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Time for new hard drive and more memory.

Question: Time for new hard drive and more memory.

I have a Dell Dimension 4600 with a 60 gig hard drive and 1 gig of memory. I run AutoCad and do drawings for my cabinet shop and the hard drive is almost full. If I bought a new 320 gig hard drive what's the best way to transfer the data? The only discs I have are the ones Dell sent with the original CPU. I have read in other posts that there is some times a problem reloading the operating system if you don't have the original retail installation disc.I have Carbonite service but I don't know if that will help or not.
Forgive me if this is a stupid question. I've been building cabinets for 30 years but I'm only 7 years old in computer.

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Preferred Solution: Time for new hard drive and more memory.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Time for new hard drive and more memory.

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooki... Read more

Answer:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

Answer:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Hello, I recently cloned the sata-II drive of my Thinkpad T400 and replaced it with a new Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 2.5'' 750GB SATA-II, 5400rpm, 8MB Cache, 12ms, running Win7 with all the newest updates, drivers and bios updates. (4gb of ram) After a lot of installing issues (Windows services incl. Windows Update didn't run anymore (solution see below for people with the same problem*)) the new Hitachi drive performs at average rates of 64MB/s but with an access time of 23ms instead of around 12ms. So I tested the drive on my old desktop pc and got rates of at least 17ms witch seems more acceptable to me. I tried bios settings: AHCI and Compatible (on Compatible it runs even worse...)Uninstalled all driversSet up a clean new Win7Bios is at the latest versiondoesn't run in PIOshut down any anti-viruses etc.... but nothing helps. The drive seems fine so it must be something with the thinkpad.. Somebody any idea? Thanks in advance! Marc____*1. Install the KB982018 hotfix on another working machine with the same architecture (in my case x64). This provides the updated esent.dll.2 On the computer with the fix installed, check the version number ofWindows\Sytem32\esent.dll and Windows\SysWOW64\esent.dll. It was 6.1.7600.16592 in my case.3. On the computer with no fix installed, check the version number ofWindows\Sytem32\esent.dll and Windows\SysWOW64\esent.dll. It was 6.1.7600.16385 in my case.4. On the broken computer takeover the ownership of Windows\Syte... Read more

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I wanted to ask two questions...

1. I have an hard drive from an old computer who hasn't been working for about a year and a half (reason unknown my best guess is either it was fried or it was a touch of god...) , will it damage my current system if I connect that hard drive in order to extract some data? just for a few minutes, I swear...

2. If it's not dangerous than how is it done? do I need drivers or something? it's a WD 10GB if it matters and my current system is pretty new about a year and a half...

Answer:Hard time connecting hard drive?

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I just put together a new PC. I used the Foxconn 925xe7aa motherboard. When I boot up the BIOS recognizes my hard drive which is a 300 GB Seagate but does not recognize my DVD burner which is a LITE-ON SHM-165H6S. I know the DVD burner works because I switched the DVD burner to the IDE 1 slot on the M/B and it loaded the Windows installation. Also I can see in the boot-up sequence that it has the DVD burner listed as Drive 0 but in the BIOS it has the hard drive listed as Drive 0. I have tried many things and none seem to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:BIOS does not recognize hard drive and dvd drive at the same time

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Can you save to hard drive and One Drive at Same Time?

Answer:Can you save to hard drive and One Drive at Same Time?

When you save to OneDrive it actually saves to your OneDrive Folder on your disk and then this is synchronised. So the answer is yes - it does it automatically.

See this tutorial for the setting up OneDrive - OneDrive - Available Offline or Online in Windows 8.1.

If a file is "online only" it is not on your disk until you try to open it. If it is "available offline" then a copy is also kept on your disk. Assuming you have space I find it more convenient to have everything "available offline" and so on my disk.

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge.

Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan with malwarebytes but no answers.

I also noticed a new file listed named c:\END. When you open this with notepad it says "conduitok"

There also seems to be ads and a new toolbar listed in IE. Any ideas how to find out what the heck is going on here?


Answer:Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive


welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

Also look here

Remove toolbars in IE

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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For a number of month my computer has been playing up , with repetitve disk boot errors and small glitches and freezes. Aswell as this i hear a strange clicking noise from inside my pc shell every now and then , this usuually results to the pc crashing. I thin kit is my hard drive that is at fault , so would i be worth getting a new one , or could it be other components that are wrong. ALso , recently while playing on a game the texturtes went very strange , which is the first time tis ever happened. i have a 7800 GT and my hard drive is a MAxtor 6y160m0 , and is not quite a year old. Any help would be much appreciated

Answer:TIme to get a new hard drive?

small glitches and freezes could be just about anything - but repetitive noot errors are most likely to be ahrd drive or RAM errors.You can download a RAM test program for example click here You can also download programs to test the hard drive, for Maxtor it's PowerMax at click hereBe VERY careful about running some facilities, which will erase all the information on the drive.Tjere are also other things which could cause your problems - such as the motherboard, or processor, or PSU, or simply bad connections where items are plugged in - but less likely.Unfortunately the only way to troubleshoot where the real problem lies is a long process of trial and error. You might strike lucky on the first thing you try - you might not.

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Hello all,

I'm new here and hope someone can help with my problem.

My Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptops 160 GB hard drive recently failed!

What I did to fix it was by putting a 500 GB hard drive in from a spare external hard drive and put in the recovery disks and hey presto it was working!! During the recovery process it said it would delete all data on the drive which was about 220 GB. That was fine as I had other copies of the data. After the install I expected to have a laptop with a 500 GB hard drive but the 2 partitions that were created are, C drive with 192 GB and D drive with 97 GB. I'm missing 211 GB of storage!! Should I have deleted all the data from the drive first? Does anyone know if there is a way to get windows to see the remaining drive space?

Thanks for your help


Answer:Hard time with drive

Try to go to disc managment, and name the missing partition if you can, then reboot.
Does the missing space, show in Disc Managment?

Disk Management Vista - How To Access Disk Management in Windows Vista

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My eight year old (at least) desktop has no become very painfully slow, browsing the web is painfully slow! I think its time to either reformat the Hard Drive and re-install everything or just buy a new PC.
Problem is, I hate the prospect of having to download and re-install all the software I have collected over the years.
Can I just copy 'My Programs' onto an external drive then copy them back to a reformatted drive on the old or new PC? (AVG, FTP, Bullzip etc etc)
I really am PC illiterate, I even have to be taken step by step on the phone to my ISP get the wireless connection working.
What do you suggest I do

Answer:Time to clean hard drive?

"What do you suggest I do"
After 8 years your current computer is telling you what to do - it's time to buy a new machine.
You can't transfer 'Mt programs' onto a new hard drive because each installation writes keys into the Windows registry, and the new machine will have no information about all that. You'll need to do fresh installations of anything you need.
Your new machine will be running Windows 7, or depending on when you buy it, Windows 8 may even be pre-installed. You'll probably find that there are newer versions of much of your software, specifically designed for those versions, but older versions may still run.
AVG and so on will be no problem, you can just download new versions to the new computer.
Make the move - you'll be amazed at the difference it will make.

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I am running Vista Ultimate with 2 gigs of RAM and an Athlon 64 processor. It is working well except for one problem. My hard drive runs constantly. I have read that this is normal and that Vista is using a search system to organize files. I turned it off in services. I've also turned off Windows Defender (I can run defrag when I want!)

I don't know if this happened as a result of a Windows Update but I am not happy that the drive runs all the time. I ran Malawarebytes, Spybot Search and Destroy, and a AVG scan. Nothing was found

Does anyone have any idea what else I might try to see if I can get the hard drive to rest. I know when there is activity that it will run but in the past it always settled down and stopped running.

I see others have had this problem. Thanks for any and all ideas.

Steve Bell

Answer:My Hard Drive runs all the time

I forgot to mention that I ran a scan disk of my primary drive. It found no errors either!!

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Since a few days I have a problem with my computer. Sometimes the hard drive just doesn't start. Computer goes past all the BIOS screens, then goes to a black screen with just a blinking underscore cursor on the top left corner, and never arrives at the Windows XP boot screen. Hard drive LED remains black. Turn off and on again once or twice, and the computer finally finds the hard drive and boots up normally.

I'd replace the hard drive, but I'm not 100% sure that it is really a drive hardware failure. I recently replaced a keyboard which was using the keyboard socket with a new keyboard which uses a USB socket. As I remember having had problems with booting when the keyboard wasn't well connected, I wonder if that could be the problem? Or could it be a BIOS problem? As the error occurs infrequently and not repeatable up to now, it is hard to diagnose. Any advice?

Answer:Hard drive not starting up every time

Try reset BIOS.

See if your motherboard gives you any "beeps" or diagnostic signs that can help you find out what the problem is and post it here (eg: two long one short etc)

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I have two Western Digital My Passport 2 tb HD's, windows 7 recognizes both drives, but only one at a time. When I hook up both drive at the same time only one will show up in my computer, however Device Manager shows that I have two drives attached. I changed the drive name on one to differentiate it from the other, but still only one drive shows up.

How can I gets windows to recognize both drives at the same time.

Thank you for any help you can give.

Answer:Only one hard drive being recognized at a time.

"The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online"

To get the second disk online:

Plug-in both the external hard drives.

Right cick on (My) Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management

Scroll down so that you can see both the external drives.

One will be "online" while the other "offline"

Right-Click on "Offline" and click on "Online" in the menu

Wait for a few seconds and your second external drive will come online ready for use.

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My hard drive will not stop working. System is noticeably slower. Ran windows defender scan and malwarebytes scans and found nothing.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5
Scan saved at 9:35:30 PM, on 11/2/2017
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.02.1008)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.15063.0608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\NvContainer\nvcontainer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Western Digital\WD Quick View\WDDMStatus.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Acrobat\acrotray.exe
E:\Corsair\Corsair Utility Engine\CUE.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\NvNode\NVIDIA Web Helper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client\Dropbox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client\Dropbox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client\Dropbox.exe

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my computer broke 3 days ago (virus problem) and now have a new hard drive in, is it possable for me to put my old hard drive in to another machine scan it for the virus without it booting up as it has windows pre built into it, have read on net some where that you have to slave the hard drive but i do not know how to do this. and there is still stuff on the other hard drive that would like to get back.
thank you

Answer:1st time post help with hard drive

OK first of all YOU MUST make sure the hard drive your trying to scan is not set as C drive.
But if not good then i can teach you how to do it look at picture:
1. Look behind your hard drive there should be pins behind it example
2. Look at the top of your hard drive there should be a jumper/pin instruction
3. There should be one for the option "Slave"
4. Match your jumpers/pins to the jumper/pin instruction
plug it in and reboot your comp, to check when your BIOS is loading it should say blah drive slave
Hope i helped =D

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Hello-I hope that someone can help, I have an ibm t22 laptop, 256 memory, 20gb hd, usb, etc. It was working ok on wed eve of this week, then on thur eve when I pressed the power button, the screen said in red letters "no hard drive please reinstall hard drive, then operating system". If there is no hard drive how can I see this message then? Does this mean that the hard drive has packed up?As a seperate issue, on my main desktop, despite having norton, ad-aware, etc running as protection. Just recently i have been getting a box come up when I am on internet saying "run time error in 1st code line" or something like that. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks-belcanto

Answer:"No Hard Drive" for IBM T22-Also Run Time Errors

The T22 message will be generated from the BIOS and appears to show that the machine is unable to detect a hard drive.It could mean the drive has failed but might also be caused for other reasons, such as motherbord failure or failing cmos battery.Can you hear or feel if the drive is running?If you have a floppy drive for the ultrabay you could try downloading Drive Fitness Test from click here and trying to boot the machine from it.If it will boot you can then test the hdd for problems.My T21 halts at the IBM splash screen with the hdd removed completely and I don`t have a broken one handy to see the error it shows.Because of this I can`t be sure if the machine will still boot from the floppy but its worth a try.If you have a spare drive you could try substituting it instead.Can`t help with the other problem I`m afraid.John

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Is it better to have a higher average seek time or a lower average seek time?

EX. 8.5ms or 9.3ms


Answer:Hard Drive Seek Time

I guess higher is better...I'll just buy the one with 9.3 and see for myself

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hi all,I just started to use my new T500 and I love this machine. But now I realized that occasionally my hard drive could just start to run all the time and never stops. Likely this happens when I was trying to run a program or open a link on internet. Then the hard drive light will be on all the time, the system becomes very slow or even get crashed and no more response to any key. However the system meter tell me the usage of CPU and memory is not high at all (CPU 3-5%). I tried to reboot the system but the system can not even successfully shut down, and I have to hold the power key to turn it off otherwise the hard drive light would never go off itself.Could someone help to give any suggestion? Thanks a lot!!

Answer:Ask for Help: T500 hard drive on all the time

I have a similar problem.  I posted a question a few days ago but got no reply. Let's see where your T500 is set up the same as mine.  Are you running XP?  Do you have a hardware encrypted disk?  Are you using the fingerprint reader with Password Manager?  Do you have Bluetooth?  Are you using wireless?  What antivirus are you using?  Are you using VMware, Citrix, VPN client, Ghostscript, Spybot, Ad-aware, WinZip?  What other software have you installed?  Have you updated the Lenovo software?  What BIOS version are you running? Maybe we can narrow this down. KenM

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Running Windows XP Home - File NTFS.Error checked hard drive and it moved 4 files because of bad segments.Is it time to think of replacing the hard drive or is it ok for a time yet?

Answer:Hard Drive replacement time?

if you make regular backups there should be no problem when it gets really bad change it or take advantage of any special offers.

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hi all, so im looking to add a second hard drive to my computer, the current hard drive on the computer is only 80gb's and i wanted to add atleast a 500gb hard drive. basically i just needed to know what all i would need to add a second hard drive to my system. also im currently running windows xp and would i need the OS disc to add a second drive?

Answer:Adding new hard drive first time

You don't really need anything to install a hard drive. Perhaps a screw driver to screw the hard drive into the bay. You obviously need a second hard drive and SATA data/power cables, or an IDE cable and a 4 pin power connector. You'll also need a spare SATA/IDE port on your motherboard to plug it in.

If you're unaware, SATA cables are the L-shaped ones, the little one is data, the big one is power. IDE are the wide ribbon cables with lots of pins, 4-pin connectors are self explanatory.

1. Turn off your computer and remove the power plug from the back before opening up the case.

2. Ground yourself by touching the case, or preferably with a grounding wrist strap (you should be able to grab one of these from a hardware store).

3. Place the hard drive into the appropriate bay, leave a gap between the two drives if possible, and screw it into place with the screws that hopefully came with the drive.

4. After that, simply plug the SATA/IDE cables into your motherboard and the back of the hard drive and plug the SATA power/4-pin connector into the hard drive.

5. Close the case, plug the computer back into the mains and you should be good to go.

EDIT: Being foolish, I forgot to mention that you will need to format your disk drive. I'll assume you're running windows, in which case you'll want to go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management, then right click the second hard drive you ju... Read more

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I am preparing to upgrade my old 120GB hard drive to a new 500 GB.
I have done a lot of research on this, and I think I am good to go..... but.....
just wanted to check here and ask around to see if any of the veterans have any advice for me, as I've never done this before.

I want to clone using one of the freebie cloners such as Clonezilla or XXClone (unless someone has a better recommendation?).
I want the entire OS cloned, so there will be nothing to install.

And yes, I am a back up nerd and I've taken all steps to backup my important files.

Any thoughts/opinions/recommendations are appreciated.


Answer:Clone Hard Drive -- first time doing this

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I just built a new computer, and the hard drive blinks even when it just sat there doing nothing. Is there anybody can tell me why? thank you very much.

Answer:hard drive blinks all the time.

I recently changed to an Asrok motherboard. All my original hardware was left in situu. However, since then I have also had a blinking computer. I presume it is some unwanted feature of Asrock. Maybe you have the same problem.

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Okay, so I'm having some trouble with my ASUS laptop (with Windows 7) and I think it might be my hard drive. Some time ago it was very loud, and then it stopped being loud a couple of days ago and the computer is now suddenly almost completely useless.

I'm getting a lot of different errors, like I/O errors and "0x???? referenced to 0x???" I don't remember the specific error, but it was something like that. I also get a lot of Blue Screens.

What happens is when I start the computer it runs fine for about 2 minutes and then it slows down drasticly. Sometimes Windows Explorer will just close on its own and not return. When I try to shut the computer down it takes 10-15 minutes. When on the internet (i use Chrome), it's really slow (and won't work at all if I don't start it right when the computer is started) and will tell me Shockwave has crashed. Also Adobe Updater will run in an eternity and prevent me from Shutting down the computer (there's an update I haven't installed) unless I End Process.

Any ideas what this might be?

Answer:Time to replace Hard drive?

Go to the Hard Drive Mfg's website download and burn the Diagnostics software to a CD, boot from CD, and run the hard drive test.

Also download Memtest86+ burn to a CD, and run memtest on each individual stick of RAM.
Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Last few weeks i have had random lock ups sometimes after a few minutes ,sometimes after a few hours, HDD light on solid and had to restart the computer.Hard Drive is a Seagate Barracuda ( 3 years old)I downloaded Seatools for Dos and all tests passedI downloaded seatools for windows and the results were.Short DST FailLong DST FailShort Generic PassLong Generic PassHowever under basic tests when clicking on drive information a error message pops up " Fatal Error Occured During Inquiry" Program will end. I am not sure if my drive is on the way out or if there is a problem with the software, is the Seatools software relible or are there any other checks i can perform to confirm a dying drive ? Thanks

Answer:Is it time to change Hard Drive ?

Change and backup your old drive ASAP.It looks as if it's on it's way out.

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Hi Guys

New here so be gentle with me

Dell inspiron 1300 windows xp 2gb memory

computor working OK then overnight h/d running non stop hard to get any program to work, system restore turned off, cannot log "on" to anything ran Avast "no viruses found" turned off and then ran in "safe mode" (running in safe mode now) had to phone Avast as could not log onto web site then they emailed me send HJT log, they advised me to remove one line which I did, still NOT OK so I am contacting you.

Many thanks for your assistance.......................Stephen

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:54:28, on 19/06/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\France Telecom\Shared Modules\FTRTSVC\0\FTRTSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
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Answer:Hard Drive running all the time

forgot to add windows takes between 3 and 4 minutes to load whereas before less than 30 seconds


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Ok so I added a second hard drive sometime ago and have been dealing with this problem ever since and have searched and searched but I have never found a fix for it. For some reason I just remember about this site and all the help I got from you guys with another problem I had so hopefully you can do the same with this one. I did search and didn't really find a thread that pertained to my exact problem so here it is.

As I said, I added a second hard drive to my Dell computer running Vista Home premium 64 bit. I couldn't get it to recognize it at first then with some restarting and un plugging and plugging it in I finally got it to work....until I shut my computer down again. Start it back up again and it wouldn't recognize it again. I did the same process got it to work again but then the same thing happened. i found out I had plugged it into the wrong sata I changed ports and restarted it and still didn't work....then do the same process to get it working. So I really just want to figure this out and get it working properly. When I plug it in and go into bios it doesn't even recognize it there. So any help from you guys would very much appreciated. Anymore information please ask and i will do my best to provide you with it.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Second hard drive not getting recognized...all the time.

Hello and welcome back to the forum and Have you tried this.

First go to your start menu.
Click user Guides
Click upgradeing and servicing
In the drop down menu scroll down to where it says, ADDING OR REPLACING HARD DISK DRIVE and then follow what it says and then get back to me if you don't understand something.

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Here is my Log

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Cory on 2007-11-23 20:36:44
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
18: 2007-11-24 04:36:54 UTC - RP18 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
17: 2007-11-23 11:56:14 UTC - RP17 - Today Is Thanksgiving
16: 2007-11-23 11:03:48 UTC - RP16 - Removed DriverMagic
15: 2007-11-23 10:41:55 UTC - RP15 - Installed DriverMagic
14: 2007-11-23 08:52:49 UTC - RP14 - Removed Java(TM) 6 Update 2

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-11-20 19:34:39 UTC - RP1 - System Checkpoint

The active scan found something i attached it and the extra text

Thank you so much?!!

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

Total Physical Memory: 248 MiB (512 MiB recommended).

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2007-11-23 20:37:59
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\syst... Read more

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I got a Western Digital 2TB Green Hard Drive and for some reason I can't seem to format it properly. I used Windows Disk Management and Partition Wizard and on one it takes a long time to format and on Partition Wizard, it stops at 90% complete and then just hangs there. Is this a bad drive or what should I do to format it?

This is on Windows 7 Professional x64.

Answer:2TB Hard Drive Format Time?

You have 2 format options -

1. Quick Format which is very short because it writes only the control records

2. Full format which is long (and for a 2TB disk VERY long) because it writes the blocks on the disk

What you encounter may indicate a hardware problem, e.g. a defective sector. I suggest you run chkdsk /r in elevated cmd.

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First time installing a Hard Drive here......I am replacing the IDE 40GB hard drive in my (Pen4,2003COMPAQ with a 6 CD set of Recovery Disks, WINXP,2mb buffer) computer with a larger capacity,brand new,Maxtor IDE hard drive. (my experience so far has been adding memory,adding a graphics card,exchanging a CD drive with a CDRW drive..also aware of static issues).

Is it as easy as this? If so, does that mean the BIOS is "holding" the operating system as i exchange hard drives? Or do i have to do something beforehand to have the BIOS hold the operating system.

thanks ahead of time

If you are simply replacing your current hard drive with a bigger drive then it is very straight forward.

It is sometimes easier to remove the IDE cable and the power cable before you remove the fixing screws, as sometimes the cables can be stubborn.

Note where the cables go, all IDE hard drives have the same standard socket types and the IDE cable should have an alignment notch to ensure it is inserted the right way, likewise the power cable will only plug in one way.

After removing the fixing screws (there are four, two on each side of the chassis) gently take the drive out of the chassis and put it to one side.

Next take your new drive and ensure that the jumper settings are set to master or single drive , the jumper settings should be displayed on the hard drive or in the manufacturer's book.

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Answer:First time installing a Hard Drive here......

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3rd thread I have started in recent days but they are all different questions so apologies to all. I might have to get a new hard-drive, 40GB as my motherboard probably won't recognise anything higher as my PC is a few years old. I have found one at Komplett: click hereSorry I don't know how to do links (how stupid am I!). If anyone can get onto the site can they tell me if this hard-drive seems reasonable? I have been told to make sure its 7200 speed but apart from that I don't know what else to look for

Answer:Another question, this time about which hard-drive

Nearly all my drives (20 or so) are this make and model. They sit there working away and I don't normally give them a thought.Highly recommended but have a look around for better prices.?d

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I'm having what I believe to be an issue with my hard drive. A few days ago, I started playing some games on my computer again. Everything was running smoothly until my computer locked up and I was forced to do a hard restart. As the computer freezes, the sound last played keeps repeating over and over, whether is be music or someone talking over Ventrilo. At one point while restarting, I recieved the message "No Hard Disk detected". After shutting down and coming back a minute later, it was fine.

The OS that I was using at the time was Windows XP. Updating my sound and video card drivers did not solve my problem. SMART tests show that the drive appears to be fine. I figured it could be that Windows XP was corrupted. I did a repair installation, which again had no effect. I decided to completely format the drive and try Vista Ultimate 64-bit. I performed a clean install, updated my drivers and tried gaming once again. The issue still persists; however, less frequently.

Note: I disabled Superfetch because it was causing a lot of hard disk activity.

I am also having trouble running the Vista Experience Index. The initial test when installing worked; however, now it always fails to complete. A section of the log which failed is below.

885165 (2472) - winsat\main.cpp:2295: --- START 2009\10\31 11:43:16 AM ---
885212 (2472) - winsat\main.cpp:2567: > IsFormal=TRUE IsMoobe=FALSE.
885212 (2472) - winsat\main.cpp:1974: > DWM Running.
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Answer:Time to replace my hard drive?

Perhaps one of these free hard drive utilities will tell you something. HDTune and HDTach. Can't hurt.


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windows 10 preinstalled on a flex 4-1470.  hard drive runs at 100% all the time causes slow starts and lag.  superfetch has been turned off.

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Just wondering about any tips on settling down the hard drive always running. You can hear it going almost 90% of it's on time. Cleaning inside? or any other suggestions. Thanks.

Answer:Hard drive runs all the time

Do you have an anti-virus program or anything that runs in the background at system idle? It sounds like you have something running at idle, or possibly some kind of virus or spyware running. I'd recommend doing a virus and spyware scan if you haven't already.

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Having just been helped out by some great guys on this site I thought I would try my luck again.I have lots of music and other stuff ie addresses , letters etc etc on my computer and I have heard that the best way to back-up these days is to do it with an external hard drive.I need to ensure that I dont lose what I have got so it is necessary to protect it,especially the music.Having never done anthing remotely like this before (not even backing up on disc) some help would be really appreciated, if it is'nt going to be too difficult.Thanks

Answer:Backing up to a hard drive for the 1st time

Install the hard drive and ensure it is recognised by your operating system. The data you wish to backup can then be manually copied to the external drive.Software is available to do this for you, such as Acronis True Image, Ghost, XXcopy and XP's Backup facility.Whichever method you use, providing you follow the instruction that are relevant for the application in use, then the original data will remain intact.

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I have tried to disable all services and startup functions, but my hard disk continues to turn all the time. It does not stop. CPU runs at 1-3%, spiking to 50%.I have performed the following:1) TrendMicro's HouseCall (online) which didn't come up with anything.2) SpyBot: nothing3) Ewido anti-malware: nothing4) Microsoft's malware program: nothing5) Microsoft's virus scan (using OneCare Live Beta)6) Ad-Aware: found 1 Tracking cookie (a data miner, IECache Entry)7) Windows Defender is running all the time8) I've deleted all cookies, emptied temp files and IE temp files9) I've performed disk clean-up using Windows disk clean10) Did disk defrag last Wednesday11) I tried booting to Safe mode, but hard drive was still turning.The following hjt log is done with only the MS virus and firewall running.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 09:59:50, on 3/25/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:&#... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Running All The Time

Being helped at This thread is closed.

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I have XP, when I boot normally, my hard drive is running all the time. When I start XP it takes 20 mins to start, whenever I start a new program it take a long time to start, but once it started it runs fine.
This started about a week ago, since then I have scanned for spyware and virus, with several programs. I found minor stuff but nothing that solved the problem. I also replaced my hard drive with no difference.
With Process Explorer it show system idle process around 70%
Also when I start in safe mode the system seems to work ok.

My system specs
XP sp 2
AMD 3200
3 gig ram
500 gig hd

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Hard Drive running all the time

Open up Task Manager and see what is hogging the CPU. Right click on the taskbar and choose Task Manager from the menu, then click on the processes tab.

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Alright, so I am returning my computer, and I'm getting rid of my stuff. When there were two options, one was refresh and one was restore to factory settings, I clicked factory settings (this is the Metro Settings, General, Scroll down). Then it gave me two options, one to erase all my files and one to wipe the hard drive. I clicked wipe the hard drive (I'm not sure if it said exactly that, but it did say it will take a long time). It is still in this process. How long will it take? It is a 1TB hard drive, intel quad core i7, and an all in one. If it takes REALLY long (like days), I'm going to unplug it. Please respond ASAP!

Answer:Wiping hard drive time

Haha I actually just did this a couple weeks ago with my 4-5 year old dell xps and reinstalled windows 8 professional on it again and its runs so much better on it....its practically new now. But back to your question, took mine 4 hours or so.

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I noticed my system getting rather sluggish over the past several days and giving errors at boot-up.
I ran a disk cleanup and Check Disk with both options selected.
The problem persisted, and CPU utilization was normal, so I started going through the event logs and found a slew of the following errors even after having done everything above :

Log Name: System
Source: disk
Date: 1/6/2009 2:13:54 PM
Event ID: 7
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: Warroom
The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="disk" />
<EventID Qualifiers="49156">7</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-01-06T19:13:54.956Z" />
<Security />
<Binary>030068000100000000000000070004C0000100009C0000C00000000000000000003EBF9109000000B019100000000000FFFFFFFF00000000400000840200000099200A1242072000000000003C00000000A0718EC8E20B8400000000E04B0D84000000... Read more

Answer:Time for a reformat, or new hard drive?

Hi JWhipple,

Over time with use, computers can gradually slow down. This is due to programs being installed and uninstalled, files being created and deleted, drivers being updated, together with the associated registry changes. To counteract that, I usually perform a fresh install on my system on a yearly basis. It does wonders, and my computer feels as though it has a fresh lease of life afterwards, quicker and more responsive. When I do this, I use the latest WHQL drivers.

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Hi, I have recently noticed that my HDD light continually flickers non-stop. I am using the Vista Ultimate OS 32 Bit. I have the Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB ram, the nVidia GeForce XFX 8800 GTS XXX 320 Mb PCIE card. What would be causing this? Any help will be greatly appreciated.



Answer:Hard Drive Working All The Time

Check your Task Manager by right clicking on an empty portion of the Task Bar and selecting Task Manager. Click on the Processes tab, then click on the View menu item, then on Select Columns. In the next dialog, place a check mark next to IO Reads, then click OK. Drag the side of the Task Manager window so you can view the new column - the one that has the largest value there will probably be the culprit. Let us know what it is and we'll see if we can recommend a fix.

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About a month ago, I started noticing that my hard drive was beginning to be accessed for long periods of time...sometimes for a whole minute or two. I first noticed it when I would start Windows Live Mail. While the accesses are going on, the computer runs other tasks very slowly or not at all. Sometimes the mouse cursor disappears until the accesses slow down. Now this kind of thing is happening more often. In fact, as I'm typing this, it's going on.
I started the Task Manager and looked at the Performance tab, and while the memory was active at about 50%, the processor was only tied up less than 5% of the time. I check the anti-virus program when this is going on and there is no scan activity in progress. Also, there is no Windows update being downloaded.
I've run a full scan with MSE, and I downloaded the latest version of Malwarebytes and ran it. Both of the programs reported no viruses or malware on the machine. I would normally think that Windows is doing something in the background, but since I haven't made any changes to the operating system settings recently I don't know why this disk activity should suddenly show up.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be causing this disk activity? Is it possible that the hard drive is starting to fail and the OS is doing extra accesses to try to recover from read or write errors? The computer is about five years old and the hard disk is the original. Any help will be appreciated.
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Answer:Why is My Hard Drive Being Accessed for Minutes at a Time...???

I don't know you didn't mention what the process was. When this starts to happen close out all running programs in use IE: Firefox etc. Open task manager by pressing ctrl+shift+esc. Go to process tab and at the bottom click the button Show all processes from all users. This will change the view and you can see your user name/system/network service/local service processes. Expand the window to full screen. Monitor which process is using the cpu the most. Disregard the System Idle Process at cpu 97-99% this is normal. Make a note of all the processes using cpu %. Some may fluctuate 0-1% this is also normal behavior. Look for any steady ones.

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Got a new laptop the other day (HP Pavillion DV7-1070eg, great one), but I've been wondering about a few things. One is that I have two 320 GB hard disks installed, but the three drives I have on my computer only add up to a total of 450 GB. So I'm wondering where the other 190 GB of hard disk space are? Do you think Vista has anything to do with that? Or is it a partitioning issue?

Can anybody suggest a free program (or maybe even one included in Vista) that shows me the partitioning of my hard drives?

And the other, even more pressing question, is: whenever I boot that laptop, the hard disk keeps rattling for minutes on end, and long after the GUI is up and running. Some program seems to be doing a lot of business in the background! At first, I thought Vista was just swapping, but this goes on even after I established fixed size swap files for my drives. Any ideas what that might be? It's slowing down the PC, and I can't think of what the PC would be doing. I have turned off the automatic updates already, so I'm ruling them out.

Darn it, I hate it when programs do crap without my knowing and consent.

Hope you can shed some light! Maybe somebody has had the same problem in the past :-)


Answer:Something is keeping my hard drive busy all the time :-(

Hi Matthias. . .

To check your hard drive and partitions:
START | type diskmgmt.msc into the start search box - hit enter

Your second item about the boot-up - I have an HP dv7-1020us and do like it, but I can tell you that I had to go in and get rid of some items that I found were hanging at boot-up or just causing problems. One was QuickPlay, another Norton Internet Security. There are still some lingering issues that I have yet to get to on my system. I'd like to see what is going on in your system to see if it mirrors this one in any manner.

Please click on the link below in my sig area for Live SysInternals AutoRuns and save it to your desktop. Right-click on it and run as admin. Then let it scan for needed registry info. Save it as an ARN file - you will see the default ARN file extension when you go to save it. For info, the SysInternals AutoRuns program is from Microsoft TechNet.

Also, run msinfo32 and save as NFO file -
START | type msinfo32 into start search box - enter. Save w/NFO default file extension.

Zip up the ARN and NFO files and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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from time to time, i hear faint hard drive clicking sounds coming from my laptop. do you think its time to or replace my hard drive soon? or is this normal?

Answer:time to replace x220t hard drive?

Depends. Do a complete backup now. Clone the disk and then defragment the drive. Do frequent backups and consider buying an ssd to replace your hard drive.

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I have this PC which is behaiving oddly whenever I start it up. Basically I have to unplug the cable marked SATA from the hard drive and plug it back in every time I start up otherwise the screen remains black... This is probably the oddest problem I've had in a while and I'm really not sure what to do. So far I've tried a number of black screen solutions like enabling legacy boot but none of them have resolved the problem. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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Hey guys (and gals)

I've been having all sorts of errors pop up before Windows boots on my Dell Dimension 8200 2.0Ghz pc. First one was awhile ago, "Error reading primary hard drive0." It showed a couple of times, then went away... so I thought nothing of it. Then it started happening again, and I researched the same problem to no working solutions. I had also gotten other errors, such as the one where "WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/SYSTEM" (or something to that effect) wasn't found and researched that one. Nothing seemed to work... Now, I'm getting "NTLDR is missing, Hit any key to reboot." It appears that either the hard drive's boot sector is invalid, or possibly the registry is invalid somewhere. I happened to have backed up the registry on 10-21-06 but can not access the hard drive's contents under DOS, unless I'm in repair mode. And can not replace the registry with my backup when I'm in repair mode.

I've decided to go ahead and upgrade my 80gig hd with a 320gb western digital. I'm going to set up the 320 as master, while leaving the 80gig intact as a slave. But my questions is, will I be able to read the contents on the 80gig (as I could in winxp repair mode) when it's hooked up as a slave? I really need the contents on it, and once I retrieve what I want, I'll repartition it as a whole... any comments or answers would really help as I'm having to use my work pc...


Answer:Errors... Time for new hard drive, some questions

After you install XP on the new drive, you should be able to attach your 80gb as a slave and copy your data over to the new drive. I would not mess around with the 80gb drive again until you are ready to do this, as it may be failing. You need not do a Windows repair on it as you will not be booting into Windows with this drive. After getting your data saved, run the manufacturer's diagnostic program on the drive. If it checks out, write zeroes to the drive and reformat. If it fails, call Dell if it's still under warranty. If not, oh well.

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hi all, I have a problem on my T500 and really need some help!The problem is, started last week, occasionally my hard drive just start to run all the time and never stops.Usually happens when I am using explorer or office. Once it starts to run, the whole system hangs on and does not response to any key. I can still hardly move the pointer very slowly. But once I try to do anything else, it either does not response at all or crashes down and reboots. Usually I have to press the power key to turn it off. Once it starts to reboot, it starts to check the hard drive and find nothing wrong on the hard dirve. Or several times when it crashed down and reboots itself, it said can not start with the hard drive, and I have to power it off to reboot. Actually a similar problem happened half year ago when I just got this machine. I can't recall how I fixed it. I posted a message here and I remember someone told me to reverse an update.I have applied the lenovo toolbox to check the hard drive, and found nothing wrong.   Could someone help to give any suggestion?  Thanks a lot!!

Answer:T500 freezing, hard drive on all the time!

The first thing that comes to my mind is that a program or virus might be hindering the performace of your laptop. Did you check your processes in Task Manager then look under the "Processes" tab? Take a look at all the files and see which ones are using the most memory (Mem Usage). You can also look at the "CPU" category and see if that is any program running with a number spiking over "50" (Note: Seeing "System Idle Process" between 95=98 is considered normal). Running your antivirus program in Safe Mode (F8 at boot) might be a good idea here. Sometimes it's possible that an antivirus program could be running in the background process, which would also slow down your OS. You can also use the Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test to test the HDD for any issues: If this test fails, contact tech support for another HDD. You also mentioned that "it starts to check the hard drive and find nothing wrong on the hard dirve". If you unit is always running the "chkdsk" program before loading Window,  this is usually a sign that either your sectors on the hard drive might be going bad or there is an infection (virus) as I mentioned above. You can also try using System Restore to roll back your settings to an earlier date. Let me know if this resolves your problem. Cheers,Mark        

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Hi guys. My hard drive is constable running even if I'm away from it. I don't have any P2P programs install or anything that causes the PC to download. Here's my HiJackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:45:35 AM, on 5/9/2011
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16766)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Reviversoft\Registry Reviver\RegistryReviver.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SABnzbd\SABnzbd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Motive\McciContextHookShim.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Dell\apache\bin\httpd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\java.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
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Answer:Windows 7 Hard Drive running all the time

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I am wondering if there was a program similar to Hard Drive Inspector that could tell me how many hours my usb hard drives have been run for. Hard Drive Inspector only finds the internal hard drive in my laptop.


Answer:Find out Hard Drive Power On Time?

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I am thinking of upgrading my old PC which is a Time Computer running Windows ME with a 20GB hard drive.Can I just replace the 20GB hard drive with a higher capacity drive say 60GB. Would the BIOS need to be updated at all?Also would the System Restore supplied with the computer stop working as I understand that it uses a hidden part of the hard drive to function.

Answer:Upgrade hard drive on old Time Computer

Sorry didn't make myself clear above.I am referring to the System Restore cdrom which was purchased from Time.

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I decided to repartition my ASUS UL30A-X5 laptop's 500GB HD so I could put Linux on, keeping Windows only for a few specific tasks. 
Using GParted, I shrunk the Windows 7 main NTFS partition down to about 70GB. (There was a second NTFS partition that I left untouched.) 
I noticed there was a recovery partition that was about 16GB. I figured since I'd be doing little with Win 7 I figured I could use that space for something else. So I deleted it, then moved my smallish Win7 partition to the head of the disk to make the unpartitioned space contiguous. 
To, finally:
To make sure everything was still on the up and up, I rebooted.
Sadly, not everything was on the up and up. I was presented with a page that told me "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"
I tried a few tools on Hiren's Boot CD but to no avail. 
So I made a Win 7 Recovery USB and let it work its automagic. Upon reboot, Windows said it wanted to Repair itself... but when I selected that choice from the menu, I was back to the old "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible".
So I rebooted again, and this time selected "Start Windows Normally". To my surprise, I got the sta... Read more

Answer:Slap me the next time I say I'm going to repartition my hard drive

As someone who has also recently borked a partition (though in a different way) let me welcome you to the club :/ 
Not sure how to fully restore one but here's some info about system partitions and boot partitions:

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Please move if I posted in wrong section....

The emachines et1331g-03w desktop (Windows 7 home premium 64bit)would freeze up so I did a system restore in the past. Thread can be found here:
PC freezing after system recovery

Well, it was working fine until yesterday. I inserted the Windows 64bit disc to attempt to repair and the PC freezes before I get to the "upgrade" or advanced options to be able to delete partitions etc (restore.) While turning on the PC normally, the PC freezes before the "starting windows" screen loads up.

I'm assuming my hard drive is shot. The PC is only for general use, what hard drive should I be looking at? Have no idea where to start. I've seen that some say X,XXX RPM's, but have no idea which one I need for my PC. Can someone enlighten me and help me choose the correct hard drive? I believe the factory hard drive is 500GB, so if I can get that amount or more that'd be great, thanks in advance.

Answer:First time replacing hard drive, suggestions?

A little quick Web search suggests that it came with a 750GB 3Gb (SATA 2) drive.

I'd suggest anything from this list: - Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Internal Hard Drives, 1TB, 64MB, SATA 3.0Gb/s, SATA 6.0Gb/s

(500GB isn't much cheaper than 1TB. 750GB isn't a common size at the moment.)

The 6Gb (SATA 3) drives should be backwards compatible with your SATA 2 motherboard. They're mostly 7200 RPM drives, except for the "green" drives, which have a variable spin rate. (The 10000 RPM Velociraptor is rather more expensive, but it's in a class by itself.)

I filtered using 64 MB caches, which I think adds little to the price.

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I've had my X230T for 2 weeks now, and I decided to run CrystalDiskInfo this morning to see why my hard drvie are making such a big noise. I found out the stock hard drive (500g 5400rpm) they sent me has had 147 Power on Count. Is this normal for a 2 weeks old laptop? That means I power on and off 10 times a day!!!

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Although this is not a current predicament, I would like to some input on this question.

Before my old hard drive went dead this past August, I got these messages that said problems where detected in the Hard Disk. As well as whenever I use to turn on and turn off my computer I would usually be greeted by a black screen with a wall of text usually ending with the option "Press F1 to Continue." I have a photo these message, but since this question is more for curiousity, I stall only post them if someone in here asks to see them.

I was told by someone in my family that it's better for a computer's hard drive and the computer itself to be running all the time (24/7) as turning it off actually does more harm or drains more energy out of the Hard Drive. However I find this statement to be incredibly debateable as while I was doing this, about a month later I was shown another blackscreen a month later that said a short message and to "press any key to continue," which did nothing but continue posting that same message.

Although a new hard drive was placed on about 2 months, just in case such a thing happens to me again... Is this statement true? Is it better for a computer to be left running all the time, or is it just better to turn it off whenever your done using it, like I have been done since getting my hard drive replaced?

Answer:Is leaving your computer on all the time (24/7) better for hard drive?

I have absolutely no facts to back up this statement, except for first hand experience. In 3+ years, besides restarting for updates, I can count on 1 hand how many times I manually shut down my PC. It was left running day and night unless I shut it down because it was storming. Knock on wood, I've never had a HDD fail. Sometimes, hard drives fail for no apparent fact, 99% of drive failures are for an unknown reason. The other 1% is because it was dropped or mishandled in some way. I think this may be the same debate as to whether it conserves gas to let a car idle for a period of time vs shutting it down and starting it up when you are ready to go.

Either way, sometimes you just get a bad drive, or a drive that has a premature failure that has nothing to do with power on hours. Also, just because your system is on doesn't mean your HDD is actually being hit for data......I think you'd be fine to leave it running....but like I said, I have no hard proof.

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I want to swap my current 60GB Seagate (5400RPM, 1MB cache) IDE HD fro soemthing better. While I do have a spare HD bay, I was thinking it might be betetr to just replace it and have just the one HD installed.So:-1) Could I just install a new HD, copy the contents of my old HD onto it, set the new one as master, and uninstall/remove he old one? Would Windows etc. work as before if I did that? I was thinking that if I did that, I could keep the old HD, with all the data already on it, as a back-up.2) Which brand to go for? Possibilities:- Maxtor, Seagate, Hitachi, Samsung.3) Is there much difference between ATA 100 and ATA 133? My motherboard supports both.4) Any possible problems with installing a larger hard drive? I'm hoping to get a 160GB HD. Cache size? 8 or 16MB? Cheers!

Answer:First time hard drive upgrade. Questions.

I've never done it but you could get some software off the web that clones the HDD. I think that'd work. You can get free trials so I think it'd be free too.

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I'm Looking for a Real Time Hard Drive Monitor for Win 98... one that will show real time activity, specifically what is writing to my HD and what is being written, filling it up in a short period...

Have spent considerable effort searching and the first and only one, I can find is DiskMon which unfortunately doesn't work w/ 98... have tried to find old version; no luck...

Preferably a simple freeware version...



Answer:Looking For Real Time Hard Drive Monitor For Win 98

Disk Communicator and other choices at

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Jetway 266 M/board XP1800 cpu IBM 30g/b and Fujitsu 20g/b drives.H/drive light stays on all the time when IBM drive is connected.This is a new drive after old IBM packed upat 1 year old.I don't want another drive to go the same way.If IBM drive is disconnected the light only comes on with disk access .tried on primary and secondary ide channels.

Answer:Hard drive light staying on all the time!

I can only suggest the obvious for this one...Have you set the jumpers corrctly - some HD's need telling there is a slave present even if the slave is set up correctly...Are you connecting the IDE cable the right way round....Have you tried the IBM just on it's own as a master......Hope something helps......#Doc

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Hi all,

I'm using HDTune to benchmark my HD which is a Samsung T166 HD501LJ. The Access time used to be 15ms, but now its 16.5ms or so. I don't remember changing anything hard drive related. What could be the cause of this?

Edit: Well the hard drive is filled up more now since I've ran the last test (15ms) but it has been defragged. Could this be it?

Edit2: ok thats not it. I moved all files to a seperate physical drive and its still the same.

Answer:Hard Drive random access time went up?

Originally Posted by grayprint

Hi all,

I'm using HDTune to benchmark my HD which is a Samsung T166 HD501LJ. The Access time used to be 15ms, but now its 16.5ms or so. I don't remember changing anything hard drive related. What could be the cause of this?

Edit: Well the hard drive is filled up more now since I've ran the last test (15ms) but it has been defragged. Could this be it?

Edit2: ok thats not it. I moved all files to a seperate physical drive and its still the same.

Have you recently updated drivers to your motherboard perhaps? These may also include drivers for your IDE/SATA/RAID controllers that could be affecting the HDTune results.

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Just bought and installed a 2nd hard drive. In most respects it seems to be operating ok except that XP is taking almost twice as long to load up. Following the instructions that came with the drive I set the jumpers to ?cable select? to match the setting on my original drive. Any suggestions as to why start up time has slowed would be appreciated.

Answer:New 2nd hard drive slows start up time

cable select only works properly if your mother board suits it.Fit 2nd HDDclick hereclick here

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Every day from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm my hard drive runs constantly making my system unusable. I don't think it is my antivirus because this was happening before I installed it. I've checked for spyware and viruses but nothing. I"ve tried Task Manager but it doesn't show anything. Thank you or any advice.Window XP 2amd athlon 64 processor 3400+ 2.20 ghz1600 mhz fsb512 kb l2 cache200 gb ata hard drive512 mb ddr sdramati radeon xpress 200dvd+/-rw 16x double layer multi format drive

Answer:Hard Drive working at same time everyday

Check task schedulerAlso check to see if your defrag utility is scheduled to auto defrag

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CPU usage is nil and the light keeps working and you can hear the drive working when the light is blinking. I am running a RAID mirror using the Intel chip on my Asus board. This system has no virus.

Answer:Why does my hard drive light blink all the time?

Problem solved. MSCONFIG showed an Epson printer service running. Turned it off and everything is good.

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Ok so I used to have:
<Mobo= MSI K8N Neo4-f, Cpu= AMD Athlon 64 2.0ghz, Ram= 1gig DDR>

last week I bought the upgrades:
<Mobo= ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe, Cpu= AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6ghz, Ram= 4gigs of DDR2>

With both set-ups I had a WD Raptor 10k rpm hard drive with windows XP
loaded on it. with the previous set up I would start up my computer and it
would load to my log in, in under 8 seconds. with the new set up, it takes
more than 25 minutes and the loading bar on the loading screen is slower.
I haven't installed anything that could cause a virus so im not sure what
could be doing this.

on a side note..
my cdr/dvdr drives haven't been working either. it acts
like it can read them and it will eject the trays from inside windows, but yet when I put a disk in, it cannot read it. so with this said.. I havent been able to install any mobo drivers other than my chipset and audio drivers which I managed to get off of a flash drive and my laptop. could this be causing both issues?

anyone have any suggestions for either of these problems?

Answer:10k rpm hard drive, 20 min windows XP load time.. wtf?

of course you reinstalled windows with the change of the motherboard right?

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I would like to install a new motherboard, CPU and memory in my current computer using my current hard drives and current Windows XP.

My question is, can I install the above items in my current case and just hook up my current hard drives and have my current configuration of Windows XP boot? Or will Windows XP not allow a boot up?

OR, if is install the MB, CPU and memory, will I have to reinstall XP?

Thanks for advice,

Answer:New MB, CPU, Memory and Old Hard drive

I believe that if you were just changing your cpu and ram, you would be OK to keep you're current copy of windows, however I have always had to do a new windows install when I have got a new mobo.

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ok basically I'm running low on memory on my laptop, now my other hardrive area is preety much vacant, now how do I begin to save on that area?

I'm not sure whether its a seperate hardrive or psrtitioned or anything.


Answer:hard drive memory help

You can make your page file bigger but that will slow your computer down a ton and put a lot of wear on the hard drive. (and use more battery power)

You should get more memory.

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Question: Hard drive\memory

I am running windows xp on a hp pavillion desk top
A friend is sending me another hard drive and some more memory.
Can I connect two hard drives or should I just keep the other as a spare.
Is memory the same as ram( a stick that I can just put into the slot)
I am not new at computers but I am not knowledgeable about this

Answer:Hard drive\memory

You can connect the hard disk together and you find a standard cable has a spare plug too. There is a small jumper to connect two pins together for you to select

(1) Master
(2) Slave
(3) Cable select

Some manufacturer has another setting for a master working alone. There should be small diagrams on the disk showing the three positions of the jumper.

Best way is put both hard drives on cable select. The one goes to the end plug is alway the master and the one to the middle plug is automatically a slave. With one drive only alway plug to the end of cable.

Ram is a solid state memory (no moving part) while hard disk is like a record player with moving parts. Both give storage but the latter is for large volume of data that does not disappear when you switch off the machine.

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I have a question, not sure if it's possible... I have 2 HD, 160 and 40gigs... i hardly use the 40... no i have 512mb ram, is it possible to convert some of that 40gigs and kinda make more ram from that then go out and buy more ram?

Answer:hard drive and memory

you can increase the Paging File
right click My Computer
-> properties
-> advanced
-> settings (performance)
-> advanced
-> change (Vitual Memory)

paging file is a file on the hard drive used as RAM.
the advantage is the ability to increase virtual memory
the disadvantage is the speed of the hard drive. it is much slower than normal RAM.
for that reason, I disable paging file on my system completely. but I have 1GB RAM, and I wouldn't recommend disabling it if you have any less than about 768MB RAM, unless you really do not run enough programs to take much RAM

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Hi all, ive got an old thinkpad x22 2662-59d model, and want to see about upgrading it. what memory and hard drive can i get? i was looking on a site called zoombits at their memory, but they haven't got anything for my model that i can see. thanks all!

thinkpad x22 2622 95g

Answer:what hard drive and memory?

Hi darthballs,It supports PC-133 SDRAM (maximum of 640Mb) memory and  2.5" (9.5mm) IDE / ATA / PATA drive up to whatever the maximum size is available in market.Hope it helps.

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Answer:pc memory/hard drive

The hard drive stores files such as image files word documents etc and u can instal programs on it.The Memory is where programs run and is emptied when u excite a program or shut down your PC.

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Hey, this is my first post so please bear with me.......
My hard drive memory is really low. I regularly clear my temp files which improves matters a little but not conclusively. I really cant understand why it is so low as i use an alternative drive for storing all large files such as music and photos, and do not play games so have no large programs installed. its showing 9% free but it should be over 50% i think.
I would be very grateful for some help here. Many thanks

Answer:low hard drive memory

Three things to do to find the cause
Update your anti virus, then run a full scan
Download, update and make a full scan with malwarebytes

If Negative

Take memtest
Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

If memory is ok test with clean boot
same for Vista

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I partition & formatted my hard drive, when I check to see memory on my computer icon, most of the memory is gone, how do I retrieve the memory back?

Answer:memory gone from hard drive

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Well I got all my info backed up finally thanks to you guys here, and now I have a new hard drive to install. At the store I also bought my self a new stick of memory. And my question is should I install the mem or the hd first, the same time or does it matter?


Win 98 2nd
600 Mhz Proc
192 ramm

Answer:Hard Drive VS Memory

I see no problem with doing them both at the same time


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Question: hard drive memory

my problem is my pc needed a had two partions c drive/data d a total of 224gigs 112 on each partion.i took it to my brothers as i was installing more ram this he did as well as reinstalling op now only has 127 gigs on c drive i not know whats gone there a way to restore lost memory.

Answer:hard drive memory

Is your copy of XP(if its XP) pre service pack?.The original XP could only see HDD up to 127GB.Also did you delete both partitions before installing a new copy of XP.

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I'm just wondering why my hard drive memory increased from installing a game (Fate)?
It went from 44 gb to 44.4 gb, is there a reason to this?

Answer:my hard drive memory went up

Which one went up, the free space or the used space?

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i hate to sound like a noob but well umm i am still learning .
i have alot of games but only so much space on my hard drive i also do movies and music what i am wondering do they all have to go on your hard drive?can you dl games to your memory?
i guess what i am saying is i need more room on my hard drive how can i get that without haveing to buy a new one or constantly dl and uninstalling games so that i can play another or store music and movies without useing all my harddrive space?will they function from a different location?how does that work?
point and i will read just need to know where and what to read so this dummy can get better performace out of what his cheap arse has
ty in advance for the info!

example: i do guild wars online it is a big program if i dl alil music and another game (call of duty 2) and then see a movie i might want to duplicate : i have to unistall something to make room for back up?

it is a real pain in my rear and i really want to figure out what i am doing wrong?

Answer:hard drive or memory?

the best bet would be to get another hard drive whether internal or external. Otherwise you could burn music to cd's so they dont clutter up the hard drive. you could also clean up the hard drive and get rid of old stuff you dont want or need and defrag it. you cant install stuff into ram, ram is what your system uses to operate . hope that helps

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Question: Hard drive memory

Properties show free space 20% on 180 GB drive.   When I check the program files and my documents and C drive, the total is only half of what is shown as being used.   What is going on that the pie chart shows most of the drive being used and not free?  

Answer:Hard drive memory

check your rescue and recovery backup files, it is probably used by the backups of your systems. start -> program -> thinkvantage -> rescue and recovery. Delete those that you don't need.

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Hello, recently my computers hard drive memory has been almost completely filled up. I recently re installed windows so i had practically nothing on my computer. I had about 3 video games and about 100 pictures on my computer. I have a 250gb hard drive on windows vista sp2. For some reason it says around 245gb of memory is taken but the games and pictures come nowhere near that amount of memory. Any clues as to what may be the problem?

Answer:Hard drive memory gone

A reinstall can and will often leave the "old Windows" on the HDD taking up space. Unless you did a thorough cleaning (wipe and reformat) of the HDD I will assume this is the case. Have a look at the C: drive and see if there are "Old Windwos" folders.

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Ok all I was doing was switching my cd drive into the space below it.
Because they was something wrong with it. And the onscreen instructions told me to. Well I did. And there's like 5 hook ups like p1 p2 p3 so I was going thru all of them . Wel all of a sudden my screen goes blank. Then reads no boot device available sata 0 ... None..sata 1- installed

Strike f1 key to retry boot.. Nothin it keeps repeating

But when I restart it says hard disk drive failure
F1 to continue which takes me to what I wrote above or f2 to run setup utility..

How did this happen.. Is it fixable ...

Answer:Screwed up big time. Hard disk drive failur

The BIOS/Setup probably specifies which SATA to use.
Either that or the cables aren't seated properly

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Hello, what is the expected boot time for T420 (model NW182MS) with 500GB hard drive? I have measured that with fingerprint reader enabled, it takes in average 1 min 25 seconds (plus minus few seconds) from pressing of power key to moment when Windows desktop is usable. I think this time is quite long, as Lenovo announces everywhere that Windows 7 bootup time has been optimized. So is there some setting, which is not correct in my laptop? 

Answer:T420 (with normal hard drive) boot time?

@ktt,If you have Win 7 with Lenovo Preload then your system should be optimized.Check and see if you have Rapidboot installed.

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I am in a pickle. I have a computer that has some sensitive data on it. I have transfered the data to my USB portable drive, but I want to be on the safe side and clean the hard drive. I have downloaded Kill Disk and want to use that. The computer is a work computer that I am giving back, but I need to remove any traces of saved files, internet use, that sort of thing. And no, it's not porn.....

What is the best way to go about this? I would like to just scrub the hard drive clean and then re-install the apps. I don't have a Window Vista CD to re-install though. What's the best way to go about this? I am in a bit over my head at this point.

Any help or direction would be appreciated.

Many thanks,



Answer:Scrub the hard drive time - Kill Disk

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Using Windows 8 This is still under warranty but for the sake of efficiency I thought I'd check here first. I chose to get a second hard drive instead of the dvd player, and about half the time I can't open it. I installed a shortcut on the desktop. It will refuse to open by clicking on it. When I right click and select 'open folder location' then right click on it there and select open, I get this error message. "The drive or network connection that the shortcut 'E.Ink' refers to is unavavialable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again." I have to restart the computer to get it to open and this has worked every time. It almost seems like it alternates between being available and not being available. Then a second oddball thing is happening with the same drive. I'll be using my browser and the drive folder will open for no reason, just spontaneously. I'll just notice this and close it, but it is a worry. If it keeps happening when I am on battery power, that will cut down drastically on my time if I don't notice it. The C drive is an SSD, partly to increase battery life, and the second drive is a 500 GB rotating drive. The computer is only 8 days old. Since it is an unusual hard drive arrangement (an insert into the dvd bay) I'm wondering if there is a contact loose, or some kind of intermittent connection. I don't suppose this could be a Win 8 problem, could it?

Answer:Second T530 hard drive inacessable about half the time

Which caddy are you using for Ultrabay? Lenovo or 3rd party? Which HDD is in your Ultrabay? Did you buy HDD directly from Lenovo or?

__________________________________________________________________________________________T530: i7-3630QM, 4 GB DDR3-1600, NVS 5400M, 2x 500GB 7200RPM, 9-cell, HD+ 1600x900, Backlit US, WinXP ProL430: i3-2370M, 4 GB DDR3-1600, HD 3000, 320GB 7200RPM, 6-cell, HD 1366 x 768, Win7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Firstly, thank you for any help/advice you can offer.

Recently I purchased parts to build my own computer. I have, up to this point, just purchased Compaqs and did minor upgrades, but I thought it would be fun to put my own together. I have followed many guides and have done alot of research about which parts to buy, so I think I am all good to go...however, I have one question. I had been running a Compaq with Windows 7 installed. It did not come with DVD Installation disks, rather, I believe the OS Install files were on a partition of the hard drive. If I scavenge that Hard drive for my the computer I am building, will I be able to reinstall Windows 7 on it, or will I need to purchase another copy of the OS?

I am hoping to save $100 here, but I understand if it is not possible. Also, I do not care about losing any data on the drive.

Answer:Solved: First Time Build Hard Drive Question

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I'm using XP Home Edition....I inserted the XP cd to reformat and after it was done, I still have a lot of the old folders on my drive...I want to wipe 100% clean. When using the XP disc, it comes to a screen about deleting or repairing partitions and unpartitioned spaces....not sure what to do or if I'm in the right place. Please give me a few instructions and I can take it from there.



Answer:want to completely reformat hard drive...goofed the 1st time

Mike, you must delete all partitions then recreate them.

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My friend I have another question. This doesn't have relation to the topic but I would like to know if there is some option to set up an exact time for doing Defrag in your hard drive. I mean in the options only appears " daily, weekly and monthly" but it doesn't tell me much information. I don't know in which time or under what conditions may apply defragmentation process. I would like to set up an exact time just like windows 7 but I don't know where to find it or if even exists for windows 10. I may appreciate your help again. Thank you

Answer:Option to set up an exact time for doing defrag on hard drive?

Originally Posted by pasildan

My friend I have another question. This doesn't have relation to the topic but I would like to know if there is some option to set up an exact time for doing Defrag in your hard drive. I mean in the options only appears " daily, weekly and monthly" but it doesn't tell me much information. I don't know in which time or under what conditions may apply defragmentation process. I would like to set up an exact time just like windows 7 but I don't know where to find it or if even exists for windows 10. I may appreciate your help again. Thank you

I believe the best you can get is to set a time for your Automatic Maintenance - Change Settings in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums since that seems to be the schedule according to this,

Optimize Drives Schedule Settings - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I've got 3 hard drives that I want to store safely until the year 2020.
I searched on eBay and newegg, but all my results bring me enclosures.

I want something that's like a storage rack, that is cushioned, static proof and possibly cooled. If worse comes to worse, I guess I could use anti-static bags, packing foam and some cardboard boxes.

Is there not a 5-tier rack thing out there that stores hard drives?

Answer:Hard Drive Time Capsule? (No, not the Apple product)

Pawn3d said:

I've got 3 hard drives that I want to store safely until the year 2020.
Click to expand...

The hard drive as we know it could well be a thing of the past by 2020

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My laptop is running slow and the battery drains too fast, and the hard drive just starts going constantly sometimes; it's half-full (out of 320GB), I've already cleaned up, defragmented, run virus scans with various anti-virus products, and something is just dragging it down. I can't tell if the hard drive is dying or a bunch of programs are sucking up resources (like anti-virus).

I only know how to use Task Manager, and I'm not seeing how to track usage over a day or so.

Is there something I can use? What would be the best and what are some other good ones?

(Note: I've used Process Explorer but I'm not getting much more valuable information out of it)

Answer:Program to track CPU/RAM/hard drive usage over time?

Well you could take a look at ProcessLasso

You'd need to configure it not to restrain some processes though.

Here's a couple of screenshots.

The most often restrained processes:

Some features are not available in the free version like this for instance:

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My friend I have another question. This doesn't have relation to the topic but I would like to know if there is some option to set up an exact time for doing Defrag in your hard drive. I mean in the options only appears " daily, weekly and monthly" but it doesn't tell me much information. I don't know in which time or under what conditions may apply defragmentation process. I would like to set up an exact time just like windows 7 but I don't know where to find it or if even exists for windows 10. I may appreciate your help again. Thank you

Answer:Option to set up an exact time for doing defrag on hard drive?

pasildan said:

My friend I have another question. This doesn't have relation to the topic but I would like to know if there is some option to set up an exact time for doing Defrag in your hard drive. I mean in the options only appears " daily, weekly and monthly" but it doesn't tell me much information. I don't know in which time or under what conditions may apply defragmentation process. I would like to set up an exact time just like windows 7 but I don't know where to find it or if even exists for windows 10. I may appreciate your help again. Thank you

I believe the best you can get is to set a time for your Automatic Maintenance - Change Settings in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums since that seems to be the schedule according to this,

Optimize Drives Schedule Settings - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello....I've just done a clean new reinstall of XP SP2. I know for a fact
and from experience, that automatic updates will kick relatively quick and
start collecting updates, usually within 15-20 minutes of new install. has been 2 days now and it won't kick in. I have checked and
rechecked the settings and it is set on, "Keep my computer up to date" and
"Download updates and notify me when they are ready to install.

In the meantime I noticed the hard drive is running non stop. Just like if
it was retrieveng updates, but there is no Icon in the sys, tray. I looked
in the Task Manager and there are no processes hogging the system (System
Idle is 99% for the most part) and there are no applications running. Is
there some other way to investigate what is making the hard drive sweat so

Thank You

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Hi All,

I've tried checking the MG software lists, google, etc., haven't really found a good, free program that'll let me monitor my HDDs SMART status in real time on Win7. I've had a few hard drives fail on me recently, just upgraded my motherboard/cpu/ram, and want to make sure my old HD isnt going to fail on me. Looking for something in the form of a taskbar, out of the way software to monitor my HDD status in the background, or, a gadget.

Need it to be compatibile with Win7 x64.

Any suggestions?


Answer:Real-time S.M.A.R.T Hard Drive Monitoring Needed

You can try to find @Active Hard Disk Monitor v1.5 (last freeware version)

Also these are available: (free for personal use)

Edit: Found the download link for @Active Hard Disk Monitor v1.5 Here

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I recently built a computer. I made it out of the spare parts ive had from upgrades. Pretty nice since it was free and now i can have 2 computers. Unfortunately, even after a fresh install of windows, my HDD seems to not want to work.

It is a western digital 7200rpm 80GB IDE, pretty standard run of the mill. The MB is a MSI kt3 Ultra, 1gb Kingston ram. When booting the BIOS will instantly recognize the optical drive, but will take about 1 minute to find the HDD. It does find it and posts (beep). It then goes to the windows splash screen. From here, it take over 60 laps of the little bar to load. (yes, i counted). Once loaded everything runs fine as far as applications, games, Mozilla. and it shuts down quickly.

I have run the BIOS driver from the disk that came with the MB and still no change.

I have 1 optical drive and the HDD, they are both connected through their own IDE cable, and both set as Masters.

Any suggestions of how to fix this, its not a crisis, but kind of annoying.

Answer:Hard Drive taking long time to load

Older HDD could be going bad or it badly defragmented. You should defrag it though after a fresh install. Check for errors in the MFT. Under My computer right click on the HDD then click on properties then on tools then on check disk. Reboot the PC and let the PC check the condition of the HDD. If that checks out okay then open a dos window in Windows then

click on start
click on run
type: cmd
type: defrag c: /f

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