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hard drive and dvd+rw drive issues - need help

Question: hard drive and dvd+rw drive issues - need help

sorry this will be long. i have wound up where no analyst wants to be: too many variables so i need help.

i have a dell latitude cpxh, 500mhz. i purchased it in 2000 used from a corp. it came with a 12gb hdd. because of issues i was having, sunday i installed a 60gb hdd (new hard drive, more space).

everything went smoothly. fresh install of w2k pro, then installed backup to get office and other applications using norton ghost 9.0. (all non-program files are kept on an extra hard drive module.)

now even though i show that i have @48gb free space on the c: if i try to copy a 4.3gb from the g: to the c: i get an error that i don't have enough disk space. from what i have read, that is because the c: is fat32 and that doesn't support files larger than 4gb. if this is true, the solution i saw posted was:

To convert:

Start * Run * cmd
Press enter.
convert c: /fs:ntfs
Press enter.
Answer yes. Answer yes. Reboot. Get a cup of coffee. Make that two.

You'll have NTFS now.

if i do this, will i then need to reformat the drive and reinstall windows? will i need to do anything else?

second part of the problem. when i try to move the 4.3gb backup file to a dvd (dvd+rw nec nd6650a) i get an error after @5 mins that the disk in the drive is protected and i need to unprotect it or use a different disk. now my new coaster shows free space of 7tb. no that is not a misprint, it is TB. what the heck is a "tb"? technical byte?

any idea why this is happening? it has happened a couple of times now in the last month or so when i have tried to copy/move large amounts of data. say over 500mb.

third and final (i hope). it appears from what i have read that it may not have been my hard drive at all that started all of this. i had installed roxio easy media creator 7.5 several months ago when i installed the dvd rw drive. because i was unhappy with emc, i tried to uninstall it. that is when my problems started now that i look back on it. lots of "blue screen of death" episodes. while researching why i couldn't copy the 4gb+ backup file to the disk, i came across the exact same blue screen i was getting in a discussion on issues with roxio emc 7.5. i read lots of nasty user reviews on this software. all of the same issues i was having now. wish i had seen it before i bought it, but what would be a better application to use? if i uninstall it completely, i can't use my dvd rw drive.


at this point i am so tired and so confused, and i need help.

while i would like the answer about the fat32 to ntfs, i think i am more concerned at the moment about why i can't copy this file to the dvd.

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Answer: hard drive and dvd+rw drive issues - need help

First off, I have only ever formatted a hard drive to ntfs never converted but I needed to back up the data and reinstall windows. After it was formatted I reinstalled Windows and then started to add all the programs and drivers (if you do convert/format make sure you have all relevant drivers etc) back on the drive. Have you a spare hard drive to back up your data etc, becasue personally I wouldn't trust converting a drive and banking on your data still being there. The issue with roxio/dvd rw drive I don't really know other than swap to another program such as Nero (which I use and I love it). They do a free trial version which you could download and if it works, back up your data and then convert your hard drive here's the link - http://www.nero.com/nero7/eng/nero7-demo.php
hope this helps btw to foramt the drive instead of converting just change convert to format.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My laptop is Gateway M460. It couldn't recognize the hard drive sometime.

I think the connection is loose. But it doesn't. I do need lots of help here

Thank you
 

Answer:Drive issues:Cannot recognize hard drive

Some Gateways have issues with their own free security, antivirus, and spyware. These issues go away when you switch to non-gateway products.
Otherwise, the most common problem with the hard drive is a defect. You can remove the drive with two screws, or read the BIOS, to determine the brand and date of manufacturer... then go to the website of the manufacturer to download the drive fitness test software for your brand of hard drive. You usually load it to a floppy disc or an ISO CD, then boot to run it... You will get a good review of drive performance, including the SMART status, and will let you know if the drive is a problem, or the difficulty is elsewhere.
 

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I have a Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive, and a Sea Gate external hard drive. Whenever I plug either one into my computer, it makes the sound to notify me that it has been dected and shows up under "Devices and printers" but doesn't show up under my computer. Is there anyway to fix this?

Answer:Flash Drive/Hard Drive Issues.

Have you looked in Disk Management after plugging one in? Right-click Computer, click Manage. If the drive shows there it may need a drive letter assigned [right-click menu] before Windows Explorer [File Explorer on Win8] can see it.

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I need advice here.
One of my Internal Hard Drives was playing up and running real slow I think it was the same issue in the I've placed into my thread Here:
click here formatted this drive as I knew I had backed up the image of this drive using EausTodoBackup Free Edition the day before and it told that the image backed up successfuly onto my external drive.
I had then brought another hard drive to replace the current one but that was faulty so had to rma it back to ebuyer for a replacement.
So I the ran a recovery program EasuUS Data Recovery to recover my files which saw all my files and I recoverd them over to the external drive. Took a while, but when It was done I needed to look through what it found. Then the Drive wasn't recognised!!!
When I went into event viewer click here that's what's telling me, and I've tried a chkdsk on it to repair the "Bad Sector" and it's on going and I gave up so unless there is another way of going about this?
At the moment I've ran another recovery on the internal drive and I'm currently saving the recovered files on another external drive. Again this taking a bit of time.
So my question is this, is my external drive the one showing this error on its way out? I've had this drive for 3 Years it was replaced by Novatech.
And would there be any ways to try and get to the data on that drive?
I am currently thinking on running HDD Regenerator from Hirens Boot CD to see if that would fix it, or I could format the drive and try and run a recover... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Issues - External Drive

Getting all the data now but running into another snag some of my picture files have become corrupt is there a tool that I can use to repair them?

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This is my first post on this forum, and hopefully it is in the correct area.

I did a clean install of Windows XP Pro on a secondary computer. After doing this I started having issues booting properly. When attempting to boot with both my HD and DVD drives plugged in. They work fine separately.

I have them connected with separate IDE cables. They are both in the first IDE slot on the cable. The HD's jumpers are set to Master and the DVD is set to cable select.

Another interesting thing I just noticed is that when I go to the boot sequence in my BIOS it states in this order:
1. Hard-Disk Drive C:
2. Floppy device (not installed)
3. CD-ROM device (not installed)

I have already tried changing the jumper settings to everything I can think of but this hasn't helped. I have tried clearing the CMOS, and rebooting the BIOS with the alt-e-f-b keyboard command(its a dell motherboard).

I am now completely stumped and could use all the help that I can get.

EDIT: I am receiving an error message that states, "diskette drive 0 seek failure." It then prompts to press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup. If I press F1 it does boot to Windows but I can't go anywhere because the Windows installation can not continue without the Windows XP Pro disk. :EDIT

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Answer:Hard drive and DVD drive issues

You have a DELL MOBO...
Replace the Battery on the MOBO
Unplug all devices
Clear the CMOS
Go into the BIOS and disable the FDD
Plug-in HDD as your Master Primary and CD-ROM as your Secondary Master.
Save and Reboot the system
Press F12 to force the boot to HDD if you already have the OS installed correctly.

If not then place your CD with XP Pro and then press F12 and boot the CD to start first.

If you can't get this far, then go and buy and new MOBO combo with the CPU of your choice. Again this move will depend on you if you want to go that way...
 

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Hello all.

I've been having an ongoing hardware issue and it has recently reached the point where it is rendering my pc all but useless.

I have built a system using an msi p67a-c43 (b3) motherboard and a Hitachi Deskstar 7k3000 hard drive.

At first, I would occasionally have issues when the pc was coming out of sleep mode. The system would become sluggish, programs wouldn't open, or the desktop would simply freeze.

I found that if I powered off the pc, opened the case and reset the sata cable the issue would resolve itself. I figured it was just a case of a loose sata cable connection and that there wasn't much I could do about it. Because it wasn't a major issue and it only happened once in a while I decided to grin and bear it... but the plot thickens.

I began having issues getting the computer back up and running after one of these episodes. Soon, windows would not start up. I would have to reboot several times before having no choice but to allow windows to run chkdsk. Each time, it found no errors. The pc would boot and I'd be solid gold again until the issue decided to occur again.

More recently, windows actually began finding filesystem errors and bad sectors - so I was worried that I actually had a bad hard drive! Worried that I would have to replace the HDD, I did some quick research and discovered that a loose cable could cause these problems. I bought a locking sata cable and switched the cables. The pc operated fine all weekend, but then... Read more

Answer:Hard drive problems - boot issues, waking issues

It could be many a things.

It could, first, be the PSU. What make/model/wattage do you have?

Does the system start up (POST) fine, without the HDD connected? It'll just say there is no boot disk. I would, at first, back up everything, just in case your HDD is indeed failing. Get diagnostics for your disc. Get this: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Green / GP

Might also want to post a screnshot of HWMonitor. So we can see your temperatures and PSU voltages.

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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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About a month ago my hard drive froze up and I replaced it with a Western Digital Caviar Black 500 gb Sata drive. I used an external USB hard drive enclosure to remove files etc, the old hard drive still worked, just wouldn't boot the OS. Well since then I had problems with boot up. At first it was just that restart wouldn't work out of Windows XP. The motherboard would beep, display it's identity and stop. Sometimes it would stop after detecting the CPU and the memory but not continue on to even look for the Hard drive or anyother bootable device. Now it takes two, three, sometimes four tries to get it to proceed to detect the hard drives and occasionally freezes on the Welcome screen to XP. When I check the event viewer it seems to get into loops of security checks, running the same one over and over. The last time I checked the System events, it showed none prior to the current boot up. I am also getting hard drive errors. No bad sectors, just corrupted files and messed up index entries.

System:

Amd Athlon 64, 200 MHz 3200+ about 3 years old
Winfast NF4SK8AA Motherboard
3 GB Ram, 2 x 512 Kingston, 2 x 1024 Lifetime
Asus branded - Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS
Windows XP Home, SP3

I am also having no problems once the computer actually boots, no BSOD's, nothing untoward. Also after it's going awhile, seems to start and stop no problem. It's feeling like an old car right now.

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Answer:Boot issues, Hard drive error issues

First, I would certainly change out your power supply because generic ones are often garbage. There are tremendous deals in the 450-550 range reputable psu's.

Second, check out this superb tutorial on USB by LookinAround: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic122125.html

Third, run ChkDsk.

Fourth, I think it would be good for you to run a harddrive diagnostics. Your manufacturer will provide a free utility to do so.

* By the way, I have the same cpu on my second rig and it is a solid one. Steady as she goes...
 

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On my laptop which is now about 6 years old I have been experiencing a few issues. First as the laptop is so old it has seen its fair amount of system restores but one thing I have been noticing is that my hard drive space is disappearing. The laptop started with 160gb (shows how old it is) split 80gb between the different partitions but now it only has 69.5gb per partition, so does anyone have any clue how to restore the space?

The second problem I am having is with installing my printers, I have successfully installed two wireless printers on my desktop pc but when it comes to connecting to the printer I must first setup a temporary link with a usb to one of the printers but when I connect them together it does not pick it up. But if I plug other devices in then run fine, anyone got any ideas?

The last issue I am having seems to be some sort of autorun problem, for example when I insert a install disc the autorun box pops up but does not display the install and I only have the option the view all of the files so I have to find the setup application within the disc myself. Any ideas?

I know I am asking about a lot of issues but any help is appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] USB, hard drive issues and auto run issues

Hi try this for auto run Fix Windows 7 AutoPlay Dialog Box Missing or Not Appear, Display and Pop Up ? My Digital Life
for question one are you saying you have 69.5 gb free on each drive partition
on question 3 did you install the driver for the printer which is the default

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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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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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Hey all. After finding out that my previous hard drive was corrupted, I went out and bought a 1.5tb Seagate Barracuda. I put it in my computer, plugged it in, and then tried to download my Vista Home Premium 64bit but found that I was unable to. After going through half the setup, I reached the point where it asked where I wanted to install windows. My only option was "Disk 0 Partition 1". With that selected, I hit next and I got the following error message: "Windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code: 0x80070057." After this, the installation was cancelled. It's extremely frustrating because this is a brand new hard drive, and I can't get it to work. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Issues with Hard Drive, OS

Hi Strikeout711,

Can you fill in your system specs please. It could be a limitation of your BIOS not being able to see a drive of that size as one partition - to that end, have you tried creating a smaller partition on the drive during setup? Click on Drive Options (advanced) at the point indicated in the appropriate Tutorial.

Step 13 Clean Install From Upgrade Vista
Step 10 Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

Select New and adjust the partition size as required. You should then be able to install Vista into this partition.

It is also possible that the problem is a driver problem, in which case you will need to click on Load Driver at the appropriate point indicated above. You will need to provide the appropriate driver(s) on removeable media, so we will need your system specs (specifically the make and model number of your motherboard) so that these can be located.

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Question: Hard Drive Issues.

ok, here is how my story goes...
Awhile ago I got a hd from someone... A friend or something. I put it in a comp alone, no operating system found, so I tried to install windows, but it said no HD was present (ps, I check all my cables constantly. its not a power supply issue >_<) so I put it in as a slave with another hard drive to try n format it, this master was a perfectly fine running hd, never had any issue with it, windows xp on it and everything. Anyhow, when I put this screwy HD in as a slave, it caused the master hd to do the same thing, I was upset I lost a good HD by trying to fix another one. So I tried to fix that master with another one, and it plagued another HD and caused it to do the same thing. I stopped after that.
So basically, I ask you... What happend? and Can I fix it?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues.

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

Well,
I'm new here and could really use some help. I have an older computer, Emachines C1904. I've replaced the power supply, the motherboard and added a video card. The video card is a MSI FX5200 TD128LF. My problem started recently when the hard drive was packed full and I decided to reformat. I had never reformatted since the new mother board by the way. So I usually just use the six floppy disk method of re-installing XP. I would get to the XP setup screen and it would boot from the first disk okay but as soon as it says please insert disk two it would freeze everytime, so I tried using an XP cd-rom and it worked (or so I thought). After the re-install with no other partitions, the computer runs really well and quickly and looks like a fresh copy of windows but when I check the hard drive it says 33.8 GB used out of 40. How is this possible? I checked all the folders under the C: drive and they add up to about 3 or 4 GB. So basicly there's nothing on it but it's telling me it's full. I also just tried using a kill disk. It will boot from the kill disk but then it just says A:\ A:\ with a blinking cursor but won't let me do anything. Is my hard drive toast or is there something I can do about this? Any advice helps! Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues

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Hello everyone , So I have come to "SevenForums" because i have a few issue..

So let me get to my SSD

I pretty much use my SSD to Record games/gamepaly but when i am recording half way through a game my SSD just decides to disconnect it's self.. it will reappear if i restart my system. Now in the boot menu my RAID is set to IDE I think it's called that anyway. Now I have been told to switch it over to AHCI but when I do that I get some problems.. like starting up issue, Slow at loading Windows, Weird crashes..

I am going to give some information on my computer
CPU: AMD FX 4100 Quad Core
GPU: MSI RADEON HD 7850
PSU: 600 WATT CORSAIR SERIES
RAM: CORSAIR VENGEANCE (I THINK THATS CORRECT)
HARD-DRIVES & SSD: 1TB HDD & 60GB SSD (NOT SURE OF THE MAKES ALL I KNOW THERE SATA lll)
OPERATING SYSTEM: WINDOWS 7 64 BIT SP1

If you need more information please let me no

Answer:Hard Drive & SSD Issues

You should be using RAID if you have 2 of the same make/type of hard drives. If you are using RAID you need to have ACHI enabled and AHCI should have been set up (driver installed) before installing the OS. Other wise when changing from IDE to RAID or SATA to RAID by enabling ACHI, you will run into such problems and even BSOD's.

Personally I would start from scratch, clean install OS on SSD and use HDD as storage. Making sure that you're not using a RAID set up and checking your BIOS for SATA configuration on the hard drives.

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Question: hard drive issues

I have a dell D600... It was working fine and then froze up...Tried to reboot and now all it says it "Primary hard disk drive 0 foundno bootable devicesAnd it makes alot of noise when it tries to reboot...

Answer:hard drive issues

try another hard disk when it works. know your hard disk is crashed.or put the hard disk on working machine. whatever happens get back to me

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Question: Hard drive Issues

I just built my first computer and im already having trouble. It cannot seem to detect my Hard Drive (Serial ATA). At first I though it was a faulty power cord, but the drive is receiving power. So I replaced the ATA cord, still cannot detect the Drive. I thought the drive was defective until I tried once and miraculously it detected the drive and booted up windows. No problems while the computer was on either (even managed to play a few games of Unreal Tournament). But as soon as I turned it off and tried to turn it back on, the drive wasnt being detected again. I thought it was maybe a faulty contact on the drive but then why would I only have issues during startup? Im hoping I just messed up somewhere and its not a hard drive or motherboard problem. Any ideas?The Hard Drive is a Maxtor Serial ATA http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.ba88f6d7cf664718376049b291346068/?channelpath=/en_us/Products/ATA%20Hard%20Drives/Desktop/DiamondMax%2010 and the motherboard is http://abit-usa.com/products/mb/techspec.php?categories=1&model=259.

Answer:Hard drive Issues

I know this one!!!! First off, Think of it as this.  The motherboard is most used to IDE HDs, right?  Well, since ATA is fairly new (i think), a lot of motherboards have problems.  Bad news,  worst case scenario, you're better off using the ATA as a slave and getting a IDE HD just for Windows and put everything else on the ATA.  Or, you might just need to install the drivers.  That might help!--------------------Newbie, at your service! I've blown up 4 computers, learn from my mistakes, and have built 2 computers (1 isn't working though)!!!!--------------------

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

I have two hard drives. One 80GB SATA, and one 160GB IDE. The SATA contains my operating system (XP), and the IDE is mainly an extension, as the SATA is running low on space. The IDE is on its own cable and is set to master. Now, whenever I boot up with both drives installed, it will always boot into the IDE drive, when I want it to boot from the SATA.

The IDE does have XP installed as well, as it came from one of my old machines. Do I need to uninstall XP from the IDE for it to stop booting into it?

Also, another issue. Whenever I take the side door off my PC when it is running, I can hear three or four audible clicks from the SATA drive, and it shuts down with a BSOD. This is without even touching it, only removing the door. I've noticed it also happens whenever I touch the PSU cables. I'm thinking it's a paranoid PSU, but I could be wrong.

Any help on these issues would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues

In your BIOS you just need to change the boot order the primary hard drive from the IDE drive to the SATA drive to stop the computer from booting from the wrong drive.

As for the other problem, try changing the power cable that goes to the SATA drive, and maybe even the SATA data cable, it could be just a poor connection.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

My son's hard drive failed a few months ago and he lost everything. We replaced the drive and he got everything back on it but for the last few weeks it has started freezing up often and the drive itself is clicking at times. I've read that the clicking means it's failing. Is there anything else that could cause the clicking sound? He is planning to just go ahead and replace it again but I want to be sure there isn't something else that could be causing the problem before he does. We've run Dskchk and every scan or utility we could think of. Dskchk found and fixed a LOT of errors (it took 8-10 hours) and it worked okay for a while but the problems have started back. We did run a hard drive test that we had downloaded and it didn't seem to find any problems plus the disk is very new but I suppose it could just be a lemon. So, does the clicking sound definitely mean it's failing?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues

With the help of your son - if needed - we need the information requested in the sticky notice at the top of this forum:
When asking for support please tell us about your computer!

Apart from the Windows built in hard drive tester ('Check Disk'), the manufacturer of the hard drive is also likely to have a free drive testing tool, and there are freeware programs here:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortname/hard_disk_drive_(hdd)_tools.html
 

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Question: Hard drive issues

I have a brand new hard drive. Formatted it with Vista to NTFS. Then used Ubuntu to transfer data from the other hard drive (which is in RAW format). Now, when I boot Vista, I cannot even see the hard drive.
What could this be?

Edit: Nevermind. Somehow, it didn't have a drive letter. After assigning it, it works perfectly.

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Question: Hard Drive issues

Hey all i recently put a new dvd burner and wireless network card into my computer and i plugged everything back in and suddenly my computer cannot find my 2 slave hard drives....

My Primary Hard drive is a Western Digital 250gig Sata2 16mb cache
Slaves 160gig / 250gig western digital IDE

ive tried everything i can think of im new to the whole sata with ide thing so im clueless

ps. it did work before.

hope someone can help
 

Answer:Hard Drive issues

Check your connections & reboot. If that doesn't work then get in2 the Bios & enter heads,sectors & clynders for your hard drives. If they're not printed on the hard drives then u can get da H,S, & C from from your hard drive manufactor website. Make sure u search for the correct model of each HD. Let me know if that works.Before that above suggestion make sure that your hard drives are correctly jumpered. That should help detect your HDs.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

Hello, I currently have two Seagate 320GB hard drives set up on a raid 0 using Sata ports. They were on an Intel Motherboard D975XBX2. This intel board would not let me access the bios, and also would not boot up the computer. I took out the hard drives and put them in another computer without running them on a raid 0. I just hooked them up as regular hard drives as I wanted to get back up the information that was on them. My bios reads both hard drives but will only show one in my computer. I looked in the device manager and it shows both hard drives, but again only one shows up in my computer. The one that show up in my computer also has nothing on it. All it says it the drive letter and when I click on explore it says drive needs to be formatted. The other drive will not show in my computer but it will show in device manager, and bios. How do I access the drive that will not show up in my compter??? Thank you for your assistance.

I have the drive connected by usb port and I'm running an Asus motherboard ASUS P5E DELUXE, intel
CORE 2 QUAD Q9300 2.5G (1333Mhz), EN9500GT OC/DI/512M GeForce 9500 GT, KINGSTON 4GB KIT on windows vista home, and a seagate 1TB hard drive.
 

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I have a Dell System running Win XP with SP2. I have recently added a 320GB HDD and want to transfer all my mp3's etc to that HDD to make room on my other system HDD. I am getting like a sound glitch after transfering files and I want to find a way for it not to happen. Only way it worked was transfering one mp3 at a time maybe a few more and that is very tedious. It wont successfully transfer a large amount of data. Below is my troubleshooting steps and I am out of ideas. PLEASE HELP. THANKS

Installed off of CD Drive as only cable avail

Tried cut/paste files between drives
---- Glitches

Reversed cut/paste between drives
----No issues

Reinstalled drivers for sound card and then tried again
---- Glitches

Reversed cut/paste between drives
----No issues

Tried copy/paste files between drives
---- Glitches

Changed HDD Cables to a 2 drive cable and connected drives together letting CD drive have its own cable

Tried copy/paste files between drives
---- Glitches

Tried copy/paste files between drives in safe mode
---- Glitches

Turned off services and most of msconfig;
Tried copy/paste files between drives
---- Glitches

Changed BIOS Settings in a couple of different ways
Tried copy/paste files between drives
---- Glitches

Changed jumper settings on HDD. Does not detect drive when in SLAVE setting. Switched back to CABLE/SELECT and it detects it

Ran Scandisk, Defrag and Virus Scan and no issues present on drive
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Answer:Hard Drive Issues - NEED HELP PLEASE!

That is very odd. When you do the copy, do you have a lot of other applications running, either in a window or in the background?

Is your system low on memory?

Does this happen even if you copy 2 files?

Do you have a CD or DVD burner? You could try burning them to disc, then copying them to the new drive, if nothing else works.
 

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woah ive had soo many problems with this . i reformated .. and . bam my 200 gig is reading . 31.4 . its a westren digital . my bios is updated and is readin it at 200 gig
ive tried the maxor patch and reformating it again .. i think the person that instatlled it had this issue the first time around .. but i dont kno how he fixed it . i'm running a P4 2.4 ms 6577 768 ram ect ect .. any ideas i dont kno what to do .
 

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I recently re-installed my system utilising RAID.I have two SATA Barracuda (200gbx2) drives that ive set up as a stripe RAID config.System has been running fine for a few weeks until yesterday.I experienced major slowdown, and its sounded as if one of the drives was struggling to run, ie. sounded as if it starting and stopping - not sure if this is the case. ANyway, pc seemed ok, just a little slow.So, finished the day and shutdown.Today i went to boot up and after the bios screen, ide detect and raid screen it goes to the black options screen asking if i want to safe boot etc. None of these options work, as immediately after selecting any of the options its reboots.So i checked the raid setup screen, and it seems fully functional.I have a spare number of ide drives, one which has an xp install that i use for problem solving, so i install this and booted the pc.I booted into the spare copy of xp, and checked the sata drives - all partitions were listed, and i was able to access each one and copy a few files i needed.I went disk managment and checked the disks - all said healthy.so i did a disk error check, this came up no problems.SO i guess i need to understand why it has been corrupted? maybe the boot sector? but i dont know howany ideas?i dont want to have to go through another install, but if needs to then fine

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I am having a problem with the computer starting up. It is making a load clicking noise what I start it up. When it goes forward, it is telling me that there is not a Operating System detected. So I tried to run a fully recovery and nothing, it wont even do that. Is the hard drive done? HELPPPPPPP
 

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Have you tried booting off of a boot disk and then running scandisk from the boot disk? When you do run a surface check of the disk [it will be one of the options]
 

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hi

i have a samsung 320gig hard drive that was on my laptop and it started showing an error message that i should backup my things and replace the hard drive,so i backed up my documents and formatted the hard drive and installed fresh windows 7 but it kept on showing that message that i should replace the battery.So i bought another hard drive and the laptop is now fine.the funny thing is i put the same hard drive into an external case and it seems to be working fine, i can copy to and from the drive without any problems so far.My question is if i use it as an external hhd will my things be safe?won't it give me problems later on ?Please advice.thanks
 

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I suggest you run Crystal Disk Info which is a program that diagnoses your hard drive. The link to the download is here: http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html
 

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Hello, I have a lenovo G780.  This morning i was getting an error that my drive wasn't working.  It worked fine yesterday.   I did what several people recommended about switching the Boot to Legacy and Legacy first.  That didn't work.   I am still getting the error Cable not connected PXE-MOF:  Existing Intel PXE ROM.  My BIOS showed that the hard drive was not detected.  I reseated the drive but that didn't help.  When I cold start my computer it beeps continuously.   I tried getting into my BIOS again a few minutes ago and I can no longer access it.   The data on my hard drive is very important.  Can anyone please help.  Thank you.

Answer:Hard drive and other issues

Hi jwolvie , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
Non detected device on the BIOS may already signify issue with harddrive physically and this can be confirmed if another harddrive would be detected. Try to reseat again the harddrive assuring that it is firmly seated then checking again on BIOS as you F9 to load defaults F10 save and exit hoping for detection .
 
If during the course of restart that you manage to boot to WIndows , do take that opportunity to do needed backup as it may not have the same opportunity the next time. Alternatively , slaving the harddrive on an external harddrive enclosure for backup can be done but if even that would not have the harddrive detected then best way to recover data would be thru data recovery centers. 
 
Running diagnostics on a bootable device can help verify any physical failure . 
If initially that it fails , shut it down and allow it to cool down a bit before retrying again. 
 
Hoping for the best.
 
Regards

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Hello.

So I used to have vista, xp, and mac on my pc. After a while xp screwed up and left me with only vista and mac. My school handed out a bunch of software including windows 7. I saved the installer and key on my desktop and pretty much just left it there for two months. Eventually my vista crashed and could have only used mac. After a very short while my mac crashed to. Thankfully I saved my key on a piece of paper but unfortunately I lost the installer.

This morning I found a iso, burnt it on another computer and poped it in. Everything was fine until I was asked where I want windows to be installed. Due to the fact that I tried to fix vista from dos, my hard drive configuration got messed up. Regardless of that I didnt care becasue everything was backed up on a external so I tried to format all of my harddrives and then instal windows. "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition." What am I supposed to do?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive issues

Let me ask you this. When did the message appear exactly. Was it when it asked where to install the partition, or when you tried to format it?

There is software that you can burn to a disk the simply erases everything on a hard drive. Kill Disk is one example. This will return it to its original configuration; unformatted and no OS. However, I am worried that your HDD might have reached the end of its usable life. If this is the case you can no longer use the hard drive and it will need replacing. I recommend getting a new HDD from Newegg, because they usually have the best deals on hardware. Now-a-days you can get a brand new hard drive for as little $35 plus shipping. Good luck.

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I have a Western Digital 160 gb SATA hard drive, "RE" or raid edition, model number WD1600SD. I obtained it a couple years ago and it has not been used yet, so it is basically new. I cannot format it, only partition it. Windows just won't let me format it. Is this because its a "raid edition" hard drive and needs to be used in conjunction with another hard drive? Can I get it to operate solo? Thanks

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I believe you should be able to use it as a single drive...there should be no reason you cannot, though still checking for my own curiosity

what windows are you using...and do you have the sata drivers for it? also, this is a slave or master drive? Are you using this to install windows upon or just have it in another pc as an aux drive?

etc

if this is not the main drive...make sure it is correctly set up:
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alright, i just recently bought a sony vaio with a 120 gig seagate drive, and added my old 100 gig (western digital) slave drive from my old system (old system ran XP pro, new runs XP home). The system reconizes the drive only in device manager, yet it is not accessible nor does it even appear in any other part of the system, such as my computer. Also in device manager all of the parameters are blank, what much i do to get it to reconize this drive so i can access my files
 

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My sister has been having issues with her computer. where last night she was on a website just minding her own business pretty much then all of a sudden her computer locks up. Where she had to give a hard boot then. Well when restarting computer,it'll go through the whole process with that loading bar. once it got to a certain point it would stop then a screen comes up that gives 2 options to either use start up repair option or start normal. when clicking on the start normally,it eventually goes back to that screen again with the 2 options while trying the start up repair option. would act like it would want to go to the next but goes back to the screen with the 2 options. where as when I don't do anything meaning not click on either option where theirs a count down. Something that should take a minute to load takes 5 minutes or so. where the screen turns gray,mouse pointer comes up...eventually the screen appears with multiple options like repair computer,restart computer in a last best config option and so on..pretty much when I tried those options it wouldn't do anything. I eventually had to go to the option for Dell factory image restore to restore the entire computer and end up losing everything,which I didn't have a choice here that nothing was working. Would think something like this should take what 45 minutes to an hour. I'm going on 8 hours now and it all does is the same thing where it'll show the loading bar loading then it'll r... Read more

Answer:hard drive issues?

It maybe too late now as you have started a re-install??

When you put the factory disk (do you have one?) it will give you the option to repair.If you are using the Dell recovery system it may be compromised and that is why it is taking so long.

I suggest if you have a disk or can borrow one insert it in the optical drive and start with a fresh install, you will be able to use the original number for the dell as long as you are installing the same OS as the original (XP/VISTA) and the same version (home basic/pro/ultimate) the numberis on the case.

How to identify the product key
Microsoft product keys contain 25 characters that are typically divided into groups of 5.
Where to locate the product key
The product key is typically located on an orange or yellow sticker on the back of the CD case or the DVD case. If the Windows operating system that you are using was preinstalled by your computer manufacturer, you may find the Windows product key sticker on the computer.

Make sure that you store the product key together with the product CD or DVD in a safe location in case you have to reinstall the product in the future. The product cannot be reinstalled without both the product key and the CD or DVD.

Product keys are specific to their software products. For example, you cannot use a Windows product key to unlock a Microsoft Office product.
How to obtain a replacement product key
To replace a Microsoft product key, you must contact Microsoft Customer Service ... Read more

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Hi all,Recently my computer has been showing that I have low disk space(usually less than 250mb) out of my 80gb drive. I dont have much stuff on my drive, only about 5gb of personal files, minimal programs, plus all the vista crap. My first thought was some sort of virus, but ive run adaware, spybot, countless antivirus programs(norton, AVG, Trend,etc.) I take good care of it and im fairly computer savy, but Im at a loss on this one. All I can think of is to back-up and format the drive, but ive lost the rescue and recovery disc, along with my vista disc,so that is a last resort. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.













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Answer:T61 hard drive issues

You can always try something like that:-install Total Commander (www.ghisler.com)-in options set "show hidden/system files" -browse to C: or D:-press shift+alt+enter-now look for the biggest folders or files and decide which of them are suspicious... ... or.maybe your 'vista crap' requires a lot of stuff because of many files in 'temp' folders or many backup folders (which you can simply delete alter installing updates)?

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Hey guys first post and it'd be awesome if I got some help. I'll try explaining in steps what the problem is. -Playstation 3 got the yellow light of death(seems to be an overheating issues) -I called Sony and they would send me a box but I need to get all my save files off my hard drive as I have some games with upto 80 hours on there. (Yes I know I'm an idiot for not backing up recently I already beat myself up for that) -I bought a Usb to Ide/Sata adapter to try and get the data off -To get the drive to recognize I had to partition and format(Really stupid of me I think) -Nothing was on the drive when it finally did get recognized -I used EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional 4.3.6 to try and get the data off but all I got was .gzip(17.5 gigs) files. -Also, if you're wondering why I didn't just keep the drive and send the ps3 to sony. Sony would send me a refurb unit and with the ps3 it asks you to reformat once you put a drive into the console that it wasn't originally on(same problem if I just took the hdd and put it into a friends ps3 to get data off) Is there anything at all I can do to try and get my files off that hard drive? Thank you so much for your help =(

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I have a 120 gb Western Digital hard drive and it won't simply appear in my system when I attempt to boot it up. It isn't in the manage storage, the computer simply doesn't see it. But When it is with other hard drives it gives me a "101 Error". How can i fix this? And is there a way to bring back this hard drive?
 

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Good Afternoon Num, is that a normal IDE type drive or something else?
The 101 usually means a big error of some kind as far as I recall.
What kind of machine are you trying to hook it up to?
Is the drive new or previously used and what system might have been formatted on it previously if so?
Qldit.
 

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So I just installed a new hard drive on my Ideapad S10 and having the following issues.  I get a PXE-E61 : Media test failure check cable & PXE-M0F : Exiting  Broadcom PXE rom message.  I've uninstalled and reinstalled the drive to check the connection and still get the error, it's a brand new drive.  Also I noticed in the BIOS that the hard drive is showing up under ssd disk and SATA hdd shows - none.  If I restore the BIOS settings to original then the drive will show up under ssd but the SATA controller mode will show the AHCI setting instead of the Compatible setting it should use. I'm really stuck here and don't know what else to check.  My orginal drive is dead so I'm trying to get this working so I can install windows.  If anyone could help out it would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!

Answer:New hard drive issues - need help please!

Full Disclosure:  I don't know your machine.
 
That PXE error probably doesn't indicate a problem - or not the problem, anyway.  Your machine boots, doesn't see an operating system on the hard drive (or doesn't see a hard drive at all) and tries to boot over the network and fails. That's what the PXE error is about.
 
As to the SATA problems, what happens when you boot your Windows install media?  Does that see a hard drive?
 
Z.

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Hi guys, I know I've posted in here about hard drive issues, but it was in relation to external hard drives, but right now I am awaiting to purchase one. My question today though is on the issue of my D: drive currently running on very low space.

I tried deleting a lot of software that I had on it, but that's not helping. I am guessing that it decreases, everytime I do anything, like when I using Photoshop and I have too many files open, I'd have to close a lot of them to then open another one, or to even do a function in Photoshop cause the scratch disk is too full. I was wondering if I am going to have to go and get more Ram installed onto my laptop?

A concern I have is having a tech guy do it for me, because I have personal pictures of me and my girlfriend on this laptop and wasn't feeling very comfortable allowing someone else to handle my computer. So I was wondering if it was actually possible, and even easy for someone, who's a newbie at computers, to be able to install more Ram onto my laptop?

Or do you guys think it's okay for me to let a tech guy at maybe Best Buy install more ram on it? I have a Vaio laptop and my computer specs are listed in the my computer specs sections.

Thanks again and hope to hear from someone soon
 

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I've got a Toshiba drive in my laptop and it seems to be very sluggish as of late. I defragged it, checked it for errors (found none), but nothing has helped so far. So I ran some benchmarks and it seems that the sequential read/write are about normal for the drive; however, the buffered read/write and sequential burst are only operating at 50-70% of what they should be. If it was a hardware problem with the drive, I would think that the performance would be affected across the board, not just in those areas.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks.
 

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Exactly one week ago after a windows update I turned on my hp pavilion dv6110us laptop computer and it was in a continuous reboot and would never load windows completely. I got on the phone with microsoft and hp and they were not able to fix the problem, and said I needed to reformat. We tried booting in safemode, doing diagnostics and everything. I assume this was from a virus that I had to remove, and some important files got deleted with the virus. This was fine, I keep everything backed up daily so I was not worried about that.
I reformatted, re-installed all my basic drivers and programs that I use and exactly one week from that incident I turned on my computer and it was continuously rebooting again. This time when I ran the hd diagnostics in the bios menu it said that no ide device was detected and when I put the windows disc in again to reformat it said no hard drive was detected. I went and bought another hard drive(it is compatible) put it in and I'm getting the same error.
I did not remove any viruses this time, nor did the incident occur after i installed a windows update.
Precedent:
I have heard of people needed the RAID controller installed, but I don't see how that was my problem since I was using the computer fine the whole week and even an hour before it crashed.
I can only assume this is a motherboard connection problem, or just a motherboard problem since a new hd did not work.
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Answer:Serious Hard Drive Issues

Hello lrbridges and welcome to TSF!

you might have some "heating" issues in your computer's hardware. Try speedfan http://download.cnet.com/SpeedFan/30...-10067444.html

or take off the cover and use a compressed air clean up your computer well and see if this helps. Check out all fans as well.

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Ok everybody heres the issue. I have three hard drives lets call them 1, 2, and 3 number one has the the operating system on it. This needs to be the master. 2 and 3 need to be slaves. I jumpered 1 as master and the other two as slave. everytime i plug them in and turn on the machine it trys to make 2 the master. When i unplug number 2 and just leave 1 and 3 plugged in it loads the op sys and all but in the very first boot screen where it lists the drives 1 is labeled as primary slave. even though it is jumpered as master. What am i doing wrong here this is the first time i have ever had this problem. please help and thanks in advance!
 

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Hello everyone, recently my computer has been slowing down day by day, back when I installed this current version of win 10(64 bit, pro if i remember correctly) pc was loading in like 5 seconds, now (after like 6 months more of less,) it takes like a minute for it to fully load up all the programs ( not many of them..lightshot,radeon settings,realtek audio manager,avg pc tuneup, avg antivirus, and razer synapse) all of those were also on the computer when it took 5 seconds for it to load, so i guess those might not be the cause of the slow load? Also, when i run overwatch and when it logs into it, if i join a game real quick, sometimes the heroes wont be loaded up, everything would be invinsible for like 30 seconds or so. Also, when i play path of exile, i tend to have extremely long loading times, when going to town, if theres a lot of people in it, loading takes about 3 minutes more or less? This is why i suspect the HDD is failing, or the computer is just crowded with alot of data. Im downloading a new copy of windows 10 pro, thought of formatting the drives and reinstalling a fresh copy of windows, should i do that? Also thought of defragmenting if that might help, or run some kind of disk cleaner, if i do that, should i do it BEFORE i wipe all the data and install new windows, or after i do it?I dont really have any files i need to backup, mostly using this computer for gaming. The PC is around 2 years old, i guess thats not alot?Also i just remembered, on... Read more

Answer:Possible hard drive issues?

With Windows 10  there is no published information as to what the load time ought to be. Nor r is there any document that says load time as being a diagnostic clue.Well, very, very long boot times are a problem.This is an old link about windows 7:http://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/204421-very-slow-boot-up-20-mins.htmlWhich gives a link to:https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/windows-7-is-extremely-slow-to-boot/0fc66916-690a-4901-bc47-adf77e8f3a6fFrom my own experience, Windows 10 can take two minutes to do a full boot up. In rare cases it will go very slow because there is some kind of problem. The3 problem could be almost anything.My best commendation is to have on hand another disk drive like the one you already have. It can be a 'clone' of the original drive. When something does not seem right, you can exchange the original with the clone and try again. This might explain what I am trying to say:http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/d/disk-clone.htmThere are free disk clone programs out there.http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-free-and-reliable-cloning-tools/

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My primary harddrive is not being detected in my computer.... its not the ribbons or the power supply.... but any advise would be gr8 thx in advance...

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Specs?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3874 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, 1873 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 584878 MB, Free - 522690 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K53E
Antivirus: Ad-Aware Antivirus, Disabled

Ok, so my daughter got this laptop and as soon as she got it, it was running slow. She thought that it was just a larger computer and so it loaded slower. Then she went to college and had to get a different computer. My laptop was getting worn out and so I decided to pull hers out to use it. It was still running slow. I decided to do a clean install and thought that would fix the problem. It didn't. I can cut the computer on and browse the internet or check e-mail or perform other functions and sometimes it will be fine and then other times it will freeze up and say(not responding) and I will have to wait for a while and then it will unfreeze or I will have to shut the laptop down and restart the laptop. I took it to Best Buy and they ran some kind of scan and said that it was taking to long and they felt like it was a bad hard drive and that it was probably bad out of the box. I have run chkdsk and performed a surface scan and everything appears fine. I would love to hear your thoughts on what might be going on. I do not want to replace the drive un... Read more

Answer:Possible hard drive issues??

Hi Here are 14 free HDD testing manufactures you can choose from. I prefer seatools but best to use the manufature of your drive!!
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm
 

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I had a thread about this a few weeks back.

Anyways, it happened again. I think battlefield 2 is playing a major role in screwing up my hardrive. Last time it happened, when installing the demo, it did the same thing and was messed up for about a day, then the next day I booted it up just fine.

Now I have a slightly larger problem here, after installing the game, which went smoothly, it asks for the computer to be shut down. After doing so, My computer does not start up right, but instead, It gives me this messege.

"Problem with hardrive detected. Please contact your user manual for more information"

"press enter to continue"

Then it takes me to a gateway symbol, with a messege saying "press f4 to continue" after pressing f4 a thousand times, nothing appears to happen, I waited three hours for it to do something, nope, nada.
And about the user manual, doesn't tell me squat about my problem.

I really want my pc to run again, I really do.

All opinions and/or advice is welcome.

PLEASE HELP!

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Helping would be nice.

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i'm in the process of getting my new computer all working. I'm having a problem with it recognizing my 2 additonal hard drives, they arn't seen in the bios even! what could be the problem? both are set on slave.
 

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Good Morning lightsareout, if they are on the same IDE, one needs to be slave and one master.
qldit.
 

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Hello everyone, recently my computer has been slowing down day by day, back when I installed this current version of win 10(64 bit, pro if i remember correctly) pc was loading in like 5 seconds, now (after like 6 months more of less,) it takes like a minute for it to fully load up all the programs ( not many of them..lightshot,radeon settings,realtek audio manager,avg pc tuneup, avg antivirus, and razer synapse) all of those were also on the computer when it took 5 seconds for it to load, so i guess those might not be the cause of the slow load? Also, when i run overwatch and when it logs into it, if i join a game real quick, sometimes the heroes wont be loaded up, everything would be invinsible for like 30 seconds or so. Also, when i play path of exile, i tend to have extremely long loading times, when going to town, if theres a lot of people in it, loading takes about 3 minutes more or less? This is why i suspect the HDD is failing, or the computer is just crowded with alot of data. Im downloading a new copy of windows 10 pro, thought of formatting the drives and reinstalling a fresh copy of windows, should i do that? Also thought of defragmenting if that might help, or run some kind of disk cleaner, if i do that, should i do it BEFORE i wipe all the data and install new windows, or after i do it?I dont really have any files i need to backup, mostly using this computer for gaming. The PC is around 2 years old, i guess thats not alot?Also i just remembered, on... Read more

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About 3 or so months ago I realised that one of my old HD disks was on the way out as it was becoming slow as sin, humming quite alot, and was generally pretty full (and about 5years old) As soon as I noticed this I immeditally ordered myself a new HD disk (SATA 250GB Drive) and I planned to copy all the important files from this outgoing drive on the new SATA drive, and remove any unessential files from the old drive and retain it as a back up. Anyway, now the SATA drive seems to have failed. It is recognised throughout the loading of XP however; when XP actually starts up its fine for about 10seconds then it completely locks up. (XP is not installed on the drive in question) When the SATA drive is unistalled the system works fine again. Oh, and also. The one remaining HD disk I have is humming a fair old bit at the moment. Could be an expensive problem :(I figured thats going to need replacing so as a temporary measure plugged back in the old HD disk to copy all the old files over temparalily. That one seems to be completely fuggled now, as it says its not formatted. Great. So, what I need to know what would be the best way (if there is one) to recover the data from the SATA drive and copy it over to a new drive. - I know that you can take it too shops or send it off to be replaced but im not too keen on that as there are some er, 'personal' photos of the Mrs on the disk!

Answer:Hard Drive Issues

Try reloading Sata Drivers, It sounds like a Driver Problem. They may be corrupt

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Hi, having some really frustrating issues with my laptop and had to create a profile on this site as nothing seems to be working. I have an Acer Aspire running Windows 10 (version 1511, OS Build 10586.36). I have been travelling for a while so haven't updated for quite some time, I think it was an update from a few weeks ago. Most things seem ok but seems to be a problem with the USB drives. Prior to the update, I had an external mouse and four extrenal hard drives (1 NTFS, 2 exFAT, 1 HFS+ which I connect use with Paragi HFS+), all of which worked fine. However, after the update, the external mouse works fine but only one of the hard drives (I think an exFAT one) appears in Windows Explorer. The mouse still works when I connect it. All the drives show up in the Devices list (and I can eject them). I have both USB 2 and USB 3 ports, neither work. The hard drives all still work on my girlfriend's Mac so there is no hardware problem. A quick search online seems to say that I should change the letter on the hard drive but when I go to disk management to change the letters, I get an error along the lines of 'The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-tp-date.....' It then tells me to refresh/restart, both of which I have done. I have even tried to run as administrator and then I get an error saying the path is not specified or something like that. I have no idea where to turn now. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Hard drive issues

Hi @fac1987 and welcome to Tenforums.

I see you've posted this in two different threads - same problem, right?

- Do you have System Restore turned on and can you restore to a point before the update, to see if the problem is resolved? If so, I would uninstall the Paragon program, run the Windows Update, and then reinstall the program.

- You are referring to Paragon HFS+ software, correct? Have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling the program? It could be a case where the Windows Update messed up the Paragon drivers, and a reinstall may correct it.

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Question: Hard Drive issues

Recently, my laptop fried after a power surge. I removed the HDD and bought an external casing for it and plugged it into the rarely used work laptop that has restrictions on essentially everything. When trying to gain access to the user files in the old HDD (vista) through the work laptop (XP), it tells me that it is restricted from access.
Is there any way to unrestrict user accounts without actually having to use the native laptop for the hard drive?

No matter how I phrase it, I can not get any information or tips out of google, so if anyone out there understands this stuff better than me it would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive issues

You need to take ownership of the folder in order to access it if you're getting the "access denied" message:

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

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installed a new seagate ultra ATA/100 300 GB hard drive into my Dell 8200 with windows xp, the original hard drive was a 120 GB. The new hard drive is only allowing me to use 127 GB's. What do i need to do to use the entire 300 GB?
 

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Hey guys,

So I have a Dell Dimension XPS gen. 2 (I know it's old). I decided to purchase a new hard drive for it. I got a new SATA 1.5 TB. My old hard drive is a 75gb IDE. I upgraded to Windows 7 on my old IDE. I then installed my new hard drive, formatted it, and then installed Windows 7 on the new hard drive. For a while, when I turned my computer on, the system would ask me which Windows 7 installation I wanted to boot from. I corrected that problem by booting the one from my SATA and then going to MSCONFIG and deleting the old installation. Now my system automatically boots from the SATA.

I thought I was good to go, and so I tried reformatting the old IDE to use as extra space. The thing is, Windows won't let me. I then restarted the computer to change the BIOS settings. I wanted to change the current setting (CD, C drive, DISKETTE) to CD, R drive, DISKETTE. I don't know how to add the R drive (my new SATA) to that list. Furthermore, if I try to turn off my Master IDE from BIOS, and restart, Windows won't boot from my SATA and will either allow me to retry or go to BIOS settings where I need to turn the Master IDE on again. If I leave the Master IDE drive on, and unplug the IDE, the same thing happens. Windows won't boot anything. It's as if my new SATA is dependent on my old IDE to boot.

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Answer:New Hard Drive Issues

You are booting from the IDE drive then transferring control to the SATA drive. This is why the IDE drive must be present.

I suggest you unplug the IDE drive then use your install CD to do a repair installation. This should cause Windows to identify the SATA drive as the primary boot device, then write the necessary master boot record and boot files to that drive. They are not there now.

Once you have done this and can make the system boot without the IDE drive present, then you can reconnect the IDE drive and reuse it. The system may again try to boot off of it, and this won't hurt you, but you will be able to stop it by wiping out the boot portion of the master boot record. Just be careful to not damage the partition table, which is also there.
 

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Question: hard drive issues

Here's what's happening.
Earlier this week, I was playing a game on my computer. While I was playing the whole PC froze, I could not ctrl-alt-delete or anything. So, I killed the power and let it rest overnight. I booted it up the next day and it said it could not detect a boot device, insert your boot CD. I power down and up and got the same message. So, I decide to take the side panel off, it is a clear side panel with a cooling fan attached to it. The only thing I did was take the panel off, I powered it up and it started fine.
It ran for a day or so with no problems. I have the PC set to turn off monitors, but not go into sleep or hibernate. I came home from work and bumped the mouse but the computer would not respond. All the lights were on and fans were running, but nothing happened. So I power down and boot up with no problems. I power it down, put the side panel back on, and boot up again. I was in windows less than 5 minutes and the screen goes black, then gives me the blue screen of death stop code. So, I kill power, boot back up and it says no boot device again. Again, I take the side panel off only and boot up and it works fine. While I had the computer on, and the side panel off with the fan still plugged in, I touched the fan with my finger and the hard drive started making noises.
So, I am thinking I have some kind of electrical issue with the fan on the side panel. Either it has started going bad and drawing too much current, giving my HD er... Read more

Answer:hard drive issues

sounds to be a heating issue. now touching the fan amd the hdd making noises, coincidence perhaps?

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Hello, I am new to these forums and going to start off with saying thanks for taking a look. My Computer started crashing over the weekend which I believe is RAM related issue but figured I would try out these forums to see what other say. MY computer is about 6-7 years and has worked fine up until recent. I?m running Windows 7 Ultimate edition, 2.6 GHz AMD dualcore processor, 2 GB of RAM, 600 watt power supply. I am writing this from work so to get more detailed about my system set up I will have to update later after work. Well about a week ago I started having start up issues but didn?t think much of it because I would just restart it once and everything worked fine. Well over the weekend I wanted to upgrade my RAM to atleast 4 GBs so I shut down and took one stick out to verify the type needed. Well when I put it back in I evidently didn?t sit it in all the way without realizing it and start the PC up. Naturally problems occurred and didn?t start up properly. I still had the normal start up with post and the graphics card logo. The windows logo came and then a BSOD came up doing a physical memory dump. My first thought was the RAM so I turned off the PC and went to check the RAM and noticed the problem and it was so hot it was like toughing a hot oven. Fixed the RAM problem and everything started up fine at first and when I got to my desktop everything was going really slow and getting program errors as if they were starting to not respond one by one over about a ... Read more

Answer:RAM or hard drive issues

Well, hello and what are this "old" computers complete specs and model?

"Went to check the RAM and noticed the problem and it was so hot it was like toughing a hot oven"...
Not good! The motherboard and or power supply may have caused this and they are now in need of replacement. 6 or 7 years is very old for a computer with XP let alone Windows 7
 

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I've never attempted to fix hardware before, but this time I'd much rather save some money and go it alone. So here is my situation. The problem began when I slammed my laptop shut one day, and from then on it wouldn't boot.

-Tried Startup Repair, it attempts to load and just bluescreens.
-Tried starting normally, just pauses for about 2 minutes then restarts.
-Tried safe mode, didn't work.
-Removed Hard Drive and put it in an external hard drive in another laptop (which I no longer have access to) and tried 3 or 4 data recovery programs. Some of which didn't recognise the drive, and those which did recognised it as RAW. Their scans of the HD which were supposed to last an hour or two, lasted about 3 weeks, and when I attempted to then recover the data they crashed.

The data was recognised though as being about 100GB so I know that my files are still on there. So what now? Should I open it up and check for abnormalities?

It's a Toshiba MK1652GSX 160GB drive. I think I posted this in the right place but mods feel free to move if I got it wrong. Thanks in advance for any advice!


 

Answer:Hard Drive issues - what to try next?

If you opened the drive you would let in dust and dirt and totally void any warranty or the ability of a data recovery company to get your data back.
Abnormality? I'm quite sure you wouldn't know one if you saw it, unless a read head is broken off and then you'd not be able to fix it anyway. So leave it closed.

If the data on that drive is worth a lot of money to you, then inquire of the Data Recovery Companies, what they would charge you to recover it.

Good Luck,
:cool
 

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Howdy all

I have a WD800AB 5400 rpm 80 GB hard drive. a few months ago, I was opening the case and accidentally tore a few of the wires on the IDE cable connecting the hard drive to my motherboard (model A7NBX-LA I believe). I was stupid and tried to turn the machine on anyway to see if it would still work...bad idea I guess. I can't recall exactly what happened, but I turned the machine off and basically disassembled the whole thing and left it sitting around until 2 days ago. I don't know if this occurrence is relevant to my present situation, though a few more-computer-savy-than-me friends of mine told me it shouldn't.

Fast forward to the present. Yesterday I purchased a Xion II tower (came with a 450 pow. supply), new IDE cables for both the hard drive and my 2 ROM drives (single drive cable for the hd and dual drive cable for the ROM drives), and a new 128 mb graphics card. I put everything in place, hooked up everything to the motherboard, and so forth, turned the machine on, and unhappy times for me.

It's originally an HP computer, and when it first turns on, the first main thing that appears is a completely blue screen with the HP company logo in white....it only gets that far now and goes no further. It freezes at that point, I can't even get into BIOS or system recovery, even if I'm hitting the F1 or F10 buttons as it's booting up. I tried all kinds of things: I switched the IDE cables, putting the dual drive one on the hard drive alone as a test, trying to... Read more

Answer:hard drive issues???...need help

Keep in mind that you can get into BIOS with very minimal hardware. Try disconnecting all of your IDE drives. If there is something really wrong with a drive, it might not let you get into BIOS.

I would start with that. Other things might be causing your bootup woes, but try that first.

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Ok here is whats going on.
I have this 1tb hd as my game install drive and I can hear the cliking and vibration wen I open it on my computer like it takes a min load the contents I dont know if that normal or not it dosent do it all the time either is ramdom. Also happens wen I play skyrim and batman arkham city. What do u guys think?

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Question: Hard Drive Issues.

I have a buffalo ministation external hard drive and I have on it all my music and media files. the issue is that my itunes recognises my catalogue of music as being on the G drive. plugged in today and the hard drive has decided to call itself H. I have no other drives attached, and I do not want to re load 60G of music onto iTunes!! Any help would be much apreciated. thanks

Answer:Hard Drive Issues.

Do you have any other external device plugged in? If so remove it and retry the HDD.Have you recently added a new drive to the PC? If so Windows will use the next available drive letter.If nothing else is using `G` you should be able to change the drive identity in `Disk Management`.

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History: Main PC had continual crashes, had to restore 4 times in 10 days. Reformatted everything, won't come back. Install hangs at 23% and says cannot find file on CD. Have 2 windows XP Home cd's and both gave same problem. The continued 23% on both cd's eliminated in my mind the cd-drive. Hard-drive or other system failure was left.

SO:
Hooked up Main PC's harddrive (40gb, 7200 rpm maxtor ata133) to Second PC and it auto-ran chkdsk...well it fixed like a thousand things no joke. It moved around a ton of indexes. Also said something about deleting an orphaned index.

The messages that keep re-occurring are:
"File record segment 820 is unreadable"
"File record segment 821 is unreadable"
"File record segment 822 is unreadable"
"File record segment 823 is unreadable"
What does that mean? Hard-drive bad?

It also says "Unable to read security descriptors data stream" at the end.
 

Answer:Possible hard-drive issues

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

Alright, me and a far more computer-savvy-than-myself friend of mine have been hard at work trying to fix a hard drive space issue on my computer.

Every day or so, it seems I lose another Gigabyte or two of hard drive space, with an absolute max on my hard drive of 139 GB. I've got a hard drive space visualizer that I've been using to track down where this space is being used up, and it doesn't seem to register. The space is just gone.

Solutions we've already tried include the following:
Defragged the hard drive, thinking it might be a packing issue(whatever that is). Didn't work.
Ran two seperate high-end anti-virus systems(Windows Security Essentials, and MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware, one after the other, both updated to the latest versions. Found some viruses, but the problem is still ongoing, and my friend says this is not typical malware behavior.
Deleted restore points, under the impression that it may be restore point bloat. As soon as I did this, I actually lost another 100 MB of hard drive space, meaning this is not the issue.
The classic blobs.bin problem. File's been deleted, and coming back, but not at a rate fast enough to warrant it being this particular hard drive issue.
Internet file overload. Checked them, and they're not big enough for them to be the problem. I'm not getting very many new temporary internet files, and the problem persists and gets worse by the day.
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Answer:Hard Drive Issues

Run Treesize - see where space is being used -

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

The other issue could be with VSS/ System Restore. Download this app; extract the batch file; save to Documents -

http://jcgriff2.com/0x2/VSS_System_R...riff2_.bat.zip

http://sysnative.com/0x8/VSS_System_...riff2_.bat.zip

RIGHT-click on the BAT file, select "Run as Administrator".

A Notepad will open with the results - save as text file. Upload and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Question: Hard drive issues?

I've had a lot of pc problems lately and this forum has been a huge help, so I'm back with another question.Lately I purchased a Asus m3a motherboard and an amd phenom 9850 black edition for my computer.  I got everything hooked up and downlaoded the drivers that came with the motherboard.  After that I installed the drivers for the 8800gt and directx10.  I went to restart my computer after the updates but windows vista would not boot.  I get to the screen where it says windows vista with the little greeen loading bar.  It loads normally for a few seconds then it slows down to where I can actually see the moving bars pop up pixel by pixel.  I left it for over 30 minutes and windows has still not booted.  I unhooked the power and moved the hard drive cable to another of the 4 slots and started it up.  This time it worked perfectly on start up but when I tried to restart I got the same issue again with the slow loading.  So anytime I try to restart my computer the loading freezes and the only way I can get windows to load that I know of is to unhook the power and move the hard drive cable to another random slot.  Each time I do this it starts up correctly once but never again until I change to another slot.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.This may be a little off topic but can anybody point me in the right direction to find the realtek 6.0 sound drivers?  My son kept getting an error from Call of Duty ... Read more

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

I recently brought a 500 gig hard drive, Now I used it as a secondry drive until Recently when i had computer Issues and reformatted my computer and made that my primary. I installed XP with no Issues.

When Installing Vista is let me install it, But gives me the error or disk problems, Is there anything that anyone is aware of there doesn't seem to be any other issues with the drive.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues

How to Use Check Disk in Windows Vista
 

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Question: hard drive issues

I hooked my hard drive to my computer with a USB adaptor. The drive is showing up but it is saying drive H:/ inaccessible invalid parameter. I am trying to pull some documents off of it. does anyone have any suggestions.
 

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Question: Hard drive issues

The screen on my old X301 cracked so I bought a new one. Botrh were used computers bought off EBay. I took the hard drive out of the old X301 and put it into an external case to use for backup. It worked fine for a few days then suddenly I couldn't acces it. When I took it out of the case and installed it into the new computer it started with a black screen with a small padlock icon in the upper left corner. If I press "Enter" an "OK" icon appears and I can access it just fine.  I still have the old computer but the screen doesn't work at all and if I put the "bad" hard drive in an external case it isn't visible to the other computer so I can never get it to place where the padlock appears so I can get past it. How can I "unlock" this hard drive so I can use it for backup or at least get it to show up on the drive list and show the padlock so I can "Enter" past it. I have secure erased the drive so there is no data on it, but it is still inaccessible with the same issues.

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Question: Hard drive issues

Good morning,
Well today, I was messing around w/ my laptop and I pulled out the HD to see the what the specs was and see if it was an PATA or SATA interface. The reason is because I am planning on upgrading to a higher capacity HD.

When I put the HD back in and started the computer, the boot screen popped up and it said, NMYTD is compressed. Press control/start/delete to restart.

Well, I cannot figure out what I am suppose to do. Can you please advise.

Answer:Hard drive issues

Try going into BIOS, and see if the boot order is correct. Might be booting of something else than the drive.

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Question: Hard drive issues

I have a Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB (HD753LJ) that is quite new, I only got it on 27 Feb 09.

Okay I am going to try and write exactly what has happened and everything I know so far as to provide as much information in the hope that someone can provide me with some help.

First off windows media player started having some issues playing back my music which is stored on the drive in question. I restarted my PC to try and sort of WMP. After the reboot I launched WMP and tried to play my music but it said that it could not locate the music files in the directories. I then tried to access my D: partition on the drive in question and it said that the hard drive wasn't partitioned.

I ran Check Disk on D: and basically it went through and found lots of errors (lots of 'error in index $130' messages for what seemed to be every single music file I had). Then it tried to 'recover orphaned files' some files it seemed to be a success, but it seemes to fail on every single music file I had, saying that there was 'insufficient disk space to recover lost data'.

After Check Disk was completed I could access my D: partition again and everything seemed intact apart from my Music & Software folders which said they were empty. I could not access these folders. Upon attempting to access the folders it would say that the disk was not formatted and ask if I wanted to format it.

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Right well I just discovered that the software I was using to rcover my data had a drive diagnostics tool. I ran the tool and basically my drive failed the test and it has advised to me to replace the drive. So I suppose its time to contact either the store I bought it from or the manufacturere (Samsung).

I just tried to access some other directories other than those that were originally proving troublesome and they are showing the same signs of failure. I am now going to unplug the drive and leave it until I get some advice on how to procede.

My question now is should I wipe the drive before I return it? Would wiping the drive be a bad idea as it is faulty and might it ruin my chances of getting it replaced? (There may or MAY NOT be some software and/or data that may have been pirated). And if so using what should I use to wipe the drive.
 

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So, I decided to invest in a new hard drive, and now my computer won't load. It is constantly stuck at the flashing "_" sign, and I have no idea what the problem is. I had previously tested both my computer and hard drive separately, and both work fine. In fact, the hard drive is even recognized in the BIOS settings on my computer. Can anybody help with this?

Hard Drive Model: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
Computer Model: HP Pavilion a1640n

Additionally, I have loaded Windows 7 on the hard drive with the use of another computer, as my computer in question refused to load any OS onto the hard drive.

The boot priority is not the problem either; as I have tested all possible permutations. Additionally, I have tried to manipulate the jumper settings, to no avail. My computer works with older hard drives, and my hard drive works on newer computers, so would it be a simple case of incompatibility? I am on the verge of returning this hard drive in favour of an older one.

Thanks,
Tekkeh
 

Answer:New Hard Drive Issues

What version of Win7 and where did you get it?
Typically, you would boot to the Win7 DVD and install from there. Did you try this, and what happened if you did?
 

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Hey all,
I managed to cook my hard drive on my laptop. A Toshiba Satellite 2415-2505. I bought a replacement 40gig and popped it in. I then popped my recovery cd and have encountered an error message. It appears to erase all existing data on the new hard drive and then formats it. About a minute into the restore I get an application error 437 cannot read from file. I've tried to reinstall it several times and get the same hick-up. Any suggestions?
Thanks
 

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Question: Hard drive issues.

About 3 weeks ago I upgraded from a 240 gb HDD to a 120 gb SSD as my main drive. I decided to leave the OS on the second drive and also use it as a storage drive but I think that's causing me problems. Twice in the last week, when I started up my computer, it had to run chkdsk on the second drive. The first time it was just a minor annoyance and everything worked fine. Today it froze up and the screen just kept repeating that it was creating an index. I restarted the computer and skipped the chkdsk now I can't access that drive (it was also a really slow boot). Before the upgrade the drive was working fine and I haven't used it yet, even though I have been planning on storing some files there. I just haven't had the need yet. I'm thinking that the problem has to do with the OS being installed on the drive and that there really isn't anything wrong with it. Maybe I should just unplug it and only use it as a backup? Maybe I should change the boot sequence (it's 2nd after the SSD)? I'm only an intermediate builder so I'm a little slow when it comes to the technical terms. Please give me the layman's analysis. Thanks in advance. The following is my dxdiag results so you know what you're dealing with:


 




------------------ System Information ------------------ Time of this report: 8/6/2012, 17:45:01 Machine name: SSDEMONIC-PC Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030) Langua... Read more

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Question: hard drive issues

I purchased a USB to SATA/IDE cable connector in the hopes of salvaging data from what I think might be a busted laptop HD.  I dropped my laptop from my lap to the floor (not a very considerable distance, but apparently enough to do damage) and began getting a "Media test failure" error when I tried to boot.  After much googling, it looks like it could be the hard drive or possibly the motherboard.  At any rate, it wouldn't boot, so a last ditch effort (as I haven't backed up the drive and it has important pictures on it that I'd be very sad to lose), I purchased the cable.  After hooking it up to my desktop computer, it recognizes the laptop hard drive as a new disk drive and shows up in Device Manager, and give me the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the taskbar.  However, it does NOT show up in Disk Management so I can assign it a letter or anything, and doesn't show up in My Computer.Any advice?  Or should I just chalk it up to a mistake and try to move on?Not that it'll help, but the HD is a Toshiba 80G SATA, and was running off Vista.  My desktop that I'm trying to locate the drive with is an HP Pavilion running Windows XP.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:hard drive issues

Hmmm - no drive letters ... I know that feeling!I have no great suggestion other than - go see a thread I ran on this sorta thing - various things mentioned which might be worth you trying.  My problem still exists.http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php?topic=60714

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Question: hard drive issues

as most of ya know Ive been having many issues with my computer and have tried many solutions with no a vale. well i used g parted and made a new portion on my backup drive and installed windows 7 again and it seems a lot of my problems went a way. not sure but i think my 500 WD caviar drive is starting to fail. suxs but o well just have to pick up another 1 tb WD black drive hoping that's the only problem gonna probably see if i can rma my cpu anyways just to be sure that's not the problem to.

Answer:hard drive issues

I hope you figure this out in the end, Desolation.

(Then you can bash the manufacturer)

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I guess I'm becoming the hard drive freak dude....

Ok so I left Western digital and their lack of support and took up on two 160gb each Maxtor hard drives which came with hand book instructions and cd (bootable and with a program fordiferent OS) and installed them like 2-3 weeks ago, Both worked fine and I got my data up and runing. until sunday. I got on one of the drives at about 120gb and i think sunday before a normal restart i passed over 128GiB (137GB) since i remember I had like 25 gb free out of the 152gb that the drives have. On restart the drive name change and like with the western the computer was running slower, the drive in cause was shown and is shown as RAw and not FAT32.

First thging DOES ANYONEEEE have any ideea how you can recover your data in such cases or is it just lost???.....
I think the problem is with the File system and the old 28 LBA mode for writing stuff to the drive. My pc is not new (it's a HP 466 Celeron from '99) but i'm pretty sure it was not a old system problem but rather that issue..

SO IF YOU BUY BIG HARD DRIVE make sure guys to check the companies webpage (like Maxtor and Western) every day since they keep changing their stuff as problems appear with the 137gb barrier.

So today I went and checked those webpages too. SURPRISE maxtor, has changed in the past two weeks their info on drives instalation for over 137 gb.

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just too add. I'm not sure if it was putting more then 137gb on the drive or what. Right before restart it also accted funny for a while. actually for like a couple restart before it went on RAW format. I was not able to install any programs , as it stopped at instalation and froze the taskbar every time i tried to instal like Norton Antivirus or the Widnows update. (first the windows update had that problem and then i tried to put norton to see if there was a bug).. But now without any fixing since the drive is in raw instaling works and i put norton antivirus and utilities op just to see NO VIRUSES.

so.......any ideeas
 

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Question: Hard drive issues

I have a 20 gig hard drive that is amost full. It has alot of preloaded software including win98 and works etc and also has a prepartitioned drive. i have recently purchased winxp upgrade. My win98 was preloaded and does not have a disk for it, just the quick restore disk for resets. Can i get rid of all the old stuff from my drive and be left with just win xp and nothing else. Can anyone help? thanx

Answer:Hard drive issues

I don't know with the xp upgrade, but I have xphome full, & I can insert the disk & format & reinstall. have a look on the upgrade disk if thats what happens.

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Question: Hard Drive issues

Hello again all, i have a curious problem. I have recently installed a new hard drive in my computer and i have been having problems with my computer freezing. the screen either freezes or goes screwy, like the v-hold on an old tv is a bit off, and it freezes like that. when i restart, it gives me a hard disk failure.this has happened twice, and i cant seem to isolate what it is that seems to trigger it. i do notice when it freezes, the only way to correct it that i can surmise it a hard reboot. i do notice that when it freezes, the orange light on the front is stuck on. the first time it happened, i figured it was just trying to load, but after ten minutes of being frozen, i restarted it, then got the hard disk failure. i waited about a hour and tried again and it worked for a few hours, then it froze again, with same hard disk failure. again i waited awhile and turned it on again, and here i am. it seems like an overheating issue to me, but when i opened the computer, nothing seems to be hot.

my computer is a compaq presario sr2010nx
operating system is windows xp home i believe sp2, but not sure.
processor is AMD Sempron 3400+
old hard drive was 120gb
new hard drive 160gb
 

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Question: Hard drive issues!

Hello, (first post here so if this is the wrong section or whatever apologies).....

I just purchased a new "Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 200Gb 7200rpm 8mb Cache ATA133 Hard Drive - OEM" hard drive and have installed it as a slave drive.

My master drive is a maxtor 80gb model number "6L080J4" not sure on the exact specifications as this was the one that came with the computer when i bought it about 3 years ago.

I'm pretty sure ive set it up right and have run powermax to check the h/d isn't faulty but im still having issues.

When i try to transfer files from my master to my slave my cpu maxes out and the file transfers are rediculously slow.

I have an external (usb2) 120gb h/d and a backup film transfers to this in about 1minutes. Transfering a back up film to from either my external or my master to the slave takes about 7minutes......

I really dont have a clue whats up.... im thinking maybe i need to buy something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

But i dont honuestly know if this will help and dont want to spend the money if it's not going to help.....

Any help would be greatly appreciated.....

Answer:Hard drive issues!

Hmm. interesting... I'm gonna guess it might be that your BIOS cannot see the full capacity of your new 200 gigger. I would check your BIOS to make sure it sees the full capacity of the 200 GB HDD. You may have a MB wiht an older version of BIOS that may need to be flashed.

However, since your main problem is w/ the data transfer rate, that might not be the problem. I just suggesting it as the first place to start looking.

That link you gave is for a RAID card - you don't really need that unless you're setting up a RAID. What you will need (if the bios flash doesn't do the trick) is buy a PCI ATA controller card. Basically it's just a PCI card that has extra connections for two IDE cables.

BTW, Welcome to our forum Korbee.

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My HP terrabite portable HD when I first installed it appeared as Drive E, but after about a month became Drive F all of a sudden and I had to reinstall all my programs. I'm having a similar issue again where now it's saying it's Drive E again but this time even if I double click on the drive it won't even open! What should I do to make it A work and B stop randomly renaming from E to F and back? I tried plugging it into different USB ports but it doesn't have any effect.
 

Answer:Hard drive issues pls help

Try this to set your drive letter, and hopefully it won't change.

Windows automatically assigns drive letters to "new" mass storage devices, so hopefully this is the trick!
http://geekswithblogs.net/WynApseTechnicalMusings/archive/2007/07/13/113922.aspx
 

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Question: Hard Drive issues

I have 2 hard drives in my computer. The slave drive which is 80gb large and pretty old and is giving me problems. It keeps on shutting down then booting then shutting down... How I can tell it is doing this is because constant noise is coming out of my computer tower, which sounds like it's booting up and shutting down. And when I go into "My Computer", the 80gb slave drive doesn't show up.

I had important files on this hard drive, and now I can't access them. I switched ribbon cables and the power plugs but with no effect - my hard drive is DEAD!

So now my question: How am I to retrieve my files on that hard drive, or how do I make it work? I have the knowledge to build a computer, but I don't have the knowledge to break apart a hard drive. If someone can give me directions, or tell me how to retrieve my files, I would greatly appreciate it!
 

Answer:Hard Drive issues

Did you ever make backups of all those important files?
 

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hi,I recently purchased a new barebones system and was adding hte hard drive from my old computer and it won't work. The system boots up, but in the middle of the boot process it just freezes. I tried it in another system just to make sure it wasn't the new system, but it does the same thing there. I also tried to reinstall windows on it, but that gets hung up as well. Anyone know of anything else I can try before I just go out and buy a new one (which I really, really don't want to do)?Thanks so much!!

Answer:Hard Drive Issues

I would have a good look at ,the post you have  written<oops typed>

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Question: HARD DRIVE ISSUES

System crashed while running chkdsk i: /r chkdsk got to stage 3 and then I received the error - unable to read security descriptor data stream, does anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:HARD DRIVE ISSUES

What is drive i?

What is your system setup? Sounds like multiple hard drives or partitions?

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Good day everyone. I have two computers that are having hard drive issues, my main computer , which is a Dell Dimension 4300, running XP and my 2nd (back-up) which is a Dell Dimension 2400, also running XP. The most concerning is with my main comp and will deal with my back-up at a later time.

Recently, I had a scan performed by a Dell tech and I was informed that my main hard drive (C which is a Seagate Barracuda ATA IV, Mod. # ST340016A 40 GB, is dying.... slowly, but dying none-the-less. Obtaining funds to completely replace this drive will take some time, as being a healthcare provider for my handicapped gf pays nothing, except for her SSI, which we need to survive, I wasn't too worried about this due to the fact that I have a second drive (D which is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 40GB installed. I am confused from this point on. I know this drive is functional because I keep files on it, ie; music, videos, movies, exe. programs, etc. but, the drive is not being "recognized" by the computer. (?)
Not being too computer savvy (I don't even know how to command prompt.... I know), I thought that all I had to do was to switch drives (1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st) and this would resolve my issue.... but I was wrong !!
My question(s):
Why is my second drive not being recognized, even though I am able to store files on it ?
Can this be resolved ?
(if not)
Why can't I use my second drive as the main drive ? (or is that part of my first question as well)
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Answer:Having Hard Drive issues

The drive may have files on it but it doesn't have Windows on it. You would need to install Windows, or any operating system, on the drive to make the computer boot from it.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Issues!

Hey everyone, about two weeks ago my computer would no longer boot up and I have come to find it is not recognizing the HD installed anymore. Now, I have read about the death of hard drives though I would like to point out that it has never made any odd sounds, or done anything unusual at all.

One day it worked fine.
Went in the next morning and turned it on and it fails to boot.

Computer as a whole doesn't make any unusual sounds, just hums from the fans running.

I do not have a lot that HAS to be saved, though there are a few picture folders I wish I could retrieve cause yes, im that idiot that did not back up anything...and we learn the hard way don't we.

So, long story short, I have a hard time identifying it as a malfunctioning problem due to every other story i have read online talks about those "sounds" and it always ran like a pro.

Here's my issue: To have it diagnosed is $70. I can buy a new one 1TB 7200 rpms for $60 online.

So I can not see a point in taking it in somewhere just to tell me "yup, it's not working" so is it worth my time to buy a new SATA cable and see if that could be the issue?

Answer:Hard Drive Issues!

You can diagnose it yourself with our help .

What's the error message you're seeing on screen? Does BIOS recognize it? Have you tried plugging the SATA cable into a different port? Have you plugged a different power connector into it? Can you feel it spin up when you turn the computer on (put your hand on it and see if you can feel it vibrating, like the platter inside is spinning)? If you have an external enclosure, or even a different computer, you could hook it up and see if the other computer recognizes it as well.

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Ok well i always had 3 hard drives hooked up 1 sata 2 ide which ran from a convetor yesterday i had some error ntldr which got fixed did not had to format etc now today for some reason when i hooked up all 3 hard drives after the windows boot screen the pc restarts every time! if i hook up only 2 it works does not matter which hard drive once its only 2, whats going on i never had this issue befor
 

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Kind of new to the 64 bit thingy. So this question may sound totally silly.

Does the change to 64 bit affect how data is stored on hard drives?

I'm currently running a 32 bit OS. If I set up a dual boot with a 64 bit OS on a separate drive, will I be able to read/write to the drive with the 32 bit OS (and vice versa) without any issues? Obviously going to use NTFS on both drives.

Thanks.
 

Answer:64 bit and 32 bit Hard drive Issues?

There's no difference whatsoever.
 

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Question: Hard drive issues

HARD DRIVE FULL OF VALUABLE DATA, PHOTOS AND INFORMATION I CAN NOT LOOSE!1) I have a compaq presario V5000 (XP-Home) When ATTEMPING to boot-up hard drive makes a really loud clicking noise.2) System booted up once and I was able to run a diagnostic, after an hour and a half test completed but system froze.3) Now system is blue screens. And I'm afraid to turn system on a gain.What do I do next.

Answer:Hard drive issues

Remove hard drive and connect it as a Slave to another machine, you may then be able to retrieve any important data etc. I would guess hard drive has died.

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Question: Hard Drive Issues.

Roughly a month ago my 300gb Western Digital IDE drive started making some exceptionally loud noises. I know drives can be noisy, but this was a very loud squeeling. Being a drive hog, and having some extra cash I decided to buy a new Seagate 320gb. Upon startup it made the same exact noises. Ive also plugged it into an external enclosure that runs on its own power and it runs fine. My comp also reboots numerous times at startup, and the drive is also noisiest then.

Everything in my comp is less than a year old. Nothing major as far as a mobo, processor, and video card. Im a music hound, so I just love drive space.

Im pretty sure its the power supply, because there were a few complaints about the power supply that came with my case. Being no tech genius Id like a second opinon. Does this sound logical?
Thanks in adavance.
My harware.

Foxconn K7S741GXMG-6L Socket A (Socket 462) SiS 741GX
AMD Sempron 2200+ Thoroughbred 1.5GHz Socket A Processor
Rosewill TU-155 Black 0.8mm SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W(20+4 pin) Power Supply
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700)
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues.

First stop is to replace the power supply. Are you SURE the noise is coming from the hard disk? I'd expect that to be something like a fan failing, it's rare for a hard disk to make that kind of noise.
 

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Question: Hard drive issues

Hi, having some really frustrating issues with my laptop and had to create a profile on this site as nothing seems to be working. I have an Acer Aspire running Windows 10 (version 1511, OS Build 10586.36). I have been travelling for a while so haven't updated for quite some time, I think it was an update from a few weeks ago. Most things seem ok but seems to be a problem with the USB drives. Prior to the update, I had an external mouse and four extrenal hard drives (1 NTFS, 2 exFAT, 1 HFS+ which I connect use with Paragi HFS+), all of which worked fine. However, after the update, the external mouse works fine but only one of the hard drives (I think an exFAT one) appears in Windows Explorer. The mouse still works when I connect it. All the drives show up in the Devices list (and I can eject them). I have both USB 2 and USB 3 ports, neither work. The hard drives all still work on my girlfriend's Mac so there is no hardware problem. A quick search online seems to say that I should change the letter on the hard drive but when I go to disk management to change the letters, I get an error along the lines of 'The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-tp-date.....' It then tells me to refresh/restart, both of which I have done. I have even tried to run as administrator and then I get an error saying the path is not specified or something like that. I have no idea where to turn now. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Hard drive issues

Hi @fac1987 and welcome to Tenforums.

I see you've posted this in two different threads - same problem, right?

- Do you have System Restore turned on and can you restore to a point before the update, to see if the problem is resolved? If so, I would uninstall the Paragon program, run the Windows Update, and then reinstall the program.

- You are referring to Paragon HFS+ software, correct? Have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling the program? It could be a case where the Windows Update messed up the Paragon drivers, and a reinstall may correct it.

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Hi, having some really frustrating issues with my laptop and had to create a profile on this site as nothing seems to be working. I have an Acer Aspire running Windows 10 (version 1511, OS Build 10586.36). I have been travelling for a while so haven't updated for quite some time, I think it was an update from a few weeks ago. Most things seem ok but seems to be a problem with the USB drives. Prior to the update, I had an external mouse and four extrenal hard drives (1 NTFS, 2 exFAT, 1 HFS+ which I connect use with Paragi HFS+), all of which worked fine. However, after the update, the external mouse works fine but only one of the hard drives (I think an exFAT one) appears in Windows Explorer. The mouse still works when I connect it. All the drives show up in the Devices list (and I can eject them). I have both USB 2 and USB 3 ports, neither work. The hard drives all still work on my girlfriend's Mac so there is no hardware problem. A quick search online seems to say that I should change the letter on the hard drive but when I go to disk management to change the letters, I get an error along the lines of 'The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-tp-date.....' It then tells me to refresh/restart, both of which I have done. I have even tried to run as administrator and then I get an error saying the path is not specified or something like that. I have no idea where to turn now. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Hard drive issues

Hi @fac1987 and welcome to Tenforums.

I see you've posted this in two different threads - same problem, right?

- Do you have System Restore turned on and can you restore to a point before the update, to see if the problem is resolved? If so, I would uninstall the Paragon program, run the Windows Update, and then reinstall the program.

- You are referring to Paragon HFS+ software, correct? Have you tried uninstalling/reinstalling the program? It could be a case where the Windows Update messed up the Paragon drivers, and a reinstall may correct it.

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Question: Hard Drive Issues!

whats up?

i put an old ata66 15gb in an older PII system (440LX chipset) that has WinXp on an ata33 4.3gb.

they are both on the same IDE channel with an 80 conductor cable.

the mobo only supports ata33.... i was under the impression that the channel will work at the speed of the slow drive on that channel, in my case the ata33 drive.

i boot up... and bios has no problem detecting the drive, yet it cant find the boot sector of my ata33 drive.

that leaves me to 2 questions:
1) what up wit dat?
2) any work around suggestions?


Arv-
 

Answer:Hard Drive Issues!

:wave: Hello & Weclome to TechSpot :wave:

Are you sure that the drive with XP is set as primary master (or at least as first boot in the BIOS)?
Check the jumpers on the drives to make sure...

If that doesn't help, try connecting each drive with it's own cable to their respective IDE channels.
Make sure that the XP drive is on the primary channel.

If that doesn't work, what was the XP drive used as before? Was it C:\, or another drive letter? If another letter, was it just another partition, or another physical drive?

The reason I ask is that if it was a secondary drive, all the boot information will be on the original primary drive... And as such, we'll have to create the files needed for it to boot... (mbr, and ntbootloader)'


If you'd be so kind as to tell us the above, we'll do our best to help you
 

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Question: Hard Drive Issues

I have a computer I am trying to get the files off of. It's a Dell Vostro 220 with a 750Gb Seagate Hdd in it. I try to boot it and no boot media can be found. I go into the BIOS and I can see the Hdd, but when I run a diagnostic, it says there is an error 2000-0146. I pull the Hdd out and connect it to another computer. It does not show up in the file manager in This PC. I go into Device Manager and can see it listed in Disk Drives. Says everything is working. I go to Disk Management and it says Unallocated. I right click and all I can do is Properties and Help. All other options are greyed out (and those options were only extend, shrink, or delete). I also have the option to initialize drive, but seeing as my point now is to recover the contents, this wouldn't be a good thing. I then went into the command prompt, thinking maybe I could just assign a letter and maybe be able to have it accessible. It was already assigned H and had 0 volume. So now my question is, how can I recover the files off this Hdd? All suggestions will be considered and appreciated. Thanks for considering this.
 

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Question: hard drive issues

My boyfriend purchased a second hard drive this morning and attempted to install it. After getting everything connected, we started the computer. It stalls on the boot screen with a message saying that the Nvidia media test failed and to check the cables. Cables have been checked, they are firmly in place.

We tried booting from the Windows disc only to find out that the computer thinks that Windows needs to be reinstalled. I click through this past the "Enter your CD key" screen and then the computer informs me that it cannot find a hard drive to install Windows on.

So, basically, the computer no longer recognizes either HD. I tried taking the new one off, no luck. Tried just the new one, same deal. Would appreciate any help offered.

Edit: Running Vista Home Premium.

Answer:hard drive issues

If the pc does not recognize any hard drive which had already been installed by your boyfriend then the installation had been incorrectly done.

It only point out that both of you has very little or no knowledge on how the task should be done.

I suggest that you take the pc to the shop from where the hard disk was purchased and have them check it out and re-install the disks properly.

This you should do before you do more damage to your computer and incur unnecessary additional cost.

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