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07-06-2010 07:01 PM
I'm trying to upgrade the harddrive in my Pavillion dv5220us (bought in 8/06) from a 120GB to a 320GB Western Digital WD3200BEVT SATA drive. Physically I had no problems making the exchange but the recovery disks I made in the beginning won't recognize the new harddrive. I get an error message saying the PC recovery discs don't recognize the system. I did check that my recovery disks worked with the original harddrive installed - at least to the extent of getting the first menu up. I'm guessing they just don't like any hardware change. Stupid design.
I tried the tech live chat but the person on the other end just quoted the manual for the hard drive sizes that were supported and tested at that time this computer came out. Just the party line - no help at all.
If I buy the generic recovery discs from HP (why can't they have ISO images available for downloading!!!), will they work? According to the Western Digital site, the drive uses the default Windows driver - no special driver needed. I'm willing to buy the discs if I know they will work, but I'm reluctant to shell out some more bucks for nothing if they have some artificial limitation built in.
07-12-2010 10:39 AM
After reading many posts on this forum, I'm getting the strong impression that my BIOS may be limiting the max size of my hard drive to 120GB. Hence my 320GB probably won't work. Funny that there's no problem with a 250GB usb external drive, but maybe Windows is handling the addressing issues there...
Now I'm wondering if I can partition the 320GB drive into 80, 120, & 120 GB partitions (or 80 & 240) and fool the BIOS? Anybody know if partitioning will get me past the "The PC is not supported by the System Recovery Discs. You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these discs" error I'm getting when I try with the (unformatted) 320 GB drive?
09-15-2010 10:07 PM - edited 09-15-2010 10:07 PM
There should be no limitation due to the BIOS. Your recovery discs fail to recognise the new drive because the HP recovery program probably mapped your old hardrive's size and addresses in the recovery discs...i.e. where to put the recovered data and partition info.
I suggest you put your old drive back into the system, create a system image with some software like Norton Ghost, put in the new drive and recover from the CD and external drive that the Norton Ghost software will create.
02-10-2011 12:08 PM
I have the same situation. I have an hp pavilion pv5-1225ca laptop. I have a new 500GB sata hard disk. the laptop will not recognize the hard disk. The connection is tested and found to be good. Why is it that it does not recognize it. The old hard disk has had its biscuit. It will not funcyion.
Can you help?
02-28-2011 10:45 AM
I have 2 Pavilion dv5000 with duo Centrino processors. When I upgraded from 60GB drives (SATA) and tried installing a fresh copy of Windows XP Pro I kept getting the message that no HDD was found. Fought this for several days so in desperation I went into the BIOS (F10 on startup) and disabled native SATA. It worked, on both machines. Seems that by having SATA enabled in BIOS it prevents NT setup from installing the correct SATA drivers in setup.