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Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

Question: Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

A week ago, a strange clicking noise befalled us whenever we attempted to boot the system. The BIOS welcome screen would run for much longer than usual, and then a message "No internal hard drive found." would display. We thought it would be a hard drive error and replaced it.

Now, however, placing in a bootable OS installation CD does not work! Whenever we try, the computer acts like there is no CD (although sometimes the CD does begin to spin), and says there is no boot device available.

I have tried a Ubuntu CD, a Windows Vista CD, a Windows XP CD, and none of them work. It does not matter what CD you put in; it does not work.

So what is the problem? Is it fixable? Was it the hard drive that broke?

The system is a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop.

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Answer: Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

Never mind, everyone! It turns out, after I took it out and put it back in, it worked again. Maybe a connection problem... who knows.

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Hello, I have recently faced the failure of my hard drive in my Insprion 5150 notebook and need to locate a replacement. Looking on the Dell web site, they only offer 3 hard drives that are compatable for my notebook. The problem is that they are refurbished, have low storage space and are extremely expensive. For a refurbished 80GB hard drive, it will cost me $150 not including shipping.

I then went to to search for laptop hard drives and the prices seem to be a lot better, they are new and I would have a warrenty for new hardware (Dell refurbished warrenty is 90 days). I guess the question I have is how do I know which hard drive is compatible for my notebook?

Below is the compatible hard drive specs for my notebook:

Tech Specs
Formatted Capacity Interface Type
Spindle Speed Type
5400 RPM Hard Drive Sub-Assembly


This product will ship with the following component parts:
Component Part Number Description
D3766 HD,80GB,9.5MM,5.4K,FJTSU,Z40P
8267R CON,HDR,2X22,F,2,S,G,35K,TH,CS

To buy the right hard drive it is important that you know the interface type of your computer. The interface type determines the compatibility to a system.
Common interface types today are IDE (also known as PATA), SATA, or SCSI. SCSI interface type may come in different pin configurations.
Hard drives are system specific for notebo... Read more

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Hi, I was just looking for some advice on upgrading my laptop, i currently have a lenovo z570 with an i7-2670 processor, 8GB RAM and 750GB HDD. I'm an engineering student so the main labour intensive programs that I run are solidworks and MATLAB. I'm basically considering swapping out the DVD drive for a SSD drive (say 128GB or 256GB), and upgrading to 16GB of RAM (I've checked the processor can handle it). I've got a few questions about it:

1) How much will this improve my computer's speed, other than the obvious better boot speed from an SSD, will it make my programs run faster.
2) If I do install the SSD how should i decided what goes on it, obviously the boot drive, but should I put my programs on it as well and just leave my media on the HDD
3) How do I go about cloning the relevant parts from the old HDD to the new SSD and setting the computer up to boot from the ssd.
4) Can anyone reccomend good value for money parts (RAM or SSD) that would be suitable for this project.

Many thanks in advance for any replies,


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Got a second hand 40gb hard drive for my smasung vm7000 as the one its got is tiny. When inserted hard drive into lappy it comes up with disk read error press control alot del. However if put this in external closure works fine. This hd has win xp on it and still has some docs on it which the seller has asked me to copy to cd for him. Do I need to formatt and reload xp on it to work. Please help guys as am trying to give an aging laptop a new lease of life(and yes im upgrading the ram)

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I have a Dell inspiron 1100 laptop hard drive and want to upgrade from 4200rpms/20GB to 5400 rpms/40 GB. Can I do this?
I know I can upgrade to 40GB but I don't know about the rpm's.
Thank you for any help.

Answer:Upgrading Hard Drive on Dell Inspiron 1100

Yup, you'll be just fine upgrading. Just make sure to match the interfaces.

IE, ATA 66/100/133

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Hi All,
I have a Dell Inpsiron Mini 910, which currently has a 16 GB SSD hard drive. The computer has Windows XP Home SP3 installed. I am seeking to upgrade the current hard drive to a larger one, because the hard drive is almost full, with only about 1 GB free space. This computer belongs to a lady I work for.
In this case, using an external hard drive to "supplement" the available storage space is not a viable solution, since the owner wishes to be able to store a large quantity of historical e-mail on the computer, so as to be able to refer back to past e-mails.   Microsoft Outlook 2007 is being used for e-mail.   The lady is a heavy user of e-mail, and the Outlook data file (.pst file) she wishes to store on the hard drive would be around 7 GB in size.   Currently, she is opting to not store the large quantity of previous e-mails (which stretch back over about 5 - 7 years) on this computer's hard drive, because there is insufficient space to do so.   She has another computer, a desktop, which has all the old e-mails stored on its hard drive.
I want to ask what larger size of hard drive (than 16 GB) does the Inspiron Mini 910 support?   Are there particular brands/models which people would recommend?   I have read elsewhere in these forums accounts of people successfully installing a 32 GB drive into one of these computers: Read more

Answer:Inspiron Mini 910 - Upgrading to a Larger SSD Hard drive

The SSD is a half-mini PCI card format.  There are 16 and 32G versions that will work - but they're not cheap (figure on upward of $100 for a 32, $200+ for a 64).

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Hey everyone, calling all repair techs! I have a question. I worked on a dell inspiron that needed a new hard drive. I backed up activation with advanced tokens manager and eveything went well with backup. I installed the new hard drive, used my windows 7 disc to reinstall windows and then used advanced tokens manager to restore activation. It said success and windows said it was activated. After i restarted, windows was no longer activated. I contacted microsoft and they told me my product key was blocked because it was used more than once. In the end i had to get the restore discs from dell to get everything activated again. What i dont understand is that isnt advanced tokens manager or any activation backup supposed to avoid needing OEM discs? I did see that on ATM's website it says dont use after hardware change. I changed the harddrive so is that the reason it did not work? Because some OEM activation files were still on the old hard drive? I am quite confused. Input is appreciated!

Answer:Changed hard drive on inspiron, activation restore did not work?

I have never used any activation backup software, however I have reloaded countless computers, I have never had a problem re-activating windows by using the key on the outside of the computer itself. (On dell laptops this is usually on the bottom of the computer or under the battery). I can tell you that dell uses either generic keys or random keys for their images when loading new computers. The key that you backed up would not match your oem key on the sticker that should be on the bottom of the laptop. I know this because I have had several computers with partially worn off windows keys and I tried to compare the key in the registry to the key on the bottom of the computer to recover it, the keys did not match.
Likewise the key that was used from the restore disc would not match your OEM sticker either.
EDIT: if you have an oem sticker (that is readable) on the bottom you can use any windows disc that matches your version (home, pro, etc.) to load windows and then activate it by typing in that key.

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Running out of space on a sony FX902p the hard drives 20gb looking to upgrade to a 40gb... can anyone help? sony online say the hard drive can't be upgraded and that an external drive is the only option is this true???

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I have a 20GB hard drive on my Laptop running Windows XP- I am looking to put in a much larger Hard Drive. I understand Windows XP does not use a boot disk so ......... how do I go about re-installing Windows XP, including all the necessary drivers, once I have formatted / partioned my new drive, so that all I would have to do is re-install my applications (MS Office etc).Thanks in anticipationTimberwolf

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I am interested in upgrading my laptop's hard drive from 160GB to 240GB. My laptop is a HP dv8327us that has two 80GB hard drives. When I asked HP, they said that I cannot do this because my laptop cannot support anything over 160GB. Is this true (I'm praying that it is not)?

I'm having a hard time believing this because there are a lot of websites out there that show you how to upgrade your laptop's HD and don't really mention size restrictions.

I tried posting a link to my specs, but because I am a newb, I am not allowed to do so. My specs can be found on HP's site. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please Help!

Answer:Upgrading laptop hard drive. Is too much = bad?

If you want my personal opinion/experience its much easier to just get a small external. example here are a few nice small handy ones that are 240G alone that go for under $100! (cheaper then updating, will work just as swell for storage and its mobile on top of the laptop already being mobile!) and just move all the crud you don't use or isn't essential to the external (music/videos/games/pictures etc) hard drive&Ntk=all&name=240GB - 320GB

(I put velcro on the back of my LCD and put velcro on my hdd so that way it stays on my laptop at all time unless i want to take it great!)

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I have a sony vaio laptop, current HDD is 320 GB; can I upgrade to "Hitachi Travelstar HDD: 5K500 B-500 / Model: HTS545050B9A300" ?

Answer:upgrading laptop hard drive

Yes, but why do you want to ?? You'll be paying $100 for 120GB extra.Why is backing-up your files, to give more space, not an option?

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I have an Acer travel mate 5720G and would like to upgrade the hard drive to a larger capacity. Does anyone know if this is possible and which model would be compatible, And where could I buy it.

Answer:Upgrading laptop hard drive

Hasn't it already got a 160G SATA in it?About £75 for 250G, £120 320G £200 500GCheapest option is to get and external drive and plug in via USB

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When i replace the hard drive of my laptop will i need to buy a new version of Windows 7 or will the recovery disc that came with the laptop do?

Answer:Upgrading laptop hard drive

Yes, you will be able to use your back up disks and everything should work out just fine.

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I am thinking about upgrading my laptop's 10gb Hard drive. My laptop is an advent 5471 and the laptop was purchased in 1999. The only thing stopping me from upgrading my laptop hard drive is that I don't know if the laptop will support a larger hard drive such as an 30gb or 40gb hard drive. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:upgrading laptop hard drive

Parmy,What operating system is your laptop running?

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I have a Toshiba mx35x-s163. I would like to upgrade to a new hard drive. If I am missing the original disks, is there software that will take the OS, drivers and data to the new hard drive? Do I need a device to actually transfer the data? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:upgrading laptop hard drive

there are many softwares available that can clone your hard-drives, but after cloning your OS will work is not a guarantee(haven't tried it yet), but i hav read an article that it works.
Some of them(freely available) are - clonezilla, clone maxx, HD clone

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My laptop has a 20Gb hard drive, (ata-5).I want to upgrade this to a 40GB drive. The drive I have seen is an ata-6. Are these compatable?Ta

Answer:Upgrading a laptop hard drive

I think this page click here is saying that ATA-6 is backwards compatible with ATA-5.

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Hey guys,I've just got a quick question:I have a samsung laptop and its got 20GB hard drive on it - not very big by todays standards!I also have an 80GB external hard disk.But I am wondering, is it possible to upgrade the hard disk on the laptop, i.e. take the 20GB out and replace it with something much do u think this would cost?Thanks very much!

Answer:upgrading laptop hard drive

If you can get access to the drive bay it's quite straight forward.You'll need to do some research to make sure that the laptop will accept the drive. I'd stick with similar specs such as ATA speed, brand and RPM to try to minimise problems.Otherwise it's just as simple as changing the HD on a desktop. Unplug one, plug in the other, format and install.You may have problems if your laptop has restore information held on a partition of the original drive. Do your home work and it should be easy.Prices? Significantly more than a desktop drive of the same size but for a 40Gb drive prices are not too scary.40gb are coming in around the £50 and roughly double for 80Gb.

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A friend has asked mt if it is easy to upgrade the hard drive for his laptop.I thought that it would not be reconmended to do a task youself. I know you can upgrade the RAM for a latop but I think the hard drive would be more tricky.Anyone ever done this upgrade before?

Answer:Upgrading a hard drive for a laptop

Have a look here click here

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Hi,I currently have a 60Gig Hard drive in my Toshiba Laptop running Win XP Home with 1 Gig RAm, the laptop is about 3 years old at the moment. I am thinking of upgrading my Hard drive and RAM to a >=250Gig and 2GB RAM. I upgraded RAM before so I've no problem with that but I'm a little nervous that I'm going to buy an incompatible HDD so any help is appreciated. I took out the old laptop HDD to have a look and its a 2.5" SATA HDD as far as im aware, manufactured by Toshiba. I don't think i'll have any issue copying the data over from the old had drive as i intend to make a clone with a live CD and then just restore to the new one. I want to know if the is a limit to how big(Storage) a HDD I can install or how fast it can be in relation to rpm and data transfer. Below are 2 which I was looking at. SeagateWestern DigitalI was also wondering should I stick with a Toshiba manufactured Hard drive for the Toshiba laptop. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Upgrading Laptop Hard Drive

Hi MarcusMaximus,

If you mention your laptop model number, then people can give better advice. Different laptops use hard disks of different form factor.

Have a nice day

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I just bought a new hard drive for my hp pavilion laptop. I went from a 10GB HD to a 40GB HD.

I backed up my old hard drive using Acronis True Image. I took out the old hard drive and replaced it with my new drive and then boot my computer using an Acronis True Image boot disk. I then restored the backup image I had taken to my new drive.

I am having a couple of problems with the new drive: 1) When I boot my computer it gives me some message about no system disk found. If I press enter then my computer loads into Windows XP. Any idea what is causing this?
2)I have a hard drive monitoring program on my computer. With the new drive installed it keeps saying that my hard drive temp is over a critical level (53 degrees C ). Is there something wrong with the hard drive or did I install something incorrectly?

FYI: HP Pavilion laptop, running Windows XP Professional, 512MB RAM, Old hard drive 10GB, new hard drive 40GB. Backup/Restore Program: Acronis True Image 7.0. Hard Drive Monitoring Program: HDD Health.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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I have a sony VGN-S4M/S laptop and it currently has a 60GB SATA hard drive. I am considering upgrading to a larger capacity hdd and am wondering if the Machine will be able to see a 250GB drive?

Answer:Upgrading SATA hard drive in Laptop

It's probably best to consult the manual first. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work, but some laptops can be unusual. I had a laptop which in the manual said it could only take up to 160gb, surely enough when I dismissed this and tried it anyway it didn't work. I suspect that that is a relatively rare occurence though, probably a bios flaw or something.I have just upgraded an old laptop from 80gb to 200gb and there was no problem...

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I have an Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 (model #3157) that came with a 32GB internal SSD. I am trying to replace it with a 500GB hybrid drive.
I used EaseUS Todo Backup Home to create a clone of the existing drive on the new SSHD, and installed the new drive inside the computer. The computer booted up, but the keyboard and trackpad did not function. After 5-10 minutes of operation, the computer would encounter a fatal error and restart itself.
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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I want to install a larger hard drive without having to reinstall many programs, update them, and recustomize them.

Dell Inspiron 3500 with 6 gig drive formatted as C: and D: All important programs are installed on C: 3.9 GB 2.95 GB used. Data only on D:

New Hard drive is 20 GB.

I can network to 40 GB to store.

Can this be done?

Answer:Upgrading to a larger hard drive in a laptop

I will have access to another 3500 Inspiron in a few days if this helps.

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I need advice on what addtional hard drive I can install in my Dell Inspiron 7559 laptop.
Presently, it has a 1TB 2.5" SATA drive manufactured by Toshiba for Dell. The part number is 5K1VD. The specifications of this drive are: 400-AAYK; 1TB (5400rpm) Hybrid HDD with 8GB Flash 400-AAYK; 1TB (5400rpm) Hybrid HDD with 8GB Flash
I want to install a 250GB hard drive that I could use as the boot drive and for my programs and apps. The Toshiba drive would be for data and backups.
I’ve done some research and found that the following drive is often recommended as a boot drive for the 7559: SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 250GB SSD SATA III Internal Solid State Drive MZ-N5E250BW.
I’m wondering if anyone has had any experience with installing this drive in their 7559? Specifically, I’d be grateful if anyone could answer the following questions:
1.      Can this drive be installed in the 7559 without a lot of tweaks?
2.      Are there any guides on the Internet to installing this drive in the 7559?
3.      Will the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 work with the Toshiba 5K1VD?
4.      When I buy the Samsung 850 will I need to buy a tray and cable?
5.      What changes, if any, need to make to bios in order to be able to boot from the Samsung 850?
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Answer:Best additonal hard drive for Inspiron 7559 laptop

You can use any M.2 SATA (but NOT M.2 NVMe) drive in this system.  You'll want to check to make sure the mounting screw for the drive is present - if it's not, you'll need one.
You can install fresh on the M.2 or clone the existing drive over if it'll fit in the smaller capacity M2 .drive.
Either way, REMOVE the hard drive from the system before you install Windows onto the M.2, however you choose to do that.

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I am replacing the hard drive due to continued problems, blue screens etc keep coming back after resetting to factory settings. I have slaved all important data off the old hard drive onto another pc.Now I have no idea how to reinstall Windows XP, I have the original Dell disks - does anyone have a link on the procedure to follow?ORIs there a way I can simply copy Windows off the old disk onto the new one?many thanks 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop IDE hard drive

Why would you replace the hard drive? Just do a format and reinstall on the current drive.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 about 18 months old.I have a system restore disk which I made when I got the laptop. It recently has had a couple of blue screen shutdowns. It fell over this morning and looks like the hard drive has died.I have plenty of experience with desktop PC but not lappy. Can I fit any make of laptop HD ?The one in at the mo is 60G 5400. Would be nice to fit 120 & 7200. Any advice appreciated.Regards

Answer:Dell laptop Inspiron 6000 hard drive

I've replaced a few of these drives in that machine and it is a doddle. You can use any drive and I usually use this 120Gb one at around £60(WD) click here I have not seen any 7200 drives though but you really would not notice the difference.G

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I have a Thinkpad X61 with a 120GB hard drive thats proving to be too small for my needs. I want to upgrade to a 250gb drive, but I have dual partitions for a XP/Vista dual boot. I've heard reports that Symantec Ghost doesnt work well with Vista, so which cloning software would be best for my needs?

PS: Im not sure if this is the right subforum, but it seemed to be the best one to post this question.

Answer:Upgrading Laptop Hard Drive - Disk Cloning?

acronis true image

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I have a Dell Laptop and just purhcased a compatable internal drive that I want to upgrade to, to give me more hard drive space. I also want to use Norton Ghost 10.0 to do the following to transfer everything to the new drive:
-I want to install Norton Ghost on the laptop the way it is.
- I want to then "Copy my hard drive" to an external USB drive

Here is where I need the help: Once the hard drive is copied to my external USB drive, then I am going to install the new internal drive in the laptop and I need to transfer the data from my external USB drive to the new blank hd.

How should I do this?

Is it even possible to do this?

Can I boot my computer from a USB hard drive and then just copy files over onto the internal blank hard drive?
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Upgrading a Hard drive in a laptop and transfering files

Don't do it that way.
Just mount the new internal drive in the external enclosure temorarily(2.5 to 3.6 adapters are cheap.)
I suggest you run Ghost from boot CD so that you are not trying to copy an OS that you are running from.
Ghost does boot from the install CD or you can create one if you downloaded it.

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The service guide for the HP Laptop ENVY 17-j013cl indicates the largest SSD that is compatible is 160GB.  Does the service guide state this because, at the time the ENVY 17 was produced, the largest SSD was 160GB?   Or is the system limited to 160GB SSD, for some reason? Thanks.

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I have a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop where i want to upgrade the 40gb hard drive to 250. The problem i have is that i want to keep the option for installing back to factory condition with the ctrl+f11 key. I have tried imaging the 40gb to the 200 and then had to extend the c:\ to take up the space on the bigger hard drive then i tested that the ctrl + f11 key would work but i get the error message that the mbr has changed, which i think would be because of changing the size of partition c. If any one has any suggestion much appreciated.


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I really want to upgrade my hard drive but at this moment, I'm confuzzled. Is upgrading hard drive similar to upgrading memory, as far as certain specifications go? I go to and I saw a whole bunch of stuff that started looking fuzzy to me after I made a feeble attempt to understand...ATA??? SCSI??? Erf? Ack, someone please clear this up for me!

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I just received a Dell Inspiron 5150 from a friend, and he said it was broken, but I wanted it to see if I could make it work. When you try and turn it on the battery light blinks maybe 10 times then stops blinking.He never gave me a power adapter so I was thinking maybe find someone who has one or buy a cheap one to see if it will work then. Or maybe it's something else? Ideas? Thanks.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 5150 Won't work

Ramos12 said:

When you try and turn it on the battery light blinks maybe 10 times then stops blinking.He never gave me a power adapter so I was thinking maybe find someone who has one or buy a cheap one to see if it will work then. Or maybe it's something else? Ideas? Thanks.Click to expand...

I think you are asking a question what at the same time trying to find the adapter.

The above links will get you to sites that have the adapter.
Additionally I think before someone here can help you diagnose the problem you need to get power to the system.

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I have to replace the hard drive in my Dell 2650 Inspiron laptop. Does anybody know the procedure or steps to do it. I can buy one on Ebay but want to find out how to get the old one out first

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My HD failed and I am installing a new one. Since the restore data is in the old HD, how can I restore to factory settings? 
I do not have any backups. And the only CD I have that came with the laptop is the Dell Drivers and Utilities. I don't think that cd has a copy of where will I install windows from?  The laptop came with windows 7.

Answer:Restore after new hard drive - Dell inspiron n7010 laptop

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I have a Dell inspiron 1545 with a pretty measly hard drive of 135gb. I have an old hard drive from another laptop which is 320gb and i'm wanting to upgrade. I have done this before but i just used all the installation disks to reinstall windows and everything onto the new hard drive. This time however, i want to be able to copy the whole contents of my current hard drive onto the new one so that when i swap them over and i boot up the computer it contains the operating system, software and files that are currently on the 135gb hard drive. I presume there is some sort of wires, software and housing that i might need to achieve this. So far i have been pointed in the direction of this software pack (Apricorn EZ Upgrade Universal Hard Drive Upgrade Kit (SATA and PATA 2.5" Notebook Drives) Deals, #EZ-UP-UNIVERSAL - UK) but i was wondering if there was a cheaper way to perform the required task.

I was also wondering if the new hard drive will affect battery life. The new one spins at 7200rpm compared to the old at 5400rpm.

Thanks for any help anyone can give me.

Answer:Upgrading laptop hard drive, wanting to copy all files onto new one

Any USB carriage that can hold a 2.5" SATA drive would work. Then you can use something like Macrium Reflect to clone the internal drive to the external one. Once that process is complete, shut down the laptop and swap the drives.

If the new drive spins at 7200 rpm, than it will reduce the typical battery life of the laptop...but it will offer slightly better performance.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3060 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 320 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 299999 MB, Free - 66665 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0T656F
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

WOW! I just spent a half hour entering my question all fancy-like, only to have this system eat it up and crap it out somewhere out of my reach. These are the times that try men's souls!

My question involves upgrading a Tivo HD hard disk. The model number for the Tivo Unit is TCD652160. I am trying to use the recommended software for this task, which is either winMFS or MFSLive. I have attached the two hard drives (original Tivo drive and new replacement drive) using self-powered USB mounts, which both plug into the two USB ports on the front of the unit. Neither software package sees the drives. If I go into Disk Management under Computer Management in the Control Panel, I see the following...

Disk 0 First Hard Drive (C
Basic 292.97 GB NTFS
465.76 Healthy

Disk 1
Basic 149.05 GB
149.05 GB Unallocated

Disk 2 (Z
Basic 1862.89 GB RAW
1862.89 GB Healthy (Primary Partition)

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Answer:Solved: Upgrading a Tivo HD hard drive

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I'm not sure if you guys help with upgrade info or not?

I have a Dell Inspiron 700m notebook.
It has an Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.60 GHz 1.59 GHz, 496 MB RAM
It has 52 GB hard drive

I've figured out how to upgrade RAM and finding one that is compatible with my laptop, but I am having a hard time understanding if an upgrade of an internal hard drive is possible and just where to get?

For example, I can't figure out if this is an internal hard drive or not?

Answer:Solved: Upgrading (hard drive) help needed

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I have been asked to look into a problem with a Dell inspiron 1150 laptop concerning an intial BSOD error which is intermittent and has happened twice and only twice in the last week according to its owner.

I witnessed the error today but unfortunately did not note any particulars of the error. What I did notice was that the error happened when the power was supplied by the AC adaptor. The hard drive emitted a continuous clicking noise as if it were trying to boot after and at the BSOD. On turning the laptop over to its underside with the BSOD on screen, I noted that the fan was still.

On the BSOD, on pressing the power on button with power supply in, the BIOS reports that there is no bootable device and does not provide any access to a HDD menu in setup. On removing the power supply jack and rebooting from the battery pack, the laptop boots perfectly.

While writing this post, the laptop has emitted two click type noises and the screen has frozen.
I am now of the humble opinion that there is an overheating problem here since the underside of the laptop is warm and the fan has stopped - - at present the laptop turns on then swiftly back off again regardless of where the power is sourced.

I have advised the owner to purchase a cool mat to alleviate the heat build up since there is a paltry sized fan supplying air flow to the components.

Is this a common problem with Dell inspiron laptops, all laptops or is there a fundamental hard drive problem approaching. I w... Read more

Answer:Laptop Dell Inspiron 1150 - Hard Drive Error Vs Overheating

In this case I would call Dell tech support they may be of some help and have them check the part number of the AC Adapter for the unit. It may be the wrong one. If the unit boots which apparently it does I suggest until you verify the proper power supply that you do not use the pwoer supply, if the polarity is wrong for the computer and I think it is there could be damage to the computer, the noise you hear from the hard drive is probably the hard drive running backwards or trying to.

As for the BSOD if you can get the error message for us and/or Dell tech support it would be most helpful

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I have a Dell Dimension Desktop 5150. The CD drive hasn't worked in quite a while. I'll insert a disc (blank CD for burn or program/game disc) and it feels (quite kinds to whirring) like it's reading the disc, but nothing appears on screen. This is happening with brand new just purchased from BestBuy Program Discs. I performed a return it to factory settings (it was an issue before I did the reset) hoping this would fix it but it did not. Is there anything I can try before I scrap it and buy a new replacement. Also if it has gone to pot, does anyone know where I can buy the same drive cheap or a cheap one comparable to it? Any assistance with my issue is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


Answer:Solved: Dell Dimension 5150 CD Drive Not Functioning????

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I recently purchased a 500GB WD Scorpio Blue hard drive and was hoping to clone my current 120 GB SATA drive to that one. I used Apricorn EZ Gig II and a USB SATA wire to clone the disk and then swapped out the 120 GB HD for the 500 GB one. After getting to the XP load screen I received a blue screen error message and could not properly load windows. Looking in the setup menu, the computer also did not recognize that a different hard drive had been installed.

I've read through other posts and have learned that the Dells that come Media Direct software have an HPA on the hard drives that cannot be copied normally. The other problems don't exactly match mine, which is why I decided to post my problem.

At this point, I'm having difficulty even trying to reclone the hard drive, as the new drive is not recognized as blank storage anymore.

I am hoping there is a solution I could use to re-clone the entire hard drive without any need to reinstall Windows.

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron e1705 hard drive cloning

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Inspiron 14z-5423  Hard Disk Drive not found: How to Reseat Drive?
error code 2000-0142
validation 73381

Also, video card for memory has error code of 2000-0332
validation 71027

Much appreciation for info to help me do this, confused and sad.

Answer:Inspiron 14z-4423 Hard Disk Drive not found: How to Reseat Drive?

The 0142 error is a HDD failure. This is a smart error and indicates that the HDD is failing or already failed error - see this article for reference -
So, reseating the HDD will not positively help in this case. If you would like to reseat the HDD anyway and check - download the service manual here -
Also, the 0332 is a video card related error. So, the motherboard needs to be replaced.
Personally, I would suggest you to invest your money on a new machine than to repair this system. However, that is your discretion.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15 N5050.
This unit was having high lag and memory utilization of 100% shown in task manager and resource monitor. Ran Dell Extended Troubleshooting. Results = Hard Drive error. Replace hard drive.
What are the Hard Drive specs for this unit.
This unit runs Win 7. How do I reinstall on new hard drive?
Thank you in advance for your help!

Answer:Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

Any 2.5" SATA notebook drive will work that's 9.5 mm or slimmer.
Ideally you prepared a set of recovery media when you received the system -- if you did not, you will need to contact Dell to purchase that now.

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?


I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?


Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.


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Noob here! I've been lurking a bit and realize how little I know about computers. Anyways, I have a work laptop and am looking to clean up the hard drive of anything that may be on there that's not work related. I'm not turning it back in or anything, just want to cover my rear. Any suggestions as to a program or ways to do it myself w/o clearing out all my work files? Sorry for the extremely novice questions and I appreciate the help!


Answer:Cleanup hard drive on work laptop

Try getting a program like ACE Utilities which will allow you to scan your PC and remove unwanted files, duplicates, registry, history, Internet caches etc. If not ACE Utils then get a Registry & History Cleaner which will erase (hopefully) all traces of what you have been up to an where you have been.

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This is my Laptop: 17'' HP - Pavilion g7-2323dx, AMD A8, 4GB RAM, 640GB

Answer:Does this Internal Hard Drive work for my laptop?

Nope. That is for desktop systems, not laptops.

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Hi everyone,

My hard disk has been ticking, clicking and doing all kinds of weird sounds lately (including weird loud white noise sounds), explorer.exe keeps freezing and some programs take ages to open, so I'm thinking about buying a new hard drive.

I wanna buy this one and I would like to know first of all if it's a good choice for me, considering I have now a 320gb 5200rpm and it's worked fine for what I do with my computer, and second I would like to know if it's gonna fit on my computer.

What do you need to know in order to tell me that ?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Buying new hard drive, how do I know if it'll work on my laptop ?

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop that is not working well at all. It freezes, shuts down, has indicated to me that it has a virus (but TrendMicro can't find it), and sometimes when I attempt to power it on, it turns on but freezes up while starting up, resulting in a blank screen and a shutdown computer.

It has a Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of RAM, and it needs some serious help. Can anyone help me out?

I've run a preliminary HJT log. Here it is:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:29: VIRUS ALERT!, on 8/27/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
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Answer:SOS for Dell Inspiron Laptop 5150

Hello? Is there anyone out there who can help with the problem I posted?

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?

Answer:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)

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I have a 160gb hard drive on my laptop which i want to upgrade to a 750gb. I have no windows disc and no restore disc. is there any way to clone the entire contents of the 160gb (including windows vista) to the new drive.....

Answer:upgrading hard drive, how do i move windows to new drive

Almost every company offers the user some way to create disks. Make the disks now for protection or consider ordering them if you need to.Generally companies that sell laptop hard drives also offer some way to clone the old one over. You may have received a usb to sata adapter or you may need to get one. You also may need to download the software from the hard drive makers site if it didn't come in box. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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Has anyone undertaken an upgrade of the hard drive in a Libretto U100 to a SSD? This would surely improve performance significantly. What dimension is the hard drive in the U100 and what connector is used to attach the drive? Can anyone advise if this mod is possible?


Answer:Upgrading hard drive in Libretto U100 to SSD Drive

So, I have a machine with an SSD drive (Tecra M5) and it works like a charm. Unfortunately the drives are too expensive at the moment but you can gain some real performance.

Regarding your question: Should be possible. You have a 1.8" inch drive installed and there are SSD drives which have almost the same form factor. Usually the U100 was shipped with MK6006GAH or MK3006GAL drives.

Here?s a site which could help you, since the drive has the same connector like the drive in your machine:

Just check it out and I hope you can use my hint for further research on SSD drives.. :)


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My DVD no longer burns properly, and the audio when I play CD's or DVD's is all messed up. How do I find a replacement DVD/CD drive and can I install it myself? I have already installed additonal memory on an old desktop and also an ethernet port, so I am somewhat skilled. Meaning I can open up a computer and follow instructions. I just thought a laptop might be a little more tricky since everything is so compact. I went to Dell's site and only refurbished CD/DVD drives come up for my particular model.

Answer:Solved: Want to change the DVD/CD drive on my laptop Dell Inspiron E1405

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop with a Vista Home Basic Operating System. The laptop works great and I have no problems surfing the web with it while on a wireless network. However, I have an external hard drive (1 Terabyte) plugged into my laptop, USB powered. This external hard disk is increasingly giving me problems. Every time, I visit the folders on this external hard disk, everything on my laptop freezes even my downloads. I am forced to wait until my OS catches up with my commands and carries them out. I start getting responses like "Expansion Drive F: (my external hard drive) (not responding)" and "Mozilla Firefox (not responding). Even a MSWord document I am working on will be become "frozen" during this time. This OS "freeze-up" is very frustrating. Can I do anything to rectify this situation? Some factors have been wondering about are the following:
a) In terms of memory, the external hard disk has far more than my laptop. Could this be the source of the stoppages?
b) When I visit my external hard drive, files are being actively being downloaded to it. Could this be the source of the stoppages?
In the past, I have used this same external hard drive attached to a desktop with XP (SP3) and didn't have any problems what-so-ever with the OS or the hard drive. Any advice given is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Why doesn't my laptop OS work with my external hard drive?

Most commonly, USB external drives over 500GB are not USB powered, but have their own external power supply. It may be that your Laptop's USB port is unable to deliver the power required to run the drive. Does it have the option of plugging in its own power supply?

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I just bought that laptop. It came with 256 MB memory. It's a DELL Inspiron 5150 Laptop.

What I want to do is to purchase more memory for this laptop and install it. I know it has extra slots as I am told. Now I want to purchase an additional 512 MB.

I found a few on for about 40ish dollars with great reviews. How do I found out if it is compaitble?

Ones that I was looking at were:

Please Help!

Thanks in advance!!!

Answer:Just bought a Inspiron 5150 Laptop (DELL)

That should work with your inspiron.

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Will it?

It has the same exact connectors as a desktop SATA hard drive. I also notice many people who are into silent pc's call it 2.5" hard drives instead of notebook\laptop hard drives meaning it works in a desktop motherboard?

Answer:Will a laptop SATA hard drive work on a desktop motherboard?

Yes. It is a SATA drive like any other, only smaller.

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I have a Dell inspiron 5150 laptop, I have a battery installed in it, also have the powercable plugged into the back and yet I have no power going to it. I've got the power light on at the recharger, so that appears to be working, but the laptop itself isn't recieving any of the juice. Any ideas?

Answer:dell inspiron 5150 laptop wont turn on

gwana said:

I have a Dell inspiron 5150 laptop, I have a battery installed in it, also have the powercable plugged into the back and yet I have no power going to it. I've got the power light on at the recharger, so that appears to be working, but the laptop itself isn't recieving any of the juice. Any ideas?Click to expand...
I had the same problem with a Latitude. Try taking the battery out and starting it. Could be that the battery is bad.
The other thing that could be wrong is the power cord. My Latitude has had a bad power cord even though the green light in that box in the cord stays lit.
Dell sent me a new one. Good luck


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I play games like Everquest and Battlefield Vietnam. I wanted to upgrade my videocard but I am not sure whether or not that is possible. I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 with an Nvidia GeForce 5200, and I would greatly like to upgrade it. I was thinking ATI radeon 700x or something? But again, I'm not sure if that is possible.

Answer:Laptop Video cards Dell Inspiron 5150

Most laptops do not have replaceable video cards (they use a version of on-board video).

Some Dell models do have a separate card, but its very proprietary, not anything like a standard card. You would need to check with Dell.

I suspect that your chance is about zero of upgrading a laptop video though.

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Hello again,

I'd like to know how to tell if my comp will work with a certain type of hard drive.

All I know about the current hard drive is that it's an ATA, the hard drive i'd like to get is an "Ultra ATA" is there any difference between a normal ATA and an Ultra one? Is there someway to tell if my comp will work with the Ultra? (some sort of program) or some program/more details I can give you good people here that will allow you to tell me if it will work?


Edit: Is there some sort of program that will give me more details on my current hard drive?

Answer:Solved: How to tell if my comp will work with a hard drive?

It should work, but you'll need an 80 pin cable if you don't have one.Even then, it will work, but you'll get a warning about the cable.
We could tell you more if you gave us the hardware specs.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Service Pack 3. My original Western Digital Drive was dying. This drive was the boot drive and listed first in "setup" (after hitting F2) There was also a 300GB Maxtor SATA drive already installed which I used for data storage -- not bootable. It was listed 2nd in "setup".

Ultimately the WD Drive wouldn't boot. I cleared the 300GB Maxtor and did a clean install Win XP from manuf. disks WITHOUT removing the WD - Drive 1 first. (I had hoped to remove some data I hadn't yet back up

I tried rebooting BUT if both disks were set to "On" in "setup - F2" the system would NOT boot. If Disk 1 (WD Drive) was turned off the system would boot fine. I removed the "boot partition" on Disk 1 but if both drives were turn on - no go.

I have now replaced the defective drive (WD) with a Maxtor SATA II/300 (1 TB).

The boot drive (300GB Maxtor) is the "last" drive on the SATA interface cable and the new drive (1 TB) is on the second to last connector.
Still, if the blank, new drive is turned on in "setup - F2" the system won't boot. If off, system boots. (I want to use the 1 TB drive solely for data storage).

It seems the SATA controller refuses to recognize the bootable drive if both drives are active. All I can think of is this is due to the 300GB being "Drive 2" in my original system and still listed that way in "setup". There is NO ability to c... Read more

Answer:Solved: Drive Crashed - XP installed on 2nd Drive - Replaced Drive Won't Work

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I have an 80 GB external hard drive I have been using for a long time now with vista. Now just suddenly it will read the hard drive but if i try to copy anything to or from it the hard drive crashes. I have tried it on another computer with XP on it and it works. So the problem is my vista. Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: external hard drive won't work with vista

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When i try to defragment my C drive i get a message that says: Disk defragmenter has detected that chkdsk is scheduled to run on this volume. (C).
Please run chkdsk /f.

what do i do to fix this ? Please Help. thanks

Answer:Solved: Defragmentation of hard drive wont work.

Is this solved? If not, reboot and let chkdsk run.

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Or, more specifically, will my old hard drive work with my replacement motherboard?

Likewise for PCI Express 2.0 16x and PCI Express 16x? Old graphics card

Also, if anyone wants to look at a couple other replacement parts I'm thinking of getting and let me know what they think, I'd appreciate it.



Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Solved: Would an SATA 1.5 Gb/s hard drive work in a 3.0 Gb/s motherboard?

Yes the old hard drive will work at 1.5 Gb/s transfer rate, and the old PCIe graphics card will work at PCIe 1.0 speed.

Regarding the 8GB RAM, I assume you plan on running a 64-bit OS? If running a 32-bit OS, it won't recognize more than 4GB.

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On this laptop, I have two old batteries that don't want to charge. The computer ran fine on the battery that still had remaining power, but even though the computer was plugged in, the battery kept discharging until there was no power left in the battery and the computer shut down. I can't run the laptop off of AC power with or without the battery inside. When there is no battery in and the AC is plugged in, the power and battery lights flicker green really quickly. When battery 1 is in and the AC is plugged in, the battery light remains steady orange than turns off. When the same battery is in but the AC is unplugged, the power and battery light, light up green for half a second, then battery light flashes orange slowly than stops. Now for battery 2, when the AC is plugged in, only the battery light flashes orange four times, then green and turns off, and when the AC unplugged, both the power and battery light up green for half a second, then the battery light flashes orange four times than green. No matter what I try, I can't get the computer to boot up.

I had the motherboard inspected and everything is fine, including the jack and there is power at the adapter jack. Is it normal for the laptop not be able to run without a battery that is capable of charging? Does the battery need to be replaced?

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 5150 not charging

check out how much voltage you're getting from the power adapter. I had an old Hp Pavillion Z something that wasn't charging a newly installed battery. When tested, the voltage was normal (19.4V). When I tried another charger, the battery began to charge.

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I updated my hard drive last night and went from a 60 gig hard drive to a 320. I reinstalled windows xp no problem, and proceeded to reinstall all my drivers (first of course was my graphics and wireless card). However, as I was going through the drivers, my audio refused to install.

The site I have been getting all my drivers from is

The only difference in operating system is that my 60 gig is Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 and this is Service Pack 3.

My sound card still works fine as since I have changed hard drives I have swapped them out and gone back to my 60 gig when I initially had issues with trying to connect to the internet and had to download the driver onto my external hard drive so I could get online with this one.

The only difference in hard drives is the size, they are both made by the same company.

Any help to getting my audio to work would be MUCH appreciated.

Also, this being an HP laptop with the touch sensitive music controls and quickplay, any idea on getting my quickplay working again would be apprecaited as well, just as a side quest for now =)

Answer:Solved: Upgraded hard drive, audio refuses to work.

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I have this oyen digital u32 shadow 500gb portable hard drive, and when I first got it, the wire connector was always loose when I plug it into the drive, meaning I'd have to the drive positioned in a way where it'll stay connected and if I move it even a little it would disconnect.
I've been using this drive for a while now, almost a year maybe;also every time I'd connect the drive to the pc, a window would pop asking if I want to scan the drive for bad sectors, whatever that means, I never did it, because it was always working fine.
But today the worst of everything just had to happen.
I restarted my pc and when the pc was booting up again, I unplugged the drive from the pc (because I can't have it plugged in during boot up or the pc will try to boot from the portable drive)
After doing that, and trying to plug the drive back in, that's when it doesn't turn on anymore. The blue light wouldn't come on anymore, nothing.
I'm already freaking out, and pissed, so I try to plug it into my xbox, to see if it'll turn on; it doesn't. Nothing.
Now, I guess I got a dead drive with all of my files on it, I mean I have everything on this drive, photos, videos, my current resumes and cover letters, , documents, music, everything .
Is there a way I can get my files back? Because if not, then I've really lost everything.

Answer:[SOLVED] Portable Hard Drive doesn't work anymore

Yeah, you can try taking the hard drive out of the external casing - the site says it's a "Toshiba 500GB MQ01ABF050" inside which will have a regular sata connector like all the other hard drives in your PC - you should be able to just plug that into a spare sata port on your motherboard (just copy how your other hard drive is plugged in)

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Hi friends and Happy New Year!!!!

I have a problem, awhile back I had to recover my whole HP Laptop because of issues I had well now the Laptop works great only it now does not read my DVD/CD drive. Does anyone know how I can get the drives for it?
Thanks so much for any help you can give.

Answer:Solved: Recovered my Laptop now my dvd/cd drive does not work

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I was given a pc (asus K8N-E) the problem is that although it powers up, mobo light works cpu fan spins and system fan spins front panel lights work, the hard drive and optical drive wont power up unless i disconnect the IDE cables, when disconnected the hard drive spins and the light on and drawer on the optical drive work. its as if the IDE is somehow disabled, i have tried different cables but to no avail any help appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected


check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.

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Just bought a new z51 last month and I'd like to replace my Disc drive with a hard drive but I'm not sure which Caddy to get. There are several on Amazon for pretty cheap. Anyone successfully do this?  Thanks! Phen

Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5150. The other day, it went into standby after idling while on the battery. Since then the far right diagnostic light (battery charge status) has been flashing three quick orange and one long green. The computer runs fine off of AC power and battery power, and the battery is fully charged. Has anyone ever seen this before or know what it means? Even though it seems to be working, I don't want to risk anything going wrong. Any recommendations? Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron 5150 Diagnostic Light Problem


I have a Dell Inspiron 5150. About 2 years ago the exact thing happened with the light. I spent a lot of time on the phone with Dell tech support. We checked all kinds of things (I can't remember exactly what now as it has been 2 years), but eventually they said that they didn't know what was causing the probem and that I'd have to live with it. The light still blinks exactly the same to this day although the laptop has always seemed to work just fine all along.

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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Hi, was just looking for some advice, I got a Lenovo Ideapad 510 for xmas, it?s the Intel i5, 8gb, 1TB Sata HDD, Nvidia Geforce graphics etc.. I was thinking of maybe upgrading the hard drive to an SSD drive, in particular the Crucial MX300 525GB 2.5" Sata SSD drive seems an idea one that I have seen on offer a lot. From what I have read online regarding my laptop I get the impression I would need to do a direct swap with my current 1TB drive as there isn't a spare slot, is that right? I have read if I did want to keep both I would have to swap the DVDRW and use a caddy to use in that slot? Ideally I would want to keep both, but if it meant taking my DVDRW out, then I would rather keep that and just do a direct swap and take the 1TB drive out. Would I see a lot of speed increase by doing this, I am assuming I would? The only other question I have is regarding getting my drive copied onto the SSD, I know if you have a blank drive and turn the laptop on it starts and boots straight to the setup menu where you can either boot from a usb drive / dvd etc.. or is the cyberlink onekey recovery also built into the boot menu, so if I do a full backup or my drive with that, would I then on a blank ssd drive be able to recovery my whole drive onto the new drive using onekey? Regards James

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My computer is running slow, so I was thinking about an upgrade of my 1T 5400rpm hard drive, to a 1T ssd drive.  I can't upgrade the Ram, (currently 8GB).  What does everyone think, is it worth or should I just buy a new one with the ssd drive?   The boot up takes a long time,  the touch screen sometimes is like a mirror (glare especially with the lights on), I try to move documents between libraries and the screen gets bigger/smaller.  So I have been a little frustrated with some things. please let me know your opinion if I should upgrade or not? thanksDanita

Answer:Upgrading my HP Hard drive to ssd drive

Hi Danita ,Manual: Page 1, 2, 36, 37, 41 2 slots, max 16gb possible (two 8gb sticks of exact same configuration, speed, voltage as the other one and as given in the manual)SSD: you can definitely upgrade HDD to 2.5 inch 7mm thick SSD. I like Samsung Evo SSD. It'll be a major boost in booting and overall performance.Before any upgrade, please create Recovery USB, keep it safely.Specs: HP document may help you further:

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My neighbours laptop hard drive has to be replaced. He's bought a new one and put it in his laptop, i've tried to install windows 7 from an iso disk .The new hard drive has an EFI system partition and it won't install windows . is there anyway i can format this hard drive so i can install windows 7 on .Will i have to take the hard drive out of the laptop. Any help would be appreciated .

Answer:Solved: new laptop hard drive

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Hello guys

My friend's laptop died recently, so he took out it's hard drive and made a case for it having double USB Cables. (Why two?)

As he wanted to recover his data, he plugged it into my Linux laptop. But it was said that since the system was in hibernate state prior to going down, Linux was not able to mount the drive. So, I deleted the hibernate file using the command as shown on the error dialogue box:

sudo mount -t ntfs-3g -o remove_hiberfile /dev/sdb2 /media/48FEDC1AFEDC025C
I was able to mount the drive and he saved all his important data on it.

Now, since, it is the internal drive of the laptop, we were pretty sure that if connected to my laptop, that it should boot with the original OS installed (Windows 7) on the hard drive. So, we decided to try it.

When booted the Start Windows Normally screen was shown) probably because I removed the hibernate file), then it proceeded to the Staring Windows screen, that's when we got an instant BSOD, couldn't even get a glimpse of the error before it shut down.

So, we tried again, this time tried Launch Startup Repair (Recommended), which resulted in a Black Screen, we waited for a few minutes, then forcefully shut it down.

On trying again, nothing...

Any ideas if I can boot with this setup? It's not a do or die situation, but it would be nice if it would work.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive From Another Laptop

Hi, I may be confused by what you are saying, however if I read it right you have a laptop and you have taken a hdd from another laptop placed it in yours and you are trying to boot from it? The hdd is system specific, so it will not work on your system only on the one it was installed on. If it was slaved to your system then once you booted to your HDD then it may recognize the other hdd, and be able to read the data... hope I have not confused this.

BTW the two ends on the usb cable are because of power consumption.

There is a limit of how much power a single USB port can provide. It is measured in "unit loads" which are 100 mA for USB up to 2.0 and 150 mA for USB 3.0. A single port can provide at most 5 unit loads for USB 2.0 and 6 for USB 3.0, if there are no other devices connected. Some ports may provide more, but they aren't standard compliant and manufacturers can't rely on them. With two cables, device may use at least two unit loads, so it will have enough power to work.

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How do I tell if my laptop HD is failing? Every now and then when I try and boot up I get 1 long beep followed by 2 short beeps, then I get another 2 short beeps and it then starts to load. The only problem then is that it goes to a blue screen and satrts to check my disc.Once it has booted up the time and date are way out. I have tried booting up in to safe mode but it goes to the blue screen again but will not complete the check, it gets to 86 % every time and then starts the check over again. Once I manage to successfully to get it to load up, everything is fine until I shut it down and it all starts again when I reboot it, any help appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Laptop hard drive

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I have an HP laptop running Windows 7 with a keyboard that is no longer working due to a red wine spill. Is there an easy way to remove the hard drive from the non-functioning laptop and put the hard drive in a separate case to use as an external hard drive for my new Acer Windows 7 laptop?

Answer:Solved: Laptop Hard Drive

Probably. Have you checked your documentation and HP's web site for information on how to extract the hard drive? Usually doesn't involve much more than a few screws.

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Laptop froze today without warning. COuldn't turn it back on. Would freeze during boot process, even when I tried to boot in Safe Mode.

Left it half hour and tried again. Managed to get XP going. BUt it's still not right. Freezes apparently at random, 5 or so minutes after boot. Needs re-boot.

Other symptoms:
Freezes in stage 2 of 3 of CHKDSK (verifying indexes). Needs reboot.
Event log suggests errors with iastor (9) and ntfs (55).
Left it on with no programs (other than startup progs) running. Opened Task Manager and just left it there in the hope that it would freeze and I'd get a glimpse of what was causing it. It froze on 99 percent CPU on System Idle Process. 1 percent on csrss.exe. I don't know if this is relevant.

Mouse icon still moves when everything else is frozen.

Oh, and one last thing, when trying to start the repair console with the XP boot disk it says it can't find a hard drive...

I'm using XP Pro, on a Lenovo 3000 N200. Can't tel you a huge deal more than that I'm afraid.

Huge thanks in advance for any help anyone can give....

Answer:Solved: Is my laptop hard drive about to die...?

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My husband added a 2nd hard drive to our computer, and since then, we've had issues with our CDrom drive. For awhile, it would just throw fits sometimes, like not opening or not reading a disc. However, now we can't get it to open at all. The light comes on and it makes noise like it's going to open, but it doesn't. Any suggestions? Oh, and I tried reinstalling drivers already but that didn't work.

Answer:Added new hard drive, now CDrom drive won't work

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Hi,I am running a Lenovo T61 I am about to wipe my hard drive clean and fresh install win 7. i was going to take advantage of the occasion and upgrade my hard drive from 100 to 500GB. Can I just take the old HD out put the new one in and install Win 7 and the rest of my programs? i have all my data backed up.Thanks for your help.

Answer:upgrading to win 7 and at the same time upgrading the hard drive.

as long as the new hdd is 9.5 mm thick, 2.5 inch form factor and sata connection then it is okay.

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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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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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I'm trying to get the files off an old laptop which has given up. I have the hard drive out but don't recognise the connector even though it's a SATA. I thought I'd be able to just attach it to my PC using a spare SATA cable.

The drive is a Hitachi 5K320-320.

Anyone know how I connect this? It was inside a Dell Studio 17 if that helps. Image attached.


Answer:Solved: What connection is this on laptop hard drive?

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Hi there...

I have a friend who's very old IBM thinkpad wont turn on because of a battery/power issue that just can't be resolved, but the hard drive is okay.

I hope I'm explaining this clear enough:

He will get a new laptop, but I'm wondering how I can transfer the old data over to his new HD. I know about setting master and slave, but I'm curious if there is a tool to help, or some sort of technique I'm not familiar with - because I'm pretty sure laptops don't come with expandable options like the desktop PC's do...?

Thanks for reading, and your support.

Answer:[SOLVED] Laptop hard drive transfer

hi a 2.5 usb caddy or similar should probably be ok

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My current laptop hard drive seems like it may fail soon. I want to do an exact replica of this drive onto the new laptop drive that I just bought. I know with desktops its relatively easy- just hook up the two drives. What's the easiest (and cheapest) way to do this with a laptop?

Answer:Solved: Mirroring a laptop hard drive?

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Laptop: Dell Inspiron 6000
HDD 60gig, Win XP

Laptop has been working fine until this AM. Wont boot and error message says it cant read from the harddisk. It has two partitions, the usual 16meg which iis fat16(never seen this before used with NTFS for XP) and the root c:which is NTFS. I have tried various hard drive repair utilities, Acronis Disk Director 11 Home v.11, Spinrite HD Diagnostics, Hard Drive Inspector v3.81 Build 355 Professional, not one one these can rapair repair, perfom partition maintenance nor revive.
I booted from the factory dvd and winxp does not seem find anything wrong with the drive and probably could reinstall XP but due to private important files on the drive, I am trying to find a way of getting those off. Does anyone know of a utility that will enable me to copy (if possible) the files I need to another storage device?. It seems as though the only way I will use the drive again, if possible, is to repartition, reformat and reinstall windows. Strange that XP can read from the drive and all the utilities cant. Can anyone help?

Answer:Solved: Laptop hard drive problem

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

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

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

The computer is a Latitude c840 from 2002. XP Pro

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

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

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

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

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

I'm thinking of doing the following:

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

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

Answer:Solved: Laptop hard drive crash

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I have need of a laptop JUST to use as a player for cds of photos. I have been looking at them on ebay and have found some without hard drives and OS. If they do have the cd drive, is it possible to just play a cd and view photos and pause when needed?
Thanks so much!

Answer:Solved: Laptop without OS and hard drive as cd player?

If theres no harddrive in there i dont think its going to do what you are hoping for.With no harddrive or operating system in there when you turn on the computer i think all you will see is a black screen and the message no operating system found or no harddrive found.if you try to play a cd its probably going to say disk read error because its not an operating system disk.So is it possible? my answer is no unless theres some new majic way of doing this that im not aware of.I think it would be a lot cheaper and more practical to buy a dvd/cd video player.

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