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computer won't recognize hard drive... ultrabay?

#1 Post by Dark Helmet » Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:34 pm

so it appears that my primary HD slot is hosed up and won't work. can i just convert the ultra-bat into the primary HD and just go from there?

trying NOT to spend $1500 on this fix here...

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#2 Post by ZaZ » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:31 am

Yes, you should be able to boot off the Ultrabay drive. You'll just need the adapter. I did it back when I had my T42. I had Linux installed on the UltraBay and it booted with no problems.
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Re: computer won't recognize hard drive... ultrabay?

#3 Post by Binh » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:08 am

It will boot from the ultrabay drive. However, it may take 1-2 minutes to start loading Windows if the primary (native) HDD drive is absent.
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Re: computer won't recognize hard drive... ultrabay?

#4 Post by Dark Helmet » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:52 am

holy crap that makes me happy...

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Re: computer won't recognize hard drive... ultrabay?

#5 Post by lifrancis » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:56 am

Binh wrote:It will boot from the ultrabay drive. However, it may take 1-2 minutes to start loading Windows if the primary (native) HDD drive is absent.
No delay problem in booting up from ultra bay, all you have to do is to set the booting order in your bios or pressing F12 to select the hard drive.
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Re: computer won't recognize hard drive... ultrabay?

#6 Post by Dark Helmet » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:58 am

if I want to re-use the original hard drive (assuming its not fried) which of the bays do I need the SATA or the IDE/PATA???? I think the PATA...

also any guidance on quality of the various ebay vendors???

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#7 Post by lifrancis » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:02 pm

Dark Helmet wrote:if I want to re-use the original hard drive (assuming its not fried) which of the bays do I need the SATA or the IDE/PATA???? I think the PATA...

also any guidance on quality of the various ebay vendors???
Since your original drive is PATA, you can get an ultra bay tray for around $10 on ebay. As for which vendors, they are pretty much the same (most of them have sold over 1,000 items without too much bad feedbacks).
While you are waiting for the ultra bay tray to arrive, you might try to put your original drive in one of those USB enclosures to see if it is really dead or not. This will also give you some ideas whether your problem is with the drive or your motherboard. If the drive is OK, you should try to recover as much as possible your data on that drive.
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Re: computer won't recognize hard drive... ultrabay?

#8 Post by Dark Helmet » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:54 pm

already ahead of you on the testing... and much thanks re: PATA and ebay...

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