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Z580 How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

Question: Z580 How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

Hello, I just bought a Z580 with windows 8 and I also have a new hard drive coming. The first thing I tried to do was create factory restore disks so that when the new hard drive gets here I can remove the old hard drive and replace it with the new one and put the pre-installed windows 8 that came with the laptop on it. I can't however find a way to create factory restore disks. Is this still possible and if not what are my options for replacing a hard drive for this laptop and using the same windows install that originally came with it? I would prefer to not have to clone the hard drive nor order factory restore disks.

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Answer: Z580 How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

Windows 8 offers it's own method to create a recovery drive, which will not burn discs, so you'll need at least an 8GB USB drive.1. Open the Start screen2. Type "create recovery"3. "Create a recovery drive" appears in the list of results, under "Settings" (or simply run RecoveryDrive.exe)4. Follow on-screen instructions.This method was originally posted by andyp, our super mod





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Hi, I bought new laptop Z580 last week. Everything looks ok, but there is one problem - when I have my external hard drive  (Western Digital) connected by USB, Windows 8 cannot load. I have to disconnect it a restart. I look to boot priority and everything looks fine. I read somewhere it could be something with USB Legacy, but I really dont know where can I find it and if it can solve my issue. Many thanks for any idea.It is really annoying.Sorry for my English.

Answer:Z580, cannot start Windows 8 with external hard drive

hi greppi,
 
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums
 
If you have installed a different version of Windows 8 on the external HDD, can you try to:
 
1. Boot into the BIOS and set the following settings:
 
Boot Tab:
UEFI Boot = Disabled
Boot Priority Order = USB HDD first
 
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS / Disabled
 
2. When done, press F10 to save and exit BIOS and see if it'll boot Windows 8 on the USB HDD.
 
 
 
Hope this helps

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Hi guys i really hope u can help because i only have my laptop  year and half last night my laptop froze so i turned it off and when i turned it back on i keopt hearing this slight beeping/clicking sound coming from the hardrive .basically looked into it the header was stuck on the platter apparently its an issue with these harddrives so my drive is **bleep**ed i cant recover nothing i have a new harddrive for it i put it in bare in mind i never made recovery disks for the machine. so then i put in a windows 8.1 install disk because the boot/app menu keeps coming up when i select the dvd drive it doesnt seem to be picking up the new install and to top it off when i try to go into the bios theres a password on the machine and im 100% i never set one iv tried all options anybody any idea why the machine wont pick up my windows 8 disk??  thanks guys in advanced

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I have an Ideapad Z580. I believe the hard drive is malfunctioning. I get a very loud Clicking noise When powering on, resuming or sometimes while working.  Windows will freeze for a few minutes then I get the BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). Sometimes the BIOS will hang when rebooting.  When booting into the Boot Manager, sometimes the Hard drive will show up as an option and sometimes it will not.  I believe the hard drive is a Samsung Spinpoint M8 (500 Gigs). Assuming it is the hard drive dying (and not something else). I am going to need a new hard drive.   Based on the research I have done, the particular Z580 I own DOES support SATA 3 (6Gb/s) (at least the chipset does).     There aren't allot of 2.5" drives that support SATA 3 (6Gb/s) yet. Western digital is not an option. The only Seagate drive that support SATA 3 (6Gb/s) are the hybrid drives now know as SSHD's. I can't consider them at the moment for cost reasons. That leaves me Toshiba, and Hitachi (HGST).  My questions are 1). given the info above, is my hard drive dying or could it be something else?  2) How are the Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 Drives? ( I have never own a Travelstar drive).

Answer:Z580 Hard Drive Failure??

PhoenixNinja wrote:... That leaves me Toshiba, and Hitachi (HGST).  My questions are 1). given the info above, is my hard drive dying or could it be something else?  2) How are the Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 Drives? ( I have never own a Travelstar drive).My answer:1. You can download and run Seagate's Seatools to check your hdd. Just go to seagate's site.2. One way to find out is to read the reader's comments section of that particular drive. Just go to say amazon or newegg and search. Note that some comments are not really true and are biased but most will give you some interesting info to help you decide.

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I have an Acer Aspire V3-771, originally had windows 8.1 but had to put in a new hard drive.....my brother did it for me and upgraded to windows 10.  With 8.1 I had realtek sound and dolby home theatre, professionally tuned and the like.  Now I have 10 and it's just high definition audio...........it sucks!!  How do I get realtek and dolby home theatre back?  Or can I?

Answer:I installed windows 10 on a new hard drive on my a...

Hi, It looks like your notebook does not have driver support for windows 10. You could try to install the windows 8.1 drivers which are available on acer drivers page, or you can try to install the most recent drivers which are available from the realtek web page. http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsCheck.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&Down... However, I cannot tell you that in any way you will be able to get back the Dolby. But as far as I know dolby digital plus comes integrated in windows 10 or it should come if your notebook has dolby support. You should check it in playback devices, here select speakers, and then properties. In the top menu of the new window you should have dolby. If you are not happy you can try to manually install dolby from the drivers folder which you downloaded from acer drivers page. Inside there should be a folder named PCEE4 which contains the installers for dolby home theater and dolby advanced audio. But I cannot tell you how well it will work on w10 since they were made for w8.1

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Hello,

I just bought a lenovo Z580 with windows 8 and I also have a new hard drive coming. The first thing I tried to do was create factory restore disks so that when the new hard drive gets here I can remove the old hard drive and replace it with the new one and put the pre-installed windows 8 that came with the laptop on it. I can't however find a way to create factory restore disks. Is this still possible and if not what are my options for replacing a hard drive for this laptop and using the same windows install that originally came with it? I would prefer to not have to clone the hard drive because the new hard drive is an SSD so I will want to install windows with AHCI mode on.

Ultimately, I want to do a clean install of windows 8 on the new laptop using the existing pre-installed windows 8 key. I imagine this would be pretty simple if I had windows 8 install discs but I don't have those either as they didn't come with the laptop. Any ideas on what my options are to make this work?

Thanks for your time.

Answer:How to get pre-installed windows 8 on new hard drive

I would imagine your laptop has a recovery partition, if you were to image and transfer that partition you should then be able to use it to install windows 8 with AHCI enabled!?

That's if your BIOS makes AHCI mode available.

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I have an Acer Aspire V3-771, originally had windows 8.1 but had to put in a new hard drive.....my brother did it for me and upgraded to windows 10.  With 8.1 I had realtek sound and dolby home theatre, professionally tuned and the like.  Now I have 10 and it's just high definition audio...........it sucks!!  How do I get realtek and dolby home theatre back?  Or can I?

Answer:I installed windows 10 on a new hard drive on my a...

Hi, It looks like your notebook does not have driver support for windows 10. You could try to install the windows 8.1 drivers which are available on acer drivers page, or you can try to install the most recent drivers which are available from the realtek web page. http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsCheck.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&Down... However, I cannot tell you that in any way you will be able to get back the Dolby. But as far as I know dolby digital plus comes integrated in windows 10 or it should come if your notebook has dolby support. You should check it in playback devices, here select speakers, and then properties. In the top menu of the new window you should have dolby. If you are not happy you can try to manually install dolby from the drivers folder which you downloaded from acer drivers page. Inside there should be a folder named PCEE4 which contains the installers for dolby home theater and dolby advanced audio. But I cannot tell you how well it will work on w10 since they were made for w8.1

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Hi. I just installed Windows XP SP1 onto my new hard drive because my other one is finished. I ordered the XP SP2 cd from the microsoft website and it should be here tomorrow or so. Should I wait before I install the updates that are ready for my computer right now from auto update or should I install these now and install the SP2 cd when I get it? Also I installed AVG Free Edition Antivirus. The Windows firewall is on and I have a Linksys router which I believe has a built in firewall of it's own. Do you think I am putting myself at risk not having another Firewall to go with the AVG antivirus?
 

Answer:Installed Windows XP SP1 onto my new hard drive!!!!

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Hello all. I recieved my brand new Z580 on Saturday, 15th September. Everything in this laptop is amazing! ( apart from the webcam) but I have a problem which i cant seem to fix. The harddrive gets mildly warm to mildly hot for no reason! Can anyone help me?





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Answer:Lenovo Z580 Hard-Drive Heat

Hi Nikolay,
 
please download free CPUID Hardware Monitor to check temperatures of your Z580,
HDD temps of about 40 - 50 deg. C should be OK...
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
 
Zehn

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Hi, My computer won't boot up it goes to the boot menu where the harddrive appears to be none exsistant. It is JUST out of warranty but I think you would agree a 500 pound machine shouldn't fail after a little over a year! Spoken to the retailer who is being as helpful as a chocolate fire guard. Will Lenovo do the decent thing? Suggestions please

Answer:Z580 hard drive fried after 14 months

strider84 wrote:Hi, My computer won't boot up it goes to the boot menu where the harddrive appears to be none exsistant. It is JUST out of warranty but I think you would agree a 500 pound machine shouldn't fail after a little over a year! Spoken to the retailer who is being as helpful as a chocolate fire guard. Will Lenovo do the decent thing? Suggestions pleaseIMO, they will do it if you are willing to pay. Why not give them a call to be sure about it?

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I just installed a new WD 500 GB hard drive into my DELL computer. I am trying to install windows 7 from a dvd but it will not boot. Does anyone know what the problem is. Thank you.

Answer:Installed new hard drive - Windows 7 won't boot from CD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by rambo


I just installed a new WD 500 GB hard drive into my DELL computer. I am trying to install windows 7 from a dvd but it will not boot. Does anyone know what the problem is. Thank you.


Hi. It depends on the type of drive it is. IDE or SATA. If IDE, the jumper is set incorrectly.

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I've got almost the same problem, My Partition got lost when i installed windows 7, i can see it though at disk management and it dosen't have a letter, but i cant give it a letter eighter, i get a message saying "The operation failed to complete because the Disk management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer." i've tried this and stil dosen't work, ive tried all the other things said here too just not formated because i want the hard drive back with whats on it, work and school and movies.. Someone know what to do? I have also tried with partition master but dosent work, there the partition shows without a letter, but it failes to give it one

Answer:I lost one of my hard drive when i installed windows 7

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
Screenshot with Paint
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
Fscapture free download

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Hi, i recently bought a new hard drive, so i removed the former HD and replaced it with my new one and installed windows on that one. Now I want some of my file from my old HD onto the one, and run that old one as a slave. but seeing as they both still have windows on them, my computer won't really start up. Its starts then goes to a blank screen with a flashing "_". How do I solve this?
 

Answer:running 2 hard drive, both with windows installed

in certain bios's, you can choose for it to boot from a certain hard drive... have a look
 

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old hard drive went bad and i just purchased and received a 2tb hard drive thats clean.
im looking for clean instructions on how to get windows 7 or 10 professional installed on the hd.
please dont send random links that contain other random links about windows.  lol.
 
is there a disk or drive on ebay that can be acquired cheaply ?
any help appreciated.

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Hello,

My company clones hard drives for deploying our software (each software comes with a new computer and a new windows license). We clone the drive to avoid installing the mother board drivers, windows updates, sql server, etc etc each time. This worked great with Windows XP but with Windows 7 we get a boot error on the clone:

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem..."

Is there a way around this issue? We are a small company and it really is a pain to re-install everything for each new release we do.

Thanks in Advance,
Bryan

Answer:Cloning A Hard Drive With Windows 7 Installed

What software are you using to clone disks?

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Have a 40 Gig hard drive give to me that has had O's written to the HD.....completely erased. What do I need to do to install Windows XP? Have a CD which will boot (normally) on installion but not now. Any help. Thanks.
 

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HI everyone. My hard drive failed a bit ago, so I took it to a trusted computer shop to have the work done since I don't have the time or patience right now to work on a laptop. Anyway, I had a new HD put it, as well as a RAM upgrade. I just got it back, and was expecting to be able to just insert the windows vista installation disc that came with my computer and have it work. However, the screen just remains blank and the computer makes no attempt to boot anything from the disc. I tried turning off and on the computer with the cd in the drive, to no avail. The computer does run, it just never gets past a blank screen. I tried googling to see if there was an easy solution, but I couldn't find anything relevant. Thanks in advance for the help.

EDIT- Disc is Vista Ultimate sp1
 

Answer:New Hard Drive Installed, Won't Boot Windows from CD

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I installed windows 8 in HDD 1tb Seagate. Then I bought Corsair 240 SSD drive and fresh installed everything there.
Now if I boot from SSD drive my Seagate won't show up and I have tried other cables I have 5 hard drives in my system. It shows up in boot menu but won't show up in Disk management or anywhere else.
Then I connected it to the USP port and disk shows up no problem. I would like to leave this copy in as a backup so I don't want to delete it.
I can boot into these windows but then my Corsair SSD drive won't show up. Whats up here.
Anybody have any ideas. And pardon my english it is my second language.

Answer:Hard drive problem with Windows 8 installed

When you are in Computer Management > Disk Management on the upper right under More Actions - choose Rescan Disks.

Once it worked for me right away, another time it saw the drive after I did a rescan and then a reboot.

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My HP G71 is out of warrenty and my hard drive recently crashed. I always take backups so I am not worried about the data. I got an new hard drive and want to install the origional Windows 7 version on it but dont know how.  The laptop had only the recover partition and no CD's when i purchased it.  When trying to download from microsoft to create a bootable USB or CD it says that i dont have a valid Product Key since its an OA version.  Can anyone help please?  Thank you. Norm

Answer:Install Windows on new installed hard drive

Hi, Norm: You may still be able to order a set of recovery disks from this non-HP vendor at the link below. You will need to know the exact model number or product number of your G71, as the recovery disks are model-specific. http://www.computersurgeons.com/

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HiWe brought a new hard drive for our pc(previous one died with the bsod). Old pc was running on Windows XP, so as it was a new hard drive, we decided to go for Windows 7. All was fine, installed the hard drive ok, installed Windows 7 ok...ish(had a bit of an issue with the password, but resolved that - luckily also have a laptop available so could search on the internet for solutions). Tried to install Norton (already have a subscription for it) and got the bsod, and couldn't reboot.Any ideas on what has gone wrong??

Answer:New hard drive, Installed Windows 7 now have bsod

You cannot use XP Norton on Windows7 you have to uninstall Norton and get a antivirus program that will work on 7Try Avira Personal Antivirusclick here

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YES, I do have Raid configuration set on my Precision T3400, but my problem is, when I purchased this unit is was because it was backwards compatible and could run 32 bit operating systems on a x64 bit processing set up. I now have my 32 bit hard drive
Windows operating system running but the drawback, is it cannot utilize the full memory capabilities of a 64 bit processing. I purchased this unit hard drive free and installed the 32 bit system drive and all worked great, but now, MY QUESTION is: If I have
a hard drive with a 64 bit windows 7 operating system installed, can I remove the 32 bit hard drive system and put in the 64 bit system hard drive and boot to the newly installed system and enjoy the more memory capabilities without receiving the blue screen
message about [ Your PC needs to be repaired / A component of the operating system has expired / File; \Windows \system32\boot\winload.exe ]  This happen when I formatted a 500 GB hard drive  to use to install a fresh copy of a windows system from
a ISO disk and selected my cd rom as primary boot and I removed the primary hard drive from bay raid 0 and put the format drive in that bay and booted to install the set up from the disk but I got the message in parentheses above. I am not tech savy enough
to change raid configurations as there are three options in set up that point to selections of Raid On, Something about ATA and ACHI. I just want to be able to run a hard drive with 64 bit operating system... Read more

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Hi folks, Can anyone point me in the right direction for all the drivers for my laptop. I had to replace the hard drive and i am unable to get correct drivers and software from the hp site. Windows 10 does not function properly on this machine because graphics drivers are not available so i need to re-install original windows 7 software...... all help appreciated....  Stephen











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Answer:Installed new hard drive and now I need windows 7 drivers

Hi: All of the drivers, specs and manuals are missing from the support pages again. This happened earlier in the week too. Another forum member has reported the issue to the forum administrators, who will in turn contact HP, but since I am not employed by, nor do I represent HP, I have no idea how long it will take them to restore the missing data to the support pages. It being the weekend isn't going to help much either.

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I have recently bought IdeaPad Z580 in 'NO OS' option.I installed a fresh new Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) and started installing various drivers from the lenovo website.I managed to install drivers for chipset, Intel HD Graphics 4000 but I cannot install drivers for GeForce 635M. In Device Manager my GeForce is identified as "Standard VGA Device"; I tried all avaible drivers from website; I have Optimus option enabled in BIOS, I tried with both UEFI enabled and disabled; every time the driver installer states that it "could not find compatible hardware". I even went to NVIDIA support page and run their scanning utility; it detected GeForce 635M, but refused to install any drivers because I should use drivers provided by laptop manufacturer. What shall I do to enable second video card?













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Answer:Z580 - Drivers for GeForce 635M on freshly installed Windows 7

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
I believe that the Optimus driver package also installs support for the HD4000, but I don't know this for absolute certain. You may wish to try removing the HD4000 package and installing the Win7 Optimus package available from your Device Driver Matrix.
 
Hopefully, other members will see your query soon and share their personal experience.
 
Regards.

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Hi guys, Hoping you can help me out. I installed Ubuntu 13.04 over Windows 8, probably a bit impulsively, but Windows 8 was beginning to irritate me (though I did like it at first). In retrospect I should have tried a dual-boot configuration. Anyway, I can't turn back time -  I now need to reinstall Windows 8 via the recovery media I had to purchase from Lenovo (4 CDs). The problem is they're not working. When I try to boot from the first cd, it loads for about a second, and I'm brought back to the boot menu. I've tried changing the boot order (DVD-drive first, HDD second) but no luck. I even tried wiping clean the HDD using the Ubunu Live-CD (with GParted), in case the problem was that the recovery media couldn't make sense of the Linux ext-4 partitioning. So even with the HDD wiped clean, the recovery disks do nothing. Could it be that they only work if they detect a currently installed version of Windows? I can't think of any other possiblities, other than the disks themselves being faulty, which I think much less likely. Appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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installed new hard drive in a Toshiba satellite S500-02J . Used recovery stick purchased from Toshiba. Windows installed and everything up and running, but when I go to do a windows update. I received this message: "Windows update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer."

Toshiba help line said it was a problem because new hard drive was not exactly the same as the old hard drive. It was a minor fix but wanted a $100 to perform the fix remotely.

Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

Thanks.

Answer:installed new hard drive in laptop and now can't do windows updates

Go to Dev Mgr> Services.

Scroll down to Windows Updates and make sure it is started.

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I would like to buy a new, moderately-priced computer but I do not like Windows 10 and prefer Windows 7.  Can I buy a moderately-priced, Windows 7 computer through Dell?  Also, also i would like to have a 1TB hard-drive installed with 8MB of RAM.  Any and all replies/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Want to Buy Dell Laptop with Windows 7 Installed along with a 1TB hard-drive and 8MB of RAM:

The only systems left with 7 as an option have sixth generation CPUs (Skylake - now about two year old technology) -- and only business models (Latitude/Precision).  
All the 7th and 8th generation systems require Windows 10 -- meaning a "no" to Inspiron, XPS and Vostro models.
If it's the interface  you don't like, you can easily replace the 10 shell with Classic Shell (free).  Also realize that Windows 7 will go end of life (no further security updates) in just over two years (January 2020), so that will happen within the lifespan of the system you buy -- carefully consider whether you want to saddle 2017 hardware with a 2009-vintage operating system.

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

Answer:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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Hello, I have Lenovo Z70-80, bought with pre-istalled windows 8.1. Now after 2,5 years the hard drive seems to be slowly dying and I want to be prepared in advance when the time comes and I will have to buy a new hard drive. My question is: What do I need to know/do when transferring the OS that was pre-installed to a brand new hard drive? I searched some forums. Some people say there is no problem and windows will automatically activate but I would like to hear someone's experience specifically with Lenovo laptops. I don't care about losing any installed programs and I keep storing any irreplacable files on external drives. In fact I will prefer clean install of windows. I just need to be sure that I will be able to make it run and activate without installation discs ...or if I should do something now when the old hard drive still works (create recovery drive or something like that...I know almost nothing about all this stuff since I never had to handle this type of situation)  Also any tips for dummies on what to look for/be careful about when choosing a new hard drive would be apreciated. Thank you. 

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Before the clean install my 250g hard drive was split into C, D and F drive.

During the install i told Windows to install 7 onto the C drive.

Then i decided to delete the F drive using the delete option in the belief that it would merge to C

However once the install had completed im missing almost 100g of hard drive (the total of the F drive)

I know the 100g is phyiscally there but i cant see it in Windows and so cant use it. Is there any way to get this back so it shows in My Computer?

Will i have to reinstall Windows 7 to get it back?

Thanks for any help

Answer:Installed Windows 7 64 Bit Lastnight but lost some of my hard drive

Right-click "Computer" then left-click "Manage". Look for "Disk Management" and click that. You should see a graphical display of your physical drives and their partitions.

Read this: Partition or Volume - Extend and it should answer any questions you have from there.

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I am Wondering if I did this correctly? I put my old laptops hard drive into my new laptop and want to use this for just more space,. When I put the drive in, my new laptops w/ Windows 7 , I formatted the second drive G: which was Windows vista, and It did get rid of everything in it, though, at the end of the formatting a window came up and said " Windows was unable to complete formatting" or whatever. I am able to move files and folders from my regular C: drive to the G drive and utilize the G: (2nd" drive). But when I go into Disk manager and try to format the G drive again, in order for it to "Fully" format it comes up and says " This drive has primary partition you sure you want to format? And also the G; drive shows as active? Why is that, if it is the 2nd drive? I don't understand. SO basically, I am wondering if someone can let me know whether or not I have properly done what I need in order to use this second hard drive as just extra space, and it is not holding any important things in it for my computer, like, can I take the drive out if I want, and then my laptop still boot up with just the regular drive that came in it, or have I done something wrong? Here is screen shot of my Disk manager C; drive is the main drive, which came with my laptop, and G: drive is the one I popped in and formatted, and it had said "windows was unable to complete format?

This is what disk manage looks like :


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Answer:Installed 2nd Hard Drive, Windows could not complete the format?

Try cleaning the HDD with CLEAN.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
than
Partition or Volume - Create New

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I just installed a new hard drive in a 950Mhz athlon computer and after formatting and partitioning the new drive (40 GB Western Digital 7200 rpm) with the EZ-Install floppy that came with the hard drive, on startup I'm getting a dos prompt C:\>. I tried making a set of 4 floppy boot disks from the Windows 2000 CD Rom on another computer to get it to start so I can install the operating system but can't get past the C:\> command on the moniter. I also put the Windows 2000 disk into my DVD drive but nothing happens. Can anyone help me get this operating system going? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

Answer:Installed a new hard drive and can't install windows 2000

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Hi, I just had to buy a new hard drive because the other one I had for 3 years went kaput on me. I installed Windows XP SP1 Home Edition onto it. I also ordered the SP2 update from microsoft and am waiting for it to arrive. The auto update icon keeps telling me there are updates to download. I am wondering if I should wait for the SP2 cd to arrive and install that before i install security updates or does it really matter either way?
 

Answer:Installed Windows XP SP1 Home Edition onto new hard drive!!!!

I will give you some info in a second in another post. I am not sure how to transfer the info to you yet as I need to go back to a question I had a while back about installing windows updates. I was asking if you can download onto a jump drive and then install them on another computer. I have a high speed connection at home but dial up at work. I had to reformat my computer at work and even with a Service 2 Pack there was a ton of updates that needed to be installed after service pack 2. I will try to copy the info i got and put it in another post and it should be helpful.

you need to go into windows update and then instead of express install click on custom. it will tell you what updates are ready to install. it may be that there are some that would have come before SF2. otherwise it may be calling to update the SF2 itself. you can not install the updates that came after SF2 until SF2 is installed.

I am not sure how you order SF2 but it is possible that it includes all the updates.

alternatively you can go and see what udates your computer is missing and it will be probably well over 30 as even with SF2 i was missing over 30.

The links in the post should help you some to determine further
 

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

Answer:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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I am very much at the end of my rope. Not only does Windows not load at all, but now when I try to repair or reinstall it, an error message comes up saying that I do not have a hard disk drive installed. I do not understand how this can be possible. I thought a computer had to have some kind of hard drive to run.

I have the system disk, but I can't repair it. What do I do about this "no hard disk drive installed" error?
 

Answer:Windows XP Pro Install Says I Don't Have a Hard Disk Drive Installed

First you might try opening up the computer. Make sure the white power cable is connected to the hard drive. Then one at a time, disconnect and reconnect both ends of the ribbon data cable. Have seen where this looks connected and even pushing it in doesn't always solve the problem.

When your computer first boots, but before you get any error message, can you get to your computer's CMOS to see what hard drive is detected. Is anything there and if so, is it correct. You need to get the computer to recognize a hard drive before it can boot from one.
 

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I just installed a new hard drive and everything has gone smooth except for windows update im getting "windows update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer". I tried going into services and its running and also tried to stop service and delete the folder but still did not work. What else can I do?

Answer:Installed new hard drive windows 7 wont update

...You may need to restart your computer...also tried to stop service and delete the folder...
 

 
Pardon the obvious questions, but did you restart? Stop what service? Delete what folder?

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Asus cm5570-ap006 originally running vista premium and owner wanted an upgrade to seven. Bought a new hard drive b/c old one died. Mobo had trouble finding new drive but, after setting bios back to default(F5) it installed and finally got working.
Owner gets pc and starts getting blue screening and saying theres an f1 drive error and wont wake up after suspending without reboot.
So I get it running fine by removing avg(which is causing blue screen for some reason) and the it is now waking up after auto hibernation. But if you put into hibernation manually it wont wake. I update windows and it goes back to not recognising hard drive.
Flash bios remove cmos baterry reset bios to default and set hard drive to ahcpi and it reinstalls fine update windows and it stops working. Use restore point to get it back and running and this time dont update windows and its running ok again. Shut it down for the night and the next day go to boot it up and there is no bootable media and now I am trying to reinstall win7 and after it does it gets a no bootable media error even though it is installed and passes all the startup tests when using the disk to do a repair....help any suggestions welcome.... Thanks

Answer:Installed Windows 7 and now hard drive wont boot....

  
Quote: Originally Posted by andrew10


Asus cm5570-ap006 originally running vista premium and owner wanted an upgrade to seven. Bought a new hard drive b/c old one died. Mobo had trouble finding new drive but, after setting bios back to default(F5) it installed and finally got working.
Owner gets pc and starts getting blue screening and saying theres an f1 drive error and wont wake up after suspending without reboot.
So I get it running fine by removing avg(which is causing blue screen for some reason) and the it is now waking up after auto hibernation. But if you put into hibernation manually it wont wake. I update windows and it goes back to not recognising hard drive.
Flash bios remove cmos baterry reset bios to default and set hard drive to ahcpi and it reinstalls fine update windows and it stops working. Use restore point to get it back and running and this time dont update windows and its running ok again. Shut it down for the night and the next day go to boot it up and there is no bootable media and now I am trying to reinstall win7 and after it does it gets a no bootable media error even though it is installed and passes all the startup tests when using the disk to do a repair....help any suggestions welcome.... Thanks


The motherboard may be at fault. Have you tried hooking up the hard drive to another system to see if you can acess the data. There may be a chance that the hard drive is failing. Be sure to back up the owner'... Read more

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Hi all,

I have a HP pavillion dv5000, I recently blew the hard drive up and it would not start up at all, so i replaced to old hard drive with an exact replica (brand new). Hitachi 5400rpm SATA.
It found the hardware and i put in the old recovery disks that i had made earlier. This is where the problems began... it got to about 11% and said it could not copy the Base_01 preload windows file or something, so i thought it must have been a scratched disk, so i ordered the installation cd from Microsoft (windows xp)
I changed the bios to boot from CD, put the new windows xp disc in and it comes up as "press any key to boot from CD". So i press any key and it freezes.

I thought it was my disk drive, but it will run the recovery disks fine, but just stalls at the 11% mark..

Any ideas anyone?

Cheers
Ben
 

Answer:Wont load Windows XP after new hard drive installed

http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

use the disc from microsoft not recovery disc
 

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New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows Operating system. It will not boot-up.

Answer:New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows. It will not boot

The system is missing a driver or boot manager. I lost the original windows version that came with the system and I had to replace the hard drive which crashed. How would I load the MS 7 that I purchased

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I had to install a new hard drive on my 4 year old Gateway FX6831 desktop computer. I used the recovery disks that I created when I bought the computer to install Windows 7 to the new drive. Everything appeared to be working fine but when I tried to download a Verizon online and back-up sharing program, a message came up that I had to install net.framework. When I tried to do that, it failed which led me to look at the automatic update selection. I am not able to get any windows updates. It shows that my windows version is genuine and I have the product key from the side of my computer. Do I need to start over and use the recovery disks again to start fresh? I've spent two weeks trying to figure this out. Thanks for any advice!
 

Answer:New Hard Drive Installed, No Windows 7 Updates Working

Microsoft has a tool that can automatically troubleshoot windows update & fix any problems it finds. Here's a link to it. http://support.microsoft.com/gp/windows-update-issues
 

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I have a direct connection to the router and am trying to connect to my local area network. All I can get in unrecognized network, no internet connection. I have a current network adapter driver from manufacturer's website. The network is a home network and I know my internet is working because I have other devices connected. Any help would be appreciated. thx

Answer:installed new hard drive, windows 7 pro, can't access internet

Hi please show us a screen shot of device manager with the network group expanded. Are you sure you have all drivers installed

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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My lenovo z580 has a problem with bios and novo. here is my hard drive partitions, can someone post their hard drive and let me to compare with it? Mine is 750GB Samgung hard drive.

Answer:lenovo z580 750GB hard drive partitions check

There is nothing wrong with the partitions. What exactly are you looking for?

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Here is the story,My 80gig finally died that had windows on it, so i got a new 160gig sata and swapped them out.I left my 1.5TB and 640g drives connected the whole time.When I booted up for the first time with no OS isntalled on the new drive, it wanted me to format it, so i did, and then it also had me format like 131gigs on the other 2, i think??So now, when i go to my computer and click on the big drives, they dont open, they say they need to be formatted, but this is something I do not want to do!! its where all my stuff is!!! Is there anything I can do to get my stuff back? see attached image.. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!![Saving space, attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Installed Windows on my new hard drive, now my others wont work? (new update)

Okay, I give up. How did you boot to a drive with no OS on it?

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Let my brother borrow my comp, and this is what happens. Now I need to uninstall it without killing my system, and i think its caused a lot of unstability in Windows, including moving my internet explorer into a different folder. What do I do? Also I believe I have a trojan or virus but I can't seem to find them. HEEEEEEEEEELP!

Answer:Windows XP 64 trial edition installed on same hard drive as WinXP Pro

Well, if the data is not of critical importance, I guess the best solution is formating and reinstalling the version of windows you want.

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I was experiencing multiple problems with my PC running Windows XP (my Administrator privileges were lost, I kept losing internet connection, CD/DVD burner wouldn't burn, kept getting various error messages) and I felt I didn't have time to come here to try to resolve them, so I brought it in to a local computer repair place.

They replaced the CD/DVD drive completely, then wiped the hard drive and replaced Windows XP, but several of the problems have returned anyway: I still keep losing the internet (it comes back when I reboot), CD/DVD burner software keeps giving me errors and won't burn, firewall keeps turning itself off, and I keep getting a message that new software was installed even when I haven't installed anything.

So I ran through all the "Read & Run Me First" scans here and I am attaching them here in hopes someone can help me get to the bottom of this so I won't have to wipe the hard drive again.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard drive was wiped and Windows re-installed, but problems returned

Forgot to attach logs Re: Hard drive was wiped and problems returned

Sorry, I forgot; I am attaching the logs below.
 

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Big Windows Store games can be installed to a secondary hard drive.
But, if you reformat, those games aren't accessible.
Can those games be validated and used, without having to re-download/install?
I have 100GB just with Killer Instinct, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex.
Steam, Origin, and UPlay all have options to tell it where games are installed.
JJ

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Sorry I hate starting a new topic, but couldn't find one that fit this. Last year I tried to reload Windows XP Operating System on my hard drive, and it would only go halfway through the download and stop.  So...someone told me I needed another Hard Drive. So I got another one, used off Ebay and put it in. all by myself I might add  I tried to load Windows XP on it and it would get halfway through it and stop...and not finish. Just like the last one that was in there that worked for over a year before I tried to reload windows.Now I am completely confused...and ready to just pitch it out the window... Obviously the hard drive wasn't even the issue...? Since this one is stopping halfway through the loading process also? Can you send me in the right direction please and tell me if this is fixable?Thanks for any help you can send my way!

Answer:Stopping in the middle of loading Windows XP to the hard drive I just installed.

I believe LostCoast nailed it identifying it as a bad optical drive....

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Hi everyone,
recently I bought a new laptop, MSI GP70 which came with Windows 8... I tried it for few weeks and than I decided to downgrade it to Windows 7. So, I did it, everything went well, I was using Windows 7 for couple of weeks, but now I have a problem...
Last night I didn't turn it off, and in the morning i got black screen saying:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key..."

So, here's the problem. I have hybrid hard drive (24GB SSD + 1TB HDD), which is divided to C:\, D:\ and E:\. My laptop can recognize hard disk so it's not dead. I can't start up, because it can't boot it, and I can't reinstall/repair Windows because it says:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu."

I'll also provide pictures of my BIOS in attachments. You can see the settings and all boot devices.

I did a bit of research, and I came across that if you have 2 hard drives it may confuse Windows 7 (and Vista), so disconnecting one of them will solve the problem, that could be my case due to hybrid hard drive, I'm not sure. And the problem is that I can't open my laptop, because I will lose the warranty.

So, does anyone know what should I do to make it work again? I have some files on my e:\ drive which I would like to keep I've tried everything and I couldn't s... Read more

Answer:Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

I don't see where either Legacy BIOS or CSM are enabled, just Legacy Boot - is there a panel not shown? But that may be enough to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 if that's what worked for install.

That makes it easier to repair. Confirm the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will start.

Different hybrid hard drives require different install procedures. If it's Intel Rapid Storage Technology it normally requires being turned off in BIOS for install, then enabled to activate the 24gb caching drive. But since IRST can also be problematic many leave it disabled. We've even helped users install to the SSD their OS and programs with the data folders linked from HDD, it worked and they wanted to keep it.

Read your Manual on the PC's Support Downloads webpage to see exactly how yours works. It would also help if you could post back a camera snap of Partition Wizard CD
drive map and listings. That tool can also mark Active and add another step which helps start Win7 by running Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help.

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old hard drive failed replaced new hard drive ran all the discs everything installed fine but windows update wont run it a hp 6422uk windows vista 32 bit any advice on this close to chucking it out and buying new pc

Answer:windows vista wont update after new hard drive installed

Is the Vista installation activated as per M$ standard routine. Is the updater app the latest version?

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I have a WD5000D032-000 pocket 500 Gig. It worked on my vista 32 bit home. I updated to windows 7 home premium 64 bit edition and now my computer can't read it. It is displayed under Device manager just not My Computer

Answer:The cleanly installed windows 7 is not reading my external hard drive

Does it have a drive letter? Please provide a screenshot from Disk Management.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hi,I have a lenovo y50 laptop that comes preinstalled with windows 8. The laptop has a 1 TB hard disk that I decided to replace with a SSD. I then installed windows 7 on the SSD and the SSD became the internal storage and the 1TB hard disk became an external storage connected through the USB.I use legacy boot to boot windows 7 from the SDD and it works great.My problem is I can't boot windows 8 from the 1TB when it's connected as external storage through USB. I had used UEFI boot and tried also to disable secure boot but had no success.I always get an automatic repair window, However windows 8 boot correctly if I connected the 1TB as an internal storage with the same BIOS setup (UEFI boot and Enabled Secureboot)Any ideas how I can boot the preinstalled windows 8 from a hard disk that is connected as an external storage?Thank you.

Answer:Problem Booting Pre-Installed OEM Windows 8 From External Hard Drive

If you wish to boot from a USB device you will need to change the boot order in the BIOS so the the USB is the first device in the boot order and the hdd the second device.
 
You will have go through this every time since these are on to separate drives.

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Idea Pad Z580
Model 20135
Man Date 28 - 1 - 13
The keys "c,t and v" will not type with the shift key pressed, all other keys work as they should. if I use the "Caps-Lock key" I can get the Capitals "C,T and V" along with all the rest of the keys. If I plug another keyboard into the usb it works well and types all the keys. anyone had a similar problem ?
This problem happens randomly and when it does the hard drive reports errors and files missing, I have tested the hard drive 3 times with no errors. I've wiped the hard drive and reset the bios as well as installed Linux to test the hardware.
 
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

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I installed windows 7 a while ago while my bios settings were in ahci mode. Just today I installed windows xp for older games and the setup was having problems so I switched to Serial ATA mode to install it (I used EasyBCD to fix the boot configuration) and when I tried to boot into windows 7 it would bluesceen on bootup, which I expected so I change the BIOS configuration back to ahci mode and then windows xp would reset on bootup because it doesn't have an ahci driver, I know I can just switch modes when I need to boot into xp but it's going to be really annoying. How can I fix this?

Answer:installed windows 7 and windows xp in different hard drive modes

You can do a search for windows xp ahci and find many articles about this.
Here is one article explaining how to change XP from IDE to AHCI without re-installing:
How To Change Disk Controller Mode From IDE to AHCI Without Reinstalling Windows XP

I've never done this so i have no personal experience.

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PC is a E Machines with 4GB memory, 500GB HD and an AMD E300 dual core CPU. 20+ hours to install
from USB drive, 30+ minutes to boot up.

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Okay, so I have a Toshiba P25-S477 laptop. The hard drive on it has failed, and caused me to get the error message in windows (when it ocasionally boots) that windows needs to be validated, yadda yadda but it won't because the key "has already exceeded it's number of uses" Well.... I have a windows XP corporate CD, with key and whatnot, but when I put the new 80 gig Western Digital hard drive in and put the CD in, it doesn't give me any option to boot from CD.

The boot order is CD, Hard drive, then floppy and network (no floppy drive tho which leads to the next problem...

How can I get it to boot from CD if I have no floppy drive to load drivers on with?
 

Answer:Toshiba P25-S477 hard drive failed, installed WD HD, won't boot from Windows XP CD...

check the jumper settings on your old hdd. if it was in master position, then, try another HDD. there are problems with toshiba's laptops when using HDD such as WD or ST.
 

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Greetings to you at Bleeping Computer. On Saturday June 8th I installed a new (and larger) Western Digital hard drive. I downloaded "Acronis True Image WD Edition" software (from Western Digital's website) and used it to clone my old hard drive onto my new hard drive. I removed the old hard drive. My computer is about 6 years old, it is running Windows Vista Home Premium.
Now when I try to open Windows Mail the following happens:
I get a window titled "Windows Mail Storage Recovery" that says: "Recovering the Windows Mail Database". That window disappears and I now get a window titled "WinMail.exe" that says: " Windows mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Mail message store. Windows Mail was unable to locate its message database. If you've move the database files to a new location, click OK to Reset the database path to that location. Otherwise, click Cancel to proceed, any existing messages found will be available under Orphaned Accounts. (0x00000000).
I click on the OK button and I get a Window titled "Browse for Folder" which already has the "Windows Mail" folder highlited. I click on the OK button and I get a Window titled "WinMail.exe" that says: "Windows Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Mail Message Store. Your computer may be out of memory or your disk is full. (0x80004005). I click on the OK button and I get a Window titled "Windows Mail" that says: "Windows Mail could not be start... Read more

Answer:Installed & Cloned New Hard Drive - Windows Mail wont open

Well...a cloned drive is an exact copy...so programs that worked before should work on the cloned drive, assuming no drive problems.  I'd have to assume that problems now...were problems before the clone was made.
 
Why did you change drives and clone?
 
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link.
 
Louis

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I Installed Windows 7 Service Pack 1, now hard drive red light keeps blinking red, is that normal or is my power supply going. 

Answer:Installed Windows 7 Service Pack 1, now hard drive red light keeps blinking

If it is normally Green and now Blinking Red then yes your system is reporting an error. I'd check with your computer manufacturer to see what this means. And if its a system you built, look up the motherboard and the troubleshooting section to see what this error means. It could be that the system is detecting a failure in the drives near future or soemthing else.

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Hi, I just got my brand new Thinkpad E440, and upgraded to a 128GB SSD. I also upgraded to have Windows 8 rolled back to windows 7 pro.  However, my hard drive is already 53GB full straight from the factory. Does this sound right? And is there anything I can do to get this down?  Any advice is much appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive 53GB full on new laptop, windows 7 installed by Lenovo

Hi Gwhit
 
Is this is the first basic capacity you got once you installed the 7 copy ? 
What is version of win7 you installed ?
 
Thanks
Alaa





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PC is a E Machines with 4GB memory, 500GB HD and an AMD E300 dual core CPU. 20+ hours to install
from USB drive, 30+ minutes to boot up.

Answer:I just installed a NIB windows 10. format hard drive for UEFI. Istall was 20+ hrs. What is wrong.

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question PC is a E Machines with 4GB memory, 500GB HD and an AMD E300 dual core CPU. 20+ hours to install
from USB drive, 30+ minutes to boot up. so your windows was installed but it took a long time? After the installation was complete, did you check for OS updates? And check in task manager whether there are many programs that have start up enabled - disable them
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I have a WD5000D032-000 pocket 500 Gig. It worked on my vista 32 bit home. I updated to windows 7 home premium 64 bit edition and now my computer can't read it. It is displayed under Device manager just not My Computer
 

Answer:Solved: The cleanly installed windows 7 is not reading my external hard drive

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I thought I had a hard drive failure one week ago. The drive was replaced by a backup drive I had in the machine. I re-installed windows on the older backup drive. Everything was working fine until yesterday. I uninstalled a program and got the following response from windows.

1. The boot process goes to the "Start Windows Normally, Start In Safe Mode" black and white screen.
2. I make a selection.
3. Windows goes past the white bar on the bottom.
4. Windows logo appears on the screen but only briefly.
5. Then I get a blue screen with white lettering flashing on the screen and the boot process goes back to the "Start Windows Normally, Start In Safe Mode" black and white screen.

I uninstalled and reinstalled the boot files for Windows and the machine boots up normally if no additional hard drives are installed or attached.

However, if I reconnect one of the additional hard drives I am back to the 5 step process above. I can only boot the computer if the C (main drive) is connected. If I connect another hard drive, I get the 5 steps issues.

I have changed the bios setting to boot from the proper drive. Need help and suggestions. All my data is on a separate drive.
 

Answer:Solved: Re-connecting Previously Installed 2nd Hard Drive Causes Windows XP To Crash

Are you using the Disk Manager in XP to do this? I'm having a hard time determining how your trying to connect the drives and what your trying to do. Can you help us with more info?
 

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Hello,
I turned my Windows 7 Home premium installed Hard Drive to a Dynamic Disk. Now the computer keeps restarting after bios. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I don't want to lose my data if possible.

Thanks,
Harry

Answer:Windows 7 installed Hard Drive turned into Dynamic Disk - reboots

Have a look at this tutorial.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Unfortunately, you will have to delete all partitions so you'll lose any data you haven't backed up. How or why did you convert the drive to a dynamic disk?

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.
 

Answer:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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to boot up. Here's my issue I have a HP Desk top w/ a standard 320 GB hard Drive. I bought a new Hard drive (1 TB Western Digital) so that I could move everything to the new one and use the old one as storage. I had trouble even formatting the new drive but eventually got it and successfully installed a full version of Win 7. (the old hard drive has Win Vista with Win 7 upgrade on it. When I boot up the computer I receive a message asking which WIN 7 i want to use and actually either one works. I wanted to format my old drive so that I would only have one Operating system w/ WIN 7 installed.

I tried to format it (the old drive) at the command prompt, but alas it wouldn't let me. So, I said the hell with it and opened the case and disconnected the power cord first and then I unplugged the SATA cable as well as the power cable to the hard drive. I tried to re-start the computer but now it says cannot find something, unable to read or error. So, I take it something is missing from the new WIN 7 install to my new hard drive? WOuld luv a simple fix explanation from someone waay more knowledgeable than myself. Thanks in Advance!

R/ Dave

Answer:How do I get my newly installed Hard Drive (1TB) with Win 7 installed

Did you by any chance have both drives connected when you reinstalled? If so, your boot files may be on the 320 gig drive.

Try running a startup repair--you may have to run it 3 times.

Startup Repair

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I have seen this all over the internet but not sure what do do next.  I tried installing the rediness tool.....just searches and searches for hours and hours....tried to install other windows updates from microsoft website, and either nothing opens or it runs and runs and runs.  

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At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers"

I did take out the hard drive and connected it to another computer using a sata to usb cable, but the drive was not recognized so I put the hard drive back.

Now when I am unable to boot up. It is a windows 7 64bit.

Answer:BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers

Please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions http://www.sevenforums.com/bsod-help-support/96879-blue-screen-death-bsod-posting-instructions.html. Upload the files here, this will tell you how. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/9733-screenshots-files-upload-post-seven-forums.html

Also, please give us a better explanation so we will understand what you did.

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I installed a second hard drive in place of the DVD drive and now when my computer is plugged in it won't charge (it says plugged in, not charging).  I can't imagine that the power adapter isn't able to handle a second hard drive because I've seen plenty of people that said they put two hard drives in their w530.  Is there some kind of driver or setting that I need to reset to make this work again?  I'm on windows 8.1 by the way so a lot of the solutions I've found by googling do not apply to my system.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

Answer:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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I installed a new 500gb hard drive in my acer laptop.  Ran the system disc.  But it won't show my 4gb of ram or my 500gb hard drive.  Shows my old config.  What's up with that?

Answer:Installed new hard drive. Still shows old hard drive.

No idea what you are talking about. You need to explain IN DETAIL. What shows your old config? What does ram have to do with the hd? What are you talking about?

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Hi,I am from Czech Republic so apologize my English please.I have problem with my CD/DVD Drive in OS Windows 8.After first shutdown the CD/DVD drive icon from PC was disappeared.I tried many of tips from comunity but nothing help me.I also dont see CD/DVD Drive in Device Manager.Thanks for every help. 

Answer:Z580 CD/DVD Drive problem with Windows 8

HiWhen you press the f12 button at the lenovo screen when you press the power button to switch on the computer, does the cd drive found in the list of the temporary boot device?By the way, you can try pushing the cd drive a bit.Other questions i wanted to ask, when you press the eject button on the cd drive, does the drive opens for inserting the cd?In does a small ligh blink near the cd drive eject button?





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A hard drive failed on my 2 yr old Lenovo z585. I bought a new Seagate 1tb sshd and installed it. From another computer I used image burn to make a bootable windows 7 install disc. I assume it works properly, but I don't know. I restarted a different computer with the disc in the tray...and for moment a black screen came up that said 'to install from disc drive press any key'....so i assumed that meant it burnt correctly. Anyway...I have that disc in the computer with the new hard drive, but when i turn the computer on, it never says anything about installing windows. The dvd light flickers and i hear it spin for a while then a Bios type of page shows up and says: Boot menu / app menu1. ata hddo ...etc2. pci lan ...etc3. atapi cd tsst corp cddvdw i've entered the #3 on the list..it just brings up another page for a moment and returns to the boot menu page.i've also gone to the bios boot order section...it had something like 'usb hdd' at the top of the boot order for some reason ? So, I tried putting USB CD and ATAPI CD at the top & restarting each time...neither of them made any difference in getting the install disc to begin. It just seems like it's doing something for a little while...then back to that boot menu screen. Also, it says UEFI is enabled ... i have no idea if it is supposed to be or not,  Can anyone help me with this...i'm ripping my hair out over here...it's bad enough that my not even 2 yr old drive failed to begin with, this ... Read more

Answer:Installed new hard drive but Windows 7 disc won't boot up. Bios boot menu opens.

I just noticed the information section in bios says "ODD not installed". could that be the problem ?my dvd was working fine before my original hard drive failed. i was extremely gentle when removing and replacing.the tray still opens and lights up and spins

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I'm looking to install an optical bay adapter for an ssd. I have seen a lot of them on the market and noticed Silverstone makes some as well. They have a TS08 for slimmer models, and a TS09. What I am curious about is if the front bezel on the Z580 is removable or not... as the bottom part of the optical drive is rounded towards the bottom. I wouldn't want half an inch sticking out of the bottom of the drive bay area. I have found a lot of people asking about drive bay adapters and mentioing they ordered one etc, but no one post a picture of them installed. If you have one installed can you post a picture of it and explain which one you used...

Answer:Z580 Bay Adapter... has anyone installed one?

Ok so I recieved my Silverstone TS09 and it fits perfect, the front bezel works perfect as well so I thought I would make a little guide for anyone wanting to do this. You can order one here from amazon for $12. 
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-12-7mm-2-5-Inch-Conversion-TS09/dp/B00AFP89G2
 
Here is the packaging for the bay adapter. And what it looks like. 
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Obviously take the back panel off your notebook, on the Z580 it is one screw you will see it. Then to remove the optical bay you can see in this image there is only one screw... take this screw out then use your screw driver and put it in the hole where the screw was and slide the bay out...
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Install your drive in the bay adapter, takes four screws on the bottom these are included with the adapter. Then carefully remove the front bezel of the old optical bay, and snap it onto the new bay adapter. It fits perfect. 
 
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Then to install the bay adapter you need to remove this mount from the old optical drive you can see it installed on the bay adapter in this image, screws are included for this as well with the silverstone adapter. 
 
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And here it is installed. As you can see it lines up perfect. 
 
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Once you have it installed here is how you can format the old drive and wipe all of the partitions if you want to. I used the stock drive for the st... Read more

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Hi. I just installed windows 8 on this new 2gb disk as I was having issues with my current disk. My issues are resolved and I c an now boot up with my "old" drive, and now the "new" drive is going to be my backup drive, but when I click on the properties this is what I see. What do I need to do to get this as a full, empty drive?

Thank you.

Answer:installed win 8 on hard drive, now want to use as backup drive

Don't mess with that, reserved for Windows boot... Go to Disk Management and give a screenshot...

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Greetings all...Info:Gatway 7330GZ LaptopPent 4 (3.2GHZ)1/2 G RamXP Pro SP2A few months ago the hard drive on this unit crashed, massive clicking?. Tried everything to recover, including freezing the HD, didn?t work. I installed a new drive this AM and used a recovery disk copied off the net for this model, no disks were made when the unit was purchased (not my unit, a friends). XP installed but I am unable to get online to do any additional updates.In device manager I have yellow ! on the following:Other Devices Ethernet Controller Multimedia Audio Controller Network Controller PCI Modem Video Controller Video Controller (VGA Compatible)Due to the amount of yellow ! I seem to think that the recovery disk, although it appeared to work, was not the right one. I think if I can get to the net I will be able to update these drivers and XP to SP3.Thanks in advance for your assistanceCrapgame

Answer:Installed New Hard Drive, cant get to the net

This link should be of use: Gateway Support

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Is this the right Forum?
I have an older Compaq nc600 with a failing Fujitsu 40G HD that I decided to replace with a SSD PATA/IDE drive (Transcend TS64GSD330 64 GB IDE).
Hardware:
Agere Systems AC'97 Modem
Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
Intel(R) 82801 Ultra ATA Storage Controler - 24CA
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4243N DVD Drive
ATI MOBILITY RADEON9600 Series Display Adapter
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200 BG Network Connection
O2Micro OZ711M3 MemoryCardBus Controller
Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz
Started machine with OS recovery disk to load windows XP 2. Loaded SP3 and all drivers. Computer seemed OK at first. Then every time it is started up, Windows loads up to
the background and stalls. It takes another 4 minutes or so to get the task bar and systray. Also, after a minute or so, a window opens to tell me that a driver for some hardware has successfully loaded... but the list of the hardware is blank. Then the CPU maxes out, the fan starts, and the machine slows way down. When I look at processes in Task Manager, there is a svchost that is using 99% of the CPU cycles. When I kill this svchost process, the machine runs much more in line with what I expected.
What do I do to fix it? I need for this computer to run with the SSD drive.
 

Answer:SSD Hard Drive installed

Is the SSD seen by the bios? The OS recovery disk is in a CD drive?
 

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I just installed a new SATA HD. In Disk Management it shows Unallocated. What do I need to do to get it going. Thanks,

Answer:New Hard Drive Installed

In disk management choose simple volume, allocate the amount of space you want, format it, then give it a name or letter. From what I can recall.

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I bought and installed a WD caviar blue 320gb pata hard drive, installed windows xp from a reinstallation cd that came with my old computer so there are no service packs on it, when i go to hardware listed in my device manager there are no network adapters listed, i cannot connect to the internet on that computer and do not know what to do, help?

Answer:installed new hard drive

You need to install the chipset driver - should be on a disc that came with your system. Then download and install the latest service pack for Windows

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I installed the new 320GB hard drive today. Got everything back together, put the computer back where it belongs, turned it on. I then installed the operating system disk, got a little more that 1/2 way thru and it's been running in "installing windows " for about a little more than 3 hours. Is it supposed to be this darn slow? I went from a 40GB to a 320GB. Checked with the geek squad before i left the store, followed all the directions to the letter. The system is still running on "installing windows" as it has been. I know the system is still running as the blinking lights on the screen are still present. Also it tells me that it will be finished in 34 minutes. That was at about 3:30 pm. The disk is still running. Do i continue to wait? Please advise.

Answer:New hard drive installed but...................

Check out these references and see if either helps resolve your problem:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828267
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/815319

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I just installed a new Seagate 1TB HD as my second drive. In the near future I want to set up a multi OS booting, Vista, Windows7 and later Linux.
Vista is on my C: drive and I wonder if I should load Win7 and Linux an the first two partitions of the second drive or create two new partitions on Drive 1 and install them there.
Also
Partition Wizard Home Edition v5.0 shows Disk 2 that the first partition is *: and that it is unallocated, Capacity 7.88GB, Used 0GB, Unused 7.88GB, Status None and Type as Logical. Should these settings be changed?

Thank you

Answer:New Hard Drive installed

Originally Posted by BarrieNoodles


I just installed a new Seagate 1TB HD as my second drive. In the near future I want to set up a multi OS booting, Vista, Windows7 and later Linux.
Vista is on my C: drive and I wonder if I should load Win7 and Linux an the first two partitions of the second drive or create two new partitions on Drive 1 and install them there.
Also
Partition Wizard Home Edition v5.0 shows Disk 2 that the first partition is *: and that it is unallocated, Capacity 7.88GB, Used 0GB, Unused 7.88GB, Status None and Type as Logical. Should these settings be changed?

Thank you



If you're going to be using Linux then I suggest you make 2 partitions on the second drive and install them seperately, otherwise Linux will take up the whole hard drive for it's tiny OS, it converts it to a format that cannot be used or detected in windows so I would allocate about 10GB for Linux and leave the rest for W7
PS: Any chance you can move this thread to General Discussion Brink or Zero or any other moderators passing by?

Dave

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A friend just called me to inquire about a problem he has encountered.    This is a good friend, and I'd like to be able to help.    And, after he described the situation,  now I'm curious myself.   OS is WinXP.He said the computer "crashed"  and they started over.   Installed WinXP.Computer has a floppy drive,  two CD drives (most likely one is DVD),  one hard drive, and a Zip drive.     Zip drive is IDE.There is only one partition on the hard drive.He says everything works fine.But,   WinXP is on F: .      The Zip drive is C:  .Other drives are labeled normally.    A:, D:, and E: .They would like to get it back to the way it was originally.    Hard drive being  C: ,  and Zip drive being  F: .My initial gut feeling is to start over.   But before installing WinXP this time,  remove - disconnect the ribbon cable -  the Zip drive.     He is really hoping to not have to do that.     This is not a hobby/home computer.   It is used for business,  so already it has quite a bit of software re-loaded, and records accumulated.          It could be done,  but it is a chore.Therefore,  I don't want to go with a gut feeling.    I'd like to be sure of:      What caused it, so we can learn something.... Read more

Answer:Installed XP, hard drive became F:

To change drive lettersOpen up the run dialog from the start button or by pressing the Windows key and R at the same time and paste in the following:%SystemRoot%\system32\compmgmt.msc /sClick OKSelect Disk Management. Then right click on drive C (The Zip drive) and change thedrive letter to a free letter (for example Z). Then letter C will be free and you can assign it to the hard drive (currently drive F). (1)(2)(3)

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I currently have two HDs installed, the master being an outdated joke of a drive, but I just didn't want to mess with Windows, it has w98 installed. Now, I'd say I'm about average when it comes to computers in general, but software...well, I try not to even think about it...so, my question is...

I have a HD from a seperate comp with XP installed on it, for some reason I doubt it'd be as simple as slaving my current slave to it, and starting it up to work fine and dandy with XP. Or maybe it is. I'm truly lost. How could I go about this?

I'm new here, I figured this was the correct forum, sorry if it is not.
 

Answer:Hard Drive with XP Installed...need more?

There's a few areas preventing this from working. First, if you have it as a slave drive, the computer will still look to boot from the master, which is your Win98 drive. Secondly, if you rearranged the drives so that the XP disk was the master, it still may not boot, because it was installed with differing hardware.

If you want to use the XP disk in that computer, read through the sticky on using Sysprep. That will let you remove the drive from the old computer, and pop it in the new.
 

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I have a Dell-Dimension 3000 Series with an Intel Pentium 4 Processor. My computer had given me an error message about a missing or corrupt file...Windows32...It stopped booting and wouldn't do anything from this point. A couple friends of mine told me to replace the hard drive, so I did. Well we have the hard drive installed. It won't do anything else aside from go to the computer's setup menu with options, such as: Drive configuration, hard-disk drive sequence, CPU information, etc. I did get the guy at Radio Shack to help me ensure that it was recognizing the hard drive, and it is. It just won't read the Windows disk and do anything else. Can somebody please help me ensure that my settings are correct and help me get to the part where I set up Windows? I don't know anything about computers and I'm fixing to throw mine out the door. Thank you.
 

Answer:Installed a New hard drive

you need to setup to boot off the CD (windows CD or recovery CD ) what do you have ?
This is a bios setting - boot order
make the CD 1st before the harddrive

On Dell I think there is a F key to also choose boot device F11 or F12 i think - but need to look up
 

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installed new hard drive and tried to retreave all os from laptop but was not able to,how do i reinstall all os/info from laptop.

Answer:installed new hard drive

Both hard drives have to either be on one system or you have to make an image of the drive and make it available to the new hard drive.Return the old hard drive to the system and if you only want the image then use ntbackup with system state. If you need the hidden partitions might try clonezilla or ghost or acronis or even the software that the oem drive may offer.Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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Hi, I just installed a new hard drive on a Compaq Presario V2403NR laptop. I have tried to install or reinstall the windows operating system CD that came with the computer, but after loading all the files, kernals etc., it will not allow me to recover or finish the installation. It says it doesn't recognize any hard drives. How do I get it to recognize this or how do I get the windows to boot? I can't get into CMOS or any other menu to safe boot either. the only place it will let me in, is the BIOS setup. It doesn't recognize or support the quick hard drive system test located under the TOOLS tab. I don't know where else to turn. PLEASE HELP!!!!
 

Answer:Installed New Hard Drive

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History stated in http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/713509-checking-disk-stalls-system-help.html

Finally got around to replacing the hard drive (been using other laptops) but at boot up get the following message:
PXE:E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
Operating System not found

How do I fix this? Please help...
 

Answer:Installed hard drive- now what?

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Hello all!!!! My name is John. I am trying to find some help with an issue that arose after I installed a new hard drive in my computer. I started getting a message that stated:

C:\Users\Owner\App Data\Local\Conduit\API Support\API Support.dll

Anyone know how I can repair this? I saved an image of my system before installing the new hard drive and then just downloaded the image to the new hard drive. HELP!!! please!!
 

Answer:Installed new hard drive

You might just need to run some registry cleaners to fix and remove those corrupt registry keys.
 

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I purchased an HP laptop which was delivered with no hard drive installed. it took 5 calls and 8 hours with tech support to determine the problem. Now HP is making me pay postage to send my defective computer to HP to repair. Escalated and tech support will call in 48 hours to respond to my concerns. Anyone else having the same problems with quality and customer service?

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