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Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

Question: Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

My Sony computer that I have had since 2000 or so is store bought and came with windows xp. I believed it had two hard drives in it until earlier this year when I found out it came with one partioned hard drive. I now have two physical HDD and three that appear on my computer. I need to restore my computer and would like to make my partioned drive appear as one. I will have all my backup files on my second physical HDD. If it makes things easier at all I do not have a windows install disc only system restore discs that came with my computer. If this isn't clear enough please ask me to try and clear it up.

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i know nowt about pc's

I have a new pc with windows 7 on it and it seems it will not run some of my old programs such as Corel Draw 6 and Visual Basic 5, both over 10 years old.

It has been suggested that I partion my hard drive and load windows xp, Corel Draw and Visual Basic as well as Office 2003 onto this new partion. I can then boot my pc from either windows 7 or XP.

This is not ideal but i could live with it.
Would it be possble to load these programs onto an external usb hard drive and run the programs off the other hard drive via a usb port?


Can this be done with out unloading the sofware already on my pc?
In geat detail how would I go about creating a partion and what are the dangers

thanks
2lexec

Answer:partion windows 7 hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by 2lexec


i know nowt about pc's

I have a new pc with windows 7 on it and it seems it will not run some of my old programs such as Corel Draw 6 and Visual Basic 5, both over 10 years old.

It has been suggested that I partion my hard drive and load windows xp, Corel Draw and Visual Basic as well as Office 2003 onto this new partion. I can then boot my pc from either windows 7 or XP.

This is not ideal but i could live with it.
Would it be possble to load these programs onto an external usb hard drive and run the programs off the other hard drive via a usb port?


Can this be done with out unloading the sofware already on my pc?
In geat detail how would I go about creating a partion and what are the dangers

thanks
2lexec


Win 7 will run Office 2003. I have it on mine. The other programs, I am not familiar with.

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i recently bought an acer desktop pc second hand it has vista premium installed.the hard drive as 2 partions 1 is c drive the other is d drive c drive as 112 gigs so as d drive.c drive has data on it d drive does not.what i want to know how do i put data on d drive.or is there someway to merge it into c drive

Answer:partioned hard drive

I think this should explain it for you: click here

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i have a second hand desk top pc.it has a 250gig hard drive split into 2partions.what i would like to do is have it 1drive.is there anyway i could do this.1 partion is empty and as no data on it

Answer:partioned hard drive

You can do it with free software like Partition Logic. Download .iso file and burn image to CD. Go into bios and set PC to boot from CD. Follow the instructions.click here

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I repartioned the hard drive, and moved the HP Recovery from the end of the main partition. Now, when I start up, I get the message that the moved partition has to be checked. If I let the timer time out and go into the partition check, it counts down to 1 second and stops. Nothing happens. If I press any key during the initial countdown, then Windows 7 loads up nice and pretty. I would like to know if there is a location in the registry that I can alter/eleminate, such as
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountDevices
In theory, as I understand it, the machine will start up and rewrite new corrected data.

Answer:Re-partioned the hard drive

Welcome to the Seven Forums! marossity

That's one reg value you have to keep for sure. The registry wouldn't be the place to start with anyways.

If 7 came preinstalled moving the recovery partition wasn't a good idea to start with since that is configured to repair and even restore the preinstalled Windows and offsets aby factory recovery options. Once you make changes to partitioning on any drive the checkdisk utility will fire up automatically being a builtin tool found in Windows itself.

You could try running the "chkdsk /r" command in the command prompt to manually start up the checkdisk utility while booted in Windows with the repair switch added. That may fix the problem and result in Windows creating a log showing that.

The even faster approach would be simply right clicking on the drive's icon while having a W.Explorer window or Computer open and selecting the Tools tab to run the "Check Now" option seen in that tab as a button to click. The attached image shows how that looks.

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OK, after I did a clean install on my daughters Dell E310, Win XP Home Edition there are now a C drive and a D drive. Partioned how?????

I know I can go to my Computer and manage to delete one drive, but what happens if I delete the drive that has the important files to run the OS?

Any help would be appreciated thanks and have a great day....
 

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Guys,My boys in the room have just basically made their computer inop.When it gets switched on it comes up with an error message NTLDR is missing,press ctl alt del to restart.
I have tried to do a repair using the xp disk,(which boots up ok)
but it either keeps rebooting or hangs at a certain bit saying that this certain file cannot be found.
My next step was to reinstall windows xp,but when I try this,it tells me that drive c is corrupted and cannot be repaired.
Think I need to start from scratch and format the hard file.
I have all the main documents that I need on my laptop which I am working from and don't need any saved data from the hard file.
Hard file is divided into 3 partitions c,e,f(i think)which a friend done.

My pc details are as follows
Dell dimension 4400
windows xp
20gb h/file
256mb mem

All help appreciated.
Remember I am know pc expert and I only know the very basics....thanks.

Answer:formatting a partioned hard drive

When you boot from disk hit ( install )
Then delete your partition and format using NTFS.
You should be ok after that.
If you get error while formatting then your HDD is toast. ( I don't think you will get an error though )

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Hello,

I have my hard drive partioned (i.e. Windows, Games, Other...) now i havent formatted in awhile and i am noticing stupid things happening, and i was wondering, can i format my windows partion and re-instal XP and will all my programs still function properly.

Thanks
 

Answer:Partioned Hard Drive Question

Nope.

Your registry points to those files in quiestion.

MAYBE....just maybe, if you did a registry backup of your HKLM\Software and backed up each and every game name you installed....

Never tried it, doubt it will work


The best case is to save your save games, and reinstall....
 

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I just Installed a new 80 gig Hard drive, and partion 3000 MB for windows XP, But when I go to my computer its not showing the rest of the drive, normaly I thought it would assign it another drive letter.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Partion Help

What you are going to have to do is Partition the rest of the drive to what you want. There is a disk management article by Fred Langa that is great I would suggest printing the article for reference

http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180207718
 

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I got my new 320 GB HD from newegg, I managed to install it and everything but at the moment I only use it to store all my files, but now I want to make this hard drive my main one. My current main hard drive is 80 GB and I am tired of not being able to have many games installed at once. How do I make my 320 GB HD my main that everything is saved to etc etc.
 

Answer:New Hard Drive. Partion or something.

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I've got hold of Windows XP Gamer Edition and I want to try it out, but I don't want to have to format my hard drive and loose everything that on there. I've tried to partition it with E A S E U S Partition Manager (I've had to spell it like that because for some unexplained reason when I type it normally it turns into stars) and I'm getting no where, the "Create Partition" does not do anything when I click it, the only things that do seem to work are "Resize/Move Partition" and "Properties" it underlines them when I move the mouse over them and are clickable. I want to put XP Gamer Edition on a second partition and the stupid ****** program wont do anything. What do I do? I've put in a picture of it, so you know what program I'm talking about, is IS running on XP, i've just got it on windows classic theme.

Answer:How do I partion my hard drive?

The first thing you need to do is resize your current partition to create unallocated space, then you create the partition.

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Using XP SP2 on a Dell xps 400.
The HD has a "C" and "D" partition. XP and all program files are on "D" and all data is on "C". I have run out of room (less that 5%) on "D". But have plenty of space on "C". I need to load some new programs.
Is there a way to get more space for "D" without the pain of a reinstall of XP?

Thanks>

Ray
 

Answer:XP Hard drive partion?

May I suggest using G-parted resize,delete,add etc..
Make sure you back up all that data on C (or at least make sure you know you are not overwriting info when you resize the partition) ALSO: make sure you do not overwrite your recovery partition(if installed)
http://www.majorgeeks.com/GParted_d5757.html

Warning: you can brick your system easily with this tool make sure you read and understand what you are doing before hitting that OK button..

P.
 

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I would like to add XP Pro to a hard drive using Win 7 Ultimate with out deleting win 7 Ultimate. Any help will be greatly appreciated,

Answer:add second partion to hard drive

If you install Windows XP now on another partition,it is going to wipe out the existing bootsector and make it compatible for windows XP, result would be loss of Windows 7.Follow below steps carefully and you can get both working...1) Boot the System from windows XP cd.2) Install Windows XP on another partition (Other than the one which have Win7)3) Let the XP install and bootup correctly. WHen you think XP is ready boot the system again with windows 7 CD.4) select "repair your system" instead of "Install now"5) select the OS, KB and put the admin password when asked.6) It will search for Damages but do not relay on the result. Once the automated repair is done, Use COmmand prompt, it will give you a command line.7) Instead of step 4,5 and 6, You can directly Press CTLR + F10 and get command prompt at "Windows 7 installtion screen".8 ) On the command prompt,Switch to CD drive.9 ) Cd boot10) Now, Run the command as below bootsect.exe /nt60 C: /force /mbr Where C: is the first drive letter.11) also, execute these commands carefully...bcdedit /create /d "windowsXP" /application bootsectorThe result will look like this:The entry {05d33150-3fde-11dc-a457-00021cf82fb0} was successfully created.The long string {05d33150-3fde-11dc-a457-00021cf82fb0} is the id for thisentry.Then, use the following commands to set boot parameters:replace {id} with the actual id returned from the previous command. bcdedit /set {67bc6121-f766-11df-b1a0-00247eea28eb} device boot bcdedit /set {67bc6121-... Read more

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Hi,

I recently acquired a second-hand PC that had everything working fine but lacked a hard drive. I bought a 3TB HDD and installed it. Afterwards, I installed Windows 7 (because I had a key for it), and then I upgraded to Windows 10 because I prefer it.

I noticed as early as when I installed Windows 7 that the PC only detected 746GB of my hard drive. After doing some research, it appears that this is a common problem when adding large storage HDDs exceeding 2TB. Unfortunately, most of the solutions involve reformatting the entire HDD since most people add the 3TB HDD as an extra drive. However, since I have installed the OS on this drive, I cannot do that.

I would like some advice with either extending my OS partition to the full 3TB or creating a new partition with the rest of my storage space - whichever is better or more efficient. I have already accessed the Disk Management program built into Windows, and here's an image of what I see:



Note that it started with the 3 main partitions (C, the 1300, and the other 746) before I even tried anything. First I tried creating a simple volume in the 1300, intending to extend it to the other 746, but I was unable to do so (the extend button was grayed out). Afterwards I deleted the volume, and now for some reason it calls that space "free space" instead of "unallocated."

Any instruction as to what is the best course of action would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Answer:New PC Windows on Single 3TB Hard Drive, Seen as 746GB

Does the computer have UEFI firmware instead of legacy bios? If the computer has UEFI firmware then you really need to bite the bullet, wipe the hard drive, and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode which will do away with the 2TB limit that you have now with legacy bios and MBR partitioning on the hard drive.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581408

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Hi,

I recently acquired a second-hand PC that had everything working fine but lacked a hard drive. I bought a 3TB HDD and installed it. Afterwards, I installed Windows 7 (because I had a key for it), and then I upgraded to Windows 10 because I prefer it.

I noticed as early as when I installed Windows 7 that the PC only detected 746GB of my hard drive. After doing some research, it appears that this is a common problem when adding large storage HDDs exceeding 2TB. Unfortunately, most of the solutions involve reformatting the entire HDD since most people add the 3TB HDD as an extra drive. However, since I have installed the OS on this drive, I cannot do that.

I would like some advice with either extending my OS partition to the full 3TB or creating a new partition with the rest of my storage space - whichever is better or more efficient. I have already accessed the Disk Management program built into Windows, and here's an image of what I see:



Note that it started with the 3 main partitions (C, the 1300, and the other 746) before I even tried anything. First I tried creating a simple volume in the 1300, intending to extend it to the other 746, but I was unable to do so (the extend button was grayed out). Afterwards I deleted the volume, and now for some reason it calls that space "free space" instead of "unallocated."

Any instruction as to what is the best course of action would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Answer:New PC Windows on Single 3TB Hard Drive, Seen as 746GB

Does the computer have UEFI firmware instead of legacy bios? If the computer has UEFI firmware then you really need to bite the bullet, wipe the hard drive, and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode which will do away with the 2TB limit that you have now with legacy bios and MBR partitioning on the hard drive.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581408

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Hi friends, i recently bought a dell inspiron 14r laptop. It came with windows 7 Home premium which was pre-installed. The problem with it is, the whole 640GB was allotted to a single drive C. I want to repartition the hard disk into 6 drives. But they didnot gave me the windows 7 installation disk or its serial. What should i do now?

Answer:Making multiple partitions of a Single partitioned drive

There are definitely more than 1 partition on the drive. The fact that you are only seeing 1 partition in Computer only means that the other partitions have no letter. You better first look in Disk Management what the whole story is.
If you already have 4 primary partitions, you cannot create any further partitions without some major surgery. If you have only 3 or less primary partitions, you can create an extended partition and further logical partitions.
I suggest you post a picture of your Disk Management so that we can have a look and advise you.

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How do I create a dual book with Windows XP & Windows 2000
using Maxtor's Maxblast3 software on a single new drive?
Maxblast3 software will allow me to make a single partition
on the drive. I don't know if it will allow make 2 partitions
one single drive. Does any know if it does?? If so, does anyone
know the proceedure using Maxblaster3 software for 2 partitions
on one drive. I know I must install Win 2000 before I install Windows XP. Maybe there is a step in the operating systems that will allow me to split the drive in two volumes? If I split the drive in to 2 volumes with 2 operating systems on it does that
mean I will have two letters on one drive?
thank you,

Answer:Making a Win XP & 2000 dual book on a single drive?

get a trial of partition magic and create another partition. then just install the second os on the other partition you just created.

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I'm looking to find a program (preferably freeware) that will xfer ALL of my system files, so that all my settings remain the same, from one hard drive to the next, as my current harddrive is beginning to die =\. Any good programs out there that will let me copy all the system files, registry and the likes onto this next hard drive?

Thanks
 

Answer:Hard drive partion xfer

I like using HDClone for this sort of job. Hasn't failed me yet!
 

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Can anyone help. I have installed xp on a new 120g hard drive and i wanted to partion the new drive 40g and 80g. I followed the on screen instructions when installing xp to partion and typed in 40000 for drive C leaving as i thought 80g for drive d. But after xp installed all i can see is 40G so wants happened to the other 80g ?
 

Answer:Solved: Partion hard drive with XP

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My Mum's laptop has a 40GB hard drive. It runs very slowly so I went to defrag it for her. In Defrag it shows that the file system is FAT 32 and the hard drive is split in two one is named Acer C and the other Acer Data D. The C drive has only 7% space left on it and the D has 98% space! Can the partition be removed? If not how do you best utilise this?Also the C drive cannot be defragged as it "may be corrupted", any ideas here also?Many thanks in advance!

Answer:FAT 32 partion on Laptop hard drive w/ XP HELP!

Create a folder on D:\ and call it Mum or something. Move the My Documents folder (R click > Properties > Move) from C:\ to D:\ and select the option to Move when asked.

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I am using an emachine with 2 gigs of ram running Windows XP

I purchased a 500 gig Sea Gate Hard drive. I installed it on my computer and used the software that came with it to clone my old drive to the new one. The software that came with my e-machine wasn't so great and I still had problems. I decided to install another copy of xp that I had on the drive. The XP installation recognized the other partition and asked me what I wanted to do with it. It recomended I leave that partition alone and create a new one for the current installation. I thought everything was okay. When the computer boots up it asks me which partition I want to access and I chose the correct one. Everything was working better than ever until I noticed somethng unusual. The other partition which was only 15 gigs was named recovery C and the new partition was created as local disk E. Naturally programs are installed to the c drive and I was quickly using up the 15 gigs. I can't move the programs and drivers that were installed from the recovery c to the e drive as they might not work. I went into the registry and changed the file installation drive to the e drive but it still seems that some things are getting on that partition. Things like Temporary internet files, offline webpages, recycle bin, downloaded program files, etc. I got a warning message that drive space was low only 200 mb out of 15 gigs. I don't know what will happen when it gets full. I could try formatting the whole drive and startin... Read more

Answer:Partion Problems on hard drive

I'd recommend repartioning if you're able to save your data, however, you can change the environment variables to change the location which the temporary data is stored.

System properties > advanced > environment variables.

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Well, I am back. I have the drive from my external enclosure installed in my computer. It only has files on it (which I had burned on CDs) and I need to either add an OS (Windows XP Home) or start clean and put an OS on it.

I can't get it to boot from the CD. I went into bios and changed it to boot from the CD First. My screen says "TestDisk" "NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart." I checked it again to make sure it is booting from the CD and it just repeats the error.

I am so tempted to go buy a new hard drive and start over, but I have spent a lot of money upgrading and getting these computers reconfigured, so I think I should be able to use this drive.

Any suggestions from all the experts would be appreciated.

Nancy
 

Answer:Reformat and partion hard drive

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I hope someone could help me please and thank you if you can

I need some advice I have a 600mb hard drive and stupidly I partioned this drive left 300 mbs on my c drive the opereating system, and then i alocatted 300mb for back up of files.

Now I have ran out of room on my C drive and havent used the partion of 300mb so its just been wasted as nothing is in that partion.

So my question is can I take back the 300mb partion and give it back to my c drive ?
I have no idea how to do this any help thanks

Russell

I have windows 7 64 bit if that helps

Thanks

Russell

Answer:Hard drive partion now I want it back ?

It would be best if you could post a screenshot of disk management using the snipping tool. How to upload screenshots. But generally, if the unwanted partition is adjacent to and to the right of the "C" drive, you should be able to delete the unwanted partition and expand the "C" partition into the unallocared space. If that is not the case, we can probably help after we see the screenshot of the whole disk management page showing the upper and lower portions.

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Setup: P3 600Mhz, 256Mb PC100 RAM, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2
Software: IIS 6.0, PHP5, .Net 2.0, MySql 5.0, Sql Server 2000 SP4
HD1: Samsung 40Gb
HD2: Quantum Fireball 6Gb

This has happened twice in the last month. I have been trying to setup a stable environment for my personal hosting needs for a while and I thought I had got it until...

Note: This happened twice, exactly the same symptons/cause both times.

Everything runs smooth with backups of HD1 (zip files of wwwroot and phpMyAdmin exports) being stored on HD2. When I setup the server initially I make sure it is up-to-date on Service Packs and all windows updates (this is with a fresh install) then I setup up PHP/MySql, etc, etc. Everything is fine for a while with good performance and no signs of trouble. Then when the first Windows Update (after setup is fully completed) is installed it installs fine but when I reboot I get a blue memory dump screen saying the harddrive has been coruptted.

I then uplug HD2 just to ensure nothing can happen to it during the reformat of HD1. When reinstall of OS is complete I plug HD2 back in but when I try to access it from My Computer I get an error saying it has not been formatted yet and it shows that it is compoletely empty (I tried putting it in other PCs too with same error).

The first time I had this happened I suspected some bad memory and put in completely new memory but then the same thing happened a second time.

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Answer:Both Hard drive wiped out in a single Windows Update :(

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Hi,recently ive bought a note book of model hp 15-BE002TX in India and when i get this product it has HDD capacity of 1TB and  i want to do disk partition into 3 drives of capacity 400 400 and 130 but i'm unable to do that partion instead only one partion is done with a size of 359gb and remaining space is with the drive C. When i again tried to do partion it is unable to do!Kindly help me out with this issue.

Answer:i'm unable to do my hard disk partion from C drive!

Hi, I can't see Disk 0 (it is covered by error message). Please try:    http://www.disk-partition.com/articles/create-more-than-4-partitions-4348.html Regards.

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Hi, I have a T4602 with 1 TB drive, Windows 10 shows the drive as samsung MZSLW1T0HMLH-000L1Machine Type Model 20F9CTO1WW Has anyone been able to find a similar drive to purchase and image it with something like Acronis True Image? I've looked in many places but have not been able to find any reference to the topic.Have not called Lenovo yet.Thanks Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.













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Answer:Making an image of hard drive on T460s as a replacement backup drive

Hello and welcome,
 
Looks like NewEgg has that drive.
 
Are you planning to clone it?  That may be a challenge since as far as I know there aren't any m.2 PCIe-to-anything adapters available yet.
 
You should be able to pull an Acronis image and restore that to a backup drive after installing it.  Perhaps that's your plan.
 
Z.

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I just added a 250 gig Seagate internal drive to my computer as a slave (backup drive) When I partition it with XP disk management it partitions it into 8 mb partitions, am I brain dead----- what am I not seeing? Anybody out there????????????
 

Answer:Solved: Why would XP home partion my new hard drive in 8 mb partions?

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Help I deleted all the partitions on an external hard drive by accident. The drive spins up and is listed in the device manager but windows does not assign a drive letter. Is there anyway to reinstall the partition? Thanks
 

Answer:ddeleted primary partion on external hard drive

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major

Yes, To temporarily access the data so you can move it to another drive, or burn it to CDs/DVDs, you can use Partiton Find-n-Mount. It's easy to use, but I recommend changing the default drive letter it will assign (it usually uses drive A: or B: ) and use a higher letter like X: or Y:. To permanently 'undelete' the partition, you can create a bootable disc of BootIt Next Generation. Then boot to it, enter 'Maintenance Mode' by choosing to NOT install it to the hard drive, then select "Partition Work", then select the drive you want to repair, then select "Undelete" (I think it's called "Undelete"; I haven't used it in awhile). Then save the changes and exit the program and reboot to Windows, and the drive should be OK. You may want to use the first method with 'Partition Find-n-Mount' to back up the really important stuff first just in case the 2nd method using 'BootIt' doesn't work, or somehow makes things worse (which is basically impossible if you're careful, but you never know with PCs).
Good luck! Keep us posted!

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I'd descrbe myself as somebody who understands computers just enough to really, really screw things up. This time I've managed to really mess up a partition on my hard drive (150 gigs) and now I have no idea how to fix it. I'll include as much information as I can, but if you need more just ask and tell me how to acquire it if applicable.

I partitioned my 300gig hard drive into 3 parts: 100gig ntfs, 75gig fat32, 150gig linux (don't remember the type). I realize that's not quite 300, but that's what I remember doing sorry. After a while I stopped using linux altogether and so I got rid of it from my bootloader and just ignored it. Then at one point I foolishly tried to use Partition Magic 8.0 to merge convert and merge it into my fat32 drive to make that one bigger. I did this without using safe-mode or anything just to make everything worse. As you can imagine it didn't work right.

Now I have C: D: and E: drives in My Computer but when I try to open or do anything to E: it says it's an invalid drive (C is the 100gig ntfs and D is the 75gig fat32). If I open Partition Magic's "Partition Tools" program these error messages pop up:
"Disk error(s) were detected on this drive. See the 'Errors:' list for more details."
"Disk geometry error(s) were detected on this drive."
"Partition error(s) were detected on this drive."

This is all the information output through Partition Info:

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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How do I delete the partition between my drives C and D to reclaim the hard drive space? I am running XP Home on the computer. I have already formatted my drives C and D. I have also made my Recovery CDs and my Recovery Tools CD. Therefore I don't need the data on the hidden partition that HP created? How do I remove it?
 

Answer:Solved: How do I Delete the Partion to Reclaim Hard Drive Space

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Ok, I really need HELP! I literally spent all last week reading/researching this issue, but this one is over my head, so after being up ALL night trying to figure it out, I am pleading for some one on this wonderful forum to assist me.

Acer Aspire One D250, aka kav60, typical netbook with no external DVD Drive. I bought 2 (nearly)identical ones for my grandkids. Here's what happened:

1. One of them became terribly infected with trojans, rootkits, worms, you name it. The other grandchild who is learning about computers decided to "fix" it. He cleaned the computer and the system was clean but locking up and not running well.

2. He said the took the "good" hard drive out and tried to "clone" it OVER top of the bad one.

Now it won't boot at all,
Currently, when trying to boot it says the drive needs formatted, please see the pic that shows the partitions. Also when I put it in an external enclosure, it also tells me it needs formatted.


I really need step by step on how to correct the problem. BTW, I have NO recovery disks - only the restore function built in (which isn't working)
I have made an UBCD and also Hiren's, but I am not familiar with the commands.

So, I am guessing, that the MBR is messed up and the partitions as well.

If one of you fine folks could walk me thru, I will forever be indebted to you. Thanks so much!!
 

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So the same issues i had in Windows 8 Release Preview too and i was hoped to be fixed in Windows 8 RTM but still the same! So the issue about HDD is that i'm using two hard drives; one is Western Digital which is primary with Windows 8 installed on it and the other is Hitachi which i use it for data or recovery and so after installed Windows 8 after 20 minutes goes to sleep and then when i click on its partition which is currently "Local Disk D" i have to wait for a few seconds to get back it to normal but also when i click on Hitachi's partition after 20 minutes it freezes my system until it back it to normal, so this issue i didn't have before in Windows 7 it newer went to sleep but now in Windows 8 yes so that makes me very irritated and i don't know what to do and the other issue about DVD Drive which i had also in Release Preview but not in Consumer Preview is that after i restart Windows 8 for the first time after i get "Desktop" of installing process i can't see then the drive into "My Computer" it lost from there and to get it back i have to to "Command Promt" and to paste this: "reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001" and then it's ok but without doing that it will lost from Windows Explorer. So what exactly are these issues ? Is that becuase we still don't have any chipset drivers or what ? THANK YOU AND SORRY FOR MY POOR ENGLISH

Answer:Hard drive and DVD RW Drive issue on Windows 8 RTM

Bump please!

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New Hard drive is installed and already recognised by the pc, and has been installed as a slave to the original hard drive.I'm about to load windows onto the new drive, and once I've copied everything I want from the old drive, the old drive will be wiped/formatted and used for storage.Will it then be simply a matter of changing jumper settings to make the new as master and old as slave - or do I have to enter the bios ?

Answer:Making the new hard drive the boot drive

Take the old drive out. Change the jumper on the new drive to master. Install your O/S.Install the old drive back into the machine as slave and copy across everything you want.Then wipe.format etc the old drive.

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Need command prompts I can follow to reboot in xp recovery console with partitioned drive/
Message is bad shutdown or harware,due to me trying to remove trojan from startup in msconfig/access deniedfrom trojan IS 2010

Answer:need command prompts in windows recovery console to regain boot without disk on partioned drive with xp

Need more info pepperonione1

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My system is Dell Inspiron 17R SE (7720)
1 TB Hard Disk 5400 rpm + 32 GB mSATA, 8 GB RAM, 3rd Gen i7

I was trying to make a bootable USB flash drive for windows 7 from Windows 7 Home Premium Reinstall disk that came with my Dell laptop, using the WinToFlash utility. But in starting the process, the PC froze, all applications (even explorer.exe) stopped, and Alt+Ctrl+Del refused to work. I turned the laptop off and back on, where it refused to even show the OS list and showed a DRMK message instead with a command prompt C:\> as:

Loading DRMK V8.00...
DRMK Version 8.00
COMMAND.COM Build 37 - Jul 28, 2008
DRMK KERNEL Build 15 - Aug 8, 2008
Copyright (c) 2006-2008 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.
C:\>

I tried booting from Windows 7 reinstall DVD but none of the repair options worked. I tried reinstall and repair options but my Hard Drive did not show up. It rather asked to Load Drivers for the Hard Disk. However, it did show any of the USB drives I connected to it, along with an X: drive, which must be the recovery drive for Dell's factory restore. I tried looking for Hard Disk drivers in that but no luck.

Then I downloaded from another PC a USB utility for Seagate Hard Drives from Dell website that makes a bootable USB. I ran that utility and it showed all the test passed (But there was no firmware update during the tests)

Another thing i tried was using list disk command on command prompt in Windows Repair, but It did not show any drives, not even the X... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive failure during making USB-bootable Windows 7, DRMK error

and yeah, since it's a laptop there shouldn't be any cable problems, plus this all happened when i was making a bootable USB from DVD.
I do have in under warranty but i can't take it to a service center because i'm not going back to the country from where i purchased it, before december. and i need it working now.

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Hello everyone!!I Purchased Thinkpad Edge E420-1141-DUQ few days ago. I used the Recovery system in it, to restore my system to factory setting and it really works great!!!!I've made Disks for Recovery as advised(it took 4 DVDs), after making the DVDs i come to know that i can only create one set of the same. So my question are-1. whether next time i'll be able restore to the factory settings as earlier without DVDs or i've to use DVDs for the same (I've not recovered the drive space even after making recovery DVDs. ) 2. what if i lose the DVDs. Can i Create new DVDs/USB drive by any method?? 3. if i lose DVDs and i change my hard drive.. how would i recover??? is there any option?? as lenovo don't provide any disks.??? the product cost inculde the windows 7 cost. how would i'll install windows then..?? 4. how to keep this lenovo drive heathy and error free, Is there any whay i can hide it or protect it as many times kids use this laptop, it may be deleted accidently...  I know this are silly queris but i would appreciate any help...Thanks !!     

Answer:Can I recover from the hard disk partion after making the recovery DVDs

Hello, I was wondering the same thing for my e520, and came to these conclusions: -In short, yes I think you can recover from HDD after making DVDs. Like  you, I kept the partion (did not Recover Drive Space) and it is still possible for me to start the recovery process during booting. I only checked up to the point where it says 'If you press Yes, your system will be restored...' etc, because my system was fine and I didn't actually want to restore it. - You can hide partitions from showing up in Windows explorer, to protect it from getting messed with a little. This is what I did, method number 3 of the link below. http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/155795-drive-hide-unhide.html This involves making changes to the registry, so back up the registry if you're not really sure about what you're doing! It involves adding a new value in the registry, for drive/partition Q it is decimal 65536 (click decimal when adding - it is described in the link). Remove the value to unhide the drive. The partition is still accessable from e.g. the command prompt and the recovery process during booting (as I described above) still works, it just doesn't show in Win explorer. Hope this helps a bit.    

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Hello,

I currently have a machine with XP and Ubuntu in dual-boot config. I have asked in the Linux forum what's the best way to go about removing the Ubuntu install so I will have XP only.

After I achieve this, I'd like to install a second XP OS to use as a backup and to test out some new things. What's the best way to go about this? Will Windows automatically set up a boot menu where I can choose between the two XP installs?

Thanks very much!
 

Answer:2 XP OS's on a Single Hard Drive?

Do you have another legitimate XP License for the second install?
 

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Question: Partioned Drive

I am using Windows Vista 32 Bit, laptop, it came with a with a Crive & a Drive, is there anyway to remove or delete the Drive,as I do not use ut at all. I do not want it.Any ideas? Thanks Rip

Answer:Partioned Drive

Originally Posted by Riptorn


I am using Windows Vista 32 Bit, laptop, it came with a with a Crive & a Drive, is there anyway to remove or delete the Drive,as I do not use ut at all. I do not want it.Any ideas? Thanks Rip



Rip

the d:\ dirve can be deleted but make sure your system backups, and OS re-install may be hidden there

If you want to delete it you may need to use a 3rd party disk amangement app like paragons disk suite.

hope this helps

ken

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Unfortunately my hard drive failed when I was out of town and had to have my family take it in. I had backup files I created with the spotmau program that had both the C and D drive letters. I now only have a C drive listed and am unsure what to do. I am not very experienced with the deep end of the partion stuff. I have been using the laptop for a month now and have transfered as much of the fileinfo that they were able to save. I don,t want to do a restore if it will mess up what I have now but I am concerned that I will not be able to save properly for recovery later. I am trying to get to a point that I can create a hd image to save for the next crisis. I have a 320GB HD in the Laptop and a 500GB external drive That I would like to create the image on and then set to the side for that day when I have to restore to a new HD again. I am looking for some guidance so that I will have the ability to do this stuff myself. The HD hardware is not reliable as you folks probably already know. Even with the warranty it still costs alot of money. Thanks in advance for your help. Beryla

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Hi guys, my Lenovo G460 is damaged and no longer launches Windows 7 (64 bit). I recovered all the data, but need to find a recovery DVD if I want to fix the issue and start using the laptop again. Does anyone know where I can find a recovery DVD for this model? Thanks you

Answer:Lenovo G460 - Hard Drive Issue (Hard Drive Recovery DVD)

 
Are you sure it's the OS and not the hard drive?  You might want to run a linux live cd and run a hard drive diagnostic tool on the hard drive.
 
If the hard drive checks out ok, you can make a call to service and get a set of restore discs.
 
Dave

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Help! with new instal windows partion new drive i just recieved a replacement ibm 120 deskstar for my amd athalon im trying to instal from the windows cd
everytime iget to the screen that says to creat or delte a partion it show the unpotion drive space i click eneter to instal the partion and it tells me theat there is not a windows compatiable partion to in stall to so i back up and try to cc reat a partion (C) but when i type in the partion space nothing happens the screen just keeps cycle the same options please help !!!!!!
 

Answer:Help! with new instal windows partion new drive

sidneyleve said:

Help! with new instal windows partion new drive i just recieved a replacement ibm 120 deskstar for my amd athalon im trying to instal from the windows cd
everytime iget to the screen that says to creat or delte a partion it show the unpotion drive space i click eneter to instal the partion and it tells me theat there is not a windows compatiable partion to in stall to so i back up and try to cc reat a partion (C) but when i type in the partion space nothing happens the screen just keeps cycle the same options please help !!!!!!Click to expand...

pleasehelp!
 

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Since the time I have purchased my laptop, I have a single C Drive of 288GB (the specs say 320 GB). Now I'm planning to install Windows 8 beta (in future) on my system without losing my data.

Will creating a partition of my disk help?

I want to have two drives. One just for the OS and the other for my files, so that whenever I want to install a new version of Windows, I just need to format one drive without the loss of any data.

Is it possible?

Please help.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:How can I partition a single hard drive?

Have a look at this tutorial.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Before you do partition your hard drive it would be wise to backup any personal data to an external source first in case anything goes wrong.

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Im about to get this in the mail and I want to be prepared.

Im using only this 80GB SATA drive for my 1 hard drive.

I load BIOS to recognize is somehow in there, changing IDE settings?

Load WinXP Install and hit F6 for additional hardware and load it in?

Is that right? I saw a lot of people having a LOT of problems, but i dont know
if it was because they were using RAID.
 

Answer:Single SATA Hard Drive

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Would it be better to have 2 80 gig hard drives running on raid 0, or just get one 160 gig hard drive? I there not some risk at running raid 0 being that one drive could fail and all my data lost?

Thanks for any info
 

Answer:Raid 0 vs. Single Hard Drive

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Just before Xmas I contributed to a discussion on this Forum with a number of other regular contributors on the pros and cons of partitioning. I have always been very pro however I have encountered a problem which may shift that position. I maintain the system of a friend who has a single 80GB HDD fitted which is partitioned into five with C (obviously) being the OS. The OS got corrupted and I wanted to reinstall it however I do not have a utility or know of a way to reformat a particular partition on a single HDD without formatting the whole drive. Does anyone know if it can be done.PS I tried reinstalling the OS and deleting data from the partition prior to reinstalling but that left all sorts behind.

Answer:Partitioning of a single hard drive

hi wobblymikeif you created 5 partitions and installed o/s on C:\ then you should have d,e,f,g for other patitions (unless cd or dvd drives have been allocated one of these)ie if dvd drive was d your other partitions would be e,f,g,hif you did not format the other partitions windows cannot see them if you have and can see them you just select which partition you wish to formatso if you want to format c partition to do a clean install of o/s boot from o/s cd and from command promt simply format C: this will not remove any data on the other partitions

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I need to install a larger HD into my HP computer. The current HD has a partition labeled D that is HP's backup which is FAT 32 and C drive contains everything else.
The computer cannot accomodate a slave HD.
I do have an external HD connected by USB2.
I would like to install a larger HD internally and remove the existing HD but I prefer not to start from ground zero.
Is there a way to "clone" the existing internal HD to the external HD, then install the external HD into the computer and have the computer rhe same as it was with the old HD?
 

Answer:Single Hard Drive Install

This generally isn't possible on OEM systems, unfortunately.
 

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Hi. I have XP pro, and a 15 gig drive. The drive was wiped and formated NTFS. Wanted to partion the drive. Went to system manager, changed it to dynamic, used windows interface. It would only let me do up to a 7mb partion. How do I change this? I want about a 4 gig.

The Kman
 

Answer:Help. Partioned drive only gave me 7mb!

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Hi
my hard drive is partioned 50/50. so I have drives c and d
now my laptop is slowing down a little and I noticed that 50% of c drive is used and virtually nothing in d

I want to transfer music pictures and documents to my d drive and be able to access them easily. so like when i open up my pictures i want to see pictures stored on d drive same for music etc. I reckon this will help speed up my c drive.

whenever i have moved music to d drive software like media player etc does not find it. what shall i do

i hope i explained clearly

sorry couldnt find any other thread that focused on this particular issue i have

laptop stats if it helps is
100GB HDD
1GB DDR
ACER

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:partioned drive on laptop help

The only way your computer would slow down due to a hard drive is if:
1) It's dying
2) It is fragmented
3) You are out of space completely (less than 1 Gig)

As for your problem, you should be able to change the location of your "My Documents" folder by right clicking on it in the start menu and choosing "properties". There should be a locations tab where you can set the location.

I am not sure if you have to set up a new "My Documents" location and then transfer the files or if Windows will transfer your files for you.
 

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My apologies if this comes across as a silly question.

A while back I reverted a Vista system to XP on a secondary HD, which named itself N:

I did have plans to get a dual boot working but have no need to, so I would like to format the C drive, to remove any confusion my PC may have about having 2 operating systems installed (Even though it only uses XP). The C drive also has a recovery partition D, as its a HP system. I no longer need this and would like the drive to be whole again.

When I try to just format the drive in File Explorer, there is an error "Windows was unable to complete the format". I'm guessing this is some kind of safeguard in Windows. So I guess I need to boot to DOS using a boot disk? I have no floppy drive, can I make a DOS boot disk on a CD? And do I need to include a CD driver or something to get it to recognise it or is that all in the BIOS these days?

Also, would there be any risk to my system, having a clean C drive? The other option I'm considering is to install XP on the C, swap the data off the N then format it, so my drive structure is normal. But concerned the 2 installs of XP would conflict. My problem is I have about 1.5TB of data to shuffle around and only 1TB worth of external storage (1.5TB space between the two internal drives), so I can't just clean the lot and start again. Unless I buy another external I suppose ... *insert whinge about how slow it is to copy to and from*

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Answer:Want to format partioned drive C:/D:

My apologies if this comes across as a silly question.A while back I reverted a Vista system to XP on a secondary HD, which named itself N:I did have plans to get a dual boot working but have no need to, so I would like to format the C drive, to remove any confusion my PC may have about having 2 operating systems installed (Even though it only uses XP). The C drive also has a recovery partition D, as its a HP system. I no longer need this and would like the drive to be whole again.When I try to just format the drive in File Explorer, there is an error "Windows was unable to complete the format". I'm guessing this is some kind of safeguard in Windows. So I guess I need to boot to DOS using a boot disk? I have no floppy drive, can I make a DOS boot disk on a CD? And do I need to include a CD driver or something to get it to recognise it or is that all in the BIOS these days?Also, would there be any risk to my system, having a clean C drive? The other option I'm considering is to install XP on the C, swap the data off the N then format it, so my drive structure is normal. But concerned the 2 installs of XP would conflict. My problem is I have about 1.5TB of data to shuffle around and only 1TB worth of external storage (1.5TB space between the two internal drives), so I can't just clean the lot and start again. Unless I buy another external I suppose ... *insert whinge about how slow it is to copy to and from* Oh dear, is this an operating system q... Read more

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I have portioned my Hard Drive. I wish now to delete the portioned drive & put my C:/ drive back to how it was, can anyone tell me how to go about it? I?m running Vista Home.Thank you

Answer:Delete partioned drive

click hereIf the partition is to the right of your C:/ partition. Otherwise you will need a partition manager software.

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Plan on jumping on Win 7 RC Tuesday (prob 64 bit, see other thread). Trying to see if I should worry about my second data partition getting messed up if I install the RC onto my OS partition.

My current drive is a 1 TB black caviar partioned 200/800.

I plan on installing the RC onto the 200gb OS partition by doing a clean wipe using whatever built in method Win 7 RC employs in the installation process. My current OS install is Win XP Pro SP3 and is only about 3 weeks old.

I assume I will just get an option in the custom installation to install Win 7 on my OS partition and I can just select an move on, with no impact to my 800gb data partition, right?

Also, would there be any benefit, really, to shrinking one of my paritions and dual-booting my XP and Win 7 RC? I would only have the XP for emergency backup in case Win 7 RC failed me. I know you can have XP virtualization, but that wouldn't really help a show-stopper in Win 7.
 

Answer:Installing Win 7 on partioned drive

Choose Custom installation (not Upgrade, obviously). The next screen presents the partition layout - highlight the XP partition, click the button on the lower right to get the more advanced options, and delete that partition. Some would say just formatting it is fine, but I disagree: to do this correctly and without any possible chance of something going awry, delete the current OS partition completely. It won't affect the other one, the data partition, so wipe it out totally.

When it's gone, the installer will identify that as Unallocated space at that point - make sure THAT selection is highlighted and then click Next. You do NOT need to make the partition, and it's best that you don't, just select/highlight the now Unallocated space and click Next.

Windows 7 may pop up a box saying it will use some reserved space for itself which is perfectly normal. It will shave off 100-200MB at the very beginning of the drive, put some boot/recovery files there, and then it'll use the rest of the unallocated space for Windows 7, partitioned and formatted as NTFS automagically.

That's about it.

You can edit, so can I... hehe

Honestly, with XPM in Windows 7 coming... screw dual booting unless you're doing it for some reason like gaming and you must have bare metal native performance with XP, that's it. Honestly, since XPM will be Windows XP for all intents and purposes save bare metal 3D gaming performance, I can't see any reason to dual ... Read more

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Hello,

I recently purchased a new motherboard. After reinstalling windows, I noticed that my primary partition is also on my Storage Drive. Is there a way to change it back to only the SSD?

Answer:Changing Primary Partion from Storage Drive to OS Drive

I'm not sure what you mean by that - are you saying there's a copy of your system on the storage drive?

Everything in your screenshot looks perfect and absolutely the way it should be. There's no problem.

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my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

Answer:can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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Hello guys

I recently reinstalled Windows 7, but not on my C: drive, but on my P: Drive. I now wanna change the drive letter of my 7 install.
But i cant do it via Disk Management as i get the error "The parameter is incorrect"

Any other way to change it?

Answer:Can't Assign new drive letter to Windows 7 Partion

Don`t change the drive letter after you install W7 or any os for that matter.

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I'm in the process of backing up my data now, but I've run into 2 problems.

1: The external doesn't have sufficient space for everything I want to backup (I purchased it when I had my old PC)

2: The data transfer is terribly slow (10 megabytes/sec for USB external HD)

Now, the question I have is for #2! I kinda want to try to take a shortcut.

If I partition my current hard drive (500gb currently, 350gb in use), can I move the rest of my data to the new partition (gonna call it J, reformat and install Windows 7 without it also wiping the data on the J: partition which is also located on the same drive?

I dunno how else to describe what I'm doing besides doing some kindergarten diagram.

Hard drive A (500gb)

C: 350gb J: 150gb (data, not programs)

If I format C and install Windows 7 onto it, will J: still be there?
 

Answer:Vista -Single Hard Drive backup?

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I want to clone my entire Windows XP installation from my two SATA HDDs on to a single IDE HDD

Will there be any problems with the boot sector?

Any geeks know how to change the boot sector so it will work?

EDIT: I just tried booting it: NTLDR is missing

How can I repair the boot sector?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning (RAID 0 to single IDE HDD)

I've put ntdlr on there but it's now saying hal32.dll is missing...

*gives up*
 

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Installing a single HD, and can't get to the A:\ Prompt.
Ran FDISK (Drive was previously used in some sort of Novell/Client capacity), erased whatever was on it (I think), restarted with W98 Boot Disk, and it boots, gives System Configurations, but then it goes to: Missing Operating System. No A:\ prompt appears to proceed with formatting HD. Boot sequence in BIOS is A, C.

Sure appreciate some help in getting to the A:\ prompt.

Thank you.
 

Answer:{RESOLVED} Installing Single Hard Drive

Try another boot disk, if that doesn't work make sure the a drive in enabled in the bios.
 

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Hi,
What is the largest SATAIII hard drive that can be used as a single
patrician with windows 8.1 64 bit formatted NTFS?

Answer:largest SATAIII hard drive that can be used as a single

Originally Posted by WalterW


Hi,
What is the largest SATAIII hard drive that can be used as a single
patrician with windows 8.1 64 bit formatted NTFS?



2 terabytes should be considered the practical limit for both physical and logical volumes using NTFS.

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I have 1 old IDE HD in my system and it makes a slight higher pitch noise when spinning. It has content on it that isn't used very often, but I don't want to pull it out or unplug it and lose the space.

I know Windows has a general setting setting for ALL hard drives to spin them all down, but I am looking for something that will spin down only this noisy drive.

Does anybody know of anything like this?

Thanks for any info / links!
 

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I am running a Lenovo z50-70 laptop which is running on Windows 10.
It currently has a single partition hard drive ( i.e , it only has Local Drive C: ).
I want to make multiple partitions on it, but I am being told since all the memory has already been alloted to C during setting up of windows , its not possible to re-partition the drives without losing data/ re-installing windows.
My main intention to partition the drive is to install Elementary OS ( Ubuntu ) on it.
Is there an alternative of doing this?
 

Answer:Partitioning a single partitioned Hard drive

I just recently split my Windows 7 hard drive into equal partitions so I can install and run Windows 10 independently in it.
Depending on how much computer knowledge you have, the process can be easy or difficult or impossible.
Just make sure you know what you're doing and your personal data is backed up before you take the plunge.
This Microsoft article will get you started.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...n#create-format-hard-disk-partition=windows-7

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Hi, I currently have 2 partitions on a single hard drive (each one is running xp).
The older partition (the one that I want to get rid of) is the primary partition,
while the newer one (the one that I want to keep) is the extended partition. Could
someone please tell me how to delete the primary partition and make the computer
recognize the extended partition as the primary partition?
 

Answer:multiple partitions on a single hard drive

Not doable, in my experience, within the capabilities of the OS. An extended partition is just that, an extention of the primary partition. I'm not sure of this, but you may be able to save the installation on the extended partition with Acronis True Image. Or parhaps there may be possiblities using a program like Partition Magic.

I've never attempted to do such an operation, but it may be possible. I'll just leave it at that and let others comment.

Raybro
 

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I want to rip music videos from my DVD and VCD which contains them. Does anyone know any softwares that can do the job? Thanks in advance

Answer:How Do You Rip Single Music Chapters Into My Hard Drive From A Vcd And Dvd?

What kind of file types are they? The procedure to follow depends on the file type.

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I have an IBM ThinkPad type 2645 with an 8 gb hard drive, which is configured c drive = 1 gb & d drive = 7 gb. Is it possible to reconfigure as a single 8 gb drive without loosing all my info. & programs or how to change/make the d become the c drive and vice versa as I keep running out of space on the c drive.

Answer:Reconfigure hard drive to single volume

So as not to lose your data, you will need to use third party software to do want you want to do. PowerQuest's Partition Magic will do it for you.

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How to recover corrupt PARTITIONED drive
Hi guys,

I used windows7 ultimate but then it crashed. Formatted the system drive and went back using Xp again, however, my PARTITIONED drive is now unaccessible and somewhat it is corrupted. I never touched the drive during the reformatting process but somewhat it says now it is corrupted or I need to format it again to access it. There are lots of file that really need to get on that driver. Please help on how to or in any way I can recover those files as much as possible... please....

Answer:recover corrupt partioned drive

How to recover corrupt PARTITIONED drive Hi guys, I used windows7 ultimate but then it crashed. Formatted the system drive and went back using Xp again, however, my PARTITIONED drive is now unaccessible and somewhat it is corrupted. I never touched the drive during the reformatting process but somewhat it says now it is corrupted or I need to format it again to access it. There are lots of file that really need to get on that driver. Please help on how to or in any way I can recover those files as much as possible... please....If I understand you correctly, you have either a retail, or an OEM version of Windows XP and you used that to reformat the drive and reinstall XP after Windows 7 failed. Although reformatting effectively removes the data envelop, the data itself remains in place and can sometimes be recovered with specialised software. However, such programs are not free and are not guaranteed to work. Have a look at this one: How do I recover the files from formatted hard drives?

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System :
Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 2

AMD Athlon Processor
1.00GHz 248 MB of RAM

I am going to re-install windows and I have a Compaq Presario computer that has a C and D drive.

Is there any way I can make my computer one drive or is there a plus side to having two drives?

D is listed as system_sav
The files on it are:
Folder 34a786935f2ed2 date modified 9/13/2002
CPQDRV 12/2/2000
CPQS 12/2/2000
DATA 1/1/1998
CONFIG MS-DOS BATCH FILE 7/20/1999
Q2 DIR FILE 2/25/2002
W21.SKU SKU FILE 5/9/2001

Could I safely delete these files?

Should I leave them and just reinstall to C drive?

I thought I read somewhere that Compaq had portioned drives and it was a waste of space. Any and all input will be appreciated.

I have reinstalled Windows before, have done backup of files I want to save and am doing the reinstall to get rid of a few things and fix some things that are going on…. My fault for messing with registry… probably…. Live and learn.

C has total size of 32.9GB with 18.2GB free and D has 4.33GB with 2.44GB free.

If you need any more info for suggestions please advise and I will respond as soon as possible. Once I finish back up of my photos… I will be ready to re install Windows.

Thanks SO much.
Christine
 

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I have an HP M7330N with Windows XP Media centre.
After tons of problems with rebooting on its own, taking it to a tech for repair twice with it still having the same "rebooting on its own issue" I put in the HP recovery cd and decided to wipe it clean and start from scratch and restore it to its "factory condition".
This went well, however,now windows is installed on the secondary hard drive that I had had installed months after purchasing the pc, rather than the primary hard drive that came with the pc.And now both hard drives are partitioned.One partition contains the "HP RECOVERY" files, and the other partion is empty.
What I would like to do is get windows back onto the drive that came with the pc and off of the one I had later installed for storage. I also want to merge the partition that the reinstalling of windows created on that same secondary drive.
How do I go about merging the 8.5 GB partition back with the original 250GB, without having to use Partition Magic but using either a free utility or Windows Disk Management? Or even a command prompt? Will simply reformatting the drive do this?
I do not care about saving any data or files as right now it is at a state where nothing has been added to it except windows updates.
And, after, if I can manage to merge the partition back to that the drive has its original size, how do I get windows back onto the primary/initial drive? Should I disconnect the secondary drive,then install windows a... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 using since 2010 suddenly I saw this error message "internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive" when I turned it ON. Then I tested with other HDD drive from other laptop and it booted fine. Then realized that HDD was down brought a new samsung SSD 120GB drive and installed on my laptop and trying to install the Windows 7 from a CD still seeing the same error when turned ON.
Please help with this issue.
Thanks in Advance
ROHIT

Answer:internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive.............Please help

Thanks guys!!!!!
My bad after I installed the SSD the CD that was in the DVD Drive was the Applications/Driver CD instead of Windows 7 disk. I just realized  and installed the Win7 on my new hard disk my laptop is back to normal. Thank God! I saved 500 to get the new laptop.

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Howdy! I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, but it seems like this should be the place for this post.

I recently purchased a 1 terabyte external hard drive in order to back up several of my father's computers at work. It came formatted as NTFS, so it wasn't hard backing up the computer that had Windows XP on it. However, the other computers in his office are both Windows 98, and as such have hard drives that are formatted as FAT32.

So, my questions are:
-What is the best way to go about backing up both NTFS and FAT32 hard drives in separate computers to a single NTFS drive?

-What are some good, lightweight programs for backing up hard drives that support Windows 98? Windows XP?

My idea so far:
-Take another drive formatted FAT32 and backup the files from both the FAT32 installations, then put the 'backup' drive in the Windows XP tower and transfer the files to the external, NTFS hard drive.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

Answer:Backing up hard drives of different formats to single drive?

You could aslo partition part of your backup drive as fat32 so the older versions can see that partition.

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I wiped and reloaded xp on my single hard drive dell and now I get an error that says my riad mirror array is degraded.....What is up with this?
 

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I dunno if this question has been asked before, I've looked through as much of the forum as I could, so here it is...

I have recently bought a Gigabyte K8N Ultra 9 939 motherboard and want to install a single WD 160 gig sata hard drive with windows XP. I have tried to do this but haven't been able to get the drive to be detected. The board has two sets of sata controllers, nForce4 and Sil. I've read that alot of people are having issues with this board, but haven't been able to find a definitive solution to the problem. Checked the Gigabyte site FAQ too. Does anyone have a tried and true way, from bios settings to final windows boot, that will work.

Answer:Single Hard Drive Sata install for Gigabyte K8N

Well, I have that board - and its a dream.

I am assuming you are trying to install XP on it, but I need more information.

If you are, you need the floppy that came with it for the SATA/SCSI drivers for the mobo. When you start the XP Install CD you have to hit F6, and put the floppy in, and follow the prompts of loading SATA drivers.

And btw, for me it doesn't matter which SATA connector I am using.

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Hi, On our other machine we have a 70 GB hard drive. It is partioned C: 20 GB and D: 50. All the program files are on C. When I try to defrag C I get the message "Volume C has only 4% free space available for use by Disk Defragmenter...it requires at least 15%". I uninstalled some inessential programs and got it up to 9%. In my wifes user account there is one folder My Pictures with 2.9GB. Can I move that onto the D partion to create the needed space? If so how do you move it and still be able to access it from the My Docs on her users account. Thanks for any advice. John
 

Answer:Solved: problem defragging partioned drive

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I hope I can explain correctly because I do not know how this happened:
Anyway,
My orginal setup:
Dell dimension running xp

Local Disk C drive,
D - cd drive
E -dvd/rw
F - usb card reader (photos)
G hard drive(short cut read DRV2_VOL1(G)) just had photos, video, backup (80gig)
H hard drive - External

NOW :
Local Disk C drive, total size 55.8gb free 32 gb
D - cd drive
E -dvd/rw
F hard drive(short cut read DRV2_VOL1(F)) just had photos, video (80gig)
Local Disk (G total size 31.2mb free space: 25.6
H hard drvie - External
usb card reader is I: , when I plug it in.

I only had pictures and video,
now all photo and vidos on Hard drive F,
Local Disk G has some backup files that where orginal on DRV2_VOL1G)plus hidden files.

These where found on Local Disk G :RECYCLED FOLDER , System Volume Information Folder (both with Date modified 3/2/2006
AUTOEXEC.BAT,COMMAND.COM,CONFIG.SYS,IO.SYS,MSDOS.SYS
The IO.sys,CONFIG.SYS are newer than the ones on Drive C, not sure if these where just backed up here.
Also when I went to Disk Management:
It showed:
Partition Basic FAT Healthy(EISA Configuration) 31MB ......
Partition Basic NTFS Healthy (Active) 55.84 ....
External Dr Partition Basic FAT32 Healthy 111.76GB ......
DRV2_VOL1 partition Basic NTFS Healthy 74.5 GB .......

Where the first 2 show as Disk 0 Basic 55.87 - broken up (partitioned) 31 mb Fat , 55.84;
Then Disk 1 is Drv2_vol1;
and Disk 2 is External DR.
I have Adope Photo Elements and it connected all the photos to drive G (w... Read more

Answer:Drive partioned and files split between drives

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

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I have just replaced my PC because the board packed up. It was a Fujitsu. I have now bought a Dell Dimension 8400. I've taken the hard drive out of the old machine and would like to use it as a backup external drive. Can I fit it into an external case and use it with a USB cable? It is a 60GB Seagate u6 MOdel ST360020A.Thanks in advance for any help

Answer:Making use of a hard drive

Sounds like a good idea

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I have just installed a 2nd drive(F:)160Gb. The original drive is (C:)20Mb with XP pro; this drive is the master.I should like use the new drive to store and run software and large video files.Do I need to put XP on this drive, or can I leave it where it is? Any thoughts please?John

Answer:Making rhe best use of new 2nd hard drive.

You don't need an os on it but I'd put it on anyway so if your main xp goes awol you can easily reclaim data. If you're going to use it for dv editing and dv storage it would be best to split it in to (say) 3 partitions. When rendering, capturing etc errors are eliminated more by using different partitions.

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Hello everyone I am new to these forums and to Windows 8.1
I have recently purchased a Acer Aspire V3-551G-X419, it came with Windows 8 included. When I first checked the specs I noticed that the hard drive was 750GB, I tried updating it to Windows 8.1 but it took forever for some reason and it wasnt downloading so I decided to download the Windows 8.1 ISO file and from there do the upgrade. When everything was finished I checked if everything was still the same and noticed that it only had 670gb of hard drive space (in total). I don't know if it was something I did that caused it to shrink but I would like an explanation.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Hard Drive Issue

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have Windows 8 on my netbook (Samsung N140P, using generic drivers except video, sound, and ethernet) All fine except this issue and the brightness control.


While on Battery, the Hard drive stops spinning randomly even when I have it set on 10 min or higher on Balanced. It spins down and up and down all the time .

Sometimes I it freezes while the HD is shut down, the HD light is on, and after it recovers I get a event saying "The IO operation at logical block address <varying numbers> for Disk 0 was retried" and "Reset to device\Device\RaidPort0 was issued"

The HD is fine, this doesn't happen on Ubuntu and this only happens on battery not while AC does anyone know what to do?

Thanks

Answer:Windows 8 issue with hard drive

Did you perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 8 over your original Windows 7 installation?

If so, some of the Samsung display management & power management utilities might have migrated over from the earlier installation to your current Windows 8 installation, and might not be completely compatible. I didn't see any utilities updates listed for your model that have been updated since 2010, but then I was looking at the US site, and if you are located in Europe, there might be a newer update on their UK site.

The two utilities that might be impacting your situation are "Easy Battery Manager" and "Easy Display Manager". They came in 32-bit versions in late 2009 for the 32-bit versions of Windows 7.

If you did the in-place upgrade, have a look in Control Panel's "Programs & Features", and try uninstalling the Samsung Display & Power Management apps. Then use the Windows 8 built-in Display & Power Options applets in Control Panel to manage things.

In Control Panel's Power Options, make sure to visit the Advanced Settings, as many options are not obvious (or visible) from the simplified initial screen. To see the Advanced settings, select your Power plan, select Change plan settings, now make a note of your current settings, then select Change advanced power settings. A new window will open: select the blue-highlighted link Change settings that are currently unavailable. Now visit the category Hard drive: you'll n... Read more

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again unsure where to post this, but i seem to get the best response's on here so here it goes. ( sorry for the spelling, i havent slept in a few days):

ok so a certain un-smart relative decided he was going to change hard drives in his ps3 from the stock 80 to 160..... so to backup his files he was going to use his WD external drive.... but the guide he was following had to him changing the drive to FAT32.... anyway as he was usnure how to do it he downloadeda tool called FAT32 Format Tool/FAT32 Formatter... i am kinda unsure...anyway he couldnt figure out how to use it and he pressed i think it said Initialize drive button... and his computer died...we have tried rebooting his computer ( there are 2 drives a WD 500 gb black and a WD 1TB Green..... We tried using only one.... but windows wont boot, we tried the 7 install disc for the repair tool and it doesnt pick up the drive...any ideas? Thanks... I am at wits end with this
 

Answer:Windows hard drive issue

You're toasted. You can try a recovery tool like get data back, but I don't think that fat32 formatter of yours did a damn thing. Windows won't allow an active system drive to be formatted, it probably just died, especially if the windows installer won't see it.
 

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ok so a certain un-smart relative decided he was going to change hard drives in his ps3 from the stock 80 to 160..... so to backup his files he was going to use his WD external drive.... but the guide he was following had to him changing the drive to FAT32.... anyway as he was usnure how to do it he downloadeda tool called FAT32 Format Tool/FAT32 Formatter... i am kinda unsure...anyway he couldnt figure out how to use it and he pressed i think it said Initialize drive button... and his computer died...we have tried rebooting his computer ( there are 2 drives a WD 500 gb black and a WD 1TB Green..... We tried using only one.... but windows wont boot, we tried the 7 install disc for the repair tool and it doesnt pick up the drive...any ideas? Thanks... I am at wits end with this
 

Answer:Windows hard drive issue

If he did indeed "initialize" the drive, it wiped out the partition table and the Win7 repair tool is not going to fix that. If that tool he used did more than wipe the partition table, then you are out of luck and will need to start from scratch.

If some files are essential that were on the drive, you can use getdataback to try and get the files back but it will take a while unless you get lucky and find the correct File Allocation Table the very first time.

The only real way to recover from a partition wipe besides starting from scratch is to get a bootable tools CD.. maybe Ultimate Boot CD or similiar and use a partition tool that can restore the partition information.

I know it is possible as I have had to do it before on a dying drive that kept losing the partition information
 

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Hi, i have a small problem.

i have xp at the moment and upgrading to w7 64bit. but i don't have access to an external hard drive so i can store my data with windows easy transfer

i also have 2 hard drives with one completely empty and one with all my data.

is it possible to just unplug the one with all my data and install windows 7 normally on my empy one and then just replug it in? since i don't have an external would this be a good alternative or possible _at_ all?

thanks.

Answer:XP > Windows 7 hard drive issue.

You can do that.

After plugging data drive back in and in Windows, use disk management to assign it a drive letter.

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First of all, thank you for reading this post. I am dealing with two separate issues and I do not know if one is contributing to the other. I was previously getting warnings from windows (vista 64) that stated "Content UI for administrative applications stopped and was closed." I was also not able to download anything to my computer from the internet or open previously downloaded applications, such as avg etc. Windows would then state "C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\xyz.com the extended attributes are inconsistent". This all started two days ago; as I was just getting to post on this forum this morning windows is now stating that I have hard disk errors and wants me to back up my files. It also gave the code "Disk Name : WDC WD2500BEVS-60UST0 ATA Device Volume:C:\;D:\"

I have a 1gb thumb drive but I do am not comfortable backing up files without some intellectual guidance. After all, I am a teacher not a computer tech. I stopped working on my HP when the window wanted if I wanted to open windows backup and recovery or I will run my custom backup program manually.

I appreciate the help since my wife and I live our lives through this laptop; lesson plans, pics, classroom activities, etc.

Mike

Answer:Windows 64 Hard Drive Issue?

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For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts a... Read more

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Since last week, I cannot get windows to load on my computer. When i start the computer, I just get a black screen and no errors. I can go into safe mode and when i do, I have tried many of the options available in that menu. Start normally, start in safe mode, last known good configuration. When I click on any of those, it takes me to the next screen where I can choose to start windows xp...when i hit enter, nothing happens. No matter how many times I hit enter or how long i wait, nothing happens. I am trying to figure if this is a hard drive issue or an issue with windows. Any ideas? Thanks!

Answer:Hard drive or windows issue?

you could try running a different OS from the DVD drive and see if that loads OK
also may give you a chance to get any data off

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UBUNTU Stand Alone CD

Note the latest version of UBUNTU needs a DVD to use and boot from

if you only have CDs then you can use an older version, version 10 or 11 from this archive list
Old Ubuntu Releases
It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto The leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud | Ubuntu and download the ISO Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu

You can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu

full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program The Offic... Read more

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I am quickly discovering all I don’t know about formatting and organizing hard drives. I have an old 2.5 inch, 160GB Segate laptop hard drive, which I have connected using a USB enclosure. At one time, it had a copy of Windows XP, but after I upgraded to a larger hard drive, I used this one for backups and misc file storage.

Recently, I decided to see if I could Restore a recently built Windows 7 image (on another PC) onto this HD. In preparation, I decided to “clean up” the drive so I did a series of activities to try and remove old files and make the HD as clean as possible for the new image. These activities included removing partitions and other disc cleaning procedures. All this has left me with a single RAW partition and all sorts of errors when I attempt to format the drive. I am unable to format the drive. Here is what it looks like in Disk Management.

I have no interest in recovering any data from the HD. I merely want it formatted and ready to accept the image file when I attempt the Recovery process. Right now, I can see the HD in Disk Management, but if I click on the drive in Windows Explorer it says it needs to be formatted. If I attempt to format the drive it fails.

I’ve read so many posts that I’m now just running in circles because I’m not sure how much I’m reading is applicable to my situation and what is not.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Answer:Unable to format external hard drive (single RAW partition)

You might try a Bootable version of Partition Wizard to clean and format this HD.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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So, sometimes when I am playing a graphics-intensive game, my computer will throw up a single BIOS beep, and then seconds later, I'll hear the "hardware removed" sound that windows makes, at which point my slave hard drive disappears from windows explorer. (it holds all the program files, etc., while the master SSD holds the OS). Anything that was using the hard drive (like all of my games) will stop within seconds. If I reset the computer, it's working again. I've tried swapping SATA ports, updating the firmware, and I'm running out of ideas. The issue doesn't happen %100 percent of the time, so I can't always recreate it to see if the problem is fixed. Also, I'm running windows 7 64-bit. Any ideas?

Answer:Single BIOS beep, and then slave hard drive disappears.

Quoteat which point my slave hard drive disappears from windows explorerQuoteI've tried swapping SATA portsI got the impression that it was an IDE drive. Anyway, I think you better start backing up your files, it sounds like this hard drive is failing. Does this hdd have SMART? You could download a utility the uses SMART to analyze the drive.

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I have built a new system using an Asus K8V mobo, AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Processor and intend using a single Samsung 160 Gb SATA Hard Drive which is to be partitioned with a dual boot facility (Win 98SE and XP Home)I have installed the HDD on the Primary SATA connection but on powering up the HDD is not recognised.I am sure that there is a simple matter that I have overlooked. I would be grateful for any help!

Answer:Installation single SATA Hard Drive with Asus mobo

Check that it show's up in the BIOS, if it's not that, it's beyond me. I'm almost new too.

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Hey Gang,

Can anybody point me to the instructions about how to install XP Pro to a single Win98 hard drive - to make it dual boot, like Win 2k?

I've been looking all around the internet and the only thing I've found is an XP dual boot on a 2nd hard drive.

Does XP have that capability?

Thanks,
HULK
 

Answer:How Do I install a Dual Boot XP to a Single Win98 Hard Drive

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Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable. Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said ... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/data-...I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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I recently bought a new DVD RW drive to replace my old one which had a burnt out laser. When I put in the drives I set up my secondary hard drive and my new drive as cable select and attached the master connector to the hard drive and the slave connector to the DVD. I booted the system and immediately got a boot error saying it couldn't locate either of the IDE drives. So, I spent the next hour or so trying every possible jumper combination setting and got the error no matter what upon boot. Finally I put them both back to CS and just skipped past the error because I was sick of messing with it. To my surprise, the drives showed up in My Computer and functioned but at a very very slow speed. I ran a PC Pitstop scan and it showed a drive speed of 2mb/sec which is really slow. So, clearly something isn't being detected properly. For some reason also, my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect" option to try to detect attached drives so in the BIOS it just has two unknown devices attached to the primary and slave IDE drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.... thanks !
THanks
 

Answer:Solved: IDE Hard Drive and CD drive detection issue

And the make and Model of your PC???????

my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect"Click to expand...

use "Load defaults"
 

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I probably already know the answer to my question, and I don't think I like it!!

Have an hp t380a, looked like a good system after my last homebuilt system (with help from an IT friend) had little glitches. It has a 160 g hard drive, so I purchased Partition Magic (silly me) on the suggestion of the HP help line, since I wanted it partioned. Since then I have not been able to install many updates for the hardware, some of which is hp hardware. The one I am worried about is the keyboard/mouse (wireless). I haven't yet installed SP2 because I am worried about the driver conflicts.

So, does anyone have any suggestions about getting these updates to install, or is my only option (if I want SP2) to buy another hard drive, so that I can have various applications separate from my main hard drive, and reformat the current one so it conforms with the original hp specifications?

Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:hp computer, partioned drive, unable to install updates...

You might want to call HP back. Often times, these companies keep a partition installed for drivers or your bios. I wish I was there, I could probably figure it out, but as of right now I am not sure.
 

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