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Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

Question: Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

Hi. My laptop is Acer with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit OS.
It contain only 1 single partition disk that is c drive only.
Recently, i accidentally convert the c drive which contain OS into dynamic disk.
After i restart the laptop, it shows the following:
BootMgr is missing
Please press Alt, Ctrl +del to restart
Now, i not able to enter the window. I am so worry because my important data is kept inside the hard disk, and i still not yet do any back up copy on it.
I searching on this forum and learnt that i need a window 7 installation disk to repair it, but my problem is the computer dealer not give me any windows 7 installation disk when i baught this laptop as their said all the driver and windows program already kept in side the harddisk.
Any help are much appreciated...

I tried to remove the laptop hardisk which is a 500GB toshiba SATA hardisk. Then, i use the other laptop with Windows XP professional with the intention to copy yhe file inside the toshiba hard disk.

However, after plugged in the hard disk to the other laptop, under the disk management, it shows that the toshiba disk as : dynamic disk, unreadable.
So, i having problem to backup the data inside the toshiba hard disk.....

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Preferred Solution: Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

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Answer: Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

Hello Yee, welcome to Seven Forums!









Have a look at Option Four in the tutorial at the link below to see if the "Set Partition as Primary" option is available; there's also a link in the same tutorial for the info on creating a Windows recovery disk.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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So i had an old 200 gb hard drive, and added a New 1tb harddrive.. My plan was to get Windows on the new hdd and throw out the old one, its quite old. I was too lazy to reinstall Windows and the drivers on the new hard drive so i used a program called EaseUS to copy the files from the old hard drive to the new one. It turns out this program copied the Properties of the old hard drive on the the new one, and it now says I only have 200 gb of Space on my 1tb hdd. So basically i need help
 

Answer:Accidentally changed hard drive size.

Never mind, i found a fix:

https://techjourney.net/change-or-resize-partition-ntfs-fat-or-fat32-size-in-windows/
 

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I was trying to dual boot windows 8, and i accidentally changed my disk (or drive?)i only have one on my laptop) to dynamic and now i cant install it!!! plz help. idk how to get dynamic driver converter for free, and i cant do the thing where you delete it and stuff (or i just dont know how)

Answer:Accidentally changed my driver to dynamic

I assume you now cannot boot back to your old OS either. There are tools that can help you get data off you HDD if there is no other ways. And then you'll need to reformat and install no doubt.

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while trying to initialize a new external hard disk- I changed the C name for the OS drive to N. Now, I can't access anything, inlcuding disk management. I'm afraid to turn off my computer- as I fear I won't be able to access anything, so I can't take it to a specialist. HELP!!!!!

Answer:accidentally changed OS drive name

You can't just go to My Computer, right-click on the drive and rename it? I think even if you turn it off and restart the computer, you would be able to go into the BIOS and change the master hard drive to "N" or whatever. It's complicated, so I suggest you get someone knowledgeable with computer hardware to help you.

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while trying to initialize a new external hard disk- I changed the C name for the OS drive to N. Now, I can't access anything, inlcuding disk management. I'm afraid to turn off my computer- as I fear it will never start again, so I can't take it to a specialist. HELP!!!!!!!!
 

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Hi, I accidentally changed my downloads library to C drive. When I click on the downloads library tab, it takes me to C drive, rather than just the downloads folder in C drive. I can't change it back.
Anyone got some advice for a dingbat? Thanks!!

Answer:I accidentally changed my downloads library to C drive. HELP!

Try using System Restore to restore your computer to a date before you made the change.

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Hi, I accidentally changed my downloads library to C drive. When I click on the downloads library tab, it takes me to C drive, rather than just the downloads folder in C drive. I can't change it back.
Anyone got some advice for a dingbat? Thanks!!

Answer:I accidentally changed my downloads library to C drive. HELP!

Try using System Restore to restore your computer to a date before you made the change.

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Hi,
I can't boot up my windows because the drive letter (drive C - where windows was installed) has changed to X drive..
Symptom - brief blue screen.
Is there any way I can change the drive letter back?
 

Answer:Windows can't boot up because drive letter accidentally changed

Have you tried using a BartPE or UltimateBootCD?
 

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I have a custom built PC, installed with Windows XP. Lately its been having trouble, but it is full blown rebellion as of last night. I think its probably a virus but I'm not that experienced with diagnosing.
Issues:
`My web browser (FireFox) crashes when trying to view certain things; PDF files are the main crash point
`I have a 16 GB flash drive that I have to reformat it every time I use it, which doesn't fix the problem it just lets me transfer again until I have to format it again.
`I have two hard drives that make up c,d,e,f,i,j,and k drives. When I opened "My Computer" I,J,and K:/ were missing. I couldn't see or access them.
`Its been freezing up a lot; forcing me to reboot
`(most recent)Now when I try to reboot it will rapidly switch screens from the black scanning, log in, windows xp (with the blue bar filling up), and a blue error screen. The blue error screen says to reboot if its the first time i've seen this; then it gives steps to follow if i've seen it before.

I've tried to run it in safe mode and it hasn't worked.

Please if you have any ideas let me know. Is it possible to recover my saved files? I backed up my files awhile ago but it is saved on a drive that is missing (I,J,or K) If you need more info just ask. Thanks for your help

Answer:Windows XP Crash Issues - Hard Drive fail, start up fail

Hi there
So what I gather is that you now cannot start your computer up at all, due to this issue. I'm actually unsure of the problem, it sounds to me like a Virus has been at your computer. It can't really be a hardware issue I don't think... I mean it is possible that what could have been happening is that your computer (Desktop or Laptop?) is overheating and its been damaged because of that... But that wouldn't really make sense, and also having Custom Built a computer I'm sure you'd have been smart enough to install a thoroughly capable cooling system.
It sounds to me like your hard drive has been corrupted though, BSOD usually means a pretty big issue. Thats why I was thinking hardware problem to begin with, you don't often get it for Virus's.
A couple of things we need to know:
Do you have any sort of Anti-Virus installed? If so, which one? How frequently did it scan? Did you find any virus's?
Also, how far into the boot process does the computer get before it loops? Are you able to enter BIOS settings before Blue Screen comes up and it loops? What happens when it loops?
And do you have a startup / boot disk for your computer. You certainly should do.

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.

Help.

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

Answer:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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I have an external hard drive and a 1GB travel drive that I use interchangeably between my work laptop and home PC. My traveldrive no longer is saving documents (I get a file permission error) and when I looked at the drive, the Traveldrive was opening as an F: drive, now it is showing G: drive and is not working correctly. Help! I have a lot of work on the traveldrive and am no longer able to save info. on it UGH!!! How do I get it back to F: drive?

Answer:external hard drive and travel drive changed directories

Hello & Welcome to TSF


this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

now what i you need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now scroll down to your (USB Device Tree) and uninstall all that it is shown / then shut your sysem down compleatly then unplug all (USB Devices) then rebot your system 2 to 3 times

this will cause Windows to rebuild the (USB Device Treee & Drivers)

now try hooking up your (USB Devices) and see if they work properly

then get back to us

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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Is there any way to keep the same drive letter (in this case, E) for my external hard drive?  I plugged a printer into my laptop yesterday, and how my EHD has become drive F. Now none of my shortcuts or file locations work any more.  The EHD is a plug-and-play device connected via a USB port.1) Can I change it back to E somehow?2) Can I set it so that it will always be drive E?I've tried removing the printer and the hard drive, then rebooting with just the hard drive.I've tried uninstalling the hard drive via device manager, reconnecting and rebooting.  It still says F.My next thought is to do a system restore back a couple days, but even if I do this, I'd like to know if there is a way to permanently assign drive E to this device.Thank you!!

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter Changed

Well, it looks like I may have solved my own problem:START --> Control Panel  --> Administrative Tools  --> Computer Management.In the left pane, expand Storage, and then choose Disk Management.  Select the external hard drive and from the right-click menu, select Change Driver Letter and Paths.  Select the drive, click the Change button, and then change the letter in the drop-down box.

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Hi Guys!
I need some help. I purchased an external hard drive per TSG help. Thank you. Everything has been working so far. I leave the Seagate External Hard Drive plugged into my USB port, which identified it as being on the E:/ drive. Anything else will be F: drive. Suddenly, the Seagate External Hard Drive is coming up as the F: drive location

I placed some programs, such as the Wise Disk/Registery Cleaner, onto the external hard drive to free up limited space on the C: drive. The shortcut indicates the E: drive so the computer is preventing the Wise Disk Cleaner from running. I have unpluged the external hard drive and shut the computer off several time. Nothing changes the drive's location.

Any suggestions????
Thank you.
 

Answer:External Hard drive changed drive location

Hi Siam, you can choose what letter the drive should show up as. To do this, go to:
Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management and click on Disk Management.
On the right in the bottom pane you will see a list of your drives. Find the external hard drive and right click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths... then click on Change and you can select E: from the drop down and click OK.
Hope that solves it...
 

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We have recently had two hard drives fail, both purchased and installed in the same PC at the same time. They failed about a month apart. Is there anything out there that can be used to monitor the drives to detect upcoming failures? I have been looking at diagnostic software called Active Smart. I downloaded a 30 day trial version but purchase costs approx $30.

Thanks
 

Answer:Hard Drive Diagnostics - can something tell you when a drive is about to fail?

Most bios setups have a setting to enable for S.M.A.R.T. Check to see if you have that option.

However, that many drive failures so close together would lead me to believe that you have other issues, maybe the drives are too close together and getting too hot?
 

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I have recently purchased an usb hard drive and would like to take advantage of the dynamic features in windows xp pro, but windows will not let me convert my basic external usb hard drive into a dynamic drive. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Brian Mullins
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive Dynamic

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I just bought a WD 1 TB to replace 120 GB slave (it was 'c:') I had. I intended to still use it as a slave and keep my 320 GB (it was 'd:') as the master. They're both SATA's so of course that doesn't matter so I just kept the 320 set as the primary in BIOS.

At first boot up the computer started fine but when it started Windows the previous devices hadn't been loaded and I was asked to register again before starting. I re-registered and clearly all the previous settings are gone.

I think this is because the drive letters were changed? Is there a way to check...is it something else? Can drive letters just be changed back and voila everything finds itself again?

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:New Hard Drive/Changed Drive Letters

disk management in computer management access through administrative tools
right click on the drive in question and select from the menu to check
 

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Hi, I've been reading about striped volumes and I'm a bit curious about them. How exactly are they different from mirrored volumes? Mirrored volumes basically save the data twice right, once to one hard drive and once to the other, so the hard drives just mirror one another and that acts as fault protection in case one dies. But striped volumes do not protect your data, so the writing process is different, but how exactly? Both striped volumes and mirrored volumes allow you to utilize the storage space of only one hard drive right, since it's copying the same data onto each hard drive?

Also, is there a hard drive retrieval speed increase when you go from a simple volume to a striped volume? If so, how many times faster? Thanks

Answer:Dynamic hard drive questions

I believe 'striped volumes' and 'mirrored volumes' are both used in RAID arrays, which is very outdated nowdays.


Quote:




There are three key concepts in RAID: mirroring, the copying of data to more than one disk; striping, the splitting of data across more than one disk; and error correction, where redundant data is stored to allow problems to be detected and possibly fixed (known as fault tolerance). Different RAID levels use one or more of these techniques, depending on the system requirements.




Wiki has the answers

RAID EXPLAINED

If you want to get a detailed answer on striped and mirrored disks, here's the links:
striping
Mirroring

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I have just purchased a 500GB SSD and was attempting to clone the HDD in my Laptop onto the new SSD but it now appears that the HDD is dynamic and Macrium Reflect Free does not support this kind of disc, I would have to purchase the full program for a once only use! First how did my drive become Dynamic or has it always been so, also can I just make/use my disc image to install the C drive onto the SSD? My PC was running windows 8.1 and then I installed Windows 10, did not like it and reverted to 8.1. It is an HP Pavilion dv6 6b08sa.

Answer:Cloning Dynamic Hard Drive to SSD

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Okay i have this 250gb drive which was running as "dynamic" before when i last checked it in the disk management, now it says unallocated, and obviously i cannot see it in the drives list now and use it.
The problem is that this drive is very much filled with important stuff, and i so don't feel like losing what's inside, i know the stuff is still there since i haven't done any kind of formatting, so i need help how to get the drive back to working state without doing any harm to its contents.
I'm not going to do anything to it until i know for sure what i can do.
 

Answer:Dynamic hard drive became unallocated?

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Alright here is the low down. I just upgraded my computer from xp to vista. I had two internal hard drives, One has my operating system and the other was just a storage device (pretty much). I got vista loaded with no problem, But when i went into Computer Management to find my other internal hard drive it was there but it was a dynamic hard drive instead of a basic (basic is what it was on my old OS) The computer does see it and it gives me the option to covert it into a basic, but in doing so I will lose all of my data, that is my backed up data from my old computer, how do i go about doing this without losing my data, I would be happy with even removal of the data and reformating it
Please help me, this is so fustrating, i'm about to yank my hair out!!!
Signed
In pain~
 

Answer:Dynamic Hard Drive Problem

u cant without losing data unless you backup data and basically start over. you can only go basic to dynamic and keep everything. sorry
 

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I have a hard drive that has been partitioned as "Dynamic" Does anyone know how i can get in to this to get the things off it so they are not lost before i convert it back to "Basic".???

Answer:Coverting hard drive from dynamic.

Suggest you close your other thread so as to avoid any confusion.

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Answer:accidentally wiped out hard drive

There are tons of programs - PC Inspector is one of the most popular.

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Hi. I was just trying out the file sharing program SoulSeek for the last couple of hours. I guess I accidently shared my hard drive, because after I looked at the transfer page, I realized there were over twenty files that someone had downloaded off me that weren't in the folder I thought I was sharing. I also didn't recognize the name of any of the files. I am kind of worried. What is the worst that could have been downloaded. Should I start changing passwords for my e-mail, etc.?
 

Answer:Accidentally shared whole hard drive

is soulseek a P2P for copying music etc - if so then this will not get support from this forum - i dont know the program - let us know if its legal.

if you have shared you harddrive for anyone to access then they could have copied anything they wanted.

also if it is illegal filesharing then you will have loads of spyware on the PC as thats part of the deal......
 

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Pc was stuck on a diagnostics loop and while trying to open safe mode I got distracted and I think I ran Asus E Z flash by mistake, without backing anything up or having anything plugged in. Now it won't boot, all I get is a black screen with a flashing "_", but it won't let my type and it won't run the diagnostic at all. What did I do?? Please help!

Answer:I think I accidentally flashed my hard drive

When booting, try holding all 4 directional keys at the same time to possibly regain your bios settings. As a last resort, Asus will restore the bios for a fee.

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I had an Acomdata external USB IDE HD used as backup storage. The data was password-protected with the software that came with the unit.

When the USB housing began to fail connecting to Windows, I connected the HD to the motherboard with the use of a SIIG Sata-to-IDE adapter.

My Windows 7 Pro O/S recognized the drive, but not the data.

In my frustration, I changed the drive type from 'basic' to 'dynamic.' I didn't format, just changed the drive type. No luck.

I then purchased an external Sabrent sata/IDE external housing unit... same 'invalid' dynamic error message within Disk Management.

When I {right-click} on the 'invalid' drive within Disk Management, it gives me these options:
1) Convert to Basic Disk,
2) Reactivate Disk, and
3) Offline.

Did I lose all my data?
Is there way to restore access?

ALL my backup is on this drive. Any suggestions or explanations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
PC Info:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1) 64-bit
Intel i5 CPU, 750 @ 2.67 GHz w/16 MB RAM
 

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Wondering if anyone can help me. I have an Areca 1880i with a 34TB RAID6 array on a Windows 2008 R2 system. A drive went bad today and the array immediately started rebuilding with a hot spare. The RAID array says everything is good. I noticed that certain directories on the server were inaccessible. I decided to reboot the system. Now Windows is labeling the array as an invalid dynamic drive (GPT).

Is there anything I can try in order to save the data?
 

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A big hello to the tech support forum, this is my first post!

I have recently installed a clean version of XP pro on a new hard drive and in an attemt to reformat my old hard drive I made the old drive dynamic. However, now when I try to format the drive using the new XP it fails. I fear it is becasue I have an operating system installed on the old disk and windows doesn't want to delete it.

Any help on how to reformat this disk would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

Hoopers

Answer:[SOLVED] Format dynamic hard drive

G'Day Hoopers, and Welcome to TSF!

My suggestion would be to set the 'old' drive up as a 'Slave' to your 'new' one first.

Once you have done this, boot up the computer and retrieve all your data; then; Go here, and look for a program called "Boot N' Nuke", which will completely wipe that drive clean....but read the article tips first!

'Boot N' Nuke' will be a slowish process, as it will 'zero' the drive.

Try this and report back with any queries/concerns.

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RE: Windows XP Pro, Start - Control Panel - Admin Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management

without knowing the good/bad about basic and dynamic disks i seem to have converted my single SATA2 320GB hard disk into a 2-partitioned dynamic disk.

i dont really understand the differences between the two as stated in the microsoft support site, but seems the only way to convert back to basic is to back-up and/or reformat.

my uses for my computer are only common, so should i just leave it as dynamic, or reformat (which is no problem)???

could anybody explain to my the uses for a dynamic disk in 'homer simpson' terms?

thanks very much.

Answer:Basic or Dynamic hard disk drive?

just leave it in dynamic.. it's harmless

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I am working on a windows xp machine that has a hard drive in it that has been converted to a dynamic disk. (I don't know why)

Are there any products that can image a drive that has been converted to dynamic?
 

Answer:Image Hard Drive That Has Been Converted To Dynamic

Acronis True Image Server and Ghost 10 both will.
 

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HI
I accidentally deleted one my hard disk drive using "mini tool partition wizard"(still remained unallocated) , and immediately i selected partition recovery wizard in that software and scanned the entire hard disk and it showed the files exactly how they are in my formatted drive looks ..when i selected finish button it saying delete at-least one existing drive ...i selected ok then it showing my c drive empty and my deleted recovered drive , i have only two drives one is boot drive another one is which i deleted ...
i undid the process of this, in software ... and waiting for ur help ... to recover the data ..

Answer:I accidentally formatted my hard disk drive .....

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is an excellent tool that you might want to consider.

File and data recovery software to unformat, undelete files. Recover deleted files and recover formatted disk or corrupt drives - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Piriform's Recuva is another good data recovery utility.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

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My friend was gonna borrow my computer for a bit so I tried to make a guest account. Seeing as Windows 10 removed that feature for whatever reason, I made a new blank user account. I tested it out and noticed I still had access to all the files on my storage drive, which is exactly the opposite of what I wanted the new account for. So I went back to my admin account and edited the permissions on the drive by removing everything in the security tab "groups or user names" box other than administrator, assuming that would allow only me on my admin account to access it. However, now I get "/g is not accessible, access is denied" when I try to open it even on my admin account. In an attempt to fix it I've enabled sharing for 'Everyone' and made sure all permission boxes were checked for Administrator. How do I regain access?

Answer:Accidentally locked myself out of an entire hard drive?

Set the user account that you log into as the owner of the files / drive:

http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-take-...in-windows-10/

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My cd/DVD hasn't been working so I went to drivers and unistalled the item under "disk drive" and I guess turns out that was my hard drive driver. It prompted for restart, once I did. The computer turned back on, but nothing on my screen. Not even bios. With a red light on my motherboard and that's it. How can I get my hard drive driver back.
What's my next step
 

Answer:Accidentally unistalled hard drive driver

After you roll back or uninstall a problematic driver, you can try downloading and installing the latest version from the manufacturer?s website, or try a specific version that previously worked to get your computer back on its feet.
 

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Guys i need help,,i accidentally dropped my hard drive its a 1tb buffalo hd-pntu3,,now when i go to disk management in my computer its showing up as disk 1 unknown allocated,,and when i try to initialize disk its greyed out!,,please i need help,, i have a lot of files on this drive,,please help!!

Answer:Accidentally Dropped External Hard Drive

It is probably corrupted, does it have a warranty? This happen to one of mine a couple months ago, it's pretty annoying. You have to keep these things in a safe spot lol.

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I am pretty freaked out about what happened and really hope that there is an answer to this problem.I was helping a friend out and was in the process of wiping a hard drive to reinstall the OSI had the friends hard drive in a hard drive bay connected to my computer through USBI was using a software that I really like called easeUS partition masterIn the software, I selected his hard drive to delete the partition... the mistake I made was that I selected C: drive and D: drive. I was tired and failed to recognize that C: drive was my computer!!So the software carried out the task of deleting the partition... and I realized upon rebooting the computer, that the C: drive I selected was my own computer.I have since connected my own hard drive to the hard drive dock and connected it to the USB on another computer. I ran the same software, easeUS Partition Master, and one of the selections was to "recover a partition".I ran the recover a partition on my C: drive that I accidentally deleted.I can now see all of my data when the hard drive is in the dock, but the hard drive will not boot the computer that it came out of.Please Please tell me that there is a way to just return this hard drive back to normal... where it boots the computer it came from and where all of the settings and data are intact and functioning.

Answer:accidentally deleted the partition on my hard drive

The invisible but very essential MBR (Master Boot Record) on your hard drive has probably been damaged or is missing, and the hard drive can't boot without it.You can repair or rebuild the MBR with your EaseUS Partition Master.Instructions here: http://www.partition-tool.com/easeu...

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Hi,

As I was installing Xubuntu (with intentions of dual booting), I accidentally destroyed a partition full of my school work stuff using the partition manager.

It was originally NTFS.
It is now an ext3 file system, and there is no data on it.

How would I go about recovering my data from it?
 

Answer:Accidentally destroyed a hard drive partition

Try Minitools Power Data Recovery. Use the Lost Partitions option and see if it sees your old NTFS partition.

I'm not familiar with the software (other than reading threads where others have had success) but if it sees the partition and/or your files there is a chance of recovering some or all of the data.
 

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I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\
 

Answer:Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

http://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

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Is there any way to fix this without taking it back? I really don't understand what SCSI means. Would all motherboards have this? A motherboard from 1995?

Answer:Accidentally boughtgh an SCSI hard drive; only have IDE

fix what?What problem are you having?

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Hi


I have new PC and when I attach my 2TB external USB attached hard drive it does not show up in explorer, it does show in Disk Manager where it says it is Dynamic and Invalid.

How do I make it Valid?

This Hard Drive works fine on another PC, both with Windows 7


thanks


Daniel

Answer:Change a Dynamic/Invalid Hard drive to Valid

  
Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens


Hi


I have new PC and when I attach my 2TB external USB attached hard drive it does not show up in explorer, it does show in Disk Manager where it says it is Dynamic and Invalid.

How do I make it Valid?

This Hard Drive works fine on another PC, both with Windows 7


thanks


Daniel


Could you post a screenshot of the Disk Management. Here is a tutorial on how if you are not familiar. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I have an 80GB Maxtor Hard drive disk that I used solely as a slave drive for storage, there has NEVER been an OS installed on this drive. A couple of days ago when I booted up, I went to My computer and the drive I labled (X was gone. I went to the device manager and the disk was there and it said it was functioning properly. I went to Disk Management and it had converted the disk to a Dynamic Disk. It also said the disk was "Foreign". I used the Disk management tool and tried to Import the Foreign disk, however, I got an error saying to check the System Event Log. The System Event Log stated said "Internal Error- No valid disk belonging to the disk group was found." So it has brought me back to square 1. Is there anyone with any ideas as to how I can access the data on this disk? The Disk Management tool says that I can convert it to a basic disk, however, that would cause me to have to format the disk. I have about 60GB of media & data on the disk that I would like to back up. I will format the disk if there is any way that I can access the data and back it up first. But before I format the disk, are there any suggestions as to how I can get my data??

Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Dynamic Disk Hard drive issue (XP)

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My main plan was to encrypt my external hard drive. Before I did that I had to format it so I put everything on my desktop. I tried to do a quick format with windows but that corrupted it. So I popped in Hirens boot CD and used one of those formatting tools. By default it chose the hard drive in my computer. I got it to stop at 0.5% but it still did some serious damage. I then booted into Linux from the live CD to find out if there was any hope. I had 3 partions and I didn't see not 1.would could I do to get my data back? I don't wanna lose Allll my data.

Answer:accidentally began to format hard drive Stopped at 0.5%

Hello and welcome DROPS7 mate if you are referring to the C: (OS) drive then you cannot format it while it is in operation - I stand to be corrected though.

If you have damaged the drive then maybe you might like to use this

BOOTABLEUBUNTU

Makea bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Setthe BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you ascreen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY. You can of course remove the hard drive and any otherdrives when doing this as if the optical alone is the only drive left in themachine then the BIOS will only find it to boot from.

Whenit is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in thepic .

Openthe drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settingsyou may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source orother installed drive doing this.

Iam not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this methodboth on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data fromusing Windows.

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So while I was trying to tranfer the natural installation path from the C drive (SSD) to my HDD which is on the B drive I seem to have somehow merged them together.Whenever I create a folder on my Hard Drive it instantly gets merged onto the downloads folder. I also managed to somehow rename my downloads folder entirely.http://gyazo.com/2b58f8e1bacff3979ebb480ee4874491My HDD also seems to have turned up in my "Username" folder.http://gyazo.com/3e165ebd3ddd39370b4fe4728dfc3ec5And when I click the Downloads tab on the left side it directs me to the here.http://gyazo.com/1fd04a99890f64a2f3ebcb53c63fe07a

Answer:I have accidentally merged my Hard Drive with my Downloads folder.

Looks like you've renamed Downloads to B:\ and created a folder called Downloads in B:\
 
What's in your Devices and Drives?
 
Or maybe you've accidentally dragged Downloads in to B:\

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Dear All, This problem is Most hot topic in most of the forums. Any one with best suggestion is most appretiated.I have a system with Two Sata Disk Drives in it ( Samsung 40gb OS Installed - 80gb Samsung for data storage.) The Operating system is Win2000 and second drive is a Dynamic drive.Recently I have an instance to back my data on my both drives to other system as i want to use a vista system. I have removed both the drives and backed the first drive with OS 2000 in to my vista system by connecting the drive as slave to that system.But when i tried to connect the second hard drive which was a dynamic drive on my old system, could not able to be seen in the my computer. but the drive was been detected by the PC and in Disk Management Option of administrative tools, was seen as Dynamic / Forine drive. i removed that drive and connected back to my old system, even this time it could not be seen in my computer and was detected and shown as dynamic / offline in Disk Management Option.More over I tried do all the option like Re activate the disk and Import the forine disk but was invain. I have left only with option that revert to basic disk. But was got some information from support.microsoft.com that by converting it back to basic disk will lost my data on the drive.This situation is worse for me as i have got my three years work on the drive.Any positive suggestion is most appreatiated.With RgdKartheek M

Answer:Hard Drive - Disk Management Option - Dynamic / Offline

Hook it up as a slave drive and retrieve your data...i suggest purchasing a DVD burner for burning your backups as ALL hard drives eventually fail.The problem you are having is that with any Windows OS from Win2K on you cannot simply swap a hard drive from one machine to another and expect it to boot properly...it simply won't work and as MS said you risk losing all your data. This is by design.

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Hello,

I have a wierd problem that i don't understand:

Becouse of an unfortunatly accident (whici i don't yet understand), my drive letters change, my C: became D, and so on, and logically, the windows couldn't start becouse it didn't know where windwos was. What was strange, using acronis backup, to restore my windows, it says that C: is actually assignt to System reserved space. I have 2 hard disks, 500 gb each, the first time it crashed, it also made an other hard drive master and the one that should have been master, a slave. I checked in bios, the one that is master is put as a boot devide, first is dvd rom, second the hard disk, the one that is supoosed to be there.
Also, shouldn't the disk with windows on me disk 0?

Those anyone have an idea why is this happening? Never had this problem before and it already happened 2 times in a week, its getting annoying.

Answer:Drive letter changed at startup

Hello and welcome Jack I think you will find that disk 1 is still the OS drive mate if you go to that screen again and right click on that C: partition > open it will show you what is in there ie Windows program files etc see pic of mine. Do the same thing on the other partitions to see what is in them.

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I had to do a fresh install on my primary due to explorer crash issues. I have a secondary drive which was my backup for all of my pictures and music. During the reinstall of Windows 7 64bit Professional I accidentally deleted the 129mb System Reserve on the second hard drive thinking it was for thge primary drive. Now explorer does not show the secondary hard drive, although it shows up in Disk Management. Is there any way to restore or recreate that System Reserve section without having to refomat the entire hard drive and loose all of my data??

Answer:Accidentally deleted 129mb System Reserve on second hard drive

Hello Borne, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might be able to pick up at step 7 in OPTION FOUR of the tutorial below to hopefully restore the System Reserve partition. Just do not format or delete it again. If you do, you may not be able to restore it.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,

I'm not new to these forums, they've been very helpful to me just browsing through when I have problems. I am new however to signing up. What happened to my computer is, I kept getting the BSOD, I went into safe mode, removed the most recent programs I had installed, and it stopped happening. I then proceeded to plug in my external hard drive. It was not recognizing it for some reason, so I went to disk management. It was listed there, just without a drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter, and it gave me an error message saying something about refreshing the list, (this is the error message I should have researched), I tried refreshing the drive list, and tried reassigning the drive letter, same message. I right clicked on the drive again, and I saw mark as active. For some stupid reason, I clicked on this. Then seeing that it didn't do anything, I thought maybe restarting the computer would maybe do the trick. Now my computer won't boot. It gets to the windows logo, and boom, restarts all over again. I tried many things like, startup repair, system restore, marking partition as active CMD, with diskpart, I also tried some of the commands in bootrec.exe. By the way, if this helps at all, my hard drive is a solid state drive, I also have a slave drive in there which does also have a copy of windows installed on it, (it was my old hard drive), I tried setting that as my primary boot and it boots into my old install of windows, before i got my... Read more

Answer:Had BSOD, fixed that, accidentally set external hard drive as active

Unplug external, boot into System Recovery Options Command Line to Mark Partition Active on the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C partition. If it won't start run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to repair or rewrite the System boot files.

Once it boots, plug in the external to Mark Partition as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.
Then run a Disk Check. If it fails run Partition Wizard Check File System and Partition Wizard Partition surface test.

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Hi Everybody

Here is the scenario:

I was trying to remove the pre-installed Windows 8. I figured I should create a backup in case I ever have to go back to the piece of junk software. Anyway, I plugged-in my external hard drive to make the backup...

Here's the mess up:

It said 'formatting drive'. Within two seconds, I cancelled the operation and removed the hard drive.
Now, when I try to access it (tried on 3 other laptops), it just shows the Hard Drive as Recovery Disk with some 20MB data and total 30 GB space.
Disk management shows 890 GB unallocated space.
It's a seagate 1TB backup drive. There was nearly 500 GB of data on it.

Do I need to use some data recovery program or is there another way. I don't think an entire hard drive can be formatted in 2 seconds.

Can someone please help. I can't stress enough how important the data on the drive is to me.

Regards

Stished
 

Answer:Accidentally made my External Hard Drive a Recovery Disk

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The laptop comes up with a black screen saying that the hard disk check has detected imminent failure.What do I need to do?

Answer:Hard drive test fail "Hard Disk 1 SMART" (301)

Thanks for the post and Welcome to HP Forums As per the error shared, The Hard drive is faulty and its needs to be replaced.Kindly call HP to get it replacedhttp://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.html Thank You

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Hi,

I formatted and installed windows 7 64 bit in a pc which previously had windows 7 32 bit.
When i booted my 1tb dynamic disk was not detected. So I went into disk management and it had listed my disk as "Foreign Disk". So i imported the foreign disk.

The drive was detected and opened. So i rebooted the pc but now the drive is still not appearing in my computer. When i go to disk management the 1tb appears but there is no drive letter assigned. When i try to assign drive letter it statest that "Specified File cannot be found"

I am desperate please help me.

Answer:Unable to assign Drive Letter to Sata Dynamic Hard Diski

somebody please help me.

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Hello,
I turned my Windows 7 Home premium installed Hard Drive to a Dynamic Disk. Now the computer keeps restarting after bios. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I don't want to lose my data if possible.

Thanks,
Harry

Answer:Windows 7 installed Hard Drive turned into Dynamic Disk - reboots

Have a look at this tutorial.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Unfortunately, you will have to delete all partitions so you'll lose any data you haven't backed up. How or why did you convert the drive to a dynamic disk?

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Question: Hard drive fail?

When i'm using my computer and sometimes on start up my hard drive will make this repeating ticking sound...(tick, tick, tick, tick) and freeze up the computer.

Then when the hard drive stops the sound the computer will return to its normal state.

Is this a hard drive fail? Will i have to buy a new one?

160gb sata, toshiba a215

Answer:Hard drive fail?

Most of my tick, tick, ticking HD's won't even boot. But when they have just started ticking it is usually a bad sign. Back up NOW !

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Hello, from using Piriform and GSmartcontrol I think my internal HDD is going to fail. So I'm thinking of getting a new internal HDD and keeping both for now but switching my OS and key data to the new HDD and using the iffy one to store bulk files of low importance. Anyway, just looking for some advice on the hardware and software side of this given my pc configuration. My current set up is:-

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

CPU
Intel Core i5 4690 @ 3.50GHz:
Haswell 22nm Technology

RAM
8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z97-HD3 (SOCKET 0):

Graphics
S240HL ([email protected])
Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Gigabyte)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (Palit Microsystems):
ForceWare version: 376.33

SLI Disabled

Internal Storage
1863GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 ATA Device (SATA):

External Storage
1863GB Western Digital WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device (USB (SATA)):

2794GB Seagate Expansion Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)):

Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected

Audio
High Definition Audio Device
 

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hi there, this problam has happened twice with 2 ibm 60gig hard drive, always happens when machine reboots or starts up, as the compute starts up all i get after the startup screen is alow clicking sound coming from hard drive, all the recovery floppys ie for partition magis and drive image do not work they get so far then hang as iget the clicking noise, only way out is to use ranish patition manager on floppy to fill the hard drive wih zeros then format and reinstall, any ideas as to what causes the cliking sound, cheers delmec
 

Answer:hard drive fail

I'd say the drives are dying. Go to IBM website and download the drive utility program and run it.
 

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Question: Hard drive fail

My Hard Drive failed and needs to be replaced. I contacted hp support and they gave me a quotation regarding the price of hard drive. The problem is this price is almost thrice as much for which i can get a hard drive with similar specs from any reputed vendor like WD or Seagate...My question is why should i buy HP hard drive over the others. Does it come with any pre installed drivers?Also the hard drive in my quotation is name SPS-HDD 1TB 5400RPM SATA RAW 2.5INI don't know what RAW stands for neither is purpose.Can someone clarify this?My notebook is out of warranty.













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Answer:Hard drive fail

 You can use any retail 2.5" laptop SATA hdd. I have used Western Digital in several laptops. One from HP will be a blank hdd just like any normal retail drive.

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Here are the SMART stats: http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/776/statsg.png

Please tell me how I can create an exact backup of my current failing hard drive and how to copy it all exactly over to a new hard drive and which type it should be.

Thank you
 

Answer:Is my hard drive going to fail?

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Question: hard drive fail

I have installed a new harddrive on my friends pc, but after the memory test it says master drive fail.

I can't do anything after except for going into the bios.

The hard drive is a samsung spinpoint ide hard drive.

any sugestions on what to do now?

Thanks Trif.

Answer:hard drive fail

I have got around that problem, it needed a start up disk. When it goes into dos, I type in setup d: but it says that this program can not be run in dos mode.

I know that I could put 98se on the drive, and then put xp on a different partition, then delete the 98se partition, but is there anouther way round this?

Thanks, trif.

edit: It wont read 98se

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Question: hard drive fail

my master hd failed on me today anyways qs is my slave has files on it and i need a hd now can i put a os on there and leave a partion with the files  like you can do with xp pro or all them going to be lost

Answer:hard drive fail

blue_caddy... If I undrerstand you .......your hard drive ( the master has failed ) but your other HD the Slave is ok ........    So If you replace the faulty drive with a new one and install your O/S on it your existing slave drive will still be intact and fully servicable.dl65  

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Question: Hard drive fail

Hi all I have custom built pc and in last month now and then it switches off I believed it to be a faulty psu but now ive notice blue screen couple of times I looked it up and it points to faulty hard drive .also on restart I get few chkdsk .so I thought ok I got spare harddrive ill clone main one on to that and use that but when I plug it in it shows up but making a weird noise, also secured by bit lock,, I put password in and then it dissapears with error something like cannot be specified ...does this mean both hard drives have failed or could it still be psu maybe not giving enough power..thanks in advance.. any more info please ask
 

Answer:Hard drive fail

A noise coming from the hard drive you replace is faulty,,, it's indicates mechanical failure..you better buy new one...
 

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Question: HARD DRIVE FAIL

Hard Drive Short DST Check: FAILED Failure ID: Q0D613-7JD88U-MFPWL1-60VK03(everything else PASSED)Is it unreasonable to assume that a computer hard drive would last longer than barely over one year?Any idea why this happened or what fix options I have.  Is everying on the drive -since I last backed up to my portable lost forever?HP ENVY 17-k011nr Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR)Thanks

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i was just chatin on steam today and i thing pops up says. WINDOWS DETECTED A HARD DRIVE FAILURE back up files immediately!

SO i go and schedule a disk check.

Restart my computer and some thing comes up with a list of hardware and at the bottom it says HARD DRIVE FAILURE IS IMMANENT! BACK UP FILES AND REPLACE THE DRIVE!

IM like wtf?? no i only had this computer for a year.

So i go and boot then check files for error. a whole bunch of stuff it corrects. But still an immanent failure.

So im hoping i can stop this from happening you think? Is there anyway i can stop it from happening or am i doomed???
 

Answer:Hard drive will fail!

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1. Aug. 2011 purchased? Western Digital 1TB My Passport Portable External Drive
2. Drive worked perfectly on two different XP desktop PC?s and on XP Laptop and one Windows 7 Desktop PC.
3. Nov. 2011 Leant drive to a friend who used with a Windows 7 laptop. Worked fine.

4. Nov.2011 got the drive back, plugged into XP Desktop that it had been used with before. XP did not recognize the drive. Windows chimed when the drive was plugged in, but did not open explorer, or start scrolling through the files as it usually did before. Within a few seconds the PC froze completely, requiring full power down.
5. Tried in XP Laptop?.same problem. Found that if I left the drive plugged in during reboot Windows would see it, and I was able to use the drive normally.
6. Since the drive was doing the same thing in all of my computers including the Windows 7 PC, I decided to take back to Costco for warranty.
7. Dec.2011 Costco did not have anymore 1 TB portable drives, so I purchased a 1.5 TB Seagate Portable elsewhere.
8. To my surprise this drive did exactly the same thing when plugged in. Only thing different was that it works properly in the Windows 7 PC.
9. Started making changes to the Windows XP Laptop settings to try and make it work. Eventually did a System Restore to early November, before the problem started, with no positive effect.
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Answer:USB Hard Drive Fail

Hi there,

Make sure the drives out of the pc.

Start (Bottom left)
Right click "My Computer"
Go to "Manage" (This will open a new window)
On the left hand side about halfway down you will see "Device Manager" give it a click.
Now at the top of the window select "View" and make sure "Show Hidden devices" has a tick next to it.

Now expand "Disk Drives" by clicking the + next to it.
Find the name of your usb drives and right click them and go to uninstall.

Reboot your computer, plug the drive in after you login.

The above isnt a gaurenteed solution, so let us know if it works or not.

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Question: Hard Drive Fail

When i turned my laptop on, a hard drive error message popped up . I went to the hard drive diagnostics tests and it said failure with the failure id of : QAPPU1-7SF8HU-XD7WLK-609T03Product ID: P1A98UA#ABA













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Answer:Hard Drive Fail

Hi,Sadly to say: Most of the time the 24 char failure id indicates the HDD is failing and need to be replaced. Is it still under warranry ? If Yes, please call HP for a replacement.In the US:    http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1or HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region.  http://welcome.hp.com/country/w1/en/contact_us.html    Regards.

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Hi,I am suffering from a hard drive issue and my knowledge on computers is very limited. I am not sure this is the correct place to be asking this question but i am in need of advice and have no other options.This morning i switched on our family computer (HP Touchsmart 520 PC)and it failed to start properly. I ran a hard drive diagnotsics and it came back saying that hard drive connection test had failed with the error code: 3FO. The CPU and Memory test both passed. I was hoping someone could offer me advice on how to proceed. Hopefully the information i have given is sufficient.ThanksNathan

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Question: Hard Drive fail

Did a system check due to a blank blue screen at startup. Got a failed hard drive short dst and a failure id of 9CWC9D-7HT71W-MFPV7A-60UR03

Answer:Hard Drive fail

Hi,Sadly to say: Most of the time the 24 char failure id indicates the HDD is failing and need to be replaced. Is it still under warranry ? If Yes, please call HP for a replacement.In the US:    http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1or HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region.  http://welcome.hp.com/country/w1/en/contact_us.html    Regards.

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So , I have an asus x552L with Windows 8.1
It's been giving me fits lately running my web browser such as Firefox and chrome saying not responding and taking a few minutes to catch up. I've done all kinds of maintenance on it using Advanced system care pro. yesterday while playing WoW, the game froze completely. Now I've had the game play glitchy, But chalked it up to having crappy ISP. (Seriously, my internet just drops for no reason 10 times a day. Company only says they are "constantly striving to update systems" and that "any outages are to be expected". Whatever. Back to my story. So my game freezes completely, something that's never happened before. Then I get a blue screen with a frown emoji. I'm like F#*k, this can't be good. The only information it have me was a Kernal Data Inpage Error. Said it was working to correct the issue and would reboot. If problem persists yadda yadda yadda. When it restarted it went to BIOS. Wow. Ok? I hit save and exit. it reboots. Back to BIOS again. I'm under the impression that the hard drive may have failed. I'm not that chuffed about losing information. all my important files are backed up to a stand alone drive. But I was given no software disks with this computer. fresh out the box from best buy. Idk. Is it truly the Hard drive? The BIOS screen shows that the RAM is there so I'm guessing that's fine. Broke and sad. Thanks for any help.
 

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Every now and again I go to my hard drive manufacturer's site to do a few little tests.This is my result,Primary IDE Channel : ST380020AModel: ST380020ASerial Number: Capacity: 80.02 GBTest result: Self-test routine completed with a S.M.A.R.T. alert error!The Drive Self-Test has determined that the drive may have one or more failing sectors. Please run SeaTools Desktop for additional information about this problem.Any drive reporting a S.M.A.R.T. error should be considered likely to fail at any time. You should back up your data from any such drive as soon as possible. Contact your computer or hard drive vendor to obtain return information.Obviously,I would like to know if this is as serious as it looks and sounds,and is there anything else I need to know,because as far as I can tell,I've had no symptoms to tie in with what I'm being told.....SB23(very worried)

Answer:Is my hard drive about to fail ?

BACK UP ANY DATA.Make sure you do just in case :D.

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My father recently bought some more RAM (4 gb for a total of 6gb). Since he put it in his PC has been acting funny. Now he is getting hard drive fail messages during the boot up. His HD then started making clicking noises which in my past experience means the HD is done. Now he can't boot up at all. I didn't think RAM could do that. The RAM is identical to the other RAM, they're both DDR2 and both PC5200. His HP is upgradeable to 8gb of RAM.

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:Can RAM cause a hard drive to fail?

AFAIK, not likely.
It might just be coincidence.
 

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Hi guys. Ex top rated Ubuntu forum guy here. I had my sata HDD in a USB caddy, but then the power supply went out.

Apparently, the PCB is dead now because of the power surge. I need to access my files but I cannot. Urgent help please! Is there a way I can manually fix the PCB and detect its faults myself, or do I need a new one?

Answer:Hard Drive PCB fail

Hi onkzzz and welcome to Seven Forums

Yes the PCB can be replaced and its not that hard to do for around ?25 delivered to your door, if you google you will find a few places that sell HDD PCBs

eg > hard drive donor circuit board, data recovery

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Question: Hard drive fail

HOW TO FIX HARD DRIVE FAIL

Answer:Hard drive fail

bryce064 wrote:HOW TO FIX HARD DRIVE FAILHi, This is depending on each situation. Normally we have to replace it. In your case, how do you know it failed ? Any error message or code ? Regards.

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Question: Hard Drive Fail

I have an Acer Aspire 5534 laptop, Comes on goes to Windows Splash screen, freezes, ran a hard drive diagnoses, failed Linear Verify, SMART Self Test Long, and Read Surface Scan. I know that the hard drive is on its last leg, but as a quick fix, can I chkdsk/r and reinstall OS. Do I have other options besides new drive and about how long before the need for new drive?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Fail

1. Reinstallng or attempting to reinstall the OS will serve no useful purpose
It may well result in complete failure due to the apparent unhealthy state of the hard drive

2. Take the drive out, connect to another computer and copy whatever you can from your personal data

3. If you have the means to install whatever OS it is - do so on a new laptop drive and then copy back your personal data

4. HOW LONG - the question is as opened ended as asking when will a light bulb - blow

5. After you have recovered what you can and I advise NOT BEFORE you may then having returned the drive to the laptop run a chkdsk /r on the drive from either windows or if it is 7 a cmd prompt from the disc or from the F8 menu and see if by chance you can then boot from it

6. If you are lucky enough to get a boot into windows and using then the new laptop drive connected usb to the laptop you may then try a clone using this
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

7. If the clone works you will not lose anything

IF you attempt the chkdsk /r before recovering whatever you can - there is a chance albeit slight that the drive may just fail.
 

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Question: hard drive fail

bio see drive (maxtor falcon)
then meassage (primary hard drive fail)
Is there any thing i can do for this problem
 

Answer:hard drive fail

Not a good sign. That's it? That's all you see?

Do you have more than one drive?

Be sure to check all your connections to be sure it is the drive and not something minor that was overlooked.
 

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Transferred all files to the D drive & windows 10 operating system included! Deleted it from my hard drive thinking that I was just clearing space on my hard drive. Now the computers control panel & everything is on the d drive. Tried to reinstall windows 10 with the disk but computer won't install it because it's saying it's already installed. Help!!!!

Answer:Accidentally deleted Windows 10 operating system from my hard drive, I can't get it to reinstall?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Transferred all files to the D drive & windows 10 operating system included! Deleted it from my hard drive thinking that I was just clearing space on my hard drive. Now the computers control panel & everything is on the d drive. Tried to reinstall windows 10 with the disk but computer won't install it because it's saying it's already installed. Help!!!! .
How do you know everything is on D? You can access normally your pc?
If yes, swap drive letters in Control Panel -> Administrative -> Manage Computer -> Disk management

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my HP 2000 Hard drive has failed. I want to install a new hard drive but I need my product Key to install Windows 8 again. can anyone help me with this?

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Hi,
Back again, this time a different issue :-o

I have a WD Elements desktop 1tb external hard drive. Its about 1 1/2 yrs old, but this has all my photos on it, all the ones from when my son was first born etc...... IN THIS CASE, I DONT WANT TO LOOSE THE DATA

Anyway, had my HD sitting on the table when my son pulled the cord and it fell, long story short, took it to a computer tech as the USB port was broken, the guy fixed the USB port no problems, plugged it in via the SATA cable directly to his computer, was running a little slugish but was still running. I was using it for about a week and now my computer failed to install it. Was working fine until now. I have tried installing it into my laptop but same issue. I rang the tech place back, the orginal guy wasnt working so spoke to another guy which he advised to bring it back down to see if it may be the new enclosuer or the HD itself, the guy tried everything but seems to be the hard drive itself. I asked him is there anyway I can get the data off and he said yeah it I sent it away and paid $800 for which is still not garanteed.
First off there is no way Im paying $800, I read articles online that it is possible but really need guidelines,
secondly, I simply cannot loose the data on there, so many photos, music, movies, highly important documents for work etc.

Is there anyway I can some how get the data off the HD?

Thanks
 

Answer:External Hard drive fail

Oh by the way Im using windows 7 64 bit if that helps
 

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my HP 2000 Hard drive has failed. I want to install a new hard drive but I need my product Key to install Windows 8 again. can anyone help me with this?

Answer:No Boot Hard drive Fail

@kgirouard, welcome to the forum. The Product Key for Win 8 is embedded in the BIOS.  Therefore, if you use the System Recovery disks you won't need the PK. 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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So I have this Dell XPS 410 from 2007 running Windows Vista. I finally got it to detect the hard drive and do diagnostics (its hard because I had to run diagnostics 100 times for it to get the hard drive) and it said Fail - Return Code 3. What does return code 3 mean? (I know what an error code is) and how do you fix it if possible? Thanks.
 

Answer:Dell XPS 410 hard drive fail

You do not "fix" a hard drive; you replace it. Install a new drive and then install the operating system, programs, etc.
Done.
Note the only supported operating systems are xp and vista; both no longer supported.
 

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Yesterday, my sister was on the computer early in the morning (about 4:30am) and she woke me up, saying the computer wasn't working. So i try running Windows XP, in regular, safe mode, and with last known configuration.

She claimed there was a power surge, and now she can't get on. I know something wasn't working when windows XP took hours, for nothing to load. It always claimed something prevented the computer from starting properly. So I decided to format my hard drive, and reinstall it. It took forever to write anything to the hard drive (I checked to see if there was any problems with my CDRW/DVD ROM it's fine) and would then not write anything at all on the second phase of a clean install. Then I decided to change the partition to FAT32 and install Windows 98 as a 16bit subsystem so I can upgrade to Windows XP. It took a total of 4 Hours, and then rebooted upon completion.

I have installed windows 98 on this PC before, and took a total of 5 minutes. On reboot, a message saying there was an invalid disk, so I removed the windows 98 installation CD. Then I rebooted again. Same message.

I have reason to suspect that my hard drive has failed. She never turned the computer off properly, and we have had many power failures/brown outs recently. We unfortunately do not have a surge protector as of yet.

Are my suspicions true? Has my hard drive failed on me? If my Hard Drive indeed fail, what is the maximum size the A7V-VM motherboard can handle?
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Yesterday our AMD-K6 233 gave us the dreaded "Primary Hard Drive fail" message. The hard drive light goes on at start up and we can hear it running (took cover off)but it makes a ticking sound. Using system disk in A drive we get "Starting Windows 95" Message (though I had upgraded to Win 98 several months ago)and then an A: prompt. When we enter C: it says invalid drive. We have used our Norton Basic rescue disk and Emergency start up disk and it says there is an error restoring boot info to hard disk. (Also have gotten a DISK BOOT FAILURE message).
Not sure if this is related but several weeks ago I lost ability to access A: (floppy) drive. Then a couple of days ago the CD wouldn't open. Now the hard drive is inaccessible.
Someone said it could be the battery so we did get a new one but don't know if we'll lose anything important if we replace it. (do it while power is off or on or not at all).
Thank you for any help
Dancin
[This message has been edited by Dancin (edited 01-11-2001).]
 

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Fail

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Hi,

I just tried to install two new internal HDDs into my vista desktop, the first (given to me by a friend) went in perfectly but the second seems to have caused my computer to crash. When I attempt to turn on my computer now I get shown a blue error screen. I have tried going into safe mode, with no luck, tried booting directly from a windows 7 disk, with no luck, and removed all the new hardware, still with no luck.

No matter what I do I cannot get the computer to boot. I have handed the computer over to the Tech Department at my university but for some ridiculous reason they are not allowed to do anything I have not already tried.

Does anyone have any advice? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Install Fail

Do you have any idea what the blue screen error is? Have you tried clearing the CMOS? How about boot to a memtest CD?
 

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I have 2 hard-drives installed on my older P4 (2.6GHz) rig. The 30g HD has the operating system installed on it (Win XP) and the 80g HD is used for storage. Lately, i'll lose the 80g drive in windows explorer. If i use winamp to play an mp3 on the 80g drive, it'll play at 1st, then it won't. Seems the drive acts like a ghost.....sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. Is the problem with that drive or perhaps on the 30g initial drive? I'm thinking the drive with the OS is at fault. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Hard drive begining to fail?

is the 80 like a USB drive? why would you think the 30 is the problem if the 80 is the one giving you the greef?
 

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I haven't had any issues with my laptop, all of a sudden today I turn it on and get this black screen telling me it's repairing disk issues and could take over an hour. Six hours later it was doing the same thing so I ran diagnostics on it and got hard drive short DST check failure with failure ID: MC5XMV-74G8G1-MFKR6J-60X703. How can a laptop that's 2 years old, always protected by norton antivirus and never had any issues suddenly have a bad hard drive????

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I'm setting up a Dual Opteron server but everytime I try and format it, it just hangs on the formatting screen.

I have,
ASUS K8N-DL -onboard RAID SATA controller
SATA Seagate 250 GB 7200 RPM x 2
2 GB of Kingston Registered ECC RAM

It recognizes the hard drives and let's me go through the formatting process, and I have configured the RAID in the BIOS. I've tried both 0 and 1 RAID settings.

I've tried installing Red Hat Enterprise ES (paid for), and Windows XP Professional Enterprise (paid for).

Also, when I try formatting on my personal computer it works fine. Anything I could of done wrong?


--Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive's fail to format

Do your hard drives have an IDE connection also.If so try to switch it to the ide connection just to format them and then switch back over to SATA and when you start to install windows use your 3rd party raid drivers disk.

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Hey guys

A friend's computer stopped working and I was asked to fix it. The computer case had EXCESSIVE dust and cobwebs in it which were also all over the motherboard. They had the computer plugged into a zap catcher power board which I have not examined and so cannot comment on its effectiveness.

It turned out that the motherboard was dead. PSU, CPU and RAM all still working. Because I was unable to find a new Socket AM2 board I replaced the motherboard, CPU and RAM.

After installing Windows 7, security updates and some other software I started getting S.M.A.R.T. errors from the Seagate SATA hard drive both in Windows and BIOS during POST. The hard drive has been RMA'd (waiting for replacement to arrive).

Because the motherboard was fried and the hard drive failing I suspected the generic 350W PSU so tested it using a multimeter. All readings (including under load) are within the tolerance range.

So...
What is most likely to have killed the motherboard AND hard drive? Just a coincidence that both failed at the same time? Doesn't seem likely.

Any help is much appreciated.

Answer:Motherboard AND Hard Drive fail

Power surge, then heat would be the most like culprits. Heat due to dust/cobwebs. Power surge due to the lack of a quality PSU.

Also, creepy crawlies crawling on the PCB can sometimes cause shorts and eventually fry components, especially once they start webbing things up, because the web of some spiders is highly conductive.

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I've got a Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows Vista on that won't boot. The Windows loading screen appears but it never makes it to Windows.

I tried booting from a USB drive with Ubuntu on and it started but I get an error message saying the hard drive is about to fail and I should back up.

Any ideas what the problem might be and how likely is it the drive will fail?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard drive about to fail says Ubuntu

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I've exprienced random numerous shutdowns on this laptop over the past two days.

I ran a check disk and it still randomly shuts off on me.

I think my hdd may be failing me now after all these years.

I have no backup solutions such as an external right now, so I really can't backup my hdd and replace it.

What should I do?

These are my system specs

Answer:Hard drive is starting to fail

no backup solution poses rather a problem :/
I've had three hard drives fail on me (well, the third is going to happen any day soon ;P ). The first two were because bad sectors appeared all over them, the third sounds awfully clicky with grinding noises. The less you use it, the less risk of it dying sooner. Windows kept telling me there were serious problems with it and instant shutdowns occured in quicker and quicker succession. Try to get your data out of there as soon as possible, whether online backup or external hard drive. also, if you can, buy a small capacity hard drive to replace it with to tide you over until you would be in a position to buy a replacement.

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My HP Laptop with Windows Vista won't boot up. I followed another thread that said to do the startup repair. That didn't work. It still goes to just the pointer in the middle of a blank screen. In safe mode I see all the drivers or whatever that are loading then the pointer. Nothing else.

I was trying to do the memory diagnostic test but F8 stopped working to show the start up repair options. I went in the bios instead and ran a hard drive test. This is the result I got: Test Status #2 - 07 Fail

Is my computer done for? It is about 7 years old.
HP Pavillion 6000
AMD Turion 64 X2
1024 MD DDR2 memory
HP Vista Home Premium
 

Answer:Hard drive test #2 - 07 Fail

A replacement new hard drive will set you back around $50. If you do not have a HP restore DVD for your PC you'll have to order one from HP or purchase a new Windows 7 or 8 OEM license for around $100. In this case, I'd personally opt for Windows 7 since you'll likely have fewer (if any) driver issues while reinstalling.

Hope this helps.
 

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I havnt had to bad of problems with my HD not switching on but sumtimes i turn my computer on and it will turn on slow or the HD wont turn on at all. i have a 350 watt power supply with 2 cd drives, 2 HD's, 3 fans, and a light kit. do i need more power is it a hardware problem?
 

Answer:Primary hard drive fail....

You probably do need more power because of the fans and lights, what do you have in your pci slots?
 

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My mom gave me her PC because she got a laptop and the HD in my PC is acting shady. I took the HD out of her PC and put it into mine, along with my current HD. Both HDs are already loaded with Windows 7 Service Pack 1. They are both SATA so there was no problem with the hardware install but, when I tried to boot using the new HD, the system got to the screen that shows the Microsoft logo but the logo animation froze about halfway through and the system rebooted. Upon reboot, a screen appears asking if I want to run Startup Repair or start Windows normally. I run Startup Repair but it does not work. The system reboots again and, before the "Microsoft" screen is supposed to come up, a blank screen with a blinking cursor appears and stays up. After waiting a while, I have to shut the computer down manually. When I restart and boot using the old HD, it comes up with no problem. Once booted, I can see the other HD as well as all of the files on it and my system tells me that the drivers for the new HD are up to date. What am I missing? Thank you.

Answer:Hard Drive Transplant Fail

You can't simply boot Windows from a hard drive from another machine. Windows is configured with drivers that match the other system and it is expecting that hardware when you boot off of the new drive.

You can try booting to safe mode with the new drive or doing a startup repair. Another option is to put the drive back in the other machine and use sysprep:

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer - Windows 7 Forums

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