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Help Upgrading Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kintz_09, Jan 15, 2009.

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  1. kintz_09

    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    Ok, So i have an HP Pavillion DV6000 laptop with a fujitsu 120Gb SATA Hard Drive. I would like to upgrade to a much larger hard drive. I bought a Western Digital 500gb laptop SATA hard drive. But when i went to install it, it didn't seem to fit correctly. I could put it in, and even close the lid back up. But when i went to boot the computer, on which i am going to install Windows 7, it gave me some error about a Media Drive Failure, or something to that sort. So i took it back out and realized that the hard drive didn't exactly connect the same as the old one. What kind do i need if this didn't work. I actually contacted HP and they said that my drive was SATA but they said my motherboard wont support anything more than a 120Gb... Well i need something way larger, and i already have an external hard drive. So what can i do to upgrade. Or am i doing something wrong with the installation?

    Thanks for any help i receive

    p.s. if pictures would help i can post some
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Did the old drive have an adapter board screwed to the back end of it.
    May need to be transfered to the new drive.
    Make sure the drive is mounted in the carrier correctly.
    I dont know if there is a difference between sata and sata 2
    laptop drives.
    Might check if it's sata 2.
     
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    Connector wise, there is no difference.
     
  4. kintz_09

    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    ok... so i found out they are both SATA and there WAS a connector to connect the hard drive to the motherboard. Ok, so i transfered the connector to the new hdd, but the old hard drive doesn't have the 4-pin thing on the end that the new hard drive does. But the connector doesn't have a 4-pin part to it either.

    So now the new hard drive fits in fine but when i try to install windows it claims there is a hard drive failure. Either its not hooked up or its faulty. So i am wondering, is mine faulty or does this have something to do with that 4-pin thing

    Thanks again for any information!
     
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    Any way you could post a picture of the back of the drives
    and the connectors?
    Also,please post the models of the drives.
    Should be on the label.
     
  6. kintz_09

    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    ok... here are some pics

    0002- new hard drive
    0003- new hard drive
    0006- new hard drive
    0010- new hard drive
    0018- connector
     

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    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    the rest of the pictures

    0020- connector
    0017- old hard drive
    0011- old hard drive
    0012- old hard drive
    0014- old hard drive
     

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    The only problem I can see is you are trying to install a sata 2
    drive on a sata 1 interface.
    The 4 pin connector on the new drive is for power management
    and a jumper is not needed there.
     
  9. kintz_09

    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    so does that mean the problem is that the hdd is faulty? is there a way to test for that? or could it be something else?
     
  10. leroys1000

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    Sata 1 and sata 2 are two different types of interfaces and are
    not compatable.
    The connections are the same but
    they run at different data transfer rates.
    Some desktop drives have a compatability jumper that
    will allow them to work on sata 1,but I haven't seen this on laptop drives.
    You will probably need to get a sata 1 drive,but I don't think they make
    them as large as that one.
     
  11. kintz_09

    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    well that sucks for me! but that is obviously the problem so thanks a ton!
    i'll be searching for a new hard drive
     
  12. kintz_09

    kintz_09 Thread Starter

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    Ok. So i bought another drive. This time i got a 320 GB SATA I hard drive. I also got an enclosure. i copied my current drive to my new drive and then put the new drive in my computer to boot, but it still fails. It does the same thing as the other drive. the HDD works fine in the enclosure but in the computer it wont. However i did try to do a boot from USB HDD in bios and that failed too. What else could be preventing me from getting this right? I updated BIOS, i also tried putting the HDD blank in the computer and tried to reinstall windows but that failed too. It just says Media Test Failed: Check connection. Or when i try to install windows it says something like it cannot be done because the connection is bad for the HDD is dead. An ideas?
     
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