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Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

Question: Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

I sometimes wonder about techs using tools such as Seatools, HDD regenerator etc to diagnose/repair hard drives. Do any of these tools beat Chkdsk in any way?
(besides data recovery tools, I guess those have no match in Windows).

Thank you

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Preferred Solution: Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

IMO, always use the tool provided by the vender. At the time you need this tool, you don't need a 3rd party screw-up to 'help you' really mess it up.

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I sometimes wonder about techs using tools such as Seatools, HDD regenerator etc to diagnose/repair hard drives. Do any of these tools beat Chkdsk in any way?

(besides data recovery tools, I guess those have no match in Windows).

Thank you

Answer:Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repai

Seatools checks a lot more than file system integrity so I'd say yes, that and similar are good to use when needed.

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I accumulated a few drives that are damaged. unreadable in windows etc

are there any tools I can buy on ebay to do more than basic troubleshooting and repair?
I was reading that HD repair shops have some special hardware they use with the diagnostic port or something like that.

are those available online to buy?
my dad send me 3 dead drives and I have 3-4 dead of my own that I stored to possibly get files from when I have time. now I have time and wanted to get it all done at once.

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My computer was infected in the past.  Currently I am not able to download any updates for windows and when I try to run the fixit program it gets blocked by something.  The error code for the windows update is... code 80096001 and code 9c48.  I think it is still infected.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 
 

Answer:Windows cant check for updates and comp will not run repair tools

Hi, 
 
This tool may be useful  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/windows-repair-all-in-one/
 
if it is blocked, run this http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/ and retry.

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I have been looking through similar posts and the responses provided by the HP experts. In every case this question is asked the experts respond that it is not advisable to change the drive letters as it would have a negative effect on the ability to recover should you need to do so using the F11 key.  Accordingly they go on to say get used to using E: as a data volume if you need more than a C:. What is most absurd about this entire discussion is that HP is not the only manufacturer that provides a recovery option, however, they are the only one that I know of that has not done so via a hidden recovery partition. Acer, Asus, and a host of other use a hidden recovery partition which is never seen by the user and does not interfere with the users ability to customise their drive partitioning and letters. The fact that many of these posts go back over several years is indicative of a failure on the part of HP to respond accordingly to feed back from their customers. This is an issue that should have been resolved at the machine, not just on the thread by marking it resolved because the experts said, to bad so sad! Although I fully endorse the quality of HP's products, I cannot vouch for their sensibility in dealing with even the simplest of matters that easy to resolve and their ignoring customer feedback.

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How to Repair 3TB hard drive It shows only - 1.99TB.???
First this problem does not come From Yours WD hard drive.
All versions Windows -XP ,VISTA ,WIN - 7 suffer Amateurs programmer.
In implication all operational system have - 2TB LIMIT.
A limit It means that if you buy more huge from 2TB hard drive
Your Windows 7 It will receive only 2TB.
The only that can It helps out to overcome the issue is Linux -2010.
Linux -2010 is purfekt operational system after quick installation
You can separate Yours WD hard drive to 3 pises of 1TB.
Dont Forget to separate on NTFS.
After that install Stupid Windows and Play.
I personali will walk With Linux -2010.
On WESTERN DIGITAL I will recommend to Give With
Each hard disk CD on Linux.
Georgie M.
From Republic BULGERIA

Answer:Windows 7 Repair 3TB hard drive

Triplicate posting. Thread with replies on ClickHere

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Lost system tools scan disk in Windows XP Professional. How to reinstal from Windows disk?Surtilal

Answer:Loss of Check Disk/Tools in Drive C: property

insert the disk and a menu will be displayed!!!!Click onto the Install windows option (first on the top) and the installation process will start!!!If you want to format your system, then insert the disk and restart your computer... When you get the message "Press any key to boot from cd" press a key and follow the on-screen instructions!!!

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I have a co-worker that brought in his Acer notebook. It is running Windows 7 loads but only will show the background. Nothing else will show. When trying to do a repair it locks up the repair every time. Does the same thing if I try to install Windows again.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Jason

Answer:Windows 7 - Cant repair or wipe hard drive

I would run the correct respective hard drive diagnostic, available at the website of the hard drive manufactuer.

Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm

Louis

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When i am trying to reformat or repair (either is fine with me), i believe my computer freezes. I get to the Welcome to Windows XP setup screen where i push R to repair or Enter to install and pushing R or Enter or F3 does absolutely nothing. Nothing happens. I wouldn't be surprised if i had a few viruses, and if so i apologize for posting in the wrong forum. I am getting pretty frustrated and any help is appreciated, thanks

Answer:Can't repair Windows XP / Reformat Hard drive

Is your keyboard PS/2 (round connector) or USB (flat connector)?

If USB, you may need to go into the BIOS and set the Legacy USB Support to ON or Enabled.

If PS/2 ... Try a different keyboard.

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Hello,

I have recently had an unexpected issue with my laptop. I opened the computer the other day and everything was frozen so I had to hard reset the unit. Upon start-up, I get the error that reads "WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is missing or corrupted."

I then used the Windows XP install disc to boot off the cd and run a repair. When I clicked 'r' to run the repair, the Setup comes back and says something along the lines of "Setup cannot run the repair because it does not detect any hard drive."

The hard drive is less than 2 years old and still under warranty. I bought a hard drive enclosure to test and see if the drive even spins up anymore and it does. On my computer at work I was able to plug in the enclosed hard drive and access any of the files. This is a relief as I did not want to lose everything on that drive.

My question is how can I fix the boot files? Since I have the hard drive enclosure and I can access folders on it via another pc, is there a way I can go in and find this corrupt file and replace it? Is there another way to repair the drive? When booting up into the BIOS, it does detect the Hard drive slot so I do not think it is a hardware connection issue.

Please let me know if you guys have had this happen before or have any ideas of what can I do before I just send it back to Western Digital for a new drive. Thank you very much for your time!

Answer:Windows Repair Disc Cannot Locate Hard Drive

run a wd diagnostic utility on the drve and see if it finds any problems.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Dear TSG

I'm using a Lenovo Ideacentre B340 running windows 8.1 with the following spec:

Intel Pentium CPU G645 @ 2.90GHz
DDR3 SDRAM
Lenovo Mahobay motherboard
440GB Hard Drive

My system crashed yesterday during a windows update. I can't boot to safe mode or use system restore.

I tried a "refresh" but it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again. I do not have a back up disk.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards

Pyxidium
 

Answer:Solved: Can't repair Windows 8.1, hard drive locked.

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Before the Windows 7 Repair window showed up the computer would just shut down soon after boot.
Thinking that it was a bad update as a major one occurred about the same time I did a system recovery back to 4 days ago.
When it rebooted afterwards the Windows 7 Repair window shows up with all the icons on the desktop gone as well as programs in the startup menu.

Ran RKill to kill the process and then ran Malwarebytes. No more fake virus alerts and the desktop icons came back, but still have 2 problems. All Programs menu items are all empty and it keeps shutting down without warning.

Attempted to run Unhide, but before it can get very far the computer shuts down.

Answer:Fake Windows 7 Repair and Hard Drive Failure

Follow this guide to the letter

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-windows-xp-recovery

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Windows 7 blue screened. I tried turned pc and turned it back on and it said it could not find a bootable drive. Next day I turned it on and it gave me the option to start in safe mode. I started it in safe mode but after 8 hours it says it is repairing disk errors. I tried to cancel,but the process said "current repair opertion can not be canceled". Can I power the computer down and try again?

Answer:windows 7 startup repair hangs Hard Drive Not

yes you can power up and down as much as you like, but it sounds like your HD may have died, you can download a copy of the repair recovery cd here http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windo... make a copy, set the bios to boot from cd, and run a repair/restore flash from a system image if you made one.you can also try a factory restore,(if it is a manaufacturers machine) although that will delete all files on the C: drive it may save you your drive. Depending on the manufacturer you would usually tap an F key repeatedly during boot to get to the restore partition.However i would suspect that you drive may have irrecoverable so be prepared to either buy a new drive or contact the manufacturer for a replacement drive.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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I have a system set up where I install a windows 7 drive, then I remove the drive and plug in a configured windows 8.1 drive. Doing this allows me to do work on either system without buying another unit. Here is the issue: until recently I could swap these drives and do my work and use a second HDD that has the data files and there was no problem writing/reading the files on the storage unit. Now it seems (due to some system updates on 8.1 I assume) every time I swap from 8.1 to 7, I have to run a complete consistency check on the storage drive(s) when I plug in the windows 7 unit - unless the storage unit is a USB drive. I have found it necessary to remove the installed data storage drives connected to the sata ports and connect the data units via USB ports. Then everything works and I can use the data storage units with either operating system. It's a real pain in the rear to have this happen now. Is this due to the recent updates to 8.1?? when I go to 8.1 from 7, there isn't any call for a consistency  check in the 8.1 OS - just when I go from 8.1 to 7.This is a recent event and it happens now with the most recent 'updates' to the windows 8.1 OS drives - swapping from that drive to windows 7 (pro or home premium) causes the windows 7 to call for the check.Help, anyone?Thanks to all.....texasjim

Answer:Hard drive consistency check - windows 7

Have you tried turning indexing off for both OS to see if that helps? I had some strangeness happening between Linux Mint 16 and Windows 7 on a system where there was 2 hard drives installed. The first hard drive was partitioned in half with 1 half for Windows 7 and the other half for Linux Mint 16. The second hard drive was where data was stored so that no matter what OS I chose from the grub boot option, my data was there and not isolated on that other OS. I had similar consistency checks popping up with Windows 7, and I thought that maybe the HDD was failing.I ran Crystal Disk Info to check out the health of both hard drives and they were healthy. I did some research and saw info related to Windows Indexing causing problems with dual-boot Linux/Windows systems and the cure was to disable Indexing.I disabled Indexing and the problem was resolved.Maybe your seeing a similar issue and disabling Indexing will cure it as well. Its worth a try  It seemed like this issue was more frequent when data was added or removed from the second hard drive, but if data remained the same there was no problems. Linux was happy with the 2nd hard drives data no matter if files were added/removed, or altered. But Windows 7 didnt like changes that occured by Linux to the second hard drive and so Windows 7 complained  about consistency checks.

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Hello,
I have a Dell Inspiron N41110 that ran like a dream for the whole 13 months I've had it--until last night, when it froze, I forced a reset, and it got stuck in the Startup Repair loop.  At first Startup Repair said the problem was a corrupt registry, but now it says it can't figure out the root cause at all.  I tried this tutorial, but the computer couldn't copy a couple of the files due to an "I/O error," so it's still stuck in the loop. System Restore wouldn't work--it told me there were no restore points.  Then, after spending hours getting my personal files off with Paragon Rescue Kit, I ran the Dell diagnostics from the boot menu, and the hard drive failed the test with error code 2000-0142.
 
Finally, I decided to run chkdsk for the heck of it . . . and it's been stuck on "Correcting error in index $130 for file 4897" for four hours now. 
 
What should I do now?  I'm not especially technologically savvy (obviously) and this is my first encounter with the startup repair loop, so even though I've now read tons of threads and articles on it I still have no idea what to do with my computer.  I've read a lot of stuff that says reinstalling Windows 7 is the only way to fix it, but now I'm wondering if the hard drive is the root cause and can't be fixed.  Is there any way to tell for sure what's going on, or should I just get a new hard drive and be done with it?  (I'm definitely not happy at the prospect of needing a ne... Read more

Answer:Startup repair loop - Reinstall Windows or get new hard drive?

ERROR CODE :2000-0142 from the Dell Forum - Also From DellYour worst fears are true. HDDs can last 1 year or 15 years, I have found it is just luck and care that makes it longer or shorter. Have you dropped or crushed the unit, as this can also shorten the life - Thank You - and Sorry - 

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Hello,  After a windows 10 update, the computer got stuck in an auto repair loop. I entered HP diagnostics and ran system tests I got the following errors on the quick check:  Hard Drive Short DST check Failed  FAILURE ID: 0USFPS-83J8KA-MFPWMA-60RG03PRODUCT ID: P5P51EA#ABF I'm assuming (from other posts) that this means the hard drive has a problem and it needs to be replaced. I have already backed up the drive but is there any way to get the  HP Pavilion Notebook - 17-g118 restore disks because the owner didn't buid them when they first got the machine.  Thanks in advance. 

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Good Day, I was wondering if Windows will be installed on the SSD by default on a new online purchase of a ThinkPad E570 laptop that includes both an HDD and SSD?  If not, how can I communicate to Lenovo that I would like Windows installed on the SSD drive before shipment to save me from having to do it after receiving it?

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Hey guys,

The HDD on my laptop recently took a turn for the worst and started clicking like crazy - it's always been a little faulty, but the PC wouldn't boot successfully for a few days After a few small knocks to try and loosen the head, the drive now works properly - I used Puppy Linux, running from a USB pen, to try and backup a few files, but it then informed me that the filesystem required checking. I downloaded a Windows 7 recovery disk, booted it up and the automatic repair utility informed me that there were startup issues I could correct relating to the filesystem....that was three days ago. The drive is spinning, and the recovery environment appears to be working, but my disk is only 500GB large, and I'm not entirely sure whether it should be taking this long - before I selected the automatic repair utility, I tried to run ChkDsk /r from the command line, but I was informed that the drive was locked. Could this be the issue? I have seen on a few forums that the drive being regarded as locked is a known and easily resolved issue, and I'd really like to know if it's safe to do a hard restart while the recovery disk claims to be repairing the filesystem.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, dual SeaGate 500GB HDDs. 4GB DDR3 RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor, if that helps any. Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Hard drive repair running from Windows 7 Recovery Disk for 3 days?

It may never stop. You'll probably have to shut it down. There are no repairs that take that long.

But it doesn't look too good for that hard drive. Is it encrypted or password-protected?
 

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My computer had a blue screen and when I ran the diagnostics it came back with a "hard drive short dst check" failed. It gave me a failure ID M0AEM3-8238GB-GXPSLK-60WV03. pRODUCT id M9Z49AA#ABA

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I have multiple problems but right now my repair tools aren't working. I have a disc and its on the hard drive but when I boot it, it only shows the background and nothing else. I have access to my normal startup and safe mode. I have already tried "sfc /scannow" but it did not help. Please help.

Answer:Windows repair tools do not appear

  
Quote: Originally Posted by UserNam


I have multiple problems but right now my repair tools aren't working. I have a disc and its on the hard drive but when I boot it, it only shows the background and nothing else. I have access to my normal startup and safe mode. I have already tried "sfc /scannow" but it did not help. Please help.



Hello Usernam , are you trying to use the Windows repair tool with Windows Installation Disk??

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Hello,

in my pc automatically installed Windows 7 Repair tool when i open a unknown mail.it say please buy now and i can't able to work on my pc.
and i can't remove it..
i think it is VIRUS...so please tell me how can i remove it...with out data loss.

Answer:Windows 7 Repair tools

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
Quote:




Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps




link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined below. Use a USB flash drive to download and transfer the tools to the affected machine, if necessary. You might like to run the Flash_Disinfector.exe on the clean machine and the flash drive first to protect against any possible transfer of infection via USB.


NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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What is your opinion of the top 10 Windows 8 repair tools? Or website KB's?

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Hello, My PC is disk usgae is at 100%  and somtimes the CPU usage jumps up to. I tested my system and recived- Hard Drive Short DST Check and Long DST Check: Warning  How do I determine what the warning is? Do this mean my hard drive is on the verge of failing? 

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Hi, i have hp pavilion g6 laptop and its upgraded from windows 8 to 8.1 then windows 10.  From last few days i was getting "Memory_Management", "Kernel_Data_Inpage_Error" and so many other errors with blue screen. Due to this i have to power off the system from main power button by holding for few seconds. Now i was getting hang problem. I saw in task manager that DISK UTILIZATION was 100%. I did a hardware test where i got below results : HARD DRIVE SHORT DST Check : WARNING HARD DRIVE Optimized DST Check  : FAILEDFAILURE ID: 9U3UWX-6KT85B-MFPWWJ-61Q003 Can anybody tell me how to resolve this or i need to replace the hard drive. -ThanksPankaj 

Answer:Hard Drive Short DST Check : WARNING and Optimized DST Check...

Yes you need to replace the hard drive. Since you have upgraded to Windows 10 it is very easy to get recovery media directly from the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. For most people, the problem is not physically swapping out the hard drive, but restoring the operating system since they do not have recovery disks. Post back if you want a service manual and/or video showing the replacement, purchase options for a new hard drive and step-by-step for restoring Windows 10. We would need the full model...g6-???? 

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Hi Anyone that will Please take a shot at this One, I'd appreciate it,

I've been using 3B's Registry Repair Tool for a while but have found that it can cause other programs to not work properly. I really like the idea of cleaning up the registry for functionality and would really like to do it but if it ends up changing some functional programs to none functional then is it worth it? I was wondering if someone knows a different way to clean up the registry that may not cause other programs to malfunction? What ever it might be, if you need to direct me to some guide or what ever.

Does the registry clean itself up over time? Does it really need to be cleaned? What ever you might know I'd appreciate. Thank you.

Sincerely,

John

Answer:Windows XP Registry Repair Tools?

I had the same problem, and finally settled on this: www.ccleaner.com. It allows you to clean as much or as little as you care to, and has not failed me yet. Also check this out:www.snapfiles.com and search for erunt in freeware. It is an easy backup for the registry, and also comes with a compacter from the same folks.

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I've reinstalled my Windows 7 because of a hard drive curruption/blue screen of death. When I reinstalled Windows I realized that I didn't have my Gateway Tools installed. I needed the Gateway updater to update my Gateway drivers and I also realized the Gateway logo isn't shown anymore on the Windows 7 properties. My Microsoft Speed Score is lower than before for some odd reason (4.9 - 3.6 with the latest Intel driver) and I my computer's fan is louder and is heating up faster than before. Is there something that I can do to download the tools or to fix my computer? Below are the specs of my computer.
Manufacture: Gateway SX2800-01r
Processor: Intel Core Quad
Video: Intel GMA X4500 Integrated
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Hard Disk: 640GB
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
Other blah stuff: Label Flash and HDMI

Answer:How Do You Set Gateway Default Tools After Reinstalling Windows

What you are referring to is know as bloat ware. It takes hard drive space and uses resources. All can be done easily without the tools. After you reinstall, the bloatware is gone. Most are happy about that. We will help you with any function that was done by the bloatware.
If you feel that you really need that stuff, only two possible sources, the Gateway website or call Gateway.
To up date drivers
Driver Install - Device Manager

Overheating
http://www.essortment.com/all/computercarepr_tvov.htm

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Had this laptop for about 6 years, had a few issues in the past, but nothing major like this. After, I ran a system dianostic, the result shown that the Hard drive short DST failed. Not totally sure how to do a recovery, I do have the Recovery Discs, so I searched up how to run the discs; turned on the system- press f11-  window loading files- window starting- then it just stuck on a window blue screen with nothing but the cursor. Can I even use the Recovery Discs? I want to replace the old HDD with a new SSD, but I'm not sure if I have to install a new OS or can I recover the old hard drive OS and transfer to the SSD?

Answer:Hard Drive failure (Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed)

DST:Fail means  the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Discs. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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Hello all,

I attempted to restart my computer after a Trojan deletion and was met with a BSOD unbootable boot drive.


From there I've tried everything, startup repair will not work, the windows 7cd won't work (repair or a fresh install) and safe mode won't work.
1. Startup repair gets stuck on the blue background of the login screen.
2. The win 7 cd repair alternately does the same as above or gets to the first screen then says that there is no windows partition and spends forever searching for it.
3. Win 7 install stuck on the setup is starting part
4. Safe mode gets stuck after loading classpnp.sys
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows won't boot, all repair tools will not work. Please help!

Hi,

What errors do you get when you try to perform a clean install?

Copy any critical user data files off the drive using this:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...cy-backup.html

Then follow this to do a clean install of Windows 7:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden

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what are the tools you use for your hard drive maintenance and all
searching thru files
error checking
benchmark
error fixing
formatting

preferably freeware

and what is the most effective HD error fixing soft?

Answer:hard drive tools that you use

I use my harddrive manufacturer's utilities to check and fix errors, I format through windows (if it's a secondary harddrive) or windows install disc.

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I have a Caviar Western Digital 4G Harddrive. It was really reading real slow as in very, very slow so i tried to format it since it doesn't have any software installed except windows.

I tried to run fdisk, deleted the partition and created a new one. I've noticed even the fdisk is having a hard time reading all the sectors of the HD. It took about more than 5 mins to create a new partition and i believe it shouldn't take that long right?

After it finished, I formatted the HD and it didn't finish it and it gave me this error: "Unable to format Hard Drive. Invalid media type."

Is there a way to recover this HD like a low level format program or is it really bad and can't use it no more?

Thanks a lot!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Tools Pls?

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Question: Hard Drive Tools

I run into a lot of bad hard drives here in the shop, and I was wondering if anyone has any tools, to help diagnosis a bad hard drive. I run chkdsk, and if any bad sectors come back, that is usually a good sign that the end is near, right? If anyone has any tools or and steps to help diagnosis a bad Hard drive that would be great.

Thanks

Caleb
 

Answer:Hard Drive Tools

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:
Manufacturer's Tests
HD Tune
CheckDisk 1.03 (Marks bad sectors as unusable.)
HDAT2 (Diagnostics and bad sector recovery)
MHDD Low-level Diagnostics
Bootable Hitachi Drive Fitness Test Floppy or CD Image (works on most drives)

Hard Drive Manufacturers' Diagnostic Utilities Links:
TachTech
BleepingComputer
 

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I just had to chime in here.  I just spent the last 5 days fighting this with a Lenovo U530 Ultrabook Ideapad. I could not even get the machine to boot to a bootable Windows 10 USB stick or a bootable Windows PE USB that had some drive recovery software on it.  Although it would boot to the Lenovo Diagnostics that I downloaded from Lenovo on a USB stick and it would also boot to Tails (Linux distro) on a USB stick. I know the machine was crashing because when it would get stuck, I would try to push the Caps Lock on and off and the light didn't change.  During boot kept pushing the Caps Lock it would toggle then freeze after a few seconds. I took the hard drive out and put it in another Lenovo U530 I had at my disposal and it worked fine so I know that the hard drive was working.  The hard drive seemed to be in  some state of a patial update to Windows 10 so that probably caused the initial problem. I was trying to figure out how to flash the BIOS since I though maybe it had been corrupted somehow but wasn't figuring out how to get that done without being in Windows.  The BIOS flash from Lenovo seemed to be dependent on some .NET framework.  Anyway I ran across a video where a guy explained that he had a Lenovo that was acting similar so he opened it up and unplugged the battery and plugged it back in and it fixed it. I was skeptical but figured I hadn't anything to lose and voila it worked.... unbeivable... Here... Read more

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recently after a series of crashes my computer will no longer boot, the system repair tools have been unable to fix whatever the issue is and cannot seem to restore the to any previous point, im at my wits end and my searches for a solution lead me here and the recover tool farbar which i am not clear on how to use beyond scanning these were the results i got , i have no idea what i am doing at this point and any help would be greatly apriciated    Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 11-06-2013Ran by SYSTEM on 11-06-2013 08:47:15Running from H:\Windows 7 Home Premium (X64) OS Language: English(US)Internet Explorer Version 9Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and an extra Addition.txt log.==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================HKLM-x32\...\Run: [amd_dc_opt] C:\Program Files (x86)\AMD\Dual-Core Optimizer\amd_dc_opt.exe [77824 2008-07-22] (AMD)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe" [958576 2013-04-04] (Adobe Systems Incorporated)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [HDAudDeck] C:\Program Files (x86)\VIA\VIAudioi\VDeck\VDeck.exe -r [5036144 2012-02-22] (VIA)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [OCDLMgr]  [x]HKLM-x32\...\Run: [WTClient] WTClient.exe [32768 2009-10-30] (Tablet Driver)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -at... Read more

Answer:computer is non booting, windows 7 repair tools failing

disregard i now have a timeline and will just have to reformat the entire thing and start over

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I know there is a tool available to test my computer to see if it's capable of running Windows 7. My question is this: Is there a tool available that I can run on the server that will test all machines on my network? With the free Windows Upgrade Advisor, I must visit each computer. Just looking for a way to do this without visiting each computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Tools to check my computers compatability with Windows 7

How many pcs are you talking about and what`s their age. Most business`s tend to have the same computer models. Well at least the ones I`ve worked at.

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For the second time in less than two months the hard drive on this machine has failed. Please note that I am not the owner of the machine and cannot guarantee what it was being used for when the failures occurred. I have been told that the user has been playing games like Minecraft and Roblox and has been using Skype and TeamSpeak. I have not been able to determine whether he has been downloading applications, movies, or music of any kind. In both hard drive failure instances, the user reported that after turning the machine off it would only boot to a black screen when turned back on. Everything was fine up to that point. After the first failure I pulled the hard drive and connected it externally to another machine. It was wholly unreadable. I replaced the first hard drive and now the second has failed. I have been able to run the built-in diagnostics on the laptop and the Long DST failed. As I try to pinpoint the cause of these failures, I have the following questions: 1. Could this laptop have shipped with a hard drive from Western Digital? I ask because that is the make of the first hard drive I pulled, yet I've noticed that there's a firmware upgrade for Seagate drives for this laptop. If the laptop shipped with a Seagate drive, I have to suspect the WD drive was itself a replacement and this may have been the first failure. The current owners were not the original owners so they would not have been aware of this first failure. 2. The laptop... Read more

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Guys,

here is a very complicated question. Listen carefully. I would like to find a software on the internet. Recently we had 3 hard drive died. I was wondering if there is any software outthere that can help me diagnose good drives and give me a warning before drive dies. Is there any software out there like that?

Imagine you working in a fast pase invironment and the drive dies and it takes you 2 hours to rebuild it. It would be a lot easier to scan a drive and see if there is any problems in advance then you could copy the drive or get prepared before it dies.

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Tools to monitor hard drive

New drives have this technology built in to them. Look up SMART Disk Monitor on Google
 

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I'm trying to fix my brother's friend's laptop - my suspicion is he dropped it - the hard disc is almost certainly where the problem is.

That said, I hooked it up to my desktop and it's "usable" in the sense that I can access the repair tools via my W7 OEM disc to try and run utilities on it. The problem is that I'm probably going to be stuck running CHKDSK, and I don't want to tie my main desktop up to do this.

Now, the irregularity is that it took about 40 minutes to finally load through the dialogs and get a CMD open. After which, it took about 5 minutes for CHKDSK to finally access the failed HDD (G:, in this case). The first 9 file segments came back unreadable, so it's clearly not in the best way.

Anyhow, I'm trying to use his laptop to do this job so I don't have to tie up my desktop doing it. It will boot from the System repair disc, but it just boots to the background (that blue Windows 7 one) with a moving mouse. It could just be taking a really long time, but I was wondering if anybody could tell me how to get this working or if it's worth my while to wait.

If not, does anybody have any suggestions for how to get the data off the HDD?

Thanks

Answer:Sys Repair Disc does not load repair tools - just background

Try a linux live cd.

They are often better than MS tools for this kind of thing.

The HD might be too far gone already, but it is worth a try.

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Hi all, got some trouble with (I think the hard drive) and I need to run some diagnostics. It won't boot though, so I need something bootable.

I am looking at:

Ultimate Boot CD
Packard Bell diagnostic CD

What do you use, and what do you think is the best?
 

Answer:Best Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostic Tools

The UBCD contains numerous diagnostic tools, the most important ones in regard to hard drive diagnostics are the ones from the hard drive manufacturer's themselves. You can also download the same diagnostics or newer versions of them from each hard drive manufacturer, for example if you have a Seagate hard drive you would use/download the Seagate SeaTools diagnostics to test the hard drive.

The PB diagnostics are likely similar but customized for PB.
 

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I have a Tobisha hard drive, which doesn't provide any diagnostic tools apparently. I keep getting BSoDs and they're becoming more frequent, so I think it is my hard drive failing...

Any good software to test this theory? I've already run memtestx86 to make sure it's not RAM.
 

Answer:Tools for Diagnosing a Failing Hard Drive?

use windows checkdisk, if the drive failing it will report you.

by the way give us the error code of your BSOD
 

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I have a HP tools folder in my hard drive, how can I access it?

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I rebuilt the OS image and now need to decrypt the original HDD. HP Protect Tools is loaded though it does not present and option to decrypt or otherwise see the encrypted partition.

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Has any one ever taken a notebook hard drive apart? I need to know the torx size of the screws so I won't have to order the whole set.
 

Answer:Notebook hard drive disassembly tools

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My screen states
"Your CD?DVD drive during this boot cycle is f: A RAMDISK drive is available for this boot cycle as C:
It contains several Hard Drive setup tools. Please use these tools only under the direction of Dell Support Staff.


WHAT IS THE CODE !!!

F:\> ___________ ????????

Answer:What is Dell Hard Drive setup tools CODE ?????

That would be a better question to ask on the Dell users forum where there are Dell "expert users". I used to do a lot of desktop support on the Dell forum and never heard of this. It must be something related to Laptops.

Here is the link to the Dell Laptop forum section Laptop - Dell Community

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hi guys,
if i was looking to use a free hard drive eraser/wipe tool, what do you guys use/recommend,

thanks for your time, bluesfloyd,

Answer:free hard drive eraser/wipe tools

Hi,
I use this one
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
Although you might be wanting something like this
Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

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My screen states"Your CD?DVD drive during this boot cycle is f: A RAMDISK drive is available for this boot cycle as C: It contains several Hard Drive setup tools. Please use these tools only under the direction of Dell Support Staff.
WHAT IS THE CODE !!!
F:\> ___________ ????????

Answer:What is Dell Hard Drive setup tools CODE ?????

Hi RJBELL57,
u should try using OEM Operating System CD provide by Dell during booting. 'Resource CD' provided by Dell is not a bootable disk.

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Title basically says it all. 

I need a tool(or maybe script) to be able to check license keys of Windows OS and Office in a local network. Thanks to user Kazun on this forum, I found a Powershell script for checking the license key of the OS on a local machine, but I would prefer instead
of remote connection/physical interaction to be able to operate from within the one machine. Is it possible?
Thank you for your time.

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Can't open a browser or Task Manager or much else for that matter.

GMER and DDS Logs info below:

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.5.1
Run by Jenan at 18:24:16 on 2012-09-10
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.2934.1461 [GMT -7:00]
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AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {904CF271-6431-DA47-5FCE-A87D98DFB681}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\stwrt64.inf_amd64_neutral_471277d5d45019ea\STacSV64.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\Hpservice.exe
C:\Windows\system32\WUDFHost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
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Answer:Secure.file-recovery-software - False Repair security check malware - Hard Disk Error detected

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At... Read more

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I recently got a low disk space message from windows vista. I had only a couple of gigabytes of free space (out of 256). I tracked the problem to the following directory (e.g.) Users\"me"\AppData\Virtual Store\ProgramData\PCTools\PCTools Antivirus\Temp.
I uninstalled PC Tools but this directory and others were not removed. I tried RevoUninstaller but it thinks PC Tools Antivirus is gone.
Attempts to delete these files have choked my processor, recycle bin, and led to minimal progress.
I would appreciate help from anyone who understands this issue.
Currently, I'm trying to use "Eraser" to remove the largest directory. I'm up to 3% in the last 1/2 hour.
Thanks. irt:
 

Answer:PC Tools Antivirus Free Dropped over 1 million files on my hard drive

The reason why the uninstall didn't remove all files is because some files may have been running at the time of uninstall this is why they have not been removed but after going through the uninstaller then you should be able to delete the PCTAV folder after a reboot.

If you are unable to delete the PCTAV folder, you may need to go in safe mode to delete the folder.
Or try unlocker:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Unlocker_d4660.html
 

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When someone tells you they?re running out of hard drive space, the first thing you would probably tell them to do is to clean up the system using a program such as CCleaner to remove all the junk and temp files which can take up a few Gigabytes. Uninstalling old software might free up some more depending how many useless programs they have installed.

Even after doing those things, your system might still be left with less that 10% free space remaining and Windows doesn?t really like that. Other areas of the drive might have been filled in folders you wouldn?t normally look in. For instance, I?ve seen the Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder take over 50GB of space and that folder is not somewhere you or a cleaning program would usually check.

The standard thing to do would be to check the properties of each top level folder and navigate your way down until the culprit files and folders are found. This could certainly waste a lot of time and isn?t efficient. Thankfully there are much better solutions for how to find out what files and folders are taking up hard drive space, and here?s a selection of 8 free tools to do just that.

1. TreeSize Free

TreeSize Free is a popular tool because it?s fast and within seconds gives you a fair idea which root folders are taking up the most space. The occupied proportion of space each folder takes up is show by a series of graphical bars, and when you click to open each subfolder, the same bar layout shows the space propo... Read more

Answer:8 Free Tools to Find What Files and Folders are Taking Up Hard Drive Space

Here are two more that should have been listed:

MeinPlatz "My-Place"

Disktective

Enjoy!!
 

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Question: Default hard drive

My computer has 2 hard drives -- C (20MB), and E (60 MB). A is full, and it is currently the default hard drive. How can I/ can I change the default drive to E?

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Question: Hard drive default

Please, tell me how to make my second hard drive D (20g) into the default (drive C), and also how to transfer all the files.
 

Answer:Hard drive default

You have two hard drives installed correct.

C primary and D secondary.

Do you need to save any files on the d drive, if not, you should be able to download a utility from the drive manufacturer that will allow you to format the d drive, then copy all the files from the c drive to it. After that it's a matter of changing the cables and jumpers on the drives

The d drive would need to be put on the primary ide cable if it's not already and the jumper on d would need to be set to master, the jumper on the current C drive would need to be set to slave.

Check the drive manufacturers site for a download and instructions on how to use the software.
 

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Hi there.

My brother recently expressed an interest to learn how to program Java, goodness knows why. He downloaded the SDK installation programs onto his computer and started setting it up. However, we hit a snag.

My brother's computer (which I'm typing this from) has two hard drives, C: (6GB) and D: (32GB). Among other things, Windows is installed on C:, and there is practically no space left. My brother refuses to delete anything.

The SDK installation program ran an .msi file to install some update or other. The rubbish Windows Installer installs direct to the C: drive, which of course has no space left, so it quits, and we can't continue the installation.

We have a number of paths we might take. We could find a way to make the automated .msi install to D:, but it's unlikely we could succeed. The best option, as it would benefit us in the long term and prevent this happening again, is to make the D: drive the 'default' to which everything installs and runs from.

Is there a way to do this? Can the BIOS boot from and Windows run from C:, while everything else is automatically installed on D:? Maybe a registry change or swopping the drive letters or something? Or are we screwed because the .msi would install to C: in any case?

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:'Default' hard drive?

Just uninstall the program, reinstall to D:

Any future updates will default to the location where the app was installed to. Better solution would be to get a larger hard drive to replace oyur small one and transfer everything to the new drive.
 

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Hi, just wondering, when installing programs, the default drive is set to C, right? What if you dont want it to be C by default, is there any way of changing it? (This is just a matter of convineince as its quite annoying when you accidentaly install on the wrong drive!)

Thanks,
Ed
 

Answer:Default Hard drive?

Some installation programs default to C:, some default to where you installed Windows.

It is up to the installation program to offer you the opportunity to choose the location. Sometimes you have to select the advanced install for that.
 

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Hi, I have found out that my hard drive has been flagged as dirty but when I try and check the disk it says it cannot check the disk as it is in use. I schedule a check for the next start up, which starts ok, but then cancels itself every time after a few seconds. I then tried the repair tool in the boot options but the text on all the following dialogue boxes all came up in wierd symbols like Greek So I didn't know what it was asking me and which box to click! Any solutions please? Thanks in advance.

Answer:cannot check or repair disc c windows 7

Maybe it's virus who use your hdd in full time
Run task manager ( alt+ctrl+delete) and stop all your running program and see if your hdd still in use (if there is a bandwidth ) if yes make a full scan with an antivirus abd make he had the last update

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I selected "Install updates and shut down" and the next morning my Win7 PC wasn't recognizing my hard drive according to BIOS. Now what? Do I need to get a new hard drive or can I fix the problem myself?
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognized after updating Windows: "media test failed check cable"

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My external Seagate drive is apparently "dirty" and windows automatically checks it every time i boot up with it attached to the usb port. It is actually pretty annoying. The only way around it that I found is actually unplugging it before I boot up and plugging it back in after windows starts.

Every time the check says there are no issues. The drive works fine and I am able to use the drive as if nothing is wrong.

Does anyone know whow to get rid of the check during Windows startup? How can I make my drive "clean" again? Thanks

EDIT: I have Windows XP sp3 btw
 

Answer:External hard drive is "dirty" and windows runs a check every time computer boots up

You may need to run a manual chkdsk /f to clear it. Try this
> Unplug the drive then boot up then plug it back in. Determine its drive letter
> Start->Run, enter cmd to open a command prompt
> Enter chkdsk x: /f (except use the correct drive letter, not x)

/f option may take loong time complete (especially if large hard drive.. i.e hours) but when it's done i believe it should clear the dirty bit for you
 

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Yes, I searched but I admit I am too lazy to look at my boot files and see if I can figure this out myself. I did try tons of different google queries and sevenforums queries though.

My PC, EVERY time I cold boot, I get a blue screen on or before the Starting Windows screen. I have taken a wild guess that this is my video card or my mainboard because I remember seeing an "nv" in one of the errors a long time ago and I have dual 9600 vid cards and an NForce mainboard. This has happened since the PC was brand new, running Vista 64, but I never cared because after letting the box literally warm up, I can boot and reboot fine and everything. I am totally OK with this problem even though I have tried to fix it unsuccessfully without putting too much effort into it because I don't want to work on this all day ever as long as I can boot. It's cool. That has very little to do with my question though, but I am just presenting it as the cause, but I require any suggestions on fixing it the bluescreen. Its part of my life now, and I would probably feel weird without it at this point. Anyway... Done.

The actual problem is that i usually turn the PC on, walk away, come back in a few min to a bluescreen and then reboot, walk away again adn and Vista would come right up and be ready when I got back.

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Answer:Disable Windows Startup Repair as Default Option

have you tried disabling the automatic reboot option? iirc it should be in the menu after you hit f8 at boot. i'm not sure if this will help with your problem but it may give you the options page if you reboot manualy after the crash.

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Question: Hard drive repair

I need a program to repair a Toshiba 40GB hard drive a program that is
bootable

The hard drive is out of a Gateway M305CRV with 512 or ram

When XP starts it go to the screen safe mode safe mode with networking
safe mode command prompt last known good configaration and
start windows normally
I tried all of these no luck, tried all of the F8 settings same thing I get so
far and the blue screen appears telling me to repair or replace this drive

Thank,s in advance
 

Answer:Hard drive repair

I'll take you at your word when you say you want to repair a HDD rather than recover data from one. The problem with the boot CDs I've tried is that they consist mostly of diagnostic tests to tell you just how F***ed your drive is, but not so much in the repair department. If your problem is with disk partitions, MBR, CMOS/BIOS, or viral infection then pretty much any of them will deliver. What most seem to be missing is a good chkdsk replacement for fixing sector damage (I guess they assume that every user has a bootable OS repair disk for that purpose). I've monkeyed around with so many boot CDs that I can no longer keep them straight and my note-keeping is atrocious. However, I did find one lately with an acceptable chkdsk type app. Problem is.... I don't remember exactly which one it was. At the risk of stressing you out even more than you probably already are, here are some suggestions:

Ultimate Boot CD v5.x: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
UBCD4Win: http://www.ubcd4win.com/contents.htm
Falcon Four UBCD: http://falconfour.com/projects/7
Puppy Linux: http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/puppy-5.2.8/
Hiren's Boot CD: http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

Sorry man, I wish I could be more helpful. It's late but I'll try tomorrow to boot each one and maybe get you the right one. Check out the above links. I think they all have a page listing the apps on their boot CD.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Repair

I'm looking for a software review or recommendation for a hard drive repair utility. I'm using XP-Pro and in the middle of a scandisk processing an error occurred. Now within XP the drive is not viewable... except in hard drive manager. When I do a chkdsk within a DOS window it shows an error in file number 25 blah blah blah.... So I know the drive still has data that should be able to be retrieved.

Is there a software utility available for this type of file error or i/o error???
Or, should I just break-down and go to a hard drive recovery company to get my data back?

Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Repair

Welcome to Major Geeks, Jimbo

Most drive manufacturers publish utilities specific to their drive.
So post the make or look here

http://www.asci-red.net/tools.htm#hmt
 

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Question: Hard Drive Repair

Is there anyway to repair a Hard Drive myself on a Dell Inspiron 15R without buying a whole new Hard Drive?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Repair

what are you trying to repair?
 

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Question: Hard Drive Repair.

I have a WD Hard Drive which the computer will not recognise. When trying to power up, it clicks a lot. I have been informed that either one of the heads has gone or one of the platters is broken.
I am desperate to try and recover the date as it contains all my digital photos and dvd films of all my holidays and grandchildren.
I live in the UK and some of the offers have, in my opinion been sky high 700 ($1100).
I would appreciate any offers on how this can be achieved.

Thanks in anticipation.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Repair.

To disassemble a drive and attempt to read platters, is not cheap. $1100 might be a little high however I do not know about prices in UK. Where I live a simple data recovery when the drive is still operational starts at $125 or so and goes way up from there.

You might try getting a few estimates however it is going to cost you quite a bit of cash to recover the data.

You can attempt the freezer trick. Pull the drive and put in a freezer bag removing as much air as possible. Leave it in the freezer for a while. Pull drive out and install into a working system either with a usb enclosure or as an internal drive. See if you can access the drive. I would not hold out much hope however it does not hurt to give it a shot.

This is why we stress backups so much. Data you do not backup is data you do not care about.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Repair?

Hi,

I was just curious as to how much information is available for Hard Drive repair?

I have alot of 40-60 gig drives laying around that my PC won't recognize. It would be nice to be able to repair 1 or 2 of them..I'm not really referring to software that recovers the data, but information on physically repairing them and becoming knowledgeable to all that is involved with this process. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.

Chris
 

Answer:Hard Drive Repair?

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Question: Hard Drive Repair

Just curious as to what it would cost to send out a hard drive and have the data recovered?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Repair

Not cheap

I had a 2.5gig done at ontrack for work, bill was over $1000.

It all depends on the amount of damage done to the drive and how long they have to work on it to extract the information.

Generally they won't get it all, some is going to be corrupt or completely destroyed.
 

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How to Repair 3TB hard drive It shows only - 1.99TB.???
First this problem does not come From Yours WD hard drive.
All versions Windows -XP ,VISTA ,WIN - 7 suffer Amateurs programmer.
In implication all operational system have - 2TB LIMIT.
A limit It means that if you buy more huge from 2TB hard drive
Your Windows 7 It will receive only 2TB.
The only that can It helps out to overcome the issue is Linux -2010.
Linux -2010 is purfekt operational system after quick installation
You can separate Yours WD hard drive to 3 pises of 1TB.
Dont Forget to separate on NTFS.
After that install Stupid Windows and Play.
I personali will walk With Linux -2010.
On WESTERN DIGITAL I will recommend to Give With
Each hard disk CD on Linux.
Georgie M.
From Republic BULGERIA

Answer:Repair 3TB hard drive

Possible workaround of the 2TB limit '3TB hard drive working for me' ClickHere

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Hi I have just been through some old Hard Drives,I have eight that dont work ranging from 500kb to 8 gig all big enough for my needs for my old PCs.Each one one says no fixed Disk when I ran Fdisk. I also ran Killdisk and that was unable to find the HD.Any tips on or how to repair the drives.I never throw anythig away as most things do come in usefull. Ex

Answer:Is it possible to repair a Hard Drive.

The price of hard drives these days just don't make it worth while to keep any old ones. It would cost more to repair them than it would cost to replace them with newer, bigger, better, faster drives, just sling them out and save the space for some thing else LOL.

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Question: Hard Drive repair

Several years ago a computer I had shorted out/blew up and fried some of the chips on the HD. I know there are companies that can fix it but since I had some downloaded "things" (music. etc) on there I've been leary of getting it fixed. Does anyone know of a place that can fix it without reporting me to John Law? Don't need no lawsuits!!! Thanks
 

Answer:Hard Drive repair

Good Morning DialM4speed, you would be best trying to locate an identical functioning drive and simply "pinch" the electronics off it.
qldit.
 

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I have a HP system that has crashed. I have a new hard drive that I installed but want to repair my old hard drive and or bring all programs and files over to the new hard drive. My main user account is not letting me access now while plugged in as drive G. I can access all other accounts on the hard drive but the one I NEED is not allowing me. Says access denied. Computer was part of a network but is now just a stand alone.

How can I repair the old drive to use again
Or how can I pull over all of my files and programs to the new drive.

As a reminder both drives are connected to the same laptop which is HP 6730s
drive C is the new hard drive and
drive G in the old hard drive

Thanks in advance for any help provided.

Answer:how to repair xp pro with hard drive as external drive

The only way to move installed programs from one hard drive to another...is to create a partition or drive image that transfers the contents (all) from Drive 1 to Drive 2.

Some "backups" do this also, rather than needing Windows and the installed program...in order to restore in part or fully.

The problem that I see...is that you only have 1 computer and...it's a laptop.

Let's await other inputs.

Louis

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hi there

i recently installed a new hard second hard drive on my computer because the original hard drive is full.is there any way of making the new hard drive the default hard drive.if this is possible please let me know how.

many thanks
 

Answer:make new hard drive default

what do you mean by default?
If you mean default as i understand, first you need to have your O.S in the new hard disk, second you must tell your boot agent to boot first from second hard drive.
 

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i have a remote hard drive attached to my windows 10 pc, with a "My
Documents" folder on it, full of all my docs and pictures and such. i want to tell windows 10 to use that directory as the default directory to look for, and store, documents and images. any suggestions?

Answer:set remote hard drive as default on win 10

click here

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Hi. I have two hard drives in my computer. One is 320GB and it is almost filled up. I also have a 1TB hard drive that I bought recently. All the programs I install automatically choose the C drive (320GB). How can I change the default hard drive to the A drive (1TB)? I know you can just change the install directory when your installing the program but it would be a lot easier if it automatically chose the A drive. Some programs don't even give you a choice where to install it.

Answer:Change default hard drive

If your 320 GB drive is filled up with user data, like pictures, songs, etc, just move them over to your new drive and use that for data storage. If the 320 GB drive is filled up with apps and games, you could either uninstall what you don't need, or clone the 320 GB to the 1 TB drive.

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Well. I just bought a new laptop yesterday. It's got a SDD, and 2 HDD's. The thing is, the SDD is my C: drive. So whenever I install a program, it defaults to install on the SDD which is not big enough for that at all, as right now it's simply holding the OS. Is there a way I can perhaps rename the drives so programs always install to my other drives, rather then this SDD?

Answer:Changing default hard drive?

You don`t want to rename any drives or change the letters now. That should only be done when you format a drive, to many things could go wrong. When you install a program just change the drive letter in the path from C: to the hard drive you want to install it on. It will still put all the usual stuff in the start menu.

For example. Instead of C: program/files/ccleaner change it to D: program/files/ccleaner or whatever the case may be. It will still put an icon on your desktop if you choose to or you can always put it in the taskbar. The icon will still be in the start menu.

And if you really need the space you could always uninstall a program on C: and install it to the other drive. But be very careful as you don`t want to loose anything you have paid for and can`t find the activation code. Hope this helps.

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I believe I got rid of a root virus with TDS killer and the Windows repair virus with Malwarebytes.
I then had alot of browser redirects that I seemed to have solved.
The other weird thing was that alot of my folders switched to hidden, and I have got most of those back

Things are running pretty smooth now, but
Would someone be kind enough to see if my log is clean?

Thanks in advance

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:44:23 PM, on 03/30/11
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18372)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\DisplayLink Core Software\DisplayLinkService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Samsung\PanelMgr\SSMMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Quick Search Box\GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\DisplayLink Core Software\DisplayLinkManager.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\DisplayLin... Read more

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Hey guys. I got a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ470E about a year ago from my uncle, who just got a new laptop. The laptop was cleaned completly, and a brand new copy of windows 7 was installed on it. Anyways it was working fine up until until yesterday, where it crashed. After rebooting a message appeared to boot into windows normally of to run startup repair. I chose to boot into windows normally, but it crashed soon after (on the Windows Logo). The second time I booted it into startup repair and let it run. After I came back screen was no longer on startup repair and instead was displaying a black screen with "Operating System Can't be found on it". I know this message pops up if your hd gets loose, so I turned teh computer off, popped it over, and made sure the hd was securely in place. I booted it up again but I still got the message, so I grabed my home premium disk to boot into the system recovery options. I ran startup repair again, but got an error saying that startup repair can't fix the problem because it can't detect a hd. After that I went into System Image Recovery, and into the advanced tab to see if the hd was still showing up there. It wasn't but there was a new drive named Boot ( X: ) which contains a Windows Folder and a Setup application (Windows Installer) (Also the drive is showing that is has 28.4 MB free of 30.9MB, which doensn't make sense because the Windows folder alone is 819 MB). I even attempted to reinstall windows to see if... Read more

Answer:Hard drive gone after startup repair

Sounds like your hard drive has failed to me.
You need to look in the BIOS to see if it is detected.
With older Sony models, you pressed F1 as the laptop was powering up.
 

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Hi sevenforums,

I just received a windows message saying that I should repair or replace my harddrive. I am hoping to get some advice.

I am using a lenovo y580, which is known for hard drive heating issue. To resolve this, I took out the DVD drive, bought a HD caddy and replaced my hard drive into the DVD drive bay which reduced the heat significantly.

Right now, I am having the issue of is it a HD caddy failure, DVD drive bay connector failure or the HD failure itself?

Am I resigned to trial and error but running disc check normally or put back the HD into its original bay and test it.

Any help will be much appreciated as I will be buying a new HD or HD caddy. Thanks!

Answer:Repair or replace hard drive

Download and run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic tool. If it's a Western Digital drive, it's called "Data Lifeguard". The other companies have a similar tool.

The tool probably has at least two tests--quick and extended or something like that.

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I have had some issues with my computer repair at a major retailer. I brought my laptop in for what I would call a loop problem.

We were contacted that we needed to provided some additional info - so we ran by the store.

On the ticket it said it passed everything including a FACE test? and the OS issue needs destructive AD&R(?).

My husband questioned them about the hard drive test he had originally performed & the sales person proceeded to repeat it. This time the test came up no hard drive... So the gentleman screwed the door open & there is NO hard drive??? I wouldn't have even known how to do it! (well insert a month of arguements and they put in a new hard drive I swear NO one but me & my partner in my childfree house have access to this computer)

My question is - would they have been able to do a FACE test (no clue what that is) or be able to tell me the OS issue needs destructive AD&R (no clue about this either).

Their Notes go kinda like this:

Hardware Diagnostics:
PASS: fan, other PEAd (?), hard drive, memory, FACE
FAILED: dust

They scratched out the OS Issue needs destructive AD&R - then wrote:

Rerunning FACE - won't work with out Hard Drive

Ran FACE off of virtual Drive X previously did not have the Hard Drive in it. Called client to get Hard Drive (and we got written up for getting up set at them & then they stopped answer the phone - all calls were directed to store manager - Yes we were up... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive - repair questions

Fishy is an understatement.

I would begin by calling the Better Business Bureau, and filing a formal complaint.

I would hope that someone accidentally damaged the HDD beyond repair, and left it's whereabouts a mystery.

If there was any sensitive client info, I would definitely advise clients your security has been compromised, should it be necessary. Mind them to stay on their toes for anything suspicious, as it could lead to an employee responsible for any malfeasance.

As for FACE, if I recall correctly, it is a memory diagnostic.

You have definitely been hosed, and I hope they didn't bill you an outreageous amount. It really sounds like they are pulling some kind of CYA stunt. Hopefully, the HDD will not function on another PC besides an HP. Dells have a habit of doing such a thing. They tend to be proprietary.
 

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my roommate has some sort of malware that has completely taken over her hard drive. she's had malware problems for the past 3 years or so. we lived in the dorms at our school and unfortunately, the network was very insecure and most of the people living there at the time ended up getting some sort of malware on their computer (myself included, but my hard drive just burned out an needed to be replaced). the IT personnel at our school was never able to completely remove everything from her hard drive but she hasn't had any major problems since then. today, while she was browsing myspace, she got a popup window that said something like "quicktime needs to download an update". she x'ed out of that window and all hell broke loose. her desktop background changed and she keeps getting random popups in addition to spontaneous music that just starts playing at random times. i took a couple of screenshots and just told her to disable her internet connection for now because i don't know what else to do. i'm afraid she may just need to get a new harddrive and start from scratch since she's been having these problems for so long but i'm sure there has to be some other solution. here are the screenshots of her desktop and two of the popups that she keeps getting, just so you all can get a better idea of what's going on:



 

Answer:my roommates hard drive may be beyond repair...

i also forgot to add that the task manager can't be opened. whenever i tried, it said "task manager has been disabled by the administrator"
 

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I have a 3 TB drive that I've been having trouble with (volumes dismount randomly and don't show up until restart). I recently replaced it and I decided to clean the drive in diskpart to see if I could get it working correctly; after cleaning it windows now sees only 746 GB (no ~2000 GB leftovers), this is not surprising for a 3 TB drive so I set it to GPT, but the other space still doesn't show up at all.

I'm guessing the other sectors are just dead, but its out of warranty and I hate to just throw away a 3 TB drive. I've tried the clean all command in diskpart as well as disconnecting and reconnecting the power. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to repair this drive? Or is it just garbage now?

Answer:Hard drive repair options

Could you please post a screenshot of disk management? Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi there, my girlfriends A100 laptop has developed a fault where it gets so far loading xp (xp loading screen with blue loading bar) then returns to option screen giving options such as safe mode with networking, command prompt and last known configuration. None of these work. I have changed no hardware or installed any software recently. I have a toshoba product recovery disc, what I would like to know is does it give me the option of repairing xp and allow me to keep my personnal files or will it completely erase my hard drive for a fresh install?

I used this disc today but got so far but did not want to select the option of the recovery in case this deletes the hard drive. This could not have happened at a worse time, I spent yesterday reformatting my external hard drive so the only place our precious files are is on the laptop! If I cannot repair xp I may have to buy a 2.5 inch laptop hard drive adapter to go on to a desktop pc to access my files. Any help would be very very usefull !

ps: Apologies if there any obvious mistakes, Im using my wii to write this and its taken ages !

Answer:Can I repair WXP instead of reformating hard drive?

Running Recovery WILL erase the HDD. You need to backup your files first.


You have a few options:

1) Boot off a generic XP Installation CD and choose to repair Windows. This may not work, the problem could be caused by anything.

2) Boot off a Live Linux CD such as Knoppix (or BartPE based on XP) and copy your important files from the C: Drive (Windows partition) to a USB Key.

3) Remove the HDD from the laptop and attach it to another PC using a USB 2.5" HDD SATA Adapter (these are cheap), then copy the important files, and then run Recovery.

4) Attach the Laptop's HDD directly to a Desktop PC's Mainboard. The Desktop PC would need to have SATA connectors. 2.5" and 3.5" SATA connectors are the same.

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My laptop hard drive has failed and I need to send it for repair/troubleshooting.

However, my hard drive contains "private" photos and videos
thus I'm afraid that the repairman may come across these files and may do something bad with them.

My question is will it be secure to send the hard drive for repair? And if the hard drive is dead, will they still be able to access those files contained in the hard drive?

Answer:Sending a hard drive for repair

Hello vvl, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the hard drive is not completely dead, then they will have full access to whatever is on the hard drive.

The real question is how professional will they be about your "private" photos and videos, and how much you trust them.

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My main data drive just went down, and my latest backup is two months old. I really need to access the data there, but cannot send it to a data recovery service for security and monetary reasons.

I can find my way around the inside of a computer, but have never attempted to repair a hard drive before. If I attempt to do it myself, am I doomed to fail?

Currently, the HD just makes a muted "click click click" sound upon bootup. BIOS does not recognize.

It's a Western Digital WD400 40GB 5400 rpm

What resources exist for me to attempt to fix this myself?

Any advice appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Repair for Dummies

before it went dead,..did you see a blue screen?....if you bsod'd...you can recover your files by setting the HD as slave to another HD(probably in another system/pc)....

however,..im not too sure about the noise that you hear...but it sure seems like it really sounds bad!

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Answer:Hard drive repair,help needed.

i have a hard drive which i'm trying to repair but can't find a spares supplier,anyone help?It's a Seagate,20.4 gig,part ST320423A,the circuit board is damaged so either a board from a supplier or a working board from a scrapper will do.I only need to get it running long enough to get the stuff off it that i want.Please feel free to to give me a long and well deserved lecture about backups.Thanks.

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Helllo can anyone out there suggest a good harddrive repair program that boots from a floppy. My hardrive is recognised by the BIOS and fdisk but when I try to create a partition using fdisk it seems to get stuck while checking the drives integrity e.g. it does not move off 0% even though the hard drive is being accessed( according to the H/D light on the front panel) I think that the problem may be with the MBR or a low level format may cure it but I do not have the software to do this.Thanks A Lot

Answer:Hard Drive Repair Software

Bear in mind that no software can repair a faulty drive - merely one that has certain corrutions.Go the the web site for your HDD manufacturer, and you will find the appropriate software. Look for Diagnostics/Zero fill (sometimes erroneously called low-level format).Seagate have Seatools - Maxtor have MaxBlast, and IBM also have one - others you will have to look for.

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Can bad sectors be repaired?

Answer:bad sectors hard drive repair

No only be replaced by good sectors that manufacturers put on one side when disc is made. Believe it or not new dives have bad sectors when made. Cheap drives will have more develop than dearer ones as they set the bad sector tolerance level lower when they check the new disc for faults i.e. they pass clusters that are not bad but near the boarder line, so that they may go bad in the short term quicker than a good drive that allows grater clearance

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I have an ASUS laptop which came with Win 8, upgraded to Win 8.1 then upgraded to Win 10. Had a problem of rebooting unexpectedly. Restore did not help. Having problems getting a rescue disk to boot up ( ASUS bios is a bit odd to set up for CD/DVD boot ) so decided to do a repair as I have an original Win 10 usb installation stick and when it booted up I tried to do a repair. But it came back as unable to do a repair as hard drive is locked! what does this mean.

I have run a program that has given me my activation code and was wondering if I reinstalled Win 10 do I use this activation code or just reinstall and bypass activation code!

Thanks Bob

Answer:Hard drive locked trying a Win 10 repair

2bretired said:

I have an ASUS laptop which came with Win 8, upgraded to Win 8.1 then upgraded to Win 10. Had a problem of rebooting unexpectedly. Restore did not help. Having problems getting a rescue disk to boot up ( ASUS bios is a bit odd to set up for CD/DVD boot ) so decided to do a repair as I have an original Win 10 usb installation stick and when it booted up I tried to do a repair. But it came back as unable to do a repair as hard drive is locked! what does this mean.

I have run a program that has given me my activation code and was wondering if I reinstalled Win 10 do I use this activation code or just reinstall and bypass activation code!

Thanks Bob



Hi.
Once W10 has been installed and activated on a machine, it can be clean-installed as often as you like/need, and it will auto-activate based on the signature on the MS servers, so no key needed.

The issue of the "locked" HDD may be due to Fast Startup being enabled.






To understand what this is/does (it was first introduced in Windows 8):
?Fast Startup (aka: hybrid boot or hybrid Shutdown) is a new feature in Windows 8 to help your PC start up faster after shutting down. When turned on, Windows 8 does this by using a hybrid shutdown (a partial hibernate) method that saves only the kernel session and device drivers (system information) to the hibernate (hiberfil.sys) file on disk instead of closing it when you shut down your PC. This also ... Read more

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I have an ASUS laptop which came with Win 8, upgraded to Win 8.1 then upgraded to Win 10. Had a problem of rebooting unexpectedly. Restore did not help. Having problems getting a rescue disk to boot up ( ASUS bios is a bit odd to set up for CD/DVD boot ) so decided to do a repair as I have an original Win 10 usb installation stick and when it booted up I tried to do a repair. But it came back as unable to do a repair as hard drive is locked! what does this mean.

I have run a program that has given me my activation code and was wondering if I reinstalled Win 10 do I use this activation code or just reinstall and bypass activation code!

Thanks Bob

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Hello!,
I made the mistake of plugging a hard drive with the four pin plug upside down. The plastic enclosure that surrounds the four pins was broken and the four pins were completely exposed. It made a spark proceeded by an immediate burning smell. In other words, I fried some components of this old 5.25" Quantum Bigfoot. It supposed to have important vocational training software that I am trying to save for a vocational training school instructor.I looked on the Internet for hard drive repair, and they are very expensive. It costs hundreds of dollars an hour. Is there any inexpensive place out there that may fix it? I will appreciate your help!
 

Answer:Any Cheap Hard Drive Repair?

I really doubt you'll find a cheap repair for that drive. A long shot would be to find another identical Bigfoot drive and swap the PCB, but if something inside the HDA was toasted, you're out of luck.
 

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Hi all

I have a Maxtor Maxline Plus II 250GB SATA 1.5GB/s that I bought about November last year the seller said it was brand new, but about six months realized that it wasn't brand new as Acronis Drive Monitor said that my Maxtor had been used for 1585 days, and about 2 months ago my Maxtor started clicking and sounding as if it was bout to die. Acronis Drive Monitor says that the Maxtor 23% health which is below Acronis's 70% limit before replacing the hard drive. But I thought could I replace the PCB to see if the hard drive will get full life again and work well, will this work?

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Hard drive repair

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I have been given a laptop by a friend which will not boot. I have tried all the normal routes of repair. I have removed the hard drive from the laptop and tried it in a laptop i know works. However this didn't work. I then removed it and used an adapter to connect it via USB, this didn't work either. I am now trying to repair it using a windows install disc and going through the repair function on that but so far I have had very little joy.

My aim is to at least try and retrieve some of the personal files from the hard drive and then format and re install windows. I am very open to any suggestions on an alternative way of doing this.

The laptop is running Windows 7 64bit. Its a 250gb Western Digital hard drive.
 

Answer:Laptop Hard drive repair

Welcome to Major Geeks.

If you want to attempt to retrieve files, your best bet is to connect the bad drive to a working computer using an external USB adapter. If the drive isn't too far gone, Windows (on the working PC) should assign it a drive letter (like a USB flash drive).

If this part works, you can dig down to the "Users" folder in Windows and find the data or use a wildcard search on the drive for known file extensions (*.doc, *.jpeg, etc.).

If you get a message you have to reformat it before use, you'll want to play around with some data recovery programs. Honestly, I haven't found one that works that well yet, so I'll leave suggestions on software to more experienced data recovery experts.

If the drive doesn't power up (spin) at all when connected, your chance of data recovery is nil unless you send it to a professional data recovery service ($800 and up).

Hope this helps.
 

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has any one any idea if there is some generic software to repair hard drives?
have used maxtor and wd repair programs on there drives but have come accross a excelstor drive and cant find any support (suorise,suprise)
any help much appreciated
 

Answer:hard drive repair software

If you read their website this drive sounds like it is a Hatachi drive manufactured thru a liscensing agreement so their software may work. Here's a link http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htmDon't know if this will help or not but may be worth a shot.
 

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I am starting out my computer service business in the part time, and have had some calls come my way. I have been able to solve them all, except for the ones which relate to hard drive failures.

So, now I am looking to invest some money into some hardware-software that I can use to recover data from these hard drives for my clients. I can recover data from PATA drives by setting them as slaves in my system, but I cannot do anything about other types of drives.

So now I am looking at different enclosures and adapters which allow you to connect SATA drives to USB 2.0 and such, and have only been able to find enclosures for 3.5" drives.

My questions:
(1) are 2.5" SATA drives popular, or are they something you encounter once in a blue moon
(2) is there an adapter or enclosure which will allow me to switch back and forth from 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives, or does one HAVE to buy two different enclosures
(3) what is the best way to go about setting up SCSI drives for repair --- with PCI adapters or enclosures or something else
(4) what different SCSI types are out there, and is there some type of hardware which supports them all

any help would be greatly appreciated

thanks
 

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