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Have sata hard drive that was in my pavilion, the pavilion died got compaq presario tht borrow from friend just need to use my harddrive, but dont want to wipe it. help what.can i do?

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Connect your hard drive to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into the USB port of a working computer. This computer will detect the hard drive as an external storage device. You can then open the various folders and files on the hard drive to copy/back up the data.

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I need to replace hard drive what kind

A) Harddrives are measured by their Width.
Laptop harddrives are 2-1/2 inches across in Width.

Desktop harddrives are 3.5

B) Harddrive technology has evolved from IDE (PATA) to SATA.
Doesn't matter if it is a solid state harddrive (SSD), it still uses SATA technology.

The Compaq Presario CQ70-120us Notebook PC, uses a
250GigaByte SATA 2.5 harddrive.

I know it's a SATA harddrive, by the manufacturer year period, and by the motherboard Chipset used. Specifically the Southbridge chip,

Click on the + sign next to Chipset (1)
Intel Chipset Installation Utility for ICH9m for Microsoft Windows 7

The Intel ICH9m is a Southbridge chip.
(Part number Intel 82801IBM0,

SATA 3.0

One example of a harddrive replacement,

[ CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short,

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

The motherboard chipset used in your laptop, consists of a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip as we know, is an Intel ICH9m
A southbridge chip for a Mobile computer, or otherwise known as a 'laptop'. That is what the -> m, at the end stands for. Mobile.

Northbridge chipset will be a;
GL40, or GS40, or GS45, or GM45, or PM45

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

The AGP and PCI Express technologies are HIGH-speed graphics.

A graphics card in a PCI slot, or using Integrated Graphics; is NOT HIGH-speed graphics.

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.
1) Anything using the PCI bus. (Like a PCI graphics card for one example)

2) IDE bus
3) SATA bus
4) USB bus
5) Ethernet
6) Audio (Sound)

Everything you didn't want to know, huh? ]


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I want to upgrade my hard disc.My compaq presario c700 series model no-c738tu,S/N-cnd7492jkf.but i dont know how much that is supported.plz reply

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My HP dv200 Laptop video card died now I am trying to recover the data from my HDD [fujitsu MHW2160BH] the problem is that the HDD will not connect in a SATA hard drive enclosure. The connectors do not...

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After formatting harddrive i cent install operating system

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I have a Compaq Presario V3309TU Notebook PC. I reformatted the hard drive, now I could not install windows XP cd. The hard drive could not be detected. Can someone help me get the SATA Driver for Compaq...

The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a Compaq SATA drive on a disk etc and can install it when XP asks for a hard drive driver, then XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
The Fix.
Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive, this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then install XP normally, and all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.

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Hard drive compatibility with compaq presario v2000

Hi this hard drive will work with your laptop all it needs to be is to have a SATA connection cable

2.5 inch = laptop
3.5 inch = Computer

Hope this helps


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SATA 2.5 connectors different than current Presario R4000 laptop

It seems that your notebook does not have sata connection to Hard drive. Your harddrive is IDE connection. Sorry but you can't use SATA on this laptop.

Oct 22, 2009 | HP Compaq Presario R4000 Notebook

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1 Solution for ''I have a Compaq Presario 7000 replacing the C harddrive the BIOS set up does not find harddrive''

possible causes:
1. jumper set incorrectly on hard drive itsself.
2. data or power cable not connected properly to hard drive
3. data cable backwards in hard drive or motherboard. (should always have the red stripe on the data cable towards the power connector on the hard drive and on pin number one of the motherboards' primary IDE connector)
check all off these...IF you are installing a SATA hard drive then you may need to install sata drivers on your computer.. Please post again if i misunderstood your question..

Apr 09, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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How to install xp 32 bits in compaq presario cq50

hello , friend its very easy to do that, steps are
1. insert bootable cd/dvd xp prof. cd.
2. But be cautious because the xp profsn doesnt contain the drivers for ata hard disk which is for laptop. so pls find on net the drivers for ata hard disk drivers, also update it in bootable xp profsnl dvd . recreate bootable dvd of xp with advanced bootable xp,
3. or find it from your friend with latest updates requirement. and do from it.
4. Boot from tht cd and start the installation.
5. once it i completed install all video, audio drivers.
6. if you dont have that drivers pls download it from toshiba site by entering the toshiba serial no

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