/ME/XP your problems may be solved. I,d certainly try that first.
Bios flashing Last resort, even after finding a reliable bios update. also ensure the bios file is 256mb-512mb or equivalent. as this is standard bios file size.
Finally check that your hard-drive does not have a jumper ( Small white/black ) plastic block restricting the drives registered size.
When you install windows XP, it will ask you if you wish to enable LBA ( large block Allocation ) Select Y ( yes )