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Laptop HDD's... wouldn't you know it?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Obi Wan, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Obi Wan

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    Yep, this is what I get for not double-checking things BEFORE I buy the new drive and take things apart to install it.

    Duh... :brickwall:

    Thought I was outsmarting myself by buying a 500 GB Seagate 7200 rpm SATA drive with 16 MB of cache so that I could install Win 7 on the older laptop. I never thought of it having an EIDE HDD.

    Guess I'll start over... argggghh
     
  2. Pierre!

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    THAT sucks... But trust me, you aren't the first... :supergrin:

    Patrick
     


  3. IndyGunFreak

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    Hmm, well, I suspect he's at least the 3rd... ;)

    There's worst mistakes you could have made.. starting w/ Installing Win 7.


    IGF
     
  4. Ogreon

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    Recalling some of your previous posts, I must now ask the question...

    Obi Wan, what have you done to anger the computer gods?
     
  5. Obi Wan

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    LOL... I think it's just my very existence lately that's got them riled up. :supergrin:
     
  6. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    I don't know that ObiWan had *angered* any one...

    I tell most of my clients that they are happy they met me AFTER I finished breaking everything I touched! :rofl:

    They still call me back too! :supergrin:

    Hang in there ObiWan - You are on your way to becoming a 'Super Technician'... the *hard* way.

    Be sure you get a grounding strap...

    Patrick
     
  7. Obi Wan

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    Patrick,

    You'd be proud of me. I've got my grounding strap and every variety of tools you could imagine. Heck, if it gives me any more trouble I've even got the floor mounted drill press and core drills to "go to town" on it. If that doesn't work, I'll fire up either the radial arm or the band saw. :supergrin:

    If all else fails, I'll shock it back to life with the welder. :whistling:
     
  8. IndyGunFreak

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    I remember the first computer I built (I basically built it following a magazine article).. and thought "no way its this simple"... I had drills, screw drivers, a HACKSAW..lol, and a ton of hand tools sitting on the table as i started unboxing stuff.

    I felt pretty stupid when all I used was a phillips screwdriver, and a pair of needle nose pliars.

    IGF
     
  9. Ogreon

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    Maybe the question should be -- What have I done to please the computer gods?

    I've had an occasional problem getting the RAM stick seated and a few other minor annoyances. Mostly, though... I hook stuff up. Flip the switch. Take the express train to Joyville.

    Come to think of it. Years back I was installing a PCI card and it cut my thumb without my noticing it. "Hmmm. What's this red stuff on my motherboard?" Since I didn't yell, maybe I got credited with an intentional blood sacrifice.
     
  10. Obi Wan

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    I just might have to try that too! :supergrin:

    OK... here's the question of the day!

    I exchanged the HDD's and got a WD 250 Gig 5400 rpm (the old one was a 40 Gig 4200 rpm drive, so it should be an improvement). Got it installed easily enough. It's a blank drive and I opted to not install any of the HP 'magic stuff', which is sometimes useful but clutters things up and uses memory I can't spare.

    So I start installing Win 7 this morning from the Win 7 Home Premium - 32 Bit CD. The instructions say since I'm not installing over XP to use the 'Custom' option, and since I wanted to make sure that the OS was in a separate partition I specified a 'new partition' instead of using the 'O' partition of 250 Gig+/-. When I spec'd a system partition of 100 Gigs, it went and set up a 100 Gig Partition #1 - System, and then another 87 Gig 'Partition #2 - ?, and the balance of 156 Gig, etc.

    NOW... did I screw up by adding that extra partition since it appears that Windows would have partitioned the OS section on it's own? If so, am I going to have an 'extra' drive partition to play with... or will it not be usable for programs, etc?

    The instructions are extremely poor for those of us users who are almost smart enough to do most of our own stuff, but not smart enough to stay out of trouble... :supergrin:

    What say ye'? :dunno:
     
  11. Pierre!

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    Hello ObiWan,

    Screw Up? No. Make it more interesting to manage - Yes.

    I say this because - a full 250G drive can be 'partitioned' with directories... and the Win7 Imaging will restore the entire drive with no issues.

    The folks I happen upon have had 2 partitions setup, and now C: drive is full. They install software, but don't pay attention, and install EVERYTHING to C: when they should be installing to D:.... but now it's too late.

    Win7 imaging will work find with multiple partitions, but it is just one more *complexity* that can allow errors to sneak in... Know what I mean???

    That is why for most consumers I recommend the *Keep It Simple Sir* method of drive management.

    The less you got to mess with it, the better off you are.

    Now - If you were a High Performance kinda guy, having crazy drive arrays and setups would make sense...

    I somehow sense that you would prefer to eliminate all *drama* from your computers at this point in your life... so I would recommend you reinstall one last time and use the whole drive partition for OS and Data.

    I have a separate directory labeled - DATA - where all my work and important stuff is stored (including pictures)... I just point Mozy to THAT directory, and what ever is important is backed up.

    Life is too short to be aggravated by crazy drive configurations...

    Does that help you out?

    Patrick
     
  12. Obi Wan

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    Hey Patrick...

    Isn't nice how 'great minds' think alike? :cool:

    While I was at lunch, apparently the install finished and possibly did a reboot(?)... with the install disc still in the CD. Thus, when I got back the PC was hung up, or seemed to be, so after some futzin' around I just said... 'Heck with it' and started the install all over again. This time, though, as you suggested, I deleted the two extra partitions and left it all one so that Windows can do it's own thing.

    So while this is plugging away, I get to try to fix my new Belkin router setup. I've got my USB printer plugged into the router as a network printer, but thus far have only been able to get my wife's laptop to print to it, despite multiple installs to my desktops. :dunno:

    Geez.... I think I'm going to go offer a blood sacrifice to the PC Gods like Ogreon did. Do you think they'll accept a rogue squirrel from my bird feeder??? :whistling: :supergrin:
     
  13. Pierre!

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    Chickens! It's Chickens they love! and Rum... Lots of Rum... :supergrin:

    Nice part is you can eat the chickens afterwards! :rofl:

    Bummer is you need at least 144 chickens on the *first* offense...

    Down wind can be a real bummer for my neighbors... :faint:

    :supergrin:

    Good Decision ObiWan!

    Patrick
     
  14. Obi Wan

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    Darn... no chickens around these parts, just squirrels, 'possums, and skunks. :crying:

    Wait... I've got an old feather pillow. I'll round up the squirrels and make up some flour paste, roll them in it, and shake them in the pillow.... Wallah! Chickens!!! :supergrin:
     
  15. Obi Wan

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    Damn... I need to figure out what offering the Gods require! :wow:

    Here it is 6 hours later and I'm just now getting Win 7 half running... and then it pops up a box telling me I have a counterfeit copy of software! I suspect it's because the installation got so hosed on this older laptop - although with a new 250 GB HDD and 1 GB of RAM, it should have been OK - and I didn't get the product key numbers input.

    We'll see what happens tomorrow. If it stays screwed up, the person I got the software and I will have a chat... and I'll install XP SP3 again. Geez....
     
  16. Obi Wan

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    Well, I'm still screwing around here...

    I've verified that the new HDD is supposedly compatible with this PC...

    I finally got connected to the Internet to get the Win7 update/certification, etc, and that didn't seem to fix a darn thing...

    I've reinstalled the router setup (a new Belkin N600) and also installed the Netgear wireless card driver and it all worked one time... and am now doing it all again.

    This is bunk...

    I think I'm going to reinstall XP SP3 and fuhgettaboutit.... :whistling:
     
  17. Pierre!

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    Hey ObiWan

    Don't get too hasty! You can call them and explain you just changed out your hard drive and they should reset it for you!

    I have had to do this in the past - No Big Deal.

    Give it a try before you fall back to *insecure* Windows XP!

    Patrick
     
  18. Obi Wan

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    Hey Patrick,

    If I'm unable to maintain an Internet link, how is MS going to reset anything?

    And why is Win7 only using the center 11.5" on a 15" laptop screen? It won't let me get to the properties to change it.

    Beats me. XP may not be secure, but it sure beats this. I may have messed up on the compatibility stuff, including the HDD. I just read that a replacement drive shouldn't be any larger than 4 x's the original one... which means I should have stuck with a 160 instead of a 250 GB. Is that true? If so, I can exchange it and start over.... again.

    As they say... "Sumtin' ain't right here..."...
     
  19. Pierre!

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    Hey ObiWan,

    MS will reset your key on their end, and when it finally links it should resolve it's self.

    Sounds like you are having driver issues.

    Do the Chipset drivers first,
    Then the Network Interface (Wired/Wireless in that order usually works best),
    Then the Video...

    Hang in there.. We will make a PC Technician out of you yet! Just a few more years to go... :rofl:

    Just remember, the faster you break stuff, the quicker you learn!

    Patrick
     
  20. Obi Wan

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    Well... it's going to be hard to achieve any of this since it's now been 1 1/2 hours since I pressed the power button to turn the laptop on... and the Windows screen still says... "Please wait...". Yeah... 'wait this MS'... :whistling:

    Obviously Win7 didn't have/install some key drivers needed to run, despite what the Win7 Advisor program said when I ran it first.

    Btw, I didn't get a chance to input the Product Key numbers due to the screen 'flashing by' after I'd clicked on the 'Next' button a couple of times when it had hung up originally. I was going to try to find the place to input it this morning, but the program won't even boot up fully. At this point I'm guessing I should just 'DBAN' the drive and either start over... or install XP since this laptop's capabilities are on the minimum side of the Win7 requirements anyway. And I don't have forever to screw with this. Every minute I spend means I can't look for new work that pays the bills.

    Patrick, would it be better if I started over and installed XP first... and then installed Win7 over it? That way the drivers needed should be available on the system... or not??? :dunno:

    Any suggestions appreciated other than "Ubuntu"... no time to mess with that and fight with the wife too over another 'new' system. Thanks... :cool: