Installing a new larger hard drive, and it will not accept it? I'm trying to install a new 320GB HD, but my computer doesn't seem to want to accept it? It's like my system wants to completely crash once I installed it. I had no problems with installing the HD that's currently in my computer. I'm competent with computers since I rebuild older donated systems to run better with more current materials, which I then give the repaired computers to families with school aged kids, but aren't able to buy one. I just can't figure out my problem with installing a new HD? I hope you can help! Thanks

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HOW, are you trying to install this 320GB harddrive?

You cannot just grab a fresh, new harddrive, and put it in. There's no Operating System on it. It's on the 160GB harddrive.
(Windows XP?)

Not trying to 'sound' condescending, but I do not see anything to support that you know what you are doing.

If you are using a Western Digital 160GB IDE harddrive, you have a motherboard, and BIOS, that is past the size limitation for an IDE harddrive.
The size limitation was 137GB for motherboards, (BIOS program, actually), that had this limitation.

Size limitation isn't your problem.

Plus, LEAVE BIOS ALONE, as far as upgrading.
Why?

A) Power goes out while you are upgrading, and when asked, you do not save a copy of the original BIOS program, you can take your motherboard out, and use it for a Frisbee.

B) IF, there was a BIOS upgrade, AND it is NOT compatible, AND when asked you do not save a copy of the original BIOS program, you can take your motherboard out, and use it for a Frisbee.

Also, if it IS an IDE harddrive, and the old 160GB is an IDE harddrive, you cannot put both harddrives on that flat ribbon cable, AND use the 320GB as a Primary harddrive.

Want to use the 320GB as a Primary harddrive, (Master), and the 160GB as a Secondary harddrive? (Slave) There is a proper procedure.

No, I'm wrong? You have a fresh, new GENUINE copy of Windows, and are going to install it on this 320GB?
[Microsoft makes one Master disk. From it all GENUINE copies are made, and sold to the consumer ]

I hope it is Windows XP, (Home or Pro)
Why?
Because drivers are not be available for Windows Vista (Yecch!), or Windows 7.

What are drivers?
Small pieces of software that allow the Operating System to communicate with a device.
Windows XP and Windows 7, are just two examples of an O/S.
Harddrive, motherboard chipset, optical drive, (CD/DVD drive), audio (Sound), etc., are Devices.

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/emac/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=1460

Winfast is no longer in operation. No help from them.
(The motherboard manufacturer that made the motherboard for eMachines/Gateway. Confusing? Yes, I know.
eMachines sold out to Gateway. Guess what? Gateway SOLD OUT to Acer. Isn't this fun(?)


The motherboard is a Gateway MCP61SM2MA. Part number Gateway 4006232R.

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006232R/4006232Rnv.shtml

1) Has one Parallel ATA connector on the motherboard.

[PATA. Term is also known as IDE. Just to be more confusing, it is also known as EIDE. Enhanced IDE brought out by Western Digital, back in the day. The reason PATA is used, is to help distinguish it from SATA.
Serial ATA. This will help you understand,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA ]

On the main Gateway support page I linked above, click on ->
Product Views.
In the list click on the blue -> Parallel ATA IDE connector.

2) The motherboard also has two SATA connectors,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

On the Hardware Details list, click on the blue -> U - SATA connectors

Do not know if it is a PATA harddrive, (320GB), or a SATA harddrive?
Look at the label. Example on WD 160GB might be WD1600BEVT.
What is it on the 320GB?

Blank, new 320GB WD harddrive? BIOS isn't going to recognize it.
Why?
It hasn't been formatted.
WD does have a software tool to do this. Do I recommend this for a beginner? NO.

Better to install the 320GB in an economical external enclosure, and plug the USB cable from the enclosure into any available USB port on your computer.
Now you have a 160GB harddrive with WinXP on it, and 320GB's of extra storage.

Example (IMHO) of an economical external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

If you have no clue of what I have posted above, it is going to look like so much gibberish. Not my intent.

Not after 'Points'. Could give 2 cents.
{With this website you can rate ANY solution you see, and ALL solutions you see}

My intent is to teach. I have been at this for 8 years. (3 here, 5 elsewhere)
I want you to understand. Post back in a Comment, with the answers I need, from the questions I stated above.

We together WILL find a solution.

Regards,
joecoolvette
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