20 Most Recent Gateway (M520HD80G) Hard Drive Questions & Answers


I receive a no operation system message while

Buy a new hard disk drive! Use the 2 golden Gateway, Applications, Drivers, & Operating System disc, also known as Restoration DVD to reinstall your Gateway programs & operating system. After that, reinstall your backups.

How much disk space do you need? Why buy a 320 GB HDD if you only use 4 GB? So, keep the bytes down if you don't need them and that will keep the costs down, too!

The Gateway support discs can be had at: www.Gateway.com/Support .

4/13/2011 7:39:48 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Apr 13, 2011

I have got a big

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Right click on My Computer/Computer choose manage. On the left side make sure storage is expanded double click disk management, on the lower part find your Drive you want to change right click on it choose change drive letter and paths. Click on change, You will see a drop down arrow click that choose the first available letter, Now click on change. Do this to all of the drives you want to change Open My Computer/Computer see if it is now listed the way rou want it.

Ps you can't change the c drive if it is used as the operating system storage.

2/13/2011 3:06:12 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Feb 13, 2011

My internal hard drive crashed, can i clear out

Hi I am Steve, lets get you some help
As you are talking about a hard drive I assume you have turned off RAID.

It does depend why the hard drive has failed. If it is an actual failure of the drive then it needs replacing and the data is lost except from data recovery firms.
However, it may be that the hard disk controller has stopped working. This will prevent you getting to your hard disc.
Your motherboard should have 2 hard disc controllers. Try plugging the hard disc into the second controller, this will be on the motherboard next the the one it is already plugged into. This may solve the issue. If not then it is a hard disc failure and you will need to replace it and use a professional service to recover the data.
1/14/2011 6:54:50 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Jan 14, 2011

Which f button is the

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12/15/2010 9:56:46 AM • Gateway... • Answered on Dec 15, 2010

Windows hard disk problem, what do i do?

can you please elaborate what is the issue with this gateway hard drive heres a guess

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 boot

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
problems make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ? hope this helps

11/17/2010 1:50:31 AM • Gateway... • Answered on Nov 17, 2010

How do i find what hard drive i need for gateway

Check the make and model of the motherboard, then log onto the motherboard manufacturers web site and download the relevant user guide. This should give you all the details you need.

A couple of hints, if its a laptop you'll need a 2.5 inch drive.

If its a desktop, a 3.5 inch drive.

Check the mother board for IDE or SATA interfaces,

If its got just the old fashioned IDE (PATA) interface that governs the type of drive you can use
if its got both, go for SATA they're bigger, Cheaper and quicker.

If you're going to use windows XP, the older PATA makes life easier.
11/8/2010 6:50:01 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Nov 08, 2010


On the image below you can see the location of the hard drive. In the manual of this model, starting from page 51 you can find information regarding how to gain access to internal components.

If this is the solution for your problem, please rate my post, otherwise give us more details.

9/7/2010 11:07:24 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Sep 07, 2010

I have a gateway laptop model MA7and it wont start up.

It is not a hard drive issue. If hard drive is a problem system wont boot till motherboard processor. Try to reinstall your OS. It will fix your issue.
7/27/2010 4:54:49 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Jul 27, 2010

Labtop does not reconize any hard drive

This is caused by partition table damaged, hard drive can not find system guide file and boot, you need repair it.
Repair Damaged Partition Table
6/4/2010 6:46:14 AM • Gateway... • Answered on Jun 04, 2010

I have an older Gateway laptop that I rarely took out of house

you'll have to buy a new but tough to find 2.5'' serial-ATA hard drive, this should solve your problems but you'll have to reinstall any operating system and also all of the data on the current hard drive will be lost.
4/25/2010 8:48:44 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Apr 25, 2010

1. Smart Sytem failure has

smart failure is always a indication of your hard drive failing, not a virus or anything else.

when you turn on the computer, if you get this message the instant you press the power on, then the hard drive is failing.

Where do you get this message?
4/24/2010 2:43:17 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Apr 24, 2010

Hard drive crashed

you may try to insert your hard drive to an external hard drive casing then plug it to a pc as an external drive then check if it can still be detected. From there you can copy the files to the computer.

hope this helps . . .
4/5/2010 7:56:22 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Apr 05, 2010

Hard crive crashed,

When my hard drive went down a few months ago I bought an external hard drive caddy off ebay for about £13, best £13 pound I ever spent. I installed it into the external caddy, plugged it into the USB port and it worked brilliantly, if the hard drive still doesnt work their are many data recovery firms out there, but be warned they are quite expensive, this usally involves sending the said hard drive off and they send the desired files back to you on a DVD. Hope this helps, Paul
4/5/2010 7:38:47 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Apr 05, 2010

Gate way hard drive wdc wd6400aaks-22a7b2 ata

run a chkdsk c: /r - It's more thorough
4/2/2010 5:02:33 AM • Gateway... • Answered on Apr 02, 2010

Blue error screen won't reboot or do anything

This is called "The Blue Screen of Death". Essentially you have to format the drive in most cases, and reinstall the Operating System. This occurs when there is a major conflict with a driver and Windows protects itself by not loading. You can try using your recovery disk if you have one. The other thing you can try is loading a new copy of windows in a diffrent directory like "XP2". The laptop will ask you which version of Windows you want to load and chose the second entry for XP. This is only if you need to get at your files to back-up. You will still need to format and install Windows again as this method is sloppy.

12/9/2009 2:35:15 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Dec 09, 2009

Gateway 420 gr needs an upgrade hard drive

Yes you can upgrade the hard drive of this computer , you just need to get a Serial ATA hard drive from any electronic / computer store nea you like best buy or some store like amazon and others..
1/21/2009 10:52:39 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Jan 21, 2009

I just replaced my hard

New hard drives don't have an O/S installed, so they just be prepped and the O/S reinstalled, along with your applications.

Does your computer "see" the new drive? If the drive was properly connected, a modern computer will automatically detect it, and you shouldn't need to do much if anything in BIOS.

There is a key sequence to get into the BIOS setup, differs from computer to computer.

Assuming the computer detects the drive, the O/S install should partition, format, and install. Some SATA machines may not install Win XP without some additional work. Do you have the CD(s)/DVD(s) that came with your computer? If so, they should have all the proper drivers (including for SATA interfaced drives).

Hopefully this will help.
12/23/2008 10:19:20 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Dec 23, 2008

Replaced my hard drive and laptop is not recognizing the new one.

Have you installed an operating system on the new drive?
12/8/2008 10:59:24 AM • Gateway... • Answered on Dec 08, 2008

I just replaced my gateway

Hard drives do not come with OP's ready installed. There will be no information on it. You will have to install something like Windows XP/Vista. To do this you need the installation disc. Without it your computer will not be able to operate.
12/7/2008 10:42:36 PM • Gateway... • Answered on Dec 07, 2008
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