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Hitachi DK23EA-40 laptop hard drive problems

I bought this new in my Sony laptop and it got very slow and wouldn't work. It was replaced with a better 80 GB HD and now the crappy DVD drive doesn't work either... Sony says it has to be original equipment to reload my computer. I don't want to buy the same crappy equipment that died on me. I paid extremely good money for this stupid laptop and my only requirement is that it works... which it doesn't. I'm trying to get this 40 GB hard drive to work and it won't initialize it so it won't partition it or format it. I'm very pissed off I have a $3,200 laptop for an oversized paperweigh. I have spent enough money trying to get this piece of **** to work and I don't think I should have to keep paying more when I already paid so much. Is there any way to get this trash to work? I swear at this rate I will NEVER buy another piece of **** SONY.

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I have a extra hitachi hdd 30 gb ..i want it to be a external hard drive.. i reformat it already and the hitachi hdd 30gb is now in the external enclosure.. the problem now is that my computer didnt...

1. Decide which hard drive will be the startup (master) drive. If this drive was the startup drive previously, or if it's a new hard drive, then the master drive designation will already be set.
2. To change the designation of a new drive to be a slave drive, skip to step 4.
3. To change the designation of an existing drive to be a slave drive: Turn off the computer, unplug the power cord, remove the drive from its drive bay, and disconnect the drive from its power cord and ribbon cable.
4. Check the hard drive documentation or the label on the drive itself for master/slave jumper settings.
5. Find the jumpers on the circuit board of the drive. Jumpers are plastic plugs with metal sleeves that form a circuit between a pair of pins. Jumper locations are labeled on the board with a J followed by a number (such as J20).
6. Use tweezers or very small pliers to remove or reposition the jumpers to the configuration shown in the documentation or on the disk label.

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I have a message rebooting computer dell inspiron 8500 with DK23EA-30 "Warning: Dell's Disk Monitoring System has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal...

This is a SMART hard disk monitor Warning. You should probably make a backup on an external drive just in case the drive decides to fail completely.

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I had booting problems with my HITACHI_DK23FA40-40GB. I suspected MBR was corrupt and used MBRwiz tool I down loaded from internet. And the problem became worse. I cannot even access my hard disk. Disk...

you have to backup the mbr before edit. also try use command Fdisk /mbr command to repair mbr.
also pls try to use bootable recovery disk like hiran boot disk, you can use hbcd menu and disk tools and choose disk genius or data recovery

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How to make hard disck DK23EA-30 exernal with aim to save files?

here is a link about removing a hard drive... and then you will need a usb to ide cable... here is a link to that then once you remove your hard drive and connect it to a usb to ide cable... connect it to a pc with a windows os and remove to your hearts content... enjoy

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My Hitachi DK23EA-30 Hard Drive (Dell Laptop) takes forvever to

Sounds like maybe the hard drive is starting to fail (very common in a 15 yr. old laptop). See/get a new one here:

You should try and locate the support page for your Dell at, because if you try to reinstall XP on a new hard drive, most likely many drivers will be missing, and you would have to get them from the Dell support page.

But installing XP in 2018 would leave you without hundreds of updates, as Microsoft has not supported XP since April 2014. They have not supported Vista since April 2017. So I would recommend upgrading to at least Windows 7, as Microsoft will probably support it until 2020.

I just installed Windows 7 on an old HP Celeron (Celeron processor is like one notch better than a Pentium 4). It works pretty well - turned off all the Win7 Aero junk to make it run a little faster. I can even watch YouTube on it and stuff! lol.

Good luck.

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Hitachi travelstar dk23ea 30 will not load windows

Try memtest86 and be sure the memory in the system is working. Also, some systems are tied to APCI... make sure your bios has it enabled.

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Windows xp will not start due to "software problem"

then start it from the recovery disk, and work through the re install from there..

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