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Got a new hdd 250gb sata the pc can't find it

I have XPS 600, original system was win. XP media center, I just decided to format hdd and get windows xp sp3. After trying to install new system I noticed that no hdd was recognized by windows installation cd. After searching in Google I have managed to sort this out and get right drivers for my motherboard and installed XP.
After having hope that everything is fine, I just noticed that windows is not booting. It start to boot, I can see XP booting screen, but then it's restarting back and on and on again.
My friend told me that it might be BIOS settings problem and advised to set ATA option in it... but there is no such option in XPS 600 BIOS, because there are old machines.

Can someone help me please because I'm stuck.

I can install windows vista but I don't know is that gonna help? and I prefer my old XP Pro. Can any body please help I am having the same problem. You can contact me on YouTube by searching aquino80. Thanks

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  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    i have xps 600 media center and my hardrive is not working i open the case and they are 2 hardrives i  need to know which one is bad or i have to replace both


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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.

If you ever get a better answer, let me know.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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