Computer Support Forum

Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

Question: Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

I have a high spec custom PC with Windows Vista Ultimate installed. The problem is that when I plug in my WD passport USB drive it is not seen by Vista. I have tried it on my laptop which has XP and there are no problems. I have had the same problem with USB memory sticks. Anyone got any ideas?? Any help appreciated.....

Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Vista fails to recognise USB hard disk

First check your BIOS settings to ensure these ports are enabled.

3 more replies
Relevance 75.03%

hi, i'm having serious troubles with hdd usage on win vista. it appeared twice just after each other. maybe this is caused by driver or software failure, really dont know. so - nothing just Microsoft Office 2007 and Mozilla Firefox is running on computer. after few minutes of writing, i see that HDD led is continuously lighting (not blinking). when i want to see "Computer", i get blank window. when i try to run Task manager (Ctrl-Shift-Escape) it freezes and i can't see nothing. so last thing what i run is some tool for seeing system health, which shows 100% HDD usage... but suddenly after few moments, it went down - graph is low, but HDD led is still lightning.after all, when i want restart or shutdown computer, it takes many many many minutes to logout and shutdown. also, when shutdown screen dissapears, computer "freezes" with LCD turned off. on chasi, HDD icon, power icon and battery icon is lightning, but computer is freezed. i have to push power button for few seconds to turn computer off. here, there are few screenshots of system and photos of notebook during this issue. (i get blank windows when run "Computer") (system health) (disk led is lighting still) (when "Shutdown" process is ... Read more

Answer:hard disk fails on Vista (R400)

i have solved this problem by override automatic creating of pagefile.sys - i have set manually range from-to size of this file ant problem seems to be gone .)

4 more replies
Relevance 72.57%

Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


Answer:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

5 more replies
Relevance 71.75%

I have a maxtor 40Gb drive, it shows as 40Gb at start up and the bios reads it ok and is set to LBA mode but Windows Me shows it as only being 1.99Gb. How do I get windows to pick it up as 40Gb?

Answer:Windows Me fails to recognise 40Gb hard drive

Sounds like you've partitioned it wrongly.2Gb is the partition size you get if you FDISK without saying YES to "Do you want to enable Large Disk support"

5 more replies
Relevance 70.11%

I am afraid I am one of the mugs who fell for the financial scam called Vista. It is now history that MS just released it as a device to extract licence fees out of us whilst waiting on Windows 7.

But what is worse is that they either refuse to or are incapable of doing anything about it.

Since buying it I have had Windows Explorer problems. But it has deteriorated to the point where MS is now sabotaging my work.

Base problems:

Windows Explorer has stopped working. Windows is looking for a solution.

Well it never worked did it? But now it is closing in mid-task so I lose work. Without reason, it stops recognizing folders, files, browsers and any device.

USB device not recognized. One of the devices attached to this machine has malfunctioned.

No, it hasn't! The devices concerned are any USB pen, any Android phone, even an old pre-Android Sony Ericsson and the DVD player. These devices work perfectly well with other PCs.

These devices don't "malfunction" indefinitely in Vista, only about 90-95% of the time; which proves that they DO work and that it is WE that is malfunctioning.

I have sought help on the Microsoft support forums. All they have contrived to do is convince me to uninstall and re-install the driver for my USB stick.

It uninstalls fine but now no driver can be found to re-install. So MS have ensured I cannot do any work at my place of work due to Vista!

So I have returned again to t... Read more

Answer:Vista: Windows Explorer closes, fails to recognise USB devices

The first thing I would do is check your hard drive(s) with Seatools or similar, if it keeps crashing use a boot cd like Ultimate Boot CD to check the HD outside of Windows, or take the HD out & test it on another machine.

2 more replies
Relevance 66.83%

I have P III system.. and my mother is not recognise my Harddisk drive... so how can i ...solve this problem...please help me...harddisk is working with another computer....

Answer:motherboard is not recognise my hard disk

How big is the drive?Have you checked jumper setting?Have you tried a different IDE cable?Do you know whether or not this motherboard was working?Are you connecting the drive on a cable by itself or with another drive such as CD-ROM?Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

6 more replies
Relevance 66.01%

click hereJust came across this and it's not pretty.I'm glad I've never heard any of these noises on my hard disks but it's worth a listen to. Also, I've had a hard drive fail and it never made any such noise, so this is far from definitive.

Answer:How to recognise the meaning of a noisy hard disk

For the cost of a new hard drive, I suggest you purchase one and transfer your data over. One of the best options I have found is to use a USB hard drive (Get a USB case from EBAY, put your own drive in it), that way you have an independant copy of your files for when (not if)your hard drive stops or your wwant to change machine.

7 more replies
Relevance 65.6%

Hi, I'm currently using Win Vista Business Ed. but since I change from XP to Vista, the computer won't recognize any flash disk. but the USB port for other funcion (e.g printer, mouse, webcam) worked fine. the window can't install the driver for the flash disk. It says "Driver is not intended for this platform"
Please help me with this problem

Answer:Vista won't recognise USB Flash Disk

Format the flash drive in Vista. USB flash drives don't need drivers to operate correctly

2 more replies
Relevance 65.19%

Hello good people of tech support,

Recently, I discovered a real nasty virus on my computer that makes it impossible to run an antivirus or even an online scan it even shuts down the explorer (or firefox) if I type "virus" on google.

Anyhoo, I decided it's time for me to format the computer and reinstall XP (SP2).
When it gets to the part of the actual setup (after it copies the files and restarts), it says that it can't continue the setup because there's might be a problem with my hard disk and recommends me to check the driver.

I tried to run dskchk /f, but i got a message saying another process is using the drive.

So.. I can't install windows and Im stuck with this evil virus. =)

should I just format C:, and then try to install windows?


Answer:Can't install XP, setup doesn't recognise hard disk

If you want to reinstall, run chkdsk /r, or run a repair installation, do it from the CD. Boot from the CD. choose "R" for "repair" and run chkdsk /r after you log in. Chkdsk /r or /f can't run on a drive that is being used, so if you want to run it, answer "Y" to the questions that come up and then reboot. It will run before Windows loads.

Or, if you want to reinstall or repair the current installation, boot from the CD and don't press "R" until the second time it prompts you. Just press Enter for starting the installation.

In the Recovery Console, use chkdsk /p instead of chkdsk /f.

2 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I expect I'm missing something foolish.

running WIN 8 PRO 64-bit

After I had Win 8 set up with my basic programs, I created a custom-image using the CMD and the recimg.exe included with Win 8. [My laptop came with a C: OS partition and a D: partition].

I have since done two things. I created reduced the size of my C: partition and created an E: partition.

When I run the recimg.exe in the CMD(as admin) window, it starts to run and then I get the error message that the drive I instructed it to write to is not a "fixed drive". I've tried both the c: and D: drives.

What am I missing? Thanks for your help

Answer:RecImg wont recognise my hard drive as a fixed disk

did you format it and make the e:/ active after the format in disk management

10 more replies
Relevance 63.55%

I just bought a laptop and my 320GB hard drive came pre-partitioned. The 40GB partition set for vista quickly became full, mainly because I now know that my documents was for some reason being saved on the C Drive (vista). I attempted to use Partition magic to resize the partitions and upon loading, the program gave me two error messages and said "would you like these to be fixed?" of course I clicked yes to both of them then the program wouldnt work at all. In fact vista wouldnt recognise the Hard drive altogether. I restarted and following that vista recognised the Vista Partition but not the data partition.

I finally decided to just back up my docs and restore to factory default. After that though to my annoyance Vista still refused to recognise my data partition.

What should I do and is there any program I can use to fix this situation....?


Answer:Vista won't recognise Hard Drive!

Go to:

control panel -> Administrative Tools - > Computer Management
in there choose ' storage' => 'disk management'

Your data partition should be there, if necessary you will have to format and make sure that it is an active primary partition.

11 more replies
Relevance 63.55%

I have replaced the hard disc of my Dell Dimension 5100, and done a clean install of Vista home premium, which is runing reasonably well.I have connected the old SATA disc which is recognised by device manager and shown as having three partitions: 1 healthy (EISA), 2 healthy (active primary partition) 3 healthy (primary partition). I would like to reformat the disc which had OEM XP and data now no longer wanted.I'm unable to access the drive which I believe is something to do with the OEM installation.Can any one offer a solution to this problem?

Answer:Vista won't recognise second hard disc

Have you tried to delete the volume?If not, go to the Windows Orb (Start), type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter, right-click the graphic for the drive and delete all the volumes. Then ?Create? a partition in the unallocated space and ?Format? it.

6 more replies
Relevance 61.5%

Hey guys i had a working 80gb sata drive in my pc along with a 200gb stata drive so i took out th 80gb one and put it in an external caddie, so i pugeed it in and the pc recognises it and vista finds the drivers and says ready. when i click on the drive it says 0gb and wont let me acces it, how do i fix this

Answer:vista wont recognise external sata hard drive??

Try.... right click 'My Computer' - Manage, then Disk Management.. Select the drive and R Click and set as active partition.

3 more replies
Relevance 60.68%

I have 2 HD's on my computer (primary master & primary slave). Master is Maxtor & slave is a Samsung HD. it has been working fine for over a year now. 2 days back while booting I got the message "primary hard drive fails".

I checked the BIOS settings & found that it had lost the settings for my master HD. I rebooted again and it booted fine & the master HD settings in BIOS came back. I thought that probably my CMOS battery was dying so I replaced it. The same symptoms have come back after that. The system keeps loosing the primary HD settings in the BIOS. it has never lost the settings on the slave drive ever. sometimes it will recognize the master drive but still fail to boot giving a error "boot disk failure".

if I turn it off for a while and power it back up, the system will boot up properly sometimes & at other times it refuses to boot. I am not sure where the problem is since it has been working for 1+ yrs now.

Is my HD failing?. it is only 1+ yr old. But since it boots up sometimes, I tend to think otherwise.
Something wrong in the MB?

Any suggestions are welcome.


Answer:Primary Hard disk fails

Make sure that Hard drive connections (cable and power) are tight. You can download a hard drive diagnostic program from the Maxtor web site and run it, although an intermittent problem might not show up. It sounds like your hard drive is failing and you should make sure that you have backed up all important data before it goes completely.

2 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Hi, I have a system here that does not always detect the harddisk during startup (Detecting IDE Drives ...). If it does detect it, it will show the primary and secondary drives, the HD led stays on for a few seconds, then the screen jumps to black with a cursor blinking in the upper left corner: _ (In those few seconds I can still access the BIOS).

If it doesn't detect the HD, it continues the POST till it gives the BOOT FAILURE message.

I was actually trying to fix the problem that the system locks up during some applications. I had already run the WD diagnostics tool for the WD HD and it showed that everything was fine yesterday. I also ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool (from a bootdisk) and that one did not show errors, but the pc did restart automatically during the test not at specific points. (just before that there is a short pitching sound). I removed the dust inside the pc and checked the cables. And it was still working after that. I closed the case and moved it aside a bit and this morning the problem started that it does not always detect the HD and that it doesn't startup even when the hard disk is detected. I have run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool again when it failed to detect the HD and it still gives no errors, and now the problem that the system restarts automatically during that test, is gone.

But I don't know what is wrong with it now and I've gone from a system that locks up regularly to a system that does not even starts... Read more

Answer:Not always detecting Hard Disk + startup fails

16 more replies
Relevance 59.45%

okay... i am using pentium d 2.8 with 2gb ddr2 in my pc. my motherboard is ecs p965t-a v1.0b. i have 3 hard disk, one ide interface 80gb which i used for installing my windows vista and programs exclussively. and 2 sata 250 and 160 gb. i was using asus for my video card before with 128 mb memory. and i then i changed it to nvidia geforce 7300 256 mb. fe days after installing my new video card, windows started to boot slowly and sometimes even takes an hour. so i thought the windows was damaged so i tried reinstalling it and it works okay again. but after a few days again it started to boot slowly. so i was thinking that something is wrong with my video card but is not. i noticed that in "computer", my other sata hard disk does not appear.. but sometimes it would appear and dissapear again. sometimes i can open it but sometimes not. so i am getting confused if my hard disk is damaged or not. my hard disk is seagat 7200 rpm. i need your help guys and i hope this will be solved. thanks alot!

Answer:Windows vista not detecting my hard disk or my hard disk is damaged?

Well that paragraph was hard to read...Double check all your connections to the drives.You say you thought there was trouble with the vis card " but it's not " did you determine this ? ?Have you checked your system operating temps ? ?

1 more replies
Relevance 59.45%

It always fails to Clone/copy my current hard that has bad sectors, to a new hard disk. My present HDD is a 320GB and its health is really bad. I bought a new 500 hard disk and tried to clone and copy the whole HDD. I tried Paragon HDD Manager, O&O disk image and other two Software. All of them failed to clone or copy my old hard disk to new one.

What is the best solution. Paragon, copied data partially and gave an error at 80%. I tried few times and the same thing happened

Answer:Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

Maybe try running

chkdsk {drive letter} /f
as in
chkdsk D: /f

on the older drive it will identify and lock out the errant sectors. The "/F" means "Fix" so run it first without that and see what it returns as "Bad Sectors" then try the clone.

2 more replies
Relevance 59.45%

I just bought a Western Digital Black hard drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN - Best Buy

I have it attached to this motherboard: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-P35-S3G (rev. 1.0)

The symptoms of my computer are that Windows may run very slow, disk usage is high, and Windows explorer will stop responding often. When I boot into safe mode and run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic the extended test succeeds. When I'm not in safe mode it fails and says "too many bad sectors." The quick test does not finish in Normal mode and says something like "error code 02 - interrupted by a hard or soft reset."

Windows update will also say "Windows cannot search for updates with error code C80001FE."

What could be the reason for this and how can I trouble shoot it?

I have installed all the drivers necessary on my computer. I have AHCI set in the BIOS also. It is a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Answer:Hard Disk Check Fails In Normal Mode

I would RMA the drive back to Best Buy and get a replacement. The drive is obviously bad. It happens a lot more often than many people think. Erase the drive and take it back and tell them it is defective and failed Western Digital's diagnostic test.

9 more replies
Relevance 58.63%

hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.


Answer:exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.

10 more replies
Relevance 58.22% new on this forum and i have a problem with my old hard disk..every time i turn up my pc, windows pop out message ""Windows detected a hard disk problem" ,"Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss". So i decided to replace my old hard disk, but problem is that i have vista preinstalled on my old hard disk. So my question is how can i install vista from my old hard disk into my new one?..please help me and thank u for your reply

Answer:how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

hi check out this first just in case and if you do need to read this

6 more replies
Relevance 57.4%

I have a two year old HP Pavillion (now a year out of waranty) that crashed and now returns "disk read error press ctl+alt+del to restart" when attempting to boot. Using the diagnostic tools avialable under F2, I get the following failure: Hard Drive Short DST Check: FailedFailure ID: GLL3S1-76684P-MFPV7G-60RA03Product ID: E9Z18AV Would anyone be so kind as to tell me what this particular failure ID code means?  Thank you.

Answer:Disk Read Error on boot, Hard Drive Short DST Check fails

 The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.  A retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used-Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your model is not one of the easiest to replace hdd on but the Maintenance & Service Guide will help you or your chosen repair shop.

3 more replies
Relevance 56.99%

Could someone please tell me what I need to do to make XP recognise memory sticks. I tried two of these and nothing happened when I plugged them into the front USB slots. When I removed the stick however, the computer logged itself off. The sticks work in another PC and they contain photographs. What's happening? Do I need to install the sticks first?

Answer:XP fails to recognise memory stick

plug it in and see if disk management sees it. If not you will need to find the driver for it. If it does see it but no drive letter, right click it and assign a drive letter.

# Click Start, click Run, type compmgmt.msc, and then click OK.

4 more replies
Relevance 56.99%

Hi - hope you can help....I've got a CD drive and a DVD drive on my computer, running Windows ME. The kids have played CD games since the year dot, and I've played audio discs many a time. Suddenly the CD drive fails to recognise the presence of a disc - game or audio - in the tray. When I insert a disc the auto start doesn't, err, auto start; I then double click on the D drive icon in "My Computer" and a dialogue box comes up saying "Please insert a disk into drive D:."I've also huffed and puffed into the drive to try to clear any lingering dust particles obscuring the laser, but with no success.Any ideas?... Any one?.... Being the weekend, the kids are driving me nuts trying to play their favourite games. Thanks for your help.

Answer:Drive fails to recognise presence of CD

Usually when this happens it's because the CD-ROM drive has died. You could open the case and check that the IDE connections are okay and haven't come loose either from the motherboard or the back of the drive or both. If you haven't been moving the tower around, it's unlikely that they've worked themselves loose, but it's always worth checking anyway, remember to take the necessary anti-static precautions when you open your case. If you had a CD-ROM head cleaner to hand you could also try running that through the CD-ROM.

3 more replies
Relevance 56.99%

I replaced the hard disk on my Toshiba Portege M300 notebook for a larger disk last week. It was working fine for a coupe of days but when i tried plugging the original hard disk back in (to copy some data to a network share which i forgot to transfer to the new hard disk) it failed to see the disk. I tried attaching the new disk and it no longer sees this either.

I've tested the original and new hard disk on a different laptop and they work so i can only asume the Portege has a faulty ide controller or ide cable. No matter which hdd i attach the laptop trys to boot from cd, skips the hdd and trys the PXE network card. The bios also states theres no hdd attached too.

Firstly, if the cdrom still works am i correct in thinking the ide controller is still working?

Secondly could someone suggest where i can purchase an ide cable for an M300 as its a circuit printed ribbion which i've never seen before. I'm guessing its a Toshiba customised part?

Answer:Portege M300 fails to recognise HDD


I think the problem is a loose connection or a damaged connector.
IDE controller should be OK.

Anyway your only chance is to contact an authorised service partner for parts or any other help by solving this problem.


2 more replies
Relevance 56.99%

I have a SD card with 50Gb space available. How to use this space to get the upgrade done?

More replies
Relevance 56.17%

Hi all,

I have bought a new laptop and I need to transfer datga from my old laptop (Toshiba P20-504 running Win XP MCE) to my new one (Another manufactuers notebook model 9815 running Windows Vista Ultimate). I have taken the HDD out of my old laptop, put it in a caddie so I hook the the drive up to my new laptop and use the Windows Easy Transfer utility to transfer over settings, files etc..

While my new laptop seems to know that something is connecting (i.e. it makes the connection sound), it is not recognising the HDD from my old Toshiba is there in Windows Explorer. Any ideas? I presume I need the driver for the HDD installed on my laptop so the new laptop can recognised it is there. How can I download this?

Cheers from London


Answer:New laptop fails to recognise the drive from my Satellite P20


first of all: which caddy do you use? Do you mean you?re using a USB-HDD caddy or what?

Would be really interesting.
Regarding that driver-thing: You don?t need a driver for a HDD which was connected e.g. trough USB.

Furthermore I suggest you not to use any weird windows tools since it would be better to copy the whole content from your first HDD to the HDD of your another computer and then sorting out and so on...

Please reply, since no one knows here which caddy you mean.


2 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

This computer was originally supplied with an Asus A7A266-E and an AMD 1800. Due to the failure of the motherboard and processor you asked and I agreed to you upgrading to Asus A7N8X and AMD2400. This was done and returned to me on 26-Jun-03I find after having to format and reinstall Windows, that under devices the processor is said to be an 1800. AsusProbe states that it is running at 1500 but that the maximum speed is 3000. Why? I would have expected it to be around 2100.At the time I asked whether the recovery disc was still suitable. Could this be the reason that the computer fails to recognise the AMD 2400.Please what is the answer?

Answer:This computer fails to recognise processor upgrade

Enter the bios and pick the advanced tab. Then pick the advanced chipset features. The cpu external freq. should be set to 133Mhz. Change it to this and press F10 to save settings and reboot. click hereYour computer should say a 2400+ with a 2Ghz clock speed. Hopefully:-)

3 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

I have installed an A7N8X Deluxe, adjusted the BIOS to set CD-DVD drive and CD-RW as master and slave respectively in the Secondary IDE slot. However when initial boot is commenced and New Hardware Wizard kicks in the Win98 disc was requested in CD-DVD (D drive), but only A & C drive were available. I feel it may be a problem related to the Secondary IDE set up, but have been unable to resolve. I note an IDE jumper is referred to in the quick set up guide but is not mentioned in the main A7N8X installation manual.Without D I have no way of installing Nforce2 driver. HELP any ideas!!

Answer:Asus A7N8X Fails to recognise CD drive

I have had the same problem. One trick i learnt is that not to have two CD Drives on the one ribbon. When i put one CD Drive & One hard drive on one IDE Cable, and the other one with my second hard drive on the other.Then i ensured that the Master & Slave tabs on the back of the CD Drives were placed correct.Finally going into BIOS i selected it to automatically detect all the drives for me - saved this and restarted. Too, did i get the new hardware wizard, ensure the drivers i was installing were relative to my CD drives. One final restart and volia

9 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

Answer:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

9 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

Hello everbody, a reluctant famliy computer fixer here,
so here's the story-
we have a Gateway GM 5474 desktop computer that had the hard drive fail,
here are the computer specs that I started out with:

ProcessorAMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor

Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1024 KB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE
MemoryInstalled: 2048 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB DIMMs)

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive

Optical Drive: DVD ±RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive

Write max: 16X DVD±R, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

DirectX® 10 and Blu-ray™ / HD DVD™ capable
One DVI-I port with HDCP
One HDMI port
One S-Video port (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
AudioIntegrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition AudioNetwork SupportIntegrated MARVELL 88E8056 10/100 Ethernet

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
72... Read more

Answer:Solved: hard disk replcemnt reloading vista mc from recovery disk

7 more replies
Relevance 55.76%

HI I am having an issue with my Windows 7 not recognising any mobile devices via USB. I cant access any mobile phones memory cards when I plug them into my PC. After some research I noticed that I have some services that wont start like Windows Remote management service. I have tried all the online fixes to try and resolve this issue and I have failed and I am now posting this here to seek help from the experts.

I think this is related to MTP USB Device driver. I have tried various phones that all have the same issue.

More replies
Relevance 55.76%

Hi there,
I recently purchased CoD 4 off Steam (I know, I wanted to play the original before MW2) and I ran into an issue with Punkbuster when trying to install the game. So everything ran fine until it asked me to add a game to their games list like so:

I then go to click the "Add a game" button in the top left hand corner which brings up this screen:

However, when I click the game tab, there is no games in it. Just blank white. I have tried every game path I could think of and re-installed PunkBuster countless times. Now this may seem to be a small issue, but it removes my ability to join any PunkBuster enabled servers (which is pretty much all of them). Any and all help would be appreciated.


Answer:Solved: PunkBuster Setup v2.7 fails to recognise my games

8 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

Yet from the same partition i'm able to boot into a "dual boot type install" of LUbuntu which im using just fine right now
On my other hard drive with a windows 10 install. check disk reports NO errors

Trying to boot from the windows 7 install dual boot begins booting but almost instantly kicks to an old style loading bar then goes to startup repair
and it fails with the problem being "bad hard drive"

but somehow it LUbuntu has no problem booting when i select to boot from it instead of windows 7
all of my data MUST be intact because otherwise i wouldn't be able to boot at all. and i can see all the files on my drive just fine

When I tried to boot in safe mode. it stopped after a few system files were loaded then went to startup repair. I dont remember the file it stopped at.

I have no idea how to solve this??
Is there some way to do a full repair of windows 7? not just the silly startup repair?

This is a very urgent frustrating and serious problem

More replies
Relevance 53.3%

After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical). Ubuntu 11.10 can boot fine.

Answer:Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install

Did you install Windows 7, then install Ubuntu?

2 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

Hi - I keep getting the message that a backup failed due to less than 400 MB on the Windows disk. I have about 350 GB available on the disk!

Other backups have worked OK. I have seen a long thread on the Microsoft site with lots of people saying they have the same intermittent problem, but no solution. Anyone know what causes this?

I'm working Home Premium, and backup up to another hard disk on the same machine which also has lots of free space.

Thanks guys


Answer:Vista backup fails "not enough space on Windows disk"

Just a couple of simple questions, which you may have already covered.
How much space is on the C drive.(where Vista is installed)
On the 'Where do you want to save your backup' page, you are sure it is your second drive and not the 'Recovery' partition.

2 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

I am really frustrated with my lenovo purchase - I find it crazy that you can not submit an EMAIL to lenovo to report a bug or two or ten in most of their bug infested software. In order of priority - here is my problems. If this is not figured out by someone you will lose a customer first and a telecom executive 2nd. 1. Vista SP1 fails.Download Fine.Install Fine.Reboot Starts.>>> LIST OF 100's of .DLLs that are being loaded on DOS like screen on 1st line>>> Hangs on performance monitor or something like that - Can not run recover- Must restore from Original Vista CD Not fun - applied every patch and driver update twice (and yes they seem to be updated once or twice a month) ridiculous! 2. HEY, HAVEN'T YOU HEARD THE WIRELESS MANAGER THAT YOU SUPPLY DOES NOT WORK PERIOD!!!!IT IS A RUNAWAY MEMORY PROCESS - EVEN WITH LATEST INTEL DRIVERS. ALSO BY THE WAY - THE WIRELESS DEVICE NEVER CONNECTS IN WIRELESS "N" MODE. This may be a Vista issue since the same intel controller works fine in both a dell and an HP in "N" mode, So whats up with "N" Support.    3. Diskkeeper is a lousy piece of software and all it is is a gimmick to buy something else you don't need. I keep on removing it and update keeps on putting it back. There is no need for this and much more of the Lenovo startup. 4. PASSWORD MANAGER DOES NOT WORK MOST OF THE TIME - IT has no clue about what websites it should post to - because of xhtml or other dynam... Read more

Answer:R61 7742-CTO Vista SP1 Fails/Must Restore + (Lenovo Wireless Manager, Password Manager, Disk Keeper)


1 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I'll keep this short.

1. Vista full installation ISO disc created

2. Disc boots up fine in an XP computer (so disc is fine)

3. Disc does NOT boot up in the Vista computer (my dilemma)

4. XP disc boots up fine in the Vista computer (so CD-ROM is fine)
What could possibly be wrong here? The only remote thing I can think about is that this is a 32-bit install as opposed to 64-bit. I am not sure which bit is in this computer and I am not even sure that really matters. It is a Toshiba A205-s5801 which came from factory with Windows Vista.

Answer:Arrrrgh!!! Vista ISO boot disk FAILS to boot


<<1. Vista full installation ISO disc created>>

Created from what?

That system seems to have come with a recovery partition and recovery mechanism which is the only option provided by manufacturer for any Windows repair/installation.


10 more replies
Relevance 51.25%

I recently bought a "Driving Theory Test" DVD for me to use on my computer to revise for my theory test. I put the disc into the DVD-ROM, and nothing happens. No autorun, no window pops up what so ever. I then go to my computer to see if its recognised in there. But its showing that no disc is even in the drive? I then right click on the drive, hopefully to autorun/autoplay, and the egg timer comes up and the computer just freezes for about 30 seconds and then nothing happens.

It isn't the disc because I took that one back and got a new disc and its still doing the same thing!

Please help

Answer:DVD ROM Won't Recognise Disk

Also, after it un-freezes, I can then double click the drive and it shows nothing in the drive? No files or anything, as if its a blank disc.

2 more replies
Relevance 51.25%

I recently bought a "Driving Theory Test" DVD for me to use on my computer to revise for my theory test. I put the disc into the DVD-ROM, and nothing happens. No autorun, no window pops up what so ever. I then go to my computer to see if its recognised in there. But its showing that no disc is even in the drive? I then right click on the drive, hopefully to autorun/autoplay, and the egg timer comes up and the computer just freezes for about 30 seconds and then nothing happens.

It isn't the disc because I took that one back and got a new disc and its still doing the same thing!

Please help

Answer:DVD ROM Won't Recognise Disk

Also, after it un-freezes, I can then double click the drive and it shows nothing in the drive? No files or anything, as if its a blank disc.

6 more replies
Relevance 51.25%

So, earlier today, everything was fine. My computer was working normally nothing was acting up. While unplugging my laptop from the wall I dropped it, but nothing appeared to be wrong. A little while later I restarted my computer and it worked fine for about a minute and then everything froze in windows explorer, nothing would work, folders wont open task manager never appears start menu wont come up, nothing.
I booted into safe mode and everything works fine through there, so I looked around online and one suggestion was to update my BIOS so I tried to update from Dells Inspiron 1420 A08 to the newer A10 BIOS version, trying that in safe mode failed so I tried to boot normally and quickly do whatever it told me, when I tried it wouldnt restart (and still refuses too, I have to shut it down manually outside of safe mode) it said it couldnt update the BIOS version because it couldnt locate the image, but I downloaded it directly from Dells own website.
So then I tried to do a system restore, and I got the message:

The disk Vista (c:) has errors
Windows detected file system corruption on Vista (c:)
You must check the disk for errors before it can be restored.

So I clicked scan and fix, and nothing happens. (this is back in safe mode by the way) so I opened a command promp and typed sfc /scannow
and it scanned and found some errors but were unable to fix them. Details are located in the CBS.log
So I opened the log and I found the following:

POQ 62 ends.
2009-03-2... Read more

Answer:Vista - Explorer Freezes on reboot, system restore fails, BIOS update fails. Help.

Hi, the first rule if you ever drop a laptop (and it appears OK) is to take the battery out, boot from the mains if all is OK turn off add battery and reboot. Now you may have damaged the MB and or the RAM seating or HDD cable connection as well as the monitor connect cable.. etc ...etc. You can see where this is heading to the shop would be my advice.

1 more replies
Relevance 51.25%


I bought a new hard disk, which is faster/quieter than my old one. I currently have XP on the new one and Vista on the old one. I use Vista for all my main stuff.

What i would really like, is to have my vista installation on the new disk instead of XP. Can i transfer the installation in any way? If i install Vista on it from scratch, can i use the same product key? I'm not really worried about losing my XP install as it serves no real purpose to me.

Answer:Vista on a new hard disk

Yes if you install Vista on the new one you can use the same product key. You can use the same product key on the same machine as many times as you want.

The only true way to transfer the install would be to make aImage of the drive with Acronis or Ghost.

3 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

ok I just got a brand new pc with no software installed,i just dowloaded windows from microsoft store on my mac and put it on to a usb key. however when i switch on pc with usb in the pc says "insert start up media" ect you know the message, so do i have to unpack the software or something can i do this on OS X
help please Skyrim is calling me badly :)

Answer:pc won't recognise usb start disk

Assume you have changed the 'boot sequence' in the BIOS to read the USB stick first ?
click here to Format a Drive for Mac & PC Compatibility
click here

5 more replies
Relevance 50.84%
Answer:DVD will not recognise there is a disk in drive

Help please! I've checked the drivers and XP reports there are no problems with the drive. I've checked the cables and now am stumpted. The only thing I can think of is that the drive is 12 months old and hasn't been cleaned. Is this the likely problem?

8 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

Would anybody care to advise on a Hitachi hard disk that I recently acquired ?

My main question is 'Can I reformat the whole disk and will it still function normally ?' (assuming the disk is good). The context in which I ask this is explained a little more in the next paragraph.

The reason I ask is that the disk contains two partitions, one is unallocated and almost the whole disk, the other shows as 'System Reserved' and is 100MB. In the screenshots I show what in this partition.
Is this content typical of a bootable disk ?
If I erase it, e.g., by merging the partitions and reformatting, is anything bad likely to happen ? Can anyone tell me if I am likely to lose anything useful/valuable by doing this ? (other than if the answer to this last question is 'yes', I can safely afford to lose anything that's there.)


Answer:Recognise a Bootable Disk ?

Which version of Windows are you going to be using the Hitachi with? For the contents of the folder screenshot, it looks like XP which doesn't use BCD ? it uses boot.ini. All of the other folders are boot language folders typical of Vista and 7.

How are you making the Hitachi bootable or is it already bootable?

1 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

The DVD will recognise, erase, record on all previously DVD/CD it has formatted in the past. But now it won't even recognise a new disk?

Answer:DVD not recognise unformatted disk

Does it still play discs? ie is it reading any disk at all?.Try a laser cleaner.Perhaps it has died- they do- I do not know of a 'burn' life of any particular model but like all things thay must have a finite life.

1 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

I have a new music software that I need to install on my PC, windows xp SP3. The PC is not recognising the disk, and yet, a computer which is identicle recognised it a few days ago and a vista will recognise it right now??? Is there a file missing from my PC??

The software is called Cubase Le4.

Hope someone can help...can't use my recording equipment until it works

Answer:XP won't recognise disk - no reason!

The easiest way to rule the CD/DVD player out of the equation is to go into the BIOS and set the drive first in the boot order. Then try a bootable disk. If it works, then you now the drive is OK and it's a setting in the computer

10 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


14 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Currently running the RTM of Vista and I've found an annoying "feature". My secondary hard disk spins down after 10 minutes of inactivity. I know this is more of a feature for notebooks and what not, but its driving me bonkers. How the hell do I turn this feature off?


Answer:Vista and hard disk spin down

Thanks man, that has been driving me nuts.
Good to know.

2 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

My system:
Intel 805D, 2.66 OC'ed to 3.6
2 gigs ram
1x 160GB 10k dell/WD HDD
2x 250gb WD, raid 0

Anyways, perviously I've been running windows XP on the RAID 0 drives. I just got in my 10k drive and wanted to have my OS's on it, and the games and stuff on the RAID. I moved the RAID drives to SATA ports 2 and 3, and the new drive to SATA 1.. Windows XP still started up fine when I told the bios to boot from the raid.. however, when [trying to] install Vista 64bit, I can not get it to detect *any* drive. I've even tried removing the raid (ya.. destroyed the data on the raid drives, but I backed up incase I had to do that) and having the drives as regular SATA drives and the installation still can not detect them. When I try loading drivers, it says they could not be installed..

Can anyone help me find the 'raid driver disk' that will work for the Intel ICH7 chipset and Vista 64bit.. I've tried the ones on the CD that came with the motherboard.. I've also tried some I was able to find on Intels site.. still no go

Answer:Can't get Vista to install.. won't see my hard disk :(

11 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have Defrag set to run once a week automatically.
Do I also need to run a Defrag manually on occasions, or will I get the same result?
Although Defrag is set to run weekly, I have never noticed the programme running. Is this unusual?

Answer:Defragging Hard Disk Under Vista

If you have set Vista defrag utility to run every week, I think it should be good enough. It runs in the background as per your set preferences. This link may help you in Understanding Windows Vista Disk Defragmenting Utility. | WinVistaClub
If you are looking for some freeware 3rd party defrag utilities see this: Freeware Disk Defragmenter Utilities for Windows | WinVistaClub.

5 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have a Linksys WRT600N router with attached hard disk. My XP desktop can see it as Z: drive but my new Dell XPS 1330 with Vista Home Premium can not. Linksys says that only VISTA Ultimate can see it because of "SECPOL." Is this true and is there a solution? Many thanks.

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

Does anyone know of any good hard disk analyzers that work with Vista? I prefer freeware.

Answer:Hard Disk Analyzer for Vista

there are literally hundreds. google it. almost every one that works for xp will work with vista.

what are you trying to do? I recommend glarysoft glary utilities.

2 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Hey ppl,I tried to formatted my access denied hard disk but I still cannot access it even after the format.I still get Acess Denied.
Any help???
Vista Home Basic

Answer:How To Format Hard Disk,Vista

fredvlee said:

I tried to formattedClick to expand...

Was the format successful or did you get errors?
I suspect you'd have to boot with the Windows CD and delete the partition. If you set a Deny permission on the drive for the User group, you won't be able to do anything from within Windows, though it might let you delete the partition. If so, you can create a new one and then format it.

You can use a Linux Live CD to recover your files if you haven't formatted the drive and have not already copied them off.

3 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have installed Paragon HDM8-SE from the Feb 08 mag but it won't run. I get an error message saying it is an unrecognised Windows version. It will run with XP compatibility but then all Vista data shows as invalid. Is it compatible and if not, can it be made so ? Any ideas please.Micad.

Answer:Hard Disk Manager won;t run in Vista

You need version 8.5 for Vista compatibility ( afaik ) Ashley

1 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Hy ! when i am logged in vista i start hearing these sounds like the one in the starting of the computer just the beep like its is sutting down and after some time again one beep like it is turning on is this a problem or something else?

Answer:hard disk Sounds come in vista

Besides that, is the computer running normally? Did this just start happening? Did you recently make any changes to your computer like adding new hardware or software or did you remove something?

7 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Dear all, I'm newbie.I want to ask, can I split my C: drive partition. The C: drive is originaly named "sw_preload". BR,

Answer:X61 Vista Hard disk Partition

Yes, if you have the tools. My choice is Paragon Partition Manager, but there are others

1 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I having some problem to see my hard disk status..
As you guy can see my picture uploaded, the status bar disappear and leaving
an empty line for both of my hard disk.. What is causing this problem??

Answer:Vista 32 hard disk problem


Try going to the page, right click and select a different view settings. See if that helps.

If not select a different setting, boot up and then change to the one that you want, see if that helps. It looks like some small corruption.

If that does not work, we may be able to fix it with a cmd command.

7 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I've read many, many posts on many web sites on how to do this. In all cases, the poster did not have a DVD drive. That is not my situation.

Here is what I want to do.
I want to setup an unattended install of Vista 64 bit for my PC. I want to copy the contenets of the Vista DVD drive to a partition on my second hard drive.
I want to start with NO operating system on my PC.
I want to boot to something other than CD/DVD: could be hard disk, USB drive, floppy.
The reason I want to do this is simple. I'm an IT professional. I reload my PC frequently due to testing of software on my PC. Please don't reply with using other software like RollbackRx, etc. I know about those and use them.

I've read articles on how to create a bootable USB to install VITA. Didn't work.

To give you a better idea of what I want to do, here is how I install XP.
1. I use Disk Director to make a 30G Fat32 partition on first drive.
2. Second drive has a fat 32 partition with copy of WinXP install CD in a folder along with unattend.txt, etc.
3. I boot to a DOS floppy and then run setup from the second hard drive telling it to use the first hard drive (which is C:) and the unattend.txt file.

This works very fast since the source is on the hard disk.

Answer:How to install Vista from hard disk.

Create an image of the hard drive you want Vista on while Vista is installed
Store that image on a partition
Create a bootable USB with Symantec/Norton Ghost on it and image from A to B

I'm not exactly sure how to create the image, or how to make the bootable USB with Ghost, but I have a working bootable USB with Ghost that was given to me at my old job, so its deffinitly possible, the technique is out there somewhere

I know it works by emulating a floppy disk if that helps

5 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

i have been using vista 32bit for some time now and i, like some of you have this problem with vista. the problem being the constant thrashing of the hard disk that vista seams to like doing.
i have downloaded SP1 and i was under the impression that this problem would have been fixed with this update but its still doing it.
I understand it is somthing to do with the way vista indexes, so is there now a way to turn this indexing off so i can save my hard disk from being over used?

Answer:Vista thrashing of the hard disk

Turning off indexing i believe will slow vista down a lot. Mine does it too, it seems to be the norm with vista.

21 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Hi friends....
I had 2 HDD.. The 1st is a 160 Gb SATA and the 2nd is a 250 Gb Sata... I was working with windows xp sp2 very well and wanted to try vista. I had my 1st Hard disk (i.e) 160 gb as the primary n the 2nd as backup.

I had 20 gb as primary partition and 3 others drives in the logical in the extended partition for the 1st hdd with all as NTFS. So i installed vista ultimate n worked fine crackng it. no problems at all. finally i gave my 2nd hdd for replacement tht 250 gb. and i created partition in vista as 5 simple partitions with ntfs.

copied back all my backup in 250gb. and finally got bugged by vistas poor performance. so installed xp back on my 1st 160 gb. it works fine now... no issues at all.... but the problem is im not able to access the 250 gb. its showing all the partitions as empty and its not unallocated . xp is not able to identify tht partition. i want the datas badly.

Should i need to install vista again in some other hdd so tht i can copy all data and repartition tht 250 gb ?????? any solution so tht i can access the data in windows xp ???

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

HiI just bought a dell machine with vista installed. It has 250 gb has partitioned already for the back up by dell. I want to partition it again. I used to use partition magic but it does not support vista. Any help will be appreciated.mano

Answer:partioning hard disk in vista

click here

2 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

ok so i have a gateway model number mx8711... nice laptop... i have a vista cd and i loaded it in...
1deleted hd
2created HD
3formated HD
4installed software

well at the end of the install it just sits there like nothing is working...... so aparently Vista does not wanna go on to this laptop... so i put a windows XP PRO cd in

goes and does it's thing... THEN.. cant find hard disk...

- i know i need drivers for this but HOW? it's a laptop with only a cd-rom drive and a pcmcia nothing more... no floppy....

how can i get an OS onto this laptop??

Answer:HELP! Hard disk not found! XP/vista

Welcome to Techspot..

Can you you give more info.. You say you had XP on this laptop then you wanted to install vista? Does this laptop meet vista requirements? If it doesn't the put xp back on..

6 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Is there a free software for making a complete copy or backup of my hard disk (which has 2 partitons - sort of a sector by sector clone or image) of my system(Vista) just the way it is right now( with all the programs, documents, etc...), so if I run into some trouble I can just put the Dvds and reistall everything the way it was?

By the way, I also run XP on Virtual Machine.


Answer:Hard Disk Backup on vista

You can use Windows backup utility. It's definitely not the best, but it's already there and will do what you need.

Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Backup (I think it's the same for Vista...)

6 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

i dont have dvd rom drive and i am using xp (c drive ) and i want to install windows vista on my d drive so, could i install vista from my hardisk (without using dvd rom drive) running xp ????? i am in confusion right now so plz tell me.............

and also tell me any website where i purchase intel core 2 duo processor E4300 and E4400 online at thier origianal or near price.. but that website must ships the product to india.........

Answer:Installing vista from Hard disk ?????

How are you going to copy the Vista installation files to your HDD when you don't have a DVD drive?


4 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have some problem in Vista , Vista will show Error "Hard disk problem" every time to start Window Vista . How can I trun of or disable this warning massage ?

Answer:+++ Vista show "Hard disk proble" every time when I start Window Vista +++


Is there actually a problem with the hard drive or is it just a warning message


5 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have an Atapi CD-RW 52XMAX 160D drive (D Drive) on my system and it has decided to misbehave.I also have a Freecom DVD+/RW 16B9 2.46 (E Drive) and this works fineThe Atapi drive does not recognise any disc I put into it I have made sure everything is ok in properties such as auto play etc.The door opens ok and I have checked in device manager and that the driver is ok .It informs me that the device is working properlyWhat I would like to know is is there anything else I could try, have I missed something?Any advice would be most welcome

Answer:Atapi cd-rw dosn't recognise any disk

If this is a much used drive- it could be the laser lens needs a clean. Get hold a CD player cleaner kit-comprises of a CD with a small brush inserted on the play side and a bottle of fluid - about a fiver from the likes of ASDA.If this does not do the job - it is very likely the laser is burned out and replacement is the only remedy

4 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I Have An External USB 2Liteon Sohw 812sx Dvd Burner, But It Has Stopped Recognising That A Disc Is Inserted, Although The Operating System (sp) Tells Me The Equipment Is Operating Correctly, The Fact That A Disk Is Inserted Is Not Recognised.
I Have Flashed The Latest Firmware, No Change.
It Was Working!!
Can Anyone Help To Solve This Problem.

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have a DVD-CD writer from an old computer which worked in it. I have fitted it into my present machine and it is recognised by the system and The driver is said to be working OK and I can find no updated drivers from Microsoft. However when I put any disk in and try to view slides or listen to music I get the message ?please insert a disk in he drive?. The My Computer Screen does not show either the size of the material on the disk or the size of the disk. In other words, it does not recognise the presence of the disk . Is the drive done for or what can I do make it behave?

Answer:DVD rewritable won’t recognise disk

Possibly dead laser,or even it does not like the media being used.Have you tried a cd/dvd that has been bought from the shop ?You could try this fix click here

3 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I'm reading this on the side of my computer.. Gateway..Windows Vista Home Premium..Super Multi-format DVD +- RW DL with Labelflash.
When I insert a movie to play it says " Please insert disk ". I can see all my drives but I can't play a movie. It will play Dvd's I've burned and slideshows but not movies. I also have an external drive..Memorex. It does the same thing.The drives sound as if they are starting and then stopping over and over. It seems strange that both would go bad at the same time. I went to the registry and deleted the lower filters ( there were no upper filters ). I've read the forums and there doesn't seem to be any problems exactly like mine. If there is I missed it. If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. Remember to keep it simple, I don't know a lot about computers.
Thanks in advance, touk123

Answer:computer doesn't recognise disk in cd-rom

10 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I have tried everything from changing registry to change autoplay settings but I am not able play cd or dvd in my disk drive

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

Hi, I am attempting to reboot Windows ME onto my friend's crashed PC that was running Win 98 (90% sure it was win 98).  The method of installation was through CD-Rom.  The computer was searching the floppy drive for system files, but not the CD ROM drive.  The Boot Sequence would only display this one prompt, and nothing else:{Non-System Disk or Disk Error.  Replace and strike any key when ready.} I  can't get past this screen on that computer. The computer that i'm using RIGHT NOW is my friend's only working computer, and it has no floppy drive to load the Windows AutoRun Files or Boot-Up Files. I tried forcing the non-working computer to read CD Rom only, by disconnecting the Floppy Disk Drive, and I have no clue if it read the CD Rom or if it was just making a loud noise. - I PULLED UP THE CD ROM CONTENTS ON THIS [WORKING] COMPUTER AND I NOTICED AN AUTO-RUN FILE .TXT FORMAT FOR NOTEPAD FILE AND ALSO AN AUTORUN FOLDER, WHICH CONTAINS TWO FILES, ONE WAS DESCRIBED AS AN AUTO-RUN PROGRAM IN PROPERTIES, BUT I DON"T EVEN KNOW IF THESE FILES ARE CAPAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY INSTALLING THE NEW OS FROM THE BOOT SEQUENCE THAT IT WON'T LET ME GET PAST!!!- If that makes sense.  Do I need a different auto-run file from the internet, is it a hardware issue, is there a way to (while in this boot sequence) switch to the cd rom drive as the boot-up disk for OS installation, and last but not least- is there a way to enter safe mode without any OS???? (I'm as... Read more

Answer:Buddy's PC Won't Recognise System Disk

i believe i am lacking the boot software for the installation, so i checked microsoft downloads page, and they only have one for XP.  Is there somewhere else to download the boot files for ME?

3 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

LG DVD Writer does not read any disk cd or dvd.When any cd/dvd is inserted, the indicator keeps blinking continously.

Answer:drive does not recognise or write any disk

Q. Will it read a bootable CD or DVD before the operating system boots?If so you have a windows problem. If not you have a hardware issue. You can run a lenscleaner through it but if that fails to resolve the problem replacement is the next option.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

5 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I burn my own data and audio cd's but when placed in the tray I always get the message to put a CD in the tray.Generally commercial CD'S are okay,now and then the occasional hick-up.I am running Windows ME and I have a Combi unit of CD /DVD Player I am told that my drivers are up to date,without going"On-Line",so I am thjinking it is a software problem

Answer:CD Player does not recognise a disk in tray

Sounds very much like a faulty drive. When they start to go, burned CDs are usually the first to fail to read.

4 more replies
Relevance 50.02%


I have just re-installed Windows Vista onto a new hard disk, and after a couple of days, i have noticed that the Windows folder is taking up nearly 20GB of space!

winsxs is taking up 9.4GB
SoftwareDistribution is 3.7GB
System32 is 3.2GB

Is there any way I can stop Vista from eating my hard disk?
I am currently using a 40GB hard disk, and am fast running out of space!
Program Files is 7.8GB, leaving not very much for anything else! (OK, 4.2 of that is Civilisation, but that is one of the major things I use!)

Answer:Solved: Vista taking up too much hard disk!

14 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Hello to all,
I recently did my first computer build (woohhoo!) with the following components:

Abit KN9 SLI socket AM2 motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4400+
2gb G Skill PC2-6400 DDR2-800 memory
Seagate 320gb SATA-II HDD
Sparkle GeForce 7300GT 512mb DDR2 video card

My question is this.....I want to partition the hard drive so that I can back up my system on one partition, and use the other to run all my applications. I started out using Partition Magic 8.0 in Windows XP Pro, but have recently upgraded to Windows Vista Ultimate, and PM 8.0 is not compatible with Vista. I used Vista Disk Management to partition the drive into two basically 290gb and one 30gb, but the 30gb wasn't big enough to back up my system (I need a little over 40gb...figured I'd do 50gb). I tried to make it larger, but now Disk Management won't let me "extend" the volume of the 30gb drive...only "shrink". I messed with it several times and now have basically 30gb for the backup drive, and 20gb "unallocated". How do I get the backup drive up to 50gb, or at the very least, return the unallocated space back to my original drive? Thanks for all your help! I know you guys will come through for always do! If you need more info, please let me know what you need! Thanks again!

Answer:How to Partition Hard Disk in Vista Ultimate?

Try this Freeware Partition Utility called 'Cute Partition Manager'.
It says it's Vista compatible.

8 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

when i try to log in windows vista it lets me but then goes to black screen , i also went into phoenix BIOSset up to run hard disk test estimated tim 48 min. the after 20 second says test status #10008- replace hard disk ???????

Answer:ran BIOS hard disk self test for vista

have you tried to run check disk to see if there are drive errors?

3 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

My old Windows XP machine crashed and I bought a new computer with Windows Vista.

However, I would like to read my old files on the old hard disk. I could not boot up the old system but I removed the hard disk and installed it in a USB cabinet and plugged it into my new vista machine.

The problem is that some files are restricted to a user defined in that old XP system and my new administrator user on vista appears unable to override this access restrictions.

Is there any way one can tell vista that "I am admin and I want full control of that hard disk anyway"?

If I could have booted up the old system I could of course have changed those permissions but as I cannot boot up that machine and it is now dismantled anyway I wonder if there is any way I can access those files?

I did try to change file permissions from vista but even though I am administrator I seem unable to change them in any way.


Answer:problems accessing old hard disk from vista


I dont think there is any way of over riding these settings in Vista I had the same problem as you I wanted to access files on the XP hard drive but Vista would not let me.

Others might be able to help you.


7 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

My hard drive is ST3500320AS ATA Device.

I have 2 paritions right now. One is XP, one is Vista.

I had this message before on Windows Vista x64. [Because it was a new partition]
I used this thing called Ultimate Boot CD, and it fixed it.

I used to have x64, and wanted x32. When I installed it(x32), I accidentally made a 3rd partition using some program... it needed to restart to make the 3rd partition.

Now heres where it gets confusing for you. I restarted, and stupidly put in the Windows Vista disc in before it made the 3rd partition. So since the 3rd partition wasn't up yet, I put Ultimate over the previous vista. The computer restarted again (as part of the install) and created the 3rd partition.

After everything finished installing, I deleted the 3rd partition...

But now I get the Hard Disk error every time in Vista (Doesnt show up in XP).

Ultimate Boot Disc didn't work.... I left it on for 9 hours and it found nothing. (Or maybe I used it wrong? Last time I used it someone on the phone guided me, not this time.)

So.... how can I fix my hard drive? I don't want to back everything up :|

Answer:Windows Vista hard disk failure?

You already stated in another thread you were using pirated software, we cannot assist with pirated software.
Although you didnt mention it in this thread you did not provide accurate information how would we assist without the proper information. That would be wasting our time trying to find out why our suggestions didnt work because you didnt provide the correct information.

1 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I got warning signs that my hard disk is going downhill so it has to be replaced but I don't know about activation. Does Vista Home Premium sp2 allow things like swapping a hard disk or will I have to get into an international telephone call to get it activated? I saw articles saying you only need to reactivate if you change the mother board and or processor but I can't get the details.Microsoft Customer Service and Technical Support are ' Unable to answer ' such a simple question and expect me to wade through a mountain of FAQs and other stuff for which they expect me to pay ?46 up front which in my opinion equates to the best advert for Linux I have ever seen. Anyone can go back to a Ford dealership and get info about a car decades after they bought it but Microsoft.. but I digress. Right now I have to get a plan B ready just in case it won't go ie install Ubuntu on the new disk if Vista won't activate and I'm fairly sure I won't be able to get exactly the same hard disk modelDoes anyone have any info about the reactivation process after changing hard disks?Thanx

Answer:Does Vista need reactivation after replacing hard disk?

It will once you reinstall Windows Vista.

8 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

i recently purchased a re-conditioned M57 (6072). i'm not sure wether it's a coincidence or not but after i installed the vista sp2 update this morning i started getting error messages for the hard disk. i can't remember if it happened straight after the re-boot but it was within the same time frame.this is the message i get when i run the hard disk test in toolbox.SMART Status Test Test Started   27/08/2009 2:55:55 PM Error Message: Failure prediction threshold exceeded. 27/08/2009 2:55:56 PM Test Finished: Failed 27/08/2009 2:55:56 PMthe first time i ran it the smart tests failed but then it went ahead and performed the seek tests and scan tests and it passed all of them. but now when i run the diagnostic it fails the first smart status test and just stops there and says "your drive indicates an immenet failure. backup files and replace drive".i've run checkdisk and there were no errors or bad sectors and i've also defragged it succesfully. i suspect that there's not really a problem with that drive at all. but i have no idea what's causing windows to create error messages and why it's failing the smart tests.please help if you can. cheers. justin.

Answer:M57 hard disk error after installing vista sp2

Justin, welcome to the forum,
to be sure, download and create a bootable cd of Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test and let it test your drive. Even if you don't have an Hitachi drive it will tell you whether or not it's defective. You could also choose to try a similar software from the hard drive manufacturer, they all have similar tools.
Hope this helps

2 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I have Vista Home premier with a HP Dual core system, 3 gigabytes, 350Gig HD, and when I try to do hard disk transfers or edit pictures, the hard disk stops working? My memory allocation is 30%. Is there a fix for this? I need help.

Answer:Vista and DSL slows hard disk functions

Need more information. What do you mean "the hard disk stops working"? Also, what does DSL have to do with the issue?

2 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I'm running Vista Business and from the time I boot each morning till I close down, my hard disk is running for most of the time. If I do some heavy processing it stops for a while. If I disconnect from the internet (broadband) after a minute or so the HDD stops. If I reconnect after a few minutes it starts up again.

With no programs running and having quit all peer-to-peer programs and with internet connected, checking in Task Manager, I can see the only thing using CPU time is System (NT Kernel & System 116K) and this often is using up to 25% of CPU time. With internet disconnected this drops to 0% although even when connected there is almost no internet traffic.

My virus/spyware checker (Trend PC-cillin) reports nothing and to me it looks as though it is something genuine in Windows Vista that is running.

Does anyone know of anything in Vista that could cause this and if there is any setting I can change to stop it?


More replies
Relevance 50.02%

How can I install Vista on a new PC (e.g. with the system, recovery CD) and partition the hard disk (with e.g. Acronis Disk Director)? Is doing it possible in one step? Or would I have to first install Vista completely and then partition the hard disk after?Nice greetings, DirkEdit: Moved topic from All Other Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:How to install Vista and partition the hard disk best?

Depending on how your recovery disks work, they are likely going to create a default set of partitions. Once the system is installed, then you can use the built in partitioner to alter the partitions how you want.

2 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Is there any way to view all the files that are in my (D: )drive:confused
I do not know how to use DOS...[Is there a 3rd party software available?]
The reason I am asking is that I'm noticing that my D:drive is getting fuller. I tried to shrink my (D: ) drive, but puter won't allow it.

Is there any way to delete selected downloaded software that has remained in the (D: )drive so that I can remove it manually?

My (C: )drive has more space than my (D: )drive. Now I'm noticing that the (D: )drive is getting even smaller.
When I bought the Laptop Vista 64bit, the store techies removed the bloatware that I did not want, but I think that the bloatware is still in the D:drive I wrong?
I want to upgrade it to Wondows 7, but I fear that I won't have space:confused

(C: )drive= Capacity 284.41 GB
Free Space 207.07 GB
%Free Space 73%
(D: )drive= Capacity 13.68 GB
Free Space 2.10 GB
%Free Space 15%

OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista? Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-74, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.48, 17/06/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Win... Read more

Answer:Vista Hard Disk Partition Editor?

D Drive on a laptop is normally a b ackup drive for your OS and caontains the files that a Restore disc would use to put your laptop back to factory condition.

You shouldnt have stored anything or installed anything on that partition...

If you want to upgrade to Windows seven with a legitimate disc then it shouldnt be a problem.

Hope this makes things clearer..

7 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Newbie. 1st post.

I came to this Forum looking for help re the above.

I installed Vista Business 32 bit for the first time, all went very well. I had shied away from Vista as I wasn't prepared to pay the high price when my W2k was running Ok. However, I came across a very nice ( read naive ) German person selling rather a large amount of Vista Business 32 bit on Ebay, ( turned out to be HP UK version ). He had kindly listed 30 plus Vista all with the starting bid of 1 penny. I along with several others got into him and bought for under ?13.00. ( I got one for ?5.00 and the other for ?10 ). After this he altered the price .
The install and verification went perfect, I then installed SP2 and the mountain of Updates. Then I got the Hard disk thrash about one minute after the desktop appeared, which kept thrashing for seven minutes, at which time it ceased and from then on never made a sound.
I tramped around the forums and got no joy until I came across this forum. I had tried all the things like disabling prefetch, Superfetch and Indexing etc , but no joy.
The prob was I couldn't see into which scvhost.exe was giving me the prob.
One of the threads here gave the tip on how to see under the exe and that got the prob fixed.
The fix was to disable BOTH Superfetch and Readyboost. No more thrashing.
The tip: When in the Taskmanager, click on Show users for all . Then R/click on the svchost.exe that was showing usage. Then select Go to Services.
The Services running under that e... Read more

Answer:Vista hard disk thrash? Fixed!

exactly what I had to do so that my mouse worked and my machine stopped freezing. .


1 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Hello, I have bought a Lonovo thinkpad T61 and I have crashed my hard disk. How can I get an image of my version of Vista ?Vista was installed on my laptop but i don't have any CD to install it .... Can somone tell me what I have to do in order to solve my (big) problem . Thank you in advance ! Davy

Answer:Problem on Vista (T61) - hard disk crash ...

If you are still under warrenty, call Lenovo, and explain that your hard drive crashed, and you are unable to access your recovery partition.  They should send you a free set of recovery discs.

T61 15.4" T9300 (2.5GHz 6MB L2) Windows 7 Professional x64 4GB Memory, NVidia Quadro NVS 140M

1 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Is it possible to install Vista on more than one partition on the same hard disk ?

If yes how ?

Also is it possible to install XP & then Vista on more than one partition of the same Hard Disk.?

Answer:Is it possible to install Vista on more than one partition on same Hard Disk?

Have a read Here and Here

3 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I had a 6.4GB Samsung hard disk that I wanted to backup, as it contained some information I needed.
Model name: SV0644A
I was using USB-PATA interface.
When the disk was making my computer stuck, I switched it off, then turned it back on, just to hear that loud screeching noise of death.
I turned it off, then turned it back on, and the noise was gone...for a second.
Then the disk failed to recognize, then the scratching noise, then disk powered itself off.
I am quite sure that there's something wrong with the head inside the disk, but it is strange.
When the scratching noise can be heard, the disk would be recognized, then it would power off. When it's not, it would just refuse to work.
Since I couldn't find user manual for this hard disk, I need your help.

Answer:Loud scratching noise from disk, then disk fails to read

That does not sound good at all. Have you run windows check disk? If it is your disk it will let you know. Other than that you might have some viruses on there.

10 more replies
Relevance 49.61%

I have just had a Windows failure (Windows Vista Ultimate) and had to re-install all my software again. I re-installed from a back-up from my External Hard Drive (Iomega) and my notebook was incredibly unstable so I had to re-install Windows again. Since I couldn't do a Dell Factory Install at this time, I manually re-installed all my drivers. After this process, my External disk drive would be recognised for a few secs and disappear as if it had been ejected. I thought maybe my installation was suspect so I went back and managed to complete the Dell Factory Install and the same problem occurs. I tried the EDD on a Windows 7 notebook and I could view all the files with no problem. Could you please assist me with this issue since I would like to perform my back-ups again and restore my files from my EDD?



Answer:Notebook won't recognise External Disk Drive

6 more replies
Relevance 49.61%

I have Windows XP Home Edition..I got a new laptop this week, trying to load some stuff from my PC to then put in the laptop, which is a Windows 7 system. When i try to write to the cd I get "no disk in the drive" I did try to upload a program from a disk I know is good and got the same thing. The last time I up loaded from a disk was two weeks ago when I installed a new Trackball type mouse and had no trouble doing that. What can have happened? and what do I do to further find out and how to fix it...Shirley

Answer:Computer doesn't recognise disk drive

robsmom said:

I have Windows XP Home Edition..I got a new laptop this week, trying to load some stuff from my PC to then put in the laptop, which is a Windows 7 system. When i try to write to the cd I get "no disk in the drive" I did try to upload a program from a disk I know is good and got the same thing. The last time I up loaded from a disk was two weeks ago when I installed a new Trackball type mouse and had no trouble doing that. What can have happened? and what do I do to further find out and how to fix it...ShirleyClick to expand...

Hi mate , run this utility

post the report , in device manager everything is fine ? Is there any yellow flag ? :wave

4 more replies