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Hard drive switching question

Q: Hard drive switching question

this isnt a problem but more of a general question I m currently using a GB hard drive that s dying question switching drive Hard and have a newer GB hard drive on my desk across the room in an enclosure bare Hard drive switching question just got enclosure yesterday I received or hassled my best friend into giving me one of The Sims games for PC I installed and tried to play it but it kept freezing on me I m wondering if i can switch hard drives as i was planning play the game from the external hard drive to-be and if i can do that I might need more RAM that s no problem but will i need to reinstall The Sims or just let it collect dust until i can get a better laptop by the way yes i do realize that if playing from external hard drive i could lose information if the hard drive goes awry I think i can handle saying goodbye to The Smiths better than quot Psychology Term Paper quot if you know what i mean nbsp

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A: Hard drive switching question

psych89 said:

this isnt a problem, but more of a general question. I'm currently using a 160GB hard drive that's dying, and have a newer 100GB hard drive on my desk across the room, in an enclosure (bare, just got enclosure yesterday).

I received (or hassled my best friend into giving me) one of The Sims games for PC. I installed and tried to play it, but it kept freezing on me. I;m wondering if i can switch hard drives (as i was planning), play the game from the external hard drive to-be, and if i can do that? I might need more RAM, that's no problem, but will i need to reinstall The Sims, or just let it collect dust until i can get a better laptop?

(by the way, yes i do realize that if playing from external hard drive, i could lose information if the hard drive goes awry. I think i can handle saying goodbye to The Smiths better than "Psychology Term Paper", if you know what i mean).Click to expand...

Wouldn't you be better replacing your dying 160GB with the 100GB drive in your laptop? Or is this what your trying to suggest you want to do?!?

If its 'dying', putting data onto another drive so your not effecting the capacity of the internal drive isn't going to help your problem.

I'd just use the 100GB drive, a fresh install of whatever OS, and then install Sims, but go lightly on other software and just keep essential stuff on it. I'm assuming your reason for asking is that your concerned with filling the drive up to capacity quickly?

There is no reason why study work, and games cant be mixed on the same drive, but make sure you keep regular backups. Memory sticks are cheap these days, even a 1GB would be more than enough to do a back up of your data after every study period.

I kept two 1GB memory sticks soley for backing up all my degree study work and materials, research, and well everything for my B.Eng Metallurgy degree. They were both identical, in case one failed. I didn't care for any other data on the laptop, just this stuff which is a nightmare to replace. Be wise though, I've had friends in there 3rd year lose all there data, including project work and with no backups your screwed!!
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A:Switching to one Hard Drive

What kind of "communication" problem did you have between the two HDs?

There is an operating system on both drives?

I don't understand this: "When it was the slave, it didn't work the sound... hoping to fix that"

Do you have all the jumper settings correct?
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A:Hard Drive Switching...

You will have a very difficult time without a reformat and a reinstall.
Put the drive into another desktop jumpered as a slave, then drag and drop the files to the desktop drive, or burn them to disk. You may need to use recovery software for some programs, email files, etc., depending on what you use.
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A:Stupidly Switching Hard Drive

This should be fixable, but may require some time... several steps...
For a 6-year old laptop... you gotta ask yourself... is it worth it?

Still, my guess, at this point, is that it should be fixable.

First step... Questions...
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Specifically what hardware was bad?

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(your original OS was xp pro, yes?)
If you have another os such as 2k that you could migrate, this too could be an option.

Step two... go into your bios, on both, and set up to boot first from the cd...

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A:Hard drive letters switching

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A:Problem switching to a new hard drive

Is it something to do with drivers? Or is the hard drive just not compatible? Should I just buy a new hard drive?Click to expand...

Yes,yes, and yes to buying a new hard drive. Odds of what your trying to do with that Vaio HD is next to impossible.

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A:Switching hard drive and install between systems

Hey there Mats Effect

Not sure about overseas, but here in the US we have OEM and Retail versions of MS licensing for consumers.

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Retail - That is a full price full working version of Windows that can go *Anywhere* and is good till the version is "End Of Life".

Upgrade - the grey area...

Which version do you have?

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A:switching computers, keeping the same hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by ramiHArami


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Hi Eddie

I've had a look at both of the sites you pointed us to, and I can't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to use a 7200rpm drive in this system.

At a guess I would say the design of the mobo must date it back to early-mid 97 when quite a few boards were of this hybrid type during the changeover period from SIMMs to DIMMs.

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A:Hard Drive Question

Patience. I always talk to myself when I'm doing things like that LOL, especially when I first started out.

Learn your Bios well beforehand, you don't want to fiddle around with it blindly when the time comes, if you can at all help it.

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jmc said:

I have an IBM 120GXP IDE HD. Two weeks ago, my system failed with KERNEL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR. Rebooted, got DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, an error I'm used to seeing in the morning occassionally, but another reboot and all was fine.

3 or 4 days after that, system failed with the same Kernel error. This time, it wouldn't boot. It would blue screen, or just simply stop. After a few attempted reboots, I realized that I was hearing the HD suddenly spin down and become completely silent, at shorter and shorter intervals in the boot process. At first, it'd get into Windows, I'd get a services.exe error and an error 128, unknown hard drive error. Finally, during BIOS boot, I got a "SMART [something] failed" error (might be slightly different than that). Didn't take a genius to figure the HD failed, but I'd been trying to boot it into Windows long enough to copy some data off it.

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Oddly, the IBM is *still* running quite happily now, and I've set it back to vertical, to see if it'd fail.

Any Windows-based tests I've run on the drive have come up clean. As far as any diagnostic can tell, I have a healthy drive. Is that possible, considering what has happened?

Is it worthwhile to run Hitachi's diagnostic and lowlevel format on this drive? Will the app (I've dl'd the cd .iso file) even work on a removeable HD?

Naturally, the warranty on the drive ran out just 6 weeks ago. I'd like to salvage it if I can, but I'm not sure if I'd ever be able to trust it again; it was supposed to become a backup drive. Thoughts?

jmcClick to expand...

Hi jmc,

Yes, its definitely worth it to run Hitachi's diagnostic, but hold up on reformatting the drive.

If you want to salvage the drive, consider SpinRite at which may be able to recover/repair it: about $90. Its definitely worth a look.

Have you backed up the drive. If its not too late, consider a local computer outfit that will ghost the drive for you to a new one. I've done this when my hard drive started to exhibit clicking noises - just a matter of time.

Also, as an additional free check before deciding on what to do, download and install Everest Free at: It will check on the SMART status of your drive, and monitor the fan rpms and the CPU, System and Aux temperatures inside your case. Linger a while and watch the values change in realtime.

-- Tom
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Can you run 2 hard drives off 1 IDEClick to expand...

On the back of the ATA HardDrives, you will see a little jumper
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Here is a short answer. The hard drive industry is the backbone of modern computing.  A hard drive offers economical storage space. But with limitations. One is spied. It is very slow compared to the CPU and memory.  Another issue is reliability. The hard drive has to compensate for failures that happen. Whenever you format hard drive the internal firmware makes needed corrections to the drive map. This means that bad spots on the disc are masked and are no longer available to the system. So when you formatted the hard drive, you 'fixed' it in manner of speaking.Sorry, I do not have a reference. Years ago I worked in Silicon valley and I was in the Hard Drive research portion of a major company. Some work we did was with Stuttgart, who later founded Segregate. Even back then hard drives had a self healing feature. Whiteout that, they would have been useless.,157481.0.html
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Is it still under warranty? Knocking sounds from a laptop are not necessarily a good thing.
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Can i copy files from the old hard drive to the new one?
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no i think the cd is the right one. boot up the pc from the cdrom and try the recovery console. if u erased ur hard drive, then u cant recover anything, so just use the cd to reformat and re-install windows 2000.
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no they are not compatible you could buy a raid controller card if you have an open pci slot though
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Most likely you need to flash your board BIOS. Also, try formatting the drive with the Utility Disk that came with your drive. I hope this helps!

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A:Hard drive question

Quote: Originally Posted by Xenshoa

Im wondering whats a good way to get data from a hard drive? My current computer doesnt work and i have a 2nd HDD that ive had for a year and want to get the data from, ive booted from it and it just lagged so bad i think because of all the drivers needing to be installed into the pc for it. Should i just wait for my new computer and attach it as a secondary drive? or is there some way i can do like a data transfer without it being in a computer?

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Check the jumpers on the back of the drive for master and slave settings.
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