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Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

Question: Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Preferred Solution: Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

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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: Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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Is it overkill to create both a USB Recovery drive and a bootable flash drive to install Win10?

HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 320 GB HDD. 4/8 GB RAM
I recently revitalized my friends HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 4 GB RAM and it's running very well. I 'm wondering about creating both a USB recovery drive and a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 per
Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials .
Is that overkill?

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Hello, We have purchased a Lenovo G40 Notebook with Windows 8.1. I have successfully made a Recovery Drive to a USB flash drive, and it does run when accessed from Windows.By this I refer to the procedure which commences with:Pointing your mouse upper right side corner, or lower right side, and accessing the USB device from the:?Use a device? dialog box, by clicking: ?EFI USB Device?.Then the: ?Choose the language? dialog box, is displayed.(If the device is not connected, an error message is instead here displayed!) What I would like to know please, is how I can boot from this USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it (through the above method) using Windows. I know how to access the "UEFI" (formerly called the BIOS) in order to see the boot order, but can find no method for changing the boot order. When I turn on the notebook with the Recovery Drive attached, the machine ignores it and boots to Windows. How I can boot from the USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it using Windows? Regards. Robert333 

Answer:How to access Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive if Windows 8.1 should not be accessible?

Hello and welcome,
 
Are you using the novo button to get to the boot menu?  If you don't see the recovery drive there try turning off secure boot.
 
If it is shown in the menu can you arrow up or down and select it?
 
Z.

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Other than TestDisk, what are some other free software downloads that
a person might try to recover data from a formatted drive? The drive was
formatted by accident.

This addresses an issue form one of my previous post but I have not
had any luck with TestDisk.

Thank you,
 

Answer:Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Please don't post duplicate threads. If your thread is in an inappropriate forum, please report it and a moderator will move it.

Continue the problem resolution here: http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/871411-possable-recover-formatted-drive.html
 

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I'm in the process of moving to an SSD and need to create a backup drive in order to repair the BIOS after transferring everything. However, when I try to create one - the create a recovery drive program won't recognize the flash drive I have connected as a flash drive.

I first tried with a SanDisk Cruzer which apparently had a quirk in that it shows up as a hard drive instead of removable flash drive. That seems to be well documented on forums all over the place and there is no fix.

So, I purchased a cheap 8 GB stick (no brand) and Windows (I'm running 8.1 x64) recognizes it as a removable disk. However, the create a backup utility still won't recognize it. I've found some random fixes that have worked for some (such as plugging it into a different USB port) but nothing has worked for me so far. I've tried doing it with the "copy the recovery partition" option both checked and unchecked.

If there's no solution to this wonderful "quirk" of Windows, then is there something else I can do to repair BIOS? Seems like there's not a fix to my problem out there...

EDIT
So as of right now, I tried using HPs recovery software which seems to do the same thing as copying over your entire recovery partition. That didn't work either. However..when I had both USB sticks plugged in the Windows supplied utility recognized the SanDisk Cruzer when I checked the "copy the partition" thing...so this might be solved.

Answer:Create a recovery drive won't recognize flash drive

You might save yourself a lot of aggravation by down loading a free copy of Macrium Reflect, you can make a Disk Image that can be restored to any drive it will fit on. or just copy/clone to your SSD. just make sure your current drive doesn't have more data than will fit on the SSD, Reflect will adjust the C: partition size

The recovery USB needs to work they are not created equal if Reflect doesn't recognize it get another one that will. I can't help you with the other program you are using Reflect is known to work for everyone.

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DiskGetor data recovery free : 1, Increased ability of undeletion; 2, Recover system destroyed files and recover deleted ( word, excel ,photo,dwg ,cad,office ppt etc important data) files names perfectly which were erased in Recycle Bin ; recovered files will add right file extensions automatically, if they were in sub-folders before, DiskGetor will recover all these folders as well, Recover encrypted and hidden folders
 

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all my files become hidden. I formatted my flash drive but still hides the program. what do I do? thanks for the help

Answer:how to permanently remove kpcgrhynko.vbs file in bot flash drive and hard drive

*both. sorry for the typo

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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WinXP, 6459-CT0, Rescue and Recovery 4. R&R does not recognise an 8GB flash memory stick in the USB portas a USB hard drive. I am able to move files on & off of the stick, and open files that reside on this stick, but R&R does not recognise it.After I ran into the problem, I uninstalled R&R3 & installed R&R4, and it asked me questions that makes me think that the previous settings had ben overwritten, but I can't be sure about that. Any ideas?

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

Answer:How Do I Get Dell To Boot To Flash Drive With New Hard Drive In Computer?

leave the drive disconnected for the initial boot. I have heard from the guy at MyHardDriveDied this is possible when the system will not boot with the drive connected.
 

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Hello there,

I have couple of excel/word files that I store on my Jump drive, but I would like to synchronize it with my hard drive, I.e. keep a second copy of it on my hard drive. whats the easiest way to do it? and on the bigger note, How to synchronize certain files between laptop/desktop/jumdrive(USB Flash drive) and PDA??

Thanks.

Zalak
 

Answer:How do I synchronize files between My Jumpdrive(USB flash drive) and Hard drive

Welcome to TSG.
The easy way to sync the files is to use the Briefcase for the files and the jump drive. The PDA part, I no can help with.
 

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

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I used my scan disk 2.0 GB on another computer and the computer gave me a message "USB Device not recognized.  Device may have malfunctioned."  Now when I insert my scan disk, I receive this message on every computer I use.  My office tech guy told me that the other computer fried by flash drive but there may be a way to retrieve my files on my scan disk.  Are there recovery programs?  Where can I find them and how much do they cost?    

Answer:USB Drive Not Recognized - Flash Drive Recovery

Doubtful if it's ruined and not even recognizedbut have a look:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=free+data+recovery+software

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Recovery drive won't allow me to use my 8 gb flash drive. It doesn't even recognize it. It will only recognize it when i uncheck the "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive. I'm assuming this is because unchecked needs 512mb and checked needs 8gb, but like I said I am using an 8gb flashdrive. Could it be because the full 8gb isn't available on the drive (only 7.45 gb is allocated) If so, can I make my flashdrive use its full 8gb? I've posted pictures below just in case you need more of an idea about what I'm talking about.

Answer:Recovery Drive Not Recognizing Flash Drive

You need a larger drive.






Now I'm Outta Here answered 9 months ago: My 8gb usb only shows as 7.45 gb? - Yahoo Answers

that's the way it works

true 8GB will be equal to 8,589,934,592 bytes
- that number comes from 1,024 x 1,024 x 1,024 x 8

but the storage industry decided to start ripping us off along time ago and changed the 1,024 down to 1,000
thus the new formula is 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 x 8 = 8,000,000,000 bytes

which after windows converts back to real GB you get aprox. 7.45GB

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I have just successfully created a Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive on a 32GB USB Flash Drive, but I cannot get it to boot, I have an Acer All-in-One with 3 USB 2 and 2 USB 3, does it matter which one I use, and do I have to change anything in the BIOS - can anybody help me please!

Answer:8.1 Recovery Drive on a 32GB USB Flash Drive

Have a look here, Acer Support.

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Hi. I'm having malware issues which have turned into hardware issues. Fortunately, my USB ports still work so I'm trying to recover as much as I can before I may have to erase my hard drive.

I'm ignorant on flash drives vs zip drives. I'm also on a budget.

What I want to do it get as many of my documents and pics, email etc. saved to an external place (zip/flash drive). My "C" and "D" drives are about ten gigs combined. (yes old system).

What are my options? I'd also like to use it for back up once I hopefully get my situation resolved. Thanks for any all help/advice! -fisher_girl (catch and release).
 

Answer:Flash drive vs zip drive help for computer recovery, please

10 GB of data is not that much. You can just buy a flash drive with 16GB and save all your personal files on it. -
Here are a few models: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=flash+drive&N=-1&isNodeId=1 , which you can order online.
Alternatively, you can just go to your local supermarket, and buy one. They are not that expensive.

A ZIP drive is not a choice here, as it's capacity is very limited.
Wikipedia said:

The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable disk storage system that was introduced by Iomega in late 1994. Originally, Zip disks launched with capacities of 100 MB, but later versions increased this to first 250 MB and then 750 MB.

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_driveClick to expand...
 

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Anyone out there that has actually used their Windows 10 USB Recovery Drive - did it work?
 

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Hi everyone,
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few months ago and created another partition for it on my 1TB hard drive.

I didn't really care for Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition it was on.
That might have been a mistake.

Well, now there's 87.68GB of free space on my hard disk that I can't use and I don't know how to add it back to my c: partition.

There was another post about this a couple years ago, but I don't understand the instructions and am not actually sure if it worked. Can someone explain how to do this, please?

I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not familiar with partitioning disks. It was just the one time with Ubuntu.

Answer:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan
 

Answer:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
 

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My toshiba computer A300 (Vista -32 bit); recently i tried to format the hard drive and found the recovery disc in the computer had changed to folder (Icon) format. what is to be done to recover my recovery data drive, pls help..

Answer:toshiba A300 hard drive recovery free downloa

... check out this thread, might help!.Angel Decoy... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warrantieshttp://img132.imageshack.us/img132/...Grrrr... ...im

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Hi,

First of all:
I have done a Windows 7 repair install which has solved some problems with my windows, however, the repair install didn't slove these problems(Autoplay for USB Flash Drives) and listing one USB Flash Drive as a HDD.

But, USB Flash Drive is still identified as a Hard Disk Drive, although it is a USB Flash Drive.

I have three USB 2 Flash Drives with the same brand 'SanDisk'. Two of which are 7GB. One of which is 2GB.


However, one of them is dealt/identified as a HDD, however, the other two are dealt as a Removable Storage. (USB Drive).

Once one of them dealt as a HDD is plugged to the PC, then it is listed under the Hard Disk Drives on my computer(Screen shot below). The Flash Drive whose assigned letter is 'I' is dealt as a HDD and even its icon in the disk management is similar to a HDD. However, the assigned letter 'L' is for a USB HDD.



Also, when opening the disk management, and clicking 'right click' on it, then I see the all the options(such as 'delete option', and 'mark partition as active' ) specific for a hard disk partition are active(not grayed out).(screen shot below).


Also, via disk management, I could 'delete' a USB Flash Drive and recreated it as the way of dealing with Hard disk partition(Screen shots below).





Besides, When clicking 'right click' on the USB Flash Drive listed under Hard disk drivers, I don't see an 'eject option' as what happens for any Hard disk partition.


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Answer:USB Flash Drive is identified as a Hard Disk Drive

Transfer your data to your computer.
Open command prompt with administrator privileges by going to Start,All Programs,Accessories,Command Prompt.Right click it and select "Run as administrator".
Type diskpart.Then type list disk.Find your USB drives and type select disk 3 if it is one of them.You can know by their size.DON'T select disk 0.It's your Windows drive.Then type clean.

Don't type it if you don't have backed up your files on the drive.This will delete the drive.
Then do the same for your other drive.If it is disk 4,type select disk 4 and then clean.

If I helped you,say it.

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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My question is in refrence to external hard drives. Is there an external hard drive out there that has similar properties to that of a flash drive. What I mean by this is can I get an external hard drive that I can drag items to it to save and just as easily access the file by opening the drive. So far I have two external hard drives and they are both similar in the fact that I can back up my files on them but I can't access them on the hard drive itself, I would actually have to recover files on my computer. Can anyone enlighten me on this issue.
 

Answer:External hard drive similar to flash drive?

Yes there are lots of external USB hard drives out there but I find even on Newegg that alot of them get crappy reviews for having bad software or not syncing correctly. They can get into very large sizes however like up to 2terabytes or more depending on what your budget is
That is a 640gb external hard drive pretty simple to use just plug it in and store your stuff. including data files for when you backing up your pc. Personally I shop at Frys Electronics they always have good deals but newegg has a big selection and sells things cheaper than Frys alot of the time

Apparently I need 5 posts to start doing links so below this post is the link to the external drive
 

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When I use DVD Flick Burning files mpg files or Nero burning audio cd from mp3s.
Does it matter whether I burn from source hard drive or flash drive ?

Is it better to copy files to hard drive first before burning ?
Is it less chance of getting errors ? Or doesn't make any difference ?

Since flash drive doesn't have any parts to wear out.
Is it better to use flash drive as source or it doesn't make any difference to wearing of the hard drive ? I think it still wears out hard drive in any case regardless what source you from, but does it make any difference ?

Thanks.

Answer:Burning files from hard drive or flash drive ?

It makes no difference. You can use either method. Flash drives can transfer the data to the cache and DVD drive fast enough to avoid any buffer underrun errors.

If you're worried about getting errors, just drop the burning speed down a notch from maximum.

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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just as the title reads. need to copy my main drive(os) and put it all on my 2nd drive, to make the 2nd drive the os drive. thanks!
 

Answer:free software to clone hard drive to another drive?

Macrium Reflect (free version), or CloneZilla if you want more options and don't need a fancy GUI.

Seagate and Western Digital also do own-brand versions of Acronis True Image (Disc Wizard and Acronis TI WD Edition respectively), so if you have one of their drives you could visit their website and download it for free.
 

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I'm just wondering, is this like a 2nd hard drive that I can put stuff in like I would with C:? Or is it another drive to put another OS on. I'm so confused.
 

Answer:hard drive filling up, other drive has 30gb free

It appears to be set up to take more "stuff" of whatever you want to store there. If you really wanted to, you could put another OS on the drive but do you really want to?
 

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi guys, my Lenovo G460 is damaged and no longer launches Windows 7 (64 bit). I recovered all the data, but need to find a recovery DVD if I want to fix the issue and start using the laptop again. Does anyone know where I can find a recovery DVD for this model? Thanks you

Answer:Lenovo G460 - Hard Drive Issue (Hard Drive Recovery DVD)

 
Are you sure it's the OS and not the hard drive?  You might want to run a linux live cd and run a hard drive diagnostic tool on the hard drive.
 
If the hard drive checks out ok, you can make a call to service and get a set of restore discs.
 
Dave

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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hi guys. the external hard drive, here at work, cannot be detected by any of the computers. my thoughts are that the data was wiped clean. i've removed the hard drive from the case and installed it onto my computer as a slave drive. a) how can i view if these files still exist. and b) if they are missing, can you recommend a software recovery program?
 

Answer:Solved: external hard drive/slave drive recovery

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Hi

My Satellite Pro M40 hard disk has died and I want to install a new drive. Unfortunately my old drive is 60Gig and the Toshiba parts website has only 40 Gig or 80 Gig drives.

Will I encounter any problems with the recovery disc if the hard drive is not exactly the same?

Your advice would be appreciated.

C

Answer:Satellite Pro M40 hard drive failure - Recovery disc on new drive?

No, there shouldn?t be any problem with the Toshiba recovery CD.

On the recovery CD you will find a Windows OS, Toshiba drivers and utilities and additional software.
These whole applications are packed in image files.

You should only be sure that the HDD is compatible with your notebook and will be recognized in the BIOS.
Then just simply boot from the recovery CD and the installation should start.

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I just noticed that I am only able to use ~500GB of the 750GB I have on my hard drive. On Disk Management, it says that "System Reserved" takes up 100MB, "RECOVERY" takes up 179.67GB and "C:" takes up 518.87GB.

Answer:Why is my recovery drive taking up 179GB of my 750gb hard drive?

Post a screenshot of Disk Management as described in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Do I have to purchase the recovery media from Lenovo or is there a download link out here on the Lenovo site?

Answer:Windows 8 Pro Rescue and recovery on a new hard drive(old drive died)

Hopefully, you've already burned a set of DVDs from the recovery partition. Recovery media is not downloadable. If your old HDD died, and you did not burn the DVDs beforehand, you'll have to contact customer support with your model number and serial number to order a set.

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Hi all, I purchased a external drive to back up files on our desktop and laptops. I am looking for easy way to do this, do I do all files or do I have to go into all of them one at a time. I say this because one laptop is my daughters, can I just send all her pic and music files all at once. Our main computer(desktop)is windows vista, everyday it's getting louder and louder and each morning its shows a message says configuring and it's like counting down. This takes long time. I looked at the space left. It shows space available on (c) and on d it's full which is recovery so I don't have a clue how files got on there. My hubby doesn't know much about even getting on computer, but when he does it seems something goes wrong. I want to clean up and get rid of files so my son who's 11 can use it for games. It's so slow and I don't want to delete wrong things.  From reading here and just knowing not to delete recovery. How do I clear out space on D...I tried opening some files on it but they all seem to do with the windows system. What can I do with my desktop ?And is it possible to clear out all files from laptop...it is about 5 yrs old...and she has alot of music and pics on there..just wondering if it's worth time to clean out the files. It takes forever to get online and when we do its so slow. Hope I'm not sounding to confusing.any suggestionstygreat site so far

Answer:need help with using external hard drive also my recovery drive(d)showing full?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have presented more that one issue. The forum will help you, but some detail is needed. What OS are you using?  What make and model of eternal drive do you use?The proper way to remove programs is in the con control  panel. But Music and pictures files can be copied to a CD-R or DVD-R and removed from the computer. The external drive can also be used to transport files from on PC to another. But using DVD-R or CD-R is preferable. The best use of an external drive is to make a backup of the operating system and programs.Avoid putting files on the recovery partition.

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I need a bigger external drive for my backups. The 8 gig isn't cutting it any more. Can someone tell me which is faster, a external hard drive or a bigger flash drive?
Am I right also in assuming the HD would be USB also?
Thanks for the advice.
Floyd
 

Answer:Solved: Flash drive or hard drive

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My HP Notebook has been nagging me to "create recovery media". I decided to try it today.  How much of a problem have I created by trying to use an external hard drive instead of a usb flashdrive? It has been working at it for over an hour and now that I have read more believe this is going to fail.

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I need extra storage space as my laptop has nearly run out of space on the back-up recovery drive.

I have masses of digitial photos on my laptop (all saved as highest quality) so the files are big. As I want to keep them all and keep adding to them, I need somewhere to store them all. Would it best to get a USB flash drive or an external hard drive for this purpose?

I won't need to carry anything around, I purely need something for storage.

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive?

External hard drives are more reliable and generally have greater capacity than flash drives. If portability is not an issue, external drives are the best bet.
 

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My Thinkcentre A58 does not recognize a USB connected flash drive or a USB connected Western Digital Passport Hard Drive.I am using XP SP 3. My system has all current updates.The Lenovo Tool Kit diagnostics say that the devices are working properly.The Lenovo toolkit diagnostics  say that the USB ports are working properlyPrinters and a mouse connected via USB are working properly.Windows explorer does not see either device.I would appreciate suggestions for a fix.

Answer:Flash Drive and Hard Drive not recognized

Hi RWB7522, So does it work when you plug in other USB device like mouse or keyboard? Please check in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management to see your drives appear or not. And assign drive letter if exist. Fred





T61 + X201i

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I seen a thread in here that told people how to boot windows whatever from a usb hard drive. I was wondering if there was a way to boot linux from a usb hardd drive or a usb flashdrive.
 

Answer:Linux on usb hard drive or flash drive

how about a CD? see Knoppix
 

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I have a Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive, and a Sea Gate external hard drive. Whenever I plug either one into my computer, it makes the sound to notify me that it has been dected and shows up under "Devices and printers" but doesn't show up under my computer. Is there anyway to fix this?

Answer:Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

Have you looked in Disk Management after plugging one in? Right-click Computer, click Manage. If the drive shows there it may need a drive letter assigned [right-click menu] before Windows Explorer [File Explorer on Win8] can see it.

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Hi,
I've got a Win RT 7 Install running and my only problem is that it doesn't see flash drives as drives to install the OS on to. I can see the USB drives for loading a driver so the installer already sees the USB drive but it won't list it for selecting a destination for the OS. So, I'm not sure I even need a driver and some RT setting needs to be set for it to see flash drives for Win 7 OS installs.
The install only sees IDE or SATA Drives and will let you load a driver from a flash drive but not let you install the OS onto it?
Also, I'm already installing from another 16GB USB drive.
The SSD drive went south on this Dell Netbook and I'm gonna try and run Win 7 off a USB drive.
I've got a 16GB USB drive with a bootable RT 7 WIn 7 32Bit image and I'm only as far as the select drive to install and it doesn't list the USB drive, I can browse to select a driver and the 8GB USB Drive is there.

Bill

Answer:USB Flash Drive as Hard drive to install to.

To run a Win7 from a flash drive, you need a Win7 Enterprise edition (because of the product key activation problems).

You can, however, install Win8 on a flash drive because there are currently no activation problems. Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

You should know though that a really fast USB3 flash drive is required to make that a pleasant experience. On a USB2 drive it will work like molasses and you will soon be fed up (I have tried it).

Consider that for the price of a fast 32GB USB3 flash drive you can buy a 60GB SSD which you can also attach via USB3 or eSata and that might be a better deal.

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Which is better, a usb flash drive or external hard drive for pics?
 

Answer:usb flash drive or external hard drive

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My HP Notebook has been nagging me to "create recovery media". I decided to try it today.  How much of a problem have I created by trying to use an external hard drive instead of a usb flashdrive? It has been working at it for over an hour and now that I have read more believe this is going to fail.

Answer:Tried to use external hard drive instead of usb flash drive ...

Well the Recovery Manager is not going to like the external drive because the Recovery media needs to be in a form the PC can boot to.  Either DVD or USB flash drives are supported.  If it does support an external drive, I am not aware of that working.

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I have been plagued with a nearly full hard drive forever on my notebook. I just bought a 16 Gig flash drive ($25 at Meiers!) and am looking for ideas on how this can help.

My biggest hogs are 2 Call of Duty (3-4 Gb, total) games on my C drive which I suppose I could delete and reinstall on the new flash drive.

Any other ideas on how I can use this newly available space?

Thanks.
 

Answer:30 Gb hard drive 91% full. Can a 16 Gb flash drive help?

Do a little bit of spring cleaning for your hard drive. Try Ccleaner. You might clean 3-5gb of space if its been a long time you last do your computer maintenance.

Also, I wont advice putting long-time running programs on a flash drive. I'd recommend files such as documents, installers, back-ups be put on the flash drive to save disk space.
 

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A buddy of mine and I were talking about performance and the future of storage device, when we started wondering why Flash drives aren't used as hard drives?
NV-RAM is dependable, why isn't it finding its way into every PC to replace the magnetic platter approach?

We aren't electronic engineers of course, but we can only imagine it comes from the cost of putting a 500gig flash drive into a PC, but if the device can take up the space of a 3.5" HD, would cost still be such a problem? Our other thought was heat, but if a 10,000 RPM drive doesn't overheat, why would a flash drive?

Any input is of course appreciated, hope noone loses sleep on this! Or maybe someone knows the answer already.

PS, I do remember hearing Samsung is going to start production of a very lare thumb drive, 16gig I think, so this just adds to the problem, if the little keychain can hold 16+ gigs, why isn't there a flash hard drive?
 

Answer:Flash drive hard drive question...

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I'm contemplating purchasing a new computer within the next couple of years. I have an old Gateway 500, with 19 GB, purchased in 1998 and am running Windows 98SE. I have 384mb of RAM. I have several problems with it, one of them being the sporadic refusal to shut down.
However, while I'm getting the nerve up to make a purchase, I was thinking of getting an external hard drive or USB flash drive in which to store my many pictures, along with the many recipes that I've saved in an e-mail folder.
First I'd like some guidance as the advisability of purchasing one of these methods of storage and second, which is preferable and easier. My current computer only has 2 USB ports, both of which are currently in use.
I have hundreds of pictures and hundreds of recipes that I do not wish to lose. I only have basic knowledge of computer usage.
Any words of wisdom?
Thanks in advance,
Sharon K.
 

Answer:?? external hard drive, USB flash drive

First off, you'll want to make sure whatever device you purchase has W98SE drivers, not all of them do. Personally, I'd buy the USB external hard disk, because with the new system, it'll be very useful for a backup device.

Speaking of backup, you do realize that if something were to erase that disk, or the disk were to fail, you'd lose everything there. See my signature line.
 

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Hi All,
I'm new to the whole back-up idea of entire system and data, and am trying to determine whether I should backup the entire system or just data. I am very 'green' to this so please bear with me and my questions. I have Windows XP Home Edition, loaded on a Toshiba Laptop, but use extensively MS Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat Pro and a website development program (for people who don't know how to develop websites). I also have Zone Alarm, Norton AV, and photo and clickart type programs etc. When I look at my system capacity it says Used Space 7.68 GB and Free Space 20.2 GB. I have most of the CDs for my software except the O/S (came loaded) so I don't think I would have a problem reloading the software. Would it make sense to just back-up data???? What about to USB Flash Drive or Card???? I'd rather not clutter up my work area with more hardware then I have to i.e. external hard drive. What kind of software would I need to just perform a data back-up? Would it be different from entire system backup? I've been reading reviews here and everywhere on different back-up software, and get a little confused with what would be simple for someone with my inexperience or something that may be overkill.

Is there anything else I need to ask myself to help with this decision on full system or data back-up. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Jinny
 

Answer:External Hard Drive, USB Flash Drive????

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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Some time after doing the free update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 the laptop crashed and became in-useable.after 4 attempts all by different Microsoft agents they managed to get it up and running again but my wife complained that it's been slow since so I decided to have a look for myself.when I looked I found 6 partitions on the hard drive so I created a restore disk on a 64Gb pen drive, removed the hard drive and using my desktop PC deleted all the partitions and formatted the hard drive ready to re-install everything from the restore drive.this is when I found out that the restore drive has somehow been corrupted and is now blank and useless.now, all I get when switched on is a black screen with the messages" Boot Device Not Found "" Please install an operating system on your hard disk- "" Hard Disk - (3F0) "" F2 System Diagnostics "" For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcentre/startup "The web address re-directs.can someone please help.

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Some time after doing the free update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 the laptop crashed and became in-useable.after 4 attempts all by different Microsoft agents they managed to get it up and running again but my wife complained that it's been slow since so I decided to have a look for myself.when I looked I found 6 partitions on the hard drive so I created a restore disk on a 64Gb pen drive, removed the hard drive and using my desktop PC deleted all the partitions and formatted the hard drive ready to re-install everything from the restore drive.this is when I found out that the restore drive has somehow been corrupted and is now blank and useless.now, all I get when switched on is a black screen with the messages" Boot Device Not Found "" Please install an operating system on your hard disk- "" Hard Disk - (3F0) "" F2  System Diagnostics "" For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcentre/startup " The web address re-directs. can someone please help.

Answer:Hard drive blank, recovery drive corrupted, no way to re-ins...

Hi,Your laptop came with Windows 8.1 64 bit from factoryhttps://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04471211Windows 8.1 activation key is embedded in the BIOS chip on board.I assume that you've already successfully upgraded and activated to Windows 10 Home 64 bit previouslyIf so, you can clean install Windows 10 Home 64 bit by creating UEFI bootable Windows 10 installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool, follow this tutorial:https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-clean-install-windows-10-a.htmlDisable secure boot from BIOS setup, plug in the USB, change boot order to USB - continue with installationWindows will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetAdditional drivers from here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-15-p100-notebook-pc-series/7234915/mode...RegardsVisruth

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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Is it possible to install windows on a new hard drive and computer by using the old computers recovery drive?

Answer:Installing windows from a HP recovery drive on a new hard drive?

You already asked this in your system build thread. I am not sure.

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Just created a USB Flash Recovery Drive using Dell's instructions.
The instructions state to Format the drive to NTFS before starting, which I did but, on checking the contents of the drive once it had been created, it said it was in FAT32 format. Is this correct please? I'm a bit puzzled.

Answer:Recovery Drive on a USB Flash Drive.

johnvictor,
Windows 10 has an inbuilt mechanism to create edition locked  Reinstallation Media. Its called a Recovery Drive. The Recovery Drive creates a FAT32 formatted USB that boots in both MBR Legacy BIOS and a UEFI BIOS with SecureBoot.
A quick check in Disk Management reveals that Windows 10 correctly formats the USB as FAT32 opposed to NTFS therefore the Recovery Drive works both in a UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot and a Legacy MBR BIOS. This will not give the same issues as Windows 8 and 8.1 installation media.

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Hi I have a 32gb Flash Drive which I use in various music equipment to transfer files. It uses Fat32 as its file system as none of my other devices recognise NTFS. I recently bought an external hard drive 160GB and formatted it to FAT32 but none of the devices recognise it. Is there any way to get this harddrive to emulate a flash drive?

Thanks

Stew
 

Answer:USB hard drive to Flash Drive

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I am attempting to hook an external USB HDD up to my car receiver head unit via its USB input. The HU reads mp3s from flash drives fine but not my Western Digital 40gb Passport. The manual that came with the receiver says to use flash drives only. Is there a fundamental difference between ext. HDD and Flash drives that would prevent me from using ext. HDD with my HU? Could the problem be not enough power to the HDD? The LED comes on. Thanks.
 

Answer:USB hard drive vs. USB flash drive

Ahhh, I remember back in the days when car mp3 players were unix based.

Anyway, unless some site has a firmware hack for you car player, I think you are outta luck.

What model/brand of car receiver do you have? I'm looking to upgrade my 2 year old car mp3 receiver (as long as it has xm capabilities.....)
 

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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In my PC (Windows 7 Professional - 32 Bit Operatins System - Service Pack 1 installed) whenever I plug in Flash Drive, the system creates short cut for all the folders in the Flash Drive. The folders and its contents are safe.

But I am unable to Safely Dismount the Flash Drive and the system on choosing Eject the Drive will display "This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again." message.

If I go through My Computer - Right Click on Flash Drive and then Eject the system shows the following message

"F: is Currently in Use. Save any Open Files on this disc, and then close the files or programs
using the files before trying again. If you choose to continue, the files will be closed, which might cause data to be lost.

Cancel Try Again Continue"

If we choose Continue, system displays "Safe to Remove Hardware".

WHY THIS IS HAPPENING ??

I am having a laptop with same OS and there when I plug in the flash drive it does not create any short cut and no such problems.

Both the systems are having Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12.1.671.4971 and are upto date on Virus Siglature update.
 

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I have an old hard drive on gateway w98 system that recently crashed and will not boot up. I had a master and slave hard drive, was transferring files between the 2 and something got corrupted, error message on boot up says something something about this file transfer.

I was able to take out the slave, insert it in another computer, all data there. Master is not recognized though. I see that there is free recovery software, but I don't understand how to use it. How do I apply it to a hard drive that will not boot up on one computer or is not recognized on another. And when I say not recognized, when I make it a slave and insert it onto another computer, the computer recognizes that there is new hard ware (with pop up), but there is no E drive. This is an XP computer.

About all I know how to do here is download the recovery software, but to what, to where, and how do I apply it to the hard drive? Especially if the hard drive will not boot up. Thank you for the help.

Answer:Hard drive recovery help (windows 98 hard drive

The simple solution since XP can't read Fat partitions would be to boot up with a live for cd Linux distro in order to copy+paste files from the 98 drive onto another. First you want to make up a temp folder to copy files into from the old drive provided the drive simply didn't quit on you while files were being transferred.

If the drive is still working have a look at how relatively easy it is to copy files over from it while booted with a ubuntu live cd.



Live distros like ubuntu and Knoppix will see right onto Fat as well as NTFS partitions allowing you to pick and choose which files even entire folder will be copied over from the 98 drive. That's provided the read/write heads are still in working order.

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Which flash drive is the fastest to use with Vista's page file on flash drive capability?
 

Answer:What flash drive is the fastest to use w/ vista's flash drive page file caching?

No no no, wrong wrong wrong. Whoa there, sonny, let's back up a bit.

Before you go preaching it's like having your pagefile on a USB drive, you need to learn more about ReadyBoost, which is the correct name for the specific technology. It's not putting your pagefile on the USB Flash device, it's just using the Flash RAM device to augment (read: add to the performance) some aspects of Vista's SuperFetch and virtual memory subsystems.

There are several threads about this feature here already; search for "readyboost" and you can learn more about it, which I STRONGLY recommend since you're getting off on the wrong foot already.

No problem with you being enthusiastic since ReadyBoost is a great feature and a nice way to improve system performance, but you need to present your posts in an accurate and meaningful way with facts and not just a bunch of statements that sound like "OMG it's the greatest thing evarrrrr..."

You're close, but do some more research here and other places to get the real scoop about ReadyBoost.

Most any USB 2.0 Flash-RAM based device should work just fine, but the cheap ones - those $10 specials at stores - might not be up to snuff for transfer speeds. If you stick one in and Vista offers to let it be used for ReadyBoost, that means Vista tested it and concluded it's up to the task.
 

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:

http://www.techspot.com/community/t...e-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/#post-875300

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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I recently purchased a 32 GB San Disk Flash Drive. The security files pre-installed on the drive were junk, and I could not delete them so I formatted the drive to remove them. This cleaned the disk, and it holds data, but I'm not sure if this is part of my problem. I am trying to load my copy of windows 7 onto this disk, and using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, I can select my ISO file, but when I go to select my USB drive, my computer does not recognize the flash drive as a flash drive. Is there a way to change the Flash Drive so Windows will recognize my Flash Drive as removable media? Smaller USB drives still work on my computer, so its not the computer. Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

Hello masonta. Welcome to the forum.

Let's start with this: can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window, expanded so we can read everything, with the USB stick installed?

You also might check in Device Manager to see if the stick shows up as a USB device, or a hard disk.

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Need to replace my failed Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive wd5000mpck 5MM($206.00),, will a wd5000lpvx 7MM($44.00) drive fit..Big price difference..  

Answer:Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive Failed will a 7MM drive fit (calls for a 5MM drive)

Hi Kendoe,of course big price differences, The technical differences are:                            cache (MB); Ampere Peak(5V); Power W (read/write); standby W; acoustic (dBA); Height mm; Weightwd5000mpck: 16                ; 0,9                            ; 1,5                               ; 0,15           ; 15-17               ; 5                  ; 0,07 kgwd5000lpvx:    8                   ; 1                               ; 1,4                               ; 0,13... Read more

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

Answer:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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After all this time this has still not been resolved The latest was that a supplier could not be found.

Answer:Free gift 8gb flash drive

don't get here until after 8pm, BobRadburn.

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I have a scandisk 4GB microcruzer flash drive. Recently I noticed that I am low on free space even though I only have a 700mb movie on the drive. It states the capacity as 3.82g and used space as 2.81g. When hooked up to the PS3 I can see items in the recycle, and I tried to delete them via the PS3 controls and it didn't work. I can't seem to access the recycle of the flash drive when it's hooked up to my computer. When I run search for files on the "F" drive all sorts come up, but no recycle and I'm don't want to start messing around with files when I don't know what I'm doing. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:how to free up space on flash drive

copy the entire 4 gib to a new folder on your computer just in case this doesn't work you can put it back..

Now make a second folder and try to copy the movie file to your computer, once it is on the computer play it and make sure it works. Once you verified you have copied the file to your computer re format the microcruzer, after if is reformatted check the disk space make sure you have the 4 gb accounted for. transfer the movie file back from the desk top to the flash drive. now check the amount of space you have.
 

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Does 5 - 10% of storage space on a USB flash drive need to remain free, as it does on a hard drive?
 

Answer:Is free space on a USB flash drive necessary?

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Okay, here is a pic of my hard disks.

My backups go into my Recovery Drive, and it is nearly full. I repeatedly uninstall prgrams that I don't need, and delete old backups. Why is it still full? How do I make more space? My OS drive is so BIG, but I have next to nothing in it! Are backups supposed to be going into C drive?

Answer:Recovery Drive almost full: Should backups be in D drive or in the C drive?

Not to worry. The recovery is probalby just restore points. As you need more space the oldest point is deleted and a new one made. If you want to make space. Turn off the System Restore, deleting all points. Then make a new point, you will need it in case of problems.

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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I have a Acer Aspire E5-521-24PQ and I need someone that has the same laptop to be kind enough to make me a recovery drive for it. I have no problem sending flash drive and paying for shipping. The partitions on mine got deleted and I have tried and tried to recover the partitions but it finds so many files and I dont know how to do it. Please can some one be kind enought to do this for me.  Please reply as soon as possible.

Answer:Need Recovery USB flash drive

Hello, You can also order/buy the factory recovery media from your Acer store.

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Can anyone tell me if it's practical or worth doing, to backup my system using the S10's recovery program, to a flash drive instead of a dvd.Thanks

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Hi guys, does xp copy usb flash drive contents to temporary folder on hd as my pen drive has stopped working, it has all my family photos, videos, college work. The usb pen drive seems to be completely dead, I tried it in a few comps and it wont pick up, it just says usb device failed.

I had only just looked at them to make sure they copied to the stick from the camera memory card.. as the stick is dead is there anyway to recover from windows??
Thanks,,

tommy.
 

Answer:Flash drive recovery on hd.

That is really rotten luck. If you erased the files from the camera's card, probably your best chance of recovering them (if they haven't been overwritten by new pictures on the camera) is to use one of the free data-recovery programs which you can easily Google on the card.
Is there any chance that the flash disk has a faulty lock switch? Sometimes these switches are really tiny. While their purpose is to prevent the flash disk being written to rather than read, you might want to check.
Good luck!
 

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Can recovery flash stick be used for recovery on the same type of laptop? my son and I both have a g50-45. recovery was saved to a flsh stick.
Den
 
 
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Answer:G50-45 - Recovery USB flash drive?

Yes, if it is the same exact type. To be safe, however, I would suggest creating a new one or requesting Lenovo recovery disk. If you need recovery, contact Lenovo support, they can tell you how to access Lenovo OneKey, which can recover your computer with its recover parttition. 

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hi Tedster
Thanks for you detailed instructions, much appreciated.
I tried out what you suggested and I'm afraid I had no luck. The pc recovery program recognises my drive but says there is no media present.

l tried using disk management also and this did not work. The drive appeared as removable disk F: but it says no media present. When I right click and clicked on properties it says 'flash drive is working properly'. I then when into my computer and right clicked on the removable disk drive and clicked on format and it says 'insert disk into drive F:.

I really don't understand what the problem is, it was working fine until now. Every computer recognises my key as a flash drive but none of them will let me open it.

ONe of my friends suggested that he might open it up and see if he could get anything off it. dont know how that would work though.......
 

Answer:Flash Drive Recovery

Check out this guide courtesy of Tedster.
 

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I was backing up some of my files from my computer to my flash drive. I was not copying and pasting but rather cutting and pasting. My computer crashed. Now I don't know if I have lost any data or not; I may have or maybe I might not have.

Do you think I lost my data? if so, is there anyway to recover it? Thanks.

Answer:USB Flash Drive recovery?

Just connect you hard drive to another healthy system as a slave and see if the drive is recognized.

If yes, then you can try Data Recovery Software to retrieve your lost files. If the drive is not recognized then, it has experienced some mechanical fault and you need to contact data recovery services for data recovery help.

Hope this helps you.

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The story: Bought Disgo U3 drive. Did'nt like the U3 setup so used official installer to remove it.. Now I've no way of pssword protecting the usb. Have looked at all download sites, unable to find anything . As the usb cost ?24 don't want to spend more tha ?5 on app to lock it.

Answer:Need FREE password lock for USB flash drive

click herethis may help the download seems to be free..

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This “HowTo” provides information and instruction how to create a USB recovery media flash drive using the Toshiba recovery ISO image files or Toshiba Recovery discs (DVDs)

To create a USB recovery media flash drive, a USB flash drive with at least 16GB disk space is suggested (depends on the size of the ISO images or recovery discs).

Note: Since 2015 the ISO layout has changed and a different procedure must be processed to create the USB media. The new recovery media type can be identified by the names of the ISO files.
More info: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

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Im looking for some way to protect my external HDD from infections, and my PC from viruses on other peoples flash drives, is there any good software that can monitor and block USB or not allow stuff to copy itself on its own, or something liek that?

Thanks!
 

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How to I get rid of the junk in my recovery drive?
I have HP and installed windows 10 about a month or so ago.
I do not have any issues with windows 10. I think this update caused my D drive to be so full

Cathy

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How to I get rid of the junk in my recovery drive?
I have HP and installed windows 10 about a month or so ago.
I do not have any issues with windows 10. I think this update caused my D drive to be so full

Cathy

Answer:2.GB recovery drive of 16.9 free

Hard to tell what you are talking about - post image of your disk partitions, and provide more explanation.

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So I received from Lenovo a nice all-black USB stick (with an impressive Microsoft logo impressed in it), part number 291-A0501010A. Eager to test it, I plugged it into my Y50-70, shift+shutdown+restart, booting into "Choose an option" menu:  I naturally selected "Use a device" because I wanted to boot from Lenovo's recovery USB drive:  I then selected EFI USB Device, because I think this best fits Lenovo's recovery USB device. The screen blanked for a few seconds:  Then, it surprised me with a message, stating the "System doesn't have any USB boot option":  What??? Lenovo's recovery USB drive is not bootable? How is this possible?   So, I tried a different route. Shift+shutdown+restart, booting into "Choose an option" menu again:  This time, I selected "Troubleshoot":  Then, "Advanced options":  I selected "System Image Recovery" because nothing else really suits. This went into a "Preparing System Image Recovery" screen:  From there it went automatically to a "Choose an account to continue" menu:  Looked promising, but then I was granted with this "Windows cannot find a system image on your computer":  What??? It should find a system image on my computer... It should find it on the recovery USB stick! Why doesn't it look for it there? Clicking "Cancel" leads to a "Select a system image" dialog box:  But clicking "Next" only reveals an empty ... Read more

Answer:How do I use Lenovo's Recovery USB flash drive?

I see that you are booting through Windows. Try shutting down your unit. Insert the pendrive and power on and go to bios. Make the necessary settings so that you can boot the usb first instead the hdd. Save and exit. 

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I have a "Tiny" 128 mb flash drive from Extrememory.com. When I try to access the password protected drive I get a message that says "Drive Is Busy". "Close all applications & documents opened on the drive & try again"
But of course I can't as it won't let me in!
I've tried many times, restarted the p.c. with & without drive connected. Uninstalled and reinstalled the driver. Checked Extremememory.co for a website. (Does not seem to have any info. on it)
I'm suspicious that i might have disconnected the drive while the L.E.D. is flashing. (not allowed according to instructions) and I presume that the software in the drive itself (is there any?) must have been corrupted. Any ideas on how I can access the data (pics) on the drive? Many Thanks.
 

Answer:Flash Drive: data recovery possible?

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit) factory-installed on HP laptop, and my computer has recently been ravaged by a Zlob trojan.I've tried everything from restoring the computer, Running AVG Pro, and Spyware Doctor (not in SM) to Registry Mechanic and Ccleaner in safe mode, but nothing has worked. I'm not very sure what is going on with my computer, but I think some important files have gotten deleted.Now, my computer freezes, and while I've managed to fixed a few minor problems, the performance is nowhere near where it used to be.I want to perform a complete (clean?) System Recovery. I want to know if it's possible to perform a recovery from a flash drive. If so, how can I go about doing that? Is it as simple as changing the boot order to USB drive? Or is all this just wishful thinking and I have to purchase discs?Thank you,~S

Answer:HP Recovery (Vista 32 bit) from a Flash Drive?

Hi Shonee,I think you can restore to factory settings by going to recovery manager.You should not need the flash drive option on a H.P.I did this a while ago so bear with me.Also you need to know that everything you have put on your computer will be deleted.You will have to reinstall anything that you have installed yourself and any files you have put on are history.Click on the windows circle widget button at the bottom of your screen.In the start search box type recovery manager.It will appear at the top of the white box above the start search box.Click on recovery manager.You will be asked to permit this process and obviously click allow.When you get to recovery manager you want to select to restore to factory settings.And when it has finished doing its job your computer should be like when you first got it out of the box.So you will have to reconnect to the net and install Anti Virus etc.

Your alternate option is to post a Hijack this log in the I think I have a virus forum.And the Bleeping Computer team will guide you through getting rid of your virus.Good Luck.

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I have created the one time recovery to a 64GB flash drive because that was the only spare flash drive I had at the time. When I look and the flash drive, It appears as a 32GB flash drive with 47 hidden files on amounting to 10.9GB. My question is, can I copy or clone this USB flash drive to another USB flash drive? I now have a spare 32GB drive which I would prefer to use to free up the 64GB one. Is this possible ans how do I do it? I do have EaseUS Todo installed if that could do it. I'm assuming the recovery USB has been created as a bootable drive so just copying ther files will not suffice.

Answer:Can I copy recovery USB to another USB flash drive?

Hi,No way to make another working bootable HP recovery media. The first one is the only one you got.Many have been unsuccessful in doing this.You have definitely other options like backing up whole system image, creating Windows 10 Home 64 bit clean install bootable USB.RegardsVisruth

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I want to do a fresh install to a new SSD from my Lenovo Recovery but I get that message that I can only make one copy. Is there anyway to make another copy so I can do a fresh install? I also want to make another copy to a flash drive so that I can have a backup incase something goes wrong.

Answer:Lenovo Recovery to Flash Drive

NOYou only need one set of media. You can duplicated them as well. So you only need one recovery set.





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