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Dual Drive issues DVD-drive and CD-RW drive please Help

Question: Dual Drive issues DVD-drive and CD-RW drive please Help

For anyone who can help.

My name is David Roy. and i have a Dell Dimension 4600. In this dimension i have a dual drive CD-RW on the bottom and DVD-Rom on the top. (HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8483B) and (Samsung DVD-ROM SD-616E)

Yesterday out of nowhere both my drives gave out. I can still see them on the my computer option but i cant use any of them. When i want to burn a blank CD it shows up on my computer but when i try to burn it, it sais no compatible recordable or rewritable devices could be found on your system. When i pop any movies or games or anything in any of the drives nothing shows up and if i click on the drive it sais please enter cd. So they cant read anything and this just happened. I have never had a problem like this in the past 2-3 years of having this computer.

Thank You if anyone can help me
David R

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Preferred Solution: Dual Drive issues DVD-drive and CD-RW drive please Help

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues not yet sorted out) I have occasionally to retrieve files from its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the full content of this external drive as G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive C:\ ?

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Answer:(Resolved) External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

The XP license for the Siemens is not transferable (OEM versions cannot be transferred).

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues) I have its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the content of drive G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive c:\ ??

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!
 

Answer:Solved: External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

Answer:recover win7 drive use after install Win10 on 2 drive dual boot sys?

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Okay here's the deal. I have two hard drives, 1st one is a Seagate Baracuda 320GB with standard IDE connection which has been formatted, only going to be used for storage. The 2nd one is a WD Cavier 250GB with SATA connection. I have and old Dell Dimension 4550. I originally had these running the way I wanted until WinXP crashed but can't remember how I had them connected to be Master and Slave. I currently have WinXP installed on the Seagate with the IDE connection. Since my PC is older I had to buy a SATA to IDE Converter which worked fine originally and still does. The problem I am having is making sure the connections are setup correctly. I can't get both drives to be recognized by the BIOS or bootup. I have tried what I believe to be every option and still can't get it. I know that since the Seagate IDE with WinXP installed is going to be my Master, I have that plugged into the Black IDE plug, then I plug the Grey IDE plug into the SATA to IDE converter and the converter into the WD SATA drive. On the converter there is 2 jumper settings, one for Master and one for Slave. I placed the jumper on the Slave but it is still not working. Given the 2 hard drives that I have and the info above for which one is Master and which one should be Slave along with the SATA to IDE converter. How should my setup be for placing these drives. Oh, I have even removed the jumper from the SATA to IDE converter leaving that open and placed that jumper on the... Read more

Answer:Dual hard drive issues, need help

You need to set the jumpers correctly on both drives. The jumper on the IDE drives should say master and the jumper on the SATA drive should say slave.

If you don't have enough jumpers to set the drives to master slave, see if you can make them both "cable select"
 

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I have an SSD drive with 2 partitions on it. 1st partition has Win 7 on it as drive letter C. 2nd Partition has Win 8 on it as Drive letter W. At 1 point in time if I booted to Win 8 the drive letter would dynamically change from drive letter W to Drive letter C and make Win 7 drive letter W. The revers was true if I booted to Win 7. Something has changed somewhere, where this dynamic drive letter changing is no longer working. When I boot to Win 8 the drive letter remains to be drive letter W & Win 7 is still drive C. This is causing problems when I'm booted to Win 8 with regard to installing & using apps while in Win 8 since the C drive is really the Win 7 system drive.

How can I fix this to get back the dynamic flip flopping of drive C? I confess to being somewhat ignorant when dealing with this particular area of things.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Jim

Answer:Dual boot Win7/Win 8 - Drive letter issues

How about posting a snip of your disk management.

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Hi all.

Recently I installed Ubuntu Linux on a partition on my secondary hard drive (it's a worthwhile education, I'll give it that). Since then, when in Windows, the remaining space, used for games, alternates between being accessible and being unaccessible. What's the go?

For example, when I go in My Computer and try to open D: drive this is the message i receive:

D:\ is not accessible

The parameter is incorrect

Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:Dual Booting - Second hard drive partitioning issues

Just to let you all know, I'm in Linux now, checking the hard drive. It recognises the first partition as being NTFS formatted, and the partitions are correct, which points or at least indicates the problem as being with Windows.
 

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Hello!

I have a hp probook 5430s running windows 7 home 64.

I am trying to get the computer set up to be a mobile DAW for my upcoming deployment and decided to remove the optical drive and install another hard drive to put my huge libraries on so they don't take up all of my C drive. The computer recognized the drive just fine and I'm able to transfer files between the two drives and run all programs with absolutely no problem. The new drive is a Seagate 500 gig by the way... When I turn it on it boots up very fast with no issues at all.

The problem is when I want to close the lid, reset, sleep, or shut-down. with sleep, reset, and shut down it goes to the blue screen where it shows you logging off like normal and then the screen turns black (when I close the lid screen turns black after closed and stays black) I can hear the drives stop spinning like normal but the power button stays on. And at that point the only way I can use the computer again is to hold down power button to make it completely shut down then turn back on whenever I want to use it again, and again it starts up great.

I don't know if the computer is looking for the optical drive still to complete the full shut down cycle or what. The main errors I keep seeing in event log are BTHUSB, HPDSKFLT, the following boot-start drivers failed to load:cdrom. But they didnt show up last time I started computer except for bthusb which always shows up.

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Answer:hp probook 4530s dual hard drive issues

i hope you don't get too excited seeing a reply here, because i don't know the solution. But, I was wondering how you have progressed with this problem. I would love to extend disk space in this maner. Any luck? I really hope so.

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Hi...I'm new to the forums here, and need some help. I have an HP dv8000 laptop with two 80GB hard drives (160 total), "C" and "D", and I can't access anything on "D"...a long time ago I was able to create some picture folders on that drive, but it never let me put pictures in the folders. Then I tried to delete the folders, and it wouldn't let me...I would get the warning dialog box stating "D:\My Pictures D\photos is not accessible. Access is denied". I hate to think that HP would have given me two 80GB hard drives, and only one of them is usable. I was hoping someone here could maybe tell me some simple solution to allow me the use of this otherwise useless 80GB HDD...a way to "turn on" the access to it...can anyone help me???Thanx,TheresaP.S. I have Windows XP Professional

Answer:Help! Dual drive system-can't access "D" drive

Hello. First of, I'm pretty sure that your computer only has one harddrive with two partitions. I could be wrong, but I have never seen a laptop with two harddrives in my life. So you are having trouble accessing your D: partition? It seems like you dont have the appropriate permissions. So, you have to take ownership of all the folders in the D: drive. This article explains it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 Hope this helps, let us know if you need help.

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Hello everyone,

(Long story short: my laptop has been acting very slow lately and there seems to be a problem with my drive. Scanning the drive for errors, and chkdsk, are both getting stuck.)

For the last couple of weeks I have been having performance issues on my 2 year old Acer gaming laptop. The disk usage would go up to 100% (this had been going on for a while, but not as persistently and not being that much of an issue) and the laptop would become extremely slow. I would have to wait a long while for anything to open. But this is not just specific to the 100% disk usage because recently even when it's low, the performance would be affected. After trying to google the problem a few times (and trying to turn off Windows Search and other fixes for disk usage that didn't work) I came across a post that said deleting Bitdefender fixed his/her problem. Now I had just renewed my Bitdefender subscription a couple of days earlier and did not want the money to go to waste (and my bandwidth is limited so I did not want to have to re-download if deleting didn't fix the issue) so I contacted Bitdefender about this to see if there's a way around uninstalling. After sending them an "autoruns log" and another Bitdefender specific log, their technicians suggested that I scan drive for errors (or chkdsk), then after that System File Checker and DISM command. They said it could be the beginning of a hard-drive failure because \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad b... Read more

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

Answer:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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Hello everyone,

(Long story short: my laptop has been acting very slow lately and there seems to be a problem with my drive. Scanning the drive for errors, and chkdsk, are both getting stuck.)

For the last couple of weeks I have been having performance issues on my 2 year old Acer gaming laptop. The disk usage would go up to 100% (this had been going on for a while, but not as persistently and not being that much of an issue) and the laptop would become extremely slow. I would have to wait a long while for anything to open. But this is not just specific to the 100% disk usage because recently even when it's low, the performance would be affected. After trying to google the problem a few times (and trying to turn off Windows Search and other fixes for disk usage that didn't work) I came across a post that said deleting Bitdefender fixed his/her problem. Now I had just renewed my Bitdefender subscription a couple of days earlier and did not want the money to go to waste (and my bandwidth is limited so I did not want to have to re-download if deleting didn't fix the issue) so I contacted Bitdefender about this to see if there's a way around uninstalling. After sending them an "autoruns log" and another Bitdefender specific log, their technicians suggested that I scan drive for errors (or chkdsk), then after that System File Checker and DISM command. They said it could be the beginning of a hard-drive failure because \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad b... Read more

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My mission:Boot a P100 machine using a HDD I have which has a previous installation of Win95.An obstacle arises:The HDD is auto-detected and identified by the BIOS, but then the system hangs and I get the following message:Disk I/O errorReplace the disk, press any key to continue.The HDD in question works fine as a secondary drive (All the disk contents are there). The P100 machine boots with no problem using a HDD I have with Win98 installed.Things I?ve tried:Checked the HDD with AVG ver.8, - no problems detected.Booted the P100 with Win95b floppy ? DOS cannot see c: drive (I get the message ?Invalid drive specification?). However, if I run FDISK /status, c: drive and its partition is found!I tried FDISK /mbr, ? the problem still occurs.Norton Utilities Disk Doctor can only see a: drive.Is it time to abort this mission? Thanks,Harry

Answer:System Drive issues - Invalid drive specification

try leaving the jumper out

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I have a Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive, and a Sea Gate external hard drive. Whenever I plug either one into my computer, it makes the sound to notify me that it has been dected and shows up under "Devices and printers" but doesn't show up under my computer. Is there anyway to fix this?

Answer:Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

Have you looked in Disk Management after plugging one in? Right-click Computer, click Manage. If the drive shows there it may need a drive letter assigned [right-click menu] before Windows Explorer [File Explorer on Win8] can see it.

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My laptop is Gateway M460. It couldn't recognize the hard drive sometime.

I think the connection is loose. But it doesn't. I do need lots of help here

Thank you
 

Answer:Drive issues:Cannot recognize hard drive

Some Gateways have issues with their own free security, antivirus, and spyware. These issues go away when you switch to non-gateway products.
Otherwise, the most common problem with the hard drive is a defect. You can remove the drive with two screws, or read the BIOS, to determine the brand and date of manufacturer... then go to the website of the manufacturer to download the drive fitness test software for your brand of hard drive. You usually load it to a floppy disc or an ISO CD, then boot to run it... You will get a good review of drive performance, including the SMART status, and will let you know if the drive is a problem, or the difficulty is elsewhere.
 

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I need advice here.
One of my Internal Hard Drives was playing up and running real slow I think it was the same issue in the I've placed into my thread Here:
click here formatted this drive as I knew I had backed up the image of this drive using EausTodoBackup Free Edition the day before and it told that the image backed up successfuly onto my external drive.
I had then brought another hard drive to replace the current one but that was faulty so had to rma it back to ebuyer for a replacement.
So I the ran a recovery program EasuUS Data Recovery to recover my files which saw all my files and I recoverd them over to the external drive. Took a while, but when It was done I needed to look through what it found. Then the Drive wasn't recognised!!!
When I went into event viewer click here that's what's telling me, and I've tried a chkdsk on it to repair the "Bad Sector" and it's on going and I gave up so unless there is another way of going about this?
At the moment I've ran another recovery on the internal drive and I'm currently saving the recovered files on another external drive. Again this taking a bit of time.
So my question is this, is my external drive the one showing this error on its way out? I've had this drive for 3 Years it was replaced by Novatech.
And would there be any ways to try and get to the data on that drive?
I am currently thinking on running HDD Regenerator from Hirens Boot CD to see if that would fix it, or I could format the drive and try and run a recover... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Issues - External Drive

Getting all the data now but running into another snag some of my picture files have become corrupt is there a tool that I can use to repair them?

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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

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I'm working on my sister computer and put in a new hard drive. I imaged the drive in windows (using xp) and all seemed to go ok. I took the original out and now windows will book ok, but will hang on a screen that resembles the windows login screen, blue background with a windows xp logo on the right side. The mouse still works as well as the numlock lights, but it will go no futher. I've tried changing drive letters with the old drive installed, but somehow, i've fubar'd both and now both drives hang at this spot regardless of whether or not the other is plugged in as well. I have a feeling, from research i've done on the web, that windows is looking for system files on a drive letter that doesn't exist. The problem now is that i cannot boot into either install of windows, nor thier respective safe mode options. In safe mode, i get the same screen as i do when booting into normal mode. How do i get either one of these drives to boot? I know the data is still there and the data is fine, but I need to make windows boot. I've also tried using the recovery console to do a fixmbr and a fixboot, but neither helped (I didn't figure they would as the address different aspects of the boot than what i suspect to be the problem). Any ideas?
 

Answer:Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

have you tried booting from the cd and running the repair option? --um--nevermind
 

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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I've never had this problem....

System Specs:
AMD XP 2500, Soyo KT-600 Plus, 1 Gb 3200, ATI 9800XT, Windows XP Pro SP2
I currently have a 300 Gb SATA drive as my boot drive, and have recently installed a second 200 Gb SATA drive as a 2nd drive (not in a raid config).
Now i have done this before with other IDE, SATA drives without any issue other than formating and setting drive letters.

Windows recognizes the drive, sets this drive letter and is usable, but..when Windows starts it starts the FOUND NEW HARDWARE, and tries to reload the default HD drivers, but gives me this error:

The specified service does not exist as an installed service

Under the device manager, this appears under the devices properties:

The drivers for this device are not installed [Code 28].

and more or less, prompts me to reinstall drivers for the device each time windows boots up.

Again the HD is usable, but i plan to use this as a file backup drive and i have concerns about file table failures and that sort of thing, because i have seen that happen.

Any ideas, i appreciate it very much..thanks
 

Answer:SATA drive issues, 2nd drive

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Today I fitted a Crucial M4 256gb SSD drive to my computer.
I would like to say that all went well, but I'm here, so it didn't.
Firstly Acronis True image turned out to be of no use to me, so I ended up putting a fresh copy of Windows 7 on there. I ran the sata cable to the 6gb output port and connected to remain two large capacity drives to the Sata 3gb's. It didn't like that, no matter what I tried, I could not get the ssd drive to run with the 2 "2 TB's drives" in their sata homes on the motherboard. I CAN however, get drives to work via a docking station connected externally. Help anyone please?
Regards
Wulfrune

Answer:SSD Drive & Sata drive issues

check your motherboard manual and look for some information on the numbering of the SATA ports. IE, Sata0, Sata1 etc
I remember something when i put my SSD in to do with certain numbers supporting certain things.
Worth a shot

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sorry this will be long. i have wound up where no analyst wants to be: too many variables so i need help.

i have a dell latitude cpxh, 500mhz. i purchased it in 2000 used from a corp. it came with a 12gb hdd. because of issues i was having, sunday i installed a 60gb hdd (new hard drive, more space).

everything went smoothly. fresh install of w2k pro, then installed backup to get office and other applications using norton ghost 9.0. (all non-program files are kept on an extra hard drive module.)

now even though i show that i have @48gb free space on the c: if i try to copy a 4.3gb from the g: to the c: i get an error that i don't have enough disk space. from what i have read, that is because the c: is fat32 and that doesn't support files larger than 4gb. if this is true, the solution i saw posted was:

To convert:

Start * Run * cmd
Press enter.
convert c: /fs:ntfs
Press enter.
Answer yes. Answer yes. Reboot. Get a cup of coffee. Make that two.

You'll have NTFS now.

if i do this, will i then need to reformat the drive and reinstall windows? will i need to do anything else?

second part of the problem. when i try to move the 4.3gb backup file to a dvd (dvd+rw nec nd6650a) i get an error after @5 mins that the disk in the drive is protected and i need to unprotect it or use a different disk. now my new coaster shows free space of 7tb. no that is not a misprint, it is TB. what the heck is a "tb"? technical byte?

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Answer:hard drive and dvd+rw drive issues - need help

First off, I have only ever formatted a hard drive to ntfs never converted but I needed to back up the data and reinstall windows. After it was formatted I reinstalled Windows and then started to add all the programs and drivers (if you do convert/format make sure you have all relevant drivers etc) back on the drive. Have you a spare hard drive to back up your data etc, becasue personally I wouldn't trust converting a drive and banking on your data still being there. The issue with roxio/dvd rw drive I don't really know other than swap to another program such as Nero (which I use and I love it). They do a free trial version which you could download and if it works, back up your data and then convert your hard drive here's the link - http://www.nero.com/nero7/eng/nero7-demo.php
hope this helps btw to foramt the drive instead of converting just change convert to format.

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First I want to say that i am a novice computer user. plug and play is my style.  I can read forums and fix alot with the info i find but have some questions. 1. For some reason my y510 from Microcenter (T5750 @ 2GHz,3 GB RAM,250 GB HDD, 15,4 in) came with the hard drives partitioned opposite of what most seem to have.  My C drive is 189 gb. My D drive is 27.  My other is 17.  I have had numerous issues so far (left shift key doesnt always register, dvd rom quits recongnizing dvds and cds which i will address later) but I have had to restart from scratch (novo button) and I had to move all my files (100g music, 40 g pics) to do this.  I would like to make D drive the larger but when i go to shrink the c drive (i dont even know if this is the right way) it says that i can only shrink 57 gigs.  Is there an easy way to do this.  My computer came with no cd restore. Now for my dvd player, i turned on itunes and input a cd to copy. it never showed up. when i went to my computer and clicked on it, it said please insert cd/dvd.  when i close the box it ejects the cd.  if i reboot it works again for one or two cds but then does the same thing again.  i have not had the same problem since i restored from the beginning but would like to know why it happened in the first place so if i have to do it again i know what to do. Also, maybe  a dumb question but with vista (i am new to this) i cant figure out how to get rid ... Read more

Answer:BIG C drive, little D drive, dvd player issues

Use PerfectDisk (free 30 day trial download) to shrink the C: volume; you'll have to disable the pagefile and System Restore and do a boot-time defrag (perhaps several times).  You'll also need to do a backup of D: before hand, as when you add the space to it you will need to reformat.  There are instructions for all of this elsewhere on the Forum.

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This is my first post on this forum, and hopefully it is in the correct area.

I did a clean install of Windows XP Pro on a secondary computer. After doing this I started having issues booting properly. When attempting to boot with both my HD and DVD drives plugged in. They work fine separately.

I have them connected with separate IDE cables. They are both in the first IDE slot on the cable. The HD's jumpers are set to Master and the DVD is set to cable select.

Another interesting thing I just noticed is that when I go to the boot sequence in my BIOS it states in this order:
1. Hard-Disk Drive C:
2. Floppy device (not installed)
3. CD-ROM device (not installed)

I have already tried changing the jumper settings to everything I can think of but this hasn't helped. I have tried clearing the CMOS, and rebooting the BIOS with the alt-e-f-b keyboard command(its a dell motherboard).

I am now completely stumped and could use all the help that I can get.

EDIT: I am receiving an error message that states, "diskette drive 0 seek failure." It then prompts to press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup. If I press F1 it does boot to Windows but I can't go anywhere because the Windows installation can not continue without the Windows XP Pro disk. :EDIT

EDIT2: Feel free to offer up any advice included but not limited to little things that I may have missed. I really wouldn't be surprised if I missed something extremely stupid. I don... Read more

Answer:Hard drive and DVD drive issues

You have a DELL MOBO...
Replace the Battery on the MOBO
Unplug all devices
Clear the CMOS
Go into the BIOS and disable the FDD
Plug-in HDD as your Master Primary and CD-ROM as your Secondary Master.
Save and Reboot the system
Press F12 to force the boot to HDD if you already have the OS installed correctly.

If not then place your CD with XP Pro and then press F12 and boot the CD to start first.

If you can't get this far, then go and buy and new MOBO combo with the CPU of your choice. Again this move will depend on you if you want to go that way...
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi guys, i wonder if you can offer any ideas here. I have a brand new T420s which came with an optical slot place holder piece of plastic. I removed this and popped in a 'Lenovo DVD Multi IV DVD Multi Recorder CD-RW' P/N 45N7453. It clicked into place fine, but the power light on it does not come on and the eject button does not work.This same drive works fine in 2 other T420s laptops my colleagues have, so the drive is ok. I tried disabling the optical drive in the bios, rebooting, re-enabling, rebooting but nothing. Is there anything else i can try or would you say its a board issue and i'm stuck with it ?

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.

thanks

baumgrenze

Answer:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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[font=Verdana, Arial]I am building a 3GHz system with the Intel D865PERL, and this is the first time that I have used SATA drives. Here is how it is setup:

Primary IDE Master: Plextor 8X DVD+/-RW
Secondary IDE Master: Iomega Zip 250
SATA Port 0: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive
SATA Port 1: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive

When I was trying to install XP, when I created a partition on the Maxtor on SATA 0, it automatically named it Drive E. It is because of the two drives that I have on the Primary and Secondary IDE channels. So, how do I get it to name the drive C:? I checked the BIOS, but did not see a setting that would fix this issue.

UPDATE:

[/font][font=Verdana, Arial]I just tried to update the BIOS to see if that would help. I used the floppy disk version. When it was in the process of doing it, it said that it was copying a program, sw.exe, from the a: drive to the c: drive, but the c: drive is the DVD burner!

It did its thing, and then asked to have me remove the floppy disk from the drive and hit enter, and said NOT TO DO A THING until it had finished. Well, it has been about 10 minutes, and it is still just displaying a blinking cursor (blinking underscore) on a black screen. I hope this didn't hurt the mobo. I'm guessing that it did not complete the process because there was not a c: drive to write to.

I did look at Intel's site for some answers, and it said by default, booting from SATA drives is disabled in the BIOS. You have to ch... Read more

Answer:Need help with new Intel Mobo ASAP - SATA drive = E drive; need it to be C drive

SATA controllers are still fairly new, and a bit of an afterthought as far as Windows is concerned. Windows will always try to call the master drive on IDE 1 your "C" drive.

Easiest way to do it YOUR way is to simply disconnect any standard IDE drives before you install Windows. Windows will then accept your SATA as C, and keep the C designation even after you re-connect your IDE drives.
 

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Hello gurus, I replaced the HD with Samsung 500GB SSD, and have been loving it.  However, ever since I did that, I do not see the 2nd pre-installed 15GB SANDISK SSD Drive anymore in the explorer.    Anyone know what I can do to make the second drive be recognizable by the computer?   This is potentially a related problem but I also have trouble installing Windows 10, because it says it can't find a partition.  Can I use the second SSD drive as the partition for the install?   

Answer:T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

This smaller SSD is designed to use software and be a cache drive. It wouldn't show in File Explorer. You can check Device Manager.

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I recently got a new hard drive. The first thing I did was create a new partition. After that, I copied the contents of my C drive to the new partition using HDCopy. Next, I changed the letter of my C drive(changed it to Z) and changed the letter of my new partition to C. Now it looks like everything works, but I do have one question. When I go to windows computer management, it still says my drive that used to be C is my system drive and my NEW C drive is Page File. Here's a screen shot to help:http://i42.tinypic.com/1zxbg9e.jpgI'm wondering if this is problematic and if there's any way to make my C drive listed as the system driveThanks,Austin

Answer:C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Your pc is still booting to the Z drive it seems. You might want to try just backing up your stuff and doing a format so that the new drive does not contain your system root.

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I've partitioned my hard drive due to not being able to load windows 10 over windows vista, so c: has vista and d: has windows 10. It wont let me merge the two together or delete C: saying the computer will be unbootable. Is there a way of making D: the main boot drive and deleting/merging C:?

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Need to replace my failed Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive wd5000mpck 5MM($206.00),, will a wd5000lpvx 7MM($44.00) drive fit..Big price difference..  

Answer:Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive Failed will a 7MM drive fit (calls for a 5MM drive)

Hi Kendoe,of course big price differences, The technical differences are:                            cache (MB); Ampere Peak(5V); Power W (read/write); standby W; acoustic (dBA); Height mm; Weightwd5000mpck: 16                ; 0,9                            ; 1,5                               ; 0,15           ; 15-17               ; 5                  ; 0,07 kgwd5000lpvx:    8                   ; 1                               ; 1,4                               ; 0,13... Read more

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

Answer:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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I have just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

Answer:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:

http://www.techspot.com/community/t...e-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/#post-875300

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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move the OS (windows 7) to the new C drive?

Answer:Installing SSD drive as C drive, moving current C drive to D. Once done how do I

Why not just use the SSD drive manuf. free utilities to "clone" the old drive to the new one ? ?

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Okay, here is a pic of my hard disks.

My backups go into my Recovery Drive, and it is nearly full. I repeatedly uninstall prgrams that I don't need, and delete old backups. Why is it still full? How do I make more space? My OS drive is so BIG, but I have next to nothing in it! Are backups supposed to be going into C drive?

Answer:Recovery Drive almost full: Should backups be in D drive or in the C drive?

Not to worry. The recovery is probalby just restore points. As you need more space the oldest point is deleted and a new one made. If you want to make space. Turn off the System Restore, deleting all points. Then make a new point, you will need it in case of problems.

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This is a new built computer, I have installed win7 64bit on a 500 gig hard drive (tosheba), this is drive C. Everything works fine!

I was wanting to use windows 7 backup, so I went and got another 500 gig hard drive (WD), I connected the HD and powered up the computer and that's all I did! Device manager showed the new drive and the primary drive! However the computer did not show the new WD drive, . The new drive was not formatted so with the help of a friend using partdisk I formatted the new WD drive, the new drive now shows up in computer as drive G. But now I also have a drive F, and its 100MB in size. (see screen shot)

What have I done? and how can I fix it?

Answer:Additional drive appears (drive f) while forematting new drive

Drive F which is your System Reserved partition should be hidden and not have a letter .

Can you right click on the drive click on Change Drive letter and path and remove the letter ?

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i would also like to have the option of starting different hard drives. either:the current windows 7 OS on drive C;or the new Windows 10 on drive D.

Answer:Dual-Boot Windows 10 (drive D) with Windows 7 (drive c)

"new Windows 10 on drive D"Make sure you have C drive disconnected when you install.After making sure both drives worked perfectly on their own, cable both up & then boot the comp.Set the bios to boot from the drive you prefer to be default.Toggle F8 during boot, if you want to select the non default drive.message edited by Johnw

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OTG is not supported in my lumia 535 dual sim hand set, what about this hybrid dual pen drive will support ????

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After looking through several posts on this and other forums it seems that everybody that operates with two hard drives has they smaller drive as the master and the larger as the slave. Is there any reasoning behind this?I have two hard drives, but I have the larger as the master with three partitions separating the operating system (XP pro, Sp2 etc) from the installed program files and my files and folders (documents, media etc.), while using my smaller, slave as a backup for my files.Can anyone advise me which arrangement, if any, is better and why?Thanks

Answer:Dual dual hard drive, master/slave arrangement

No, entirely up to you how you arrange them. Many people start off with just one drive then buy a larger drive at a later date. This will explain why the O/S is on the smaller of the two drives, but of course there will be other reasons as well.If I was to reformat a system with two drives, I think I would separate the smaller drive into two partitions, anything upto 10Gb for the operating system and drivers required for hardware then a similar or slightly larger partition for all the applications such as Office etc.Second or slave drive would be in two or three partitions, first one for a backup of everything on the C: drive then two partitions for all my data.There are no hard and fast rules for this and many members will have their own preference, some with the opinion that with modern machines and operating systems there is no need to partition a large drive and in fact better not to. You can also mix drives of different speeds on the same IDE channel and the IDE controller will let each drive run at its respective speed.So, some people will have their master hard drive and one optical drive on one channel then their second or slave drive on the other channel with another optical drive.

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

Answer:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.
Cheers
 

Answer:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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Ok,
Here's the story. I have 2 different OS's on 2 different drives. The main is Win 2k Pro and the secondary is Win XP Pro. I just have so much on the Win 2k drive I kind of want to ease into an XP state of mind. Here's the issue. On the 2k Pro Drive I can see all of my hard drives (7 in all) including the secondary OS Drive, but when I boot to the XP drive I cannot see any of the other drives aside from the OS drive. I have looked in the device manager of XP and seen that all of the drives are there, I've go to the admin tools/computer management and see them there. I've even tried to copy the same access and control settings as the XP drive to all of the other drives on the system and still no luck. The primary OS drive is on the MB main IDE channel and I also have a 400gb drive on that same chain, neither can be seen with the secondary OS Drive. The remaining 4 drives are on a single promise card and are accessible on the primary OS drive but not the secondary. I've checked the device manager on the XP drive to ensure that all devices have been installed properly and that no unknown devices exist.

I have tried everything that I can think of and I'm hoping its just some setting I'm forgetting. Can any one be of assistance?


Thx for all the help


SpYdeR
 

Answer:Seeing harddrives on a dual Drive Dual OS System

Just too add:

I've already gone thru the Administrative Tools, Computer Management options and all drives are seen as healthy, even stating the drive name aside from the drive letter none with an unknown color or tag.

Just a reminder that all drives are on IDE chains either directly on the main board or on a PCI promise card.
 

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Here is a weird question; please help if you can:

I'm running XP on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop. I have two 160 GB hard drives, each in caddies that remove/replace in seconds from the laptop. Shut the laptop down, flip a door open, slide out the HD, install the new, close the door, boot up again. Poof...done.

The computer has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.6 ghz, 3.15 (actually 4 but the XP can't read it all) gB memory. It's got the guts needed.

I would like to purchase and install W7 Pro on one of the drives. I can as such 'ease' into familiarity with W7, experiment with compatibility with work software, but still have the full functionality of XP at hand with the other hard drive.

When/if it all works out, I can migrate data over as needed from the XP drive to the W7 drive with an external USB drive, and abandon XP.

Dual boot on one drive is not workable; the XP drive does not have the space to make that possible....I would be forever fooling around with space limitations. And, I have the extra drive/caddy already in hand (it's a spare for imaging from my backup in the event of a failure).

I'm very experienced with computers; typically people come to me for help.....but 7 is uncharted territory for me. I've given the process a lot of thought, and want to do it this way, so toward that end, your expertise on the following questions would be appreciated!

Here's the questions:

1. Will I have motherboard reporting issues when validating W7, si... Read more

Answer:Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

I'll answer as best i can here...

1) You should have zero issues here...MS would be more than happy to have as many installs out there as possible. Remember you are buying a 2nd OS to install on 1 machine...i can't see how this would upset them

2) The OEM version should be fine.

3) As far as this goes this i can only see being dependent on driver support since it's a laptop. If the drivers for your machine are available for 64bit by all means go for it...

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Hi

After struggling with a problem at my office for a while, a helpful member of these forums managed to sort it in a few minutes so I'm back for some advice on my home rig!

My home rig is basically split between work use and recreational use. Currently I have an OS drive with a couple of storage drives - all mechanical SATA drives. I decided that I was going to get myself an SSD and use that with a fresh installation of Windows 7 (Home Premium) as a gaming install. I need to leave my current Vista install intact because it has a number of programs set-up for my work and will continue to handle this side of things.

I was aware of multiboot setups, though I have never done one before, and as such have read a number of threads on the subject, including the great series of guides by Brink found on this site. At the moment I'm thinking of keeping the installs seperate, not technically a dual-boot I suppose, by removing all the other drives whilst I install Windows 7 to the SSD. Choosing the OS will then I believe be a process done within the BIOS by selecting the drive boot order.

I came across this mentioned in one thread:

"Use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to trigger the HD not set to boot first"

I think this means a key for choosing the boot order? I have an Asus X38 motherboard (Asus Maximus Formula) with an AMI bios and I can't seem to find anything at POST or in the documentation that suggests a key to get a boot sequence s... Read more

Answer:Dual boot / Dual Drive queries

Hello qwikpix, welcome to Seven Forums!


The BIOS hot-key to trigger the ASUS one-time boot menu is the F8 key at PC startup.

Both Vista and Windows 7 will use the C: drive letter while booted to each respectively and "the other" OS will have the next available drive letter in the booted OS.

The other partitions will have different drive letters between the 2 OS but you can reassign the letters as long as that won't break any installed prog/app associations by doing so.

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As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable boot sector, or is that even the problem?

Answer:How do I keep Win 7, Dump XP from dual drive, dual boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by maxit


As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable bo... Read more

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

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

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

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Hi folksI have just lost about 4Gb of hard-drive space and I don't know why!Just prior to this I had burned a DVD using Nero 7 Startsmart. The file copied where AVI & Nero recode files.I'd burned them as Data files as nero wouldn't let me copy them 'as they were' 5 onto one 4.7G DVDR.Being new to Nero (and computing generally) I am still finding out what it Will do. I realised from this that nero apparently recodes AVI files to normal dvd file to copy to a 4.7G disc. I started to copy one of these movies to a disc for a friend but wanted to watch another movie that was on my H/drive. The system crashed and I aborted the burn process. It was after watching my movie that I noticed I was about 4G down on free space. This is annoying as there is now only about 2G left on my C drive.I've tried to find the offending data files but without success.Can anyone give me any leads to regain my lost 4G of free space?

Answer:Re. Lost H/drive space.......C drive Not D drive!

I think you answered your own question.Nero copies to the HDD before burning the DVD. Since your computer crashed before the burn operation was complete, Nero did not have a chance to delete the intermediate files or ask you if you wanted to delete them.

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I have two external hard drives, and I did something to make them switch drive directories. The G drive is now F and the F now G. How can I reverse them so they are back to normal? My I tunes can't find any of the songs because the directories have changed.CheersDave

Answer:Hard drive changing from G drive to F drive

If this is XP, enter diskmgmt.msc in the Start>Run box. Right click a drive/partition and select "Change Drive Letter And Paths".Move drive f: to z:Move drive g: to f:Move drive z: to g:

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I am using Compaq Presario SR1520NX.

My O is drive taken by Network drive whever I login and use wd2go.com and usb flash drive can't be used.

But when I disconnect from O network drive, by re-booting the p.c. and then plugin usb it shows up as O drive.

My question is can I re-assign my usb flash drive to a different letter so both
usb and network drive can be used ?

If so, what should I do ?

Thanks.

Answer:O drive taken by Network drive and flash drive can't be used

With the USB drive connected open Disk Management

Right Click on the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths

You should then be able to assign the drive a letter that is not in use.

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Question: Dual DVD Drive?

How can I tell if my DVD drive supports and writes to both sides of a dual layer DVD RW disc? I need to store some files/photos that total a lot more than a single sided disc. Is there s description somewhere in Device Manager, for example? I don't
want to spend the money on a bunch of Dual layer DVD's if my laptop does not support it.
Win8.1
HP15 TouchSmart

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Question: HP 750 Dual Drive

I store the bulk of my photos and presentations in folders on my PC desktop for easy access during work.   i just received a brand noew envy 750 with a 256 gb SSD and a 2 TB mechanical drive.  While migrating my photos from my NAS back-up, i completely filled the SSD with no files on the 2 TB drive.  it seems HP sells this computer set-up to fail to use the 2 TB drive.  How can i fix this?

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I'm trying to dual boot 2 different installs of xp pro from 2 drives using the Windows boot loader. I've edited the boot.ini every possible way I can think of, but nothing works.
I've done this plenty of times using a linux boot loader or dual booting from a single drive but I cant figure this out. I haven't been able to find any reference to this subject anywhere, but I think it would work. Anybody have a clue as to how to do this? I know I can use a different boot manager to accomplish this, I just wanted to make the Win boot.ini work.
Or, does anybody know of a good boot manager if I cant make this work?
 

Answer:Dual Boot, Dual Drive

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Ok I have read the tutorial.
This is my first post..HI
I have Win XP 32 bit on my old drive. I buy Win 7 full retail and a new HD. I set bios to boot from cd etc. Win 7 starts up. It shows the 2 drives, so I select new drive...no problems. It starts install. I leave it to do its stuff.When I come back its up and all ok.I dint get any option to boot from XP. The drive was listed as "SYSTEM" but not old Windows or anything.
HELP!!
Also ASUS chipset drivers dont work and they were listed as 7 drivers.I tried Vista drivers but it normally shuts down and restarts. Nothing. Took only a second and screen pops up asking if it worked? how do I know lol

Answer:dual boot dual drive

Hi

Is your XP drive Disk0, in BIOS & Windows?

Is your Win7 drive Disk1, in BIOS & Windows?

Can you post srceenshot of Disk Management.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

If you remove your new drive will XP boot?

Check the tutorial you may have missed a step.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Question: dual hard drive

hello everyone,

im considering adding another hard drive to my computer for more storage for my media (mp3 files). i have decided to go with another internal hard drive, due to the fact my income consists of being a paper boy.

my current system is:

amd athlon xp 2400+
2.0 ghz
512 mb ddr ram (480, 32 mb shared video)
80 gb hard drive.


im thinking of buying a 40 gb, but, i need a couple of questions answered:
1) do i need to install a driver, or anything with the hard drive (can i hook it up and it will automatically show as the E: drive?)
2) if my system were to crash, and the 80gb hd is the one im running the OS on, would the 40gb harddrive im using as a storage drive lose all of its content, or would it remain untouched?

also, the reason why im keeping the 80gb hd as the OS drive is because it has a legal version of xp pro., whereas if i purchased a 40gb, i could only install a bootleg version, and i'd rather run on a legal version.

thanks for any input,

tommy.

Answer:dual hard drive

you will need to partition and format the drive.
in xp you can do it in windows or use the disk that came with the drive(or can be downloaded).the second will be faster.

if something happens to the 80GB drive,the 40GB will be safe.

i suggest buying OEM.a retail just comes with the utility disk(can be downloaded) a cable and brackets

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Question: dual boot drive

I'm trying to set up an xp64 drive w/ a small partition for xp. First I formatted the larger partition, and installed it with xp64, leaving a 12G partition for xp. Now, though, I can't boot off of my xp disc to install it on the other partition. I tried both selecting from the boot menu, and also changing boot priority, to boot off of optical drive. Why isn't it recognizing my xp disc?
 

Answer:dual boot drive

Dumb question, but are you hitting a key to start the XP install routine, instead of letting it bypass? If so, can you verify that the CD works on another computer?
 

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I have a Win 7 machine with two drives; boot C with Win 7; D is my data drive.

I partitioned the C drive and "successfully" installed Win 8 on that partition. Seems to work.

When I start Win 8, it reports that the data drive (D) is corrupt and cannot read it.
In Win 7, drive D works fine.

My HP machine is about 4 years old.

Any ideas??
 

Answer:Win 8 when dual booted with Win 7 does not see second drive

try taking ownership of the drive
 

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Question: Dual drive boot?

T61 If I were to add a second HD using the optical drive bay is there a way to install Win7 64 bit to that HD and, for the purpose of testing, determine at boot which HD to boot from; either the current internal drive with 32 bit or the optical bay HD with 64 bit? Mark

Answer:Dual drive boot?

Yes, and yes.The second drive should show up in Windows Setup as expected.Pressing F12 at the BIOS splash will allow you to choose a boot device.

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Dear All,

I have successfully installed Two OS WinXP professional on the same drive C:

The fact that, while the previous OS keeps restarting and did not boot up even on "Safe Mode" but it kept restarted, so I decided to install again the same OS WinXP and I did not touch the partition - I leave them "as in" as I have important files to recover.

I continued the installation, and I pressed escape until I was asked to which drive or folder the new OS be installed. I've chosen the same drive and the path looks like this \\WINDOWS but it was not accepted - it says "existed". So I tried once more, I added "2" on the same folder i.e., \\windows2 and it was accepted.

So I believe that the two OS are stored on the same drive C: since I did NOT create another folder or assign it to any drive.

Yet, I am prompted with two OS while the latest one works fine.

My question is how to unistall either one of the two OS's stored on the same drive? Other says if the second OS been stored at other drive e.g. drive D I can simply reformat the drive while working on new OS in order to delete it. What about they are on the same drive C: Any idea?

Please help!

Jerry

Answer:Dual Boot One Drive

There may be an easier way, but I would use GParted. It will be able to show you what exactly is installed and where, so that you can delete the install you don't want. Also, you'll be able to clear and resize the partition as needed.

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I am a Printer Technician, as such I have over 70 different drivers for all makes of printers on my HD. The newer HP drivers are wreaking havoc with some EPSON drivers. Is it possible to be able to dual boot my OS (98) So that HP are in one partition and EPSON in another to prevent LPT1 being grabbed by HP and corrupting EPSON?Can fit a 2nd HD, if need be.Glad of any idea's/suggestions.Trev

Answer:Dual Booting same OS on one drive.

I use Powerquest Partition Magic and Drive Image.With these it is very easy to make another partition and copy your operating system to it.Then you can delete the print drivers not required from each OS.There is a boot program with Partition Magic so that at bootup you can choose the system you want.

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I purchased a new ACER with Vista Home Premium.

Put the old drive with XP Pro - both SATA drives - in the new computer.

I have re-installed some of my programs to the new drive but still have about 2 dozen on the old drive.

My problem -

I can get to and use my data from the old drive - and have also tnx my data to the new drive as well - but can't, of course, use any of the old programs.

Can I set up a dual boot to the XP drive? (I have tried to boot from it but it won't do so?)

If not, is there any way other than re-installing all my programs to the new drive? (I have seen something about cloning a drive but don't, of course, want to clone everything to the new drive.)

Tks for your time and have a great day - jb
 

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Question: Dual Hard drive

I'm having trouble Putting two Hard drives to work at the same time, The computer reads it but i only see drive c Not D or anything.
Can anyone help me please?
 

Answer:Dual Hard drive

Are they both IDE hard drives? If so, did you set the jumpers correctly? If you know you set all the jumpers correctly and everything, go to start>control panel>Administrative tools>Computer Management>Storage and see if the hard drive is shown there. If it is, it means it has not yet been formatted and you must format it before you can use it. However, if it doesn't appear here, that means either the jumpers are improperly configured or the hard drive isn't plugged in properly.
 

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Question: Dual Drive problem

OK so i havfe a Compaq and i came up witht he idea last week to dual boot it becasue i had a extra hardrive. A Maxtor 90845D4
So last night i went to put some files on it and it tells me i have to format it...(i had no files on it yet)...So i do...and it takes forever...i leave it over night and its not even 1/4 of the way done
So i download Active Killdisk and it formated it alot quicker
But now on My Computer it doesnt show but in Device manager it says its their and its enabled
I do have it correctly wired and set as master and slave
Its just not in My Computer
 

Answer:Dual Drive problem

I'll assume you are running XP but the same thing probably applies to Vista. You probably need to initialize, format in NTSF and maybe assign a drive letter (that may happen automatically) . You can do that in Disk Management, but I've found Easeus Partition Manager to work a whole lot better than the built in Windows utility. Its a free download.

Raybro
 

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I retired my old XP Home sp2 machine (registry problems) and replaced it with a new Pavillion with Vista home premium preinstalled (and SATA). I'd like to take my old IDE hard drive (which still has XP on it) and be able to dual boot. I have the 2nd drive installed as a slave on the ATA line and can see it just fine. How do I proceed setting up a dual boot system. All I've found refers to new installs and partitions on the same drive. I guess I'd have to resolve the registry problem first on the old drive? Thanks.
 

Answer:Dual boot - 2nd drive already has XP

First thing's first... opening up your new Pavillion to add your old IDE will violate your warranty.

If this is of no concern to you, you will need some form of Boot Manager software. "GRUB" is popular among Linux users, though I imagine it should work for any OS.

Vista may offer a "boot alternative OS" option like XP supposedly does (I say "supposedly" because you're supposed to be able to do this by hitting F4 when booting, but I've never been able to figure it out). Investigate that first before installing anything else.

Your BEST option that would not violate your warranty and circumvent your Registry problem is to partition your existing C: drive and install XP on it (Google for details on how, it's not as simple as just inserting the CD).
 

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Question: dual hard drive

Hi all i am considering having a master and slave drive system master for windows and programs slave for downloads and games now a question is if the slave drive gets a virus or such installed on it then am i correct in assuming that virus or such cannot integrate with and mess up my master drive programs
 

Answer:dual hard drive

The terms "master" and "save" refer to IDE jumpering. If you have multiple hard drives configured in Windows, regardless of how they're physically connected, a virus or malware can affect any or all of them.
 

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Question: Dual Floppy Drive

I recently transferred a dual floppy drive (a 5.25" drive and a 3.5" drive in the same unit) and the computer I installed it in won't recognize the 5.25" drive. I even tried to connect a second, separate drive, and the computer still won't recognize it. In the boot setup screen, I couldn't find any hint of a B: drive setup. Is there anything you can think of? I appreciate any help.
 

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Hi everyone,

I've just got myself a new 80GB Hard drive and would like to do the following:
-Partition it to 10GB & 70GB, so that the 10GB is only for the OS and the 70GB is for my data (Boot partition)
-In the 10GB of boot partition, I'd like to have a dual boot os system - WinXP and Linux (Kubuntu)

I have no idea of how to go about setting up such a system - should I install Win XP first or Kubuntu, or should I first partition the drive ?

Pls help.

Regards.
 

Answer:Dual OS - H/Drive Partition

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Hi all. I very rarely ask pc questions in forums as I am a big fan of the search button but would really appreciate some advice. I have a dual boot system on one drive that was set up as follows:C: xp D: xp E:Music Now, my D drive is used for music recording and was imaged a while ago with Ease Todo. It hasnt been running as well as it used to so I decided to restore the image. First I formatted the D partition and gave 10 gigs to my c drive as it was running low. All was fine. I then checked integrity of image, this was fine. I then restored D drive XP image. Seemed to go well. It did have a new drive letter but I changed it back. I can access D partition fine from C. All was there. I make sure my boot.ini file is as before. All good. But now when I try to boot into my D drive it hangs at the logon screen. I get the OS choices when I boot but then it just never fully loads the os in.My D drive is very important as its used for recording and has many programs. I dont want to reinstall. It seems that the MBR needs tweaking? I am positive that the image is ok, but how do i boot back into it? I have heard that if i make a win98 floppy and run fdisk/mbr it may work but I am unsure. The last thing I want to happen is being unable to get back into my C drive.Any help will be so appreciated as I am struggling with this.RG

Answer:Dual boot XP drive.Cant boot to D drive.

Try using fixmbr in the Recovery Console.Load the Windows installation the dual boot configuration is on in the Recovery Console, then run fixmbr.NOTE that you usually get a warning message when you run it, but running it has never caused me a problem. Then type exit to close the Recovery Console and restart the computer. Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console for advanced usershttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058If you haven't used the Recovery Console before, usually there is no Password - just press enter when you are prompted for it. If there IS a password, there will be asterisk characters - "stars" - the upper case of 8 - after Password: - it's the same one that's used for the Adminstrator user when you press F8 while booting and choose Safe mode or Safe mode with networking. That user has no password by default. ...........If you have any SATA hard drives....The XP CD has no built in support for SATA drive controllers, so if the computer's bios Setup has the SATA controllers set to use SATA or AHCI mode, the files intially loaded from the XP CD can't detect SATA drives, by default. If you get a message that says no hard drive is found after the initial files load from the XP CD and you choose to Repair Windows (load the Recovery Console) by pressing R, or you choose continue on to run Setup....... the easiest way to fix that problem is..... you can change the setting for the SATA controllers in the bios Setup to an IDE compatible mode of some sort, Save bios ... Read more

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Hello all.

I've been having an ongoing hardware issue and it has recently reached the point where it is rendering my pc all but useless.

I have built a system using an msi p67a-c43 (b3) motherboard and a Hitachi Deskstar 7k3000 hard drive.

At first, I would occasionally have issues when the pc was coming out of sleep mode. The system would become sluggish, programs wouldn't open, or the desktop would simply freeze.

I found that if I powered off the pc, opened the case and reset the sata cable the issue would resolve itself. I figured it was just a case of a loose sata cable connection and that there wasn't much I could do about it. Because it wasn't a major issue and it only happened once in a while I decided to grin and bear it... but the plot thickens.

I began having issues getting the computer back up and running after one of these episodes. Soon, windows would not start up. I would have to reboot several times before having no choice but to allow windows to run chkdsk. Each time, it found no errors. The pc would boot and I'd be solid gold again until the issue decided to occur again.

More recently, windows actually began finding filesystem errors and bad sectors - so I was worried that I actually had a bad hard drive! Worried that I would have to replace the HDD, I did some quick research and discovered that a loose cable could cause these problems. I bought a locking sata cable and switched the cables. The pc operated fine all weekend, but then... Read more

Answer:Hard drive problems - boot issues, waking issues

It could be many a things.

It could, first, be the PSU. What make/model/wattage do you have?

Does the system start up (POST) fine, without the HDD connected? It'll just say there is no boot disk. I would, at first, back up everything, just in case your HDD is indeed failing. Get diagnostics for your disc. Get this: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Green / GP

Might also want to post a screnshot of HWMonitor. So we can see your temperatures and PSU voltages.

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Hi, i got an easy one i think. I have 2 HD's running WinXp on 1 computer. One is 40gig and i want to use that one as my main HD for programs. The other is 160gig and that is for testing things like anti-virus software and anti-spam software. Both HD's are formatted with WinXp PRO and i can log into either one no problem. Heres the question. When i go to My computer both hard drives show up (C: & E and i dont want that to happen. I want it to work like i can boot and work on 1 HD or restart and work on the other. I dont want them to even know the other is there. Is that possible? If so how? I try to download files on one drive and i point it to install on it but some files still install on the other and it slows that drive down. Please Help!
 

Answer:Dual hard Drive Question

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I have my old IDE hdd with old data on it an purchased a new WD sata hd. Is there a way to get XP to recognize both drives? The device manager shows both, but only the IDE hdd shows under My Computer.....

I can't even seem to be able to do a dual boot setup, that was my original plan.

Answer:Dual Hard Drive Question

Hi jpierce55. Welcome to BleepingComputer.

Have you changed the jumper on the back of your old drive to 'Slave'?

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I am looking to replace my CD drive with a DVD CDR Drive. It has been a while since I have shopped hardware so I am out of the loop. I did some research but nothing involved. I will occasionally watch a movie using the computer and an LCD along with reading writing files of all sorts, backups, in both CD and DVD formats. Rather than keeping my old CD RW drive and adding a DVD only I want to just get a do-all drive. So . . .

Do I need dual layer? I kinda' know what it is. What is a respectable speed? I am not particularly brand loyal so I am open in regards to any brand. The drive will be for home use so it won't be used too much.

I will be installing myself so that will not be an issue. Specs are in my sig if that is a deciding point.

Thanks for any advice.
 

Answer:DVD Drive Recommendation? Do I Need Dual Layer ?

Dual layer is a type of writer for DVD to use it you need a specific type of writeable DVD.

A dual layer dvd can hold around 8gb (using a dual layer DVD writer)

A single layer standard one can hold around 4.5 gb

Dual layer discs are more expensive, but if you feel you need the capacity go ahead and buy one, the prices can only come down.

Hopefully someone else will be able to give you more detailed information.

Matt
 

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I am having a problem with my win7 installation. I have 2 250GB drives (1 with the original XP on it and 1 other with the new win7 installed on it). After I got all my files moved over and was happy with win7, I set about trying to reclaim the old xp drive to use for storage.

I followed the instructions from a previous post on here about using DISKPART to make the old XP drive inactive and running Startup Repair 3 times. Here are the instructions I was following:






Quote:
To accomplish what you want you must set Windows 7 drive as first HD to boot in BIOS boot order, mark XP and the Media drives inactive, mark the Windows 7 drive active, then recover the MBR to Windows 7 by running Startup Repair 3 separate times.

Back up your files and a Windows 7 system image externally or to the other drive.

Now reboot, Enter BIOS Setup by tapping key given on first bootup screen, set Windows 7 partition as first HDD to boot, after DVD drive. Save settings and exit BIOS.

Boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery tools list and open a Command Prompt, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for XP drive)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION # (for XP partition)
INACTIVE
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 drive)
SELECT PARTITION # (for Media partition)
INACTIVE
SELECT PARTITION # (for Windows 7 Partition)
ACTIVE
EXIT

Return to DVD Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair 3 separate times to attempt repair and then rewrite MBR to Windows 7.

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Answer:Removing Dual Boot to XP Drive

Here is a screen-grab from disk management console. Also I should not that the my situation obviously doesn't involve the media partition mentioned in the instructions I was following.

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Hello. Anyone know if it's possible for the x220 to dual boot between two OS's installed on different drives? I am considering leaving windows 7 on the internal HDD, and then booting a 2nd OS on the mSATA SSD I'm installing myself. Then I'm going to resize the windows 7 partition and use some of the extra space for storage on the 2nd OS. Can anyone confirm this is possible and give me a hint on how it works? Can you dual boot say, Windows/Linux on two separate phyical disks on the x220? Thanks! Daniel 

Answer:Possible to dual boot with one OS on each drive? (mSATA + HDD)

You should. Both drives should show up if you press F12 at the ThinkPad POST screen (along with other attached bootable media).

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This is a tricky one I think.

I had a computer setup with dual-boot for XP and XP64. The OSes are on separate hard drives. The XP drive just failed and it was the original boot disk where the dual boot menu was set up -- so now I can't boot up at all.

I've tried changing the initial boot disk to the XP 64 drive in BIOS but it doesn't seem to work.

Is there anyway I can set up that "Dual boot menu" again on first boot so it will see the xp64 partition -- or any other way to get it directly boot into xp64?

I have one advantage in that I can get into Windows XP and mess around a bit because I stuck an old boot drive in place of the failed one. The old drive doesn't know about the xp64 partition so dual-boot isn't activated on it... but I can get into Windows and mess with files or whatever.
 

Answer:Had dual-boot but lost one drive...

You need to boot from your XP x64 CD and run a repair on the boot sector and boot files on the secondary drive (and it would be easier if this drive was the only drive in the system).

This is why I am not a fan of dual booting, as I prefer keeping my OSes separate, and either using swappable drive cages, or VirtualBox.
 

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We are getting a new computer. The model I looked at offers either Dual or a single drive for burning DVDs and CDs. The sheet says it is a Dual 48X Combo + 16X DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capabilities. I'm not sure if I need a Dual or not. The current drive I have on my old computer only burns CDRs. I assume I will burn some DVDs but I cant say how many. The salesperson said it is easier to just copy from A to B rather than the method I had used for CD's- copy to the hard drive, burn from there. Since I am a novice on these matters, could I get some feedback, please. The difference in Dual and single would be about $40. Thank You
 

Answer:Single or Dual Optical Drive?

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Hello all, I have a HP p6516f running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. What I am trying to accomplish is to run a program that I was running on my 32 bit XP machine. This program will not run on a 64 bit OS. So what I am trying to do is dual boot XP Pro 32 bit. I have the dual boot down, that is not the problem. The problem is that I have files that I have saved from this program that I want to run on this new machine. The old files that I want to patch to the new installation of XP on the new machine are rooted to the C:\Program Files.

Here is where the problem lies. Windows 7 by default is installed to the C drive. When I install XP on a new partition, it takes out the MBR of Windows 7. To fix this I used EASYBCD to rewrite the MBR to boot both Windows 7 64 bit and Windows XP Pro 32bit. When I do this the drive letters change in XP. Now the partition that contains my active boot files are now given the drive letter C, Windows 7 OS partition gets the drive letter H, and XP OS partition gets the drive letter K.

I need to install the program that I want to run on the C drive for the patch files to work. It must be installed on C:\Program Files for all to work correctly. How can I install this program and have the install path have the C:\Program Files path. Like I said, the C drive has the active boot files and is only 100 MB. In Windows 7, Disk managment shows Windows 7 as Drive C.

I have considered trying Virtual Box to pull this off but would rather boot to XP at s... Read more

Answer:Dual Booting and Drive Letters

So, if i am following, you want Windows 7 FROM XP, to appear as C:? Correct?

The problem is that the drive letters for each OS are separate, and it will be less of a "fuss" if each OS is installed in its own "C: drive". The only thing that i could suggest is that you install the program into XP and then copy the files from Win. 7 to XP. (unless you want to change the drive letter of XP to something other than "C:", but CAN create problems)

I hope i understood you right.....

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Hi,
New laptop with dual drives SSD/HDD. I changed files location in Settings>System>Storage to HDD. But in File Explorer I have in This PC another set of Library Files and Desktop folder(s). Their location is SSD should I remove them? or are they hidden files and location needs to be change also to HDD?

Thanks John

Any help with SSD/HDD file/folder set up would be deeply appreciated.

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I want to add Vista, dual boot, to my existing system.

I have my drive partitioned into three parts: C; for Windows XP Pro, D: for my data and E: onto which I have installed Vista Business. When I boot Vista I really want that D: to remain as D:. Some of my applications have drive letters encoded in their config files. But Vista insists that the XP Pro partition be called D:.

I am looking for a way to convince Vista to identify that partition as something other than D:?

Would it matter if I put Vista on a totally separate drive? I have a second drive that I could create space on.
 

Answer:Dual Boot -- Want different drive mapping

In Vista you should be able reassign the drive letters with the Disk Management tool "Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Computer Management\Storage\Disk Management" and then right click on the drive letter and select "Change Drive Letters and Paths..."

You will first need to reassign the XP partition to some other unused drive letter to free up the D: drive letter and then reassign your data partition to D:.

If Vista refused to allow you to change these drive letters in Disk Management you can still swap the letters manually by changing them in the MountedDevices key in the system registry.

Regards,
John Hensley
www.resqware.com
 

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I have a computer with a new hard drive and I would like to slave in another hard drive that has some data I want to retrieve and copy to my new hard drive. How do I go about this with XP. Also can I format my old hard drive when done.Thanx.

Answer:Dual hard drive questions

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000or file transfer wizard program..to move data from old drive to new one.

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Hello,

I'm thinking of putting in a dual hard drive setup, a more tech savvy friend of mine explained that one disk is read only with the OS on it, then the other I would save everything else to, such as games and the like, what are your thoughts? Would this be an efficient setup? Are there any problems I would encounter? Any input at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Kaeso

Answer:Regarding Dual Hard Drive Setup

Yes, that's a good setup - I have the same. I have an 80GB SATA which I have my OS on, and a 640GB I use for storage.

It's more efficient because you can load things from both drives at the same time, i.e. you can play a game from the storage drive while also doing stuff on the OS drive.

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I have a SSD in the main drive spot that has windows 8 installed and original HDD with windows 7 in DVD bay. When I boot from windows 7 I get the message that one of my disks needs to be checked for consistency. Is there anything I can change so it will stop scanning my drives?

Answer:T530 Windows 7/8 Dual Drive

Hi JWall,
 
I'm going to *guess* that Win 8 isn't doing a full dead-cold shutdown, but is using some kind of hybrid shutdown - more like hibernation.  This leaves the SSD looking inconsistent to Win 7.
 
See if forcing '8 to fully shut down stops the '7 warning: How to Do a Full Shutdown in Windows 8 Without Disabling Hybrid Boot  You may not like the "fix" but this could at least confirm what's going on. I haven't tested this myself.
 
[edit] If my *guess* is confirmed, you may need to always force a full Win 8 shutdown - if you ever intend to access SSD files from Win 7.  Touching a hibernated filesystem from outside the hibernated OS will _cause_ inconsistencies when that hibernated OS (Win 8 in this case) is booted back up.  May lead to data loss.
 
Been there with multiboot win and lin systems. It's not pretty...
 
Z.

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I Made the Switch from Ide To sata Now I am not sure If this is a problem or not. I have Dual Sata drives. My Dual Boot works fine. My Bios Sees Both Hard Drives, But in the boot Option I am not given The Option to boot from the Second Hard drive. Is that normal?
 

Answer:Dual Sata Drive Question.

I believe you need to explain how you installed the two OS. And, what OS are they?
 

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