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Compaq Persario 725us Harddisk install ???

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May 11, 2008 1:01:01 AM


1st post here. I searched the hard disk forum and couldn't find what I needed.

I replaced the hard disk in my presario 725us and tried to reload XP Pro and it says there is no hard disk on the computer. I replaced the original hard disk with a Travelstar 30gn I had laying around. Is it possible the drive is not compatable? It is the same 20gb and 4200 rpm as the original drive. Do I need to do anything special in the bios to get the computer to recognize the drive? This is my first hard drive replacement so any infomation will help.

Thanks, Moose

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May 11, 2008 1:24:03 AM

hard to help ya but looking in the BIOS wont hurt
and by reload XP pro you mean reinstall??!! did you by a new XP pro disk??!! because the recovery disk wont install on a different HDD.
May 11, 2008 1:33:01 AM

Thanks for replying SABOTOO,

I installed the drive in the computer and then tried to install XP Pro from a cd. It went through the first couple sceens and before it got to the screen to partition the drive it said OS unable to install no harddisk. I do not have the original boot disks.


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a b G Storage
May 11, 2008 2:18:02 AM

All you have to do it go into the BIOS ---> System Configuration and disable SATA Native Support. Once you do that, you can install XP with no issues.
May 11, 2008 2:59:52 AM

thanks runs95,

It got me to the patition area now it will not set up a partion for xp. It says disk does not contain a XP-compatible partion and when I try to create one it does nothing. Whats the next trick?

May 11, 2008 8:29:21 PM

That didn't boot to anything I downloaded it to a cd put it in the drive and started the machine and it said No OS installed.

Let us start from the beginning. To get into the Bios setup utility I press F10 at startup once there I have 3 options Main, Boot, Exit. I am assuming you want the Parrallel Port changed to disable as there is nothing that says
System Configuration or SATA Native Support. Let me know if I'm doing something wrong please.

a b G Storage
May 15, 2008 7:27:32 AM

That's how I got my V6000T to accept XP. There has to be a setting in the BIOS that deals with SATA.