Booting Problems When Western Dig. USB Hard drive is Connected
I just purchased a Western Digital External Hard Drive and it seems to be working well so far (fingers crossed) with one exception. I have to unplug it each time I reboot. Otherwise, my bootup screen hangs and I have to do a manual shutdown, unplug the USB, and then reboot.
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Your laptop will be set to "boot from USB first" in the BIOS. Go into the BIOS (F2, F10 or DEL key as stated on startup) and look for the boot order options.
Change it to boot from the internal hard disk first and all will be sorted.
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The only practical way to add a second hard drive to the dv9720us is to use an external USB unit. There is no provision for a second internal hard drive (standard for laptops). The "expansion port" is simply another wire connection to the motherboard's data bus, and requires a proprietary cable from HP. Using a USB external drive is a standard approach and does not require any special drivers, etc.
There are a number of good external hard drives w/USB connection available from Costco, WalMart, KMart, and other retailers. HP prefers Western Digital (as do I, from years of repair experience...they last longer), but there are a number of decent brands. You can use any size you want. 1TB drives are not uncommon today. Prices generally range from a little under $100 to around $200 for large capacity drives.
Yes, you can. Connect your hard drive and installed the operating system and drivers, That's it,Connect the hard driver whenever you want to boot from that Hard Drive.and change the BIOS to boot from that hard drive in Hard drive boot priority.
Why not you considered booting from a USB Pen Drive.It's most flexible than booting from an external Hard Drive.
Here are fews link on how to make a USB bootable Windows. 1.http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6160062.html
Is your other drive an external or an internal drive??? If external then attach it to the USB port and see it as an additional drive in My Computer. Then you can use it as any other drive.
If an internal drive then you will have to purchase an adapter that can take this drive and get connected to the PC/laptop to through the USB port. Again visible on My Computer as additional drive and can be used such.
I have the same problem with my laptop. Here is my understanding of the problem.
Many laptops have a BIOS limit of 128GB hard drive capacity. Try to find the latest BIOS available for the laptop, and see if it supports 48-bit LBA addressing of the hard drive. If the BIOS only supports 24-bit LBA addressing, there are tools to restrict the size of the drive.
DISCLAIMER: I have read of Dynamic Drive Overlay (or Drive Dynamic Overlay) software, which is supposed to allow for the use of larger drives. I have not used one, so I do not know how well they work. I am sure they slow down access and, from what I have read, they do not work with Vista or Windows 7.
try connecting to a differnt port if it still does the same thing change the usb cable because what i understand is there is a loose connection somewhere ... or the best thing is contact dell at 18006249896 and ask them that u want to change the internal hdd and they will tell u what maximum the system can support and which is available with them ... its their system and if u buy parts from them they have to support u and make sure they both work