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Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Question: Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooking this up I would be very much appreciatetive.

It would be a new computer with windows xp home or pro and wanting to hook up a hard drive from an old computer with windows 98 to get the files off from it. Thanks

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Answer: Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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Firstly, thank you for any help/advice you can offer.

Recently I purchased parts to build my own computer. I have, up to this point, just purchased Compaqs and did minor upgrades, but I thought it would be fun to put my own together. I have followed many guides and have done alot of research about which parts to buy, so I think I am all good to go...however, I have one question. I had been running a Compaq with Windows 7 installed. It did not come with DVD Installation disks, rather, I believe the OS Install files were on a partition of the hard drive. If I scavenge that Hard drive for my the computer I am building, will I be able to reinstall Windows 7 on it, or will I need to purchase another copy of the OS?

I am hoping to save $100 here, but I understand if it is not possible. Also, I do not care about losing any data on the drive.

Answer:Solved: First Time Build Hard Drive Question

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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

Answer:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Sorry, this was a dup posting, so I have deleted the content.

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3rd thread I have started in recent days but they are all different questions so apologies to all. I might have to get a new hard-drive, 40GB as my motherboard probably won't recognise anything higher as my PC is a few years old. I have found one at Komplett: click hereSorry I don't know how to do links (how stupid am I!). If anyone can get onto the site can they tell me if this hard-drive seems reasonable? I have been told to make sure its 7200 speed but apart from that I don't know what else to look for

Answer:Another question, this time about which hard-drive

Nearly all my drives (20 or so) are this make and model. They sit there working away and I don't normally give them a thought.Highly recommended but have a look around for better prices.?d

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I have a T61p and purchased a hard drive adapter (pn: 40Y8725) and a 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive (pn: 43N3403).  After ejecting the CD burner and inserting the adapter with new hard drive the system did say it was ready for use.  Problem is that is does NOT show up on the "My Computer" so I don't know how to access it.  I purchased the devices to back up the computer easily. How do I get it to register (if that is the correct term) on the My Computer so I can use it?  I am using MS Windows XP Professional.


Go to Solution.

Answer:T61p Thinkpad Hard drive adapter and Hard drive set up question

do you see it in the bios???

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At the mo my Win XP 120 GB drive has about 26 GB left but i have a second hard drive in my PC ( which i only connect when i wanna do some thing in Win98) which is a 70 GB drive so im thinking of using that as a second drive for my PC , i have alwas been used to formatting W98 drives etc , ie using FDISK etc but im new to doing hard drive replacments / Hard Drive add ons in XP , so my question is whats the best way to add a second hard drive to XP ? i have been told i can format the drive etc while Win XP is booted up ?? is this true ? .


Answer:Formating a win98 drive to use a a second hard drive in XP

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

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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Hello, I have a quick question about cloning a old hard drive to a new hard drive on a desktop computer.

I bought a new 320 GB EIDE hard drive (my computer uses IEDE not SATA) about 3 months ago.
I successfully installed it and it works, but when I set it up as a secondary (slave) hard drive (when I say set it up I mean: physically on the hard drive before I installed it into the computer, I put it to slave not master; and I virtually set it up to a slave hard drive when the computer booted up and all that stuff).
Then I put a music folder in the slave hard drive, that's it.

Now, about 3 months later, I see that I should have just set up my new hard drive to be the master hard drive because my old 70 GB hard drive is just way to small to be used for a computer.
I want to clone my old hard drive to the new hard drive (I want to boot on this hard drive and have everything that was on the old hard drive). I also want to set my new slave hard drive to the master hard drive and the old hard drive to the slave. I looked on the internet and youtube and I know how to clone so I'm alright there.

So since I want to set my slave hard drive as the master:
QUESTION: Do I take my new hard drive out of the computer and physically switch it to master BEFORE cloning, or AFTER cloning (because I'm sure you have to physically do this on the hard drive right? not just virtually through a program)? And do I have to put the new hard drive where the old hard drive cur... Read more

Answer:Need Help Cloning Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive (quick question)

Never mind...I figured it out.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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I have a Dell desktop (tower model) running Win 98 SE. I have had a 2nd hard drive installed for a while now, and it has been working fine. I noticed a couple of days ago that it is no longer visible in Explorer (used to be d:. Now the CD drive is showing as d: ). I cannot pinpoint when this might have started happening or any recent changes that might have caused this.

I looked in setup (under IDE), and the second hard drive is showing a capacity of 0 MB (it seems to be recognized - I saw something that looks like a serial #). I also ran Dell diagnostics - the self test ran ok, but the seek test said "target drive aborted the command". I did not try any other tests.

Any help would be appreciated. I am hoping I haven't lost the drive - I haven't been great with backups

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Win98 - cannot see 2nd hard drive

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hi ...can i put my old hard drive from win 98..into new pc with win xp.. and use it as a slave ???what do i have to do...and how do i do it.thanks to all who help..

Answer:hard drive from win xp

if it is going on the same IDE cable as your new drive, change the jumpers on the win98 drive to slave, put in computer connect up, thats it.if it going on the secondary IDE cable, leave the jumpers as master, put the drive in, connect up.

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My hard hard drive is 30 gig but Win 98 says when you click on "MY Computer" that is 8.4 gig is there a way of fixing this or i will have to update to Win ME. IF so how can i upgrade using the full Retail version of Win ME. I am worrie du to the fact that i am close to reaching 8.4 gig in use files.

Answer:Win98 says hard Drive is 8.4 gig when is 30 gig

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I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards


Answer:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.

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My system, an IBM PC315, has been working fine
for a year. Suddenly, the hard drive is no
longer recognized at boot time. This did not
happen in a hard way, but intermittently. That
is, for a period of about 2 weeks, the hard
drive would be seen OK sometimes, but not seen
other times.

The system has two hard drives, actually, both
SCSI. Both are still seen by the Adaptec SCSI
utility at boot time. However, when I boot from
a DOS diskette, only the second (non-boot)
hard drive is seen by FDISK.

It feels like the main hard drive has just gone
kaput. Are there any other possibilities? Could
the power supply be having a problem with the
+12 volts used by the drives? (Then why is the
2nd drive OK?)

If the drive is dead, how can I recover the data?
A lot of stuff important to me is in there.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive no longer recognized at boot time.

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Hi.This must have been asked before but please bear with me,I want to install win98 and winxp (home) on the one sata HD,how to partition and have access to them,in simple terms would be much appreciated

Answer:win98 and winxp on the same hard drive

I've done this before but as I suspected, others have written it for me. The secret is to install XP first and make sure the HDD is formatted as a FAT 32 partition. Check out
I think that covers it. Good Luck!

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Problem 1 - okay well heres my my sister told me her pc was lagging bad and her internet stopped working. So what i did was try to do some spyware scans and stuff but it just lagged forever.

So one of my brilliant ideas was to take out her hard drive and insert it in to mine...why you casue he pc only has a 15 gig HD and 96MB of ram..bad i windows XP but my sister didnt mind it..just used it for AIM...

So i took it out and hooked it up to my dell..tryed booting it and i recieved a message..."Operating System Not Found" So i thought thats not good.. But when i inserted it back into her pc it said the same thing..** Also BIOS Will not recongize wether its a slave drive or master..So what can i do to atleast be able to still use it..not worried about losing her files ECT

Problem 2 - next i remembered that i had a 10 gig HD with Windows 98 se so i tryed booting from that HD it will come to the loading screen but after that when the desktop is suppose to come up theres just a little dash that blinks in the top left corner..

Tryed resetting the CMOS battery i tihnk its called

But im stuck and would like to really save either hard drive..low on cash for a new one..any way to do a fresh install of 98..
i tryed to reinstall win98 but it said theres not enought can i cler the HD to start from scratch..

Sorry for the lenght..also if you need more info let me know
Thanks your pc friend steve

Answer:2 Hard Drive problems... Win98 and Win xp

well maybe ill just pick up an 80 gig tomarrow..

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Could anyone tell me what the maximum hard drive you can have on a pc with Win98 installed. I have contacted my BIOS manufacturer who says that they can sell me a BIOS upgrade for $29.95 which supports hard drives up to 250GB (on some systems they say)but I suspect that win98 has a limitation of less than 250GB. Does anyone know what this is.Thanks in advance

Answer:Win98 Hard Drive Size

. HDD manufacturer may have software to overcome this.Alternative, it is possible to partition large HDD into several small partitions

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Does such an animal exist? We had one shipped to our house when the store was out of them and therefore didn't know the hard drive wasn't compatible with win98.

Does anyone know if such compatibility exists?

Answer:Need external hard drive for win98

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My friend is still using win98 on p2 400 I fitted a 40gig h/drive in his machine, the bios saw it ok but when I loaded win98 it will only see 7gig what do I need to do to get his h/d up to capacity

Answer:win98 hard drive size

The new drive didnt have a small partition (fat32) and a large partition (ntfs) did it?If so, you should remove all partitions, recreate and format as fat32 as win98 wont see ntfs format which is used by xp etc.

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I put a second hard drive in a PII running window 98 SE.. drive is reconginzed in bios but not in wondows ... shows in device manager without a drive letter... if marked as a removalbe drive (it is not) windows will assign a drive letter... any idea's on how to correct this

Answer:Win98 not showing 2nd hard drive

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Hi All,
Have been trying to scanDisk my Hard Drive but it tries for about ten attempts but then gives me error message saying could not scan hard drive because there is something writting to hard drive. It asks me to shut this application down and try again.

However, there is nothing I can see running in background and have shut down everything in the startup bar. Have also started pc in Safe mode and still have same problem.
I've re-started pc but still no joy. Will also not let me defrag hard drive either
Any suggestions as to why this is happening?

Answer:ScanDisk on Hard Drive Win98

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I was given several HDD that had been used in a company probably on a server. When I boot from a cd to install XP I get a message H:\SCRUB\SCRUB3.EXE/d=all /1=3. The cursor is blinking as if I am to input a command but when I key in any letter etc. nothing shows on the screen. I am assuming this was something to erase the drive but I don't know what to do next. Can any one help me out?

Answer:Solved: Hard drive question

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This is probably a dumb question, since there are no stupid questions.

If the hard drive from a new Vista laptop is replaced with the hard drive from an old dead XP laptop, will the new laptop boot up so that some files can be transferred from the old drive to a CD or DVD and then the Vista drive reinstalled in the new laptop without causing any problems with the new laptop?

I know about external hard drive enclosures, but was wondering if the above will work.

The hard drive is not the problem with the old laptop.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Question

No. XP installed drivers specific to the machine it was installed on.

Connect the drive as a secondary (on a desktop) and get your files while booted into the OS on that machine (or use an enclosure or adapter). Later, you can use the external for storage and backup.

Or, you could connect it in the laptop and use a bootable CD to retrieve your files, like UBCD4Win, Knoppix, or Ubuntu.

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I recently installed a 250GB Seagate internal HDD. But when I go to My Computer and click on the hard drive it says

Free Space: 127GB
Total Size: 127GB

The only thing that popped into my mind was that i didnt meet the requirement of 48-bit addressing. But that cant be possible because

A) My other hard drive is a total of 71GB. So 71+127=198 which would exceed the 137GB max enforced by 28-bit addressing

B) I know I have 48-bit addressing because im running Windows XP with SP2 and in the hard drivw manual it says Windows XP with SP1 or higher would meet the requirements.

I also noticed that the name of the disk in My Computer is "DISK2_VOL1" so is there a "DISK2_VOL2"? Because i was thinking 127 is half of 250 besides the 2 extra gigs. SO there being a "DISK2_VOL2" would make sense to me. But I really know nothing about hard drives so I couldnt be sure.

Is there anyone who knows whats going on? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: another hard drive question

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Me agaim, Told you wyou would be hearing a lot from me during my new build

Ok I have a hard drive that I just use to store stuff on. I have copied everything to another hard drive. I am going to use this hard drive for my c drive to hold windows and my programs on the new build.

Should I reformat it while I have it in my current computer, or just take it out and do it all, reformat and install windows when I put it in the new one?

Thanks so much!

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Question

Use the new one.

It doesn't often happen nowadays, but there is a possibility that the BIOS in the old machine may map the drive differently to that in the new machine.

This certainly still happens as a difference between an internal drive and an external drive.

While it is not important when just reading and writing to the drive, it DOES make a difference when you try to use a partition manager to change the drive later on -( if you're lucky it will complain - if not it will just corrupt thee drive).

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I am wanting to replace my internal hard drive in one of my computers with a larger GB hard drive. As I understand, it, however, I need to make sure what I put in it is compatible with my motherboard, since this computer is an older computer.

The hard drive I currently have is a WDC WD1600AAJ5-O7PSAO, according to the Device Manager. Its a 160 GB and I would like to get a 320 or more.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Question

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I have 2 hard drives installed on my system the master has win xp home edetion and the slave has win 98se. When i boot up it showes both drives,then loads windows xp. under my compurer it shows the drive with win 98 on it. my question is how to i get the two to work sepertately so i can load win 98? Thank you
Winxp -ntfs win 98 fat 32

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive question

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I just installed a new blank Hard Drive in my old Dell D520 laptop. I ran the XP install disk and created only 1 partition on the Drive and then formated it. That is all I did, I didn't install anything else. However, when I check the disk info, it tell me that I have only 99% free and there is 66 Megs of space being used.
Come on, 66 Megs to maintain partition information??? What did I do wrong. Do I need to run Kill Disk and give it another try??? Is this common occurence???
If this was discussed in an earlier discussion, I must have missed it and I do aplogize.
Thanks for your time and consideration.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Question

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Suddenly my machine has slowed to a crawl. PC,Windows 98se, Pentium !!! 400, 256 Ram, 10meg hard disc-with about 1/2 available. Particularly noted as I use Photoshop. Have to wait for every changeof brushes, curves, view, etc..
Am also hearing some noises that are new, coming from my hard disc.
I ran discscan and defrag with no help that I can tell.
Had installed AOL Instant messanger for my granddaughter and deleted 264 files! Also, no help.
Is this possibly the beginning of a hard disc breakdown?? Or is it due to AIM?.
I would have no problem in deleting AIM. I don't use it, but it would be nice to be able to keep it to maintain contact with this granddaughter. She's amazing- I saw her juggling 4 different conversations at once!!
Len H

Answer:[SOLVED] Question of hard drive going??

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i have a 120 GB hard drive that has nearly run out of space. i have had a good read through the forum but cant decide if i am better off putting a bigger internal hard drive or an additional internal hard drive or get an external hard drive. pc world have this one half price
what would be my best or easiest option. some of the external ones have fans some dont. many thanks gary

Answer:Solved: hard drive question

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I have a general hard drive question. Lately I have noticed my hard drive running at high speed which it never used to do. Does this indicate any problem? Don't remember that it ever did this b4. Just wondered. Thanks'

Answer:Solved: hard drive question

If by "high speed" you mean that you're hearing fairly constant activity of the hard drive, it could be as simple as fragmentation causing extended seeks, or as complex as some phone home malware working in the background.

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I have a hard drive from my pc whose motherboard went, i have an assignment on it i need quite urgently i was wondering if i can plug it into my other PC and if it will work just as another drive?? Or do i need to do something else?
thanks Greg

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

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

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

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


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

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

OR you can TRY try this

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

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


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Hi guys. My hard drive is constable running even if I'm away from it. I don't have any P2P programs install or anything that causes the PC to download. Here's my HiJackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:45:35 AM, on 5/9/2011
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16766)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Reviversoft\Registry Reviver\RegistryReviver.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SABnzbd\SABnzbd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Motive\McciContextHookShim.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Dell\apache\bin\httpd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\java.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
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Ok so I used to have:
<Mobo= MSI K8N Neo4-f, Cpu= AMD Athlon 64 2.0ghz, Ram= 1gig DDR>

last week I bought the upgrades:
<Mobo= ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe, Cpu= AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6ghz, Ram= 4gigs of DDR2>

With both set-ups I had a WD Raptor 10k rpm hard drive with windows XP
loaded on it. with the previous set up I would start up my computer and it
would load to my log in, in under 8 seconds. with the new set up, it takes
more than 25 minutes and the loading bar on the loading screen is slower.
I haven't installed anything that could cause a virus so im not sure what
could be doing this.

on a side note..
my cdr/dvdr drives haven't been working either. it acts
like it can read them and it will eject the trays from inside windows, but yet when I put a disk in, it cannot read it. so with this said.. I havent been able to install any mobo drivers other than my chipset and audio drivers which I managed to get off of a flash drive and my laptop. could this be causing both issues?

anyone have any suggestions for either of these problems?

Answer:10k rpm hard drive, 20 min windows XP load time.. wtf?

of course you reinstalled windows with the change of the motherboard right?

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after a pc crash which had win xp i cannot seem to get xp back on .ive reverted back to trying to put win98se on but after formatting the hard drive i get C:\ and get no further as i dont know what to put hoping once i get win 98 on i can up grade to xp which is what the pc originally had on it .the computor is a dell dimension 9150 about 5 years old.

Answer:trying to load win98 or XP on to formatted hard drive on pc

Even if you could put Win98 on this system, and with modern hardware you most likely won't be able to, putting Win98 on first will do you no good as the drive will have to be formatted with the FAT32 file system. XP uses the NTFS file system which in converting will wipe out your Win98 install. Besides, you can't run an OS install disk from within a running operating system, you need to boot to the install CD so again, installing Win98 wouldn't matter.What happens when you try to install XP?

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I hope it isn't wrong place we443y ask.

I want to install windows 98 to my old 166MHz computer. When i try to install then it says that windows setup requires 'largest executable files to run'. Then i bypassed memory checking but it still says that i don't have any free memory for install. Yesterday i connected old hd as a slave in my newer computer. It didn't work at first but then i changed the drive letter and i don't know what i did after that. Anyway it started to work and i formated it. I can save and copy files to 2,36Gb drive. But when i put it back to an old computer as a master then it can only read the contents. It says - free memory 0. When i connect old hd as a master to my newer computer then it says the same.

My english is not perfect but i hope that you guys understand what problem i have.

Is that someting with partitions?

i have compaq deskpro 2000 and i cant enter to bios. I know that compaq bios uses a small space of hd for setupfiles and diagnostic but i dont know how do i fix the problem.

I found that old HD is NTFS filesystem i need to change it to FAT32. Will it help?

Answer:Hard Drive problem, win98 installing

Sorry for double post.

I have a new problem.

When i reach to win98 setup it gives an error message "w98 caused a general protection error fault in module krnl386.exe"
and second user.exe
after that
standart mode...
raw fault frame .........

I took hd out and put it to my second computer, same thing happens. I have read that it may be a ram issue but my main computer has not some hardware issues. I still got "windows setup requires 'largest executable files to run' " but i can pass it.

Now i can make folders running in dos but i can not copy. I can copy (within ???) XP when i put old hd to my second computer as slave.

What could be the problem?

btw i made FAT32 partition and 200MB MBR partition.

"Place the Windows 98 installation files in a folder whose UNC path contains no more than 240 characters" <--I don't understand.

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This one has got me a bit stumped.My brother in law has scrapped his dinosaur old IBM computer that ran Win98 on a Caviar 2.5Gb hard drive (ie not the original). He's bought a fabulous HP set up :-)A few years ago I upgraded his OS to Win98SE. I am presuming that his disk is therefore FAT32 (that presumption came later).I took out the hard drive and popped it into a USB2 caddy and plugged it into my laptop to retrieve the data.WRONG. Of course my laptop is WinXP Pro SP2 and therefore NTFS. Hmmm (it was then I remembered his disk was probably FAT32).So being a bright spark (sparks are rarely bright for long), I used Partition Magic to convert my OS partition to FAT32 and confidently plugged in the caddy once more.ONce more the laptop recognised the drive, whirred and clicked then once more reported a hardware fault and the inability to mount the disk again.Firstly any ideas?Secondly would a FAT32 OS still recognise the drive if it had on a FAT format (ie not upgraded to FAT32).My confident assertion of 'oh I'll get your data off your hard drive for you' is sounding a little hollow now.I tried the jumpers on the old hard drive in both the default 'Master' position and 'Slave' just in case.In every case the laptop has recognised WHAT has been plugged in but will not mount it.I'm fresh out of ideas.Anybody?

Answer:Retrieving data from a Win98 hard drive

Hmmm. Have you got an old computer (with 95 or 98 on) laying around that you could plug the Caviar into as a slave and then access and retrieve his files using good old fashioned DOS?Of course it could be that the reason he bought his super new outfit was that the old hard drive had just packed up - he just forgot to tell you that.....

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I have an external Hard Drive (Freecom Classic 160GB), my Laptop is running under Win98 and the USB is 1.1.

If I plug in, I see that there is some activity on the the hard drive - if I go into the explorer I cannot see a separate drive and therefore I have no access to the external hard drive.

I did load all drivers successfully - if it is plugged in I see in the system environment that the hardware has been accepted and is valid - but I don't see a drive on the explorer !?

I have the same problem if I plug in a card reader in the USB slot !

I have no problem if I plug a digital Camera or a Scanner - this is working OK !

Is there anything to be configured in Win98 ?

All equipment is working fine on an other Laptop under WinXP !

Would be very nice to find someone who can help


Answer:No access to my external Hard Drive under Win98 using USB 1.1

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)

In detail :

'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free

'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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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 did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!

Answer:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.

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If I buy this from amazon:

Does that mean I'll definitely be able to hook up my laptops hard drive to my desktop via USB? Just like it was a memory stick or external HD?

Sorry If this is a dumb question but I have to be totally sure!

Answer:Solved: Another hard drive adapter question (sorry!)

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I'm looking to replace the hard drive in a old HP laptop. It's a pavilion ze4560us. The connector for the hard drive is pictured below.

This doesn't look like the standard IDE-ATA6 connection on most IDE laptop hard drives. I was wondering if an IDE-ATA6 drive would work in this computer, or if I'd have to try to find another one like this one. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Answer:Solved: HP laptop hard drive question

That gray adapter is probably removable so you can put it an
a new drive.
You might want to check it.

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I just purchased a WD My Passport 1 TB external hard drive. I hooked it up to my computer, and it underwent a process of transferring documents and other data. However, I cannot locate the documents on the external hard drive. I click "computer" on my start menu, go to my computer, click the Passport. A series of files comes up, none identifying my data. I have gone through the files but do not see my documents. Can anyone advise me how I can see the copied files on the external hard drive so I can have comfort that they are there? Thanks.

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive question

did you just copy the files or did you use the backup software that comes with the WD drive ?
and it underwent a processClick to expand...

can you explain a little more please ?

otherwise using file explorer - click on the WD drive and then search for a file you know you copied and see where about it is on the drive , should show the directories - if not when searched and found , right click > properties and that will show you the full path

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I'm thinking of buying an external hard drive. Could someone walk me through the procedure for backing up everything on my system hard drives, C: & E:?

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive Question

Copy/paste everything from your C drive to your external one....
Or you could use the built in backup program on windows to do a whole system backup of whichever drive you select.

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I have a Western Digital 80 gig Enhanced IDE H/D sitting around doing nothing and would like to know if I will have any problems installing it in my present system and use it as a back-up.
Will the cable I have work like in the old days, just plug it in, set the jumper to the second slot from the right and away we go or what? Do I have to change the jumper settings on my master that is presently in my system as well?

Second question... Where can I get some free software to wipe it clean after I get it installed? ( I know I formatted it while it was in the old sys but it still had a pile of gigs that didn't vamoose )

Here's my present specs.....

XP Home Edition SP2
AMD Athlon 64, 3500+, 2200 MHz
Asus A8N-E Mobo
BIOS Type Award (05/20/05)
Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
Video Adapter RADEON X700 Series (256 MB)
SAMSUNG SP0802N (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4163B
Monitor KDS Visual Sensation VS-195e

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Installation Question

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My sisters computer broke, so I took her 40 GB hard drive and was going to add it to my own PC, but then I realized I can only have on internal hard drive.

So what I did was put her hard drive into my HD enclosure, and hook it up via USB cable to store files on it to relieve the disk usage on my main hard drive.

So, Say, ive put all my music over to the USB hard drive and im using it SOLEY to store things, it dosent run any actual programs (I play my music by using Winamp which is installed on my main hard drive, you see what I mean)

So my question is, can I completely format her hard drive and clear it of all its old programs and windows XP and still use it as a USB-storage type device without having to install an OS or something?

If so, I already have a program I can do this with, but should I format the hard drive as FAT32 or NTFS? (I have no idea what those mean...)


(Sidenote: Im currently having another technical issue no one seems to be able to help with, so if your reading this and want to take a look, Click here please

Answer:Solved: Question about secondary hard drive?

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I have an older computer (five years) and it has dual Ultra-ATA66 hard drives. I think one of them is dying, so I plan to replace them. I run on down to newegg, and they don't even sell ATA66 drives anymore.

My question, can I buy an ATA100 or ATA133 hard drive, and will it still work in my PC? I'm not running a RAID set up or anything, just got them both plugged into my motherboard, through what I believe is my IDE cable...

Answer:Solved: Quick Hard Drive Question

Yep, should plug-n-play just fine, obviously running at the slower ATA-66 speed.

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I just got a Dell Dimension 4700, with 160 GB Hard Drive - but it only shows 146 GB. Is there a logical reason for that? Looks like 14 GB is a considerable loss right off the top. Appreciate any input. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive size question

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Ive got an older mother board, a kt600a, that has 2 sata headers on it, but its sata1.

Im upgrading the mother board, and the current hard drives had to have a jumper set so that they could run with this older system.

My question is this: Can I remove the jumper to use the drives with the newer system, WITHOUT loosing data, or do I need to back up the entire 500 gig drive, and reformat them with the new system?


Answer:Solved: Sata Hard drive question

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I am building a computer for my grandson for Christmas and have a question. I ordered and received this hard drive for it:

which is a 250 gb Seagate SATA drive. I know that when you create a new partition while installing Windows I should not see the entire 250 gb. However, the largest partition I can create according to Windows XP Home is 131,062 mb. Something doesn't seem right to me. Do I have a bad hard drive? Thanks for your assistance.


Answer:Solved: Question about SATA Hard Drive

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If I clone my hard drive but do not bring over the OS and install a new OS on the new drive, will my programs work with the new OS on the new drive or are the tied to the original OS?
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] Cloning a hard drive question

Hi -

No. Programs must be re-installed.

Program installations write files all over the system including the registry.

Regards. . .



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Hi! Everyone here was so great last time I needed help so I am asking again. I am not great with all the technical stuff so please keep that it mind but from the help I got here I was able to get a new hard drive and do a complete new install so thanks again!!!

This time I am trying to help my mother - her hard drive crashed and she needs to have it replaced like I did before. She has a Dell Inspiron 546MT and the hard drive is a Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive. I need to know if I can replace that with a Western Digital WD7502AAEX, 750 GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive that I found on NewEgg (love them!!)??

I want to get her more GB and the WD2500AAJS is out of stock.

Any help would of course be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Hard drive change question

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Hey guys, I'm new to Vista. I just installed it on a new drive (home premium). I would like to use my old drives from XP but can't get Vista to recognize them.

The drive that has Vista is a Sata. I have another Sata and 2 IDE drives. My system BIOS sees them when I hook them up. I know I have to go to Computer Management but only the Vista drive has any options. If I right-click on the other all the options except "delete Volume" and "Help" are grayed out. Please, I hope I'm not outta luck but am I just not doing something to get Vista to be able to recognize them so I can save the data on them at least? Yeah I know, I should've backed them up beforehand...

Thnx, Euchre

Answer:Solved: Vista hard drive question

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Hi, ( Newbie To This Site )

I bought an external Rock 120 Gig hard drive, Works great, ( But came with no instructions ) It is powered directly from the USB port on the computer, However, the cable that came with the drive, has one end that connects to the drive, the other end of the cable has 2 USB plugs, which one is connected to my computer.
My question is: Is the other USB plug for another computer? and if so, Will the drive be getting too much power if connect to both computers?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks In Advance,

Answer:Solved: Rock Hard Drive Question

No, its possibly for daisy chaining other USB devices to it. Do NOT try to connect to 2 computers at once as you may corrupt contents of the drive.

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My problem is not exactly with the hardware itself, rather I'm having difficulties figuring out what type of hard drive I should purchase.

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-TXN27N laptop and I need a new hard drive for it. I don't have the hard drive that came with the computer, and I'm trying to figure out what type of hard drive I need. Here is the support page for the laptop provided by Sony. When I looked through the documents containing the laptop specifications all of them claimed that the 1.8" hard drive used an Ultra ATA interface.

However when I opened up the laptop and checked the connectors I became somewhat confused. If I'm not mistaken, the Ultra ATA interface looks like the hard drive in this picture: but the hard drive connector within the laptop is a thin, golden strip similar to the strip used to connect most laptop keyboards.

I hope I've illustrated my problem well enough, I hope you can help me find out what type of interface I need.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Solved: A question regarding hard drive interface

Some laptops use adapters or even a short cable to connect to the drive or connect to an adapter on the drive. Would it be possible to take a picture of what you are seeing and post it? Some 1.8" drives also come with a ZIP connector like this:

Seems to be limited info on that unit.

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I have just bought an enclosure and put the 40GB hard drive from my old PC in it. It works great with no problem. It has a two partitions on it.

My question is it normal for it to get the enclosure warm to the touch? The enclosure is a I/O Magic brand with barely enough room for the 3.3" drive. It does not have any vent holes in it.

Answer:Solved: External hard Drive Question.

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i wanted to know, if there is a way to split a hdd without data loss, and then, copy all the data from an old hdd to the new partition.
i'm using WinXP.

old 20 gb hdd with system installed on it
new 80 gb slave hdd with ~30 gb data on it

80 gb split to 60 and 20 gb =>

60 gb with the data that is already inside (~30 gb)
20 gb with the copied working system from my old drive

i can't copy those ~30 gb to another hdd, they must stay on this hdd.

Answer:Solved: Hard disk drive question


You can use third party programs like Partition Magic and Disk Director (Acronis) for what you want to do would be the easiest way...that is if you don't want to install your O/S again

If you don't mind doing that and backing up the files you want then you can use Disk Management in Windows.

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i put a internal hard drive. in a external case. both new! i hooked it up an it works good. the only bad thing is when i turn on the external HD. i get this pop up. all the time. i turned off auto play an it still does it. does any body know a way to stop that every time i start it?


Answer:Solved: external hard drive question

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I just bought an external case and plan on putting one of my 40 gig drives into it and using it as needed by way of USB. But before I do that, I would like to get some data off of an old 6 gig drive that I used as my C:drive in my last computer. This drive does have Windows 98 on it.

Will this cause any problems if I install this 6 gig drive into the external case, transfer some data, then pull it out and replace it with the 40 gig drive that the external case is intended for?

My current computer specs are in my sig.

Thanks for any help! Mike

Answer:Solved: Question about an external hard drive with an OS on it

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Not sure how to word this but i have an old Dell computer that quit working several years ago,windows would not let me back in.So just went and bought a new computer but i have pictures on the old drive of my dog,who has since died,that i want to retieve.So i want to put the old drive into the new computer but i have to change the head configuration.So i was wondering how do i tell if it is a 15 or 16 head drive.It says it is an IBM deskstar model #ic35l020aver07-0.I hope this is enough info,and i suppose i should ask if anyone thinks that this will work.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: hard drive head question

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I hope this doesn't sound too simple, but I recently installed a second HDD in my Dell Dimension 8400 Computer. The computer BIOS recognizes it, it shows up in "computer management" and I can access it as "new drive D:\". I still have about 10% free space on my master C:\ drive so nothing is on the new slave drive, yet. I can copy files to it if I want.

I figured, when I installed the new slave drive, that when the main drive got full, it would automatically start filling the new drive -- like one big drive.

Just to see, today I copied a large file to my main drive to see if it would seamlessly fill the remaining 10% of my main drive and finish copying whatever wouldn't fit right to the new drive. It told me the drive was not large enough to complete the copy of files. (Does that make sense?)

Am I expecting too much or am I doing something wrong? I thought the two drives would work as one but it seems they are like 2 separate drives.

Thoughts? Please keep it simple and thanks for any help or ideas.


Answer:Solved: Question on second hard drive installed

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This is the first time I've done it, I just did a disc image recently on a new external hard drive but can't figure out how to get the disc image back onto my PC. I know it must be a very simple process to do but darn if I can figure out how it's done... Don't need to do it right now but would like to know now how so when I do need to. I am using Windows 7. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive Question

Is this what you are looking for?

Restore your computer from a system image backup

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I have a lot of hard drives on quite a few pc's. I have always read that you should keep a minimum of 15% of free space on any hard drive, which I do on all of my hard drives (7 I think).

I recently bought a LIVA MINI-PC and instead of a hard drive, it comes with "eMMC" storage which is some sort of solid-state storage. It came with this storage over 95% capacity used.

So my question is: On this kind of storage, does the "15% minimum free space" rule apply ? Why or why not ?

Answer:Hard Drive\Non-Hard Drive Question - How Much Space ?

The 15% refers to a drive that contains an OS like Windows which seems to be growing every day
Normal drives will become more slow when they are nearly full but there is no real problem when there are just a few percentages of space left.

Your Liva Mini PC will cause you major issues if the system drive is already nearly full
Windows (7 / 8 / 10) are VERY disk space hungry
Normally it grows with nearly 10% each YEAR....

So.... my advise.
if you want to run Windows on your Liva..... go back to the store now and demand a disk that is at least 2x the size

Good luck

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Hello, I recently cloned the sata-II drive of my Thinkpad T400 and replaced it with a new Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 2.5'' 750GB SATA-II, 5400rpm, 8MB Cache, 12ms, running Win7 with all the newest updates, drivers and bios updates. (4gb of ram) After a lot of installing issues (Windows services incl. Windows Update didn't run anymore (solution see below for people with the same problem*)) the new Hitachi drive performs at average rates of 64MB/s but with an access time of 23ms instead of around 12ms. So I tested the drive on my old desktop pc and got rates of at least 17ms witch seems more acceptable to me. I tried bios settings: AHCI and Compatible (on Compatible it runs even worse...)Uninstalled all driversSet up a clean new Win7Bios is at the latest versiondoesn't run in PIOshut down any anti-viruses etc.... but nothing helps. The drive seems fine so it must be something with the thinkpad.. Somebody any idea? Thanks in advance! Marc____*1. Install the KB982018 hotfix on another working machine with the same architecture (in my case x64). This provides the updated esent.dll.2 On the computer with the fix installed, check the version number ofWindows\Sytem32\esent.dll and Windows\SysWOW64\esent.dll. It was 6.1.7600.16592 in my case.3. On the computer with no fix installed, check the version number ofWindows\Sytem32\esent.dll and Windows\SysWOW64\esent.dll. It was 6.1.7600.16385 in my case.4. On the broken computer takeover the ownership of Windows\Syte... Read more

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Hi Flavalee gave me a website to do the clean and reinstall but for some reason I am having a hard time to get it to do what it is doing on the instructions on the website.

Can someone please help me do it step by step.


Answer:Solved: Help havine a hard time cleaning har drive and reinsatting vista basic!

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I wanted to ask two questions...

1. I have an hard drive from an old computer who hasn't been working for about a year and a half (reason unknown my best guess is either it was fried or it was a touch of god...) , will it damage my current system if I connect that hard drive in order to extract some data? just for a few minutes, I swear...

2. If it's not dangerous than how is it done? do I need drivers or something? it's a WD 10GB if it matters and my current system is pretty new about a year and a half...

Answer:Hard time connecting hard drive?

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My HP Pavillion is several years old and had Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.  Naturally, the recovery disks that were created would reinstall Windows 7 along with all the HP utilities.   Since I took advantage of the Windows 10 upgrade last week, I'm having the same problems using Windows Update that I did when I had Windows 7 loaded.  The problem is that it doesn't update and I've tried all the known fixes.  I think it's time to do a fresh reinstall of Windows 10 which means reformatting the hard drive, and removing the HP D: recovery partition.   My question is if there is an easy way to find all the latest drivers I'll need for my components.  For example, when I search for my computer, I'll find the sound and video card drivers here on, but it's not the latest software one would find on the component manufacturer's site.  The same goes for the BIOS upgrades for the motherboard, I think. In general, once we upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the free upgrade option, doesn't that make the HP recovery disks obsolete? 

Answer:Time to reformat hard drive and reinstall Windows 10?

Hi there Welcome to the community!  When you do the fresh install of the OS it should automatically download the required drivers for your system with the updates. Once you are done with ALL the OS updates you should have everything working properly and fine. Otherwise, going to the section of the specific model that you have should bring the latest drivers for your system. I'm sure someone will post it here in a while.  Doing a fresh install is a good move as there are many known issues reported by people who went with the upgrade instead of a fresh clean install. Make sure you have backups if your important data before you proceed with the drive wiping and that you check the drive's health just to be on the safe side that it's still safe to store your data.  Captain_WD.

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There are many articles here within the forum and elsewhere on how to use Disk Management to get your External USB Hard Drive to be recognized in Windows so I won't repeat that process here.

The lack of external hard drive recognition issue may continue and if it does what a pain it is to have to go through Disk Management every single time to get Windows to see your drive.

If this is your issue follow these steps as there?s actually a very simple fix to all of this.

You have to get the drive to show up as mentioned above in Disk management. Once this is done, go to a command prompt (DOS prompt). There are usually shortcuts off the start menu for this DOS prompt or hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard and tap the ?R? key. The Run windows will appear. In the Run box type: cmd
at the flashing cursor type this string:
chkdsk /f g:
so it will look something like this:
c:\users\anthony\chkdsk /f g:
[NOTE: g: is an example. you replace the g: with whatever your external drive letter is along with the colon]
you?ll be asked to dismount the drive. type Y when prompted ? let the chdksk utility run its course until you see the drive letter with the flashing cursor such as
c:\users\anthony _
type: exit
you're are done.
To test, safely remove the drive using the Windows safe remove option near the clock. Once your cable is removed, wait a few seconds plug back in an walla! your drive will appear normally without going through all the above steps aga... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognized in Windows Each Time Via USB

Hello Rev try this. Download and make a bootable disk of Ubuntu Download Ubuntu | Ubuntu set the BIOS to optical boot and stick the disk in go to TRY NOT install and let it run any drives attached should show up in the left hand side of the Ubuntu screen.

This is handy to keep if the Windows completely crashes and you want to get onto the net etc and see disks that Windows will not.

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Took forever but I finally got this external hard drive I borrowed from friend to transfer files to computer with broken cd drive. But when I try to access the drive it tells me its not formatted and asks if I want to format.
Any idea of what I should do, if I can even do anything.

Answer:Is there anyway for win98 to read a NTFS external hard drive?

No, 98 won't read that drive. How much data is it? You could use a flash drive.

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My viglen laptop is not starting up, the bios start to load and then a red error message comes up telling me there is a problem with drive c and that "partition does not exist" after this a menu comes up asking me how to proceed. I went on a safe one with command prompt and it said something likerun command prompt and sysreg /fix/ I have no ideaon safe mode it stopped and saidwhile initiating device VKPLEASE HELP

Answer:hard drive error win98 "partition does not exist"

Get a boot disk from and start up with it. Then run scandisk from the boot disk to see what is happening.

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My floppy drive broke. So i am typing this from a winxp drive. I'm going to connect a second drive and if i put the dos 6.22 files on it, and then run the drive stand alone, can i then use it to initialize my win98 cd? The dos has to have the cd drivers though and the ones for extending the memory.

Answer:Make a hard drive use win98 bootdisk files

The win98se cd is bootable... If your copy is not, for whatever reason.. You can use nero or roxio or whatever burning software you use to make a bootable cd using a win98 boot floppy for the boot image.. look through the help sections of whatever burning software you use to find out how to do it.. hope it helps..

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I am running Windows XP Home on my computer and have attempted to install a MicroAdvantage QuickiDrive (128MB). It seems to be properly installed, with one major problem - after (safely) removing it, then putting it back in the USB port, my computer instantly reboots and issues an error report. I have 1.1 USB capability and this is a 2.0 which is compatible with 1.1. Anyone have any ideas what I need to do to use this flash drive?

Answer:Solved: Portable USB Flash Hard Drive Question

First , make sure you have upgraded to SP1 for XP, since it fixes a bunch of USB issues. Second, try this.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

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I have an external hard drive... but I do NOT want to talk about that as I only want to focus on the storage space inside my computer.

My computer is now 7 years old. It has always had (what I believe) is a partitioned hard drive with the names Acer (C) and Data (D). Each disc appears to have 144GB of storage space (although I believe that my computer only has a TOTAL of 144GB of storage).

My Acer (C) is getting full so LAST YEAR I transferred a lot of stuff from the Acer (C) drive to the Data (D) drive. However my Acer (C) drive did not show an increase in it's storage capacity even though my Data (D) drive showed that it's storage capacity was dropping (relevant to the amount of stuff I moved over to it).

I left things like that for a while but after a month with no change or increase in the Acer (C) storage capacity I moved everything back to Acer (C) .

My question is... why doesn't my Acer (C) drive show that it's storage capacity increases when I move things off of it and transfer them to the Data (D) drive?

Thanks for any responses I may get.


Answer:Solved: Curiousity Question about my Partitioned Hard drive

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Hi, I am not too familiar with Laptop computers. I am inquiring about a Sony Vaio Notebook computer Model PCG-Z1WAMP. I simply need to give it a hard drive - which I am assuming is an internal 2.5" drive, but I need to verify the correct connetion/connector.

Do I get an ATA, Ultra ATA, IDE, EIDE?

I photographed the connector as best I could and am posting it here.


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I have a Compaq 2190US notebook (specs ) with XP-SP2 Home, and it sorta died over the weekend.

It seems that the networking portion of the OS went berzerk. I was hardly able to boot into windows at all, and if it did work it was incomprehensibly slow (like taking 5+ minutes to go from the logon screen to the desktop). Booting into Safe Mode worked fine, but Safe Mode With Networking had the same issue. That's why I believe the networking is the culprit (I know, my deductive reasoning powers are astounding!).

So I began following the MS KB article about troubleshooting with a clean boot, and tried doing what it said about removing unsigned drivers. Unfortunately, I didn't quite do what it said. When I did the search for unsigned drivers in windows/system 32/drivers, I clicked the "check subfolders" option, which I guess I shouldn't have done. It therefore found that everything in the "etc" subfolder was unsigned, so I tried removing that whole folder and placing its contents in another temporary folder in the root. I also removed two PGP drivers.

When I tried to boot back up, the system would completely freeze at the logon screen. Either that, or I at least could not interact with the system at all. The keyboard and mouse did nothing.

I tried using the Recover Console, but it won't let me access that temporary folder to copy the drivers back to windows/system 32/drivers/etc." So I tried doing a repair installation with the XP CD... Read more

Answer:Solved: Notebook Hard Drive Adapter Question

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I have 2 drives - My C: drive on it's own cable, and my D: drive shares a cable with the DVD drive. When working with video files, anything I'm pulling from the D: drive loads MUCH slower than those from C: drive, and anything from the D: drive will play real choppy. Both drives are 40 gig and the D: drive actually has more free space (about 22 gig).

Is this caused by a wrong jumper setting? I've get it set to Dual Slave. Is this correct? Is this the issue?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Question about a hard drive and DVD on same ribbon cable

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do i NEED two hard drives to run SLI?

Answer:Solved: SLI question reguarding hard drive requirements

no you don't, you only need 2 PCI-Ex16 slots on your motherboard.

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken


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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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I just put together a new PC. I used the Foxconn 925xe7aa motherboard. When I boot up the BIOS recognizes my hard drive which is a 300 GB Seagate but does not recognize my DVD burner which is a LITE-ON SHM-165H6S. I know the DVD burner works because I switched the DVD burner to the IDE 1 slot on the M/B and it loaded the Windows installation. Also I can see in the boot-up sequence that it has the DVD burner listed as Drive 0 but in the BIOS it has the hard drive listed as Drive 0. I have tried many things and none seem to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:BIOS does not recognize hard drive and dvd drive at the same time

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Hi all,
Ive had this problem before and had to amend it with factory restore and im not doing it this time.....

The Hard Drive seems to be reading 'all over the place' when i start windows as it is slow and once Windows has started and Bit Defender has loaded up and my network connection the Hard-Drive light flashes intermittentley for about 60 seconds after its 'Ready-to-Go' the light stays on for half a second and off for half a second repeatedly for a minute and sometimes after Ive accessed the drive (used some programs)

Another thing that gives the game away is that when it is actually starting up then XP welcome sound breaks up as though the drive is trying to access other parts of itself whilst playing back the sound.... AND the mouse pointer keeps sticking, I have tried Checking drive with SpySweeper 5, ive erased all tracks with tracks eraser pro and used Diskeeper v10 to dafregment (even though it says that its ok) and when i did it took hours (it used to take 5 mins cos drive was always 'clean') I used the FAAST defrag on it also and it took hours and made no difference....

I tried system restore in XP but the 3 points I tried they all failed and i noticed when Diskeeper 10 was defragmenting most of the stuff it was moving seemed to be system restore items in the 'System Volume Information/_restore' folder.... What I had been upto at the time of this happening was i was downloading Live Aid 85 for my girlfriend wh... Read more

Answer:Windows slow / Hard drive seems to be reading 2x places at same time

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Hey Gang,

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

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

Does XP have that capability?


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

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