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Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Question: Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

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Preferred Solution: Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

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Answer: Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.

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Hi, I have a 500gb, harddrive wich doesn't start, it worked perfectly before, and now just suddenly it wont start at all. I'm not angry about it yet becuase I still have hope this can get fixed.

I pop the adapter in, nothing happens, plug the stuff to the computer, nothing happens. I got no clue what to do really. IF it can destroy the adapter if I put a ac adapter for a portable computer inte it while it was off, that can be it. OR if it got broken by safely lying in my bag. Just tell me how I can fix this, Please. I'm So thankful for anyone who can help me with this.

Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB2.

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I'm considering a new harddrive, but until I ran across an attractive offer for the 1.5TB, I had been thinking of the 1TB instead. The larger drive has the following specs:

Formatted Capacity : 1.5TB
Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
Buffer Size: 32MB
Spindle Speed: (RPM) 5900 RPM
Average Latency: 4.16 ms
Data Transfer Rate: Buffer to Host Up to 300MBps
Sustained Throughput: Up to 115MBps
Ports and Connectors: 7-pin Serial ATA Connector
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty

The thing that stands out in my eye is that the spindle speed is slow compared to the 1TB, which is 7200 RPM, but I think the warranty is a bit longer.

I recall recently reading an article posted in the forums news board that said that the 1 TB was the fastest drive in it's class, but the sustained throughput of this drive is slightly faster...I think.

The extra 500GBs would definitely be a plus, but would it really perform as well as the 1TB? Is there any other aspect to consider?

Answer:Seagate 1.5TB Harddrive an odd RPM value for a HD

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Question: Seagate Harddrive

Bought this 60 gig hd second hand and after detecting drives on boot screen i get the message that the NTLR is missing ,press cont/alt/delete to restart but then it just does the same again.Anyone know what this means.Also brother has keyboard which will not bring up the @ sign when shift or control is held down. Any help on either welcome.Cheers.

Answer:Seagate Harddrive

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A while back I bought a Seagate 1TB harddrive, but until recently it was just stored away and not used.
Recently I wanted to expand a XP system I have containing a M4A79XTD Evo mboard, so I just popped in the 1TB. But, to my surprise, the harddrive showed up as only 32MB. So I went into Ubuntu(dualboot with XP) and format the drive, then restart. Back in XP it finally showed up as 939GB. Then I turned off the computer. When I turned it back on later, the drive was back at showing 32MB.

The only thing that worked was when I used ext2 on Ubuntu to format the drive. I wanted to do a clean OS install on the 1TB, but no OS under the sun wants to install, because it jumps back to showing 32MB. I can only store files with Ubuntu under ext2.

I've tried the drive in other computers, with various cables, external enclosures, etc.

So now my question is, do I have a nice looking paperweight, or do I miss something important?

PS: Seagate ST31000528AS

Answer:Problem with Seagate 1TB harddrive

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I noticed on these two drives they have a jumper pin on them
with jumper pin 1.5 g/sec
without jumper pin 3.0 g/sec

If my motherboard is compatible with the 3.0 g/sec transfer rate
can I pull the jumper out, or do the drives only operate at that speed in a raid configuration or is it even worth the hassle ?

Answer:Seagate 500 & 750 gig Harddrive queston

THat jumper is so that the faster Sata 2 (300Gb/s) drives will work on the older Sata (150Gb/s) sata controllers. If your controllers are Sata 2 then yo can remove the jumper and not worry about it.

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I have a seagate barracuda 500GB harddrive that I'm using as a secondary harddrive. My main boot drive with my os is a 150GB raptor. this drive works find, however I cannot detect my seagate. When I go into the BIOS, it looks like its detected there, but when I log into windows I can't see it. Thanks in advance for the help

Answer:problems with my seagate harddrive

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Hi guys,

I'm really in desperate need of help right now. My harddrive just died and all my essays and school stuff are in it and the due dates are within days.

So I turned on my pc this afternoon,did some stuff and turned it off,then i wanted to turn it on again but the harddrive is no longer detected by BIOS.The bios gives the typical message of no harddrive detected,plz insert boot media and press a key blah blah blah.i also noticed that the whole start up becomes incredibly slow,even for loading the bios setup. I bought this new pc during xmas and its just been a lil bit over 3 months.

seagate barracuda 7200.11 500Gbytes
motherboard is Asus P5QL Pro
4gig mem.
geforce 9800gt
intel 2.5Ghz

the machine's been perfectly normal for 3 months except very occassional blue screens,and now the hd is not dectected all of a sudden.

i did not install anything or remove anything in hardware/software,i tried a different sata cable for dvd-rw which is recognized by bios,plugging into a different sata plug on the motherboard,and nothing happens.

when i start the machine i can hear that there's a couple clicks in the harddrive,so obviously its still running,but after that its all silence and there's no activity at all thereafter.

does this indicate a dead harddrive that can only be replaced?is there any chance i can recover the data on the harddrive?

thx tons for any reply!!!

Answer:seagate harddrive problem

This happened like a day ago for me with the same drive. I fixed it by resetting the cmos, it was either that or the cable was loose (because i took it out and put it back in) so check the cables, if that does not do it, try a cmos flash.

EDIT: wait, the cmos flash fixed my 1tb drive, not the 7200.11, my bad.

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I was on newegg and found a nice seagate harddrive for 149.00 for a 400gb harddrive. My wife loves frys and told me to check out and i found a maxtor 500 gb for 129.00 and these are the specs it has!

Serial ATA/300
16MB Buffer
8.5ms Seek Time

i know ppl love the raptors and im hoping this is an okay cuz i always bought a seagate with every harddrive ive ever bought.

Do u think this is a good hard drive brand?

wait i think raptors r from WD :\

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Could a USB port be damaged when trying to attach the cable from a 1.5 T external harddrive. this harddrive was attached before I got this computer a few days ago.

Answer:Seagate external harddrive 1.5 T

Can't see why it would be?Which having said... if the drive demands more power than the pc - particularly a laptop - can deliver then possibly; but have never come across it.If the drive requires serious power i/p then use an external usb-power adapter to power it?Have you experienced this and this is why you're posting here now?

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I Have A Dell Laptop Inspiron 6000 With 150mb Space Left. I Backup All Files To My Seagate And Transfer My Itunes Folder. I Then Deleted My Itunes From My Laptop For More Space But Not I Have Lost My Itunes. When I Connect My Seagate It Shows My Music But Not In A Way To Connect My Ipod To Transfer The Music And The Seagate Dont Show Up To Give Me More Hard Drive.

Answer:300 Seagate External Harddrive

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I have a problem with my Seagate external harddrive. It won't let my computer start. It stops at the BIOS screen and does nothing. I tried pressing the BIOS setup or System recovery but it doesn't work. I found out that my external harddrive was the problem after serveral tries. I took the plug out of my computer and restarted it. It worked fine. I plugged it back in again to the computer and it was detected in Device Manager but not detected on Windows. In Device Manager it said there was no problem at all. However when I clicked computer the external harddrive didn't show up. I also have to mention that I dropped my harddrive accidentally. It keeps making a beeping noise every other second. It was a regular beep, nothing out of the ordinary. I also tried diagnosticing my drive. However that was a problem too. It made another error. I also tried to plug the external harddrive to another computer and it also made the beeping noise and it didn't show up on the otehr computer. I'm starting to think that this is an external error with the parts inside than internal with software and other stuff. I don't think that I like recovering my data with experts because it costs a lot of cash. The ohter option is to replace my drive with another one from seagate. The warranty is still on and won't expire in a while. Oh yeah and I just recently discovered that on the other computer I tested the drive on it starts up when I plug it in before I start the computer.

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I have a problem with my Seagate external harddrive. It won't let my computer start. It stops at the BIOS screen and does nothing. I tried pressing the BIOS setup or System recovery but it doesn't work. I found out that my external harddrive was the problem after serveral tries. I took the plug out of my computer and restarted it. It worked fine. I plugged it back in again to the computer and it was detected in Device Manager but not detected on Windows. In Device Manager it said there was no problem at all. However when I clicked computer the external harddrive didn't show up. I also have to mention that I dropped my harddrive accidentally. It keeps making a beeping noise every other second. It was a regular beep, nothing out of the ordinary. I also tried diagnosticing my drive. However that was a problem too. It made another error. I also tried to plug the external harddrive to another computer and it also made the beeping noise and it didn't show up on the otehr computer. I'm starting to think that this is an external error with the parts inside than internal with software and other stuff. I don't think that I like recovering my data with experts because it costs a lot of cash. The ohter option is to replace my drive with another one from seagate. The warranty is still on and won't expire in a while.

Answer:Seagate External Harddrive error

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I have the following model Seagate Hardrive and was wondering if anyone knew of reliable resources to get a new circuit board for this item. I have been checking ebay, online sites, any additional assistane woul dbe helpful.
Model ST340823A
U Series 5
IDE drive
Seagate 40 GB
Firmware 3.07
I have seen a lot of models that are close - just not exact match. I'd toss the drive, but there is about a years worth of photos on there that I unfortunately did not have a backup for.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Seagate Harddrive PC Board Replacement

Could you explain what is wrong with the drive?

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Good Morning Sirs
We got a Seagate USB Harddrive , which is not getting recognised as File System is RAW
Kindly advice how to fix this issue so that harddrive gets recognised in Desktop/Laptop with Windowsxp/Windows 7

Answer:Seagate USB Harddrive - File System RAW

Thanks a lot
I need to find out an Indian dealer so that the software can be bought because now we r only able to see the data and can not recover in trial version
Thanks again

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i have three hard drives connected in my system, my seagate is basically where i store my audio, and video files, whenever i access a file or play a file i've recently noticed the harddrive is making alot of noise. is this normal , my other drive dont make any noise ?

Answer:My 120 gb seagate serial sata harddrive

That's not normal. Sounds like its dying.

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A couple weeks ago my USB External harddrive got unplugged and when i plugged it back in, it asked me to Format it. It game me a "2HC015KJ" Error code. Its 500GB but now appears as 2000GB. Ive tried to use Partiton Wizard 7, but when doing a quick scan for a couple days, it was only at 163608 sectors, and still at 0%.

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My external hard drive isn't being recognised by the laptop. It is just making beeping noises. Is there anything I can do to get it to work, and if not, who should I send it off to, and how much can I expect it to cost?

Answer:seagate external harddrive doesnt spin up

Could be any of several causes:
Harddrive dead
not enough power (try with laptop plugged into mains - not on battery power)
faulty cable
faulty usb port
Is it making the same noise as in this youtube vid?
read posts on seagate forum

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- My 500GB Seagate external harddrive can't be recognized in the computer (as if it wasn't there) when plugged via USB
- It makes a repeated beep when connected to a plug
- I called technical support and they charge $300 for data recovery

- If my external harddrive has failed, then what are some methods would Seagate use to recover the data?
- Can't I just open the casing and remove the SATA drive and plug it in with my SATA adapter (i know it voids warranty, but I'd rather have my data back at a cheaper price than to get a replacement harddrive)
- Isn't it possible that the casing might've broke, not the hard drive itself?
- What are your thoughts on this one?

A note from the Customer Service Representative:


Originally Posted by csr

Thank you for sending your Seagate E-mail inquiry.

It sounds like your drive has failed. Anytime a drive makes noise such as those, it means the read/write head is bouncing across the data platters.

You may wish to look into Data Recovery or to return the drive to us for an exchange

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

What does that mean?

Answer:Seagate External harddrive failed, back for $300?

There is the possibility that it could be the encloser that has died.
The only way find out is to purchase another enclosure. However you will void any change at warranty if you pop open seagate's enclosure.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: RADEON X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71468 MB, Free - 24974 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YC523
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Before I purchase an SATA Interface Cable and power adaptor cable, is this project doable ? and will there be a SATA host adaptor when I open my PC up ?

Answer:adding Seagate SATA harddrive 1TB 32MB

Open it up and check. I doubt it on a computer that old.

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As the title says, my new Seagate Expansion Portable Drive is not working in the 3.0 slots in the front of my computer. It only works when i plug it into one of my two 2.0 slots on the back of my computer, which are both occupied by my mouse and keyboard, both of them are not backwards compatible. When my Drive is plugged into a 3.0, absolutely nothing happens. i get a green light on the drive, but it does not show up in my bios or in "My Computer". Works perfectly fine in a 2.0 though.

My motherboard is made by gigabyte, and is only about 2 months old, and my drive is 5 months old.

Answer:External seagate 1tb harddrive not working with 3.0 usb slot.

Did you install the 3.0 drivers and enable it in the BIOS? All versions of USB are backwards compatible.

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Hi, and thanks in advance to any help. Today I noticed that my Seagate 250gb harddrive is not showing up under my computer as a disk. This happened after a reboot. It is the only usb device plugged into my computer and my taskbar recognizes it with the safely remove hardware icon. Under. It also shows up in disk management as unallocated with no partition. It has been fussy before but has worked fine for awhile now. Is there anything I can do or have I lost all of my data? Also it was pretty full with just 5% freespace on it before this happened. I know I probably should have backed up this data but now I am nervous because I have important stuff on there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
How to use Disk Wizzard

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So I have a seagate External drive which had been working perfectly fine for me right upto yesterday.
My kids were watching a film via the drive connected to my ps4 and all worked well but when I went to connect it to my netbook to manage some files it was no longer visible.
I've done extensive google searches but not come across anything that would seem to fix my problem.
The drive is visible in drive management but not in disk management. I have tried or in all the uso ports but that makes no difference.
The drive now no longer shows up when I plug it into the ps4 which leafs me to suspect that it's had it and I've lost whatever was on it.
One other thing to note is that when I connect it to my netbook it makes a noise like the drive inside is spinning to try and come to life.
Having said this however it had just decided to show up on my netbook so I am copying the files off of it right now to make sure they're not lost. I'm going to say however that this is going to need replacing right?

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I have Windows 7 Home premium 64bit as I recently got a new computer, and to my surprise my seagate external Harddisk did not work. If I go to the Devices section, it is listed as Desktop. I have tried many things such as, rebooting, trying different USB, Assigning A letter to the Expansion and a few others as you will see in my screenshots. Just before I forget my old PC 32bit Windows 7 Ultimate, automatically detected my 500gb Seagate 500gb External Harddisk so I cannot see a problem with the Harddrive or with my computer as it is brand new and fully functioning. Below are my screenshots.

As you can see from these images non of the fixes on the fourm, or on seagate work. If you have any fix please reply to this post as soon as you can, or on the other hand any questions. I will be very grateful.

Sorry about the thumbnail, Not sure what happened there.

Answer:Seagate 500gb External Harddrive, Windows 7 Will Not Read?

Cheers m8
SATA or PATA????

Have you tried to remove it from the ext case and installed it into the check if any of the electronics in the external case failed.
could be something with the usb drivers in the new machine... might try unstalling from the device manager the usb controllers, maybe the composite device then turn the machine off and let windows reinstall 'em again and see if the drive is picked up.
At this point I'd be asking just how important is the data on this HD... I'd even go so far as see if I could put the HD into a friends machine,(or old 'puter), to see if it could be picked up???? Be sure and copy the data off the HD while you continue to trouble shoot the drive.
From experience..... the only drive I've not been able to finally detect ended up as a dead drive, "bfh"
luk to you.....

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I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and post that It was working fine without any issues. I have two external drive connected to it.

1. 1 TB Iomega powered drive. - now RAW
2. 2TB seagate external drive.

The 1tb drive suddenly became RAW and I wasn't able to access it. before it happened, I had removed some virus detected in the drive by the AVG antivirus. Post that once or twice it got disconnected and after that the drive became RAW. I understand the file system might have got corrupted since couple of times my system faced powercuts and before I could shut it down the system cut off from electricity as my UPS died on me.

I haven't formatted the disk at all, as I have all my important data in this HD as it was my backup drive for office and personal use.

Disk Management: shows the drive is RAW but a healthy Partition.

I opened the hard drive casing, tried connecting the drive directly to the internal sata cable but the same didn't read even then and still shows as RAW drive. I got a Storite USB to SATA adapter and tried that, the drive is now running fine(as it sounds) with intermittent kind of noise (clicking etc.,) for sometime and then disappears. After directly connecting the drive atleast the below softwares are able to read the data in the drive but unable to recover it.

I have tried recovering data using the below softwares.

1. EaseUS DAta recovery - took too much time to complete reading - 17% in more than 24 hours- stopped it.
2. M3 DAta recover... Read more

Answer:External 1TB harddrive(Iomega - seagate inside) RAW drive

My recommendation is to use [email protected] Recovery Pro. I had a similar situation (raw indication) on a drive a few months back and I tried several of the leading data recovery apps, and the one I recommended is the one that found the most stuff -- nearly everything. It took nearly a whole day to do an in-depth scan, but in the end, it was worth it. It's free to install and try out, but you need to buy a license to do any serious recovery work.

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Anyone use the Seagate Replica software that comes with the 2T External Hardrive? This is the GoFlex Desk series of external harddrives.

The software does an automatic backup of all your computers harddrives and logical drives and backs up any changes periodically to the external hardrive. It is suppose to allow full recovery (it includes a boot disk, linux based for restoring from the backed up 'image').

Anyone use it, and does it successfully restore the 'image' in case of a full crash?

Answer:Seagate Replica (2T External Harddrive) GoFlex Desk

Why bother using third-party disk-imaging (especially from Seagate) when Windows 7 has it built-in?
The built-in one works well, I've used it.

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I have taken delivery of a Seagate FreeAgent pro 750.I have created a backup plan and put my pictures in to it.Every time I modify a file (JPG/.doc & .psd are the ones I have tried so far) it refuses to back it up and the log shows error 8. In fact I just downloaded some jpegs from my camera and they havbe been rejected as well.I cannot find the solution and there are limited help files.Can anyone help please?

Answer:Seagate external harddrive rejects amended files.

Autobackup.Maybe someone has used or is using this.I need to sort this out because the drive is useless to me if I cannot add extra files to the plan.It is meant to monitor changes and automatically write them to the drive.I think I might be missing something obvious but the manual/help is not very helpful.Please somebody point me in the right direction.

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Question: harddrive test

i have ran a harddrive test on my computer and it did not passpackardbell harddrive testany repairs i can carry out ??

Answer:harddrive test

more details needed. what sort of test was it, what program, what/how did it fail the test.

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Im replacing my harddrive and these two seem to be the best so far

Also Im looking at the 500gb hardrives if there is another better one you guys can prefer

Answer:What is a better harddrive Seagate Momentus or Western Digital Scorpio Blue?

If I can ask, why are you choosing between low performance 5400rpm hard drives when you could have a higher performing 7200rpm hard drive. Just curious.

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I have just purchased the Lenovo IdeaCentre 510 Tower PC [i7]. It came with Windows 10 Home OS. Within the set up, it asked me whether I wanted to install updates to Windows 10 - i said 'yes'. It took a good couple of hours to complete the whole set up of the desktop, but according to the log, all Windows updates appear to have been successfully installed. (I mention this because I later found something on Lenovo's website about updating to Windows 10 when setting up your Lenovo for the first time - it mentioned trouble which may include the damaging or disabling of hardware? I can't seem to find this again, or else i would post a link. I think this may have been referring to upgrades to earlier windows versions rather than upgrades for Windows 10 applied to a machine which is sold with Windows 10 already installed.) My desktop seems to be up and running but I have just attempted to connect my Seagate Backup Plus portable drive using the USB port and it will not recognise it (I tried this on several ports).  I can feel the Seagate working but it does not show up under My Computer or anywhere else I can see.  I have tested the USB port by inserting a regular USB pen drive and it DOES recognise this. The Seagate previously worked on my Windows Surface Pro 3 with no trouble and I have all of my files backed up on it.  Hope somebody can help me figure out what is going wrong...  Many thanks!

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I received that message right now and then it launched "Intel Matrix Storage Console". So it says my C drive may fail. How does this happen? Is it because I only have 30 gigabytes left in my harddrive (out of a total of 250 gb)?
Also sometimes my computer just shuts down for no reason (i've had this problem once in a while). Is that due to overheating or leaving the computer on too long?

Answer:A harddrive in the system reports it may fail

Mechanical hard drives do fail, they do not last forever. I would back up your data and replace the drive ASAP.

Check your temperatures and post results. It could be heat or a faulty power supply.

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did a Dell PC Diagnostic results where targeted read test failed WHD20-U75 and smart short selftest WHD16BH2 What does this mean just had a new harddrive put in about a month ago

Answer:harddrive test failed need help

It means the drive is faulty, though you may have to test it with the drive maker's own diagnostics software before they'll agree to replace it. Contact them for an RMA (Returned Merchandise Authorisation).You've just been unlucky. Even with new hard drives, a percentage of them leave the factory in a faulty condition. Either that or the person who installed it for you has mis-handled it or dropped it.

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Few years ago i stored some music/video files on blank discs.

Just recently i decided to copy the music files from those cds to my hard drive.

When i insert the cd into the computer, the procedure begins normally. some albums are copied to my desktop without a problem. The noise is normal when the cd drive goes to work.

But then a certain album might give problems. The cd drive will copy each track but then it will struggle to copy a certain file. The noise from the cd drive goes silent all of a sudden. Then there is no progress and applications might freeze if i try to use them. To cancel this i have to eject from the cd drive.

Anyone know whats going on here and how i can copy all the media files from the cds to my pc please?

The cds are not scratched. The files were saved to dvd+r discs.

Answer:certain files fail to copy from cd to desktop harddrive... help pls

I can only think of a dirty disk (finger prints?). Wash it with detergent and cotton cloth making movements from inside to the edge.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)

Answer:SHOULD I UPGRADE: 40GB/5200 HardDrive-to-60GB/7200 HardDrive?

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I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?




Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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i have a Q190 for 12 months, the harddrive fail last week.  right after the warranty expired oct 25. i install a new harddrive in it.i have usb key with win10 on it, as if i have to install window, better go with win10.  Now i need the window 8 key to install, as it doesnt have a label with win key anymore.on the menu it said win8 key is in BIOS, i couldnt find it.any help ??thanks

Answer:Q190 harddrive fail, how to retrieve win8 key to restore ??

hi enook,
Welcome to the Forums.
If you have a Windows 10 product key then you can install Windows 10 right away and use the product key to activate it.
However, if you don't have a Win10 product key and you're planning to upgrade using the WIn8.1 key to Windows 10, you should:
1. Follow this guide on how to download a Win8.1 ISO (see Option 1) then check this guide on how to create a bootable Win9.1 USB flashdrive.
2. Reinstall Windows on the Q190 using the bootable flashdrive that you've created on Step 1 (the installer should automatically detect the Win8 product key in the BIOS and will automatically activate Windows).
In case you get issues activating the OS, you should activate by phone.
3. Insert your Win10 USB flashdrive (or copy the contents into the Q180) and navigate to X:\Sources\Setup.exe (this is the path of the Win10 installation files) and follow the prompts to upgrade Windows 10.

You can find the Win8.1 product using tools discussed in this article.
You can only activate Win10 if you have upgraded from an activated copy of Win8.1 or if you have a retail Win10 product key.

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Let me know if this works for you.

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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I have pretty old secondary hard drive (11 years) and currently in power settings there is an option to put hard drive in sleep mode if it's been idle for X minutes. Is it a good idea to disable this setting and let the harddrive spin all the time, since as I know, frequently enabling/disabling hard drives makes more damage than never putting harddrive to sleep.

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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hey i have a laptop and it constantly lags. i look at the task manager and it says the cpu/ram are around 30-50% it usually happens when im doing anything harddrive intensive, so i was curious if anyone knew a program to test this... preferably one thatll give my harddrive upload/download (read/write for the critics ;p) speeds. thanks in advance

Answer:good program to test harddrive upload/download???

::sniff sniff::
*passes out*

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my computer has been acting up for awhile but now if i lose power my computer will not go past the post screen it just stops. if i run the bios memory harddreive test it will then start up. Why does this happen?

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It all started with a virus that infected my computer. It got so bad that my computer was unable to start up in safe or normal mode. It would get to the PBR-2....done screen and then it would get me to the F8 screen to try and start in safe mode but it would freeze or fail to load beyond that. I am virus free now but I am having issues with my hard drive. It is acting fine and behaving fine but, after running a diagnostics test (from the F12 button menu at start up) it has failed in one area consistently. That are being the DST Short status test error code 1000-0146 msg unit

Also from the diagnostics utility I receive error code 0F00-0240 MSG block 15919220 address mark not found or media error, read test fail

Also failed the verify test with error code 0F00-1A40 with same MSG block stated above.
I inserted windows re installaion dvd and ran sfc /scannow. It replaced or repaired some files and seemed to get it back into working order. Or atleast gave me the ability to load windows in normal and safe modes which were not an option during the worst of the malware/virus infection.
I inserted windows re-installation dvd and booted up. At command prompt I entered chkdsk /p and "one or more" problems were reported. So then I entered chkdsk /r and it went through its process and didnt report anything. then entered chkdsk /p again and nothing was reported

I ran diagnostics after all that and still recieve DST short status test fail.

Is this a good indication that my ... Read more

Answer:Question on failed DST short status test on harddrive

the windows re-installation dvd I used was actually the dvd that came with my girlfriends computer since mine was long gone. Both operate windows xp media center but mine was originally 2002 version while the dvd I used was 2005 version. Would that in any way be causing this problem with my hard drive?Click to expand...

Could very well be a contributing factor. The DVD not only is tied to a brand but is also tied to a particular model. Since your hardware is not the same as your girlfriends computer, you are asking it to run a diagnostic test on a different piece of hardware.
I would not trust any results from a test designed for one hardware specs then used on different hardware specs.

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I recently bought a new Lenovo G780, as my old HP laptop failed on me. However, the harddrive from my HP was fine, so when I got the new computer I decided to just take the harddrive out of my HP and put it into my new Lenovo. I've got the drivers for everything else to work, except my wireless network adapter refuses to install drivers from any source I can find. The adapter is an Atheros AR9285. I've tried lenovo's online drivers, and have even bought Driver Manager and asked the support staff to find drivers that work for me. They said they found one that worked, but I tried installing it and it said that "This computer is not manufactured by Quanta Computers" and then didn't install it. I have them working on that right now. But seriously, if they don't find a solution, what could the problem be? And how do I get my network adapter working again?

Here is some additional important information:
-The harddrive they gave me came with windows 7 x64 home edition. I am using windows 7 x64 professional.
-The wireless network adapter works if I use the harddrive the computer came with
-I am a chemical engineering college student who needs internet to do his assignments, and this little netgear usb adapter my friend lent me isn't cutting it

Please help me. Let me know if you need any further information

Answer:Lenovo G780 replaced harddrive, network adapter drivers fail

Hello and welcome nitro Mate one thing I didn't see you mention is the Device Manager in Control Panel have you tried that yet? CP > Device manager > open it up like in pic right click the adaptor > it will ask you to look for updates - it may come back as the correct one or not. See pic first.

If not have a look at this thread Best Atheros AR 9285 Driver? - Tech Support Forum there maybe something in there.

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Hi I'm 90% sure that I set up the slave setting correctly. I pulled out the old hard drive and installed the os on the new one. but when i connect them both together, the error comes up. Please help me.

Answer:Solved: I just installed a nother harddrive but got the error pxe-e61 : media test fa

I'd double check those jumpers. Make sure the the new one is set as master and the old one is set to slave. Or set both drives to cable select and then palce the new drive at the end of the cable and the old one on the middle connecter.

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Hi there, I recently have caught some virus on my computer and I want to do a deep complete formatting of my harddrive and USB drive.

What is the best free software that will enable me to completely format entire harddrive and/or USB drives which will be 100% irrecoverable? I understand that a regular format doesn't really completely erase the files and with a software like undelete or other high level recovery software, files can be easily retrieved.

Please provide your suggestions on a free and 100% irrecoverable formatting tool for harddrives/USB drives.


Answer:Complete irrecoverable USB and Harddrive format tool

dban does a good job nuking drives, and a hammer does a pretty good job on flash drives. Given how cheap they are anyway, that's the most cost effective solution. That's assuming a normal format won't do you.

Speaking of which, with a virus infestation, a normal format WILL do the trick. So no need to go to such extremes unless there is more to the request.

( a theoretical possibility exists to recover the data, no matter what software you use to wipe the drive. So if it has to be 100%, then it's gotta be physical destruction. )

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB

Thank you,


Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.

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I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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Hi folks,
I had a old PC which has just crashed but there is still some of my stuff, like photos, music, documents saved on this drive..which, of course I didn't back up.
If I remove the hard drive and install it in my new machine will it just appear as a second drive?
My new machine is running Windows Media and I don't want to do any damage by installing a hard drive that has XP OS on it

Or am I concerned unnecessarily

Answer:Getting data from an old harddrive

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i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz help

Answer:old harddrive. need data off it. put as slave. cant access data

iLLegaL89 said:


i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz helpClick to expand...

Well, generally all the office suits are backward there's should not be any problem. Can you open that word file(s) on the old PC (World 97 as u mentioned?) If it is so, you might have some problem with this new PC office suit.
Try, making copy of the old files in old PC using save as or may be you can convert doc files (if you don't have some hi level formating) to rtf files. That can be opened in Wordpad comes with every Windows OS.
This might help, i guess..
- Nirav

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Hello All!

I would like to totally wipe a 320 Gb Hitachi harddrive (IDE) so as to insure there is absolutely no possibility of previous data remaining on drive. This is on a test machine I have running Win xp home edition (SP 2). If I am understanding correctly after using KILLDISK then I will need to reformat disk and re-partition disk before doing the re-install. Is that correct?

Is this the right product to use for what it is I'm trying to do?

I wish to download KillDisk to a bootable CD-ROM and go from there. Does anybody who has used this app see any problems or have any comments about this process?

Thank you very much for your input/advice!


Answer:wipe harddrive w/ [email protected], reformat and re-install win xp home on test machine

You have the right idea, Killdisk or DBAN will do the job for you. After the hdd is wiped you can use the Windows installation CD to partition and then format the hdd, and it will prompt you through the installation.

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I had a problem on my HP Imelda 1437, so I used system recovery to bring the computer back to factory settings.As I had a second drive, which did not want touched , I unplugged it.Run the recovey system,plugged in my second 'data' drive, and the system now tells me that the drive is 'Raw Data' and Unformatted. I assume that the BIOS has been changed, as the system was originally a One hard drive system, is there any easy way to restore the bios, without undoing the covers, removing the battery and /or flipping the Bios clear switch./ Thanks Terry

Answer:Lost Data on Harddrive

System recovery should not do anything to the BIOS, if the BIOS was not seeing the drive you would not see it at all in windows.Has windows allocated a drive letter?

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I asked this a few weeks ago, elsewhere (not sure now where) about transferring data from one computer to a new one.

I was told to take out the OLD hd, unplug the cd-rom of the new computer, plug the old hd into this plug, and save the info from it onto the new hd.

I didn't have the new computer at the time (and it's not mine, it's someone else's I'm helping with it. She doesn't want me taking her new computer apart to do this

The basic question about this (now) is.... I can take her old computer, take the hd out, put it in MY computer, plugging it in instead of the CDROM (which is my E drive) then burn the files from this onto a CD using my CD burner which is my D drive?

Before I take my pc case off I wanted to check and see if I have this right. The CD Rom plug will fit on the HD and it will turn the HD (from old computer) into the E drive- to take the files and folders from?

(It amazes me that I can talk computer

What we were trying to do is zip the folders and send them to her mail, but for some reason the "zip and email" option doesn't come up on her setup.

So, I remembred the plugging in the hd where the CD ROM goes idea.

I have WIN 98SE and the old hd is WIN 98 (if that matters in this)

Also, for whoever did the Halloween decorations, I love the logo!)



Answer:Taking data off harddrive

The old HDD does use the same connections as the CD drive.


The CD will probably be connected as a Slave drive, and the old HDD will certainly be a Master if it was the boot drive. Therefore you need to set the jumpers from Master (possibly no jumpers) to Slave on the back of the drive. A key to where they go should be on the drive label. All brands tend to be different as to the settings, there is no standard way.

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Everytime I Boot My Computer It Goes Straight To Dos. Does Anybody Know To Stop This? If Not How Can I Pull My Data Off The Harddrive So I Can Reimage It? I Am Using Win Xpsp1.

Answer:Pulling Data From Harddrive From Dos With No Os.

Check out is a link there for a program that may do what you want.

Any MG'ers out there with a better solution?

XP experts should be able to come up with abetter solution for you, I think.
Wait a while and see who replies. Bazza

BTW, welcome to MG. Be warned, it becomes addictive. Baz

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I would like to wipe a drive of mine clean, because i'm selling it to someone, what programs can I use to accomplish this task, and there is Windows Vista installed on it.

Answer:how to erase data on Harddrive

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) download and review - secure hard drive erasure from SnapFiles

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Our mother board died due to lightning, In replacing the motherboard, what kind of problems will I run into in trying to boot up after motherboard is replaced?

Answer:Transfering harddrive data

Due to lightning?!! If you're mobo died due to that, I'm pretty sure some other stuff would have died also (like your CPU?)

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Hi, i'm new to the forums and was looking for some help. I purchased a new computer last week and hooked up my old harddrive to retrieve some of my old data. It was working fine until recently whenever i try to access it, it tells me the harddrive isn't formatted and won't let me view the files. Is there any program or a way i could get some of my old stuff back?
thanks in advance.

Answer:Any Way To Retrieve Data From Old Harddrive?

Do both drives have XP installed? Are the both NTFS or FAT32 file system?

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I need some advice i am going to upgrade my current harddrive(Maxtor d-plus 9 8g IDE) to a new Maxtor 6Y120M0 120gb Serial ATA 8mb Cache 7200rpm.1Q - Is there any way i can transfer everything from my old drive to the new drive. I want to use the new drive as my main bootable drive.2Q - If i can whats the best way to go about it.Many ThanksChris

Answer:Moving Data from 1 Harddrive to a new one.

I know several people at work who have used click hereHave a read, and see if it does what you want.

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I need help in tranferring one harddrive to another one. My old one has a blue screen and I want some of my data off of it and someone told me I could do it this way. Any advice whether this is true or not. Please give me instruction on how to get this done...Thanks

Answer:Transfering data from one harddrive to another one

what you mean? when you boot up with the current hdd with the data on it, you get a blue error message? well if thats the case, all you have to do is set the drive to a slave or a cable select drive, put it into another computer (thats working) and then transfer the data to the other computer harddrive. once finished you can format and reinstall windows or whatever.

if the problem is worse you may like to have a look at a data recovery software package to get the data. hope it worrks :grinthumb

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Computer informationDell Dimension 3000Windows XP HomeProblemUpon booting it attempt to load windows. It will display the Windons XP loco briefly and then go to a blue error screen. The error screen says that the harddrive is corrupted.  Run CHKDSK /F.........I have attempted without success to Start in safe mode, last known configuration  normal and all other options. It will repeat the process and return to the blue screen. MY question is..... They is a lot of data that the owner of compute would like to have recover  from old hard drive. I have heard of this being done. Can anyone give me some advice on how to do this? I do have another IDE hard drive I can use the computer.....

Answer:Harddrive Data recovery

Boot to your XP CD, choose the first repair option, enter the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

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i am using windows 7 operating system and i have an external harddrive that used to be my primary. when attempting to access it through my external hd enclosure it mostly asks me to format it and shows the drive under "my computer" as just a drive with no current/maximum drive capacity and trying to open the drive results in a cyclic redundancy check error. ocassionally when plugging in the drive or changing its drive letter from drive management i get the "scan and fix or continue without scanning" promp and when i choose continue without scanning it allows me to access the drives contents. i have finally freed up enough space on my primary harddrive to backup the drives data but cannot seem to get the scan and fix prompt to show up again :[ is there any way to force it to ask to scan and fix instead of asking to format so i can recover the files? all the information i can seem to find online about it only tells me how to disable the autoplay so it no longer asks ... but i want it to ask so i can remove the data then reformat the drive fully. is there any way you can help?

Answer:recovering harddrive data

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Having trouble saving some files I copied from my old cp to my hard drive, appreciate some help.


Answer:Saving from data cd to harddrive

Start,Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer....find the cd drive on left side of box and open right click to copy what is on the cd, then right click paste to where you want it on the right side of ther box

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Hello. I had a computer in which I sometime ago, put a new motherboard and athlon processor in. Just recently, it started acting strange. My control panel would not act right. The Add/Remove Programs would not work, nor would the System icon work. It would suddenly lock up on me. I tried to reinstall Windows XP, but it had a spool error and stopped. Anyway, I bought a new computer with 40 gig hard drive in it and preloaded with Windows XP. (I had Windows XP in the old computer, too.) Is there anyway I can retrieve my data from my old hard drive? I have hundreds of digital photos on it, plus some other data I would hate to lose. I had CD's for all my programs on it. Anybody got any method to retrieve the data?

Answer:How do I retrieve data from harddrive?

You can hook up the drive as a slave and get your info if the drive is still good.

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we are wanting to get a new hardrive, bigger but we can't find our OS cd so the only OS we have is on old hardrive. We want to transfer everything , expecially OS to new hardrive. First is this possible and if it is how do we do it??? thanks

Answer:Data Tranfer from Old Harddrive to New

What O/S are we talking about?Keep in mind that years of use of a Windows system accumulates a lot of debris, some of which you probably don't want to retain. In the end everyone needs a real Windows CD sooner or later.If you want to preserve this as it is do a google search for free imaging software, or check out Acronis True Image or Ghost if you are willing to pay. (Although if you ar ewilling to pat, you may just want to invest in a Windows CD.)

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ok...i have an old laptop harddrive that has been formatted, but i need to recover some pictures(years of familiy pictures) from it... i bought the cable that allows me to hook it up to my desktop... i can see the hard drive while booting, but i cant see it once the windows loads up.. what can i do, and what is a good software for that kinda data recovery.

Answer:data recovery from a old harddrive

visit thats the best data recoverey software avalible

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hi guys

first time posting on here, hope iv posted this in the right area, apologies if not! basically my computer has stopped loading up windows, its takes me to the load up options screen (safe mode, last known config, start windows normally screen etc etc) and when i choose an option it just begins the reboot process again and again! iv tried using windows recovery off the XP cd using some methods iv found on various forums but to no avail.

basically iv resigned myself to having to reload windows from scratch but want to know how i go about (trying) to save all the files on my harddrive that im loathed to lose in the process! i have a second computer that i can use as a base but would appreciate some advice, detailed i fpossible, on how i go about getting the said files onto the second computer from the harddrive from my redundant computer

any help would be greatly appreciated


Answer:transfering data off my harddrive

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My Gaming PC broke down I am highly guessing is the processor which would always run really hot. Cant Complain since it lasted at least 3 years.

Anyways, right now, all I got left is my laptop. Is there a way I can pull out my old hard drive and get some data and put it on my laptop? I only need one file which is a text file that has my passwords for every site i joined on it.

I am guessing I need to find a way to connect the hard drive externally to my laptop using USB port and get the data i need.

Both my laptop and the harddrive I need to pull has Window Vista home edition installed on it.

Answer:Recovering Data From Old HardDrive

You could purchase an external HDD caddy suited to the interface of the hard drive (presumably it would be SATA) and then connect, as you said, via USB to the laptop.

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I've got a 250 gig WD scorpio drive that was damaged during a botched backup with Norton Ghost. The controller is reporting a meager 54.49 gigs of available space on the unallocated disk. I assume this is due to LBA definitions (excuse me if I use the wrong vernacular, I'm just learning about this now) that have been changed to match that of the drive that was being backed up. I know the Linux fdisk command can perform the necessary operations, but I'd prefer to stay in a Windows environment. Does anyone know of a command or a program that can perform the necessary changes?


Answer:Editing harddrive CHS data in Windows 7

Instead of fiddling with it, I'd use the WD diagnostic tools.

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Hello, i've just formatted my Harddrive and backed up all my important data onto my slave harddrive... i reinstalled windows on my master harddrive now everything on my slave is gone!! it says "harddrive not formatted would you like to format it now" what can i do to get my stuff back??? pleaaaaaaaaaase help me

Answer:Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.

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hi friends i have accidently formatted my d drive where there were my collection of software and pictures , so can they be rrecovered ? if yes which is the best application or software in free and paid...please suggest

Answer:which is the best data recovery software for harddrive

Try this
[email protected] File Recovery. Product Features: NTFS, exFAT,FAT32,HFS+,Ext2fs/Ext3fs
I used it once on a formatted drive and recovered 90%+ of the files on it.

There is a trial and this is what they say about it

Quick Recovery Steps

Download and install [email protected] File Recovery on your computer.
(Avoid installing it to the disk where your lost files are located)Scan the diskSearch for deleted filesFree version allows recovery of up to a 64kb filesVerify the file integrity using file PreviewWhen your data is found, the free version can be easily activated to allow recovery of any size file without re-installing the software and re-scanning the disks

Its on sale at the moment.

Good luck.

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I have a Maxtor 60g drive that appears to have failed, not physically though. I am using a W95 machine for testing (could be my first mistake) with EZ drive installed in the bios which should allow it to see drives larger than 2 gig. I first used a W98 FDISK bootdisk and FDISK/mbr command to fix the boot record that I believe was corrupted and then ran the EZ Drive boot disk utility to test the drive. It says all is okay! Now when I install the drive as a slave drive my bios sees only 8gigs instead of the full amount. I tried to manually input the drive data into the bios but the figures don't generate the correct size of the drive. Could this be because of the W95 system? Also, assuming that the data on the drive is still intact, what utility could I purchase to retrieve it without the convience of a boot record for reference? :bounce:

Answer:How do I retrieve data from crashed harddrive?

I would add a pci ide card and retrieve the data that way, unless I could slave the drive in another sys and burn a cd or dvd.

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Hi guys,
well heres the story: My sister brought me a computer to fix for her friend who owns a restaurant. So all i did was an easy fix formatted the hard drive and installed windows. Well i brought it back to the owner and she is very sad that i have deleted all the files on the computer. If i knew she wanted to recover the data i would have installed the hard drive into my computer and backed it up for her but i didn't know.
Heres the problem: She had a lot of records stored on the computer she needs and I was wondering if there was a way to restore some of her data that i formatted? I am willing to buy the software because i am getting more ppl who ask me to fix their computer. I know that since i installed windows on it, that it is impossible to recover all the formatted data but I think if i just get some she will be happy. I thank you for any help. Thank you.

Answer:Recover Data from Formatted HardDrive?

Runtime software's get data back seems to work the best for me,

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Hello. Still trying to get used to Vista after have xp for some time. I am stumped on saving a data file that I copied to a cd from my old cp. How do I save it to my hard drive.


Answer:? on saving cd data to harddrive thru vista

View the file on the CD in the documents viewer (explorer) and right click it and select Copy.

Then navigate to the folder where you want to put it and right click and paste ...

Its no different to any other Windows version in that respect?

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My 14 month old two thousand dollar Gateway laptop just went belly up - I think it's a power problem and that the harddrive is ok, at least I'm praying for that. (I can't believe that I was so stupid about backing up - I nag everyone I know to do it regularly, and then I don't. ) I'll send the machine in for repair but I urgently need some docs from it - is there a way to patch the laptops drive into my desktop? A friend suggests USB to USB and says it'll show up as another drive letter in My Computer. I wonder about a cable ribbon and call it a slave? Am I dreaming?

Answer:how to save data onlaptop harddrive

You can buy an adapter to slave it to pc hdd or you can buy a usb enclosure for it for a few dollars.

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Hope this is in the right forum - apologies if not.

A friend of mine had a problem with their computer - the harddrive couldn't be found by the bios. I think it was a fault on the motherboard, but he decided to get a new computer even if it wasn't.

I tested his harddrive as a slave on my computer and it worked fine. On my computer it shws as G: with 41GB used. I tried copying the contents of the drive over to my computer so i could delete the files not required, but it only copied 27GB. I'm guessing that's system files that can't be copied etc.

Is there a way of getting all the documents and files from G: that the user would have put on - so that the OS system files are ignored as well as any program files, but documents he created can be transferred along with files he downloaded? I have tried to look for a way of doing this but i don't think that searching under 'created by' will be good enough. For example, if he has downloaded mp3 files, these may get missed.

I'm hoping this is quite a common exercise by those more IT than me and an easy explanation is available.

Waiting with everything crossed.

Answer:Extract user data from harddrive

If the drive was healthy you would be able to transfer both user-data & system files from the drive, since the operating system is not currently running from that drive so no files on it are being used by your system. The only other requirement is one concerning access to the user account data folders - to overcome "access denied" you have to change the access permissions for them.

The hard drive can't truly be declared as "working fine" until you've tested it with diagnostic software such as Seagate SeaTools for Windows: (click "Downloads").

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

This is the same as your previous post - - which Ziggy suggested you get moved to the Hardware section. Please don't double-post, just contact a mod and have them merge the threads and move them to Hardware.

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Hey everyone, I'm ner here. This looks like a great place for information. Looks like I'll be stickin around. Anyway, my buddy is in some major trouble. He has a big project due tomorrow and it's all saved at school. He had it at home but his ssiter reinstalled windows xp, and his file is lost.

Is there a way to retrieve his file?

Thank you very much,


Answer:Retrieve data off harddrive after reinstall of win xp??

Highly unlikely if she installed from scratch.
If she re-installed over the existing XP, the file should still be there.
Best bet is to get the copy back from school and continue with that.
Then burn it on a CD.

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The external hard drive that I have now is starting to malfunction. Is it possible to move the data on it to another external hard drive and do you need a computer to do it? The older hard drive has a capacity of 120 gb.

Answer:Moving Data from one external Harddrive to Another

Since it is external, yes you need to connect it to a computer [which in any case would be the easiest method]
If they were both internal drives, you could use a disk duplicator like this;

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A friend at work wants me to try to recover some data from a laptop with a broken screen and windows isn't booting.
What i want to know is whats the easiest way to do this.
i think i read some were that you can use a linux cd to recover stuff from a pc i do have a 1 therabite external drive will that be good to use if so what linux OS should i use?
I don't know the model of the laptop ill be picking it up tomorrow and post the specs of it.

thank you for your time.

Answer:Data recovery from laptop harddrive.

Take the hard drive out of the laptop. Get an external enclosure that accepts 2.5". Put it into your system and transfer away.

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Hey guys,

It seems my harddrive has formatted itself. I had to reboot my computer and noticed that windows was showing my 200gb seagate as being 128gb. Next i noticed that it said it was raw and not even formatted! I never click on format or deleted any partitions so i dont get why this happened. Im completely baffeled as to why it redetected it as 137gb when it has been working all along. I have not changed any hardware or software settings at all. Im running winxp sp2 and have tried to reformat and it only gives me the 137gb. Please help me with this!!!!

Answer:harddrive autoformatted, data lost help!

either your hard drive is breaking down or you have a virus. download avg free edition at or use a diagnostic program from seagate. if you are unable to boot and run the antivirus software just reformat and reinstall windows. tell us what you find.

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I have a Dell 1525 Inspiron Laptop and  one morning it just wouldn't start up to Windows at all.  The tech couldn't do it no matter what, no restore, nothing so he said he'd have to wipe everything clean.  But, I can't lose some important text files.   I bought an external harddrive but since I can't get  into Windows I can't load the installation CD or really do anything.  How can I get my laptop info into an external harddrive without getting into windows?  Is there any other way to reload without losing files?Thanks

Answer:Need to Save Data to an External Harddrive

Yes. And the Tech should have told you. The method is to gently remove the HDD from the sick computer and place it into a good computer, as an extra drive. You save the relevant data into a folder on the main drive of the host computer. Later you can move that data back once the sick computer is well again. Programs have to be installed again. The data only needs to be copied.Hard Drive Recovery Tutorial - How To Slave Laptop DiskThe link above shows doing it with an eternal USB device, so you would not even have to get inside the Desktop Chassis.

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Hello all! I'll start out by saying I love: Vista, ME, and having rusty nails thrust into my eyeballs.

Here's my deal, one of my sons was playing with the PC and it started booting to "recovery" screen on reboot. The OS wont load up, and it canot start in safemode. If I try to go through the 'recovery mode' steps its an endless reboot cycle ending back up at the 'recovery mode' screen. SO, I decided to end the pain. I removed the laptop HD, put it into an enclosure and connected it to my PC via USB cable. When I browse to the drive a limited set of folders is displayed, thus, I cannot see the files I want to back up.

I'm thinking there are some user controlls or permissions on the folders that wont let me from another computer browse them.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Recovering Data From Vista HardDrive

Maybe try taking ownership:

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My old laptop suffered a fall and unfortuantly will not work. I have been told that there is no problem with the hard drive just something else and it is terminal, my insurance company has provided me with a new laptop. The problem is it contains all my old files, pictures, music etc.How can I get the files off my old hard drive and put it onto my new laptop. Do I need to take either of the laptops apart?PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Answer:Data Transfer between old and new Laptop harddrive

If your old laptop is totally dead, you will need to get at the old HDD to rescue data. Unless you know what you are doing it might be best left to a professional.

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA

If the hard drive is not spinning, your options are suddenly very expensive.

You will need to take the drive to a professional data recovery company, but prepare yourself for a likely very high cost. If the drive has to be opened, a "clean room" lab is essential as even a single speck of dust will take out the heads and platter.

Data that only exists on a hard drive and is not backed up is data that you don't care about losing. The hard drive and PSU are the two most failure prone devices in a PC. You need to backup important data regularly, the hard drive is temporary storage at best.

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A little while ago my old computer finally died, my cat spilled water onto the pc and it managed to get into the motherboard and it stopped working afterwards. Anyway, I removed harddrive which had windows 7 running on it. as it was the only thing worth saving from all the hardware. I inserted it into a rig I was given by my brother that's running windows 10. After I installled the harddrive into the pc I decided i'd just use the harddrive with windows 10 as my primary harddrive, after attempting to access the files on the old harddrive I came into a problem, after I gave myself permission to access the drive I noticed the 'last date modifed' was from 6 15 2015, which was the last time I reinstalled windows 7. After looking through every windows old, program files ect I realized I couldn't find any of my saved files from the latest installation of windows 7.After looking at the amount of space left I realized it was exacty the same as when it was on my old computer. So I used a file recovery software on the harddrive in hopes of finding my most recent pictures and videos. Instead I found files that I had deleted that were from old harddrives previous installation of windows 7. So I booted up the older harddrive as the primary drive and loaded into windows 7 with the same wall paper desk top icons ect that were on the previous installation that I made in 2015. So, is there anyway to recover the files that apparently have disapppeared?

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My Dell Inspirion 1000 went dead. The power supply jack gave way.. so am unable to charge the battery or run the computer though the power supply...So in effect the laptop is dead..

Is there a way I can access data from my harddrive by using my USB drive / other ports?
Is there a way I can charge the battery through the USB ports?

I do have my old laptop IBM A20 (in case you would like to suggest some hook ups) I need the data off my old computer to complete my assignments and cannot wait for a replacement battery to arrive...

Any suggestions appreciated..


Answer:Lap top dies but need to access data from harddrive

Here ya go...


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Hey all ... I need to recover data from a crashed HD. What can I try to get it off. I noticed that it wasn't mounting if I would leave windows and log back in later. I was [planning on moving the data but of course now XP doesn't see it at all ... ran a CHKDSK on it during boot up and then it showed. But when I went to access the data it wouldn't let me. Rebooted and now it doesn't show up.

Suggestons and guidance needed!

Answer:Recover Data From Crashed HardDrive

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