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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

OR you can TRY try this

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

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

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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I need to get XP working on my computer.

My cd-drive will only read dvd's, and it will not read cds. Is there any way I can still install it.

I have an external hard drive available, but it does not register it when I start computer ( while there were no OS's installed, computer was empty ). So could I install Vista with the dvd, and then create a partition, and install XP from there, considering all the files from the cd are there.

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Can you boot from an external hard drive and install an OS..

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I want to format my hard drive and reinstall my copy of Windows XP since I've been having some problems with corruption and it's nearly three years old to boot.The problem is, when I try to enter the Windows setup with the instalation CD, the setup tells me I don't have any Hard Drives installed and it can't continue. That's what's confusing me since I'm right now using that computer and obviously accessing the hard drives. I'm not sure what kind of system info you guys will need or even how to get it but I do know that I'm using a SeaGate SCSI hard drive model number 7200.7Any ideas on how to help?

Answer:Windows install says no Hard drive found

I don't believe it is a scsi check to make sure, because I think you may be talking about Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA. Also what kind of motherboard and processor do you have? 8-)fffreak

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I reinstalled WIndows XP SP 1 on my old Dell Desktop. I added a Hitachi Desktar 250gb hard drive to it a couple of years ago and was working fine until the reinstall; now the hard drive does not show up (Neither in Disk Management nor in BIOS). It is like it isn't there at all. Unfortunately, Hitachi doesn't give out the drivers for the hardware because they are compatible with XP. Any suggestions on how I can get my hard drive back?

BTW: The hard drive has data on it but I don't need it; I was planning on wiping it clean after reinstalling XP.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Second Hard Drive not found after Windows XP re-install

It should show up in the BIOS; if its not showing there its a trouble sign; check all cables (power + data cable)

Check if you have "IDE Emulation" or "AHCI" enabled so XP can see it; also its good idea to update your xp installation to sp3/newer updates.

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Hello all,

I'm having problems with my laptop trying to install windows 7 ultimate.

It all starts fine but gets to the point as where do you want to install windows and there is nothing there to select, no hard drive to save it to.

Here is a link as to where I asked on another site if you need a few details and see what I've done already to try and fix it.


Answer:cant get windows 7 to install hard drive not found to save it

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD, and how? How do you plan to activate it?

If you still have an OS onboard the make your Recovery disks first.

Boot the installer to wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command.

Then follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi, thanks for all the help you have been giving me!

Can i install windows 7 or 8 to an external hard drive so i can take it to another computer, select it from the boot menu and it will boot up?


Answer:Install Windows to an External hard drive?

Take a look at
Windows To Go - Create in Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

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Hi, I don't know if this is the right forum to ask this question. But I wanted to know how do I install Windows XP operating system on my external hard drive. I am currently running Windows Vista Premium on my desktop. Please advise me regarding this question.

Thank you to anybody who can help me.

Answer:Install Windows XP on External Hard drive

Hi there, what is your mission? Dual booting?

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I am attempting to install Windows 7 to a external 1TB hard drive. I am following instruction at
I have installed the windows automated install (WAIK), and copied the Windows 7 CD to a folder on the hard drive as instructed. I found and placed the Bcdboot.exe, Bootsect.exe and Imagex.exe files as instructed.
It next has an instruction to run "Installer.cmd" which I assume it's supposed to be located in the Windows 7 CD folder. I cannot find "Installer.cmd", and searched the entire drive. Does anyone know of where this file or proper file can be found?

Answer:How to install windows 7 to usb external hard drive

That file should be listed under your WAIK directory according to the website.

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I am trying to install windows 7 on an usb attached external hard drive, into a secondary partition. I've tryed installing from an ISO file mounted as a virtual drive, by extracting the files and running the setup file and by booting from the ISO file of a DVD/DR disc. I choose custom install and everytime I get to the point of selecting my installation drive, I get the message "Windows 7 cannot be installed to a USB partioned Hard drive"

I've searvhed help sites and discussion grouips for hours and have not found a single reference to this problem.

I'm currently running Windows 7 beta, but do not want to do an upgrade as I have several existing problems (virus and registry related) so when I'm ready to do the install I want it to be a new install vs an upgrade. Before I wipe my entire drive for the new install, I wanted to install and run the latest win 7 OS on my secondary hard drive to make sure I like it, and if I have any major issues.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

Answer:Install windows 7 on USB external hard drive

I think the message speaks for itself. Windows cannot be installed to a USB hard drive.

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I have a basic computer with a windows operating system, I also have an external hard drive. I was wondering weather i'm able to install my other windows os on the external hard drive while my primary computer is running and logged in. I don't mean dual booting im just talking about installing a separate system while my main one is running.

Answer:Can you install a Windows OS on an external hard drive?

I very much doubt it. The installation early on sets up a boot sector on the hard drive, but that is active at the time if you are running Windows from it.

Normally the install is running from the CD, having booted from the CD. It is possilbe to copy the install CD to other media, but you still need to boot from that media, as far as I know,

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Hello I hope im not making a mistake here but would like to know
how can i install windows 7 using my external hard drive using this... How To make Bootable USB

without encountering this STOP: 0X0000007B

i mean i will use my external hard drive as bootable usb to install windows 7 on my netbook toshiba nb250 plz help

Answer:How can i make/install windows 7 using my external hard drive ?

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:

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How can I install Windows 7 on my external hard drive using Bootcamp on my Mac?

Do not say it would be slow. I installed Mac OS X on it and it works just as fast as on my internal drive and there are no problems at all.

Answer:Install Windows 7 on external hard drive using Bootcamp

The Bootcamps I've encountered run Win7 poorly.

MS works hard to keep their OS's off of external media since they could then be moved around at will and would not hold legal activation. The bottleneck is mainly USB2. Try USB3. Win8 is being designed to run on it.

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I was passed on a second hand Fujitsu Handydrive 300GB (Model number MME2300UB) USB hard drive that I can?t seem to install on my computer. I have a 32 bit/10.1 inch MSI Wind notebook. Whenever I plug the device, my computer doesn't detect it at all. I'm not tech savvy so I really need some assistance.

I know this is quite an old hard drive but it would be a waste if I can't put it to use. That is, if it is compatible with my laptop.

Please help. Thanks in advance!


Answer:Can't Install USB External hard drive in Windows 7 notebook

does the HD run on other PCs?

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Laptop originally had VISTA, but I don't have disks so I have XP install disk only1. Vista HP Pavillion laptop crashed       THEN2. HP recovery utility failed      SO3. Partition Magic used to create a single NTFS primary partition that was set to "ACTIVE"    THEN4. BIOS Quick, comprehensive, and SMART drive tests all WITHOUT ERRORS   THEN5. Windows XP install fails "Hard drive Not Found" THEN6. MEMORY and HARD DRIVE REMOVED AND RESEATED THEN7. Partition Magic used to create a single DOS32 primary partition that was set to "ACTIVE" THEN8. Windows XP install fails "Hard drive Not Found"THEN9. BIOS setup "return to default settings"THEN10. #3 thru #7 repeatedSTILLHARD drive found by BIOS and Partition Magic BUT NOTwindows InstallHELP !!!!!!!!

Answer:HARD drive found by BIOS and Partition Magic but not Windows XP Install

Despite your HDD tests, it's looking more like a HDD failure.  The System crashed, the recovery failed.  Other than that, I have no ideas. Sorry

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Is it possible that in the foreseeable future Microsoft would allow the ability for users of Windows 10 to store their apps they download from the Windows Store to onedrive instead of their local usb or hard drive and have the user to access his or her apps directly from the cloud which their apps would be stored on microsoft servers

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I have an HP Laptop with a Seagate FreeAgent hard drive attached to it. When I try to back up files to this drive, and go to choose where I want to backup the files to, the drive is not listed:

See, no Seagate external drive listed. But, when I go to Device Manager on my computer, the Seagate drive is listed:

Any ideas on why this drive shows up in Device Manger but not in my list of files, folders, & drives? Device Manager says this drive is working properly.
Loyd Clayton

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Found

 Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.  There you'll see a map of your drives.  If the external drive has been formatted, all you'll likely need is to assign a drive letter to it.  If not, you'll need to create a partition and format it.
Good luck.

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My external hard drive no longer appears in "My Computer". It does not show up in device manager. I connected it to another pc and it was recognized. I am running Windows XP.

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I formated my external hard drive with acronis drive clenser and now when i plug it into the computer it makes the noise saying that is is detected and shows in the system tray but has no drive letter and does not show in my computer. What is wrong??


Answer:External Hard drive not found. Please help me.

Under XP do this:

1. connect the drive as you would to the PC and turn it on
2. click on start, then run
3. type: compmgmt.msc
4. click on disk management
5. You should see letter assigned to your external drive
6. If you do then format that drive under Windows XP

If you don't see the drive then you got a problem. Try a different USB port

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I have just purchased a Western Digital Passport external hard drive when I plug it into my laptop running vista it finds it stright away but when I plug it into my desktop running XP nothing happens it does not find it and when i go into my computer there is nothing there. Can anybody pleses help.

Answer:External Hard Drive not found

So have you formatted it properly using the NTFS type format?

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I've owned a 1 TB Iomega Presitge drive for nearly 4 months, only to find one day that it it had vanished from both device manager and disk management. In reference to a previously closed thread,, and others, I've frankensteined my laptop with all sorts of programs to no result. It has external power source, and is connected to a Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5928 laptop. It has a lot irreplacable stuff on it, so please don't tell me it's doomed. By the way, I'm using Windows Vista.

Answer:External Hard Drive not found at all

First off, the obligatory warning.

Remember: Data you don't have at least two copies of is data you don't care about.
You will likely have to remove the drive from the external enclosure and connect it to a working desktop disk controller for some of the data recovery options. If it's not being seen at all in any fashion, it's quite possible that it's the USB controller in the enclosure that has died, so maybe the disk still lives on. Can you hear the disk spinning up when you connect the power supply? Have you checked the voltage coming from the power supply?

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Help.... my Seagate external HD has gone missing, I can feel it boot up, but it is not listed anywhere. checked computer management and elsewhere. It is USB powered. I have 6 USB ports, have tested them with other Hard drives, all work. When I power it up, it makes a very slight sound and keeps repeating it.. Have pulled my power plug, put it back in. That didn't work. This is my Music hard drive, I have most (but not all) backed up elsewhere, but of course I just spend the last snow storm cleaning it all up and had on this HD before protecting it somewhere else.

This all started with when I got an delayed error on E, though I did not disconnect it. I was trying to back up a file to another HD. I knew that was not good, so quit, but then my laptop did not recongnize anything at all.. My Ipod, My K drive and this E drive. Then For what ever reason, Ipod came back, and then K drive (thank God..) But not this drive.

Have I competely lost all, or is there a way to get this info back off this HD... Thanks for any and all help...

Answer:External hard drive not found

It sounds as though it wasn't safely removed so the best you can hope for is that it starts up if left alone for long enough. You can feel it spinning and that's a good sign. Plug it in and leave it for an hour then pull the USB lead and put it back in after the sound plays to show it's been pulled. With luck, it may spring back to life but if it doesn't, pop the whole thing in a plastic bag and pop it in the freezer for an hour. Take it out and plug it straight in - sometimes expansion and contraction can make it start properly.


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I have installed the latest build 10158 and have the same problem that I have had in previous builds,i.e. that my external drive is not showing despite being listed in Device Manager as installed and working correctly,have tried disabling re-enabling,uninstalling etc.etc. with no effect.Any suggestion would be most welcome.

Answer:Why is my external USB hard drive not found?

Have you tried booting your system up with the external drive connected?

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Hello everyone,

I am new to the forums and not sure where the best place to ask this question is, any help would be appreciated, even if you refer me to somewhere else.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 (2.5 years old). All my data is backed up so I have no concerns about recoverying data.
First, the laptop crashed and ran several chkdsk on start up. I froze several times during this. It said it had fixed some errors then started up again.
This time it wanted to do start up repair. Same thing kept happening, froze at least twenty times during this. Eventually it gave me the blue screen of death.

'Technical information

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8004C1D260, 0xFFFFFA8004C1D498, 0xFFFFF8000130DDA0)'

This repeated several times. I ran the diagnostics and it told me the hard drive could not be found (error code 0146, 2000-0146). Essentially, it's a Dell laptop (I know) and I am not bothered about recovering the hard drive.
I would, however, like to install Windows 7, or alternatively Linux, onto my external hard drive. But I just can't seem to get it to work.
I have extracted a Linux iso to the external hard drive I want to install on, onto a cd, onto a FAT32 8gb usb stick, but it has given me the bootmgr is missing error every time. I have tried it with the interal HDD in and removed.
I am no longer concerned about the internal HDD, i can use it for a door stop for all I am concerned, I just want to load ANY os onto my external hard drive so I can get the la... Read more

Answer:BSOD HDD Failed - Install Windows 7 on external hard drive from boot

As a temporary work-around, you should be able to run Linux from the CD or USB.
This would allow you to use your machine until a better solution is suggested.

If you can get Linux to run you might be able to format the internal HDD (using GParted for example) and then reuse it (temporary solution).

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

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

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

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The ?E? drive became missing. I added the drive letter in Disc Management but backup still can?t find it.
Please see attached screen shot. I?m guessing it has to do with Systems Reserve but can?t figure out how to fix that partition which I never saw before. I used Windows Image to backup and then recently tried to save a clone with Macrium Reflect but it failed with a message error 13 broken pipe.
Help please,

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Hi. I am purchasing a new computer with Windows 7 installed. I currently use Windows XP. Instead of doing all the migration stuff, which I really do not understand, I have put all my files, including downloaded program installations on a external hard drive. In fact I have most everything on two different external hard drives in case one fails. They are Iomega PRestige and Seagate Go.

My question is: I read someplace that if the external hard drives were used with Windows xp that Windows 7 will not recognize them. I would have to change permissions. I'm not sure I understand how to do that. Is what a read true? If that's the case, I won't be able to reinstall my programs, etc. I hope someone can answer this question. I probably will get my new computer in about a week or so.


Answer:[SOLVED] New Windows 7 & External Hard Drive used with Win xp

I had no problems with my externals and w7-64, so don't think you'd run into any.


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This is something new I haven't tried: My wife purchased a new HP Laptop that came with Windows Vista Basic Edition. I am thinking about getting an external hard drive in which I can install Windows XP and run the computer with Windows XP as an alternative, as I feel like it by installing or removing that external hard drive. Is that physically possible? Do all I need to do is to disable the physical hard drive from the BIOS and boot up from the external hard drive? I don't want to purchase the external hard drive until I know if this can be done, or if the external hard drive can only be used as a back up for the Windows Vista already installed.
Thanks for your help!

Answer:Solved: Run Windows XP from External Hard Drive?

It won't work without hacking Windows. During the boot process, Windows resets the USB/IEEE-1394 controllers and the boot fails.

Even if you search out the hacks and get it working, the performance will really be awful.

If you really want a dual-boot system, I suggest partitioning the internal drive and installing XP on that. You can then use the external drive as a backup for both systems.

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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Can anyone help?

My computer was accessed via remote access scammer 2 nights ago and although my computer has been checked any appears to be safe - (microsoft checked) - my partner has a computer on the same home network and her computer now has (2) 'install.exe' files that have appeared on her external hard drive within folders with names such as 080eb699a612b22018 and f9e359c6c3f913d19353. An additional folder appeared last night They seem to have appeared at about the same time that my computer was remote accessed via the escammer. The files won't allow to be deleted as message saying they can only be deleted with admin access although my partner is the only user and has admin access. Have run Malwarebytes, spybot but files remain. Computer now has Microsoft essential with firewall.

Two questions.

1. How do we know what the install.exe is and if it is malcious hacking or simply system file?
2. How do we remove it if it is malicious?

Answer:install.exe found on external drive - how do I find out what it is?


These files should be considered malicious - do not attempt to run them.

Please follow the instructions here:

Windows Defender Offline


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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I have an old BYTECC hard drive enclosure. Trying to use it on an older XP system for back up. Got a bunch of 40G hard drives I can use.

The OS will detect the external drive is connected and powered up, arrow shows in the tray for a USB drive, checked the device manager and it sezs the drive is there and operating properly, recognizes it, but does not assign a drive letter.

AIDA32 sezs it is there but same deal shows no drive letter.

I've tried four different hard drives with the same results. I know the hardware works on other computers, this particular computer USB works with other canned external drives, it reads a flash memory stick as a drive no problem. I know the BYTECC is set up properly, should be the same as with other computers. Works ok on a Win2000 system.

What could be the problem? Is there something to tweak?
I do know this XP system would not read hard drives that had been formatted on non-XP computers before. Don't exactly know what systems all these drives were formatted on. Isn't making any sense to me at the moment. Doing it just like I did on the Win2000 system with other drives, everything worked as it should.

Thinking I could try to slap one of the drives in as a slave and try to format it that way, hopefully can get it to be read as a USB drive instead.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.


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hi guys. the external hard drive, here at work, cannot be detected by any of the computers. my thoughts are that the data was wiped clean. i've removed the hard drive from the case and installed it onto my computer as a slave drive. a) how can i view if these files still exist. and b) if they are missing, can you recommend a software recovery program?

Answer:Solved: external hard drive/slave drive recovery

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While running a duplicate file finder on my external hard drive I found over 30,000 files which are .bmp. I do not know where they came from Many are "copies" of my photographs. Since I never use .bmp for saving my photos I have not been able to explain this. There are many more which are not my photos but things like web pages, etc.
Since the only way I can delete all of them is to click each one separately. I am just wondering if I do a search of that drive using .bmp and then get a list and can delete all. Is there ever any file that is .bmp that should not be deleted? Hoping that there isn't so I can just get rid of all of these in one swoop.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 78 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16204 Mb
Graphics Card: Remote Driver
Hard Drives: C: 1838 GB (925 GB Free); D: 23 GB (2 GB Free); G: 3725 GB (1555 GB Free); J: 2794 GB (332 GB Free); K: 1862 GB (245 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 816D
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

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I have a LaCie external hard drive which works fine on other pc's running Windows 7 Ultimate, but on this one it is an "unknown device". I have tried it in different ports but with the same result. I've checked with Windows Compatability and the exact model is listed there as being compatible. I've been to the manufacturer's website but there are no drivers available.
I have the same problem with any USB device I plug into any port. I have tried a complete Windows re-install from a different CD but it made no difference.
The only USB devices that work are the keyboard and mouse.
I have given the LaCie HD as an example because I am hoping that if I can get a specific device to work, I may be able to solve the problem with others.
I've done the upper and lower filter removal thing in Regedit, and have uninstalled and reinstalled the USB drivers numerous times but nothing works. I've also updated the BIOS.
Any ideas please?

Answer:External hard drive found as unknown device

NOT a pro ! but i think after what u have done the only thing faulty would be your ports <<<<

I had the same problem with my pc and after a hell lot of time waste i came to know that my ports are out ......

Am not sure whats the case with yours ........

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Hi,,, i have found text file on my external hard drive in a folder called 2a81faac611e32dcd1d6ff ,,, with a text file called msxml6-KB927977-enu-x86 . Anyone have any idias. I am running windows xp pro and have just set a simple file sharing sytem a week ago on my computers through my router. I think it is somthing to do with microsoft but not sure what. Thanks for your time >>>> doj <<<<

Answer:found text file on my external hard drive ??

Hi, That file is from a Windows Update, and not harmful. Basically it's a log from the install of that update
and it can be deleted, or so I have seen in other posts asking about the same type of thing.

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I am not computer literate so this question and others that might follow may seem rather dumb.

Currently I have four hard drives in my box. when my drive 0 (C) failed it took five days, there was a weekend, before things were repaired. I am looking for a work around to avoid this problem in the future.

I just purchased an external hard drive. Is it possible to make this a bootable drive so if my C fails again I will have an operable, but slow, computer?

If it is possible I will have further questions. Thank you for your help.


Answer:Solved: Installing Windows XP on an External Hard Drive

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I recently got a WD Caviar Green 3.0TB drive to replace my failed 320GB "portable" external. I got a case with it's own power source & USB interface, which works fine on my girlfriend's (Vista) computer, but my computer (running XP with sp3) refuses to connect to it. The installation software that came with the case is only good up to Windows 98 (I know, right??), so that's no help either.


Answer:Solved: Windows XP won't recognize my external hard drive

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Hello all. I have a homemade external HDD with a 120GB Western Digital IDE drive and a USB 2.0 exclosure that I purchased from CompUSA. It has all of my multimedia and backup files on an NTFS partition.

I always have it connected to my Dell Laptop with Windows XP Pro and all the updates.

Recently, I took it to a PowerMac with I believe OS X 10.3, and it did not recognize the drive. I restarted the computer, and still did not find any signs that it was recognized: no icon, no anything.

So, I grumbled as I took it back home and connected it to my laptop again. To my surprise, it did not show up as E:, like usual. It didn't show up at all. It is listed under Device Manager, but with problems (exclamation mark).

I have reinstalled all USB related drivers and everything. Any suggestions?

What could the Mac have done to my drive that changed it in any way? I did NOT authorize it to initialize my drive.

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive...Mac...Windows...Arrrggghh!

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I'm connecting a 30GB Travelstar Hard Drive via an external USB 2.0 case to my Thinkpad T40 with Windows XP (pro). Windows immediately recognized it. However, the hard drive does not show up under Windows Explorer. I can go into Device Manager, click on Disk Drives, and it does show the new drive there (along with my main hard drive, which is a 80 GB hard drive).

I cannot figure out how to make it show up in Windows Explorer with an Drive Letter assigned to it and thus, how to actually use it.

I have used the windows xp install cd to format the hard drive as both FAT32 and NTFS, but Windows XP still will not recognize the hard drive when I boot up.

I have also tried going into Computer Management/Disk Management ... but the hard drive does not show up under Disk Management.

However, it does show up under Device Manager under Disk drives as a "ICN25N030 ATDA04-0 USB Device"

Any help / suggestions / ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Windows XP won't recognize external hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey all,

I switched to Windows 7 a couple of months ago and I haven't had any problems. However, today I tried to connect my Seagate Freeagent external hard drive, its a 320 GB eSATA drive with USB 2.0 and my laptop doesn't recognize it. It always worked before when I had Windows Vista. I tried to use Disk Management to see the if I could find the drive, but its not there, I've also used partition wizard home edition. Essentially I've run out of ideas and was wondering if anyone could help me out. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 doesn't recognize external hard drive

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

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

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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

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I'm trying to delete a Windows OneCare Backup on my external harddrive, however, it says I do not have permission to delete these files. I tried to change the security settings on the Windows OneCare Backup so that the administrator has full control. When I try to do this it says:

Error Applying Security

An error occured while applying security information to:
D:\Windows OneCare Backup
Access is denied

I then click continue and another windows pops up saying

Windows Security

Unable to save permission changes on Windows OneCare Backup
Access is denied.
Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Solved: Can't delete Windows OneCare Backup on external hard drive

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I have a WD5000D032-000 pocket 500 Gig. It worked on my vista 32 bit home. I updated to windows 7 home premium 64 bit edition and now my computer can't read it. It is displayed under Device manager just not My Computer

Answer:Solved: The cleanly installed windows 7 is not reading my external hard drive

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I have an extra 40GB Seagate HD sitting in a bottom desk drawer in bubble wrap that I'd like to put to use in an external 2.0 USB case which I'm about to order. I presently have two 40 GB internal drives with jumper settings at "cable select." First, is it possible to operate more than two HD's on a system(Windows XP Home) and second, if so, I assume the jumper settings would be: Drive 0 Master, Drive 1 Slave and the USB drive Slave. Thanks for any guidance.

Answer:Solved: usb external hard drive as third drive?

It's no problem to connect as many drives as you can afford. Just jumper the drive as master and stick it in the external enclosure. Master/slave relevant when connection to an IDE controller with multiple IDE devices, external cases are always masters.

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I have a Maxtor N256 40Gb hard drive that formated in my desktop using NTFS with Windows XP SP2. The drive was working fine as a slave drive in my desktop. I then put the hard drive in a new NX2 Nexxtech hard drive enclosure. (My mom wants to use it as an external drive for her photos.) When I first plugged it into my Dell Vostro 1500 (Windows XP SP2) using USB it found new hardware, and then said something about it may not be working properly. The drive is not showing in My Computer or Device Manager. I have tried rebooting, disconnecting and reconnecting the external drive, took the drive back out and made sure the jumper was set to master, made sure all the connections are good, rechecked my USB ports (they work with a flash drive and with another external drive I have), and plugged the external drive into my desktop (it did the same thing...went through the found new hardware, followed by the message that it may not be working properly, and could not be found in My Computer or Device Manager). Now when I plug it in to my laptop I get the connect and disconnect sound over and over, even between the connect and disconnect sounds it isn't found in My Computer or Device Manager, and the disconnect icon in the taskbar never shows up. Anyone have any ideas what my problem is?

Answer:Solved: External Drive Not Found

It sounds like its a faulty USB device, in other words, I would suspect the USB controller/bridge PCB in the external is not working as it should. Try a different cable if you can but otherwise you may need to replace or at least try a different external enclosure.

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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Ok first off the drive I have is using linux but it is password protected and I do not know the password. The computer will boot to the linux login screen no problem. I am aware of the HDD formatting issues when switching from Linux to Windows. Therefore I am using Part Magic and I had used Arconis earlier. I have deleted the partition containing Linux and have tried it in many different configurations to no avail when installing windows. NTFS / FAT32 as well as leaving it all unallocated. I continue to be told that Windows can not locate my hard drive. Either I am doing something wrong in Part Magic or there is another aspect to this issue that I have not been able to come across browsing in the forums. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:XP Install / Hard drive not found

figured it might help by telling you that I am using an ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe mobo and the hard drive is a Maxtor connected by SATA. My understanding is the mobo has built in SATA drivers and that slip streaming should not be necessary

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Hi, I've just built my PC from components and am having trouble installing Vista. I can get as far into the installation as selecting where to install it to, but no hard drive is found! However, the hard drive (SATA) is found in the BIOS settings as the 'IDE MASTER 0' or something like that.

After a little googling, I found somebody with a similar problem and it seems that the vista install does not detect certain SATA drives. The CD that came with the motherboard says it contains some SATA drivers among other things, but even these arent found when I replace the windows DVD with it during installation.

Can anyone help me sort this out? Thanks.

Answer:Trying to install, hard drive not found

recheck the bios that sata is set to run as ide
to load the sata driver,you need to put it on floppy from the m/b cd and when doing the install of vista,when it asks if you need to load 3rd party drivers click yes and have the floppy in the drive
with my install vista already contained the sata driver and there was no need to load it

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Here's a good one. I am trying to reinstall XP Pro. I set the boot order to CD ROM and rebooted with the disc in. It goes thru the whole checking drive sequence and loading programs, then says there is no hard drive installed. I can load the OS on the same hard drive in a different computer and it works fine but when I transfer it back, it's as if it isn't there.

I started on a quest and began loading the hard drive in all my friends and families computers and finally found one that worked. I can install XP PRO on my hard drive in his computer and transfer it back to mine.

Why would one computer be different from another?

I should add that when in bios the hard drive is listed and autodetect picks it right up. I've reinstalled a couple of times now and I always have to take my drive over to his house to install Windows.

Answer:Hard Drive not found on install

have you tried the "press F6 to load sata drivers" and then loaded the sata drivers for your motherboard and install the drivers from a floppy disk?

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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Hi, I've just built my PC from components and am having trouble installing Vista. I can get as far into the installation as selecting where to install it to, but no hard drive is found! However, the hard drive (SATA) is found in the BIOS settings as the 'IDE MASTER 0' or something like that.

After a little googling, I found somebody with a similar problem and it seems that the vista install does not detect certain SATA drives. The CD that came with the motherboard says it contains some SATA drivers among other things, but even these arent found when I replace the windows DVD with it during installation.

Can anyone help me sort this out? Thanks.

Answer:Trying to install, SATA hard drive not found

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I need to replace my internal hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. I do not want to copy anything from it. I bought the new hard drive, but I am not sure how or what order to install everything. I have the 'Reinstallation CD MS Win XP Home' from Dell, SP2 & SP3, and the Drivers & Utilities cd 'for reinstalling dell inspiron system software'. Since these are all 'reinstallation' cds, can I use these? Is there a website or other link that you can point me to that may have step by step instructions/pictures of this entire process? I am not doing an actual reinstall, but that's what the cds say. I am installing a NEW hard drive. Please help! I'm pretty sure I can get the actual HD in the laptop. It's just a matter of what to do next to get Windows XP on it. Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Install Windows XP on new hard drive

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My friend's computer seized up in the middle of the boot. Tried recovery, but it isn't able to go forward. The hard drive seemed to be spinning tho, so chances were good we could recover the data. I removed the hard drive and copied everything to a back-up external drive using my own computer. Replaced the hard drive in the disabled computer. Question is how do I install Windows XP? The recovery files on the hard drive are not accessible, I assume, so we can't use those - right? We misplaced the disks that came with the computer, so I'm buying a new copy of Windows XP. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Maggie

Answer:Solved: How do I install Windows XP onto new hard drive

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Dell Inspiron 14 3000 Series
I have this laptop. My question is why would you sell a computer with 32GB hard drive when you know the OS will take up 20GB? How am I supposed to use this computer? I can't upgrade the HD and why should I buy an external drive for a laptop?
I am so utterly confused.

Answer:Can't use laptop because Windows 10 is using 90% of the hard drive, what can I do besides using an external drive?

This isn't a true notebook - it's a glorified tablet/internet appliance.  It's fine as a Windows substitute for a chromebook, but forget running anything demanding on it -- it's designed for a single purpose:  to be inexpensive.

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i have a freecom external hard drive. it was working fine until one day it decided to stop working.

this light on the drive lights up but i can't hear anything working inside it. and now it won't show up as a drive when i open windows explorer.

please help?

Answer:External hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Hi have you tried it in another computer to see if it works there

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i'm trying to install a windows OS to a UMPC(ultra mobile PC) and there is no CD rom. i dont feel like going out to buy a external DVD rom so i'm trying to copy the files over to a External HD and boot off that hard drive. Whenever i try to install off the HD it doesnt boot the installer. How would i go about installing Windows off a External HD.

Answer:How to install off external hard drive

You may need to change the filing system to NTFS, rather than FAT.

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So i have a Laptop running Windows 10 and want to keep the windows 10 on the internal HDD but i also have a 1TB External hard drive that if possible I was hoping to install a Mac OSx onto and then be able to boot from an external hard drive without losing all my files on my laptop (Windows 10) or having to replace the current OS with the Mac OS, so is this possible? To be able to boot into the MAC OS from an external hard drive without affecting my current files on my Windows Install?

Answer:Can I install Mac OSx onto external hard drive?

Yes but I don't think you can actually install OS X onto the external drive using windows -
you need a MAC OS to prepare the drive and install Mac to that drive, then you can connect the drive to a windows PC as long as you can select which drive to boot from (F10 on my laptop) you can then boot into OS X without affecting the windows hard drive.

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I purchased windows 7 online through the microsoft store in order to upgrade my current laptop that was running vista. I have the product key, and I have also downloaded the ISO files onto my external hard drive.

I am in the process of purchasing a new desktop, and to save money, I am going to purchase it without an OS installed.

How would anyone recommend I go about installing Windows 7 on this new desktop, either using the ISO files contained on my external, or maybe through an alternate OS that I can create a basic install disc using a blank dvd that would allow me to access the internet, download the ISO's from the microsoft store, then subsequently install everything from there. Is any of this possible?

Also, can you use the same product key to install windows on multiple computers?


Answer:How to Install OS from External Hard Drive

I am not sure about .iso files someone on here will know. But generally when you buy a version of windows if the copy is an oem version it is linked to the machine it is installed on and cannot be put on another computer.

If the copy is retail you can put it on another computer if it is removed from the older computer. If you wish to have it on more than one machine you must purchase another key from microsoft.

I am guessing that if you have the .iso the copy of windows must be removed from the other pc before being installed on the other system but someone will know better than me.

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Hey everyone I know this has probably been discussed before, but I could use some help anyways as I searched the forums and could not find the answer. I?m trying to follow the guide at on how to install xp on an external hard drive. I have edited all of the files except for DOSNET which I am unsure on what I am supposed to do. I can?t determine if I am supposed to edit a line or add a line or what. So if someone could help that would be great. Thnx.

Note: i would have posted the whole web url except i have not done enough posts yet =)

Answer:How to install XP on an external hard drive, help

On what equipment are you attempting to install this Windows as an external?
I would do a great deal of research online, because the information is there, and is likely too much information to post usefully on this site.
But if you insist, please fully post your current equipment... brand, model, and age of all compoents... motherboard, hard drive, power supply, and memory so respondents can "see" what you are attempting to do.

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The problem I have is, I have a Dell inspiron which was dropped and it landed on the corner where the hard drive is installed and rammed the drive against the sata connector of the drive and broke the connector that the hard drive plugs into I tried a repair and found all the pins make contact with the hard drive but it will not detect there is a drive installed even with a new HD. The original HD was damaged.
I was wondering if I could install a USB external hard drive and install Win 7, I have seen a posting to install Win 7 on an external hard drive but not sure if the computer needs to have an internal HD to make this work.

Would be grateful for any help.

John M

Answer:Can I install Win 7 to an External Hard Drive

The short answer, no. You can install Linux on an external, though.

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Hey guys, thanks for your help!

I want to upgrade my laptop hard drive to a bigger and faster one. I bought a Hitachi 7200rpm 100gb HD to replace the 80gb 5400rpm drive in my Dell Inspiron 9200. But I want to copy everything on my current HD onto the new Hitachi HD using a program like Drive2Drive. However, my computer won't detect the new hard drive in its enclosure...

1. I bought a 2.5" laptop drive enclosure with USB 2.0 support
2. After I assembled it and pluged in, Windows does the "Found New Hardware" process.
3. But afterwards, I cannot find a new drive... i.e. (F in My Computer.

I can feel the new HD spinning inside the enclosure, but I don't know what to do! I'm lost... could you guys help? Thanks!!

Answer:Can't Install New External Hard Drive

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And boot from it?

My old 60G hard drive died and am now using a 10G's got less than 2G left free space so I can't install anything else on it. My GF got me a 360G IO Magic External hd for my birthday and we can't find the receipt..but I wanted to know if they can be used as your main drive or if not can you install programs and run them from the external drive?

Answer:Can you install XP on an external hard drive

The new external HardDrive, although Sata, will not mount (or fit) into your computer box (because it's physically too small, and you probably don't have Sata connection on your old Motherboard).

Even programs installed onto other HardDrives (or Partitions) still write files to Windows folder; Registry; Temp folders and lots of logs and things. So just installing elsewhere (other than to the main Windows boot drive) won't help that much

You are best to purchase another internal HardDrive (probably ATA not Sata), and then install Windows on it

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OK,I have just downloaded Windows Vista 7 CS. But, i don't want to erase XP or do a dual boot. (The dual boot of doom )So, If you know the solution That would be great!Thanks,Miles M.

Answer:Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?

Get another Hard Drive. You are supposed to have a spare hard drive.Unless you like to live in ever present danger.

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When i plug it in windows vista installs the drivers and it is visable in device manager and "safely dissconect usb" tab. But after about 10 15 seconds it dissapears from EVERYWHERE!!!! Its driving me mad, I haven't been able to acess te drive once, can somebody please help me!

Answer:PLEASE HELP! I can't install my new external hard drive

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One day last week I was working and I got a message from R&R that it cannot perform its backup because it can't find the drive.  I'm using a maxtor onetouch II usb hard drive.  It appears in device manager, but does not appear in my computer.  I tried updating the driver, uninstalling, rebooting, etc, none of which help.  Sometimes I get a "device cannot start code 10" message, sometimes it says working properly but still won't assign a letter.  Disk Management doesn't show the device.I'm running a W700 with Windows 7.

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I am coming into procession of an external hard drive and need some info about the install namely formatting the drive. My friend who bought the drive and never used it gave me info that he had about formatting the drive as follows.

Got to my computer and right click on the drives drive letter. Then select format and then full format and click on start. Sounds good to me but I have a question about whether I can select the file format such as Fat32 and NTSF. I will have it on a computer that is running XP Pro and I understand I can make the 160 Gbytes into one file if I use NTSF. My main question is can I format it with Fat32 as one big file. I don't think I can but need verification.


PS boy did I get a bargain. I almost stole the drive.

Answer:External Hard Drive install

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i've an empty external hard drive, and i don't know what to do with it...

so, i'm thinking of installing windows 7 in it. so, i can use it on multiple computer (same hard drive, same OS, on different pc)...

does it possible?

Answer:install 7 on external hard drive?

Theres already a very informative thread on this topic. See below.

Install windows 7 on USB external hard drive

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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, but since it involves Combofix I took a shot.

I recently removed a hard drive from an older laptop and repurposed it as an external drive.

Apparently Combofix was installed on this drive sometime in the past. I have NEVER installed Combofix on my current laptop.

I noticed that the Combofix directory on the external hard drive includes all of the drive and subdirectories of my laptop's drive, even though, again, I have not installed Combofix on my current laptop.

I want to format the repurposed external drive but I am concerned this the formatting process will follow the directory paths to my internal drive and format this as well.

Are my concerns valid or do I not need to worry about this happening.

Thanks to any and everyone in advance!


Answer:[SOLVED] ComboFix found on a repurposed external drive.

Hi Steve,
You should be able to just delete the ComboFix folder, or format the drive. I'm not going to get into why it looks like it does as we do not discuss internal working of ComboFix in public forums, but suffice it to say it's a remnant of an incomplete run of ComboFix on that hard drive and does not really contain the paths it looks like it does.

Alternatively you can put it back in the older laptop, boot from some sort of bootable media, and format the drive while it's not on your main PC, if you're still concerned.

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Alright, I just recently bought a hard drive like three months ago. I've installed windows on it about four or five times due to a reformat. I reformat again due to a virus and I get this error for the the first time:

"Windows XP Home Edition Setup
Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk related hardware configuration is correct.
This may involve running a manufacturer supplied dianostic or setup programs
Setup cannot continue. To quit press F3"

This all happens during reformat when I hit enter to install windows. It's odd because I checked mu connections and made sure they were all plugged in, and it worked, but only for a few hours. Then my computer crashed (no blue screen or anything) and acted like it was restarting but didn't boot up or anything. I hit the power button to restart it and it would just stay at the bootup screen for my mother board (which gives ya the info on if ya wanna enter bios etc). So I go to reinstall my windows and it gives me this error again.

Any ideas? Is my hard drive just retarded? Should I go out and buy another one? Is it dying etc. because it's worked fine up until now and I've been able to install windows no problem before without needing any bootup disks to install drivers for my hard drive or anything. I've also checked the jumpers. There's no need for one if ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Problems with hard drive? Cannot run windows XP install

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I bought a hard drive about two months ago and havent installed it yet. Sure hope it works because if not I'm just screwed. lol. But the reason I havent installed it yet is because I really can't afford to buy another copy of windows or another copy of office 2007. So is it possible to add a new hard drive without having to install Windows all over again?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Install Without reinstalling windows

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well I had the same problem when I first got a new hard drive, but gave up and used Ubuntu (which is way better I now know). Anyway, now I want to dual boot so I can play games in WIndows. Ubuntu finds the harddrive easily and installs easily, but Windows can't even find the hard drive or anything.

So I used Parted Magic to shrink the Ubuntu partition by about 25GB and created a new primary primary partition.
I have a SATA hard drive with a PCI SATA card
my motherboard is from like 2002 and doesn't have any onboard SATA

halp please

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Pro can't find hard drive on install

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop can I install windows on my new hard drive?

Answer:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 which I just upgraded the OS to Windows 7. Seems that the internal hard drive is almost full (I plan on doing some deleting of photos once I have copied them safely elsewhere) and a friend has suggested adding an external HD. I will probably use it primarily for photos...not professional pics.

I'm looking for some guidance as to size and brand of drive and suggestions as to where to buy it. I will order online.

I've been reading some of the posts here and see SATA mentioned. I have Windows 7 for Dummies and don't see info on SATA in the index. Is SATA involved when the drive is attached externally?

I just found this on BizRate:

Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:External hard drive- how to pick one and install it.

That Imation would be very low on my list.

What is the combined size of the stuff you want to store on the drive, in gigabytes?

You can buy 1 terabyte external drives for under $100. That's 1000 Gigabytes. If your pictures average 1 mb each, 1 terabyte would hold about one million pictures.

I'd stay with a well known brand (Western Digital, Hitachi, or Seagate most likely).

You can find them in smaller sizes than 1 TB, but they wouldn't be a lot cheaper than the 1 TB size.

Here's a bunch of them in various brands and sizes.

External Hard Drives, Portable Hard Drives, Mac Hard Drives -

Good sources: Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct; all online.

If you use an external drive, it will probably attach through a USB port; slower than internal SATA by quite a bit.

Any particular reason you need external rather than internal? I'm not highly familiar with the Inspiron 530, but most PCs can accommodate a second internal drive.

I'd be wary and probably not use any software that might be included with it.

I'd also want to have my pictures backed up (have 2 copies of each picture).

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Following disk failure and XP re-install, my external USB hard disk does not appear when I right click My Computer.It does, however, appear in device manager, which reports that it is working correctly. Obviously, as it has no letter and I cannot see it, I cannot access it. In device manager, when I go to it's properties and look at Volumes, Unallocated space is 476938 MB [the total disk capacity.] Is this where the problem is, and how do I resolve it?

Answer:External hard drive not shown after XP re-install

Right click My Computer select Manage\Disk Management from there, if it is shown either format or allocate a drive letter by right clicking on the partition.

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I used the search to check if this was posted before, but couldn't find it. How can i install Windows 8 from a portable hard drive (USB)? i know how to do it from USB flash drives, but the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool only recognize optical drives and USB sticks.

Answer:Need information of how to install OS from external hard drive

Is there a specific need to install it off an external drive?

You can install Windows 8 from within Windows.

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I wonder if there is a chance to install fresh Win 10 on external hard drive (USB 3.0 )

Thanks in advance

Answer:ANy chance to install Win 10 on external hard drive

Originally Posted by Raied


I wonder if there is a chance to install fresh Win 10 on external hard drive (USB 3.0 )

Thanks in advance

Wintousb - UEFI Boot Manager, Windows To Go Creator, Free Data Recovery, Windows Deployment Tool.

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I wonder if there is a chance to install fresh Win 10 on external hard drive (USB 3.0 )

Thanks in advance

Answer:ANy chance to install Win 10 on external hard drive

Originally Posted by Raied


I wonder if there is a chance to install fresh Win 10 on external hard drive (USB 3.0 )

Thanks in advance

Wintousb - UEFI Boot Manager, Windows To Go Creator, Free Data Recovery, Windows Deployment Tool.

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I've been looking for information but cant seem to find too much about it.

So far it seems I have 2 sata port available and 3 44 pins ones ( as shown in my previous thread )

Does this mean I am safe for most Enclosures that use Sata 3.5 ( Im assuming theres a manual or something to show where i need to connect and how )

And what enclosure brands ( given i am in the uk ) would you recommend to ensure I have the best chance of success ?

this one got good reviews on amazon but Im worried the lead would be too short - then again Im not really sure how long they need to be.



Answer:How to install an External Hard Drive / Enclosure ?

almost any enclosure will do, as long as it has SATA/eSATA and USB

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

Answer:USB driver for external hard drive cant install

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

Are you listed as admin?

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If I can boot from a usb flash drive can't I install XP on an external usb hard drive a boot my os from the external drive? Does anyone foresee any issues with this? Thanks.

Answer:Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

It can't be done. The reason for this is that windows loads its own USB driver, and so it has to take the USB offline while it loads it, and so it will stop when it gets to that point.

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I woukd like to install a SATA hard drive using an external drive housing. They make a connector for the data cabe that attaches into a slot on the backside of the computer and to the motherboard via a short cable. Where can I find something for the power cable? My wish is not to use USB for it. Make it a stand alone external drive that will show up like any other attached drive. Does someone make a kit to accomplish this action? Thanks DonS

Answer:How to install an external SATA hard drive.

I believe you're referring to an eSATA port on the back of your computer. Generally speaking, external 3.5" drives have an external power supply that gets plugged into the wall while 2.5" drive enclosures are usually USB powered. I can't recall seeing a 2.5" drive with eSATA for the data connection and USB for power but they might exist.

Here are some examples of 3.5" disk enclosures with eSATA that have external AC power supplies: Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Hard Drive Enclosures, Yes, 3.5", USB & eSATA -

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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I need some serious help. I am on ME and I did read what was said that if you have the XP cd I dont need to use bootdisk? I have gotten 6 virus and was told I need to wipe my computer. I do have the disk if i need them. I am scared to do this procedure because I am not sure I know what I need to do exactly.
I have a Hp pavilion mx 50 , 255 MB , Windows ME 4.90.3000. I dont have a back up disk , ME came on this computer.. I was told to wipe and then install XP Pro. If i cant get back on the net for help I will be dead in the Water. I have lots of errors and i freeze all the time all my icons look fuuny and are faded and have too shut down from the start button.

I Have McAfee 6.0

Here is the name of the virus i have and where they are located. have them quarantined right now.
[email protected] - C:\_RESTORE\ARCHIVE size 623K - C:\_RESTORE\ARCHIVE - C:\_RESTORE\ARCHIVE


webcamplay[1].exe - C:\Program Files\DiallerProgram

Any and all help is greatly apprecited I am tired of messing with all of this.. been at this for days and i get differnet stories as what to do.

Answer:Virus's found & was told to wipe Hard drive and install new OS

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Hi there,

This problem has been a pain in the *** for 2 weeks pardon my french.

So I figured to get some third party help.

Ok so I have a friends computer that needed upgrades, first off I cleaned it up virus wise file wise to see if that would be all thats needed, turns out it was still kinda I maxed out the ram (2gigs) and attempted a clean install of windows. Boot from cd, put in Windows XP loaded up to the accept screen (terms and conditions) then it goes to the Hard Drive selection screen for formating and partitioning..except no hard drives are displayed, I tried so many things, I used SeaTools (from Seagate the manufacturer) to clear the hard drive clean of any corrupt files...still no recegnition, I tried me and my teacher at school came to the conclusion that the hard drive is just cooked (not thinking, becuase the BIOS recognises the hard drive but windows xp doesnt) so I purchased a brand new seagate 250 gig HD, hooked it up and was ready for a successful windows XP clean install...when tadaaa same problem.. No hard disks found for formating or partitioning for just shows 4 blank areas saying no hard disk found. Another weird thing is everytime I try and redirect from that menu, it automatically bluescreens with a STOP message of either 0x00000050 or 0x0000008E.

So I know its not the Hard Drives,
Im thinking I need a thirdparty/raid driver to be installed?

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Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP Install wont Recognise Hard Drive(s)

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :


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I have Windows Vista 64 bit installed in my computer. I want to start all over from scratch, so I was told that Windows 7 Ultimate would be the best choice. I want to do a new install, but don't know if I need to reformat my hard drive first. Is that necessary? Or, will it happen automatically if I do a custom install?

Please let me know as soon as possible. I would like to do all this tomorrow if possible.

Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Formatting the hard drive prior to Windows 7 new install

Nothing at all needs to be done beforehand to prepare the hard drive. At the time during setup where you choose the location, an advanced option will appear. You may not even need to use it, but if you want to create/delete partitions or make other changes that are not part of a standard installation to a blank drive, you can do it all there.

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I have recently assembled my first custom PC (build specs are below). Everything went smoothly and it started up on the first ry. However, the company I ordered the hard drive from has been taking their sweet time on shipping. So, I decided to wipe an old drive that has been collecting dust for the last 6 months (in an external drive enclosure so not literally dusty) and use that to install Windows 7 and then the plan was to use the smaller drive for Windows and select software and the larger new drive for storage.
CPU ********************* AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard ** Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+
Memory ************ Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage ************** Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM (not delivered yet)
Video Card ******** ECS GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Wireless ************* Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI
Case ******************** Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply ** Thermaltake 650W ATX12V
The problem I am having occurs at the Windows installation (from USB). When I get to the &#8220;Where do you want to install Windows?&#8221; part of the setup process I get the following error message:
We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

So, logically I went to the forums to try and locate the answer. So far I have done;
Type CLEAN ALL (took several ho... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 USB install on wiped hard drive issue

Can you show us the disk map for the Hitachi 2.5 drive in Minitool Partition Wizard?
How are you connecting it?

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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