That would more than double by capacity and give me the option to create a larger C: I have done the same as you describe thinking the drive is ok since it copied files but the drive failed. Yes, all references will be to GB drive but also apply to both drives. I now have a replacement mobo and new watt PSU. Yes, it’s there of course.

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Let me know if you do have any trouble.

You actually need a program that writes 0’s to every sector to totally remove any traces of a previous install. You might be able to boot from a USB pen drive. Best Answer chosen by dapnac3.

Back to Desktop Forum 7 total posts Page 1 of 1. Have you tested the HDD with a diagnostic utility? Deleting partition with XP setup is not sufficient. Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

The old mobo managed to corrupt the OS [win xp pro] so I now need to reinstall.

Try resetting hard disk zero fill, “low level format” using hard disk manufacturer’s diagnostics. Thanks to everyone at bleeping for your help! It is no use connecting that device at this time. Press any key to boot from CD If you wish that level of assistance, then I would ask that you learn how to take digital pics of what you are seeing on-screen and post them on the forum so that I can see exactly what you are seeing.


If it goes wrong, yes, you have a paperweight unless that board has any recovery devices. It’s an nForce2 based system not nForce3. Are you sure that you have not disabled the SATA ports? No, create an account now. Posted 27 September – I believe that is an nForce 3 based board?

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What type of Sata drive can I use on an Asus A7N8X deluxe mb

You are posting a reply to: TechSpot Account Sign up for freeit takes 30 seconds. The drive maker should also have a utility to wipe the drive as well and you can load this onto the Boot CD or just make a Floppy and change Floppies once you have the SATA drivers installed. I loaded windows on a 32G flash drive not the one used now 2 days ago with no issue other than blue screen of death after XP rebooted PC to install windows. Before you can use Windows Updatesthe system must already have Service Pack 3 installed.


I’ll post more tomorrow after I have a chance to babysit with the install The strange thing is I have not touched it since I started this thread.

CD player and video fail. I’d have to look around for that CD. Only option then is to re-flash the mobo bios with an updated SATA controller which I believe works but you may have to build the BIOS and if you get anything wrong your mobo will be little more than a frisby If you need help locating correct files, post a comment to you question.

how to change boot order sata -> ide on a asus a7n8x?

The GB drive is no longer reconized in any fashion on this PC. I did remove them and tried again before I posted. Have you looked it up on the ASUS site?

It found some thumb drives but not the gb SATA drive.