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Need program for testing hard drive

Question: Need program for testing hard drive

I just just installed a program called Hard Disk Sentinel which had good reviews etc

Hard Disk Sentinel can monitor hard disk status, health and performance including temperature and S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, built in most hard disks today) values for each hard disks. Also it measures the hard disk transfer speed in real time which can be used as a benchmark or to detect possible hard disk failures, performance degradations.
Hard Disk Sentinel is a windows software that helps to prevent hard disk failure.
Hard Disk Sentinel can be used to prevent serious damage or data loss. It warns the user if there will be a problem occur and this gives opportunity to backup important and valuable data. Click to expand...

and it is saying that my IDE drive (what I use for my OS) is only running at 43% health which is a good reason for problems I have been having.

The thing is, like doctors on serious matters I like to get a second opinion, so can anyone recommend another program that I can use to test my hard drives

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Preferred Solution: Need program for testing hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Afternoon all, I am trying to decide which of my flash drives I should use for Readyboost.
Is there an app out there that tests the speed of flash drives?

Answer:Flash drive speed testing program???

Here you go:

USB Speed

A Guy

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My Windows 8.0 computer has been getting a few blue screens (crashes) lately.
I'm assuming it is an OS problem, but would like to test the Crucial C300 SSD boot drive.
Any free programs for testing SSD drives?

Answer:Program for testing Crucial C300 SSD drive

HD Tune 2.55

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Question: Hard Drive testing

I think my HD on my Christmas newbuild may be faulty.Its a new seagate barracuda sata 500GB drive, and when I try to install windows XP after almost finishing the format, it says it cannot finish the format and the drive may be faulty.Any good programs to test? The ones I have come across are for testing a formatted working hard drive.KJR

Answer:Hard Drive testing

Try Seagate tools click here

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Question: Testing hard drive

Is there anyway to test a hard to see if it has any bad sectors? Here is the situation: I had a hard drive reporting bad sectors after running chkdsk. I then formatted the hard drive. Now it reports zero bad sectors. Is there anyway to find out if there are really zero bad sectors or if the bad sectors are just being ignored? Also, just because chkdsk reports bad sectors, does it really mean one has physically bad sectors or could it just be a software problem? Thanks, Jerry

Answer:Testing hard drive

chkdsk /r at the command prompt, and then will scan for, (and attempt recovery of) bad sectors.I have seen bad sectors caused by software. I can't remember the specific instances or how they occured but I do remember being able to format (as you have) and not ahving any bad sector problems after that (and chkdsk /r didn't find any either).

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Question: hard drive testing

I have three SATA drives installed and am trying to test each drive to see which is the best to have the operating system on (XP Pro). I have tried a few testing utilities, but none of them recognise that I have any drives installed. Even the Western Digital Lifeguard utility doesn't detect any drives and they are all WD drives.

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Question: Hard drive testing

I have a fujitsu 40 gig HD which i think has failed in fact i am pretty sure it has failed, i have just hooked it to the primary ide of another system and it's not appearing on load up.

I have taken all the other devices of the board cdroms other hard drives so its only the fujitsu.

The cables are on the right way, the jumper is set to master.

Even the hard drive test can't find it.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Hard drive testing

jonno112 said:

I have a fujitsu 40 gig HD which i think has failed in fact i am pretty sure it has failed, i have just hooked it to the primary ide of another system and it's not appearing on load up.

I have taken all the other devices of the board cdroms other hard drives so its only the fujitsu.

The cables are on the right way, the jumper is set to master.

Even the hard drive test can't find it.

Any suggestions?Click to expand...

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i have a nas drive which also doubles as a usb drive if i need it to its a seagate 1.5tb drive. i downloaded seagate tools for windows and it wouldnt detect it as a nas drive! so i plugged the usb in so its set as a usb drive now, it finds the drive, does not find the firmware (although it finds my maxtor firmware wtf?) i can only run a short or long generic test on it. cant run a smart test or a self test it say test unavailable. surely seagate should account for external usb drives atleast!

Answer:testing a hard drive (nas/usb)?

Try the DOS CD from here:

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Question: Hard Drive Testing

i am posting this here because it is not specifically windows 7 related and i was not sure what section to put it in. i have a seagate barracuda momentus 120gb hard drive in an amilo pro v2085 laptop that windows setup will not detect.
i am trying to do a fresh install of xp on my sons laptop and xp setup will not detect the hard drive.i created a slipstream copy of xp sp2 with the extra correct drivers for the hdd and this boot disc would detect the i can get into bios and repair console etc. which is some progress i guess.
when i get to the part where i have to format the hdd in ntfs it just freezes at 0%, even on the quick format it freezes on 20%.i have tried seatools for dos and although on the long test there are bad sectors it passes after repair.trouble is i cannot get past the start of the format and that only works on the slipstreaned copy of xp.what else can i do to check the hdd to be absolutely sure if is past repair or not?
does the fact that the slipstreamed copy of xp is detecting the hdd mean that it is physically functional and that i just have missing software of some sort?
i tested both ram modules with memtest 86 and they both passed no problems.

Answer:Hard Drive Testing

i have tried seatools and other drive test utilities and they all say there is a problem but none will say what it is.i just need to know if the problem is fixable?

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Question: Hard Drive testing


I have a backup program called Casper, I have been using it for many years and think it is great.

A couple of days ago it reported that it could not do a backup because my Seagate hard drive was faulty.

I have run the drive through all the basic tests on Seatools and it has passed, I have done windows chkdsk
and "error checking" and none reported any errors, but Casper does not do a backup because it sees that my Seagate hard drive is faulty.

Any ideas on how to fix this, is there another HDD test I can run?



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Question: testing hard drive

How can I tell if my hard drive is bad and be on help?

Answer:testing hard drive

You can test it with one of these: (Bootable floppy) (Bootable CD)

Most manufacturers also have tests on their sites.

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I recently purchased a removable hard drive. LaCie 500 MB USB Attach

Lately I've been having problems. When I first received the unit (it worked fine) I noticed that when I shut down my PC, the unit (USB attached) would flash every minute or so. Strange (to me) but didn't seem to effect anything, so I just let it pass.

Now it stays lighted all the time and occasionally I get an error message from Win XP that there is an USB device attached that it can't identify. Since I have more that one device attached via USB, I can't be sure it's the drive.

Anyway, so far I haven't experienced any read errors with the drive, but just in case I have copied the drive contents to another drive. 500 MB. Used my new Win7 machine. Took four hours. rolleyes

Is there any way to test the drive to see if it is having problems other than run DskChk?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:Testing Removal Hard Drive

When you remove the drive and reboot do you still get the "USB device it can't identify" message. Let it run a while to be sure.

Do you have the latest desktop manager and drivers?

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I have a Western Digital Caviar 31600 and the latest Western Digital lifeguard version 5.04C. However, when I attempt to boot from the Diskette it tells me that my Hard Disk Drive is indeed a Western Digital, but not supported by that version. I have looked on the Western Digital website but could not find a Lifeguard Diskette that would work with older HDD's. Is there brand-less Lifeguard software avaible?

Answer:Hard Drive testing software

Try older version (

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I recently purchased a bare bones system and after setting it up with XP Pro, motherboard and graphics card it started well but has since packed in. I can't even get the monitor to work and the base unit just starts with the fan going but nothing else which leads me to believe that I've messed up the hard drive somehow. My question is, can I take the hard drive from my old computer and put it into the new one, which has different components, to test or will it mess up this hard drive as well?

Answer:Testing hard drive on new computer?

The fact that the monitor doesnt work suggests to me a fault with either the graphics card or the motherboard. Are you able to swap in an alternative card or start with onboard graphics to test.If it were the hard drive I would have thought you would have something on your monitor.Sure others with more knowledge than me will be able to help

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Any suggestions on a good program i can use to test hard drives? I have a box full of drives and i know some are bad and some are good and would really like to get them sorted out.

Answer:Hard Drive testing software

You can start by going to the manufacturer's website(s) and downloading their diagnostic tools.

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I have 3 Maxtor 15GB IDE drives and 1 WD 20GB Ide drive and I was wondering if there is any hard drive testing website that will give these drives a test so I can determine if they are any good - I guess I could do each with OEM testing - but I would like to find an "all in one solution"

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My wife laptop has become corrupted.
So, I happen to have a spare HD for it and I placed it into an external enclosure and tried to access it to format it and it doesn't show up in explorer.
But it shows up on the safely remove hardware module.
I donít understand, what do I need to do to gain access/format/check it out?
It's a Seagate Momentus 7200.1 80 gig for a Dell 600M inspiron.

Answer:testing Hard drive prior to use

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My laptops been through a world of fun for a long time. About 3 months ago I dropped my laptop and broke the screen. Along with the screen every 20 minutes or so my compter would shut off. I sent it into HP under warranty. They sent it back with a new motherboard and screen. The hard drive is aftermarket so it wasn't warrantied. They wipped the hard drive, but it still resets on me. I ended up sending it back to HP because they gave me a horrible low resolution screen. It took them about 2 months to get clearance to give me my origional screen resolution and take off the junky one.

So here I am back at the beginning. I beleive it reset on me once a few hours ago, but I'm not sure. It hasn't in the last hour or so. I'm looking for some kind of software to push my hard drive to it's limit to recreate the issue. If I need to I'll stick in the new hard drive I bought. If I can't I'll save a $100 and send the new one back. If you know of any software to help me with this please let me know!


Answer:Hard Drive Testing Software?

Well I just got a BSOD so the problem persists. Any diagnostic program would be great! Thanks

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I bought myself a OCZ 90GB SSD SATA III replace my Seagate 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s drive which is SATA II ( *in which this SATA III drive will be running SATA II 3.0Gb/s vs 6Gb/s until I either upgrade my motherboard with one that has SATA III port(s) or pick up a SATA III drive controller for $40 )and want to compare before and after speed of data read/write at my current SATA II configuration. I have been searching the web for a good speed test utility for data read/write through SATA II and the best match I found so far was this site below. BUT the only utility that works ( sort of ) is Parkdale. Reason why I say it sort of works is because when using it and nothing else running to affect the read/write speed of the hard drive each test gave me different results every time I ran it and with different file sizes to read and write I still could not find a setting that would on multiple testing display somewhat similar results. It seems like the results fluctuated too wildly for me to assume that they were good numbers.I tried to initially go to Windows 7 Device Manager to find this drive controller speed test feature that I never knew existed in 7, and my Windows 7 Home Premium doesn't have such a feature available. Maybe the more expensive/featured editions of Win 7 have this feature and Home Premium is lacking it. Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Speed Testing

The numbers may not be wrong. Doing a speed test and a performance test are not always the same thing. Speed can be a single thing, how fast does it transfer data. Or how fast does it find random sectors.Performance test is much more subjective.  It is an estimate of how the driven will perform a rel-world scenario. It can be the average of several tests that do practical operations.In a real-world case the drive will be partially fragmented.

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Hi everyone!!!!

I decided to buy an IDE/SATA to USB adapter... I found a generic one that looks a lot like this one: SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable for 2.5/3.5 Inch Hard Drive / Optical Drive with External AC Power Adapter: Computers & Accessories
It's the first time I buy this so I can test HDD's that may be either faulty or just to recover data from them. I have seen many videos from youtube using this devices and already read the lil' instructions it includes. But as always, I ask for reccomendations to know how to use this safely and properly so I don't burn a HDD or something.

I want to use it by now with a laptop HDD that some friend lent to me (SATA, 5400 RPM 120 GB and I guess is around 600 Ma max current) and an old desktop IDE 4 GB HDD I have (Seagate)...

Any advices? THis device doesn't include a off or on button or something and I'm not sure it will swith from 12v to 5v when connecting a laptop HDD.

Thanks In advance.

See ya!!!

Answer:Testing a Hard Drive... Is this correct?

Well... I tested with my old Seagate 4 GB desktop HDD and worked properly, slow (because of ata66 speed) but fine.... I'll see how it works with a laptop HDD.

Great tool I decided to buy

See ya!!

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Curious what the best (Free) software for testing external/internal hard drives is ( for bad sectors and such)?

Answer:Hard drive testing software


Many HDD makes have specific tools to test for errors and those can be found HERE (Seatools for Seagate HDDs, to Western Digital Lifeguard, even Windows has a drive scanner tool for hardware errors), for speed then HDTune is good HERE

Find the HDD make and then you can match the specific tool up to that drive.

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After a lot of hassle with cloning see earlier post cant boot to cloned drive, I have found that there is something wrong with one of my 200gig hard drives. What is the best programme to test the drive and maybe repair. I don't want to throw away if theres a chance I could repair the drive

Answer:What is the best programme for testing hard drive

What brand of drive is it? Maxtor provides diagnostic tools for their hard drives, but they are the only manufacturer I know of that does that. Other than PowerMax, the best utility I can think of is Windows' chkdsk!

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This is my first time tinkering with a laptop.
It's a dell inspiron: wont boot - gives a boot disk failure message.
I want to connect it to a pc as a slave drive to see what's going on but dont know if it can be done - trying to run recovery console off an xp install disk gives "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer"
Any thoughts?

Answer:Need help testing a laptop hard drive

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hi guys,

my problem is this...I have a laptop that keeps freezing. i swopped the ram and its doing the same thing. (even when i reinstall windows it gets to a point and...frozen!)

i am looking for a utility,preferbly one i can boot into that will test a hard drive,as i dont
want to buy a hard drive and then it turns out to be the motherboard.

i put in another drive that had windows on it,but it just got to the menu to boot.
safe mode etc...then just restarted.

anybody know good tools...

Answer:Hard drive testing software

Go to the site of whoever made the drive ie Seagate, WD, etc. Download the site's diagnostic app. Most run from either a bootable CD or floppy.

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Hi thereafter a mini-scare with my laptop I have bought an external hard drive for backing up the system,The drive came with Nero backitup 2, which I used to create a backup of my entire c drive.My question is - given that I don't know how reliable the Nero backup software is, can I test it to see if it will actually do a successful restore?Many thanks

Answer:Testing a hard drive backup

Hi, I have had a quick Google re your question, but all I can find are items saying how reliable Nero Backitup is etc etc, but have not seen any unbiased opinions/reviews, nor could I see anything about testing your Archive.Acronis, which I use, does have a Testing ability, to check the integrity of the backup.

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This may be a bit advanced for many people but it has become apparent through some of the questions being asked in here that some WebDesign forum users could benefit from a local web server on their hard drive for site testing.This is especially useful where dynamic sites are being developed using ASP or PHP and/or where database site integration may be required.It becomes inconvenient and irritating to upload your files to your live-hosted web root folder every time you want to test things and this is where a local server environment comes into its own.Windows 2000 and XP Professional include the excellent and easy to configure and use IIS (Internet Information Services) while most earlier versions of Windows have PWS (Personal Web Server) included.Windows Millennium and Windows XP Home have been left completely high and dry though, and users of these operating systems find that they have no native support for IIS or PWS.This only really leaves Apache as a realistic alternative, but despite the fact that Apache is a superb application it is not quite a walk in the park to set up and configure. Even if or when you do get it up and running, it does not natively support ASP but can be made to run it using some interesting jiggery pokery so unless you only ever want to use PHP for dynamic sites, sooner or later you'll have to start doing some software surgery on your computer.Now, if you got this far without falling asleep, here we go:Windows Millennium can be made to run PWS. T... Read more

Answer:Site testing server on your hard drive

The advatages to running a testing server for dynamic sites are tremendous.You can 'upload' your site to the testing server (a folder on your hard drive) and fully test the ASP or PHP pages and any underlying database connections before loading your site up to its home on the web.If you use FrontPage you can also test your sites taking full advantage of FrontPage Server Extensions since you can install and configure them on your local testing server.Even for static sites there may still be CGI or PHP feedback form scripts that you need to test prior to upload.Finally, one important step I should have pointed out initially - security.Any web server software will 'listen' for traffic so you have to use some common sense (and a firewall) to prevent outside access.Good luck !Taran

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I'm just wondering if a Standard SATA Hard drive would fit into my Acer Aspire v5?

I want to test to see if the hard drive is working and don't have a USB converter cable for it at this time.
I am not sure if it will fit into my other laptop.. & I didn't want to open it up if there is no need for it.


Answer:Testing Standard SATA hard drive

In the Netbook reviews it says

the Acer Aspire V5 was fitted with a conventional hard drive by Western Digital.

So that would mean a 7mm 2.5" standard disk.

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I have noticed that in a few posts, people are recommended to test their HDD. How do I do that and what do I get out of it? Will it help me determine how long my HDD is going to last and what I can do to make the most out of it?

Answer:Hard Disk Drive testing utilities

winxp has disk management which tells you about the health of your hard person view is dont partition the hard drive...saves wear and operarting system one hard drive and so on..

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what hard drive testing tool would you guys recommend??not just for lenovo's, for all PCs.& Notebooks thanks

this should be easy...?

Answer:whats the best recommended hard drive testing tool

I use HD Tune.If you're assessing damage, the free HDD Regenerator might be useful.

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Ok here's my situation. I have a computer that will not boot up. So I want to check the hard drive on it to see if it is the hard drive that is kaput. I have another computer. However the working computer is using an SATA cable with it's hard drive. There is however an open place to put in a 40 pin ribbon cable. Can I just take the ribbon cable out of the faulty computer and plug it into the motherboard on the working computer. Or will this cause problems? All I want to do is see if the faulty computer's have drive is junk or not.Thanks.

Answer:Testing out a HARD DRIVE from a faulty computer to see if it works or not.

Make sure the old cable is an 80 wire 40 pin. The empty controller in the newer computer may also need to be turned on in the bios.

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 ppg7wm-82589m-mfpwlk-60sl03appears when testing hard drive. please help!

Answer:ppg7wm-82589m-mfpwlk-60sl03 appears when testing hard drive....

Hard drive needs replacement. What model laptop are we discussing?

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Testing a new program..Any one used it?

So far it seems pretty good and has not mucked anything up yet. It kind of works like Ccleaner with more options.

I was just starting this thread to see if anyone has used this or not, and if they had any input about it.?

Advanced Uninstaller PRO (Free)

Advanced Uninstaller PRO is the ultimate uninstaller for Windows, allowing you to uninstall programs quickly and completely using its simple and intuitive interface. No need to worry about stubborn programs ever again! Advanced Uninstaller PRO features an Installation Monitor that keeps track of all changes performed to your computer during software installations; this way you can later completely uninstall any program and make sure nothing is left behind. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is able to uninstall any program without a trace. Advanced Uninstaller PRO can also remove a lot of items that other uninstallers can't even touch. It can repair broken registry entries, clean non-functional Start Menu shortcuts, uninstall annoying browser toolbars, plugins and hijackers, remove fonts and get rid of startup programs that run in your system tray and slow down your computer.

Answer:Testing a new program..Any one used it?

I have not used AUP so I can't give an opinion if it's any good. However, I learned the hard way that any time I feel the urge to uninstall stuff, tweak settings, clean the registry, etc I will make a new restore point and a new system image before doing anything. And that includes using Windows 7 built in tools. All of these so-called optimizers can easily bork a computer and turn it into a paper weight.

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This thing right here will let you see how your system will run with HDR enabled. It's pretty cool

HDR Test

Answer:HDR Testing Program

What kind of framerate do you get?

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I have a FREE program written and tested on Vista 32bit.
I need to find someone using x64 who'll test the program for me.
It's at

Answer:Help testing a program on x64

It works fine on Windows 7 x64

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is there any program that can test my hardware to make sure they are still working the way they were when i first got them?

Answer:testing hardware program

Depends on what you want to test...

Usually you shouldn't need to test anything unless you're actually having problems such as data corruption, crashes, ect.

RAM can be tested with software such as Memtest86

If you check the manufacturer's site of your Hard Drive they usually have tools to diagnose and test your Hard Drive.

There are also other programs to test other peices of hardware, most are for benchmarking uses. Again, I don't really see a need to test anything else unless you are specifically having a problem.

If you are having a problem, please post what it is! Hope this helps

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One of my sticks of RAM is giving me trouble. Can anyone recomend a good testing program?

Answer:Need a memory testing program

See this link

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I am hoping that my CPu isnt whats causing my computers lock ups, but does anyone know a way/program to check?? I switched heatsinks to a Zalman, So I know its not overheating. And my memory was working like a charm before I switched to An AMD X2 4200+ on my ASROCK DUAL-SATA2 board. Any ideas?

Answer:Program for testing Processor??

I doubt very much it is the cpu causing lock up.
What are your system temps?
Could also be a driver conflict, have you added any hardware lately?
You could also try a system restore to an earlier time before the lock ups

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in an attempt to help me study for my state real estate exam i decided to try and write a program that would generate random questions from a list and keep track of how many i got right.

this is what i have so far full of mistakes i know but im a novice programer so any help would be apriciated

in c that is

#include <iostream>
#include <cstring>

using namespace std;

int main()
int answer;
char second[5];
score = 0;
x= a number 10 - 200
cout << "The real estate trainer\nYou will be presented with x questions to answer.\nFor true/false questions, type 1 for true and 2 for false.\nFor multiple choice questions, type the number of your answer\n\n\n----------------------\n";
cout << " enter number of questions you want\"n;
cout << "True/False-'the sale or rental of a single family home without the use of a broker is still governed by the Federal Housing Act-\n";

cin.getline(second, 5);
if (second[0] == 'F')
} score + 1 = score
cout<<"Incorrect! The sale or rental of a single family home without the use of a broker is exempt.\n-------\n";

Answer:trying to make a testing program

Not sure how much ya know about programming, but here's the steps I'd prolly take. Maybe you can let us know what parts you specifically need help with.

The questions should be in an array so ya can randomly choose one (unless ya want to use a bunch of goto/labels - possible but not popular). I'd prolly load 'em from a text file so ya could use the app for other types of tests by using a different text file.

Ya need to devise a pattern for each question, such as putting the answer (TF, ABCD, etc.) as the first or last char of the question, then store the questions in an array. Or ya could use a second corresponding array for answers if you prefer. Obviously don't display the answer with the question, just use it internally to check for the correct response.

Create a loop that randomly picks and displays a question, checks the answer and does the math to monitor your progress.

Might also want to keep a record and omit questions asked, so none would be skipped or asked twice (this could be added after the program is somewhat functioning).

Btw, asking specific questions ("how do I -----?") will prolly get a better response.

Cheers, Mac

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hi guyss..

well jus wanted to ask about this beta program, i have seen many guys, even those who aint using original windows are under this program, how do one gets this opportunity to get into windows beta program..

i tried to sign up but they say, i need to have a guest ID, which i might had got through email..

what this is all about, can i get an invite or something ??

Answer:Microsoft Beta Testing Program

Go to
there is where you sign up for M$ beta programs. You will need a Live ID to do so.

Also there is
to sign up for them.

At first you wont have many Beta to choose from. But as you sign up for some you will get invited to others. I started off with 2 Betas. I have now tested upwards of over 200 Betas for M$.

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After using the new beta Eset Security Center I am thoroughly impressed with it. Its now an all in one antivirus, antispyware, firewall, and spam filter which is VERY lightweight.

Anybody else try this out yet?

Answer:Anybody here beta testing the new Eset program?

Yeah I used it for a few months and I was impressed. I haven't tried spam filter because it only works with outlook as of now.
edit: I had it on an XP machine I used at work, and at home I had it on my main vista install used it every day. Right now I'm just using regular NOD32

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I am currently looking to knockout my A+ and Net+ but first I need a little brush up, but I dont really feel like paying for what is costs to buy some testing software.

I know they are very easy but I was wondering if there was anything descent out there that was free.

Answer:Free testing program/websites ?

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can anyone recommend a "burn-in" program for new system?

tester / diag software?

getting replacement for new K7s5a mb because it shuts down out of the blue or just freezes up.

would like to find something to test it throughly ....replacement mb won't even get here till monday or tuesday if lucky.


Answer:Burn-In Diags or Testing Program?

so basically you want to benchmark the hell out of it to see if it is stable????????

if so, you can try repeated loops of quake benchmarks like crusher demo.

sisoft sandra burn in wizard, and cpu, hard drive benchmarks.


overclock your motherboards bus a little or lot.


also you can use goog old to search for benchmarks

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Is there a good hardware testing program to test if im having hardware issues or windows issues how about reverse a good windows program to test?

I mean is only way to reformat and reinstall windows to tell if its a windows issue? Not big deal but does take all day plus I don't want kill the stupid mother board by over working it if its a mother board issue... dunno thanks

Answer:is there a good hardware testing program?

Quote: Originally Posted by xxsicknessxx

Is there a good hardware testing program to test if im having hardware issues or windows issues how about reverse a good windows program to test?

I mean is only way to reformat and reinstall windows to tell if its a windows issue? Not big deal but does take all day plus I don't want kill the stupid mother board by over working it if its a mother board issue... dunno thanks

Try dual booting windows 7 with another copy of Windows 7.

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Is there a program or application to put my CD collection on a hard drive??
What is the best way to do this?
How much space will I need?



Answer:Program to Put CD's on Hard drive

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I found a utility that checks for vulnerability to the .wmf exploit, created by the same guy who made the unofficial patch. Its available at GRC:

Unfortunately, a window at the end of the test said that it only tests for one type of vulnerability, and that there could be many more in teh wild.

Does anyone know of a site that can give your system a more thorough test for this exploit?

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Hello all, I have just installed a hard drive monitoring program called HDD Health 2.1. Soon after I installed it an alert popped up on my screen advising that my hard drive (C) that contained my OS, programs and data had reached 46 degrees. What was worse however was that my other hard drive that only contains backups was reading 49 degrees. At the time I wasn't using that one at all, because I wasn't restoring or backing up. What is going on?
Thanks for your help!

Answer:Hard Drive Monitoring Program.

jolij said:

Hello all, I have just installed a hard drive monitoring program called HDD Health 2.1. Soon after I installed it an alert popped up on my screen advising that my hard drive (C) that contained my OS, programs and data had reached 46 degrees. What was worse however was that my other hard drive that only contains backups was reading 49 degrees. At the time I wasn't using that one at all, because I wasn't restoring or backing up. What is going on?
Thanks for your help!
John. Click to expand...

Life is a mystery wrapped in an enigma and surrounded by a quandary, all in the shape of a question mark!
Richard S Gilbert.

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Sometime ago on the helproom I saw a reference to a free Resizing and management prog. the name began with a "R" as I recall anybody know it?

Answer:Hard Drive resizing program

Ranish Partition Manager click here.This is what I use - the free 'commercial' grade Paragon HD Manager by VNUnet (free as it's an old version - may not work in Vista however): Direct download click hereTo get a free registration key from Paragon click here. G

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I ran the hard drive diagonistics program and the results was an error code 0000-read verification failed.  I have a T60.

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i have a program in windows that i can not remove it can from the internet and is on my hard drive can any one help me to remove it

Answer:hard drive program sixtysix

And the name of the program is?

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Thinkpad 310ED
Pentium II 366 MHz Celeron
Windows XP SE (no Windows disk)
DVD drive
1.44 drive (no floppy disks)
modem (no Ethernet)
Software: Norton Utilities Systemworks 2003
I don't own a landline
I have an old Thinkpad that I'd like to give away. I deleted all the files, but they can be recovered with Unerase. I could download something like CCleaner on my other computer and copy it over, but I don't have another PC with a 1.44 drive and the USB drive doesn't recognize any of the USB drives I've tried.
I tried using the oldest (and newer) USB drives I had.
Add New Hardware Wizard
Found PC Multimedia Device or USB Mass Storage Device
Search in C:\Windows
Windows was unable to locate a driver.
Under Device Manager, I have a ? next to USB Mass Storage Device
Systemworks doesn't have anything.
I tried installing WIn 7, but the drive doesn't recognize the CD.
I tried installing Win 8, but I need to update Windows first.
Does anyone have a way I can permanently wipe the empty space through Windows or am I going to have to take out the hard drive and tell the person they have to buy a new one?
Thanks for any help.

Answer:Need to wipe hard drive w/out being able to d/l a program

How about download something to another computer and then burn it to a CD or DVD disc? You mention the Thinkpad has a DVD drive, so you should be able to then copy the installer off the optical disc and then install it in Windows XP on the Thinkpad.

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What is the best program to Backup MY DVD's to my hard drive?

Answer:program to backup my DVD's to hard drive

What is on your DVD's? Movies? Data files? Audio?

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Evening all, could someone please tell how to find where my memory is being used by each program?,Acronis partition was using 46GB, I have reduced this to 10GB, I did not see the large improvement in c drive I was expecting.I have 58GB free from usable memory of 186GB. I do not have much information stored from my input, the rest is mainly programs. I do hope you all can understand this writeup. regards Aine

Answer:hard drive memory /program used

I think you mean disk space not memory (RAM). WinDirStat shows where disk space is being used including a graphical display. Just let the mouse pointer hover over the coloured areas to identify different file types, here click here

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How do i get the recovery program to complete loadig?. It hangs at :loading Office 2010 (14/32).  ACER ASPIRE WINDOWS 7.

Answer:How do I get the recovery program in my hard drive...

check if there's a prompt taht needs your confirmation under the main installation screen. try to press: atl+tab or ctrl+alt+del or ctrl+shift+esc check also the last post of this discussion:

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I moved my existing hard drive to the slave position when I installed a new hard drive in the master position. I installed winxppro on the new drive. How can I move software and program files from the old drive to the new drive?

Answer:hard drive program transfer

You can't! You can move files, but the registry and file assosiations need to be set on the primary system partition and also have the support files installed. The install program will install dll's and other system files in many locations so it is more than a matter of just moving them.

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Sometimes randomly my HDD starts doing crackling noises alot and especially when i do something. This may last for like 5-20mins. Is there any program to check what program or other is using up all the bandwidth going/coming through to my HDD?

Answer:Program to check what is using my hard drive much?

You have one way already in your pc. Go into 'Task manager', then 'performance' tab, then 'resource monitor'. The 'Overview' tab tells you what is happening. It is very useful to show if you have enough RAM installed for the programs you are running.
*One idea though, do you have a defragmentation program installed, which is set to run in the background or 'smart/auto' mode ?

**If you want to try a more detailed program try;
Click on 'Download' tab.
(The link for the download is near the bottom of the site, just above the blue advert. 'Download installer version' is the one.)
Run it 'as administrator'. This program highlights the programs which have just been active with a coloured background, which may help you .

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I have some computers that I am either going to recycle or donate depending on the specs.
I need a program to erase the hard drive before I do so. I really do not want to reformat the ones I donate.
Any suggestions?



Answer:Program to erase hard drive

Boot and nuke

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I am looking for a program that will:-

1. Clone my primary hard drive to a secondary hard drive which will be bootable if needed to replace the primary drive, and

2. Update the cloned drive with all subsequent changes made to the primary hard drive.

Anybody got any suggestions.

[I am running Windows XP Home SP3]

Answer:Program To Clone Hard Drive

Sounds like you are asking for RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks).

The level of RAID you are referencing is RAID1. This mirrors 2 drives so that if one fails, the other still works, and data is not lost.

Kind of expensive to implement though, you will have to judge if it is practical for your situation.

Unless of course, you don't need to make the changes constantly. If you are just looking to update daily rather than real-time then norton ghost might be all you need.

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I'm looking for a program that will let me set a certain time of day to backup all the new files in the folder(s) I select.

Anyone know of anything?

Answer:Hard drive backup program

well, you could use a cron-type program to initiate a backup.

For Windows, this could be pycron (check Google) calling xcopy (in your dos window)
Not a formal software backup app, but it would do the trick.

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by error I installed drivercure, only to find it wont do anything unless it is registered (free supposedly), but to register after it has been run, there is no place to register. After looking for information from those on the net, I can not find it in the control panel in order to remove it. It is not listed under programs in the startup menu, but it is on the hd in programs which I can not remove from it or uninstall now that I have w7. Any suggestions? I should have known better after so many years of no issues...

Answer:why is a program on the hard drive yet isnt l

Look for Paretelogic, all their software IMHO is CRAP and not needed: I only use the following and no other so called "performance booster software":M$ Security EssentialsM$ Live One Care Sfaety ScannerMalwarebytesCCleaner

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What is the best program to Backup MY DVD's to my hard drive?

Answer:program to Backup DVD's to hard drive

Closing duplicate thread.

Continue here:

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Answer:Best Program to Mirror Hard Drive?

I have a 20gb drive with Windows 2000. Taking advice from a recent PC Advisor Mag I want to install a second drive & create a mirror image of the first as a foolproof backup. Any experience of a good program that will work with Win2000 or Win NT please?

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A friend has bought a 'refurbished' HD to me to have a look at. Its a 120GB Hitachi IDE and seems to be working OK.Anyone know of a program to test it fully?KJR

Answer:Hard drive test program

click here

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I dont know if this would go in gaming or not:

Ok i have my OS on one hard drive. I have another free hard drive (exact same kind as the OS is on) that i can put programs or what ever into.

As far as speed goes (least lag, load times, etc.) would it be best to put the application.... for example a game, onto the hard drive that carries the OS or into the empty hard drive?

Or would it be best to put the game onto the OS hard drive and then put the paging file into the empty hard drive (non OS)?

Answer:Running A program from Non OS Hard Drive

I personally have Windows XP on one harddrive along with a "storage" partition, then I install all my applications and games on the separate hard drive. Im sure it would load faster as it doesn't have to load OS stuff from the same hard drive. My pagefile is on the windows partition i guess. I didn't know you could change the pagefile location?

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a few yrs ago I had a program that was on a floppy that wiped ur hard drive. When u put it in--it loaded to a A\\ prompt and u typed debug. below it was the # 100 and u typed in a code. then below it was #103 and again u typed in a code, then # 106 etc. at the end u hit enter and it said program terminated normally . best thing I ever had but Ive lost the code and the floppy and nothing I have now even has a floppy. does ANYONE know what this program was ?? can anyone send it and the code to me or know where I could get it 4 free ?? I aslo had a floppy called hd nuke that made 7 passes but have lost it also !! (moved) can ANYONE help ??

Answer:hard drive wipe program

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I have a Western Digital WD1200 Serial #WMAEK2712941. I want to test if the drive is good or not. The computer had a power supply problem and killed the Motherboard. I was going to use Ultimate boot disk but it would freeze on trying to load the hard drive Diagnostic program. Is there another free Diagnostic program out there that will work for this hard drive? Must be able to boot from a cd!

Answer:I Need A Hard Drive Diagnostic Program down to Western Digital.

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I want to change my set up so that I can run 2 windows os's 32bit & 64bit on seperate hard drives whilst using a third hdd for program files. note: I have never run a 64bit setup so I am not to sure

hdd0 - 32bit
hdd1 - 64bit
hdd2 - Music, Videos & Games and other Programs

The intention is to install the game/program on to hdd2 and be able to run it from both hdd0 and hdd1 (if the program is compatible with both that is).

Can anyone give me advice on whether this is possible and the potential complications/pitfalls that I might encounter?

Answer:Program files on third hard drive + 2 os's

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I installed a dos program and now I am trying to remove it. I tried the command prompt and the wmic thing and looked in the list of programs it populated, but the program does not show up in the list. Although it does show up in the c: programs listing on my hard drive. Do I just delete the folder containing the program exe files? or is there something else to I have to do to remove it

Answer:How do i remove a dos program from my hard drive

Care to mention the name of the program?

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I got a laptop that I just wanna get rid of and sell. But i dont want to have to format using an xp or windows 7 cd and so forth. Is there any programs out there that will erase my hard drive? Like maybe just fill the hd with 0's and 1's. Like I Just want the computer to be completley clean so when I sell it someone can install their own OS on it.

Answer:I need a program to erase my hard drive.

And if there is a program.. Would someoe who purchased the laptop still be able to place a windows OS cd in the cd rom drive and reinstall windows fresh?

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can anyone point me to a good hard drive test program
i find the 1 provided with windows 7 isnt that good
i can test the hard drive whilst its running as a slave drive but its important it doesnt erase anything on the drive

Answer:hard drive test program

Find the make and download the manufacturers test software from their site
SIW here will help you find the make if you do not already know.

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is there a program that i can use to analyze my hardrive, just to know that it's in good shape, but i like it to be free if possible

I have diskkeeper but it doesn't do want what i like it to


Answer:hard drive checking program


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Does there exist a FREE hard drive copy program that allows me to create a bootable CD to backup and restore my hard drive?

Something similar to Acronis Trueimage hopefully.

Any ideas please?

Thanks so much

Answer:Hard Drive Copy Program Anyone?

This is a great utility i use my self all the time at work.
It is free

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 1:57:48 PM, on 1/7/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\TPSrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\pavsrv51.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\AVENGINE.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exec:\program files\panda software\panda platinum 2006 internet security\firewall\PNMSRV.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\cisvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.EXEC:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum... Read more

Answer:Program Accessing Hard Drive


Sorry for this delay. Please post a fresh log if you still have this problem.

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Just read an article that suggested that a "must have" is a Hard Drive Monitoring Program. They did not tout any particular one. It was suggested that this type program is essential because it can not only provide you with the condition of your HD but also give you a "heads up" as to when your HD is in trouble and about to fail.

I was wondering if any of our group use such a program and, if so, which one, and the pros and cons relative to such a program.

Red Boy

Answer:Hard Drive Monitoring Program

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Hi I heard some time, but forgot its name, probably a few of them around, I want to be able to see exactly whats using up the space so I can get rid of the programs that I do use of need.Can anyone help.CheersPhil

Answer:my hard drive is full, how do I get rid of program

Personally, I use Easycleaner [ click here ] this is freeware, but will work if you do not want to pay a subscription.It's also a good registry cleaner/duplicate file cleaner/etc. as well as a pie chart so you can see what is taking up space on your drive or in folders.HTHPaul

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Windows 7 installed Office 2010 on system ond want to take off and install on another computer without activating it again

Answer:how to get a program off hard drive to install again

Read the license agreement you OK'd when you installed it, I am pretty sure that you are not allowed to reinstall it on a different system.If you install it without activating it, it is a trial version and I believe it will work for something like 30 days and bug you periodically to activate it.You can download and install free of any charge for any system (Windows, Mac, and Linux). It can open MS Office formats as well as many others. You can set it to save in MS Office formats by default so everything is more portable.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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I have the Pinnacle Studio Delux which I use to put still photos with transitions and music and burn to DVD or vhs tapes. In Pinnacle booklet, it says it will work better if it is on it's own hard drive, so I had someone install a second hard drive for me, but it does not work.
1. I cannot download program to this second hard drive (no programs), the only thing I have been able to use this second hard drive for is for storage (photos/documents, etc.). I am think ing this second hard drive has something missing, is the second hard drive suppose to have it's own operating system?
2, I install the Pinnacle to the master hard drive and it is now not working correctly there either, it runs real slow and when you go to render the video, it keeps crashing. The program worked fine before I installed a secondary hard drive, it was a little slow but it worked fine, now I cannot get this to work correctly at all. I had the person who put the second hard drive in come to check it, but they said it is not the computer, it is the program, but, my question is why did it work before and also why can't I use the second hard drive for anything but storage?
If you can solve any of these problems, it would be WONDERFUL!

System Type: Desktop / Tower

Operating System: Windows XP

Processor Type: AMD

Ammount of RAM: 512 MB

Hard Drive Capacity: 60 GB

Internet Connection Speed: Cable

Monitor Size: 19"

Printer Manufacturer: Hewelet Packard

Printer Type: Ink Jet

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Answer:I cannot download program to this second hard drive

When you go to install the program, you should be able to select the hard drive to install to, you'll have to make that change manually. Once the install process starts, do not choose the 'standard installation' routine.

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since very low acceleration settings may be difficult for the lay user to detect, is there a program that can provide with raw data, based on software settings to add mouse acceleration? just bought a Logitech G500 gaming mouse, and i would like to know for sure, that there is absolutely no mouse acceleration going on

if not a program, can you provide me a surefire method of testing mouse acceleration, to provide me with not just ingame experience but proof that there is no mouse acceleration going on?

thanks in advance

Answer:testing program, or method, to test mouse acceleration


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Windows 10 did an update on my wife's desktop that was incompatible with the Nvidia graphic drivers on it. As a result, the dual monitors no longer display. We took the computer to the local Microsoft store and they were fully aware of the problem and are working on it. But, after two weeks, the problem has not been solved. Meanwhile we bought a new desktop and had Microsoft empty the entire contents of the C: drive onto an external hard drive. They did and showed me that the external drive contained the root directory and program data that contains years of work using Lightroom.

I brought the external hard drive home and connected it. Luckily I can see the User Libraries but not the Program Data.

Is there some way that I can make everything visible in the external hard drive so that I can copy the contents to the new desktop?

Answer:Need to see program files on external hard drive.

If, by program data, you mean applications, then sorry, you're not going to be able to "migrate" the applications from the external drive to your new desktop simply by copying folders. Applications have components installed in many different places, including the registry, and it involves a lot more than copying folder from Program Data to migrate them.

LapLink sells a product (PC Mover) that IS able to migrate apps from one PC to another, but you either have to (1) install it on the first PC and migrate to the second, or (2) have a backup image of the first PC and mount that on the second to do the migration. However, it MIGHT work if you have a copy of the first. I would check with LapLink to see if their product will do app migration in your situation. IF it does, then you will be able to install it on the new desktop and do the migration.

However, there is a second problem alluded to by your last question. Win10 enables FastStartup by default. With this turned on, all partitions that are open when Win10 shuts down are put into a hibernated state -- which prevents them from being accessed until the original machine comes out of hibernation. I ran into this problem when I was dual-booting Win8.1 and Win10TP and using a shared NTFS partition. I had to disable FastStartup on both Win8.1 and Win10 to be able to safely used a shared partition. I don't know if there is a way to access the partitions in the external drive, if FastStartup was enabled in Win10... Read more

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my program files folder is totally missing... i dont know what happened if it deleted it self or what....

Answer:2nd hard drive program files missing...

Quote: Originally Posted by sotorious

my program files folder is totally missing... i dont know what happened if it deleted it self or what....

No one, here, can answer what happened. But, whether you did it manually or it was by default, once a week. You should have everything on "backup and restore". Set it to a date prior to your problem and eveything will be restored.

Does not work? Use system restore. Back up and restore will restore your personal data. System resore returns the OS to the restore point date.

I am not sure as to what you actually lost, but I have given you the answer for either situation.

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Is there any free ones that work good for reformatting hard drives.


Answer:Free Program for reformatting hard drive

active kill disk

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I have windows 8.1 and c-drive is system drive.
Programs are mainly installed to C: but I have also some programs installed to E: Program Files, Program Files (68), Program Data etc .
Now I want to to move E-drive contents to another hard drive (all files stored on e-drive).

I think the safest way is to reinstall all programs, but I don't want to do this. Also it is possible to move files to new partition which has another drive letter than e: and create link, but this I don't want to do either.

Can I do it like this:
1) Change e-drive letter to x
2) Create new e-drive to another hard drive
3) Copy e-drive contents to new e-dive
4) that is it?

Can I use normal copy - paste to copy all files?
I think register references are the same after these steps because drive letter and content of the e-drive are still the same.

Does my method work? It sound so easy to do. Is it "too easy"? Does it have any risks?

Best regards

Answer:Move program files to another hard drive

Yes, it should as long as the drive letter is the same and also I would move instead of copy to retain the ownership of the files.

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Anyone know of a FREE way to totally wipe all empty space on a hard drive and USB Stick?


Answer:Hard Drive WIPE program for Vista?

Hey truthseeker

Do you mean totally wipe your hard drive, defrag it or to clean personal info from it?

To wipe completely

** This one will wipe everything and destroy all evidence of existence on the hardrive




Total privacy



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Hi Guys and GalsI have just installed a second hard drive and would like to have a choice of which drive boots on startup without having to delve into the MoBobios. Is there a Program out there that actuallydoes this? Thanks "Leroy"

Answer:Boot up Program to select Hard Drive

click here

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Well, I FINALLY have an extra hard drive exclusively for the purposes of backing up my main hard drive. I want a program that will make an image of my entire C: drive (windows XP 64 bit) and dump that on my G: drive automatically, every night. Are there any good, simple, and hopefully free programs that will do that? I want the image to be in some kind of standard format (iso?)so I'm not locked into one kind of software if I have to restore...

Answer:Good hard drive backup program?

Acronis True Image.

Imaging software doesn't make "ISOs" unfortunately, that's not how they work. They all use proprietary image formats for themselves, but you typically get some way of making a bootable recovery CD as well. True Image allows "live imaging" meaning you can back up/image your system without needing to shut down - although a restore operation (if required) will.

There are several different apps out (True Image, Ghost, DriveImage XML, etc) but, for the feature set, ease of use, stability, and general reviews, nothing beats True Image.


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can i store programs on a external hard drive ?

Answer:can i store program on a external hard drive ??

As it setup file yesIf you want to run the program from the external drive you need to make sure that windows gives that drive a permanent drive letter.

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i posted in another thread witch was not answered so i decided to make this post, what is the best image program that will allow me to make and image of a fresh format with my basic apps, prefrablly able to burn on a dvd-r if possible?

Answer:best hard drive image backup program?

Norton Ghost 2003 hands down is the best, and will do everything you want.

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Can anyone recommend a good data recovery program for an ATA hard drive?

Answer:Hard drive data recovery program.

Hi, I lost 120GB last months and I recovered with this software:

GetDataBack for NTFS


GetDataBack for FAT

It is the Best!

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I normally use XXClone to clone hard drives. But, I need a free one allow cloning several drives via USB. Any suggestions? The free XXClone only alows the source drive to be c:.

Answer:Need a Free Hard Drive Clone Program or

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Hi all, I have a software program (an AVI converter) that needs to be installed from the cd everytime I use it as will only allow me to carry out one task at a time (I convert one DVD at a time). The program produces a desktop icon, and installs in my 'programs' list but will only carry out one task. I believe I can save it to the hard drive and install it from there instead of having to keep running the cd, but am not sure how to go about it. Pointers would be helpful. P.

Answer:Saving a software program to hard drive

Simply save it to your Desktop. It will leave an Install/Setup Icon, which you can click on to run whenever you want to.

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I've installed a program (Adobe Premiere Pro) onto an external hard drive and I'm trying to run that program on a different computer. When I try and run the program on the new computer it comes up with an error message telling me that the Registration is not valid and that I need to reinstall the program. Can anyone could tell me how to edit the registration code or how to fix my problem?

Answer:Running Program on External Hard Drive

That because the registry entries arent on the hdd. Have you done this before on a diferent pc and did it work?

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering where all my hard drive space has gone today, and I wondered if a program that could show you what was on the hard drive existed. Kind of like a pie chart of your hard drive - each segment belonging to different categories.
Does something like this exist? It would be great to know where all the space has gone so I can delete some rubbish.

Answer:Program to show you hard drive usage?

Take a look here: SequoiaView

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