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Compaq hard drive won't swap into Dell

By ssmithers7 ·
I installed Windows 2000 Pro on a Compaq Deskpro. The Hard Drive is a Western Digital 6GB 7200 rpm in a removable bay. The client needs to take it home to do additional work.
When I install it on a Dell the computer will not recognize it. Is this aBios issue or related to the Compaq utilities written on the first 3 MB of the drive. Any suggessions?

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by TheChas In reply to Compaq hard drive won't s ...

As you surmized, Compaq places several system ID files in the boot sector of the drive. So, it is very possible that a drive setup for a Compaq will not function as the boot drive on another system.

However, the drive should still be recognized.

Make sure that the HD settings in BIOS setup are set to auto-detect.

If you are installing the drive as a slave, make sure the jumper settings are correct on both drives on the IDE channel.

Some drives have problems co-habbatating on the same IDE channel, so try having the drives on oposite IDE channels.

Finally, does the compag drive have a bios interpreter installed? Such as EasyDrive.
It is possible that you cannot access the drive without booting through the interpreter.

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by jfjester In reply to Compaq hard drive won't s ...

Dell systems have a bios that will not allow hardware that it does not recognise-
Dell also does not play well with operating systems that do not come with the actual pc- *image* most require a special keycode or software to process them. this could also be part of the problem .

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