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Hard drive.. how to format a SATA hard disk w/ partition and how to connect properly the sata power cable and sata connector for optical hard drive and disk drive.Actually i already connect it, but i think it is not properly installed although both of them are detected but not in primary and secondary slave. what will i do to connect it properly.

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Re: hard drive..

Using SATA, there is no Primary/Secondary Master/Slave connection. Each HDD is connected to One port straight. As for partitioning, you can either use Fdisk or you can boot straight from the Windows CD and create Partitions and load Windows.

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Can i just hook it up and run the disk wizard? or is there another formatting ,partitioning tool I should get?

Use Disk Wizard. No 3rd party tools are required at all.

Scenario: 1 Pipeline SATA. 1 Barracuda SATA. 1 IDE drive with current OS. Is this correct?
Just treat the Pipeline from the DVR as an extra drive by formatting it, and moving the files over. You then can remove the IDE and Pipeline for peace of mind, but the OS advance setup should give the option of all three drives for install destination.

Leaving the IDE drive should not affect your resources.

Oct 25, 2012 | Seagate Technology 500GB Pipeline HD SATA...

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Will a seagate pipeline 500 gb hdd from a lorax dvr work in a pc?

Yes it will work in a PC. All 3.5" sata drives are standardized. Connect it via a SATA cable and you will need to format the drive to work with windows. To do this:

1) Right-click on my computer
2) Click on "Manage"
3) Click yes to allow if any dialogue's pop up.
4) When the menu pops up look at the left side menu and click on "Disk Management"
5) Look for your drive in the list when it populates. It should show a 500GB drive and it may show an error on it since it is not formatted for windows.
6) Be sure this is the correct drive you want to use! Formatting it will erase EVERYTHING on the drive.
7) Right click on the drive in the bottom list and select the Format option.
8) Give it whatever name you want, make sure the format is set to NTFS, check the box for quick format.
9) Let it format, this should only take a few minutes. After that it will show up as a blank drive in My Computer!

Oct 25, 2012 | Seagate Technology 500GB Pipeline HD SATA...

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3 drives, and win7 can only find one drive


You give no specification information about either the drives (SATA or IDE) or the computer.

If the hard drives are IDE, look at the jumper settings and ensure that the Primary drive is set to Master, and the Secondary and Tertiary drives to Slave.

You don't say if the Win 7 is a recent upgrade and all 3 drives showed in the previous operating system or if all 3 drives showed previously in Win 7.

See if Win 7 can see all the drives and the status of your hard drives in Disk Management:

Start > (Category View) Control Panel > System & Maintenance > Administrative Tools > Create & Format Hard Disk Partitions > Disk Management

Without more background information, this sounds like BIOS settings issue.

Enter BIOS by tapping the appropriate key POST screen (usually DEL or F2) and look to see if the RAID or IDE/SATA configuration settings are correct and try different settings > F10 > Enter.

If none of these solve the problem, look internally and check your hard drive data and power connections (it is easy to work inside a computer and forget to reconnect hard drive cables). Try alternative SATA or IDE cables.

I hope this helps.


Aug 28, 2011 | Operating Systems

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Samsung HDD not seen by Vista I recently purchased a Samsung HD154UI Hard Drive for my Vista 64BIT System. I have enabled the hard drive in the Bios. I now have a 500GB drive on SATA 1 and the new...

This won't be the best solution for you perhaps because I'm not a windows guy, but download the gparted (just google for gparted) cd image, burn it to disk and boot it up. Use that to partition and format the drive.

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Windows xp wont start up in my acer laptop

Try tapping F8 as the computer turns on to get to the option screen, select last known good configuration, or then try safe mode. If that doesn't work, you can always press F10 to get to the recovery partition to completely reinstall the OS. Keep in mind though, this will completely wipe your HDD.

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Dell Tech Support replaced my laptop hard drive and left me the old hard drive that is functional, but has alot of vibration. How do I replace the new laptop hard drive data with the old laptop hard drive...

First what type of hard drive do you have? IDE or SATA (IDE has a very wide data ribbon, SATA a much thinner one when you look at the back of the drive). You need to get either an external 2.5" drive enclosure or a USB/IDE/SATA bare drive connector. For the external enclosure, you need to get the right one for your drive. The data output can be either USB or eSATA, if your laptop has that port and you have a SATA drive). The USB/IDE/SATA connectors can be either bus powered or self-powered. The bus powered ones do not have enough power for some drives. With either of these, the drive must be connected carefully and with the correct orientation of the power and data connectors.

Connect the drive or install it into the enclosure. (For this, open the case, slide the drive part way in and connect the cables, push the drive the rest of the way in. Screw the drive into the frame if this is a needed step. I have seen any tool-less enclosures but read the instructions.) Power on the device and plug it into the appropriate connection on your computer. The device should be found by your computer and the drivers should load.

Assuming your computer sees the drive (if it doesn't one of the cables is probably not seated properly or not correctly oriented to the device), then you can just copy the files to the new drive. Setting up your e-mail may take a bit longer, you may need to import your profile in addition to copying it to the new drive into a folder in the same location.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, there are many data recover companies as well as computer repair shops that will install your drive into the enclosure you buy.)

Feb 05, 2010 | Operating Systems

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Can any body help in suggesting how do i detect 500Gb SATA Hard Disk on a Windows 2000 Platform, when i connect it shows only 131GB Capacity HDD please advise and give me solutions

If this is a newer computer, your disk may not be partitioned properly / fully. You can check this by going to the system's storage management appliction like this:

  1. Start the MMC (Start - Run - MMC)
  2. Select "Add/Remove Snap-in" from the Console menu
  3. Click Add
  4. Select Disk Management and click Add
  5. Select Local Computer and click Finish
  6. Click Close
  7. Click OK to the main dialog
  8. Locate the disk in question
  9. Make sure the partition(s) span the entire disk
If the entire disk isn't being used by a single partition, you have two choises:

1. Add a new partition for the unused disk space
2a. Backup al data on the disk, and delete the partition
2b. create a new partition to span the entire disk, and then right-click and format it.

If the entire disk isn't being reported, you may need to update the motherboard bios.

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Sata hdd not Detect

To install Windows XP on SATA or advanced IDE hard drive, you will need to insert a driver diskette at the time of starting the installation process and pressing "F6". For more details visit the link below:

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Windows XP SP2 will not boot after installing new SATA hard drive

Your system thinks the "second" drive has precedence over the first ( your boot drive ) try switching the SATA cables between the two drives. There also might be a BIOS setting under Boot Order, sometimes you have to drill down to get to it for a particular drive.

Dec 25, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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My dvd rw is not detected

Sounds like you need your manufacturer's SATA drivers.

This problem exists a lot when installing Windows from scratch on SATA hard disks. When you start the installation, Windows prompts you to "load additional drivers". It's at this point you put a floppy disk with the SATA drivers in.

If your install is already working, but just stopped as you say... then you could hunt around the BIOS for a SATA "compatibility" mode, which will get you booting straight away. Install the SATA drivers and you can then put the drive back into normal operation instead of compatibility mode.

This is also the reason why your other hard disk with Windows can see the SATA disk and optical drive... it probably has the SATA drivers installed.

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