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Western Digital blue scorpion laptop drive

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Hi,
just had a problem with my dell 1545 inspiron laptop where hard drive was bad and so replaced it with new western digital scorpion blue drive which incidentally is exact same model as previous.  When i tried installing win7 it keeps blue screening.  The drive is recognized in bios but do i have to set jumpers or load driver for it.  Have done this couple of times before with other dell laptop models and no problem just installed drive, loaded o/s and good.  Thanks.
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by:David-Howard
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I've seen this with Dell's and Lenovo's. You may need to enter the BIOS and adjust the drive setting. If it is on AHCI set it to Compatibility mode. Boot from your CD and you should be able to load Windows without and issue.
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Reece Dodds earned 200 total points
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If you can do a BIOS update on the laptop, try the install on teh WD drive again.  
There are no jumper settings on the HDD that you need to change.
Else, it could be an AHCI issue as David suggested.
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by:jamietoner
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Doubt its ahci as 7 has native driver support for ahci. What is the error on the bluescreen?
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by:ded9
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During which install phase do you get a blue screen...does it detect the hard drive during windows 7 setup.


Disconnect all memory chips


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by:nobus
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i suggest to run a disk diag on that drive (or both) - you can have bad disk controller  (= bad mobo)
best download ubcd, and run the WD diag : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      
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Turned out the cd i was using was bad.  Used another one and install went through fine.  Thanks anyway for the help.  
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The way i knew the drive wasnt bad as well as ram was that i booted from ubuntu cd and ran drive and memory diagnostics from there and it came up clean so thought possibly that cd was bad and in fact it was.  
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tx for feedback
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