My hard drive was installed into my computer and it runs but I can't figure out how to run it to the computer itself. Its not reading any of my cds or dvds. I forgot that i need to register it into the computer but I can't remember how to do that? I have an emachine w3609. I think its regedit or something like that...i was wondering if you could help? thanks
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Re: After installing hard drive
You shouldn't have to run regedit for this.
I think you're saying it doesn't recognize the DVD player.
I assume you're running XP
First, go to Control Panel/Add New hardware to see if it's recognized. Let it discover new hardware and see if the drive gets recognized.
If not, go to Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device Manager and find the DVD player. Try to Update the drivers. If that doesn't help, select Uninstall, then reboot. Windows should then install the standard drivers, and you're good to go.
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Computers have 2 main types of memory that the user has control over. Memory that is on a Hard disc Drive and memory that is in RAM. When a program runs it loads its data from the Hard Disc Drive into Ram. Now, usually we have lots of extra Hard Disc Drive space but not necessarily Ram and if your computer is sluggish reducing the programs running at any time may greatly boost performance.<br /><br />Now when you install a program a lot of the times it adds itself to startup meaning every time your computer is turned on that program starts. Now you may only use that program once a week but its continuously running wasting resources. Managing your startup programs with a free program called **** Cleaner can greatly increase performance.<br /><br />download CCleaner from <a href="http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner">http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner</a> and install it<br /><br />run the program and select the tools tab on the left of its windows<br /><br />next click on start-up<br /><br />you will see a list of entries under start-up now technically you don't need any of these running for windows to work, however you may want say windows live messenger running in the background the whole time so pick and choose which ones you wish to disable from start-up.<br /><br />I personally like to disable and remove every start-up program. I only like programs running when I tell them to run, and not wasting resources.<br /><br />cheers<br /><br />djbr1ck
You may have an external hard drive you want to use for more than just document backup. In this situation, you can install an operating system onto your external hard drive. By doing so, you will be able to run your external hard drive as a fully functional operating system. If your primary hard drive ever crashes, you will have a backup option unavailable to those who simply use their external hard drives as file and document backup.
1) Plug your external Hard Drive into your Computer using the USB cable. Insert the installation disk for your Operating System into the CD/DVD Drive. Turn on or restart your Computer.
2) Boot from the installation disk. You may have to press a key once prompted to boot from the installation disk.
3) Accept the license terms and conditions. Read through these carefully if you wish to understand your legal rights as a user. If you disagree with these terms and conditions, you may want to purchase a different Operating System.
4) Choose your destination drive. Your external Hard Drive will likely be the E: or F: drive. By default, the C: will represent your main Hard Drive and the D: will usually represent your CD/DVD Drive.
5) Begin the installation. Your external Hard Drive will install the Operating System. You will now be able to run that Operating System off of your external hard drive.
Hi do you here any noise from the hard drive? If so you should backup your data and buy a new hard drive, install it on your pc and install windows and all of your programs again. This is because the noise you hear means that your hard drive is getting broken Let us know if you solved your problem
It sounds like your system has corrupted. Put your instal disk in. Start
your mac up and hold down the c key. Once it has started check that the
drive exists by go to the menu bar and selecting the disk utility. If
the hard drive shows it means that it is okay. Then run the disk utility
drive and then run the repair permissions. You can then try restarting,
works then you are back up and running again. If it does not you will
need to reinstal your system. You do this by starting up with the instal
disk holding down the c key and run the instal script. To keep your
hard drive contents you MUST use the preserve users instal which will
come up as an option. Do not reformat the hard drive as this will wipe
all your information.
If you have been running time machine as
your backup operation you could instal a totally clean system and then
select the time machine backup once the new system has been laid down
using the migration utility in the utilities folder within the
your hard drive does not show up the hard drive is probably a goner
and you will have to purchase a new hard drive and instal a fresh
If you added the HDD, you will need to open Disk Management (Control Panel, Administrative tools, Computer Management, Disk Management)
The added drive should be listed as disk 1, right click it and INITIALIZE the drive, then format it, then it will be assigned a drive letter and be accessable
If you have not changed any settings in the bios, then you may have a bad hard drive.
Did you just install a new hard drive? If so, you will need to install the OS, which means you will need a Microsoft Windows Install CD. If you have not, and the computer has previously been running fine, with no hardware changes or bios changes, then your hard drive probably failed. You can run a windows boot disk, and at a command prompt type:
chkdsk c: /f /r
You may want to try booting form the windows XP (assuming thats what your running) install cd, and try to run a repair. If that fails, you may want to run the above command.
If all else fails, you will need a new hard driver, and then try to recover data off of your old hard drive.
1. First of all, you must open the computer case (with power off), and werify the power cable and data cable of hdd. please detach and put them right back. 2. then power on your pc 3. you MUST press F2 for setup utility in order for correct setings of your bios. the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" came from the computer bios, not from Windows XP CD. 4. verify if you followed the correct procedure of installing an new hdd as is described on page 66 of owner's manual from dell.
"Installing a Hard Drive 1 Unpack the replacement hard drive, and prepare it for installation. 2 Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer. 3 Remove the hard drive bracket (see page 64). 4 Attach the hard drive to the hard drive bracket: a Place the small bracket tabs into the drive-securing screw holes on one side of the drive. b Gently swing the drive toward the bracket and align the three screw holes on the other side of the drive with the screen holes on the bracket. c Attach the hard drive bracket to the hard drive. d Insert and tighten all three drive-securing screws. 5 Install the hard drive: a Place the two bracket tabs into the drive slots inside the bracket for the additional hard drive. b Swing the bracket forward so that it is flush with the bracket for the additional hard drive. c Replace the bracket-securing screws. 6 Connect a power cable to the drive. 7 Connect the data cable to the drive and to the system board (see page 53). 8 Close the computer cover (see page 75). NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the computer. 9 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on. See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software required for drive operation. 10 If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, insert a bootable floppy disk into drive A. 11 Turn on the computer. 12 Enter system setup (see "System Setup" on page 80), and update the appropriate Drive option. 13 Exit system setup, and restart the computer. 14 Partition and logically format your drive before you proceed to the next step. See the documentation for your operating system for instructions. 15 Test the hard drive by running the Dell Diagnostics (see page 36). 16 If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, install your operating system on the hard drive."
generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.