xp install to laptop hdd problem
does a laptop hdd plug and play exactly like a desktop hdd? i recently purchase a hitachi travelstar 20G (4200rpm) for use on a desktop (carputer project but still 'on the desk' stage), i have the 3.5 to 2.5 converter and i have hooked it up correctly with a cdrom cable (instead of those thinner ata133 cables). i am unable to install windows xp (or any os) to it. the bios recognizes it but the install programs cannot continue after formatting the drive. with a desktop drive i am able to bring it straight from the store, hook it up to the comp and when windows xp install loads up it will write a partition, format and install. is the laptop hdd suppose to act this way as well? or do i need to do some manual config in the bios to accomodate for a laptop drive? i have no experience with laptop hardware at all, but i'm proficient with pc desk top stuff. perhaps i have a faulty drive? please let me know what steps you took to install a laptop hdd! thanks in advance!
hey same problem same drive type
i have the exact same problem same drive type travel star 20 i am on my second canverter and i got sick of it and now am looking for help so,... no its not your converter its the bios not being able to read it correctly or, the drive jumpers and mine does have a 4 pin block for jumpers directly next to the cable pins
my next step is to bum a friends laptop and stick my drive in his cradle then install hte os tehn swap it back if you have alredy tried this let me know not to waste my time