Dell Optiplex 170L does not recognise an 80GB Hard Drive
I've tried to upgrade a 40GB drive to an 80GB drive on my Dell Optiplex 170L. I used Ghost to copy the C: & D: Partitions over to the larger drive and I'm now getting a message at boot up of "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".
If I press"F2" during the bootup and look at the "Drive Configuration" the BIOS seems to recognise the "Primary Master Drive" and automatically show it as 80020MB (in an Aqua Marine colour). I've check the BIOS version and it is A07.
If I press "F12" (for Boot Menu) during bootup and select "7. IDE Drive Diagnostics" it shows the Primary IDE as Drive 0 : ST3802110A (i.e. my seagate 80GB drive)
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Go to the bios to verify that the computer is recognizing the hard drive and that the hard drive is is listed in the boot sequence. If this is all good your hard drive may have been formatted or erased or the boot record is corrupt and unreadable to the bios. I had a similar problem. reloaded windows and all was good.
if you have two partitions on your hard disk drive that means that D partition is dead! If you have two separeted hard disk drives C and D check the flat and power cables, check the jumpers on hard disks, switch the possitions of the jumpers on drive D to SLAVE position!
You probably used software to "clone" the "old" disk-drive to the "new" disk-drive. So, the "new" drive is an *EXACT* image of the 40GB drive.
Point to My Computer
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button.
Double-click Disk Management (local)
You'll see that the "last" 120GB on the new disk are "unallocated".
Use that "disk-cloning" software to "resize" the 40GB partition on the new disk-drive, to integrate that "unallocated" space into the current partition.
Or, right-mouse click on that "unallocated" space, and create a partition within that space, and to "format" that space, and to assign a drive-letter (E: ? F: ?) to that 120GB of disk-space.
You'll need to have at least the following specs to run vista comfortable;
1 or 2 Ghz processor
1 or 2 GB RAM
Video : AGP with 256mb or more cache
Yoy might also have to consider changing your power supply.
Sure sound like you hard drive is starting to have a problem. I would clean and defrag it after backing it up.
start- my computer- right click on hard drive-properties-disk cleanup/
After that then 'tools defrag hard drive. then run scan disk
yes of course it will handle a 40gb hard drive..your P3 will handle a hard disk up to 60gb...coz i have a friend, his using a P3-700MHz,512mb, 64mb video card and barracuda 80gb hard disk=.)..to make it sure..bring your P3 to the computer shop so you can also know if your P3 is handle a 40-60gb hard drive..thanks..