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Problem with WD Portable 250GB

Question: Problem with WD Portable 250GB

ive had the hdd for about a year now and its been working fine, i only used approx 1/3 of the capacity. But the other day my m8 was installing Windows 7 on his laptop, so he filled my hdd up with all his backup, and their wasnt any more space left, the next day i plugged it in & the white light was flashing, but i could not go inside it, it just appears as a "Local Disk (F)" on My computer, and the same on my m8's, (and if u double click it, then a sign appears stating that (F) is nt accesible because of an I/O error). oh and i recently changed it from FAT to RAW cuz it wouldnt allow me to move more than 2gb at a time, dnt knw if that mite be important, any thoughts cuz i reeli need the data....?

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hello i have formatted my new Portable HD after 4months but its showing used space 97mb can anyone pls tell me is that normal or is there sum problem ? i mean it should show used space 0 bytes ?

Answer:WD Portable 250GB HD

Is the file NTFS or other i.e. FAT32?

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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I just bought a maxtor DiamondMax10 250GB HDD...
and i bought an external case so i can use it on my laptop(toshiba A-50)..

I have used a 400GB external Drive on the same laptop before..
I have also used 200GB external drive before on the same laptop..
all of my previous hdd were western digital....

The problem is:
I wanted to format (partition) the hdd... but the computer said that the capacity (unformatted) is around 2 TB
i tried to format it as one partition, it wont do it...
I tried to minimize the capacity to an acceptable (close to real) level (set it to 230Gb) but it wont do it...

I tried to format it using FAT32, and it worked but to a maximum of 200Gb, it is ok... but the problem is that i can only use 10 GB after that the harddrive gives an error (write-protected)...

1- have anyone used Maxtor drives before as externals???
2- Have any one came across this problem before ???
3- Will it work in a normal PC or not?? (just to format it)... because getting a pc in here is quite difficult

Thanks in advance....

I used the windows XP disk managment tool...
and i used also Partition Magic 8.0....
all with the same results...

Answer:problem... 250Gb Hdd is seen as 2TB !!

What external are you putting the drive in?

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Question: 250gb hd problem

Hitachi 250gb hd, was working fine, everything was ok. It was split into two partitions a 128Gb clip, and a 104 gb clip. The 128gb clip had information on it. Now the drive is recognized in bios properly. When it boots to windows it comes up as 8gb, and has information on it, but I can't access it. One more thing the drive now says fat, when originialy it was ntfs. Under manager, The drive says it is split at 138g and 104 gb. Any ideas? when I run a drive test the drive says it has a bad cable, I swapped the cable out three or four times, to no avail.

I think I have it all listed, oh windows xp home, installed on it's own drive.

Answer:250gb hd problem

Has nothing to do with drivers or Spyware, it is more of a Bios issue. What is the manufacturer and model of the computer that this drive is in? Also, do you have SP2 installed for XP?

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Hey this is my first post to this site so please feel free to nag more info out of me if i dont put enough onMy XP Pro recently got a 250 gb Seagate internal hard drive installed into it, yet it takes around 10 to 15 minutes for it to boot.So i decided in the end to have it as a secondary hard drive and have my 80 gb hard drive as a primary. yet when my 250 gb reaches over 91.9 gb full, it will not load anymore data, instead crash and say that i have lost all data that i was moving.If anyone knows whats wrong or even advice, it will be well appreciated.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot Problem XP PRO 250GB

How is the drive formatted ? ?NTFS/FAT32 ?2 things you can check: First in device manager find the IDE controller and then the drive andd right clik it and select Properties...Report back what mode it is in. If it's PIO mode this will account for the extreme slowness.2nd DLoad and run Seatools diagnostics on that drive to determine if it's healthy or not.The file is used to create a bootable floppy/CD so you can run it even if Windows won't run.Report back with your findings...

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Me again

Yesterday you solved my problem with my new 250Gb Hdd by pointing me in the direction of Diskmgmt.msc

I now have a second problem , I bought 2 of the drives , One for my XP machine which now works fine thanks , and the other identical hdd for my wifes Win 2000 setup and its on this machine I have the problem

Using diskmgmt it finds the drive no problem but allthough its a 250Gb drive its saying its only a 128

What should I do ?



Answer:2nd Problem with Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

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Hey there,

I recently picked up a Seagate 250 GB SATA HDD (model number: ST3250824AS). When I installed it, I did as I was exactly told. I disconnected the power and turned of the system, plugged the SATA cable from the HDD to the motherboard (I have an ASUS P4P800 motherboard), hooked up the power cable from the power supply to the HDD and closed the case up. When I powered up the system, Windows (I'm using XP Professional) recognized the HDD and added it to the device manager... but the problem is; its there is no icon displayed in My Computer. I dont know what to make of it. Could it be something with Windows? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Seagate 250GB SATA HDD problem

Did you go into Disk Manager to initialize the drive, create a partition and format the drive?

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I have a DELL Dimension 4700 Desktop, 250 GB Western Digital HDD w/1GB Dim.
It was running and now and then shut down and sometimes re-boot.
I tested the PSU and had no -5V output so replaced the PSU with same model.
I Ghost wipe my HDD and found I had a bad sector when i tested it.
Replaced with a new WD 250G HDD
I have for several days been trying to load Windows XP PRO (OEM.ISO & just .ISO).
The load will get into the 34 MIN Installation and dye (black screen).
It will keep booting to the hit to boot from CD and want's to start the load again.
Several times i have received the no NTLDR found, so go into Repair and copy it from the D:\ back to the C:\, several times have also gotten the Invalid boot .INI file.
Have also received the C:\windows\inf\machine.inf. Checked DOS dir and found no faulty .inf file to delete.
I am retesting the new HDD and it seems to be ok.
I am starting to lean towards passably a bad MoBo.
ANY IDEAS out there?

Answer:Problem loading XP PRO on a whiped 250GB HDD

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(I have also made rthis post in the microsoft windows section of this form as it relates to two problems)Hey this is my first post to this site so please feel free to nag more info out of me if i dont put enough onMy XP Pro recently got a 250 gb Seagate internal hard drive installed into it, yet it takes around 10 to 15 minutes for it to boot.So i decided in the end to have it as a secondary hard drive and have my 80 gb hard drive as a primary. yet when my 250 gb reaches over 91.9 gb full, it will not load anymore data, instead crash and say that i have lost all data that i was moving.If anyone knows whats wrong or even advice, it will be well appreciated.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot Problem XP PRO 250GB, Storage Problem

sounds like a dying harddrive. you should seek a replacement, or take advantage of seagates warranty if it is less than 5 years old.

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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Hi, I want to buy a new hard drive for my desktop PC, and I was wondering if the western digital black 250GB hard drive or western digital enterprise 250GB hard drive would work better for such a PC. Both of the HDDs I mentioned are SATA, in case you're wondering.

Answer:Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

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If anyone needs flash for portable browsers, go here ---
Portable Adobe Flash Player

Easiest way to use flash for portable browsers. I use on Firefox portable.

The website is of a well known member RejZoR on Wilders & Avast, etc...

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i am looking for a replacement for my fawtly Seagate 500gb with new 1TB Seagate external HD model I cannot decide of buying portable or non-portable. Do branded portable work as good as non portable? The reason i ask is becasue i have Steam games working from faulty 500gb exteernaall HD,so in upgrading to 1 TB will the fact it is portable/non have noticable effect?

Answer:portable external HD work as good as non-portable?

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dear sir,
I have a Portable HDD from WD. I didn't have any problems with the Windows XP (the previous operating system). Now i have installed the Windows Vista. The problem is that when i put the USB for the portable HDD the system doesn't recognise it.
Is there any solution for this ?
thank you in advance
Ioannis Kyriakakis

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when im connecting my mp3 to my laptop it makes a sound like a new device or a driver has been found but nothing appears, the same problem with my digital camera i tried to look on the net for some fixes but i couldnt find any problem similer to i hope you guys will be able to help me thx

Answer:usb,mp3 portable problem!!!

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG
-------------------------- Use text after this line --------------------------------

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

-------------------------- Use text before this line --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Disk Drives that you know are not present.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse, you'll have to modify the instructions and leave enough parts for those to function. I don't have one yet, so I haven't had time to modify the instructions.

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I have 700 mb's of tunes on a flashdrive I wanted to play at a friends place & so I installed the portable version of VLC on the same flashdrive & it worked on mine yet when I tried it on his pc, it didn't & he said it was because he don't have VLC on his pc.
Confused, I removed it from my pc & sure enough the portable VLC didn't work. Why??

Answer:Problem with VLC portable app

Bad install of the portable. it is accessing resource on the installed version on the PC.

You have the right approach;

uninstall the PC version
download the portable and move it to a flashdrive
try that version.
if good, copy it to the other FD

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I got a new portable hard disk. i formatted and partitioned it thru 'disk management' (i m having windows xp home). after this when i try to put data into this drive, i get the following message at the task bar:
"windows was unable to save all the data for the file H:/$Mft. The data has been lost. This error is caused by failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere."
and another dialogue box which says "cannot copy (filename) the device is not ready"

my comp. had a virus earlier, but i treated it. i m not sure though, that its fully free of viruses now. is this a problem with the new hard disk or with my system? what should i do?

Answer:Portable HD problem

Definitely scan with more than one anti-virus to eliminate that as a possibility. Be sure the connection is not loose.

To reduce the possibility of lost data, turn off caching on that drive. Find the drive in DeviceManager and look at its property sheet. Uncheck all boxes about increasing performance and check any boxes about optimizing for "quick removal". That turns off caching so that data is written to the drive immediately and reduces the chances of data loss if it is disconnected. In fact, after changing those settings, you no longer need to use "Safely Remove Hardware" before unplugging the drive--just pull it out.

At least that will prevent any data loss untill the issue can be further explored.

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Yesterday, I took my harddisk to a computer shop to print out my documents, and now, I can not open some folders. They are appeared to be a shortcut, and can't be opened. any help solve this ?

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Does the Lenovo Care Key also work, if the HD is completly empy (without any partition-information)? I want to reinstall Windows Vista after a downgrade to Windows XP, but allways it ends with an installation of Windows XP! My idea is now to delete all partitions and then try to reinstall Vista with the recovery-cd! Will this work? Thanks for your feedback! (Lenovo 3000 N500 4 GB / 250 GB)Message Edited by alfbm on 02-06-2009 02:03 PMMessage Edited by alfbm on 02-06-2009 03:08 PM

Answer:Lenovo Care / LENOVO 3000 N500 4233-45G / 4 GB - 250GB HDD / RECOVERY PROBLEM!

Hallo alfbm, hab mir im Jan.2009 das 3000 N500 4233-46G mit 4GB RAM und 320GB HDD gekauft. Hab mir heute 08.02.2009 ne neue Samsung HM320JI mit 320GB gekauft (via ebay). Die HD war absolut leer. Die Lenovo Care Taste funktionierte. Du hast dann mehrere Wahlmöglichkeiten (ESC - F1 - F12). Es ist mir jedoch nicht gelungen auf diese leere HD Windows XP Home zu installieren. Die Installation wurde gestartet und mit nem Blue-Screen abgebrochen.--- Es wurde ein Problem festgestellt. Windows wurde heruntergefahren, damit der Computer nicht beschädigt wird. usw. Dann kommen noch Technische Informationen: STOP: 0x0000007E ...... *** pci.sys - Address F748E0BF base at F7487000, DateStamp 3b7d855c --- Leider komme ich auch nicht bis zum Punkt ab dem ich die HD formatieren kann, um auszuschliessen das da was nicht so ist, wie es sein sollte. Bei Dir scheint die XP-Installation ja funktioniert zu haben. Kannst Du mir weiterhelfen? Oder noch nen Tipp geben? Gruss Roby

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I've been working on my family tree. In conjunction with this, I plan to travel to some of my oldest relatives for the purpose of scanning old family photos. I don't have a laptop and really don't want to buy one. I will purchase a small hand scanner.

Now, my question is this: is there some way I can store scanned images without having a laptop? That is, is there some storage mechanism I could use to save images other than onto a laptop or desktop computer?

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Answer:portable storage problem

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I have been trying to run the Portable Firefox program from my USB flash drive, and the program loads fine, but no web pages ever come up. It just keeps loading and loading for any web page you try. It even says no progress has been made. I tried my normal firefox on my hard drive and that worked fine. I also checked to make sure my firewall was not blocking it. It still does the same thing. Do you know why this is? Thanks

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I have used the new Samsung 320GB portable Hard disk over a month.  Hard disk have four NTFS partitions which is partitioned by me from the single FAT32 partition.Frequently while accessing a hard disk partition, its corrupted automatically.  Hard disk repair tools can't help to recover the partition files. So, I format that partition to get access. All files are gone after the format. Can I prevent this corruption? 

Answer:Problem with Portable Harddisk

Did you buyn it new? If so, contact the vendor and ask for repair or replacement.

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Has anyone made one or what'd be the best way to have an Antimalware scanner on a USB stick? I know there is Malwarebytes Techbench, so has anyone used it and does it use MS-DOS tool or what?


Answer:Portable scanners & Malwarebytes Portable?

this? Techbench - USB Malware Detection & Removal

seems just a portable version using both a GUI and a Command line interface.

for portable scanners, you have plenty: Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HMP, etc...

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This was just release this month. It can be run from pen drive or even a CD in addition to being locally installed. I just added it to my troubleshooting toolkit.

ClamAV itself is a very good virus scanner.

This AV is well known in the Linux circles. It is a good AV to use on Linux mail servers for catching Windows crap. The definitions are updated more than once per day.

Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner, that is, you need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware. Also, Portable ClamWin has scheduled scans and updates disabled as they are not used in a portable scenario.Click to expand...

Also please note, but don't let this put you off trying it out, but ...

False Positives - The current virus definition update for ClamWin has a LOT of problems with false positives (seeing viruses where there are none) in the portable apps. They are listed in known issues on the support page.Click to expand...

Despite this, I can highly recommend this AV ...


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Some software publishers or authors offer both portable and installable versions of their products. (Kee Pass is one of them.)

Is it advisable to systematically prefer the portable version, when running it from a fixed drive and not a thumb drive, according to the logic that if it's possible not to write into the registry, it's better not to ?

I often try new software, and I'm concerned about long-term stability. I install and uninstall a lot, using Revo Uninstaller Pro. But I've come accross people advising not to use Revo or other fancy uninstallers, just to stick to the product's own uninstaller or the Windows function.

Also, I have set C-Cleaner to a daily auto-run. In the past, I used its registry cleaner quite regularly. But some people say it's better not to clean the registry at all.

So I figured the more applications could stay away from the registry, the better. Is this a correct assumption ? Are there any drawbacks to portable apps ?

Answer:Are portable apps preferable, even for non-portable use ?

I have been using a lot of cleaning softwares too . Registry as well as junk cleaners.
Registry cleaner to me is a good thing as it removes the useless leftovers of programs that are left by their regular un-installer or some deleted files.

ANS1 > I recommended to clean registry as it improves performance and reduce junk in resgitry . So if portables apps dnt have or create these junks in registry then ur assumption is right and i m at your side too because " u dont need to re-install every software when u replace OS as it will work as it is if its PORTABLE "

ANS2 > Portable softwares are better then installed ones .

Above are the answer given as a user , i have used many portable softwares never had any issue just benefits

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HP deskjest 100 portable printer will not recognize a new tri color cartridge (98). Just says :  "cartridge not installed" When I put back the old one that is out of ink, it works fine.  I have tried several new ones and all say same message.I have physically looked for any possible mechanical issue but found none.  The printer is about 3 years old but has printed maybe 200 pages.      Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

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my system got crashed i have some important files needed which was in a drive encrypted by bit locker encryption. when i tried to format my c drive it is found that i have to clear all my disk drive so i need a portable windows. is that windows togo feature?

Answer:Is there portable windows like portable ubuntu?

Do you have the bitlocker recovery key ?
is it on a separate drive from the op system or a partition on the same drive as the op system what op system are you using.?
do you have a windows DVD?

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Just bought a Seagate FreeAgent Go 250GB hard drive to back up the computer, which is fairly old now. The problem is - my laptop only has 1 USB port and the hard drive requires two USB ports.

Am I able to connect the Power and Data cable to my computer and back up while connecting the Power only cable to another computer at the same time?

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I always connect my portable hard drive to my laptop to upload tv series onto it. I will then plug the portable into my router and everybody in the house can access the stuff on it. Today I wanted to upload some stuff again from my laptop to the portable but my laptop doesn't recognize the portable hard drive. I tried it on the other laptop in the house with the same result. When I plug it into the router usb port I can access it but not when plugged into any of the laptops.
One laptop has Win 7 and other Win 8. The portable hard drive works when connected to my router usb port and when connected to my Samsung tv usb port. It is not accessable when plugged into any laptop. I have always used it with my laptop without any problems.
I have tried a new cable but it has the same result.
Any assistance will be appreciated.

Answer:Portable hard drive problem help

Have a read here

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Another hard drive problem
Ok, so i lost all my data on the hard drive earlier, today i came to have another look, ive gone to my computer and there is nothing there
but is shown in my devices
when i click on it, it doesnt do anything

Help please?

Answer:Another Portable Hard Drive Problem

Power off the external drive and disconnect the AC power adapter for 15 minutes, then try it again.

If it is one of those small laptop size drives (no AC adapter), disconnect the usb cable for 15 minutes. Try it again.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8001 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, -1920 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 935265 MB, Free - 835262 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire TC-605
Antivirus: Webroot SecureAnywhere, Updated and Enabled

I've been using DriveClone to back up my computer to a WD Elements portable USB hard drive for a couple of years and everything has worked great , until today . When I plug in the hard drive my computer doesn't see it and I can't do a backup . I tried a flashdrive in the usb port and it works okay . I checked in Device Manager and it shows the WD drive as working properly and the latest drive is installed . I even shut down my computer and unplugged it for 15 minutes then started it back up but it still doesn't see the WD hard drive .
Do these portable drives just go bad like that ? Or is there something else I can check ?

Answer:Portable Hard Drive Problem ?

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Hi, I have a DV6-6030el with Windows 7 64 bit and everything It's updated and clean (I just formatted and installed everything as new). I have a problem with a portable speaker (JBL Xtreme) and bluetooth driver...I installed the proper driver (Broadcom 2070) downloaded direct from Hp Support page, and after that I did the pairing, I have an Unknown Device in Manager Panel...I also tried to use the generic bluetooth driver from Microsoft, but nothing it has changed... Could please someone help me to solve the problem? Thanks so much indeed in advance

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Hi Everyone.

I just decided to buy a Hyundai 2.2GB Portable USB drive to replace my trusty, old 256mb one. All seemed good, I put it in and copied a few files over and then it just started causing applications (related to it) to freeze. If I put it in, open My Computer, that window will freeze up untill I pull the drive out. It's really ****ing me off to no end. All I wanted was put in, take out, go places. I'm not super computer saavy but know that when you make a product it should work.. and this things doing somethign messed. Anyways, I have Windows XP (which the manual says is a go).

Could it be a wrong driver?!

Thanks for any help.

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When i copy a CD over to my portable hard drive, it just crashes, and when i click cancel it does nothing as shown below.


Answer:Solved: Problem When transfering from PC to Portable HDD

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Is this a place for "other" (DVD) hardware questions/problems? Or does MG's have an forum for that?

Thanks in advance,
g ...

Answer:Allowed Here(?) Post on Portable DVD Problem...

Try here - we can always move it for you if we feel it is better suited elsewhere

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The other day whilst backing up my computer to my portable hard drive for the first time, my flatmate disconnected my hard drive accidentally.

Now when I connect my hard drive to my computer (Vista Ultimate 64-bit) or any other computer (I've tried XP, Vista 32-bit and 7 64-bit), a balloon pops up from the notification area saying that the new hardware is being installed. It then says that it was successfully install and is ready to use. However, the hard drive does not appear under windows explorer.

When I open device manager I can find the hard drive and it says it is working properly. When I open computer managment and then go to disk management it says that disk 2 (the hard disk) is not initialized. When I right click it and select initialize, it asks me what partition style is on the disk (master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style). No matter what one I select (I've tried both) I get a pop up saying there is an error.

How do I initialize and access/retrieve the information on my hard drive? If this isn't a possibility, how do I reformat the entire hard drive so that I can use it again? At the moment its useless to me.

If you need any more info, please just ask! Thanks in advance.

Answer:Portable hard drive problem

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Another hard drive problem
Ok, so i lost all my data on the hard drive earlier, today i came to have another look, ive gone to my computer and there is nothing there

but is shown in my devices

when i click on it, it doesnt do anything

Help please?

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Hi two years ago I purchased a Pavilion g6-2341sl, last night I bought the original DVD Win7, this morning I downloaded all the drivers from the internet on my computer but with Win7 OS, just change the operations in the PC boot and put the DvD first place and subject of the installation of Win7, I formatted the whole computer, however, comes to a point where it goes in a loop that says Starting Windows, I tried to let it firm but well-four hours he was standing there, fortunately I have the HP recovery DVD of Win 8.1, now anyone can help me explain how to install Win7 on Pavilion g6-2341sl Sorry For  my bad english

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I always connect my portable hard drive to my laptop to upload tv series onto it. I will then plug the portable into my router and everybody in the house can access the stuff on it. Today I wanted to upload some stuff again from my laptop to the portable but my laptop doesn't recognize the portable hard drive. I tried it on the other laptop in the house with the same result. When I plug it into the router usb port I can access it but not when plugged into any of the laptops.
One laptop has Win 7 and other Win 8. The portable hard drive works when connected to my router usb port and when connected to my Samsung tv usb port. It is not accessible when plugged into any laptop. I have always used it with my laptop without any problems.
I have tried a new cable but it has the same result.
Any assistance will be appreciated.

Answer:Portable hard drive problem

At first glace this looks like a error in drivers usually corrected easily. Try a complete shut down of all computers and the portable hard drive. Leave all off for a minute then try reinitializing everything.

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The other day whilst backing up my computer to my portable hard drive, my flatmate disconnected my hard drive accidentally, without 'safely removing' the portable hdd - not sure if it was still processing files or nt doing much - without really worried about whether or nt theres a problem.

Now when I connect my poratble hard drive to my computer, it loads up normally with the window poping up asking wat action i want to do i.e. open with this or open with window, but when i open it, only approx half of the original files appear - 5 folders of about 11 appears.
And when i check the size of these 5 files, which is approx 200gb, while the usage is about 450gb out of the 500gb total, theres around 200gb of stuff i cannot access for some reason.

when i load it on another computer, similar stuff appear, with the addition of some random name and code folders and some 'system files' which cannot do anything about, all with random codec or language which cannot be read.

Does anyone know what the problem could be and what could i do to fix it?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Portable Hdd Error/Problem

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Bought a brand new Verbatim Store 'n' Go Portable HDD. It was to be my first taste of USB 3.0 on my (nearly) year old gaming system. When I connected it had a couple of problems.

1. The first USB 3.0 port (front side) I connected it to kept connecting and disconnecting. So I moved to another.

2. This second (front side) port seemed to work but when I tried to transfer a file it was quite slow.

3. Eventually my computer stopped failing to recognize the drive.

4. Attempts to format or error check the drive when connected to the to the blue USB 3.0 port failed.

5 When I transferred to the USB 2.0 port to error check and format, both worked in in disk management.

6. I also downloaded the USB 3.0 drivers from the Intel site.

7. I think I may have connected something poorly when I initially built the system, however upon opening the system I didn't see anything out of the ordinary. It is my first build so I could be wrong. As far as I know there is only one fairly large connector that connects to a blue USB thingy on my motherboard. The cable is usually blue but mine is black but I was under the impression that this is not unusual. My motherboard is the P8Z77-VLX from Asus and my case is the Cooler Master 690II (RC-6N2A-KNN5, I believe).

(Extra: I also should not that drive shows up as a Toshiba in the device manager. I confirmed by disconnecting and reconnecting it. Also when the drive seems to work normally on USB 2.0 now.)

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Answer:Problem with Verbatim USB 3.0 portable drive and USB 3.0 port

Start by installing the drivers that came with your ASUS motherboard. Why would you install Intel drivers?

If you don't use a USB3 interconnect cable, you won't get USB3. ALL USB3 cables will have a blue insulator at the plug whether the cable itself is black, green, red, pink or whatever--It's a standard.

Make sure the front panel is capable of USB3. Just because you connect it to a USB3 hub doesn't mean it becomes USB3.

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I have a WD portable hard drive. some time ago i started getting a weird message whenever i tried to open the hard drive, something about windows not finding a file named copy.exe, and now when i try to open the hard drive it shows me an "open with" window like it's an unrecognized file. i think the drive is infected

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 05:48:10, on 16/07/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\TuneUp Utilities 2007\MemOptimizer.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe
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Answer:Solved: Problem with Portable hard drive

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Every time I try to backup my "My Documents" folder to a portable hard drive, (which probably contains well over 1000 files !), it never fails...... I drag'n'drop the folder from the desktop's hard drive, onto the Portable Hard drive in Windows Explorer, and all appears to be working as planned. So I leave for lunch expecting the transfer will finally be completed by the time I get back.... and guess what ? The (#E*#$ thing totally STOPPED transfering files because just one file, one stupid file in over a thousand "might" have been questionable. So the entire process STOPS and leaves me to try and figure out what transferred, and what didn't out of those thousand files. Is there any way to prevent this from happening ?


Answer:Portable Hard Drive BackUp Problem

You should get an error message of some sort indicating what went wrong? It usually names the file. Do you have any info/message at all?

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Hi guy,I had a problem with my portable 2.5" 60GB hard drive. It cannot write those files that I copy from my PC. It prompted a message , " Cannot copy XXX files. Cannot find the specified files. Make sure you specify the correct path and file name". I noticed that the copying timing that show keep going up & down & then after about 15 sec or so it pop out this message as written above. I try on another PC, it also have this problem.I try using a 512MB thumb drive & it can be copy within 30 sec without any problem. It mean my files or PC do not have any problem. Can someone, Pls help me. :-?Thk!

Answer:Portable 2.5" Hard Drive Problem,

How are you trying to copy those files ? ?The error message leads me to believe that drive is OK and you are doing something the machine doesn't understand.How does that drive show up in Explorer ? ?Actually post what OS you have since we don't know that info yet as well...

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I have a new ACER all in one computer win7 64bi t(z5600)
I backed up my old XP on a toshiba 500g portable external backup device
problem is I can read the drive on my Acer Aspire netbook, and on my toshiba Vista laptop but not on this computer
thanks for suggestions you may come up with

Answer:Solved: problem with a portable backup drive

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Turned off encryption in my pc and then when I turned it on again, I cannot access my external/portable drive.
Asking for 48-digit recovery key... when I checked my microsoft account, the KEY ID of the drive is not listed, hence,  no recovery key.
Please help. Thank you.

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hi just have a simple problem with my "maxtor basics portable hard disk" it has 320GB,,, and it has a 3 head usb cable,, one with a smaller size that goes to the hard disk, and the other two usb in the computer one has "data+ power" written on it and the other has "power" written on it,,, from the manual it said that i should insert those two usb ends to my computer,,

i did that and the led from the hard disk started blinking,, i waited until my computer recognized the hard disk, then a window appeared asking me to install something, i think it's about a driver,,, but i dont have a cd, and i dont know where to get it,,, the hard disk came without a cd, just the hard disk itself and the usb cables,,,

can anyone help me install that driver needed to make my maxtor basics portable hard disk work,,,

i have a windows xp sp2, video card: sapphire radeon 9200SE atlantis

thank you,,, good day,,

Answer:maxtor basics portable hard disk problem

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While I was backing up Window's Vista the other night to my external hard drive, my flatmate disconnected the hard drive accidentally. Now I can't access the hard drive.

When I plug the hard drive into the USB port on any computer, I hear the USB device connected sound windows plays, the installing your hardware bubble pops up and then says the hard drive is installed properly but I can't see the hard drive under Windows Explorer. When connected the Hard drive makes an odd noise like it's trying to read the hard disk but it can't.

All my University work, songs, and personal work are on this hard drive and I have no way of accessing it.

Can anyone help me/walk me through how to recover all this information?

If you need anymore info, please ask and I'll get back to you ASAP.



Answer:Solved: Portable External Hard Drive Problem

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I recently purchased one of many Seagate 100 gig Protable hard drives. ST9100801U2-RK. all of my previous drives would plug into one usb 2 port and power up. this new will not. it only clicks. I have tried a few things and found that if I use the y connector and plug in both usb ports the drive powers up. however if I use estensions on the y plugs , it will not power up. I then discovered that if I pull the mine usb plub that fits in the drive out slighlty it powers up on one usb connector. I think there is a gap in the female connector in the drive and that if I slighly crimp the connector so that it makes better contact it will worl like all of the others. The problem I am having is that i can not figure out what kind of screw driver i need to get the case open. the srew heads have a star configuration but it is a five pointed star not a six pint like a torx driver. can anyone give me advice on my problem and or tell me what thos screw heads are called so I can order a driver for them. PS in my reading i have discovered that this power up problem is common with the seagate protable drives.

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I have copied some windows media files to my portable hdd player.

Each of the files is contained in a separate file folder whilst on the portable hdd.

When the hdd is connected to the pc via usb, I can view the files without any problem.

When I connect to hdd to the television, some of the files I have copied cannot be viewed.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Answer:Problem with windows media files copied to portable hdd

Can you add some extra information for me? What are the model numbers of ALL of the devices in you mentioned in your post?

And also, when you say "windows media files" what are we talking about? WMV? AVI? MP4?

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I have Verbatim 250 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive 96532 (Silver). win7 (and xp before) recognize it on and off. I have to plug the usb of the portable hard disk in and out in order that the computer will recognize the hard drive. what can I do in order to solve thae problem?
Thank you​

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Hi I've had my 250GB Iomega Hard drive for quite a while now but recently I've been having some problems with it. When i try to download something onto it it sometimes stops and gives me an data cyclic redunancy error message. I've looked this up and poster here before but still don't really understand what this is. Anyway, when I inserted my hard drive today it was very unresponsive but when I eventually got into it I couldn't see any of the files so I assumed it had deleted them but when I checked the HD properties it says they are still there. Any way I can get the files off the folder before I pack it in for good?

Thanks in adance


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Hello all,

I am preparing to go home for the holidays and I wanted to copy my music collection to my portable hard drive because I just sent my mp3 player to get repaired and it will meet me at home, with no music on it. I only keep my music in two places, a folder on my desktop and in my "my music" folder.

The folder on my desktop has roughly 5500 songs separated into album folders, and it transfered them all fine. I then went to transfer my "my music" folder which has about 7800 files separated into album folders only to get the error "cannot copy file: cannot read source file or disk." I restarted my computer and tried again with no result. I tried doing a single folder and that works but there are over 500 folders and I don't have time to do each one. I can't do more that 5-10 folders at a time and sometimes that doesn't work either and I don't undertand why. Is there something I can look for to know what the problem?

Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Problem Copying Large Number of Files to Portable Hard Drive

Yeah, I get that error message a lot. Whenever I see it, I usually just bust out my Knoppix disc and do it that way.

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Over 5 weeks ago I subscribed to the Music Unlimited service from Yahoo which is a great deal for $4.95 a month except for one thing; I still haven't been able to transfer a single track to my Creative Zen Micro portable player. I have been exchanging e-mails with Yahoo tech support ever since. There are times I have waited 4 days for a response which is usually a scripted reply. I have been given the exact same response on 5 occasions. I've even called Yahoo's offices but was told that they don't over phone support for Music Unlimited. Whenever I attempt to transfer a song I get the following error message: "Device transfer license not found". I am able to play all the tracks on my computer without a problem. I am running XP Professional and have WMP 10 with the latest updates, I've configured my firewall to meet the parameters they sent me and have followed all of their suggestions they've sent. Has anyone else had any experience with this service?



Answer:Problem Transferring Yahoo Music Unlimited Tracks to a Portable MP3 Player

I've been having the exact same problem! I went out and bought a zen micro to use with yahoo music service and I absolutely CANNOT get it to download subscription music. I've tried everything re-install, rename folders, new firmware... and tech support has been no help at all.

Any ideas? please help.


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HelloCan you clone from one laptop to another laptop with USB cabling?

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As the subject line says, I'm looking for a 250Gb HD to add a second HD to my main PC.Any suggestions/recommendations?Cheers

Answer:Which 250Gb HD should I go for?

That it's an E-IDE drive that I'm after, not a SATA one.

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Question: 250gb and beyond

Hi all first post and yep theres a problem.... first the specs
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum board
64bit amd chip
2gb crucial ram 3500
MSI FX5900SP VTD256 ddr
100gb ide
deskstar 250gb ide
deskstar 250gb ide
3 yamaha scsi dvd writers

quite a simple problem you would think....i need both of the 250gig drives to be unpartitioned ( os on one drive). so its down to the 137gb problem. all of the solutions i have read so far is based on the sp1 and sp 2 route .I.e format the drive at 137gig then install windows xp pro and, then update with the pro pack and the drive should be showing at 250gb , im not having too much luck with this approach has anyone any other ideas ?

Answer:250gb and beyond

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Hi guys, I want to connect my ps3 hard drive on pc to use it on pc, so when I get my new computer I can use it with it straight away, but right now I want to use it on my current pc, I plugged in both the one cable and the other one (sata), that goes from power supply cable to the HDD.

when I booted the pc it said installing device drive software, and said, device is ready to use, I go to my computer, and it ain't there, do I have to set it as secondary in bios?

Win7 Ultimate final rev

It's automatically set as fourth IDE master. restarted pc and still doesn't show up, I heard I need to format, is that true? like that to know if I should re-gain windows 7 disk

Oh and t's actually 320gb

Answer:250gb hdd ps3 on pc?

Open up Disk Management (in the admin tools control panel), it should show up in there. I'd delete all the partitions and create 1 new one that incorporates the whole disk. Then format as NTFS.

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I wanto buy a samsung evo 850 ssd which is expensive for my budget but i think itll be worth it...
I need advice as i dont know if i need the 500gb as opposed to the 250gb.
Ill only be having my os and a maybe 2 games (overwatch and league of legends) and ill only be watching youtube and movies and doing homework via microsoft office. Will 250gb run out easy if i get it?
Thnks in advance.

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I have looked through previos questions but couldn't find a solution. I have a 250g USB driven HDD not recognised by ny PC. I used the HDD on my TV so I think it will probably need reformatting. When plugged in it appears in Disk Management but without a drive letter and when I right click on the drive most of the options, including allocate letter are greyed out. Any solutions?

Answer:USB 250GB HDD not recognised by PC

I would recommend PartedMagic, it is now paid for software, but at only $4.99 it is a sound investment. Download it, burn it to a cd or put it on a USB stick and boot from it.
Have the suspect drive connected and PartedMagic should be able to see it and it will enable you to format the drive, whatever the existing filesystem is.

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Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Please do not type in all caps. It is considered rude and yelling.

How have you gone about connecting the drive to your PC?

Does Disk Management see the drive?

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hi ,everybody i have a dell d600 laptop with a 40 gb harddrive and 2 gb memory . my question is i am trying to install a 250 gb harddrive ,but the laptop doesn't recognise the drive ,so i can't install windows on it . i even bought vista .the laptop won't recognise the drive .help

Answer:250GB Hdd Not Recognized


What do you mean the laptop won't recognize the 250GB drive? Do you mean in the BIOS? When trying to install Windows? You can try to download a linux LiveCD like Knoppix or Damn Samll Linux and boot from that (F9 or F12 at the Dell BIOS) and see if it sees it. If so, format with QTParted or Fdisk and then try Windows again. Maybe the drive is bad.

Let me know if this helps.


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I do not know what happened.. but I lost... 250gb+ of my files in my laptop. On the HDD where was 40gb free space now there is 326gb..
Most of my programs that I had... they just disappear... same with the movies.. (but for example .3gp files still are there)
Moreover, option "restore system" was disabled...
Those are logs from the OTL.. I dont know if it will help...
Extras -
I gave this laptop to a computer shop.. but all they did was trying to install antivirus.. then they did that checkdisk when you start the computer... before the login window (it took like 2h or maybe even more)... after that I took the computer back...
Now I dont know what to do, because files can be overwritten, due to the system partition.
And giving this laptop to a professional shop that is specialized in restoring files will cost me SO MUCH.
I beg you for help... on the HDD I had very important things
Thanks in advance,
Btw: Sorry for my english.. I hope you can understand everything

Answer:250gb disappear from hdd

Hello, please repost your question with the full OTL log here so we can advance.
Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs

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My T510 is getting that and i'm not sure if it's enough space or speed.   is $63 dollars worth a 320gb 7200rpm hd?

Answer:Is 250gb 5400rpm hd enough?

whether it is enough depend on how much programs you have and how much you store on the laptop. 

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I've been looking at some of the features in Samsung Magician, and ran the Benchmark test twice. Both times I got very high scores, above the max listed in the program for all 4 tests. I have the drive set to MAXIMUM RELIABILITY. Just wondering about the scores reliability.

Scores in Parentheses are Samsung 's listed maximum high:

Sequential Read
549 mb (540)
Seq write
532mb (520)
Random read
97442 (97000)
Random write
70189 (66000)

Answer:Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250gb

Benchmarks are artificial at best [and a benchmark from the mfg is tailored to that particular piece of hardware] I would think you would get different results using a another benchmark program such as ATTO.

In short do not put too much emphasis on any given benchmark. Modern ssd drives are reliable and it should last for quite a while so I would not worry about the drive.

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Maxtor 250

Just put a Maxtor 250 GB into my mate's machine, Maxblast3 will only let me have 137GB, Windows XP will only see it as 31.4GB. I've managed to partition & format it in my own machine correctly but when I put it back in his, it F***s up again

I've updated the Via 4in1, the bios is already updated to the latest version

I'm guessing a new MB is in order ??????

Answer:Maxtor 250GB seen as 137

i've had that 2 with my 200Gb, windows only allowed 138Gb
do you have SP1 installed cuz that seemed to do the trick on with my 200Gb

:grinthumb The best of Luck :grinthumb
Greetz Selage

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I purchased a new samsung eco drive 1tb hdd to add on to my custom built pc. I currently have the 250gb partitioned with xp on it. I installed XP on the new 1tb and when i have both hdd hooked up, XP gets a blue screen of death with the 250GB... if i unhook either one of the drives and run them alone, they run fine.
I updated the bios, chipset drivers, etc...

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Hello, I just ran out of room on my 500GB HDD, Its a 7200 RPM and I like the speed of it. I started looking for a new HDD when I came across an 60GB SSD. I never thought of buying an SSD before. Now I can't decide if I should get the SSD or the HDD ( same price) I need a new drive for linux, but my current drive only has 3GB left. I was going to partition 30GB to linux and keep 30 for Windows. Then transfer my OS to the remaining 30GB, that would free some room. I am a gamer so I need alot of room for games. If I get the 250GB HDD then I would have alot of room for more games and linux. But then I would not be able to boot Windows 7 in seconds. What should I get?

My specs:
Intel core i5 2500K ( stock speed )
MSI - H61M-P20(G3)
8GB of Vengeance DDR3 RAM @ 1333 CAS 7
GTX 550 Ti 1 GB ( Overclocked )
1 500GB 7200 Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD
500W PSU.

Answer:SSD 60GB or HDD 250GB?

Go with an SSD. If you choose the 60GB SSD, you will have just enough space for the OS and a Office Suite and a few other apps before you start to run out of space. If you can afford it, go with a minimum of 128GB SSD as your primary drive, then wipe your 500GB mechanical drive and use as a storage drive.

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I've recently installed a new MSI KT3 Ultra motherboard, and a new 250 gig western digi hard disk. Now, in the bios it recognises that the drive is 250 gigs however when i setup xp it only recognises it upto 130 gig and won't see the full size of the drive.I know 48-bit LBA mode addressing needs to be enabled and as far as I can see it is turned on in the BIOS and as i say, the bios recognises it as 250 gig but windows doesnt and only shows it as 130 gig.Any ideas?

Answer:BIOS Says 250GB HDD... XP says 130?


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Hello, I'm hoping I can find a solution to my problem here as I couldn't find one elsewhere on the net.
I have a laptop and currently have a 120GB hard drive in an external enclosure. I have just bought a new 250GB hard drive and have installed it in the external enclosure. Though partitioning and formating the 120GB was a breeze, I've had nothing but problems with the new 250GB.
Below are the specs of what I'm working with. In both Partion Magic and in the Win2000 Disk Management, it correctly displays the 250GB drive (233GB). Regardless of which program I use (ie. Partion Magic, Win Disk Management, command line FORMAT) I get problems.
Generally, what will happen is it will partition fine. Then it will begin to the formatting process (VERY slowly) and then either throw an error either during or at the end of the process. And this is when I try to format a very small partition (ie. 100MB). I have successfully formated a 10MB partition. On a large partition (ie. 30GB) the format process will start but will not progress.
The only two things I can think of is that the drive is faulty, or because I am booting my OS from a floppy there is some sort of recognition problem.
I can't run the diagnosis software from Maxtor because that requires the drive to be installed internally.
So any help to this problem will be greatly appreciated.
Additionally, how long should it generally take to format the 250GB drive in its entirety?

Comp: Toshiba Satellite 2805-S201
OS: Win2... Read more

Answer:What's with the 250GB Drive

HHhhhhhmmm...sounds like a bad drive to me. Do you have a desktop computer that you can use to attempt to format the drive??

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I'm sure this is simple, but I can't figure it out and searching google hasn't found me any answers. I am building a new system. It all works fine. But I have a WD 250GB hard drive I"m using. When I boot from WinXP Pro CD, and go to format the drive and install the OS, it only tells me I can format 130GB of space. Nowhere to be found is the rest of my drive...

Any thoughts as to what I"m doing wrong here?


Answer:XP won't format whole 250GB HD

Hi, if the version of Windows on the install CD pre-dates Service Pack 2, you will get this problem.

Microsoft added the ability for Windows to see hard drives bigger than 137 GB in Service Pack 1 (and Service Pack 2).

If you have access to another PC, download Service Pack 2 (which includes Service Pack 1 btw), and integrate it into your install source and burn a new CD from which you can install. You can find good instructions for doing that here:

You can download Service Pack 2 (full 266 MB package) from here:

As a workaround, you can create a partition less than 137 GB, install Windows, and then install Service Pack 2 and you will be able to access the rest of the hard drive. Then you can partition the rest from the Computer Management interface (right-click "My Computer" > Manage...)

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I have two 250GB hard drive in my pc and I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2. It's running on an Abit motherboard with Athlon 64 dual core 4400+ CPU. I got the computer from a friend and decided to do a clean install so I deleted the previous partions and made a new one. It went through the whole formatting process fine then went through the windows setup. It then did an automatic reboot but right after POST it gave me an error message. It said Trap followed by 0000005c ==============EXCEPTION=========================== and a series of hexdecimal messages afterworsd. I've done this twice and had the same problem and I just wanted to know if you guys knew anything about this?

Answer:Installing Win XP Pro SP2 on two 250GB HDD

Greetings gfx dude, Welcome to TSF!

Firstly, you only need to install the Operating System one ONE of the HDD's not both of them.
The second HDD can be connected as a "Slave" and can be used to 'save' everything that you download, plus emails and other data, such as music etc.
I suggest that you check the CD for scratches and marks; wipe it very gently from the centre to the edges with a lint free cloth.
To give you the best chance of getting Windows? installed without hassles, such as those you are experiencing, is to completely wipe the HDD with Darik's Boot N Nuke.
Wiping the HDD this way will completely erase everything off the HDD and take it back to a RAW unformatted state, as if it had just come out of the factory.

Just so that you do not forget anything when doing the installation, please read this...

The Windows? XP Installation Check List.

1. The Windows? XP SP2-CD (naturally)

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke (Click the coloured Link).

3. Please read this guide.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A couple of tips...
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4? hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD).

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows? how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra parti... Read more

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I've recently reinstall a fresh copy of XP Pro, I got a Gigabyte 8inxp MB, a WD 250GB install on primary channel as Master, with 2 partition, 125GB each

I've also got a Maxtor 250GB connect to ATA133 card

Before, I got everything up and running , then I install Maxtor drive, card, and Maxblast 3

and I have drive C = 125GB, D = 125GB, and G = 250GB(this is the Maxtor)

then I do a boot-from-cd and install a fresh copy of XP Pro
now I cannot see my Maxtor

I tried to use my Maxblast3 software to mount the drive, but it say it only detect the Windows drive, therefore it won't let me run

When I tried to run Maxblast3 in DOS (from a floppy), I have to format and erase everything, I don't want to do that, I have some important documents on that drive that I do not want to lose

all drive were NTFS

Answer:Cannot see my Maxtor 250GB

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hello,i have installed a 250GB Western Digital Caviar HD on my system. but i cant seem to get the full 250 GBi have installed XP PRO and service pack 1 but its showing 233GB and it says that its using 106 GB i dont know what to do to have the full 250GB showing, you guys have any pointers pleasethanksVJP4 3.2Ghz HTAsus P4 C800 E-Deluxe512mb PC3200 DDR RAMSapphire All In Wonder Radeon 9800 ProWestern Digital 250 GB Hard DriveAntec 350W PSU

Answer:cant get full 250GB

The drive manufacturers reckon a kilo is 1000 (reasonable, I suppose), but the rest of the computer world regards it as 1024.So a 250Gb drive is 250/1.024/1.024/1.024 = 233Gb.

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Hi My os : Win10 64 BitSSD : 250GB SamsungBefore posting here I searched here for a solution and i only thread that i find is here l Even if i shrink many of the software out there clones entire disk! Tried Macrium Reflect as per a CNET video, it says not possible to clone to my 250 GB ssd and my C drive is only 105GB with some software like AutoCAD etc.Any solution for this ?

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Question: Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

I just bought a new deskstar 250Gb Hdd which I am trying to install in my Compaq Pressario S3190UK

I know its got to be set to slave but I wasnt sure if I should set it up as a
16 head, a 15 head , 32 byte clip or auto spin dissable and all of those choises are available on the drive

I went for 16 heads and booted up

In " my computer " the new drive does not appear ( I still see all my original drives there) yet in System/Hardware /device manager it shows up under drives and on clicking its properties it says this device is working properly

Without seeing it in the " my computer folder " I cant really format or partition it so I then tried partition magic
That saw it fine and reported its size correctly . I told it to create an ntfs partition and use all the drive . It changed color as it should and all that was left was to click on make changes now but when I did that it went straight back to tell me the new drive had no partitions created

I tried various combinations, of primary or logical drive , small or large partitions and fat or ntfs but always it refuses the last step of actually creating the partition .
What am I doing wrong ?



Answer:Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

First I will assume your drive is showing up as the full size in the bios and is corrrectly identified.

If you are using either xp or win2k. Go to disk management; start>run type in diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. See if your drive shows up there; it should be listed as disk1, disk0 will be the master drive. If it shows up there, you need to partition and format the drive. Right click on the drive and choose to create a partition; I like extended partitions for data / storage drives. After you create the partition, right click again and choose to create logical drive. You can make the entire drive one partition or organize it into say 3 logical drives; whatever you want. After you create the logical drive you will need to format them. Again right click on the logical drive and choose format. Use ntfs for your drive. In fact if you use partitions greater than 32 gig, fat32 is not even an option.

Just think about how you want it organized before you start.

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This is just what is says. A fresh win 10 install on a new SSD. Do not explain to me about cloning.

To date I've upgraded the BIOS (UEFI) on a ASUS P67 Performance Gen3 motherboard. I've changed the SATA Mode to AHCI. I can see the drive in the BIOS.

The Windows installer the page where it lists the drive partitions. I only see one drive partio

Drive 0 Partition 1 239.9GB 232.8 GB Primary

I get the error
Windows can't be installed on drive 0 particion 1. (Show Detailes)

The New button is greyed out and when I select next I get

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.


Answer:New WIN 10 Install on new SAMSUNG EVO 250GB SSD

Hello hiltonr92 and welcome to the forums. See if this will help Windows 10 - Clean Install

Are you installed in UEFI Mode? If so, when you boot from the USB drive use the entry that says UEFI and the name of your USB. If not in UEFI, boot from the name of your USB without UEFI in front of it. Delete all partitions on the drive until it says unallocated and then click the 'NEW" button. The installer will create all the necessary partitions. I hope that helps.

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can someone help me - I have recently re-installed XP onto a 250GB hdd but it is only seeing 127gb drive. I have service pk1 and service pk2 installed and the bios on the system is seeing the 250gb drive.

Can someone help me

Thanks in advance


Answer:Re-installed XP wont see 250gb hdd

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Hey guys I'm new to these forums so be nice

I just partitioned my 250gb to 100 and 125 one i want to use for back up which i believe i will use my Acronis for.

The other i want to use as a regular hard drive, with windows XP or Vista,

But when i load the XP cd into the computer the XP disk does not see the USB 250gb drive at all (E: and F, how will i got about loading XP onto this drive?

Answer:I partioned my WD 250gb into two seperate ones, now what?

You are done.
Windows is installed on C: no?
The partitions on your removable USB drive can be used for more storage,backups.

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Hi to allI have just installed Maxtor 250GB HD into my P4 PC. Cmos bios reports the HD as 250GB during POST and Win XP C: drive properties reports that capacity is 250GB and used space is 134GB!!The only thing on the drive is the OS (winXP) it was brand new I partitioned/ formatted it using my XP cd. If I look at the properties individually on C: drive (windows, program files, docs and settings, etc) they add up to approx 1.5GB but C: properties is 134GB?any suggestions as to why XP is reporting the use incorrectly and a possible fix much appreciated.TIA

Answer:250GB HD showing too big used space

I recently installed a pair of 160gb drives and found on the Maxtor site that in order for the true capacity to be recognised by Windows you need 2 things[otherwise it only recognises up to 137gb];1 - to be running Windows SP12 - to run the Maxtor Big Drive Tool[available from Maxtor support website]

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Bought a new Western Digital Sata HDD which I got today.
New in anti static bag and labelled WD2500AABS, says on it 250gb.
When I put it in my PC it shows as 40gb.
Thinking this may be an error I booted from Win XP CD to load OS and
it said 38.xx gb.
I have contacted the seller by Email but thought I may get faster and more reliable info from here.
I can of course return it but do not want to if it is me doing something wrong.

Answer:New 250gb Hdd Shows as 40gb

That model definitely shows as a 250GB see here
What version of XP? if you do not have SP3 you may not have support for large drives.
In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
Navigate to the HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
Close the registry editor.
Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

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This is just what is says. A fresh win 10 install on a new SSD. Do not explain to me about cloning.

To date I've upgraded the BIOS (UEFI) on a ASUS P67 Performance Gen3 motherboard. I've changed the SATA Mode to AHCI. I can see the drive in the BIOS.

The Windows installer the page where it lists the drive partitions. I only see one drive partio

Drive 0 Partition 1 239.9GB 232.8 GB Primary

I get the error
Windows can't be installed on drive 0 particion 1. (Show Detailes)

The New button is greyed out and when I select next I get

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.


Answer:New WIN 10 Install on new SAMSUNG EVO 250GB SSD

Hello hiltonr92 and welcome to the forums. See if this will help

Are you installed in UEFI Mode? If so, when you boot from the USB drive use the entry that says UEFI and the name of your USB. If not in UEFI, boot from the name of your USB without UEFI in front of it. Delete all partitions on the drive until it says unallocated and then click the 'NEW" button. The installer will create all the necessary partitions. I hope that helps.

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I have looked all over the internet and cannot find it.

looks like DFI took all the support pages down as well! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Answer:Need manual for LANParty UT NF3 250GB

Found it yet?

Hey there,

Just wondering if you found the manual yet?
I am looking everywhere to try and find one but no luck yet...


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I am new to this forum and desperate to find a solution to my problem. My colleague told me of this service and here I am.I had a Windows98 PC with an external Maxtor 250GB firewire connected to it. I took the main HD out (the one with the w98) and installed new one and installed a newly purchased copy of XP. At this point I've connected my Maxtor without installing the driver thinking that XP would recognise it, but nothing happened. I installed the driver but nothing? it can be seen in the disk management as disk 1 and that's all; the next step would be a format, which I refuse to do it.I reinstalled my old drive (w98) back into the case, win98 started as normal, I connected the Maxtor and to my big surprise this drive is not being recognised anymore; even when the PC configuration is exactly what it used to be. I only can see the Maxtor through fdisk but not anymore as a 250GB FAT32, apparently now is a 40GB FAT !?!?!!.Please help me. I have far too much data on this drive including pictures going back 4 years and documents. This drive is a back up of my previous PCs. I cannot afford to lose this data.ThanksAndy

Answer:Cannot see Maxtor 250GB Firewire W98 pc --> XP pc

The data's probably there, just need to connect OK. I had trouble with my Maxtor OneTouch when I connected it without the Maxtor drivers installed, even on WinXP. Suggest you install Maxtor drivers properly before connecting. If that doesn't work take the drive to another WinXP comp, but install the drivers first!

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Hi, Does anyone have any experience of this USB External hard drive? I think my Western Digital 'My Book' is going to pack up soon, so need to find a replacement. Yesterday i asked about a Buffalo drive and got some positive responses, but this one looks good too (and tiny in size). Thanks - Tony

Answer:Seagate 250gb FreeAgent Go/2.5

I use a Buffalo drive however, and it's extremely reliable - the only irritation is the incessant humming noise the drive motor makes.

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I've got 2 250GB HDD's, I know FAT32 won't work on, but I really don't want to use NTFS. I run Windows and Linux, so having 500GB of HDD space that Linux finds hard to handle isn't really my best option.

Is there another file system or way around it that I can run on Linux and Windows without to much trouble?

Answer:FAT32 and 250GB HDDs

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Hi guysI have recently purchased a crucial 250gb ssd and i want to clone my Lenovo y510p 1Tb HDD. The HDD has 7 partitions. A 1000mb recovery partition, a 350mb recovery partition and another 13.2Gb recovery partition, a 260mb EFI system partition, 100mb oem partition, Windows 8 OS partition , and a Lenovo(D) partition. I'd like to only clone the OS but to do so which partitions are needed to boot into Windows and do I need all the partitions(I really don't want all 3 recovery partitions) and why are there 3 recovery partitions?Thanks
Mod's Edit: System model added to Subject line to improve visibility / clarity

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Hi. My new laptop will arrive soon. But the laptop comes with no operating system(it?s called dos). The laptop has a m.2 pcie nvme slot which i can add if i want to. So, i bought a samsung evo 960 pcie ssd. What i want to ask is can i straight away install windows 10 pro 64bit by using my samsung evo 960? Or i need to install windows 10 by using my usb(i?ve download the windows 10 setup files from official website).
I want to boot my laptop using my samsung ssd since it?s much faster compared to hdd.
Please help. Thanks

Answer:Samsung Evo 960 250GB M.2 PCIe ssd

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I was wondering if LANParty UT NF3 250Gb Motherboard is good for gaming or other usage. How reliable is this motherboard ?

Thank you

Answer:LANParty UT NF3 250Gb MoBo

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