Having problems with your HP 8710w Mobile Notebook ?

Replaced hardrive with seagate 7200 500gb momentus

\015 Cloned 120gb drive, replaced with 500gb then error message on start saying hard drive error, won't boot.\015\012Updated bios to latest on HP site, same thing. Tried system recovery which reformatted the disc and recovered to "original factory settings" still same error mesage.\015\012Performed disk check, no problems.\015\012Still doesnt work. Is there something else which needs updating?\015

Answers :

When you created a partition on the new hard drive, did you make the partition active?
\015\012A partition that has not been activated can be formatted and Windows installed, disk check etc. but will not boot up.
\015\012You can make the partition by booting up in DOS with either a floppy disk or a boot CD and run the DOS command "fdisk" and navigate to Set the partition active.
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