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Solved: master reboot hard drive crash /new drive/ no disc

Question: Solved: master reboot hard drive crash /new drive/ no disc

The comp want reboot never got disc tryed the f10 but still will not reboot gave the drive to comp tec they said its fried bought new drive sata 1ter 7200 and tryed to use my windows 2000pro to bring it up want come up do I have to buy a new windows xp disc can some one give me a hand i used the comp in my shop for doing graphics in airbrushing,to make templets i lost a lot of data from it the old drive still spins $ are short right now but want the comp backup does anyone have disc for the master reboot of hp hp says they dont have the drive that was in was same as new one except for space I live back in the sticks so town is aways away and a city is hrs away thanks again
thank you

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When booting up the computer, my computer is usually able to find the IDE Secondary Master, but recently it has been unable to find this at all and as a knock on effect my computer is now unable to read CD-Roms at all as my computer does not realize its there. PLEASE HELP. if you need any more information just post a message here and ill add any further information you may need.
Thank You Very Much

Answer:[SOLVED] IDE Secondary Master + Disc Drive

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I am having a problem setting up another hard drive in a machine I'm working on.

Current Hard Drive is Quantum Fireball CX8.4A
I want to add a Quantum Fireball 1ct20 10

I need the second drive ony so I can retrieve old documents from it.

I connected it using the 40 in cable (one part is labeled master, one labeled slave) & connected accordingly. I used Power P3 for master, P4 for slave. I left the jumper settings alone since I wasn't sure what to set them as.

XP auto recognized the drive (shows in device manager but not in MY COMPUTER as an assign drive letter) as drives that I have connected in the past.

I changed bios settings to Auto on Primary 1 (primary 0 is current drive) and now on boot up it indicates Hard Drive 1 not found, press F1 to continue.

The bios is phoenix A07. I'm led to believe this has something to do with the way the bios is configured. Any help or suggestions would really be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Slave/Master Hard Drive

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I recently took out the hard drive(Barracuda 7200.7 Seagate 120GB) of an old computer of mine, which have the OS XP professional on it. I wanted to put it in another computer that has Window Vista. I never did that before, so I wanted to know if the steps I’m taking are correct and if I’m missing something. All I have to do is zero-write the hard drive, take the jumper off(which put it in slave mode), plug the ATA cable and the power cable, boot it and format it by right-clicking on the hard drive and select “format” and I'm good to go? Nothing to do with the BIOS or anything?

2. Also, for erasing everything in the hard-drive before doing anything, should I use “[email protected] Kill Disk - Hard Drive Eraser” or “Seatools”?

3. Furthermore, how do I retrieve the key that I had with the XP professional, since the computer was pre-installed along with the OS?


Answer:Solved: To turn a master Hard Drive to slave?

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

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

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Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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

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

You don't need any special program.

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

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

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Hi, I bought my ThinkPad T400 (2767wc8) a little less than year ago and have been running it since with Windows 7. Everything worked fine until I decided to install a bigger hard drive. The old one was Seagate 250GB 5400.4, so I thought it would be safest bet to go with another Seagate and bought 500GB 5400.6. Installed Windows 7 64-bit on it and all the necessary drivers from Lenovo. Otherwise no errors or anything but now and then (many times a day) the computer just randomly reboots and gives 2100: hard drive initialization error when trying to boot and keeps repeating the error until I shut down the computer and start up again. Then it boots normally. I looked in event logger and found no error concerning the hard drive. I tried Lenovo's hard drive firmware update CD (newest version, ) but it said there's no need to update the firmware and would not do anything. My firmware is 0001SDM1 and the one on Lenovo's CD is 0008LVM1. BIOS is the newest version 3.09. Active Protection works fine. edit: I think installing the firmware would solve the problem, but I can't install it. Is there any way to force it?  

Answer:T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi Ziltoid,After seeing plenty of posts on this problem I would suggest returning the drive and getting a replacement for it. it helps.

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Hi ,good day. My operating system is Windows 2000 and the hard drive was small only 5 GB. A friend sent me a hard drive with quite a lot of space  i think its 40 GB.I got it hooked up but this guy doesnt seem to know how to get it to work as the master drive. Can anyone help?

Answer:How do i make a hard drive the master drive?

Scoop--your question requires further information to properly answer it.For instance do you intend to reformat all your drives (particularly the existing 5gb drive)?The actual physical process is very simple.It is done by the setting of the jumper pins on the rear of the hardrives. In this case assuming the only HDD until now was the 5gb it would need to be changed to slave and the "new" 40bg  selected to master. However the computer wants to find an operating system at startup.So unless you are prepared to install an operating system on your "new" master i doubt that your computer will do very much with only the physical pin designations being done. truenorth

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Quick question...I have a 2 hard drives, one with windows installed, on its own IDE cable and another hard drive, with Linux installed that shares the IDE port with a CD Drive.The question is, does it matter which of the devices that are sharing the IDE port (ie. the CD Drive and the Second Hard Disk) are set to master or slave?Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive and CD Drive - Master or Slave?

the sensible thing would be to have the linux hard drive as the slave on the primary channel so both operating systems can communicate at an optimum with the cd-rom. check your drives wouldnt be better with an 80 conductor cable and the jumpers set to cable select.

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Anyone know if it's possible to use my Old Hard Drive as a Master drive
on my brand new computer?

Here's what happened:

My 2 year old emachine AMD Athon 2600 computer's motherboard died just
recently. So I just bought a emachine AMD Sempron 3100 computer very
soon after. I managed to get practically all of my files from my old computer
over to my new computer by setting the old hard drive up as a slave, and
plopping them over - but there's still some stuff (not in the form of files)
that I still want.

What I'm trying to do:

I'm just trying to retreive my Old Microsoft Outlook emails that I did
not backup before my 2 year old computer's motherboard died. I just
want to boot up my old hard drive, on my new computer, get into MS
Outlook, export my emails to some file, and get out.

What happens when I setup my old hard drive up as the master
on my new computer:

I get a "Disk boot failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter" error

Anyone know how I can get by this error message?

Thanks in advance,


Note: The very first time that I setup my old hard drive as a master on my
new computer, I had the opportunity to "enter safe mode" or "boot up
normally," but I turned my computer off. I can no longer get to this point.

Answer:Using my Old Hard Drive as a Master Drive on my New Computer

are they both ide drives
oem OS installs will not work with a diff motherboard
should try to put the old drive as slave and take possion of all the files and data
if you keep playing around you may corrupt or damage the new drive mbr /boot.ini file
warning on boot if you see a chkdsk prompt don't let it run

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I installed a new hard drive in my HP Pavillion dv6700. I ordered the recovery disc from HP but I bought a hard drive elsewhere. When I put the disc in and turn on the computer I just get OS missing. Nothing happens. What did I do wrong?

Answer:Solved: New hard drive HP recovery disc don't do anything

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I am trying to help a friend with computer problems. She thinks her hard drive has crashed. What are the symptoms? Would she have a blank screen? Or, what would be on the screen? I haven't seen it myself, but she describes it as filled with legible print.
I need to go help her today. I suspect the problem is not that dire. She did also say she heard a clicking noise. I can't remember what that means.

Answer:Solved: what does hard drive crash look like?

Clicking noises from the hard drive could be a sign it is failing.......when she starts the PC she should at least get a black scree with white lettering then maybe a blue screen with white lettering...the last one would be the PC crash screen (BSOD)

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Hi guys. So i was quite happily producing some music when my system crashes. I do a restart only to find out that my computer does not detect either of my 2 sata hdd's. It does however detect my cd rom (on ide). Im running windows xp. Does this sound like a mother board burn out or a virus? Ahh! thanks

Answer:Solved: hard drive crash sos

OK, here is what I would do;

1 With the system OFF, open the case and disconnect pw to ALL drives both hd and optical.

2 Disconnect any usb type device ie printer, scanner, hub, etc.

3 Pull the pw cord out of the pw supply. Now hit the pw ON button 2 or 3 times to remove any residual charge from the pw supply caps. Move the clear cmos jumper to the clear position for a min of 20sec. Replace jumper to keep position. Replace pw cord.

4 Now pw ON the system and see if it will complete post. If it does post, then shutdown and connect one drive. Pw ON and see if it is detected. If it is, then shutdown again and start connecting devices one at a time until you find the problem.

If it does not detect the drive or the system does not post in the above config, then you most likely have a board problem or a pw supply problem.

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My sons have a Micron PC-Pentium 633 with a single 20 gig hard drive that just failed completely. Being a software guy I'm not sure how to proceed. We're not concerned with data recovery, just getting the thing up and running again.

I've ordered a new hard drive (40 gig) replacement. Is it as simple as installing the new drive and then installing windows 98se? I sure hope so!

Any help and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

I'm a new member, this site looks great.

Thanks for any and all assistance.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Crash-What next?

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Well, it was bound to happen... after a good track record, my Acer Aspire 5670 has finally crashed!. Most of the important data was backed up, but not all... and I'd really like to retrieve the un-backed-up data!

I do have a legal copy of Wondows XP, but it is an upgrade copy. I am able to load the DOS utility, but it doesn't seem to want to let me access any directory except the Windows dir. I am able to run Chkdsk and the drive appears to be Okee-dokee! Apparently, it's windows that's corrupt.

Soooo..... what I'm looking for are suggestions that might allow me to access the files on the C: drive and copy them to the D: drive before running the restore utility that resides on the D: drive, which will restore Windows after reformatting the C: drive, thereby deleting any information on the C: drive. Any ideas/solutions will be greatly appreciated.

I have been a long-time supported of this site, and know that one of you will once again make my life soooo much simpler, so here's my kudos in advance. Thanks for supporting this site, computer users in general, in especially those of us who insist on continueing to buy into the Microsoft monopoly!

...and Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!!

Peace... Willy Mac

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Crash

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Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.

Answer:{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.

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i have a fairly new dell (june-ish) with 32 bit vista that i would like to wipe and reboot due to malware issues. the only problem is, i have no idea how to go about doing this. the computer came with 2 disks (OS and Drivers&Utilities) for reboot. is all i have to do insert a disk? or is there a process?
also, my computer came with a 10gb backup drive. will that be wiped also, or are there special things i must do to wipe that too?

thanks in advance for the help.

Answer:[SOLVED] System Reboot/ Hard Drive Wipe

Hello Kevin.
Follow the link below to the Dell website for instructions on system recovery.

Let us know how it goes.

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I have just purchased a Video DVD which the author recommends copying to a hard drive as a backup. It is not copy protected. A Google search suggests copying to a disk image and then copying the image to the HD but does not say how to. If I succeed in making the copy will I be able to run the programme (A tutorial) in the same way it runs from the DVD drive which is rather noisy? Ideally I would like a solution that is not too expensive!

Answer:Solved: Copy a DVD video disc to a hard drive?

Simply make a folder on your HD. Put the DVD into your drive and 'Explore' it. Now simply Copy, then Paste the VIDEO_TS folder from your disc to your hard drive. Exploring the VIDEO_TS folder look for the VIDEO_TS.IFO file, double click it. You might to associate it with your media player first. You could create a shortcut to the file on your Desktop for quick play.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600 that I've had for 3 years. I have the restore disks that came with it that have Windows XP, drivers, etc. Currently both my CD/DVD drives have stopped working. For some reason Windows can't find the drivers. Can I use another computer to make a disc image of the restore discs on a movable hard drive and then use those images to reinstall the operating system on the Dell.

Answer:[SOLVED] Restore OS from disc image on hard drive

Hello avuncular, Welcome to TSF!

There are a couple of ways that might help you with this issue.

Method One: Remove the registry entry

Warning: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system.

Please Note: If you had installed multiple CD-writing software products on your computer, you need to uninstall the software products before you remove the registry keys.

1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

4. On the File menu, click Export.

5. In the File name box, type savedkey, and then click Save.

6. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

Note: If this data type is missing, go to Method 2.

7. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

8. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

Method 2: Replace the existing driver

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. If Control Panel is in Category view, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
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We have a Dell desktop that has a crashed c drive and won't boot...I don't have an XP emergency boot disk, so I guess any data I haven't backed up is lost. Can I just order a new drive and just install it? computer came with os installed so I don't have the cd...Any suggestions would be appreciated....

Answer:Solved: Hard drive crash fix procedure????

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I have an older Dell (4700 I think). The computer won't turn on at all anymore. The amber light comes on and the fans run fast and furious. I get no video, not beeps, nothing. I took it apart, cleaned it, reseated everything and put it back together. Same thing. I took the hard drive out and tested it on my husband's computer. It didn't boot. So I took his hard drive out and tried it in my computer. His wouldn't boot from my system. Is there any reason both my computer and my hard drive would both crap out at the same time? Is there hope for my computer?

Answer:Solved: Hard drive and/or Motherboard Crash

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RATS. Got a meesage saying cannot find hard drive. tried reboot. same message.

I think it's a hardware problem because it was sounding weird and a screen with definite display problems was frozen there when I turned it off. it also had been churning and taking a long time to do stuff for some time previously..

As getting a new machine is NOT an option at this point I would like to get a new internal drive.

The computer is a Latitude c840 from 2002. XP Pro

Fortunately we had recently gotten an external hard drive and loaded most of our data there, but there is some more recent we'd love to get if possible.

Right now I am using an even older Inspiron which fortunately we had hooked up to wireless so I haven't lost ability to go to internet WHEW!

I recently upgraded memory to the max-1 GB. I usually leave the computer on so it can run scans etc.

Did not run defrag for a long time as it failed the last time i tried.

Does this sound like hardware prob? Do you think leaving the laptop on most of the time was a problem? I did this so I could run programs ast night while not using the computer. Maybe this laptop is old enough not to have been designed for that. What do you think?

I'm thinking of doing the following:

Freeze the HD overnight and put it back in position, w external drive and hub hooked up and ready to copy data if it comes up.

Will call DELL to find out what internl drive i can get. Haven't taken out the old one yet so I don't k... Read more

Answer:Solved: Laptop hard drive crash

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop can I install windows on my new hard drive?

Answer:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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Hi, I have a Dell Dimension XPS PC running Win98SE. This morning when I turned the computer on, it made some loud noises (I'd describe them as either a loud pop or a thump) which seemed to come at regular intervals. The PC seemed to take longer to boot up than normal, but did successfully boot into Windows. I am suspecting a hard drive problem just based on what I've read, and have been doing backups of my data all day. The computer is still up--both drives are still accessible and running at this point although it can't find an internet connection for some reason (I have a USB Ethernet connection via DSL). (I have the original master HD and a second drive I installed when the master ran low on space)

I have a few questions -
1) Is there a way to confirm the problem without doing further possible damage? I did run ScanDisk of the system area and no problems were found. It hasn't finished scanning my Data area.

2) Should I shut the computer down and take it somewhere to be diagnosed?

3) Or should I try rebooting once without the tower cover on and see if I can tell if the noise is coming from the master drive or the second hard drive? It would seem if I could tell which drive was crashing --if that is indeed the problem--I could install a new drive replacing whichever one seems to be making the noise.

Thanks for any advice you care to offer. The PC by the way is approx 5 yrs old which I know is pretty old in computer years....Maybe it isn't worth ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Advice on Poss Hard Drive Crash

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I use a CD RW disc for back up of my Quicken program. After the CD RW disk has been inactive in the drive for a while (I don't know how long it takes for this condition to occur) I cannot access the contents of my hard drive (the cursor becomes a hourglass) until I eject the CD or put an unused CD RW disk in the drive.

What causes this problem and how do I prevent it?

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My Satellite Pro M40 hard disk has died and I want to install a new drive. Unfortunately my old drive is 60Gig and the Toshiba parts website has only 40 Gig or 80 Gig drives.

Will I encounter any problems with the recovery disc if the hard drive is not exactly the same?

Your advice would be appreciated.


Answer:Satellite Pro M40 hard drive failure - Recovery disc on new drive?

No, there shouldn?t be any problem with the Toshiba recovery CD.

On the recovery CD you will find a Windows OS, Toshiba drivers and utilities and additional software.
These whole applications are packed in image files.

You should only be sure that the HDD is compatible with your notebook and will be recognized in the BIOS.
Then just simply boot from the recovery CD and the installation should start.

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I thought I had a hard drive failure one week ago. The drive was replaced by a backup drive I had in the machine. I re-installed windows on the older backup drive. Everything was working fine until yesterday. I uninstalled a program and got the following response from windows.

1. The boot process goes to the "Start Windows Normally, Start In Safe Mode" black and white screen.
2. I make a selection.
3. Windows goes past the white bar on the bottom.
4. Windows logo appears on the screen but only briefly.
5. Then I get a blue screen with white lettering flashing on the screen and the boot process goes back to the "Start Windows Normally, Start In Safe Mode" black and white screen.

I uninstalled and reinstalled the boot files for Windows and the machine boots up normally if no additional hard drives are installed or attached.

However, if I reconnect one of the additional hard drives I am back to the 5 step process above. I can only boot the computer if the C (main drive) is connected. If I connect another hard drive, I get the 5 steps issues.

I have changed the bios setting to boot from the proper drive. Need help and suggestions. All my data is on a separate drive.

Answer:Solved: Re-connecting Previously Installed 2nd Hard Drive Causes Windows XP To Crash

Are you using the Disk Manager in XP to do this? I'm having a hard time determining how your trying to connect the drives and what your trying to do. Can you help us with more info?

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Yesterday, while saving files to the D: partition (my storage partition). The harddrive started to make weird noises ("click" sound) with an interval of 2 or 3 seconds. The light that indicates that the harddrive is running is always on. Windows 7 froze to the point where I had to shutdown it by pressing the power button.

This happened twice.

Using the SMARTCTL on ubuntu, I got the following error:
ATA Error Count: 1214 (device log contains only the most recent five errors)
CR = Command Register [HEX]
FR = Features Register [HEX]
SC = Sector Count Register [HEX]
SN = Sector Number Register [HEX]
CL = Cylinder Low Register [HEX]
CH = Cylinder High Register [HEX]
DH = Device/Head Register [HEX]
DC = Device Command Register [HEX]
ER = Error register [HEX]
ST = Status register [HEX]
Powered_Up_Time is measured from power on, and printed as
DDd+hh:mm:SS.sss where DD=days, hh=hours, mm=minutes,
SS=sec, and sss=millisec. It "wraps" after 49.710 days.

Error 1214 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 2724 hours (113 days + 12 hours)
When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.

After command completion occurred, registers were:
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
40 51 00 f0 9d 2c 40

Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:
CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC Powered_Up_Time Command/Feature_Name
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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive crash on windows while saving file to D partition

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I got errors from Google that my computer had a virus but nothing I ran could find a virus, then the machine would not boot. It would get to point about the time windows tried to load and hit a blue screen. When it rebooted it would ask if I wanted to boot normal or safe mode and then start the whole fail blue screen over. I tried taking the drive out and connecting to my other machines as an external hard drive. When the drive connects to my other machines it brings the other machines down hard - blue screen exactly as if I had tried to boot on the original machine.

The goal is to get the files off the bad drive. I was just shocked that connecting it to my laptop or my other desktop took those machines down just like I was trying to boot the bad drive from the original machine. I am open to suggestions on recovery of any kind.

The original machine is a Dell XPS 8300 Intel Core i5-2320 processor Windows 7 64 bit
The drive is a Seagate 1 Tb 7200.12
The machines I tried to connect faulty drive to as external hard drive were both Win 7 64.
The external hard drive bay is Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive

Thank you

Answer:Hard Drive Crash - Trying to connect as external drive crashes all

There may be a couple of vectors to the virus. One for the boot sequence, another as an autorun in its root folder. I would try usb tethering the drive to a machine on which autorun or autoplay is completely turned off (as in, no exploration), or maybe better, run a Linux live session off a usb stick or dvd. I recommend LinuxLite.

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Hard drive crash enquiry
My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.

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Hello my name is Denes I am 72 years old and love my computer My hard drive had crashed and I am not familiar as to how to restore the Lento tablet section to my new hard drive. Windows 7 is functioning OK but I do not have full Lenovo x61 tablet functionality. Your help and advice will be appreciated----------------Cheers---------------------Denes

Answer:total hard drive crash----how to restore on a new hard drive?

Denes, welcome to the forum,
are we to understand that you are still using the "crashed" drive and that functionality is limited?
have you inserted a new drive and installed an operating system on it?  -  It will be important to know which operating system you have installed and how you did this.
Do you have recovery discs for your system?
Sorry for all the questions, probably more to come

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If I insert a DVD, and it auto plays, no problem. But , if it does not auto-play (sometimes the case), and I choose WMedia Player or another video application to open the DVD.....I get immediate black-out , and reboot.??
I have latest driver for DVD drive. I recently installed some windows updates, dont know if any were video-related .
If any other program crashes or stalls, it's the usual freeze-up, allowing me to use Task Manager , send "error-report", etc.
Any ideas??

Answer:DVD Drive causes crash/reboot !!

that sure sounds like a video driver problem. look at the error code(s) on the error report and look them up on or send the reports and see if you get anything.

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Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard CompanyBIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006HzCPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHzCache RAM (L2): 2048 KBInstalled Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual ChannelMemory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMMemory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMInitializing USB Controllers..Done1st Dive None2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.Primary Master Hard Drive ErrorPress F1 to ResumeI did but nothing happened.Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

Answer:Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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I recently got a new computer with XP Pro. I also bought the 2 external casings so that I could use my old HDs from two other old computers. The instructions for the casing say that the jumper has to be set on Master and I did that. The old HDs are using ME and 98. I want to be able to access the old HDs without going thru XP, KWIM??? For example, I installed WordPerfect on the new computer and it was also on the ME HD, but when I try to access WP on the old ME various fonts are missing and I really don't want to reload those if I don't have to, among other things. So, if I change the jumper in the external HD to "slave" or "auto" will that "hurt" anything? I don't want to go inside the new computer if I don't have to. The external casing is by Ultra. Thank you very much and I appreciate any help.

Answer:External hard drive - master???

If you change the jumper, the external case/hd may not be recognized when plugged into the USB port. All my external enclosures specifically state that I set the jumper to master.
What to you expect to accomplish by changing the jumper on the external hard drive?

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How do i access files i have on my secondary hard drive.  There is a windows on secondary hard drive and to login and use those files required a password.  Now I cant access those files from new windows.

Answer:New Windows on new master hard drive

Try This...

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I have bought a second hand maxtor hard drive model33073U4.How can I tell if it is set to master or slave.On the drive it says cylinders 16383-heads 16-sectors 63-jumper j50-master/single on -slave off.can anyone help? I installed as it was when I bought it,but I just get a clicking noise.Thankyou.chas

Answer:hard drive master or slave

If you are useing a maxtor as a second/slave HDD you do not need a bridging block (jumper) at all take it off reinstall HDD making sure all cables are secure and try again..

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how do i set two hard drives one master, one slave and what do i install on this ?would the computer be faster ?what do i put on the master drive ? what do i put on the slave drive ?i got xp home, pIII with 1 ghz 384ramcan this be done, with a 30 gb & 80 gb

Answer:hard drive master/slave set up

Quote from: hmsam on September 09, 2007, 03:19:46 PMhow do i set two hard drives one master, one slave and what do i install on this ?would the computer be faster ?what do i put on the master drive ? what do i put on the slave drive ?i got xp home, pIII with 1 ghz 384ramcan this be done, with a 30 gb & 80 gb1)  Set the jumpers on the set to to Slave.2)  No...the computer won't be faster.3)  Anything your heart desires.4)  Wow!5)  Yes, it can be done.

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i think i may have to reinstall windows xp again, as i keep getting error messages saying that windows installer service could not be accessed..i have a samsung 250gb sata hard drive & got an old western digital caviar 12100 2.1gb ata hard drive. can anyone tell me if i need to set this to master or slave? i want to transfer some programs & important documents to the 2.1gb hdd, that way the reinstall wont be so painful. the reason im not sure is because the samsung is sata & didnt need to set it to master or slave. THANKS

Answer:Hard Drive - Master Or Slave??

You should be able to set it as master.

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Following my unresolved problem "Reading From Second Hard Disk"(26th March 2007), I wonder if anyone can solve a problem which arose from my abortive attempt to fix it. Having installed a fresh hard drive and loading Windows and everything else, my new hard drive became the "E" drive instead of "C". When I try in Disk Manager to try to change it back to "C" I am told I cannot do so. Any ideas?

Answer:Master Hard Disk is Now E Drive

Change system Drive Letter click here

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I am in the process of putting a 13 gig Samsung Hard Drive from a old computer into a Enclosure please see previous posting. click hereowthread&threadid=313215&forumid=1When I ordered the enclosure I was asked to make surethe jumper pin(s) were set to Master Setting on the hard drive that was to be installed in the enclosure. Please can anyone tell me which pins are the Master Pins. Here is a picture of the H/D showing jump pin as it was taken out of the old hereand the hard here

Answer:Hard Drive Master Jumper Pin

normally there is a diagram on the hdd showing the pin configurations. in fact look at your hdd photo the information is there already!

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I recently obtained an ASUS DVD burner, and attempted to install it. After much trial-and-error, all of my 3 IDE drives work (2 hard drives and the DVD burner), but my primary hard drive, which I run by itself on Channel 0, will not recognize itself as a Master. I can get it to recognize as a Slave, but any time I jumper it to Master, it doesn't even show up in my BIOS. I tried switching drives around, but the best I could come up with is that my Channel 0 will not recognize ANY drive as the master. I could just try recabling my drives, but I'd much rather be able to fix this problem at the source.

Answer:Hard Drive not recognized as Master

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I plan to upgrade my slow and wearing out 9GB master unpartitioned C drive with a 30GB Maxtor 7200RPM Ultra ATA 100. The slave is a 40GB Maxtor partitioned as D & E.

My questions are:

1.)After installing the new master, can I use the Ghost boot disk to get a Ghost image on the new drive so that I don’t have to go through the torture of installing apps and getting my system to where it was setup on the old drive?

2.)Will the system BIOS recognize the new drive or will I have to go into the BIOS to set it up?

3.)Am I correct in assuming that the Ghost image will fdisk and format the drive?

4.)Is there a proper order to the above for installing the new drive?

Any and all help will be appreciated.


Answer:Installing New Master Hard Drive

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I have a PC with a minimal master hard drive and a huge slave drive that contains my data. The OS is, of course, installed on the master drive but I'm needing to reinstall the OS because of failures. I didn't want to risk losing the data on the slave drive. Can I just reformat the C: drive (master) and reinstall the OS without harming the slave drive? I thought this was the case, but I dont' want to take chance.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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I have a Sony LX800 with a 40G hard drive, 512 memory and I attempted to install a new Maxtor 200GB DiamondMax to replace the 40G. However, when I go to boot I get "missing operating system" and unable to continue with the install. The windows XP disc I have is an upgrade disk and if I run it, it ask for an original Windows XP disk. All I have is the 4 disk system recovery/application pack(Windows ME). I used the windows upgrade disk originally to install windows XP and had no problem.

The new drive jumpers came configured to "cable select and I changed them to "master". I used the original sony interface cable since their is not enough room in the LX800 to use the cable that came with the Maxtor.

If I just run the recovery disk. It keeps asking if I want to erase the HD and start over. Its a continuous loop.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Replacing Master Hard Drive.

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I had an older computer given to me it is an Intel Celeron 267 MHZ with 128 MB ram award bios not sure of the mobo.
It did not have a cdrom or hard drive in it so I purchased a 52x LG CD-RW and a Maxtor 40 GB Hard Drive.
I left the jumpers the way they were factory(master) I installed the IDE Cables correctly>>Put the Hard Drive into the Primary and the CD-RW into the secondary. I wanted to make my Hard Drive Primary Master.
So after hooking everything up I start up the pc and when it is detecting Primary master it just sits there on that and says press f4 to skip in brackets. I have gone into the Bios and made sure it was set to auto detect.
So after hours of messing with that still nothing. So i tried changing the jumper on the Hard Drive to slave actually I tried them all and the only way I can make it work is by putting the jumper on Cap Limit(cable Select) on the Hard Drive? So i did that and now when it loads up it says Detecting

IDE Primary Master = None
IDE Primary Slave = My Maxtor 40 Gig Hard Drive
IDE Seconday Master = MY LG CD-RW
IDE Secondary Slave = None

OK so i loaded a boot disk and fdisked set primary partition formatted c: loaded win xp seems to work
So is it ok to leave my hard drive as primary slave? I wanted to set my hard drive as Primary Master how do I do this and what am i doing wrong?
ALso now that windows will load up with these settings I look at my hard drive properties and came to find out that my 40 Gig Hard drive is o... Read more

Answer:I can't set my Hard Drive as Primary Master?


Take a look at this and make sure you have ribbon cables the correct place as well as jumper information that you might want to read. See if that helps:

The master and slave jumpers must be set up correctly on your drives as displayed on the top of each drive.

DO NOT mix master and slave with CS (cable select) on the same ribbon cable. If one is Master the other MUST be slave. If one is Cable Select the other one on the same ribbon cable must be Cable Select. (Please note that the majority of hard drives are factory default as Cable Select)

Make sure the drive is placed correctly on the ribbon cable as shown below:

H ==Ribbon Cable=== Slave ===Master (end of cable)
R ..................................?? OR ??
O == Ribbon Cable==Cable Select==Cable Select (end of cable)
A ..............................( as Slave)??. ( as Master)

Ribbon Cables and colors of 80 pin cables look and are to be used like this:

Make sure a master is always present, because you can not run a slave without a master.

Cables must be the 80 conductor cables for hard drives and never any more than 18? long.

A friend recently told me that with Western Digital if it is the only drive on the cable, the jumper will need to be removed ( try removing the jumper and connect the drive by itself on the IDE channel ) I don?t have Western D... Read more

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My PC has a 32GB hard drive that I've pretty much filled up. I've purchased a new hard drive (320GB). How do I make it the primary drive and the 32GB one the slave?

Do I need to first install the new drive as a slave and install an OS on it (XP) and then do the "slave-master" switch?


Answer:How to Make New Hard Drive the Master?

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I have just bought a new PC which has a SATA hard drive. I have just fitted my hard drive (IDE) from last PC (as a second drive)into the new one and it is sharing the IDE slot with the DVD writer (there is only one IDE slot on the m/board). I now find that my DVD player is no longer recognised as a DVD writer, is that because I have made the second hard drive as 'slave' (I thought I had to do this for it to work with the SATA hard drive)?

Answer:Secondary hard drive as 'master'?

The master / slave settings are per controller (drives on the same controller are on the same ribbon cable).On each controller one drive should be master and one should be slave. If there is only one drive it should be master (or sometimes the jumper settings allow for a single drive setting).Assuming that the SATA drive is on a controller on its own, AFAIK there should be no conflict between this and the old HDD and the DVD.BTW, I assume that SATA works in pretty much the same way as non-serial ATA regarding the cabling / jumpers. But, in any event, if the SATA is on a discrete controller, that shouldn't be the issue.Can you switch the DVD and old HDD jumpers around so that DVD is slave and old HDD is master?

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into a slave drive for a new pc therefore keeping all my old data on the hardrive?

Answer:Is it possible to convert a master hard drive

Shouldn't be a problem, how "hard" it would be to do would depend on the OS installed on it.

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A few days ago I got the dreaded Blue Screen of Death: Unmountable Boot Volume. Relying on my old and dusty DOS skills, I used my Win XP disk to boot up and ran chkdsk. One hour later my logon screen was back. I am assuming that my boot file was corrupt and got rewritten during the process. However, the sound (or noise) coming from my machine is not the same as it was -- hard to explain, but a bit louder and high-pitched.

I have two hard disks on my machine. The master is an old 20gb Quantum; the slave is a fairly new 300gb. I've got lots of programs on this machine, not to mention the fact that I've been tweaking it to meet my needs for quite a while.

I am assuming that the safest thing to do is to scrap the 20mg disk and either install Win XP on the larger one or get another disk to use solely for the operating system and such. I am also assuming that the problem is with the smaller, older hard disk that holds the operating system and not the new one. Comments on these options would be appreciated.

My main problem with reinstalling is that I've got loads of small and not so small programs I rely on. Short of going through all of them and manually note names and version numbers, is there any way of generating a list of all installed applications? I'm a translator and work from home, so my goal is to do this as quickly and safely as possible.


Answer:Dying (or very ill) master hard drive

Check all the fans in the computer for noise so you can isolate the problem. I would suspect the older drive. One option would be to buy a new drive and use a program such as XXClone: to clone the old drive to the new one. That should get you up and running with minimal work.

Welcome to MajorGeeks!


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I have installed a 2nd hard drvie with an old OS which I want to erase.I have tried a few time, the computer start with the old OS in the 2nd hard drive which I've set the jumper to slave. The computer M55 start normally after I've disconnected the 2nd drive.I need the 2nd drive to increase the storage.Do I need to download another BIOS, or do somethings else.Anyone can help?

Answer:Can't boot from master hard drive

Press F12 when the ThinkCentre splash screen appears, that will give you the boot option dialog box. Select the master HDD, and Windows should boot normally. Once on the desktop, format the old HDD to remove the MBR and OS installation. Your extra disk can then be used for file storage.

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i was wondering if someone could help tell me how to set my hard drive as primary master in the bios settings?

the hard drive is working but showing up as secondary master.
alot of my programs are being a pain lateley and only difference is the new hard drive and it showing up as secondary instead of primary

ime running windows M.E and its a 80gig seagate barracuda dont no if that helps

Answer:setting hard drive as master

Is it jumpered correctly? Was it recently replaced to be the Master or added as a Slave?

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Previously, I was able to a seperate cable for each device since I was using an Serial ATA hard drive. I had the following set up:

+ DVD Rom through IDE
+ DVD Burner through a seperate different IDE (not master slave)
+ Hard drive through Serial ATA

I had a hard drive failure. I sent my old hard drive back to seagate, and it doesn't look like I will be getting my new one for a while. I bought an IDE (ATA) hard drive to keep me occupied. So... I must now put the DVD Rom and DVD Burner on master/slave.

How should I do this???

I was thinking of the following:

+ Hard drive through IDE cable #1 on its own
+ DVD Rom through IDE cable #2 as a master
+ DVD Burner through IDE cable #2 as a slave
+ (Second hard drive through SATA once it gets back).

Does this seem to be good enough?

Answer:Hard drive master/ Slave Set up

You have to set the hard drive as master/single as well even though it is on it's very own cable.

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My hard drive crashed seemingly due to a trojan horse. Unfortunately I did not have a recent back up. So I hooked it up as a slave to another drive. I can access some of the data, but my most recent data is not accessable. I'm sure this is because of the password protection on a different profile.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition which does not have the administrator tools that professional does. Isn't there a way that I can get around the security and log in through DOS?

Do I need to use the old motherboard with the new drive in order to do this?

I know there has to be a way to do this and I am desperate to get my data off of the drive.

Please HELP!!!!!

Answer:Hard Drive Crash-Access from another drive

Background please: Did you try a repair install? No data loss with that.

Can you get hold of/make a Win98 startup disk?

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where do i get that diagonostic cd from????????????????????????me 2 facing the same problem.................................

Answer:primary master hard drive error

Usually when you,ve got a hard drive error, it means its fail or its going bad.Try western digital or seagate .

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I am running XP Pro on a rebuilt Dell PIII. The original hard drive is 7G, so I added a 300G slave for storage. My plan now was to change the 300G drive to the Master drive. I reformatted, booted from my XP disc & installed the OS on the "new" 300G drive. Then I switched the jumper & cable so it was in the master position......and nothing.
It starts up, tells me to hit F2 for setup or F1 to continue. When I hit F1, it goes to a blank screen with flashing cursor, but no command line.
What did I do wrong?

Answer:Changing a hard drive from slave to master

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Oh and since I upgraded the bios my motherboard ASUS P4v800D-X:
It wont boot if I have my two ide hard drives pluged in!

The SATA are fine but if I have the two IDE drives thats were working fine before pluged in the bootup just hangs after it detects the drives in the bios. If I unplug ONE of the ide hard drives everything works and then I can plug the drive I unpluged back in once windows has started find it in disk manger and I can see it on my computer!

but when I restart the machine it hangs again! Its also does not matter which I unplug salve or master! both drives are working fine on there own though and with out a problem before!

Any tips?

Answer:IDE hard drive slave and master prob

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Today my master hard drive bit the dust. It was a 15 GB Maxtor Hard drive. I have a 160 GB Western Digital Slave that was on the same IDE cable as the master. When I set up a new 40 GB drive to be the master and attached it to the IDE cable the bios and device manager read them both it but when I go to My Computer the slave drive is not there to access. I tried right clicking on My Computer and clicked on manage and then clicked on 'Disk Management' and it shows up there but will not allow me to add a drive letter. It says I need to add a partition. I don't know what to do but the files I have on that drive are very important. I have been trying all day to get it to work. If you can help that will be more then great. I am running Windows XP home edition. Thanks.

Answer:Got New Master Hard Drive Old Slave Won't Work

If you set the jumpers on the back of both hdd's to cable select (cs) then make sure that the 40gig is on the end plug that my help.
Also check that they show up correctly in your bios. Your mobo manual will tell you how to do that.
Are both drives formatted in ntfs?

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I have a computer with a 20gb master drive with Win XP on it. I have a second slave drive with a 120gb drive with Win XP on it as well in a second partition. When I start my computer I am givin a choice between the two, home and pro. Here is my problem, I want to remove the second hard drive and install it on another system as the primary hard drive while keeping all of the info intact. Is this possible? Please help!

Answer:Help installing a slave hard drive as a master.

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Hi, I?m after putting my hard drive to master using the jump clips on the back but on the hard drive it doesn?t state which connections what, as stock its plugged into the 2nd from the left there are four altogether in think?I haven?t a book because it came as OEM?the drives a 120GB Maxtor D/Max+10 133/7200 8MB, if that helps?Can you help me?Regards,James.

Answer:Hard Drive Master/Slave Connection?

This should tell you all you need to know click here

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I've had great success in unlocking locked HDDs (10+ different types and brands 10-80gb) using Hiren's Boot Disk 7.3 (& later versions) using "HDD Erase 4.0" under "Hard Disk Tools". Just persist in trying to erase it per Master-Password (which I did NOT have!) and press ENTER without typing anything. It asks you "do you want to proceed with erasing..." and all you need to type is "y" + Enter. NO MORE DOORSTOPS! Who says one can not unlock password protected HDDs? Mind you, there is no data left on the HDD once this program has run - sometimes it fails to finish, BUT the HDD IS unlocked! So, everybody worried about data-theft can calm down again! ~>) Carsten

Answer:Unlocking Hard drive without Master Password

The only way you can be sure of preventing data theft from a hard drive is to grab your hammer and a can of petrol, possibly with some explosives strapped on for effect.

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I installed windows xp inadvertantly with the jumpers set to slave and it works fine but i have a back up hard drive so i put the jumpers to the master position and it wont boot up the bios finds it no problem but just wont boot

Answer:Hard drive works as slave but not master

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but are you actually changing the cable (i.e. from middle connector to end connector) when you change the jumpers?

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Can anyone tell me how to deal with this problem.

I have a hard drive from an old computer (Win 2000 Pro) that I wanted to piggy back on my new computer. Only thing is it wont recognize it since it shows it as a Master Boot Record drive.

I even tried putting it in an external hard drive enclosure with a USB. System saw it and loaded it properly, but it is not available in Windows Explorer. Its just plain "not there"!

Any suggestions would be appreciated


Answer:Help with Master Boot Record Hard Drive

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Both our master and user hard drive password on one of our R60's was changed and is now unknown.
Can't even reimage the drive.
Is there a fix for this?
Note from Moderator:  Sorry, but discussions about methods to bypass passwords are expressly prohibited in the  Community Rules of Participation   Locking thread.Message Edited by nonny on 06-05-2008 08:01 AM

Answer:R60 bad user and master Hard Drive passwords

mcnthar, welcome to the forum,
Unfortunately, you need to remember the password(s). In the Hardware Maintainance Manual it states the following;
If the user HDP has been forgotten, check whether a master HDP has been set. If it has, it can be used for access to the hard disk drive. If no master HDP is available, neither Lenovo nor Lenovo authorized servicers provide any services to reset either the user or the master HDP, or to recover data from the hard disk drive

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Hi, I recently erased a hard drive and reformated it.  When I install it back into the computer, it is not recognized as the primary master in the bios.  It shows it as a drive I can boot from, and it is shown as a raid driver or "serial driver?", but is not recognized as a primary driver.  When I try and install windows,  it does not recognize a hard drive.  I can't figure out if there is something in the bios I am missing.   If I plug the hard drive into another computer, it is recognized as a primary master and I was able to install windows on it.  However, when I put it back into the other computer, it starts to load windows, but then resets the computer.  I can't figure out what's wrong!!

Answer:Hard drive not recognized as primary master

bodtchboy......QuoteI recently erased a hard drive and reformated it.  [highlight]When I install it back into the computer[/highlight]......  Why was it necessary to remove the HD to wipe it and do a clean install?Please specify what type of HD it is we're dealing with.dl65  

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Have a SATA hard drive that went bad in desktop, want to use new SATA drive as master and old as slave so I can retrieve data from old drive how do I accomplish this. Have connected nut only shows one harddrive

Answer:SATA Hard drive master/Slave

If the drive cannot be recognized then the chances of file recovery are very slim unless you care to spend big dollars on professional assistance.

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Im having some trouble hooking up a hardrive and i found this forum thinking you guys/gals will be able to help me. I have a dell 8300 with a SATA 120 gb hard drive. Today someone gave me a 200 gb maxtor Parallel ATA/100 internal hard drive. I need to have everything still run off the SATA 120 gb hard drive, while just using the 200 gb hard drive for music and other things.

I tried a few things already, but anything you guys can do to help me out would be great


Answer:SATA master/ATA slave hard drive help?

Are you saying that your other EIDE are non-exsistent or occupied?

The ATA 100 Drive should be pulled into the EIDE adapter using a ATA 100 or 133 Ribbon Cable. There are adapters for SATA to EIDE but. Only 1 Drive per SATA Cable. And 2 Device per EIDE Adapter.

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Is it possible to recovery the Master HDP? I've been using my system for a year now without any issues. I can log into the biso and access the system via the User HDP. However I've recently logged into my BIOS and noticed that a master HDP is set. I've checked my password list and don't see it so I'm wondering if its possible to disable it with some ThinkVantage software?  As stated before I can log into Win XP and do everything just fine.If it can't be removed, does that mean that I can't more the hard drive to another system?

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Answer:Recovering Master Hard Drive Password

Hi zero0!
No it is not possible to recover a hard drive Master password:
Luckily you have the User password to access the drive!

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Hi, I have a t520 with an FDE full disk encryption hard drive (seagate momentus thin). Going to the BIOS I see it has the user and master password set only for the hard drive. I know the user password (and fingerprint) and I can access the hard drive contents. But now I bought a SSD to replace the disk and I want to use the disk in an external usb drive, which I guess it's not possible unless I decrypt / format the drive. I tried removing the hard drive password but that requires the master drive password. I don't mind losing the data as I can backup it up. Is there someway to reset that master password (losing data obviously) or just erase/format the disk?Or any way to just remove all encryption and use this as a "normal" disk? I have my invoice for the laptop and I know the user password, so this is not any phishy attempt to decrypt 3rd party stuff

Answer:Reset master hard drive password?

There is no "back door", but once you can access the data, back it up.

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These BSOD's seem to be very intermittent. I believe it's from my graphics card, since this wasn't happening prior to my upgrade. I have 3 drives in my machine, 80GB intel SSD (Boot), and 2 more data drives. 1TB WD Black for regular data and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD for my steam games. The samsung does not get initialized after the crash. Could you please take a look at the dump and let me know what I can do to fix it. Thanks.

Answer:BSOD crash; reboot a data drive is not enabled

There are enough signs here that I have to wonder about this installation. Should this be a pirated copy of Windows, please be aware that we may not be able to fix it (as the hacks that were done to activate it will cause the OS to behave differently than we expect it to). If that's the case, our efforts to help may just waste your time. Secondly, the forum rules prohibit assisting with pirated software - so the topic would be closed if that is the case.

The Samsung SSD does not show in the reports. It could be the SSD or the controller on the motherboard. Remove the SSD and test the system to see if that stop the BSOD's. Read the rest of this before trying this - it may not be necessary as it'll be easier to update the controller driver than it will be to test the SSD.

These problem devices are present in Device Manager:

Intel(R) HD Graphics PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0152&SUBSYS_01521849&REV_09\3&11583659&0&10 This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device.

Shrew Soft Virtual Adapter ROOT\VNET\0000 This device is disabled.

ASMedia USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - 0096 (Microsoft) PCI\VEN_1B21&DEV_1042&SUBSYS_10421849&REV_00\4&37A73C8A&0&00E7 This device cannot start.

Not Available ACPI\INT33A0\0 The drivers for this device are not installed.

- install fresh INtel HD graphics drivers that are Win8 compatible
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I cant figure this drives have simply disappeared from my computer suddenly.
The last time I took it to Geek Squad got made fun of then they fixed it and said iTunes messed it up. Well I would like how to fix it myself or attempt to before my pride has to take another blow

Answer:Solved: Disc Drive and External Drive AWOL

What drives do you have in/on this machine and are ALL of your drives not listed including the C drive?

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Is there anyway with sata hard drives that you can run a master and slave abd be able to dual boot into them with two seperate desk tops like you can with eide hard drives?

Answer:Running a master and slave sata hard drive

SATA doesn't use (or need) a master/slave configuration. You can certainly dual boot if you want to with SATA drives - just install the older OS first to make things easier on yourself.

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OK here's the situation. I have:

One hard drive
Two CD-ROM drives (a DVD and a CDR)
One IDE zip drive

To connect them to, I've got:

A Promise Ultra ATA100 controller
(has two controllers which each take two
devices each, totalling four)

Two regular IDE controllers on the hard drive
(again, each controls two devices, totalling four)

What's the best way to connect all this stuff? Should I connect everything to the Ultra ATA controller because it's faster, or does that not make a difference on CD-ROM drives? If I do connect it all to that one controller, how do I set each drive in terms of slave and master?


Answer:Master, Slave, Hard Drive, CD-ROM drives, arrrrghh

If they are not Ultra ATA/100 devices, does your controller support backward compatability? If it doesn't you are kinda out of luck. If it does, I would put my fastest devices on the primary channel and the slowest ones on the secondary.

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One year ago replaced master with a new Maxtor. Worked fine for one year and a day. Have been using former drive (original) as a back up. Has not been formatted! The Maxtor is defective and doesn't even show on set up. Tried to change the slave back to master and it starts to boot windows xp, goes through the welcome screed and stops on the Windows XP logo and does nothing. However the drive shows and files and data when used as a slave in another computer. It however shows as drive H. Should I change the drive designation and if so how. Thanks, Roy

Answer:lost replacement hard drive. Now want to go to Slave as Master

Sounds to me like XP is'nt properly installed on the original drive?I would check bios to see if the settings for the drive are correct.If all is OK, you might have to re-install XP.Otherwise buy another H/D and install this as a master. H/D's now areunbelievably cheap.

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I am a first time builder and looking over how to put everything together. The one thing I do not understand however, is the master/slave relationship that is talked about.

Here is the hard drive I am going to use (Just using one)

Here is my DVD Drive -

Since I only have one, do I even need to adjust anything for this when I get the hard drive?

Answer:Trouble Understanding the Master/Slave for Hard Drive

SATA doesn't use Master/Slave. That used to be for IDE connections; for multiple devices that were on the same IDE port on the motherboard. With SATA, no need to worry about that, since only 1 device plugs into each SATA data connector on the motherboard (usually start with SATA0, and go up to however many ports it has).

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I have two hard drives installed in my computer - a 120GB one and a 250GB one.  Both have Windows installed on them.  When I set the 250GB to Master, and the 120GB to Slave, the computer boots normally, and everything works.  Now, I don't really need the 120GB drive, so I want to unplug it and just keep it inside the computer.  I unplug the power plug form it, and the ribbon cable, leaving the jumpers in the same place on both drives.  Then I try booting up the computer, and it says "No operating system found!"  When I go into BIOS setup, with only the 250GB drive plugged in, it doesn't detect any hard drives at all.  What am I doing wrong? Thanks for all your help.

Answer:Hard drive boots in Master/Slave mode, but not by itself

Welcome to the CH forum.Is it this a dual boot configuration - was the Windows system on the 120GB drive installed last - does your boot.ini file show the default to be drive (1)?  In other words are you attempting to boot from the Slave?Or-Is your 250GB drive jumpered as "Master with Slave Present".This quote is extracted from here.QuoteSlave Present: Some drives have an additional jumper that is used to tell a drive configured as master that there is also a slave drive on the ATA channel. This is only required for some older drives that don't support standard master/slave IDE channel signaling.You neglected to say what drives we're trying to visualise (manufacturer and model) so we can't look up the details for ourselves.

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Hi, I borrowed a harddrive from my friend to transfer some files. My desktop has a 30GB and a 10GB harddrive attached to the same ribbon cable, master and slave respectively. I was going to remove that slave and put in my friend's harddrive but I accidentally removed the master instead and booted 2x slave drives. Then the problems began when I tried to revert back to normal, it wouldn't work citing problems such as unknown drives. ONLY when i replaced both hard drives was I able to get a boot but, only to find out that my Slave is designated C: drive and my master is D: drive. So my Windows files are on the D: drive and I cannot boot because of "NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" error. Please help!

Answer:Help! Hard Drive scrambled Master/slave mixup!

Sort out your ribbons first, go through the bios and make sure you know where everything is which drive letter to which HD, then set the boot order so that you can boot from your cd-rom.
Go into the recovery/repair console and run fix boot on the drive that the NTDRL is missing from.
problem solved bud

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(Sorry about the length of this but can someone please tell me why this happened...?)

My hard drive (Western Digital 40GB) disappeared from the BIOS after my computer decided to reboot without warning and without any apparent cause. I swear, no new drivers, hardware, updates, or any changes to the system had occured at all other than me updating my resume in Word (I'm running XP) - and my Norton Anti-Virus is completely up-to-date and running 24/7. Baffling and worrisome, but at least I had a fairly recent backup of everything vital, plus I had created a second partition on which to store My Documents, so that in case something like this happened I would have some hope that my current stuff would be safe. After a lot of struggling, unplugging, replugging, and cursing, the hard drive finally decided to let the BIOS detect it again and reappear. It would not start Windows, though, so I started Recovery Console and ran chkdsk /R on drive C: (which is the name of the partition with the operating system on it), and it took forever and finally told me that there were "unrecoverable errors on the drive".

First Question: when it says "the drive", is it talking about that partition only, or does it mean the whole physical hard drive? And if it means just that partition, wouldn't that indicate that the other partition is likely to go bad, too? (Assuming that the problem is physical, not viral.) Is it safe for me to continue using the second p... Read more

Answer:Master Hard drive no longer detecting properly - why?

If the mobo is good, and the ide cable to the drive and the power to the drive are good as well, the drive is probably toast. Get the drive maker's utility to test it properly. Then you'll know for sure.

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I'm adding a Western Digital Hard drive to my computer. I have a 15 Gig and adding a 160 Gig. My 15 gig is full.

When adding, what is the best way to do it. Master or slave or does it make a difference. Just want to make sure so I get the best results from the start.


Answer:Adding additional hard drive (Slave or Master?)

There are several different ways you can do this.

The fastest would be to set your new drive to slave (make sure your current drive is set to master) and install.

**personal note**
Were I installing this on my system....this is what I would do.
Install the new drive as slave.
Make a drive image of your current drive,
load the image on your new slave drive,
swap the master and slave settings (making your new drive master)
verify that the machine boots correctly to your new master 160GB HD (and all files and space is accessible)
If all is good, format the 15GB and use as additional storage


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I have two hard drives in my computer which is a old Compaq Presario 5WV271 5000 series, both hard drives have Windows XP pro (service pack 3)that I installed on it years ago. It has the max alotted memory, a 10/100 PCI NIC, 900 MHz AMD Athlon Processor, a master hard drive 40 GB (drive C) that I am using to connect here and a slave hard drive 60 GB that says drive D when I am using it but not found when on drive C. For some reason drive C shows a (New Volume F). I am posting here to see if anyone can help me to understand why my slave drive which started out being New Volume F (which it still is when I look for it from drive C) is showing local disk D when I am using the slave. Does anyone have any idea why the slave would reletter itself and how do I correct this?

Answer:Slave hard drive shows different assigned letter on itself than what is on master

I will try .

Drive letters are normally assigned by the order in which a drive is detected...with one exception. The optical drive is obviously the first drive detected when installing Windows from CD...but it always will receive the D: letter, assuming that there are only two drives (hard drive and an optical drive) attached to the system and, therefore, recognized as existing.

These rules do not apply to any OEM system where a manufacturer has installed Windows and possibly also created either hidden or additional partitions.

Sooo...when I install XP, I have one hard drive connected...with nothing on it...and an optical drive. The optical drive is set up as D: and the partition I create and install XP set up as C:.

I have no card readers or external drives or USB drives attached, since these can interfere with the hardware recognition process.

Once XP is installed, I open it and decide to create additional partitions on my very large hard drive. I create a storage partition of 100GB and Windows assigns the letter E:. I create an additional storage partition of 150GB and Windows assigns the letter F:.

I then decide to install another version of Windows...on the same hard drive. I use my install CD to create the partition and install Windows and it assigns the letter G: to that install...because C:, D:, E:, F: are already accounted for and in use.

I now have a dual-boot, if I have done everything smartly. One version of Windows as the first... Read more

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Hello, I am not even a newbie, it took me 15 minutes to figure out how to thread. Please help me, I know there are prior posts on this issue, but I don't understand the instructions and they are not specific to my issue.

I received the error code "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert..."
Also in another screen, which is one of the very few I can access, says there is a "master hard drive error." I have no CD's for Windows 7, I don't have a restore CD, I may be able to burn one from a neighbors computer, if I know the file and where to obtain it. I cannot bring up safe mode or any other screen other than when it attempts to turn on, it brings up the ACER sign, then I can press del: setup or F12:boot something.

I don't know what any of these things mean, I looked around and can see the BIOS stuff, but I don't have many options to change anything, and when I read the instructions here, I either don't have the resources or option, or don't understand the terminology in the instructions.

Please talk to me like I'm a 6 year old and help me get my computer back!! I downloaded, I guess, some bad software a couple of days ago and I'm assuming that's what did this.

Answer:Need layman instructions on restoring after a master hard drive error

Quote: Originally Posted by confidentialcat

Hello, I am not even a newbie, it took me 15 minutes to figure out how to thread. Please help me, I know there are prior posts on this issue, but I don't understand the instructions and they are not specific to my issue.

I received the error code "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert..."
Also in another screen, which is one of the very few I can access, says there is a "master hard drive error." I have no CD's for Windows 7, I don't have a restore CD, I may be able to burn one from a neighbors computer, if I know the file and where to obtain it. I cannot bring up safe mode or any other screen other than when it attempts to turn on, it brings up the ACER sign, then I can press del: setup or F12:boot something.

I don't know what any of these things mean, I looked around and can see the BIOS stuff, but I don't have many options to change anything, and when I read the instructions here, I either don't have the resources or option, or don't understand the terminology in the instructions.

Please talk to me like I'm a 6 year old and help me get my computer back!! I downloaded, I guess, some bad software a couple of days ago and I'm assuming that's what did this.

If you want to reinstall Windows, here is the link.
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life
You will need to burn the file to a DVD. This link has every version of Wi... Read more

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Hello.I have been running my computer fine for over a year, then suddenly, after turning on the computer, the boot sequence shows that the primary master and slave drive cannot be found. This is what i have set up:Two 120GB WD IDE hard drives, one on primary master, one on primary slave. The master has all my windows files and program files. The slave is STRICTLY data, only music, videos pictures etc. I also have 2 cd rom drives connected to secondary master and slave.I am running a pentium 4 1.7ghzwindows xp home768mb ramWhat i have done so far:I have tried replacing ide ribbon cables to brand new ones, no help.I went through the bios and made sure everything was on auto detect.In the bios, when on the selection for primary master or slave, it cannot detect the hard drives either.What i have been able to do is: Since one of the hard drives is used to store windows programs etc, and the other is used ONLY for data.If i set the windows hard drive to master i am able to boot up normally and everything is fine except that i'm missing my second hard drive and all the data on it since its not plugged in. If i try the reverse, and just plug in the "data" hard drive, same thing happens, cannot detect hard drive.I hope i have given enough information for help, thanks everyone!

Answer:Hard Drive suddenly not detected (dual master slav

There may be a problem with the IDE channel onthe motherboard or the hard drive has problems.I would try to slave the secondary hard drive into another machine and see if it functional there, as it may be the one with a problem.

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I have a Satelite C660D-19X (S/N 3C155987K) and due to a error, i need master password for Toshiba hard drive to unlock it !

Disk drive : MK3275GSX
S/N : 3217PK55T
Level security actually : max

I used MHDD tool and "32 space" as master password but it don't work...

Thanks for your help.

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I have been experiencing persistent master hard drive errors. The errors, in their first incarnation, were making windows freeze on loading screens and screensavers, and then developed into stopping windows from starting up at all. It certainly wouldn't start up normally, and sometimes wouldn't even start in safe mode. I used the recovery partition to restore the laptop to its factory settings. A day or so later, the same symptoms began to manifest themselves again, though not as severely. Hard disk errors, freezing on loading screens and screensavers.

My question is: If I re-format the master hard drive, thereby destroying the recovery partition, could I then simply restore windows from a newly made recovery CD? And, furthermore, what is the likelihood that re-formatting the hard drive completely would have any effect on the frequency of errors?
Could it be that the hard drive is simply borked, format or not format? And if so, what's the next step?
Could I restore windows to my slave hard drive and give up on the master?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite L350- Persistent Master Hard Drive Errors

Hi buddy,

Are you 100% sure that all these problems related to the HDD? How you have checked this?

I don?t want to say it?s not the HDD, theoretically you could be right but before you think about HDD exchange please use a special diagnostic tool for HDD like Drive Fitness Test:

This tool can check your HDD for defective sectors.

If the HDD has defective sectors, formatting will not help you because the sectors are physically damaged. With other words the only chance is to exchange it.

But if you have already used the HDD recovery feature from Toshiba to reinstall Windows you can say it?s no software problem and it must be hardware related. ;)

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I've experienced this problem before and thought I had solved it but it is back again.

If I open or close the D: drive door to insert or remove a disc my computer crashes into the blue screen page. The messages are slightly different each time the computer crashes. Today, for example, the two crashes included the following lists on the blue screen


the second time my computer crashed, this blue screen crash page included:


and also


Around the time this happened before, I used RegCure to fix problems and it seemed to go it is back and I'm not sure what is at the bottom of it.

Answer:blue screen crash on open or closure of disc drive door

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My daughters boyfriends PC appears to have a problem with the MBR. I have tried to fix it with FDISK /MBR but this did not work. He cannot find the original Windows 2000 installation disk to do a repair at the moment.

I can back up all his documents etc to my PC.

If I was to do a complete reformat of the hard drive, is it likely a new installation will have a working MBR or is it likely the error will remain.

Any other suggestions to fix the error also gratefully received.

Thank you

Answer:Will re-formatting hard drive remove errors in Master Boot Record

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Q: If there's an error with the Master Boot Record (MBR) or boot code on my hard drive, can Windows 7 still load in some cases?
The reason I ask:
I successfully cloned my original hard drive to a new hard drive. Not long after, something went wrong with my original hard drive (I accidentally marked the wrong partition as "active" and could no longer boot) and I decided to fix it by cloning the NEW hard drive back to the original (assuming the new hard drive had the same exact data, including MBR and boot loader). When I did this, I had to edit the MBR with a program called EasyBCD to add the new hard drive as a boot option at the boot menu at startup. Note that I can successfully boot from either hard drive and all appears to work properly. However, is it possible that my cloning procedure created something like a "partially" corrupt MBR on the original hard drive that may lead to problems down the road? Should I run the Windows 7 Repair Disc and use the recovery tools to fix the MBR (even if it isn't broken)?

Answer:Can a Master Boot Record become "partially" corrupt when you clone a hard drive?

If anyone's interested, this is the boot info from EasyBCD:

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