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Harddrive setup utility disk

By Albrent45 ·
I have installed a new harddrive and memory upgrade. Hard drive and memory has been detected. Windows failed to boot properly and is hanging at the boot loader screen. I would like to have harddrive setup disks for Western Digital harddrives.

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by burtonizer In reply to Harddrive setup utility d ...


That link will take you to the information you are looking for! :)

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Harddrive setup utility d ...

check your BIOS settings...what version of windows, please? bet it is 2000. check out boot hang for windows 2000 at support.microsoft.com

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by TheChas In reply to Harddrive setup utility d ...

IF the BIOS properly detects your hard drive, you don NOT need or WANT to use the manufactures drive setup utility.

The only exception would be if you are running Windows 98 / Me with a hard drive that is larger than 137GB.

The ONLY thing I use Data Lifeguard Tools for, is transferring partitions from 1 hard drive to another.

What version of Windows are you running?
And, did you add the new drive, or copy your old drive onto the new drive?

If you are running Windows 98 or Me, and you now have more than 511MB of RAM, you may actually have too much RAM.
There is a bug in the core W9X code that can cause the PC to hang while booting if you have more than 511MB of RAM.

If Windows 2000 or XP, (this also can apply to W9X) it's possible that the new RAM is not "fully" compatible with either existing RAM or the motherboard.
Many a time, I have had to swap RAM modules in order to get Windows to boot. SDRAM DIMMs are not as interchangeable as we might like.

Next, if you copied your old hard drive onto the new hard drive, did you run the SYSTEM command on the new drive?
The drive needs to be properly setup to boot and load Windows.
This includes making the primary DOS partition active, and installing the system / boot files onto the boot drive.

If you simply added the new drive, and your old drive is set up with logical drives in an extended partition, you may have changed drive letters for the logical drives.
If critical boot files are NOT all on the C: drive, Windows can't find them, and can't boot.

If you need more advise, or have questions, reject this answer, and add a comment with details of your system configuration.


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