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    Major problems with New Hard drive Install

    Ok I need major advice here and will welcome all suggestions. To begin I recently had an 11 month old Hard Drive Fail on a a system with an Athlon Thunderbird Processor running 1Ghz and 256K Ram with a 40Ghz hard drive using Windows 98se. I replaced it with a 60Ghz drive. Formatted, loaded Windows 98 then used Partition Commander to split it into 3 partitions. 1 40Ghz, 2 10Ghz partitions. As far as I can tell everthing was working at that point. I then installed a new Host 2.0 USBPCI card with 4 USB ports and connected in a new front panel which puts your audio, gameport, 2 USB ports, and a firewire port on the front of the machine. It doesn't use a card as you plug the audio into the audio with a pass out the back cable, and I plugged the new USB ports plug into 2 of the new 2.0 USB ports in the back with their cable. The front USB ports are also 2.0 capable so should be a perfect marriage. The problem - I cannot seem to load my printer software. One time ittells me that some "files are locked" but doesn't say which ones. Another try it says the "uninstaller won't load". When I finally seem to get most of it in and open the Maintenance screen it says the HP Printer 750 is "disconnected" ! I've checked System, Devices etc: and all the USB drivers and add ins seem to be working and installed. I tried installing another application like Quicken and it loads all of it but then the screen freezes and looks distorted. Scandisk finds no problems and the machine boots into Windows fine. Why am I having problems reloading applications? Could I have a BIOS problem.? Should I just reformat the hardrive again and try again without partitioning? Another issue - If I'm checking the Bios Settings, how do you know which things should be enabled or disabled? Some are somewhat obvious but others I don't have a clue. I thought maybe it was a problem with the integrated AGP video or DirectX but that seems to be OK as far as I can tell. When I changed the Hard Drive I reloaded the drivers and utilities -was that necessary? Any and all ideas appreciated. P.S. - I don't know what caused the Hard Disk failure. I had an up to date Virus program and a Personal Firewall installed from Norton.

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    Re: Major problems with New Hard drive Install

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    So, to summarize, you can't install or re-install your applications to your new hard-drive, which you partitioned into three separate partitions. Is this about right?

    You may be having an issue with your BIOS... if you've changed settings, and weren't sure what they were, you'll want to re-load the bios defaults and use auto-detect options as much as possible. "Files are locked" That could mean many things... perhaps you have some read-only files that are preventing successful installation.

    I think, if faced with the issues you're experiencing, I personally would start from scratch. This ensures that everything is running smoothly from the get-go, and that installed applications aren't conflicting with remnants of partial installs in the past.

    It's possible that the power supply is to blame here as well, or an out-of-balance fan is creating internal rattle in the case... any number of things can cause hard-drive failure.

    It's not much, but I hope it helps!
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    Re: Major problems with New Hard drive Install

    IF you decide to start from scratch, I would recommend a low-level format of the drive itself. This will return the disk to the condition it was in when shipped from the factory. Also, it's important to note that the hard-drive is quite possibly the most sensitive part of the system itself, the slightest jar or light slam can cause irrepairable damage to the platters, riddling the drive with intermittent failures, or irrepairable damage. Instead of Partition Commander, just use fdisk to create your partitions.
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    Re: Major problems with New Hard drive Install

    Is this a custom built machine? The reason I ask is that I had a very similar problem with a custom built machine. After many long nights I found my processor running to hot. It wasn't over heating but it was running close to the edge. I replaced the cooler with a GlobalWin WKB-38. My problem was solved. Maybe just a shot in the dark for you but I though I would share. I exhausted many suggestion and techniques before coming to this solution.
    Another suggestion you may try it to put your 40GB back in the machine clone you current setup to the old drive (using Ghost or some other clone utility) and see if the machine exhibits the same behavior. You could also copy the software to you hard disk and reboot in safe mode and attempt the installation. I use Rannish Partition Manger (do a Google search for it) for disk partitioning. It

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