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Posted by Nolan on January 26, 2002 at 22:34:41:

In Reply to: Having troubles with installing harddisks posted by Eric-Jan van Eck on February 16, 2000 at 16:26:04:

: If you have troubles with installing harddisks please follow these steps.

: To make sure the hardware is correctly installed you have to:

: * Remove the harddisk from laptop and lookup the model number.
: * Search the Internet for the drive specifications, like Heads, Cylinders (or tracks, which is the same), Sectors/Track, Procomp. But especially the jumper-settings. Write down info before continuing. Most info can be found at the site of the one who produced the harddrive. You can find this site via www.driverguide.com.
: * If it is the only drive on IDE port install jumper so that drive acts as "Single Master". If two (e.g. Harddrive plus CD) install "Master with Slave". If no info found about jumpers, try DS for "Single Master" or SP for "Master with slave". (Doesn't always work.)
: * Install harddrive in laptop. Before doing this check the connection pins to be straight. The red-dotted side of the flat cable MUST BE ON PIN 1. (But then: in some laptops you can't miss.) (I hate to say it, but don't forget the power cable. In some older laptops they have to be connected too.)
: * Try to boot the laptop from the harddisk. If it works you're finished. If not continue.
: (* If your laptop has an older BIOS you might have to enter the information (heads, Cil. and Sec/Cil.) in the BIOS Setup-program. In most cases you will be confronted with something like "Press F1 to enter Setup". IBM use F1, Compaq uses F9, Some use F2. Actually the are some that use diskettes to go there. I can't tell you how to use the BIOS program because they are all different. If you can't find the Heads, tracks and Sectors you can assume you have new BIOS.)

: To make sure the harddrive is installed to be bootable, you have to:

: * Start the laptop using a bootable diskette that was created by the Operating System that is already on the harddisk. If it's empty -or can be emptied- use DOS 6.22 (to be downloaded from http://www.angelfire.com/or/jondowd/dos622.html). DON'T USE DOS WITH WIN32 OR NTFS PARTITIONS!!! Use the corresponding OS instead.
: * End the SETUP-program -if any- with F3 and type FDISK.
: * Make sure the drive is available, and if so, if it has an Active partition. Active partitions have Status "A". If no drive available: stop here. You're using a harddrive I'm not familiar with, the drive has to be re-hard formatted, is defect or there are other circumstances I overlooked. Go to an Installation Office.
: * If none of the partitions is active, make it so.
: * End FDISK and restart the computer using the harddrive. If it boots, you're finished. If not, continue.

: If you are using or want to use DOS or Windows 95/98

: * Reboot the computer using the same diskette(s). If any Setup-program, end it.
: * Type "FDISK /MBR" to write the master-bootrecord.
: * Type SYS C: (or D:, or whatever) to place the boot-files on the harddisk.
: * Try to boot from the harddrive.

: If you use or want to use Windows NT 4.0 Workstation

: * Reboot the computer using bootable diskettes with Win NT supplied.. If any setup-program, end it.
: * Type "FDISK /MBR" to write the master-bootrecord.
: * Type SYS C: (or D:, or whatever) to place the boot-files on the harddisk.
: * Boot from the harddrive.

: If you use or want to use Windows NT 4.0 Server

: * Use the Emergency Repair disk to make the disk bootable.
: * Boot from the harddrive.

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