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Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

Question: Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

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

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Preferred Solution: Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

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

Answer:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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Hey everybody, my the first harddrive ( which is located on the top left of the laptop ) is acting up and I need to replace it. For some reason I can't find any resource about how to replace this driver. The only information I can find is how to insert a secondary drive or insert an ssd in the special ssd slot. I've got a W530. Bear with me if this question is a duplicate, but I seriously can't find anything about this. Best,mrzl

Answer:Replace primary hard drive

Hello and welcome,
Have a look at page 72+ of the Hardware Maintenance Manual .  Is that what you're looking for?

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I have WD Passport 500GB and would like a larger external hard drive. Preferably one were I had more control over the backup and could remove content. Perhaps one without the software ?

I have been looking at various models, but the reviews are all mixed. I was surprised to see so many negative reviews for WD.

Any suggestions ?

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I just upgraded my HP mini-laptop to Windows 10. I want to clone my 250 GB hard drive to a bootable 500 GB hard drive. I have read many of the Google responses re: software to use etc. One of my main questions has to do with OneDrive, which is slowly uploading files. Can I just clone the hard drive in its current state (using EaseUS Todo Backup or Macrium Reflect (any suggestions on which will be appreciated) or do I need to do some more preparation of existing hard drive first. Thanks for any advice. MM

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i had a lot of problems trying to get my current windows xp install to recognize my new 500gb hdd, and ended up just installing xp onto it. the install went fine and theres no sign of trouble, but windows recognizes it as only 465 gigs? in the bois it shows it as 500.1 gigs, and im not sure but i think when i was installing windows and selecting the hard drive, it showed it as 465, it was in mbs but the number looked a little small to me, 470,000 ish.

why is this and how do i get back my 35 gigs?
please and thank you.

Answer:windows showing hard drive size incorrectly

Nobody ever gets full use of their hard drives. I have a 250gb that shows as 232gb and a 320gb that shows as 298gb. If you do the math, you lose about 7gb per 100gb to parities, partition tables, file allocation tables, etc. So, don't worry. All is normal.

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I'll be buying a new computer soon, and one of the computers I'm considering is the H50-50 (90B700EDUS). It comes with a 120GB SSD hard drive, and a 1 TB hard drive. I'm presuming that Windows is on the SSD drive. I have a 5 TB drive that I'd be using instead of the 1 TB drive the computer comes with. Is the 1 TB drive empty, or will I need to clone it to the 5 TB drive?

Answer:H50-50 change hard drive for larger one

It may come with some drivers, maybe some recovery files. If you want to upgrade your hard drive, you should copy the old one to the new one so that all the Lenovo apps and services won't be lost. 

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I moved about 10GB of files (using Photoshop Elements) from my laptop's hard disk to an external hard drive. I double checked and the files were moved correctly - they don't show up on the laptop and show up on the external hard drive. However, the laptop's C drive does not show an increase in space. I restarted the laptop but it still shows the same free space as prior to the move.

Any idea why? This is with a Lenovo T440s with Win7.


Answer:Moved files to external hard drive but no change in laptop disk size

Dumb question, did you delete the files off C ?

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Hello every one! My computer drive E is not showing data and from properties it is shown that data is still there and occupying space. This problem started two days ago when i started my pc and when i opened E there was nothing shown and before it was working properly... kindly help me....

Answer:Primary hard drive not showing data on it...

Use A43 File Manager. This is a replacement for Explorer.

Your files are still there, probably hidden by malware infection

at the CMD prompt type these

CD /

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I did a raw format. Everyting is running fine however my hard drive is showing as primary IDE slave.My cd is showing fine as secondary master. Does this matter?

Answer:Hard Drive Showing As Primary Slave?

Change the jumper to Master. If it's the only drive on the primary channel, you can use CS (Cable Select)...

If everythings running you can leave it as is I suppose

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I am going to be getting the M93P Tower with the standard 500 gb hard drive.  I purchased a Seagate 240 gb SSD which I would like to use for my software (windows 8 etc) and a 1 T Seagate 600 hybrid SSHD drive for my data.  Can anyone tell me where I might find the instructions to set up the new drives?  Thanks.

Answer:How to change primary hard drive

I purchased my M93p tower with the 1TB drive.  Privately I also bought a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD drive (which is 2.5") along with a mounting adapter so as to be able to install it in the 3.5" internal cage as a second drive. I planned to leave the original 1TB spinner drive exactly where it was in its 5.25" slot, copying the OS (on C and "system reserved"), i.e. the spinner originally) over to the SSD where a new C would then be. Actually, I partitioned the SSD into C and D, and initialized the 1TB spinner into four partitions E, F, G and H.  There is a second SATA6 connector on the motherboard that I plugged the SSD into (using a SATA6 cable that I bought), and there is an available SATA power connector coming off of the 280W power supply that connects to the SSD. Using Macrium Reflect to do the imaging BACKUP (from spinner) and RESTORE (to SSD) it was trivial.  Using Partition Wizard to do the partitioning it was trivial.  Getting into the BIOS to change the boot drive sequence to point to the SSD as "first", as well as setting the new "system reserved" partition on the SSD as "active", it was trivial. If you wanted to pull the stock 500GB spinner out of your M93p to replace it with your Seagate drive, it's just a matter of removing it from the 5.25" cage it is installed in.  Look for the "hardware maintenance manual" for M83p/M93p on the Lenovo support site to show you how to do it, but it's really easy... as long as you have a 5.2... Read more

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I recently purchased an Aspire v5-561PG-6686.  I want to replace the hard drive in it with a SSHD.  I found a hard drive that I like but I'm not sure if it's too tall.  It's a Western Digital, model ST1000LM014, 1TB.  It's 9.5 mm in height.  Will this drive fit in my laptop?

Answer:What hard drive size can I use to replace original...

The ST1000LM014 is a Seagate Hybrid not a Western Digital. That said, It will fit most laptops. Crucial has a v5-561PG-6686update page here:

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I have recently purchased a 1Tb HDD to install inside my Thinkpad Edge E520 (1143CTO) and I have tried so many different things to try and get my data to transfer over to the new hard drive so that my computer will boot from it. I have a Freecom USB Docking Station. I have tried using Windows 7 Backup and Restore and using the Windows7 Repair Disc it created for me and it says its for a previous version. I have bought Norton Ghost 15 and its not working properly. Any advice for a newbie???  

Answer:Re: Upgrading Internal Hard Drive to larger size. (Thinkpad Edge E520 Model Number 1143CTO)

Obviously you are doing something wrong.  But if you just say "It is not working properly, how can you expect anyone to actually help you?" 

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I decided to do a clean install of windows and formatted the hard drive after backing up any data I wanted to keep. When I put the hard drive back and tried to install windows, it took me several hours monkeying around in the BIOS to even get the hard drive recognized, switching back and forth between UEFI and Legacy, and trying to change other settings to see if it would help.

At one point the drive did show up but windows wouldn't install because the current settings at the time required the disk to be MBR instead of GPT. I converted it to MBR on another computer by pulling out the drive and using an enclosure and then putting it back in the original laptop, and when I put it back in it did look like it was going to allow me to install, but I had to call it quits at that point because I had to leave.

When I came back, surprise surprise, the hard drive couldn't be seen in BIOS anymore and I ended up having to install windows to an M.2 drive I had, but I need my primary hard drive to be recognized and used as the boot device.

I don't know what other relevant info to include so let me know if there's something I need to divulge.

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My default hard drive is almost out of space and I'm planning to upgrade it. What is the maximum size that this model could handle? Is 2TB- 3TB fine? Another question.I replaced my optical disk to an HDD caddy with a 250gb SSD inside it. I installed my new OS there and made it the default boot drive. The default HDD that comes with the laptop is my backup drive. Is this set up okay?orDo I have to put my SSD on the default HDD area and place my 2tb/3tb hdd on the caddy for maximum performace?

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Answer:What is maximum size of hard drive I can replace to my defau...

Hi, 1. In theory you can get 2TB or TB but 1TB has better peformance.2. You can't boot from the caddy. My suggestion: use SSD for normal bay and use 2TB in the caddy. You will have both what you want.3. As (2) above. Regards.

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I have a Windows 7, 64-bit Dell desktop with 60-GB primary C: drive and 500-GB secondary E: drive. We keep bumping against size limitation on 60 GB drive.

I would like to consolidate to a single 1-TB hard drive. What would you recommend as the best approach?

I have been looking at various posts on TSG. It seems cloning the 60-GB C drive to 1-TB drive (over USB 2) is a start. But what to do with the data on E drive. Also, I noticed the E drive also has Program Files\ and WINDOWS\ directories. Is that cause for concern?

I was thinking of using Macrium Reflect Free, unless there is a better tool.

Answer:Solved: [hard drive] Cloning to larger drive, Win7

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Hi Guys,
I want to change my primary hard drive 127 gb which is 75% full with a raid array With bigger drives. When I was in IT school in 2004 we used norton ghost alot. My Mother board is a Asus P5B I think it does have a on board raid. I am running windows 7 ultimate. Do I need to store all my files on my external and reinstall windows or is there a way to completely image my current hard drive and reinstall it with the new raid array. I havent done this stuff for a while. Need some advice.

Thanks BK

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My daughter's PC has an 8.4GB HDD which is almost full, I have bought a 20GB disk, which I have set up as the slave, to replace it, as I want to transfer everything across to that disk. Having studied this forum it seemed that Drive Image 7.0 would be the easiest solution, but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE but it's all a bit beyond me! I have loaded XP PRO on to the new HDD, can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? All advice appreciated.

Answer:Best way to copy full hard drive to larger drive?

but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE - Give some more details?can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? - you would to reinstall programs.

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...and be recognised to it's true capacity?

Windows XP (without SP2) only recognises drives up to around 127 gig.

If the drive is formatted thru Computer Management console (with SP2) and is then used to start the install of XP, the installation process doesn't recognise the large volume as being valid (it considers it corrupt/unrecognisable) and requires it to be formatted again (which will then reduce it to around 127gb).

I haven't actually tried partitioning the drive first but don't really want to and doubt it would matter in any case.

I want to use the hard drive, to it's full capacity of 300gb (279gb in reality), as the master boot drive.

Is this possible?

Answer:Can a hard drive larger than 127gb be used as the boot drive...

Hello and Welcome to TSF

No, it will not get the full 300gb, thats just the way it is. There is always so many gb that will not show.

Some Manufacturers say "Gigabyte" when they mean 1,000,000,000 (10^9) bytes. When your operating system says "Gigabytes" it means 1,073,741,824 (2^30) bytes. This means in your OS the drive appears smaller.

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I have an HP p6604y desktop that is about 5 years old. I added an extra 1TB HD to it not longer after purchase. That drive died, and now the main (original) 1TB HD is acting up.  I'm trying to find out if I can replace the original 1TB drive with a new drive that is larger. I find nothing to indicate if this is possible. The system has the N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix) motherboard with the AMI bios listed as v6.02 dated 7/21/10. I do not recall ever updating the BIOS, and I cannot find that there is one posted on the HP site. Does anyone know if this system will support a drive larger than the original 1TB, and if so how large? Thanks in advance. Scott

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Hello, I have a Acer Aspire 9301AWSMi, with a SATA hard drive of 160GB, running Vista ultimate. Lately my hard drive has been giving me lots of problem, and i want to change the hard drive. for a larger hard drive.Can anyone please tell me what is the biggest 2.5 SATA hard drive I can install, on my present laptop.....or am I over looking??

Answer:install a larger hard drive on laptop

There's no limit.

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I want to install a larger hard drive without having to reinstall many programs, update them, and recustomize them.

Dell Inspiron 3500 with 6 gig drive formatted as C: and D: All important programs are installed on C: 3.9 GB 2.95 GB used. Data only on D:

New Hard drive is 20 GB.

I can network to 40 GB to store.

Can this be done?

Answer:Upgrading to a larger hard drive in a laptop

I will have access to another 3500 Inspiron in a few days if this helps.

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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i have two hard drives in my comp a 40gig master split in to four partitions. c: win me d: win xp e: files and f: programs. i also have a 80 gig slave with games on. today my e drive which is 25 gig in size was getting to its capacity ( it had less than 400 meg space on it). so i selected and cut two files totaling 1.5 gig and cut them and pasted them into my 80 gig drive. then my e drive showed 550 meg free. i rebooted and looked again still only 550 meg free. i then selected more files totaling 3 gig this time and cut and pasted them into the 80 gig drive. this time it says there is 750 meg free on e drive. helpppppppppppp i have moved files totaling 4.5 gig and it has only freed up 350 meg. i can't stop the pesky pop up saying disk space running low. i am running xp pro. can anyone shed some light on this problem please.

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Hi! can anybody help please, I have a 4.3gig hard drive, well that is what it says on the cover of the hard drive, in bios it states it is a 4.3 gig, ( it is a western digital ) but when going to my computer/ then click on the hard drive it sates it is only a 500Mb, I have had it in as a single hard drive in as a secondary master, but the same comes up, western digital, told me to run there diagnostic program which I did, and it said all was well with the hard drive, how can I get it to show the true size, I have moved the jumpers to where they state they should be,
I have tried it on 3 different computers, the best one I tried it on was an amd 500mhz, less than a year old, tried it on a 486, but naturally it wouldn't show true on that with out a program from western digital, and I have tried it on a pentium, tried it running both windows 98 second edition, and windows 95B, HELP please

Answer:Hard drive not showing true size

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i have AMD 64 , 2.2 ghz processor, 180GB hard dive, i installed window XP with sp2.
the problem is my hard dive is not showing actual size, its showing only 97.7GB. what will be the cause? if some body give me help that will be great. thank you

Answer:hard drive not showing actual size?

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


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

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

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Hey guys

Got a new 2TB hard drive (f and have it installed, obviously showing up as an empty drive at the moment. Is it possible to use my old 320GB (c drive as boot only but still have the new one as the primary drive, programs install there, download there etc?
any help is appreciated!

PC is a homebuild running Win 7 64bit,
can provide specs if needed.

Answer:can I boot from a smaller drive and use a larger one as my primary?

Quote: Originally Posted by Goblin137

Hey guys

Got a new 2TB hard drive (f and have it installed, obviously showing up as an empty drive at the moment. Is it possible to use my old 320GB (c drive as boot only but still have the new one as the primary drive, programs install there, download there etc?
any help is appreciated!

PC is a homebuild running Win 7 64bit,
can provide specs if needed.

I'm not sure what you mean by "primary drive". There is no problem with using the 320GB as your C: drive with your Win 7 and programs on it and use your 2TB for music, pictures and other data. Be sure and put your programs on the same drive as your Win 7 is on.

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i have a freecom external hard drive. it was working fine until one day it decided to stop working.

this light on the drive lights up but i can't hear anything working inside it. and now it won't show up as a drive when i open windows explorer.

please help?

Answer:External hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Hi have you tried it in another computer to see if it works there

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I have Windows 7 installed on an SSD 128 GB drive but I'm upgrading the drive to an SSD 256 GB. But at the same time I want to keep the newly installed drive letter as C: like the old one so I can use "C: only" software.

My present hard drives are:

Primary Windows 7 128GB SSD - labeled C:
ASUS DVD Optical - labeled D:
WD 1TB Internal Storage - labeled E:
Seagate 800GB External Storage - labeled F:

When I tried to reboot with the new drive plugged in, Windows 7 recognized the system image from my internal storage E: drive but in the System Recovery Options menu, the storage's letter suddenly changed to C:...

How do I keep the NEW 256GB installed drive as C:? Is it possible to change the primary drive letter in Windows 7 Disk Management back to C: after a primary SSD drive switch and system image recovery?

Answer:Want to change Primary SSD drive but keep Drive letter at C:

Robinsongs, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

If you install the new ssd in your d slot after restoring your image to the SSD, your bios will normally allow you to
select the boot drive. which you can select as the new SSD.

I would remove the old C drive and place the new ssd in the old C slot. Should be ok.

This way when you boot your machine the bios should automatically boot from your new ssd.
If you have restored your old c image to the new ssd properly.

Bios normally allows you to select boot devices.


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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
Welcome to the Forums.
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone

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Hello and good evening to you all. I have a slight problem and i'm hoping to get some help please. I have a nice samsung laptop, it came with 320gb hard drive, and when i set it up it was split into the following:
C drive: 45.9GB free of 112GB
D drive: 167GB free of 167GB
I've put some music and a few other things on the c drive, so its beginning to fill up, so I need to know HOW to increase the space on the C drive by getting more space from the D drive please.
many thanks

Answer:How to increase space on my Primary Hard Drive from secondary drive

use this but read carefully
eaesus partition manager

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

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Hello everyone, my working laptop is a T 400 running on Win XP. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7. I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD everytime I need Win XP together with my other company stuff.I don't want to install Win 7 just in another partition as I don't want to risk anything happening to the XP machine ;-) Is the above described scenario valid or do I have to take anything else into consideration? Thanks in advance!Sascha


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Answer:ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater

----------------------------T400s - 2815RW1 + Win7 Ultimate Don't pm me for help! That's what the forum is for. Also, Google's nicer than me. Ask him.

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Hi all,

Hardware: Compaq Armada 7400, 300Mhz PII, 64Mb RAM , 20 Gb USB ARCdisk (External).

Ok, here goes...i have come just been given the above kit. It did come with its standard 10Gb IBM HDD which is unserviceable (numerous clicking etc - slaved it to my desktop and no joy at all so its hitting the bin).

After a bit of thought i realised that i have a spare 20Gb external USB ARCdisk so i have been trying to install XP Pro SP1 on the machine (using the USB HDD as the primary drive-no internal disc). The install sets of ok, going through "inspecting hardware config", starts loading the drivers and then reaches the point of selecting the partition to install to (there is activity on the drive as it inspects it (red light) and shows the exact size of the disk but then falls over after i select the partition saying "Your computers startup program cannot gain access to the disk".

I then thought "ahhh USB" maybe the XP disk didn't have the right driver so i restarted the setup and hit "F6" to install a third party USB Mass Storage Device driver but as soon as i hit return to load the drivers from the floppy i get a message back saying "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found". Back to square one.

I can't even seem to gain access to the BIOS as the older Compaq seemed to use a partition on the HDD to store part of it (according to HP website).

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Have an older HP Win 98 Media edition computer that I basically use for burning disks and downloading pictures. Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine. So, I shut it back down, plugged in the storage drive and booted the computer. Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable. Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said ... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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I'm working on a computer that currently has virtually no space left on the C:drive, but has over 20GB empty space on the other hard drive partition, the F:drive.

It's a shared computer, and unfortunately people keep downloading programs and other media onto the C:drive, despite my attempts to keep it's volume down. Now I get messages that pop up telling me that my C:drive is dangerously full and could effect the performance of my computer.

Do you know of any way that I could change the size of my hard drive partitions so that I can add more space to my C:drive and decrease the space of my F:drive?

I appreciate your help.

Answer:How do I change the size of my hard drive partitions

you could use partition magic to resize the drives. this is a trial version, but i cannot see what, if any, limitations it has. it is always very wise to back up data before you mess around with the partition sizes. i have used partition magic a good few times and never had a problem with it.

another option is to uninstall some software and reinstall on F:\ or whichever partition has the empty space.

there could be alot of trash on the C:\ drive as well. i use this program to view what folders are using the most space and very often you'll find user created files, that can be deleted, sitting on the HD.

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I have split my single hard drive into 2 partitions. I have realised i should have given more memory to one partition, so i am wondering if there is software which will let me change the size of them, eg take spare memory from partition 1 to increase partition 2, without having to reformat the entire drive and lose any content? thanks

Answer:Can i change the size of an already partitioned hard drive?

Acronis have the here

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I have an Acer Aspire 164ZWLMi Laptop. Its specification is an Intel Pentium M processor 735A (1.7GHz, 400MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache. Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900; 60GB HDD, 512 MB DDR2(support dual-channel).I run XP Home with SP2My hard drive came partitioned between C and D as follows:ACER(c:) Local Disk, File System FAT32; Free Space 8.44GB Total Size 25.7 GBACERDATA (D:) Local Disk, File System FAT32 Free Space 25.9 GB Total Size 26.2 GBThe only information I can find on the D drive is something about a Verbose logging last November 2006. I bought the laptop in August 2006.After all that my question is can I change the size of the amount of space dedicated to D and transfer some of it to C drive.I would appreciate your comments and help please.

Answer:Change size of Partitions on Hard Drive

You certainly can - but you need suitable software to do it. Something like Partition Magic or search Internet for freebies

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

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

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

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

SC Tom

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Ok guys heres what's happend. I was trying to create a FAT32 partition on my 1TB seagate external harddrive. Anyhow it started erroring and i manually shutdown my inspirion 1720 dell laptop. Anyhow when it booted up it gave me 2 options, start up windows normally or enter this system recovery tool thing. If i click start windows normally the windows logo pops up and it seems fine for 2 seconds before it restarts and then loads the bios and gives me the two options once again.

I tried following the info it gave me and that didn't work (system recovery, system restore blah blah blah) so now i'm enjoying some good old fashion DOS with cmd.exe. By using the diskpart stuff i've concluded that my harddrive recovery partition is fine and it spat out all the info volume 2, D, recovery, NTFS, partition, 10GB healthy. However if i ask it to "detail partition" for my main 136gb partition it simply spits out the following:
Partition 3
Type : 07
Hidden: NO
Active: Yes
Offset in Bytes: big *** number
There is no volume associated with this partition.

Yesturday i installed windows 7 upgrading it from vista and deleted all my old vista files and simply backed up my documents and video/audio files. Annoyingly before this happend i had transfered my documents back over to my main hdd, the ones i would very much like back.

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Answer:Primary hard drive partition for my laptop has errored

i just tried to install windows 7 on the 2nd hdd thats in the laptop. Got an error "0x0000005". so much for that...

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Hi all!

I've got a question about disc cloning. I've used it before with some Linux installs on my "tinker boxes" which happily took to whatever partition resizing I wanted, but never on my personal, everyday desktop. Currently, I've got two hard drives installed in my machine - an old 80gb IDE that is my main "OS" drive, and a 320gb SATA which is my "Data" drive. I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit.

I've read in the past that it's impossible to successfully clone a Windows 7 install to a larger hard drive and grow it from it's old size to fill the entire size of the new drive....however, I found this article this morning and it confused me because it IS talking about using Win7's backup and restore to copy it to another larger drive AND extend it to use the full partition...? Did I misunderstand something there? Does Backup and Restore only copy WINDOWS and not the programs installed on it's drive?

Basically, I want to be able to clone Windows from it's current 80gb IDE drive to a 160gb SATA drive and have everything work exactly as it was, EXCEPT it's now on a larger partition on the 160gb drive...? Is this even possible?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Cloning WIndows 7 to a larger hard drive...?

Not sure what you mean by

install to a larger hard drive and "grow it" from it's old size to fill the entire size of the new drive..

but why not take an image of the old drive and restore that to the new drive. For that I would recommend Macrium Reflect

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I keep getting data overload warnings on my SSD 128Gb (c: ) I have another seldom used 2Tb HHD that has some data on it but could easily be moved to another drive. All drives are NTFS. I'd like to move all data on (c: ) to the 2Tb HHD, making it my new booting (c: ).

Can this be done without too much trouble?

Answer:How to move Windows 7 64-bit (c:) to new larger hard drive?

I would take a look at the cloning features of free imaging programs. Macrium Refflect Free is one example. Make sure when you clone to a larger drive it doesn't require the Windows boot partition to be the same size as the source partition. You could probably live with a 128 GB boot partition. But searching around may side step the limitation.

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Need help !!

I got a 650 MHz PC with a CB641X-Bx Daewoo motherboard.
I'm running win/xp/pro on it and I recently installed a 160 Gig drive in the case, but when I run the provided drive software it only showed a 130 gig not the 160 (so I'm missing 30 Gig). I thought that since I had XP I would be able to use the whole size.

A friend of my told me that maybe a bios upgrade in needed.
My question is:
1. Is downloading and installing a bios very risky?
2. What do I need to do so that I can use the full drive size?
3. Can I use the full drive size as one Partition or is it better to break it up into smaller sizes?

Answer:XP Not Reading my larger drive size

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I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,


The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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The R51 2887-W1F has a dead HDD.I start the laptop and WinXP Pro sits at the opening screen for 45 minutes.Nothing new installed, infact the Access button just freezes the laptop after a while too. I pulled the HDD out and ran a number of hardware tests, even MemTest86 for 4 hours and the laptop is in good shape.I put the HDD on an 2.5"-to-3.5" IDE adapter and tried to get 3 different PCs to see the HDD but I can't see the HDD and so I can't copy anything over to the PC.Any thoughts on how to do so? Since it appears to be a dead/dying 20GB HDD, I was going to replace it with a 80 GB HDD.I understand that's the biggest this R51 can use/see. I know the R51 had a special partition with some files, and IBM has a TON of special drivers too. So what problems can I expect with an outright replacement of HDD?Do I actually need the special partition & if so how do i install it? Moderator Note; please update your profile with your correct country location as per the forum rules. Products, options and services vary from market to market. Knowing your location helps us help youMessage Edited by andyP on 09-22-2008 06:43 PM

Answer:R51 2887 Hard drive is dead, how to replace the drive and setup.

You should be able to upgrade to any PATA size drive of 9.5 mm thickness that you wish, there is no limit in size. So you can get a 250 gig if you want, any harddrive brand. If you don't have the original recovery cd, then you will have to use off the shelf version of the XP pro cd and activate it using your own s/n on the bottom of the laptop. You can download most of the drivers off the support site.  

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Just bought a new z51 last month and I'd like to replace my Disc drive with a hard drive but I'm not sure which Caddy to get. There are several on Amazon for pretty cheap. Anyone successfully do this?  Thanks! Phen

Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

Answer:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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Came home the other day and found BSOD screen , tried restarting but didnt work so tried system recovery, and reformatted and reinstalled Vista. That didnt work either, now it says it cant load windload.exe I ran the hard drive diagnostic from Bios and it failed the test, so i checked online and said if that happens i should replace hard drive. My question is i didnt make system recovery disks when i set up my laptop (i ran system recovery from the computer), so can i buy another hard drive and since i have a Winxp installation disk use that and set up the new hard drive with that laptop?? I could order replacement disks from HP and wanna know if i can do this first
Laptop is HP dv 6258se amd Turion x2, 2GB memory Vista


Answer:Laptop, replace hard drive

yeh, you can install xp, but more than likely you are going to have problems finding the correct drivers for everything. if it were me, i'd order the disks from hp, the last time i did it, they were like less than $20 with s&h, for xp though. g/l, sos

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Hi, I bought a new Acer laptop, with the usual 500GB hard drive.First thing I want to do is get a higher capacity drive in the new lap top.Are there size limitations, or bios or motherboard concerns? QUESTIONS:(1)Can I get any size (6TB for example) drive and just stick it in? Acer 17.3 P2020ME1-731-20204G50Mnii Thx!Mark 

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I'm new, plz help.  My laptop's hard drive is failing and needs replacing.  I can order a similar drive (a 160 GB SATA drive) from ebay.  Question: when I get and replace the drive, what steps must I take for the laptop's BIOS to recognize the new drive, make it the primary, then install the Windows 7 OS from my Recovery DVDs?Perhaps the BIOS will see the drive automatically and I can simply use the Reccovery DVDs???? Thank you!

Answer:How to replace my laptop's hard drive

It's really straightforward. Stick the new drive in the machine, boot from the DVD and let the installer initialize, format and mount the hard drive.  Hard drive "how-to" is on p. 4-10 of the Service manual here: These older laptops are a joy to work on. Reminds me of when the computers and pollution control stuff became common on cars. Makes you nostalgic for your 1969 Chevy Impala which you could tune up yourself.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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The hard drive on this laptop is beginning to make intermittent noises.Where can  I buy a replacement hard drive and how do I transfer the complete contents (i.e. OS, Office Products, 3rd party software, etc.) of my old hard drive to a new bootable hard drive?I assume MOVING all the contents of my old hard drive to the new hard drive satisfies my licensing agreement to have only one copy of the software operating at a time.  I wish to remain with the Windows 7 operating system.

Answer:Replace HP laptop hard drive

Hi,You can buy any good branded 2.5 inch SATA 9.5mm HDD. Western digital, HGST travelstar are good ones.For moving, you can use Macrium Reflect Free cloning need SATA to USB adapter to connect hard drive to computer: word of caution: if OS is corrupted or hard drive is failing, cloning wouldn't be a good option as it may not successfully move with all OS integrity retainedRegardsVisruth

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Hi, I bought a new Acer laptop, with the usual 500GB hard drive.First thing I want to do is get a higher capacity drive in the new lap top.Are there size limitations, or bios or motherboard concerns? QUESTIONS:(1)Can I get any size (6TB for example) drive and just stick it in? Acer 17.3 P2020ME1-731-20204G50Mnii Thx!Mark 

Answer:Replace Hard drive in new laptop

Hello, The Aspire E1-731 series is shipped with HDDs of 500Gb, 750Gb or 1Tb. I have no information about size limitations.

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100 GB hard drive worked well. One day - it stopped.
"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found
No bootable devices..."

No disks in BIOS are shown now

Same story couple months before that was with another 80GB harddisk.
Several files on drive C (FAT) though were corrupted (CHKDSK corrected that)

"Fun" is:
1) Harddisk works fine if placed into desktop PC, no problems with any diagnostics
2) laptop works fine with small size old 4 GB harddrive

Harddrive connector problem???? BIOS problem with nonstandard size harddisks (DELL sold this notebook only with 60 GB max). Old not supported firmware ?

Dell Customer Support after several diagnoistics by phone only suggested to buy ane more disk and check. But I afraid that most probably it will not work

Somethig similar was here (but guy does not respond)

Answer:Dell Laptop: Primary hard disk drive 0 not found

Calculus said:

Harddrive connector problem???? BIOS problem with nonstandard size harddisks (DELL sold this notebook only with 60 GB max). NEW not supported firmware ?

...or "time bomb" - all that happened 4 years after laptop production when all warranties ended! )))
Also, I can not upgrade BIOS because it is latest buildClick to expand...


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Is there any reason I cannot install a ThinkPad 320GB 7200 RPM SATA drive (43N3411) as the primary internal hard drive on my R60 (9456-57U)? I can't tell from the description whether they are saying it can only go in the little drawer where the DVD writer normally lives. Has anyone done this? Thanks, Charles


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Answer:Can I replace my R60 hard drive with a 320GB 7200RPM drive

yes that will work as the primary  harddrive or in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II use rescue & recovery to make a backup of your harddrive on dvd then use the dvds to image the new harddrive

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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..

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I do a lot of music composing stuff.5400 rpm puts in 5 ms lattency and replacing it by 7200 rpm will reduce latecy.Is it possible to replace my 1tb 5400rpm hard disk with 2 tb 7200 rpm.


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Answer:Can I replace the 5400 RPM HDD drive with a 7200 RPM drive in y510p laptop?

jubintkm wrote:I do a lot of music composing stuff.5400 rpm puts in 5 ms lattency and replacing it by 7200 rpm will reduce latecy.Is it possible to replace my 1tb 5400rpm hard disk with 2 tb 7200 rpm.Assuming that you can find that hdd with the indicated spec it is possible to have the original  replace by it. However, there are problems that you have overcome, like transferring the pre-installed OS and other included programs, etc.

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Guys I am looking to replace the hard disk in my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop with an SSD drive to improve performance. Can someone please advise what interface/size/height/dimensions that is required for successful installation. Please also advise any additional information that I might require. Thanks in advance,T  

Answer:Want to replace hard disk in laptop with SSD drive

actually you can't upgrade there are differnt slots for SSD,means its coonecting port with motherboard is different.

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I was compromised by a cyber locker virus/malware. It completely has my computer in it's control. It wants me to pay a ransom to unlock it. I decided to get a new hard drive and toss the old one. There is nothing important on it. I'm using my desk top to write this question.
This is a HP Zv5445us laptop with Windows XP, a FUJITSU 100GB hard drive, and 1152 MB memory. I purchased a SEAGATE 160 GB hard drive to replace the original. I do have the recovery disc that came with the lap top.
After installing the new hard drive and turn the power on, and click the ESC key, I get a boot menu. If I click on hard drive, Media test failure screen shows.
If I just turn it on, There is a screen with PXE-E61:Media Test Failure.
If I turn it on and click F10 key, I get a PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility page with the PC specs.
My question: What is the procedure to format the new hard drive then install windows XP and use the recovery disc? Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thank You.

Answer:Replace a compromised laptop hard drive

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I have a dell laptop and I feel it needs a new hard drive? so how do I replace one ive bin having problems for some time,ive had it repaired twice and it still keeped shutting down,saying there was,some thing catching in a loop? can you help,me?

Answer:how do you replace an hard drive on a dell laptop?

Would you like to tell us which model it is?

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My laptop will turn on, but nothing with pop up on my screen other than a message that says my laptop needs to be restarted. It restarts, but nothing happens. I've called HP Support and they tell me my hard drive needs to be replaced. This has happened last year in June. My laptop is out of warranty and I do not want to pay over $200 for them to replace my hard drive, so I will do it on my own. I just am not sure what kind of hard drive I need?

Answer:Need to replace hard drive for HP laptop, not sure what kind...

Hi, Basically all standard HDD's for laptops (2.5", 7mm or 9.5mm thick) from any reliable vendor will work. They come with many different size (capacity) from 120GB (or even less) to 2TB or more such as: My suggestion: buy SATA III HDD with 7200RPM and big cache (32Mb and up). Your machine may only run SATA II but no harm for using SATA III, you only have to pay few dollars more. For capacity, 500GB, 750GB or 1TB will do. Regards.

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I have a laptop running Vista Home Premium. It has a WD hard drive in it which is apparently faulty and needs to be replaced. I started the pc one day and got the message to run the startup repair program and when it was done there was result stating Bugcheck e3. Parameters = 0x929a0d48, 0x89ac9b08, 0x0, 0x2. After some research and such it was suggested by the microsoft answers site to test the hard drive.

I tested the hard drive with WD Lifeguard Diagnostics and it failed the first test. I did contact WD and they are the ones that stated it is faulty and needs to be replaced. It has a WD 250 GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive Model Number: WDC WD2500BEVS-22UST0 which resulted in information on the WD Blue Scorpio Hard Drives (

The laptop is just over 2 1/2 years old but it out of warranty and WD will not cover it under their 3 year warranty since it is an OEM drive and I did check with (the system maker) Gateway about replacing the drive under its warranty as they take over the responsibilty under their OEM license from WD. But I got nowhere with them.

Anyway, can anyone suggest a good hard drive to replace the one that is in the laptop now? It is a 250 GB hard drive but I still have 174GB of free space on partition 1 (174GB free of 220GB) and 5.76GB of free space on the recovery partition. So I really don't need to get a larger hard drive to replace this one.

I did create a clone of ... Read more

Answer:replace hard drive in laptop with Vista

I agree with you that another 250GB drive would meet your needs, based on what you've said about your old hard drive. Of course, many other sizes are available and may not vary much in price from a 250GB. You could choose one of many of the SATA 3.0Gb/s drives listed at 600003459&IsNodeId=1&name=SATA 3.0Gb/s. Since hard drive replacement is a definite need, not a choice due to your circumstances, you might consider this an opportunity to upgrade to a 7200rpm drive for a performance boost.

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Answer:can i replace a laptop hard drive with a newer one???

Originally Posted by nostaw5

the title says it all

Yes, you just need to make sure the newer hard drive is compatible with your laptop (cables/voltage/etc.)

Hope I helped!

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Hi every one. I had been using the laptop fine then the next thing it restarted and wont start. Then im hearing the dreaded ticking and clicking from the hard drive. Ive taken all the screws out of the back of the case but i cant see any way to separate the case to get at the hard drive. Id really appreciate any help.

Answer:How do i open my laptop to replace the hard drive

Hi, The Specifications Page for your notebook lists it as shipping with Windows 10 - if that's correct, the machine should still be under warranty so you could contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced free of charge- If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the UK, contact HP Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. If you do want to replace the HDD yourself, the procedure is detailed starting on Page 56 of the Maintenance & Service Guide.  ( Note that there are 2 screws under the rear rubber feet that are easy to forget- Page 39 ). Regards, DP-K 

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I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.

Answer:Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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I have an Emachine laptop (Eslate450k) that I am trying to replace the hard drive in - this is not my only computer, it is actually gift for my mom, and it is already paid for so please no replys like "throw it in the garbage and buy a new one", I am determined to fix this thing.

I have already removed all the obvious screws from the bottom of it and I have it to a point where I can begin seperating the motherboard tray from the keyboard tray, but whats holding me up is that it appears there is one screw holding the hard drive case to the under side of the keyboard tray and a couple of other screws attaching the hard drivecase to the motherboard tray.

I have so far only been able to seperate the two halves by about 1/3", the restriction of course being the hard drive case holding the two sides together. Now, I could possibly be wrong about the screws because of the fact that I don't have much of a view into the laptop thus far, but I'm fairly certain that one or more of these screws needs to be removed before I can continue. And if I am right about this, then I need some idea as to how I'm supposed to accomplish removing them with no apparent access allowed for a screw driver.

So if anyone knows how these things go together or (more importantly) how they come apart, please respond before I rip all my hair out!!

Answer:Trying to replace laptop hard drive-emachine

Maybe google " replace Eslate450k hard drive" or similar wording might help. Best of luck. Bazza


subron1 said:

I have an Emachine laptop (Eslate450k) that I am trying to replace the hard drive in - this is not my only computer, it is actually gift for my mom, and it is already paid for so please no replys like "throw it in the garbage and buy a new one", I am determined to fix this thing.

I have already removed all the obvious screws from the bottom of it and I have it to a point where I can begin seperating the motherboard tray from the keyboard tray, but whats holding me up is that it appears there is one screw holding the hard drive case to the under side of the keyboard tray and a couple of other screws attaching the hard drivecase to the motherboard tray.

I have so far only been able to seperate the two halves by about 1/3", the restriction of course being the hard drive case holding the two sides together. Now, I could possibly be wrong about the screws because of the fact that I don't have much of a view into the laptop thus far, but I'm fairly certain that one or more of these screws needs to be removed before I can continue. And if I am right about this, then I need some idea as to how I'm supposed to accomplish removing them with no apparent access allowed for a screw driver.

So if anyone knows how these things go together or (more importantly) how they come apart, please respond befo... Read more

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Is there a video (YouTube) or manual that shows how to replace a hard drive on  my  HP 14 -n018us laptop? Thanks MP

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Hey guys I was wondering if it's possible to put in a 3 or 4 tb hard drive into my laptop. The current max it says in the manual is 1 TB, but it also says that for other laptops but is possible to upgrade. I have an m.2 nvme 256 gb and a crucial 750 GB SSD in it right now. They are GPT formatted and it does have uefi, so I don't think it'll be an issue. But I've read about HP limiting sizes in the BIOS.  And also I cannot find this type of connector cable anywhere or what it's called. I do have pictures of it though. Thank you

Answer:Hard drive size limit in BIOS? What connector is the drive

@djmagnum You're going to have a problem using any drive larger than 2TB because they have to be formatted GPT -- and unless your current drive is also formatted GPT, you will not be able to "clone" it onto the new drive due to formatting differences. Here's a thread that shows you how to check to see what formatting was used for your drive: Luck

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Sorry to be posting so often lately, but I'm about to dive into some serious work; & need some advice. A few months ago, I added a secondary hard drive to my system (A Dell 700; & the drive was a Maxtor 60GB.) I do a lot of work with digital multitracking; & use the drive exclusively for audio files. The drive was an ATA/133, which I was told will work in my ATA/100 system (& it does.) Now, my primary drive is getting noisy & slow; & I purchased another Maxtor, a 40GB; & also a 133. My questions are: A) Now that both drives are going to be 133's, will they both work in my 100 system?; & B) Should I upgrade the card to a 133 anyway? I am running 512MB of SD/RAM, but with a PIII 700, what should I do, stay with the 100 card or upgrade to the 133. Thanks.


Answer:Replace ATA Card w/ Primary Drive?

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."


Answer:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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Hi all, I purchased a external drive to back up files on our desktop and laptops. I am looking for easy way to do this, do I do all files or do I have to go into all of them one at a time. I say this because one laptop is my daughters, can I just send all her pic and music files all at once. Our main computer(desktop)is windows vista, everyday it's getting louder and louder and each morning its shows a message says configuring and it's like counting down. This takes long time. I looked at the space left. It shows space available on (c) and on d it's full which is recovery so I don't have a clue how files got on there. My hubby doesn't know much about even getting on computer, but when he does it seems something goes wrong. I want to clean up and get rid of files so my son who's 11 can use it for games. It's so slow and I don't want to delete wrong things.  From reading here and just knowing not to delete recovery. How do I clear out space on D...I tried opening some files on it but they all seem to do with the windows system. What can I do with my desktop ?And is it possible to clear out all files from is about 5 yrs old...and she has alot of music and pics on there..just wondering if it's worth time to clean out the files. It takes forever to get online and when we do its so slow. Hope I'm not sounding to confusing.any suggestionstygreat site so far

Answer:need help with using external hard drive also my recovery drive(d)showing full?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have presented more that one issue. The forum will help you, but some detail is needed. What OS are you using?  What make and model of eternal drive do you use?The proper way to remove programs is in the con control  panel. But Music and pictures files can be copied to a CD-R or DVD-R and removed from the computer. The external drive can also be used to transport files from on PC to another. But using DVD-R or CD-R is preferable. The best use of an external drive is to make a backup of the operating system and programs.Avoid putting files on the recovery partition.

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My Medion PC is fast running out of storage space. I have 2 hard drives installed totaling 300gb but still need more. Can I remove my floppy drive & instal a 2.5" hard drive?Or is a better option to instal a permanently linked external USB2 Drive?

Answer:replace floppy drive with hard drive

You cannot replace a floppy with a HDD floppy disk controller will not run a HDD port on motherboard wrong size model No.?How many IDE ports has the mother board got 1 or 2 ?1 port = 2 drives on one cable usually 2 HDD and 1 DVD rom drive + 1 DRDRW driveare your drives SATA or PATA

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I would like to upgrade the hard drive that came on my Probook 430 G3 to an M.2 drive.  But when I install the M.2 drive the system refuses to boot (even with the old HD in place). Suggestions would be welcome. TIA

Answer:Probook 430 G3 replace hard drive with M.2 drive

Have you put any software on the M.2 drive? When I added an M.2 to my Zbook 15 G3 I removed the HDD while I installed the OS, got it working with the M.2, then put the HDD back in. 

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I have a Dell Precision M4500 laptop that I bought a couple of years ago. It has a 64GB SSD with 64bit Win7 on it, and a 500GB internal 5400rpm Toshiba storage HD linked to the SSD. Lately I've noticed that the Toshiba drive is starting to click noticeably, which means it's probably time for a replacement.

The question is if I go out and buy a new 500GB or 1TB drive, is it just plug & play and the OS will just detect it automatically? Or will I need to install some kind of Intel storage drivers and do some additional tweaking?

I've never done this before so any help here would be most appreciative.

Answer:How do I replace a storage hard drive that's built into my laptop?

It will likely be plug and play, but laptops can be kind of finicky. If it does require drivers, Windows should install them automatically, or through Windows update.

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Does any one know is it possible to install a new 2.5" hard drive for a Sony N21E series laptop and successfully install the original recovery disc software (operating system and applications) that was on the original hard drive? My Sony hard drive is on its last legs (corrupted bad sectors) and keeps crashing so want to fit a replacement hard drive myself. If anyone has successfully managed this would appreciate feedback. Thanks

Answer:Sony N Series laptop replace hard drive

Before you do anything else, back up that HHD to an external media - also check for hidden partitions as you may well have the restore software hidden there. click hereHoweverclick hereThe hard drive bay is not designed for this purpose. Removal and reinsertion of the hard drive may damage the hard drive connector. SONY VAIO Link does not recommend this operation, cannot offer any support on a non standard hardware configuration and any physical damage is considered out of warranty. Please contact VAIO Link for further information concerning out of warranty repairs.

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I am trying to help out a family member. Her little used laptop (now 8 years old) slowed down to a crawl.
After trying all software solutions (repair, restore etc), I ran HD Tune which showed the heard drive was failing (plus the fact at idle the drive starts spinning furiously for a few seconds every couple of minutes).

I have taken an image of the drive onto an external hard drive using Macrium. As it is an HP Pavillion (dv6404tu) and came only with the system restore on the hard drive and no op sys disk, can I install a new drive, make a bootable CD and boot from this and then transfer the image onto the new drive? And is it that simple?

Also, as a new 120gb drive for this model will run approx $125, a SSD makes more financail/performance sense, only from what I have read, am I correct in that I can't use a SSD with this older laptop?

Thanks in advance.

HP Pavillion dv6404tu with Vista 32bit

Answer:Replace hard drive in HP Laptop without install discs

The chances are that yes, it is that simple.

On my old Dell laptop with Vista, that's how the system had been transferred to an SSD. The difference was that I've used USB not CD boot disk. The imaging with Macruim did not impact licensing of the OS and applications, they are working just fine. Vista is SSD aware and will adjust the boot sector size for the best SSD performance.

The wild card is how HP handles licenses for the new hard drive, be that HDD or SSD? They may do it differently than Dell, but I doubt it...

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It has been a long time but stilll see some familiar faces. My hard drive went and we just installed a new Toshiba (direct replacement) on this Dell Laptop.

I have the original OS Re-installation DVD (from Dell) but it is not recognizing it. Not quite sure what to do/try next.

Appreciate any input/direction.

Answer:Replace Hard Drive in Dell Studio XPS Laptop

Post here and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied.

Pick up the Tutorial: How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB here:

To Create Vista Installation DVD or USB Flash Drive with ISO File

During the install, when asked for the key, don't enter it. You will then be given a menu where you can chose the version you want to install.

Activate once the install is completed.

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At first sorry for my bad English.
I had 3 drives. my windows7 was installed on drive C. And I had 130GB unallocated space. I wanted to make new drive in this space with Minitool Partition Wizard.
I read in mintool site that you can only have 3 primary drives. My E Drive was not important for me and I convert it to a logical drive and made a restart.
Buuuut after restart my win7 wont boot. Now I have fedora 15 and I see that all my drives and files are ok.
What Can I do?

Answer:My Windows wont load after change a drive type from primary to logical

Startup Repair

If you have installed Windows 7 by default, you should have startup repair built-in and you won't need any disc.

Just press F8 repeatedly during boot until you see some options.

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Dell Inspiron 14 3000 Series
I have this laptop. My question is why would you sell a computer with 32GB hard drive when you know the OS will take up 20GB? How am I supposed to use this computer? I can't upgrade the HD and why should I buy an external drive for a laptop?
I am so utterly confused.

Answer:Can't use laptop because Windows 10 is using 90% of the hard drive, what can I do besides using an external drive?

This isn't a true notebook - it's a glorified tablet/internet appliance.  It's fine as a Windows substitute for a chromebook, but forget running anything demanding on it -- it's designed for a single purpose:  to be inexpensive.

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I have a sea gate 300 gig hard drive and I cannot get the space/size on it to change. I've re booted, taken it in and out and tried different computers but they all think that there is 138 gigs free of the 300. I have a folder of stuff that has said "24.3 gigs" via properties for about a week now though I can open and close the files, play videos in it, and have added about 15 gigs of stuff to the folder. About 3 months ago I created a partition and made most of the 300 gigs FAT32 so I can play it on my ps3. I've had no issues until now. Also, I have the exact same hard drive also in FAT32 and it suddenly will not show up and it appears to be doing the same thing. When I delete files from the folder, the image still shows as it being filled with that file (on my computer). Though moved files etc still work with no issues on my computer.

I have vista, if that makes a difference.

Answer:Hard drive space on portable hard drive won't change even when I add and remove gigs

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Also, it won't show up on my usb dvd player as of last week. Though as I said, both come up fine on my computer.

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I just bought a new hard drive from best buy, its a western digital Blue 500gb hard drive, the old one was failing and causing windows to run slow so I bought this one to fix it. When I try to install the new OS into the blank hard disk it doesnt show up on the list, nothing does. Any tips?

Answer:New Hard drive Not showing up on HP laptop

Have you assigned a drive letter to the new hard drive ?

Go to diskmgmt.msc > right click at the drive > click Change drive letter and paths > then assign a drive letter > Add > OK

Does that work ?

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I just bought a new hard drive from best buy, its a western digital Blue 500gb hard drive, the old one was failing and causing windows to run slow so I bought this one to fix it. When I try to install the new OS into the blank hard disk it doesnt show up on the list, nothing does. Any tips?

Answer:New Hard drive Not showing up on HP laptop

Have you assigned a drive letter to the new hard drive ?

Go to diskmgmt.msc > right click at the drive > click Change drive letter and paths > then assign a drive letter > Add > OK

Does that work ?

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My T-400 has a 150Gb hard drive and runs on Windows XP. Is there a larger hard drive that I can install in this laptop? And can I run Windows 7 on this laptop. Thank you.Stanley 110

Answer:Larger Hard Drive and Windows 7 for my T-400; Type 2764-CTO; Product ID 2764CTO (or 2764CT0)

@Stanley110,Win 7 runs fine on the T400 and drivers are available on the Lenovo support page or you can use ThinkVantage System Update the drivers. As for the HDD question, I am unable to provide you with any info as the T400 which I have here is a default 150GB one.//JameZ

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