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exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Question: exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.


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Answer: exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.

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There are a number of BootCDs you could use. A good favorite of many is The Ultimate BootCD

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Note, you do not need to create a new partition or even format the drive, as Windows setup will automatically create an NTFS formatted file system, on a non-partitioned drive, during Windows install.

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Answer:External Hard Disk Drive won't boot after Ghosting

Hello fatcatsat. Welcome to the Forum.

I have never tried to do what you are doing, but my guess is that Windows is waking up expecting to be in one place and finds itself in another. While installing an OS on an external drive is common, cloning to an external is not the same thing.

You may be able to get it to boot by repairing the MBR on the external's install.
Startup Repair
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Answer:Windows and installation disk fails to boot

Quote: Originally Posted by portalman126

This issue has just start a couple of days ago were the computer would restart at the point of the boot logo just before the orbs came in, i have tried booting in all safe modes and the computer would restart, tried repair and it restarts before finished loading. I have tried using the os install disk but it also restarts. There is no BSOD. Is there a way to fix this or would i have to replace my motherboard?

1: Remove all external peripherals like printer and then reboot.
2: Open the computer, remove and reseat the CMOS battery and then restart your PC.
3: If there is more than 1 RAM card, remove it and let it run on a single chip.

These are the few things you could try before reaching to a conclusion that the mobo is faulty.

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sohailkm, welcome to the forum,
you can normally reinstall by pressing the blue Access IBM at start up button which will then boot into the hidden partition allowing a recovery to factory settings.
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Even i face the same issue with my windows 7 in desktop.

What should i do to make them go to stand by in windows 7 ?

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Is possible install VISTA inside external hard disk? Because I don want install vista inside fixed disk which required reformat disk if vista not suitable for my laptop. Very time consuming to uninstall OS on fixed disk....(Haha I just want to try VISTA only)

Here's my question...

1. If boot from windows Vista DVD, will it able to detect my external hard disk(Is required to change bios settings?)

2. Now if having two OS which XP inside fixed disk and Vista inside external hard disk, How I gonna choose which OS I want to login at the startup?

Answer:Possible? install Windows Vista inside external hard disk?


1. That depends on if your bios is capable of booting from a USB device. Read the manufacturer's instructions to see if this is possible.

2. You are probably going to have to choose one or the other by changing the settings in your bios to point one way or another. So each time you reboot, you are going to have to go into your bios and select the bootable device.

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Be sure that if you do go through with this that you don't accidentally wipe out your fixed disk... I have seen this happen a lot with people "trying" Vista.

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Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
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I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

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Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

"no boot sector on hard disk"
"CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

"No bootable devices"
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The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

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Hi, I really need some help here.

My system has two drives:
1) SSD (C: drive) where my win7 OS boots from (call this normal_win7)
2) HDD (D: drive) where I keep my data

I created a D:\virtual_win7.vhd file and installed win7 on it (for testing purposes) following these instructions:

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

When I boot, I get no boot menu asking me to choose either between normal_win7 or virtual_win7 install. By default, it boots into virtual_win7. To boot into normal_win7, I need to press F11 at reboot to enter into Boot Menu and select it. I thought I would be presented with a boot menu at reboot each time? Those instructions I followed in the link told me the boot manager would be present. So I got a feeling something went wrong somewhere.

These are some things I observed:

1. I installed EasyBCD within normal_win7 and it only has one entry listed in the bootloader:

HTML Code:
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
2. Within System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Startup and Recovery, there is also only one entry.

3. In Disk Management (within normal_win7), the vhd does not appear.


What do I need to do to get the boot menu manager going when I reboot my system to allow OS selection?

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Some background:
Where I'm working right now, we have a server with two virtual machines (running servers) on it.
As far as I know, the server uses vSphere (VMware's host for virtual machines or so it seems... enables management and setup of virtual machines on the actual machine...)
Each virtual server runs Windows Server 2008 R2. (For our purposes, it's not really important that there are 2. I only want this to work with one of them anyways.)

The issue:
There is a USB 3.0 hard disk drive plugged into the actual physical server right now. The problem is that I can't seem to connect it (using the vSphere interface) to the virtual machine that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.

I've read this:

It was helpful in getting me to the point where I added the USB controller to the virtual machine. Now I need to add the USB device. But... it doesn't show up.

Anyone have any experience in this? Any ideas?

Answer:vSphere, Windows Server 2008 R2, and an external hard disk drive

According to this here:
"If none show up, make sure it?s actually connected to the host. If your device is indeed connected, but still not listed in the vSphere Center Client it?s not supported."
The device (hard disk drive) that they have might actually not be supported. I find that highly unlikely as it's just a USB 3.0 hard disk drive... but at the same time, it's possible that it may not be supported.

Some further reading here:
"USB 3.0 devices connected to the ESXi host are not supported."
The ESXi host ( being the computer running the vSphere host OS, so this further suggests that it might actually be the case that the system does not support the drive plugged into it. (On account of it being USB 3.0.) I would HOPE that since USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, this wouldn't be an issue... but still, it is a possibility in my opinion.

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Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


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What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical). Ubuntu 11.10 can boot fine.

Answer:Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install

Did you install Windows 7, then install Ubuntu?

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I'll keep this short.

1. Vista full installation ISO disc created

2. Disc boots up fine in an XP computer (so disc is fine)

3. Disc does NOT boot up in the Vista computer (my dilemma)

4. XP disc boots up fine in the Vista computer (so CD-ROM is fine)
What could possibly be wrong here? The only remote thing I can think about is that this is a 32-bit install as opposed to 64-bit. I am not sure which bit is in this computer and I am not even sure that really matters. It is a Toshiba A205-s5801 which came from factory with Windows Vista.

Answer:Arrrrgh!!! Vista ISO boot disk FAILS to boot


<<1. Vista full installation ISO disc created>>

Created from what?

That system seems to have come with a recovery partition and recovery mechanism which is the only option provided by manufacturer for any Windows repair/installation.


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My external hard drive connected to my windows XP computer fails to complete the copy when I attemp to back up my data from the cpu.
Copy C: drive to F: drive will not finish fails about 3/4 of the way through.
What's going on with my external drive? confused

Answer:External Hard Drives fails to complete Copy

Are you copying everything, including system files (windows directory, etc)? Problem is some of these files are in use and protected so it doesn't let you copy them.

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I have 2 HD's on my computer (primary master & primary slave). Master is Maxtor & slave is a Samsung HD. it has been working fine for over a year now. 2 days back while booting I got the message "primary hard drive fails".

I checked the BIOS settings & found that it had lost the settings for my master HD. I rebooted again and it booted fine & the master HD settings in BIOS came back. I thought that probably my CMOS battery was dying so I replaced it. The same symptoms have come back after that. The system keeps loosing the primary HD settings in the BIOS. it has never lost the settings on the slave drive ever. sometimes it will recognize the master drive but still fail to boot giving a error "boot disk failure".

if I turn it off for a while and power it back up, the system will boot up properly sometimes & at other times it refuses to boot. I am not sure where the problem is since it has been working for 1+ yrs now.

Is my HD failing?. it is only 1+ yr old. But since it boots up sometimes, I tend to think otherwise.
Something wrong in the MB?

Any suggestions are welcome.


Answer:Primary Hard disk fails

Make sure that Hard drive connections (cable and power) are tight. You can download a hard drive diagnostic program from the Maxtor web site and run it, although an intermittent problem might not show up. It sounds like your hard drive is failing and you should make sure that you have backed up all important data before it goes completely.

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I have a lenovo y50 laptop that comes preinstalled with windows 8. The laptop has a 1 TB hard disk that I decided to replace with a SSD. I then installed windows 7 on the SSD and the SSD became the internal storage and the 1TB hard disk became an external storage connected through the USB.

I use legacy boot to boot windows 7 from the SDD and it works great.
My problem is I can't boot windows 8 from the 1TB when it's connected as external storage through USB. I had used UEFI boot and tried also to disable secure boot but had no success.
I always get an automatic repair window, However windows 8 boot correctly if I connected the 1TB as an internal storage with the same BIOS setup (UEFI boot and Enabled Secureboot)

Any ideas how I can boot the preinstalled windows 8 from a hard disk that is connected as an external storage?

Thank you.

Answer:Can't Boot PreInstalled OEM Windows 8 From External Hard

Yes that is correct you can not boot a windows install from an USB external hard drive. There is a mobile solution installation you'll have to goggle that or look through the Tutorials

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How can I Boot Windows from my external Hard drive?

What do I need to do? And how do I tell my PC to then boot Windows from the external hard drive, and not the internal one?

Thank you

Answer:How can I Boot Windows from my external Hard drive?

You would need to transfer the files from your internal hardrive onto the external one, then when you computer boots enter the BIOS ushally F2 or something... it's different on differnet machines. Then when your in you will need to tell it to boot from the external one. If it's a USB external hardrive then you may have to enable USB Device Support or something... As I said it's different on every machine. But thats some basic steps.

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I'm currently using a Dell Inspiron 3520 laptop with Windows 8 on it. I have an external hard drive from a Windows 7 desktop. It recognizes the external hdd right away and I can access it but I can't figure out how to boot Windows 7 as the primary. I've tried changing boot order in bios but I've had no luck as it still boots Windows 8 first. Is there a way to use the Windows 7 as the primary drive or could someone teach me about dual booting? Even a way to temporarly turn off the Windows 8 hard drive will work. I just need to access the Windows 7 hard drive without having to navigate through program files to have to open something. Any ideas?

Answer:Trying to boot Windows 7 from external hard drive

Originally Posted by jhamms66

I have an external hard drive from a Windows 7 desktop.

Was the (now) external drive ever a boot drive for Windows 7. If so, was it an internal drive for the Win 7 desktop?

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

Answer:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition -
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] -
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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On my HP 255 G2 Notebook PC when I plug my external hard drive with all my Pok?mon Movies, Episodes, Music, etc, the driver installation always hangs for 15 minutes before saying "failed". The external drive works on all other computers even the Dell Optiplex 780 that I posted about quite a bit. But the two files I need to move to it are on my HP 255 G2 Notebook PC. These files are too big to put on any FAT flash drive, these are 1080p mp4 movies with near perfect quality, these are at least 8GB in size each. the file system of the flash drives won't recognize files of that size so I have to put them directly on the hard drive. If I go into Device Manager or Devices and Printers, right click troubleshoot on the device. the troubleshooter always hangs on "Detecting Problems" and never completes or moves on.

Does anybody know what the problem could be?

Answer:External Hard Drive driver always fails to install on laptop

Make a check disk on the computer it works. run chkdsk x: /f and x is the assigned letter to it.

On the HP 255 G2 Notebook run sfc /scannow

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.

Answer:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.


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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?


Answer:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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hi, i'm having serious troubles with hdd usage on win vista. it appeared twice just after each other. maybe this is caused by driver or software failure, really dont know. so - nothing just Microsoft Office 2007 and Mozilla Firefox is running on computer. after few minutes of writing, i see that HDD led is continuously lighting (not blinking). when i want to see "Computer", i get blank window. when i try to run Task manager (Ctrl-Shift-Escape) it freezes and i can't see nothing. so last thing what i run is some tool for seeing system health, which shows 100% HDD usage... but suddenly after few moments, it went down - graph is low, but HDD led is still lightning.after all, when i want restart or shutdown computer, it takes many many many minutes to logout and shutdown. also, when shutdown screen dissapears, computer "freezes" with LCD turned off. on chasi, HDD icon, power icon and battery icon is lightning, but computer is freezed. i have to push power button for few seconds to turn computer off. here, there are few screenshots of system and photos of notebook during this issue. (i get blank windows when run "Computer") (system health) (disk led is lighting still) (when "Shutdown" process is ... Read more

Answer:hard disk fails on Vista (R400)

i have solved this problem by override automatic creating of pagefile.sys - i have set manually range from-to size of this file ant problem seems to be gone .)

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Hi, I have a system here that does not always detect the harddisk during startup (Detecting IDE Drives ...). If it does detect it, it will show the primary and secondary drives, the HD led stays on for a few seconds, then the screen jumps to black with a cursor blinking in the upper left corner: _ (In those few seconds I can still access the BIOS).

If it doesn't detect the HD, it continues the POST till it gives the BOOT FAILURE message.

I was actually trying to fix the problem that the system locks up during some applications. I had already run the WD diagnostics tool for the WD HD and it showed that everything was fine yesterday. I also ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool (from a bootdisk) and that one did not show errors, but the pc did restart automatically during the test not at specific points. (just before that there is a short pitching sound). I removed the dust inside the pc and checked the cables. And it was still working after that. I closed the case and moved it aside a bit and this morning the problem started that it does not always detect the HD and that it doesn't startup even when the hard disk is detected. I have run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool again when it failed to detect the HD and it still gives no errors, and now the problem that the system restarts automatically during that test, is gone.

But I don't know what is wrong with it now and I've gone from a system that locks up regularly to a system that does not even starts... Read more

Answer:Not always detecting Hard Disk + startup fails

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I have a high spec custom PC with Windows Vista Ultimate installed. The problem is that when I plug in my WD passport USB drive it is not seen by Vista. I have tried it on my laptop which has XP and there are no problems. I have had the same problem with USB memory sticks. Anyone got any ideas?? Any help appreciated.....

Answer:Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

First check your BIOS settings to ensure these ports are enabled.

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I dissembled a hard drive from an old laptop and uses it as an external hard drive for my new laptop. Here is my question: how do I boot (Windows Vista is installed in the old drive) from this external hard drive from my new laptop (Windows 8 is installed in the new laptop) ? I have not done anything to the old hard drive, so the old system drive is still there.I have tried to change the boot priority in CMOS but it said the external drive has no system drive. So, I don't know what seem to be the problem. Does anyone know how to resolve this issue ?Thanks in advance.message edited by skyduck

Answer:Boot Windows Vista from an external hard drive

By 'dissembled' I hope you mean you only removed it from the old laptop and didn't actually take it apart.Unless the laptops are identical you won't be able to successfully boot the vista drive on the new one because its installation is matched to the old laptop.But that said, it should still partially boot up before you get the blue screen error. If the drive was previously internal I guess you put it in an external case. Are you sure you did that correctly? The only other thing I can think of is the bios configuration or actual damage to the drive.

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When I try to boot up my desktop PC normally I see first, for a couple of seconds, a flashing cursor in the top left of my display, this is followed by a line of cursors flashing swiftly across the bottom of the screen. Then a smiley face appears at the bottom left with a blinking cursor. The object looks like a domino with two dots in the top half like eyes and 3 in the bottom half, resembling a smiley mouth. Nothing further happens, it just stays like that.
I can start Windows by booting from my setup CD. PC-Cillin does not recognise any virus, neither Ad-Aware, spybot nor spyware blaster detect anything. I could not get to the command prompt from windows, the virus locks out the keyboard and mouse when I try to access the command prompt, so I have used the Windows set-up disk to delete my partition, format the new partition, and I have re-installed XP Pro. The problem remains.
So, having completely formatted my hard drive, where is this virus living, and even more importantly, how can I get shut of it?

Answer:Cannot boot up in windows from hard disk

you could try and reset cmos by removing the battery from the mother board for a few minutes and putting it back in,. then uppon start up you will have to enter the cmos setup (BIOS) and make any changes nessesary and save the new configuration.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


Answer:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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Is it possible to create the recovery media on an external hard disk instead of using USB flash drive or optical media?

I've been getting errors while creating the the recovery media on optical drive.


Answer:How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?


As far as I know it?s impossible to create an Toshiba image on the HDD?
You need to burn the image on the disk (DVD).


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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.

Answer:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.

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My computer keeps refusing to start up. I have to re-install windows each time. Hard disk keeps making a "funny" noise. I have an 80gb hard drive and have used 40gb so far. I want to back up everything incase my hard drive fails. Could I backup to an external disk drive? would I need to install windows on the external drive. or is there a better way to save all my files, downloads, and software? When I bought the PC it came with software already installed and a recovery disk. But obviously I dont want restore to factory settings as I will loose everything. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:backup from hard disk to external disk drive

You could use commercially available back up software like Ghost click here or Acronis click here

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It always fails to Clone/copy my current hard that has bad sectors, to a new hard disk. My present HDD is a 320GB and its health is really bad. I bought a new 500 hard disk and tried to clone and copy the whole HDD. I tried Paragon HDD Manager, O&O disk image and other two Software. All of them failed to clone or copy my old hard disk to new one.

What is the best solution. Paragon, copied data partially and gave an error at 80%. I tried few times and the same thing happened

Answer:Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

Maybe try running

chkdsk {drive letter} /f
as in
chkdsk D: /f

on the older drive it will identify and lock out the errant sectors. The "/F" means "Fix" so run it first without that and see what it returns as "Bad Sectors" then try the clone.

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I just bought a Western Digital Black hard drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN - Best Buy

I have it attached to this motherboard: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-P35-S3G (rev. 1.0)

The symptoms of my computer are that Windows may run very slow, disk usage is high, and Windows explorer will stop responding often. When I boot into safe mode and run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic the extended test succeeds. When I'm not in safe mode it fails and says "too many bad sectors." The quick test does not finish in Normal mode and says something like "error code 02 - interrupted by a hard or soft reset."

Windows update will also say "Windows cannot search for updates with error code C80001FE."

What could be the reason for this and how can I trouble shoot it?

I have installed all the drivers necessary on my computer. I have AHCI set in the BIOS also. It is a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Answer:Hard Disk Check Fails In Normal Mode

I would RMA the drive back to Best Buy and get a replacement. The drive is obviously bad. It happens a lot more often than many people think. Erase the drive and take it back and tell them it is defective and failed Western Digital's diagnostic test.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 already on its second hard drive due to troubles with Windows.
When I boot the computer, the final result is a black screen with a white cursore that moves when I move the mouse. I get the same result in Safe Mode. I have tried using the Dell Windows reinstall/recovery disc and have not had luck so far. I even installed a second version of Windows, but I still need to get the data files somehow and I don't know how. Today I purchased and downloaded Acronis True Image 2010 Home, but honestly don't know what to do with it! I downloaded to a CD, but don't know what to do next. Ideally I would like to repair my original install of Windows XP. If not possible, I would like help getting the data files. I have read many threads about setting up the HD as a slave on another computer, but no instructions about what this means or how to do it. I own an external drive that I just took out of the package today, but again don't know where to begin with it. HELP?

Answer:Windows XP won't boot, need to get data files to external hard drive via USB

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I just restarted my PC and i kept getting erros regarding hardware, at first it would just hold at updating dmi pool , after i reset the bios to fail safe defaults it would then give me the I/O error. I noticed my external drive was turned off and I turned it on and windows booted fine. Is there a connection here i can disable?

Windows is installed on my SSD drive not my external.


Answer:Windows 7 wont boot without external hard drive turned on?

Try starting your PC with external HD unpluged.

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i have no down button to select my external hard drive in the boot menu. Is the only way forward to replace the keyboard? I have tried pressing all sorts of keys but it seems the only one that works for down is the one im missing. Also, will getting a new keyboard mean that I will have to install it, ie, put back in the old hard drive? Thank in advance for your help.

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I have two HDDs on my computer, and they were both running fine until I had to manually reboot after a lock-up. Now, when I turn on my comp with both of the HDDs plugged in, the Windows XP loading screen freezes up and doesn't do anything. However, the same computer works fine when I unplug one of the hard-drives (the 200 GB one) and just have my 60 GB plugged in.

Any ideas why this would happen?

The hard-drive I believe is causing the problem:


Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

WDC WD600BB-00CAA1 [Hard drive] (60.02 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMA8F1138441, rev 17.07W17, SMART Status: Healthy

Board: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. A8V Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0219 11/03/2005

Answer:Windows Won't Boot After Connecting Hard-Disk

Try changing the jumper to suit the intention of the hard disk.

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Hi, I have been using windows xp, installed on a ATA hard disk. Recently I bought a SATA hard disk and installed windows 7 ultimate on it. I installed the new windows unplugging the previous hard disk and it boots ok. But now I don't want to switch from win XP to windows overnight, since it is a home PC and every one is used to the previous settings and all.

Now when I plugged in the old hard disk, there is no option to boot from my new windows. And the new hard disk's drive letters start from the previous one's last drive letter, where I want the new hard disk's 1st drive to be C:.

Is there any way to keep the previous installation and choose in boot time from which windows I want to boot from? Also how can I make my new hard disk's drive letters start from C:?

Thank you

Answer:Want to boot from a new hard disk with windows 7, keeping the old XP

The Windows 7 C:, will only show C: when you boot Windows 7.

To boot the HDD, use the One Time Boot Menu.

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I just put together my first home-assembled PC. Everything went more or less smoothly (as smoothly as could be expected), and Windows installed fine. However, after installing Forceware and some other drivers and utilities (all of which came with the hardware) and rebooting, the system does not boot of the hard disk, saying "Disk boot error. Please insert boot disk and try again." Once I reboot with the XP CD in the drive, it says "Press any key to boot off CD..." While I dont press a key, it still boots. So it boots off the hard disk only when the cd is in?
Help please! I dont want to have to put the XP CD in my computer every time I want to boot.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939
ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin SDRAM
SAMSUNG SpinPoint 250GB Hard Drive
SEAGATE Barracuda 120GB Hard Drive
SAPPHIRE Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16
LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE
COOLER MASTER Wave Master Case
ViewSonic VX924 LCD Monitor

Answer:Windows wont boot off hard disk

Do you have your BIOS set to boot from your HD? Maybe it is trying to boot from your CD ROM at all times and not your HD at all. Check your BIOS settings and make sure your hard drive is on the boot sequence.

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...

Answer:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.

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I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

Checked with the fresh install, that my two external hard drives, had there drivers and were present. They were ... Read more

Answer:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive


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Greetinngs,This morning when I booted up my computer I received a “disk read error, press ctrl-alt-del to restart.” I tried to use the Win 7 disk to repair the start up part of Win 7, it said there were no problems, but it still does not boot up. I can boot from my XP disk but no into my Win 7 disk. I can read files and stuff from my Win 7 disk and I did a chkdsk on it but cannot get it to boot. Thanks.

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Hey guys,

At the minute Windows 7 is completely failing to boot on my PC. I reach the Windows logo (with the loading animation) and it freezes after roughly half a second before restarting my computer. The machine also fails to boot into safe mode and recovery mode.

Before I rebooted my computer (which is when the problem arrived), I did two things. First I ran Disk Clean-Up to free up some space. In Disk Clean-Up I was able to free a lot of space by deleting temporary update files. After this, I unistalled AVG Antivirus in preparation to change to a different AV. During the uninstallation, my keyboard starting behaving strangely, and so when the installer asked if I wished to reboot I said yes. As my computer was shutting down, it displayed the 'Installing updates' message, but only very briefly. After that, my computer was unable to start.

I have two theories:
1. My computer was host to some sort of dormant virus (I don't actually know if this is a thing) that was activated once it detected my antivirus was gone. I don't know whether my keyboard behaviour was anomalous or a strange symptom of the infection. I ran the AVG rescue CD with a completely up to date definition library and it returned no results. I'm hoping someone can debunk this theory...

2. Running Disk Clean-up deleted files that were necessary for a scheduled update. When the update attempted to run, it failed due to the files missing, leaving my Windows installation in a broken state.

Personally, I ... Read more

Answer:Computer fails to boot after using Disk Cleanup.

Two things come to mind.
1. Did you use the official AVG removal tool from their website?

2. You could run sfc /scannow to check Windows 7 files.

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I have downloaded windows 7 home premium upgrade ISO from the microsoft store. The burned the iso to disk using the image burner in windows.

My problem is that the disk will boot, and a "windows is loading" screen appears which only takes a minute. Then a windows background appears on screen with a cursor. That is all. No setup at all. What might be wrong here. I would like to make a bootable disk that works.

I can run setup from an OS, but that is not what I want to be able to do.
Help please,

Answer:Install disk fails to boot into setup

As far as I know, 1 most likely problem

Burn a new ISO at slowest speed

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Hello more knowledgeable person than myself. I've been having trouble trying to get my computer to boot; I'd noticed a drop in performance (still unsure why) so decided to boot up in safe mode and poke around - it was not my original intention to install Advanced SystemCare 5.3.0 but somehow it happened. I ran the 'deep-care' utility and everything was working fine, my computer rebooted and performed a disk check: there weren't any errors that I can remember apart from [something along the lines of] 60 reparse files. Following this my computer restarted and Windows failed to load, restarting to show my startup repair - this isn't the first time this has happened, a similar thing occurred following previous attempts at boosting speed, though before I was able to get Windows up and running using an Ubuntu installation disk, although I still don't understand why - no need to say that it didn't work this time.
Startup repair refuses to work and my system restore points have vanished; I would try doing a repair install if I had a copy of the disk. I built the computer myself a few months back, borrowing a Windows 7 installation disk from a friend (who has now lost said disk), startup repair does tell me something about 'Problem Signatures' which are included below:
Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signature 03: Unknown
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Answer:Windows fails to boot, startup repair fails to fix

Quote: Originally Posted by nomtree

Hello more knowledgeable person than myself. I've been having trouble trying to get my computer to boot; I'd noticed a drop in performance (still unsure why) so decided to boot up in safe mode and poke around - it was not my original intention to install Advanced SystemCare 5.3.0 but somehow it happened. I ran the 'deep-care' utility and everything was working fine, my computer rebooted and performed a disk check: there weren't any errors that I can remember apart from [something along the lines of] 60 reparse files. Following this my computer restarted and Windows failed to load, restarting to show my startup repair - this isn't the first time this has happened, a similar thing occurred following previous attempts at boosting speed, though before I was able to get Windows up and running using an Ubuntu installation disk, although I still don't understand why - no need to say that it didn't work this time.
Startup repair refuses to work and my system restore points have vanished; I would try doing a repair install if I had a copy of the disk. I built the computer myself a few months back, borrowing a Windows 7 installation disk from a friend (who has now lost said disk), startup repair does tell me something about 'Problem Signatures' which are included below:
Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signa... Read more

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

Formatting USB external hard disk
Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
&... Read more

Answer:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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Hello everyone,

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

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

'Technical information

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

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

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

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

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

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I first got the windows 10 wifi bug crashing windowsThen got the HP bug black screen When I restarted it with the HDD in I get Boot device not found, Hard Disk 3F0 (no OS found) So I connected the HDD to another PC, the drive is fine the OS and data is all still there and I made a back up. So how do I get my OS booting again? HP? Windows 10HP Envy j144na

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I registered my windows 7 starter asus netbook for windows 10 upgrade, and then cloned the 250GB slow 5400rpm hard disk to a 240GB SSD ( about 80GB was left on the C drive, nothing on the D drive, and the 80 MB and 10 MB partitions I thought were the dual
boot linux partitions-but they werent, that is actually on the motherboard!). So the new SSD contains a single 220 GB window 7 partition which paragon assigned the letter H, and the two tiny partitions are there I
suspect the 80MB partition might be the ASUS repair partition. When I put this disk in and tried to boot it refused. It did boot into the splash screen (a very limited Linux OS thast just web browses, skypes and looks at photos) then I was able to
use the windows repair disk I made and it corrected the boot error and when I logged in I got the black screen with mouse cursor. I was able tyo use ctrl alt del to start the task amanger and start explorer.exe. That allowed me to boot to a "temporoary"profile
which it said would disappear when I logged off. a few programs worked but control panel office etc didnt. I could only start google earth, adobe reader and a couple of other things. A little message in the corner said "this copy of windows is not genuine".
I am hopeing not to do a complete reinstall, is there a way to get it to boot eg by changing the drive letter from H to C? if I boot into the windows repair copnsole and command prompt wil that let me use eg diskpart to change the dri... Read more

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Hi everyone, I just created dual boot with both Windows 7 home edition and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Both windows also original license. I want to use another Windows 7 for testing purpose, but I don`t want to use virtual machine. After I installed the Windows 7 Professional, I able to see another partition windows 7 from My Computer. Is there any way to hide another partition from My Computer or disallow to access to it? If one of my Windows 7 got virus will it affect to another Windows 7 as it can access to another Windows partition?

Answer:Dual Boot both windows 7 in same hard disk different partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I am fixing a friends laptop that is running Windows Vista 64 bit Home Premium. The Laptop will not boot into Windows and it tries to self repair, but without any success. It say's there is a hard disk error - System 32/system/config/default.

His computer didn't come with a Vista reinstallation CD. This is my plan.

1. to create a recovery Vista CD and try and repair.

2. Back up all his Documents using a Bootable disk, then reinstall the operating system.

3. Use the UBCD4Win and use registry restore(little unsure on how to do this).

Are these all viable options and is there something else I can try as well. Appreciate the feedback.

Answer:Unable to Boot into windows - Hard Disk error

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Using Win8PESE80_builder.exe (also 82_builder.exe), trying to build Win8pe boot iso using Win8 pro retail downloaded ISO as the source (files copied from iso to HD folder).

I receive the error in the screenshot just after starting the build.

For those using google, error text is:

Can not detect windows 8 source!!!
You must select a folder with Windows 8 files in the 'Source Directory'

I did find one post at stating that source containing the file install.esd would not work as the file is encrypted, but that is the only reference to that.

Is anyone familiar with why this error occurs and how to work-around? I have no problem building from a win7 pro source.


Answer:Win8SE boot disk build fails with error

you have selected L as your source directory?

look inside that \sources\ folder - do you have an install.wim or install.esd

Since this is the downloaded ISO, I can say for sure it is an install.esd - thus can not be mounted by winbuilder

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Hey everyone,

I'm not sure if this has been posted already...I looked and couldn't find anything.

So basically, my friend wakes up and turns on their computer (a Dell, running Windows XP Home Edition) and it only gets to the first loading screen (not even the Windows logo loading screen) before it automatically goes to the Windows Advanced Options Menu. We select to run windows normally, and right after, the dreaded BSOD. We restart, and same deal with the options menu automatically coming up. So we try to run it in safe mode, same thing. Then again, but we try "last good configuration" - basically, we try every single option given, all of which lead to the BSOD.

We figure there isn't much else to do but try to boot the entire system with the original system boot disk, but that doesn't work either...because it goes directly to the same Windows Advanced Options Menu automatically where all the options just lead up to BSOD, never even loading the disk.

How in God's name do you fix a computer that won't even allow you to fix it?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

Answer:Continuous BSOD - When even the system boot disk fails...

The particular error message/code that you get on the BSOD is often a good clue as to the cause of the problem. Search the MS KB at for the error message and hex code (a string of the form 0x00000000) for possible causes.

In order to boot to a CD to troubleshoot/repair a system the BIOS of the system must be configured to boot to a CD if one is found. Go into the BIOS of the system and look for Boot Options/Order and make sure that the CD option is set to boot before the hard drive.

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I have a 3 year old Toshiba Sattelite Pro L550-17U (Sept 2010). And it has worked perfectly ok since I bought it.

2 weeks ago, I turned it on, on my coffee table, where it lives 90% of the time, and nothing!!

Black screen, no keyboard lights (Caps/Screen/Num lock). Encouraging disk noise, On light was green, and charge light works when plugged in.

Tried external monitor, still nothing.

Continued by:

Reseating ram
Removing Hard Drive
Pressing F8 fairly rapidly after cold starting
Pressing F2 fairly rapidly after cold starting
Removed power and battery, replaced battery,

When it has been switched on (and looking rather black!). None of the keyboard lights respond (Num/Scroll/Caps Lock)

All to no avail.

Suspected blown motherboard.

I'm a little disappointed. I have only had one other laptop fail on me like this, and it was a 10+ year old travelmate!

Any other ideas?


Message was edited by: ianhadling

Answer:Satellite Pro L550-17U fails to boot up, disk noise only


All you have done is right and these are typical steps that one notebook owner can try to check if this will help. Unfortunately there are no much options to test.
On this virtual way it is not possible to offer exact diagnostic but I also think that there is some serous mainboard problem. BIOS maybe? Who knows?

It is not easy to make decision what to do now. You can contact service and ask for help. They can check it and tell you what is wrong there but if the mainboard must be exchanged it can be pretty expensive.
It is really not easy to give you some good advice.

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Finally I have a problem where I can''t make heads or tails from.
I have a very old Pentium II computer, using Windows XP which I use as a music cumputer. It suddenly stoped working. What it still does is booting: it finishes POST operation, checks BIOS, recognises that keyboard and Mouse are attached, it correctly sees my hard drive and cd-rom drive. Then it switches to my hard drive and is supposed to start windows, but it just gets stuck there, giving me an ugly black screens with a blinking cursor and that's all. I've tried reinstalling Windows from CD and that works fine until it restarts and the hard drive is supposed to take over from the CD-ROM. It gives me the same screen. The silly thing is that up until that moment the computer has been copying files from the cd to the hard disk, so the computer is able to work with the harddisk. I've checkdisked the HD and everything was fine. I've placed the HD onto another computer and it was able to read the HD,, so the HD is OK. I've repeated everything with another HD with exactly the same results. So, the computer is working, nothing wrong with the MoBo, the HD is working, cables are fine (I've replaced them as well), computer is able to work with the HD, but it just won't work when windows is supposed to start up. I've a;so made sure that the master/slave jumpers are ok, so that's not the problem either.


Answer:[SOLVED] hard disk doesn't boot, start up windows

try another power supply in it

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My hard drive died and it needed replacement. Did so. Had originally been Windows8 but upgraded to Windows 10. Unable to re boot with reinstall disks. Need BIOS boot specs, screen info to use disks.

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My computer had a problem with the Board so I am trying to boot the hard disk (the O.S is Windows 7) in a diferent computer but when it Shows the Welcolme Screen I always get blue screen. The other computer is a diferent model but I had done this before With Windows XP and it Worked with some drivers problems but It worked.

It is not possible connect a Hard disk with Windows 7 in a diferent type of computer??.

Thank you.

Answer:Can not boot hard disk With Windows 7 in a diferent computer (BSOD)

It is not possible connect a Hard disk with Windows 7 in a diferent type of computer??.

Some PC, yes, Some No.

Download the Paragon free try Rescue kit, this may/mayno work for you:
Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

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Laptop: Dell Inspiron 17RSE 7720 | 3rdGEn i7 3610QM CPU | DDR3 2x4GB RAM 1600MHz | nVidia 3DVision Enabled 17-inch screen running on 2GB GDDR5 nVidia 650M GT (3D enabled with NO optimus)
Hard Disks:
1. 32GB mSATA boot drive (Only windows core files and programs installed on it)
2. 1TB Toshiba 5400rpm (for Programs and Games)
3. 1TB Toshiba 5400rpm (for Movies, songs etc)

This laptop had Windows 7 installed in it with Intel Rapid Storage technology enabled. Few months ago, I changed the SATA mode to AHCI and installed windows 7 on 32GB mSATA drive. I kept the C drive only for windows and didn't install anything else on it. I created an MKLINK for some folders such as Common Files/Adobe and Appdata/Adobe so that heavy applications won't eat space on the little drive.
It was working fine for about 4-5 months, till one day the Windows 7 simply failed to boot. It was stuck on the Starting Windows screen forever. I searched on the sevenforums website and tried a lot of things such as cleaning the RAM, disabling startup programs and services etc. But it didn't help. neither did sfc /scannow nor windows repair using installation disc.
I could boot in safe mode but not normal mode.

So, I decided to reinstall Win7 from DVD that came with dell.
But the installation was stuck at final step of install after first reboot.
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Answer:Windows Fails To Boot, Fails to Install

Your post is quite interesting but too much for me to absorb at one sitting. With that said I will voice a single concern and then ask a follow-up question:

My concern is this:

I changed the SATA mode to AHCI and installed windows 7 on 32GB mSATA drive

Above seems too small for extended growth.

Now, are you trying to do a clean install or reinstall? If that latter, could there be an issue related to the above (eg, not enough room)? I apologize for not try to absorb everything you stated; however, I made it all the way through high school using Cliff's Notes and I never had to read a single book! Guess I'm just lazy...

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   I was trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 from a DVD.  This was because a previous install of Ubuntu16.04 wwould not run without a transient error message, followed by an apparent recovery at start up. I then downloaded program GQRX from but this would not run properly though the Mac version runs OK on a MacBook Pro.   Ubuntu 10.04 needs the WiFi to be set up on install and this I was failing to do!! Don't ask!!! so I powered off rather than attepting to do a more 'proper' shut down.  I presume this has left the disk in a corrupted state.  Now on power up the lamps on the power switch and shift key light but screen is black and after a few seconds there is a loud click,  they both go off and the machine remains in an inert state. I have carried out the reset instructions on this site. to no avail.It has been suggested elsewhere to reinstal Ubuntu 16.04 as a test first and then continue to GQRX if this is improved, but this requires the machine to boot. I have a Win 10 USB stick witch has reinstalled Win in the past so a boot with this would be a satisfactory start.     Any help would be appreciated, so many thank in advance.    john m   

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Trying to dual boot build 10130 iso on a fresh install of 8.1.
Received a message:
"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is not of the GPT partition style"
Laptop is an Asus x550c.
System recovery to Asus factory default.

Asus has a default 4 Partition setup. I added a 5th, Partition 6, by shrinking Partition 4
Looks something like this:

Drive 0 Partition 3 128MB MSR (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 4 OS 395GB Primary
Drive 0 Partition 5 451MB Recovery
Drive 0 Partition 6 New Volume 48GB Primary
Drive 0 Partition 7 Restore 20GB Recovery

I'm using the new Build 10130 iso which just came out.
I don't want to use a VM like I have on a Desktop.


Answer:W-10 dual boot attempt fails. Selected disk of GPT type

Can you post a screenshot of disk management please. If you've created a fifth partition you've must have converted the disk to dynamic, do not reboot until you've posted that screenshot.

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I have a SD card with 50Gb space available. How to use this space to get the upgrade done?

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I have just cloned my 500 GB Toshiba 2.5 inch hard drive with a 1TB WD Mainstream. The programme used to clone was Macrium Reflect which seemed to go OK. The problem I have is the cloned drive will not boot but goes into memory test which tells all is well when you reboot just repeats the test. Does anyone have any idea where to go next. I do not have a spare 2.5 drive to prove the drive is faulty. HELP

Answer:Cloned hard drive fails to boot

Is the clone 1TB WD a 2.5 inch drive and you have put it in laptop in place of the 500 GB Toshiba drive?
How did you have the drive connected when you made the clone?

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I have WD 320 Gig External.

Windows detect the drive and can be seen on my computer but their is no size on the drive.

Check properties no size.

I try to open but windows hangs.

What could be the problem of this?

The USB cable? or my drive is damage?

I also try insert to different computer and all the USB port front or back same result.

Answer:WD External Hard disk Help

Did you initialize the drive?

This may not be the right instructions for your drive:

Because you did not offer more than it being a WD 320GB external.


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I wanted to buy an external hard disk. My understand is Lacie, Freecom, Sony are good makes.

I looked in the sub 100 pound range, and came up with this list.
can some one suggest how i can narrow it down and select one hard disk, i am even more confused since ext. USB2 hard disks from the same make having quite a difference in their sizes are more or less for the same price.

can you suggest some features which an external hard disk should have?

Freecom Classic 80GB USB2 ext HDD
Freecom FHD-1 40 GB USB2
Western Digital Series II 80GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Iomega Desktop 80GB USB2
XIMETA Portable NetDisk 80GB USB2 2MB cache 7200rpm
Lacie P2 Model USB2 Mobile 40GB with USB2 Cables
Freecom FHD-2 PRO 20GB USB2 Ext HDD
Freecom Classic 120 GB USB2 ext HDD
Western Digital Series II 120GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Lacie P3 Model 160GB 7200rpm Ext USB2 Hard Drive inc Cbl
Iomega Desktop 120GB USB2 7200rpm
Freecom FHD-1 80 GB USB2
Iomega Host powered 40GB USB2

Answer:external USB hard disk

go with western digita; your best bet seagate and west make the best HDD's

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Question: external hard disk

Dear Specialists,
Could you please instruct me how to transfer live TV programs directly to my
external hard disk?
Thank you and with kind regards,
Beni Even

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Im realy fed up .......
I have wd 500gb elements (external)...driver shows on device manager and even shows on disk management as disk 1 with a deffirent letter as F I changed it as it was G but no data and cant access and doesn't show on my computer it happened diuring transferring data from my computer to the external hard drive but a suddenly shut down due to high tempretur on wd windows diagnostic tool shows as failer, lights on its working and its fan data I tride many ways to fix by installing and uninstalling changed the cable and cleand registrey by ccleaner but......pls give any seliution not to lose data ....over 270gb data...............

Answer:wd external hard disk

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your Western Digital external HDD plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Before taking the screenshot, please click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane to hide those so that you get a full view.

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