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Seagate 500 & 750 gig Harddrive queston

Question: Seagate 500 & 750 gig Harddrive queston

I noticed on these two drives they have a jumper pin on them
with jumper pin 1.5 g/sec
without jumper pin 3.0 g/sec

If my motherboard is compatible with the 3.0 g/sec transfer rate
can I pull the jumper out, or do the drives only operate at that speed in a raid configuration or is it even worth the hassle ?

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Preferred Solution: Seagate 500 & 750 gig Harddrive queston

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Answer: Seagate 500 & 750 gig Harddrive queston

THat jumper is so that the faster Sata 2 (300Gb/s) drives will work on the older Sata (150Gb/s) sata controllers. If your controllers are Sata 2 then yo can remove the jumper and not worry about it.

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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I'm considering a new harddrive, but until I ran across an attractive offer for the 1.5TB, I had been thinking of the 1TB instead. The larger drive has the following specs:

Formatted Capacity : 1.5TB
Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
Buffer Size: 32MB
Spindle Speed: (RPM) 5900 RPM
Average Latency: 4.16 ms
Data Transfer Rate: Buffer to Host Up to 300MBps
Sustained Throughput: Up to 115MBps
Ports and Connectors: 7-pin Serial ATA Connector
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty

The thing that stands out in my eye is that the spindle speed is slow compared to the 1TB, which is 7200 RPM, but I think the warranty is a bit longer.

I recall recently reading an article posted in the forums news board that said that the 1 TB was the fastest drive in it's class, but the sustained throughput of this drive is slightly faster...I think.

The extra 500GBs would definitely be a plus, but would it really perform as well as the 1TB? Is there any other aspect to consider?

Answer:Seagate 1.5TB Harddrive an odd RPM value for a HD

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Question: Seagate Harddrive

Bought this 60 gig hd second hand and after detecting drives on boot screen i get the message that the NTLR is missing ,press cont/alt/delete to restart but then it just does the same again.Anyone know what this means.Also brother has keyboard which will not bring up the @ sign when shift or control is held down. Any help on either welcome.Cheers.

Answer:Seagate Harddrive

click here click here

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Hi, I have a 500gb, harddrive wich doesn't start, it worked perfectly before, and now just suddenly it wont start at all. I'm not angry about it yet becuase I still have hope this can get fixed.

I pop the adapter in, nothing happens, plug the stuff to the computer, nothing happens. I got no clue what to do really. IF it can destroy the adapter if I put a ac adapter for a portable computer inte it while it was off, that can be it. OR if it got broken by safely lying in my bag. Just tell me how I can fix this, Please. I'm So thankful for anyone who can help me with this.

Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB2.

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Could a USB port be damaged when trying to attach the cable from a 1.5 T external harddrive. this harddrive was attached before I got this computer a few days ago.

Answer:Seagate external harddrive 1.5 T

Can't see why it would be?Which having said... if the drive demands more power than the pc - particularly a laptop - can deliver then possibly; but have never come across it.If the drive requires serious power i/p then use an external usb-power adapter to power it?Have you experienced this and this is why you're posting here now?

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I was on newegg and found a nice seagate harddrive for 149.00 for a 400gb harddrive. My wife loves frys and told me to check out and i found a maxtor 500 gb for 129.00 and these are the specs it has!

Serial ATA/300
16MB Buffer
8.5ms Seek Time

i know ppl love the raptors and im hoping this is an okay cuz i always bought a seagate with every harddrive ive ever bought.

Do u think this is a good hard drive brand?

wait i think raptors r from WD :\

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A while back I bought a Seagate 1TB harddrive, but until recently it was just stored away and not used.
Recently I wanted to expand a XP system I have containing a M4A79XTD Evo mboard, so I just popped in the 1TB. But, to my surprise, the harddrive showed up as only 32MB. So I went into Ubuntu(dualboot with XP) and format the drive, then restart. Back in XP it finally showed up as 939GB. Then I turned off the computer. When I turned it back on later, the drive was back at showing 32MB.

The only thing that worked was when I used ext2 on Ubuntu to format the drive. I wanted to do a clean OS install on the 1TB, but no OS under the sun wants to install, because it jumps back to showing 32MB. I can only store files with Ubuntu under ext2.

I've tried the drive in other computers, with various cables, external enclosures, etc.

So now my question is, do I have a nice looking paperweight, or do I miss something important?

PS: Seagate ST31000528AS

Answer:Problem with Seagate 1TB harddrive

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Hi guys,

I'm really in desperate need of help right now. My harddrive just died and all my essays and school stuff are in it and the due dates are within days.

So I turned on my pc this afternoon,did some stuff and turned it off,then i wanted to turn it on again but the harddrive is no longer detected by BIOS.The bios gives the typical message of no harddrive detected,plz insert boot media and press a key blah blah blah.i also noticed that the whole start up becomes incredibly slow,even for loading the bios setup. I bought this new pc during xmas and its just been a lil bit over 3 months.

seagate barracuda 7200.11 500Gbytes
motherboard is Asus P5QL Pro
4gig mem.
geforce 9800gt
intel 2.5Ghz

the machine's been perfectly normal for 3 months except very occassional blue screens,and now the hd is not dectected all of a sudden.

i did not install anything or remove anything in hardware/software,i tried a different sata cable for dvd-rw which is recognized by bios,plugging into a different sata plug on the motherboard,and nothing happens.

when i start the machine i can hear that there's a couple clicks in the harddrive,so obviously its still running,but after that its all silence and there's no activity at all thereafter.

does this indicate a dead harddrive that can only be replaced?is there any chance i can recover the data on the harddrive?

thx tons for any reply!!!

Answer:seagate harddrive problem

This happened like a day ago for me with the same drive. I fixed it by resetting the cmos, it was either that or the cable was loose (because i took it out and put it back in) so check the cables, if that does not do it, try a cmos flash.

EDIT: wait, the cmos flash fixed my 1tb drive, not the 7200.11, my bad.

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I Have A Dell Laptop Inspiron 6000 With 150mb Space Left. I Backup All Files To My Seagate And Transfer My Itunes Folder. I Then Deleted My Itunes From My Laptop For More Space But Not I Have Lost My Itunes. When I Connect My Seagate It Shows My Music But Not In A Way To Connect My Ipod To Transfer The Music And The Seagate Dont Show Up To Give Me More Hard Drive.

Answer:300 Seagate External Harddrive

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I have a seagate barracuda 500GB harddrive that I'm using as a secondary harddrive. My main boot drive with my os is a 150GB raptor. this drive works find, however I cannot detect my seagate. When I go into the BIOS, it looks like its detected there, but when I log into windows I can't see it. Thanks in advance for the help

Answer:problems with my seagate harddrive

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i have three hard drives connected in my system, my seagate is basically where i store my audio, and video files, whenever i access a file or play a file i've recently noticed the harddrive is making alot of noise. is this normal , my other drive dont make any noise ?

Answer:My 120 gb seagate serial sata harddrive

That's not normal. Sounds like its dying.

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I have a problem with my Seagate external harddrive. It won't let my computer start. It stops at the BIOS screen and does nothing. I tried pressing the BIOS setup or System recovery but it doesn't work. I found out that my external harddrive was the problem after serveral tries. I took the plug out of my computer and restarted it. It worked fine. I plugged it back in again to the computer and it was detected in Device Manager but not detected on Windows. In Device Manager it said there was no problem at all. However when I clicked computer the external harddrive didn't show up. I also have to mention that I dropped my harddrive accidentally. It keeps making a beeping noise every other second. It was a regular beep, nothing out of the ordinary. I also tried diagnosticing my drive. However that was a problem too. It made another error. I also tried to plug the external harddrive to another computer and it also made the beeping noise and it didn't show up on the otehr computer. I'm starting to think that this is an external error with the parts inside than internal with software and other stuff. I don't think that I like recovering my data with experts because it costs a lot of cash. The ohter option is to replace my drive with another one from seagate. The warranty is still on and won't expire in a while.

Answer:Seagate External Harddrive error

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I have a problem with my Seagate external harddrive. It won't let my computer start. It stops at the BIOS screen and does nothing. I tried pressing the BIOS setup or System recovery but it doesn't work. I found out that my external harddrive was the problem after serveral tries. I took the plug out of my computer and restarted it. It worked fine. I plugged it back in again to the computer and it was detected in Device Manager but not detected on Windows. In Device Manager it said there was no problem at all. However when I clicked computer the external harddrive didn't show up. I also have to mention that I dropped my harddrive accidentally. It keeps making a beeping noise every other second. It was a regular beep, nothing out of the ordinary. I also tried diagnosticing my drive. However that was a problem too. It made another error. I also tried to plug the external harddrive to another computer and it also made the beeping noise and it didn't show up on the otehr computer. I'm starting to think that this is an external error with the parts inside than internal with software and other stuff. I don't think that I like recovering my data with experts because it costs a lot of cash. The ohter option is to replace my drive with another one from seagate. The warranty is still on and won't expire in a while. Oh yeah and I just recently discovered that on the other computer I tested the drive on it starts up when I plug it in before I start the computer.

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I have the following model Seagate Hardrive and was wondering if anyone knew of reliable resources to get a new circuit board for this item. I have been checking ebay, online sites, any additional assistane woul dbe helpful.
Model ST340823A
U Series 5
IDE drive
Seagate 40 GB
Firmware 3.07
I have seen a lot of models that are close - just not exact match. I'd toss the drive, but there is about a years worth of photos on there that I unfortunately did not have a backup for.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Seagate Harddrive PC Board Replacement

Could you explain what is wrong with the drive?

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A couple weeks ago my USB External harddrive got unplugged and when i plugged it back in, it asked me to Format it. It game me a "2HC015KJ" Error code. Its 500GB but now appears as 2000GB. Ive tried to use Partiton Wizard 7, but when doing a quick scan for a couple days, it was only at 163608 sectors, and still at 0%.

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Good Morning Sirs
We got a Seagate USB Harddrive , which is not getting recognised as File System is RAW
Kindly advice how to fix this issue so that harddrive gets recognised in Desktop/Laptop with Windowsxp/Windows 7

Answer:Seagate USB Harddrive - File System RAW

Thanks a lot
I need to find out an Indian dealer so that the software can be bought because now we r only able to see the data and can not recover in trial version
Thanks again

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
How to use Disk Wizzard

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My external hard drive isn't being recognised by the laptop. It is just making beeping noises. Is there anything I can do to get it to work, and if not, who should I send it off to, and how much can I expect it to cost?

Answer:seagate external harddrive doesnt spin up

Could be any of several causes:
Harddrive dead
not enough power (try with laptop plugged into mains - not on battery power)
faulty cable
faulty usb port
Is it making the same noise as in this youtube vid?
read posts on seagate forum

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So I have a seagate External drive which had been working perfectly fine for me right upto yesterday.
My kids were watching a film via the drive connected to my ps4 and all worked well but when I went to connect it to my netbook to manage some files it was no longer visible.
I've done extensive google searches but not come across anything that would seem to fix my problem.
The drive is visible in drive management but not in disk management. I have tried or in all the uso ports but that makes no difference.
The drive now no longer shows up when I plug it into the ps4 which leafs me to suspect that it's had it and I've lost whatever was on it.
One other thing to note is that when I connect it to my netbook it makes a noise like the drive inside is spinning to try and come to life.
Having said this however it had just decided to show up on my netbook so I am copying the files off of it right now to make sure they're not lost. I'm going to say however that this is going to need replacing right?

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As the title says, my new Seagate Expansion Portable Drive is not working in the 3.0 slots in the front of my computer. It only works when i plug it into one of my two 2.0 slots on the back of my computer, which are both occupied by my mouse and keyboard, both of them are not backwards compatible. When my Drive is plugged into a 3.0, absolutely nothing happens. i get a green light on the drive, but it does not show up in my bios or in "My Computer". Works perfectly fine in a 2.0 though.

My motherboard is made by gigabyte, and is only about 2 months old, and my drive is 5 months old.

Answer:External seagate 1tb harddrive not working with 3.0 usb slot.

Did you install the 3.0 drivers and enable it in the BIOS? All versions of USB are backwards compatible.

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Hi, and thanks in advance to any help. Today I noticed that my Seagate 250gb harddrive is not showing up under my computer as a disk. This happened after a reboot. It is the only usb device plugged into my computer and my taskbar recognizes it with the safely remove hardware icon. Under. It also shows up in disk management as unallocated with no partition. It has been fussy before but has worked fine for awhile now. Is there anything I can do or have I lost all of my data? Also it was pretty full with just 5% freespace on it before this happened. I know I probably should have backed up this data but now I am nervous because I have important stuff on there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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- My 500GB Seagate external harddrive can't be recognized in the computer (as if it wasn't there) when plugged via USB
- It makes a repeated beep when connected to a plug
- I called technical support and they charge $300 for data recovery

- If my external harddrive has failed, then what are some methods would Seagate use to recover the data?
- Can't I just open the casing and remove the SATA drive and plug it in with my SATA adapter (i know it voids warranty, but I'd rather have my data back at a cheaper price than to get a replacement harddrive)
- Isn't it possible that the casing might've broke, not the hard drive itself?
- What are your thoughts on this one?

A note from the Customer Service Representative:


Originally Posted by csr

Thank you for sending your Seagate E-mail inquiry.

It sounds like your drive has failed. Anytime a drive makes noise such as those, it means the read/write head is bouncing across the data platters.

You may wish to look into Data Recovery or to return the drive to us for an exchange

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

What does that mean?

Answer:Seagate External harddrive failed, back for $300?

There is the possibility that it could be the encloser that has died.
The only way find out is to purchase another enclosure. However you will void any change at warranty if you pop open seagate's enclosure.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: RADEON X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71468 MB, Free - 24974 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YC523
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Before I purchase an SATA Interface Cable and power adaptor cable, is this project doable ? and will there be a SATA host adaptor when I open my PC up ?

Answer:adding Seagate SATA harddrive 1TB 32MB

Open it up and check. I doubt it on a computer that old.

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I have Windows 7 Home premium 64bit as I recently got a new computer, and to my surprise my seagate external Harddisk did not work. If I go to the Devices section, it is listed as Desktop. I have tried many things such as, rebooting, trying different USB, Assigning A letter to the Expansion and a few others as you will see in my screenshots. Just before I forget my old PC 32bit Windows 7 Ultimate, automatically detected my 500gb Seagate 500gb External Harddisk so I cannot see a problem with the Harddrive or with my computer as it is brand new and fully functioning. Below are my screenshots.

As you can see from these images non of the fixes on the fourm, or on seagate work. If you have any fix please reply to this post as soon as you can, or on the other hand any questions. I will be very grateful.

Sorry about the thumbnail, Not sure what happened there.

Answer:Seagate 500gb External Harddrive, Windows 7 Will Not Read?

Cheers m8
SATA or PATA????

Have you tried to remove it from the ext case and installed it into the check if any of the electronics in the external case failed.
could be something with the usb drivers in the new machine... might try unstalling from the device manager the usb controllers, maybe the composite device then turn the machine off and let windows reinstall 'em again and see if the drive is picked up.
At this point I'd be asking just how important is the data on this HD... I'd even go so far as see if I could put the HD into a friends machine,(or old 'puter), to see if it could be picked up???? Be sure and copy the data off the HD while you continue to trouble shoot the drive.
From experience..... the only drive I've not been able to finally detect ended up as a dead drive, "bfh"
luk to you.....

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I have taken delivery of a Seagate FreeAgent pro 750.I have created a backup plan and put my pictures in to it.Every time I modify a file (JPG/.doc & .psd are the ones I have tried so far) it refuses to back it up and the log shows error 8. In fact I just downloaded some jpegs from my camera and they havbe been rejected as well.I cannot find the solution and there are limited help files.Can anyone help please?

Answer:Seagate external harddrive rejects amended files.

Autobackup.Maybe someone has used or is using this.I need to sort this out because the drive is useless to me if I cannot add extra files to the plan.It is meant to monitor changes and automatically write them to the drive.I think I might be missing something obvious but the manual/help is not very helpful.Please somebody point me in the right direction.

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I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and post that It was working fine without any issues. I have two external drive connected to it.

1. 1 TB Iomega powered drive. - now RAW
2. 2TB seagate external drive.

The 1tb drive suddenly became RAW and I wasn't able to access it. before it happened, I had removed some virus detected in the drive by the AVG antivirus. Post that once or twice it got disconnected and after that the drive became RAW. I understand the file system might have got corrupted since couple of times my system faced powercuts and before I could shut it down the system cut off from electricity as my UPS died on me.

I haven't formatted the disk at all, as I have all my important data in this HD as it was my backup drive for office and personal use.

Disk Management: shows the drive is RAW but a healthy Partition.

I opened the hard drive casing, tried connecting the drive directly to the internal sata cable but the same didn't read even then and still shows as RAW drive. I got a Storite USB to SATA adapter and tried that, the drive is now running fine(as it sounds) with intermittent kind of noise (clicking etc.,) for sometime and then disappears. After directly connecting the drive atleast the below softwares are able to read the data in the drive but unable to recover it.

I have tried recovering data using the below softwares.

1. EaseUS DAta recovery - took too much time to complete reading - 17% in more than 24 hours- stopped it.
2. M3 DAta recover... Read more

Answer:External 1TB harddrive(Iomega - seagate inside) RAW drive

My recommendation is to use [email protected] Recovery Pro. I had a similar situation (raw indication) on a drive a few months back and I tried several of the leading data recovery apps, and the one I recommended is the one that found the most stuff -- nearly everything. It took nearly a whole day to do an in-depth scan, but in the end, it was worth it. It's free to install and try out, but you need to buy a license to do any serious recovery work.

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Anyone use the Seagate Replica software that comes with the 2T External Hardrive? This is the GoFlex Desk series of external harddrives.

The software does an automatic backup of all your computers harddrives and logical drives and backs up any changes periodically to the external hardrive. It is suppose to allow full recovery (it includes a boot disk, linux based for restoring from the backed up 'image').

Anyone use it, and does it successfully restore the 'image' in case of a full crash?

Answer:Seagate Replica (2T External Harddrive) GoFlex Desk

Why bother using third-party disk-imaging (especially from Seagate) when Windows 7 has it built-in?
The built-in one works well, I've used it.

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Im replacing my harddrive and these two seem to be the best so far

Also Im looking at the 500gb hardrives if there is another better one you guys can prefer

Answer:What is a better harddrive Seagate Momentus or Western Digital Scorpio Blue?

If I can ask, why are you choosing between low performance 5400rpm hard drives when you could have a higher performing 7200rpm hard drive. Just curious.

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I have just purchased the Lenovo IdeaCentre 510 Tower PC [i7]. It came with Windows 10 Home OS. Within the set up, it asked me whether I wanted to install updates to Windows 10 - i said 'yes'. It took a good couple of hours to complete the whole set up of the desktop, but according to the log, all Windows updates appear to have been successfully installed. (I mention this because I later found something on Lenovo's website about updating to Windows 10 when setting up your Lenovo for the first time - it mentioned trouble which may include the damaging or disabling of hardware? I can't seem to find this again, or else i would post a link. I think this may have been referring to upgrades to earlier windows versions rather than upgrades for Windows 10 applied to a machine which is sold with Windows 10 already installed.) My desktop seems to be up and running but I have just attempted to connect my Seagate Backup Plus portable drive using the USB port and it will not recognise it (I tried this on several ports).  I can feel the Seagate working but it does not show up under My Computer or anywhere else I can see.  I have tested the USB port by inserting a regular USB pen drive and it DOES recognise this. The Seagate previously worked on my Windows Surface Pro 3 with no trouble and I have all of my files backed up on it.  Hope somebody can help me figure out what is going wrong...  Many thanks!

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hi everyone
First i am wishing you all a very happy new year to all of you.
please i need your help
Today i received my Seagate SSHD hard disk model: ST2000DX001.
it is working fine,but i can't use any software from Seagate website,the software are:
-Sea tools for windows:when i use the software,the software doesn't see my hard disk it can only see (Generic USB SD READER)
-download finder software:again doesn't recognize the hard disk
-Seagate/Maxtor serial number locator,again doesn't see my hard disk
-Drive detect utilitydisk drive section) i can see ST2000DX001-1CM164 SCSI disk device
i already installed windows OS,with all the windows updates,internet security,utilities softwares
-Please can i use (disk defragmentation) software,with this hard disk.
The softwares i have for degragmentation:
-iolo system mechanics
-Glarys utilities
-Ashampoo win optimizer
i use the defragmentation software one at a times.(please reply to this question as well)
I hope to hear from you very soon
My kindest regards

Answer:seagate SSHD(hard disk)doesn't recognized any software from seagate website

Please can i use (disk defragmentation) software,with this hard disk. The softwares i have for degragmentation: -iolo system mechanics -Glarys utilities -Ashampoo win optimizer
Yes you can but none of those products offer a decent defragging method and defragging is not really required that much either.

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Question: cd dvd queston

I bought a new cd dvd my computer is 1.0 speed the box says 1.3 speed required will this work. The place where I bought it from is closed.

Answer:cd dvd queston


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I downloaded and installed everest home edition,to check temps.What sensor is this WDC WD1600ADFS-75SLR2.What hardware dose it sense.Thank you.

Answer:New and have a queston


That would be monitoring your Hard Drive temps, the WDC is a Western Digital Hard Drive code.

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Question: DVI/VGA queston

I am considering two purchases - a new graphics card and a TFT monitor.I am settled on the card I want - a Radeon 9700.I had my eye on a Hitachi TFT, but DABS have an offer on a very good Ilyama which matches the Hitachi in almost every aspect apart from the DVI port - it doesnt have one. The difference in price will be about 70.My question is will I really see a difference if I use only DVI connections, or will I get same qualty of picture using DVI out then a converter tothe screen input?Thanks

Answer:DVI/VGA queston

Pure digital signal will always be "better" than digital to analogue(conversion. The conversion process adds noise and degrades the image. Having said that - whether the difference will bother you is difficult to judge - it depends a lot on what you are going to use the screen for. I have a dual DVI / analogue TFT and can definitely see a difference in image sharpness / colour stability. My view is, if you can afford it, go for DVI. See if you can get somewhere like your local PCW to demo both standards to judge for yourself.

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Question: NCQ Queston

Hi all!How could I possibly know if my motherboard or its controllers or drivers(or whatsoever) supports NCQ technology HDDs?Thanks!

Answer:NCQ Queston

Native Command Queuing should not have specific support requirements, to the best of my knowledge, as it is a component of the SATA standard. Here is a direct download link for the White Paper (PDF format): click here.

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I have been hit pretty hard by a "seneka" root kit, and i thought i had nuked it when i formatted my "C" drive but it came back after i got finished installing half life 2, (appently it goes out to every stoge space attached to a system) my queston is if i burn my photos, mp3's, personal file, etc... to dvd to back them up will the rootkit be burned onto the disk with them?
If not i am just going to burn all my media to DVD and nuke my raid array the old fashion way (low level) and proceed from there hopefully rootkit free

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Question: queston

whats windows dump?
or auto matic memory dump

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Am i able to use the 16 digit product key codes on more than one computer cuz i have to computer i need to fix?

Answer:Product key queston

George Miller.......Hummmmm a 16 digit product code ......are you sure it's not a 25 digit code ?   Is this for a operating system or what .........?let us know dl65  

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Question: acronis queston

I am getting the Aconis 11 software, And I am going to partition the OS seperate from My Documents etcMy question is where on the PC do I find the OS ??Will Acronis find it ?gordie

Answer:acronis queston

"I am going to partition the OS seperate "You can partition your OS separately using something like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Management, but first of all I would suggest you back up to an external HDD, because if your Hard drive goes belly up you will lose everything. Secondly Use Acronis Secure Zone rather than making your own partition on your HDD it is safer

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How do you change the size of the new windows that open in IE7? I know there is an easy way to do it, I have just forgotten how. What I want to do is ensure that when a new window opens up, it is full screen. Thanks...

Answer:Quick queston about IE7...

Just drag the sides and top/bottom to full screen size, close and it should open to full size thereafter.

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Question: ddr2 ram queston

Hey every one,
well i am new here and am using a older but functioning system and wanted to install more/new ram to help my system run quicker. My system uses a Maximus Formula motherboard by Asus. i have the Q9650 quad core extreme processor in it . Currently i have 4 gigs of ram in the system but as the years go buy it runs slower and slower despite cleaning the junk out of it with various software. I went ahead and purchased 8 gigs worth, 4 sticks of ddr 2 ram from corsair. the ram i bought says on the ram 800mhz 2048mb 5-5-5-18 1.80V . The DDR2 ram in the computer currently is 2 sticks of 2048 mbytes PC2-6400 (400 mhz) kingston 2G-UDIMM . So i shut down my computer , unplugged it , complete power off . then open up the side of the pc . take out the 2 sticks of ram. install the new 4 sticks of ram and put the computer back together . power it up and it turns of but the moniter say no signal . I cant get it to display anything. on the motherboard there are 2 switches . one looks like a power symbol and the other says "reset" . i hit the reset button "when the computer was open"and you could see he lights on the motherboard go off and on. indicating , "i suppose' that it reset ? still no moniter . You see , wanted to upgrade without investing in a new pc . So , any advise on what ram to buy ? can i use the ram i bought ? I am running 32 bit vista if that helps . Any advise is welcome , especially if it helps me solve this. other wise , have to ... Read more

Answer:ddr2 ram queston

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Question: Recovery Queston

ok as beofre i had to reformat my hdd. It sucked but i got, know as everyone know that even if you reformat your hdd there still data on there, well how can one get some documents. I had thought i put my school documnets for next year on a floppy but no. So i need to get them back, but how can one get them.

Answer:Recovery Queston

you need a data recovery program, most of them are pretty expensive. You may have to take the drive to a shop and have them do it for you.

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if i install a slave hd to my current computer that needs to be reformatted what program should i use to do so. how can i format it/ partition it and what not. and if there was data on it how would i delete it. would the reformatting do that for me

Answer:HD reformatting queston

You can format it inside of the OS. If the OS recognizes the drive and assigns a drive letter, all you have to do is format it in Explorer. If it doesn't recognize the drive or it's a brand new drive. Go into My Computer > Manage> Disk Management.

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I have a Idea k320 desktop and recently ran a scan, and got the following error msg: "Excepton Access Violation in module filesweep.dll at 00004E44 Access violation at address 02A94E44 in module Filesweep.dll read add  02129ED4" A scan with I/O bit 360 showed that it quarrentined a file called ns2C41.tmp. Also, I noticed a directory I have never noticed before: C:\Templenovo - Is this supposed to be there, and I just missed seeing in before or is it mal/spyware (I've been plagued by viruses, worms, trojans and spoofed emails - and have had to reset to the initial state probably 8 times so far - I have Norton 360, Malwarebytes (paid version) and I/O bit 360 (free) and a trial version of SunbeltSecurity's CounterSpy. Thanks!

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Question: Quickbooks queston

Hey guys. Doing some side work and this will be my first exprience with Quickbooks.

Currenty quickbooks is installed on one pc. Need to move DB to a server and then share it out so others can get to it. Any advice?

From what I can tell, install quickbooks on server only to say host the db here and then point the clients to the new db? Can I then copy the db files from the PC to the new server?


Answer:Quickbooks queston

on the 'server' you have to install the small qb app to host the DB file, QB actually doesnt install on the server (unless your using it there too)
Share the folder out, make sure perms are correct, move the DB files there.
You might need the god admin account for QB...I once had the company file working fine on 1 PC for a customer, 2 yrs later they wanted it on an official server so we went and moved it, then upon first opening it, it asked for the admin password...mind you this isnt the password the users use when accessing QB. ended up having to call QB to get them to reset the DB file.
Done forget then youll also have to open the file in multi user mode so others can also use the DB file at the same time

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Presently I'm running IE 7, but wish to install IE 8.Is it advisable to DL IE 8 over IE 7, or should I uninstall IE 7?Thanks   

Answer:Queston about installing IE 8

You can't uninstall IE7.You simply download IE8 and install it.However, be aware, some people are having problems with IE8.Switching to Firefox would your better option.

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Hello Everyone, Hope You all had a great Thanksgiving.

The question regarding the 4 in 1 (Print/Copy/Scan/Fax) Inkjet Printer Manufacturer, there is one manufacturer that allows to lay onto the scanner multiple pictures (say 5-7) and select each one to "save to its own file" with one more scanner pass.

Does anyone know which AIO Printer Manufacturer has this software ability?



Sorry I haven't been on lately, but with the Holiday and prior to that having to recover 2 laptops to like-new (out of the box) of the fam-damn-ilys, ...with then having to run all OS WU, Adobe Reader/Flash, Java, Etc, ........I'm sure most of you know whats all involved, ....Long Hours! LOL

Answer:Please Help AIO Printer Queston

I haven't a clue to your question.

Just thought I'd say howdy anyway.

Hoppy and Topper

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Hi, trying to reformat a laptop and a re-install Windows XP. Getting the "unable to delete extended partitions while logical drives exist" message in Fdisk, but all logical drives have been erased.I don't know what make of HDD the laptop has, but am I safe to use the Seagate Disk Wizard Starter Edition to erase/zerofill the drive ready for XP to go back on?Thanks.

Answer:Using Seagate Starter Disc on Non-Seagate drive,

Might not be a good idea, as all it does is little more than FDISK or Windows XP Setup. Yes, Windows XP Setup. Simply pop the CD in the drive, restart the laptop (to boot from the CD) and it will give you a screen allowing you to choose your partitions and filing systems. For safety, use NTFS file systems.When you press the Continue key (F9 I think), it will then re-partition and format your drives for you!Howzat?

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Answer:What Makes Seagate So Quite? Any Differences Between Seagate And Other HDDs?

from seagate's website:


The SoftSonic motor is a new, engineering breakthrough feature of Seagate's sound barrier technology (SBT). Using industry-standard tests, the Barracuda ATA IV one-disc model emits only 2.0 bels while spinning and 2.4 bels while seeking; the human ear can't hear sounds below 2.5 bels. Seagate's SBT also reduces noise using specialized seek algorithms, SeaShield. top cover and internal dampers, resonance reduction, spin commutation and other mechanical and materials design optimizations.

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Hi everyone.
I have ASUSTek Computer INC. K8V-XE motherboard and I am considering buying a new hard drive. I wonder if a SATA II drive would be compatible with such motherboard?
Thank you for helping : )

Sorry for the silly mistake in the heading

Answer:Queston about ASUS K8V-XE motherboard

Yes. Here is the spec page.

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Does the brand matter when it comes to a wireless adapter?
or will any cheap adapter be good enough?

FYI I found this cheap Airlink USB adpater , is it any good?

Answer:Queston about Wireless Adaptor

Most all brands will work with each other, but yes there are cheaper brands in quality than others. Using an adapter and router made by the same manufacturer usually yields better performance because a manufactuer usually tests interoperability among its own devices, whereas it may not test interop with other manufactuers' devices. Also some manufactuers will enable proprietary extensions to the 802.11b/g standards that allow for higher throughput when using devices that support these features.

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Hi, I'm about to receive my Dell laptop in the mail this week and I was wondering how to setup my wireless network to where my laptop can read files off the desktop, like my music. I'm also sharing the wireless with my roommates and we would like to share each other's files. I could have sworn all you had to do was right click on the folder and enable sharing, but XP is acting stupid. I miss win2k.

Answer:File Sharing Queston

Make sure you're all on the same workgroup. And just basically enable file sharing.

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I am wondering, what functions does the Fn key have for a desktop?

Im sure its used for laptops for the function keys due to lack of space or something. Im wondering as I have miss pressed it before and just want to know is it a useless key for desktops or has it some purpose?


Answer:a quick queston about the Fn key (for a desktop)

Normally the key doesn't do anything if pressed without another key. Just like SHIFT which does nothing if you don't press another key at the same time.

Is the Fn-key a little bit grey/blue? Do you see pictures on some keys with same color? The pictures are kind of icons and display what that key should do in comabination with Fn.

But you need to install the correct keyboard driver to make it function as described.

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I'm having trouble with the contacts folder. I needed to import in a .pst which has the address book I need. I opened the .pst and copied the the contacts folder from that .pst into my current.pst. When that happened it created a 2nd folder called contacts1. I can delete that folder but how can I delete the original contacts folder or copy this folder directly into the root of the contacts folder without creating another folder inside the contacts folder.
So after this jibberish I what I would like to do is get that other contact list out of the other .pst file and import it in to my current outlook contact folder. Anyone ever tried this?
Hopefully this message isn't as confusing as it sounds.

Answer:outlook 2000 queston

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Question: Hard Drive Queston

Hey guys, for certain reasons my PC won't turn on and will probably need to be replaced. Anyway, I was wondering if I could connect my main andauxiliary internal hard drives into another PC like some sort of huge USB. I got files there that I wanna save cuz redownloading them will take forever.

Answer:Hard Drive Queston

To those who reply to his question, it's associated with this thread:


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I'm creating a document using Adobe Designer 7.0 and have created a text field that allows multiple lines. When the field is completely filled with text I get a scroll bar on the right side that allows me to scroll up and down that field. However, when I print the document not all the text in the field prints, just the text that's visable within the box.

What can I do to have the entire field print, not just the visable portion?

Attached is what it looks like.

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Hello, Does anyone know of an autofill for forms because it hurts my shoulder and neck to type so much. I have tried Roboform but I always have trouble with it and suspect it contains spyware or adware. Thank You, Sharon

Answer:Newbie software queston
Check out the downloads to see if any are helpful.

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Question: real quick queston

hey I've built up a bunch of wallpapers on my list when I go to desktop properties. not a big deal but I like keeping everything tidy. I've done it before so I know what I'm doing so don't give me any bs lectures on "the dangers of regedit" and just tell me the key you go to to get the list of wallpapers so I can delete the crap ones I forgot where it was. Thanks

Answer:real quick queston

Hkey_user..default\control panel\software\microsoft\internet explorer\microsoft\internet explorer
Hkey_user..your name\control panel\desktop\microsoft\internet explorer
Hkey_current_user..control panel\desktop\microsoft\internet explorer
There may be will have to do some searching..

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Hi All: I'm going to build a WINXP rig for some games that doesn't play nice with WIN7. Will Microsoft give me the latest updates? I understand the OS is no longer supported, but can I get to the last update? Any insight would be appreciated.

Answer:Queston about Windows XP update

Windows update is not reachable via link in start menu. The OS will, however, auto-update and install any patches or fixes up to the time of support EOL.

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I currently have 512 mb ram in my pc which is pc 32000 ddr sdram. But i wanna upgrade this this to 1 gb.

So is it better to buy a a 1 gb ram stick or should i buy another 512 mb ram stick? If one is better then other, is there a big difference? My main purpose to upgrade the game is to get better performance for gaming.

Also, what type of ram will fit into my pc? is there a specail type? i got a couple of ram stick sitting at my house that wont fit into the slot
Here is my pc spec.

-AMd 3200 + 46 bit processor
-512 DDR PC3200 Sdram
-MSI k8tneo mobo (3 ddr slots)
-Ati radeon 9800 pro 128 mb video card
-onboard audio VIA AC'97

Answer:Memory Upgrade Queston.

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Can anyone tell me if the oem of windows 7 offers both the 32 and 64 bit option for install, I THINK the retail version does.

Answer:Quick Oem Windows 7 queston.....

A couple discussions I found on this.

hope this helps.

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Hi, My friend has a Xbox ( Not a 360 ) & it has never been online to be updated, Just wondering if there is somewhere online that i can downloaded all the updates & put them on USB.

All i can really find is updates for the 360 & random pages about the old xbox that go nowhere.


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Can someone tell me what this download is for:

Audio: SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio, Driver, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Multi Language, Dimension C521, E521, OptiPlex 740, v., A09
Release Date: 11/8/2006
Criticality: Recommended
Description: Sigmatel STAC92XX C-Major HD Audio Driver

I have Dimension C521


Answer:Vista download queston

Obviously, it's an updated driver for your audio card.

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How can I run a linksys WRT54G and a WRT54Gs on one network???

Answer:Solved: Linksys Router Queston\Help

They should be connected LAN port to LAN port. Disable DHCP on the secondary router. Configure it with a static IP in the subnet of the primary router, but one that is outside the primary's DHCP pool/range. May even be a good idea to reserve that IP for the secondary on the primary.

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I can set up a folder to share (vista to XP) it works fine. Next time I boot the folder is no longer shared. Any ideas?

Answer:Another Vista file sharing queston

click here

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I just bought a new notebook with Vista Home Premium preinstalled, but ran into a problem with the hard drive. It has one 120GB drive (I assume), but it's separated into two parts. One part of the drive has Vista on it and the other is labeled "back up", which unfortunately contains the majority of the storage space. I'm in the process of installing a number of games which require large storage space, and the Vista portion of the drive is filling up fast. I'm quite new to the OS, so I don't want to mess with anything up by moving program files or components over to the other drive portion. Is there any way that I can safely transfer program files and functions over to the other drive, or better yet integrate the two? Thanks in advance.

Here's a screen shot of my predicament:

Answer:Hard Drive Separation Queston

You make life easy. Sometimes what they do with laptops is say there is 120gb but they give you two harddrives. You could do them in RAID0 not so sure If i know to much about that especially with laptops, and are you able to install stuff on the other drive?

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Off the site to run Home Basic states
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

512 MB of system memory

20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory

DVD-ROM drive

Audio Output

Internet access (fees may apply)

Would this be sufficiant:
AMD Athlon 1.6mhz single core proc
896 of ddr ram
A sound card with 128mb ram Nvidia ( I think it is a sound blaster)(I am not sure if it can do directX 9 graphics)
and I would have to get a DVD drive.

Would it be worth installing or....
I am at the point where I need to reformat my drive and reinstall OS. From what I am told by a person who works at Microsoft the Microsoft store no longer sells XP. I am currently running WIN2K

I have seen different issues with VISTA and buring DVD and such. Give me your thoughts.

Answer:A queston about reqirments to run VISTA Home

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Hi everyone,

I am new with access and I am wondering how the table relationship travels with the application. I separated my application to front and back-end, I keep my data on the server and the program I move a copy in each user's PC. If i make a change on the relation ship that's on the server it should work for all the user right?


Answer:Access2k taable relationship queston?

That is correct.

Conceptually, the application's back end generally maintains application-wide tables. There's more you can do with a BE, but this is the fundamental feature of splitting a database.

The front end maintains the functional portion of the application--forms and macros--as well as user-specific tables (for example, a table for user option settings).

The binding between the FE and BE usually refers to the link between the tables and the forms not the tables and other tables. Access manages the links so you don't have to.

Now, if your application includes a form or forms, the design of which rely on a certain relationship structure among your tables, modifying the BE might necessitate amendments to the FE. But you'd have to do that whether your database was split or not.



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I am looking into buying this Motherboard

and this CPU

Are they compatible? I'm questoning this as the Hyper Transport info for the CPU is listed as "HT 2000MHz" but the HT/FSB info for the MB is listed as "FSB 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s).

Newegg did pair that CPU with a different MB but that one also had the same HT details.
So I'm hoping that the MB doesn't have to be 2000 as to accomodate the CPU.

If the two I have listed are compatible then I have more questions. Thanks for now.

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I have 3 uVerse boxes running throughout my home. uVerse is ATT Television, IPTV, for those that dont know.

It has a 4 port 10/100 switch in the back. This switch is used to share iptv to other networkable uv boxes using ethernet.

No matter what setting I tell the internal switch of the uverse box it constantly CRC errors out when connected to my Cisco 1921 Router with 8 port EHWIC Gig switch.

I can force whateve duplex setting I want and I still get massive CRC errors and it seems like the Cisco switch just dumps all traffic delivery from this residential gateway.

I have tried all duplex settings both manual and auto. Will not work. I have changed the 5e cable twice each, hand made as well as factory made cabling. I am wits end.

Funniest thing.... when I hook up my old netgear 10baset HUB, yes HUB, it works fine. When I hook it up to any of my other 100meg or 1000meg switches (DUMB-Unmanaged) it works fine. On the HUB I do see massive collisions but this is probably due to HD video using 100% of the bandwidth of the HUB. Plus they suck because they are all one collision domain.

When I hook it up to my 3750e gig Cisco 24port it works regardless of CRC errors and the switch wont stop forwarding traffic from the residential gateway.

This is confusing the piss out of me. The only thing I can think of that is causing all of these CRC errors is not just a specific port or a cable, because all cables and ports are generating massive CRC errors. Could the res gateway h... Read more

Answer:Crazy uVerse Networking Queston???

have you tried cross-over vs straight thru?? I know a lot of newer switchs and routers have auto sensing to make that less important. Not sure if the uverse one does or not. Just a thought. Also was curious since you didn't say what you tried on the cabling just that you tried hand made and pre-made. Sorry if this post is no help.

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Concerning batteries:
My video camcorder works on 2 AA NiMH 1.2v batteries. In a pinch can I substitute regular alkaline 1.5v batteries? (not same voltage)

Answer:2nd Queston Digital Video Expert

Maybe in a pinch, but not recommended. As alkaline batteries discharge, the voltage slowly drops. NiMH batteries keep a more constant voltage till the very end.

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How do I know if my memory is running in duel channel?

Answer:I have a duel channel memory queston.

On my computer, when it posts, it says something like "memory in single channel mode". My motherboard is not capable of dual channel.

If it doesn't say anything at post, you could probably go into the BIOS and check it. I would try to tell you where to go, but it seems that the BIOS for each motherboard is different.

Good luck,

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While running Opera browser and Cyberlink Powed DVD the CPU core temperature reaches 70*C often. Temperature noted via RightMark.

The CPU load is usualy varying between 14-25% and utilising 55% of the physical memory at this time.

Although when left idle (AntiVir/Firewall/AntiSpy.......running) the laptop settles at 50*C, with 10% CPU load and 48% physical memory.

Is it normal, or is it worth while investing in a notebook cooler?

Answer:Temperature queston about Satellite P200-1EE

Hi again my friend,

the problem with that rightmark and PcTest and blablabla-tools is, that the temperatures are displayed too high and are not telling reliable whats going inside of your machine.

The point is that notebooks have different types of hear sensors installed, which are mostly not known by such apps like rightmark or SysCo (whatever).

If you really want to know which temp. is inside your machine, then buy an temp. sensor and measure the temp of the air which is blown out from the ventilation holes. If your CPU would have 70 degree then your machine would be REALLY REALLY hot and you wouldn?t be able to work with it.

So, no need to investigate money into an notebook cooler.


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I am having an issue with my fingerprint reader not working when coming from standby mode sometimes. What is the software that is for the fingerprint reader? Someone said to revert back how do I do this? My plan is to revert back then to install the new fingerprint reader software. What do you guys think on this matter? The issue goes as follows: Sometimes when I come back from Standby the fingerprint reader says "Fingerprint reader is not connected".

Answer:Fingerprint reader issue/queston (Please read).

I have the same issue on my T61p, when left in standby for an extended amount of time, say 20 min, I find that it either says my finger print reader is not connected or it is "Fingerprint sensor device is exclusively used by another application." This started happening when I updated my driver and software for the reader, it worked fine before this. But I have been unable to go back to the previous driver and software. It works if you pust switch user on the login screen to get it to work, but it would be nice if a differnt solution was out there.

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so i got a new computer and i'm trying to play a game, atlantica online. i found in another site that i can't play it because i need a better graphics card. i got two radeon 9250 i think two it say's there is a secondary and there two hooked up in the back, but there a little differnt. so i got the graphics card out of my old computer(which it worked fine on that , it's a cmi8739/c3dx) i think it's only audio but it has a monitor female hook up on it. i treied just normal install and it gave me the blue windows screen and restated. i downloaded the software from and same thing. i downloaded software from the official site but it only gave me audio options. mabye it's not graphics and only a audio. is there anything i can get from my old computer i don't see anything. or anyway w/o buying a graphics card?

Answer:queston about graphics card and BLUE SCREEN

The cmi8739 is a sound card mate, not a graphics card.

And no, there's nothing you can pull out of your old computer that'll help. the only way you're gonna get a better graphics card is to buy one.

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So, I was going to install my W7-copy from a USB-stick, 8gb.
And I am asking this question that might seem very stupid.

Will I be able to use the USB-stick for my normal stuff after the install ?
~Because I use my USB-drive for my DVD, by transferring videos from my video-camera to the USB, then putting the USB in the video, so it plays for me.
This is pretty important for me .


Answer:Solved: Quick and stupid queston about Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool.

Once windows 7 is installed to the hard drive and is
up and running,you can just format the flash drive and
use it as normal.

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Diagnostic Tool.Ok, HDD got winxp installed fine, but I always like to check the HDD when there new so I downloaded the Seagate HDD for my SATA HDD and it will go to 99% only of the Short Diagnostic test boot from floppy.My Motherboard doesn't have SATA II and the HDD is a SATA II but there are no required jumper settings required to knock it back to 150 SataSop because it will not let me test the hdd would you suspect I have a problem with the HDD ?

Answer:Seagate ST380817AS will not test with Seagate

If XP is installed fine and you can read and write to the drive then I wouldn't worry.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)

Answer:SHOULD I UPGRADE: 40GB/5200 HardDrive-to-60GB/7200 HardDrive?

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I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?




Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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I have pretty old secondary hard drive (11 years) and currently in power settings there is an option to put hard drive in sleep mode if it's been idle for X minutes. Is it a good idea to disable this setting and let the harddrive spin all the time, since as I know, frequently enabling/disabling hard drives makes more damage than never putting harddrive to sleep.

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB

Thank you,


Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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This morning a fan in my case was making strange noises (either CPU or GPU fan I think) and so I turned my computer off. I turned it on a little later and the computer was making a really odd clicking noise, so I unplugged each harddrive in turn to see which was causing it. I removed the problem drive (not the one with my XP installation on) and then turned the computer on again. This time it just said could not detect boot disk. I've tried installing XP again, but it gets as far as loading all the setup files and then my PC reboots. The bios still detects the harddrive still in.

The harddrives are just normal IDE 120gb drives (the removed one is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 and the one still in is a Barracuda Seagate). I don't understand why the first stopped working (it is at most 6 months old) and why the 2nd one's installation is not detected (it is only a month or 2 old). Up til today, my computer was working perfectly. At the moment my whole computer is useless and the fan is still making the same weird noise occasionally.


Answer:One harddrive died, other harddrive's XP not detected

Welcome to Techspot

It sounds like the Drive you removed was the Primary, so the system can't find an MBR.
Also if that is right did you change the Jumper on the Slave left in your box?
Buy a new Fan, why take a chance ?

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My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:

Thank you in advance for any help!

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).


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hey everyone, my mom's computer isnt working correctly. it turns on but it doesnt boot up. nothing shows up on the monitor. she has very important files and links that are saved to her computer that she needs asap.

my first thought was maybe i could access her computer through the router that we share but other websites told me its impossible without remote connection. and we cannot setup connects or access her computer at the moment.

i would like to know if it would be a good idea to take her harddrive out and put it into another computer. id rather not put it into my computer (just in case something goes wrong) but my brother has a laptop and could we put her harddrive in his? just temporarily so we can get to those files.

is that the best idea? to transfer her harddrive? if so is it okay that its going into a laptop and not a desktop computer....

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

You're best bet it to get a 2.5 Adapter for laptop HDDs then you would take that adapter and connect it to a desktop CD-ROM IDE 2 channel 3.5 Ribbon cable goes into the adapter. There you could transfer files off that drive. That's how it's done in IT repair shop. Below cost $6.99.

can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..

It also looks like this various version of the adapter

They all work..

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I realize one is just an enclosure and you provide the harddrive, and one is a true harddrive, but which is better and whats really the difference?

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.

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