Acer 1640 Old HDD u/s, new HDD not recognised.
Acer 1640, keyboard and screen too good to scrap!!!
The old 60 GB hard drive comes up as defective on boot and the o/s will not load/run. I have replaced it with a similar and known good, formatted, 60 GB, MK6025GAS, HD. (Formatted to Fat32, using EasUs Partition Master.)
When I boot from an external source, Linux Puppy USB or Linux Mint CD, the 60 GB HD drive (when installed in the machine) is not recognised when the Linux O/S is running, so I can't install the Linux O/S on it.
Similarly, if I try to boot from a Win XP legal Installation CD, the internal HD is not rercognised.
I want to load either Linux Mint or Win XP, as an O/S. prefer Linux, but if it can load XP I can then install Mint later on.
The replacement HD runs perfectly in an external enclosure on the USB, when running Linux, but not when installed internally.
(The laptop, will boot from the Linux USB/CD when there is no internal hard drive fitted.)