I have an HP Pavilion 8408us laptop with 2 hard drive bays. Originally, I only had one hard drive in it - an 80gig Seagate SATA drive running WinXP Media Center Edition (a variation of WinXP Pro). The OS came with the laptop preinstalled - along with a whole lot of bloatware I didn’t like. So, I decided to take the plunge. I bought two new Western Digital SATA drives - one 500gig, one 250gig. I bought a WinXP Pro SP3 OEM disk and planned to install it on the 500gig drive with Ubuntu (Linux) installed on the 250gig drive.
Then came this DataLifeGuard problem that a lot of people all over the web (not just here) seem to be talking about. I have the same problem. And, when I tried the Ultimate Boot CD, it reaches a certain point and just stops dead in its tracks … with no visible hard drive activity at all. And of course, when I put in the WinXP Pro CD and try to install, it says it can’t locate any hard drives. Note that I attempted to use both DataLifeGuard and UBCD CDs with both hard drives installed and with only one hard drive installed. Same results.
But, here’s where it gets interesting (grin). WinXP Pro’s installation disk says it can’t find hard drives. But Ubuntu’s installation disk found both. As we speak, I am communicating on my laptop with Ubuntu’s Firefox … running the OS off my 250gig “un-prepared” hard disk. And Ubuntu did tests on both hard disks and found them healthy.
I have a theory, a request, and a final comment:
- Theory - The very last thing you see when the DataLifeguard CD fails is that it can’t find:
Take a look at the dates of the files on the DataLifeguard CD. Three files were last modified in 2005 - and two files (the “COM” files that run the show) haven’t been modified since 2000 - which is before even WinXP came out!!! Back in 2000, almost every computer had a 3.5" floppy drive. Nowadays, most computers (like my laptop) don’t. Could someone at Western Digital “reverse-compile” DataLifeguard to see if any program pointers erroneously point to a floppy drive “A” ??? If it does, the DataLifeguard CD (already 5-10 years old) needs to be seriously updated.
Think about it. The DLGLICE.TXT file can’t be located - even though we ALL know the file does exist on the CD. Could the program be looking for it on a floppy disk??? Wasn’t the first incarnation of DataLifeguard on a bootable floppy???
Request - Outside of the DataLifeGuard CD and Ultimate Boot CD, can anyone think of ANY other software that might solve this issue? Let me know. I’m willing to try “almost” anything at this point.
Final comment. If I cannot solve this problem myself, I’ll eventually take my laptop into a local geek shop to see if they can get the 500gig drive “locatable” by the Windows installation CD. Since the shop I’m talking about sold me the two drives, maybe they have some magic answer (grin). BTW, if you were thinking the WinXP CD might be a problem, nope. I also tried locating the hard drives with an old Win2K OEM disk. Also, no go.
But the real final thing I wanted to say is this. Boy, I’m I becoming a Linux lover, hehe. Ubuntu installed without a hitch and is firing on ALL thrusters. And I suspect that the longer I use Ubuntu, the less likely I am to go back to Windows - except for the things ONLY Windows can do - so far, hehe.