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My compaq armada 7770 just doesn't come on anymore. i have so much old work disks that i need and in the past i would purchase another 7770 and just take the drive out of one and put it in the next one. currently i haven't found anybody selling any and i have so much work. how can my dos based disks work on a windows based computer? p.s. i'm a court reporter so reloading the old program is almost impossible because of disks that are no longer in existence.

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Why not take out the drive
and put it in a cheap USB driver enclosure
now any PC can read all those files.
why not.?
why make this so hard,its just files.
nothing more complex that say Fat32 files or NTFS.
you dont have IT departments to do this for you?

here , i had to read the
compaq armada 7770 spec. to see it guts.
its got a relic PATA drive, aka then as IDE.
this size is (length /width/depth) 2.5" i think the specs are rare !!!
so buy this.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vantec-Nexstar-3-IDE-PATA-2-5-External-Hard-Drive-Enclosure-USB-2-0-/112432727250?hash=item1a2d8344d2:g:pdgAAOSwYvFZNevp




plug in the drive the usb connect it and bam ,all data there
go to my documents folder and sure there.
i cant guess how or where you put documents, only you know that
but anyone can search the whole hdd, for say *.DOC
or pdf. or?

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Simple things first: Assuming the CD drive is removable, remove it from the laptop then re-iinsert it making sure it's pushed home properly so that the connectors seat properly.

If, again, the drive is in a bay (i.e. it's removable) then it may be the connectors are worn/damaged. If it's the drive connector then it may be repairable or you might pick up another drive, perhaps on eBay. It may also be that the drive has simply given up the ghost - so back to eBay :) If the connectors on the laptop have got damaged then you're looking at dismantling the laptop to repair/replace them, if that's possible.

If it's an external drive then the advice is very similar - check out the connectors first. If they look OK then you probably have to suspect the drive itself.

For either type of drive, there is always the small chance that the IDE controller channel on the motherboard has died - I have seen this happen in rare cases. Your options then are a bit limited. IIRC, that PC has no USB2 and even if it did, it wouldn't boot from a USB CD. You can get a PCMCIA interface card (now called simply PC interface) for an external CD. Depending on the card-drive interface, you might be able to boot from that.

If you need to install software onto the machine & have another (desktop) PC to hand: remove the disc from the E500, get a 2 1/2 to 3 1/2" disc adapter & temporarily attach the drive to the desktop as a secondary (i.e. not boot) disc. You can then load software onto the drive although you can't do a Windows install that way. If the machine already has an old version of windows on it, you can copy for example, the XP install files onto the drive, put it back in the machine & run an upgrade. Not the most desirable result but may be OK.

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Here at my shop I have run into this exact same problem on several P3 Compaq's and a few Toshiba's. I found that some of these machines, not all, but some, will not accept the 5400RPM drive, but will take the 4200RPM drive just fine. It's just weird because some that do are the exact same model, and I'm not real sure why it won't accept them. I've looked into it and the best that I can surmise is that 5400 is too fast for the reading system in the bios, or it's a power issue. Go with a 4200RPM drive and you shouldn't have any problem. You won't be able to tell any difference in the machine's performance between the two RPM speeds.

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The quickest solution here would be to put the hard drive into a computer that has Windows already running, and format it through the operating system itself. I've run into this problem a few times, and when another computer wasn't available I would use a Linux boot disk to clear out all my partition tables, then I would load up with Windows XP and tell it to write a new NTFS partition. Do NOT select the 'quick format' option, you'll have to wait through the long one.

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