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How do I make both of my hard drives act like one?

Question: How do I make both of my hard drives act like one?

Hi all! I recently installed a second hard drive into my computer. The second hard drive is from my older cpu and is about 40g. The first hard drive in my cpu is about 80g. Although not a problen, I accidently made the old 40g the master and the 80g the slave. I can view the folders on both drives. But here's my question......How do I get my cpu to search both drives one after the other when I try to run software installed on the slave drive. Or, in other words, how do I make both hard drives behave as one big hard drive? Please help! Any suggestions welcome! Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: How do I make both of my hard drives act like one?

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Answer: How do I make both of my hard drives act like one?

as far as i know you simply cannot "put them together". it is not a internal partition, it is a physical partition that seperates the 2 drives.i am confused... the "search" tool has an option on it that searchs all available hard drives. so it does go from one to the next. why do u need to search for the software in order to run it??please clarify. i am sorry if i did not understand.

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I have several old hard drives, taken from previouse CPU's. Is there anyway in which I can use them as external hard drives or be able to read what is stored on them, without hooking up INSIDE my CPU ?
 

Answer:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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I have a 50 GB IDE C: Drive, with Windows XP Pro installed. Also a 120MB IDE D: drive used for storage and a new 650 GB SATA drive with 30 GB stored on it.

I want to make the 650 GB drive the C:.

Can I clone the 50 GB C:, the 120 GB D: and the 650GB E: to a SATA 500 GB transition drive F:? What software could do that? Then Discard C: and D: boot to F:, clone F: to E:, boot to E: and change the drive letter to C:.

It's sounds complicated but if it can be done it would be a vast improvement. There are a couple alternatives but this is optimum.

Any suggestions?

David
 

Answer:Make 3 hard drives into one.

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hi, i'm getting a new computer and soon and i need to know who make the best hard drives. Who is better IBM or Western Digital?Thankyou

Answer:Who make the best quality hard drives?

OUt of them two, from what i've heard on here IBM's are not very reliable so maybe wesyern digital. However i've always been impressed with maxtor and there's also Seagate.

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how to make multiple hard drives as one need help
 

Answer:how to make multiple hard drives as one

Are you referring to consolidating individual partitions on one hard disk into an overall partition, or using a RAID array?
 

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I was wondering if i could give two HD's the same Leter name, or name the comp think both are one ?
 

Answer:Is There a Way to Make Two Hard Drives Appear As One to the Computer

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Hi I ordered a refurb of eBay the first advertised one, which I wanted, the one below the second one is what I got.I can return it but how much of a difference will it make it?s a replacement for an old Dell 400MHz.The difference I can see is the spindle speed and buffer.Windows 95 will be reloaded.MPD3064ATForm Factor Desktop Computer 6.4 GB Interface IDE/EIDE Spindle Speed 5,400 RPM Technical Features External Data Transfer Rate 66.6 MBps Seek Time 10 ms Buffer Size 512 KB Average Latency 5.56 ms Interface (Detailed) DMA/ATA-66 (Ultra) Other Features Package Qty. 1 Dimensions Height 1 in. Miscellaneous MPN MPD3064AT Product ID 20112213 MPC3064ATForm Factor Desktop Computer Capacity 6.48 GB Interface IDE/EIDE Enclosure Internal Drive Dimensions 3.5" Spindle Speed 5,400 RPM Technical Features External Data Transfer Rate 33.30 MBps Seek Time 10 ms Buffer Size 256 KB Average Latency 5.56 ms Interface (Detailed) IDE Other Features Package Qty. 1 Dimensions Height 1.03 in. Width 4 in. Depth 5.75 in. Weight 1.10 lb. Miscellaneous MPN mpc3064AT Product ID 21686297 Ex

Answer:Hard drives Will it make any Difference

None on that OS or CPU.

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I was thinking of getting like 2 other HDDs other then the one i will use to build my PC.

One would be for recording Videos and other would be to run the games. I wouldn't really need that much space for the videos or maybe the games. So yea?

Does multiple hard drives require more PSU Watts?
 

Answer:How Small Do They Make Hard Drives?

Why would you get 2 if you don't need much space? Your computer will use more power the more you get but its pretty minimal in the big picture, somewhere around 10W per drive.

I wouldn't bother trying to look for small drives unless you are going to get them used, which I wouldn't really recommend. The smaller you go, generally the more you'll pay per GB. I'd recommend checking out Newegg's prices for drives and buying the biggest you can afford.
 

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If I have two HDDs hooked up to the computer with two different OS's on each one, will it automatically become a dual-boot system? Or will it just load up the master drive? If it's the latter, how would I set it to ask which one to boot from?
 

Answer:Can you make a dual-boot system with two hard drives?

Here's one workable, although not so elegant way of doing it. Check your BIOS options and see if there is an option to select which drive boots.
 

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?
 

Answer:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?

Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?
 

Answer:Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?

Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?Click to expand...

It should be obvious once you think about it for a second. Portable drives are encased in an enclosure. The enclosures must provide power and a data interface for the drive, and connections to the computer. The enclosure cost money to design and manufacture and then someone or some assembly process must install the drive in the enclosure.

The desktop drive has no enclosure and the power and data connections are supplied by the computer.





Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?Click to expand...

Yes - as a secondary (not boot) drive.



Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?Click to expand...

Shop around. Check out Newegg or Tiger Direct or Amazon.

When it comes to enclosures, the drives themselves are all comparably reliable. The problem comes with the enclosures. Not all are equal or offer the same interfaces. I would look for one that supports eSATA and/or USB 3.0.
 

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....
 

Answer:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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Hi,
I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.
 

Answer:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?
 

Answer:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
 
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
 
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Answer:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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i need to format my computer. i have windows xp and i can get to the boot menu but when i try and format the disk it says it is unable to recognise the hard drive or somethin like that. i have mirrored hard drives i think that is why but could somebody pls help me pls   

Answer:how do i format with ghost drives(unable to find hard disc drives)

are you trying to format through disc managment?

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I have a wd 40 gig raptor 10k on amd 3200 nf3mb
When I open a picture with windows picture viewer and scroll to zoom in my hard drive makes a audible tassst tasst tasst sound
Is that bad??
 

Answer:I can make my hard drive make noise on its own!

How big (MB) are the pictures you are zooming into? How much memory do you have? How big is your pagefile? Do your drives need defragging?
 

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

Answer:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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I volunteer for a Charity in the main role of IT admin. Part of what I want to do is ensure the Laptops, External Drives and Memory sticks are encrypted, but I am worried if I (try to) encrypt a drive with files already on, they will get messed up. I am not an expert, so would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can give. Any favourite products? We are a charity so want to pay little or nothing for this. The intention is to ensure any personal information we hold is secure if it falls into the wrong hands. I am clearly looking at making sure no-one uses Laptops/Ext drives/memory sticks that do not belong to the charity when working (self included), but am a little uncertain where to start with this and do not want to make things worse. Any input gratefully received. Probably a simple question for lots of you, but not for me!!
 

Answer:Encryption of hard drives, external drives and Memory sticks

All the encryption programs I know of support encrypting drives with data. BitLocker and Vercrypt(TrueCrypt port) absolutely do. BitLocker absolutely requires the use of strong Windows passwords as it only protects the drive if its removed or accessed via another boot device. VeraCrypt has the added benefit of having a pre-boot password so you cannot even boot to the operating system without entering the password. You should still of course have strong passwords and automatic locking of the system after a set time of inactivity.

You may also want to re-evaluate the need for USB drives and sticks, not only are they bad for data security but also easy to lose, have stolen, or just fail. Central storage and VPN access may be preferred to a giant pile of external devices that some places end up relying on.
 

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A Moderator has Moved your thread to our Windows 7 forum as there are some things you need to know in order to

rescue data you probably need and some other stuff you shouldl be aware of..help should arrive soon

My hard drive won't boot, and SMART says it's 'BAD, backup and replace."

I can't replace it now(no money), so I was wondering if there's a way to get Windows 7 completely pulled off the drive from its sectors and transferred to another storage drive WITHOUT the hard drive connected to a motherboard, no BIOS, etc. Just independent of its self, with the jumper/power to start it, can data be physically removed from it without it being connected to a motherboard?

Is there any way something like this can be done?

Because here's what I want to do ...

I want to clear the hard drive and keep its files, the OS, and other files on it, move them to another storage drive, then boot them from, say, a 64GB USB drive, and install them on a new hard drive from there. Will something like this work?

Assuming I boot from the USB with a new, functioning hard drive installed, can I just sort of "move" the OS to the new, empty hard drive to install it there? What are the steps of doing this exactly?

I'm not skilled/experienced in this area at all.
 

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Over the years I have accumulated many CD ROM drives and hard drives. Does anyone know of any cool or weird projects that I can do with them, or do you know of any web sites that address this issue. If anyone knows of any sites, or has any information, please email me at [email protected] I really like to tinker with things. I'd like to figure out things I can do or make with the motors, etc.

Thanks,
Mike
 

Answer:Cool projects for Hard Drives and CDRom drives

Find some group in your area that resurrects old computers for charity and donate the old hardware to them. They'll put them to good use.
 

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

Answer:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

Answer:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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Here's what I had before adding drives:
1 WD 74gb raptor
1 16x dvd burner
1 virtual drive
Windows XP Professional

on Friday, around 2pm I installed two 250gb SATA hard drives. Booted up fine, no trouble booting to windows, and both drives formatted easily as I was at class

Got back from class around 7 or something, and saw that the drives appeared to be working, then I installed some program using my DVD drive. Worked fine.
After this I loaded up an image of a game to my virtual drive, and began playing for a bit.

Saturday (around 5-7pm?) I decided to setup an internet connection for my other computer, using crossover cable and this computer. I had to install network drivers from my motherboard driver CD, so I installed those then finished setting up the connection.

I don't recall using either of my optical drives after installing the drivers, although I might have used the virtual drive to play that game once or twice. Can't remember right now. It's possible though.

Then Sunday or maybe even Saturday night I tried playing a game but it kept asking to insert the CD...

So I check My Computer and I see only my floppy drive, and my three hard drives. Virtual drive and DVD Burner are not there.

In the device manager, under DVD/CD-ROM drives, the DVD drive and the virtual drive were both detected, but there was a yellow circle with exclamation mark in the corner, which is usually not a good sign for hardware that once worked...

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Answer:added a couple hard drives... now the optical drives are gone?!?

Go into Disk Management and make sure it has a drive letter assigned. I would imagine the problem was that the virtual drive and DVD drive letters got screwed up.

To get to Disk Management
Right-click My Computer > Manage
 

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Answer:Flash drives recognized but external hard drives are not

In Disk Management do the External USB drives have a drive letter assigned? If not they probably won't show in File Explorer. I keep 3 such drives connected always and they have drive letters, the USB Thumb drives I plug in automatically get a drive letter assigned and then can be seen in File Explorer.

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Yesterday it dawned on me that instead of plugging in the extra 2 drives I need I could put another couple of hard drives in, in place of the optical drives, that are never used on that machine.

So after a bit vague googling it seemed this was possible, so I went ahead and removed both optical drives, replacing them with 2 hard drives, (so now the PC has 4 internal drives).

... and they work! You wouldn't believe the hassle I've had with NetworkAttachedStorage and various different USB drives, while figuring out that this machine doesn't like USB drives!)

The thing is: the drives seem to be running really slowly. Is this because CD drives won't need to receive data as fast as hard drives do? Is there any way of setting it up to send data faster to these drives?
 

Answer:Plugging Hard Drives into to Optical Drives' IDE Cable?

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

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I opened my computer the other day and when I clicked "computer" to go to my mapped networks drives to my surprise there are no hard drives or mapped drives displayed anymore.

Even when I go "open" in excel for example I don't see the drives.

I tried uninstalling sp1 in hope it would fix the problem but it did not. When I go into disk management I see my hard drives.

Is there a way to fix this? I have Vista Home Premium

Thanks

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I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my system or some program is blocking me when I try to create a new folder in my drives. need advice and help.

Answer:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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thanx

Answer:USB hard drives/thumb drives to work

when I hook the usb thumb drive to the usb port on my printer, Vista recognizes it and lets me see the files on the drive, it also lets me copy a file to it but then freezes after it finishes copying (the copy window has a full progress bar and say "about 0 seconds remaining".

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I already found out the hard way that flash drives don't have a registry in which I can install a program to it, and run it on other computers, unless the program is a lite program. Is there a way to make it more flexible in the sense of creating a registry for it?

Next question; Do external hard drives have a registry? Could I install games and or programs to an external and run them directly from it? Is there a way to create a registry for it if it does not have one?
Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
 

Answer:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
 

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I've just bought a sexy new black case for my PC but now I'm stuck with cream DVD & CD-RW drives. I've been told that you can get replacement fronts for certain models but I don't know where from or if they are available for the models I've got, can any one help? The drives in question are: Optorite CD-RW CW4002 & Liteon DVD-ROM LTD163DAnd can you get them for floppy drives as well?

Answer:make my drives black please

why not spray paint them.

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I installed a game called oblivion on my brothers computer, but now am going home he wants to keep the game for a while. I was thinking of making a backup of the game or making a virtual drive so that he dosen't need the cd because its allready installed on his computer. the thing is i don't know how to do it. any help is appreciated.
 

Answer:How do you make virtual cd drives

If unprotected, make an iso image of the CD:

ISO Recorder for XP

Then mount the image to a drive using Daemon Tools.
 

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I can't access my CD-RW drive or my DVD drive, the icons are not available in the My Computer menu. I went into the Device Manager screen and it said my CD-RW drive has a code 41 error (Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)) and the DVD drive has a code 19 error (Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)). The troubleshooter didn't work with either drive. I have run a full virus scan and have none and I have not installed any new hardware or software lately. Please can you help?

Answer:How can I make my drives work

Sounds to me like the ribbon cable is not transferring the data to the moherboard. Are both your drives on the same IDE channel?....if so try replacing the ribbon cable....Hope that helps....

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I am currently using a Lite On Cd/DVD combo drive, and I have a very annoying problem. Whenever it is accessed (opened, started, closed, read) it will make my computer lag tremendously! I can listen to a song or be in Ventrilo or Teamspeak, and whoever is talking, or whatever music is going when the drive is opened, will start to stutter, freeze, pause, loop, etc. I have speedupmypc and it says it is using over %50 of my computers power? I also checked Device Manager, and it is set to DMA if available. But the current transfer mode is "Not applicable" I have tried unplugging the drive, rebooting, reinstalling, etc. Nothing helps. I also bought a new combo drive to see if its just faulty, but it does the same thing. Oh and, Everest home says it is an SCSI Cdrom drive. Does that mean i need a special cable instead of using an IDE cable?
 

Answer:Combo drives make computer lag

"Not applicable"? Did you check the correct channel? Are you sure it's IDE and not SATA?

Start from ground up.. How does the BIOS detect the drive? Use the pause key to stop the POST messages if they scroll past too fast.
You may have to disable any splash screens and quick boot to get a proper hardware report from POST.
 

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I'm not a computer expert and need to know whether my ThinkStation S20 will be able to make full use of the following two SSD drives:- Intel SSDSC2MH250A2K5 510 Series SSD 250GB- OCZ Technology VTX3-25SAT3-240G Vertex 3I have looked at the detailed system report created by the ThinkVantage Toolbox, but can't find any information on SATA.Could somebody more knowledgable than me please take a look at my specs and tell me whether my system can make full use of the said drives?Thanks very much in advance.
 
System; 2985-C6U
 
Moderator note; link edited to MTM as serial number was shown in link

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I am using windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS......And My one is a 500 GB HD.........,How can i make logical drives in my system.?.............,whenever i try to make partitions during installation it is nt allowing either do to more than 4 primary partitions or to do
logical partitions after my installation in my disk management ...........,how can i make use of my 500 GB completely.....,to store data in logical drives rather than primary partitions?

Answer:How can i make logical drives in my system

You can't make more than four partitions on a single drive that uses an MBR. Honestly, there's no reaosn to over-partition like that anyway. More partitions does not equate to better file management.

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I've tried everything i know to make my new sata drives work here's my specs right now

Mobo: ASUS P4P800 SE
CPU: P4 3.0Ghz
Ram: 1GB OCZ platinum
SATA Drives: 2x Samsung SP2504C 250GB
OS: Windows XP Pro Corp SP2

I have all the power connecters and sata cables hooked up the bios see's my drives but nothing i do at all and i've tried using the windows CD to put drivers on nothing works. Windows cant see my drives not even in the disk management so if anyone can tell me whats going on or how to fix this little problem i'm having i'd be very greatfull, many thanks in advance.

Brian Sykes

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Also i don't know if this is relivant or not but the hard drives never came with canything just screws no instructions on how to set the drive up so if someone could help me i'd be really greatfull

Edit: Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.
 

Answer:How do I make my sata drives work?

DId the system come with SATA drives or did you add them? If so you need to load RAID/SATA drivers for those drives from a floppy or cd. Or if you did a fresh install if Windows you need to press F6 when prompted to load RAID drivers.
To load Windows XP onto a SATA drive you need to proceed as follows:

1/ Copy the SATA drivers (these can usually be found on your pc or motherboards support disk. Usually these consist of PIDE/SATA Folders and TXTsetup.oem files. Alternatively they may have been supplied on a separate CD that accompanied your SATA drive, assuming you purchased it separately from the pc.)

2/ Insert the Windows XP CD (full retail version ? you should not need to follow these instructions if your pc came with a recovery disk) into the CD-ROM and Reboot your PC

3/ Watch carefully as the Windows XP installation progresses and look carefully at the text at the bottom of each screen.

4/ At the Windows Setup Screen (this should be the second screen after installation starts) you should see, at the bottom of the screen) a message saying ?Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.?

5/ At this point press the F6 button

6/ When the next screen appears press S to specify an additional device

7/ Now insert the floppy disk containing the SATA drivers into your floppy drive

8/ Windows will next ask you to select a driver from the provided list

9/ Select VIA Serial (or whichever controller your motherboard supports) ATA RAID Controller (... Read more

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I need help, actually i have an external Hard Disk(80GB) with three partitions....I want to set some password on that so that if any one else connect that HD on some computer, he should not see the contaents files and folder of the HD...

if any one know this please let me know
thanks in advance
 

Answer:How to make external drives secure?

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I have a simple network (ie no demain) and want to share files between some of the PC's but not all. All I can seem to do is allow all to see or no one to share are there any solutions to this?If not what are the issues of setting up a network using a domain?Ian

Answer:How to make folders/drives private

Right click on the file, folder or drive and go to sharing and security

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I want to see a list of all the drives on my computer when I open the "Computer" page that shows a list of some of the drives, i.e. "C", "D", "E". ? I am running Windoows & Ultimate.Thanks, Jim

Answer:How do I make windows 7 list all drives

Computer should show a comprehensive list. If you want to see a more detailed list, go to Windows Disk Management.BTW, ultimate is the version of Windows 7 you have. It is not a separate item.

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Hi all just a quicky my dads IDE hard drive has just passed on to the other side and upon searching for a new one i can only find SATA or PATA drives, I know SATA drives are different to IDE drives but what about PATA. And another thing is there any restriction on the size of a single hard drive a computer can take as the one he had was only 100GB and he is wanting approx 250GB.TIAKoochy

Answer:Are PATA Hard drives the same as IDE Hard drives

PATA is an IDE drive.Yes you can fit a 250gb drive.

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is it possible to put 2 IDE hard drives into one of my computers thats also running 1 SATA drive... quick help please as im at it just now
 

Answer:SATA hard drives and IDE hard drives together?

from what ive read i think i need to keep my SATA CD/DVD drive ?

im also needing to change the power supply to accommodate the extra 2 hard drives.

Should i also plug in the IDE CD/DVD drives if i do put the IDE Hard drives in ?
 

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hi i have two mapped drives from a server win2008 to a pc with 7 ultimate one with the letter K and the other with X both of them working and showing in the explorer on my computer so my Q is can i only make invisible the K and not all the mapped drives...
From the policies Registry ????

thanks in advanced.

Answer:how to make invisible the one mapped drive and not all the drives.

Yes, this is possible.

See METHOD THREE: Drive - Hide or Unhide - Vista Forums

Add a new REG_DWORD (32bit) to
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Call it NoDrives.

Add a decimal value to the key of 1024 to hide K: drive.

You can do all or any drives. A is 1, B is 2, C is 4. Each drive letter double the value.

So, if you put in the value of 3, you would hide A and B drives.

Get the idea?

Logoff/on or reboot and your drive should be hidden.

You realise of course that after hiding it you can probably only access the drive through the command line?

Of course, always back up your registry before making changes.

hth
Tanya

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Had to use an IDE HDD for WinXP, and I have two SATA HDD's with information on them. How do I get my computer to recognize the two HDD's?

Thanks!

Answer:How can I make WinXP recognize my SATA Drives?

You need to go through the Windows installer and watch the bottom at the start for an option "push F6 to install 3rd party RAID drivers" or something similar...then you need a floppy disk with your motherboard SATA drivers to install and you're good to go

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A guy called me and said he has xp pro and had gotten a new 60 gig hardrive. It sounds like he has everything installed but wants to no if I can help him make the 60 gig harddrive into 2 30 gig harddrives. He wants one 30 gig C drive and I dont no about the other. I just need to know where I could get some step by step instructions for how to do this. Does anyone know where I could find something like this???
 

Answer:Solved: windows xp pro- how to make a 60 gig harddrive into 2 30 gig drives need hep

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I've always been annoyed that my three internal SATA drives always show up as being removable. Although they are optimized for performance, the option for stopping the drive still lingers. This is useless, as my motherboard doesn't even SUPPORT the SATA hotplug feature.

Several apps always give me some minor problems related to this (such as nero), but winrar is really irritating me. Because it thinks my drives are like thumbdrives or something, it thinks it has to extract to drive C and then copy the file over to the destination location, slowing the process dramatically. Since i have only a 32gb partition on my C drive (its a raptor), it often doesn't have enough GBs free to extract large archives... and setting the temp location to another drive results in a failure to extract for some reason.

Basically I have had a lot of random problems and inconveniences to do with the lack of distinction between my theoretically removable SATA drives, and removable media. Is there a way to force the driver/OS to think that it is a non-removable drive?
 

Answer:Can you make windows think SATA drives are non-removable?

You obviously have a nVidia chipset MB, their drivers seem to think SATA drives are removable. I don't know of a cure for that.
 

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We have a multi user pc running WINXP home edition. I have a drive allocated to some of my work and would like to make this drive private. The drive that I want to make private has been converted to the NTFS format but I am still unable to make it private or folders on it. I?ve left WINXP on a FAT32 partition. Could this be the problem? When I right click on the drive select properties and the sharing tab the ?make this folder private? box is greyed out. According to what I?ve read it should work as I have full administrator rights. Does anyone know where I?m going wrong or know of any third party utility that will do this.Thanks!

Answer:How do I make drives/files private using winxp

set up your account with a password and apply to all files and folders.controlpanel/useraccounts/change an account and set up a password.then click on make all files and folders private.give everybody else limited accounts.

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Hi there,
End 2005 I had a HD crash. Blamed it on the age, but replacing it with a new Seagate 240GB ATA wasn't smooth. Took me several attempts and chats with the PC store.
Suddenly , without any clear reason, everything started working fine...until 3 weeks ago. After moving 30gb video files from a raid to that new 240GB , the new one was completely 'destroyed' (in a logical way, not physical). W2K's response : drive not formatted , would you like to format it now ?.... I tried PC Inspector to recover my files, but since the drive was not 'accessible' the application couldn't do much. Then I did a quick format to get at least my logical structure back so PC Inspector could start working. Unfortunately it did for some %'s of the drive , but then crashed on me. Eventually I bought File Scavenger on line and via that application 1000's of family pictures could be saved. The bigger files (20 iso files of family DVD's) were lost though. So I formatted the 240GB drive, hunted the internet for updates of my BIOS etc...and now everything works fine... I think.
But having 2 HD crashes in such a short time (I never had one in my 20 years of PC experience) , seriously damaged my trust in my PC.

Quesiton : how can I make sure that my PC is supporting big HD's ? (because several sources said that was the reason of the crash). Is there a way/tool to make sure of this ?
Thanks
Flapperke
PS. Running W2K SP4 / PIV 3gb / Zone alarm ... Read more

Answer:Solved: How to make sure W2K supports large drives ?

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As careful as I am, I left my flash drive in my office computer and it was stolen. I know they make software that will password-protect files and folders on the USB drive so that other people can not access them. What I am looking for, however, is something that will render the flash drive USELESS if it's stolen, unless the user has a key or knows a password or anything like that. Do they make such a thing? Thanks.
 

Answer:Anti Theft Device for Flash Drives?? Do they make?

If would have to be designed into the hardware of the FLASH drive, so most common models certainly won't do that. It's possible to do so, like hard disk passwords, but I don't know of any that actually offer that feature.
 

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Hi all,Windows 7I have 3 hard drives on the PC. All of them can be detected by BIOS.Windows 7 is now running on C-drive. Other 2 drives were formatted on Linux system for storage only but without OS running. Please advise how can I connect them to retrieve files from and to save files as well?ThanksRegardssatimis

Answer:Make Windows 7 recognize Linux drives & files

Windows doesn't read Linux partitions.

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I would like to have any usb thumb drive I insert into my desktop pc make an explorer window open automatically (to that drive of course). Is there a way to make this happen?

Thanks!

Answer:Need to make USB thumb drives open an explorer folder

I don't think Windows can do that, but this program can Desk Drive - Mike Ward I have used it in the past.

Jerry

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hi.

bought a couple of groovy icybox external caddies for two sata hard drives a while back. the caddies can connect by usb or sata. as i'm running out of usb ports now i'd like to use the sata connectors.
when connecting by sata, can i make the drives plug n play?
thanks.
 

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I have just recently changed my PSU. I now have conflict with the hard drives and the DVD ROM and CD RW. When i plug the main wire in (the wide wire which goes to the motherboard from the drives) it seems to freeze the computer. As i do this, there is a change in noise coming from the computer it seems to go quieter. I think that when i plug the drives in it takes most of the power away from the hard drives therefore they are unable to run. I am running a 400w PSU for a P3.

Am i right in saying this, if so what can i do to over come this? I have been advise that it might be the jumpers on the CD RW and DVD ROM but i haven't changes these plus i do no what/how these work. Could this be a/the problem?

Thank you
 

Answer:Conflict between hard drives and cd drives

That would be the IDE cable and they have to be connected to PIN#1 of the drive to pin #1 of the cable there is a colored strip on one edge of the cable that connects to PIN#1 of the drive when connecting the drive the colored strip should be closest to you. Also please don't tell me your connecting cables with the PC powered up. IDE drive can also be daisy chained (two drives on each channel Master and slave)
 

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i need some help please ive got a DELL DIMENSION 1100 im trying to install a dvd drive and a slave hard drive how do i do it and what about the jumpers ive got a samsung 80g hard drive i want to install everytime i go to the bios it finds the two cd drives but as soon as i install the extra hard drive it says can not find the hardware at all the only one that it finds is the cr drive but the dvd drive dont show up or any of the hard drives.have i put the jumpers in the wrong place or the data cable in the wrong slot

Answer:cd drives and hard drives jumpers

If they are all IDE drives. You have to set on one ribbon one as Master other as Slave. this goes for both ribbon cables. Set Hard drives as Masters and Optical Drives as Slaves one of each on one ribbon cable

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At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers"

I did take out the hard drive and connected it to another computer using a sata to usb cable, but the drive was not recognized so I put the hard drive back.

Now when I am unable to boot up. It is a windows 7 64bit.

Answer:BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers

Please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions http://www.sevenforums.com/bsod-help-support/96879-blue-screen-death-bsod-posting-instructions.html. Upload the files here, this will tell you how. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/9733-screenshots-files-upload-post-seven-forums.html

Also, please give us a better explanation so we will understand what you did.

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Hi, I have a Lenovo T430s. The laptop has two hard drives, a 256gb SSD and a 500gb HDD. Both show in Device Manager but only the SSD shows up in exploer. 500gb HDD: HGST HTS725050A7E630256GB SSD: LITEONIT LMT-256M6M mSATA 256GB I updated the drivers and they said they are updated. Troubleshooting that I haven't tried is going into BIOS.  I'm not sure, or don't know how to get into BIOS, and when I do, I do not know what to try once I get in. I'm not sure why both hard drives are not showing up in explorer on it's own. Details of my computer:http://imgur.com/DbvEPR1  













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Detect both hard drives in device manager but only one hard drive shows in explorer

Good day and welcome to the community.
 
Have you created a partition on the 500gb drive?
 
Regards.

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Please advise,
I installed a HGST 500 gb hard drive on my Dell E6410 Latitude Laptop.
But it says:
No Boot device found! Can't go to BIOS either!
Re installed the original and it works fine!
Wish to know whether the HGST is compatible with Dell Latitude.
THank you.

Answer:HGST Laptop hard drivesvs Dell E6410 Hard drives.

It won't boot until you install an operating system (windows) on it. however you should be able to get to BIOS.
this one click here

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Hey Guys,
I have a Dell XPS 600 with 2 160GB hard drives that mirror each other and would like to be able to reinstall the operating system but I'm not sure how to configure the RAID option. I would like to reinstall the O.S. either on one and keep the other as storage , or keep them mirrored and reinstall the O.S. I am using original Dell XP Media Center Edition 2005 disk. Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Hard drives mirrored, need to configure raid for one hard drive

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So the machine I am working with is a consumer line Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Media Center and the latest A17 bios. It came with a 60GB sata hard drive that was almost full and wanted to upgrade to a larger drive. I grabbed a brand new Seagate 320GB hard drive.I booted up Acronis and attempted to clone to from a 60GB drive to a 320GB. Everything looked perfect. It saw all four partitions from the source drive and once done showed that for the destination as well. I shut off the computer install the new hard and proceed to boot. The computer attempted to boot but then received a stop 0x0000007b error (unmountable boot volume, for those unfamilar). Common issue when cloning disk so I proceeded to boot to an XP disk so I could repair the Windows install. Once it booted up, I noticed the drive was shown as a 58GB hard drive (the brand new 320GB drive). I restarted the machine checked the bios and it saw the drive as a 58GB hard drive. I pulled the drive and hooked it to four other machine that all stated the disk was now a 58GB hard drive. We checked disk management, booted to several hard drive testing tools and even poped it into a linux environment. The drive had been Permanently changed to a 58GB disk. To my disbelief, I started investigating. I tried another 320GB new hard drive, this time with ghost booted from win 98. Same process, everything seemed perfect. Reboot, dosnt start. I check the BIOS. This drive as well has been Permanently changed to a 58GB.Keep in m... Read more

Answer:Virus Permanently Modifies HPA of Hard Disk cloned and Locks it. damaging hard drives.

After some more research I have figured this out. I can post what the fix was if anyone is interested. It was NOT a virus, it was Dell Media Direct.

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When opening it i don't want to see Frequent folders and files, how can i change it so i can see only the drives?

Thanks!

Answer:Make the File Explorer shortcut in taskbar show only the drives

Originally Posted by klappa


When opening it i don't want to see Frequent folders and files, how can i change it so i can see only the drives?

Thanks!



Hi @klappa,

You could collapse the 'Folders' portion with the small arrow:

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How does one make *.* [Files, Folders, Directories, Drives, Locations & File Extensions] Visible on all drives whilst in Windows recovery environment Command prompt?

Only *.* visible on x:\

Need tutorials or other info.

Answer:Make *.* Visible All Drives Windows Recovery Command Prompt

Hi

It's not clear what you are really trying to do. If your intention is to display all files and folders with extensions, dir /a:h will do the trick.

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When opening it i don't want to see Frequent folders and files, how can i change it so i can see only the drives?

Thanks!

Answer:Make the File Explorer shortcut in taskbar show only the drives

klappa said:

When opening it i don't want to see Frequent folders and files, how can i change it so i can see only the drives?

Thanks!



Hi @klappa,

You could collapse the 'Folders' portion with the small arrow:

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I tried hooking up a 60 gig IDE hard drive to my ASUS A8N5X motherboard and its not detecting it.The computer is already set up with windows Xp and windows 98 on 2 seperate Sata2 hard drives.The IDE hard drive is compatible with the motherboard from what I know, and Ive tired installing it with several different jumper positions.  Although Id prefer to have it on as a secondary slave drive.   All I want to do is reformat the drive so I can give it to a friend.    Things Ive tried.....I tried putting it in a different IDE port by removing  the DVD burner.I tried removing the Sata2 hard drives and installing the IDE drive as a master. I tried all 3 different jumper positions on the IDE drive.Yet every time I boot the computer up the drive is not detected.   If you need more details about the computer just let me know.   I don't know if there is an operating system on the IDE drive but I don't think there is.   I also have no drivers for the IDE drive but I figured I didn't need drivers.   Ive never tried hooking an IDE drive to a computer already using SATA technology.Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.

Answer:Adding an IDE hard drive, to a computer with two sata2 Hard Drives.

where is it not being detected? in the BIOS or in windows?

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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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I'm making an inquiry for a friend..

She has a computer with 2 hard drives.
The problem began with a 'screen error' saying to check the monitor connection. She bought a new monitor and had the same error message.

She then began having hard drive read/write errors. Thinking she may have gotten a virus, she wiped both her hard drives and reformatted.

When she tries to reinstall XP it gets about half way through and gives her the read/write error again and will not complete installation. This is true for both of the hard drives.

So far she's tried cleaning the connections on her 4 memory sticks (while grounded) and still cannot reinstall Windows due to the read/write error.

What is your suggestion for her next step since she has no working operating system from which to run tests?
 

Answer:Hard Driver Read/Write Error on Both Hard Drives

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My current situation is as such; I have two physical hard drives in my server. One contains TV Shows (A-M) and the other contains TV Shows (N-Z). I would like to be able to somehow make a virtual hard drive, which shows the contents of both drives simultaneously, but will put files starting with A-M on the proper drive, as with N-Z, if I pasted files into this virtual drive.

Is this possible? And/or does it exist already?

Answer:"Virtual" Hard Drives That Span Multiple Physical Drives?

I think your only option would be using a media player.

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Hi all,

After almost losing most of my data I want to start a good back-up routine.

My computer has two internal 3TB hard-drives. I have ordered two external USB 3 3TB hard-drives.

I thinking about buying HDClone 'Standard Edition', but I want to make sure it's right for me before I buy.

I want it to be a completely exact copy.

Does HDClone clone 3TB hard-drives? (I saw that some software only clones hard-drives up to 1TB)

Do you think I should buy it?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Cloning two 3TB hard drive to two 3TB external hard drives

Remember that Cloning means the Target Drives are PRECISELY "the same OR larger" than the original drives. If the original drivers are 2,974,442 formatted and the Target drives are 2,974,308, you MAY have problems. It doesn't take a lot to be 'smaller', in other words.

Before I plan on software, I make sure the drives fit this important criteria.

I can test out some freebie stuff (Macrium Reflect is one example, or if I'm getting Seagates or WDs, they often include a clone-capable package themselves). I don't want to discourage buying good software - I find the best packages have extensive partitioning services, too - making smaller or larger partitions based on Actual Usage rather than some synthetic boundary.

We do a lot of cloning for Boot SSDs, and our practice is to buy two identical drives. Build one up, load all the software, let the user mess it for a few days, then clone it to the 'cold' identical unit. And then make the users switch that 2nd drive for actual usage. If there's a problem, then the original's intact.

Since your 3Tb drives probably aren't your boot drives but are 'just data drives', I wonder about the time spent cloning instead of "just copying what I want to save" directly.
 

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I'm using Microsoft's XP and have used all of my hard drive letters.  Can I combine two or more of my external USB hard drives into 1 virtual drive that XP will recognize as only 1 very large drive.  I know I should probably switch to a server, but I have slowly acquired 28 hard drives of different sizes ( 250 GB to 1 TB) over the years as I accumulated more and more data for my job.  The way I use them now is to switch them in and out as I need the data.

Answer:How can I combine two or more USB hard drives into 1 virtual hard drive.

Instead of assigning drive letters to disk volumes you could mount some of them onto empty directories in an existing NTFS file system.  This would free up drive letters for other uses.  Reference How to create and use NTFS mounted drives in Windows XP and in Windows Server 2003

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While looking into another possible problem with a hard drive on my system,I began unplugging the devices (there are four of them) to isolate the problem and in doing so, I I seriously corrupted C drive, and began getting 0x7b BSOD messages. First I tried to do a System Repair with the Repair disk. It didn't work. I have a cloned version on an other HD for just such an occasion, so I attempted to boot from it. No dice, which surprised me. Remembering that one of the options in repair involved such a disk, I attempted to fix it that way. It refused to recognize it as well. I sat and waited a moment to consider my next move when the computer rebooted. Ok, let it run, and upon finishing POST, now I have Win7, Win XP (my dual boot) and Win7 Ultimate (Recovered) as my boot choices. Win 7 (Recovered) runs, but Win7 does not. XP still runs (thank god!). but here's the rub: if I disconnect either of the drives, my original (C drive) with the original installation or this cloned drive (J Drive) the system will not boot. Further, any updates say to the video driver installs to Drive J but it is obvious from running checks with EasyBCD and Security Essentials, some of the information is coming from C, some from J, therefore the "Virtual" name in the title. They are both contributing to the boot.

I am tempted to leave it but it isn't totally complete. For instance, I cannot install updates; the Windows Installer can't be found. I ran several checks and attempts on that as w... Read more

Answer:A Virtual Hard Drive? Two separate hard drives now run Win 7 x64

Do you have an Advanced Format (AF) drive or a drive greater than 2.2TB on your machine. For some reason WIN 7 ASSUMES that you want to use the AF drive rather than a different drive that you may have specified. This happens whether you are trying to do a new clean install or a repair on an already existing installation. Also, WIN 7 does this with no warning leaving you to ASSUME that you made the new install or repair where you wanted it.

I have very recently experienced the exact same problem when I updated my motherboard and processor.

Even though I did a sysprep on my old install to prepare for the new motherboard, WIN 7 still struggled with the 3TB drives. I tried a few times to 'repair' my install, but then again WIN 7 put the repaired install on another drive.

The only way that I found to prevent WIN 7 from defaulting to the AF drives was to unplug them completely. By this time, my old installation had become so corrupted thay I finally had to resort to a new install instead of the easy migration I had expected.

Once I removed the AF drives, the new install went completely smooth with no other phantom or otherwise installs on the AF drives.

I did have backup copies of my system on an image on an 'Acronis Secure Zone' (ASZ) partition, but with a clean install of WIN 7, once I told Acronis to use the ASZ, it deleted the backups and created a new empty ASZ.

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I have a system and 3 internal hard drives.

The drvies are 120GB, 160GB, and 180GB but my system only recognizes 111GB, 149GB, and 167GB respectively. Tha tis about a 7% loss of space for each drive. 33 gigs lost in total. That's a lot of space.

None of the drives are partitioned and it's not and HP or other like system. It's a custom built PC. I only have an OS (WINXP) installed on my C drive (the 160 GB drive).

No matter how I connect these drives (on-borad IDE or IDE controller card) my system will not recognize the full space of any hard drive I install on my system.

The 120 is slave to the 160 and the 180 is on an ATA controller card (Promise Technologies) all by itself. All are Western Digital. The 180 is a special edition (and I recommend you stay away from WD special edition HDs. I have had to swap it for a refurb 3 times in 1.5 years. This is the first time I have installed it on a newer computer, though, so I hope it does not break like it did on my old, ancient system 3 times. My old system was and AMD 850 Duron with 128M RAM..but I digress).

So is there a way to get back this 33 gigs of missing HD space or is this just the way it is with WINXP?

Thanks in advance.

BTW, my MB is an ASUS P4P800SE with a Cerleron D 2.4MHz in case any of that matters.
 

Answer:7% of hard drive space lost on ALL hard drives...

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hi Ive just about had enough of paying people to reinstall windows, formating hard drives etc.can you recomend any sites to learn how?Hope you can helpSteve

Answer:is it hard to learn how to format hard drives ?

xp , 2000 , me , 98 , 95 ?

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Hi there. I have a Pavilion dv7 with two hard drives, one of which has gone bad. Already got some great info on replacement, so thanks for that, but I have one more question before I leave you in peace: I'm stationed in Germany and having problems getting the exact hard drive (Toshiba MQ01ABD075 750 GB 5400 RPM) set to me here. Do I have to have the same type of drive as before, or can you get one newer, bigger faster, etc. and have it play well with the remaining drive? If they don't have to be the same, are there any parameters that must match to avoid problems? Thanks

Answer:Pavilion dv7 with two hard drives has a bad hard drive

@AndyWells All laptop SATA drives are the same physical size, so they will all fit and connect to the cables in the laptop. As to capacity, be sure to get one as big as your exising OS drive, as the HP Recovery function expects to see a drive of that size when it runs. The brand does not matter, as any laptop SATA drive will work.  Just keep the capacity down to 2TB or smaller.Good Luck

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Hi. I currently have two new drives installed on my computer. I have a EVO SSD Drive (250G) and a 1 TB hard drive. What would be the the correct way of putting all my downloaded files onto the Hard Disk? Do I go into each folder and select the hard drive letter...(my guess that wouldn't be the right way). I am running windows 8.1. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Two hard drives SSD and Hard Disk

What would be the the correct way of putting all my downloaded files onto the Hard Disk?Click to expand...

For future downloads specify a folder on the hard drive as the download folder.

For files you've already downloaded elsewhere copy or move them to the hard drive.
 

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Howdy folks.

I am looking at buying a new PC & have the option of having multiple Hard Drives.

Would it be best to have two separate Seagate 1TB SSHD Hybrid Hard Drives or just one Seagate 2TB SSHD Hybrid Hard Drive?

Both Hard Drives are of the same make & have the same speeds. Just curious if two Hard Drives are better than one, even if the storage capacity is ultimately the same.

I was thinking of having one Hard Drive for general use (operating system & games) and the other for music production (DAW & plug-ins).

Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Two 1TB Hard Drives or One 2TB Hard Drive?

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i just bought a new dell my old hard drive works fine,I have games on my old hard that will not copy to my nr=ew one both have Windows 7 Could there be a problem?

Answer:what would happen if u hard two hard drives w

Normally you cannot copy applications from one drive to another. They must be installed. Only "portable" applications (which your games almost certainly are not) can be copied.

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I have a nearly new Zbook 17.  We don't know the BIOS Administrator password so I'd like to get some help with it.  When I bought it it was supposed to have a three year warranty but I am unable to get any sense from the HP support pages. Does anyone know who I have to contact to get support for an HP Zbook 17?

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Greetings group.
I have a 2 month old hard drive that failed on my desktop PC, taking My Documents with 7 years worth of data. I had just moved the folder to the new drive and hadn't gotten a chance to backup yet.
I'm trying to check Recycle bins on my External hard drives to see if I ever had even a partial Documents folder on one of them..
Problem: All 3 of my external hard drives have multiple recycle bins. All of the recycle bins show the same content as my local C Drive on my laptop. I am attaching 2 screenshots for your review. One shot is of the recycle bins on external drive, the other shot is a screenshot of the recycle bins on my C drive on laptop.
I'm logged in as Administrator because my normal login cannot access any of these recycle bins. And my normal login is in the Admin group. Using Windows Explorer as Administrator, I'm unable to see the Recycle bins. I can see them with my regular login. Very odd.

I'm so desperate for help. Any ideas appreciated.

Thanks for any help.

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Greetings group.
I have a 2 month old hard drive that failed on my desktop PC, taking My Documents with 7 years worth of data. I had just moved the folder to the new drive and hadn't gotten a chance to backup yet.
I'm trying to check Recycle bins on my External hard drives to see if I ever had even a partial Documents folder on one of them..
Problem: All 3 of my external hard drives have multiple recycle bins. All of the recycle bins show the same content as my local C Drive on my laptop. I am attaching 2 screenshots for your review. One shot is of the recycle bins on external drive, the other shot is a screenshot of the recycle bins on my C drive on laptop.
I'm logged in as Administrator because my normal login cannot access any of these recycle bins. And my normal login is in the Admin group. Using Windows Explorer as Administrator, I'm unable to see the Recycle bins. I can see them with my regular login. Very odd.

I'm so desperate for help. Any ideas appreciated.

Thanks for any help.

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My ipod is enabled to allow disk space, and i know how to make it a hard drive, but i mean a primary drive. such as put WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION on it and whenever you turn on computer, it boots from ipod. i have a laptop and hard drive went bad, and now i wanted to install WINDOWS on ipod any help appreciated
 

Answer:Make I-pod a Hard Drive

watachiaieto, these links might help you:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1478

http://www.technipages.com/make-ipod-a-hard-drive.html

Hope you find them useful.

Regards.
 

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i just installed a second hard drive on my comp went smothly every thing works great but i realy don't know how to make use of it
 

Answer:how do i make use of my second hard drive

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I recently purchased a new hard drive because the 40 gig one that i have wasn't cutting it. It came and I realized that I need the things in my old hard drive onto the new one. It is installed on my computer now as the f: drive but that is causing problems. I would just like to know how to make the f: drive just like the C: drive I have in now. Thanks!
 

Answer:how to make a new hard drive like an old one.

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Suppose I use my computer at two difference - at home and at university. When I'm home I want all the software applications and files to be there on the computer. But when outside I only need messenger and the browser and no much. You may suggest that I have two profiles. But this way I would only be able to hide My Documents files and all the installed applications and there icons would be there. I don't like this. I want my laptop's hard disk to act as two. So that one can be used when I'm outside. Do you get what I'm trying to do? I'm using Win XP Pro. Please guide me. Thanks.
 

Answer:how to make one hard disk to act as two

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i'm about to create my very 1st backup for windows on c:\ and, if possible, also a recovery option for Programme on d:\

please explain me someone what will happen/not happen to my backup files if the last chekbox is checked when i start to backup? i'm asking for a good advise as well. should i go for an image or not?

Answer:"Include a system image of drives" what difference does it make?

Hello Leitz,

If you do not check it, then it will just not include a system image backup (a complete backup of Windows HDD) along with whatever files you are backing up. The links below can help tell you more on the differences between just a backup (selected files and folders) and a system image (Windows HDD and any other selected HDD).

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Backup User and System Files

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Does the following make sense to use for a backup strategy?
Like most people I am terrified of losing my data and I have 75,000 photos on my 2TB C: drive. What I am considering doing is adding a second internal 2TB drive and running Rebit to back up to that drive. Then adding an external 2TB external USB drive and also backing up to there with Rebit.
I would also run the backup program that is part of Win 7 Pro and weekly create a system image and also save it to the new internal 2TB drive. Then once a month create a system image with the Win 7 backup program and save it to the external USB drive.
Currently my C: which is a WD20EARX has 755 GB in use. Not sure if this makes any difference but I am running Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) in Enhanced Mode and have a Crucial SSD running RAID 0.
BTW, I know that Rebit is always backing up. Can that be a bad thing?
Any opinions on the above will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Zack S

Answer:Does this backup strategy make sense? Rebit, 2 drives and Win7 backup

A few random thoughts:

It sounds like your data (photos) are on the C partition. You might find that putting your data on a separate D partition on that same drive will make your backup strategy a bit simpler. Not a requirement, just a suggestion.

I would not rely on an image as a backup for data. If your data is on C, any image of C will of course include the data, but imaging is not foolproof and can go bad for unknown reasons.

I have never even heard of Rebit and assume you know it to be reliable. I don't know if it is a file by file backup program or an imaging program.

Copying the photos to another internal drive is a good idea. As is the idea of copying the photos to an external. The more backups the better. But you might consider some type of offsite backup in case of fire or theft.

I'd probably do this:

Temporarily move all data from C to some other physical drive--internal or external.

Then shrink C considerably to the size needed to hold Windows easily--maybe 100 GB.

Then make a new D (data) partition from the free space now available.

Move all data back to the new D from wherever you temporarily moved it.

Use an imaging program thereafter to make periodic images of C alone, storing the image on either the new internal or an external.

Use a file by file backup program to make periodic backups of D alone to the new internal and the external.

I'd probably just use a single partition on the new internal and the external and separate stuff by a folder struct... Read more

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I want to use this(http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&DocID=PD022803) to replace the dvd drive.Then can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700?Thanks

Answer:Can I set up a raid0 of 3 hard drives on W700 by replacing the dvd drive with a third hard drive?

that is not possible.

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And can it be fixed?
I had partitioned a 2nd hard drive into D and E. I was having trouble with my C Driv, which mistakenly got confused with D--or at least the short cuts did.
So, I took 4 folders out of E, and dragged them into D, and deleted E.

Shortly after Partition Magic said Drive 2 was bad. This is a message I got:

Error #107 Partition begins after end of disk. ucBegin Cylinder (9964) must be less than 9964
Error #104 This partition unexpectly contains no sectors
Any suggestions would be greatly appeaciated. Thanks,

Xico
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Answer:Does an error make a hard drive bad?

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I have just installed WinXP Home 2002 SP2 onto a 8GB hard disk.

After installing all the programs, i've got 144MB left.

I have got a 40GB hard disk.

Can I add this to my machine and keeping it to make one volume?

thanx in advance

Kasio
 

Answer:Add new hard drive to make one volume

Not without losing data.

Even then...you would need XP Pro for dynamic disks.
 

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Hi,I am looking for an external hard disk for backup and music storage. I need around 60-80 gig space.Could someone help me with making external hard disk? I have looked for some external cases but which hard drive do i need to buy so that they both work together?Cheerz

Answer:How to make External Hard Disk

You can't "make" an external hard disk.Do you mean the type that will slot and out of your system case?If so you probably mean something on these lines:click here=click here

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I have just installed WinXP Home 2002 SP2 onto a 8GB hard disk.After installing all the programs, i've got 144MB left.I have got a 40GB hard disk.Can I add this to my machine and keeping it to make one volume?thanx in advanceKasio

Answer:Add new hard drive to make one volume

The short answer is no.If you add another hard drive it will become a separate drive letter (usually the one after you CD / DVD drive).The only way to make a single volume out of two drives is to create a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) array. if you anly have a 8Gb main drive I'm fairly safe in assuming your PC does not have a RAID facility.Besides, creating a RAID 0 array, making 1 volume out of two drives, would reduce the capacity of your 40gb drive to 8Gb, so it matches the other drive.You much better just installing the 40gb drive as a slave (make sure you set the master / slave jumper on the back of the drive to Slave) and using it for your data and applications.You will need to uninstall the applications from the master drive & reinstall them on the slave, as you can't just move programs.

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