I need to replace the Western Digital WD800UE-22HCTO Hard drive in my Acer Aspire 1642zWMLi laptop but can't obtain one (out of Stock!!)
Is a WD800BEVE compatible as a replacement?
It appears to be an identical spec from the Scorpio Blue range but with increased cache size to 8mb.
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Re: Acer Aspire Hard Drive failure
Any laptop Hdd will work as long as you know whether it is SATA or IDE.
The casing around the Hard drive will be different, but can easily be put onto the new drive, but be careful of static and dont drop it
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If you mean it needs to be formatted and returned to factory condition. Then you can use a number of tools. Active Killdisk is a good free app that will erase the drive. You can then put your windows or other operating system cd/dvd in and boot to it. From there you can create partitions (it will probably do this automatically) and format it with ntfs.
It would probably be cheaper to go to radio shack and buy another hard drive enclosure for the hard drive. Just open the western digital box and get your hard drive out and take it with you so you know that size enclosure you will need.
Can you describe the drive in more detail?
Have you tried all other USB ports on the machine? Have you tried this on a friends PC? Does it work? Can you plug a mouse or keyboard into the USB port to test the port? Try another USB cable, borrow from a friend, etc.
Can you see the drive in "My Computer"?
If so, right click and try Open, if not try Format (choose NTFS Quick Format).
External Power supply or USB powered? An enclosure? Any lights come on? Any noise, like a motor spinning up?
Try booting the PC without the drive attached, then attach only after fully booted. Can you see it now in My Computer?
If none of this helps, please write back with a little more detail.
Hi, the problem is one hard drive ie the 1/3 one is a SATA hard drive, the other is IDE.
to set them both up you need to do this,
Connect the IDE Hard Drive using the IDE cable like before.
With the Acer Hard Drive you need a Sata cable cost about a £1 from any shop.
You connect the sata cable from the hard drive to the motherboard, but on the motherboard you are looking for a small red connection same size as the cable, SATA is on most motherboards for machines that are just over a year old.
You didn't need to replace the hard drive if there is a missing NTLDR file, it just means that the boot sector is missing or corrupt.
You can fix it by putting in your WinXP CD, and choosing REPAIR.(This is known as the Recovery Console and it's in DOS just to warn you...)
Then you can type the following at the dos prompt:
fixmbr - Fixes corrupt master boot record
fixboot - Fixes corrupt boot sector
bootcfg /rebuild - Fixes corrupt or missing boot.ini