10-06-2011 08:12 AM
I have a computer only 18 months old, with a 1tb harddrive that failed "parameters exceed the max allowed....etc.." So I purchased a 500gb hard drive and have that up and running and want to reinstall the Failed HD as a secondary to see if I can recover any of my IMPORTANT data. Do I have to set any jumpers on the pinns? I seem to be buying a new computer every 18 months... to finally I figured out it must be the hard drives... so that is why I investigated failure rates and down sized from the 1tb to 500gb. ANY HELP will be so appreciated ! I did buy a program before I removed this HD and when I typed in at the dos prompt DIR it showed numerous directories.
10-06-2011 01:07 PM - edited 10-06-2011 03:59 PM
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Unlike old IDE drives, SATA drives don't need to set any jumpers since they are connected to different SATA ports on the motherboard.
If "it showed numerous directories", BACK IT UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!
It failed "parameters exceed the max allowed....etc..": This possibly indicates that your computer BIOS or your OS does not see a drive larger than 500 GB or your drive has some unallocated space. Also, check your OS: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7???
Here are some suggestions:
REMEMBER TO BACK IT UP!!!
1) Update your computer BIOS and/or OS as needed.
2) Run "chkdsk" to find out total space your drive currently has and how much available space
3) The easiest way is to partion your "Failed HD" into two 500 GB partitions because your computer is working with your new 500 GB.
You can use Seagate Discwizard. It's safe, fast, and easy.
10-08-2011 05:01 PM