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Installing a Seagate Dive into an Armada M700

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I own a Compaq Armada M700 PIII notebook and want to install a bigger hard drive. Currently this computer has a Toshiba MK6014map drive in it. It todays world 6gb is not enough drive space. I have purchased a new Seagate Momentus 5400.2 to upgrade. I have talked with Compaq and got nowhere, so now I came here hoping to find an answer.

I currently have Win XP Home installed on the 6gb drive and would like to install Win XP Home on the 60gb drive. I am running into problems though. Windows can not install XP on this drive. The seagate drive is fine. I have tested it throught seatools and have formatted it through both Disk Management in Windows and also Seagate Disk Wizard on different occasions. When I try installing Win Xp I get the following message:

*****Your computer's startup program cannot gain access to the disk containing the partition or free space you chose. Setup cannot install windows xp on this hard disk.

This lack of access does not necessarily indicate an error condition. For example, disks attached to a SCSI adapter that wasn't installed by your computer manufacturer or to a secondary hard disk controller, are typically not visible to the startup program unless special software is used. Contact your computer or hard disk controller manufacturer for more information.

On x86-based computers, this message may indicate a problem with the cmos drive type settings. See your disk controller documentation for more information.*****

I have attached the drive to the computer via usb hard drive enclosure and works great as a mass storage device. When I try it in the hard drive bay, I get controller error. Compaq and Seagate claim you do not need a driver for this. My Bios is current based on the last release. A compaq tech said this drive is compatable with this type of computer and claims he had a successful install on another computer. My computer has a PIII 850mhz Intel board in it. I did some digging around the intel site and have not found anything relative to my situation yet. I do beleive it is comming down to a driver problem or an upgrade to the controller. As you can see this is frustrating. Please help.

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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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