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3TB Hard disc became "unallocated", how to recover?

Question: 3TB Hard disc became "unallocated", how to recover?

Hello! I recently bought a 3TB external USB hard disk, which suddenly did not want to start. When switching on, I could here the disk try to start to rotate, but it didn't, as if the provided power was too weak or so.

I unscrewed the disk from its housing and put the housing with its S-ATA-to-USB controller aside and plugged the disk - a "ST3000DM001-1CH166, Seagate Barracuda" - to a PC cases S-ATA Port, now it really started. Then, as soon as I started the disk manager, I was asked to "activate" the disk, which I did (maybe this was a fault?)

Now I have activated the disk, but in disk manager there are two partitions showing up now:
2048 GB unallocated,
746,54 GB unallocated

I installed EaseUS Data recovery wizard (to my systems hard disk of course) and started a recovery search, which took about 48 hours. I got a complete list of all files that where/are on the disk and obviously I can recover all, actually I started the recovery to another disk. But the complete folder structure would be lost, if recovering the files this way, all would be saved in one huge folder "NTFS lost files", or so. This makes this kind of recovery 99% useless for me.

Now EaseUS is able to save a once done search result and load it later, so one only once has to run that time consuming search. So I saved the result and interrupted the even much more time consuming recovery.

At least I know now that the files are all on the disk, and also is the folder structure, as I was able to see it in EaseUS too.

Now here is my question:

1.: Is there any way to recover the former "3TB-one-partition-state" without destroying the data on the disk? And 2.: Just for my understanding: Why do I see two partitions now? Is Windows 7 unable to deal with 3TB partitions at all?

This is my setup: Normal home desktop (self built) with 8GB RAM, Quad-Core @2,4 Ghz, no Raid or special stuff, Windows 7 Ultimate.

Thank you very, very much for your help, I really appreciate it!

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Preferred Solution: 3TB Hard disc became "unallocated", how to recover?

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Answer: 3TB Hard disc became "unallocated", how to recover?

Wait for more comments, but I think your better move would have been to attempt to recover the original partition, rather than immediately try to recover the files.

If that disk originally had a single 3 TB partition, it was initialized as "GPT", not the more commonly found MBR. MBR partitions are limited to 2.2 TB.

That EaseUS tool you have may or may not have partition recovery capability. The standard recommendation on this forum for partition recovery is to use Partition Wizard:

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

You might download that tool, but I'd wait for more comments before using it or EaseUS.

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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 running a Dual-Boot Setup of XP Pro and WIN 7 successfully
for some weeks while I get familiar with WIN 7.
Recently I have almost exclusively been booting into WIN 7.
In this D.B. Setup The booted OS appers as Primary Partition on the C:
drive with the non-active OS as "Unallocated Space " on the D: drive.
This all happens on the No.1 Hard Drive.
No2 Hard Drive has been partitioned into several Partitions , the
First one as a Primary Partition with the remaining Partitions as
Logical drives.
Today , when I booted into WIN 7 , there was no sign of the second
hard drive and its Partitions even although both drives ( Serial
Drives) were recognised in the initial part of the Bios screen during
this bootup.
When I looked in Disk Management , I saw that the first Partition on
the second hard drive appeared normally as a Primary Partition but
that all remaing space on this drive was shown as "Unallocated Space"
I then re-booted into the XP OS .
This showed the second hard drive and all its Partitions normally ,
i.e. with its first Partition as the Primary and all subsequent ones
as Logical Drives.

Answer:Hard Drive Suddenly appearing as "Unallocated Space"

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk mgmt drive map and listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu. Tell us what is on each partition, have both HD's attached.

Do you wish to continue with XP or remove it?

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My friend brought me his hard drive from his laptop and said that all of a sudden, it wouldn't recognize the HD, nor any recovery partition. There seems to be no mechanical failure, however, upon hooking it up with external enclosure and turning it on. My system recognizes it only in Computer Management and as Unallocated. Any thoughts? Any chance we can get his stuff back?
 

Answer:Hard Drive all of a sudden became "Unallocated?"

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Hi Folks,

Just wondering if anyone can offer any recommendations on how I could gain access to the files on an OLD hard drive - around 20 years old!

I've plugged in an external hard drive docking station but Win 8 is showing it as "Unallocated" in Disk Management. I can't remember if Win 95 / ME / 98 was installed on it. If it helps the hard drive is only 1.2gb!

When I try and allocate it, it gives me an I/O error. It does power up / spin etc and there's no reason to suspect the drive has any errors. I've tried several recovery programs on it but no go. I also tried the old PC but it appears to have given up the ghost today.

From reading around online I think it's something to do with the file system? And I'm kind of thinking my only option would be to install a virtual copy of Win 98, but that might bring on a new set of problems in itself (compatibility / drivers etc)?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

TIA

Answer:Accessing old "unallocated" Win 95 / ME / 98 hard drive

Well, when you first put the drive in the external closure, did you set all of the jumpers in the right place? Is this an older IDE drive or older than that? You could try booting into DOS (you will be able to find a DOS image online somewhere) and try to access it from DOS. Just my first initial thoughts on the matter.

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Hiya guys

Sorry if this has been on before but I'm really starting to worry that I have lost my second internal hard drive. I will start at the start (usually the best place,eh)

I have a 1TB internal western digital hard drive which seems to have gone missing in action. When it was first installed I had no issues with it and decided to partition it to be able to allow me to keep work / personal stuff separate. So 1 had all my work files (4 years worth) and the other had all my family pictures, videos, drivers and other files.

I went to get a file the other night and the drive had just vanished, I restarted the system thinking it would just reconnect type of thing but it never did. I tried adding the drive letter in my computer > manage > disk management and that didn't work so I removed the letter. The drive has not web formatted although it wanted me to when I hanged the letter of the drive. It shows in disk management as a the drive but says unallocated and there is nothing in the file system part, whereas there is for my local c drive.

I ran a trial program of recovermyfiles and it showed as the files being there but it took over night plus a few hours as there is that much data.

I was advised by a friend to run it in ubuntu through a pen drive - so I loaded ubuntu and it says the drive is ok, but again you can't go in to the drive?

I was hoping there is a way I can restore the drive so that I can take what I need and format it and start again.

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Answer:Second hard drive "unallocated"

hi and welcome to the forum

first have you tried this >>
shut pc down unplug mains cord from mains socket press the on/off button on the pc for 8-10 secs (this discharges power in the psu and any power in the MB.
undo the pc case now touch a unpainted part of the pc chassis (to help discharge static electricity if you don't have a special wristband)
unplug the drive from the power connector and the main sata cable on the motherboard
reconnect after a few minutes
power up the pc.

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Ok guys.. I screwed up big time... I was about to create a bootable flash drive with a utility called HPflash and right the moment I pressed the start button I realized that the selected drive wasnt my flash drive.. but my external hard disk with 400 Gigs of Data! I dont know about you guys.. but I had tons of pictures and videos.. (my wedding video too!) And I am going nuts now.. can anyone please give me some hope and tell me I can recover all my files? Do I need to use one of the un-delete software out there? When I click on the hard disk it states that it needs to be formatted.. so apparently it hasnt.. so what happened to it? Can I undo what I did very quickly? thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Recover external hard disk that "needs to be formatted"

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Ok, so first off, let me say I regret ever going to the stupid Geek Squad to fix my computer at all. I understand it instantly makes me an object of ridicule. However, I am a jerk and usually can't fix my computer myself.

So.

A few months ago my computer was acting all sorts of wonky: taking forever to boot up, refusing to run simple programs, taking forever to connect to the internet, wouldn't run even a simple YouTube video, etc. etc. As I desperately needed the computer for school (I had an online class about to start), I caved and took it to Geek Squad. They told me the hard drive was dead and needed to be replaced. They also told me it would cost about $200 for data recovery. I didn't have any $ (this was all done under warranty) so I told them to just go ahead and fix it.

Fast forward a week or two...

I'm at Best Buy picking it up:

Geek Squad: Sign here. Oh, and here's your discs.
Me: Discs? What discs?
Geek Squad: The discs you dropped off when you dropped off the computer.
Me: I didn't drop off any discs!
Geek Squad: Well, they were with your computer when we got it.

Come to find out, my two darling sons (ages two and four) shoved a couple discs into the DVD drive, at the same time and without my knowledge. Hence, my computer did NOT need a new hard drive (I'm assuming) because my kids just clogged it up by trying to force two discs to run at the same time. Rather than check this before they ran their diagnostic tests, Geek Sq... Read more

Answer:Recover data from "dead" hard drive?

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Ok folks I have a problem.

I have a 250 gig hard drive that basically died on me. Since I was building a new computer anyway, I just left it in my old machine and built my new computer.....well time came and I wanted to recycle the old machine, but I pulled the old hard drive (the "dead" one).

I want to pull the data that is on there but I am running into this problem. It's an IDE drive and I plugged it into the motherboard and power supply and booted the machine.

The motherboard recognized the drive, but when the computer boots to Vista, Vista doesn't show it Computer, but yet when I go to Device Manager, it shows the drive - yet I can't access anything.

How can I pull the data I want from the drive before I give up and drill holes into the platters?
 

Answer:"DEAD" hard drive - Need to recover data

Hello. Do you have it installed as slave? If so and can't be read, try this. Start,Control Panel,Administrative Tools,Computer Management,Disk Management. Find your 250GB drive if it shows up.Right click,choose Open. Then find files you want and use "send to " command.Good luck.
 

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I have 2 networked hard discs acting as fileservers in my local intranet (which consists of 2 studio computers - Mac and PC, an office PC running Vista, and the 2 networked drives, all under the same Workgroup)...

I have no access issues on any of my machines except the office PC running Vista (Home Premium 64)... on the Vista machine, even though I've added the IP addresses of the networked drives to my trusted zone, they show up in Windows Explorer as being in the "Internet Zone" and I can't seem to change that (which creates all kinds of rights/permission issues for some of the applications I'm running)...

Any ideas?

Answer:Fileserver (networked hard disc) in "internet zone" - can't change???

Bueller?

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Ever since I installed Vista, my HDD has been going crazy. When I had XP on, the HDD activity was really low and smooth since im using a SATA drive. Now that I have vista on its horrible. Files take longer to load, the HDD is never quiet. Its even starting to click! Which is a bad sign. What the hell is vsta doing? I want all this intense harddisc activity to stop. Whats causing it and how can I stop it?

Windows Vista Build 6000 Final

HDD Driver - 160GB Maxtor SATA
 

Answer:Windows Vista "Killing" my Hard Disc Drive!

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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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Dear Experts,

I have created windows image on Drive F: but delete it after some time manually due to some space prob.
But while backup shows about 40 GB only few GB space got free after deletion. When i try to again take the the backup using windows 7 backup & restore option, its still shows 35 Gb of System Image in drive F: when i brows the Manage Disc Space option but i cant find it on the same drive. (Plz see attached pic)
Plz help me to locate this and delete the same.

Thanks

Answer:Cant find "System Image" of 36 GB but its shows on "Manage Disc Space"

Hello sattyaji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may still be showing if the system image was created as part of a Windows backup. Using the tutorial below to reset Windows Backup should clear it for you, but you will need to set up your backup again afterwards.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Windows 7: Have all my data on D and OS etc on C. LOTS of space on C but not enough on D so I "shrunk" the C drive. That put in an additional partition, "Unallocated" between C and D. Not what I want; I want to add the "Unallocated" space to D.

Answer:Add "Unallocated" partition to my "D" drive?

You need Partition Wizard bootable disk to add the unallocated space to D.

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

You need the last link, at the bottom--the bootable version.

Download it, burn it to a disk. Then boot from it.

If you can't figure it out, post back here and someone will walk you through it.

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Hi
I leave My PC turn on last night and today i go back and see my 2 drive disappeared.i use "Disk Management" but couldn't see them.then i use "Acronis Disk Director Suite" and see them "Unallocated" and joined together...!if i use "Create Partition" option in acronis , all my data will lost...my question is :
how this problem happened ?
how can i create partition without losing my data ?

My HardDisk : ST3500418AS ATA

Answer:Partition "E" and "F" disappeared and unallocated

If you do not have your data backed up, I would use a program such as Partition Wizard to try to recover the partitions.

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

I would use the bootable version at the bottom of the above link.

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I may not be asking this question correctly, and I know the phrase "recover" might throw some people... so let me see if I can describe my question better.I have a Compaq Presario V2000 that runs Windows XP (version 2002, Service Pack 2). I'm considering giving it away, donating it, or otherwise disposing of it. I'd like to re-set everything so that when I boot it up the next time, all the software, files, settings are exactly like they were the first time I booted it up. In other words.... I want to wipe out all my files, cookies, credit card info, etc. I don't care about backing up anything; I just want it all to be like it was when the thing was new.BTW, I did a search and couldn't find any threads that answeredmy question. But, when you're as "computer dumb" as I am, sometimes asking the question is the hardest part. 

Answer:How do I "recover" the computer back to "out of box" settings?

What you are wanting to do is often called a reformat, or a clean install. With your computer, you should have had a set of discs that came with it. Find the one titled Operating System, put it in your computer, and restart. Go through the set up. Note:This will delete all your data... which, if you have not backed up, could be a potential issue. Also, if you stored any secured information on the computer, you may consider waiting for someone to recommend good hard drive "shredding" software before donating it. A physical removal of all data can be done to the drive if you plan on destroying it.

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Hello, I have a Lenovo R61i laptop that uses XP pro as its platform. I recently had to start from scratch, but now, when I tried to download photos from my Canon Exilim EX-V8 onto my hard drive, I see no "removable disc" icon under "My computer." Can anyone please help me download the photos?
 

Answer:No "removable disc" icon under "My computer"

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?
 

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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Is it okay to delete the contents of the "Unallocated Files and Folders" folder from the D:\ Drive? Or should I go through and makes sure that I don't need anything first? (What is the folder for, anyway? I know it has something to do with backup and recovery.)

Answer:[SOLVED] Is it okay to delete contents of the "Unallocated Files and Folders" folder?

Does anyone have a suggestion, at least?

Thanks,
DaveRB97

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I had a Western Digital 1.5 Tb My Book essential edition (pictured below) that my wife gave me for Christmas. i have filled all but about 400 gigs with very important data. MY ENTIRE LIFE WAS ON THIS DRIVE. for the purpose of securing it in my computer (via sata connection) versus having it possibly damaged keeping on my desk. i removed the HD from the case, unplugged the "usb convertor chip"(Pictured Below) from the sata connector on the drive and plugged it into my machine. at first the drive does not show in my computer. The computer recognizes that a drive is plugged in but that is as far as it goes. When I go to Disk Management, the drive shows up 1.5 tb of UNALLOCATED SPACE. At this point my stomach drops to my feet.  Panicked and worried I disconnect from the internal machine and reconnect to the ? wd chip? and fire up my machine. Still no drive. However the Western Digital program that comes on the drive shows up(must be contained on the chip).  I have done much research online and have have been so far unable to find somebody who has the exact same issue and how to resolve it. Western digitals forums are ?closed due to maintenance? and ive been unable to get an answer from phone support either.I work at a computer store/repair shop and have access to technicians and limitless tools and programs. If somebody could please tell me what it is ive done and how I need to fix it It would be greatly appreciated. I know my data still has to be on there bec... Read more

Answer:WD My Book 1.5tb Showing as "unallocated space" after removed from case. PLEASE HELP!

If you have tried to plug the drive into other machines and they all say unallocated space then it seems it got wiped somehow. You could try to use Recuva. It's a tool by Piriform software. Its for recovering deleted files. Download here: http://www.piriform.com/recuva  then install, open the program, target the drive, scan, and pray! Hope this helps. Good Luck!

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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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Dear friends,

Fed up of having so many scattered USB external drives around my laptop + monitor set up, I went and purchased a tower case with plenty of room, with the fine intention to open my USB 3.0 external drives and by removing the sata to usb powered adapter, connect them using the cables provided by the case manufacturer NZXT 820 Phantom.
I run on an SSD (Samsung EVO 1TB) with Windows 7 64 bits, have more than enough RAM (32 DDR4 GB), an ASUS 170Z Deluxe motherboard with the latest i7 6700 4-4.2GHz and a GTX 680Ti for my graphics.

Anyway, I opened three of my external USB drives and shoved them into case slots, connecting the power from the power supply and the data cables to the proper places on the M.B. The thing is that when I started the computer, not one of the drives showed up in my windows "My PC". Sure enough, I entered the disc management window and they were there, with the right size and all... but with a black line under them and stating them as "Unallocated" drives.
Searching the web I came across some great comments from Jumanji, and followed his instructions to try and sort out the problem.

But before searching for help, I tried as a last resort to re-plug the drives to their USB 3.0 to sata connectors, "knowing" that at least I could regain access to the drives.... Well NO, that did not happen, because I got the same result as with the internal test, that is, still "Unallocated" drives

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Dear friends,

Fed up of having so many scattered USB external drives around my laptop + monitor set up, I went and purchased a tower case with plenty of room, with the fine intention to open my USB 3.0 external drives and by removing the sata to usb powered adapter, connect them using the cables provided by the case manufacturer NZXT 820 Phantom.
I run on an SSD (Samsung EVO 1TB) with Windows 7 64 bits, have more than enough RAM (32 DDR4 GB), an ASUS 170Z Deluxe motherboard with the latest i7 6700 4-4.2GHz and a GTX 680Ti for my graphics.

Anyway, I opened three of my external USB drives and shoved them into case slots, connecting the power from the power supply and the data cables to the proper places on the M.B. The thing is that when I started the computer, not one of the drives showed up in my windows "My PC". Sure enough, I entered the disc management window and they were there, with the right size and all... but with a black line under them and stating them as "Unallocated" drives.
Searching the web I came across some great comments from Jumanji, and followed his instructions to try and sort out the problem.

But before searching for help, I tried as a last resort to re-plug the drives to their USB 3.0 to sata connectors, "knowing" that at least I could regain access to the drives.... Well NO, that did not happen, because I got the same result as with the internal test, that is, still "Unallocated" drives

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Drive 0 is "Unallocated Space" as shown in Disk Mgt attachment.

How do I format this into NTFS . There is no "FORMAT" command when right clicked ?

Answer:My drive0 is "Unallocated Space" How do I format it to NTFS ?

Right click on the space and define a partition. The wizard will guide you. One of the steps during this process is formatting.

You can only format partitions - not any unallocated spaces. This is not a USB stick.

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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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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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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

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

Answer:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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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.


====================================================


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 am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".


Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":




The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:




I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:




Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:





I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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Answer:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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How can I stop this annoying dialog box from opening up every time I insert a blank CD or DVD

Annoyingly, like many Win 10 dialog boxes, it lacks a "Don't ask me this again" checkbox.

Turning Autoplay off stops it, but that breaks my setup for other removable media so its not a solution.

In Autoplay, I have "Blank Disc" set up to "Take No Action" which I I expected to literally mean that, ie. do nothing! However, Win 10 ignores this.

I was hoping there might be a registry hack that would stop this annoying dialog box from popping up.

Answer:Stop the "Burn a Disc" dialog from popping up on Blank Disc insertion

Same place that it has always been under Default Programs for Autoplay settings.

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How can I stop this annoying dialog box from opening up every time I insert a blank CD or DVD

Annoyingly, like many Win 10 dialog boxes, it lacks a "Don't ask me this again" checkbox.

Turning Autoplay off stops it, but that breaks my setup for other removable media so its not a solution.

In Autoplay, I have "Blank Disc" set up to "Take No Action" which I I expected to literally mean that, ie. do nothing! However, Win 10 ignores this.

I was hoping there might be a registry hack that would stop this annoying dialog box from popping up.

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Hi,

I ran the trial version of "Recover My Files v4.2.4" which found 22598 files on my hard drive supposedly deleted.

I want to Recover all of these files so that I can Shred them properly.

When I recover does anyone know how to recover to a directory I chose, as i do not want the files recovering to their original location?

I had a look through the "Options" menu's but could not see anything obvious, like

Recover files to: A) Original location B) Select Directory_________, etc etc.

Appreciated, S.
 

Answer:"Recover My Files" then "Shred" ...

If you are only interested in making sure that previously deleted files can not be recovered, there are program available, like this one, that may better suit your needs. Using a recovery program to save the recovered files to a new location may still leave some of the files as-is at their original location.
 

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I just partitioned and formatted "Disk 2" or "Drive K: on my system. While Drive Management was opened, I noticed that each of the other disks, 0, 1, and 3, all have Unallocated Space. For 0 and 3 the space is 'insignificant' in today's terms, 3 Mb and 9Mb respectively, but for disk 1 the amount is 130.42 Gb.

I don't believe I did this deliberately. Disks 1 and 3 were once part of a RAID1 created under Intel's Rapid Storage Technology. Since 1 was larger than 3 (640 Gb vs 500 Gb in nominal terms) does this perhaps explain what I am seeing?

On Tuesday I should take delivery of a 1 Tb WD Caviar black SATA drive. I will use this as my primary data drive and once I am comfortable that everything is where it should be I will reformat 1 and 3 to use as devices for backup storage. Disk 1 is about 50% full (and could stand some 'housekeeping'.) CrystalDiskInfo 6.1.14 reports Power On Hours : 18929 hours and Power On Count : 1896 count for this drive. For Disk 3 the values are Power On Hours : 28065 hours and Power On Count : 2729 count.

Is it reasonable to trust them for a while yet or should they each be given a 'gold watch' and retired?

Am I correct that each time Windows 7 'hibernates' I save in terms of "Power on Hours" but I accumulate another "power on Count?" Is there reliable evidence that this is a better strategy for prolonging HDD life than a single, overnight shutdown. The system would otherwise normally run a 16 - 18 hour day, 7... Read more

Answer:Unallocated Space - Is It Inaccessible Without a "Letter"?

This is always a good idea when posting questions about partitions or drives,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Hello there,
I was trying to format windows due to some registrry errors. while formatting c drive power went down system restarted.when i tried installing back there were no partitions available.

I was just formatting c drive, not the whole HDD.

HDD id WD 1tb sata drive.
when i installed OS on second and connected this WD 1tb as secondary drive, the whole data is showing unallocated. I had 7 partitions on this drive and I want those back.

Any reply will be much appreciated.

Answer:Partitions gone to unallocated space while formatting "C"

Hey rusty7,
It's very sad to hear about you HDD. It seems that your partitions were lost after the electricity stopped while you were for mating your Drive. Actually can you see it in Disk Management, if you can you could try to assign a letter, but this could cause some data lost.
And actually do you have an important info there?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Hope this helps,
Doctor_WD

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I have two drives C: and F: both sata. C: already had Vista installed so I shrunk that partition, created another partition on C:, then installed W7 on the new partition. It all seems to work fine accept that W7(disk management) claims my Vista partition on C: is unallocated space as is my entire F: drive. Is this meant to happen? I use the F: drive mainly for data and was hoping both Vista and W7 would have access to it. Or is that impossible?

Answer:Other Drives "unallocated" in Dual Boot

They should not show up as unallocated and you should have access to them. Have you booted back into vista to make sure everything is Ok?.

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I have a problem with my new custom built pc. I got Windows 7 64bit and tried to install it using the cd. It boots up and everything but when I get to decide on what harddrive to put it there is nothing. The only thing that appears is this ( Disk 0 Unallocated Space , Total size: 0.0MB , Free Space 0.0MB. I went to bios and checked to see if everything was alright but still my hard drive didn't show up. My hard drive is a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD. It is working fine because it is still spinning. I check all the connections even on the Mother Board manual and everything is correct. But my HDD still doesn't show up .

Answer:Windows 7 Installation help "Disk 0 Unallocated"

What type of installation do you wish to perform - Custom?

It sounds like you need to create a partition first, during installation....have a look at Steps 6 and & here:
Clean Install Windows 7

And here is some more detail about partitioning during installation:
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

Regards,
Golden

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Sorry.. The complete title of the thread should have been:
"How do I return or mix back these "unallocated" space to their original partition?"

While fixing something in my second computer.
I found that there are 2 unallocated space.

100MB = From Drive C
and
9MB a space which I do not know where it came from.

Forgive me if the images are not so clear. My cellphone does not have a good camera.
(Check images supplied for important/not important info)

Any help on how to mix/merge or gain this unallocated space will be very much appreciated.

Answer:How do I return or mix back these "unallocated" space?

ok, you want to extend partition 1, and use the first bit of unallocated space.

then extend partition 3 to the last bit of unallocated space.

it may take some time to shuffle all the data!

also, you can use the snipping tool to take screenshots. the link will take you to a vista tutorial, but it works the same way in 7.

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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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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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Something very odd is happening to my storage drive. It's happened before and I was able to fix it with a system restore, but I can no longer use that system restore point as it's disappeared. The SSD is working and is detected in BIOS, device manager and disk management. However I can't format the drive in either of those scenarios nor can I "initialize the drive". I suspect that theres a conflict with a RAID controller when I tried a RAID set-up a few years ago. I say this because I have 2 identical drives, both 55GB. The current "unallocated" drive is 106GB, which makes me think windows thinks those drives are in RAID, but they are not I assure you that.

I really don't want to format the drive, there has to be a fix to this. If I could get those system restore points back I would be fine, but for some reason they have disappeared, even though I have allocated 9GB of storage for system restore.
 

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Hello 7forums!

I noticed in the Windows 7 installation at my partition page.. you know, where you select what disk you want to install Windows on, there were two "Unallocated Space"-partitions on 0MB.. both of them. And they were hanging together with my SDD. When I deleted the Unallocated ones, it said that they were probably needed for Windows, but I didn't really care, I just deleted them. And I also deleted the entire SDD. When I recreated the whole SDD, the unallocated partitions came back. 0MB again! .. So do I need them? They ain't in my Disk Management either in-windows!

Best Regards,
FredeGail

Answer:two "Unallocated Space" partitions with 0MB

DId you try deleting evey last one, and then formating again? I would do that. If it doesn't work, there is no harm in 0mb taken from your main partition

I know that often windows creates extra space for system files, perhaps this is just a messed up way of doing it.

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My external USB 3.0 HD was working perfectly well yesterday. However, today suddenly became an "unallocated" drive without even a drive name. I'm able to detect the drive but I have no way of accessing it.

The only solution that I've tried so far is to access the HD with another computer. But, the results are the same with those computers. I haven't done anything else...

Here's a screenshot of the problem:

Answer:Please Help! External HD suddenly became "unallocated"...

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Goody24


My external USB 3.0 HD was working perfectly well yesterday. However, today suddenly became an "unallocated" drive without even a drive name. I'm able to detect the drive but I have no way of accessing it.

The only solution that I've tried so far is to access the HD with another computer. But, the results are the same with those computers. I haven't done anything else...

Here's a screenshot of the problem:




Unallocated space is free space or unused space. I couldn't begin to say why the space suddenly became available; generally, it requires formatting the drive. Recovery of data, for a home user, is not very promising. There are companies that specialize in recovery, but they are costly. Depending on the importance of the data, it is a personal call as to the value relationship.
You can download "MiniTool Partition Wizard", from the following site for a more advanced partition tool;
http://www.partitionwizard.com/
They provide free e-mail support and have been responsive to my requests for assistance. So, you may want to give it a shot, it's free with good instructions on how to use it and has free customer support. Certainly, can't hurt to give it a try.

HTH

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I clean installed the anniversary update on my desktop. I have a 32GB flash drive that works fine (Autoplay, Disk Management, This PC). However, my External 750GB Toshiba HDD shows absolutely nothing. No Autoplay, it doesn't show up in This PC, and looking in Disk Management it just shows the whole drive as unallocated space (So i can't just assign it a drive letter and go). However if I plug it into my laptop which is still running 1511, it shows up fine and I can see everything I have on it. So this is one of those few times where I am at a loss as to what I can do to fix this?

I mean I guess for now I can move files to the Flash Drive and then onto my desktop if I absolutely need them but that is going to get old fast :P

Answer:AU-My External is now "Unallocated Space"

Do you have access to another drive you can plug into the caddy? If so, you can use it to determine if the problem is with the drive, or with the caddy itself. From your symptoms, it's possible there might be a driver issue on your desktop machine in accessing the caddy. If, however, another drive comes up OK, then the issue may be with the drive. In that case, you could try copying the data from the problem drive to a working drive and keep rolling forward that way, if no easy diagnosis/fix is available to figure out what's wrong with the access from the desktop to the Toshiba 750 GB drive.
Windows can be vexing at times -- and this sounds like one of those times -- but you can almost always find a workaround (good) or a fix (better) if you keep at it.
Good luck!
--Ed--

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I clean installed the anniversary update on my desktop. I have a 32GB flash drive that works fine (Autoplay, Disk Management, This PC). However, my External 750GB Toshiba HDD shows absolutely nothing. No Autoplay, it doesn't show up in This PC, and looking in Disk Management it just shows the whole drive as unallocated space (So i can't just assign it a drive letter and go). However if I plug it into my laptop which is still running 1511, it shows up fine and I can see everything I have on it. So this is one of those few times where I am at a loss as to what I can do to fix this?

I mean I guess for now I can move files to the Flash Drive and then onto my desktop if I absolutely need them but that is going to get old fast :P

Answer:AU-My External is now "Unallocated Space"

Do you have access to another drive you can plug into the caddy? If so, you can use it to determine if the problem is with the drive, or with the caddy itself. From your symptoms, it's possible there might be a driver issue on your desktop machine in accessing the caddy. If, however, another drive comes up OK, then the issue may be with the drive. In that case, you could try copying the data from the problem drive to a working drive and keep rolling forward that way, if no easy diagnosis/fix is available to figure out what's wrong with the access from the desktop to the Toshiba 750 GB drive.
Windows can be vexing at times -- and this sounds like one of those times -- but you can almost always find a workaround (good) or a fix (better) if you keep at it.
Good luck!
--Ed--

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Hi

A 3.5" external hard drive connected to my Windows XP machine via USB 2.0 has a "disappearing" and "reappearing" partition problem.

After the external drive is turned on, all four partitions on it will be displayed. Very soon, they will all disappear in Windows Explorer. After a brief moment, they will reappear along with a USB-symbol icon in the taskbar, which brings up a "Hi-speed USB Device Attached to non-Hi-speed Hub" warning suggesting that I use free Hi-speed USB ports (indicated in bold).

My computer's USB ports are all USB 2.0 and I've tried attaching the external drive to different ports on the machine, all with the same result.

Would anyone hazard a guess as to the likely cause of this problem:
(1) Failed (or failing) USB controller on the external enclosure?
(2) Failing power supply to the xeternal enclosure?
(3) Corrupted partition table on the drive?
(4) Failed (or failing) USB controller on the mobo?
(5) Any other cause?

The enclosure also has an eSATA port. When connected via eSATA (or USB 2.0) to another computer, no such problem appears.

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Hard disk partitions "disappearing" and "reappearing"

xp will loose drives when its having problems accessing them probably due to the usb 2.0 , a pci adapter would be better for you
 

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My office just upgraded, and I can no longer use Windows XP. On this system, I was able to add a separate taskbar to facilitate quick access to commonly-browsed folder locations on our vast network, and another one expedited the launching of useful programs and lists. Each task on each taskbar was represented with a big custom icon to save eye strain. I had them installed in opposite vertical margins, and they were set on auto-hide to keep them out of the way when not being used. Just move your mouse pointer to the left or right margin, and BAM! Sorry for the cliche, but I really got used to the convenience of what I had set up, and I just don't think I can be as efficient without anything comparable.

Now there appears to be nothing comparable in the Windows 7 GUI, and it's making me sick with rage! I see only the option to put a "toolbar" on an existing "taskbar", and no option to create any additional taskbars! This cramps up your one-and-only taskbar, plus the tiny toolbar access buttons require way too much precision for anything that's supposed to be quick. When you've figured out how to bring up that ridiculous button, the list that it yields is small enough to cause painful eyestrain - nothing efficient, much less cool about this at all! I have seen customization options in other OS GUIs that may have resolved some of these issues, but I see none such in W7.

I have tried every google search string that I can think of, and found... Read more

Answer:Need to add "TASKBARS" (MSese for "Launchpads", "Docks" NOT "Toolbars"

Several possibilities here: Second taskbar in windows7? [Solved] - Windows 7 - Windows 7

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Hi,

When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

Answer:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

Hi,
As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?
Thanks!


We
are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this
interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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Some how I've ended up with a unallocated hard drive...40 gig.At the moment Im using a ?Ubuntu Live CD?, which has ?Gnome? partition editor.As at the moment when I try too boot from the harddrive it tells me ? no file system present?. ( that being Windows XP Pro), which I have on the hard drive...I was trying to install ?Ubuntu?.What I would like to know is:Can I restore the unallocated hard drive to ?active? to a primary hard drive, so it boots on starting the laptop, as Im sure the files are still on their.Can I use the create a new partition, unformatted using the Gnome editor, or should I create it using the ?ntfs? file system.Please help,,,as I know Ive made a sill mistake...thanks

Answer:How to recover a unallocated hard drive

Sounds like your Ubuntu install went south and trashed the master boot record.  Where's Rob when you need him  Alan <>< 

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I got my dell few days ago. Installed it with Samsung EVO 850 SSD 500 Gb and Kingston 8GB PC3L - 12800 SODIMM.The Windows 10 Home OEM home is installed on HDD 1TB so I decided to use Samsung Data Migration software to clone the data to SSD. However, the OS crashed and decided to install a fresh Windows 10 Enterprise to SSD and deleted the previous OS on HDD using diskpart.Now after Installing Windows 10 Ent OS files. Every after BIOS run, I got BSOD errors "MEMORY MANAGEMENT" + "Page Fault it non paged area" + "IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL" 

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Earlier today I tried to dual boot my hard drive to run both Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I wasn't able to do it properly (I must have done some wrong steps, I'm new to all this stuff and didn't realize how complicated partitioning was... ah.) and now my hard drive is left with "free space" (15GB, I think its an extended partition) and "unallocated space" (38GB, not sure what kind of partition it is) alongside my C drive (primary), Lenovo Recovery partition (primary), and something called "SYSTEM_DRV" (primary).

I think the "free space" is extended because when I try and create a new volume with the "unallocated space", I'm denied and a window pops up saying I have too many primary partitions.

The option to 'delete partition' for the "free space" is available but if I select it, a warning window pops up (included in thumbnail below).

What I'd like to do is reformat the "free space" and "unallocated space" in some way that it can be used/merged to the C drive.

I've included a screen cap of my HD in Disk Manager below.

Answer:"Free space" and "unallocated space" on HD - what can I do with this?

Hello again mate.


If you delete the "Free Space" it will become unallocated space that you can extend the C: partition partition into.

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I am infected with this crap and have used the following tools to try to get rid of it:
Windows Defender, Unible PowerSuite (SpeedUpMyPC, Registry Booster & Spyware Protector) and Norton's One Button Checkup and WinDoctor.

Not sure if it's related, but my DISPLAY is locked at 640 X 480.

Atempted the 5 Step Process before posting and Panda ActiveScan froze and crashed after scanning 59253 files, but not before identifying 28 spyware files.

Here's my extra.txt log from Deckard's:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 36%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 1277.95 MiB / 810.39 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 1516.89 MiB / 1165.44 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1930.88 MiB

A: is Removable (No Media)
C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 37.21 GiB total, 18.7 GiB free.
D: is CDROM (CDFS)

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - ST340014A - 37.25 GiB - 1 partition
\PARTITION0 - Unknown - 39.19 MiB
\PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 37.21 GiB - C:



-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------

AUOptions is scheduled... Read more

Answer:Netsky Worm-Popups-The Three Icons - "Error Cleaner" "Privacy Protector" "Spyware..."

Bump.

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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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New to the forums, so ill give it a shot

I just recently bought a computer from Tiger Direct,

core duo 2 2.0ghz
2gigs
500g HD
Lite on LH-20a1h dvd-rw
8600gt

It was all working fine, till one day i burnt a CD, then i never used the drive again for about two days, i bought another CD and then tried to rip it to my computer, but the computer keeps saying "please insert disc"

I have reinstalled the optical drive, firmware, driver and even switch the IDE ch's but nothings seems to work! help me!!

Vista Premium,

Could it have anything to do with system registry?! i wouldnt know, i hate vista
 

Answer:Lite on LH-20AH1, "please Instert Disc" there is a disc in there!!!!

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It seems that no matter how I set this, after the next start-up it reverts to "15 minutes".  What registry key controls this?

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
Cdrom
Imapi
redbook

PLEASE HELP




OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FF049, , .HWPLLB1.CN1296167S5169.
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable
 

Answer:Solved: Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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Hello. Im a newbie to this forum, but Ive visited this site many times over the years. I was working on my Windows 7 PC the other day - just doing what I do - composing some music. My box suddenly shut off and I was not able to boot it up afterward. After exhausting work, several trips to use my daughter's PC and downloading several bootable discs such as Hirens and several others, I've noticed I now have an "unallocated" 1 TB boat anchor. I always created an image file on a second partition to be able to recover in case any mishaps occurred. Low and behold, it did. And what a foolish thing to do. I should have put the back up image on a separate drive, but just didn't have the resources at the time to purchase another TB drive. I loaded up several of the programs from Hirens boot utility disk, one being a Western Digital drive scanner that tells if a drive is physically failing or not. I scanned and it said my drive "failed" the test and sectors were in "pre-failure" status, or just plain "failure" status, "old age", etc. My question is - Is there a Trojan or some kind of Mal ware that can render your hard drive to "LOOK" as though it's failing, or no? It just seems awful funny that I was on the Internet downloading a program, and it was then it happened. I tried to use a program that scans an unallocated disk to see if lost partitions are found - and yes, it has found a dozen or so, including my... Read more

Answer:"unallocated" Drive

Hi

Welcome and sorry to hear of your issues with the drive, what I would try if you have not already is to take the drive out and slave it to another PC and run malware checks, but as you mentioned the possibility is that its old and died, but checking it via a different PC is like a second opinion. Slaving it to another PC will also allow you to check if you can access the data and if you can save it off, as a complete reinstall of Windows maybe the only option to get the drive working again if its a software/malware issue.
 

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Platform - XP Pro
RAM - 512MB
Pro - 2.6Ghz
Problem - Secondary 160G HD temporarily removed, when replaced, windows did not recognise it again. Disc Management System says it’s 158G “Unallocated” – but numerous file recovery agents can see the precious data (about 50G of it) – but nothing will let me assign a drive letter and explore it in Windows.

Bios see's it - and the data was created and saved on exactly the same setup - nothing has changed except temporarily changing the drives over.

Tried drive on another computer with XP and the same thing happened?

Can anyone help?
 

Answer:Old Drive Now "Unallocated" - XP

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
Cdrom
Imapi
redbook

PLEASE HELP
 

Answer:Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE HELP)

**(DONT KNOW IF THIS WILL HELP..)***

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;
 

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MODS MOVE THIS TO THE RIGHT SECTION IF ITS IN THE WRONG?..thanks!

help me please! about "POP""IMAP""SMTP" incoming/outgoing mail server for Tbird....

i have no clue on what to do.. im stuck at a screen that says this





?..? said:



"Server Infomation"
"Select the type of incoming server you are using"
"[_??_] POP [_??_] IMAP"

"Enter the name of your incoming server (for example, "mail.example.net")."

"Incoming Server: [___????????????????___]"
______________________________________________________________________

"Uncheck this checkbox to store mail for this account in its own directory. that will make this account appear as a top-level acount."

"[_??_] Use Global Inbox (Store mail in Local Folders}"

"Enter the name of your outgoing server (SMTP)(for example, "smtp.example.net")."

"outgoing Server: [___????????????????___]"Click to expand...


 

Answer:help me please! about "POP""IMAP""SMTP" incoming/outgoing mail server for Tbird...

afaik hotmail does not provide pop\imap or smtp for free you may get it if you pay for the hotmail service but i would not recommend you do that just so you can get pop\imap or smtp

hrrm tbird and hotmail from the thunderbird faq
Can I access my Netscape WebMail or Hotmail accounts through Thunderbird?

No. Netscape WebMail and Hotmail use proprietary protocols. To access WebMail directly through an e-mail client requires you to use Netscape 6+ with AIM; to do so with Hotmail requires either Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. Of course, you can access your WebMail account on the Web at http://webmail.netscape.com/, or Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com/.
 

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Hey guys, it was just that the blue screen came up while I was on Windows 7, and afterwards, the computer would not boot Windows, gives a blue screen.
But my Ubuntu as a 2nd operating system installed on the same drive works fine. I opened GParted Partition Editor and I have a 596 GB single "unallocated" partition.

I'm pretty sure the files are still in there because it successfully reads and loads Windows system files in Safe Mode, but does not boot them, blue screen again. And my personal files in Ubuntu are still there.

The Win 7 installation USB doesn't install because the hard drive does not appear. So how do I recover my hard drive into its drive C and drive D partitions? I can risk formatting drive C where Windows 7 is in. But I want to recover drive D at all costs.

The System Recovery Options are accessible (ie windows command prompt), but I do not have a restore point.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Recover unallocated win7 hard drive from Ubuntu

Okay got it solved after 4 hours of work. I used GParted Live, as a bootable USB.
In its terminal window, ran the following:

sudo -s
fdisk -l

to monitor hard drive status. After that I ran:

testdisk

which has its own UI you can move around with up down arrows and Enter button to play around your HDD. After that I ran:

fdisk -l

to monitor hard drive status once again to see if it worked. I recommend GParted bootable version rather than the desktop version when a virus screws up your HDD to its entirety.

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ok!!!!!!!!!! what is it and how do i fix it,,,, eyes crossed knees woobly help?????????????????????
 

Answer:[Solved] mplay32.exe,1"/play/close"%L"." and sndrec32.exe"%L"."

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Hey I had Windows 7 home basic installed on my dell inspiron laptop, and there was only 1 partition (c drive), I think that I deleted something from windows, and now when m switching on the laptop its saying "operating system not found".
Somebody please help me, how can I recover the data on hard drive. Is it possible that data is still present on hdd.
Sorry for my grammer, m not good in english.

Answer:How to recover data if computer ia showing "no operating system found"

Simply plug the hard drive into another PC, then just copy and paste the data to whatever storage device you have available

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Hi all. Earlier today I was playing around with Windows 8 Developer Preview inside of Virtualbox. I tried to install the VB guest additions (which allows copy-paste between guest and host, as well as other things) and was told to restart the computer. So I restarted the VM and got the new version of the BSOD saying something or other that I cant remember now. After trying to fix it with the recovery tool that came with the Win8 installer, I just chose to reset it because I hadn't really done anything. So I reset it, whoopdie-doo, and kept messing around with it. After a while I got bored of the ugly Metro UI and went back to Windows 7 ( I just closed the VM).

Now that I've bored you enough with background info, here's my problem. I reboot my laptop and I can't boot... "Windows has failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix this problem: <instructions in how to use the recovery disc to repair the computer>. If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc000000f Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."

So, I whip out my handy-dandy thumb drive that can boot into live Kubuntu, Fedora, GParted, and the Windows 7 x64 recovery disk. I've used the recovery disk before to fix my MBR a while back and it worked perfectly. So I assumed it would do its thing now.... right? Wrong. It searches for Windows inst... Read more

Answer:"Windows failed to start..." Recovery disk is unable to recover Win.

Nevermind! I fixed it!

The recovery disk I had on my thumb drive just didn't want to put as much effort into it as recovery disk I burned to a CD a while ago (I downloaded the ISO for the recovery CD from NeoSmart while they still hosted them for free, but I downloaded the ISO on my USB from some other website I can't remember). While doing some housecleaning (it's pretty sad to see me do such a thing- I'm either really stressed or really happy whenever I house clean) I found an old Windows 7 x64 recovery CD that I had downloaded from NeoSmart.com before they stopped hosting it in favor of some paid service. I decided to give it a go, and it worked! In the third paragraph of my original post, I said that the Recovery Disk on my thumb drive told me "Failed to Save Startup Options", but with the Recovery Disk I burned to the CD, it told me to reboot my PC and (after waiting about 10 minutes for the System Restore to check and double check itself, and then reboot again) I'm back in Windows 7!

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Hi everyone,

I have a 2 GB USB flash drive. I recently plugged this flash drive into my Ubuntu Linux-based computer while VMware was running because I needed to get a file out of the virtual machine and I thought that would be the easiest way. VMware took control of the device and mounted it in the Windows XP environment it was running. I copied a file I needed to get out of the virtual machine onto the flash drive, then shut down the virtual machine.

Now I am having a desperate problem -- the flash drive is no longer readable or mountable in any computer. Linux tells me that the device has an "invalid partition table," Mac OS X tells me that the device is unreadable or not initialized, and another Windows XP computer tells me that the disk in the drive is not formatted. The Linux error message gives me the most hope -- I have data that I cannot stress how valuable it is to me on that flash drive and I desperately need to be able to recover it. Is there any way of bypassing the partition table and getting at the data?

I hope someone is able to help me! Thank you!
 

Answer:USB flash drive "invalid partition table" -- need to recover data

You could try PC Inspector, it's made for these kinds of situations.
 

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I use the calendar for notes of work /jobs for invoicing. This week I discovered all the notes had disappeared / been deleted except the last 2 weeks. That's at least 18 months of tasks! Not something I would do or even know how to do en mass. What happened? Can the notes/tasks be recovered?

Answer:Can I recover "deleted" calendar tasks from Nokia Lumia 625 W8.1 phone?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question I use the calendar for notes of work /jobs for invoicing. This week I discovered all the notes had disappeared / been deleted except the last 2 weeks. That's at least 18 months of tasks! Not something I would do or even know how to do en mass. What happened? Can the notes/tasks be recovered? perhaps they are still stored in calendar app on pc or in calendar website.
I did however come across a post on this forum that said the past events are deleted by default if they are older than 2 weeks. Maybe you didn't notice that they were being deleted?
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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i keep getting this "igfx driver stopped responding and recover" while playing Games!

my laptop a is HP pavilion dv6000
Windows vista home premium 32 bit operating system
my garpic card is : mobile intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family


I dont know what to do everytime i play TS3 or when my brother play WoW
the screen goes black then i get message saying that igfx driver stopped responding and recovered .

is a solution for this?!!

Answer:i keep getting this "igfx driver stopped responding and recover" while playing Games

Hello Scarlet999.
There are lots of solutions for this problem, very few of them work.

I would start by un-installing the video driver and re-installing the latest driver, you will be able to get this from the laptop manufacturers site.

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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while oversea, we plugged our digital cameras into a coputer which decided to do something to the memory card so the camera couldnt read from/to it. So we needed to store all are pictures on a usb drive so we could format the camera memory cards.

4 weeks worth of photos was put into a rar file and put on the usb drive. I tested all the picture were there b4 formatting the cards, and they were.

now, were home and the peice of **** rar says:

"....Desktop\thaipics.rar: The file "???" header is corrupt"

only 7 of the 300 show up!!! Tried various rar recovery tool but all only find these 7 files...I thought these would work as all files are fairly small jpgs, but i guess not.

i fear all is lost but thought i just see if anyone has any ideas.....
thx, saac
 

Answer:Solved: recover jpgs from rar - "header is corrupt" - 4 weeks of photos

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Over the weekend I clicked on something I know I shouldn't have, and my computer became infected with the "Vista Antivirus 2008" malware.  At the same time the stupid WGA thing started acting up (which I had never seen before), telling me my copy of XP wasn't valid.  So all of this starts happening at the same time.  Windows and alerts were popping up all over the place, and when my wallpaper got changed to something else, that was when I hit the reset button (since the power button wasn't having any response), and pulled the power plug on my modem.  After that, I haven't been able to launch Firefox at all.  I double-click on the icon, and I get an hourglass for a brief moment and then nothing happens.  Other applications have the same thing occur when I try to launch them (including some of the programs you recommended in your "Before asking for help" post (http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,46313.0.html).On Monday, I did locate a program to remove the WGA stuff called "Remove WGA 2.1" (located here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/RemoveWGA.shtml) and was able to remove that, and haven't had an occurrence of the WGA since then.  I also turned off the Auto-install updates.On Monday as well, I was able to get my older version of HJT working as well as Registry Mechanic, which I'd had on the computer for a little while, though non of my other programs (... Read more

Answer:Still trying to recover computer after "Vista Antivirus 2008" malware infection.

Download Combofix by sUBs from one of the below links.(Try all three if necessary)Link #1 Link #2Combofix MUST be saved to the desktop. Close all other browser windows.  Go to Start > Run and copy/paste in the following:"%userprofile%\desktop\combofix.exe" /killallPress Enter and Combofix will begin to run. When finished, it will produce a log file located at C:\ComboFix.txt Post the contents of that log in your next reply.Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it is running. That may cause your system to stall.Combofix should not take more than 20 minutes to run. ----------Add the combofix log in the next reply.

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This has already been brought up here but I wanted to put it again because I'm having difficulty with it at the current moment and I was having trouble understanding what was put in the response to the other one.

Basically, I started playing Perfect World International. At first I played at my friend's place but now I've started playing on my own laptop. I downloaded and played for the first time on my laptop. As I was playing, the screen went black. After a second, it went back to normal and it said "Display driver igfx has stopped responding and managed to recover". Now this happened multiple times. After a while it became impossible to play as it was happening so frequently. I restarted and was able to play again without problem for a few more minutes before it started once again.

I really don't know what to do, what do you recommend?
 

Answer:"Display driver igfx has stopped responding and managed to recover"

Video driver is stalling, as part of Vista's new WDDM pipeline Windows will just restart the driver. You should update your video card driver and DirectX too, do you know what GPU aka video card your using?
 

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Hi all,

When i tried to open my task manager from win 7 system, I got a pop up that says, " missing mfc42u.dll". I tried to fix it by using "repair my computer" from boot menu in order to do system recovery. However, after I click "repair my computer", I got a screen that says aceesing failed. I also saw an error symbol which is "x00000...". So I need your help to fix the missing mfc42u.dll and the inaccessibility of "repair my computer" from boot menu.

Asaal
 

Answer:need recover missing dll (mfc42u.dll) and access my "repair my computer " from boot m

We need the full error code to determine whats wrong with Recovery.
 

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I only have a 70GB hard drive and having recently used "treesize" have found that the reason I was always running out of space appears to be down to the 55GB of Windows INstaller Patches that are on the computer. I am sure that most of these are not required but have no idea what they are, what they do, or if they need to be there or not. As their individual sizes range from a few KB to hundreds of MB, I would like to delete as many as ppossible but need advice as to what / how.

I am running Windows XP on and AMD ppowered system

Many thanks

P
 

Answer:Solved: How can I recover space filled with "windows Installer Patches"

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Hi I have an Asus G74Sx and here are my specs: Windows 2.6.1.7601 (Service Pack 1) CPU TYPE: Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.00GHz CPU SPEED: 2.03 GHz SYSTEM MEMORY: 8.57 GB VIDEO CARD MODEL: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M VIDEO CARD MEMORY: 4.26 GB VIDEO CARD DRIVER: nvd3dum.dll DESKTOP RESOLUTION: 1600x900 HARD DISK SIZE:
473.26 GB

Now my problem is whenever I boot up my computer, and it tries to load windows, the screen starts getting crazy green lines (http://imgur.com/gbVtBqP) goes black, and eventually a blue screen pops up (http://imgur.com/O8IMBJg).

Now it should be known, I have just received my computer back from Asus repair where I RMAd it because the motherboard had to be replaced because it was surged and no longer allowing it to charge. We also replaced the hard drive disk. The time between it stopped charging and I sent it and got it back repaired was 28 weeks. I never had this problem prior to the motherboard busting, and have had it since getting it back. When it first happened, I thought it was because since I had gotten it back I had not updated my drivers (all my data had been erased), so I updated to the most recent version, and for the most part the problem was fixed, until all of a sudden it started again.

The problem first started occurring while playing games, the computer would get the green lines above, completely freeze and have to be restarted. Then it started to get the green lines, black out, and come back giving a message saying "the display ... Read more

Answer:"Attempt to reset the display driver and recover from timeout has failed."

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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'm trying to recover just my WinXP partition (O, when viewed from Win7) out of a "system image" produced by Macrium Reflect Free (5.0.4118). That image copied both Win7 (C) as well as WinXP (O) in my dual-boot environment, because it is O which is the "active" partition and C where Win7 lives. I was running WinXP originally and installed Win7 as a second OS, hence my partitions and configuration.

Anyway, the creation of the "system image" went fine (two weeks ago).

I now have a need to restore just my WinXP partition, which is something I had believed was possible. I don't want to restore both WinXP and Win7. I only want to restore WinXP.

So I booted to the standalone Rescue CD and tried to follow the wizard. I had previously looked at (and had printed) the "how to recover your PC using the Linux Rescue CD - Part II" article on the Macrium Support Knowledgebase, so I thought this would be easy. Wrong.

(1) First problem... all of the screenshots in the article are NOT what the free 5.0.4118 program produces. Maybe the article was written for a prior program version or the for-money version, but it certainly is not what the program looks like now.

(2) I was able to extrapolate what the article told me I would see and what I was to do, to the current dialog screens put out by the current program, without too much trouble. However the results of doing what it told me to do were not what I would have expected.

(3) I was able to... Read more

Answer:Macrium Reflect (Free 5.0.4118): need help on "recover partition"

Hello dsperber, welcome to SevenForums.

I'll admit that was a bit much to read, so I might not have caught every detail. But two points I'd like to touch upon:
You mention that the tutorial you tried to follow was for the Linux-based rescue disc. Is your disc the Linux one or did you you create the WinPE-based disc?
I assume you're already aware of this, but just to make sure: The rescue disc has no knowledge of what the drive letter assignments on either of your Windows systems are, so the letters will be different while you're in the rescue environment. (Of course, the drive letters stored within the image file aren't affected by this, but they're only a reference at this point.)
You should definitely be able to restore your O: partition and simply overwrite the existing O: without any need for deleting or reformatting it. Nor should "cherry-picking" partitions out of an existing backup image be any problem.
At the moment it's hard to say where things are going wrong unless I did miss a detail while reading your post.

Would you be able to provide screenshots to illustrate your problem further?

EDIT: I just looked at the tutorial (should've done this first) and it's for the now-discontinued v4.2 version of Macrium Reflect. v5 would be rather different, unsurprisingly...

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My phone stopped forgiving falls and the screen slowly went out a few days ago. But it does "act like" it can take photos, the arrow, windows, and magnifying glass icons light up and I can unlock it. My PC doesn't detect the phone, I've downloaded nokia and mircrosoft recovery tools, still no luck. Am I out of luck?

Answer:How do I recover files from a lumia 1020 with a "dead" screen?

Press and hold the volume up button while plugging your phone to your PC - this should force the phone to make it detectable.
However, if you set a PIN, you still won't be able to access your device. In that case, you would need to have your screen replaced without having the service center format your phone.
If you didn't set a PIN, then you should be able access your files with no problems with the mentioned procedure above.
You may create a Windows Central account to Reply in this thread.

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Hello,

I have an HP Laptop (DV 6646 US) with a Windows Vista installed.. During the last 1yr my laptop has been falling apart (literally) with first the audio drivers crashing, then problems with the DVD writer etc. When I bought the laptop, I had a recovery partition & was not provided a Windows Vista CD/DVD. Since my DVD Writer has crashed, I do not have the option of creating recovery discs now. Could anyone please suggest a method for me to reinstall/recover Windows Vista from the recovery partition without having to use a CD/DVD.

Thanks in advance!!
 

Answer:How to "reinstall/recover" Windows Vista from Recovery Partition without CD/DVD?

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Hope someone can help me here. I have a Dell running Vista-64 bit that I am planning on selling on EBAY. So, I ran the DBAN "Boot & Nuke" to clean everything off of the HD. That went well-it took 7 hours, but no problems. I reloaded the Dell operating system disk back on with no problems and the drivers disk-all that went well.

Now, I thought I would go online and download AVG just to have that on there for the next buyer. But, I can't connect to the internet. The message I get is "Install & enable the ethernet adapter on your computer-Windows does not detect network hardware."

I know the "hardware" is in there....this computer connected just fine until I nuked it. I guess I assumed this would be "fixed" when I loaded the Dell OS back on. Now what?

Thanks a ton if anybody has the answer here!
Ben

Answer:How Do I recover Internet Connectivity After DBAN "Boot & Nuke" ?

Hi imacarbuff, welcome to TSF.

Can you check you Device Manager for any warnings (yellow exclamation points)
Right click on 'My Computer' and select 'Manage'. In the Computer Management window, select 'Device Manager' on the left and look for any warning signs. If you see any, right click on then and choose 'Update Driver software'

Can you also post the model of the Dell

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Hello,

I have an HP Laptop (DV 6646 US) with a Windows Vista installed.. During the last 1yr my laptop has been falling apart (literally) with first the audio drivers crashing, then problems with the DVD writer etc. When I bought the laptop, I had a recovery partition & was not provided a Windows Vista CD/DVD. Since my DVD Writer has crashed, I do not have the option of creating recovery discs now. Could anyone please suggest a method for me to reinstall/recover Windows Vista from the recovery partition without having to use a CD/DVD.

Thanks in advance!!

Answer:How to "reinstall/recover" Windows Vista from Recovery Partition without CD/DVD?

&#x202a;Windows 7 - Create a System Repair Disc on a Bootable USB Flash Drive without Burning a CD&#x202c;&rlm; - YouTube

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Steps followed in this video are listed below.

Assume that the flash drive is F and disk 1 in diskpart.

Create 2 folders on the flash drive - boot and sources

cd c:\recovery
dir /a:sh
cd YOUR_GUID_DIRECTORY (only subdirectory in c:\recovery)
dir /a:sh
xcopy /h boot.sdi F:\boot
echo F|xcopy /h Winre.wim F:\sources\boot.wim
cd c:\windows\boot\
xcopy /h dvd\pcat\bcd F:\boot
xcopy /h dvd\pcat\en-US\bootfix.bin F:\boot
xcopy /h pcat\bootmgr F:
attrib -r -s -h /s F:\*
diskpart
list disk
select disk 1
list partition
select partition 1
active
list partition
exit

Eject the flash drive and boot from it.

Create a USB flash drive which has the same functionality as a system repair disc - startup repair, system restore, image recovery, and command prompt. Some computers may take more time to boot from USB, although newer machines should boot faster. This method should also work with a USB hard drive.




There are a lot of things with a USB workaround, provided you have a USB flash drive to spare. That should help cover the use of a System Repair Disk, however you will need to access a feature during the BIOS stage that will allow you to activate the recovery partition.

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i woke up this morning and my desktop was trying top shut down(i leave the comp on all night) and it wasn't shutting down so i hit the restart button and instead of booting up normally, a screen came up saying "please enter setup to recover bios settings". one option was to press f1 and "recover" the bios settings, which i have no idea which settings i am supposed to change. the other option was to continue with the default settings which i don't really want to do.

i installed a 1394 pci card the other day, and this is the first time the comp has been rebooted since the install.

any ideas?

Answer:"enter setup to recover bios settings" asus p5ql mobo

I would go along with the default settings and see if your PC loads up normal. Apart from the PCI card you installed, you changed anything at all in your BIOS? If not, then it shouldn't be a problem to use the default settings and most likely Windows would detect your card. It may also ask for drivers if you got it.

Not sure what triggered the problem though.

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A month ago, I was browsing the internet when I got backdoor'd and this Total Security 2011 XP seized control of my system. This program changes it's name based on what system it is infecting (although you probably already knew that).

After quite the battle I managed to neutralize the virus and remove portions of it from my system, but now for some reason I cannot re-enable my automatic windows updates, nor can I get my Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security to enable the windows firewall automatic booster.

I have removed a rouge copy of csrss.exe that was running from my hp administrators folder as well as several instances of kkc.exe (which is what several programs pointed to as the malware program, including malwarebytes antimalware, and Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security that I remember off the top of my head.)

I also removed some entries with hyjackthis in order to stop my system from being redirected so that I can use it again.

The removed entries include:

12/04/2011, 6:21:54 PM: F3 - REG:win.ini load=C:\DOCUME~1\HP_ADM~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\csrss.exe
12/04/2011, 6:29:34 PM: R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:57636
12/04/2011, 6:42:04 PM: R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:57636
Obviously my system is still not acting the way it should because it keeps loading more process's like rundll32 from my HP administrators folder inste... Read more

Answer:Still attempting to recover from "Total Security 2011 XP" rouge antivirus program

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Normally if a user accidentially deletes a file and want to recover it then he can take the following steps:
Load one of the many "undelete" tools (like Recuva) and let it detect,analyze and copy the file to another partition.

Now assume that the partition where the deleted files is stored has no traffic (= nothing more is stored there).

So instead of copying the whole file to another partition it should be possible to recover it "in place".
That means a smart undelete-tool should be able just to re-create the previously deleted NTFS entries of the file and the sector chain on the original partition without having to perform a full copy operation..

All information is available.

Unfortunately I did not found such a smart undelete tool .
All of them require a lengthy copy-operation.

Why?

Maybe there is such a tool and I miss it.
Can someone give me a recommendation.

Thank you
Peter

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I'm experiencing BSID issues apparently due to graphic card.

Computer:vaio vgn-fw51mf laptop
system : windows 7 home premium 64 service pack 1.
graphic card:

The issues started with computer bugs when Alt-tabbing, but one day I got a "Attempt to reset display driver and recover from timeout" bluescreen and since then the only way to make the computer run properly is to disable the graphic card driver from the control pannel.

The bluescreen does not allways appear, but the screen frequently goes black just right after the windows screen, or sometimes windows starts but I immediately get continuous ?Display driver stopped responding and has recovered? errors.

Initially I thought that it was a hard drive issue, as I've been running the computer several months with an almost full hard drive, but now that I freed some HD space (205 free GB out of 454 GB) the problem persist.

I tried to unistall my drivers and update them: any results. I hope not have a hardware issue!

Please, any help will be precious!
Thanks in advance

I attach the DM Log Collector file

Answer:"Attempt to reset display driver and recover from timeout" BSOD vaio

Hello welcome to SF.
Give me a few minuets and i will look into this for you.

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Hey there...I found a folder that I've never seen in my D partition before...I partition my hdd into 3 parts...C=OS installation...D=Programs and Games...E=Misc downloads and music and pr0n ...

Well I've never had a virus or anything in my D partition before...I just found this folder named "winnt" and it had some bat files and some kind of Airline JScript and something that looks like an airplane tracker...

Then in a folder named sdata (still in the winnt folder) there's files like 911, police, air, fire, etc...OMFG!!! This is like some terrorist thing or something...FBI is gonna find me and I'll never see the light of day again!!! I'll miss the [H] and I haven't even watched LOTR Extended Platinum Collectors DVD thing (the big ass package with those book holder things)...I haven't even completed Doom 3 or started playing HL2 or even had a chance to buy an X-Box and play Halo 2!!!

AHHHHHH!!!!!! WTF is this crap on my computer??? I'm gonna delete this...I should delete it right??? Scans say it isn't a virus but what do they know...I'm screwed...

THANX
C'YA
 

Answer:OMG!!! Found some folder with files like "911" "police" "air" and a airplane tracker!

if youre os is on C: there shouldn't be a winnt dir on d:, should be safe to delete it.
 

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Please help review my HijackThis File. My computer has problems with "Redirected Searches", "Advertising Pop-Ups", "Fake Anti-Virus Pop-Ups".

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:46:28 PM, on 10/24/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)
Boot mode: Normal

Edit by chaslang: Inline HJT log removed. READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide sticky not followed.
 

Answer:"Redirected Searches", "Advertising Pop-Ups", "Fake Anti-Virus Pop-Ups"

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please read ALL of this message including the notes before doing anything.

Please follow the instructions in the below link:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

**** If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. ****
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. MGtools will frequently run even when all other tools will not.
After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:

Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
If you cannot seem to login to an infected user account, try using a different user... Read more

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Hello guys, the last week I've been strugling with these nasty BSODs. At first I thought it was my HDDs as ntoskrn.exe somewhat hinted towards that from googling it. My HDDs have been causing a lot of trouble earlier as well due to their somewhat long years of service. However, I've recently reformated my computer and installed W7 on a brand new Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD hoping the BSODs would go away, they didn't.

I googled BSOD and I stumbled upon this forum and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm somewhat desperate, as I need my computer working for both work, school and amusement.

I've been trying to run Memtest in order to test my memory but without any results. I'm also currently running on only on 4GB chip instead of two, to see if the problem still exists. Also, without any results.

This is the second time I'm writing this thread btw, I was just about to post it and my PC crashed.

Here is my two logs + dxdiag (last crash didn't generate a log oddly enough).

Here is additional hardware/gear that I use:

Razer Megalodon 7.1 Headset
Razer Naga
Logitech G19
Logitech C920 (Webcam)
Corsair 750W PSU

My temperatures are also good. Both CPU and MB idles at around ~25. GPU's all good too. I'm also using a Corsair 650D chassi with dustfilters at both air-income so dust is minimal. On top off this, I use airpressure to clean away dust somewhat regularly and I also did exactly this 2 days ago when I reinstalled the pc.
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Answer:BSOD - "Memory management", "Bad pool header", "ntoskrnl.exe"

Are you over-clocking? Is the bios set to its defaults? Is the SSD set on a SATA 3 port in AHCI mode?
 

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Ok so I'm using a custom visual style made by another user however I don't really like the buttons used that I mentioned above. The creator states it is acceptable to change the theme to however you like as long as you don't redistribute it anywhere.

Ok so I opened up the .msstyles file (using Restorator) located in the theme folder of this VS. I went into the images directory and located what seems to be the images used for the buttons. Intuitively, it seems like it would make sense to replace those images with different ones (perhaps from another visual style) and it should change them. However, would this actually work? Could the theme get messed up in some other way (like proportions or something if the new button images are smaller)? I don't know of any other way to change them that would be easy.

But I did run into another problem. For some visual styles I can't even locate those buttons in the images directory. Where else would they be?

Answer:Changing the "minimize" "maximize" and "close" buttons of a theme

Use Windows Style Builder to do that...

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