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Re: add another 250gb hdd
Windows does not see it because there is nothing there yet.
You need to partition the drive, format it and assign a drive letter.
To do this, right click on My Computer (or just Computer if this is Vista)
Now click on Manage
Next click on Disk Management
In the botton right hand window you should see Disk 0 and Disk 1
(with Vista you may have more if you have a SD card installed)
You are probably interested in Disk 1 - look fr a drive with unpartitioned space.
Right click on it and activate the drive, then created the partition(s) and frmat the drive.
Finally assign it a drive letter.
Windows should see it now.
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Did you add this as a second hard drive? Or did you replace the original one with this one? If you installed this as a second hard drive, what has probably happened is that the BIOS is now looking at the new drive, thinking it is the boot drive. If you go into the bios, you will see two items under "bootup". One is boot device priority. This is where you select whether you want the CD, or the HDD, or the USB to be the first priority boot device. Then there is another for HDD boot priority. Look under that one and ensure that your original HDD is selected as the primary boot disk.
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!
Reconnect both connection to harddrive then when you power up the computer press F8 key 5 to 6 times untill you see the safe mode and other menu if you are able to enter in safe mode then os still fine run 'chkdsk /r" in run but if you are not able to enter in safe mode or same error then need to check with bootable windows disk insert that disk set first boot device as cd/dvd rom then boot with windows disk then follow the procedure if it able to see windows then repair it .then it will working again.
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It may not work because the BIOS may not support a hard drive with this large capacity. Check the specification of your computer. The other option is to install it and then check the BIOS. If you install this hard drive in a USB hard drive adapter case, and plug it into the USB port, most likely it will see it as and external storage device with over 200 GB capacity. You lose a small capacity when you format the hard drive.
ok get a windows 7 disk and turn of the computer and ad the hard drive switch on the computer and set it to boot from disk (seems windows is broken on the 500gb hdd) then boot from disk and install windows 7 to the 500 gb hard drive and set in the bios the boot select for the hard drive (if you use win xp more then make that boot primary) then go threw all the rigmarol of installing windows 7 to the 500 gb one and your done it will have bootable hard drives and will offer a choice when first switched on
u don't need to change hdd's u do one thing put yr 250gb hdd in master or 30 gb hdd in slave or secoundary hdd then go to bios settig>advacne opction or find first boot option then u chouse which os u wan to run if u run vista then select 250gb or xp to select 30gb.. it's help u..
I have the exact same system you have and have the same problem. Dell quit supporting that system as far as updates to drivers and BIOS updates before SATA drives became readily available.
The short answer is there is no way to boot to a SATA drive on that system that I have been able to discover. The BIOS does not recognize it as a bootable device.
What you can do is boot to a regular IDE (PATA) drive, install the driver for the SATA drive and Windows will recognize it. Place your Page file on the new drive and all your applications and data on the new drive.
It is not ideal, but I have managed to move the majority of files to the new drive and it runs quite well. You have to be diligent about installing new software to the new drive instead of the IDE drive.
There is a program you can buy for about $15 that will help you move applications that insist on installing to the boot drive called App Mover. I tried the free trial and it works quite well.
1. First make sure that your motherboard supports a 250Gb hard disk. 2. Make sure that the drive is properly connected to the mother board and the jumper settings are set to Primary. 3. In the BIOS, ensure that the boot sequence is setup that CD is the first boot device. 4. Put in a boot XP CD. You must have at least XP installed, as any other OS older than this cannot support a 250Gb HDD. 5. Next ensure that you have formatted the drive during the install process. If you dont know how to install XP, get someone in the know to help you out.
This should work now...
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