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Old 11-18-2004, 07:47 AM   #1
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I have a 1.2 ghz(something like that) Compaq Presario running Windows XP. Recently it would not start due to an error message hal.dll missing or corrupt... I have run the console recovery disk and this did not work. Now I will need to re-install XP and lose all of my data.

My question is I have a Samsung ultra ata/100 5400 rpm 120gb hard drive and I would like to switch it to slave settings and add a new drive as the master. This will allow me to keep my data on the slave drive. Can I run a 7200 rpm? Any special brand of hard drive?

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First off, you may not have to lose your data.

If you start the Windows XP setup, and proceed to install Windows XP on the existing corrupt drive, it will check to see if there is already a Windows XP install on the drive. If there is, it will offer you a choice to either repair the current install, or perform a clean install. The repair will most likely repair the damaged files, with no loss of data. However, you may have some issue with applications running properly. They can be re-installed.

In regards to the hard drive choice. There is no problem with using a new 7200rpm drive as the primary. The only reason to buy a 5400rpm drive is to save money. 7200rpm drive offer increased performance, and I would recommend a Western Digital 7200rpm 8MB buffer hard drive.

Make that you motherboard has no limitations on the size of the hard drive.
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Thanks. I have run the recovery cd twice to repair and still receive the same error and can not start up. I will purchase the new hard drive to be sure not to lose anything.
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When you buy a new drive, you can also use the disk manufacturer's tools to transfer your system to the new disk. You shouldn't lose anything, it's an image transfer.
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When you buy a new drive, you can also use the disk manufacturer's tools to transfer your system to the new disk. You shouldn't lose anything, it's an image transfer.
This would make sense if that's what he was trying to do.

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My question is I have a Samsung ultra ata/100 5400 rpm 120gb hard drive and I would like to switch it to slave settings and add a new drive as the master. This will allow me to keep my data on the slave drive. Can I run a 7200 rpm? Any special brand of hard drive?
The last think he would want to do is use the provided software to make an
image of a corrupted system drive, and copy it to his new drive.

It seems as though he has made the decision to purchase and new drive, install the OS from scratch, and slave his old drive to access the data. If performing a recovery didn't work, then that is the best course of action.

Good Luck Cynful02.
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