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Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Question: Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Recently bought a new Laptop, and went through all the setting up process, one of which was Windows 7 back up. At the time I just went for the partitioned drive option, but after a week, I've decided to buy an external Hard drive for my back ups instead.
My questions are:
1. Can I easily change the destination of the back up files?
2. Do I just delete everything on Drive D once I'm backing up to an external Hard Drive, or will Windows give me this option when I change to external Hard Drive?
3. The Back up is done on a schedule, so how do I get on when the date passes? Will it ask me to plug my external Hard Drive in the next time I boot up?
4. Finally, I'd like to back up our Desktop too, running on Vista. Can I just partition the external Hard Drive, and keep our laptop, and Desktop backed up on the same hard drive??

Cheers, Matthew

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Preferred Solution: Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

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

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

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Answer: Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.

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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.


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


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download 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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My external drive letter was K:, now it's L:. I checked the registry and saw that they both have the same value? I also can't change drive letter in computer management. Help me please!

Answer:External hard drive changed. Won't change back

Hello Jassie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and delete the \DosDevices\L: Binary vaule to see if the drive will be seen as K after restarting the computer.

If not, then see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to change it back to K.

Hope this helps,

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I have split my single hard drive into 2 partitions. I have realised i should have given more memory to one partition, so i am wondering if there is software which will let me change the size of them, eg take spare memory from partition 1 to increase partition 2, without having to reformat the entire drive and lose any content? thanks

Answer:Can i change the size of an already partitioned hard drive?

Acronis have the here

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I was recently copying a heap of files to my new HP Simple Save external hard drive and all of a sudden it wouldn't let me, saying that it was read only.

I have googled what seems to be everything and tried a range of options including-
-unchecking read only option in properties
-using cmd.exe option to look at storage device and next to read only it said no
-registry files - found some instructions to change read only in storage device options, but there was no storage device options, there was storage, but no option to remove read only
-i have also ensured that i have enough permissions etc..

Some details about my computer are-

Asus F5
Windows Vista
AMD Athlon X2 64 (not sure if this is relevant?)

Would really appreciate some advice if anyone can help me?


Answer:HP External Hard drive - files are all read only and I can't change it

From what I have heard about those drives, it is a problem with the proprietary setup of the drive. It is classic HP stupidity. The drive is coupled with junkware, which eventually fails to work properly.

I know it sucks, but I would backup everything off that drive. Uninstall all the HP software and drivers related to it. Then go into the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Computer Management\Storage. Kill all the partitions on the drive, setup a new one, reformat, and use it without all the HP junk.

After that, make sure to setup proper permissions on the new volume, and re-copy everything back. If you do not need NTFS security, then format it with exFat.

There should be a law against junkware..

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Cousin's laptop - Dell Inspiron 6000. XP Home edition was riddled with malware. Prior to complete restore I copied all her documents to external drive. Checked transfer had gone okay and reinstalled laptop by clearing partitions and formatting using NTFS. (She hasn't got original Dell O/S disc etc - but that's another story!) Loading external 20gb Maxtor drive, it says (under computer management) -- 19.07gb unallocated. I cannot access the back up data I transferred last night....all her photos....Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive - lost all back up files!

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I purchased a Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 external hard drive to back up my computer & I can't get it to work. When I try to back up MY Documents, it scans the files, then the window says "wrong input" & "access denied". I have been trying to get help from Silicon Power customer service, but they haven't been able to shed any light on my problem. I'm running Windows 7 Professional & have Norton Internet Security. Could there be some kind of incompatibility with my OS or Norton that's preventing access to the files? This is very frustrating & I am very uncomfortable not having my files backed up.

Answer:Silicon Power external hard drive will not back up files

Hello and Welcome -Since you are putting the files onto a clean new external hard drive, make sure all browsers are closed and Disable your Norton while you do it.Some Norton programs often see simple things as a threat, and can at times refuse you permission to do what you want -Worth a try -

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I used a Duplicate Finger program to move MP3 duplicates from my external hard drive to my C drive. I have them all in a folder but discovered I need them back in their original folders. At least quite a few of them. Is there a way to do this automatically or am I stuck having to locate and do one by one?

Answer:Restoring moved files back to external hard drive

Some Dup. programs delete files to the Recycle Bin... check there first with the external drive connected and possibly you might be able to restore to the original locations.

You can also try undeleting the files from the external drive. Here is a listing of some free and some paid programs.

Just avoid saving or modifying anything on the external drive as that will lower your chances of recovery. Ideally you should recover to another location but to expedite matters, you can try recovering to the original locations. Personally I'd recommend recovering to a new folder on your computer and then copying them back over to the external.

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Hello, I have recently purchased a Thinkpad E530. As instructed I have performed the recommended back up to my Seagate external hard drive. Once the back up was completed I noticed that all my files that I previously had are missing from the external hard drive. The hard drive also got re-named to "cbd_drive" with the red lenovo back-up logo image and is now being seen as a local drive. There was no warning that any documents might be deleted during the back up process.  I would greatly appreciate any help Thanks

Answer:Files lost on external hard drive after performing back up

download a software called undelete, and see whether you can recover any files from it.

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I have an external hard drive that I just formatted successfully. It is a dual core and I am trying to use it with the Windows utility for backing up files. I have tried and received this message:
An error occurred. The following information might help you resolve this error.
The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)
"My Computer" lists the additional drive and designates it with Letter K and Letter L, since it is a dual core.
I am using Vista. What can I do to make it successfully back up my files? I have restore disks, so I don't really care if it backs up my system. I do have many photos. I could just copy all pictures to the external drive, but then it is very hard to know which need to be backed up subsequently, since they are all just listed in the pictures folder. Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated, but most, I just want to be able to get the backing up to work!

Answer:Solved: Back up files to external hard drive failed!

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Answer:Solved: Reformatting external partitioned hard drive

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Got a new hard drive... WD 4TB.

Installed the latest Win10 from ISO... everything went great, but I can't do anything with 1.8 (or so) TB of unallocated space.

Did some looking around and it seems I needed to format the drive GPT.

Tried to reinstall, but I'm stuck with 2 partitions.. I can't delete them and start over. Keeps giving me an error code.

Any ideas how to fix this? I looked on WD site for any type of 'formatting' utils, and I didn't see anything listed.


Answer:Win10 install - hard drive is partitioned wrong and I can't change it

You need a program to delete the drive back to RAW.
I have a media disk of acronis disk director which works great for doing this.

You could also install that drive into any USB external and use windows to delete the partitions.

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I have upgraded to Windows 10 recently.
Everything works well except this one thing that happened couple times already.
All the files that I saved to my external hard drive when I was using Windows 10 disappeared when I tried to open them again in a different machine (Windows 7).
They can no longer be found even when I go back to Windows 10 and tried to find them.
I am sure they are saved properly.
I checked and confirmed that they are located in the correct location after they are all saved.
I used the "Eject" external hard drive function and remove the drive only when Windows 10 promoted "safe to remove".
Any idea?

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Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me.

As the title says my external hard drive wont allow me to move/copy my files back to my laptop. its a Seagate 500GB external hard drive which I have owed for a few years now with not as much use as id like. I can view photos and other files play videos and music off it but when I go to move a file over to the desktop it pops up with a windows explorer tab showing it has stopped working. which is weird as it has nothing to do with windows explorer then it seems to reload the main screen. I've attached a video showing the problem in the hope someone can diagnose the issue. I did just manage to send a photo and a music file using email back to my computer from the hard drive so its not impossible to get them all back but that would take forever haha. Any help I really would appreciate it and promise once fixed IL use a online cloud service as I know hard drives don't last forever.

it seems I cant upload the video which is annoying as it would make it easier for people to work out the problem.


sorry I thought this was down to just the hard drive but I've just tried copying a file on the desktop screen and then pasting the copied file onto the desktop screen and it seems the issue is happening with the laptop same problem with the windows explorer tab popping up with the message windows explorer has stopped working followed with another message saying windows explorer is restartin... Read more

Answer:external hard drive wont move/copy files back to laptop

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I moved about 10GB of files (using Photoshop Elements) from my laptop's hard disk to an external hard drive. I double checked and the files were moved correctly - they don't show up on the laptop and show up on the external hard drive. However, the laptop's C drive does not show an increase in space. I restarted the laptop but it still shows the same free space as prior to the move.

Any idea why? This is with a Lenovo T440s with Win7.


Answer:Moved files to external hard drive but no change in laptop disk size

Dumb question, did you delete the files off C ?

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When we set up our system, it was suggested we partition our hard drive. Now our c/ is so full we can't run scan/defrag. I was told I could just move files from the c/ partition to the empty d/ partition. The ones I can get to move are still showing in the c/ (i'm sure I hit "move" not "copy"). Regardless most of the moves get aborted saying it is being used by another person. we are not networked, but each family member has their own log in. Help please...I'm thinking I'm making this way harder than it needs to be.

Answer:Moving files in partitioned hard drive

No you cannot move them out of the partition... leastways not easily.
But using a disk manager such as Acronis, you can enlarge the partition(s)... or add drives. We bought some 500GB hard drives today for $51... and 750GB for $63...
Have you thought about adding another hard drive to your existing configuration?
Creating a dual boot to two or more different hard drives?

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I'm desperate to recover 120GB of files from a hard drive. How can this be done when the old hard drive is corrupted?

Answer:How to recover files from a partitioned hard drive?

Use PhotoRec

yes it sounds like a photo program but it's much more than that.

I've used it several times to get data back, I recently had a drive that had a corrupt MFT and it got EVERYTHING back for me. Only drawback is that it renames everything to like 1,2,3,4,5 etc but at least I got all my data back! So I was happy!

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I have a Dell Optiplex 745 with Windows XP. It came with a partitioned drive. The C: drive has 20 gb of space and is 95% full. The D: drive has 212 gb of space and is 2% full. I would like to transfer files from my C: drive to my D: drive, with the goal of leaving operating system files on the C: drive and everything else on the D: drive. How do I (i) determine which files I can or should transfer and which files I cannot or should not transfer (presume beginner's level of familiarity), and (ii) make the transfer? Thank you.

Answer:Transferring files in partitioned hard drive

Only move user files, like your pictures/word documents. If you need to move software, the headache you could cause isn't worth it. Uninstall the software and install to the other partition. You can move the whole of your my documents, my music, my pictures, etc... Some reference may stop working, but that shouldn't be much of problem. Just create a new folder on D:\ called documents, pictures, etc... and move the files in to those folders.

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I recently purchased a western digital 1.5T My Book Essential to "automatically" backup my PC's internal hard drive and a Passport External drive I have that contains my media files. I installed WD's Smartware software on my PC and learned that it will only backup my hard drive. I also noticed that it (1) seems to consume alot of processor capacity (computer running much slower with it attached); and (2) my computer won't start up when attached. When I called WD about my concerns they indicated that there is 3rd party software available that will allow me to automatically backup both my internal hard drive and the passport and may not require as much processor space (they wouldn't provide specific recommendations). They also sent me instructions on how to adjust my PC so that it won't try to boot up from MY Book (interesteingly enough I 've never had this problem with my passport). I have not yet had a chance to try their recommendations.

Suggestions on a good 3rd party back-up software would be appreciated.


Answer:Need suggestions for software to back up hard drive and an external drive

Acronis has a good reputation.

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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I have acquired a new 250 GB external hard drive, and I need to know if there is a certain way to back-up the files I want on it.

The best way I can think of to describe what I want is like RAID-1, only with the copy on the external hdd. And I just want it to make copies of certain folders.

So say, I want my Music folder on the hdd to be exactly the same, folder for folder as the original on my internal drive, and have it update automatically each time I add something new to the folder.

Any help is greatly appreciated

Answer:Certain way to back-up on external hard drive?

I don't think you will find anything that will do it automatically every time you make a change to a file or add a file to your hard drive. You can schedule most backup software to do this.

I have my mother setup on SyncToy. It replicates her My Documents folder to her USB drive, which she takes to work with her.

There is other programs like SyncBack and Allwaysync that will do synchronization as well.

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I want to use an external hard drive to back up my computer. I want to know if I can back up two computer hard drives on the same EHD. I am looking at a G Force 1TG EHD. I am unsure how these devices work and what I need to get started.

Answer:external hard drive for back up

well first you need a hard drive i recommend a westren digital 1 TB from maplin
its a bit pricey but they last forever ive heard
if a 500 GB one wich is good if you don't need a 1TB
they do have a 750 GB but it is out of stock

then you will need a backup program i recommend xxclone (free)
and your question
yes you can put two hard disk memorys into one as long as it not windows operating system
if it is a windows system the you will need to partiton the hard drive

i would like some other recommendations as well (not just me)



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I'm looking for a good external hard drive/back-up for the families 250 MG compaq desktop. something that wont need additional software, and will be easy to use and reliable. anyone have suggestions with first hand exp? thanks

Answer:external hard drive/back-up

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I would like to perform a permanent back-up of my computer and not sure the best way of going about it. I've read getting an external hard drive to be the easiest way over copying everything to CD's. I do perform regular weekly back-ups through the Wizard but I am worried that if my computer crashes, I could lose everything and not be able to retrieve. This is all new to me, so thanks for your patience and would appreciate some advice on how to permanently protect and retrieve my stuff should my PC crash. I'm running XP Home Edition.

Answer:Back Up PC Using External Hard Drive

Acronis is easily the best imaging software available. It can regularly update an image file on another drive of your HD, so that you are never more than "x" days away from a completely restorable point. Once a week, every day, etc...

You can save several images, or Acronis can just update the last one it made.

Wouldn't recommend a USB drive, though. Hate them. Slow, ridiculously slow. Throwing the POS out the window and screaming in rage at the engineer that dreamed the stupid things up slow. You can buy two internal HD's for the price of an external. If data portability is not a priority, I'd get a nice big fat 'ol 1 Tbyte SATA HD for about $100 at NewEgg, install it as a second drive, configure Acronis to run whatever image schedule you want and never have to think about it again.

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Don't laugh, its such a simple question.

I have been using a commercial company to back up my computer for the last 2 years. Now I have decided to do my own backups.

I already did the first back up to the external drive. Now its time to back up again,

my question is when I back up again, will everything be backed up again?

Or just the files that have changed?

Thank you fro your help.


Answer:Back up to external hard drive

More details needed, such as the program you are now using, what files or partition you are backing up, etc.

But generally:

If you are referring to an image method of backup, you can typically choose to do a full backup of all files on the partition or just the "incremental" files that are new or modified since the last backup. Most would tell you that "incremental" backups are more prone to failure and problems and would probably advise you to do only full backups (new images of the entire partition). You might then keep say a couple of full backups--perhaps make images monthly and keep the most recent 2 or 3. Delete the oldest every time you make a new one. Something like that. Images are quite large, so you probably don't want to keep a dozen full images.

If you are referring to something other than images, such as a "file by file" backup program for personal files, you will find that such programs are typically designed to back up ONLY new or modified files on the second and later backup. For that reason, the second backup usually takes seconds or a minute or two, whereas the first one might take hours.

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I have just ordered an external hard drive to back up my desk top PC and the thought has occured as to if I could also back up my laptop hard drive on the same external drive. I know that in terms of having copies of all files from both this would not be a problem but would it be possible to have TWO fully recoverable hard disk copies? (i.e. with functioning operating systems)

Answer:Use Of External Hard Drive to back up TWO PCs

If you use something like Acronis True Image, you can create images of both.Assuming each PC only has a single drive partition (e.g. C:), you can plug the external HDD in to each in turn and create images files for each (e.g. desktop_image.tib, laptop_image.tib)

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I am having an issue trying to back up the data from my hard drive - I am trying to put it on my desktop or should I put it on another external mode of saving the files.

I am only a beginner and not too sure how to do a back up of external hard drives

I require the information for a book - this has a lot of data on it

Answer:How to back up an external hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa

I am having an issue trying to back up the data from my hard drive - I am trying to put it on my desktop or should I put it on another external mode of saving the files.

I am only a beginner and not too sure how to do a back up of external hard drives

I require the information for a book - this has a lot of data on it

If the data you want to backup is on your computer, it should be backed up to an external hard drive.
If the data is on an external hard drive and you think it's faulty or something else, buy a new hard drive and use it to keep a spare copy.

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I am trying to back-up an AVI file (13GB) to my external hard-drive (via copy/paste). I still have c.30GB space on my existing hard drive and about 250GB space on external drive. Yet when I try to copy the file over it says that there is not enough space on the drive. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?

Answer:Back up to external hard drive

How is the external drive formatted? won't do it if it is FAT32.

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I just bought an external hard drive & would like to copy my C: drive to it... is it possible to do that with the dos copy *.* command? or do I need special software to do it?
Thanks for any suggestions you have.

Answer:Back up to External Hard drive?

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How to back up and external hard drive?

I have a external hard drive I would like to back up on an extra computer
with a second drive on it. I know I can't simply use XP copy because its
gets stuck on extra long files names, etc. So what is the best way
to back up my data. Both Drives are 120G.

Thank you,

Answer:How to back up and external hard drive?

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I just got my replacement H.D. back for my HTPC and I ghosted the bad drive and now reinstalled everything onto it. I had to set the drive letter to F: because I already had a drive C: on the computer that I was doing the cloning on. The computer that needs the replacement drive is looking for drive C:.

How can I fix this?


Answer:Ghosted Hard Drive (How to change back to C:)

If you are running XP go to computer management - disk management and you can reassign drive letters there by right clicking on the drive you want to reassign. You may have to do some moving of drive letters to get everything back to where you want it/or it shoulod be.

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I've had this PC running the same way for about a year now (everything working fine) in the past week i noticed that 1 of my 4 hard drives started going really slow.
I checked all my IDE Channel and realized that the hard drive had changed to PIO Mode 4. I select it and check the 'Enable DMA' box and hit OK. the properties dialog closes but when i reopen it it's set back to PIO Mode 4.
Any ideas?

Answer:Hard Drive changes to PIO Mode 4 - can't change back to DMA

It should not be any slower on PIO 4 than it is on any DMA setting, they are capped at the same rate.

Ultra DMA would be different, doubling the transfer rate.

Could you help us out by:
1. Filling out your system specifications entirely?
2. Telling us if you were doing anything when this happened?

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I have one PC (2100MHz Pentium IV)running xp and another networked (333Mhz Pentium III)running 98SE. I am looking to add an extra hard disk for backups (around 200GB is the size/price limit)Am I better off using an external USB drive or should I use an internal one in the 98SE model. This is currently only used to give permanent access to the Compleat Oxford Dictionary and a couple of other CD based applications.

Answer:External v internal hard drive for back up


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I have an external Hard drive that I have never used,My Brother in Law put some photos in it just to make sure it was working.Now I will be changing to Windows7 shortly just wondering if I can take any of my Security programs with me including Incredimail.Or am I better just reinstalling them again on the new tower.If I can save them how would I go about it.Lets just say that I wanted to save A Squared Anti-malware can I do it and how.

Answer:Back up programs to External hard drive

Save all your personal details and install W7. Migrating programmes can be fraught with problems. Save your documents, emails, address book, personal details etc., to the hard drive or to a memory stick. Check that they are all there, load Windows 7 and load all the programmes that you will need. Then load all your personal details. It does not take too long if you are methodical. I tend to load all the progammes that I will need as .exe files on a memory stick or external HD.G

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I want something thats encrypted if you want to and 1TB. Easy to use.

I got questions about back up hard drives:

1. If you have schedule back up on does it overwrite the previous backup?

2. I heard if you want the whole system on the back up you have to image software how does that work exactly?

3. Can you take that image the image software takes and store it on the back up drive?

4. What happens if you have the OS on the hard-drive and you connect it to a new computer? Would it overwrite?

5. When you go to back up does it seriously back up everything from the drive? Cause I have Itunes library I don't feel like using 600 disc to back that up...


Answer:What Kind of External Back up hard drive should I get?

A personal view.
Look for sales. Everyone has their favourite brand. I prefer WD (Elements) for this.
For 1TB get one with a mains power supply unit.
Check that it spins at 7200 rpm (not 5400)
A bare bones unit - no built in backup software
Don't keep it power up all the time. Temperature will decrease their life.
Accept the beast can die on you

It can keep an eye on the health of the drive.

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My hard drive is making horrible noises and even sometimes is not recognized upon startup. After I take it out and put it back it, it works fine, but still bad mechanical noises. I am about to order a new one and have an external hard drive and was wondering if there is a way to backup the whole thing onto the external, and when I install a new hard drive, I can just load the backup file and take off like nothing happened?

My system is a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop running windows xp home. 1.6 P4, 768 ram.

Thanks for your attention and help...


Answer:Hard drive about to die, how do I back it up onto an external for replacement?

You can transfer a copy of everything on the PC onto a external hard drive by following these steps:
1. Go to Start - Accessories - System Tools - Backup
2. Follow the steps to select what files you want to copy over
3. Choose the device to which all the files will go to

Once you have got a new hard drive you can restore all the old files back and you will not have lost a single thing.

Good Luck

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Following a disasterous system crash in Win Xp I am considering purchasing an external hard drive so I dont lose everything following a crash. Questions:1. Do they come with back up utility?2. What in your opinions is the best back up software to use?What I would like to do is restore my system with the click of a mouse button rather than refomatting then reinstalling everything including drivers etc. I would welcome any thoughts.

Answer:External Hard Drive for back up question.

Read the Fred Langa article to backups for a complete guide click hereHD Imaging software is the best route, such as Ghost, Drive Image or Image for Windows click herewhich is about £15.00

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I have been backing up to an external hard drive, but it is formatted to Fat 32. If I format to NTFS, will I lose all the existing back ups, and is this really necessary?

Answer:Acronis back ups to external hard drive.

Formatting to NTFS alters the file system and nothing heremost arguments here are in favour of NTFS...

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I purchased an external hard drive to back up my files. However, I keep getting an error msg about the files being too large. I think this has to do with the format of the hard drive.
Instead of going through a backup program, can't I just do a copy/paste on the files I want to back up? That is how I would do it when I put files on CD, so won't this work on an external hard drive?
Thank you! Maggie

Answer:Trying to back up to external hard drive - error msg


What operating system are you using? Have you formatted and partitioned your hard drive?

If you right click on my computer and select manage, then disk management, then pick your external drive, right click for format and partition options. Please note.. this will delete all existing data on your external.

This alll presumes you are running windows

Hope this helps.

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I use external hard drives to save data and media, then a second to back up.
Bought new hard drive (terrabyte) as main drive to which I save everything and when I checked properties it shows that there are over 500 gb used. If I click on each ‘thing’ that is saved, ie. My documents, public (all the photos and music) the total is only about 130 gb so first question - why would this be please? I used to use a 500 gb drive before I bought the new one and there was more than enough room

Second question is of course - when I tried to back the first hard drive up to the second, it showed red.........if there are over 500 gb to copy I guess tere is not enough room - but previously (and I have'nt added more than a few mb if that since buying new first drive) there was more than enough room, in fact I used to back up weekly and put on the new back up before I deleted last weeks........would really appreciate some help please. Thanks

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I just installed a new hard drive (Maxtor) to be used as a new boot drive and partioned it into 2 parts. I still have my old hard drive as the slave. I installed all of the contents of my original drive into the new drive. I can see the part of the new drive with all of my files, DRV_Vol1 (C. However, I cannot seem to access the other half of the hard drive.

I went into computer management and storage. I can see the half with my files, but the other part is listed as unallocated and does not show up under 'My Computer".

How can I make this part of my hard drive accessable?


Answer:Partitioned Hard drive - can only see part of drive

Create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
Then create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
Once finished you should be able to use the partition.

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I am having a weird problem with lots of jpg files that I deleted months ago and emptied the recycle bin dozens of times since deleting the files, those are mysteriously reinstated into their original folders on the external drive!! all they are are jpg files that after I print them, I delete them permanently. but after about 3 - 6 months those files are back into the folders!! running Windows 7 Ultimate

Answer:Deleted files come back all my themselves on External Drive

Run a full scan with Malwarebytes on all drives, followed by SuperAntiSpyware - decline the trial versions to just use the scanners.

Then move the data off the external and wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command, repartition in Disk Mgmt.

If these fail work through the Troubleshooting Steps linked in my signature pic below, reporting back results.

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I built my own computer, keeping the CD-ROM drive, cd-rw drive, and hard drive. I had to reformat my old hard drive to get it to work. I installed XP Pro, and partitioned it into two parts, one 10 GBs, the other 20 GB. Windows installed on the 10 GB portion, and the 20 GB portion is empty. I would like to transfer all the files from the 10 GB portion to the 20 GB portion, but every time I try, it says I cannot because the system files are in use. I would also like to transfer all files from a hard drive in a really old computer that I am giving to a relative so I don?t lose all those files, the old old hard drive is 7 gb, and runs windows 98. I would like to transfer the entire drive, including all system and personal files so I have two OSs on the new computer, to the 10 GB portion of the newer hard drive

System specs on new computer:
VA-20 motherboard
2700+ Semperon CPU
512 ddr pc2700 ram

specs on old computer:
900mhz Celeron
128mb upgraded to 256mb pc100
hp manufacturer
30 GB samsung hard drive
bought in 2001

Specs on old old computer
333mhz PII(I think)
64 MB ram
packard bell manufacturer
7 GB fujitsu hard drive
bought in 1998

both hard drives are IDE

Answer:Transferring all files from one portion to another portion of partitioned hard drive

If you have not loaded a lot of programs yet ,
I suggest the easiest way is reload the xp to the 2nd partition
that will get you dual boot.
as you add programs ghost them to the 2nd OS
the copying of the other drive is little simpler
get seagate harddrive utility connect up the 2nd drive as slave
copy to the drive letter of your 2nd partition
no OS is running on 2nd drive you should be OK
ps watch out on startup XP may not like the file struction of this drive get ready to abort chkdsk ,you don't want this to run
as the other drive is probubly DOS file system

Please read!!!!

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I have a system (with Vista on it, I'm one of the few who doesn't loathe Vista) with two internal and one external hard drive, among other things I keep my Itunes stuff on the external drive.At one stage I was having trouble with fixing the drive letter in place, it kept on resetting itself, so I went through computer management and locked it into being drive K.Yesterday I unplugged the hard drive (accidentally) and this morning, not yesterday, it's reset itself to being drive M.  Everything on that drive no longer works..I've tried going through computer management again and it will let me reset the letter but not to drive K (I'm locked out)..  Which is where I want/need it..I need to get rid of the old settings but I'm not sure how, does anyone have any ideas?A.

Answer:Hard drive changed letter, and I can't change it back.

Do you have anything assigned to a K: drive? (I mean, has something else commandeered to letter).If so, either unplug it (if possible) or change it via disk management.I'm wracking my brain on this one, since I had the exact same issue with a CD-ROM drive, and I do recall the "fix" was easier done then said...

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I had to replace my hard drive an windows assigned the drive letter to I: not to c: how do I change it to c:

Answer:how to change the main hard drive letter back to c:


See this article: How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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Hey guys, I recently recieved a new External hard drive. The other day, I changed the icon on it, no problem. I've done it millions of times. Then last night, I formatted the drive because I wanted to get rid of this annoying virtual drive that would also come up when I plugged it in. So, I formatted it and now it seems I can not change the icon. I do all the autorun.inf etc. Here's a screenshot

Also you can see my other drive icons are gone. Ive reset the icon db before and no other icons have this problem but im not sure if I need to reset it again to get the rest back.

But my external hd is top priorite.

Answer:Change External Hard Drive Icons

Hello Jarrod, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if deleting the desktop.ini files and seeing if one of the methods in the tutorial below will allow you to change the drive icon to what you want instead.

Drive Icon Change

Hope this helps,

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Windows 7 Home Premium
Under Windows Explorer 'Computer' all of the my drives and storage devices are listed. I am trying to change the icon associated with my esata external hard drive. Anyone know how to do this?

Answer:How to change the Icon for my external hard drive

hi jonych, and welcome to sevenforums,

check out this thread: How to change icon for external storage

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Somehow, I changed the location of my external hard drive from the I: drive to the H: drive. When I click on my external hard drive under the H: drive, all it shows is the H: hard drive shortcut. When I click on the shortcut, it says that the H: drive cannot be located.

I tried to find it under the I: drive, but it cannot find an I: drive.

Is there any way I can change it back to my I: drive? Will I be able to get my backup files back?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I change the location of my external hard drive from H: to I:

Hello Wolf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, the tutorial below can help show you how to change the drive letter back to I.

Hope this helps,

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This hard drive has many important pics on it. I went under Command Prompt as administrator and did driver detail on it. Besides saying that the Current Read Only State and the Read Only saying Yes beside them, the Location Path says unavailable. To make it really weird, sometimes when I first plug it in I can copy stuff from it, but only for like a fraction of a minute, and than it wont let me into files. I have another hard drive of the same brand and size, empty and awaiting to save files from this hard drive. also when I will try to get on the files, some of them will ask me if I want to format the disk, I will say cancel and it will say data error (cyclic redundancy check). I have read else where that this means the disk is failing.

I want to change the drive from read only to a way to get the stuff off the hard drive. Oh the hard drive is a 500GB Free Agent Go Flex Seagate USB 3.0, so is the one I have ready for it.

Also a little bg. when it first died I couldnt even get on far enough to see files. On time I did get on, about 2 weeks later, and was able to see all my files were still there. Than my compy died, since I didnt realize it had come unplugged from the wall. After that once again I couldnt get on it and it was reading as RAW. Than, this past week, all of a sudden it was reading as NFTS, showing the properties (so I can see that the same amount of GB is still the same as before the drive went weird), and letting me get on to the first part, and sometimes... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Read Only, is there a way to change that?

Create a bootable pendrive with Lucid Puppy on it, boot from it and check whether you can access and retrieve your files from the external HDD.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

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Hi all

I recently bought a new Western Digital external hard drive and mirrored it to my old Lacie external hard drive.

However now the WD hard drive is showing the Lacie logo - and I can't remove it!

I've tried going into "Properties > Customise > Choose File" to "Choose a file to show on this folder icon" however doing this doesn't change the icon at all.

I've also downloaded a program called "My Drive Icon" which is supposed to change the icon, however this didn't work either.

Can anyone help?

Many thanks

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I was trying to do a system backup on an external hard drive in windows 10 and once it started i noticed that it was creating a backup for my old Windows 7 64 operating system. How do I get it to back up my current Windows 10 system and all of my files on the C: drive.?

Answer:How do I Back up my Windows 100 system on an external Hard Drive?

I think you'd have to describe your system configuration further, and say how you're starting the backup.
Are you dual booting?

Otherwise: best recommendation: use disk imaging regularly, before and after each major change.

Macrium Reflect (free) (no incremental imaging)
I've seen recommendations for this one:
Free Desktop and Laptop backup - Veeam Endpoint Backup

I'm currently using O&O DiskImage, having moved from Aomei Backupper.

Use one of these + create its boot disk/device + get large enough external storage.

Allows to to back up everything on a disk/partition and recover your PC to how it was when you created the image and replace the drive easily. (For example).

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I was trying to do a system backup on an external hard drive in windows 10 and once it started i noticed that it was creating a backup for my old Windows 7 64 operating system. How do I get it to back up my current Windows 10 system and all of my files on the C: drive.?

Answer:How do I Back up my Windows 100 system on an external Hard Drive?

I think you'd have to describe your system configuration further, and say how you're starting the backup.
Are you dual booting?

Otherwise: best recommendation: use disk imaging regularly, before and after each major change.

Macrium Reflect (free) (no incremental imaging)
I've seen recommendations for this one:
Free Desktop and Laptop backup - Veeam Endpoint Backup

I'm currently using O&O DiskImage, having moved from Aomei Backupper.

Use one of these + create its boot disk/device + get large enough external storage.

Allows to to back up everything on a disk/partition and recover your PC to how it was when you created the image and replace the drive easily. (For example).

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I was given a WD Passport external hard drive to back up my pc on. I have a Windows 8.1 computer.

No instructions came with this WD device, so I contacted WD support. They said since my pc is Windows, I would have to contact Windows to find out how to format and back up my pc on this external hard drive.

The only instructions I find online are for Windows 7, and the Windows site itself has NO information on Windows 8/8.1 external hard drive back up instructions.

I got online to Windows tech help, and all they did was copy and past info for the Windows 7 external hard drive info, which does me no good, since nothing on Win 8.1 is where it's supposed to be, or named what it's supposed to be named.
How do I back up my pc to this WD Passport external hard drive device? Supposedly I have it formatted already for Windows, so all I should have to do is save my pc on it.....but I don't know how on this screwed up Win 8.1.

Can anybody tell me simple step by step instructions on how to back up my pc on this external drive?


Answer:WD Passport external hard drive = problems with back up

wikiHow has step by step directions.

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I have a pentium 4 with 512 ram and 80 gb hard drive. I run XP Home but may soon upgrade to XP Pro. Can any anyone explain, in easy to understand language, whether it is possible to easily back up my whole computer system to an external hard drive, and then update it on a regular basis? I had a virus that destroyed my system restore option and see this as a way of avoiding this problem in future.

Answer:use external hard drive to back up and restore system


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I have a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive plugged i nto My Pc Via eSATA Cable, it is recognised in My Computer and I can store things on it with no problem , unfortunately...when I do a System Back up through Back up and Restore in Vista Home Basic64 it only gives Me the option of backing up to CD/DVD ...!!! My Ex HDD is not listed for some reason ...?? .
Can Anybosy offer Me any advoce Please ..??.

Many Thanks.

Jumbo 1.

Answer:Solved: Cannot back up to WD External Hard Drive - Vista64

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Hi, I have an external hard drive with 1 TB of space. I have a feeling my PC is about to die and so I want to back up my entire system (not just individual folders) onto the external hard drive before it does. Can this be done via Windows Explorer and if so, how? Or is there a better way of doing it?

Many thanks.

Answer:How do I back up my entire system onto an external hard drive?

Could do a clone job.

This can give you some info.

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I've recently bought a Seagate portable extension drive so that I can use it to backup my laptop. I did it for the 2nd time yesterday and it took hours - as it did the 1st time. Previously I've backed up to DVD(s) using Windows Back Up program, and it seemed to be much quicker. It seems that, now there is space available on the portable hard disk, each Windows BackUp creates a Digital Image. Having just read the PC Advisor "How To" pages, it seems that maybe what I really need to do is Create Incremental BackUps of files, photos, emails, etc but not do a full disk image each time. It also appears that some of my folders of photos could be Archived rather than BackedUp - just adding any extra ones. So - my questions are:
Does it sound as if I've understood correctly?
Is there some better free software than the Windows BackUp? For instance, I see that "Ease US Todo Backup" gets good reviews and wonder if it might be a good option for what I want to do.
Having already created the full image - will it be possible to leave that on the portable hard drive and then add the other BackUps to it?
Sorry this seems to be a long question - but this is all quite new to me and I really want to get it right!
I hope someone will be able to help! Many many thanks for your patience!

Answer:Back Up laptop to portable external hard drive

I use Acronis for my desktop (552gb) takes four hours to clone my drive,on the other hand my laptop (90Gb) takes 10-15 minutes. Now the good news Seagate do a version of Acronis called diskwizard and to you me and others it's Free £0.00,job sorted and if anyone had a western digital drive they do a cut down version of Acronis. As an aside i just clone my drives then in an event of a failure i just swap drives back to normal 5 minutes max then re clone back to the drive that went pear shaped, i also alternate to two drives for safety. Sorry a bit long winded but i hope it helps you.

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I am currently running Vista Home Premium and windows mail.
I am looking forhelpon backing up windows mail to an external Hard Drive.
I also have a memory stick 16G. Can anyone please help me out and show me a path
as to how I can backup the windows mail files onto the externa; hard drive. Itis a
Seagate 3.0.

Thank you


Answer:How do I back up windows mail to an external Hard Drive?

Im not currently at home and am going by memory. If you look at the top of your inbox email, you will see (on top) file. I believe if you click on that you will see export and import, hit export.

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Having had a PC problem which has been fixed. I now intend to reconnect my WD External Hard Drive 500GB (My Book). It was disconnected just before PC problems which occurred actually when downloading Norton Internet Security 2010 Upgrade. Problems now sorted but is it O.K. to switch off the PC and then plug in the WD power cable and the firewire to PC and reboot the PC. The Drives, etc., are still loaded and should not have been interfered with at all. Many thanks. Buckland.

Answer:Connecting back My Book - WD External Hard Drive

You will have no problem.

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How can I tell Windows 7 Pro (64 bit) to close my external hard drive and take it offline? The only way I know is to shut down, which is pretty inconvenient. This was east to do in XP, and ensures that the end of file marker is written, so that there was no garbaging of files by re-use of currently allocated space.


Answer:How to take an external (USB) hard drive back offline in Windows 7?

Welcome to the forum,

I just use the safely remove hardware method,

Safely Remove Hardware - Eject Device

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I have Maxtor 1TB external drive which I had access to until I formatted it and partitioned into 4 drive. Now I cannot access it My Computer does not recognise it. The only place I can find it is in Disk management. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

Answer:partitioned external drive does not show in My com

Do you have any data on it that you need? If not, I would suggest that you format it again from within Disk Management.

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I have a Toshiba EHD 300GB.. When I first connected it, it had its own unique icon.. I decided to format it and now it's icon is a plain white sheet with little squares .. I've tried doing the procedure in this link (Drive Icon Change - Vista Forums) but it still didn't work. I'd love to show you what it looks like, but I don't know how to paste the image I captured.

I've tried renaming it, but that doesn't help. It doesn't even want to be renamed.

I was thinking if there's any other way we could return that unique icon it had and rename it other than the link I followed above.

My EHD works perfectly. I'm just bothered as to why I can't change the icon and its name. Thanks in advance for your advices..

Answer:External Hard Drive name and icon doesn't change

Hello Paxnominus,

For Windows 7, you might use these tutorials instead.Drive Icon - Change


Drive - Rename
Double check the item in the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial to see if you may have a autorun.inf file on the root of the external drive that needs to be deleted.

If Option One did not work, then be sure to also try Option Two as well.

Hope this helps,

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Hi! I am using Bart PE to recover data from my laptop's hard drive, which has stopped booting up and instead comes up with a blue error message stating that there is an 'unmountable boot volume'. Therefore, using the 'get data back for NTFS' plugin, I have managed to see and get to the stage where I can copy the files to somewhere else to recover them. However, the laptop/software just will not detect my external hard drive, a 320GB USB Toshiba!

Has anyone please got any suggestions as to what I can do to 'see' the hard drive and transfer the data to it? Or how I can get the files off another way? I really need the recent data on it, and my last back-up was two months ago mad!

Thanks for reading this,


Answer:<<Get Data Back NTFS - Can't Detect My External Hard Drive>> Please Help :(



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I added a 120 gig Western Digital USB external drive and used Acronis to create a backup of my hard drive. I then used Windows XP to remove it as a USB device so I could power it off. Now, when I power it back on it is not recognized by XP and does not appear on My Computer or on Disk Management (where I originally formatted it for NTFS). All I get is a sound like a single "KERPLONK" when I power it on.

Answer:XP will not recognize external hard drive (E) after removal and power back on

Wait, when you say you "removed it" where did you remove it from? From Safely Remove Hardware or from Device Manager?

The "KERPLONK" sound is a good sign - it means that Windows it at least recognizing that something is being plugged into the USB port. Have you tried running the Add New Hardware wizard in Control Panel?

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I just recently replaced my computer after the theft of my old one. I unfortunately backed up too infrequently, but that being said, there are files (music, documents, email) on my external hard drive that I would like to transfer to my new computer. My problem is that I'm not sure that my hard drive isn't compromised. I seem to recall that when I plugged my hard drive into my previous computer, that that computer spontaneously restarted. Since I now have a "virgin" system I am hesitant to plug my drive into it w/o scanning it thoroughly then reformatting it. Is there a safe way of doing this with my computer or do I need to take the drive somewhere for file extraction and cleaning?

Thank You,


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I have a Hitachi Life Studio external hard drive and have my documents and photos backed up on it from my Dell laptop. My question is, is there a way to back up emails and my favorites list to the hard drive? Thanks in advance.

Answer:can you back up emails & favorites list to external hard drive?

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Hi All, I have a difficult problem in a friends laptop I'd like to sort out.

the system:
-WinXP v. 5.1 Sp3
- Compaq Presario C300 1gb ram

These are the symptoms:
- unable to copy and paste, as paste shows up in grey in the right click options
- can't drag and drop
- can't access network (message like "RPC server is not working" shows up)
- when in safe mode, administrator account's task bar is locked below
the bottom of screen, I couldn't find a way to put it visible (i can
see the edge of it's top, but it won't budge with mouse drag as
well...). Task bar is visible from my friend's User's account though.
- I still can get access to task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del and
start programs/utilities from there
- I used his hard drive as external drive in my laptop (Win7), but my
system can't access data drive c: ("access denied" error) but can
access restore drive D:

Since my friend didn't have any back ups, the system has "arrested"
his personal files... We?d like to recover them somehow...

I have already tried all following fixes but none worked, the system
basically still has the issues described above:
- I tried sfc in administrator safe mode through command prompt, but this error
shows up: "Windows file protection could not initiate a scan of
protected files. Specific error code is 0x0000006ba (the RPC server is
- I ran full scan modes of Avira premium anti-virus, free Avast
anti-virus, Ad-aware and IObit 3360 internet ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't back up files or access system HD as external drive

Have you tried booting from a retail Windows XP SP3 setup disc? The retail version will scan for existing installations of Windows and if it detects it, it will ask if you would like to repair the installation. If you choose yes, it will strip the hardware-dependent files, and overwrites important binary files. It will leave the user profile information intact.

This is the procedure I used back when I would upgrade a motherboard and did not want to install a fresh installation of XP or reactivate it. Make sure the hard drive is in the original system (the one you are trying to restore) and if needed, remove any other hard drives temporarily to increase the chance of success of the repair procedure.

Alternative: If you own a copy of Acronis True Image 10 or 11 (not 2010 or 2011) and have external storage available, you can create an image of the hard drive before attempting further repair operations. Additionally, you can download VMWare Player free of charge from along with vSphere Converter standalone installer and create a virtual machine using the .TIB file created with Acronis True Image 10.0 or 11.0 or Acronis Echo Enterprise (I forget what they call it now, it used to be Acronis True Image Enterprise).

Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Workstation is also able to restore a .TIB backup file to a VM for testing/troubleshooting purposes.

Hope this info starts you in the right direction, good luck.

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A few days ago I decided to back up all of my OE folders on an external drive, not knowing they would all disappear from my OE6 (Win XP). They are indeed on the external drive but are not readable as they are DBX. How can I get these back to my OE6? I used the 'store' feature in OE and used 'browse', highlighted my 'F' drive and off they went to the external. I have a bunch of critical stuff in my SAVE folder including emails from my son who passed away last year. Help please!!

Answer:Importing dbx files from external drive back to Outlook Express

Copy the folder to the desktop as I have seen issues with external devices and email stores. Then try "File", "Import" and you can browse to the desk top and bring them in.

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Yesterday my external hard drive was working fine. Today I open it and there's a new folder called Pfiles...I am not running linux...and a tmp file. I delete the tmp file and try to delete Pfiles but it won't delete. Weird. So I open one of the folders and see that it's now empty, as are almost all of my other folders and subfolders. My daughter's folder however has her movies on the main subfolder, but subfolders in this folder are also empty.

The hard drive is showing half full...exactly what it should assuming I could access all the files. So what can I do? I've enclosed a screenshot of the Disk Management screen for this drive. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help with external hard drive. Files "missing" but still taking up space on the drive

Hi djfl,

External Hard-drives come in different types, some of them are, External storage devices and Automatic back-up devices.

If it is an automatic back-up device then data might be backed-up on the External Hard?drive without user intervention.

If it is an External storage device the files might be hidden. This could be the reason why the external Harddrive is showing half full. We can check if the files are hidden, please use the following link for detailed instructions to unhide folders: Hidden Files and Folders Option - Add or Remove

Please revert back for clarification.

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Dear Fellow Members:
How do you move audio files from a CD-RW disk back into Windows Explorer on your hard drive. I get the message that Explorer was unable to read the CD-RW.

I can play music off the CD-RW just fine with Real Player or Windows Media Player on the computer. My goal is to burn some new CD-R's for my kids. I used to do this all the time but I have been using online backup and have forgotten how.

Tennessee - USA

Answer:CD-RW decompress files back to hard drive


First a question...what is the format of the File(s) on the CD-RW??? Are there a collection of music files, MP3, WAV, etc, or is there only a single file in a proprietary CD format belonging to the CD writer program that was used?

Whichever the case is, I am surprised that you can not do a COPY to a HD? You may have to use the CD Program to do the COPY?

Anyway, Identifying the File type and the application that created the CD will help us to respond to your question.

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Have all our photos saved on an external hard drive to free up space on laptop, but would like to have them securely backed up elsewhere. Could anyone talk me through options of online back up? Have seen Acronis online backup and guy in Curry's gave me some stuff on TechGuys Data Vault. Is there anything apart from price/capacity that I should look out for? Any recommendations gratefully received.

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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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I am a babe in the woods just getting on my feet so please bear with me.
I have swapped out a shot hard drive from my Dell Inspiron 546 for a new 1Tb one. The dell is running a AMD Phenom X4 64. I plan to partition the new hard drive and right now it has the new windows 10 on it . I have found a lot of my programs do not work properly with 10 on the older Dell. I don't know if it's possible but can I partition, keeping the 32 bit Win10 in one and down load a 64 bit copy of Win7 on the new partition,hopping to end up running a Win 10 32 bit on 'C' and a 64 bit Win 7 on the new partition?
Possible?or pipe dream?
Any input will be most welcome and appreciated!

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It should be possible to do this.  However I have to admit I haven't set up a dual boot system on one disk since Windows 7 era.  It could be there are some extra complications.  One of which is that Windows 10 seems to create more partitions for itself than older versions of Windows (I have 4).  If Windows 10 is 32bit, then the disk will be in MBR rather than GPT format.  You can check this in Disk Management.  In Disk Management, right click the drive and choose "Properties" and choose the "Volumes" tab.

The implication of MBR format is it limits you to 4 primary partitions (or 3 primary, 1 extended).  It would be helpful if you include a screenshot of your main Disk Management window to show how your drive is currently partitioned.
Another possible issue is that it is usually easier to install the older O/S first (i.e. Windows 7) and create space for the newer one (i.e. Windows 10), then install that second.  This is because Windows traditionally doesn't "play nicely" with O/S's it doesn't recognise, and tends to overwrite the boot loader, potentially leaving your original OS unbootable.  Windows 10 installer will recognise an existing Windows 7 install, but Windows 7 installer won't necessarily recognise a Windows 10 install...
I also wanted to install Windows 7 on my Windows 10 system for various reasons, and for me, the easier solution was to use a separate hard drive for Windows 7.  I disconn... Read more

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Hi everyone, I recently bought a computer from a friend, at the time, it was running Windows ME but since then I have updated it to XP Professional. My problem is that since I have had the computer it has always listed in Explore a C, D, and E drive. Physically of course there is only one hard drive in my machine, but is there anyway in which I can bring them altogether so that they just make a bigger C drive?

Cheers for any help you can give

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Hi,I have a hard drive partitioned into 3 I,J amd K! How can i get this back to just one hard drive?Many thanks.

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Format it?

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Does partitioning a hard drive effect quality or anything? all the computers i have fixed up, that have partitions, seem to be slower than normal.. I just tell people to get a second hard drive, no?

like, this guy says:

"Know running windows on a large hard drive with no partitions is a bad thing… Learn to use partitions… Read up and get a second hard drive… Use a dedicated partition for your swapfile on the second HD…"

whats he goin on about?

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Well what I did with my system was I got a 120 gig drive and partitioned it. C: has 20 gig (which is the OS partiton) and D:\ has 100 gigs which has all my files and such. I find it runs much faster than when I had my other 120 gig has 1 full partition.

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I'm running on Windows XP. A recent crash left me with several functions missing so I decided to reload Windows from a recovery disk. This has worked except that I seem to have partitioned my hard drive. I have a drive C with 10gb free out of 147gb which is fine for me, and a J drive with 10kb free out of 10.7Gb. The computer wants to use drive J and is ignoring C, hence I'm getting constant "Critically Low Disk Space" error messages. I rather feel I might have to reload Windows again but can anyone tell me what I did wrong last time? Or is there a way of merging both drives?

Thanks again for your help.


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System manufacturer and model?

When using a recovery/restore disk to reinstall Windows...the instructions, explanation, etc. for how that all works...are determined by the system manufacturer.

Some such disks also utilize an additional partition on the hard drive (which they created during the install of XP) which is necessary in order for the recovery/restore mechanism to function properly.

You would have to consult either your system documentation (owner's manual) or the manufacturer's website...for specifics regarding such.


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we are looking for a second hand tower for a spare pc and have seen one but says the hard drive has been partitioned.. obviously that means split in 2 but could anyone tell me what that means as far as performance or how the pc will work differently to what i am used to.. ty for any help as i dont know much about the technical side.. all the best and look forward to any replies

Answer:partitioned hard drive?

I wouldn't worry too muchIt may well mean the operating system is on the second partitionYou can easily change this with freely available softwareWhat you need to concern yourself with is the spec of the computer, how old it is, the processor etc and if you are going to get a disk containing the operating systemYou don't mention price or what you want the pc for

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My computer has a 4 Gig hard drive that is partitioned. I keep having to clean out the C part and if I could move some of my programs, etc. to the D side, it would help quite a bit.

I have added a 20 Gig Drive that I use for correspondence and other things, so I have plenty of memory, but do not know what I need to do to organize.

I understand there is some software that will eliminate the partition, or rearrange the drive contents.

Any helpful advise would be appreciated.

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I have a new computer with a 160GB SATA HD.

Acer has pre-partitioned it as 80GB NTFS, and 80GB FAT32 for programs.

How do I Merge the FAT32 with the NTFS partition, since I install everything on the C Drive?

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One of the best programs I use is Partition magic. It will merge the partitions. You can also try to open start right click on my computer click on manage then in the left column select disk Management. Now I was just showed this and have never used it yet so I'm not sure you can merge in this area. But at least you can look around there and see.

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I am working on a pc that only has 2 % space left on c drive but has 48% left in the other partition D. I was wondering firstly if there was any reason why i should not remove the partition.Also i was wondering if someone could provide instructions on how to remove partition without losing nay programs or work.Thanks for your help.

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You cannot remove the partition and add it to C in Windows.You will need to get one of the 'magic' programs.

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I had an old PC that ran Vista 32-bit, I upgrade to new PC 64-bit. I took the hard drive out of the old PC and made it into an external drive.The old hard drive was partitioned now I would like to remove the partitioned drive and make it into one hard drive.How will I go about it.Thanks

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I'm running windows XP w/SP3.   The hard drive is partioned into C and D drives.   The D is not being used any more, I would like to "unpartion"? it  and just have a C.  I'm not real great with this sort of thing, can someone help me with this?

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Have a look at Easeus Partition Manager from critical files before re-partitioning.Good luck

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I was trying to dual-boot XP and Ubuntu. I've never tried to dual-boot before, so I didnt know what I was doing. I used Partition Magic to partition a 5Gb section out of my 120Gb WD HDD. After it partitioned, everything went fine. I rebooted and loaded XP up, and everything worked. Then, I restarted so I could install Ubuntu.I booted from the install CD, and everything went fine up until the "Partition" part of the installation. I thought since I hard already partitioned it I wouldnt need to do anything here. It wouldnt let me just select the partitioned section (Which I had labeled as drive "U'). I tried a bunch of diff things to get it workin, but nothin did. Finally, I just gave up, and decided to abort the installation. I aborted, and then rebooted the computer. As it was loading, right before the XP boot loading screen came up, I got this message:Pre-boot eXecution EnvironmentPXE-E61: Media test failure, check cablePEE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROMWhats the problem? How cold I fix it?

Answer:Help with a partitioned hard drive...

Check your boot order in the BIOS. It has defaulted to trying to boot from a LAN.

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Why have I got 2 drives Do I need both

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If you mean from the factory, your "everyday" drive, usually C: is what you're using. The D: retores your computer to the way you received it. Other letters would be for other drives like your optical drive.

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