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Acer computer dont accept non-acer replacement hd

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January 3, 2010 5:55:53 PM

My computor died but the hardrive (Barracuda) survived. I got an old Acer Veriton 7600G without harddrive from my employer. The Acer comp dont accept the old Barracuda hardrive and its genuine XP Pro. What can I do to make them cooperate?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 6:21:34 PM

What's the issue? Error 0x0000007b? If so, then you need to perform a repair install.
January 3, 2010 6:58:13 PM

My old computor is burnt except for the harddrive!
I got a another one, an older Acer without harddrive.
I put it in but i couldnt get theAcer bios/motherboard to accept the old Barracuda hd.
I'd like som suggestions how to manage this. The Acer motherboard : Manufacturer: Microstar - MSI, Model: MS-6772 dont let me start Windows so I dont even get BSODs. It sais in the upstart sekvence that the bios only works with Acer. Somebody must have run into this before, and found a way round it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 7:05:32 PM

Can you get into the BIOS and configure the hard drive type and boot order? While not impossible, I doubt Acer would have hard disks designed specifically for their systems.
January 3, 2010 7:21:23 PM

yes its possible. I have been there and made some changes. However it seems as even if the right harddrive is registered there is something stopping the OS from taking over. I guess Acer have put some extra controls.....
Do u have any suggestions of what to change....
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 7:25:27 PM

Are you absolutely sure that the hard drive is good? Does it boot from a bootable CD?
January 3, 2010 7:45:52 PM

I have tried the instal XP cd... (without going through with it) in the Acer and I have also had the barracuda going by Usb hard disk link to bu all its content without problems so I concludeded that the disk is ok.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 8:00:01 PM

Then the hard disk should be good. I checked the Acer Veriton 7600G specs and it looks like it came with a 40GB or a 80GB ATA-100 hard disk. Does your hard disk match those specs?
January 3, 2010 10:15:08 PM

no, its a 300GB barracuda 7200.8 Model ST3300831A with 2 partitions, C about 100Gb if I remember right.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2010 10:53:52 PM

In theory the chipset should support that disk size, but the BIOS might not. Could you try a smaller hard disk (40GB or 80GB)?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2010 1:35:36 AM

Stop, drop, and reinstall windows.