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Windows vista not detecting my hard disk or my hard disk is damaged?

Question: Windows vista not detecting my hard disk or my hard disk is damaged?

okay... i am using pentium d 2.8 with 2gb ddr2 in my pc. my motherboard is ecs p965t-a v1.0b. i have 3 hard disk, one ide interface 80gb which i used for installing my windows vista and programs exclussively. and 2 sata 250 and 160 gb. i was using asus for my video card before with 128 mb memory. and i then i changed it to nvidia geforce 7300 256 mb. fe days after installing my new video card, windows started to boot slowly and sometimes even takes an hour. so i thought the windows was damaged so i tried reinstalling it and it works okay again. but after a few days again it started to boot slowly. so i was thinking that something is wrong with my video card but is not. i noticed that in "computer", my other sata hard disk does not appear.. but sometimes it would appear and dissapear again. sometimes i can open it but sometimes not. so i am getting confused if my hard disk is damaged or not. my hard disk is seagat 7200 rpm. i need your help guys and i hope this will be solved. thanks alot!

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Answer: Windows vista not detecting my hard disk or my hard disk is damaged?

Well that paragraph was hard to read...Double check all your connections to the drives.You say you thought there was trouble with the vis card " but it's not " did you determine this ? ?Have you checked your system operating temps ? ?

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i purchased laptop HP Envy X360 and it was with pre installed window , windows product key on motherboard. but my hard disk damaged and i change it . how can i get windows key???

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Hi, we have a machine installed with a Windows 7 Professional 32 bit os on a 500 GB hard disk. But when we connect another 2 TB hard disk it is not detecting. Is there any case where 32 bit os cannot recognize disks above 2 TB? Please help.

Answer:Hard disk not detecting on windows 7

Do you mean it doesn't show in the BIOS or in Windows explorer? Have you looked in computer management to see if the new HDD is shown there? Unless the disk is formatted it wont show as available for use.

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Answer:how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

hi check out this first just in case and if you do need to read this

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Hi everyone , I am employed as a manager in a firm. I have a problem that I had like to talk about. My system was working fine the other day, but while copying a file by nero?.the system hanged and I had to restart it. But I got a disk boot failure error. Then , I tried to run a windows xp installation CD, but that is also showing some error message during installation and the installation fails.I did check the bios settings and the disk fails to show?and had it checked on another system also?but bios cannot detect the hard disk.I think the disk is damaged or something like that.The disk has important data from my company?s point of view?..that I need to recover.
Please let me know if there are any ways to get my data back from this disk!!!!

Answer:Help me….my hard disk is damaged!!!

If it is a Western Digital and it goes click-click-click when you turn it on, data used internally by the drive has been corrupted and your only hope is a COMPETENT recovery service. DriveSavers will want about $4,000 to do it. I found a company in England that only wanted $800 and the stuff necessary to do it myself; but, haven't had enough of that business to justify $13,000 for the capability.
If the drive is not a WD, there is a reasonable chance for far less effort. ($)
It is hard to troubleshoot, sight unseen and without any particulars; but, here goes....
You need to have a working drive of the same or slightly larger capacity and a program to "clone" a hard drive by copying every sector, one at a time. I use WinHex because it gives me a list of the bad sectors when it is done.
These need to be in place on a system which boots to its own (3rd) drive and has a spare location to connect the bad drive.
Freezing the drive (sealed tightly in a Ziploc bag) for over 4 hours improves the magnetic fields on the media and will often do the trick to allow access; but, the drive needs to be placed on something which will absorb any condensation due to the freezing.
If it is recognized, clone it as fast as you can and then get your files off of the copy.
If it is not, the next step is to purchase an absolutely identical drive so you can swap the logic PCA. EBay is a good source though you need to match all of the details on the drive's sticker; the sa... Read more

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I'm using T61 with Vista Business. I used to restore my system frequently to original factory settings, whenever I faced any problem. My questions are:1- Is it really danger to restore the system frequently?2- How can I recover my system if the hard disk is damaged?3- Can I create recovery disk (DVD/CD)? How? Please help me as I'm facing hard disk problems for past few days, though I've run PC doctor.

Answer:What if my hard disk damaged?

Start -- All Programs -- Thinkvantage -- Create Product Recovery Media, first disk CD, two remaining ones DVD. Save your data on external storage and boot from the recovery disks. If you get a new hard disk that is larger than your old one the recovery disks will set up the C: partition to use also the extra storage. If your hard disk is already so damaged you can't create the recovery disks you can order them from Lenovo support, if your T61 is still on warranty they should ship them to you without charge. ps when booting from the recovery disks, first time when you are asked to insert next disk -- answer no -- second time insert the next disk.

T500: Vista 32, 2.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 15.4" 1680x1050, 500GB 7200rpm, ATI Radeon HD3650 + Intel 4500MHD. T42: XP, 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 14.1" 1024x768, 250GB PATA, ATI Radeon 7500.

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

Answer:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

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?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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i installed MasterBoot software which helps in booting
but it had problem that after booting from my 1 hd i wasnt allowing the windows to detect my 2 hd.
so i uninstalled it but even now, when bios gets my first booting device it is not detecting my other hd
prior to this i was detecting my 2 hd

Answer:not detecting my 2 hard disk

Look in the BIOS in the STANDARD option and see if the second hard drive is set to AUTO

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A friend of mine has a Tiny computer running Windows ME and at boot up it says boot failure and in the BIOS it can't find the hard disk, it's says Not Installed, the computer has been opened up and all the IDE cables and the hard disk itself looks fine and in working order, tried a win ME boot floppy and CD ROM disk, this still does not work, keeps saying boot failure from disk, changed the first boot device in BIOS to different IDE cables, IDE-O right through to 3, but still no luck. She was originally working on Word when it crashed and she forced shut it down by keeping her finger on the power button, thanks for any help given, Rhuddlan.

Answer:Not detecting hard disk

IF you have a spare machine try HD in it, if you get the same response its a case of RIP

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Trick Trick sound comming starting computer Z60 ThinkpadI can retrive my data, please help me

Answer:Hard Disk not detecting

It seems, that the HDD is damaged and needs to be replaced.

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upon plugging my disk, light is glowing on disk but not showing in "my computer".pls reply the remedy

Answer:My WD hard disk is not detecting

If it's a brand new hard drive, format it first. Go to Disk Management.

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I am using vista Sp1 x64 bit operating system. 2 weeks ago i met with a OS crash.
and i re-installed my OS. after that my usb hard disk & my pen drives are not detected. i am having western digital hard disk.

before i insert my harddisk it ll be detected it will not ask for driver cd. but now its asking pls hepl me out.

Answer:usb hard disk not detecting

When you reinstalled the OS did you install the motherboard's drivers?

Also please list system specs, especially motherboard.

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I have tried everything possible to gain access to this hard disk, fdisk, lifeguard and other various boot disks etc. but nothing works.This was a hidden disk and part of a dual booting setup which went pear shaped when i picked the wrong recovery file to remove dual booting.Has anyone any idea of how to access this disk (don't need the data on it) or third party recovery software that is written specifically for this purpose (to help idiots) Thanks.

Answer:MBR damaged/missing on hard disk.

Back in the spring I knackered a WD HD by putting an old Linux OS on it and generally messing about with it.I found that the only way to recover it was to download a tool from the WD site and to copy it to a floppy and write all 0s to the HD. took a while, 40gig, but it's on the puter now and running 98.Good luckCD

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I have an HP Pavilion g4 laptop with pre installed windows 8 on it. It broke down a week ago. It was fine when I turned it on for a few minutes/hours, but sometimes suddenly it's got bluescreened and restarted itself. Usually once in every half an hour.
I've reinstalled it for like 3 times but it always ended up like that.

I run the chkdsk on command prompt. It showed error on disk c. But the other disks are fine. I gave it up on repair and the technician said that it's probably because of hard disk damage. But is there any other possible cause?
Buying a new hard disk will be costly and I'm a student.
Should you need further information, please kindly inform me. I'm sorry I'm still new here.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Is it possible that my hard disk is broken or damaged?

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I have an HP Pavilion g4 laptop with pre installed windows 8 on it. It broke down a week ago. It was fine when I turned it on for a few minutes/hours, but sometimes suddenly it's got bluescreened and restarted itself. Usually once in every half an hour.I've reinstalled it for like 3 times but it always ended up like that.I run the chkdsk on command prompt. It showed error on disk c. But the other disks are fine. I gave it up on repair and the technician said that it's probably because of hard disk damage. But is there any other possible cause?Buying a new hard disk will be costly and I'm a student.Should you need further information, please kindly inform me.And I'm sorry I'm still a new member here.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Is it possible that my hard disk is broken or damaged?

Welcome Aboard...A few old is this laptop and was it dropped at all recently ? ?Have you used the folks at this Shop before ? ? A 2nd opinion is an option here...And lastly you mentioned "other" many in this PC ? ?Have you re-installed the OS ?Check Device Manager for any Yellow !'s...

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I just got a new(ish) computer and I wanted to transfer the contects one of my old hard drives to the new computer. I disconnected the drive from the old and attached as a slave to the new. When I booted up, Windows recognized the hardware and the drive appeared in My Computer. But when I try to open it I get an error message saying that the disk isn't formatted.

The disk can't be too badly damaged because both the partitions are recognized and are of the correct size, etc.

Is there a way to recover the data on the drive (I don't want to keep the drive, just the data)?

It's a Seagate ST320410A with NTFS

Answer:Hard Disk Damaged, Says It's Not Formatted

What OS is the host computer runnig

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hey guys cud ya help me out ...m stuck....m not abl ta detect one of ma harddisk drive..i dun kno whr da hell has it gone..may b sm kindda virus has smitten temme sm way out of it...

Answer:Hard disk drive not detecting

Could you please type correct spelling. I hate having to decypher messages.
"stp tyeping liek y0u cNt sple werdz"

Write a more detailed description of the problem that I can read and I'll see if I can help you out.

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hi,  my laptop(Z570) while booting says hard disk not all happened suddenly ..nothing was wrong with my hard disk as hard disk is 1 year old  old (thosibha ) and my laptop is 1 year old...the mesage while booting says....... Exiting PXE ROMI have tried booting from WINDOWS CD ..tried to go into recovery console and also tried to set up windows but nothing worked it says the same thing no hard disk detected.....I am really very upset and dont know what to do. Is it my hard drive which has gone..PLEASE HELP......i want to retrive the data.THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY PAIN TAKEN TO HELP ME OUT Thanks,Dharmendra 

Answer:Hard disk sometimes not detecting in bios please help

dharmendra_b wrote:hi,  my laptop(Z570) while booting says hard disk not all happened suddenly ..nothing was wrong with my hard disk as hard disk is 1 year old  old (thosibha ) and my laptop is 1 year old...the mesage while booting says....... Exiting PXE ROMI have tried booting from WINDOWS CD ..tried to go into recovery console and also tried to set up windows but nothing worked it says the same thing no hard disk detected.....I am really very upset and dont know what to do. Is it my hard drive which has gone..PLEASE HELP......i want to retrive the data.THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY PAIN TAKEN TO HELP ME OUT Thanks,Dharmendra Hi, to retrieve the data on the drive please read this tutorial first and then download and burn to disc the ?SO, the link of which is provided there as well. Make sure to follow the steps in the tutorial,as they are given. F?RST though you need to access the B?OS  in case  the CD-DVD Drive, is not  first  in the  boot order,put it there,Save AND Exit. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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I have two hard disks in my PC one is IDE(120GB) and the other is IDE(60GB). My PC is not detecting my IDE(120GB) hard disk. I have been replaced my jumper cable but it still not recognizing. Please tell me what is the Problem and how can i solve it.

Answer:My Computer is not detecting Hard Disk

You have to change the jumper situeted at the rear of the hdd from master to slave or vice versa that mean's one must be a master drive while the other should be a slave cause changing the cable as you said has nothing to do in this process

Good luck

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Hello. I have a Seagate GoFlex 1TB External Hard Disk. I had been using it for quite sometime without any problems. Now it doesn't get detected in "My Computer" window. I checked in Computer Management and the drive is detected in "Device Manager". However, in "Disk Management", it shows as Unallocated. I am extremely perplexed as this drive had a lot important softwares and books and I don't want to format it to make the hard disk re-detectable. Is there any way to restore it to its previous state without formatting?

Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:External Hard Disk Not Detecting

First thing that comes to mind is to shut down the computer then unplug the power for about ten second then plug back in and restart. If that doesn't work and you have another computer or laptop that you can use then test it on those.

A last resort would be to take the HDD out of its holder and plug it directly into the computer using any extra internal plugins. If you do not have any extra ones then unplug the DVD/CD drive and use those. This will give you an idea if there is any thing wrong with the HDD. . .Good luck.

BTW, "Welcome to the Seven Forums." . . .

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My windows 7 ruuning on 2.1GHz , 3 GB RAM used to show blue screen while tryingt o watch any movies. It used to get stuck.

Also in Bios it occasionally stopped detecting the hard disk. also system time used to get slower time to time. after 2-3 weeks, now the hard disk completely stopped detecting and only DVD drive is showing in boot option. earlier I could get it detected after rebooting it copuple of times. Now it comepletely stopped detecting

Is it a hard disk failure issue ? or Bios battery becomes too low ? can someone guide me on same ?

Answer:Hard disk not detecting in BIOS

Hello and welcome tomcatic fist of all mate how old is the machine and some more specs would be real handy.

Find these with Speccy - Download < from piriform

send some screen shots if possible as it would be good to see what the temps are doing too.

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well i have two hadrdisk in my computer one is a sata(80 GB) and the other is IDE(40GB).My computer is not able to detect my sata hard drive. i have replaced my jumper cable too but its still not working.please help

Answer:computer is not detecting my hard disk

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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Help me im already having 80 gb IDE hd......yesterday i hd bought a new sata 250gb hd...the problem is,it is not showing or identify my new hdd in bios.Its working fine in my friends pc

Answer:New sata hard disk not detecting

you have to set your bios to recognise the sata drives..its probably set only to ide.. try unplugging the ide from the mobo then attach the sata and boot.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Recently Lenovo sent me a new HDD to replace my damaged HDD. I was told that I can return the old, damaged HDD in 10 days after deleting all data. I am based out of Frankfurt, Germany and want to know the address to which the old HDD must be shipped. 

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HP All-in-One ENVY 20 TouchSmart PC  HP 20-d034 FAILURE ID : 60FQG2-008GM-MFPP0K-60HR03PRODDUCT ID : H3Z72AA#ABA I moved up to windows 10 with the free upgrade.  I received the failure message from Windows and ended up resetting my computer to its original state which was windows 8.  It is now 8.1 and the hard disk problem still pops up. I don't have alot of experience replacing hardware in computers.  Is this an issue I can resolve myself?  Please advise. 

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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I bought a Western digital elements portable harddisk previos week.When i connect to my computer it is not detected.But it detecting on ma friends computer.I tried all the system config is
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3600+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: Seagate 500gb
Motherboard: MSI, MS-7309
plz help me

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Hello I have WD My passport 1TB.After knowing that it had lot of bad factors I used HDD regenerator and at 95 percent it stopped working and I restarted my Pc and now my HDD is detecting but not showing up.So I went to disk management and tried this and it shows like this

So I am not able to find any solution.Any other solutions?


Answer:External hard disk detecting but not opening

After knowing that it had lot of bad factors I used HDD regenerator and at 95 percent it stopped working and I restarted my Pc and now my HDD is detecting but not showing up

Bad sectors are physical defects and modern hard drives are designed to automatically fix them via a process called sector remapping. Basically what it does is to mark the original failing sector as bad in an internal table called "G-List" (growing defect list ) and allocate a spare good sector from the hidden sector reserve pool as a replacement to the failing one. This process is transparent to both user and OS.

The only way a bad sector will show up on your disk is if the pool has been completely used. In other words, your remapping pool is so full that it cannot take another bad sector and now the drive is throwing errors that it can’t read from a sector.This is a clear indication that the drive is in a very critical state, has been for quite awhile and is deteriorating at an alarming rate.

There is no point in trying to "fix" this disk. Even if you managed to create a partition, the disk will completely fail very soon.

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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 500 gb 7200.12 seagate HDD which was suddenly disappeared while navigating, since then it is not detecting by BIOS (and after that it was shown while I am trying update its firm ware!!)please hlep me I stored full 500gb data in it its about 10years collection!

Answer:Seagate hard disk not detecting in BIOS

No idea what is going on, safest way is to slave your HD to another HD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) & copy your stuff ( don't forget your emails & address book ) onto the other HD or other media.You may have a choice of jumper settings on the master HD, such as master with slave or ms.

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I am using window Vista.I have a WD passport essential usb hard was working fine 2 days before but today when i plugged it , my computer explorer doesnot show the usb drive but it is decteted in task bar as usb drive is connected.and my pc also dont respond.I have chged my USB port and also chked in another pc but the problem persists.can anyone help me in this regard....

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I have been having mechanical problems with my harddrive. Its so noisy and staggering that I want to replace it. The main problem is that my computer (Packard Bell) came with 2 recovery disks on two different disks. A CD-ROM (master) and a Boot diskette. Recently I discovered that the boot diskette has become currupted and will no longer work. My warranty has run out years ago i've tried packard bell but to no reply.

So i'm here asking you guys wether there is another way round my problem. I want to install a new hard drive but have got only the CD-ROM part of the recovery disks.


Thanks for your time!

Answer:adding new hard drive but boot disk damaged.

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Hello everbody, a reluctant famliy computer fixer here,
so here's the story-
we have a Gateway GM 5474 desktop computer that had the hard drive fail,
here are the computer specs that I started out with:

ProcessorAMD Athlon64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor

Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1024 KB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE
MemoryInstalled: 2048 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB DIMMs)

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive

Optical Drive: DVD RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive

Write max: 16X DVDR, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256 MB

DirectX 10 and Blu-ray / HD DVD capable
One DVI-I port with HDCP
One HDMI port
One S-Video port (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
AudioIntegrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition AudioNetwork SupportIntegrated MARVELL 88E8056 10/100 Ethernet

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
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Answer:Solved: hard disk replcemnt reloading vista mc from recovery disk

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I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

Answer:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

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My external (seagate) hard drive can be detected, but it won't show on My Computer. I tried few options however the device is still not being recognised.

It appears in my device manager. I have uninstalled it, plug my hard drive back. It gets detected, but it still won't appear in My Computer.

It also appears in disk management. It's shows as Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialised and the right column is blank.

I downloaded the MiniTool Partition Wizard and attempted to recover my data. I completed all the steps expect the last step as I can't right click to give the drive a letter.

I have important unbacked information on this device. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Detecting. Disk 1 Unknown.

Hello Liyah,

Your screenshots are two small to be able to read.

For now in Disk Management, see if you area able to right click on the smaller Disk 1 box in the lower pane, and click on an Online or Initialize option in the context menu. Afterwards, make sure the disk has a drive letter.

Disk - Set as Offline or Online

Hope this helps for now,

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Respected Sir,
I am using win7 as my O/S at present. Yesterday i was trying to make my external USB Pen drive a bootable device using CMD Prompt and i did it very well. But, unfortunately,just after that,i have restarted my system by mistake as i forget to switch my internal hard disk to active. i have activated the external usb drive to active during that process.
Now, when i restart my pc, it throws me an error { " No partition found" grub rescue> }
please provide me the best solution to get rid of this problem.
i am using HP Pavillion dv 6000 series.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Thanks and regards,

Answer:PC is not detecting the Internal Hard disk. Connection Lost.

Hi and welcome to TSF do you mean you set the usb to be the boot device ? have you tried going into the bios F2 on booting and setting the hdd as first boot device then use F10 to save and exit

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I have a brand new Seagate Free Agent GoFlex 1 TB external HDD. Actually it's my dad's and I was suspicious that it might have a virus. So I booted my laptop through Ubuntu and plugged my Seagate once it booted successfully. There was no virus, just some default files that can be found on a new HDD, like UserManuals, an exe file also which I guess might have been the driver. There were some other files as well but I can't remember the names. Relieved that there is no virus, I formatted the Seagate HDD because I knew (or believed) that those files aren't really necessary to run the HD. A message appeared which said the disk couldn't be formatted properly but still was opening with no data in it. Yesterday I wanted some data from my friend and plugged in the HD in her computer. The HD did open and drive window appeared with no data in it. Everything fine. Suddenly the window disappeared and drive was not there even in My Computer. I unplugged and replugged the HD many times but the HD could not be detected. Now I can't use this Seagate HD, as it's not even being detected.

What went wrong? Did something happen due to the deletion of those default files? Or something else went wrong?

Please help!

Answer:Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB external hard disk not detecting

When the drive is plugged in, does it appear in the disk manager?

(To get to disk manager click START > Right click on Computer > Manage > Disk Management)

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

Answer:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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What do I need to fix this issue?

Answer:Hard Disk Test Failed Hard Disk 1roduct QE24UA#ABA ID: GG8KH...

The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail  SATA hard drive can be used. I believe this model uses a laptop/mobile hdd.Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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I ran Dist Test in system diagnostics and read failed. Error log read Hard Disk Failed id# osng6c-5r76hw-xd6v4k-6odpo3 then next line same id but tune up failed then run in failed

Answer:SMART Hard Disk Error detected an imminent failure Hard Disk

Confirmed, You have a bad drive.

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Hi All, I am using Lenovo Y450 when i start my laptop on booting up it says "Operating System not found". When i checked in the BIOS it shows "NONE" for Hard disk. What can be done to slove this. It was working fine few days back.. Please help me..

Answer:Lenovo Y450 Hard Disk not detecting in BIOS and when booting says OS not found

if you're sure that your hdd not listed ( not working ) there's only one thing you can do, call lenovo support line and ask for hdd replacement.

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Lenovo Thinkpad T410 is not detecting transcend 250 GB external hard diskI have XP installedI have updated my bios also.It is also not shown in Disk Management.My hard disk is being detected on other desktops and laptops.My hard disk has only got a usb connector and no external power cord is provided with it.Transcend Storejet 25 mobile 250GB is my hard disk Please help me sort out this problemIhave tried every thing. Thankyou  

Answer:Lenovo Thinkpad T410 is not detecting transcend 250 GB external hard disk

Please somebody reply as soon as possible.Thankyou

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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I got an error on hard disk...

A hard disk devided to two partitions: (C - for OS Win XP Pro) and (D - 2nd partition).
The problem is, when i start the pc (windows was running but immediately restarted automatically - repeated). I take out the hard disk and installed it as a slave drive to other pc for data recovery before repair/format the problem hard disk.

FYI, the 2nd partition can be accessed and read. But the 1st partition of the hard disk (for OS) appeared this error when i try to open it : "THE DISK STRUCTURE IS CORRUPTED AND UNREADABLE". Is anyone can help me to solve this problem?


Answer:Error on Hard Disk : The Hard disk structure is corrupted and unreadable

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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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  Hi Yikes - I am in deep trouble !Following a virus attack, I have zero-ed my Thinkpad T60's hard disk (using KillDisk), but now when I try to install WindowsXP Pro from a CD, but although it can read the CD and does get so far... it says it cant read the hard disk ! I was hoping to install the correct driver (see below) but now I can't find my floppy disk drive for my T60.Is it possible for DOS to read off a DVD or a CD? I have tried to download a file which I am hoping is the correct driver"Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows 7 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit) and XP (32-bit) - ThinkPad"6iim10ww.exe without a floppy drive I dont know how to get it into my T60!Is it possible to put the data onto a CD or a DVD and read from there? Cheers  ShipP.S. My machine is a Lenovo/IMB Thinkpad T60 "2007-F4G" with a 74GB hard disk. 

Answer:Can a T60 (with completely zero-ed hard disk) install a hard disk drive from a CD? Or floppy only?

Hi shiphen,
please refer to this install instructions.
For further guidance check into this thread.

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My hard drive is ST3500320AS ATA Device.

I have 2 paritions right now. One is XP, one is Vista.

I had this message before on Windows Vista x64. [Because it was a new partition]
I used this thing called Ultimate Boot CD, and it fixed it.

I used to have x64, and wanted x32. When I installed it(x32), I accidentally made a 3rd partition using some program... it needed to restart to make the 3rd partition.

Now heres where it gets confusing for you. I restarted, and stupidly put in the Windows Vista disc in before it made the 3rd partition. So since the 3rd partition wasn't up yet, I put Ultimate over the previous vista. The computer restarted again (as part of the install) and created the 3rd partition.

After everything finished installing, I deleted the 3rd partition...

But now I get the Hard Disk error every time in Vista (Doesnt show up in XP).

Ultimate Boot Disc didn't work.... I left it on for 9 hours and it found nothing. (Or maybe I used it wrong? Last time I used it someone on the phone guided me, not this time.)

So.... how can I fix my hard drive? I don't want to back everything up :|

Answer:Windows Vista hard disk failure?

You already stated in another thread you were using pirated software, we cannot assist with pirated software.
Although you didnt mention it in this thread you did not provide accurate information how would we assist without the proper information. That would be wasting our time trying to find out why our suggestions didnt work because you didnt provide the correct information.

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I am a new player here, so excuse me if i make a mess of this. I have a Sony Vaiol laptop and am  running vista.  I haven't used it for a lot other than internet, so data limited and space is problem started suddenly when i turned on pc and a black screen with the error message,"disk read error, press cntrl+alt+del to continuie."didnt do it! Wouldnt do anyuthing.Finally, I acquired legal sony recovery disks. And when the screen to choose operating system comes up, there is none so it says apply drivers and im lost, I have no familiarity with hard disk drivers so....but did bring up command prompt in recovery and through luck and lil else, i happened on chkdsk and found it to all check out but it does say NTFS not fat 32, but found no problems. Now Im dumb completely!!! Help if you can.

Answer:hard disk`??? wont reboot even with recovery disk yet all disk checks say fine.

Sony Vaiol laptop.Has problems of its own. It is not piratical to give you guidelines on this laptop. There have been many issues about how to repair and maintain it. The recovery discs should have everything you need.Here is a bit of advice, not really my own, try to sell the unit to somebody that thinks they know how to fix it. Then go buy a new or used laptop that will suit hour needs.The cost of ownership of any laptop is higher that many new users expect. Some more than others.This  may sound like a rant to put down Sony. It is not. Sony has made their own bed of nails. Look at this article from last year:Sony Vaio Laptop Recall: Everything You Need To KnowRead the article. You decide.

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Hello everyone,

I am new in the forum, so i don't know if there is a successful solution to the problem that i will write below. If there is i woulk like you to send me the link in the forum so as to read it.

I am owner of a HP laptop with Windows vista 32bit and my ahrd disc space is 160gb (142 in reality). I have a loss of about 35 gb in my disc space, that i am unable to find them. I have tried disk cleanup, deleting temporary files, shadow copies, i have used programmes such as cc cleaner, but i still have problem with the disc space capacity. I have chosen all folder one by one with right click and properties, i have arranged not to have hidden folders and i have also checked them, but still i cannot find the solution.

Could someone please help me??

Thank you in advance for possible answers and for the time that you'll spend.

If you have any questions, please ask me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:Windows vista lost space on hard disk

Hi manos667

Have look at this link:

System Restore - disk space

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I'm trying to replace my hard disk of my computer that has Windows Vista OEM. I have the recovery CD's with me. If i buy a new hard drive, and install it in to the computer, will i be able to install OEM version of Windows Vista i had in computer using the recovery CDs?

Answer:Replace the hard disk of a computer that has OEM Windows Vista

You should be able to do that, if the disks work. Usually they do, sometimes they don't.

You won't end up with an OEM version of Windows. You'll end up with an OEM version of Windows plus whatever other stuff was on the PC when you bought it---whether you want that other stuff or not.

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Hi ,  Actually i am a novoice user of laptops and that is the reason why i have landed up here.It happened this way.. i had a windows vista installed in my laptop previsoly. i just wanted to install xp so that i could use both xp and vista .i thought the options would be the same way in which we install windows xp and windows 98. so before installing xp , i just went in disk management in vista and made some partioin where i can install xp. then i restarted the laptop with the bootable xp my horror i couldnt see any of those partitions which i created . and there was only a single large partion. so i decided to quit and aborted the installation process. but after restarting , i could see that the laptop couldnt boot. thinking that something seriously has gone wrong,i just rebooted the laptop with the xp cd and deleted the only partitioin which i could see and installed the xp by formtting the partion and creating new ones. and now i could see only xp. later on i came to know that the vista could have been retrieved by using the novo button which i didnt know previously. i would like to know whether i can still retrieve that vista version again ?? i also donno whether i have deleted the recovery partion or not but someone told me that since the recovery partion is not visible to us , it might not have been deleted it true???

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Hi..Can you please let me know what is the size of 1) Windows xp sp2 pro ------before installation on the cd and after installation on the hardrive 2) Vista------------------------before installation on the cd and after installation on the hardrive 3) Windows 7-----------------before installation on the cd and after installation on the hardrive Thanks in anticipationEDIT: Please do not post multiple topis with the same question

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Hi all. I am switching my problem to a new thread as the last thread died out...

I have a 1 year old pc that I had built. Its got an evga 780i FTW mobo, and 2 seagate barracuda hard disks. I had them in Raid 1 and the main disk failed. After hours of trying, the second disk, the backup would not boot into windows. All seemed as if the os on the backup was corrupted somehow. (ain't raid great)
Now I have installed the new replacement drive, and left the backup out. I installed a fresh version of Vista, and all the drivers, and have a working pc now.
What I need to do is install the backup drove to get some data off it. Pictures of the kids etc...
I have installed the drive into its original backup position. Its shows up in the bios no problem.
In Vista however, I still only have a single C drive. Under disk management, it shows my new drive as healthy (system boot, page file, etc....)
The backup shows as unallocated. I have tried and tried, but I cannot read any info on this drive.
Can anyone shed some light here. I would very much appreciate it.

Answer:Old vista hard disk unreadable in windows....need to get data off it.

If the BIOS is detecting the disk correctly then you may be able to recover the data with Recover My Files. The software is not free, but you can download a free Trial version and test it on some files to see if it can recover the files.

You will find it at this URL


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I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

Answer:optical disk installation of Windows 8 after a hard disk crash

Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan

I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

I'm not positive, but I'd guess a $14.99 price for Win 8 would be a download, unless Samsung is offering some special promotional price for a disc.

I've seen a price of $69.99 for Windows 8 Professional, which I think is for a disc.

I'd find out what that $14.99 price is good for. It may be for an ISO download, in which case you could burn the ISO to a disc.

I'd keep the Windows 7 disc regardless. If you are like most people, you probably will find 7 preferable to 8.

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I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

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

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


Answer:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

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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I attached this old hard disk of mine. It is a 20 gig hard disk ATA 100
I was thinking of partitioning in the following way.
4 gigs for Windows XP
4 gigs for Windows 2000(do i really need Windows 2000 and Windows XP on the same machine)
4 gigs for LInux
8 gigs for miscellaneous.

I have currently got a 160 gig hard drive with Windows XP, i will make it my apps/data drive, just in case something goes wrong with the 20 gig drive, i will still be able to boot using my apps drive.

If i make the second drive my apps drive, do i need to have it in Slave mode, my motherboard has four IDE connections.

Answer:want to partition my hard disk and make it my system hard disk

Wait.... if you had the 160 as the drive with applications on it? Yes, it would be slave (jumpered) if you plan on booting from the 20GB.

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Hi all,I recently bought a HP DV6-3299eg laptop and it has started to show up a SMART Hard disk error screen whenever the computer is turned on.  Also, when I'm using the machine it pops up warning messages saying there is a problem with the hard drive and i need to back-up. However, when I run the System Diagnostics Quick and Full Hard Disk tests, they pass 100%. Also, when I run the Start-up test, the Memory test is a 100% pass. And the Primary Hard Disk Self test is 100% passed.  But on both the start-up test screen and the Hard Disk test screen it shows up "SMART check: Hard Disk 1 SMART (301). No warranty code shows up only that SMART check error number. I bought the computer in Vienna, Austria, but am currently in Budapest, Hungary. The chain of stores I bought it from (SATURN) has stores in both countries and so I took it to the Budapest store yesterday to see what they could do.  Through minimal broken English I understood i was to go home and reinstall windows and that would get rid of the problem.  But that is not the case.  I reinstalled windows 7 last night, then upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate (to get the laptop working in English), and the SMART check error still shows up on start-up.  I've backed up all my files and just waiting to see what happens. I phoned HP support earlier but they're closed as it's Sunday, so I will try again tomorrow. So in the meantime I thought I would post on here and see ... Read more

Answer:SMART hard disk 301...but apparently no hard disk problem?!

Hi, Which OS is installed?Upgrade to the latest BIOS. Here is a link to your notebook's support pages where the drivers and software are.I suggest that you contact HP. Hard drive replacement is covered under the basic one-year warranty.Best regards,erico 

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

Answer:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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My unit is Lenevo 3000 V200My remaining free space on my hard disk is 27.4GB out of 120GBI have few files, Pictures, Music on my computer.I notice every time my computer update and back up it consume more space in my hard disk.I am worried in a few months i will have no more space in my hard disk.  What should i do?Can this be resolve?Can i upgrade my hard disk?

Answer:How to free up hard disk space? or Can i upgrade my hard disk?

The System Restore uses a lot of disk space, if it is in disk C, move it to disk D.Clean up the Temp. files and registry.Defragment your disks.Uninstall unnecessary files.Save your personal files in Disk D. Save downloaded files in Disk D.Do not or install  and uninstall the "Optional" updates. Always perform Disk Cleanup. The above will release some space in Disk C. 

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What is the limit of hard disk space that both Windows XP and Windows Vista support?

I am thinking about building a Windows XP system for storage i was wanting very large hard drives something like 1TB.

Please help

Answer:Maximum hard disk space support on Windows XP/Vista

There is no preset limit. I have over 1TB of storage and both XP and Vista recognize it all.

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I have a laptop with processor 1.7ghz and 512DDR2 RAM which suitable to install vista. I heard many people said that 512 RAM just only eonugh store vista services.. means that no more available memory to store other third party software services that installed...

I know I can increase my page file but I don want to do that because it will slow down performance.

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.

Some other observations: I think that the performance that you are going to get is going to be substandard... you already don't have enough memory and the fact that you will be running the OS from the external drive, well, that should slow it down quite a bit as well.

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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how can i format my hard disk ving windows vista home premium n then reinstall windows vista home premium n how much timesmicrosoft lets u reinstall ur windows

Answer:How To Format Hard Disk With Windows Vista Home Premium

Formatting Vista is no different to formatting XP. Boot from the Cd then follow the prompts but dont forget to save your important data first as all will be lost. Also there is no limit on formatting OS.

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Please help
I have a problem with my Compaq PC ...will explain from beginning !!
At first when i boot the PC it used to come one message like " splash screen error run rompaq.." and below that black screen F1 to boot....when i press F1 used to boot windows and i can work comfortably the problem...before last two days when i tried to start my PC it won't boot ..instead it shows the same message press F1 to boot (i suspect by mistake i deleted some system file..but it was a normal shutdown i made last time)...after that i made one start up disk from another computer and tried to boot from it ..but i can't ..while booting from floppy it begins the booting but windows not shows like
A:\> mode can code page prepare=((720) ega4.cpi)
failure to access code page font file
A:\> mode con code page select =720 code page not prepared
A:\> keyb us,, keyboard.sys
code page specified has not been prepared
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem

Answer:Windows Xp Can Not Boot Both From Hard Disk And Start Up Disk

You have some serious troubles, and need to do some intensive reading on how Windows works, and what happens when a hard drive is corrupted or damaged or mis-installed..
It would be helpful for you to tell us computer, install discs, installed hardware, connection, hardware configuration you have, as well as the age of everything, and the recent history of failures and difficulties..

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Yesterday I was about to send an e-mail when I decided instead to go to lunch. I left the computer turned on when I left. When I returned I was surprised to see the following onscreen message:

Windows detected a hard disk problem

Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk.

I was given two options:

(1) Start the backup process

(2) Ask me again later
If the disk fails before the next warning, you could lose all of the programs and documents on the disk.

I then clicked on Show details and was warned to back up my important information immediately. Moreover, I was instructed to try not to use my computer until the hard disk has been repaired or replaced.

Under Which disk is failing the name of the hard disk is given. At the end it reads ATA Device.
Volume: C:\

Starting at around noon on Sunday I received this message twice in less than an hour. It's now 14 hours later and it hasn't reappeared. At someone's suggestion I am currently running CHKDSK and waiting for the results.

Does getting this message invariably mean there's a serious problem, or could it be received inadvertently, without any actual problem. At any rate, I've spent all day backing up all the stuff I care to save, just in case there is something amiss.

Should I continue using my laptop as though there is no problem, or should I follow the message instructions and ca... Read more

Answer:Windows detected a hard disk problem on my Toshiba (Vista) laptop

Well, it's Monday afternoon, and my laptop continues to work very, very well -- no signs yet of any hard drive problem. Can I expect it to conk out at any minute? Or could the warning message have been nothing more than a false positive?

By the way, I ran CHKDSK last night. When I went to bed it was at 15%, so I figured it would be finished by the time I woke up. When I got to my laptop this morning I expected to see a lengthy list of CHKDSK results. Much to my surprise I saw instead my normal screen: wallpaper and icons. So I clicked on GOOGLE CHROME and started surfing the Net.

Now I have a few more questions. Where in the heck do I find my CHKDSK results? Could it be that my laptop, indeed, did have hard drive problems which now have been repaired by CHKDSK? If so, wouldn't the CHKDSK results give me an answer? If there are problems which are irreparable, would the CHKDSK results tell me so? I would just like to know where I stand. At this point I have absolutely no idea if my hard drive is, or is not, about to die. It would be good to be able to find out, if indeed that's possible. I would be most grateful to anyone who might be able to help. Thank you.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 Running on Intel Celeron with a RAM capacity 1GB. The operating system: Windows Vista Basic Home. Its been running fine since the last two year but over the past week I noticed that the hard-disk space of the C drive was decreasing rapidly without me downloading anything, So I deleted a lot of data, used C-Cleaner and yet every time I switch it on almost half the space that was left is eaten up. I browsed through a lot of articles and most of it pointed the problem to the 'System Restore' feature. I ran disk clean up and nothing worked so I disabled System Restore and on Elevated Command Prompt I tried VSS LIST STORAGESPACE and all of that and all I got was that the query was invalid. I browsed through every folder. The space used by Windows and Program was not the problem and then I found that there was a folder in C---Users----Public-----PC DM Files------- PC NAME------ Over a million folders (In fact more) called Backup with the date and time and each minute(eg. Backup_15/6/2010_12.00 AM, 12.01 AM etc) had close to 50 folders and new folders keep coming up every time I switch on the Laptop and it is not possible to delete them as well because every time I do so the system hangs. Any Help on this? What can I do?

And I've scanned the system with BIT Defender, Kaspersky and Avast. Its all clear.

Answer:Windows VISTA eating up hard-disk space. Not the usual problem

Initially I would suggest turning off startup programs to sort this out. Go to MSConfig (type it in the start menu search box) and click startup. Uncheck all entries except your antivirus. Restart. See if that allows you to delete the folders.

If so you can turn back on the ones that you actually need, and leave off the others. Remember that most startup entries aren't needed at all, often being put there to do speed up loading a program when you actually decide to use it, but the program will still load fine if its turned off. Turning off startup entries is a good way to help improve the performance of your computer--I have exactly 2 enabled.

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I will try to keep this as brief as possible and yet give you wise and wonderful tech persons all the information you need to help me out. I am intelligent, but NOT a super-user.

I have an e-machines desktop computer. It is old. A Cyrix MII 266 processor with upgraded memory. I have a 10gb Maxtor hard drive which is the issue at hand. I am running Win2000. My home computer (the e-machine desktop) is networked through a router with my printer and my business laptop.

The problem: Win2000 loads and boots. It LOOKS like it's functioning properly. However, it cannot read any of the files on the disk. When I try, it tells me C: is inaccessible. I can't search, explore, etc. The files are "non-existent."

I managed to get Windows to create a backup of it and saved that file to my Laptop. I can only "assume" that it actually backed up ALL the files on the drive so they are safe.

One really ODD thing you should know is that I cannot get into the BIOS. When it boots and usually gives you that second or two to hit [F2] and enter setup ... doesn't do that any more. I sit and hold the F2 key. Nope. I've second-guessed myself and tried the ESC key and the F1 key. I've tried it with and without the CTRL key. Nothing. So I can't even tell the silly thing to boot from the CD instead, load onto my D: backup drive and then kill the C: drive. It's like it's possessed.

Things I've already tried (not necessarily in this order):
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Answer:Solved: Hard Disk issue similar to "Help! Broken Hard disk" Thread

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

Answer:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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Answer:Remove Windows Vista SP2 Setup Files to Save Hard Disk Space

Please, search the forum before posting any new posts . It is very well known and already posted at forum by other members too.

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i need to reformat my hard disk but i have lost the windows xp installation disk...what can i do besides having to purchase another copy of windows?

Answer:Reformat hard disk without windows xp disk?

Well you kind of need a CD in order to boot from it. Keep your CD key with you and maybe borrow someone else's disk, then enter your key. Another way you could is maybe find a download-able version of windows XP that you can burn to a disk then again when prompted enter your current CD key. (I'm sorry Techspot, I DO NOT endorse illegal pirated software but in this case he isn't really stealing it because he does own XP, he just needs the disk. Or maybe there is a copy of XP available that you are free to grab and are genuinely allowed to download.)

Don't know your key? Download the keyfinder from Here Click on the THERE on that page.

You can download it from THERE (251kb) or visit the author's website for more download links:Click to expand...

and when you do get it write it down somewhere so you don't lose it, just don't tell anyone what it is though.

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Greetings, In a hurry I set up Lenovo T61 BIOS Supervisor password, Power on password and Hardisk User and master passwords and forgot Power on password and User Hard Disk password which are the same, but BIOS Supervisior pasword and Master Hard Diks pasword I know. I succesfully removed power on password, but cant remove User Hard disk password. when trying to enter in BIOS settings after pressing F1 it asks for Hard Disk password and it wont take Master Hard Disk password so I am stuck at step 2 This instructionsfrom Hardware Maintenace manual doesnt work, because when I am trying to enter in BIOS settings after pressing F1 it asks for Hard Disk password and it doesnt work with Master Hard Disk password  :1. Turn on the computer.2. When the ThinkPad logo comes up, immediately press F1 to enterBIOS Setup Utility. For models supporting the Passphrase function, press F1 while HDP icon is appearing on the screen; then enter the master HDP. For the other models, enter the master HDP. Note: To check whether the ThinkPad computer supports the Passphrase function, enter the BIOS Setup Utility and go to Security --> Password. If Using Passphrase item is displayed in the menu, this function is available on the ThinkPad computer.3. Select Security, using the cursor directional keys to move down the menu.4. Select Password.5. Select Hard-disk x password, where x is the letter of the hard disk drive. A pop-up window opens.6. Select Master HDP.7. Type the curr... Read more

Answer:Remove User Hard disk password on T61/T61p if you know Master Hard disk password.

Got solution. when it asks for Hard disks password press F1 again and then it will ask for Master Hard Disk password. so finally after 6 hours I found it

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I've had this error for a long time on start up and often the laptop will crash. From reading other forums it is likely I need to replace my hard disk/ hard drive. I need guidance on the correct hard disk/drive to replace my existing one.  Thanks Cieran

Answer:Hard disk 1 (301) error, replacement hard disk.

Here's the Service manual: Manual Supports 6.35 cm (2.5 in) hard drives in 9.5 mm (.37 in) and 7.0 mm (.28 in) thicknesses (all hard drives use the same bracket) See p. 105 for "how to" but on this model it is a pretty involved job to open it up and replace the hard drive. Above is a good mechanical hard drive. You have several options which get faster as they get more expensive. You can get a hybrid (sshd) drive or a solid state drive. The performance increase from a solid state drive is something to behold.  We can also walk you through software reinstallation which is easy if you have HP restore disks and still pretty easy if you have Windows 10 on your laptop activated and licensed.  Post back with any more questions.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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I have a HP Ency Phoenix -810-160 that had a dead HD. I got a good deal on a SSD and thus replaced the drive. When I attempted to run the recovery disks, I ran into the issue that I kept getting a Hard Drisk Error blue screen at start up.  I found it odd so I took the drive and tested it on another computer. No issue. I've now been able to install windows 8.1 back on it and even upgraded it to Windows 10 before the deadline but I still get the blue sceen error.  All tests pass for both memory and the hard disk. System also runs fine with the exception that when I start up the computer there is a massive delay, then I get the Hard Disk Error, If I just F2 kit and then close and continue, the system finishes to start up.  I think I may be having a firmware issue but HP Assist is installed and all updates are suposed to be running.  Anyone outthere running into a similar issue? I feel like I'm having a false positive since I went up to a Solid State Drive. 

Answer:Hard Disk Error but Hard Disk fine

How much capacity, in GB, does the SSD have? Less than 256GB is unlikely to work with the recovery media.

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Got some problem here,just recently bought SATA 3.0 hard disk(samsung)and i forgot if my motherboard support this hard disk,after checking it only supports 1.5 SATA.I visited samsung website on how to force my Hard disk to run at 1.5,
I'd follow what the site told me to do but no luck still got the same problem ("Hardware Initiate failed,Please check device) (The BIOS does not be installed)

Anyone got an idea how to fix this,might be some BIOS set-up?Kindly walk me through,Im still using my trusted desktop Motherboard Asrock p4v8+ BIOS P1.50.Badly need help

Answer:SATA Hard Disk 3.0 to MOBO 1.5 Hard Disk

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HiCan someone please tell me how to copy eveything from hard disk #1 to hard disk #2then remove hard disk #1 and use hard disk #2 in its place..???I have tried a few different things that I know of and i'm out of ideas!Any help will be much appreciated!RegardsJim

Answer:Hard Disk To Hard Disk (straight Copy!)

Download Digital Dolly 1.0 and burn an .iso image to a CD. Create a folder on your computer to DL Digital Dolly to. Unzip DD in the same folder. Te create a bootable image.Use the Drive Image feature in DD to copy all the information From drive C:\ to D:\.MOD: Cleaned up mispelled word and poor sentence structure (Like you can see a difference).

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HiMy dad is looking to buy a hard disk. He has an EIDE interface mobo but isnt sure whether to go for this hard disk type or for a serial ata hard disk. Also, can you get adapters to change from a serial ata hard disk to a mobo eide connector?

Answer:Serial ATA Hard Disk or EIDE Hard Disk

I would stick with EIDE for now - unless he has a very modern mobo and needs the extra speed from the ATA.

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the message I get for my HP desktop windows 8hard disk error Hard disk1 (3F1)why and fix it how?edited by moderator: Email address removed for safety

Answer:What caused & how do I fix Hard Disk error: Hard disk 1 3F1

Check cable connections at back of drive 1 are firmly connected.Try a new SATA cable to drive 1.Test drive 1 with SeaTools:

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sir at once suddenly when I opened my pc then i saw smart hard disk error in which it was stated:- the smart hard disk check has  detected an imminent failure harddisk 2 (302) then i enter f2 key system diagnostics in which i tested the harddisk test and it showed smart check :-FAILEDFAILURE ID : 0G8421-0008JT0G8421-60DB03which was under hp pc hardware diagnostics UEFIplease kindly give me the solution 

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My hard disk (C drive where the windows 7 is) is going to fail soon. It has some bad sectors and some corrupted parts and I encountered blue screen that says something about hardware failure. When my Acronis is doing backup, Acronis stopped half way because it cannot access some sectors to do the backup, it was fine previously.

I can still login to windows (depends on luck).

1. I want to change to a new hard disk, what is the best/fastest way to do it?

2. If I copy the whole disk to another new disk, would I encounter problems copying half way since there a

3. Will the data copied to new hard disk be incomplete since there are bad/corrupted sectors on my old hard disk?

4. My old hard disk is 1TB WD Black. What should I use for the new hard disk? Does it need to be same size and model?

Thanks a lot. Greatly appreciate your help.

(I do know how to change a hard disk and reinstall Windows 7 (Windows 7 updates took a long time) and install all programs again and setup again. That would take a few days so I am wondering if there is a faster way.)

Answer:Hard disk is failing, how to change to a new hard disk?

If you don`t have a complete backup image, then there`s nothing you can do about it. You`re gonna have to re install windows.

Get your data off before the drive dies.

Your new drive does not have to be the same size and model, you can get whatever you want.

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My computer starts up to a black screen displaying smart hard disk error hard disk 1 (301), f2 system diagnostics enter continue start up. Run diagnostics hard drive failed with an error code. Tried to reset bios start up no luck, tried to do the recovery it says pic need to be repaired and won't let me go any further. I lost my recovery discs when I moved into my new house. Help

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salvel'altro ieri stavo facendo una partita a dead by daylight quando il gioco improvvisamente crashato e il puntatore ha inziato ad andare molto a scatti, al punto da non riuscire neanche ad aprire gestione attivit... ho deciso quindi di spegnere il pc dal pulsante di accensione e riaccenderlo successivamente, ma a mio malgrado ho notato che facendo cos ho danneggiato qualche file di sistema, ed il portatile (un lenovo) andato in ripristino automatico... dopo aver in qualche modo ripristinato i file, windows tornato a funzionare, ma ho subito notato una reattivit molto ridotta del sistema, con blocchi incessanti, blue screen con scritto "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT" e lentezza generale del sistema... ho quindi aperto il programma lenovo solution center ed avviato una scansione dei vari componenti, dal quale risultava l'hard disk quello con problemi. essendo fuori garanzia purtroppo non posso permettermi di mandare il portatile in assistenza, e il pc non neanche vecchio di per se non ha neanche un anno, e prima dello spegnimento il pc funzionava benissimo. ho provato quindi diverse volte a mettere il pc in modalit provvisoria con il prompt dei comandi e a lanciare il comando chkdsk C: /f /r, e l'ho lasciato tutta la scorsa notte a lavorare eppure rimasto tutto il tempo bloccato al 35%, mentre prima facendo solamente chkdsk C: /f sono riuscito a completare l'operazione in meno di un ora, ed infatti il pc risultato un po' pi veloce anche all'avvio, ma dopo poc... Read more

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Hello community please help me with this problem. This is the what the system will display before booting. SMART Hard Disk ErrorThe SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.  Hard Disk 1 (301)F2 System DiagnosticsENTER - Continue StartupFor more information, please visit:  

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im having a problem with the cd-rom or with 1 game, whenever i put the game into the cd- drive ( starwars battlefront 2) i get that error

windows cant read from the disk. the disk may be damaged, or it uses an format that isnt compatible with windows ( i translated it from norwegian, so it may not be correctly written)

and it only happens with that game..

help me, thanks

Answer:windows cant read from the disk. the disk may be damaged...

Have you examined the cd for scratches? Is the game compatible with your system specs?

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I bought a new hard disk, which is faster/quieter than my old one. I currently have XP on the new one and Vista on the old one. I use Vista for all my main stuff.

What i would really like, is to have my vista installation on the new disk instead of XP. Can i transfer the installation in any way? If i install Vista on it from scratch, can i use the same product key? I'm not really worried about losing my XP install as it serves no real purpose to me.

Answer:Vista on a new hard disk

Yes if you install Vista on the new one you can use the same product key. You can use the same product key on the same machine as many times as you want.

The only true way to transfer the install would be to make aImage of the drive with Acronis or Ghost.

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i have been using vista 32bit for some time now and i, like some of you have this problem with vista. the problem being the constant thrashing of the hard disk that vista seams to like doing.
i have downloaded SP1 and i was under the impression that this problem would have been fixed with this update but its still doing it.
I understand it is somthing to do with the way vista indexes, so is there now a way to turn this indexing off so i can save my hard disk from being over used?

Answer:Vista thrashing of the hard disk

Turning off indexing i believe will slow vista down a lot. Mine does it too, it seems to be the norm with vista.

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Hi friends....
I had 2 HDD.. The 1st is a 160 Gb SATA and the 2nd is a 250 Gb Sata... I was working with windows xp sp2 very well and wanted to try vista. I had my 1st Hard disk (i.e) 160 gb as the primary n the 2nd as backup.

I had 20 gb as primary partition and 3 others drives in the logical in the extended partition for the 1st hdd with all as NTFS. So i installed vista ultimate n worked fine crackng it. no problems at all. finally i gave my 2nd hdd for replacement tht 250 gb. and i created partition in vista as 5 simple partitions with ntfs.

copied back all my backup in 250gb. and finally got bugged by vistas poor performance. so installed xp back on my 1st 160 gb. it works fine now... no issues at all.... but the problem is im not able to access the 250 gb. its showing all the partitions as empty and its not unallocated . xp is not able to identify tht partition. i want the datas badly.

Should i need to install vista again in some other hdd so tht i can copy all data and repartition tht 250 gb ?????? any solution so tht i can access the data in windows xp ???

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i dont have dvd rom drive and i am using xp (c drive ) and i want to install windows vista on my d drive so, could i install vista from my hardisk (without using dvd rom drive) running xp ????? i am in confusion right now so plz tell me.............

and also tell me any website where i purchase intel core 2 duo processor E4300 and E4400 online at thier origianal or near price.. but that website must ships the product to india.........

Answer:Installing vista from Hard disk ?????

How are you going to copy the Vista installation files to your HDD when you don't have a DVD drive?


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I have Defrag set to run once a week automatically.
Do I also need to run a Defrag manually on occasions, or will I get the same result?
Although Defrag is set to run weekly, I have never noticed the programme running. Is this unusual?

Answer:Defragging Hard Disk Under Vista

If you have set Vista defrag utility to run every week, I think it should be good enough. It runs in the background as per your set preferences. This link may help you in Understanding Windows Vista Disk Defragmenting Utility. | WinVistaClub
If you are looking for some freeware 3rd party defrag utilities see this: Freeware Disk Defragmenter Utilities for Windows | WinVistaClub.

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HiI just bought a dell machine with vista installed. It has 250 gb has partitioned already for the back up by dell. I want to partition it again. I used to use partition magic but it does not support vista. Any help will be appreciated.mano

Answer:partioning hard disk in vista

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