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Old HDD problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by foufoutos, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. foufoutos

    foufoutos Thread Starter

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    Hi , i have a problem with my (really) old HDD .

    It's a Western Digital Caviar 340 ( !!) MB . Bios recognise fine this HDD but when i start XP i cannot see it anywhere .
    I run disk administrator ( XP's fdisk ) but nothing .
    Can you suggest a solution or my hard disk is totally destroyed ?
     
  2. Triple6

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    make sure all the settings in the bios are correct for this drive - just do an autodetect. if it still doesn't work try booting the computer with a older bootdisk that has fdisk on it. don't change anything just select the option to display all partition information. does it show up here? Can you access the drive in dos? Remember you likely won't be able to access the xp data because it's likely its NTFS although it could be FAT32. If it still doesn't work its likely dead, although you could try it in an older computer.
     
  3. spaceman_333

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    Hi foufoutos,

    I believe that your computer is below the minimum requirements necessary to run Windows XP. They are below:

    Minimums:
    CPU 300 MHz (single CPU for Home edition, Single or dual for Professional edition)
    RAM 128 MB
    Disk Space 1.5 GB free
    Video Card Super VGA (800x600)
    Media CD-ROM or DVD


    Spaceman
     
  4. foufoutos

    foufoutos Thread Starter

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    Windows Professional edition work absolutely fine in my computer :

    pentium II 266 MHz processor
    64 Mbyte memory (RAM)
    12 Gbyte hdd primary master / 3,2 secondary master ( bad sectors )
    plextor 12/10/32s scsi CD writer
    2 MB PCI memory card


    ( and i DO believe you can run XP on a slower machine but with 64 MB on it ... )

    But the problem is not my system capabilities ...
     
  5. spaceman_333

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    Sorry,

    Totally missed that...thought you were trying to load XP onto a 340MB Maxtor.

    SM
     
  6. brushmaster1

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    How is your 340MB disk formatted?

    Windows XP requires FAT 32 or NTFS...it won't see a FAT 16 drive....
     
  7. JohnWill

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    This sure must be a surprise to Microsoft. :rolleyes: FAT16 filesystem in Windows XP
     
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