The time came when my good old Western Digital 500 GB internal drive packed it in. I had the drive for a good 7 years and but was starting to get bad sector issues. It was time to upgrade to a new hard drive, I purchased the Western digital black drive 1TB. I have upgraded drives in the past so easy peasy right??...........WRONG!
Below is the rather comical (comical now that is) run down of my computer adventure:
Installed the new WD hard drive inserted Win7 CD and started the PC. The screen goes blank and PC shuts down!
I reboot again and get a message “can’t read boot manager”
I reboot again this time a blue screen and the message “ corrupt bios”
I now remove the WD drive from PC and boot from the second drive in the PC (my drive for backup’s) with the Win7 CD all booted ok.
I now figure the WD is bad but I put the WD drive back in on its own removing the Seagate drive just to make sure. Restart PC and it boots into the Win7 CD without issue.
I now add the Seagate drive and restart and the PC screen once again goes blank and the PC shuts down.
I Googled it and found out I may be powering both drives from the same daisy chain on the power supply and it can’t handle it. I have to power each drive from a separate daisy chain from the power supply.
No problem I thought I will just plug in to a second daisy chain……it was too short!
I had to move the drive down 3 bays which meant removing RAM and the video card.
With that done the PC starts no problem and low and behold Win7 starts to install on the WD drive.
Then all of a sudden part way through install I get a blue screen and a message “memory dump” and this is just an ongoing cycle!
I went onto a PC forum site and was told to run a WD diagnostic program and I did and I was told my new drive was defective.
Back to the store with bill in hand and a hard drive that is hours old.
I was told at store that drive could not be returned as I did not have anti-static bag. I flipped and the exchange was made.
Put the new drive in the PC and this time I ran the diagnostic program first (learned my lesson) and the drive passed.
It then loaded Win7 without any issues and it was now time to start loading programs.
I had loaded about 15 programs and all was going great. I then downloaded Win4K3 64 bit version.
I was told I can’t load this version as I am only running Win7 32 bit???? That’s very odd as I know without a doubt I was using the 64 bit version.
Then it hit me……I installed my Win7 32 bit version and not the Win7 64 bit version!!!!!!
So had to reformat the WD drive and start all over again. I installed Win7 64 bit and all went well with the software install.
Finally I wanted to reformate the Seagate drive as it did have some programs on it from before. I wanted to use it to store my backups on.
As I went to reformat the Seagate drive I got a message “not an active drive” whatever that means!!!!
Back to the PC forum and I was guided on how to make the drive active and format it.
So now I have a Seagate 1TB 32mb 7200 drive for backup and storage. The new Western Digital black 1TB 64gb 7200 drive as my main functioning drive.
So how was that for an adventure!