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Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

Question: Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

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

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Preferred Solution: Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

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Answer: Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

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

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My old laptop suffered a fall and unfortuantly will not work. I have been told that there is no problem with the hard drive just something else and it is terminal, my insurance company has provided me with a new laptop. The problem is it contains all my old files, pictures, music etc.How can I get the files off my old hard drive and put it onto my new laptop. Do I need to take either of the laptops apart?PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Answer:Data Transfer between old and new Laptop harddrive

If your old laptop is totally dead, you will need to get at the old HDD to rescue data. Unless you know what you are doing it might be best left to a professional.

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As I'd like to free up space, how does one transfer data (still or moving pictures) from hard drive to CD rewriter; answers in some detail please, as I am a computer novice.

Answer:transfer data from harddrive to CDrewriter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We have an old sony viao computer running Windows XP (Home ed). It runs safemode's bootstrap for a moment before It gives me a BSOD of UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, with STOP: 0x000000ED(0x873493A0, 0x000009C, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). The disk also makes a lot of clicking noises whenever it moves, so I'm pretty sure it's failing.

Is there any tools to transfer data from the damaged, unbootable harddrive to an external harddrive?

Answer:Harddrive failing, unbootable. want to transfer data

deletesystem32 what you could do is connect this drive as a secondary drive to a desktop and see if it will be detected, from Windows or a live bootable disc. You can also try to connect the drive to a IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 Cable Adapter you can purchase from tigerdirect or newegg, to see if it be detected so you can try and grab the data off. A lot of the times when a drive is inaccessible there isn't a whole lot that you personally won't be able to do with it.
A mechanical failure means that your drive has broken parts that are preventing it from working?busted drives often make a telltale clicking sound as they futilely attempt to access their files. If you hear that, your data may still be there, but you're not getting it back without calling in the experts

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Hi all!

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

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

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

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

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

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

Thank you,


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

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

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I was trying to transfer the data from an IDE harddrive to an SATA harddrive using norton ghost 2003. Well everthing was going fine, I had the SATA drive formatted into NTFS and started ghost. When the ghost dos screen came up, the computer froze and wouldn't let me back onto the origginal harddrive. I ended up haveing to format the original IDE drive just to get an operating system back on it. Needless to say the person who's drive i was transfering was not pleased.

Answer:Can you transfer data from an SATA harddrive from an IDE HD using norton ghost 2003?

Any clue as to what caused the error?

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I'm getting a new PC, and if I buy another copy of Windows 7 it will cost me another ?80 for something I bought only 1 year ago.

Could I do it by transferring a hard drive with windows 7 on it to my new PC?

Please help, would be very greatful

Answer:Can I transfer a harddrive with w7 on it, to another pc?

New PCs usually come with a Windows installation. I assume your new PC will not have Windows for some reason.

Are you building it yourself?

Do you have an existing Windows installation disk of any kind? What kind?

If your current PC has an OEM version of Windows, you will likely run into activation issues if you simply move the hard drive into the new PC--because the new PC has a different motherboard.

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I have a older compaq running Win98. Someone has been kind enough to give me a computer with more memory and other stuff. I'm not hip with all the jargon, sorry. Anyway, the newer one is also running win98, but doesn't have all the programs that mine has. I want to put what's on the old one onto the newer one. Someone told me that doing it using floppy discs would take a long time. I would like to know if there is an easier way. Windows 98 was already installed on both computers so ther is no cd.

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If I by a new hard drive and install same OS as original OS(WinXPSP2pro) can I just ghost over the OS? If so, how? Running a P3 933 512 ram and a 20gb western Digital WD200BB-00AUA1.

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

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

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

Setup cannot continue."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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Hello, I'm new here and hoping someone might be able to help. I have a rather old computer with some problems. It is a pentium MB 100mh. I have a 4x4 NEC CD ROM and a 2 meg harddrive. It appeared to get a virus or something and the harddrive was erased. The system did work fine before hand and now to load programs take forever. What took 15 mins to load before the crash now takes over 6 hours. Obviously I am missing something in rebuilding this thing but I have no idea what it is. Is there anybody that may have the answer. I would really appreciate it.


Answer:CD ROM & harddrive transfer very slow.

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I have two of the same Samsung M3 2TB external portable harddrives.

I use them to backup files, but when transferring exactly the same files, one harddrive transfers about double the speed than the other.

How can this be?

Answer:Different transfer speeds for the same harddrive?

I'm been thinking and wonder if it's the usb ports.
All of them are supposed to be USB 3.0 (they all have blue) but perhaps one of them is not USB 3.0?
Any way I can check that all ports are USB 3.0?

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How do I transfer all my harddrive info from a Dell to a new HP?

Answer:How: Transfer harddrive to new computer?

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I am currently using windows7 in a 1 tb harddrive. I have another internal harddrive that im not using that has windows 8 on it but is only 150gb. How do i bring windows 8 to the 1tb harddrive i am using to replace windows 7?

Answer:How do I transfer windows 8 from one harddrive to another?

Originally Posted by Cian567

I am currently using windows7 in a 1 tb harddrive. I have another internal harddrive that im not using that has windows 8 on it but is only 150gb. How do i bring windows 8 to the 1tb harddrive i am using to replace windows 7?

Welcome to the Windows Eight Forums, Cian.

Is this an OEM or did you install Windows 8 on the 150 GB drive? And, are you dual booting?

BTW, could you go back to your profile and give us your complete system setup? Brand name, HDDs, RAM, Video Card, etc. We can help you much better if we know your system specs.

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My internal harddrive in my pc was getting full then i discovered that if you take a external harddrive out of its cover you can make it a internal harddrive, so i whant to put every thing onto my new "external" hardrive and have windows on it again without having to download windows again

Answer:How do i transfer my OS to a nnew harddrive

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I recently just got a new laptop that's running windows 7 to replace my old one that has XP. The problem is I can't seem to figure out the best way to transfer literally 100GB's worth of media files from my old laptop to my new one. It's all just in one file on my desktop.

I don't have a removable hard drive or the money for one, all I have is an 8GB USB which would take too much time to even bother. So I was thinking of using a network, but I have no idea how to use one.

Any ideas? Thanks! I appreciate it a lot! :)

Answer:How to transfer files without a harddrive between XP and 7?

Network them as you said.

Share the XP c drive and then just copy paste everything.

Networking is simple using any router, but can done without one in an ad-hoc setup:
Making the Wireless Home Network Connection in Windows XP Without a Router

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I have another problem.

On one of my computers the hard drive is clicking away. Just so happens its my computer where I back up all the other ones. So I'm assuming its about to go out sometime in the future.

Heres my question.

I have a extra 80 gig hard drive that is not in use. Is there anyway to put this hard drive in this computer, copy the information, and then put windows on it. Doing all this so I can take out the defective hard drive.

Or am I doomed to simply removing the hard drive, losing all the information and reformatting the new one?

Any help, as usual, will be appreciated.

Answer:Harddrive going out... Can I transfer the information some how?

most harddrive manufacturer websites have utilities for transferring files from one harddrive to another...

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Could someone please help with step-by-step instructions on how to copy data from a CD onto my hardrive? I am on Windows ME.I have copied to my documents, but the file is still a read-me file.Thanks in advancePlumbit

Answer:HELP!! how to transfer file from CD to Harddrive

you have done the correct thing now on your harddisk right click the file then properties and take the tick out of read only.

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I have another problem.

On one of my computers the hard drive is clicking away. Just so happens its my computer where I back up all the other ones. So I'm assuming its about to go out sometime in the future.

Heres my question.

I have a extra 80 gig hard drive that is not in use. Is there anyway to put this hard drive in this computer, copy the information, and then put windows on it. Doing all this so I can take out the defective hard drive.

Or am I doomed to simply removing the hard drive, losing all the information and reformatting the new one?

Any help, as usual, will be appreciated.

Answer:Harddrive going out... Can I transfer the information some how?

Yes, you should be able to transfer the information as long as the drive your replacing is the same size or smaller than the new one. Try using something like Nortons Ghost.

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Hello I have Three hard drives (one windows 8 and 2 for windows XP) one of the hard drives is a laptop HD (dont ask) and the other 2 are old. anyway i need to put all the data onto one new hard drive with its operating syttem being windows7 is it possible? i know it is (with proffesnioal help) but i want to save money and do it myself so help?

Answer:Solved: HardDrive transfer help

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can the original harddrive from a 435t/9000 be placed in the new xps tower as a secondary hard drive?

Answer:435t/900 harddrive transfer

can the original harddrive from a 435t/9000 be placed in the new xps tower as a secondary hard drive?
What is the model number of the XPS tower you wish to install the 435t hard drive in?

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My computer had was very old, broken and had a virus on it so we got a new one. The problem is, we had a lot of files on that PC that we dont want to lose. How would I go about transferring those files from my old pc to the new one?

Thanks to anyone that can help!

Answer:How do I transfer files from old harddrive?

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Ok. My dad is re-installing Windows XP because his got 'fried'. I want to re-install this operating system, or OS so he can keep just his music and photos. He has several irreplaceable photos that he wants to keep.

Now, since his operating system is fried, he can only make it to the Start Menu and then his computer just keeps rebooting.

We tried taking it to a professional PC place and they just said the OS crashed and we would have to replace it.

So how can I transfer the music and photos to my hard drive temporarily so that he can keep his photos and music? I would try to put two hard drives on his computer, which is like, 10 years old, but i'm not to handy-dandy with the hardware stuff, although I am computer savvy I am considered a pro to my classmates in middle school. Please reply soon.

Answer:How to Transfer files To and From a different harddrive?

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Exactly what do you want to transfer (just some files, entire drives, etc)?

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

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

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

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

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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So, I have a Seagate 750 GB HD filled with data. It is formatted to run with my MacBook. I have just recently built myself a Widows desktop. Now I want to transfer all of the data on the 750 GB Mac HD to my new 1 TB PC HD. So far I have been using my 16 GB thumbdrive to transfer it all which takes forever. I was looking for a faster way to do this. I know I can set up a connection between the two using a crossover cable or on my home network (however I'm not that good at the whole networking bit but trying to learn it). So I'm just wondering if any of you happen to know a more efficient way for me to do this.

Answer:Harddrive and Computer transfer trouble

I don't know anything about a Mac other than, I don't want one. But, I would try to plug it into the PC. Is it a SATA drive?

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Hi, I've made a few posts here trying to discuss some issues i was having. I think I've cleared a few of them up with ccleaner and its registry settings. To finish the job I've done the malware removal procedure and I am going to attach the logs...hopefully someone can take a peek and see if there is anything i am missing. I want to get this computer clean so when I transfer everything over to a new hard drive , everything is as good as it can be.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Virus scan log for harddrive transfer

Just read another post where a was requested...just in case my log.txt isnt what is needed I"m going to attack that here.

EDIT: I'm not sure if that is the right file or not...I've done the malware removal procedure before...

When I check the date created on that seems to be from 2008...

I'm sorta confused...I ran all malware removal tools from the correct locations. I hope this .zip is the correct one.

EDIT2: Ok.... I know I'm looking like an idiot. I suspect that I didnt run the last program in the sequence...please forgive my stupidity. Thought I had done all the steps...damn you garage door spring! Your breaking messed me up!

I'll run the final step and attach the proper log...thanks for your patience.

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I recently rebooted my computer, but i first loaded all my files into an external harddrive. Now that my computer is rebooted, when I try to bring my files in from my external harddrive, it says "Cannot Create or Copy: Access Denied--Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use". I can't figure out how to move my files, I have done this in the past and it worked perfectly. please help me!

Answer:transfer of files from external harddrive

My first thought would be perhaps the drive has an write-protect swich or parameter set and your trying to Cut and Paste rather than copy.

When you say reboot I guess you mean you formatted the system and have reinstalled Windows fresh?

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When I turn on my 500GB Cavalry external hard drive and when I try to access a certain folder, the light on the hard drive turns purple (Transferring data) and it wont stop until I turn my hard drive off. What is wrong with it?

Answer:External Harddrive Transfer Error

Probably corrupt data in the file you are trying to open.If the file is easily replaceable delete it off the external hard drive, if not you will have try and recover it.

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I have recently purchased a 320gig harddrive which i was hoping to use to transfer all my films and music on to. However i cannot transfer any file to it whatsoever. It is formatted as NTFS and i am using Windows Vist BAsic.

The error message i get when transferring is " This is no longer located in C:\blah\blah verify items location and try again"

What does this mean? The file is definantly there and has always been there and works on Vista completely fine so my question is why wont it transfer across?

Thanks for help


Answer:Solved: cant transfer to external harddrive?

I suggest that you give it another try once you reconnect the drive again.

I have personally plugged in a flash drive, and tried to copy files over to it too soon before the computer had settled on what to do with it. Before I knew it, the drive letter for it disappeared, and appeared again, usually as the same drive letter. Once or so, it didn't assign a drive letter for it at all, and when using the Safely Remove Hardware feature, it showed it as USB Mass Storage Device and nothing else. So all I had to do what reinsert it.

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my wife got a photo frame as a cristmas gift and I am loading photos to it using picassa and it works great resizing them to 800 x 600. now I also have thousands of photos on an external hard drive and there is a lot of them I want to copy to viewer but cannot do it with picassa because picassa does not see it, is there any software that will do it without having to do them one at a time

Answer:Solved: transfer pictures from ext harddrive

I use Irfanview as my System default viewer and basic Image Editor ... It's not a Browser/Organizer.
I prefer to know where my pics are and not depend on a Browser/Organizer .. And do it manually.
I have too many pics in several internal HDDs and several externals (backups)

I'd just select the pics I want and Copy/Paste (Drag/Drop) them to a working folder on my Desktop.
Then I'd batch process them (in Irfanview) to a new size and send them to the Photo Frame.

You should be able to use Picasa .. Once the pics are in a working folder on your Desktop.

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i had an error message come up on my new hard drive( lost fat 32 file )or corrupt.i tried repairing and ran windows xp new install but still wouldnt boot i installed it on my second hard drive and got my computer my problem is trying to move files and programs and make my new hard drive the boot drive with operating system without losing anything.

Answer:Need help transfer files an programs to another harddrive

Hi j frank l, and Welcome.

To access technical support you will need to go to HERE and post your question again (you could just copy your original message) into the appropriate forum for your problem.

This forum is for introductions only as stated above:

Do NOT post your Computer Questions/Problems in this ForumClick to expand...

Your technical questions will then be responded to.

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I have just loaded Vista onto a new harddrive and also 2003 Office. On another drive I have my old XP and I want to transfer the all my saved outlook messages and contacts to the new harddrive. I know this is the probably the most simplist of operations but I just cannot work out to do it. Anyone got some help

Answer:transfer outlook files from one harddrive to another

Re: transfer outlook files from one hard drive to another

Hi Rayza, welcome to MG's

I'm not really clear on what your doing or if your getting an error message.

If everything is Ok and no error. See this link.

I'm assuming that your using the same version of Outlook on both hard drives. If your getting an error message, please post the error.



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A tower has the front panel start button failure- anattempted repair lasted no time at all - it pwas decided to simply transfer the primary harddrive to a spare tower with mostherboard and optical drives.The first problem was trying to get LAN tto connect.It failed. Then it occured to me me that the systen needed the 'New' mobo utilitiesObtained the disc only to find the Optical drives[there are two] are not being recognised.So are optical drives reliant on the Mobo utilities disk?Is not the Optical driver built into to Mobo firmware otherwise how does one load a system disk?

Answer:Harddrive transfer- peripherals problem

That's odd for the optical drives not to be recognised by default. If they're IDE drives, do you have the correct master/slave jumper settings? Did you remember to connect power to them from the PSU? Are the necessary parameters in the BIOS correct? Set them to default, save & reboot. If that doesn't help, reset the CMOS & try again. G

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Hi all,

On my Vista Ultimate, I'm replaceing my only harddrive with another(both are hooked up internally for now) and returning the old drive.

I need to transfer my complete system from old HD to new HD, files,folders,games,registry etc., a complete clone. I was told to just drag and drop old hd into the new drive then remove the old HD and install the new in it's place.

Will this work?? i.e If I do as advise, and once the new HD is my boot hd, will my system info, games etc. be the same as when the old drive was my boot drive once I restart my system???

If not is there a way to do this without buying any software? If not, what would be the best program to do this correctly?

Thanks for any info


Answer:complete transfer of old harddrive to new drive

Drag and Drop won't work. Most all hard drive manufacturers offer a utility for your needs
Check our the download section of their support site

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Can I install XP on one harddrive from say PC #1 and then use that harddrive on PC #2 and it will run XP

Answer:Install windows xp on one harddrive than transfer to another PC

It is possible, but there is a very high chance that you will have to re-activate XP when you move the hard drive over. This won't guaranteed to work though due to drivers, etc.

This would violate the license more than likely, unless you are doing this with a retail boxed version of XP.

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Is it possible to use files and settings transfer wizard or something similar off a secondary harddrive?

If so, how?


Answer:Files and Settings transfer from Secondary Harddrive

No, not unless you had already previously ran the File and Settings Transfer wizard when the original OS was running and have the file saved somewhere on that drive. The XP transfer wizard will only run within a functional OS. I'm also not aware of anything that would do this for you. If you need something from a 2nd HD you have slaved in your current system, you'll just need to copy it over manually. Unfortunately anything in the registry (ie. network drives, printers, etc), can't be copied this way. Files only.

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I'm trying to tranfer files from my XP pc to my new pc with Windows 7. I know I need W.E.T. and an external HD. I found this one that I wanted to get: - TOSHIBA Canvio 320GB USB 2.0 Raven Black Portable External Hard Drive E05A032CAU2XK

However, when I started reading reviews on it on of the users stated that he could not use it for the transfer since the preloaded software isn't compatible windows 7, even though the website for the product says the harddrive is.

So my question is which external hard drive (brand or type) do I have to choose to do this?

Answer:Which external harddrive do I use for Windows Easy Transfer(XP to W7)?

I did it using a USB 32Gb flash drive since I doubt you'll need more than 32Gb that should work as long as you have downloaded and installed Windows Easy Transfer on your XP PC.

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After having a security chip problem with my Lenovo and being unable to turn the computer on, I was told I would have to reimage my computer.  So I transferred all my files to an external harddrive.  Now two problems have arisen 1) the My Pictures folder is gone--I can't find it anywhere, and I don't know where it would be2) certain microsoft word documents only have shortcuts, but the shortcuts don't connect to the files.  I can't find the files anywhere.   I've made "all files visible" and i don't know what to do.  The files I can't access are really important to me.  Any help would be appreciated. -Andrew 

Answer:Files Missing from External Harddrive after Transfer

First off, what model thinkpad do you have? What OS are you using? My pictures folder is located in the following directories... C:\Documents and Settings\XXXXXXX\My Documents\My Pictures ----------in Windows XPC:\Users\XXXXXXX\My Pictures--------------------------------------------------------in Windows Vista Unless you changed the default directory. For the Word documents, did you have them on a flash drive? If you created shortcuts for files that are on a flash drive, when you open the shortcut it won't find the file if the flash drive isn't inserted in a USB port. Also ensure that you didn't delete the files beforehand.

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transferring a mirror image of old win 7 laptop to a new really fast win 7 laptop - question is: will all the programs work without reloading programs (mirror image)... this will have a new harddrive (the harddrive is failing)... a couple of the programs are from friends or no longer available and I don't want to lose access ? any ideas ?

Answer:mirror transfer, will programs still work on new harddrive

There's no certainty that an installation will work in a different computer. Windows is set up according to the hardware in the original system. There is also the question of license and activation, if the original installation is OEM Windows the license is only valid for the original computer, changing major hardware usually requires re-activation and it will no longer be a legitimate Windows install. This licensing problem does not apply if the Windows is a full consumer version (boxed or download purchase), but can still be expected to need re-activation.

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Hi guys, im looking for some help with my enermax external harddrive storage

i put in it a 80gb pata normal hdd which works fine when i connect it to my mobo but in my external storage it just disconnects after some time (10-15 s generally) with high transfer rate. I tried slower transfer rate and it worked.

I dont know what to increase or decrease... the powersupply is externe (power plugs/ac adapter) so i dont think its the prob.

btw, can someone tell me how to slow down my usb2 to usb 1.1, so that i can still have some transfer even if its slow.



Answer:external harddrive disconnects with high transfer

I'm pretty sure you can set the USB speed to 1.1 in the BIOS. Just look around for a bit and I'm sure you will find it. My setting on my Asus A7N8X is under the "Advanced Bios Options" tab or something close to that.

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I have my files backup on external hard drive. I need to transfer two of them to lap top both systems are Windows 7. How do I copy from external hard drive to laptop to get the data to the right program files on laptop. I have already installed the programs on the laptop. Thank you.

Answer:transfer files from external harddrive to laptop

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

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

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

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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

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

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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Ok, so I'm not sure if this is the right section to post this as it involves both hardware and software, but the issue began because of hardware. Here is my question.

My laptop harddrive (a Western Digital Scorpio Blue, 320GB HDD) is in the middle of failure. The problem is bad sectors and it seems that WD's own utility can't fix the problem and their support stated I need a new drive. They are out of stock of all mobile drives at the moment, but I just so happen to have 640GB Toshiba HDD from a completely different laptop. My question is, is it possible to use the System Image disc I made when I first got my laptop to install my windows and apps and drivers on a completely new, and different, harddrive? Does the harddrive have to have windows already installed on it for it to work?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Harddrive failure and system image transfer.

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Hi folks,
I had a old PC which has just crashed but there is still some of my stuff, like photos, music, documents saved on this drive..which, of course I didn't back up.
If I remove the hard drive and install it in my new machine will it just appear as a second drive?
My new machine is running Windows Media and I don't want to do any damage by installing a hard drive that has XP OS on it

Or am I concerned unnecessarily

Answer:Getting data from an old harddrive

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i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz help

Answer:old harddrive. need data off it. put as slave. cant access data

iLLegaL89 said:


i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz helpClick to expand...

Well, generally all the office suits are backward there's should not be any problem. Can you open that word file(s) on the old PC (World 97 as u mentioned?) If it is so, you might have some problem with this new PC office suit.
Try, making copy of the old files in old PC using save as or may be you can convert doc files (if you don't have some hi level formating) to rtf files. That can be opened in Wordpad comes with every Windows OS.
This might help, i guess..
- Nirav

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:wave: My youngster switched my (now abandoned old) computer over to american voltage or something and when I switched it on the thing went up with a bang (and smoke)...A friend told me I may be able to salvage some of the files, ie photos of family etc, from the old hard drive by taking it out of the old computer and reading it externally, ie..transferring data and files as I please, however as you may have guessed, I'm no computer
If this is possible what would i need to do that and is it as simple as implied...or should I just give up on the stuff in the old computer??
Many Thanks

Answer:Can I remove harddrive from blownup computer & transfer files externally to a new pc?

It is possible and relatively easy.

The simplest way is to open up the new computer and connect the old hard drive in place of the CD-ROM device (the computer is turned off and unplugged of course). It will most likely Just Work (TM) unless you have an unusual computer setup.

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Hi everyone i am currently having problems trying to tranfer files to my internal harddrive it stated that i have the drive write protected. I have changed permission to full control..both under properties and also under hardrive management but the only thing I have not been able to change is special permissions.. i have also tried changing all inherited children too but these have not helped.. also .. I do have a couple of usb harddrives connected at the same time .. and this issue seem to occurs only when there are a number external drives attached..

Answer:harddrive locked unable to transfer file even after changing to full c

I had this same problem with an external WD drive.
If your drive does not have the OS on it, I suggest you copy all data to another drive. Adjust permissions of the copied folders and files.
Then go to Administrator Tools>Computer Manager> Storage>Disk Management
Right click the drive and delete the Volume, then You can format it and copy back the data.

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ok...i have an old laptop harddrive that has been formatted, but i need to recover some pictures(years of familiy pictures) from it... i bought the cable that allows me to hook it up to my desktop... i can see the hard drive while booting, but i cant see it once the windows loads up.. what can i do, and what is a good software for that kinda data recovery.

Answer:data recovery from a old harddrive

visit thats the best data recoverey software avalible

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My Gaming PC broke down I am highly guessing is the processor which would always run really hot. Cant Complain since it lasted at least 3 years.

Anyways, right now, all I got left is my laptop. Is there a way I can pull out my old hard drive and get some data and put it on my laptop? I only need one file which is a text file that has my passwords for every site i joined on it.

I am guessing I need to find a way to connect the hard drive externally to my laptop using USB port and get the data i need.

Both my laptop and the harddrive I need to pull has Window Vista home edition installed on it.

Answer:Recovering Data From Old HardDrive

You could purchase an external HDD caddy suited to the interface of the hard drive (presumably it would be SATA) and then connect, as you said, via USB to the laptop.

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I had a problem on my HP Imelda 1437, so I used system recovery to bring the computer back to factory settings.As I had a second drive, which did not want touched , I unplugged it.Run the recovey system,plugged in my second 'data' drive, and the system now tells me that the drive is 'Raw Data' and Unformatted. I assume that the BIOS has been changed, as the system was originally a One hard drive system, is there any easy way to restore the bios, without undoing the covers, removing the battery and /or flipping the Bios clear switch./ Thanks Terry

Answer:Lost Data on Harddrive

System recovery should not do anything to the BIOS, if the BIOS was not seeing the drive you would not see it at all in windows.Has windows allocated a drive letter?

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Having trouble saving some files I copied from my old cp to my hard drive, appreciate some help.


Answer:Saving from data cd to harddrive

Start,Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer....find the cd drive on left side of box and open right click to copy what is on the cd, then right click paste to where you want it on the right side of ther box

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I asked this a few weeks ago, elsewhere (not sure now where) about transferring data from one computer to a new one.

I was told to take out the OLD hd, unplug the cd-rom of the new computer, plug the old hd into this plug, and save the info from it onto the new hd.

I didn't have the new computer at the time (and it's not mine, it's someone else's I'm helping with it. She doesn't want me taking her new computer apart to do this

The basic question about this (now) is.... I can take her old computer, take the hd out, put it in MY computer, plugging it in instead of the CDROM (which is my E drive) then burn the files from this onto a CD using my CD burner which is my D drive?

Before I take my pc case off I wanted to check and see if I have this right. The CD Rom plug will fit on the HD and it will turn the HD (from old computer) into the E drive- to take the files and folders from?

(It amazes me that I can talk computer

What we were trying to do is zip the folders and send them to her mail, but for some reason the "zip and email" option doesn't come up on her setup.

So, I remembred the plugging in the hd where the CD ROM goes idea.

I have WIN 98SE and the old hd is WIN 98 (if that matters in this)

Also, for whoever did the Halloween decorations, I love the logo!)



Answer:Taking data off harddrive

The old HDD does use the same connections as the CD drive.


The CD will probably be connected as a Slave drive, and the old HDD will certainly be a Master if it was the boot drive. Therefore you need to set the jumpers from Master (possibly no jumpers) to Slave on the back of the drive. A key to where they go should be on the drive label. All brands tend to be different as to the settings, there is no standard way.

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I need some advice i am going to upgrade my current harddrive(Maxtor d-plus 9 8g IDE) to a new Maxtor 6Y120M0 120gb Serial ATA 8mb Cache 7200rpm.1Q - Is there any way i can transfer everything from my old drive to the new drive. I want to use the new drive as my main bootable drive.2Q - If i can whats the best way to go about it.Many ThanksChris

Answer:Moving Data from 1 Harddrive to a new one.

I know several people at work who have used click hereHave a read, and see if it does what you want.

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Computer informationDell Dimension 3000Windows XP HomeProblemUpon booting it attempt to load windows. It will display the Windons XP loco briefly and then go to a blue error screen. The error screen says that the harddrive is corrupted.  Run CHKDSK /F.........I have attempted without success to Start in safe mode, last known configuration  normal and all other options. It will repeat the process and return to the blue screen. MY question is..... They is a lot of data that the owner of compute would like to have recover  from old hard drive. I have heard of this being done. Can anyone give me some advice on how to do this? I do have another IDE hard drive I can use the computer.....

Answer:Harddrive Data recovery

Boot to your XP CD, choose the first repair option, enter the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

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I need help in tranferring one harddrive to another one. My old one has a blue screen and I want some of my data off of it and someone told me I could do it this way. Any advice whether this is true or not. Please give me instruction on how to get this done...Thanks

Answer:Transfering data from one harddrive to another one

what you mean? when you boot up with the current hdd with the data on it, you get a blue error message? well if thats the case, all you have to do is set the drive to a slave or a cable select drive, put it into another computer (thats working) and then transfer the data to the other computer harddrive. once finished you can format and reinstall windows or whatever.

if the problem is worse you may like to have a look at a data recovery software package to get the data. hope it worrks :grinthumb

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Hi, i'm new to the forums and was looking for some help. I purchased a new computer last week and hooked up my old harddrive to retrieve some of my old data. It was working fine until recently whenever i try to access it, it tells me the harddrive isn't formatted and won't let me view the files. Is there any program or a way i could get some of my old stuff back?
thanks in advance.

Answer:Any Way To Retrieve Data From Old Harddrive?

Do both drives have XP installed? Are the both NTFS or FAT32 file system?

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I would like to wipe a drive of mine clean, because i'm selling it to someone, what programs can I use to accomplish this task, and there is Windows Vista installed on it.

Answer:how to erase data on Harddrive

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) download and review - secure hard drive erasure from SnapFiles

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Our mother board died due to lightning, In replacing the motherboard, what kind of problems will I run into in trying to boot up after motherboard is replaced?

Answer:Transfering harddrive data

Due to lightning?!! If you're mobo died due to that, I'm pretty sure some other stuff would have died also (like your CPU?)

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i am using windows 7 operating system and i have an external harddrive that used to be my primary. when attempting to access it through my external hd enclosure it mostly asks me to format it and shows the drive under "my computer" as just a drive with no current/maximum drive capacity and trying to open the drive results in a cyclic redundancy check error. ocassionally when plugging in the drive or changing its drive letter from drive management i get the "scan and fix or continue without scanning" promp and when i choose continue without scanning it allows me to access the drives contents. i have finally freed up enough space on my primary harddrive to backup the drives data but cannot seem to get the scan and fix prompt to show up again :[ is there any way to force it to ask to scan and fix instead of asking to format so i can recover the files? all the information i can seem to find online about it only tells me how to disable the autoplay so it no longer asks ... but i want it to ask so i can remove the data then reformat the drive fully. is there any way you can help?

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Everytime I Boot My Computer It Goes Straight To Dos. Does Anybody Know To Stop This? If Not How Can I Pull My Data Off The Harddrive So I Can Reimage It? I Am Using Win Xpsp1.

Answer:Pulling Data From Harddrive From Dos With No Os.

Check out is a link there for a program that may do what you want.

Any MG'ers out there with a better solution?

XP experts should be able to come up with abetter solution for you, I think.
Wait a while and see who replies. Bazza

BTW, welcome to MG. Be warned, it becomes addictive. Baz

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Hello. I had a computer in which I sometime ago, put a new motherboard and athlon processor in. Just recently, it started acting strange. My control panel would not act right. The Add/Remove Programs would not work, nor would the System icon work. It would suddenly lock up on me. I tried to reinstall Windows XP, but it had a spool error and stopped. Anyway, I bought a new computer with 40 gig hard drive in it and preloaded with Windows XP. (I had Windows XP in the old computer, too.) Is there anyway I can retrieve my data from my old hard drive? I have hundreds of digital photos on it, plus some other data I would hate to lose. I had CD's for all my programs on it. Anybody got any method to retrieve the data?

Answer:How do I retrieve data from harddrive?

You can hook up the drive as a slave and get your info if the drive is still good.

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hi guys

first time posting on here, hope iv posted this in the right area, apologies if not! basically my computer has stopped loading up windows, its takes me to the load up options screen (safe mode, last known config, start windows normally screen etc etc) and when i choose an option it just begins the reboot process again and again! iv tried using windows recovery off the XP cd using some methods iv found on various forums but to no avail.

basically iv resigned myself to having to reload windows from scratch but want to know how i go about (trying) to save all the files on my harddrive that im loathed to lose in the process! i have a second computer that i can use as a base but would appreciate some advice, detailed i fpossible, on how i go about getting the said files onto the second computer from the harddrive from my redundant computer

any help would be greatly appreciated


Answer:transfering data off my harddrive

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we are wanting to get a new hardrive, bigger but we can't find our OS cd so the only OS we have is on old hardrive. We want to transfer everything , expecially OS to new hardrive. First is this possible and if it is how do we do it??? thanks

Answer:Data Tranfer from Old Harddrive to New

What O/S are we talking about?Keep in mind that years of use of a Windows system accumulates a lot of debris, some of which you probably don't want to retain. In the end everyone needs a real Windows CD sooner or later.If you want to preserve this as it is do a google search for free imaging software, or check out Acronis True Image or Ghost if you are willing to pay. (Although if you ar ewilling to pat, you may just want to invest in a Windows CD.)

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Hi. A while back I encountered some problems with my computer. It started with me waking up to a black screen with white text telling me to repair windows. I restarted and there were no more worries. This happened again and again and my computer became harder and harder use. The computer would have complete lag spikes when playing games, entering files etc. became slower and slower until I couldn't boot windows at all. I bought a new SSD drive and installed windows 7 only to find a 5 minute boot time. When it finally booted, the old hard drive (which is connected a long with three other drives) was extremely difficult to handle. Accessing files was slow and the whole computer seemed slow despite having an SSD disk and fresh windows install. I moved my old hard drive to my mom's computer to see if I could extract my files (my whole life is in it), but the transfer speeds are slow and I'm getting error messages when copying certain files. I'm not sure what to do here. I know there are certain file recovery software's I can use and I tried Recuva (which is free), but when pointing it to my hard drive, it stalls for about 2-3 mins before giving me an error message. I find it odd that I can access and copy files from this hard drive through 'Computer', but that a file recovery software has troubles with it :S I need some help here

Answer:Harddrive issue, is my data lost?

In the circumstances, I would recommend that you use PhotoRec to recover all your files first. I do not want you to try anything else - not even the manufacturer's diagnostic utility.(That can come after data recovery)


1. It does not write anything to your drive in question.

2. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data. It can recover almost all types of files, not necessarily photos and videos.

( IMO, a badly corrupted file system caused Windows not to boot but in its present abode, you are able to access it and copy it too but with errors because of the corrupt file system. There is still a 10% chance that that HDD is dying with more and more bad sectors being created. In either case the first priority is to recover as much as possible, and to me there is no better way than using PhotoRec)

I would also recommend that you run it under DOS bootable from a pen drive. Create your bootable DOS pen drive with Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way ( I go with MS-DOS rather than FreeDos - fad )

Download TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.13 (15 November 2011), Data Recovery Dos/Win9x version from TestDisk Download - CGSecurity Extract the zip file to your C drive. You will find a folder testdisk-6.13 on your C drive. Open it, select all the files in it and copy all those files into the Dos pen drive you already created. Boot from the DOS pen drive and at the command prompt type photorec_win.exe and press enter to run it. (And y... Read more

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.

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Hey everyone, I'm ner here. This looks like a great place for information. Looks like I'll be stickin around. Anyway, my buddy is in some major trouble. He has a big project due tomorrow and it's all saved at school. He had it at home but his ssiter reinstalled windows xp, and his file is lost.

Is there a way to retrieve his file?

Thank you very much,


Answer:Retrieve data off harddrive after reinstall of win xp??

Highly unlikely if she installed from scratch.
If she re-installed over the existing XP, the file should still be there.
Best bet is to get the copy back from school and continue with that.
Then burn it on a CD.

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The external hard drive that I have now is starting to malfunction. Is it possible to move the data on it to another external hard drive and do you need a computer to do it? The older hard drive has a capacity of 120 gb.

Answer:Moving Data from one external Harddrive to Another

Since it is external, yes you need to connect it to a computer [which in any case would be the easiest method]
If they were both internal drives, you could use a disk duplicator like this;

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I've got a 250 gig WD scorpio drive that was damaged during a botched backup with Norton Ghost. The controller is reporting a meager 54.49 gigs of available space on the unallocated disk. I assume this is due to LBA definitions (excuse me if I use the wrong vernacular, I'm just learning about this now) that have been changed to match that of the drive that was being backed up. I know the Linux fdisk command can perform the necessary operations, but I'd prefer to stay in a Windows environment. Does anyone know of a command or a program that can perform the necessary changes?


Answer:Editing harddrive CHS data in Windows 7

Instead of fiddling with it, I'd use the WD diagnostic tools.

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Hello, i've just formatted my Harddrive and backed up all my important data onto my slave harddrive... i reinstalled windows on my master harddrive now everything on my slave is gone!! it says "harddrive not formatted would you like to format it now" what can i do to get my stuff back??? pleaaaaaaaaaase help me

Answer:Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

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i want to recover data from the following harddrive (of a dead laptop).
FUJITSU 30GB IDE ATA PATA 2.5" LAPTOP HARD DRIVE HDD on eBay, also Hard Drives, Drives HDD CD DVD, Laptop Accessories, Computing (end time 21-Jan-09 18:46:06 GMT)

I also have this new laptop
Product Specifications*

with this SATA drive
WD Scorpio Blue 250 GB SATA Hard Drives ( WD2500BEVS )

I also have a freecom external drive which is also sata.
Freecom Mobile Hard Drive Classic 250GB: Electronics & Photo

And i have a fujitsu siemens desktop pc - pentium 4, 512mb, 74gb

So, what product (ide2sata, ide2usb, enclosures, etc) can i use to recover the data?

thx 4 ur help.

Answer:Data recovery from harddrive - urgent

Well if you have a desktop which you can plug the dead 30GB in to, then read it from there, you could just copy the files from it. I don't know how difficult that would be to do with only a laptop.

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Hope this is in the right forum - apologies if not.

A friend of mine had a problem with their computer - the harddrive couldn't be found by the bios. I think it was a fault on the motherboard, but he decided to get a new computer even if it wasn't.

I tested his harddrive as a slave on my computer and it worked fine. On my computer it shws as G: with 41GB used. I tried copying the contents of the drive over to my computer so i could delete the files not required, but it only copied 27GB. I'm guessing that's system files that can't be copied etc.

Is there a way of getting all the documents and files from G: that the user would have put on - so that the OS system files are ignored as well as any program files, but documents he created can be transferred along with files he downloaded? I have tried to look for a way of doing this but i don't think that searching under 'created by' will be good enough. For example, if he has downloaded mp3 files, these may get missed.

I'm hoping this is quite a common exercise by those more IT than me and an easy explanation is available.

Waiting with everything crossed.

Answer:Extract user data from harddrive

If the drive was healthy you would be able to transfer both user-data & system files from the drive, since the operating system is not currently running from that drive so no files on it are being used by your system. The only other requirement is one concerning access to the user account data folders - to overcome "access denied" you have to change the access permissions for them.

The hard drive can't truly be declared as "working fine" until you've tested it with diagnostic software such as Seagate SeaTools for Windows: (click "Downloads").

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Hi guys,
well heres the story: My sister brought me a computer to fix for her friend who owns a restaurant. So all i did was an easy fix formatted the hard drive and installed windows. Well i brought it back to the owner and she is very sad that i have deleted all the files on the computer. If i knew she wanted to recover the data i would have installed the hard drive into my computer and backed it up for her but i didn't know.
Heres the problem: She had a lot of records stored on the computer she needs and I was wondering if there was a way to restore some of her data that i formatted? I am willing to buy the software because i am getting more ppl who ask me to fix their computer. I know that since i installed windows on it, that it is impossible to recover all the formatted data but I think if i just get some she will be happy. I thank you for any help. Thank you.

Answer:Recover Data from Formatted HardDrive?

Runtime software's get data back seems to work the best for me,

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Hi, Can anyone recommend the best data recovery company. I had dropped my external hard drive and opened it to recover, but failed. It is serious, difficult job. There are so many data recovery company in UK, but i do not know which one can do such difficult job.
Many thanks

Answer:data recover from broken harddrive

If you have opened it game over!
and spam springs to mind.

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I have reformatted the hard drive, installed the necessary programs, but cannot eliminate the data.In fact,  I CANNOT FIND IT."My computer" shows the hard drive ()x200) as having 22.6 gb available out of 320 gb. But whan i open up folders to find what is there, nothing appears except "Folder is Empty".Of course, the computer is slow as molasses and I need to clean it out.I have backed up the datea to aSATA drive so I no longer need it.Anyonw have any ideas? ThankisRAM

Answer:Cannot find data to erase from harddrive

Let me guess, you use window to format the driver? You may want to take a look at clicking on the window icon, right click on computer>-manage->Disk management and see if there are any partitions that are unformatted. Alternatively, you may want to download a free and great tools called partition wizard. zap the whole harddisk and see if the empty spaces comes back.

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I have a Maxtor 60g drive that appears to have failed, not physically though. I am using a W95 machine for testing (could be my first mistake) with EZ drive installed in the bios which should allow it to see drives larger than 2 gig. I first used a W98 FDISK bootdisk and FDISK/mbr command to fix the boot record that I believe was corrupted and then ran the EZ Drive boot disk utility to test the drive. It says all is okay! Now when I install the drive as a slave drive my bios sees only 8gigs instead of the full amount. I tried to manually input the drive data into the bios but the figures don't generate the correct size of the drive. Could this be because of the W95 system? Also, assuming that the data on the drive is still intact, what utility could I purchase to retrieve it without the convience of a boot record for reference? :bounce:

Answer:How do I retrieve data from crashed harddrive?

I would add a pci ide card and retrieve the data that way, unless I could slave the drive in another sys and burn a cd or dvd.

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I have earlier successfully used a SATA\IDE adapter with a 12v=2A/5 V=2A power source (don't know what the two values actually mean here) for saving some data from a harddrive in a broken PC. Can I use the same adapter for saving data from a laptop harddrive? The adapters seem to fit with the extensions I have, but the specs on the harddrive says 5V 700mA. Or will the output of the power source be "too strong" here?

Answer:Saving data from laptop harddrive

that should be OK -
you have an adapter - 5V 2A - so the max current is 2amps
and you only need to provide 700mA or 0.7amps

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My 14 month old two thousand dollar Gateway laptop just went belly up - I think it's a power problem and that the harddrive is ok, at least I'm praying for that. (I can't believe that I was so stupid about backing up - I nag everyone I know to do it regularly, and then I don't. ) I'll send the machine in for repair but I urgently need some docs from it - is there a way to patch the laptops drive into my desktop? A friend suggests USB to USB and says it'll show up as another drive letter in My Computer. I wonder about a cable ribbon and call it a slave? Am I dreaming?

Answer:how to save data onlaptop harddrive

You can buy an adapter to slave it to pc hdd or you can buy a usb enclosure for it for a few dollars.

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A friend at work wants me to try to recover some data from a laptop with a broken screen and windows isn't booting.
What i want to know is whats the easiest way to do this.
i think i read some were that you can use a linux cd to recover stuff from a pc i do have a 1 therabite external drive will that be good to use if so what linux OS should i use?
I don't know the model of the laptop ill be picking it up tomorrow and post the specs of it.

thank you for your time.

Answer:Data recovery from laptop harddrive.

Take the hard drive out of the laptop. Get an external enclosure that accepts 2.5". Put it into your system and transfer away.

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My Dell Inspirion 1000 went dead. The power supply jack gave way.. so am unable to charge the battery or run the computer though the power supply...So in effect the laptop is dead..

Is there a way I can access data from my harddrive by using my USB drive / other ports?
Is there a way I can charge the battery through the USB ports?

I do have my old laptop IBM A20 (in case you would like to suggest some hook ups) I need the data off my old computer to complete my assignments and cannot wait for a replacement battery to arrive...

Any suggestions appreciated..


Answer:Lap top dies but need to access data from harddrive

Here ya go...


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Hello. Still trying to get used to Vista after have xp for some time. I am stumped on saving a data file that I copied to a cd from my old cp. How do I save it to my hard drive.


Answer:? on saving cd data to harddrive thru vista

View the file on the CD in the documents viewer (explorer) and right click it and select Copy.

Then navigate to the folder where you want to put it and right click and paste ...

Its no different to any other Windows version in that respect?

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Hey guys,

It seems my harddrive has formatted itself. I had to reboot my computer and noticed that windows was showing my 200gb seagate as being 128gb. Next i noticed that it said it was raw and not even formatted! I never click on format or deleted any partitions so i dont get why this happened. Im completely baffeled as to why it redetected it as 137gb when it has been working all along. I have not changed any hardware or software settings at all. Im running winxp sp2 and have tried to reformat and it only gives me the 137gb. Please help me with this!!!!

Answer:harddrive autoformatted, data lost help!

either your hard drive is breaking down or you have a virus. download avg free edition at or use a diagnostic program from seagate. if you are unable to boot and run the antivirus software just reformat and reinstall windows. tell us what you find.

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA

If the hard drive is not spinning, your options are suddenly very expensive.

You will need to take the drive to a professional data recovery company, but prepare yourself for a likely very high cost. If the drive has to be opened, a "clean room" lab is essential as even a single speck of dust will take out the heads and platter.

Data that only exists on a hard drive and is not backed up is data that you don't care about losing. The hard drive and PSU are the two most failure prone devices in a PC. You need to backup important data regularly, the hard drive is temporary storage at best.

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A little while ago my old computer finally died, my cat spilled water onto the pc and it managed to get into the motherboard and it stopped working afterwards. Anyway, I removed harddrive which had windows 7 running on it. as it was the only thing worth saving from all the hardware. I inserted it into a rig I was given by my brother that's running windows 10. After I installled the harddrive into the pc I decided i'd just use the harddrive with windows 10 as my primary harddrive, after attempting to access the files on the old harddrive I came into a problem, after I gave myself permission to access the drive I noticed the 'last date modifed' was from 6 15 2015, which was the last time I reinstalled windows 7. After looking through every windows old, program files ect I realized I couldn't find any of my saved files from the latest installation of windows 7.After looking at the amount of space left I realized it was exacty the same as when it was on my old computer. So I used a file recovery software on the harddrive in hopes of finding my most recent pictures and videos. Instead I found files that I had deleted that were from old harddrives previous installation of windows 7. So I booted up the older harddrive as the primary drive and loaded into windows 7 with the same wall paper desk top icons ect that were on the previous installation that I made in 2015. So, is there anyway to recover the files that apparently have disapppeared?

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My toshiba laptop seems to have died. Turned it on last night and video was black. When i went to internet via quick connect button I could see a faint image of home page.
Is there some way I can get the data off this hard drive to install on new laptop or desktop machine? Usb to another computer of removal of hard drive? I cannot click on any thing on laptop as it is for all purposes invisible.

Answer:getting data off harddrive laptop W/no video

First i would try connecting a monitor and see if its the screen or main video bad, [2] With an adapter you can hook up that hard drive to a desktop and recover your data. ed

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