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Drivers Hello, a friend of mine has a 4600i, the sata H/D failed. She bought another 160 gb (used), we formated and then she informs me she cannot find her cd's that came with the pc. I installed xp pro and now the pc is really slow. It used to be lighting fast. Can you please help her, she's bugging out on me. I know it must be a driver problem, but why is it so slow? I know nothing about sata drives. thanks, mike

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Re: drivers

You have probably not installed sata/raid support floppy disc on the initial install of windows when prompted to press F6. You will need to find the make of the drive, then go to the manufaturer web site and download the HDD drivers to a floppy disc. The motherboard may also need the driver for sata/raid from the dell support site

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Hi Donna. The properties of your hard drive shown when you open Computer (My Computer in Windows XP) help you to see your used and free space. Even though your hard drive has a capacity of 160 GB, useable space is always less because the operating systems were designed to allocate a percentage of the total to be used for various operations necessary for smooth sailing. Right clicking the hard drive icon and selecting properties opens to you tools used to keep your hard drive healthy along with information regarding the hard drives % of use. Try it out if you haven't already. Good Day

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