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Can i add an additional hard drive to my hp a1320n desktop computer? I have a hard drive from a computer of mine thats power source/motherboard died out, and i would like to be able to use that hard drive or at least recover files from it.

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Yes it is possible. It depends on the IDE/SATA ports present on the motherboard that how many hard drive/CD drive can be connected to it. Also you can buy an external casing for your old hard drive that will let you connect it with your existing computer using USB port.

Hope this will help...cheers:)

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Hp pavilion a1320n tower won't turn on


Test your PSU power supply unit or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty



One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle of restarting or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive



Test all leads that attach to your hard drive power and data cables IDE SATA

the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO YOUR HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty


make sure all leads that are attached to your dvd\cd floppy drives have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty


computers need power and data to travel through every working device to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error


even something as small as a faulty electrical or fan lead can cause you problems



motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive if its a flat ribbon 40 pin type IDE replace it this will be the first to fail



check all electrical power input and extensions make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd floppy drives need to have current go through make sure these drives are working



also check the Cmos battery and computer RAM modules make sure they are securely seated with no dust built up or in the sockets on some motherboards cmos batteries are soldered in


check you CPU central processing unit make sure its securely seated and has thermal paste it might be getting to hot the thermal paste will help disperse the heat

Thermal compound is a sticky paste that is placed directly onto the CPU.


Allowing for a more direct heat transfer between the CPU and HEAT SINK and preventing air gaps from forming between the CPU and heat sink.

hope this helps

Jul 22, 2012 | HP Pavilion Media Center a1320n PC...

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Hello I have a HP Pavilion a1320N it is running very slow, so I want to do a full recovery back to the original state, but I did not create a set up disks when I bought it. How can I do a full recovery?


Use an external hard drive to backup your files and do the recovery... or better use the System Restore utility to at least restore it to an old backup date.

Apr 27, 2012 | HP Pavilion a1320n (882780261747) PC...

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Can I put in my PC Compaq Presario SR 1610NX a Hard drive Maxtor 40GB, 3.5 ? Thanks


Hi,
Desktop Specs Link Motherboard Specs Link
A. From the first link above, you already have a 80GB 7200rpm hard drive and a combo drive with no further details. you can only use two additional devices one 3.5 inch external and 5.25 inch external bays.
B. Assuming that two devices are already IDE devices, that will leave you two additional IDE and two SATA device.

1. Turn off your computer before plugging any additional device and proceed with cautuion.
2. Add the additional 40GB Maxtor IDE hard drive, you will have to mount the drive into the casing and put some screw to lock or use tool lesslock if its present. (Check the jumper if its a master or slave) if you have configured the 40GB drive as master and you're going to add additional IDE drive you have to put the jumper in slave header.
3. Now put the IDE cable to the hard drive and to the IDE2 of the mother board mount firmly. (you cannot mount the IDE cable if it is in the wrong position)
4. Next the four pin power from the power supply to the hard drive. (you cannot mount the power cable if it is in the wrong position)
5. Power On your computer and press Delete or F2 to access bios, proceed to the option boot priority select your Combo drive as first boot, next your 80GB Hard driver, press F10 save.
6. Power On your computer and check your 40GB hard drive through device manager.
7. Time to add your new hard drive through disk management, so you will be able to see your new drive from your computer. I forgot how WIN XP recognize new hard drives especially the fresh one.

Hopefully this information helps.
Feel free to ask, so I can clarify things.
Thank you for using FixYa.

Sep 05, 2011 | HP/Maxtor 40GB 3.5 IDE/ATA Hard Drive...

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What is the maximum size of hard drive my hp pavilion a1320n can use


you can put any size hard disk you want in there as long as its sata

Apr 01, 2011 | HP Pavilion a1320n (882780261747) PC...

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How do i remove the hard drive from a hp pavilion a1320n


1) Computer unplugged from power, observe Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.

Computer unplugged from power, computer on a table, computer case open.
TOUCH the metal fame of the open computer case to relieve your body of Static.
Also before you take new hardware components out of their anti-static bags, or boxes.

If you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.


HP Support > Pavilion Media Center a1320n > Opening the computer case

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00593575&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=1818050&tmp_track_link=ot_search

Replacing the Harddrive, (Hard Disk drive),

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00639788&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=1818050&tmp_track_link=ot_search

The Harddrive is a SATA harddrive. Uses a SATA 7-pin data cable, and a 15-pin SATA power cable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Top right photo shows the SATA data cable connector, and cable.
Top right photo below it shows a typical SATA data header (Connector) on a motherboard.

Typical SATA power cable, and it's respective connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a connection for a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, (Misnomered as Molex), AND a connection for a SATA power cable, ONLY use the SATA power cable.
It will Burn Up the Harddrive if you use both.

If you are putting a new Harddrive in, you will need to have backed up, (Copied) the info you wish to save off of your old Harddrive, first. This is if the harddrive is not bad, of course.

You will also need the Restoration Disk/s to install a new Harddrive, if you are going to just replace the harddrive with a new one. (Larger, or replacing a bad harddrive)

If you do not have the Restoration Disk/s you can obtain them from HP Support.
In the US call 1-800-474-6836
24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Disk/s are free. Shipping and handling is not.
$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship, $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.
Have the Serial Number from the back of your computer tower handy to give to the representative.
(White Service Tag. S/N is Serial Number)

If you are not in the US, here is the Worldwide Support contact page,

http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/wwcontact_us.html

If you are going to install a new operating system, per se Windows, (Windows 7?), you may have to go into BIOS Setup, and in Boot Order set the first boot device to CDROM, if the disk does not automatically load.

Oct 24, 2010 | HP Pavilion Media Center a1320n PC...

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Trying to install a new xp install on an HP Pavilion a1320n with a new 1.5 TB drive. XP only seems to recognize it as a 131062 MB drive. Is this an XP problem or a problem with the BIOS or...


Theoreticaly win xp will support 4Tb hard driver (hdd), but, your motherboard need to support this size as well, in your case, in both accoutns you are within limits.

This was theory, now practicality, LBA (Logical Block Address) was originally created as 24bit for ATA/PATA?ATAPI devices, calculated size supported therefore is 137.4GB.

In case of your computer, this motherboard should support 48bit formating and therefore size of 144.000.000GB (144.000TB).

I would suggest following actions, go to this site:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=228&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=1818050#N1388

Download newwest BIOS, unfold it to the disk and update BIOS, then use in installation windows xp sp2 or above, windows xp alone do not format properly harddrivers that size.

Another causative agent is how windows create partition and format under NTFS/NTFS5 system. It creats enormous size MBR and reserved "patch" for system files, in your case this is main "loss" of the space.

You can actually "reclaim" heaps of this spce by partitioning, but this crates another problems and you need to investiate which method will be best in your particular case.

Aug 21, 2010 | HP Pavilion a1320n (882780261747) PC...

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Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop: I want to know what kind of case a dell has. I'm p...


The Dimension 5150 has a BTX case, which is nearly impossible to upgrade. The motherboard is NOT interchangeable (with a few exceptions, but none of which are true upgrades).

If you have a PCI Express slot, you can upgrade the video card but do not get a card that requires an additional power cable directly from the power supply. This is because the stock power supply is very weak and doesn't have outputs for additional cards. If the card requires no additional power, you should be fine.

You can upgrade your processor with the P4 [Prescott] 5xx or 6xx Series Processors with HT. The 5150 does not support core 2 duo processors. Depending on what you currently have, this may or may not be worthwhile. Also note that higher power processors run at higher temps, which sometimes causes a noticeable increase in fan noise.

The hard drive is easily upgradeable. Just buy any standard sized SATA hard drive. Your computer case supports two drives, so you could keep your current drive and just add a second drive. Remember to buy a SATA cable with the new drive because new drives usually don't come with them.

Overall, if you're looking to get outstanding performance, get a new computer. BTX computers are not gaming computers. You'll end up dumping money into this thing just to get a lousy increase in performance.

May 18, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Can I install a hard drive in an HP Pavilion 6736 which has a capacity greater than 20GB ? If so, is there an upper limit to the capacity..can I install a 120 GB drive?


The size is not an issue with the hardware normally. Usually it has to do with the operating system. If you are running an OS like windows xp you should have no problem.

Just make sure you are using the SAME type interface hard drive. Example PATA Parallel ATA, or Serial ATA (SATA).

May 04, 2010 | HP Pavilion 6736 PC Desktop

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