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Can I replace the main hard drive?

Question: Can I replace the main hard drive?

To Anyone WhoMight Help:Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated whether they're a cure or just a heads up that there's nothing that can be done - or, how to determine where along that timeline I may be.I dropped a 3.5 - 4" diameter ground magnifying glass from its insecure desklamp holder onto (as one's looking at the open notebook) the lower right surface of the notebook ( a fall of 6-8") . The glass weighs aprx 1-1.5 ibs. The computer screen fluctuated for a sec or 2 and then went to a black screen with the error message reading "disk read error - press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart. The command does nothing. The unit turns off after depressing the on/off button and when power is restored, it returns one to the error message after a blinking cursor for a few secs. I think the C Drive or main hard drive of the unit was damaged to the extent that the thing can't read itself. I'm told there is no laser reading device - that the drive is hardwired to read itself and from there send the data to where I'm unsure.I'm asking if it's possible to replace the main hard drive with another component. Also, if that can be4 done, what the concomitant probs may be that one may encounetr. Thanks to anyone who suggests any idea at all. I scewed up inadvertent ly and would welcome the chance to buy and install a fix at my risk entirely.Davbid Lyle - noholy1

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Preferred Solution: Can I replace the main hard drive?

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So my question is : How do i replace the main hard drive witch has windows 10 , with a new 240 ssd and keep my windows 10?The computer at this time , the main hdd witch windows is installed on it is defective! and i can not boot into windows,all the diagnostic is done and the hard driver that windows 10 is installed it corrupt and defective and is not working! just cycles to Lenovo logo and back. My  specs:i7 -6700 3.4GHzSSD 120G1T Hdd16G RamWindows 10 At this time not sure on what hdd is the win 10 installed as the tower come with 2 hdd. Thanks for any advice on this.  

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My 500gb backup hard drive is showing only 25gb left. My main 650gb hard drive shows only 150gb used. How is this discrepency possible? Also when I examine the I drive can only get it to add up to less than 200gb, the largest file being an computer image file.

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

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

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

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.

 

Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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I have an Dell desktop with a 1tb HDD running Win 10, am looking to install an SDD then migrate over to this drive leaving the 1tb HDD just for my files.
My 1st question is; I have 4 sata slots on the motherboard 1 = 1tb HDD, 2 = free, 3 = DVD, 4 = free. Have read somewhere always use the lowest number slot for an SSD & if that is so do I put the SDD sata cable into slot 1 & HDD into slot 2
when I first install the SDD drive or change them later after I have cloned the HDD ?
As I am going to use my 1tb HDD just for my file storage will I be albe to do a full fomat on the HDD ie clean all partitions.
Many thanks

Answer:Format main hard drive. Want to install SDD then migrate to this drive

Hi. . .
I would suggest that you install Windows onto the SSD without the HDD being connected.
After Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to format the HDD in NTFS format.
Doing the installation this way assures that no boot related files are written to the HDD during Windows install onto the SSD.
Regards. . .
jcgriff2

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I ran out of space on my old hdd so I bought a new 1tb one, I have successfully installed it and created a new volume for it. However now I want to effectively change priority of the hdds, so my new 1tb one takes the place of my old one, booting up things, having windows on it, storing the majority of my games and files (I want to use my old one for storing some games, but I don't know if they will run at the same speed as they had done while I only had my old hdd or will be faster as they are used through my new one). I installed windows 7 on my old hdd through a disk which I still have and installed windows 10 for free when this option was availible. So in summary I want to make it as if I'd had my new 1tb hdd originally and have just added my old one onto my system after.

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Is the main hard drive in XP always the C drive?

I recently made a copy of my hard disk and I'm not sure if I'm booting from my new drive. I didn't change any of the jumper settings on the hard drive, I only changed the boot order in the bios.

The only difference I noticed (since it was an exact copy) was that my new hd swapped drive letters with my old hd and became the C drive.

I can't get inside the computer at the moment to unplug one of the drives manually...
 

Answer:Main hard drive in XP?

No not always, however windows prefers to be C. Windows being anything other than C can cause a lot of problems.
 

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I purchased a 2.5" SSD in the hopes that I could use it with my R61. The first problem I encountered is that the connector is physically a different size (9.5mm?) and the 2.5" is too small. Does some sort of adapter exist so I can switch out my current HDD and use the new drive as the primary/only HDD? I've seen an adapter which replaces the DVD drive and that the 2.5" would fit into. Would I be able to boot off this drive? Would I have the same different connector problem? Thanks!

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I ran out of space on my old hdd so I bought a new 1tb one, I have successfully installed it and created a new volume for it. However now I want to effectively change priority of the hdds, so my new 1tb one takes the place of my old one, booting up things, having windows on it, storing the majority of my games and files (I want to use my old one for storing some games, but I don't know if they will run at the same speed as they had done while I only had my old hdd or will be faster as they are used through my new one). I installed windows 7 on my old hdd through a disk which I still have and installed windows 10 for free when this option was availible. So in summary I want to make it as if I'd had my new 1tb hdd originally and have just added my old one onto my system after.

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

Answer:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

.

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

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Hi,

I have a 4 yr old Compaq computer running Windows XP Pro (upgraded from Win 98). I recently put an additional 80 gig hard drive in and want to make it the main drive and leave the original 10 gig drive for special storage (pictures and music). how do I make this happen?
 

Answer:Making New Hard Drive Main One

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Hey guys - I am not 100% sure what went wrong - I was trying to clone a hard drive that I found some bad clusters on and it started to clone then stopped and said it could not locate the hard drive.

The drive in question was the main drive for my wifes computer - I have it out now and is in a USB enclosure and when I put it on my computer it shows up as 2 drives and F "Reserve" and an H nothing - when I click on F it shows me it is empty even though it says 50 mb of 100mb is used - when I click on H it says drive not initialized - and that is where my main data is - this was from a dell computer so I am sure the 100mb F drive is a partition - or guessing.

Any thoughts on how I can recover data from a drive that doesn't really show up in "my computer"?

Running win 7
 

Answer:nitialized main hard drive

What kind of software are you using to try to clone the drive?

This might be an operating system issue, you could try downloading GParted and burning a LiveCD or USB stick, that way you could try to clone the drive without going through Windows 7.
 

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Hi

The main hard drive on my pc that has the operating system on and everything is begining to fail and i need to sort it out before i cant use the disk anymore. The disk is in warrenty so i will be able to get it replaced but not all the things on it.

How can i backup my operating system and all of the programs and files on it, i have another hard drive that i can use as a backup but im not sure how to do it.

Can anyone advise me on what to do?

Would be a great help thanks.

Answer:Main Hard Drive failure - What to do?

Hi Fields,

Have a look here;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/downloads/0,...675060s,00.htm

Pooch

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My main IDE drive is f*ckered and I bought a Sata drive to replace it. Do I need any sort of special drivers to install XP on the new drive?
 

Answer:SATA as main hard drive

I didn't on either XP or 2kpro. I have read of some people having problems though, but I'm sure those were all on much older systems.
 

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I have been using two hard drives, with the slave being a clone, replica or image of the main. When the master got fouled up, I used Norton Ghost to restore from the slave. Ghost was not reliable, and I found Maxblast worked better. Recently a worm or virus got in the master and wouldn't let it boot. Restoring from the slave didn't help, it was in the slave also. I had to clean up both HD's with fdisk and fdisk/mbr, then restore with CD's which takes a lot of time.

How can I make a BOOTABLE clone of the master, take it out of the machine, and swap it back in case of crash again? I use Windows 98 SE, and there may be a way to use the OS to do this, but I am not clear on the details such as copying the boot sector. BTW I now scan all downloaded files with Norton AV before opening but this is not foolproof.

Thanks for looking, Laremac
 

Answer:Backing up the main hard drive

afterthought: What about going into the Bios and setting the machine to boot first from CD-ROM, then the back-up HD would not need to be bootable. I could clean up, restore form the slave, and just leave the CD in to start. That is unless they have developed a virus that will infect a CD-ROM!
 

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Hello,

I just installed windows xp pro on a new hard drive I had to get and instead of the typical C:\ for my main drive it has assigned it an E:\. Can anyone tell me what I'd need to do to get it changed to C: It is a particularly a problem when I download and it looks to install on C not E

Thanks.

Answer:Main Hard drive assigned E: not C:\

There is no practical way to change the drive letter of a drive containing an OS. Windows will function normally as it is. I used Windows 2000 for years on D: with no problems whatsoever. You can almost always change the default install folder.

The only way to change the drive to C: would be to do a clean install.

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I have a second hard drive in my PC that I use for media files like audio and video, etc. Every now and then I just make a complete copy of the drive, just in case it fails one day.

This morning I started wondering if I could maybe make a copy of my C drive, ie the drive that actually runs the PC itself? This way if that drive ever failed and my PC refused to start up, I could just swap in the backup drive and be up and running again.

Am I being hopelessly naive here or is this something one could actually do?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, believe you me.
 

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I recently received a motherboard from one of my friends with an 80 gig hard drive as the main drive. I decided to switch to my old hard drive which is 20 gigs, so i can have all my desktop settings and so forth. I made sure the settings in the Bios were right but the pc wont start up afterwards. It immediatly shuts off right after the RAM check(screen turns off). I made sure it saw the 20 gig as the main drive(yes i remmembered to make the other 80 gig a slave drive) but yet it still will not boot up. Is the problem that i over looked something in the bios? Or is it the type of motherboard I used? Please email or im me(Dntmesswtheryman) or just post the answers under this topic. I'll take all the help i can get get.thanks

Answer:Main Hard Drive Problems

Is this WinXP?  You probably have to perform a Repair Install by booting from your original WinXP CD.

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I have a Western Digital 120 GB HD and for some odd reason my computer fails to read it. All i get is Failure to read Master Disk Drive or something to that affect, then a blank screen just appears and you can not input any commands, or other times it will ask you for a bootdisk but this happens very rarely, unfortunetly i bought my computer from a friend and he lost the bootdisk, what should i do to fix this problem?
 

Answer:Main Hard Drive not reading?

Hello...

Go here and get their diagnostic tools and test your drive to see if it is defective or not.

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools

Shane
 

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I bought a new ssd for my computer but i still havn't installed anything on it yet.
I would like to know if i will have problems or will it be as easy to install and run normaly as the youtube videos show.
On my main hard drive i had windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10. I only have my windows 7 CD so it would install windows 7 on it. Do i need to reinstall windows 7 on my main hard drive, maybe find a windows 10 upgrade or will it all work together fine?

Answer:Do i need to downgrade my main hard drive (new ssd-win 7)

Dont really understand what your are saying

you want to install windows 10 on your new ssd ?

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Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?

Answer:Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sonicroxs


Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?


You are probably going to give yourself a bunch of trouble by changing it why not just leave it the way it is?

Ken

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Hello all and Happy New Years to allWell here i am with another problem with my friends computer witch i did build myself and witch is almost the same as mine. My big problem is the main drive where the system is installed and of course the programs also. Now these drives are SSD drives and they are almost full and i do not know what to do with this. First somebody told me that i should split the hard drive and make some kind of reserve and this would also help in speeding up the computer but how do we do this ???. So how easy is this to transfer the operating system + the programs.Thanks

Answer:How to partition my main hard drive

Splitting a drives into multiple partitions with do nothing to speed it up, it could even slow things down, especially with a SSD drives.If the drives a full you really only have two options. Delete something of them or buy bigger drives.Stuart

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Hi, This issue is causing some serious problems like installing software and doing all kinds of stuff. Every time I try to do that some type of error comes up saying insert Drive. What do I do?
 

Answer:F is main hard drive.. Need to change to C.

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I bought a new ssd for my computer but i still havn't installed anything on it yet.
I would like to know if i will have problems or will it be as easy to install and run normaly as the youtube videos show.
On my main hard drive i had windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10. I only have my windows 7 CD so it would install windows 7 on it. Do i need to reinstall windows 7 on my main hard drive, maybe find a windows 10 upgrade or will it all work together fine?

Answer:Do i need to downgrade my main hard drive (new ssd-win 7)

Dont really understand what your are saying

you want to install windows 10 on your new ssd ?

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My C Drive has lost it's drivers. It's showing in Device manager with a exclamation point. Windows tries and fails to install it on very reboot and it's VERY annoying. I need some help trying to get the drivers to install correctly. Thanks.
 

Answer:My main hard drive has no drivers...help!!

Hi

Could we have some PC specs?





If your PC is one from the likes of DELL, HP, Sony, etc what is the Make and model varient as this will assist us if we need drivers?

If your PC is a home or custom build what is the motherboard make and version?


To find this info you can use the likes of Everest to find this info, at times a summary log of your PC can help, to do this

Install Everest and run
Click Report (top menu) > Report Wizard > Next
Choose System Summary Only > Next
Choose Plain Text > Finish and wait for report to generate
Click Save to File and leave the File Name as Report, then click the Save as Type dropdown and choose Report files (*txt) and click Save (n.b. Save to desktop is best as easy place to find it, use Browse to locate desktop)



Then attach your log to your next post as per these instructions HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post Click to expand...

Do you have any other devices in Device Manager with yellow ! marks?

Have you just re-installed Windows? or please give any other info about what software or hardwsare that may have changed in your PC, have you had malware reciently?
 

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Hi.can anyone help me with the above question??

Answer:How to Add exterior hard drive and use as main hard drive??

Hi, No, you can use it as secondary HDD. Regards.

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I have had to format my hard drive for one reson or another, but it seams to be taking a long time (coming up to 24hrs & not even 20% done)I am formating in dos mode using Format C:The harddrive is split in two C: drive is 30Gig and D: drive is 10 GigAll it says is trying to recover allocation (followed by a group of numbers, that is always going up)Is this normall is has some thing gone baddly wrong?

Answer:Formatting My C Drive (main Hard Drive)

Certainly does not seem normal to me. Especially as you will only be formatting C: not D: as well.

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CAN I USE MY EXTERNAL DRIVE AS MY MAIN HARD DRIVE

Answer:CAN I USE MY EXTERNAL DRIVE AS MY MAIN HARD DRIVE

Windows will not boot from an external HDD...this is by design.

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I loaded windows onto my PC without assuring the 1TB Hard Drive was properly plugged in so it loaded instead to something else that only has 16G so now that I have found the issue with my hard drive I plugged it in and my PC recognizes it but it will not
transfer windows to it and I cannot rename my hard drive from A to C drive thinking that would fix the issue. I have attempted to change the values, etc but it will not allow me too. Ive even tried to put windows 7 disk back in and reload, uninstall and nothing.
Can somebody please help??

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hiya,installed my new hard drive as the master drive. It came out as F: drive.My old drive was C:i thought everything was ok...however... my brother seems to think that if it's the main drive it should automatically turn to C if it's the main drive. I've even disconnected the old drive from the system, but it still comes up as F: drive....Does this matter?i run WinXP pro (NTFS)

Answer:Main Hard Drive Letter, does it matter?

..just told me that drive C has to be the boot drive....but i only have my new F drive in (which i'm using now) at the moment and everything seems ok..is there anything that might cause a prob with my main drive being F drive?

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Hi everyone,
 
I require some help from experienced members of this community to find bulk and clutter on this laptop. I know I'm supposed to have over 100 GB on this SSD, but somehow I start with a little over 96 GB and I only have 5 GB of free space remaining. Could someone help me take a look and see if there are any junk programs that have come pre-installed on this Dell laptop? I would love more space.
 
There has also been problems of physical memory maxing out at 100% when I'm running 2-3 programs. But that can be solved after the hard drive space situation has been eased.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Main hard drive lacking space

Download MinitoolBox and check list installed programs. Copy and Paste the log into your next post.
 
In the search box type Run. In the Run Box type %temp%. All the files listed can be deleted. Do this for every account on the computer.
 
If you do not have CCleaner install it and use the default settings to clear out your browser temp files and history. 
 
WinDirStat is good for finding files that are taking up space on the drive.

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Hi
I have a 320GB HDD which holds my OS and program files etc and a 500GB HDD which I bought just for photos and music etc
About a week ago my main C drive was showing red and said only 10GB free so I went into my pictures and movies and moved some bits to the D drive (only about 25GB worth) leaving me with 35GB free on C drive
For some reason today, the C drive is showing red again and states 12GB free!! Now the only thing that has really happened is my wife streamed a couple of films and I streamed a bit of footy
I have not added any large files / programs in the last week
Any ideas why it would fill up 23GB in a week and what is the best way to check where all this space is being used
TIA
PS. I have deleted history from Google Chrome but this didnt seem to even touch it

Answer:Main Hard Drive critically full

WinDirStat
is a usefull free tool for finding what's clogging up the hard drive. It may be auto-backups that's doing it.
1]: [click here

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I have two 120gb WD hard-drives (IDE), both are hooked up as Raid, The main one is dead. I've tried using the second one only, but bios doesn't detect it even after disabling raid. Do I have to have two hard-drives in order for my pc to work? My pc is older and I'm running an Asus P4T533/R motherboard running windows XP. It's setup as Striped Raid array, Raid 0.
 

Answer:main hard drive bad part of Raid

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Alright, so I've got this extra computer that my family uses. And somewhere along the line, they started noticing that their C: drive is constantly full. Clear it as they might, eventually it fills up by hundreds of megabytes, and usually within a few hours time.

Disk Cleanup has done all it can. But that's probably irrelevant because this is probably a malware problem. Right?
 

Answer:Something is eating up space on my main hard drive.

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As the topic states, I need a replacement HDD caddy for the original hard drive and I can't seem to find a reputable place to get one from that ships to Canada. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Need Replacement Hard Drive Caddy (main bay) for R61

you do mean this one you can find them on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hard-Drive-Caddy-Rails-IBM-Thinkpad-T60-T60p-T61-TJ18A-/220806819412?pt=PCC_...






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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

If you plugged it into a USB port on the front of your machine, try plugging it into one of the ones on the back and see if it reads it correctly.
 

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I recently received a motherboard(AMD Processor) from one of my friends with an 80 gig hard drive as the main drive. I decided to switch to my old hard drive which is 20 gigs(from an intel celeron motherboard), so i can have all my desktop settings and so forth. I made sure the settings in the Bios were right but the pc wont start up afterwards. It immediatly shuts off right after the RAM check(screen turns off). I made sure it saw the 20 gig as the main drive(yes i remmembered to make the other 80 gig a slave drive) but yet it still will not boot up. Is the problem that i over looked something in the bios? Or is it the type of motherboard I used? Please email or im me(Dntmesswtheryman) or just post the answers under this topic. I'll take all the help i can get get. thanks

Answer:Changing Main Hard Drive Problem

When you're moving Windows to a new MB, it's an iffy situation.  You can stack the desk in your favor by doing a couple of things.Uninstall drivers for any hardware you won't have on the new system.Uninstall any motherboard drivers, like the VIA 4-in-1 drivers or the Intel IAA drivers.In Device Manager, uninstall EVERYTHING under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.Shutdown and do NOT reboot this disk on the old system again.

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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!

(originally posted in Win XP forum by mistake)
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

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In the taskbar where the safely remove hardware icon appears. It is allowing me to stop my Local Disk C drive. I haven't tried it because I'm afraid I'll crash out windows. Why is that showing up? Is there a way to shut that off? I don't want to accidentally click it when clicking to remove my thumb drive.

This my be in the wrong forum, sorry mods.
 

Answer:Safely Remove...Main Hard Drive???!!!

Welcome to XP and SATA hdds. It's normal. Don't worry about it. If you don't like seeing it, just set it to always hide.
 

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I have an HP Pavilion laptop with the Windows XP Professional O.S. Recently (last week or so) I have been under attack from some sort of virus (or so it seems) that my McAfee Anti-Virus program does not find at all. And another antivirus program that I tried also did not find it either (Avest A.V. I think is the name of that).

I got fed up with what it was doing to my computer. So I took it to a professional shop here where I live and had the main hard drive (there are two via a partition) entirely reformatted. The guy at the computer shop reformatted the main drive but did not reformat the other drive (which had next to nothing on it). However, the unknown virus appears to still be present somehow. I have tried everything I know of - system restore, operating in Safe Mode and running the anti-virus program, etc., but nothing seems to be able to FIND this friggin problem that is clearly still affecting my computer.

The primary problem that I am NOW having is the following - When I try to type something on any internet forum or on any Word program, etc., some sort of gremlin keeps affecting what I type. By that I mean while I am typing something there is some sort of glitch that happens every few seconds. This "glitch" results in the movement of the cursor to all sorts of places on the message (other than where it is supposed to be). So time after time I have to get the cursor back to where I was typing and also correct the inevitable mistake that occurr... Read more

Answer:I had my main hard drive reformatted - virus is still there - HOW?

I'd run a hard drive diagnostic, first step.

Louis

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Here is the situation. My customer called me and said his computer keeps booting in an endless loop. I suspected a corrupted master boot record. I went to his house, booted up into the Recovery Console, did memory checks and such, and did a FIXBOOT command. Well, this did nothing for me except give me some typing practice. I noticed too that I can't get it to boot into SAFE MODE.

When I rebooted it, it came up with the infamous "NTLDR IS MISSING - PRESS CTRL-ALT-DEL TO RESTART". And then it gets really exciting!! I tried rebooting again and got the BSOD 0x0000007f error. Well, I did all of the normal processes of elimination by removing one RAM module at a time (but memory already checked good so it was more of a second check than anything else) and disconnected one CD/DVD drive, although since I worked on the hard drive last, it just makes sense that something went awry on the hard drive.

Moving right along, I removed the hard drive and connected it to my Linux laptop (gotta love Linux!!!) and Linux sees all of the folders and files. I think something got messed up in the boot sector but now all I can get is a constant BSOD. Let me just clarify one point I left out above....the BSOD appears when I try to boot from the Windows XP disc in an attempt to get back into the Recovery Console. I think that perhaps the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands jacked up some pointers and now the processor doesn't know where to look so it stops.

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Answer:[SOLVED] BSOD due to main hard drive

Hi Mike, you know I've been seeing this kind of thing alot lately. It ususally ends up being just like you said a totally messed up boot record. Now how this comes to be I really haven't found out yet, although I suspect some sort of a Win update, 3rd party service conflict that is occuring to all these computers. Although you may very well be able to resolve this without a reinstall, since you are able to recover the info with linux, the easiest fastest way to fix this persons computer is going to be to get the data, use kill disk to wipe the drive and do a format and re-install. Believe me the client will thank you since the computer will most likely work better than ever. If you need a link to download killdisk just let me know. I'm sorry I don't have a better fix for you, but I have tried everything else with this problem and as I said this was always the easiest fix.

Let Me know if I can help further.

Reguards
Patmark

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Hi everyone,
 
I require some help from experienced members of this community to find bulk and clutter on this laptop. I know I'm supposed to have over 100 GB on this SSD, but somehow I start with a little over 96 GB and I only have 5 GB of free space remaining. Could someone help me take a look and see if there are any junk programs that have come pre-installed on this Dell laptop? I would love more space.
 
There has also been problems of physical memory maxing out at 100% when I'm running 2-3 programs. But that can be solved after the hard drive space situation has been eased.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Main hard drive lacking space

Download MinitoolBox and check list installed programs. Copy and Paste the log into your next post.
 
In the search box type Run. In the Run Box type %temp%. All the files listed can be deleted. Do this for every account on the computer.
 
If you do not have CCleaner install it and use the default settings to clear out your browser temp files and history. 
 
WinDirStat is good for finding files that are taking up space on the drive.

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Running Vista Business. When I open My Computer and open the main hard drive, the first folder there looks like a registry key of some kind. In addition to the normal Program Files, Drivers, Users, etc. folders, one folder is called {96229774-D3a0-4410............}. If I open that folder, there's a file called uts and it's an exe file. Anyone know what that might be? I also see these other files in My Computer:C called:

bootsect.bak
comlog
syslevel.lgl
tvtpktfilter.dat

Any idea what these are for and can I delete them?
 

Answer:Some strange UTC.exe file on main hard drive...

Are you asking about UTC.exe or UTS.exe?

Have you run any virus scans?
 

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I have C which is the main hard drive but I also have F, should I plug it out before formatting?

Answer:When formatting, should I plug out all but the main hard drive?

Yes unplug all other HDD.

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Hello,
I've been trying to clear out my hard drive of some stuff to free up some much needed space. However, I can't seem to find what it is that's taking up so much space. When I look at what all is on there, nothing seems to add up to the amount that it says is on there. My main drive is 69.6 GB big and it says I have 13 GB free (I know that's low, that's why I'm trying to clear it out of things I don't need on there). The problem is, I have uninstalled and deleted everything I don't need and have the main drive almost down to the essentials and a few other programs I use regularly. It should leave me with almost 30 GB free space, but as I have mentioned, it says I only have 13 GB free. Aside from what I have done, how else can I find out what is taking up all this space? Could it just be that something is wrong with my main drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

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I have a Dell Inspiron that is running Win7 Home premium 64 bit and I am getting an error message while booting up it states
"No boot sector on internal hard drive"
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot"

When I hit F1 it does nothing. I am not worried about losing data on this computer because I have everything backed up. I would just like to fix it so I can use it again. When I first received this message I was able to strike F1 and it would boot just fine but then I tried to fix it on my own. I think I killed the boot sector altogether. I must warn you that I am new to the MBR set up so you will have to walk me through it one step at a time.

Answer:No Boot sector main hard drive

Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.

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I would like to use Linux but want to avoid partitioning due to bad MBR experiences. I am considering external usb powered hard drive to install Linux with my main drive C still running my windows xp. Can this be done ? grateful for all replies, Dave (still learning )

Answer:using Linux on external hard drive with xp on main

Why not set up Linux on your hard drive but rather than alter your mbr - use the floppy disc start up option.This would then mean that if you start your p/c normally it would load windows and if you wanted to start Linux you use the floppy disc.

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

Answer:Hard Disk Failure - what is cost to replace hard drive in 10...

Hi Rebecca, Contact an HP Service Center or a PC or laptop shop and ask them that. This is not a business unit of HP We do not provide prices for HP's services. We are volunteers. If you want to change it out yourself, then that is a different matter.  We can advise you as to what type hard disk or SSD is needed and show how to replace it.  

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My former hard drive with my MBR on it failed. This hard drive was/is 750GB and when I purchased my 'main' 2TB hard drive I made another fresh install of Windows. In other words, I had two installations of Windows on two separate hard drives. However, the MBR is located on the now-failed 750GB hard drive, and so my 2TB install of Windows won't work. I have tried (and failed) at repairing or otherwise installing a new MBR on the 2TB hard drive. I am at a loss at what to do. Perhaps I am missing something big or am making a small oversight, I really don't know. Help appreciated!

Answer:Hard Drive with MBR Failed; how do I get main installation working?

If there was no MBR on the 2tb HDD drive, Windows would not install.

For old 750gb HDD drive
Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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So this is why I was looking for a computer to practice on...lol

I was trying to do an exercise. Where I click on my computer then click on properties then click on check for disk errors and such, and I checked both boxes for checking and fixing the errors, it was running, then my ex husband came over, and I cancelled it. I came back about an hour later and most of my documents are gone, and only the 2 additional hard drives I have I can access. When I click on my main Hard drive it has under it NTFS. When I double click it, it says F:\ is not accessible. Access is denied.

What the hell did i do? how do I undo this?

Answer:Help, I somehow formatted my main hard drive to NTFS and can't access anything

Looks like I have totally wiped it..

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(Main questions are at the end if you want to skip.)

Meaning if I have two hard drives on my PC, both set to "cable selected" by the jumpers to the motherboard. Well do I have to have Vista on my "C" drive? If so that sucks unless someone here knows something like "Partition magic by Norton" that can partition "already formatted" drives. I only have about 50 gigs left on my main harddrive and I wanted to keep it pretty clean so I could fill up my extra 120 gigs on my 2nd internal harddrive labeled "H: Extra storage" on my system for games, music, and other stuff. I thought "Cool, Vista Beta gives the option to install not necessarily overtop my OS" I chose my other harddrive.

Things went fine, it installed, I saw the sight I wanted with the boot menu saying "Do you want to boot VISTA or an eariler version of windows". I thought "great it worked", nope, blank screen. I thought maybe there are some hidden calcs working, nope, I left it sit for about a half an hour. The computer is running and I can reboot XP home SP2 just fine, all the files(all 2.48 gigs of them) are there sitting pretty on my 2nd harddrive. But it won't load, won't delete, and I'm pretty sure after the 3rd reboot, booting visting from the "H" drive just gives a blank screen.

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Answer:Simple question: can Vista only run on the main C hard drive?

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ok...I have 2 computers at home and that is why I know this is a virus..it is on both networked machines same symptoms same problem so I KNOW it is not a hardware failer and they happened the same day...I did NOTHING inside them.....it has rendered my computers useless..I can't find any answers..I used f-prot and it does not find anything and on top of that it won't find my hard drive,,,, windows98 startup disk (A CLEAN made locked disk) is telling me there is not hard drive, or that I have no partitions run fdisk or that I have a virus..I can't run fdisk cause it is saying there is no hard drive..I need help..is there ANYTHING I can do,,does anyone know what I am talking about?I also ran Norton from Dos and it of course won't check the hard drive cause there is not one(it thinks)..Is my bios or Cmos infected?I think they are but don't know how to get rid of it or if I even can..they are pentium machines that were running windows98SE...Lisa
 

Answer:[Resolved] virus in main bios saying no hard drive..help..

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Forgive the ignorance on this one, but for the life of me I can't figure out if this is normal.

I just built my new gaming PC (yay!) and everything seems kosher. However, the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon is constantly in my system tray, and it lists my main SATA hard drive, and my SATA DVD drive as devices that can be 'stopped'. Naturally, this is something I don't want to happen.

Is this normal? Are SATA drives always listed like this in Windows XP? Or am I missing something?

Thanks
 

Answer:Safely remove my main SATA hard drive?

This happened to me too once and believe it or not, it just went away on its own!
 

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Laptop: Lenovo X1 (first gen)
User guide: https://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/x1_ug_en.pdf
 
I'm trying to change the hard drive and I followed the steps in the user guide, but I'm stuck on step 4 which says: "Slide the tab out and remove the hard disk drive by pulling out the tab." These is no tab, nothing to pull the hard drive out... I tried to take it out with some tweezers, but it doesn't work, and I'm afraid of damaging it.
 
Is there any way I can still take out the hard drive ? Maybe by taking the whole laptop apart ? 
 
An image of the drive:
 
Link to picture/image
 
Mod comment: Over sized picture converted to link. Please see About-Posting-Pictures
 
 

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

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

Hi

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

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I have Windows 10-64 bit (version 1607 build 14393.1944). Upon starting my pc, I am getting the following error on a blue screen in white font.

Recovery
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code: 0xc000000e
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.

Press Enter to try again (Pressing Enter merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)
Press F8 for Startup Settings (Pressing F8 also merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)

I made a bootble usb for windows 10 and tried:
- startup repair - 'startup repair couldn't fix your pc'
- system restore - 'system restore couldn't find the offline boot volume'
- go back to a previous build - 'we ran into a problem and wont be able to take you back...try resetting your pc'

When I checked in the bios boot device priority, my hard drive (500 GB) was not listed. I had attached an old SATA internal hard drive (10-11 years old) of 80 GB capacity which was being used just for storage purposes. This 80GB hard drive was being listed in BIOS boot priority settings.

This hard drive was also listed when I pressed the F7 key and got a menu to choose boot device and chose windows 10 bootable usb to initiate the advanced settings menu.

When I began with windows 10 installation and ch... Read more

Answer:Windows corrupt, main hard drive partition not detected

Hi,
1. I'm guessing your disk may be a bit elderly, so need to do basic checks.

Please download and create Kyhi's bootable disk from the top of the Software and Apps section here. This boots to a special version of Win 10 and offers a range of utilities as you can see in the screenshot there.

Boot your PC from that, and run HDTune from that disk. Post a screenshot showing the Health tab.
To post a screenshot please use the icon to the left of the video icon above your post)





my 500gb hard drive is not damaged.



- I note you say that- we don't know how you established that.

2. Then run Minitool Partition Wizard and post a screenshot of that showing all disks, and expanding all columns as necessary so all text is visible.

3. I also note your Windows build is 2 major builds out of date. Have you disabled Windows update, or has it just been broken for a long time, or have upgrades failed?

4.




I don't want to reformat and lose all my files and programs so please do not suggest that.



One excellent way to reduce the probability of that is to routinely use disk imaging. E.g. Macrium reflect (free) + external storage for disk images. We repeatedly recommend that and all regular contributors here do this.

Do you have any disk images?
If so, that would probably be the easiest way to restore your system - maybe the only one.

Finally, if partitions are missing, this suggests either
- your disk is irretrievably ... Read more

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All,

I have read that you can get an adapter to connect a Compact Flast card to your IDE interface and use it as a hard drive (say your C: drive).

Now its mu understanding that CF is much faster than a regular hard drive, not to mention the size and noise advantages.

Cost aside, what are the pros and cons in using a CF as the promary hard drive?

Thanks
Steve
 

Answer:Compact Flash as Main Hard Drive (Pros and Cons)

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Hi, I just imported an Ideapad u410 from the US to the UK. It turned on fine, I started noticing the wifi proglem everyone else are having. No big deal, got a usb wifi adapter laying around I can use. Then I noticed that the hard drive (C, no other harddrive visible) was rediculously small (20-30 some GB, I forgot the exact figure) with almost all of it's space used. I figured this was a partition for the OS and that for whatever reason the rest of the drive wasn't showing. I noticed the windows update icon showing on the shutdown button and figured perhaps setup wasnt complete so I pressed restart. It kept restarting, downloading more updates and restarting, I walked away to have dinner when it proclaimed it would now install update 1 of 96. When I came back the laptop was off. I turned it on to be met by an endless cycle of BSOD during startup followed by a failed startup repair... I guess there wasn't enough space on the C drive for the windows update. What do I do now?













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Ideapad U410 no main hard drive, won't turn on after updates.

Have you tried doing a factory reset?

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I sadly don't really know to much about how to fix computers past the more basic problems so I hope this is all the relevant information
My computer was fine 2 days ago and I can't think of anything that might have caused it to, well, not be. It hasn't been dropped or had anything spilt on it, I scan it regularily for viruses, malware and the like, haven't installed or downloaded anything recently either.
Anyway, yesterday when I logged in it took 20 minutes from submitting the password to fully loading the desktop. It was fairly slow and nothing Google would work, upon trying to open AVG anti virus it crashed. I opened it in the safe mode, ran a few scans, followed the windows prompts, restarted it and it worked fairly well (the login delay continued). Later in the evening upon trying to start it though it would not log in saying that the C: Drive cannot be located and then bring me back to the account screen. This morning when trying to log in in order to copy down the error message, it blue screened and said there was an essential compnent missing and rebooted.
I can still log in on the admin account but it will not load the desktop icons or any of the menu items - only My Computer and Control Panel will open.
I'm presently on exchange and I need my computer not only for work but because my laptop is the only communication I have with back home and I really need it to be working as soon as possible.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. (Should I restore i... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 evolving problem - log in main account/hard drive

Hi and welcome to TSF what is the make and model of your laptop ? do you have a install or recovery disc ? have you tried booting to F8 and choosing last known good configuration

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I have Windows 10-64 bit (version 1607 build 14393.1944). Upon starting my pc, I am getting the following error on a blue screen in white font.

Recovery
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code: 0xc000000e
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.

Press Enter to try again (Pressing Enter merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)
Press F8 for Startup Settings (Pressing F8 also merely refreshes the screen (i.e. does nothing for me)

I made a bootble usb for windows 10 and tried:
- startup repair - 'startup repair couldn't fix your pc'
- system restore - 'system restore couldn't find the offline boot volume'
- go back to a previous build - 'we ran into a problem and wont be able to take you back...try resetting your pc'

When I checked in the bios boot device priority, my hard drive (500 GB) was not listed. I had attached an old SATA internal hard drive (10-11 years old) of 80 GB capacity which was being used just for storage purposes. This 80GB hard drive was being listed in BIOS boot priority settings.

This hard drive was also listed when I pressed the F7 key and got a menu to choose boot device and chose windows 10 bootable usb to initiate the advanced settings menu.

When I began with windows 10 installation and ch... Read more

Answer:Windows corrupt, main hard drive partition not detected

Hi,
1. I'm guessing your disk may be a bit elderly, so need to do basic checks.

Please download and create Kyhi's bootable disk from the top of the Software and Apps section here. This boots to a special version of Win 10 and offers a range of utilities as you can see in the screenshot there.

Boot your PC from that, and run HDTune from that disk. Post a screenshot showing the Health tab.
To post a screenshot please use the icon to the left of the video icon above your post)





my 500gb hard drive is not damaged.



- I note you say that- we don't know how you established that.

2. Then run Minitool Partition Wizard and post a screenshot of that showing all disks, and expanding all columns as necessary so all text is visible.

3. I also note your Windows build is 2 major builds out of date. Have you disabled Windows update, or has it just been broken for a long time, or have upgrades failed?

4.




I don't want to reformat and lose all my files and programs so please do not suggest that.



One excellent way to reduce the probability of that is to routinely use disk imaging. E.g. Macrium reflect (free) + external storage for disk images. We repeatedly recommend that and all regular contributors here do this.

Do you have any disk images?
If so, that would probably be the easiest way to restore your system - maybe the only one.

Finally, if partitions are missing, this suggests either
- your disk is irretrievably ... Read more

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Just bought a new z51 last month and I'd like to replace my Disc drive with a hard drive but I'm not sure which Caddy to get. There are several on Amazon for pretty cheap. Anyone successfully do this?  Thanks! Phen

Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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The R51 2887-W1F has a dead HDD.I start the laptop and WinXP Pro sits at the opening screen for 45 minutes.Nothing new installed, infact the Access button just freezes the laptop after a while too. I pulled the HDD out and ran a number of hardware tests, even MemTest86 for 4 hours and the laptop is in good shape.I put the HDD on an 2.5"-to-3.5" IDE adapter and tried to get 3 different PCs to see the HDD but I can't see the HDD and so I can't copy anything over to the PC.Any thoughts on how to do so? Since it appears to be a dead/dying 20GB HDD, I was going to replace it with a 80 GB HDD.I understand that's the biggest this R51 can use/see. I know the R51 had a special partition with some files, and IBM has a TON of special drivers too. So what problems can I expect with an outright replacement of HDD?Do I actually need the special partition & if so how do i install it? Moderator Note; please update your profile with your correct country location as per the forum rules. Products, options and services vary from market to market. Knowing your location helps us help youMessage Edited by andyP on 09-22-2008 06:43 PM

Answer:R51 2887 Hard drive is dead, how to replace the drive and setup.

You should be able to upgrade to any PATA size drive of 9.5 mm thickness that you wish, there is no limit in size. So you can get a 250 gig if you want, any harddrive brand. If you don't have the original recovery cd, then you will have to use off the shelf version of the XP pro cd and activate it using your own s/n on the bottom of the laptop. You can download most of the drivers off the Lenovo.com support site.  

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Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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Hi,

I have weird recurring problem with my laptop. After running chkdsk (which takes couple of hours) my hard drive becomes suddenly full. Normally I have about 150 - 200 GB of data on my laptop, after mentioned procedure, suddenly I have no space left as (according to My Computer space indicator). It happened to me before, full system recovery did the trick, but I would prefer to avoid it. I'm running windows 7 premium 64 bit on my Lenovo y580. I've tried exploring my disc with programs like treesize, but it shows that I have only 200GB in use... Another thing to mention that might help a bit is that during chkdsk /b, there was a huge number (100 million -ish) of sectors moved to bad cluster file (or something similar). Any advices? Many thanks for help!

Answer:Main hard drive suddenly full after running chkdsk (400-500 GB lost)

Both CHKDSK taking a long time and identification of lots of bad sections are clear indication of a failing drive.

The sooner you get stuff off this drive and onto another new drive, the better.

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I have a Dell Vostro 200. It has a hatachi 80 GB harddrive. It has no OS installed. I want to switch it with a 1TB hard Drive. 1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate. And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start? Oh, I don't believe it has ever been used. It was supposed to be a vista...yuck!
 

Answer:Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

ynotbme said:





1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate.Click to expand...

Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.




ynotbme said:





And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start?Click to expand...

That would be the idea if you have it set to boot from disk in the system BIOS. The CD/DVD must have first priority over the HDD to boot.
 

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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

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Is there any reason I cannot install a ThinkPad 320GB 7200 RPM SATA drive (43N3411) as the primary internal hard drive on my R60 (9456-57U)? I can't tell from the description whether they are saying it can only go in the little drawer where the DVD writer normally lives. Has anyone done this? Thanks, Charles













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Answer:Can I replace my R60 hard drive with a 320GB 7200RPM drive

yes that will work as the primary  harddrive or in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II use rescue & recovery to make a backup of your harddrive on dvd then use the dvds to image the new harddrive





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Hello,I have a LaCie firewire connected external hard drive. The drive is a western digital 80gb wd800bb model.. eide/ata. It works fine, but nearly full. Can anyone suggest reasonably priced replacement around say the 320gb size.

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You could buy a Seagate and fit it in the caddy. click here

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I have a laptop with a 1 TB hard drive. I am only using about 300 GB. Can I replace my 1 TB hard drive with a 500 GB SSD?

Answer:replace hard drive with SSD

Yes.

I did basically the same thing, a few months ago. I used the Magician cloning software for the Samsung SSD, but there are other ways of doing it.

http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor...oad/tools.html

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I am running Windows XP using an Abit AV8 motherboard.

I currently have two hard drives install under my IDE connection

A Western Digital IDE drive model #WD1200JB-75CRA0 that is 120GB partition as C, E and F and is Drive 2. Drive 1 is an IBM 10 GB partition as D Drive.

I want to remove both these drive and replace them with a Western Digital Serial ATA Hard drive that is 160 GB model # WD1600JDRTL. How can I do this?
 

Answer:How to replace 2 hard drive with 1 new one

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i am going to remove an excelstor technology es3230 30gb hard drive because it is grinding and crunching and running very slow.i am going to replace it with a maxtor 40gb hard drive.is it a simple matter of swapping them over and rebooting,then put my xp disc in,or is there more to it?

Answer:replace hard drive

No - that will work fine but - Yes there is more you CAN do if you have a Partition Manager. Install your new drive a master and the old a slave then boot up using a bootable floppy into Partition Manager and copy the entire directory to the new drive. Make the new drive 'Active' and you can then remove the old drive and you will be running exactly as before.

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I bought a new thinkpad T61  back in April. I underestimated the size of a hard drive that I purchased.  I want to replace the hard drive with a larger one, I have the ultra bay hard drive adapter,   can this be done using that??? If so, how can I do it?  Is it just as simple as copying the C drive to the Ultra bay drive and then swapping them out??

Answer:Want to replace Hard Drive

Thease easiest way to do this is to create an image of your current HDD then write it to the new HDD when you place it into the main HDD bay. There are a few third party softwares that can do this for you.





T60-2GB RAM-320HDD- XP PRO SP3 || Dell D620-2.5GB RAM-320GB HDD-XP PRO SP3

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I have an A50 Model 8085-24U. Original drive was an 80GB ATA/133 HDD.  (Lenovo shows 80GB 7200RPM IDE HDD under Support & downloads)  I purchased a 160GB  ATA 7200.12 to replace it. Cables/connections do not match.   Any suggestions? They only list ATA100 hard drives under Accessories - Storage - ThinkCentre A50 Signed,Novice - frustrated, etc......

Answer:A50 - Trying to Replace the Hard Drive

Does Your new hard drive have 39 or 40 pins in the main group where the cable plugs in? Does it say ATA or S ATA on the packaging that the new hard drive came in? Finally are both the old and new hard drives the same width?

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I want to upgrade to a larger hard drive.  How do I transfer the operating system, all programs, and data to the new hard drive?

Answer:Replace Hard Drive in T61

one of the reviews of this usb hdd adapter actualy mentions an upgrading a hard drive from an IBM thinkpad. simular adapters are available at geeks.com and tigerdirect.com APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter - Retailhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161002&cm_re=usb_to_sata-_-12-161-002-_-Pro...

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Question: HARD DRIVE REPLACE

Hi FRIENDS,I want to replace my 150 Gb Harddrive to 320 or 500.Which model hard drive i have to buy.and how can i install my drivers in that.Can some body help me in this!!!!!!!!ThanksVijay

Answer:HARD DRIVE REPLACE

Vijay, welcome to the forum,
 
it would be helpful if you could post which ThinkPad and Operating System you have, even better post the Type and Model Number this will help members to help you. If it ends in CTO please provide some details about the ThinkPad. Please do NOT post your s/n.
 
Thanks

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I would like to replace my old 40 gb hard drive(Windows XP NTFS SATA) with a larger 250gb drive. What is the best program that will allow me to completely copy the old drive to the new one,and then have the old drive available for use as storage for pictures,back up files ,etc.?
 

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Hello,(NB: WinXP SP2)Chkdsk has reported "unrecoverable errors" on my main hard drive, and which are causing me all sorts of grief. It is buzzing like mad, and sometimes I get the "Hardware Initiate Failed" message at startup. Now, I know well, how to replace a hard drive, physically. It is child's play, but I have no Idea how to "ghost" the entire contents of a (4) partitioned (SATA) drive onto another one, and then to switch over to the new drive. What to do?REgards, Phrixos

Answer:How do I replace a hard drive.

Use the Clone Image function in True Image - click here

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Question: Replace Hard Drive

I want to replace my hard drive (Model ST910021AS) with a larger capacity. Can I just go to my local hardware vendor and buy a larger drive?  I don't want to loose any features such as the shock protection or temperature reporting? Thanks! 





Walt LerschLenovo T61, Type/Model 6459 - CTO, 2gb memory, Intel Dual Core T7500 2.2ghz CPU, 86gb hard drive, Vista Home Premium

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

Thinkpads should have built in accelerometer (APS) that controls the head parking of harddrive, while some harddrive have builtin shock detection feature, most of the newer harddrive have head parking feature, therefore most of the new harddrive should be compatible with Lenovo's APS. Not sure about temperature reporting, but i imagine it is fairly common, as most other laptops can also report hdd temp. I can use it on my desktop.  If you are worried just get Hitachi Travelstar, Seagate or Fujitsu harddrive. 

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Hey guys, I'm having a issue with a HP Elite computer, its now saying on startup that the hard drive is going to fail and must be replaced. It still works great after boot up. Is there a program that i can use to make a exact copy of the original onto another then just replace the hard drive.

I have read that a program XXCopy may be able to do this for me.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Replace Hard Drive

http://download.cnet.com/Acronis-True-Image-Home/3000-2242_4-10168093.html

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It is slow and has installed and deleted software reminates accumulated over the years, various driveby downloaded junk as well. I'd like to replace the hdd with a ssd. I'll have to reinstall Windows and all the software for a start clean installation. Do i have to have the d partion if i have a Win 10 disc with key. Are there drivers in the recovery partition i need to operate the laptop? Second which ssd should i get for the change, EVO 850? Thanks

Answer:replace hard drive with ssd

HI,The Samsung 850 evo, pro have  been voted the best hard drives prize/performance by international PC magazines.If you have the Windows 10 disk you can use it to install the OS on the SSD, you will not even need the product key if windows 10 has already been installed previously on the PC as it will (the same edition) be automatically activated once installed and connected to internet (just click on do not have product key when prompted). You can also insert your product key.You can also download the media creation tool from Microsoft and by running this tool download  original copy of windows 10 iso or create a bootable USB pendrivefrom Microsoft. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Personally I like to perform a clean install (custom install) without recovery drive and get all the most recent drivers from HP site or if necessary from the manufacturer of the device.Here is where you can get drivers for windows 10 for your PC:http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-touchsmart-17-j100-quad-edition-notebook-pc-... Let me know if you need further help,David

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I had to replace my hard drive, I got most of my things back, now I have problems clicking on certain links on web pages.  I am not sure what I need to download to correct this problem.  Any help or ideals would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

Answer:Had to replace hard drive. Need help!

We need more information, Please look here.

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Both the C and D partitions of my 80GB hard disk are full (Compaq desktop with Win XP). I'd like to replace the internal drive with a much larger one. But I don't want to reinstall all my apps. Is it possible to replace the current hard drive, make it the bootable drive, then move everything from the old drive to the new one, including the registry? If so, how can I do this?

Thanks!

Mike
 

Answer:Can I replace my C hard drive?

Its possible for sure and not too hard either.

Once you have the drive you want to install it will either come with software or you can download free software from the manufacturer of the drive to clone the old hard drive to the new drive. Once cloned just disconnect the old drive and connect the new drive in its place and everything should be as it was but with more space.

You can then add the old drive back in a secondary drive for additional storage.

As a example if you buy a Seagate drive you can use DiscWizard from Seagate to migrate your system over to the new drive: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

You can also use third party paid programs with a greater range of options such as Acronis TrueImage or Symantec's Ghost to clone the drive.
 

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First of all, i have had my t61 for 3 years without any upgrades and now i feel like i need a bigger and faster hard drive. i am not going to buy a new laptop but i have enough money to buy an internal hard drive. i have done a lot of research and dound that there are only certain hard drive i can use for example, it has to be SATA. I found one hard drive that is quite good and cheap. Seagate 500GB 7200RPM SATA 16MB Cache Internal Hard Drive. Thing is, most websites I have search said a Compatible hard drive will be 9.5cm and this one is 8.9cm. Question is, can i still install this hard drive????????













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Answer:Help to Replace T61 Hard Drive!!!!

and also, can i install windows 7 straight after replacing the hard drive???

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