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- Seagate SATA Hard Drive Nightmare! HELP!
July 30, 2006, 1:50 am
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I have a Dell Inspiron 8600, 2ghz, 1 gb RAM. I recently bought a
Serial ATA PCMCIA card so i could hookup a Seagate Barracuda 160 GB
drive. It is an internal 3.5" drive that i am running externally- with
I went through all the Disk Wizard setup with no problem - it said i
formatted the drive and everything should be peachy. But when i try to
access the drive through Windows XP, it says it is not formatted. I
have tried many times to format it through Disk Manager, but it is
extremely slow... (only 23% OVERNIGHT).
All drivers are current, and cannot be updated. I have also gone to
the dell.com site and updated my BIOS - but to no avail. The PCMCIA
card seems to work fine-- the drive is recognized but it is seen as
Another thing-- when the SATA cables are hooked up and i restart, my
laptop stalls on the "Windows XP with scrolling status bar" and will
stay there forever, until i power down, and disconnect the cable.
I can't seem to crack this one. Any options?
Re: Seagate SATA Hard Drive Nightmare! HELP!
Any reason that you can't connect the drive to USB or Firewire?
Your problem sounds like dodgy drivers, or flaky PCMCIA hardware. I have a
similar problem trying to get Wireless G cards in my laptop. They all crash,
fail, freeze the boot. But my wireless B card works with no problems.