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2 Harddisk problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Selecta!, Jan 24, 2006.

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  1. Selecta!

    Selecta! Thread Starter

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    Im trying to make one working laptop out of two identical faulty ones. Everything works fine on the one i've built until I decided to re-install the operating system:

    I have two working harddrives to choose from:

    1. Appears to be completely full. When trying to delete unused programs and files I came across a huge section of the HD I couldnt access (about 5gb of a 10gb hd). It is a folder with a gibberish title ( something like - 45aqensocviopwme32jklda92). The hard drive appears to only have one operating system, so I ruled out it being another.

    2. The other hard drive had two operating systems on but both needed removed. I formatted It and re-installed XP. Two minutes off the end on installation I get a blue screen of death mentioning "atapi" or "kernel" (kernal_stack_inpage_error) depending on what mood its in.

    Just need one of the two to function :(
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    On number one, did you try deleting existing partitions, and repartitioning the drive prior to a format/reinstall?

    The errors on number 2 referencing ATAPI do appear specific to the drive hardware.

    You might be better off in the Hardware forum with this; let me know if you want me to move it. There's not much I can personally offer on this issue.
     
  3. Selecta!

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    maybe best in the hardware forum. Thanks
     
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