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External Hard Drive Stop Spinning

Question: External Hard Drive Stop Spinning

I dont know what happened to it but when i plug the usb nothing happens. I tried listening but i heard bothing. I think it stopped spinning. What can i do to get it spinning again? Could i open the drive and put it into my laptop? IS there a way I can recover the data myself?

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I'm running Vista Home Premium SP2. My computer is a Gateway GM5410E, Intel Core2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86 ghz, 2 gb RAM - 32 bit
For as long as I can remember this computer will be working fine and then I will hear the hard drive start making a lot of noise (maybe its not the hard drive) once this noise starts everything slows down to almost a complete stop. It usually lasts 3-5 minutes then goes away. I have not found any way to make it start or stop and it seems to happen randomly. I've run scans with MSE and malwarebytes and AVG but have never found any problems. What can I do?

Answer:Hard Drive starts spinning loudly and all programs wither stop or slow down to a near stop

Welcome aboard Download Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspxUnzip ProcessExplorer.zip, and double click on procexp.exe to run the program.Click on View > Select Colunms.In addition to already pre-selected options, make sure, the Command Line is selected, and press OK.Go File>Save As, and save the report as Procexp.txt.Attach the file to your next reply.

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My Hard Drive Will Not Stop Spinning, and I have cleaned all the Adaware even though I didnt have anything, I ran virus scanners and everything, it just seems the Hard Drive light stays lit and my computer has gotten slow because of it, Dont know what it is??
 

Answer:My Hard Drive Will Not Stop Spinning

Read through this thread and work through the cleanup proceedures.

Then post the results along with some details of your system, particularly the hard drive, and operating system.

Also copy off your data and any folders called drivers to somewhere else, in case the hard drive is beginning to fail.

Drive manufacturers provide simple free diagnostic programs for their own products. If you identify the make we can post the relevant link.

Look in device manager under disk drives, it should be listed by name.


Studio T
 

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My Sony Vaio computer running Windows XP recently crashed so I did a clean install instead of using the system restore disks. Now after it is done with the install the hard drive will not stop spinning after it is done booting up. It is very frustrating. Whn I use the restore disks this does not happen. I don't want to use the restore disks because there are alot of unwanted programs on it. Anyone have any ideas what is going on? Thanks in advance!!
 

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Good evening! I have a strange problem that I've not been able to find a solution for.

I'm running Win8.1 with my OS on an SSD and my new storage drive is a Seagate FireCuda 2TB 2.5" (ST2000LX001).

The drive works fine, SMART reads ok, no problems at all. However I've noticed that it spins down a lot. I can tell, because I often clearly hear it spinning back up which often coincides with me having to wait a second or two to access something that's being pulled from that drive. I can never hear it spin down, but I definitely hear it spin back up.

Here's some current stats:

Start/Stop Count: 618
Power on hours: 539
Power cycle count: 71

I installed the drive 47 days ago and have used the machine every day about the same amount, so if we divide it by two to account for start/stop and average it out, it's stopping 6.6 times a day. To be honest, it seems like more than that, but I suppose there's plenty of times when I'm afk that the drive can sit there powered down.

Anyway, am I right so far? This seems like a lot, right? It should be noted that my Windows power profile is set to spin the drive down after 15 minutes of inactivity, but I've noticed that spin up sound within the space of a minute or two of using the drive, and the accompanying system lag while it spins back up to access whatever it is I'm after. Why would it be spinning down so often?

I'm concerned for the long term health of the drive, as well as m... Read more

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My new Freecom hard drive is spinning all the time, so I disconnect the power when not in use. Is this normal? For the hard drive, that is. Not for me to disconnect the power.

Answer:External Hard Drive - always spinning?

No it isn't normal, or at least mine doesn't.

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A few days ago my computer crashed. After that my external hard quit spinning. What Can I do to make it spin again?
 

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My external HDD (which runs on USB - no power outlet) keeps spinning even after I click on "Safely Remove Hardware". Vista responds with the message: It is now safe to remove the Drive. However, should I be concerned when pulling the USB cable out as the drive is spinning and suddenly halts when the USB cable is pulled out. Thx

Answer:External Hard Drive spinning after "safely remove"

I don't have USB powered external drives but, the ones I have do continue to spin after completing the "Safely Remove Hardware" procedure until I turn off the power. An exception is the WD My Book drives which do shut themselves down (the other drives are ones which I have placed in an external caddy myself).

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Every time I need to do something on my external hard drive, it has to spin up. I'm using an SSD for my primary HD, so waiting on an external HD to spin up makes me have to wait 4-5 seconds for something to load when it's on my external -- I'm not used to waiting.

Is there a way I can make sure my external HD continues to spin regardless of I'm using it or not? I also notice that I have to wait on it to spin up when I'm shutting down or booting up.

Answer:Prevent external HD from stop spinning after inactivity

Hello Altjx,

Usually setting Turn off hard disk after in your advanced power plan settings to Never will stop this.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all

I have a a major problem happen I picked up a virus or something at an internet cafe when i was printing a document using a usb drive. I had problems with an old computer and replaced it.

A couple of weeks ago i was getting ready to install windows 7 and plugged this thumb drive in not being aware that it had a infection. I then went a brought an new external hard drive. when i got home i plugged it in. Then i discovered that i have a virus. I ran scans and it came up clean. I backed up my data on the drive.

I am now running 7 and i am infected with something. How do i clean the external hard drive so that i can keep the data.

my xp machine is also infected from months ago. Haven't used it again until last night

cheer

vic

Answer:stop cross infection from external hard drive

I am now running 7 and i am infected with something. How do i clean the external hard drive so that i can keep the data.You need to clean the infected machine unless you plan on reformatting and doing a clean install. Without doing that you will only infect any external drives you plug into that machine.External storage media and flash (usb, pen, thumb, jump) drives are prone to infections which involve malware that modifies and loads an autorun.inf (text-based configuration) file into the root folder of all drives (internal, external, removable) along with a malicious executable. When removable media such as a CD/DVD is inserted (mounted), autorun looks for autorun.inf and automatically executes the malicious file to run silently on your computer. For flash drives and other USB storage, autorun.ini uses the Windows Explorer's right-click context menu so that the standard "Open" or "Explore" command starts the file. Malware modifies the context menu (adds a new default command) and redirects to executing the malicious file if the "Open" command is used or double-clicking on the drive icon. When a flash drive becomes infected, the Trojan will infect a system when the removable media is inserted if autorun has not been disabled.Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your... Read more

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Hey all,

Ok, so this is not serious, but a nuisance...

Every time I start my machine, or access My Computer, my dvd drive spins up (with a disc in). It keeps running for about 3-4 minutes (never timed it), and it's running at full speed.

Is there a way to stop this? I've turned off autoplay a long time ago.

It's an LG HL-DT-St DVDRAM GSA-4163B.

Cheers,
Scorp.
 

Answer:Stop DVD drive spinning up?

what jhappend with out a disc?
 

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Hi there,

I have got an HTPC/Server that has a lot of hard drives in it. The OS is run off a SSD and of all the hard drives, the one that really gets used is 1.5TB WD drive for recording of the television.

I have set Windows up so it turns off hard disks off after 20 minutes if they are not being used which is fine, but my problem is that my computer automatically goes into Sleep Mode (S3 hybrid sleep) when it is not recording anything and when it wakes up all the hard drives spin back up.

Is there any way to keep hard drives spun down even when resuming from sleep?

Thanks

Answer:Can I stop hard drives spinning up after resuming from sleep

No. Any drive that is connected to the system when it starts up or resumes from sleep is going to spin up. Windows attempts to recognize all connected drives when it does this and the only way to do that is to spin them up in order to access and interface with them. Either way, they're only spun up for 20 minutes because they're set to go to sleep after that, right? What is the issue with them doing this?

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Hi
I have a seagate External HDD (250GB - ST325060)
which was working fine for the past 2 years with no issues on WinXP.
Last week when i was working with that, the power connection cable attached to the HDD was removed accidently.
From then,i am trying to switch it on,but its not wswitching on, its not spinning. i changed the power outlets,checked the cables, but nothing is working out. i have lot of data in that HDD(around 200GB). Can you guys please help to make the HDD work again or to recover the data.

Thanks
VK
 

Answer:Seagate External Hard Disk not switching on, not spinning

You'll need to open it up. There may be a small fuse that you can replace (though there may be some soldering involved).

You can also remove the drive from the case and attach it internally in your PC to recover data (with an adapter if it is a small drive).

In any case, unless there is a fuse cap externally that you can check, you'll need to remove the case.
 

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Hello,

I lost my restore cd for my dell inspiron 8100 laptop. It was designed for windows ME / 2000 Professional. When It crashed, I ordered a new restore cd from dell chat. Since they no longer support windows me or 2000 pro, the new cd came with windows XP. This laptop is a Pentium III with 128 mb of ram (this could be the issue). Although, I am going to spend 15 bucks off of ebay to put the maximum 512 mb into it (PC133). Anyways, The hard disk was always sort of like that, it spins a long time until the machine calms down, then you can barley use it. I do have some bad secors on the hard disk. Maybe you can help!! It also seems like, while its not waiting to catch up, but while it can be used, its not too too bad, so I think a drive check, or a ram upgrade will get it going. I tried using full chkdsk command and everything was fine, a scan disk found errors but took wayyy to long. There was also another problem with trying to install windows me/98, they both just claim to have missing files and they always crashed. Sometimes I got a little further with the installs by allowing less of the autoexec.bat, and config.sys files. My goal is just to surf the web and use MS OFFICE here.
Thank You,
-Nathan Fakhouri
 

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external hard drive stop working after updating operating system to windows 10 professional.
How do I fix it?

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I have an Iomega 1T external drive which I cant access. I can see it on Device Manager but it doesn't appear on ThisPC. The volume is showing on List Volume as E: but status is "No media". Disk is not spinning. Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Seagate external drive not spinning

can you feel it vibrating?
3.5 or 2.5 drive does it have external power to it
3.5 check power to drive, 2.5 try another USb port and or USb cable.

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Hi, I have an external battery powered HD that is used to transfer data from digi-cam SD chips on the go. I have all my holiday pics on it but it is refusing to spin up, so I cannot access my data. I am pretty sure that the data is all still intact on the drive though. My question is what can I do to retrieve the data from the drive? How easily could it be repaired without losing the data? Is this something that I could do myself?

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.


 

Answer:External Drive not spinning up...solutions?

If the drive is dead I'd say you have about zero chance of getting the info off the drive without resorting to a data recovery company,they will charge a small fortune to get the data for you basically by buying a new version of your drive and replacing the components, its up to you to decide if your pictures are worth it

there are other avenues to go down first,check the manufacturers sites troubleshooting section,check for specific problems with your drive also,your warranty is useless as it doesnt cover the data on the drive,check the battery\batteries and charger with a testmeter

Post all the problem symptoms your having with the drive in as much detail as possible,does the drive light up when powered up,is it recognized by windows when connected ect.ect.
 

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I have a 500 GB WD My Book external HDD. I want to stop it from spinning down all the time, because I randomly throw files on it and read files from it. I'm using Vista x64. I've already tried disabling the settings for hard drive spin down in the power options and it's still spinning down. I wonder if it's built into the firmware of the drive?

Answer:How can I prevent my WD external drive from spinning down?

My WD external drive spins down after some inactivity. Can I disable this feature?

Question
Do Western Digital external hard drives spin down after a certain amount of inactivity time? How can I disable this feature?

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The external hard drives listed below will spin down (enter into power saver mode) after 10 minutes of drive inactivity. Once the drive is accessed again, the drive will exit from the power saver mode and spin back up.

Please Note: This is a permanent feature of the external hard drives and cannot be disabled.

Answer

That came directly off of WD's Faq section there. Apparently that is how they were designed. I run the MyBook Essential 500gb model here with the same thing seen.

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Hi, I have a Windows Vista computer and a western digital 2 TB USB External Hard Drive. I have about 160gb of data that I want to copy to my External Hard Drive. When I begin pasting the files to the external drive I get the spinning wheel and it doesn't go away, the spinning wheel only appears when I place my cursor over the folder of the external drive, after that I also can't close the folder without windows explorer restarting.

Also it shows the wrong progress time of how long before all the files are copied. It usually starts off about right when I first begin copying the files to the external but then it gives the wrong amount of time and it stops progressing.

Should I just leave it and let it copy all the files? Is it safe to do that? I also re-formated (quick format) the external drive as NTFS just incase there were some issues on the external drive but there was no change.

Is my external hard drive defective or is it my computer causing the issue? I just purchased it from Newegg a few days ago. Please help
 

Answer:Copying files to external drive causes spinning wheel issues

The wheel indicates that the system is "busy" and that you can't perform any actions. That's the correct behavior when you hover over the destination directory during a transfer. You can do other things, but you can't perform any actions relating to the destination folder.

How much disk activity do you see when it stops progressing?
 

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Hello:
Hoping you guys can help me again. My daughter's IBM laptop T30 running Windows XP Pro is continually spinning the hard rive with no apps running. The CPU fluctuates greatly anywhere from 5%-100% every few seconds. That is with only the startup processes running (appr. 45).

I have Norton System works and have run my maintenance on the machine including defragging, no viruses, no spyware that Norton, Spybot, Adaware or MS Antispy are showing. The machine is working OK but the hard drive keeps spinning and the CPU utilization is really high. Any ideas? Below is a HJT log just in case that shows anything. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:47:10 AM, on 4/8/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ibmpmsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
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Lately my hard drive has been spinning virtually nonstop whenever my laptop is on. This includes when I'm using it, when I'm not using it, when it's in screensaver and power saver modes, basically any time it's turned on other than when it is closed.

I'm running Windows 10.0 build 10240 on an HP Envy. Trend Micro Maximum Security is installed and may be part of the issue, I'm not sure. Otherwise there is not that much installed on the machine and I've even uninstalled some of the pre-packaged programs and disabled others in the startup menu, but the issue persists.

So my question is twofold, 1 - is this a known issue with Win 10 and/or HP's and if so what is the fix; 2 - is it just something in my configuration or with my programs that I can solve?

Happy to provide more information or post screenshots of task manager, etc.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Is Always Spinning

If you mean by 'spinning' you are hearing sounds from the laptop and or CPU usage is high, then various things to check:
Temperatures in the hardware. Have a look at the results from SPECCY
Check your system Start Ups - Task Manager > Start Ups
Autoruns is also very good to check more deeply.
Check that Windows Updates are up to date
 

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So ive recently been having this problem where when i use my PC for more then a hour or so the hard drive will "re-spin" bunch of times causeing my screen to go black and crash, I thought it was just my old hard drive so I bought a brand new one, but it has the same problem. It also seems to have some sort of cool down time before I can use the pc again. Ive been searching online but have yet to find anything helpful, any thoughts?

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I have a Dell Optiplex 3.6MHz w/ 160GB Maxtor hard drive runnning WinXP Pro SP2 and have noticed the hard drive spins quite fast when I run certain applications. The applications all run smoothly and the system never locks up but the speed of the hard drive concerns me. Is there a reason to be concerned?
 

Answer:spinning hard drive

bump
 

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Hi

When my computer is idling the hard drive is working like mad. What is it doing? Can it be file indexing? And if yes, how do I turn it off?

Answer:my hard drive keeps spinning

control panel/indexing options should get you there. It could also be defender doing a disk scan or maintenance working if you have either set up to operate.

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I noticed today that may hard drive is itermitantly spinng all the time, even when I have nothing running. How can I check and see what's going on?
Thanks,
Bill

Answer:Hard drive spinning?

I ran this and checked my processes, but I don't know what's normal.

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After playing BF2 Demo my hard-drive is racing like a CD drive.....I thought it was a CD going but pulled both out and still the loud spinning/noise... It eventually is slowing/ quieting down as the minutes go by after quitting the game.
That game seems to demand alot from my system, but is this a sign that my hard-drive is going???
It wouldn't be the fan getting louder would it??? Does the fan run faster on my videocard or mboard when things heat up?
Thanks...it was really loud.

Answer:Hard Drive Spinning Loud..Or fan???

i wouldnt worry about it enless it sounds clanky lol.

BF2 demo is pretty demanding though.

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Oh my god! I am seriously about to go into panic mode. My computer is acting extremely weird! The hard drive is constantly spinning. I can see the little orange light is on almost constantly and isn't going off. Bootup was EXTREMELY slow! It took like 10-15 minutes for Windows XP Pro to bootup in normal mode and 5-10 minutes for it to bootup in Safe Mode. I was afraid it wasn't going to bootup at all but I let it take its time and it finally booted up. I fear my hard drive has some sort of extreme problem. We just recently had a thunder storm earlier this morning and I am hoping that my hard drive didn't get damaged from a surge. However, I figured that if it did, the computer wouldn't bootup at all. Everything is loading normally and stuff but it is just taking extremely long for most applications like Disk Defragmenter and such to load. It seems like it's only the Windows applications that are having problems so I wonder if Windows hasn't somehow become corrupted. The computer was fine this morning before the storm though. I have a cheap surge protector on it but I don't think it would protect it very well from a big surge. I am planning on buying a more expensive one before too long but I need to get my computer fixed first. First of all, I think I am just going to run some diagnostics and most likely format the hard drive because I fear the Windows has become corrupted somehow. I'll do a full format and then come back on as long as ... Read more

Answer:My Hard Drive is CONSTANTLY Spinning!!!!

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Hi, i recently updated the BIOS on my Toshiba Satellite Pro L20, and i have noticed that the hard drive keeps spinning down after about a minute, even whilst typing or surfing the internet. I've checked the Windows XP power settings and have it set to Desktop, with 'turn off hard disk' time set to 5 mins when plugged in, and 5 mins when on battery power (i always use it on the mains anyway). I have checked the BIOS settings to see if there's anything listed there, but there are no power management settings for the hard drive available in the BIOS.

Although the spinning down of the hard drive does not affect performance, i am worried that it may be putting stress on the drive from the constant powering up/ down.
The new BIOS version is '25/04/06 Windows Based Bios Update for the Satellite L20 (PSL2X), Satellite Pro L20 (PSL2Y) and Equium L20 (PSL2Z)', or file 2.20-WIN.

Answer:Satellite Pro L20 - Hard drive keeps spinning down

I think it?s nothing unusual that the HDD keeps spinning down if no application or OS need the HDD activity.
Furthermore the spinning down of the HDD has no bas affect on the HDD performance or on the HDD life time.

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Can anyone tell me why my hard drive is constantly spinning, when I'm watching a DVD movie on the same system? I'm using Win98SE and the system is P4 1.7GHz.
I do have my DMA activated on both the DVD and the H.D.D.
Please help!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Spinning, while watching DVD

The Hard Drive will spin while watching DVD's...

Windows still uses the hard drive for temp and SWAP files to cache the movie and the player.
 

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Any ideas? Here's my HijackThis log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:05:17 PM, on 11/25/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Update\1.2.183.13\GoogleCrashHandler.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\RegMgr\iviRegMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Service\PsiService_2.exeC:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsAuxs.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exeC:\WINDOWS\SMINST\Scheduler.exeC:\Program Files�... Read more

Answer:My hard drive is spinning out of control

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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My computer has been running reasonably well of late considering that is is a 5 year old low-powered laptop with only 256MB of RAM. The problem I have is that the HD is still spinning with the little indicator light on for 30 minutes after Windows has first loaded. I'm still just about able to get IE8 or FF up and running but rather erratically until the HD settles down.I have tried all the usual excellent advice on this Forum including such things as defrag, emptying temp. files, disk clean up, using CCleaner, checking for viruses etc. etc. I am wondering if this problem is a sign of my HD coming to the end of its life.I have a Medion laptop with a 20GB HD about half of which is is full, 250MB RAM, I run Windows XP with SP3.As I said it runs well enough once the HD has stopped spinning.

Answer:Hard Drive spinning too long.

Besides a new pc,its more ram you need.

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I have a Gateway 800 desktop with a p3 processor and a 30gb quantum fireball hard drive. the machine was inactive (powered down, out of service) for several months until I began using it a couple of days ago.

The problem is that the hard drive is constantly running. I can hear it. Sometimes the "activity" light on the front of the system is lit, sometimes not. What is the hard drive doing? The system is running fine, by the way.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard drive constantly spinning

Hi there crestonave:

Do you have antivirus running? Could be that it is checking the HDD. Also - have you run a scandisk/defrag on the drive lately? Might be a good time to do so.
 

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Yesterday my boot drive started making a beep then click noise so I started to backup everything from that drive to another but I didn't get everything in time as there was at least 800mb of data on it, by the time it stopped I must have been over half way of copying the data, now I'm booting on another drive but I'd really like to get the data off of the beeping drive.

I've taken it apart and put the actuator in the rest position, no difference still beeps, taken the pcb off to check for any burns, no burns. The hard drive hasen't been dropped or moved at all so there shouldn't be any physical damage, I've also taken the top off and plugged it in and there's no movement at all from the actuator or the spindal.

Not sure what else can be done here so any info would be great, don't really want to spend over ?400 on recovering data

Answer:Hard drive beeping, not spinning

If you have taken the drive apart to the point where you are able to see the platters and drive heads you have made a serious mistake. This can only be done safely in a specially designed "clean room" using special tools and following specific procedures. Exposure of the drive internals to normal unfiltered air often does serious damage. A commercial data recovery service may be able to recover at least some of your data but there are no guarantees. Most such services have a policy that there is no charge if no data can be recovered but that does not apply if the drive has been opened. They will know.

It is always best to make backups of your data BEFORE problems develop. All files of any importance need at least 1 backup copy, 2 or more backup copies for files of particular importance. Recovery of data after a problem develops cannot be relied on.

I know this isn't what you wanted to hear but we must accept reality.

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I have an Inspiron 3452 and it came a a very small hard drive (SSD). I went to the accessories for this particular model and ordered a 250 GB hard drive. However, when I open the laptop there is a place a hard drive should go but no cables to connect it. What am I missing?

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Hello,

Now I have what I believe may be a dead hard drive (taken out from an external enclosure) and I'd just like a 2nd/3rd opinion on this.

So I have a WD10EACS Western Digital 1TB HDD. Now the reason I think it may be dead is because now when I power the HDD on, the drive spins for about 10 seconds or so, and then it stops spinning completely. And it doesn't appear to be detected by my computer at all (either in My Computer or in Disk Management)

I've taken it out of its enclosure and tested it by directly connecting it to my computer through its SATA ports, and still the same problem.

I was wondering if anyone here has experience with this type of issue, and whether or not there is an inexpensive solution for it?

And for what its worth, I think my issue might be the same as the one listed in this post: http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=190085
 

Answer:WD Hard Drive Starts Spinning, Then Stops

Hi,

There is a difference between your problem and the other thread in that in that thread, his drive was seen in disk management. There has to be at least minimal functionality for it to appear there (Windows was at least getting some information from the electronics of the HD telling it the brand and model number). If the drive isn't seen in disk management then there is not much you can do with it in Windows. No Windows program will be able to see it as far as I know.

You could try Western Digital's Drive Diagnostic program. I don't think the Windows version will see it but there is a tiny chance that the bootable CD version might. (I really think it depends on whether or not your computer's BIOS sees the drive. That it doesn't at least show up in Disk Management makes me think even your BIOS doesn't see it.) You can try the program for the cost of a blank CD.

You want the lifeguard diagnostic for CD from here and then you need to burn the ISO file to a blank CD as an image file. Imgburn's "Write Image File to Disc" option will work or you can use your favorite burning software. http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61

Then boot from the CD (in the computer you have the HD attached to internally) and see if it can detect your HD. If it can then you would run the short test and the long test to see what it says. The long test is the one that will try to fix any errors.

I think it is a long shot that it will ... Read more

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I just installed a new HD this past summer. It is in a DELL Inspiron 8000 laptop. Recently, it has been making unusual noises when it spins up. Kinda like a soft 'baseball card on bike spokes' sound. I know that my desktop HD gets loud at times, but I never heard my laptop's original HD spin like this. Should I be worried? If it is a problem, what should I do before I dig out the invoice and calling the place I bought it?

Thanks.

Jerold
 

Answer:Hard Drive funny spinning noise

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My friend as Dell 8400 Dimension. The Hard Drive became corrupt.
I purchased this product http://sewelldirect.com/usbtoideadapterwith35to25converter.asp

It worked. I had the entire drive and 5000 pictures (that he never backed up) on my harddrive. But I had to leave so I cancelled the data transfer from his corrupt drive to my documents (external drive).

When I went to my next job I did the same thing and had to leave again so I cancelled.

When I got home THE HARD DRIVE STOPPED SPINNING. I tried to use it as a secondary drive to make sure the USB Adapter that I purchased worked.

Bottom line. The hard drive won't spin. No matter what I do? He has a ton of pics on the hard drive.

I don't know what to do? What if I remove the chip on top of the metal case (hard drive case- Maxtor) and buy a new chip? Does that make sense. I appreciate your help in advance.
Andy
 

Answer:Hard Drive Stopped Spinning! Serious help needed!

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Whenever I put my computer to sleep I hear the secondary drive (not the boot drive) spin down, and then the power light starts blinking like it's supposed to when in S3 sleep mode. At this point in time I expect all the fans to turn off signifying completing the transition to S3 sleep mode. However, the fans aren't spun down yet at this point and a couple seconds after, the secondary drive spins up again for a brief moment and there is some extra activity occurring on the boot drive. Finally after a few more seconds, everything powers down. And just to note, the secondary drive does not spin down before power is removed this time around.

I don't recall the extra secondary drive spin up happening under XP when putting the system to sleep, so I'm wondering why the secondary drive is spinning back up again before finally powering down?

One other thing to note is that the secondary drive is behind a RAID controller, so I suppose there is a possibility the RAID controller is spinning the secondary drive up again, but I thought I'd try to rule out any Windows 7 involvement.
 

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I have a Thinkpad t410 and I recently purchased a larger Hard Drive and installed it a week ago . Installation went fine, windows installed perfectly, and everything seemed fine until yesterday when I rebooted and the system hung on the lenovo bios boot screen (lenovo logo and the 'Press the blue ThinkVantage button to interrupt startup) because the hard drive was not spinning.  After restating a few times, the hard drive came up and boot went on as normal.  Since then, this has happened every time I have turned off my system, and a few hours ago has started when I wake the system from standby.  I initial thought was that it was a bad hard drive, but when I put the hard drive in a different laptop, it functioned perfectly.  This does not occur if I restart the computer, only if I shut it down so the hard drive stops spinning and needs to turn back on.   Thanks for any help you can offer.

Answer:Hard Drive does not start spinning on t410

Hello mandalorethx, welcome to Lenovo Forum!
 
Please provide us with the manufactorer of your hdd and which model exactly.
 
 
 
 

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Its not ALL the time but like sometimes it would be silent then ill go out of the room for 30mins or so and when i come back i can hear the HDD spinning as if im doing a virus scan or something when all its doing is sat on my desktop? it could be doing this for an hour before it stops, is that normal?

Ive turned off indexing before anyone says it, and also my CPU usage isnt effected by this

Answer:Hard drive constantly spinning in Vista?

Did you turn off Windows Defender?

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My computer is a Gateway 200 series laptop (aka crap-I-should've-never-bought). I'm running on Windows XP Pro, and I've just had to reformat my computer because I've been getting "Operating System Not Found" errors. That's not the problem though, the thing is that the hard drive randomly just stops spinnning and the whole computer just crashes, does a memory dump, then restarts. Sometimes it stops spinning and starts again and stops and starts until the whole thing just craps out and I have to reformat it again because when I restart the computer, it does the whole "Operating System Not Found" thing again. I can't download service pack 2 or install anything because of these random hard drive stops. Is it a problem with the hard drive disk or is it a problem with whatever controls it?
 

Answer:Hard drive stops spinning randomly

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New laptop, windows 10 home.
hitachi hard drive inside keeps spinning up and down every minute or two while idle.

To rule out background processes, I boot into plain safe mode, no networking.

Same thing. hdd spins up randomly when no one is touching the computer.

What's triggering the spin ups?

Answer:hard drive keeps spinning up during idle, even in safe mode

Hello link626 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

Often something will be writing to the drive that will be running unnoticed in the background. One way to force the drive to sleep a bit when not being active would be going into the Start>Settings>System>Power & Sleep to make a few adjustments maybe even create a new custom plan. When the Power & Sleep screen appears you then go to the Additional power settings option at the bottom to open up the next screen where you can simply click on the Change plan settings for the Balanced plan the laptop came with which then moves onto the next screen or simply change from Balanced to Power saver.

On the third screen under any plan you will see the Change advanced power settings option which brings up a totally new screen full of items where you will find the Hard Disk settings are the second item in plain view for raising or lowering the minutes of inactivity before the drive goes to sleep as well as the "never" option for high performance desktop application mostly.

For creating a totally new plan where you can tweak things at your own pace leaving the other existing plans untouched you will want to review the guide for Creating your own power plan

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My HD was reported failure on my original computer(PC.1). The boot up only lasted to the page where it shows the Window XP page which has a green processing bar running on the black background. I removed the HD and place it in an enclosure device, plugged that into another computer (PC.2) that also runs a XP platform. It happened XP recognize there is a new USB plugged in and it also identify it is a mass storage drive which was plugged in, but then it failed to commuincate with this PC.2 afterwards. I clicked on My Computer and see there is no addditon drive showing which supposed to. I guess my HD is dead? But the motor inside is running and I hear no funny noise. What is the problem...how can I recitfy fix this. Not good! Not funny at all.

Anyone can please, please.... help me......

savage my life!

Answer:Hard drive is spinning but no files showing - failure....HELP please!

Wow, im really confused. So I think: The hard drive is spinning but nothing is showing up. How is xp running

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I had an old XP machine that I ran my email server on. A few days ago it started to give me BSODs and after a few reboots refused to boot any longer.

I purchased a new desktop that came with Windows 10 Pro. I then removed the hard drive from the old XP machine and attached it to that Windows 10 computer and tried to read data off of it. Unfortunately Windows Explorer was very slow to read the "Users" folder on the old HDD and eventually started to give me CRC redundancy errors.

Luckily I had a somewhat recent backup of most of the data, but still I will lose about a week of data if I don't read it from the HDD that crashed.

So I'm curious if there's any software that can recover data from that hard drive? Anything in Windows 10 itself?

PS. I tried to use SpinRite but that software is very old & slow and it doesn't seem to work with newer hard drives larger than 500GB. (Mine is 750 GB.) I tried it on two desktops and it crashed twice on me with this error. Worse still their support blame my BIOS for which I tried every possible setting with no luck.

Answer:Software to repair damaged spinning hard drive

You need to use a Sector by Sector program like EaseUS Todo Workstation. When you want to copy information from a hard drive that is failing, you never want to try and use it any more than you can. Otherwise you are going to end up with not being able to rescue anything after the heads have thrashed the coating on the platters so much that they are wrecked.

You are best to always keep a copy of files like media, documents, etc on a NAS or cloud drive, so that you always have them in a safe place.

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It all started when I was running Pro Tools on my computer. I was using a lot of CPU (not more than normal) and suddenly my computer froze. The keyboard/mouse were useless so I had to restart. But after restarting the hard drive was not recognized by my motherboard. In fact my motherboard barely could boot up the bios. I couldn't access the bios. Eventually I let it sit for a couple of hours and when I restarted I could boot up and as soon as Windows loaded I got the blue screen of death.

So 3 months later and multiple dead ends, the ending is the same; the computer freezes and then the HD stops spinning.

I tried another hard drive, installed Vista, got the blue screen once but it seems to work ok. Granted I haven't run any programs that require a lot of memory. All my sticks of RAM work, I tried updating drivers and that didn't solve it. I removed my video card so now am using the on board video card. I disabled the sound card just in case. what am I missing.. Um...anyone have any suggestions? Is this a software or hardware glitch? Could it be my power supply? The power supply fan is running and so is the CPU fan. The case has been off since this happened so plently of air flow. I think the case temperature said 84-83 degrees F. The bios is loaded as FAIL SAFE defaults.

I've had the computer for 2 years and never had a problem. I know Vista can be unstable but I didn't download any updates since last year. I did try to run the windows memory dia... Read more

Answer:Computer Freezes/Hard Drive Stops Spinning

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New laptop, windows 10 home.
hitachi hard drive inside keeps spinning up and down every minute or two while idle.

To rule out background processes, I boot into plain safe mode, no networking.

Same thing. hdd spins up randomly when no one is touching the computer.

What's triggering the spin ups?

Answer:hard drive keeps spinning up during idle, even in safe mode

Hello link626 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

Often something will be writing to the drive that will be running unnoticed in the background. One way to force the drive to sleep a bit when not being active would be going into the Start>Settings>System>Power & Sleep to make a few adjustments maybe even create a new custom plan. When the Power & Sleep screen appears you then go to the Additional power settings option at the bottom to open up the next screen where you can simply click on the Change plan settings for the Balanced plan the laptop came with which then moves onto the next screen or simply change from Balanced to Power saver.

On the third screen under any plan you will see the Change advanced power settings option which brings up a totally new screen full of items where you will find the Hard Disk settings are the second item in plain view for raising or lowering the minutes of inactivity before the drive goes to sleep as well as the "never" option for high performance desktop application mostly.

For creating a totally new plan where you can tweak things at your own pace leaving the other existing plans untouched you will want to review the guide for Creating your own power plan

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I had an old XP machine that I ran my email server on. A few days ago it started to give me BSODs and after a few reboots refused to boot any longer.

I purchased a new desktop that came with Windows 10 Pro. I then removed the hard drive from the old XP machine and attached it to that Windows 10 computer and tried to read data off of it. Unfortunately Windows Explorer was very slow to read the "Users" folder on the old HDD and eventually started to give me CRC redundancy errors.

Luckily I had a somewhat recent backup of most of the data, but still I will lose about a week of data if I don't read it from the HDD that crashed.

So I'm curious if there's any software that can recover data from that hard drive? Anything in Windows 10 itself?

PS. I tried to use SpinRite but that software is very old & slow and it doesn't seem to work with newer hard drives larger than 500GB. (Mine is 750 GB.) I tried it on two desktops and it crashed twice on me with this error. Worse still their support blame my BIOS for which I tried every possible setting with no luck.

Answer:Software to repair damaged spinning hard drive

You need to use a Sector by Sector program like EaseUS Todo Workstation. When you want to copy information from a hard drive that is failing, you never want to try and use it any more than you can. Otherwise you are going to end up with not being able to rescue anything after the heads have thrashed the coating on the platters so much that they are wrecked.

You are best to always keep a copy of files like media, documents, etc on a NAS or cloud drive, so that you always have them in a safe place.

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Hello,

okay so for the past 2-3 days my computer has been crashing, and it's almost the same thing every time: the screen glitches with pink, white, and green tiles and lines, the cursor disappears, the screen goes black, and the hard drive stops spinning. All the lights on the front of the computer stay on, the fans stay on, and the monitor doesn't say anything about not receiving a signal. The first time it happened I tried turning it on right away and it booted up and let me sign in, but as it was loading the desktop and icons it glitched again, and froze. after I shut down and let it sit for a while it worked just fine until the next day when it did the same thing again, but twice in one day and with a shorter time between freezes. Today I had a WerFault.exe error pop up and when I clicked ok on it the bottom half of my screen turned pinkish and the computer froze when I restarted the pink tone was still there but it did not show up on any windows that I opened and when the background changed it went away.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

P.S. half of the time it has happened I have been playing StarCraft2 if that makes any difference.

P.P.S. I am running Windows 7 64-bit.

Answer:Screen glitches, goes black, and hard drive stops spinning.

Hi -There are 2 options to look at with this type of fault -The first known one is Power Supply Unit is Faulty / Dying / or just not putting out enough power - Have it tested - Known to produce "Pixilated effect" -The other one involves your WerFault.exe error , also known as Windows Error and Fault Reporting.exe tool -This is one solution if there are currently no hardware problems on your system, or there are no other major software Errors on your system -The Werfault.exe process is a part of Windows Error Reporting in Windows (Vista and Windows7) - If you do not want certain executable files or programs to send error reports, you may also create a block list.These are detailed steps you can follow to customize Windows Error and Fault Reporting.exe tool1.Go to Windows Error Reporting > open Control Panel. 2.Click > System and Maintenance, and then click > Problem Reports and Solutions.3.Click > Change Settings located in the left panel of the Problem Reports and Solutions window.4.Select an option to configure how you want Windows to look for a solution to your problems. You may allow Windows to do it automatically or ask you every time to check if problem occurs.5.Next, click the > Advanced settings link.6.Select On or Off to configure whether you want to use Error Reporting or not.7.Click Change settings and choose the appropriate option to configure how you want problem reporting to be set for all users and programs.8.If you choose to use Error R... Read more

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?

Thanks!
Sonya

Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hey guys bought a New seagate barracuda 1TB hard drive earlier this year and have been having problems with it for a couple of weeks now, the drive makes a spinning sound as it would when it starts up and does this for a couple of times till the drive disappears from my Pc I did scan the drive for errors but none came up i also ran Seagate tools and it states the drive is fine no errors were logged in event viewer and im about to return the drive but have lost my receipt can someone please advice me if there's anything else i can do

Answer:Secondary Seagate Hard drive disappears after making spinning sound

Make sure all the cables are connected properly.

Open power options (Advanced) > disable power saving for storage devices.

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Hello, I had to reinstall Windows XP from scratch awhile ago.  When doing so, my system is now really slow (everything -- loading programs, browsing, starting up, etc) even with no additional software loaded other than Windows itself with all the service packs and updates installed.  I have reinstalled several times with the same result.  I have 384MB of RAM and have set a Windows swap file of 512MB.  The hard drive light is on almost constantly.  This is even with no virus software -- if I load that my machine becomes completely unusable.  I have loaded all the latest drives using the ThinkPad Configuration Utility so I should be current on drivers.  Did IBM/Lenovo factory-load some specific software (CPU management, etc) that I may be missing when I reinstalled?  I have tried everything but it just runs like a dog.  Any thoughts...? Thanks, Gary













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Answer:T30 performance slow - hard drive spinning constantly - on clean machine

Welcome to the forum! 384MB of RAM is not nearly enough to run XP properly on your ThinkPad. I suggest upgrading to at least 1GB. On other issues: are you running XP in "classic" mode? Also, is your CPU set to "max performance" in BIOS? Good luck and let us know.

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Hi all, My Y530 had been running hot and fan would stay on all the time even if the computer is idle.Now the HD has crashed and I can't boot the machine. Power turns on but HD doesn't spin. I didn't create the backup disks.question is that how do I get Vista 64-bit copy from Lenovo?I would like to buy new hard drive and reinstall Vista 64-bit as well as all the drivers. What is the best way to do this?Thank you. 

Answer:Y530 hard drive crashed. Power is on but HD is not spinning so blank screen,

if your friends have vista dvd, use it to install the operation system then use your serial number to activate it.you can download the drivers from the link below:http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/uk/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_list.aspx?CategoryID=13

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells


Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance



Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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Does anyone know of software that will clone one external hard drive to another hard drive. I have tried by attaching both external hardrives  to a computer but Acronis will only find the destination drive and not the source drive. any ideas would be great Ojas

Answer:Any software that will clone one external hard drive to another external hard

What kind of data is on the HDD ? ?Are you saying that Aceonis does not rcognise both externals ? ?If not you can hool up only the HDD you want cloned and have Acronis create and save the image to your internal for now...then power down...unhook that external...and hook up the blank external...power up and clone away.NOTE: I highly suggest verifying the image before cloning...takes a bit longer buy well worth it.It's under the Tools section in Acronis.

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

anyone?
 

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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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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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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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Hi,
I have an external (was internal) hard disk, which did have a few Operating Systems on it. However, I no longer want it to be bootable, since I simply want it as external storage.

I have already completely zeroed it, but it still tries to boot from it.

Any ideas?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Stop an external hard disk being bootable

Have you reset the boot order in your bios so that it no longer looks to the external drive as the first boot option?

letchworth
 

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Help - A CD I just created on my Windows 98 machine just spins on my Windows XP machine and I can't see it or stop it. I reboot and the CD just starts spinning again. I can (with a paperclip) open the CD carriage, but it keeps spinning.

8 other CDs that I made this way using Easy CD Creator 4 work just fine. I'm archiving my digital photos on CD and transfering them to my new XP Dell. I created another CD with the same photos as the "bad" CD and it does the same thing. Even though the "bad" CDs just spin on my XP machine, they still work just fine in my '98 machine.

Any help or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

THANKS!!!

Spinning out of control
 

Answer:HELP - Spinning CD can't stop it! (ttt)

This appears to have something to do with the CD not being finalized. This step was being skipped somehow in Easy CD Creator 4 on my Windows '98 machine and when I tried to use the disk in my XP machine it would just spin with no way to stop it.
 

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Here's the problem: as soon as windows starts up, the fan immediately shuts down. (But for some reason stays on during safe mode.) This is a new fan, the old one was replaced because I thought it was defective. And I'm pretty sure it's not some kind of "smart" fan or motherboard that'll adjust the fan speed.

The relevant specs:
HP 503n (Yeah, I know but it's my office cpu)
Motherboard: trigem 845GL
CPU: 1.7 Celeron GHZ
RAM: 128 mb
Win 98 (XP had a similar problem)
 

Answer:Why does my new fan stop spinning?

Are you using any fan monitoring software which could be the cause of this (ie. set to silent mode)?

You have connected the fan to the correct fan header (so that it's not mistaken for a different type of fan (ie. system fan instead of cpu))?

:wave: Hello & Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

Hope you'll enjoy your stay with us!
 

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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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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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?
 

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..
 

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.
 
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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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Looking to buy an external hard drive for backup. This will be used only to backup data periodically. This is certainly a good price ($140):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1474205

I've never heard of it. Anyone have any experience with that brand?
 

Answer:Opinions on BeyondMicro External Hard Drive?-or recommendations on External Case?

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

Answer:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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Hello

Cursor in Windows 7 64bit spinning non-stop.

I opened Task Manager, clicked on "Processes" Tab, and then CPU. The program with a continuous high reading (86 To 90) is "System file Process," User Name: "SYSTEM."

Can anyone tell me how to stop this?

Thanx.

Answer:Cursor Spinning Non-Stop

How often does it happen? Have you tried restarting your computer?

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I messed around with my CPU yesterday on my broken PC and made progress somehow. Right now when i press the start button on my computer the fans(cpu, power supply and the general fan)all starts spinning rapidly. Before that the fans would start to spin when i press it but always stops before running at full speed.

Normally, when my PC starts up the fans will do this for about 3 seconds and then reduce themselves to making almost no noise at all and letting the hard drive boot up. At the moment it just keeps on spinning forever when i start it up and there is absolutely no visual on the monitor nor have i seen any other part of my computer start up. I have checked the power supply and found no sign of burnt parts or leaked capacitors. I am using an AMD athlon 64 3500+ processor on this compaq presario sr1934nx system with 1GB of ram and 300W power supply. Everything is as same as i bought it, all original OEM parts.

Would this be a problem of my CPU or something else that's doing it?
 

Answer:Fans spinning non-stop

Do you have a pc speaker hooked up for bios beep code errors? Have you reseated the ram and video card?

If you answered yes to all of the above you may have a dead mobo and/or cpu.
 

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I don't like my main HD to stop spinning in Vista, so I turn it off. But, I have a backup HD that only runs 3 times a week for backing up data. I don't need it spinning 24x7 when it is only accessed maybe a few hours a week at most. Is there a way to stop that certain HD from spinning, then begin spinning when it is accessed, but the main OS HD spins constantly?

I have Vista Ultimate x64. The backup HD is IDE, if that matters. Main OS HD is SATA II. Thanks!
 

Answer:Stop a certain HD from spinning in Vista?

What I would do is buy an external IDE hard drive bay for like $10 or $15, then you can manually turn it on/off. They usually connect via USB or Firewire. I have a 120GB IDE drive in one right now and it's very nice, especially between formats.

Other than that, you could buy hard drive bays that have switches to turn them on and off, but IDE can not be hot swapped, you would have to reboot the system in order to access it. Thats' why the external idea is good. If you want an internal drive that can be 'hot swapped' (powered on/off) it has to be Sata.
 

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I have Windows 10 installed in the SSD, while I use the HDD as storage, there are just files there. I also set power to turn off HDD at 3 minutes if idle. The problem is that the HDD wont stop ever spinning.

In Windows 7 I had this same configuration and HDD stopped spinning properly at 3 minutes. I dont have any problem that is accessing the HDD, in fact i even have less programs now since I formatted a few days ago.

Indexing is also disabled in the HDD by default, its only enabled in the SSD.

Could you help me, please?

EDIT: I disabled the Windows Search service and also removed Cortana (SearchUI.exe) but the HDD wont stop spinning.

Answer:HDD wont stop spinning

Hi, if you've specified in Indexing Options that Windows search should not index your HDD, it won't. (Cortana simply uses what's indexed - and only that- when searching for files and folders - it doesn't build a separate index of them).

One way to find out what if anything is accessing you HDD is to use Sysinternals Procmon (free, just search for it). This will capture every event as a lengthy list, which you can filter or scan for occurrences of a drive letter which applies to your HDD. Thus you can find which processes - if any- are using your drive.

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I have Windows 10 installed in the SSD, while I use the HDD as storage, there are just files there. I also set power to turn off HDD at 3 minutes if idle. The problem is that the HDD wont stop ever spinning.

In Windows 7 I had this same configuration and HDD stopped spinning properly at 3 minutes. I dont have any problem that is accessing the HDD, in fact i even have less programs now since I formatted a few days ago.

Indexing is also disabled in the HDD by default, its only enabled in the SSD.

Could you help me, please?

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I am looking to purchase an external hdd & dvd writer for my laptop, I have looked at ones made by freecom-does anyone know if they are any good and the best place to buy them ?Thanks

Answer:External Hard disc Drive & External DVD writer

click here?d

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Am thinking of adding one of these to get more space. I read/heard somewhere that the software that comes with it allows you to back-up files on this drive automatically from the computer C Drive. Can anyone confirm this please as this could be the 'buy it' information I need for the final decision.Thanks in anticipation

Answer:Archos external Qdisk External Hard Drive

It doesn't mention anything about this on the Archos website click here

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Hi,
I would like to know that If i got an external monitor with usb ports on it and then connect my Macbook Pro 2015 to it via an HDMI cable, can i connect an external hard-drive onto the external display to transfer files to my macbook?
 

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I have used Windows 98 for several years, but over the last several months, I have noticed that my computer is reading and writing information to my harddrive almost constantly, during the day, in the middle of the night, whatever. It occurs even when I am not on the Internet and no programs are open other than what opens automatically when you boot up. Is there any way to tell what program might be on my computer that is causing this when the harddrive starts spinning on its own? When I type cntl/alt/delete the harddrive stops spinning, but when I cancel out, it starts right up again. Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:How to stop constantly spinning hardrive

First: do you have a permanent internet connection(DSL, cable, etc) if so, for sure it's a troyan or virus of those that send email... it doesn't reflect as a task 'cause they usually install as services... Get the most recent update for your antivirus, and also see the current active connectios to internet: for this you can use TCPView and you can get it here. Also get an antitroyan/spyware utility (like AdAware). Good luck
 

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I currently have windows 8.1 pc that I built my self, but when I upgraded the heatsink for overclocking, I think that I dropped my screwdriver on the motherboard. Now when I power it up, all the fans run, but the gpu fans stop after 30 seconds, and there is no display on the monitor. This was after the upgrade, it was working ok before (the pc was pretty slow and applications froze many tomes on it). I think the screwdriver messed up the pc, and wanted to know if replacing the motherboard would fix the issue. Also if I try to replace the motherboard with a new motherboard that is from a different brand and with different specs, will my pc turn on or not, because I thought that data from the old motherboard would be saved onto the harddrive, so a new one would be incompatible unless its the same one as before. I need help on this, thank you for your time. Also, I wanted to know if it's the motherboard itself that's the problem or not. The computer is rather new, being built about 2 and a half months ago. Also, I have tried multiple methods in hopes of it turning on correctly like taking out the motherboard battery then reinserting it and resetting the cmos. Thank you again for your support.
 

Answer:Pc won't display and gpu fans stop spinning

Sorry I forgot to mention the specs:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ariacookie/saved/D6WTwP
 

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I bought a Pavilion x360 less than a month ago and itwroked great. A week ago, the computer upgraded from the build it came with to the WIndows 10 Anniversary update (version 1607). Since then, the fan spins constantly and is very audible. Occasioanlly it stops being loud but those moments are few and far between. HP coolsense has not helped at all because HP threw out the quietest mode back in the thermal assistant and turning coolsense on simply increases the speed. I've updated the BIOS and nearly all other drivers to their 1607 version but that has not helped. THe slightest task increases the fan speed and it is diffcult to work with it. I'm assuming this has to do with the update to version 1607 because it was fine befroe that. I can't rollack to the previous build because the ten days limit has passed. Does anyone know how to fix this? (Before you ask, the vents are clean.)

Answer:HP Pavilion x360 fan won't stop spinning

Hello, You may download and install the previous BIOS ver Manually. And see if tha helps !!Try this link : http://support.hp.com/in-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-m3-u000-x360-convertible-pc/10862152  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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HAve tried numerous to back up entire c " drive to a external 80 gb passport accesible using the usb port .
I am using the backup from XP pro , it start out fine and appear to run for awhile ( about 15-20 minutes) until it hit around 2 gb and then stop .Have about 18 gb of info on the c' drive , the external has over 50 gb available .
Have tried at least 5 times and alway stop , do not remenber the message .
Any suggestion would greatly be appreciated .
 

Answer:Back up to external drive stop repeatatly at 2gb

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Hi everyone,

First. sorry for my english.

I have a Seagate 1Tb USB external hard drive, and after 15min of inactivity, the drive shutdown imself.

But without any reason, sometime the drive is reactivated, it's like Win 7 pool the drive for "i don't know what" and 15min after, the drive is shuting down again. I have a little utility that I can decide the amount of time the drive will go in sleep mode, so i've try 30min, 1h, 2h.... Always the same thing, when the drive go in sleep mode, few hours after Windows pool the drive to check someting or only check if the drive is "alive", but it's wake the drive for "nothing".

My question is if there is a way to tell Windows to "never" pool the drive, so when the drive go in sleep mode and ony wake when I decide to go on the drive by myself.

Hope you understand my question!

Thanks alot

Answer:How tell Win7 stop pooling my USB external drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Rambytes


Hi everyone,

First. sorry for my english.

I have a Seagate 1Tb USB external hard drive, and after 15min of inactivity, the drive shutdown imself.

But without any reason, sometime the drive is reactivated, it's like Win 7 pool the drive for "i don't know what" and 15min after, the drive is shuting down again. I have a little utility that I can decide the amount of time the drive will go in sleep mode, so i've try 30min, 1h, 2h.... Always the same thing, when the drive go in sleep mode, few hours after Windows pool the drive to check someting or only check if the drive is "alive", but it's wake the drive for "nothing".

My question is if there is a way to tell Windows to "never" pool the drive, so when the drive go in sleep mode and ony wake when I decide to go on the drive by myself.

Hope you understand my question!

Thanks alot


Remove the Seagate Agent software if you have installed it

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How can I stop Windows from asking whether I want to scan and fix an external drive, whenever I turn on that external drive. It gives me the choice to scan and fix or continue without scanning.

The annoyance is that when I turn on the external drive, I may be doing something else and the notification will pop up or rather pop under all the other programs and windows I may have open and won't see the notification until I click on the taskbar and Windows Explorer is waiting for some response.

I know what is in the external drive and all is safe there.

Thank you.
Roxy

Answer:Stop windows from trying to scan external drive

It happened to my Tomtom gps ...i did scan once and it went away ..
"Do not recommend you do it ...though"
I will see if anybody come up with the solution too.

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !










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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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Windows 7 desk top computer stopped during use. It would not restart when button pressed. External power supply ok. Possible internal Power Supply Unit failure. Can the pc hard drive data be backed up to an external USB hard drive enclosure before testing to find the fault in these circumstances?

Answer:Hard drive backup to external USB hard drive enclosure

Yes, most HDD is use on laptop and desktops units are pretty standard. The desktops use 3.5 inch internal drives and the laptops are mostlt 2.5 inch. The Sata interface is almost universal. Suitable enclosures are sold by major vendors. Be aware that the very lost cost kits are not real enclosure, just the power and interface components. Not recommended. To easy make a mistake.You will need a working PC or laptop to read the data. And enough free drive space to store your data files. Recovering program files is not piratical, unless the programs were  portable programs. Which is not likely.This video is basic and helpful. (Ignore the lead in advertisement.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLQusrmzvIAs you will see in then video, you can buy an enclosure for  any starred hard drive. So just pick out a good enclosure and you can get you data back!EDIT: On of the best tutorials I have seen lately.  He makes it plain and simple and very useful information.  Geek-9pm recommends you watch. That guy is even better that me.

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.
 

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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