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Installing SSD drive as C drive, moving current C drive to D. Once done how do I

Question: Installing SSD drive as C drive, moving current C drive to D. Once done how do I

move the OS (windows 7) to the new C drive?

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Preferred Solution: Installing SSD drive as C drive, moving current C drive to D. Once done how do I

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

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

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

Answer: Installing SSD drive as C drive, moving current C drive to D. Once done how do I

Why not just use the SSD drive manuf. free utilities to "clone" the old drive to the new one ? ?

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I have Windows XP sp2 on a Hitachi 80 GB SATA drive partitioned as drive C: and drive E: with ntfs. The operating system is on the C: partition and other programs are on the E: partition. I purchased a larger 250 GB Hitachi SATA drive and installed it as drives D: and F: I want to transfer Windows xp from the 80 gb drive to the 250 gb drive and activate the 250 GB drive as the boot drive.

I copied the files from the E: partition to the F: partition. How do I transfer Windows from the 80 gb drive to the 250 drive and boot from the new drive.? I want to use the 80GB drive as a Linux drive and multiboot Windows xp and Ubuntu Linux .

Romeo Dais

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We have a copy of XP Volume License edition (Legal Licensed edition).

The computer we are trying to install XP on doesn't have a cdrom drive or working network card.

Heres what we want to do:
Install XP on a hard drive (working machine, different model) and then move that hard drive to the cdromless machine.

Is there a way to do this? Theres no problem with activation, just rebuilding a whole new hardware subsystem to adjust to the different machine. Whats the best way to do this?

Answer:Installing XP on a different machine and moving hard drive

May not work. It won't boot, but you can try running a repair installation after the move to install the correct drivers. Uninstalling as many drivers as possible before the last shutdown on the installation machine may help.

Using the "Universal Restore" feature of Drive Clone Pro or Acronis True Image is about the only method of direct transfer.

Wouldn't it be easier to borrow the CD-ROM?

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


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

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

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I've bought a 150gb raptor x to put a new installation of Vista Home Premium on. I want to keep my old hard drive for files and stuff. My question is is how do I transfer my old setting to the new installation? Also how should I remove vista from the old drive with out removing all my personal files?

any help would be great, thanks!

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Dear Sir/Madame,
I was moving video files (AVI) from an external backup drive (WD Element) to another external backup drive (Seagate expansion) after having moved another video file from my laptop (Acer) to that Seagate external drive. The night before I had moved some video files from the WD to the Seagate with no problem but using a different laptop (Sony). These video files are all rather large and I can tell that the space is still being allocated on the Seagate because while the folder cannot be seen the space that was there is still being used by the Seagate because I am missing over 100GB which would be about the size of that now missing folder.

What happened was there was a message that the Seagate drive could not be recognized while the files were in the process of being moved to that drive from the WD. This is after I had already moved a video file of about 26GB with no problem into that now missing folder. When I saw the message I attempted several times to move files to that Seagate drive but I could not so I unplugged the Seagate drive from that laptop (Acer) then reinserted it into the usb port. I got a repair message that said it needed to be repaired because some files were corrupted and that no data would be lost but the drive would be unavailable during the repairs so I checked ok. It took only about 30 seconds and it said the repairs were completed and the drive was available but I noticed that the folder that I was moving the video files to was n... Read more

Answer:Was moving files to external drive, drive not recognized and lost all

Dear Sir/Madame,
Update to the problem with the missing folder, I use the Acer to record audio and video files to it -- I saw a message that it was low on memory so I decided to connect the WD elements external drive to free up some storage. When I attached the WD Elements drive as the drive booted up to be recognized the missing folder appeared as an option to be opened but the folder never resided on that drive it was on the Seagate drive (the folder is entitled documentary footage moved from WD Elements). I clicked on it just to see what would happen and received this message "E:\Documentary footage from WD Elements is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or Internet, and then try again. If the l."

So I thought let me connect the Seagate to see if Windows will find it there but when I connected the Seagate I still could not access the folder. It appears that for some reason Windows 10 confused that the folder was resident on the wrong drive (WD Elements) during the transfer of files to the original folder at the time it stated it could not access the Seagate drive so perhaps that is the reason the folder became missing.

I do not know what to believe as I still suspect that this is a windows 10 problem and not an external drive problem but I do not know how to fix it. My initial thought is... Read more

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Dear Sir/Madame,
I was moving video files (AVI) from an external backup drive (WD Element) to another external backup drive (Seagate expansion) after having moved another video file from my laptop (Acer) to that Seagate external drive. The night before I had moved some video files from the WD to the Seagate with no problem but using a different laptop (Sony). These video files are all rather large and I can tell that the space is still being allocated on the Seagate because while the folder cannot be seen the space that was there is still being used by the Seagate because I am missing over 100GB which would be about the size of that now missing folder.

What happened was there was a message that the Seagate drive could not be recognized while the files were in the process of being moved to that drive from the WD. This is after I had already moved a video file of about 26GB with no problem into that now missing folder. When I saw the message I attempted several times to move files to that Seagate drive but I could not so I unplugged the Seagate drive from that laptop (Acer) then reinserted it into the usb port. I got a repair message that said it needed to be repaired because some files were corrupted and that no data would be lost but the drive would be unavailable during the repairs so I checked ok. It took only about 30 seconds and it said the repairs were completed and the drive was available but I noticed that the folder that I was moving the video files to was n... Read more

Answer:Was moving files to external drive, drive not recognized and lost all

Dear Sir/Madame,
Update to the problem with the missing folder, I use the Acer to record audio and video files to it -- I saw a message that it was low on memory so I decided to connect the WD elements external drive to free up some storage. When I attached the WD Elements drive as the drive booted up to be recognized the missing folder appeared as an option to be opened but the folder never resided on that drive it was on the Seagate drive (the folder is entitled documentary footage moved from WD Elements). I clicked on it just to see what would happen and received this message "E:\Documentary footage from WD Elements is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or Internet, and then try again. If the l."

So I thought let me connect the Seagate to see if Windows will find it there but when I connected the Seagate I still could not access the folder. It appears that for some reason Windows 10 confused that the folder was resident on the wrong drive (WD Elements) during the transfer of files to the original folder at the time it stated it could not access the Seagate drive so perhaps that is the reason the folder became missing.

I do not know what to believe as I still suspect that this is a windows 10 problem and not an external drive problem but I do not know how to fix it. My initial thought is... Read more

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I'm fixing a computer up for a low income family at my church. I bought a Dell SX270 (one of those small buisiness type desktops) and the CD-ROM (which is a bay not standard desktop drive) is on the fritz. The seller (EBAY) pulled the hard drive so I bought a clean 2.5" laptop drive for it. Well I can't install windows on the Dell. I have an adapter card to plug a laptop hard drive into a desktop and so I tried installing it on an HP 7940 desktop. Ignorantly, I thought I could install windows on it then move the drive to the Dell and install the appropriate drivers. Instead, I get the windows blue screen with stop code: 0x0000007B which I searched and read and tried to understand the information from various Microsfot and non microsoft pages that came up in my search.

So my question is this. Is there a way to get windows running on the Dell (which due to the broken CD drive has no other drives other than the hard drive I am trying to put in it with windows) without aving to hunt down on ebay or buy another drive bay? Any website links would even be helpful if you are not fond of typing huge responses. I'm a novice with desktops and so what I don't know how to do, I should be able to research and learn how to do it.

I tried searching threads but I didn't find something like this.

Answer:Alternative to installing windows and then moving the hard drive

If you can put the harddrive into the computer u want it in and try temporarly putting another cd drive that works in it. Install windows. Then remove the cdrom and put it back in original computer.

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The HDD is partitioned with Users in "C" drive along with all system/vista files. C drive now over full. Have tried to copy User folder to "E" drive with only partial success. Would like to remove it from C altogether and move to E - in order to keep sstem and data files separate.

Any ideas much appreciated.

Many Thanks,


Answer:Re: Moving User folder from C drive to E drive Satellite L40-17U


You have just to change the path in the folder properties.
Make a right click on the folder, choose properties and there should be a option which allows you to change the patch.


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I currently have a RAID 1+0 set up with a 4 channel pci Raid card, configured into 3 partitions. The C drive partition resides in this RAID. What I want to do is install a seperate hard drive off the primary IDE channel of the motherboard, and use this as my boot/C drive, while keeping the RAID for data and programs. How can I set up the new C drive and ignore what is on the RAID C drive? I have read in some other posts about doing a repair reinstall of XP Pro, but I'm not exactly sure of the process for moving my current settings. Should I remove the RAID card until the new C drive is set up, and just make sure the BIOS is set to look for the motherboard C drive first? Then hook up the RAID again? And how do I get the old settings into the new install of XP? Could I possibly do this by Ghosting my current C drive?

My current C partition is only 5 GB, which is partly why I want to put it on a larger stand-alone drive. Also, this should improve performance overall.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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A friend gave me an old computer with XP Pro on it, but no backup XP disc. The old hard drive(C) is only 12 GB, so I bought and installed a new internal 250 GB drive(E). I want to transfer all my data from the small C drive to the new E drive and then make the new E drive my Primary master. So far, I have been able to copy the contents of my C drive to the E drive. I'm new to doing this, so I am unclear about where to access the XP operating system and whether I can transfer it to my new drive, so my new E drive will work like my old one. Naturally, I rather not have to buy a new XP disc, if I can move my existing XP to my new drive. Is there a way to do this? Thanks alot for any advice.

Answer:Moving operating system from old drive to a new drive? (RESOLVED)

Hi there.Welcome aboard.
Yes, there is a way to do this. Follow the instructions in this article. Don't be put off my the size of the article, it's very easy to follow.If you have any problems or queries don't be afraid to ask. Good luck.

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I know this question gets asked alot, but I have windows 10 installed on my 120gb ssd, I also have a 1tb hdd that has nothing no it and is completely useless because all of the program files etc is installed on the ssd, the ssd is nearly full too, is there actually a safe way of doing this? I'm quite new to this too.

Answer:Moving programs from boot drive to storage drive

Keep you OS and Programs on the SSD, but store all you files on the HD.
To move them you can "Drag and Drop" or "Copy and Paste". Do not delete them until you are sure that the move has been successful. When saving new files, select "Save As" and specify the HD Drive letter.

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So, I've had this 2TB external hard drive for a while. I'd say about 3 years, maybe a little more at the most. It started when I was downloading some mods for one of my favorite games. I was making backups of the files just in case anything didn't work and I needed the original. So, after about 2 or 3 days of modding. I noticed my game would stop at the loading screen, music stopped too and the game did absolutely nothing but just sit there. Wasn't frozen, just waiting. I thought this was quite odd, but I didn't think much of it considering I was modding and changing files all the time (even if I did keep them straight and knew what I was doing).

So I re-installed the game without any mods, tried to load the game and play. Same thing and I thought it was related to the game itself until I noticed.. Windows 7 was checking the drive (and fixing, every time) errors on that hard drive every single boot when something on the drive had been changed. Windows must be detecting issues when writing files and thus, checking the drive. But it's weird, there's always just a few files missing. I've tried other games (installed them) and got the same result.

I haven't used this drive much. In fact, it used to be used for data storage. I know there aren't any issues with installing games to external hard drives. I've done it many times. The drive also runs off of a external SATA (eSATA).

Anyone have any ideas? The drive doesn't c... Read more

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive missing files after installing, copying, or moving anything.

Really? No one?

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old pc: with the toggle set in 'slave' position & having a 40 pin connector (actually 39, with bottom center slot blanked on the connector cable/drive):

new pc:
- does it matter if another single channel connector has 40 pins or should there be the 39/with blanked out connector?

- does the toggle get moved to 'master' position, is it pulled altogether, or where does the toggle go on a new single channel setup (other drives are SATA) where it will be used as the only IDE for backup purposes only?

Answer:moving IDE slave drive to new pc backup drive

If there is nothing else on the IDE Cable but the hdd then the jumper should be set to master.

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How can I move file from C drive to D drive?

Answer:Moving file from C-drive to D-back up drive

Right-click drag and drop.

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I'm about to install a new second 120GB hard drive and want to move my 'My Documents' folder to the new drive as opposed to it being on c.Obviously I can do this easily in windows by drag 'n'n drop, but will it like it with the folder containing about 100gig of data?Is there another way I should do it?Thanks(win xp home)

Answer:Moving 100GB folder from c drive to f drive

It will do it (done similar at work across a network). However, get your knitting out or make several sequential cups of coffee.

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I have an old desktop with xp sp3 installed and 40 gb of hdd and 256 mb ram .. Now i am going to add an extra hdd of 160 gb with 512 mb of ram .. now the thing is the old hd is partioned to c,d,e,f .. c has win 98 and f has music files .. e has xp and f drive others .. c is empty .. but the rest of hard drive are full .. now i want to move my xp from the old e drive to new hdd which i am going to install .. i dont want to format and reinstall it.. because xp is original and i dont have the cd or the key with me and the same goes for few of the other softwares has well. Even if i can't move it .. can i make my e drive bigger so that new files can be added (mainly xp's updates files which gets added plus temp files of kaspersky which takes huge space).

Please do explain a bit elaborately .. i am not familiar with the process.


Answer:Moving Xp from e drive to new hard drive

IMO, the best thing to do would be to clone the partition/drive to new hard drive...and then worry about your size allocations, etc. need to read all directions for the above program...before doing anything.Louis

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i went into disk management to reduce drive D and increase drive C. I managed to shrink drive D to unallocated space but when I tried to increase drive C by the same amount the extend volume option was greyed out. What am I doing wrong?

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Sorry if this been asked before but I an new and am not sure what to search for. I would like to move programs(like Microsoft office) from my C drive to the E drive that I created(partitioned) when I installed XP -SP2 several months ago.  Everything  seems to work fine except that the C drive is getting full and there is lots of room on the E drive.I don't thnik it is as simple as copying from one drive to the other and then Deleting it from the C drive, is it?  Any advice on this subject would be greatly appreciated.Thanks,Dan

Answer:Moving Programs from C drive to E drive

I had to perform this very task. Make sure you have a LOT of spare time on your hands, in addition to the installation media for all the stuff you want to move, since you will unfortunately need to uninstall and re-install the software you want to move. I don't know if this is true, but there might be programs designed to move software intact from one drive to another.If at all possible you could do a partition to partition copy with a utility program to duplicate the files from C:\ to E:\ and install what is E: into a new C:\ drive.

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Hi all. I'm using Windows 10 and everything is auto saving to the SSD c drive and consequently it is nearly full. I have found out how to change the default save locations but this does not move the files already on the C drive. I have been successful in moving My Documents folder to the D drive and next I tried to go down the list of files and chose move Pictures, Music etc. Unlike when I moved the documents folder I am no getting this message:-
" Do you want to redirect folder "downloads" into another system folder "Documents" located at D:/. If you proceed with redirection you will not be able to separate them or restore default locaton. Do you still want to proceed with redirection?
Can anyone translate! I don't want to do anything drastic without checking. On the C drive at the moment I have these:-
program files
program files

Which should I move if any? Can I go ahead with moving pictures,music etc despite the warning message above? What about my two user accounts can I move them as some websites say you shouldn't. Others say its ok to move them. Thanks if you can help.

Answer:Moving Files From C Drive To D Drive

All the windows system files, program files (64 bit and x86) and user files should not total more than maybe 35-45gb.
You should just be able to copy over all music, videos, photos, documents to the D drive, then just delete them from the C 'SSD' drive.
Don't move anything except that personal data, ie do not move any system (inc users), or program data.

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Hi eveyone,
I am new to this forum and I really appreciate the forum activities.

I have problem with my laptop with vista home premium 32bit. My C drive is full and I have lot of space(80 GB) left on D drive. Is there any way to move programs from C drive to D drive? I want to move microsoft office and other programs which occupy more space on C drive.

Is anyone familiar with this kind of issues pls help out and that greatly appreciated.

Answer:Moving Programs from 'C' drive to 'D' drive

Hello and welcome to the Vista Forums! Simply trying to copy files and folders from C to a second drive will be a total waste of time. First you would have to uninstall the programs presently installed and then see them custom installed to the second drive to start with.

Not all files and folders for programs are located in the Program Files directory. You'll also find them in the "users>user name you use>AppData sub directory there as well. You may want to start backing up all the extra files you have to the second drive in order to free up drive space on C. That would be a great time saver leaving all programs presently intact.

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trying to move installed programs to external drive how do I correct the path?

Answer:moving programs from drive to drive?

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I have been trying to download video from my movie camera to Corel Video Stdio 4. After an hour of processing I get a message "No Storage To Load BB!!". I assume this means that I don't have enough space on my C drive. My C drive has a capacity of 97.2gb of which only 7.94 is free. My D drive, which I call my data drive, has a capacity of 292gb of which 192gb is free. How can i transfer space from the D drive to the C drive?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3292 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1), 1422 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 97 GB (7 GB Free); D: 292 GB (192 GB Free); L: 292 GB (158 GB Free); Z: 75 GB (53 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G41M-Combo
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

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I have two hard drives in my system and have windows xp sp2 on the smaller one and I want to move it on to the other bigger hard drive. Is there a way to move windows to the new bigger hard drive and change all the connections to the drive?

Answer:Moving windows(from drive to drive)

Yes there are a number of tools out there. Some free and others not... here's a short list
Ultimate Boot CD
Awesome and free. Will allow you to copy and destroy your disks with ease so spend sometime reading about the tools before use.

Acronis True Image
Awesome and not free. Easy to use and can be used as a backup solution as well.

Seagate DiscWizard
If you have a Seagate drive.

You can also check other HD manufactures sites. They often have tools just for this purpose.

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Can someone help me with this I keep getting this Warning , I did not know to download files to D drive Help

Lenovo 3000K100Model # 57068347Vista OS


Go to Solution.

Answer:Moving files from C drive to D drive

Hi Ribbit50  Keep reading the other post on expanding drives, lita_g has a good solution to expand the C: drive unless you have already done the bad thing like a few of us and reformated the drive to one big one... no worries though we found a way to solve that...  Hope that helps...

Lenovo 3000K100 Intel Core2 Quad Vista Home Premium BFG 8800GT-OC 512MB PCIe 500GB SATA HD 4GB PC-5300 DDR2 DVD +/- RW DL x2 SATA Creative X-FI Pro + Mods

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I recently bough a PC that came with Windows 8.1 installed (can not move to Win 10 at this time) on the SSD drive and in order to preserve SSD space would like to move as many folders that were created as part of the installation but are not critical for Windows operation, like (maybe) the Documents folder to a non-SSD drive.

1. Which folders can be moved (and can not be moved) and is there a proper way of doing so that also changes all of the internal references that might exist?
2. can the default folder used in an install process (Programs Files) be changed to a folder (i.e. NonSSD Programs Files) that is on a non-SSD drive. I suspect that the original Program files and Program Files (x86) must remain as installed.
There is very little software installed at this time (which can be reinstalled) and would like to do so before installing any more more.

Thank you

Answer:Moving folders from an SSD drive to other drive

How big is the SSD?

I have a 250GB Samsung EVO and I keep everything on it as I would a normal hard drive and still have 140GB free.

ANyway, to answer your question: User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

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The primary drive C of my Sony Vaio RZ40 is full so I need to move some folders to drive D. The best candidate is Microsoft Office which is 95 MB. (In Office I have only Word.) Can I just move the Office folder to drive D, or do I need to anticipate additional changes.

Answer:Moving MSWord from Drive C to Drive D

You'll need to uninstall it from C & reinstall on D.

Unfortunately it's not as simple as moving the folder........

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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Hi everyone,

I have a Dell Dimension E310 running Windows XP SP3. The internal dvd drive does not work - was last replaced in 2007 shortly after buying the computer. Its issue is, we put in a CD, and nothing happens. So, I just bought an external dvd drive, the HP dvd 556s, so that I can play a game. I hooked up the drive - the power indicator is blue which means it's drawing sufficient power from the USB port to run - and then popped in the installation CD.

Installation did not autorun, so I went to My Computer. The drive is not showing. My Computer shows removable drives F-J and when I click on all of them, it says "please insert a disk into the drive". (I'm not sure what each of these drives is for - it's not my computer - but they all are still present even when the DVD drive is unplugged, so they can't be that.)

The USB port works - I plugged in a wireless mouse and a webcam, both of which work, into the drive, and they still worked. The dvd drive says it is pulling sufficient power - the blue light is on which the manual says is good to go. When I pop in the install cd, it seems to spin briefly (hard to tell, it is a quiet drive) but nothing pops up on screen. I tried my game CD as well and of course nothing happened.

Now, when I plugged in the wireless mouse to that same port, My Computer showed it up as drive L. Once I removed it drive L disappeared. I'm not quite sure what this means only that the new DVD drive does not seem to ... Read more

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i am trying to install a western digital 74gig Serial ATA, our 10,000 RPM on a Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard. when i try to install windows with the Sata driver the setup say that it could not find a hard drive. I looked in the main biso and it dose not show the drive as a primary drive. but the motherboard sata biso dose show the drive as being there. Another reason i know that the drive works is because i used the disk that came with drive to fromat the dirve and partition it.


Answer:Problems installing raptor sata drive as main drive

you need to install a 3rd party SATA driver during windows setup.

look on your motherboard manufacturers website for the latest SATA driver for WindowsXP, and put it on a floppy disk.

once you have the disk ready, boot to the Windows disk, and when prompted (in the first 5 seconds or so) tap F6 a few times. wait a few minutes for windows to load standard drivers, and then you will be prompted to insert your floppy containing the Drivers.

if you cant find the drivers, let us know the model of your motherboard and we'll track them down.

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I've just finished building my new computer and I'm getting BSOD errors when first formatting a hard drive and secondly (after a successful format) installing a game on it.

My boot up SSD drive seems to be fine, it's just my other hard drive.

64bit Windows 7 Home premium. Full version I bought a a few days ago. The whole computer is new. If you need any further information, let me no.

8GB RAM. Intel Core i5 2500k CPU. Radeon 7850 graphics. 120ish SSD. 1Tb hard drive. Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3 motherboard.

Edit: having just seen a notice, I've updated the post to contain two attachments. Or atleast I think I have :\

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Answer:BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

- I immediately shut off my computer and removed Dr... Read more

Answer:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

Answer:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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Hi guys,

So I'm no longer able to boot into my main drive, but all my files and folders on that drive still look intact. I honestly don't know what went wrong or if there is any way to fix this other than reinstalling Windows. Tried startup repair on my Windows 10 installation USB, that failed. I'll explain every step I took.

I should first mention I just built this PC and I bought an M.2 SSD to use as my main drive, but I also installed my SATA SSD from my old PC. After installing Windows 10 on my M.2 drive I was able to select which drive I wanted to boot into every time I started my PC. I didn't format that SATA SSD until just before when I went to install another copy of Windows on it. Here's what happened.

I booted into my installation USB. My main drive (the M.2 SSD) was called drive 2 and my other drive (the SATA SSD) was called drive 0. I formatted then deleted the main partition of drive 0, then deleted all the smaller partitions of reserved space so the drive only had one volume of unallocated space. Then I selected that unallocated space and selected new, which recreated all the smaller partitions. I then selected the main partition of drive 0 and pressed next, which installed it on that drive. It installed successfully, but I first noticed something was odd when I didn't see the boot manager after I restarted my computer, it just automatically boots to the new copy of Windows. I noticed in my BIOS the boot order has the boot manager for my SATA SSD as the fi... Read more

Answer:Can't boot into main drive after installing Windows on another drive

When you installed Windows onto the M.2 SSD, you still had the SATA SSD installed. Windows setup found the EFI System Partition on the SATA SSD and put the boot files there instead of the M.2 SSD. That is why we recommend that you have only the drive connected that you want to install Windows on until the computer is successfully booting from it, then connect your other drives.

Now, if you don't want to do a reinstall that way, you will have to make room on the M.2 SSD for an EFI System Partition formatted as FAT32 (250 - 500 MB in size) and manually create the boot files on it.

Starting with a screenshot of disk management will help:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

Answer:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey, i recently ghosted my 250gb ATA 133 drive to a 200gb SATA drive. I made sure I installed the drivers before I imaged so it would boot and detect correctly. It worked fine for 2 months. I am currently contemplating re-installing Windows because of a few problems with my current installation and general junking up of the OS. I have a SP2 disc but i dont have a Floppy drive installed and i really dont want to install one just for the SATA drivers. Is there any way to install XP to a SATA drive without a floppy disk?


Answer:Installing Windows XP to a SATA drive without a floppy drive

Wayne I am actually in the same boat you are as we speak I dont know if its an option to search your CD-ROM drive for drivers or not. I have never had to do it so I willl tell you my findings when I get done tonight...It is going to be a bit harder for me as I am setting 2X250GB SATA drives in a RAID0..wish me

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Is it possible to install windows on a new hard drive and computer by using the old computers recovery drive?

Answer:Installing windows from a HP recovery drive on a new hard drive?

You already asked this in your system build thread. I am not sure.

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My wife has bought a new Dell XPS 8300 as her HP is four years old. The new machine has Windows 7 Professional already installed.
Is it possible to remove the original primary disk from her old machine and install as a second drive on the new one? Will we have to remove Windows 7 Professional on the old drive before installing in the new computer as a second drive? Will the new machine recognize her programs and data files on the second drive?


Answer:Installing old primary drive in new computer as secondary drive

Yes, you can install the old drive in the new PC.

No, you will not have to remove Windows 7 from the old drive.

The new PC will recognize the data on the old hard drive, but not the programs. You will have to reinstall the programs onto the new hard drive in the new PC.

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I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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Answer:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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I recently had to clean install Win7 on my laptop. C: drive is an 80gb SSD which has my OS and I also have a 500gb HDD which I want to install programs so that I can save valuable space on my SSD. I can't remember the procedure I used to install and configure iTunes, which prior had been on the HDD which is now empty.
I'm sorry if I Posted my question in the wrong section. Thanks for any help or suggestions

Answer:Installing iTunes on a secondary drive, not on my Win7 C: drive

Anyone have any thoughts or point me in the right direction???

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I have a HP Pavillion a200n, windows XP

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

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

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

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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Hey. I'm sure this was answered elsewhere, but I didn't see any posts on moving a secondary drive over to be another computer's secondary.

I have an old Pentium 3 with two hard drives on it (a 18GB and a 120GB) on Windows 2000.

Now I just bought a computer that is running Windows XP and I intend to move the 120GB hard drive over to be the secondary drive.

The 120GB was the secondary/slave drive, so I'm wondering: do I still need to follow all the steps including formating it to be current with the new OS or can I just plug it in and it works automatically?

In a less wordy way: does it have system files on it that need to be deleted or will it work perfectly from the start?

I used Seagate's DiscWizard to install the slave drive on my old computer, which was easy enough, but that was a empty hard drive.

Answer:moving a slave drive to be a slave drive on another computer (two operating systems)

Re: moving a slave drive to be a slave drive on another computer (two operating syste

Win XP will just auto detect it and away you go. You won't need to install anything. It will perform better if you formatted it NTFS previously but if it's still FAT32 it will still work fine. Start using it.

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Hey Guys, I have a R60 9456 - DRM I have had to take out an old Corrupted hard drive and replace it with a new SATA Drive. The drive has been recognised by Bios, but during the XP install I get a message saying that no hard drives were found. I downloaded the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows XP, Vista (32bit) - ThinkPad" and tried both the Mobile ICH8M-E and Mobile ICH8M-E/M Drivers (these were the only "mobile" Drivers in the list, the other two were ICH9 and ICH8R/ICH9R for Desktop/Server/Workstation), neither of these worked. Another thing in the readme for the driver download it says - If your system has Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller,       select Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile       ICH8M-E/M), and press Enter.     - If your system has Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller,       select Intel(R) 82801GBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH7M/DH),       and press Enter. but the driver package only contained the ICH8 Drivers. If anyone has had a similar poblem or has any ideas any help would be awesome. Cheers  

Answer:Installing XP on new Sata Drive (Drive not found)

hazamus, welcome to the forum,all you need to do is set the hard drive to compatability mode istead of ahci in bios, then you can install the driver after you have installed windowsPress F1 when booting in order to enter bios, select config menu and then the serial ata menu, change the setting from AHCI to compatability mode.You can find drivers here, or you could use System Update which should get everything you need automatically.Happy installing

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While installing Windows XP/7 from Usb pen drive (not hdd!) is it risky? I mean the USB speed isn't limited from the installation itself so the usb drive makes maximum speed for like 15-20 minutes or even more. Does anybody with experience installing from usb pen drive noticed some problems with his usb drive after several installations? What is the speed of installation compared to cd/usb-hdd?
Maybe what I heard is a myth (that the drive can get damaged) and it isn't that risky. Usb pen drives after all have a big warranty and some are made life-time even!

Answer:Does installing Windows from usb pen drive damage the drive?

Complete myth. You are able to use it as much as you'd like

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I seem to remember this question being asked and answered the other week but I just can’t seem to find the post. I am still googleing the solution but the sites I have found all seem to suggest contradicting things and or are rather vague about the whole thing. So I would appreciate it if someone who has done this could give me some tips or maybe even a step by step.

I already have the hard drive removed from the laptop and mounted in an external USB enclosure. I also have my whole XP CD copied to the hard drive and have now slipstreamed SP2 in to it.

What I am unsure about is what the best way to format the drive is going to be and then what files I need to copy over to it so that when I put the drive back in to the laptop it will boot to it and allow me to run the install.


Answer:Help installing XP, no CD drive or floppy disk drive.

So far off base it isn't funny.

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I am trying to install a SATA drive as a secondary drive. The computer is trying to boot with the secondary drive instead of the master IDE drive. I need to boot with the IDE so I can read the SATA drive and make file corrections. Both drive have XP operating systems installed but the SATA has a corrupt hal.dll file. The SATA is from another computer. The computer with the IDE works fine except when I install the SATA. There are jumpers on the IDE drive. Can anyone tell me whast I need to do to make the computer boot with the IDE while recognizing the SATA drive as an addition drive?

Answer:Installing SATA as a 2nd drive with a Master IDE drive

The IDE and Sata drives are on different controllers, so the jumper settings on your IDE drive shouldn't be a factor. Check your BIOS to make sure the IDE drive is ahead of the Sata unit in the Boot Priority list.

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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I just got a new comp and want to move my Galaxies and Godfather game files from one drive to the other.

I am wondering if anyone knows how get this to work, or, get it so i can run the program from a different drive than my primary drive.


Answer:Moving game files hard drive to hard drive

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Hi, I have replace my HDD , the previous one is damaged. Also my laptop doesnt have a CD key. my only option is bootable USB. Now how do i  fresh install windows 8.1 or windows 10 as i dont have the product key? Please help. Currently i am planning to install ubuntu, but would like to switch to windows 10 in near future. i want to exhaust all options before buying windows 10. Regards,Ameya

Answer:Current Hard Drive fried, put in new hard drive, c...

product key will be read automatically from BIOS by windows installation, just be sure to install the correct one. HomeProfessional if a product key is asked, just skip those steps.

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Hi, I have replace my HDD , the previous one is damaged. Also my laptop doesnt have a CD key. my only option is bootable USB. Now how do i  fresh install windows 8.1 or windows 10 as i dont have the product key? Please help. Currently i am planning to install ubuntu, but would like to switch to windows 10 in near future. i want to exhaust all options before buying windows 10. Regards,Ameya

Answer:Current Hard Drive fried, put in new hard drive, c...

product key will be read automatically from BIOS by windows installation, just be sure to install the correct one. HomeProfessional if a product key is asked, just skip those steps.

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

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

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

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

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Hello guys,

I need to reformat Drive C in my laptop and then re install Win XP, but the thing is my CD rom drive is not working, so im unable to boot up the machine and install XP. How ever i have an external CD/DVD RW drive and also an Eternal Hard disk and USB pen drive and Windows 98, Me, 2000 and XP and Win 7 CD's

So Is there a any way to install Win XP back on Drive C using the resources i have ?

Answer:Re formating drive C and Re installing win XP without a CD rom drive ??

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I was trying to install an HP external CD-R but some how during the installation -- my computer froze and I could not get to finish the installation. Now, when I booted up the computer, I have no CD Drive Icon and I can't finish my CD-R ---
(I have a Dell Inspiron 3700 laptop
Windows 2000)
Plzzzzzzz help
and alos, I do not wanna reinstall Windows because I am afraid its not gonna let me install Windows 2000 since my CD Rom is not working.

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

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

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

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

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Initially, i installed Windows 7 in a new partition - N and left Vista in C drive until i was sure i wanted to switch. Does anyone know the proper or workable way to do it.

I'd like to do it in a way that I don't have to reinstall anything.

Is there a solution without a new install of Windows 7 in to C?

Answer:Moving Win 7 from Drive N to Drive C

See: Not really.

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Hey all, I plan on building a computer soon.
I have a spare 160GB WD caviar blue lying around, that I will be using for the OS.
However, I would like to upgrade to an SSD in the future, so would it be possible to just plug in both drives, then move all my program files from my old WD to the new SSD?
because I really don't want to have to re-install windows and all my other programs.

Answer:Moving OS from drive to drive

You want to clone the drive:

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


Go to Solution.

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

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

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when i try to turn my computer on it is a black screen that says USB DRIVE OVER CURRENT.. then shuts itself down.. i unplugged it from wall nd held the power button for 30 sec. to drain power from it.. now when i turn it on it stays on the compaq startup screen... please someone help... i have no clue what im doing

Answer:Usb drive over current...

There may be a short-circuit somewhere inside the system case, so unplug from the wall socket, open the case, touch the metal chassis to purge static from your body, then examine all wires and connectors carefully to make sure none are bare or touching each each other. Also check that no metal parts of the motherboard are touching the chassis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello My current setup is

80 gb Windows 7 ultimate drive
300 gb applications drive
1 tb data drive
How can I replace my existing OS drive with a new installation of windows 7 on an ssd?

If I just replace the existing drive with a new one in it's place (e.g. 'C:') will my old applications still be able to function?

I see the tutorial for exporting registry settings and importing them. Im wondering if I need to export my current registry settings, replace and reinstall drives and then import my registry in order to get my current apps to run against the new windows 7 install



Answer:Replacing current OS drive with new one

you will need to clone the drive. try this Miray Software - HDClone - Hard disk copy, hard disk backup, hard disk rescue!

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Iam unable to run disk check from command prompt, after trying to run dskdsk tells me, The type of file is NTFS, Then cannot lock current drive,
Then Windows cannot run disk checking on this Volume because it is write
protected, have checked in bios no write protected no hiar left please help

Answer:cannot lock current drive

Try w7 diskpart.exe (google for info on it)
Read advice on this WriteProtectedDisk

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In the forums opinion what is the current rank leader for CD/RW burners.

Opinions and facts appreciated.


Answer:Best Current Market CD/RW Drive

Anything by Lite-On

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Im in the process of building a new PC for the first time and i was wondering would it be ok to just use my current hard drive as is meaning just install and go so i don't have to reinstall everything

Answer:Keep current hard drive?

unless the machine is identical to what the HD is currently in, it will not work. You would need to format the HD and reinstall windows on the new machine.

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I do alot of video editing, you know.

well, i have a 60GB, but i have a spare 80GB lying around...

can i put it into my PC and use it for Video stuff..i don't need to RAID it, cuz it'd be a secondary HDD...but will it work?

Answer:Can i take a Hard drive out of another PC and put it into my current PC...two HD's

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What is the best way to transfer my OS (C) Drive from my current smaller hard drive on to a new, larger model? I want to replace my desktop's current Western Digital hard drive with another model that has more storage space. I have a Gateway GT5228 Media Center Edition PC running a 64-bit version of Windows 7

Answer:How to transfer OS from current drive to a new one?

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My mobo recently died, more precisely storage controller.
I have a P5WDH Deluxe and was getting bsod on boot.
Error message referred to virus, hdd or hdd controller issues (x...7B,).
So I switched my system drive to boot from the jmicron controller on the board and it booted up fine.
So I am considering getting a new mobo and using all my existing components.
Can I install my existing system drive in this new build as is? Or...?
I would like to do this as it has all my settings and apps on it.
Any suggetions/recommendations or if this is not possible what are my options?
Thanks in advance for any help and advice.

Answer:Use current system drive in new build

Chipset drivers will be the twist, but that can be overcome...

You'll probably have to revalidate your Windows installation by phone...

...but I don't know why you couldn't.

Other opinions and experience will most certainly vary.

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Been a while since I've done this... I've finally run out of room in my box (both physically and logically) so I need to swap out one of my old Seagate 200GB drives (yea, that long!) for a 1TB drive. I've moved the data off the old drive.

I need to totally wipe the Seagate to the point that it is safe to sell or give away. Still a good working drive so I can't quite bring myself to physically destroy it. I might keep it around as an emergency spare, not sure yet. I have an old program called Eraser (v5) but I'm unsure if this is considered a decent tool.

My preference is something free, since I don't do this often enough to really want to pay. Doesn't matter to me how long it takes to wipe the drive, so long as it's squeeky clean and any data that was on it is unrecoverable.

Thanks for any suggestions!


Answer:Current best drive cleaning software?

format <drive:> /p=1

That will write ones to the entire drive. The data could be recovered by the NSA, possibly.

format <drive:> /p=3

Meets DoD standards for non-recoverability of data.

Pretty economical.

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Hi. Today I downloaded the new nvidia driver and tried to install it. At the end of the installation, I BSOD'd into code 24. According to bluescreenview, it was related to ntfs.sys. I always download from this drive and then install onto my SSD.

So I went and loaded up HD Tune. SSD is fine, HDD has an error.

I've had that drive for about 3 years now, do I have to throw it away or can I still somehow recover it (so it's useable).

Can I just go to disk management and Full format it, would that fix the bad sectors or at least block the computer from writing/reading to bad sectors in the future?

Answer:WD drive, (C5) Current Pending Sector

How to perform disk error checking in Windows XP

Chkdsk is just the tool for you. Read the info carefully and then use your command prompt tool to run chkdsk. It will find bad sectors and repair them if possible.

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In the last month my computer started getting really slow from time to time. It's slow for a few minutes and then gets back to normal speed. Even opening a folder is slow sometimes. So, because i has on exams this last month i didn't do anything to windows because i have ubuntu too, and it was working great, so i started working there. Well, from time to time, ubuntu said something about a /tmp folder that was missing, but he would always correct it. So today i was going to format windows, but then i read an article about bad sectors on hardrives and i went to CrystalDiskInfo program, ran it, and it gave me an alert about (C5) Current Pending Sector. Because of that i went to WD page and download Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows, i ran the extended test on my drive but after a while gave and error saying "Too many bad sectors". Do i have to buy a new hardrive or can i fix it somehow?

Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my native language.

Best regards.

Answer:(C5) Current Pending Sector in WD Drive

See if this will help, download this: CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World and open the program and follow the steps in this snip.

This may give you a little bit of time, but the drive should be replaced soon.

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ok i want to add a partition to my hard drive that is already running windows and is set up to how i like it. can i add partitions without having to reinstall? if so how??!!!

Answer:adding a partition to current drive

Usually it requires 3rd party tools like Partition Magic to do such things.

What operating system ?
What filesystem is the existing partition using ?

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My PC is currently playing up bigtime (when I switch on XP Pro loads as normal, but when it gets to the desktop, only my selected background photo displays - there are no icons nor Task Bar!!), so ......If I physically remove the troublesome C: drive then fit a new replacement HDD, which I'll format and reload Windows, can I susequently fit the old C: drive as a slave? The idea behind this is to copy across data from the old HDD to the new one, which seems a quicker way to backup stuff without having to burn loads of DVDs.Am only able to run in Safe Mode at the moment - Windows can't even restore successfully!

Answer:Can I make my current C: drive a slave?

Short answer...yes!

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I am currently running a 40gig primary (with XP Pro) and an 80gig slave (no OS or programs). My 40gig is giving me problems (SMART failure warnings) and i'd like to install XP onto the 80gig without reformating and losing my files and change it to my primary.

Is this possible?

thanks in advance

Answer:Installation of XP on my current slave drive?

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I know the title is a bit vague, but I would like to know if my current BenQ DVD DD DW1640 ATA Device is a good enough optical drive, or if it needs some upgrading.


Answer:Is my current optical drive good enough?

The way i see it bud is if it works...It's good enough. I bought a Lite-On SATA DVD-RW a few month back because my old ATA blew on me. It aint no different in my opinion.

As long as it plays all my discs (DVDs, CDs..ect) it's fine. Obviously if i want to play bluray and it can't, then it aint good enough, simple as that.

Some people probably think that you HAVE to have the latest, fastest drive around; but for me, It's the part of the PC that's just simply black or white (works or doesn't).

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I've had a HP 8160 desktop for almost 7 years. The 3,600 RPM hard drive is a Quantum Bigfoot CY6480 with 6.03 GB of space. The processor is an Intel Pentium w/MMX type with a speed of 233 MHz(overclocked to 262 MHz). There are 4 - 32 MB modules of EDO RAM(which is the maximum supported amount for the ASUS TX97-XV mobo). I upgraded it from Windows 95 OSR2 to Windows 98SE a few years ago. It has run okay over the years, but it has gotten very slow, given the increased load from all the apps that have become memory-hungry.

I would like to have a new desktop built from scratch with a new 7,200 RPM hard drive and with a single partition. What would be involved in order to transfer the entire contents of my present hard drive onto the new hard drive so I can keep everything that I already have and not start from scratch?

Answer:A Question About My Current Hard Drive

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Ok first of all let me start out by saying this is my first time posting and for some reason I am really having a hard time searching this site. I have a friend's computer here I?m working on but I need some help, his has let a few of his roommates play on it and download a crap load of everything you can think of. What I really would like to do is just restore it with the disk that came with it but for some reason that?s not working out to good. The computer is a Compaq Presario 2700T was brought in 2002 with XP SPack 2. When I shut down to boot the restore disc it comes up with
CDR101: Not ready reading drive Q
Abort, Retry, Fail
The laptop does not have a drive Q and I can't find anywhere on how I would change this set up...Please if anyone could help me it would greatly appreciated

Answer:Current Drive No Longer Valid

Try this...Start>Run>type "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes)>OK...When the new window opens up...Right-Click on the CDROM drive "change drive path or letter" the new OK. Open up My Computer...You may see a question mark on the CDROM drive...Click to open...Click back arrow...New drive letter should now show on your CDROM drive.

This may or may not work for you depending how much malware is installed on this computer (this is usually how drive paths get changed) but give it a try...

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I would like to create symbolic links and / or shortcuts on a portable drive that remain valid even when the drive letter changes. The links are to folders on the same drive.

I assume there is no environmental variable like %SystemDrive% that references the current drive. Is there any way to use junction points or soft links to accomplish this?

Answer:Any way to reference the current drive, even if its letter changes?

Um... In Windows symbolic links support relative paths and a path that begins with `\` references the root folder of the current drive. So, in your case just create a symbolic link that references your desired path, just start that path with `\` (no drive letter). Done.

I just tried this by creating a root folder `Test` and then creating a symbolic link to `\Test` elsewhere on the same drive. If works fine regardless of the current drive letter.

Directory junctions do not work that way - they require absolute path beginning with the drive letter. But symbolic links accept relative paths and work perfectly fine in that role.

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Hello,I have HP Pavilion dv6-2140ee and would like to change my standard Hard Drive SATA - 7200 rpm(320Gb) with an SSD drive.My questions are: -Does my notebook support SSD drives?-What is the recommendation for the type and size SSD hard drive?Thanks in advance for your support 

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Like a bafoon, I think I may have tapped or banged on my mouse pad too hard on the laptop and damaged the hard drive. Laptop comes on, and you see the "Lenovo" trademark flash real quick like normal, but instead of going to my baground with the "sign in" slot with password, it just stays black. You can see the screen is lit up but it just stays black, but will not start up (Windows). My recovery button won't even work and I can't retrieve files and just want to start over with new hard drive. So, when installing new hard drive with nothing on it or empty hard drive (no windows, no files, no operating system, a hard drive fresh out of the box) what operating system DVD's do I need to get computer up and running again? This was a Lenovo N586 Windows 7, 64 bit laptop, scratch and dent buy, so I did not get the operating system DVD's when it came from Lenovo.

Answer:Installing new hard drive, Need to know how to install opetating sytem, Old drive hard gone.

Read this link ( about the media creation tool.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

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

Format it with a single partition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance for your help.

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

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

I wonder what others will say.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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