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250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Question: 250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

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Answer: 250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

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Hey guys,

I have a home made computer, System is running off a 250gb hard drive. When I first formatted it, it was showing 232gb (this was ages ago) but somewhere along the way it has changed to 184gb. If I open disk management it shows the drive cannot be extended to fill the space, and even shows that 184gb is the maximum that can be used. However when I use diskpart to look at it in command prompt it shows 232gb as the size of the drive. I have tried extend in diskpart, but it does not let me fix the problem.

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1.

Would love any help that anyone can give me!


Answer:[SOLVED] 250gb (232gb formatted) drive showing as 184gb?

Welcome MrMatt90.

Does your system only have one hard drive?

Is the drive you mention the one with your Operating System installed on?

Have you created any backups?

Are there any partitions?

When was the last time you ran chkdsk? I suggest you run it on your drive...
> - Click the start globe/button
> - type cmd and run cmd.exe as administrator
> - type chkdsk /r ?: (replacing the ?: with the drive letter, probably c:)
> - it will ask to run scan on next restart, type Y and restart.

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I recently formatted my hard drive from DOS. I was running Windows95, but having recurring problems. Figured I'd start fresh and re-install. Well, now all my computer does is run BIOS and stops there. I've tried a number of different boot disks but with the same result --- "Non-system disk or invalid disk. Replace and hit any key". How can I get DOS or Windows loaded back on my system?

Answer:Newly formatted hard drive

Welcome to the board.

Try this:

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I have a friends T-30. I formatted his virus corrupt hard drive. Then removed it and testing it an external case. I reinstalled into the T-30 and when I insert any XP install disk the CD runs but does nothing. I've tried 2 xp doisk and they both will boot my other two notebooks so the cd is good. I can boot with a dos boot cd and a windows boot cd. when I boot with the win cd then install the xp cd its reads menu but when I hit install it does nothing but sit and spin. I also have tried same with a USB Cd  I can boot from it but not install an operating system, I have installed many hd for people and never had this problem. Any suggestions?

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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Hello all

I'm having trouble finding installed programs in my hard drive after installation.

For multiple programs, once I've installed them there isn't any folders/files visible anywhere in the directory they were supposedly installed (C:\Program Files (x86)\[File Name]), or anywhere else on the computer. No start menu/shortcuts are created either.

I've tried unhiding all files, reinstalling to different areas (C:\Users) etc. but nothing is appearing. I've run all installations with administrator privilege.

Strangely enough, the hard drive does not show a decrease in file space after the installations, but if I try and reinstall the programs I get an error message telling me they are already installed and asking me if I want to overwrite.

I thought it may just be windows explorer, but trying third party explorer software still couldn't find anything.

Some of the installed programs will still run, if I have the executable name to run it from the cmd window, so they must be there. I'm not sure if this is a problem with windows or my hard drive is just knackered.

Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Newly installed programs not showing in hard drive

Do they show up in "Programs and Features" as installed? If so, what happens if you try to uninstall?

Any chance they are 64-bit programs so they installed in "C:\Program Files"?

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I am an interemdiate user and i have a problem in installing windows on my laptop.
It is a HP Compaq 6715b.
I recently had a virus which caused all the proceses to crash, so i backed up the data by taking the hard drive out and connecting it to my desktop. Before this i scanned the drive with Norton, f secure etc and the virus was removed. I then formatted the hard drive to its original settings, so it is like new.
Now, i have put the hard drive back into my laptop and want to install WinXP onto it, but the CD drive does not work.
I have a WinXP boot cd sent to me from HP with the drivers specific for this laptop.
The options i have now are to install from usb somehow, which i have been trying to do without any success or somehow install windows onto the hard drive when it is connected to my desktop via sata to usb cable (if possible). I also heard about a usb cd drive, but i would prefer to exhaust all other options before trying this out.

Could you help me with making a bootable usb (my desktop os is win7) or provide any other options?

Thank you!

Answer:Installing XP onto newly formatted HD with no cd drive

Hiya Chroniix try this,**

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Got a new Seagate 2TB drive yesterday. I partitioned it yesterday, formatted and began copying files to it via XCopy. All went well until it got to about 500GB of content when every subsequent file copy returned "copy failed".

So, I formatted it again and began running CHKDSK /R. After about 16 hours, CHKDSK /R it is currently at about 21% on stage 5 and has reported the existence of an awful lot of files for a drive that has just been formatted and should be totally empty.

What are these files?

Where do they come from?

The type of the file system is NTFS.
Enter current volume label for drive G: Ofc3

Proceed with Format (Y/N)? y
Formatting 1907727M
Creating file system structures.
Format complete.
1.8 TB total disk space.
1.8 TB are available.
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Ofc3.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
256 file records processed.
File verification completed.
0 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
0 EA records processed.
0 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
274 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.
0 unindexed files recovered.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
256 file SDs/SIDs processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
9 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
240 files processed.
File... Read more

Answer:Solved: Why are there files on newly-formatted drive?

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Pretty new Windows 8 a virus, tough to big deal, I can reload my OS. One think let to another, and I ended up reformatting my 3 TB hard drive (that is actually set up as a mirrored RAID) that I use for all of my personal files, music, photos. Again, no big deal, because I had been backing the drive using File History to an external USB hard drive that I keep offsite.
Now I can't figure out how to restore all of this file history back to the 3 TB hard drive. If I open File History and click on "Restore personal files", it says "No file history found". When I click "select drive", it allows me to select my external drive that has the file history data on it. Then it asks me to "select an existing backup". Looking shows a backup listing for the last date I did the backup, but when I click it, I get an error message "Could not reassociate with File History.....Access is denied".
I AM able to just copy all of the FH files over to the internal hard drive, but FH adds a suffix to all of the file names that seems to indicate the backup set date/name - e.g. IMG_9288 (2013_09_10 03_28_12 UTC).JPG. Also, all of the files are defaulted to read-only.
Help! I simply want to "restore" these to what is essentially a new hard drive!

Answer:How to restore File History to a newly formatted drive

Figured it out w/ MS Tech Support help.
Rename the File History folder on the external hard drive to "FileHistory.old", then turn on FH and start a new backup set. You can stop that backup after a few minutes (just enough time for the File History directory structure to be set up on the external hard drive).
Now, move the old File History "Configuration" and "Data" folders underneath the new File History folder. Pay attention to the target path names in the "Config1.xml" file and make sure you have dropped the folders in the right place. You also may need to use file security to take ownership of the files.
Then restart File History (do not turn it on, just start it). Click "select drive", then select the external drive that has the file history data on it, then "select an existing backup". Ignore warnings that say this is not the latest version of the files. If you get an error about an invalid path, then it just means that the old File History "Configuration" and "Data" files are not in the right place.
Dig in and try it - it worked!

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I have a 250gb hd in my uncles computer and I put sp2 on it because I thought it had the update I needed for xp to see the full size but it still doesn't. Is there something else I'm suppose to do?

Answer:250gb drive still showing up as 127gb after sp2 update on xp

Whoa, what?

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

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

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

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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.

Answer:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?


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Hi all - if this posting appears twice, my apologies.I have been passed 2 250GB hard drives which contain data. The owner had these installed in a desktop unit back home (in the USA) but needed to use them with his laptop. He bought an external USB case and successfully used them for a while. Following an unexpected power loss, accessing the drives produces the 'do you want to format' dialogue.I have dismounted the drives and installed them in a desktop - the drive management utility reports them as active and healthy, but not formatted. As they have been used for data only and don't have an operating system installed, I have not been able to use the fixmbr utility which I had hoped would help.Has anyone successfully used a data recovery program in this type of situation or have any suggestions as to the next step forward?

Answer:250GB HD Contains data - Not Formatted - NTFS?

I use Getdataback click here but its not free. You can try them for free though to see if it will find the files.

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This harddrive only formats to ~217GB. Its listed as a 250GB harddrive and even shows up on BIOS as one, but in windows its a 217GB one. How can I fix this?

Answer:217GB Formatted from 250GB SATA

Have you check disk manager to see if there are any space left over that are unallocated? Try using Maxtor Big Drive enabler (assuming this was a maxtor drive from your sig)

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I had a 400GB Seagate ATA in another machine. I formatted it for FAT and loaded a bunch of files from my previous machine onto it as an easy way to get them all over to my Vista machine.

But once I hook the drive up, it doesn't appear as a volume in My Computer.

BIOS recognizes it. Vista loads a device driver for it on startup. Device Manager detects it.

What am I missing?

Answer:Hooked up FAT formatted drive in Vista; Not showing up.

Go to Disk Management and give it a drive letter.

Start - and type diskmgmt.msc in the Search box, hit Enter, find the drive and right click on it, Change drive letter, and pick one to assign to it.


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My daughter plugged our USB HDD into a TV when we were on holidays and formatted it! I never saw her doing it, she told me. Now when I plug the drive into my PC it isn't found, I can't even see it in Device Manager.
Is this drive now ruined for good?
Any ideas how to format it so I can use it again?

Answer:TV formatted my drive not showing in device manager

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HI guys.................I am using` Windows Vista and running a `DELL XPS M1530` Laptop..................I re-formatted my computer yesterday, or I thought I re formatted it ,by inserting the operating systems disc to install a new version of vista on my laptop................Basically what's happened is, I have come to load all my programs back on the laptop and I have looked at `c` drive and its showing out of 148 gb of space that should be on my laptop, I only have 50gb of space free on it.....I haven't put anything on it yet and its not showing any where on the computer where this space being took up, there is no indication of any more programs, or a separate drive running,I need to get rid of all this and make space to enable myself to put my programs back on.............has any one got any ideas what has happened and how I get all my space back with out re formatting it again...........................

Answer:RE Formatted Computer ,But showing on `c` drive hardly no space


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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated.

Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567

Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much


Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,


Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found Towards the end of the page is this image;

Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?


Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer



Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7

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I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here:

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here:

Thanks so much,

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive


It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.


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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful...**

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

Please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions Upload the files here, this will tell you how.

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

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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Could someone take a peek at this HJ log for me. The only thing I see that looks questionable is the last line. Could someone verify if this is needed.

Thanks in advance.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 10:18:48 AM, on 9/16/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\ISTsvc\istsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\STOPzilla!\Stopzilla.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\KERVEN SERVICE 2\Desktop\HijackThis19802.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Pr... Read more

Answer:pop ups on newly formatted HD

Read this:

And you might want to remove Windows Messenger as it is a source of trouble. See this:

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..

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How do i use Norton Ghost to clone my hardisk to a CDR/CDRW? I m confused with the help on the software. I have seem companies cloning their pc for easy restoration of their system. But i m not sure of how to start with the cloning and restoration of the system using Norton Works 2002.
I m using:
Acer 16x10 CDRW

Hope the above info helps

Answer:Clone a newly formatted pc

If you go to Norton System Works from your start window then Norton Ghost then Ghost explorer. Select help then implementation guide it will give you a step by step process on how to use ghost. It basically consists of creating a boot floppy and running the ghost utility off of that. Once you get going it is as ez as putting in the next disc when it tells you to. Just follow the directions. Don't use the basic ghost disc to boot but the one that supports cdrw.
Good Luck.

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I formatted and reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium on my custom build yesterday and have just received an 'IRQL_Not_Less_Or_Equal' BSOD, I installed all of the Windows updates yesterday (about 2 or 3 lots of updates) and when I booted up my PC this morning there was another 15 or so updates to be installed, I started the updates and decided to go do something else during the update and when I came back I had a BSOD, so I'm not exactly sure when it occurred but I'm pretty sure it was during the update.

I'm not sure if it is relevant but after restarting from the BSOD, my wireless was not working and I had to disconnect and reconnect it (I have a Netgear USB wireless adapter) to get it working again.

I followed the instructions and have attached the zip folder from the diagnostic tool.


Answer:IRQL_Not_Less_Or_Equal on newly formatted PC

Caused by a driver: Netgear Neutral Wireless Solution

Check for an update on its driver: Driver Reference Table

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.2.9200.20512 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\USER\Downloads\SF_05-08-2013\SF_05-08-2013\080513-9016-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*C:\SymCache*
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (8 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7601.18113.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02c06000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02e49670
Debug session time: Mon Aug 5 06:50:10.638 2013 (UTC + 6:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:29:55.467
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
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hi. could anyone help on this problem please? ive just formatted my young bro's HDD because it was full of junk files and windows was corrupted.(98) i couldnt format the drive from where it was in the pc,before this i tried running from the win 98 on there but i couldnt delete the partition after starting XP from there as it needed files already on the disk. so i put it in my pc (xp) and formatted it first to NTFS then FAT32. neither would work -i put back in bros pc, put in the xp disk and nothing happened at start up. says the following:AMIBIOS 96CELEON 300MZPRI MASTER HDD ERROEPRI SLAVE ATAPI INCOMPATIBLERUN SETUPF1 TO RESUMEafter f1, SEARCH FOR THE BOOT RECORD FROM FLOPPY NOT FOUNDFROM SCSI NOT FOUNDDRIVE NOT READYINSERT DISC A:the hdd is set to master. no other h/drives. its a 4Gb samsung. please help !

Answer:newly formatted, old HDD problem.

DRIVE NOT READY INSERT DISC AYou need a window 98 rescue disk in the floppy drive to boot Computer.When booted from 'A' a:\format c: /s to copy system files to your hdisk. the disk also has drivers to run your cd so you can then type d:\setup to reinstall windows

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Okay, so i just formated a dell Inspiron 1300 laptop with a XP Media Center Version 2005 w/ update rollup 2. The operating system came with my dell desktop. Now i'm having problems witht he internet connections and such, im not sure how to set them up or anything. and the drivers and utilities CD doesn't seem to be helping at all. any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Newly formatted XP problems

for setting internet connection goto
start>all programs>accessories>communications>new connection wizard

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I use Cobian Backup to produce a zip-file containing all files and folders, except for temporary-folders (I added an exclude-filter), of my system.

Before I can rely on this method, I need to find a way of restoring the 27 gb zip-file, which I store on a networked drive, easily.

Google-searches hasn't helped me yet, so I am trying out TSGF, warmly recommended to do so by a friend.

So: Is there an easy way of booting up a laptop with a formatted harddrive, be able to access a network-drive and extract all the contents of the networked zip-file to the hard drive?

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!

Answer:How to restore formatted hard drive from zip-file residing on network-drive

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hi, i am having problems installing xp on to a newley formatted hard drive, i have gone in to the bios and set it to boot from the cd rom drive,saved the settings but when the pc reboots with the xp cd it comes up "boot from cd rom failure" and it is left at the c:\ >prompt command, i have a start up floppy for me , is it possible to use this? and how please? any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks

Answer:problem installing o/s on a newly formatted h/d

set it back how it was it should try to boot from each drive in turn(press enter at invalide system disk message)until it reads cd.If it does ent set cd for second boot after hdd.

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Have just formatted my sisters pc for a major clean up. Format and install of Win 7 ultimate 64bit went fine though now it wont load into windows. Gets to the Starting Windows screen and then restarts with the Windows Error Recovery screen.
Have formatted and re installed again and still no luck.
Nothing has changed as it was running fine before the format. Any ideas?
Oh and after the format, install etc and the first restart it does not actually load into windows to do the basic setup on first run.

Have also noticed that on restart there is 2 windows 7s to choose from. So formatted again and made sure there was no partitions or anything, and still there is 2 windows 7s and yet neither will load up properly.

Help please!


Answer:Newly formatted Win 7 Ult 64 wont load


Would recommend using DBAN, it will clean a drive better then the windows default formatDarik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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My PC is newly formatted and i installed antivirus and other applications.. after installation I try out stuff like surfing webs and play games it lags and spikes. and when i check the task manager the The CPU USAGE goes up to 100% just by using mozilla firefox or google chrome. I already checked if the hardwares are up to date and they are using Driver Checker application..

System Info:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 DUO CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz(2 CPUs)
Motherboard: Wolfdale1333-D667
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT

Answer:Newly formatted PC lags and spikes

You need to install all the Windows Updates too. XP is up to Service Pack 3 and beyond...

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I just don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong. Every time I try to create a new connection or network it just completes the "wizard" and I still only see 1394 connection in my network connections, which shows up as connected but inactive. Im running XPpro and Im connecting to a router with 3 other computers, my ISP won't help me cause they don't service anyone with routers, and linksys tech support is too painfully slow. The problem that I keep encountering is "failed to query TCP/IP settings of the connection." Any help you guys can give would be great. I swear I've encountered this before and It was something silly, but Ive racked my brain and can't find it.

I'm sure theres more you need to know but thats all I can think to write right now. Thnx again

Answer:Can't get online with my newly formatted laptop

Ok. I'm pretty sure I've narrowed the problem down to the driver, being that there is none and sense I cant connect to find the correct one Im at a loss. Windows XP pro didnt ID the driver. So there is none that I can use on the CD. Is there a way to find out which driver I need without getting online? Thanks again

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


Answer:Re formatted hard drive!

Closing duplicate. Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.

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So I just installed a new Hard  Drive, installed Windows, downloaded all the drivers from HP but my wifi radio switch on the keyboard won't work so I can not use wifi. Also all the drivers for the LAN and Ethernet are installed but a Ethernet connection doesn't work either? Plz help! Thank you! -Jesse H. 

Answer:New hard drive formatted but....plz help!

Need full model number and Windows version. Drivers are going to depend on the exact hardware and the Windows version so we need to know thise things to find your drivers. 

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I went and did a stupid thing. I formatted my hard drive and now I can't find the cdrom to reinstall windows. I am booting up from a: As it boots up it recognizes the cdrom and it says "Primary Slave disk: CDROM Mode 3. If I can get it to find the CDROM, and reinstall windows, I can get it to boot from C: -- correct? I already went into the BIOS and the cdrom is not listed there. But if I list the CDROM then it doesn't boot from a: and it won't boot from C: Please help me.

Answer:Help! I've formatted my hard drive! Now what?

After you boot from the startup disk, can you type C: and hit enter, do you get to the c prompt.
As far as the rest, bootup with a win98 startup disk, at the menu choose with cdrom support. Once done your cdrom should be available but the drive letter will be one higher than it normally is, so if it was D it will now be E.

If you don't have a win98 startup disk go to and download one.

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i have a compaq pressario cq60 laptop my son has formatted the hard drive and now vista and all drivers have been deleted how do i put vista back on.

Answer:formatted hard drive

If you have the install DVD it is very easy
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
You will need a product key number, however. It should be on the computer. It is 25 numbers and letters separaated into groups.
If you do not have a CD, you can burn one by using this ISO
[Direct Download Links] Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
You must have a product key number

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Hi, I thought i could fix my kid's computer problems by formatting the hard drive and then simply re-install xp using my xp home disk. However, when the computer boots from the cd-rom and starts the setup it tells me "set up can not find a previous version of windows installed on this computer." and then asks me to put a windows disk ie. 98/me. I couldn't find my original me disk and all of the boot disk download cites i've found are for floppy disks, the problem is none of my computers have a floppy drive. Is there somewhere i can go to download them on cd or am I beyond help.

Answer:formatted hard drive

Floppy disk wouldn't help you anyway, the update install needs to see another copy of Windows, and I didn't say it had to be yours now did I?

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Thanks to a worm virus I had to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP.Being a computer numpty that I am I also managed to delete all my pictures.Please can anyone help me with advice on whether these pictures can be recoveredThanks

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive.

You could try, but its doubtful. This is the most thorough program I knoe for jpeg'sclick here

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but it is.

Just recently installed XP Pro on my machine. I Already had a hard drive with all my music on it so i didnt go for that NTFS file system bollox just left the file structure the same.

It ran great for a while and everything was working when i downloaded a file from a website. Near the end of the download the whole thing froze and i restarted the machine. It went throught the usual your pc did not shut down correctly lark and when xp came back up it just has the second drive down as local disk when its label is secondary and when i try explore it it says its unformatted.

I took the drive out and tried it on another machine with W98se and its fine. Anyone know whats going on.

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I just got a used computer when i try to format the Hd through Windows it tells me that another volume is in use would I like to force a dismount of that volume. when i answer yes it says the volume cannot be closed and format aborts. When i try to do a low level format through dos with a low level format utility that gives me the message that the hard drive is locked. How can i format this HD.

Answer:Hard drive cannot be formatted

create boot disk /w on it. boot from disk and run

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I'm sure this is gonna sound silly to you pro's, but:

I just got a used hard drive that I'm going to use as a replacement for my small one. After I physically install it, I plan to boot from my Win98SE CD. But I don't know if this drive has been formatted. How can I tell?

Also, if I have to format it, what's the difference between running fdisk and simply typing format c: after bootup in DOS?

Answer:How can I tell if a used HARD DRIVE is FORMATTED?

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Is it possible to get back files from a formatted hard drive?? If so How??

Answer:Formatted hard drive

You might try ReCuva. Can't hurt to try.

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I bought a verbatim 2.5 mobile hard drive usb 500gb (62873) 2 days ago. I was transferring files onto it running XP no problems. When I turned it on the next time says not formatted and slows my pc right down. Have tried reconnecting several times. Very weird I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copied. This should not happen with a new hard drive. Can someone help me out here? I just bought this drive because my other wd external died after less than a year!

Answer:2 Day old hard drive says not formatted

I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copiedClick to expand...

First of all data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives will fail, it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

Next external drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a number of reasons;
1 Heat. External drives that do not have their own cooling fan are NOT made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and backup what you want then switch OFF.
2 The extra interface ie the usb/firewire interface. It adds something else to fail.

If you are having problems with a 2 day old drive, return it and get another one.

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Hi everybody!
I'm brand new to this site. This is just too cool. I'm hoping someone can help me here. My son formatted the hard drive "accidentally" on an old Windows 98 machine.(I think he just got too cocky and thought he could fix more than he could) Anyway, I am a student in Computer Information Systems, so I know a little, but I've hit a bump in the road on this one. I thought it'd be no problem.......just pop in a boot disk and reinstall the Operating System...............Not happening. The disk doesn't boot the computer. I tried going into CMOS setup, but it won't even boot to there. If I hold down the F8 or Ctrl key, I get a "keyboard error" and then the same old "Non-System disk error" or "Invalid disk" I thought the problem may be with my boot disk itself, but I have no way of knowing. I did try and download one, but it didn't work either.
Any suggestions?
Please help.

Answer:Formatted hard drive

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my seagate 120 gb pc formatted USB hard drive, 6 months good use, suddenly is asking me to format it. every other Pc, and i tried several other ones, gives the same response. Is the data on it retrievable with software? or am i resigned to losing data...? Help!!


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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


Answer:Re formatted hard drive

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I borrowed my friend's external hard drive and a I first connected to my PC it was working perfectly. Yet the second time I tried to my PC recognized it but couldn't open it & it kept giving me the message that I need to format the hard drive before using it.
I tried many time on different computers & I got the same result.
Is there any thing that I can do!

Answer:hard drive needs to be formatted

Try a chkdsk /r

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I have a HP compaq 8430 after getting my hp nx7010 replaced due to a poor connection between the internal hard drive and the motherboard supposedly (this is a completely different story) but my luck has not been too good with the HPs.

I then bought a WD My Book 500gb pro edition external hard drive to keep renderings, and such on for a grant that I am working on. I left the drive at the office and took my laptop home for the weekend and when I came in on Monday plugged everything in and the message:

"The disk drive is not formatted, format now?"

appeared and I have not even had the setup for a week!! I do have a weeks worth of work on the external hard drive which is not backed up else where that I would like to salvage - mostly psd files and photos. Which of the the previous ways worked best to recover photoshop files?

I can use my computer to make a good drawing but am not sure how to access the system that well. Thanks for your clarity.

Thanks for your help!

Answer:USB Hard Drive Saying Not Formatted

Hi and Welcome to TSG, I've split off your post into its own thread.

First thing as always is to try the drive on another computer or try a different USB cable.

For data recovery software you could try PCI Inspector as its free:

Additionally, I would recommend in the future that you always have two copies of your data, one on the internal hard drive and a second backup on the external drive. Having just one copy of the data on the external drive is no better then having one copy on the internal drive.

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Today suddenly I got a message from my second hard drive saying that it had reached its information limit. But that's impossible since it wasn't even half-full.
When I double-clicked on the D-drive icon I received a message saying something like this (translated into English): "Can't access D. A unit connected to the computer does not work."
I tried to scan for viruses with Norton AntiVirus but it appeared that the hard drive was empty. I also tried to run IBM Drive Fitness program but it said everything was ok.
What has happened? Is there any way I can recover the files that were stored on the D-drive?

Answer:Hard drive self-formatted?

Sorry to hear about that your drive formatted. Have you tried it in another computer?

The only thing that I can assist you with is a couple of suggestions.

1. Back-up (extra harddrives if you can or partition your exsisting drive)
2. Their are some excellent products that backup your data.

If your running XP you may already have software available.

Take a look a
Drive Image takes a picture of your hard drive in case it fails or bad files.
DataKeeper is a good backup.
Partitioin Magic let's you create multiple partitions on one drive.

Check out this:
Search backup

Good luck!

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Hi a friend of mine took his Samsung HD out of his HP puter and placed it a generic Athlon 64 I built for him. He set the Samsung up as slave to the Seagate and the seagate as master. He wants to transfer files off the Samsung to the Seagate. Not operating system stuff just pics, music, etc. However bios sees the Samsung, Windows sees the Samsung, but Windows Explorer says the drive isn't formatted and we know it is. Both HPsystem and Athlon sys are running XP. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard drive isn't formatted - but it IS!!!

what are the drives SATA or PATA? haven't you messed up with master and slave jumpers? if they are PATA try to hook them on different cables.

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Hard drive D can't be formatted says in use. I want to know how to stop the files from running. I had an operating system on this drive xp and I installed windows 7 to another. I want to delete all of the files on this disk. There are two file folders I can't delete, 65dc9f76c5b578b9341dfcac3878, WINDOWS. i tried safe mode and logging in as adminastor. I also went in to the secerity taps on the file

Answer:Hard drive d can't be formatted

The problem is that when you have more than one drive and you install Win7 (or Vista), it puts a small file on the second drive as part of the installation process (I have no idea why, one day I'll research the problem but for now I can't be bothered). Anyway, the only solution is to temporarily remove the 'd' drive and then repair the startup files, using either a full win7 disk, or a repair disk - this will set the system up to just use the main drive, after which you can re-connect the slave drive and format it as usual."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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I am running a Dell 3000 which I re-fomatted with sp3 for my cousin which was infected.  I deleted the partition and installed a fresh copy of xp.  I have been trying to do the Windows updates and the application hangs.  I go to task mgr>processes and it shows the 100% usage on svchost.exe.  I have ended it 5 times and it keeps coming back. I ran process explorer and it shows process id 3200- generic host process for windows 32 services.
I think windows update is the problem but am not sure.  I would appreciate any suggestions

Answer:100 % cpu usage by svchost.exe Newly formatted XP Home

It is, try stopping auto update.

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Hi all,
This is my first time posting here I think. As the title says, I noticed I am getting random BSOD while the PC is idling normally. I have not had the chance to experience one while sitting in front of it so I cannot find out what the codes are. Attached is the ZIP file as per the instructions. Let me know if anything else is needed.

Thank you,

Answer:BSOD every hour or so just while idling on newly formatted PC.

The zip file you uploaded is empty. Please try running DM_Log_Collector again and upload that zip file. Make sure it's not empty.

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I've just reformatted a 20ghz hard disc and am having difficulty loading Windows 2000 on it. I formatted using a windows 98se startup floppy by typing "format c: /s" and everything seemed to be ok. When it had finished and I typed SETUP with Windows 2000CD, it told me that neither D or E were valid drives. Going back to look at the directory of the newly formatted C drive I see there is just one file: when I would expect to see the system files copied from the floppy disc. Have I missed something or am I just being a dork?

Answer:Loading Windows On newly formatted disk

I have no experience with Win-2K and do not know if the CD is bootable, but try this: Boot with your Win98SE floppy, place the Win2K CD in the CD Rom drive, then type E:This should give you access to the CD. (Typing dir should show you the contents of the disc you inserted). If you then type setup or setup.exe hopefully this will start the setup procedure.

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?

Answer:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)

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Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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My friend's hard drive failed on his Win 8 laptop. He never made any recovery media or images. Once I replace the hard drive, if i install Win 8 from a downloaded iso, will the Windows product key (it's not on a sticker that I can find, from what I've read it is stored in the mobo) be able to activate that version of Win 8? I seem to remember reading conflicting reports about whether or not this will work. Thanks

Answer:Install Win 8.0 on newly replaced hard drive

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.


BIOS-embedded Windows 8 product keys - reinstall troubles?

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Hello Guys&Girls
I've recently built a new system with 2x2TB drives, one with my OS on and one with my Music etc on..

When i power on the machine, it starts to boot up, then throws an error message, instantly, then instantly reboots so i am unable to view it, and then it boots straight into windows, it's as if its trying to boot from the wrong hard drive.

I then installed Partition manager, to look at my drives, and this is what i got.

I thought maybe this is the problem, as disk 1 is not my C:

Any help please?

Answer:Newly build PC hard drive problem

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ImageShack? - Online Photo and Video Hosting

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