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Create a searchable Explorer-like document of external drive contents?

Question: Create a searchable Explorer-like document of external drive contents?

Seems there must be some program out there that will create a searchable Explorer-like document (such as html) of the contents of an external USB drive. Anyone know? I can already create lists but I am looking for something as described above.

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Preferred Solution: Create a searchable Explorer-like document of external drive contents?

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Answer: Create a searchable Explorer-like document of external drive contents?

This might work ... just be sure to un-check any bundled garbage that may come with the download
SearchMyFiles - CNET Download.com

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Hi,

I am using Word 2010.

I have a really long Word document with different topics.

I would like to create a Table of content at the top of that document so that I can click on that topic & it will take me directly to that topic without me trying to scroll down the whole document to find that topic. ( Just like a book in Word Format with table of content & clicking the topic to go directly to that topic without going thru the whole book page by page )

I tried to create a hyperlink for each topic but Word created the hyperlink at the same place where the topic was listed, so that doesn't help.

I also tried to copy & paste that hyperlink at the top of the document but that didn't work either.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks
 

Answer:How do I create a table of contents in a Word Document

The built in help has great info but this article covers it too:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/create-a-table-of-contents-HP010368778.aspx?CTT=1
 

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I have a drive at work that is shared by many people. Within it are many folders to organize all the files. At times it is difficult to locate certain files; even using Explorer search becuase the file name may not be known.

What I would like to do is have a "table of contents" document or program to open that displays all the files, showing their folder location, and a link to that file.

I was able to do this somewhat in Excel but with 3,000+ files, doing so manually would be painstakingly difficult and time consuming.

It would be perfect if it was updated automatically, as these files change on a daily basis; adding new files and deleting old ones.

Is this possible? What would be the best program for it? Access?

-Tony

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I would like to open Windows Explorer, click on a CD-ROM and, from the list shown, create a document that can be inserted into Word. I would like to avoid using jpeg or gif files since I would like to be able to edit whatever is entered into the document. Is there a program out there that does this that I can download without subscribing to PC World or other mags? Shareware, pay for or freeware, I am not concerned about the program costing something, I just don't want to subscribe to a magazine just to download one item.

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:How do I create a Word document from a Windows Explorer list?

try this as it outputs directory listings to a txt file so you can copy and paste into word etc

JR Directory Printer (Free) 173kbs
http://www.spadixbd.com/freetools/jdirprint.htm

page above also has instructions as to options.
 

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I've been struggling with this for over a year now. I have hundreds of model railroad magazines that I need to build a database for in order to type in a subject and have the program point to a specific issue for quick reference. I've tried to figure out how to do it with Excel or Access, but just haven't got the smarts for setting it up and getting it working.

I can't seem to find a freeware software program online either for doing this. I know you can't recommend any. Is there anyone out there who can offer any suggestions for something that will work?

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Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
 

Answer:Solved: How can I create a searchable magazine story index?

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I have a similar issue... my laptop (running XP) got into a bluescreen/reboot death cycle.

So, I bought a new Vista laptop, and an enclosure for the old PC's drive.

When I attach the drive to the new laptop, it's light goes on, I hear the disk spin up inside, and a few moments later, it appears as my "F:" drive.

But, when I click on the drive, it looks as though it's empty. Nothing there, no file folders or files, nothing.

Is there something I may be doing wrong?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Contents of External Drive Not Showing

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Does anyone know of a program that can keep track of the contents of my many external hard drives? I'd like a sort of catalog that just shows the contents of my various hard drives, not necessarily links to the files, drives. Almost a literal "table of contents" for my externals...

Answer:Software To Track External Drive Contents?

I remember someone mention before a software.. Something got to do with... Tree..

Can't remember.. I'll try to find the link and post back if I could.

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I have installed a Samsung SH-D162 external DVD drive on my HP Touchsmart IQ524, Windows 7, via USB and here is the issue:

It shows in Device Manager, in my computer as drive G under Devices with Removable Storage. I am unable to read anything on a disc. If I right click on the G drive it will run for hours. I have hooked it up to my neighbor?s computer, XP, USB and it works fine. I have removed the upper and lower filters in regedit and re-installed the driver. This has sucked enough out of my life. Can anyone provide an answer?

Answer:Windows 7 wont read contents of external DVD drive

Some external drives do not draw enough power from the motherboard to make them work without one of those USB cables you plug into two USBs on your computer and the other side into your drive. It may be this.

Has the same drive worked on this computer with another operating system installed. If not this may be it. You can get these cables at most electronics stores.

If the drive HAS worked on the computer with another operating system.....it will be something else.

Please try other USB ports if you have not tried that already.

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I want to sell my External Hard Drive. If I Move all the contents unto another hard drive (not delete.. move).. can some tech smart person still see what I had all the hard drive?? Thanks!
 

Answer:If I move all the contents from my external hard drive Can they still see it?

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Hi, I have a USB3 1TB WD Elements external hard drive which has stopped responding.
I was using it with the laptop sorting out files I'd backed up ready to put back onto my laptop after a 'return to factory settings'. It worked no problem.

Then I attached it to my TV to watch some stored films from it. At first the logo's showed and it tried to play some then just became unresponsive and was not even recognised as being attached to the TV. The light came on the hard drive as if it was working. We are travelling in a motorhome, and during this time the 12 volt power consumption acted as if a film was playing. There was ample power available.

When I attached it back onto my laptop it made the usual noise indicating that a USB device had been attached and the lights came on the hard drive, but it does not show up in Windows Explorer.
The first few times I got the green usb logo bottom right task bar, and it showed there as being attached when I click to remove a device. Now it does not seem to get the green usb logo even.

It makes the usual sounds when attached and detached.

I have tried 2 different laptops with same results.

I know there were some files on the hard drive when I got it. One was for a software trial and a couple of others. If I have deleted these accidentally, could that have caused the problem?

All my back up stuff is on there, so please can anyone help?

Thanks, Jan
 

Answer:external hard drive not showing contents

Hi, just some extra information in case it helps.

I have tried using it on my Asus Eee Shell series 1001PX notebook and my Acer Aspire 5542g laptop.

I have looked in Device Manager where it shows up and says it is working properly. Under volumes there is no information given against all the titles disc; type; status etc.

Hope this helps

Jan
 

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I just switched from Windows XP to Windows 7, I backed up all my files to an external HDD and now I've transferred them all back, but I've noticed the folder they were in says it's read only... or rather, it's not ticked, it has a blue square on read only.

According to Security I have access to everything... is this a problem or not? Should I go to folder properties and make read only unchecked just to make sure all my files will be usable and modifyable?

Answer:Just switched to Windows 7, contents of External Drive are read only?

Hello Xirix,

A blue filled check box is just the default neutral setting that is always displayed. File is not read-only. For a folder, it means all files in the folder not to be set as read-only.

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

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Here's what happens: Pop a cd into either of my drives, open windows explorer and view or copy files or whatever. Pop the CD out and a new one in, it still lists what was on the first one and throws errors when clicking on the (old) files listed. This happens even after F5-refreshing or exiting and restarting explorer, only a reboot seems to work to fix it. Then I'm good for exactly one CD..
Device Manager doesn't seem to show any of the Sync, Disconnect, DMA etc stuff on the CD drives in win2k like '98 did, so I'm not sure where to proceed from here. BTW they have worked allright for nearly a year on my current win2k install, this is a fairly new problem.
Any ideas?
 

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The System Volume Information folder is taking up about 18% of one of my 2 external hard drives. (I can't remember if I have actively programmed anything to be stored in that file.) In any event, is it safe to delete some of all of the files in that SVI folder?

Thanks much!

Answer:Is it Safe to Delete Contents of System Volume Info in External Drive

Basically the system volume folder is restore points. I wouldn't really recommened deleting it. It does a lot to keep your links in order. Also is you delete it you probable wouldn't be able to open some applications on it. You can turn off system restore under system settings in control panel. But this will stop restore for you computer also.

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I have no idea why, but whenever I look at my F: (my internal hard drive that doesn't have Windows installed on it, it's just for more space) and poke around a bit, I get a window:

explorer.exe - Application Error

The instruction at "0x028b415b" referenced memory at "0x000000000". The memory could not be "written"

And then I have to terminate. As it appears to be customary, I've included my HiJackThis log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 7:11:09 AM, on 6/29/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MUSICM~1\MUSICM~1\MMDiag.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mim.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
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Answer:Explorer crashing when viewing hard drive's contents

One thing I noticed is you appear to have running both Norton AND AVG. That alone will cause some issues. For a more detailed look and diagnosis you will need a gold shield to take a look at the log.
 

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I am having a problem with windows explorer hanging when I try to access files located on a Simpletech USB Hard Drive. The explorer window will popup, but nothing appears. I have relocated the drive to another computer in the office and it works fine there. It has produced a few error messages. Can someone give me some ideas how to correct this error. I can post error messages if need be.
 

Answer:Windows Explorer Hangs when trying to access USB hard drive contents

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Hard drive crash enquiry
My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.

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I have a new W7 Home Premium 64 bit machine.

I added a new internal 2 TB HDD (assigned drive letter "A") and indexed it but still when I search for a file (a video file because that is all the drive contains) it does not appear in the results. I checked the file types that are searched for under indexing/advanced for the drive in question and the file type box is checked so it should be looked for and it seems to me it should be found.

I've migrated from XP and the learning curve seems steep, though I am just a freiman and not an IT guy, but wow there are a lot of differences in W7

Anyways, I've included a couple of screen shots if it helps.

Answer:New drive not searchable

Go to Computer locate the drive (A:) right click select properties on the check the box "Allow Files on this drive to have content indexed in additional to file properties" This will index the whole drive.

As shown below.

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how do I recover the contents of a word doc I've been working on and saving regularly which has now vanished and left me with a "blank" document with the same title?

Answer:lost word document contents

.If you haven't come out of the document you could try Undo until the contents of your document re-appear.Peter.

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Thank you kadamczy, this saved me losing a technical document and losing a number of days worth of work. This has inspired me to join this forum, in order to get help and to give it where I can be of assistance.
Frank
 

Answer:Document cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents.

Welcome to TSG Forums.
Wherever possible, please reply on the original thread where you received help with that problem.
As it is, it's doubtful whether kadamczy will ever see your "thank you" post.
 

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Can you create virtual PC on an external drive?

Answer:Can you create virtual pc on an external drive?

Yes, You will be able to run Virtual PC on external hard drive.  You can follow the below article that will give you information on ?Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode?:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee681737(WS.10).aspxYou can also refer the below link that will give you information on ?Download Windows XP Mode?:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspxYou can also check out the below link for more information on Virtual PC.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/Important Note: After installing Virtual PC on an external hard disk, to use Windows XP from within Virtual PC, the external hard disk has to be connected to the same computer. First you've to launch Virtual PC from the Start menu and then launch Windows XP. Launching Virtual PC by connecting the external hard disk to a different computer will not work.Hope this helps. 

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I have 3 documents of password files. 2 were copies. I carefully updated the main one and renamed it
adding "after crash" to title so I could distinguish it. I checked the copies, which I did not want, had no info that was not on the main file, and wiped the contents before deleting the files as they had passwords on. The main copy has also been wiped though I am pretty well certain I did not do it. I typed PASSWORD SECURED at the top in white on red so I could not make this mistake. It is the only one of the three that is password secured.

Is this likely to be warning sign of a virus or can I just delete the files and startagain ? I can remember most of the really important passwords.

Also, can I change my passwords from another computer (my husband's) as recommended by another forum.

Answer:document contents containing passwords wiped but not by user

Some questions/observations first:
What do you use as a word processor?
What version is it?
I recall that multiple files can be linked so that may explain why/how your original was wiped.
If you haven't recently run a virus scan you should, just on principle. If the scan comes back clean, delete the files and start over.
What do you use as a anti-virus/malware protector?

This is, to me, a mite confusing:




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Also, can I change my passwords "from" another computer (my husband's) as recommended by another forum.


Should "from" be "on"?





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Also, can I change my passwords "on" another computer (my husband's) as recommended by another forum.


If there is a sign of infidelity I would change my passwords on your mate's machine, but he may have it password protected and you won't be able to unless you have the master password.

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I was watching tech tv a while back and they talked about a way to have a "table of contents" for each folder you have on your computer. Just wondered if anyone knew what program this is, or how to do it in Windows.
 

Answer:Notepad document that shows folder contents

You could try Widget (1.06Mb Freeware)
 

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I have a 1 TB hard drive that is being used a lot. The format is NTFS or FATS, (sorry if those are not spelt correctly) windows hard drive. Anyways - there is like 400 gig spare. Can I simply go in and use gparted or something similiar and make a partition for a linux backup (which is ext4)

(I know this is a windows forum but u guys are the best! You are all v informed)

So basically from your experience if I do this is there a strong chance that the data on the drive will be hosed if I introduce a linux partition?

Thanks a lot

Answer:Can I create a partition in a (used) external hard drive?

Yes indeed. If you don't have an internal hard drive portable case, just power off your computer, hold the power button in for a minute to discharge all electricity, open the case, plug the older hard drive into the IDE or SATA cable for a secondary hard drive, (keep the case open to watch all fans), plug in the power cable, press the power button. The system will see the old hard drive and assign it a driver and may want to reboot; that's OK. Now after reboot, go to Windows Manager (Right click computer, choose Manage). Choose Disk Management, point at the older hard drive, right click your mouse and choose Format. When prompted, choose NTFS and format the entire disk. When it's done.....voila! You now have a second internal hard drive that you can use for backing up an Image of your C: Drive (Highly Recommended) and for storing all kinds of files like music, videos etc. rather than keeping them on the C: Drive and filling it up. (see image)

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I am able to create a system image of my Win 7 x64 drive. But if I had to restore the system image, it seems I would need a Win 7 bootable CD with external drive support, as my drive system image is on an external drive.
Windows backup does make a System Repair CD but that is for repair of Win 7; or can it be used for the System Image restore operation?
If not, how would I make a bootable Win 7 CD with external drive support?
Thanks in advance to the system experts.
CMA

Answer:How to create a Win 7 bootable CD with external drive support

Hello CMA6 mate I think this is a much better option to be honest I set mine to a weekly imaging bit it can be set as often as you like.
Imaging with free Macrium

there is this too
System Image Recovery

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My T61 comes with only CD-RW/DVD. So if I make recovery disc, instead of creating 5-8 CDs, can I make recovery disc to external DVD drive? So only 1 DVD is enough?Thanks for answer.Jasper

Answer:Create Recovery Disc to External DVD Drive?

I haven't tried it, but it shouldn't be a problem. After the function has gathered the infos it needs it will ask which device it should write to, you should be able to select the usb drive.
Please note, the first disc needs to be a cd as boot cd, then you can create a recovery dvd.

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Hello,

as the title suggests, or asks,

is their a way of sorting the text, inside a Text Document, alphabetically?

Many thanks in advance,

Stuart

Answer:Windows 'Text Document' arrange contents alphabetically ?

I don't think so, at least not with Notepad. There may be some text editors out there that will do it, but I've never heard of one.

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Hello everyone,
I have lot of media files on my external hard drive so I decided to tidy up by creating folders Suddenly I run into this error

This is a new laptop
Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Tablet PC | Dell Canada

Im running windows 8.1 I have full permissions and I don't know what to do

Please advise.

Answer:Unable to create new folders on external hard drive

To clarify, you are creating folders on the external hard drive, not the laptop's drive? I know that's what your title says, but still want to make sure. Since you are doing such a simple task and receiving a catastrophic failure, it could be that the external drive is having hardware issues. You can check it's sector health with Hard Disk Sentinel: Download Hard Disk Sentinel

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First of, i want to apologize if this post or the title isn't understandable or logic, my first language isn't English and the Spanish forum's aren't responding.Anyway, i have an WD Elements 1048 with 2 TB since almost 2 years (with an USB 3.0) , it worked perfectly until on a vacation trip i connected it on a TV and it didn't show up. Back at home i tried to connect it to my computer (ACER Aspire X3990 with Windows 7, with Intel Core i3 2100, @ 3.10 GHz, 4GB Memory (RAM), using Avast and Malwarebytes) and it also didn't appear (2-3 weeks ago).Here are something's that i already tried and observed while trying:-When i plug it in it make's the sound that it has been connected and also the light on the HD goes on. It also appear's on the eject list but when i try to eject it, it only tell's me that it isn't able to do so. -It also doesn't appear's on disk management or Device Manager. I think at one point it did appear on devmgmt and i uninstalled it (because i still couldn't access it. Whenever i clicked on it, it just opened very slowly until it told me that there was an error), but it didn't re-appear since then. I also did a troubleshooting on safe mode and i restore my computer and it still didn't work. I did notice that my memory does disappear like crazy when i connect it, and i guess that's happening because of the computer creating new restore point's every time that i connect it?... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive don't show up and also create's other malfunctions

Hola Amigo,Let me try to help you. If you don't know the exact English word, go ahead and stick in the Spanish word that make sense to you some of us here are bilingual and we will try to understand.Now in your case it would seem that the hard drive has been damaged when you tried to use it on a TV set.If you have important data on the hard drive, you will have to send it to a special company that knows how to recover data from a damaged hard drive.I think the hard drive is taking too much power from your computer and causing your computer cannot work reliably.Perhaps you know somebody that has a USB hub with power. A USB hub with power can be used to power a device that's taking too much power from the computer.However, I don't think that will cure your problem. I think the hard drive has been damaged to the extent that you will not be able to read the data off of it. The mechanical part of the hard drive, the disc and the motor, probably will work okay. But it's the electronic assembly that has been damaged. It is possible to get a replacement for the electronic assembly and replace it yourself. But this may be more than what you are accustomed to do.By the way, in what part of the world do you live? In some areas the cost of repair is actually lower than it would be here in the United States. Here in the United States is more economical to just buy a new portable hard drive.Of course, you may have data on the hard drive that you wish to recover. That ma... Read more

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My Thinkpad T420 hard drive crashed in a really bad way. I can't load windows (7) and windows repair says it can't help me. I removed my hard drive and put it in a usb enclosure and connected it to a different pc. I can see the recovery folder/drive and my data drive as two different drives in "my computer". What I'm trying to figure out is if there's a way I can create the Win7 recovery discs this way, through what is now an external hard drive. The backup PC I'm using is XP, but I can get another Win7 PC if that makes a difference. TIA!

Answer:Can I create recovery disks using my laptop HD as external drive?

No





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First of, i want to apologize if this post or the title isn't understandable or logic, my first language isn't English and the Spanish forum's aren't responding.Anyway, i have an WD Elements 1048 with 2 TB since almost 2 years (with an USB 3.0) , it worked perfectly until on a vacation trip i connected it on a TV and it didn't show up. Back at home i tried to connect it to my computer (ACER Aspire X3990 with Windows 7, with Intel Core i3 2100, @ 3.10 GHz, 4GB Memory (RAM), using Avast and Malwarebytes) and it also didn't appear (2-3 weeks ago).Here are something's that i already tried and observed while trying:-When i plug it in it make's the sound that it has been connected and also the light on the HD goes on. It also appear's on the eject list but when i try to eject it, it only tell's me that it isn't able to do so. -It also doesn't appear's on disk management or Device Manager. I think at one point it did appear on devmgmt and i uninstalled it (because i still couldn't access it. Whenever i clicked on it, it just opened very slowly until it told me that there was an error), but it didn't re-appear since then. I also did a troubleshooting on safe mode and i restore my computer and it still didn't work. I did notice that my memory does disappear like crazy when i connect it, and i guess that's happening because of the computer creating new restore point's every time that i connect it?... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive don't show up and also create's other malfunctions

Hola Amigo,Let me try to help you. If you don't know the exact English word, go ahead and stick in the Spanish word that make sense to you some of us here are bilingual and we will try to understand.Now in your case it would seem that the hard drive has been damaged when you tried to use it on a TV set.If you have important data on the hard drive, you will have to send it to a special company that knows how to recover data from a damaged hard drive.I think the hard drive is taking too much power from your computer and causing your computer cannot work reliably.Perhaps you know somebody that has a USB hub with power. A USB hub with power can be used to power a device that's taking too much power from the computer.However, I don't think that will cure your problem. I think the hard drive has been damaged to the extent that you will not be able to read the data off of it. The mechanical part of the hard drive, the disc and the motor, probably will work okay. But it's the electronic assembly that has been damaged. It is possible to get a replacement for the electronic assembly and replace it yourself. But this may be more than what you are accustomed to do.By the way, in what part of the world do you live? In some areas the cost of repair is actually lower than it would be here in the United States. Here in the United States is more economical to just buy a new portable hard drive.Of course, you may have data on the hard drive that you wish to recover. That ma... Read more

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I recently got an 2TB external hard drive and realized that I wasn't using over half of it. So, I tried to use some of that space as virtual memory because sometimes my computer would freeze while playing games due to little memory left. When I tried it, however, it didn't work. I was wondering how I would get a paging file on the external hard drive.
 

Answer:How do you create paging file on external hard drive?

Page file must always be available, even before the USB disk is ready for use. Not sure why you need a page file on external drive, though.

Also reading and writing to external hard disk will be much slower that on the internal bus. You may have to keep the external HDD connected while turning system on every time which negates the point of having an external HDD.
 

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The Background:
Yesterday a computer in our office started misbehaving. Over the weekend, several Windows updates were installed. On Monday the user would open windows explorer and within 30 seconds or so he was prompted with a message saying something to the effect of, "windows encountered an error and had to close". All the windows including software such as Outlook and AutoCad would then close. There was no restart or shut down, just everything closing. This happened repeatedly.

I instructed him to find a restore point. He later told me the only restore points available were from Friday and then over the weekend, so he chose the latest one, that being Friday. After the restore was complete, the machine began to run through the normal boot process. However, once the windows symbol fully displayed, it would go to the black screen that normally briefly appears before your desktop appears, but the desktop never appears. The machine beeps and then re-boots. After the re-boot, you get the normal screen that prompts you with two choices, launch a repair or start normally. In either case, you get the same result as I just mentioned.


The Question:
Unfortunately, a system image of the troubled machine was never created. I pulled the hard drive and with a SATA adapter I connected it to a working machine and was able to read the drive with no problems. Can I create a system image of the now "external hard drive"? I would then use that syste... Read more

Answer:Create System Image of an external hard drive

Try this: Imaging with free Macrium

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I'm 90% sure that it shouldn't make a difference, that it doesn't has to be a SATA / SAS internal slave drive for you to create that drive image. But I never create a win 7 disk image on a USB Ext. hard drive before. Has any1 done it? Any difference than creating on a SATA internal drive?
 

Answer:Can you create your disk image on an external USB hard drive?

No difference.

I've done it with Clonezilla and imaged my laptop's hard drive to an external 2TB hard drive. I booted up into Clonezilla Live at bootup, restored the image to the laptop's hard drive, restarted and booted into the OS without issue.

Probably only difference I have to say is noticeable is the transfer speeds. Internal SATA hard drive probably would have done it faster than a USB2.0 connection to the external hard drive.
 

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"How to Create a System Image in Windows 8 and 8.1" at System Image - Create in Windows 8

includes the following approach for create multiple system images on a single external drive. Will this approach work in Windows 10?
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METHOD TWO:

1. Navigate to the backup location above for where you saved a system image that you want to keep before creating a new system image.

2. Right click, or press and hold, on the WindowsImageBackup folder, and click/tap on Rename.

3. Rename it to something like WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1, press Enter, and click//tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.
NOTE: This way you can just easily change the 1 an the end of the name to 2, 3, 4, etc... for each new system image that you make a copy of.

4. You now have a different system image version that you can leave at this location to be able to keep multiple versions.
NOTE: When you want to restore a system image in a renamed WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1 folder in the future, then you must rename the current WindowsImageBackup folder first, then rename the WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1 folder back to WindowsImageBackup in order to be able to restore it. The WindowsImageBackup folder must be in the root directory of the drive, and not within another folder.

Answer:Can I create multiple system images on a single external drive?

Hello Robert,

Yes, you can use the same method in Windows 10 to create and save multiple system images on the same drive.

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hi, I was trying to create recovery image using HP recovery Manager. I was seeing an option to write into USB FALSH drive or DVD.  When I had inserted external HARD drive, HP recovery manager was not detecting . After that I had inserted PEN DRIVE which was detected by recovery manager. Does it mean I should use either PEN DRIVE or DVD to get the image ?I understand it meant for PEN DRIVE , but I dont why I can not export it to exteranl hard drive ? Product numberX3C61PAProduct nameHP Notebook - 15-ay083tu 













Solved!

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Answer:Create recovery media - not detecting external hard drive

>>> Does it mean I should use either PEN DRIVE or DVD to get the image ? Hi, It supports USB pen drive or DVD only and external HDD is not a pen drive. Regards.

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Hi,
Since my PC (XPS 9100) was often freezing, I reinstall Windows.
I am now trying to create a System Image but I can't.
I am getting the following error messages.







Can someone help me resolve this issue?

Thanks in advance

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I recently created a data c.d. with over 100 files on it .Would anyone know how I could create a List of Contents? I have tried copy function in "detail view" and this works, but I can't paste contents into Excel, "new letter", Microsoft Word , Notepad, Word pad. I was successful in doing a print screen ,this would require several prints.
The CD is a 700MB CD-RW and I used Adaptec software , the "add contents" to cover did not work. (I doubt you could read 100+ lines) . Ideally 1 full sheet of paper that I could fold and place inside, would be o.k .

OS windows 200 pro
 

Answer:Create A List Of Contents

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Hi Guys long time no see, hope you are all well

I want to create an index of movies on a NAS drive.
I have a folder G:\Shared Videos on a NAS which has 23 sub folders inside (Film Genres) and a total of 1100 .Mp4 movies spread across these folders. I need a .bat file I can run from inside G:\Shared Videos that will list the 1100 movies, name only (not the Genre Folders or location) in alphabetical order to a text file I can then import to excel to create an Index. Is this possible. I've tried a few I have found searching but there not quite doing what I want.

Danny

Answer:Create txt file of folder contents

Have you tried clipname:

http://www.mainsoft.fr/en/downloads.htm

Source: http://ask.metafilter.com/75257/How-...-in-Windows-XP

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My pin stopped working after Windows 10 did an update. I followed instructions read elsewhere to delete contents of my Ngc folder. I went to my account setting to create a pin. It asked me for my password to log in. I entered it and then nothing happened.

Now when I go back to sign-in options for my account and I click create pin the system works for a second and then stops and nothing happens. This is after a fresh reboot. If I try to enter the sign-in options a second time without rebooting the page does not load at all.

Thank you in advance for your help

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My pin stopped working after Windows 10 did an update. I followed instructions read elsewhere to delete contents of my Ngc folder. I went to my account setting to create a pin. It asked me for my password to log in. I entered it and then nothing happened.

Now when I go back to sign-in options for my account and I click create pin the system works for a second and then stops and nothing happens. This is after a fresh reboot. If I try to enter the sign-in options a second time without rebooting the page does not load at all.

Thank you in advance for your help

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I have a large PowerPoint 2010 presentation. Is there a way to create a table of contents without having to manually copy the title of each slide? Perhaps someone has an add-on that will work?

Thank you.

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Is it possible to create recovery disc files on an external hard drive?  I tried using the Lenovo Recovery System from the Start menu (Windows 7) but it says it requires 30 DVDs.  My external hard drive is connected, but it doesn't display in the drive drop-down.  (I'm not a hard drive person...) Thanks.

Answer:Create Recovery Disc Files on External Hard Drive? IdeaCentre K 330B (Desktop)

I don't recall if the original OKR that came with my K330B could back up to the external drives, but I did a clean install Win 7, and download the OneKey Recoery 7 from Lenono.  The 'new' OKR 7 does allow the external had drifve back up.

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Hi! I do not know when and why did this happen but whoever invented this paranoid (hidemysecretsfrommywife) control system of sharing and permissions should be declared as the Enemy of Mankind, or the Antichrist!
I can understand that one wants to protect C: from malwares. But have you seen a malware attacking an external drive???

I have Windows7, I have an external drive where I store all my pictures taken and my music files. I already tried everything advanced sharing and so on. Still: I can only create a new folder with a right click in the drive or inside existing folders but I can not do anything else. The disk is write protected, check write permissions.
In fact, the disk isn't write protected.

If I create a new folder, I can put in it and do whatever I want inside the new folder. But I have no permission to do anything outside a new folder, i.e. with my original media files!

Why? Who does benefit from this? What is this craziness???

Answer:[SOLVED] No permission to create/ move, copy, delete files in external hard drive

Hi akofalvi.

Try this:

1. Start > Run "cmd" (this opens a command prompt window)
2. type--> diskpart (this will open another command window in a few seconds)
3. type--> list volume (this will list all of the volumes currently recognized in your system)
4. type--> select volume # (this number is going to be your external drive)
5. type--> attributes disk clear readonly

I will say this: this procedure has been met with mixed results and your problem may return. Some have even had this issue and it turned out to be a setting in Windows Media Player of all things (whoda thunk?) One responder in a forum had this to say about this very problem: what i found to fix this was to remove the settings in media player allowing it to re-organize and rename files, after which i went to the tools/advanced/restore media library and allowed it to dump my current library and reset it. That's just an FYI.

I hope that'll help. Let me know.

Good day!

Mike

PS: As an afterthought, you may need to log in to the REAL administrator account (which needs to be activated manually) and set your permissions there for your regular user name. We'll go down that path if the above procedure doesn't net you anything positive.

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I have a number of technical documents that are currently unwieldy to find things in. One solution is to have the network drive indexed, but getting that working for a host of people in different locations could be difficult.

I was instead going to create a master index that pulls just the contents from each of the separate documents into one; obviously less functional than searching the entire documents but it should still do the job of allowing people to find important releases.

I can do this manually, and have done, but then the formatting is rubbish and there is no way to alter every line across all 80 pages at once.

Is there a better way of combining the contents pages, and if not then is there a good way of formatting quickly?

I'm thinking of making a python script to do it but if there's another way to do it I'd like to know. Master documents don't seem to do what I want?

Answer:Create a master index from the contents pages of several documents

Have you considered a Help Authoring Tool such as RoboHelp or MadCap?

Create a project with each document as a chapter, then index the entire project.

Just a thought.

Regards,
GEWB

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Hi I am Rupesh from India and I have downloaded huge mp3 files from internet and I want to create a database of these files.

Recently I have seen a website which contains some important lectures and decided to download the site. Actually the website consists of up to 60000 mp3 files and in that I need 13000 files and all the files I need are contained in a separate directory I mean with in a web page and it's sub web pages. I have downloaded what I need ie., 11000 mp3 files of size 185 gb using offline browser called extreme picture finder and remaining 2000 files are not downloaded. The extreme picture finder downloaded these files fastly and accurately but for remaining 2000 files it is taking lot of time and so I have stopped the program. I want to download remaining 2000 files manually I mean not through any offline browser.

The website from which I have downloaded mp3 file's is very nicely organized. The website administrators arranged webpages nicely I mean suppose if we examine a webpage they have specified that all the sub pages under that webpage consists of say 50 directories and 1000 files etc.,. I want to create a database file similar to the above.

The extreme picture finder application in Windows downloaded the files to the folder e:/downloads/ with exact file system structure as source website. Is there any possibility to create a database of all the folders and files which are under this folder. I think that we can create a ms access database so t... Read more

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Hi, i have seen a word document that has a contents sheet, that is layed out in such a way that every time you complete a section within the document, if you go back to the contents sheet right click and update field, it updates what you have done in the sheet, how would i greate one of these for myselfHope i have explained well !!!!!Many Thanks Mark

Answer:word 2003/2007 how to create contents sheet

Just insert the cursor where you want the Table of Contents. Then go to Insert/Reference/Index and Tables, and choose ToC, with whatever parameters you want.

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using Word XP,
how do u create a table of contents.
i have a bunch of paragraphs that have a title on top, like this:

YYYYYY

xxxxxx
xxxxxx

YYYYYY

yyyyy
yyyyy

i want to be able to have at the top of all that, a page that has this:

XXXXXX
YYYYYYY

and the above would be links, so that when u clicked on either of the above, you would be sent directly to the corresponding page.

could u please guide me through this process? thank you!
 

Answer:Solved: Create table of contents links in Word XP

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I have not Office Tools (Words, PPT......)
Before I used a free document Template given by Microsoft that I do not find anymore.
Anyone tell me how can I create a document in Windows 8 ?????
Thanks.

Answer:How create a document

Hello Theo,

You could use the included WordPad ("C:\Windows\write.exe") in Windows 8 to create a document with.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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This is probably a stupid question. I got a new laptop a few days ago, and am very happy with it. There is one small flaw and I am wondering if it can be fixed. When I right click and go to new, whether I be in documents, pictures, a jump drive, etc., there is no WordPad or Rich Text Document option. There is Microsoft Office Word Document, Journal Document, and Text Document as well as other things, however, I prefer WordPad to these. (Microsoft Word is okay to, but I only have a trial and I don't want to buy the full version, and I prefer WordPad regardless.) I know that WordPad is on my computer because I can access it through program files, as well as open documents with it. However it is not an option under New. Note: My laptop has Vista (although I hope to switch to XP soon), not sure if this makes a difference. If there is any way to create new WordPad documents (besides opening WordPad and saving a new document) please let me know! Thanks! -SV

Answer:How to create a new WordPad document?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-any-application-to-the-desktop-right-click-menu-in-vista/

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Hello everyone and thanks for your time.
I have been using Windows 7 for a long time and have gotten used to all the keys, mouse movements etc for opening stuff. Recently I bought a new Laptop with same version of Windows installed (Ultimate). However, when I right click the Desktop, the context menu of New does not show the option to Create a New Text Document. This is proving to be a real pain in the back . I have Notepad installed (by Default as it should be), and double-clicking *.txt files opens it, but the shortcut is nowhere to be seen. Please tell me why this is so and the easiest and most painless way (preferably without the need to Install something e.g. Registry Entry or Portable Program/Single *.exe Program would be better) to do it.
Thanks.

Answer:How to Create a New Text Document ?

Hello Forz,

You might see if using step 10 in the tutorial below will be able to restore New -> "Text Document" for you.New Context Menu - Remove & Restore Default Menu Items
If it doesn't, then download and merge the .reg file for the listed txt option in the tutorial below to restore it's default associations.Default File Type Associations - Restore
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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MY TASK
I'm trying to create a new *.htm document using Notepad, which I should then be able to view in Internet Explorer by double clicking the *.htm file.

PROBLEM:
I can't create a new file with an .htm extension. I only have the option of creating a .txt file in NotePad. (I'm presuming) that since my file doesn't have the .htm extension, when I double click it I can't view it in Internet Explorer. (I have got the <HTML> & </HTML> tags at beginning and end of the notepad file).
 

Answer:Create .htm document using NotePad

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have been using my 250GB external HD for awhile now. I unfortunately shut the PC down without 1st clicking "Safely Remove Hardware", and now I cannot see any of my files on the external HD. It's about half full.

I can see the drive (F in explorer, but it shows as ZERO free space and ZERO used space when I select its properties. I can also request a CHKDSK on it, but it doesnt run.

I did get a couple of error messages on boot-up, but didnt write down what they were. I think they were F$ errors, but I could only click OK through them.

I've run a CHKDSK on the C: drive, tried un-plugging and re-plugging things in, tried a different USB port on the PC, with no luck.

Any help in getting my files to display again is GREATLY appreciated.
 

Answer:cannot see contents of external HD

additional info: I can see the drive in Device Mgr under Disk Drives listed as ST325082 3A USB Device. In its properties, Policies tab, its ticked for "Optimized for Quick Removal". the Volumes tab shows everything blank.
 

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now i heve an external usb drive western digital my passport ultra 2 tbyte. the name of the drive in explorer is "my passport". i can change the name to "my passport1". when i disconnect and reconnect the drive the name is again "my passport1".
If i buy a new drive western digital my passport ultra the will the name be again " my passport" of the new drive?and will the name of the old drive be still "my passport1" when i connect the old drive at the same time?
Can i change the name of the new drive to "my passport2" and will it keep this name after disconnecting and connecting both drives?

Answer:name of external drive in explorer

Sounds like you have already answered your question. YES and yes

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I have 3 external USB drives and 1 USB DVD drive as well as 3 HDD ATA drives. Mucho disk space. Recently bought a 80 gb pata drive and installed it in an external enclosure connected by USB. In my explorer-files (EF) app, I see all my drives but my new one. I formatted the drive and set up it's partition. I used the Device Mgr and see the drive as Disk 3 and assigned the letter K but it's still not showing in my EF. I also run Power Desk Pro 7 and it doesn't see drive K either.

The only funny thing about this install is the enclosure connects to the USB port via a USB A-male to A-male cable. Most devices connect to USB via a USB D-male to A-male cable. Had to buy that cable to test the drive!

Thanks, olrob (aged 76 and still pc alert)
 

Answer:Cant see external drive in Explorer

I connected the external drive described above to my laptop running Windows 7 and it was seen by both my Explorer-Files and my PDP 7 apps. So the drive is ok and the cable is ok. It has to be the XP os handling of the device.
 

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Dear friends,

each time I try to open a particular program (Mathcad 15) I get the message 'Failed to create empty document'.
Then the program goes on but is useless because I cannot open an new or existing document.
In my opinion this is a permission problem because the program runs without a problem within the hidden administrator account.
I tried a lot of things:
running as administrator
setting permissions for the program
taking ownership

nothing works.
This is very annoying because I have a huge library of MCad document I can't open anymore.
Well I could when I login as hidden administrator but this is not a good idea I suppose.
OS = win 10 pro.

Roger

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Hi everyone, I found MGI Photosuite on my hdd today, so I clicked on the .exe and it said "failed to create an empty document" Can anyone tell me why It can't create an empty document and how to fix it?

Answer:Failed to create empty document

Hi there....

Have you tried reinstalling the program?

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Hi everyone, I found MGI Photosuite on my hdd today, so I clicked on the .exe and it said "failed to create an empty document" Can anyone tell me why It can't create an empty document and how to fix it?

My os is winxp sp2.

Answer:failed to create empty document

It might be corrupted so redownload it

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Ive been using the program NTI Filecd for awhile but recently its not opening and I get the message "Failed to create empty document"
Their support hasn't been able to help me.
I think it started happening after I installed the program CD Anywhere but i'm not sure.
If I can't get this to work,What other software can I use too do what Filecd does.
Mike
 

Answer:Failed to create empty document

You really posted this in the wrong forum -- and off the cuff I don't have a clue. Usually what I do when I run into things like this is go through google hits until I'm exhausted. Both Google > Web and Google > Groups can provide solace and consolation if not real help:

http://groups-beta.google.com/group...mpty document"&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&sa=N&tab=wg
 

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When I right click on my desktop or a folder, and go to New, I have the option to create a new folder, a new text document, etc, but I don't have the option to create a new Word document, even though I have Word installed on my PC and works fine.

Can someone please tell me how I can fix this problem?
 

Answer:I can't create a new word document in Windows 7. Please help!

You can get it through registry editing. http://word.herbtyson.com/?p=92
 

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Not sure if this is a software problem or a PC problem.I installed Printshop photo pro and when trying to open it ,I get failed to create empty document. I had this installed on PC before and had taken it off. I have tried searching everywhere and cant fix it. I have uninstalled and reinstalled a dozen times. I installed thru safemode as well. I emptied all temp files. Tried everything and cant get it fixed,any help would be so much appreciated. If anyone could even tell me what causes it,maybe that would help me. Thanks

Answer:Failed to Create an empty document

Try this link
http://support.broderbund.com/fix.as...9275&printer=1



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PC Infinite.com

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I'm trying to create what for all intents and purposes is an e-book that includes some animated figures, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this.It will be a very long text document (circa 80,000 words), which will need to have consistent styles, automated numbering systems for headings, figures, etc, and a means of handling references, such as what you see with EndNote and similar programs. The animations are currently gif images, and they will need to loop when displayed in the document. The final product would be saved as a pdf, which I understand is capable of displaying animations?Does anyone know if it is possible to get Word 2010 to handle animations, and if so, how? I know it's capable of all the other requirements, although it's a bit dodgy and prone to corruption with long documents, so I'll use sub-documents and a good backup system to get around this.Alternatively, does anyone know of a good text editor that would meet all the above requirements?Thanks in advance for your advice.

Answer:How to create a text document with animations

To the best of my knowledge, you can NOT display animation in a Word doc.If you save the document as a Web page, you can see the animation with a browser,but that does not sound like what you have in mind.Powerpoint may be an alternative, but I'm not sure.Alternatively, does anyone know of a good text editor that would meet all the above requirements?Here is a couple of lists:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...http://ebooks-software-review.topte...You can probably find more using a Google search.MIKEhttp://www.skeptic.com/

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Dear friends,

each time I try to open a particular program (Mathcad 15) I get the message 'Failed to create empty document'.
Then the program goes on but is useless because I cannot open an new or existing document.
In my opinion this is a permission problem because the program runs without a problem within the hidden administrator account.
I tried a lot of things:
running as administrator
setting permissions for the program
taking ownership

nothing works.
This is very annoying because I have a huge library of MCad document I can't open anymore.
Well I could when I login as hidden administrator but this is not a good idea I suppose.
OS = win 10 pro.

Roger

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Hi, I am looking for a way to create a document in landscape that scrolls horizontally rather than vertically, also I would like the page to be continuous. Is this even possible? I don?t really want to use a massive sheet of paper to do this as it will be saved as a pdf and will not be easy to navigate through.

Many thanks

Richard

Answer:How to create a document scrolls horizontally

Hi and welcome to TSF this will be a start How do you make a Microsoft Word document landscape

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I have searched everywhere on the web and I can't find a solution for it.
I changed my default text editor from notepad to PSPad (Programming), and after that my ability to add New Text Documents by right-clicking and going to New>Text Document has disappeared. I don't know how to fix it, I even tried putting Notepad as the default again, but it didn't work.

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't Create New Text Document

Hi, may not be easy to do this however lets see what you have here. Go to start, search and type regedit the reg editor will open Navigate to:-

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\ShellNew]
and expand in the right payne look for the string value "Item Name"
it should have this entry against Item Name:-
@%SystemRoot%\system32\notepad.exe,-470

If not then right click select modify and copy and paste the above into the box. Reboot to take effect.

If you wish you can select file from regedit and export this key to desktop call it txt.reg and if anything goes wrong you can double click it to merge back to registry.

If doing this worries you just tell us what you see in the registry , I can write you a .reg file to do this for you.

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I knew how to do this in the old Word, but I can't figure it out in Office 2000 Word. It seems to only want me to do a letter merge. I have a data source document and a basic document that I need to add merge fields to, but I don't see a choice other than letter nor can I figure out how to add the fields where I want them (not as a recipient; it isn't a letter). It was relatively straight forward before, why is it so difficult now?
 

Answer:Word; create form document

I am currently on 2003, so cannot recreate exactly what you are doing, but I might have a helpful suggestion anyway. If you go to View -> Toolbars -> Mail Merge it should give you the toolbar at the top of the window that will have access to placing merge fields.

Please let me know if this helped you any, or if you found another solution.
 

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Can any one advise if there is a converter to create a .pdf file from a word document.Alternatively is there a way to secure a word file that cannot be changed but only a read file.

Answer:Create a pdf file from a word document

click hereclick hereclick here

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Hello, I've run into a very distressing problem. Can anyone please help?
SYNOPSIS OF PROBLEM:

1 - After contracting some sort of malware that I have removed with Malwarebytes, I have lost access to the contents of two external USB hard drives, each of them being 1 Terabyte in size and one of them is partitioned into several smaller drives.

2 - The drives show up in windows explorer, but they say "this folder is empty".

3 - Each drive still shows up as part-way full when you right click and go to properties, but none of the files accounting for that space show in windows explorer.

4 - It's not particular to this machine, I unplugged them and tried them on my other computer. Same thing: the HDs show as partially full in properties, but none of the files show in explorer.

5 - I have not tested or done anything to either drive since loosing contents except plug them into another computer. I have not tried defragging or anything just in case someone here tells me that was the wrong thing to do.

If you would like details on how this situation arose, they are below. Just in case that would help anyone figure this out. If anyone does, I will buy them a beer. Thanks.
BACKGROUND STORY (how it happened):

I was saving a word document and installing a printer driver when an AVG warning came up. I thought it was related to the software the printer was installing so I chose to click on ignore.

Then I got a screen saying "Windows Recovery" or someth... Read more

Answer:Since Malware, Cannot See Contents of External HDs

Hello mudrubble and welcome to the TSG forum.

My name is Satchfan and I would be glad to help you with your computer problem. Please read the following guidelines which will help to make cleaning your machine easier:

Please follow all instructions in the order posted
Please continue to review my answers until I tell you your machine appears to be clear. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.
If you don't understand something, please don't hesitate to ask for clarification before proceeding
The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for this issue on this machine.
Please reply within 3 days. If you do not reply within this period I will post a reminder but topics with no reply in 4 days will be closed!
IMPORTANT:

Please do not install/uninstall any programs unless asked to.
Please do not run any scans other than those requested

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Well try and get your problem solved and check that there are no other remnants left.

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Run Unhide

Download Unhide.exe

Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.

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I have purchased a new 2TB external HDD. I want to backup my old one (also 2TB) by copying everything to the new one. It's about 1.6TB.

I assume a Copy/Paste transfer would not work (I always seem to encounter one error or another, when I try to Copy more than 40 or 50GB at a time). And I'd rather not babysit it for hours, copying chunk by chunk.

They're both NTFS by default, if that's important.

Answer:Copy all contents from external USB HDD to another?

When you say copy, do you mean the copy in the picture ?

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Help!!!! I can not access my external drive. I keep on getting this error

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Explorer.EXE
Application Version: 6.1.7601.17514
Application Timestamp: 4ce796f3
Fault Module Name: DivXMFSource.dll
Fault Module Version: 1.0.0.72
Fault Module Timestamp: 4cffcf66
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 0009b8a1
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

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Answer:APPCRASH; Explorer.EXE; external drive

Hi and welcome to TSF do you have divx installed as that appears to be the issue

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I am experiencing the same problem as listed in other posts on this topic, but with a twist that is keeping me from resolving the problem.

I have a 160gb WD USB external drive of my brother's that I'm trying to save for him, and we're experiencing all of the same symptoms as the other posts on this topic. The drive is automatically recognized when plugged in, drivers auto install, windows correctly identifies the drive and gives full drive name, device manager says it is there and operating properly etc etc, but the drive is not listed in windows explorer as others report. When I try to change the drive letter in disk management as the many other posts suggest, changing the name is not an option for this drive. My only options for the afflicted drive are "New simple volume", "New spanned volume" and "New striped volume" and of course properties.

Here are a list of fixes I have tried without success.

1. Tried different USB ports and different USB cable.
2. Tried 4 different machines running Vista Ultimate SP1 (Desktop Core i7 6gb RAM), Vista Basic (Desktop Core 2 Duo, 4gb RAM), Vista Home Premium SP1 (Laptop Core 2 Duo 2gb RAM) and XP Home SP3 (Laptop Celeron 512gb RAM)
3. Stopped device with "safely remove hardware", uninstalled through device manager, rebooted with device connected.
4. Renamed hard drives and optical drives to x-z to make D-G available to afflicted drive.
5. Repeated all steps with hard drives and optical drives as... Read more

Answer:External USB drive not showing in Explorer

Well since it doesn't seem to work in any computer, this is a problem with the drive. Are you sure that it is still good?

What was the computer running that it first worked with?

Is it FAT or NTFS?

~Lordbob

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I was using my seagate external hard drive, but then I tripped over the cord. When I plugged it back in, it didn't show up in windows explorer. It shows up in device manager as a driver, and it sort-of shows up under disk management, but now it says it is in raw format. However, when I launched a program to recover the raw files back into NTFS, it says it's still in NTFS. I'm not sure what is going on. It seems my computer is trying to read my external drive as two drives, neither of which it can do anything with. The drive is neither full nor empty. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Can't get external drive to show up in explorer

Is there data on the drive that you need
Send image of it in device manager please
 

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Installed Windows 7 on my MSI Wind U100 with out any hitches. The only problem is that although my external drive is recognized and shown as functioning in Device Manager, it doesn't show up in Windows Explorer. USB sticks show up just fine. Tried 3 different functioning external drives without success.

2GB RAM
U100 Win7 Drivers installed
Upgraded BIOS 11/2/09

What am I missing?

Answer:Explorer Not Showing External Drive - Help!

Let me guess. Are they all empty drives with 0 space used?

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Hi, I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 according to what my computer properties tell me, and a 300GB Seagate Portable Drive. Well anyway whenever I try to access either the properties of my external drive, or try to scan it, it crashes explorer. Also when I installed HJT and tried to right click to run as admin explorer crashed. So I rebooted in safe mode and did a scan of it and my system and Norton 360 turned up nothing. So I after a week, I decided to post this cause it seems to keep happening. If anybody can help pleas do its making me really worried.
Here's my HJT report:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:48:09 PM, on 10/24/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18828)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton 360\Engine\3.5.2.11\Navw32.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.toshibadirect.com/dpdstart
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.toshibadirect.com/dpdstart
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.toshibadirect.com/dpdstart
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Def... Read more

Answer:USB external drive is crashing Explorer

bump
 

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I recently replaced a failed hard drive in my PC. Now I want to recover some data from my old hard drive. I installed my old drive into an external USB enclosure. The drive is a WD Blue 1TB SATA. In Windows 10 I can see the drive in Disk Manager but not in Explorer. In Disk Manager I am not able to do anything to the drive. All the options are grayed out like adding a drive letter, etc.. Does the drive have to be jumpered differently? I wouldn't think so since it is a SATA drive and it will seen on the USB bus now. I also tried running diskpart from the command prompt and the drive isn't even recognized. Any ideas?

Answer:External drive not recognized in Explorer but I can see it i...

While the external USB is the best way IMHO to try to retrieve data from a failed drive, Windows OS might not be the best in the OS sources to explore the failed drive.  I like to boot to a Live Linux OS to explore the old drive, unless you have access to a PC running a Linux as a perminent OS.  Knoppix or Ubuntu are good for that.  Make the Live disk and boot to that without making any changes to the Windows OS.  Plug in the USB device that the old drive is connected to and see of anything of value shows.  If "Yes" then move the data to another media, IE: DVD, flash drive or the hard drive of the hosting PC.

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I am working on my sisters Toshiba L655d-S5055 notebook. windows 7, 3gb, amd v120 processor, 250gb drive. Started with error msg at boot "encountered a problem communicating with a device at startup......". Couldn't get by this error. took out drive, inserted into usb-enclosure, and tested. numerous sector errors. She has also lost the recovery disks I made for her. I used partition software to scan just the recovery partition, and there are no errors reported there. What I would like to do, is to copy to a flash drive, or make new recovery dvd's from this recovery partition; then I can use the coa from the back of the notebook (if necessary) for full install onto a new hard drive. However, I can't use the toshiba notebook for this; I can only use my desktop pc for the xfer; using the toshiba hard drive as a usb external drive, and the toshiba media creator software will not install onto my desktop pc (doesn't give me a reason). I would prefer to go the dvd-route, but flash drive would be ok, too. Any info is appreciated. thanks.
 

Answer:how to create recovery dvd's from recovery partition mounted as usb-external drive

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My Win7 computer fails to create a System Image to my new Samsung M3 500GB external hard drive which is connected via a USB3.0 cable to a USB3.0 port on my computer. My PC reports that "The backup failed" and "The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)". My system has 8GB RAM and the Samsung external drive (NTFS file system) is recognised by the PC and I can manually read & write from/to it so it is working fine. I believe one cause can be an Nvidia USB EHCI chipset but my PC does not have this chipset. It is an Intel chipset. Microsoft support pages http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979281 and 976972 are not applicable to my problem. Any suggestions as to how I can copy a System Image to my external hard drive via USB 3.0 cable? Could it be that I need an external drive which uses an ATA cable interface? If so then I have wasted £48 on the Samsung USB device.
Thanks

Answer:Can't create a "System Image" to external USB drive

Go get yourself a copy of Acronis and just do a clone of your disc, simples and easy.

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My daughter came home for the weekend from college and she said she could no longer use MS Paint. It seems everything else works. She said her Norton AV s/w gave her a notification saying her account expired over 30 days ago. She renewed it immediately. Her college offers it for free.

Windows Vista Home Premium w/ SP2 (32 bit)
Dell Inspiron 1525
Core 2 Duo T5750 @2.ooGHz
4.0 Gb RAM
Here is what I saw. When I attempted to launch Paint, it gave me the message...

Failed to create empty document.

I did a web search and did the following.

created new user acct ("test")- no change
verified the TEMP and TMP pointers were correct in "Environment Variables" - no change
A disk cleanup to remove all temp files, etc. - no change

I did a virus scan using the s/w on the machine and using Symantec's download scanner - nothing found

I talked to a friend and he recommended your website...

Following the instructions I've attached the following logs.

HiJackThis
DDS
Attach
ark

Thanks in advance!

Dan
 

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Hi,Is there a way to create a word document from a list of selected CheckBoxes. Say I have 30 checkboxes and each has a paragraph. If I check 10 out of the 30, I need a word document created withe the text associated with the 10 I selected only. Can this be done and how?

Answer:Create a word document from selected checkbox

I am looking for the EXACT same thing!! Have you figured it out yet?

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I have windows vista. Everytime I try to open MS Paint I get an error saying: "failed to create empty document". Any online solutions I've read have either:

1. Involved there also being a problem with wordpad giving the error "failed to create empty document" as well, and it's not.

or

2. It doesn't tell me how to fix the problem for Vista, only has solutions for Windows XP or lower.

Any suggestions? I tried going to an online computer tech chat and that didn't me absolutely no good. All that resulted in was my getting angry at ignorant people asking very stupid questions and the tech guys basically telling me I was out of luck because they had never heard such a thing. Please help.
 

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when i open my notepad document which i saved in my pc its showing that failed to create empty document pls help me whats the problem in my system

Answer:failed to create empty document in notepad

Many programs including Notepad and Wordpad use the Microsoft Management ConsolePRB: MMC: Management Console May Fail to Starthttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/231757

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Well, I don't know why, but it looks strange.

Ideas?
 

Answer:Vista - No option to create a text document?

I'm running Ultimate 64-bit and it's an option, Text Document... *shrugs*
 

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(This is about a different, new computer.)

Computer was asleep early this morning, but after SuperAntiSpyware ran, it dir not go back to sleep. Testing showed that automated sleep is not working. Rebooted, got a pop-up box with the text as shown in the title of this message.

Ran the MS diagnostic for this problem, using msconfig; no luck. Googled for the error, not much there, but did try a few things. Turned off router, so not likely to be a address conflict, as one person was able to fix the problem through that route.

Ran another SuperAntiSpyware scan, a Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan, one with Avast!, and the on-line HouseCall scan; nothing found. I have run a few of Dell's on-line diagnostics, nothing found so far.

I would appreciate knowing how to inoculate the computer, or what spell to cast thereupon, or how to properly remove the enchantment, or even anything actually related to repairing the whatever-it-is that is causing a probably very useful empty document to not be created. (Oh, yes, CCleaner was also ran, which deleted lots o temporary files, etc.)

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After posting this fascinating missive, I ran one of the MS Fixit programs, which did find that the Recycle Bin was corrupt and fixed it. I rebooted; sadly, I still got the pop-up error message, but yet one more test of the sleep function found the computer willing to obey its master, as first the monitor and then the computer went to sleep with a one-minute setting.

Answer:Smoni Failed to create empty document

Hi there ... Have you any Printer Software Installed ? I found a few Posts relating to Brother Printers which can cause this problem ..

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I select any .rtf documents in the 'Documents' section of File Explorer' (recently transferred from an old XP laptop to this new Notebook), right click on it, select 'Send to' > 'Mail recipient' & I get an 'Email' dialog box opening up saying: ..........if an email program is already installed create an association in the Default Programs control panel. I have read several items regarding this & still haven't figured it out. My email program was set up by Virgin Media who is my ISP broadband supplier & my email source. They did it by remote control. I asked them what the title of this email system is & they told me 'Mail' for Windows 8. In simple terms how do I exactly do this in the Control Panel Default Section? Thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Create an association for sending an .rtf document by emai

Originally Posted by robinpe


I select any .rtf documents in the 'Documents' section of File Explorer' (recently transferred from an old XP laptop to this new Notebook), right click on it, select 'Send to' > 'Mail recipient' & I get an 'Email' dialog box opening up saying: ..........if an email program is already installed create an association in the Default Programs control panel. I have read several items regarding this & still haven't figured it out. My email program was set up by Virgin Media who is my ISP broadband supplier & my email source. They did it by remote control. I asked them what the title of this email system is & they told me 'Mail' for Windows 8. In simple terms how do I exactly do this in the Control Panel Default Section? Thanks for any assistance.



Unzip & read the html file.
It may point you in the right direction.

New folder.zip

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Hello,

I was playing an audio file from my external hard drive when the usb cord disconnected. After reconnecting, the computer makes a sound indicating the drive is recognized, but it does not appear in Windows. Lovely. So I went through the Device Manager (where the device is visible) and tried disabling/enabling, uninstalling/reinstalling. No success in gaining access to the drive through explorer. I opened Disk Management in Computer Management and here is where I stand, staring at my now unallocated drive. The drive is full of data that I can't lose, which makes me hesitant to take action in Disk Management (The harmless ~assign drive letter~ option doesn't appear to be available). I guess I will just attach some screen caps and then see if anyone wants to walk me through the best solution to regain access to my drive without compromising my files.

Just to be clear, I'm running Windows 8.1 and don't have access to another computer.

Thanks in advance and let me know if there if any more information is needed.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not Visible in Explorer

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Hello,
 
I was playing an audio file from my external hard drive when the usb cord disconnected.  After reconnecting, the computer makes a sound indicating the drive is recognized, but it does not appear in Windows.  Lovely.  So I went through the Device Manager (where the device is visible) and tried disabling/enabling, uninstalling/reinstalling.  No success in gaining access to the drive through explorer.  I opened Disk Management in Computer Management and here is where I stand, staring at my now unallocated drive.  The drive is full of data that I can't lose, which makes me hesitant to take action in Disk Management (The harmless ~assign drive letter~ option doesn't appear to be available). I guess I will just attach some screen caps and then see if anyone wants to walk me through the best solution to regain access to my drive without compromising my files.  
 
Just to be clear, I'm running Windows 8.1 and don't have access to another computer.
 
Thanks in advance and let me know if there if any more information is needed.  
 
 

Answer:External hard drive not visible in explorer

Hello, and Welcome
 
Detach the External Drive. Download and run USBdeview. Delete any mention of your external drive. It will also show any old devices that have been installed. You can delete any Vendor Specific device that is not your mouse, keyboard, network adapter, or printer. Reboot the computer and attach the external drive. Is it detected?
 
If using USBdeview does not work, download Partition Find and Mount. Let it do a Fast Scan first If it does not find anything do the Normal scan. If it finds any partitions, it will let you mount them as a virtual drive. Then you can copy your data over to your internal drive.
 
If Partition Find and Mount does not work then we will try TestDisk.

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I installed an external USB hard drive containing a 60 gig Maxtor hard drive to my system. Windows Explorer don't see it but Disk management does. Disk mgmt. says it's 57.2 gig FAT32 healthy and active. This drive has XP on it along with files I need. I don't need the XP on this drive. I tried a different drive in the enclosure and it works fine but it's NTFS 40 gig. I would put the 60 gig inside my system but it's an IDE drive and everything inside is SATA. I tried to change the file system to NTFS using EASEUS partition manager but got an error ?? This program also sees the drive and the files on it. I also tried moving the USB drive to a different system with the same results. Any ideas how I can access the data files on this 60 gig drive?

Many thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Explorer don't see external hard drive

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Every time I navigate to my external HD, I get a DEP message followed by a program error message, then it just closes. I already tried turning off DEP, but I still get the error message and the same thing happens. I have tried the drive on another computer and it works fine. I've also done a virus scan and I had no viruses.

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How do I get Explorer (Win7 32bit) to show my Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini drive? Under drive manager - the drive is there and shows that is is working properly. Yet, I cannot get it to show in Explorer.

Now, I can connect to my other computer with XP on it and no problem!! Can anyone tell me what to do to get this showing in Win7 Explorer?

Thanks very much!

Jim McCants

Answer:Windows Explorer does not show external drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by DiamondJim


How do I get Explorer (Win7 32bit) to show my Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini drive? Under drive manager - the drive is there and shows that is is working properly. Yet, I cannot get it to show in Explorer.

Now, I can connect to my other computer with XP on it and no problem!! Can anyone tell me what to do to get this showing in Win7 Explorer?

Thanks very much!

Jim McCants


Does it have a drive letter?

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Lately windows explorer has been crashing every time I turn on my external hard drive. And since then I also seem to have lost all my cookie information since I now have to reapply my passwords. I have created a log using VistaForums SysInfo but I really don't know what information I should provide the forum with to solve this problem. I was using a program that searches for duplicate files when the crash happened. Also as soon as I turn off the external Hard Drive explorer seems to work fine and I am always being asked to format the external hard drive.

Answer:External Hard Drive crashes explorer

You obvioiusly have a virus what virus or spyware protection do you have?

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I have a 1.5TB WD external hard drive. It was running extremely slow so i ran a defrag and it fixed it. But it also has a mac partition on it so i ran the repair disk thing for mac in disk utility.
However my mac is a laptop so it ran out of battery part way through the operation. Now when i plug it in it both the mac and PC it is not picked up in explorer and Disk management (under computer management).

So no partitions show up in either finder on mac or explorer on windows

Edit: When i connect the hard drive it has a flashing light on it like it normally does when it connecting to pc just before it shows up in explorer. It has been flashing like this for hours as it has been plugged into pc this whole time. when it connects and shows up in explorer and is not in use that light normally stays solid
 

Answer:Need help with a external hard drive not showing up in explorer

I'd start with test disk:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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FWIW: I have Ubuntu on my Netbook. If I start a lengthy operation like defrag on battery, it will ask me if I really want to do that. I've run into a number of prompts like that, and it makes me wonder why Windows never figured that out.
 

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