Hitachi TravelStar - Popular Questions, Answers, Tips & Manuals


Sounds like maybe the hard drive is starting to fail (very common in a 15 yr. old laptop). See/get a new one here:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=emachine+8230+power+supply&LH_PrefLoc=1&_sop=15&_armrs=1&_dmd=1&LH_BIN=1&_osacat=0&_ipg=100&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XHitachi+DK23EA-30.TRS0&_nkw=Hitachi+DK23EA-30&_sacat=0

You should try and locate the support page for your Dell at Dell.com, because if you try to reinstall XP on a new hard drive, most likely many drivers will be missing, and you would have to get them from the Dell support page.

But installing XP in 2018 would leave you without hundreds of updates, as Microsoft has not supported XP since April 2014. They have not supported Vista since April 2017. So I would recommend upgrading to at least Windows 7, as Microsoft will probably support it until 2020.

I just installed Windows 7 on an old HP Celeron (Celeron processor is like one notch better than a Pentium 4). It works pretty well - turned off all the Win7 Aero junk to make it run a little faster. I can even watch YouTube on it and stuff! lol.

Good luck.

Hitachi... | 138 views | 0 helpful votes


Running under the assumption that the CD is actually working, have you checked the BIOS settings to indicate that you want the CD to be the first boot device?

Alternatively, some if not most systems will accept an F12 during boot up to query the user where to boot from.

Hitachi... | 87 views | 0 helpful votes


you have to backup the mbr before edit. also try use command Fdisk /mbr command to repair mbr.
also pls try to use bootable recovery disk like hiran boot disk, you can use hbcd menu and disk tools and choose disk genius or data recovery

Hitachi... | 109 views | 0 helpful votes


Creo que ese laptop no supporta SATA para XP, y se puede tratar hacer lo con un cambio en BIOS.

Prende el laptop, y empuja "F2" inmediatamente cuando aparece el Dell logo. En el setup menu en BIOS empuja "SATA native mode" para tenerlo apagado.

Inserta el Windows XP CD en el CD ROM drive, y apagar y apagar el lapto.

Hitachi... | 64 views | 0 helpful votes


close the system down
reboot holding down the delete key until the bios scree comes up
change the boot sequence to cd as first boot
save and exit
open the cd and insert the cd
close down the system the reboot
That way it boots from the cd and installs the porgram

Hitachi... | 30 views | 0 helpful votes


Go into the notebooks bios and see if there is a boot from USB in the boot sequence section. If there is, then enable it. If there is none, then it will never boot from an external drive.

Hitachi... | 87 views | 0 helpful votes


Solution:
1. Boot into Linux.
2. Use "fdisk" command to delete "ext" partitions. // In fact, no need to use other tools (e.g. killdisk)
3. Run "fdisk" command as root.
4. For those who don't know how to use "fdisk", I provide an example here. (Read the man page of "fdisk" will be better)

//Remember !!! fdisk can format your hard disk (which will erase all your data), use it with great care -- unless you know what you are doing, otherwise don't use it. (I will not take any responsibility of my suggestion)

i) fdisk /dev/sda
.) For those who use PATA (Parallel IDE) : fdisk /dev/hda
.) For those who use second hard disk : fdisk /dev/sdb (2nd SATA hard disk), fdisk /dev/hdb (2nd PATA hard disk), fdisk /dev/sdc (3rd SATA hard disk) and so on ... {sd [a, b, c, d, ...]}
.) fdisk "what" depends on where your linux partition is.
ii) use "m" to read the available options
iii) press "d"
iv) press the number of the partition you want to delete
v) Remember ! if you don't want to make the change, press "q" at any time. (that means quit without saving)
vi) If you want to make the change, press "w" (that means write the change to hard disk)
5. There may sometimes cause a warning message say something about not synchronize the disk (because you cannot make changes while you are using the partition -- if you are booting the partition now), the change will occur after you shutdown and reboot the system.
6. Okay, you can reboot the system now and you will find that the partition is empty now.
7. You can install XP or what ever now.

** For those who cannot use "fdisk", my simplest suggestion is to re-install Linux if you don't have any other tools (such as killdisk). And then you should be able to use "fdisk". In fedora 8, you can even choose formatting the hard disk in "vfat" file system (which can be recognized by almost all computer include windows xp and so on -- see "File Allocation Table" wiki) during installation. Therefore, no need to run fdisk

Hitachi... | 81 views | 0 helpful votes


It depends on the OS you use !

On most versions of Windows, right click on the letter of the drive, then click "properties".
In the new window, go to "Tools" tab, and click "Verify now".
Check the the two repair boxes and run the program.
(terms may vary according to version of Windows).
Windows will ask you to reboot to launch the analysis of your disk.

If this does not fix the problem, you'll need to further investigate with more elaborated tools, available free of charge on the net.

Hitachi... | 98 views | 0 helpful votes


Hi Anon
Try connecting your hard drive to another computer and running the windows disk tools to test your drive, make sure that the options to automatically fix errors are selected, if this does not work then a suite of hard drive tools from Acronis (disk director) or Paragon (Hard disk manager) may be able to fix your problem.

Hitachi... | 75 views | 0 helpful votes


check data cable.
change use port and check the driver on any other PC.
if problem is same after doing so. check hard drive Cage. change driver Cage

Hitachi 160GB... | 123 views | 0 helpful votes


The password is your responsibility. If you forgot that's a bad mistake, or if it's belongs to someone else ask them.

Hitachi... | 215 views | 0 helpful votes


Have you put the hdd from the laptop into slave mode, its on the back of the hdd, there might be a "jumper" that you need to reposition, failing that only insert the 1 hdd from the laptop and make it the only hdd, it should have an operating system on to run as normal. You can see the <jumper> on the right of this picture, you will need to connect both teminals (slave) with a little plastic jumper.
954a5143-0dc0-47a3-bc74-82eb8811294f.jpg

Hitachi... | 82 views | 0 helpful votes


Control Panel, Computer Management, Disk Management. Check that your Hitachi disk is present. If it is present, does it have a drive letter assigned? If not Right Click and Assign Drive Letter.

If drive not present you should check power and data connections.

Hitachi... | 78 views | 0 helpful votes


I read a few answers to your problem, one is if it came with a "Y" style pigtail for the USB you need to connect both USB plugs,second that model has a improper alloy in its soldered connections and there is some soer of recall underway,try consumer reports for more information on the recall,mentioned something like a 100.00 refund avail. on certain models,good luck,Gary

Hitachi... | 42 views | 0 helpful votes


Click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll through all of your devices If you see a yellow question or exclamation mark ? ! or a red X you will need to update the drivers for this device right click select update driver/reinstall driver if you can see your usb device but its not working scroll to Ports(Com&Ltd) right click to update driver If you computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it. Rather doing a driver hunt which can take hours http://download.cnet.com/slimdrivers-free/3000-18513_4-75279940.html Windows XP/Vista/7/8
it might take some time being a freeware driver solution Note: it will find all of your outdated drivers
This will automatically search for and find the correct driver you will have to update every driver individually once you update you might be asked whether you want to restart or make a system restore point.

Click no to both of these then continue updating each driver free then restart once all of the drivers have been updated.

Hope this helps.

Hitachi... | 660 views | 0 helpful votes


A Hitachi USB external hard drive is a device that acts as portable, removable storage for your personal computer. If you need additional space to house files on your computer but don't want to go to the trouble of installing an internal drive inside the case, a USB external hard drive is your best option. These drives are "plug and play" devices, which means that very little can actually go wrong. If you're having problems, fixing them shouldn't take more than a minute or two.

Check your connections. A USB cable needs to be connecting your Hitachi external hard drive to your computer. Your external hard drive's power cable also needs to be plugged into a functional wall outlet, surge protector, extension cord or power strip. Make sure your Hitachi USB external hard drive is turned to "On." An "On/Off" button is present on the front of the unit. If the indicator light around said button is not illuminated, the drive is "Off" and your computer won't be able to recognize it. Press it to turn it on and then try to access your drive again. Format your hard drive. If your Hitachi USB external hard drive doesn't currently have a file system on it, you won't be able to use it to store data. Open up the "Computer" icon in the "Start" menu. Right-click on your USB external hard drive's icon and click "Format." Click "Start." This will install a file system on your Hitachi USB external hard drive. After this process is finished, you will now be able to use your drive. Restart your computer. Certain models of computers (especially older models) won't recognize new hardware unless your computer boots with the hardware already connected. Leave your USB drive plugged in and restart your computer. Once you do this, your Hitachi USB external hard drive should appear as normal in the "Computer" folder with all of your other drives. Hope this helps.

Hitachi... | 250 views | 0 helpful votes


A driver restore disk works with a windows disk to return your Acer Extensa 5230E Windows 7 back to the original factory setup.

Once windows has installed you put this disk into the drive as soon as windows gives you a found new hardware dialog box. Once inserted the Acer Extensa 5230E Windows 7 will automatically find all the drivers and also install most of the original factory software. BEWARE OF GENERIC DISKS ! All Drivers and factory software are operating system specific so you must have the correct software and drivers for your Acer Extensa 5230EWindows 7. Some of the drivers you would find on this Acer Extensa 5230E Windows 7 Restore Disk are listed below. Not all will be applicable to your system as this list is for information only for Acer Extensa 5230E Windows 7 Restore Disk.

THIS DISK DOES NOT CONTAIN AN OPERATING SYSTEM!
YOU WILL NEED TO INSTAL Windows 7 FIRST OR USE AN EXISTING INSTALL.

Hope this helps

Hitachi... | 217 views | 3 helpful votes


It's likely you will need data recovery help. And you may need to send it to a data recovery lab but as a first step I would suggest an online data recovery service like http://FreeDataRecovery.us

Hitachi... | 99 views | 0 helpful votes


Use AOMEI Partition Assistant,a free Windows partition software, to clone data or OS from one hard drive to another. http://www.disk-partition.com/copy-disk-partition-wizard.html

Hitachi... | 199 views | 1 helpful votes

Not finding what you are looking for?

-125 questions posted

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Hitachi Computers & Internet Experts

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2679 Answers

Marvin
Marvin

Level 3 Expert

84581 Answers

Thomas F. Schneider

Level 3 Expert

2715 Answers

Are you a Hitachi Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...