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New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

Question: New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

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Preferred Solution: New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

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

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

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure. If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?




Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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Question: Replace harddrive

I have an Acer Aspire 5520 laptop with Vista Home SP2.

I want to replace the harddrive with a bigger one but I am having trouble cloning the harddrive. The new one is a WD
There are three partitions on the old drive. 1. C drive, 2. data drive and 3. Hidden recovery partition.
The drive cloned. But there are errors with windows updates saying the service is not running.
Some one I spoke to says that vista has a system partition that doesn't always clone properly, hence the errors. And I should do a fresh install.

Originally, I had created an image of the whole drive (old one) first with Acronis (with my Hirens 9.8 CD) then I restored the image to the new drive.
Then I tried to do a factory reset with the new imaged drive but I got a type mismatch error.

Not sure what is the best way.
Am I doing something wrong?
I don't want to end up with a system with errors.

If I just use a generic (if that's the right word) vista disk I won't have all the acer drivers installed or any of the acer software.


Answer:Replace harddrive

Run msconfig.exe. Open the Services tab. Find Windows Update. Turn it on if it's off.

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Hello, Is it possible to remove the CD-rom and replace it with a SSD harddrive for these model below? - LENOVO THINKPAD EDGE S430- LENOVO THINKPAD EDGE E531

Answer:Replace CD-rom with SSD harddrive

I know there are 'caddies' for sale on eBay which provide the right connection.

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Computer was given to me because the cdrom was dead.
The tick of death started, so the harddrive is dead too(it is dead now sure)
XP licence is stuck under laptop.

Pity to throw this laptop away, I would liket to get XPback on, but failling that anything is accepted.

Answer:laptop, dead cdrom, dead harddrive

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I have a Windows 8 pc with 2 hard drives. 1 SSD [C:] which holds the operating system. The other is an internal 2TB HDD [D:] which mainly houses (ProgramFiles) Steam and lots of games.

I would like to replace the 2TB HDD with a new internal 5TB HDD. I will leave the SSD as is.

Can anyone recommend a good way to switch the HHD's. I know registry entries can be a concern so I was hoping to copy the 2TB to the 5TB and then rename the 2TB to [E:] and then rename the 5TB HDD to [D:]

Will this work? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Replace Secondary Harddrive

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Hi!I want to replace my default harddrive in my Lenovo w500. The driver says my harddrive is 150GB ST9160823AS ATA Device. I have a 320 WD Scorpio Black drive which I want to put in instead..Is there any instructions around of how to get the harddrive out, I see a bracket on the right hand side which has a "database/hardrive" symbol and when I unscrew the bracket I see a harddrive but it's kind of stuck in there.. Do I have to take out all the screws on the backside to get to the HDD or what? Thanx


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Answer:How to replace W500 harddrive?
this is the manual you are looking for. 

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Hi Everyone, On P70, for "optical drive bay which might be converted to house a second HDD",  what is the part # for the optical drive bay to house the 2nd HDD?   I can't find it here.  From this post, it seems the this accessory is available somewhere. Thanks a lot!

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I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 on a Sager Notebook.

It now has a 100GB Harddrive which is getting full. I have just purchased a 350GB drive which I would like to install in the place of the 100GB. I own Norton Ghost v14.

I would like to transfer my existing system to the new drive and not go through the problem of reinstalling XP and then going through the many updates.

Is this practical? I thought that Norton Ghost might help me but the instruction seem to require attaching both drives at the same time which I don't think I can do on the notebook. I have a new 1TB USB drive that might be used as an intermediate step but I'm not sure I can boot from a USB drive. I also have an old desktop that I could hook up if that would help.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.


Answer:Replace Notebook Harddrive

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Hey! A quick question, about an older laptop which still is alive. Acer Aspire 4820TGWindows 7 Home Can I replace the harddrive and install Windows still? I mean, I have burned out the recovery CDs or whatever Acer's software asked for when the computer was new. Can those be used to install Windows if I replace the current harddrive? If so, how does the license work? I assume they can't be used on another computer, but can I reinstall however much I want on this one? Thanks in advance!And, this laptop is great. Going strong through its 4th year and the battery still pumps out ~4-5h when being conservative with the usage. Heh, the other parts are probably slowly dying though, including the harddrive.Oh well.


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Answer:[4820tg] Can I replace my harddrive and still keep...

Yes to all your questions. you must use the recovery media you created, just double check they are still ok or create a new one, just in case.about license, it's on BIOS as SLIC table, so you don't need to enter any serial and your windows will be activated automatically.

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Ok, First of all, here are the specs of my brother's computer:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+, x86 Family 15 Model 44 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1023 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76308 MB, Free - 16898 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, MS-7030, 3.0,
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I think his harddrive is on its last leg, probably a bad sector. I would like to take the data including the operating system from that drive and copy it to a new one, then switch out the two drives. I figured I would use Acronis Migrate Easy for this. But, now my problem is what harddrive I should use. I am not sure If I can use a SATA drive or not with his old motherboard. Even if I can, I don't know if the drivers will be able to recognize it. I am looking for a 250-500gb drive, around $40 or so including the cables FROM AMAZON. I was looking at a WD Caviar Blue 500gb, but I saw a review about how it is a hassle to get it to work with xp. Please help me.

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Question: Harddrive dead?

So last night I was on my computer and I heard a click noise coming from the hdd. A few minutes later I got a message saying

"New Hardware Found: F J T U M G 2 4 H"

The computer got VERY buggy and was doing like practically nothing. I hit control alt delete and my cpu usage was at a constant 2%. I shut the computer off then turned it back on and the windows loading screen doesnt come up. Just a blinking line.

I eventually got it to show the loading screen for about 1.5 seconds then a blue screen came up and said UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_DATA also stating that i somehow installed a peice of hardware wrong.

I tried safe mode, same thing.
I tried Last Known Good Configuration, same thing.

I think i fried my harddrive.. >_<
If i did, is there any way to recover data because i had abotu 3 gigs of music and i have dial up >_<

Answer:Harddrive dead?

Freeze the hard drive and recover

However you also need a second drive to do this

Was this your seagate drive that did this?

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Hi all,
yesterday, while trying to delete a file, I got "Cannot Delete, file in use" error and another error telling me that some file in the same folder was corrupted. Then, that entire harddrive "disappeared" from My Computer. In other words, the drive icon disappeared as if the drive was no longer detected.

I restarted and got a DOS error saying "Hardware Failure, contact your hardware vendor."

I removed the drive (its my secondary) and the computer started up fine. Virus scans found nothing.

I dont know what to do at this point. EVERY thing that matters to me is on that drive. Are there tests I can run to see whats wrong with it? I really hope the data is recoverable.

For the record, its a 250 gig Internal S-ATA Seagate drive.

Thanks for ANY help, I really appreciate it!!

Answer:Is my Harddrive DEAD?

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For about 3 months my computer has been having this stalling problem, and i've been able to keep it from getting bad by switching my sata port and cables. Slowly it got worse and worse, and now when i try to boot it up it just beeps a lot and gives me this error message saying disk boot failure please insert windows disk. I thought it might of been my motherboard so i plug ed it into my friends computer and it seemed to be working fin till it was about to load the windows login screen and just stayed black.

that is a link to my previous post when i thought it was my motherboard

Answer:Is my harddrive dead or is it something else

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Question: Dead harddrive??

Hi there, first off merry christmas!!

A few weeks ago i turned on my p.c and it wouldnt load up windows xp,it was just getting stuck on the xp loading screen (with the blue loading bar)

First i tried un attaching then re-attaching all the componets in the p.c, this didnt work. I tried starting in safe mode and this didnt work either, so i had alook around the bios and couldnt fond any way of sorting it out (i didnt really know what i was looking for really)

In the end i just decided to cut my losses and try to re-install windows from the partition using the floppy recovery disk. It completed the first 2 stages
(i assume this is the deleting/clearing existing files from the hd)
But on the next stage it just freezes and dosent do anything( i assume this is the re-installation stage)

So would it be possible to install windows if i buy an xp disk and do it that way, or do i need to buy a new hd w/ xp installed on it already?

My pc is a packard bell ixtreme. 2002-ish at has the old 133 ram and the first p4 that was released (not the winalot one they released straight after). my hardrive is also the slow basic no frills generic piece of turd that packard bell dished out with their first xp models.

Sorry about my lack of knowleged i havnt bought a pc component for a few years and i cant remeber all the lingo i used to know.

Thanks for you time and patience,

Answer:Dead harddrive??

It sounds as if you may have a hardware issue. Maybe a bad hard drive or flakey memory. Find out which company made your hard drive (get the model number from the BIOS and Google it, or open the case and have a peek) and go to their web site, download and run the diagnostic tool as per their instructions. Then visit the Memory section here at MajorGeeks and download and run a RAM diagnostic. I think the bootable ones are best (my personal favorite: - it will create a bootable floppy or CD .iso image). Choose the advanced/extended tests and run for at least 3 passes. This may take some time, so go have a few beers and a pizza. If both the HD and RAM tests pass 100%, then buying an XP disc is a real good idea. Be sure you get a valid product key with it so you can activate as required. You may have to reformat the drive to reload your Windows if a safe repair installation keeps crashing....

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Ok, this is a bit of a lengthy story but here goes:

About 5 days ago now , my computer froze just a few minutes into a game i had just started up (dungeon siege 2 demo). I figured this wasnt a major problem, i'd just restart. And i did but only to find an error in loading windows. Cant quite remember the exact one but it was somthing like "ntldr is either missing or corrupt, please copy or replace the file". Now at the time i didnt have my xp pro copy handy (i had lent it to a friend), so i tried a few other things, safe mode, last known good config, replacing the file from a xp home cd etc but to no avail. Finally i rang a friend and got em to send over their copy. meanwhile i googled the issue on another computer to find that many people were fine with it all after using chkdsk in the xp recovery console. So i figured i'd give it a try. This is where it hit the fan.

I left it for a while and came back to see that it had stopped at 50% saying that "one or more sectors could not be fixed" somthing like that anyway. Bugger, but i guess i'd just reinstall windows - not that big a deal. I restarted and then there came these clicking noises from the hdd. and it just hanged at "detecting ide harddrives". Sometimes it'd give up and no hardrives would be detected and it would continue to boot. But somtimes it'd find it but the drive wont stop clicking or get past that first screen.

so heres what i've tried:
-Restarting... Read more

Answer:Another harddrive dead?

a little known virus called 'kittools' of which there is no known fix, can chew up a harddrive, and destroy the sectors.
i've had 3 in my shop this year.

go for the new harddrive

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Question: Dead Harddrive???

I just tried to power my terra drive on an it started smokeing thinking its the electronic board.

Answer:Dead Harddrive???

Probably a good guess i'd say...

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Question: Harddrive is dead?

Ok wow, busy day for me.

Plugged in USB drive, computer started lagging every minute or so and freezing on me. Thought something maybe up, so, restarted system.

Then got blue screen of death, oh dear.

KERNAL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR appeared. I was like holy crap.

Restarted again and got a message of:


now, i got this everything I tried, I have 2 drives, both SATA. One had nothing on as I just got it for xmas and was going to wait before I needed it (now i do!!!).

Unplugged original and installed XP on this one so I can post for any problem solving.

If I plug in the original as well as this one. I get an error message just after everything is check in DOS thing (before Windows logo comes up) saying DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISC.

Wow long post. please help if you're a guru!



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Question: Dead Harddrive

Hi guys,
I have just taken my laptop in to get checked out, because it was having trouble restarting after it froze durning a system restore. The fellow told me I have a pretty much dead harddrive, and that it would be easily replaced under my extended warranty, provided I hadnt caused the problem.

The thing is, i spilt the tiniest bit of chocolate milk on my laptop about 3 months ago. I know, I'm an idiot, but I cleaned it up and let it dry out, exactly as you're meant to. Everything was fine, but now i'm worried that this has caused the death of my harddrive. Or that even if it didnt, they will see marks or something and charge me anyway. However, I have always had trouble with my laptop, it often shuts down for no reason, even before the milk incident. I have also had trouble with system restores in the past. I have a hp pavillion and my partucular type is also notorious for overheating. The guy I talked to said that it could well be just a large number of things disintergrating over time that has caused it, but if I could get some insight, that would be great. Id prefer to know now if im likely to have to pay a couple of hundred dollars to get it fixed!


Answer:Dead Harddrive

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Hi there  This particular model has 2 drive - 32GB SSD and 500GB SATA disk. We had this issue where this machine is shutting down itself and we suspected it has something to do with a disk cause the Windows keeps asking to do a disk repair all the time. We decided to replace the 2nd disc by cloning into 500GB Samsung 850 SSD. we managed to cloning BUT when we boot up it won't boot up and went  to RAID controller mode. RAID VOLUMES:ID | Name | Level | strip | Size0 | FFS | RAID0(stripe) | 128KB | 8.0 GB1 | Cache | RAID0(stripe) 128KB | 18.6GB Physical devices:ID | Device Model | Serial | Size0 | Samsung SSD 850 | Sxxxxx | 486.7 GB1 | Samsung M2MPC032 | Sxxxxx | 29.8 GB When we go to Enter Configuration Utility <CTRL-I>, we have an option to Reset  Disks to NON-RAID. My question are:1. How do we replace the harddrive then with this type of RAID ?2. When we put back in the original harddrive, I don't see any option when boot up (Esc) ... to see the RAID configuration. Try Ctrl-I didn't work. I'm appreciated your feedback.  

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how to replace a new harddrive satelite 1670cds
do I have to remove the keyboard?
and wath is the limit of GB

Answer:How to replace a new harddrive satelite 1670cds

Hi Theo,

HDD is fest mounted on your machine and it is not easy to change it. First of all you must to remove keyboard, then display and top cover too. If you want to do it yourself be careful. If you make something wrong it can be very expensive.

It is not easy to say what the limit of HDD is but I am pretty sure that you can use 10GB without any problems. Try to contact Toshiba Service Partner. Maybe they can give you some precise information.


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i'll keep it short. this is kindof a follow up to my other posts. basically i had the BSOD telling me i had "unmountable volume". After trying to reboot in the last know configuration and safe mode, and having both of them fail, i tried Chkdsk /r and Chkdsk /p and fixboot with no luck. They most i got in the hours i tried to let them run was 1% complete. So, i have a computer that is not functional whatsoever and i would like to get it up and running asap as i am back to college for classes now. I am thinking the next step is a repair install of windows?! is this the next best thing? Or is my hard drvie completely shot and i would be best to just replace it.

but, i was hoping this was the last option since i do have some family photos on the drive. Any suggestions you would have are greatly appreciated. Thanks for all your help again guys!

Answer:fried harddrive? replace or other solution

If the drive is bad then it may be difficult to get the information off of it with spending lots of money. There a few things you can still try.

In the recovery console you can try the fixboot command at the command prompt:

If you do a repair install it should not remove any of your data: Repair Install
If the drive is bad you will have problems doing this.

You can go to your HD manufacturer web site a download a HD diagnostic utility. Usually there is both a floppy and CD version.

As always check the drive cable and try another one.

If the drive comes up bad you might be able to get your data off of it slaving the HD either in another system or the one you're using after a new HD install.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)

Answer:SHOULD I UPGRADE: 40GB/5200 HardDrive-to-60GB/7200 HardDrive?

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freezing during installing software/running software

numerous, error messages on boot drive stability

during format/partion, it took a long amount of time, and numerous attempts, file alocation errors

please help its a 8100 dell dimension

is the HD about to die? does it have a virus?

Answer:labtop harddrive going dead?

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my computer restarts and gets to boot disc failure so i think its dead but i use another power supply cable connecter and it works

ever had this happen?

the other one seems a little loose and may not last long either

Answer:dead harddrive? i guess no

I have certainly had it happen before. Purchase a new power supply.

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I have a friend whos computer was acting weird. It's older, so the local shop wouldn't look at it for her. she said she couldn't get it to say ON. I told her I would look at it, (but I know next to nothing)
when I started it up the first few times, the only thing odd I noticed is the background was blood red with a butcher knife on it. Just weird for her. I didn't try to get online.

I called her to ask if the background was normal, and exactly the problem she was experiencing was. she said the background wastn' normal, and that when she got online, it would restart her computer.

Thinking I had the answer, (virus) I headed down with my Norton in hand. I started up the computer as I have a few times before, but this time it didn't even recognize the hard drive.. checked for it.. then said.. "master NONE"..

I opened it up, checked all the cables and tried again.. nothing. I tried to put one of my old harddrives in, and it did recognize mine..

my question is.. would a virus have killed this harddrive.. and is that what it probably is? is there any way of getting the data back off? I have an old hard drive here, but I had used it as a back up for my digital pictures... there isnt' a OS loaded on it. so it won't start up the system either.

I just dont' know if i should cut my losses or keep trying.

thanks for any advice!!

Answer:[SOLVED] Is harddrive dead?

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I have a HP Pavilion p6804 QP725AA that has been getting ever slower, to the point it takes more than an hour to boot up and each click of the mouse more than 20 minutes.  Now I know why... Harddrive Imminent Failure warning has appeared.  I am going to replace the harddrive.  I am backing up what I can.  I hope to use recovery cd's to start the new drive.  My concern is that the recovery cd's were created on Windows7 when the computer was new (5 years ago).  I did do the Win10 upgrade.  Will Windows 10 remember this computer or am I going to have to pay for it now? And is it really as easy as just sticking in the Recovery CD once the drive has been changed out? Will the partition(s) be created, etc. or is there more to it?  I do my own comp maintenance (simple stuff) like add a PCIe card, change out power supplies or bad dvr drive, even the fan in my laptop, but I have never done the hard drive.  Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hello,I have just recently aqquired a laptop for christmas, now, when I first got it out, it worked great for about an hour, no strange noises etc. etc.However, it then suddenly froze on the shutdown, after this it just kept making a clicking noise, and saying "operating system not found", no other options, nothing to press etc., no boot.Now, I read somewhere that taking the hdd out, and putting it back in again sometimes helps, I did this once, and no change, however, on doing it a second time it booted fine, no clicking, and it passed scandisk twice with no clicking. It ran for about two hours, with shutdowns working fine etc. However now, it has stopped again - no boot.I am pretty sure that the hdd needs replacing (at a cost of around £40), however, before plunging in would just like to ask if it could be anthing else, if there is anything I can do to fix it at home, and whether there is anything in particular I need to be looking for when I buy (buying new) (except 2.5in, and around 15gb+)Thanks,Daniel.

Answer:Dead Harddrive? Alive? No, definitely dead...

If new take it back

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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I have pretty old secondary hard drive (11 years) and currently in power settings there is an option to put hard drive in sleep mode if it's been idle for X minutes. Is it a good idea to disable this setting and let the harddrive spin all the time, since as I know, frequently enabling/disabling hard drives makes more damage than never putting harddrive to sleep.

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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hi, i recently started having problems with my external harddrive its WD 500gb

at first some times is asked me to format it. i only turned it off and on and it was back to normal. then after that last power outage it kept asking me to to format it and then its not detected at all.

bias doesnt see it at all (once it actualy saw it). when i plug in via usb my win7 just makes that enoying beep sound over and over. device manager is refreshed but nothing new is there. esata port stops the comp from starting at all. also if i try going to bias when its pluged in it hangs when starts to scan what is plugged in in my sata ports.

thought it spins and everything properly.

any one got ever had this sort of problem before?

Answer:external harddrive dead or is there hope

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

This is the same as your previous post - - which Ziggy suggested you get moved to the Hardware section. Please don't double-post, just contact a mod and have them merge the threads and move them to Hardware.

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Computer is an HP Compaq 8510p that had a 250 gb drive put in it at time of receipt. Is running XP SP3. Hard drive is giving error of 10008 replace hard drive. gets stuck when trying to boot widows. cannot boot to dos gets stuck at bmload.sys

Downloaded the ultimatebootcd as I do not have a windows recovery disk wit me (400 miles from home) Ran the HDD for HCAT2 received a bunch of info and then stated was loading the boot sector 0002d1 int1e=f000efc7 and then states non system disk or disk error. replace and press any key.

When I do that it goes to windows and gets stuck. Is there any way that I can get to a dos prompt without launching windows so I can run a chkdsk.

Just need the computer up long enough to copy some files off of it?


Answer:HardDrive appears dead, trying to restituate

This won't get Windows to boot but it will help you copy those files, allowing you to attempt to fix your Windows OS without worrying about losing your files. Puppy Linux is an OS that can be booted from a CD or USB drive and will run in RAM. and Getting Started.htm

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My son has a Lenovo Y40-80 laptop. The harddrive is physically dead. It clicks and makes a terrible noise when powered up. I have a SATA->USB cable and tried accessing the drive using other computers, but no luck. I have a new SATA harddrive to put into the laptop, but I am wondering how I will get the OS reinstalled. I know that on the forum, all other discussions are about using recover partition of the harddrive, but this harddrive is physically broken.  I tried to see if I can get recovery media through the support website, but was told because my laptop is out of warranty I could not download or get any recovery media from Lenovo support.    I feel like if I buy a computer with an OS, I should at least be told what the registration code is for my OS so I can reinstall the software from media I have from other computers.    Is there any other option besides just buying a brand new OS?

Answer:Physically dead harddrive, how do I reinstall os?

If the computer came with Windows 8.1 or 10, then the Product ID is stored in the computers BIOS and is not required to reinstall Windows.   You can download Windows Install media for Windows 8.1 and 10 for free from Microsoft using this link.    During installation, the product should be automatically detected, or if reinstalling Windows 10 (even after an upgrade) you can skip the product key and it will be detected after installation is complete. If the system came with windows 7, then there should be a product key sticker either affixed somewhere on the laptop. BTW  I cannot believe that Lenovo will not send you recovery installation media for your system.   You cannot order them online in the USA, however, but you can order them by calling Lenovo support at 877-453-6686      The Lenovo recovery disks may be preferred since they would create the original partition layout, and include all the proper drivers and Lenovo pre-installed software that came with your system when it was new.  Good Luck, Create installation media for Windows

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA

If the hard drive is not spinning, your options are suddenly very expensive.

You will need to take the drive to a professional data recovery company, but prepare yourself for a likely very high cost. If the drive has to be opened, a "clean room" lab is essential as even a single speck of dust will take out the heads and platter.

Data that only exists on a hard drive and is not backed up is data that you don't care about losing. The hard drive and PSU are the two most failure prone devices in a PC. You need to backup important data regularly, the hard drive is temporary storage at best.

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I need to help someone recover data from a dead scusi harddrive,

I have not yet inspected the device but I am told the computer makes a beep when it starts then fails to read the disk and wont load the operating system.

I was under the impression that a single beep indicated it had found your harddrive, but I maybe wrong.

It also has a scusi card so could it be possible that the card has failed?

I have the ultimate boot CD so I will possibly be able to do some scans on it with this, but is it possible to recover the data myself without sending it off and paying a small fortune?

If so then how do I go about doing this do I need to connect another harddrive to it to transfer the data?

and what software will I need???

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi. My Dell Dimension 2400's harddrive failed. I have a new one -ready to install. But how do I get the operating system software to load once I have the harddrive installed. Went to Dell site, but didn't find anything remotely similar to 'recovery software'. Anyone know what I should do? Thanks!!!! Maggie

Answer:Replace Harddrive and Software - Dell Dimension 2400

You can try to contact Dell and see if they can sell you a recovery disc set for your computer. Not sure it they will though. Otherwise you are probably looking at buy a copy of windows, and what ever other software you need but don't have retail copies of.

A learning this here, Get an external Hdd and make an image of your system disk. If this happens again, you can just restore the image to the new disk and be on the road again.

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im working on a dell inspiron 5100... was running xp... on boot up, i get black screen tht says "primary hard disk drive 0 failure" "no boot device available".. so looks like the hard drive is dead... ive work on desktops, but never the hardware on laptop... this is the hard drive that is on the computer...
Part Number:G0435
Functional Group:HARDDRIVE
Description:HD 40GB I 9.5MM 5.4K HIT-FRES
Comments:HGST Fresno-B 40GB HDD (5400rpm) udma 100

i was just wondering if most laptop harddrives will work on this computer without having to order the same drive from dell... does anybody have any recommendations... i think the pc is about 5 years old... thanks for your help...

Answer:Solved: dead dell laptop harddrive help

Yes, I've put several laptop drives in my Dell's. They don't have to be ordered from the manufacturer.

So you could even get a larger one if you want.

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I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB

Thank you,


Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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On power and these drive doesn?t even initialize. I had these two harddrives in raid 0, worked fine. I moved bays with them booted worked plugged to more in and they both did not work. Put in a new raid card nothing, changed cables tested with the two that worked. Mounted both in a docking station widows reads them but get a triangle with a red ?!? in storage manager. Any one has any ideas, how to update firm ware or rest these drives?

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Edit: Title should be WD5000AAKS-00TMA0

Oh god, this keeps happening to me. I've had so many hardware problems recently, taking up all my time and money...

I'll tell you the entire story.
I have a fan on the front of the computer (quite small) that often makes alot of noise. So everytime it makes this sound, I press down on the casing or nudge it (or slap it), and it quitens down.
For the past 2-3 days though it's been EXTREMELY loud, and it's unstoppable.
A nudge shuts it up for a minute or 2, and then it starts up again. It's incredibly annoying...
So I decided to do something about it.
It's a small fan, it appears to only cool down my 2 harddrives and nothing else, so I thought I'd remove it.
Attached to the fan is a black wire and a red wire. I followed these wires back to the source. The 2 wires were seemingly forced into 2 of one the 4 pin harddrive cables (wires:red black black yellow, white plug).
[I should mention here that my computer was built by a specialist and purchased on eBay.]
I saw this and thought to my self "Easy!"
I pulled the 2 wires out and removed the fan from the casing.

When I started up the computer, everything seemed fine. No more noise!
Then I realised my 2nd harddrive wasn't showing up.
500GB of music, software and work. Important work....
I put my hand to the harddrive as the computer casing was still open. Nothing.

It's COMPLETELY unresponsive.
I look at the BIOs, it's not recognis... Read more

Answer:Completely dead harddrive (like a rock) WD5000AAKS-00TMA00

Luckily, I found the correct screw heads in my shed so i can get at the PCB!!!!


R64 - 0.3 OHMS
R67 - 527 OHMS
D3 - 0 OHMS
D4 - 563 OHMS

There's also a setting on my multimeter to test diodes, so I gave it a go on all of them

R64 - 0 (BEEP)
R67 - 658 (NO BEEP)
D3 - (1 BEEP)
D4 - 712 (NO BEEP)
I imagine there is a broken resistor and a broken diode in there.
I think the culprits are R64 and D4.

Instead of removing the components as I've been told to (and replacing them with wire)... Can I just solder a piece of wire from one terminal to the other, like an arch? an alternative route? instead of clipping the whole thing out???

Please tell me the answers!!!!!!!!!
What next!??????

Thank you!!!!!!!

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This morning a fan in my case was making strange noises (either CPU or GPU fan I think) and so I turned my computer off. I turned it on a little later and the computer was making a really odd clicking noise, so I unplugged each harddrive in turn to see which was causing it. I removed the problem drive (not the one with my XP installation on) and then turned the computer on again. This time it just said could not detect boot disk. I've tried installing XP again, but it gets as far as loading all the setup files and then my PC reboots. The bios still detects the harddrive still in.

The harddrives are just normal IDE 120gb drives (the removed one is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 and the one still in is a Barracuda Seagate). I don't understand why the first stopped working (it is at most 6 months old) and why the 2nd one's installation is not detected (it is only a month or 2 old). Up til today, my computer was working perfectly. At the moment my whole computer is useless and the fan is still making the same weird noise occasionally.


Answer:One harddrive died, other harddrive's XP not detected

Welcome to Techspot

It sounds like the Drive you removed was the Primary, so the system can't find an MBR.
Also if that is right did you change the Jumper on the Slave left in your box?
Buy a new Fan, why take a chance ?

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I just purchased these two items:

and the problem is that the coolmax enclosure wont read the harddrive. I installed it correctly (this is not my first 2.5 external hdd), and the computer detects the harddrive. It says that it is installed and ready to use, but now drive is popping up in "my computer". I dont think that the harddrive is to big for the enclosure, its only 40gb and most enclosures maxes out at 40gb. I could not find out what this enclosure's max compatibility is, so i hope that this is not the problem.

It is not the enclosure that is broken, because i put a different harddrive in the coolmax enclosure and it works. And i tried the Fujitsu hdd in another enclosure and it does not work. So it is definitly the hdd

The harddrive is a ATA-6 and the coolmax enclosure is a IDE ATA 100. I dont know what the 100 stands for, but i dont think that is the problem.

any help would be greatly appreciated. This is a gift for my girlfriend and i really want this to work.

Answer:2.5 harddrive enclosure will not read the harddrive

Have you foratted the drive? . . Windows will not "see" a drive until it has been formated.

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . disc management . . right click on the drive and select format

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I currently have a laptop that is a few years old, anyhow I am building my own computer with a friend of mine. I have a external 120 gig Western Digital External Harddrive hooked up to my laptop now. (The external harddrive is brand new) I need a harddrive for the new computer I am building and was wondering would it work if i opened up the external harddrive casing and removed it from there and installed it in my computer i am building. Whats your thoughts on the change in power supply and could it work and what?


Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

if you are building a laptop... no. it is built completely differently.
with a desktop computer you would not be able to either because the connection inside its casing is different. its better to keep your external the way it is and get an internal. you could then use your external as a backup.

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My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:

Thank you in advance for any help!

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).


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can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Answer:can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer


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hey everyone, my mom's computer isnt working correctly. it turns on but it doesnt boot up. nothing shows up on the monitor. she has very important files and links that are saved to her computer that she needs asap.

my first thought was maybe i could access her computer through the router that we share but other websites told me its impossible without remote connection. and we cannot setup connects or access her computer at the moment.

i would like to know if it would be a good idea to take her harddrive out and put it into another computer. id rather not put it into my computer (just in case something goes wrong) but my brother has a laptop and could we put her harddrive in his? just temporarily so we can get to those files.

is that the best idea? to transfer her harddrive? if so is it okay that its going into a laptop and not a desktop computer....

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

You're best bet it to get a 2.5 Adapter for laptop HDDs then you would take that adapter and connect it to a desktop CD-ROM IDE 2 channel 3.5 Ribbon cable goes into the adapter. There you could transfer files off that drive. That's how it's done in IT repair shop. Below cost $6.99.

can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..

It also looks like this various version of the adapter

They all work..

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.

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My grandma needed more harddrive space on her pc so I installed an 80 gb harddrive on her pc. Right now it's just her slave drive. Her c harddrive is only 20gb, so could I just copy everything on that harddrive to the 80gb and make that the master hard drive and the old one the slave? Or would that cause problems? I want to do this so she can continue saving files to her c harddrive instead of a different harddrive.

Answer:Is it posible to change the c harddrive to another harddrive?

You would need to create an image of the the current 20GB drive and map it onto the 80GB drive (most ghosting/imaging utilities allow you to expand the 20GB partition to the full size of the drive without issue). The most common way to go about doing this is with Norton Ghost, but it's not free. There's a few Linux boot disks that can do it as well I believe, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Hopefully someone will have a suggestion for a free boot disc.

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I realize one is just an enclosure and you provide the harddrive, and one is a true harddrive, but which is better and whats really the difference?

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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I have Dell studio 1749  with 500 GB disk drive with C and E partition, running win10.
I want to replace C-partition by ssd to have faster boot times and use old harddisk as 2nd disk in laptop.
I have bought crucial BX300 2.5 inch SSD drive and SATA-to_USB cable.(

Part description

Problem 1 : When connecting ssd drive via usb cable on laptop, for copy of date,  it does not come up, is not recognised by system, allthough blue led shines on adaptercable.
Question : is it hardware wise possible to add 2nd disk ?
On picture :  current disk indicated with red cross, i want to place in free slot (arrow).
I wonder if the interface (with pins vertical, see red circle) is ok to connect existing hard drive ?
And will I be able to connect ssd drive in existing slot ?

Answer:Dell Studio 1749 : replace existing hard drive with smaller Crucial BX300 2.5 inch SSD en use old harddrive as 2nd HD

You'll need the bracket and connector for the second drive -- note that the connector for the second drive is usually NOT the same as the one for the primary drive.  
This is what you need:

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Hey EveryoneFirst let me say I have not seen this before...I have a All in one b 50-30 that does not see the 3.5 inch Hard drive.  So I put another 3.5 in and it is not seen.  So I replace the cable harness still no drive so by chance I hook up a 2.5inch Laptop drive and I can see that one.  Every 3.5 drive is not seen every 2.5 drive is seen...$!!$#@% any ideas?  And by the way the cdrom drive is seen.

Answer:Lenovo B50-30 3.5 Harddrive not seen

Hi ctohelpsu , 
Are those 3.5 HDD you tried working on a different pc or at least detected in the BIOS ?
Would we be able to isolate both power and data cables used in working condition ?
Try to turn off and unplug from the power port and press down power to drain .
Turn on and tap F1 again fro BIOS and load defaults F9 then save and exit . 
Check if BIOS would be able to check HDD ?
Update us how that would so we can isolate the point of failures. 

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hi guys i ordered a new hard drive (mistake i paid over the odds) but as i am waiting delivery does anyone know how good is the 45N7251, its a 160GB, 7200rpm (i hope i notice the difference!) but does anyone think this be a unbranded crap HD?i thought i keep to geneuine items but reading here i could of used any SATA 2.5" drive in my old T60. Any thoughts?

Answer:T60 new harddrive ordered from Lenovo

Hi and welcome to the forum!Yes, you could have used any SATA 2.5'' notebook drive as lenovo doesn't produce HDDs, but don't worry you'll be getting genuine item from lenovo, plus you'll be getting hardware and software support on the drive from them, however the brand on the drive will just probably be different.Hope this helps.

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I bougth a Lenovo Laptop t60 model 1951-BS7  and no OS since I already own a copy of XP and my last PC HD burnt out.  I wanted to load XP on my new hardrive.  When I boot from my XP CD it goes through the setup process and then tells me it can not find a hardrive in the laptop.  I go to BIOS and can run the HD scan and all works well so the Laptop's BIOS knows the HD is installed.  Any one have any suggestions?

Answer:XP on Lenovo T60 will not find Harddrive

This is the url to the lenovo page where u can look it up:
If your system has Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller, (as you have), select Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller.
No need to change BIOS, just download the drivers from the link to a floppy desk, start ur windows installation and press F6 at the very start. Then press "S" and select "Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI", press "enter" and continue the installation on your T60 ;-)
Good luck.

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I just got a lenovo T400 and I would like to upgrade my Hard Drive to 500 GB and i have seen one on Lenovo Website
Is this one can be installed on my Lenovo ? I am completly lost
Moreover Can I also install this one <
Like what is the difference btw the 2 ( except the capacity)
Thkssss soo much
Moderator edit: Fixed links.


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Answer:Lenovo T400 HardDrive Help :(

Hi stevekho, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
You are rummaging around in the Desktop hard drive part of the store. Those are 3.5" drives. Try the Notebooks section, where you'll find 2.5" drives which will fit your T400.

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Hello everyone!I bought my laptop only 3 month ago and its still on warranty. Last few weeks or maybe even from the day i got it - am not sure i could hear something rattling inside but laptop was working fine so i just left it alone. But 2 days ago it seems that harddrive completely stopped working, windows is not booting up and in bios it says it didnt detect any harddrive. So i opened botom cover to see if maybe that rattling was some loose screw and that made harddrive not work and there was a loose screw and i screw it back in (it was just a screw on the bottom not the one that holds harddrive. But my harddrive seems to not work at all and making weird noises when i turn laptop on. Did i void my warranty when i opened my laptop to see what was the problem? or is it still covered by warranty and can be fixed? Please help! Laptop is only 3 months old! ((Thank you, Greg


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Answer:Lenovo G500 harddrive failed - help please!

hi Greg,
Welcome to the lenovo forums and sorry to hear about your trouble.
AFAIK, opening up the machine does not void the warranty as many users does this for an upgrade (i.e. RAM, HDD, etc.). However, depending on the place where you purchased the unit, some stores put a warranty sticker on the screw slots so any signs of tear will automatically void the warranty.
If there are no warranty stickers on the screw slots, you may directly contact lenovo on how to go about replacing the HDD in-warranty.
If you're in the UK, here's the info:
Phone Number:  0333-777-3991 (National Rate)
Hours of operation: 09:00 - 18:00, Monday - Friday

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I was having issues with my Lenovo G700 laptop (it kept crashing every time I tried to shut it down). It was failing the Targeted Read Test and the SMART Short Self Test so I took it to a technician to get the internal hard drive changed since it was failing. I got my laptop back but now I am getting a warning for the SMART Short Self Test and a non-applicable label for the SMART Drive Self Test everytime (code is W1XDZDWLU-8VHH7E). Googling the code did not bring up any results. The tests over all are labelled as "passed" but the laptop is slow and keeps stalling. This is relevant section of the report: Storage devicesDisplay NameST1000LM035-1RK172 - 931.51 GBsManufacturerSeagateModelST1000LM035-1RK172SerialW930Q1EAFirmwareSBM3Size931.51 GBsRotation Rate5400 RPMTemperature48 CPhysical Sector Size4096Logical Sector Size512Logical Sectors1953525168Supported StandardsATA8-ACS, ATA7-ATAPI, ATA6-ATAPI, ATA5-ATAPI, ATA4-ATAPI, ATA8-ACS, ATA7-ATAPI, ATA6-ATAPI, ATA5-ATAPI, ATA4-ATAPISpecification VersionUnrecognized VersionPartition SchemaGPTUNALLOCATED1.73 MBsIndex 1Partition TypeWindows recovery environmentSize1000.00 MBsIndex 2Partition Type_E|F|I_SYSTEM_PARTITIONSize260.00 MBsIndex 3Partition Type_CEPH_|JOURNALSize1000.00 MBsIndex 4Partition TypeMicrosoft reserved partitionSize128.00 MBsIndex 5Partition TypeWindows basic data partitionFile systemntfsLabelWindows8_OSMount PointC:\Serial9E3D6C54Size890.66 GBsUsed491.53 GBsFree399.13 GBsIndex 6Partition TypeWindows recov... Read more

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So I just bought the Lenovo y580 with the 500gb 7200rpm and I was wondering if it is possible to add a seccond hard drive to my laptop. I have an old 400gb laptop hard drive that I would like to use as a spot to store my music and movies and was wondering if it is possible to add a second hard drive.

Answer:Adding a Second harddrive to the Lenovo y580

From what I've read you can, but you have to remove your optical drive in order to have a SATA port as well as the physical space available.  You're going to have to ask yourself if you'd rather have a Blu-Ray writer or more storage space.

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Hello, I searching for a Lenovo 3000 N200 Harddrive.But i can't find it. Can somebody help me?Because my pc go very slow with : 1024RAMCan somebody please help me?Thanks. -JunR EDIT: I'm looking for this something : Please help me

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 I own a T440s. The harddrive is making noticable noises. I can hear the spining noises. I don't think the performance of the laptop is affected in anyway. It seems that it's doing fine. Can you hear your harddrive spinning noises? Thanks for replying. It's a the original 500gb drive.

Answer:Lenovo T440s harddrive noise

Those 7500 rpm drives are audible, yes.  Next step, get an SSD.

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I have a Lenovo Idea Pad S10 and I love it.  Its a great little machine.  I do have a question or two please.  Can on put a bigger harddrive in it and how much memory is the max.  I currently have 2 GB of memory. Also, I tried to do my income tax using it---I use Taxcut and tried to install it on and the machine said that it couldn't do Taxcut.  I am assuming that the system is not big enough to handle it.  If true that I fine as I have a desktop, but I was just wondering if one can get a bigger hard drive and if that would make a difference. No complaints at all its a great machine. Thanks,Bobby 


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Answer:Harddrive and memory for Lenovo Idea Pad S10

I will add more detail to my earlier post after reading the screen resolution posts.  That is what the problem was with Taxcut---it told me that it wouldn't work on that resolution.  It sounds like there is no solution to that one.Thanks,Bobby

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Hi! I was checking out Walking Dead on my laptop and after 30 min i got a blue screen sayin "something went wrong, please wait while we gather information" Then the laptop turned off. When i tried to start again it just said "checking media" Ipv4 something fail, ipv6 something fail. Then i went to the boot menu "F2" and in there it says "Cannot find harddrive". Ive trie the legacy boot option but it didn't work either ! Please help me! And sorry for my bad english. EDIT:This computer is new, bought it from store 2 months ago.

Answer:Lenovo Z500 T "Cannot find harddrive

hi Calsu,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
Try Powering on the computer without the Ac connected.
Once ON, Hold down the power button, computer will shutdown but still hold it down for another 15 sec after it Turned Off.
Then Reconnect the AC and Turn it on, right away start tapping F2 to boot into BIOS check if the HDD will be detected.

If not, HDD might be having issues.
If you are comfortable you can check this maintenance manual on how to reseat the HDD
(Note: any damages during the procedure will not be covered under warranty)
Since the comupter is still in its one year base warranty it is best to Call Lenovo Technical Team and have the issue reported, You will be provided with options on how to have the unit checked or repaired.
Solid Cruver

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At night before sleep i closed down the screen not shutted down completely at morning when opening my laptop i get a screen with booting options as i showed below 1- windows boot manager2-usb hard drive3-ipv44-ipv6 When i entered bios,my computer thinks "hard drive not installed".  i got this error 2 times 1st one was 3 days ago 2nd one today.When i close my laptop completely and wait for about half an our it fixes itself like nothing happened by the way i made a research on internet and didn't found any similiar errors like mine.win8 x64 if anyone has any solutions i will be so appreciated.

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hey, I have just got a T500 with windows xp preinstalled. Is it possible to split the harddrive into two ? C and D drive like my old pc ?I don't have any windows install cd's though. Also i have an error message reading saying there is a problem with the ATI graphics video controller and it can't install.... any ideas ? THANKS  G

Answer:lenovo T500 windows xp how to partition harddrive

Hi, guys.Maybe you should get a bootable CD first(like XP steup CD or WinPE CD), or make a bootable USB harddisk in the XP that can boot the computer into DOS system. Make sure your USB disk has enough free space as much as the used in your C driver. Then you can download Symantec Ghost and Partition Magic DOS version software, and cpoy them into USB harddisk. Then boot your computer into DOS, and use the Ghost software backup your C driver as partition to file and save the GHO file in the USB harddisk. Then go back to DOS  environment and use Partition Magic to split your harddrive into two. Notice that your new C driver should have enough space to be restored the OLD C driver files, I suggest that about 20G to 40G. And also don't forget to activate your new C driver as active partition in the Partition Magic software. Then go back to DOS  environment and use Ghost to restore the GHO file to your new C driver as file to partition. Finally restart your computer. Hope you could be success. Maybe before you do that, you should learn some basic skill about Symantec Ghost and Partition Magic DOS version sofeware and the basic command of DOS system. But it will be easy and lots of use guide in the internet.Message Edited by Yangguo on 10-22-2008 12:58 PM

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Dear Lenovo, I have buyed a Lenovo s21e20 2 years ago and  I have a lot of problems.First the laptop gets very hot beacause of the RAM usage in the background , The second one is that I have always the problem that it says  "You runnning out of memory please close your programs" . I tryed everything I know, even a factory reset doesnt help. After the factory reset I have for example 10 GB free out of 21,4 GB but after a reboot of the computer it goes to 2 GB and even 0 MB. This is very frustrating for me because I am using this for school and nothing helps.I am running at Windows 8.1 and I have 2 GB of RAM. Maybe someone can help me with this problem. Thanks in advanced.

Answer:Lenovo s21e20 harddrive memory problems

Hi Arief18,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
Checking on the specification for your model :
Storage: Up to 64GB eMMC (embedded Multi Media Card) ?ash memory on board
Memory: 2GB or 4GB PC3-12800 1333MHz DDR3L, soldered to systemboard, max 4GB
It would be the limitation of the hardwares that you have as this model is designed for minimum task and storing information using eMMC although it provides speed are intended for online saving and not with the laptop.
About the RAM, 2GB would be minimum for Windows 8 as other programs and resources may demand more specially with browsers that would definitely struggle whith multiple tabs opened. 
More about the memory here:
"You should be using at least double the recommended amount to ensure headroom for additional programs and background services; Windows will run in the officially recommended amount of RAM, but open more than a few programs and your computer will quickly be hobbled."
Better to explain this here on this review.
As the RAM are soldered onboard same as eMMC then upgrade is not an option.
Hope this help answer your query.

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I did a hard drive image/backup on my thinkpad, and saved it to the c drive. I wanted to then back it up to the network but cant figure out where the files are saved to on the c drive.Also, I tried to delete it with the tool, and it wont delete.Anyone know where to get these files at?Thanks!

Thinkpad T500 - Intel Core2 P8400 (2.26GHz), 4 gigs of ram, 160GB/7200rpm hard drive, ATI 3650 GPU, WSXGA+ panel

Answer:Where are Lenovo HardDrive Backup images stored?

After rebooting, it says it is gone.  One problem fixed!

Thinkpad T500 - Intel Core2 P8400 (2.26GHz), 4 gigs of ram, 160GB/7200rpm hard drive, ATI 3650 GPU, WSXGA+ panel

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Hi all, not sure if I'll get a response to this but thought it was worth a try. So for all intents and purposes, I have buggered my g50-70. its out of warranty so I don't have much chance of repair. Essentially the harddrive was starting to flake out and reset at the slightest nudge or minor movement on my lap, and the other night it did it for the umpteenth time and I finally lost my rag. I closed the lid hard and since then, the laptop won't boot up and complains that the "Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed" and I therefore cannot load it up etc I was going to buy a new HDD and try to set it up fresh using drivers etc but the laptop came with windows 8 and upgraded to windows 10 for free, so what can I do in this situation? do I have to buy a windows license again? Can I install the operating system from scratch? Or is there a way to recover my operating system if the hdd fails? Bearing in mind that I don't know when I last did any kind of backup etc Any advice would be greatly appreciated Thanks 

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Hi all, I've had my Ideapad y580 since summer of 2012 and had no problems with it, till a few weeks back.I've got a 128GB SSD as my OS drive and a 750GB HDD seagate (Stock) as my other internal harddrive, since a few weeks the HDD kept dissappearing until I rebooted the laptop. But since a few days ago it is completely gone, I could access it from another computer and back it up, but now even if I try to access another HDD which I connected through a dock by USB I cannot find the HDD in the BIOS, whilst the HDD + dock will work on other PC's. The HDD does not show in the bios, but does show in the disk managment section, but there it is 'not initialised'. I'm quite puzzeled about this, I already reinstalled windows 7 and used all the stock lenovo drivers, but still this matter persists. I can still use my SSD and the OS, but i can't seem to connect any HDD's Would anyone be able to help me? Many Thanks!

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Holla Amigos!

Long time reader, first time poster... You know how it is!
I'm totally desperate...

I tried everything I can think of, yet my Caddy is still going crazy.

Lenovo G510

Windows 7

i7 4700MQ

8GB Ram

AMD Radeon Graphics HD8750 M


250 GB Samsung EVO SSD (currently in the caddy)

(the original build:
Basically, the Laptop will no longer detect the SSD (or HDD, doesn't make a difference) placed
in the caddy anymore. It never worked 100%, but for a long period of time it worked atleast most
of the time. Every 5th boot or so, it wouldn't get recognised - which is why I never put the OS
on the SSD, since it was to unreliable. Instead, I put my audio software, plugins and video caches
onto the SSD (I know, that's not really the point... But I feel like it made some difference).
For a few weeks now, no harddrive in the caddy whatsoever is recognised at all. Not in the Bios,
not in the device manager and not in Windows' harddrive manager. This was more of a gradual
thing, i got a bunch of blue screens durring the boot process (usually at the Windows 7 loading bar).
Occasionally, it will show up in the boot menu - but as soon as I actually boot, it will once again be undetectable.
The CD drive works just fine when I put it back in, so it can't be the SATA port.
I tried three different Caddys, so that can't be the problem either- unless the G510 need... Read more

Answer:Lenovo G510: Harddrive Caddy not Recognised

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Hello. First time posting here so any help would be great! I have a lenovo 3000 N200 laptop which is roughly 3 years old. Recently it has been constantly freezing and then bluescreening. I have run various scans and couldn't find anything. 2 days ago I wiped it clean to start again. It ran fine for about a day but now windows won't even boot. Someone has suggested to me that it is the harddrive and that I need a new one. But... If I did this, then I need the recovery discs. I don't have the recovery discs or a windows disc. So... If I bought a new harddrive and then a new windows would this resolve the problem? I gather the recovery discs are to recover windows and lenovo software? If so I'm not bothered about all that so that's why I've suggested buying windows. Any advice would be great. Thank you. P.s. Would this harddrive be suitable for my laptop?

Answer:Lenovo 3000 N200 problem - possibly harddrive

it's too early to say it's hard disc, could be ram, main-board or something else.
when you see lenovo logo press f8 to load safe mode and if it loads, check system logs for errors
( right click my computer > manage > event logs )
post back the results.

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I can start the pc and the disk drive spins up and then nothing, just a blinking '_' in the top left corner. Same thing with a USB. I cant get anywhere with it, and i cant enter the bios. managed to boot from the flashdrive but i cant begin the install now, getting the drivers missing error when the option to select install location comes up.

Answer:lenovo g505 new harddrive and windows 7 install. Cant boot from any media?

Hi Dr_Bosley,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums
I?m sorry to hear that your G505 Laptop is not recognizing the HDD (Hard Disc Drive) for installing Windows 7 OS (Operating System) and BIOS is not accessible in the computer. I suggest you to check if the HDD is detected in BIOS menu, to enter BIOS menu turn OFF the computer and then press the NOVO button which is located beside the Power Button and select BIOS utility.
Hope to hear back soon
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar

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Hi,I just reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled XP.  But I can't seem to connect to internet with my DSL connection.  It appears hardware isn't recognized.  Is there one download of software and drivers I need to download from this site?  Any direction would be great.  My actual model is: IBM T42 type 2373 H12. Thanks in advance.

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I have just purchased the Lenovo IdeaCentre 510 Tower PC [i7]. It came with Windows 10 Home OS. Within the set up, it asked me whether I wanted to install updates to Windows 10 - i said 'yes'. It took a good couple of hours to complete the whole set up of the desktop, but according to the log, all Windows updates appear to have been successfully installed. (I mention this because I later found something on Lenovo's website about updating to Windows 10 when setting up your Lenovo for the first time - it mentioned trouble which may include the damaging or disabling of hardware? I can't seem to find this again, or else i would post a link. I think this may have been referring to upgrades to earlier windows versions rather than upgrades for Windows 10 applied to a machine which is sold with Windows 10 already installed.) My desktop seems to be up and running but I have just attempted to connect my Seagate Backup Plus portable drive using the USB port and it will not recognise it (I tried this on several ports).  I can feel the Seagate working but it does not show up under My Computer or anywhere else I can see.  I have tested the USB port by inserting a regular USB pen drive and it DOES recognise this. The Seagate previously worked on my Windows Surface Pro 3 with no trouble and I have all of my files backed up on it.  Hope somebody can help me figure out what is going wrong...  Many thanks!

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I wonder if anyone runs into this problem before! After purchasing thinkpad w510,less than 40 days there are many problem with the machine. First, The heat, the squeaky noise, key board is not function, and other problem. I had my machine send in 5 times and my main board has been replace 4 times. Not to mention many others has been changes during the repair period. every time I received the machine back I found there are other problems occur. So I call up the lenovo ibm reps and their said there's no point of sending the machine back for repair because it still causing the same problem. The reps put me on the phone with the manager, then the manager put me on the phone with the special team at lenovo ibm to get this problem taking care. I told the manager and the person from special team that i'm concern about the quality of this machine because it has been repair 5 times with all the parts i can mentioned and I know that some part are refurnishing parts. Therefore I'm afraid it's not up to quality standard the fact I paid high price for the machine. So the person I spoke to at lenovo ibm said lthey will present this case with lenovo and will probably send me the new machine. I just wonder if anyone has this situation happen before?  


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Answer:Lenovo will replace their dead thinkpad w510?

Yes. I have this problem too and still struggling with the current W510. My case is similar to yours, processing to send me a new machine. But, with a new same model. I owned it for about 6 months, onsite service 5 times, I have the same problem as other problems or same problmes worsen after received the machine from their courier. But, I have to 'fight' all my way through just to get a replacement set. At first, Lencare give me 2 options, 1 is Refund, another is Case Closed. Now, I have another options which is Machine Replacement Same Model. But since there are lots of people having problem with W510 such as overheat, etc. If replacing the same model machine has the same problem, means all the W510 mobile workstation are problematic and 99% you will have the same problem again. If the W510 itself is problematic, who would like to replace the same machine? I would demand another better machine which has less problems. Parts Replaced: 1 Motherboard, 1 Keyboard, 1 Speaker, 2 CPU Heatsink, 1 Intel Core i7, (Total 6 parts replaced) Best RegardsPeter

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Hi, again...the W520 BIOS seems to have a bug. I've tested it via several Notebooks and PC's and it's the ONLY one NOT starting. I'm using a GPT-partitioned Harddrive WITHOUT UEFI (which is absoluetly legal). The BIOS seems to check the boot flags and wont go furher after boot-select screen showing all present connected drivers. Other drivers (not GPT-partitioned) work fine on W520. The main questions here are: WHY IS THE BIOS CHECKING HARD-DRIVE-BOOT FLAGS??? and WHEN IS THIS GOING TO BE FIXED ON W520-BIOS? I need my PC for work, I try to earn money here..

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I recently bought a new Lenovo G780, as my old HP laptop failed on me. However, the harddrive from my HP was fine, so when I got the new computer I decided to just take the harddrive out of my HP and put it into my new Lenovo. I've got the drivers for everything else to work, except my wireless network adapter refuses to install drivers from any source I can find. The adapter is an Atheros AR9285. I've tried lenovo's online drivers, and have even bought Driver Manager and asked the support staff to find drivers that work for me. They said they found one that worked, but I tried installing it and it said that "This computer is not manufactured by Quanta Computers" and then didn't install it. I have them working on that right now. But seriously, if they don't find a solution, what could the problem be? And how do I get my network adapter working again?

Here is some additional important information:
-The harddrive they gave me came with windows 7 x64 home edition. I am using windows 7 x64 professional.
-The wireless network adapter works if I use the harddrive the computer came with
-I am a chemical engineering college student who needs internet to do his assignments, and this little netgear usb adapter my friend lent me isn't cutting it

Please help me. Let me know if you need any further information

Answer:Lenovo G780 replaced harddrive, network adapter drivers fail

Hello and welcome nitro Mate one thing I didn't see you mention is the Device Manager in Control Panel have you tried that yet? CP > Device manager > open it up like in pic right click the adaptor > it will ask you to look for updates - it may come back as the correct one or not. See pic first.

If not have a look at this thread Best Atheros AR 9285 Driver? - Tech Support Forum there maybe something in there.

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I am looking at my friend's 2 yrs old PC mainly due to not booting up. I just found out that his pc's 10 Gb harddrive has bad sectors of only 700Kb after using scandisk so I reinstall windows myself. It has booted up no problems and running fine as usual but is it necessary to buy a new harddisk? After all, it runs fine even though there are still 700Kb bad sections on existing harddisk. Advice will be much appreciated, thanksGary

Answer:Bad sectors in harddrive - need a new harddrive??

Assuming you reformatted the HD, did the bad sectors show during Formatting or was it some other software that decided you had bad sectors?If it was formatting that disclosed the problem then it may be true. If not it might be a spurious warning and could be ignored.

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My old harddrive is only 20 GB and my new harddrive is 235GB.My old HDD is maxed out and i want to transfer EVERYTHING to my 235GB HDD. Basically making it the primary drive. The old HDD is my C drive and the new one is my E drive.How would I do this safely?

Answer:Small old harddrive, new big harddrive

If you mean you want to transfer everything (Windows, programs, data files, etc.) to the new hard drive, take a look at the software tools and instructions from the hard drive manufacturer for doing that.

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I would like to know if I can copy my whole hard drive to a backup hard drive.
What I would like to do is buy a new hard drive for my laptop. Then move all and I do mean everything windows XP etc. to the new hard drive. So that I could the start using the new hard drive just like the old hard drive. I think my old hard drive is going bad.

Answer:Copy harddrive to new harddrive

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I sent in my T530 with the FHD LCD (1920x1080) over a week ago. Due to having a few dead/stuck pixels. I counted at least 5, but it's hard to tell by eye. Today I received a call claiming that I only had two dead pixels, and that screen replacement would be $750... I asked to talk to a supervisor, and I was told one would call me back, eventually. Looks like I'll be without the laptop for a few more days.  Is there anything else I can do? Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the LCD before sending the laptop off, as I figured Lenovo would replace it with no issue. Lenovo says they will replace it if it has three or more bad pixels: Thanks.   Edit 10-29-13: I just called Lenovo and spoke to someone in the billing department. The case is being contested, I should receive a call within two days. I'll make sure to update this thread with what happens. Update 10-30-13: I received a call from Lenovo, they were supposed to take pictures of the LCD and make a decision. Unfortunately they didn't, and will be calling me back tomorrow.


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Answer:Lenovo refusing to replace T530 FHD LCD with dead pixels.

I use the depot for almost everything, even if the machine has on-site service. The one exception is a screen that needs an objective decision as to whether it is good or bad. I take those to a Lenovo dealer that is authorized to do warranty repairs. If you have bad pixels, it is easy to point them out. Another thing: a guy at the depot says yes or no, and yes means more work for him. If a dealer says it is a covered repair, he gets paid for the repair; no means he doesn't.

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So my brother dropped his computer to the ground, and now it is not working properly.
I started windows in repair mode, but the computer freezes like this, but without the repair box.
I was wondering if it is possible to recover some of the files and stuff on the HD, when the computer is unable to boot.
I have taken out the harddrive from my brother's computer, and put it in to my own computer. When i did that, my own computer asked me if i wanted to run a disk-controll or something like that. After it finished, the computer has freezed like this: Imgur
The text at the bottom says: Controll of usn log complete. It has been like that for almost half an hour now, and i am not sure of what to do.
Answers are much appreciated.

Answer:Need help to recover files from a "dead" harddrive

Hello haakelv!

What kind of drive is it that your brother has? Brand and model?

The disk controller is plainly said a chip that controls a drive depending on its type – IDE, SCSI etc. It enables the CPU to “communicate” with the HDD.
The USN Journal is connected with the NTFS format and it maintains a record of changes which were made to the volume.

From what I understand by dropping his PC, your brother broke his hard drive's disk controller which nowadays is integrated in the hard drive itself, and evidently inserting the drive in to your system led to a USN Journal scan, which (if I am translating correctly) CHKDSK has checked the USN log, has repaired the USN Journal data flow and completed. But the system has hanged.

In my opinion the drive is too damaged to load, the disk controller is most likely broken, thus the drive can't communicate with the system on a healthy level.

You could plug the drive out, restart your system, plug in the drive again, go in to BIOS to make sure your own disk is at first booting position and see if you could load into your OS and open the drive through My Computer, but I doubt it would work.

You'll have to use a data recovery software or company if you need anything from the drive.

Good luck!


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So the other day i boot my laptop and "NO BOOTABLE DEVISE FOUND" i contact lenovo and they say "its a month out of warranty, take it to a computer shop and test the hard drive." The hard drive isnt working so i call them again and they say "on the service shop you can buy a new one." they no longer stock the drive!! can not find a replacement anywhere not even on the WD site. Its a 5mm ultra slim with a very strange non standard SATA connection. Im really stuck with what to do as i dont want to give up on the laptop, after all its only 1 year and 1 month old.    desperate for any help!! 

Answer:Yoga 2 13 harddrive not working, 1 month out of warranty, lenovo dont stock replacement- HELP!!

Did you backup your system or did recovery?I am sure you should be able to find a similare one on ebay.Perhaps also you should consider a SSD hardrive on the M2 slot

Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA 2 13; (i3 4010U, 500GB HDD + 512GB M550 M.2 SSD, 4GB ram, Intel HD4400, 1920 x 1080, Clementine)Lenovo Flex PC Tactile 14; (I(i3 4010U, 500GB HDD + 256GB MyDigitalSSD M.2, 8GB ram, Intel HD4000 Graphics, 1366 x 768, Grey)

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Question: Harddrive

when u Brought your hard drive did it come with a box with papers coz my didnt come with any thing just the hard drive?????


guessing you bought the OEM version? instead of retail boxed

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Question: New Harddrive

I got a used laptop that needs a new hard drive. I found the exact model number that's already in the laptop I just need to buy it. I'm wondering how to reinstall the original OS on the new hard drive.
The new hard drive says it's not formatted. I was thinking about ordering the recovery disc from the manufacture website for my exact laptop model, However it's almost $30 for these disc and I'm not sure if a "Recovery Disc" would work or not. Was wondering would this website work ? If I created a bootable usb maybe I don't need the disc?

EDIT: Do I need to format the drive before attempting to reinstall the OS and how? Or will the method of reinstalling the OS automatically format the drive?

Answer:New Harddrive

First of all, you don't need to order the exact same model hard drive. The same model will work, of course, but you could also take this as an opportunity to install a larger capacity drive (or even a smaller) or even switch to an ssd instead of an hdd. Unless your laptop is more than a few years old, a 2.5" SATA drive of any capacity should work.

The tool you linked to requires you to first have an ISO of an OS disk in order to write it to a USB and make a bootable USB from it. Does the laptop have a Windows sticker on the bottom with a Product Key? If so, you may be able to download an ISO of the OS.

Your best best is probably to order the recovery disk from the manufacturer. Not only will this install the OS, but it will also install all the required drivers and auxiliary programs. Unfortunately, it will also install any bloatware that came from the factory as well.

You do not need to format the drive beforehand.

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Is it possible to take 1 harddrive out of a tower and add it to another tower to make it have 2 harddrives that both work on 1 desktop?


Depends on the system - some will take a second drive, while others won't.  And unless the two systems are identical, you'd need to format the drive for use as storage - not as a boot drive.

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Question: New HardDrive

Hi all, Due to some problems, I have been forced to renew my hard drive in my Amilo D1845 laptop. Unfortunately, I no longer have the original disks that came with the laptop (if I ever had any in the first place!!!), and i can not find any options to make a back up of the OS. So, my question is, how will i be able to install the OS onto the new hard drive when it arrives. My knowledge is basic, so please forgive my technical ignorance!!many thanks

Answer:New HardDrive

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