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Re: Not reading software
If the PC still powers on and POST then should be reasonable to repair. Assuming that you have to replace the 80Gb HD, that will set you back something like 80USD. Physical replacement is relatively easy, you can do it yourself. Of course you would need the recovery CD/Windows installers to put in Windows again.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information.
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I think this model is still an IDE type. You set the 32GB limit then jump the settings to read the full capacity of the drive. If you are trying to load XP OS from a blank drive.
First prime the hard drive, you can do low level formatting and use third party software to partition and format the drive. on FAT32 partition you can only use 8GByte to make the drive bootable. Make it primary if I remembered it correctly and active. Or use the NTFS format.
You can use also if it have the manufacturers' hard drive utilities to check the hard drive integrity. I know they have it. It also equip with zero fill to renew chain and links of the drive. Then partition, format, primary and active. Then load your OS.
Check also your CD disc integrity, scratches do make a lot of troubles. And also your cdrom/dvdrom drive.
Two possible solutions but both calls for another software/utility. 1. Use FDISK but you should be booting and running in DOS mode; 2. the other is Partition Magic which runs under Windows environment.
The idea is to delete the existing partition (that shows only 31.50Gb) and thereafter re-partition to the full capacity of the drive. of course doing so would erase the contents. Further, a format after the re-partition is required.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
You have to look into first all of drive's externale power adopter , and then after usb controller cheap beacuse controller is the media of communication between usb protocol and ide protocol