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

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

Hello everyone,

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

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

'Technical information

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

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

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

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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

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

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

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I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
Welcome to the Forums.
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone

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

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

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

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The computer had a corrupted pci.sys file error. I tried to copy the file from a xp sp1 cd, and it wouldnt let me from the repair console. I did a repair and got an error message saying pci.sys was corrupted or something along those lines.

I decided to try the repair console with a windows xp home sp2 cd and it let me copy the pci.sys file to c:\windows\system32\ so now I think I have fixed the file.

When i go to load the computer xp automatically jumps to the installation screen because of the failed repair.

How can i get that to go away and have the computer boot to the hard drive?

do i need to edit the mbr or something?

thanks guys

Answer:XP Repair failed, no boot from hard drive now, jumps straight to install xp screen

could i boot into safe mode and edit the boot.ini file so it won't load that partial repair on boot up?

-update ... i tried to boot into safe mode and the comp throws an error that says windows can not boot into safe mode computer will be restarted.

Can I edit the boot.ini through repair console?

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Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

I explored the above topic and found either too technical answers or that it could not be done.
I have Win XP Home
Is there any better solution?

Dai, Manager, Hardware Forums said:
this thread is nearly 2yrs old
please start your own thread for your own problems."

Answer:How to install Win XP Home on external USB hard drive and boot it

unless your bios supports booting from usb and very few do,you cannot do it

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I need to get XP working on my computer.

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

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

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500

Any help would be appreciated.

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

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Hi everyone,

My eMachines eM250 netbook currently has no hard drive as the old one broke a couple of months ago. In an attempt to get the computer up and running again, i ran it on Ubuntu 12.10 through a bootable USB memory stick which worked fine. Unfortunately Ubuntu isn't really good enough for what i need and so i decided it might be better to try and get Windows back on instead.

To do this i downloaded the .iso from Digital River and copied it to my formatted USB drive using the Windows DVD/USB write tool which is downloadable via the Microsoft website. When i boot the netbook up using the USB it wants me to install the operating system to the hard drive which i don't have. The installer says i can install onto a USB but when i plug it in it gives me the message discussed in the thread below:

No device drivers were found while installing Windows 7

I'd been expecting it to run like Ubuntu where you can just plug the memory stick in and get up and running straight away without any installation.

Surely there must be a way to boot Windows without installing like i wanted to do originally? And if that's not possible, can it be run through VirtualBox on Ubuntu?

Help would really be appreciated as i have almost given up on this now.

Thanks, RobTVR.

Answer:Install+Run Windows Without a Hard Drive - Attempt Failed.

Take a look at this

Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.


Answer:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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windows xp pro failed to install correctly. How do I reformat new hard drive so I can start over?

Answer:Windows XP Pro failed to install correct how do I reformat new hard drive

Whenever you reinstall XP you get the opportunity to reformat the harddrive.
This may be of help
On the 4th blue screenshot when presented with your harddrive (partition) press "D" to delete the current partition, the harddrive then becomes "unpartitioned space" then press "C" to create the new partition- specify a partition size, or the whole drive, then highlight the 3rd option (as in the screenshot) "Format the partition using the NTFS file system"- depending on the Harddrive size it might take a while. Once it's finished you're formatted and you continue the install.

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

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

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

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

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


Answer:Install Windows to an External hard drive?

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

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

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

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

Answer:Install windows 7 on USB external hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to anybody who can help me.

Answer:Install Windows XP on External Hard drive

Hi there, what is your mission? Dual booting?

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The boot order is CD, Hard drive, then floppy and network (no floppy drive tho which leads to the next problem...

How can I get it to boot from CD if I have no floppy drive to load drivers on with?

Answer:Toshiba P25-S477 hard drive failed, installed WD HD, won't boot from Windows XP CD...

check the jumper settings on your old hdd. if it was in master position, then, try another HDD. there are problems with toshiba's laptops when using HDD such as WD or ST.

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Answer:Trying to boot Windows 7 from external hard drive

Originally Posted by jhamms66

I have an external hard drive from a Windows 7 desktop.

Was the (now) external drive ever a boot drive for Windows 7. If so, was it an internal drive for the Win 7 desktop?

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How can I Boot Windows from my external Hard drive?

What do I need to do? And how do I tell my PC to then boot Windows from the external hard drive, and not the internal one?

Thank you

Answer:How can I Boot Windows from my external Hard drive?

You would need to transfer the files from your internal hardrive onto the external one, then when you computer boots enter the BIOS ushally F2 or something... it's different on differnet machines. Then when your in you will need to tell it to boot from the external one. If it's a USB external hardrive then you may have to enable USB Device Support or something... As I said it's different on every machine. But thats some basic steps.

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

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

Answer:Install Windows 7 on external hard drive using Bootcamp

The Bootcamps I've encountered run Win7 poorly.

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

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

without encountering this STOP: 0X0000007B

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

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

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

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:

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

Please help. Thanks in advance!


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

does the HD run on other PCs?

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Answer:ALL data on C Drive Deleted including Windows Install-Failed To Boot

Try running Startup Repair up to 3 times, see if it fixes it.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7

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Hi everyone,

I am in need of someone helping me to find a solution cause I have found nothing at all to fix it.
The issue is that every time I plug in my Seagate Freeagent Go external hard drive I get BSOD a few moments after. This only started happening yesterday after it froze, it was plugged into a media player and randomly froze. I often use it with media players, although yesterday it was plugged into a new one.

Over about 10 BSOD's it had shown me 3-4 different errors. One being ntfs.sys, with the description being something along the lines of "Something has tried to write itself to a read-only file". Sorry it's not exactly accurate, but it's along those lines.

if anyone can share some info on it or maybe links to fix it I would be extremely grateful.

Here are my specs:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Model: HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
BIOS: InsydeH20 Version CCB.03.61.09F.1C
Processor: AMD A8-3530 MX APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
VGA: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6620G
Sound Card: IDT High Definition

Thanks for any help

Answer:Windows 7 - BSOD when i plug my External Hard drive

Hi -

24 BSODs in the last ~24 hours w/ a few different bugchecks; many listing ntfs.sys = NTFS File System.

Try the external HDD in another system - see if it works.

If there is backup software for the ext HDD installed - remove it.

Plug the HDD in and run HDD diags - SeaTools for DOS LONG test (boot from CD) -

Is the ext HDD formatted FAT32 or NTFS?

Regards. . .





Loading Dump File [C:\Users\PalmDesert\_jcgriff2_\dbug\__Kernel__\122411-44273-01.dmp]
Built by: 7601.17640.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506
Debug session time: Fri Dec 23 16:52:30.263 2011 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:03:22.652
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+45c6e )
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0xBE_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+45c6e
Bugcheck code 000000BE
Arguments fffff8a0`01376000 80000001`9db26101 fffff880`0337df90 00000000`0000000b
BiosVersion = F.1C
BiosReleaseDate = 05/12/2011
SystemManufacturer = Hewlett-Packard
SystemProductName = HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\PalmDesert\_jcgriff2_\dbug\__Kernel__\122411-23493-01.dmp]
Built by: 7601.17640.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506
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Answer:Boot Windows Vista from an external hard drive

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However then the "You must format this disk before you can use it" message pops up and I get sad again.

This xHDD had everything on it. My music, my files and all my backups. Is there anyway to get into the disk and copy stuff out without formatting? I would really like to save my files.

EDIT: Update with a picture of my Disk Management screen. K: is the external Hard drive:

What the heck? How could a disc go from functioning NTFS to raw in 8 hours?

Answer:External Hard drive just failed

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Answer:External Hard Drive Failed...

The drive is a Maxtor One Touch 2

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What can i do? I have tried using different USB ports, i have tried different computers. When i opened the casing it goes directly to USB, so you cant just change the connector....

Can you advise me of costs and timescale. I do hope someone might be able to help me somehow, or recommend someone who can?? Like i said...this has my LIFE on it!

Fingers crossed x

Answer:Failed external hard drive?? Help!!

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Answer:Boot from External DVD drive to install Windows 8 on laptop

Good to hear and thanks for letting us know.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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Windows is installed on my SSD drive not my external.


Answer:Windows 7 wont boot without external hard drive turned on?

Try starting your PC with external HD unpluged.

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

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

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I then tried a second backup on my external drive. ESATA is supposed to be faster than USB. After about three and a half hours the backup stopped and said that it had failed. Any ideas please?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:External hard drive image failed

What did the error say? and i assume you create your image using the "Backup and Restore"

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Hi there,
I recently upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
I have a sony (HD-E1) 1TB external hard drive that has password protection software on it which had worked fine with Windows 7, but now when I enter the password to unlock the hard drive the system crashes and I get the BSOD.
I tried to use the hard drive on a friends computer (Also Windows 10) but the same problem occurs. I have seen the same question asked by a user with Windows 8 but a solution wasn't found.
Reading around I have seen different suggestion about updating the password software or something to do with memory dumps.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions that might make the hard drive usable on my computer?
I would really appreciate any help.

Answer:Memory_management error (BSOD) on Windows 10 when external hard drive is attached. What should I do?

More error in installing process please devolop the store like play store

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I've been having some problems with this for some time now. It's got to the point where I cannot put anything on the disk without this error popping up. It usually "E:/$mft." that is shown in the error balloon.

I've searched the Internet and haven't had much luck, I looked at different theories none have worked. I've also E-Mailed Microsoft and got a hotfix that would apparently fix it but it just "fixed" it for an hour or so.

The External Hard Drive is a 250GB SeaGate FreeAgent External Hard Drive. The hard disk itself is only 2 months old and only has about ~25GB of space taken up. When I reboot my computer when the drive is turned on, there are always chkdsk's coming up and retrieving lost files. That appears every time I turn on my computer.

I've searched these forums but most of the things that have been posted I have already tried or heard before and they haven't changed anything.

If you want any more info, feel free to ask. I want to get to the bottom of this because it's getting quite annoying.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I mainly use the drive for music and family photo's and important documents that I may need.

Answer:Delayed Write Failed - External Hard Drive

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I've read a bit about this (but not too much recently) and I'm unsure what to do. I've just purchased a Toshiba 500GB 2.5'' External StorE Steel Black Hard Disk Drive. I've put some files on it (about 75gb worth), but when I disconnect the hard drive I get the Delayed Write Failed balloon pop up. The warning message only seems to appear after I've disconnected the hard drive. I've checked and double-checked and everything that I copied over is still on the external. Oddly, I still get the warning message even if I haven't copied anything over.

Answer:Delayed Write Failed - External Hard Drive

Do you not have an Icon bottom righthand on the Taskbar can click on to safely remove device??

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I have an external hard drive. I did the check for errors thing from properties>tools. I checked the options "automatically fix file system errors" and "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors". After some time I thought the scan froze up so I hit cancel and not the disk is unusable. It says "X:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." Same message if I try the error checking option again.

Please help.

Answer:External hard drive not working after failed disk scan

I think first you need to check for possible drive failure before trying anything else, since if does turn out to be drive failure that's end of story -- new drive required. Download the Diagnostic Software (installable Windows version) from the drive manufacturer's website. The links are here:

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I have all my music on my external hard drive about 40 gigs when trying to add to Itunes I get this error
[COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]Windows[/COLOR][/COLOR] Delayed Write Failed
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file E\$Mft. The
data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer
hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.
This is only happening on a specific computer (running XP) never had this issue before.

Everything on the drive disappears until a reboot.

Any thoughts?

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I have an external hard drive that I just formatted successfully. It is a dual core and I am trying to use it with the Windows utility for backing up files. I have tried and received this message:
An error occurred. The following information might help you resolve this error.
The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)
"My Computer" lists the additional drive and designates it with Letter K and Letter L, since it is a dual core.
I am using Vista. What can I do to make it successfully back up my files? I have restore disks, so I don't really care if it backs up my system. I do have many photos. I could just copy all pictures to the external drive, but then it is very hard to know which need to be backed up subsequently, since they are all just listed in the pictures folder. Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated, but most, I just want to be able to get the backing up to work!

Answer:Solved: Back up files to external hard drive failed!

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I recently purchased a Samsung 2.5" 500GB USB external hard disk on eBay, and received it just this morning. After a bit of testing I decided I wanted to separate it into two partitions (one for data and one for my Wii games). When I tried to do that using Windows XP's disk manager, it went formatted 99% then returned a plain "Format did not complete successfully", with no additional info. Then the hard drive just disappeared. Windows explorer will not detect it (it will make the "USB device connected/disconnected" noises upon plugging it in or unplugging it from the computer however), and neither will the disk manager, which means I can't simply delete the partition and format again. The blue LED indicating connection between the drive and the computer does blink when I plug the drive in, and then it remains static until I unplug it.

Any help is really really appreciated. I'll gladly provide additional information to the best of my knowledge.

Answer:External hard drive (Samsung 500GB) format failed; not recognised

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Sorry, probably the wrong place but I am trying to run a windows 7 boot from my USB which runs fine, windows files load but when it comes to asking where I want to install windows it tells me windows cannot be installed to my hard drive. I have tried deleting the partition or creating new space but still tells me to make sure disk controller is enabled in BIOS. I have set it to AHCI and ensured it is 1st in boot priority I don't know what else I can do.

Answer:Windows 7 install - hard drive boot

Possibly you are plugged into the Marvell controller or your sata types are set to raid, both of which would need a driver hence the error message
as your motherboard may have Intel and Marvell controller built in. Make sure the hard drive (HDD) is plugged into the sata port labelled SATA0
setting the bios to AHCI should have stopped the raid issue

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New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows Operating system. It will not boot-up.

Answer:New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows. It will not boot

The system is missing a driver or boot manager. I lost the original windows version that came with the system and I had to replace the hard drive which crashed. How would I load the MS 7 that I purchased

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I installed a new HD and cloned my old drive onto it. MS then kept reporting that the windows installation was not genuine, but that is another story on another thread, and is given here only to provide a 'background'.

I have therefore been trying to do a clean re-install windows 7 Home premium upgrade including reformat.
When the installation got to about 21% through, it terminated, and produced the message saying that the installation had been cancelled 'Windows cannot find the required files, they may be wrong or missing. Restart the installation. Error Code 0x0070017'.

Upon restarting it was in the boot process when the message came 'BOOTMGR is missing' Press Ctrl, Alt plus Delete to restart.

Then, whatever I do I am getting the same message. The computer will not boot from the CD ROM drive - not even a start up disk.

Does the HD need reformatting (and how do I do that), or what please?

Answer:Windows re-install gone wrong; can't boot from Hard drive - Help

Where did you get Win7? If you burned it yourself, confirm the ISO exact size and integrity or download another, burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed.

Then make sure you have set DVD drive to boot first this way: How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

Next try booting using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.

If these fail boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD which will autostart on its own, highlight HD by clicking on it, then from Disk tab Wipe HD.

This will in turn cause the installer to autostart. Be sure to confirm it's integrity first or it may fail again.

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I installed a new HD and cloned my old drive onto it. MS then kept reporting that the windows installation was not genuine, but that is another story on another thread, and is given here only to provide a 'background'.

I have therefore been trying to do a clean re-install windows 7 Home premium upgrade including reformat.
When the installation got to about 21% through, it terminated, and produced the message saying that the installation had been cancelled 'Windows cannot find the required files, they may be wrong or missing. Restart the installation. Error Code 0x0070017'.

Upon restarting it was in the boot process when the message came 'BOOTMGR is missing' Press Ctrl, Alt plus Delete to restart.

Then, whatever I do I am getting the same message. The computer will not boot from the CD ROM drive - not even a start up disk.

Does the HD need reformatting (and how do I do that), or what please?

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I'll try to make this easy to understand.

Im not sure if its a jumper setting issue or bios issue. I am getting the error message "error loading operating system" and also disk read error (cant be that cuz new hard drive being detected in bios)

I purchased a new western digital hard drive (320g) and attatched appropriate cables to hard drive. I initially left the default setting for the jumper (think is cable select) I also have a cdrw attached to same cable and have set that as "slave" I had this same setting in the past as far as i remember but this time around after upgrading the hard drive its not working. i also changed jumper to master w/ slave on hard drive since a cdrw is attached on same cable as slave. That also did not work.

I then disconnected cdrw altogether and used hard drive as master and this time around the windows setup continued whereas it gave me the black screen after rebooting saying "error loading operating system".

Any help? I did a search online but nothing really seems to match my issue here. Im sure its jumper but hoping someone with a bit more expertise can help me.

Thanks in advance

Answer:New Hard Drive Install And Clean Boot Of Windows

Hi .

First thing I'd check: Is the new hard drive properly recognized in the BIOS? The right settings are reflected?

Second: Is the boot order correct?

I guess I cannot tell if you reinstalled XP or whether you have a possibly corrupted version which you are trying to use. I would delete that partition and try a complete one-step install of XP.

I've been using Cable Select for jumpers for years now...on everything except a USB 2.0 external drive enclosure that wanted the jumper set to Slave. As long as all devices on the cable use that C/S setting, it should be good.


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Hi--I'm posting about my girlfriends laptop that I have been trying to fix. The current status is that I ran a repair install and now the computer BSoD's 100% of the time whenever I try to boot in normal mode (and the setup has not finishing the repair, so when I try to use safe mode it tells me that it cannot complete setup in safe mode and then reboots). I CAN access the recovery console.

What happened was I attempted to upgrade windows to sp3, and midway through the installation the computer froze and was from then on unable to boot up. The errors that I would get were different from the ones I am now getting (after the repair) and I don't remember what they were.

My major error I am assuming right now is that I used my own computers windows CD to do the repair, and I have XP home but the computer in question is XP pro. The reason was when I used the pro disk I was not given a repair install option at all, but I was using the home disk.

I have tried replacing my system/software files using my restore folders at the recovery console, rebuilding my boot.ini, replacing my winlogon.exe with the file on the windows CD, and then the desperation repair install using another computers disk and nothing has worked. Also vga/last known config result in the same BSoD

Any help would be appreciated, I have gotten myself into quite a mess.

edit: adding the error message and tweaked the rest of the post

the error i am receiving whenever I attempt to boot is:

STOP: ... Read more

Answer:cant boot (bsod) after a failed sp3 install

Hi Barry1234,

If your GF has important information on the computer hard-drive, I recommend you taking it out, connected the HDD via adapter to a working computer, and backup the files. It seems like the Operating System is so corrupt, it would be best just to reformat the computer and re-install Windows. Hopefully everything will work out for you.

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Searching the internet, it seems a lot of similar problems come up but I still haven't found a solution yet.

The situation is that I have a external hard drive in a IDE to USB enclosure. The hard drive, when turned on, will be detected by Windows and then attempt to install. The installation fails and the hard drive disappears (Windows thinks it been disconnected).

I am running XP Pro SP2.

The USB device connection and disconnection sounds play on both occasions.

Checking in Device Manager, the hard drive is properly identified as USB Mass Storage Device and being supplied enough power. However, after a short time, I either get the 'installation failed, may not work properly' bubble or no message at all before the drive disconnects.

USB devices work fine, my 4GB thumbdrive also works fine. The hard drive itself works perfectly on my old computer (on an older copy of XP, with SP2 installed). A different hard drive in an identical enclosure also fails in the same manner.

This drive used to be attached to this computer and worked perfectly (I use it to move files back and forth from the old PC). For a few months, I needed the storage on the old PC and it sat with the old PC. Now it won't work.

Any ideas?

Answer:USB Hard Drive failed to install

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Hello everyone,

I've just installed a new hard drive and a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on it, and I just received two BSODs within minutes of each other, citing ntoskrnl.exe with SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION on BlueScreenView. I had periodical blue screens before my last HDD died so it's most likely something else causing it, maybe hardware... but not sure how to tell what. I've attached the necessary files.

Is Windows 7 . . .
- x64
- the original installed OS on the system? Yes
- Full retail version

- What is the age of system (hardware)? About 5 years
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) Two days

Thanks in advance for the help!

Answer:BSOD on a new Hard Drive, fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64

ASACPI.sys Sun Mar 27 20:30:36 2005 (42476C4C)
Older versions of ASACPI.SYS are a known BSOD problem on Windows 7. Update the driver by:Going to the Asus motherboard support site
When you reach the website:
Scroll down the page and click Utilities
Hold Ctrl and press f (ctrl+f) to enter the browser's find feature
Search for "ATK0110 driver for WindowsXP/Vista/Win7 32&64-bit" (without quotes)
Download and install the driver.
After installation is complete, verify that it installed correctly.Click Start Menu
Click My Computer
Go to C:\WIndows\System32\drivers\
Verify that the ASACPI.SYS file is dated 2009 or newer (2010,etc.)
If you need help, please fill in your system specs in your profile and not in a post in this thread: System Info - See Your System Specs

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So I killed my hard drive and I need to replace it. You don't need to ask about the dead hard drive. It really is dead. Trust me on this one.  I'm ready to install a new hard drive, but I don't have a windows boot disc.  Can I get one through Lenovo since I had Win 7 on my Y580? Any advice? Thanks in advance, people.

Answer:How do I get a Windows 7 boot disc so that I can install a new hard drive in my Y580?

You can go here to" Download windows 7 ISO images for free from Microsoft"
You have to look closely at the file and be sure to pick the exact ISO to burn after you download it.
Read the instructions at the beginning of the article first.
Moderator Note; link to 3rd party non-official MS site removed

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Pls pardon my ignorance/arrogance, I always think I know it all, but I am sure someone will help me here !

I attempted to install XP on a system which runs two hard drives (C: has ME and 6GB, D: is a 60 GB with the best part of 40 GB data on it).
Somehow the install failed (it told me that a dll was missing after a restart), but it gave me the option to restart under Windows ME, which I did.
The problem is now that Windows does not recognise D: anymore... Various utilities used show the second disk is present and that the data is still there, but I simply cannot access it. It looks like either my FAT or the partition got corrupted by the XP install.

My main question is : I know I can recover the data bit by bit, but having a 6GB primary disk is not going to help me much when I want to recover about 7 times the amount...Is there anyway I can either rebuild the partition or FAT (if this is the problem) and recover access to the hard drive ?

Thanks !

Answer:Missing Hard Drive after failed XP Install

i would try to see if knoppix can access your data first ( download their CD image and burn it. boot with the CD. use knoppix to copy your files to another storage device. if this doesn't work use a winME boot disk ( with DOS on it. enter FDISK /MBR at the prompt to fix your master boot record.

as a last resort slave your hard disk and use another hard disk which has a running operating system on it. do not install any software or OS on the corrupted disk to prevent overwriting the data. use a data recovery software like ontrack easy recovery to get back your data.

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To start off, XP SP2 home machine with 1 gig RAM and 50 gig WD HD

I thought I was having the same issues that needsalittlehelp was having where my XP machine kept rebooting when I tried to start it. I was reading his post and decided the first thing I should try was the WD check disk utility.

Well, it went from bad to worse.
I inserted the WD boot disk that came with HD and tried to boot up. And system tried to start XP bypassing the WD boot disk. So went into Bios to set Boot Sequence, set the CD-ROM as number 1 (floppy disk was #1, with CD-ROM #2, but didn't work on frist try anyway).
Hit restart and got message "reboot and select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected Boot device and press a key". So it doesn't want to boot from WD CD.
I then went back into Bios to make sure CD was #1 and the CD-ROM doesn't even show up in the Bios now as a choice. Long story short for this - when ever the HD and CD-ROM are connected to the mother board, CD-ROM does not show.
When I disconnect the HD, then the CD-ROM will show in Bios and is number 1. I even disconnect the floppy drive so there was no other choice.
Now when I boot with HD disconnected the WD CD boots just fine and I get the prompt (after some initial lines of test)

[1] Run Data Lifeguard
[2] Create Data Lifeguard Bootable Diskette
[3] Create Data lifeguard Diagnostics Bootable Diskette
[4] Quit

If I select 1 with HD re-connected (w/o rebooting) I get "Batch file X:\... Read more

Answer:XP kept rebooting - now seems like my Hard Drive failed after getting BSOD

Your difficulty with booting to the CD may be a cable connector position &/or CD-ROM jumper setting issue.The preferred position for a boot device is at the end connector position of an IDE cable.The preferred jumper setting is as MASTER (in preference to "cable select").Check, and change if necessary, those two things and try again.You said: "when ever the HD and CD-ROM are connected to the mother board, CD-ROM does not show."That is a bit of a puzzle and seems to indicate that something is wrong somewhere, but I don't know of a solution.

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Hi, i have format my hard drive recently with window xp sp3, my local D is not format so i format it by click on my computer>right click D drive and format...
a box appear said the drive is not format successfully and a blue screen of death appear with error code 0x000000f4(0x00000003,0x85c749f8,0x85c74b6c,0x805d2970) what should i do to fix this problem??

PS: i try to delete the partition and reformat the computer again but same problem occur when i format D drive

any expert can help?

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My Hp Pavillion Beats Laptop is getting a Hard-Drive Quick Test Failire ID# U4QDW8-7G584T-MFPV7F-60UR03 and the product ID is - G6R14UA#ABA. Looks like I am going to have to replace hard-drive and operating system, but since the HD is not functioning, I cannot access the OS installation and I no longer have the recovery disks. Does HP provide the orignal OS upon request? Recommendations from the community please?

Answer:Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed - Need OS to install on n...

Hi, You can order a replacement set of Recovery media on the following link. Regards, DP-K

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Was not sure where to post this. My sons computer an older Dell Precision 650 will not boot. I very recently installed a brand new hard drive and installed a fresh copy of Win XP as well as all his software. At first I tough is might be the video card but dose not seam to be as I put in another one to test and computer will still not boot up.

Im wondering if the new hard drive has failed. How do I know if it has? The light on the power switch is constantly amber in color.

Any input?

Answer:Computure Will not boot Could it be failed hard drive?

Hi, usually if the power button is amber power supply is operating normally but the computer is not processing data.

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Sorry wasn't sure where to post this but it is extremely urgent!
Hey there great men and women of the bleeping computer forums! Today my computer was running perfectly fine every ran smoothly and all. I was playing Borderlands 2 and the game started to lag a little bit, and I thought we'll that's normal so I just kept playing about a minute later the game froze all together the music was still playing but I couldn't do anything with the screen. I tried alt tabbing nothing ctrl alt del still nothing tried ctrl shift esc nothing and alt f4 finally and nothing happened ( please note that I waited about a minute in between each command use ) so I just left it to sit there for a little an finally the game screen closed, now what I saw on the desktop was crazy, I have a dual monitor system and half of the right screen was pushed into the left screen and what was left of the right screen was all black and then parts of the the left screen were black but some icons were still showing and I could still move the mouse so I tried to scroll over the icons but not box came up around them and then I trie clicking and nothing happened so I ended up leaving it for ten minutes. After wait the ten minutes I used the reboot button on the top of my computer and it rebooted normally to begin with and BIOS started up as per usual telling me that a the drivers were loading. When suddenly my main hard drive said it couldn't boot and I think it's was my two smaller ghost drives that were connect to ... Read more

Answer:BIOS Failed to boot hard drive

Could you give me a bit more general information: what version of Windows are you using and do you have an installation CD/DVD for it?
It sounds like this is hardware failure though, not malware.

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I'm wondering if this is at all possible on an external HARD DRIVE, not FLASH STICK.

I'd like to be able to take a large external hard drive, and partition the first 20% to use for boot images with some kind of boot loader, and the rest for data partitions.

Otherwise, can someone help me find an article to show how to get the following onto a usb flash drive along with a boot loader (and how big of a flash drive do i need?)

-ubuntu live environment
-bart PE
-disk wipe
-windows xp install

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I have replaced the hard drive on an old computer after it failed with a working hard drive & it is will not boot after the bios & memory check into windows either from the replacement drive or windows vista CD even after changing the boot order to CD first in the bios.
The computer is recognising the new drive in boot up.
But it's stuck in a loop that just brings it back to:
"Windows cannot start due to a computer hardware configeration problem"
Looks like I need some software to auto clear the disk so I can do a fresh windows install as I have no keyboard access after the bios check completes although I can change the bios with a keyboard ?
Any suggestions as to how to fix ?

Answer:PC wont boot after hard drive failed & was replaced

This should read as an XP system not Vista - thanks

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I've tried to use live chat to report this but I couldn't get your website to work correctly. My laptop froze and then wouldn't reboot.  I tried re-installing Windows several times without success.  When I ran the HP Hardware Diagnostics hard drive test it said that the Long DST had failed. Failure ID is: 9LU630-7RA88G-XD7WMF-61BW03.Product ID is: N7J55EA. My warranty expires on 24 Oct 2016 so I am keen to resolve this. ThanksDominic 

Answer:Notebook AC120NA cannot boot - hard drive failed

You have to start an online support case. You need the serial number to do this. 

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Hey guys, thanks for your help!

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

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

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

Answer:Can't Install New External Hard Drive

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

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

does it possible?

Answer:install 7 on external hard drive?

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

Install windows 7 on USB external hard drive

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

Would be grateful for any help.

John M

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:How to install off external hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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And boot from it?

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

Answer:Can you install XP on an external hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Answer:How to Install OS from External Hard Drive

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

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

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

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

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


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

Answer:External Hard Drive install

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BSOD everyday after noticing that one of the hard drive failed to show in "my computer" after i did a diagnostic it went back. It hasnt disappeared since but i kept on getting bsods. It is the D: drive. My C: and E: is one separate hard disk. This is a company issued laptop and doesnt have any access to IT support from them now. I did error checking on the D: drive and it mentioned something about replacing a bad cluster. Thanks.

I couldnt get the SF diagnostic tool to work because i keep on getting errors on maybe five of the individual buttons so i resorted to the debug tool. Thanks. Please help.

Answer:BSOD, hard drive failed showing in my computer once and then came back

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

Dont start a new thread. Attach the data in your next post.

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I was on my desktop.. I think with not even a browser opened then suddenly lots of window error messages popped up saying a problem with a file in system 32 folder. I got pretty scared at that point and planned to take a screenshot but when I went to start menu the paint program I usually go to wasn't listed so decided not to. That's when a new error popped up but only once.. saying your hard drive has crashed or something like that. I turned off my computer at that point and turned it back on.. but now it would only go to black screen thing that says something like..Sec. Master Disk : LBA, 320 GB ... DDR2 at Bank(s) : 0145
Sec. Slave Disk : None

IDE Channel 1 .Master Disk HDD S.M.A.R.T capability... ENABLED (at first it said disabled but I enabled it not sure what it does)

PCI Device Listing...
bus dev fun vendor device svid ssid class device class
0 26 0 8086 2937 1458 5004 0C03 USB 1.1 Host Cntrlr 10
etc... lots of stuff similar to the last lineAfter trying to turn off and on my computer a few times I tried to enter safe mode by pressing f8 but it wouldnt go to that screen like normally just would go to that same black page with all that text. Then I tried going to the bios and changing the boot order to different things.. Then tried changing any settings in the bios that might make it work. In the bios I also did the auto detect HDD and it was able to detect the hard drive. After that I opened up my computer to listen to the hard drive to make sure it was makin... Read more

Answer:Computer wont boot. Virus or failed hard drive?

Hello and to the BC forums.

Please sit tight and be patient.

I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in malware-related un-bootable computers respond to your topic.

Thank you.

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Guys, my computer has just started giving me occasional BSODs within the past three weeks or so. The problems seem to come when my external hard drive is being accessed. That hard drive contains mostly media. The first couple of crashes happened while recording/capturing video to that hard drive from a game, and I assumed it was just something caused by the capturing mechanism in the game. Since then it has happened while browsing or listening to my MP3 collection in iTunes and Zune and other benign media-related activities like that.

I am running 32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, completely up to date from Windows Update. The hard drive is a recertified Seagate 1.5TB drive I got from Woot in December. In my attempts to fix this, I have updated every driver I could think to update, including video card and sound card, all to no avail. I've scanned the hard drive with the built-in error-checking tool, and it came up completely clean.

I'm attaching my zipped up minidump folder so maybe someone smarter than me can interpret it. Just let me know anything else you need. Please help me!

Answer:BSOD when using external hard drive

Hey there. I noticed you're running AVG which is the worst bsod offender going. Completely uninstall that then give it a go. Enjoy.

That will fix things. If on the very slight chance it doesn't, look into updating this driver:

LUsbFilt LUsbFilt.Sys Fri Feb 29 05:08:14 2008

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OS: Win 7 (x64) Ultimate
Age of system: Less than 2 months
Age of OS Install: Less than 1 day
CPU: I7 920
Video Card: 2x GTX295 Co-op (EVGA) /196.21 Nvidia drivers
Motherboard: EVGA 3x Classified (E-760)
Power Supply: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1220MA1S / 1220 watts

On startup if I have my USB external hard drive (my passport 500gb) attached to my PC, I receive a BSOD. If I unplug it and startup everything works fine. If I uninstall all Nvidia graphics drivers and perform the same steps (plug in usb hard drive and start up) everything works fine. I've tried the most recent and the previous Nvidia drivers and both seem cause the same issue. I'm not entirely sure if those drivers are the culprit hence I'm asking for help in tracking down the issue.

The BSOD states: DRIVER_IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and at the bottom lists Nvlddmkm.sys.

TSF Vista and Perfmon reports attached. Thanks in advance for any insight.

Answer:BSOD w/ external hard drive

There are no memory dumps in the attached reports. Please do the following:


Upload Dump Files:
Please go to C:\Windows\Minidump and zip up the contents of the folder. Then upload/attach the .zip file with your next post.
Left click on the first minidump file.
Hold down the "Shift" key and left click on the last minidump file.
Right click on the blue highlighted area and select "Send to"
Select "Compressed (zipped) folder" and note where the folder is saved.
Upload that .zip file with your next post.

If you have issues with "Access Denied" errors, try copying the files to your desktop and zipping them up from there. If it still won't let you zip them up, post back for further advice.

If you don't have anything in that folder, please check in C:\Windows for a file named MEMORY.DMP. If you find it, zip it up and upload it to a free file hosting service (not RapidShare as the analysts usually can't download from it) - then post the link to it.
Then, follow the directions here to set your system for Minidumps (much smaller than the MEMORY.DMP file):

The information that you have posted suggests that your video sub-system is to blame. While this isn't a sure thing, it gives us a start. Can you try the steps that cause the BSOD with only one video card installed?

Once you've set your system to make minidumps, then please run Driver Verifi... Read more

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I am new to the forums. I just purchased a new Dell Vostro Desktop Minitower. I have a 1TB OWC Mecury Elite-AL Pro external hard drive. When I either safely remove the drive or when I turn on my drive with the switch in the back. I receive the BSOD during these two operations. I would like to attach a copy of the dump file, however the size is too big.

System Specs:
- 32 Bit
- Windows 7

- Brand new
- brand new

Thanks for your help!

Answer:BSOD with External Hard Drive

Welcome to 7forums. Please following the instructions for posting BSOD

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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I get the BSOD when I have my external hard drive plugged in and I do anything for long enough (I.e. watching a movie, doing a virus scan... etc) Can you please look over my file and see if you can tell me what the problem is?

Answer:BSOD while using external hard drive

You seem to have a driver problem. Most of the reports were consistent. I do not know how it ties in with the external
Update driver
Productname:JMB38X Flash Media Controller Driver Description:JMicron JMB38X Flash Media Controller Driver Company:JMicron Technology Corporation

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I have a WD Elements 1TB Hard Drive (WDE1UBK10000U) installed on Windows 7 - up until yesterday I kept getting the BSOD message APC_INDEX_MISTMATCH STOP: 0x00000001. Couldn't work out why this was so I disconnected all the external drive and Windows has been fine since.

Also seems like there is no new driver available.

Just thought this info might be useful to someone else in the same situation.



Answer:External hard drive causes bsod

Quote: Originally Posted by spookyduke


I have a WD Elements 1TB Hard Drive (WDE1UBK10000U) installed on Windows 7 - up until yesterday I kept getting the BSOD message APC_INDEX_MISTMATCH STOP: 0x00000001. Couldn't work out why this was so I disconnected all the external drive and Windows has been fine since.

Also seems like there is no new driver available.

Just thought this info might be useful to someone else in the same situation.



Hi luke and welcome

we really need the actual dmp file. use these to find and upload it to us.


Ken J+

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

Originally Posted by Raied


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

Thanks in advance

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

Originally Posted by Raied


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

Thanks in advance

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

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

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

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

You can install Windows 8 from within Windows.

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

Answer:How to install an external SATA hard drive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:USB driver for external hard drive cant install

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

Are you listed as admin?

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

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

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

I just found this on BizRate:

Thanks for any suggestions.

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

That Imation would be very low on my list.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How do I make Windows 8.1 boot from an external hard drive with linux on it? I already changed the boot menu priority in the BIOS (UEFI). But when I restart my laptop while my external HD is connected to the laptop, it doesnt boot from the external HD. Instead it boots directly to the Win 8.1 Desktop. Is there something additional I should do in the BIOS?

Answer:Why Cant I Boot from My External Hard Drive?

Is it a UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot? If yes you likely have to turn secure boot off.

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I have a Seagate 500GB external hard drive that was formatted on my Macbook at FAT32. I was using it without problem both on my Macbook and my brother's Windows 98 desktop. I tried to use in with my new laptop, running Windows 7. I found out I had to assign a volume letter to it in order to see its contents. I did so, only to get a message asking me to format the drive! Moreover, now I cannot use it neither on my Macbook nor at my brother's desktop... I tried removing the letter but nothing changed; it is still unrecognizable, telling me that no known operating system is installed in it (or something like that)... I guess it's a disk header thing (after assigning a volume letter). Maybe I could fix this with some kind of software?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:External Hard Drive can't boot!

Sounds like you're going to have to reformat the drive (on the Windows 7 pc). I had thought there were differences between the Apple and PC filing systems.

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Good day all,

I have a littel issue that I'm hoping someone can resove 4 me.

I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop with WinXP Pro installed with SP2, and it has USB2. I removed the harddrive and put in another one, formated and installed XP Pro in FAT32 on it with SP2, then installed all the drivers. Pull out the new harddrive and put it into a external USB2 harddrive enclosure. I put back my original harddrive into my laptop, set my BIOS sequence to boot from USB first and let it run.

My problem is, once the black XP screen with little blue progress bar starts, it will stay on the screen for about 10 seconds max and reboot itself, then give me the boot options, i.e. safe mode, normal, etc ... I select normal, and same thing over and over again. I also trien safe mode, and it does start to lead files, and stops half way throught, then reboots ...

Any ideas ?

Thank you very much in advance to all !

Answer:boot from external usb hard drive ?

You Intalled XP on FAT32 ? I don't think this is possible..

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Hello, I own an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop with windows 7 installed. I have a problem where the hdd plugs in at. The hdd plugs into a connecter witch is part of the mother bored. The only way I can get it to run is if i tilt the laptop backwards and put a wii remote under it. as long as it doesn't move, it will work. So knowing i need a new connecter, I find a situation. I go myself a cord that i can plug my hdd into and plug it into the laptop via usb. I set the bios to first run the usb hard drive and second the boot manager. It worked.
As the "Starting Windows" screen was done loading, the screen when blue for a fraction of a second, then reset to the Acer logo screen at start up. I got a message about it wanting to run a Boot up repair. I did this and when it was done, the same thing happened. I put the hdd back into the laptop with it tiilted and it worked just fine. I put another hdd into the laptop with Windows 7 with the old hdd in the usb chord. I got the same result.

How can i get passed the "Starting Windows" screen when booting from the external hdd?

Answer:how do i boot from my external hard drive?

You cannot boot windows from an external usb type device; not going to happen. You CAN boot linux from an external usb type device; just not windows. This is because of how windows deals with usb.

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