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I could explain it buy a video may give you a better explanation.
depending your hardware configuration you should have either a parallel interface or a serial interface (the type of connection the hdd has to the motherboard, most of the sort of old systems may have an IDE/PATA/ATAPI/EIDE interface connected to the motherboard) as opposed to a serial interface.
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=BvvM2Ao4Jpk

for serial interface (SATA) this video should give you an idea.
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=kCgFYNLzn18

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GX150 optiflex "setup utility" configuration


OPERATING SYSTEM. That would be Windows.

You are in BIOS Setup, and shouldn't be in there.

Computer OFF. (Press the Power On button, and hold it for 10 seconds until the computer turns off; if it is on)

Press the Power On button, and hold it in. Hold for a count of 10 seconds. let go. Do this same procedure 2 more times.

If the Power On LED light blinks, when you press the Power On button for the third time; hold for ten seconds, let go; do it again.
Keep pressing until the Power On LED light doesn't blink on.

This resets CMOS Error Codes, and resets BIOS Setup back to the factory default settings.

Operating system error is solved by installing the Restoration Disk/s, and when asked choose Repair. (Non-Destructive Installation)
If this doesn't solve the problem, you have a bad harddrive data cable, or a bad harddrive.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Drivers


It sounds as if the OS was not installed. Once PC is formated it wipes out the OS. Try running you OS disk (XP,Vista,Win7).
If after the second install you are getting the same Message OS not found now you want to check the harddrive.
F8 on boot Safe mode with command Prompts. and run "chkdsk /r" with out the quotes. This will check your harddrive and repair any bad sectors.

Good luck!

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Setting the second sata hard drive as main drive


In your BIOS there is a section on Boot Priority. Set it to where it always boots from your 1Tb hard drive and this will make it the master. Another thing I did before I installed mine was to take the side panel off (computer unplugged) and remove the little CMOS Battery. That causes it to loose volatile memory and gives you a fresh start.
It worked on mine, but don't do what I did, closely observe which way the battery is turned. You can put it in upside down!

Jun 07, 2012 | Sony VAIO VGC-RC110G (VGCR110G) PC Desktop

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Hi, I have destop[ dell pentium R 4 cpu 3 GHz 1.99 GB of ram and 40 GB rom . I want to now if can change the hard disk and put another of 160 GB. tanks you carlos.


A) If you have the Restoration Disk (CD), or a full installation disk of the Windows operating system, the answer is yes.

B) If you have an image backup program, such as Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, or DriveImage XML, for example, the answer is yes.

The Windows operating system is copied over to the new harddrive.

It would be easier, and more cost effective to just install the 160GB harddrive as a Slave drive.

I don't know if your harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

Here is more information on installing either an IDE harddrive, or a SATA harddrive, as a Slave drive in a desktop computer,

1) IDE {PATA} harddrive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4inX3nC6M1E

1A) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMTOgt3UiB4


2) SATA harddrive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCgFYNLzn18&NR=1

IDE, also known as PATA is the older style of technology.
SATA is the newer style.

(Parallel ATA
Serial ATA )

The beauty of SATA is not only the faster speed, but if you connect a SATA cable (Data cable) to ANY SATA connector on the motherboard, BIOS will find the device.

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) will find the harddrive with the operating system on it, first.
Then it will recognize that you have a second SATA harddrive also.

(BIOS looks at both SATA harddrives.
When it finds the one with the operating system on it, BIOS will disregard the other SATA harddrive)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScqDZZeFK9I

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette



Jul 17, 2011 | Dell Computers & Internet

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Is it possible to take my IDE harddrive from my old dell dimension 8100 running 'XP' and install it as a second harddrive in my dell studio 8100 studio xps with W7, then boot "XP" from harddrive...


If your motherboard in your new machine supports IDE and you set the jumper on the HDD to slave then I dont see any reason why you wouldnt be able to use it as a second drive

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How to install a second hard drive


pmarrs177 you are quite welcome!

I suppose I better post this as a solution, instead of in a Clarification.

This way when someone looks for this type of information, it will be available in a search hit on the internet.

Your problem and my solution will be on the internet for years to come. (Also easier to read) Congratulations! You'll be known worldwide as one more person, who helped bring the mysteries of SATA to be a little bit less mysterious.

Installing it as a secondary storage Harddrive?

Did your Acer T180 model come with a SATA harddrive already installed?

There are several different models of the Acer T180.
Some examples: AST180-UA380A, AST180-U381A, AST180-UA380B

Some of these came with a PATA harddrive, and some came with a SATA harddrive. (PATA is also referred to as ATA, IDE, and EIDE)

Why the question? Because when Windows is first installed on a computer, you are asked if you wish the SATA drivers to be installed.

The model version of an ACER T180 that came with a SATA harddrive, has these drivers already installed.

If your Acer did come with a SATA harddrive, and you are installing an additional harddrive for more storage, just plug the SATA data cable into ANY available SATA header on the motherboard.

BIOS will find the harddrive. Just one of the nice features about SATA.

You can use ANY SATA header on the motherboard. {Not shouting}
(A connection on a motherboard is a Header. This is what a SATA header on a motherboard looks like, doesn't matter what color it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

{Top right photo on page)

The SATA data cable, usually has a 90 degree elbow on one end. This end connects to the Harddrive. Doesn't always have a 90 degree elbow, but most of the time it does.

The straight end connects to the motherboard. There are 7 pins used in the connector.
The SATA power cable has 15 pins.

Scroll down the page in the above link, for photos of the end connector for a SATA data cable, and the end connector used for a SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, you do not have an unused SATA power cable coming out of your Power Supply, see if you have a 4-pin peripheral power cable that is not being used.

(The connector end is referred to as a 4-pin Molex connector. It is whitish in color)
This shows what a 4-pin peripheral power cable looks like,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Buy an adapter power cable that connects to the 4-pin Molex connector, and has a 15-pin SATA power cable connector on the other end.

Example: http://www.directron.com/idesatapower.html


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I Transferred a hd into this pc from another pc. This hd is ntfs format.The second hd in this pc is the fat format. In explorer it shows the second hd as the d drive. When i click on it it says this hd is...


First of all, I hope the harddisk which has the operating system on it, and which the system is booting from is NTFS formatted. Try and crosscheck this first. Then after doing this, try and assign a new drive letter to the harddrive that is showing error from the Systems Management Page.
This is how you do that : Right-Click on My Computer Icon, Go to Manage, Click on Disk Management, Then when you get to this place, You should see ALL the HardDrives installed on your system including the one singing for "format me"...lol.
Then locate and right-click on the harddrive, and select "Change Drive letter and Paths", and select any new, unique letter for your HDDrive. then click on OK.
Hope this helps.
Goodluck.

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I want to install a seond hard drive in computer


can you please open up the CPU and check one thing? Is there any Free port in this cable? One end will be connected to the motherboard and two others to (1)CD/DVD rom and (2) Hard drive.

If there is free, surely you can add one. Please then look for a place where you can place your (ATA not the sata one) harddrive.

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By set up differently you mean and ATA or SATA difference? That shoudll not matter as long as  the windows are alread on the first harddrive of the HP  Since your drive that you want to move is the second drive and does not contain the operating syastem you should be able to just phisically move the drive from one machine to the other. The new computer will see and install the drive as "FOund ne hardware" and asign it a letter. It will not disturb the data.

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When a harddrive starts clicking it's on it's way out.
Buy a new harddrive and at the same time get a USB to laptop harddrive adapter. You can reinstall XP with the recovery disks that came with your machine ans then slave your old drive to your laptop and recover your personal files.
If you really want to get technicalbuy an Apricorn housing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817155602
And two new harddrives, fit one new harddrive to the Apricorn housing and try to install the EZgig cloning software to your dying Windows. You can clone your existing Windows install to the new harddrive in the Apricorn housing and then move that drive to your laptop, the second new harddrive can then be fitted to the Apricorn housing and used as an external harddrive.
EZgig comes with the Apricorn housing and you could even go so far as to create a clone of your Windows install to the new external harddrive. The Apricorn housings are excellent, they are small enough to carry in your laptop case and all they need for power is a USB port.

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