Replacing Hard drive

  dfb70uk 14:55 31 Mar 2007

What is the proceeduure in replacing the hard drive? Is it a matter of reinstalling windows and all the programs and obviosly backup data.
The main problem is I have my drive in 3 partitions is there a free prog to do this?
Any help and advise appreciated

  xania 15:01 31 Mar 2007

This is far simpler than you may imaging, but first can you explain your problem in more detail. What exactly are you trying to do and why? The fact that your HDD has 3 partitions is not, as such, a problem, and installing a new hard disk is not a problem. However, if you want to remove you old hard disk and replace it with a new one, you will need to copy the data from the old to the new. Idelaly a partition manager can do this for you, but you will need to have both HDDs installed at the same time to do this. Let us have more informaiton and we'll advise you what to do.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:02 31 Mar 2007

Easiest way is to back up your partitions using acronis true image click here.

Fit the new drive and then boot with acronis and restore everything to the new drive.

  dfb70uk 10:13 01 Apr 2007

Thanks xania and fruitbat,
Basically I discovered the drive was over heating
175 degs. As i backed up all the data files 2 days ago i thought the best idea is to put a new bigger ,faster SATA drive in and reinstall everything.
I was aware or Acronis but didn't know there is afree trial. I think we have had partition managers on the magazine CDs. I suppose you you put in the partitions before you put on any progs or data?
Iwould appreciate your help and comments

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:51 01 Apr 2007

Sata Drive not recognised by BIOS
SATA 2 (SATA 300) is not backwards compatible with a SATA (SATA 150) controller. In order to use a SATA 2 drive on a SATA (SATA 1?) controller, the hard drive must have a jumper position to restrict it to using SATA (SATA 150), and a jumper must be installed. Some drives have the jumper position available (e.g. some recent Samsung), some don't (e.g. some recent Maxtor).
This information can also probably be easily found on your hard drive manufacturer's web site.
If your drive does not have the jumper position available, you must return it and get a SATA 2 one that does, or a SATA drive.

Installing XP on SATA drive
Once you have the drive(s) connected you are ready to start installing XP.
Master and Slave
Remember since it's serial you can only have one device per SATA port/cable so SATA drives don't have jumpers. On the Motherboard SATA1 Port is for the primary device, SATA2 port is for the secondary device etc.

SATA controller driver
Your Motherboard or SATA controller card requires a driver to work properly. If you did not get a Floppy Disk with the SATA driver included with your Motherboard you will have to make one. The SATA drivers can be located on the installation CD that came with your Motherboard or preferably, download the latest SATA controller drivers from the manufacturers site. Once you have located the drivers copy them to a formatted floppy disk. Make sure they are in the root directory i.e. not contained within any folders.

BIOS settings
When you turn on the PC hit the Delete key when prompted and you will enter the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Here you set the first boot device to be the CDROM drive, the option is usually found under the Advanced Options section but this depends on your BIOS and you may have to look around for it. Once you have done this save and exit.

Installing the SATA controller driver
Once you have set the PC to boot from the CD make sure the XP CD is in the CD drive and start the installation as per usual. Within the first minute or so of the installation Windows will prompt you to press F6 to install RAID or SCSI drivers, do this. Windows will continue to install then ask you to locate the driver. now with the floppy disk created earlier in drive A: select the driver and hit Enter.
With the SATA drivers installed you can now continue the Windows installation as usual.

BIOS settings revisited
Once Windows has finished installing you will need to make sure the PC is set to boot from the SATA drive. To do this make the first boot device SATA if the option is available. If not you have two options: HD0 - If there are no IDE HDs present, or SCSI if you do plan on running an IDE HD as a secondary device.

  dfb70uk 19:40 02 Apr 2007

Thanks Fruit Bat
My mother board automatically aDjusts for the Hard drive and the drive itself SATA 3.0 is downward compatible to SATA 1.5.
I have found I have a copy of Acronis., presumably I will have to install XP on the new drive and Acronis,
connect the old drive as a slave and Acronis will do the rest by copying assuming the old drive lasts long enough!
My mother board does not specify any particular socket for the hard drive as far as I can see.
Your futher comments appreciated

  dfb70uk 22:04 22 Apr 2007

Thanks everybody for your help.
If anybody is reading this with a similar problem I must say replacing the Hard Drive was a doddle I hadn't realised when you install XP you can partition the drive its very easy. without a special program I had to reinstall all my programs and data which was time consuming. This has made me rethink Backing up and now think the best way is to buy an external Hard drive which are resonably priced.

  skidzy 22:09 22 Apr 2007

I was in PC World today and they have a Freecom (i think )400GB external drive for about £85

Just thought i would post that incase you are interested.

  Wendy 20:43 27 Jun 2007

I am trying to install a new hdd. I needed more space.
My old drive is partitioned into 3. The new one being so much bigger, I have partitioned into 4 using the WinXP administrator tools, disk management.
I then used Norton Ghost to copy the old C drive accross (this is the active boot drive and has Win XP onit.). Then Norton refused to copy the other two partitions, so I just copied them in windows. One is just data, the other programs.
Windows recognises all the drives.

When I swap the cable so that the new drive is the master (it's set to auto according to connection - black for first) it won't boot into windows properly. It gets as far as the windows first screen and then stops.
I plan to take out the old drive, once i get the new one booting all right. I did set it to active when i copied over in ghost.
is there something else I should do?
I'd be grateful for any help on this. I thought it would be simple(!!!).
thanks in hopeful advance

  Wendy 21:46 27 Jun 2007

Actually I've now fixed it. After reading a few other threads on hard drives, I installed Acronis free trial, and set it off to do an automatic clone. it did it in about half an hour, and then prompted me to shut down. I removed the old hard disk, powered up and bingo! All fitted and working and it was so easy. I'm so grateful I'll buy the program if I have enough cash left this month!!
All the best to everyone

  Strawballs 22:21 27 Jun 2007

Glad to hear you got it sorted but you should really start your own thread because for every post the member that started the thread will get an email informing them that someone has posted an answer to his or her question.

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