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win xp pro booting up to wrong drive or os

Question: win xp pro booting up to wrong drive or os

My firewall and antivirus software quit and I wasn't able to download another file or install files from antivirus or from windows update for some files.So I got into the thing and fixed most of the things, managed to install new virus software by changing the download name and did find a couple of bugs/trogans that were taken care of but now when I boot up I can't get to the place where I can get to press a key for the bios settings to change the boot sequence from CD to hard drive.Well have spotmau repair disk and it will boot me up and when I press that for boot from HD it boots me in to the os with no problem.When I try to fix things in dos, my dos shows a default setting for C:/windows/documents and settings/my username and I can't get the directory to change to C:I can change to D: but not to C:How can I get into bios to change things in the root or how can I get my boot.ini to boot up into my windows os? I am not sure now what the path would be now. I am using the boot.ini text I had before but it is not working for me. Just says press f1 to reboot os not foundHope you can help please. Sorry didn't remember where to find CPU other than in task manager and not sure where to see Ram either. :)Judy

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Answer: win xp pro booting up to wrong drive or os

when at C:\windows\documents and settingsmy username [\ not /]the command iscd\ to take you to the root of c: which is where the boot.ini is located.How about posting the boot.ini you want to use for review? Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question:

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Hi all, just playing with an old XP Home PC Sony Vaio
which I use primarily just for my cctv. 2hdds one with the OS and anything
else and one solely as a recorder for cctv. I put another hdd in it
which was laying around to just to see what
was on it with the intention of formatting it and using as a backup.
Everything still works
OK but it seems to have made itself the C drive and now boots into to XP Pro.
Storage drive is SATA other 2 are set to cable select Eide drives.
I would rather it booted from the original drive.

Answer:PC booting from wrong drive

On startup go into the BIOS and change the boot order. You can access the BIOS with the F2 key. If you have a newer unit the press the "Assist" button and choose "F2" to enter the BIOS.

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I have two hard drives, a 1.5TB drive, and a 160GB drive. Windows is installed on the 1.5TB drive, as are all my files and programs. The 160GB drive has a bunch of old files, and apparently the bootmgr and boot folder.

If I remove the 160GB drive from the machine, windows refuses to boot, plug it back in, it works fine. The setup with two hard drives I have now is temporary, as the 160GB drive will go into another machine.

My question is, can someone give me a step by step on how to make windows force to boot off the 1.5TB drive, ignoring the 160GB drive in the boot process completely?
I don't know how to do this in Windows 7, on XP I would just run the /fixmbr command and its related ones.

Thank you for any help in advance.

Note: I would really really rather not have to wipe and reinstall, I know it can be done without one as I've had this issue with XP before.

Answer:booting off wrong drive?

Right click on Computer> Properties> Advanced setup settings> Settings button under Startup and Recovery.

Under Startup and Recovery you will find Default operating system: Click on this and choose the operating system you want.

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I just installed a new Maxtor 500 GB hard drive to replace my older 300 GB. Want the 300 to be an additional drive
I thought I did everything ok.
Maxtor software cloned successfully.
Jumper settings are Master for the new drive, no jumper per Maxtor for slave (old) Cable is connected with the end of the cable to Master and middle to slave

Cable select wouldn't allow me to boot
Bios recognizes the new drive as primary Master and the old as primary slave. DVD rom is secondary master

However, the computer boots to the old drive and My Computer has that one as the C and the new one as E
Using XP Pro SP2
Belarc adviser calls the 500 drive (0) and the old one as drive (1)

The boot sequence is floppy, dvd rom and hard drive

Both drives are IDE

Also, when I restart, I get a "Disk boot error. Press any key". It then boots properly but to the wrong hard drive, the old one

I tried removing cables and power to the old drive but it wouldn't boot at all

I was looking at some other posts and found this

"Right-click on My Computer and select Manage, then click on Disk Management on the left side almost at the bottom."

When I do that, the top right window has both drives listed with the old drive (c) as "System" under status and the new one as "Active"

The bottom right window has the new drive "E" as disk 0 and "C" as 1

How can I get the new drive to be c and boot to that?

Can I simply rename the drives in Disk ... Read more

Answer:Booting to wrong drive

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I have had HDD problems recently - basically dead! I have taken a drive (an old Maxtor N256)from another PC to format and load XP to get the PC live again. To format it, I put into a removeable caddy in another PC (also XP)but thay PC keeps booting from the drive in the caddy. I have removed the jumper on the N256 (as I think that's right for Slave), so I'm puzzled why this is happening.Any ideas please?

Answer:Booting from wrong drive!

Why not do it in DOS using KillDisk click here

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Setup:
Western Digital 36.6 GB Raptor (x2 Raid 0) - Primary (Windows XP)
Western Digital 200 GB Sata HD - (Data Drive)
Maxtor IDE 80 GB - (data Drive)

I used to have Windows Vista installed on the 200gb drive, but formatted it through windows XP. Somehow, my computer is still booting from the 200gb drive, before the bootup process I see a message in text from Vista that There is a problem with windows. No kidding? I formatted the drive. Can anyone help me clear vista completely off of this drive, and get my Raptors back to the default primary drives?

Thanks for any thoughts/help!

Ian
 

Answer:Booting from wrong Hard Drive

Instead of formatting, I'd try wiping out the partition, since it sounds like you still have the vista boot record on their.

Also, did you use full format, or quick format?
 

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I want to transfer allot of files off my old pc to my new. I plugged in my old hardrive into the new pc, but everytime I try to boot up it tries to boot up off the old harddrive; which doesn't have windows on it... so the computer complains and restarts.
 

Answer:Windows is booting off the wrong drive.

In BIOS, change the boot order so that it doesn't attempt to boot from the old drive or at least tries to boot from the new one first.
 

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Hello,

So last night i tried to partition my 250gb hard drive into a seperate 50gb partition, it went through the process but was taking ages and then realised i didnt really need to partition it so i cancelled it.

It then loaded up windows, all my files were there and everything was in order. So i shut down my pc and then a couple of hours later turn it back on..

Now im getting a message along the lines of "windows xp failed to start sucessfully" and gives me an option to start windows normally, start with last working version or go into safe mode. now none of thse options work and all it does is eventually return back to the same screen.

Now when i go to go into safe mode although not working i can see it is look for the /system files but its looking in a directory called "partition/system..."

SO the only conclusion i can come to is that windows is now trying to load from the wrong partition when it should be loading from the c: drive.

Just found out that when trying to load in safe im getting this message when loading the system files "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1).."

I can only assume its left remaining files from the cancelled partition on there but I dont know why its decided to load from this partition and not as normal, is there anything I can do?
 

Answer:Booting to wrong hard drive partition

u're widows has been destroyed and will have to at least have a repair if not a reformat and reinstall. try the repair first.
 

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So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright

Answer:System booting from wrong drive after installing new parts

Originally Posted by Dright


So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright



Unfortunately, not knowing what parts you moved around makes it difficult to do a long-distance diagnosis but generally it doesn't take much to inadvertently plug the drive cables into a different controller port on the motherboard from what is was on when the OS was installed. When having such problems it is good to first unplug anything not needed such as external drives then try a... Read more

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So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright

Answer:System booting from wrong drive after installing new parts

Dright said:

So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright



Unfortunately, not knowing what parts you moved around makes it difficult to do a long-distance diagnosis but generally it doesn't take much to inadvertently plug the drive cables into a different controller port on the motherboard from what is was on when the OS was installed. When having such problems it is good to first unplug anything not needed such as external drives then try again.

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So I have had Windows XP Pro 64bit on a seperate hard drive for a while that I have installed first. I just decided today to partition my second hard drive and put Vista on it. The installation went fine.. but sometimes i get corrupted errors and the Main partition for Vista is listed as C when its listed as E in XP. This is causing problems. How can I make it so it stays E? This has been baffling me. Any help would be appreciated. thanks!

Answer:Dual booting XP and Vista is assigning wrong hard drive paths!! please help!

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I have an old install of XP left on an additional harddrive after I got a bigger drive and reinstalled... but now all of a sudden that's the only one it'll boot to! I had some other issues (caused, believe it or not by AVG).. and in the process of that I ran a repair installation over my new and proper XP.. with all the other drives disconnected.. and it was working fine, but as soon as I hook up the other drives... BLAM it's booting into the old install again. Now in disk management it's listed as the Boot Drive and the one that SHOULD be System is listed as active... i read something about making it active to make it boot from that drive... but it's not working.. what is the easiest way to modify where it boots from? I have been trying through the recovery console with fixmbr but that didn't work... i feel like there should be something more straightforward though!

note: the drive with windows that i want to boot off of IS listed first in the hdisk boot priority in the bios...
 

Answer:wrong installation of XP is booting

This may help:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022
Be sure your "Proper" boot drive is the one listed first in The BIOS boot order. The nomenclature can be confusing. For that matter, just switch the boot order and see what happens.
 

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hello,

i am working on a computer that is having trouble booting to the partition that contains windows.

somehow windows got moved from the c drive partition over to a different one. i am only able to get to windows via the recovery module (but i CAN get to it and it looks fine).

is there anyone who could please tell me how to modify the bios in such a way that it directs the system to boot into the partition that contains windows?

thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Answer:Pc Booting To Wrong Partition

Windows -> Run -> type in msconfig
Have a look under BOOT.INI . If XP is listed there, click it, then click set as default.

Hopefully this works.

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I have Windows XP and one disk. I added another 160G WD disk. The disk utility copied all the files from disk 0 (the original disk) to disk 1 and made it the new boot disk. How do I make disk 0 go back to being the bootable disk? When I unplug disk 0 , disk 1 boots up just fine. When I unplug disk 1 the computer will not boot up.
 

Answer:Booting up from wrong disk

Run your main disk as a cold boot install in Repair Mode.
 

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I have this audio latency problem on Windows 7 x64 and x86. These partitions were both on the same hard drive. XP doesn't have this problem but that is on my other hard drive. So, I'm thinking maybe the hard drive with the windows 7 partitions is bad, so I'm trying to test a Windows XP partition on that hard drive to see if it's the hard drive itself that's bad or Windows 7.

Well, the problem. I've made an entry in the boot menu but when I select "Windows XP WD", WD standing for Western Digital, it boots into the other XP partition that's on the other hard drive. This is with the Seagate hard drive first boot priority. When I make the WD hard drive first priority, it just goes to this black screen and stays there forever. Also, the drive letters are different on Windows 7 and XP. Example: XP is on partition D but when I'm booted on XP it is partition J but that's a minor problem that I'm not worried about at the moment.

Also, I cloned the XP partition to XP WD, so maybe they're conflicting? See attachment for settings. I've deleted my x86 partition, if you're wondering where it went.

Answer:Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition

Did you install Windows 7 last and was it a 'clean' install or an upgrade?

You can also go to Start > Run, type msconfig, click the Boot tab and set your default here.

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http://postimage.org/image/1knndxfno/

and eventually it gives me this error:

http://postimage.org/image/1kor2tric/

what did i do? all i did was restart after installing system-switch-mail-gnome

after i log in on black screen and type startx i get this:

http://postimage.org/image/1ks744sjo/
 

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HiI have just built a new XP 32 system,and all works fine. What I thought I would do to finish off was to connect my old system disk ??Seagate Barracuda 7200.7?? to my new system just to be able to access the data files, and copy them over to the new set up. I have done this before without any grief. I know that the old XP OS is still on there, but I did not think it would boot from it without me telling the system to do so.I thought things were suspicious when I checked the BIOS and it only seemed to see the IDE disk, which the seagate is. The seagate is connected to the MOBO through the IDE plug.The other two disks, including the new system disk, are connected via the SATA ports on the MOBO. When the IDE disk is not connected the system boots from the new C system disk, when the seagate IDE disk is connected the system boots from it. I?m sure I?m missing something really obvious, but its not obvious to me.Can anyone give me some advice as what settings to adjust so I can just access the data on the seagate disk and stop my pc from booting from the wrong disk? Just ran Belarc system audit, and for some reason my printer is being detected as a hard drive! Does this mean things are well wrong?MOBO Asus P5SD2-VMThanks for your time in readingKwisj

Answer:system is booting from the wrong disk

Printer is being detected as hard drive...   First, reset your CMOS, because your BIOS is evidently wonky and is not enumerating your USB devices properly.www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdp_L5IxaNINext, set your desired boot order.pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ss/bootorderchange.htm

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hello,

i am working on a computer that is having trouble booting to the partition that contains windows.

somehow windows got moved from the c drive partition over to a different one. i am only able to get to windows via the recovery module (but i CAN get to it and it looks fine).

is there anyone who could please tell me how to modify the bios in such a way that it directs the system to boot into the partition that contains windows?

thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
 

Answer:Solved: PC Booting To Wrong Partition

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Ever since i installed Mcafree Virus Scanner the clock on my computer upstairs (WIN 98) has decided to pick any time it wants, also when i boot up my num lock key has been turned off, meaning i have to press it to turn it on (which i didnt have to do)Plz Help and tell me why these are doing this :)

Answer:When booting up my clock says wrong time.

it could be the mobo cmos battery has died with most pcs it is simply a matter of unclipping the battery almost the size of a 10 pence piece and putting a new one in. they are normally a CR2032

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Hello folks -- I am desperating ..... I run a T500 (2082-8WG) with two times XPP on it. One on the first HDD bay which runs well. The 2bd I installed on a HDD in a bay (instead of CD-ROM) which runs perfectly just for a few days. I can use F12 at while booting and choose run the first HDD or the 2nd one without problems. But then, after 10-12 days passed it shows "NTLDR is missing" without any error the times before. It is amazing. I already tried several hints. I was told to install Win XPP with the 2nd HDD inserted in the 1st slot (even dont know why this should make any difference). I did this and again, the same problem. It sucks after a few days (did not count if there is a certain number of tries of days, I guess around 1-2 weeks and several times trying). It seems that BIOS doesnt not recognize the 2nd one after y few days but no clue for what reasons. Any ideas pls? Actually, I should mention, that NTLDR (246kb), NTDETECT.com and a few other system files ARE on the 2nd disk as well(which is called also Preload, like the first one)! Thanks Ignacio

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" while booting from bay HDD ... whats wrong?

If you unhide Hidden and System files on the first HDD, you can go to the root directory and copy NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to the other disk. I think EasyBCD can automate this for you.

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Hi

I have a Acer TravelMate 4150. When I tried to re-install Windows a couple of days ago I realised that I could not see the boot screen (Windows xp - loading screen). I could not enter the bios to set the boot seqeunce because the screen stays blank untill it enters Windows. I then connected my external monitor and noticed that the laptop boots on that monitor and as soon as it enters Windows, the laptops screen switches on. I have since re-installed Windows but still have the same problem.

I have check all the settings and no external monitors are enabled. My monitors are in the right order, when I "Identified" them my laptop screen would be nr1 and external 2.

Please help
 

Answer:TravelMate 4150 booting on wrong screen

Download and install the Acer's video driver from the Acer support site, and see if this fixes the trouble
 

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So i have made another partition on my computer. my computer is trying to boot into the drive with nothing on it giving my a no system disk error. So i put in my vista disk and it comes up with my main partition somehow on the d: drive and my new partition on the c: drive. All of my files are intact, the computer is just booting into the wrong partition. Please help.
 

Answer:Solved: vista booting into wrong partition

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So i just recently created two partitions on my home pc, one keeping windows xp and i installed windows 7 on the other one. I completely got all my programs and stuff back on windows 7 and it was all set. I decided i should delete the other partition containing windows xp so the windows 7 one could have all the harddrive space. I went into the partition program i was using, changed the windows 7 partition to primary instead of logical ( i think that's what it was, i can't really remember ) then deleted the windows xp one. It had to reboot my computer, then after it was finished deleting and stuff it rebooted again but now it just takes me to a black screen that says press a key to reboot. I got a copy of a windows xp recovery disk, and tried to boot from that but nothing. I even tried switching the boot sequence, but still no luck. I really hope someone can get back to me on this one, i've just stumbled upon this site and figured someone has to have some sort of advice on this disaster haha. I'm not even too sure if this is the right spot to post this, but i hope someone can help!

|Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Deleted wrong partition dual booting windows 7 and xp

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i have installed windows 7,when i restart pc sometimes it shows no bootable device found,but when i then restart putting in the linux installation cd,and load the linux kernel and restart,pc windows 7 starts normally...pls tell me what should i do to avoid this linux thing all the time....i mean what is wrong?

Answer:unique booting problem,any idea whats wrong

GRUB error...Did you ever have Linux installed on this machine ? ?Provide more details on how it's set up...

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So I have both Windows 7 and 8 on my machine and am currently primarily using 8. I save all of my work and files to my 8 partition C: whenever I choose the location, but for applications/programs that automatically save to a library and where I can't choose the location, those programs always save it to my Windows 7 partition E:.

For example, using Windows key + PrtSc takes a screenshot of your screen and saves it to your pictures library. However, the picture gets saved to E:\Users\[username]\Pictures instead of C:\Users\[username]\Pictures. I guess it thinks my main library is still on the 7 partition instead of the 8 partition. The same things happens with games that I play where the save files are automatically saved in the My Games folder in My Documents. The save files are saved in the E: partition documents library instead of C: partition documents library.

Basically, I don't know where I'd go or what setting I'd change to fix this behavior. My default OS is set to Windows 8 in msconfig and all of my games are installed on my C drive, so I don't know why they would save to my E drive. Since the screenshot command uses the same behavior, I'm guessing there's a setting somewhere that's making my Windows 7 library the default. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Files get saved in the wrong library when dual booting

Hello The Visitor,

You could use the tutorials below to help double check to see what folders you have added (included) in the libraries, and to see what folder you have set to be the default (for you) and public "save" location for a library.

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

Library - Set Default & Public Save Locations in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a Satellite M60 notebook which I formatted in 2007. At that time, I used a Product Recovery CD that I purchased from Tosiba Australia.
I now want to format my HDD again using the same CD, but this time when I boot from the CD, I get a "Wrong machine" error.
I assume that the information on my HDD has been corrupted which causes the utility to fail.

Can anyone provide me with any ideas on how to overcome this problem?

Answer:Re: Satellite M60 - Wrong machine error when booting from Product Recovery CD

>I have a Satellite M60 notebook which I formatted in 2007. At that time, I used a Product Recovery CD that I purchased from Toshiba Australia.
Sorry Richard but one thing is confusing for me. At this time every Toshiba notebook was delivered with recovery installations disc and it was in the box with brand new notebook model. I don't know where do you live and where you bought your notebook model but I don't understand is your notebook an Australian notebook model and you bought recovery CD in ?country of purchase?.

Recovery installations discs are specific discs created for certain notebook models. Before the recovery installations starts specific info on recovery disc will be compared to data saved on the notebook and just if the info matches recovery procedure will be continued. That means you cannot use recovery from some other notebook model and install it on your Satellite model.
This data is not saved on HDD and HDD is not relevant for this data check.

Usually when the notebook is repaired and mainboard exchanged technician must rewrite right information data. Sometimes this will be forgotten and a recovery installation ends with ?Wrong machine error?.

The question is: Was your notebook repaired in the past?

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Hello,
I have no idea where to start, a friend of mine sent me a link for Windows 8 Pro link, it's not original nor cracked, it's just non-activated (it kept asking me for activation key), that's not the problem tho.
I have windows 7 already, downloaded the iso he sent me, I tried to extract it into a flash, tried to boot from it, it didn't work, I said why not extracting it? I did, and opened setup.exe, and installed windows 8 successfully! And I could dual-boot normally.
I went back on windows 7, backed up my files into another partition, renamed the partitions into Windows 7, Windows 8, Others(backup) and went to windows 8 and started restorting from the new parition, after all I went to delete windows 7 in a stupid way by deleting the Windows 7 partition, it didn't work fully, some folders stayed as Windows/Windows.old ....etc, so I went to windows 8 partition to extend it since I deleted lot of gbs off the windows 7 partition, I've done so, and there was option saying to make it primary parition althought it was checked on windows 7, I checked on it and it went unchecked on windows 7, I didn't care much.. and it asked for reboot, and I did.


And here's the problem, it cannot boot anymore ...
It gives this error:
"The Boot configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors."


I certainly don't have any idea where this problem was made, because there's like 3 mistakes ..


1- Resizing and moving location of partitions?
2- Trying to del... Read more

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This is a silly problem to be having. I have two operating systems in a dual boot system. Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, C drive, (where I am trying to run the backup from) and Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit (I drive).

It used to work fine, I think round about 4 weeks ago or so. I am not sure what has changed but it no longer works properly. Instead it identifies my data drive as being a system which needs a system image created for.

I tried using the Backup reset registry key from the tutorials section but that does not work either. They say a picture can paint a thousand words, so here are some screenshots.

I am not sure what else you need to know. Its Dell XPS 420 with a RAID 0 (striping) drive...that is to say two drives combined together in an array (as I understand it). So it acts like one big hard drive.

Any help would be most appreciated!

Answer:Windows 7 Backup identifies wrong drive as a system drive

Welcome to the forum,

From your screenshots I don't see the problem you're talking about, Can't you just select the partitions you want and go from there?

What does it show when you expand the top "Data Files" ?

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I recently installed a new WD 160Gb drive. I partitioned, formated (NTFS) and installed Windows XP SP3 (using the Windows XP setup program). However, the system has reversed my CD drive and the HD letters.

It gave the HD "E" and the CD drive "C". (It should be the other way around) I can not change the HD letter back to "C". It says I can't change the boot volume letter assignment.

I set the boot sequence in the bios to boot from the CD first, the way it should be for installing a OS, right?

What did I do wrong? Why did it assign my CD drive "C" and my HD to "E"?

Scott
 

Answer:New hard drive assigned wrong drive letter..

Hello. Correct boot sequence, not sure why the letters are reversed - you might be able to (carefully!) correct them, article here seems to explain it fairly well? http://www.petri.co.il/change_system_drive_letter_in_windows_xp.htm
 

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I have just bought an AIO Asus desktop with 1 Tb of storage. The c: (Windows)drive is allocated 100gb and the d: drive 931gb. I just want to transfer all the data from my old computer. This was pretty much all in the folder c:>Users>Myname, but when I try to transfer it all into the same folder on the new computer, obviously with 100gb there is not enough space. Is there a simple solution to this?

Thanks and sorry I am not very technically gifted.

Answer:New computer, c: drive too small, d: drive wrong place?

It is highly advisable to keep as is and copy your personal data to drive D: so you can separate Windows OS and Data on two separate partitions.
Easier to backup/restore/refresh/reset Windows in case of Virus attack, Windows becomes unbootable etc... so you don't have to worry about data being loss.100GB is plenty for Windows and would run faster (less fragmented)less time to backup/restore Windows.You can also relocate what you save in C:\user\yourname to D:

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues) I have its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the content of drive G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive c:\ ??

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!
 

Answer:Solved: External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues not yet sorted out) I have occasionally to retrieve files from its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the full content of this external drive as G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive C:\ ?

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Answer:(Resolved) External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

The XP license for the Siemens is not transferable (OEM versions cannot be transferred).

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Greetings! Subject line says it all! I wish to resurrect an heirloom R31 with a dead hard drive by somehow upgrading the Bios to accept USB drive boot-ups with Windows and Linux. New HD out of question right now. I''m wondering whether there's an Ethernet/internet way of implementing this. I'm not a techie but I'll try to deal with techie solutions if possible. Thanks for any advice! Jim in NYC    

Answer:Can R31 Bios Be Upgraded Without (dead) Hard Drive To Allow USB Drive Booting?

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't know the answer to your question for certain.  I can say that on my almost-as-old R40 it is possible to boot a USB flash drive, but it takes a bit of a tap dance.
 
Hmm, are you looking to boot a flash drive or an HDD? Either way, this _might_ apply to your heirloom.  Some notes from my old blog:
 
...Since it looks like a HD, it does not show up in the laptop's boot device menu (F12 during boot), but it does show up as a hard drive deep in the BIOS config.  It would be much nicer if the BIOS would present the jump drive as an option in the "Removable Devices" portion of the boot device menu.
 
To boot from the formatted jump drive, first install it in a USB slot, then start the ThinkPad and go to the BIOS configuration screen:
 
BIOS SETUP>STARTUP>BOOT>HARD DRIVE>LEXAR...
 
Use F5/F6 to move the jump drive up to the hard disk default position (the first).  Save the configuration, and reboot to the jump drive, either by letting it default to HD, or by selecting Hard Drive via F12.  Once the jump drive has been removed (and/or the machine rebooted?) the jump drive will no longer be the default.  It is necessary to go to BIOS each time the jump drive is booted.
 
Maybe...
Z.
 

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My computer is old (but I love it). And recently I hear funny clicking noises from my C drive and it cannot always be accessed. I have win2k installed on drive C and winxp on another physical hard drive D. I am using only winxp on D.

If tomorrow my C drive is dead, will I still be able to boot xp on drive D? I read that the boot file is always on C. So if that is a problem, how can I fix it before C dies?
 

Answer:Solved: Old C drive might die any moment, will it affect booting winxp on D drive?

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After I received my new PC I immediatly added an old HDD for backups.

however it has always been labled as H: and not D: as I would expect. how can I change this?

Also I have a DVD-RW... and a standard DVD. However in my computer it shows a 3rd DVD Drive (I:)

In devise manager it is called OM1279F IMN650O SCSI Cdrom Device.

I don't have a 3rd drive - how do I remove it?

Answer:Drive letters all wrong - And additional CD-Rom Drive

From the start menu, right click on Computer and select Manage

From there, click to manage disk drives

Hopefuly this will give you enough information to figure out what is going on, and the tools to fx things (right click a partition to change its drive letter)

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I just re-installed my harddrive (with the wonderful help of Dell {sarcasm}) and now I can't re-install my software for my Dell AIO 942 printer. The jackwitts at Dell had a tech. come in and install my hard drive on the F: drive (instead of the usual c drive), (why, I have no idea) and the CD I have to intall the printer software does not give me an option on "browse .. drive to install" and I get a message "target drive full, delete files to continue download". It's obviously searching for a drive which is blank (no memory, no space etc.). I called Dell and did the rant and they did nada, zip, nothing. Even though I have a 3 yr. hardware warranty and they "assissted" me through this hard drive replacement. Which, of course their technician F&^*ed up by putting the OS on the F: drive.

So, can any of you help me figure out how I can get this CD with the necessary software (scan) to install to another drive? I already downloaded the drivers from the Dell website, but I can't use the scan feature. Dell has not a clue....I have spent holy mother of Jesus, more quality time with Dell in the last week re-installing the harddrive than I have with my two kids! @#$$%^^
 

Answer:Hard-drive reinstalled to wrong drive

Sorry ....having a hard time controlling the chuckles ....so, what you are saying is that the c drive is full and the new F hard drive will not come up in a save too destination?
Two ways to proceed, in my non-Dell way .....move some of the files and programs to the f drive (it is active and formatted, yes?) ....or do an explore and find the drivers and copy and paste to an HP folder on the f drive. ....thou I image they have to be on the c drive with all the other drivers ....
To move files and programs:
http://www.funduc.com/app_mover.htm

OHHHH ....your OS is on the f drive ....jezzzz ....what is on the c drive ...did you try changing the drive designations?
 

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When I put in the original charger to my ThinkPad E555 after pressing the power button, I get a message the wrong charger is connected. But when connected later or when off the laptop charges fine. A BIOS bug? I have BIOS 1.18 and WIndows 10.
 
 
Moderator comment: Model added to subject for clarity.

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After I once attached another hard drive, containing another install of windows 7, and (accidentally!) booted from it, I cannot boot from my original drive. Even though I have now disconnected the other drive, every time I try to boot from my original drive, it fails, and I see:






Quote:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Bot device and press a key


How can I get my computer to boot off of my original drive? And why would once booting from another drive screw up my original drive??

Also, if it's of any use / help - my new motherboard is a UEFI-enabled one, an ASUS Z77 Sabertooth...

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For some background - I purchased a new motherboard recently, and decided to just install a fresh copy of windows 7 when I did so. I purchased and installed to a new hard drive... everything was working fine - it was booting, starting up, etc. Then, I decided I wanted to grab some files off of my old drive - so I shut the computer down, hooked it up using an enclosure + an esata cable, then restarted... on startup, it recognized my old (now external) drive, and booted off of that. I then restarted my computer, checked the boot options, and set it so it SHOULD boot off my new (internal)... but it still booted off my old (external) drive. Finally, I disconnected my old (external) drive completely... and that brings us to where I began: with my new (internal) drive completely unable to boot.

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Answer:Can't Boot from orig. drive after attaching/booting from other drive

Ok, I guess I solved my own problem... going to post in case anybody else has a similar issue...

I got it to boot by setting the boot priority of the "Windows Boot Manager" BEFORE the priority of my DVD-drive. I guess I'll have to manually go into my BIOS to change the settings every time I want to boot of a CD/DVD. Annoying... but it works, I guess...

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I have had my computer for almost 18 months and the CD Drive has suddenly stopped loading games properly (all except Sims2). The disk speeds up, but repeatedly slows and stops the game loading, and if the game does load, it repeadly freezes and refuses to respond, thereby freezing up my whole computer. This is extremely frustrating as it takes some games upto 30 mins to load.  i have tried cleaning it using CD Lens cleaners, but they have no effect. is it time to get a new Cd Drive?CheersNantithus

Answer:What's wrong with my Cd Drive?

Probably yes, and they are relatively cheap. If you want to see if that is the culprit borrow a drive for a bit from another computer.  

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Question: Wrong drive HELP!

I have just installed XP on a new drive and guess what it has decided to call it my "E" drive. Is there any way to make this my C drive maybe by re naming it in another computer also running XP or if not if I reinstall it how can I stop it from doing this again? Will by re formatting the disk it remove the drive letter?Help please.Dave

Answer:Wrong drive HELP!

Is this a second drive or your only drive?

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I recently purchased a Lenovo Ideapad U410 running Windows 8. It has a 750GB HDD and 24GB SSD. From what I've read, the SSD is reserved for the operating system.  So why is my HDD labeled "Windows8_OS," while the SSD is labeled "Lenovo"? 













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Is my OS in the wrong drive?

You can read more about this here: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/Brand-New-U410-Ultrabook-SSD-not-Boot-Drive... The SSD is meant as a cache, not as a boot drive.

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I inserted a Windows XP CD into my optical drive but the computer wont boot from it. I chose boot from CD but the drive just makes some noise. So if it does not even want to boot from the CD/DVD drive, does that mean I need a new drive.? I have a Dell Inspiron 1300

Answer:Is there something wrong with my CD/DVD drive

"...does that mean I need a new drive...?", OR (more likely), the CD is dirty/defective/re-writable when it should not be, etc. With the scant information you have offered so far, there can be no solid conclusion on our part.Now we have to repeat questions that should have been answered in your original question... Like, have you tried that same CD in another computer? Have you tried another CD in this computer? You know, obvious stuff... whereby it does not , of a sudden, become our sole responsibility to extract piece-by-piece some of those basic baby-steps. Try again. Seriously, this time -- then, guess what, you might get some help.

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I use Lenovo Y410. Everything is OK until I find that its DVD(slot in model)  drive produces absurd noise. It's not normal if I compare it with Lenovo G400 that uses tray model. Sometimes, my laptop can't read a disc. I'm sure that it's clean and another computer and laptop can read it well. So, what happen with my laptop?

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CD Drive stopped working all of a sudden.
 

Answer:What is wrong with my CD drive?!

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Computer: Dell Inspiron 531s OS: Windows Vista Home Basic

Well, one day I just couldn't get my CD-ROM drive to read any disks on my Dell Inspiron 531s.

So I did a little investigating and found that the CD-ROM drive didn't show up on "My Computer" either.

I then decided to go check out my Device Manager.

As you'll see in the attached image of my Device Manager, the CD/DVD drive is under the "Other Devices" category.

I have tried deleting the Upper and Lower filter registries, then rebooting. That didn't do anything.

I also tried uninstalling the drive and rebooting. That didn't help either.

I'd also like to point out that it is showing up as an SCSI, but it is actually an SATA.
My BIOS recognizes it as SATA though.

Please Help!

~Espeon

Answer:Something wrong with my CD/DVD drive

I had much the same issue in my Toshiba, I found a fix at Toshibas web site, sorry, all I have to offer

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Something is wrong with my C Drive, and it's really getting on my nerves.
Ok, so my C drive has just under 10GB of space. As of right now, I have 200MB of space free on it and windows is telling me OMG YOUR C DRIVE IS FULL FIX IT NAO PLZ.

This is not a new thing. I haven't put anything new on my C drive in a long long time. No new programs, not files. In fact, I spend most of my time cleaning it out.

About a week ago, I had just under 1 gig of space on my C drive, due to all the cleaning I've been doing. Today, I have 200MB. During this week, barely used my computer. I did not put any programs on my C drive. I did not save anything onto my C drive. I didn't have anything to do with that drive. Despite this, 800MB somehow got used up.

This happens all the time. I clean out my C drive, within a few days, it's full again. And I'm running out of things to move/uninstall. There isn't that much on it in the first place.

What is happening and how do I stop it?
 

Answer:What wrong with my C drive?

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My Cd burner crapped out on me so I "borrowed" my moms out of her comp but when I try to boot up with it installed I get this message

Verifying DMI Pool Data...........
Boot From ATAPI CD-ROM:
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

So I cant get into windows at all if it is plugged in.

My specs;
Soyo KT-400 Dragon Ultra(Black)
AMD XP 2400+
1G Ram
120G Seagate HDD

And the Cd-r Drive I am trying to install is
SONY
CD-ROM UNIT
MODEL NO. CDU5211

Can somebody please help me?
 

Answer:Something wrong with cd-r drive.

Change the boot order in the bios setup. Sounds like you have it set to boot to cdrom first OR, you have the cdrom drive on the same cable as the hard drive and both are set to master.
 

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I copied all my music dvds to a hard drive last year, and today I tried to replace some of the files that were deleted and my drive can't even read the discs. It plays part of the menus and then stops. Do you think the drive is dirty somehow? I hate dvds so I never use the thing, it's the flakiest technology, but I really want my music back.
 

Answer:Is there something wrong with my DVD drive?

So frustrating. My PS2 and portable dvd player (which i never use to play dvds BTW it has a usb port) reads them fine.

The drive did copy one 7gb dvd entirely and failed with the other ten. It gives an 0x80030309 error which apparently means it can't read the information so it believes it's encrypted.

I tried the Microsoft DVD test but it had a runtime error

So to recap:- The dvds & the actually drive work fine. They just don't work together.
 

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i have a fairly new computer and it's been working fine until a couple of weeks ago. the cd/dvd-rw drive is working really slow, both when burning and during playback - during playback the sound gets distorted and slowed down. i thought it was time to reinstall the driver or install a newer one, but i can't seem to find one for my drive.

i've got a packard bell ixtreme 6690, AMD Athlon 3700+, 2GB SDRAM, 2x250GB HD

the device name of the dvd-rw drive is: HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GWA-4164B

please help me!!
 

Answer:something's wrong with my dvd-rw drive!

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My laptop freezes up a lot at very strange moments. For example, if I use alt + tab to navigate between windows sometimes it freezes. It has even frozen when going to start -> run -> then typing a program to run and hitting enter. If I don't hit enter and use the mouse and click OK it won't freeze.

The HP diagnostic software finds nothing so I installed the manufacturers HD utility tester. I do the quick scan and it gets to 90% and never finishes. Any idea what is going on?
 

Answer:What could be wrong? Hard Drive?

It could also be bad ram. Try running Memtest86+ for about an hour to rule out of it's a ram problem.
 

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Hi All,

So I've decided that I want to use a Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB for my Win 7 OS C-drive and my WD 500GB drive as my E-drive for files.

The problem is that I thought of this after installing it on the 500GB drive.

Will it be okay to reinstall on the new drive if I delete Win 7 on the old one?

If so, is it pretty simple to reformat a drive with an OS on it?

Sorry for the noob questions...

thx

Don

Answer:Installed Win 7 on wrong drive Do-over?

Was Win 7 an upgrade or full version?

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So when i open my computer it only says hardrive has 127gb but its a 500gb hard drive in my bios it shows its 500gb also. Anyone care to explain this to me.

Answer:Is something wrong with my Hard drive?

Do you have hibernation disabled? Do you have system restore off? Do you have shadow copies off?

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I bought a Pioneer 108 from Big Pockets answering a special offer for 29.99. They said they were waiting for new orders so I waited a few days extra and it arrived today. It says it is a DVR-MCC. Is this really a 108? I've never heard of it.

Answer:Wrong Pioneer Drive?

fazza8,yes it is a pioneer drive, although I couldn't be totally sure about the model no'.

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I'm working on a second-hand computer for a family member. There is one physical drive, but it shows as two logical drives C and E. Drive C has roughly 70 GB while E has 5 GB. Windows XP is located in the smaller E drive so E is behaving as if it's the primary drive. Examples: My Documents on the Start menu is located on E as are most programs, and Command Prompt automatically begins at E. (Oddly, IE and Messenger are on C.)Initially I had assumed the previous uses had installed a second, smaller hard drive for the kids until I downloaded Windows updates. The smaller E drive is now full. Recovery turned itself off because lack of disc space has reached critical levels. Can I still undo the updates? The larger, C drive is practically empty. First I would try reinstalling Windows, but the computer didn't come with any discs. Is there anything else to do? What would have caused this in the first place? Dell Dimension 3000physical memory 512 MB, virtual memory 2 GB2.4 GHzXP Home SP2virus programs: Came with a trial program. I scanned it with no viruses found, and then I deleted it to make way for Avast which I haven't had a chance to get. I also ran AdAware.Thanks for any help.

Answer:Wrong primary drive?

The anomaly you describe generally occurs when an external drive or usb device is connected during the OS installation. And you will need an OS cd to change anything now (you need to format and reinstall).

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I have this laptop NEC Lavie LL750/B and it's made in japan it has 44pins + a few jumper pins(not 100% sure). I ordered the SAMSUNG HM160HC 160GB 2.5" IDE PATA HARD DRIVE HDD and unfortunately it doesn't fit inside my laptop... It had the same pins but the plastic covering on each side the side pin is in the way and the hdd can't go all the way in.if they both have the same pins shouldn't they fit? Or are they doing this so that I can only buy Hard drive from Lavie?Should I return the Hard drive?Here's the pic comparison: http:[email protected]/4520425216/

Answer:What's wrong with this Hard drive?

Google around for Laptop hard drive enclosures...Just to give you an idea, look here:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2781&name=2.5Put the drive in an enclosure and hook it up through USB

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Hello guys, firstly I would like to thank anybody in advance who takes the time to help me out.

I will try explain this the best I can, windows is using the wrong hard drive to install things on and always gives me the message saying low disk space, on the hard drive that my computer doesnt use.

I currently have 3 hard disk drives:

D: meant to be my C: drive or "main computer hard drive"
I: recovery drive (something my computer came with)
C: my external hdd.

I have also got a screenshot to help explain the problem:


Shot at 2007-08-19

Answer:XP using wrong hard drive

How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

Change C to F (temporary)
Change D to C
Change F to D.

Three steps.

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Guys 'n' Gals,A month or so ago I tried to plug my Patriot XT USB drive into my PC (XP SP2) to download some photos. The USB pen said it was being charged but the PC  seems to have no inkling that it's connected. I can't force it to pick  it up when it can't see anything there at all. I've not been able to connect it to the PC since.Can anyone suggest what might (not) be happening?Thanks,all-- chris

Answer:what's wrong My USB drive can't play in my PC?

QuoteThe USB pen said it was being charged but the PC  seems to have no inkling that it's connected.Being charged?  I've not seen a message like that when I've connected my USB drives to any system...

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Hello and thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

I have a laptop hard drive that I pulled, because the motherboard was toast. I inserted the laptop HD into a USB unit that basically makes the hard drive an external HD. The hard drive has two partitions C: & D:. I can access the data on the D: partition, but when I try to access the C: partition I get the following error message:

the wrong diskette is in the drive. Insert (Volume Serial Number into the drive.

I need e-mail data, etc... from the C: partition. Does anyone know how I can get to it?

Again, thanks for any help you can provide.
Conrad
 

Answer:the wrong diskette is in the drive

Have you tried changing the USB ports that the external enclosure connects to?

Have you tried attaching it to a second PC to see what happens?

If so, I would say try data recovery software. Sounds like the drive's partition table may be corrupted (as one possibly) and that partition is not being "recognized" properly.

What operating system are you using and what is the make/model of the hard drive?
 

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I know I have more than 1 GB free but it keep telling me that I only have 140MB free. And it keeps telling me I have to free space.

Is there a way to fix it?

Thanks
 

Answer:Something wrong with my hard drive

How do you know?
What OS?
 

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Question: Wrong Drive Icon

Hi, I have a wrong drive Icon on local disk C, I have no idea how this happened, I need feedback to solve this

Answer:Wrong Drive Icon

i beleive that if you search the tutorials section of these fine forums you'll find one that tells you how to reset all your icons , or possibly somebody might provide you with a link good luck

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Hi,

I have been having some issues with my computer: it's been operating extremely slowly and constantly hanging/freezing. My antivirus and malwarebytes would also freeze during the scan and never complete scanning, so I think my computer might be infected with something. Someone suggested that I might have a hard drive problem, so I ran a check disk and got the following results. I can't understand what they mean, however, and was hoping somebody could tell me what these results mean. Thanks in advance for any help!




Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS
Volume label is ACER

Adisk check has now been scheduled.
windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is veryifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
File record segment 101200 is unreadable.
File record segment 101201 is unreadable.
File record segment 101202 is unreadable.
File record segment 101203 is unreadable.

174336 file records processed.
File verification completed.
661 large file records processed.
4 bad file record processed.
0 EA records processed.
44 reparse records processed.

CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
Deleting index entry NA00530_.WMF in index $I30 of file 97819.
Deleting index entry NA00532_.WMF in index $I30 of file 97819.
Deleting index entry NA00538_.WMF in index $I30 of file 97819.
Deleting index entry NA00784_.WMF in index $I30 of file 97819.

231272 index entries processed.
Index verification complet... Read more

Answer:What is wrong with my hard drive?

The results mean that your hard drive has bad clusters -- an indication of hardware failure. When an OS encounters bad clusters, it tries over and over to read them, eventually timing out. This causes long delays in reading from the drive.

In this case, my guess would be that the drive is failing, and the sooner you can get another drive and migrate the contents of this drive to it, the better.

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I don't know where I press, my cursor suddenly stopped and I can't find it so I couldn't do anything and press power button to shut down the PC. Later when I power up it wasn't working properly so I switch off again and remove my battery,place it again and switch on. From that time on it's showing f11 system recovery. It saying to choose language and then some repairing options.When I'm trying some troubleshoot option it's showing some problem with PC so it can't be and shut down.When I shut it down and again switch on it's showing Disk checking(I can skip if I want). After 10 sec it's showing scanning and repairing C drive. After completion my PC is opening normally,good to go but not really good. Other day I discover that my cursor is disappeared or stuck some time I had to press any key to unfreeze or find it. Another problem is that other day when I was watching a movie my cursor started automatically fast forward the movie. These things are continuing. What should I do?

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hi

i got error message says

windows- wrong volume is in the drive ... this only happens when i try to install Applications with 2 discs

example :

i installed an application from disc1 called (DV1) when it needs the other disc (DV2) i insert the second disc

and press ok ... after a while the error message appears and says :

wrong volume is in the drive insert DV1 and try again .. HELP ME PLEASE !!

** SRY FOR BAD ENGLISH **
 

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Ok last night my music suddenly stopped playing, and I found the reason was that my laptop thought my external HD was plugged in twice. The usual letter for the drive is E. However it also showed G. When I physically disconnected the HD, only the G disappeared. So I thought this was weird, but it was late so I didnt really bother thinking too much, I was going to bed. This mornming I booted up, and tere it is again, only now it comes up as G, and no E is present at all. This is really inconvenient because I have ALOT of data on the external HD which is associated with 'E:/...'. Is there any way to put it back to recognising the drive as E, and is there any way I can avoid this happening again?Edit - Resolved

Answer:Ext. HD drive letter is wrong =/

Right clik My Computer and select Manage...then Disk Management.Find the drive and right clik it and select "Assign Drive Letter".Make sure the letter isn't already in use.Re-boot to make sure the changes have taken effect.

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I installed Win XP Pro to replace Win 98. It ended up on Drive (D) instead of C. D is too small but drive C is 20 G. Can I remove and reinstall on C and how do I do that?ThanksHenry

Answer:I installed win XP Pro on wrong drive. What c

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Question: Drive mapped wrong

My Local Disk is mapped to drive H and I want to Map it so it is C - like most computers are.
I can't do it in disk management, is there away of doing it without reinstalling windows?

Answer:Drive mapped wrong

The only way that I know to change a boot drive letter to C: is to do a repair install with only that drive and the optical drive connected...assuming that some other drive has the C: letter assigned.

Louis

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Hello everyone, I have just recently bought a new 250 GB Hard Drive and i'm having problems with it. I hooked it up correctly and it shows in the bois that it is in my computer, but when i check My Computer, it only shows one Hard Drive. I am really confused. Do i need a Driver for my Hard Drive? Or is something just wrong with it? Please help!

Sincerely,
ME!

P.S. I have a Western Digital Cavier SE 250 GB Hard Drive if it helps
 

Answer:What's wrong with my Hard Drive ?!?!?!

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Question: Wrong drive letter

I have had this happen before but I have just re-loaded WP Pro and it hascome up with the C drive shown as G. I have reread the former replies I had on this subject and still cannot correst the error.Windsor

Answer:Wrong drive letter

Generally when this happens, it is because you have an internal multi-card reader installed.If you do, then unplug this card reader (it will be plugged into one of the USB slots on the motherboard) and carry out the reinstall again. Once Windows has installed you can plug the card reader back in.I can't think of another way to fix it if there are no extra drives connected.

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I installed a program a few days ago (Micro Measure) Just used it to take a few pictures but then could not find the pictures it took. The program has installed on my C: drive just like it said but it is saving all the pictures to my external Hard Drive. That's No good it is not always connected to that PC and i don't want it saving thing there by default anyway, i can change it to save in my pictures folder on C: but it makes me do it every time for every picture.so i uninstalled the program,used a disk cleaner and registry cleaner unplugged the external Hard Drive.Tried to install the Program again and now it is telling me that H: is an invalid drive.(H: is what the external hard drive was labeled when it was connected) Since then i have tried a couple of times,i have tried it with the drive unplugged as i said,i have tried it disabled even connected it uninstalled the external hard drive unplugged it rebooted and still this program will not install again unless i put the external drive back on.It must have saved some information somewhere but i cant track it down and delete it. I'm guessing it must be in the registry somewhere. Does anyone know how i can override this because when it says H: is invalid drive the only option is to exit.

Answer:Wrong Drive Instalation

Welcome
Go back prior to the install with system restore. System Restore - How to

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Lately I had to install my Windows XP over again due to viruses and whatnot. Once I install XP, I notice that the letter drive isn't C: anymore, but H:, so I re-format my whole HDD, re-install XP, and same thing happens. I also noticed that when I go into disk management that 4 removable disks are there and 1 of them is C:. Now, how do I get rid of them so that when I am installing XP, installation will automatically accept C: and not pay attention to removable disks.

Answer:Wrong Letter Drive.

Hi tupadjia !

Easiest way is to remove all your removable disks before you start the installation process again and only leave the HDD you want to install XP on connected. Make sure to do a new install by formating your HDD again and not just a repair install.

If you feel adventurous (since you don't seem to be too worried about formating your drive again if anything goes bad) you could give this other solution a try : it will allow you to change your system drive letter without resorting to reinstalling. That's not recommended though and I would only use it in case for some odd reason you end up with a system drive letter different from c: when reinstalling again.

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Question: Wrong Drive Letter

Hi, I recently installed a new 160 Gb Hard drive and then installed XP pro. and SP2. I didnt realise it at the time but I made the mistake of Not disconnecting my Card Reader, consequently My hard dive is I: instead of C:I have Partition Magic 8.0 installed is there a way i can use this to change the drive letter to C:Kind regards

Answer:Wrong Drive Letter

This tells you how to do it under xp (and vista), click here.But note the warning;"1. You should not change drives containing system information or installed programs."If you haven't installed any software (other than the os), then there may not be any probs.There should be a way to do it, in a non-destructive way, from within PM 8, unfortunetly, it's been many years since I last used it.The same Q was asked on google answers, you may find it helps, click here

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In My Computer it shows my DVD as my 750 Zip Drive, how do I fix this?
 

Answer:Solved: DVD drive wrong

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hey guys ya i accidently donwloaded the wrong driver for my vid. card and then i tried to unistall it (cuz i didt kno if it wud hurt it or not) then it unistalled my main driver for my vid. card!!! what do i do? i got my comp. from some guy who has a comp. store and he didt give me any disks!! is there any other way to fix this??? i cant even get my desktop screen loaded...it says "BIOSTAR" and wont go past that...can you guys help me? thanks.
 

Answer:i downloaded the wrong drive and..

I have a similar problem except my card works. I can view everything, but when I scroll the screen skips. In a previous thread I was told to update my driver, but I do not have a driver for my card because I restored my computer. Anyone know where to get a driver (standard vga) At least, thats what it said when I tried to install a ati driver.
 

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a couple months ago, my hp pavillion dv4000 ran into some big problems, all of a sudden, our hard drive was corrupt and there was the blue screen of death... So we reinstalled windows and its now slower than it used to be. And now the fan isn't working. It keeps overheating and emergency shutdowns. (over 100 degrees F) the fan just won't move, I tried changing settings in BIOS, but I couldn't find it. BIOS was there before I reinstalled windows, but now its gone! (I already did disk cleanup but defragmenter won't work)

How can I get back BIOS and get the hard drive working properly again?
And get the fan to run? (I already tried NHC and Speedfan but they don't work)
my specs:: Microsoft windows XP
home edition
Version 2002 Service pack 3
Intel(R) Pentium(R) M
processor 1.73Hz
1.73 GHz, 0.99 GB of RAM
 

Answer:something wrong with Hard Drive/Fan

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System: 20gb AMD 1700 running Win98 & Win2k Pro as dual boot.

I had a "no pagefile" error coming up after login that would not allow me to login on either OS. I ran win2k setup and repaired the drive but know most of my programs are looking for an H: drive and now it's D:. Is there any way to fix this ?
 

Answer:Most programs are looking for the wrong drive

This issue seems to be related to the Install shield. Anytime I try to install something that uses the install shield I get the wrong drive error. I've been going through the registry trying to change all of the H: to D: but it's gotta be an easier way.
 

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Hi,

After removing an SSD (W from my rig I discovered that my system would no longer boot and gave the error:

NTDLL not found. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

I put the drive back and was able to boot. Attached is my disk management. I recently installed plugged in a new 4TB HDD, and I can see that it too, has had an EFI Partition now, presumably because I plugged it into Sata port 1(?)

To be safe, I've used Windows to create a system image on drive Q: and a repair disk. The wizard said it backed up the EFI partition to drive Q as well.

So my question is, what's the easiest solution here? Can I pull out all the drives and restore from the image onto a new SSD? Or is there an easier way using another method? I want to get all of the required boot stuff on to C:. Thanks!

Answer:EFI Partitions on wrong drive

Hi, good that you're familiar with disk imaging.

The most reliable method is

a. shrink C: so you leave enough space for the other partitions
b. Ensure you have a disk image of your existing C:
c. Wipe your system disk
d. Delete any other stray Win 10 OS related partitions on other drives.
e. Clean install Windows (same build)
f. Replace the OS partition with that from your image (a)
g. Run startup repair from Win 10 boot medium

Win 10 will create partitions on other drives if there is insufficient space on the drive where you intend the OS to be installed. E.g. Disk 6 has a 450Mb Recovery partition, Disk 2 EFI as you noted.

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Hi,

After removing an SSD (W from my rig I discovered that my system would no longer boot and gave the error:

NTDLL not found. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

I put the drive back and was able to boot. Attached is my disk management. I recently installed plugged in a new 4TB HDD, and I can see that it too, has had an EFI Partition now, presumably because I plugged it into Sata port 1(?)

To be safe, I've used Windows to create a system image on drive Q: and a repair disk. The wizard said it backed up the EFI partition to drive Q as well.

So my question is, what's the easiest solution here? Can I pull out all the drives and restore from the image onto a new SSD? Or is there an easier way using another method? I want to get all of the required boot stuff on to C:. Thanks!

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How come my HD's are letters C and E, and my CD is D and CDRW is F? snot a big deal, been like this all along, but wouldnt mind changing HD E to D and CD from D to E. the two hard drives are on the master IDE and the two CD's are on the Secondary IDE.
 

Answer:drive letters wrong

Can you access the device manager (right click on my computer, properties, device manager) and change them there to what you want? You'll need to click on each cdrom, and each hard drive.....you should be able to re-arrange them.
 

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Hi there.

I'm trying to help my mate with his dead laptop. It was running Vista and the HD was partitioned in 2 parts (lets call them C and D). Of course the C drive had the OS, and also his Documents folder. The D drive wasn't really used for anything, but did have some files on it.

I have taken the HDD out and put it into an enclosure, and connected it to my laptop via USB. After a LONG time I can see both partitions in Explorer. When I access the D drive everything works normally - the disk runs silent, and file access is fast, and I've copied everything off. However, when I try to access the C drive everything slows down, and the HD makes a heck of a noise. I can navigate through the folder structure to get to individual User folders, but when I try to access the one we need to recover files from it returns a Data Error (cyclic redundancy check). I know these are bad, but is there actually a mechanical problem with the HD?

What is my next step to recover files from C/Users/Idiot** ?

Thanks for looking - any advice?

Rick

** of course he hadn't backed up his files. Would I be posting if he had........

Answer:What is wrong with this hard drive?

Could be some bad sectors causing the issue but it may just be the drive is getting ready to fail. You can attempt recovery using something like TestDisk, GetDataBack or Recuva but you may get similar errors.
You may want to try to scan and repair bad sectors to see if that will at least allow you to get some of the data off the drive.

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Hi there. Hoping that someone might notice this... I am dealing with this older PC, which has Vista 64bit and XP 64bit Pro. installed as double boot. Both systems boot fine. However, XP was installed AFTER Vista. So when you boot into XP, the system assigns Drive Letter D: to XP, and Vista remains at C:. I have reinstalled XP. Didn't change anything. Vista still asserts itself. I have used the tips of changing the registry with Mounted Devices, renaming and restarting. That messes up things and XP will no longer boot. So I had to restore it with an image backup. One of those challenges. What if I do the Regedit thing of changing the Drive letter ONLY for Vista, which has a C:? Will the XP system automatically set itself at C: at reboot? Thanks in advance for guiding me in that.

Answer:Wrong OS Drive letter

Welcome to the Forums.
XP isn't finicky about drive letters like Vista and Windows 7. I had a dual boot system with Windows 7 booting as C:. When I booted Windows 7 it thought XP was on D:. When I booted XP it saw itself as on drive H:.

Everything worked fine though. If you want both OS to think they boot as C: then you are likely to get into some trickery not easy to maintain. As far as i know XP can be on any drive letters other than A: and B:.

If you are restoring XP from an image of C: you might have issues. But to do an ordinary install of XP it should not care what it is on.

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some how and not knowing when my C drive on my laptop became a format GPT?
I noticed it when trying to do a re deploy using Macrium.
right now I am doing a clean all.
could some tell me what steps to be sure it will be ntfs when I will be re installing 1511 10586 which I just created.
Will a clean install put everything right?
Shipinomore

Answer:C: drive wrong format

NTFS is a file system type, like FAT or FAT32.
GPT is a drive structure format like MBR, either of which can have a file system format of NTFS or FAT32, NTFS being the one to use.
GPT requires a computer that has a EFI BIOS. It's what all new computers come with.

Not sure why you wanted to get rid of it as what you had should have been fine.
What problem were you trying to solve. Was it a redeployment issue?

Edit: Forgot to say, a clean install will not change the drive format from GPT to MBR, nor should you do that unless you have a really good reason to do so. If absolutely required you would have tio convert the drive from GPT to MBR.

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I am running Windows XP.
I have just recently installed AVG free version and some audio and viedo codecs.
I put a CD in my drive an went to My Computer to open it up and the cd drive was not even there!
The drive I have is GENERIC DVD+RW 4XMax. I went to device manager and the message for the drive was ( actual error message ) "Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19) Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device." The troubleshooter did squat.
I have tried importing some backups of the regestry but I recive an error message that says that it cannot access the regestry. I have also tried system restore but I recive another error message that says quote: that System Restore was unable to restore your computer. There have been no changes from the recent state of Windows. :unquote

Please help me I DO NOT WANT TO DOWNLOAD ANYTHING.( unless I positivly need to ) But anything else is good for me.
Your help will be GREATLY APPRICIATED!!!
 

Answer:Solved: Something Wrong with CD Drive

Fix for missing DVD/CD drives.

Create a text file with NOTEPAD containing the following data exactly as below and name it FIXCD.REG
You should have 3 boxes on the bottom in NOTEPAD.
1)Filename : fixcd.reg
2)Save as type: all files
3)Encoding: ANSI
If you do not change it from txt type to All files type, then the file will actually be fixcd.reg.txt, this won't accomplish the desired result

Double click on the file and say yes to the merge into registry question.

----------------------- Use text after this line, contents of FIXCD.REG -----------------------------
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}]
"UpperFilters"=-
"LowerFilters"=-

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdr4_2K]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdralw2k]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdudf]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UdfReadr]
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i am trying to install a program off the net, windows installer opens , starts , then says invalid drive:f:/ and terminated the installation how do you redirect windows installer in xp professional? Thanks
 

Answer:invalid drive wrong

Have a look over here: http://forum.java.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=743957
 

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Hey there specs are as:

Dell XPS 720
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU
[email protected] GHz
2.40 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS

Anyways... I seem whenever I boot up my comp. a message constantly occurs:

a box appears and on top it says "CorelOMonitor.exe - Not Found", and below that, inside the box it states:

The Wrong Volume Is In The Drive.Please insert Disk into drive Z.

Thinking it was Corel Snapfire. I had inserted Corel Snapfire installation cd it said a similar statement, but at least it was on the same track as being a similar issue.

Because my iPod is connected via my ubs port, it always pops up whenever my iPod is connected.

Even though this is small issue, it can get very annoying as it is constant.

I had done a full scan using AVG 7.5, and had solved some issues, but not this.

I had tried changing the partition using "Diskmgmt.msc" in my RUN program on the start menu, and still no avail. also trying this going under an admin user.

Hopefully this is some what understandable. I mean green on these sorts of issues, and would really would like some support.

thanks, any more info, just ask.
 

Answer:The Wrong Volume Is In The Drive...

Sounds like it is trying to boot from this drive 'Z' - enter Boot Order in Bios and make it NOT so!
 

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I've just installed a second HDD (Maxtor 80Gb). Had to use MaxBlast to overcome bios limitation. Anyway, the Pc(win98) is now looking for the CDs at F: drive which doesn't exist - instead of E: drive, as shown to be where the CD is, under "My computer".Any ideas as to what I can do?Andy

Answer:PC can't find CD - looking at wrong drive...

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How do I get a program to download to D drive instead of C when no option is given?  Also how do I free up space on C drive when I have no idea what to delete/move?    Thank you

Answer:Dowloading to wrong drive

Downloading with what, a web browser?  Which one?

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Dell Dimension DIMC 521 Windows xp sp3 Can't write to dvd drive.  Did uninstall,shutdown,reboot.  Nw Hdwr Wiz found DVD RW drive, which is correct. Seconds later another Nw Hdwr Wix found Cd-ROM drive for the same device.  Where is it coming from and how do i get rid of it. Any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:wrong ddriver for dvd drive

Did this just start (did it ever work properly)? If so, have you just installed any new hw or sw that is related to dvd's / cd's?

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I bought me a new hard drive. I loaded Windows 7 onto my new HD. It loaded perfectly. The hard drive was recognized right away. I used the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade CD. I could not find my Vista CD so I used this one.

Right now when I boot my hard drive my computer is dual booting. It is asking me which operating system I want to use:

Windows 7

or

Windows 7

Obviously I have a bootable version on both hard drives. So, my computer is a little confused. While I do not think this could cause harm I would like to address it. Do I just go into my bios and select the single drive I want to boot from? How do I set this up so just boot from the one drive?

Or have I done something more serious? I am not sure if this is an HD or operating system 'error'. So, I placed it in general. Any help would be awesome!

Answer:New Hard Drive - I did something a little wrong

Go into msconfig > Boot tab and delete the one you do not want.

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I wish I could attribute this to someone other than me...
We have a new Dell XPS that came with XP installed. One our techs messed up the installed version of XP (long story). She asked me to reinstall XP with the disk that came with the computer. While doing the install, I accepted the default installation location, which was evidently the "D" drive. Of course, Office and everything else is having fits b/c its looks for default paths on "C".

Is there anyway to move XP to the C Drive without doing a full reinstallation? (please tell me there is)

If I do have to do a full installation to get XP on C, how do I get it off of D?

Can I change the drive letters using the Disk Mgt Option (i.e. change D to C), and is this a good option?

Thanks in Advance!!
~Ashley

Answer:XP Installation on Wrong Drive

Eh, with that much going wrong, might as well wipe the drive and put it all back on the right way, you'll probably just run into little nitpicky things down the road if you don't.

If there's any data on there you need, back it up and wipe it.

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I just got my new T61 and realized that they did not ship me what I ordered. what should I do? I ordered PN: 42V8715 DVDREC8XMAXDUALLAY,UBAYSLM INSTEAD THEY SHIPPED PN:39T2850 They will both read dual layer dvd's but the one I ordered will write to the dual layer dvd's. Has anyone else had this problem? Should I call warranty or tech support? Thanks!

Answer:wrong optical drive sent with my T61 what to do?

42V8715 is the part number used in the ordering system.   39T2850 is the part number of your drive and 39T2851 is the replacement number (FRU) of your drive.   fwiw, this is a +/-DL read/write drive so there's no reason to swap it out.these links should be of some help:http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-67920.htmlhttp://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-67919.html

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