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Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Question: Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?


My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,


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Preferred Solution: Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external 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 (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps

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I have a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro v2030 which is slowly dying: I've already replaced the fan and now the hard disk has died completely. Considering the DVD-RW drive has now decided to stop reading DVDs, I've decided it's time to replace both the hard disk and the DVD-RW. I know it's probably cheaper in the long-run to just buy a new laptop, but I'm taking vengeance on this one's numerous shortcomings by refusing to let it die!

According to the manufacturer's website (, the old hard drive - a 40gb Samsung disk - was SATA 150. I've been looking around for a new disk and I quite like the look of a Western Digital 320gb drive ( - however, this is SATAII and thus SATA 3 Gbit/s specification. I've read elsewhere that the new specification is often backwards-compatible, but that some older SATA controllers can't negotiate the speed and may require a jumper. Can anyone advise me on whether or not my Amilo Pro v2030 is such an affected system - or can I buy the SATAII drive and have it work fine without a jumper? Furthermore, will it run at at the old 150 spec or does my system's components support SATAII natively?

Lastly, in terms of replacing the DVD-RW drive: I know that my drive is a Lite-On but I'm not sure of the model number. Getting to the drive requires removal of all sorts of components and I&#... Read more

Answer:Replacing hard drive and DVD-RW on Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro v2030

You will want to stick with sata1 for the hard drive.
I have seen some desktop drives with a compatability jumper,
but never seen a laptop drive with one.

The DVD drive appears to be a standard IDE PATA slim drive.
You can get something like this.
DVD drive
And swap the face plate.
Might want to do a search for it.
You can probably find it cheaper.

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I am running Windows 8.1 and it appears that my hard drive needs to be replaced. When the machine is turned on, frequently there is a slight screech and I feel it?s best to replace the hard drive.

How do I make an exact bootable copy of the hard drive on a new hard drive and simply replace the drive with the new drive without having to reinstall Windows 8.1 or other programs and without affecting any of the files currently on the machine? If cloning software is required, are there any free programs I can download?

Answer:Replacing hard drive with a cloned copy

I know of no free image backup software to restore to dissimilar hardware.

Two good programs are Acronis True Image 2014 Premium or Macrium Reflect Pro. I have used them in the past.

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Recently, my Laptop which is running a student offer Windows 7 Home Premium decided to mess up on me by telling me that "Windows detected a hard disk problem" asking me to start the backup procedure and replace the hard drive. The problem began occurring when I started to install my old Sims 2 collection. Whenever I start the laptop and log-on, I receive the message about the hard drive every time. I also get a Blue Screen Of Death when trying to install the rest of my Sims which I'm halfway through installing.

I do have slight suspicions that the problem is malware related but I've checked using:

Kasperski's tdsskiller application;
Malwarebytes' Anti-malware
And AVG Free 2011
None of these applications really indicate that the cause is malware so it's probably safe to say the hard drive really has met its premature end. Especially seeing as its only a year old. However I need to find out if I still have a warranty and that the hard drive is covered under it.

It would also be useful to know if there are any good diagnostic tools to check the hard drive with. I've used SeaTools by Seagate and It failed a "short DST" test. The information from other diagnostic tools would also be useful to know to determine the cause of the problem.

I have selected a hard drive replacement which has a better storage capacity and I think the same interface type. Samsung HM500JI 500GB 2.5" Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 8MB Cache:

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Answer:Replacing hard drive with the same copy of windows

Quote: Originally Posted by ahuns

The next problem is actually swapping the hard drives and putting my copy of windows on the new one. The copy of windows I'm currently running was one bought with a student offer online and the product key was emailed to my old college account which has now been removed from their databases. However, it may be on record with my bank and with Microsoft that I bought it. Is it possible to retrieve the product key and deactivate windows, replace the hard drive, then reinstall windows with that same product key? If possible I intend to swap the product key so I can have a key for 64bit windows if required then possibly put the old hard drive in an external enclosure.

Keyfinder | Magical Jelly Bean Retrieve product key but they charge for Win 7 now.

First buy another hard drive. Same size or larger. Make sure it's 7200 rpm. it's faster.

Get a copy of Clonezilla (free) and it works great. Now you need to find a desktop to clone the old drive to the new drive.

Or swap out the old drive with the new and reinstall Win 7. Then buy an external enclosure for your old drive. Connect the USB cable and copy all you data to the new drive.

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I have a Dell Latitude laptop, 4 gb hard drive, 128 mb memory, I have no back up disks to restore the laptop. Can anyone tell me how to copy a drive image of the hard drive laptop to my external 40gb hard drive please?

Answer:copy drive image to external hard drive?

You need software that can create a snapshot image of your laptop hard drive.Acronis "True Image", Norton "Ghost" are betterknown ones. Try EBay or Amazon for deals.

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How do I (in one operation) copy my HP Pavillion "C" drive with Windows XP over to a Toshiba Canvio 320 external hard drive??? It would seem that this must be a simple operation.

Answer:copy the c drive to an external hard drive

"What would be the use of this copy operation?"I was going to ask something similar. What would be the point of copying the entire C: partition to an external?

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Damaged my external hard drive that I use to make backups of my File History. When connecting a new drive will it capture all the files or just where I left off when using my old drive? Using Windows 10 anniversary. Thanks

Answer:When replacing a damaged external hard drive

I guess it will only copy the current version of your files since the older versions are only stored within File History. Can you extract the old file history folder from the damaged drive? If so you could copy it to the new drive and see if FH will recognise and add to the existing backup.

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Damaged my external hard drive that I use to make backups of my File History. When connecting a new drive will it capture all the files or just where I left off when using my old drive? Using Windows 10 anniversary. Thanks

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Hi, I am running out of space on my hard drive and am about to purchase a larger one.  I have a 1TB external USB disk drive with plenty of capacity on it.  How can I use this external drive to back up my existing hard drive and then load up a new one?  - do I have to create a recovery disk?- can I just copy the entire C: drive over to the backup drive, or do I need some sort of utility?- will any of the ThinkVantage Utilities help with this, or do I have to get a third-party "disk cloning" package like Norton Ghost? Thanks for any advice... - bill.

Answer:replacing hard drive via external backup device

There are a couple programs that can continually back up your system. You can do a one time or run it a certain schedule.I believe you have to create an image of the drive and load it up. The only program I can think of at the moment is Norton Ghost. Creating an image would be easier and you wouldn't lose bits here and there.

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I'm trying to use Norton Ghost to copy my hard drive to a new usb external hard drive. I am trying to use clone in Ghost advanced, but when I get to the section where it asks for source and destination, I see Disk 1 - (c - DISE_backup (d, and for destination I see the same thing. How do I get it to identify my usb hard drive designated as (I in my computer.
If I try backup in Ghost basic, I am able to choose the destination by going to my computer and clicking on the drive, is there a way to do it in advanced Clone?
Is there a better way to copy my old drive to the new one? I'm using win ME, the old drive is 40 gig, and the new one 250 gig Seagate.
Also,I used Seagate disk wizard to install it, and when i click on it in my computer it recognizes it as a 250 gig, does that mean that 250 is usable, or do I have to partition it?
ya know, I actually thought that this was gonna be easy!

Answer:can I copy my hard drive to an external usb hard drive?

I used DriveImage XML (freeby probably availabale here at MG) to copy a backup from my C Drive to a maxtor USB 100Gb USB drive with no probs whatsoever. Moreover I tested it to reinstall to the C Drive for a minor program and it did the job hassle free.
I don't like anything Norton turns out, personal opinion based on bitter experience.
Give Drive image a try!
However I hope you undersand that you cannot boot from the backup - it is only a backup - booting is a different situation altogether

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I have to replace my hard drive and want to copy all the stuff on my existing hard drive to an external. When I try I get an error message saying that the ntuser.dat is in use or copy prtected. How do I get round this please

Answer:Copy to external hard drive

then copy folder by folder the new drive EXCEPT c:\windows
and the files located c:\ like c:\pagefile.sys c:\boot.ini... etc OK?
if you are looking for a complete backup like "ghost" or "image" then you will need software. data backup software on any retail website will give you an idea. btw does your new external drive come with a cd for software? you may already have a program to help you, check it out.

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Recently I have run into a problem while trying to use my external hard drive. (a 2 TB Seagate model, requiring external power) When I try to copy anything onto it, the process never finishes - it just stalls at a point. It then affects the rest of my laptop, slowing everything else down. I can't even log out in this situation.

I viewed my hard drive state using Defraggler, and under "Disk Health" it says "Error". Under the "Health" tab, it has marked "Reallocated Sector Count" in Red.

That is all I have been able to ascertain until now. Anyone have any ideas as to what the problem is?

Answer:Can't copy to external hard drive

From what I searched on the web this is what I've found:

Reallocated Sectors Count

Count of reallocated sectors. When the hard drive finds a read/write/verification error, it marks that sector as "reallocated" and transfers data to a special reserved area (spare area). This process is also known as remapping, and reallocated sectors are called "remaps". The raw value normally represents a count of the bad sectors that have been found and remapped. Thus, the higher the attribute value, the more sectors the drive has had to reallocate. This allows a drive with bad sectors to continue operation; however, a drive which has had any reallocations at all is significantly more likely to fail in the near future.[2] While primarily used as a metric of the life expectancy of the drive, this number also affects performance. As the count of reallocated sectors increases, the read/write speed tends to become worse because the drive head is forced to seek to the reserved area whenever a remap is accessed. A workaround which will preserve drive speed at the expense of capacity is to create a disk partition over the region which contains remaps and instruct the operating system to not use that partition.

This basically means that there is some physical damage to your hard drive platters. when a sector is bad or has gone bad, it can never be used again, which in return means over time it may get worse and you lose more hard drive space. This is the beginning of a h... Read more

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I wish to copy my laptop HD (all apps., programs etc.) to an external HD then replace the laptop hd with the external HD for upgrade purposes (80gb to 160gb). I'm seeking the best method for doing this. I've tried using the Microsoft feature (ntbackup.exe) but it doesn't seem to work for me. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Copy laptop hard drive to external HD

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So I recently moved from XP to 7. Before I did this I created a backup of some files on my XP box and copied it to an external hard drive. Now that I'm on Windows 7 I've learned that there is really no way to directly restore the backup. So I have restored it onto a Vista box and copied the rehydrated files back onto the external hard drive. Now I just want to copy the files from the external hard drive to the main hard drive on my Windows 7 box. However, when I do this I get the following warning for some (but not most) folders:

"You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this folder"

My options are Continue, Skip, and Cancel. First off, I am an administrator on this box so I don't understand why it's asking my this. Secondly, if I choose Continue, it tells me that the folder I'm copying over already exists in the destination! What? The system is in the middle of copying it! Why is it asking me this? So I just tell it to proceed, but then it tells me the same thing about a few particular files and asks me if I want to overwrite them or ignore them. I usually say overwrite because they shouldn't be there yet. Anyway, by the time the whole thing is done, the destination folder is actually BIGGER and has more files than the same freaking folder on the drive I was copying from? How is that possible?

What is going on here? Why does a simple copy operation not work anymore?

Answer:Can't copy files from external hard drive

The copy function in Win7 works very well - trust me. When you did your copy operation, the system apprently found files/folders by the same name that already existed on your system. E.g. if you copy a folder named "Music", the system will note that there is already such a folder that comes with the system. But very often those are system files like .ini that are on both the target and the source.
If your folder got bigger, you'll have to look what the additions are. Hard to tell from here what might have happened.

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I have just purchased a 500g external hard drive which connets to my PC by USB2 cable. I would like to copy the WHOLE of my PC hard drive to this, so if the PC HD dies I will have a ready backup, is this possible?Also if I copy/backup files will it overwrite files already on external HD

Answer:Copy Existing PC hard drive to external

acronis true image will do the job,or if the drive is seagate or maxtor,there are free acronis here

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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I bought a larger Gig USB external drive to copy all of my files onto in case of a problem with my windows XP Pro Drive and when I try to copy or paste it over to the external drive it gets to some files and says it can not copy because they are in use and nothing is running at the time I am trying to copy everything off my computer to the external hard drive. Is there another way to do this without having to buy a program I can not afford to do on social security?

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

What are you trying to copy, the entire HDD contents? What would be the point of that? You can't run Windows or any programs from the external drive using the copy/paste method & you can't copy windows files that are in use. If you want to create an entire backup of your system, there's plenty of free software available for just that purpose. We need an better explanation of what it is you want to do.

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When I try to copy a 5 gig (avi) file to my Seagate hard drive it says there is not enough room. There is at least 65 gigs free. I have tried defragging the drive but it still won't let me do it. I copied a 2 gig file with no problem. Any ideas?

Answer:Can't copy 5 gig file to Seagate external hard drive

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when trying to copy audio files to an external hard drive, getting error "Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?"
I have many audio folders. Some of the folders copy ok, others do not. I researched this somwhat and the explanation I found was incmpatabilities going from NTFS to FAT. So what can I do to change the NTFS folder on my computer so that the properties are compatable with the Flashdrive? I have tried reformatting the i-flash drive in NTFS but it then could no longer be read by the iPhone software (i-easy Drive).

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[SOS] How can I copy files to External Hard Drive? (MS-DOS Invalid Function)

Please check the following link:

It is miserable that I met the same problem that he met.

"Invalid MS-DOS function" window is pop out when I tried to copy files to the external drive.

How can I solved it

I have spent about 3 days but I still can't solve it .
My External Drive : Buffalo HD-LBU2

Answer:[SOS] How can I copy files to External Hard Drive? (MS-DOS Invalid Fun

hi Pufferine,

well it is not a bug, since for me it works perfectly. Do you copy via Task scheduler?

Anyway be sure you do it as Administrator to avoid some problems.


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Can you copy program files over to an external hard drive? And copy them back onto your hard drive after installing Windows 10 pro? Or do you have to install all the programs again? If so is there any software that would do it for you?

Answer:Can you copy program files over to an external hard drive?

hollyoaks777 said:

Can you copy program files over to an external hard drive? And copy them back onto your hard drive after installing Windows 10 pro? Or do you have to install all the programs again? If so is there any software that would do it for you?

If they are "installed" you need to reinstall them, because of the registry.
If they are portable's, you can copy & paste(might want to get any .ini files belonging to them, as they contain any specific settings)

See here: installation - What's the difference between portable and install versions? - Super User.

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I completely reinstalled my Win XP OS and i saved my "necessary" files(music, videos. etc...) to an external hard drive but i accidentally encrypted them and now i have to figure out how to decrypt them so i can copy them to my new OS.

When i try to just uncheck the "Encrypt contents to secure data" box i get the error:

An error occurred applying attributes to the file:

Access is denied.
How do i fix this. :-(

Answer:ReInstalled Win XP and Cannot Copy files from external Hard Drive

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Is there a way to delete the computer hard drive clone on the external hard drive and recover the files that were lost?  I want my full external storage capacity back and, if possible, the files.  Thanks.  I'm running XP Home.

Answer:Disc Copy 2.3 ate up all my external hard drive-- from 320GB to 37GB now!

No idea what you are talking about. How about starting at the beginning and telling us the whole story?

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Okay here is the story. My laptop has a ton of valuable information on it, recently my Norton protection ran out and was unable to renew it.

Well somebody hacked my system and now I have a ton of viruses, trojans, and malware. So I was still able to use my PC for internet usage and my music still played in Windows Media Player. So all in all my laptop still worked.

Now today I go to turn on my laptop, and it will not boot up at all. I can't even system restore or repair it with windows repair.

However I do need to back up my files, and since my hard drive is what is wrong in the first place.

I think it might be better, instead of copying the entire hard drive to my 1 terabyte external hard drive, if it would make more sense just to copy my entire user profile onto my external?

I am wondering if this is possible. i have heard of LiveCD's and Parted Magic from this forum. But I am wondering if I can just back up all of my files that way.

If I can back up all of my files like that, I might save money instead of taking to a repairman and just fix it myself.

So is it possible to copy and back-up the entire user profile of a laptop that will not boot up to an external hard drive?

Basically I want to copy the entire contents of my User Profile on Vista onto an external drive, so I can use my reboot CD to reboot my laptop, without losing any of my files and folders or anything for that matter.

I figure the best way to do that would be to copy t... Read more

Answer:Copy entire user profile to external hard drive

Have you tried a repair install? If that is possible that will leave your files intact.. It is a good idea to back on a regular basis anyway.

The other possibility is connecting your hard drive as a slave drive on another pc.

If the repair install is not possible there are a number of ways using boot cd's to access your data.

Here is one solution that is free and should do what you want

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When I copy a file to External Hard Drive, then this error. How can I copy?
I tried on Windows 7, everything is ok.

Answer:How can I copy files to External Hard Drive? (MS-DOS Invalid Function)

It may be a bug if it works in 7 and not in 8. Does this error crop up with any file or only with this particular file? If its very file, then its a problem with the external. If it isnt, then its a problem with the particular file. Backup the data on the external, then run chkdsk on it.

How to use CHKDSK (Check Disk) - Windows 7

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I was wondering if anyone knows how to use cmd.exe to copy all the files in 'My Documents' to an external hard drive? I am using Windows XP professional.

My computer has got some sort of virus so when I try to log on I only see the background picture, all the icons are gone and I can't access the start menu. I can't even open Windows in safe mode. The only thing that works is cmd.exe that I can access from the safe mode menu.

I need to retrieve my files from My Documents so I am hoping it is possible to use cmd.exe for that? I have never used cmd.exe before so I don't know any codes.

Any help would be really appreciated!!

/ Anna

Answer:[SOLVED] using cmd.exe to copy files from 'My Documents' to an external hard drive

Press ctrl-alt-del. Does task manager show up? If so, go to the processes tab. Scroll down. Do you see explorer.exe anywhere? If yes, select it, then pick end process. Then click on file, new task, and type explorer. See if that starts Windows Explorer that way.

If that doesn't work, start the command prompt (any way you can - my suggested way is ctrl-alt-del to get task manager, then file, new task, and type cmd)

Depending on where you're at you have to get to your my documents folder.
Whereever your current directory is, type
cd \Documents and Settings\youruserid\My Documents
(don't forget the backslash before documents)
You should be in your my documents folder.
Now go to your other drive, whatever letter it might be - for example D: by typin
then make a directory - we'll name it backup in our example
md backup
switch to that directory
cd backup
and switch back to C:
then run the xcopy command.
xcopy *.* /e /h d:
that says to copy all files (*.*) and folders and subfolders (/e) including system and hidden files (/h) to d: (notice it's d: and not d:\ - because we want to copy to the current working directory on d:, which is backup).

Naturally for all this to work, you have to make sure your flash drives gets detected in safe mode, which I'm not sure as I'm not sure all plug-and-play devices are accessible in safe mode.

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Good monring to you all. I'm about to purchase a 2tb external hard rive which is on sale at maplins, link is here:
I've already reserved it to pick up later.
I have a windows 7 desktop pc....ALL my collection of music is stored on my itunes, AND I have about 100 playlits which I also need to keep as well.
I need advise moving my itunes library to the external hard drive AND moving ALL my playlists as well, and I need to do this WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE. My itunes music library is the most important thing ive got on my desktop. Any good advice would be much appreciated. many thanks

Answer:How to copy my itunes library to an external hard drive and KEEP all my playlists intact pls

I've found this. It's a lot of reading. Good luck. I've never done it so better to wait to see if someone actually has.

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To those in the forum I recently damaged my thinkpad edge laptop 15" after not long ago having to reload every program and everything onto it, it takes me sometimes a week to get things back to normal. It's damaged irrepairably but the hard drive is Ok. I've now bought a thinkpad G570. Can I simply replace the hard drive int he G570, with the pre-loaded harddrive from the THinkpad, and will it just load up and work? The solution that has been offered to me so far ist to buy the sata -usb cable, and attach the old hard drive to the new g570 and go through the one key recovery and transfer the whole system that way. Any ideas would be great. I'd prefer just to swap the new hard drive for the old.  

Answer:Replacing Ideapad Hard Drive with Pre-loaded Thinkpad Edge hard drive

Hi, RichardBarclay
Provided the hard drives are the same size and use the same connection, there is no reason that the new computer shouldn't recognize it. And provided the new hard drive is simply removed and not touched until you're sure the old hard drive works, then there shouldn't be any danger in trying. If, for some reason, the old hard drive doesn't work in the new computer, then I would recommend getting a SATA-USB cable to simply transfer the files. And you may want to do that anyway as it is, in my opinion, a useful device to have in case you ever want to transfer data between drives again.
Best of luck,

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Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me.

As the title says my external hard drive wont allow me to move/copy my files back to my laptop. its a Seagate 500GB external hard drive which I have owed for a few years now with not as much use as id like. I can view photos and other files play videos and music off it but when I go to move a file over to the desktop it pops up with a windows explorer tab showing it has stopped working. which is weird as it has nothing to do with windows explorer then it seems to reload the main screen. I've attached a video showing the problem in the hope someone can diagnose the issue. I did just manage to send a photo and a music file using email back to my computer from the hard drive so its not impossible to get them all back but that would take forever haha. Any help I really would appreciate it and promise once fixed IL use a online cloud service as I know hard drives don't last forever.

it seems I cant upload the video which is annoying as it would make it easier for people to work out the problem.


sorry I thought this was down to just the hard drive but I've just tried copying a file on the desktop screen and then pasting the copied file onto the desktop screen and it seems the issue is happening with the laptop same problem with the windows explorer tab popping up with the message windows explorer has stopped working followed with another message saying windows explorer is restartin... Read more

Answer:external hard drive wont move/copy files back to laptop

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Access DENIED to VIEW ,COPY OR MOVE pictures on an external hard drive
Im having access problems copying ,editing and viewing my photos on my external hard drive ,it says i dont have the correct permissions to access the file .and the file belong to an unknown user account ,i am using an administrator account ,how can i have access to this files ?

THE problem started since i was using windows 7 ,now im using windows 8 ,the problem is still there!!

Please help me ,its been two years im trying to solve this problem.

Here is the link to the additional pictures showing all the problems

im using HP530 ,2g RAM ,windows 8

the external HD is a samsung model HD103SI ,1TB

Answer:Access DENIED to VIEW ,COPY OR MOVE pictures on an external hard drive

Right click on the ext drive then go to Properties.
Under Security tab Click Edit
Select the User Account that you want to have access. Usually looks like Test (Test-PC\Test)
Make Sure to put check on Full Control under Allow and NOTHING is checked under Deny
Click Apply and then OK

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Hi! I do not know when and why did this happen but whoever invented this paranoid (hidemysecretsfrommywife) control system of sharing and permissions should be declared as the Enemy of Mankind, or the Antichrist!
I can understand that one wants to protect C: from malwares. But have you seen a malware attacking an external drive???

I have Windows7, I have an external drive where I store all my pictures taken and my music files. I already tried everything advanced sharing and so on. Still: I can only create a new folder with a right click in the drive or inside existing folders but I can not do anything else. The disk is write protected, check write permissions.
In fact, the disk isn't write protected.

If I create a new folder, I can put in it and do whatever I want inside the new folder. But I have no permission to do anything outside a new folder, i.e. with my original media files!

Why? Who does benefit from this? What is this craziness???

Answer:[SOLVED] No permission to create/ move, copy, delete files in external hard drive

Hi akofalvi.

Try this:

1. Start > Run "cmd" (this opens a command prompt window)
2. type--> diskpart (this will open another command window in a few seconds)
3. type--> list volume (this will list all of the volumes currently recognized in your system)
4. type--> select volume # (this number is going to be your external drive)
5. type--> attributes disk clear readonly

I will say this: this procedure has been met with mixed results and your problem may return. Some have even had this issue and it turned out to be a setting in Windows Media Player of all things (whoda thunk?) One responder in a forum had this to say about this very problem: what i found to fix this was to remove the settings in media player allowing it to re-organize and rename files, after which i went to the tools/advanced/restore media library and allowed it to dump my current library and reset it. That's just an FYI.

I hope that'll help. Let me know.

Good day!


PS: As an afterthought, you may need to log in to the REAL administrator account (which needs to be activated manually) and set your permissions there for your regular user name. We'll go down that path if the above procedure doesn't net you anything positive.

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I want to use this( to replace the dvd drive.Then can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700?Thanks

Answer:Can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700 by replacing the dvd drive with a third hard drive?

that is not possible.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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I replaced the hard drives in two X230 tablets today (HGST Z7K320-320, replacing with the same). Everything seems fine, but when the system reboots, it prompts for the hard drive lock password again (normally, it would just reboot without prompting). That wouldn't be a huge deal, but for whatever reason, it simply will not recognize the drive lock password. If I power it down and enter it, then everything is fine, the password is recognized and Windows boots normally. This is a fresh install of Windows 7 64-bit btw.  I'm not sure why it's doing this, but the fact that two are having the same issue means something else needs to be done. Both replacement drives are new drives, and I set the drive lock password for both after installation. Has anyone encountered anything like this?

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I have an M90Z (non-touch) and love it.  Does anyone know if it would be possible to replace the Western Digital 320GB drive with a solid state drive? The system is great, but I do work with some pretty large database files and access time is much more important than storage capacity.  I could get by with a much smaller drive than the 320. Thanks.

Answer:M90Z..Replacing the internal drive with a solid state hard drive?

I assume it is possible.   According to the spec sheet, Lenovo offers the M90z with a SSD "For special bid only".   I love mine too.    What processor did you get? What do you use it for?  I hope you got the stand. It is so much better with it.  Here is some information I posted about the volume. If you add the SSD, come back to this thread and let us know what the performance is like.

______________________________________________________________Machine Type: M90z AIO ; Product: 3091CTO (Custom), CPU: i5-650, Video Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, Memory: 4.00 GB,Network Card: Intel(R) WiFi Link 1000 BGN, OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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I told my sister I'd help her replace the broken hard drive in her 6 year old HP laptop (G60-120US). We plan to restore the Vista OS that's on the restore disk which came with the machine.

I was concerned about finding a hard drive with the same geometry as the existing drive because I know that was a potential problem some time ago. But then I became convinced that it doesn't matter because ...

1) There's no geometry info on the hard drive currently installed in the laptop (which is a 250GB WD).
2) Sellers of laptop replacement hard drives don't say anything about the geometry of the drives they sell.
and 3) I found this, below, on an HP site but nothing about geometry considerations other then the new AF sector size.
"Customers using original HP supplied recovery discs on systems that have had the 512-byte sector drives replaced with a new Advanced Format HDD may experience issues and may not be able to re-image their system. The most common issue customers will see is that they will not be able to use their current recovery media if they try to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on AF Drives."
I found other HP info which said only that you need to replace a laptop HD with one of equal or larger capacity.

But then I was looking at hard drives from Discount18, an Amazon seller, and their web site said that once you've replaced a HD with one of their drives you have to do a full OS install, you cannot use the restore disk. I asked about that and got this res... Read more

Answer:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

You will need to reinstall your OS, if you have the disks, just load from there. I believe your quote is referring to using the HP recovery disks, but your disk may be different.

Honestly, your best solution is to get a copy of vista and use your serial to install a clean copy, though you will need to get your drivers from HP.

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?

Answer:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).

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I recently bought an old used PC (Dell XPS Gen. 2 ? Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM), installed my 1 TB SATA hard drive and a new install of Windows XP SP3. I?ve also got an IDE hard drive in there with lots of media files on it. I?ve been trying to copy or move files from an external USB hard drive to the IDE drive, but nearly every time I try to do so, Windows Explorer (or Q-Dir) will lock up, with the progress bar showing very little progress. I have been able to copy a few small files successfully, but anything else seems to crash it. I?ve checked for DMA/PIO status and have found that it has reverted to PIO several times, and I?ve deleted the primary IDE channel in device manager so that it would reinstall with DMA mode. The problem persists. My device manager shows two primary IDE channels and one secondary IDE channel. I have the 1 SATA hard drive, 1 IDE hard drive, and 1 SATA DVD burner installed.
Any ideas?


Answer:Windows XP locks up when I try to copy or move files from external drive to IDE drive

can you write a file to the drive?
any files you can open on the drive? Or do you get access denied when you try to open a file?

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Hi Folks,My computer came with a 20gig hard drive. It's about 6 years old. I now wish to upgrade it to a 40gig hard drive. Will I encounter any problems if I do so? HELP PleaseSolartopi

Answer:Replacing 20gig hard drive with 40gig hard drive

Should be okay if it is the same type. You will need to format the new drive, and re-install a operating system. That's if the replacement 40gb h/d as never been used before.You could also keep your old drive as a slave unit, if there is space in the case, and run both drives piggy-back fashion.What operating system are you using, as this could make a slight difference, in setting-up!.

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Having a real issue here. Annoying really. I cannot seem to get this T30 to see the hard drive during a windows installation. Is there a driver or driver set I need to have on the hard drive before it will install? I have a machine with a wiped drive, and have no OEM disks. I am using a full retail XP Pro. SP2. Do I need to slipstream drivers for this to work? HELPPPPPP!! Thank you community  I'm an idiot. Solved the problem. Sorry for cluttering the board.Message Edited by dehnger2u on 08-23-2008 07:18 AM

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The 1TB standard hard drive I'd wanted to install isn't fitting in the opening.  The plastic side rails from the SSD won't fit on it, and the drive won't slide all the way in anyway.  Was the T430s not made to work with standard laptop hard drives?


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Answer:Replacing SSD drive in T430s with standard hard drive... HELP!

Hello and welcome,
According to
Some: Solid State Drive (SSD) / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm highSome: Hard Disk Drive / SATA 3.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm high, Active Protection System
the T340s takes a 7mm thick drive.  What size is your new HDD?

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Question: fujitsu hard drive

my fujitsu hard drive has gone bad on the post its saying that the smart status is bad i wanna zero fill it but fujitsus website is **** any help any one

Answer:fujitsu hard drive

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I want to copy my data on my Dell that wont start and I can enter command prompt. So can I copy my data to my external drive??
Thank you for any advice..

Answer:How do i copy my data from the failing drive to my external drive?

Depending on the accessibility status of the hard drive and presuming that its a non booting Windows (not mentioned), try using a Puppy Linux bootable disc and then connect or mount your external to access and copy your data. The tutorial link would give you all the needed information when  working in Linux OS environment.

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I currently have an HDD which I intend to use as a slave drive, replacing it with an SSD that will be booted with a Windows 10 ISO disk.I am planning on copying the C drive to an external drive, and once the SSD is up and running, copying only the files I want from the external.The HDD will be formatted.How do I simply make a copy of the files on the HHD to the external drive? message edited by craigdk

Answer:How do I simply copy C drive files to an external drive?

Thanks for any help and guidance :)message edited by craigdk

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I want to get rid of my OLD OLD Fujitsu laptop. I need to remove the hard drive first and I can't find it. I've read the manual and looked at all the diagrams of the laptop and all I can find is a compartment for memory cards but nothing for the hard drive. I've removed hard drives before so it's weird that I can't find it on this thing. Can anyone give me a clue? The computer is a Fujitsu Lifebook 735DX.

Answer:OLD Fujitsu hard drive removal

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I have a fujitsu amilo laptop and I need to remove the hard drive.I have taken a panel off the bottom of the laptop but this does not give access to the HDD.With the laptop upside down the HDD is in the bottom left and there is a cover on the side of the laptop that can be removed which allows you to see the end of the HDD but how does it come out?There is a metallic looking band in the centre of the exposed end of the HDD, do I pull this? I am reluctant because it is a metallic looking strip/band.If anybody can tell me how to get the HDD out I would be very grateful.

Answer:Removing fujitsu hard drive

A tip for the removal of the Amilo Pro V2000hard disk - 1. On the underside of the laptop there are threelids: the largest is the battery, the medium one is the RAM compartment, and the smallest (close to the front edge of the laptop) is covering the hard disk.2. First, remove the battery. The open the singlescrew holding the HD cover lid in place. Open thecover.3. There is a fabric belt loop on the end of theHD, close to the front edge of the laptop. Grabthe loop and lift it, simultaneously jigglingthe HD (I helped with a srewdriver) sidewaysso that it passes the plastic claws holding itdown. There is also a metal clip on the leftside of the HD, which I pressed with a screwdriver,but it does not appear to hold the HD after all.4. The front end of the HD now pops up and itcan be slided forward and pulled away from theIDE connector.

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I am having trouble with this hard drive and would like to do a low level format as last resort prior to replacing it.  Does anyone remember how to do a low level format on this type of drive.  model  MGP3204AT

Answer:Fujitsu Hard Drive 20gb

Go to the Fujitsu website and see if you can download a LLF utility for Fujitsu drives.Or go to and buy a copy of Spinrite.

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Have a Fujitsu PIII C Series LifeBook Laptop. Model C7651 which has a Toshiba MK4018GAP 40GB Primary Master.

Quest 1: Boots up, then goes to WindXP Home opening screen and then posts msq re FAT32 and hard drive consistency. Is hard drive bad or can something be done about it?

Quest 2: If hard drive is bad, how the heck do I open the case to get in to change it with a new hard drive?

Could really use some help. Thanks.

Answer:Accessing Fujitsu Hard Drive

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I am trying to find the best guide to installng a new drive and reinstalling XP on it, people say it is easy so would like to give it a try,6 months ago I had a brand new Maxtor harddrive fitted by a friend (who I am unable to currently get hold off)The new drive is now failing, I have run a test using Maxblast and have been in contact with the company I purchased it from who will replace it.I won't have the old drive here when I fit the new drive so everything will have to be done from scratch.I have a Windows XP disc as well as SP2 disc and all the drivers and software discs needed and am in the process of backing up documents and e-mail etc.The new drive,like the old will be a 200gb 133/7200 8mb Maxtor D/max 10 (the original was a +9 but i believe it has been replaced by a +10).My friend partioned the original new drive into 2 partitions 100gb and 72gb and I would like to repeat this. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a good easy to follow guide to the above.Thanks in advance RG

Answer:Help in replacing hard drive due to drive failing

click here

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I think I may need to replace my origional (5 years old) hard drive in the near future. I fitted a 2nd one last year and already have 2 dvd drives in the machine. What would be the easiest way to replace the origional hard drive with a bigger (but mirror image of the contents) drive? Should I remove the 2nd hard drive, fit the new one there, copy the contents over, then replace the origional drive and refit the 2nd hard drive or is there a better way of doing things. The 2nd hard drive is 200G with 2 partitions. One partition has enough free space to copy the contents of the 1st drive, could I utilise this space in the replacing process? (system is windows xp sp2,amd athalon 1800+, 80G origional hard drive)Thanks for any help.

Answer:Replacing 1st hard drive with 2nd drive fitted

One partition has enough free space to copy the contents of the 1st drive, could I utilise this space in the replacing process?You cannot just "copy the drive with the operating system you need to use specialist software such as Acronis.Acronis will copy the first drive to the partition.

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Hi, I ordered the thinkpad w540 last week. With a regular disc hard dirve and a CD compartment. I figured out after the coputer arrivied that i had a solidsate inside my hp xps 15.  In the best case scenario i would like to replace the CD drive, as the optional config from the online web page said it could be done. How could i figure out if it be possible to replace the CD drive with another Hard Drive?  If not i would be looking at replacing the original disc hard drive for the solid state, but in that case i would loose the windows 8 system. Is is possible to install it again in the new hard drive, with the same license?  I was just wondering because it would be nice mantain the drive inside the computer instead of having to plug it in all the time, and because of the faster speed it would be good to use is as the primary dirver.  Thanks in advance,  -Jorge


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Answer:w540 replacing the cd drive for a second hard drive?

Hi Jorgeyou will need a "caddy" adapter to house the second HDD/SDD. Just surch here in forum, see .For my W540 I am using the caddy from and have very good experience over years (W510, W520, W540...).Regarding replacing original HDD with SSD, there are basically two possibilites - either you use the recovery option (create your own media - see google or try to get one from Lenovo - not sure it will work) or use some transfer software. I am using since years the Acronis products, especially because it recognizes the SSD and aligns everything as it should be on SSD (do not want to go now too deep into sector alignment and so far).And if you want to run your W540 on steroids, aka max possilbe storage capacity, see my signature...

ThinkPad W520, i7-2820 CPU, 32GB RAM, NVidia Quadro 2000M 2GB GPU , mSATA Samsung Evo 840 1TB + 2x Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB & Lenovo Helix i7 8GB RAM & ThinkPad W540, i7-4800MQ, 32 GB RAM, NVidia Quadro K1100M, OS on M.2 2242 Transcend MTS400 256GB + 2x Samsung SSD EVO 840 1TB

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I want to change the HDD on my Fujitsu 765TX laptop. Does anyone know how I get access to it? The Fujitsu site is not helpful on this.


Answer:Hard Drive on Fujitsu Lifebook 765TX

Try Here


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I just bought a P7010D and want to replace hard drive with Hitachi 7K60. Has anyone replaced a hard drive on one of these? There is no easy access on bottom, might have to remove keyboard for access? please help. :wave:

Answer:Fujitsu P7010 hard drive upgrade

I am wondering the same thing... anybody know where theres a service manual or something for the P7010?

Also what size is the HDD?


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The hard drive got broken, why it happen i dont know, the pc is not mine, i just try to fix for a friend.
That is not the problem ore maybe, i go out and buy a new hard drive and install it, so far so good, then i install win 7 on it as the friend did want, everything go well so far, then i go to my pc, to download the missing file, but when i come back to the other pc again to install the files, then the new hard drive that i did install also got broke.
my question is, what can be wrong, when the pc kills two hard drive just like that?

Answer:Hard drive problem on a Fujitsu Q910

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Hello, this hard drive in the Fujitsu Siemens M3438G (this is xp home laptop) the hard drive in this is a Samsung Spinpoint 80GB SATA drive doesnt work on a XP Pro Install as it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed" bla bla it also cannot find the hard Drive in the Vista installation either.

But, when i use this hard drive in MY Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop(Which is Vista Ready) it CAN identify the Hard drive... but the Fujitsu Siemens M3438G CANT ?

i heard you need Sata/Raid drivers then you can put it on a Memory stick and install from there on Vista version ? what do i do

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I have a Fujitsu Amilo D 7830 laptop which does not pick up the hard drive in the bios. during bootup I get the message "PXE-E81: mEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE". From this I have assumed the hard drive is damaged or loose. I have located the hard drive inside and removed the battery and heatsink fan. The hard drive seems to be located in a caddy, and I cannot work out how to get the hard drive and caddy out. I don't want to force anything is there anybody out there that can give me some guidance. Your help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Fujitsu Amilo D7830 hard drive removal

You could try click here

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How do I remove a hard drive from a Fujitsu Lifebook C Laptop?

All help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:How do I remove Fujitsu Laptop Lifebook C hard drive

From this link:

1. Turn Notebook upside down.
2. Remove Battery Pack and the 4 Phillips screws located under the battery.
3. Remove the 2 Phillips screws located on the right side of the notebook.
4. Turn Notebook right side up.
5. Remove palm rest.
6. Remove the flex cable from the HD and the remove the tape.
7. Remove the 2 Phillips screws that are securing the Hard Drive in place on the left-hand side (the 2 outside screws).
8. Gently slide the hard drive tray out of the compartment.
9. Remove the 4 screws that are holding the Hard Drive in the tray.
10. Place the new hard drive into the tray with the 4 screws.
11. Gently slide the hard drive tray back into place.
12. Secure the Hard Drive into place with the 2 screws from Step 7.
13. Attach the flex cable to the Hard Drive and the tape.
14. Replace the Palm Rest.
15. Turn Notebook upside down.
16. Replace the 2 screws from Step 3.
17. Replace the 4 Phillips screws from Step 2.
18. Replace the Battery Pack.Click to expand...


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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere... Read more

Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?


I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?


Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.


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I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

If I boot from the new drive with the existing F: (created by... Read more

Answer:Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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I have a hp pavillion dv6700 lap top in which the hard drive died a couple months ago. I bought my self a nice desk top but I still want a laptop to bring around and do my homework on and such. Looking around Newegg I see some cheaper hard drives that are not HP and was wondering if my HP laptop would take to those? I dont want to buy the exact replacement for mine because it seems more expensive.

I was wondering if someone knew how to tell if a hard drive would work with any laptop or if there was any definitive way to tell? Also any tips for the whole process would be greatly appreciated!

Here is the hard drive I was thinking of getting: - Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Answer:Replacing laptop hard drive; any hard drive?

If your HDD is a SATA based drive, any SATA 1/2/3 drive will usually work just fine in it. If the laptop uses an IDE drive, you must get an IDE drive (more costly, harder to find).

You do not have to stick to an "hp" branded drive, any brand will work. HP uses Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, Toshiba (re-branded Samsung or hitachi drives usually), and even Hitachi drives, it just depends on what was available and cheap when they ordered the lot for production.

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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!

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Hi, I have an issue, my main hard drive is about to die, and I need to try to copy it to my other drive so I can take it out and just use my other drive as my main drive and boot windows etc. from it.Is there a way to do this? I already have stuff installed on my second drive which I don't want to lose so I don't want to have to format it in order to install windows onto it.If there any way at all of just copying everything from my dieing drive to my other drive so I can just take my main drive out and use the other as a main drive.My main drive was a temporary replacement for my last hard drive that died, it is only 40GB IDE, and my secondary drive is  a 250GB SATA (if that helps) I am also running windows XP pro SP3.If you need any more info, I will do my best to tell you anything you need to knowThankyou in advance.

Answer:master hard drive dieing, can I copy it to slave drive?

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Hi. As I'm unable to boot up my old computer and need some files off it I removed the hard drive from it and attached it to the 'slave' connection on a working computer's hard drive. The working computer boots up OK but having done this what program do I use to get files from the non working computer's hard drive?

Answer:How to copy from slave hard drive to master hard drive?

You don't need any special program.

Did you set the jumpers on the HDD to slave. If the HDD in your old computer was a master, the jumpers are probably set to master. You'll need to put the jumpers on slave if you are going to add it to an existing IDE cable as a slave. When you restart your PC enter the bios and see if the bios detects this new HDD. IF it does you should be able to enter your OS and it should be detected as a new drive letter.

Then just find your files and copy & paste to master HDD.

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.


the pipster

Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
PCI CloneMaxx

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?

Answer:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.

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My daughter's PC has an 8.4GB HDD which is almost full, I have bought a 20GB disk, which I have set up as the slave, to replace it, as I want to transfer everything across to that disk. Having studied this forum it seemed that Drive Image 7.0 would be the easiest solution, but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE but it's all a bit beyond me! I have loaded XP PRO on to the new HDD, can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? All advice appreciated.

Answer:Best way to copy full hard drive to larger drive?

but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE - Give some more details?can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? - you would to reinstall programs.

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.

I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

Answer:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Can anyone tell me how to copy the entire contents of my 3gb UDMA hard drive, including XP home- to my new 80gb SATA hard drive.

Answer:How do I Copy UDMA Hard Drive to new Sata Drive

Save all your documents to a CD or DVD and re-install XP

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Reformatted Hard Drive and tried to reinstall Windows Tablet PC Edition from Fujitsu Recovery disc. But get error message "Unexpected error occurred during the optical drive preparing. Can not start the restore disc." and then I get a dos prompt for A drive . I've heard about this before where Toshiba and Fujitsu prevent people using a competitor's brand of CD Drive.


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I have a Fujitsu tablet that crashed. When I went to try to reboot, the system wouldn?t go past the bios to start up again in any of the startup options, ie. safe mode, last normal operation, etc. So, I removed the internal drive and hooked it up to a IDE/SATA adapter to USB connection. I can see the disk in Disk Management and in Device Management, but can not see it in My Computer to open. When I see it in Disk Management, I am able to right-click the white bar where it shows the letter, but unable to then select Change Drive Letter and Paths. The only option activated is Delete Partition and Help, none of the other selections are active. I have ran Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows on it which came up fine. C ???an you help me with this? thank you.

Answer:Can't open Fujitsu internal hard drive hooked up externally to save files.

When you right clik it select Properties...Report back with your findings...

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My PC was somehow configured so that I cannot copy files from the internal hard drive to a USB pen drive (e.g., to make a back-up).

When I try to do this, I get the following message:
"Destination Folder Access Denied
You need permission to perform this action."

There is definitely enough room on the USB drive.
The USB drive is configured with a password, which I entered correctly after plugging in the drive. After doing this, I am able to see the files from the drive. The configuration is such that I can copy files from the USB drive to the PC's hard drive, but I can't copy in the other direction, which is what I need to do.

This sounds like a Windows permissions issue to me. I have taken ownership of the file in question, and I have assigned full control to that file. That has not solved the problem.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.


Answer:Can't get permissions to copy from PC hard drive to USB pen drive

"Destination Folder Access Denied

That is obviously a problem of the USB Stick.
Are you sure it doesn't have a lille switch that prevents writing to it.
Or ask the person who set it up with password access and all if he also installed some sorts of write protection?

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.


Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."


Answer:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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I have heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.

Answer:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

Answer:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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