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External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

Question: External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

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Preferred Solution: External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

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Answer: External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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CAN I USE MY EXTERNAL DRIVE AS MY MAIN HARD DRIVE

Answer:CAN I USE MY EXTERNAL DRIVE AS MY MAIN HARD DRIVE

Windows will not boot from an external HDD...this is by design.

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.

Help.

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

Answer:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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I have an external hard drive and a 1GB travel drive that I use interchangeably between my work laptop and home PC. My traveldrive no longer is saving documents (I get a file permission error) and when I looked at the drive, the Traveldrive was opening as an F: drive, now it is showing G: drive and is not working correctly. Help! I have a lot of work on the traveldrive and am no longer able to save info. on it UGH!!! How do I get it back to F: drive?

Answer:external hard drive and travel drive changed directories

Hello & Welcome to TSF


this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

now what i you need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now scroll down to your (USB Device Tree) and uninstall all that it is shown / then shut your sysem down compleatly then unplug all (USB Devices) then rebot your system 2 to 3 times

this will cause Windows to rebuild the (USB Device Treee & Drivers)

now try hooking up your (USB Devices) and see if they work properly

then get back to us

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I would like to use Linux but want to avoid partitioning due to bad MBR experiences. I am considering external usb powered hard drive to install Linux with my main drive C still running my windows xp. Can this be done ? grateful for all replies, Dave (still learning )

Answer:using Linux on external hard drive with xp on main

Why not set up Linux on your hard drive but rather than alter your mbr - use the floppy disc start up option.This would then mean that if you start your p/c normally it would load windows and if you wanted to start Linux you use the floppy disc.

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Hi Guys!
I need some help. I purchased an external hard drive per TSG help. Thank you. Everything has been working so far. I leave the Seagate External Hard Drive plugged into my USB port, which identified it as being on the E:/ drive. Anything else will be F: drive. Suddenly, the Seagate External Hard Drive is coming up as the F: drive location

I placed some programs, such as the Wise Disk/Registery Cleaner, onto the external hard drive to free up limited space on the C: drive. The shortcut indicates the E: drive so the computer is preventing the Wise Disk Cleaner from running. I have unpluged the external hard drive and shut the computer off several time. Nothing changes the drive's location.

Any suggestions????
Thank you.
 

Answer:External Hard drive changed drive location

Hi Siam, you can choose what letter the drive should show up as. To do this, go to:
Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management and click on Disk Management.
On the right in the bottom pane you will see a list of your drives. Find the external hard drive and right click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths... then click on Change and you can select E: from the drop down and click OK.
Hope that solves it...
 

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Is there any way to keep the same drive letter (in this case, E) for my external hard drive?  I plugged a printer into my laptop yesterday, and how my EHD has become drive F. Now none of my shortcuts or file locations work any more.  The EHD is a plug-and-play device connected via a USB port.1) Can I change it back to E somehow?2) Can I set it so that it will always be drive E?I've tried removing the printer and the hard drive, then rebooting with just the hard drive.I've tried uninstalling the hard drive via device manager, reconnecting and rebooting.  It still says F.My next thought is to do a system restore back a couple days, but even if I do this, I'd like to know if there is a way to permanently assign drive E to this device.Thank you!!

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter Changed

Well, it looks like I may have solved my own problem:START --> Control Panel  --> Administrative Tools  --> Computer Management.In the left pane, expand Storage, and then choose Disk Management.  Select the external hard drive and from the right-click menu, select Change Driver Letter and Paths.  Select the drive, click the Change button, and then change the letter in the drop-down box.

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Folks, Hoping someone can help. While mounting a virtual drive I forgot that my external hard drive was connected and by mistake i reformatted the drive to RAW.It has all my photos etc from many years......the drive is visible but says its in RAW. Is there anything I can do to recover the data before i reformat it? Thanks
 

Answer:Changed External Hard DRive to RAW

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Hello Forum's member.

I have noticed path of my external drive is changed from F to E and therefore, the Music Program can not read audio files.

I wonder how come path can be changed and
How can I correct the path from E to F
is there any way?

Please reply.

Thank you

Answer:Help please! why would external hard drive path changed?

Hello ,

Right click on my computer, select "Manage". on the left side go to disk management in storage section here u can change drive letter. Just select the drive which you wants its path to be changed. Right click on the drive, and go to "Change Drive Letter and Partitions".

Thanks
Arvin

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I have an external hard drive that used to be associated with my computers J drive for the longest. One day I turned my EHD off and when I turned it back on it had switched to being the F drive. This is mainly a big problem because all of my Itunes music was backed up to the J drive and now my Itunes can't find my music because the drives switched. How can I switch my EHD from F back to J?

PS. I already tried Googleing the answer and I tried this one:

Using the Windows interface

1. Open Computer Management (Local).
2. In the console tree, click Computer Management (Local), click Storage, and then click Disk Management.
3. Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
4. Do one of the following:
* To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

Unfortunately there was no J drive available in the drop down when I tried this. I'm also using Windows Vista and any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:External hard drive changed drives

You are on the right track. You only need to remove the drive letter J from the the drive that it is currently assigned to by clicking remove. Then assign your external the drive letter J. Then go back to drive that you removed it from and assign any letter (F) that is now available.

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I have a 160gb usb 2.0 external hard drive which I attach to my home PC. The hard drive contained approx 70gb music, photos, movies.I attached the hard drive to my father's PC because I needed to move files to his system which is a 5 year old HP Pavillion. However, when I went to view the contents of the drive it had been renamed from USBTECH to HP_PAVILION and the contents are pretty much identical to the structure of my father's C drive - i.e. 'program files' and 'windows' folders. The music, photos - all exisiting files had vanished.I wasn't too worried because I guessed that his older PC may not be USB 2.0 compatible and that I just could not see the true contents.However, I re-attached the drive to my own PC and it is still called HP_PAVILION and still doesn't contain any of my files. I have been on the web all day since trying to find a solution but I'm at the end of my tetherThe only progress I've made is spending 23 on a product called File Recover. It has detected 6791 files (I was expecting more) but it is taking FOREVER to restore files. It is not giving a time estimate but I reckon it will take WEEKS to restore it al at the current speed.Someone please HELP. I'm out of ideas and lost without my music!

Answer:External Hard Drive Identity changed

Try Drive Rescue click here

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I have an Toshiba notebook with OS Windows 7 home Premium 32 bit.

I have external hard drives attached via a usb hub. I recently had to remove the hub and now that they are reconnected, the letter desination have changed ie. F:\ is now G:\.

How do I get the drive designation to change back to there original paths?
I have my iTunes music saved to one drive, but as the path has changed, iTunes cant find the music.

How do I prevent this from happening in future when I need to disconnect again?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Answer:external hard drive changed designation

Drive letters for external drives are assigned consecutively according to the order in which they are detected by Windows. They won't change until you unplug all of them then re-connect them in a different order - which is evidently what you've done when you removed the hub.

You can't force Windows to assign the same letter to each drive after you've disconnected them. Just avoid doing it or save your iTunes music files on the internal drive instead.

Use the external drive only for backup copies of your music files.

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I made a mistake by changing something I should not.
My system is dutch so I must translate, which is probably not always clear, sorry for that.
Here is what happened:
I opened filebrowser and I saw a little icon with two heads under my external hard drive. I thought that has something to do with sharing. I right clicked on this external hard drive and chose 'sharing with'.
Then on 'advanced sharing' and a new window opened.
I choose the label 'security' and there I saw three user groups to have acces to my hard drive. The first was EVERYBODY (or everyone) which surprised me so I changed it. Now I do not have acces to my harddrive at all and I can not change it back either. It says 'you should have reading permission to see the properties of this object', (or so).
Can anybody guide me through the process to reverse my misstake?
looking for a sollution I found out that I never enabled the possibillity to restore the last systemchange. Well they say one learns from ones mistakes.

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I have reinstalled my OS several times in the past year due to some problems with my DSL and my external drive has always been been given "F". Now my floppy is "A", hard drive "C", DVD player "D" and DVD recorder "E" and now the external is "G". I know this is correct but why was it "F" before?. Will this cause any problems with the files in it?
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive changed

It won't cause problems with the files, however it will cause problems with links as they will all be broken. If you have no links to the harddrive then don't worry about it. For example if you have a program that you installed onto the hard-drive instead of the C:\Program Files directory, or you have a JPEG or document on the hard-drive that you open clicking on it's shortcut somewhere else. Links will have to be changed, but that's no biggie
 

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I made a mistake by changing something I should not.
My system is dutch so I must translate, which is probably not always clear, sorry for that.
Here is what happened:
I opened filebrowser and I saw a little icon with two heads under my external hard drive. I thought that has something to do with sharing. I right clicked on this external hard drive and chose 'sharing with'.
Then on 'advanced sharing' and a new window opened.
I choose the label 'security' and there I saw three user groups to have acces to my hard drive. The first was EVERYBODY (or everyone) which surprised me so I changed it. Now I do not have acces to my harddrive at all and I can not change it back either. It says 'you should have reading permission to see the properties of this object', (or so).
Can anybody guide me through the process to reverse my misstake?
looking for a sollution I found out that I never enabled the possibillity to restore the last systemchange. Well they say one learns from ones mistakes.

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I have 2 external hard drives that i use a 500gb and a 1 tb. the 1 TB i dont use often i will just add to it from time to time.
I recently plugged the 1TB in and the icon has changed to a unrecognised one i have added a screen shot. i have ran a disk check and scanned for viruses and all looks fine i can acces files no problem but being a 1TB i have alot of stuff on there i cant afford to lose should i be worried or can i get it back to its original state with the western digital icon??
Even if someone could tell me what i could look for on the net to describe what that icon is for the (my book i: drive) as in the attachment
thank you garry
 

Answer:Solved: Icon changed on External Hard drive

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I have found the solution, it is standardly unmounted (but i made it mount with ''partition found and mount, but now im dependable on that program for the hard drive to be mounted, so how do i make it like a normal hard drive?? and how do i format it so that its like a normal hard drive)now so the pc sees only that black space, but how do i make it so that its standardly mounted again?

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I turned the computer on today and one of the external hard drives has changed from 'K' to 'L'. Two other external hard drives have not been affected. For some reason the 'K' drive has been allocated to the CD Drive (which was previously 'F').

So how can I get 'K' back to the external hard drive using the same path as before. It doesn't matter what the CD drive is called but getting it back to 'F' would be nice.

Thank you.
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive Letter Has Changed

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My external drive letter was K:, now it's L:. I checked the registry and saw that they both have the same value? I also can't change drive letter in computer management. Help me please!

Answer:External hard drive changed. Won't change back

Hello Jassie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and delete the \DosDevices\L: Binary vaule to see if the drive will be seen as K after restarting the computer.

If not, then see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to change it back to K.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a Western Digital 2TB desk top hard drive which is almost three quarters full. It has worked fine up until yesterday.

Today however it was causing windows explorer to stop responding. I tried to use task manager but explorer did not close until I physically unplugged the hard drive from USB, at which point explorer instantly closed down again. I rebooted the PC and successfully reconnected the hard drive, only for Explorer to stop responding again after just a few minutes of use.

I repeated the above process with the task manager however now I have no access at all to the hard drive, in computer management and my computer it shows as local disk (J) with no meter underneath to indicate how full it is. Computer management shows the file system as RAW, I believe before it was NTFS. Device manager shows the disk does exist with its full name of WD 1021 Elements.

I have tried a few recovery programs, firstly test disk. This however looks like it is going to take potentially a few days to complete. I have also tried the free version of EaseUs. This program found three lost partitions, but none were anywhere near as large as 2TB. Does the paid version find more? I don't want to spend money if it won't work. I have also tried Pandora Recovery but this could not access the drive in question, probably due to problem I am having.

My questions are:

1) Will test disk work if I leave it long enough? And has anyone used it on a 2TB volume and know roughly how long it ... Read more

Answer:External Hard drive has changed to RAW file system

1. If possible, please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Managemnet with only your problem external drive connected. Make sure that you hide the Console Tree and Action Pane by clicking on the Show/Hide icons in the top Menubar so that we can see the full screenshot of the Window with no truncation. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

2. Install MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1, run it and post a screenshot of the Main screen with your external drive connected. Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

We will first explore the possibility of Recovering the Partition/s with Partition Recovery Wizard, the tool most widely used here for recovering partitions on drives that had turned RAW.

Further instructions only after your response to this post.

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My 500gb backup hard drive is showing only 25gb left. My main 650gb hard drive shows only 150gb used. How is this discrepency possible? Also when I examine the I drive can only get it to add up to less than 200gb, the largest file being an computer image file.

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?

Thanks!
Sonya

Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

anyone?
 

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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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Hi.can anyone help me with the above question??

Answer:How to Add exterior hard drive and use as main hard drive??

Hi, No, you can use it as secondary HDD. Regards.

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?
 

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..
 

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.
 
-gan

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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

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

I would like to do the following...

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

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

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

 

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

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I have an Dell desktop with a 1tb HDD running Win 10, am looking to install an SDD then migrate over to this drive leaving the 1tb HDD just for my files.
My 1st question is; I have 4 sata slots on the motherboard 1 = 1tb HDD, 2 = free, 3 = DVD, 4 = free. Have read somewhere always use the lowest number slot for an SSD & if that is so do I put the SDD sata cable into slot 1 & HDD into slot 2
when I first install the SDD drive or change them later after I have cloned the HDD ?
As I am going to use my 1tb HDD just for my file storage will I be albe to do a full fomat on the HDD ie clean all partitions.
Many thanks

Answer:Format main hard drive. Want to install SDD then migrate to this drive

Hi. . .
I would suggest that you install Windows onto the SSD without the HDD being connected.
After Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to format the HDD in NTFS format.
Doing the installation this way assures that no boot related files are written to the HDD during Windows install onto the SSD.
Regards. . .
jcgriff2

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

Answer:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !










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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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Windows 7 desk top computer stopped during use. It would not restart when button pressed. External power supply ok. Possible internal Power Supply Unit failure. Can the pc hard drive data be backed up to an external USB hard drive enclosure before testing to find the fault in these circumstances?

Answer:Hard drive backup to external USB hard drive enclosure

Yes, most HDD is use on laptop and desktops units are pretty standard. The desktops use 3.5 inch internal drives and the laptops are mostlt 2.5 inch. The Sata interface is almost universal. Suitable enclosures are sold by major vendors. Be aware that the very lost cost kits are not real enclosure, just the power and interface components. Not recommended. To easy make a mistake.You will need a working PC or laptop to read the data. And enough free drive space to store your data files. Recovering program files is not piratical, unless the programs were  portable programs. Which is not likely.This video is basic and helpful. (Ignore the lead in advertisement.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLQusrmzvIAs you will see in then video, you can buy an enclosure for  any starred hard drive. So just pick out a good enclosure and you can get you data back!EDIT: On of the best tutorials I have seen lately.  He makes it plain and simple and very useful information.  Geek-9pm recommends you watch. That guy is even better that me.

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.
 

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.
 

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I have had to format my hard drive for one reson or another, but it seams to be taking a long time (coming up to 24hrs & not even 20% done)I am formating in dos mode using Format C:The harddrive is split in two C: drive is 30Gig and D: drive is 10 GigAll it says is trying to recover allocation (followed by a group of numbers, that is always going up)Is this normall is has some thing gone baddly wrong?

Answer:Formatting My C Drive (main Hard Drive)

Certainly does not seem normal to me. Especially as you will only be formatting C: not D: as well.

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Hi. My laptop is Acer with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit OS.
It contain only 1 single partition disk that is c drive only.
Recently, i accidentally convert the c drive which contain OS into dynamic disk.
After i restart the laptop, it shows the following:
BootMgr is missing
Please press Alt, Ctrl +del to restart
Now, i not able to enter the window. I am so worry because my important data is kept inside the hard disk, and i still not yet do any back up copy on it.
I searching on this forum and learnt that i need a window 7 installation disk to repair it, but my problem is the computer dealer not give me any windows 7 installation disk when i baught this laptop as their said all the driver and windows program already kept in side the harddisk.
Any help are much appreciated...

I tried to remove the laptop hardisk which is a 500GB toshiba SATA hardisk. Then, i use the other laptop with Windows XP professional with the intention to copy yhe file inside the toshiba hard disk.

However, after plugged in the hard disk to the other laptop, under the disk management, it shows that the toshiba disk as : dynamic disk, unreadable.
So, i having problem to backup the data inside the toshiba hard disk.....

Answer:Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

Hello Yee, welcome to Seven Forums!









Have a look at Option Four in the tutorial at the link below to see if the "Set Partition as Primary" option is available; there's also a link in the same tutorial for the info on creating a Windows recovery disk.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells


Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance



Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I ran out of space on my old hdd so I bought a new 1tb one, I have successfully installed it and created a new volume for it. However now I want to effectively change priority of the hdds, so my new 1tb one takes the place of my old one, booting up things, having windows on it, storing the majority of my games and files (I want to use my old one for storing some games, but I don't know if they will run at the same speed as they had done while I only had my old hdd or will be faster as they are used through my new one). I installed windows 7 on my old hdd through a disk which I still have and installed windows 10 for free when this option was availible. So in summary I want to make it as if I'd had my new 1tb hdd originally and have just added my old one onto my system after.

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I ran out of space on my old hdd so I bought a new 1tb one, I have successfully installed it and created a new volume for it. However now I want to effectively change priority of the hdds, so my new 1tb one takes the place of my old one, booting up things, having windows on it, storing the majority of my games and files (I want to use my old one for storing some games, but I don't know if they will run at the same speed as they had done while I only had my old hdd or will be faster as they are used through my new one). I installed windows 7 on my old hdd through a disk which I still have and installed windows 10 for free when this option was availible. So in summary I want to make it as if I'd had my new 1tb hdd originally and have just added my old one onto my system after.

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I purchased a 2.5" SSD in the hopes that I could use it with my R61. The first problem I encountered is that the connector is physically a different size (9.5mm?) and the 2.5" is too small. Does some sort of adapter exist so I can switch out my current HDD and use the new drive as the primary/only HDD? I've seen an adapter which replaces the DVD drive and that the 2.5" would fit into. Would I be able to boot off this drive? Would I have the same different connector problem? Thanks!

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Is the main hard drive in XP always the C drive?

I recently made a copy of my hard disk and I'm not sure if I'm booting from my new drive. I didn't change any of the jumper settings on the hard drive, I only changed the boot order in the bios.

The only difference I noticed (since it was an exact copy) was that my new hd swapped drive letters with my old hd and became the C drive.

I can't get inside the computer at the moment to unplug one of the drives manually...
 

Answer:Main hard drive in XP?

No not always, however windows prefers to be C. Windows being anything other than C can cause a lot of problems.
 

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I'm looking into purchasing a hard drive enclosure/external hard drive...

What's the difference? I have three spare hard drives here; two are clearly marked IDE; and another one that looks like it's probably IDE. But in the stores they have 2.5inch and 3.5inch. what's the difference?

I measured one of the drives, and the "front" side of it is like 4 inches...or is the 2.5/3.5 the diameter of the physical "disk" inside of the enclosure?
 

Answer:hard drive enclosure/external hard drive

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I'm trying to use Norton Ghost to copy my hard drive to a new usb external hard drive. I am trying to use clone in Ghost advanced, but when I get to the section where it asks for source and destination, I see Disk 1 - (c - DISE_backup (d, and for destination I see the same thing. How do I get it to identify my usb hard drive designated as (I in my computer.
If I try backup in Ghost basic, I am able to choose the destination by going to my computer and clicking on the drive, is there a way to do it in advanced Clone?
Is there a better way to copy my old drive to the new one? I'm using win ME, the old drive is 40 gig, and the new one 250 gig Seagate.
Also,I used Seagate disk wizard to install it, and when i click on it in my computer it recognizes it as a 250 gig, does that mean that 250 is usable, or do I have to partition it?
PS
ya know, I actually thought that this was gonna be easy!
 

Answer:can I copy my hard drive to an external usb hard drive?

I used DriveImage XML (freeby probably availabale here at MG) to copy a backup from my C Drive to a maxtor USB 100Gb USB drive with no probs whatsoever. Moreover I tested it to reinstall to the C Drive for a minor program and it did the job hassle free.
I don't like anything Norton turns out, personal opinion based on bitter experience.
Give Drive image a try!
However I hope you undersand that you cannot boot from the backup - it is only a backup - booting is a different situation altogether
HTH
Robert
 

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I am looking to buy a new hard drive to store data (mostly games and pictures). But I'm not sure which type of hard drive to buy. Could you please help I want to be able to transfer the data to my laptop also.
 

Answer:External Hard drive vs Portable hard drive

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I tried installing win 7 on my netbook and there were only 2 partitions available. One was the system and one was the primary. But it wont allow me install on my primary partition or create a new one. It actually will let me install on it but it says not to because the hard drive could fail at any moment. I was wondering If I could take an external usb hd and install the OS on that instead? Does anyone know if that will work?
 

Answer:Hard drive Failure... External hard drive maybe?

It's unlikely you'll be able to boot from an external USB HDD due to the copy protection measures written into Windows.

If there is not a "trap door" to access the hard drive on the bottom of your netbook, replacing the internal HDD will require removal of the keyboard and some internal cables. Unless you are experienced in disassembling and reassembling small electronics, this is a job best left to a professional tech. Don't get ripped off at Geek Squad or other big chain stores. A reputable independent PC shop should be able to do the work for about $60 labor plus the cost of a new drive.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hello everyone, I was wondering if you could help me? I had a HP Pavilion laptop computer that the screen died on me and I removed the hard drive. I bought a new HP G60-445DX notebook PC and  bought a  Gigaware hard drive enclosure so I could hook up my old hard drive to my new laptop and remove the files that I want (pictures mostly).  When I hook up the drive to my laptop I hear the hard drive spinning and I get a message on my toolbar (Safely Remove Hardware) so I know the computer knows that there is something connected but when I go to "MY COMPUTER" the drive does not show up.  I can see the hard drive when I go into Device Manager... it's listed as ST910082 8A USB Device. When I double click on it it says that "This device is working Properly" . The driver is the latest driver (6.06.6002.18005). I've uninstalled the driver and reinstalled it and still nothing.  My new computer is running VISTA and the old hard drive was running XP if that matters. Now I've tried to reinstall the hard drive in my old  laptop and hook that laptop up to an old desktop screen and kept getting the message "PXE-E61 Media Test Failure" so I dont think the drive is being recognized there either? The original problem with my old laptop was just that the screen was shot.......then I removed the hard drive........I didn't know at the  time that all I had to do was hook up my laptop to another screen and I probably... Read more

Answer:Old hard drive for external hard drive on new laptop

I looked in Disk Management and the external hard drive is there but it doesn't have a letter .  Layout: Simple, Type: Basic, under file systems it's blank and under status: Healthy (Active, Primary Partition).  If I right click on it all the choices are greyed out and the only ones I'm able to click on are  VOLUME and HELP.

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Hi,

I have Windows XP. Last week my internal hard drive had a mechanical failure and had to be replaced. I have a Memorex (aka Imation?) external hard drive that I used to back up my files. The first back up I ever did was a full back up of all programs and files, and since then I have backed up incrementally.

Once my new hard drive was installed and operating system etc restored, I plugged in my external hard drive and tried to restore my files. I started with the folder from my first back up and clicked 'Quick Restore'. I followed the instructions and it appeared to be restoring my files, but at the end of the process there was no visible difference. I tried restarting my computer but again, no change to the hard drive content.

My external hard drive came with a brochure but it only talks about how to back up files, not how to restore them. What am I doing wrong?

Cheers,

Bec
 

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I enabled OneDrive on my computers.

My main computer seemed to get slower and slower.

I clicked on "This PC" and my internal drive was red - showing
about 20 GB space where there had been close to 200 GB a
short time before.

My external drives - one a 1 TB WD was completely filled - 0
available space and the other = a 3 TB WD was pretty close
to full as well...

I went nuts and tried to find what was going on...ended up
deleting boatloads of files/folders just to create some space.

Finally, found that OD kept copying various files/folders over
and over and over again ... placing them in my C drive and the
two external drives... there seemed to be no rhyme or reason
for the selection of the files/folders that were continually being
replicated.

Scared the crap out of me....

I'd asked Windows techs for assistance and each time they
logged into my computer, the issue just got worse.

I was not able to delete OneDrive. Finally found out how
to stop it from copying files...

and just found that it's still doing the same thing on at least one
of my drives...

SO... Can anyone tell me how to eliminate OD from my computer?

I want to be able to drag files and drop them to OD online... just
don't want it to have access to my PC..

Also, how do I find all of the bazillions of copies of files/folders and
eliminate them?

Thank you for your assistance

Karen

Answer:OneDrive ate my hard drive and external hard drive

Do you still have at least one set of true-blue folders and files that you normally work with -- before this situation happened? And now, you have many duplications of those same folders and files, correct? I hope others will enter in with their ideas and solution possibilities 'cause I don't have any answers at this time.

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I want to go an external hard drive to back up my desktop and store photos - I want to get a Seagate FreeAgent GO hard drive - but should I buy a desktop hard drive or a portable hard drive? What is the difference (in layman's terms!). Thanks.

Answer:External hard drive or portable hard drive

Desktop units will have a separate power brick to provide the power required. Portable units use power from the USB cable connection.If you intend carrying it around a lot with a laptop then portable is the one to go for. If you intend using it with a desktop as you suggest then you won't mind having a permanent power supply block (?)Hope that helps.

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Started my pc and my hard drive is not there I had all my games there now I can't find the hard drive. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated thank you.
 

Answer:External hard drive not being shown as a hard drive

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When i try to backup my files using windows 7 backup function i get an error message at the very end, usually an hour or more, that says the backup yo my external hard drive was unsuccessful because a file on the C drive could not be found? I've tried for the past 2 weeks and the same thing happens over and over again.
 

Answer:backup of hard drive to external hard drive

With a lot of external hard drives, they are unfortunately formatted as FAT32 for compatibility with other OS's and systems. FAT32 cannot handle a single file over 4GB
 

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Hi,
My old lap top crashed so I took out the hard drive and put it in an external usb case. I would like to delete everything off of it from my old computer and have a clean hard drive but am not sure how to go about doing this. Is it ok to just simply delete everything? Or is there a process I need to go through? I have tried searching this on google and can't find much helpful information. Any help would be great thanks

-Danielle
 

Answer:Turning old hard drive into external hard drive

if you want to wipe everything then right click on the drive and format it. it may tell you to format it when you plug it in but if not then to wipe everything right click on the drive and format it. it should show under the hard drives list
 

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To Anyone WhoMight Help:Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated whether they're a cure or just a heads up that there's nothing that can be done - or, how to determine where along that timeline I may be.I dropped a 3.5 - 4" diameter ground magnifying glass from its insecure desklamp holder onto (as one's looking at the open notebook) the lower right surface of the notebook ( a fall of 6-8") . The glass weighs aprx 1-1.5 ibs. The computer screen fluctuated for a sec or 2 and then went to a black screen with the error message reading "disk read error - press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart. The command does nothing. The unit turns off after depressing the on/off button and when power is restored, it returns one to the error message after a blinking cursor for a few secs. I think the C Drive or main hard drive of the unit was damaged to the extent that the thing can't read itself. I'm told there is no laser reading device - that the drive is hardwired to read itself and from there send the data to where I'm unsure.I'm asking if it's possible to replace the main hard drive with another component. Also, if that can be4 done, what the concomitant probs may be that one may encounetr. Thanks to anyone who suggests any idea at all. I scewed up inadvertent ly and would welcome the chance to buy and install a fix at my risk entirely.Davbid Lyle - noholy1

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My C Drive has lost it's drivers. It's showing in Device manager with a exclamation point. Windows tries and fails to install it on very reboot and it's VERY annoying. I need some help trying to get the drivers to install correctly. Thanks.
 

Answer:My main hard drive has no drivers...help!!

Hi

Could we have some PC specs?





If your PC is one from the likes of DELL, HP, Sony, etc what is the Make and model varient as this will assist us if we need drivers?

If your PC is a home or custom build what is the motherboard make and version?


To find this info you can use the likes of Everest to find this info, at times a summary log of your PC can help, to do this

Install Everest and run
Click Report (top menu) > Report Wizard > Next
Choose System Summary Only > Next
Choose Plain Text > Finish and wait for report to generate
Click Save to File and leave the File Name as Report, then click the Save as Type dropdown and choose Report files (*txt) and click Save (n.b. Save to desktop is best as easy place to find it, use Browse to locate desktop)



Then attach your log to your next post as per these instructions HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post Click to expand...

Do you have any other devices in Device Manager with yellow ! marks?

Have you just re-installed Windows? or please give any other info about what software or hardwsare that may have changed in your PC, have you had malware reciently?
 

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My main IDE drive is f*ckered and I bought a Sata drive to replace it. Do I need any sort of special drivers to install XP on the new drive?
 

Answer:SATA as main hard drive

I didn't on either XP or 2kpro. I have read of some people having problems though, but I'm sure those were all on much older systems.
 

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I have been using two hard drives, with the slave being a clone, replica or image of the main. When the master got fouled up, I used Norton Ghost to restore from the slave. Ghost was not reliable, and I found Maxblast worked better. Recently a worm or virus got in the master and wouldn't let it boot. Restoring from the slave didn't help, it was in the slave also. I had to clean up both HD's with fdisk and fdisk/mbr, then restore with CD's which takes a lot of time.

How can I make a BOOTABLE clone of the master, take it out of the machine, and swap it back in case of crash again? I use Windows 98 SE, and there may be a way to use the OS to do this, but I am not clear on the details such as copying the boot sector. BTW I now scan all downloaded files with Norton AV before opening but this is not foolproof.

Thanks for looking, Laremac
 

Answer:Backing up the main hard drive

afterthought: What about going into the Bios and setting the machine to boot first from CD-ROM, then the back-up HD would not need to be bootable. I could clean up, restore form the slave, and just leave the CD in to start. That is unless they have developed a virus that will infect a CD-ROM!
 

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I bought a new ssd for my computer but i still havn't installed anything on it yet.
I would like to know if i will have problems or will it be as easy to install and run normaly as the youtube videos show.
On my main hard drive i had windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10. I only have my windows 7 CD so it would install windows 7 on it. Do i need to reinstall windows 7 on my main hard drive, maybe find a windows 10 upgrade or will it all work together fine?

Answer:Do i need to downgrade my main hard drive (new ssd-win 7)

Dont really understand what your are saying

you want to install windows 10 on your new ssd ?

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I have a Western Digital 120 GB HD and for some odd reason my computer fails to read it. All i get is Failure to read Master Disk Drive or something to that affect, then a blank screen just appears and you can not input any commands, or other times it will ask you for a bootdisk but this happens very rarely, unfortunetly i bought my computer from a friend and he lost the bootdisk, what should i do to fix this problem?
 

Answer:Main Hard Drive not reading?

Hello...

Go here and get their diagnostic tools and test your drive to see if it is defective or not.

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools

Shane
 

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Hi,

I have a 4 yr old Compaq computer running Windows XP Pro (upgraded from Win 98). I recently put an additional 80 gig hard drive in and want to make it the main drive and leave the original 10 gig drive for special storage (pictures and music). how do I make this happen?
 

Answer:Making New Hard Drive Main One

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I bought a new ssd for my computer but i still havn't installed anything on it yet.
I would like to know if i will have problems or will it be as easy to install and run normaly as the youtube videos show.
On my main hard drive i had windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10. I only have my windows 7 CD so it would install windows 7 on it. Do i need to reinstall windows 7 on my main hard drive, maybe find a windows 10 upgrade or will it all work together fine?

Answer:Do i need to downgrade my main hard drive (new ssd-win 7)

Dont really understand what your are saying

you want to install windows 10 on your new ssd ?

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Hey guys - I am not 100% sure what went wrong - I was trying to clone a hard drive that I found some bad clusters on and it started to clone then stopped and said it could not locate the hard drive.

The drive in question was the main drive for my wifes computer - I have it out now and is in a USB enclosure and when I put it on my computer it shows up as 2 drives and F "Reserve" and an H nothing - when I click on F it shows me it is empty even though it says 50 mb of 100mb is used - when I click on H it says drive not initialized - and that is where my main data is - this was from a dell computer so I am sure the 100mb F drive is a partition - or guessing.

Any thoughts on how I can recover data from a drive that doesn't really show up in "my computer"?

Running win 7
 

Answer:nitialized main hard drive

What kind of software are you using to try to clone the drive?

This might be an operating system issue, you could try downloading GParted and burning a LiveCD or USB stick, that way you could try to clone the drive without going through Windows 7.
 

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Hello,

I just installed windows xp pro on a new hard drive I had to get and instead of the typical C:\ for my main drive it has assigned it an E:\. Can anyone tell me what I'd need to do to get it changed to C: It is a particularly a problem when I download and it looks to install on C not E

Thanks.

Answer:Main Hard drive assigned E: not C:\

There is no practical way to change the drive letter of a drive containing an OS. Windows will function normally as it is. I used Windows 2000 for years on D: with no problems whatsoever. You can almost always change the default install folder.

The only way to change the drive to C: would be to do a clean install.

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I recently received a motherboard from one of my friends with an 80 gig hard drive as the main drive. I decided to switch to my old hard drive which is 20 gigs, so i can have all my desktop settings and so forth. I made sure the settings in the Bios were right but the pc wont start up afterwards. It immediatly shuts off right after the RAM check(screen turns off). I made sure it saw the 20 gig as the main drive(yes i remmembered to make the other 80 gig a slave drive) but yet it still will not boot up. Is the problem that i over looked something in the bios? Or is it the type of motherboard I used? Please email or im me(Dntmesswtheryman) or just post the answers under this topic. I'll take all the help i can get get.thanks

Answer:Main Hard Drive Problems

Is this WinXP?  You probably have to perform a Repair Install by booting from your original WinXP CD.

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Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?

Answer:Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sonicroxs


Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?


You are probably going to give yourself a bunch of trouble by changing it why not just leave it the way it is?

Ken

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Hello all and Happy New Years to allWell here i am with another problem with my friends computer witch i did build myself and witch is almost the same as mine. My big problem is the main drive where the system is installed and of course the programs also. Now these drives are SSD drives and they are almost full and i do not know what to do with this. First somebody told me that i should split the hard drive and make some kind of reserve and this would also help in speeding up the computer but how do we do this ???. So how easy is this to transfer the operating system + the programs.Thanks

Answer:How to partition my main hard drive

Splitting a drives into multiple partitions with do nothing to speed it up, it could even slow things down, especially with a SSD drives.If the drives a full you really only have two options. Delete something of them or buy bigger drives.Stuart

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Hi, This issue is causing some serious problems like installing software and doing all kinds of stuff. Every time I try to do that some type of error comes up saying insert Drive. What do I do?
 

Answer:F is main hard drive.. Need to change to C.

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I have a second hard drive in my PC that I use for media files like audio and video, etc. Every now and then I just make a complete copy of the drive, just in case it fails one day.

This morning I started wondering if I could maybe make a copy of my C drive, ie the drive that actually runs the PC itself? This way if that drive ever failed and my PC refused to start up, I could just swap in the backup drive and be up and running again.

Am I being hopelessly naive here or is this something one could actually do?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, believe you me.
 

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Hi

The main hard drive on my pc that has the operating system on and everything is begining to fail and i need to sort it out before i cant use the disk anymore. The disk is in warrenty so i will be able to get it replaced but not all the things on it.

How can i backup my operating system and all of the programs and files on it, i have another hard drive that i can use as a backup but im not sure how to do it.

Can anyone advise me on what to do?

Would be a great help thanks.

Answer:Main Hard Drive failure - What to do?

Hi Fields,

Have a look here;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/downloads/0,...675060s,00.htm

Pooch

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hi there..

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

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

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

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

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Gday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone?

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Does anyone know of software that will clone one external hard drive to another hard drive. I have tried by attaching both external hardrives  to a computer but Acronis will only find the destination drive and not the source drive. any ideas would be great Ojas

Answer:Any software that will clone one external hard drive to another external hard

What kind of data is on the HDD ? ?Are you saying that Aceonis does not rcognise both externals ? ?If not you can hool up only the HDD you want cloned and have Acronis create and save the image to your internal for now...then power down...unhook that external...and hook up the blank external...power up and clone away.NOTE: I highly suggest verifying the image before cloning...takes a bit longer buy well worth it.It's under the Tools section in Acronis.

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Just got a WD elements external drive, 120GB. My father has two computers at his business, and he has not backed them up. A failure of one of the computers means he wouldn't be able to perform day-to-day operations, so a clone of the hard drives is vital.

So I did a little bit of googling, but there isn't one freeware solution that people recommend. I've partitioned it into two equally sized, 55GB partitions. The hard drives that are to be backed up are both 40GB. Anyone know which software is best for cloning the hard drive? I'm comfortable with using command line if need be.

Answer:Cloning multiple hard drives to one external hard drive?

For small single operations I use Clonezilla LiveCD. It's not command line based, but it is text user interface based, so it looks kind of old school. It works great, though.

If you want to get crazy and set up a dedicated box for this, FOG (Linux based, requires a Linux install and a stand-alone computer to act as a server) could do the trick too.

I'd start small with Clonezilla LiveCD and if you want something heavier duty, check out FOG. I use both almost daily. Both are free/open source as well.

As with anything else, do a ton of testing on a practice machine so you get the feel of it. It sounds like this data is critical, so don't use a production machine as your guinea pig to feel out the software.

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

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

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

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

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I just bought a WD 1 TB to replace 120 GB slave (it was 'c:') I had. I intended to still use it as a slave and keep my 320 GB (it was 'd:') as the master. They're both SATA's so of course that doesn't matter so I just kept the 320 set as the primary in BIOS.

At first boot up the computer started fine but when it started Windows the previous devices hadn't been loaded and I was asked to register again before starting. I re-registered and clearly all the previous settings are gone.

I think this is because the drive letters were changed? Is there a way to check...is it something else? Can drive letters just be changed back and voila everything finds itself again?

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:New Hard Drive/Changed Drive Letters

disk management in computer management access through administrative tools
right click on the drive in question and select from the menu to check
 

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hiya,installed my new hard drive as the master drive. It came out as F: drive.My old drive was C:i thought everything was ok...however... my brother seems to think that if it's the main drive it should automatically turn to C if it's the main drive. I've even disconnected the old drive from the system, but it still comes up as F: drive....Does this matter?i run WinXP pro (NTFS)

Answer:Main Hard Drive Letter, does it matter?

..just told me that drive C has to be the boot drive....but i only have my new F drive in (which i'm using now) at the moment and everything seems ok..is there anything that might cause a prob with my main drive being F drive?

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I have C which is the main hard drive but I also have F, should I plug it out before formatting?

Answer:When formatting, should I plug out all but the main hard drive?

Yes unplug all other HDD.

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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!

(originally posted in Win XP forum by mistake)
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

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I recently received a motherboard(AMD Processor) from one of my friends with an 80 gig hard drive as the main drive. I decided to switch to my old hard drive which is 20 gigs(from an intel celeron motherboard), so i can have all my desktop settings and so forth. I made sure the settings in the Bios were right but the pc wont start up afterwards. It immediatly shuts off right after the RAM check(screen turns off). I made sure it saw the 20 gig as the main drive(yes i remmembered to make the other 80 gig a slave drive) but yet it still will not boot up. Is the problem that i over looked something in the bios? Or is it the type of motherboard I used? Please email or im me(Dntmesswtheryman) or just post the answers under this topic. I'll take all the help i can get get. thanks

Answer:Changing Main Hard Drive Problem

When you're moving Windows to a new MB, it's an iffy situation.  You can stack the desk in your favor by doing a couple of things.Uninstall drivers for any hardware you won't have on the new system.Uninstall any motherboard drivers, like the VIA 4-in-1 drivers or the Intel IAA drivers.In Device Manager, uninstall EVERYTHING under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.Shutdown and do NOT reboot this disk on the old system again.

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