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Installing 2nd hard drive from old machine into new machine

Question: Installing 2nd hard drive from old machine into new machine

My old E-machine power supply died so I purchased a COMPAQ SR1834nx. There is room for additional drives. When I installed the drive from my old machine it wouldn't boot up. What do I need to do to install my old drive?

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Preferred Solution: Installing 2nd hard drive from old machine into new machine

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I have an old Dell XPS T450
that I am playing around with. I just upgraded it to a 800 mhz and now would like to install a second hard drive, if possible. The current drive is a Maxtor 13.6 GB 91360U4

This documentation mentions that it uses an ATA interface cable.

The drive that I would like to install is Western Digital WD200AA
that I can pull from an old Compaq Presario 7470.

This documentation mentions nothing about ATA, only EIDE.

1. How do i make sure that the WD drive will work in the Dell? Are the terms ATA and EIDE interchangable? How do I go about installing this other drive, if it is possible.

2. The WD drive is currently partitioned for a dual boot Win98/Linux machine. Can I use fdisk to break down these partitions? Is there a better tool to make the drive a clean slate again, ready to install?



Answer:Installing hard drive in an old machine

Both the Dell and the Western digital have and IDE cable connection

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We have a copy of XP Volume License edition (Legal Licensed edition).

The computer we are trying to install XP on doesn't have a cdrom drive or working network card.

Heres what we want to do:
Install XP on a hard drive (working machine, different model) and then move that hard drive to the cdromless machine.

Is there a way to do this? Theres no problem with activation, just rebuilding a whole new hardware subsystem to adjust to the different machine. Whats the best way to do this?

Answer:Installing XP on a different machine and moving hard drive

May not work. It won't boot, but you can try running a repair installation after the move to install the correct drivers. Uninstalling as many drivers as possible before the last shutdown on the installation machine may help.

Using the "Universal Restore" feature of Drive Clone Pro or Acronis True Image is about the only method of direct transfer.

Wouldn't it be easier to borrow the CD-ROM?

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I am installing a new 500 GB hard drive on my granddaughters machine and she does not know what version of Windows it had on it before the "crash".  She doesn't think that it was updated to 10 but isn't sure. How do I get Windows back on the machine and which version can I put on it?Thank you in advance.

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Situation: Win 8 Lenovo laptop is borked - necessitating reinstalling the OS - decided to ditch Win 8 (hatedit) to go with something that works, i.e. Win 7 Pro. The laptop uses UEFI.

Steps, as I understand them: please correct any errors.

Having removed laptop HDD and confirmed it is working and wiped it using my desktop, reinstalled.

Connect USB media into Desktop and format it for FAT32,
Copy Win 7 Pro 64 disk onto USB
Insert USB into laptop, boot and install from USB

Anything I am missing?

Answer:Installing Win 7 Pro onto a UEFI Machine (formerly Win 8 machine) - Check me, pls.

Download the Windows USB tool here.

This will load the iso of win7 to a usb pen and make it bootable for the installation.

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With advice and suggestions from this forum, I ordered a 500 gb Seagate SATA II drive for an aging XP machine.  A friend gave me a Sabrent (I think) PCI SATA controller board, plus a driver disk dating from 2005.  This disk has a minimalistic help file, with SATA drivers for various platforms, including XP.  I suspect there are newer drivers (the controller has a VIA chip), and the instructions for installation are, at best, confusing.  I managed to find some sketchy info at the VIA website.  This info seems to indicate that a new install of Windows may be necessary to get the system to recognize the new SATA drive.    If the target PC has SP3 installed, but has never had a SATA drive, is a new or repair install of Windows necessary to get the new SATA drive installed and functioning?  I've read various articles, some of which seem to indicate a new, or repair, install of XP is necessary - and at least one source indicates that if SP3 is already installed, a repair or new install won't be required.  Maybe one of you Windows experts can answer this off the top of your head - or at least point me to an authoritative SATA to XP reference source.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing SATA Controller & Drive in XP Machine

To update my original post - Yesterday, I finally received the new SATA hard drive which I ordered a week earlier.  Because I used it to replace (as opposed to augment, or add to), the PCs original IDE drive, I was required to do a clean install of XP on the new SATA drive.  The old Sabrent PCI SATA controller worked, and the old driver included with the card installed without major problems.  All my questions (except one) seem to have been resolved by going thru the steps of the process itself.  The one issue, minor as it seems to be, is just a little irritating,  When the machine is booting up, I see a screen which says that no Drive 0 has been found; immediately afterward there is a screen which announces the model number of the Seagate SATA drive which I installed; then two beeps are sounded; then a screen prompt to press F1 to try to boot again or F2 to enter setup.  At this point, I press F1 ever so briefly, after which the machine boots from the new SATA drive in a completely normal fashion.  Since this is my first experience with booting a SATA drive from a PCI controller, I don't know if this is normal behavior during bootup, or if there is some switch or setting I can adjust which would make the F1 key press no longer necessary.  I would appreciate any relevant info which forum participants may provide.

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I got this message that my hard drive reported a smart event and that a hard drive might fail. Can I test it to see what I need to do?

Answer:e machine hard drive

1st step, make sure you have your important stuff, including your emails & address book are backed up.Best way is to remove the drive & connect it to another comp.

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I'm Trying to add a new Hard Drive to an old Compaq 9500 series. w/ 100 Mhz processor,16 Mb RAM. The old Hard drive was just too small at only 1GB.
After I inserted the new drive(6.8 GB) things were going fine until I got a message saying there were too many heads. I checked the BIOS setting and found it was listed as 16 heads. 16 heads was also listed on the outside of the New drive.

Thanks for any Help.

Answer:New Hard drive on an old machine

check with the drive manufacturers web site, you probably need a disk overlay to see the drive correctly if you have older bios. Western digital uses ez drive to do it, the others also have a program

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I have a used Inspiron 1750 with a 1600 x 900 display that is not in my hands yet. I have a cloned hard drive from a 1750 with a 1900 x 1080 display. I am also sure that some other things will require different drivers.

The HD has 3 partitions on it -
1. Dell OEM Win7 x64.
2. Win8 retail.
3 Win7 that I downloaded and installed with the COA.

Before I start on this "operation", is there anything that I need to get straight before I start? The used machine does have the COA with it.

Answer:Used machine without hard drive

What is your question ?

Do you mean, will the operating systems startup and run ok ? Who knows, they may they may not.
You may have to reinstall both, but if they both run, ( consider yourself lucky ) they will probably have to be reactivated.

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First off, HELLO

I recently had to purchase a new machine, my old one, well died.. the glue or whatever that held the cooling fins and fan on top of the processor, just well melted away and it all just died.
The new machine I bought off of E-bay came with a "trial version" of windows 7 ( I stupidly didn't read the "trial" part ) so now I need to activate windows within the next 25 days. Since I just purchased this machine, I don't have the extra money laying around to just go buy another OS so I can keep this working.
My old computer has a 500gig HD with a fully up to date and activated version of Windows 10 on it, so my questions are:
Can I put that HD in my new machine?
Can I still use the 2 TB HD that is in the new machine if I do?
Will the new HD just plug and play?
Will they fight with each other?
Will the OS X HD have the drivers and stuff needed to at least start the machine so I can update it?

Can someone please walk me through what I would need to do to make my machine boot off the old Hd and still be able to use the new 2TB hd

Answer:New Machine can I add my old Hard drive

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Ok, this 'brilliant' idea I just had to save time and aggravation can't be possible--but I have to ask.

I have OEM Win10 + apps/data on my recent Lenovo P50.

I've installed a third party BIOS on my old Lenovo T61 (to run SATA II), replaced the cooling fan and will install a replacement SSD.

The P50 is twice the drive size as the T61's pending SSD 'but' the installed data on the P50 is less than the physical size of the T61.

If I restore (Reflect free current version) an image of the P50 to a clean T61 SSD would I get a properly functional Win10 identical to the information on the P50?

Answer:Can I image machine a to a new drive machine b?

Yes, the T61 has Win7 activated long ago that was an update from the longer ago OEM Vista.

Not activating kills my idea.

I'll just go ahead and do the previously downloaded Win10 iso and forget the bright idea.


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Hello all,

I'm trying to figure out how to move a drive image from one machine to another. I'm not doing anything illegit, just trying to facilitate an easy upgrade. Both machines are Dells. I have read somewhere that to do this I need to disable all the drivers and controllers and hard drives using Device Manager. Then it seemed I was supposed to create the image before rebooting the old machine. I have done that and after restoring the image to the new machine I get the "missing HAL.DLL" message. I had received this same error when I tried doing this without uninstalling all the drivers and was unable to resolve it. Is it possible to resolve it now, or may I have done something wrong or incomplete when making the image?

Is there a way for me to do what I am trying to do? It will be SO much easier than reinstalling everything.


Answer:Copy hard drive to new machine

Hi and welcome to the forum

Not sure what you are trying to do, since you mention 2 Dell PC's.

Try looking here on Cloning a HD:


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I want to buy an external Hard drive for win 8. Now this win is installedthrough bootcamp in mac . Should I buy mac external HD to increase windows space? I am guessing just any windows PC format HD will do?

Answer:Hard Drive for Win in Virtual machine

HDD is HDD only that matters is how you format partitions on drive to be readable on your operating system.

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Hi guys!

I decided to add another hard drive to an old machine i have, but it didn't work! as u might ave guessed!

the alread installed drive remains the master drive, but when i add the second drive onto the cable, as the slave drive, the master refuses to boot, it is not detected. I entered F1 setup, where opportunities for 4 hard drives exist but, only the master is listed as connected and the other three options are unchanegable, what do i do?

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I just installed a shiny new hard drive to my computer. The jumper/s are correct. The power is fine. The ribbon is fine.
When I boot up, WinXP finds new hardware, identifies it correctly and lists it in the device manager just fine but it won't list it in My Computer so I can't get it partitioned and formatted.
I have found one or two links in sites that pertain to just this problem but the articles are no longer available at Microsoft's site. Searching the knowledge is fruitless.
Send you links, please. It sounds like this happens a lot.

Answer:Adding a new hard drive to an XP machine.

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hello all,

i have an old p4 dell that i was hoping to replace with a new quad core has an application called signlab that i use for sign writing...i installed the app and everything was working...but the files were not being displayed properly.

long story short...i have batled with their (signlab software) support for the last 3 weeks trying to get this sorted...they tell me its because of the old fonts that are not on the new system...any way ...i have tried importing fonts...everything

i gave up on a new installation and decided to clone the old drive and install it on the new hardware...

i used storage craft...and i dont know how to do HIR i straight cloned it and installed it on the new system.

of course it blue screens about 5 seconds into loading...but it does get into safe mode...

can anything be done?

i have tried installing drivers for missing devices....but this hasnt worked...
can you correct this,or is the hardware is too different?

any info please...

Answer:moved hard drive to another machine but...

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I have two machines on a workgroup network. One machine has win 7 and the other has Win 10.

From win 10 machine I can access the C drive on the Win 7 machine since I shared the C drive on the win 7 machine.

But I can't access the C drive on the win 10 machine from the win 7 machine. If I try I get the following message:

Windows cannot access \\Desktop-k5odb58\c
You do not have permission to access \\Desktop-k5odb58\c. Contact your network administrator to request access.

So followed these instructions on my win 10 machine:
however when I get step 3:

Now tick on the full control and then click on ?Apply?.

I get the following error message :

"Error applying security
An error occurred while applying security information to:


Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access denied"

I don't know what else to try... does anyone know how I can resolve this.

Thanks you so much for any help!

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even when idle. Sounds like it's working even if I am not doing anything.

I would be thrilled to get this machine back to fighting trim. Any and all help welcome!

Thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:40:54 PM, on 2/22/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
c:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Efficient Networks\Tango Manager\app\TangoService.exe
C:\Program Files\\VSO\mcvsshld.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
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Answer:Machine keeps accessing hard drive

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Hi can anyone help.

I have installed a new hard drive on my Tiny machine. (The old one crashed)
When I insert the manufacturers recovery disk I get the message 'The drive image special edition back up partition was not found. Program execution cannot continue.'
Anyone any ideas how I get over this.
Thanks in advance

Answer:New hard drive on Tiny machine

sounds like the old harddrive had a special partition that worked with the recovery disk to reinstall the OS

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hello I have a emachine that I want to set up for my girl I have another e machine that i was told the hard drive was bad but so far is working but I need t give that drive back and install one from another machine every time it starts it ask's me if i want t safe start in safe mode or networking or last good configuration no matter what I select it comes again I have tried selecting master on the hard drive cable select and slave swichting the ribbon cable from master to slave but nothing if i could be guided to a solution thanks running windows xp on a emachine t1742 any other information you need let me know

Answer:E machine hard drive swap

would you clarify this swapping harddrives around - in the context that - you need to have the drivers for the motherboard - often called chipset drivers - installed
so swapping a harddrive from one machine to another may not work .

do you have any recovery Cds for the machine

details of machines make and models and explain exactly the harddrive(s) where did they come from?
install one from another machine every time it starts it ask's me if i want t safe start in safe mode or networking or last good configuration no matter what I select it comes again Click to expand...

As mentioned above - probably because its a different PC and needs to see different drivers
Also the windows software may be locked to the specific hardware

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I have two machines on a workgroup network. One machine has win 7 and the other has Win 10.

From win 10 machine I can access the C drive on the Win 7 machine since I shared the C drive on the win 7 machine.

But I can't access the C drive on the win 10 machine from the win 7 machine. If I try I get the following message:

Windows cannot access \\Desktop-k5odb58\c
You do not have permission to access \\Desktop-k5odb58\c. Contact your network administrator to request access.

So followed these instructions on my win 10 machine:
however when I get step 3:

Now tick on the full control and then click on ?Apply?.

I get the following error message :

"Error applying security
An error occurred while applying security information to:


Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access denied"

I don't know what else to try... does anyone know how I can resolve this.

Thanks you so much for any help!

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I have at Gateway 866 Pentium III computer with a IBM 42.9 Gig primary hard drive and XP Pro operating system. I bought a Maxtor d740x 30 gig drive and want to install it as a secondary slave drive, but can't get it to be recognized by computer bios. I have set jumpers per IBM and Maxtor recommendations and have tried every other possible combination but still cannot get the second drive to be recognized. Maxtor says drive installation software won't work with XP. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Drive does power up and appears to be working properly.

Answer:Adding Second Hard Drive to XP machine

Couple of things..
In BIOS check out the settings of the IDE ( should have a option called STANDARD and there you should see 4 entries which represent the IDE 0 and IDE 1 , as in Primary and secondary hdd on IDE 0 and primary and secondary hdd on IDE 1 ) Now make sure that all those are set to AUTO
2. Make sure that you have the cable to the hdd installed right as in the red stripe on the egde of the cable to the Pin 1 on the hdd connector .
3. Make sure that the cable which you are using to connect the Maxtor is a ATA 100 compatible ( as in 80 wires/40 pin connector)
4. Try and install the Maxtor as a master of secondary Ide ( IDE 1 ) and see if that makes it available.
5. Might want to disconnect the IBM drive and connect the Maxtor as a primary hdd on IDE 0 ( primary IDE) and start the computer with the MaxBlaster software. See if the software "see's' the hard drive and if it does format it with FAT32 ( later you can convert it to NTFS if you so desire)

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So this is kinda strange but I'll post anyway. I have a pentium 4 sony vaio, 2 gigs of ram, 3.2ghz processor, windows xp home sp2.

I've got two hard drives, my main one, and my old one I put in that I was copying files over to the new one. My problem is this, it WAS working fine. Then my sister decided to be nice and move my stuff into the bigger vacant room we have. Problem is, I'm not sure if she did something or what, because now when the second hard drive is connected, the computer will not boot up. It doesn't even get to the windows boot screen, just locks up at the computer boot screens. When the second hard drive is unplugged, it boots up fine but, imo, takes a long time? I had this problem before, after I had gotten a new PS that was overheating which I resolved. However, it doesn't seem to be overheating now, just seems to go through the computer boot quick and then sits on a black screen with a blinking dash for awhile and then goes to the windows boot screen. That's a seperate issue but one that is annoying as well. I'm just wondering what she could've done that would cause the 2nd hard drive to lock the computer up now, and the boot process to be achingly slow. Eveyrthing else runs fine once the computer is up and running. Help?

Answer:2nd hard drive locks up machine

I'm not sure if she could have caused electrostatic discharge, but that would be my best guess...
As far as your long boot times, does this happen even after you have had the other hard drive unplugged for two or three consecutive boot-ups? Usually it takes a start up or two before the computer gets used to only one hard plugged in, and it takes awhile to start up the OS and such.

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I would like to take my hard drive out of an inexpensive gateway desktop i just purchased and to transplant it as primary drive on a new computer (that im going to build)

This old gateway is slow... its an ide drive that has xp pro and office and a bunch of other software i really like on the drive.

Ive heard there is hardware profiles snapshot/licensing issue. i dont have xp cd or key.. as this was purchased used for 75 bux.

Is this going to work permanently?

Im just hoping to talk to someone whos done a few transplants, and dont want to waste my time with something that just might not work out for more than 30 days.


Answer:Solved: Transferring hard drive to new machine (xp pro) help

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My Xp machine won't boot. So I moved the HD into my W7 machine. The drive shows up in WExplorer but it won't show directories or files. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:XP Hard Drive in Windows 7 x64 machine failure

Give XP a drive letter in Disk Management. You may also need to take ownership of XP files: Take Ownership Shortcut

To boot XP on new hardware you'll need to try running an XP Repair Install.

Unplug any other HD's first. After repair, plug back in WIn7 HD, set it first to boot, then boot the XP HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key which on most Gateways is F10.

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I have a laptop 2.5" hard drive hooked up using a IDE to USB cable. I positively know this hard drive has viruses. My PC doesn't and is protected with Microsoft's OneCare and is up-to-date.

When I plug in the laptop drive into my PC using the USB cable, is my PC protected so that I can scan the laptop hard drive and remove the viruses?

If not, what options do I have?

P.S. The laptop that the hard drive came from is dead. I simply want to save some data from the hard drive first and then I'll format it to be used again later.

Answer:Scannng another hard drive attached to my machine

Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.Reboot your computer when done.Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.Use the shift button and this immunization, treat the drive like a flash driveBe sure and scan anything you want to save before copying it or opening itThere's some nasty stuff out there

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Having big problems with my laptop. Thought it was just a lead problem as I could see that it wasn't charging and the light on the transformer(?) wasn't on so replaced the lead. The laptop screen still flickered as if it was going between battery and powered. Then the following day I tried to boot but the hard drive whirs but no boot up. The next day tried to boot and nothing at all - no whirring and no boot-up.

Took it to local shop and they thought that it was the connector. Tested the lead as OK. Of course, in the shop it booted first time. Now it will boot but won't charge so it's down to 9% and I'm not using it at the moment. The shop said that if they needed to replace the connector it would be at least 100. Thinking about it, though, although I think that the connector is probably faulty it would still have booted up on battery power and didn't do so, there is another underlying problem.

To add to my misery my son dropped the external hard drive holding my backups last week and that now won't boot up. I have 2nd backups on the desktop but they are about 1 month out of date.

My questions are:

1. Does it sound like it is worth repairing the old laptop?

2. If not, is it possible to buy a secondhand laptop and put the hard drive from my original laptop in? Would this then be set up exactly the same as my old laptop?

3. If not, how can I get the data from my old laptop onto a new one?

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Answer:Laptop problem - put old hard drive in new machine?

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I have a Dell Dimension 8300 which I bought few months ago. I want to add another hard drive or replace the existing hard drive with a larger one but I don't know what kind of hard drive my machine can really support? Does my machine support ATA/133 or just ATA/100? Does it support SATA hard drive? How many physical hard drives can it support?

I get the following information on the machine using Everest Home Edtion:

System Memory 768 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Motherboard Name Dell Dimension 8300
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Canterwood i875P
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4HT, 2600 MHz (13 x 200)
BIOS Type Phoenix (04/28/03)

3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X (64 MB)
Monitor ViewSonic E90-2 (313012401203)

Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller

Optical Drive HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8481B (48x CD-ROM)
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Disk Drive Maxtor 6E030L0 (30 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y080P0 (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)

C: (NTFS) 29290 MB (22077 MB free)
D: (NTFS) 39079 MB (10162 MB free)

Mouse Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard

Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/100 V... Read more

Answer:How can I tell what kind of hard drive my machine can support?

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My motherboard died on my machine, and it was running VISTA. I am trying to connect the hard drive to another computer running XP to get my files off of the drive. I can see the drive and navigate fine, but when I try to get into my specific "User" account and get the files out of My Documents, I get an "Access Denied" message on the XP machine. Any work arounds for this problem?

Answer:Get data off Old Vista Hard Drive from XP Machine

The file permissions will have been set to allow access to your account on the Vista computer, and not to your XP one. You will have to edit the security settings.

The security tab isn't shown by default in XP, so go to tools > Folder options > view and uncheck the box "simple file sharing" to show it.

Then right click the Vista hard drive and click Properties. Go to the security tab.
You should be able to add your account and give it full permissions from there.

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I have a spare computer, which I keep as back up, just in case I have to work on my primary computer, and I need to access the internet, just recently my son's spare storage hard drive died so I gave him the 40 gb from my spare to us as storage, I recently gave him an 80gb, and got my 40 back which I formated whilst it was still connected in his, today I went to reinstall xp on the very same 40gb hard drive in my spare computer, and the computer cant detect it.
so I checked and even changed the Ide cables, i have several, I checked the jumpers master slave, there is only one hard drive and only one dvdrw, obviously on serparate cables, I when into bios and did a thorough check, even in power managerment, and I still had the problem so I cmos' ed the computer, alas still nothing. Any ideas.

Answer:Solved: hard drive not detected, in the machine it came out of.

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When I shut down my system there is audible disc activity and a flickering HD LED at, and immediately after, the point at which the machine turns off. This is scary because I have always understood that turning off power while a HD is active is more than likely to kill it, and I haven't noticed this on other machines. The mainboard is a QDI Advance 5-133E and the O/S Windows 2000 Pro.

Is this dangerous? Is there any way I can get back the good old "It is now safe to turn off your computer" message?

I would like to get the message back anyway, because I always turn off at the mains socket immediately I shut down, but all I can find online is questions from people trying to get rid of the message!

Answer:Hard Drive activity AFTER machine shuts down

That's a Power Management issue
The computer should really just fully shutdown (unless really old)

Try running Bios setup defaults (usually press DEL or F2 or some other key to get into bios setup screen, when the computer first turns on)

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This has happened before but this time i cant fix it..last time it happened i just took my extra 3 gig hd out and my computer booted up fine. this time i have no other options.. i turned the power supple off, unhooked all the wires, opened it up, inspected the inside and everything looks fine.. i turn it back on and it does it again. my hard drive sounds like a heart machine.. it wont fully turn on.. it sounds like its dead or something... i built this comptuer waht should i do.. is my hard drive fried??

Answer:My hard drive sounds like a heart machine!???

If it goes tick.....tick......tick.... in a regular way, it does sound like its dead. The reader head may be flicking in and out and not locating properly- so yes, sounds like it is a dead drive, from what you describe. Only thing i can suggest is any info thats important, back up regularly- not a lot of help now, but a thought for later.

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I recently had a problem with our HP XP machine, and could not get it to come up.  In my "infinite wisdom" I purchased a New Vista machine.  I then removed the XP hard drive and installed it into the Vista machine.  It appeared to read all files, but we didn't get all data or photo files that we knew were there.  Am I missing something or is there a loss of data?  All searches for jpg files only return older files, nothing recent.  Can anybody help with this?  Thanks...

Answer:XP hard drive mounted into Vista machine

It will not boot on another machine because it is looking for the old hardware...But you were almost there:Hook it up as a slave drive.Slave Drive Tutorial.Best of Luck.

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Sorry for the "long" story, but I think it is better I explain what happened before and where I am now.

My machine was working.

It is an old mother board (Gigabyte with IDE ports) 200 model. Alas I have since thrown the box away.

(Indulge me)

The boot disc died. Should have expected it. Even it was old. It was on an IDE port. Semi problem.

Bought an IDE - SATA convertor which makes a SATA drive look like an IDE to the machine. Basically it plugs onto the back of the SATA drive.

I also have a "mobile rack" on the other IDE Port for a "swapable" drive.
That port has a DVD and the "mobile rack". The DVD is master. It works/ed.

After getting the new drive in, and going to rebuild the machine: To keep things simple - or so I thought - I unplugged the "mobile rack" hard drive.

Rebuilt the machine and plugged the drive in, powered up and.....

Nothing. :cry

Control panel/admin tools/computer management/storage/disk management
Scrolled down and found the disc.

RMB has a couple of options. Initialize is not going to be one I pick.

But "Import foreign disk" looks interesting.

Searching the web, it sort of explains it, but not in a way I really understand.

So, if I do this: Will the disc become usable or will it be "read only", or something else?

Obviously INITIALIZE is going to wipe the disc and data. Not good.

There is an... Read more

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My Vista laptop (Medion MD97310 bought from Aldi in 2008) died recently with a graphics card error. I purchased a new laptop (Medion MD98770) with Windows 7 pre-installed and installed the hard disk from the old PC in the new PC. I can read all of the data etc. no problem but cannot do what I want to.

1. I can boot Vista from the old drive by changing the BIOS boot order, but naturally none of the drivers work. It asked me for the location of the new drivers. I pointed it at the Drivers folder in the Recover (D: ) partition of the new drive. For each driver it searched for a while, found the driver, but then could not install it and gave some obscure error message. Am I doing anything wrong and should I expect to be able to install Win7 drivers in Vista? If not how do I get Vista drivers for the new laptop?

2. I know that I have to reinstall all programs (thanks Microsoft for this huge shortcoming in your operating systems after 20 years of complaints from users!) but I would like to be able to transfer all of my settings (favorites etc) automatically. I tried to run Windows Easy Transfer but it has no option for reading directly from a local hard drive. How do I do it? Can I just copy my entire user directory across or has Microsoft changed all of the file names and formats once again in its constant effort to make life as hard as possible for users?

3. I cannot find some of the directories on the Vista drive that contain my settings. I have enabled display of hidden fil... Read more

Answer:Vista Hard Drive in Windows 7 machine

What I would do is...

Keep the HDD with Win7 pre-installed in the new laptop.

Make some recovery CD's to avoid complications in the future.

Get an external enclosure for the old HDD with Vista on.

Copy all necessary data across from the old to the new.

Format the old and use it for backups.

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Hi all
Basically, I have a Kyocera printer driver that has an expired certificate. I can get the certificate installed with no issues. When trying to deploy the driver to the machines through a script, it asks to be trusted again. This happens every time the driver
is removed and reinstalled on the same machine. It does not like the certificate that is in the store for the driver.

Is there a way to accept the certificate so it does not prompt repeatedly? 

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I just recently built my first computer, it was on the high end since I wanted a machine capable of recording gaming videos at a very high frame rate. Quick specs...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-960 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CORSAIR DOMINATOR (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Memory
2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Power Supply
Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I'm afraid the hard drives are slowing the rest of the machine down though. Whenever I'm loading up a game my hard drives seem to make an unusual amount of noise and take longer than you'd expect this high end of a computer to load. Even when browsing Firefox I will get random 1 second loading freeze when scrolling through pages, usually accompanied by again what sounds like my hard drive.

When using Fraps (a video recording program) to record gameplay, I can record in high quality at over 60+ frames per second, but as soon as the program splits the file (it will automatically break into a new video file every 3-6 gigabytes) my computer slows down to about 2-3 FPS for several seconds, then picks back up at full speed. Even on my old, much lower end computer I wouldn't have that problem. I cou... Read more

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Hi all.

I'm pretty sure I fried my motherboard or processor. I'm probably going to leave it to someone else to fix it, but I was just wondering if it possible/advisable to take the hard drive from that machine and put it into another machine (both running XP), hook it up as a slave and back up everything?

Ordinarily I wouldn't bother, but there's a lot of information on that hard drive that is needed tomorrow, and I'm not sure I can get someone to fix the motherboard/processor in time.

If it is possible, are there any pitfalls or dangers that I should know about?

EDIT: Both copies of XP have different serials btw - 1 is XP Home Edition and the other is XP Media Centre

Answer:Fried mobo - can I move my hard drive to another machine?

Hmm... from what I know, there shouldn't be any problems hooking it up as a slave drive and getting the information you want off it.

However, if you're gonna boot from it, might be a different story. WinXP might decide to give you trouble since you're on a different system.

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I was just wondering if anyone has a solution to the no windows 7 system disk issue. I bought a laptop (first one - I always use to build my own desktops)and it didn't come with windows disks. It has one physical disk partisioned into 4 sections: c drive (labeled Local Disk), D drive (labeled Recovery), E drive (labeled HP_TOOLS), and one hidden partision. Hp had me create system restore disks (but they only allow one copy! I guess if one of those disks are bad I'm out of luck). I just can't help thinking that if the hard drive fails I might have problems installing win7 on a new drive.

I am faily computer literate; I work with networked computers (full motion flight simulators). The problem is my experience is with xp, win 2k, and linux. If I had the disks I know I could take care of it.

Has anyone figured out a work-around for this situation?

Answer:New Machine, No System Disks, What Happens If My Hard Drive Crashes?

Hello dmongeon,So far you can restore your system from the recovery DVDs that you made and as well as the hidden partition on the hard drive. Next, I would create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc; see here and then create a windows 7 system image and store it on an external hard drive; see how-to. I would periodically create additional full system images and more regularly, backup important files, photos, music, etc., also to an external drive.I hope this helps.

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I have a new machine with 64 bit windows 7 and is running just fine. Another machine is running windows xp pro 32 bit and I want to take it's C: drive with xp running and stick it into my new machine and use it for a dual boot drive without messing up the register.
I have several apps running on that machine that would like to keep running just as they are but under the cover of the new machine.

Both machines are sata drives. I can put the old C: drive into the bay on the new box but obviously can't run the XP apps that I want to run.

I also do not want to mess up my nice new windows 7 OS. Are any of the tutorials addressing this where the XP OS is already installed?

Answer:want to dual boot with a xp system hard drive from another machine


You probably will have issues with drivers, moving a hard drive from one machine to another. I have to recommend a clean install of XP.

Check out this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You may try adding the XP boot entry into 7's boot loader using EasyBCD 2.0: Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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I am still trying to do things right (correctly) in this nice (nice to me) brand new machine.

Backing everything up (especially these days even more, I suppose??) is I am lead to believe, "JOB #1".

I am struggling with this.

As I mentioned in this recent thread I have an external Hard Drive that is 160 gigs, that I just happened to have recently wiped completely clean...empty.

Now, to the very best of my understanding, this (160GB) is PLENTY sufficient to perform at least "SOME" of what I need to do to back things up for this new 320 GB laptop, but the EXT-HD is NOT allowing me to do anything with it.

I believe I used ccleaner to wipe it, and it shows in its Properties as being "160GB" (or "142" or some such) of "Free Space". But I can't seem to get anything to go on to it.

Now, I think I have to "Format" it first, and I "thought" that I had, but then I've never really done that on my own before, so perhaps THAT is my problem here?


Thanks in advance,
g . . .

Answer:Needing to Prepare an Ext-Hard Drive for Backup of New Machine?

Please pardon this bump...simply wondering if this question/post would have been better posed in the "Hardware" forum. please?

*Admin please don't hesitate to move it if so . . .


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Hi all I was wondering if a solution exists for following problem:I am delivering IT Support for a company using Lenovo Thinkpad T410-T420 and T430. We have a lot of used systems in stock with a user password on it. IUnfortunately we do not know those passwords, however we have a tool where we can lookup the admin password and are able to boot those used systems.Now problems occur when the hard drive has been replaced on that system. Is there a way to find out to which machine the hard drive belonged to to find out the admin password? Hope you can help me Kind regards Stefan


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Answer:find the serial nr of a machine a particular hard drive belongs too

Welcome to the forum!
stefanbonnarens wrote:
Now problems occur when the hard drive has been replaced on that system. Is there a way to find out to which machine the hard drive belonged to to find out the admin password?

No it's not.
Kindly note that any discussion related to password cracking and/or other methods of circumventing the machine's security features is NOT allowed by the forum rules.
Wipe the drives clean, re-install the OS and be done with it. That's the *only* proper, legal and legit way of dealing with the issue at hand.
Good luck.

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Its for 45 dollars. I'm concerned that the price is so low there may be a catch, like it may not work in my system.

Here is what it says



Answer:If I get a sata2 hard drive for enterprise storage, will it fit in my machine

Well, 400GB means its got some age on it and it would seem that for that price it must be either used or refurbished. It would be nice to see the powered on hours reading before you buy.

If its advertised as new and its a trustworthy vender, then it is a great deal.

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I think my dad's emachine T2885 is dead. It's likely the power supply and/or motherboard.

So my question is. How do I go about recovering the data on the Hard Drive?


Answer:Removing/Recovering Hard Drive from dead machine

Rick said:

Physically remove the hard drive, install it into an USB enclosure and plug it into another system with Windows 2000 or better... Then copy your data as desired.

While copying, you may encounter access denied error messages. Here's how to get past those: to expand...

Thanks Rick.

Any recommendations on USB Enclosures? Where to buy and/or brand? Are the enclosures universal or do I need to know specifics about my hard drive which will determine what enclosure I buy? Does Ccity or Best Buy carry them? Or will I save $$ buying online?

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Hey All,
I have a windows xp machine, a Lenovo 3000 j series tower. It has:
athlon x 2 4000+ dual core @ 2.1ghz
2gb ram
160gb hard drive - erased with no OS.
I would like to install windows 7 home edition. What's the best way to do this? Will the windows xp COA work on windows 7?

Answer:How to install windows 7 on an widows xp machine with erased hard drive?

As has been mentioned before, an XP product key is not applicable at all to Windows 7. To install Windows 7 you will need either the full product (OEM or consumer version) in which case it can be installed directly using its own product key, or a Windows 7 upgrade pack. The upgrade is also supplied with its own product key, but is intended to be installed as an upgrade to a functioning Windows installation. It can however only directly upgrade Windows Vista - even where a valid XP COA licence exists, a fresh installation needs to be done, so an erased hard drive is fine:

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One of my pc machines has died. If I take the primary drive out of that machine and put it it in a usb hard drive enclosure, can I just connect it to another machine thru the usb port and copy the data on it (not OS) to my working machine? Both machines are Windows XP. Or is there a better way?

Thank you for help.

Answer:copy info from a primary hard drive of a dead machine.

Yes you can! That is the easiest and best way to do it. When you attach your old drive to a USB enclosure or to use a USB Adapter, the drive comes up as another drive in my Computer. (if the HDD hasn't failed, it just can't boot.) Then you can copy your data to the new computer. You then can format the drive and use it as an external backup drive.

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I want to give my 8 year old XP machine to a friend who is very ill & can't afford anything else. My son built my machine (so I figure there is no "factory reset"), what can I do in this situation? It's going to be up to me to do it since he now lives elsewhere & is unavailable to help, but I don't want my friend's teenagers to have access to any of my info. I do want to make sure the computer is usable for my friend though. I have the original windows xp home edition cd from when we built it.

Answer:Solved: How to wipe hard drive to give XP machine to friend

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Hi guys,
I have recently had my machine renovated, hard drive bricked.  I feel some malicious malware has hijacked chrome or worse.  The machine is performing like its been runinng for years.  Processing taking 20/30 seconds.  Web pages forever.
I probably have downloaded something bad via p2p and not been fully protected.
I have noticed one or two of the pop-ups start with alibaba.
I have posted frst64.txt log as instructed.
I would appreciate and assistance
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 02-05-2015
Ran by Laptop (administrator) on LAPTOP-PC on 03-05-2015 09:59:06
Running from C:\Users\Laptop\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: Laptop (Available profiles: Laptop)
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool:
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(Avast Software s.r.o.) C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
(Broadcom Corporation.) C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btwdins.exe
(Hewlett-Packard Company) C:\Program Files (x86)\Hp\Common\HPSupportSolutionsFrameworkServ... Read more

Answer:noticed 'alibaba' I have a new hard drive, machine like new, chrome slow

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If anyone can help, I'd be grateful as I cant complete this job until I figure this one out.

My client had vista on his machine and the OS is corrupt. I'm going to wipe the hard drive and restore it with XP. Some of his folders are locked/private/protected. So he probably chose to keep files private.

I need to back up his data before I wipe the hard drive, but I cant access his my documents folder: "Access Denied". I connected his hard drive to my machine with XP Pro on it, booted to Safe Mode and logged in as Administrator. Right clicked on some of these folders and for properties I have no security tab. There's a security tab on most of his other folders but not the ones I need to back up. So I cant change ownership like you can normally do if this thing was done in XP. There is a Sharing Tab, but if I try to share it: "Access Denied" Read only and hidden are checked in the general tab and also greyed out so those values cant be changed. Is there a program out there that I can get to do this? How about something on Hiren 10.2?

Did a little brainstorming and thought I'd create an account with his name and original password on it and try to access it through that account still in safe mode. No luck -exactly the same situation. Course, I'm doing this within XP as I dont have a Vista machine around here at the moment. I also tried creating the same account and password on a Mac and got the same results as well.

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Answer:Opening locked files from a Vista hard drive connected to an XP Machine


Have a look at this tutorial on how to bring back the security tab in Vista: Security Properties Tab - Restore or Remove

Once you have done this, I have included a program to corrupt all permissions for the specified file or folder. DO NOT MISUSE THIS APPLICATION! Once all permissions have been removed from that folder, put some new permissions back the normal way.

The program is called takeown.exe and is simple to use from Command Prompt:

takeown.exe C:\ExampleFolder\ExampleFile.txt
takeown.exe C:\ExampleFolder\*

I think you understand now. Any problems, just post back.


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


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

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

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Just put in a new hard drive, now I cannot enter the bios in order to try to reload windows 2000. Screen just goes blank with white lines shortly after the mem test in the beginning of things. Any and all advice greatly appreciated!

Answer:Solved: Older machine, new hard drive, just after post, white lines, can't enter bios.

Make sure you didn't knock anything loose during upgrade. Try disconnecting hard drive--any change?

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How to block internet access to local machine users. The machine is in under domain control.

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I have spend the last 10 stupid days, all of which were stupid, trying to analyze what happened.
I thought it was a corrupted windows file. As it turns out, and I have examined my boot log file which I created, this file is a new virus, hxxp://
which was detected by Mcafee on 5/20/09. I have just updated my .dat file for my virus scan and I'm now scanning, again..... all 370,000 files on my seagate hard drive. This first time I ran the scan, there were about 24 files which were quaranteened. I'm not sure where they are placed.

My machine will not boot. Here is the boot log from ntbtlog.txt:

Service Pack 210 30 2005 12:13:01.375
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver PCI.sys
Loaded driver isapnp.sys
Loaded driver PCIIde.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PCIIDEX.SYS
Loaded driver MountMgr.sys
Loaded driver Ftdisk.sys
Loaded driver dmload.sys
Loaded driver dmio.sys
Loaded driver Fdc.sys
Loaded driver PartMgr.sys
Loaded driver VolSnap.sys
Loaded driver atapi.sys
Loaded driver cercsr6.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\SCSIPORT.SYS
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Answer:Machine will not boot- black screen with which mouse- PCIDump.sys virus has clobbered my machine..

1. What version of Windows are you using?
2. What anti virus are you using? I see you mention McAfee but only in that they detected it (unless you're saying that YOUR McAfee scanner found it).
3. Have you tried booting into safe mode?
4. If its a virus, you know you were infected. Is there a way for you to scan that drive for spyware? (either hook it up in another computer, hook it up as an external drive to another computer, or create a boot disk with spyware scanning on it such as UBCD)

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I want to move files from a Windows 2000 machine to an XP machine, this is what I have so far:In the batch file:@echo offclsc:cd \MailSpamftp -i -n -s:C:\batch\getspamftp.txt:EndIn the text file:open X.X.X.Xuser administrator xxxxxxxD:cd Mail\spool\spammget *.smdmdel *.smdquit

Answer:write a batch file to move files from a windows 2000 machine to an XP machine

Have you considered using the Files and settings transfer wizard ? ?

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We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Answer:Vista Machine unable to print to Printer attached to 98 machine thru parallel port

Originally Posted by savikalra

We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Have you installed the printer drivers on the Vista machines.?

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe to is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine


Disable UAC (User Account Control) and check out if the pages display ok.

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe too is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine

Please see the responses to your thread in TSF Vista Support.

Please do not create duplicate threads in the future. Thank you.

This thread closed.



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Last night I just got my brand new Athlon XP 1500. Anway It's running WindowsXP. I have been trying all morning to connect it to my old laptop (running Windows 98) using Direct Cable Connection. The AthlonXP is the Host and the Laptop is the Guest. I can get both computers connected fine, BUT when I try to get the Laptop to view the AthlonXPs files it asks me for the name of the AthlonXP as well as a password. I type in the name of the PC (there is no password). I try clicking ok, but it tells me the passoword is incorrect. There is no passwords setup on the AthlonXP at all! Please help. Thanks.

Answer:Connecting a WindowsXP machine to a Windows98 machine via Direct Cable Connection

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G'day all! (first post here!! :P) this is my situation:

I have a server...and i have installed a printer to it - the Canon LBP 3200 - the server is a 32bit machine running win7 pro...anyways...this printer does not have ANY 64bit drivers (which my main machine runs win7 ulti x64) so i am unable to install the printer on my main machine...

I was wondering, is there a way to share it from the server to the 64bit machine without installing any drivers?

Or is there a way to install 32bit drivers on a 64bit Machine?

Or can anyone find any 64 bit drivers/custom 64bit drivers?


Thanx all!!

Answer:Sharing a printer from 32bit machine to 64bit machine without drivers.

ok so i tried this method: Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty

But when i make my own port name it says access is denied... :S

any help?

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Can I copy the data of remote desktop to my Local machine. If No Why ?
Pls suggest.

Answer:Remotely Accessed Machine's Data can be Copied to Local Machine.

Click Start | Help and Support
Search on:
Cutting and pasting to and from a remote session
Accessing local files and folders in a remote session

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I don't get it, all was great. This morning I was copying and pasting a movie file from folder to folder and instead of 50 seconds I get 9 minutes. Plus while it's in the paste mode the machine slows up and task manager isn't responding

Answer:Solved: machine was fine but copying and pasting freezes the machine

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I recently got a 1.8GHz Celeron computer from a family member who bought a new computer, but they dropped it while bringing it over. When I started it up, it booted up pretty quickly. But when I'm actually in Windows, it runs as slowly as my old 1GHz machine and sometimes when opening things it has long delays. I thought it might just be Windows being old, so I did a clean install. But that didn't fix it. Now I think it might be one of the hard drives or my cd drives, since at the BIOS diagnostic screen it sometimes hangs at them. Other than scandisk, which didn't return anything, is there a way to find out where the bottleneck is occuring without having to spend money I don't have?

Answer:1.8ghz machine running as fast (slow) as a 1ghz machine

donkor said:

I recently got a 1.8GHz Celeron computer from a family member who bought a new computer, but they dropped it while bringing it over. When I started it up, it booted up pretty quickly. But when I'm actually in Windows, it runs as slowly as my old 1GHz machine and sometimes when opening things it has long delays. I thought it might just be Windows being old, so I did a clean install. But that didn't fix it. Now I think it might be one of the hard drives or my cd drives, since at the BIOS diagnostic screen it sometimes hangs at them. Other than scandisk, which didn't return anything, is there a way to find out where the bottleneck is occuring without having to spend money I don't have?Click to expand...

Well, it depends on which OS you have. If it's Vista or XP, then you may want to change the graphics settings so they're lower, because they consume memory.

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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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Im running Vista Ultimate x64 on my main computer which has a Dell 1710n laser printer and HP PSC2175 AIO Printer attached to it. I have tried sharing the printers out to my XP machine, it sees it but i keep getting an error message that it can't find the proper driver and to contact the system adminstrator. I have downloaded the XP drivers for the Dell 1710n and tried to manually install the driver when it asks on my XP computer but i keep getting the same message. What do i do to get this to work?

Answer:Problems sharing Printer on Vistax64 Machine to XP machine

You can't get either printer to work? Have you also tried manually downloading the XP drivers for the HP?

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My problem seems to be the opposite of most people's - I added a Windows 7 laptop to my previously all-XP network without any trouble, simply enrolling the new machine in the existing Workgroup, and everything works fine.

Except for just one snag: from my XP machine I can see every single file on the Windows 7 machine, which raises privacy issues even within a family!

How do I stop this happening, and revert back to the situation I had before, where machines on the network could only see each other's shared folders?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:How do I stop my XP machine seeing every file on networked Windows 7 machine?

Well, a rough and dirty security fix would be to make sure that "Password Protected Sharing" in the Network and Sharing Center is set to "On." That way the files will be safe but still visible.

Are you logging into w7 with a password?

Create an account below Administrator level with a password and use that.

Theoretically w7 should not allow a drive to be shared, so check all the folders that show the "Share" symbol and set the Share to "Not Shared".


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I am trying to help a friend get her new Win-7 machine set up. I used the printer set-up wizard to install a networked printer in the new machine with absolutely no problem. Proved it would print from that machine.

Now, I get a call informing me that her old XP machine, which had been printing to the network printer with no problems, will no longer print. Documents go into the print queue, but they don't get printed. No error messages show up. I did some messing around via remote access, and finally removed the printer with the intention of reinstalling it. Scanning for network printers turned up several redundant instances of the same printer with different names. Some are identified as "invalid" some a "access denied". Bottom line. I can't get any of the selections to install.

On the Win-7 machine I did find a window that indicated that the printer is designated as being shared, but I didn't explicitly set it for sharing when I installed it. Also, I somehow got to a window that told me that for printers that were to be shared with other versions of windows I could optionally install drivers to support such machines. Didn't have the driver disk handy and took the window down. Now I can't even find it again.

I need some help in sorting this all out. Part of the problem is that out there in "network land" there are redundant remnants of previous installations that are being remembered inappropriately. I'd really li... Read more

Answer:Installed network printer on W7 machine, now XP machine won't print to it

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I have a new Gateway Vista 64 machine for my office . The old HP Pavillion Pentium 4 with XP 32(?)is networked in other room Here's my setup:
Ethernet network with a new wireless Netgear router (yes,it has places to plug in the ethernet cords).
-HP Laserjet 1200 printer is plugged directly into the Vista 64 machine.
The XP Unit is on the network.
I can see and share files between the machines just fine but I get an error when choosing the networked printer in "add printer" when setting up XP unit.
(Print sharing is turned on on Vista Machine).
I choose the networked printer found on Gateway, it says that it will install drivers onto my machine to make things work, I click ok and it says that server for my printer has the wrong driver installed, would I like to find right driver? Clk yes. It looks for a VSFILE\XP but can't find it. It tells me to manually find the file but I can't find that file on HP site or any of my discs. I've uninstalled and reinstalled original drivers onto the XP machine (PCL6) and downloaded a Universal PCL5 printer file. None correct the problem. Vista automatically loaded the printer drivers when I turned on the power. It has a PCL5 file. The 1200 printer works fine when printing from Gateway machine. Vista will only let me use the drivers already installed in the machine. When I try to manually try to install drivers downloaded from HP for an XP on the the vista then it balks and says they were not created for an X6... Read more

Answer:Solved: XP machine can't print on networked Vista Machine

I ended up hiring someone to solve this mess. He just created local ports on each machine that directs the pre-downloaded, local driver, to the printers. Worked just fine. Start, Run, //"name of network" to see if printers can be seen on the network 1st.

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Ok, so here goes...Although I'm an avid viewer of many forums, I typically refrain from posting so please bear with me. 
First, I am extremely hoping that all of my problems can be resolved through Software tweaking and fixes, and secondly must let you all know that I have absolutely no idea wtf I am doing.  And Thirdly, have up until now had my technical issues resolved by my father or my significant other neither of which are viable to me, therefore I am coming here asking for assistance because I have been brought to my knees by a realm far beyond my own level of ascertained knowledge...
I do not know how much of my problems, or if any, are Malware, Adware, Spyware, &/or Virus related but appreciate all help and will repost in the appropriate sub-forums with pertinent information Just let me know what and where...currently I am unsure as to which that may be related to because of the plethora of ills befalling this machine...
I recently purchased a new computer from Newegg and received, what I thought at that point in time was, a faulty machine with some issues concerning the Internet components.  I took said machine to Best Buy to get looked over by Geek Squad...they confirmed my suspicions saying that the wireless components were faulty and that I should RMA the computer.... 
I did so and received another 'New' computer from said company.
The box had 2 storage stickers on it...not a new machine a... Read more

Answer:Rma'd Replacement Machine has more issues than the Initial Machine received...:(

Ok, let's see if there is malware..If you can run these.Everything is free.MiniToolBoxPlease download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.TDSSKillerDownload TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.AdwCleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwClea... Read more

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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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Have a crashed Win10 machine. Tried to "reset" it with a downloaded iso, but this didn't work--maybe the iso was NG.
Anyway, now it won't boot at all. This machine was upgraded from Win 8.1 and I have no paid install disk for it.
However, I do know the correct Windows key for the system that crashed. Can I use a paid install disk that I installed on another system, and put in the key code for the crashed system in order to get it back up and running?

Thanx for all assistance--doug

Answer:Use paid install disk on another machine with the other machine's key

You can download windows 10 setup media >
When asked for product key - just skip that page..

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I can copy and paste only text and screenshots.

Answer:RDP: 10 Local Machine - XP Remote Machine Problem

Are both rdp same version or you will have problems update rdp

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From my XP machine I can ping the X61 Vista system but cannot see any shared drives. Vista system has no trouble seeing shared drives on the XP machine. Network discovery has been enabled. Any ideas appreciated.

Answer:X61 Vista machine drives not visible from XP machine.

Did you change the network to private network on Vista? Shared folder will not be visible under public network.

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We have a few windows machines in the home group. I just started using lubuntu and want to have in the network so we can share the files. The windows machines show up , but not the lubuntu. How do I find it?

Answer:how do access a linux machine from a windows machine

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I am building a new office machine which I would like to stick windows 7 onto. I also have an old Dell which came with windows XP on it. Can I use the XP key from that in order to use the windows 7 upgrade version?

Answer:Upgrade from old Dell XP machine to new Windows 7 Machine

You cannot use the key with the upgrade. You have to actually allow 7 to see the XP installation first. Then you do a custom install (clean). Just finally upgraded myself.
There are soem other work arounds for this. Just google it.

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My wife works at a fitness club and they recently had to replace the office XP machine and purchased a new one with Vista, They had the two machince networked together before one at the front counter and the other in the office, I can not get the new Vista machine networked at all I have searched the internet looking for answers and have tried a few things but have had no success what so ever. Is there anyone willing to help or is there a step by step website that might have good information on this subject. I have the workgroups the same on each machine. I'm lost please help


Answer:Network trouble Vista Machine To XP Machine

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I am having trouble connecting from an XP (Home) desktop machine to a Win 7 (Home Premium) laptop to share files.
I have read and followed a lot of posts to no avail.
specifically I have followed the advice in "How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing"

- both machines are in the same workgroup
- there is no trouble going from Win 7 to the XP box
- on win 7 the network is defined as a 'Work' network
- firewalls are disabled on both boxes
- Advanced Network settings
- Network discovery in ON
- File and Printer Sharing is ON
- Public folder sharing is ON
- password protected sharing is OFF
- Allow Windows to manage Homegroup connections
- the shared folder in Win 7 says its shared (its not in the public tree)
- On folder Advanced setting decurity, 'Everyone' has been added 
- On folder Advanced setting sharing it says "People without a user account and password for this computer can access folders shared with everyone"

The XP box is using XP Home which can only use 'Simple File Sharing'.
On the XP box the win7 machine appears in the Network list under the workgroup.
If I click on the machine I get a login prompt!
Attempting to map a drive to the win7 box the same network is shown browsing to the win7 machine does not list any of the shares. (it also does not ask for a login)

Interestingly if I go back to the network and enter the userid / password then I can see the shares... Read more

Answer:XP machine can't see file shares from Win7 machine

From you r 1st post I noticed:
'Public folder sharing is ON
Password protected sharing is OFF'

That would need to be reversed or better yet just read this...

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Hi all, I need to do the following: I have a driver installed in one machine (Sdo Sensor V2 version 10.0.10240.16384, Microsoft) that I need to install in another machine. Is there a way to extract the driver from machine 1 and install it in machine 2? I know that there are 3rd party tools that do this, any recommendation? Thanks
P.D.:The reason I want to do this is that I can't find these drivers anywhere on the web, not even in Dell's Support site

Answer:Extract driver from machine 1 and install it in machine 2?

on machine 1

Make a D:\DRIVERS folder

from cmd prompt type..

Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:D:\Drivers

on machine 2
point device manager to the D:\drivers folder to load the drver

change BOLD text to suit your needs

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I,m new to this development and deployment and am running into a strange problem. I developed an ACCESS db on a laptop. Everything seems ok, it works. I used the Package Wizard and created an installation package. When I installed it on another machine I am now getting errors in the deployment machine that I do not get in the development machine. I seems to be coding issues. Can't load data into field for example.

Why would I get these on the deployment machine and not the development machine? Am I unaware of some way to test the code in the deployment machine? Otherwise how do I solve the problem if I can't deplicate the error in the development machine where I can stop the code and see the problem. I feel like I am missing some trick or secret.


Answer:Errors in deployment machine not in development machine

Once it is deployed you need to run the connection command on the client to connect to the back end database. Are you using SQL server or all Access for the back end?

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So yeah I just got my xp machine up and running and I decided to try and set up file and printer sharing however once I installed it in xp I accidently uninstalled it and now I can't seem to reinstall it. If someone could walk me through the steps on how to fix this I would really appreciate it
So after screwing around with a few things and like I said before accidently uninstalled microsoft file and printer sharing from the network apdater it seems I am missing the server service.

Answer:How do I share files between my xp machine and my windows 7 machine? similarly for file and printer sharing.Oh and why 2 threads?

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imediately after clicking on shutdown with an update ready to install, on shutting down, i got the blue screen, machine-check-exception, uncorrectable hardware error, technical information ***stop:0x00000124 (0x00000000, 0x81FD6028, 0xB6200047, 0x0102010A) or***stop:0x0000009C (0x00000003, 0x8196AF0D, 0xB6200007, 0x0002010A

Answer:machine-check-exception on vista 32 machine

It would appear the 0x0000124 is related to the PCI Express Bus, ie Graphics card Driver or Chipset Software, possibly BIOS conflict.Therefore I would update drivers:a) Chipset Softwareb) PCIe Graphics Card Driver if you have a Graphics Card

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Hey all, I just got an awesomely unexpected birthday present of a new emachine T2862 that has XP on it, saving me from having to scrape up the dough to replace my 5-year-old CompUSA Home Series refurb-p.o.s. Although I think I remember reading somewhere that emachines were not that good, but I believe it should at least be an improvement over the old one, being 5 times faster and with 5 times bigger hard drive! Expecially considering I'm just about broke financially.

I haven't even opened the box yet, I want to do my homework first on what I need to do... I want to transfer a lot of files from my old computer to the new one. From what I've been reading here, it seems like my best bet is to get some kind of transfer cable -- exactly what kind, where can I get one, and about what will it cost? I've never hooked up 2 computers to each other before, and I don't know what's involved... if it helps, this old thing is running Windows 98, and what I want to transfer is:

1) my music - mostly copied off of CDs and stored in windows media player playlists, I don't want to have to re-copy them b/c the reason I copied them to the computer is some of the CDs had been played so much they were getting warped/scratched etc, besides it's time-consuming - I know copying from one computer to the other doesn't save much time, but it would save me from having to keep sticking in the next CD, doing the copy, and then having to re-type in the library i... Read more

Answer:Solved: cable transfer from 98 machine to new XP machine

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I have a network problem. My windows 7 machine is not detecting win xp machine whereas win xp machine is detecting win 7 machine.
They are in the same workgroup named Home. And the networking system is set to work. I have left the homegroup I was previously in. I enabled file sharing for devices that use 40 bit and 50 bit encryption.
On XP I have enabled NetBios over TCP/IP.
File sharing is enabled on both computers.
I think it's something obvious as both instalations on different computers are really fresh and both windows haven't been tampered with.

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 machine does not detect win xp machine

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I have an old computer with 2 drives running on it, the C is a little wonky and only starts with XP cd installed under R support to get a C: in DOS. Can I use a printer cable to hook these 2 machines together to get a few files off the D: drive on the old machine from an XP machine? A network cable does not seem to work, I can't see the old machine in the DOS prompt.
Thanks for any help or pointers, and am not sure which forum was correct for this question.

Answer:[SOLVED] Copying data from one machine to an XP machine

hi shamal,

have you tried BARTPE? create an XP live CD using the bart pe builder and you can boot from CD drive of the machine where your wonky hard drive is. from there you can access your C: drive and copy your files on to another computer on the network or on to a USB device.

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I have basically two questions.
1) does anyone know if Aloha Bob's PC Relocator Ultra can work with Vista?

2) Is anyone aware of anyproducts, preferably shareware or freeware that can migrate both data/settings and programs from Win98 to Vista Home Premium?


Answer:Moving from a Win98 machine to a Vista Machine

I don't imagine there are any software apps with that feature - any of them new enough to work with Vista would likely not bother with Win98. Data won't be hard to migrate, but I don't imagine Win98 programs would work the same on Vista... You will probably have to reinstall the programs - if they are compatible. (My CD burning software, for example, was compatible with XP but caused the PC to not boot when I tried to install it on Vista) Settings are probably going to be a lot different on Vista vs. Win98...

Here are some links on the subject:

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I've searched and can't seem to find an answer for this: is it possible to move a virtual machine in Oracle's VirtualBox to a physical machine?


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My brother just built a Windows 7 machine, and we are trying to connect it to his old Windows XP Pro machine via crossover cable to transfer over his files, but nothing I have tried has worked. I have them both in the same workgroup, I have followed all the guides I have been able to find online, and I still can't get the machines to recognize one another. What do I need to do? If someone could give me a walkthrough, I'd really appreciate it. This is my first time using Windows 7, so I'm not familiar with anything.

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I've checked here and on a couple of other places; many people seem to have similar problems but not similar enough that I've been able to solve it.

I have a HOME workgroup on my Vista machine that is connected to the printer I want to share. I have made HOME the workgroup on my W7 laptop. The Vista machine is able to access folders on the W7 and the W7 "sees" the Vista machine... the network map on W7 shows a "dotted" line from W7 - Vista but when I try to connect from W7 to Vista it will not accept a logon. I have tried using my normal Vista machine User Name and password and even tried creating a new one just for this connection but Windows Security always says "Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password".

One of the other sites suggested that Client for Microsoft Networks needed to be installed on the W7 laptop but when I checked the properties for the W7 NIC there was no Install option... does W7 need Client for Microsoft Networks?

All settings on the Vista Sharing and Discovery are on.


Answer:Windows 7 machine cannot connect to Vista machine

I finally figured out that it was Vista machine firewall (AT&T Internet Security Suite by MacAfee) that was blocking the W7 machine from accessing the Vista machine.

After I checked the box in Port and System Services to allow RDP access, I was able to access both the Vista computer and its attached printer from the W7 machine.

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Have a crashed Win10 machine. Tried to "reset" it with a downloaded iso, but this didn't work--maybe the iso was NG.
Anyway, now it won't boot at all. This machine was upgraded from Win 8.1 and I have no paid install disk for it.
However, I do know the correct Windows key for the system that crashed. Can I use a paid install disk that I installed on another system, and put in the key code for the crashed system in order to get it back up and running?

Thanx for all assistance--doug

Answer:Use paid install disk on another machine with the other machine's key

You can download windows 10 setup media >
When asked for product key - just skip that page..

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Any advice on how to do this? I have file sharing enabled on both computers. When I view computers and devices from my vista machine, I see my XP machine, but it is showing up as a media device. When I click on it, windows media player opens. It doesn't seem like it should do this since I am sharing more than just media files. In windows media player i get the error, "Before you can access files in this library, you first must have access to this library".

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Here's a strange issue--at least I think it's strange. I have an old application that I've had since I had Win XP. I'm not sure but I think I had it even on Win 98. Even though it's an old app I was able to install and run in on Vista and Windows 7. I now have the pre-release Win 8 installed on VMware Player and I was wondering if it would run in Win 8. So I opened Win 8 and put in the CD, clicked on the setup.exe file and it installed--or so it seemed. It always installed a short cut on my desk top before. So I looked and didn't see it. It was supposed to have installed in a particular folder, but I couldn't find it. I then installed it again and chose to put a short cut on the desk top. But, it wasn't there. The bottom line is that even though I had Win 8 open in the guest, I discovered that it actually instaledl on Win 7--on the host machine even though I installed it while the guest machine was open. Has anyone seen anything like that before? I suppose it happened because it was such an old app.

Answer:App installed on host machine while in guest machine

When you put the cd into your drive, it fired the autoplay on your host machine and not within your Windows 8 VM. It installed on your Windows 7 host machine. If you had been in the VM, and launched the setup from within the VM, it would not have installed on your host machine. PERIOD.

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