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

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

I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch. Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however it shows it's for Windows 8.1 64bit but originally I had Windows 8 64bit and I have read in some cases that when you reinstall you can't use a Windows 8.1 installation media but rather you must start with Windows 8? It's all pretty confusing. How should I begin? Any suggestions are extremely appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!


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

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

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

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

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

hi Cool_Man,

Welcome to the Forums.

You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).

If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.

More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.

How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone


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hello. I consider buying Y500 and I have a question about possible hardware configuration:I want to buy a Y500 version without 16GB mSATA SSD(i.e. 59360242), and add my own 256GB mSATA SSD: Then make the 256GB mSATA SSD the primary drive(boot drive: including windows, softwares, etc), keep the orginal 1TB HDD as storage drive, AND add another GPU(via UltraBay).Would that be possible and work properly? Thanks. Edit:I would also want to know if the mSATA supports 6GB/s?

Answer:Y500: mSATA SSD as primary hard drive, while keeping HDD and 2 GPU's

Yes, you just have to turn off the UEFI boot option and put your SSD above the standard drive in your boot priority.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Lenovo Ideapad Y500 | Intel® Core? I7-3630M @2.4GHz | 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM | Nvidia® Geforce? GT 750M | 120GB Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA SSD | 1TB Samsung Spinpoint M8 5400RPM HDD | 1080p Lenovo Display | Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260

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I've got a customer with a Y580 who wants to upgrade to an SSD.  Only, in asessing the laptop for the upgrade requirements, I see it has a 64GB mSATA SSD.  I think it's configured as a caching device.  Is it possible to set it as the boot volume and just install Windows there?

Answer:Use mSATA drive on Y580 as primary system boot drive?

It is possible. You'd probably need to uninstall the cacheing software, but I'm not sure - check the BIOS to see if it comes up as a boot option first. Once you can get the computer to recognize it as a drive you can boot from, install Windows on it and move it to the top of the boot order.

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Hi, I just got my Lenovo Y500 and Crucial M4 256GB MSATA SSD in the mail last week, and I've been trying since then to do a clean instal of windows 8 onto the SSD as opposed to the HDD. There are a couple fundamental problems with this though and hopefully someone can help me get this thing working. 1 - In order to download a copy of windows 8 to instal I need a windows 8 key which I don't have since they are now integrated into the bios 2 - I downloaded a copy of windows 8 pro (from my upgrade I did on my other PC) and I can't even use that to instal windows with because I have no place to enter the CD key for the upgraded version (it simply pulls the CD key from the bios and tells me it is incompatible with windows 8 pro) So, does anyone know how I can get this to work? I think that if I had an iso or bootable file for windows 8 (regular not pro) I could simply plug that in reinstall windows 8, but it doesn't seem like I can download one of these ISO's ANYWHERE.  

Answer:Can't install windows 8 to MSATA drive in y500

Have a look at the thread below, specificaly the last post. also here John.

Win7 Lenovo Ideapad Z580 i5-3210m HD4000 Win7 x64 8gb 1600MHz Samsung 830 256GB SSD

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Hi all, I Just want to check if it is possible to install a mSATA SSD on my system. There is one port that appears to be a mSATA slot but the screw position holes are not there. Anybody have any clues?

Answer:Can I install a mSATA as a primary drive on my C560?

hi moonbugs,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I'm not sure about the port,
Does it looks like this?
Or if it is different, Can you take a photo and post it back.
If your system does not have a wifi Connection capability that might be the Wifi slot.
AFAIK there are no Configuration for this model that includes mSATA SSD on it.
Solid Cruver

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

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1526 laptop with Vista OS. I've recently bought a new hard drive for the computer in anticipation of the current drive eventually failing. Here's my question. Can I temporarily remove the current working hard drive, install the new blank one and download from CD the Vista operating system along with saved data from my portable hard drive? I would then remove the new drive to keep as a ready-to-go replacement and re-insert the original hard drive. Side note: the original drive is 160 gigs and the new replacement is 320 (thought I'd do a conservative upgrade).
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Answer:Creating a ready-to-go replacement hard drive

You could...just clone the current hard drive to the new one.  A clone is an exact copy...whatever is on the old drive at the time of the clone...would be on the new drive, an exact match.
No download of anything (other than the program used to do the cloning) is necessary.

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Last night I booted up my computer, and it took about a minute to get past the bios screen. Once it had, it said something about "error reading startup disk," or something along those lines. I put in my Vista disk to do a restore, and once it loaded the files, it sat at a blank screen for half an hour. Then the hard drive started clicking, so I powered off, and the drive has been clicking ever since. I've thought up some options for replacing the drive, and I was hoping for some input as to which I should go for.

1. RMA the drive. It is should still under warranty, but I have never heard anything good about Hitachi drives from people at TechSpot. With this option, I am afraid that it would just die unexpectedly on me again.

2. Buy a new 500 gb drive.

3. Buy a new drive and a copy of Vista 64 bit with a Windows 7 upgrade. At some point I will be upgrading my video card to one with more than 256 megabytes of ram, and that will cut out of my 4 gigabytes of ram, which is already crippled to 3.25 gb's by Vista 32 bit. I figure it is more sensible to upgrade Windows when I know I need to do a fresh installation than to wait, and have to delete my perfectly good one when I upgrade my ram or video card.

4. Buy a 64 gigabyte budget SSD. For the price of windows and a 500 gb HDD, I can get one with about 135 mb/s read and 100 mb/s write. This will barely be able to hold all my software, but it will easily be able to hold anything that reall... Read more

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Replacement

(sort of) Good news

Well, I figured out that in fact my secondary hdd is dead, not my first, so all I had to do to get windows up and running was to fix my master boot record. Unfortunately, I hadn't had a chance to back up anything on that drive, so I lost about 7,000 photos from stop motion shorts I make, 10 full length movies, and seven gigs of downloads. I sure have learned my lesson about backing stuff up. Soon I'm going to get a 500 or so drive and an external one also. Man, my computer really hates me right now...

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Hello, I'm fairly new to these forums but would like to request help for upgrading my laptop. I am thinking of adding a 120GB Msata and 1TB HDD to it (to replace 500GB). My question is how would I go about transferring my dat,a(Pictures, music, videos) to the new hard drive and setting the Msata as a boot drive(for OS and programs)? I would also like recommendations on which Msata/hdd to put in it? I have been considering these: : MyDigitalSSD 128GB (120GB) 50mm Bullet Proof 4 BP4 50mm mSATA Solid State Drive SSD SATA III 6G (120GB)(128GB) : Computer Internal Solid State Drives : Computers & Accessories Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014: Computers & Accessories

but would like to know if there are better options available? Thanks in advance

Answer:How to migrate data to bigger hard drive and set Msata as boot drive?

I don't think you can use the Msata SSD as boot drive. It is configured in Raid with the spinner and serves solely as cache. It is just a fancy SSHD.

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Hello everyone,

I am new to the forums and not sure where the best place to ask this question is, any help would be appreciated, even if you refer me to somewhere else.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 (2.5 years old). All my data is backed up so I have no concerns about recoverying data.
First, the laptop crashed and ran several chkdsk on start up. I froze several times during this. It said it had fixed some errors then started up again.
This time it wanted to do start up repair. Same thing kept happening, froze at least twenty times during this. Eventually it gave me the blue screen of death.

'Technical information

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8004C1D260, 0xFFFFFA8004C1D498, 0xFFFFF8000130DDA0)'

This repeated several times. I ran the diagnostics and it told me the hard drive could not be found (error code 0146, 2000-0146). Essentially, it's a Dell laptop (I know) and I am not bothered about recovering the hard drive.
I would, however, like to install Windows 7, or alternatively Linux, onto my external hard drive. But I just can't seem to get it to work.
I have extracted a Linux iso to the external hard drive I want to install on, onto a cd, onto a FAT32 8gb usb stick, but it has given me the bootmgr is missing error every time. I have tried it with the interal HDD in and removed.
I am no longer concerned about the internal HDD, i can use it for a door stop for all I am concerned, I just want to load ANY os onto my external hard drive so I can get the la... Read more

Answer:BSOD HDD Failed - Install Windows 7 on external hard drive from boot

As a temporary work-around, you should be able to run Linux from the CD or USB.
This would allow you to use your machine until a better solution is suggested.

If you can get Linux to run you might be able to format the internal HDD (using GParted for example) and then reuse it (temporary solution).

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The computer had a corrupted pci.sys file error. I tried to copy the file from a xp sp1 cd, and it wouldnt let me from the repair console. I did a repair and got an error message saying pci.sys was corrupted or something along those lines.

I decided to try the repair console with a windows xp home sp2 cd and it let me copy the pci.sys file to c:\windows\system32\ so now I think I have fixed the file.

When i go to load the computer xp automatically jumps to the installation screen because of the failed repair.

How can i get that to go away and have the computer boot to the hard drive?

do i need to edit the mbr or something?

thanks guys

Answer:XP Repair failed, no boot from hard drive now, jumps straight to install xp screen

could i boot into safe mode and edit the boot.ini file so it won't load that partial repair on boot up?

-update ... i tried to boot into safe mode and the comp throws an error that says windows can not boot into safe mode computer will be restarted.

Can I edit the boot.ini through repair console?

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

Answer:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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Im trying to replace the older hard drive that's in my computer (200gb Maxtor) with a seagate 300gb. I used discwizard to make the hard drive a boot drive and had all the files copied from my current hard drive. When I take out my old one out and replace it with the new one, the computer turns on with the disk boot failure screen. For some reason it still works as a secondary drive with my old one in installed. Im pretty sure it's set at as a boot disk because when I went back into discwizard to fool around with the hard drive, I recieved a warning telling me that the hard drive is a boot drive and if I were to mess with it, it wouldn't work. So what am I doing wrong?

Answer:Trying to install a new primary Hard drive

Have you gone in to the bios setup menu and checked the following:

Boot Order - Make sure the Seagate is listed in this order and not the drive that you have removed.

Hard Drive Priority - (not all boards have this) Make sure the Seagate is listed as first in this area and not the drive that you have removed.

Don't forget to save before you exit if you make changes. Also, it would help if we knew the specs to your rig so we could better guide you.

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Hi everyone, I have an x220t (4296-2WU) running Windows 7 on the stock 320gb HDD from Lenovo, bios v 1.33. I?ve just ordered a Crucial m4 128gb mSATA drive. I?d like to going from my current setup of: HDD = boot drive & data drive, with Windows 7 Pro 64 To: mSATA = boot drive, with clean install of Windows 8 Pro 64 from a MSDN .iso (with a legit MSDN key)HDD = wiped, then used as data drive I?d prefer to nuke all the content on my HDD from orbit during this process. I?m planning to do the following ? but I?m a bit unclear on a) whether the MSDN .iso + license key will allow a clean installation onto the bare mSATA drive, and b) whether the process below will allow me to make the SSD the boot drive while re-formatting the previous boot drive, the HDD: -Burn .iso from MSDN to bootable DVD-physically install the SSD-Boot to the installer DVD, format the HDD, install Windows 8 onto the SSD-Boot into clean Win8 install on the SSD, apply Windows updates, apply Lenovo System Updates Thanks for any thoughts or advice!

Answer:x220t: Install mSATA for boot drive & clean install of Windows 8?

I had a simliar desire but slightly diffferent solution. Been running Win8 betas since they were released last Winter on a 64gb mSata in a dual boot config. I wanted to start  fresh when Win8 Pro was officially released but with a larger mSata in my x220t. The weekend prior to release I backed everything up, installed a 256gb mSata and did a clean Windows 8 RP install on the mSata. Once the update was made available I booted from Win8, made the purchase and installed Win 8 Pro on the mSata.. Worked very well. No worries about trying a clean install from an upgrade OS purchase. Quick, clean and very functional. Plus I stll have a dual boot config until I am confident enough to wipe the Win7 OS from my HD. You should still be able to install Win8 RP through January.

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 Does this just mean the HD is not responsing...? I checked all connections and they seem fine. HD is over 10 years old...

Answer:On Bootup It says Primary Drive Failed Slave Drive failed.....

Probably the HD, but you should try another device (HD or CD-ROM) in the motherboard IDE connector to make sure the motherboard controller hasn't failed.  If more than 1 device on IDE cable, the failure of 1 will cause the error you see.

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Is there any instructions on how to put Windows 8 onto a MSATA drive and to make it the boot drive on a Y500? I don't need to have useless links posted to other peoples questions on how to do things SSD or MSATA related, I need instructions on how to do what I have asked and what I have asked only. If you know how to do this feel free to respond, if you don't then don't bother responding.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Lenovo Ideapad Y500 | Intel® Core? I7-3630M @2.4GHz | 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM | Nvidia® Geforce? GT 750M | 120GB Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA SSD | 1TB Samsung Spinpoint M8 5400RPM HDD | 1080p Lenovo Display | Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260

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I have two other hard drives in my computer. My operating system now is on "E" drive. I'm wanting to replace my "E" drive with a larger and faster drive.

I am currently backing up my entire "E" drive on my "C" drive.

Is it possible to simply pull out my current "E" drive and install a new "E" drive and then restore my backup to my new "E" drive? Or is it more complicated than that?


Answer:What is the easiest way to install new primary hard drive?

If you really want it to be drive "E" go into Disk management and rename the current drive to what you want it to be. Disconnect all hard drives and connect your target drive.

Go into your bios, set your boot sequence to boot from CD/DVD (using your install disk to boot).
Do a fresh install as if it were a new system.
Once your install is complete, set your bios to boot from that drive.
Reconnect all other drives.

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I plan on upgrading my new T430s with a new primary hard drive, moving the stock 500GB drive to a storage drive.  I planned on getting a 256GB SSD.  Why would I do that since there are 256 mSATA drives for pretty much the same price, lower weight, and slightly less power!?  Is there any reason at all?  T430s has a mSATA SATA3 connection.


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Answer:Why ever go with SSD over mSATA for primary drive? T430 T430s

i can think of no reason, other than the need to open up the machine (and depending on model, risking voiding warranty), not to go the mSATA SSD route. that's exactly what i did on my X220.

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Hello Everyone,

I have been given a couple of hard drives and the above msg comes up when I plug them in as a master... but when I add them as a slave... My pc picks them up but.... wait for it... as a CDRom ??????? says CDRom(H)
I run Windows XP pro SP3.
I have tried FDisk that didn't work, unfortunately I cannot remember the msg that came up.
Any help would be wonderful....
Thank you....


Answer:Primary hard drive fail, on boot up

I would connect the drive as a slave to a working system. Now run the drive maker's diagnostic on the drive. You download this from whomever made the drive; ie WD, Maxtor, Seagate, etc.

In addition you need to make sure the jumpers are set correctly. If these are ide type drives and one of them is a WD, there are two different jumper settings for WD drives. It depends on whether the drive is a single device on the cable or a multi device.

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Primary Hard Drive not found at boot up?
I just installed a hard drive and went through the format and set up of Windows XP. Now when I boot, I get a "Primary hard drive not found" "Press F1 to continue or F2 to run set up" message. Yet if you press F1 it continues on just fine. I have seen this before. I know the fix is simple. I just can't put my finger on it.

Answer:Primary Hard Drive not found at boot up?

t1zzee said:

I just installed a hard drive and went through the format and set up of Windows XP. Now when I boot, I get a "Primary hard drive not found" "Press F1 to continue or F2 to run set up" message. Yet if you press F1 it continues on just fine. I have seen this before. I know the fix is simple. I just can't put my finger on it.Click to expand...

Howdy t1zzee...


Depending on the hard drive you installed ( SATA or IDE ), and the motherboard you have, you may have to go into the BIOS and disable boot from the other drive ( SATA or IDE )...

In other words if you installed a SATA drive disable boot from the IDE drive...

Without more info it's going to be hard to diagnose ...

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I bought a new 2 Tb hard drive because my primary one was getting full.

I would like to do a fresh install on the primary drive once I have moved over all the games, videos, pictures, etc. that I don't want to lose.

I can format the primary drive and reinstall windows without affecting the content on the second drive, correct?
Is there anything I need to know?

Answer:Fresh install of windows on primary hard drive

The only thing you need to know is to disconnect your primary drive before you do the install. After the install, re connect the primary drive, get your data off and format it if you want to. This tutorial may help. Clean Install Windows 7

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Hi there. I hope someone from Lenovo will respond to  my below question. I currently own a Idea pad y 500 with 1TB 5400 rpm drive with no msata. I bought it during Christmas time. I would like to add the msata drive preferably 16 gb or similar.also would like to get a bluray writer attachment(if its released) by Lenovo. Please let me know where can I buy that. If its available in Lenovo website.otherwise suggest the compatible product for msata so that I can order online from other websites.Btw how much would that cost??? help would be appreciated. Gowtham. 

Answer:Lenovo Y500 - Msata drive 16 GB, and Blu ray writer extension

hi Gowtham,
The Lenovo Y500 uses the following SSD's:

Apparently, these 16GB's ones aren't available on the consumer market but you try these ones:
Sandisk Mini SSD
Crucial m4 32GB
If you have Windows 7, you can use Intel Rapid Drive Technology to use the mSATA SSD for caching data. If you'll be planning to install the OS on the mSATA SSD, I recommend you get at least 64Gb to make room for your programs.
Hope this helps.

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My hard drive failed recently on my portege 3490. I bought a replacement seagate 20gb hard drive. I installed Windows XP pro by connecting the drive (via adaptor) to my desktop and running the setup cd.

I thought I could then just fit the drive back into the Portege and be good to go. However when I turn on the system straight away asks me to insert system disk.

I have no floppy drive and my only cd is a usb drive and I cannot use this to boot.

Has anyone got any ideas how I can get this working?

I plugged the same drive into my other notebook (non Toshiba) and it boos straight away. Thanks for your help

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Answer:Portege 3490, install new hard drive with windows xp ready loaded?


I have no real solution for you except that I can confirm that the ay you installed Windows and then moved the HDD is generally not a good idea.

In your case I think what is the primare problem is that the BIOS'es in the 2 different PC's look at the HDD in different ways. That means that even though both systems might say that it is a 20GB HDD they read it differently and therefore the 3490 gets only 'strange' data from the disk.

Even if it had been able to read the contents still it is not a good idea to do the installation this way because if the chipsets differ too much then Windows will not be able to boot due to wrong drivers.

My suggestion is to
In the 3490 format the HDD with FAT32.
Once again attach the 20GB to the other system.
Copy the contents of the i386 folder of the Windows media to the HDD.
Put the HDD back in the 3490.
Boot up on a DOS/Win9X diskette and enter the I386 directory. Start the installation from there.

A little bit of fiddling but should give you no problem with boot up.

Good luck


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Hello, I have an IdeaPad Y500 and recently bought a 240GB SSD 2.5".I want to replace the 1TB HDD 2.5" with the SSD 2.5" for better performance. Now that I will have a high speed drive there is any benefit to keep the 16GB mSATA cache SSD drive?Do I need to remove the 16GB mSATA cache SSD drive after the instalation of the 240GB SSD 2.5"? Thank you.


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Answer:Y500 HDD replace with SSD - 16GB mSATA cache SSD drive shall be removed?

Now that I will have a high speed drive there is any benefit to keep the 16GB mSATA cache SSD drive? Answer: IMO, the ssd cache is no longer needed since you already have an equal or faster ssd drive. Do I need to remove the 16GB mSATA cache SSD drive after the instalation of the 240GB SSD 2.5"? Answer: You may removed it or you may format it and use it as an additional data drive.

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First off, I'm using Windows 98 SE. I have just installed a new 120 Gb Western Digital Hard Drive as my primary slave drive. BIOS successfully detected the new drive. I used the bootable diskette (as supplied by WD) to run the installation software, formatting and partitioning the drive as an additional device. This went successfully. However, when I reboot, I get the message:
"NO OS found. Insert OS setup disk and then press any key." Everything in BIOS seems to be okay, but I cannot get the computer to start up Windows from my original drive. When I unplug the new WD drive, everything works fine and the system boots up as normal.

Answer:computer will not boot after installation of new hard drive as primary slave

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The "Help Me decide" link says the following :  Boost your notebook's performance by up to 5x that of a standard 5400RPM drive alone.The Micro Solid State Drive (SSD) works in tandem with your PC's standard hard disk drive (HDD) to deliver both the storage capacity of a HDD and the snippy responsiveness of a solid state drive ? all at a cost significantly lower than standalone SSD notebook models. The 64GB Micro SSD occupies the notebook's PCIe Mini Card slot.  With a micro solid state drive, will my computer still boot faster than a regular plate drive?  What about compared to a SATA SSD?? Will the operating system be loaded on the Micro Solid State Drive when the system is delivered?  Edit : A Lenovo rep just told me the following : "With the Micro SSD drive your system will boot up a lot faster-very similar to having an SSD drive.   The OS however is not loaded on the drive however a lot of the loading files are which helps the system to boot up faster."  Now another Lenovo customer service rep is telling me something different.  Not surprising.  He says getting the SSD will not improve boot time.   Why do people make up answers?   Who is correct?  Why wouldn't they just install the OS on the SSD?  64GB should be enough.  

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Answer:M92Z : Micro hard drive option > 2.5" 64GB SSD mSATA Hard Drive

I got the M92z 23 inch AIO with Touchscreen recently (well i am using it right now). 
-> mSATA -> basically a SSD that fits into the mPCIe slot.[email protected]/7782185634/  <-- this is the mSATA i took out of mine M92z AIO. 
Operating system won't be loaded onto the mSATA from the factory, but you can do it yourself using aftermarket Win 7 ISO. 
The reason why OS is not installed on the mSATA is due to space restriction, with the recovery partition and the OS + drivers installed it is already 40 gigs gone from the 60 gigs mSATA, which makes it useless as a main drive. 
Lenovo m92z uses the mSATA as a cache drive for the main hdd, it does boot faster if optimised properly. But it is never going to be as fast running the OS from the mSATA or from the SSD installed into the system. If you don't use the optical drive, i suggest you get an aftermarket ultrabay adapter (12.7 mm thick) and install a ssd into that slot, i am planning to do it. 
Alternatively, go and get a really big mSATA SSD like 128 gigs or 256 gigs mSATA, and install the OS on that. The 64 gigs mSATA shipped M92z is too small, unless you choose to install only the OS on the mSATA, and all the applications on the main hdd. 
The only reason i got my M92z with the 64 gigs Samsung mSATA was the fact that it was only a 10 dollars add on (a pricing error). 
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I will keep this short as I am not looking to make a tutorial, though please do feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer. I recently purchased a 256Gb mSATA on sale for $160 and decided to give it a spin as my primary drive.  I've been using it a week now and so I wanted to come back and share with the Lenovo community in case there were others contemplating doing something like this, but were reluctant. My personal experience with this drive has been very positive.  I did have to install another copy of Windows 8 - I understand this may be prohibitive for some... Fortunately, I had a legal copy of Windows 8 Pro and so it wasn't an issue... There are tutorials for completely migrating/cloning a existing install to a larger SSD such as this one, but I gave up on that labor quickly and just went for the clean install. The Windows 8 x64 Driver thread was very valuable in getting everything, but recovery, back up and running as good or better than before... Concerning the recovery, I am not concerned... I perform my own backups (systems developer) already - if I get some free time and feel fancy, perhaps I will automate that process with the onekey recovery button or something...  Have blu-rays playing with VLC also, so the loss of the software was no an issue - just google it if it's a concern for you... In any case, I have seen solid gains with this drive... Things are so SNAPPY now... Boots ridiculously quickly - was fas... Read more

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I have been scouring Google for the last couple days looking for this, but I can not find a thing. I have a Dell Optiplex GX150 PIII 1 GHz, running windows 2000. I had a 20GB drive with my OS, and a 60GB drive for storage. Recently I upgraded to a 120GB drive for the OS, and kept the 60GB drive for storage. I had to re-install Windows 2000 on the 120GB drive, and everything worked fine.

The next day, I started up the computer and I got the message "Primary hard disk drive 1 not found", and the drive was missing in windows. I restart and get into the BIOS settings, and the drive is there, and all settings look ok (it's on AUTO, so it's picking it up). I exited and continued to boot up. No error message, and the drive showed up in windows. I thought the problem was solved, but then it happened again the next day. As far as I can tell, if the computer is powered off for more than a couple hours, the drive is not found, but will be found on a immediate restart every time without fail. Windows boots up just fine, but that drive is always missing unless I restart. I’ve done this kind of stuff before, and I know the jumper settings on the drives are ok. Any ideas?

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 1 not found on boot, works on reboot


My first thoughts are that you may have a faulty drive?

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Hdwr: Dell Dimension 8200, WinXP Pro.
System failed with no warning or performance problems.
Can't recall a single warning sign.
Current situation: Can't get past BIOS setup. Drives are not recognized.
an't access CD Rom drive or Hard Drive so I can't use solutions that are CD based.
Attempted fixes:
- battery tested ok, but I replaced it anyway
-downloaded MS XP boot disk. It renamed the CD drive R: and I could read CD's, but it is in Win98 format (dos) and "could not create swap files" to access I386 files
- tried floppy boot with selected I386 files... no good.
- tried switching boot order.
- tried unplugging ribbon cables and power cables
-tried holding "on" button for 30 sec. to "reset"
The hard drive is spinning and the light is on
The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files
The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok
Someone a lot smarter than I must have the solution. (No, I don't want to buy a new box right now).

Answer:?WinXP Pro: boot error "Primary hard disk drive not found"

Hi, Ed from San Diego,
A couple of things that might help.
You say "The CD drive starts, as if in auto run mode, but then stops without reading boot files. The CD drive will run from the Microsoft XP boot floppy, so the drive is ok.". This ain't necessarily so !  Just because the drive is spinning it doesn't mean it is reading. Can you borrow a drive and swap it for your own ?
It's not holding in the 'On' button for 30 seconds that resets it, it is turning the power off from the computer for 30+ seconds that does this. You can turn it off either at the wall or at the switch on the back of the computer's power supply, both have the same effect.
I will admit that I am as much in the dark as you are about what has caused your problem. I have had computers crash and / or just stop running for a number of reasons over the years, but never a time when the BIOS refused to recognise drives. I do have the situation on my own computer, where I have three HDDs two of which are the same model, and the BIOS occasionally has got confused about which is which. All this results in is a message at boot time 'No operating system found'. And all this entails is going into the BIOS and swapping the drive order around.
Best of luck,
Chris Cosgrove

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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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im running xp pro, and for some reason when i look at drive that i have as slave so i can access to get my stuff off of, its saying its FAT, which i know when i had windows xp on it, it was NTFS, i was moving around hard drives and came across problem of it not booting, NTLDR missing crap, no biggie, put a different HD in and setup xp pro all over again, now im trying to pull my old files etc... off, and its showing 10mb free space on the old 160gb HD that i originally was running windows on, and showing its FAT, and when i open it, its a weird F with a square picture, IM STUMPED.

did i lose all my files? the cd that came with the Hitachi drive has nothing as far as recovery, just setup tools. anything on net?

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I installed Ubuntu on a older Toshiba laptop. When I boot up it asks me to select either Windows 7 or Ubuntu. I want to get rid of the Ubuntu disk partition and give that 2.9 GB space to my primary hard drive. I go into compmgmt.msc but I can't execute any commands on that disk partition. Any ideas?

Answer:delete dual boot Ubuntu partition and convert to primary hard drive c:

So you wanna get rid of ubuntu totally?
first tap F8 multiple times to enter recovery environment
select "command prompt"
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

-now the default MBR has been restored (don't know if ubuntu did change that)

list disk
sel disk 0 (or 1 or 2)
list part (note the number of ubuntu partition)
sel part X (if X is number of ubuntu partition. be very sure to select right partition!!!)
delete part

try to boot. post output of "disk management" afterwards

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken


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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Hello,The hard disk on my W530 started to fail (warnings during hardware scan),so I replaced it with a new WDC WD5000BPVX-00JC3T0. The replacementitself presented no problems as did a system restore (from an AOMEI backup).After finishing system restore, apparently both partitions, SYSTEM, andWINDOWS were OK. However, the machine won't boot. After the initial BIOSscreen, the screen simply remains empty. Any help would be appreciated.Regards,bostjanv

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This is probably a really dumb question, but do I have to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive that'll be replacing my almost-bad existing one in my laptop prior to moving my pertinent files onto it? I have a case into which I can place an internal hard drive in order to move the data via USB from one HD to another. So, once I transfer all the vital data onto the new drive, I was going to take the old one out and put the new one into the laptop. Where does installing Windows 7 again come into play? I can't just install the new hard drive if there's no OS on it, can I? At what point in installing a new HD would I need to get a copy of Windows 7 and install?

I recently moved and lost my copy of Windows 7 that came with the computer, so I'm going to have to borrow one from a co-worker or friend, unfortunately, unless there's a way around it.

Additionally, my laptop (which has 750 GB) has a C: and D: drive. I guess the HD is partitioned? I would hope that during a data transfer everything would be transferred, not just the data from one drive.

One last note - I came across this how-to article on Windows 7 backups that may serve my purpose here. If anyone thinks it's a viable alternative, please let me know. Let me quote:

Many readers are likely familiar with the fact that Windows 7 comes with a fairly comprehensive backup solution that includes, among other things, the ability to create a so-called system image of your entire PC. This system im... Read more

Answer:Hard drive replacement needed - when to install the OS again?

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I'm trying to help out a family member whose hard drive crashed & burned on their Lenovo Yoga 2 11 (MN: 20332) they purchased from Best Buy.  I've been reading some of the previous posts regarding WiFi not working, thinking I was experiencing the same problem.  I might be but I've got other issues I'm trying to figure out as well.
I've replaced the bad hard drive but have had a difficult time figuring out what OS exactly belongs on it and how to go about getting it installed.  The markings on the device are next to none.  There is a Windows 8 label but doesn't indicate what type.  I actually wanted to put Win7Pro on and then just upgrade to Win10 but I guess the BIOS is looking for Win8?  I could not get a Win7 installer to work at all but after trying a Win8Pro installer, I got it installed.
The problem at this point is I cannot get the network controller (specifically WiFi) to recognize a driver or work no matter what I've tried.  There are a handful of other drivers that don't seem to want to configure either.  Additionally, I'm not sure I can activate this Windows since my guess is it's not the correct version.  I have run a KeyFinder utility that has given me a Windows BIOS OEM Key that, understandably, does not match the Windows 8 Pro key also found.
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Answer:Yoga 2 11 - Hard Drive Replacement & New OS Install

Hi SWWeatherGuy , 
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
Using product key finder tools may just give you a generic key that would mismatch with the OEM embeded keys on the BIOS.  Checking from the BIOS would also help as the sticker also just say Windows 8 ( not pro ) . Question is would it be Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 .
What you can do is to reinstall with the correct ISO version that the pc came with then install appropriate driver version from the support site. You can follow this guide for the steps . 
Do you have the machine number from the sticker or check it from here . 
Wifi issue may just be a driver compatibility with the OS . First , install the correct OEM Windows version and have it activated automatically using it then proceed with the drivers.
Update us how it goes.

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Hello guys. I have Lenovo Y50-70 and I want to replace the old 1TB HDD+8GB SDD to a new 1TB HDD that I just ordered. The reason being is that there's something wrong with the old one - it makes a strange noise, makes my computer frozen and now the laptop doesn't even boot up as it gets stuck on the black screen. Now, since I didn't get neither windows copy (like DVD) nor activation key, I'm wondering where should I find and how should I install the same Windows 10 on my new HDD? How to copy the Windows from the old to a new HDD if I can't boot up my PC with the old one? The help would be really aprreciated.P.S: I used to have Windows 8, but later upgraded it to Windows 10 automatically when it was released.


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Answer:Lenovo Y50-70 Hard Drive replacement and OS install

Windzal wrote:Hello guys. I have Lenovo Y50-70 and I want to replace the old 1TB HDD+8GB SDD to a new 1TB HDD that I just ordered. The reason being is that there's something wrong with the old one - it makes a strange noise, makes my computer frozen and now the laptop doesn't even boot up as it gets stuck on the black screen. Now, since I didn't get neither windows copy (like DVD) nor activation key, I'm wondering where should I find and how should I install the same Windows 10 on my new HDD? How to copy the Windows from the old to a new HDD if I can't boot up my PC with the old one? The help would be really aprreciated.P.S: I used to have Windows 8, but later upgraded it to Windows 10 automatically when it was released.Just download Microsoft Media Creation Tool and run it. Select the Win 10 version that is installed in the unit. Note do not download other versions since you need to provide the product key during installation. If you select the correct version you should not be required to enter the product key.

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I got the replacement hard drive from Dell that I was told would come with Windows 8 and drivers preinstalled. Well I installed the hard drive and it tells me that NO OS can be found. I didn't have a chance to make backup discs of my own but Dell sent a Windows 8 Recovery Media CD with the laptop and now with the replacement hard drive.

When trying to install Windows 8 onto the new hard drive I get to the part where it tells me to choose a partition to install Windows 8 on and none of them will let me. There are 5 to choose from and I don't know what to do to get past this. The biggest partition which is 5 has about 934GB of space left out of 1TB but as I mentioned I can't choose it or any of the other ones for installation.

I've never had trouble like this reinstalling other versions of Windows.

I've figured out some stuff when it comes to Win 8 but not enough to get myself out of this. Please be gentle and yes I know it was stupid not to make backup discs when I could...

Answer:Can't Install Windows 8 on Replacement Hard Drive from Del

The partition descriptions are as follows.
Drive 0 Partition 1: ESP 500.0MB / 447.0MB System
Drive 0 Partition 2: DIAGS 40.0MB/ 35.0MB OEM (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 3: 128.0MB/128.0MB MSR (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 4: WINRETOOLS 492.0MB/238.MB Recovery
Drive 0 Partition 5: 930.4GB/930.2GB (Primary)

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I do this day in and day out with Volume Licensing but never with OEM installs...

A user that works at our company brought their personal laptop in, the hard drive failed hard drive tests so we have put one of our spare hard drives in and now we need to re-install Windows 8 x64.

Where do i get the installation media from if the users doesn't have a disc?
Is it possible or do we need to order a disc?

I feel stupid for needing to ask lol


Answer:Re-Install Windows 8 OEM After Replacement Hard Drive

Yea, OEM sucks nowadays because the key is embedded in the BIOS chip. It will automatically activate once you get it re-installed. Another reason why with OEM it is very important to create a recovery flash drive or image the system right after purchasing the computer. Everything to recover was on that bad drive.
Anyway, the user will now have to try to get a recovery disc from the manufacturer. What make of laptop is it?

P.S. No stupid questions here.

EDIT: If you have a retail ISO it should read the embedded key and activate as OEM I believe. Another post here dealing with the same issue: How to install Windows 8.1 with 8.1 OEM key?

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i recently replaced an old ide hard drive for a newer ide hard drive. whenever i try to install windows, it hangs at 11% install on the file when it hits this point my new hard drive makes some periodic noise, but my cd drive stops blinking and my processor light blinks only for extremely quick fractions of a second. I have tried installing with different copies of the windows install disk, taking out memory sticks, trying a different cd drive, to no effect.

the hard drive is a western digital product code WD3200AAJB
i'm installing windows xp pro with sp2

Answer:Hard Drive replacement with xp install hangs


Tell us how you have it hooked up. Is it on the Primary or Secondary IDE port? How is it jumpered? Where is it located on the ribbon cable (middle or end)? Is there anything else on that ribbon cable, and if so what is it? If there is something else on that cable, how is it jumpered and where is it located on the ribbon cable.

When you report back, we might be able to help you get it going.

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I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,


The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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Hello everyone, my working laptop is a T 400 running on Win XP. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7. I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD everytime I need Win XP together with my other company stuff.I don't want to install Win 7 just in another partition as I don't want to risk anything happening to the XP machine ;-) Is the above described scenario valid or do I have to take anything else into consideration? Thanks in advance!Sascha


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Answer:ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater

----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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I have a laptop with a fully operational hard drive, but I want to replace it with a larger hard drive I just acquired (not sure if it's been formatted), and then load it with Win98SE and other software. I made a bootable floppy, and have the original Win98SE CD and the Microsoft floppy "Boot Disk, Windows 98 Series" that came with a different computer.

Having never done something like this before, I could use and will appreciate some guidance.

First, before removing the current HDD, what should be the proper boot sequence?

After physically installing the new HDD I believe I have to format it by running fdisk, so what disk/CD should I use to boot from? And if I'm booting from one of the floppies, at what point do I install the Win98 CD?

Any other tips and suggestions also will be appreciated. Thanks to all.


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I recently had my original 30GB ATA/100 hard drive for my Thinkpad t23 fail. I purchased a new 120GB ATA/100 drive that was supposed to work specifically with the T23. Once installed, I can see it in the BIOS, I can partition using FDISK, Windows XP DOS portion of setup completes up to first reboot, and I can see the drive and/or copy files. However, regardless of using XP or DOS with an active and bootable system installed the system simply will not boot from the hard drive. I get a flashing dash in the top left hand corner of the screen. I have of course applied the latest system and controller ROM. Any ideas???

Answer:T23 replacement hard drive wont boot

gxlord, welcome to the forum,
did you attach the metal tray, caddy, which was attached to your original drive to the new drive? Sounds stupid, but it's important.
Hope this helps

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Searching the internet, it seems a lot of similar problems come up but I still haven't found a solution yet.

The situation is that I have a external hard drive in a IDE to USB enclosure. The hard drive, when turned on, will be detected by Windows and then attempt to install. The installation fails and the hard drive disappears (Windows thinks it been disconnected).

I am running XP Pro SP2.

The USB device connection and disconnection sounds play on both occasions.

Checking in Device Manager, the hard drive is properly identified as USB Mass Storage Device and being supplied enough power. However, after a short time, I either get the 'installation failed, may not work properly' bubble or no message at all before the drive disconnects.

USB devices work fine, my 4GB thumbdrive also works fine. The hard drive itself works perfectly on my old computer (on an older copy of XP, with SP2 installed). A different hard drive in an identical enclosure also fails in the same manner.

This drive used to be attached to this computer and worked perfectly (I use it to move files back and forth from the old PC). For a few months, I needed the storage on the old PC and it sat with the old PC. Now it won't work.

Any ideas?

Answer:USB Hard Drive failed to install

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My sister has an HP Pavilion dv5000 that had to have a new hard drive. No problem so far until I go to install windows on the new drive. She lost her original disk so I am having to use another that has worked before on different computers as long as I used their correct serial numbers but this time it won't work. I have a really good install disk of Windows XP but it is for Dell so I can't use it. The one I downloaded, I burned onto a dvd as a bootable iso image so it would install windows but after it formats I get a message that says it is not a genuine disk instead of asking me for the serial numbers.

Can I get another install disk from windows or do I have to pay for it? What can I do under the circumstances? The original version was Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 but she and I will be happy with any version of windows XP and would put Vista in it if I had to. Somebody please give me some advice. Thanks in advance.

Answer:can't re-install windows on my HP laptop after new hard drive replacement

HP will replace the disks for about 17.00

post your model and serial number (HP uses serial number to determine which year your computer is and which software it can legally supply) and I can point you to the place to order. Or go to HP support and put in the model number and wend your way to the drivers and downloads section and write down the part number listed under "recovery disk set" (may be more than one available for your model) and then look on the right side of the page for a link to order your recovery disk set. You will need to enter the SN at some point to order.

Also if the old drive is still readable, you could (on those later than Nov. 2004) clone the recovery partition and the "c" partition off the old drive and then write it to the new drive and use f-11 or f-10 to run the recovery install from the hp splash screen of the new drive. After the install you can then expand the original partition to fit the new drive size.

I have a dv5000 on the bench in front of me and I own a compaq v5000 (which uses the identical recovery disk set.)
The compaq did not come with a recovery partition so I had to order the disks set.
Both use mediacenter 2005

The recovery disk set made from the original files is 2 duel layer dvd's, or 4 dvd-r dvd's, or 23 CD's.

The actual HP OEM recovery disk set will not ask for a cd-key and will be automatically activated.

If it does ask, be aware that hp has sent out the wrong disk set occasionally an... Read more

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I was handed a Gateway NV52L with a hard drive that is now a paperweight
included was the purchased factory recovery cd's. I have spent a couple hours chasing my tail with the mindless tech support people in India (thanks Acer) that tell me the same things 4 different ways.

I got their download to flash the ROM to the latest/greatest and verified the BIOS settings. I have turn secure mode off and on.

Setting the BIOS for UEFI, When booting the computer using the System Disc they supplied, you get the Gateway logo for a couple minutes (normal) and then asked language (English) and then 3 options, 2 for what recovery would you like to preform and 1 to exit, no matter which recover you select you get the message that this must be run in Legacy BIOS mode.

Setting the BIOS to Legacy and rebooting you again get the couple minutes of Gateway logo and then the message that this must be run in UEFI mode.

After talking to one of their supervisors and jumped through the same hoops, they decided it was the CD's they sent so after waiting a week for new CD's, I get the same results.

any help out there?

Answer:Replacement hard drive will not install from Acer Factory

1) Set the UEFI/BIOS firmware to OS boot UEFI mode & Secure Boot ENABLED.

2)Boot the DVD in UEFI mode.

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The original drive has failed but managed to copy most users data.
Tried to run image backup but drive is too far gone.
Also tried cloning drive with Acronis boot disk but still fails.
Is there an ISO of the image I can download and burn a factory image restore disk?
I don't want to have to install from a Windows DVD then download all the drivers and software if that is even possible on this model. 
Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Lenovo E520 ThinkPad Edge Type 1143-54M
SN *********
PID 114354M
Moderator note: serial number removed for member's protection.

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Hi, I just bought this nice laptop with a 500GB HD and would like to replace it with an SSD. Backed up Windows to a USB flash drive and as I am getting ready to boot from the drive I don't see the option to do so. I tried changing the Boot Mode to Legacy but cannot even see that option. I get a message: "Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed" even though I have the USB and new hard drive installed and connected. In Boot Manager I only see: EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (######) I'm I missing something? Thanks for any help.


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Answer:IdeaPad S210 hard drive replacement and OS install

hi antitruster50,
Welcome to the Forums.
Just to verify,  did you created a usb recovery drive using this method and tried to boot from it? If you did and it doesn't work, check if you see the following in the BIOS and set it accordingly:
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled (if applicable)
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Disabled / Other OS (if applicable)
Alternatively, you can also do the following:
1. Booting from the stock 500GB, mount the SSD into the Ideapad S210 using a 2.5" SATA enclosure
2. After successfully mounting the SSD, use Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Home free trial to migrate the OS, drivers, app, etc. from the stock HDD to the SSD (complere guide here). When successful, remove the stock HDD and put the SSD in place and observe (no need to change any settings in the BIOS).
Let me know how it goes.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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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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Recently ordered a 128G mSATA in order to replace the supplied one with my U945. I plan to use it as main disk and leave the HDD for file storage.

I am perfectly aware that doing this will surely brake Intel cache functionality (pretty useless if main OS is running from a SSD)

This tutorial states that in order to clean install W10 on mSATA drive I have to disable Intel SRT by changing to AHCI from ISRT on "Sata operation" in bIOS. I am afraid this option is not present in my U945 settings.

Is this important ? All present Intel stuff has already been disabled at bios level.

And what's up with W10 updated drivers for this particula model of ultrabook ? I see other models of Toshi are receving updated drivers but not for this one


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Hi all,My primary HDD recently failed.  So i went out and picked up a new HGST 4tb internal drive to replace the dead drive. I figured I'd use the opportunity to make this a fresh clean new install of Windows 10.  So with the Microsoft Media Tool I created a Windows 10 installation DVD.  Unfortunately, when I boot the PC with the new Windows 10 (64bit) installation disc, it only allows me to create a new partition up to a maximum size of 1768gb.  Now I do remember reading about a 4gb RAM limitation the BIOS/motherboard has, but I couldn't find any limitation on the hard driver size.  Although I found some articles stating that UEFI & GPT would be required to make this work for any HDD over 2tb, I have absolutely no idea how to do this, nor if this motherboard has any limitation. Any help you could provide would be very much appreciated as I've been racking my brain for the last month trying to solve this.

Answer:a6120n boot hard drive upgrade / replacement over 2tb (4tb) ...

#HPExpertDayEven if you get the partition done, etc. Since the HDD is been replaced, the Product Key which came with the unit would not work. Product key is tied up with three components of PC and HDD is one of them. To get the new HDD tagged, you would need to call HP and setup a setive or take the unit to authorized service provider.

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Hi, My 2 year old y570 recently failed and would only loop the boot recovery repair.  I needed my laptop for work so I bought a new wd hdd and reintalled windows.  When I put the old hdd into a usb enclosure, I can see the hard drive but the partitions are not the same and i cannot see any of my files.  Is there any solution to this?

Answer:y570 hard drive boot fail and replacement

You can try using the enclosure in another computer or you can use another enclosure. Try using an OS in the other computer similar to the OS installed in the defective drive.

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Pls pardon my ignorance/arrogance, I always think I know it all, but I am sure someone will help me here !

I attempted to install XP on a system which runs two hard drives (C: has ME and 6GB, D: is a 60 GB with the best part of 40 GB data on it).
Somehow the install failed (it told me that a dll was missing after a restart), but it gave me the option to restart under Windows ME, which I did.
The problem is now that Windows does not recognise D: anymore... Various utilities used show the second disk is present and that the data is still there, but I simply cannot access it. It looks like either my FAT or the partition got corrupted by the XP install.

My main question is : I know I can recover the data bit by bit, but having a 6GB primary disk is not going to help me much when I want to recover about 7 times the amount...Is there anyway I can either rebuild the partition or FAT (if this is the problem) and recover access to the hard drive ?

Thanks !

Answer:Missing Hard Drive after failed XP Install

i would try to see if knoppix can access your data first ( download their CD image and burn it. boot with the CD. use knoppix to copy your files to another storage device. if this doesn't work use a winME boot disk ( with DOS on it. enter FDISK /MBR at the prompt to fix your master boot record.

as a last resort slave your hard disk and use another hard disk which has a running operating system on it. do not install any software or OS on the corrupted disk to prevent overwriting the data. use a data recovery software like ontrack easy recovery to get back your data.

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Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

Originally Posted by Squa190

Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

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Hello and good evening to you all. I have a slight problem and i'm hoping to get some help please. I have a nice samsung laptop, it came with 320gb hard drive, and when i set it up it was split into the following:
C drive: 45.9GB free of 112GB
D drive: 167GB free of 167GB
I've put some music and a few other things on the c drive, so its beginning to fill up, so I need to know HOW to increase the space on the C drive by getting more space from the D drive please.
many thanks

Answer:How to increase space on my Primary Hard Drive from secondary drive

use this but read carefully
eaesus partition manager

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

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My System - Windows XP(SP2) AMD XP 1700+ 512Mb RAMHi,I have just replaced my "failing" 40Gb Maxtor boot disk with a 160Gb Seagate drive.Using Seagate "Disk Wizard" software I duplicated my old disk info (about 30Gb)onto my new drive via an external USB2 caddy.I then replaced my faulty drive with my new Seagate drive.Everything went well and my PC works exactly as it did before except for the fact that it takes an extra 30 seconds to boot up?My PC used to take about 60 seconds to fully boot up and now takes 90 seconds.The new drive is formatted as NTFS whilst the old one was FAT32 could this affect my boot up time?This is no real problem as everything else works fine , but I am was just wondering if one of you computer "experts" could explain why it is taking longer to boot.

Answer:Hard Disk Drive Replacement Caused Slower Boot Up

The problem has resolved itself somehow!

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I have just upgraded my hard drive from the pathetic 5400 crod they supply to an [email protected] but now have a major issue.

I initially imaged the os from the old hard drive back to the new drive and have had chronic boot issues (1 in 3-4 boot attempts succeed else it fails at any point (often at the Toshiba startup screen)).

I've reinstalled from a plain clean Win 8.1 ENT disc (trying to avoid the bloatware) and this has the exact same issue and was what I used to format the laptop fine with previously and worked previously.

I've tried reformatting and reinstalling (deleting ALL partitions each attempt) in CSM, UEFI non secure and UEFI secure. CSM is a straight never works no go and both UEFI methods have the exact same outcome.

I've tried with the original restore discs and it seems to work (haven't had time to fully test) but I don't want the bloatware and this should not matter since if I were a customer who forgot to make the restore discs (happens too often) and just had to have a failed or killed hard drive replaced the laptop would now be a door stop.

This seems as bad as Apple for locking people in :/.

So I'd appreciate ideas from people please, I'm not sure if there is a prep program that is supposed to be run over a new drive like PS3's etc (I doubt it) but this is driving me up the wall and will be the last time I consider Toshiba as anything other than a joke if there is no fix.

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Answer:Satellite L50D - Boot issues after Hard Drive replacement


In my opinion you should check firstly if this booting issue is related to the new installed HDD or new installed system.
You said that the notebook fails to boot often at the Toshiba splash screen.

The splash screen appears while POST (power on self test) procedure. During this test, the hardware will be checked.
I?m wondering if the hybrid SSD/HDD isn?t recognized by BIOS during this particular step.

From my point of few this might be the reason why the system cannot be booted up.

Another important note:
The Win 8.1 requires enable secure boot as well as the UEFI boot mode.
Therefore you should enable both options in BIOS.

Last but not least check if you are using latest BIOS version as well as latest firmware for hybrid SSD/HDD

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Was not sure where to post this. My sons computer an older Dell Precision 650 will not boot. I very recently installed a brand new hard drive and installed a fresh copy of Win XP as well as all his software. At first I tough is might be the video card but dose not seam to be as I put in another one to test and computer will still not boot up.

Im wondering if the new hard drive has failed. How do I know if it has? The light on the power switch is constantly amber in color.

Any input?

Answer:Computure Will not boot Could it be failed hard drive?

Hi, usually if the power button is amber power supply is operating normally but the computer is not processing data.

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Sorry wasn't sure where to post this but it is extremely urgent!
Hey there great men and women of the bleeping computer forums! Today my computer was running perfectly fine every ran smoothly and all. I was playing Borderlands 2 and the game started to lag a little bit, and I thought we'll that's normal so I just kept playing about a minute later the game froze all together the music was still playing but I couldn't do anything with the screen. I tried alt tabbing nothing ctrl alt del still nothing tried ctrl shift esc nothing and alt f4 finally and nothing happened ( please note that I waited about a minute in between each command use ) so I just left it to sit there for a little an finally the game screen closed, now what I saw on the desktop was crazy, I have a dual monitor system and half of the right screen was pushed into the left screen and what was left of the right screen was all black and then parts of the the left screen were black but some icons were still showing and I could still move the mouse so I tried to scroll over the icons but not box came up around them and then I trie clicking and nothing happened so I ended up leaving it for ten minutes. After wait the ten minutes I used the reboot button on the top of my computer and it rebooted normally to begin with and BIOS started up as per usual telling me that a the drivers were loading. When suddenly my main hard drive said it couldn't boot and I think it's was my two smaller ghost drives that were connect to ... Read more

Answer:BIOS Failed to boot hard drive

Could you give me a bit more general information: what version of Windows are you using and do you have an installation CD/DVD for it?
It sounds like this is hardware failure though, not malware.

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Hi all,

Hardware: Compaq Armada 7400, 300Mhz PII, 64Mb RAM , 20 Gb USB ARCdisk (External).

Ok, here goes...i have come just been given the above kit. It did come with its standard 10Gb IBM HDD which is unserviceable (numerous clicking etc - slaved it to my desktop and no joy at all so its hitting the bin).

After a bit of thought i realised that i have a spare 20Gb external USB ARCdisk so i have been trying to install XP Pro SP1 on the machine (using the USB HDD as the primary drive-no internal disc). The install sets of ok, going through "inspecting hardware config", starts loading the drivers and then reaches the point of selecting the partition to install to (there is activity on the drive as it inspects it (red light) and shows the exact size of the disk but then falls over after i select the partition saying "Your computers startup program cannot gain access to the disk".

I then thought "ahhh USB" maybe the XP disk didn't have the right driver so i restarted the setup and hit "F6" to install a third party USB Mass Storage Device driver but as soon as i hit return to load the drivers from the floppy i get a message back saying "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found". Back to square one.

I can't even seem to gain access to the BIOS as the older Compaq seemed to use a partition on the HDD to store part of it (according to HP website).

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What's up??

Been having this issue for a few days, almost ready to throw my computer out the window to get any results.. But here's the deal.

My hard drive had failed in my computer, so i went on NCIX and ordered a new one. Threw that one into the pc (metaphorically)..

Used the Gateway (there's my problem right away) Recovery disc to reinstall windows. Everything went fine with the install up to the point where it reboots my computer then says "Preparing to setup Windows".. It then prompt me with an error "Windows cannot install onto this computers hardware" or something of that disliking. So i went on google and figured out how to run command prompt from that screen and type in the commands to run "msoobe". Which i assume would bypass that error by manually running the windows setup guide.

Bingo! Windows was all setup and working fine until i rebooted.. my internet worked fine right off the bat, so i got on the gateway website and installed all my drivers, and everything seemed to be working fine.. My Device manager looks clean, no yellow marks, my video cards working, everything seems functional.

Until i plug almost anything into my USB ports.. i then get errors like..

"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknow... Read more

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Hi everyone,

My eMachines eM250 netbook currently has no hard drive as the old one broke a couple of months ago. In an attempt to get the computer up and running again, i ran it on Ubuntu 12.10 through a bootable USB memory stick which worked fine. Unfortunately Ubuntu isn't really good enough for what i need and so i decided it might be better to try and get Windows back on instead.

To do this i downloaded the .iso from Digital River and copied it to my formatted USB drive using the Windows DVD/USB write tool which is downloadable via the Microsoft website. When i boot the netbook up using the USB it wants me to install the operating system to the hard drive which i don't have. The installer says i can install onto a USB but when i plug it in it gives me the message discussed in the thread below:

No device drivers were found while installing Windows 7

I'd been expecting it to run like Ubuntu where you can just plug the memory stick in and get up and running straight away without any installation.

Surely there must be a way to boot Windows without installing like i wanted to do originally? And if that's not possible, can it be run through VirtualBox on Ubuntu?

Help would really be appreciated as i have almost given up on this now.

Thanks, RobTVR.

Answer:Install+Run Windows Without a Hard Drive - Attempt Failed.

Take a look at this

Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

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My Hp Pavillion Beats Laptop is getting a Hard-Drive Quick Test Failire ID# U4QDW8-7G584T-MFPV7F-60UR03 and the product ID is - G6R14UA#ABA. Looks like I am going to have to replace hard-drive and operating system, but since the HD is not functioning, I cannot access the OS installation and I no longer have the recovery disks. Does HP provide the orignal OS upon request? Recommendations from the community please?

Answer:Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed - Need OS to install on n...

Hi, You can order a replacement set of Recovery media on the following link. Regards, DP-K

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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Hey everyone! So as the title states I am trying to trouble shoot a company laptop which had its hard drive crash last week. Lenovo sent me a replacement hard drive through my service ticket but after installation it just constantly goes to the boot order menu even after selecting the correct hard drive. Shouldn't this come with Windows 10 already installed? Straight from the factory it came with the OS. I tried booting from a windows 7 disc in case the operating system wasn't on the new hard drive but I get the same issue. It keeps going into a loop for the boot order. When I select something it just takes me back to the menu. Any help here is appreciated. Thank you!

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I have replaced the hard drive on an old computer after it failed with a working hard drive & it is will not boot after the bios & memory check into windows either from the replacement drive or windows vista CD even after changing the boot order to CD first in the bios.
The computer is recognising the new drive in boot up.
But it's stuck in a loop that just brings it back to:
"Windows cannot start due to a computer hardware configeration problem"
Looks like I need some software to auto clear the disk so I can do a fresh windows install as I have no keyboard access after the bios check completes although I can change the bios with a keyboard ?
Any suggestions as to how to fix ?

Answer:PC wont boot after hard drive failed & was replaced

This should read as an XP system not Vista - thanks

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I've tried to use live chat to report this but I couldn't get your website to work correctly. My laptop froze and then wouldn't reboot.  I tried re-installing Windows several times without success.  When I ran the HP Hardware Diagnostics hard drive test it said that the Long DST had failed. Failure ID is: 9LU630-7RA88G-XD7WMF-61BW03.Product ID is: N7J55EA. My warranty expires on 24 Oct 2016 so I am keen to resolve this. ThanksDominic 

Answer:Notebook AC120NA cannot boot - hard drive failed

You have to start an online support case. You need the serial number to do this. 

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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.


Answer:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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windows xp pro failed to install correctly. How do I reformat new hard drive so I can start over?

Answer:Windows XP Pro failed to install correct how do I reformat new hard drive

Whenever you reinstall XP you get the opportunity to reformat the harddrive.
This may be of help
On the 4th blue screenshot when presented with your harddrive (partition) press "D" to delete the current partition, the harddrive then becomes "unpartitioned space" then press "C" to create the new partition- specify a partition size, or the whole drive, then highlight the 3rd option (as in the screenshot) "Format the partition using the NTFS file system"- depending on the Harddrive size it might take a while. Once it's finished you're formatted and you continue the install.

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Hi one day i was on my email and the computer automaticly shut off. When i turned it back on i got a Hardware Error saying that the Primary master drive failed. I went on the internet on my other computer to find solutions. And ive tried reconnecting the ide cables and the power cables. But on the black screen where it says primary master drive failed. It shows up Maxtorxxxxxx where it says Primary Master drive. I checked all the bios. primary master drive is on auto. but i cant select the ide hard drive to boot. I would go to the boot tab and try to select ide hard drive but my only options would be none or disable. I ran the hard drive check to see if its defective. no errors from SMART and this one other program i got. and the hard drive is running because when i touch it you can feel it spinning. And the weird thing is i ran the recovery system for viao computers and it ran fine. Recovered drive C with no problems. but when i booted it still said primary master drive failed. Im in desperate need of help. Thanks

Answer:Primary Master Drive Failed

Can you try and connect the HD to another computer to test it

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my g/f turned on her computer this morning and it saidprimary master drive failed please insert a bootable cartridge.she downloads lot's of music.. and her virtual memory was down to less than 5 GB. is she screwed.

Answer:primary master drive failed

Can the drive be detected by the BIOS?Has it been disconnected?Can you reformat it?

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I was on my desktop.. I think with not even a browser opened then suddenly lots of window error messages popped up saying a problem with a file in system 32 folder. I got pretty scared at that point and planned to take a screenshot but when I went to start menu the paint program I usually go to wasn't listed so decided not to. That's when a new error popped up but only once.. saying your hard drive has crashed or something like that. I turned off my computer at that point and turned it back on.. but now it would only go to black screen thing that says something like..Sec. Master Disk : LBA, 320 GB ... DDR2 at Bank(s) : 0145
Sec. Slave Disk : None

IDE Channel 1 .Master Disk HDD S.M.A.R.T capability... ENABLED (at first it said disabled but I enabled it not sure what it does)

PCI Device Listing...
bus dev fun vendor device svid ssid class device class
0 26 0 8086 2937 1458 5004 0C03 USB 1.1 Host Cntrlr 10
etc... lots of stuff similar to the last lineAfter trying to turn off and on my computer a few times I tried to enter safe mode by pressing f8 but it wouldnt go to that screen like normally just would go to that same black page with all that text. Then I tried going to the bios and changing the boot order to different things.. Then tried changing any settings in the bios that might make it work. In the bios I also did the auto detect HDD and it was able to detect the hard drive. After that I opened up my computer to listen to the hard drive to make sure it was makin... Read more

Answer:Computer wont boot. Virus or failed hard drive?

Hello and to the BC forums.

Please sit tight and be patient.

I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in malware-related un-bootable computers respond to your topic.

Thank you.

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Need to replace my failed Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive wd5000mpck 5MM($206.00),, will a wd5000lpvx 7MM($44.00) drive fit..Big price difference..  

Answer:Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive Failed will a 7MM drive fit (calls for a 5MM drive)

Hi Kendoe,of course big price differences, The technical differences are:                            cache (MB); Ampere Peak(5V); Power W (read/write); standby W; acoustic (dBA); Height mm; Weightwd5000mpck: 16                ; 0,9                            ; 1,5                               ; 0,15           ; 15-17               ; 5                  ; 0,07 kgwd5000lpvx:    8                   ; 1                               ; 1,4                               ; 0,13... Read more

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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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Recently I fired up my laptop and left it downloading an update for Civ 6 via Steam whilst I took a nap.When I woke up I was confronted with a black screen with no curosr. I tried a few fixes posted online but following the advice from the I.T Crowd I tried turning it off and back on again. When I turned my laptop back on I recieved a blue "Unmountable Boot Volume" error screen and my laptop went into automatic repair. I had a screen with the HP logo and "Preparing Automatic Repair" and then it went to a black screen with no cursor. I left it on the black screen overnight but when I checked it the next morning it was still on the black screen. I turned the computer off. My next step was to create Windows 10 USB recovery disk using Rufus. I then turned on my laptop again, deactivated Secureboot and enabled legacy booting. When I saved and exited my laptop didn't reset so I reset it manually using the power button. When it came back on I selected the USB drive via Boot Options and then chose Windows 10 64 bit. It recieved a screen saying loading files. It then wen to a screen with the HP logo and the spinning loading thing HP has. The next screen was a black screen with no cursor. I left it for an hour just in case but nothing changed so I reset it again via the power button and tried loading all three of the safe modes to see if they worked but each time I recieved the HP loading screen then a black screen with no cursor. Finally I did a hardware check and ... Read more

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Hello, I am having bootup issues and any help would be appreciated. 
Product Information 
Model #: h8-1213c
Serial#: (removed content)
Product #: H2M23AA#ABC
I get the following screen upon bootup:
"Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 083)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.1.0.9 (08/12/11)
Check cable connection!
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM
Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed."
Probable Causes
The problem happened shortly after it wouldn't let me upgrade to windows 10 due to windows 10 not being compatible with HP smart assist. 
HP Hardware Diagnostics Test
HP Hardware Diagnostics v1.06.00 brings up the following
"Hard Drive
Connection Test - Failed
Error Code - 3F0"
First time I encountered this message (1 month ago) I was getting a beeping pattern. Not getting that anymore.
I went into startup and restored defaults. That logged me into windows momentarily and then I think it reset by itself. It then took me to the black screen shown above.
Any help would be appreciated. 

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i have changed the boot startup for cd in CMOS and used xp but it will not boot from the CD. the CD is ok the HD is ok i have a laptop with dual port and checked in ms-dos CHKDSK the hard drive has no fails. i have formated the hard drive with ms-dos and tryed checking but could not find a hidden partition. The CD works ok on my other laptop. i have transfered the files NTLDR and ALSO NTDETECT.COM onto the harddrive and then tryed and again and the next problem came up saying the BOOT.INI missing or CORRUPT NTDETECT.COM FAILED  so now lost for completely this like a complete round in circles but i cant see a problem with the hard drive the laptop does have a floppy drive who does these days lol

Answer:NTLDR missing NTDETECT failed then BOOT.ini not loading Hard Drive

What exactly does it say on this XP CD ? ?

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I was installing Ubuntu on a separate partition and in the ubuntu install I was partitioning the C Drive and then it said loading for 45 mins so I shut down my pc with the power button and it boot from the ubuntu cd and then in the partition menu it said that the c drive was free space. I hit quit, removed the install dvd and then it says windows failed to boot. What do you want to boot to? Windows 7 or Ubuntu but they both dont work. Ubuntu wasn't even installed.

Answer:ALL data on C Drive Deleted including Windows Install-Failed To Boot

Try running Startup Repair up to 3 times, see if it fixes it.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7

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


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

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

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Hello Forums! I'm getting a new T500 and would like to run with the hard drive in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Is this possible?What I'm planning to do is run the laptop with two different OS's and switch between them using the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Thank for your responses.

Answer:Can I use a Hard Drive Bay Adapter II as the primary hard drive?

It works like a charm. You'll need to hit F12 at startup to select the boot source.

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This all started when I used my backup hard drive w/Win2000 (seagate) as Primary & my newer hard drive(Maxtor) w/Win2000 as my slave. I bought a new HDD (Western Digital) & wanted to copy files.

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.

I finally created a new OS on my Western Digital and made it my primary & put the messed up Maxtor as a slave. All I saw in the drive was the file folder with file fragments.

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?

Answer:Primary Hard Drive Cannot read 2nd Hard Drive

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.Click to expand...

at this point a good file recovery app. is needed

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??Click to expand...

0&0 recovery and file scavenger recovery app. are a few

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?Click to expand...

this drive may be on the way out
HDD regen is a application that may fix it up for a while

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.


Answer:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.


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Had this laptop for about 6 years, had a few issues in the past, but nothing major like this. After, I ran a system dianostic, the result shown that the Hard drive short DST failed. Not totally sure how to do a recovery, I do have the Recovery Discs, so I searched up how to run the discs; turned on the system- press f11-  window loading files- window starting- then it just stuck on a window blue screen with nothing but the cursor. Can I even use the Recovery Discs? I want to replace the old HDD with a new SSD, but I'm not sure if I have to install a new OS or can I recover the old hard drive OS and transfer to the SSD?

Answer:Hard Drive failure (Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed)

DST:Fail means  the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Discs. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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I recently purchased a 120gb mSATA SSD for my y500 with the intention of using the SSD to boot from and to hold the programs I use frequently while dumping everything else on my 1tb HDD.  From what I have looked up it seems that the way to move the os to the SSD is to just clone my current HDD.  It seems like the simplest way to do this would be to just backup my files on an external and then do a factory reset so I have minimal files on the HDD before cloning to the SSD and just deal with reinstalling all my old programs and files.  Is there a way I can move just the os to the SSD without getting rid of everything else first?  If I do go the clean install route is it safe to reformat the HDD once the system is booting from the SSD or would it be better to leave the windows files on the original HDD?

Answer:Y500-boot from mSATA SSD

hi tbone547.
Welcome to Lenovo Forums!
Can you share what OS version and type are you using? This will help other users identify which path you can take.
Solid Cruver

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Hello everyone. I purchased the y500 without the 16gb SSD cache drive because it wasn't available at the time. I would like to add the ssd myself and I need to know the location that the the SSD would fit into. Once the laptop cover is off there is a small area with connectors near the memory card slot location with connectors that arent being utilized. Is that where the msata goes?
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Answer:Y500 - mSATA SSD install location?

hi Tony_D,
You're right. The PCI Express Mini Card slot is shared with the Wireless LAN Card and an optional SSD card (this PCI-E slot supports wireless & SSD data signals). You will need to sacrifice the wireless card if you'll be using an mSATA SSD.
Correction, there's two PCIe Mini Card slots (one for mSATA SSD, one for Wi-Fi adapter) 
Your other option would be getting a 2.5 SATA SSD like the OCZ Vertex 4 and make it as a primary drive and install the Operating System and frequently accessed softwares / files there (since a 2.5 SATA SSD is 3-5 times faster than mSATA SSD). You can still use the 2.5 SATA HDD by using an external 2.5 SATA enclosure or sacrifice your ODD by putting the HDD there by getting a 9.5mm HDD Caddy (you can get a 9.5.7mm ODD enclosure to still use your ODD).
Hope this helps.

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