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T530 Windows 7/8 Dual Drive

Question: T530 Windows 7/8 Dual Drive

I have a SSD in the main drive spot that has windows 8 installed and original HDD with windows 7 in DVD bay. When I boot from windows 7 I get the message that one of my disks needs to be checked for consistency. Is there anything I can change so it will stop scanning my drives?

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Preferred Solution: T530 Windows 7/8 Dual Drive

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Answer: T530 Windows 7/8 Dual Drive

Hi JWall,

I'm going to *guess* that Win 8 isn't doing a full dead-cold shutdown, but is using some kind of hybrid shutdown - more like hibernation. This leaves the SSD looking inconsistent to Win 7.

See if forcing '8 to fully shut down stops the '7 warning: How to Do a Full Shutdown in Windows 8 Without Disabling Hybrid Boot You may not like the "fix" but this could at least confirm what's going on. I haven't tested this myself.

[edit] If my *guess* is confirmed, you may need to always force a full Win 8 shutdown - if you ever intend to access SSD files from Win 7. Touching a hibernated filesystem from outside the hibernated OS will _cause_ inconsistencies when that hibernated OS (Win 8 in this case) is booted back up. May lead to data loss.

Been there with multiboot win and lin systems. It's not pretty...

Z.

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Hi I have new T530 and I am unable to set my optical drive to be permanently on. I have tried with online solutions and they sent me a new drive which I replaced but it did not solve the problem. Please can somebody help me.

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I purchased a kind of souped-up T530 with the sole purpose of making it my entertainment laptop with the intention of connecting it to a big screen LCD via the DisplayPort cable, basically to watch internet streaming video or DVDs.  The T530 came with two GPUs, an NVIDIA 5400M and an "onboard" Intel HD Graphics 4000.  I have had some buggy issues with the way that the two GPUs communicate with each other since the beginning, but after some experimentation - maybe I have finally fixed my problem.  Since I had very little luck finding any documentation of the types of issues I was having, I am posting this here for any others.
 
Since day 1, the NVIDIA Control Panel Application (which you must use to configure multiple displays) has listed the DisplayPort (the TV) as being under the control of the NV5400M and the laptop display as being under the control of the Intel HD Graphics 4000.  Having the two displays under the control of different GPUs presented a bunch of problems, such as displays suddenly blacking out in the middle of movies and DVD's only playing on one screen or the other (never both).  I had monkeyed around with this for months and just thought this was the way that it was.  See below screen print for how NVIDIA Control Panel saw the situation:
 
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I was also having power management issues (another thread here) and someone suggested that I change the GPU configuration in the BIOS.  I had never... Read more

Answer:T530 buggy dual GPU's

Thanks for sharing, I have very similar T530, just got the display port to HDMI cable and it seems your post will save me some headaches.

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OTG is not supported in my lumia 535 dual sim hand set, what about this hybrid dual pen drive will support ????

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Hi, I just got my new T530, loaded all my applications and data from my T61. The T530 is connected to the 4338 docking station.I have Win 7 on the internal disk, and Win 8 on the ultrabay disk.Dual boot works fine when undocked, but when docked and the lid is closed I don't see the dual boot selection on the external monitor and the PC boots into Win 7 (which is my default OS).When cold or warm booting I also don't see the Thinkpad splash screen.I did not have this problem with my T61 when docked. There the splash screen and dual boot selection was displayed and I was able to select which OS I want to boot into.Any ideas whet I can do here?Thanks

Answer:T530 - Dual boot not displayed on external monitor when docked

As I came across this it's a matter of the two graphic cards and how they are shared. The Intel always drives the Laptop-Display and the analogue port, the digitalports at the docking are all driven by the Nvidia Card.The splashscreen will always be displayed with the intel card and therefore not be visible with the digital ports at the docking.





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Hi All I have a T530 with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and a Mini Dock Series 3. I've done lots of googling, but I can't seem to find out: 1. If this hardware supports dual monitors.2. How to setup dual monitors with Windows.3. How to setup dual monitors with Linux. Can someone help me at least with 1, please? I've tried connecting 2 monitors to the docking station. One VGA and one via a VGA convertor to the DVI-D port. Windows seems to half detect the monitor on the DVI port, but I can get nothing out of it. Fn + F7 isn't helping me much either. ThanksPaul T520 (love it) & Mini Dock Series 3













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Answer:T530, Mini Dock Series 3, Intel Graphics & Dual Monitors

1. Yes, that is without the internal LCD on. But you can get more screen support (> 2 screens), if you use displaylink usb video adapters (i.e. ThinkPad USB 3.0 docks), or use a displayport to dvi, vga, displayport splitter (i.e. Lenovo displaylink splitter). 2. DVI-D is a digital video only video output port, so it won't support a simple DVI to VGA adapter, only a DVI-I port does. If you need another VGA port, you would need a Displayport to VGA converter. 3. Same issue as above, it is basically you got the converter wrong. Once you have the displayport to vga converter you should be fine.

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I want to run dual monitors from my T530, or, better yet, from the 4337 docking station. Can I just get a USB with a split pair of VGA ends?

Answer:T530 lenovo thinkpad, need dual monitor cables/converters: just a USB to split into 2 VGAs?

Hi,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
Yes, you can. You may search for VGA splitters on ebay or amazon. But if your cable is too long, the signal quality will degrade. Alternatively, you can use the VGA port and display port for dual display purpose.
 
Best regards,
Mithun.





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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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Question: T530 Drive Bay

I just ordered a T530, and I'm looking to replace the default 320GB 7200rpm HDD with an SSD.  After some research, I'm still somewhat confused about the process.  I've seen people post that the T530 only works with 7mm drives, and some say that both 7mm and 9.5mm drives are compatible. What is the case?  If I buy a 7mm drive (such as the Samsung 830 series), do I need to buy any spacer-type thing to fit in the drive bay, or will it work without one? Thanks.

Answer:T530 Drive Bay

the T530 should have 9.5 mm hdd drive bay. However, some of the 320 gigs drive that is shipped with the T530 are 7 mm thick, which means, it already have a rubber spacer for the 7 mm drive. If by chance the T530 is shipped with 9.5 mm drive, the you can still use the original hdd cage and spacer for the 7 mm drive without using additional spacer.

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Question: ssd drive on T530

I just bought a t530 and I wondered if I could put any data on the 16GB ssd drive.  I see that the system put a lot of stuff there but can I use the extra space and would there be any advantage to doing that?













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Answer:ssd drive on T530

HiThe 16gb msata ssd would most probably being used in express cache or rapid start. If you would use the space, you will use the cache function and the performance of the laptop could go down significantly.





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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Hey there, I've seen a few topics about this issue before but they seem to remain unresolved aswell.I'm trying to replace the stock CD Drive in a T30 with a SilverStone TS09 bay using a 1TB Western Digital HDD (which has been formatted and is working correctly). The T530 doesn't seem to detect it in anyway, even through experimenting via the BIOS and looking through disk management. On turning on the laptop, the light for the bay flashes on but then no further indications, and changing the SATA options in the BIOS caused a boot loop. Does it definitely have to be a OEM Bay, as I was unable to find them and was told they aren't being produced anymore, or is there another solution I can try? Thanks for any replies,Tim.

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My new T530 CD drive shows as Powered Off. If you right click its icon and select Power On it should come on but it doesn't. Putting a CD or DVD into the drive doesn't make it come on either. Only way to make it work is to reboot the computer and quickly put in a CD before the drive "turns itself off" and becomes impossible to turn on again. I am running Windows 8 64 with all the latest Windows and Lenovo updates.  Help!?

Answer:CD/DVD drive "powered off" on T530

Please see this post: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/DVD-powered-off-and-won-t-power-back-on/m-p...
The OP in that thread has not returned to confirm whether it solved the issue, but it may be worth your checking on your machine.
 
Regards.

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Hello Folks, Hoping somebody can tell me what my T530 came with on the flash drive. It has a 16GB SSD along with a regular HDD. It didn't used to show up in windows explorer, but you could see it in Disk Management. Never really knew what was in it. I was trying to format a stubborn USB from "Disk Management" and accidently clicked and deleted the volume on the SSD.  Did it have  Windows 7 install stuff?Did it have the Rapid Boost stuff on it? How do I get it back to what it was?  The lenovo supoort website is horrible, no matter combination of serial number I type it doesn't recognize it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,kernul.

Answer:What was on the flash drive on my T530?

Welcome to the forum.
 
The 16GB SSD serves as a buffer (cache) to the HDD. It stores copies of recently-used and frequently-used data from the HDD so as to increase the effect speed of that drive.
 
If you inadvertently format or delete that disk there's a small possibility that newly-written data could be lost, i.e. didn't get written back to the HDD. There's also the possibility that Disk Management was smart enough to ensure that this new data got written back to the HDD before it performed the format or delete operation.

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I friend of mine just upgraded his old laptop from standard HDD to SSD drive and I was super impressed by the load time going from about 60 seconds to 10.  So I'm planning for an eventual upgrade for my T530 to do the same maybe a few months from now.  I believe the T530 is Sata III and the Crucial site says the m4 256GB drive with 6Gb speed is compatible, so I think that would fit the bill perfectly.  Since I do not currently have the laptop with me right now, I'm trying to read spec docs and getting a bit confused.  Does the T530 have two drive bays?  I think yes, one regular and one Ultrabay.  If so, are they both capable of the same speed?  I would think yes. If so, I was thinking I would upgrade to the m4 SSD for the primary drive and utilize the 7200rpm factory drive in the Ultrabay slot or would that not be possible?  If that is possible, would having the two drives in there result in a noticable decrease in battery life?  If that is not possible, my plan would be to just install the SSD as the primary and put the existing 7200rpm drive into an external enclosure and utilize it for backups or data storage.  I'll need to figure out the best way to get the OS transferred between drives, but I've read a few posts on that here, so seems doable. Thanks ahead of time for any info. 

Answer:T530 drive bay questions

dudeman135 wrote:
 
I believe the T530 is Sata III and the Crucial site says the m4 256GB drive with 6Gb speed is compatible, so I think that would fit the bill perfectly.

 It would. I've done it on my T430s with a Crucial M4 and moved the original HD to the UtlraBay. You'll need an adapter, FRU 43N3412. I bought this clone via eBay that works just as well for a fraction of the price: 9.5mm Bezel SATA 2nd HDD Hard Drive caddy bay.
 
As for transferring data, a good utility is Acronis. If your original HD was made by Seagate or WD or if you have one of their drives that you can USB attach, then you can get a free copy of Acronis on their site. Search for Seagate DiscWizard or WD True Image. 

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Hello, Lenovo community! I decided to upgrade my new T530 with SSD OCZ Vertex4 drive.Put it instead of preinstalled 1TB WD hdd drive. Remove DVD and put 1TB WD via ESPADA SS12: http://www.nix.ru/autocatalog/notebook_accessory/Espada_SS12_SATA_HDD_SATA_118550.html Laptop can`t see 1TB WD: in bios and in windows too. BIOS revision 2.53, latestHard-drive and Hdd-bay 100% working (checked it by connecting these stuff to desktop computer) I am completly confused by this situation. Please advice! Sorry for my English, this language is not my native one. 





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Answer:T530 Replacing DVD with HDD drive

I ordered other hddbay from ebay recently - hope this helps.Hmm..Talking with myself - funny.





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I have a T530 that came with a HDD. I then bought a SSD, installed Windows 7 on that, and erased the old HDD partition to make a media partition.Recently, I bought a used T530 for my girlfriend. It has a 16GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. I put the 500GB HDD in my Ultrabay, erased it and cloned my SSD onto it. But then it gave me a bootup failure: "error oxc000000e boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible" I suspect this has to do with the SYSTEM_DRV partition on my HDD. My SSD is probably dependent on it. I tried cloning both the SYSTEM_DRV partition and the SSD partition, but that didn't work (using Acronis). I'm stumped.http://i.stack.imgur.com/toYVI.png

Answer:Boot failure after cloning one T530's SSD onto another T530's HDD

Hi Dussault,
 
which cloning software did you use?  Also it's 99% mission critical when cloning ThinkPads to have the target drive in the primary hard drive slot, if not usually a clone will fail.
 
You may want to search through the Knowledgebase for articles on cloning.

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According to the User manual, an mSata drive should not be used as an OS drive. "If your computer is equipped with both a hard disk drive and an mSATA solid state drive, you arenot recommended to use the mSATA solid state drive as a bootable device. The mSATA solid state drive isdesigned and developed for ?cache? function purpose only. If you use the mSATA solid state drive as abootable device, its reliability is not guaranteed." Page 109 User manual: http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/t530_w530_ug_en.pdf Can anyone comment? And also, is it a SATAII or a SATAIII port that is available for use in the T530? Thanks in advance!

Answer:T530, mSata not safe for use as OS drive?

MLC NAND is fairly reliable but when the system starts to go the mSATA or SSD fails quickly with little or no time to recover. Magneto optically if far more reliable media but much slower. NAND has limits and stresses causing NAND failure. Hence data may be lost if not managed properly by the onboard controller of which the Sandforce controller widely used is the most troublesome. Here is merely one of many documents -http://www.anandtech.com/tag/sandforce I highly recommend Googling reviews on SSD's as there are many including Tomshare tests You want facts not personal opinions. Then you be the judge once informed! If you do use mSATA because of the major speed boost you should have current images of the drive since you'll not be able to do much once you realize its dying or dead. Edit:I personally would not by an SSD device with a SandForce controller or TLC NAND. The Samsung 840 uses TLC NAND. Marvell controller do stand out however.





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I have a T530 with a WD 10JPVT 1TB (5400rpm) hard drive. I want to add an identical drive that I can clone to for a backup. So, ignorant me, I purchased a second drive and an Orico external housing, only to discover that neither the T530 nor the minidock (433815u) have a SATA port. So I tried using the new drive with a Thinkpad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter III that I was using in a T400, but the drive doesn't appear in My Computer. Questions:Is this drive compatible with the bay adapter? If so, do I need to do something so the computer sees it? (I ran a disk partitioning program but don't see the drive.)?If this drive isn't compatible with the bay adapter, what's the best way to connect this second drive to my computer? (I did see an thread that implied this drive caddy would work.) Thanks!

Answer:Adding a second drive to Thinkpad T530

You should have a eSATA port on the side as I do and I hookup via it for data and imaging backup. its fast and does not require transporting the drive or removing the DVD drive. You might want to look again.As for the Ultrabay its OFF, not powered by default. It wakes up when the eject of the DVD button is pushed. That does not help for a HD situation. You might want ot look at as similar thread already active here on a configuration solution already posted.





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My current T530 is permanantly going back to Lenovo for a new replacement T530 they are sending me. I want to erase all my data on here.  What would be the easiest method? Cheers.

Answer:How to format hard drive on my T530

I use the freeware version of this:http://killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

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I purchased a t530 in February and have not had one month go by when I have not had an issue. It has been sent back twice to be reimaged. I am not getting a second hard drive. It seems to work for about 4 weeks before a hard drive goes bad. The last one completely failed. Before the new hard drives were installed I had to re-image the machine at least four times. I had the wireless card and the optical drive replaced as well. Could there be a system issue that is causing the hard drives to fail. I can't believe I have been unlucky enough to get two bad drives. Hard drive is WD3200BEKT-08PVM. Lenovo has been absolutely no help through the process.

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I have had my ThnkPad T530 for a year and 4 months and the hard drive just failed within the past week. It has been out of warranty for about 4 months. Could Lenovo send me a new hard drive along with the Windows 7 discs? I did not receive the discs when I orginally got the laptop. If Lenovo cannot/will not send a replacement hard drive and Windows 7 discs, what should I do?

Answer:ThinkPad T530 Hard Drive Failure

Did you burn recovery DVDs from the recovery partition? My experience has been that they will not replace parts that are 4 months out-of-warranty. You can buy a replacement drive anywhere (including from Lenovo), and buy recovery media (DVDs) from Lenovo. I think they cost about $45 in the U.S.

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brand new t530, ordered with two hard drives. lenovo caddy in ultrabay. it seemsthat ultrabay hard drive is going off to sleep mode after a period of inactivity. is therea was to disable powering down of the hard drive  in ultrabay because this is notacceptable. any ideas? much appreciated. edit: i am not using a dvd drive nor will i be switching between dvd drivein ultrabay and caddy with hard drive. caddy with hdd will always be inultrabay and i'd like to have access to it at all times. also, i  don't have lenovopower manager installed. there's just power management in control panel ofwindows 8 and i have turned all power savings off. although, in windows 8 (afaik)there is no setting for ultrabay or anything similar. also, all hard drive power offsettings are disabled meaning they are set to 99999 minutes.





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Answer:T530 - 2nd Hard Drive In Caddy Disappears

similar problemo with t530 and caddy hdd in Windows 7:http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/HDD-in-ultrabay-go-into-sleep-after-some-ti...





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I've been trying to find a solution for two full dsays now.My problem:Yesterday morning my t530 windows 10 (upgrade from 8.1) did not open normally. Slow booting and once in Windows, no more audio or wifi or access to startup menu. I did have two upgrades this week, one from Windows 10 and another for the new Bitdefender 2017 upgrade which I accepted. I don't know for sure if there is a link but I suspect there is. I have intented doing a refresh, reset from the diagnostic page and form the prompt page a scan and scannow but to no avail. I downloaded on a bootable USB flash drive rufus windows 10. I have disables secure boot and enabled legacy. When I do an F12 I see the nane of my USB HDD in the list, but when i press enter it just goes back to the top the Boot Menu screen to Windows Boot manager. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Answer:T530 won't boot from USB flash drive -- ThinkPad

I wouldn't use rufus.  I suggest making the USB stick in UEFI mode from a computer running with a UEFI boot using the MS media creation tool:
 
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 
You can boot from the USB stick in UEFI mode.

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I have a new T530 with a 176GB INTEL SSDSC2BW180A3L (SATA) SSD as primary and 488GB Hitachi HITACHI HTS725050A7E630 (SATA) as secondary HDD. The OS was updated to Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit SP1 to match the standard setup in my department. The problem is that the secondary disk shows up as a removable drive. That is somewhat annoying when I try to safely remove a USB drive, as I have accidentally removed the HDD instead of the USB drive, and then I have to log out and log back in to get it back. The more disturbing issue is that whenever the computer wakes from sleep, Windows thinks I have asked it to remove the secondary HDD, and tells me that it cannot do so. I click OK and go back to work as normal, so again it's not the end of the world. But I would much prefer if Windows didn't even recognize the drive as removable. I have searched the forum and knowledge base without finding an answer. Googling it, I found a workaround that involves editing the registry (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/my-internal-sata-device-appears...), but I'd prefer to fix it without meddling there. Other sites (cnet.com, sevenforums.com) suggested changing the drive properties to enable "Quick Removal", but I believe that would sacrifice performance (by disabling write caching) when just to get rid of an inconvenience. Is there a driver upgrade or BIOS setting that would solve this problem? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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This is only my fifth day using this computer, and two hard drive S.M.A.R.T. programs say that my hard drive should be monitored closely incase of a failure.  According to Speccy, I have a Seagate hard drive.  I've heard A LOT of bad things about Seagate, and there hard drives constantly failing. http://i47.tinypic.com/2hygi6q.jpghttp://i47.tinypic.com/2cm1ok.jpg Really, Lenovo?  I went away from HP to get away from all of the cheap hardware.  I liked it better when my last ThinkPad had a Western Digital black hard drive in it.  That ThinkPad is a year old, and the hard drive is performing at 100%, even after getting as hot as 140 F.  Anway....what should I do??  I have already backed up all of my files.  Should I send it back to Lenovo for a replacement?  That's too much of a hassle for me.





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Answer:Brand New T530 Hard Drive Issue

I think you just got a bad drive, what programs are you using by the way?  If it's Seagate download the seatools diagnostic tool or run the built in one that you can access when you first turn the computer on. Seagate is actually a great brand - Being a PC tech for 15 years and owning my own computer repair business for 7 I have seen every brand out there fail either right out of the box, 3 hours after installing it, 1 day later, 1 week later...You get the point. I have seen quite a few WD Black drives fail right out of the box...I am not as partial to brands as much as I used to be although at my store we stick to Seagate and WD mostly for desktop and laptop drives (some Hitachi, Toshiba, etc for notebook drives) So after testing with either Seatools or the built in Lenovo diagnostics if you are getting SMART errors then yes - get a replacement for sure as it will most likely fail at some point.

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Hey guys I have a T-530 Lenovo Thinkpad and I want to change out the hard drive to a solid state hard drive. Currently it has a 500GB HDD, stock, and I want to change it to SSD. Is this possible? 

Answer:Lenovo T530 Upgrade Hard Drive

Yes. What are you currently using to make backups of your data? Are you getting an SSD at least as big as your current drive?

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I just got a Thinkpad T530 and the first thing I wanted to do is put in an old hard drive. This is usually *incredibly* easy to do in any computer, and I expected it to be especially so in a lenovo.  It seems as though my computer is missing a screw, or the user guide is incorrect. Either way, very frustrating: The T530 user guide says you remove the screw located here:  But on my computer, there is no screw there! I've tried removing all the screws in the vicinity and the plate won't budge, and it's obviously anchored at that point:  Lenovo sent me the wrong T530 by mistake so i have another one here that I'm about to return, and that one doesn't have a screw there either. When you lift off the keyboard from above, it's obvious that the HD is located in that area (but it's inaccessible from above) I've hunted all around the internet and I can't see anyone complaining of this, yet I have 2 computers with the same thing. Is it a defect? Am I totally missing something? It's been 2 months of trying to get things right with lenovo and it's super annoying. I'd appreciate any advice on how to swap out the HD on this. 













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Answer:T530 hard drive not replaceable (no screw!)

they probably covered the screw hole with a plastic cover. This is my W530's hdd cover. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lead_org/10220311706/

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Hi, I'm planning to purchase the secondary bay adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T530.What would be the important i should consider before ordering the adapter and HDD?  













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Answer:Second Hard Drive Bay Adapter Compatibility - T530

The Ultrabay adapter comes in two thickness, 12.7mm and 9.5mm. Your T530 uses the 12.7mm one. You can save some money by buying a clone adapter on eBay. 
 
Here's a video from a maker of clone adapters that shows how to install the HDD into the adaoter and the adapter in and out of the ThinkPad:
 

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My Thinkpad T530 has been constantly beeping for a few days now. My laptop is about a month old and didn't start beeping until recently.It isn't beeping from the speakers, but from some internal source.I can hear it best when I put my ear up to the CD drive.I am not sure if it is coming from the CD drive itself but it is from that general area.It's a quiet beep and it beeps about once a second. Please help I really don't feel like sending my laptop in for such a minor issue.

Answer:Thinkpad T530 Constant Beeping From CD Drive

so it is beeping without you even touching the keyboard?

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Hello, I'm looking for best practices, recommendations, lessons learned, etc. for copying the hard drive contents of one T530 to nine other identical T530s recently purchased for software engineering usage.  A current snap shot of our old laptops shows that  we have 214 programs loaded (majority of these programs are not pre-loaded from Lenova), so I'm looking for the most efficient and painless way of getting all the laptops loaded with an identical image.  In the past we have used Norton Ghost but encountered issues with using legacy IBM Thinkpad laptops.  Does the built-in Rescue and Recovery handle this process?  Is a 3rd party product (such as Norton Ghost) recommended?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.  T530 Laptop specs: Processor Intel Core i7-3720QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz) Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) Operating system language Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 - English Windows XP Mode Windows 7 XP Mode - English Display type 15.6" HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready System graphics NVIDIA NVS 5400M Graphics with Optimus Technology, 1GB DDR3 Memory Total memory 4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (1 DIMM) Keyboard Keyboard Backlit - US English Pointing device UltraNav with Fingerprint Reader Camera 720p HD Camera with Microphone Hard drive&n... Read more

Answer:Thinkpad T530 Hard Drive Cloning

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Dear All, Recently I've got two issues with my T530 and I havent found the solutions for it after hours of searching the web. Hope someone can help me here. The following are the issues:1. After runninf the Hardware Scan in the Lenovo Solution Center I've got the following results:The below tests FAILED:- Chipset Test- PCI/PCI-e TestResult code: WMB008000-UL0VFD- SMART Status TestResult code: WHD01V001-UL0VFDThe below tests resulted in WARNING:- Stress TestResult code: WVC00R000-UL0VFD- Local Connection TestResult code: WWF00F000-UL0VFD 2. The PC also warns me in every 30 minutes or so about a Hard Disk problem. My OS is not English, but I'm copying the message in English that I've found on the web:"Windows detected a hard disk problem. Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss and then contact Computer Manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk" Regardless of these problems I did not experience any issues with the PC except that it seems a bit slower than it was before, specially at booting. Please let me know if you have experience with the above issues and if anyone know the solution to these. If more info is needed to get an answer, please do let me know. PS: The computer is approximately 1,5 years old, however another issue is that in the Solution Center  when checking the warranty status I receive the message "Unable to get response from the warranty server", but I remember that at the beginnin... Read more

Answer:T530 Hard drive and DIagnostics problems

HiCurrent version of the LSC has some bugs that cause unproper errors reports (PCI test including). Wait new version.Regarding HDD, test the drive again using the tool that reads S.M.A.R.T attributes (CrystalDiskInfo, HD Tune, HDD Guardian...), then interpret them https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T. etc.

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I have a T530 that I had bought with a 500GB hdd installed and with a 16GB mSATA Sandisk ExpressCache. I decided toupgrade to 500GB SSD and that made my 16GB mSATA redundant. I would like to know if I can remove the mSATA disk and replace it with a WWAN card. Thanks,-shishir

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Good Morning, I have a T530 since 4 years and I'm changing it for a T460p (I am glad with this model of this compluter).My T530 has seen HDD Storage SAMSUNG 840 PRO 512 GB and I have now a SAMSUNG 850 1TB inside.I've already lock my HDD (in BIOS) during these 4 years with the same password (I'm sure).But yesterday, when I wanted to revert to 512GB configuration with my T530, HDD stay locked (password is wrong). I'm SURE the password used since the beginning is correct (Bios, Boot and SSD are the same). SSD 512 Gb had never been installed in another computer. The only assertion I have is a modification of password encryption with BIOS (I did 2 Upgrade I think).Does this assertion possible ? How can I revert to 2.65 or 2.64 Bios in order to test ? -> I attempt to unlock my drive with another computer (SSD is working well but declare to be "password protected"), and password is encrypted by LENOVO and can't be provided "as is" to hdparm program. Password is a "Master Password", so impossible also to unlock it even with erase (I don't want to keep data on it) Many thanks for you ideas because this SSD works perfectly and cost is 250 ? (~300 $)    

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I have a brand new T530. I have applied all of the updates from Lenovo and Microsoft. I have an ordinary Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB external hard drive. The T530 detects that it is a FreeAgent GoFlex but does not assign a drive letter. In "Disk Management", I can see the drive but when I try to assign a drive letter I get this error message: "The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date". I tried refreshing but the message occurs again. This drive works fine on my 3 cheap laptops and my employers T520 so I am going to assume there is nothing with it. I also have an older 640GB external hard drive and that works fine on the T530. I am confused. Any ideas?

Answer:T530 doesn't mount External Hard Drive

Hey albert1234,
 
Could you try below:
 
I can suggest a work around using Diskpart tool in elevated command prompt. You have already enabled the required USB options in your BIOS setup, connected the ext HDD directly to a USB-2 port of this PC, checked Device Manger > Disk Drives to make sure your Ext HDD ( make and model?) is seen without problems etc.

Click Start
Type in CMD toward the top of Start Menu under Programs (N) N=number
Right click CMD > Run as administartor
Type in and press ENTER the command DISKPAT at the Prompt (>) > DISKPART [ENTER]
Type in and press ENTER the command LIST DISK at the Prompt > LIST DISK [ENTER]
Type in and press ENTER the command SELECT DISK N (N=your disk number) >SELECT DISK N [ENTER]

For other options like partition etc in Diskpart type Help or ? at the command prompt Ex: DISKPART>HELP [ENTER]  
 
If this doesn't help others have had luck with uninstalling the driver for the device, I then Force Installed a different generic driver and it seemed to work fine. If it works or you have any other questions please post back.
 
Best Regards,
 
Hiro
 
 
 





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Using Windows 8 This is still under warranty but for the sake of efficiency I thought I'd check here first. I chose to get a second hard drive instead of the dvd player, and about half the time I can't open it. I installed a shortcut on the desktop. It will refuse to open by clicking on it. When I right click and select 'open folder location' then right click on it there and select open, I get this error message. "The drive or network connection that the shortcut 'E.Ink' refers to is unavavialable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again." I have to restart the computer to get it to open and this has worked every time. It almost seems like it alternates between being available and not being available. Then a second oddball thing is happening with the same drive. I'll be using my browser and the drive folder will open for no reason, just spontaneously. I'll just notice this and close it, but it is a worry. If it keeps happening when I am on battery power, that will cut down drastically on my time if I don't notice it. The C drive is an SSD, partly to increase battery life, and the second drive is a 500 GB rotating drive. The computer is only 8 days old. Since it is an unusual hard drive arrangement (an insert into the dvd bay) I'm wondering if there is a contact loose, or some kind of intermittent connection. I don't suppose this could be a Win 8 problem, could it?

Answer:Second T530 hard drive inacessable about half the time

Which caddy are you using for Ultrabay? Lenovo or 3rd party? Which HDD is in your Ultrabay? Did you buy HDD directly from Lenovo or?





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I have a ThinkPad T530 that came installed with the OEM 256GB mSATA SSD HD, and would like to know if I can upgrade it to a larger capacity 3rd party mSATA SSD HD, e.g. Samsung 512GB mSATA HD?
 
Or...is the OEM 256GB mSATA HD soldered in the unit and can't be upgraded?!
 
Thx, in advance!!

Answer:T530 SSD Drive Replacement - 256GB OEM and non-OEM part numbers

Hi"OEM 256GB mSATA SSD HD" - it's impossible, such drive doesn't exist.Also, the topic title includes "T540p", your post - "T530".Please, specify your laptop model and the drive(s) installed. Or provide its model code (Machine-Type-Model, MTM).

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Answer:Need FRU or P/N for Blu-Ray UltraBay Optical Drive for T530 - model 2429A11

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
Looking at the T530 FRU parts listing: https://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/t530_fru_bom_20131007.pdf
I'm not seeing anything that would be Blu-Ray.
 
Regards.

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Can the Drive Erase Utility for the Resetting the Cryptographic Key and the Erasing the Solid State Drive - ThinkPad  Be run from a second ssd drive placed in the ultrabay slot? can the utilty be installed on the second ssd i may place in the ultrabay slot for backups and running secure erase command Drive Erase Utility for the Resetting the Cryptographic Key and the Erasing the Solid State Drive - ThinkPad.

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 Here in UK, the T530 is available with a Lenovo 256GB says OPAL and I believe its FIPS certified. 1. Any Idea who the actual manufactures this drive ? 2. I dont know too much about encryption, is this drive secure ? 3. Some people say the Intel SSD has built in encryption is that secure ? 4. Im also looking at W520, prefer the keyboard .If I order just a 320GB 7200 rpm drive,very briefly how do I go about setting up software encryption ? 5. Which is more secure hardware FDE or software FDE ? Thanks in advance for your assistance Heres the link for the drive http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/gbweb/LenovoPortal/en_GB/catalog.workflow:item.detai... Please see drive choices below for T530.  For the W520 - there are no FDE Hardware options given.  320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm [add 2.40]320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm [add 15.60]500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm [add 169.20]128 GB Solid State Drive, Serial ATA3 [add 324.00]Intel 180 GB Solid State Drive, Serial ATA3 [add 384.00]256 GB TCG OPAL Solid State Drive, Serial ATA3

Answer:T530 with Lenovo 256GB SSD OPAL FIPS who makes the drive ?

1.  The 256GB OPAL SSD is made by Micron.  It can either do encryption by OPAL if you use OPAL management software, or else you can simply set a HDD password in BIOS and it will act as a standard self-encrypting drive like Intel 520.
 
2.  It's secure unless you use a weak password like "1234"
 
3.  Read this about the Intel SSD and decide for yourself if you consider it to be secure or not:  http://communities.intel.com/thread/29953
 
4.  The easiest way to do software encryption is to buy Windows 7 Ultimate and use BitLocker.
 
5.  I would argue that hardware encryption is more secure and has fewer side-effects than software encryption.
 

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i would also like to have the option of starting different hard drives. either:the current windows 7 OS on drive C;or the new Windows 10 on drive D.

Answer:Dual-Boot Windows 10 (drive D) with Windows 7 (drive c)

"new Windows 10 on drive D"Make sure you have C drive disconnected when you install.After making sure both drives worked perfectly on their own, cable both up & then boot the comp.Set the bios to boot from the drive you prefer to be default.Toggle F8 during boot, if you want to select the non default drive.message edited by Johnw

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I lost access to my windows 7 drive (Dual-boot windows 7 & Ubuntu). every time I try to run Windows 7 I get the message: Bootmgr is compressed, Press CTRL_ALT-DEL to restart. I could run Bootrec /fixmbr or diskpart or attrib to rebuild my mbr table through DOS command window using my windows 7 recovery CD. The problem I cannot access drive C: where my windows 7 are. I get the error message: Cannot open volume for direct access or system cannot find the drive path or specified. I still can access all my windows folders and files through home folder in Ubuntu. I don't want to reformat and reinstall windows. Is there is a way to run the DOS commands within Ubuntu or any other advice to how to fix this issue.

Answer:Lost access to Windows 7 Drive (Dual-Boot Windows 7 & Ubuntu)

Hi,

Please see whether the steps outline in this tutorial will be of help:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Regards,
Golden

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I have a T530 with Solid State Drive and 16GB of RAM. My system keeps getting bogged down lately.  With the last update of Google Chrome I found a version running for each tab I had open.  When I am doing research, I usually have 15 tabs open in Firefox and then another 15-20 running in Chrome to translate a foreign language. My system used to run fine and not it gets really slow. Is the problem all that sits waiting to run?  On the details tab it shows about 100 processes most of the time when the only think running is Firefox.  Where can I figure out what I have to have loaded to run and what doesn't need to be taking up RAM sitting waiting to run? Thanks for your time and help..

Answer:number of processes running on T530 - memory and Solid State Drive

Chrome is notorious for poor memory management.  It also might be one of your extensions.  Play with Chrome's built-in task manager to investigate.  Try resetting Chrome, or deleting plug ins.  Or use IE. Each Chrome tab is going to cost you many MB of RAM.  To a lesser degree with FF; that one is a lot better than it used to be.

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Hello all. Looking into buying a T530 for school/research/light programming/light gaming. Here's my current build: ThinkPad T530 - 1 Year Depot WarrantyProcessor:Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)Operating system:Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)Operating system language:Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - EnglishDisplay type:15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband ReadySystem graphics:NVIDIA NVS 5400M Graphics with Optimus Technology, 1GB DDR3 MemoryTotal memory:4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (1 DIMM)Keyboard:Keyboard Backlit - US EnglishPointing device:UltraNav without Fingerprint ReaderCamera:No Camera, with MicrophoneHard drive:320GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpmMicro hard drive (mSATA):16GB mSATA Solid State Cache DriveOptical device:DVD RecordableSystem expansion slots:Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader & BezelBattery:6 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70+Power cord:90W AC Adapter - US (2pin)Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters:Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 (2x2 BGN)Integrated mobile broadband:Mobile Broadband upgradableLanguage pack:Publication - US English Just a couple of questions before I put in the order: 1) Is the micro SDD worth it? Or would it be much better to change out the HDD with an SSD after purchase? Will I get the same effect on performance? There seem to be a lot of recommendations on the forum to replace the HDD with a SSD, then use a bay adapter to replace the ODD with a HDD. Seemed like a cool i... Read more

Answer:Buying a T530, should I include 16GB mSATA SS Cache Drive option

You can easily add more power. Pick as much CPU as you can afford.16gb mSata is too small and not worth it.Get the 6300 N WiFi its worth it.Camera (why no camera)!!You can add a Momentus XT Hybrid drive for about $150 now and thats 759GB. Cloning the OEM drive and you'll have speed boost.I have the figerprint reader and like it also back lite keyboard comes in handy (better than my thinklite)





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I am not sure how to do this. I originally had XP and added another drive installing windows 7 professional (64 bit) and have a dual boot system. I transferred or saved all of the data from the XP drive and want to format it, however it will not allow me to format it.
I boot up on drive C: which is w7 but can select to boot up on drive D: which is XP.
I have attached screen shot of the disk manager, but
Disk 0 is D: is NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) which is the windows XP drive.
Disk 1 is C: is NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) which is the w7p drive.

Not sure how to do this without loosing the w7p drive. I thought about unplugging the w7p drive and booting from the w7p disk, but not sure how that would work when plugging the original w7p drive back in.

Thanks.

Answer:How to format drive (windows xp) on dual boot system (windows 7 pro)

I'd guess your problem is that you want to boot from C and format D, but Windows frowns at that when it sees that D contains your system files.

This probably happened because you left the XP drive connected when you installed Windows 7 to the other drive.

I also suspect that if you disconnect the D drive you can't boot at all from C. Is that correct? That would also be because your system files are on D.

If your system files were on C, I think you could then boot from C with D disconnected.

And you should also then be able to boot from C and format D.

You can use an application like BCDedit to copy system files from C to D.

Or you may be able to do it by disconnecting D and running system repair from a Windows install DVD--you may have to run it several times.

Others may have more ideas. That's my best guess just looking at the pic you posted.

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Hello Windows 8 members.

I'm Trinty from Windows 7 forums (maybe someone knows me).

I installed Windows 8 on VM but I want to install it on my current machine,
dual-boot with Windows 7.

Windows 7 is already installed and there is one problem. I don't have Install CD and Repair CD.
My questions :

1. When I install Win 8 do I need Install CD or Repair CD for Windows 7 (for ex. to repair Bootmgr) ?
2. Can I install Windows 8 from HDD (without using flash drive or DVD) ?
- If answer is yes : How ?
- If answer is no : Can I use Flash Drive 4GB ?

That is all for now.

Please answer soon.
Thanks in advace.
Baltic Trinty (w7 Trinty)

Answer:Installing Windows 8 with Windows 7 Dual Boot from Flash Drive

Hello Baltic, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You can install Windows 8 with the ISO, DVD, or USB. The tutorial below can help show you how to install Windows 8 to dual boot with Windows 7 using either installation media.

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi. i am a newbie and I think I made a disastrous experimentation when i reformatted my pc. I will try to recall what I did so that you can incarcerate me for being hard headed after reading this thread. so here it goes:

1. reformatted my pc using new installation in windows xp. i have four partitions (C for System, D for Programs, E for music and F for Games). My Hd is 80GB IDE.
2. When I installed XP again and installed the drivers and all I noticed that boot time is too slow even if I configured my PC to boot up in HD. I noticed my boot time became slow when I installed the drivers of the video card. My video card is nvidia AGP. This is my suspicion because I could not install the driver of the video (capture image) and it is all down hill from here.
3. i decided to reformat drive c: again because my friend told me that i may have forgotten to have a clean install.
4. I reformatted xp again in drive c: and on my 2nd try I accidentally created dual boot drives in drive c: using windows xp both at the same time.
5. When I realized that i created two boot drive of xp in the same partition, I tried to redo the steps again but to no avail. i have created a monster and this is because I could not control myself.

How am I to remedy this problem because i don't want to have dual boot systems of xp?
Should I format drive c again and do a clean install all over again?
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Answer:dual windows xp in drive/partition C: help

If you don't have anything on the drive that you want/need, i'd suggest finding the driver/utility CD that came with your hard drive and using that to wipe the partition so you can do a fresh, clean install with no conflicts.

Basically, get the CD so you have it next to you. Power on the computer, and when the black screen with the white lettering comes up listing your CPU and RAM and whatnot, enter the setup/bios by using whatever key it states. Usually this is DEL, or F1 or similar, it should be on the bottom somewhere. Once in there, go to advanced settings to set your boot order.
1st boot, make it CD Rom
2nd boot make it your hdd
3rd, floppy.

Now, put the cd in that you have for your hard drive, and select "save and exit" from the BIOS. You computer will reboot, and spin up the CD. It should take your to your HDD utility/maintenance menu. Go ahead and choose what partition you want to format, and go for it. Make sure you either have nothing that you want on the parition you want to format!! or you back up everything you need/want, and wipe the entire thing. You will not get this information back!!

The utility will then wipe your drive/partition and make way for a clean install.

Once it's done, pop out the CD, pop in your windows CD and reboot. You'll be then able to set up 1 copy of windows on 1 partition and hopefully be back to normal. Don't forget to set your boot order back to what it was before you did this :)

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Hello.
Time has come to finally reinstall the operating system on my laptop, a new job plus the current install is now become bloated, slow and there is nothing better and faster than a fresh install of the operating system.
I am trying to plan in advance and make the most use of my currenly very limited free time to spend on reinstalling my laptop.
Here is the situation, I am provided with a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 for my computer by my employer and I have the same copy of the system myself. I wish to make 2 separate installs on the same drive, on 2 different partitions. One is my personal install and the other for professional use.

Now my idea is to make the first install on the first partition (with drivers, browser, etc) and then simply clone the install to the other partition and activate separately thus potentially saving time in the process.

Now, with the setup as explained, what is the way to proceed with the cloning, what software should/could I employ and perhaps BSD/boot editing involvement needed.

Thank you very much.

Answer:Dual Windows 7 on same drive install.

You must have two different Product Keys to install on each Win 7. Why not just setup two different User Accounts and put the work programs on one and the home on the other User Account. This would be quicker than installing two Win 7 which you don't need. This tells you how to do it. User Account - Create

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Hi everyone, my new laptop has a normal hard drive and also has a 128gb Samsung m.2 ssd drive.

I was able to install a fresh dual boot on the regular hard drive. First Windows 10 then Windows 7 using usb method which included embedding the usb 3 drives.

Now for the ssd I shrink down half the drive after Windows 10 was installed so I could install Windows 7. Followed pretty much the same process, booted with Windows 7 usb got all the way to the partitions and Windows then said "Windows was unable to create a system partition etc." message. I did have the option to continue, which I did as stated in one of the tutorials " this site. However after files installed I ended up getting an error at the end.

So I'm wondering is this perhaps because I didn't burn the samsung nvme drives into the usb?

Answer:UEFI Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 x64 on SSD Drive?

- Win 10 use "Secure boot" that isn't compatible with Win 7. You have to set it to Other and Compatible System Mode to enable. As Win 7 was installed with Secure boot=enable, don't know if it will boot with Secure boot=disabled

For Win 7
Under CSM enable UEFI boot.

More or less like this
OS type Windows UEFI = Secure boot, so if OS type = Other, secure boot is disabled.

for CSM, here are the current settings (in bold)
Launch CSM.......................................(Auto, Enabled, Disabled)
Boot Device Control.............................(UEFI and Legacy OPROM, Legacy OPROM only, UEFI Only)
Boot from Network Devices...................(Ignore, Legacy Only)
Boot from Storage Devices....................(Ignore, Legacy Only, UEFI Driver first)
Boot from PCIe/PCI Expansion Devices....(Legacy Only, UEFI driver first)

Boot from the Win 7 installation disk ON UEFI MODE (important).

Install on the large empty NTFS partition

For the updates MS releases SP2 for Windows 7

Yes, you have to load the m.2 ssd nvme drivers. As you already have added the USB drivers, during installation you can add them from a USB flash disk.
If you want to understand how the drivers affect Win 7 installation disk
Create a Windows 7 USB flash installation with new drives for new MB's

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I installed windows 7 on my desktop where XP was already installed. Now, unless I have the RC1 DVD in the drive, the computer automatically boots to XP with no option. If I leave the DVD in the drive it gives me the ''press any key to boot from CD or DVD" then automatically goes to win7 if I dont press anything. I used BCD while in 7 and it didn't seem to have an effect. Help?!

Answer:Dual boot issue with Windows 7 and XP with DVD in drive

Have you tried going to the BIOS menu and selecting boot from Internal HDD?

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I have a Dell Inspiron laptop which I recently upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium from Vista doing an inplace upgrade. Everything works fine. I wanted to dual boot with XP so I followed the tutorial from this site to do so. The dual boot works just fine but XP is always drive E:, whether I'm in Windows 7 (which is always drive C: ) or in XP. Isn't the currently loaded operating system supposed to be drive C: and the other drive will be assigned a different letter? Or is that only on systems with two physical hard drives? And, does it matter? Seems to me some programs are going to choke trying to install and run on drive E:

A few more details on my system and what I did: I started with a single 93 GB partition and shrunk the volume in Windows 7 so the drive was roughly split in half. I left the unallocated space as unallocated and booted with the XP disc. I selected the unallocated space and XP made a partition using all but 8 MB and left 8 MB unallocated (not sure why it wouldn't use it all). I installed XP on this new partition, updated drivers, etc. and then ran EasyBCD as shown in the tutorial. When I boot the machine now I get the option to select which OS I want and I can boot into either just fine.

Advice? Thoughts?

Thanks.

Answer:XP stays as Drive E: in Dual Boot With Windows 7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine


The dual boot works just fine but XP is always drive E:, whether I'm in Windows 7 (which is always drive C: ) or in XP. Isn't the currently loaded operating system supposed to be drive C: and the other drive will be assigned a different letter? Or is that only on systems with two physical hard drives? And, does it matter?


Hi! Welcome to SevenForums!
1. NO Windows isn't always supposed to be on the C Drive
2. It doesn't matter








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine


Seems to me some programs are going to choke trying to install and run on drive E:


They won't. The ONLY reason that they install on Drive C is because that's how it's set in the registry.....

WARNING! BEFORE EDITING THE REGISTRY, MAKE A BACK-UP BY GOING TO FILE THEN EXPORT IN REGEDIT
To change it open Registry Editor (Write regedit in the start bar and press enter)

1. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion and click on it.

2. Find ProgramFilesDir in the right bar.

3. Right-Click it and click Modify

4. Under Value Data write in the location you want your files to install for exampe D:/Programs

Remember you have to reboot for your changes to show.

Thanks!
ZeshanA
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I am running a HDD with windows 8 32-bit, & a SSD with windows 8 64-bit. Whichever drive I select, my two data HDD's show errors, e.g recycle bin corrupted, or they are simply missing data that was there when loaded via the other platform.
All drives are cleanly installed, & AHCI was selected in the BIOS before installation. I need both versions, as some of my vital 32-bit programmes won't work with the 64-bit W8 & vice-versa. I use the BIOS to select the platform that I want to use, & they seem to boot up just fine.
Can anyone suggest a cause & solution please?

Answer:Drive errors on windows 8 dual-boot

Your two Windows installs and user accounts will have different security IDs associated with them. If the data drives are formatted NTFS (and they usually are) the ownership/permission to access the data files will depend on which Windows 8 install and which user account you used to create or manipulate the files. You can try creating a FAT32 partition to share data, which won't have the same security issues but is a less robust file-system than NTFS.
Recycle bin problem is due to the same issue - they're system folders and one OS isn't allowed to access the recycle bin created/used by the other.

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Greetings, ok, I'm kind of at a crossroads here and want to make sure I make the right step forward. Here's my situation:

I have a pc I built myself (specs in my profile) with Windows 10 installed on a normal 500GB HD. A year ago I did a clean install of Windows 10 onto a new 500GB SSD I bought. I also have a 3TB internal drive for media, etc.
Currently, when the pc boots, it goes to a screen that recognizes 2 Windows installations and offers an option to load either. It automatically chooses the SSD Windows to boot after 3 seconds.

Last night, I started having trouble with the 3TB internal drive (very slow, years old, time for an upgrade). I eventually restarted my computer and it went into a "Scanning and fixing drive E" screen for about an hour. I let it run and eventually came back to my Windows desktop but the E: drive was corrupted (would not open from My Computer- generic "read error" after a minute).

I decided to remove it and so I shut down, grounded, and unplugged the SATA cable from both the E: drive and my old 500GB HD with the old Windows installation. When I tried to reboot, BIOS returned a boot error. In BIOS config, it still pointed to USB drive first, then my SSD for boot priority. Would not work even plugging back in the 500GB. It was only when I plugged both drives in did the boot process into Windows proceed (still with the dual installation notice). Luckily, my E: drive mounted again and seems ok.

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Answer:Need Help with dying drive & dual HDD Windows 10 installation

When Windows installs, it creates a Hidden System Partition without a drive letter. This partition holds all of the Boot information.
If you leave your old Windows HDD attached with the System Partition, and add an SSD or another drive and do a clean install to that new drive, Windows will use the old Windows Hidden System Partition for the Boot file and install Windows on the SSD. If you unplug the old Windows drive and just try to boot off of the SSD it will not boot because it does not have access to the Hidden System Partition.
I would start over with the SSD. Unplug all other HDD's including USB. Boot off of your Install Media and choose to do a Custom Install. Where it comes to install Windows, Drive Options, choose to Delete all partitions on the SSD. Go next. Windows will automatically create partitions, including the Hidden Partition, and format them during the Windows install. Once Windows is finished installing, attach your other HDD's. Boot into Setup (Bios) go to the Boot Tab, Move the SSD to First Boot Device. Save and Exit.

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Greetings, ok, I'm kind of at a crossroads here and want to make sure I make the right step forward. Here's my situation:

I have a pc I built myself (specs in my profile) with Windows 10 installed on a normal 500GB HD. A year ago I did a clean install of Windows 10 onto a new 500GB SSD I bought. I also have a 3TB internal drive for media, etc.
Currently, when the pc boots, it goes to a screen that recognizes 2 Windows installations and offers an option to load either. It automatically chooses the SSD Windows to boot after 3 seconds.

Last night, I started having trouble with the 3TB internal drive (very slow, years old, time for an upgrade). I eventually restarted my computer and it went into a "Scanning and fixing drive E" screen for about an hour. I let it run and eventually came back to my Windows desktop but the E: drive was corrupted (would not open from My Computer- generic "read error" after a minute).

I decided to remove it and so I shut down, grounded, and unplugged the SATA cable from both the E: drive and my old 500GB HD with the old Windows installation. When I tried to reboot, BIOS returned a boot error. In BIOS config, it still pointed to USB drive first, then my SSD for boot priority. Would not work even plugging back in the 500GB. It was only when I plugged both drives in did the boot process into Windows proceed (still with the dual installation notice). Luckily, my E: drive mounted again and seems ok.

But the whole process ... Read more

Answer:Need Help with dying drive & dual HDD Windows 10 installation

When Windows installs, it creates a Hidden System Partition without a drive letter. This partition holds all of the Boot information.
If you leave your old Windows HDD attached with the System Partition, and add an SSD or another drive and do a clean install to that new drive, Windows will use the old Windows Hidden System Partition for the Boot file and install Windows on the SSD. If you unplug the old Windows drive and just try to boot off of the SSD it will not boot because it does not have access to the Hidden System Partition.
I would start over with the SSD. Unplug all other HDD's including USB. Boot off of your Install Media and choose to do a Custom Install. Where it comes to install Windows, Drive Options, choose to Delete all partitions on the SSD. Go next. Windows will automatically create partitions, including the Hidden Partition, and format them during the Windows install. Once Windows is finished installing, attach your other HDD's. Boot into Setup (Bios) go to the Boot Tab, Move the SSD to First Boot Device. Save and Exit.

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Windows 8, 64-bit.

Used to run Win 7 on our main drive, and used a second one for storage (mainly games), however something happened, making us unable to boot. So we decided to upgrade to Windows 8, which we put on our secondary drive, and that's now the main one (boots from here, is Disk 0). When I turn on the PC, it asks me whether to run on Windows 7 or 8 (8 is the default). C: contains Windows 8, D: Contains Win 7.

MAIN PROBLEM: Since we're going to use the old main drive as storage (the one with Windows 7), I wanted to format it, but it won't let me because, I suppose, of the System files still on it (System, Active). Picture of Disk Management below. How do I format it?

Answer:Removing Old Windows 7 in 2nd Drive (dual boot)

Hi there

Simple - first ensure the disk is not open in file explorer etc.

Get into Command mode as administrator

Now run the following commands

1) diskpart
2 list disk ==> you'll get a list of disks -- choose the one you want to use say 2
3) select disk 2
4) clean
5) create partition primary
6) active (Only use this command if you want to install an OS on the HDD - otherwise skip command 6)
7) format fs=ntfs quick
8) assign
9) exit
Now you can use the disk as data etc without any trace of the previous OS. If you want to re-size partitions etc use GPARTED either as a bootable stand alone system or use any LINUX live CD and after booting type as root GPARTED and adjust partition sizes to suit.

Windows might do it too as the disk is now cleanly formatted -- in disk management just delete and re-allocate the partitions after the steps above.

Cheers
jimbo

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I am using a brand new Toshiba U505 laptop with eSata port. I purchased a StarTech dual bay external case (SAT3520U2ER) which boasts that you can use 2TB drives x 2 for a total capacity of 4TB. The drives are a pair of Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 7200 RPM units. The supplied software GUI recognizes each drive as 2TB (4TB total), but Windows 7 does not.

3.5in Silver eSATA USB Dual SATA External RAID Hard Drive Enclosure - StarTech.com

I am trying to utilize this 4TB enclosure as one giant drive so I have set things to BIG mode to achieve 1 drive letter showing 4TB.

Windows 7 disk management shows the drive as only 2TB. I have already changed the partition type to GPT and still it shows 2TB.

What am I missing?

Answer:Windows 7 home premium with 4TB dual bay drive?

I've just tried following your link. All I am getting is Product ID does not exist.

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I've got a bit of a perplexing problem here that I hope somebody can provide some insight on. Set up the dual boot with your (very awesome) tutorial and everything works perfectly there. Windows 7 was installed first to the C: drive, XP is on an E: partition of the same drive. The D: drive is a second physical drive that is just used for file storage. If it matters, both physical drives are paired drives in Raid1.

The problem comes when I've loaded into Windows XP, I can't access the D:\ storage drive. It reads as size 0, and can't be formatted or read.

Under Windows 7, everything works. I can access the storage drive fine and have no problems using it.

I originally thought it was a permissions thing because the D:\ drive was formatted in Win7, but in XP I can read from the win7 C:\ drive just fine.

I am at a loss, can anybody offer any suggestions as to why the drive would read fine under 7 but not when in XP?

Answer:XP cannot access other drive with Windows 7 dual boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by NinjaPirate


I've got a bit of a perplexing problem here that I hope somebody can provide some insight on. Set up the dual boot with your (very awesome) tutorial and everything works perfectly there. Windows 7 was installed first to the C: drive, XP is on an E: partition of the same drive. The D: drive is a second physical drive that is just used for file storage. If it matters, both physical drives are paired drives in Raid1.

The problem comes when I've loaded into Windows XP, I can't access the D:\ storage drive. It reads as size 0, and can't be formatted or read.

Under Windows 7, everything works. I can access the storage drive fine and have no problems using it.

I originally thought it was a permissions thing because the D:\ drive was formatted in Win7, but in XP I can read from the win7 C:\ drive just fine.

I am at a loss, can anybody offer any suggestions as to why the drive would read fine under 7 but not when in XP?


Hi NP and welcome

I assume the drive is NTFS. what are the permssions like. since the HDhas been in two OS maybe the inherited rights are different.

Not much help sorry

Ken J+

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I hope I don't get in trouble for this. I "moved" this to hardware.Topic 38996

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Hey guys -

I was wondering if there was any way I could dual boot my external Firewire/USB drive. I would like to dual boot with XP and Mac OS 10.3. I use this drive at work to clone other Macs with images but I would also like to be able to have a Windows XP OS on there. If I cannot dual boot them, can I partition them and only install Mac OS X on 1 partition?

Thanks!
 

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Hi everyone ! this is my first post. i hope someone can help me with this question..

I've just got a new HP laptop with windows 7 Home Premium.
Anytime Upgraded to Ultimate.

i want to boot to windows XP (SP2) on this new laptop..(Not necessarily Dual-Boot). there is only on program i need to use under XP.

the dual-booting tutorials here are quite in depth and potentially problematic for none techie like me. i would prefer not re-partion the drive and 'hide' one operating system from the other, so what i would prefer to do is this...

1. Plug in an External hard drive (USB 2.0).Clean and factory formatted.

2. Go into my BIOS > Disable boot from internal hard drive > enable boot from CD Drive (first)

3. Exit BIOS having saved changes

4. insert win XP Install disk in drive.

So, in theory XP Install should be like on a brand new machine.

when i want to use windows 7 i would reverse the BIOS changes and make sure external drive with XP is not connected.

So, windows 7 would not know XP is even in use.

Is all this viable... or is there something that would prevent it from working?

Thanks

Tony8

Answer:Dual-Boot windows XP from External Drive

I have a similiar problem. I have a new Windows 7 computer and an old computer running XP. I can mount the XP hard drive into a USB enclosure. If I change the bios to boot from the USB port first, will I be able boot from the XP drive when the drive is connected and boot from the internal drive when the xp drive is not connected?

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

Answer:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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After looking through several posts on this and other forums it seems that everybody that operates with two hard drives has they smaller drive as the master and the larger as the slave. Is there any reasoning behind this?I have two hard drives, but I have the larger as the master with three partitions separating the operating system (XP pro, Sp2 etc) from the installed program files and my files and folders (documents, media etc.), while using my smaller, slave as a backup for my files.Can anyone advise me which arrangement, if any, is better and why?Thanks

Answer:Dual dual hard drive, master/slave arrangement

No, entirely up to you how you arrange them. Many people start off with just one drive then buy a larger drive at a later date. This will explain why the O/S is on the smaller of the two drives, but of course there will be other reasons as well.If I was to reformat a system with two drives, I think I would separate the smaller drive into two partitions, anything upto 10Gb for the operating system and drivers required for hardware then a similar or slightly larger partition for all the applications such as Office etc.Second or slave drive would be in two or three partitions, first one for a backup of everything on the C: drive then two partitions for all my data.There are no hard and fast rules for this and many members will have their own preference, some with the opinion that with modern machines and operating systems there is no need to partition a large drive and in fact better not to. You can also mix drives of different speeds on the same IDE channel and the IDE controller will let each drive run at its respective speed.So, some people will have their master hard drive and one optical drive on one channel then their second or slave drive on the other channel with another optical drive.

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Hi guys,

I've got a problem with my dual boot setup:

I've installed win8, selected an empty partition, booted it, everything peachy.

The only surprising thing was that driver letters where switched: my windows 7 install and data was now in D: drive and windows 8 install appropiated C: letter drive without consulting me.

This became a problem came when I tried to boot windows 7 and an annoying startup repair assistant showed up.

Tried autorepair but no luck. [to be honest, I let it unattended and don't know what happened, don't even know if it finished since the battery died, but it lasts at least 2 hours, and that should be enough, right?]

Then read somewhere changing active partition to win7 could help. Bad idea: now no boot at all.

After a failed attempt to autorepair with windows 8 dvd restore utility I managed to restore windows 8 dual boot menu with win8 install dvd -> repair console -> bootrec /fixboot bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /rebuildbcd commands, but windows 7 is still not loading: it says it can't find winload.exe or it is corrupt, and I guess it has something to do with the fact that it is now in D: drive

This is my current bcdedit output in windows 8:

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-us
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {186227ae-b91b... Read more

Answer:Windows 7/8 Dual Boot Drive Letter Issue

Originally Posted by gaelow


Hi guys,

I've got a problem with my dual boot setup:

I've installed win8, selected an empty partition, booted it, everything peachy.

The only surprising thing was that driver letters where switched: my windows 7 install and data was now in D: drive and windows 8 install appropiated C: letter drive without consulting me.

This became a problem came when I tried to boot windows 7 and an annoying startup repair assistant showed up.

Tried autorepair but no luck. [to be honest, I let it unattended and don't know what happened, don't even know if it finished since the battery died, but it lasts at least 2 hours, and that should be enough, right?]

Then read somewhere changing active partition to win7 could help. Bad idea: now no boot at all.

After a failed attempt to autorepair with windows 8 dvd restore utility I managed to restore windows 8 dual boot menu with win8 install dvd -> repair console -> bootrec /fixboot bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /rebuildbcd commands, but windows 7 is still not loading: it says it can't find winload.exe or it is corrupt, and I guess it has something to do with the fact that it is now in D: drive

This is my current bcdedit output in windows 8:

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-us
inherit {globalsettings}
default {c... Read more

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http://tomshardware.co.uk/2005/09/09/windows_in_your_pocket/ is windows on a flash drive.

phlak littleboy is linux on a flash drive.

any way to dual boot them?
 

Answer:is it possible to dual boot windows and linux on a flash drive?

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I am unexperinte with partitions and boots on Windows & (and other systems too). I had installed Windows 7 x64 ultimate on my computer in a 150GB hard drive.
I bought a new 1TB HD and created 3 partitions (two with 250 GB and another with 500 GB). I copied my system from 150GB drive to the first 250GB partition on my new HD and had a dual boot system installed (my old 150 GB system and my old system copy on my new 250 GB partition). I following reinstalled the Windows 7 x64 system in my second 250GB in order to reinstall all my programs again to clean up all dirt stuff I had installed since I installed Windows 7 the first time.
Now I had 3 boots working fine (my old system, my copy, and my new system).
I in sequence formatted my old system in the 150 GB and did a new boot and what a surprise! The system did not boot any more.
Surprised and desesperated I reinstalled the Windows 7 again on my 150Gb drive and everything started normally again, but I had 3 boots (my copy, my new system where I was installing my programs again and the system in my 150Gb HD).
I looked now on my Disk Management and get the following:
Disk 1 Drive E: 250,60GB NTFS Healthy (Active, Primary Partition (my copy)
Disk 1 Drive C: 251,23 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition (the system where I am installing my programs again)
Disk 2 Drive F: 149,05 GB NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
I realize that when I did a format in my 150GB partition it... Read more

Answer:How to format a drive with Windows 7 Dual Boot system?

Reading your post, all I see is one big mess, & not sure what stage you are at.
From what i can see, your HD Drive layout may be like the screenshot below.



Take a look at this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

But you may like to start afresh with a clean install, with the 1TB HD Drive as Disk0 & the other HD Drive physically disconnect.

You also say you are dual booting, Windows 7 & OS unknown.

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I added a new drive so that I could dual boot win7 (installed on Drive 0) and Win8 (to be installed on Drive 1, the 3TB one).

When I go to disk management in Windows 7, it sees the disk and wants to know if I want it partitioned and formatted as MBR or GPT....
What do I want for its purpose?? Or...can I simply leave it as is and hope that the new custom install of windows 8 does it for me?

Answer:Added a new 3TB drive for Windows 8 dual, boot format help

If you want the full 3tb for DATA, set hd drive to GPT.

If you want to install Windows 8 x64 on the HD Drive, you will need a uEFI BIOS & HD Drive set to GPT, Also your Windows 7 HD Drive.

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Hi,I just got a Y560 and I wanted to know how rapid driver affected linux. I am planning on dual booting linux and Win7 and wanted to do something like the following partition:SSD  16GB - Windows (C:\)  16GB - Linux (/ - root partition)HDD  250GB - Windows (C: - RapidDrive)   250GB - Linux (/home) Would that be possible?Does linux recognize the SSD when RapidDrive is in effect (I don't want to use rapiddrive in linux, I know that's not possible, but will linux be able to acess it's own partitions on the SSD and HDD, will it also be able to read from the windows partition)?Does RapidDrive awllo me to split the SSD and the HDD or does the whole SSD need to be used by RapidDrive?Is there any documentation about RapidDrive except for this? Thanks!

Answer:Dual boot Linux/Windows and Rapid Drive

Sp far, it does not seem possible to have ReadyBoost support having a split SSD, it appreads to vehave like so:* If the main windows partition (C is first and has more partition after it, it doesn't work* If those partitions are deleted (that means, if there is a (say) 15GB partition containing windows, and a the rest afterwars is empty), then RapidDrive enlarges C: over the remaining partitions* If there are partitions before the main windows partition then RapidDrive doesn't seem to work. Things I have yet to try:* Having empty space before the main windows drive on the SSD (I was going to do it when I had partitions before had, but remembered only after another reinstall)* Playing around with the order of the partition on the MBR (lets say having a partition at the end of the SSD but have it show up first in the MBR etc...) I will most probably give up which leaves me with 2 options:* Just install linux on the SSD* Find a differenet solution simmilar to RapidDrive to allow me to have windows split between a smallish (around 15GB) partition on the SSD, and a much larger one on the HDD.

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My laptop was recently having a lot of problems and it seemed to be from a faulty hard drive. I was unable to find my operating system disks which I know may cause a problem in the future. I got my hard drive replaced by a local computer repair business and they replaced the faulty drive as well as uploaded a version of Windows which I'm not completely sure of the specific version yet. I have noticed some differences the format of the default windows preferences and when I tried to connect another monitor via a VGA cable it won't display it. Before there was always an option for an extended display but now a drop down menu for resolution and display. I also never had to install any drivers or anything it would just recognize it and I could do what I please. It still says that I have Windows Home Premium but I still don't have the option.
Here are my computer stats from dx.diag.exe-

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
System Model: Q430/Q530
BIOS: Phoenix SecureCore(tm) NB Version 02KF.M008.20100529.KSJ
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 450 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3956MB RAM
Page File: 1314MB used, 6596MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
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Answer:Windows 7 HP- no option for dual monitors after new drive/restore

Hi, bornbritish.
First try to validate the install here: Genuine Microsoft Software
Click on Validate Windows button on top left.

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Hey guys,

I apologize in advance if this question has already been raised. I currently have windows 7 64-bit installed. I want to install windows 8 on a 4TB hard drive and run dual boot.

1) Do I simply install the 4TB hard drive and windows 8? I have a 990 FXA-UD3 revision 1 motherboard.
2) Also, when running a dual boot, is it safe to hide all the hard drives (through admin tools) associated with windows 7 when booting into windows 8 and vice versa?
3) Are there any applications that will make managing a dual boot system easier?

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Dual Boot - Installing Windows 8 on 4TB Hard Drive

1) Should be as simple as putting the 4TB drive in there then booting from the install DVD and selecting the new drive to install the second OS to. The installation should automatically re-write the bootloader, at least it usually does.

2) Yes you can hide your drives, they're still physically seen, just not logically. Unless you actually disable them.

3) Besides Virtualization, not that I'm familiar with. Dual Booting is an ancient way of running multiple operating systems that has been loathed as far as I can remember. The ease of screwing things up or causing your more headaches if you decide you don't want to dual boot anymore, can be annoying to say the least. This is why people choose a solid OS first then just virtualize everything else they need. With multiple cores and massive memory densities this is relatively trivial for most cases.
 

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Hi. I installed windows 7 x64 RC a while back, and it detected windows xp and set up a dual boot. All was well.

I had a PSU failure, and i replaced the PSU. I set the BIOS to boot from the drive with windows 7 on it. It wouldn't boot. I set the bios to boot from the drive with windows Xp on it, and it booted to the dual boot screen.

Apparently, windows 7 placed the boot information on the old XP drive, so if i try to boot to windows 7 from the windows 7 drive, its a no go.

Now, this wouldnt' bug me so much, except that i want to replace the Xp drive with a larger 1tb drive. I don't need XP anymore, and do need storage (xp drive is 160gb).

if i remove the XP drive, windows 7 won't boot. How can i fix this?

Answer:WIndows 7 dual boot with XP, boots from wrong drive

Put your install disk back in,
tell it to do a repair.
and that should find it

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Hi all,

I have two copies of XP installed, one will be stripped down for audio use (Audio OS), and one for general use (General OS). When I boot from the boot manager list into my audio OS, and go to disk management, the drives are setup as I expect:-

C: Audio OS D: General OS E-L My other partitions

When I log into my general OS, the drive letters are muddled:-

C: Audio OS L: General OS Other Drives: not in order

Here, I expected General OS to be on C: (as I am booted into it) and the Audio OS on D: Would this be right? How do I go about swapping L: to C: and C: to D: without causing boot problems?

I have already tried this once by changing the names in the registry
(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices) but this went wrong and wouldn't allow me to boot into the general OS anymore.

I am now back to the stage where I was before it all went wrong and am really nervous to change anything!

Some guidance would be really appreciated

Many thanks

Xenon20
 

Answer:Windows XP (x2) dual boot drive letter confusion

You can't.
You are always booting to 'Audio OS', no matter which you choose. It will always be C.

An alternative would be a 3rd party boot manager. Some hide partitions, so the present OS will always be C.
moper
 

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In a dual boot Window XP system I'd like to be able to have multiple operating systems yet have drive letter C: assigned to the system I select during boot up. The reason is that I want to build multiple systems by building 1 then cloning it to another partition instead of taking the time to build another system. I guess I could have multiple primary partitions on a single drive then just change which one is active. But what if I have 2 hard drives and I want to change which 1 get the C: drive letter. Is there some way to change the hard drive priority? I don't recall that in my BIOS. I'm just trying to save the time and effort of creating and maintaining multiple operating systems.

Answer:Windows XP dual-boot and OS drive letter assignment

You can clone a system to another Drive and if there is no other HDD on the computer, it will be C: drive(ex) you have 2 HDD's that are the same size. You have Windows and all your applications, drivers and updates on Drive 1. You clone drive 1 to drive 2. Now if you unplug Drive 1, and boot the computer, Drive 2 becomes the C: drive. Plug drive 1 back in, and boot the computer and if Drive 1 is the first HDD in the boot order, that will be C: drive and Drive 2 will be the D: drive.
For your scenario, you can make a Clone Image of Drive 1, and use that same image to clone to several HDD's.

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.
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Answer:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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Hello Windows Seven Forums,

I have to hard drives in my desktop. One drive has Windows 7 which I'm going to back up to the second hard drive of other partition. The second hard drive have dual boot OS its default is Windows 8.1 and second is Windows 7. This Windows 7 is the same with the other one I'm going to back up but not the installed apps. When the time the back up is done, I want to replace the second Windows 7 of dual boot drive completely. The result will have 1T bytes hard dive run in my desktop only with dual boot Windows 8.1 still is my default and a new replaced Windows 7.

In my view, the same windows back up tutorial provided in this forum to take its way.

Thanks

Answer:Restored Windows Back Up To Another Partition Of Dual Boot Drive

It's done for back up but I'm having a problem the partition. It will restore the back up in Local Disk C which I don't want to place there. I haven't seen Local Disk D in repair disc I created when loaded from BIOS set up went on. Does anyone knows how can I restore it in Local Disk D only?

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OK I have a Dual Boot XP / Win7 Pro desktop that my family uses. A few years ago, I got a legal copy of Windows 7 Pro, and I installed it on a second hard drive. The intent was to get my family off of the WinXP OS eventually. This computer has been dual booting fine for about 3 years.

The second Hard drive is from a Raid array that was decommissioned at work. Last year, I got concerned that the first hard drive hard drive was 5+ years old, and the second drive was also pretty old. I bought a fast Barracuda 1TB drive, and I moved the WinXP OS to a 500GB partion on new drive. Unfortunately, the 1000GB was 20 megabytes to small to move the Win7 install.

My wife was concerned that even Chrome is dropping support for XP. I found out that Windows7 can resize a partition, so I recently made the XP Partition smaller. Now I was able to use EASEUS to move the Windows & installation off the WD drive, and into the second partition on the new drive.

At this point everything works.

So after copying the Win7 partition to the new drive, I booted into Win7 on the old drive. Drive administrator sees all three partitions:

Drive 0:
Part 1: XP_C_DRIVE (drive letter D: )
Part 2: W7_C_DRIVE (drive letter G: )
Drive 1:
Part 1: OLD_W7_C_DRIVE* (drive letter C: ) Note Drive label re-named, so I would not get confused).
I tried 3 different tools to add a third entry in the boot menu, pointing to the second partition of Drive 0. The plan was, once I was satis... Read more

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hi,

I was prompted a while ago to update to Windows 10, but haven't had a reason to until recently, there's a game (Killer Instinct) which is Windows 10 only so I decided now's the time.

When I was prompted for the update originally, I followed a guide on this forum for turning the update file into a bootable iSO, I though this would let me install windows 10 on another partition so I could dual boot, but when I tried it asked me for my product key and didn't accept my original Windows 7 key.

I'm currently running windows 7 from a 120gb SSD, now partitioned in 2 equal half's. I was wondering if its possible for me to clone my existing Windows 7 drive to the 2nd partition, then do the Windows 10 update on either the clone or original drive for a dual boot setup. Is this possible ?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can I clone my Windows 7 drive, update to Win10, dual boot & use both?

Not within the terms of your windows 7 or Windows 10 licenses - one or the other, not both.
Check that your PC can upgrade to Windows 10 by trying this:

Upgrade Assistant: FAQ - Windows Help

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hi,

I was prompted a while ago to update to Windows 10, but haven't had a reason to until recently, there's a game (Killer Instinct) which is Windows 10 only so I decided now's the time.

When I was prompted for the update originally, I followed a guide on this forum for turning the update file into a bootable iSO, I though this would let me install windows 10 on another partition so I could dual boot, but when I tried it asked me for my product key and didn't accept my original Windows 7 key.

I'm currently running windows 7 from a 120gb SSD, now partitioned in 2 equal half's. I was wondering if its possible for me to clone my existing Windows 7 drive to the 2nd partition, then do the Windows 10 update on either the clone or original drive for a dual boot setup. Is this possible ?

Thanks in advance

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How to dual-boot Microsoft Windows XP and Sun Solaris 10 on same hard drive but separate partitions?

I am running MS Windows XP Pro on my PC. When I first installed the OS, I made 3 partitions:
1.) the OS plus applications
2.) data files (.mp3, .doc, .wmv, .jpg, etc.)
3.) 10 GB unallocated space for future use

I reserved that 3rd partition for an alternative OS. I finally got around to downloading and burning Sun Solaris 10 onto a DVD. I threw the DVD into the drive and restarted my computer and I went through the steps to install Solaris 10 in that 10 GB partition. (I was careful to not use the other 2 partitions). Everything looks like it went well.

I then rebooted the PC. I was expecting to see a list of options upon boot up asking me which OS I want to load. However, it went straight into Windows XP. Once I got into Windows, I confirmed that System startup (right click "My Computer", select "Advanced" tab, then select "Settings" under "Startup and Recovery" says:
"Microsoft Windows XP Professional /noexecute=optino /fastdetect

Also, the "Time to display list of operating systems:" and "Time to display recovery options when needed:" were both set to 30 seconds (which I then changed to 10 sec.).

Do I need to edit the startup options (which sounds risky) so that it forces my PC to list both OSs upon boot-up? What else would you suggest? I would like it to default to Windows if I don't choose from the ... Read more

Answer:How to dual-boot Microsoft Windows XP and Sun Solaris 10 on same hard drive?

You need a boot loader in you MBR. this will allow you to select the OS you want, and default to one or the other if no sleection is mad in "x" amount of time. I am not familiar with Solaris, so I do not know if it comes with a boot loader that you can choose to install when you install Solaris.

You can use software such as bootmagic to edit you MBR after the fact.
 

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I've got one drive that's had Windows 7 for a while. I just bought an SSD drive, and I'd like to dual boot for a while. I've tried installing with formatting the SSD drive (in Windows) and make it a Primary Active partition. I've also tried installing by deleting the partition and leaving it unallocated. I tried creating a Primary partition (but not active). In all cases, it doesn't show up as an option when trying to install Windows.

When I boot from the CD, the only disk it shows is the disk for my already existing drive with Windows 7 already installed.

I tried the steps from this thread (Can't install windows 7 on SSD drive - Super User), but when I perform "list disk" from diskpart, it still only shows 1 disk--the already existing Windows 7 disk. And I originally started with these instructions: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Finally, I tried changing the boot up disk to the SSD drive (making it first on the list in the BIOS by setting boot priority), rebooted to the Windows disk, and still, the only disk that shows up is the original Win7 installed disk.

Another interesting note--my new 2TB storage drive doesn't show up in the list in the Windows install either.

How can I get my SSD drive to show up in the Windows install?

Another VERY interesting note...I've never seen this before. I disconnected my disk with Windows 7 already installed so that it would have to find my SSD drive, and it didn't. It says "No drives were found.... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 7 - Second (SSD) drive not showing as disk in Instal

1. Looks like you have a wiring problem.

2. When you format the SSD, make sure you also align it. The commands are:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your stick in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

3. When you install on the SSD, disconnect all other drives

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I have a laptop that I have created 2 partitions on with a dual-boot configuration, both are Windows 7 Home Edition. Everything worked as desired until the primary partition's registry became corrupted (OK, I screwed it up). After spending a few days trying to fix it, I decided that there wasn't enough on it I wanted to save, so I just re-installed Windows 7 (as a new installation) on the (primary) partition. Everything seemed to work fine until I booted to the secondary partition and attempted to install an application on the C: drive (the application forces the location, so it wasn't by choice). It was then that I realized I have no access to create anything on that partition's C: drive. I have full rights to the primary partition's C: drive, just not the secondary, no matter which partition I boot to. Additionally, when I boot to the primary partition, I can see both, when I boot to the secondary, I don't see the primary. I have scoured the net for a solution and nothing has worked. I can't get access to take ownership, I can't change Security attributes, it is not set to Read-Only, it just comes back with the irritating "Access Denied" message whenever I try to create anything on that partition's C: drive.

Thanks in advance!

- Jim

Answer:Windows 7 Dual Boot Can't Access Inactive Partitions C: Drive

Post a snapshot of Disk Management:
To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

Vista and Windows 7: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Once you have the image saved, click on the Paperclip Icon next to the Smiley Icon. In the Manage Attachments window, click Browse and navigate to where you saved the image and select it.
Click the Upload button.
Close the Manage Attachments window.
Click on the Paperclip Icon again and select the image you uploaded. It will be placed in your post.

Note: Do this from both booted partitions please.

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Ok,
Here's the story. I have 2 different OS's on 2 different drives. The main is Win 2k Pro and the secondary is Win XP Pro. I just have so much on the Win 2k drive I kind of want to ease into an XP state of mind. Here's the issue. On the 2k Pro Drive I can see all of my hard drives (7 in all) including the secondary OS Drive, but when I boot to the XP drive I cannot see any of the other drives aside from the OS drive. I have looked in the device manager of XP and seen that all of the drives are there, I've go to the admin tools/computer management and see them there. I've even tried to copy the same access and control settings as the XP drive to all of the other drives on the system and still no luck. The primary OS drive is on the MB main IDE channel and I also have a 400gb drive on that same chain, neither can be seen with the secondary OS Drive. The remaining 4 drives are on a single promise card and are accessible on the primary OS drive but not the secondary. I've checked the device manager on the XP drive to ensure that all devices have been installed properly and that no unknown devices exist.

I have tried everything that I can think of and I'm hoping its just some setting I'm forgetting. Can any one be of assistance?


Thx for all the help


SpYdeR
 

Answer:Seeing harddrives on a dual Drive Dual OS System

Just too add:

I've already gone thru the Administrative Tools, Computer Management options and all drives are seen as healthy, even stating the drive name aside from the drive letter none with an unknown color or tag.

Just a reminder that all drives are on IDE chains either directly on the main board or on a PCI promise card.
 

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As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable boot sector, or is that even the problem?

Answer:How do I keep Win 7, Dump XP from dual drive, dual boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by maxit


As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable bo... Read more

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Here is a weird question; please help if you can:

I'm running XP on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop. I have two 160 GB hard drives, each in caddies that remove/replace in seconds from the laptop. Shut the laptop down, flip a door open, slide out the HD, install the new, close the door, boot up again. Poof...done.

The computer has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.6 ghz, 3.15 (actually 4 but the XP can't read it all) gB memory. It's got the guts needed.

I would like to purchase and install W7 Pro on one of the drives. I can as such 'ease' into familiarity with W7, experiment with compatibility with work software, but still have the full functionality of XP at hand with the other hard drive.

When/if it all works out, I can migrate data over as needed from the XP drive to the W7 drive with an external USB drive, and abandon XP.

Dual boot on one drive is not workable; the XP drive does not have the space to make that possible....I would be forever fooling around with space limitations. And, I have the extra drive/caddy already in hand (it's a spare for imaging from my backup in the event of a failure).

I'm very experienced with computers; typically people come to me for help.....but 7 is uncharted territory for me. I've given the process a lot of thought, and want to do it this way, so toward that end, your expertise on the following questions would be appreciated!

Here's the questions:

1. Will I have motherboard reporting issues when validating W7, si... Read more

Answer:Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

I'll answer as best i can here...

1) You should have zero issues here...MS would be more than happy to have as many installs out there as possible. Remember you are buying a 2nd OS to install on 1 machine...i can't see how this would upset them

2) The OEM version should be fine.

3) As far as this goes this i can only see being dependent on driver support since it's a laptop. If the drivers for your machine are available for 64bit by all means go for it...

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Hi

After struggling with a problem at my office for a while, a helpful member of these forums managed to sort it in a few minutes so I'm back for some advice on my home rig!

My home rig is basically split between work use and recreational use. Currently I have an OS drive with a couple of storage drives - all mechanical SATA drives. I decided that I was going to get myself an SSD and use that with a fresh installation of Windows 7 (Home Premium) as a gaming install. I need to leave my current Vista install intact because it has a number of programs set-up for my work and will continue to handle this side of things.

I was aware of multiboot setups, though I have never done one before, and as such have read a number of threads on the subject, including the great series of guides by Brink found on this site. At the moment I'm thinking of keeping the installs seperate, not technically a dual-boot I suppose, by removing all the other drives whilst I install Windows 7 to the SSD. Choosing the OS will then I believe be a process done within the BIOS by selecting the drive boot order.

I came across this mentioned in one thread:

"Use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to trigger the HD not set to boot first"

I think this means a key for choosing the boot order? I have an Asus X38 motherboard (Asus Maximus Formula) with an AMI bios and I can't seem to find anything at POST or in the documentation that suggests a key to get a boot sequence s... Read more

Answer:Dual boot / Dual Drive queries

Hello qwikpix, welcome to Seven Forums!


The BIOS hot-key to trigger the ASUS one-time boot menu is the F8 key at PC startup.

Both Vista and Windows 7 will use the C: drive letter while booted to each respectively and "the other" OS will have the next available drive letter in the booted OS.

The other partitions will have different drive letters between the 2 OS but you can reassign the letters as long as that won't break any installed prog/app associations by doing so.

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Question: T530 & WINDOWS 8

Dear Sirs: We have a new T530, we received W8 upgrade offer and downloaded it. However as W8 Upgrade Assistant ran we received a list of NON COMPATIBLE softwares as follows: Sidebar gadgets aren't supported in Windows 8You won?t be able to use the sidebar gadgets that are installed on your PC in Windows 8.More infoSecure Boot isn't compatible with your PCYour PC's firmware doesn't support Secure Boot so you won't be able to use it in Windows 8.More infoIntel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller DriverIntel Corporation, Version 1.0.4.225Not compatibleLenovo Auto Scroll UtilityVersion 1.11Not compatibleLenovo Solution CenterLenovo Group Limited, Version 1.1.007.00Go to the app website for helpRapidBoot ShieldLenovo, Version 1.23Not compatibleThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate SoftwareBroadcom Corporation, Version 6.5.1.2700Go to the app website for helpIntel(R) WiDiIntel Corporation, Version 3.1.29.0Reinstall it in Windows 8Intel(R) Wireless DisplayReinstall it in Windows 8iTunesApple Inc., Version 10.7.0.21Remove authorized PCsThinkVantage Access ConnectionsLenovo, Version 5.93Go to the app website for help What to do, should we wait until Lenovo upgrades all softwares and then install W8 ? Is there a procedure available from Lenovo to upgrade smoothly and maintain all installed application as bught from Lenovo ? Hope to receive your help. Regards,

Answer:T530 & WINDOWS 8

Dear Sirs: We have a new T530, we received W8 upgrade offer and downloaded it. However as W8 Upgrade Assistant ran we received a list of NON COMPATIBLE softwares as follows: Secure Boot isn't compatible with your PCYour PC's firmware doesn't support Secure Boot so you won't be able to use it in Windows 8.More infoAfter chek MS website we found:  "Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database" Also we check UEFI BIOS Version on our T530 and it is G4ET40WW, UEFI BIOS Date 2012-08-09 Where we obtain the firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B ? or what to do to have Secure Boot after upgrade to W8 ? Hope to receive your help. Regards,

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Question: t530 windows 8

I installed windows 8 sometime a couple weeks ago and when I restart or wake my computer from sleep it takes along time before anything because active, so today I downloaded Lenovo system update program and it found several items that needed to be updated and downloaded, after install them I have no sound or wi-fi 

Answer:t530 windows 8

HiTry installing the stock drivers from lenovo site if available. I am not sure if they are available. Still you could check once.





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Hello there!

I am trying to dual boot Windows 8 release preview along side my present Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I understand that windows 7 only lets four partitions at once. My PC came in with four partitions, namely:

SYSTEM
(C
RECOVERY
HP TOOLS

So when I try to shrink the space in the C drive and go through the new simple volume wizard in the Disk Management, a message comes up saying the disk will be converted to dynamic if I proceed. I was a little confused and stopped there. I read a few threads online and downloaded the minitool partition wizard but I am really lost as to what to do. To summarize it all up, I am trying to dual boot windows 8 release preview but I have four partitions already so is there anyway I can delete one of them or create an extended partition? I also included screenshots of my partitions. Please help! Thank you in advance.

Answer:Hard drive partition problem in Windows 7 on a HP laptop for dual boot

You don't need the HP Tools partition, delete it and then shrink C to create unallocated space to create a new partition, then, when u install 8, use the setup.exe in the Sources folder, this allows for a custom install where u designate the partition. ...and welcome to the forum sneakymode!

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I am at the point of buying a new hard drive for an old computer. I've been told that it is possible to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu with a 80GB hard drive, but 120 GB would be preferred. I can get an 100GB (PATA/IDE) hard drive at a reasonable price. I just use simple email (not Outlook), internet browsing, MS Word, PDF documents. No games, no photography, no CAD/CAM or other activities that require a lot of space.

QUESTION: Is a 100GB enough hard drive space to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu?

Thank you,

C. (Bob)
 

Answer:Is 100GB hard drive enough space to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu?

CCT,

Eighty gigabytes should be fine. Forty can be accomplished. A full Windows XP installation should be less than 20GB and can be slimmed down greatly. Ubuntu's requirements state 5GB. I wouldn't recommend purchasing a larger drive without need for multiple software installations.

Silekonn
 

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Hi I did a factory recovery but Win + PrtSc doesn't work under win7. It's worked well before bios update. Do you know any solution for this problem? Thanks













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Answer:T530 WIN + PrtSc windows 7

Hi Soproni,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I think you are trying to capture an active window. The keyboard shortcut for the same is Alt+Prtsc.
 
Best regards,
Mithun.





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F1 key does not appear to be working on a T530. All other keys (including other function keys) are ok.  In Windows 10 (in word processor for example) F1 does not work while other functions keys are ok.  Ran the Lenovo keyboard diagnostic tool which found no problem.   Ran the online keyboard testing tool (keyboardtest.com) ... all keys (including other Fn keys) register in the tool except F1. I attempted to use F1 to enter BIOS setup during boot ... it failed ... but I can interrupt boot uisng F2 or F12.Any suggestions?    

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Everytime I try to upgrade to Windows 10, either from Windows Update or DVD, I end up with the following message after rebooting: 0xC1900101 - 0x20017 The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operationMy T530 is running its origin Windows 7 64bit, totally up to date, with all Lenovo software up to date as well. BIOS upgraded to last version 2.64. Things I've tried:1. Removing all Lenovo stuff2. Removing all drivers3. Disabling all non-critical devices in Windows device manager.4. Disabling all i/o devices in BIOS.5. Restoring system to factory from recovery media, making all updates again. None of those worked, I always get the same error. After first phase of installation and reboot, I never get the new Windows logo splash, only the old W7 then the error Window and then I log into my unchanged W7 system. I've googled around looking for a solution, but it seems the reason can be different for every configuration, and I couldn't find anything specific for my system. Mine is an Intel i5-3210M, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk, Intel Graphics. I have a Linux partition and Grub boot manager to select the system to load on boot. Thanks in advance for any attempt to help!













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Answer:T530: Can't upgrade to Windows 10

Hi, have you tried using this tool made by microsoft?: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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