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Bootable Win7 Disk for Upgraded Hard Drive?

Question: Bootable Win7 Disk for Upgraded Hard Drive?

I am about to buy a new internal hard drive for my laptop, and want to do a clean install of Windows 7. My laptop came with XP, but I did an online upgrade to Windows 7 (student edition) Professional.

How can I create a bootable Windows 7 disk so when I put my new hard drive in my computer, it will setup Windows 7 for me? I also don't have any old XP disks because my laptop didn't come with any.

I looked on my C: Drive but couldnt find any .iso files or anything like that? Is there a tutorial on how to do this? I read the stickey at the top of this forum, but that didn't make sense to me.

Any guide for doing this for a noob?

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Preferred Solution: Bootable Win7 Disk for Upgraded Hard Drive?

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

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

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

Answer: Bootable Win7 Disk for Upgraded Hard Drive?

Hello T. Collins, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you still have the student download files, then this may be able to help create a boot disc with them.

Make bootable iso from student d/l


If you are able to create the ISO file, then you could use the tutorial below to burn it to a DVD.

Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.
 

Answer:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

Answer:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

When it comes to actually using the BartPE disc, you?ll need to first enter your BIOS and set the CDROM drive as your primary boot device, this is the default setting in most computers.Once BartPE is loading, when prompted for network support, click ?no? if you do not need it like in this case to save yourself some time.Click on Go , Programs, A43 File Management UtilityThis will open a similar program to windows explorer so you can copy your data before formatting. Locate the hard disk where your windows installation is on, select the folders you want to backup and copy them to the other partition or hard disk.If you have an external USB hard disk and want to copy your data on it, make sure you connect it to the computer before you boot with the BartPE disk.http://reanimatepc.com

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Dell Inspiron 5423 Laptop originally had Win7 (factory setup) and last year took the option to upgrade to Win10. All that was successful, but now the hard drive crashed and I have no recovery media. The only product key I have is the original key from the Win7 sticker on bottom of the laptop.

First question:

If I install a new HD, will the old Win7 key work with the site below that allows me to download the Win10 installation media ISO? The site below states that I need a "Win10 License" and I assume that means I need the key that goes with this computer.
Download Windows 10
Create Windows 10 installation media
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10
Second question:
If I was successful at installing Win10, it looks like some, but not all of the important Win10 drivers are available for DL from Dell (see link below). However, at least 1 important driver (Ethernet driver) is not available for Win10, but if I change the OS at link below to Win7 there is one for Win7. Would that work with Win10?

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us.../servicetag/5885nt1/drivers/advanced?os=wt64a
This is such a nightmare because I don't want to wind up spending time & money on a new HD and installing Win10 only to find that certain things like the Ethernet connection will not work due to lack of driver support for Win10 by Dell.

I'm also wondering what are other people's experiences with computers that were upgraded from Win7 to Win10 via ... Read more

Answer:Win7 upgraded to Win10, now the Hard Drive failed!

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how to create an iso from a hard drive

Answer:create a bootable US from a win7 hard drive

Are you talking about a hard disk image ? If yes, then you should use a disk imaging software such as easeus (free for home use) which you can get from here.CoolGuy

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I am adding an additional used hard drive to my new system. This disk has Win7-32 on it that I plan to eventually reformat. After installing this disk in my new Win7-64 PC it starts as a dual boot. "Windows 7" or "Windows 7". Neither will boot. Unplugging that drive, it starts fine. I'd rather not format this drive yet unless I have to. What are my options?

Answer:How do I make a Win7 hard drive NOT bootable?

So if both drives attached you see a boot menu with 2 boot options?
If you detach one of them it boot fine (from the other one).

Attach the old none working disk only. Or attach both.
Boot from win7 system repair disk or win7 install dvd. Then do Partition - Mark as Inactive
Mark all volumes inactive on NON BOOTING disk only! To find correct volumes.... check the size of volume. Does it boot now?

Both are sata drives? Can you swap the sata cables, so working one is tried first

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In the past few days, win10 seems to have serious issues with that win7 drive plugged into the sata port?
So much so that I wiped the win10 partitions and did fresh install. Prior to the fresh install win10 refused to boot to the desktop if that other win7 drive was plugged in, error was driver stauts filure, we need to collect data type error, over and over or it refused to boot at all.

So I fresh install win10, things seem good, it is activated linked to my ms account. I shut down, plugged in other drive, bios set to boot win10 drive, win10 screen comes up, it shuts down, reboots again, shuts, down, then 3rd boot, it says is installing updates at 100% and pc is very quiet right now, for 20 minutes.

Is this even going to work?

Answer:will win10 accept a separate hard drive with bootable win7 on it?

ok it finally came up so it can. subsequent boots are normal speed.

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In the past few days, win10 seems to have serious issues with that win7 drive plugged into the sata port?
So much so that I wiped the win10 partitions and did fresh install. Prior to the fresh install win10 refused to boot to the desktop if that other win7 drive was plugged in, error was driver stauts filure, we need to collect data type error, over and over or it refused to boot at all.

So I fresh install win10, things seem good, it is activated linked to my ms account. I shut down, plugged in other drive, bios set to boot win10 drive, win10 screen comes up, it shuts down, reboots again, shuts, down, then 3rd boot, it says is installing updates at 100% and pc is very quiet right now, for 20 minutes.

Is this even going to work?

Answer:will win10 accept a separate hard drive with bootable win7 on it?

ok it finally came up so it can. subsequent boots are normal speed.

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hi guys, i have been locked out of my bios for a while now. found a tool to unlock it but i need to boot into usb but i can't. someone suggested i create a dos bootable drive, replace my current hdd with so that i can boot into dos and use da tool from
there. so how do i install dos on a new hard drive or make it dos bootable?

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Hi all,
I have a reliable older Dell Inspiron 4100 running Windows XP. A couple of weeks ago it refused to boot up and showed the following error message:

"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. No bootable devices".

I was in panic as I thought my hard drive had died. However, I tried a trick and it worked - when I get the above error message, I press Ctrl-Alt-Del and it boots up! I have done this a dozen times and it works, which shows that the hard drive is not dead.

Do you have any ideas how I can fix this problem, so that I don't have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del every time in order for my laptop to start? Many thanks in advance
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found, no bootable devices

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Ok so i have bought a new hard drive for my netbook, which currently has windows 7 32 bit installed

I need to backup all my installed programs/system and re-install on the new hard drive.
Whats the easiest way to go about doing this without using 3rd party software.
Files/Librarys are of no concern

Everywhere i have looked i am told:

- Need to create a system image to recover from (check)
- need to make a bootable USB Drive (cant do because i dont have a windows 7 CD or a CD drive) to install windows 7 from

I have a recovery partition on my current HDD but i dont know how to go about doing this

p.s. I have an external hard drive i can use, aswell as an 8gb USB stick

Answer:New Hard Drive for a Netbook - System Image/Bootable USB disk

I know absolutely nothing about netbooks.

But if the procedure is the same as on a PC, you would:

1: Make an image file of your current hard drive using Windows Backup and store the image on your external hard drive
2: Install the new hard drive
3: Restore the image from the external hard drive to the new hard drive

No need for USB stick.

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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

Answer:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space problem

I assume you were upgrading your hard drive?
that can happen when the your image has less hard drive space than the current

if you cannot extend your partition, you can simply create new volume, or using a partition software to try to extend.

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Hi,
My friend's laptop (Acer Aspire One 722 - Windows 7 x64) has been shut down after opening an email and Windows never started up again. When you attempt to start up the windows, it stays the black screen and says "No bootable Device Found"!

1- I inserted Windows Live Disk and loaded it (Windows XP Mini - Golden Edition). When I went to "My Computer", it did not show any local drive. I went to "Disk Management" and in there, there was also no unallocated or allocated space.

2- I even removed the HDD and plugged it back in. No thing happened. Then I removed the RAM card and inserted it back. Again, nothing happened! By the way, HDD had movements when laptop was on (I had removed the beneath panel).

3- I inserted Windows 7 Disk to install a fresh Windows 7. But when you get to the part where it asks you to choose the partition to install the operating Sustem, it shows one unallocated drive with 0 (Zero) capacity! The options to Delete and format are disable. Only the option "New" is active and it gives you (0) bite to partition!

What has happened? What should I check/do next?

Answer:Hard Drive Disk is not detected in laptop - No bootable Device Found

Sounds like the hard drive is dead. Do you guys have a spare HDD to test with?

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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

Answer:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space order problem

Hi first can you confirm which operating system this is as you list xp and have posted a thread in win vista and 7,I think you might need to redo your install

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so i was told to buy a sata data and power combo cable and connect the hard drive to my desktop but i don't know what to do after that, is there a certain web site i go to to fix this problem or reformat it is a dell inspiron 1545 and i have windows vista please help
 

Answer:Dell laptop says internal hard disk drive not found and no bootable devices

Can you say what happened to your pc, does it boot into Windows?
What do you want to do with the SATA cable you have bought?
 

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I have a Dell Optiplex 755. It came with an 80Gb hard drive. It has filled up so I bought a Seagate 500Gb hard drive. When I start the install of WIN7, it won't recognize the new hard drive. All I have is the WIN7 install disk, where do I go from here? It asks for me to load drivers, but I don't have anything.

Answer:No disk found when loading WIN7 on a new hard drive

It may be asking for 'F6' drivers, which can be downloaded from Intel's site (and perhaps Dell's?)
An alternative is to 'clone' the 80gb to the new 500gb. Pen Drive Linux can be used for this purpose and it is free, or you can use commercial disk cloning software like Acronis True Image.

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Sorry, I think I posted this in the wrong place. It should be here in Hardware.

Long story short:

1) One random day, computer would not boot and I reformatted and re-installed Windows 7
2) My primary SATA hard drive with Windows 7 is working fine
3) My secondary SATA hard drive (my pictures!) is detected in BIOS but not in Disk Management. It used to work fine.
4) I've tried refreshing Disk Management, but no "unnamed drive" or anything shows up
5) I've tried moving the missing hard drive's SATA connection on the motherboard
6) I've tried downloading the latest motherboard RAID drivers and BIOS version from my motherboard's manufacturer

Now I'm thinking about buying an external USB enclosure for the SATA hard drive to get my pictures. I'd be out $20 and no longer have the drive directly connected to my motherboard, which I believe is a much faster connection.

Would you guys have any advice?

Thanks a lot and happy new year!
Josh
 

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The issue started when I my workstation started working very sluggishly and I tried to perform a state restore, when I couldn't do that (got a  "System restore encountered an error....(0x81000203)) so I decided to perform a repair install.  As it starts, I get this:
 
"Windows could not retrieve information about the disks on this computer"
 
 
So, I do a little digging and when I go to device manager for the drive (1 TB WD) I can't see any volume information for the drive.
 
No biggie just wander over to "Disk Management" where I get an "Unable to connect to Virtual Disk Service"
 
Must be stopped one would think.  But it's not, running just as it should.
 
I spent the last several hours looking for solutions and everything points Virtul Disk Service, but as I said, it's running.
 
I've halted AV and firewall services, I've run SFC /SCANNOW a few times (continuing to do so until all errors are cleared)  I've run chkdsk /r
 
I'm unable to do a system restore presumably for the same reason so I can't go back a week or two before this all started.
 
 
The only other symptom is that my windows installer service won't stay running. 
 
I'm not in a position to do an RnR right now but I would like to resolve this as soon as possible.
 

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Answer:Win7 32-bit, Hard drive, "Unable to connect to Virtual Disk..."

 I'd back up any data I didn't want to lose and restore to factory settings.
 
 When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $60 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free.  That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.
 
 Good luck.

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I have my Win7 Pro install disk which does not have SP1 on it. I have Roxio Creator and I want to create an bootable disk image with Win7 Pro and SP1 so when i install Win7 it was also install SP1. Can I do this with Roxio Creator or will this take something else?

Answer:Creating A Win7 Pro and SP1 Bootable Disk?

Search and ye shall find it.

Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File

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I understand that there have been raised many similar threads, but i believe that my case is yet something different.

This is my story...
It has been a while since i have downloaded the RC version of win 7 (i don't know witch exactly was..7000,7100, don't know). And somehow i have extracted the iso content to install it on a virtual machine. Now i've deleted everything and want to make a clean install of win 7. So i'm stuck with these extracted files that, normally, written on a dvd are not sufficient to boot! Or at least that's happening: it doesn't boot from the dvd.

I tried to add them again to a iso archive and then wrote them on dvd again, but in vain. The problem was still there.

I don't know what i'm doing wrong. Maybe i don't have all the files, maybe i've lost some of them. Uf, wish i didn't. Maybe you can tell me.
The files and folders that i have are: boot, efi, sources, support, upgrade, autorun.inf, bootmgr, setup.exe.

Thank you in advance !
Btw, yes bios is set to boot from the cd-drive first.
I wrote my pc specs when i registered, so i gues i don't have to write them again here... but if that's not the way to expect to be done then tell me and i'll write them explicitly here .

Answer:Creating a bootable win7 disk without iso with other OS

ALEXANDRU

What did you use to burn the ISO? Something like powerISO has a checkbox to make it bootable.

Ken

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Hello

I have a HDD 1T with
c: win7 system
d: data

- as this disk is slow, I would like to transfert system and data to another disk
and keep this HDD as extension (data2)
- I use EASUS partition master tool to clone each partition to a new HDD 500G
- but now when I disconnect the 1T and try to boot on 500G its blocks on 'loading operating system'
- I suppose its an issue of the type of partition. how can I solve that and make the 500G bootable ?

thanks for help

Answer:How to clone win7 disk and make it bootable ?

Looks like you had a problem with the image. Try this (it was originally for a SSD transfer but will work for any disk): SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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I have two 500 GB HDDs, and I installed Windows 7 64bit on one, and 32 bit on the other. When im in my 64 bit OS, I can't access my 32 bit HDD. When im in the 32 bit OS I CAN access the 64bit HDD.
From 32 bit I can access
32bit HDD
64bit HDD

From 64 bit OS i can access
64bit HDD
Why is this?
 

Answer:Problem with Hard Disk after dualbooting Win7 32bit with Win7 64bit

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I've just upgraded my hard disk from 500MB to 1TB using advice from this forum. Everything working well, but after the cloning process I see I have a small partition called HP-TOOLS. Can I delete this?

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Hi, I want to install XP in any PC through HARD DRIVE,, then plzz help me that hw can i make the HARD DRIVE bootable like a XP bootable cd..

Answer:how to make a hard disk bootable

Internal or External hard drive?Usually you go into BIOS and change the boot device to your hard drive. It usually says the name of the device.Hold F2, F10, F11 or Delete on startup to enter the BIOS menu.Make sure you have installed XP onto the HDD before setting it as the boot device.

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I hae a ACER laptop. Its around 5 years old. The CD drive doesn't work for it. Now my OS got corrupted and i messed with a lot to fix it. I have removed the hard drive from laptop and tried to copy the misisng files. But unfortunately i deleted teh complete OS. Now its a smple drive.So if i need to install fresh windows XP on it, i can't do that as there is no bootable device.How i can fix that. My laptop also doesn't support USB BOOT drive.

Answer:make bootable hard disk

Take the drive out and stick it in a computer that does. You need a bootable drive to do what you want. There is no other way because you have to boot some kind of OS otherwise the computer will do nothing.

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I have a 1TB portable external hard drive that I want to partition and make a couple of bootable partition that would hold Acronis True image 2011 and Acronis disk director 2011. How do I create a boot menu so that I can choose what partition to boot from, I would also like to see if I could also add a Hiren Boot CD onto a third partition and boot from that as well. Is it possible

Answer:Bootable External Hard Disk

Waste of a good drive when they all boot from CD drive anyway.
1st BIOS must be able to boot from USB
2nd You can only boot from an active partition and only one active partition allowed per drive (I think)
3rd Difficult to make a bootable Ex HDD via USB, a USB stick can be done with the HP format utility, not sure if same can be done with a partition.
You can remove the drive from its case - connect internally, partition and format, make first partition active and install boot files on there, then fit back in the case and see if it boots

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Hi im having problem with me external hard disk 40gb space. its possible to make it Bootable
for windows 7 OS. i need to reformat my PC and my Dvd is not working properly.
Flash drive also been affected by a trojan virus a shortcut file i already try to delete it Using Cmd but its not working. can someone help me.
 

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Windows XP Pro SP1.

I'm going to add a second hard disk to my PC, which I've done a few times before. However, this time, I want the new disk to be the bootable one, and the existing disk to become the secondary.

I know how to fit it etc, and set up drive letters/partitions, and I can quite easily copy all files from the existing drive to the new. But do I have to format the new disk first as a bootable disk so that it has a bootstrap program on it ? If so, how ?

Thanks.

JJ
 

Answer:Formatting a hard disk as bootable

There is no special formatting for bootability. The OS just needs to be installed on it.

If you connect your new disk as primary, for example, and leave your other disk as is except connected as secondary, and then install XP on the primary, you will simply have a dual-boot option at startup.

However, if you want your new disk to be "C:", you will need to install it without the other disk connected. Otherwise, it will be designated by a new, unused letter.

After installation, connect your second drive and change its drive letter. You will not have a dual boot system in this case since the setup of the OS on the new disk will not have detected the second OS during installation.
 

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Hi,

was wondering if there is any software that can backup and make a bootable image of a partition of hard disk - everything - including OS / installed programs / folders.

Important part is making bootable image. So in case OS goes corrupt/ hdd fails - just running that bootable image can restore everything. Once you keep a secure copy. you do not have to worry anymore.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

Answer:Bootable image of hard disk?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Inspiron15


Hi,

was wondering if there is any software that can backup and make a bootable image of a partition of hard disk - everything - including OS / installed programs / folders.

Important part is making bootable image. So in case OS goes corrupt/ hdd fails - just running that bootable image can restore everything. Once you keep a secure copy. you do not have to worry anymore.

Thanks in advance for your replies.


Yes Inspiron15 you can create an image of your C drive completly. Most image creation programs also create a bootable cd/dvd that will then allow you to restore your saved image to your c drive.

There are a few free ones, I use acronis image backup and windows 7 comes with an image backup program that works.

All of the image creation programs require you to boot a cd/dvd that is created by the program to do a restore.

Most will clone a drive to an external one so that you can just replace your c drive with the clone and your back in business.

Rich

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A friend gave me an older Dell laptop, I installed Win 8.1 on it. This unit does not have a UEFI bios (that I can tell) however 8.1 runs great on it actually. The time came to back the unit up, I use Acronis True Image, and have an external WD Passport drive, and then acronis boots from a CD, and I connect the Passport via USB. Well, I had the idea to make the passport drive bootable, and boot the acronis disk, which is linux based. The older Dell will boot from USB, it boots from a flash drive just fine, but I can't get it to boot from the passport drive. I've tried several downloadable utilities to copy a .iso to a flash drive, and some of them only work if the .iso is a windows disc, some of them only work if it's a flash drive, and refuse to even see the passport disk. I finally found one that I thought would work, it said it was successful, but when I try to boot the older Dell from it, it says very quickly "no boot sector" or something like that.

So how can I make this external drive bootable?

thanks

Answer:External hard disk, bootable

I am not sure that I fully understand what you have or are trying to do, but windows will not boot from a removable drive. It's a msoft issue.

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I have an asus laptop with a 5400 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I want to upgrade my storage to a new 2 TB hard disk. All the forums I have looked at regarding transferring the OEM recovery partition suggest that the new hard disk be of the same make and model as the originally supplied version, which obviously defeats the purpose of this operation.
Is it possible to transfer the recovery partition to a hard disk of different make and model, and how do I do it?

Answer:Transferring OEM recovery partition to an upgraded hard disk

With many laptops, there's a function that allows you to burn the recovery partition to DVDs, so that you can rebuild the laptop even if you have a total disk failure. Do you not have such a facility? That would probably be the easiest way.

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Hey guys Sorry for being no techinical. I am in bad state. This is what I did: - Cut paste all files from T410 thinkpad to an external hard disk- Used the same external hard disk for rescue and recovery such that the hard disk now has become a bootable drive Have I lost all my data?

Answer:How to recover data from Bootable Hard disk

>> Have I lost all my data? Unfortunately, yes. Lenovo's factory recovery media creation procedure expects either a bootable USB flash drive or a set of 1 CD (to be written as boot) + up to 3 DVD's (to be written as data). The factory recovery information is not written out as a file (that can co-exist with other files). Any external HDD that is used for backup personal files should be guarded with care. 

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Hi guys

I was wondering where I can find info on making a bootable flash drive so I can run varois diagnostic tools such as memtest86, hdd diag tools, linux live, and erd's. I don't have alot of blank cd's as they go fast around here but I have two flash drives that would work. I keep the files in iso format and use them when I need to help a friend fix thier computer. I have two pc's I use when I need to do pc repairs one vista HP 32 desk top and one win7 HP 64 laptop I use when I make house calls. How do I set up the flash drive? And can I use 7zip to extract the iso files to the flash drive and still have it boot?

Answer:How to make a bootable flash drive in Vista/Win7

see the following

http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm

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Hi,

I have a USB Flash drive with Win7 installation setup/boot files on there in order for me to install Win7 from this bootable USB stick and plus all of my personal Data files are on there as well.
My question is, what would happen if I decide to encrypt this bootable USB stick with BitLocker?
Will the USB still boot the Win7 installation files in order for it to install Win7 if I ever decide to re-install Windows?

Or, will it cause issues during the setup phase?

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Desktop runs Win7 (64bit) Laptop runs XP (32 bit)

I have programs on my laptop that I want to be able to run on my desktop. Programs that I no longer have install information/CD keys for.

I have no trouble making partitions. A 'clean' install of XP onto the partition allows me to dual boot flawlessly using EasyBCD.

What i *want* to do is be able to 'clone' my XP drive to the partition to be able to run those programs.

I've exhausted myself searching over and over again, and haven't come up with a way to do this, and every way that I have tried has failed. Is this idea of mine even possible? Any and all advice would be welcome.

Answer:How do make Win7/XP dual bootable with cloned XP drive

You will need to buy a WinXP COA key.
After cloning, do a Repair install of Win XP.


XP Repair Install

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Hi,
I have an external (was internal) hard disk, which did have a few Operating Systems on it. However, I no longer want it to be bootable, since I simply want it as external storage.

I have already completely zeroed it, but it still tries to boot from it.

Any ideas?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Stop an external hard disk being bootable

Have you reset the boot order in your bios so that it no longer looks to the external drive as the first boot option?

letchworth
 

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Hi.

Last night I reinstalled xp, but did not have all info about the drives in this machine. The internet connection was not working so I went to dell and got what I thought I needed and installed. After that, internet connection was still not working. Now when I start the computer I get a "hard disk read failure no bootable devices" message.
Help please.
Thank you.
 

Answer:hard disk read failure no bootable devices

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Hi everyone, I've a disk in a laptop (XP NTFS with 3 partitions) that is failing to boot so I've placed it in a caddy and attempted to access it on my Windows 7 PC.

When it's connected it prompts me to initialise device first (which I suspected it would do).

I've managed to access partitions to some degree using a diag mount utility http://hddguru.com/software/2007.05....ind-and-Mount/ but where the data is stored it won't let me change the permissions, reporting the device is write protected when I attempt to re-assign full permission or ownership.

Having had a good look around for some software to access it and allow permission/ownership changing, I've not got that far and don't want to end up installing this and that.

Has anyone some suggestions how to access or can anyone recommend a utility so I can change the permissions/owner to get the data off?

Thanks

Answer:accessing non bootable NTFS partition/s on USB Hard Disk

You can try booting from a live linux cd and accessing the data from there.

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I have a netbook (Samsung N130) running Win 7 Starter. I am thinking of loading Ubuntu 14.04 on it exclusively. Which means Win 7 will be erased when I partition the disk. Tried loading Ubuntu alongside and for some reason it is not happening, even resulting in a crash. I then get the Win7 reloaded by Samsung.
Just in case my Ubuntu load is unsuccessful, I want to reload Win7.
My machine DOES NOT have an optical drive.
I would like to create a Win7 restoration pen drive, ideally. If that is not possible, I shall have to acquire a USB CD/DVD drive. I would like to avoid the added expense.
I can use a computer but am a novice otherwise. I can follow clear instructions, but not jargon-filled ones with steps missing.
Please help

Answer:How to create a bootable restore drive for my Win7 Starter on netbook?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See if this helps,
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Should be some follow up tutorials listed on the bottom,
Cheers.

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What does this mean? I have a compaq presario that keeps showing this. I put another HDD in and it is saying the same thing. Does it mean the old HDD was buggered and I need to do something to the new one to sort out boot order or anything? or is this not a HDD issue. I have two broken compaq presarios here. One with no screen working and one saying no bootable disk drive. Help. I must be able to get one going? Thanks

Answer:No bootable disk drive

The new HDD keeps say press alt, cntr, del to restart and then just repeats process

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Hi everyone...i didint c any other threads over the internet related to this...I NEED HELP
I Accidently formatted and my 500gb hard disk using power iso and made it bootable overwriting it using windows 10 OS ..( I MISPLACED this exterbal hard disk instead of the pendrive i had plugged in) is there anyway to recover those 400 gbs of data i lost ..
 

Answer:Lost all data in Hard disk accidently made it bootable

I would say NO.
 

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Greetings! Subject line says it all! I wish to resurrect an heirloom R31 with a dead hard drive by somehow upgrading the Bios to accept USB drive boot-ups with Windows and Linux. New HD out of question right now. I''m wondering whether there's an Ethernet/internet way of implementing this. I'm not a techie but I'll try to deal with techie solutions if possible. Thanks for any advice! Jim in NYC    

Answer:Can R31 Bios Be Upgraded Without (dead) Hard Drive To Allow USB Drive Booting?

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't know the answer to your question for certain.  I can say that on my almost-as-old R40 it is possible to boot a USB flash drive, but it takes a bit of a tap dance.
 
Hmm, are you looking to boot a flash drive or an HDD? Either way, this _might_ apply to your heirloom.  Some notes from my old blog:
 
...Since it looks like a HD, it does not show up in the laptop's boot device menu (F12 during boot), but it does show up as a hard drive deep in the BIOS config.  It would be much nicer if the BIOS would present the jump drive as an option in the "Removable Devices" portion of the boot device menu.
 
To boot from the formatted jump drive, first install it in a USB slot, then start the ThinkPad and go to the BIOS configuration screen:
 
BIOS SETUP>STARTUP>BOOT>HARD DRIVE>LEXAR...
 
Use F5/F6 to move the jump drive up to the hard disk default position (the first).  Save the configuration, and reboot to the jump drive, either by letting it default to HD, or by selecting Hard Drive via F12.  Once the jump drive has been removed (and/or the machine rebooted?) the jump drive will no longer be the default.  It is necessary to go to BIOS each time the jump drive is booted.
 
Maybe...
Z.
 

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I install a new hard drive because my old drive had no more available space. I then used IBM Recovery CD's to rebuild system out of the box.  Rebuild was flawless except that I now only have 618GB of useable space on the Creload partition. What happened to the other approx. 400 GB.  The recovery partition used up almost 318GB of space.  My old drive was 160 GB, and the available space on the Creload was 145 GB, so technically I should have only lost about 15 GB on the Recovery side of the partition. Here is what I found interesting using the disk managment, the recovery partition is formatted for FAT32 file system, the Creload is formated to NTFS. I did not format  the new drive just installed it and then started using the CD's.  The only thing I can figure is that the drive must have been formatted for FAT32 and the files from the CD's were copied directly over to this format and expanded.  The Creload was created properly by formatting and installing the system from the recovery partition. Before installing the rest of my software I am wondering if I should start again and reformat the entire new hard disk into a NTFS format then start all over.  Will this fix this issue and maximize the available space for this 1TB drive? Any comments would be appreciated!

Answer:Upgraded Hard Drive to 1TB - C Drive Space was limited to 618 GB, Partition used UP 320 GB

While I cannot explain what happened with the reconfiguration of the hard drive, I can tell you that your 1TB hard drive is actually 931GB hard drive. Reason being....... An OS [operating system] sees 1GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes.A hard drive manufacturer sees 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.The manufacturer lists their numbers in the specifications. Thus, 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. It would have to be 1,099,511,627,776 bytes in order for the OS to see full 1TB available.  I would suggest leaving 15GB or 16GB of unallocated space for the recovery partition and the rest for the OS. Hopefully that will work.Message Edited by ortegaluis on 03-27-2009 11:17 PM





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Someone installed a linux OS on this guy's Acer Aspire laptop, he wants me to load win7 but when I get the install windows screen, it is showing "Windows cannot be installed to this hard Disk space, Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS.
I searched the net but can't find instructions on how to do this from the win7 disk?

Answer:How to format Hard disk to NTFS with win7 disk?

When you get to this window install screen and select Custom Install, select Advanced disk options at the next screen. Delete all partitions and then press next. This will automatically make Windows partition and format the drive.

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Hi, I hope I'm posting in the right place. I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e (3rd Gen) (Machine Type: 20GA000KUS)I was planning on upgrading my hard drive from the stock 128 GB SSD to a Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 Type 2280 (Single Sided) Internal SSD. When I called Lenovo, I got many different answers. That I couldn't upgrade to a 500GB and the max is only 256Gb that it can handle.I"m looking to see if anyone had upgraded their hard drive or know's if I can use the 500 GB HDD or not. I have already upgraded the memory from 4GB to 8GB. Thanks in advance! My system specs: Processor & Memory: Intel Celeron N3150 1.6GHz (Burst up to 2.08GHz);8GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3L;Operating System: Windows 10 Professional (64-bit);Drives: 128GB Solid State Drive;Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD driveGraphics & Video:11.6" HD LED-backlit Touchscreen IPS display with 1366 x 768 resolution; Intel HD Graphics;Communications:ThinkPad Windows keyboard, 6-row, multimedia Fn keys; Buttonless touchpad below keyboard, multi-touch; 802.11ac; 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 4.0; 720p HD Webcam;Audio: Stereo Speakers; Integrated HD Audio;Ports & Slots:2x USB 3.0; 1x HDMI; 1x RJ-45; 1x Combo Headphone/Mic Jack; 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC);Battery: 3-Cell Lithium-Ion; 42Wh; up to 11.5 hours battery life; 

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I have a  desktop p6654y which upgraded to 4tp hard drive. I cloned the hard drive with my exsisting hardrive with a clone docking station. after installing new hard drive I checked under set-up(f10) key, it shows 4tb hard drive. From there I let the system boot up, I then check under system and it shows 750 Hard drive, it also shows that under disk management. How can I get my system to reconize the 4tb hard drive. It says on the hard drive box "drives over 2tb may require a special device driver for windows to acess disk capacity above 2tb." Icannot find any such drivers. I do not know what to do any help would be nice.

Answer:upgraded hard drive

@mcmenco, welcome to the forum. The maximum hard drive capacity with Win 7 is 2GB, unless you have UEFI in the motherboard instead of a Legacy BIOS and can use GPT partitions.  Your computer doesn't have UEFI and can't be upgraded. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hi, I hope I'm posting in the right place. I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e (3rd Gen) (Machine Type: 20GA000KUS)I was planning on upgrading my hard drive from the stock 128 GB SSD to a Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 Type 2280 (Single Sided) Internal SSD. When I called Lenovo, I got many different answers. That I couldn't upgrade to a 500GB and the max is only 256Gb that it can handle.I"m looking to see if anyone had upgraded their hard drive or know's if I can use the 500 GB HDD or not. I have already upgraded the memory from 4GB to 8GB. Thanks in advance! My system specs: Processor & Memory: Intel Celeron N3150 1.6GHz (Burst up to 2.08GHz);8GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3L;Operating System: Windows 10 Professional (64-bit);Drives: 128GB Solid State Drive;Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD driveGraphics & Video:11.6" HD LED-backlit Touchscreen IPS display with 1366 x 768 resolution; Intel HD Graphics;Communications:ThinkPad Windows keyboard, 6-row, multimedia Fn keys; Buttonless touchpad below keyboard, multi-touch; 802.11ac; 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 4.0; 720p HD Webcam;Audio: Stereo Speakers; Integrated HD Audio;Ports & Slots:2x USB 3.0; 1x HDMI; 1x RJ-45; 1x Combo Headphone/Mic Jack; 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC);Battery: 3-Cell Lithium-Ion; 42Wh; up to 11.5 hours battery life; 

Answer:Has anyone upgraded their Hard Drive?

Your model has a M.2 2280 SATA SSD, here's a picture of it for reference:
 
You can upgrade to the Crucial MX200 M.2 2280 with no problem since your motherboard supports it. I think the tech reps might be reading off the parts list, which is the highest capacity Lenovo sells, but not necessarily the highest capacity your motherboard can support. 

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I'm considering the Ideapad 510 15" (Part Number 80SR0055CF).  i5-6200U, 4GB onboard RAM, 1TB 5400RPM hard drive. Can I upgrade the RAM myself? I see some 510 models have 4GB onboard + a 4GB DIMM so I'm assuming that if I get the 4GB onboard they'll be an empty DIMM slot I could add RAM to, is that the case?  If so, what's the max memory I could add? What about the hard drive, can it be upgraded/replaced?  At some point I would probably want to put in an SSD. If someone could link to the hardware maintenance manual that would be really useful, then I could check these things myself.  I can't find the manual for this particular laptop.  Thank you!




_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________W520 i7-2720QM | 32 GB RAM 1333 MHz | FHD 1920x1080 | Quadro 1000M | Windows 10 ProCrucial M500 480GB mSATA + 2 x 1 TB Hitachi Travelstar 7200 rpm | BIOS 1.42

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Hello, registered to get some help with setting up a desktop PC, seven forums seems like good place to start ;]

I've made a bootable USB Win7 x86 installation stick using Rufus, following the instructions to the letter and the PC gave me "A disk read error occured" on boot. I formatted it in NTFS, 4096 bytes allocation unit size, and i'm having doubts if this is the correct way to do it. I've repeated the process with Yumi USB Creator, and the speed at which it was copying the files was rather slow - around 3000 KB/s.

Now i've successfuly booted the USB, but when i start the installation, te Windows Boot Manager gives me this: imgur: the simple image sharer

My main question is, am i doing something wrong with how i prepare the USB (do i need to format it again in a different way?), or is it something with how the PC is set up in BIOS (it does see the stick, just doesn't want to boot)? It's a relatively old machine i built for the household from parts i scrounged up from my attic, specs are in my profile.

Thanks in advance,
Aeqvinox

Answer:Win7 bootable USB "A Disk Read Error Ocurred"

If it's not UEFI BIOS then I'd use the latest official ISO and download tool in Clean Reinstall Windows 7
then stick with those steps to get and keep a perfect install.

For any further problem Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive

Hi

not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.
 

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I've got a 3-year-old 8700 which I'm very happy with. It recently had a major hard drive failure (2TB SATA), so I'm preparing to replace the drive with a new one.
Earlier this year, a couple months prior to the crash, I took the PC through the automatic upgrade from Windows 7 (Home) to Windows 10. So of course I've got questions:

What should be the status of my Windows 7 and Windows 10 licenses? Are both in effect?
If not, do I have to purchase a new copy of one or the other? If I DO need to purchase a new copy, do I go for the OEM or the retail version?
If I have to purchase a new copy, can I buy Windows 7 and take advantage of the free upgrade to 10 again?
If I do NOT have to purchase a new copy, where the heck do I get the installation media? (I do have the "system restore" disks created just before the upgrade from 7 to 10.)
Given that I had the Home version(s) previously, can I upgrade to Pro on the same license? Or would this definitely required a new purchase? (And if so, do I get the OEM or retail version?)

Appreciate any help at all!
Edit to add: I should also have mentioned that my PC is no longer under warranty. C'est la vie!

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I couldn't find anything info on how to do this properly, so I gave it a shot - - and it worked! Disclaimer:  Do this at your own risk.  I am not to blame if you screw things up!  I take NO responsibility, whatsoever.  If you are uncomfortable with doing this - DONT!  Void the warranty - NOT MY FAULT!   OBJECTIVE: - Swap hard drives (160GB)- Keep One Key Recovery intact- One Key Recovery button still functioning- Keep partitions intact- Keep XP Home intact NEED:- USB CDR or DVDR drive (depending on your file size)- External/Removable USB hard drive (large capacity drive)- Hard Drive to upgrade- Knowledge of how to remove/replace hard drive (http://www.laptopmag.com/advice/how-to/lenovo-s10-hdd.aspx) :: Now this is how I did it...  You may have a better way or find a step or two that could be better.  At any rate, here goes. :: 1.  Download and installed Acronis True Image Home 2009 (15-day trial).2.  Ran a complete backup of DISK - all partitions.  Saved it to Local D: (LENOVO Partition)3.  Copied it to External HD4.  Created a restore CD from Acronis5.  Replaced HD6.  Booted to CD and ran Acronis Restore7.  Pointed to External HD backup and restored8.  Rebooted Everything came up normally!   OKR button worked.  Everything is intact.  XP Home is fine.  I decided to delete the Backup on drive D to make sp... Read more

Answer:Upgraded My Hard Drive - All Good

Just a word of caution. You will not be able to use the One Key Recovery to restore your S10 to its original factory state if you ever need to do it once you HD is replaced. Since most people who upgraded the HD do not want to do it, so it is OK. In any case, you still have the original HD if you need to do the original restoration. I think upgrading the HD will not void the warranty since this is classified as a customer replaceable unit but it is best to check with Lenovo if this is a concern. (Well, you can always put back the original HD, right? ))    Message Edited by ronaldkwok on 02-13-2009 09:33 AM





View my Blog on the Lenovo S10

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i just uprgraded to xp from 98 and before i upgraded i had an 80 gig hard drive and now all i have is a 2 gig hard drive. where did i lose 78 gigs and how can i get it back. whithout reformating and installing 98 and then upgrading to xp all over again. what went wrong?

Answer:i just uprgraded to xp from 98 and before i upgraded i had an 80 gig hard drive and..

I don't know if you searched the forum for the answer to this, but you might want to check out http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=30135

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i created usb bootable disk using rufus

it made usb drive write protected now i cant formated
i tried almost all possible ways available in net


1. i used disk part method and changed attributes still same

2. i used reg edit method and change device storage properties result same

3. i used live cd and tried to format result same

i am using laptop which dont have dvd drive

so this usb is really taking my patience

i tried all solution available in whole internet still i couldnt solve the issue
i am trying for lmost 10 days

can some one try to solve this

Regards

Answer:usb drive write protected after creating usb bootable disk

drive is not corrupted as it still got win 8 and i installed win 8 using it

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Where can I get a copy of the bootable CD for the Drive Image 7.0 program, so that I can recover the hard drive from a system failure if needed.

Answer:Drive Image 7 bootable disk error not working?

I still use Drive Image 7 despite it being old (it has never let me down)I think you may find it difficult to get a replacement CD as it has been continued and replaced by Norton Ghost.

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Hi everyone,

Two questions please.

1. I just upgraded Macrium per it's advisement that there was an update. Do I have to create a new Bootable Rescue Disk now?

2. When restoring the system from Macrium, still getting confused as to what to designate drives as, primary or data.

I was looking for the answer to Item 1 and ran across a thread that said: "If your system has a hidden partition, then "C" should not be slated as "primary"". My other partitions are slated as "data". I have never tried to restore the "C" so in the event of a crash, not sure what will happen. Should "C" be slated as "primary" or "data"? How do I know if my system has a hidden partition?

I'm running Vista 64-bit Home Premium Edition

Thanks for your help.

Meltie

Answer:Macrium Question Bootable Disk & Drive Designation

1. Would not hurt to burn a new CD - but most likely the old one will work. I always test that by imaging and restoring a small 2GB test partition.

2. The system partition (C) must be marked active. The hidden partition does not exist in Vista. That is a Windows7 special.

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I have a Dell Laptop which came with XP, last year I purchased Win7 Home Premium Upgrade and installed it on the Laptop. I let my stepson use it until today, the User files have been messed with and there is more junk on it than I am willing to work around.
I would like to format the hard drive and reinstall Win7 using the same disc I purchased last year. I still have the Product Key.
I have searched but have not found details particular to my needs, which basically means I am no Techie!

Answer:format win7 hard drive and reinstall win7 Home Premium.

I believe you will find this is what you are looking for.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The system will run much better in general using that method rather than upgrading as well.

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Title says it all. I'm trying to get The Windows 7 installation software to boot off of this hard drive. This has to be faster than the CD Rom, and this thing is just collecting dust.
 

Answer:How do you make a drive bootable with a Hard drive dock?

your motherboard bios needs a boot from usb device option too
 

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Our hard drive is not booting on a dell 4300...it does not even recognize it on our f12 setup utility.....the hard drive is spinning so we do not know if it is fried or not. It tells us that it is not recognising the hardrive at all. It runs windows xp... HELP!!
 

Answer:Hard drive not bootable

Check the data cable from the drive to the motherboard and make sure it is connected at both ends.
 

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can anyone advise. I want to put an operating system: XP or Vista

onto a USB hard drive.How do I do this and make the drive bootable

My bios allows booting from a USB thumb drive
 

Answer:bootable USB hard drive

It can be done as you know, try googling it for further info if no response's here.

Think tech republic web site had info on this or an article with links to further info.

One would guess? Disable boot from Hard drives to start with and the USB drive has to be made bootable for windows to be installed on it and run.

Instead of the default C:\ windows install use the usb's drive letter as the target to install windows, if your not sure verify by size capacity or name also your p.c's drivers for the monitor video audio lan etc will need to be added to that drive.. Once done

Set boot from usb devices to enabled in Bios, you may choose to leave disabled the Hard drive boot option - so only the usb windows loads by default? or you might just alter the option and get the choice of the two operating systems at startup - choice to select / load one of the two versions of windows.

Stand back and hope all goes well,

G luck
 

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Today I changed the hard drive in my PC to one from my broken laptop and i could not remember the password so I started to reset the hard drive when it got unpluged. So instead of continuing to reset it I put my old HD back in and when I started up it said no bootable device... Please help

Answer:hard drive not bootable

The one from my laptop is done reseting and the old 1 still wont work

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I purchased & installed another hard drive for my desktop computer. Want to make it boot able in Windows XP and a clone of my c: drives data. I have installed this secondary hard drive known now as the D: drive. Copied the C: drives data to this drive but could not format it first and check an option to make it boot able in Windows XP as Windows 98 could do in: 'FORMAT D: /S' coping the C: drives operating system to the D: drive automatically after the drive was formatted successfully.

How do I accomplish this in Windows XP ?

My reason for doing this is before my C: drive stops working I want to be able to exchange this D: drive with the non working C: drive and be able to boot normally and have the existing data to at least be reinstalled if needed most of the installed applications of the C: drive are saved in
My Documents/Installs/*.*

Answer:Bootable Second Hard Drive for XP

Hello colewarren and welcome to TSF,

I believe I understand you correctly when you say you want to clone your C: drive to your new HDD, right?

The easiest way to accomplish this is using a Disk Cloning software.

I use CopyWipe, most of the time.

Just a couple of questions...

Is the new HDD the same size as the old HDD?
If not, is it larger or smaller?
Are they both the same type of drive (IDE or SATA)?
If not, which drive is which?

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I'm thinking (ouch) of installing an old harddrive with win 98 on it. It may not work what with it being in a completely new computer (but it has before!) but I would like to know how to make it bootable so you can choose whether to boot from the harddrive with xp already installed or the one with win98 at startup. i'm asking wiithout trying because to test this i would need to buy an IDE to SATA cable anyway (~?22.00) because my motherboard does not support IDE but I do have some software on there that I would like to use but would be expensive to buy again (i.e. Sibelius).

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My father in law's HP PAV DV9000 had a hard drive failure and i recently installed a new SATA 500GB hard drive. I also did a clean install of windows vista Home Premium and replaced the battery.  Everything booted fine and everything seems to be working except i cannot connect to the internet. First I tried to connect with wireless and the machine could not find any networks. There are tons available where I live. Then i tried to hardwire into my modem and that did not work. There was no response from the machine at all when i plugged in the ethernet cable. The WLAN light is orange.  Is there an extra step I am missing to enable internet connected after replacing hard drive and doing clean install of Window vista? Is there some type of hardware that may need to be replaced for wireless to work? thank you in advance for the help. 

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I recently upgraded my hard drive on a HP Laptop by cloning the hard drive and replacing it. Everything appeared to work fine until I started to get a pop-up that I was not running Genuine Windows. I contacted Microsoft and re-input the key using SLUI.exe 3 and the next day still got the message. I then did a SLUI.exe 4 validation but still got the error the next day. I called Microsoft again but they were of no help.

I am running Win7 Home Premim

Can you help?

The report from the MSGDIAG diagnostics tool is posted below.

Thank you.


Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0x8004FE21
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-CHTXY-76QTQ-TCYJP
Windows Product Key Hash: q6EHAKFXw+MgL1TYYVyk2j/LXLg=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-9803143-65056
Windows Product ID Type: 8
Windows License Type: COA SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
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Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered, 1.9.42.0
Signed By: Microsoft
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
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Answer:Upgraded Hard Drive and getting Win 7 Not Genuine mesages

This may simply be caused by a bad set of Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers -

Installing the Intel Rapid Storage Drivers
try downloading and installing them from here - http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2101&DwnldID=21730

(you want the iata_enu.exe download)

Once complete, please reboot twice, then post another MGADiag report.

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I recently upgraded from windows 8 release preview to windows 8 Pro, i did this successfully but after a windows update i tried to boot my computer but it fails. and error code shows up on the new windows boot saying that the hard drive is locked and it cant boot from it. I am unable to refresh or reset the operating system. Luckily my computer also runs windows 7, on a separate hard drive, which i am able to assess the windows 8 hard drive from to get to my files.

Does anyone know what has happened here and how i could fix the problem. I could upgrade windows 7 to windows 8 but i like having a back-up OS for these situations.

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the last error i got was the irql is less that not equal too bsod. i just upgraded from 8 gigs of ram to 24, 2x8 and 2x4 both gskill memory. and i just added a seagate 7200 rpm 1tb hard drive. No problems before, but i ram mem checker a few times and it didnt give me any errors. Ive already reinstalled (clean) the graphics drivers, the network card drivers, and the intel rapid storage drivers. info attached below. it has happened once while playing video and twice now while playing games. it says nvlddkm.sys is causing problems. still happens after all those reinstalls and ive had the computer for about a month and been playing games and whatnot with no problems for hours, untill after upgrades

Answer:Upgraded RAM and hard drive, now random bsod

the nvlddkm.sys is an NVIDIA driver. when you clean installed the video drivers, did you install the same version as before you upgraded the hardware? If you installed a newer version, you could go back and clean install the previous version. Have you tried Memtest86+? This will turn up RAM issues. Have you tried re-seating all of the RAM since the upgrade? Is the new HDD your C: Drive? If so, did you do a clean Windows install?

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I upgraded to Windows XP Home Edition, but I had my hard drive partitioned into two drives. Now windows only recognizes one, the C: portion. How do I recover what was on the D drive? I've tried using Find and searching for files that were on that drive, to no avail.
 

Answer:partitioned hard drive into 2 drives, upgraded to xp, now one is gone

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I purchased a T61p with a 160GB drive.  I used another computer with Acronis to copy my image to a larger 320GB drive.  It would not boot.  I read the information from the forum, used Pagagon to image the drive sector by sector with the new drive installed in the computer and booting with the Paragon boot CD.  I have a hard drive that boots and has the ThinkVantage feature, but I can not resize the Preload drive to take advantage of the larger drive.  I played around with it and lost the ability to boot.  I have the virgin drive that I can copy from and start over again.  It takes along time to make the updates and setting.  I would like to have a successful copy and use both the additional size of the drive and use ThinkVantage feature.  The new drive allocation is the NTFS Preload first, next hidden lenovo 32bit partition, and next unallocated area last. I have resized my IBM Z770 and my Compaq several times.  It is very fast and easy with Acronis.  I would appreciate your help.  Please don't just post it solved.  because I have search and read all the hard drive posting in T and W forums.  T61p 64608VU  15.4" NVIDIA 256 T7700 2.4 G 160GB(7200) 2X1024 Chipset Intel PM965 ExpressNvidia Quadro FX570M 256MB

Answer:Resizing upgraded hard drive problem

In general I use TI with good results, which does not mean it is issue free. Try asking your question here: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?s=a1d2187193d7e3b6c4af125a8078b4ff&daysprune=&f=65  

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  Hi Yikes - I am in deep trouble !Following a virus attack, I have zero-ed my Thinkpad T60's hard disk (using KillDisk), but now when I try to install WindowsXP Pro from a CD, but although it can read the CD and does get so far... it says it cant read the hard disk ! I was hoping to install the correct driver (see below) but now I can't find my floppy disk drive for my T60.Is it possible for DOS to read off a DVD or a CD? I have tried to download a file which I am hoping is the correct driver"Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows 7 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit) and XP (32-bit) - ThinkPad"6iim10ww.exe        www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-70477But without a floppy drive I dont know how to get it into my T60!Is it possible to put the data onto a CD or a DVD and read from there? Cheers  ShipP.S. My machine is a Lenovo/IMB Thinkpad T60 "2007-F4G" with a 74GB hard disk.http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-62928#hdd 

Answer:Can a T60 (with completely zero-ed hard disk) install a hard disk drive from a CD? Or floppy only?

Hi shiphen,
 
please refer to this install instructions.
 
For further guidance check into this thread.

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I have a SATA DVD/CD optical drive that will not open to remove a boot capable disk, (CD or DVD, such as a XP or Vista O/S disk or a partition tool), when re-booting from that disk so that it is before loading any operating system. Once booted into a O/S then it opens fine to remove a CD or DVD disk. This is a Intel Core 2 Dual ASUS motherboard 1 year old desktop type computer which has both the hard drive and optical drives as SATA. So will this issue be resolved if I add in a 2nd optical drive which is standard PATA IDE type connection ?
 

Answer:SATA DVD/CD optical drive will not open to remove a bootable disk

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Hi, I have a dell inspiron b130 laptop which my old HD failed so, I sent it in and received a new one but, I put the new HD in and after 2 beeps it says " No bootable sector on internal hard drive" and "No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" I tried loading my windows xp disc but, nothing happened. I ran the diagnostic to see if the harddrive was ok and everything was alright. The motherboard detects it but, doesn't want to do anything. I was hoping that someone could help me with this problem?
 

Answer:No bootable sector on hard drive

Check your bios settings and change the boot order. Place your cd-rom before your hard drive on the list. Then install Windows.
 

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I'm going to try to make this as brief as possible.

History: My old computer stopped recognizing the hard drive (SATA). I bought a new hard drive, but the computer doesn't recognize it either.

I tried plugging the SATA cable into the second connector on the mobo, but no luck. I tried using a new SATA cable and tried connecting to each motherboard connector, no luck. My assumption is that the problem is with the motherboard.

My objective is to be able to use the computer and hard drive(s), but I want to spend VERY LITTLE money (as far under $100 as possible, preferably less than $50), since I recently purchased a new computer.

I see my options as these:

1. Replace the mobo.

Limitations: The current mobo is a decent socket A/462 with SATA connectors. It is hard to find these (particularly inexpensive ones) with SATA connectors and I refuse to take my chances on an "as is" board on ebay, etc.

2. Buy external enclosures and boot the drives that way, as needed. This would be my choice, if it isn't too complicated.

Limitations: I don't know if this is possible and how to do it. One hard drive already has Windows XP installed and all of my files in place. The other is a brand new drive with nothing installed on it.

Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Bootable External Hard Drive

You should post all your PC's specs.
Include your PSU, this could be a PSU issue er even bad power cable/Molex connector.

Have you changed any BIOS settings or reset CMOS? could be Bios setting!

As for booting to external HDD that would be dependeant on your MOBO supporting this
 

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I have been having many problems with my old hardcover and after finding out it was the source of all my problems I decided to go out and buy myself a new hard drive today,
It is a 3.5" internal sata 2
7200 rpm
32 mb cache
From intenso

My motherboard has two sata slots, I managed to install windows on my new hard drive through the files saved onto my other hard rive. Windows is successfully installed on my hard rive but I have to keep the old one in to boot from, is there a way to create a partition on my new Hardrive to boot from so I can unplug my old hard drive as it takes up the slot where my DVD drive should go

Thanks, Ashleigh

Answer:How do I make my new hard drive bootable?

The cleanest way would be to disconnect your old hard drive and reinstall Windows on your new one.

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I have a pc that i tried to create a multiple boot menu with but it seems that I cannot install anything on my new partition so I am stuck with a PC that will not boot. I have tried removing the partition and that has not changed anything and it is still non-bootable. I do not want to lose my files, but seeing as my hard drive is a SATA connector and i dont know anyone with a connector for my hard drive i cannot use another computer to get the data off. Does anyone have any ideas.Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Non bootable Hard Drive Problem

click here make a CD and boot from CD drive to recover your files.

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I just bought a Seagate ST3120026A Hard Drive and Iím having a problem with it. Itís a 120 GB hard drive so I partitioned it into 2 partitions, one for my OS and one for the other stuff. Well, I formatted it using the Seagate DiscWizard for Windows (I have another hard drive Iím using right now). I used my Windows XP SP2 CD to install setup files to the first partition but then that partition wouldnít boot. I tried installing it to the other partition, same thing, it wouldnít boot. Then I tried not partioning the drive at all. I installed Windows again, the hard drive would still not boot. I also tried formatting and partitioning the drive using the DiscWizard for DOS version. I even used the utility in DiscWizard that letís you copy one hard drive to the other. I used the hard drive that Iím using now and copied it to the Seagate Drive and guess what, still wouldnít boot. I updated my BIOS to the latest version thinking that might matter, still no luck.

My relevant Specs are:
Windows XP
Asus A7N8X BIOS Rev 1010
Seagate ST3120026A 120GB HDD
My other Hard drive is a Maxtor

Itís working great as a Slave drive but I bought it to boot from it. Am I missing something simple or do I have a bum drive? Any help would be wonderful.

Thank you.
 

Answer:New Hard Drive is Useable but not bootable

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I have an old Dell E6500 laptop I want to setup Windows XP on it. The hard drive has been formated and has the XP setup files on it but I can not get it to boot. How can I get the hard drive to boot so I can run the setup.
 

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Hi

I've got a bit of an issue... I have a laptop that won't boot to Windows (Vista... I know), and the optical drive doesn't work properly. I don't have an external optical drive, so I'm wondering if it's possible to make a bootable USB with a hard drive diagnostics on it.

Also, while I'm at it... what's the best diagnostic to use for a Toshiba SATA drive (2.5")? I simply have a suspicion that the hard drive on this laptop could need replacing, and honestly that's one of the cheapest parts on a laptop to replace. I'm hoping a reinstall of the OS will work, but I'd like to test the hard drive first.

I've heard of UBCD on a bootable USB drive, that has a hard drive diagnostic, but am wondering if anyone has experience with it, or has another recommendation. Thanks!
 

Answer:Bootable USB hard drive diagnostics

Alright, update to the situation:

I'm using a bootable USB with Linux Mint on it, and have successfully loaded Mint on the laptop. However, while able to access the Recovery partition of the HDD, I'm unable to access the System partitions of the HDD. Error message:

Unable to mount location. DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.

Are my suspicions that the hard drive could be bad/going bad correct?
 

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I want to make ultimate bootable USB Hard Drive. Because I did not want to use CD or DVD for installation of Operating System. Help me Please . How could I do .

Answer:ULTIMATE BOOTABLE USB HARD DRIVE

What operating system are you planning on installing?

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Hey guys. I have a bit of a challenge. I had Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit installed on my previous system and the motherboard went bad. Got another system and attached that very same Hard Drive in there but it wouldn't boot. Freezes and restarts at windows loading screen. So I put in another Hard Drive, formatted it and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. I also kept my old Hard Drive attached so I could have it as a secondary drive to access my documents and such.
I'm wondering if from here, I would be able to somehow make my the old Hard Drive bootable. If not, then thanks for trying.

Answer:Making Second Hard Drive Bootable Again.

You make it bootable by putting an operating system on it, but that`s not what you want it for. Connect power and a data cable to it, then format it from Windows and then you can start storing whatever you want on it.

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I recently got a new, larger hard drive (2tb). I cloned (not a copied) the original to the new hard drive, but Win7 won't boot from the new hard drive. It seems like I've done this in the past with success, but I'm stumped why it won't work now. I have Windows 7 Home Premium, I used Reflect Cloning to make the clone hard drive. Am I going about this wrong?

Answer:I'm trying to make a new hard drive bootable

Did you unplug all other drives and assure the target hard drive is set first to boot in BIOS setup?

Sometimes it requires confirming the Partition Marked Active is System Reserved (if you have it) or C
then running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I have several root kit infections and was given several options in the malware removal topic section and decided i should reformat and reinstall my operating system. I am working with an emachines T3256 desk top and it comes with a restore dvd. the restore dvd does not give me the option to reformat or erase the hard drive. I had used the restore dvd about 3 months ago and I am now infected again. I chatted with the emachine tech support who directed me to a link to download Acer DIsk Formatter V1.1D. I spent 3 hours working on this, I had to learn how to burn and iso image to a cd, go get disks, etc. I finally got the cd to boot but come to find out, after another 40 minutes chatting with emachine that the acer disk formatter won't work on an emachine.

Do you know of any gereric formatter or is my only option to buy a retail copies of windows? Is there a way to wipe out the hard drive using the restore dvd (it runs Symantic Ghost software) I am not sure the restore dvd will even work after I reformat the drive. Can anyone help me. I am a little frustrated.

Answer:HOW CAN I REFORMAT MY HARD DRIVE WITHOUT A BOOTABLE CD

I'm not familiar with the exact DVD you are refering to, but most all OEM recovery/restore discs will partition and format a new (blank) drive and install the operating system onto it.You can use [email protected] Killdisk to create a CD that you can use to zero your hard drive, wiping everything off of it completely. Then attempt the recovery dvd and recreate your partitions and restore your emachine to orriginal factory condition.

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HI,
I just formatted my hard drive using the windows explorers after mounting it as slave on another computer. When I took back the formatted hard drive to its maching to reinstalle the OS the machine could no longer recognise the HDD as a bootable media. Is there a way to make this HDD bootable again. Thanks for any advice.
 

Answer:Make My Hard Drive Bootable

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I have a hard drive that has an operating system on it that has been recovered and i would like to boot from it but it is not in the boot sequence.
Is it possible to make it bootable????

Thanks
Bill
 

Answer:make a hard drive bootable

No MBR (Master Boot Record), is why it will not boot from. You could try FixMBR in a Repair window, if Windows XP/Vista/7 and see if that works. This may also work http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 Some more info http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523/how-to-manually-repair-windows-7-boot-loader-problems/
 

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I have a Windows XP hard drive saved from my damaged laptop computer. It is an IDE drive, and my desktop computer does not have an IDE interface. My desktop computer runs on linux most of the time, occasionally Vista Basic. Is there any way I can make a bootable WinXP CD or DVD from my old hard drive? I currently have a small case with a USB interface to connect the old hard drive to my computer, and I can access files from it with no problems. Unfortunately, my desktop BIOS does not seem to have a way to boot from a USB drive.
 

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Hello,
Sir I am having 500gb usb hardisk in which i had create a partition of 10gb and i want to create that partition bootable with windows 7 pls tellme what to do there are many ways given to make harddisk bootable but its for complete harddisk not for selected partition.

Answer:Make Usb hard drive Bootable

Hello arpitsaxena007, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you are trying to make a Windows Operating System boot independently from USB connected Hard Disk Drive, it's not possible at all.

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In the 2004 july issue of PC Avisor Page 144 there was an article explaning how to make a slave hard drive bootable and work like the operating drive.Can you help me to make my Slave hard Drive the sameThanks

Answer:Hard Drive to make bootable

Just checked the issue you quote (Issue 108 July 2004)and there is no mention of making a slave drive bootable. Could you check that again??

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