06-17-2009 09:34 PM
HP Pavillion dv6500 Entertainment Notebook
Operating System: Windows Vista 32bit (I also can install XP)
Old Hard Drive: Seagate 2.5" SATA 120GB 5400RPM
New Hard Drive: Seagate 2.5" SATA 320GB 7200RPM (http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=00
06-18-2009 07:41 AM
06-18-2009 08:01 AM
Sorry, I don't have any answer. Not surprising since I'm not a MS Windows user. But I'll throw you suggestions that might help you solve the problem or at least narrow it down.
As I understand it, common garden variety XP does not know about SATA. But if you got reinstallation/recovery XP disks from HP for your notebook, they surely would include SATA drivers. You did not say that you got the XP disks from HP, so your XP installation experience is as expected.
Your new disk drive must be (mostly) working since it is used a lot during installation. I'd suggest that the problem lies with Vista or HP and that you might ask in fora focussed on those topics. Not that asking here is wrong or useless.
Have a look for BIOS settings that might be affecting this. I'm not saying that there are any, but it is worth a look. Perhaps resetting the BIOS settings to factory defaults would be wise.
Getting the precise wording of each message is useful: then you can google for it.
How do you know that the old drive needed to be replaced? Some drives get "corrupted" by having their contents scrambled (say, by malware) and yet are still healthy in a hardware sense.
Freezing frequently is horrible but it is also non-specific: a lot of different problems can cause that. What makes you sure that the problem was the disk hardware?
Consider trying a live Linux CD (Ubuntu 9.04 is quite reasonable). It gives you a way of testing the system without requiring the hard drive to function 100%. If you've nothing to lose on the hard drive, installation of Ubuntu on the drive is pretty easy and would serve as a test.
Consider trying SeaTools for DOS (downloadable for free from Seagate). You run that as a bootable CD. You might test both your old and new drives.
Consider memtest86 (I think that you can boot into that from a ubuntu live CD). It is always good to be sure that flaky memory isn't a problem. A good way to run it is start it up when you are finished for the day and then see the results when you come back the next day.
Good luck! Please post any results here since that might help others.
06-18-2009 01:45 PM
Check to see if HP has an updated BIOS for your laptop...
I also wonder if there was nothing wrong with your previous HD -- maybe it was the SATA controller/southbridge chip on the motherboard.
If you have a SATA optical drive, you could try plugging the HD into that cable and see if it is any better/different...