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Compaq armada e500 850mhz p3 laptop

I have a 60 gig fugitsu drive installed 8 m chache ata100 4200rpm . i wanted a faster drive with more space , so i purchased a hitachi hts721010g9at00 this is a 100 gig hd with 8 m chache at 7200rpm , yes ata-100 standard ide . once installed laptop refused to reconize it , keep saying disk read error . so i got my adapter hooked it up to my desktop and it installed winxp no problem . so i tried it back in the laptop , but still disk read error . Is this some sort of limitation of the bios . i mean with the old bios they was a 23 gig limit but the upgrade fixed that . Also with the new drive the cdrom will not boot .

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  • willj3440 Feb 23, 2008

    add to posting , yes i tried the jumpers on the drive everyway possible

  • willj3440 Feb 23, 2008

    map996 , thank you . but i guess you never been in a armada e500 bios before , the bios is so simple that it does not show a hard drive detection and it is not the FAT . I have a Fugitsu 60 gig hd NTFS partition works wonderfull in the laptop . but the 100 gig hitiachi drive will not even do anything but give a disk read error while installed in the laptop . BUT IF I TAKE THE HITIACHI HD , PUT ON ADAPTER HOOK TO DESKTOP . THE DRIVE READS AND WORKS JUST FINE . Oh and I will remind all I have been building computers for 26 years , so all the simple stuff , I already tried .

  • willj3440 Feb 23, 2008

    what i need is some one who can slightly alter a rompaq or .bin . Uh a person who knows what they are doing . to view and understand the installed bios , and to create new bios from old by adding new hd support .



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I'd like you to get into your bios. At the main bios window make sure your bios is seeing the hard drive correctly (model number). Also check that your cdrom is listed. While in the Bios go to boot & correct the boot order. 1st should be cdrom, 2nd should be your new Hitachi.
You mentioned you connected it to a PC. Than you installed WinXP & everything went fine. Disk read error means your laptop does not like the FAT. When you bought the Hitachi did you get a disk utility? If not download it from the link provided here & test your drive. Use the disk utility to set up your new drive & format
it with the utility. Try again to boot to your cdrom & install WinXP. If your XP does not include SP1 or SP2 your drive may show a smaller size.
Good luck, I hope the disk utility fixs the problem.$file/7K100_SATA_FINAL_DS.pdf (Info)

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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    Mike Peluso Feb 24, 2008

    No willj3440, never been in armada e500 bios. I do not favor flashing either. Like you I haven't edited a .bin. Not for a notebook. Suggest you re-post and ask what you want as you mentioned above. There are some pretty smart people here. Food for thought I hate NTFS. I love running fat32x on 4 SATA-II, 250's. Great speed......

    Just re-post like I mentioned. We here at FixYa don't mess with others who have answered a user. So you'll get a faster response by re-posting. Good luck willj3440! I hope this works out for you.




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