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T60 new hard drive installation. how can I transfer software w/o reinstalling?

Question: T60 new hard drive installation. how can I transfer software w/o reinstalling?

Hey guys I have an 80gig and it is crashing, I reparied it and have it going for now, I bought the new Hitachi 7200rpm 200gig to install and right now I have it in an external case so I can hook it up to USB. I understand that I can make a set of recovery disk and install the new hard drive and then run them. But I do NOT understand if it will just install the recovery partition and windows and then I have to reinstall all my sofware. I am on international travel and don't have the ability to reinstall everyhting. Will the recovery disk reinstall my software applications and software or just what the system came with new. I hear of IBM system migration software which transfers files and settings, so maybe thats what I need, but I can't find enough info on it to know for sure. I would just like to hear it from somene that has moved over everything from one hard drive to another. If I could reinstall the software there wouldn't be any problems, but I need to have all my data transferred including the software programs without any re-installation. Thanks DK

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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 http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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I would like to validate that I would use my Recovery Discs to reinstall the software.  I have very little experience with pre-configured pc's (mine are home built).  I want to make certain that if I loose my hard drive and have to add a new one (or have to reformat the old one), I only need the Recovery Discs to load the OS. For what it is worth, I have a Desktop 3000 J115 series, Model 7387-A11 with Vista Home Premium. I appreciate any comments. Thanks













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Answer:Reinstalling Software After Hard Drive Reformat

Yes you can use a new HDD for the recovery discs provided that the board is the same.The discs may check for some bios identifier before starting the recovery process,otherwise It should work fine on a new HDD 

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I have a HP computer with Windows XP.  There is some internal problem that can't be found. I want to remove everything from the hard drive and reinstall software and programs. I am a novice. Any suggestions as to where I can find some step by step instructions on wiping the hard drive clean and reinstalling new software?  HELP!   David

Answer:HELP! wiping hard drive clean/reinstalling software

Do you have a system restore disc from HP or a Windows XP install disc?You will need either of those in order to reinstall XP.

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I have a Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT PCI Express Graphics card.

I recently had to reformat my hard drive in order to reinstall Windows, and to my dismay, I can not find the installation software that came with the graphics card.

Nvidia's customer support sucks, and i've downloaded and tried just about every driver I can.

My computer says my card is working correctly, yet I get THE WORST resolution possible in windows xp.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Hasgoth
 

Answer:Had to reformat hard drive, lost software installation cd

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Dear techguy.org community,

My wife's HP Pavilion zv5000 laptop, which is running Windows XP (or was running Windows XP when it ran!), is in dire straits. It won't even boot now, and it exhibits symptoms I associate with both huge software glitches and mechnical hard-drive failure. Let me give you the background.

Saturday afternoon, my wife began installing Lego Mindstorms software on her laptop. Then we were called away from the house and, leaving in haste, left the installation process unattended.

Later on, when we returned, we were sitting quietly in the living room when we heard an odd humming noise, which we soon found was coming from the forgotten laptop. The installation process had stopped, it seemed, and so had the computer. The noise the machine was making was one it had never made before; it typically operates in silence. The noise sounded like the sound a desktop machine can make when accessing the hard drive; however, the sound the laptop was making was louder than that.

Since then, the Pavilion laptop has not worked. Most times it won't even boot to Windows; instead, it gives an error message like "disk read error" or "Windows encountered an error and had to be shut down... beginning dump of physical memory." These messages are delivered in white text on a blue screen. Other times it goes into what seems to be an endless loop of startup attempts, each accompanied by white text on a black screen.

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Answer:Lego software installation glitch or hard-drive failure?

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Hello,

I have a win7 x64 installation running on an ASUS P5KC, q6600 oc'd to 3.5GHZ on water.
The mainboards screams under load (not CPU load, rather it seems worse under memory intensive tasks) so I'm going to try replacing it with a Gigabyte board I have GA-P35_DS3P.

Anyway, I have 3 36GB raptors in software raid that I install most of my programs on, is windows going to be able to rebuild this array from the drive ID's when a new m/b is installed or ... not?
 

Answer:Transfer software RAID to new installation?

I haven't tested it myself, but from what I understand if you set it up the RAID array through Windows you should have zero problems migrating it to another installation.
 

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I have a Z60m, after 3 years an 2 months (it had 3 year warranty), had a blue screen  and could not recover. So I got a new hard drive from Lenovo. How do I transfer programs such as Inter video DVD, Disk copy and MS office which I have on old hard drive to new one ? I don't mind if I got all the settings the lap top came with 3 years ago, but I had added MS office (and now lost the purchase key code to download it again) Thank you.

Answer:Z60m - transfer intervideo DVD, diskcopy, MS office from old hard drive to new hard drive

maybe you could use something like Acronis True image.

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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Geek Squad worked on my PC and failed to reinstall the DVD drive software and now my DVD player won't read or recognize DVDs...doesn't work.  No software. So I'm trying to find a download for that original software. I looked through all the downloads for my PC but it's not there.  Probably why they didn't reinstall it.  How do I get that back? Does anyone know of any free software / drivers online? I know we are getting away from DVDs but I have some files on DVDs  that I need to get to (yep they still used cd/dvds for it) Thanks in advance. (PS...I don't know why "What's DOS?" appears under my user name in this forum...of course I know what that is!?

Answer:Reinstalling DVD Drive software

Hi dnipper , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Would you have the machine number of your product ?
What Windows version do you have and what happened before the issue started?
 
Normally windows itself would be able to play and recognized the DVD not unless that it is corrupted or that the DVD itself is still good (hardware speaking). Here are basic methods that you can try. 
 
Update us how it goes.
 
Regards

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.
http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ard-drive.html

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I have an HP Pavillion dv6500 laptop that originally was loaded with VISTA, but now is operating  with WINDOWS  7.   I do not have any INSTALL DISKS FOR vista or WINDOWS 7.  The laptop was originally owned by my daughter and she gave it to me after upgrading to a new laptop.  Last year I received notification via the laptop that I could upgrade to WINDOWS 10 for free.  After trying unsuccessfully numerous times to upgrade. I read the System Requirements for WINDOWS 10 and found that my laptop lacked the required free RAM, 16 GB.  I decided to replace  the original stock Hard Drive, 150 GB, with a new HD, 500 GB. I am looking for the best way to transfer the data from the old HD to the new HD.  Please know that this is the first time that I have performed any type of work of this type on a PC device, so please be aware that I probably will ask questions or ask for clarification of your recommendations, so bare with me. Thank you in advance!

Answer:Transfer existing Hard Drive info to new Hard Drive

Blazer5 Let's correct a few things, first. Win10 does not require 16GB of RAM; instead, it requires that much Disk Space. Win10 requires only 1GB RAM (32-bit PC) or 2GB of RAM (64-bit PC). As to transferring the data, there are two part to this -- the easy part and the hard part. BOTH start the same way, by you purchasing a USB-to-Hard-Drive adapter and using that to connect the old drive to the PC. But, you first need to determine if the old drive is IDE or SATA.  IDE drives have two rows of small pins on the back; SATA drive have two plastic connectors with contact strips on them.  IF it's an IDE drive, make sure that the Adapter you obtain handles IDE drives -- most new ones do NOT. Then, after connecting the drive to the PC, you should get popups about opening a File Manager window for each of the partitions on the drive.  If the drive is still formatted the original way, the really large partition will have the OS and data files in it. You should then be able to copy the data from this old drive to your PC simply by dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer. That's the easy part ... The hard part is that the files she saved under her user account will be protected, and while you MIGHT be able to copy them, you will NOT be able to open them -- this is by design.  This allows multiple folks, each with their own user ID, to use the same PC and not see each other's files. To solve that, you will have ... Read more

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Is there a program taht will allow for this, that is relatively cheap, or is there a way to do it without using a program?
 

Answer:Data transfer from hard drive to hard drive via USB cables

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Hello,
It's been a terrible two weeks as far as computers go! At first I thought I had malware, but after spending 4 days going through all the different tests, I found out that I had no malware, but I had a system crash on the day in question. SO, I spent another 3 or 4 days in the software forum trying to get my computer up to speed once again. Finally, after all that time and many, many headaches and sleepless nights, my computer was back to normal....fast and perfectly running like the day I built it not 6 months ago! That was until the next day, when Windows started telling me my hard drive was failing! UUUGGGGHHH!
So, anyway, I have a Seagate SATA II 320gb drive that is literally 6 months old that is failing. I recently purchased another Seagate SATA 300gb hard drive for another computer that I was about to start building over the holidays (until my nice little encounter with computer nastiness!). I was wondering how I would go about transferring my files from the one drive to the other? I tried backing everything up to disk, but it failed about halfway through the first of ten disks! What is a RAID setup, and would it be any good for my situation? I am really finding out that I am computerally challenged, but we all have to start somewhere, so please be gentle with me and assume that I know NOTHING....you're probably right! Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for all you guys do, and if you need any other info, just let me know. I a... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Failing....how do I transfer files to new hard drive?

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
This is a free download from Seagate that will copy the entire drive from the old drive to the new one (read the Data Migration section). For more info: http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/dw_ug.en.pdf
 

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How to transfer programs/files/etc. from old hard drive to new hard drive? Does anyone know how? The old hard drive had a virus, so I took it to a computer place and they took it out and put a new one in. =\

Answer:How to transfer programs/files/etc. from old hard drive to new hard drive?

This is a good slave tutorial for hard disks.I would be very cautious about recovering files from an infected source though.  Make sure that you scan the drive thoroughly.

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I bought a 120 GB Corsair Force 3 SSD to use as my system drive. My current Windows installation is working just fine and I heard there's a way to transfer your current Windows installation to a new drive in a few minutes rather than spending hours and hours re installing each program one by one.

How do I transfer my installation to the new drive to avoid having to re install every program?

Can this be done for free or does it require the purchase of special software?

Thanks

Answer:[SOLVED] How to transfer Windows installation to new drive?

You can clone your whole Hard Drive over to the SSD with Acronis Drive Image. It's not free but works with cloning from a larger drive to a smaller SSD drive which free cloning software doesn't do

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My machine won't boot up unless I disconnect all of the Hard Drives. I still have my two SSD's (RAID 1) that have Windows 7 Professional installed still running fine.

I had one hard drive ST4000NM0023 (4TB) fail (had four of them), and so I replaced two of them with ST10000NM0096 (10TB) drives.

I had software backing up the failed drive, which was my D: (Documents & Program Files) drive. The backup drive F: (D Backup) has now been renamed my D: Drive, and I transferred all of it's files to a new F: backup drive.

I had to copy & paste everything from one folder over to another one of the same name because Windows 7 had automatically installed new folders with the proper icons on them (as per attached image). I had two of "My Pictures", "My Documents", etc.., with one having an icon and one not.

It seems like I had to move my files to the new folders or else my other programs couldn't seem to find the files they needed even though the the folders had the same name, minus the icon.

Copying files from folder to folder was very time consuming, and used all of the systems memory. I would successfully reboot the system after each successful transfer so I could restore the RAM back to 64GB.

I left the largest folder "My Documents" till last. After I successfully transferred the files in this folder over to the new "My Documents" folder with the icon on it, I tried rebooting the system and it would not work. I ... Read more

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i brought a new drive and installed a hitachi 80 G drive in my insprion 8200 dell lap top. but now having power problems so I resited the memorys and still blank screen power comes on but doesn't do anything. both lights are green 100% battery power. before I installed new drive it had a error not booting up on blue screen and froze so tried xp reinstall repair but didn't work so I got drive on ebay.any help would be great!
 

Answer:reinstalling new hard drive

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hi,My pc originaly came with 60 gig HDD, i recently bought a 250 gig HDD and installed it as slave.I want to format and use my new HDD to run as master (OS) and my existing HDD as slave. Instead of backing up files to dvd (which will be painfully time consuming) can i move my files from the new HDD to the 60 gig master, swap over leads and switch, reinstall OS onto new 250 gig HDD and be able access my 60 gig HDD as the slave even tho it will still have the OS on it?If so will i be able to erase the OS from it?Im just trying to find an easier way to swap over the HDD's without messing around with DVD burning.Thanks

Answer:reinstalling xp onto new hard drive

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Hello. My laptop has accumulated a multitude of faults since I last reinstalled XP many years ago (about 2 years ago), so I have decided that it needs to be done again.

But, although my new CD/DVD drive is recognised by Windows, it is not recognised by my BIOS, and my BIOS cannot be updated. And the original drive was broken, and is no longer in production. Quite a predicament, I think you'll agree.

Instead of being given a Windows XP disc with my computer, I was given two "reload" CDs. According to the woman in the shop (PC World (never again!)), Windows XP is stored on a some kind of hidden partition, and these discs transfer it to the main drive. But I have never noticed a second partition, only C:\\.

Anyway, to cut a long story short...

Because my new CD/DVD drive isn't recognised by the BIOS, I can't use the reload discs to reinstall Windows.

According to the BIOS, it can be booted by CD drive (not recognised), floppy disc (not supplied), TCP/IP (?), and hard drive, so I was wondering, could I just reinstall Windows from a partition on my hard drive? Without using any CDs or floppy discs? How would I go about doing this? Could I just save a Windows XP disc or the "reload" discs on a partition on my hard drive as an ISO? How would I get the BIOS to recognise this during startup?

I have Partition Magic and real copy of Windows XP from my other (desktop) computer. I also have a ethernet networking cable connecting my laptop and my de... Read more

Answer:Reinstalling XP using only the hard drive?

Hi Dan, Welcome to TSF

As far as I'm aware, a fresh install of XP formats your HDD before installing again, so I don't think you will be able to install it from your harddrive, even if it's a partion.

As for your copy of XP, because it's from your PC, you'll find that it has a clause that it can not be used with any other machine. Unless you have you registration key's of your laptop, you might not be able to use that disk.


You can install it from a 2nd Harddrive, if that's an option for you.

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Hello. My laptop has accumulated a multitude of faults since I last reinstalled XP many years ago (about 2 years ago), so I have decided that it needs to be done again.

But, although my new CD/DVD drive is recognised by Windows, it is not recognised by my BIOS, and my BIOS cannot be updated. And the original drive was broken, and is no longer in production. Quite a predicament, I think you'll agree.

Instead of being given a Windows XP disc with my computer, I was given two "reload" CDs. According to the woman in the shop (PC World (never again!)), Windows XP is stored on a some kind of hidden partition, and these discs transfer it to the main drive. But I have never noticed a second partition, only C:\\.

Anyway, to cut a long story short...

Because my new CD/DVD drive isn't recognised by the BIOS, I can't use the reload discs to reinstall Windows.

According to the BIOS, it can be booted by CD drive (not recognised), floppy disc drive (not supplied), TCP/IP (?), and hard drive, so I was wondering, could I just reinstall Windows from a partition on my hard drive? Without using any CDs or floppy discs? How would I go about doing this? Could I just save a Windows XP disc or the "reload" discs on a partition on my hard drive as an ISO? How would I get the BIOS to recognise this during startup?

I have Partition Magic and real copy of Windows XP from my other (desktop) computer. I also have a ethernet networking cable connecting my laptop ... Read more

Answer:Reinstalling XP using only the hard drive?

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I currently have OEM version of Win 7 installed on an SSD. I plan on reinstalling Win 7 on a hard drive and using the SSD for samples for my recording system (a better use for the SSD in my application).

The question, since I have an OEM version, will I run into problems activating it with the different hardware (the hard drive)?

Answer:Reinstalling OEM Win 7 on a different Hard Drive?

Hi,

Nope, there should be no problem at all - with OEM's its the motherboard that counts.

Good reference for the install if you need it:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Regards,
Golden

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I have a four year old Dell with Windows XP Media Center Edition. I want to put in a brand new hard drive and do a clean install of Windows on it. I contacted Dell, but they'll charge me $60 to even talk to me since the warranty period is over.

Somebody told me that there's a partition that has the OS install on it that I can put on a USB drive or CD and then put that in with the new hard drive. I want to be fully sure that is the best way of doing this. And if so, how exactly do I make that bootable disk?

Thanks.

Answer:Reinstalling XP on new hard drive (without CD)

what model dell ? right click my computer --> manage --> disk management will show you if you have a restore partition on the drive.

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hello, sorry if i sound a bit naive about this. i was going to reformat my pc because its giving me headache lately. the hard drive is the original and its got the old style connection to mobo (not sata). what i want to do is buy a newer, faster hard drive with extra storage and then do a fresh install of xp onto that. i have a legal copy of xp, though how many times can i use it? i think i've used it once or twice before to reformat. thanks.

Answer:reinstalling xp on new hard drive?

you just install your drive and format and install

you may have to phone microsoft to activate it only takes a couple of minutes if you do

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Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

So I installed a 2nd hard drive on my PC. It's not in RAID mode or anything, I installed it because of the number of times I have heard that you should not keep your data on the same drive as your operating system. Also my original drive was full.

My PC has been running XP for a little over 2 years now and while I am still not seeing the BSD (Blue Screen of Death), I have installed and uninstalled numerous programs as well as saved and deleted large amounts of data and I feel that my system is starting to have slow down issues - especially when booting.

I would like to reinstall XP to get that new PC feel again.

My question is how will this affect my 2nd hard drive? Most of the data on the 2nd drive is backed up on DVD or portable hard drives, so if it wipes that drive too, its not a total loss, though it would take me quite a while to dig everything up and reinstall it.

Basically, I'm hoping someone could tell me: "Cerberus049, while reinstalling XP could delete the data on the 2nd drive - and good for you having your data already backed up - it probably won't. You'll just have to tell windows to find the drive again."

Any hope of someone saying that?

I did find an earlier post from 2 years ago here on this site where moderator linderman said:

"What happens with Win XP home edition when you add a hard drive and set-up the partition paramters and formatting within win xp; the salve drives geom... Read more

Answer:Help reinstalling XP on PC with 2nd Hard Drive

The easiest and safest way is to disconnect the second drive for the reinstallation . . connect it back after the O/S is installed, updated and protected

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Hello all,

Specs:
Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?
Thanks

Answer:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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I have recently upgraded my tower with all new parts but my data on the old hard drive has not yet been transferred to the new one, due to my trusty computer friend being ill. The old one is lying waiting to be connected up for the transfer.Have any back issues of PCAdvisor covered such an operation that I maybe could tackle myself? I have back issues as far as end of '99.(I have installed cards into the back but nothing more serious!)Anyone help, please?

Answer:Data transfer from old hard drive to new hard driv

Put the jumper settings on the old disk to "slave" and install it into your machine onto a spare IDE cable.Then start your PC and windows should recognise it. After that you can copy it all from the old to the new.While you have the old one in, it could be worth while formatting it and using it as a backup for data etc.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 model and the hard drive just died last week. I installed a new one, but now I need to reinstall the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit). The problem is that I bought my laptop with the OS already installed and it did not come with a physical disc for installing Windows 7. I do have a product key on the bottom of the battery port. However, I have already tried downloading Windows 7 from the Microsoft store (using a different computer), and using my product key brings up an error that directs me to contacting Dell. Something about the OS having been installed in the factory. Which brings me here. I am not super computer savvy and have been looking for a solution for a week now. This is the second time something has killed my computer in the last six months and I'm just tired of it. I would buy a new copy of Windows 7 if I could find it for a good price but it's hard to even find a copy with a product key. And I have the product key on my laptop, so I feel like I've already paid for the OS. I've also seen recovery discs for sale that say they will reinstall the OS, but they do not come with a new product key and I don't want to buy something that will have the same error that I encountered while trying to download it from the Microsoft store. What can be done here? I just need to get my pc running again. Thank you guys.  

Answer:Reinstalling OS after a hard drive crash

I believe you can request a Windows 7 Recovery media from Dell. Try calling them but I believe you are out of warranty so you might be paying the Recovery media.

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I'll try to explain my situation the best i can.

A few weeks ago my laptop got a virus and after some works i got it to work fine again. I decided update the laptop's service pack. After installing it the laptop will not load as a it says "!!0xc0000034!! and because of this you cannot not access anything. From looking online the main advice is to reinstall the operating system. I am trying to do this with a XP installation CD but once it loads it tell me it cannot find a hard disk drive.

How solve this without being able to load the laptop fully?

Any help on how to solve this would be great and i am willing to answer questions in needed.

Thanks for reading,

Alex
 

Answer:Cannot find hard drive when reinstalling XP

Is that XP installation CD - SP1.
Is the HDD in the computer SATA.
If so therein lies the problem.
It may also apply if the CD is SP2.
Does the laptop have a floppy drive.
TRY THIS FIRST

1. On start up press F2 to enter BIOS

2. Expand the "Drives" section

3. Go to "SATA Operation"

4. Change this from "RAID Auto/AHCI" to "RAID Auto/ATA"
 

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I have a Dell XPS 400 with Windows XP MCE. This computer has been used quite a bit for a few years and is now slow. I have deleted all the programs that are unnecesary, but it is still slow. I have run CCleaner (including the registry) and defragged, and nothing. It just doesn't run well anymore.

I have the reinstallation disk for XP MCE. If I buy a new hard drive, will I be able to reinstall without Microsoft giving me a fit? Its the same hardware (cept just added some more ram), but I would like to reinstall on a new hard drive while still being able to keep the data on the current one.

Is this possible?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Reinstalling XP on new Hard Drive

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I have a Lenovo T61. My original hard drive (a Western Digital WD800BEVS 80GB)  crashed, and Lenovo sent me a new one under warranty (a Hitachi 5K320-80). I got the drive replaced with no problem.  However, when using the Rescue and Recovery disks (which I have successfully used two times prior), I am getting a failure every time.  There are two error messages...the first message is received AFTER using the Product Recovery Disc 1, after hitting the Restart button (when the program tells you to power your machine down and restart it to continue).  The message says this: Debug Assertion Failed! Program: X:\i386\system32\oemwinpe.exeFile: fopen.cLine: 54 Expression: *file != _T(*\0*) For information on how your program can cause an assertion failure, see the Visual C++ documentation on asserts. (Press Retry to debug the application) I have retried and ignored the message, and it continues on through the installation, through both DVDs.  The first time I recovered, I got another error that says that product recovery failed to restore my system.  I have attempted this 3 times since (after wiping the drive), and it continues on in an endless loop of System Recovery. Thinking my recovery discs had gone bad, I ordered more.  Same thing.  I have read many different suggestions, and have tried several, all to no avail.  This is my work computer, and I REALLY need it ... Read more

Answer:Reinstalling a hard drive after a failure

Sorry...I forgot to add, if it's important, that I'm running XP Professional.

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I am having some major problems with reinstalling Windows XP. When I run through Setup, it will not detect my hard drive. I know my hard drive is correctly connected and all that. I cannot figure out what to do.

What I have done so far is go into a DOS prompt using a WIN 98 boot disk. I then ran FDISK and created a new partition. I then formatted that new partition. Now, Windows either says it doesn't read my hard drive or it gives me a BSoD.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Reinstalling Win Xp Problems W/ Hard Drive

Hi wemibelec90 To install XP even if its an upgrade go in Your bios, and change Your boot section to CD, Hard Drive, and floppy last ,save and exit bios, reboot Your system with the XP CD at startup Your screen will be black saying to just touch anykey ''keyboard'' the installation will begin You will need a legit older CD version of Windows 95 98 will do, put this just put this in Cd wen asked wen You get to where You want to install XP You will see Your partition or older version of Windows choose delete these partition 's' after XP will format Your drive and will reboot do not touch the keyboard as it reboots at the install XP choose witch partition You wish to install it if only one You will choose all of Your Hard Drive space , just follow the prompts Have a Nice Day

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Hello,

Is it possible to reinstall Win XP on my Equium A60 without having to reformat the HD? Currently the HD has only one partition.

Thanks in advance,
Mike

Answer:Reinstalling Win XP without reformatting the hard drive

Hello Mike

Unfortunately it is not possible. If you use recovery disc the whole HDD will be formatted before the installation starts. If you want to preinstall unit with recovery disk save all your data to external media like external HDD or burn them on CD or DVD.

If you want you can create two partitions using expert mode installation.

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hi, can someone plese tell me how to a) format drive c and b) how to reinstall operating system xp from secondary drive and how to find same on this drive thanks

Answer:formatting c drive and reinstalling xp from hard

You have XP on 'C', and a copy on another drive. Is this copy a back-up?

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I have a Gateway FX4710-UB003A.
When I first started it, the computer worked perfectly. Extremely fast and not many problems. I am running a 64-Bit Vista OS. Recently, I got a virus and I decided to clean out my entire hard drive. The computer came with an Operating System Disc. On the disk it says "WARNING: This process erases all data and files from the hard drive." It told me that I should put in the CD, restart my computer, and follow the directions. I did as it was told. My computer comes with a 640 gb hard drive with 580 gb of usable space. I wanted everything to be deleted. From the looks of it, everything was deleted but the problem is it says that my computer only has 450 gb of hard drive space. That was how much i had before I inserted the CD. Did I do something wrong? If 130 gb are being used, then how come none of the programs are there? I don't know what I should do. I want all 580 gb of hard drive space back but don't know how to do it. Please help me out. Thanks.
 

Answer:Need help cleaning out hard drive and reinstalling OS

Did you run a full reformat? Or setup the drive with the drive manufacturer's setup software?
You can have the result you report if you do not remove the partition and start over with a new format, a normal part of VISTA setup.
 

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I'd like to install a 40GB Intel SSD on my K320. Ideally I would like to reinstall WIndows 7 on the SSD and use the existing hard drive for data storage. (without deleting the rescue partition). I have not been able to figure out how to do this.  If I install the hard drive and set it as primary can I use the repair disk to reinstall Win 7 on the SSD? Or does the reinstallation have to be on a disk the same size as the original?Can it be done or do I need to purchase a new copy of WIn 7> Cheers,Pogopossum 

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on a new hard drive

Did you try to reinstall on SSD? I am very interested in your results if you are so kind as to publish them. Regards,Martin 

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Toward upgrading the drive in my T400, I just ordered a Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 320GB and a 2.5" external USB drive enclosure.I'd like to mirror the OEM drive, so I don't have to reinstall everything from scratch. Can anyone recommend free (or non-free) software for this? I can easily change the volume ID manually, but I'm curious how (if?) XP boots if the expected volume ID is wrong.Any tips? Thanks.

Answer:Upgrading hard drive w/o reinstalling

Welcome to the forum! Search this forum for Acronis to find the procedure you will need to do this. It it not complex but it must be done properly.





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I'll try to explain my situation the best i can.A few weeks ago my laptop got a virus and after some works i got it to work fine again. I decided update the laptop's service pack. After installing it the laptop will not load as a it says "!!0xc0000034!! and because of this you cannot not access anything. From looking online the main advice is to reinstall the operating system. I am trying to do this with a XP installation CD but once it loads it tell me it cannot find a hard disk drive.How solve this without being able to load the laptop fully?Any help would be great and i am willing to answer questions in needed.Thanks for reading,Alex

Answer:Cannot find hard drive when reinstalling XP

If it's SATA drive, you need to get a driver for it.

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My old hard drive is failing bad). Takes 2-3 minutes from boot up before I can even open internet explorer or any app and the app icons are all white squares until then. Can?t play Battlefield 4 without freezing and hearing beep beep in the background as if Windows has just had a new drive plugged in. Ordered a new HD and coming tomorrow.

So if I replace my C failing drive(I assume its that one which has my OS on it thats failing) and reinstall W7 and not my D Drive(Seperate HD) which has my steam and origin games on it, will the steam and origin games still work or do I have to reinstall those too?

Answer:Changing Hard Drive and Reinstalling W7?

Steam may have some issues when it begins to look for the game files themselves.

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Hi

I have just upgraded my PC and it comes with a SATA hard drive , now i used to reformat ok using a IDE hard drive but i have heard that i need a driver on floppy so i can install the OS if any thing goes wrong .. i Have Windows XP SP2 OEM .

Thanks
Rich
 

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My computer is driving me crazy, it is way slower than it should be, I get errors all the time, pretty much nothing works like it should. So I thought I would wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows. I got my windows disk out and it asked me for the serial number, I looked everywhere and I cannot find my s/n. I don't even know what its on. I have a dell 4500 and I have the owners manual out, but it doesn't have the serial number in it anywhere. I have reinstalled windows once before, but I don't remember where I put the s/n. I know its on that certificate of authenticity, but I have no idea what the c of a is on. I have a bunch of paper cd cases from dell that have the driver cd's but I can't find the one the windows disc came in. I have been looking on the internet for a way to recover the s/n, and I found one place that said it could be done, but you had to pay for the answer, so I came here. Is there any way that I can recover my serial number, and if not, could someone at least tell me what to look for, if the s/n is in a manual or on a disc case? I promise I have a legal copy, if I didn't I would just use one of the hundreds of serials I found on the internet, but I want to use the one that came with my computer so I don't run into any problems. If anyone knows of anything to help me out please let me know, Thanks.
 

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I tried to reinstall windows xp from my hard drive and during installation it came up sayng that it could not finish installing because <windows root>\system32\hal.dll  is either corrupt or missing.  Can someone please tell me what i need to do with this to get windows reinstalled.  I don't have a cd because the computer never came with one.  thank you in advance.

Answer:i tried reinstalling windows from hard drive

QuoteI tried to reinstall windows xp from my hard driveHow did you do this if you don't have the Windows CD?What exactly did you do?Is this Windows XP

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I will be reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling xp. It would be so nice to be able to have all my settings and passwords installed at the same time. Where would I get them?

Answer:reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling xp

Do you have the password for the admin account?

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I am upgrading my hard drive in my dell laptop.  How do I get a copy of Windows to install on this new hard drive?
Thank you
Peter Spano

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I am putting a new hardrive on my PC, from my understanding you need to format that hardrive and use a setup disk in order for the PC to recognize the XP program.  I am using the original XP CD. Can anyone please give me step by step guidance as to sucessfully complete this mission?!?

Answer:formatting a new hard drive and reinstalling XP

Go to How to install or upgrade to Windows XP and click on Install Windows XP to a new hard disk, under On This Page.  But first, access your BIOS and set CD-ROM as the first boot device if not already set that way.

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Hi, I have a Windows 7 Professional, lately I've been having some problem with it and I thought it was time to do a little refresh and restart everything from scratch.
I was going to use that tutorial : Clean Install Windows 7
But then I realised that I had 2 hard drive, a SSD (C: Drive) & an HDD (My D: Drive).
Since I want to completely reinstall Windows on my SSD & completely wipe out the HDD I'm not too sure how to do it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 - SSD/HDD 2 Hard drive

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

You'd want to unplug the hard drive to make sure the boot files aren't derailed to it during install.

Other tips here to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 are the same for retail.

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I'm using Windows xp sp2 and a couple of days ago I tried to copy a wav music track from a cd in my cd drive onto one of my hard drives(not the hard drive with windows on it) it gave a message saying unable to complete due to hardware connection being interrupted
since then the Cd drive and Harddrive I was copying too work only intermittently and for a short time. If you try and copy anything too or from the drive it will start working and then stop.
I think this is a virus problem but aren't completely sure as I've run spyware doctor which found a couple of viruses, but the problem continues despite removing them
thanks. hope someone can help

Answer:Hard drive and cd drive stopped working after file transfer

I'm not a 100% sure but I'm suspecting you power supply. Anybody else go a thought?

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In trying to create space in my main Hdd(c:\) I tried ...New folder cut-and- paste... to switch MGI Photosuite to "slave"-drive f:\ to a folder which I named "program files"
I suppose that is too simple an approach... 'cause ...it didn't work.
It won't open from the icon I sent to the desktop,and,it doesn't even show up in Belarc Advisor in" list of software"
I'm workin' hard to overcome newbie headaches by creating more!
 

Answer:how can I simply transfer software to second drive?

The answer is quite simple.
You can't shift installed software, it will not usually be recognised.

This is because software is "installed" and the locations of all the various files are recorded in the Registry, so the operating system knows how to interface with it.

If you then shift the installed software, the registry (and Windows) no longer understands where it is or how it should be treated.

You should uninstall and then reinstall the software in the new location.
 

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I just bought a new 100Gig pocket drive, tried to transfer files over from my computer when in explore mode, when I drag them over a window opens asking if I want to place a short cut or cancel, thats not what I want to do, sometimes it asks if I want to move them here, which is really what I want to do, but when I click on move them here, it just creates a short cut, am I doing something wrong or is there something wrong with the pocket drive, I would like to just transfer most of my computers files and software over including SP2, dont know how though, once that is done then I want to format my PC's hard drive, clean it right out and start again, is that possible, if so can someone please help.
 

Answer:Pocket drive, software will not transfer

You need to mirror the drive over onto the new one!!

You can't just move something that has already been "installed" onto the said drive!!!!

If you have a dvd and/or cd burner...I'm going to guess that it came with Nero or Roxio, or some kind of burning software!!! They should have an option to mirror (copy a drives contents from one location to another EXACTLY how it was)!!!!

Roger
 

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I want to format my hard drive on my T61 and reinstall the version of Windows that came with it. It did not come with any Windows discs, but it did make me some restore discs (used up about 9 of my cd-rs). My main question: Do these include my copy of Windows XP? also...... during the reinstall/restoration, I think I'd like to get rid of some of Lenovo's software, because most of them I simply do not use and they just take up space. It's not a huge problem, but if there's an easy way to get rid of it all, I'd like to know. 

Answer:formatting hard drive and reinstalling windows XP...

Hello ...Yes ...I guess your Windows copy is included in your 9 backup CD's.You can uninstall the Lenovo software after restore.Some Thinkpad's used to have an hidden recover partition on disk ... don't know if it is the case of (your) T61.Best regards,PX 

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Help please.I am trying to sort out a friend's machine which seems jinxed. Basically I want to reformat the hard drive and reinstall XP. I can get the machine running in safe mode but it hangs frequently and will not reinstall XP from the CD.So I need to find out how to access the format command in order to reformat the hard drive? I've done it on Win 98 systems but clearly XP is different.Sorry if this seems like an idiot's question - I'd be grateful for any help.

Answer:Reformat hard drive befor reinstalling XP

Set the CD drive as 1st boot device.Boot the system with the Windows CD in the drive, you can then reformat & reinstall from the CD.

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I have ran out of warranty on my dell system. My hard drive is being WACK. I am wanting to restore it's warehouse defaults(or w/e you want to call them). I'm not sure which disk i need(i have a good chunk).

Problems that are occurring with no disk in drive of any sort is when I go to load up windows it has an endless cycle.
1. Dell loading screen
2. Boot menu
3. Diskette drive 0 seek failure screen (f1 to continue; f2 for setup utility)
i click f1
4. Boot menu
5. Windows loading screen

then back to dell screen.

No floppy drive, and I have a dvd and cd drive.
Boot Sequence is
1. Onboard SATA Hard Drive
2. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive
4. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive

Operating System:
http://support.dell.com/support/top...rt_central?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=FNKVF61

that's about it, i'm pretty sure I have the right disk to install somewhere, but not sure which one. Can anybody help?

Thanks
 

Answer:Wiping my hard Drive and reinstalling windows xp

According to the link you posted, your computer has a recovery partition. Click the following link, choose windows xp, then try the directions they list in step 3.
https://support.dell.com/support/to...ype=&os=&component=&lang=&doclang=&toggle=&dl
 

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Ok, I used microscope diagnostic tools to wipe the HD of a Dell Optiplex GX400. All is fine like it usually is when I wipe hard drives, but now when it boots I can't get it to load the windows XP disk I have (I know the disk works, I've used it several times, even made a new copy of the file I know works). I get two options initially, press f2 for setup (which does nothing to help me) and f12 for network boot which just takes me to the screen it goes to next automatically. At this screen I have two options, f1 to retry boot and f2 for setup, no matter what I do it doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows XP after wipeing hard drive

When the F2 for setip option is offere press F2
Locate the boot priority & set it to boot from the CD drive first.

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I am buying a new hard drive for my laptop because the hard drive was broken and needs to be replaced, if i put a new hard drive in and install windows will i also need to install all the drivers, BIOS/hardware and launch applicationos? Thanks in advance!











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Answer:Reinstalling Windows with new hard drive - Model: ...

I found the solution, this website lets you download all the drivers so you can manually put them on, thanks anyway mate













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My neighbor has an old Windows 7 (6 or 7 years old) computer that is booting slow. I cleaned up all the malware and ran chkdsk but it continues to run slow. I suspect a failing hard drive. He doesn't want to loose a lot of old apps that he has no re-installation media so can I clone his HD to a new one and will that solve his issues of slow boot?

Answer:old hard drive, replace without reinstalling windows?

Are you gonna clone to a hard drive or an ssd ?

He might as well get an ssd, the Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB is inexpensive and works great.

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 250GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

You can use Crystal Disk to check the hard drive.

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

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* My old hard drive is starting to give up and I want to find out the best way to restore Windows XP without losing the date on the 1TB Drive.

My old 200GB hard drive Partitions are C, D, E, F, G, H

My new 1TB hard drive Partitions are J, K, L, M, N, O This drive only got my backup files etc but does have any installed programs.

Iíve attach a link to a screenshot of my Hard Drive Layout http://www.iforce.co.nz/View.aspx?i=ktmpqyx4.jpg

I havenít installed anything on the J drive because this is where I would like to reinstall windows only rename the J drive (Win) as reminder notice. If I go ahead and unplug my old hard and make my new hard primary drive will I lose my entire partition layout on 1TB drive?
 

Answer:Reinstalling Windows XP on new Hard Drive Partition

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I recently reinstalled windows xp and found that both my second hard drive and dvd-rom drive are not recognized under either device manager or in my computer. Both are recognized in the BIOS. Before reinstalling xp both were recognized. Please help. Thanks.
 

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I need to replace the hard drive on my Inspiron 13-5323.  It came with the factory "injected" Windows 8 on the motherboard. I subsequently upgraded to Windows 8.1, then Windows 10.  With no Windows disk and no product key, how can I reinstall Windows onto the new hard drive?
Illinichip

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 8 (or 10) after replacing hard drive

The product key is embedded in the UEFI BIOS it will automatically be input with Windows 8.1 (with update 2 media) or Windows 10 TH2 installation media. Follow the instructions here to download and create a Bootable USB (for UEFI BIOS):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1RkaknDn7v-Ucth4gt0U3BHVSY7oNkWr
http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/

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Hi, I was installing a dvd burner from another pc to this one, so I decide to remove all the cdroms and drives in the device properties and leave only this dvd burner.
I close my pc and when I try to start win xp i can not . i guess one of those drivers was my HD.
it just said 'wait" then it said that my drives are not atp compatible, then tell me to press "home", i do that and it start to count up to 50 and then restart.
Before also when I just to start my pc I had a chance to enter my bios but not anymore.
I guess i have to get in the bios to make my motherboard recognize my Hd, right?, but how can I get there now or what should I do?.
I have an amd duron 1300mhz, 1012mb, win xp pro.
Any idea?.
 

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Hello,

I was in the process of updating my drivers on a new hard drive (Old one failed), after re-installing windows 7 on it, when i got a BSOD. I feel like it might have something to do with one of the drivers i installed/re-installed, but the log's below so feel free to have a look. I've created a number of restore points as well as a system repair disk.

Thanks!

Answer:BSOD after reinstalling drivers + win 7 on a new hard drive

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Your single BSOD is pointing at an error with your hard drive. Considering you've already had a hard drive fail it would lead me to thinking your SATA controller on your motherboard sounds suspect.
Code:
KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR (7a)
The requested page of kernel data could not be read in. Typically caused by
a bad block in the paging file or disk controller error. Also see
KERNEL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR.
If the error status is 0xC000000E, 0xC000009C, 0xC000009D or 0xC0000185,
it means the disk subsystem has experienced a failure.
If the error status is 0xC000009A, then it means the request failed because
a filesystem failed to make forward progress.
Arguments:
Arg1: fffff6fc8060d4f8, lock type that was held (value 1,2,3, or PTE address)
Arg2: ffffffffc0000185, error status (normally i/o status code)
Arg3: 000000000d887880, current process (virtual address for lock type 3, or PTE)
Arg4: fffff900c1a9ff80, virtual address that could not be in-paged (or PTE contents if arg1 is ... Read more

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Ok here is the scenario. I have 2 Hard Drives. The Main one is split into a 20 gig C: Drive which I keep windows XP on and an 80 gig D: drive which I keep games and such on. Then I have a second hard drive which is E: and has 80 gigs on it. I also got 2 DVD/CD drives that are F and G. Now here is my issue. I want to reformat/wipe the partiton with just Windows XP on it and reinstall XP clean on that. My problem seems to be when I do that, my 20 gig partion always ends up being something other then C: once windows is installed and Windows XP won't let you change the drive letter where the OS is stored. So basically the closest I can get it, removing the power cable to the 2 burners and the 2nd hard drive. But I still end up with my new 20 gig boot partition being D and it makes my old D the new C:. If that made any sense, does anyone know a work around? Thanks

Howard
 

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Hello, I purchased a HP Pavilion laptop last year for work and school. It has run perfectly up until yesterday when it froze unexpectedly. I waited for about half an hour to see if it might work itself out, as I had several programs running at once. With no results, I performed a hard shut down and left it off for about two hours. Upon attempting to turn it back on, I was stuck on the HP boot screen for nearly an hour. I turned off the power and tried again. Sometimes I would get stuck on the boot screen, and sometimes it would show that it was preparing automatic repair, then the screen would go blank. Also, the system recovery menu through the F11 key was not functioning, so I did a System Quick Test and received a Hard Drive Short DST failure. I plan to purchase a replacement HGST 5K1000 1TB hard Drive from the manufacturer; however, my warranty expired last month, and I'm unsure how to reinstall the OS, (factory installed with Windows 8.1 then upgraded to Windows 10), once the new hard drive is in place. I never made an HP System Recovery Image, and I'm low on funds, so I'm unable to contact HP directly. Please help. I'm a student and I work from home, so I'm at a loss without without my system. 











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Answer:Reinstalling Windows 10 OS after Replacing Hard Drive

If you wish to reinstall Windows 10, then that is the easy part and free.  From what I understand, once the upgrade to Windows 10 was completed, then you can clean install Windows 10 from the M$ site.On a working computer, go to the WINDOWS 10 DOWNLOAD, scroll down to the purple "Download Tool Now -64Bit"  click on that at let it do its thing.  Then on the next screen, pick " Create installation media for another PC", and then which media you wish to use DVD or USB flash.  Once that is created, install Windows 10 on the PC in question - when all done it is activated.

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Hi, My computer didn't work anymore. I brought it to a tech guy who told me the hard disk was dead. He replaced it and he installed windows 7 on it. It turns out it is an illegal version of windows 7. Since I bought a windows 8 licence with my computer, I'd like to install it back on my computer. How can I install windows 8 back ? Best,

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Due to a recent infection by a Master Boot Record trojan, the "Am I Infected?" forum suggested I post here for advice/guidance on wiping and reformatting my hard drive, then reinstalling Windows XP.Before I got too far into it (and over my head), I wanted to confirm I'm going about it the right way.My system:Dell XPS 410Windows XP Media Edition, R3Intel Core 2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz500 GB Seagate Baracuda (ST3500641AS) hard drive (SATA, RAID configured)Warranty expriredInstallation DiscsI?ve got the following discs (both of which came with the PC): Reinstallation DVD: MS Windows XP Media Center Version 2005 with Update Rollup 2Dell Dimension ResourceCD (containing device drivers, diagnostics, and utilities)Here are my specific questions (at least the first three of them):1) It was recommended that I wipe the hard drive with a program like [email protected] KillDisk, which I want to do to eliminate all traces of the trojan. Is there a problem that I'll be reinstalling with OEM discs? I wasn't sure if Dell preformatted their hard drives in some way before installing...2) I have only one hard drive installed, but it?s configured for RAID. I have a general sense of what that's for, but will wiping/reformatting affect that configuration? Once I start to reinstall, are there special considerations or extra steps I need to go through to deal with the RAID?3) I do not have a floppy drive on my PC. Some of the descriptions I?ve read of the XP reinstall process indic... Read more

Answer:Reinstalling Dell OEM XP on a Reformatted Hard Drive

Before you do any thing make sure every thing is backed up then booting to Re-installation DVD: MS Windows XP Media Center Version 2005 with Update Rollup 2 should be all you need to do after clearing partitions with [email protected] KillDisk; also nice to have the 2nd cd with all the drivers. No you do not need to mess with any of the raid configuration just because of this.

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I am buying a new hard drive for my laptop because the hard drive was broken and needs to be replaced, if i put a new hard drive in and install windows will i also need to install all the drivers, BIOS/hardware and launch applicationos? Thanks in advance!

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I have an old Dell Inspiron 530S with the specs in the link below that I am thinking about reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling Vista (or other operating system if it doesn't cost much and makes sense).  
 
http://speccy.piriform.com/results/lPvGYlNAKbAw1VHkWkPBKMQ
 
The computer runs very slowly and since it's been running since 2008 I think it might be time.  However, I've never done anything like this before so am pretty nervous.  I do have a Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive that I can use for backup purposes.  I also have the following disks that came with the desktop when we originally bought it (brand new):
 
Dell Drivers and Utilities
ATI Radeon -HD 2400 Pro - Dell Driver CD
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I already ordered a new power source (Seasonic SS-300TFX 300W 80PLUS BRONZE TFX Power Supply) as the one in the desktop is burned out and more RAM (Crucial 2GB Kit (1GBx2) DDR2-667MHz (PC2-5300) Non-ECC UDIMM Desktop Memory Upgrades CT2KIT12864AA667 / CT2CP12864AA667) so buying a new PC is not an option.  
 
So how difficult is the process?  Where can I get specific directions on how to do so?  What are tips and pitfalls I should be aware of?  
 
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I am aiming to reformat the hard drive on my pc, and reinsatll xp home along with SP 1. A couple of questions.I have updated xp home regularly - will I have to download these updates again, or can I transfer the updates from present xp setup to the new setup by burning onto a CD?Likewise with software such as Norton AV and Firewall, I have the 2003 versions of both, and I regularly update them. Can I transfer updates that I have downloaded since I bought these items of software or will I have to download them again?Any advice, tips, suggestions etc. would be greatly welcomed, as would any advice/help/suggestions concerning any aspects of reformatting and reinstalling in general.Thanks in anticipationDave

Answer:Reformatting hard drive/reinstalling xp home

The windows updates should be kept in a temp folder in the windows directory, but sometimes they are removed after installation.If they arent, then copy then downloaded package to disc and re-use, otherwise you will have to download again. As with the virus checker, im not sure.

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Hi
My friend has been given an old sony vaio laptop by his neighbour, who has removed and destroyed the old hard drive.
He does not have any cd's or anything else but the windows sticker and serial number are still intact and readable.
I have managed to obtain another hard drive for him but have had no luck reinstalling windows xp from my original cd.
The laptop starts the post and I can get into the bios but there is an error message which says that "error loading operating system", which I expected as the drive was formatted previously.
I have downloaded and tried to run the ultimate boot cd which I downloaded but this does not run and I get the above error message even though it is set to boot from the cd first.
Your advice would be most appreciated.
Thank you

Answer:problems reinstalling windows on new hard drive

It could be that the Drives are SATA, Check BIOS to see what it says about the drives you may need to load drivers for the Hard Drive

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To understand my problem, you need to know a little about the history of my PC.
i bought my PC last September and about a month later, everything failed for no particular reason, and my hard drives were wiped clean. Originally, my windows, (windows 7 64 bit), was installed on a hard drive with over 1 TB worth of space. when the problem was fixed, my windows was installed onto my SSD, which only has 20GB worth of space. This means that space was incredibly limited, meaning that i could barely do anything that i wanted to.

After trying to reinstall windows onto my 1TB hard drive, it failed at the last possible minute, saying something like, windows cannot configure itself to run on your system. Which bring me here. If anyone has had this problem, or knows a solution to the problem, i would be very grateful.
And if it helps, here is the link to my PC, detailing the Specs that my PC has - The iReign
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Trouble reinstalling windows onto another hard drive.

For installing to your 1tb HD Drive.
As the Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Motherboard has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

For uEFT BIOS setup: Check the Gigabyte manual.

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Hi all,

I have problem with fresh instalation of XP.

I have Acer TravelMate 5310, and Hitachi hard disk isn't recognized in XP set up. I can see it in BIOS, but when instalation starts it says that there's no hard disk installed. I've search for solution on internet, and found some tutorials for making new instalation CD with hard disk drivers integrated, but I'm not able to find drivers for my hard drive. Btw it's Hitachi HTS541680J9SA00 - (S1) Can u help me plz?
 

Answer:Solved: Reinstalling XP, but XP set up don't recognize my hard drive

You are having this problem because you are using XP on a PC that has a SATA hard drive. XP does not support SATA drives so you need to install the drivers during the installation.

You need to go here: http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/tm_5310.html
Then select Drivers and Utilities and download the "F6 Intel SATA HDD Driver Floppy Utility" That needs to be put on a floppy disc and when you see the message "to install third party drivers press F6" during the XP set up, click on F6 and put the floppy into the drive.

It seems quite strange that Acer supply a floppy disc version of the driver when the laptop does not have a floppy disc drive, but there is a way around this problem. Go here for directions to extract the drivers from the floppy disc download.
How to extract the SATA drivers from a floppy disc download

Then follow this guide to integrate the drivers into a copy of the XP installation disc.
Slipstream XP with SP3
At instruction 9 also click on the Drivers button and follow the prompts to include the SATA drivers. You do not need to include sp3 but this will save a lot of time downloading updates after the installation is complete.

Follow this to help with the burning of the ISO file.
Please download ImgBurn
Install ImgBurn and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the ISO file you created. Then click on the t... Read more

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Hello everyone. First time poster, but occaissioal lurker-I have picked up some valuable information around here, and need some advice. If posted in wrong section, sincere apologies.

A few days ago, I had the dreaded S.M.A.R.T message warning me of an iminent drive failure. I have ordered a new internal hard drive already (which is 250gb-my failing one is 320gb but couldn't afford an exact replica drive). The drive has also already been formatted via windows using slowest speed.

However, this is totally new to me (this is still my first laptop and have never had to reinstall an OS before and am very nervous about doing this). And basically need advice for an absolute novice. So I'll break down the following into as short info form as possible.

1) I have downloaded the Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit OEM ISO and created a bootable disc already, using the USB/DVD windows tool

2) I have also backed up files using the Advent Recovery Backup Wizard and burnt them to disc.

Do I need to backup anything else if I only want to reinstall the OS? I have no other programmes of use to backup. I had already uninstalled all my games, and other programmes I won't need to backup as they were used for online gaming and can be easily downloaded again (these being World of Warcraft and Steam games/Steam application). Music and films are also safe aswell.

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Answer:Reinstalling only OS OEM onto replacement laptop Hard Drive

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1) I have downloaded the Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit OEM ISO and created a bootable disc already, using the USB/DVD windows tool

Does that disk in fact boot your PC?

2) I have also backed up files using the Advent Recovery Backup Wizard and burnt them to disc.

I have no idea what "Advent Recovery Backup Wizard" is.

What files do you think you backed up? Did you include email and bookmarks?

I'd prefer to see you back them up in a known certain way without Advent--such as dragging them to another drive of some type.

Do I need to backup anything else if I only want to reinstall the OS? I have no other programmes of use to backup. I had already uninstalled all my games, and other programmes I won't need to backup as they were used for online gaming and can be easily downloaded again (these being World of Warcraft and Steam games/Steam application). Music and films are also safe aswell.

All you have to backup is personal data. It's up to you to determine what that is, where it is, and back it up.

Also, if I am reinstalling only the Windows OEM onto the replacement drive, will I also need to restore factory settings, or will I just need to reinstall the necessary drivers after installation along with the ISO file? I read somewhere I will need to backup user profiles for hotmail etc-is this also true? If so, how would I... Read more

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I had win xp installed on my computer. the boot disk ive for win xp is not the original cd it is a copied version. now when im starting my computer using boot floppy it tells me no cd rom device drivers found. still i continue reformat my hard drive by typing format c: and at some point i also deleted all the partitions and creatd a new fat32 partition but after i format my hard drive and set my bios to cdrom and reboot my computer. it gives me a msg "invalid system disk error".

ive tried all ways to get this done but all in vain and im exhausted. i wud highly appreciate if you can point me in right direction. is the problem due to a copied version of xp that its not right away booting from cd or im missing cdrom drivers in my boot floppy??? or some other problem
 

Answer:help installing formatting my hard drive and reinstalling win xp

Help with illegal software is against forum rules, closing thread
 

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I have recently gotten fed up with how slow my computer (E-Machine) is running and decided to try to make it go faster. It has been suggested that I backup my hard drive and reinstall windows, the only problem is that I don't know how.
I have 2 hard drives and it has been suggested that I put all of my information from one hard drive onto the other and disconnect the empty one and then reinstall windows on it.
How do I back up, and how do I reinstall?

Answer:Backing up the Hard Drive and Reinstalling Windows XP

Well, the first question is what do you want to back up?

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I recently bought a laptop with Windows 8 and have erased the hard drive while trying to install another OS (not a good move, I know). This caused problems and now I'd like to re-install windows 8, except I have no way of doing this without knowing my product key, which I cannot access through my computer now. Is there a way to re-install windows 8 without having to purchase it again?

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 8 on an empty hard drive

Does this laptop have the UEFI BIOS?

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i have just replaced a faulty hard drive on an s230u twist and unfortunately there is no recovery media. im not sure which version of 8 was installed originally so have gone to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media and tried 8.1 and 8.1 pro but the machine isnt able to automatically insert the product key from the bios for either version. is there any work around for this or is it just a case of purchasing a recovery disk from lenovo or a full version from microsoft? thanks darren













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Answer:reinstalling windows after hard drive replacement

hi dazpearce ,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
The Product key on the Motherboard is an OEM version so even if you got the right Windows version, It is still a retail type that you are installing. The link you showed will require you to have a purchased retail product key from MS.
   I suggest you call Lenovo Technical team in your location and request for recovery media from them.
 
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My secondery disk (2-year old, 60GB, IDE, transferred from my previous machine) started making really bad noises. It took me a couple of weeks to come to terms with, but finally (after it got to the chainsaw stage) I made backups, disengaged the elec. pin and went out and bought a brand new, SATA drive (my motherboard is IDE/SATA compatible). However... I suddenly realised I've forgotten to back up my most important data (the music library ).
Hoping for the best, I reconnected the old disk, and turned the computer on. First two tries - the dreaded clicking sound, Windows comes up but no second hard drive, just "click-click" sound affect. Third try - starts promising, disc working (noise and all), start-up sequence gets all the way to the "boot from disc" option - and then nothing, black screen. I tried again, a couple of times, but the result was the same.
Anyone has any ideas? I have a large part of the music backed-up, but a lot of it isn't (including all of my ripped vinyl collection). TIA
 

Answer:Problem reinstalling hard drive disk

Take the drive out and stick it in the fridge for an hour so so, then try again.
This might introduce condensation on the drive as it heats back up, but I've had fair luck getting data off an otherwise dead drive by cooling it first, then blowing a fan on it while recovering data.
 

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Hi,

The question is basically summarised in the title of this thread. I have two external hard drives, both usb, and a 50GB internal hard drive in my laptop. I am running windows XP. I would like to partition my internal hard drive so that I have program files and operating system files on one side and data the other. I have moved all my data files off the hard drive onto the external. So the only files left on the internal are system files, XP and of coursethe programme files.

Is there any way I can make a partition on this drive without having to reinstall windows xp and all the programmes? Read somewhere that maybe Partition Manager could do it. What do you think?

Fiona

Great forum by the way! Have sent url to all my mates, including one who is having major hard drive crisis after a virus...
 

Answer:Partitioning hard drive - possible without reinstalling windwos XP?

Acronis Disk Director or Partition Magic can do the trick.
 

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McAfee Tech support says my laptop is soooo full of viruses/malware/spyware that no antivirus software will work to remove them. They said my laptop is just too corrupted and they want $300 to fix this.

Would cleaning/formatting my hard drive and reinstalling a new copy of my OS--Windows 8--solve this problem?

Laptop is HP Pavilion, Windows 8 OS, AMD A6, 4GB RAM, 64 bit.

Answer:Does Wiping a Hard Drive Clean, Reinstalling a New OS

My advice would be to fix it yourself. The easiest way to remove viruses is to install an antivirus program on a flash drive, i suggest malwarebytes. Now start it up in safemode, it doesnt even have to be with networking or command prompt. WinKey+E, and select the flash drive, and run the antivirus, and let it scan. Monitor it though, and make sure nothing closes it. If it does, there may be a different way to fix it. Let me know if this fixed your problem.

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Hi there,

I have an Acer Aspire 5610 laptop. Windows died recently and if I use the Acer recovery program I will lose the contents of my hard drives - something I am very keen to avoid. So I got my hands on a Windows XP Pro CD and have installed Windows. The problem is now I cannot for the life of me get it to recognize my Maxtor USB external hard drive. I've installed every little thing I can find on the Acer/Intel/Microsoft/Maxtor websites etc but still nothing. I've tried uninstalling the USB ports and reinstalling them - still nothing. I've checked device manager to see if it's recognized but not mapping correctly - it's not in device manager. I went into my BIOS to ensure that USB was enabled and it's not an option in the menu (I have PhoenixBIOS). I have tested the External Hard Drive on other PC's and it works fine. When I plug it into my notebook it plays the sound to say it's recognized a USB input and then the USB symbol displays in the Task Bar with the Message "Device Not Recognized" - what can I do to get this to work - I've spent 26 hours so far and nothing has worked and it would take me forever to back 120GB onto DVDs! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive not recognized after reinstalling Windows

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I had this idea, see if anybody has an opinion about this. My wife has an old XP computer I want to buy her a new one but she doesn't like the vista and she wants to keep the old xp operating system. What I want to do is take the old hard drive and put it in the new computer as the master and take the new hard drive and put it in as the slave erasing the vista off it. Then using the master slave way can I transfer the xp operating system and all her files and data from the old hard drive to the new one.
 

Answer:Transfer data from Hard Drive to Hard Drive

You cannot simply put the hard drive with XP on it in the new system to have the new system running XP either from the old drive or by transferring to the new drive. It just does not work like that
You need to install XP a fresh on the new system AND you will need a new XP license to do so.
 

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Hi, I am thinking of replacing my aging HDD to a new larger HDD. Is there a way of trasfering all data and the OS as it is to a new HDD without installing the OS on the HDD first.All good and valid suggestions welcome. Thank you.

Answer:Transfer data from hard drive to hard drive

Norton Ghost, Drive Copy & Partition Magic will all do what you want. There are also free utilities that might do. For more info:click here

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my c: was failing so i replaced it. i have my new drive up and running and i have my old drive set as slave f: until i can get the files off. i was hoping to use xcopy to just mirror the old drive onto the new drive.well, either my expectations were way to high or i'm an idiot because i can't seem to make it work. my real problem now is to get my old outlook express files from the old drive to the new. is there any way to copy my existing outlook express data from the old drive to the new? 

Answer:hard drive failing: transfer all files from old drive to new

The below program has a 15 full function trial.http://www.drive-image.com/?GGLAW900

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Can you transfer contents of C: drive to another hard drive easily? My C: drive is out of room, and I have another new hard drive waiting on my shelf...is it a simple thing to have my local shop just transfer the contents to the new drive, so that when I reconnect I have my OS, everything intact?

Not interested in doing it myself; I don't have the software or the time and don't want the hassle.
 

Answer:Can you transfer contents of C: drive to another hard drive easily?

Just ask them to clone your old drive to the new drive. Think out in advance what you want to do with the old drive, maybe have them do that too. Cloning makes the new drive look just like the old one in exact detail. They just use some software to do the copying. Pretty simple, shouldn't cost much.
 

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I have The Encyclopedia of Religion (pub'd 1990s) on a Vista laptop. I tried to use its CD to install it on my Windows 10 laptop (Dell Inspiron 5755), which has a disk drive, but the computer would not accept the program, it couldn't be installed. Is it possible for me to transfer the program with a flash drive, or will it just not work at all with Win 10? I had tried to add it to the Program files, but it required administrator permission, so I waited to learn more. In the meantime I placed it on the Desktop but did not try to open it. This encyclopedia is in a new edition now and expensive, so I would like to use it on the new laptop.

Answer:Can I transfer software from Vista to Win 10 via flash drive?

Have you tried to install the program in Compatibility mode

Have a look at this tutorial written by Brink on TenForums and run the setup program in compatibility mode.
Compatibility Mode Settings for Apps - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I have The Encyclopedia of Religion (pub'd 1990s) on a Vista laptop. I tried to use its CD to install it on my Windows 10 laptop (Dell Inspiron 5755), which has a disk drive, but the computer would not accept the program, it couldn't be installed. Is it possible for me to transfer the program with a flash drive, or will it just not work at all with Win 10? I had tried to add it to the Program files, but it required administrator permission, so I waited to learn more. In the meantime I placed it on the Desktop but did not try to open it. This encyclopedia is in a new edition now and expensive, so I would like to use it on the new laptop.

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Hi,
So, as a result of some amateur, ignorant partitioning/formatting, I seem to have wiped my OS (Windows Vista) - it just sits on a black screen after showing the Toshiba startup screen. I was able to create a Windows 7 boot disc and get to the installation screen. After completing the installation, the computer restarts (as it's supposed to of course), but then it just loads the boot disc again and brings me back to the installation screen. I tried changing the BIOS order to the hard drive I installed Windows onto, but again just got the black screen. Same thing when trying to do this directly from the boot menu. Any suggestions? Any advice would be tremendously appreciated!

Answer:Formatted hard drive, still can't boot after reinstalling Windows

Perhaps you made the classic mistake of pressing any key?
Follow this guide (with screenshots) of a W7 reinstall (reinstall as in format a previous used HDD) click here
Now "Press any key" boot menu. Do not do this as it will only start the reinstall from the beginning again. Wait the 10 seconds that it appears on screen and resist the temptation...
You will need a product key for your install of W7.
If not got one then perhaps you could reinstall Vista and use the product key on the base of laptop.
Have you wiped the back to factory recovery partition?
Could do with a few more details of laptop, and what you have done at it, so that alternatives can be advised.

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I have a desktop with 150 Gig hard drive. I had to reinstall Windows XP b/c I had a virus that I couldn't get rid of.

Before reinstalling I only had ~1 free gig (149 were used). Now after reinstalling, obviously all of my data is gone, but it is still showing that I only have 1 or 2 free gigs. What is going on?

If I go into my C drive there is no trace of any of my old documents or any of this mystery space that is being taken up.

But what is weird is that if I go into my program files folder, all of the software that I had installed before reinstalling windows is still there (and I can still start up that software). But none of it shows up in my start menu. And when I log into windows, no other users are available... What's going on???

Answer:Missing hard drive space after reinstalling Windows XP

did you re-format the harddrive as a part of installing windows xp again on the harddrive?

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Hello, I'm about to format and do a clean install, I also want to install new flash bios drivers, but I don't have a clue about bios or the correct procedure necessary, Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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After reinstalling Vista SP1 I cannot access the files in my USB hard drive. I can change permissions for the volumes on them and back up those volumes (right click and select Properties), but when I click on them I get an "Access Denied" message.
 
When I reinstalled Vista I had forgotten to disconnect that USB hard drive. What do I need to do to be able to access their files? They contain several years of backups.

Answer:Access Denied on USB Hard Drive After Reinstalling Vista

See if taking ownership of the drive works.
 

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Dear colleagues
I have obtained one of these tower systems [7373-CTO] and proceeded to open it up and the first thing I did was to remove the 160gb SATA hard drive .
Foolishly I then took out the caddy (or, as I think it is called the Chassis) in which the hard drive was contained.
The problem is that I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the chassis back in place.
The fan that is over the processer just seems to get in the way. It came out but it won't go back. 
I wonder if anyone can advise what is the procedure to get it in. Do I have to remove the fan first, or do I have to remove the PSU.
I know this is a simple problem but I an not an expert if anyone can advise I will be grateful
Thanks, Ian
 
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Answer:M58 Tower: problem reinstalling hard drive (7373-CTO)

You have a M73.https://www.lenovoservicetraining.com/showcase?sid=1161&key=TGVuZw== You MAY have to remove the front bezel and slide the SSD in from the front bezel.Remove the retainer, wiggle the finger sized bracket. Thats what I did. I did similar SSD install a few weeks ago in my tower. Way crowded. No PSU, NO fan removal needed at all.My tower looking in after front bezel removed.Do the front bezel entry. Just remove the retainer and put it in your spare parts box.I have no idea how the training video person made it look so easy. It was not THAT easy.

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