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Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

Question: Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

It always fails to Clone/copy my current hard that has bad sectors, to a new hard disk. My present HDD is a 320GB and its health is really bad. I bought a new 500 hard disk and tried to clone and copy the whole HDD. I tried Paragon HDD Manager, O&O disk image and other two Software. All of them failed to clone or copy my old hard disk to new one.

What is the best solution. Paragon, copied data partially and gave an error at 80%. I tried few times and the same thing happened

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Preferred Solution: Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

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: Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

Maybe try running

chkdsk {drive letter} /f
as in
chkdsk D: /f

on the older drive it will identify and lock out the errant sectors. The "/F" means "Fix" so run it first without that and see what it returns as "Bad Sectors" then try the clone.

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I have tried everything to move or copy one drive to another, old drive is 4.3 gig and new drive is 20 gig, operating system is NT 4 SERVICE PACK 6 Small Business Server, I have used Ghost to clone the drive and it completes successfully but will not boot, drive says its active if I use fdisk to look at partition. I also tried Disk Copy to clone or copy does exactly the same as Ghost. I need more hard drive space with the same operating system , that is why I want to use the 20 gig drive. CMOS recognizes the right drive size as far as I can tell system just will not boot with 20 gig after cloning or copying . Is there anyone who can help....please!!! Tried a 40 gig drive and it also does the same. I need some help wih this,,,,the other thing that seems strange to me is that the pc will only recognize one drive , the master in a two drive configuration. The system never sees the second drive no matter what the jumper settings I use. I have tried setting partitions active and they already were.I have tried cable select and numerous other jumper settings. This isn't my first time around the block, I just have a poor or weak understanding of the older operating system NT 4. CAN ANYONE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS PROBLEM SOON?????

Answer:Ghost clone or Disk Copy clone completes but will not boot

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Hi I have a currently active post here

Basically my PC is at risk of stopping working at anytime and I wonder the following-

I bought my PC with windows MCE installed, yet I dont have the software, just recovery disks, however due to past problems my hardware setup has changed so the recovery disk are useless. Is there a way, or rather what is the best way of copying my operating system (or total drive contents) to either disks, or if necessary cloning it to another hard drive - and would this other drive (as I don't own it yet) have to be the same size as my current 200GB drives. This becomes slightly more complicated as I have 2 x 200GB drives but I'm sure the operating system is only on one of them.

Sorry if this is really simple I have never done, nor know about cloning. I just hope yor not going to tell me I'll have to fork out for the operating system...

Answer:copy(clone?) HDs/operating system to another disk

acronis true image is supposed to copy the whole drive over from the posts i have seen

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I'm using Windows 2000 Pro.
I have a 120 GB Maxtor. It has all my stuff on it. I recently had a corruption in Windows 2000 and had to reload everything, 5 evenings of work. I did have my data backed up.
I just bought a Maxtor 200GB. I partitioned it as a 60 GB and a 140 GB. So far everything is OK.
I then used the MAXBlast 3 to copy C: to D:. It gave me one error and said it could not copy the pagefile.sys but it is not an important file. My idea is to have a full clone standing by just in case my C; goes down.
For a test, I unplugged the C;(120GB) and connected the new 200GB. The computer started to load windows but then gave me a blank screen and a message that the pagefile.sys was missing or too small. Windows would not load.
Am I trying to do something stupid here? Should I be doing this differently? I did go into the administration tools and specify a pagefile for the D; and G: drives that I created. I have a DVD and CD RW on E: and F:

Answer:Hard Drive Clone Copy Problems

hey i have similar problem with my drive, i bought new maxtor 120gb use their software to format and create new boot drive and get read mem error when trying to install or update programs, old drive is flawless and was going to keep it incase something went wrong with main also, but i can't keep programs on new drive, i install it, it gives read mem error, restarts, and truncates whatever was added. i was wondering if it had something to do with maxblast 3 software. (xp pro sp2)

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Is there any way of copying everything (and i mean everything) from one hard drive to another?I'm asking because i keep getting messages when i start up that a hard drive failure is imminent ands so i am getting a new drive and don't want to have to spend hours reloading everything that i have on the original.Am running WinXP Pro if that makes any difference

Answer:Easy way to copy / clone hard drive?

If you have/buy "Norton Ghost", it's fairly straight forward. See bottom of this page click here

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Hi All,
I am having Dell Inspiron 1510 with Windows 7 64bit. For the last few months I am having issues with my OS like:
1. I find "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0" error logged into the Event Viewer almost everyday
2. Almost once in a month my system goes to the "Startup Repair" mode and after some diagnostics it says it was unable to fix the error automatically. I tried to restore it to a previous point but I found a error that No OS found.

In the last 4 months, I had to re-install OS 4 - 5 times. Yesterday I ran HD Tune on my hard disk which shows a bad sector (screen shot attached).

Is it the bad sector which is causing above mentioned 2 problems? If so how can I get rid of it?

Answer:Bad sector in the hard disk

Hi neouser,

Please run the on-board 'Hardware Diagnostics' to verify 'Hardware Functionality'. You may refer to the following 'web article': Run Built-In Diagnostics for Your System

If no 'hardware issue' is detected, you may check the disk and repair an attempt using option 2 in the the following tutorial: Disk Check
Hope this helps. Do reply with the findings; would be glad to assist.

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Hi, I bought my ThinkPad T61 5 months ago. But now my lenovo T61 has 4 KB in Hard disk bad sectors. So, I format my lenovo using its recovery (2nd hard drive). After formatting and recovering, there was no bad sectors but using after more than 10 hrs, it showed again 4KB in Bad sectors. So, how can i remove the bad sectors from the hard drive ? And how can I know these are logical or physical bad sectors. With regards,

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hey guyss i m here again when i m in problem.. sorry for being selfish.. but i m lil busy these days..

anyways .. since last month my laptop is givin me troubles.. like when i switch it own, after the tab screen it gives be black blank screen instead of giving windows logo..

and the screen remains black until i take its battery off, or press the power button for more than 5 secs..

i i have to do it thrice or four times, after i restart or turn it off and then on.. also i have showed it to some repair center, they say motherboard is pretty ok..

now i doubt if my HDD has got some bad sectors,,,

can u guyss recommend me any tool to check that out.. cause it is from hitachi and that too is of 20Gb and i know it is time to upgrade, but jus wanted to make sure, if it is the HDD which is faulty for that black screen..

on hitachi's website i found some useless tools which never worked... can u guyss recommend any diagnostic tool, which can detect and can fix bad sectors..

thanks in advance


Answer:hard disk bad sector

C:\chkdsk /r

checks bad sectors

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I am downgrading a computer (my daughter gave me) from Vista to XP. Once I install the OS (I bought a copy of XP) and the drivers, I'd like to install some programs. How can I make an exact copy of the hard drive to keep for future use (in case I get a virus, etc)?

Answer:Making a clone copy or imaging of hard drive

You need drive-imaging/cloning software. Free ones with tutorials are here: downgrading to XP you must check that the PC manufacturer has got XP drivers for that model, ideally you should have done that already, before buying XP.Why is that important? Because Windows XP does not have a very large driver library and you can only get only get compatible ones from the PC manufacturer if it's a factory-built model.

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Hi all

This is my first post here and I just want to say hi before I get stuck into my problem of I cant boot my laptop. Please please can some one help me?


Answer:HELP PLEASE!!! No boot sector on hard disk

Does it give any error messages when it fails to boot ? also could you post what your specs of the laptop are plus the operating system that your using.

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Someone please help, I am a total retard. I got this laptop (well most of it) but it didn't have a hard drive. I got it free so no jokes.... Anyway I went and bought a hard drive for it, Seagate ATA 20Gb, and put it in. The guy at the store obviously lied, but I can't take it back because I bought it in NY on vacation, and I live in KY. HE said all I had to do was plug it in and it would work. Well I put it in and all my laptop would do is keep saying "no boot sector on hard disk". Can anyone pleae help me, keep in mind I am a total ***** to this, I thought I had to atleast get dos or something on it before installing an OS. It is an older laptop, Dell Latitude CPt but has good memory, and a basic processor. Not bad for free I guess, but what do I need to do to make "no boot sector on hard disk" go away?

Answer:No boot sector on Hard Disk

get a retail version of Wndows, install the CD and boot from it.

This will start the install process and solve the MBR issue and give you a running

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i want to know that can i repair bad sector hard disk
hard disk regenarate application it is true or fake

Answer:Hard Disk Bad Sector Error

Use the built in disk check. If it does not fix the bad sectors, other software will not be any better.
Number 4 check both boxes
Disk Check

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first of all i would like to say hello as this is my first post.

Ok now to my problem. i was given a dell latitude D600 laptop from a friend the only catch is that the hard drive wasent working.

i went out a brought a western digital 80gb hard drive and intalled that. i checked the bios and the board now reads a drive as been there but when i put in my windows XP boot disk i get an error that says

No boot sector on hard disk
No bootable devices strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

i have looked around for a solution but most i find use windows to fix and since i cant get windows on there i have a problem.

one thing i would like to know is wether or not i need to intall somthing for the new drive to create a boot sector? ( if thats even possible)

or if the mother board needs somthing to run it?

i would be greatful for any help i can get.

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

press f2 for setup utility..under setup(cmos setup) find boot order..put your hard drive in the first and exit can test it if will work...

if nothing happens...repeat your installation using windows xp cd, once you got into the windows setup just follow the screen..since your hardrive is new you can format your drive using NTFS file system quick installation.

or else check the jumper first located on the drive should be set to master

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No bootable device-strike F1 key to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility

Both of these errors are what I get when trying to start up my laptop.

Well to start off I should probably say that I am trying to install a new hard drive. My last one kept giving me a blue screen when trying to boot up so I bought a new hard drive. So after installing the new hard drive and more memory I put the Window's XP cd and this message is as far as I get. Can anyone help???? I do not have any access to the internet while at home so I am having to go to the local library to get on the internet. Not really to much fun so I would greatly appreciate any help that I can get

Answer:No boot sector on hard disk

If this is a brand new drive that did not come in a fancy box, you likely need to go to the drive manufacturer's web site to download their setup utilties. They are usually required on new OEM drives that are not sold in regular places like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CompUSA and such.
Once setup with the manufacturers software, which takes less than a minute, you should expect no further trouble.
Otherwise, it was probably damaged in shipment, and will be covered under warranty.

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Ive just got my laptop back from repair. They have fitted me a new hard drive. I have just put the old one in to get all my work of it only for it to say.hard disk boot sector invalid press H to retryhard disk.What does this there anyway i can get my work backPlease helpThanks in advanceLee

Answer:hard disk boot sector invalid????

Sounds like the MBR is corrupt on the drive. If you are Fat32 you can use this click here after loading it to a floppy disc, then start computer with it

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I am having troubles with hard drives nowadays lol

I got a seagate 1000GB HDD and I started hearing noise after few days

Replaced it with another new one, and I heard some sounds after 4 days of using it

so I tested it using:

Seagate seatool
HD sentinel

the tests say that everything is fine except that it has 2 reallocated sectors

CrystalDisk gave me a Caution with 2 bad sectors

HD sentinel says health is excellent 98% with 2 bad sectors

Seagate tool says there r no problems at all

How can I fix those 2 bad sectors??? I am tired of replacing it and re-installing windows and drivers and my progs so I am trying to fix thos 2 bad sectors on my own

Answer:Hard Disk Reallocated sector count 2

Hello lebdorz!

You actually can't fix bad sectors. You can isolate them so that the system doesn't write to them, but once bad sectors occur they continue to do so and the drive eventually degrades completely. Although, only two bad sectors is not that dangerous or bad even.

Your three softwares have concluded that the drive is healthy. Besides, it's normal for drives to make sounds. Some of them are bad news, but drives make sound at spin up, spin down, at intensive read/writing processes, they are soft windy sounds, not high pitched.

So in my opinion if you keep back ups of that drive and don't see any performance issues, you are good to go and continue use it.


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Hi Guys Firstly I am apologising that this is so long but I was not sure what info you needed. SORRY (Can you tell I am new to this)I purchased an EI system laptop (4431) from pc world a few years ago with a 5 year warranty. During the time i had it i had to have 2 hard drives and 3 2 cd/dvd drives. So when it started running really slow even after I restored to factory settings I bought a new dell from pc world and let the warranty lapse on the other. Then a friend of mine wanted to learn computing and I said she could do this on my old one. I started up the machine and it worked ok but slow. I had some pictures on there I didn't want to lose and wanted to put them on a disk but my disk drive was playing up again so another friend of mine told me to disable my internal cd drive and use my external drive. I did this and when I switched the machine on it came up with the following message HARD DISK BOOT SECTOR INVALID - PRESS H TO RETRY HARD DISK, ANY OTHER KEY FOR FLOPPYI knew something was wrong as it was ok before I disabled the CD drive or was that just a coincidence. I decided the best thing to do was a full system recovery. However when I did that it would only go so far and then come up with PROBLEM IN EXTRACTING PROCESS: FILE WINDOWS\ING\MDMZYXEL.ING, I pressed and it would go a bit further and come up with another file that it could not extract. Eventually it took me bask to the original error screen. I tried again this time it didn't even enter the recovery mode it j... Read more

Answer:Hard disk sector invalid message

There may be a number of causes for this problem; one certainly is a HDD failure.Have you tried booting in "Safe Mode"? If so with what result?Have you tried a "Repair" click hereNot knowing exactly how old the laptop is, have you replaced the CMOS battery? Sometime a bad/weak/flat battery causes such problems.It could also be a bad connection, a problem with the IDE controller or a simple(?) corrupt system file that would normally be corrected using chkdsk /f /r or sfc /scannow.

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im buying a defective hard disc for 4 dollars and i want it to be restored using a software

is this possible?

what software to use?

prayer are the only answer for this

just finding my luck

Answer:restoring undetected hard disk have bad sector

if it is physically defective, then software won't help

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
There's also a Dos window... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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Hi Guys,
i am using a hard disk of 80GB, only for running OS.
Yesterday i got "PC Ran Into Error" or blue-screen death.
i ran sfc /scannow , it was unable to repair error
but with DISM online command, it was 100 repaired system files.

after that i ran chkfsd /f /r /b :C , then it say 4Kb in bad sector.

Now i want to know that is there something to worry about HD
can i continue to use it to run just OS ?

here is checkdsk report...

TimeCreated : 18-Sep-15 12:13:02 PM
Message :

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.

Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
155648 file records processed.
File verification completed.
788 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.

Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...
205650 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.
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Answer:Hard disk bad sector, PC ran itno error screen

help please

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I am having a problem with my Hard Disk Drive & it seems to be very hard to be fixed as I have tried using Windows Disk Check "CHKDSK Command & "Check Now" button under "Error checking" section under "Tools" Tab, Tune Up Disk Doctor, and Total Format (Not "Quick Format").

Steps I have taken with Windows Disk Check :

Step 1 :
Right Click "Propreties" => "Tools" Tab => "Error-Checking" section => "Check Now" button.

Step 2 :
Checked both the boxes (i.e. "Automatically fix file system errors" & "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors")

Step 3 :
Started scan & it went on for a long while finised without giving a report.


Steps I have taken with Tune Up Disk Doctor :

Step 1 :
Started "Tune Up Disk Doctor" => selected the drive.

Step 2 :
Selected "Thorough analysis" and started the scan.

Step 3 :
Clicked "Finish" button after it turned out to say "No Errors were found".

Steps I have taken with Windows Format :

Step 1 :
Right clicked the volume or the partition through "My Computer" and clicked "Format".

Step 2 :
Kept the "Quick Format" check box unchecked & pressed "Start" button.
And it ended up with some error.

Thanking TSGF and those who are willing to Help me,
&n... Read more

Answer:Error in part of a Sector of a Hard Disk Drive.

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Hi guys, just got a new T450s with a 500 GB mechanical hard drive. I want to throw in an SSD, either an M2 drive or a standard SSD (not sure yet). I was wondering what the most efficient way would be to clone the mechanical drive? I'm kind of surprised that the ThinkPads do not come with the onekey software.

Answer:Best way to clone hard disk?

Try Macrium Reflect.

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Hello guys, I had an old laptop a compaq presario 1680 that suddenly went out on me, its motherboard got fried.  So what I want to do now is to take that hard drive and put it in a working computer.  Easier said than done, because the hard drive of that compaq is physically bigger than the standard 2.5" hard drive of my working computer.  So I cant fit that old hard drive into the working computer.  So what I want to do now is to clone the compaq  hard drive to the hard drive in my working computer.  Soquestion is, is it possible to clone an external hard drive (the compaq hd)  to an internal hard drive (in my working computer) and if so what program and what are the steps

Answer:Need to clone a hard disk

The CH forums have  a number of articles and posts about hard drive clone. word of caution. It does  not always work.An example of a unhappy user. are many programs to clone a hard drive. Many are free.The normal HDD for an older laptop is a 2.5 inch. PATA (IDE)For many desktops it is 3.5 inch SATA or PATA.A 2.5 to 3.5 IDE converter.The image is from is not an endorsement.  Only shown here for informationIt is also on Amazon, Newegg and others vendor sites.)

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Question: hard disk clone.

I would like to clone my hard disk.Is it possible to use Ghost to do this so that if my HD fails I can just install the cloned disk and then back to normal again.

Answer:hard disk clone.

You can use Acronis True Image or Nporton Ghost ot clone a disk but you normally only clone a disk when you want to repalce the original disk with a new one.The preferred way is to make an Image of the main drive onto the second drive. This is a compressed file that ontains the contenets of the first file. This can be restored in a few minutes if anything goes wrong.I make a daily Image with Acronis True Image. Takes less than 5 minutes to make and the same time to restore. If my main disk dies i can buy a new one and just restore the image staright back into the new disk - even if it is bigger.

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I have an old Dell and a newer HP PC, both are running XP Professional. I can connect both PCs to a LAN. I cannot put the Dell hard disk in the HP because a) there seems to be no bay free and b) the connectors are different. The Dell disk is about 40GB, the HP is about 150GB, if it makes a difference.

I would like to clone the old Dell hard disk on to the HP hard disk so that I end up with all my programs on the HP and don't have to find all the program disks, updates, drivers, program keys, etc. Is there any way I can do this? If so, what would the procedure be and could you recommend software (if required).

Many thanks.

Answer:How to clone hard disk to new PC

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My computer rebooted on its own one day, i was afk but i noticed it, so i went through the windows system log, and saw a hard disk read error so i scanned my disk, there was some errors, i got some of them fixed by using a sea tools boot disk (it is a seagate disk). it fixed some of the errors. but im still getting this..

Is this bad? and if yes how bad is it? I ran chkdsk /x /f /r /b on all partitions of the disk, and i did a defrag too....

Is my hard disk dying?

Answer:Hard Disk Reallocation Sector Count - 0000000000-0541

Use the built in check disk. Use the second option. It will take at least an hour but will fix the problem. If the hard drive is bad additional problems will occur quickly.
Be sure to check the second option, scan and attempt recovery of bad sectors Disk Check

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Hi Guys

Firstly I am apologising that this is so long but I was not sure what info you needed. SORRY (Can you tell I am new to this)

I purchased an EI system laptop (4431) from pc world a few years ago with a 5 year warranty. During the time i had it i had to have 2 hard drives and 3 2 cd/dvd drives. So when it started running really slow even after I restored to factory settings I bought a new dell from pc world and let the warranty lapse on the other. Then a friend of mine wanted to learn computing and I said she could do this on my old one. I started up the machine and it worked ok but slow. I had some pictures on there I didn't want to lose and wanted to put them on a disk but my disk drive was playing up again so another friend of mine told me to disable my internal cd drive and use my external drive. I did this and when I switched the machine on it came up with the following message HARD DISK BOOT SECTOR INVALID - PRESS H TO RETRY HARD DISK, ANY OTHER KEY FOR FLOPPY

I knew something was wrong as it was ok before I disabled the CD drive or was that just a coincidence. I decided the best thing to do was a full system recovery. However when I did that it would only go so far and then come up with PROBLEM IN EXTRACTING PROCESS: FILE WINDOWS\ING\MDMZYXEL.ING, I pressed and it would go a bit further and come up with another file that it could not extract. Eventually it took me bask to the original error screen. I tried again this time it didn't even... Read more

Answer:help!! Error Message - HARD DISK BOOT SECTOR INVALID

Argh Now it is asking me for the Windows Professional CD Rom when I use Home Edition on this machine

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Hi, iv'e been downloading few programs and games.

Anyway, 2 days ago i received this:

Iv'e reinstalled Windows XP with a full format on C:\ aswell as a format on the partition on the same hard disk drive and nothing helps removing it.
Iv'e tried writing a new mbr still picks up this trojan....
I installed XP and nod32 without anything else and still receive it.....
Iv'e ran COMBOFIX and didn't find anything so.......

What can I do to remove it, try kapersky or diskepper?

I'm going to install Vista Nvidia Edition on my Sata and see if it's fine on there. If so I will have to completely format the IDE drive and delete the partitions.

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Windows 7 PC, WD HDD.

I was trying to clone it using Macrium Reflect (I have done it successfully many times before) but this time I got an error - "Clone Failed - Read Failed - 13 - Broken Pipe".

I ran diskcheck and also downloaded WD diagnostic utility to test. WD utility found a bad sector but failed to fix it.

My PC is running well, and the WD HDD that causing the issue is recently installed and was cloned from a previous HDD that failed.

Is there any way to fix the bad sector so it can be cloned.....?
What are my options....?


Answer:Cannot clone my HDD - bad sector.

You say you ran "diskcheck". Do you mean chkdsk?

If so, did it run to completion or give you any sort of error message if it failed to run to completion?

Did the WD utility have any sort of message for you other than "no can fix"?

Is imaging suitable for your purposes, rather than cloning?

Have you attempted to clone with some other tool, such as Aomei?

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I have a T43, 1871-WKL, with a 60G HD.  I purchased a 160G Samsung HM160HC as an upgrade.  I cannot get the system to clone and boot the new drive. I hook up the new Samsung drive with a Sabrent USB to IDE cable and the drive works fine.  I can use it for storage with no problem.  Doing a full format with verify works like a champ. First I tried Acronis TrueImage 10.0.  It tells me the target media has write errors about 4% into the clone. So I tried Clonezilla.  It works fine, either as the same size or expanding.  I and see the drive and copy stuff on and off the drive no problem.   However, when I insert the drive into the carrier for the internal drive and try to boot from it, it hangs with a blank screen and blinking cursor.  I was TOLD that it MAY be due to the fact I have no R&R on my drive.  So I download the R&R software and installed in on the original drive and cloned it.  Again, it won't boot.  I even tried booting the R&R rescue CD.  It will boot the CD with the ORIGINAL drive in the laptop, but the CD Boot hangs if I have the new drive in the laptop.   I tried it with the Acronis rescue disk as well, even though I didn't have an Acronis clone of the drive. I must have swapped out the drive over a dozen times, and I getting tired of wearing out the mounting screws.  Any ideas? Mike 

Answer:T43 still can't clone hard disk and boot

Mike, welcome to the forum,
you need to firstly create an Acronis rescue disc and then reverse clone. Install the new drive as primary in your T43 and your original drive in the USB caddy / USB -> IDE cable and then simply clone the drive.
Please see the following article in the forum Knowledgebase; Cloning Hard Drive Including The Predesktop Area With Acronis

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I need to clone the original hard drive in my new X200 to an identical hard drive (same size) in the docking station.I nedd to be able to put the cloned disk in my X200 and have it boot up and work as if it were the original.I have tried every cloning software I can find -- from Acronis, to Apricorn, to Ghost, to Clone Genius.Nothing works. Does anyone have any ideas? I use Apricorn's EZ Gig II cloning software on my X61 and it works perfectly.Something has changed on the X200. Anyone know what and how to fix it?

Answer:How to clone a X200 hard disk

HarryNewton, welcome to the forum, which OS do you have installed? This thread may be of interest, the same rules apply. Hope this helps

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Is there any easy way to clone a Laptop hard disk? I am thinking to use an external enclosure to hold the new hard disk initially and clone it and then replace old one. The old one then can be put into the external enclosure used as an portable storage. The trouble is that I do not know any program which can clone a HD into an external HD. If a solution is found for Laptop, it can also used to replace HD in desktop as well.

Answer:Clone a Laptop Hard Disk?

Hi Jerry, I run Win 98SE and use XXCOPY to clone my C:\ drive to my D:\ drive on a weekly basis.It clones everything including the O/S, registry, programs and data files and can be used with all systems from 95 to XP.XXCOPY can be downloaded FREE from click here and to use it, you go to Start, MS-DOS prompt and type :-xxcopy C:\ D:\/CLONEIf things ever go wrong with your C:\ drive, simply clone it all back from the D;\ drive to the C:\ drive.I hope this is of some use to you.

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I need to clone my CNC machine hard disk for spare before the original CNC machine hard disk fail.
The machine hard disk (3.5" / 30Ggbyte) is running Window NT 4.0 with IDE connection.
I use USB 2.0 adapter connect the machine hard disk to the PC USB port, and also connect the new hard disk to another PC USB port.
My PC OS is Windows 7 and use Ghost 2003 to clone the machine hard disk to the new hard disk,
when i cloned the hard disk and fix the new hard disk it to the machine, it can't boot up propriety.
am i do the right way to clone the machine hard disk ?

Best Regards,

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My hard drive in my ENVY dv7 died for the second time in two years (it was under warranty last time and I was able to send it in to be fixed). I bought the exact same hard drive (Samsung, 1TB), tested it in BIOS, passed everything. When I try to do the image recovery with the HP Recovery Disks I received last time my hard drive died, I get an error while at 58% on recovery disk two that says: Reducer Copy File Fails From: d:\preload\base24.SWMTo: c:\RM\Image\BASE24.SWM Press OK to retry. I press OK and it does the same thing over and over again. The folks who have asked about this same type of error seem to get nowhere in here, but what choice do I have?! The hard drive is the same size, same manufacturer, same model, so it should have the issue of reimaging the system on a smaller hard drive, right? I am just out of luck on this? So frustrated.

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Answer:copy file fails error on HP recovery disk 2 at 58%

englejas Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about problems doing recovery and wanted to help.Here is the link to the win8.1 media creation tool:  Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help Understand, though, that you might run into a problem installing using the media created from this tool. You have an HP OEM version of Win8 installed on your PC and that means that the product key embedded in the UEFI firmware of your motherboard is OEM, not retail. While the media created from this tool SHOULD activate using that key, there is no guarantee that it will do that.  If it does not, you can use this tool to retrieve your product key and try entering it manually:  Download Windows OEM Product Key Tool - MajorGeeks IF that still does not work, then your only recourse would be to order a new set of recovery disks from HP. You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update".  If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entty and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US... Read more

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Has anyone had trouble booting from a cloned drive using Ghost on SL510?  I have used Ghost for years, on many different machines, never had problems with it a cloned disk.  For some reason, using 2 different hard disks the cloned drive will not boot (made from a 2 different known working "masters").  Cloned drive will mount when attached via USB, the partitions look OK, all appears to be OK. Is there something special in the boot sector on these units? FWIW - A Easeus To-do Backup 1.1 clone will boot.  I'd prefer to use Ghost. I clone the drive because this customer's install process takes about 7-8 hrs of configuring.  With direct clone, should there be a hard disk failure, it's only a matter of minutes of downtime. Thanks! Al   


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Answer:Using Ghost to clone SL510 Hard Disk

accal, welcome to the forum,
you need to have the target drive in the SL500. You also need to set the IB switch in Ghost.
You'll find a lot of discussion on similar cloning issues in the boards which may be helpfull. This posted solution may also be your solution.
Hope it helps

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I have performed disk cloning for OS several times, but it as during the era of WIndows XP, which Partition Magic still works. Now that PM does not under development anymore (to my knowledge - please prove me wrong, it will make me happy), I lost my only way to clone harddisks.

In a few days I'll have to perform an installation on 6 identical barebone PCs, each using a non-SSD SATA hard disks. Upon agreement, Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 with all of available updates (updates are installed using "wsusoffline") will be used, along with additional softwares like Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, etc. All 6 PC will need to have the same softwares installed.

I no longer possess the ability to clone without the Partition Magic. Installing one-by-one will take too much time, due to the weak processing power of the PCs.

I would like to know a recommended software for cloning Windows 8.1 partition. If no software is needed and Windows 8.1 can do this by default, I'll be super awesome if anyone can provide the step by steps.

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Clone Hard Disk for Windows 8.1 Installation

You could try using imagex but that can get complex. You could also use Symantec Ghost which does hard drive images, but make sure you do sysprep also and its not free.

If you have a spare computer, I would recommend using MDT 2013. Its free, easy to setup and you can create images and task sequences with it and deploy those images anytime you want. There are also a lot of documentation and materials out there for MDT.

Also, with MDT, you can apply the image, install drivers, install windows updates, software, and settings with little or zero touch, you can make it all automated. It is a very nice tool to have if you do imaging often.

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I need to view and search the contents of a disk, sector by sector. I have done this before; but, it was on a FAT32 partition. This one is NTFS.

We're looking for something that was not overtly saved to the disk but that may be in the free space.

Free would be nice; but, cheap will do.

Answer:Need to view the contents of a disk, sector by sector

Look around here, maybe you'll find something useful.

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Hi,I am purchasing a portable external hard drive to make an exact copy/clone of everything exactly the way it is on my laptops internal hard drive. I have downloaded numerous software and applications which I do not wish to spend hours downloading and installing again should the hard drive fail. Can someone recommend to me some tried and tested software that works and is straightforward for a beginner like myself to use?Does Windows OS have this feature built-in? Is there a good, free download available off the net? Or will I have to purchase 3rd party software, Norton Ghost for example?As I mentioned, in case of hard drive failure I want to be able to have a complete back-up so I can simply restore all the information, preferences and layout etc as I have it now onto a new replacement hard disk.I am running Windows XP, SP3.

Answer:Software required/recommended to clone hard disk?

try acronis look on amazon

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My external hard drive connected to my windows XP computer fails to complete the copy when I attemp to back up my data from the cpu.
Copy C: drive to F: drive will not finish fails about 3/4 of the way through.
What's going on with my external drive? confused

Answer:External Hard Drives fails to complete Copy

Are you copying everything, including system files (windows directory, etc)? Problem is some of these files are in use and protected so it doesn't let you copy them.

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

Thank you.

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

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

Thank you.

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

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

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I've been web-researching backup options in the past few days and want to settle on a solution of either Paragon freeware or Ghost (I know the latter meets the needs, but I wonder if the former can do with with reasonable ease for a newbie). Here is the scenario:

My current Toshiba Satellite A660 (model PSAW3C-047017) runs Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. The HDD is Toshiba MK6465GSX HDD (Toshiba SDD - Product Detail). I bought a smaller (500GB) Seagate Momentus XT, which apparently has Advanced Format. I am assuming that the Toshiba HDD has 512 bytes/sector because nothing comes up in a web search for Advanced Format for that HDD.

I would like to use the Momentus XT to create a bootable clone of my Toshiba HDD. The Momentus XT will be in a enclosure that interfaces to the laptop via eSATA. After cloning to the Momentus XT, I would like to replace my Toshiba HDD in the laptop with the Momentus XT because of its higher performance. The Toshiba HDD will then become my auxiliary HDD (in the external enclosure) for weekly cloning. If anything ever happens to the Momentus XT in the laptop, I can then take the Toshiba HDD out of the enclosure and drop it into the laptop. However, this manner of usage means that I have to be able to initially clone from Toshiba HDD to Momentus XL, then clone in the opposite direction thereafter.

I've read plenty about alignment issues that need to be tended to, but not having imaged, cloned, or formatted a hard disk before (aside from blin... Read more

Answer:Paragon/Ghost: Bootable clone between HDDs, different size & sector sz

By the way, is there a standard way to test disk performance? It'd be nice to know whether I avoided all the pitfalls.

I'm going to boot from the Momentus XT while it is still in the external closure, connected to the laptop by eSATA. If it works, it means I am free to so all the diagnostics/formatting on the resident HDD that I have to (that's what sparked my interest in cloning -- Tech Support said that the best diagnostics that can be done for boot failures was to format the HDD). I don't want to stick the Momentus XT into the laptop right away because if the resident HDD is bad, it can be replaced under warranty (which I don't want to void by replacing the HDD).

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Hi Wondershare Disk Manager Free is a handy tool for all-level users to copy hard disk and manage partitions. With the complete wizards, you will never worry about data loss when you need to copy disk/partition, create partitions, resize partitions, delete partitions and recover partitions. Now use Wondershare Disk Manager to reasonably allocate disk space and re-structure your hard disk for maximum use!
After instal click get code button, for free serial

Answer:Wondershare Disk Manager Free lets you copy hard disk and manage partitions

You really seem to have a lot of info on freeware - Thanks azzis07 for the share!

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Hi all!

Ok, I have a storage HDD that is getting some hours on it. I would like to clone all my data, including my Itunes, WMP, etc. files to a new drive and then remove the old drive. After doing this operation, I would like my computer to read from the new drive exactly as if it was the old drive.

I have read Clonezilla's instructions, but not sure if I am to clone boot loader to target disk. Boot loader sounds like something the drive with the OS has on it.

Can someone help me please? So far, I have read these instructions found here:

Disk to disk clone

Am I missing something?

Thank you,


Answer:When using Clonezilla to clone a storage HDD, do I clone boot loader to target disk?

Well, no one answered me. I did select clone boot loader to target disk when Clonezilla asked me. The result? Well, at first everything worked literally flawlessly.

Then, after one day, I suddenly received the very first BSOD ever on this system [one year old system].

No more BSOD's since then and I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

Still wondering why no one could answer my initial question.


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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!

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HiCan someone please tell me how to copy eveything from hard disk #1 to hard disk #2then remove hard disk #1 and use hard disk #2 in its place..???I have tried a few different things that I know of and i'm out of ideas!Any help will be much appreciated!RegardsJim

Answer:Hard Disk To Hard Disk (straight Copy!)

Download Digital Dolly 1.0 and burn an .iso image to a CD. Create a folder on your computer to DL Digital Dolly to. Unzip DD in the same folder. Te create a bootable image.Use the Drive Image feature in DD to copy all the information From drive C:\ to D:\.MOD: Cleaned up mispelled word and poor sentence structure (Like you can see a difference).

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Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

"no boot sector on hard disk"
"CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

"No bootable devices"
Also, when I just start the computer normally, it does go to a screen that says no operating system found, which makes sense.

The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

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Answer:Solved: Windows XP Disc won't boot - no boot sector on hard disk..

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Well, I hope this is the correct forum considering I don't actually have XP Pro installed yet!

Many moons ago (June 2004) I purchased a Dell Inspiron 8600 to take to college. It served faithfully (including after The Great Red Bull Spill of 2006) until several weeks ago when the hard drive failed. No big deal, it's mainly my Netflix computer anyway. However, I'd still like to have it back up and running, so I purchased a refurbished 40gb hard drive off Ebay. I installed the new hard drive and checked to see that it was recognized by the BIOS (it is). When I booted up the computer it said "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility." Of course, I understand that's normal because the hard drive doesn't have anything on it yet.

Here's where the problems begin.

I have the Dell-issue XP Pro installation CD. I changed the boot order in the BIOS so that it would first boot from the CD drive. However, I got the same "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" error. Well, that CD drive has a history of acting up (despite being recognized by the BIOS), so I went out and got a USB CD drive (the kind with two USB plugs; one is for extra power I guess). Again, I changed the boot order in the BIOS to start with USB. I got the same "No boot sector on hard disk. No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup ut... Read more

Answer:Solved: "No boot sector on hard disk" while trying to install XP Pro

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Hi there
I always thought that CLONE Disk really did Clone disks - however this doesn't seem to be exactly the case.

I decided to upgrade a SAMSUNG 830 120 GB SSD to a Samsung 840 250 GB SSD in a laptop recently. The cloning process went fine -- I left the partitions EXACTLY as they were on the original drive (so I had around 120 GB of unallocated space on the target drive).

When I re-booted everything worked fine except SKY GO (that's an application where I can run SKY TV - satellite TV subscription channel - on the PC with Internet streams -- great for LIVE Sport etc when on the move).

Refused to work saying Computer Device is not registered.

Re-inserted the old SSD -- guess what SKY GO worked fine -- so SOMETHING has changed --not sure what but surely the copy should have resulted in the OS'es being identical - I hadn't changed any partition sizes etc.

Not sure why changing a disk would invalidate a very useful application -- of course SKY TV couldn't explain anything -- Who or what are ever employed in those dreadful off shored call centers -- just get some woman mouthing away in poor barely understandable English the same line over and over again --very sorry -- very sorry -- don't know -- try technical support. I reply - YOU ARE (F-----g) Technical support -- didn't actually insert the F word though --. Answer comes back again Very sorry - very sorry -. Who or What are these automatons who work in those places. !!!!!!

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Answer:Clone Disk -- Does it REALLY Clone disks - I have doubts

Hi again

Finally sorted the wretched problem out properly --- it WAS Silverlight (Grhhhhhhhh)

I restored my old system again to the new SSD
Then UNINSTALLED Silverlight --as before

But there's a folder in Program data ==> Microsoft ==>playready which apparently is ZERO bytes. (Or perhaps just contains hidden inaccessible security info).

Removing this folder as well and then re-installing Silverlight -- the SKY GO application started find after a few messages of "Updating security for display of protected content" and things like that.

So my remark on the CLONE DISK still stands however it does seem that Silverlight remembers things from specific PHYSICAL DISKS when you move an OS from one disk to another.

I wasn't going to give up here -- a Clean Windows install also fixed the problem - but I didn't want to go through all the hassle of installing and upgrading all my applications again so I was determined to get to the cause of the problem.

Anyway the new SSD is great -- and I can also keep two VM's on it which I also run quite a lot - response on these is now magnificent.

Waiting until I can afford the latest 980 GB SSD's -- then apart from for archive and large data files like Music / films etc - it's BYE BYE Spinners.


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I have 2 HD's on my computer (primary master & primary slave). Master is Maxtor & slave is a Samsung HD. it has been working fine for over a year now. 2 days back while booting I got the message "primary hard drive fails".

I checked the BIOS settings & found that it had lost the settings for my master HD. I rebooted again and it booted fine & the master HD settings in BIOS came back. I thought that probably my CMOS battery was dying so I replaced it. The same symptoms have come back after that. The system keeps loosing the primary HD settings in the BIOS. it has never lost the settings on the slave drive ever. sometimes it will recognize the master drive but still fail to boot giving a error "boot disk failure".

if I turn it off for a while and power it back up, the system will boot up properly sometimes & at other times it refuses to boot. I am not sure where the problem is since it has been working for 1+ yrs now.

Is my HD failing?. it is only 1+ yr old. But since it boots up sometimes, I tend to think otherwise.
Something wrong in the MB?

Any suggestions are welcome.


Answer:Primary Hard disk fails

Make sure that Hard drive connections (cable and power) are tight. You can download a hard drive diagnostic program from the Maxtor web site and run it, although an intermittent problem might not show up. It sounds like your hard drive is failing and you should make sure that you have backed up all important data before it goes completely.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 600m, Windows XP home SP 2. This morning I dropped my laptop and the removeable hard drive came loose. I pushed it back and when I tried to reboot, it gives a "no boot sector on hard disk. no bootable device, strike F1 key to retry, F-2 for set-up utility" message. After several trials in restarting and pulling the hard drive out and put it back in, it gives an error message saying file system corrupted/missing. I put in the Dell Reinstallation CD, that I used for the current installation, to repair Windows. In the command prompt, when I typed chkdsk /f it says the parameter is not valid. I decided to just do a fresh installation. I chose to install Windows but in the next screen it shows 28616MB disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]. It lists only 28616MB unpartitioned space. Why isn't there any list and even any option to delete the previous partitions? Does anyone have any ideas how to fix this?

Answer:how to fix "No boot sector on hard disk"?

Have you run the Dell diagnostics to rule out device failure ( including the hard drive )

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Hi, I have a system here that does not always detect the harddisk during startup (Detecting IDE Drives ...). If it does detect it, it will show the primary and secondary drives, the HD led stays on for a few seconds, then the screen jumps to black with a cursor blinking in the upper left corner: _ (In those few seconds I can still access the BIOS).

If it doesn't detect the HD, it continues the POST till it gives the BOOT FAILURE message.

I was actually trying to fix the problem that the system locks up during some applications. I had already run the WD diagnostics tool for the WD HD and it showed that everything was fine yesterday. I also ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool (from a bootdisk) and that one did not show errors, but the pc did restart automatically during the test not at specific points. (just before that there is a short pitching sound). I removed the dust inside the pc and checked the cables. And it was still working after that. I closed the case and moved it aside a bit and this morning the problem started that it does not always detect the HD and that it doesn't startup even when the hard disk is detected. I have run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool again when it failed to detect the HD and it still gives no errors, and now the problem that the system restarts automatically during that test, is gone.

But I don't know what is wrong with it now and I've gone from a system that locks up regularly to a system that does not even starts... Read more

Answer:Not always detecting Hard Disk + startup fails

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I have a high spec custom PC with Windows Vista Ultimate installed. The problem is that when I plug in my WD passport USB drive it is not seen by Vista. I have tried it on my laptop which has XP and there are no problems. I have had the same problem with USB memory sticks. Anyone got any ideas?? Any help appreciated.....

Answer:Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

First check your BIOS settings to ensure these ports are enabled.

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hi, i'm having serious troubles with hdd usage on win vista. it appeared twice just after each other. maybe this is caused by driver or software failure, really dont know. so - nothing just Microsoft Office 2007 and Mozilla Firefox is running on computer. after few minutes of writing, i see that HDD led is continuously lighting (not blinking). when i want to see "Computer", i get blank window. when i try to run Task manager (Ctrl-Shift-Escape) it freezes and i can't see nothing. so last thing what i run is some tool for seeing system health, which shows 100% HDD usage... but suddenly after few moments, it went down - graph is low, but HDD led is still lightning.after all, when i want restart or shutdown computer, it takes many many many minutes to logout and shutdown. also, when shutdown screen dissapears, computer "freezes" with LCD turned off. on chasi, HDD icon, power icon and battery icon is lightning, but computer is freezed. i have to push power button for few seconds to turn computer off. here, there are few screenshots of system and photos of notebook during this issue. (i get blank windows when run "Computer") (system health) (disk led is lighting still) (when "Shutdown" process is ... Read more

Answer:hard disk fails on Vista (R400)

i have solved this problem by override automatic creating of pagefile.sys - i have set manually range from-to size of this file ant problem seems to be gone .)

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I just bought a Western Digital Black hard drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN - Best Buy

I have it attached to this motherboard: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-P35-S3G (rev. 1.0)

The symptoms of my computer are that Windows may run very slow, disk usage is high, and Windows explorer will stop responding often. When I boot into safe mode and run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic the extended test succeeds. When I'm not in safe mode it fails and says "too many bad sectors." The quick test does not finish in Normal mode and says something like "error code 02 - interrupted by a hard or soft reset."

Windows update will also say "Windows cannot search for updates with error code C80001FE."

What could be the reason for this and how can I trouble shoot it?

I have installed all the drivers necessary on my computer. I have AHCI set in the BIOS also. It is a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Answer:Hard Disk Check Fails In Normal Mode

I would RMA the drive back to Best Buy and get a replacement. The drive is obviously bad. It happens a lot more often than many people think. Erase the drive and take it back and tell them it is defective and failed Western Digital's diagnostic test.

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Question: copy the hard disk

HiI am using windows xp. My hard disk is only 20 GB.I just bought a new HD of 80 GB. How can i transfer all my files including the operating system to my new HD. I know that I can use my new HD as a slave first then transfer from my old HD. But what abot all those XP files. Is any cheap programs. I got partition magic.Thanks a lot

Answer:copy the hard disk

Hi, You can copy the complete hard drive by using the Free XXCLONE from click here.It will copy all system files, registry, programs and data files.Go to the above site and read all about it.You need XXCLONE for Win XP and XXCOPY for Win 98, etc.I use XXCOPY to completely back up my Win 98SE every fortnight.

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Copy Hard Disk HelpI am running a very old Tiny PC with 6.4gb hard drive with a Win ME operating system.I have now acquired a Mesh Matrix XP 2000+ PC with a 60gb hard drive with Win 98SE operating system.I wish to copy the contents of the small 6.4 hard drive over to the Mesh?s larger drive and then use this as my normal PC.Is it possible to just copy all my programmes over and use the Mesh?s Win 98SE as the OS, or do I have to copy the Win ME over with as well.If this helps, I have a Maxtor External 80gb hard drive, which could hold a full back up of the old PC.Any advice much appreciated

Answer:Copy Hard Disk From one PC to another PC

Find out who the 60GB target disk manufacturer is and look on their web site. Seagate (DiskWizard) and I think Maxtor (and probably others)provide tools to do what you want. My understanding (to be verified whan I next upgrade) is you download the software, set up your new drive as a slave and run the program. You can then remove your original and set the new ans master and away you go!Good luck

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Question: copy w8 hard disk

I have attached the w8 hard disk from my broken laptop to my external usb hard disk device and windows 8 say format the disk as it does not recognise the file system how do I get around this.

Kind regards

Answer:copy w8 hard disk

One obvious question is HOW the laptop got "broken". If you dropped it, especially while it was still running, it's very likely you damaged the hard drive in the process.

If you want to try to recover some files from the hard drive, you may be able to do that with a data recovery app. I recommend RecoverMyFiles only because I've used it. It might be able to find recoverable directories and files -- and you can install and try it for free -- to see what it finds. You have to purchase it (on line) to do the actual file recovery.

I don't know of any way to "get around" formatting it that will not "erase" the existing files and directories.

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hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.


Answer:exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.

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Hi everyone:

I'm in a true bind over the following. I have a computer at the office, which I decided to upgrade with more RAM. As a result I think I fried the mainboard in it as it doesn't start anymore, even with the old RAM. The hard drive in it is intact and it contains lots of software several thousand $$ worth. It has Windows 2000 Pro installed and is broken on 2 partitions. Now I have another PC with a totally different hardware.

My first question is, what if I take the hard disk from a fried PC and put it into a new one? Will it work or will it crash without any chance of recovery. Again I'm not that worried about hardware as software.

Second question is, how to copy the entire hard drive to a new one?

Your help will be greatly appreciated!!! I don't have much time to fix that. I might easily get fired over it if I don't fix it. ANY IDEAS PLEASE!

Answer:URGENT - how to copy hard disk to a new PC???

get the the harddrive you want and get it in the one . the biggest thing is to open the case and install it and just let window automatically recognize it. harddrives that are formated by old OS and be read by XP's. once you got the things you like in the old one you can reformate the old one and get some space.

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I have many medical image file on a cd which I would like to copy to a folder on my hard disk

Answer:how to copy files from a cd to my hard disk

Hi,Insert the CD into your drive and open up my computer, then select your CD drive. From there, go into your drive and click, dragging a box around the items on the disc. Right click the selected items, select copy, and right click again, this time selecting paste to place them on your hard drive.

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OS: Dual-boot Windows XP Professional x32, Windows 7 Ultimate x64. (Windows XP earlier OS)
CPU: AMD Athlon 7750 x2
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9500gt
HDD: Seagate 500GB

Hi guys. For the last two days whenever I am starting my PC, just after the MB logo, I am shown a black screen where at the bottom it is written 4th Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD. On searching the net, I found that it indicates my HDD is dying. I am going to buy a new one. How do I transfer the data from the old one to the new HDD? I am not concerned about installed programs, only things like data files, images, songs and such things.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to copy data from old hard disk to new one

After you get the new hard drive and Windows installed. Either install the old drive as a second hard drive or put it in an external USB enclosure and you can copy off what you want to the new drive.

If the data you want isn't that much you could also copy it to a flash drive (USB key) or even burn CD/DVD's.

Which brings up an important point. Your user data, at a minimum should be periodically backed up to some external media or one of the on-line backup services (I like my own media better). If the drive is failing and falied completely all your data would be lost, if not backed up. Backups are not for IF they are needed but for WHEN they are needed.

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Dear Experts,

I have Dell Optiplex PC with one SATA 250GB HDD installed as HDD0 it has two partitions C and D and Windows XP Professional is installed on partition C. Now I want to add another SATA HDD of may be 300GB Capacity and want to install another copy of Win XP Professional.

I need steps how to do this, I have added hard drive to PC now I need to change boot order like CD ROM 1st boot device, HDD0 (Win XP already installed) 2nd boot device, HDD1 new hard disk 3rd boot device?

Then when I boot from CD how to select second new hard disk for windows installation? Please guide me for steps and also what needed to be changed in boot.ini file in HDD0 where windows is already installed so that when PC starts I see two Win XP options.

Waiting for reply.


Answer:Add new Hard disk & Install another Win XP Copy

Just why do you want to do this...why put the same O/S on a system?

What model Optiplex?

Do you have Dell XP/system installation disks?


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I posted this two days ago and got alot of suggestions.I have an old hard disk and i bought a new bigger hardisk. I want to copy the contents including windows 98 on to the new harddisk and run it on a new system which i built.All the components are compatible but the new disk just dosen't boot up.I tried manually copying the files but upon boot up, computer said," invalid system disk replace disk [email protected]some one suggested I try xcopy but, same problem. I downloaded the MaxBlast3 software from Maxtor site. It can clone disks. But i think the software is no good beacuse it asks for a floppy and thinks that the write protect tab is open when it isn't.I can't understand why i couldn't install windows on this drive from the beginning. First it re configured the old hard disk and it didn't ask me,"which drive do you want to install win98 on"?I also tried to install the new hard disk as master and it didnt boot so i tried to boot from win98 cd.It gets to the point where it looks for drive space and always at 61%, it stops and tells me,"put disk in drive b and hit enter". but i don't have a drive b. I tried this 3 times and it still didn't work.Finally i tried resotring system files and ini files and autoexecbat and stuff like that. Some of it works so it starts the windows98 and the blue windows98 is starting screen comes, it loads the drivers but then it stops and theres a c:\> prompt where i can type something.I don't know what to do and feel frustrated. I wish now... Read more

Answer:How can i copy win98 to another hard disk?

you cant just copy over windows from one system to another without special software because there are many files that simply wont be seen.You need to 'ghost' it using norton ghost.Is the bios setup correctly on the new machine? does it say you have a second floppy?have you partitioned and formatted the new drive in your machine?use your old system and format a floppy 'system' disk. Now from your windows\command folder copyfdisk / format / sys to the floppy.Boot using this floppy in your new machine.Now run fdisk and create a partition/sNow run format on the new driveNow at the A> prompt, type SYS C:Your hard drive will now boot to the c: promptAll you need to do now is create an autoexec.bat file and config.sys to use your cd-rom drivers and you can install windows 98Dont bother using himem.sys etc, when you go to your D: drive, go into D:\WIN98 and type XMSMMGR and this will manage the memory perfectly

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How do i copy slides to my hard disk i have a canon lide 30

Answer:How to copy slides to hard disk

Do you mean slides as in projector slides?

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My mom's Desktop Hard Drive is logging 200+ disk errors each day(all bad block or sector). The Dell PC is agonizingly slow on start-up and shut down.

In additon she got the a browser redirect bug, which prompted me to call Verizon tech support. She pays for their support service and my attempts to remove the 'browser redirect' were fruitless. Verizon did there malware removal and system checks, & thankfully the Tech. pointed out the 'disk' errors in EventViewer. Verizon Technician said this usually indicates a hard drive ready to crash at anytime. The PC is 6+yrs old.
FYI, I'm posting from my notebook because her computer is soooo slow. I can post from mom's desktop if necessary.

I called Dell to get copy of system recovery disks for WinXP (imagine??? my mom not being able to find the CD's that came with her OS, no Programs...nada:confused ).
Additionally, I ordered a new western digital hard drive from Dell (80gb IDE, 40pin, 7200rpm, 3.5"). All arrived yesterday.

I have two areas of concern.
Note:I have never done this before just so ya know, if I don't express myself with right verbiage/terminology. If I should post any portion of this thread elsewhere, please let me know or move it for me.

This is what I understand. In order to recover the software programs that were installed initially and over 6yrs time on PC, I n... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive replacement? 200+ EventViewer "disk" errors/day..clone 1st?

If it were me, I'd first burn an image on DVDs or CDs (I use Acronis) of the failing hard drive. After I had the image safe and spent the time to verify it, I'd then clone her old failing hard drive to the newly purchased hard drive. Acronis can do both of these things.

To first image, install Acronis and make a bootable recovery CD.
Boot the Dell from the recovery CD. It will load the TI program into the computer's RAM. From that, you can make an image by burning the hd to DVDs or CDs.
Still in the TI loaded in RAM (to me safer than trying to do this from within windows) look over the menu and select verify image. Don't let errors throw you. TI is a bit strange. Sometimes it wants to see the last CD in a set and sometimes it wants to see the first. I just keep trying one or the other until it sees what it is looking for; also, it will shoot up an error when it is done reading one CD/DVD and waiting for the next one. Just put the next one in and click retry and it will start reading again.

When that is done, install the new hd in the computer currently as a slave. Boot up TI again using the recovery CD so it loads the program into RAM and this tell tell it to create a bootable clone. It will take the current master, clone everything to the slave drive. When it's done, exit, and switch the slave to the master position, take out the dying hard drive and boot up the computer. It should boot from the new hard drive.

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I've attempted to install the Hotkey Features Integration for Windows 7 both via System Update and via the standalone installer and both return the same error: Copy ErrorAn error ocurred while copying file mkrcfg.dll. Cannot copy file to destination directory. Click Retry to retry the operation or click Cancel to Below is error shown using the standalone installer: Error shown in System Update: 

Answer:Thinkpad Hotkey installation fails - mkrcfg.dll fails to copy

Hi jeedo, Maybe this could help:ONSCREEN DISPLAY IS NOT WORKING...t500 2055

T61 + X201i

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Long story short, I ran the Win8 (64bit) dev install on top of my Win7 (64bit). I thought it would prompt me where to install it (I have 2HDDs in my laptop and no ODD).

All was well, but I didn't really like the UI. No big deal, right? Just re-run the Win7 install and wipe out 8... Wroooong!

I used a linux pen drive boot-iso making program (grub bootloader), gave it the Win7SP1 64 bit ISO and went off on my merry way. The installer is running, just as expected. I delete the existing partitions on the OS drive and it finishes the install with no problem... until it goes to reboot the first time. It just sits at a black screen with the blinking cursor. First thing I do is power down, take out the usb stick and boot back up... same thing.

So I go and download a new iso, thinking the first one may have been bad (despite having used it half a dozen times already). Same issue. Install completes, system reboots and nothing.

I download the MS version of the Win7/USB boot key installer maker thingy. Format the usb stick and let it copy over the iso again. Installed win7 without issue. Reboot. Black screen w/ blinking cursor.

@($#*%^@($*^(*[email protected]$

I ran the installation repair. Windows finds the installation and says... oh, nothing to repair! *bangs head on desk* Ok, so let's try all of these fancy bootsect and diskpart commands. 30 minutes of repairing, deleting, repartitioning, full formatting, reinstalling... same issue installing to both HDs.

Now, the lap... Read more

Answer:USB installation of Win7 fails to create boot sector

Try to delete all partitions with the win7 install usb on the drive before you try installing Win7 again!

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how to copy video files from a DVD to the hard disk?

Answer:copy dvd video files to hard disk

How to use Google:<--------------

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Greetings:As I wrote earlier, VLC media player crashed on one computer and I can?t download it again to that computer. Each download attempt fails. However, I did download the setup file onto to another computer and I have the VLC setup file saved onto my external portable drive. I know I should copy this program to the hard drive of my computer without VLC MP but what exactly does this mean? Could I or should I right click on the START button and click on EXPLORE. Next, should I copy and paste the VLC setup file to the folder called Program Files or take a different approach? Any advice given in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Where do I copy a setup file onto a hard disk?

Plug in your external drive to the PC you want to install VLC on open the external drive to show contents then double click on the VLC file you downloaded and let it proceed with the install no need to copy it anywhere Cheers HC

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Lately I had problems playing video-files (hd content, mkv container) on my WD HD TV. Turned out that the files were corrupted when after copying to the usb disk. First I was afraid my Intel X25-m was the culprit, but windiff proved that the error occurred after copying, and there was a difference between the file on my SSD and the copy on the usb disk.
After trying all the USB ports on my laptop (MSI pr200, T7700, 4GB, Win7 HP 64), the CABLE proved to be the culprit. I use different cables, the one causing problems was an old motorola razr....
After trying the cable that came with the 500GB Verbatim USB disk the problem is gone, and windiff says the files are equal.
Just to let you searchers know (fingers crossed!): issue seems to be resolved by using a good cable.

Answer:Files corrupt after copy to usb hard disk

Unfortunately problem not solved.... today again a copied mkv of 4.36 GB got corrupted when moved to the verbatim 500GB USB HD.... The files are different after copying, according to windiff, and my WD HD TV stops when getting to corrupted parts (more than 1).....
The quest will continue to find the culprit.... Next I will use a different HD in a different enclosure.

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good afternoon all,
First time poster so plz bear with me....

- as seen in my specs, I have a 640GB system drive that I wanted to upgrade to a WD10EZEX
- my Dell Studio only has options for ATA and RAID in BIOS. Currently running in ATA mode
- tried an Acronis clone onto the new drive. seemed to work until I booted into Win7 the first time and after loading a driver for the new hard disk, asked for a reboot and then failed with a BSOD 7b
- tried a C: Drive only image from oroiginal and restore to new WD with same results
- Verified that new WD drive shows up in BIOS correctly and is prioritized correctly
- tried Startup Repair, FIXMbr, Fixboot and BCDedit to no avail
- Tried adding the WD drive as the extended drive alongside the 640GB. I made one large logical partition out of it and it seemed to work fine except that I got Yellow Exclamations in device manager. I pointed the error to the driver store and it picked up the "Generic Volume" driver and seemed to fix itself. I thought I had it.
- I reconfigured but This time I cloned the 640 -> new WD with the WD Acronis tool
- When it entered windows for the first time, it recognized and added the driver for the new WD drive. BEFORE I rebooted the machine, I went to device manager and saw the exclamation points and again pointed the error to pick up the Generic Volume Driver which it did and seemed to fix.
- I did the required reboot and once again slammed by the BSOD 7b...(sigh)
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Answer:Win 7 clone to new WD HD Fails

Did you tell the Acronis cloning app to include Track0 and mark the Win7 partition (or 100mb System Reserved if you had that) Active?

To repair a clone or image that won't boot, unplug all other HD's including the source, Mark Partition Active the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C partition then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

If these fail I would unplug all other HD's and Clean Install Windows 7 to the target HD using the latest official installer from Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Drivers are never needed to be supplied for modern HD's. If an installer or Repair CD prompts for one it usually means the installation/repair media is bad.

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I have a two year old HP Pavillion (now a year out of waranty) that crashed and now returns "disk read error press ctl+alt+del to restart" when attempting to boot. Using the diagnostic tools avialable under F2, I get the following failure: Hard Drive Short DST Check: FailedFailure ID: GLL3S1-76684P-MFPV7G-60RA03Product ID: E9Z18AV Would anyone be so kind as to tell me what this particular failure ID code means?  Thank you.

Answer:Disk Read Error on boot, Hard Drive Short DST Check fails

 The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.  A retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used-Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your model is not one of the easiest to replace hdd on but the Maintenance & Service Guide will help you or your chosen repair shop.

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I have two identical computers using Windows XP Professional.Usually, if I get a problem I can't fix, I do a clean install by pressing Alt+F10 and going through the process of reinstalling Windows XP. The hard disk is partitioned into C: and D: (I'm assuming the Windows XP image is hidden in the D:??).Well, anyway, when I do a clean install on one of the computers it's still really slow and buggy. Maybe it's a hardware problem, or maybe the problem is with the original Windows XP image on D:?So, my question is:Can I make an EXACT copy of one computer and put it ontothe other one? Hopefully this would overwrite any errors?Is that possible?Thanks

Answer:Copy hard disk to another hard disk

I don't think thats possible. EDIT: For some reason, prog's like Norton Ghost etc completly slipped my mind. So much for my comment heh... it is indeed possible.When the hard drive is partitioned, like yours, into C: and D: there is no "image" on drive D... It's just free space on D (If formatted and not a raw partition... and assuming that C: is the partition you have your OS on)When you do a clean install, are you formatting the C: partition? sometimes it's just best to format to get a "fresh start"

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I have an SSD C:\ with Windows 7 Pro.

I have a hard disk E:\ with my data.

My SSD's firmware was recently updated.

Ever since then I can't copy images from my iPhone to my hard disk, like I've done hundreds of times before. Unlock iPhone, plugin iPhone, go to Windows Explorer, copy images, done.

Right now I'm getting a permissions warning.

I checked E: > Properties > Security, I see the users and their permissions:

Administrators (my name\Administrator)
Users (my name\Users)

Full control is checked for Administrators.
Full control is NOt checked for Users.
All other options are checked.

Do I have to check Full control for users?

Answer:Cannot copy pictures from iPhone to hard disk due to permissions

What happens when you try to copy/paste the images from your iPhone to your SSD now? Are you being returned an error message? What does it say exactly? Try checking Full control for "Users" too. Does the issue continue?

Finally, can you at all write any files on your SSD due to the current situation (regardless if it were a photo from your iPhone or a word document from your external drive)?

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I can no longer read and copy from my external hard disk drive, Modal :EH2S3B, Product Number: K6A93AA. Pl. Help as

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I want to back up a outlook file into USB hard disk. The file memory 7 GB, And the hard disk still have 200 GB space. But when I copied the file into the hard disk (copy and paste). They said the file is too big to copy into the hard disk. But it has no problem to copy it into C: drive or Desktop.Can anyone tell me how to solve it.

Answer:Copy a lagre Ms outlook file to USB hard disk

Try copying it to the desktop, and then dragging that to the external drives icon in 'Computer' and see if it will copy or move it that way. The problem may be the size of the file since the USB connection is much slower than the internal SATA or IDE connection to your internal hard drive (Outlook to desktop is probably both on C drive also), but it should be able to transfer it anyway. If it is the limitations of the clipboard, you can use Windows 7 back up system and specify to include the outlook files (it should anyway) and while you are at it, include anything important.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Running Windows XP.

I've never worked with an iPod and a customer says he lost all his iTunes on the hard disk but still has them all on his iPod. I told him I was sure there was a way to copy them from the iPod back to the hard disk; but, I've never done it and don't know how.

I'm going there today. What help/references can anyone give me?

Answer:How do I copy iTunes from iPod back to Hard Disk?

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Hello all! I need some help. My wife's laptop's HDD is failing. I have purchased a new one and tried to clone it and the clone fails to boot.

HP dv6-2150us
-Current HDD WD Scorpio Black 300gb(factory)
-New SSHD, Seagate 1EJ162-500
-Windows 7 x64 factory installl
-backup is corrupt

So here is what I have done.
-Cloned old drive(w/macrium reflect) to new drive in my PC. Clone was "successful"
-Installed "cloned" drive into laptop, would not boot.
-tried to rebuild MBR, no go
-tried startup repair, 3 times, no go
-bought and sata data transfer cable, cloned directly from laptop with EZ Gig, clone was not successful(i believe there were more than 200k read errors and a little over 100 write errors).
-sfc /scannow, no errors
-chkdsk runs on current but doesn't seem to find any problems

So here's a few questions;
-I am sure I will have to reinstall with the factory restore partition(if it's still good). Problem, I will have to see if I can find a copy of the key, as the sticker has worn over time and is not legible. If I do have to do this, what is the best course of action as to not lose all of the files on the current, failing, HDD?
-If the restore partition is no longer good, can I use my Windows 7 x64 disc(OEM) from my desktop, to install and download all of the drivers from HP?

Thank you in advance for your help.

P.S. To all my old friends, I have missed you. RL has been hectic and has not lent any time for the forums. To those who don't know ... Read more

Answer:Failing HDD, clone fails

James, if you can download Belarc, you can find your windows COA key. You can use any disk of the same version to reinstall. I would download the drivers first, but this may be of help to you. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

You should be able to copy your user files to an external hard drive if the drive is still readable. C:/users is the location of the user files. If it isn't bootable but still readable, you can do it from an external enclosure or Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

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I have a SD card with 50Gb space available. How to use this space to get the upgrade done?

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I am new to technet forums.
I have a hard disk, main disk that came with the computer.
Due to power failure my computer shuts down and the drive was not detected.
So, I replaced it. This story is of year 2013
Now I have the drive and as I have free time and as I am interested in doing things by researching. So, I opened the drive and attached it externally via USB 2.0 connector.
Firstly, my computer is running windows 10 pro. The external disk is detected by the computer. As I did not want the files so, I formatted all 3 partitions. The formatting was successful. But the partitions become raw.
Now on researching more I applied DOS commands
List disk
Select disk
Detail disk
select volume
Now, this above command is taking too long....
so, if this command is successful then what to do next....
I am not able to load the images as the website says
Body text cannot contain images or links until we are able to verify your account
Any help will be apreciated... 

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Installed HDM from DVD with PCA issue FEB 2008. Got stub.dll error -- Unkown windows versionandOperation Failed -- DPMI error. Error Code 0x10094.Also cannot uninstall HDM.

Answer:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Free Copy FEB 2008

I instaaled HDM on windows vista home premium

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A215-S4697 Laptop, with a 160 GB 2.5" SATA hard disk drive and Windows Vista Home Premium. I have purchased a 500 GB 2.5" SATA hard disk drive (Western Digital Scorpio WD6000BEVT) to replace the 160 GB hard disk drive. I need a process using Vista for copying the entire 160 GB hard disk drive (operating system, all programs, and data) to the new 500 GB hard disk drive.

I have previously upgraded a 40 GB hard disk drive on a Compaq Pressario Laptop with Windows XP Home Edition to a 160 GB hard disk drive, using Partition Magic, without any problems. Unfortunately Partition Magic is not compatible with Vista.

I have a Vantec Model CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter that would permit me to connect the new 500 GB hard disk drive to my Toshiba laptop, through a USB 2.0 connection, as an external hard disk drive.

Detailed step-by-step instructions would be appreciated.

Answer:Copy Hard Disk Drive in Vista Home Premium

Use Norton Ghost to image the old drive to the new one. Then you can connect the new one and the computer would boot as normal.

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Does anyone know how to copy contents of digital videocassette to the hard drive? I have a Canon ZR 200 and I record videos on videocassette. I tried connecting the cam to the computer using the USB connection cable that comes in the package but the computer cannot detect the camera that way. The instructions in the manual are only about copying from the memory card to the computer. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.

Answer:how to copy contents of digital videocassette tape to hard disk

That's weird, if it's digital video it should be able to be transferred via a USB cable. However, if the camcorder came with an A/V cable that connects to the television, you can get this device called "Dazzle" from any electronics store. You can use this to transfer video from the camera to the computer. Look into it.

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When running mbr, the results show:copy of MBR has been found in sector 0x2542e2b0malicious code @ sector 0x02542e2b3PE file found in sector at 0x02542e2c9I know the infection is gone, but would really like to get rid of this message since Symantec picks it up, but does nothing. I would like a utility that would clear or delete these leftovers so that someone is lulled into ignoring antivirus messages. I have already done fixmbr, wiped free space with ccleaner, run combofix and installed the XP recovery console. I guess I could use a sector editor and zero it out. I have seen many people ask the question, but no answers. Surely there is a utility to do this. Mebroot was the original problem.

Answer:mbr results show copy of mbr found in sector

I should have said "not lulled". I do not want the user to start ignoring the warnings.

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"A copy of an older version of Windows is using significant hard disk space."
I am using a HP Pavilion dv6 and keep getting this message from the HP Support Assistant on start up, however when I follow the procedure to clean up the drive nothing actually improves and the message is still there next time I start the computer. So what is the best way to do a 'Clean' Install?
True Mercury.

Answer:A copy of an older version of Windows is using significant hard disk space.

Hello - These links are all listed on the same page as Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help ForumsScroll down the linked page and select the one that suits your situation - Thank You - How to Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7How to Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 VersionHow to Use Windows 7 Upgrade AdvisorHow to Do a Upgrade Installation with Windows 7How to Setup Windows 7 to Boot from a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)How to Create a Windows 7 VHD at Boot to Start with from BootHow to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7 < < Note this particular topic ..............How to Activate Windows 7 OnlineHow to Extend the Windows 7 Activation Trial Period Up to 120 DaysHow to Change the Default Operating System to Start in Windows 7How to Change Time to Display Operating Systems at Boot in Windows 7How to Delete an Operating System Listed in Windows Boot ManagerHow to Create a Windows 7 Installation USB KeyHow to Install Windows 7 from USB Pen Drive Using Grub4DosHow to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7How to Fix Missing Vista Hard Disk Partition Letter in Windows 7How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and VistaHow to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XPHow to Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB DeviceInstall Windows 7 Without Using Any External DeviceHow to Do a Custom Installation of Windows 7How to Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 InstallHow to Install Windows 7 on Computer with Less t... Read more

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Question: Clone or Copy

HI------For the purpose of backing up my hard drive to a second internal drive what is the better option when using Ghost, Clone or Copy? Why?

Answer:Clone or Copy

The command is

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I have removed the hidden partition of the SATA drive and have Windows XP installed on the laptop. I have taken an image of this XP setup to ZENWorks imaging server. When I restored the image to another identical T500, I got invalid signature file at bootup. I wonder what is the proper parameter I should use to copy the MBR & boot sector from a working T500 to the new laptop (identical hardware). I have tried the followingbut no success:"dd if=filename of=/dev/sda count=4 bs=512""dd if=filename of=/dev/sda count=4 bs=446""dd if=filename of=/dev/sda count=1 bs=512" Thanks in advance. Che

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ok, my dad has a laptop with win xp on a 60gig drive. for work, he wants to add linux so that you can start learning to develop software for linux. so he got a 120gig hard drive, with the plane to split it in half, ghost the win xp over, and then install linux on the other half. so he puts the new drive in a usb enclosure, makes 2 partitions, and formats the 1st one ntfs. then he runs ghost and tells it to partition clone the internal drive to the 1st partition of the external. 12 hours later (it doesn't have usb 2) the clone is done. he swaps the drives, putting the new 120 into the laptop and boots. he gets the no os found error. so after some monkeying around we find the fix mbr option in ghost after booting with the ghost cd. it works, or so it seems. we get the loading xp screen (xp logo with black background and the nightrider like indicator). then it goes to the 2 tone blue screen with the small xp logo the then should morph into the login screen, but it stops there. never gets to the login. we have tried the recovery console, but there wasn't anything in it to fix login issues. so we let the installer repair the xp install, and it would let him login, but because it deletes and rolls back so much stuff in the "repair" that it basically hosed his xp install to uselessness for him as a software developer. we are thinking about a drive copy, but that would then give xp the full 120gig which he doesn't want (which we knows works as he has done it ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] ghost 2003 clone fails to boot 100%

Hi Sinc. Why don't you try XXClone instead?

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Hi, i have a 'small build' computer, preinstalled with legal (updates load ok) XP Pro OEM on it but no disc? - everything is Good!

However i would like to clone/copy XP on to a disc incase i have operating problems or wish to re-install it in the future! Can anyone tell me how to copy/clone to disc please. thanks. Phil

Answer:how do i copy/clone oem xp pro to disc?

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I purchased Norton Ghost 2002 several years ago and now I would like to know how to use it.
I want to clone my computer's hard drive with Windows 98SE into a brand new Western Digital 40GB disk, just in case my old hard drive goes bad.
1. Do I have to format the new hard drive(WD 40GB) before I start with the cloning procedure? Or does Ghost 2002 automatically partition and format the destination hard drive?
2. Upon starting the computer do I need to have the created boot diskette in the floppy drive, and do I need to have the Norton Ghost 2002 CD in the CD-ROM also, or do I install the Norton Ghost 2002 in the old hard drive or in the new hard drive?
3. I am thinking of making the WD 40GB hard drive as a Slave? Is it this the correct configuration?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer:Norton Ghost 2002 How to clone a Disk to Disk

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