Hi. My hard drive stopped working and will not reformat or reboot. The cd tray will not open either. I bought a new 80 gig IDE hard drive (Western Digital WD800BB) to swap out with the existing, but the unit will still not work. I only get "hello" on the unit and the background RCA screen on the TV with no menu.
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Re: hard drive failure
Thank you for your question. The good part is that Yes, I do have an answer but unfortunately it is not an answer that will fix this issue. The most probable cause of the "HELLO" issue with these devices is the DVD-RW drive. It just simply gives out and the unit (during it's power self test) does not detect a drive on that end of the IDE cable. One way you can verify this is by powering on the unit...listen carefully (puting your ear close to the top of the unit, right over the DVD-RW drive) and first you will hear the Hard Drive spin. On a working unit, you can also hear the the DVD-RW initialize right after the hard drive has reached it's peak revolution (it sounds like a robot waking up from a nightmare). If you only hear the hard drive spinning and nothing else, then you know the culprit. To re-verify, you can connect another hard drive (making sure the master/slave configuration is correct) and the unit should get past the HELLO salutation if indeed the DVD-RW is bad. A solution for this is replacing the DVD-RW drive with another PC drive but aligning it accordingly will be the challenge. Besides that, I hope the "waking up like a robot" comment wasn't too off topic and hope this info helps.
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It could be formatted in a different manner. See if it is detected by your mac. Go to Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility and see if your hard drive is shown there. If it is, then the formatting of your hard drive is not compatible and you will need to reformat to be able to use it on a mac.
if you mean to configure is load an operating system onto this hard drive During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart (note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive) The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP: The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include: IDE-0 means Pri master ? IDE-1 means Pri slave ? IDE-2 means Sec master ? IDE-3 means Sec slave ?
You cannot get the full 320Gb capacity because the BIOS can only support a maximum of 127Gb. You only hope is a BIOS firmware upgrade that can support 320Gb. Check out the Acer WEB site to see if a BIOS upgrade will solve your problem. OTHERWISE Install a 127Gb hard drive in your Acer and put the 320Gb hard drive in an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive because it is not affected by the BIOS limitation.
what you should do is make the 300 gig as second drive and your primary drive is the 80 gig so that you can view and back-up the contents inside it. If you going to install a new copy of Operating system that would be in the 80 gig so that you don't need to format your 300 gig and make it as second drive. Hope this could help you..Thanks..
I use gparted tool to find it. Once you boot from the CD (with the .iso of gparted on it), you can access the tool to find the cylinder by right-clicking on the desk and select ???? sorry, I'm not sure about the name of the tool. So go to gparted.com and download the program. If you need more help, let me know.
It appears that this is happening a lot with external drives. Inside most of them is just a regular internal drive. In my case I simply removed the drive from the external enclosure (a SimpleTech 160 Gig) and installed it in my PC, where it works like a charm. Most people who have this problem go out and buy a replacement generic external drive enclosure for about $30.00.
If this is a brand new hard drive from a store return it for a new one.
Hard drives have a built in feature called SMART. For some reason the SMART function is reading that there is something very wrong with the drive.
If you have more than one hard drive installed on the system make sure SMART is detecting it on the new drive and not the older ones by unplugging the other drives from the motherboard.
The drive may be damaged physically and is setting the remaining portions of the disc as bad sectors. If this is the case you need to replace your hard drive immediately.
If the space is unpartitioned you can do this through windows using a program called partition magic.
You can also reformat the drive using a windows cd and it can reformat the drive to 80 gigs (assuming the disc does not have bad sectors).
-Try setting your BIOS to the manufacturers ?safe? mode or reset to factory defaults.
-I would test the processor and memory in another working PC if possible. I?ve had both cause this in the past.
-If no luck still then remove the hard drive, CD, floppy, the extra memory (it might be a MB socket problem). Make this as basic a machine as possible to remove other variables.
-Try testing the video card in another working PC.
Let us know how it goes, I?ll ponder one this some more tonight.