Its says on sights that windows xp does not recongise sada harddrives
Its says on sights that windows xp does not recongise sada hardrives,so before i begin to attempt to change the harddrive does anyone know a step by step guide for "dummies" that i could use so it recognises xp?Thankyou : )
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Simple as pie... you will see the harddrive mounted horizontally in a small shelf after you tae the cover off. You have to unscrew the philips screws that hold it in the shelf and unplug the connectors. make sure you label the wires so you know which ones came from that harddrive... they is usually room for 2 harddrives and two complete sets of connectors, don't mix them up. (One is the master and the other called a slave.) There is an adapter for the harddrive that you should always keep should you need to replace the harddrive, (comes in two pieces on either side) the new ones don't come with the adapters to fit them in the case; they are bare bones. If you don't want to go through the gymnastics of taking the other tower apart and installing the 2nd harddrive in it to read it... an internal HDD adapter can be purchased from Tiger Direct for a nominal cost. I allows you plug you internal HDD into a USB socket in any PC (desktop or laptop) and read it as you would a Flashdrive.
Normally installing the os on a different mechine, and then putting into another pc dosent work.
If the hardrive is the oringinal drive, which came with the system, and you want to install xp on, you will have to use a dos disk with fdisk on it, delete all partitions on the drive and create a new partition, then start loading windows, it will give you the option to format the drive for nt(ntfs) file system and setup windows.
If you do that and it still gives you protecting files error, you will have to take the side panel of the computer tower, unplug from the mains and take the cmos battery out for about 30 secs, put the battery back in, plug in the mains and reboot the computer, start loading windows again Hope this helps and post back if you need further assistance.
Method 1: Perform a clean install of Windows XP
clean installation consists of removing all data from your hard disk by
repartitioning and reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling the
operating system and programs to an empty (clean) hard disk. For more
information about important things to consider before you partition and
format you hard disk and how to partition and format your hard disk by
using the Windows XP Setup program, click the following article number
to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP
To perform a clean installation of Windows XP, follow these steps:
Back up all important information before you perform a clean
installation of Windows XP. Save the backup to an external location,
such as a CD or external hard disk.
Start your computer from
the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD
drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
Note To boot from your Windows XP CD, the BIOS settings on your computer must be configured to do this.
When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.
you have successfully installed Windows XP, you are finished. If these
steps did not help you install Windows XP, go to the "Next Steps"
Here's the link that contains the screen shots as well:
The BIOS is seeing the drive but your computer can only see about 120-130 GB of harddrive. If the drive has a pin option to limit it's size you may be able to limit it then install windows but if it doesn't you're back to looking for a smaller drive.
It might seem like you are having a problem with your harddrive. It might have failed or maybe some cabling got loose. I would first try to check the cables connected to your harddrive and make sure they are securely connected. If this doesn't help then the hardrive might be dead, and you need to get a replacement.
Check to see if the hard drive is recognized in the bios. If it is, try reloading the computer from the recovery disk supplied with the computer. This will take the computer back to the original factory state.
Hello The windows Xp installation doesent find your hardrive because you have a sata drive. you need to adjust the settings in the bios so the sata drive appears as a ordinary IDE drive(ide native) or something like that. search in the bios settings. A other way is to burn a new winxp cd with the Toshiba Satellite U300, sata drivers. download the http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Barts-PE-Builder.shtml and download the toshiba harddrive drivers and creat a new cd. but the simples way is to make the change in bios. good luck
Unfortunately, the Hard Drive size is only 4.3 GB, while WinXP takes 3 GB and requires at least 5 GB to run. Even if you did have an external Hard Drive, the amount of RAM is not enough to let you do anything. Stay with your current OS or get a new PC.