I just bought a new Seagate 160GB Sata Hard Drive and am trying to install it as a main drive on my computer. The computer is a Compaq EVO D500 and had only a 20GB before, P4 1.7Ghz 512MB RAM. The BIOS system recognises it at its full 160Gb potential but my XP system restore disc wont boot up. It boots to a RAM count, then says " Media test failure; check cable" then exits the boot session. Please help
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Was the original 20Gb HD also a SATA or was it installed as an IDE?
Try installing a fresh clean Windows rather than the restore disc. However, you will need the drivers for the SATA 160Gb and press F6 when Windows installers ask you to.
Post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Hope this be of some idea/help.
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Hi Good day!! try to re-plug the sata cable and power adaptor of your hard disk and see if it is detected if not try to replace the sata cable. please reply if you have a question i will help you more.
I suggest you check the specification of your Dell laptop to see the maximum size hard drive it can support. The maximum size hard disk you can install in the laptop depends upon the BIOS. Any major brand of 2 1/2" hard drive will work with the Dell.
You need to install the SATA drivers that belog to your specific motherboard.
When you are installing Windows thru your Windows CD, there is a moment at teh beginning of the process that you will be asked to press F6 if you want to install 3rd party drivers.
That is your call.
Once the SATA drivers are installed, you will be able to continue with your Windows installation.
Some of the laptop/s and desktop/s with IDE hard drive is not being supported by the Windows Vista. No matter you did already updated the BIOS still it will not fix the issue. If I we're you, have another SATA drive not and IDE one.Thank you.
All you need is a SATA cable. Can be bought anywhere PC parts are sold or on eBay. You can use the screws from your old hard drive. The SATA drive will only work if your motherboard is current. Older M/Bs only accept IDE drives.