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Solved: Cant install Vista .. driver needed for hard drive

Question: Solved: Cant install Vista .. driver needed for hard drive


My wife has a Samsung R510 lap top that has gone wrong , im trying to reinstall Vista but i cant cos it says "To install the device driver needed to access the Hard Drive , insert the installation media containing the driver files ""
Were can i find them please ? im using the recovery disc to reinstall Vista .

Please help .. shes like a bear with a sore head at the moment


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Answer: Solved: Cant install Vista .. driver needed for hard drive

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Hi everyone,

after deleting accidentally some files while installing windows 7 I'm trying to install it again, but this message appears:to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive, ,insert installation media containing the driver files and then click OK and this message too: the installation media can be a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive and the next message: No device were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers and then click OK

My motherboard: H81M-K, Asus

I tried to copy drivers for this motherboard, but there are too many drivers and as well as I don't know which one I need, I can't achieve the installation of Widows 7. What can I do, can you suggest?

Answer:to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive..

I think that the best way is to create a new CD. Format while installing and it will work
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
I think that you deleted files from the CD.
While installing disconnect everything except the internet, be online while installing.

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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I have cleared and reformated my hard drive to do a clean installation of vista . When I put the factory disc in the files loaded with no problem ,but when the files try to expand it never completes. it will stop mid way every time 17% 33% 89% and then give me an error code saying {Windows cant install required files. The file does not exist . Make sure all files required for installation Error code Ox80070003}

I would appreciate any help that I can get.

sincerely Kevin.

NOTE: I have tried this install at least 50 times thinking that percistance would pay off ,But to know avail.

Answer:[SOLVED] Vista Reinstallation,on reformated hard drive, will not install

Hey Kevin,

It seems as though the CD your using is missing important files which are needed to install your OS. There is not much you can really do about this, except request a new CD and try that. Usually with Vista a seperate partition is created and the Vista installation files are stored there, if you've reformatted the hard-drive then you have most likely deleted all these files.

Try requesting for a new CD and then retry the installation.

Hope this helps!

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I am trying to reinstall Vista on my Sony UX-380N UMPC after a recent hard drive failure (new zif 1.8" hdd was installed).

I have an external drive hooked up via usb. The computer loads Vista, I select the language, choose install, and it asks me where I want to install Vista.

There are no options in the list. I brought the hdd new so I can only assume it works. Do I have to install some sort of driver? The hdd model is:
Any help is very appreciated.

Answer:Driver for 1.8" ZIF hdd needed for Vista install...?

See for drivers provided.


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I am trying to reinstall Vista on my Sony UX-380N UMPC after a recent hard drive failure (new zif 1.8" hdd was installed).

I have an external drive hooked up via usb. The computer loads Vista, I select the language, choose install, and it asks me where I want to install Vista.

There are no options in the list. I brought the hdd new so I can only assume it works. Do I have to install some sort of driver? The hdd model is:


Any help is very appreciated.

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Hi, anyone has source for the ( Hitachi Deskstar HDS721616plat80 ) ATA/IDE harddisk's driver for win vista x64 bit os ? Thanks

Answer:Driver needed for Hitachi hard disk on vista x64 os

Hi ymk

Support | Deskstar 7k160 Electrical interface specifications

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I have the laptop hard drive with Vista Ultimate 64 bit installed(Disk E) with one partition(Disk G) connected via sata to my desktop with Vista Ultimate 32 bit Installed.

I can gain access to the partition(Disk G) just fine but when I try to access the main disk(E) Windows explorer freezes (or takes a long time to load the disk),restarts and then asks me to reformat Disk E.

I'm thinking two things could cause this.

1. Disk E has Vista Ultimate 64bit as the OS and my desktop with Vista Ultimate 32bit simply can't access it due to the known compatibility issues 64 bit os's are known for..

2. or because I put a password on my laptop in order to log into Vista Ultimate 64bit ?

I just got a Sata/ide to usb adapter, when I plug in the laptop hard drive to my desktop via usb it installs the Hitachi drivers but I dont see the actual drive in my computers..

this is the one I got

Answer:Vista Laptop Hard Drive to Vista Desktop Help needed

bump =[

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I wish to install a new 250g hard drive to my desktop pc. When I try to format it, the formatting gets to 53% and then a message comes up stating ' failed to create partition ' My system is as follows:-1300 mhz P4 ( one of the original ) 423 pin socket. 128mb rambus memory. Intel desktop mother board D850GB. There is a SATA plugged into card with silicon image SIL3112 SATA link controller. The pc was purchased Feb 2001.The questions are :- How do I format and configure the hard drive successfully? Is the system I have unable to carry a large capacity h/d such as the one I am attempting to install? If so, what is the largest h/d capacity this pc could comfortable take?The h/d I am trying to install is a Hitachi Deskstar 250gbAny help appreciated before I pull what remains of my hair, out of my scalp. Thanks

Answer:Help needed please - Cannot Install New Hard Drive

Which version of Windows are you using? I think there is a maximum partition size of 132Gb with Me and Windows XP needs Service Pack 1 to address partitions larger than this also. Are you using NTFS or FAT32? I think there is also a limit with FAT32.

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On my PC I have two hard drives.

Disc 1 containing C: and D:

Disc 2 containing F: and G:

C: drive was running out of space so I tried to expand the partition by making D: smaller.

I used Partition Magic 8 which was installed on D:

This was unsuccessful as one of the sectors was "damaged".

I then tried to merge both C: and D: together but another error came up and the process was aborted.

I now find in My Computer that I only have C: F: and G; drives remaining. D: drive has vanished. However C: drive still only has the same amount of space as before.

I have made a back up of C: and D: using Norton Ghost which lies on G: drive.

As Partition Magic program was on D: I am unable to make a partition on the Disc 2 and to call it D: I could have then put the Ghost Image of D: onto the new partition.

Looks like I will have to install a new hard disc drive.

Can someone help me on how I can go about this?

I need to put the original C: and D: drives back onto the new hard drive.

Answer:Help needed to install new Hard Drive

You shouldn't need a new drive.
Go to the disk manufactures website and download the available drive utilities.
You should have the option to do a low level format which will write 0's to the drive and erase any bad sectors.

Then, depending on which operating system you are installing, you can create the partitions through XP's setup, or fdisk on lower operating systems.

EDIT: Didn't partition manager get copied when you used ghost? Can't you pull it off that drive?

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Answer:needed to install a new hard drive.

As long as the hard drive you installed had no partitiions created on it there shouldn't be a problem using the recovery media process. Is this the recovery media you created with the unit yourself, or purchased media from Acer?

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Hard Drive in HP Notebook has gone bad.
Ordered exact Hard Drive that was in the Notebook so that I'd be sure it worked. Ordered it from
There are no instructions with the Hard Drive. I was counting on that!

Would someone be kind enough to list the steps for install of the Hard Drive as well as the OS? (I have winXp Home Edition)

Also: I just assumed I had to take out the 2 main screws and pull Hard Drive out. I'm meeting with resistance so want to double check if I'm doing it right before I proceed.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Hard Drive Install Help Needed

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Im installing a clean installation of vista on my Dell inspiron 530s because the HDD crashed. During the installation it asked me to " to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive, insert installation media containing the driver files and click OK". Does anyone know where I can get these drivers from?

thank you

Answer:device driver needed to access your hard drive

There are some on Dell's page here:

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My Samsung Writemaster SE-184 is not working.
It was working fine until I moved my computer and now Vista dosent even see it when I plug it in!

Any suggestions?

OS: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2
System: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dualcore Processor 4400+,
3,0 GB DDr2 RAM
Graphics: NVIDA GeForce 8800 GT
Sound: Integrated; RealTech HD Audio

Answer:Driver needed ext. drive fail in Vista

Did it get knocked or dropped?

Does it appear in Device Manager?

Does it even power on?

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This is probably a really dumb question, but do I have to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive that'll be replacing my almost-bad existing one in my laptop prior to moving my pertinent files onto it? I have a case into which I can place an internal hard drive in order to move the data via USB from one HD to another. So, once I transfer all the vital data onto the new drive, I was going to take the old one out and put the new one into the laptop. Where does installing Windows 7 again come into play? I can't just install the new hard drive if there's no OS on it, can I? At what point in installing a new HD would I need to get a copy of Windows 7 and install?

I recently moved and lost my copy of Windows 7 that came with the computer, so I'm going to have to borrow one from a co-worker or friend, unfortunately, unless there's a way around it.

Additionally, my laptop (which has 750 GB) has a C: and D: drive. I guess the HD is partitioned? I would hope that during a data transfer everything would be transferred, not just the data from one drive.

One last note - I came across this how-to article on Windows 7 backups that may serve my purpose here. If anyone thinks it's a viable alternative, please let me know. Let me quote:

Many readers are likely familiar with the fact that Windows 7 comes with a fairly comprehensive backup solution that includes, among other things, the ability to create a so-called system image of your entire PC. This system im... Read more

Answer:Hard drive replacement needed - when to install the OS again?

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I have raised this before but an now trying againI have purchased one of theseclick herein order to use a sata hard drive that I bought by mistake. I connect it to the primary ide channel on my mobo, and connect up the cables. Boot up the PC nothing not resognised at all. I note that there is on the hard drive another bigger connector which I suspect is a data connector can someone confirm this and if so what cable do I need and where do I connect the end remote from the drive?

Answer:help needed to install sata hard drive

...just take the drive back ad admit you made a mistake?Those converters are a new invention and probably have some things to be ironed out!

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OK not sure where to post this so if this is the wrong place can someone move it.

Ok let me explain my problems..

I purchased some new hardward to build a new PC. here are some links to it

Also i bought an ATX case / windows XP / and another hard drive,

I installed all the hardware into the new case and it all works. I wanted to keep my old hard drive as the main one as it all all my files and content on it so we where trying to setup all the new hardware on it. We got it all working apart from the 1st new hard drive i purchased. We could see it in Device manager but not in My computer and i couldnt add any content to it.

So some told me I Should do a fresh install on a new hard drive so i went out and bought a new hard drive. Disconnected the other 2 and tried to install windows on it. But it wont install. I set the BIOS to Default. The screen says "Windows Setup" and along the bottom is says "Setup is loading file (Hardware abstruction layer)... " it never gets past this point and hangs there till i reset the PC and just keeps on hanging there....

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

Any help would be great.


Answer:Windows wont install on new Hard Drive. -- Help Needed --


have the bare essentials installed while you are trying to get windows installed

1 piece of ram only

1 rom plugged in

1 hard drive

does your bios recognize the drive?

post back

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What directories/files do I need to copy from the WinCD to my hard drive so that if I don't have the CD handy I can reinstall from Hard Drive? Is it just I386 or do I need anything else?

Answer:What files are needed to Install/Reinstall from Hard Drive?

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IDK how this happened, but I left my PC came back and the monitor would not turn on. Did a hard reboot and it came up to the recovery options, none of the options work. I removed the HDD and formatted it on another Win 7 pc to NTFS, before I formatted it I noticed it was not partioned and did not have a recovery partition. Got a Windows 7 x64 install disk, it loads up but does not load the drivers to pick up the SATA drive. I have searched, downloaded and searched some more and cannot find the driver for a Western Digital WD5000AAKS. I have tried the chipset driver in the Lenovo download section with no luck. Help is desprately needed. Thanks in advance!

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I recently bought HP compaq Presario Notebook.

What I want to do
1. I want to divide my C drive (OS installed Drive) which is of 150 GB into 2 drives of 80 and 60 GB respectively. as I was not able to shrink this drive not sure why I was only shown 13 gb for the shrink eventhough I had aroung 100 gb free space in the Drive

for the above action I need to format my C drive and divide and then install the OS in one of the drives.

What I have

1. I have Recovery Drive (Presario_RP) and I took this recovery backup into two DVD's

My Questions

Q1. Is it possible to format and division of the drives using the backup recovery drive without depending on any third party tools.

Q2: If above is possible then does this disturb my data in other drives

Q3. If Q1 is not possible please let me know if there is any way to do this.

Q4: How much time does it take to format and install OS Windows Vista (I haven't done it so far)


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I have a Latitude E6420 running Windows 7. I installed a larger hard drive today and put the original (working) drive in an external USB enclosure. I wanted a clean install of Windows 7 on the new drive so rather than use a drive migration utility I used the Dell Operating System Reinstallation DVD. When it was done I discovered that it didn't install any drivers. The network drivers aren't installed, so I can't download the drivers from the internet, and I don't have the Dell Driver Reinstallation CD.
1) Is there a way to use the Recovery Partition on the old drive (now in the external enclosure) to do a factory fresh install on the new drive?
or (maybe even better)
2) Is there somewhere I can download an .iso file for the second E6420 recovery disk (containing Drivers/Factory-installed Apps?)
or (least desirable)
3) What drivers would I need to download (on another computer) and manually transfer/install to the E6420 via an external USB drive so I can connect over Wifi to download the rest of the drivers directly onto the E6420?
Thanks for your help!

Answer:Latitude E6420 easiest driver install method after fresh Win 7 install on new hard drive?

Dear jedijunk, Recovery option works only when old hdd it is in laptop. You do not have readily available .iso file with factory installed drivers. Drivers for Latitude E6420 available in dell support site, download them in another computer, then copy to new hdd, then perform installation.
But the easiest & simple method is to fix the old hdd in laptop, use Hiren Boot CD or any other Disk Image Utility, copy the C:\ drive (of old hdd) disk image in another partition of old hdd, then remove old hdd & fix new hdd in laptop, use restore the disk image to new hdd. Hope this info helps you.  

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I just bought a new Lenovo Y550 Ideapad. Everything works fine except for the Optiarc DVD RW AD 7580S drive. I checked the driver configuration and found that a driver from the system 32 folder called cdrom.sys has been installed.Is this the right driver for a 64 bit Vista system? In a couple of weeks , I am going to upgrade Vista to Windows 7. Will I need a new driver then?Where will I get the right driver for my current Vista 64 bit system?Please help.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Driver needed for Optiarc DVD RW AD 7580S drive for Windows Vista 64 bit

 The Lenovo Driver download site does not have any link for DVD drivers. Please help me to get the right driver.

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My laptop fried yesterday so I've bought a new one today which has Vista Home Premium pre-loaded on it. I have saved all of my university work onto a Pluscom 2.5 USB 2.0 external hard drive caddy which up until now has worked fine on XP. It worked on another xp pc earlier on, temporarily worked on a friends laptop running vista home basic, but it will not work on my new laptop. I've just tried it onto a totally clean pc that's running xp home and although it finds it as a mass storage device, it does not appear in My Computer and when I try to safely remove hardware it hangs the whole thing. I'm at my wits end, I desperately need the information on this drive so cannot risk anything that may format it and destroy my work. The other weird thing is when I go into safely remove hardware, underneath the mass storage device it says disk drive then a y with 2 dots above it. I don't know if that's relevant to anything? Can somebody please, please help me, I have deadlines to make and no way of accessing anything.

Answer:External hard drive and Vista - help desperately needed

A virus can do that, or an error with your external drive's hardware. Or your partitions somehow got corrupted. There are a number of recoverey programs available that can be used if the hardware is still ok. First determine if the harddrive is being detected properly:
Go to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management. See if your harddrive's correct size is being detected. (you'll have to try all this on the laptop which detects the drive). Right click on the drive, go to properties, and see if the manufacturer's name show up in the window. If not, you'll have to seek out an expert to disassemble your harddrive, take out the actual disk and use it in another case and see if that works. I've not know the disks to go bad; usually the hardware error if any happens to the USB controller within the case but external to the actual harddrive.
If the drive is being recognized correctly, then the problem is with the partitions. A friend of mine ran into a similar problem when his partitions weren't being read. He used [email protected] partition recovery, that worked for him. Try that, if it doesn't work don't lose hope, there are other programs to and one of them could work for you.

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I have a hard drive on my computer marked, D: recovery ... I'm getting an error message that says it's full. It gives me a couple of options for clean up ... 1) this one looks like the standard "Disc Cleanup" on the system tools menu, but it only offers two choices and both of those show no bytes. 2) this looks like the "Add/Remove Programs" feature on the Control Panel.

My problem is what do I remove? Is this all simply back up and can I remove it all? Or do I have to pick between programs? All the programs listed in the menu l;ook to be programs I use in my everyday work...

I've never had a computer or even seen one that had this D: Recovery drive...

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to kick my way..................Chief

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive help needed....

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Hey all

I finally went out and bought a maxtor 40 gig hard drive, and I have a few questions.

First, I set the new drive as slave, and the old drive as master, and elected to copy the contents of the old drive to the new. I am not sure it worked. When I tried booting the system with the new drive only installed, it said a file wasn't found (sys. something) and I needed to insert a startup disk.

I tried booting with the old drive master and new drive slave, and it worked, but I now have 5 gigs free in my old drive (I had 500 megs free before, where did I get the extra space?) and I have about 19 partitions of 2 gigs each.

How can I get rid of all the partitions? Are they really necessary? It's a pain in the butt to have not only drive C, but F, G, H, I, J, K, L, etc. all the way up to V.

I will start over if needed, I just want the best approach possible. A friend of mine said he might be able to let me use his Norton Ghost 2002 program, if that is better then the Maxtor included software.

So basically, any help is appreciated. I am running Windows XP Pro in case anyone needed to know. I just need a step by step tutorial

I am eagerly awaiting your responses. Thanks!

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive help needed

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The hard drive on my Inspiron desktop seems to be (or at least was) physically damaged. It was giving an alarm-type beep and did not seem to be spinning. Plus, the computer was not booting up or recognizing the drive. I removed the drive and "played with it" and it seems ot be spinning now, but seems to have lost all data, so the PC (Windows 7) still won't load. I started the PC with the Reinstallation Disc, but the PC won't reinstall windows because it says it can't locate the driver for the hard drive. So I loaded the Drivers disc that came with it, but it still claims it can't find the right driver. Does anyone have any idea where (either on the disc or elsewhere) I could find the driver for the hard drive?Thank you.

Answer:Need to install driver for hard drive

The drivers for hard drives are built into Windows 7 so it's not a driver issue. You just need to replace the drive.It's telling you it can't find the drive (not the driver) because the drive has failed, which means the system can no longer detect it. You won't get anywhere trying to restore your system with a failed hard drive installed in it.

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

Answer:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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Paragon Hard rive Manager crashed bootmgr needed to reformat, My Vita Laptop
I have defragmented with Paragon Hard Drive Manager and it has crashed my laptop and I had to format it. It suxs a** Never Downloaded.

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I am currently running Windows Vista Ultimate on my Acer Aspire 9815WKHA Laptop, I have a 500gb seagate external drive plugged in via USB 2.0 (the drive is a desktop version). It has been working fine for about 3 months until now. I recently updated my drivers with PC Updater which slowed the machine down and had problems shutting down, I rolled all the Drivers back through PC Updater, system was still playing up so i transfered all personal important files to the Seagate External Drive (inc. C:\Program Files ... as i have programs what i needed to keep). I attempted to restore Factory Settings through Acer ERecovery system and it black screened on me, i left it for 40+ mins and had to hard reboot, after a few issues I used my back-up disks to reboot the system, Laptop working fine but my External Drive (Seagate) will not show up in "Computer". It is showing up in Computer Management "Disk Management" but when I right click it only shows up with "Help", in the bottom pane i right click and it shows "Convert to Dynamic Disk..." "Properties" "Help". I can't seem to assign a Drive Letter and can't seem access the External Drive to retrieve my data (very important data). Can somebody help me with this issue, either to get it working again or just to retrieve my data.

- I have tested the USB 2.0 with another External Hard drive and a Pen drive.
- I have tested the Seagate External Hard Drive on another Laptop (... Read more

Answer:Solved: Help needed: External hard drive

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I'm not sure if you guys help with upgrade info or not?

I have a Dell Inspiron 700m notebook.
It has an Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.60 GHz 1.59 GHz, 496 MB RAM
It has 52 GB hard drive

I've figured out how to upgrade RAM and finding one that is compatible with my laptop, but I am having a hard time understanding if an upgrade of an internal hard drive is possible and just where to get?

For example, I can't figure out if this is an internal hard drive or not?

Answer:Solved: Upgrading (hard drive) help needed

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Working on a Compaq Presario CQ56. The Toshiba SATA 320GB Hard Drive was failing and was repaced with a new one identical to the pevious one. I ran the 4 Recovery Disks from the previous hard drive running Windows 7 Home. It was going well until I got a screen with X:\windows\system32\cmd.exe - startnet.cmd stating that there is not enough usable free space on specified disk(s) to extend the volume. (image attached)

I am not able to do anything. The drive is the exact same size as the previous one so I am not sure the issue. I also have a Boot CD, 2 Backup Disks, a Repair Disk, and a full back up saved on an external drive. Any suggestions on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] Help w/ hard drive replacement needed

It looks like there is used space on the C: drive You would need to do the diskpart /Clean command on the C: drive before you can restore to the C: drive

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Im Having what seems like an interesting problem. My laptop (with windows 7) recognizes that my external hard drive is plugged in but I cant access it. (Hopefully this is the right forum for this)

I plug it in, the computer recognizes that its plugged in.
I open Device and Printers menu and it shows that it sees the External Hard Drive.
I open My Computer, the external is not there.
I go to Disk Management, and it is found but when I tried to assign a letter it gave an error.

When I plug in Thumb Drives though, I have full use of it. Moving files on and off it, open files on them, etc.

All the Thumb Drives I try work properly.
All External Hard Drives (i have 5) are recognized but not accessable.
All External Hard Drives and thumb drives work on other computers just fine.

My question is, how do I go about getting use of my external hard drives using this computer?

Any Help would be great.

Answer:Solved: External HArd Drive Help needed

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Hi all, I am new to this forum and would greatly appreciate any and all help. I have a Dell desktop Inspiron 530S that is 4 years old and had windows XP installed. Unfortunately, it appears that the hard drive has now died and I need to get a new 1. I have checked Dell, techforless, and and have found the same model (#WD2500AAJS) but am not very knowledgeable about these things and cannot afford the Dell tech support.

I need to know the following:
1. If I purchase the same model hard drive can I just plug it in and reinstall windows from the cd that came with the computer?
2. I have seen some hard drives advertised that indicate they do not come with free fall, is that something I need to worry about?
3. I have read in different forums about people putting new hard drives into their computers and needing to do jumpers and updating bios and I don't know how to do any of these things nor can I get the computer to boot so I can try anything with it.

If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I can't afford to purchase a new hard drive without being able to install it and get the computer working and no one I know is able or willing to help.

Thank you!!

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Assistance Needed

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

The computer in question is a brand new Dell Dimension E521, 2.0 GH... Read more

Answer:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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my pc is running windows 7 but all usb drives i connect does not work. attached is a screen shot of the error message i get. can someone pls help me out

Answer:USB driver for external hard drive cant install

what's the make/model of the laptop, and of the external HD?

Are you listed as admin?

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Need to get files off this drive but I don't know who makes it.

Answer:How can I install USB Hard drive if I don't have the driver or know the company?

it should just find it and install it....what os are you using?

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I am planning in the near future to buy a Dell XPS 8910 Special Edition.  I hope shortly after purchase to install a Western Digital Black Series 2-TB hard drive.  This new drive would be used as a storage drive for extra data.  It would NOT replace the original 2-TB drive installed in the system.
From checking the service manual online, I understand how to physically mount the drive, connect the nearby power cable then use my own SATA cable to connect the drive to the motherboard.  I also understand how to use Device Manager in Windows 10 to add/format the new drive.
From other posts I've read here, I must ask: Will I need to enter the setup mode(BIOS/UEFI) at the start of bootup to set the SATA port to detect the new drive, or will the SATA ports automatically detect the new drive without requiring my going into setup mode? 
Thanks in advance to any who can answer my question.  I'm looking forward to getting my new system soon!

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So, the screen on my friend's laptop is dying and I took his hard drive out and put it in a USB 2.0 external enclosure. The hard drive has Windows XP installed on it.

When I connected the hard drive to another laptop he has that is running Windows Vista (Home Premium I think), Vista mounted the drive as read-only and I'm told I'm denied access to most of the files on the drive. By using the UAC, I can gain access to the files but I don't understand why I'm getting the security problems, in the first place.

I then connected the hard drive to another system, a desktop system running Windows XP Home Edition, and when I tried to access the files, I get "Access Denied" messages. So, there must be something on the hard drive in the USB enclosure that is causing the security problems.

When I connect the drive to my Linux system, I can access the files without any problems.

Any ideas on what the problem might be? I'm posting this issue here since the ultimate goal is to get read/write access to the hard drive in the USB enclosure on the laptop running Vista.



Answer:Solved: Help needed with access to hard drive via USB enclosure

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I removed the DVD drive in in Sony SA290x some time ago and swapped it for a second hard drive. This worked fine for over 2 years.

Yesterday I was using my laptop without any problems and turned it off. Turning it on again an hour later I got the error "Operating System Not Found".

I took out the main hard drive, connected it to my other computer and found it had a damaged partition. 7-Data was able to recover the files so no problem there, I figured I had identified the problem.

I then tried to reinstall Windows from USB on the other hard drive but got the familiar "DVD driver missing" error during install.
I tested the USB in my other computer and it installed fine so that cant be the problem
I moved the hard drive to my other laptop and installed windows fine but when I transferred it back I got a quick flash of a blue screen then it restarts
Obviously all other hardware is as before
I have tested all other available BIOS settings always with the same result
Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Missing DVD driver during Windows install AND bad hard drive

Hello and welcome WA I am wondering where the media came from on the USB stick?
Sounds like it is corrupted so why not get a fresh copy using this
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
see pic
pS I prefer a disk to be honest.

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My hard drive has been formatted. All drivers gone. attempted to install ms windows 98 with the cdrom. nothing happens. found the cdrom driver file on the web. installed it on the hard drive. (using old win95 boot disk to get to the c: prompt) I'm lost?

Answer:formatted hard drive, no cdrom driver, no os install

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I am doing a new build and it's my first SATA computer. I ordered a Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0GB/s Internal Hard Drive. (Bare Drive). Man is it ever bare. There is no information with the drive and no map to the jumper settings and no jumpers included. I an building a pretty bare bones system with a Gigibyte GA-P61-USB3-B3 LGA 1155 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard and a Intel-Core i3 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA1155 Processor and a Samsung Black Blu-Ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Optical drive.

Having never built a SATA machine, I have no clue as to the necessary jumper settings that will be needed on the hard drive and even if i need to make any jumper settings. Any help or advise on this would be a big help. TY in advance

Answer:Solved: New build hard drive jumper settings help needed

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I'm new here, so hope people don't mind me posting what is (to me at least) a confusing issue.. But I'm at my wit's end with this computer now, and need some new viewpoints on the problem!

It all started a few weeks ago - New system, with an older hard drive. Specs as follows:

Q6600 G0 (stock)
Asus P5K-E
Crucial Ballistix DDR-800 RAM (2 x 1GB, running at stock)
ATI HD4870 512mb graphics card
Hitachi Deskstar 250gb SATA (old, as I've said)

Everything was fine, aside from some intermittent driver issues which I tagged down to the graphics card being new / having new drivers. However, I started getting BSOD crashes telling me 'DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL' which I understand is related to dodgy drivers and / or dodgy RAM / HDD?

Either way, I couldn't restart and get back into Win XP unless I unplugged every USB device and then booted back in. At first I thought it was a problem with giveio.sys, since safe mode would crash on this file when booting up.. So I removed any programs using that file, and the file itself - problem seemed solved.. Until another BSOD a week later.

Finally gave up and formatted - wiped everything clean, started reinstalling... And another BSOD. Couldn't get back into Windows at all. Have tried installing using the Windows XP SP2 CD, but can't get into install or the recovery console - same BSOD every time:


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Answer:Solved: Strange BSOD Error - Hard Drive or RAM? (or perhaps neither?) - Help needed

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I've recently got a new hdd for my Fujistu systenms laptop, Ive fitted in the new one due to the old one breaking, and now I'm trying to install windows vista basic on there, but it doesn't seem to be working, the screen just goes 'operating system missing'. The cd drive makes a few noises yet not any substantial noises to it actually being read and ive changed the bios so its the dvd/cd drive being booted first, yet it still doesn't seem to be working, i also tested a windows 95 disk on there, which makes more noise as if it is actually being read, yet it doesn't even install that either, just show the 'operating system missing again'...

EDIT: Another note, i've had a look on the box and it says that it is for 'use on one computer' I've borrowed it from a friend, who im guessing has used it beforehand, is this probably why? or shouldn't that at least show up on the computer?

Answer:Can't install Vista to new hard drive :(

If the CD/DVD drive is set first in the boot order in the BIOS and you're using an actual original Vista DVD, you should see a
Press any key to boot from CD or DVD
command when you boot from the DVD, regardless of how many times it's been used in other computers.


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First let me say I HATE Vista, what a POS. I'm sorry, I just had to say it and I feel much better now.

I have a new WD hard drive. I installed the drive and it says the software was installed successfully when I rebooted the system and it shows in device manager with no problems indicated except it says it's not initialized. So how the heck do you initialize/format the drive in Vista. The drive does not show anywhere but device manager, the CD that comes with the hard drive does not provide any software for Vista (98,XP, NT only) and there is not one damn word in the manual with the drive about what to do with Vista.

How do I get this hard drive formatted and running in vista, help me please help?


Answer:How do i install my WD hard drive in Vista?

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Im trying to install windows vista onto a new hard drive and without fail it says, device driver is missing install using usb flash drive, cd etc this happens at the very beginning.  What driver am I missing.  Im using a HP compaq hp550 with a new WD blue scorpio 320gb hard drive.  The original hd was a hitachi 160gb and used windows vista basic.  Im trying to install windows home premium and tried another vista reinstall disk that covers all OS's. Help! cheers!

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Hello all! I have finally purchased and physically installed my new hard drive I posted about in this thread 
Right now I'm having a bit of a time installing Vista on it.  I downloaded an ISO some time ago because I could not find the discs that came with our PC.  I get through the copying files bit, (#1) and then part of (#2) until it stops and gives me this error code:
I tried cleaning off the disc and got a bit further with installation.  As you can see from the other thread I'm installing onto an HP Pavilion.  Does anyone have any familiarity with this error code? And/or any suggestions on what I could do to get things moving again?  I've used the same disc to install Vista in the past with absolutely no problems.  
OK. I have solved that problem.  It was indeed a dirty disc, but I'm leaving the question up there in case it helps someone else with the same problem.
The problem I'm running into now, is that it says it cannot complete the install of Windows on my Hardware and it asks to restart the installation completion, but then tells me it won't work and I'm in an over and over again loop. Am I going to have to order something from HP or can this be fixed without going through that?  
Thank you in advance!

Answer:Trying to install Vista on my new hard drive.

Because your install got a little farther after cleaning the CD, I would suspect that it is a media problem, DVD drive issue, or a little of both. If you have the iso file, burn the iso again at the lowest speed (4X should be fine) and see if the install completes.

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Allright I don't know where this belongs... XP or Vista?
XP Cause I am Installing XP but Vista Cause of Vista being a problem... Anyways what ever...

My mother bought a new computer for my birthday... I told her NO VISTA again, and again... Guess what... She bought Vista... Not the point though I have goten over that...

I don't want to say I hate Vista so much as I just like XP a lot better... XP is compatable with all my programs, and games... I don't think it doesn't run because of my comp. parts being incompatable because she bought it completly stock... I hope no one is stupid, or evil enough to do something like give me a piece of **** comp.

Anyways down to business... I want to install XP on my 2nd hard drive and replace the first with it but I can't take my computer apart to take out the first hard drive and replace it with the second... Can't take it apart as in some security ******** that would have me ripe apart my vidoe card, sound card, RAM, etc. to get to the hardrive...

So I would like to install XP on my Second Hard Drive and COmpletly shut down my first hArd dRive... Any way to do this or any other fixes?

Also I would like to just throw away the Vista Hard Drive due to the pure evil it carries rather than install XP over it... call it pre-dejavu... Incident when XP came out probably just bad luck... Not the point...

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hi all,

Took out my old ide 160gb hard drive and swapped it for a WD 500gb (sata).

After posting it'll come to a screen that says hard disk not detected but will immediately start gathering the files for install from vista. After I enter the key for vista, I choose custom install and can see the hard drive and have the options to 'delete, format, new' etc.

No matter what I've tried, I can't go to the next screen. Clueless as to what to do. Do I have to format the hard drive from a different PC before I install an OS onto it?

asus p5q-e
4gb gskill

dvd drive is also sata but both ARE recognized in BIOS so no clue what's goin on.

Answer:can't install vista onto hard drive

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I formated hard drive on Toshiba, Portege 7000ct laptop, and installed win 2000, but can't connect to internet-lack of driver for network controller.  Everest Home is attached.  Not sure what other drivers I need so help would be appreciated.  I  can not do  ms updates and can't download svs pack for win 2000.   I have a red! at network controller![Saving disk space - attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Reformated Hard Drive; New Install; Need Network Controller driver now

The Everest report is empty...Do you have a Toshiba CD labeled drivers ? ?If so re-install the MBoard drivers and that should do it.

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On my HP 255 G2 Notebook PC when I plug my external hard drive with all my Pok?mon Movies, Episodes, Music, etc, the driver installation always hangs for 15 minutes before saying "failed". The external drive works on all other computers even the Dell Optiplex 780 that I posted about quite a bit. But the two files I need to move to it are on my HP 255 G2 Notebook PC. These files are too big to put on any FAT flash drive, these are 1080p mp4 movies with near perfect quality, these are at least 8GB in size each. the file system of the flash drives won't recognize files of that size so I have to put them directly on the hard drive. If I go into Device Manager or Devices and Printers, right click troubleshoot on the device. the troubleshooter always hangs on "Detecting Problems" and never completes or moves on.

Does anybody know what the problem could be?

Answer:External Hard Drive driver always fails to install on laptop

Make a check disk on the computer it works. run chkdsk x: /f and x is the assigned letter to it.

On the HP 255 G2 Notebook run sfc /scannow

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Let me start by saying that I know very little about editing hard drives, this may be simple, this may be not. I donít know, but hopefully somebody can point me in the right direction.

Background; I wish to upgrade the hard disk in my DVD recorder, in order to do this I need to edit some data on a hard disk, the text pasted below comes from somebody who has done this;

Before continue write down maximum number of sectors in HDD. Very often is written on top of disk drive. From this number subtract 8MB => 16384 sectors.
This number we will be call "NoS" (Number of Sectors) (for example my NoS=1953508784 [=1953525168-16384])
To 1st sector (sector No. 0), where is partition table,
to offset 1CA to 1CD write number NoS-4 (for me 1953508780) converted to HEX (for me 74702DAC) but write it backwards!!! (for me AC, 2D, 70, 74).

To 5th (sector No. 4)
to offset 024 to 027 write number NoS/4 (488377196) converted to HEX (1D1C0B6C) and write normaly (1D, 1C, 0B, 6C).

to offset 02C to 02F write number NoS/4 (1D1C0B6C HEX) subscracted by number written in offset 028-02B (00004000 HEX) and subscracted by number 0100 in HEX. (for my numbers: 1D1C0B6C-4000-100 = 1D1BCA6C) and write normaly (1D, 1B, CA, 6C)

to offset 04C to 04F write number NoS/4 (1D1C0B6C HEX) also subscracted by number written in offset 048-04B (00095100 HEX) and subscracted by number 0100 in HEX. (for my numbers: 1D1C0B6C-95100-100 = 1D12B96C) and write normaly (1D, 12, B9, 6C)
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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Sectors, Need to edit; Idiots guide needed!

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Hey all

I have Vista installed on my laptops internal hard drive (which I think is failing) can I install and use Vista on a portable 1TB hard drive?

I've read that because it's not an external hard drive, it has no power source and works like a USB drive but I'm not sure how that would affect performance if I installed an OS on it?

I think it's a Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive.


Answer:Can I install Vista on portable hard drive?

In a word, the answer is no.
The ability to run a live Windows system on a USB device was a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise called Windows To Go.
It is possible, with some effort, to create a Windows To Go workspace with any edition of Windows 8.
Other Windows versions (Vista, 7) are not portable because of how drivers are handled.
In the past, Windows had always considered USB devices as "input devices" and not suitable for use as a system drive.

I also own an older Mac (Intel) computer. Interestingly, I can run the Mac from a system loaded on an external drive, either USB or Firewire, no problems at all, in fact several systems on multiple partitions. Speed is a little pokey but acceptable.

Why not just get a new HDD?

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i really need help installing an operation system on my acer aspire 5535. my screen kept going blank for no reason and every now and then it cuts out with no warning so i decided to install xp but for some reason it won't let me. it comes up with error message saying windows detected a fatal error and must shut down. i decided to go back to my old os but it won't install either. can anybody help me pls.

Answer:can't install vista after formating my hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

It's likely it encountered a SATA hard drive . . you will need the drivers for that to install XP.

Have you verified that XP drivers are available for that pc? You may be better installing Windows 7

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my computer hard drive doesnt work anymore I know how to replace it i just dont know how to install the operating system on a blank hard drive I am running windows vista home premium 64 bit. and have no install disc

Answer:How do I install vista on a new blank hard drive?

you will need the install disk unless you can clone from the old drive

Win 7 Upgrade for XXClone | | Tech Support Forum

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Got 40GB hard drive with the following specMemory: 768MB although i've really installed 1GB even thought the scan says 768?CPU Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD CPU Family: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor Model 4, Stepping 2 CPU Speed: 1202 MHzGiga-Byte GA-7ZXR Motherboardand i'am wanting to install 500GB in it or maybe more to cope with Vista and OfficeXP? can anyone help?

Answer:compatible hard drive to install Vista

Running the upgrade advisor is a good start. click here

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I'm not sure if anyone can help out this old guy...I'm a little slow on the uptake. I have a new software disc containing Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1 included...which I would like to install. I have a 3 year-old computer, I believe capable of running the 64 bit software. (AMD 64X2 Dual Core 3800+, 2.01 GHz, 1 GB Ram, and 80 GB hard drive). I was hoping to just "boot up" the new Vista software and save my "stuff" in XP, but it won't take it without wiping out everything (so it tells me). I have read about "partitioning the hard drive" and installing the new operating program as a separtate entity...offering me 2 options without distroying the other operating system. Is this possible with this computer...and can someone actually tell this old guy how to do this without borrowing one of my grandkids to do it for me? The current running version of XP Home is a 32-bit program. To complicate things, I live where no cable guy has ever gone, and no possibility of fast internet connections (barring cutting down a forest and mounting a disk)...just slow phone-line dial-up internet.

Answer:How do I partition my hard drive and install Vista

Hi, from Another Old Guy .

Yes, your AMD processor supports 64-bit operating systems, so no problem there.

You can only install one operating system on one partition...sharing not a possibility that the user will like. big is your current hard drive?

How much free space is on it?

How many hard drives are installed on the system?

Do you have any program which can be used for disk partitioning, resizing, Partition Magic?

The easiest way to do what you want...would be to install Vista on a separate hard drive, rather than install both O/Ses on one hard drive.

...and there's nothing wrong with asking the grandkids for help . Some of our "frequent fliers" here probably could qualify for that group and their knowledge is appreciated.


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I have 2 hard drives in my computer, Vista currently resides on a 150gb drive. How can I go about copying the entire vista install over to the new 750gb hard drive without having to reinstall vista, apps, settings and data?

Answer:Trasferring a vista install to a new hard drive?


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If I can how would I do it?

Answer:Can I install 32 and 64bit vista on the same Hard Drive

yes provided you have 2 separate keys

you can use the same key for either but not at the same time

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Hi I wonder if you can help me please. I'm not brilliant with pc's so please bear with me and be gentle!!
My Son has an Acer media center desktop which was running Vista Home Premium.
The system crashed (wouldn't boot past verifying DMI pool data) and due to buying the system 2nd hand, he didn't have any recovery discs, Original Vista recovery or system disc.
He had also neglected to use the Acer recovery management console to create discs when he got it!!
So, it was taken to the local pc repair shop who said they had to do a fresh install using a System disc. They said because the case has a licence for vista certificate stuck on it, they could do it.
This removed the Acer recovery option for future use.
The system has repeatedly crashed since and the same scenario plays out--the shop charges my son to do a 'fresh install'.
I created a vista repair disc which kind of helps but the problem is getting progressively worse.
The HDD, using chkdsk, is showing 4 bad sectors and it keeps losing the boot file image, or it becomes corrupt.
Ive tried to back up his system but it keeps failing saying there is an I/O error preventing back up.
So I thought of getting him a replacement HDD and reinstalling Vista operating system. I have access to a Microsoft Original Windows Vista Operating system disc. will I be able to use this to install the os and use his licence key from his tower case certificate/licence?
thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard drive death - vista install

There are six versions of Vista - Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter. Provided that the disc you have is the same version as the one presently installed you should have no problem in using it with the license key on the tower case. You may have to re-activate it with Microsoft after installation and sometimes they may give you a phone number to call if activation is a problem, but I have never had any problem if I have to do so. Just have a pen and paper ready when they give out the registration numbers over the phone.

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Why won't vista install detect my hard drive?

I am stuck.... this is so weird... can someone help me?

Also, anyone know how to make a hard drive primary master?

Answer:Why won't vista install detect my hard drive?

Heh. I was going to say to check to see that the hard drive is set to master/slave/whichever.

To set the jumper settings, there is usually a key on the drive itself. If not, you'll have to consult your documentation. They may even be abbreviated. The usual settings are Primary/Master, Slave, and Cable Select. It has been a while since I had to mess with Hard Drives, but I think it will register as a slave if you remove the jumper as well. The Hard Drive manufacturers all do it a little differently.

So, you boot drive (the one with the operating system) should be set to primary/master by setting the jumper switch according to the diagram. And the other one (I'm assuming you're just adding a second drive) should be set to slave.

If you get those set properly, make sure that the drive is coming up in the BIOS menu that you can get to when your computer is just starting up. You can see the full list in the boot menu. It usually has a few letters that correspond with the manufacturer, followed by numbers which generally tell how large the drive is.

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Two days ago I replaced my old mother board (G31 M7 TE) with its latest version (G41 M7). These mother boards are from Biostar. Everything went fine until installing Vista. When windows was looking for a place to install the operating system it was unable to find a drive (My hard drive is a Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 previously had Vista insalled on it from my old mother board). I made sure that the SATA and power cables were connected and the drive drive was getting warm so I am sure that it is recieving power. When I go to load a driver a pop-up comes up that says the system needs the installation media to access the hard drive (having originally purchased the old mother boad and hard drive as a set from CyberPower, I did not recieve any sort of installation software for the hard drive). I have searched around on Hitachi's website and i was unable to find any downloadable installation software. I also looked around for similar threads, but didnt find any where the drive wasnt being detected during the installation of the operating system.

I am at loss of what to do here. I have tried using a different SATA cable, and restarting the operating system installation process. I know there is nothing wrong with my hard drive since i connected it to another PC and moved a few files off of it. Is there anywhere you know of that will provide the installation software? Is there something else that i am missing or have looked over? Also, if you need additional information just ... Read more

Answer:I cant install Vista because it cant detect my hard drive

Check in the biost setup is it detected there, let us know then

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My hard drive bit the dust and I installed a new one. How do I assign a drive letter to the new drive?
On the install it just says disc 0 partition 1. On the Vista where do you want to install Vista screen the 'new' drive option is not highlighted and I cannot select it, or choose how much space to give?
All help please....I am at a loss! Thanks.:cry

Answer:Clean install of Vista on new hard drive

Follow the steps in this guide to install Vista to a new hard drive. If you have 2 or more hard drives in the PC, temporarily disconnect the drive(s) that you don't want to install Vista on, this will make things easier to figure out when it comes to formatting the drive. You should have a screen that looks like this after entering the product key, and after agreeing to the license agreement...

You might want to click the "Drive Options (advanced)" button if you want to use custom partition sizes and whatnot. If the drive does not appear in the list, power down and double check the data and power connections; power up again and go into the BIOS and make sure the drive is recognized there. If it still is being 'seen' by Vista, try using a bootable utility to format the drive. You can download this type of tool from the hard drive manufacturer's web site for free, or check the Major Geeks Drive Utilities Section and you're bound to find some freeware to do the job. Personally, I use O&O Partition Manager for these things (it's a bootable PE-based CD) but it isn't free (link: and I'm not sure if they have a functional demo version or not....

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First of all I bought my laptop dv 6000 series with vista preinstalled and finally replaced the non-working hard drive. I used the windows anytime upgrade disk to reinstall vista on my new hard drive, but I didnt' know it was a clean install so now I don't have any of the default programs, recovery partition or drivers. Is there anyway I can get all those back? When installing vista from the upgrade disc, it ask me to enter the product key so I entered that. Now, in control panel, system settings it says I have a certain amount of days until automatic activation and it shows a OEM product key, not the one on the bottom of my laptop. Will there be a problem re-activating it again?

Answer:New hard drive install and vista reactivation

there shouldnt be a problem reactivating it. they keys can be used three times i think. and if there is a problem just call microsoft and activate over the phone, tell them you had to reformat and they will just give a new key for free.

The only way i can think of to get your programs and things back is if you had a recovery disk not the anytime upgrade disk. sorry.

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I am trying to update my friend's display driver. First I downloaded the new driver, uninstalled his old driver, and installed the new one. I rebooted the computer and checked to a site called that scans your computer and tells you what drivers are out of date and scanned his computer. It said that the driver was still outdated, and his games still crash or freeze up. I tried doing the same thing agian but it did the same thing. I also tried downloading the driver from a different computer and installing it on his, but it just wont install correctly. Does this sound like a hard drive problem at all? He is running Vista and is using a Nvidia GeForce 7800GT. Any help would be great!

Answer:Display driver wont install correctly! Hard drive problem?

Closing duplicate thread, please continue with your previous thread here:

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They had to put in a new hard drive and now the computer does not see the CD. What do I do to get it back up and Runningmessage edited by TonyZine

Answer:How to re-install Vista Home Premiumn with new hard drive

Make sure the bios is set to boot from the CD first.

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I was given an R500 that had the hard drive removed by the previous owner for security reasons. I bought a charger and a new hard drive and intended to install Windows Vista that I bought a while ago and never used. I charged up the battery. The battery is good. I installed the hard drive. I'm pretty sure I got that right. Then I turned on the laptop. I expected to see a menu giving me some hint as to what to do next but all I see is ThinkPad in big white letters and underneath "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button." I stared at the screen for a while and then pushed the blue ThinkVantage button. Nothing happened. I opened the disc drive and put in the installation disk thinking that should bring up a menu. It didn't. Nothing happened. I'm reasonably experienced with computers and have installed hardware and operating systems before but this has my stymied. Anybody have any idea about how this is supposed to work?

Answer:How do I install Windows Vista in my R500 that I just put a new hard drive into?

Welcome to the forum!
Start the machine, press F12 to enter the temporary boot menu, insert Vista DVD in the media drive and select to boot from it.
Good luck.

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I just got a new 74GB raptor (8MBcache) and am trying to install vista on it. I get to the detect hard drives screen and it doesnt see it. My Bios sees it so its there. I put in the floppy that came with my motherboard (ABIT IC7 Max3) that has serial ata drivers on it, and push the load driver buttonand it seeks the floopy drive but does not find the drivers.

these drivers worked for installing XP 100 times.

how am I going to install this bitch on my new HD?

Why the heck doesnt Vista detect SATA off the bat i thought you wouldnt need SATA driver disks anymore?

Answer:Vista: SATA install not detecting hard drive

VulcaN said:

these drivers worked for installing XP 100 times.

Why the heck doesnt Vista detect SATA off the bat i thought you wouldnt need SATA driver disks anymore?Click to expand...

XP drivers are not the same as Vista drivers.....

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Ok so i am trying to do a clean install on a seagate 1tb drive and it will not see the harddrive. when i tried a 7 disk it saw the drive no problem. my motherboard is a MS-7548. i have tried diffrent sata cable and a diffrent port. the drive shows up in the bios but not in the vista install. when i tried to install xp as someone had advised it BSOD with a 0x07B. i am kind of at a wall at this point in time. i have to have a vista install as that is the only one that i have a key to.

Answer:unable to see hard drive in windows vista install

i also hooked it up to another computer and it work and saw the drive and i tried to install vista on it then but i got a boot failure when i put it in the computer it is supposed to be in.

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Hi, this is my first day on this site, and I definitely need some help!

I have a dell dimension 2400 with a 40 gig hd, and I'm trying to get vista when it comes out. problem is, I don't have enough free space left to install it, since it requires 15 gig. I want to get,say, another 40 gig hd so I have room, but I was told if I move all my files to a new hd I will have to reinstall all the programs due to registry issues. Is it possible to leave my master drive the way it is and just install vista on the new one? I don't want to take out my current drive and pay for a large, expensive hd as money is tight, so having another small drive is my only option.
any advice on the easiest way to proceed, where to install vista, what to transfer, etc?
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!

Answer:install second hard drive for dimension 2400 and get vista on it?


As Vista is the new OS, when you install it, it should see your old OS and create a boot loader, allowing you to choose at startup which OS to choose.

But 15GIG for an OS, another reason not to bother with Vista, I mean what the hell takes 15 GB of space, i'll tell ya, a full copy of Vista as a backup plus space to store all the keystrokes for a month, see told ya I was paranoid....


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Hi All,I have just upgraded from XP Home to 64 bit Vista premium.On My previous XP set I had a few programs and a few games installed and generally had about 275gb of space left over from my 320gb Hard Drive.Now I have installed Vista it has fluctuated between 179gb at it's lowest and 249gb at it's highest. I have the same programs and games from my XP install.I have tried all kinds of repair registry and defrag tools but I can't seem to get any closer to sorting this.On my last defrag it said that over 30gb was fragmented and knocked 15gb off my hard drive. It currently stands at 203gb. (240gb earlier today!!!).Please Help.

Answer:Ever Changing Hard Drive Space since Vista Install

It has dropped to 201gb and gone upto 206gb in the last hour,Whats going on???

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I'm trying to fix this emachine t3604 vista pc, its about 1 years old, first the issue it was doing was whenever you boot the pc it gave a MBR error during the POST proccess. So I atempted to reinstall vista with the restore cd but when vista setup goes to the part where you choose a drive to install to, the list is blank, no drives to choose from. So I thought hmmm the hard drive is no good, so I got a new oem drive sata from newegg and same issue. I even try loading a sata driver option from the same setup screen but still blank.

Anyone have an idea whats going on here?

Answer:emachine hard drive issue when trying to install vista...

are u trying to upgrade to vista or what

did vista come with the pc

and whats the error/issue
be a little more info on it

have u tryed to do a CLEAN INSTALL
can u get to the past logon screen/\desktop

can u post a memory.dmp file
that should be in


and can u post a dx dxdiag file

click start
and ur it says start search type DXDIAG
and post it

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I'll have to replace the hard disk from my Satellite A 200 laptop and only have a Recovery Disk with it. Will I be able to install Vista on a new hard disk from it?


Message was edited by: xaver

Answer:Can I install Vista from Recovery Disc on new hard drive?

Of course you will be able to do this.

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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Hello, I am purchasing a larger hard drive for my T60p (2007-8JU).  I would like to also do a clean reinstall of Vista and my programs on it (this was orginally an XP machine) to clean up rather than install the original XP with its driver package and then upgrade to Vista (this was a pain the first time I upgraded).  Is there a link to download all necessary drivers to ensure all features of my notebook work?  I am looking for drivers for all features (e.g. video card) as well as the ThinkVantage software suite, and was hoping there was a consolidated source or list. Thanks,Message Edited by tougu on 10-19-2008 06:59 PM

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Dell Dimension 8400 running Windows XP

I have had problems getting my computer to recognize some plug and play devices. Some of the fixes include uninstalling and reinstalling drivers.

My problem is - I mistakenly selected my hard drive ST3160023AS to uninstall the driver. I realized my mistake but can't seem to "back out" of it.

Currently when I check the status of the drive in My Computer it says:
"This device is working properly.

The drivers for this device will be uninstalled when the machine is restarted. Any changes you make to this device will not be preserved.

You need to restart your computer before the changes you made to this device will take affect."

So, I haven't shut down or restarted my computer as I do not wish to uninstall the drivers but don't know what to do to make it right.

Will a system restore work to revert to yesterday before I did this?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive driver

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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Hey, my laptop (A two and a half year old Dell studio 1735) has been running Windows Vista like a boss up till a month or so ago. Suddenly it wouldn't boot up windows anymore - it had happened before but a fresh install of the OS fixed that. So when I had the same issue I figured a quick nuking of the hard drive and reinstalling windows would work. (Even "restore to a previous start up" thing didn't work and neither did the safe mode start up. Selecting either just made the laptop restart.)

It didn't work out - I got error code after error code and it got into the same vicious cycle of trying to install windows, failing, restarting. Here's an excerpt from my oddyssey (I take notes while I do huge system things like these):

"Error code 0x80FF0000 - Windows could not set the offline locale information"
(Installation cancelled)
Next attempt:
- completing installation
- "Windows has failed to start"
- Windows Error recovery

Attempt 4 - booting from disc again
- Installation started
- Installation type choice screen unresponsive (6 minutes)
- Unresponsive grey screen for one minute
- Disc partition screen unresponislbe for 3 minutes
- formatting selected partition
- Parition failed (Error 0x8000005 )
- Disc partition screen unresponsive
(edited for jiggery pokery of trying to format partition)
- Selected a partition for windows
- Expanding files
- Windows failed to start
Status 0XC00000e9
" Info: Windows failed to load becau... Read more

Answer:Failing to install Windows vista on empty hard drive. did delete all existing partitions, correct?Support ReferencesLouis

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The old hard drive completely failed to the point that I am unable to recover any data on it. So I put in a new hard drive and went to reinstall Vista and got the lovely error about needing to load a driver for the hard drive. I've tried every Vista driver listed and it won't load the driver for the hard drive. I flashed the BIOS, still no luck. The BIOS does not offer any options to change the settings on how to read the hard drive.

Any suggestions on what else I could try?

Answer:HP Pavilion dv6911om - unable to install Vista on new hard drive

Somewhere in your bios there will be a setting to select which mode the hard drive is running in. You may well have a SATA drive which Vista should have drivers for but in this case you need to set the hard drive to run in IDE mode then it should install. After installation load all the mobo drivers which should then allow you to set the HD back to sata/raid operation which is much faster.

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A friend brought me her Dell Vista Home Premium computer and told me that the old hard drive had failed.  She was afraid to swap out the hard drive and I told her I would help.  She got a new 500 gig hard drive which I installed.  No problem in hooking up the sata and power connectors.  The CD/DVD drive as well as the Seagate hard drive are both recognized in BIOS. 
She received a Windows Vista 32 bit Disc operating system disk from Dell.  Dell also sent her drivers.
My problem is that after I've set the #1 boot priority to CD/DVD and restarted the computer does not boot from the installation disc.  It shows a notice that there is no boot device. 
I thought this would be a simple install.  Not sure what I should do.  I would sure appreciate any assistance.  Thanks in advance.

Answer:Can't install Windows Vista Home Premium on a New Hard Drive.

Tapping F12 at boot should bring up a boot menu. Do you see a CD/DVD entry?

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How does one install Vista on an already formatted, letter designated hard drive?

Couldn't find an answer or the correct exact forum for this question, so I'll just fire away here and hope for the best....

Let's say someone has a hard drive that is already formatted, letter designated and tested -

For instance -

A brand new hard drive is purchased and tested -

In order to test it, it must be formatted -

To be formatted, a drive letter must be assigned -

Cannot name it "C", as that is the primary drive that the system's operating system is already on -

So the drive is designated as "X" (or just any other random letter) -


Physically install the above drive in the same physical location as the previous primary drive (that the system's operating system is already on), thus, physically replacing it -

Insert the Vista full version DVD and begin the installation -

Vista asks which drive -

If the new drive, "X" is chosen...

1.) Will Vista automatically change this (above) new drive's letter designation to "C"?

~ or ~

2.) Will Vista just go ahead and install on "X", leaving it's designation as "X", thus, booting, OS, etc. will now all be from from "X"?

~ or ~

3.) Will Vista just go ahead and install on "X", leaving it's designation as "X", thus, booting, OS, etc. will now all be from from "X" ...BUT... The drive letter of the 'boot, OS, primary... Read more

Answer:How does one install Vista on an already formatted, letter designated hard drive?

Hello Joe, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would just do a clean install of Vista as usual, but select the formatted HDD "X" that you want to install it on during installation.
Clean Install with a Full Version of VistaWhatever OS you startup, it's drive will have the C letter by default. Even if it's not C in another OS.

Hope this helps,

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I recently bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Green 2TB in system spec) due to a a failed Hitachi 1TB drive, and I have no other internal drive attached to my system.

I'm therefore trying to install a fresh copy of Vista Home Premium on the new drive, but I can't get this to work, and I cannot format the drive through the option on the Vista install CD.

I've searched through different forums and have found that the problem may be that the nVidia 570 chipset on my motherboard will not support hard drives >1.1TB. I've therefore tried to install the updated nVidia SATA drivers (through the Vista install CD driver function) but this hasn't worked.

I've also run the MiniTool Partition Wizard as a boot disk which recognises the drive, but when I try and format it, it runs the format, but labels it a "Bad Disk" and the format fails. I'd like to try and split the disk into 2x1TB partitions (so as to be under the 1.1TB), but it (understandably!) won't do this until I've formatted the disk itself.

The disk is recognised in the BIOS, by the Vista install CD and by the Partition software, all with the correct 2TB file size, so I don't think (!) there is a problem with the disk itself or the connections.

As I'm now struggling to come up with anything else to try, I wondered if anyone had any ideas?



Answer:Cannot format new hard drive or install Vista Home Premium

I would try some of these testing tools first.

7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

TestDisk - CGSecurity

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I have a hp laptop dv6502au . The hard disc of my laptop is gone so i replaced it with a new one. The problem is that i created a set of recovery discs using a option in my laptop. But if i insert that recovery disc in my laptop it shows that 'this system does not support this recovery disc' I dont know how to install vista back to my laptop. My laptop came with original version of windows vista home premium. I have a product key also at the bottom of my laptop. Please help me to install legal version of vista back to my laptop. If you want any further details i am ready to provide it.

Bharathwaj Vijayakumar

Answer:please help to install windows vista in a hp laptop replaced with a new hard drive?

hi,,, if you know anyone with an origanal vista disc then they can install vista back on your machine using the product key on the bottom of the laptop,,, a greenish blue sticker with microsoft on it,,,,, this install will not load all the HP stuff that comes with your pc when new,,,, but once the os is back on you could look on the discs to find all the HP stuff,,,,
good luck

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I have a laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. How can I install The full version of Windows Vista Ultimate to an external hard drive without my laptop thinking I want to upgrade it's OS?Sorry.  should have been more clear on the first post. (Windows Visit Ultimate) is the last in the series of Vista OS,s

Answer:How do I install full Windows Vista Ultimate to external hard drive?

XP will not run from an external HDD...this is by design.It can be done but it's an awful lotta work and is not always successful...

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I've attempted to install Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 using retail copies of both OS's on my T400. Neither OS can find the hard drive during the install process. I've downloaded every driver possible from Lenovo and loaded them via USB during the install, with absolutely no luck. I've installed Ubuntu in the meantime to have a usable computer, but I really need Win7 on there, so I have to figure this out. Any solutions? (and telling me to go download the driver isn't going to help me). Also, I've messed around with the AHCI setting in the BIOS, but that didn't help either. 


Go to Solution.

Answer:T400 Windows 7 or Vista Clean Install - Can't Detect Hard Drive

Weird.  Win 7 Pro 64 installed on my T400 without any issues that I can recall.  I realize that doesn't help you much  I was doing a clean upgrade install using a Microsoft upgrade DVD over the top of a Vista installation. Since you've already tried fiddling the  ACHI/IDE mode the only other thing I can think is something about your initial disk partitioning or formatting (or lack of same) confused the installers.  (I realize a confused MS installer is hard to imagine...) Maybe fire up your Ubuntu live CD and dd some zeros to the first few sectors of your drive and try again.  Or format the thing w/your choice of FAT32 partitions and see if that makes the installer(s) happier. What model drive are you using?  Is it the original drive (not that it should matter, mine wasn't)?  What was installed on the machine initially? Just pulling stuff out of my <....>,Z.

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I had this idea, see if anybody has an opinion about this. my wife has an old ex computer I want to buy her a new one but she doesn't like the vista and she wants to keep the old xp operating system. What I want to do is take the old hard drive and put it in the new computer as the master and take the new hard drive and put it in as the slave erasing the vista off it. Then using the master slave way can I transfer the xp operating system and all her files and data from the old hard drive to the new one.

Answer:Variation on this theme,format Vista HDD and then install XP hard drive and files

NOT as easy as it sounds is about any OS. Vista adds a few extras to the mix

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While working on another computer problem it was detected that my DVD drive was not being recognized by the computer (and is of course not operable). I went to the manufacturer's website (LG) to look for the driver(s), but the only software available for my model was an updated firmware program, but I was unable to install that as well.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the DVD drive, but that had no effect. I do not have a backup disk for my system or data, and after a lengthy period a working on another problem I am very leery about doing any system restore for fear of reinstalling my other recent problems.

Any suggestions on how I can find the appropriate drivers and install them for my DVD? It seems very likely that my current driver(s) have been corrupted somehow, but I have been unable to locate replacements. As you can see from the attachment, my DVD, which is manufactured by LG, is a model HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42L (or just "GSA-H42L").

Thanks for looking.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3518 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238409 MB, Free - 200311 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., NODUSM3
Antivirus: Comodo Internet Security suite

Answer:Solved: Can't find/install driver(s) for my DVD drive

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i cant install the ati radeon x1600 pro pci-e vista driver it says it
cant find a inf file want ever that is i would like to know how to fix it

i know i have post after post after post but i love this site i tell people about this site iv telled microsoft techsuport to

Answer:[SOLVED] ati radeon x1600 vista driver wont install

Have you looked at any of the support information on ATI's website? They might have an answer

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I have a gateway, and want to install a bigger hard drive.
Can someone direct me to a site that will walk me through it.
I'm not sure how to get the info from the original drive to the
new drive.

Thanks - Have a wonderful day!

Answer:Solved: Install New hard drive

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Hello All

Windows XP SP3 installed on hard drive C, need to format and reinstall on hard drive D. Windows does not like this idea. How do I carry out this function?

Regards SilverSurf

Answer:Solved: Install XP on second hard drive

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