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Solved: hard drive wont work in laptop but will work externelly

Q: Solved: hard drive wont work in laptop but will work externelly

Got a second hand 40gb hard drive for my smasung vm7000 as the one its got is tiny. When inserted hard drive into lappy it comes up with disk read error press control alot del. However if put this in external closure works fine. This hd has win xp on it and still has some docs on it which the seller has asked me to copy to cd for him. Do I need to formatt and reload xp on it to work. Please help guys as am trying to give an aging laptop a new lease of life(and yes im upgrading the ram)

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A:Solved: Defragmentation of hard drive wont work.

Is this solved? If not, reboot and let chkdsk run.
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So what is the problem? Is it fixable? Was it the hard drive that broke?

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Never mind, everyone! It turns out, after I took it out and put it back in, it worked again. Maybe a connection problem... who knows.
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A:Hard Drive Wont Work.

Its broke, take it back. If you want proof its broke take that cd that came with it and boot up, try to have it pass the diagnostics tests. If it even finds the disk. Hard drives should never click/tick/squeek.
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A:hard drive wont work

Whats the reboot disk?

If its a Dell, HP, or another big brand name system then you should have a Recovery CD/DVD. If its a custom built computer you should have a Windows CD.

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A:Hard Drive Wont Work

Most Sata boards require an external driver not on the windows disk to be detected during a windows installation. This is because SATA ports are integrated into the raid controllers on motherboards. The motherboard drivers CD should have raid drivers. you need to make a floppy disk with the drivers. and an OEMtext file. most comapnies offer an executable file that will put those files to a disk for you. No, you cannot run teh drivers from a CD. it must be from a floppy.
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A:Hard drive wont work!!!

Oh nvm guys sorry i found the solution myself...
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Thanks in advance

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Edit: Is there some sort of program that will give me more details on my current hard drive?

A:Solved: How to tell if my comp will work with a hard drive?

It should work, but you'll need an 80 pin cable if you don't have one.Even then, it will work, but you'll get a warning about the cable.
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A:[SOLVED] Portable Hard Drive doesn't work anymore

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A:New computer, hard-drives wont work

Which drive is showing in device manager? ALso double click My Computer and verify both drives are visible. Right click My Computer>Manage>disk management. Verify all drives listed have the "Healthy status".
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A:Laptop wont work!

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A:My dvd drive wont work!

What changed when you installed your speakers? Did you do anything other than plug them into the sound card?

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A:My CD Drive wont work

Welcome to TSG forums.

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