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Good day!
Have you open your computer before? or it just happened?

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HARDDISK SECURITY PASSWORD FOR WDC WD3200BPVT-22ZES


Saw on a forum that this could be the default password.. wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd


-put DOS on a floppy disk
-add atapwd.exe to the disk
-turn off the computer & connect your Western Digital hard drive.
-turn on the computer and inset floppy
-type atapwd.exe after A:\
-when the menu loads click on your harddrive
- >Prepare Erase
- >Erase
-enter the password " wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd "
-It should come back with an error, press enter and the hard drive name will disappear from the list
-DO NOT RESTART-...Your harddrive is being formatted.
-Let it sit at that screen for 30mins
-Afterwards, press the F5 key(refresh) and the hard drive should reappear on the list
-restart...and it'll be unlocked.

I don't know if that will help your problem but I hope it helps someone. :thumbsup:

THIS WILL DESTROY DATA ON THE HARD DRIVE

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Not recognizing hard disc drive for windows xp reinstall .


You aren't using the correct install disk . The generic XP install disk can't recognize a SATA disk.You will have to load the appropriate driver during install. Here it is ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp32001-32500/sp32492.exe
Or you could create a custom install disk  as explained here
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Windows-XP-On-SATA-Without-a-Floppy-F6-47807.shtml

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I have an optiplex gx150 pIII, with a floppy drive. I downloaded the set up floppy so I could do a new install. after running the floppy disk, the messages says hit enter to continue. I place the xp sp2...


You don't need the install floppy... hit the F12 key when booting and you will get a boot order selection and tell it to boot to the CD. If it still doesn't see the HDD then you are most likely having a disk read problem with your hard drive. If that is the case you should boot into the system BIOS and see if the HDD is recognized there.

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My computer fails to identify my WD 1tb external hard drive when I plug it in the USB. It also does not show up on Disk Manager. However, it still lights up and I hear it turning. How can I get the...


I fixed that problem with a WDC My Book Home 1TB in Windows 7:

The drive was recognized in computer management and in device manager but no drive letter was allocated while connected with a e-sata cable.

1.in computer management > storage > disk management
2.rightclick drive 1 or wathever the number of the WDC drive (which should be basic at this time)
3.select 'convert to dynamic disk'
4.drive should get a drive letter
5.format (warning: all data get lost, but you can download original software from wdc.com)

Succes!
Olivier

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I am installing a new WD3200AAJB HD in a Dell Dimension 4550. This is the only HD in the system. There are also 2 CD drives and a floppy drive. I used the jumper settings the drive came with which pins...


Reinstall your old hard drive as master and install the new hard drive as slave.

Here is the link to jumper settings from Westrn Digital;

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1540&p_created=#jumper

If you've got your jumper settings wrong and installed your os on the 127 GB section of the 320 GB Hard drive and you change jumper settings and then you have problems you may need to reinstall the old hard drive as master and the new hard drive as slave. Reformat the new hard drive as 320 GB, and as a bootable drive. You can either do a disk copy from old to new or reinstall your os on the 320 GB drive. Please let me know how this goes. You can get to me @ johnkariotisjr91741@yahoo.com

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I have western digitial hdd model wd5000aajs the problem i'm having is its giving trouble to format and when its installed in the pc i can't start windows or if i try it in linux i doesn't format i just...


Go here: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=606&lang=en.

Download the floppy edition of Datalife tools. Follow the instructions to create a floppy disk.

Put the disk in the drive and reboot.

Run a diagnostic to make sure the drive is functional.

If it is, then run the format utility on the disk.

If its not, request an RMA from Western Digital. You have a 3 year warranty and their RMA service is very good.

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Non system message


Your boot sequence is probably not set to boot from the Hard drive first. Remove any floppy disks/CD's from their drives and try to boot it.

If you are still getting the message then you have files that are corrupt on your hard drive.

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Cannot install win 2k or win xp xp on biostar m7ncg 400 v7.2 mobo


Hi dewasu1803,
seems like a hard drive issue. (Unless you received an error message from the system during setup of 2k or XP)? (Also hope its a certified Window CD & not a copy).
Here are two ways to get around this. The fastest is to use a software program to clean the hard disk drive. Best software I have come across it Boot & Nuke. Download from this site; http://www.dban.org/download (Darik's Boot and Nuke 1.0.7 ).

On the other hand, its suggested you go to the hard disk drives manufactures web site & download their utility software which will allow you to create a bootable floppy disk too. Boot the system to the floppy. If there is an issue with the drive the floppy software will repair it. If there is a problem with either the MBR or FAT it will also fix it. You'll also be able to setup the type of file system, NTFS or FAT32, ECT. If you include the manufacture & model number of the 120GB drive I'll include the web site for downloading.

For Seagate & Maxtor go here; http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/

Western Digital start here: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=en

If you did receive an error message while attempting to install, post the message here!

Good luck dewasu1803!
Mike

Nov 10, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Problem with disk drive A:


First, you should try to keep the floppy drive. If you can find one, I highly recommend getting the floppy drive cleaner diskette. They're hard to find now, but it's worth it if you want to continue to use your floppy drives. If cleaning it doesn't resolve the issue, next item to try is replacement of the floppy drive. You can borrow a floppy drive from someone, plug it in and test to side if it fixes the problem, if not, then it's either a motherboard issue (which I doubt) or a software/windows XP problem (more likely of the two). In which case I would recommend reinstalling windows XP to see if it fixes the problem before shopping for a new motherboard or a new computer.

Good luck

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