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y510p - Cloning a 1TB HDD to a 250GB ssd

Question: y510p - Cloning a 1TB HDD to a 250GB ssd

Hi guysI have recently purchased a crucial 250gb ssd and i want to clone my Lenovo y510p 1Tb HDD. The HDD has 7 partitions. A 1000mb recovery partition, a 350mb recovery partition and another 13.2Gb recovery partition, a 260mb EFI system partition, 100mb oem partition, Windows 8 OS partition , and a Lenovo(D) partition. I'd like to only clone the OS but to do so which partitions are needed to boot into Windows and do I need all the partitions(I really don't want all 3 recovery partitions) and why are there 3 recovery partitions?Thanks



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Hi My os : Win10 64 BitSSD : 250GB SamsungBefore posting here I searched here for a solution and i only thread that i find is here l Even if i shrink many of the software out there clones entire disk! Tried Macrium Reflect as per a CNET video, it says not possible to clone to my 250 GB ssd and my C drive is only 105GB with some software like AutoCAD etc.Any solution for this ?

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Hi,

I got a virus a couple of weeks ago and had to reinstall XP back to factory settings. I am running XP SP3 on an Advent T9317, 1.5GB RAM, Dual Core.

I decided i wanted to put only the bare essential programs back on (i had a lot of old rubbish on here originally), so i have put only those programs i really need back on.

I am therefore now at a stage where i want to clone my main Hard Drive (250GB, 56GB used) to a spare hard drive (200GB, connected to IDE inside PC) so that if anything ever goes wrong with the main HD then i will have a bootable backup of the stage i'm at right now, and it will be a straight swap, no installation of OS or any programs etc.

However, my main C drive is a 250GB HD (although only 56GB used), and i want to make an EXACT clone of it onto my (smaller) 200GB HD (spare).

So, just to recap:
Main HD (C) is SATA 250GB, 56GB used
Spare HD (Z) is IDE 200GB, completely clean. Connected to IDE inside PC.

a) Is it possible to clone a 250GB HD (main) to a smaller 200GB HD (spare), if there is only 56GB used on my main HD ???
b) I have Norton Ghost 11, will this do it ?
c) If Norton Ghost isn't the best software to do this with then what is (preferably freeware because i've already paid for Ghost) ?
d) Any forseen problems ?

Best Regards,
Andrew

Answer:Cloning 250GB HD (56GB used) to 200GB HD

You can clone to a smaller drive. I don't know if Ghost 11 supports that, but I would think it should. You may have to choose some custom option and specify either a proportiional resizing of partitions, or a manual layout, otherwise it will try to create the same size partitions, which won't work going to a smaller drive of course.

I use Acronis True Image (Version 11 and 2010), it does support that. I believe the free version of Macrum Reflect does as well.

Imaging Software

Free:
Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Commercial:
Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.
 

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/discwiz.html
How to use Disk Wizzard
http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/howto/use_dw2002.html
 

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Greetings, I have a Y510p and I bought a 120 GB SSD last Christmas. I was thinking of upgrading my hard drive to a SSD to boot and using the stock 1 TB HDD for additional storage via an ultrabay HDD caddy.Here are a few questions that I have:1. From my understanding, by cloning a disk, the resulting clone is an exact copy of the original. So therefore, all programs on the cloned drive should theoretically run without any issues as it has on the original drive?2. Which program should I use to clone my hard drive? or, Is Acronis 2014 a suitable program to use for this? My SSD is a Samsung 840 EVO if that helps.3. Do I have to change anything regarding the boot order or anything in the BIOS/UEFI in order for my cloned hard drive to boot? (I'm a bit confused of how the new UEFI works as opposed to the old BIOS)4. From my understanding, there are some hidden partitions that are used for recovery and such, do these partitions have to be exactly the same size for them to function properly on the newly cloned hard drive?5. Is Windows already activated on the cloned hard drive, or do I have to buy another product key?6. Out of the 1 TB storage space on my stock HDD, I use up approximately 230 GB for my programs and personal data. Just for confirmation, I would obviously have to remove some programs and delete some files in order to shrink it to below 120 GB to clone to the SSD, am I correct? (as an aside, approximately how much space does the new Windows 8.1 OS take up?)7. I will be c... Read more

Answer:Y510P Cloning hard drive to SSD

1. Yes
2. Personally I use Acronis and am happy with it
4. Usually yes
5. If you keep the NT signature from the HDD it won't need to be activated
6. Yes, you have to shrink it. It would be best if all required partitions to fit within 120GB (you can shrink the main one)
7. Yes, but if you copy NT signature each time you can't start your computer with more than 1 of those 3 drives. If you ever start your computer with 2 drives with the same signature, one of them will be made unbootable.
 
I skipped 3, because I never cloned Win8/UEFI based system, so all I wrote is based on experience with Win7.
 

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 Cloning/ after cloning   to new hard drive the recovery partition on new hard drive  would not load everything else works fineNEW HARD DRIVE IS WD 500I USED WD SOFTWARE TO CLONE

Answer:Cloning/ after cloning to new hard drive the recovery partition would not work

HiThe okr which is installed on the hard drive will work only on the same hdd. Okr of a drive wont work on a different drive.Regards





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Hi, I want to buy a new hard drive for my desktop PC, and I was wondering if the western digital black 250GB hard drive or western digital enterprise 250GB hard drive would work better for such a PC. Both of the HDDs I mentioned are SATA, in case you're wondering.
 

Answer:Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

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I purchased the MYDIGITALSSD M.2 256GB SSD to replace the 24GB M.2 that originally came with my Y510P.
 
I completed the upgrade and re-installed Windows 10 (on the ssd) and use the 1TB drive purely as storage, and re-downloaded all of the necessary drivers for the laptop.
 
Ever since then, i experience 3-4 system freezes daily. I am not able to get to task manager, just get a complete system hang and i have no choice but to restart the pc. It typically starts with one application, then after a few seconds, everything will freeze and become unusable.
 
Does anyone have any advice on this? i read about someone having a similar issue a really long time ago but i cant remember where and can't find any info on this specific problem. It's driving me crazy though and i'd appreciate any advice or troubleshooting tips offered.
 
thanks everyone.
 
-Daniel
 
 
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Answer:Y510p - Persistent System Freeze Issue on Newly Upgraded SSD on Windows 10 Y510P

Go to bios and reset the configuration to default values. Save and exit. If problem persists you might need to update your bios. So check for a new bios and install it.

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Will the laptop charge and work like normal if I use the 120w charger instead of a 170w one?  Or do I need the 170w charger whether I want to game or not? I dont want to remove my SLI card. 

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I'm not sure if anyone remembers this thread, but the same issue seems to have cropped up again for me in Windows 10.
 
Basically in device manager my second 750m graphics card is throwing a code 43 error and no SLI options display under Nvidia control panel. Has anyone here had any success getting this to work?
 
I actually got it to work for one night by installing drivers in a certain order, but then it started screwing up after I turned my PC on the next day so I had todo a system restore (which broke it again). After that I couldn't figure out what I did again.
 
It worked in Windows 8.1 after the BIOS update from that thread. I know Lenovo has decided to not support Windows 10 for this model, so I'm thinking about just going back to 8.1 in case Nvidia and Microsoft never manage to fix this.
 
 
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Answer:Y510P - GPU error - "Code 43" after Windows 10 upgrade for Y510P, SLI not working

I am really skeptical on how gaming will keep working on windows 10, if Microsoft is constantly pushing updates.
 
I dont think you did anything wrong but quite possibly windows applied updates that threw the setup in error. I do not have a solution but yes my recommendation is to revert back to Win 8.1 (if you are an avid gamer).
 
You could try a re-install of windows 10 and disable individual updates (using a microsoft tool) but I think its too much effort to just get it working.

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As the subject line says, I'm looking for a 250Gb HD to add a second HD to my main PC.Any suggestions/recommendations?Cheers

Answer:Which 250Gb HD should I go for?

That it's an E-IDE drive that I'm after, not a SATA one.

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Question: 250gb and beyond

Hi all first post and yep theres a problem.... first the specs
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum board
64bit amd chip
2gb crucial ram 3500
MSI FX5900SP VTD256 ddr
100gb ide
deskstar 250gb ide
deskstar 250gb ide
3 yamaha scsi dvd writers

quite a simple problem you would think....i need both of the 250gig drives to be unpartitioned ( os on one drive). so its down to the 137gb problem. all of the solutions i have read so far is based on the sp1 and sp 2 route .I.e format the drive at 137gig then install windows xp pro and, then update with the pro pack and the drive should be showing at 250gb , im not having too much luck with this approach has anyone any other ideas ?
 

Answer:250gb and beyond

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Hi guys, I want to connect my ps3 hard drive on pc to use it on pc, so when I get my new computer I can use it with it straight away, but right now I want to use it on my current pc, I plugged in both the one cable and the other one (sata), that goes from power supply cable to the HDD.

when I booted the pc it said installing device drive software, and said, device is ready to use, I go to my computer, and it ain't there, do I have to set it as secondary in bios?

Win7 Ultimate final rev

It's automatically set as fourth IDE master. restarted pc and still doesn't show up, I heard I need to format, is that true? like that to know if I should re-gain windows 7 disk

Oh and t's actually 320gb
 

Answer:250gb hdd ps3 on pc?

Open up Disk Management (in the admin tools control panel), it should show up in there. I'd delete all the partitions and create 1 new one that incorporates the whole disk. Then format as NTFS.
 

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I wanto buy a samsung evo 850 ssd which is expensive for my budget but i think itll be worth it...
I need advice as i dont know if i need the 500gb as opposed to the 250gb.
Ill only be having my os and a maybe 2 games (overwatch and league of legends) and ill only be watching youtube and movies and doing homework via microsoft office. Will 250gb run out easy if i get it?
Thnks in advance.

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I've recently installed a new MSI KT3 Ultra motherboard, and a new 250 gig western digi hard disk. Now, in the bios it recognises that the drive is 250 gigs however when i setup xp it only recognises it upto 130 gig and won't see the full size of the drive.I know 48-bit LBA mode addressing needs to be enabled and as far as I can see it is turned on in the BIOS and as i say, the bios recognises it as 250 gig but windows doesnt and only shows it as 130 gig.Any ideas?

Answer:BIOS Says 250GB HDD... XP says 130?

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Question: Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

I just bought a new deskstar 250Gb Hdd which I am trying to install in my Compaq Pressario S3190UK

I know its got to be set to slave but I wasnt sure if I should set it up as a
16 head, a 15 head , 32 byte clip or auto spin dissable and all of those choises are available on the drive

I went for 16 heads and booted up

In " my computer " the new drive does not appear ( I still see all my original drives there) yet in System/Hardware /device manager it shows up under drives and on clicking its properties it says this device is working properly

Without seeing it in the " my computer folder " I cant really format or partition it so I then tried partition magic
That saw it fine and reported its size correctly . I told it to create an ntfs partition and use all the drive . It changed color as it should and all that was left was to click on make changes now but when I did that it went straight back to tell me the new drive had no partitions created

I tried various combinations, of primary or logical drive , small or large partitions and fat or ntfs but always it refuses the last step of actually creating the partition .
What am I doing wrong ?

Regards

Don
 

Answer:Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

First I will assume your drive is showing up as the full size in the bios and is corrrectly identified.

If you are using either xp or win2k. Go to disk management; start>run type in diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. See if your drive shows up there; it should be listed as disk1, disk0 will be the master drive. If it shows up there, you need to partition and format the drive. Right click on the drive and choose to create a partition; I like extended partitions for data / storage drives. After you create the partition, right click again and choose to create logical drive. You can make the entire drive one partition or organize it into say 3 logical drives; whatever you want. After you create the logical drive you will need to format them. Again right click on the logical drive and choose format. Use ntfs for your drive. In fact if you use partitions greater than 32 gig, fat32 is not even an option.

Just think about how you want it organized before you start.
 

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Hi
I have looked through previos questions but couldn't find a solution. I have a 250g USB driven HDD not recognised by ny PC. I used the HDD on my TV so I think it will probably need reformatting. When plugged in it appears in Disk Management but without a drive letter and when I right click on the drive most of the options, including allocate letter are greyed out. Any solutions?
TIA

Answer:USB 250GB HDD not recognised by PC

I would recommend PartedMagic, it is now paid for software, but at only $4.99 it is a sound investment. Download it, burn it to a cd or put it on a USB stick and boot from it.
Have the suspect drive connected and PartedMagic should be able to see it and it will enable you to format the drive, whatever the existing filesystem is.

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Hi

I've recently reinstall a fresh copy of XP Pro, I got a Gigabyte 8inxp MB, a WD 250GB install on primary channel as Master, with 2 partition, 125GB each

I've also got a Maxtor 250GB connect to ATA133 card

Before, I got everything up and running , then I install Maxtor drive, card, and Maxblast 3

and I have drive C = 125GB, D = 125GB, and G = 250GB(this is the Maxtor)

then I do a boot-from-cd and install a fresh copy of XP Pro
now I cannot see my Maxtor

I tried to use my Maxblast3 software to mount the drive, but it say it only detect the Windows drive, therefore it won't let me run

When I tried to run Maxblast3 in DOS (from a floppy), I have to format and erase everything, I don't want to do that, I have some important documents on that drive that I do not want to lose

all drive were NTFS
 

Answer:Cannot see my Maxtor 250GB

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I have two 250GB hard drive in my pc and I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2. It's running on an Abit motherboard with Athlon 64 dual core 4400+ CPU. I got the computer from a friend and decided to do a clean install so I deleted the previous partions and made a new one. It went through the whole formatting process fine then went through the windows setup. It then did an automatic reboot but right after POST it gave me an error message. It said Trap followed by 0000005c ==============EXCEPTION=========================== and a series of hexdecimal messages afterworsd. I've done this twice and had the same problem and I just wanted to know if you guys knew anything about this?

Answer:Installing Win XP Pro SP2 on two 250GB HDD

Greetings gfx dude, Welcome to TSF!

Firstly, you only need to install the Operating System one ONE of the HDD's not both of them.
The second HDD can be connected as a "Slave" and can be used to 'save' everything that you download, plus emails and other data, such as music etc.
I suggest that you check the CD for scratches and marks; wipe it very gently from the centre to the edges with a lint free cloth.
To give you the best chance of getting Windows? installed without hassles, such as those you are experiencing, is to completely wipe the HDD with Darik's Boot N Nuke.
Wiping the HDD this way will completely erase everything off the HDD and take it back to a RAW unformatted state, as if it had just come out of the factory.

Just so that you do not forget anything when doing the installation, please read this...

The Windows? XP Installation Check List.

1. The Windows? XP SP2-CD (naturally)

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke (Click the coloured Link).

3. Please read this guide.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A couple of tips...
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4? hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD).

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows? how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra parti... Read more

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My T510 is getting that and i'm not sure if it's enough space or speed.   is $63 dollars worth a 320gb 7200rpm hd?

Answer:Is 250gb 5400rpm hd enough?

whether it is enough depend on how much programs you have and how much you store on the laptop. 

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Maxtor 250

Just put a Maxtor 250 GB into my mate's machine, Maxblast3 will only let me have 137GB, Windows XP will only see it as 31.4GB. I've managed to partition & format it in my own machine correctly but when I put it back in his, it F***s up again

I've updated the Via 4in1, the bios is already updated to the latest version

I'm guessing a new MB is in order ??????
 

Answer:Maxtor 250GB seen as 137

i've had that 2 with my 200Gb, windows only allowed 138Gb
do you have SP1 installed cuz that seemed to do the trick on with my 200Gb


:grinthumb The best of Luck :grinthumb
Greetz Selage
 

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Hi,
I just bought a maxtor DiamondMax10 250GB HDD...
and i bought an external case so i can use it on my laptop(toshiba A-50)..

I have used a 400GB external Drive on the same laptop before..
I have also used 200GB external drive before on the same laptop..
all of my previous hdd were western digital....

The problem is:
I wanted to format (partition) the hdd... but the computer said that the capacity (unformatted) is around 2 TB
i tried to format it as one partition, it wont do it...
I tried to minimize the capacity to an acceptable (close to real) level (set it to 230Gb) but it wont do it...

I tried to format it using FAT32, and it worked but to a maximum of 200Gb, it is ok... but the problem is that i can only use 10 GB after that the harddrive gives an error (write-protected)...

1- have anyone used Maxtor drives before as externals???
2- Have any one came across this problem before ???
3- Will it work in a normal PC or not?? (just to format it)... because getting a pc in here is quite difficult

Thanks in advance....

NOTE:
I used the windows XP disk managment tool...
and i used also Partition Magic 8.0....
all with the same results...
 

Answer:problem... 250Gb Hdd is seen as 2TB !!

What external are you putting the drive in?
 

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Question: 250gb hd problem

Hitachi 250gb hd, was working fine, everything was ok. It was split into two partitions a 128Gb clip, and a 104 gb clip. The 128gb clip had information on it. Now the drive is recognized in bios properly. When it boots to windows it comes up as 8gb, and has information on it, but I can't access it. One more thing the drive now says fat, when originialy it was ntfs. Under manager, The drive says it is split at 138g and 104 gb. Any ideas? when I run a drive test the drive says it has a bad cable, I swapped the cable out three or four times, to no avail.

I think I have it all listed, oh windows xp home, installed on it's own drive.
 

Answer:250gb hd problem

Has nothing to do with drivers or Spyware, it is more of a Bios issue. What is the manufacturer and model of the computer that this drive is in? Also, do you have SP2 installed for XP?
 

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hello i have formatted my new Portable HD after 4months but its showing used space 97mb can anyone pls tell me is that normal or is there sum problem ? i mean it should show used space 0 bytes ?

Answer:WD Portable 250GB HD

Is the file NTFS or other i.e. FAT32?

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hi ,everybody i have a dell d600 laptop with a 40 gb harddrive and 2 gb memory . my question is i am trying to install a 250 gb harddrive ,but the laptop doesn't recognise the drive ,so i can't install windows on it . i even bought vista .the laptop won't recognise the drive .help
 

Answer:250GB Hdd Not Recognized

Hi,

What do you mean the laptop won't recognize the 250GB drive? Do you mean in the BIOS? When trying to install Windows? You can try to download a linux LiveCD like Knoppix or Damn Samll Linux and boot from that (F9 or F12 at the Dell BIOS) and see if it sees it. If so, format with QTParted or Fdisk and then try Windows again. Maybe the drive is bad.

Let me know if this helps.

Adrian
 

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Question: SIMPLEDRIVE 250GB

I HAVE A SIMPLEDRIVE 250GB MOD # 96300-40001-001 THAT IS NOT WORKING I CAN NOT ACCESS IT ON A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP ANY THOUGHTS?

Answer:SIMPLEDRIVE 250GB

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Please do not type in all caps. It is considered rude and yelling.

How have you gone about connecting the drive to your PC?

Does Disk Management see the drive?

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I purchased a new samsung eco drive 1tb hdd to add on to my custom built pc. I currently have the 250gb partitioned with xp on it. I installed XP on the new 1tb and when i have both hdd hooked up, XP gets a blue screen of death with the 250GB... if i unhook either one of the drives and run them alone, they run fine.
I updated the bios, chipset drivers, etc...
 

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Hello, I just ran out of room on my 500GB HDD, Its a 7200 RPM and I like the speed of it. I started looking for a new HDD when I came across an 60GB SSD. I never thought of buying an SSD before. Now I can't decide if I should get the SSD or the HDD ( same price) I need a new drive for linux, but my current drive only has 3GB left. I was going to partition 30GB to linux and keep 30 for Windows. Then transfer my OS to the remaining 30GB, that would free some room. I am a gamer so I need alot of room for games. If I get the 250GB HDD then I would have alot of room for more games and linux. But then I would not be able to boot Windows 7 in seconds. What should I get?

My specs:
Intel core i5 2500K ( stock speed )
MSI - H61M-P20(G3)
8GB of Vengeance DDR3 RAM @ 1333 CAS 7
GTX 550 Ti 1 GB ( Overclocked )
1 500GB 7200 Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD
500W PSU.

Answer:SSD 60GB or HDD 250GB?

Go with an SSD. If you choose the 60GB SSD, you will have just enough space for the OS and a Office Suite and a few other apps before you start to run out of space. If you can afford it, go with a minimum of 128GB SSD as your primary drive, then wipe your 500GB mechanical drive and use as a storage drive.

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I've been looking at some of the features in Samsung Magician, and ran the Benchmark test twice. Both times I got very high scores, above the max listed in the program for all 4 tests. I have the drive set to MAXIMUM RELIABILITY. Just wondering about the scores reliability.

Scores in Parentheses are Samsung 's listed maximum high:

Sequential Read
549 mb (540)
Seq write
532mb (520)
Random read
97442 (97000)
Random write
70189 (66000)
 

Answer:Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250gb

Benchmarks are artificial at best [and a benchmark from the mfg is tailored to that particular piece of hardware] I would think you would get different results using a another benchmark program such as ATTO.

In short do not put too much emphasis on any given benchmark. Modern ssd drives are reliable and it should last for quite a while so I would not worry about the drive.
 

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Hello, I'm hoping I can find a solution to my problem here as I couldn't find one elsewhere on the net.
I have a laptop and currently have a 120GB hard drive in an external enclosure. I have just bought a new 250GB hard drive and have installed it in the external enclosure. Though partitioning and formating the 120GB was a breeze, I've had nothing but problems with the new 250GB.
Below are the specs of what I'm working with. In both Partion Magic and in the Win2000 Disk Management, it correctly displays the 250GB drive (233GB). Regardless of which program I use (ie. Partion Magic, Win Disk Management, command line FORMAT) I get problems.
Generally, what will happen is it will partition fine. Then it will begin to the formatting process (VERY slowly) and then either throw an error either during or at the end of the process. And this is when I try to format a very small partition (ie. 100MB). I have successfully formated a 10MB partition. On a large partition (ie. 30GB) the format process will start but will not progress.
The only two things I can think of is that the drive is faulty, or because I am booting my OS from a floppy there is some sort of recognition problem.
I can't run the diagnosis software from Maxtor because that requires the drive to be installed internally.
So any help to this problem will be greatly appreciated.
Additionally, how long should it generally take to format the 250GB drive in its entirety?

Comp: Toshiba Satellite 2805-S201
OS: Win2... Read more

Answer:What's with the 250GB Drive

HHhhhhhmmm...sounds like a bad drive to me. Do you have a desktop computer that you can use to attempt to format the drive??

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Hi,

I'm sure this is simple, but I can't figure it out and searching google hasn't found me any answers. I am building a new system. It all works fine. But I have a WD 250GB hard drive I"m using. When I boot from WinXP Pro CD, and go to format the drive and install the OS, it only tells me I can format 130GB of space. Nowhere to be found is the rest of my drive...

Any thoughts as to what I"m doing wrong here?

Thanks!
Kimberly
 

Answer:XP won't format whole 250GB HD

Hi, if the version of Windows on the install CD pre-dates Service Pack 2, you will get this problem.

Microsoft added the ability for Windows to see hard drives bigger than 137 GB in Service Pack 1 (and Service Pack 2).

If you have access to another PC, download Service Pack 2 (which includes Service Pack 1 btw), and integrate it into your install source and burn a new CD from which you can install. You can find good instructions for doing that here:

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

You can download Service Pack 2 (full 266 MB package) from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...BE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

As a workaround, you can create a partition less than 137 GB, install Windows, and then install Service Pack 2 and you will be able to access the rest of the hard drive. Then you can partition the rest from the Computer Management interface (right-click "My Computer" > Manage...)
 

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Hello,
 
I do not know what happened.. but I lost... 250gb+ of my files in my laptop. On the HDD where was 40gb free space now there is 326gb..
Most of my programs that I had... they just disappear... same with the movies.. (but for example .3gp files still are there)
Moreover, option "restore system" was disabled...
 
Those are logs from the OTL.. I dont know if it will help...
OTL - http://wklej.to/wfa5K
Extras - http://wklej.to/l4yKb
 
I gave this laptop to a computer shop.. but all they did was trying to install antivirus.. then they did that checkdisk when you start the computer... before the login window (it took like 2h or maybe even more)... after that I took the computer back...
Now I dont know what to do, because files can be overwritten, due to the system partition.
And giving this laptop to a professional shop that is specialized in restoring files will cost me SO MUCH.
 
I beg you for help... on the HDD I had very important things
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Greetings,
 
Btw: Sorry for my english.. I hope you can understand everything

Answer:250gb disappear from hdd

Hello, please repost your question with the full OTL log here so we can advance.
 
Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs

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hello,i have installed a 250GB Western Digital Caviar HD on my system. but i cant seem to get the full 250 GBi have installed XP PRO and service pack 1 but its showing 233GB and it says that its using 106 GB i dont know what to do to have the full 250GB showing, you guys have any pointers pleasethanksVJP4 3.2Ghz HTAsus P4 C800 E-Deluxe512mb PC3200 DDR RAMSapphire All In Wonder Radeon 9800 ProWestern Digital 250 GB Hard DriveAntec 350W PSU

Answer:cant get full 250GB

The drive manufacturers reckon a kilo is 1000 (reasonable, I suppose), but the rest of the computer world regards it as 1024.So a 250Gb drive is 250/1.024/1.024/1.024 = 233Gb.

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Just received and installed Maxtor 250GB HDD.I have a Maxtor 120GB as master drive, partitioned as C,D drive, all OK.Slave drive is the 250GB HDD. Been into Disk Manager and it shows as a 131GB partitioned drive.Been in Bios and it shows as 250GB. Where's the rest gone

Answer:XP will only recognise 250GB HDD as 131GB

click here

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Hey guys I'm new to these forums so be nice

I just partitioned my 250gb to 100 and 125 one i want to use for back up which i believe i will use my Acronis for.

The other i want to use as a regular hard drive, with windows XP or Vista,

But when i load the XP cd into the computer the XP disk does not see the USB 250gb drive at all (E: and F, how will i got about loading XP onto this drive?
 

Answer:I partioned my WD 250gb into two seperate ones, now what?

You are done.
Windows is installed on C: no?
The partitions on your removable USB drive can be used for more storage,backups.
 

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Computer info:

HP Vectra
VL420 MT
WinXP Home SP2
LBA on
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.00 GHz
HP System board A08
Chipset: Intel i845 Rev: A3
Southbridge: Intel 82801BA (1CH2)
BIOS: American Megatrends, Inc.
Version: JA.01.07US
Graphic Interface Version: AGP version 2.0
Intel(R) 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
SD RAM 512 MB
PC133
NTFS
(did I miss anything?)

I appologize in advance for the long read.

This computer came with only a 10GB Seagate drive. It has less than 300MB left of unused memory, so I tried installing a 250GB Maxtor. It is only recognized as 30GB in the BIOS. I don't understand this because I have WinXP SP2 and LBA is enabled in the BIOS -
Not only that, but I have another 300GB Seagate that I want to install as a slave (I had previously installed this one as a slave to the 10GB but had the same problem with only 64GB being recognized.
I don't understand why my BIOS isn't recognizing it at it's full capacity since I have the latest version of BIOS and LBA is indeed enabled (I thought SP2 was supposed to correct this problem).

My hope is that someone out there can walk me through this step by step (from erasing the disk to installation) because I've been working on this thing all day long and nothing I've tried seems to work. The 10GB drive has to go. I want to install the 250GB drive as my master, copy the 10GB drive to it (I have Casper XP 3.0 for this purpose), and then install the 300GB drive ... Read more

Answer:250GB drive is seen only as 30GB

Did the Maxtor not come with a setup disc .....?
When you go to control panel / admin tools / computer management / disc management and right click on the "free" space of that drive what options do you get?
 

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I am new to this forum and desperate to find a solution to my problem. My colleague told me of this service and here I am.I had a Windows98 PC with an external Maxtor 250GB firewire connected to it. I took the main HD out (the one with the w98) and installed new one and installed a newly purchased copy of XP. At this point I've connected my Maxtor without installing the driver thinking that XP would recognise it, but nothing happened. I installed the driver but nothing? it can be seen in the disk management as disk 1 and that's all; the next step would be a format, which I refuse to do it.I reinstalled my old drive (w98) back into the case, win98 started as normal, I connected the Maxtor and to my big surprise this drive is not being recognised anymore; even when the PC configuration is exactly what it used to be. I only can see the Maxtor through fdisk but not anymore as a 250GB FAT32, apparently now is a 40GB FAT !?!?!!.Please help me. I have far too much data on this drive including pictures going back 4 years and documents. This drive is a back up of my previous PCs. I cannot afford to lose this data.ThanksAndy

Answer:Cannot see Maxtor 250GB Firewire W98 pc --> XP pc

The data's probably there, just need to connect OK. I had trouble with my Maxtor OneTouch when I connected it without the Maxtor drivers installed, even on WinXP. Suggest you install Maxtor drivers properly before connecting. If that doesn't work take the drive to another WinXP comp, but install the drivers first!

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Bought a new 250 g hd for my box. I want to install xp pro. I am at the stage where it shows 1 partition at 131 gb

Xp pro disk in cd bay, boot disk in floppy.

Any help would be appreciated
Dave
 

Answer:New 250gb hd 131 showing? Partition Help??

Plain-Jane XP by default will only recognize drives up to 132GB. If you create an SP2 slipstreamed CD using autostreamer, it will recognize the full drive upon install. Or, complete your install, update to SP2 and then use the "diskmgmt.msc" command in the "run" line to format the remaining hard drive as a second partition.

Autostreamer: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4444
 

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Hi I have an Acer T135 -S870 and would like to install a 250 Gb SATA drive but it is not recognised in the Bios or through Linux Mint that is installed at present on my 80Gb drive in the T135-S870 Could you help me please in solving this problem.

Answer:250Gb drive not recognised

Have you tried to connect only the new hdd with the same cable of the old HDD?

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Hi, Does anyone have any experience of this USB External hard drive? I think my Western Digital 'My Book' is going to pack up soon, so need to find a replacement. Yesterday i asked about a Buffalo drive and got some positive responses, but this one looks good too (and tiny in size). Thanks - Tony

Answer:Seagate 250gb FreeAgent Go/2.5

I use a Buffalo drive however, and it's extremely reliable - the only irritation is the incessant humming noise the drive motor makes.

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I tried to ghost my 60G disk onto 250G on a different computer and it finished OK. But when connecting the new drive (250G) to my T60 it would not boot. Booting from Windows CD showed that all directories were ghosted correctly.What could be the problem?













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:T60 changing disk to 250GB

don't use Ghost use Acronis TrueImage. 

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Would there be any conflict with this unit and W7.

I looked at this unit and it appears to me that it would be ideal for my laptop. I need about 120gb for backup of my C & D drives. I'm not sure if this unit is the best and find no place to compare it to other comparable products on the market.

If anyone has used this product I would ask your opinion of its performance and one other question. How long does it take for the first download of all files.

Thanks

Answer:Seagate Replica 250gb with W7

If your only use is for disaster recovery, then this drive will do the job...That being said, I would recommend the purchase a large external drive that can also be used for storing individual files/folders...

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My 4gb USB pendrive appears as only 250mb (EDITED NOW )! What can I do? I have tried using the format option on right click...

Answer:My 4gb USB pendrive appears as only 250gb!

Heh, your complainaing about 246 free gig?

Ok I know you mean meg...

Well I would look in the disk manager in the control panel and see what the partitioning on it is. it may be partitioned wrong. You can delete and repartition it to the full 4 gig. then reformat it again.

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I've got 2 250GB HDD's, I know FAT32 won't work on, but I really don't want to use NTFS. I run Windows and Linux, so having 500GB of HDD space that Linux finds hard to handle isn't really my best option.

Is there another file system or way around it that I can run on Linux and Windows without to much trouble?
 

Answer:FAT32 and 250GB HDDs

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Hi to allI have just installed Maxtor 250GB HD into my P4 PC. Cmos bios reports the HD as 250GB during POST and Win XP C: drive properties reports that capacity is 250GB and used space is 134GB!!The only thing on the drive is the OS (winXP) it was brand new I partitioned/ formatted it using my XP cd. If I look at the properties individually on C: drive (windows, program files, docs and settings, etc) they add up to approx 1.5GB but C: properties is 134GB?any suggestions as to why XP is reporting the use incorrectly and a possible fix much appreciated.TIA

Answer:250GB HD showing too big used space

I recently installed a pair of 160gb drives and found on the Maxtor site that in order for the true capacity to be recognised by Windows you need 2 things[otherwise it only recognises up to 137gb];1 - to be running Windows SP12 - to run the Maxtor Big Drive Tool[available from Maxtor support website]

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Hi, I have Lenovo S500 and after I install the OS, the partition OEM Reserved is hidden in Windows and I want to use this because it's to large(it's not a few GB... it's almost 250GB, and i think that it's too much).I want to know why is created this partition? What's his function? Sorry for my bad english. Thanks!

Answer:Lenovo OEM Reserved 250GB

Hi Rxgamer,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
I understand your concern, but let me inform you these partitions contain recovery image and Drivers/Default Applications. By deleting the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partition the system will loose its ability to "Factory Reset/ OKR (One Key Recovery)" of the system.
 
Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards
Shiva Kumar





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I have a 250GB Maxtor Hard Drive that I decided to convert to an external drive when I got my new Dell (bad idea). It worked great for about a month, then one day I get an 'ambulance-like' beeping alarm from the external. I'm relatively certain its telling me the hard drive is dead... most likely from insufficient cooling in the cheap external HD case I bought. But, I dont have any experience with hard drive alarms so i thought I'd ask. Does this alarm mean this drive is dead for good?
 

Answer:Dead 250GB Maxtor HD... I think

I would check your documentation from your ext. drive case and see what the sound meant. You can always plug it into an IDE cable to check it.
 

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Hi folks,will my laptop work properly with this ssd? Does anyone have it installed in his thinkpad and can say more about it? Or maybe you recommend another drive thanks for your help

Answer:l540 + 250GB Samsung 840 Evo

Hi Phill7,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
As per you are query we understood that you are looking for SSD drive compatibility for on ThinkPad L540.
 
As per the Lenovo technical specification ThinkPad L540 will support 250Gb SSD drive, please click here for complete details on the specification.
 
The SSD should be 2.5-inch.
 
Hope this helps!
 
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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Hi,
Me again

Yesterday you solved my problem with my new 250Gb Hdd by pointing me in the direction of Diskmgmt.msc

I now have a second problem , I bought 2 of the drives , One for my XP machine which now works fine thanks , and the other identical hdd for my wifes Win 2000 setup and its on this machine I have the problem

Using diskmgmt it finds the drive no problem but allthough its a 250Gb drive its saying its only a 128

What should I do ?

Regards

Don
 

Answer:2nd Problem with Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

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It has been 3 or 4 hours and... still going.

Drive is a Western Digital 250 (really more like 232) GB, 8MB cache, one touch, external hard drive.

USB2 connection.

Win XP
1.7 GHz Celeron
756MB DDR RAM
 

Answer:how long does it take to format 250GB?

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My 30gb harddrive in my computer died a few weeks ago and a scoured the stores for a new hd. I found a Maxtor 250gb hard drive on sale at Fry's for $140. It was a great deal for the space but I have some questions on it's performance. It's P-ATA 133 with an 8mb cache,a seek time of 9.3ms and rotates at 7,200 RPM. I do a lot of multiasking with Everquest and just general gaming so my pagefile is huge and constantly used. I also do some video editing.

My real question is how does it rate for my needs. Should I look at buy another smaller hard drive to use as my main or keep use this as my only hard drive?

I have the hard drive split into two partitions right now and am wondering which partion actually is on the outside of the platters so I can properly put the pagefile in it's place? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Some questions about a new 250gb harddrive

I have the drive. Its currently the only drive, and I use a separate partition for the pagefile, but don't see (and didn't expect) a performance improvement. I have a rig with the swapfile on separate drives and it was noticably faster. So I would definately recommend a keeping the old drive - wherever you put the OS, keep the swapfile on the other one.
 

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This is just what is says. A fresh win 10 install on a new SSD. Do not explain to me about cloning.

To date I've upgraded the BIOS (UEFI) on a ASUS P67 Performance Gen3 motherboard. I've changed the SATA Mode to AHCI. I can see the drive in the BIOS.

The Windows installer the page where it lists the drive partitions. I only see one drive partio

Drive 0 Partition 1 239.9GB 232.8 GB Primary

I get the error
Windows can't be installed on drive 0 particion 1. (Show Detailes)

The New button is greyed out and when I select next I get

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

Thoughts?

Answer:New WIN 10 Install on new SAMSUNG EVO 250GB SSD

Hello hiltonr92 and welcome to the forums. See if this will help Windows 10 - Clean Install

Are you installed in UEFI Mode? If so, when you boot from the USB drive use the entry that says UEFI and the name of your USB. If not in UEFI, boot from the name of your USB without UEFI in front of it. Delete all partitions on the drive until it says unallocated and then click the 'NEW" button. The installer will create all the necessary partitions. I hope that helps.

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Hi,
Bought a new Western Digital Sata HDD which I got today.
New in anti static bag and labelled WD2500AABS, says on it 250gb.
When I put it in my PC it shows as 40gb.
Thinking this may be an error I booted from Win XP CD to load OS and
it said 38.xx gb.
I have contacted the seller by Email but thought I may get faster and more reliable info from here.
I can of course return it but do not want to if it is me doing something wrong.
Ray

Answer:New 250gb Hdd Shows as 40gb

That model definitely shows as a 250GB see here
What version of XP? if you do not have SP3 you may not have support for large drives.
In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
Navigate to the HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
Close the registry editor.
Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

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Hey guys.
I setup my system on a 250gb hard drive but system reads it as a 127gb. I downloaded the software for converging it to its original form yet it won't let me as it is the C:// drive. If anyone can point me in a direction that might be able to assist, that would be awesome (i.e. a possible partition of the space that wasn't originally read?) THANK YOU!
 

Answer:Op sys is on 250gb, reads as 127gb

Do you have Windows XP Service Pack 2? That is the usual cause for this problem.
If you do not, you mayl not be able to partition the drive to anything larger than 132 GB... 127 or so after formatting the partition.
It becomes a catch 22. You could partition and format the hard drive to the 250 GB figure, if you had Windows XP Service Pack 2 to do the setup of the NTFS partition. It will work once as the full 250, or so, once it has Windows on it, but getting Windows on it prevents that.
There are solutions online you should be able to find with a Google search, but they require jumping through a few hoops.
One solution is to setup the hard drive as a slave in a computer that has Service Pack 2... or setup the drive with two partitions while slaved in another computer.
Alternately, set it up as 127 GB, then upgrade Windows with the Service Pack 2 disk you buy from Microsoft for $3.40, then use partition magic or Acronis to enlarge the partition.
 

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I have a 250gb Maxtor Diamondmax10 SATA harddrive. In windows it only reads/writes up toe 233gb, it shows that thats its limit. In everest and every other diagnostic tool (hell even BIOS!) they all say that its 250GB. Any idea how I can get my other 17GB back??

Answer:250gb HD only gets 233gb on Windows!

Upgrading Service Pack might help.

Also goto disk managment and see if theres any unallocated space.

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Hi,

1st off sorry if this has be told before,

I have a 250gb external hdd which now only show 100mb.

It was an old hdd out of an old 7 laptop (which got accidently dropped and insurance replaced) I asked for the hdd back, which when I got it back was fine and working well, I did a quick format and not used it for over a year,

come to use it now to store movies and pictures on and it say volume 100mb?

How do I get the rest back?
Cheers

Answer:250gb hdd showing only 100mb

Can you see it in Disk Management? (right click on My Computer and select Manage, then go to Storage > Disk Management). Disk Management (What It Is and How To Use It)
Is it showing the drive? Does it show the total disk size?

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This is just what is says. A fresh win 10 install on a new SSD. Do not explain to me about cloning.

To date I've upgraded the BIOS (UEFI) on a ASUS P67 Performance Gen3 motherboard. I've changed the SATA Mode to AHCI. I can see the drive in the BIOS.

The Windows installer the page where it lists the drive partitions. I only see one drive partio

Drive 0 Partition 1 239.9GB 232.8 GB Primary

I get the error
Windows can't be installed on drive 0 particion 1. (Show Detailes)

The New button is greyed out and when I select next I get

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

Thoughts?

Answer:New WIN 10 Install on new SAMSUNG EVO 250GB SSD

Hello hiltonr92 and welcome to the forums. See if this will help https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

Are you installed in UEFI Mode? If so, when you boot from the USB drive use the entry that says UEFI and the name of your USB. If not in UEFI, boot from the name of your USB without UEFI in front of it. Delete all partitions on the drive until it says unallocated and then click the 'NEW" button. The installer will create all the necessary partitions. I hope that helps.

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this summer i built myself a new computer. i was having sum trouble getting windows installed and thought it might be 1 of the HD's so i unhooked it. once i got it going i kind of forgot about the 250GB HD until just recently. i hooked it up and formatted it but it only showed up as a 127GB HD when it's supposed to be 250GB. this is very puzzling because on the post screen it clearly reads that it's a 250GB HD.

can someone please tell me what i hav to do to get it working correctly because i'd really like to move my music off of my dad's comp. btw, my system specs are in the sig

Answer:250GB HD showing up as 127GB!?

What kind of hard drive do you have? I don't see the sig on the screen so if its there i just can't see it. Also what operating system are you running??

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Hi,

I was wondering if LANParty UT NF3 250Gb Motherboard is good for gaming or other usage. How reliable is this motherboard ?

Thank you
 

Answer:LANParty UT NF3 250Gb MoBo

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2198
 

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I run win 98se with 2 drives, a 30gb and an 80gb, both work well, but are full. I bought a 250Gb drive to use as a USB external. To try and format the new drive, I replaced the 80 (D Drive) but the new one is only seen as a 65 GB drive. I've tried fdisk and format, Still 65Gb. Anybody any ideas? as always, thanks in advance for any helpCheers

Answer:250Gb drive and win98se

also, if I want to swop it between 2 machines, one win98se, the other XP, will it need to be fat32?

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Hi,

Just purchased a new Samsung SP2514 250 gig hdd and XP can only see 32239mb.

Tried using samsung's drive overlay to install xp, but gave up + uninstalled it -(the drive overlay).

I booted from the Xp cd + installed but XP only sees 32....gig's.

I have enabled big LBA by using EnableBigLba from www.48bitlba.com to no avail.

From searching through the forums, I see that a BIOS update may be necessary.

Do I also need to update my motherboard + chipset?

If so, are reliable updates available free on the net?

Any step-by-step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

Thx in advance
 

Answer:[b]SAMSUNG SP 2514N 250GB HDD[B]

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My computer is only showing it has 127.99gb, when its supposed to have 250gb. Anyone seen this problem before?

Answer:HD showing I only have 127.99gb, its really 250gb

read the first sticky on the forum called: 137gb barrier

maybe the same issue as in yours

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Hello,

can someone help me - I have recently re-installed XP onto a 250GB hdd but it is only seeing 127gb drive. I have service pk1 and service pk2 installed and the bios on the system is seeing the 250gb drive.

Can someone help me

Thanks in advance

Elaine
 

Answer:Re-installed XP wont see 250gb hdd

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Hey. I got a 250 gb western digital HD (WDC WD2500JB-00REA0) this started about a week ago, i keep hearing the drive stop like being cut from power and then powering up again,i had my computer on for a couple of weeks before this started could this anyhow affected it. I also tested it with SpeedFan S.M.A.R.T function and it gave me this warning - "NOTE : your hard disk Power On Hours Count attribute current value (96) is below the normal range (97 - 100) reported for your specific hard disk model. Basically your hard disk was powered on for more than the maximum time the average user did. This means that either all of the reports collected are from hard disks that were not powered on for too long (this is realistic for recent models) or that your hard disk is becoming old. Usually this is not considered as a pre-failure advisory, but you should check whether you want to replace the hardware or keep an eye on its performances over time."
Thanks.
 

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I have a 250GB which seems to have failed entirely now. It's still detectable by Windows - is there any way I can recover the files? They're really important to me. I don't care what it cost to recover them, but of course cheaper the better
 

Answer:250GB Seagate HD failed

Contacy seagate. They should be able to help you.
 

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Hi I have an Acer T135 -S870 and would like to install a 250 Gb SATA drive but it is not recognised in the Bios or through Linux Mint that is installed at present on my 80Gb drive in the T135-S870 Could you help me please in solving this problem.

Answer:250Gb drive not recognised

Have you tried to connect only the new hdd with the same cable of the old HDD?

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ive had the hdd for about a year now and its been working fine, i only used approx 1/3 of the capacity. But the other day my m8 was installing Windows 7 on his laptop, so he filled my hdd up with all his backup, and their wasnt any more space left, the next day i plugged it in & the white light was flashing, but i could not go inside it, it just appears as a "Local Disk (F)" on My computer, and the same on my m8's, (and if u double click it, then a sign appears stating that (F) is nt accesible because of an I/O error). oh and i recently changed it from FAT to RAW cuz it wouldnt allow me to move more than 2gb at a time, dnt knw if that mite be important, any thoughts cuz i reeli need the data....?
 

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Hey this is my first post to this site so please feel free to nag more info out of me if i dont put enough onMy XP Pro recently got a 250 gb Seagate internal hard drive installed into it, yet it takes around 10 to 15 minutes for it to boot.So i decided in the end to have it as a secondary hard drive and have my 80 gb hard drive as a primary. yet when my 250 gb reaches over 91.9 gb full, it will not load anymore data, instead crash and say that i have lost all data that i was moving.If anyone knows whats wrong or even advice, it will be well appreciated.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot Problem XP PRO 250GB

How is the drive formatted ? ?NTFS/FAT32 ?2 things you can check: First in device manager find the IDE controller and then the drive andd right clik it and select Properties...Report back what mode it is in. If it's PIO mode this will account for the extreme slowness.2nd DLoad and run Seatools diagnostics on that drive to determine if it's healthy or not.The file is used to create a bootable floppy/CD so you can run it even if Windows won't run.Report back with your findings...

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Hi. I need advice on setting up  a M.2 SSDriveMy Laptop is a ENVY X360 Convertible  Model: m6-w105dxI installed a Samsung EVO M.2 250GB but I really can't make it work.It is  neither recognised by bios nor by OS (windows) or any disk management software (samsung magician or intel rapid storage technology, so I have no clues how to solve this.Samsung 850 EVO M.2 seems to be right choise cosidering my laptop specificationsI contacted HP support and they  told me:  maybe is a loose contact between ssd conector and mainboard slot , I've double cheked that and all seems OK. in place and securedThen they told me to disable secure boot and enable legacy boot option @ bios configuration.... no results after that... SSD keeps unseen by my laptop bios and OS...Any expert advice or any success M.2 SSD installation experience would be really nice and appreciated...I've asked on other threads in this forum with no luck..thank in advance for any help on this.RegardsAle

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I have looked all over the internet and cannot find it.

looks like DFI took all the support pages down as well! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!
 

Answer:Need manual for LANParty UT NF3 250GB

Found it yet?

Hey there,

Just wondering if you found the manual yet?
I am looking everywhere to try and find one but no luck yet...

Cheers
 

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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 just bought a Portege m400 and have upgraded the ram and harddrive. I am installing Windows 7 onto the machine. I bought a Seagate Momentus SATA 500GB harddrive but it is only being seen as 250gb. Doesnt the m400 support 500gb harddrives? Whats going on?

Answer:Portege M400 seeing 500GB HDD as only 250GB

Actually, nevermind

The drive was mispackaged and its a 250gb

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Hello . I built a computer for someone and put a 250GB Maxtor HD. In bios it shows as a 250GB hd but it's only being recognized as 123GB in windows. What do I need to do? I have it on a PC chips Mobo, with a AMD athlon XP 2600 prcessor. How can I get to use all 250 GB's.?

-achanz

Answer:250gb 16mb Cache Maxtor Hd

What windows is it?

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Hi guys,

I was going to do clean install Windows 10 but there was an issue of GPT so I decided to convert into MBR. I didnt selected the volume by mistake and clean the whole disk.

Before there was 2 partitions

C: 150GB
D: 88GB

Now there is only 1 partition

C: 238GB

I have very important data on D drive and I am very confused right now.

Moreover, its still GPT and I also checked on Lupu Linux maybe if its on RAW but its not connecting through usb case.

Regards.

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It's a brand new unused hard drive, and I just want to know once and for all: is there an optimal size to make the system partition when setting up a hard drive? And this one may sound stupid, but I figure it's better to ask and know and be embarrassed than to never know anything for sure at all and inevitably make yourself look stupid at some point, so - so once I've installed Windows, in order to make best use of having made two partitions, do I then just move the whole Users folder over to the other partition?
 
 

Answer:How big should I make the system partition on a 250GB HDD?

if youre going to run windows 7 the OS alone is going to take upwards of 20 Gigs, I cant speak for Windows 8 but I would say somewhere around 20-30 Gigs (there are a lot of laptops sold with a small SSD for the OS and typically they are either 24 or 32 Gigs) should be more than enough space with updates and system restore information.
 
Just make sure that you install programs on the other partition.

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Just got this external drive. It has google's desktop software on it and I'm not keen on google having my info. It comes FAT32 partition.

I deleted that partition and put in a NTFS format. Is this ok? I always set the block size allocation to default, is this good or not?

I am runing XP Pro on 2 machines, Server 2003 on another and Suse 10.0 and Fedora 5 on my other 2 boxes.

What format is the best for compatibilitey. It will be onthe WS OS's 99% of the time. Does XP home support NTFS?

Answer:Need opinions on WD Ext 250gb MY BOOK USB2.0

ntfs is supported only on nt/2k/xp/2k3/vista windows os's , ntfs is readable under linux but the write is support is experimental although ive heard since kernel 2.6.15 it got somewhat better and not all linux distros support ntfs write cuz its experimental , fat32 is universally compatible with all os's and it have perfect read/write support in linux , so overall for best compability use fat32 (but then again as you said 99% on windows so might wanna just use ntfs and of course make sure to handle the ntfs drive permissions on your other xp/2k3 pcs) but if you gonna do it better make 2 partitions as there may be problems with a partition higher then 128gb and fat32 but be aware that windows xp wont let you use fat32 for partitions higher then 32gb however you can do this with many 3rd party partition managers like acronis disk director suite/partition magic/paragon partition manager, might wanna make 1 partition ntfs and the other fat32 instead of having it all fat32 and be aware that fat32 dont support files over 4gb but ntfs does , you can get reliable ntfs write support in linux by using captive
http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/ (free) or paragon ntfs for linux (not free) , and all nt based os's (nt/2k/xp/2k3/vista) support ntfs , and its good to leave it on default

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I currently have a 250 Gb ATA HDD and I'm wondering if I should put my newly aquired 160 SATA, or if I should replace the 250 with the 160. I skeptical cuz another HDD will add more heat and take up more power. It is possible to have both though. Should I try both and see what happens? What do you guys think?

Antec 430W 2x12v
4 HDD's = 1x Sata (120Gb = XP), 3x Pata (80Gb = Vista, 2x 250Gb Stuff)
 

Answer:250Gb hdd PATA or 160Gb hdd SATA 150

That 160 isn't going to be any faster than your 250. Likely slower.

Yes its possible to use both, and I would do so.
 

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Hi there..I have a 250GB SATA HD drive and trying to load XP on to it...all that happens is that the files load from the XP CD onto the HDD but the menu screen does not appear...I can view the files when logged in from a IDE drive but the whole XP software is not on the SATA drive.I have seen other advice which states I require chipset drivers to load onto my system from floppy drive after pressing F6 for RAID drives present?? The drivers downloaded are 7.5 MB...a bit big to go on a floppy!!Any help please would be much appreciated..The system is an HP xw9300 computer.many thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

You should have a Floppy Disc with the Raid Driver on It to enable XP to see the drive.Setup will ask If you have a disc for the Raid Driver. Take a look on the CD for Raid Drivers & how to create a Floppy Disc, if not have a look on your Motherboard's website.Regards.

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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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I running 32bit amd 3000+on an asrock k8 mb with 1gb ram, however we wanted to mount two maxtor 250gb hd. in the bios the mb id's the drives but when uploading winxp pro only 131gb is seen. Will drive mounting software or a promise card be required???
 

Answer:Solved: Mounting 250gb harddrive

Do you have an xp disk with sp1? If your xp disk is an original xp [without sp1] you will need to either slipstream sp1 to see the full size on install or install with your disk and update to sp1 or sp2. After the update, you will see the rest of the drive as unallocated in disk management. You can create another partition in the unallocated space or use a third party app like partition magic to expand your existing partition into the unallocated space.

BTW if the mb ids the drives correctly with the correct size, you should not need a controller card.
 

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Hi all - if this posting appears twice, my apologies.I have been passed 2 250GB hard drives which contain data. The owner had these installed in a desktop unit back home (in the USA) but needed to use them with his laptop. He bought an external USB case and successfully used them for a while. Following an unexpected power loss, accessing the drives produces the 'do you want to format' dialogue.I have dismounted the drives and installed them in a desktop - the drive management utility reports them as active and healthy, but not formatted. As they have been used for data only and don't have an operating system installed, I have not been able to use the fixmbr utility which I had hoped would help.Has anyone successfully used a data recovery program in this type of situation or have any suggestions as to the next step forward?

Answer:250GB HD Contains data - Not Formatted - NTFS?

I use Getdataback click here but its not free. You can try them for free though to see if it will find the files.

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Dear everyone,

I just noticed a 101 MB Unallocated partition at the start of my SSD BOOT Drive. It works fine nevertheless.

Look below:


In Diskpart it shows the following, it is "reserved":


Wasn't this supposed to be the 100MB "system" partition? Meaning if I like to run a Recovery from Partition 5, it would have been Partition 4 before the restore of Acronis? I am not sure what I am saying actually hehe. Should I leave the 101MB reserved or is there any possibility to successfully add this reserved space to the OS partition?

Now I am uncertain if this was here before I had to do a restore of my earlier made backup with Acronis True Image 2014. I always use the CD to boot and don't make any backups in Windows. I did read something on Acronis forums regarding this, but I am unfamiliar with all these technical details. Actually, all other partitions show up in the order as I had before the backup.

Does someone here know about this and if this is fine or can I run into "problems" with some programs or anything?

Well, after some more digging myself I found that partition 1 above should normally between the efi partition and the boot c system partition. So in my case between partition 2 and 3. But it is unallocated and partition 1? Hope this still can be fixed without needing to reinstall everything because that would be a disaster (for me at least).

EDIT & UPDATE: FOUND THE SAME PROBLEM AS I HAVE HERE https://forum.acr... Read more

Answer:Unallocated space as the first partition of my 250GB SSD.

I hope there is at least someone who can inform me if the above is correct or not..... I don't know myself but something is telling me it can be different.

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I'm looking for a motherboard around or less than $90. My choices are the Abit NF8 and the DFI LanParty UT nForce3... The DFI is older, but costs more and seems to be very favorable. The Abit NF8 is cheaper, but newer, and seems to outperform the DFI just a tiny bit according to the reviews. Both have what I want: onboard everything (LAN, FireWire, USB, sound) Which one do you recommend? Thanks.
 

Answer:Best AMD socket 754, nForce3 250gb mobo?

I would go with the Abit board, great boards-lots of o/c features
 

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This harddrive only formats to ~217GB. Its listed as a 250GB harddrive and even shows up on BIOS as one, but in windows its a 217GB one. How can I fix this?

Answer:217GB Formatted from 250GB SATA

Have you check disk manager to see if there are any space left over that are unallocated? Try using Maxtor Big Drive enabler (assuming this was a maxtor drive from your sig)

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Hi,

I have sony vaio VGN-NW15G with 250GB HDD Vista Home premium 32bit
Recently my HDD crashed to respond so I bought new 750GB HDD.
Once I replaced with new One I try to run Recovery disk to install everything but I am fail to install error:333.
I have no Idea how can i install vista again.

If any one can help I appriciate for help.

Chetan

Answer:How to install Everything in new upgraded 750gb hdd from 250gb

The recovery discs that come with preloaded systems usually require the HD currently in the machine to be exactly the same as the one that was in the unit when sold. I would contact the maker or check their online support. Perhaps you can get a discounted upgrade to Windows 7. Or you may be able to install Windows 7 for evaluation purposes using an install image. You may want to check out Windows 7 Help Forums for guidance. The evaluation period is plenty of time to determine everything works.

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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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I am trying to decide what type of HD to put in my computer...a 250GB SATA or a 320GB RAID 0 (2 x 160GB SATA HDDs)...and would really appreciate hearing your thoughts.

I will be using it mostly for everything from statistical analysis, writing, etc. to music, pictures, DVDs and flight simulator work. The bottom line is data preservation is important. I have lately been hearing that RAID 0 does not provide any real performance improvements and carries more risk of data loss. I have also been told by the folks at Symantec and Norton that some programs such as Go Back will not work on RAID disks.

If what I have been told is true, RAID 0 carries little in the way of performance improvements, but an increase in data loss risk and more limiting in some program availability making the 250GB SATA sound more appealing.

Could you please tell me if this is true...what are your experiences/thoughts?

Thank you very much!
 

Answer:320GB RAID 0 VS 250GB SATA...please help!...

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Today, I found out that my house cleaners threw out my cd...So now I need to find a new one or just the files. I know the website, but not the driver I need.
http://us.dfi.com.tw/
That is the site. I have tryed a few, but there not the right ones.

I have Windows Xp Home Edition and LANPARTY UT nF3 250Gb.
I just need the same one as the cd. I will have more information soon if I find my manual.
 

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I can't seem to find an answer to this simple question and I found conflicting pieces of information on the official Lenovo product pages.  Any help would be highly appreciated The question is: Can I install the 250GB FDE 7200rpm SATA HD (Lenono Thinkpad's part number 43N3410) on my X60s, Win XP (SP3), model 1704-5LG, which is still running on the original 80GB 5400rpm HD? Thanks in advance!   

Answer:Can 250GB FDE 7200 be installed on my X60s?

Welcome to the forum! You can install any 9.5mm (2.5") SATA laptop drive in your X60s and it will work just fine, and that includes the HD you're interested in. Hope this helps.

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I have a 250GB external mini toshiba HDD bus powered and need a device driver to connect to my computer which is running on win98se platform.

Can any one HELP?
 

Answer:External 250gb usb hdd, win98 drivers

You can try installing the chipset software for your motherboard, but that may not work. If you can provide the exact model of the hard drive and the make/model of your motherboard, we may be able to help. Win98SE has very limited native USB support and there may not be any way to get the drive to work. If there's any way you can update your OS to something even slightly newer, like WinME even, the support for the drive would be built-in....
 

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Hello everyoneI am seriously debating between two NVME drivesOn my HP 240Z system.1: SAMSUNG '' 960-EVO 250GB ''2: SAMSUNG '' 950-PRO 256GB ''In mey contry israel the price are Pretty similar:The '' 960-EVO 250GB '' is   298 $And the '' 950-PRO 256GB ''232 $ well is not similar exactlyIn terms of performance i Believe the are the same the '' 960-EVO'' win in a bitBut i'm thinking on the Futureproof you know,Let's say if you play in five years from now how the two drives will performBecause the '950-PRO' is 1 bit for sell '' SLC '' and 5 Year or 200TBW!And the '' 960-EVO '' is 2 bit for sell '' TLC '' and 3 Years or 100 TBW?I would be happy for any suggestionMany thanks

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