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External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Question: External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

A friend of mine gave me his external hard drive with the hopes that I might be able to fix it.

It's a new external Western Digital that is 2TB in size and he purchased it within the last 2 or 3 months. I don't know what he did, but it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the USB cord without properly unmounting the drive and something with his filesystem became corrupted. I don't know how to repair this.

The drive will show you a drive letter when you attach it to Windows, and using a partition manager (in Linux) shows the drive to contain an "unknown" partition type. In Windows, running "chkdsk e: /x /r" returns an error that says "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives".

Anyone know of a reliable (and preferably free) utility that might be able to repair this kind of problem quickly?

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Preferred Solution: External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

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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.

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Answer: External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Is this a data recovery operation? Should be able to just format again if not.

Otherwise testdisk ( might be useful to recover the partition info.

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Today, my notebook crashed (BSoD) while playing an online game - Team Fortress 2. It happened a few times before and, with a little research, found that other users with my video card had the same problem, so I thought nothing of it. After the most recent crash, on reboot, I get the message that "NTFS.sys is missing or corrupt," and I can't access Windows at all. I can get into BIOS fine.

I tried using the Recovery Console to copy NTFS.sys to my Windows\System32\Drivers folder, but Recovery Console isn't recognizing any files or folders on my C: drive. When I enter the DIR command, I get the message "An error occurred during directory enumeration." If I access the D: drive, my extra partition shows up just fine, and I can access all the files I've stored on there.

When I boot with my Windows CD and look at the partition information, I see the following:

-: Partition1 (EISA Utilities) 4997 MB ( 355 MB free )
C: Partition2 [Unknown] 54486 MB ( 54486 MB free )
D: Partition3 (Storage) [NTFS] 54988 MB ( 1141 MB free )

Although the count and free space for drive D: is accurate, drive C: isn't even close. The total is correct, but the actual free space is around 8-10 GB.

Here's my setup:

Acer Aspire 5050
AMD Turion64 x2 (1600 MHz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
Windows XP Media Center Edition
All latest drivers, Windows updates, etc.

IDE1 Model Name: WDC WD1200UE-22KVT0
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Answer:NTFS.SYS Missing/Corrupt, Inaccessible C: Drive, & "Unknown" Partition

Just restarted it again, this time got "l_intl.nls" error instead of "ntfs.sys". Same error message, same results.

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I reinstalled Windows XP Home on my primary hard drive. After reinstallation, Windows doesn't recognize my drive with all the data on it. Acronis Dick Director does see the drive however, but I can't explore or use it (I attached an image). Under "Type" is says "None Partition: 0x7 (NTFS, HPFS)". I don't know how to fix this and I really need to get my data back. Is there any way that I can make the drive readable again? Please help.


Answer:HELP-Major hard drive problem. "None Partition: 0x7 (NTFS, HPFS)"

Can anyone at all help me with this?

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Hey there, not sure where to put this but here goes:

I had a friend bring me a laptop to fix, it had a nasty collection of viruses. So I took the hard drive out and plugged it in to anoter machine running XP to do a virus scan using Symantec Endpoint Protection. I didn't have a USB adapter handy so I just opened the case and installed it as a secondary drive. Scan was going well and finding plenty, but after 3 hours I needed to take the drive home to continue working on it, so I canceled the scan, shut down the PC, took the drive out, and went home.

At home where I did have a USB adapter I plugged it in and discovered that the system was now reading the drives inocorrectly. In My Womputer the main partition shows up as the 100mb System Reserved partition, while in Computer Management it shows up as a 280gb partition. In My Computer I see all the files one expects to see on the System Reserved partition and none of the operating system or user files.

So today I tried putting the drive back into the laptop and windows will not boot. Took it back out and tried it directly installed in a machine as a secondary drive, same as before, and get the same problem: can't access the main partition and can't see the little system reserved partition in the partition manager.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you in advance and I apolopgise if this turns out to be a dumb question.

Answer:Main drive partition reading as "System Reserved" partition

The partition on that drive in which the boot manager files live must be set as "active", in order for the BIOS of your machine to go there to start the boot process. And it also must be of type "primary" in order for it to be set "active". If the partition in which the boot manager files you've mentioned live is currently not set as "active", then that would explain why you can't boot to that drive.

And of course, that hard drive must be listed as the first hard drive in the boot sequence of the BIOS setup, so that the "active" partition on that drive (which is supposed to contain the boot manager files) can be used to kick off the boot process.

This "active" partition is typically that 100MB "system reserved", with the real Win7 system partition itself being a second and much larger partition.

But there's nothing to prevent both (a) boot manager and (b) Win7 system from residing in the same physical partition, as long as (a) it's a "primary" partition and not "logical", and (b) is set as "active", and (c) the hard drive on which it lives is the 1st hard drive listed in the boot sequence for the BIOS.

Anyway, what is the nature of the two partitions you're looking at... i.e. the one with the boot manager files and the other with the Win7 system files?

Screenshot possible? You can also use Partition Wizard to examine the hard drive and modify the "active" vs. ... Read more

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Hi i have a Windows XP SP3 machine.

I have an 82GB C: drive but when i select all files in the drive they only total 46.5GB.

This is after trying:

Disk cleanup
system restore files removal
chkdsk /f
deleting temp files
emptying recycle bin and checking for other recycle bins eg Norton
This is after showing all hidden and system files
does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Missing free hard drive space on an XP NTFS partition

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With EaseUS Backup Tool, I've cloned these two partitions ("System Reserved" and "C") to same-sized partitions on a external HDD ("X" and "Y"). Picture tells it concisely:
How to make drives "X" and "Y" boot-able?

In "Disk Management", I've noticed these partition labels missing:"X" (or "System Reserved") is missing System label,
"Y" (or "OS") is missing Boot, Page File and Crash Dump labels

Thank you!

Answer:Both "System reserved" and "C" partition cloned to external HDD: boot?

You cannot boot Win7 on external HD, unless it is connected via eSATA.

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I have a 2 year old Inspiron 7437 that I just replaced the hard drive on since my old drive died.  I also purchased a $20 thumb drive from Dell that was supposed to reinstall the windows 8 OS.  I did this and it did install windows 8, but I got a report that said drive partitioning did not occur properly.  Windows does come up -- but there seems to be some missing drivers/software --- there is no internet/networking capability.  I tried to do a reset/reinstall with same thumb drive, but the F12 procedure will not work and comes with this error message:
"unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing"
Super frustrated with Dell right now - since I was sold on fact that replacing OS was easy with this thumb drive. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I recently had a hard drive fail on my laptop. I was able to recover my data as well as the "system restore/recovery" partition.

Due to the fact that my computer did not come with a seperate Windows XP disk, I really need my "system restore/recovery" partition to be put one my new hard drive so I can install xp.

How? How do I put the partition on the hard drive so when the computer boots up it gives me an option of doing a system restore?

any help would be appreciated.

Bryan in Tucson

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I wasn't sure whether to post this here, or in the Vista forum. Please move if this isn't the correct place.

I'm in the process of obtaining "Partition Magic" to partition the hard-drive on my Vista Home Premium System.

I'm a real beginner at these procedures and wondered how easy it is to do, and whether there are "pit-falls" I should be aware of.

The master drive, C, shows 116 G of 148 G free, NTFS. And a smaller, 4.89 G, EISA partition. The system came without disks. I want to keep the operating system on one partition and store my photos, folders, etc. on the other. 50G has been suggested as the size for the partition holding the OS.

When I right clicked my C drive icon, I got the message that it can't be formatted as it holds the Vista system files. I presume this isn't anything that will interfere with partitioning.

Your help and advice would be appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Partitioning Hard-Drive with "Partition Magic"

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Hi,when i need to partition my new slave hard drive,i`m not sure to use a"primary" or "extended" partition.
I basically want to "ghost' all info from my master hard drive to the new slave.I have a new HP pavillion with windows xp.
I hope this new computer picks up the correct bios info for the new slave automatically.
Thanks for any information

Answer:Primary or extended partition for new "slave" hard drive

If you want to boot from the new HDD, then you need to make a primary partition.
If you merely want to use the new HDD as storage, then extended partition with logical partitions is probably a good choice.

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On my 64bit Win 7 system I have two partitions:

C: (with the "core" Win7 system)
D: (with almost all other stuff)

When I start the following command:

chkdsk D: /F /V /R /X >C:\chkdskout.log

everything works fine.

However when I enter the opposite command

chkdsk C: /F /V /R /X >D:\chkdskout.log

then at first the system is shutdown+restarted+chkdsk performed
BUT the logfile is NOT written.

I guess it is because the partially booted Win7 system at chkdsk time has no access to the partition D:

Is there a workaround for this?

The chkdsk output can be viewed at the screen. I want to have it in logfile as well.


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On my 64bit Win 7 system I have two partitions:

C: (with the "core" Win7 system)
D: (with almost all other stuff)

When I start the following command:

chkdsk D: /F /V /R /X >C:\chkdskout.log

everything works fine.

However when I enter the opposite command

chkdsk C: /F /V /R /X >D:\chkdskout.log

then at first the system is shutdown+restarted+chkdsk performed
BUT the logfile is NOT written.

I guess it is because the partially booted Win7 system at chkdsk time has no access to the partition D:

Is there a workaround for this?

The chkdsk output can be viewed at the screen. I want to have it in logfile as well.


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Hello everyone helping my friend defrag his comp we did "C" drive fine went to do the "D" partition defrag says cant do it at 12% so I tried to open it and it wont allow me at all any help?
window xp
compaq presario
80 gig hd

Answer:How to enter the "D" partition of hard drive

Is D: the Recovery Partition? If it is it doesn't need to be defragged and it is best to leave it alone.

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Hey, I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on this one.

I was messing around on a Mac in OSX, and moved my NTFS formatted (in windows) drive into the Mac to access my music.

I used NTFS-3G for OSX in order to mount the drive as readable AND writable, and everything was fine. Drive worked, everything accessible, all good.

I booted up the Mac this morning, and to my horror, everything on the music drive (except some Mac directories starting with '.' was gone. Scary feeling..

The drive usage (98% used, 3GB free, or somewhere around there) is still shown correctly though, so I have some hope of recovering the data. The drive is back in the windows machine now, and it's still the same, nothing miraculously re-appeared.

I know not to write anything to the drive until the data is recovered.

I have a backup, but it's from August so I've lost quite a bit of music that I bought online, as well as some other stuff that was on that drive.

Any ideas on recovering the data, bearing in mind that the disk usage appears to be correct? As far as I can tell, a bug in NTFS-3G has written the allocation table (or whatever it is in NTFS) incorrectly, effectively hiding the data from view, but no disk-wiping operations have occured so it should still be there,.. somewhere..

I know there are disk recovery utils out there, but I've no idea which ones will help, and which ones might make the situation worse.

Many thanks in advance


Answer:NTFS-3G corrupted NTFS drive. Files missing but "disk usage" correct

Essentially what I'm looking for, if such a thing exists, is a way to recover the allocation table rather than the files themselves (which are hopefully still intact).


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Hey, whats up? New here.

Right now my hard drive is split up into two partitions: System and Storage. However, when installing 7, for some odd reason, the installer put the boot manager (I think it is the boot manager) on my Storage partition, when I want it on the System partition. Is there a way I can non-destructively move the boot manager to the System partition and redirect to boot from there, instead of being located on the Storage partition and booting from the System partition. In essence, I want to move it and tell it to boot from itself. Is there a way to non-destructively do that?

Also, according to this tutorial (Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows) I can deactivate 7. I was wondering, does that free up the install key for another use or is that use of the key permanently lost even though I deactivated 7?

Answer:Moving bootmanager from "Storage" partition to "System" partition

As long as it is not OEM version, you can move Win7 to any computer of your choice as often as you want - as long as it is on only one computer at a time. Just uninstall it first by running from Elevated Command Prompt the command slmgr -upk., or If you don't want the old installation just delete it using the Installation DVD or a partition manager.

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings showing all columns, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, and we will give you the steps to move the System boot files to Win7 partition.

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Will it work correctly to map an NTSF partition to program files?

I am planning on putting my applications on a drive seperate from the OS,

If I can map the seperate drive to to program files on the main partition it will make it easier to install my software.

Answer:map ntfs partition to "program files"

krismeister said:

Will it work correctly to map an NTSF partition to program files?

I am planning on putting my applications on a drive seperate from the OS,

If I can map the seperate drive to to program files on the main partition it will make it easier to install my software.Click to expand...


I did play with this idea when I first installed a 40gb slave drive (my main drive being a small 2gb) in one of my first ever PC's andyes it worked for me, most programs lets you choose the install path, so instead of c:\program files\..... I chose d:\program files\.... , I found there were the odd one or two programs that insisted on being installed on the C: drive, but on the whole it is possible to use an alternate drive.

I never tried it with a mapped drive however, but seeing as how mapped drives are treated as a physical drive then there should be no difference.


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I have four external drives (FAT32) and opened Partition Magic a couple of days ago. It said one drive was "BAD". MS Disk Administrator says drive is "Healthy".

I am able to access this drive through Windows Explorer and do anything I want with the data. This appears to be a false reading by Partition Magic but I am not completely convinced of this because it has been such a good program for many years.

Do you think I have a failing drive?

Answer:Partition Magic says drive "BAD". Disk Administrator says "Healthy"

I wouldn't trust either program. Find out the manufacturer of the hard drive and download their hard drive diagnostics. The manufacturer's own tests should give you a much better idea if its in good shape or not.

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Yesterday my external hard drive was working fine. Today I open it and there's a new folder called Pfiles...I am not running linux...and a tmp file. I delete the tmp file and try to delete Pfiles but it won't delete. Weird. So I open one of the folders and see that it's now empty, as are almost all of my other folders and subfolders. My daughter's folder however has her movies on the main subfolder, but subfolders in this folder are also empty.

The hard drive is showing half full...exactly what it should assuming I could access all the files. So what can I do? I've enclosed a screenshot of the Disk Management screen for this drive. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help with external hard drive. Files "missing" but still taking up space on the drive

Hi djfl,

External Hard-drives come in different types, some of them are, External storage devices and Automatic back-up devices.

If it is an automatic back-up device then data might be backed-up on the External Hard?drive without user intervention.

If it is an External storage device the files might be hidden. This could be the reason why the external Harddrive is showing half full. We can check if the files are hidden, please use the following link for detailed instructions to unhide folders: Hidden Files and Folders Option - Add or Remove

Please revert back for clarification.

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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

Answer:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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I have an Acer laptop with advertised 40 GB hard drive. After only filling up 17 GB, it says it's 'too full to continue' or somesuch. It shows 18GB in drive "C", and 18GB in drive "D", which, I think, is used for the backup. It only has about 1 GB used in "D".

Acer says they automatically 'secretly partition' it into "C" and "D", to use half as the backup.

1. How do I 'unpartition' the hard drive, to be able to use more than the 18 GB in "C"?

2. If I can do that, how much do I need to leave in the partition to use for backup - or do I need to do that at all?

Thank you very much for your help.

Answer:"De-partition'? hard drive?

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I have two "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and a "Healthy (EFI System Partition)" that were not there when I got my laptop and that I cannot delete. I have a Windows 8 laptop (recently updated to 8.1) and about a week ago I decided
to dual boot "Ubuntu 13.04". I only gave it a small 18.55GB partition of my hard drive as I wanted to use Windows as my main OS and Ubuntu simply to make and Linux versions of games that I create. I noticed after doing so that it added a "Healthy
(Recovery Partition)" to the beginning of the drive (the first one listed).
I could never get it to be added to the Windows boot loader correctly with EasyBCD and I had to keep going to the boot options to pick the GRUB2 and then Ubuntu. I really didn't want to keep doing this and I was having some problems with Ubuntu video
drivers as well. I figured that I would just use a different computer for Ubuntu so I took it off of my laptop and formatted the partition it was on. It worked okay but there was still that first "Healthy (Recovery Partition)" that I couldn't
delete but I just ignored it.
After updating to Windows 8.1, I thought that maybe the boot loader would work so I tried partitioning and installing Ubuntu again (I know, mistake) but it still didn't work and I could even get it load up correctly. So I finally gave up and have completely
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Answer:Can't delete extra "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and "Healthy (EFI System Partition)"


According to your description, I suggest you try using Diskpart command to force-delete it.

Please perform the following steps:

1. Open a command prompt as administrator.
2. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart in the command prompt.

3. In the ?Diskpart? prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.

4. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.

5. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:

Select disk 0

Finish by Enter key.

6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.

7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:

Select partition x

Where x is the number of the recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.

8. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.

Hope this helps.

TechNet Community Support

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when i open Partition Magic 8 i see my Maxtor 6Y120P0 drive in a yellow color and the file system marked as "other":

but my Windows 2000 Disk Management shows healty:
under windows i can read and write to the partition, so what is wrong? what does Partition Magic wants?

Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting

Answer:partition magic shows partition type as "other", windows shows "healthy"

Quote from Symantec:
There are currently no versions of PartitionMagic that support Windows® 2000 dynamic drives.Click to expand...

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Hey there:

As far as I remember, I had six partitions when my machine was fresh (I just bought it like 3 months back)
- one for win xp
- one empty (where I would later install Windows 7)
- one where I'd store my documents
- one big empty where I planned to install Linux sometime later
- one big partition where I'd store everything else ('Main' partition)

There was a virus problem with XP - I had AVG installed, and the virus would infect all the exe files on my computr and AVG would simply delete it (the infected exe's) which made matters worse.

Then I installed Win 7 on another partition, and used it for some time without much trouble, except once when I tried some partition manager (so it would be easier when I'd install Linux - for now the Linux plan has been cancelled) when I lost two important partitions somehow (the last two I think, I don't remember exactly). Looking at Disk Management (Computer | Manage | Disk Management), and possibly doing some other things I don't remember I was able to get the partitions back the way they were before (one of them empty).

XP was still there on my PC, I started it once and it damaged the exe files of Win 7 as well. So after a few days I decide to reinstall XP then realised that the drives had disappeared again, this time I wasn't able to recover them. I checked Disk Management, and saw that the two partitions had been merged into one "free space" partition that didn't sh... Read more

Answer:An empty and a filled partition merged as single "free space" non-partition

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Good evening people! .
I did a clean windows 7 recovery yesterday night (left computer doing the work while I was asleep) via HP recovery manager, and today while setting it up, I plugged in my external HDD for software installers and stuff (not sure if the problem was present at the moment).Later, when I wanted to eject it and unplug it, it didn't want to eject, saying that something in it was in use, although I was sure I closed everything in relation (maybe a process was still on), but I unplugged it anyways thinking that the ejection is not crucial for mass storage devices, then when I plugged it back in later, it showed as Local Disk, and so did the recovery partition tat was entitled "Recovery" before (The external HDD, which is a Transcend, does work properly though, and when plugged, the scan options notification from ESET Smart Security display its original name).
I hope I wasn't long explaining useless stuff, and hope you guys would be of help to me, thank you so much for your time! ^^.

Answer:External Hdd+ recovery partition show as "Local disk"

what is shows in device manager?..
Disk management?

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This is my first post on the forum.

I'm having a very difficult time accessing my WD 1 TB Mypassport external drive. PLEASE HELP WITH DATA RECOVERY

I connected the drive using USB. Windows assigns it a drive letter but does NOT display the volume name. Neither does it displays the "free space and space used" information. When I try to click the drive for browsing folders, Windows Explorer just hangs.

I tried opening DiskManagement but that too does NOT display anything. When I disconnect the external drive, it shows up the internal HDD.

Under Device Manager, I can see that the drive is recognized as WD My Passport 0748 USB Device. Checked the drivers and its up-to-date.

I also tried to run minitools Partition Magic Wizard to see if it scans and displays the data but after 50% completion, I cancelled and tried to browse/view for any file. NO LUCK.

Finally, I started CHKDSK /R /F /X command, which has been running for 27 hours now and showing 10% complete. CHKDSK seems to be correcting error in indexes on stage 2 but that has been going on for over 20 hours. I see the light on the drive blinking and hear some light spinning sound.

While CHKDSK is running, I check the Event Logs and see this message "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR4." almost 50,000 times.

Can someone please help me recover/salvage the data? I have been thinking about using few other tools but don't want to interrupt CHKDSK comman... Read more

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Hello everyone. I have a problem.

I have an iMac, which has a Macinstosh OS and a Windows XP OS. Recently my windows stopped working. It started normally until the loading screen and then the iMac just restarted. I decided not to think about it too much and just reinstall Windows. I used Boot camp to start from cd, deleted old windows partition, created a new partition, formated it, the computer restarts and boom: "<Windows root>/System32/hal.dll is corrupt or missing". I cannot proceed any further. An install windows setup is supposed to appear, but instead I get this.

I went to for help, but needless to say, their support sucks. I searched the internet, but to no avail. What I have tried this far is: opened windows recovery from CD and fixmbr, chkdsk /r, bootcfg /rebuild none of which worked.

What I completely don't understand is: what am I even fixing? I formated the Windows partition, why is there an error about a missing windows file? I deleted the entire OS, of course it's missing. I just want to clean install windows, can someone help me with that?


Answer:"<Windows root>/System32/hal.dll is corrupt or missing" after formatting partition.

I have the exact same problem except a Mac Pro, and I didn't use boot camp, I used the windows installation/boot disk to install windows after I had deleted everything on the partition that used to have windows.

Some one must know what to do. I am simply trying to install windows again after it had gotten a virus or been corrupted some other way.

I have gone to the recovery and tried bootcfg /rebuild and it just created two places I could start windows from. Even though they were named exactly the same.

And everytime as soon as I try to start in to windows I get THIS:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing
or corrupt:
<Windows root>system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

No files should be missing because I just installed windows. And then deleted it and tried again and the same thing happened. So I figure either something is wrong with my XP disc. Or something is wrong with my hard drive in some way. Maybe simply with the partition. But I don't know, or know what to do if I did know what the problem was. So please HELP me fix it! Or I can't play PC games.

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Hi I had Two partitions in my Hard disk mainly c: and d: , of Hp(dv2122tu) Laptop(120gb hdd, 1gb ram,1.63 Ghz)
In C: drive Windows Xp media center was installed, that came with the Hp laptop. And due to Virus Hijack I decided to install Vista on D: drive and did it successfully.

And then I thought I dont need Xp anymore coz it was Virus house, so I formatted that C: drive in which Xp was installed.

Ideally now my Pc should boot Vista but it gives error ''NTLDR is missing press ctrl+Alt+del to restart. Can anyone Tell what should I do?

p.s- After format of Xp from C: I have changed the D: to Active with the help of Windows98 bootable disk.

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I am experiancing really big problems using my Acer Travelmate 4202LMi Laptop.

I cannot hear any sound, I cannot use my webcam, and I can't use the Acer Empowering Technology. I have tried to use the System Recovery disks to re-install windows... and It gets so far into installing it, then says "Cannot Install Operating System, Missing Partition" or something along those lines.

I need a free and easy to use software that will allow me to re-install windows on my laptop using the recovery disk.

Thanks for any help given!

Answer:"Missing Partition" - Acer Recovery Disk

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I have an ASUS M32BF factory-installed Win8.1-64 that came with C (OS) & D (Data) partitions on a single GPT internal disk. The C partition was about 112GB and the D partition was 900-something GB. Well, I didn't want it partitioned that way - I wanted a larger C drive. I called ASUS to ask why they did that; the rep said I should keep all my data and installed programs on D so it would be easier if I ever refreshed. I told him that was ridiculous, because a refresh doesn't delete your files, but you still have to reinstall all your programs, no matter what partition everything was on. So, when I told him I just wanted a C drive and I was going to combine C+D to make it one big C drive, he said yes, I could do that. I decided to make a smaller D partition for a SysImage later (that's why you see D in the images below).

So I did - with EASEUS Partition Manager. I see now that was a big mistake.

Now I can't even create a recovery flash drive because "some files are missing". And their Backtracker program won't even install.

I read much of the thread here
Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment

and I (sort of) understand what happened. I am wondering if I can get my recovery partition designated correctly again? I saw some people were successful, but, since I have no idea what I'm doing, I was hoping one of the gurus here could walk me through my particular installation, step-by-step, so I don't mess it up any further?

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Answer:"Some Files are Missing"-can't get ASUS recovery partition

Originally Posted by simrick

Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment

partition 1 - the Windows RE tools partition
partition 6 - the Recovery image partition

- You need to manually select the partition and change the partition ID.
- Open an elevated command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following commands:

select disk 0
list partition
select partition 1
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
select partition 6
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
list partition

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**I took the easy way out and reinstalled, so this isn't exactly solved but I no longer need any help.**

After extending my win7 partition to the full hard drive I was unable to boot. "No boot filename received." When running setup repair "The partition table does not have a valid system partition" would be the problem, and it said it was fixed. But when I run repair again the same thing comes up.

After a little bit of googling I think the problem might be that I deleted a small partition set aside by windows with important files inside but I have no idea, if thats the problem, how to fix it.

I used gparted to resize the partition if it matters.

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I have a disk that contains a Win7x64 partition. Previously the drive contained a small, active boot partition that would load Windows from the current partition. Now, however, all that I have is the Windows partition. I rebuilt the MBR/Partition table, and my Windows partition is active. Now, I'm trying to build the BCD and related files so that my system will load Windows.

I booted from the Win disk and tried the automatic repair three times, which did not help. So, I tried the following manual operations at the command prompt:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootsect /nt60 all /force
attrib -h -s C:\boot\BCD
del C:\boot\BCD
bcdedit /createstore c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit /store c:\boot\bcd.temp /create {bootmgr} /d "Windows Boot Manager"
bcdedit /import c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=C:
bcdedit /timeout 10
attrib -h -s C:\boot\bcd.temp
del c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit /create /d "Microsoft Windows" /application osloader
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} device partition=C:
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} osdevice partition=C:
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
bcdedit /set {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c} systemroot \Windows
bcdedit /displayorder {ca9be6f8-ff00-11e2-87ab-da25c2e31d5c}

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Answer:Making a Windows partition bootable without a "reserved" partition

Those edits are old school, XPired methods that leave you without WinRE and other important functions. We use automated methods now since there are many more parameters requiring testing and repair than just the BCD when you change the Active boot partition.

Mark the Win7 partition Active, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

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Windows 7: Have all my data on D and OS etc on C. LOTS of space on C but not enough on D so I "shrunk" the C drive. That put in an additional partition, "Unallocated" between C and D. Not what I want; I want to add the "Unallocated" space to D.

Answer:Add "Unallocated" partition to my "D" drive?

You need Partition Wizard bootable disk to add the unallocated space to D.

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

You need the last link, at the bottom--the bootable version.

Download it, burn it to a disk. Then boot from it.

If you can't figure it out, post back here and someone will walk you through it.

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Here is the log from Chkdsk. Would someone be kind enough to read it and let me know your thoughts? I had problems with my touchpad and cursor behaving erratically on my Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop and it was suggested that I run Chkdsk to see if it's a hard drive failing. I put a piece of screen saver over the touchpad to see if that would help and changed the settings to default. It helped somewhat, but I bought a mouse and that seems to be working fine. Just have to get used to using it. In the meantime, I'm worried about the hard drive now and whether I need to replace it. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm new to this forum.

Checking file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS. Volume label is OS. A disk check has been scheduled. Windows will now check the disk. CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)... 354304 file records processed. File verification completed. 1533 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 4 EA records processed. 45 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)... 432480 index entries processed. Index verification completed. 0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)... 354304 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 28 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9. Cleaning up 28 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9. Cleaning up 28 unused security descriptors. Security descriptor verification c... Read more

Answer:Chkdsk says "bad sectors". Do I need to replace my hard drive?

Looks to me like a couple of bad sectors were found and replaced.

I'd look at the SMART details on the drive periodically and keep an eye on the "reallocated sectors count". If that starts to rise significantly, I'd probably replace the drive, but otherwise I'd probably keep using it.

You should of course have the data backed up regardless.

You can track the SMART details with the drive manufacturer's downloadable disk analysis tool.

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[Edit] Nevermind, just wiped the whole drive using diskmgmt.msc and formatted the drive as a primary partition using Partition Magic - everything's good now.

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Hi everyone,

I have a 2 GB USB flash drive. I recently plugged this flash drive into my Ubuntu Linux-based computer while VMware was running because I needed to get a file out of the virtual machine and I thought that would be the easiest way. VMware took control of the device and mounted it in the Windows XP environment it was running. I copied a file I needed to get out of the virtual machine onto the flash drive, then shut down the virtual machine.

Now I am having a desperate problem -- the flash drive is no longer readable or mountable in any computer. Linux tells me that the device has an "invalid partition table," Mac OS X tells me that the device is unreadable or not initialized, and another Windows XP computer tells me that the disk in the drive is not formatted. The Linux error message gives me the most hope -- I have data that I cannot stress how valuable it is to me on that flash drive and I desperately need to be able to recover it. Is there any way of bypassing the partition table and getting at the data?

I hope someone is able to help me! Thank you!

Answer:USB flash drive "invalid partition table" -- need to recover data

You could try PC Inspector, it's made for these kinds of situations.

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I've a Dell pc with a small, hidden diagnostic FAT16 EISA partition.

Starting a few days ago, this formerly hidden partition appears to have become visible to Windows XP which assigns it a drive letter.

I used the command "mountvol /d" to remove such newly created drive letter, but it reappears everytime Windows boots or restarts, even in Safe Mode.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? Is it possible that a certain registry setting relating to the (formerly) hidden partition has somehow been altered? If so, how can this be reversed so that no drive letter is assigned automatically to the (formerly) hidden partition?

An interesting observation is that, in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, there is no \DosDevices\{x} (where {x} is the drive letter) which corresponds to the drive letter now assigned to the (formerly) hidden partition.

I cannot use the Disk Management MMC Snap-in to remove the drive letter assignment, since selecting the partition and right-clicking only brings up a single "Help" line in the context menu, without any of the usual options (like "Change Drive Letter and Paths...").

Thanks in advance for any suggestions and feedback!


Answer:Hidden partition becoming "visible" and assigned drive letter by Windows XP

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Just trying to chkdsk /r my (D:) volume for bad sectors in CMD but this scary message rolled out that it can only do the check if "this volume is dismounted first"...and it asks me do I wanna go ahead, Y/N but I'm concerned that it'll merge the 2 partitions (C: and D:) together...or do something do (C:) since both of them are parts of 1 physical HDD...What will "dismounting" do exactly if you perform it on 1 of the partitions of the hard drive, not the actual HDD volume? Thanks you all kindly.

Answer:Will "dismounting" a partition volume affect all the other partitions on the same drive?

Checkdisk cannot run on a disk that is in use so it will be dismounted so it can be checked.

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Here I have my second question and I'll be very grateful to get a good response as in my first post on this forum. I'm using Deep Freeze ( a program that freezes the OS partition ) and I want to know if I install my programs on other partion D:/Programs/ - example, there will be the same thing as installing in C:/Program Files/ ? When I install a program in C:/Program Files/, that program does change some Windows files? I'm asking this because if I install programs in D:/Programs with OS partition C:/ FROZEN it means that any changes will be removed after reboot. I usually disable the deep freeze, reboot computer, install programs in C:/Program Files/, and reboot again to freeze the partition.

Also, I think I tried to install something on other partition than the OS one, with the OS partition frozen and it seems that the program is not entering the All programs list. Beside this minor fact, the program will work corectly?

I wrote alot, I know, if there is something unclear please tell me in order to give more the details and help me out. Thank you alot all! Great forum!

Later Edit: The main question is: When installing a program, it does important changes to Windows folder or other folder on OS partition ignoring the Program Files folder? If it does this means that I have to disable the deep freeze in order to install a program on OS partition.

Answer:"Program Files" on other partition when OS partition frozen?

I'm not an expert on Deep Freeze but as far as I know, any changes that are carried out whilst the OS frozen will be lost when you reboot except those that have been saved to any unfrozen partition you have created. Also, when you have a frozen system and are working in the frozen state, you CANNOT make changes to the "real" OS. ie c:\windows. This means that you should not be able to permenantly alter the list of programs available on the programs list as it is part of the real OS and what you are working with in the frozen state is a copy of the program list and not the real thing. As far as I know, you can do an install whilst in the frozen state but you will lose it once you reboot this means that the program list would alter to include the new program but only until you reboot and then it is lost.

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Today, my notebook crashed (BSoD) while playing an online game - Team Fortress 2. It happened a few times before and, with a little research, found that other users with my video card had the same problem, so I thought nothing of it. After the most recent crash, on reboot, I get the message that "NTFS.sys is missing or corrupt," and I can't access Windows at all. I can get into BIOS fine.

I tried using the Recovery Console to copy NTFS.sys to my Windows\System32\Drivers folder, but Recovery Console isn't recognizing any files or folders on my C: drive. When I enter the DIR command, I get the message "An error occurred during directory enumeration." If I access the D: drive, my extra partition shows up just fine, and I can access all the files I've stored on there.

When I boot with my Windows CD and look at the partition information, I see the following:

-: Partition1 (EISA Utilities) 4997 MB ( 355 MB free )
C: Partition2 [Unknown] 54486 MB ( 54486 MB free )
D: Partition3 (Storage) [NTFS] 54988 MB ( 1141 MB free )

Although the count and free space for drive D: is accurate, drive C: isn't even close. The total is correct, but the actual free space is around 8-10 GB.

Here's my setup:

Acer Aspire 5050
AMD Turion64 x2 (1600 MHz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
Windows XP Media Center Edition
All latest drivers, Windows updates, etc.

IDE1 Model Name: WDC WD1200UE-22KVT0
System BIOS Version: v1.3103
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Answer:NTFS.sys Missing/Corrupt, Inaccessible C: Drive, Unknown Partition

Just restarted it again, this time got "l_intl.nls" error instead of "ntfs.sys". Same error message, same results.

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My windows 7 is suddenly applying a drive letter to the system partition, and removing the letter which causes the "new disk inserted" window to keep popping up every half second. In Disk Manager the drive letter appears and disappears every half second.
The only way I've stopped it is to permanently apply a drive letter, which means it is now visible in windows explorer.

Answer:System reserved partition becoming "visible" and intermittently assigned drive letter by Windows

I assume by 'system partition' you really mean the hidden system restore partition installed by your PC builder? If so, then after I just fired up Paragon Partition Manager to see what it makes of that partition on my Win 7 PC, I find the partition is Primary, NTFS, active, not hidden, volume name WinRe.

The main interesting thing is the volume letter seems to be set to '*'. It appears as (*) rather than (C: ) as the OS drive does. Furthermore, the main menu has a 'partition' tab, where one of the options is 'assign drive letter', and the next option below is 'remove drive letter' which is currently greyed out.

Looking at the standard Windows computer management, storage, disk management, I see a similar picture, except there is no volume letter at all (apparent in that window anyway).

Quite how the partition gets identified in that way is a puzzle, but you might try a free partition manager, such as gparted and see what that says, and possibly allows you to change. As I say above, Paragon Partition Manager might let you de-assign a drive letter but I dont dare try it myself

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I have 3 partitions on my external No 2 drive and was resizing the middle partition (L:) larger because it was almost out of space, taking the extra 30 Gb from the following almost empty (M:) drive.

The Partition Magic program exited to run in DOS, and completed the first of two operations in the prepared batch file - viz partition M: was resized from 65 to 30 Gb.
The second operation seemed to go ok and completed, and when I went back to my laptop I found the laptop had already closed down.

After rebooting, Drive L: was unaccessable, and was now renamed simply as: "Local Disk (L:)" [It should have been: "2 - Audiotapes mp3 Archive"]

In Windows Explorer, a 'Left Click'brings the message... "L: is not accessible - The File or Directory is corrupted and unreadable"

In Partition Magic the drive is referred to as: "?G?" with the new size of 95001.5 Gb (this is correct size).
It claims to be all used up, with 0.00 unused space, and also Status as 'none' - and Logical drive (again correct)
It is an NTFS drive and run on Windows XP.
Hard Drive is Seagate 200Gb (Other 2 partitions are ok)

'Properties' in Partition Magic brings up Error code #19 "at end of something"
Check for errors brings up Error code #7 "Operation cancelled by user" - ??

When I use Norton Disk Doctor, I get... "Unable to access Drive L: - The volume does not contain a recognised file system"

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Answer:"Problem with Partition Magic & Unreadable Drive L:"

You can
Fist way: the "GetDataBack for NTFS" to get you'r lose data.
Secend way:in "Hirron CD" menu goto "Rocoverytools" and then on that page select "wintwrnals Disk cmdr"

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I had Windows XP Home installed on my C drive.
I purchased Vista Home Premium and when I installed it on my 500 Gig Drive--
The "System(s)" automatically made a partition of about 100gigs -leaving XP Home OS as Drive E: and My new Vista install went on Drive C:
And Voila! It ("System(s)" ) also constructed a Dual Boot Selection for me!

I have recently bought Windows XP PROFESSIONAL to Upgrade(Home) and proposed to install XP Pro on
Drive E:

I First got a message that the copy I have is already "newer" than the one I'm trying to Install.
I let this fly by and then I got Question: "Would YOU like to select the Partition and Drive Letter for this Install? Naturally I ticked BOTH Options (YES)

As the 56 minute install was into 10-12 minutes I got an Warning error that the (Install) CAB on Drive C was going into an Error state.

I REALLY don't want to mess with drive C: AT ALL --as I've installed the Windows 7 Candidate Release OVER the VISTA OS on Drive C

Can anyone help me out here ?

Answer:"Would YOU like to select the Partition and Drive Letter for this Install?"

Well firstly if you want to upgrade your XP Home install make sure you run the XP Pro setup from XP HOME!! Then it should tell you that your current OS is older than the one on disk, and offer you the option to upgrade.

NB: When you boot into XP you should notice that the drive letters will be different (usually the current system drive is associated to C:- so in XP, your XP part will be C, but in Vista/7 your vista part will instead be labled C:).

As long as you've booted into XP, and run the upgrade setup from there you shouldn't encounter any problems, and it shouldn't touch your Vista partition.

The only issue you may find is that the XP Pro setup might re-write your boot selector with the old legacy one used back in XP, so you wont be able to boot into Vista/7, but that can be fixed by either using EasyBCD in XP to restore the BCD boot manager, or by booting your PC from the Vista/7 disc and selecting the option to repair startup issues.

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Should the "boot" file be in the the Primary Partition or on drive C. I only have one drive & it is a Kingmax 240 gb SSD. In my case the "boot" is on C.
At present I have to boot my computer twice to get it to start windows. The first time it loads the BIOS & then asks for booting media or reboot, which is what I have been doing lately. The second boot starts Windows normally.
I have checked the boot order in the BIOS & at first start it will not detect the Kingmax drive, but on the second on it does recognise it.
I did detect at one point briefly that "boot manager" was missing, but I have not seen that again.
This has started since I did a firmware update on the SSD 2 days ago, so I suspect something has changed after that although the update went without any problems.

Answer:Should the "boot" be in the primary partition or on drive C.

Hello Bligh,

You might run a startup repair to see if it may be able to help with the boot issue. If needed, you may need to run it up to 3 times with a restart between each.

As a precaution, I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose to another location just in case this may be an early sign of hard drive failure.

Hope this helps for now,

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In the old days, Dell partitioned 60GB  for C drive with 190GB for the D drive. Though MS stated 30GB for Vista, my C drive was running out of space pretty soon. I put programs in D drive whenever possible. With Win utility files, 3rd party system files, big restore files etc, I fear using 20*2 GB for my Win10 C drive as not enough. to partition 100GB for C drive with 900GB for the rest.
But will I be oversizing C drive with too much GB sitting there unused later?
Appreciate feedback from those using Win 10 64 bits.

Answer:Advice on "best" partition size for Win 10 OS drive

Below are links that may help you to deciding the size for the partition.
Windows 10SpecificationsHere’s an overview of requirements, editions, and languages available for Windows 10
UEFI/GPT-based hard drive partitions

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Like U3, except it's a GoldRock stick. Diskpart and GParted both failed miserably, any ideas?

Answer:Getting rid of extra "CD" partition on flash drive?

Remove/Replace non-U3 CD Partition from USB drive - Hak5 Forums

They seem to fix it in a couple of roundabout ways.

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I have recently installed W2k OVER W98 on my laptop, and now realise this was a mistake! I want to delete the NTFS partition, and reformat my hard drive to perform a completely new install of W2K. Could someone please advise how to do this. I am by no means an expert, so please dont make any assumptions about my PC knowledge

Thank you


Answer:deleting NTFS Partition and reformatting hard drive

hmmm.....I'm not sure I know enough about windows 2000 to advise you step by step, I just felt sorry that no one has responded to your post yet. You came to the right place though. In the meantime, You'll want to save all of your personal files from your computer, b/c they will be erased. Also, I assume you have your own copy of windows 2000, it is not just an upgrade?

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Hi windows gurus
I've got a laptop with a 20GB hard drive in it, upgrading the drive to 30GBs, and therefore I want to move all the data (windows install + shit) from the 20GB to the 30GB without having to reinstall anything. How can I do this with
1) having the entire 30GBs usable on one partition without being limited to the size of the old hard drive's partition
2) needing to touch anything aside from re-installing the bootloader on the MBR


EDIT: It looks like the ntfsclone tool from the linux-ntfs project is going to work perfectly.

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I recently restored from an acronis partition image. Everything seems in working order, just the way I left it, but whenever I try to resize my primary C: partition, it says that I need to run chkdsk. It continues to say this after running chkdsk in multiple ways, both from the boot disk, from safe mode, from the desktop, etc. Every time it says there are no errors but it still won't let me resize. I even tried to use gparted live to resize my partition but it wouldn't let me do it either. I don't want to loose my data but this thing is driving me crazy. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:cannot resize ntfs partition even after running chkdsk

Try partition wizard 4.2.2 works great.

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Do you recommend "basic" or "dynamic" volume/partition method in Windows 10?

I plan to format a new 4TB HDD to be used for 3 purposes:

1. An secondary disk for windows paging file. Size = 3xRAM = 50 GB
2. data drive (mydocs, music, video, photo, downloads, etc.) ~3.45 GB
3. space for a image of my OS + apps of ~500GB

The OS and apps are on a separate SDD.


Answer:Win10 partition method "dynamic" or "basic" for HDD

Dynamic volumes are more flexible long term. But based on what you're describing either will work.

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I installed Win7 32 and Win7 64 on partitions "C" and "D" respectively. I have deleted Win32 and have unallocated space. I want to know if there is a way to move the "D" partition to the unallocated space and still have it bootable.

Answer:How to move "D" partition" to "C" partiion slot

When you boot into Win64, you should see it designated as "C" -- as that is the default drive letter for the Windows native OS partition.

The bigger problem is that, if the boot loader was in the old "C" partition, it's gone now, and unless you have either a Win7 install DVD, or you made a Win7 Repair CD, you will not be able to boot Win7.

If you can't get into Win7, you can purchase a Win7 Repair CD image from the following link and make a bootable CD from it: Windows 7 Recovery Disk and Repair Disc Download

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I have "Kingston" 4GB pen-drive its file system is "FAT32" i try to change its files system to "NTFS" using "formatting" process. When i try to format it in "NTFS" this error show.
"Windows was unable to complete the Format."

So how do i change its file system to "NTFS"?

Answer:How to change "FAT32" penDrive to "NTFS"? can't format it "NTFS"

On some flash drives used here I simply boot up from a live GParted cd while the drive is plugged in and go as far as repartitioning the drive totally while booted live. From there even with the drive's volume formatted to NTFS Windows may still want to have the format option used as well as the check now option to scan for errors.

You should be able to do that with Partition Wizard or any other live partitioning program without Windows involvement which will tell if the drive is in good working shape. Once the system is restarted following the removal of the factory partition and the new one on unplug the drive before Windows loads up and wait until the desktop is fully loaded to then replug the drive back in for the fresh detection.

If the autoplay option for all media devices is checked off a flashing icon may appear on the taskbar, your av program's prompt to run a scan on the drive should be seen. and the prompt to format it for use should be seen. The message will also insist on checkong for errors with the second option of automatically fixing any seen before the format can take place.

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I have an external hard disk of Samsung 650GB which got damaged when I was transferring some files to my pc through it. Now when I connect to any PC or Laptop it shows the safely remove icon but there is no letter assigned to it and also doesn't show up in My Computer though it can be seen in Disk Management.

I tried Mini Tool Partition Wizard but when I create a new partition it stops at 90%. I tried wiping out the partition but to no avail.

Is there any solution for it??? Please help.

Answer:Creating A New Partition Or Wiping A Partition On External Hard Disk Stuck

I would check the manufacturers site for a windows utility to low level format it. If you cannot find a utility to do that on manufacturer's site, then try this: to wipe the drive. WARNING!! this will destroy all data on the selected hard drive!! be very careful when selecting a drive to wipe that you don't inadvertently select the wrong disk. After a low level format, unplug the drive, plug back in, windows should detect as a new, virgin, drive and it'll prompt you to format it. Format it and hopefully everything will be fine from here on out for you.

Post back, Hope this helps!!

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Hello everybody. Here's my story. I have 2 HDDs:
1) 1TB with 2 partitions: System (where Windows 7 is installed) and Hard Disk (with programs)
2) 500GB with 1 partition: Storage (with all the unnecessary files I don't want to delete)

My problem is that the last partition became Active and System. It happened like that. I had some troubles with SATA cable so I had to disconnect my main HDD and connect DVD-Drive with that same cable and my main HDD with the one I used for DVD-Drive. What I didn't notive at first was that the 500GB hard disk became the first one in the boot row. After some time I noticed that Storage became my Active and System partition. I tried making the partition with Windows Active and making that one Inactive but I couldn't load the system after that, I had BOOTMGR is missing error, so I had to swich back with Paragon software. Any ideas how can I make my original System partition to be active and system and that useless partition to become simple data storage once again?

Answer:Partition is "Active" and "System" though it shouldn't be

Plug 1tb into first SATA port, mark it Active using Diskpart from Win7 DVD Repair Conosle or Repair CD, or use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Then mark Inactive 500gb plugged into Disk1.
Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Set 1tb on DISK0 as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD/CD drive.

Boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and is correctly marked System Active. You may have to unplug the 500mb HD if it interferes.

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Okay, I was curious, and now I broke my bootmgr, please helped. I've used search on many of forums and google... but no Startup Repair and Bootmgr commands have worked thus far.

Incident: I was trying to format one of my drives (storage only - no os), was in Disk Managment console, right clicked on the physical disk I was trying to format (though it was grayed out), and click on "Set as Active Partition". The result after restarting, was:

BOOTMGR is missing

When I try to do a startup repair from a burned win7 disc I have, it shows the OS after the scan on the correct hdd (because I've physically disconnected other drives except for OS and cdrom), but when I click next it tells me that it is incompatible with that version of windows.
If I am not mistaken I was running Win7 x64 Ultimate.

Troubleshooting... I've tried these links thus far:

I am able to bring this disk to work with my and plug it in external if there is a way to fix it like that, but I would like to use my pc on my bday So any help is uber appreciated.

Answer:"Set as active partition" "bootmgr" error

If you download Hirens bootcd .. boot into miniXP. Then go to the hirens program, go to the MBR/partition part of the menu. Select BootICE. In there you can reconstruct your MBR(NT6.0) and PBR per partition(NT6.0). Then there is an option in there to edit BCD. You can scroll to your SYSTEMDRIVE(C: usually) go to boot directory and select the BCD file. Then select view /edit . Make sure the entry correctly points to your HDD & partition. The rest should be correct. Reboot and you should be good to go =)
NOTE: you may have 2 partitions, a small 100M one and then ur normal windows one. Either one or both may have the /boot directory. Edit whichever one is set to active. (can be seen by looking at the parts manage button)

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Hello, I'm interested in the following:

Connecting "Desktop" to other partition than Windows "C:", so if I drop files on DSKT for easy reuse and availability, they copy on, f.e., "D:" or other partition.

Any way to achieve this?

Thank you.

Answer:Connect "Desktop" to other partition than Windows "C:"?

I just go to the other partition or HDD, right-click the drive letter/icon and drag to the desktop choosing Create shortcut here. That works but it probably would be better to do the same with a Folder on the other drive. Dropping a file on the icon should copy or save it there.

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I've been getting the "delayed write failed" error message every time I try to backup a DVD with DVD Shrink to my externail USB hard drive. I've backed up a good many DVDs this way, and haven't had this problem before. Meanwhile I continue to be able to copy other, somewhat smaller files (180MB vs 4GB in DVD Shrink) to the drive without any trouble.

When the error message appears it seems that the computer suddenly no longer recognizes anything on the external drive. Sometimes it still recognizes that the drive is there, even tells me how much space is used up on it, but when I look at the files in Windows Explorer, the files show up as empty, or not at all.

When I try to safely unplug the drive, I'm told there's a problem with ejecting the drive, that it can't be stopped right now. I've waited for several hours to be allowed to stop it, but keep getting the same message. I usually turn off the computer and finally unplug it. When I plug it back in, it sometimes autoplays and all the files are there, sometimes it's not recognized at all until I unplug and plug it back in repeatedly.

I've looked online and there are so many people having problems with that error message, I can't make heads or tails of the issue. The only thing I've tried from the Microsoft site is that I turned cache writing off for the external drive (not the internal one) under policies, which I thought is supposed to make it possible to unp... Read more

Answer:"delayed write failed" during dvd shrink on external hard drive

I would upgrade the Laptop ram to 512 or a gig, see if the problem stops.

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I was using my external HD to backup data from my laptop (I plan on doing a system recovery).  The HD had originally been hooked up to my PC with no problems.  A few minutes in, the transfer stops and I get a message that the drive is not ready.  Now when I try to access the hard drive from either the PC or the laptop I get a message that says "Please insert a disk into drive (letter of the drive):".  Something I noticed, not sure if it's relevant, is that originally the HD was (G:) on the PC.  When I connected it to my laptop, the drive was recognized as (F:).  After I got the error and connected it back to the PC the HD was recognized as (F:), same as the laptop but different than it originally was on the PC.I'm running XP Home on both the PC and laptop.Can anyone please help?

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem - "Please insert a disk into drive _:"

I may be mistaken, but I understand, that external HD will work only with the computer on which it was created.Have that external HD ever worked? Is it genuine external HD, or internal with enclosure?

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Hey all, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and I'm loving it, EXCEPT for this one problem I'm having.

Immediately after I upgraded, my external hard drive (WD Ext HDD 1021 3TB) was missing from "My Computer." I never had any problems with this HDD before I upgraded, and the file-system is NTFS.

The external drive is visible in Disk Management, however there is no letter assigned. Right clicking on the drive's partitions in Disk Management shows every option grayed out except for "Delete Volume."

Upon seeing this, I attempted to use diskpart to assign a new letter, however in diskpart the partition type is listed as "unknown" and when I attempt to assign a letter, diskpart says "there is no volume specified." Listing volumes in diskpart only seems to list the volumes on my internal drive, not the external one.

After reading some articles on similar problems, I tried using the program "MiniTool Partition Wizard" to assign a new drive letter, and it seemed to work! The drive showed up in "My Computer" with the correct name and letter, with all my data intact. In Disk Management, all the drive options were still grayed out, but because I could access my drive, I figured the problem was solved.

However, after a short amount of time, the drive became inaccessible. In "My Computer" the drive's name changed from "cmluepke 3tb external (F:)" to "Local Disk (F:)." Clickin... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive inaccessible, becomes "Local Disk"

I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
Deleting the volume, then re-creating it allowed me to format and assign a drive-letter.
But yes, I did lose the (non-critical - a recorded TV show) data.
I'm not aware of any other 'fixes'.

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I have -- "had" -- two SimpleTech external hard drives. One I purchased last year, 320G, and it worked perfectly. But it had an adaptor, and I was getting tired of all the wires cluttering my small computer desk, so I wanted to buy an external hard drive powered by USB only. So last week, I bought a Signature Mini, also by SimpleTech, that was capable of being powered by USB. After formatting it MS-DOS, following the instructions to prep it for use on both Macs and PCs, I transferred all my files from the old drive to the new drive. Then, since I have a Macbook, I used Disk Utility > Zero All Data, to erase all the data from my old drive -- data, which had successfully transferred to my new drive. I planned to give this old drive to my dad.

Using my other laptop which has Windows XP, I began to download some of my data from an online storage website that is going to shut down in about a month. I downloaded these files directly into my new external hard drive, and left the download running overnight.

The next morning, the download was finished, so I unplugged the new drive and plugged it back into my MacBook. The new drive began making clicking noises, and it wasn't showing up on my desktop. I immediately knew that these noises meant an internal hardware problem, so I unplugged the drive immediately. Since then, I have occasionally plugged the new drive in just to see if the problem possibly corrected itself, but it still makes clicking noises and refuses t... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive: "Zero" Erasure and Clicking Noises

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I just put about 25 gigs of data on this drive. It's an 80 gig drive and has about 20 gigs of space left on it before it's full. Out of all the files I cut and pasted over it got stuck on this last ISO file.. it refused to move this file.. so i stopped the move operation, and rebooted. I never had any trouble with this drive. It's a drive that is hooked up via a USB port. On reboot, to try to copy or move the file again, Windows tells me this drive cannot be accessed and needs to be formatted before it can be used.

That's not an option, or I'll lose tons of months worth of data. The drive is pretty warm.. I'm letting it cool down to try again, but i cant see any reason why this drive could have been damaged just moving files to it.

Any ideas of other reasons why windows might erroneously fail to detect the drive properly and give me this error?

Answer:External hard drive suddenly "needs to be formatted" after a reboot

Hello mate, perhaps checking the HDD will tell you something.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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So I have a pretty, well not old, but it's not a product they carry anymore external hard drive and I had some issues with it in the past (mainly the usb port not being soldered on properly and falling off); so I just received all my replacement cords for it and ran it, it took *forever* for it to load up, which I felt was understandable seeing as there's like 200+ GB on it but when I go to like drag one item from it, it'll take more than 10 minutes and if I cancel it, it just loads.. and loads and loads; I don't know what it's doing but when it's like that, I can't do anything with it and to actually make it browse-able again, I have to force a shut down. (hold the power button)

And the files I am trying to move are just 2.5MB so they shouldn't even be taking this long..

I have quite a few files I wish to save otherwise I'd just format the whole thing but I can't when it just hangs onto the loading.

Is there a way for me to save these files?
I tried to upload them a hosting but it freezes when I do; same with dragging the images into windows paint.

Please help!

I just tried to upload some of the pictures to mediafire and it literally froze my web browser.

Quote: Originally Posted by notsotechsavvy

I stand corrected, apparently this portable hard drive is not done frustrating me just yet.
Pretty sure I forgot to mention what portable hard drive I have and here it is.
The problem I'm having now is that I managed... Read more

Answer:External hard drive "hanging" or infinite loading.

Fill out all of the System Specs in the lower left hand corner of your message. If we know what is in your PC it will help to better figure out the problem.

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So I have a Windows 7 64bit desktop with 2 external hard drives that have shared over my network so I can view the files on my laptop(win 7 64bit) and watch movies and such on my xbox via windows media center.

I recently purchased a WD Elements 2TB external Hard Drive.
I connect the new drive to my desktop along with the other 2 external hard drives and functions with no problems until I try to share it on my network.

My procedure for sharing was opening my computer, right clicking on the hard drive, clicking share with.., advanced sharing, (in the sharing tab) advanced sharing again, click the share this folder box and hitting apply. And I get this error, "An error occurred while trying to share G. Incorrect function. The shared resource was not created at this time."

I was however able to add the new external hard drive to my media library in windows media center so my xbox can see the new hard drive no problem.
So now I need to get the drive on the network so I can see it on my laptop.

Whats more, If I disconnect the hard drive from my desktop, and connect it to my laptop, it will let me share it and I can see it from my desktop. (Baffles me...)

Any help or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Cant share external Hard drive "Incorrect Function"

I see you have the same issue as I do and are getting about the same help I have been getting, NONE
We will probably find out "Microsoft" will want to charge us extra if we want to share more than one way, they give us ONE free sharing but not 2 without more money.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1844 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 730 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 260242 MB, Free - 162570 MB; D: Total - 29690 MB, Free - 27584 MB; G: Total - 305211 MB, Free - 174064 MB; H: Total - 15259 MB, Free - 3249 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, MoutCook
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Am I embarrassed! I have had external drive for backup and to have an image on it. But I am so dense that I don't know how to restore. I have the manual which tells me to go to the "welcome" screen but I can't open any screens of the software. The software is WD SmartWare. . These are the files in the folder. Should I start all over by hitting the .exe file? Any ideas? I'm getting paranoid knowing that my external hard drive backup is useless to me because I don't know how to restore.

Answer:WD SmartWare software on "my passport" external hard drive

heyya americamba, I'm going to close this one up, as you have another one in hardware at, and that one is in the correct forum.

thanks for understanding.


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Hi All,

I want to format my external hard drive into two partitions so that I can use one of them as a recovery drive for my Windows PC and the other one for my personal data. I am using Windows 8.1.

It is a 1TB WD Elements hard drive currently formatted into one exFAT partition. It is about half full. I don't want to delete the partition and then create two new ones because I have nowhere to backup the files currently on the drive. So I want to shrink the existing partition and then create a new smaller partition but for some reason I can't do that in Windows Disk Management. When I right-click on the drive (E:) The option "shrink drive..." is grayed (as shown in the screenshot).
Does anybody know why this could be? When I right-click on my Windows (C:) drive this option is not grayed out. (I tried doing the same thing using Partition Wizard but I had the same problem - the "split" option, along with a whole lot of others, is grayed out).

Also, another strange thing which might help you to understand. In Partition Wizard, when I right-click on my external hard drive (E:) and click properties it shows that the hard drive is full (first screenshot) even though Windows File Explorer shows that it still has about 500GB of free space (second screenshot)
Why does Partition Wizard (and obviously Windows Disk Management as well) think that the disk is full?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:"Shrink Volume" Grayed Out - External Hard Drive

You cannot shrink a FAT disk. Shrinking is only supported with NTFS. You have no choice but to backup your data and re-initialize it as NTFS.

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Hello A friend of mine's father passed away suddenly, and she gave me an external hard drive to try and retrieve pictures from for his funeral this upcoming Thursday, she said it malfunctioned when it was knocked over and fell a few hours ago.. I tried it with the case still on and Windows wouldn't even recognize it, so I took apart the case of the external drive and removed the SATA WD Desktop drive to my Hard Drive reader, it shows the Drive under the letter:F and says "The F: Drive needs to be reformatted before any access".. Is there anyway I can retrieve the data from this drive with the current tools I have (Drive reader), along with a potential program perhaps? or will they need to escalate this to a data recovery place that takes the platter completely out and retrieves the information that way?

I am using Windows 7 64 Bit, and this drive reader is pretty good never let me down in the past, I'm just stuck.. Thanks!

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First of all I'd like to say hello to everyone on this forum, this will be my first thread/post.

I'm usually the go to guy for my friends for simple computer problems, and my friend came to me today with a problem I just can't figure out.

She received an external 230 gb HDD for christmas and then tried to install her Sim expansions onto it. She gets the message
"Cannot install to the selected directory, because it may cause the system to become unstable"

After googling this issue for about 30 minute I found this is the case for other games as well, but none of these searches yielded any kind of answer of how to get passed this, or why this happens.

As far as I know, her XP HDD is NFTS as well as the external HDD. Has anyone had this problem with The Sims?

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My external hard drive doesn't show up on "My Computer", but when I check "Device Manager", it show up inside "disk drive", and the "Device status" inside the "Properties" shows "This device is working properly". What's wrong?

Answer:External hard drive doesn't show up on "My Computer"

If it has not been assigned a drive letter, it won't show up on My Computer.  This is usually done automatically, but not always.Right-click My ComputerLeft-click ManageSelect Disk MnagementFind the Disk Drive in the Lower Right PanelRight-Click, select "Change Drive Letter"

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Let me apologize in advance if this is the incorrect place to post this query - I've seen other similar issues posted in "Hardware" so I'm hoping I'm in the right area...

I've seen this issue posted before, and I've Googled my heart out, but I still haven't been able to find answers to my exact problem. I have a 500GB Western Digital MyBook external hard drive which holds all of my music files as well as back-ups of movies and pictures. Whenever I plug it in, I don't have ten seconds before I get the "Delayed Write Failed" error message, and if I happen to be in Explorer at the time it freezes. I've also got Windows XP on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, if that's relevant.

I got the error message two days ago for the first time, while trying to import a cd using iTunes. It imported the first two songs on the album before giving me the error. Since then I haven't been able to use the drive at all, and when trying to get files from it I've gotten errors saying the path was incorrect (as if the hard drive weren't plugged in). I tried using the hard drive yesterday on my dad's IBM laptop (also running XP) and had no problems sifting through the files in Explorer, however opening a movie in Windows Media Player caused that program to freeze. Today I plugged it into the IBM laptop again and tried the same previous album in iTunes, but this time it didn't get past the first song before it gave ... Read more

Answer:"Delayed Write Failed" on External Hard Drive

Check for malware. Also, a delayed write failure is this:

this is how external drives work with xp:

1. you tell a file to be copied to the ed (external drive)
2. Windows checks the file size and compares it to the free space on the ed.
3 Windows allocutes the space needed and queues segments of the file to be copied. (usually 1 file = 1 segment)
4. Windows starts copying segments to the drive in order of the queue.
5. the files finish and the transfer completes.

The delayed write failure is when one of the queued segments fails to copy.
This could be because of the hard drive failing so check for hdd errors but its more likely a windows issue.

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Hello 7Forums Guru's. I've never used external media and am trying to decide on a partition scheme for data storage (ISO's, music, pictures about 100-150 gb) and to store weekly backups, system image etc) but before I even start on that end, should my external HDD (Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB) be set to active? The drive was completely plug & play and showed up in Disk Management as "Active"

Please advise this relative n00b.

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Answer:New Seagate External Hard Drive Marked "Active"

Only a partition from which one boots needs to be active and going by this dictum there is absolutely no need for a partition on an external drive to be active. Though an active partition on an external drive should not matter it is always safe to have only the booting Partition as active.

You can turn a partition active or inactive using diskpart.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt and Run as administrator.


Be sure to select the correct external disk and partition.

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After I finished transferred some files across from external hard drive to laptop and I used a picture from external hard drive as my background desktop but when I tried to click "Safely "remove it said there were programs running yet I have nothing transferring/connecting from external hard drive to laptop then I unplugged the USB device.

I did noticed when I removed the external hard drive my background picture was gone when I went to change themes, I'm worried so Can this damage to the laptop/external hard drive or corrupt software

Answer:I unplugged my external hard drive without "Safely Remove" Can this da

That thing about programs using the drive happens a lot with my Toshiba lappy.
Unless you've changed any of the default hardware policies for the external drive (most of them won't even allow you to), unplugging without ejecting should not be a problem. Nevertheless, whenever you are unable to eject, it is better to wait till you turn off the computer before unplugging.
Hope this helps.

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Help - Please!!!  My Desktop decided to install the Windows 10 updates to my Windows 7 environment -- oh the joys!  Nothing but trouble ever since.  I uninstalled 10 to take me back to 7.
Upon reboot all was fine for a day.  Then, black screen with a cursor.  What the heck?  I checked all the things I was told to check, I ran all the diagnostics.  I uninstalled, reinstalled, did a system restore back to before the update.
After spending 3+ hours letting my system go thru the recommended ePSA Preboot System Assessment (All Tests Passed) - Today I have a system that I can't get to boot up because it says I have:
Status:  Oxc000000f
"The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."
I'm not a computer geek.  I can't get thru to anyone at Dell.  I've been trying to resolve this for 4 days now. 
The only thing I can think that is happening is that the computer is trying to boot from an external hard drive that is in a "locked/password protected" mode on my system.  I have no idea how to bypass this.  I've tried unhooking the drive and rebooting and then it just goes back to black screen with a cursor.
Can anyone help me?  Please?

Answer:Can't Reboot Past External "Locked" Hard Drive

Hi DEAR64,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Please check if you can boot into safe mode <F8>.
Do you have the OEM Operating system DVD?
Please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id (Note: please don't mention the service tag or email id on the public forum as it contains your personal information).

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I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

Answer:how do I get "permission to access a folder" on an external hard drive

Originally Posted by rosemaryheller

I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

One tutorial that might help you :
Permission : note - it applies to both Vista and Win 7
Sharing and Permissions - Windows 7 Forums

By the way, is this the message you saw ?

If yes, what would happen if you clicked Continue ?

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I recently bought a Western Digital firewire/USB 2.0 combo drive for my Dell laptop running Windows XP Home edition. It worked fine once. When I went to use it again it would not register in "My Computer." It is recognized in device manager and no conflicts appear. There are no new/rolled back drivers available. In Disk Management in Console it appears but shows a large portion of unallocated space. Uninstalling and reinstalling does not work.

Could there be a corrupt Windows file? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:external hard drive not recognized in Windows XP "My Computer"

If it shows unallocated space (how much?), then the drive should be partitioned and the partitions formatted.

What sizes are we talking about? Unallocated space will not appear in My Computer, but only partitions that are formatted and ready to use.

If you have TweakUI or other tweakers, be sure that the drive is not hidden from My Computer.

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I have an older 80 gig WD external hard drive that has worked fine until this morning when I turned on my computer and it wasnt showing up when I looked in my computer. So I went into device manage and it says this "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

I tried unistalling, and then plugging it back in. I tried looking for updates. Anything I could think of, but still not able to access anything. It has ALL my music on it and I really really want to be able to get to it.

If I cant get it to work is it possible to transfer data from this one to a new one??

Answer:External hard drive "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

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Hi Everyone!
I am having a serious problem
I bought a new 200Gb external hard drive...after formatting it using NTFS, I now try to open it in Windows Explorer and I get an error saying "invalid parameter", and that's's not opening.
I use WinXP, there is nothing I can do with the HD anymore...anyone has any idea of what I could do?
Thanks a million

Answer:"invalid parameter" opening external Hard Drive

Try reformatting it if possible. Does windows detect it still. Try reinstalling usb drivers to make sure thats correctly functioning. Make sure you have updated drivers for motherboard and os as they could be a strange but possible fix to the problem your having. Let me know if you still have this problem after the above suggestions.

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My 1TB Western Digital External hard disc is not working. My laptop switched off suddenly while copying files. After restarted my laptop, when I try to open my External hard disc drive(G: \) I'm getting the message as

"Location is not available

G:\ is not accessible
The drive cannot find the sector requested"

The Properties of the drive shows as
Type: Local Disk
File system:
Used space : 0 bytes
Free space : 0 bytes

when clicking My computer->Manage->Disk Management(under Storage in left side), I can able to see my External hard disc drive(G: \). The File System shows as "RAW" before it was NTFS, % Free as 100% but I got around 1TB data. Also I checked in different laptops but it shows the same error.

And finally I checked with "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows", it passed the test.

I'm so afraid about my datas stored in the hard disc. All my projects, photos and many important files stored in that hard disc. I dont know what the problem is. I cant find any solutions in Internet. Please help me to solve this problem. Thanks in advance.

Answer:"The drive cannot find the sector requested" - External hard disc is not working

Hey Allen. I would call Western Digital support and see what they say.Since you have data on it you need, I wouldn't play around with it, get some answers from the drive makers, and as is always said, have important data backed up in at least 2 different places, with at least one being to CD/DVD.

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Windows XP PC is extremely sluggish and makes a loud whirring noise, so bought a Seagate external hard drive. I inadvertantly moved the "my documents" folder on to it and now cannot open the folder without the hard drive plugged in. how do I move it back to its original home? It hasn't exactly stopped the extremely slow way the PC opens any file or even surfing the net. Please help!

Answer:Solved: accidentally moved "my documents" folder to external hard drive

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.
Let me know if that works.

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

Answer:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"


First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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I'll do the best I can to explain this.
I have a 2TB seagate external harddrive. It was showing no signs of problems, worked like a charm. Then, I plugged it into a Mac (usually use Windows) and started transferring a video file to the external.
Then, it started to freeze. Stopped transferring. Crashed.
I had no choice but to remove my external hard drive without ejecting, as everything was locked up.
Then, I plugged the external back into my PC. It showed up fine, but it shows as "E:/Local Drive" when before it was "E:/Seagate" or something to that effect. And, it's completely empty (2TB of free space). Before, I had about 800GB of data. And, the really weird thing is that it is showing up as a FAT32 drive, when it was NTFS before! It almost seems like the Mac purposefully formatted my drive, but that makes absolutely. no. sense.
Then, I ran Recuva (file recovery program) and it started finding all of my old files. Great, right!?
Well, maybe. The issue is that it says it's going to take about 3 days to complete the scan, which is an issue as I have to take my laptop to work. And, I don't have another hard drive big enough to recover the files to. Yes, I can solve this by buying a new 2TB HD, and I will.
But, given how weird this situation is, and given that the files are still "there," I'm thinking something really weird happened, and maybe can be fixed without an arduous file-recovery?
Is it a partition table or something? Is it possible that everything is there, but it's n... Read more

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I have been using a 500gb Buffalo Drivestation external hard drive to store videos and music for the past several months without incident. However, two days ago when I tried to access the drive in Windows Explorer, the program appeared to freeze. This happened repeatedly, including following system reboots and unplugging/plugging in the hard drive.

When I finally allowed Windows Explorer to 'do it's thing' without ending the process, it informed me that "the file or folder is corrupted or unreadable." If at all possible, I would like a solution to this problem that will allow me to access the data that is on the hard drive at least long enough to copy it to another disk. Although most of the data is backed up, there is some that is not.

In Disk Manager, the drive appears as usual. However, when I tried to run chkdsk I received a message saying that "The root folder on this volume is full". I know for a fact that there is over 200gb of free space on the drive. Chkdsk also said "Error writing folder".

Also, I have tried accessing the drive in another computer - with the same result.

Any help you could give would be much appreciated. Thanks very much!

Answer:External hard drive "corrupted or unreadable"

As an additional point... Disk Management says that the file system on the external hard drive is RAW, while Checkdisk recognises it as FAT32.

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A few days ago, I installed a game on my external hard drive. At the time, the hard drive was assigned the "F:" directory. They other day, I plugged a video camera into my computer before the external hard drive making the camera "F:" and the hard drive "G:".

The game won't work while the hard drive is assigned to "G:". I've removed the camera, there are no other USB devices plugged in (except my mouse which doesn't have any storage capacity) but still when I plug in the hard drive, it goes back to "G:".

I've tried plugging it into different sockets, logging off the computer, restarting the computer, but still, it goes back to "G:".

Why is this happening and how can I get it back to "F:"?


Answer:Solved: Can't get external hard drive to be assigned to "F:"

Never mind, I've got it working.

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I recently updated to Windows 10 anniversary and now I can't find my Western Digital external hard drive in My computer. The PC recognizes it as:
click here in Disk management it's recognized as:
click here not empty and has data inside it. Only after the anniversary update this problem happened and shows it empty in the Disk management. When I right-click on the external hard drive in the "volume" section; all options are grayed out except for "Help"
Is there any idea how to solve this?

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I am connecting a 640GB Samsung G2 Portable External Hard Drive to my HP Pavilion 15 Laptop.
The external hard drive works on other desktop and laptop computers here at work, but when connected to the HP Pavilion (Windows 8.1 OS) it shows up as a Local Disk (H: but when trying to Open the drive it says:
?Location Not Available H:\ is not accessible The device is not ready.?
What should I do?
Assistance is much appreciated...

Answer:External Hard Drive - Error - "Location not Available"

Welcome to Windows EightForums, jhnel.

Is the drive in the correct format?

Windows key + X > Choose Disk Management. It should tell you format and partition info there.

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Am trying to get an external hard drive up and running!
When connected (via USB) it is recognised by Belarc Advisor, but does not appear in "My Computer" and hence is not usable - can anyone help?
Thanks, Guys.

Answer:"My Computer" doesn't see external hard drive

You need to format the drive before you can use it.
Go to start> run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter.
Right click on the drive and create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
Now create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
Once completed you can use the drive

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I was curious if say you want to replace laptops hard drive, is it possible to do this with an external hard drive like a goflex 1tb external? or is that only for cloning/backupWindows 10 OS dell inspiron 7737

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I was curious if say you want to replace laptops hard drive, is it possible to do this with an external hard drive like a goflex 1tb external? or is that only for cloning/backupWindows 10 OS dell inspiron 7737

Answer:Can you run laptops OS using an EXTERNAL hard drive as "replacement"

BTW: I did order a replacement hard drive. This question is purely out of my curiosity while I wait.

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Hi everyone, my situation was expressed earlier and now that Western Digital Support (a guy named Danny, that had a very thick accent and supervisor w/ even thicker) has $14.95 of my dollars. I need help!

BRIEFING: Western Digital External Drive can't access, found I'm not the only one. Forum suggested an adapter, but that was for laptops. Did research, sucks to be me is basicaly what I found.
So, I read a hint of making an External's HD into internal hard drive, and placing it in your PC.

<There are many tutorials here and the www to learn how to install, so I won't bother any of you with that.>

QUESTION: The Hard Drive I wish to install is from an external case, it has very important data on it and if I put it into my PC, will I lose the data or can I just browse it like before?

Answer:Solved: Installing "EXTERNAL'S" Hard Drive...?

providing that the drive itself isn't the part that is bad, then you should be able to acces it as an internal the way you do other drives. This of course depends on the drive itself and your interface. If it is an IDE Drive you would need an open IDE connector in your computer. If Sata then you would need an open sata connection. That being said, you should not lose any data installing it as an internal.

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It seems I have had a lot of computer related questions lately, but I have had a lot of computer issues lately and I find the people here very helpful. Recently, my dell vostro 3700 laptop crashed and I am trying to recover the files that were backed up on "My book" exeternal drive and I am not sure how to go about doing this.

That program is no longer even installed on my laptop and when I try to install it, it is not picking up the drive at all. Also the light on the drive is constantly flashing green instead of staying solid green. Does anyone know why (already tried restarting it)?

Answer:Need help getting files off of my "My book external hard drive" Please help!

That program is no longer even installed on my laptopClick to expand...

It is helpful if you mention what program you used to backup the files onto the external hard drive.
It asos helps if you mention what version of windows you are running and what, if anything, you did to restore the Vostro 3700 to working condition.

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My laptop stopped booting (You can read about it here: )
I've reached a dead end on on trying to restore the OS, so I took the hard drive out of my Gateway Laptop which was running Windows XP Media Center Edition and placed in an external enclosure so I can access it via USB from a computer that will boot.
I booted another notebook running XP Home into safemode so I could take ownership of the Administrator folder in Documents and Settings via the security tab (as described in this Microsoft Help and Support article here:;en-us;308421)
Now I can see the documents in the Administrator profile, but I can not access or copy them. Also, when I open My Music I can see all the folders for individual artists, but when I try to open the folder I get the "Access Denied" message that I got before I took ownership of the Administrator folder. What's worse, I can't use the security tab to take ownership of those files and folders in My Documents because everything is greyed out.


Answer:"Access Denied" on *now* external hard drive

Sounds like you may have taken ownership of the folders, but not the contents of the folders or subfolders. Go back to the ownership page and be sure to check the box about all child objects. Being grayed out means that that file's permissions are inherited from a superfolder, so you need to change them there.

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I have recently re-installed Windows XP which consequently reformat my hard disk. When I plug in my external hard disk USB (which was working fine prior formatting the PC), it does not shows up in 'My Computer'.

When checking Device Manager, the device is working properly. I have verified on Disk Management, the external hard disk is there but with no Drive letters and paths, it mention "unallocated". It does not allow me to give it a drive letter.

During the re-installation on Windows, the external HD was connected to My PC.

The external HD is an Apollo 2.5" portable hard drive 250GB.

On the "USB device properties", under volume tab, the partition style is: Master Boot Record, capacity:238,473 MB, Unallocated space: 238,473 MB, Reserved space: 0 MB and status: Online

Can anyone help me on the above issue. I have some important data on it. Has the disk been erased?

Answer:My external hard drive does not show up in "My Computer"

Did you install all of your motherboard drivers, chipset, LAN, sound, graphics, etc. after installing Windows?

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Is it possible to have an NTFS partition and a FAT partition on the same drive?

Answer:Possible to have an NTFS partition and FAT partition on same drive?

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