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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 RAM...do 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.

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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

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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

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