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I need to see instructions or picture of how to get my hard drive apart so I can put more ram in it, I have a gateway profile 5.5

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  • codeteal May 24, 2011

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SOURCE: I installed a new hard drive in a Gateway 4XL.

Sounds like the HD will need a low level format from a boot disk or a boot CD.
If it hasn't been done then the BIOS won't see it and Windows CD won't either.
If you have another system available, you can set it as a Slave or Cable Select, plug it in and format it from that system if the OS can see it at all.
Some HD's used to come with that disk. Most don't need it now.
Of course...it may be a dead drive too..........

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Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a gateway Profile 5. when i cut it on

My understanding is that when you power on your PC, the POST is succesful, but then the system hangs.? If i am correct. There are several reasons this may happen.

1) Boot record corrupt
S) Reformat the harddrive and re-install operating system / replace hard drive

2) General Hard drive failure but boot record instact
S) Replace Hard drive

3) Operating system inoperative
S) Re-install operating system

Most pre-built systems come with recovery disks, you may try this as a solution if available.

When replacing a defective hard drive, or partialy inoperable hard drive, a good policy is to change the drive to slave, and install the new drive as master, this way any data you may be able to recover, can be done after the new hard drive is installed, and an operating system is installed on the new drive.


(POST = Power On Self Test)

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: gateway Profile 4 with two hard drive failures

How do you know 2 hard drives have failed, have the hard drives been fin in another computer.

most likely the OS is corrupt on the disks caused my another hardware issue, most likey Motherboard IDE/sata controller.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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SOURCE: gateway gm5442 very slow to boot, 20 to 30 minutes.

You said you tried different CPU, but it was the same motherboard, right? Maybe the motherboard speed (data bus, etc.) is just slow. Otherwise, there's not much left to try if the hard drive works OK in another computer and you've tried upgrading the memory, CPU, and power supply.

Posted on May 29, 2010

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