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New Seagate External Hard Drive Marked "Active"

Question: New Seagate External Hard Drive Marked "Active"

Hello 7Forums Guru's. I've never used external media and am trying to decide on a partition scheme for data storage (ISO's, music, pictures about 100-150 gb) and to store weekly backups, system image etc) but before I even start on that end, should my external HDD (Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB) be set to active? The drive was completely plug & play and showed up in Disk Management as "Active"

Please advise this relative n00b.

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Answer: New Seagate External Hard Drive Marked "Active"

Only a partition from which one boots needs to be active and going by this dictum there is absolutely no need for a partition on an external drive to be active. Though an active partition on an external drive should not matter it is always safe to have only the booting Partition as active.

You can turn a partition active or inactive using diskpart.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt and Run as administrator.

Then:



Be sure to select the correct external disk and partition.

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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

Answer:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Computer...select Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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The pros and cons of mechanical and solid-state drives have been thoroughly discussed. Disk drives offer unmatched storage capacities at bargain basement prices, while flash memory is quicker, quieter and less power hungry, but inherently more expensive. Seagate might harness the best of both worlds with a new product teased today.


Seagate teases "game-changing" drive, coming May 26 - TechSpot News


The 150% increase on a HDD over current ones is interesting...

Answer:Seagate teases "game-changing" hard drive

I'm going to see what is released on Wed. Looks very interesting for us notebook users.

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I have a SAS Seagate Cheetah, 300GB 15K.5 Hard Drive that is recognized by BIOS but shown no other information. The drive does not show up nor is accessible. It is mechanically sound I just can not access it. I have tied SeagateTool's but it is pointless. I am looking for some creative way of un-bricking this drive to extract data from it. I do not care if the drive survives much afterward.

Thanks
 

Answer:How to "un-brick" Seagate Cheetah hard drive

please describe what is shown in the Disk Management
right-click My Computer->Manage
go to Disk Management​ignore the C:\ boot disk and describe whatever else is seen
 

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Hi All,

I am new to this community and this is the first time i am posting.

My computer doesn't show volume control in system tray and Audio is completely gone. When I tried to get that from accessories it gives me a message that there are no active mixer devices available and tells me to go to control panel and add hardware.

Let me tell you what I have done so far. I ran msconfig and found "Windows Audio" and it was okay since there was check mark besides it. Alternately I ran %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc which takes me to the same place and everything seems okay.

Then in control panel - sounds and audio devices - volume tab completely grayed out, on audio and voice tab it says the default device is modem#0 line play back ( I don't know why..!) and same thing for sound recording.

I have been working on this for 2 days but can't figure out. Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.

And also, none of my USB seems working and doesn't detect any connections like my external hard drive.

Hoping to hear some solution...!!

Thanks..!!
 

Answer:"There are no active mixer devices available" and USB doesn't detect ext. hard drive

Sometimes, it takes a reformat and reinstall to get things working. Others here will have solutions that will sometimes work temporarily. But the complete reformat and reinstall is the most reliable, we have found.
Do you use a USB printer - scan - fax - copier? We find that there is some sort of relationship with this problem you describe, and certain Epson, HP, and Lexmark multifunction printers and USB failures. In those cases, a total uninstall and removal from the registry, then reinstall from downloads seems to be a good fix. In others, the multi-function printer never works right again.
 

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

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

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

Why does the light not turn off in Vista?

And, is there an easy way to correct this?

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

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

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

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

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

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Yesterday my external hard drive was working fine. Today I open it and there's a new folder called Pfiles...I am not running linux...and a tmp file. I delete the tmp file and try to delete Pfiles but it won't delete. Weird. So I open one of the folders and see that it's now empty, as are almost all of my other folders and subfolders. My daughter's folder however has her movies on the main subfolder, but subfolders in this folder are also empty.

The hard drive is showing half full...exactly what it should assuming I could access all the files. So what can I do? I've enclosed a screenshot of the Disk Management screen for this drive. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help with external hard drive. Files "missing" but still taking up space on the drive

Hi djfl,

External Hard-drives come in different types, some of them are, External storage devices and Automatic back-up devices.

If it is an automatic back-up device then data might be backed-up on the External Hard?drive without user intervention.

If it is an External storage device the files might be hidden. This could be the reason why the external Harddrive is showing half full. We can check if the files are hidden, please use the following link for detailed instructions to unhide folders: Hidden Files and Folders Option - Add or Remove

Please revert back for clarification.

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I reimaged my computer because I was having a whole bunch of trubble with it (no of which really matter now). After reimaging I tried to access some of the files I saved on my external hard drive, but no matter what I tried I could not get access to the files.

The drive appears in device Manager and in the USB Device pages, and I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drive. But for some reason I just can't access the device. If anyone knows how to fix this problem, or even how to manually launch the external hard drive, I would be extremely greatful. If you need more info. let me know.

Thanks

Answer:Seagate FA GoFlex Desk external hardrive doesn't show in "My Computer"

Have you checked in the drive management console to make sure it's not just that it needs to be 'activated' or assigned a drive letter again?

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I've been getting the "delayed write failed" error message every time I try to backup a DVD with DVD Shrink to my externail USB hard drive. I've backed up a good many DVDs this way, and haven't had this problem before. Meanwhile I continue to be able to copy other, somewhat smaller files (180MB vs 4GB in DVD Shrink) to the drive without any trouble.

When the error message appears it seems that the computer suddenly no longer recognizes anything on the external drive. Sometimes it still recognizes that the drive is there, even tells me how much space is used up on it, but when I look at the files in Windows Explorer, the files show up as empty, or not at all.

When I try to safely unplug the drive, I'm told there's a problem with ejecting the drive, that it can't be stopped right now. I've waited for several hours to be allowed to stop it, but keep getting the same message. I usually turn off the computer and finally unplug it. When I plug it back in, it sometimes autoplays and all the files are there, sometimes it's not recognized at all until I unplug and plug it back in repeatedly.

I've looked online and there are so many people having problems with that error message, I can't make heads or tails of the issue. The only thing I've tried from the Microsoft site is that I turned cache writing off for the external drive (not the internal one) under policies, which I thought is supposed to make it possible to unp... Read more

Answer:"delayed write failed" during dvd shrink on external hard drive

I would upgrade the Laptop ram to 512 or a gig, see if the problem stops.
 

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I was using my external HD to backup data from my laptop (I plan on doing a system recovery).  The HD had originally been hooked up to my PC with no problems.  A few minutes in, the transfer stops and I get a message that the drive is not ready.  Now when I try to access the hard drive from either the PC or the laptop I get a message that says "Please insert a disk into drive (letter of the drive):".  Something I noticed, not sure if it's relevant, is that originally the HD was (G:) on the PC.  When I connected it to my laptop, the drive was recognized as (F:).  After I got the error and connected it back to the PC the HD was recognized as (F:), same as the laptop but different than it originally was on the PC.I'm running XP Home on both the PC and laptop.Can anyone please help?

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

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

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I just put about 25 gigs of data on this drive. It's an 80 gig drive and has about 20 gigs of space left on it before it's full. Out of all the files I cut and pasted over it got stuck on this last ISO file.. it refused to move this file.. so i stopped the move operation, and rebooted. I never had any trouble with this drive. It's a drive that is hooked up via a USB port. On reboot, to try to copy or move the file again, Windows tells me this drive cannot be accessed and needs to be formatted before it can be used.

That's not an option, or I'll lose tons of months worth of data. The drive is pretty warm.. I'm letting it cool down to try again, but i cant see any reason why this drive could have been damaged just moving files to it.

Any ideas of other reasons why windows might erroneously fail to detect the drive properly and give me this error?

Answer:External hard drive suddenly "needs to be formatted" after a reboot

Hello mate, perhaps checking the HDD will tell you something.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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So I have a Windows 7 64bit desktop with 2 external hard drives that have shared over my network so I can view the files on my laptop(win 7 64bit) and watch movies and such on my xbox via windows media center.

I recently purchased a WD Elements 2TB external Hard Drive.
I connect the new drive to my desktop along with the other 2 external hard drives and functions with no problems until I try to share it on my network.

My procedure for sharing was opening my computer, right clicking on the hard drive, clicking share with.., advanced sharing, (in the sharing tab) advanced sharing again, click the share this folder box and hitting apply. And I get this error, "An error occurred while trying to share G. Incorrect function. The shared resource was not created at this time."

I was however able to add the new external hard drive to my media library in windows media center so my xbox can see the new hard drive no problem.
So now I need to get the drive on the network so I can see it on my laptop.

Whats more, If I disconnect the hard drive from my desktop, and connect it to my laptop, it will let me share it and I can see it from my desktop. (Baffles me...)

Any help or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

Answer:Cant share external Hard drive "Incorrect Function"

I see you have the same issue as I do and are getting about the same help I have been getting, NONE
We will probably find out "Microsoft" will want to charge us extra if we want to share more than one way, they give us ONE free sharing but not 2 without more money.

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I recently bought a Western Digital firewire/USB 2.0 combo drive for my Dell laptop running Windows XP Home edition. It worked fine once. When I went to use it again it would not register in "My Computer." It is recognized in device manager and no conflicts appear. There are no new/rolled back drivers available. In Disk Management in Console it appears but shows a large portion of unallocated space. Uninstalling and reinstalling does not work.

Could there be a corrupt Windows file? Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

Answer:external hard drive not recognized in Windows XP "My Computer"

If it shows unallocated space (how much?), then the drive should be partitioned and the partitions formatted.

What sizes are we talking about? Unallocated space will not appear in My Computer, but only partitions that are formatted and ready to use.

If you have TweakUI or other tweakers, be sure that the drive is not hidden from My Computer.
 

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I have an older 80 gig WD external hard drive that has worked fine until this morning when I turned on my computer and it wasnt showing up when I looked in my computer. So I went into device manage and it says this "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

I tried unistalling, and then plugging it back in. I tried looking for updates. Anything I could think of, but still not able to access anything. It has ALL my music on it and I really really want to be able to get to it.

If I cant get it to work is it possible to transfer data from this one to a new one??
 

Answer:External hard drive "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

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Help - Please!!!  My Desktop decided to install the Windows 10 updates to my Windows 7 environment -- oh the joys!  Nothing but trouble ever since.  I uninstalled 10 to take me back to 7.
Upon reboot all was fine for a day.  Then, black screen with a cursor.  What the heck?  I checked all the things I was told to check, I ran all the diagnostics.  I uninstalled, reinstalled, did a system restore back to before the update.
After spending 3+ hours letting my system go thru the recommended ePSA Preboot System Assessment (All Tests Passed) - Today I have a system that I can't get to boot up because it says I have:
Status:  Oxc000000f
"The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."
I'm not a computer geek.  I can't get thru to anyone at Dell.  I've been trying to resolve this for 4 days now. 
The only thing I can think that is happening is that the computer is trying to boot from an external hard drive that is in a "locked/password protected" mode on my system.  I have no idea how to bypass this.  I've tried unhooking the drive and rebooting and then it just goes back to black screen with a cursor.
Can anyone help me?  Please?

Answer:Can't Reboot Past External "Locked" Hard Drive

Hi DEAR64,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Please check if you can boot into safe mode <F8>.
Do you have the OEM Operating system DVD?
Please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id (Note: please don't mention the service tag or email id on the public forum as it contains your personal information).

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I have -- "had" -- two SimpleTech external hard drives. One I purchased last year, 320G, and it worked perfectly. But it had an adaptor, and I was getting tired of all the wires cluttering my small computer desk, so I wanted to buy an external hard drive powered by USB only. So last week, I bought a Signature Mini, also by SimpleTech, that was capable of being powered by USB. After formatting it MS-DOS, following the instructions to prep it for use on both Macs and PCs, I transferred all my files from the old drive to the new drive. Then, since I have a Macbook, I used Disk Utility > Zero All Data, to erase all the data from my old drive -- data, which had successfully transferred to my new drive. I planned to give this old drive to my dad.

Using my other laptop which has Windows XP, I began to download some of my data from an online storage website that is going to shut down in about a month. I downloaded these files directly into my new external hard drive, and left the download running overnight.

The next morning, the download was finished, so I unplugged the new drive and plugged it back into my MacBook. The new drive began making clicking noises, and it wasn't showing up on my desktop. I immediately knew that these noises meant an internal hardware problem, so I unplugged the drive immediately. Since then, I have occasionally plugged the new drive in just to see if the problem possibly corrected itself, but it still makes clicking noises and refuses t... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive: "Zero" Erasure and Clicking Noises

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Hi All,

I want to format my external hard drive into two partitions so that I can use one of them as a recovery drive for my Windows PC and the other one for my personal data. I am using Windows 8.1.

It is a 1TB WD Elements hard drive currently formatted into one exFAT partition. It is about half full. I don't want to delete the partition and then create two new ones because I have nowhere to backup the files currently on the drive. So I want to shrink the existing partition and then create a new smaller partition but for some reason I can't do that in Windows Disk Management. When I right-click on the drive (E:) The option "shrink drive..." is grayed (as shown in the screenshot).
Does anybody know why this could be? When I right-click on my Windows (C:) drive this option is not grayed out. (I tried doing the same thing using Partition Wizard but I had the same problem - the "split" option, along with a whole lot of others, is grayed out).

Also, another strange thing which might help you to understand. In Partition Wizard, when I right-click on my external hard drive (E:) and click properties it shows that the hard drive is full (first screenshot) even though Windows File Explorer shows that it still has about 500GB of free space (second screenshot)
Why does Partition Wizard (and obviously Windows Disk Management as well) think that the disk is full?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
William.

Answer:"Shrink Volume" Grayed Out - External Hard Drive

You cannot shrink a FAT disk. Shrinking is only supported with NTFS. You have no choice but to backup your data and re-initialize it as NTFS.

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I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

Answer:how do I get "permission to access a folder" on an external hard drive

Originally Posted by rosemaryheller


I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!



One tutorial that might help you :
Permission : note - it applies to both Vista and Win 7
Sharing and Permissions - Windows 7 Forums

By the way, is this the message you saw ?


If yes, what would happen if you clicked Continue ?

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After I finished transferred some files across from external hard drive to laptop and I used a picture from external hard drive as my background desktop but when I tried to click "Safely "remove it said there were programs running yet I have nothing transferring/connecting from external hard drive to laptop then I unplugged the USB device.

I did noticed when I removed the external hard drive my background picture was gone when I went to change themes, I'm worried so Can this damage to the laptop/external hard drive or corrupt software

Answer:I unplugged my external hard drive without "Safely Remove" Can this da

That thing about programs using the drive happens a lot with my Toshiba lappy.
Unless you've changed any of the default hardware policies for the external drive (most of them won't even allow you to), unplugging without ejecting should not be a problem. Nevertheless, whenever you are unable to eject, it is better to wait till you turn off the computer before unplugging.
Hope this helps.
Cheers,
J

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My external hard drive doesn't show up on "My Computer", but when I check "Device Manager", it show up inside "disk drive", and the "Device status" inside the "Properties" shows "This device is working properly". What's wrong?

Answer:External hard drive doesn't show up on "My Computer"

If it has not been assigned a drive letter, it won't show up on My Computer.  This is usually done automatically, but not always.Right-click My ComputerLeft-click ManageSelect Disk MnagementFind the Disk Drive in the Lower Right PanelRight-Click, select "Change Drive Letter"

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So I have a pretty, well not old, but it's not a product they carry anymore external hard drive and I had some issues with it in the past (mainly the usb port not being soldered on properly and falling off); so I just received all my replacement cords for it and ran it, it took *forever* for it to load up, which I felt was understandable seeing as there's like 200+ GB on it but when I go to like drag one item from it, it'll take more than 10 minutes and if I cancel it, it just loads.. and loads and loads; I don't know what it's doing but when it's like that, I can't do anything with it and to actually make it browse-able again, I have to force a shut down. (hold the power button)

And the files I am trying to move are just 2.5MB so they shouldn't even be taking this long..

I have quite a few files I wish to save otherwise I'd just format the whole thing but I can't when it just hangs onto the loading.

Is there a way for me to save these files?
I tried to upload them a hosting but it freezes when I do; same with dragging the images into windows paint.

Please help!

I just tried to upload some of the pictures to mediafire and it literally froze my web browser.







  
Quote: Originally Posted by notsotechsavvy


I stand corrected, apparently this portable hard drive is not done frustrating me just yet.
Pretty sure I forgot to mention what portable hard drive I have and here it is.
The problem I'm having now is that I managed... Read more

Answer:External hard drive "hanging" or infinite loading.

Fill out all of the System Specs in the lower left hand corner of your message. If we know what is in your PC it will help to better figure out the problem.

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First of all I'd like to say hello to everyone on this forum, this will be my first thread/post.

I'm usually the go to guy for my friends for simple computer problems, and my friend came to me today with a problem I just can't figure out.

She received an external 230 gb HDD for christmas and then tried to install her Sim expansions onto it. She gets the message
"Cannot install to the selected directory, because it may cause the system to become unstable"

After googling this issue for about 30 minute I found this is the case for other games as well, but none of these searches yielded any kind of answer of how to get passed this, or why this happens.

As far as I know, her XP HDD is NFTS as well as the external HDD. Has anyone had this problem with The Sims?
 

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Let me apologize in advance if this is the incorrect place to post this query - I've seen other similar issues posted in "Hardware" so I'm hoping I'm in the right area...

I've seen this issue posted before, and I've Googled my heart out, but I still haven't been able to find answers to my exact problem. I have a 500GB Western Digital MyBook external hard drive which holds all of my music files as well as back-ups of movies and pictures. Whenever I plug it in, I don't have ten seconds before I get the "Delayed Write Failed" error message, and if I happen to be in Explorer at the time it freezes. I've also got Windows XP on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, if that's relevant.

I got the error message two days ago for the first time, while trying to import a cd using iTunes. It imported the first two songs on the album before giving me the error. Since then I haven't been able to use the drive at all, and when trying to get files from it I've gotten errors saying the path was incorrect (as if the hard drive weren't plugged in). I tried using the hard drive yesterday on my dad's IBM laptop (also running XP) and had no problems sifting through the files in Explorer, however opening a movie in Windows Media Player caused that program to freeze. Today I plugged it into the IBM laptop again and tried the same previous album in iTunes, but this time it didn't get past the first song before it gave ... Read more

Answer:"Delayed Write Failed" on External Hard Drive

Check for malware. Also, a delayed write failure is this:

this is how external drives work with xp:

1. you tell a file to be copied to the ed (external drive)
2. Windows checks the file size and compares it to the free space on the ed.
3 Windows allocutes the space needed and queues segments of the file to be copied. (usually 1 file = 1 segment)
4. Windows starts copying segments to the drive in order of the queue.
5. the files finish and the transfer completes.

The delayed write failure is when one of the queued segments fails to copy.
This could be because of the hard drive failing so check for hdd errors but its more likely a windows issue.
 

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Hi Everyone!
I am having a serious problem
I bought a new 200Gb external hard drive...after formatting it using NTFS, I now try to open it in Windows Explorer and I get an error saying "invalid parameter", and that's it...it's not opening.
I use WinXP, there is nothing I can do with the HD anymore...anyone has any idea of what I could do?
Thanks a million
 

Answer:"invalid parameter" opening external Hard Drive

Try reformatting it if possible. Does windows detect it still. Try reinstalling usb drivers to make sure thats correctly functioning. Make sure you have updated drivers for motherboard and os as they could be a strange but possible fix to the problem your having. Let me know if you still have this problem after the above suggestions.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1844 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 730 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 260242 MB, Free - 162570 MB; D: Total - 29690 MB, Free - 27584 MB; G: Total - 305211 MB, Free - 174064 MB; H: Total - 15259 MB, Free - 3249 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, MoutCook
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Am I embarrassed! I have had external drive for backup and to have an image on it. But I am so dense that I don't know how to restore. I have the manual which tells me to go to the "welcome" screen but I can't open any screens of the software. The software is WD SmartWare. . These are the files in the folder. Should I start all over by hitting the .exe file? Any ideas? I'm getting paranoid knowing that my external hard drive backup is useless to me because I don't know how to restore.
thanks
 

Answer:WD SmartWare software on "my passport" external hard drive

heyya americamba, I'm going to close this one up, as you have another one in hardware at http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/1118901-my-passport-external-drive-wwd.html, and that one is in the correct forum.

thanks for understanding.

v
 

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Hey all, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and I'm loving it, EXCEPT for this one problem I'm having.

Immediately after I upgraded, my external hard drive (WD Ext HDD 1021 3TB) was missing from "My Computer." I never had any problems with this HDD before I upgraded, and the file-system is NTFS.

The external drive is visible in Disk Management, however there is no letter assigned. Right clicking on the drive's partitions in Disk Management shows every option grayed out except for "Delete Volume."

Upon seeing this, I attempted to use diskpart to assign a new letter, however in diskpart the partition type is listed as "unknown" and when I attempt to assign a letter, diskpart says "there is no volume specified." Listing volumes in diskpart only seems to list the volumes on my internal drive, not the external one.

After reading some articles on similar problems, I tried using the program "MiniTool Partition Wizard" to assign a new drive letter, and it seemed to work! The drive showed up in "My Computer" with the correct name and letter, with all my data intact. In Disk Management, all the drive options were still grayed out, but because I could access my drive, I figured the problem was solved.

However, after a short amount of time, the drive became inaccessible. In "My Computer" the drive's name changed from "cmluepke 3tb external (F:)" to "Local Disk (F:)." Clickin... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive inaccessible, becomes "Local Disk"

I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
Deleting the volume, then re-creating it allowed me to format and assign a drive-letter.
But yes, I did lose the (non-critical - a recorded TV show) data.
I'm not aware of any other 'fixes'.
Wenda.

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

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

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I recently installed Windows 7. I have four partitions . Windows is installed on C:, and I also have D: , E: and G: as storage partitions . However, although C: is the boot partition it managed to mark G: as the system partition. This is causing a few problems with the Windows 7 backup feature as it automatically makes a backup of both C: and G: as System partition, and it's using up a lot of space on the backup partition.

C: Healthy (Boot, Page file, logical Drive)
D: Healthy (logical Drive)
E: Healthy (Primary Partition)
G: Healthy (system, Active, Primary Partition)

Help me

Answer:The wrong drive is marked as "system"

Unplug all the hard drives except the one you want windows on, re install windows.

or

Mark G inactive, mark C active, unplug all the drives except C, run startup repair until windows boots again. ( This still may not work )

Startup Repair

I wouldn`t rely on windows backup, better to backup your files yourself, I would also create a disk image when you have windows fully updated and all your programs installed.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Hi
Windows XP PC is extremely sluggish and makes a loud whirring noise, so bought a Seagate external hard drive. I inadvertantly moved the "my documents" folder on to it and now cannot open the folder without the hard drive plugged in. how do I move it back to its original home? It hasn't exactly stopped the extremely slow way the PC opens any file or even surfing the net. Please help!
 

Answer:Solved: accidentally moved "my documents" folder to external hard drive

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.
Let me know if that works.
 

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My 1TB Western Digital External hard disc is not working. My laptop switched off suddenly while copying files. After restarted my laptop, when I try to open my External hard disc drive(G: \) I'm getting the message as

"Location is not available

G:\ is not accessible
The drive cannot find the sector requested"

The Properties of the drive shows as
Type: Local Disk
File system:
Used space : 0 bytes
Free space : 0 bytes

when clicking My computer->Manage->Disk Management(under Storage in left side), I can able to see my External hard disc drive(G: \). The File System shows as "RAW" before it was NTFS, % Free as 100% but I got around 1TB data. Also I checked in different laptops but it shows the same error.

And finally I checked with "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows", it passed the test.

I'm so afraid about my datas stored in the hard disc. All my projects, photos and many important files stored in that hard disc. I dont know what the problem is. I cant find any solutions in Internet. Please help me to solve this problem. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:"The drive cannot find the sector requested" - External hard disc is not working

Hey Allen. I would call Western Digital support and see what they say.Since you have data on it you need, I wouldn't play around with it, get some answers from the drive makers, and as is always said, have important data backed up in at least 2 different places, with at least one being to CD/DVD.
 

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

NOTE
1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

Answer:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"

Hi!

First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it ..click wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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I have been using a 500gb Buffalo Drivestation external hard drive to store videos and music for the past several months without incident. However, two days ago when I tried to access the drive in Windows Explorer, the program appeared to freeze. This happened repeatedly, including following system reboots and unplugging/plugging in the hard drive.

When I finally allowed Windows Explorer to 'do it's thing' without ending the process, it informed me that "the file or folder is corrupted or unreadable." If at all possible, I would like a solution to this problem that will allow me to access the data that is on the hard drive at least long enough to copy it to another disk. Although most of the data is backed up, there is some that is not.

In Disk Manager, the drive appears as usual. However, when I tried to run chkdsk I received a message saying that "The root folder on this volume is full". I know for a fact that there is over 200gb of free space on the drive. Chkdsk also said "Error writing folder".

Also, I have tried accessing the drive in another computer - with the same result.

Any help you could give would be much appreciated. Thanks very much!
 

Answer:External hard drive "corrupted or unreadable"

As an additional point... Disk Management says that the file system on the external hard drive is RAW, while Checkdisk recognises it as FAT32.
 

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A few days ago, I installed a game on my external hard drive. At the time, the hard drive was assigned the "F:" directory. They other day, I plugged a video camera into my computer before the external hard drive making the camera "F:" and the hard drive "G:".

The game won't work while the hard drive is assigned to "G:". I've removed the camera, there are no other USB devices plugged in (except my mouse which doesn't have any storage capacity) but still when I plug in the hard drive, it goes back to "G:".

I've tried plugging it into different sockets, logging off the computer, restarting the computer, but still, it goes back to "G:".

Why is this happening and how can I get it back to "F:"?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Can't get external hard drive to be assigned to "F:"

Never mind, I've got it working.
 

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Am trying to get an external hard drive up and running!
When connected (via USB) it is recognised by Belarc Advisor, but does not appear in "My Computer" and hence is not usable - can anyone help?
Thanks, Guys.
 

Answer:"My Computer" doesn't see external hard drive

You need to format the drive before you can use it.
Go to start> run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter.
Right click on the drive and create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
Now create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
Once completed you can use the drive
 

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Hello,

I am connecting a 640GB Samsung G2 Portable External Hard Drive to my HP Pavilion 15 Laptop.
The external hard drive works on other desktop and laptop computers here at work, but when connected to the HP Pavilion (Windows 8.1 OS) it shows up as a Local Disk (H: but when trying to Open the drive it says:
?Location Not Available H:\ is not accessible The device is not ready.?
What should I do?
Assistance is much appreciated...

Answer:External Hard Drive - Error - "Location not Available"

Welcome to Windows EightForums, jhnel.

Is the drive in the correct format?

Windows key + X > Choose Disk Management. It should tell you format and partition info there.

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I was curious if say you want to replace laptops hard drive, is it possible to do this with an external hard drive like a goflex 1tb external? or is that only for cloning/backupWindows 10 OS dell inspiron 7737

Answer:Can you run laptops OS using an EXTERNAL hard drive as "replacement"

BTW: I did order a replacement hard drive. This question is purely out of my curiosity while I wait.

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I recently updated to Windows 10 anniversary and now I can't find my Western Digital external hard drive in My computer. The PC recognizes it as:
click here in Disk management it's recognized as:
click here not empty and has data inside it. Only after the anniversary update this problem happened and shows it empty in the Disk management. When I right-click on the external hard drive in the "volume" section; all options are grayed out except for "Help"
Is there any idea how to solve this?
and
It's

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My laptop stopped booting (You can read about it here:
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/713951-autochk-error-c0000218-bsod-recovery.html )
I've reached a dead end on on trying to restore the OS, so I took the hard drive out of my Gateway Laptop which was running Windows XP Media Center Edition and placed in an external enclosure so I can access it via USB from a computer that will boot.
I booted another notebook running XP Home into safemode so I could take ownership of the Administrator folder in Documents and Settings via the security tab (as described in this Microsoft Help and Support article here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421)
Now I can see the documents in the Administrator profile, but I can not access or copy them. Also, when I open My Music I can see all the folders for individual artists, but when I try to open the folder I get the "Access Denied" message that I got before I took ownership of the Administrator folder. What's worse, I can't use the security tab to take ownership of those files and folders in My Documents because everything is greyed out.

Help?
 

Answer:"Access Denied" on *now* external hard drive

Sounds like you may have taken ownership of the folders, but not the contents of the folders or subfolders. Go back to the ownership page and be sure to check the box about all child objects. Being grayed out means that that file's permissions are inherited from a superfolder, so you need to change them there.
 

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I'll do the best I can to explain this.
I have a 2TB seagate external harddrive. It was showing no signs of problems, worked like a charm. Then, I plugged it into a Mac (usually use Windows) and started transferring a video file to the external.
Then, it started to freeze. Stopped transferring. Crashed.
I had no choice but to remove my external hard drive without ejecting, as everything was locked up.
Then, I plugged the external back into my PC. It showed up fine, but it shows as "E:/Local Drive" when before it was "E:/Seagate" or something to that effect. And, it's completely empty (2TB of free space). Before, I had about 800GB of data. And, the really weird thing is that it is showing up as a FAT32 drive, when it was NTFS before! It almost seems like the Mac purposefully formatted my drive, but that makes absolutely. no. sense.
Then, I ran Recuva (file recovery program) and it started finding all of my old files. Great, right!?
Well, maybe. The issue is that it says it's going to take about 3 days to complete the scan, which is an issue as I have to take my laptop to work. And, I don't have another hard drive big enough to recover the files to. Yes, I can solve this by buying a new 2TB HD, and I will.
But, given how weird this situation is, and given that the files are still "there," I'm thinking something really weird happened, and maybe can be fixed without an arduous file-recovery?
Is it a partition table or something? Is it possible that everything is there, but it's n... Read more

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I was curious if say you want to replace laptops hard drive, is it possible to do this with an external hard drive like a goflex 1tb external? or is that only for cloning/backupWindows 10 OS dell inspiron 7737

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It seems I have had a lot of computer related questions lately, but I have had a lot of computer issues lately and I find the people here very helpful. Recently, my dell vostro 3700 laptop crashed and I am trying to recover the files that were backed up on "My book" exeternal drive and I am not sure how to go about doing this.

That program is no longer even installed on my laptop and when I try to install it, it is not picking up the drive at all. Also the light on the drive is constantly flashing green instead of staying solid green. Does anyone know why (already tried restarting it)?
 

Answer:Need help getting files off of my "My book external hard drive" Please help!

That program is no longer even installed on my laptopClick to expand...

It is helpful if you mention what program you used to backup the files onto the external hard drive.
It asos helps if you mention what version of windows you are running and what, if anything, you did to restore the Vostro 3700 to working condition.
 

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Hi everyone, my situation was expressed earlier and now that Western Digital Support (a guy named Danny, that had a very thick accent and supervisor w/ even thicker) has $14.95 of my dollars. I need help!

BRIEFING: Western Digital External Drive can't access, found I'm not the only one. Forum suggested an adapter, but that was for laptops. Did research, sucks to be me is basicaly what I found.
So, I read a hint of making an External's HD into internal hard drive, and placing it in your PC.

<There are many tutorials here and the www to learn how to install, so I won't bother any of you with that.>

QUESTION: The Hard Drive I wish to install is from an external case, it has very important data on it and if I put it into my PC, will I lose the data or can I just browse it like before?
 

Answer:Solved: Installing "EXTERNAL'S" Hard Drive...?

providing that the drive itself isn't the part that is bad, then you should be able to acces it as an internal the way you do other drives. This of course depends on the drive itself and your interface. If it is an IDE Drive you would need an open IDE connector in your computer. If Sata then you would need an open sata connection. That being said, you should not lose any data installing it as an internal.
 

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I have recently re-installed Windows XP which consequently reformat my hard disk. When I plug in my external hard disk USB (which was working fine prior formatting the PC), it does not shows up in 'My Computer'.

When checking Device Manager, the device is working properly. I have verified on Disk Management, the external hard disk is there but with no Drive letters and paths, it mention "unallocated". It does not allow me to give it a drive letter.

During the re-installation on Windows, the external HD was connected to My PC.

The external HD is an Apollo 2.5" portable hard drive 250GB.

On the "USB device properties", under volume tab, the partition style is: Master Boot Record, capacity:238,473 MB, Unallocated space: 238,473 MB, Reserved space: 0 MB and status: Online

Can anyone help me on the above issue. I have some important data on it. Has the disk been erased?
 

Answer:My external hard drive does not show up in "My Computer"

Did you install all of your motherboard drivers, chipset, LAN, sound, graphics, etc. after installing Windows?
 

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Hi,

I am not sure whether I should be posting this in the Windows forum or the PC Hardware because it involves both.

I have an external 320 GB Transcend Drive with a lot of important data.
Recently, I unplugged it from my PC and took to another to get some files.
One the other machine (Vista), it didn't show up as far as I can remember, thought that was strange so i brought it back to my Laptop (Win 7, Dual Boot with Ubuntu 10) and it only showed as Local Disk, I have tried to find useful information on the net but some is very vague and some is outright stupid and irrelevant.

The fact is that the HDD is not broken. When in Ubuntu I can view the contents fine and everything is there, no freeze ups or anything, but in windows the drive shows up as Local Disk, I don't think it is a drive letter conflict.

The Device shows up fine in the Device Manager.
I'm sure some of you have solved this problem as it seems many on the Internet have.
If so please tell me in a few steps how you resolved it.. I am not formatting as I do not deem this necessary since I can access my data fine in Ubuntu.

Kind Regards

Answer:External Hard Drive Works In Ubuntu / Shows as "Local Disk" in Win 7 and doesn't work

I suggest that while in Ubuntu you move the files to local HDD, then reformat external HDD, then copy the files back.

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My external Seagate drive is apparently "dirty" and windows automatically checks it every time i boot up with it attached to the usb port. It is actually pretty annoying. The only way around it that I found is actually unplugging it before I boot up and plugging it back in after windows starts.

Every time the check says there are no issues. The drive works fine and I am able to use the drive as if nothing is wrong.

Does anyone know whow to get rid of the check during Windows startup? How can I make my drive "clean" again? Thanks

EDIT: I have Windows XP sp3 btw
 

Answer:External hard drive is "dirty" and windows runs a check every time computer boots up

You may need to run a manual chkdsk /f to clear it. Try this
> Unplug the drive then boot up then plug it back in. Determine its drive letter
> Start->Run, enter cmd to open a command prompt
> Enter chkdsk x: /f (except use the correct drive letter, not x)

/f option may take loong time complete (especially if large hard drive.. i.e hours) but when it's done i believe it should clear the dirty bit for you
 

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Win 7
Toshiba Qosmio x500
When i plug in an external pen drive or hdd to any of the USB Ports. a box opens & says 
" Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied"
I can view its icon in My Comp. but when i double click, error occurs.
This started happening all of a sudden. It was working fine until yesterday.
Plz help.  :'( 
Bobbina....

Answer:Any External Hard drive shows " Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied", this Error is shown all USB ports.

Hi Vincent,
Thanks for your input.
My problem has been solved.
1 chap from another forum suggested it may have been a fault with my AntiVirus.
He made me check the client policy for USB Auto On/Off for external drive scanning.
he suggested me some changes, & now all my usb external drives work... :)
Yayyy..!!!
Thanks all of you.
Regards.
Bobbina..x
(P.s.: hope the problem does not pop-up again...)

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Hi guys.

I'm having a problem connecting my "external" hard drive to my laptop. Now this is a complicated issue, have searched a lot of forums and threads and have tried a lot of different things but nothing seems to be working. Here's the problem:

My stationary computer resently stopped working, so I decided to go ahead and invest in a Hard Drive Link-in to back up what is on the internal hard drive before sending it with the stationary computer for repairs. Now on this hard drive is installed a win7 OS on a SATA Seagate Barracude 7200.12 SATA and I'm trying to hook it up to my HP Notebook Compaq nx6310 laptop computer - not to work as a hard drive but just to access what's on it, so I can back it up.

The problem is my win xp, once having connected it, at first says "device not recognized", but I quickly worked around that problem by entering Device Manager and selecting "unknown device" and uninstalling it and then click "scan for hardware changes" and windows quickly detects that a new usb device has been connected and that the drivers are now installed and is ready to use... however nothing happens.

The "external" hard drive does not show up in "my computer" or under "system" and "manage drives" so it's not a hidden issue nor a drive letter issue and when I look at device manager it's still listed under USB Root as an "Unknown Device" and if clicki... Read more

Answer:Xp can't detect my "external" hard drive

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Hello, All.
I connected my Maxtor harddrive to my Gateway desktop (Windows XP) today. The external is not recognized by the computer. I went all thru the forum, here (how i discovered you), and no help. USB is properly connected, and I tested another device. Maxtor is ON.

I went thru and found how to go to DISK MANAGEMENT, where you could rename the harddrive, but it won't let me "highligtht the capacity area". Help! My desktop is making funny noises and I want to back up some stuff before it explodes or aliens land inside it!!! ;-) Thank you, in advance.
 

Answer:"Invisible" External Hard Drive ;-P

Test the drive on another PC to verify operation.

What is the drive status in Disk Management?
 

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I was going to go buy a external hd from BEst Buy or CompUSA, but everything I've read on here says it's cheper and just as good to build your own. Well, when it comes to that kind of stuff I'm basically clueless. What would I need to buy?

For the casing, if I get get a smaller 2.5 or 3.5 inch one would I be limiting the amount of gigs I could put in it?

Would I need to buy a specific type of hard drive for it to fit?

What else would I need?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Want to "make" an external hard drive

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Hello, I just plugged my external hard drive into my computer, and it is not showing under my computer. If I go to Device Manager it is seen there, it has the most up to date driver etc. I rebooted, thinking that may be the issue, but even after a reboot My Computer still does not see the external hard drive.

I have used it several times before for external storage and even transferred files from the device to pc and vice versa, but now it is not showing. Can someone help?!
 

Answer:My Computer does not "see" External Hard Drive

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... on November 14th 2008. It is a Western Digital 320 gigs External Hard drive in a " Compact, durable, metal case".

AUD$99-- which I thought was a bargain. It comes formatted to FAT 32. I had reason to re-format it over Christmas to NTFS. It was then I discovered that the Volume "Elements" was created on November 22nd, 2004.

So it was already 4 years old when I purchased it "new" about 6 weeks ago.

Out of curiousity, I read the paperwork that came with it.:-D

The receipt says if anything goes wrong, to contact the manufacturer in the first instance. WD doesn't get a mention. :cry

WD offer a 3 year Limited Warranty. Fortunately the Warranty period commences from the date of the Sales receipt (Nov14,2008) so I am covered I hope. Better keep the Sales Receipt in a safe place.

I mention this just to warn Aussies in particular, and anywhere else the 320gig WD Element External Hard drive model WD3200E035-00 is sold, that "new" may not be so "new" after all.

Bazza

PS: A couple of extra things to look out for. It runs hotter than I would expect (especially when I did a full format to NTFS).
There is no "ON" indicator LED at the front of the unit. It has a blue light at the rear that shows on or off, or in use, but that is a stupid place for it to be, IMO.
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I'm thinking about purchasing an external hard drive with maybe 500GB of memory. I would put all my pictures, videos, and music there. I have a couple of questions though.

1. Which is a good brand to buy?

2. Will this help make my computer run faster since a big chunk of media will be on
this new hard drive? Or, is that up to my processor?

3. Is it easy to access an external hard drive? Or is a pain?

Any other helpful information/tips/drawbacks, etc. would be greatly appreciated
 

Answer:What is the best "External Hard drive" ?

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My external hard drive which ive been using for around 3-4 months has now started acting strange...either that or my computer.
When i plug in my external the safely remove thing never shows up.
I have tried the batch execution thing and it doesnt show up there either.
Its a Western Digital 250gb, and im running XP SP3 if that helps.
Its on optimize for quick removal but that doesnt stop it from writing stuff to the disk,
Example... when i take it out( i wait till the light stops flashing) a error comes up saying "Delayed Disk write" to hard disk 3 or something.
This hard drive has many of my important data that wont fit on my computer so... i cant really format it or anything.
USB flash drives are working correctly its just external hard drives.
Also my external in device manager is considered a disk drive not a removable drive..if that makes any difference

P.S if this post is in the wrong section of forums please dont delete it just move it.

***Update*** 5 hours later and now my flash drives are doing the same thing....So im absolutely stumped
 

Answer:External Hard drive "bug?"

You might take look through here for some things to try: See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive

In particular I'd start with
> Making sure you run Custom for Windows Updates. Make sure all hardware optional as well as the critical updates are installed
> Run the DriveCleanup Tool
> Try reinstalling USB controllers and motherboard chipset drivers
 

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HI,
i got infected with "vbs" through someone's usb, i ran "Flash_Disinfector", then installed "kaspersky 7", scaned the whole computer, it also deleted vbs trojan. However, after that when i tried to open my computer by clicking on its icon, it did not open, i tried to open it fron strat up, but the result was same. all others like my documents etc were all right, i open my computer through my documents, opened my c drive, when i tried to open further any folder present present in the C drive it gave me the error ( i am including the error meggage in attachment), howerever all my folders were not having any shortcut sign & it was same with all folders present in all my drives, but when i wrote the name of the folder in the address bar, it opened normaly, so now i cannot open my computer through its icon plus all the folders present in my hard drive. please help me to sort this thing out.

Answer:infected with "vbs", used "Flash_Disinfector" & folders on hard drive unable to open

Hello and Welcome.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
Quote:




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Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

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After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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I just installed a new 60gb hard drive as a back up to put my movie files on,it installed fine and it works fine but i get "windows milenium emergancy boot" when i boot the system up .I don"t know if this error is serious but I do know that the system seems less stable in this boot mode..can someone please help? thanx
 

Answer:after installing new "hard drive" it starts with "windows emergency boot"

closing duplicate, view this thread
http://forums.techguy.org/t76279/s5b1a29d68c715c9a36d25291025adddb.html
 

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I was copying (cut and paste) data from one external hard drive (a 250 GB IDE Maxtor in a Adaptec USB enclosure) to another external (a 400 GB IDE Samsung in a Roswill USB enclosure). During the move. During this move, my Thinkpad T43p encountered a NMI Parity error, to which I'm still unsure what caused it, though I think it may have been my Dock II screwing stuff up. I did memtest 10 times over and my memory passed, so I am assuming its my Dock II. ANYWAYS...

So the NMI Parity error was a blue screen, and I restarted the computer. After the restart I noticed the Maxtor external hard drive was missing from my drive list, and in disk management it show as an uninitialized disk.

Okay, no biggie, I've dealt with this before. I tried using GetDataBack for NTFS, that failed to recover. Also failed were Active Partition recovery, Data Doctor Recovery, File Recovery, Restorer 2000, TestDisk, and ZAR.

I'm guessing my Master File Table is trashed and I can't recover it.

Does anyone have any ideas?
 

Answer:"Hard Drive Catastrophic Failure" or "The night is darkest before dawn"

Zar should have recovered it (if the data is recoverable)
Also (you may already realize this now) in future Copy and paste

More recovery tools here
 

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infected with "vbs", used "Flash_Disinfector" & folders on hard drive unable to open
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HI,
i got infected with "vbs" through someone's usb, i ran "Flash_Disinfector", then installed "kaspersky 7", scaned the whole computer, it also deleted vbs trojan. However, after that when i tried to open my computer by clicking on its icon, it did not open, i tried to open it fron strat up, but the result was same. all others like my documents etc were all right, i open my computer through my documents, opened my c drive, when i tried to open further any folder present present in the C drive it gave me the error, that is,this item "1002931234.vbs" that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly. Do you want to delete this shortcut? Howerever all my folders were not having any shortcut sign & it was same with all folders present in all my drives, but when i wrote the name of the folder in the address bar, it opened normaly, so now i cannot open my computer through its icon plus all the folders present in my hard drive. please help me to sort this thing out.

dds


DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Nadeem_Ahmad at 14:54:49.54 on Sat 03/13/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1975.1542 [GMT 8:00]

AV: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *On-access scanning disable... Read more

Answer:infected with "vbs", afte "Flash_Disinfector" all folders on hard drive don't open

Hello buct,

It will require more than 1 round to clean the system. Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seem to abate.

Download ComboFix from one of these locations:

Link 1
Link 2


* IMPORTANT- Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop

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Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications as they will interfere with our tools and the removal.


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Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.

As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.

Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.

**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.




Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:





Click on Yes,... Read more

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I really want to buy one of these, I saw it on NewEgg.com for a bargain of only $220, but I have some concerns on whether or not it would be compatible with my computer. I bought a Linksys WMP54G a few months ago (not that that is particularly relavent) and we had to take the shell off and whatnot. I decided to ask for one for Christmas but my mom seems less than a little enthusiastic about it. The hard drive that came with my computer originally had 32.6 GB, but after all the Windows and HP software additions, not to mention about a hundred CD's and several video games, it's down to only 3.6 GB- which is still a lot, I think, but I would like one with a lot more memory for more video games and stuff that I plan on purchasing later on (I plan on keeping this machine through college where I will probably need a lot of memory since I'm going in for digital media arts) and a lot more RAM (see last comment in parenthesis), my computer can run extremely slow at times (like everyone else's.) I thought I would just consult the people that know about this stuff best before I go and make a potential mistake. Here is the hard drive. Any help and information is appreciated.

Thanks,
Ron
 

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive with NCQ - OEM

Its a nice drive but as you have only just used a 5gb drive dont you think it might be a bit big if i were you i would buy a 200gb and use the money you save to get some RAM.
 

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

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I used a DriveWire - Universal Hard Drive Adapter (IDE / PATA / SATA to USB HDD Adapter) to hook up A 3.5" Hard Drive (Samsung model HD502HJ) to my desktop in an attempt to get my wife's files off her old desktop machine and merge them into mine. It all started off fine, the drive was recognized and I could see the files when I plugged in the USB cord. I started a NOD32 scan of the drive and a few minutes later a spark flew off my power strip and the fuse blew - looks like a letter opener shorted between two of the plugs. I think I killed the hard drive.

I replaced the power strip and started everything back up. The drive spins, but no longer is recognized by the computer when plugged in (no drive letter for it). Under Disk Management, I see the disk listed as "unknown" and "not initialized". Originally I had the option to right click and select "Initialize", and I was given option to use two partitiion styles (MBR or GPT).. I tried both to no avail, and get the "device is not ready" message.

I can right click select "Offline", and get the same message. right-click "Properties" say the device is working properly.

I plugged in another drive on the hard drive adapter and it works (so it's not the vault of the adapter). I try the same setup on my laptop and get the same results.

So I'm pretty sure I killed the drive. I just care about getting pictures and documents off it. Any advise? I know t... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive "Not Initialized", "device is not ready",won't recognize

If you have killed the drive, there isn't very much you do about it. Even experts cannot sometimes recover anything, and it's just a wast of money.

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

Answer:Hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Managment" help?

Have you installed the Windows 10 anniversary update, could be that giving problems i lost my 3 TB HD but luckily came back when i rebooted

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Hey all,

I have a 3TB Seagate Barracuda drive which I use as a data (storage) drive. It's formatted NTFS, and I use the GPT partition scheme so that I can access the single large partition.

I had the drive attached via SATA to USB connector to a computer that went down suddenly a few days ago. When I tried to plug in the drive into a Windows computer, a very weird thing happened. The drive was there, but it wasn't quite recognized. Windows Explorer wouldn't load My Computer, and would just show a magnifying glass over the My Computer icon in the left sidebar.

However, when I entered Disk Management, the drive was shown normally, and had a drive letter assigned to it as well. Nothing abnormal there. While in DM, I was even able to right-click the drive and select "Open" and "Explore" which would open the drive's contents in a new Explorer window. So far, so good.

Here's where it gets really weird.

I opened the drive up in both AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition and MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, and wouldn't you know it, the drive is shown with two partitions: one with 700 odd GB, and the rest of the drive as used space. The funny thing is, the space is shown with a negative sign (-) next to it! So for some reason, both programs saw the drive as having an incorrect amount of space, and showed a nonexistent program to boot!

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Answer:3TB Seagate drive shows "negative" space?

Most likely the file table (GPT) got corrupted due to the PC crashing. That means the data is all on the drive but the table that keeps track of it all got screwed up.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Diogones


Should I try to recover what I can with a data recovery program, and reformat the drive to repair the NTFS file system and partition scheme.


Yes.
The first thing anyone should do before trying to fix things is backup the data.
Then wipe the drive (zero-out using PW or Diskpart) and afterward, using Disk Management, install it and initialize it as GPT, then create a new volume.







  
Quote: Originally Posted by Diogones


And will it recognize the drive as a 3TB, and not just a 700GB drive?


If you do as above, yes








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Diogones


Are my files recoverable now, since I haven't reformatted anything yet?


They should be. Try Recuva. It's free and and easy to use, and should do the job.

You could also (after recovering data!) try using Partition Wizard to "Rebuild the GPT". But that may not work now since you have already made other changes.

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A friend of mine gave me his external hard drive with the hopes that I might be able to fix it.

It's a new external Western Digital that is 2TB in size and he purchased it within the last 2 or 3 months. I don't know what he did, but it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the USB cord without properly unmounting the drive and something with his filesystem became corrupted. I don't know how to repair this.

The drive will show you a drive letter when you attach it to Windows, and using a partition manager (in Linux) shows the drive to contain an "unknown" partition type. In Windows, running "chkdsk e: /x /r" returns an error that says "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives".

Anyone know of a reliable (and preferably free) utility that might be able to repair this kind of problem quickly?
 

Answer:External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Is this a data recovery operation? Should be able to just format again if not.

Otherwise testdisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) might be useful to recover the partition info.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I'm hoping to get some help. I had a power outage while my WD Elements 1.5 TB Hard drive was on. I wasn't accessing it but apparently that was enough.

I had a lot of important data on it but losing hope after unsuccessful attempts to use PhotoRec to get items off it.

It doesn't show as accessible in MyComputer but is detected. I've included what it shows under the "Manage" view of the drive.

I've also tried MiniTool Partition but it doesn't seem to be able to fix the partition. I've also tried Partition Bad Disk and it just shows the whole 1.5 TB drive as one bad block. It won't let me fix it either.

Does anyone have any other bits of advice? I'm at a loss as what to do. It seems the data is not recoverable. I can't figure out how to get it to show or even how to use it again.

Please see attachments.

I'm grateful for any ideas/help please. Thank you.

Answer:External Hard Drive failure. "Bad disk" after power failure

Hello dime5150. Welcome to the forum

In PW, did you try "Rebuild MBR"?

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Hi Guys,

I've got seagate hdd that now displays ICL5Oxxxxx when booting up (as detected in the BIOS). Does this mean that my controller board on my HDD is faulty??

I can still run HDD diagnostics and it passes them however i cant boot from it. Any help on what i can do next? Thanks

Regards
steve
 

Answer:HDD title changed from "Seagate "XXX" to "ICL350XXXX

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Build a computer for a customer with the following specifications :-
P4 2.8GHZ 533MHZ FSB 1M ATC 478PIN .13U (PRESCOTT)_
ASROCK GE Pro-M2/M/ASR Motherboard
512Mb DDR Ram
Samsung 80 Gb IDE Hard drive @ 7200 RPM
BenQ 16x DVD
Pioneer DVD-RW 107
5 1/4 Bay 6-in-1 Card Reader connected via USB
PS/2 Keyboard
P/S 2 Mouse
Panasonic 1.44Mb
Case with 300 Watt PSU, FP/USB FP/USB
Windows XP Pro

I assembled the computer completely. Installed Windows Xp Pro, plus additional software. Everything running fine. But one problem.

The 5 1/4 Bay 6-in-1 Card Reader connected via USB is taking up the drive letters of C, D, E, F, G, H. Therefore it moved the primary master hard drive down to I.

So if you open up MY COMPUTER, you see :-
Drive A : Floppy
Drive C : 6 in 1 Card Reader
Drive D : 6 in 1 Card Reader
Drive E : 6 in 1 Card Reader
Drive F : 6 in 1 Card Reader
Drive G : 6 in 1 Card Reader
Drive H : 6 in 1 Card Reader
Drive I : Samsung 80Gb Hard Drive
Drive J : BenQ 16DVD Rom
Drive K : Pioneer DVD-RW 107

I need to move the Samsung 80Gb Hard Drive from Drive I to Drive C.

How do I go about doing that? (preferably with out having to format the hard drive and reinstalling the OS.

Please help.

Answer:[WIN XP] Primary Hard Drive Letter from "I" to "C"

its not possible at least to my knowledge to change the letter of the primary drive you can try, go to start-control panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Managment-Disk Managment- Right click the hdd and hit change drive letter.

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hard drive seen by "device manager" but not by "my computer". how is it possible? and it says that the "device is working properly". I cannot use this second driver because is not seen by "My computer"
 

Answer:hard drive seen by "device man." but not by "my computer"

Device manager sees the raw hardware, My Computer only sees partitioned and formatted hard discs. You need to go into disk management to partition/format/assign a drive letter
 

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

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

Why does the light not turn off in Vista?

And, is there an easy way to correct this?

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

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

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So I've been up for hours this morning, fighting with a brand new Seagate 500Gb Extension 2.5" portable hard drive.
While transferring 120Gb of information from the drive to an internal drive, it often stops copying/moving halfway through. It seems to happen mostly on large (1Gb+ files), but has also happened on smaller 200Mb files.
When it stops copying/moving, the destination drive is accessible, but if I try to access the files on the 2.5" it freezes and gives me the not responding message. If instead of accessing the files however, I click on my computer in the same window, the copying/moving resumes!

Prior to discovering this, I had been opening task manager and attempting unsuccessfully to kill the processes, and then explorer, which would close but not restart itself. I then had to open powershell and restart explorer from there.

Unplugging the 2.5" would also stop the hung copy process, and I'm hoping it hasn't corrupted any of my files! (only tried it twice).

The Seagate came default formatted in NTFS, and I'm using W7 64bit. I also have USB suspend disabled.

Any ideas?

Answer:2.5" External drive "falls asleep"?!?!

i found this program today im using to see how my drives are doing HDDScan
and it has lots of features here are some key things (oh and its free)

Reading and analyzing identity information from ATA/SATA/USB/FireWire/SCSI HDD.
Changing AAM, APM, PM parameters on ATA/SATA/USB/FireWire HDD.
Reporting defect information on SCSI HDD.
Spindle start/stop function on ATA/SATA/USB/FireWire/SCSI HDD.
Reports can be saved in MHT format.
Reports can be printed.
Skins support.
Command line support.
SSD SMART and Identity reports

the feature i found good is in the screen shot automatic acoustic management you may find some useful info for yourself?

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It's a mole hill of a problem, but it is a bit annoying to have to click on my principal drive ("C") every time I'm doing a "save". I have enclosed an excerpt of a screen shot of my "save as" window to display how the default drive being automatically selected is the "D" drive rather than the "C" drive that I use primarily. To be honest, I don't know whether this can be corrected by a software change, or whether it's the way the two hard drives are connected in my computer.

I'd appreciate it if anyone has a suggestion to offer if there is a way to make my "C" drive the default selection when I attempt to do a save function. Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: How do I change default hard drive when doing a "Save as""?

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I just purchased a 2.5" enclosure that connects to the computer via USB and a 2.5" 60 GB external Hard drive for it. I am running Windows XP Pro so the device should install automatically. I am getting the little icon in the taskbar stating that the device is present and when I checked the status of the hardware in device manager, the computer lists the device and says the device is working properly. The problem is, I am not getting an icon in My Computer am because of this, I cannot access the drive. What am I doing wrong?
 

Answer:2.5" External Hard Drive

You need to go to Disk Management, Initiliaze, Partition, and Format the drive.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/
 

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I just set up a 3.5" usb 2 external hard drive enclosure with a harddrive in it and connected everything and the green light is on on the external case but I can't find anything in My Computer. How do I use this thing? I have Windows XP and this new hardware shows up in Device Manager, but not in MyComputer.
 

Answer:3.5" usb 2 external hard drive

start > right-click my computer > properties > what service pack version does it say?
 

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I just reinstalled a fresh copy of Windows 7 on my laptop, and when I went to download Windows Updates, it threw me this error message "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key marked for deletion." with the error code 800703FA. I also tried to run the .NET Framework installer and got the exact same message. I looked the error up and it's my understanding that it is a registry error? This doesn't make much sense though, as this is a fresh install of Windows.

Answer:"Illegal operation attempted on a registry key marked for deletion."

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Where did you get the installation media ?

You can get new media with this
Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

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Hi,
I ran ComboFix after malwarebytes, SAS, and TDSSkiller all failed to remove something that redirected my search results to infected sites. I ran ComboFix in safe mode and it successfully found problems and deleted some files. In IE, my search results don't seem to redirect anymore, but I can't open Chrome or Firefox due to "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion." I ran System File Checker and it ran to 100% and closed, but I still get the registry key message.
I've attached my ComboFix log
thanks
 

Answer:"Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion"

You need to attach logs from Malware Bytes Superantispyware and MGTools.

The error message you are getting will be solved by performing a reboot of the machine.
 

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Me again! Different PC and user this time though.

I've previously (successfully!) healed this machine on two occasions but the user doesn't seem to be able to spot the difference between A/V I've installed and the fake Riskware popups all over the questionable sites he visits

What started as a simple disinfect has progressed into a browser hijack issue. All user files have been marked as hidden, obviously in an attempt to make the user believe all their files have been deleted. I'm not sure how I'm going to reverse the file properties though - any ideas?

**********

I have read and digested all the sticky posts on virus removal. I have run all housekeeping procedures, UAC is off and CD emulation has been halted. I have followed the instructions for Vista virus removal and my results are as follows;

SUPERAntiSpyware - installed and successfully scanned - found and cleaned 6 errors - the log is attached SASLog06062011.txt

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - installed and successfully scanned - found and cleaned 1 error - the log is attached MBAMLog06062011.txt

ComboFix - installation halts at "output folder C:\32788R22FWJFW" and the machine crashes. I have to power off and restart.

RootRepeal - installed and successfully scanned - the log is attached RRLog06062011.txt

MGtools - installed and successfully scanned - the log is attached MGlogs.zip

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Answer:Trojan.Agent - Riskware "Windows Vista Recovery"- all files marked as hidden.

I've installed and the fake Riskware popups all over the questionable sites he visitsClick to expand...

Oh dear... next time he has a problem, send him here to run the procedures himself! So he can see what has to go on. If he is not capable of coming here himself and running the scans I must ask how he manages on a day to day basis?





v_w said:





What started as a simple disinfect has progressed into a browser hijack issue. All user files have been marked as hidden, obviously in an attempt to make the user believe all their files have been deleted.Click to expand...

Please download and save the below to your Desktop or anywhere else you can find it ( if the Desktop is not showing )

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/unhide.exe

Now run it. Did that help?
 

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I am putting an older PC together from 3 partials & I installed this card because my sound was not working & it has Sound & Video ports on it & so I thought it might be a sound card. But It also has a phone line in & I believe a Ethernet plug in.

After running Windows Update all of my issues, including no sound were resolved.
I believe this card is a Dail UP modem & I would not use Dail Up if it was the only way left to get online...I would never surf the web again!

I just need to know if I need this card for anything besides a dial up connection?
I need some advice from someone who knows their stuff, as I only know enough about computer hardware to be able to really mess one up!

Thanks for any helpful replies...

Answer:Installed a card marked "Modem Blaster" in my PC...

33beth, welcome to the Seven Forums.






Quote:
I just need to know if I need this card for anything besides a dial up connection?


I really doubt it. From what I can find at best the audio jacks on that card are not for use as a sound card but for a headset/microphone to use the modem as a telephony device.

Even if it was a dual purpose card, there wouldn't be any drivers for it as looking at some of the modems listed on Creatives download pages, they were all declared end of life 7-8 (or more) years ago and any sound card capability would be in the same boat.

Looks like is you want sound on the old rebuild you're going to have to pick up a cheap sound card that has at least Vista support.

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Hi all

I am wondering if you can help me.

I returned from a day off yesterday, and every email that arrived yesterday was black within my inbox, as if it had been read by me.

Is there any reason for this - I did not sign into my email at all. Could it be my settings?

Thanks

Mark
 

Answer:Lotus Notes - emails marked as "read"

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I have 6 disks - Win7 & Win7 backup (HDD), Win10 (HDD) and Win10 backup on SSD and two USB external drives used for daily backup.

I was playing Deus Ex;Mankind Divided on the SSD and I got a Win10 Blue Screen SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION error.
The PC turned off and then came back on and booted.
All the drives were marked as "dirty".

Why were all the drives marked "dirty"? Why not just the one I was running the game on?

This happened last week the same way and I had to run CHKDSK /R on all the drives to clear the "dirty bit". The SSD was the only drive on which it found errors (and fixed them).

As a side note, if I run the game at the same point I was at on the HDD Win10 drive I don't get an exception error.
Samsung Magician software reports the SSD drive health as "perfect".

Answer:All disks marked "dirty" after game crash

First I would start with shutting off the automatic restart.

Press Windows Key +R, type sysdm.cpl, enter, click Advance tab, click on “Setting” in Startup and Recovery section. Remove check mark from Automatically restart.

With it off you can see which driver or library failed and stop code.

You may wish to check out Whocrashed or BlueScreenView to see what information it provides as to possible crash reason. Likely a driver and as it seems to point to storage, works with HDD, not SSD.

For expert help I would post in BSOD section.

https://www.tenforums.com/bsod-crashes-debugging/

Please read and follow the directions on the very first thread, right at top, it is a sticky. You need to run the tool and attach the zip file to your posting. If you want to add information, until someone responds, please edit your original post. The volunteers working that section action threads with no replies.

They know what they are doing but need you to supply the information. Make sure you either update your system specs within your profile or add them to your posting. Explain what you do to make the BSOD happen, it could very well help.

As to why all were marked dirty I can only suggest your system crashed, windows recognized it as storage, but simple can't tell which drive. The real issue is the root cause of the crash.

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Hi All, hope someone can help a not-too-pc-savvy type:I recently loaded up my CD collection onto a hard drive in preparation for an overseas posting as I didnt want to lug 500++ albums halfway around the planet. I used the Media PLayer on line service to pull down the track listings where available.At first Media Player would not let me play many of my wma files, insisting I needed a licence. I seem to remember choosing an option to download a licence initially, and only then being able to play them. On trying to do anything with about half my wma files (aside from playing them in Media Player ), I get a message "Protected Content". On checking the "Properties" section is reads the WMA files are all protected. I do not know if this is what is referred to as "DRM" protection or not.Please note about half of the 4,500 wma files are now marked protected, the remainder are not. It affects whole albums (ie an album is either entirely protected or entirely unprotected)This is particularly annoying because many of them are old vinyl jazz albums I burnt to CD myself (and still own the originals!!!) Even more galling is that some of them are my own recordings of myself (i am a wannabe muso). So I cant load them onto my MP3 player or load them into Audacity for doing some "mashups" for my own amusement. Te remainder are largely older CDs with no protection on them.Someone out there needs their backside whupped. I am Royally p......ed off as all m... Read more

Answer:All WMA files incorrectly marked as "protected content"

Just did another check: it is ALL my wma files on my harddrive that are tagged as protected - even the stuff I burnt onto the original CDs myself. There are a bunch of MP3 files that are unprotected.Can anyone pls advise how to remove this protection tag?

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hi,

recently my laptop decided to stop working , so i thought the first thing i need to do is get all of the data off the hard-drive. so i bought a external enclosure for it and installed it and everything.

plugged it into a windows XP system and it went through the whole plug n play thing and it started then.

now when i plug the drive in the action light comes on and totally crashes windows. eventually it sorts its self out and gives me the 3 partitions my notebook drive is in, i can access two of them but the problem is that all of the files i need are on the third unreachable partition! it totally freezes after right or left clicking on it or accessing and software to do with the hard drive.

i got a error recently saying L: drive needs formatting do you want to do it now, but i dont want to format it as i want the data from it!

any help would be much appreciated and if you are not fully sure what im on about i will try to explain better

regards

Andrew K
4ndr3wk
 

Answer:Solved: external 2.5" hard drive

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I need this problem solved because i need some few work moved to Vista computer... but it's 10GB and it's too big...

I have several HDD... I need to reduce some space in laptop
 

Answer:How can i make my hard drive 3.5" to external HDD

you can try to get an Enclosure for the Drive..

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1800603&Sku=ULT33051
 

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I just got an external 2.5" hard drive and it comes with a usb cable where one end has two usb connectors. i'm thinking the extra connector is for additional power, but is it required or recommend? it seems to work fine off of just one connector which is good because it is going in my car, but i just want to make sure.

Answer:Powering External USB 2.5" Hard Drive

well just answered my question. drive will power up fully in the car with only one usb. now i need to find a way to take 12v to usb.

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I am looking to purchase a 2.5" external hard drive enclosure. I have been reading a little about them and most of what I hear is that there powered through the USB port. They say most of them come with a Y to be able to plug two usb ports into the back of your laptop to provide ample power for the drive. My problem is that I only have 1 usb port on my laptop. I've read in a couple places were people say that it just isnt enough power and there drive keeps getting dismonted becuase of it. Is there a way around this? If I used a Y splitter but used a pass through usb to kind of daisy chain them together would that provide enough power or should they actually be plugged into 2 seperate USB ports? Can you recommend any models for me?

Thanks,
 

Answer:2.5" external hard drive enclosures

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I'm getting a lot of "Check Disk for Errors" and "this hard drive needs to be formatted before it can be used" error messages when plugging my external usb hard drives into my home pc which uses windows 7. I don't get any of these messages when I plug the same hard drives in at any of a number of pcs at work which use windows xp. Any ideas on why this is happening only with windows 7? I'm also getting a lot of disconnects and reconnects on these devices but again only on windows 7.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give...

DR

Answer:"Check Disk for Errors" & "hard drive needs to be formatted" errors

Welcome

I would do the ck disk. If you still get the notices, I would be concerned about HD failure. Take the HD diagnosis.
http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html

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Okay, I was curious, and now I broke my bootmgr, please helped. I've used search on many of forums and google... but no Startup Repair and Bootmgr commands have worked thus far.

Incident: I was trying to format one of my drives (storage only - no os), was in Disk Managment console, right clicked on the physical disk I was trying to format (though it was grayed out), and click on "Set as Active Partition". The result after restarting, was:

BOOTMGR is missing

When I try to do a startup repair from a burned win7 disc I have, it shows the OS after the scan on the correct hdd (because I've physically disconnected other drives except for OS and cdrom), but when I click next it tells me that it is incompatible with that version of windows.
If I am not mistaken I was running Win7 x64 Ultimate.

Troubleshooting... I've tried these links thus far:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...ing-error-while-trying-to-boot-windows-vista/
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/rebuild-bcd-store-windows.htm

I am able to bring this disk to work with my and plug it in external if there is a way to fix it like that, but I would like to use my pc on my bday So any help is uber appreciated.
 

Answer:"Set as active partition" "bootmgr" error

If you download Hirens bootcd .. boot into miniXP. Then go to the hirens program, go to the MBR/partition part of the menu. Select BootICE. In there you can reconstruct your MBR(NT6.0) and PBR per partition(NT6.0). Then there is an option in there to edit BCD. You can scroll to your SYSTEMDRIVE(C: usually) go to boot directory and select the BCD file. Then select view /edit . Make sure the entry correctly points to your HDD & partition. The rest should be correct. Reboot and you should be good to go =)
NOTE: you may have 2 partitions, a small 100M one and then ur normal windows one. Either one or both may have the /boot directory. Edit whichever one is set to active. (can be seen by looking at the parts manage button)
 

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Hello everybody. Here's my story. I have 2 HDDs:
1) 1TB with 2 partitions: System (where Windows 7 is installed) and Hard Disk (with programs)
2) 500GB with 1 partition: Storage (with all the unnecessary files I don't want to delete)

My problem is that the last partition became Active and System. It happened like that. I had some troubles with SATA cable so I had to disconnect my main HDD and connect DVD-Drive with that same cable and my main HDD with the one I used for DVD-Drive. What I didn't notive at first was that the 500GB hard disk became the first one in the boot row. After some time I noticed that Storage became my Active and System partition. I tried making the partition with Windows Active and making that one Inactive but I couldn't load the system after that, I had BOOTMGR is missing error, so I had to swich back with Paragon software. Any ideas how can I make my original System partition to be active and system and that useless partition to become simple data storage once again?

Answer:Partition is "Active" and "System" though it shouldn't be

Plug 1tb into first SATA port, mark it Active using Diskpart from Win7 DVD Repair Conosle or Repair CD, or use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Then mark Inactive 500gb plugged into Disk1.
DISKPART At PC Startup
Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Set 1tb on DISK0 as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD/CD drive.

Boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and is correctly marked System Active. You may have to unplug the 500mb HD if it interferes.

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Hi to all (and happy new year!)

I want to buy a 2.5" external drive, but as you can imagine i don't know which one.
I have already opened a thread like this in tom's hardware:

[ I can't post the link due to rules, please google username gouzou in tomshardware to find the thread ]

but i wanted more like a debate on this matter.

The competitors are:
1) WD my passport Elite 5400rpm, 750gb
2) Seagate Goflex Pro 7200rpm, 500gb
3) Samsung S2 HX-MTA64DA, 7200rpm(i think..), 640gb

WD and Seagate come in same price, Samsung $20 more.
Please consider rpms, density of data, reliability and only usb3.0 or esata for your verdict.

I mainly want the drive to have high write rate.
 

Answer:Western Digital vs Seagate vs Samsung External 2.5"

Well for the start all those have preloaded software on them, if you like them or no thats up to you (for backing up your media).

the Seagate Goflex Pr haves some nice features, but only if you have a device to use it, ill say its between the WD and the Samsung, obviusly the Samsung will be faster but the WD haves 90Gigs more,its up to you if you want more speed or those 90Gigs more.
 

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As the title says...is there a registry setting to change the amount of time Windows 7 waits before showing an application's window title with "Not Responding" in it?

All too often (especially on my slowish laptop) Windows is just too quick about it, and those apps continue just fine after a brief moment or two.

A simple question, but one to which the answer was impossible to find via Google. Either it's for XP/Vista, is an ugly workaround or simply a registry setting that has nothing to do with the issue, or I find articles about how to actually kill hung processes automatically. Doh.

TIA

Answer:How do I extend the time until an app is marked "Not Responding"?

There are several keys that are responsible for the handling of unresponsive apps:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\HungAppTimeOut
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WaitToKillAppTimeOut
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WaitToKillServiceTimeOutfor your account
and
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\HungAppTimeOut
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\WaitToKillAppTimeOut
for the default account (will apply to new user accounts)

Hope this helps

EDIT: Just read about you only getting kill info, the top key should be the one your looking for.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 260 Processor, x64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3034 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238253 MB, Free - 188456 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., M5A97
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2013, Updated and Enabled

New build, so I could experiment with IE10.

After obtaining all updates except IE10, I upgraded to IE10.
So far, so good.

Now, on to Silverlight, which I had downloaded from MSFT.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

It does not matter if I select "run", or download / save the Silverlight.exe installed & then RIGHT click "sliverlight.exe" and left click "run as administrator.

Fails with Error code 1622

Per http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...66?msgId=e1b28b52-4f51-4a16-b01a-77cb515a380e
1 of the causes is if the Temp folder is read only.

Start > run:
%temp%
takes me to: C:\users<user_name>\AppData\Local\Temp
The box to the left of "read only" is selected. If I left click on said attribute box, W7 ask if I want changes to only "temp" or to all subfolders.
I select "all"
Left click "OK"
No joy

Repeat, select "apply" , then "ok".
No joy.

I have full control of C:\users<user_name>\AppData\Local\Te... Read more

Answer:Solved: Folder marked "read only"

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If a file is marked "share with no one", and someone steals your computer/disk, can they open this kind of file in another environment?

Answer:Security of files marked "share with no one"

  
Quote: Originally Posted by leez33


If a file is marked "share with no one", and someone steals your computer/disk, can they open this kind of file in another environment?



Yes

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When I try to use automark in MS Word 2003, I get an error message that "no index entries were marked." I have an MS Excel file of about 283 rows of data. I have concatenated that data and pasted the concatenated data into Word. Then I created another word document, inserted a 2 column table, and then pasted first column of the data from the Excel file in both columns, as I want the title of the index to be the same words as what I find. I then close this "index" file, and try to insert an index in the original word document using automark, but it won't mark any of the terms.
 

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