Question about Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB Hard Drive

2 Answers

A friend of mine sent me a Western Digital WD1600BB 160 GB hard drive to replace my ole 80 GB one. It is a completely blank drive, I installed it using the Master plug, booted the computer from the CD drive to install Windows XP and my system"s recovery discs. Everything went fine until it was done and needed to restart. When it came back on, the screen was black with a white flashing cursor. Not knowing what to do, I tried installing the discs again, which again worked fine until the restart and the same thing happened. I have a HP Pavilion a612x, 325 Intel Celeron D processor, 2.53 ghz, 512 MB of I need drivers for this HD to get it to work? Or is there something wrong with it? Or do I need to partition it a specific way instead of letting Windows do it? It's my first time trying to upgrade anything and would appreciate some help with this.

Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Western Digital Master
  • 27,725 Answers

Test your PSU 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 or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they are probably old and faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

hope this helps

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Expert
  • 84 Answers

Is your old Hard Drive still good or did it fail?
1. If it is still good put if back in your PC, and start it back up.
if it boots up fine then on to the next step.
2. shut down PC install new HD in the second drive position and reboot. if so go to "my computer " or "computer" on your desk top can you see the new HD there. if not you may have too format the New Drive. windows may or may not do that for you as you have already found out.
Question dose the new HD power up when you start your PC
if not then you may have other problems.
the new HD should have Two cables going into it from the PC
1-from the power supple, 1- from the mother board; just to set things straight.
you may have to go into the BIO's to have the new HD recognized by your PC; BE CAREFUL if you have never done this before; at state up you will hold down F1 or F2 to have the PC go into Bio's, from there you can have the PC recognise the HD. if you are not sure of what you are doing you can always exit Bio's with out saving any changes. there are a small amount of help in the Bio's state. CHANGE NOTHING YOU ARE NOT SURE OF.
hope this is of help to you.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011

  • theskipman98 Apr 02, 2011

    I'm the friend who sent the HD. To help everyone out that may have this problem, here was the cure...
    Had her download the ULTIMATE BOOT DISK. re partition the hard drive so no partition was over 120gig. Partion the HD with NTSF formatting instead of FAT2; it handles allocation better, plus if you upgrade to WIN VISTA or WIN 7 they don't do FAT32. She has WIN XP SP1 or 2. Doesn't have large HD support until XP SP3. after repartitioning, she reinstalled WIN XP and things went smooth and the computer booted fine.

    Thanks to those that responded, and I hope this helps someone else



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Windows7 wont read wd1600 caviar as a external drive ???

Did you install the western digital drive softare? There should have been a disk with the drive, which you run when you have installed the drive. It tells the computer there is a new hdd in town. If you don't have the disk, google Western Digital, find their website, and search for HDD driver software, with the model number of your drive. You should be able to download the drivers to your computer, and install them that way.

Nov 05, 2012 | Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB...

1 Answer

Jumper settings to connect to mac

If the hdd is a 3 1/2" version you need a power supply to run it. The usb will only power a mini SATA 2 1/2 or smaller as the 3 1/2 needs 12volt supply as well.

Jul 02, 2017 | Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB...

1 Answer

My Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB hard drive in my dvd recorder is making a clicking sound, how do I test to see if it is the heads that are faulty or the circuit board?

Welcome to Fixya. If you are hearing a loud ticking or high pitch noise on the hard drive it means that the hard drive will be defective anytime soon. If you can take out the hard drive and backup the files on you computer and replace the hard drive on the computer. Loud noise can be caused by a bad spindle or the hard drive or the hard drive is frying inside the dvd recorder.
If you have questions please let me know. Thanks

Oct 10, 2011 | Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB...

1 Answer

My wd1600bb-00dwa0 hard drive I believe died as I got a MEGATREND WINDOW which stated that the hard disc was bad. It would have to be bad, right? I couldn't get anything else to come up on my monitor....

yes u can go higher with GB you just have to be sure that the rpm's match youll see on the label it will tell you either 5400.3 or 5400.6 or 7200rpm. be sure also the dimensions are the same if you have a 2.5" get a 2.5" a 3.5" won't fit

Jan 31, 2011 | Western Digital Caviar WD1600 (1600YD) 160...

1 Answer

Can wd 1600bb be replaced with alternative

Generally your hard drive CAN be replaced with almost any other, just make sure you get the same type, as in IDE or SATA drive for a replacement.

Oct 06, 2009 | Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB...

1 Answer

My Western digital divice is mulfunctined as displayed on screen

do you use windows 98? because win 98 cannot support wd 160.
2) the mother board bios may not support this drive, or the interphase of the ext usb drive is faulty. lastly try to remove the raw drive from the casing and use it directly with the pc . i feel it will start working well

Sep 18, 2009 | Western Digital Passport WDXML800UE...

1 Answer

My wd passport will not work on my ibook g4

Is his the same exact hardware? its possible that his may have the power necessary to run it. Have you tried it with anyone else besides yours and your friends man, being that one friend.

Jul 07, 2009 | Western Digital Passport WDXML800UE...

2 Answers

Upgraded hard drive, from 80gb to 250gb. I have had to reload my os twice. it appears that the bios is not recognizing my hd. a friend said that the inspiron 6000 does not do well with a hd bigger then...

I dont think we can use a hard disk of 160gb in an inspiron 6000. and make sure you bought a ATA hard drive and not a SATA drive. For the Western digital try to reinstall XP and install the device drivers before installing application s/w.

Dec 19, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 6000 Notebook

2 Answers

Installing SATA WD 160 GB Hard Drive

You may not have a SATA system - Western Digital has the other type of hard disk drive available.

Apr 07, 2008 | Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160 GB Hard Drive Logo

138 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Western Digital Computers & Internet Experts

Arora Singh
Arora Singh

Level 2 Expert

180 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers


Level 3 Expert

79865 Answers

Are you a Western Digital Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides