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Hard drive changing from G drive to F drive

Question: Hard drive changing from G drive to F drive

I have two external hard drives, and I did something to make them switch drive directories. The G drive is now F and the F now G. How can I reverse them so they are back to normal? My I tunes can't find any of the songs because the directories have changed.CheersDave

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Answer: Hard drive changing from G drive to F drive

If this is XP, enter diskmgmt.msc in the Start>Run box. Right click a drive/partition and select "Change Drive Letter And Paths".Move drive f: to z:Move drive g: to f:Move drive z: to g:

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Hi, I bought my ThinkPad T400 (2767wc8) a little less than year ago and have been running it since with Windows 7. Everything worked fine until I decided to install a bigger hard drive. The old one was Seagate 250GB 5400.4, so I thought it would be safest bet to go with another Seagate and bought 500GB 5400.6. Installed Windows 7 64-bit on it and all the necessary drivers from Lenovo. Otherwise no errors or anything but now and then (many times a day) the computer just randomly reboots and gives 2100: hard drive initialization error when trying to boot and keeps repeating the error until I shut down the computer and start up again. Then it boots normally. I looked in event logger and found no error concerning the hard drive. I tried Lenovo's hard drive firmware update CD (newest version, http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-63685 ) but it said there's no need to update the firmware and would not do anything. My firmware is 0001SDM1 and the one on Lenovo's CD is 0008LVM1. BIOS is the newest version 3.09. Active Protection works fine. edit: I think installing the firmware would solve the problem, but I can't install it. Is there any way to force it?  

Answer:T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi Ziltoid,After seeing plenty of posts on this problem I would suggest returning the drive and getting a replacement for it.http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/quot-Error-2100-Hard-drive-initialization-erro...http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-Tablet-ThinkPad-Laptops/X-61-Type-7762-Tablet-HDD-Initializatio...http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&q=+site:forums.lenovo.com+hard+drive+initialization+error&ei=mFgSS72gKYvQtAPTitXBAQ&sa=X&oi=forum_cluster&resnum=1&ct=more-results&ved=0CAwQrQIwAAHope it helps.





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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

Answer:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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Is it possible and feasible to change the hard drive to a solid state drive on a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300-1FK laptop.If the answer is affirmative then would appreciate as much information and guidance there is available.

Answer:Changing hard drive to solid state drive

I took a quick look at the specs and don't see why you couldn't. That laptop is maybe 3 or 4 years old?

What you would have to decide is if you want to attempt to transfer Windows from the current hard drive to the SSD or instead do a clean install on the SSD. Cloning/imaging can work and save time, but many would tell you to just do a clean install instead.

Good SSD brands: Intel, Crucial M4 series, Samsung 830 series.

I assume this Toshiba has only a single drive bay?

Do you have an external hard drive?

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Lately, my HD Passport has been changing from J:/ to H:/ and stays there. I end up having to go to "Run" and go to "Regedit.exe" and renaming H:/ to J:/, and then restarting. But then I'll go out along my business, I'll hear the sound like something has been disconnected, and reconnected right after. It's like my hard drive is disconnecting by itself and changing to a letter drive I DON'T want. When I leave it alone, it'll have the sound it disconnected again and reconnect, but it doesn't change from H:/. It stays at H:/. I don't think it's a virus. So why do you think this is so? And how can I fix it?

Answer:External Hard Drive Keeps Changing Drive Letter

OS?

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

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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

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

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

Thanks in advance for your help.

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

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

I wonder what others will say.

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Need to replace my failed Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive wd5000mpck 5MM($206.00),, will a wd5000lpvx 7MM($44.00) drive fit..Big price difference..  

Answer:Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive Failed will a 7MM drive fit (calls for a 5MM drive)

Hi Kendoe,of course big price differences, The technical differences are:                            cache (MB); Ampere Peak(5V); Power W (read/write); standby W; acoustic (dBA); Height mm; Weightwd5000mpck: 16                ; 0,9                            ; 1,5                               ; 0,15           ; 15-17               ; 5                  ; 0,07 kgwd5000lpvx:    8                   ; 1                               ; 1,4                               ; 0,13... Read more

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













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

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

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I think this is a generic UEFI / Win 8.1 question (not dependent on model).

However, FWIW I have a Satellite P70-A01D (bought localy here in Australia).

This is a 17.3 inch Gen4 i7 4700MQ ? Intel HM86 ? 16GB RAM ? Win 8.0 64-bit.
http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/computers/satellite/p70/psplpa-01d002/specifications

I have updated the OS to Win 8.1

This P70 comes with an empty HDD bay #2 - so I have purchased a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD which I wish to use as the primary Win 8.1 boot/system drive.

I installed this SSD into #2 bay and from there I had no trouble in using the Samsun Magician cloning software that came with the SSD (V 4.0 DC) to clone my 1TB system over on to the SSD.

There are lots of instructions from Samsun and all over the web as to how to clone and 'substitute' an HDD with an SSD - however there is much less available when it comes to 'adding' the SSD - in bay #2 - whilst still keeping the original HDD fully functioning as an extra drive.

After running the cloning software I tried just going into the UEFI settings on restart and changing the order of the boot drive ? placing the SSD above the HDD.

This worked ? however there were obviously issues still as I hadn't renamed the drives ? so SSD was running as system but it was mounting as D: and HDD was still C: and most system/application paths were still set to access C: !

It led to crash and reboot cycles of the desktop (?? &/or explorer.exe ???) and two consistent... Read more

Answer:Satellite P70-A01D: changing drive letters after upgrade of 2nd SSD drive

Hi

I think you could try to change the drives letter as suggested in the Microsoft article.
In case this will not be possible, try to use a 3rd party software for example like GParted.
http://gparted.org/liveusb.php

You could boot up the unit using the live USB version and could try to change the drive letters.
But it could be possible that your system would not boot up properly after such change.

Therefore you should not forget to mark the partition as bootable.


Feedback would be appreciated

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I have a second PC and wish to change the 10 gig Maxtor DR for anothe Maxtor 20 gig with all my progs on. This is something I have done before without any problems. This time however the ppc will boot up but will not load windows. I get the usual long message apologising for this. Where have I gone wrong this time please..what have I overlooked.help help help.

Answer:Help with changing a Hard Drive please

You can't expect an OS installed on one PC to boot up on a different one as the motherboards are probably different.If you're using XP, you could try a repair :-Boot from the WinXP CD (in the BIOS boot sequence put the CD drive ahead of the HDD). When the first message comes up, choose ?To set up WinXP? not ?R for recovery console?. Windows will eventually recognise that XP is installed and ask what you want to do, press R to repair and follow the instructions except after rebooting don?t reply to the message ?Press any key to boot from CD?, just wait.Your personal data and non-Windows programs (with a few exceptions) will not be affected. You will have to install all Windows updates that are not on the CD, e.g. SP2 plus about 40 fixes.

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Hello, I'm new here. I recently bought a new computer, so I decided to give my old computer to my sister. I had Me on mine, and she has XP, so I decided to try and swap hard drives. They are both Maxtor 40 GB HDs, but when I try booting up my sister's drive, it just goes to a black screen with a cursor at the top left blinking. The jumpers are definitely correct, the bios is definitely set up correctly, so what else can I try? Thank you so much for your time.
 

Answer:Changing hard drive.

Welcome to the forum,unfortunately you cant switch a hardrive installed on a different machine it just wont work,many of the drivers and settings are loaded up for your sisters computer which obviously wont work on yours,windows xp can also fail to load on a different computer as some versions are only meant to be used on one machine,if it detects too many part changes it will fail to load due to copyright infraction

Probably not the answer your looking for but thats the heads and tails of it,a clean fresh installation of windows is the only way to go
 

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i have fitted a bigger hard drive. i am trying to copy from my existing seagate 120 gb to a seagate 320gb & then remove the original. the original had two partitions which i have copied using norton ghost.when i try to start my pc with the new hard drive i get No boot drive detected. Insert system disk and press F1 or F2 to setup menu. i dont know what a system disk is or what to do in the setup menu. Many thanks an advance. Gary

Answer:changing hard drive

Why not just use the drive manuf. utilities to "clone" the old HDD to the new one ? ?This is the simplest method out there...

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I have a Pent. 4, 800 mhz running win98 with 2 hard drives. The C drive, which is the boot drive, is on its way out - with several bad sectors. Right now it's limping along, but I'm able to boot it up. I'd like to replace it, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Should I install win98 on the other hard drive (D) and somehow have it boot to that drive before I take out the defective drive? Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Changing out hard drive

Closing duplicate, reply here:

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&postid=1017313#post1017313
 

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Hi
I have a Compaq desktop PC that came with a 250gb SATA hard drive, and I've managed to fill it !
I want to install a 1TB in its place - probably Seagate or WD - but as the original drive contains Windows and just about everything I need, I'm not completely sure what I need to do.
I assume I need to
1) Make a clone image of my original drive to an external drive
2) Swap out the old and hook up the new drive
3) Put the cloned image on to the new drive
4) Carry on as normal
Is that about right - have I over-simplified it? Any help very much appreciated.
Thanks
Pip

Answer:Help changing a hard drive

Nope you are right.
You can use this to clone your drive.http://www.todo-backup.com/download/ the free version is all you need.You can either put your 1TB drive in an external caddy or just install it in your PC, it really does not matter,then start the above program and clone your old hard-drive to the new 1 TB drive,once finished remove the cables from your old drive and boot your pc.That should be that and you will have a working PC will a bigger drive.
You can then format your old drive and use it as backup or spare.

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Hello allAs of now i have in my computer a 120 GB SSD drive on witch i have Windows 7 Premium installed on it. Let's say that a 120 SSD drive fills up pretty fast so i got my self a 240 GB SSD drive with is much better then a 120.On my 120 SSD i have my windows installed and to replace this hard drive with the new bigger one do i need to make a clean install or there is a way around this.Thanks

Answer:Changing ssd hard drive

A program like Acronis may work. Take a snapshot of if the hard drive & restore it back to the new HD.ORJust install the new HD for files & leave the system on the original driveHow do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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Hi i have built a new p.c with vista on the hard drive. I would like to take out the hard drive of my old desktop and add it to the new p.c as it has alot of my games installed on it. The old hard drive does not have an OS on it but was in a p.c that had XP installed on it. Is this a simple procedure? what actions must i take.thxrich

Answer:Changing Hard Drive.

The Games will not work unless you can run from a setup file on the drive to install them

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Hey ppl,

I was wondering If i change my harddrive With XP pro which is on an intel system to an AMD system will i have problems with the OS? would i have to re-install XP or repair it , if possible. I'm askin coz i think i heard some where that it would stuff around with the OS when changing a harddrive to a different system ( being Primary hardrive) and that it would have problems or not even work coz of the change of hardware. thanx.

Answer:changing hard drive

You have to re-install Windows because they made some stupid crap that, when it installs, it creates stuff certain to the computer you installed it in. I had this same problem with my new computer.

-SkyHi

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I am looking into changing my hard drive for something a lot bigger than i already have. At the moment i have a 160gb drive which has been partitioned into 2 80gb sections. I am looking to upgrade this to a drive around 400gb. I would prefer to keep just 1 HDD in my PC, rather than just adding in another to give me the extra storage. I am running Vista Premium, which came pre-installed on the HDD, so i only have a backup disc for recovery. So i have a couple of points that i am not too sure about;1.Can i copy the OS to a disc and then reinstall this onto the new drive. If so how?2.As the OS is OEM will it only work on the HDD that it was originally installed on?

Answer:Changing the Hard Drive

Desktop or laptop?Desktop just add another internal drive and leav the first drive in.Laptop add an external USB drive.

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I would like to switch my laptop's HD to a SSD disk.are there any known limitations for this procedure? what is the recomended interface for this disk?did anyone change his/her disk successfully?

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my old pc has an ide drive my newer pc has an aya. the aya doesnt work i tried to reboot the pc it gets 1/4way through and stops working so i put the aya drive inthe old pc and it did the same thing.now i tried to put the ide in the newer pc and i got a screen that read its not configured properly how can i configure itor do i need to buy a special hard drive

i would appreciate your feed back
thanks glenn
 

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I have hp 550 which hard 160 hard drive. Yesterday I changed the hard drive and put in a 500gb notebook hard drive. However when I switch it on it just passes the welcome screen. On the screen there just a small blinking line. Is there anyone with a solution?

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I will soon be doing alot of traveling and would like to put some of my dvds on my portable hard drive to take with me to watch on my laptop. My first question is that is totally legal as long as i have a legit copy of the dvd right? My second question is what do i need to do this. I would prefer if I could just have one single AVI file or something similar on my hard drive. Can someone please tell me how this can be done.
 

Answer:Changing DVD to AVI to put on hard drive.

https://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=361806:confused
 

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Hello,

I have a Sony VAIO VGN-NW270F laptop and I started getting the "A SMART event occured" message, so I bought a new hard drive. I have recovery disks that I created when I bought the computer about a year ago.

I put the new hard drive in and booted up the computer with the #1 recovery cd in the disk drive. The new hard drive is not recognized and the recovery option do not seem to apply to putting in a new hard drive. It prompts me to click a "select driver" button which takes me to the X drive files and the recovery disk files, but I cannot find a driver in either. Can anyone point me in the right direction and tell me what I need to do to install this new hard drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a Pent. 4, 800 mhz running win98 with 2 hard drives. The C drive, which is the boot drive, is on its way out - with several bad sectors. Right now it's limping along, but I'm able to boot it up. I'd like to replace it, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Should I install win98 on the other hard drive (D) and somehow have it boot to that drive before I take out the defective drive? Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Changing out hard drive

I would get a new drive and put it in as the new "C" and reload win98 leaving the existing "D" untouched.

If you have installed any applications on the "D" drive you will have to reload them.
 

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i want to change my hard drive for a larger capacity one,i have pc that is a couple of years old and has 1 TB hard drive, that hard drive still has the windows 10 os and other software on it,what i would like to know is, assuming the hard drive will fit ,will the operating software and other software work ,or would i have to use my recovery usb from my currant pc.
 

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ok first off i have 2 hard drives on my pc. my hp recovery which is C drive where xp is installed and the main hard drive i use which is D.

i wanted to change the name of my C drive to something else so i was playing around and went to this link here(see below). i went into Regedit.exe and into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SYSTEM, and then MountedDevices and changed the name of C drive into M drive and i changed my D drive into C. i restarted and now windows wont load properly. i cant get to my desktop, im stuck at the blue windows xp load screen just before you get to the desktop.

how can i change the letters of the drives back to the way they were before without being able to access my desktop. i obviously screwed up windows since it doesnt recognze itself on the new drive, so i need to change it back.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5959344_chan...m-drive-c.html

Answer:I need help with changing a hard drive name

All you had to do was right click on your hard drive in explorer and change the name. You shouldn't be playing in the registry if you aren't sure what you're doing.

Reboot and keep tapping your F8 key then select Last Good Configuration.

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Hello, I have just purchased a new blank 3TB hard drive (Western Digital) and have been using the web for instructions how to make the drive usable - partitioning and formatting etc etc. I seem only to be able to get 2TB of the disk as usable -the partitioning is broken in to 2 parts of 2048GB and 746GB. Having consulted the web about this problem it seems the problem is the disk is in MBR mode (perhaps something i did?)which doesnt allow anything greater then 2GB when it should in fact be GPT. When i view the disk list in Computer Management of Windows it reads as follows: Type: Basic, Capacity: 2794.52GB, Unallocated Space: 2794.52GB, Status: Online, Device Type: USB, Partition style: MBR. If what i have been researching is correct it seems somehow I have to get the disk from MBR to GPT before i can begin the process of partitioning and formatting, however i am unable to find any information on how to successfully do this. Can someone please help. Im not sure what other information is needed but i'm running Vista.

Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Changing 3TB hard drive from MBR to GPT

I am assuming this is USB disk. Download the free Partition Wizard for home and use the MBR to GPT conversion wizard.
 
http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/convert-MBR-disk-to-GPT-disk.html
 
Edit: Some additional info.
 

 
User should be aware that data will be erased while converting MBR to GPT. Please refer following steps of how to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert MBR to GPT.
 

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I will be changing my hard drive and as i have a desktop with no space for more than one hard drive it means that it will be one out one in.What's the best way ,if any ,to save the stuff on my present disc and transfer it after the swop??. I'm running XP Pro.

Answer:Changing hard drive

Use something like "Acronis True Image" from click hereMost Hard-Disks come with software to "clone" your older drive to the newer one.

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Hiya,I have been advised to change my Hard Drive. Can anyone tell me how I can transfer all my information e.g Operating System and updated Drivers etc to my new drive or is that not possible? I have only ever opened a Computer once to instal a CD Re-writer so no doubt this will be fun!Chees

Answer:Changing Hard Drive

Normally the maker of the hd you buy has software that will help you migrate from the old hd to the new one (eg Maxtor has Maxblast).If you buy the hd as a retail unit it may have the software included in the box, along with srews, etc (no real benefit, in my opinion). If you buy OEM (this works out cheaper), you will have to download from the website.Hope this helps.

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I recently reformated my hard drive in order to scourge away some viruses I managed to accumulate and could not remove. After the reformating, I installed windows XP and most things seem to be working just fine. The only problem is my hard drive is now labeled F:, rather than C:. At least one program I would like to use is apparently having troube with this.
How can I change my F: drive to a C: drive?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Changing my hard drive's name

Reformat.
 

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I have an ACER TravelMate 2480 when I press F2 and enter the setup, I get a screen titled PhoenixBios Setup Utility. This screen only gives me the option of Information, Main, Security, Boot and Exit NO ADVANCED option, having changed the hard drive I would like to change the settings for the new hard drive because I get NTldr is missing on start up. The new drive has XP allready loaded.

Answer:changing hard drive

Check out computerhope forum http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm. It may give you what you're looking for.

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Based on feedback attained here it seems as if I am going to buy a SSD to replace my current hard drive. My question now is, how do i transfer my OS and other stuff created on it to my new SSD. I assume I need to create an image of my current drive and do something along these lines:
[1]Create image of drive which now holds Win7 and sits on the C: drive.
[2] install new SSD drive
[3] Copy image from old HD to new SSD.
[4] Shut down PC.
It is here that things get fuzzy. Do I remove my old drive at this point and before the system boots up go to my BIOS and tell it where C: my boot drive now sits or......?
Oh and another thing. Will Microsoft now think I have a new PC or something? I mean would I need to re-register my win7 serial number or what-have-you?

Answer:Changing from hard drive to SSD what do I do about my OS

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3


I assume I need to create an image of my current drive and do something along these lines:
[1]Create image of drive which now holds Win7 and sits on the C: drive.
[2] install new SSD drive
[3] Copy image from old HD to new SSD.
[4] Shut down PC.
It is here that things get fuzzy. Do I remove my old drive at this point and before the system boots up go to my BIOS and tell it where C: my boot drive now sits or......?
Oh and another thing. Will Microsoft now think I have a new PC or something? I mean would I need to re-register my win7 serial number or what-have-you?


It's not likely you will have to re-register. A new hard drive isn't "a new PC".

Your first decision point is "do I do a clean install or do I try to transfer/restore my existing system".

The former is less likely to be problematic, but it's up to you to decide if you want to do the latter. The latter usually works, but occasionally requires troubleshooting and problems.

I'm assuming for the following comments that you don't want to do a clean install.

You must then decide if you want to use cloning or imaging. They are different. Your list above assumes imaging is to be used.

For imaging, your steps would generally be:

1: Choose an application to do it; Macrium Reflect Free Edition is a common choice.
2: Install Macrium and make an image file of your current C partition and also of your system reserved partit... Read more

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Hi! I am planning to change regular hard drive on T61 to SSD.I would like to use original version of Vista Business on same computer but with new hard drive.I have COA on bottom of notebook.So i have a code for it.But how can i get bootable CD/DVD with Vista?Any chance i can copy Vista from original hard drive provided by Lenovo?If its possible,please help with that,how can i make it?If not,any ideas where i can find original disc/image of Vista Business without COA?

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Hi allI have changed many hard drives with no problems and have also added hard drives but I have allways used Seagate and used their Disk wizzard tool from their web site. My question is ...I have ordered a Excelstor 60Gb 7200rpm HHD oem type. I want to fit it to a friends pc and copy all his existing stuff over and then remove his 4.6gig hard drive because it is soooo noisey. Excelstor do not have any help for this function on their website so I was wondering if I could use Seagates diskwizzard to perform the task?If not..is there any freeware available to do this task? The system is running Xp Pro. Thanks Dave

Answer:Changing hard drive

run "drive image" or "ghost" on the existing hdd and backup to a couple of CD-r's (assumin CD-r drive is present). Create boot floppy in either app then set BIOS to boot from a: then reboot system with floppy in, insert CD1 from the images you completed earlier then follow the prompts.If the drive is brand new you may have to partition the drive first..!

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I have an old 4gb computer with Windows XPProfessional installed on it. My son 7yrs uses it to play games etc but needs more memory.
I have been given a 20gb Maxtor hard drive (Model 2B020H1) by a friend and can find my way around the inside of the Tower unit. Is it just a matter of swapping the two drivers.
The 20 gb drive has Windows XP Home installed.
Should it have one or two of the small pin links(jumpers ?) inserted, If so which pins do I link up.
Not a computer genius and hope that you understand what I mean.

My sons computer is a Pentium 3-- 128 Ram but I may double this. 4.2gb IDE Hard drive
 

Answer:Changing a hard drive

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Hello,

I recently purchased a new motherboard. After reinstalling windows, I noticed that my primary partition is also on my Storage Drive. Is there a way to change it back to only the SSD?

Answer:Changing Primary Partion from Storage Drive to OS Drive

I'm not sure what you mean by that - are you saying there's a copy of your system on the storage drive?

Everything in your screenshot looks perfect and absolutely the way it should be. There's no problem.

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I have Windows XP installed as the master drive (hda) and Mandriva 10.2 Linux on the slave drive (hdb). I want to physically remove the WinXP hard drive from my computer and make Linux the only drive. I boot up the computer using LILO, which is installed on hda. So how do I do all of this without messing up the bootloader settings?
 

Answer:Changing Linux on Slave Drive to Master Drive

First, save the existing /etc/lilo.conf; cp /etc/lilo.conf /etc/lilo.0901705.conf

Second, read manpage re mkbootdisk. you may need this to recover the as-is configuration

Third, I found it a lot safer to work out my LILO configuration using a floppy boot disk rather than my hard disk. To do this, you must replace the boot=/dev/hda with boot=/dev/fd0 in the lilo.conf file. That way, if I messed up any of the configuration in my lilo.conf file, I could take out the boot disk and boot into Linux as before. Once I was happy everything booted fine using the floppy disk, I then changed my lilo.conf back to use boot=/dev/hda and ran /sbin/lilo a final time to upload my changes.

man 8 lilo explains the program options
man 5 lilo.conf explains each line in the conf file

before you make changes, issue the following as documentation
...mount
later, this command will show /dev/hda? on / type ext2 (r/w)
when you're successful

Your existing LILO config should be at /etc/lilo.conf and will contain
items like:
boot = /dev/hdb? (first HD, some partition number suffix)
... bunch of stuff best left alone
image = ... whatever it says
.label = ... your lilo prompt at boot time
.root = ... /dev/hdb? (note it matches line 1)
other = /dev/hda1 (first HD, 1 partition)
.label = WinXP (the lilo prompt for XP)
.table = /dev/hda

delete the lines from OTHER to the bottom,
change hdb? to hda? (ie the same partition number, just different drive)
save ... Read more

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Hey Guys,

Heres the issue. I recently did an install of XP home on a new HDD for a customer after their drive went dead. Not realizing, the install mapped the boot drive to F instead of C. Customer called up complaining that he could not install programs, etc... I wanted to go back and change the drive letters through the registry, but after doing some reading, found that changing the system drive letter after install will make windows act screwey, sometimes not even allowing a boot. I personally can live with a diff. drive letter, but the customer seems to not be able to.

I have read one or two posts about using XXclone to clone the system drive to a new partition mapped to C, then deleting the F partition. As i have never used this program or method, i am a bit skeptical, and/or lost at the same time. What do you guys suggest as the best method to change this drive letter and not disrupt the operations of the system?

Thanks in advance for the help

Answer:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188But I can't guarantee it will work.

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My old hard drive is failing bad). Takes 2-3 minutes from boot up before I can even open internet explorer or any app and the app icons are all white squares until then. Can?t play Battlefield 4 without freezing and hearing beep beep in the background as if Windows has just had a new drive plugged in. Ordered a new HD and coming tomorrow.

So if I replace my C failing drive(I assume its that one which has my OS on it thats failing) and reinstall W7 and not my D Drive(Seperate HD) which has my steam and origin games on it, will the steam and origin games still work or do I have to reinstall those too?

Answer:Changing Hard Drive and Reinstalling W7?

Steam may have some issues when it begins to look for the game files themselves.

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Ok, I just got home tonight to realize that my laptop hard drive is dead. I'm not sure if it is from overheating, or what, but I turned it off and am going to mess with it tomorrow. I am wondering how hard it would be for me personally to replace that hard drive with a new one. And if it is even possible to take that hard drive out and put it in my desktop and see if it is totally dead or what. My thoughts are that it got hacked and someone put a hard drive killer on it, because it has been working fine, without any problems lately. I hate to think this, but until I investigate a little that is the only thing I have been thinking about. Anyway.....If anyone has replaced or exchanged a laptop hard drive before I would like some input about how hard it is. I am very computer literate, and know a lot about them (desktops, never laptops). So this isn't a n00b job Or if anyone has any suggestions as to what I can do to check.

Right now the only thing it wants to do is boot from the network. I enter the bios and my primary master isn't recognized, it says NONE. It is a KDS Valiant laptop. If you need more specs I'll look them up, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with that.
 

Answer:Changing out laptop hard drive????

It sure be fairly easy to change the hard drive. It will probably be a 2.5" device, and you should be able to get at it, simply be sliding a panel off the bottom of the laptop.

As for connecting it to a Desktop, you will need either a 2.5" - 3.5" hard drive adapter or a 2.5" external hd enclosure (USB/Firewire).
 

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Answer:Changing hard drive number

Hi guyswas wondering how do i change the hard drive number in windows xp pro as my main (boot) drive is D: the extended partition on that drive is G: my backup drive is F: and my emergancy install of windows is C:, can you help?c.b.

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This is what I want to do.Transfer everything from my ide on my computer to a sata drive on my computer and then use it in a new computer that I"m building.I had to slow down the drive to sata1 to get it to work in old computer.Drives are maxtor ide and Western Digital sata 2.I have both softwares.Running win xp pro all updates applied.Any help is going to be appreciated.
TIA,Allenv
 

Answer:Changing Hard drive and motherboard

You can transfer files and data but you will need to install Windows clean on new build...fine to have files and data on the drive in a separate partition so you do not format the whole drive by accident and lose everything, or use sata drive for clean install and then jumper the ide drive as slave and use whatever you want from it in new build.
 

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I want to switch a hard drive from one computer w/ motherboard to another. I tried, but it just kept restarting. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Solved: changing hard drive

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I recently just reformatted and added in another HDD. The old setup was a WD 500GB, Hitachi 1TB, and Seagate 1TB, with a Asus DVD drive all installed through Sata connectors.
When I formatted the F drive, being the Hitachi 1TB, it took the OS just fine and I was able to install all my programs and games. Though when I removed the WD 500GB and installed a newer WD 2TB there seems to be a huge problem.
My drive lettering has automatically changed, forcing the F drive to a G drive, the D drive, which was the DVD drive, has been changed to F.
I've gone through dos prompts from the only known source I can get to, a win 7 install disk in recovery options. Yet every time I change the lettering through diskpart in dos, it never sticks.
Can anyone help me in this terrible predicament.

Answer:Hard drive letter changing?

MS info here Changing, adding or removing a drive letter - Windows Help

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had a problem with a preloaded XP system had to format, but now completely stuck help please,not very technical but when I switch on can get to the bios etc.Tried FDISK but not to sure what to do, tried installing ME start up disk, still will not let me run XP CD any help please

Answer:CHANGING HARD DRIVE TO NTFS

In the BIOS, ensure that the CD Drive is before the Hard Drive in the boot device order. The PC should then boot from the Windows XP CD and the prompts will guide you through creating partitions, formatting and installing the operating system. It appears that you may be trying to run Setup.exe from the XP CD from a DOS prompt after booting with a floppy. This won't work but, if the drive is already formatted as FAT32, you *CAN* run the WINNT.EXE file in the i386 folder on the CD to install XP from DOS.

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Hi all,

I'm running Windows XP SP3.
My external hard disk drive letter keeps changing every time i plug it out and back in again.
For example, if have assigned it to H:\, after plugging it out and plugging it back in again it changes to I:\.
It happens every single time and there is no way to change it back to H:\ as it disappears from the "Change Drive Letter" drop down list in "Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management".
The only way to make the letter come back into the drop down list is to restart my computer.

Please help, i've tried almost everything except reformatting my computer which is something i dont want to do.

Thanks in advance,
Brian ^_^

Answer:Hard Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Hi, welcome to TSF,

are you removing it in the correct manner, i.e. using the 'safely remove hardware' option from your systray?

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Do you have to reinstall all programs and OS?

Answer:Changing Hard drive letter from C

Chances are high that you would for a majority of the software. How come you need to change the letter of the C:\? Do you want another drive to becoem the C:\?

Reason being when software installs itself in the registry it points to the install folder/path usually c:\program files\program if you change it most likely it will error out when you launch it saying the path doesnt exist. You are just asking for a lot of headache changing the C:\.

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I have just bought a new sata hard drive I have a existing ide drive as my boot drive with operating sytem and programs, is there a simple way of transfering all system and data to the new hard drive so I could dispense with the ide drive??

Answer:Changing all files to a new hard drive

A simple way is to use an imaging program such as Ghost or TrueImage - I don't know how well these work with SATA drives though.Often disk manufacturers will provide a utility that does this, but again I don't know about SATA drives.

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I have changed my Gigabyte GA-7ZX with Athlon 900mhz for a ECS K7S5A and Athlon XP 1800 Thoroughbred .

I have a 40 Gb HDD that was on the GA-7ZX with Win XP Pro with a lot of work on it and saved to Norton Ghost.

The question I am asking do you think I will have much problem transferring the 40Gb HDD with the Win XP Pro to the ECS K7S5A /athlon Xp 1800 combination .

Hope I have explained it properly

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Changing Hard Drive

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I'm being lazy here, but is there a way to change the harddrive boot order? I know there is one in the BIOS, but it doesn't work... (not boot order i.e. cd, hdd.)


I just finished the most frustrating format, the only way I know of to change it is to boot the PC up with the 1 drive in, but I can't be bothered to lift my PC (Kandalf case with too much crap in it)


On the plus, activation worked over the internet. Glad to see Vista has bought something good to the world.

Answer:Changing which hard drive to boot from?

Its in the Boot.ini file

Control panel > performance & Maintenance > system > startup & recovery > click edit

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I bought a laptop from PC World last year (Advent 5311) which had vista premium installed on it. I made the backup disc it tells you to do when it starts for the first time. But now i need more storage so i was wanting to upgrade the hard drive to something a bit bigger(120gb at the moment). External drives are not feasible so it would have to be a new internal drive. Will i have to buy a new copy of Vista? Can i clone my old drive,OS and all? Will the DVD backup i made have the complete OS on it to install on the new drive?any help would be much appreciated

Answer:Changing laptop Hard Drive

Changing the driveThe placement of the drive in the casing varies from make/model every week almost - so Check that YOU are able to access the drive fefore you go to find the screwdriver. Connerctivity is usually simple.Copying over the old drive to the new one shouldbe done before you start . So New drive connected to the machine via an IDE to USB cable[ about £12/20]But then the trouble startsThe motherboard will detect a new drive.The O/S will say New computer- don't want to go there unless Microsoft says I can and to do that you have to get online to MS ????????????Better informed folk may have ideas but to my mindExternal drive is the answer for capacity - what is the problem with that?

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I have a 60gb HD, with Windows ME, we have recently bought a 120gb HD and want to put XP in it.My problem is I have soo much stuff that I want on the old hard drive, and cant think of a way of transfering it over, other than copying all the stuuf on to CD's etc.I was told that I can do 1 of 2 things, either get a lead to connect to both HD's and copy across, or put both HD's in the pc as there should be a spare slot and then copy across that way.Can anyone help me PLEASE !!!!!!  

Answer:Help required on changing my Hard Drive

Why not use both harddrives?Install them both, connect them to the IDE cables and set one to Master, one to slave. Either by using the Jumper and selecting Master/Slave or by using Cable Select and using the BIOS.Instructions should be printed on a sticker on top of the manual.

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Cut a long story short.I have a nearly new lap top that has been damaged the insurance will pay for a new one. So do I have any problems if I ask to have the original hard drive transferred to the new lap top? Windows and Norton Licences etc. Just checking before I make a mistake.Noldi

Answer:Windows and changing a hard drive

If exact same make and model will not be a problem,but if different Mobo, graphics etc then drivers will not work.If yiu are allowed to keep the damaged item ,You could then buy an external caddy click here to fit your drive and extract all the files license nos etc.Or get an adaptor cable click here to fit your laptop hdd to a desk to do the same thing

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if I replace the hard drive of my laptop hp envy 17 j113el, with an SSD , could i lose my warranty?

Answer:Changing hard drive, what about warranty?

HI. Despite being considered a consumable device, only by opening the equipment does the warranty be lost, my recommendation is to take the equipment to a specialized HP center or wait for the warranty period to expire. http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.html Regards.





? I do not work for HP, I volunteer.? To close the topic, check "accept as a solution" the correct answer or Thumb to say thank you.? I'm sorry but you do not answer questions privately.

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I have a Dell inspiron 1521. it has like 2.56 gb left.what hard drive should i get?

Answer:Changing my laptop hard drive

kennybartling,Welcome to the CH forums. I suggest that you give some thought as to whether a replacement internal HHD is what you want (with the associated need to delve into the interior of your laptop) or would an external USB connected HDD meet your needs. Externals happen to be a preferred route for me because of the versatility and mobility they offer. Then it becomes a question of the size (capacity) you desire. In that regard they are available now to at least 3 TB and usually there is NOT a great deal of difference in price when you stay at or below the 1 TB capacity. After that manufacturers brand may enter into your decision (here you will find different opinions from CH forum members) with some preferring one brand over another (often related to their own personal experiences). On a general note for your purchase HDD available from on-line stores are usually less expensive than at bricks and mortar retailers.Also various HDD speeds may be available (internal and external) for your computer if that is important to you. In the final analysis it will be your decision based on availability and price in your area. There are also ratings available for HDD's which you can research via google. Large is great for oodles of space but can become more of a frustration if at some time you need to run a diagnostic test on the drive (the larger it is the longer it will take).truenorth

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I am replacing my internal HD; it keeps getting corrupted files on the OS. Anyway; I havent done this for a very long time on a PC (12 years, and even then I didnt know what I was doing). But opening up the box its easy to unplug and take out the old HD. Question is, can I just go out and buy a new HD off Amazon or somewhere, and plug it in? Are these things universal fittings or will i have to mess about soldering and changing connections? PC is fairly old - Dell optiplex GX270 desktop - HD will be new but fairly cheap, 3.5" same as the one coming out
 

Answer:Changing internal hard drive

There is no problem changing the HDD just by unplugging it and replacing it with another of the same fitting (see photo)
a lot of older PCs have IDE connectors and most modern have the SATA coupling, there are converters to change from one to the other but it is always best to replace one with the same sort.
 

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I have a faulty hard drive that is slowing up and it is only like 3 months old, it makes buzzing noises and so on, It also has a virus which i am working to remove. So im going to buy a new HDD but I am unsure on if I need to buy a new windows 7 disc for the new hdd or if i can just transfer w7 without the virus being tranferred

Answer:Do i need a new windows 7 when changing to a new hard drive?

The key is registered to your computer; changing the hard disk doesn't alter that (although changing the motherboard would) so the key should still work. If the OS is giving you messages about the disk failing (which is new information to us) then indeed it is doing so. Make use of the warranty to get a free replacement.The virus problem is a red herring; you need to replace the disk because it is failing, not because you had a virus.

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So here's the issue..
All of my music that I play off iTunes is on an external hard drive labeled "F."

When I recently turned on my external HD the computer assigned it the "H" drive. Of course, when I try to play music in iTunes, it can't find the music because the "F" drive doesn't exist. I've tried to get the computer to force this external HD to stay as the "F" drive (because otherwise the music won't play since it's searching for the F Drive) but to no avail. Any way I can fix this? Hope this made sense
 

Answer:Changing Hard Drive Letters

One way would be to let iTunes search for and archive the music again.

Another would be start>control panel>Admin tools>computer management> disk managment.
 

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I am using T450s that has 500GB HDD.  I'd like to change the hard drive to a SSD.  I want to do this because it is too slow and it sometimes freezes.  I have used the laptop for 9 months and it is my first time to try changing hard drive. My questions are how I can make it. i) What kind of SSD can I use?ii) Do I need to buy and install Windows in the new hard drive?  iii) Installing a msata SSD and keeping HDD would be better?  iv) How about warranty when I change it?v) Is there any other things I should concern? Thank you. 

Answer:changing hard drive T450s

Most 2.5" 7mm-thick drives will work. You have a windows license on the machine, not the hard drive. I prefer the mSATA M.2 solution, but that is my personal opinion. The disk is considered customer-serviceable. Backup restore options depend on your OS.If it is freezing, it is likely a software problem. Cloning the drive is unlikely to fix that.

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Hey there,
So I just ran into a problem with my External Western Digital Hard Drive. Previously, my drive was mapped as the E Drive (I believe) and after taking it down and setting it up again (when i moved back to college), my external hard drive switched drive names on me. This really sucks, as my external drive stores all of my iTunes music and now when i run iTunes, it tries to find the music from the E Drive location and not the G Drive location. Is there an easy way I can change the letter drives so that I don't have to reimport all of my music? Thanks!
 

Answer:Hard Drive Letters Keep Changing!

Sure, Right Click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right click on the drive graphic and change it's drive letter.
 

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Hi
recently i put in a new DVD rewriter in my pc wich changed the driver location of my removable hard drive . It has 1900 artist on there wich are all in itunes and i dont want to change the locatinn of the songs and so is there any way of changing the location of the hard drive from :F to :G. Some one said there was a way of doing it from the administarative tools in control pannel. Please say if you know a way of changing it. My career depends on you!!!!!!.
 

Answer:Changing hard drive location

The easiest way is to right click on your "my computer", select manage, then storage, then disk management. Then just right click and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

What i tend to do is set say my cd burner to z then arrange the hard drives as i want, then change the burner from z to the lowest available letter - as an example.
 

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please can anyone help, my spare hard drive is changing all the time and will not let me access normaly it is drive g but changes to f and I WHENEVER i try to access.

Answer:spare hard drive changing from D toF to I

Name it 'Z', it will not keep changing then. If you don't know how, give your operating system and we will tell you how.

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Very long story, but this is the short one. What is the easiest way to replace a 20gig WD Hard Drive C with a 40 gig? I am worried about not having an OS once the hard drive is removed. I have W98 2nd edition on CD of course. I am worried about a boot disk or something that will have CD rom drivers on it! I have added drives as slaves in the past, but not the master... Please Help... Current OS is supposed to be dual boot with W2000 Pro & W98, but W98 will not work. This is all new, was using W98. Have been having problems with the 20 gig drive. I have the 40 gig already.
 

Answer:Changing boot hard drive

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A few months ago, my mother's computer wouldn't load up windows XP upon rebooting the computer (I'll post the setup of the computer later), so she sent it to a family friend to have it fixed.

Unfortunately, it seemed this family friend didn't really know what he was doing, as he set our primary hard drive from the C:/ drive to the H:/ drive. Not a big deal, right? Wrong.

Our good old C:/ drive had about 250 GB of memory on it. This new drive? 10 GB. We're constantly running out of memory, and it is extremely difficult to download/install programs because they want to install into the H:/ drive but that is impossible.

So I guess my question is, how do I return my primary drive to C:/ (If that is the right terminology I'm using).

Here is the setup.

Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2

250GB 7200RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
630 Intel Pentium 4 Processor
1.0 GB SDRAM memory

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Changing Primary Hard Drive

I'm a bit confused...
:confused

There was a 250gb hard drive. It was drive C: It is gone.
There is now a 10gb hard drive. It is drive H:.
Right?

-OR-

Drive C: was 250 gb.
Drive H: is a 10gb drive, and has been set as the default primary drive. It is almost full.
The current status of the 250gb hard drive is unknown.

Where is the 250gb drive?

Please explain the situation a bit more clearly.

Whatever the current situation, if Windows thinks that drive H: is the default primary drive, then there is nothing you can do about it. It is impossible to change the drive letter that Windows was installed to. If you could, everything would go haywire and crash (if you need the technical reasons behind this, I'll explain it, but the "why" is not important). Your best bet is to find out where the 250gb drive went. If it's still in the PC, then your computer "expert" relative either created a 10gb partition for Windows, and a 2nd partition for everything else. There's a school of thinking that says this is a good idea. Whoever started this school of thinking should be shot. Why anyone would say "10gb is enough for a Windows install as long as everything else goes to a different drive" is beyond me. It's not only a bad idea, it makes installing programs, storing data, saving personal stuff (like music, etc) a chore because you have to make sure it goes to a different partition from Windows. DUMB.

Anyway: lets find out what happen... Read more

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Hey guys. I have 2 hard drives and 1 is a lot bigger than the main one. I was wondering if I changed them around would my computer run faster and how I would go about doing this, what I mean is make my larger hard drive my default disk C if possible? http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a515/Conor471/2_zpse7002c3f.jpg
 

Answer:Changing which hard drive is primary.

Do you actually have two hard drives or one hard drive with two partitions? Please answer this with a screen shot of the Disk Management window. If you need help with a screen shot see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 8 or 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.
 

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hi i got a new wd hard drive i have connected it to my computer and ive cloned my original drive now i want to change the new drive to the primary one to boot from it as well and access all my files from it but i still want to keep the original there for space.

Answer:changing primary hard drive

What type of connectors do these HDD's have ? ?If SATA put the new drive on one of the 1st 2 MBoard SATA connectors...Some boards it'll be 1 and 2...some will be 0 and 1.Then move the old drive to SATA 3 or higher...this will stop the BIOS from trying to boot the old drive...you can then format it and use it for storage.If they are IDE the new drive should be jumpered as master/master w. slave...and the old one as slave...then connect them accordingly...MB=====================slave=====master.You can then enter the BIOS at boot and set the new HDD as 1st boot priority in the advanced options menu...press F10 to "save changes and exit" and the PC will re-boot.

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Can someone please advise me on this?
My friend has Windows 7 on his HDD but he frequently gets a Boot Disc Error which means he has to go into safe mode to get it to run again.
He has made a system image onto an external hard drive and has also made a Windows recovery disc.
If he wanted to replace the internal HDD, would he be able to use the backups he has made to get his PC working again and if so, how would he go about it?
Thanks very much.

Answer:Changing Hard Disc Drive

The ability to restore from an image, depends on what the image is and which program was used to make it.
What is the Boot Disc Error that he gets? It may be possible to repair this by booting from the W7 Recovery disc which will give him a repair option.
Which program did he use to make the system image onto an Ext HDD?
What is the nature of the 'backups' you mention? (how made and by what program)
How many partitions are there on the HDD (with or without letters)?
When you say 'system image' do you mean a complete sector by sector image of the HDD or did he image just the C: partition
W7 has (unless he installed W7 himself onto an already made partition) a small 100mb system reserved boot partition (with no letter) which is placed on the HDD before the C: partition and there is probably a D: partition that W7 uses for backups.

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I have a computer that I want to put a bigger hard drive in. It is a Dell Optiplex 210L. I am trying to put a 400 gb Toshiba SATA in and I have already loaded Windows XP on it. It works in my computer that I loaded the program on, but when I went to put it in the Optiplex it won't boot. It gives me an option to either hit F1 or F2. When I do either, I always end up at the same place, the dos screen with the F1 or F2 messages.
Do I need to load the program on the hard drive from the Optiplex, or does that not make a difference?
 

Answer:Problem changing to a new hard drive

According to the original system specs it only supports drives up to 160GB
http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/desktops/optix_210l/pd.aspx?refid=optix_210l&cs=22&s=dfh

There may have been a bios update to support larger drives. I would put the old drive in and update the BIOS from the Dell website. And you can't install Windows from one computer and move the hard drive to another computer (well, not easily). If it does get passed the boot screen after the BIOS update I would reinstall Windows on the 400GB drive.
 

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I have 2 Hard drives, can I change the drive letters? and,if so, how? in xp/pro.
 

Answer:Changing hard drive letters

You can change drive letters in disk management as long as it is not a system drive [where windows is installed]. Just right click the drive you want to change and select change driver / path from the menu.

It is possible to change a system drive letter, however I do not recommend that you do so. It is an involved process and many apps will need to be reinstalled.
 

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My laptop (P-Bell/NEC, 700MHz AMD,Millenium98 OS ) bit the dust so I recovered the 10 Gbt hard drive and have tried to reinstall it on an older Compaq laptop(266 AMD K6). It seemed to sort out the new hardware,reads the HDD ok, but not the CD rom drive,it does not spin up and hence will not access data. It is in working condition and recognised by the bios. I am not certain what drivers are necessary and deleting duplicates and incorrect ones is a problem, Primary IDE, Secondary IDE, PCI IDE ?? I have the original Me OS CD, but not the one for the old Compaq, how could I proceed to sort this out, should I reinstall Me from scratch (floppy boot) or just overlay the existing. Any ideas would be appreciated

Answer:Changing Hard drive problem

If you have the motherboard drivers for the old machine download this click here and go to tools > reset hardware configureation which will remove all of the hardware drivers then reinstall the drivers for the old machine.

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Well. I just bought a new laptop yesterday. It's got a SDD, and 2 HDD's. The thing is, the SDD is my C: drive. So whenever I install a program, it defaults to install on the SDD which is not big enough for that at all, as right now it's simply holding the OS. Is there a way I can perhaps rename the drives so programs always install to my other drives, rather then this SDD?

Answer:Changing default hard drive?

You don`t want to rename any drives or change the letters now. That should only be done when you format a drive, to many things could go wrong. When you install a program just change the drive letter in the path from C: to the hard drive you want to install it on. It will still put all the usual stuff in the start menu.

For example. Instead of C: program/files/ccleaner change it to D: program/files/ccleaner or whatever the case may be. It will still put an icon on your desktop if you choose to or you can always put it in the taskbar. The icon will still be in the start menu.

And if you really need the space you could always uninstall a program on C: and install it to the other drive. But be very careful as you don`t want to loose anything you have paid for and can`t find the activation code. Hope this helps.

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
or
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
OR
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.
 

Answer:i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a

Hi

No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.


If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.
 

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\3.8.2.9\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

Answer:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

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Ok guys, here is a new one. I have a HP ZE5500 laptop that the hard drive died on. How do I get the case apart to put the new on in that I just bought?? I have taken every screw out that I can find, but still no go. Any help will be appreciated.
 

Answer:Changing hard drive in HPze5500 laptop

You can download a maintenance manual from HP:

Download Page
 

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Hi.. hard drive crashed and need to replace. Will Acer send me a disc so I can load all of the factory drivers back on to my system? Thanksjames

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I am wondering the steps to go about changing my internal hard drive in my Lenovo T61. It currently is only 100GB and I want al least 250GB. Are there certain hard drives that are not compatible with the T61? Also, how does the data get transferred from the old one to the new one? I know I can't simply plug the new one in and go, there has to be some data transfer. Thanks, Mark B

Answer:Changing internal hard drive for lenovo T61

[Message edited to correct typo.  AG]
 
Hello,
 
The highest-capacity hard disk drive I have used in a ThinkPad T61 is a 500GB model, however, there's no reason a 640GB or 750GB model would not work.  All you need do is make sure the hard disk drive is a regular 2.5" form-factor, 9.5mm high, SATA interface model.  Depending upon which model of hard disk drive you purchase, it may come with (or be available for download from the HDD manufacturer's web site) disk cloning software to copy the contents of your old hard disk drive to the new one.  You will also need a USB to SATA cable to connect the old hard disk drive to your computer so that its contents may be copied to the new hard disk drive installed inside the computer.
 
If you have a standard version of Microsoft Windows installed this should not pose any problems; if you are using an edition of Windows preloaded by Lenovo, check with the disk cloning software manufacturer to see what, if any, additional steps need to be taken to successfully clone your original hard disk drive.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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I have a 60GB hard drive that has both C and D partition. C drive is full and I want to delete the D drive and use the entire 60Gb for the C drive. Is there a simple way to do this? I am using windows XP home. I went into Disk Management and deleted the D drive but it is still unused space.
 

Answer:Solved: changing partition on a hard drive

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the ide cable in my xp computer only has one end on it hooked to my hard drive. a friends computer went caput so my question is--can I just unhook my hard drive and hook my friends hard drive up that came from windows 98 and then save some of his infomation on disks for him, or do I have to do the master, slave thing and hook it in that way, I just want to hook his up to get some info off it and then rehook mine up. Can I do that??
 

Answer:Solved: windows xp sp1-changing hard drive can I--???

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I have just had an additional hard drive fitted to increase storage space. My original c drive was divided into two partitions c & f.I have now moved all the data from the f partition to the new hard drive and deleted the old f partition on the old drive. I would now like to call the new drive f but the computer designated the letter I to it. Is there any way I can do this?

Answer:Changing letter designation of new hard drive

Go to START, then right click "My computer" and select "manage", then select "disk management" on the left, right click the drive to change and choose "Change drive letter and paths", then click "change" and choose the letter.

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The Windows 7 "Disk Management" utility fulfills some basic partition management functions. However it is limited. The Open Source GParted is a full featured partition management utility and is easy to use. In the following example, the Windows 7 partition (labled X) needed to be expanded. Unfortunately, as it was the second partition, Windows 7 was unable to move the partition to the left and absorb the unallocated space.

Here, step by step, is how to use GParted to change the partition size:1. Go to this site and download "SystemRescueCD". GParted is one of the programs on the CD. After burning the ISO to CD, you have a bootable, live cd (meaning the programs run off of the CD and nothing needs to be installed to the hard drive) that you can boot to and run the program.2. You can use Windows 7 to burn the ISO file to CD which will make it bootable.3. Boot to your SystemRescueCD and this is what you should see:4. Press ENTER to boot and continue. 5. Press enter to use the default keyboard and continue. 6. TYPE: startx to open the graphical user interface. 7. GParted is the icon next to the start button. A single click will start it. 8. Right click on the partition you wish to change and select "Resize/Move". 9. Make changes to the partition with the sliding bars. 10. Click the green check mark, and verify with "Apply". 11. When the process is finished, click "Close". 12. Exit GParted ... 13. ... and Exit the GUI. 14. Final... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Partitions - Changing with GParted

Nice find on the System Rescue CD.. As a long time Linux user, I have used gparted quite a few times.. A Ubuntu Live cd is always in my toolkit for instances like these...

Another fine tutorial..

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 I think the answer may be obvious for this but I can't find it anywhere so here we gooooo. Ok, so I posted on here a few days ago about my failing hard drive, and determined that I should get It replaced, utilizing the extended warranty that I got which allows free on-site repair. However, two days ago I had to go back to my parents house for personal reasons, and have not yet updated my address for lenovo. I have also not received a call from a technician yet. It would not be a big deal, but I am starting a job in a couple days where I work as a sales agent from my laptop and I need it to be functional so it can run the appropriate software for Monday.  As I have already gotten the replacement hard drive and recovery USB in the mail from lenovo, would it void the warranty if I took it upon myself (or a more computer savvy friend of mine) to replace it, as opposed to wait for the technician to contact me? Its not a matter of impatience, simply a matter of "I need my laptop to be 100% functional so i can work from it". Thanks!

Answer:Does changing your hard drive void the warranty?

This is mostly opinion-based, but I'm pretty sure hard drives are CRUs (Customer Replaceable Units). Given that they mailed you the replacement drive, you should be able to install the new one, and mail back the old one.
 
Did the box with the hard drive come with a return shipping label? If so, just call Lenovo Support and check if you can just do the replacement yourself. Only downside is that you'll also have to do the Windows install again if the drive isn't pre-imaged.
 
Again, I'd recommend calling to confirm, but if you're comfortable replacing it, it won't void your warranty.

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Backstory: My wife bought herself a laptop, so she doesn't need her desktop anymore. It has a faster processor than mine (3.6 as opposed to 3.0), but also has Win 8 while mine has Vista (yeah, I know, Vista sucks, but it works--and I have a sincere dislike of Win 8). Well, for purposes of faster streaming, I thought I'd just take her hard drive out of her old desktop and put mine in it. The physical swap was easy, and it gets to the "booting Windows" screen, but then loops back and starts over, then loops back and starts over, etc. Won't boot into Safe Mode either. Will boot into setup. Shows the first two hard drive slots empty and shows my hard drive as the third drive. Everything else looks fine, but it won't boot. I'm pretty sure this is a CMOS problem, but don't know what to do about it.
Any help appreciated.
Keith
 

Answer:Changing boot hard drive to a different computer

kjhansen56 said:





Backstory: My wife bought herself a laptop, so she doesn't need her desktop anymore. It has a faster processor than mine (3.6 as opposed to 3.0), but also has Win 8 while mine has Vista (yeah, I know, Vista sucks, but it works--and I have a sincere dislike of Win 8). Well, for purposes of faster streaming, I thought I'd just take her hard drive out of her old desktop and put mine in it. The physical swap was easy, and it gets to the "booting Windows" screen, but then loops back and starts over, then loops back and starts over, etc. Won't boot into Safe Mode either. Will boot into setup. Shows the first two hard drive slots empty and shows my hard drive as the third drive. Everything else looks fine, but it won't boot. I'm pretty sure this is a CMOS problem, but don't know what to do about it.
Any help appreciated.
KeithClick to expand...

Since your wife's desktop has/had Windows 8/8.1 installed, it means it's a newer machine that runs UEFI instead of BIOS. With this type of setup, the boot type is UEFI - Secure Boot Enabled which will only boot to the hard drive with Windows 8/8.1 installed.

To boot to the Vista drive, you're going to have to go back into UEFI setup and change the boot type to Legacy - Secure boot disabled and save the changes so it boots to Vista. It should then also boot to Safe Mode.
 

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