My original 40GB drive crapped out. I would like to install a 120 or 160 GB replacement. Are these sizes allowable? What problems if any will I have using the Dell restore disk to load the original system s/w? I do not have a floppy drive. Do I need to buy an external FD?
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Re: How to install new HD w/o a floppy?
You can definitely install a 120 GB or 160 GB drive in your computer. You should have no problems using Dell's Windows CD that came with your computer, You will be able to choose the partition sizes. You also do not need a floppy drive to complete this. I recently installed a 500 GB in a Dimension 2400.
Make sure if you buy a drive it is a 3.5" PATA (IDE) 7200 RPM (or faster) hard drive
I would recommend setting the pins on this to Cable Select and plugging it into the IDE cable furthest away from the motherboard (if there is more than one choice)
Also, hard drives do not come in the size of 150 (from one of the other solutions)
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Re: How to install new HD w/o a floppy?
Your computer should be able to handle either the 120 or 150 replacement drive. Most drives today come ready to load. Your Dell installation disk would be the best bet to install everything on the new drive. The restore disk will look for existing software and not find it. The other thing you might want to try is once you get the new disk up and running, change the pin setting on the second drive to be a slave drive and your new drive to a master with slave, and try to recover your data. If you don't have the dell install disk, a copy of Windows will also do the trick. No you don't need a floppy unless you plan on reformatting the new drive.
On the back of your dell there is a white sticker with some letters and numbers no more than 8 usually. this is called your dell service tag. Go to www.support.dell.com and enter your service tag when prompted this will bring you to the specs about your invidivual computer. From this you can gather some of the upgrade options. you can also call dell.com or speak to a sales person about upgrading. However, my favorite site for hard drives is newegg.com.
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It was pre-partitioned to that size, and more memory is available for another partiton (or to be added to that one).
You accidentally partitioned it to that size when you formatted it.
The hd isn't the size you thought.
You can right-click "Computer", click Manage, click left of "Storage" to expand, click "Disk Management". It should show you Disk 0 which is usually your C: drive, what percentage was used, then whether un-formatted/partitioned hd space is available.
Some vendors have recovery partition software installed from the factory you can uninstall and it increases the HD automatically. (you will lose your recovery partition though) the other option is a software like Acronis that will repartition your drive on the fly. Careful though, this can be detrimental. FAT files can be sensitive. Also ensure your OS can handle the size you want to go to, or you will have failures there also, like it won't even see the partition!
DVRs, not sure at the moment about the one you have, are limited with the brands and size hard drives it is able to accommodate. I'll advise you to check the manual you have with the DVR to see the brands and sizes that it can accommodate.
Your problem could be that the hard disk is not ACTIVE.
Boot up with a DOS disk (floppy or CD or USB) and run FDISK, select 4 to Display Partition Info. If the C drive does not have A under Status then press ESC and select 2 to Set active partition and then set Partition C to active.
You should partition your new drive first to say 160Gb (you lose a bit after formatting) for 1st partition and the remaining capacity for the 2nd partition. Because your Ghost image is 120Gb it can only restore to a partition of 120Gb, that is why it shows 120Gb on a 500Gb on a single partition.
You may be able to fix this problem without starting again by using Disk Manager (from Control Panel - Admoinistrative Tools) to create a 2nd partition on the hard drive and format this partition.
Hi araamudhan12, Its your choice. The motherboard will function with either size hard disk drives. The 160BG drive will store more information than you might think. So the question you'll need to ask your self is, do you really think you'll come close to filling up a 500GB hard disk drive. Most users install two drives. One as the primary & the second as an extra storage drive & to back up the primary drives data in case the primary has a problem. When looking for a hard disk drive, go with the drive or drives with the longest warranty. When installing a new drive & the new drive will be your primary drive. Disconnect the 40GB drive. Allow windows to format the drive & install windows from scratch. Once windows is installed & completely updated you can re-connect the 40GB drive & copy all your personal data back to the new hard disk drive. When your sure all the data from the 40GB drive has been copied over. Install another 160GB drive as your back up drive / storage drive. Keep the 40GB drive just in case you missed data that you though you did not need. The Asus P4BP-MX motherboard can run, two Ultra DMA 100MHz hard disk drives.
Do you have a floppy drive in the drive if so remove it. Also turn off your floppy drive or just remove it completely it could be bad sending false info to the main board saying there is floppy drive in the computer. Also try and turn the drive off in the BIOS
The easiest way to upgrade from your old HD to the new 40Gb HD is to clone the old to the new. Do a google for "hard disk clone" freewares. Personally I use Partition Magic and have had very good results.
Hardware wise, you need to install the 40Gb as a slave to the old HD by connecting the same IDE cable as that of the old HD (you may have to remove your CD/DVD temporarily). You also have to temporarily remove the single jumper of the 40Gb to allocate it as a slave to the primary master (old HD). Plug in likewise the 4 wire power connector. On power up go to your CMOS/BIOS setup to verify that your PC autodetect the 40GB (you may have to do a manual detection). Boot your PC and go through the normal boot sequence. Thereafter download your clone software choice, install and run. Follow on screen instructions. You may need to reboot. After completion, use Windows Explorer to verify that everything has been copied. Power down, remove the old HD, relocate IDE cable connector of the old HD to the 40Gb, reconnect your CD/DVD, and place back the jumper of the 40Gb. On popwer up go again to your CMOS/BIOS to verify that the 40Gb & the CD are detected. Save & exit, reboot.
Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.