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

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

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.

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

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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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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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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 Athlon™64 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 DVD±R, 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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Hey Guys,

Looking for your advice and any links if any...cheers in advance

My Situation

In December 2009 I purchased a Toshiba Qosmio X500 - Model No. PQX33A-00X00J

At the time I upgraded my purchase from Toshiba Reseller BD4U, going from the standard 1x 500GB Sata drive + 1x 64GB SSD... to instead having 2x 500GB sata drives. I purchased with 3 year onsite next business day warranty, that is is now expired.

It came loaded with MS Win 7 Premium Home Edition - but no disks provided.
My Needs
I need/want to factory reset my PC - its starting to run slowI need to re-partition from my existing 4x partitions to just having 2
The Issues
Possibly as a result of upgrading the disk drives at time of purchase, I don't believe I have a hidden Recovery partition in order to do a System Recovery from the Hard Disk Drive - see image of my current partitions attached I don't have Win 7 OS installation disks or Toshiba Driver disks as they should have been installed by Toshiba
My Questions
Do You agree that I DONT have a Recovery Partition - when looking at the partition image? I'm confused on this point coz people say its hidden!?Given I have no Toshiba Drivers Disk or Windows 7 OS disks - what should I do? I'm thinking of downloading Win 7 (use my product key from sticker under PC) and making a disk/USB (but need to learn how)Is this where I get ALL necessary Toshiba drivers for my PC from?Does Toshiba provide a link on its site and instructions on where to get Win 7 ... Read more

Answer:Qosmio X500/00X System Recovery (Factory Reset) From Hard Disk Drive or Separate Disk

Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X

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Hello Members!I have a Windows 8 OS backup on a Pen-drive & mine is a branded PC from HP~ AIO make.Is it possible to format the entire Hard-drive to reclaim the Space used by Recovery Image desk (D:)? Can someone please help guide me on how to format an entire Hard-drive (both C: & D:) in context to an HP Desktop environment?Help will be sincerely appreciated.Thank you.

Answer:Is it possible to recover the Hard-disk space utilised by Recovery Disk(D:)?

Yes. But not-recommended.The recovery partition  is the only way you have to repair your system in the event of a failure. The computer makers now want you to use that recover if ever a major failure makes your computer unusable. If you need more storage for your photos and videos, consider these methods:A. Use DVD discs to store photos and videos.B. Use a cloud service to save your most important information. C. Purchase in economic external hard drive for extra storage.It would be a b ad idea to format our hard drive unless there was something urgent.

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Hello Members!I have a Windows 8 OS backup on a Pen-drive & mine is a branded PC from HP~ AIO make.Is it possible to format the entire Hard-drive to reclaim the Space used by Recovery Image desk (D:)? Can someone please help guide me on how to format an entire Hard-drive (both C: & D:) in context to an HP Desktop environment?Help will be sincerely appreciated.Thank you.

Answer:Is it possible to recover the Hard-disk space utilised by Recovery Disk(D:)?

Yes. But not-recommended.The recovery partition  is the only way you have to repair your system in the event of a failure. The computer makers now want you to use that recover if ever a major failure makes your computer unusable. If you need more storage for your photos and videos, consider these methods:A. Use DVD discs to store photos and videos.B. Use a cloud service to save your most important information. C. Purchase in economic external hard drive for extra storage.It would be a b ad idea to format our hard drive unless there was something urgent.

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I have started using my nice new Satellite T110-12. How can I create a recovery disk?

Why there is a frequent message about vibration has been detected, hard drive head disk has been moved to a safe position? Is there something wrong? Should I return it before the week is up?

Please answer, many many thanks!

Answer:Satellite T110-121 - Question about recovery disk and hard disk

Hi LindaMon,

> How can I create a recovery disk?
What about reading your user manual?
You need an 8GB USB stick for creating a recovery medium and preinstalled Toshiba recovery disk creator.

> hard drive head disk has been moved to a safe position?
Yes, that?s normal and everything is ok with your notebook. Your HDD will be protected by HDD/SSD Alert utility that is a nice feature from Toshiba to avoid head crashes and can enhance the life of internal HDD.
But yoou can disable these notifications if you want. ;)

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I had to buy a new hard drive because mine died after being very slow for a week, so my question is can you reboot from the recovery disk that the laptop told me to make after replacing the hard drive?

Answer:new hard drive can you reboot with recovery disk

After you purchase a new hard drive and replace the old drive with the new one... you must use your HP Recovery Media to return the computer to a factory like state. Next, insert disc #1 and boot up the compute. You may have to select "boot from optical" or similar to boot from the CD/DVD drive. After the computer is in recovery mode, please follow the prompts. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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I have lost my recovery disks and now the hard disk of my laptop also has some problem and unable load win XP.The laptop bought in 2008 how can I get my recovery disc and pre intalled disc partition for Win XP. Sivakumar.

Answer:Hard disk damage and recovery disk lost

Sorry that i have to said but XP is by far no longer supported.  This meens that you can't find anything for XP and special Recovery or ready disk for XP! only 3rd party websites that are not recommened to use. Or Buy Windows Licence / or even more better to buy new laptop us any way your laptop is too old

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I just purchased my new laptop Satellite.

I have owned one of these pups before and so I know that the Toshiba recovery disk is a ghost image.

What I have done is wiped the hard disk clean as this was a show room piece from circuit city and couldn?t trust what was on there.

I am going to be putting Ubuntu on the laptop. I want to put Vista on a virtual machine.

As you can imagine, the virtual machine would have significantly less space than the actual size of the hard disk (200 gb) but of course large enough to accommodate the install of vista and all of the Toshiba goodies.

With that all said, will the image cough, hang and not allow me to install at the point of installing the ghost image because of the different size in space? So say the laptops hard disk space is 200 gb but I only allocate 50gb to the virtual hard disk.

Now I do have a legit business class version of vista from my schools Microsoft program, but I would like to use the home premium that came with the laptop and use what Toshiba had provided me.

So, will it work, or will it not?

Thank you for your input.

Answer:Is the recovery disk sensitive to hard disk size?

Wait a moment.
Do you want to install recovery image on Virtual machine? If I am remembering well somebody here has already tried to do something like this but without success. I am pretty sure this will not work.

As far as I know new Toshiba notebooks are delivered without recovery media and everyone must create own recovery DVD. Have you already created your copy of recovery CD/DVD?

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

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


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


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


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Hi , First of all I am really happy to see so Many Helpful and COMPUters TECHS out here .

I have a Compaq presario Desktop . Windows XP Professional SP2
version 2002

Intel pentium 4

cpu 1.50Ghz

The problem is , whenevr I turn off my computer and Try to reboot or Start it again ,The screen comes up which says Compaq in red and Then The F10 and F12 option to boot preference . So that Means "Windows is not Loading" . It just sits at this screen and then nothing happens even if I wait for a while , which means XP isnt loading Until unless "I disconnect the Hard disk Cable +hard disk Power cable ". Then when I plug it back in in few seconds and Try to turn on the computer "IT WORKS" . Now this is the problem , Is it a Hard Disk issue or something else ?? .

Once the computer starts Everything seems Normal and works Fine. It wont reboot on its own or there is no spyware or malware on it .

Recently the comps CPU fan wasnt working due to which the comp was running way to slow caz of heating of the CPU . but now its fixed and running fine and comps speed is also fine .

In my area there is lot of power cut prob and recently ( thrice) my pc got improperly shut due to lack of electricity . When I restarted those 3 times , it did start up on its own but Did the disk check utility due to improper shutdown .

Now I want to know what exactly is the prob , which gets rectified when i disconnect the power cable and the ide cable of my hard d... Read more

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Hi , First of all I am really happy to see so Many Helpful and COMPUters TECHS out here .

I have a Compaq presario Desktop . Windows XP Professional SP2
version 2002

Intel pentium 4

cpu 1.50Ghz

The problem is , whenevr I turn off my computer and Try to reboot or Start it again ,The screen comes up which says Compaq in red and Then The F10 and F12 option to boot preference . So that Means "Windows is not Loading" . It just sits at this screen and then nothing happens even if I wait for a while , which means XP isnt loading Until unless "I disconnect the Hard disk Cable +hard disk Power cable ". Then when I plug it back in in few seconds and Try to turn on the computer "IT WORKS" . Now this is the problem , Is it a Hard Disk issue or something else ?? .

Once the computer starts Everything seems Normal and works Fine. It wont reboot on its own or there is no spyware or malware on it .

Recently the comps CPU fan wasnt working due to which the comp was running way to slow caz of heating of the CPU . but now its fixed and running fine and comps speed is also fine .

In my area there is lot of power cut prob and recently ( thrice) my pc got improperly shut due to lack of electricity . When I restarted those 3 times , it did start up on its own but Did the disk check utility due to improper shutdown .

Now I want to know what exactly is the prob , which gets rectified when i disconnect ... Read more

Answer:XP wont reboot until Hard disk isnt diconnected

Hi, cductivickey. Welcome to TSF!

I'm not a hardware expert, but I think you got it overheated. Try ceiling fans, and air conditioners, keep the room that your computers in a lot cooler.

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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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   I have a HP Pavilion a6660t. I bought a new hard disk and the Vista Recovery Disks did not work.  I don't know what error messages because the TI guy did everythink. I contacted microsoft support and they checked my Vista product key number and it still valid. I need some help please. Can I download a new Vista SO? 

Answer:recovery disk did not work on new hard disk

>   I don't know what error messages  Darn.  Having that information would allow us to help you. 

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my hard disk was broken. No recovery disk. how i can have os back?

Answer:my hard disk was broken. No recovery disk. how i c...

Acer recovery mediaUS: you are outside the US and Canada, you must call/email your regional Acer support service:  

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

Answer:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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Using a Dell Inspirion with Windows XP SP2. At boot up, goes to either hard drive or to CD (can direct it from Setup menu) but then absolutely nothing happens at all. Screen just blank. Have run all diagnostics on Disk, Memory, CPU, DMA etc., - all report everything OK.

After selecting CD for boot, it starts to read the CD (disk starts up etc) but never gets to boot dialogue. After selecting Hard Disk, pretty much the same thing.

Any ideas anyone? I'm totally puzzled out on this one.


Answer:Won't boot from Hard Disk or CD - all h/w checks OK

Hello, I noticed your post today as I am searching for resolve myself for the same issue. This came from no where for me also. I just did a restart on the 21st and returned to see the black screen. Ran the Dell Sys Test and everything passed. I had to upgrade to this drive as the other had ran out of space so I was able to hook the other back up as the master and the non boot one up as secondary. Once I got into XP and Disk management there it was and it showed to be healthy. My drive is a Maxtor> now owned by Seagate. I went to their website and they have a download to check the drive. When the test completed as passed and with the Dell Test as passed and it showing to be healthly under Disk management I am thinking that physcially the drive is ok and hopefully the same in your case. The seagate help said that when the test passed that one or more of following reasons are the problem.
File Corruption
Driver Corruption
Broken Master Boot Record
Virus or Trojan attack
Spyware, Adware & Keystroke loggers
Hardware conflicts.
I know that in my case I can rule out virus, trojan, spyware, adware & keystroke loggers. I have not installed any knew software or hardware so for now I am ruling out the hardware conflicts. But as I read more on the possible cause of the first 3 being power outage or not being shut down correctly. This was something I knew but had forgotten that I discover my battery in the battery backup had died when the electricity had gone off a couple of we... Read more

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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.

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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 recently tried to install a new graphics card on my machine. I'm running Windows XP and am upgrading from an Nvidia 7600 to an 8800 GT.

Put the new card in, hooked it all up, powered on.

Got past a few screens, then got, "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"

Distressed, I powered down and put the old graphics card back in. Powered on, got the same error.

I then put the Windows XP CD in and pressed enter, and it went through and loaded up Windows just fine. All directories still there, able to see the windows dir just fine. It all looks as though nothing is wrong whatsoever. I removed the CD, messed around a little bit more, restarted again, and got to the same error.

This time I tried running the disk setup to repair the installation, but got the same error.

I've also been through the box unplugging and replugging everything back in, and I'm fairly sure it's all back in place.

Most of the errors I've seen with 'Disk Boot Failure' seemed to indicate horrible irrecoverable things, but as long as I put the system disk in, everything seems hunky dorey.

No floppy disk in there, and the hard drive is higher in boot priority than the cd drive.

Any ideas?

Answer:Disk Boot Failure, Inserted System Disk, able to load fine

On ATA HardDrives confirm the main HardDrive is connected to IDE0 on the Motherboard, and set to CS

Also try unplugging the IDE1 (the CD/DVD Drive data cable) fully, this may be a drive data cable issue.

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Hey everybody. First a little background, I have a 64 gb SSD which has my operating system on it, and I use a 3 tb HDD for all of my data/programs. Yesterday I was playing Counter-Strike for a while and I noticed every now and then I would get about a 3 second sputter where there's a noticeable lag spike. I figured it was just because I was on wireless so I ignored it (even though it hadn't done this in the past). After logging out of Steam to switch to another account, everything I started became excruciatingly slow. After doing some research I opened the Resource Monitor and navigated to "disk" tab to find that the response time of 20+ items were in the thousands+. I will try to give a list of all the things I've done to troubleshoot this problem, but might forget some:
rebooted in safe mode
did a malware check (malwarebytes)
did a quick check with MSE on my HDD (E (all clean)
ran chkdsk and one other I can't remember what the command was, both turned out clean
defrag'd the drive
installed SeaTools (SMART check successfull, all other checks stop at 90%)
cleaned trashcan
reinstalled STEAM (was the first program that encountered any difficulty)

I know there's more to this list but I can't think of anything else right now. As you might have already guessed, I'm pretty sure my disk itself is all right. I'm not sure what is causing the extremely slow response time, but whenever a program from my E: drive (HDD) is... Read more

Answer:Solved: High disk response time, but disk is fine

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My previous pc video card fried taking out he integrated one, so I bought another computer. This new computer has Windows XP SP3 on it and I was wondering if I made a recovery disk for it and installed a bigger hard drive, could i use the recovery disk reinstall winXP? I dont have any XP disks, no OEM or anything. The new computer P4 2.8 Mhz HD is way too small for my needs. I have room for a slave drive, but i'd like to just take the one it has (25gig) and upgrade to the HD i have been using (75gig). I know I'll more than likely have to format, but i can handle that, Just wanted to know if the recovery disk is what i need? or do i need to make a data backup and transfer it to the new hard disk?

Answer:Using a recovery disk on new hard disk

Are either the old computer or the new a branded one? (HP> Dell, etc??)

If you have the BRAND of Recovery disk for the OLD computer.....that would be tied to that system's hardware arrangement, though you could upgrade the hard drive, it has a different motherboard, network adapter perhaps....and video adapter,etc.

The branded Recovery disk would not work. (If that's the type you were asking about)

If the old and the new computers are NOT branded, but generic, then what is this Recovery disk?

usually you would install from a generic, plain, Microsoft XP CD for that type of system.

For OEMs, the FIRST system that license key is used on is the only one you can install to. You CAN upgrade the hard drive, but you would have to reinstall from that OEM CD. You can also borrow the OEM type of CD from someone.... NOT a branded disc, just a plain Microsoft XP of the same Home or Pro the computer has on it.

Tell us a bit more about each computer please.

If I have misunderstood something please explain with clear details

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I have recentley made some alterations to my dad's comp.
Changed the mobo etc... had to change it back for various other reasons.
my current issue is that i wanted to reformat and install XP onto the HDD.
But it is not reading any software disks, do you think it would it be a software, OS or hardware problem. Could you direct me where to post if this is in the worng place.

The computer is running Xp home ed at the mo and boots up, but i have to press F1 in the bios prompt at the mo as it is set to boot from cd drive, which fails. the cdwr/dvd reads and will play dvd's but will not read any software disks. i have tried printer, OS , broadband initial drivers disk. In the cdwr/dvd properties it says file system unknown when a software disk is iinserted. This is true for jpegs and audo disks!
Any ideas. I have updated the fireware for the drive.

Answer:Unable to reboot using Time reload disk or XP installation disk!

Have you uninstalled the drive in Device Manager, rebooted and let Windows find and reinstall it?

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I have a Windows7(Home Premium) pre-installed Sony Vaio Nw20SF/S laptop in which i tried to create Recovery disks(2 DVD's)... using Vaio Recovery disk Software(Inbuit). It stopped(or hanged donno) in the middle while creating the 2nd DVD then that was cancelled, but a new partition with no FileSystem is created for about 9.3 GB when i look in the Computer Management tool present.

Now, i have two questions to ask...

1) Does Sony Vaio models with Windows 7 comes with Hidden Recovery Disk Partition(D:... something like that or not)???
2) What to do or how to make use of the 9.3GB partition present???

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

Answer:Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Help please.....

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I have a toshiba Satellite C650 that has recently come up with a disk read error. I want to access the command prompt to try some potential solutions that I have read about on the internet.

I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop which also has Windows 7 64-bit installed. When I use the recovery disk and it has loaded the files etc it just brings up a black screen and the cursor.

Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening?
I tried booting my acer laptop from the recovery disk and it worked fine.

Also does anyone have any suggestions as to why I am getting the 'disk read error - hit ctrl, alt and delete to restart' message?

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Satellite C650 - Disk read error and recovery disk is not working

On this virtual way it is not easy to offer exact diagnostic but obviously there must be some problem with HDD. Can you obtain second one for testing purposes and exchange it. Just to be sure if HDD is ?troublemaker?.

But there is one another thing:
>I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop....
Sorry but I don?t understand this. Can you please explain to us what have you done exactly?

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I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in detail what my system was and they still sent me the recovery disk for the wrong machine. so I did the install not knowing it was for a think pad and now realize that there are things missing plus it is supposed to be win 7 64gb and the baseband drivers are not installed and I can't get them installed. well they won't transfer the warranty from one department to the other and say that I cannot get an extended warranty through the right department because it shows there that it is expired any way I have installed the drivers that are ment for my system to the best of my ability but I'm sure there are drivers installed for the wrong system and if I run test every thing says it is OK but I'm not sure I trust that plus I have a 32gb win 7 installed when I should have 64gb and I cannot find my blue ray info in device manager it just appears that I'm stuck unless I fork out more money for there mistake and I just don't know where to go from here or what to do! I hope this post is not offensevie in anyway I just have learned to trust this forum and respect the views and help I have received so if any one has any input please by all means let me know. Sorry again if this post is improper!

Answer:Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!

Hi there ... This seems all wrong to me you now have a 32 Bit OS which wont support your 8GB of Ram .. How ever you should have a Product COA Key it should be some where under your Laptop .. If this is the case you could do a Clean Install of windows with the 64 Bit OS .. But if i was you i would be seeking Legal Advice ...

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I have a Sony Vaio laptop which has a partitioned HDD.Its a 600 Celeron,192mb system with roughly 2 partitions of 5gb ea. I have installed Norton systemworks 2003 having upgrade from 2001 version. The speed disk and disk doctor will not allow the D: drive to be defrag or accessed to utilise the partition. System is also eating up the system resource. I have done a system restore using the supplied disk only once about 18months ago. Lost everything on C drive,but nothing on D.Can anyone help??

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Hello this my first posting on this site.Computer is an Evesham, running windows XP home edition. Asus A7V333 Mother board. WD 800BB hard drive.Problem was a surprise, in that it worked one day next day it didn't. This coincided with the CMOS battery running low, time always needing adjustment. Battery was changed but computer would not load windows. Trying the repair console and pressing R at the Welcome to Set Up screen results in the message on a black DOS screen, " Path or file specified is not valid " if instead of R being pressed ENTER is this results in a list of partitions etc. and ends with thewords"Setup cannot access this disk" How to Use This:1) Read the first 3 pararaphs (don't need to do anything yet)2) Scroll through the bolded items and locate your error message3) Do the stuff after the -'s just below your error message.Disk diagnostic and CHKDSK /F /R are common to all in order to rule out:- physical disk problems and - file system problems PRIOR to trying the fix.You can download a disk diagnostic tool from the website of the hard drive manufacturer. If necessary you can download a bootable version of the diagnostic from there and boot from it to test your hard drive.Recovery Console tutorial located here: is for the chkdsk, fixmbr, fixboot, and bootcfg commands if you can't get into WindowsHere's a link to an ISO of the X... Read more

Answer:Cannot Reboot From Recovery Disk

Not sure what that excerpt is supposed to be...but your comments about the attempt to use Recovery Console...brings questions to mind.

a. How many partitions on this hard drive?

b. Did you consider the fact that your XP CD...may only install to a clean hard drive (just as my OEM versions of XP do)?

c. Can you get into your BIOS? Is the drive properly reflected in the BIOS?

d. Did you run attempt to run a manufacturer's diagnostic on the hard drive in question?


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hello my dads comp has been messing up lately an so I decided to wipe everthing clean. After doing so I slap in the compaq recovery cd to reboot the comp an all it says is error. his comp has windows xp on the recovery cd. how come it wont work now???

Answer:reboot from recovery disk

Need a little more information in order to properly assist you.

Besides error, what does it say, Error copying data? Error reading disc? Etc.

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Hi, Ok so my computer was totally messed up and all bugging out. So I did some research, and decided that the best course of action was to wipe my hard drive and reboot it with a recovery disk. So I followed a few different tutorials, and succesfully wiped my c drive and my d drive.. im not even really sure if I was actually supposed to wipe my c drive.. Either way, when I put in the recovery disk it gives me the option of pressing any key to load from a disk. I do this. Then it goes to the 'windows is loading files' screen for a while. I then choose the option to restore windows with a system image I created earlier. Here is where I encounter a problem: a window pops up with the message "windows cannot find a system image on this computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set and click retry, alternatively, close the dialog for more options". Online tutorials instruct me at this point to check box that reads "use the latest available system image (recommended)" but that box is greyed out for me! What do I do at this point? Thank you!

Answer:cant reboot using recovery disk?

I then choose the option to restore windows with a system image I created earlier.Click to expand...

what other options are you being offered
you dont have a system image - its should be a recovery back to factory settings
whats the make and model of the PC

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Hi there,

i have set the boot sequence to boot from cd, but the message reads: non bootable disk.

I have tried to open it with ghost but it wants a password.

Toshiba Satellite A60.

Answer:Satellite A60 - Recovery disk will not boot - error non bootable disk


First of all you will be not able to extract the ghost image file because it?s secured as you could see.

I don?t know why you cannot boot from the Toshiba Recovery CD. But a reason could be:
- The CD is faulty (scratch, not more readable)
- You used a wrong CD
- The CD/DVD drive cannot handle this CD due to the old and faulty drive laser lens.

So you should firstly check if you can boot from other Microsoft Windows CD to find out if the CD/DVD drive is ok.
If this is ok then there is a issue with your CD!!!

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I live in Brazil and won a satellite M205-S4804. But i received it without any CD or DVD. No software drivers, no recovery CD or DVD.

I have both portuguese version of Windows: Vista and XP. And need to install them on my M205, but i do not found all drivers.

I tried to download the drivers in the @skIris and some components not installed fine, like a Wi-Fi card (I do not know what model is the device).

I think if i recovery the original status of my english Windows Vista (Home) and upgrade to my portuguese version(Ultimate), I will not need to reinstall the drivers...

There are a site to download the drivers and the recovery CD/DVD for my laptop?


Wemerson Guimaraes

Answer:Satellite M205-S4804 Recovery Disk and Drivers Disk?

This notebook seems to be designed for the US market and therefore you should look on the Toshiba US site for some drivers?

The M205 seems to be a new series on the market and possibly not all drivers were released at this time. SO maybe you will have to wait a little bit?

Sorry but this is everything what I can suggest?

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I have a Qosmio G40-108 and it works fine although the disk drive is not reading disks any longer, possibly because of a motherboard failure as I replace the drive with a brans new one and it is still not working, but my problem is this..... I have the Product Recovery Disk , I tried to copy it on a USB and reinstall the OS from the USB and the software start loading a page with the Toshiba logo asking to insert the Recovery Disk in the drive F: that I can`t no longer use as it is broken. How can I prevent the disk from asking to insert the disk in the drive F:? Are there any lines on the recovery disk so that the laptop can install from the USB without using the disk?

I managed to install a generic Windows Vista 32 bit downloaded from a website and my serial key is working with it but I really would like to reinstall the original software
P.S. Product Recovery is for Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit and just in case there is also a serial number on the disk GMR400766ENG

Answer:Qosmio G40-108 - prevent product recovery disk do ask to insert disk

I don't have experience with this but I found interesting article about creating recovery USB -

Maybe you will be able to create recovery USB stick. Check it out.

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Well my DVD-ROM has up and quit working.  It has no problem reading my audio CD.  It does this with Musicmatch Jukebox.  However when I put a data disk in the drive doesn't recognize it.  MY computer just shows up as D:.  When I click on the drive I get a box that says "Install disk"  I imagine I did something like deleted the program that read data files or something like that (is there even such a thing).  Basically what I need is help or a reference to diagnosing the root of the problem.Dell Pentium 4 dual core 3.4 GHZ1.5RamSamsung DVD-Rom SD-616E (problem drive)Ps I recently Downloaded the Nero 7 ultra smart start to see if that had any tips (not sure why) but obviously it didn't help. Thanks in advance

Answer:DVD-ROM wont read data disk but will audio disk

You can try this...go to Device Manager and right click on the DVD drive and select uninstall.When you re-boot Windows will automatically re-install the device...Let us know.

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plz help someone you can get me on yahoo messager justloosingit or here i tried anything i could think of just wont work...and there is no disk in im thinking its a virus i have no cd burner or win98 software disks is there any other way around it?

Answer:My PC wont startup keeps sayin invalid sys disk no disk in

its a virus what can i do? plz help soon its win 98 os

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On making the recovery disks, whilst program was verifying the final disk, program came up with Not Responding and disk would not release. I don't want to waste lots of DVD's if this is a common fault. Anyone else had this problem?

Answer:Recovery disk creator failed to create 3rd disk

Are you sure the disc failed?

Maybe it burnt ok but it just failed to continue?

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Hey. I wanted to do a software RAID1 to my current Windows 7 system disk. I saw a few tutorials and guides were this had been done.

I converted my present system disk (2 data partitions + system recovery partition + small boot partition?) into a dynamic disk. I was not able to mirror the disk because of the new Advanced Format sector sizes being different between the disks (old one 512 per sector, new one 4096 per sector). Anyhow.

I rebooted, and got the error "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"
When I boot the Windows 7 DVD and select repair, it can not repair the boot automatically.
It can not see the disk either.

When I boot into Hiren's limited XP, the Disk Management does only see a Dynamic disk - foreign. I don't know if that's my other disk or my system disk. It sees 1 dynamic disk, the USB stick where Hiren is running from and my CD drive. Screenshot at the bottom.
The Device Manager correctly identifies both disks.

At this moment, I have 2 HDD's connected. Both are 1Tb. One is the Samsung disk, with my Windows install (normally C:\) and a data partition (normally D:\). The other is a data disk (normally F:\)

When I boot into Linux, it does see my files and partitions. But it gives off many errors.

I suppose it's an error with the boot loader or boot partition? How can I fix this?
With the mismatch between sector size, I think I'll have to clone it onto a more recent disk, but it has to work, either as a dynamic or ba... Read more

Answer:Unbootable after changing to dynamic disk. Win recovery can't see disk

We only see problems with RAID and Dynamic disks here. Dynamic is intended to span a partition across multiple HD's. RAID isn't even redundant since many lose everything if one disk fails. So I would not do it.

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I had a virus which McAfee virus removal could not remove. I then tried to perform a complete computer recovery using the recovery disks I made when the computer was new. That did not work and I got an error message saying that the disk letter could not be found. I then used the erase function on the recovery disk and completely erased the disk. The recover effort failed again with the same message. I tried to reinstall from an original windows disk of an earlier version (XP) but that failed with the message "not enough space."

The computer is a Sony VGN-CS215J or a PCG-3E2L (both model numbers are shown on the computer in different places) The OS is Vista.

I used the diskpart command to see what was on the disk. The following information was shown (not in this format)
Disk ID=00000001
Type = ATA
Bus = 0
Target = 0
LUN lD = 0
Read only = NO
Boot Disk = NO
Page file disk = No
Hibernation File disk = NO
Crash dump disk = NO

Volume ### Volume 1
Label (blank)
Type Partition
Size 233GB
Status Healthy
Info (Blank)

Does anyone have any suggestions? I haven't quite figured out the syntax necessary to change anything. But the Boot Disk being NO and the FS being RAW raises questions in my uneducated mind. I had originally planned to just purchase a new hard drive, but read somewhere on this forum where someone had a similar problem but getting a new disk did not solve it.

Thanks for any help

Answer:[SOLVED] recovery disk can not find disk letter

It is showing that your HDD is RAW, meaning there is no partition or file system. You can either boot the computer with a Windows CD/DVD and Create a new partition, Format the Partition NTFS, do not do a Quick Format, (this takes longer but will test the integrity of the drive). and then install Windows. You can also prepare the drive with GParted Live CD. then run your Restore DVD.

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Hello,After backing up my computer for a reformat, I decided to create system recovery disks. I inserted a CD, and got an "unspecified error" message with the code 0x80004005. My computer no longer recognizes any disks I put in it, including my Windows 7 disk, and makes a sound I've never heard before, that sounds like the drive starting to run, then failing before it gets to speed.Is it possible that Windows has somehow deactivated my disk drive, or could it have happened to fail minutes before a reformat due to the strain of having to burn a CD? Is there some way for me to salvage the optical drive without taking physical measures? If the optical drive is toast, is it possible for me to copy files from the Windows 7 CD to USB, and boot it from there?Thanks for any help. Edit: I found a guide for reformatting from USB, and will attempt it once I find a flash drive large enough for the Windows 7 ISO I made.

Answer:T60 Disk Drive Failure After Trying to Write Recovery Disk

Hello Axeman89 and welcome to Lenovo community,
As I understand the optical drive does not read any disc now.
Uninstall the optical drive driver from device manager and restart the system and check,
If the issue persist the update the optical drive firmware from Lenovo website and also try making the anti virus program disable or uninstall.
Best Regards,

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I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium OEM. Apparently as of Windows Vista Microsoft in it's ingenious asinine have decided to stop giving out dvd's and cds for operating systems. I've seen briefly something about a custom Toshiba application on the laptop to make a 'recovery' disk.Whats the differance between a recovery disk and a windows 7 install Disk?How would I go about making both? Any help would be greatly appreciated!Regards!

Answer:Create Install Disk? / Make Recovery Disk?

The differences in OEM recovery disks and a full Windows installation disk is that the former can only be used to restore that particular model of computer while the latter will install on any computer with compatible hardware.I don't know the exact procedure you need to use to create the disks but it should be spelled out in your manual and possibly even on your start up screens.Be aware that those disks will be created from data on a partition already on your hard drive. That partition can also be used to restore to factory settings. The primary reason to make the restore set is to have the means to restore in the event your hard drive fails. I advise you to make those disks ASAP and make copies of them too. You will only get one bite of the apple. That is to say you are only allowed to create ONE restore set. The process won't work after one set has been made.

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I have read the threads on this forum, but I didn't come up with an exact answer to my problem.

With my regular PC I got a Vista Installation Disk, that also serves as recovery disk (like the one one could make with XP). One of the more useful things is that when you boot from that disk you have an option to "repair" the system, meaning that all vital files (like the bootloader...) will be restored, but for the rest all existing data wil remain. This is extremely important when for example you install a dual boot with Linux, when often Vista refuses to boot and repairing the bootloader solves the problem. Of course it can easily and quickly fix all kind of other system problems as well.

My Toshiba laptop A200 (otherwise a wonderful machine), came with the Toshiba Product Recovery disk. From all I have read on the forum and from what it says on the disk itself, I understand that it only allows for a total re-install of the whole system, factory-set, wiping out your whole disk and all on it.

Does Toshiba really leave us without a "repair" "option ??
I find that quite amazing, since after all I paid for the Vista operating system, so why shouldn't I get the options I would have if I had an original Vista disk?

If all above I is right, it means that if I want to install a dual boot with Ubuntu and would get a bootloader problem, I would loose all my data, when I only have to repair the bootloader?? (An issue that with the "repair" o... Read more

Answer:Satellite A200: Can I use Recovery disk without wiping disk

Hey Yossi

I think you have misunderstood something!

You have received the Toshiba Recovery CD with the Toshiba image! The image contains the Vista OS, Toshiba drivers, tools, utilities and additional programs!

Please don?t compare this disk to the original Microsoft Vista CD and don?t mix it!!!

So using this disk you can set the notebook back to the factory settings!!!
This is very useful because this procedure takes about 10min only and you get the whole functioning OS with all drivers, tools, etc?

Please note that no all users and customers who buy such notebook are technicians and computer scientists ;) but simply newbie and such recovery possibility is always welcome!!!

?but the usage of this Recovery CD formats the whole HDD and erases all partitions.
Therefore it?s advisable to backup the data before using the recovery CD/DVD

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Hello everyone,I bought a new Lenovo T530 recently, and created BOTH Windows 8 recovery drive (on flahs drive) as wel as Repair disk (on DVD) last night. Below are this directions, just in case you are wondering how I created them. Repair Disk: Revocery Disk: I am now wondering if I need to keep any of the two created media mentioned above updated over time? Or I can just let them sit in a safe place untill I may need them in future? Thanks a lot.

Answer:Created Windows Repair disk, Recovery disk - What to do next

Anyone? Please.

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I am looking into buying a new computer and noticed that some systems come with recovery disks and some systems come with Windows installation disks.  What is the difference?  Do recovery disks make it so that when you reinstall Windows, the drivers are installed as well?  I have a Dell Dimension 4300 right now and it came with a Windows installation disk that had Dell printed on the label.  When I rebuilt my system one time, I still had to reinstall all the drivers.  Would a recovery disk reinstall all drivers without me having to go on the Net and download them?Thanks in advance!

Answer:What's the difference between a recovery disk and a Windows reinstallation disk?

A Windows installation disk installs Windows.A recovery disk sets your PC back to how it was when you got it.A Windows disk is the better of the two.Hope this helps.

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Hi, I have a toshiba satellite C650 that has recently come up with a disk read error. I want to access the command prompt to try some potential solutions that I have read about on the internet. I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop which also has Windows 7 installed. When I use the recovery disk and it has loaded the files etc it just brings up a black screen and the cursor. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening? I tried booting my acer laptop from the recovery disk and it worked fine. Also does anyone have any suggestions as to why I am getting the 'disk read error - hit ctrl, alt and delete to restart' message? Any help would be much appretiated, thanks.

Answer:Disk read error and recovery disk not working?

Hi -- First go in and fill out your system specs completely. == Are both of the PC's using the same Win 7, Home Premium or whatever the case may be? Are they both OEM or Retail?

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I want to create a recovery disk for my edge 13 which has no internal disk writer.Alas Rescue & Recovery does not offer to create a recovery ISO which I then could burn on another computer.I have an external DVD drive but no writer. So I would be able to boot from a recovery CD if I could create one.I inserted an USB stick and Rescue and Recovery could write to it but from my experience USB sticks get lost or overwritten easily so I prefer a CD as a recovery media. Thus my question is:Is there a way to make a recovery CD from the bootable USB stick or maybe create a recovery disk ISO with R&R?Or can I simply burn the stick as a data CD? ADD ON:I just tried to test boot from the created recovery USB stick but it did not workI was able to select the USB stick at the F12 prompt but the screen stays just blank with a underline cursor in the upper left corner. After 2 minutes I gave up and booted normally again so I still don't have a recovery media.   


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Answer:howto create a recovery disk without a disk writer

Do you have an external Western Digital harddisk? If you do, then you can download WD's Acronic true image on their website.It works alot faster and better than the lenovo  Onekey recovery software (which can not recover the system if something happened with the windows partition, I noticed today)

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I weekly run Disk cleanup on Disk C. However, I have never run it on Disk D (Recovery). Is it safe and/or necessary to do?
Vista Home Premium

Answer:Solved: Is it necessary and safe to run disk cleanup on Disk D (Recovery)?

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I have an X230 with windows 8 preinstalled. Recently, I wish to buy an SSD to replace the original HDD. I know that I can make a recovery media from the original disk to a removable disk. Then recover the windows 8 to the new SSD. While that means I have to keep this removable disk to prevent the crash of the OS. So who can tell me how to transfer the windows 8 installed in the original HDD to a new SSD and also transfer the recovery media to this new SSD without a removable disk? Thanks

Answer:Transfer the OS and the recovery media from the original disk to a new disk

Any cloning software should work.  Macrium Reflect, Acronis True Image, etc...

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I want to know how to approach dell to get a copy of windows 8 operating system iso so that I can reinstall the windows on my laptop.
I have following questions regarding same:
1. What is the procedure of obtaining the Windows 8 operating system iso from DELL?
2. If dell can provide the requested, what are the charges for the same?
3. Can the OEM version of the windows 8 be installed to another computer? What I meant is that how many licenses does I get with OEM version or how many times I can reinstall the operating system during the life cycle of the product(Windows 8) using the same key?
4. If the license key is embedded in the hardware then can I use any windows 8 installer iso to reinstall the OS?

Answer:How to get the WIndows 8 installation disk/recovery disk from dell?

Hi Nitin,
The Windows product key is pre-installed in Dell systems. However may I know the reason why you are looking out for a disc?
If the computer is not booting up and if you want to request for a disc then you may use the below link:  (For U.S only)
If the system is working normally, you may create a system restore disc by following the below steps in Windows 8:
(1) Move to mouse pointer to the top right corner and click on the search button.
(2) Select applications, type Dell backup and recovery and select search.
(3) On the left side you may click on the application.
(4) Once the application opens select recovery disc and create rescue disc.
OEM discs (Win8) can be installed on any Dell computers (if Windows 8 is pre-installed in that computer from factory).
It is suggested to use OEM image for re-installation purpose.

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I have a Windows Vista Ultimate systemService Pack 2I continue to receive a message stated that I have Low Disk space on Recovery Disk DWhen I look at the D Disk the 2 applications with the most KB's are: Start Rep Application 492 KBRecENV Application 418 KBWhat should I do with them? May I delete them, or do I need them? If I need them am I able to store them somewhere else? The 2 above applications were Modified on 11/02/2006

Answer:Low Disk space on Recovery Disk data backup

You should not delete or modify in any way the contents of the recovery partition. Doing so could make it impossible to do a system recovery. In any event deleting these files would reclaim very little space.

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Disk #4 of 7, Vaio Recovery Disk Set fails because corrupted. For model VPCL212FX. Can it be replaced?

Answer:Disk #4 of 7, Vaio Recovery Disk Set fails because corrupted

Some info here which might be useful: pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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I made a recovery/repair DVD and booted up from it. It located my Windows OS on drive C:. Then it gave me a strange menu: Recovery disk Repair Windows Boot Manager Add startup option: Windows Recovery Environment (repaired) These were my only choices. I could not get to the Recovery Console or other menu without accepting the repair. Right now, nothing is broken. Windows boots normally every day. I am afraid if I let the new disk make a "repair," it may really give me a problem. What to do? Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. I had not made a repair disk before because I had installed Acronis backup, which prevented it. It was only yesterday that I found the registry edits needed after uninstalling Acronis so that Windows Backup would run.

Answer:Recovery disk says Repair Windows Boot Manager but OS is booting fine

I wouldn't be afraid of running an offered Repair, and would probably after reboot go back to run a couple more Startup Repairs to see if it finds anything else. It isn't going to harm anything and may find more to correct as it already has.

You can also post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image which will tell us if it's correctly configured.

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Okay, So I have a Toshiba laptop that I wanted to restore because I had used it for school and it had a lot of things on it that I didn't need, and was running slowly. Instead of taking things off one by one, I thought it would be best to start from scratch again. I popped in the recovery disks I created, restarted the computer and booted from the DVD. I chose all of the settings to restore the computer to out-of-the-box settings and a window came up that said "Copying Files Please Wait..." After that screen disappeared after 10 minutes or so, Another window flashes on screen for a split second (didn't even get to see what it contained) and then an error window comes up reporting error 10-FC06-0002. The only thing I can do is shut down my computer, and it will not start up after that. After trying several times I decided to come here.

I know what you're going to say. "Before you come here, search or something, there's tons of problems like this on here." Well I did search, and all of the results told me to "make a copy of your disk and see if that works, if not its your HDD" Tried making an exact copy of the disk using a DVD copy tool from Google, no dice. Tried copying the files from disk to desktop to disk, didnt work. Copied the files to an old thumb drive and booted from it. Same problem. Made an .ISO image of the disc and burned it, tripped the error as well. No matter how I try to run the restore files, the same error message prevails. A... Read more

Answer:Recovery Disk error 10-FC06-0002 - HDD loads XP and Windows 7 fine

Sorry for double posting, but I was wondering if anyone had any answers to this? I realize now I should probably have been more brief in my explanation, and should have included the computer model in the Topic Subject.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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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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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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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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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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I recently restored my system to restore point set prior to a failed upgrade to W10 . The restore was "successful" but then... When I boot up, I get normal login but when I enter my password system tells me it is setting up my desktop??  Then it stalls in never never land. When I  boot in safe mode I get my normal desktop but not much works including networking. Most anything I try yields an explorer  error message that the file or resource cannot be found, etc.  Curiously I can open any PDF file with Acrobat and I can even browse and load  other PDF files on the hard disk from within acrobat. I ran boot log and in fact most of the the drivers other than sysroot... did not load. I tried all of the repair options provided by HP and microsoft without success.  So I decided to restore using a set of disks I dutifully prepared when I recently moved my system.  Unfortunately the restore from disk option cannot find the boot file on disk #1.  When I put the disk in another machine I see a normal set of foders including one named "Boot"??I REALLY want to get my system back to what I had when I exeuted  the restore to restore point!

Answer:System Restore issues Recovery from recovery disk set disk#1...

Be sure disc 1 is clean and no scratches and try again,

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Hi, last week I had a lot of help re my failed hard drive, SeaShanty gave me a lot of info which has enabled me to get this system up and running again he has also suggested I get Maxblast(which I have done) to "Clone" from one drive to another. what I need to know is what is the difference between Maxblast, a free download and Mirror Image or Norton Ghost which have to be payed for, I feel I am in another minefield and need to learn more and tread with care. Oh and why did my hard drive fail??it was not overworked

Answer:Hard Disk is fine but need info on Mirror Image

With Freeware, you don't usually get the same level of support that a company like Norton can provide should things go wrong.Hard Drives fail for a variety of reasons including overheating, being mounted upside down, excess vibration or knocks and excessive access.

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I haven't used my Satellite 5200-801 for a while and now it won't start. This is what I get on the black screen:

Intel ? Boot Agent Version 4.1.04
Copyright ? 1997-2002, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when tready ?.

I have the product recovery disk, but that will wipe all existing data and rebuild. Is there a way to start my PC without the use of recovery disk?

Thanks for any help.

Answer:How to reboot Satellite 5200-801 without using Recovery disk?

>PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

This message means that notebook tried to boot from LAN.
Since this was not possible the PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable appeared

I guess the HDD is defect and therefore the notebook does not boot from the internal HDD.
In this case also your internal data on the HDD is lost.

But to be100% sure you could remove the HDD from the notebook, could use an 2.5? HDD enclosure to connect the HDD to another computer just to check if you would be able to access the data on the HDD

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I'm looking for a tool to allow me to burn a image of my system to a bootable dvd. In the evet that I need to use it, I can simply put the disk in the drive, boot from it, and restore the system back to the time of the image.

I've checked out some of the more well known freebies and I can't seem to find something that lets me burn to a bootable dvd/cd's.

Answer:Free Reboot and Restore disk recovery.

A DVD won't fit your system. I use Acronis True Image (which is quite excellent), but you need a second hard drive or partition to do the backup/recovery with. Basically, backup your system with TrueImage once a week or so, then once your system gets borked, you can just restore your backed up system image using the TrueImage boot CD. [True Image at the egg]

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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I've got a problem with my brothers laptop.

It is an old AMS Power CD, with win. 95. When I turn it on, it begins to boot. The screen reads:
BIOS 1.23, CPU = Pentium 100 MHz
640K System RAM Passed
23552K Extended RAM Passed
256K Cache SRAM Passed
System BIOS Shadowed
Video BIOS Shadowed
Mouse Initialized

Then in a red flashing box in the middle of the screen it reads: "Couldn't reset hard disk system Save to Disk feature is disabled"

Then, "Operating system not found" below

I would much appreciate any help or assistance I can find.

Answer:Couldn't reset hard disk system, save to disk feature is disabled

I'd bet the harddrive has a loose connection or completely failed. If you don't know how to take it apart and check it take it to an expert.

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

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

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

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Hello guys. Recently i just got my T61P Machine with 120GB 5400rps Hard disk installed. The reason I choose Lenovo is that the lenovo claims that the T61p will be the most quite machine in the world. But I found that there is a "da da..." sound from the hard disk even there is no disk operation. I think this sound is from the disk seeking. This is really annoy. My friend got a T61p with 80Gb disk does not have this problem. So my question is that does evey 120GB disk Lenovo has that weird sound, or there is something wrong with my 120G Hard disk. I think I might go to the customs services to change the disk. When reading books using the machine, this sound is really annoy. Does anyone has the same problem with the 120GB hard disk?  Thanks.   Sincerely,Jay  

Answer:T61p Weird Disk Seeking Sound for the 120GB 5400rps Hard Disk

Some drives are noisier than others.  Usually the "clicking" you are hearing is not a problem, just an annoyance.  If you think it is unreasonably loud, or abnormal, just call Lenovo Tech Support - they may send you a replacement disk and recovery CD set.

KeithFormerly 600E 2645, T30 2366, X31 2673, T40 2373, T41 2379, T42 2373, T42 2379, T60 1952, T61p 8889, T61p 8891Currently T420 4177-CTO, T430 2347-A54, T430 2349-L64, T430 2347-UN9, T430 2342-CTR, Ideapad K1, H520S 2561-1LU

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Hi peeps and thanks in advance for any help you can give me! My laptop is doing my head in thanks to its new-found ability to chew up free disk space on my C:/ drive. Not sure if this problem has been on-going for a few weeks or something, but it's come to a head now!! A few bits of info that might be handy: Vista Home Premium 32bit, laptop is about three years old, 160GB HDD partitioned into a C: and a D: (both with approx 70GB total space according to Properties).
The story goes like this:

1) Got low disk space warning pop up (something like 300MB left!) - thought that this was entirely plausible since my wife keeps taking videos of our little baby on her camera and saving them on the lappy!
2) Decided to move some User folders from the C: to the D: and in the process moved about 5GB which then freed up several gig of space on the C: drive. Then I noticed that this was consistently dropping and the HDD light was flickering all the time, even when the laptop was not in use.
3) Updated and ran all the following programs: AVG 2011 Free, CCleaner, CWShredder, Malwarbytes - and nothing untoward reported.
4) Booted into safe mode and ran the programs again and still nothing reported.
5) Accessed VSS records via a command prompt and this was set to UNBOUNDED maximum capacity and showing as 16GB in use on disk, so revised this down to 12GB (a cautious approach, I admit!) and freed up a bit more space but this again is slowly being reduced.
6) Ran WinDirStat and this is showing ... Read more

Answer:Hard disk constantly running (writing?) and disk space disappearing

First, lets find out what is on the drive
JDiskReport or my preference

This link may help and give information.

Scan with your antivirus
Scan with malwarebytes. Did you update, when you ran your report?

Space is probably being taken by restore points, Did you check for that possiblity?

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

Answer:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

When it comes to actually using the BartPE disc, you?ll need to first enter your BIOS and set the CDROM drive as your primary boot device, this is the default setting in most computers.Once BartPE is loading, when prompted for network support, click ?no? if you do not need it like in this case to save yourself some time.Click on Go , Programs, A43 File Management UtilityThis will open a similar program to windows explorer so you can copy your data before formatting. Locate the hard disk where your windows installation is on, select the folders you want to backup and copy them to the other partition or hard disk.If you have an external USB hard disk and want to copy your data on it, make sure you connect it to the computer before you boot with the BartPE 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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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

Answer:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

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So I recently installed Windows 7 Home Premium on an Acer Aspire 5349. I've been having a bunch of issues with it since the install.

Firstly, When I boot, it takes me to the "Disk Check" screen and tells me that one of my disks needs to be checked for consistency. However, the disk in question isn't something like "C:" or "D:" it's "\\?\volume{c4afec15-cb60-11e4-9583-806e6f6e6963}". The disk check also automatically cancels. It doesn't prompt me with the usual " Press any button to stop the disk check" option, just straight to " Disk check has been cancelled"

When I eventually get to the desktop, I get the screen " Windows detected a hard disk problem ". I look at the details and I'm told that my C:\ drive has been reporting failures. When I check the status of the disk via the Disk Management tool I'm told that all my partitions are healthy.

When I actually use the laptop, it's very slow and frequently freezes. It takes a while to catch back up and sometimes these freezes lead to a BSOD. The BSOD message was KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR. I checked the event viewer and it also seemed that before certain crashes I would have driver controller error on an IDE Port. I've attached a picture of the disk check screen, event viewer, and memory dump. I apologize about the quality of the pictures, I couldn't screenshot the images on the actual laptop as it was freezing and crashing too often.

I ... Read more

Answer:Frequent Freezes, BSOD, Disk Check auto cancels, and Hard Disk Errors

DISK_HARDWARE_ERROR: There was error with disk hardware
Ensure all data is backed up, then run the DOS version of the LONG test of SeaTools, and report the result:
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

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Hi Wondershare Disk Manager Free is a handy tool for all-level users to copy hard disk and manage partitions. With the complete wizards, you will never worry about data loss when you need to copy disk/partition, create partitions, resize partitions, delete partitions and recover partitions. Now use Wondershare Disk Manager to reasonably allocate disk space and re-structure your hard disk for maximum use!
After instal click get code button, for free serial

Answer:Wondershare Disk Manager Free lets you copy hard disk and manage partitions

You really seem to have a lot of info on freeware - Thanks azzis07 for the share!

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I am facing problem of unable to shrink c drive in my windows 7 home premium.I have read everyone writing in about not to change the hard disk to dynamic type,but after partitioning one time using disk management now all my partitions are dynamic type & I still have 288gb left in c drive.
I need help.

Answer:hard disk changed to dynamic type after using disk management

Read this tutorial on how to covert back from Dynamic. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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

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

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


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

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

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1. I have Win7 64-bit installed.

2. Earlier I installed MySQL and created database (size: 2 GB) in my D: drive (size: 52.8 GB).

3. Then I formatted my C: drive and installed Win7 again. As a result, MySQL got uninstalled and something happened to the database in D: drive.

4. After the new Win7 installation, My Computer shows D: [50.8 GB free of 52.8 GB] but the disk is empty.

5. How do I recover these 2 GBs?

Answer:Hard Disk space seen as occupied... But disk is empty inside

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management, showing all the details of the D drive.

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I started with a 40 gig for my primary drive
When I install the new western digital WD2500BB 250 gig hard drive I first I get:

CD-rom : Sony DVD-Rom DDU1615
no IDE fixed disk present
press F1 to save

Disk: 40.0 GB [email protected]@[email protected]
CD-rom : Sony DVD-Rom DDU1615
press F1 to save

Disk: 250 GB WDC WD2500BB-14RDA0
CD-rom : Sony DVD-Rom DDU1615
press F1 to save

Then I get the error message:
non system disk or disk error
replace and strike any key when ready

I think I need to format my new hard drive but I can't figure out how to get that far.
Any help will be greatly appreciated I'm trying to upgrade this PC for my kids.


Answer:new hard drive causing nonsystem disk or disk error

If you would provide the make and modle of the machine to be upgraded, I will try to assist. It could be as easy as configuring a BIOS setting.


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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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Hi, please can you help?

I have a 250Gb Seagate Barracuda ATA internal hard drive which is mounted in a Safecom usb/firewire external caddy. It has 2 partitions; a 15Gb FAT32 drive and the rest divided into 2 logical NTFS drives of 160Gb and 60Gb.

I have only had the disk a couple of months. Shortly after I purchased the disk I had a power failure whilst scan disk was running on one of the NTFS drives. Upon reboot XP did not recognise the NTFS drives reporting that the file system was corrupt, the FAT32 drive was fine and accessible.

I managed to recover all my files (mostly mp3s and movie files) from both NTFS drives using GetDataBack, reformatted the disk, replaced the partitions for good measure and reinstalled my backup.

Since then I haven't really had cause to use the disk so it has remained switched off but today I needed to transfer some files across for backup purposes. Having done this I then did a bit of housekeeping; deleted a few files and moved a few folders around on the disk. Then explorer crashed and after I managed to recover from the explorer crash I found that the NTFS partitions were once again inaccessible in XP. XP reporting that the file system is corrupt once again. Once again the FAT32 drive is accessible.

I am currently running GetDataBack again, and it looks likely that it might find all the files again (I hope). I originally purchased the disk to backup my main hard drive which I needed to perform a clean install on, this has been done.... Read more

Answer:hard disk file system corrupt and disk not accessible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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 a samsung SV0411N ATA IDE hard disk, just enough to meet my memory needs.the problem is it doesn't get detected, there is no mention of the device in MY Computer. I tried to install XP on it, but set up displayed a message saying it could not read the drive.I used Vista disk management, from another HDD and in disk management, the disk finally showed up. but as soon as i start disk management, it asks me to innitialize the disk, i click OK, it returns data error (CRC). and then in the disk management window the disk shows up as a 37 GB unallocated space.when i try to create a new simple volume, it says "operation cannot be completed because the disk is not innitialized"Chkdsk dosen't read the drives, the samsung doesn't even have a drive name yet.

Answer:Hard disk not working but detected in BIOS/disk Management

In disk management, right-click on the drive and format it.

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

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

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

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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

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

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

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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I have two hard disks, one Seagate 120 GB one and another Maxtor d540x-4d
5400 rpm 40 GB UATA/100 drive. My problem is that the maxtor drive used to
work fine, but recently, it is recognized by BIOS and Device Manager in
Windows, but it is not shown by either the logical disk manager in disk
management or My computer. What is the problem? Any remedies? THanking you

Answer:Hard Disk recognized by bios, but not by My computer/Disk Manager

You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.

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I keep receiving a message stating there is a serious hard disk error problem and should fix before using any more. Relates to disk MK3265GSXN

How serious is such a message and what are my options given my Toshiba Note is now almost 7 years old? Is this message and disk issue common?

Thanks for help,


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Relevance 97.99% heres my curently defragmenting my HD...i have two C: drive and my D:drive.....i have my OS installed in my C: drive and alot of other things.....

So when i first started defragmenting my C:drive....i had 34.0 GB of free space..and i left to go eat taco bell..XD..and when i came was around 70% done but the free space was down to ONLY 2 GB.....

so iv looked evrywhere and foun lots of people had this problem..didnt quite find a solution though....and stil defragmenting *** im writing this...but i might just end it becouse it started going really assuing becouse i have no free space left on that partition....

Another important thing is that im NOT using the disk defragmentor that comes with the OS....

im using one called "Piriform Defraggler"....and before that i used the default one that came with the os...and it said that it was 0% defragmented..but when i analyzed it with the other said it was like 64% fragmented......

So if theres ny more info u guys need ...just let me know...and i dont know if my HD space will come back after i close the program..but let u guys know..becouse i might just close it out now..becouse i dont think it will finish any time soon....

so plz help me out with this problem.....and thanx in advance.......

Answer:Solved: Lost Hard Disk Space After Disk Defragment sry guys....i was just doing sum "reasearch"..and found out how to fix turns out i had to resize the maximun ammount or shadow copy space..or sumthing like that....i had to do it in the cmd ya...


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

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

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

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

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I have IOmega 1 TB hard drive. 2 days ago, my comp restarted suddenly after which my external drive is corrupted.

I get the error 'H: is not accessble' The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable.
It shows up in the disk management as RAW file system,

I have almost 700 GB of important documents, pictures & files that I don't want to lose.
Does anybody know of any good recovery software that can help.

Answer:Hard disk Error - The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable.

Hi r4hara,

Welcome to SevenForums.

You seem to have lost the partition somehow and that seems to be the reason why it had turned RAW.

IMO, the best free software to do the recovery from a RAW disk is Test Disk. TestDisk - CGSecurity

It can be a little daunting for the first time user, and so take your time to read through all the documentation.

First use PhotoRec in it - which does not write anything to the drive in question - and try to recover the files.

Then you can use TestDisk and try to rewrite the partition. Some people have reported that even after restoring the partition with TestDisk, the drive remained RAW but they were able to recover most files using the option to copy.

Whether PhotoRec or TestDisk, it is going to take a lot of time to recover the files. Copy them to another external drive with adequate capacity.

You may find some help here to understand the usage.

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide

Good luck.

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Weighing on buying a Twist, can I replace the hard disk with larger capacity SSD or SATA disk? Is there any capacity limit on SATA disk? Are SSD and SATA disks compatible for Twist (say replace SSD disk with SATA disk or vice versa? Many thanks.

Answer:Can hard disk be replaced with larger capacity of SSD or SATA disk?

the Twist's hdd is a 2.5 inch 7 mm drive, which you can upgrade to any other SATA disk of this size either platter or SSD.

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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i got a new disk drive IHAS1234-14 E and it starts to spin up then stops and wont do anything. Its visable and every time i click on it it asks me to insert a disk even do theres one in it

Answer:DVD disk drive wont read disk

how many dvd/cd did you try? did you check if dvd/cd are working on other laptop/desktop?

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