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is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

Question: is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated. http://www.vatgia.com/pictures_fullsize/tut1254386189.jpg

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Preferred Solution: is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

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Answer: is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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Greetings,
I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,
s.


 

Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/documents/ht077144. Towards the end of the page is this image;




Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...
s.
 

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


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BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
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Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.
 

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????
 

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.
 

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567


Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much

Dom
 

Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.
 

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer

Thanks,

Sam

Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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Hi,

I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here: http://support.mpccorp.com/apps/specs.asp?ID=1971

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8004679&type=product&id=1155848396138

Thanks so much,
James
 

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.
 

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!

Thanks
 

Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode
 

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?

Shamus

Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

or
2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.
Chas

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive

Hi

It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.

Greetings

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot
Brian
 

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7 http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.
 

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407
 

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?
 

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???
 

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.
 

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

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Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..
 

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Hi

I own a Equium A100-147 with 60Gb HDD. I have a recovery disc and have restored the laptop many times.

I am considering an HDD upgrade to 250GB.

Couple of questions on this...

Will the motherboard accomodate a 250Gb drive??

If i replace the HDD will the recover CD install a fresh copy of te fatory software (inc windows xp MCE)??

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Answer:Equium A100-147 HDD replacement to 250GB possible?

Yes, you can use a 250GB. The notebook has a SATA interface and there is no capacity limit like on IDE.

If you use the recovery CD, you will get the factory settings. This means an XP installation with all drivers and tools.

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Hello All, new to the Lenovo Community. I have a T60 as well as newer Lenovo Edge. The HD crashed on the T60 and it will no longer boot. I just purchased a WD 500GB without doing a lot of research. In trying to install Windows 7 (I had already upgraded the T60) it will not recognize the new drive - Windows does not see the drive at all. Is there a way to get the Lenovo to recognize the WD drive? Thank you in advance for any help.













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Answer:T60 hard drive replacement - Windows does not recognize the hard drive

It sounds like you're doing something wrong, if the drive is an SATA it should work, just install it and boot from your windows setup DVD and it will setup the drive and format it for you, or you can optionally setup the partitions manually when prompted to do so. If you're trying to do something unusual like transfer the windows from the old drive then you need to explain exactly what you've done because I see no reason this shouldn't work. Infact I've done it many times myself.





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Hi, I have a T4602 with 1 TB drive, Windows 10 shows the drive as samsung MZSLW1T0HMLH-000L1Machine Type Model 20F9CTO1WW Has anyone been able to find a similar drive to purchase and image it with something like Acronis True Image? I've looked in many places but have not been able to find any reference to the topic.Have not called Lenovo yet.Thanks Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.













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Answer:Making an image of hard drive on T460s as a replacement backup drive

Hello and welcome,
 
Looks like NewEgg has that drive.
 
Are you planning to clone it?  That may be a challenge since as far as I know there aren't any m.2 PCIe-to-anything adapters available yet.
 
You should be able to pull an Acronis image and restore that to a backup drive after installing it.  Perhaps that's your plan.
 
Z.

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Question: Is it problemmatic if a replacement hard drive does not fit precisely snug in the drive bay?IE - if there is very slight wiggle or movement.If so,any suggestions about ways to snug up the fit? Background:The computer in question is a new Thinkpad X201 Tablet (which is a great little machine). I upgraded my hard drive from the 320gb stock drive to Western Digital Scorpio Black 500gb.The new hard drive's dimensions are approximately the same as the stock drive - standard 2.5" drive, (9.5mm height; 100mm deep).When I replaced the drive, however, I realized that there is a slight difference in size between the stock drive and the upgrade, maybe a bit less than 1mm in width. This amounts to a bit of left to rigtht movement - not much, but enough to describe it as a slight wiggle.I replaced the drive according to the instructions, using the rubbers rails in the same way that the prior drive was mounted. The drive functions fine, but I am concerned that the subtle movement would ruin the connection over time - is that a valid concern? If so, any suggestions for how to tighten this little bit of movement up?Can I simple by some thing rubber from the hardware store, clean it thoroughly, and then "shim" the sides until the wiggle is gone? Or are there different thickness rubber rails that you can buy? Thanks in advance!













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Answer:Hard Drive Replacement - Slight Wiggle/Movement (in drive of proper spec/dimensions)

a wiggly hard drive probably isn't a good thing.  those rails only come in one size. you mentioned a hardware store. how about a piece of rubber roofing?  you can cut it to size with sissors and fold it double if you have to.

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Does anyone know what dimensions are able to be used for a hard drive replacement?

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement - Slight Wiggle/Movement (in drive of proper spec/dimensions)

Hi  K_yao,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
As per the query we understood that you are looking for hard drive replacement in your system.
 
I would like to suggest you to visit the nearest service center for the replacement of the part. Please share the system model so that we can provide you the method for replacement of the HDD.
 
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure
they will be a great help.
 
Hope this helps. Do post back if issue persists!
 
Best regards,       
                                     
Ashwin.S





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I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
 
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
 
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
 
Note:
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
 
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone
 
 
Regards

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Tell me if a slightly thicker (i. e. higher-- height) 2.5" hard drive might work for me. Because I own a 2004-built R51, it seems I won't be able to use PATA drives thicker than my Fujitsu drive (model MHT2080AT). [I can't use a SATA drive.] My failing or shot drive is somewhere between 7 and 8 mm thick (i. e. high). [There's a thin metal sheet covered with round holes attached with screws to the PCB side of the drive. I suppose this thin sheet is the caddy. Yes? By putting my metric ruler from the PCB to the metal of the label side of the drive, it seems the thickness is ~ 8 mm.] If I find a possible replacement on eBay or somewhere else, I figure non-WD drives larger in storage capacity than my current 80 GB drive probably won't work for me since they'll be too thick (i. e. too high), too high because they have more hardware inside them. Therefore, I think I'll only be able to use another 80 GB drive. The WD Scorpio Blue 120 GB PATA Hard Drives (WD1200BEVE) that someone here recommended to me has these dimensions: height- 9.5 mm                      width- 69.85 mm                      depth- 100.2 mm [The other PATA drives made by WD have the same dimensions.] The 100.2 mm depth is about 1 mm longer (deeper) than mine so that might ... Read more

Answer:R51 hard drive replacement: limit on thickness (height) of drive

All of these drives will work just fine, they belong to the same 9.5mm standard as your current Fujitsu one.
 
So get the biggest one, which is 320GB.

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My Toshiba C650d fell of my bed the other day and my hard drive is damaged. When I boot the laptop up I get no bootable device-- insert boot disk and press any key. I have done some research and found out basically my Hard Drive is F*^K%D. I did'nt have many important files on there so I dont care about losing them but I dont wont to get it repaired as it will cost about the same as getting a half decent Notebook.

Is it possible to buy a New Hard drive that fits my Laptop. Would this make my Laptop boot up and start or do I need to fork out and get another?

If so how do I get a Hard Drive that I know will (fit in my laptop) with my Laptop.

Really need some help here!

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement for Broken Hard Drive

Here is one Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9320423AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 49.99You will need windows re-installation CD in order to get Windows back on it.

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Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable. Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said ... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/data-...I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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After sending in my new 750 GB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive due to my partitions getting completely screwed multiple times. I received a brand new replacement 1 TB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive yesterday. Everything was working fine until I turned on my desktop on today and received the message "operating system not found". This is the same problem I got with my older hard drive. I tried everything, including creating a new partition using the command prompt on my old hard drive and I still had the same problem. I haven't tried anything yet with my new hard drive and I'm wondering what is causing my hard drives to do this? Any ideas of what could be causing this and fixes would be immensely appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Note:
-Not posting this from my desktop.
-Both drives are OEM and I do not have any discs with to run a diagnostics or repairs.
-I can not start up Windows in anyway.
-I still have my Windows 7 64 bit disc.
-My computer does not recognize my hard drive due to the partition being corrupted.

Answer:Hard drive problem with partition. Even after a new replacement drive.

Check all the cables.

Check your HD.
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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HelloI have a T43 Thinkpad that I was wishing to upgrade the 80gb hard drive that came with it.I have been reading up on all the difficulty of doing this, but so far my biggest set back is that every model HD I've looked for on the list of "supported" drives from http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-62282.html has been discontinued and is now impossible to buy anywhere.On the rare occasion that I have found a compatible drive on E-bay, they tend to sell for over $300, which is a ridiculous price for an old, small (by today's standards), questionable warranty drive.I was wondering if anyone on this forum knows of a supply to still get these drives?Or, is anyone at Lenovo going to provide firmware for other model drives (and when)?I was considering buying a 160gb Hitachi - HTS541616J9AT00, simply because Newegg is still selling them, (and who knows for how long until those are discontinued too).  However I'm nervous since there is no IBM firmware available for it and I don't know if there ever will be.  I know the 2010 post error can be bypassed but IBM goes out of its way to say the error is there for a reason and shouldn?t be ignored.Also, using an ultrabay adapter is not an option for me, as I want to replace the boot drive and keep my dvd drive.My laptop is still in extremely good condition and has many years of life left in it.  I'd really hate for such an expensive machine to become a paperweight over a weird hardware technicality.Thanks for an... Read more

Answer:Help! T43 hard drive replacement

you can use any PATA harddrive from any brands, but you may need to flash the bios to make it recognize non lenovo sourced HDD..

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I just bought a new Dell and the hard drive is rather noisy. Dell is sending someone to replace it but Cust Svc. tells me they want my defective one. Obviously the disc has sensitive data on it and I was wondering how to handle this as I don't want to let it go.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement

I guess this maybe on the wrong forum so I'll redo it on the hardware section.
 

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I want to replace my existing hard drive after 4 years of use with the WD Black Performance Hard Drive WD10JPLX. Please inform whether this new internal hard drive will fit into my HP Pavilion dm4 purchased in Spring 2012.

Answer:Hard Drive replacement

Yes no problem. It's 2.5 inches wide and either 7mm or 9.5mm thick and SATA connector. Will fit right in where the old one comes out. Same hole pattern and connectors. Post back if you need more help. 

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I am replacing a hard drive. I have it installed and it is recognized in the system setup. When I install the "system recovery" disks, I get "invalid system drive. Please replace and hit any key." The CD drive light is continually on. Any suggestions?
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400-windows vista and Pc is at 1.6 GHz. What is the maximum hard drive I can install without a noticeable drop in speed.?

Answer:hard drive replacement

I stand to be corrected but the actual size of your hard drive has no bearing on speed.

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Currently running windows xp on medion pc, everything fine, excpet my hard drives are nearly full. At present i have drive c:20gb and drive d:2gb (just used for storing old pics etc).I wish to replace drive c: with a new 160gb hard drive and make it the primary drive & then make my old drive c: the d: drive (for stroing all those old pics !), and then discard my old d: drive. How can i transfer all my old applications and operating system onto the new drive without doing a complete re-install.Thanks in anticpation...

Answer:hard drive replacement

Most hard drive manufactures supply software, for free, to do this. If you post what manufacturer you are looking at, this could be confirmed or refuted.Or you can buy software to do this and more. Acronis is excellent.You must consider also, IF your bios could take such a large size drive. With having two very small hard drives, it would be worth checking what your motherboard bios could take. Even on this, some manufacturers have software to fool the bios into accepting larger sizes.Post the make and model of the motherboard, if you can.

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my hard drive is getting rather noisy it makes grinding noises when ever i open an application so i think its time for replacement, i have and external hard drive which is 640 GB is there a way i can remove that one so i can use it in my PC and also will it last as long as an normal hard drive,

The external drive is a simple tech 640 gigabyte desktop external drive, i cannot for the life of me figure out how to open this damn thing so if i can able to use this in my PC how do i open it ?

please respond asap thanks
 

Answer:Hard drive replacement

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I have an HP Envy M4 laptop hard drive that I am wanting to put into a 2000-314nr HP lapto. Would it be compatible?

Answer:Hard drive replacement

Hi,Physically it would not be a problem.Both have 2.5 inch 7mm/9.5mm thick SATA HDD.But operating system cannot be transferred. You've to factory reset with 2000-314nr recovery media.RegardsVisruth

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1. I have an old Dell, model OptiPlex GX60. It has a hard drive of this designation: WDC WD400BB-75FJA1. It's a 40gb size.

The hard drive is failing. I'd like to replace it.

How do I know what kinds of hard drives may be good substitutes here? Might go to a 60gb. I have expanded my RAM.

I'd like to know what kinds of hard drive I could replace it with. General descriptions would be good.
2. Is it as simple as pull the old one, stick the new one in, and go to F12 in Dell OS menu, then load windows in?
 

Answer:hard drive replacement

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Hello,I need to replace the hard drive in my laptop HP Notebook  P1A99UA#ABL.What size and specs of the hard drive I should buy?Thanks a lot.











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Answer:Hard drive Replacement

Hi, Your machine is an  HP 15-af148ca :      http://support.hp.com/hr-en/document/c04791384 Would you like to use the same as the original HDD, which is a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive  ?  You can use any standard 2.5" HDD for laptops on the market today. Please buy a faster HDD which has 7200RPM and big cache such as     http://cplonline.com.au/hard-drives/laptop-hard-drives/seagate-st1000lx001-1tb-laptop-sshd-w-32gb-nand-2-5inch-sata.html or much smaller cache:     http://cplonline.com.au/hard-drives/laptop-hard-drives/hitachi-2-5-1tb-sata3-7200rpm-laptop-hard-drive.html Regards.

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Hi,
I have been having problems with my laptop recently and after a visit to the local computer repairs store was told the hard drive was worn out/knackered, so am looking to replace it, but have no idea what I'm looking for (complete novice with this area).
The laptop is a Lenovo 3000 n200, good few years old, had no real problems with it up to now. Main use is a little bit of work, nothing heavy, and football manager quite a bit. I'm looking for the replacement to be adequate to deal with this and also reasonably affordable, as I am a student.
Any advice and product suggestions are welcome.
Thanks, Dan

Answer:Hard drive replacement

It looks as the original had a 160GB 2.5" hard-drive and running Vista. You'll have to physically check if it's a Sata or Ide drive.I suspect Sata. Different connections shown Here.
If the original drive is still running then use it as little as possible so you can get someone to clone it. If you have the original restore to factory settings discs or the burnt ones you can use these on a new drive. Check key is still visible underneath or have you made a note of it?
Use something like Doubledriver to back-up all non Windows drivers if you can.
Back to the drive you can install a bigger hard-drive (not in physical size) such as a 250GB so long as it's 2.5".

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I'm not one for this tech talk, soo sorry if I don't know what I'm talking about..Anyways, I need to replace my hard drive, but I don't know what would be suitable for the laptop I have.I often play games and do schoolwork on my laptop, so idk if that will affect what to get. I read up a little on SSDs and HDDs and their differences, and I was leaning towards getting a SSD. Then again, I don't really know what I'm talking about.. I do want a bit of storage though, preferably 1 TB since I do download several games.Sorry if this entire thing sounds confusing or vague, I'm just typing what comes to mind. Thanks for any help though.













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Answer:Y50 Hard Drive Replacement

Just go for a regular HDD and get one with higher RPMs.

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I need to replace the hard drive on a MSI CR500 (model No. 1683)laptop.
Ive got the hard drive out but, I've no idea how to order a new one.
Any idea's
thanks
ordep

Answer:Replacement hard drive

I would try eBay or Amazon.

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I've just replaced my hardrive with a Western Digital 80G drive. When I went to boot up after formating the drive I receive a "NTLDR is missing" DOS message. Does anyone know what this means and how to rectify the situation?

Your pearls of wisdom are greatly appreciated.

Walt

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement

Did you install an operating system to it? Were you using ghost or something?

Check your hard drive boot order in the bios.

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Hello, My laptop has started a sound like the spinning of the hard drive, but with a loud sound. Anyhow, I figured I need to change it, but I don't know what kind to get? Can I get a 7200 rpm HD ? Thank you in advance for helping me.

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement

Hi: Yes, you can get a 7,200 RPM drive. I wouldn't go bigger than 320 GB though. Here is the service manual...chapter 4 will have the hard drive R&R procedures. http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01295877 There will probably be an interface you have to remove from the old hard drive to put on the new one, that is not shown in the manual. It looks like this... 

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Have a pent 3, win 98 2nd E with a 12 gig hard drive and want to add a new hard drive - what drive can I install - will i have to update bios etcHelp p l e a s e

Answer:Replacement hard drive

Not necessarily, I would think you would be OK to at least 40Gb but there is only one way to find out

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I think my hard drive is dying and was wonderinghow easy is it to replace?Is it just a matter of disconnecting the old HDremoving it, putting a new one in its place, reconnecting it and then putting my recovery disc in the dvd drive to reinstall everything as it was when the computer was shipped to me?Can anyone recommend a Hard Drive to me, one that is known for it's reliability and durability?The hard drive that's acting up in less then 3 years old and it comes up with boot errors.Sometimes I can get Windows to load which is why I am on now but usually I get a boot error and the computer does not read the HD. I wished I had backed up the hard drive now.T.I.A.

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement?

The recovery disk may perform in the manner you have suggetsed - mine from a 2001/2 Mesh system does. However the other type may only access a hidden partition on your existing drive and run the reinstall from there.You need to find out which you have.You could use something like Ghost to image the existing drive and then restore that image to the new drive.

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My PC's original hard drive failed.  A Western Digital 1tb 5400rpm Green Caviar.  I replaced with a SeaGate Barracuda 1tb 7200 rpm drive.   Fired up and the install disc would not load.  Ran diagnotics and a clean bill for all devices including the new  Barracuda drive.  Then an error code BIOHD-3  "No Bootable Drives Detected" appeared , status "Warning"  Checked SATA cable for being installed correct into the drive  and tried again.  Same problem, same error code. Question:  IS this model not compatable with a 7200 rpm drive?  Question:  Should I return it and install the exact same as the original.  A WD 1tb 5400rpm Green Caviar? Thanks for your support

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1700+, x86 Family 6 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 751 Mb
Graphics Card: S3 Graphics ProSavage 8A26 (Microsoft Corporation), 16 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39189 MB, Free - 22520 MB;
Motherboard: MicroStar Inc. , MS-6511 , 1.0 , 00000000
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I suppose I should know but.......
My hard drive needs replacement
I am told I need to ensure the replacement is ide? and should be compatable with the motherboard
Can anyone advise the biggest drive I could buy without having problems I was hoping to get one about 500gb but will that give me any problems? My friend says he will install it but the responsibility is mine to get the right one. I would be very grateful for any information or recommendation as to product.
Thank you
 

Answer:hard drive replacement

You can look thru Here ... I only see one 500gig.

And welcome to the TSG Forum
 

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I know this is the wrong place to put this, but I don't know any where else but I have 2 lenovo thinkpad g500s touch and one has a scrambled hard drive and the other don't charge, I was thinking that I could put the good hard drive from the one that don't charge into the laptop with the scrambled one, how would I do that? 
 
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I cannot find the access point/cover to the hard drive in my Toshiba 2515CDS
My replacement hard drive has arrived, and I feel pretty stupid, BUT, my
owners manual does NOT address this location. It shows every possible
detail for the top/bottom/front/back/and both sides, but NOWHERE is the
hard drive access cover shown. Can someone HELP???
Thanks alot!
Ron
 

Answer:Hard Drive Replacement

See if you have any rubber feet on the base of that laptop. Remove the feet, and find your screws (most likely).
 

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SYS ID 216B, PRODUCT ID F9H21UA#ABA IS THERE A SOLID STATE REPLACMENT HARD DRIVE COMPATIBLE WITH THIS UNIT? CURRENT HARD DRIVE IS:TYPE ATAMODEL HGST HTS541075A9E680SERIAL # JA120011GJ8YSPCAPACITY 750 GB

Answer:NEED REPLACEMENT HARD DRIVE

Of course. Any 2.5 inch wide SATA SSD will work.  https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E500B-AM/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=...

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I received a SMART error, warning me to change my hard drive a failure may be imminent. So I need to change my hard drive and need some info.
I have a HP Pavilion 6460 system, running windows 98.
My current hard drive is: Quantam Bigfoot TS9.6A (pm)
Secondary master: CD-532E-B-(sm)
Install Memory: 96mb
Memory Bank 0: 64 mb SDRAM
memory Bank 1: 32 mb SDRam
Legacy Diskette A: 1.44 mb 3 1/2

According to HP support I need to purchase a drive with the same or more and I would like some opinions on what drive to purchase...what drive will work ie: # of pins etc. What is the best for the money etc. Thanks allot!!!!
 

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I am working on a friends Toshiba Satellite P75-A7100 laptop. His hard drive crashed. Connected hard drive to my PC and cannot access it. My friend has no disks or backups. I will need to replace the hard drive. Having said this, I have a couple of questions to start with:

1. I see no COA sticker on this laptop. I'm not sure about how to activate once 8.1 is loaded.

2. Where would I get 8.1? Is there an iso download and where to get a good one?

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Hi all

lenovo z560

this laptop is about 6-7 years old i guess. i was having some issues with the screen shutting off periodically and it has gotten worse and worse and now the screen rarely comes on. used to be if you jostled the laptop, the screen would come back on. i took it all apart, no loose wires or cables. i isolated it to the hard drive. it was pretty sensitive and if you pressed on it, the screen would turn off.

so i want to replace the drive, but i also want to get the windows key from the drive so i can keep using windows without having to buy it again.

i have a new laptop as well.

whats the best plan? the drive is western digital wd500bevt-24a0rt0.
i think they make usb adapters i can connect to the old drive and plug into my new laptop and read the old drive? (i would take the old drive out of old laptop first obv).
or do i install new drive into old laptop and use the adapter with the old laptop somehow?

i just want my old laptop running with a new drive with windows and not have to buy windows again. trying to figure out the best way to do that.

thoughts??

thanks in advance
 

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I have to buy a new hard drive for my desk top. The one that was in it was a Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200.12 1TB ST31000524AS. I broke the plastic on it where the power or data cord plugs in, so it won't work now.

I want to replace it with a 2 Seagate Hard drives, a 1TB & a 2TB so I can back up on one. My motherboard is a MSI A75MA-G55 & I know it will accommodate more than one hard drive, possibly more than 2, I'm just not sure how to install them in sequence. Would I be better off to buy a 2TB hard drive & and external drive for backups?

How important is the rest of the info on the hard drive, such as Site Code, Firmware, etc. I want to make sure that I get the right replacements that are compatible.

Also, I hope to be able to install Windows 7 & I have an ISO file that I put on a flash drive. Not sure how to install Win 7 on a new hard drive b/c I have no idea how it will find the other info on my computer.

Older data regarding my PC (current updates not showing, etc.) can be found here: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Q...2IIVHBanlZexZN

How important are the #'s on a hard drive when buying 2, possible a 2TB & a 1TB, or maybe 3 to put my operating system on a separate hard drive.

I don't see how a clean installation on Windows 7 will find all the items in my device manager....can't see how this works with a new install. So, after installing new hard drives (1-3) &/or an external drive for backups, I don't know ... Read more

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You would be better off getting one HDD to put in your computer and an external one for your backups (actually two external HDDs for backups would be much better since even a backup HDD can fail without warning but only one is better than none). The external HDDs should be connected to your computer only when updating the backups; they should not be permanently connected.

Using an internal HDD for backups is a bad idea because the same thing that can cause data to be lost on the main drive can also take out the data on an internal backup drive.

If you can swing it, I prefer using the Western Digital (WD) Blacks for internal drives. WD has a better reputation than Seagate for drive reliability and customer service. I've had only six Seagates; two died within a year and a third, a SSHD, was a disappointment performancewise. Of the 23 WD drives I've had, only two have failed; one other one arrived DOA (which could have been caused by rough handling in shipment), which the vendor promptly replaced and now is humming away in my machine happy as a kitten under a leaky cow.

If you are going to run your OS and programs on a HDD, I wouldn't get a third one; you can just put them on a partition on your one internal HDD separate from a data partition. The only way I would recommend a separate drive for the OS and programs is if you were going to upgrade to an SSD. An SSD will give you lightning fast boot times and program access and is an upgrade that will give you more bang for y... Read more

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if i wanted to replace my laptop hard drive how would i find out what model to replace with

like how do i know if mine is sata pata ide etc i took it out earlier and it didnt really say much on it i measured and it is

W 70mm x L 100mm x D roughly 8mm (i say roughly as it had a metal cage screwed to it)

and pins it had

a group of 15 contact points
then
a group of 7 contact points
then
a group of 4 pins

also thought worth mentioning
(i was under the impression laptops had 2.5 inch HDDS this was nearer 2 3/4 inchs ? )


thankys anyone who can provide any help/info on this

much apreciated

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Speccy will tell you more than anyone wants to know
Speccy - System Information - Free Download

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Probably an easy one, but I figured it's always quicker to have one of you give me the concise answer than trawl through the internet myself...

Want to replace 20GB HDD with new 80GB. I have partitioned the first 50GB as NTFS and left the remainder for maybe Linux, using my Laptop and an external HDD case USB. I want to use this Drive to replace the 20GB drive in my Desktop. This runs xp pro. On the whole partition.

How do I replecate all the data on the current 20GB HD (operating system, files and all) onto the NTFS partition on this new drive, and if I can manage this, will I be able to later add Linux as a dual boot to the remaining part of this disk..

Cheers clever people,

Duncan

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Yeah, u can add linux later on.

Hook up the new drive and use a third party copying or imaging utility to transfer the old drive to your new drive. (Partition Magic, Drive Image, V2i, Ghost or some freeware utility)

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Hi,

Just a quickie. I need to replace the hard-drive in my A30-203. Im 99% sure that the "80GB Toshiba MK8025GAS 2.5" Notebook HDD - 4200rpm, ATA-6, 8MB Cache" would be correct and work.

Could anyone confirm for me if this is the case, and if not, what I should get?

Many thanks,

Adam.

Answer:A30-203 Hard-Drive Replacement?

Hello Adam,

this HDD should work, but I haven't tested it! To play it sure you sould contact a Toshiba Service Partner and ask if they have a hint for you

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I know I am not a beginner but I am pretty shaky on this subject. Will a Windows XP recovery disc load windows onto a brand new hard drive if no other changes have been made to the computer? The old HDD is to be scrapped.

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It should do. I think they are linked to the BIOS and that will not have changed.Can you not clone the HDD using Acronis or something similar?

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I need to replace my hard drive for my Dv7 product # LW471UA#ABA. I wanted to know can the hardrive be replaced with a 1 tb drive or does it have to be 640 gb and can it be 6gb/s or does it have to be 3gb/s. My hard drive is dying so I need to know as soon as possible before it crashes. Thanks

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Hello  Rikietic, Please find the details below :     Attaching Guide for your ref : http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02842278 Go to Page : Hard drive  56  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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I have a dell inspiron 6400 (60gb hard drive)with windows vista system. As I wasn't able to to clear the hard drive, I tried to replace it with a 180gb hard drive but unfortunately when I tried to start the PC a message appeared on screen saying "no boot sector on internal drive" and then another message saying "press F2 for set-up utility" Can anyone help me?

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It looks like the system is telling you you need to install a program on the blank Harddrive before it can boot.You need the Vista CD to install the system, before you can run the new Harddrive.If the original drive is still in working order, try using that as the Master drive and making the new drive as a slave.If you have corupted the Vista installation, the only solition is re-install from a Vista (or XP or Windows 7) CD.Terry

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This morning I received a warning that HARD DRIVE FAILURE IMMINENT.  I want to replace the drive ASAP.I currently have a 3TB 7200RPM SATA 6G 3.5 hard driveI also have 16GB disc cache SSD.Is this cache part of the hard drive?I have been looking at Seagate SSHD 4TB (64M cache) as the replacement.

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The SUPPORT PAGE for that model indicates that a 4TB drive is an option, so it seems resonable that you can replace the failing 3TB with a 4TB.  Since the 16GB is being used for a cache, it might be prudent to clone the failing drive to the new one, and do it outsie of the computer.  IMHO, to avoid problems, clone the drive with the Seagate cloning software using a different computer and USB to SATA adapters.http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/acronis_true_image_seagate_edition_software_(discwizard).htm...

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Hi, I have a hp omnibook xe 4100 and the hard drive has packed up - (ticking) the model of the hard drive is a ibm travelstar ic25n020atcs04-0 and is only 20gb

i can purchase the same one but they are expensive for such a little hard drive

Can i change the hard drive for a totally different model or do i have to keep it the same?

Also how do i find out the type of hardrive it is as others i have seen do not have this type of connector?

thanks for your help
 

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Yours is a standard PATA drive using a standard 44-conductor PATA connector. It is a given the system will handle a drive as large as 137 Gigabytes; but, it may go even higher depending on whether your board and OS supports 48-bit addressing.

Just be sure you get Parallel ATA (PATA) as opposed to Serial ATA (SATA). The connectors are very different. You'll need a drive with a 2.5-inch form factor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Subcategory=380&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=

As you shop, pay attention to the fact that you can usually get a drive with a three-year warranty for just a very few dollars more than the cheapest on in the list. Example: This drive for $55 carries a one-year warranty while this one for $60 carries three and this one for $60 carries five years.

Sometimes the warranty periods aren't listed on the dealer's web site and you have to get that information on the manufacturer's site. All Western Digital Scorpio drives carry a three-year warranty while Seagate's Momentus drives carry five years. Most drives carry only one year so if you shop smartly and pay just a very few extra bucks, you get a far better warranty.

Another consideration: I would be careful about getting fooled into buying an extended warranty on a hard disk from a dealer. I have a lot of first-hand experience that the replacement procedure from Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor, Toshiba and Hitachi and they are all fast and relatively trouble-fre... Read more

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Adding a new boot drive on my father's computer. Used the Maxblast software that came with the Maxtor 120 G. Everything worked fine except I noticed that the software had partitioned the drive into four equal sections--the same situation that had caused the need for a larger drive because the sections not located int he boot partition were not easily available. So I reformatted the drive into only one partition but then the copying from the original boot drive could not be completed (many attempts). So I partitioned it back into several partitions, everything copied as intended, but now it asks for some command something or other at C prompt. Will not boot windows 98.
I've tried reinstalling O/S, recopying original boot drive--nothing works. Somebody help me please.
Thanks-
dionski
 

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Hello,

I have a 40gb hard drive that has the OS on it. I am close to maxing it out and want to replace it with an 80gb hard drive. Is there a way to copy or clone the drive so I do not have to re-install everything? I have an external hookup to connect the SATA drive.

Thank you.

-Kevin
 

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My hard drive is really getting senile. The whole computer is massively throttled by it and I spend a lot of time just waiting for it to grind away. So I need to do something about it!

The current set up:
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.10
Partition 1 80GB: OS
Partition 2 80GB: Media, Photos, work
Partition 3 the rest: Games, programmes


Now windows defrag really won't do any more, its just got gunked up I guess. I recently bought a second drive, also a 500GB Barracuda, but being newer its the 7200.12 revision. I haven't touched it yet. So my options:

1)Do a bit-to-bit copy across to the new one and hope it works better
2)Do a bit-to-bit copy, but with a larger OS partition... so the OS one is always pretty much empty
3)Backup, do a clean install and reformat using both HDs (prolly partitions 1&2 on the new one and the old one reformatted for programmes and games)
4)Any other suggestions?

I'm not keen on 3)... I have no end of useful programmes and things collected over the years that would be a hassle to find again/ reinstall. Plus I would no doubt fail to back up everthing I needed.
How do I do these things anyway?!

Thanks for any help!

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From what I understand the HDD is just slow, and not "bad". If I was in your position, I would opt for the Clean Install since that drastically speeds up your system (I try to do it once a month), and seeing is how you have two HDD's of equal capacity, you have the perfect setup to do a cleaninstall with a pre-set backup.

My advice is before you even start, take a screenshot of your desktop and start menu and save them on a flash drive or floppy (no need to waste a CD-R here) UNLESS <----- (see "BEFORE YOU START")

I strongly discourage of bit-to-bit transfers, because most of the time a HDD can get so fragmented a defrag is impossible and performance is horrible. They are good for preventing file loss and preserving systems (Say you run a PC shop and a customers HDD is going kaput, a bit-to-bit transfer is how you would fix it, so the customer doesn't loose any files, bookmarks, saved passwords, desktop files, etc). A bit to bit transfer makes a clone of your old hdd, so now your new hdd is just as fragmented and slow as the old one. A fresh install is usually the best way to bring a PC back to life.
BEFORE YOU START
Go to your manufactures website (prebuilds) or Motherboards website and get all of the latest drivers <--- veryyyyyy important!

Stage 1:
In essence, disconnect your current HDD from the system, and connect the new one (leave the old one in, we will use it later. THIS STEP IS MANDATORY IF YOU WANT TO STILL BOOT OFF OF THE OLD HDD. ... Read more

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I need to replace the hard drive on my laptop.  The hard drive type is ATA, model- Toshiba MQ01ABD050, Serial Number 627JP0k1T, capacity- 500 GB. My laptop model is hp Envy m6. I would like to replace with 1TB hard drive, if its possible to replace the 500GB with 1TB hard drive, how much will it cost?











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Hi, An example of what you're looking for is on the link below. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-MQ01ABD100-5400RPM-9-5mm-Internal/dp/B009AYVNMQ?ie=UTF8&keywords=toshiba%20mq01abd100&qid=1413837867&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1 Regards, DP-K

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