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Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

Question: Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

I'm working on my sister computer and put in a new hard drive. I imaged the drive in windows (using xp) and all seemed to go ok. I took the original out and now windows will book ok, but will hang on a screen that resembles the windows login screen, blue background with a windows xp logo on the right side. The mouse still works as well as the numlock lights, but it will go no futher. I've tried changing drive letters with the old drive installed, but somehow, i've fubar'd both and now both drives hang at this spot regardless of whether or not the other is plugged in as well. I have a feeling, from research i've done on the web, that windows is looking for system files on a drive letter that doesn't exist. The problem now is that i cannot boot into either install of windows, nor thier respective safe mode options. In safe mode, i get the same screen as i do when booting into normal mode. How do i get either one of these drives to boot? I know the data is still there and the data is fine, but I need to make windows boot. I've also tried using the recovery console to do a fixmbr and a fixboot, but neither helped (I didn't figure they would as the address different aspects of the boot than what i suspect to be the problem). Any ideas?

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Preferred Solution: Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

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: Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

have you tried booting from the cd and running the repair option? --um--nevermind

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I am trying to fix a hp 2000-299wm laptop. I am encountering opening the browser and it keeps refreshing either on a separate window or redirecting to the browser home page. I have tried using google chrome, IE explorer, and mozilla firefox. None seem to work. I retested it after each re-image and the same thing happened. When the browser is closed and not being used it will pop up randomly every 30 seconds -2 minutes. at this point i try to reinstall the operating system via flash drive which i start getting computer freezes shortly after bios splash screen with long continues beep. manage to get around freezes by enter startup menu moments after post splash is launched. i start up the computer and it goes through updates to registry and program files. Once windows starts again i noticed a malware antivirus program installed that i did not install. After that i decided to flash the bios with the latest update retrieved from another computer and flashed the bios which flashed successfully. But problem still persisted. At this point i decide to run a win 98 boot disk to use the fdisk utility. So i boot to dos using a flash usb and after the 98 splash screen goes away the computer starts spamming
continously untill i hit ctrl c and enter and gives me the C:/ prompt i then run fdisk utility at which point at about 30 second intervals it would say invalid input. Any suggestion.

Answer:Windows keeps launching browser have re-imaged hard drive 6 times.

Quote: Originally Posted by Apolloghost

I am trying to fix a hp 2000-299wm laptop. I am encountering opening the browser and it keeps refreshing either on a separate window or redirecting to the browser home page. I have tried using google chrome, IE explorer, and mozilla firefox. None seem to work. I retested it after each re-image and the same thing happened. When the browser is closed and not being used it will pop up randomly every 30 seconds -2 minutes. at this point i try to reinstall the operating system via flash drive which i start getting computer freezes shortly after bios splash screen with long continues beep. manage to get around freezes by enter startup menu moments after post splash is launched. i start up the computer and it goes through updates to registry and program files. Once windows starts again i noticed a malware antivirus program installed that i did not install. After that i decided to flash the bios with the latest update retrieved from another computer and flashed the bios which flashed successfully. But problem still persisted. At this point i decide to run a win 98 boot disk to use the fdisk utility. So i boot to dos using a flash usb and after the 98 splash screen goes away the computer starts spamming
continously untill i hit ctrl c and enter and gives me the C:/ prompt i then run fdisk utility at which point at about 30 second intervals it would say invalid input. Any suggestion.
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A Lenovo tech told me to rename my Drive F to Drive TVT_RNR (T in order to back up my T500 to an external hard drive. Now, all original information is missing. But ... is the original information still on the hard drive or erased? Can you instruct me how to retrieve the original Drive F information? A. I no longer need the Lenovo backup data;B. I would like to have my drive back ... no more TVT_RNR (Y;C. Drive shows 87GB free of 111GB. What happened? Can you help? Thank you, Eric [email protected]

Answer:Want to change drive TVT_RNR (Y:) back to drive F and retrieve all original information

Hi - saw your posting.  No doubt you have solved the problem but I had exactly the same this week.  Using a  Buffalo HD externally and made the mistake of making it the back up boot drive.   Buffalo were extremely helpful responding within 24 hrs with how to rectify the problem.  So have my original settings back again!  Contact your HD supplier.

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I have a HP Pavillion a200n, windows XP

i installed a dvd rw drive afterwards the original cd rw drive is no longer being recognized by my computer. The cd rw drive was (E and the dvd rw drive was (F I switched the connector cable and the cd became (F and dvd became (E Either way only the DVD rw works. Can you help me?

Answer:original cd rw drive does not work after installing expansion dvd rw drive

You didn't mention the jumpers. How did you set them?

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I'm having a peculiar issue. I recently bought a 1TB sata drive. Following the instructions, plus past experience I plugged it into the computer (power and sata) Booted up.
I went in to bios and enabled the Sata 1 (SATA 0 would be the original HD) and let 'er rip.
And then the computer boots up to the Windows splash screen and hangs out. I'm now at 30 minutes.
I also did this about 2 weeks ago and when it hung up I powered down, only to do damage to my primary drive, which I just finished cleaning up.
Any Ideas?

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Ok, here's my problem. I have two hard drives installed on my system... one 20 gig IBM drive that came with the computer and one 120 gig Western Digital (that is currently split into two 55.8 gig partitions) that i put in about a year ago. I made an image of the 20 gig drive (which has Windows 2000 on it and all my applications, etc.) and copied the image on to the 120 gig drive using Norton Ghost 9 - using the drive copy feature. Norton said to have the source drive (my 20 gig) set as master and the destination drive (the WD 120 gig) as slave (it was already set like that anyways). I set the copy options (in Norton Ghost) to also "set destination drive as active (for booting OS)" and to "copy MBR" because i want to boot from 120 gig drive ... i simply want to switch the drives around.. my 20 gig had the OS and apps on it and the 120 was blank... and now i want the 120 gig to have the OS and apps on it and have the 20 gig be blank. So that is why i set those two options within Norton Ghost..because i want to boot now from the 120 gig. So, next after copying the 20 gig drive over to the 120, i shutdown and completely unplugged the 20 gig and hooked up the 120 gig as master and started the computer up... on start up i'm getting this error:

Windows 2000 could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
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We have a machine that the hard drive was imaged, that image was put on another drive. Now both drives when hooked up show a blue screen stop message. The message is inaccessible_boot_device, along with it in the bug check section are some other numbers.
In the driver information section of the screen it shows all the drivers that loaded. In the kernel build number and stack dump section there are other numbers and all along the right side of that it says ntoskrnl.
I can't set it up to do a memory dump file so as to look at that, because the hard drive never boots past that screen.
Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing the blue stop screen or how to get a memory dump file to read, for further troubleshooting of the drive?

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I Acronised my Hard Drive (boot drive) which is 500 Gig to my SSD. Don't ask me why ASUS had it partitioned (as it does my second 500 Gig Drive).
Here's what I see when I go to Windows Explorer. The SSD is obviously a clone of my HD, which SSD (C:\) is now showing 122 Gigs free space with a whopping 7.99 Gigs free. I also have an F: drive which is showing 89 free. This again is a Samsung VNand 850 EVO.
I guess my question would be, does this slow down the SSD or does it not. Obviously, when the first partition (C:\) is filled, it will carry on to the F: and go from there as to adding whatever.
Is this normal, abnormal or ok. Please advise. Thanks.

Answer:Imaged partitioned Drive

Post a screen shot of disk management so we can suggest what to do;
Screenshot - Take in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I Acronised my Hard Drive (boot drive) which is 500 Gig to my SSD. Don't ask me why ASUS had it partitioned (as it does my second 500 Gig Drive).
Here's what I see when I go to Windows Explorer. The SSD is obviously a clone of my HD, which SSD (C:\) is now showing 122 Gigs free space with a whopping 7.99 Gigs free. I also have an F: drive which is showing 89 free. This again is a Samsung VNand 850 EVO.
I guess my question would be, does this slow down the SSD or does it not. Obviously, when the first partition (C:\) is filled, it will carry on to the F: and go from there as to adding whatever.
Is this normal, abnormal or ok. Please advise. Thanks.

Answer:Imaged partitioned Drive

Post a screen shot of disk management so we can suggest what to do;
Screenshot - Take in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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I had a issue with the MS UAA driver and Realtek audio that I could not resolve no matter what I tried so I decided to take a different approach.

Here's one last idea before I clean install and buy a new PCI sound card...

I actually bought two Gateway e-4000 used computers at the same time with pretty much the same configuration.
So I figured, the second computer (Computer2) is working fine (though I had preferred to do a clean install on both, which is how I came to have the clean install on Computer1 with no audio-grrrrrr!).

So instead of wasting any more time over this, what if I can just live with the extra stuff on the PC that came already on it? Because I'd rather have a working PC with extra files or apps to remove than have a clean install that doesn't work. So, I did a little tidying on Computer2 and cleaned it up to a point I was happy with. I then used xxclone to clone the HD from Computer2 to Computer1 (the one with the non-working audio). I put the HD back into Computer1 with the new image from Computer2 and everything worked beautifully. Sound and all.

However, I then had 2 HDs with the same license. As I have a license key for each computer, this is not a problem. But how do I get the new license on the newly imaged drive (Computer1?)

I read in another forum that I could image the drive first, then run sysprep on the newly imaged HD (Computer1) to regenerate sids and enter the new license key. I tried it, unsuccessful... Read more

Answer:How can I add my license key to an XP Pro imaged drive?

Technically that same key on both PCs will not be an issue. I used an OEM Home XP image on PCs at my old job and each case had a license, but they were all the same key on the image. But you can find XP key changers, like RockXP or Magic Jelly Bean - I am pretty sure allow you to change the key.

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My PC's boot drive died so I bought a new one and restored an image I made the night before it died. The restore went fine but the drive won't boot. Any suggestions on getting it to boot?

Answer:Re-imaged drive won't boot

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I hope someone can tell me to either give up or that there is a semi-simple solution because I have exhauted all my searching skills.

Long story short. My sister's old PC died. We bought her a refurbished HP, with sata drive connections not IDE. I don't have the specs on hers at present as she live in a different city but I don't think that it really matters. I still have her old HD(IDE) with everything including XP intact.

I have read all kinds of setting up a new install of XP and dual booting with Vista but she doesn't want to lose anything on her old HD. We just want to be able to use both OS on this one PC.

I installed the old drive as a slave on my Windows PC and everything appears to be there but of course not everything works although oddly some programs do. Of course, the problem I imagine, is that the old HD/and XP are not set to be used with the new Hardware/Mobo etc. I get that and understand that it is probably impossible to get this old hd, with programs, working in the new PC but I have to ask.

If I image that drive could I move it into a second partition on the new vista PC and dual boot, after installing the third party bootloader?

Thanks for any help.

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Hello, new here and thanking you up front for any help.

I recently upgraded from a 100 gig to a 250 gig drive on my hp dv1000 laptop.

I saved the 100gig drive to a image file with norton ghost 2003. then reimaged the 250gig from the file saved from the prior backup.

Now I bought a 320gig drive and attempted to copy 250gig drive directly, without saving to an image file.

All the files are on the new 320gig drive, when I connect it as a external drive via USB cable. I can see all my files in documents and setting folders, including new favorites i saved the day before the copy.

When I remove the 250 gig drive from the laptop and install the new 320 gig drive, it doesn't boot.. just sits at a blank screen with a cursor at top left.

I'll mention that when I first formatted the 320 gig, it only gave me 127 gig limit. Then I booted from my System Commander CD and told it to recoup the unallocated space and now i had the full 298 gig (out of 320gig) ready for use. As an external drive, I could right click it and see the new space on the partition.

So then I copied, using norton ghost 2003, from my 250gig in the laptop, to my new 320gig which was connected via USB.

do I need to edit the MBR on the new 320gig drive? i'm not really sure when it comes to the MBR.

any ideas? :)

Answer:Imaged drive wont boot..

Welcome to TSF....

You use the word copy an awful lot pertaining to the image file. You can not just copy the contents of an old drive from one hard drive to another ands expect it to boot, it just will not boot up because the boot information is not transfered. If you do it this way you have to use the windows install disk and run a repair-installation of windows to get it to boot.

For the image that was made it would have to be made to another external hard drive or DVD's and you would have to use the restore disk made up by the imaging program to start the restore.

If you still have the old hard drive I would suggest re-installing it in the laptop and follow the instructions from Norton ghost and when done yoiu will have a working computer.

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We started buying the T440s as one of our business laptops. How can I get th hybrid drive stuff to work with a re-image? I installed the Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers from but the system does not seem to be seeing the drives properly. And if I boot into the BIOS, there are no options to set or even see the settings of regarding RAID, etc.

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I imaged a 40gb drive onto a new 80gb hdd. The problem is that I cannot boot the new drive. The boot process finds the boot.ini file and proceeds through until it gets into gui mode. I get to the point just before it brings up the login screen and it hangs. Same thing happens in safe mode. I tried imaging using another imaging program - same results. Any ideas what could be causing this to hang ?

Answer:imaged drive won't boot in xp home

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I upgraded my laptop hard drive to a hitachi gst travelstar 1tb 7200 rpm on 5-11-13. This morning 5-25-13 laptop started hanging on the windows loading screen with hard drive activity from a cold boot. It's done this total of 5 times, it's random, most of the time it boots up fine. After 15 min of waiting I hold the power button down to turn it off, that's the only time the health drops. Currently my laptop is running great, no problems at all. Looking at hd sentinel, it shows hard drive health at 88% and it says 'the drive tried to examine and reallocate data sector(s) 20 times. The examined data area is perfect. At this point, warranty replacement of the disk is not yet possible, only if the health drops further.' Surface disk check from HD tune and easeUS partition master reported zero bad sectors (all green). Raw read error rate is 196,609 at the time is started. It's been at 0 so far. I've created a full image with macrium reflect on an external hd and I downloaded WD data life guard and will perform a disk check with that later in the next couple days. While upgrading I lost one of the screws that holds it into the enclosure. I'm really worried, this never happened before.

Answer:Upgraded hard drive, windows 7 hangs randomly on start loading screen

It is possible that without the screw the hard drive is not making good contact with it's interface and that could cause these kinds of intermittent problems. So your first task is to replace that screw.

If that produces no joy then you might try running chkdsk on the drive. Be sure to have backup of your personal files before running any hard drive diagnostic.
Disk Check

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Can a raid 0 array be imaged in the usual fashion as you would with a single disk using Drive Image 7?

Answer:Can a raid 0 array be imaged using Drive Image 7?

Yes to your question as I used to use Drive Image 7 to 'image' my RAID 0 operating system but when one of my hard drives failed I didn't bother to replace it so I just restored the image on to my single hard drive and this is still the situation nearly a year later! You don't notice enough of a speed increase to justify RAID 0 anyway. I have read articles where there is only a 5% to 10% increase in speed which is not worth it IMHO.

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This is on Vista

So I had an old IDE 120 GB drive for about 6 years now. It was top of the line when I got it.

Today I bought a Maxtor 500GB SATA drive.

I used Acronis Image software. To copy all my info from the old drive to the new drive, it re-created my partitions on the new drive just bigger. I didn't really want 2 partitions on 1 drive. The reason the old drive was set up that way was to have a primary boot partition and the 2nd partition was my logical drive. So if I format then I could blow out C:\ and leave the logical drive D:\ in place.

Well now I would like the 500GB SATA drive to be my primary (1 partition)

And I would also like the 120GB IDE drive to be the logical drive for storing data.


Today I imaged the old drive to the new drive and also did a repair install using my upgrade disk for vista. All the programs work fine, it is just the partitiions that I want to change

new drive has C:\ and D:\
old drive now has G:\ and H:\

I want
new drive to have C:\
and old drive D:\

I was thinking of using computer management -> disk management to format and shrink the volume, but this is not my area of expertise.

Answer:Installed new hard drive, imaged, need to redo partitions

new drive has C:\ and D:\
old drive now has G:\ and H:\

I want
new drive to have C:\
and old drive D:\Click to expand...


(And by the way I signed off, meant to be for a few hours, like 8Hrs, and your post got me back on)

Anyway, no not Disk Management
-> Changing the main drive letters is not advisable, too many registry edits, and logs of where things downloaded, and installs/uninstalls log locations, the list goes on and on.

Backup, re-install (clean)
Make an image of C drive, which will be restored as C drive

That's the best advise, from someone spending 2 full days trying to correct this issue.
Now others may reply with just do this... But just refer to the arrow -> above.

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I have been doing backups using Windows backup since I set up WIN7 back in Oct 09. Until about 2 months ago, I was doing backups to an external USB drive. Back in November 10 I got a NAS box, and I have been sending my backups there. All has been well.

Last night, Windows decided upon it's own to do a system image of an old data drive that's inside my box for reasons only it knows.

I have three local hard drives, C:, D:, and F:.

D: is simply a data drive.
F: is a drive containing an old Windows 7RC copy. I left it there in case I needed to copy any data from it. I really don't even use it, and it's not used for anything.

My Windows backup "Let Me Choose" screen looks like the attachment shown below. As you can see, "Include a system image of drives" shows "(F:), (C:)"

Why has it decided on it's own to include F:? It never did before. My backups have only included a system image of C:. Clearly Windows "thinks" that F: is "required for Windows to run", and the question is WHY?

Can anyone help me out here? I don't want images of F:, and I'd rather not pull the drive. How can I make Windows Backup stop thinking F: is "required"?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Backup: System Image selected a drive I don't want imaged

As you are finding out, Windows Backup is quirky at best. The interface and behavior are not ready for prime time. Some people do use it successfully. You may never be able to find out why it is doing this and I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to understand its "thinking".

Do what you want, but I would do one of the following:

Ditch Windows Backup in favor of an alternative such as Macrium or Acronis.

Pull the cables off the F drive.

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I have a new W540 and have a Samsung 256GB SSD that works fine with a USB adapter . I got a drive adapter (Lenovo 9.5mm SATA) and when I install it with the SSD drive Windows starts once and sees it then blue screens. All subsequent starts blue screen during the Windows boot process. It is also encrypted using Symantec Encryption Desktop. Any ideas?
Since first post I have unecrypted the drive and tried Safe Mode, Safe Mode Command line with the same result. The SSD is a Samsung 850 PRO.
I also added a screen shot of the bsod...
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Answer:SSD as second drive in adapter (W540) causes blue screen in Windows 7 - drive OK in USB adater

Just ordered a refurbed W520, and asked about a non-Sandforce controlled SSD, and the guy told me, that Samsung (and Crucial for that matter) SSDs tend to struggle inside Lenovos. Perhaps an SSD controller issue?And thank you for answering a question I had, that was wether a Samsung external SSD on USB 3.0 would work then (which I intend to acquire)

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Bit of a strange issue here - someone got fired from work and changed the password on the Windows 8 computer before they left. I just managed to reset the password yesterday but now the Outlook account has none of their previous emails and the One Drive account files seem to have all gone missing and certain files that were on the C: Drive are all gone and not in recycle bin either.

When I reset the password I noticed there were three accounts on the computer - USER (which is the one I reset since it was the default when starting up computer), ADMINISTRATOR (didn't touch this one) and GUEST (didn't touch this either).

AfterI reset the password, I'm pretty sure it was the right one as there were still a few relevant files still on the desktop. It's just everything else seems to have vanished.

When I search for certain files in the Explorer, file names come up but it says that "the file location has now been changed" so the shortcut doesn't work.

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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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Yes Iím sure we all relate to the pain of rebuilding your failed c drive .. not fun .. usually takes me about 25 hours or so to load 25 programs and the data again.

Please never again; now I have a dual hard drive machine
2X 120 gig identical hard drives and ghost 9 to make a mirror ghost.

If c: drive fails I want to boot up from the ghosted drive

The ghosting seems to be complete with all the files, but when I make the ghosted drive the boot drive windows xp will not allow me to log in .. just keeps resetting to ask me to log in again and again.

Was thinking a xp repair might be in order.

I donít care if I have to re-initialize my Microsoft office software.

Can anyone help me here!!

Thanks a lot Bill

Answer:Trouble using Ghosted boot drive . can't login in new drive

use your ghost cd. boot from it. restore your mirror drive back to C

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Since installing a new 250gb SSD on Windows 10 on my Desktop, I am encountering hanging on initial BIOS screen for around 1 min.  The PC will usually boot up fine and does not hang on black screen but will sometimes crash on windows logo screen.
However if I immediately reset PC, the process will pass straight through BIOS screen & will just stop for 1 or 2 seconds.
Any ideas as the minute wait is annoying, seeing I have invested in a SSD for quicker boot ups??

Answer:New SSD drive - hangs for around 1 min on boot up screen

Provide more information about this SSD. Brand name, make and model.
Make sure that SSD is properly installed. Remove cables and replug them and try.

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HiSince installing a new 250gb SSD on Windows 10 on my Desktop, I am encountering hanging on initial BIOS screen for around 1 min. The PC will usually boot up fine and does not hang on black screen but will sometimes crash on windows logo screen.However if I immediately reset PC, the process will pass straight through BIOS screen & will just stop for 1 or 2 seconds.Any ideas as the minute wait is annoying, seeing I have invested in a SSD for quicker boot ups??message edited by super saint

Answer:New SSD drive - hangs for around 1 min on boot up screen

Try updating the motherboard's BIOS, there may be an update to fix that issue. Must be worth a look on the motherboard manufacturer's BIOS downloads page.

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Ok, this might get lengthy so I will try to keep it as short as possible.

I am working on a Dell Dimension 2400 that was having BSOD's and random auto rebooting issues which I fixed. The thing was choked with dust and fluff inside and there were a number of virus's present and so forth. Cleaned it out and then ran Housecall which gave me a good machine minus the BSOD's or the random reboots. Essentially I got all of the original problems cleared up (got rid of a damaged and way out of date Norton Security and a/v install, installed Anti-Vir and scanned with it twice after updates). When all was done I happened to notice the tell tale whirring of drive bearings going bad so I replaced the 40GB drive with a WD 160GB drive. Since I don't have the OS install disk and didn't want to hassle using one of mine, I used Partition Magic 8.0, as I have successfully done in the past, to copy the partition of the original drive over to the new one. Once all of th PM work was done, I removed the old drive, reset the new one as a stand alone, changed the entry in the BIOS and rebooted. At first I was getting the bad or missing hal.dll messages which I fixed by copying it from my own machine. Now the machine boots but hangs at the welcome screen. So I delete the partition and start from scratch. Same thing. So I again delete the partition but this time boot from a UBCD4Win cd I created and I use one of the tools in there (Drive Image XML) to copy the original disk to the new one... Read more

Answer:XP Pro hangs at welcome screen after drive migration

You may find this interesting

Or this one


These will explain the partitions and what they are. Not sure if they will solve your problem as I have not taken the time to read them completely.
Maybe you should try preserving all three partitions buy doing a disk copy rather than a partition.

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I have a P25 which has lost its screen and dvd.
Screen is black with a dim light (graphics control problem I am told by Toshiba repair - requires motherboard change = USD1000).

The DVD (Mat****u UJ-809?) makes sounds but is not recognizable by Windows.

So I now use it as a desktop with external screen, keyboard and DVD.

As with all Windows installation things got clogged up so I now had to reinstall the Windows MC that came with the machine. However, running the Recovery DVD from an external DVD reader does not work.

As it boots I get a DOS message that there is no DVD and a A> prompt.
I can install a new XP version, but then I miss all the MC features and have to install all P25 drivers manually.

I would be very grateful if anyone could assist.

(If somebody would have a clever idea about the screen as well, please let me know)


Answer:Satellite P25: How to reinstall original software without original drive working?

I can not say what tests your service repair ran, but the screen problem could likely be an Inverter issue. As for the dvd problem. I have heard that Toshiba laptops need the Toshiba external CD/DVD to boot or otherwise it will not work. I have not ever tried so I can not attest to this, but it could very well likely be that. Assuming that your CD/DVD is listed in hardware manager with a yellow exclamation mark do this, start->run->regedit then do the following.

go to hkey_local_machine, then system, CurrentControlSet, Control, Then class.
{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} This is your cd/DVD. Once there in the list to the right verify a component called UpperClass filter, click on it, hit delete, and delete it. Then do the same for lowerfilter. Delete both filters, then right click on My computer, on your desktop. Go to properties->hardware->Device manager. Right click on your cd/DVD and click disenstall. Then go to the top and click find new hardware. It should find your cd/DVD and reinstall the driver without any conflicts. Hope this helps.

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My friend can't start her desktop computer. It's been giving a 'Drive 0 Seek Failure' message on start up for while, and clicking F1 has always worked so far. She hasn't rebooted the computer for a few days, and now it freezes immediately after F1, on the XP screen.

She's looked at the F2 option after the initial Drive 0 message, but doesn't know what any of the options there mean.

She doesn't have a CD for this computer, and no CD drive. She might have an old Windows ME CD, and could borrow a CD drive if necessary.

Could anyone help please? Thanx.

Answer:can't reboot, hangs on XP screen, after F1 drive 0 seek failure

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I have just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

Answer:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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I recently got a new hard drive. The first thing I did was create a new partition. After that, I copied the contents of my C drive to the new partition using HDCopy. Next, I changed the letter of my C drive(changed it to Z) and changed the letter of my new partition to C. Now it looks like everything works, but I do have one question. When I go to windows computer management, it still says my drive that used to be C is my system drive and my NEW C drive is Page File. Here's a screen shot to help:'m wondering if this is problematic and if there's any way to make my C drive listed as the system driveThanks,Austin

Answer:C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Your pc is still booting to the Z drive it seems. You might want to try just backing up your stuff and doing a format so that the new drive does not contain your system root.

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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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Can any one help me with my fresh install of windows 7 on a new drive on my xpsL501 ?
I want to replace the hard drive with a new larger one, want a fresh install of windows 7 home premium but don't have the disk that may have come with the laptop when it was bought.
I have the windows authentication code on the back on my laptop but I can't get the installation iso as Microsoft website says that the code is for a OS that came preinstalled and hence I need to go back to Dell!
I do have a DVD from DELL that says 'Drivers and Utilities' for  preinstalled software  and it says it contains Device drivers and Diagnostics.

If you could help me with
1.firstly to get hold of the win 7 installation iso or disk
2.Then do I just use the dvd with Drivers provided by Dell and update everything ?
3.Anything else that I should do.
Apologies and thanks to anyone who can help me out. :) Megan

Can any one help me out with a fresh install of Windows 7 on my Dell

Answer:Need help for fresh install of windows 7 on new drive;have no original Dell DVD :(

You should follow the instructions here to Download a Media Refresh 2011 .iso from Microsoft and update it so it has basic drivers for your hardware (e.g. USB 3.0 support): 

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I bought Portege M400 without any CD-ROM, only with product key. Iam having difficultied installing Windows XP tablet edition 2005 SP2 while it is asking for Sata driver.

I managed to create installation disc with the driver (kr10i.sys from ts3raidx.exe) included so that installation can see the harddisk and first installation step is successful.

But after first restart Iam getting STOP message 0x0000007B (apparently means Inaccessible Boot Device - but I can't see the message).

Iam not sure about a few thinks:
1) Exact model of my laptop. At the bottom is only label Toshiba Portege M400. But I have CPU T5600 1,66Ghz (or 5500 not sure now) which I can't find in any specs so that Iam not sure if Iam using proper Sata driver.

2) The way I included driver into WinXP installation. I did that according to this article but skipping unattended installation things.

I tried also Kr10n driver but it does not works at all. Even first step of installation wasn't successful. The Disk cannot be seen.

Could anyone help me please?
Can I download the original installation CD from anywhere?

Thanks a lot!

Petr Varadinov (CZE)

Answer:Installing Windows XP on M400 without original CD and without floppy drive!

You don?t need the SATA drivers but RAID drivers!!!!
The Port?g? M400 PPM40E supports RAID feature and you need to install the RAID drivers firstly before you will continue the XP installation!!!

The RAID drivers could be installed from external connected USB FDD drive. The Vista OS allows the installation also from the USB stick!!!

The RAID drivers should be published on the Toshiba page. So take it!!!!

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so the original hard drive for my eMachines laptop faailed recently. I went to best buy and bought a new one, it is the exact same hard drive aside from being 320 Gig rather than 250 which is what came with the computer originally. I have tried 2 seperate sets of recovery discs, one that i burned myself and one straight from eMachines customer support. The poroblem i am encountering is that the eRovery process run through with no problems, but when the system reboots to configure windows it goes to the setup is starting services screen and then an error comes up and says "Setup cannot configure windows to run on this computer's hardware. to install windows on this computer restart the installation process". i have tried to install it at least 6 times.

Answer:original hard drive failed, windows cannot configure to run on the new

Quote: Originally Posted by jvail01

so the original hard drive for my eMachines laptop faailed recently. I went to best buy and bought a new one, it is the exact same hard drive aside from being 320 Gig rather than 250 which is what came with the computer originally. I have tried 2 seperate sets of recovery discs, one that i burned myself and one straight from eMachines customer support. The poroblem i am encountering is that the eRovery process run through with no problems, but when the system reboots to configure windows it goes to the setup is starting services screen and then an error comes up and says "Setup cannot configure windows to run on this computer's hardware. to install windows on this computer restart the installation process". i have tried to install it at least 6 times.

You generally need to install an OS, not recover it because the drivers for the new and old HD's may be different or missing.

DO you have the win 7 dvd?

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Does anyone remember when I said that my Lenovo 3000 G530 won't start with the original Windows 7 software? I actually want to try the new hard drive, but with Windows XP already installed in it from my desktop. Is there a chance that my idea will it work? I am trying to still use my laptop, even though it is still powering up

Answer:Reverting to Windows XP, since 7 is DEAD in the original Hard Drive

hi LuisBelmontShow,
Installing Windows XP on the Lenovo G530 is definitely possible as the Windows XP drivers are available on the Lenovo Website.
If you have a WIndows XP (32bit) installer, you will need to:
1. Boot into the BIOS (by pressing F2 on boot-up) and change the SATA Controller Mode to IDE / Compatibility.
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2. When done, press F10 to save and exit BIOS. When the lenovo screen comes up, press F12 and boot from the CD-DVD drive to install Windows XP.

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i am using windows 7 home premium 64 bit. i have 4 partitions of my hard disk. one of them i mostly use to store music videos and pictures. now windows hangs whenever i try to open videos and picture folders in that drive (it doesn't hang when i open folders in it containing MP3's ). other drives are working well. please help because those pictures are very important for me..

Answer:windows hangs while opening a drive

What COULD be causing this if you have set Thumbnails to be displayed in the folders containing pictures and videos. That takes time to scan each of the files and generate the appropriate thumbnail. Furthermore, if there is a corrupted video file, that could cause Windows to hang while trying to scan that file to generate a thumbnail.

I have thumbnails disabled on my pc for that very reason.

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This is not much of a problem but i would just like to know what is causing it.

I have a 40GB harddrive and i have it split into two partitions. 8gb(c drive) and 32gb(e drive).

For the last while when i enter the edrive and try to enter any folder the computer will hang for about 15sec's and will show up as "not responding" in the task manager. The problem resolves itself after about 15sec's and i can continue on as normal.

What could possibly be causing this?

Answer:Windows hangs when entering certain drive

In addition to what Robo said, have you checked for errors on that drive?

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I have a Maxtor ATA100 card in my puter with four 160GB drives attached. The fourth drive, a recent addition (Western Digital) is empty except it has a Windows Temp Folder on it with files in it. Oddly, this WD drive is not being picked up by the card on EVERY second reboot. When it isn't picked up and I let it finsh booting it hangs at the windows spalsh screen (where the "LED" blinks across saying windows is loadng) and it hangs permanently. If I power down and reboot it picks up the drive and goes into windows fine. At the DOS level, I tried this 12 times - 6x no drive, 6x drive seen - ALWAYS in sequence! First, how can I try relocating the windows temp folder  and why is it on that drive (I don't believe I did anything to create it there) to another drive?Second, how can I fix the drive being picked up by the card?I always encounter the weird ones!

Answer:drive not being picked up - windows hangs

Hen:Need more info before we may give informed advice:* What operating system is installed?* Does the same behavior occur if you remove one of the other three drives but keep the new WD drive connected?* What is the make and model of the computer so we may look up its specs at the manufacturer's website?* What are the makes and models of the other hard drives? (Or tell us, at least, are they are all WD or not?)  * Does the problem still continue when you disconnect the fourth (new WD) hard drive?* Does this still happen when you boot to Safe Mode several consecutive times?Let us know soon,Doc

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?

Answer:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).

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This happens consistently. Once between 1 and 2 gigs has copied, I get the blue screen. I have tried copying in safe mode, using TeraCopy instead, nothing seems to work. This is the .dmp file:

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)

In detail :

'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free

'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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Hello everyone,

Just bought a new hard drive due to my old one was failing. This is the same exact hard drive I had.

Whenever I try installing windows 7, it "completes", then the screen blinks skips, and skips the "Create a user account" and just hangs at "Completing Installation".

I thought I would give it a try and disable my gfx driver just to see if that would work.

Having a hard time deciphering what the problem could be.

Just looking for any possible solutions I could try.

Pretty much a stock Dell xps 8100 with a radeon 6970 I added onto it last year. The hard drive failure occured out of no where.

Appreciate it and thank you in advance.

I ran several diagnostic tests with no errors found.

Answer:New Hard Drive -- Windows 7 Installation Hangs

More details needed:

Is your installation disc burned? OEM? Retail? Borrowed? Or?

What diagnostics tests did you run?

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I can't seem to find a solution anywhere but the problem is. I have one central computer with windows 7 on it. When any computer in the house, whether it be my laptop with Vista, my desktop with XP, or my other desktop with Windows 7 connects to that network drive it hangs for a couple minutes before being able to open the file, or copy the file. This happens on all 3 machines accessing the network drive on the central computer.

This same result occurred when I setup my other desktop with windows 7 so that makes me think its something with windows 7 itself.

I do not have any firewall/antivirus programs installed, and I even turned off windows firewall and windows defender on the server that were all accessing.

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 hangs for a bit when accessing network drive

Quote: Originally Posted by Strickt

I can't seem to find a solution anywhere but the problem is. I have one central computer with windows 7 on it. When any computer in the house, whether it be my laptop with Vista, my desktop with XP, or my other desktop with Windows 7 connects to that network drive it hangs for a couple minutes before being able to open the file, or copy the file. This happens on all 3 machines accessing the network drive on the central computer.

This same result occurred when I setup my other desktop with windows 7 so that makes me think its something with windows 7 itself.

I do not have any firewall/antivirus programs installed, and I even turned off windows firewall and windows defender on the server that were all accessing.

Any ideas?

I will bet when you set up win 7 and it asked you what type of network you are connecting to you said "home". Home (or more properly homegroup) uses a newer version of the IP protocol (IPv6). Homegroup is designed for newer hardware and win 7 machines only.

In mixed environments (especially with older hardware) IPv6 and homegroup sometimes have connectivity issues.

A quick test/workaround is to make a new connection using workgroup. If that fixes the problem you can disable IPv6 and kill homegroup.

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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I have just installed 'SyncBack' backup utility software, which I have configured to write to CD at the login stage. It uses Windows XP's own schedule program to do this.I managed to get everything working fine...for a while, but now the writer does not whir into action at login.(it needs to, or the backup will fail) I have Nero InCD running minimized at startup and the icon usually turns green. It is now red...obviously not detecting the writer.What puzzles me is that if you load a CD as normal, it whirs into action and plays no problem. I seem to recall in the past it sometimes fires up during the login process and sometimes not.(before this problem)I am know im probably thick for even posting this thread, but it seams to me like my writers intermittently buggered, or will be pretty soon. Am I missing something very simple, or time for a new writer? It is a TX Venus II 48x/24x/48x about 2 years old with moderate use.Thanks

Answer:CD-RW drive not firing up at windows login

I think you will find that the cdrw has had its day recently my samsung stopped and did exactly the same thing. so I updated to a Nec ND 3520a DVDRW and it works brilliantly.Hope that helps

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My hard drive (new)(80gig / 10000rpm) is awesome. However, during windows XP startup, the HD will head knock. The drive always does it during the same time during at startup (just after the XP splash screen). It will hang for around 1 minute and then proceed with windows startup and work flawless until reboot. Any thoughts on what setting could be causing this ? It's driving me crazy. Everytime time - a Pannng....then pause.... then windows kicks in.

I am running AMD 64 x2 4400+ / 2 GB ram.... and really dislike the 'click' and hang during boot up. Any additional information that you might have is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for you time!


Answer:Hard Drive Clicks and then hangs on Windows XP Boot Up

A hard drive clicking is never a good sign I had a 80 GB WD that did the same thing you describe. that lasted for about a year until the time it went, clcikty, click, clickty click, and was toast. you should try running the hard drive makers diagnostics on the hard drive.

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Windows 7 blue screened. I tried turned pc and turned it back on and it said it could not find a bootable drive. Next day I turned it on and it gave me the option to start in safe mode. I started it in safe mode but after 8 hours it says it is repairing disk errors. I tried to cancel,but the process said "current repair opertion can not be canceled". Can I power the computer down and try again?

Answer:windows 7 startup repair hangs Hard Drive Not

yes you can power up and down as much as you like, but it sounds like your HD may have died, you can download a copy of the repair recovery cd here make a copy, set the bios to boot from cd, and run a repair/restore flash from a system image if you made can also try a factory restore,(if it is a manaufacturers machine) although that will delete all files on the C: drive it may save you your drive. Depending on the manufacturer you would usually tap an F key repeatedly during boot to get to the restore partition.However i would suspect that you drive may have irrecoverable so be prepared to either buy a new drive or contact the manufacturer for a replacement drive.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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When all else fails, dont type out a long assed question for people smarter than you, just TRY A DIFFERENT USB PORT!

It wont let me delete my thread.

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I can not access hard disk properties because Windows Explorer hangs whenever I Right click on a hard drive icon. I am running WXP pro SP2 completely up to date with updates.

Answer:Windows Explorer hangs when I Right click on hard drive

What's your system specs? Have you added any hardware/software since the problem started?

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Ok so here is this problem - in all fairness I haven't done a lot of troubleshooting on it yet but I can tell it will be something I will have to research online a bit.

I installed a new LG Blu Ray burner into a Dell PC running Win XP Pro SP3 . After a user tried to run a disk my computer would hang the system and lock everything up. I eventually got it to open my computer.

Now the problem is that If I try to open the "C" root drive explorer hangs and will not respond. I tried to go to 'Disk Management' but it just hangs and says "Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service connecting" but it never connects. My Computer will also hang if I try to go View>Details in the window options. The computer will also not reboot properly and you have to force shut down on it in order to reboot. (It does all the steps of reboot but just sits at the last screen and doesn't do anything)

The system will also not perform system restore to any point in time.

I went into Services and saw under "Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service" that it's status was "Starting".

I killed most non-microsoft services and programs that boot on windows start up. This hasn't solved the issue.

***In Safe Mode everything seems to be working normally***

Anyone have any experience on this?

Thanks in advance -


Answer:Windows Can't Open C Drive - Hangs on Disk Manager

Please run Malwarebytes and Ad-Aware, let us know how you get on.

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Hi i have connected a WD passport essentail 500Go on a Edge 71 CoreI5 (family 1578-L3G) and the Windows system hangs at the open session (welcome screen).i have tried with a HITACHI Touro 500Go, and there is the same problem. I don't have the problem with a Lenovo Edge 71 CoreI3 (1578-D7G) ! The "Lenovo System Update" is up to date.If i connect the disk when Windows is completely loaded, all is fine. second question:i want to disable "usb legacy" on Bios, but i have an usb keyboard. Is it possible to recovery the keyboard capabilities ? best reagrdsthierry 

Answer:Edge 71 Core i5 hangs on Windows boot when a USB drive is connected

Hi thierry,
Sounds like an annoying problem, what BIOS version do you have?

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I am having a problem with windows explorer hanging when I try to access files located on a Simpletech USB Hard Drive. The explorer window will popup, but nothing appears. I have relocated the drive to another computer in the office and it works fine there. It has produced a few error messages. Can someone give me some ideas how to correct this error. I can post error messages if need be.

Answer:Windows Explorer Hangs when trying to access USB hard drive contents

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Hi guys, i wonder if you can offer any ideas here. I have a brand new T420s which came with an optical slot place holder piece of plastic. I removed this and popped in a 'Lenovo DVD Multi IV DVD Multi Recorder CD-RW' P/N 45N7453. It clicked into place fine, but the power light on it does not come on and the eject button does not work.This same drive works fine in 2 other T420s laptops my colleagues have, so the drive is ok. I tried disabling the optical drive in the bios, rebooting, re-enabling, rebooting but nothing. Is there anything else i can try or would you say its a board issue and i'm stuck with it ?

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Service Pack 3. My original Western Digital Drive was dying. This drive was the boot drive and listed first in "setup" (after hitting F2) There was also a 300GB Maxtor SATA drive already installed which I used for data storage -- not bootable. It was listed 2nd in "setup".

Ultimately the WD Drive wouldn't boot. I cleared the 300GB Maxtor and did a clean install Win XP from manuf. disks WITHOUT removing the WD - Drive 1 first. (I had hoped to remove some data I hadn't yet back up

I tried rebooting BUT if both disks were set to "On" in "setup - F2" the system would NOT boot. If Disk 1 (WD Drive) was turned off the system would boot fine. I removed the "boot partition" on Disk 1 but if both drives were turn on - no go.

I have now replaced the defective drive (WD) with a Maxtor SATA II/300 (1 TB).

The boot drive (300GB Maxtor) is the "last" drive on the SATA interface cable and the new drive (1 TB) is on the second to last connector.
Still, if the blank, new drive is turned on in "setup - F2" the system won't boot. If off, system boots. (I want to use the 1 TB drive solely for data storage).

It seems the SATA controller refuses to recognize the bootable drive if both drives are active. All I can think of is this is due to the 300GB being "Drive 2" in my original system and still listed that way in "setup". There is NO ability to c... Read more

Answer:Solved: Drive Crashed - XP installed on 2nd Drive - Replaced Drive Won't Work

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Is this possible?

As the title says...I need to map a drive to a Windows 2003 Server (used for a certain app, only to be used by certain people) and we run a Novell network. Is this possible?

Answer:Map drive to Windows Server via Novell login sript?

If you have the Novell client on the server, then it shouldn't be a problem. It's been a long time since I've had to deal with a Novell network. (Thank God) IIRC, you should be able to do it as the Novell client uses the Windows API to perform the mapping. Create a test user and modify the script for that user and test it out.

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Hey All,

I have a very large and growing Data Archive that I would like to move from ISCSI luns to a CIFS share hanging off my SAN. In order to get this to work, and be reliable, I need to have the Drive Mapping occur automatically on restart before any user action is taken. Anyone have a clue how to do this?



Answer:Windows 2003 - Map Network Drive before user Login

You can do this a few different ways. Best way depends on the environment:

Active Directory with Windows 2008
You can create a Group Policy Preference to map the drive. It will work with Vista and higher, or XP with the Client Side Extensions loaded

Active Directory - Not Windows 2008
You can create a logon script to map the drive. Plug it into the logon scripts policy.

You can create a logon script and have it execute at logon.

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Hello, I'm from Mongolia I Have HP desktop computer, I have a problem. I can not log in Windows. Windows is locked. I know password, but wrong. I can not recovery. Help me

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Hello, I'm from Mongolia I Have HP desktop computer, I have a problem. I can not log in Windows. Windows is locked. I know password, but wrong. I can not recovery. Help me

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I changed some files from C drive to G drive,, many programmes and players do not work,, I go back from G drive to C drive,, but some player, browsers, and like team viewer etc do not work or hide some where,, how can i get original file settings of C and G drive as it was,,,

Answer:want to get original settings of C and G drive

Put the files back "exactly" where you found them and then run System Restore to just before you shifted them in the first place. To get to System Restore just type it in search.If the above works out there is an inbuilt facility to resize partitions in Vista BUT I have never tried it personally: might care to wait and see what others say about this part.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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I need help! I mistakenly deleted my original QSI CDRW/DVD SBW242C driver in order to try and fix a problem. Now I cannot find the original driver anywhere on the manufacturer's website. Can someone please help me?



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I ran an Image back up of my C: drive (using Windows 7 & an external usb drive) after getting warning messages that the Hard Disk was failing and to back up the drive.  I got a replacement 500 GB internal drive to restore the Image to and got as far as the Windows Login Screen after the Image Restore was complete and then automatically rebooted.  I typed my password in under my profile BUT, it was not accepted/ recognized... (I can't remember the exact wording) There are 2 profiles that come up, at that point, (just before going into Windows)...Mine, and my g-friends, whom, for whatever reason, WAS able to login to her profile  ...
Can anyone tell me how to bypass or fix this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have an Acer Aspire 5750-6414, 500 GB, Serial ATA, and running  Windows7.

Answer:Unable to login 2 Windows after backup and Image restore of drive

It's possible that because the hard drive was failing, your profile was corrupted and restoring the image still resulted in a corrupted profile. Try the following.
If you gf's account is admin then log into her account and change/clear the password of your account in "User Accounts" of control panel.

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[font=Verdana, Arial]I am building a 3GHz system with the Intel D865PERL, and this is the first time that I have used SATA drives. Here is how it is setup:

Primary IDE Master: Plextor 8X DVD+/-RW
Secondary IDE Master: Iomega Zip 250
SATA Port 0: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive
SATA Port 1: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive

When I was trying to install XP, when I created a partition on the Maxtor on SATA 0, it automatically named it Drive E. It is because of the two drives that I have on the Primary and Secondary IDE channels. So, how do I get it to name the drive C:? I checked the BIOS, but did not see a setting that would fix this issue.


[/font][font=Verdana, Arial]I just tried to update the BIOS to see if that would help. I used the floppy disk version. When it was in the process of doing it, it said that it was copying a program, sw.exe, from the a: drive to the c: drive, but the c: drive is the DVD burner!

It did its thing, and then asked to have me remove the floppy disk from the drive and hit enter, and said NOT TO DO A THING until it had finished. Well, it has been about 10 minutes, and it is still just displaying a blinking cursor (blinking underscore) on a black screen. I hope this didn't hurt the mobo. I'm guessing that it did not complete the process because there was not a c: drive to write to.

I did look at Intel's site for some answers, and it said by default, booting from SATA drives is disabled in the BIOS. You have to ch... Read more

Answer:Need help with new Intel Mobo ASAP - SATA drive = E drive; need it to be C drive

SATA controllers are still fairly new, and a bit of an afterthought as far as Windows is concerned. Windows will always try to call the master drive on IDE 1 your "C" drive.

Easiest way to do it YOUR way is to simply disconnect any standard IDE drives before you install Windows. Windows will then accept your SATA as C, and keep the C designation even after you re-connect your IDE drives.

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



Answer:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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I've partitioned my hard drive due to not being able to load windows 10 over windows vista, so c: has vista and d: has windows 10. It wont let me merge the two together or delete C: saying the computer will be unbootable. Is there a way of making D: the main boot drive and deleting/merging C:?

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Hello gurus, I replaced the HD with Samsung 500GB SSD, and have been loving it.  However, ever since I did that, I do not see the 2nd pre-installed 15GB SANDISK SSD Drive anymore in the explorer.    Anyone know what I can do to make the second drive be recognizable by the computer?   This is potentially a related problem but I also have trouble installing Windows 10, because it says it can't find a partition.  Can I use the second SSD drive as the partition for the install?   

Answer:T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

This smaller SSD is designed to use software and be a cache drive. It wouldn't show in File Explorer. You can check Device Manager.

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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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during an attempt to update my HP 300n/NEC ND-1100A 4X DVD R/RW optical drive, my dog came up and bumped the restart button on my pc. After the pc restarted, it seems that there is no supporting software at all for my dvd burner. In MY COMPUTER it only says cd drive (F: ). How would I go about getting the ORIGINAL software for this? I've went to and downloaded any of the available drivers and updates but they all say that they require the original software. Any hwlp would be GREATLY appreciated.


Answer:Lost original software for hp cd/dvd-rw drive

You will need to call HP or download a free CD burning software. If you want to pay and get a better program then HP included, get Nero:

Otherwise, heres a free alternative:

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Hi all,

I used the search function and found a lot about changing icons of folders. I could not find anything about how to get back the original icons.
For some reason one external drive "lost" it's icon and you can see a placeholder only.
I mean it is not the end of the world..... but almost
Any ideas?
Thanks a lot

Answer:Get Original Drive Icon back

You might try rebuilding the icon cache. C:\Users\username\AppData\Local. Delete IconCache.db. Reboot. This will cause the icon cache to be rebuilt.

Hope this helps.


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Having another crappy week and can't seem to focus:
Dell laptop came in with malware. Did standard cleanup with AdwCleaner, Mbam, Rogue Killer. After cleanup everything looked good.
Laptop arrived already on, so on reboot I was prompted for a disk cleanup. Allowed it to run. After an hour it was stuck at stage 3. I rebooted and again was prompted. Skipped it. The laptop will go to desktop and everything checks out except it always ask for disk checking when booting. Disk check continued to fail- it would freeze up at stage 3. I booted off CD and did a chkdsk.....12 times and the scan FAILED everytime. Would get between 3-7% on stage 2. Lots of 'deleting corrupted' messages. So I decided to clone to a new drive.
Clone went through with no errors. Mounted back into the laptop. Disk check prompt came up and I allowed it to run. Now it's stuck at 60% in stage 2.
I need this disk prompt gone. What am I missing?

Answer:Cloned drive having same issues as original

Chkdsk detected a corrupt file system set a dirty bit and then starts Autochk which is a version of chkdsk. Cloning the drive does not solve the file system corruption.
You can disable it at startup but I would not recommend doing that. You can edit the registry offline using Kaspersky Resue Disk which has a nice Registry editor.
I would check disk health using Seatools.  No need, I forgot it's a new cloned drive.

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The original DVD drive on my ThinkPad R31 (Model 2656-1GU) has stopped working. It does not eject and no longer plays CD/DVD's. Ejection must be done with a paper clip. However, Device Manager does not see a problem and claims the device is working properly. I tried rolling back the driver, but there is no prior driver to rollback to. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver, but no change in status. I tried searching Lenovo for a driver, but it referred me to a driver that ultimately didn't work on my laptop.I've searched Google, Yahoo, etc and all search engines point me to....Lenovo. Other than Microsoft updates, there have been no installations of any sort on this laptop.Windows XP Home Edition SP 3.Intel(R) Celeron CPU DVD/ROM:  HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8081NDriver Date: 07/01/01Driver Version: 5.1.2535.0Digital Signer: Microsoft Windows Publisher   

Answer:R31 Original DVD drive stopped working

Welcome to the forum!Given the age of your machine, it's most likely time to replace the media drive. Any "UltraBay 2000" drive will work in any R3x unit.Hope this helps.

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for my laptop?? I tried every outlet in my city, nobody has an IDE laptop drive (new/old)...Should I try sata drive with a SATA to IDE converter pin?? I need help. Right now there's no hard disk in my laptop..

Answer:What's better?Original IDE or SATA drive with IDE converter

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I had a 80 gb hard drive in my systemax computer wiith windows xp the i upgraded to windows 7. but I did't have much storage left so I put in a tb hard drive and installed the original windows xp home so i could install the windows upgrade, but thw window xp will not set up for my internet provider but when i switch to the old drive it works.

Answer:i put new hard drive and install the original

did you install all the drivers for the new xp install? If you've not network driver that would probably explain no internet. Also if you install win7 anyway, it will wipe the xp and it probably will have network drivers.I think you can install the upgrade without installing xp - just need xp install disk.

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Happy Friday folks!

Not sure if this is right place but here's the story.

ACER 8943G, replaced original HDD with an SSD, cloned boot system etc and SSD working fine as main drive for a long time now. Finally got replacement second drive cover that actual allows you to use second drive (curse you ACER for such a stupid design i.e. original second drive cover had two big protuding plastic bits that mean you couldn't put a second drive in the second drive slot - ***!?!).

So am now trying to install the original HDD as the second drive. I thought this would be like plug and play. But initially the lappy didn't detect the 2nd drive as present. After a google search I used Control Panel>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management and enabled the second drive. But for some reason it tells me the drive needs formatted and that this will delete any files present.

Q1. Why doesn't it recognise the drive format as the drive was previously attached to the same lappy?

Q2. Is there any way to do this that doesn't involve reformatting and losing the files?

Q3. I was assuming that if my SSD ever failed, I could simply put the original HDD back in and boot from this instead. Was that woefully optimistic on my behalf or is this possible?

Q4. It just occurred to me that I used the system backup and backed up the original HDD to an external HDD a while back. Would it be simpler to reformat the internal HDD and then use the external HDD backup files to reimage th... Read more

Answer:Problem using original HDD (replaced with SSD) as 2nd drive

Hi Alan,

I'll just answer Q4. Yes, that would be your best approach.

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A shop installed a bigger hard drive with Windows 7 on it. My old hard drive had XP. They thought I could use the old one after they took my files off it but when I picked it up, they said the computer couldn't see it and I should reformat it and gave me instructions. I see the old one in Device Manager (not in Explorer) but there is no file system listing (it was NTFS). When I right click on it to reformat, the only option is delete. I would like to use the old drive for storage but can't figure out how to format it or assign a drive letter to it.
I'm grateful for any suggestions!

Answer:Original hard drive not seen, can't format

I think that these instructions from MS, may help
Change, add, or remove a drive letter
Same for Seven.

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Hi Everyone!

I just joined and hopefully I can be of some help for others, but for starters I need to ask for help for myself! Before posting this, I did a search of the forums here but did not find anything identical to my issue.

I have a 10-month old Acer 5100 notebook that will no longer start Windows Vista (Home Premium if that matters).

A few nights ago I noticed the machine was at the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen (black background/white text). Unfortunately I was not around the machine when it got into this mode. The screen showed a list of 5 or less choices - I think the default highlighted choice was to let Windows search the hard disk for errors. I chose this but it didn't seem to start after watching it for several minutes. So being the impatient sort, I rebooted the PC and the same black screen with choices displayed. This time I selected 'Start Windows Normally' but when the system came back up it ends at the same screen again. (I believe the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen I was seeing was not the normal one I've always seen, but a different one with less choices, if that makes sense)

So I said forget this, I have a backup. I tried restoring a backup of the hard drive I made with Acronis True Image (I booted off the True Image CD). I chose to only restore just the C: partition. Both times I tried, it gets to over 50% complete then there's a message about the image being corrupt.

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Answer:Vista won't Start, Screen Hangs at Flashing Cursor, Hard Drive LED Always Flashing

bump for the day

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This can get confusing, at least to me, but I'm going to try and describe everything as best that I can. Here we go:

-As the title says, my OS is Windows XP Home


When I woke up today I saw that my computer had restarted in the night, but it was set at the power saver screen, not the log in screen. I restarted again, logged into my name. Everything was fine for a few minutes, but out of nowhere my computer restarted again, doing the same thing. I tried to restart again, and it wouldn't do anything. I turned it totally off, and it started up but I got the BSOD. Before I could read it my computer restarted again. I did a bit of research and was able to turn off the automatic restart. I saw the BSOD again and it didn't really tell me much at all. I restarted again, and it was pretty much dead telling me that the system32 file was corrupt or not found, and as I tried to restart it again it would sometimes say that, and it would also mention other files as well. The message was on the black/gray screen.

I called a computer place near here and they told me to reinstall XP. I went through the process thinking that all of my files would be deleted. I had to create new accounts, etc... When I did this, it actually installed a new copy of it over the screwed up one that I have always used. So now when I log on, I get the message asking me to pick which OS to use, both of which are XP. The second one will not load at all, my old one, but the first one is fine... Read more

Answer:Two copies of Windows XP, original is "dead", now working off D drive: Help!

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Hey everyone!  I've had my Thinkpad Edge E545 with Windows 7 Pro for well over a year, maybe a year and a half, but it stopped recognizing my CDRW/DVDRW drive a month or so ago.  I thought maybe it was a glitch that would work itself out with a restart, and I forgot about it until yesterday when I needed it again. The drive does not even show up in device manager at all.  When I put a CD in, it spins for a few seconds, but it doesn't register with the computer, never shows up in My Computer or in Device Manager.  I'd love to at least see the drive with a yellow exclamation point! Seaching the support section of this site, I could not find a driver for it anywhere.  Does anyone know where I can get one, or have some other solution that I may be able to try?  I'd appreciate any help I can get! Thanks in advance!

Answer:Need driver for my CDRW/DVDRW drive, Thinkpad E545 Windows 7 Pro cannot find the drive at all

Hi shawnEO,
Welcome to Lenovo Forums!
Please find the link given below and run the test for optical drive.
Please let me know whether the above steps helped you.
Thank you, have a good day.
Did someone help you today? Click on the ?upper half star? at the left side of the post to thank them with a Kudo!

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what is the condition of the file if you move it from an NTFS5 drive to an NTFS4 drive on windows 2000?


Answer:moving compressed file from NTFS5 drive to NTFS4 drive on windows 2000

Try and copy it first and check the condition of the file. Moving should be the same, but if it is not readable (doubtul) then you have your original copy still. Let us know what the result is, please.

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My Sony computer that I have had since 2000 or so is store bought and came with windows xp. I believed it had two hard drives in it until earlier this year when I found out it came with one partioned hard drive. I now have two physical HDD and three that appear on my computer. I need to restore my computer and would like to make my partioned drive appear as one. I will have all my backup files on my second physical HDD. If it makes things easier at all I do not have a windows install disc only system restore discs that came with my computer. If this isn't clear enough please ask me to try and clear it up.

Answer:Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

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I am working on an HP Envy 15 Notebook. Whenever I, or the notebook owner, try to boot into normal mode, it makes it to the background for the login screen but does not bring up the login window or the desktop. It makes it past the windows 7 splash screen. We have been able to successfully boot into Safe Mode and able to manipulate files, such as copying her files to a backup drive in case we have to factory reset this laptop. She has said that the laptop has made it to the desktop this morning but it took at least an hour to finish loading her desktop. Last night she was unable to load her desktop.
I have tried using System Restore in both safe mode and startup repair to multiple restore points but every one fails. I have tried Startup Recovery from the windows startup repair. 
The laptop was purchased in March this year, so is still very new. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
edit - I have managed to get into Normal Mode after setting a clean boot in Safe Mode.

Answer:Windows 7 Hangs on Login Screen

As you got into Windows with a clean boot, start enabling things from the clean boot (I suggest 5 or 10 at a time) and see which one's are causing the system to not boot.
Then uninstall those things and see if it can boot normally.
The rest of this is if you can't solve it by fiddling with the clean boot items.....
Which is more important - speed of the repair or retaining her settings/customizations/etc?
Have you run the HP diags?  Any other diags?
Do you have the recovery media?  is it in good shape?
Have you run DISM/SFC? (DISM instructions below)
Have you tried a Refresh?

Beyond that, it's probably easiest to wipe it and let her set it up again.
That way she'll have her system back soonest.

Then please run the following DISM commands to see if there's any problems with the system (from an elevated (Run as administrator) Command Prompt).  Press Enter after each one:Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealthDism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealthDism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
FYI - I have repaired systems using the last command even though problems weren't found with the first 2 - so I suggest running them all.
From this article:
You can also run sfc.exe /scannow from an elevated (Run as administrator) Command Prompt to check for further corruption.

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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Ok this for the first hard drive I've been trying to unlock my original hard drive again I have a second hard drive that is also locked an would like to get both unlocked so I've been working on the 1st drive to get it unlocked I will try to list what I've
tried to get it unlocked.
I've tried running :
Chkdsk.  f,v,r,l,x,    bootrec/fixmbr , fixmbr , fixboot , scans , rebuildbcd.   Wmic I've tried using different items from here even tried bitlocker cmd.   Bdehdcfg.exe , manage-bide.exe , repair-bide.exe , manage-bde-status an
said that bit is unlocked I've tried booting from a CD , flash drive ,int & my ext drive tried all kinds of things an I'm not getting any where and very frustrated cause now having a new drive to also become locked and trying to getting unlocked using
some of these item on it also an got no where with it and i really wondering why this is happening an what would be causing this issue is win 10 or my WD backup drive I'm at a lost in this matter an could use so e assistance in this matter with both drives
I've kept a booklet and written down things about issue an all my items that I've saved stuff on my phone & tablet to try. 
Thank you in advance for any assistance , Shagg(Jerry)

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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I am trying to reinstall windows 8 on my desktop and did a reset from the system in windows, which worked it got rid of the virus.  But to make sure everything is really gone what I really want to do is clean the hard drive by doing a complete wipe
and reinstall and new copy of windows 8 that I have which contains a product key I have.  Back in 2011 I bought the computer and windows 8 failed (it kept saying it needed to be activated, we tried to enter the product key, didn't work, after several
months of issues with our retailer and Computer manufacturer found out it had to be reinstalled remotely by Microsoft so as of now I have Windows 8 on my desktop but do not have a product key.  So I purchased a copy of Windows 8 with a product
key but can't install it.
The problem is my computer does not boot first from the CD drive then the hard drive.  I can't find where to change this. I tried to go to the BIOS to change it but there is no prompt to select the CD drive.  if anyone has any suggestions
I would appreciate any help I can get.  I have a screen shot of the BIOS but it is too large to post.

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I recently bought an old used PC (Dell XPS Gen. 2 ? Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM), installed my 1 TB SATA hard drive and a new install of Windows XP SP3. I?ve also got an IDE hard drive in there with lots of media files on it. I?ve been trying to copy or move files from an external USB hard drive to the IDE drive, but nearly every time I try to do so, Windows Explorer (or Q-Dir) will lock up, with the progress bar showing very little progress. I have been able to copy a few small files successfully, but anything else seems to crash it. I?ve checked for DMA/PIO status and have found that it has reverted to PIO several times, and I?ve deleted the primary IDE channel in device manager so that it would reinstall with DMA mode. The problem persists. My device manager shows two primary IDE channels and one secondary IDE channel. I have the 1 SATA hard drive, 1 IDE hard drive, and 1 SATA DVD burner installed.
Any ideas?


Answer:Windows XP locks up when I try to copy or move files from external drive to IDE drive

can you write a file to the drive?
any files you can open on the drive? Or do you get access denied when you try to open a file?

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This is a really strange problem.  Windows 2000 has problems accessing my 3 1/2" floppy drive.  If I try to access a drive through Explorer or a DOS box, Windows can't read the disk.  At first I thought it was a bad drive so I removed it and tested it in another system and found it worked just fine.  I then re-installed it in the system in question and found that I can boot to the floppy drive just fine.  I then rebooted the system with a non-bootable disk in the drive.  When I received the "Non-system disk.  Remove and press any key..." prompt, I ejected the disk, let Windows start and immediately put the disk back in the drive.  Since there is now a disk in the drive as Windows is starting up, it allows access to the disk from Explorer and a DOS box.  It seems that Windows will only allow access to a floppy if it's in the drive when Windows starts up.  Installing a disk in the drive after Windows is up and running doesn't allow access.Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 2000 can't access floppy drive unless disk in drive when starting

I would try this.  Remove the floppy disk.  Open Device Manager and uninstall the floppy drive.  Then, restart the computer.  Does Windows recognize new hardware and install it?

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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