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Question: solved USB Flash drive "Insert drive into H: drive" data loss/lock/error

Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:

http://www.techspot.com/community/t...e-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/#post-875300

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the free home remedy data recovery tools that I could find... then I snail-mailed this thumb drive to my computer whiz baby brother... finally, I purchased {for $99.}, and downloaded Seagate's data recovery tool, and had my brother return the drive... this was when I found the link above and it's freeware DriveCleanUp program, and this solved my issue

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what I think was/still is "the problem"/locked drive issue... is that the clone looks for the same C:\ assignation as my HDD{which, btw, I had been able to upgrade to 320G}

the problem now, I guess, is where can I find an old XP or Vista computer, to fool around with changing the C:\ drive letter?? [as I'm afraid to experiment on this my only one of my two working <Vista> machines]
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^^^^^^
this wasn't the problem... my issue was caused by left-over USB Flash storage and other USB drivers which once installed were never removed

the freeware DriveCleanUp program, linked in the link, and properly installed{please study the instructions in the link} should help you with this issue... it helped me...

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any thoughts appreciated,

Andy

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I have a card reader for use on a USB Port. I have been using Windows 7 Starter since July 2010. I used the card reader successfully in November 2011. Now all of a sudden I am getting this error: Please insert disk in drive F:" when I try to open the card reader. It is shown in "My computer" as removeable disk. When I check properties it shows the name "USB Card Reader". It also shows "0" space used and "0" space available.

I changed the designature letter from F: to Q, as adviced on some fora on the internet. This did not help. I have tried unstalling of the USB port and did whatever II could think of.

I checked the card reader on a Windows XP machine, and it is fine there. I can read the card reader with the camera.

The USB ports are also working fine. No problem in using pendrive or any other USB device.

I am using an antivirus named "F-Secure". This is provided by my ISP.

Still I want to use a card reader. Is there any remedy?-RDSharma
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Answer:[SOLVED] &amp;amp;quot;Please insert disk in drive F:&amp;amp;quot; Error

Is the card reader listed in device manager?
If it is try deleting it, reboot and replug in the reader it should reinstall itself.

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I've been transferring picture files over to my flash drive, and about a minute or so into every transfer I make, I randomly come across this message in the middle of the transfer:

(example image not mine--pretend this is an image file, not an email)

Not all images contain Properties data, so I am assuming this is why I hit the above message halfway into the transfer.

Does hitting 'Yes' actually cause images to degrade during the transfer, or is the transfer only stripping away the Properties/EXIF data contained inside the image? I am hoping to retain full image quality and dimensions while moving these files to and fro, but I need reassurance.

Answer:"Property Loss" message when transferring images to flash drive?

If I Recall Correctly, that happens because you are copying files from a NTFS file system to a FAT32 file system. The files are losing their NTFS properties.

For you this does not matter. The files are fine, the data intact. The only time you would run into a problem is if the file name or path was too long and even then it would just be truncated.

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Answer:External Hard Drive Problem - "Please insert a disk into drive _:"

I may be mistaken, but I understand, that external HD will work only with the computer on which it was created.Have that external HD ever worked? Is it genuine external HD, or internal with enclosure?

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So after my Period 4 class ended, I headed off to my spare class to work on some assignments on the Mac. My Flash Drive worked perfectly fine in, and before Period 4, then in Period 5 it wasn't working. On the Mac, during my Period 5, it said "Disk not accessible" with three options. I then tried four other computers using Windows 7 and it shown "G is not accessible - The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."
At home I plugged in the Flash Drive (using Windows 7 HP 64bit) and the same error occurred.
So I tried the following things:
Downloading over (literally) eight useless programs that searched in the Flash Drive, and then asked for money; didn't find any files at all, or said "Disk is not Valid".
Went into cmd and typed chkdsk d: r/.
Renamed the portion letter.
Deleting, then installing the drivers (unplugging then plugging the Flash Drive in).
It seems the drive is corrupt, and I am not sure if it can be fixed at all, even by the world's professionals. Not too sure, but I am hoping this can be fixed, even if I have to send it to a store to use their software to recover my files and get the off that drive asap. I have all important graphic, and science work on there. I have work that needs to be handed in around one week from today.
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Answer:Flash Drive USB error "Not Accessible" and "Needs to be Formatted"

Hi MattJoey,

Welcome to SevenForums.

Try partition recovery with the Partition Recovery Wizard in MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6 Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

or TestDisk (Windows version) TestDisk - CGSecurity

A trial using these for partition recovery that should help, here: Recover a flash drive turned RAW ? Partition Wizard and TestDisk.

( Read only the partition recovery portions in it. Do not attempt zero-write which I did to convert a good pendrive inaccessible for the recovery trial. You already have a bad drive. )

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Hi everyone,

I have a 2 GB USB flash drive. I recently plugged this flash drive into my Ubuntu Linux-based computer while VMware was running because I needed to get a file out of the virtual machine and I thought that would be the easiest way. VMware took control of the device and mounted it in the Windows XP environment it was running. I copied a file I needed to get out of the virtual machine onto the flash drive, then shut down the virtual machine.

Now I am having a desperate problem -- the flash drive is no longer readable or mountable in any computer. Linux tells me that the device has an "invalid partition table," Mac OS X tells me that the device is unreadable or not initialized, and another Windows XP computer tells me that the disk in the drive is not formatted. The Linux error message gives me the most hope -- I have data that I cannot stress how valuable it is to me on that flash drive and I desperately need to be able to recover it. Is there any way of bypassing the partition table and getting at the data?

I hope someone is able to help me! Thank you!
 

Answer:USB flash drive "invalid partition table" -- need to recover data

You could try PC Inspector, it's made for these kinds of situations.
 

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The message displayed is "Please insert a blank disc"
I am using a Sony Vaio VGN-NS20M / Windows Vista Home Premium
The disc drive is MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ880AS

So far I have tried uninstalling and rebooting, checking for updates, doing a system restore to before the problem started... none of this has worked and it's driving me mad!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks
 

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When I go to open a program I've recently installed, half way through loading I'll get an error message reading:

The drive is not ready for use; its door may be open. Please check drive A: and make sure that a disk is inserted and that the drive door is closed." Cancel, Try Again, and Continue, to which I press continue to.

Then I get "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert disk into drive \Device\Harddisk1\DR1" with Cancel, Try Again, and Continue, to which I press Continue to and another appears but with \Harddisk2\DR2 and so on. After pressing continue to 1 2 3 and 4, the program continues to load fine.

After doing some google searching I see suggestions about renaming the troublesome drive something other than C (apparently this error happens when 2 drives are called C) but there is no drives involved? its just a program, so theres nothing to change, does anyone have any ideas as to why these errors appear? :S

Many Thanks
 

Answer:"Please Insert a Disk into Drive \Device\harddisk\Dr1" error when starting a program

What program? Are you sure you're on Windows?
 

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Jayda12 asked a question a while back.... I read with baited breath for the answer..... Still waiting.

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BTW... "UncleGooey" is because my little niece couldn't say "Uncle Gary."
 

Answer:SD drive: Error, "Please insert a disk..."

Meh, only thing I can suggest is has the disk been formatted with FAT/FAT32? Perhaps your phone has formatted the disk with a type of format that windows can't read, but I doubt it. You could try other disks to see if it's a fault with the slot or shell card you are using
 

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Hey Guys, i have Hp 8gb Pen drive and when i inserted in my pc it it says "Please insert disk into Removable disk"..when i tried to format it, i got the error "there is no disk in the Drive..Please insert drive and try again"..I have very important files in it.. I tried on another pc but still got same error...can any one give me some solution for that...even if my data is not recovered, it will do but i need my pen drive back..Please HELP me..!

Answer:"Please insert disk" error in pen drive

This can happen if your flash drive tries to use a drive letter which is already assigned to another drive.

1) Insert your removable disk into the USB port.

2) Click Start, right click on Computer, then click on Manage.

3) Now, click Disk Management.

4) Right click on your removable drive partition and select Change Drive Letter and Paths under Disk Management

5)Change the drive letter to something like X: or Z: which is not reserved by some other drive on windows.

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Windows XP Professional v. 5.1 sp3
Abit AN9 32X motherboard
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LG: Super Multi DVD Drive Model: 6SA-4166B
(Custom-Built Computer)

when i put in a disc, autoplay doesn't pop-up so i do to run and type
"D:\ Autoplay", a window pops up saying "please inser a disc into Drive D:"
I've tried putting in the disc before and after i run autoplay.

idk if the problem im having is software or hardware but the Audio Cable is properly installed to the Audio Card and the Power Cable is properly connected because it lights up and I can eject the discs...

that leaves the slot that goes into the motherboard, the IDE slot. theres only one. the hard-drive uses a SATA 1 cable, so it's not the Hard Drive. the jumper in the back of the CD-ROM drive is on MA for master and the ribbon cable that connects the IDE th the back of the CD-ROM drive is on the Slave input.

the ribbon cable has 3 inputs, one goes into the Motherboard (the Connect to M/B) and theres 2 other inputs along the cable, the one in the middle is SLAVE for ATA33/66/100/133MB/s and the one on the end is MASTER for ATA33/66/100/133MB/s.

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Answer:Solved: CD/DVD-ROM Drive says "please insert disc"

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Hello,I have Windows Vista Home Premium,recently,I have been experiencing this problem;when I insert any CD or DVD,it comes up in the computer tab as there is a disc in the drive,although,when i hit explore or open autoplay or try to play the CD/DVD,it says "please insert disc into drive D" i have tried checking if the driver is up to date in device manager and it says it is.Also,sometimes when i put the CD/DVD,in,it sometimes lags and i am presented with a message saying "Interactive services,a program is preventing from displaying a message on your desktop",the cd drive then lags to eject it,What should I do,I was thinking maybe uninstall the drive and windows will then recognize it when it gets a reboot? but i wasn't sure,i am only just computer literate so i do not know much about what to do,thank you in advance for your help


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Answer:[SOLVED] &quot;Please insert disc into drive D;.&quot;

Yes you can do that and it will find it again at bootup.
I have done it myself after a Nero installation I had went bad and had the same problems.

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Answer:bsod copying files from "c" to "d" drive and system lock ups

Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

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I have a Dell XP 3 Gigahertz HD...service pack 2 with ample USB ports and I just bought a Sandisk 1Gig Flash Drive and when I plugged it in I got the message you would normally get for Win 98se pop-up...to install a driver or to use my disk that came with it to install. I called the tech at Sandisk and told him my problem and that when I went into Device Manager there was Sandisk Mini-Cruzer alright with a yellow question mark so he told me to right click and do an uninstall...and he said that I needed a Self-Powered USB HUB with 4 ports because I wasn't getting enough power.

I bought one - an Inland - at Micro Computers...set it up and plugged it in and it still won't work. It does the same thing thing as before.

I can't get it to create a new drive letter.


I have A: Floppy C: Main HD D: CD E: CD-R. I don't know how to fix this and need help. My wife had the same problem with her laptop when she got a new Flash Drive and her IT guy at work fixed it in about 5 minutes she said. I appreciate any and all help from you experts. Thanks for your time.
 

Answer:" Flash Drive or Jump Drive Won't Install On MY Dell XP? "

rgarr said:



I have a Dell XP 3 Gigahertz HD...service pack 2 with ample USB ports and I just bought a Sandisk 1Gig Flash Drive and when I plugged it in I got the message you would normally get for Win 98se pop-up...to install a driver or to use my disk that came with it to install. I called the tech at Sandisk and told him my problem and that when I went into Device Manager there was Sandisk Mini-Cruzer alright with a yellow question mark so he told me to right click and do an uninstall...and he said that I needed a Self-Powered USB HUB with 4 ports because I wasn't getting enough power.

I bought one - an Inland - at Micro Computers...set it up and plugged it in and it still won't work. It does the same thing thing as before.

I can't get it to create a new drive letter.


I have A: Floppy C: Main HD D: CD E: CD-R. I don't know how to fix this and need help. My wife had the same problem with her laptop when she got a new Flash Drive and her IT guy at work fixed it in about 5 minutes she said. I appreciate any and all help from you experts. Thanks for your time.Click to expand...

did you mean your computer run at 3g(CPU), Using WinXP, right?
yellow question mark mean the computer have not be installed driver for USB Scandisk. USB 2.0 support all P&P removed hardwares.
when he said that you need power USB hub that I think Volt in USB port is not enough 5 Volt. so you should check it again.
 

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As this question was never answered I'll post it verbatim with my own comments below,
See original post here;
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/756093-flash-drive-s-active-light.html

In all operating systems up to Vista, the flash drive's "active" light turns off when I go through the disconnect procedure; but, in Vista, it doesn't. I have traditionally used this as part of my explanation to others (and a convenience to myself) about when to not to remove the flash drive from its USB port.

This is a problem common to all Vista systems I've seen.

Why does the light not turn off in Vista?

And, is there an easy way to correct this?

Additional information: I have eliminated this problem being hardware-related. I have loaded Vista onto one of my systems here that previously had Windows 2000, then XP on it and it was only with the loading of Vista that the problem developed on this system. Just to be absolutely sure, I did a restore of a previous image of Windows 2000 and the problem went away again. I put Vista back on and the problem came back. So, this is strictly a Vista problem.Click to expand...

I have had the same problem with every Vista system I have used and every flash drive (note this means SSD NAND flash not HDD's or card adapters). AS the last discussion degraded into useless questions about hardware and other OS's let's get a confirmation that someone out there actually has a flash drive that turns its activ... Read more

Answer:Flash drive's "active" light doesn't turn off in Vista when "safely removed"

have done a litte research and testing in my lab on several machines and have confirmd the problem. What it seems to indicate to me is that, in Vista, the light simply indicates power, not data transfer. Whenever I am transferring data, the light blinks.

While I have never actually tested it, I do not belive that the "safely remove" feature actually kills all power to the USB port in XP. If that is the case, then there is really no danger as long as vista has acknowledged the disconnect and knows not to try to write data to the drive.
 

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Hi, all:

Seeing this thread, being preoccupied today with work projects, and generally obsessing over the imminent arrival of my first system with dual internal drives, I must ask my next really stupid question:

How do I relocate my data from "My Documents" on the 256GB SSD OS drive on which I assume it will arrive from the factory to the other, internal, data drive (a 2 TB spinner)?

All of my previous and current systems had/have a single hard drive (either a spinner or a SSD, but not both).
So this is new for me.

This will be an OEM box, not an upgrade and not a home-built system.
I assume it will arrive from the factory with "everything" on the SSD (C:\) and "nothing" on the spinner (I guess the HDD will be D:\?).
FWIW the system will have only a single, Admin user account.

Before I get too far down a rabbit hole when it arrives later this week and before I move my "old" data from the old system to the new one, I just need to know how to make sure that I properly locate my data folders (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) on the new system's data HDD, rather than on its OS SSD.

I presume it's not as easy as a mere "drag and drop" of the "My Documents" folder from C:\ to D:\, right?
I have to somehow "point" Windoze to the new, non-default location?

I know, this is a really, really stupid question from an old geezer.

So thanks very much for your patience,

MM

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Hi, all:

Seeing this thread, being preoccupied today with work projects, and generally obsessing over the imminent arrival of my first system with dual internal drives, I must ask my next really stupid question:

How do I relocate my data from "My Documents" on the 256GB SSD OS drive on which I assume it will arrive from the factory to the other, internal, data drive (a 2 TB spinner)?

All of my previous and current systems had/have a single hard drive (either a spinner or a SSD, but not both).
So this is new for me.

This will be an OEM box, not an upgrade and not a home-built system.
I assume it will arrive from the factory with "everything" on the SSD (C:\) and "nothing" on the spinner (I guess the HDD will be D:\?).
FWIW the system will have only a single, Admin user account.

Before I get too far down a rabbit hole when it arrives later this week and before I move my "old" data from the old system to the new one, I just need to know how to make sure that I properly locate my data folders (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) on the new system's data HDD, rather than on its OS SSD.

I presume it's not as easy as a mere "drag and drop" of the "My Documents" folder from C:\ to D:\, right?
I have to somehow "point" Windoze to the new, non-default location?

I know, this is a really, really stupid question from an old geezer.

So thanks very much for your patience,

MM

Answer:How to relocate "data" on 2nd internal drive, separate from OS drive?

Yes, if all your data sub-folders and files are within the Libraries, My Documents section, you can go into each of the directories within Documents and copy everything belonging to you from the source directories over into the target directories.

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Answer:"Format did NOT complete successfully" error on 32gb USB Flash drive

Try this HP Formatting Tool.http://files.filefront.com/SP27608exe/;9868201;/fileinfo.html

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My laptop is having problems with reading USB flash drives and recognizing iPod nano.

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I've tried different USB sockets on the laptop- same problem. The flash drive and iPod work fine on all other computers so it seems local to this laptop and I can't see any reason to format it.

I am using a Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop running XP SP3. To attempt to rectify this problem, I reverted to SP2 using c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

Following this, I was able to access files on the flash drive for a few moments but when I attempted same with the iPod, I got a Windows crash and following the restart am back to square one, with neither flash drive nor IPod being usable except windows XP remains at SP2.

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Answer:Windows XP gives "disk not formatted" error on USB flash drive

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athlon 2600+, Gigabyte NNXP Mobo, Windows 2000, adding a new 250Gig slave HDD (Seagate ATA).
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Once windows had fully finished booting, no second drive visible, did "find new hardware", and selected exclamation marked hdd, and installed drivers from win update. The hard drive still does not appear in the My Computer drive tree.

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Answer:Hard drive instal error "data services locked"

Check your Disk Management. You can find this in:

Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Computer management
Disk Management

It should tell you if it is properly formatted, healthy, or degraded. Post results.
 

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I recently bought a new flash drive to transfer files between computers... when I plug it into my USB port, it finds the hardware and says it's installed and ready to use.  I start to transfer files onto it.  After a couple files it stops and tell me "Cannot create or replace (file name): cannot find the specified file."  Then when I open the drive it says it's empty even if there's files on it.  If I disconnect and reconnect (or uninstall and reinstall), it may (or may not) work for a minute and then repeat the same problem.  My Window's Updates are all up-to-date (I'm using Windows XP).  I've formatted and reformatted to not avail.  I've tried the other USB port, no change.  It works just fine on two other computers but not this one. I tried another flash drive and encountered the same problem but I've not had this problem before now.  Any suggestions would be great appreciated.

Answer:Flash Drive error... "Cannot find the specified file"

What format is it in now?Download this HP Formatting Tool:http://files.filefront.com/SP27608exe/;9868201;/fileinfo.htmlIt the current format is FAT, format it to FAT32If the current format is FAT32, format it to FATThen try and copy files to it.Also, what version of Windows is this?

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Yesterday I copied some pics to my flash drive, it worked well. But today I get write protected error. I can't delete/change anything but I can copy them. There is NO switch on it. I tried chkdsk, says write protected too. Same problem on other comps too.I searched for this problem, nothing helped.This http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php?topic=42095.0is similar but I have another manufacturer.I tried booting from ubuntu live cd, again write protected errror. So no viruses/os can be the problem.specs: 256mbAdata, www.adata.com.tw nothing else is written on it so I don't know the model.No good support on their site. 256mb isn't much but I need it.Please help.

Answer:USB flash drive "write protected" error

SOLVED!This may help you if you have such problem.I booted again to Ubuntu (why?) and formatted it. Suddenly it worked.Don't know how I or Ubuntu did it, but it works under windows too.I am sure have no viruses. Linux forever. M$ *****

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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Hi everyone,
here is my problem.I recently turned my usb into bootable usb in order to run chrome os,everything was ok untill i needed my usb to transfer some files so when i plugged it in while running windows 7 a box popped up to format it i clicked ok,then i noticed the usb from 8 giga showed up as 1 giga in my computer.I opened disk management and saw that it was cutted down in many partitions, i deleted some of them so i would expand it in one partition,at that point my trouble began,the expand option was greyed out,i tried diskpart and delete the partitions there.After that the drive lost its assign letter and showed up as one partition in disk management but in my computer it was invisible,i tried other guides that use diskpart and i download some programs to fix this with no luck.when i tried to format or assign letter from disk management i get this message "the system cannot find the file specified usb format".I tried to plug the usb in my roomates laptop with the same resaults so i dont think its my drivers or laptop problem.I hope you can help me tnx in advance and sorry for my bad english..
 

Answer:Solved: "the system cannot find the file specified usb format" usb flash drive

You might see if this utility can correct your issue.

http://www.alexpage.de/usb-image-tool/download/
 

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L25 series laptop, that I have had to reload the operatingsystem, and many updates because the system recovery disk is from 2005.Since I have reloaded the system, I have had to reboot my computer to safelyremove my USB flash drives. It seems thay somehow become busy when I accessthem, and thay stay busy until I reboot! OS Name   Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition   Version   5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600   OS Manufacturer   Microsoft Corporation   System Name    ####-#System Manufacturer   TOSHIBA   System Model   Satellite L25   System Type   X86-based PC   Processor   x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1496 Mhz   BIOS Version/Date   TOSHIBA V2.20, 3/9/2006   SMBIOS Version   2.34   Windows Directory   C:\WINDOWS   System Directory   C:\WINDOWS\system32   Boot Device   \Device\HarddiskVolume1   Locale   United States   Hardware Abstraction Layer   Version = "5.1.2600.2562 (xpsp.040919-1030)"

Answer:USB flash drive "drive busy can not eject"

Assuming you have Windows XPWhat is the device type?What antivirus protection do you have?USB 1.0 or 2.0?Are you sure that all the opened applications that were using the device are no longer in use?

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I have been racking my brains trying to figure out how to do this:

I know that in my "c" drive I can designate a section of it as the "d" drive, and the computer will show it in My Computer as another drive even though I have not installed another physical hard drive. But, on my flash drive, I am not sure if this is possible...is it? I want to designate a certain section of it as the "X" drive or whatever and have it always be that. I want to do this because when I put my flash drive into my laptop, it is always called the "E" drive. But when I put it in another computer, that computer it is in will be sometimes name it the "I" drive or some other letter.
I want to have part of my flash drive designated as a specific letter that does not change even though the main flash drive is renamed by the computer I stick it in. It's going to solve alot of problems for me if I can do that for my own cockamamie purposes but I cannot figure it out.
Please help!
 

Answer:Putting a "virtual drive" on my flash drive....?

Don't think that installing a 'RamDisk' drive on your usb flash drive is going to be possible.

I run RamDisk drives on most of my pcs, they create a 'B' drive (but this can be changed to any drive letter). The RamDisk drive is created from ram taken from the physical ram present in your system, so that if your total physical ram is 512Mb and the Ramdisk drive is allocated say 128Mb, then the available physical ram left for your system to use is 384Mb. In addition, the RamDisk drive is a software prog that has to be installed onto the operating system. Once Installed it will show up in 'Device Manager.

Perhaps some other users may have a more informed opinion

Cheers
 

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A 2006 post seems to have covered this issue, but what is suggested there, and which is what I had already done prior to visiting Tech Support Guy, does not solve the problem.

I am attempting to copy picture files to a 2G flash drive in a USB port on an iMac. After 78 pictures I get a message saying a particular picture (all are jpeg) cannot be copied because there is no room on the drive. (I have tried to do the same with a 1G CF card and get the same message.) There are no seriously large pictures in this group and when I check the properties of the flash drive, it shows about 1.8 G free space; about what I would have expected given the number of pics copied and the size of same. (Checking the 1G CF card gives the same relative info.)
Further attempts to copy the same group of pictures results in a message saying a particular picture cannot be copied due to lack of space, and when I delete that picture from those to be copied and try the rest again (in other words, reduce the number of pictures to be copied), I again get a message saying a different (say "the next") picture cannot be copied because there is no more room on the disk.
I have formatted the flash drive on a PC and "repaired" the drive on the Mac. Nothing changes.
Anyone have an answer as to what the problem might be here and how I can resolve it?
Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: 2G flash drive says "full" when it is not.

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I have 2 drives with the same error message, both have data on them that I must try to recover ASAP. I will post 2 separate threads so as to not confuse the issues even more... This is problem drive #1

FYI:I recently purchased this item to get data from my husbands laptop:
"Rosewill SATA or IDE 3-in-1 to USB2.0 Cable Converter Adapter."

My drive must have failed, as the error message states:
"This disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

Is there good free software to help me recover the data or should I purchase something?

Answer:[SOLVED] Need help with Data Recovery (Drive &quot;D&quot;) #1

Is the drive properly detected in Device Manager? Also go to disk management and see what it says (click start, run, then type diskmgmt.msc). Don't format or partition, just read what it says.
There's also the possibility of a corrupt partition table or something like that. Try testdisk. There's a thread on using it here
http://www.techsupportforum.com/f16/...er-194492.html
You want to use it to check if everything is all right. Don't make any changes if what it reports seems inconsistent with what you know about the drive (For example if you know it's a 500GB drive and it reports 200, do you want to apply changes? say no). Also browse around to see if your files are still there and intact.

One last thought I was wondering was - what service pack do you have on your current XP? XP with no service pack will not recognize drives over 128GB (possibly what the drive in the enclosed USB case is). Very unlikely scenario that you have XP without any service pack, but just checking anyway.

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I sometimes switch hard drives between computers. As far as I know, this is not a drive with an OS on it-- just data files. I plugged it in after it was unused in another computer for quite a while. The drive shows up in Device Manager has a drive letter assigned and is listed in the BIOS. When I click on it in My Computer to see the contents, I get the following message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted"

"Do you want to format it now?"

When I look at the Disk Properties page for that drive--the file system says RAW

Before I try a program to recover files from it--I seem to remember that it could be a Master Boot Record (MBR) problem on the drive. The files should still be there--just the locators and pointers to files and folders directories are missing--such as drive tables?

Is there a safe way to get Windows to recognize the drive contents by using a DOS command to rewrite MBR---such as FIXMBR without destroying the files on drive?

What DOS commands and switches should I use? I have a Windows XP CD or I can use a floppy disk. Is it better to try the time consuming file recovery process first before attempting to write to the drive using DOS FIXMBR commands?

I will start a scan now to see if there is any recoverable data while I wait for any helpful info and replies

Thank you, in advance, for any help that anyone can provide!

I am using Windows XP SP2 and drive is a Samsung hard drive showing as 32 GB RAW

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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Files Gone "The disk in drive D is not formatted"

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Hello,

I need help with this Diskette issue please. "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure"
I've had this problem a few times in a couple of years and I have been able to fix the error by pressing F2 and going to the SETUP. And I've done this with no issues. But this time I thought I fixed it but now I get this new error: "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". After I press Ctrl+Alt+Del it takes me back to the same error massage "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". Need help please. This is a Dell Desktop, Windows XP.
Thank you.

Sue
 

Answer:"Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" Error Then "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl..."

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Hey forum,

First post here, I hear this is a great place to come for Vista help so here goes...

I recently completed a new computer and am having trouble with my optical drive (Model LG GH22NS30). The funny thing is I actually installed Vista onto my main HD (also a SATA drive) using the optical drive when I first loaded the computer. The error now is that when I put a disc into the drive Vista doesn't recognize the disc and when I try to access the drive the error message, "Please Insert a disc in drive D:" shows up and the drive ejects.

The drive shows up in device manager. I've tried deleting it and rebooting to let Windows reinstall the drivers and have tried upgrading all the drivers I can find myself. Just to be sure I took the drive out and tested it on another computer and I now know the hardware is working just fine. I've seen other posts on other forums with similar problems but haven't found a solution. Here are the specs on my rig:

BIOSTAR TA790GX 128M
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 512MB
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R (GH22NS30)... which I hope to soon have working!

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!
-Q

Answer:SATA problem? "Please insert disc in drive D:"

Install the SATA drivers/software for your controllers either from a download or FDD/usb floppy. Did it come with a disk?, and have you updated your system at Windows update for Windows and other pruducts?, (keep going back until it says no further updates available for your system)


It should work out of the box as long as the sata/raid controller is loaded (and it must be if Vista sees your SATA HDD). Check your BIOS setting for the optical make sure it sees it as a SATA AHCI DVD RE optical drive, and not running under IDE mode.

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When I plug my memory stick into the computer, a new drive appears as you would expect it to, but when I try and open this drive, it acts as if its a disk drive without a disk in, meaning I can't attempt a reformat of the memory stick or anything :S

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to make my memory stick usable?
 

Answer:"Please Insert Disk"... On a memory stick drive?

Try starting disk management to see if the flash drive is visible and whether or not it is partitioned and formatted. If so, should look like Disk 3 in the attached snapshot ... if not you may need to partition although these drives normally come preformatted.
 

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Was just transfering some data from PC to USB flash drive, get an error, now it has been wiped blank. Any way I can restore the data that was on it?
 

Answer:Flash drive data loss

What was the error?
 

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I'm running Windows 7 on a DELL XPS. Before this happened a disk scan was running and I reset the computer before it was finished. It restarted the first time, but by the time I got back to the computer it was on the "Strike f1 to retry boot" screen.I've tried turning on CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK & SCROLL LOCK and hitting ALT - E,F,B, but that did not seem to work. I don't know if I did the combination work or something, but I tried a variety of combos and none of them seemed to work. I also tried reloading the default settings in the Boot options menu and that did not seem to help either. I've read resetting the BIOS is a possible solution, but I'm not sure what the next step is at this point.Any help would be greatly appreciated.* UPDATE: I just ran a diagnostics test and it said Error Code 0141 - No Drive Detected

Answer:Getting "Strike f1 to retry boot" "Error Code 0141 - No Drive Detected"

Its having issues detecting the hard drive. What is the exact make/model number of this computer?Curious as to why you didnt allow it to finish properly? Did it take forever getting hung at a certain point of the scandisk in which you told it to reboot because it was not progressing further? I have a strong feeling you will need to replace the hard drive. The system sensed an issue with the drive before it died and it attempted a scandisk to try to repair, and right now it sounds like the issue with the drive got worse from the point in which the system detected a scandisk was necessary to correct for errors.

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SOLUTION: Windows 8.1 repair install from original media.

I keep getting this error:

When I try to click on a dvd drive, which has a DVD inside.

It doesn't matter which of my DVD drives nor which DVD disc is used.

So, Windows doesn't recognize the DVDs (or CDS or Blu-Rays) inside the drives.

Does anybody have any ideas as to what might be causing this?

My system is Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with all updates. Drives are both SATA and PATA drives.

Answer:"Please Insert Disc" prompt when there is a DVD in drive

Possible bad machines but just in case it's because of the drivers' go to Device manager, find drives and uninstall them, reboot and proper drivers should be installed.

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I added a slave drive to my Windows XP Pro computer, and it appears to work properly.

However, when I open the "Documents and Settings" folder (on the slave drive E:\, which is Windows XP Home Edition -- not XP Pro), I do not see any of my documents, sub-folders, etc. There should be MANY sub-folders (inside the "My Documents" folder which isn't even visible), with hundreds of documents, jpgs, etc. within it.

When that drive is installed as the Primary drive in my other computer, the User "Larry" (which is me) has all Administrative privileges. On the computer that I'm running now (with the slave drive in it), I also have Administrator privileges. I own both computers.

My User Name "Larry" is password-protected when I login to Windows (when the drive is Primary and installed into my main computer (not this computer with XP Pro).

I've tried clicking on all the users; Administrator, Default User, Larry, Guest, etc. (Note: I get an "Access Denied" error when clicking on the Guest "Documents and Settings" folder).

So, the questions are:

1. Why can't I see any files or subdirectories in the "Documents and Settings" folder on the slave drive?

2. There's supposed to be a folder named "My Documents," but I can't find it. Normally, that path is "C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents".
--- Where is that folder? It contains all the files I'm looking for.
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Answer:Solved: Slave drive "Access Denied" on "Documents and Settings" Folder

Follow the directions here to take ownership of a file or folder.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
 

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I am running a wired network in a small office. 4 Dell boxs all running Vista Business. One computer is designated a "psuedo" server and contains a large hard drive containing all common data. All users have been configured and have access to this drive. The process seems to work just fine and then at somewhat random intervals, might be once or twice a day, might be after a couple of days, all users lose access to the drive. The only solution which always gives them renewed access is to reboot the machine that the shared drive is on. There does not seem to be any linkage of a cause to the problem, no specific use of a given program, time of day or a specific user. When one user loses accces all users do.

I have succefully used CMD to change the autodisconnect to -1 but his does not seem to solve the problem. Is there a required second step? Perhaps on the machines accessing the shared drive?


Anybody out there with a similar problem and with a solution?

Thanks for any ideas or help

Answer:Random "loss" of shared drive.

It sounds like to me that the hard drive is about to die on you. Back it up immediately and expect it to die within a few weeks...
or i might be completely wrong! But my hard drive died exactly the same way...
The more users have access to the drive the more use you get out of it. A drive will only last for around 40,000 reads and writes.

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without a complete reinstall:

Quote from Fred Langa:
"Moving The Operating System To The New Drive
There are several ways to move the operating system to a new drive. But because I'm a fan of drive imaging, my preferred method for setting up the operating system on a new drive is this:

Still running the operating system on the old drive, I enter the Device Manager and uninstall the current entries under "Disk Drives." This in effect makes Windows "forget" what drives it's currently using. I then reboot to my disk imaging tool and create an image of the "no disks configured" version of Windows residing on the old drive. I then restore this image onto what will become the C: partition on the new drive. This whole process is measured in minutes, not hours, and gets a complete clone of the old Windows set up onto the new drive, with all the software and user files intact and ready to pick up from where they left off."

Quoted from Fred Langa

http://www.informationweek.com/LP/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=181502411&pgno=5&queryText=

He glosses over this part of the instructions expecting all his readers to understand this
critical piece. I believe that just this one paragraph would qualify as a complete article.

Anyone care to point me to an article that explains these steps?

I'm using Norton Partition Magic 8.0 and Acronis True Image 9

And maybe I'm not posting this in the right forum?
 

Answer:Replacing "Old" Primary w/new Drive/Making "Old" Drive The Slave

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Anytime I try and run a program I get the message "Windows cannot access the specified drive, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Even when I try to shut down or restart it says "You do not have permission to shut down the computer"

I can only run programs by going into Task Manager -> New Task (Run) -> and searching for the program itself.

Please Please help me!!!

I have pasted the RSIT Log.exe file below AND have attached the GMER and INFO files as well


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R
Logfile of random's system information tool 1.04 (written by random/random)
Run by Michael Farese at 2008-11-10 14:12:03
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
System drive C: has 58 GB (76%) free of 76 GB
Total RAM: 510 MB (29% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:12:16 PM, on 11/10/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
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Answer:[SOLVED] Error: &quot;Windows cannot access the specified drive path or file&quot;

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Please note that all instructions given are customised for this computer only, the tools used may cause damage if used on a computer with different infections.

If you think you have similar problems, please post a log in the HJT forum and wait for help.





Hello and welcome to the forums

My name is Katana and I will be helping you to remove any infection(s) that you may have.

Please observe these rules while we work: Please Read All Instructions Carefully
If you don't understand something, stop and ask! Don't keep going on.
Please do not run any other tools or scans whilst I am helping you
Please continue to respond until I give you the "All Clear"
(Just because you can't see a problem doesn't mean it isn't there)
If you can do those few things, everything should go smoothly

Please Note, your security programs may give warnings for some of the tools I will ask you to use.
Be assured, any links I give are safe
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Step 1
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded, select ... Read more

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I recently installed Norton Systemworks 2004 Pro on a Win XP Home machine and now every time I reboot I get an error saying "Cannot Access Drive C:". According to Symantec's support site this is an error with the Norton Protected Recycle Bin. They suggested booting into Safe Mode and being sure the permissions on the c: drive were set properly for the System and Admin users. They were. They said if this didn't work I should disable and re-enable the Norton Protected Recycle Bin. This didn't work either. Anybody have any other ideas?

Thanks,
Dave
 

Answer:Solved: Norton Recycle Bin "Cannot Access Drive C:" Error

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Hello,
I hope this is the correct forum. I'm trying to back up my Quicken files and when I try to back up to my C:/ drive, it tells me "unable to access the disk in drive C:. Please make sure the drive is ready and the disk is not write-protected." It's treating my hard drive like it's a CD-R. I am able to back up to an external hard drive, but would like to put it on C: It won't let me do it in the Quicken files or the desktop or anywhere. Please help.

Julie

Problem solved: I'm running Vista and tried opening Quicken as administrator, and it now allows me to back up the files to the C: drive
 

Answer:Solved: "Can't access C drive" error when backing up Quicken

Wonderful! Please mark your thread as solved. See instructions in my sig!

Have fun!
 

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Hello, TSG!

Just yesterday I was using the computer normally until I got a Blue Screen. Getting a blue screen is usually something normal that occurs to my every so often, so I didn't mind it and rebooted the computer normally. However, I got two more blue screens within the next hour. The 3rd time rebooting, my computer starts to act strange as if it had a virus. Upon powering up the monitor would just display a black screen with two lines about something --- which I don't remember, sorry --- and stayed like that unless I plugged out the power cord or held on the power button to shut down. Then when after a few tries it boots and displays a message "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" (and the same message for Drives 2 and 3) show up. Also it asks me to continue loading by pressing the F1 Key.

When Windows loads the first time, it displays a message saying a bunch of hardware has just been installed and ready for use. Also, my internal clock resetted itself back to Monday, November 07, 2005 (Which, if I recall, is the date when I got the computer) and my speakers do not work.

TL;DR Version
3 blue screens within a short time
Floppy disk fail
Drivers 1-3 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1-3

Anyway, I browsed through Google but I haven't seen anyone with both problems. I disabled my Floppy Disk Drive and that message doesn't show up anymore, but the others do and my computer still isn't fixed. I ran a vir... Read more

Answer:Solved: "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found" problem

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Hi,

I just put together a brand new haswell gaming rig and installed windows 7.
Long story short, I copied the contents of my windows 7 installation disc into an internal SATA drive (1600BEVT-22ZCT0) and installed windows onto another internal SATA drive (ST3160215AS).
My problem is that in order to access the windows installation in ST3160215AS I have to boot into 1600BEVT-22ZCT0 and then select Windows 7.
If I boot directly into ST3160215AS then I get the error message "BOOTMGR is missing".
How can I fix this and boot directly into the drive windows is installed in (ST3160215AS)?

I've tried the commands bootrec /rebuildbcd, bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot but they keep using the MBR stored in 1600BEVT-22ZCT0 without ever creating an MBR on the ST3160215AS drive.
I don't have an optical drive on the rig and the only way I can transfer information to and from the rig is by removing the 1600BEVT-22ZCT0 internal drive and connecting it to my laptop.

Sorry for the long post,
Thanks in advance for helping.

Answer:[SOLVED] Error message &quot;BOOTMGR is missing&quot; ONLY when booting directly into drive

Hi do you have a usb drive then you could try this 4 Ways to Create a Bootable Windows 7 or Vista USB Drive

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My computer is a bare bones kit from tigerdirect.com, there are no problems with the computer, just the hard drive, for about 6 months I had Fedora Core 1 installed, with a just a boot error (GRUB loading stage2Read error) this weekend my friend gave me an XP Pro CD with SP1, I have completly formatted the drive, I boot the XP CD, create the partition, format the partion, copy files for XP install, reboot, and then I get "A disk read error occured, press CTRl-ALT-DEL to reboot" I in the proccess of doing a "zero-fill" format, just from the error I get, I am leaning towards faulty drive or bad MBR.

if anyone needs more info then please ask, if anyone has any suggestions then please post them

Specs:
120gb seagate 7200 RPM 8mb cache
 

Answer:Solved: hard drive "read error"

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"Cannot lock current drive" ...and therefore I must schedule scan on reboot.

So how do I lock current drive to go ahead with scan without rebooting first?

Answer:"Cannot lock current drive" (to do chkdsk scan in cmdprompt).

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pappi


"Cannot lock current drive" ...and therefore I must schedule scan on reboot.

So how do I lock current drive to go ahead with scan without rebooting first?


What is drive letter of current drive? What's on it?

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When I right click on my C & D drive in My Computer the Open and Explore words in in odd characters and clicking on them does nothing. This happened after I used a USB key on another computer that had these characters. How do I fix this?
 

Answer:Solved: Right Click C Drive "Open" &amp; "Explore" in odd characters

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Hi! Thanks for helping!

Computer: AcerAcros 486 DX, 540MB HDD, 36MB ram, Win95, IE 4.0, Floppy Disk only, 56k modem.

I have had this computer - unused for 3 years - for 9 years. I want to give it to a boy who needs a computer but can't afford one. I got it out yesterday, set it up, did the maintenance on it, and it checked out great. No problems except it was losing time, so I just installed a new CMOS battery. Now it is keeping the correct time.

PROBLEM: Now when I boot up, after the RAM count, I get the following errors:

Diskette Drive Error
Diskette Drive Type Mismatch
Equipment Configuration Error

"Press F1 to continue or Ctrl-Alt-Esc to enter setup"

When I press F1, it loads Windows and everything works great but I will really appreciate your helping me fix this so that the computer will work properly.

Please tell me what to do!!

Thank you,

spaceman
 

Answer:[SOLVED] "Diskette Drive Error"

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i'm having problems getting a Netac "OnlyDisk" USB flash drive working with a Toshiba Satellite Pro A10. The flash drive is their model U2CV2. The A10 is running Windows XP with SP1 installed, although Windows Update does not appear to be working now so i may end up having to re-install anyway.
The problem I'm having is when the USB drive is plugged into the PC, windows BSODs and restarts within seconds (not long enough to read the BSOD error message). Occasionally, it will work if you leave it plugged in throughout this reboot, but on those occasions when Windows loads, you get the error message "attrib.exe cannot write to disk in volume e: as it is write-protected..." even when the USB drive is set to write-enable. Windows error reporting says the error is caused by a device driver, but Toshiba UK don't have an update for the model's USB drivers (the Satellite Pro A10 is seemingly not a worldwide model) and the only thing I have found there is a BIOS update.
The USB drive works on a different XP machine without any problems.
I haven't tried the BIOS update yet, but i don't hold out alot of hope of it solving the problem and was wondering if anyone here has experienced (and more importantly, solved) any similar problem. In the end, I can always try re-formatting, re-installing XP and then installing SP2 which I have on disc lying around somewhere, as I find that can often solve problems with device drivers, etc. But that... Read more

Answer:Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 - problem with Netac "OnlyDisk" USB flash drive

If you have a resource CD for that thing, you could try reinstalling the USB drivers for it. The attrib.exe error is pretty weird, I assume the e: drive is the flash drive your trying to plug in.

When your using a USB-based harddrive or a printer or scanner, something big along those lines, its generally a good idea to plug them in before the laptop or desktop is on. If you can get it to at least recognize the e: drive in My Computer, you could try right-clicking on it and adjusting stuff on the Security tab - mainly that "Everyone" has "full control".

If neither of those work, I'm out of ideas for now

It would be reformat time for me I suppose, if after that the BIOS update failed to solve the issue. But you might have data you wish to keep.
 

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This could potentially speed Windows performance up if you got a 80x + flash card or fast USB2.0 device?? The random read times would be so much faster than a typical hard-drive.

Has anyone tried this?

With what OSes is this even possible?

I was reading that with Vista's Ready Boost it isn't quite like putting your page file on the device and there is no real benefit if you have more than 2GB of RAM. I would think that with a 8GB or perhaps even a 4GB flash drive putting the page file on the USB2.0 device might actually be sound practice.
 

Answer:Has anyone tried putting your Windows "Page file" on a SD card or USB flash drive?

I would think that the constant reading/writing would wear the drive down in short order.
 

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hi again guys
i have a A-DATA S805 8GB flash drive when i connect this to my notebook one file shown in drive that named "syncguid.dat" and when i format and delet it shown again. and when i connect this to my PC tell me that " one device is not recognized"
what is this file ?
what i should to do for cleaning this?
and why my PC can not recognize my flash drive and other devices?

Answer:a file that named " syncguid " donot daleting from flash drive!

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
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I'll warn up front that this is a duplicate of another forum entry, but although that other entry is now closed, the solution was never posted.
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1046981-solved-system-cannot-find-file.html

I recently turned my 8GB Sandisk usb into bootable usb in order to run chrome os,everything was ok untill i needed my usb to transfer some files so when i plugged it in while running windows 7 a box popped up to format it i clicked ok,then i noticed the usb from 8 GB showed up as 1 GB in my computer.I opened disk management and saw that it was cut into many partitions, i deleted some of them so i would expand it in one partition,at that point my trouble began,the expand option was greyed out,i tried diskpart and delete the partitions there.After that the drive lost its assign letter and showed up as one partition in disk management but in my computer it was invisible,i tried other guides that use diskpart.
when i try to format or assign letter from disk management i get this message "the system cannot find the file specified usb format".

The other user eventually found some software which solved his problem, but never indicated which software it was. If anyone can advise on this, I'd be grateful.

Thank you.
 

Answer:"the system cannot find the file specified usb format" usb flash drive

http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html
 

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when i clicked on it, nothing happened...

Answer:"copy this network profile to a usb flash drive" not working

Hi there,

You'll have to follow this guide and see the step when you have to insert the USB flash drive, it should work.

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Hello,

So I have a 64GB USB Flash Drive (Centon DataStick Sport). I had not used the drive in several months until the other day when I plugged it into my computer and it asked me to reformat it. I don't know why it asked me to reformat it, but it might have been due to water damage (I had carried it in my backpack and water may have hit it. I'm not quite sure).

I reformatted the drive using NTFS file system and everything is fine aside from one thing; when I plug it in, it shows up as a "Local Drive" under "Hard Drives" like my WD 1TB drive does. I would think that it should show up under 'Devices with removable storage" but it does not.

Does anyone know why this is?

Thanks.

Answer:USB Flash Drive showing up as "Local Disk" in Windows 7

Hi SlashEmUp Welcome to Seven Forums .. Right click on the Usb Drive propertys/hardware uninstall the Driver . Then unplug the Flash Drive .. Re-Install .. See if that works

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3839 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 918 GB (341 GB Free); D: 12 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2AB1
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated
Running Windows 10
Product name p6710f
Prod. No. BV 530AA#ABA
When a flash drive in put into USB port F File Explorer fails to open and Task manager reports File Explorer "Not esponding."
The adjacent front panel Flash drive (H?) works normally.
Using Device manager, I Updated the driver software for all USB ports but the problem persists
The Device manager lists all USB ports but does not identify them so I hesitate to uninstall/reinstall any port for fear of disabling the good ones.
Would appreciate any help.
 

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This is a years-old, chronic problem that a lot of people have; but, I'm trying once again for a solution. I attach a USB flash drive, sometimes as many as three, and when I go through the disconnect procedure I get a message it is in use and I should try later or close programs that might be using it. Problem is there are no obvious programs running aside from Windows and none of the flash drives have been accessed for several hours.

Upshot: I have to shut down the computer before removal to prevent the possibility of file system damage -- and this is getting old.

This problem has persisted for years across many brands and models of computers, many operating systems, many flash drives at many locations with many users; but, I think it is the OS that is at fault because that seems to be the only common denominator.
 

Answer:Chronic "Safe to Remove" flash drive problem

I had been having the same problem with an externa; hdd.
Download Unlocker http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/ - right click the drive and you will then be given the "all clear."
 

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In all operating systems up to Vista, the flash drive's "active" light turns off when I go through the disconnect procedure; but, in Vista, it doesn't. I have traditionally used this as part of my explanation to others (and a convenience to myself) about when to not to remove the flash drive from its USB port.

This is a problem common to all Vista systems I've seen.

Why does the light not turn off in Vista?

And, is there an easy way to correct this?

Additional information: I have eliminated this problem being hardware-related. I have loaded Vista onto one of my systems here that previously had Windows 2000, then XP on it and it was only with the loading of Vista that the problem developed on this system. Just to be absolutely sure, I did a restore of a previous image of Windows 2000 and the problem went away again. I put Vista back on and the problem came back. So, this is strictly a Vista problem.
 

Answer:Flash drive's "active" light doesn't turn off in Vista when disconnected

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   Thanks for the opportunity with this website!  My computer recently had a problem and I had to remove my flash drive without the proper procedure.  I am currently using a Dell Inspiron 1100 with Windows XP.Problem:  I cannot open the flash drive-a message box pops up with a formatting request (I know not to do!).   The properties show the drive "F" is RAW and there are 0 bytes used and 0 bytes available.   I tried running the Recuva Deep Scan and it cannot read anything due to the message: Unable to read boot sector.  I have removed the flash drive before without following procedure and didn't have problems (due to computer issues).Please help-I have over 5 years of business files, Quickbooks backups, all of my company logos, all personal files, everything on this flash drive.   Is there any hope, is it just damaged?  This is extremely stressful...I don't know what to do.

Answer:Lost all info? "Unable to read boot sector" USB Flash Drive Problem.

What kind of problem did your computer had when you removed your flashdrive that created this? It seems it has something to do with that. Flashdrives can only be damage either through virus infection or being careless with it.

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When I insert any of my flash drives, and then try to "open folder to view files," or in any way try to open the drives- I get the message "Access is denied." I can right click- explore, and get into the drive that way.

Can someone tell me why this is happening? It's been going on for about a month now...happens on ANY flash drive I use.

Thanks!
 

Answer:"Access is denied" message when I use flash drive

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Hello,

I apologize if this is in the wrong forum - if so, please move. But I thought this was a little more serious than "malware."

I am looking for a verifiable security firm - if not one of the larger ones, or advice on how to reach them.

I have a USB flash drive with a copy of what appears to be a "gapless" UEFI rootkit ie. "Badbios" that can use a number of exploits to make an end run around Windows 8 and Windows 10 app signing, and various AV to install unsigned Windows drivers, sometime after which it takes over the I/O controller intercepting commands to the disk, and infecting as much firmware as it can: video card, touchscreen, etc. And yes, it exploits the Intel vulnerability unveiled at Blackhat.

It appears to be gapless. After burning through many home PCs, and many exchanged ones, I exchanged yet again for a Dell Inspiron 23 'all-in-one' touchscreen model today (8/18/2015.)

At this large national brick-and-morter retailer, I was allowed to fortify it with the latest Dell patches to everything including SATA, and the Intel Chipset (driver dated July 31) I installed a variety of anti-malware and saved various errors and Windows 8.1 event logs as I went.

Somewhere along the way, this rootkit (seems to have) jumped from my Apple 6 Plus in my pocket to said PC right there in the store. As stated above, it took over the i/o controller and UEFI, the touchscreen and video card firmware. It may be elsewhere.

I gi... Read more

Answer:Have USB flash drive with UEFI, "gapless" rootkit

Not sure who you would contact myself.

This is the first I've heard of BadBIOS being actively used in the wild - are you sure it's that? I'd think it'd be more along the lines of BadUSB (source code is available on GitHub in fact) which is used to infected flash drives at the controller / firmware level and spread payloads that way. You can see how it works here: https://github.com/adamcaudill/Psychson

As for recovering from it...not sure other than possibly reflashing the controllers/firmware of each device to rewrite the firmware in it's entirety.

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My Sandisk 32GB USB Flash Drive doesn't allow deleting of files nor Formatting. The message reads "Disk is write protected". Since all it holds now is 'old stuff' its useless. Can we restore so it can be used again?

Answer:usb flash drive - "Disk is write protected"

try the following if you haven't and hope it helps
1. Insert the USB Flash Drive
2. Don't open or format it directly
3. Right click on my computer and go to manage
4. In computer management window click on disk management option
5. Right click on the USB Flash Drive
6. Select format

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I just noticed my computer doing this today, i don't think its done it before.. anyway every time i insert my flash drive its a different drive letter, going in order. Like it went from N to O to P to Q.. Why won't it just use the same one (first available) each time? I've gone into disk management and set a drive letter but it doesn't stick, when I reinsert the drive its different again. It seems like windows doesn't want to recognize that this is the same drive, so each time it thinks its a new device.

Answer:Different drive letter each time i insert my flash drive.

Do you remove is safely (using the icon in the system tray that looks like a oblique shot of a card with an arrow pointing down and left?)

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"0x80070057" error. I was simply trying to copy a folder or group of files to another hard drive.
Hard drive to Hard drive, no SSD or External was involved.

Any solutions to this issue?

It literally refuses the copying to be performed ...

I'm trying to copy folders/files from a Seagate SATA II 320 GB Hard Drive to a newer Western Digital SATA II 1 TB Hard Drive.
thanks

Answer:"0x80070057" Error copying files from hard drive to hard drive??

  
Quote: Originally Posted by axelrose


"0x80070057" error. I was simply trying to copy a folder or group of files to another hard drive.
Hard drive to Hard drive, no SSD or External was involved.

Any solutions to this issue?

It literally refuses the copying to be performed ...

I'm trying to copy folders/files from a Seagate SATA II 320 GB Hard Drive to a newer Western Digital SATA II 1 TB Hard Drive.
thanks



That error sometimes refers to a read write problem. That could be caused by a controller, too little ram, or a busy cpu.

How bis are the copies?

What does it say in event viewer about it?

There are several ways to find what the problem is. The best is to go into event viewer (type eventvwr in search). Go to the windows log>application tab.

You want to look for critical errors (they have red in the left column ).

When you find them you want to look for critical errors that say app hang, app crash, or anything that relates to the problem.

When you find them please note the event ID, and the source codes and tell us what they are.

Let us know if you need help with any of this.

Ken

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Hello.

I was recently made aware, that the data on the disc will vanish overtime due to the fact they are stored in a magnetic way, if the disc is not used internaly. This is the case with my 500GB Seagate disc, that I consider as data storage, and which is just laying on the shelf in a closet.

I wanted to ask what I need to do to prevent it. Do I need only to READ the data off the disc, or do I have to RE-WRITE them to prevent this from happening ? If I only need to read them, is there a command in windows XP terminal, that I could use to do this ? I found a command for MAC to read the whole disc:
sudo cat /dev/rdisk0> /dev/null
but I can't find similar for Windows XP.

The best soslution for me though, would be to use the software to scan the disc, as I want to do it from time to time, to check if everything with the disc is ok. So, would scanning of the whole disc using some software (to find bad secotrs) like for example "[email protected] Hard Disk Monitor" do the trick ? If it would coule be great, as I would cook 2 dishes on a 1 stove.

Thanks guys
 

Answer:Refreshing data on a hard drive (to prevent it from "evaporating" over time)

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I'm trying to wipe/secure erase my computer hard drive and put it back to factory settings--the computer is getting sold. From reading the forums, I realize I can use clean all or other programs to write over the "deleted" data with ones or zeros.

However, my plan of action was to:
1. Use system recovery to put the computer back to factory settings
2. Create a system image
3. Use clean all from the command prompt to wipe the drive
4. Reinstall Windows 7 via installation CD
5. Restore via system image

The one problem is that I don't know if a system image saves absolutely everything, including data that had been "deleted" and is still present on the hard drive but is designated by the computer to be written over. I'm worried that if I do this, I'll just be undoing my attempt at securely erasing my hard drive and the "deleted" data will still be available for people to find if they tried.

Does anyone know? If this is true, I'll just do all of this and just reinstall the HP drivers and software that came with it manually and the hard drive won't have a recovery partition for the next person.

Answer:Does a system image save "deleted" data on the hard drive

I'm not sure I follow your steps. I'm missing why you'd install Windows 7, then restore. Do you have a Recovery Disk ?? If not can you still make one ?? If either is yes, then I'd wipe the drive and restore and be done with it.

On the other hand, if I was that concerned I'd probably just put another HDD in it and restore to it.

In answer to your question though, it depends on what you use to capture / apply the image. Imagex, by nature, simply gets the "meat" of the OS install and leaves behind anything else. Other stuff may well carry the "ones and zeros" of deleted data as well. I seem to recall once using a utility that grabbed the entire partition to apply elsewhere. I quit using it because it was more trouble than it was worth.

But by far the most secure method is to replace that hard drive and keep the drive that "might" have recoverable data and use it yourself as a spare or external drive.

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Hello.

I was recently made aware, that the data on the disc will vanish overtime due to the fact they are stored in a magnetic way, if the disc is not used internaly. This is the case with my 500GB Seagate disc, that I consider as data storage, and which is just laying on the shelf in a closet.

I wanted to ask what I need to do to prevent it. Do I need only to READ the data off the disc, or do I have to RE-WRITE them to prevent this from happening ? If I only need to read them, is there a command in windows XP terminal, that I could use to do this ? I found a command for MAC to read the whole disc:
sudo cat /dev/rdisk0> /dev/null
but I can't find similar for Windows XP.

The best soslution for me though, would be to use the software to scan the disc, as I want to do it from time to time, to check if everything with the disc is ok. So, would scanning of the whole disc using some software (to find bad secotrs) like for example "[email protected] Hard Disk Monitor" do the trick ? If it would coule be great, as I would cook 2 dishes on a 1 stove.

Thanks guys

Answer:Refreshing data on a hard drive (to prevent it from "evaporating" over time)

Where did you read this? Got a link?

While that is true of magnetic tape and floppy disks, it takes many years (even decades) for that to happen. Tape is more vulnerable because it is layered when rolled up on the reel so the magnetically charged particles in the adjacent layers can affect each other over time. Floppies are stacked too and both tape and floppies use lubricants and other chemicals and compounds in their coatings and substrates to keep them flexible, slippery and to prevent them from turning brittle. Those chemicals and lubricants break down over time.

Hard disks don't have the chemicals and lubricants and the platters are inside shielded housings so they would take much, much longer. It is much more likely the motors and mechanical/moving parts would seize, or an electronic component in the drive would fail before the magnetically charged particles lose their orientation (which is what happens - they don't "evaporate"). It is also more likely the interfaces would become obsolete first. For example, soon all motherboards will have only SATA drive connections. IDE will be obsolete so even if you have a stack of perfectly good IDE drives, you would have to dig up an antique motherboard with IDE controllers, or suitable adapter (and IDE cables that were still good) to access them.

Reading (or scanning) does just that - it reads the data (senses the particle alignment). Only writing the data aligns particles. So to refresh a disk in the manner y... Read more

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Hello,

So a while ago my computer crashed and I wasn't sure what it was so I tried many things because I wasn't getting any BIOS beeps so I thought it was the motherboard but long story short it's the graphics card, so I've replaced that with my old one for now. But since I took out so many parts so many times I keep getting the

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" error.
I have a Motherboards - P8P67 LE - ASUS

And I've set the SSD to the primary boot, I've tried to directly boot it via BIOS but they both still give the same result, I've put the Win7 disk in and done a repair but still, no change.

Since my OS is installed to my SSD, is there a chance it could have corrupted the files or the actual drive when the computer crashed? From what I heard SSD's seem to be a bit fragile.

Any help or recommendations would greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" with only 1 data drive

How many times have you tried startup repair ?

It may take 3 attempts.

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Am I kidding myself that using Google Drive (free) is a good idea for my off-site backup? Every once in awhile I notice its system tray icon is "faded", meaning that it isn't running, probably because I lost the wireless signal on my laptop, possibly because my router seems to require resetting every week or so.

Other than that, I've had no surprises. And did I mention the price? Googling shows failures from both Google Drive and Carbonite, so why pay?

Two weeks ago, I had to reformat my C: partition and so lost the User data that was in it, but I used Ubuntu to copy it onto an external Toshiba hard drive, so, other than the inconvenience, it turned out OK. I didn't consider trying to restore from Google Drive because I felt more comfortable dragging folders onto drive C: after reformat. (I wish I HAD used Google Drive to see how restoring ALL the data would go.)

In the process I learned that Dell Data"Safe" Backup is FAR from it. Took forever to backup, no time at all to FAIL TO RESTORE. Knowing in advance that this is common--i.e., that it is NOT SAFE AT ALL--I used Ubuntu to access the folders on drive C: and copy to external drive.

(Windows backup quit working the day I installed my Seagate external drive. So I wrote my own Java backup program, which seems to work well enough. But since it's not automatic, and since I'm like most people, the backup on it when drive C: went bye-bye wasn't exactly up-to-date. Thank whoever for Ubuntu.)

Answer:Is Google Drive reliable? Dell Data"Safe" backup is NOT

Hi
I suppose any online backup is better than none
But it would be best used as a second or third alternative and not as primary
Mostly the download time would be a deal breaker as you found moving folders is much faster
Or restoring from a local hdd with a system image on it.

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Hi guys,

Hope you can help, this has been driving me nuts for some time now.

Not quite sure what triggered this issue but I have recently been unable to access (play media or music, delete, modify ) any files on my internal SATA slave drive ( B:\ ). Everything seems to work ok on the internal primary drive ( C:\ ). Recent files are held on C:\ , then transferred to B:\ for archiving, back-up or when C:\ is running low on space.

Sometimes when trying to access a file or directory on the B:\ drive I get an I/O error, but even when this error does not appear, I still cannot play or view the mp3, avi or jpeg.

I read somewhere that perhaps the permissions or User Controls have been messed up. I disabled User Account Control in Vista and tried to modify permissions, as they were not the same as the directories permissions on the C:\ drive. It worked for most files, but some are still inaccessible, I get the I/O error.

I tried to run a chkdsk on B:\ and get the error "Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives"

But the drives are both listed as NTFS in the Disk Management System.

Any thoughts on how to get the disk working again, or recover the existing data ? As it stands I cannot even copy files to C:\ to try and recover them.

Hope I have provided enough information.

Thanks
Chris
 

Answer:Getting "Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives" message on slave drive with Data ??

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Hello A friend of mine's father passed away suddenly, and she gave me an external hard drive to try and retrieve pictures from for his funeral this upcoming Thursday, she said it malfunctioned when it was knocked over and fell a few hours ago.. I tried it with the case still on and Windows wouldn't even recognize it, so I took apart the case of the external drive and removed the SATA WD Desktop drive to my Hard Drive reader, it shows the Drive under the letter:F and says "The F: Drive needs to be reformatted before any access".. Is there anyway I can retrieve the data from this drive with the current tools I have (Drive reader), along with a potential program perhaps? or will they need to escalate this to a data recovery place that takes the platter completely out and retrieves the information that way?

I am using Windows 7 64 Bit, and this drive reader is pretty good never let me down in the past, I'm just stuck.. Thanks!
 

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Hi Folks -

Been a long time since I had a problem I couldn't solve myself, but when I DO come across those, this is ALWAYS where I come, based on the extreme expertise demonstrated by the people who helped me previously. You guys ROCK, really!

So here's the issue in as concise form as I can put it now, will elaborate as required based on questions from anyone trying to offer support.

Some time ago (> 1 yr) I had a M/B failure that forced me to replace the M/B. As a result I knew I had to reinstall the O/S and all the applications & updates I had accumulated over several years (yes I almost cried).

Before I started that task, I backed up both both of the existing partitions, each of which was ~65% capacity. The problem here was that having no bootable O/S, I couldn't access any "proper" GUI backup software, so in the end I resorted to using Robocopy from the command line, and copied EVERYTHING to my 1TB portable drive (Seagate FreeAgent Go).

Over time I gradually reinstalled the O/S and apps, and migrated the data back to where it belonged, and I have now reached the end of that process, with one problem.

The original (and re-installed) O/S is Vista Home Basic 32-bit SP2. After finally moving the last of my data over to the desire location on my HDD, I wanted to delete the last remaining folder(s) from the portable drive and hit a snag. In attempting to delete the top level folder "c_drive_transfer" I got hit with sev... Read more

Answer:Self Replicating "Application Data" Folder on External Drive?!?

If all of the data has now been moved, you can delete the partition on the USB drive and reformat using Disk Management. Or is that something you prefer not to do?

You could try deleting the files offline using Puppy linux. That boots to a root user so you should have no problem deleting the files and folders.
 

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

Here's what I found ou... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.

Thanks!

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Hello,
I just built this new computer (everything new) but when I start it up it gives me this message, and I cannot open my disc (probably not recognised?). Please help resolve this.
Btw. no operation system installed or so.

my computer:
CPU: intel i7 920
Motherboard: gigabyte GA-ex58-ud5
Sata-II hdd
+ cd writer is SATA as well

Could it be that I need to update my bios somehow? I highly doubt it's the hardware as it's all new
 

Answer:"disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" But CD-drive won't open

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Hi!

Several years ago I built a desktop computer for my friend. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on this, in the 64 bit version, and I followed user Kari's tutorial for placing User data and ProgramData on a separate physical hard drive. The system drive for Windows 7 was on drive C:, and I had a separate physical drive, D:, exclusively for her User data (that is, all the user accounts on the system) and ProgramData.

This worked very well for her.

Then last year, my friend upgraded her system from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10. I'm not sure what flavor of Windows 10 she has -- perhaps it is Windows 10 Pro. She did this on her own. I believe it is still a 64 bit operating system, but I never checked. The upgrade process went very well. She still had her User data on the separate hard drive, D:\.

A few days ago, my friend expressed concern that she might lose her user data. Drive D:\ was a "Samsung 840 Pro" SSD device, the 512 Gb size. I thought I would clone this drive to a brand new SSD drive, a "Samsung 850 Pro" SSD, which is also 512 Gb.

Last night, I asked my friend to shut down her computer. Then I removed the Samsung 840 (drive D:\ with all the user data) and I cloned this to the new Samsung 850 Pro SSD. To do the cloning action I used the Gnu ddrescue product.

The cloning action took only about 40 minutes, and after it was completed, I took the Samsung 850 device to her computer, connected it to exactly the same SATA cable and power connect... Read more

Answer:Drive With User Data Replaced; System Stuck In "Automatic Repair" Loop

A little more detail. Here is a picture of the "automatic repair" loop that I'm seeing:

Under "Advanced Options" I can apparently open a command prompt and run diskpart. Here is how the hard drives on this system seem to be lettered:

The arrow points to what I believe should be drive c:. Drives e: and i: look to me as if they should be on the same physical disk as c:. So I used diskpart to re-letter the drives:

But diskpart does not seem to save this new drive lettering information: when the computer restarts, it reverts to the drive lettering that I started out with. So the changed drive letters do not "stick". Does this seem pertinent to the problem I am having? I guess replacing the Samsung 840 Pro SSD with a new Samsung 850 caused all the drives to re-letter, even though I did not add an additional device; I replaced an existing one with a newer model.

Thanks

Bob

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Hello All

Quick question here.

My CD drive on my Toshiba M40 laptop seems to be acting up. I just formatted my computer and got it up and running again. I go to install some of my programs, but for CERTAIN CD's, it says that D is not accessible (where D is my cd drive) when i double click the drive in my computer.

Now it can't be the disk because i have given the disks that don't work to a friend and they worked fine on his computer.

Agian, my computer only does htis for certain disks, not all, so, i dont know what to do.

Any feedback would be aesome. Thanks in advance.

Bryan
 

Answer:CD Drive Error "D Drive Not Accessible"

Clean the disks
perhaps the drive is just going
are they running in DMA mode (look in device manager, primary/secondary controllers of IDE controller area)
 

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Ok folks I have a problem.

I have a 250 gig hard drive that basically died on me. Since I was building a new computer anyway, I just left it in my old machine and built my new computer.....well time came and I wanted to recycle the old machine, but I pulled the old hard drive (the "dead" one).

I want to pull the data that is on there but I am running into this problem. It's an IDE drive and I plugged it into the motherboard and power supply and booted the machine.

The motherboard recognized the drive, but when the computer boots to Vista, Vista doesn't show it Computer, but yet when I go to Device Manager, it shows the drive - yet I can't access anything.

How can I pull the data I want from the drive before I give up and drill holes into the platters?
 

Answer:"DEAD" hard drive - Need to recover data

Hello. Do you have it installed as slave? If so and can't be read, try this. Start,Control Panel,Administrative Tools,Computer Management,Disk Management. Find your 250GB drive if it shows up.Right click,choose Open. Then find files you want and use "send to " command.Good luck.
 

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Ok, so first off, let me say I regret ever going to the stupid Geek Squad to fix my computer at all. I understand it instantly makes me an object of ridicule. However, I am a jerk and usually can't fix my computer myself.

So.

A few months ago my computer was acting all sorts of wonky: taking forever to boot up, refusing to run simple programs, taking forever to connect to the internet, wouldn't run even a simple YouTube video, etc. etc. As I desperately needed the computer for school (I had an online class about to start), I caved and took it to Geek Squad. They told me the hard drive was dead and needed to be replaced. They also told me it would cost about $200 for data recovery. I didn't have any $ (this was all done under warranty) so I told them to just go ahead and fix it.

Fast forward a week or two...

I'm at Best Buy picking it up:

Geek Squad: Sign here. Oh, and here's your discs.
Me: Discs? What discs?
Geek Squad: The discs you dropped off when you dropped off the computer.
Me: I didn't drop off any discs!
Geek Squad: Well, they were with your computer when we got it.

Come to find out, my two darling sons (ages two and four) shoved a couple discs into the DVD drive, at the same time and without my knowledge. Hence, my computer did NOT need a new hard drive (I'm assuming) because my kids just clogged it up by trying to force two discs to run at the same time. Rather than check this before they ran their diagnostic tests, Geek Sq... Read more

Answer:Recover data from "dead" hard drive?

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Hi,

Fastest way to upload 1.3 TB of data to NAS, "cloud drive"??

I've uploaded about 400 MB to a 3 TB personal cloud & it took several hours with an ethernet connection thru 100mbs dual band router using W Explorer. There has got to be a faster way.

Does anyone know how to upload MB of files faster, more efficiently?
Please advise.

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While running chkdsk on my back-up 750 GB HD (Seagate ST3750330AS (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 - Hard drive - 750 GB) the computer was inadvertantly powered down. On startup, post info said SATA2 (backup) drive "not found".

Drive C and operating system worked fine after losing Drive D. I am running XP with the primary C drive being two seagate (250GB) drives in stripe array and the backup drive above as D:\. The drive spins up at power on.

The checkdisk (with repair) was based on several earlier errors related to D:\$MFT which I was hoping to solve with checkdisk. I'm thinking the interuption resulted in the loss of the ability of the bios to see the drive. I have about 400GB of backup data on the drive.

My critical data is backed up in a third location, but there is much data on the drive that would be "Very nice" to get back. As such, I am not prepared to pay much for recovery. I would like some hints as to how I might recover at least part of data. For example, can I somehow reformat (or partial reformat) and then use free file recovery software to salvage whatever i did not overwrite with the format? Is it possible to rebuild the MFT if that is the cause of my problem? If so, how do I get my system to recognize or "find" the drive in question and what software would i use?

Any suggested path forward, including software, would be appreceiated.

Paul-D
 

Answer:Recover Data from "Drive Not Found" Failure

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Is it possible to permanently move my Application Data into my DATA folder which is located on my second (internal) hard drive? This would make backing up my programs so much easier.

Any suggestions would be very welcome!

Michael

(Windows XP Pro)

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Hola Every1 ! Got a buggy C drive ! So i`d like to reformat or scrape it ! Have a duplicate 98se on D drive . So transfering all data from D drive after C drive is SCRAPED seems like the ultimate BACKUP don`t it ?! Now both these drives are PHYSICALLY seperate/no partitioning here! Ha ! OK heres my question . Y`all have a description or guide how to accomplish this heroic fete of daring do ?!?! Please any help is greatly noted in my memory?! THank you Dean P.S. 98se/ IE6/ C drive is newer fastr/ D drive older slower/ Via mobo/ AMI bios/ fully Updated
 

Answer:New "C" drive reformat+transfer duplicate D data?

Whew! If I understand it you want to transfer "all" data which I assume means the directories and program apps from "D" to "C" after formatting C.

No, that won't work because the registry will be looking for "D" not "C" when launching any program or file shortcuts. Now you can do what's called an image of D to C but again you're going to have to do a lot of cleaning up. Did I understand what you wanted to do?
 

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Hi, new to this, and hope some one can help?  I'm publishing a load of automotive data on CD for free distribution. I have one main file on the disc containing lots of PD F's with internal Hyperlinks, that work just fine on any computer the disk is loaded to. Outside of the file is a ADOBE DOWNLOAD, a (Read me First) Text File, & a Shortcut targeted to the main Hyperlink page in the File. Problem is, my Drive is E: , on other peoples computers I've had F: , and no doubt ther's more CD drive designations. Of course the shortcut fails to recognise other drives. IS THERE A WILDCARD or SOMTHING TO FIX THIS? that I can write in Target: & Start in: . Many thanks, Please feel free to email

Answer:CD DATA Publishing-"Shortcut Drive Targets"

Solution: Don't use shortcuts. You could use a batch file instead.

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Hello,

I don't know from where but i got some virus in my comp. I tried scanning my comp using AVG but it did not find any virus. It did find some, but they were not removed as AVG was unable to remove them. Now, i restarted my comp. But my comp won't start. After the Windows XP loading bar comes, i get a blue screen and it won't go ahead from there. I thought of formatting but realized that i had many important documents on "C" Drive. I don't want to lose it. So, i did not format, just gave the repair option to repair my Windows OS. After repairing, it still gets hanged at the windows loading bar.

So, please help me. I want the data on "C" Drive badly and i can't afford to lose it. I have no backup of it whatsoever. Please tell me how can i get the data and then i will format it.

Waiting for some good replies.

Thanking you

Answer:How Can i format my computer without losing data in "C" Drive

Pull the hard drive from the computer. Put it on an External USB Enclosure/Adapter. Mount the now external drive to a working computer. Pull the data off that you can't live without. Put old HDD back in computer, boot off of XP CD and Format and install Windows.

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Hi, I just reformated and installed SP2. I've tried two different thumb drives in two different USB ports, and it always tries to install the driver, and then says installation failed, and "Data Invalid". They are two different brands of USB drives too, different sizes, the only thing they have in common is that they are both thumb drives.

I tried putting the Windows CD in and telling to to reinstall and update driver from removable media, and it still doesn't work Still has "Invalid Data". Any ideas?
 

Answer:USB Thumb Drive Driver..."Data Invalid"

What brand of thumb drives?
 

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I have a system with 3 drives disk0, disk1, and disk2.
What I'd ultimately like to do is install Windows 7 on disk0 and install Linux on disk1.
Then I want to have disk2 split into 2 partitions(part0, part1) for programs and other misc install files.
However I don't want disk1 and disk2part1 to be visible while using disk0 and disk2part0 and vice versa.
Is there any way to make this possible?
Sorry if it sounds confusing this was the best way I could think of explaining what I'm trying to do.

Answer:Dual Boot with shared Data "D" drive

Use This just download the Home Edition

Install this on both OS's to hide partitions (but be careful what you are doing)

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I recently installed an SSD in my system, as I was clearing off my secondary disk I messed something up on it. My secondary drive is a 1tb WD Black that had 3 partitions. It had the 100mb System Reserved, a 75gb partition that contained my Windows 7 install and all necessary drivers, and the remaining 856gb was a Data partition that contained everything else (games, pics, music, files...)

I went through my Windows partition and got everything out of it that I needed. When it came to the System partition, i figured I didnt need it anymore so I deleted the volume and extended the 856gb partition. This turned the drive into a Dynamic drive. When I saw this it didnt look right to me so I tried to me so I deleted the 100mb volume again.

This is where everything went wrong. The file system is gone and both the 100mb and 856gb volumes are unusable. Disk Management says they are unformatted and are RAW.

I have tried a bunch of different programs, partition managers, recovery programs, lots of them. Im not really sure what Im doing though, Im not sure the steps that I need to take to fix this.

I think I need to convert it back to a Basic drive, then rebuild the MBR. Ive never had hard drive issues like this so its all brand new territory for me.

My original post about this issue was on another forum and can be found here with more pictures and steps that I have taken.
Deleted NTFS file system, need to restore

Answer:Converting Dynamic drive to Basic drive without data loss.

Hell Reverse, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to use OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to be able to convert the disk from dynamic back to basic without losing any data.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Dear Lenovo,  I give up now. Again for the fourth time, straight. One of my drive got unallocated, once again, with just 7 days ago,even after I did, as directed by the customer support for solution. (#screenshot 2 and 4). All they did was ask me to reinstall the OS using the one-key recovery. Its a terrible experience, using this piece of lenovo Ideapad 310 15IKB. I need a straight forward either, a replacement of this system or a straight solution. I am done with your explanation that you donot support drive partition. Then, what should I do, to store my files, folders and data, store them all in cloud. If you suggest me to store everything in C drive, give me a written official statement, that upon storing, everything in C drive, with all games files, movies and softwares, my system will not slow or its performance will not be affected.  Or rather, I should stop using this laptop for all and keep as a show piece. I do not get, that whether all apps, default ones especially, are facing which problem, that they are resetting, automatically. The system, is getting slower, so fast that, even I fear between switching programs. For example, if I minimize or open any other program, like folders, It takes more than a minute to open it. This is your Lenovo's 4 GB DDR4 RAM with 2.5 GHz speed.   Please, spare me out, I mean it seriously. I have already given all the diagnostic data of hardware and even remote control to your servers, ... Read more

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I was sent a flash drive that contained files which I opened successfully yesterday. Today when I try to access the files, I get a notice that says the flach drive needs to be formatted. Will the files be removed from the drive if I proceed with formatting? Is there a way to get back to the files? Are they already erased? "Stumpee"
 

Answer:Flash drive now showing "needs to be formatted"

DON'T format (or write anything to that flash drive) will modify/possibly overwrite anything left

There are a couple freeware data recovery tools you can try. Checkout PC Inspector.

Click the Help tab and note they give the 4 steps for it to attempt to find and recover any lost files still on that drive
 

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I've got everything up and running with my Vista x64 pc (finally!) and I wanted to put my pictures/videos/music on it. I plugged in my 1tb (WD MyBook Essential 2.0, powered separately from pc) external hdd and heard the "beep" or whatever that sound is that Windows makes when it acknowledges a USB device. However, when I tried to open up "Computer" it froze (just that window, not the whole pc) and I realized it was still registering the drive. I have to wait about 10 minutes before I can actually pull up the contents of the drive. Every time I plug it back in it does the same thing. This DOES NOT happen on any of the 3 or 4 XP machines I have plugged this into...it is immediately recognized and I can view the contents instantly.

When it comes to transferring files, it is VERY slow (approx. 2mbps) and in some cases, it won't let me transfer the file because it says the file/folder is corrupt. But if I plug it into my XP machine, the file/folder is fine and I can view or open it no problem.

I tried using a SanDisk 4gb flash drive to make sure it wasn't just my drive. It recognized this no problem (Windows made the "beep") and I could view the contents instantly, but I when I try to transfer files, it starts out fast (approx. 30mbps) then slows down, freezes, and eventually "loses" the drive. It says it can no longer find the drive. When I go to unplug it, I notice the flash drive's light is off and when I unplug it, ... Read more

Answer:USB External HDD & Flash Drive "Timeout"

Try plugging your WD drive into a 32bit Vista machine and see if it works smoothly there. Maybe a driver problem on the 64 platform.
 

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I've got everything up and running with my Vista x64 pc (finally!) and I wanted to put my pictures/videos/music on it. I plugged in my 1tb (WD MyBook Essential 2.0, powered separately from pc) external hdd and heard the "beep" or whatever that sound is that Windows makes when it acknowledges a USB device. However, when I tried to open up "Computer" it froze (just that window, not the whole pc) and I realized it was still registering the drive. I have to wait about 10 minutes before I can actually pull up the contents of the drive. Every time I plug it back in it does the same thing. This DOES NOT happen on any of the 3 or 4 XP machines I have plugged this into...it is immediately recognized and I can view the contents instantly.

When it comes to transferring files, it is VERY slow (approx. 2mbps) and in some cases, it won't let me transfer the file because it says the file/folder is corrupt. But if I plug it into my XP machine, the file/folder is fine and I can view or open it no problem.

I tried using a SanDisk 4gb flash drive to make sure it wasn't just my drive. It recognized this no problem (Windows made the "beep") and I could view the contents instantly, but I when I try to transfer files, it starts out fast (approx. 30mbps) then slows down, freezes, and eventually "loses" the drive. It says it can no longer find the drive. When I go to unplug it, I notice the flash drive's light is off and when I unplug it, I hear the Windows... Read more

Answer:USB External HDD & Flash Drive "Timeout"

Originally Posted by justsometallguy


I've got everything up and running with my Vista x64 pc (finally!) and I wanted to put my pictures/videos/music on it. I plugged in my 1tb (WD MyBook Essential 2.0, powered separately from pc) external hdd and heard the "beep" or whatever that sound is that Windows makes when it acknowledges a USB device. However, when I tried to open up "Computer" it froze (just that window, not the whole pc) and I realized it was still registering the drive. I have to wait about 10 minutes before I can actually pull up the contents of the drive. Every time I plug it back in it does the same thing. This DOES NOT happen on any of the 3 or 4 XP machines I have plugged this into...it is immediately recognized and I can view the contents instantly.

When it comes to transferring files, it is VERY slow (approx. 2mbps) and in some cases, it won't let me transfer the file because it says the file/folder is corrupt. But if I plug it into my XP machine, the file/folder is fine and I can view or open it no problem.

I tried using a SanDisk 4gb flash drive to make sure it wasn't just my drive. It recognized this no problem (Windows made the "beep") and I could view the contents instantly, but I when I try to transfer files, it starts out fast (approx. 30mbps) then slows down, freezes, and eventually "loses" the drive. It says it can no longer find the drive. When I go to unplug it, I notice the flash drive'... Read more

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Hey, Im trying to get a game iso mounted on my usb key chain so when i plug it in it auto runs like a CD/DVD is there any software that you all know of that can make this happen? It would be great if i could find one that makes it auto run not bootable. Thanks.
 

Answer:mounting an iso on usb flash drive "autorun"

Never tried this one, but take a look: http://www.tothepc.com/archives/create-autorun-cd-dvd-dics-usb-drives/
 

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Like U3, except it's a GoldRock stick. Diskpart and GParted both failed miserably, any ideas?

Answer:Getting rid of extra "CD" partition on flash drive?

Remove/Replace non-U3 CD Partition from USB drive - Hak5 Forums

They seem to fix it in a couple of roundabout ways.

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