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Cannot read slave drive to salvage data

Question: Cannot read slave drive to salvage data

I had a laptop running Vista which stopped working - I had the black screen of death when booting up and no systems would run. I tried booting in safe mode, but the same thing happened. I suspect this was caused by a virus, but am not sure.

I decided to try and salvage my data files by removing the hard drive and hooking it up (via USB adapter) to a laptop running Windows 7. The drive is recognized, but when I click on it, I can only see a .bak file. I ran Scan Disk, which scanned thousands of files, so I know they're in there, but is there a way for me to access them? Any advice would be appreciated.


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Answer: Cannot read slave drive to salvage data

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All right. Around a few months ago, I had encountered a problem with my hard disk drive, and it was a terrible one. First, it started with Windows hanging at the login screen when I installed grub on the same drive and resized one of the Compaq partitions (the "SYSTEM_SAV" [yes all in capitals] partition), which was a fault of mine. Then, the hard drive's fate was sealed when I thought I would be able to "fix" the problem by running fixmbr from a Windows disk. Because of this, the partition table has been incinerated, and access to all partitions have been closed off. Fortunately, I had made a backup of the data on another hard disk drive, but unfortunately that fell from a desk and I am unsure as to whether the backup hard disk is usable or not (probably not).

So, I decided to just abandon all hope, and have the computer with the faulty hard drive lay there dormant. Until now...

At Office Depot, I was quick enough to pick up a copy of Partition Commander 10 Pro, which could be operated both from Windows and via booting from the CD. So, I pop the CD in the computer, wishing for the best of luck. Yet when accessing the partition software with GUI, I encountered a problem; the drive had appeared all one partition, with an "invalid" file system, and could not be copied. I tried searching through the entire CD for programs that might have the ability to restore the partition table, but to no luck (as the program that did did not recognize the ... Read more

Answer:Incompetent Hard Drive: Data Salvage

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I just installed Windows Xp on a brand new HDD. The previous hard drive had Windows 2000, and since I didn't want to lose any files I installed that drive as the slave. But when I boot the machine up. And select the slave drive, none of the files, such as pictures, word docs, etc. are there. The folders are blank. What am I doing wrong? The jumper pin setting is correct because the picture is right on the label for the drive. Can anybody help?



Answer:Installed XP and slave drive, can't read files on slave

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after attack to computer, the computer works, but i can not excess c dive or slave drive with programs and data. went to add/remove programs and all are there, but computer can't excess them. going to my computer no folders are shown on these drives.. a stick memory card works but not the hard drives, internet works, the screen saver shows pix from one of the slave drives, so data is there, just can't get to it... can't be the only person this has happen to... please help scamper2633

Answer:can't read c drive or slave

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HELP! I am in desparate need of help! I just got a brad new computer and I backed my files up on my slave drive in my old computer to move over and transfer them to my new computer. I plugged it on to my new computer and I got the "This Disk is not formatted... Do You want to format it now?" window. I moved it back to my old computer and I got the same thing. I don't want to lose my files bc that's my whole life in that drive. WHAT CAN I DO?

- K

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I have a second hard drive set up so i can store my music and movies . All the sudden the other day , i go to get into my music , and it says "network or drive connection is unavailable " SO i reboot and still get it , so then i open my computer and see that G drive is just not even there .....I open device manager and open properties of the second drive , and it says its working properly . I have tried shutting down and rebooting , and unplugging and replugging everything , still no luck ....any ideas ???

I have a

HP 502n
1.3 celeron
40g hard drive
(slave) 60 g
384 mb ram
Win XP

Answer:Wont read slave drive

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My master hard disk has failed and I have successfully replaced it with a
new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?
Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on
the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one,
but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.

Answer:Get a drive letter for an old slave hard drive while keeping the existing data

In disk management did you first left click to highlight the drive then right click for assign or change a drive letter option?

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Thank you for reading my tale of woe!

I recently had some malware infections that I simply could not remove, using a huge arsenal of AV scans & removers, so I got a new hard drive ("H"), and attached old one ("C") as a slave. After configuring "H" with new XP Pro OS/Avira AV/Comodo Firewall, I used my original Outlook 2007 CD to install it.

I got the basics done (importing .pst files), but there are a whole lot of details that aren't moving to the new Outlook. I have gone through the Microsoft support pages, which normally I find super helpful, but this time I seem to be going in circles. I am anxious to get the data off C so we can re-format it: I hate having the infected drive around.

If anyone can provide any insights into *any* of the following obstacles, I would be most appreciative.

1. -Install went apparently well, but when I tried to install an Outlook add-on (Calender Print Assistant from Microsoft download center) I got a message that my copy of Outlook could not be validated: "Problem: The validation process could not be completed because a copy of Microsoft OfficeŽ on this computer has not been activated." Following the Microsoft instructions led me in circles, warning that my copy might be counterfeit. I purchased it new from Amazon over a year ago. All the Microsoft support pages tell me that I must use the Activation Wizard during installation to enter product key, which I did, and it was accepted. Even th... Read more

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I have important data on a hard drive which I want to recover to the new hard drive. I have removed the jumper and slaved it to my new hard drive. However in my computer, right clicking does not show the slave, nor does it appear in windows explorer, but it does show in device manager as being there and in good working order. I have tried it as a slave on both a win2000 prof. and winxp prof. service pack2 but I cannot acces any files. I tried running partition magic, and the drive shows up. I tried copying the partition to the new c drive but upon reboot the computer will not boot. That's not a problem as I can reinstall the operating system but how do I access the data?

Answer:Data recovery from slave drive

Before going into more complex solutions, I assume that you went into the CMOS and checked that your mainboard could "see the drive".Please be aware that the OS relies on the CMOS to "discover" the drives.If you haven't done this step, although quite simple, it could account for the plethora of problems you're encountering.If you have done this AND the drive was detected, then there could be a "clash" if the old drive and the new drive BOTH have active partitions. Use one of your tools - Partition Magic - to ensure that the "slave" drive does not have an active partition.

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Wasn't sure whether to put this in Hardware or Software, but anyway...

I had the dreaded Reboot loop. Windows does not load. That is, the Windows XP splash screen appears with the scrolling bars on the bottom. After some seconds of that, as the bars continue to scroll, it starts a reboot. Rinse. Repeat. I haven't had any recent installs of hardware or software.

Holding F8 can get me to a choice screen and to the choice of safe mode. But, still, after selecting safe mode or any other option, ultimately a reboot starts. Same for the "Last Good Configuration" choice. When I select Safe Mode, a DOS like scroll begins but it stops with:


Whatever that means? And then the reboot again starts.

I'm tried various solutions after googling the problem and cruising various computer help boards. Ideally, I'd am hoping to fix this and not lose tons of documents and data on my hard drive. [Note to self: You IDIOT! You know you should back things up once in a while. :-o )

BTW, don't bother suggesting going to Control Panel to alter any settings. If I could get to the @^$(@* control panel, it means Windows booted up that far and I wouldn't be begging for help.

I was told that the possible suspects are, of course, hardware (so far I've found suggestions of bad fan on the processor, bad memory chip) and software (corrupted [fill in the blank] ).

The fans are opera... Read more

Answer:Recovering data from a slave drive

You need to take ownership of the files or folders. If you are on an XP Home Edition note that you need to be in safe mode to get the Security tab.

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Hi! I'm new to this message board so bare with me. I will try to be as brief and descriptive of my problem as possible.

I have never had a slave drive on my system and my knowledge of slave drives is pretty much nothing.

I have added a hard drive to my system as a slave drive in hopes to access the data. My system recongizes the slave drive in Bois but not in my computer. how do I access the data on this drive?

Any help would be appreciated

Answer:How to access data on a slave drive?

Check that both harddisks have correct jumper-settings. The original HD must be set as Master, the new one as Slave. On top of the HDs should be a sticker with the jumper-positions. Put Master at the end of the IDE-cable, the Slave in the middle. Make sure the red-line on the flatcable is at pin-1 on both HDs and motherboard.
If the slave is new, it needs to be partitioned and formatted first, using Disk Management

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Had to replace the hard drive in my desktop and installed SP3. No problems yet.

Any ideas on how I may be able to pull my files off the old drive? Can't get into it from My Computer although it does show up and shows there is data on the drive.

Answer:Recover Data from slave drive

If you are getting an Access Denied message, you need to follow these steps: How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

If it's something else, you'll need to tells us what the error message is.


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Any assistance on how to recover data off of my slave drive would be appreciated.

Slave drive not being recognized by the OS when I try to access via Windows Explorer. When I click on D: a window opens stating: "Disk in drive d is not formatted, do you want to format?", so I click NO.

I've checked the BIOS and shows up in Disk Management. Disk Management shows D Drive as Health (Active), but the HDD capacity and free space shows the same, 28.63GB or 100% free space. File system is blank. This particular drive has a FAT32 file system.

Have gone to DOS prompt for D: and get the following message, "The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

Called a couple of Data Recovery companies and was told if they could recover any data off of the drive that it would cost between $500 to $1,200. They mentioned the probability that the volume structure could be damaged. I need the data, but cannot afford that kind of money. Had no idea that data recovery would be so expensive.

If anyone has been through this and can assist please advise.


Answer:Data recovery off of slave drive

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I got a new 160gig HD and when i installed it on to my computer i made it my primary drive, reinstalled my os and all my applications on it, after about a month i realized it was a bad idea so i formated mt first HD (40gig) made it my primary drive again and reistalled my os on it, but now i cant access the data of my 120gig drive, windows sees it, but when i go to explore the hard drive it sais "This drive is not formated/n Would you like to format it now?..Y/N" I have some critical data on that drive and all the backed up data from the 40gig so formating it isint an option for me.


Answer:Cant access data from my slave hard drive

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I have a corrupt windows installation that I cannot repair. Before I wipe the drive, I need to get some information from the registry that I can't reproduce otherwise.

If I connect the drive containing the bad installation as a slave drive, can I edit c:\windows\system32\config\software and find the information I'm looking for?

Answer:Extract data from registry on slave drive?

You can't edit it like that, but you can open regedit, and load the hive.

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Ok, I consider myself to be pretty savy about my computer but this one has me stumped. I got a new desktop pc and I wanted to remove the secondary drive from my old pc and install it as a secondary in my new computer because it has all of my files on it. I removed and installed the drive into my new computer making the orginal hard drive the master and the secondary as a slave. Everything booted up just fine and the secondary drive shows up just fine in device manager. But, when I go into Explorer to access my data this is what I see:The secondary drive has been named to BOOTWORK (D) with the following files listed:I386 FolderATRSBOOT FileNTDETECT.COM MS DOS ApplicationNTLDR FileWINNT.SIF SIF FileWINPE.ISO ISO FileSo then I decided to put my secondary drive back into my old computer and just try and burn everything to a CD and copy it that way. Well when I installed it back into my old computer it tells me the same thing as it did in my new computer! I'm so frusturated I'm about to pull my hair out. What am I doing wrong?Both systems are running Windows XP on the master drives. The secondary drive was for data storage only.  Please tell me I haven't lost all of my data somehow!!  Any advice would be a big help!!  

Answer:Cannot access data on slave hard drive

Welcome to the CH forums.Have you installed Altiris Bootworks on either machine?

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I know this is an odd request, but in the process of deleting viruses on a computer, I am now left with a computer that only says "Object Not Found: LSASS.EXE" and then reboots. I am unable to boot into standard Windows or Safe Mode.

I did export the keys and folders that I deleted out of the registry before I did it, but I can't import them back in if I can't boot Windows.

I tried the trick of copying files from the System Volume Information folder of the drive, but there are no Restore Points in the folder!

So now I have the drive as slave on my system. What I want to know is is there any way that I can import the *.reg files back into the registry on the corrupt drive while still booting from my system? I know that if I just double click the files, they'll be imported into MY registry and that's not what I want.


Answer:need to import data to registry on slave drive

Open a command window and type in the info. Syntax here;

Just enter the appropriate path info along with the files. (Specify drive:\userfile(s)\whatever.reg)

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My master hard disk failed and I have successfully replaced it with a new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?

Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one, but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.

Please Help Me, I'm stumped.

Answer:Get drive letter for slave while keeping data This article could hold the answer

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I have just gotten a new machine running on Windows XP. I wish to move the slave drive with all my files and some programs that I had on my old machine running under windows 98 to the new machine.

My new machine recognizes that I have the slave drive now installed there (local Disk drive E) but I can not access any of the data on it. When i try to access the E drive I receive a message that the drive is not formatted and am asked if I want to format the drive which i don't if it will erase all my data.

I would appreciate any guidance on how to resolve this issue.


Answer:Moving slave drive with data onto a new XP machine

There may be errors in the drive's partition tables. XP is not very forgiving.

The best idea, before attempting to repair the drive and possibly losing your data, is to try to recover it and move it to another location. Then format the drive as requested.

Try some of these apps to recover the contents:

Free recovery applications:

1) DriveRescue
2) PCI File Recovery
3) Restoration
4) Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5) EasyRecovery Pro

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Question: Data salvage

Due to a recent destructive virus I had to disconnect my large HDD then write zeros on my smaller HDD in order to remove a virus. I then installed my system onto the small HDD then connected my large HDD and recovered important documents.
Since I can now boot from either HDD, Is it a good idea to setup a batch copy of selected folders from the large HDD to the small HDD then disconnect the small HDD to protect it from virus attacks? Then reconnect and run the batch on a regular schedule? (Is xcopy recommended? ) Is the small HDD protected if I only disconnect the power connector?
Also why do the HDDs have Master and Slave jumpers when Cable Select is much easier and you don't have to keep changing the jumpers?

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Question: Salvage data?

I posted yesterday about a blue screen error - 'unmountable boot volume' and despite the kind help of a couple of members, I haven't found a solution. As I have practicaly all the data off this HDD backed up, it's not too crucial but there's just a couple of files I overlooked. I would really like to get these off before a reformat. Does anyone know what I might try please?

Answer:Salvage data?

you may try to boot up from original installation CD (NOT recovery CD) and get into recovery console and try to run "fixoot".

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My dvd drive in my Emachines laptop cant read data disks anymore, but it can read/play music and video dvds without any problem.

I have an Emachines D732z. I have Windows XP and drive is hl-dt-st dvdram gt32n.

I'm unsure of the cause of the problem. Can anybody help out? thanks!

Answer:DVD drive can read video dvds but cant read data disks.

Are the Data discs CD's? When you say Musicand video dvd's do you mean Music Cds and Video dvds?

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I installed a second hard drive, from another computer, as the slave in my own. When I booted up I got a blue screen and it started scanning the new drive, indexing files, deleting indexes, recovering orphaned files etc.

When I got into windows I noticed the vast majority of it's picture and video files are corrupt, and possibly other file types too.
I've added a slave drive before and lost a few files, but this amount is really bad. Their filesizes match what they used to be, so the data may still be there.

I ran scandisk and it didn't repair anything, is there any way i can recover these files?


Answer:Corrupt data after adding a hard drive as slave

Hi and Welcome toTSF

What O.S. is installed on the computer and the slave drive?

What information did you get from the BSOD?


When I got into windows I noticed the vast majority of it's picture and video files are corrupt, and possibly other file types too.

What indication gave you this conclusion?

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I have replaced my hard drive am now using the old one as a slave. Due to the way my computer failed, I was not able to create a psd file of my Outlook data, however the hard drive is complete and undamaged. Is there a way to open Outlook on the slave drive and retrieve that data? There is no email account associated with Outlook, I'm looking for contact and appointment info, not emails.

Answer:Solved: Retreive Outlook data from slave drive

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My girlfriend's Panasonic Toughbook's (laptop) internal hard drive up and failed out of nowhere today. She doesn't back up, so all her music, documents, etc.. is on that drive.Is there a way to hook up her HD to my PowerBook (just as an external HD) in an attempt to salvage any data possible? We are more interested in getting the data than any other thing caz it also include some important company data in which worksAssuming I can get the HD out of her laptop, how would I go about hooking it up to my PowerBook as an external drive (I have a 200GB LaCie FW HD, so maybe I could just swap about the drives?) If it successfully mounted on my desktop, would I be able to just drag and drop files from her HD to my HD? I realize the disk needs to spin on both HD's for this to work, so I have my doubts, but I've gotta try somethingor maybe there is an easier way?

Answer:Salvage data from a PC's failed HD

Well if you get her HD out, you would need an external HD enclosure to plug it in so you could connect it to your Mac to start with... And depending if it is formatted in FAT32 (you can read and write to it) or NTFS (read only) you get different results... But the start point is to get an enclosure to contain the HD... Don't neglect the possibility that there might be a Windows-specific way of dealing with this. I.e. ask on a Windows-related board, take the machine into a Windows shop, or just to your nearest Windows expert. Oh!!! I forgot to tell you. U can also try data recovery labs. One of the lab that I know is SAlvageData Recovery Lab Inc. I would suggest to give them a shot?If you wish you can call them at 1 203-973-0242. I hope you get your data back.

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Hi there,

I have 3 computers that I need to salvage data off of. The local stores around here that would do it for me, are priced into the stratosphere (for this poor girl, anyway).

Two are desktops - a 5 year-old HP (Win ME), 20gb, and a 3 year-old eMachines (Win XP Home), 80gb. Then I have an 80gb drive in a 1 year-old Averatec (Win XP Home) laptop also.

I just want to get into these drives to salvage important files (what amounts to probably about 50gb in total). I don't need to boot with these drives, or erase them, or anything. All the computers have been checked out by a local shop and the hard drives in all of them are healthy, but for one reason or another the computers around them can't be used any longer.

So, I'm curious. Is there any way I can do this salvage job myself? Someone mentioned that maybe an external hard drive kit like this Cintre Z Disc 3.5" USB 2.0 kit would be all I'd need, as I could just plug the 2 desktop drives into it (1 at a time), and then plug the device into my working desktop USB or firewire, and use Windows Explorer to go in, right click and copy the files to my current computer. There's also kits made for notebook hard drives, so I'm assuming it would be the same procedure.

Is this correct? For the price, it seems almost too good to be true that I could save hundreds of dollars by buying a $20 external adapter like this.

Any other suggestions/ideas? Thank you.

Answer:Data Salvage - PC is shot, but HDD is okay

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hai everyone i've got some problem with my dvd drive, CDDVDW TS-T633P
from HP touchsmart 600 1137D

my dvd can't read or play dvd movie, i reinstall it few times but it can;t solve the problem

can anyone help me about this? i need sugestion

Answer:dvd drive can't read dvd movie, but can read data dvd or dvd games

Shot in the dark...

Go to the Device Manager and find the entry for your DVD. Right click it and select properties then "Region" and make sure a region is set for the drive. Without a region set it won't play movie DVDs.

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I think my questions pretty simple which makes me think its maybe a little stupid lol but...

My main hard drive is messing up badly and its gonna give out soon but my PC has a secondary internal hard drive, so my question is:

Can I restore my primary hard drive and keep the data on my slave drive or will I lose everything?

Thanks in advance, Alex

Answer:Keep slave drive data whilst returning factory settings?

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I made a DVD system backup using Nero v6 of my hard drive before it mechanically crashed. There are important data files on the DVD's that I need to transfer to an empty formated slave drive and access. I don't know how to do it. I've tried using Nero restore function, but get nowhere. I can see the folders and data files using W explorer. How do I transfer and access them?

Answer:Transfer data files from DVD backup to empty slave drive

can you just simple open the dvd in my computer, then drag and drop all the files over to your hdd?

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my 7 year old pc based on a msi 6382 motherboard has packed up i.e it won't boot and the keyboard is unresponsive (unless i go into the bios). i've tried replacing the cmos battery & re-setting the jumpers but nothing works - it just won't boot. my main issue is how do i retrieve the data on my 2 hdd's? (they are ide) do i buy a new motherboard?, if so which one or is there a way i can connect the hdd's to my laptop, or do i buy a cheap pc and shove the hdd's in? i'm a bit strapped for cash but really want to get to the data in my hdd's. tia

Answer:how to salvage data on ide hdd motherboard failure

Ask a friend to use his puter, connect your drives (1 at a time) in place of the cd/dvd, copy your files to a folder on his drive then burn to cd/dvd, remembering to delete from his puter after.Or buy an external case and connect to your laptop via usb.

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Hello,Last night we had a Hard Disk crash and as some of you know this is a very stressful  thing and keeps you awake for two days or so. It is 20 hours later and most accounts are restored. We need a lot of server tweaking the next couple of days but ok that is something we can live with. All accounts are on the same IP now and that needs some them sheerlocking. Anyways, we now have a bad HD but with some couple of gigs from a customer which backup failed and now he wants to try if a firm specialized in salvaging data from bad HD's can rescue the 'lost' data.Anyways, is there any data recovery services or can you people arrange something for us? And do some of you have experience with this kind of services?Thank you.

Answer:Salvage Data from Bad Hard Disk

Being a System Administrator, I understand the importance of the lost data. We have a backup server to have online backup. But, I also keep a track of data recovery companies. Have u guys ever heard about Salvage Data Recovery Lab. Its in 76 Progress Drive Corporate Park; Stamford, CT 06902?  You can have a little search on Internet. I think they have good technology and experts. I heard of them from quite a few friends of mine.   I?ve only this much knowledge. May be this will help you.

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So my Vista computer's motherboard got fried (for the second time in just a few years), and naturally I had neglected exporting my Windows Mail data.
First time I managed to salvage my inbox (etcetera) data by copying and pasting the appropriate folders. Didn't work this time, and I'm hoping you can guide me.
The new computer will have Win 7 Home Ed., but I happened to have another Win 7 Home Ed. computer to test the steps. Here's what I did:
1) I copied & pasted my Vista Windows Mail folder to Windows 7's Program Files and Windows Mail worked.
2) I copied from the Vista computer's:
 C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders
... And pasted into the same locations in the Win 7 computer.
Contacts worked.
As for the rest, nothing is showing up except for one folder (which also has empty contents).
Won't you please tell me what I may try doing? Thank you very much.
Later discovered 28 messages came up in the "Drafts" folder, and noticed a few were from "Inbox"... that is, some corruption took place. Not a good sign. (Of course, this is not the normal way to save one's Win Mail data, but the first time it did work... although with very minor corruption, as well.)

Answer:Please Help Salvage Windows Mail Data

If you still have Windows Mail Data intact you can export the .eml files and import the folders
try that first and let me know 

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I have 2 HDD on my xp computer.  I pulled it out of another computer.  I see it when on my computer as D.Problem is, it only shows 5 gig total space, which it isn't.  I want to set it up so that I can use it to copy the files and programs I need to save, then resotre my C drive to factory specs and hopefully speed up my computer.I have McAfee Security Center, and I am not seeing any virus, spyware etc that would normally slow computer, so I am thinking restore to factory specs will do the trick.How to I make format D drive, and then make it available to save my files etc. so that after I restore C drive to factory specs, I can copy them back to the main drive?  Or just backup what I want from C to D and then restore?Thanks

Answer:2 HDD, primary and slave, want to setup slave to backup data

right-click My Computer, select ManageComputer Management---Disk ManagementYou probably need to delete partitions, then create one large one, then format.Don't do anthing with the C-Drive (probably Disk 0).

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So I can't successfully use Repair (BSOD), and I can't get into Safe-Mode because Repair has put the XP boot into "Setup-mode" - which won't allow for safe-mode. So I'm stuck. No complete-preservation-of-my-previous-system for me. Damn.

Okay, fine. I've had worse!, bring it on, Microsoft.
But what is the most I can salvage from my old system, and how do I do it? The best I can do at this point is plugging my old HD into another computer and copying files off. But just as much as I want to preserve my files, I want to keep my programs functioning and want to keep my AIM auto-login password (I forgot it a long time ago, don't have the old email anymore).
I assume this means I want to import a huge chunk of my old registry? But how do I get at the registry if I can't boot into that install of Windows, not even in Safe-Mode?

I know I have to do a clean install now - I'm resigned to that. But what I absolutely need to know is the way to preserve as much as possible of my old system. I have so, so many programs that I'll just never be able to get up and running together as I had them - the time I've put into them is so substantial. And I really, really don't want to lose my AIM login - or, at the very least, my buddy-list.

Any ideas? Thanks.

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Hi All,

Frustration, desperation, and so forth.....

I was installing Windows 2000 service pack 4 on Windows 2000 professional OS.

An error message indicated that service pack installation cannot proceed. It prompted me to press OK to rollback the partial installation. But, the rollback failed and now the OS is screwed.

On rebooting the system (since that was the only logical thing left to do), I find that the OS loads to a point where it detects the keyboard and the modem; then it reboots the computer. No messages, nothing.

I dont really care abt the OS, which I can re-install. What I am scared sh*t is about the data on my HDD. The HDD is perfectly fine, but I have put access restrictions (my important and personal folders can be accessed only by an administrator.)

Had there been no access restrictions, I could have copied data from the HDD onto another. Now, I have my doubts whether this can be done.

I would much appreciate any pointers! Boy, am I screwed or what?


Answer:Data salvage - Windows 2000 OS crash

If you setup the HDD, which has your important data on, as a secondary HDD and install the Window 2000 on the primary HDD, you should be able to access the data on the secondary HDD.

kepp us posted if there is any problem.

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Hi folks, I'm at my wits end with this problem and am desperately seeking advice. So far, after scouring the internet, I haven't been able to find a solution that works for my case.

I had a 5+ year old MSI gaming laptop that burned out from what was probably a short circuit, based on my investigations. I assume it was either the MoBo or PSU that was fried but, since I was due for an upgrade anyway, it was an opportunity to let go of the old and buy something new. I did have a critical data backup, but let's just say it wasn't recent enough and I don't find it sufficient (lesson learned).

The old laptop had a dual HDD setup (2x 500GB SATA, model WD5000BPKT). It was a 2x partition with the primary partition running the OS (Windows 10) and the secondary just acting as storage.

I have a new laptop now (also running on Windows 10). I bought an external adapter for the old HDD's to connect via USB, but they are not properly recognized and require formatting to access, which I assume is due to the partitioning mess. Now I fear that the only way for me to salvage the data is to build a bare-bones box with the same dual HDD setup, which I'd like to avoid for cost reasons.

Any advice from the experts on what I can do here? Very much appreciate any help offered!

Answer:Trying to salvage data after laptop crash (Dual HDD setup)

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Please help me, I have had my computer for about a year now and up untill recently has just given me a problem, My disk drive for some reason unknown to me has just 'given up the goose' so to say, and refuses to read disks with data. I have tried reading a disk with no data and it seems to read that just fine. I done know what is wrong with it but any help would be much abliged.

Answer:Disk Drive will not read disks with data but will read disks with NO data

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Hey. I'm sure this was answered elsewhere, but I didn't see any posts on moving a secondary drive over to be another computer's secondary.

I have an old Pentium 3 with two hard drives on it (a 18GB and a 120GB) on Windows 2000.

Now I just bought a computer that is running Windows XP and I intend to move the 120GB hard drive over to be the secondary drive.

The 120GB was the secondary/slave drive, so I'm wondering: do I still need to follow all the steps including formating it to be current with the new OS or can I just plug it in and it works automatically?

In a less wordy way: does it have system files on it that need to be deleted or will it work perfectly from the start?

I used Seagate's DiscWizard to install the slave drive on my old computer, which was easy enough, but that was a empty hard drive.

Answer:moving a slave drive to be a slave drive on another computer (two operating systems)

Re: moving a slave drive to be a slave drive on another computer (two operating syste

Win XP will just auto detect it and away you go. You won't need to install anything. It will perform better if you formatted it NTFS previously but if it's still FAT32 it will still work fine. Start using it.

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WinMe again! :o( The CD-RW drive will run audio CDs fine, but when a good data disc is tried I get the following: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate peremissions to access the item"Had this problem awhile back and rectified it with a firmware upgrade which I've now done again.I see that in both my drives' Properties "enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device" is enabled, but greyed out. I've never enabled it in the first place, so assume it is ticked by default? Both drives have DMA enabled and the drive letter boxes can be changed okay.I've uninstalled both devices separately from Device Manager and physically disconnected them from shutdown, then reinstalled each one separately to let Windows install drivers. Also reinstalled soundcard drivers. Made no difference I'm afraid. TC.

Answer:Drive cannot read data CD

as I am not enabling it until the system is running fine again. Any errors, which I obviously have, would be carried over into the restore points. TC.

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I was at a toss up on whether to start this in the Hardware or software forum, so I decided on here.

So anyway...I burned some data onto a dvd-r on a Windows 2000 system with Nero, and it reads the finished product fine on the 2000 system, but my Vista and XP system sees it as a blank disc, and Vista ask me how I want to go about adding files.

And Nero said the burn was completed successfully!! I know that doesn't always mean anything, but anyway...

I've googled to high heavan and find anything...anybody got any thoughts?


Answer:DVD drive will not read data dvd...

have you used ISO or UDF format?

Download Nero Infotool.

Studio T

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Hello All !

I have a CD RW which is also my CD-ROM Drive. When I insert any CD, the data on the CD isn't read at all, though the same CD works on other computers. Somehow I managed to clean the drive with the lens cleaner but I'm unsure if its cleaned. When I try to access the cd-rom drive from command prompt, I get the message that the device is not ready. I'm using Windows XP operating system. I would appreciate if I can get a good assistance in this regard to solve my problem. Also, I don't know how to format the cd-rom drive.

Thanks to All.

Answer:CD-ROM Drive Does Not Read Data from CD.

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Hi- I'm running win 2k on a HP Pavilion with a HP Cd-Writer Plus CD drive. This drive will read audio cd's, but when I place a data cd in it, I get a windows message stating: "The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"
I checked the event log and I have a string of errors from the disk drive. they all say "The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block."

I'd appreciate any help with this issue.

Answer:My cd drive can't read data cd's

Maybe a corrupt driver.

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The USB itself is recognized in the device manager. It is a Lexar and shows that device is working properly. The driver is up to date. However, it shows there is nothing on the drive. It was saved with XP and I can read it on my laptop which has Vista. I tried it in another port and got the same thing. At this point I don't know what to do. It was a new flash drive when I saved info from XP.

Answer:Windows 7 will not read data on USB drive


Does your flash drive appear in My computer? And have you happened to check its properties? (e.g used space and free space).

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I recently purchased a external hard drive and the CD drive on my computer will not read the installation disc (which contains licensed back-up software). The CD works on other computers just not on mine. Also, the drive will read audio CDs, DVDs and other data CDs (I tried it with a TurboTax CD). For some reason my computer can not read this CD. I know the Disc is not the problem since it works in other computers. Can anyone help?

Thank you

Answer:CD Drive (DVD/CDRW) will not read data CDs

You might try going the website for the manufacturer of the hard drive to see if they have support. Does seem odd that it will read other stuff but not this particular cd

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I have an old PC that was running Windows XP which had a major failure (motherboard and/or CPU). I purchased a new computer that is running Vista. In an attempt to salvage my files I took the harddrive from the old XP PC and insatlled it as a slave in the new Vista PC. The slave drive shows in My Computer on the new PC as Drive F. However, when I try to open it I get a message that the drive must be formatted first. How can I get the data off this old drive and on to the new Vista PC?

Answer:Read data from an XP drive on a Vista PC


Originally Posted by JCLANEY

I have an old PC that was running Windows XP which had a major failure (motherboard and/or CPU). I purchased a new computer that is running Vista. In an attempt to salvage my files I took the harddrive from the old XP PC and insatlled it as a slave in the new Vista PC. The slave drive shows in My Computer on the new PC as Drive F. However, when I try to open it I get a message that the drive must be formatted first. How can I get the data off this old drive and on to the new Vista PC?

Hi Claney,
I don't see Vista being the problem since it can read many formats including NTFS and FAT-32.

I'd rather suspect it's all in the way you have the old drive connected to your new PC.

Your Vista HD should be on the end connector of the data cable and the Vista HD should be jumpered as "Master". (NOT cable select)
Then the old XP drive should be on the center connector on the data cable and it MUST be jumpered as "SLAVE".
Then the old drive should read properly.

Give that a try,
The Shadow

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I was using WinVista on my laptop which crashed recently. I had very important documents there. So I bought a hard drive enclosure and connected to my pc. BUT when I tried to access drive it says 'access denied'. I tried changing security controls but nothing changed.
I desperately need to access those data from laptop.

Thank you for you help.

Answer:How to read data from hard drive?

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Hi guys,

Hope you can help, this has been driving me nuts for some time now.

Not quite sure what triggered this issue but I have recently been unable to access (play media or music, delete, modify ) any files on my internal SATA slave drive ( B:\ ). Everything seems to work ok on the internal primary drive ( C:\ ). Recent files are held on C:\ , then transferred to B:\ for archiving, back-up or when C:\ is running low on space.

Sometimes when trying to access a file or directory on the B:\ drive I get an I/O error, but even when this error does not appear, I still cannot play or view the mp3, avi or jpeg.

I read somewhere that perhaps the permissions or User Controls have been messed up. I disabled User Account Control in Vista and tried to modify permissions, as they were not the same as the directories permissions on the C:\ drive. It worked for most files, but some are still inaccessible, I get the I/O error.

I tried to run a chkdsk on B:\ and get the error "Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives"

But the drives are both listed as NTFS in the Disk Management System.

Any thoughts on how to get the disk working again, or recover the existing data ? As it stands I cannot even copy files to C:\ to try and recover them.

Hope I have provided enough information.


Answer:Getting "Chkdsk is not available for RAW drives" message on slave drive with Data ??

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Question: Salvage my E-drive

I tried to move my e-drive from a Windows XP to a Mac Air. Apparently I needed to re-partition it from NTFS to MS-Dos (FAT). No Idea.

Googled the way to do this.
This is what I did:

I connected the hard drive to the mac air, went to disk utilities, selected the external harddrive. Chose erase tab, volume format, MS-dos (FAT) and clicked.

All my data was gone. Is there any way to get it back?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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My Combi DVD Drive CDRW drive, will read DVD's and Audio CD's but not any sort of data disk. I am running Windows XP and the Drive is showing up in my computer as the D: Drive, if the disk is a DVD format, even with data on it the drive reads it but and CD or CDRW disks it says there is not disk in the drive.Any Ideas?

Answer:Drive will read DVDs and Audio but not Data

What mak eof drive is it ? Unlikely, but it may need specific drivers instead of the generic Windows ones

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A cousin gave me a 8GB dane elec usb stick which seems to be corrupt because it contains many files (all of them in a specific directory) which occupy ~1-2 GB each. There is over 20 of them. They have not valid windows names.
This seems to have triggered write protection. There is no switch to enable this on the flash drive.
Is there any software that can format the drive without giving a **** about write protection, non-valid filenames and the fact that an 8GB stick seems to contain 67GB of data???
Is there other ways to fix this USB stick?

Answer:Read Only Usb Flash Drive containing 67GB of data

Could be a corrupt filesystem, try a file recovery tool.

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I have moved this to the "other hardware" thread

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I have this DVD drive that reads video DVDs and pretty much any other application of DVDs but it can't read data DVDs or install software from them.

Answer:DVD drive doesn't read data DVDs

How old is the DVD drive.
The most common failure item in a computer built in the past 10 years is the optical drive. The laser burns out, or the laser gets out of alignment, or the belt slips, or the drive wheel slips.
They generally last about a year, but if you use them a lot, they will fail after six months.
Luckily, they are very inexpensive nowadays. You can replace one from Wal-Mart, or Best Buy, or Target, or Circuit City, or the remaining CompUSA for about $$24 to $29 to $34 to $39. Four screws, and some cable exchanges, and you are done... if you can figger out how to get into the case.

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Hi all. Need assistance as most all PVR's record video direct to Hard Drive (Usually stock standard hard drives streight from manufacturer unformatted.)

If you take out the hard drive from a PVR and either plug it into your PC or use an external USB/Firewire etc to connect to pc. (With the correct connectors of course for the Hard drive.)

It should be possible to read that data and extract it to a formatted hard drive where it can be used.

Can anyone please provide information on the software that will do this?
(That is read raw data off a hard drive or PVR data.)

Niow as most all forums go you may get the silly commenters, but just for you it is possible to recover a formatted even repartitoned hard drive so the getting of a PVR's hard drive data is possible you just need to be in the know and know what you need.

Thanks to all in advance and hope for usable replies for all.

(Yes opening a PVR may void warranty. However if your PVR has a problem the data whatever it is on the Hard drive is Your property thus you have the right to ask the manufacturer or repair agent to remove the hard drive yourself or they do it immediatly in front of you upon presintation. Why well they will erase anything on the hard drive, possibly copy it once it leaves your hands you have no control over it or the data contains, the same with all technology that stores information handed for repair. And you will never know what data has been copied.)

Answer:Digital PVR Hard Drive read RAW data help???

Most PVR's encrypt the data, so even if you manage to copy the data off, it will be of no use.

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I have had this problem off and on before but it always works again, until recently. The drive will read cds and dvd movies without issue but when I insert a dvd data disk it doesn't read anything. I have updated the drivers and firmware i'm running Windows XP Pro and the drive is a NEC DVD-RW ND-3550A. I would appreciate any advice.

Answer:MY DVD-RW Drive will read cds and dvd movies, but not dvd data disks.

The data disks you are trying to use, are they disks that were written on by another computer? If so, what do you use to write your disks?

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Hi guys! I recently built a new computer and am having a quirky issue with my DVD drive and hopefully someone will know where to start. It seems that the drive will read CDs (opening them in iTunes) and music DVDs (playing in Mplayer), but the system completely hangs and freezes when trying to load a data disc. Specifically, the system will continually try and open the DVD (spinning away) and cause serious lag to the computer. When trying to eject the DVD, it will then cause the computer to freeze and require a reboot.

The data discs that I'm using are all programs that I've previously loaded on my XP install, so I know the discs aren't corrupt. I'm also running a 32 bit version of Vista, so I'm not worried about 64 bit compatibility issues.

The drive is a Lite-on (DH-20A4P) IDE based drive, set as Master on the cable. There are no other devices hooked to the IDE cable, and the cable is also brand new (came with motherboard).

Here's the steps I've taken thus far to diagnose the problem -- with no fixes working.

- Downloaded and installed newest drivers for the DVD drive
- Flashed the DVD drive firmware with most current version
- Uninstalled then reinstalled DVD drive through Device Manager
- Disabled autorun feature
- Checked connections from drive to motherboard

At this point, I'm not sure of what else to check. The drive obviously is working properly since I'm able to play CDs and DVD movies/music. It might be worth noting that I used this sam... Read more

Answer:DVD Drive fails to read data discs

seems to be an OS issue. reinstalling OS will fix it for you.

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I bought my laptop (Satellite L30-134 PSL33E) 4 months ago and I didn't have any problems with the optical drive in my Satellite. But yesterday I found out that my drive can no longer read Data CDs.

I created a CD with the Toshiba ToDisc utility that contained MP3s. The CD works just fine on another computer but when I try playing them on this laptop Windows tells me that the CD is blank, and asks me if I want to record data.

It doesn't have this problem with DVDs, I can read and write them perfectly. My optical drive is a MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ-841S. Windows says that I have the most current driver for it (5.1.2535.0) but it says that it is from 2001 (????) in Properties under the hardware selected.

Please help!

Answer:Satellite L30-134 PSL33E: CD/DVD drive cannot read the data CDs


it is not easy to say what is wrong there. if you have some time please check THIS document.

?Support Bulletin 98081245 CD burning: suggestions and troubleshooting. ?

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Both optical drives are shown as working properly in Device Manager, but 70% of the time will not read data DVD disks. That includes data disks burnt using Nero and ISO Joliet format; and either mutli-session or finalized after burning. And disks formatted like a flash drive in UDF format using W8 burning software. And is the same for R or RW +/- disks.

Rebooting sometimes fixes the program, other times not.

I have an Intel mob and CPU but Intel do not support drivers for W8 so all drivers are generic W8. Running driver update from device manager says all drivers are up to date.

I also intermittently, but regularly, get the printer and webcam USB2 drives not detecting these devices. And occasionally the USB3 external hard drives. USB drivers are also up to date.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Optical drive often won't read DVD data disks

Your DVD/CD might be dirty. Wash in warm water with soap.The read head in the DVD might be dirty. Get a dvd/cd cleanerLast resort. Replace the DVD.

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Hello! I just purchased a T500 with a regular old DVD burner (Optiarc DVD RW AD-7910S) and am having an issue with it. The problem is that it will read certain DVDs just fine (a Visual Studio DVD, for instance, worked just fine. As did a Vista Ultimate DVD). Unfortunately, other discs are not so fortunate. Anything that contains just plain old data files (such as a disc of log files, a disc with video files, etc) won't load at all. The drive will spin up, spin down, make a floppy disk reading clunking sound, and repeat the procedure. So it seems that anything that comes from an ISO or an "official" source (Microsoft) works fine, but any time a disc was burned with Nero or the Windows burning thing(tm) it won't read at all. This doesn't apply to CDs, however, which seem to be working just fine. Is this an easily fixable problem? Could it be a problem with the hardware? It doesn't seem like that would only stop it from reading data discs, but I'm no expert. I updated the firmware to the latest version available on the download site (actually I did that before trying any data discs, so I don't know if it was an issue with the old firmware). Is it possible that it didn't update properly or something? Would it be worth trying (or possible) to redo the firmware update or to revert to the old version to test? Forgive me if I'm sounding ignorant here. Thanks for any insights! P.S. I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, if that makes any difference to anything.

Answer:DVD Drive Won't Read "Homemade" Data Discs

Total WAG:  are your home-made data DVDs finalized?  I think just about everything these days can handle mulit-session CDs, but IIRC there are some configurations that won't recognize multi-session DVDs. Like I said, just a WAG. Z.Message Edited by zoltanthegypsy on 04-19-2009 05:05 PMMessage Edited by zoltanthegypsy on 04-20-2009 09:52 AM

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I have an Acer Aspire 6920 running Vista home premiumx64 with a Slim Type DVD DS8A1P ATA drive. Recently this drive stopped reading all data discs, game dvds and some install cds. It will however read music cds with no problem. When I put any data disc in it just keeps attempting to run in short bursts for a couple of minutes then completely stops. Device mgr. says it is working properly. If I attempt to open the drive in "computer" it pops the tray open and says to insert a disc. No error messages at anytime. I have tried numerous things people have suggested such as deleting the values in the registry, removing the drive in device mgr. and restarting as well as updating the driver as some have suggested.

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I am having a problem with my DVD drive on my Toshiba Equium A60 laptop. The DVD drive (Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-K13A ) will play shop bought films etc without a problem. it will also read a blank DVD when you put it in the drive but once information/Data is on the disc it won?t detect the disc.

I am not really that good with computer so any help would be most grateful. The computer used to play everything it just stopped doing it a few months back.

Many thanks Phil

Answer:Equium A60 - DVD drive does not read data discs

Hello Phil

It is not easy to find some explanation for such issues. What you can try is to create own data CD and check if the drive can read them. I recommend you to buy one DVD-R media from TDK. In last 7 years I have never had any problem reading/writing TDK medias.

Which media can not be read properly? Is this DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW?
Please give us more info.

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My Seagate Expansion portable drive has 300Gb of data and been working perfectly. Now however I get a message to format the drive before using it or alternatively that it is not accessible - The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. This is the same with USB2 or 3.
This seems to have happened after I got a flash message on plugging in that the device has not been recognized (or some such - its a brief message.)
The drive is recognized in Computer management and "device is working properly". The Quick removal policy is flagged and the driver is up to date.
I get the same problem on my PC and netbook , both win 7. 64 and 32 bit respectively.

How to work round the block?

Answer:External drive fails to read data

A couple of this months updates have been causing problems with external hdd's

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My Dell laptop's hard drive broke so I sent it off to be recovered, thankfully they managed to recover quite a lot and put it all onto an external hard drive. My problem is that while I can access a lot of files there are also a lot of files with just gobbledegook and I'm intrigued as to what information they hold. I've tried file converter but that doesn't really tell me much more of what I already can see. I've transferred the external hard drive onto my new Imac. Can anybody please tell me how I can un-gobbledegook logs, files and extensions and everything else that seems to show all this 34£$£$%£$%ldkwoi£$%%^ sort of stuff please?

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Question: Hard Drive Salvage

I have an old, un-bootable PC that I would like to recover some data from. The problem with the PC is either the mother board or the OS. I do not believe there is anything wrong with the hard drive. Can I remove the hard drive, place it in an external USB2 enclousure and then access the data I need when I connect it to another PC. The hard drive in question has Windows ME on it. I will be connecting externally to laptop with Win 2000.

Thanks in advance,

T .R. Wright

Answer:Hard Drive Salvage

Yes. That would work.

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Question: salvage hard drive

A "thermal event" disabled the motherboard of my 5-year-old Dell Optiplex ///gx270T.  Hard drive is OK, and my life is on it. I've ordered a Dell Inspiron 530 to replace the CPU--both the Optiplex and the Inspiron run Windows XP Professional. How can I salvage the hard drive from the Optiplex? Can it be installed as a secondary in the Inspiron? Repackaged as an external HD? thanksljcb

Answer:salvage hard drive

I forgot to mention: the HD in the Optiplex is a 120 GB SATA, 7200 RPM drive.  HD in new Inspiron is also SATA.

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My 'Original' HD failed me a number of years ago and I want to try and recover the info from it.
It is an NEC, DSE2010A (p/n 134-506924-301, s/n 6113012768, Date 1996.03) (3900/16/63 - 2012.7Mb).
IF I can find another in this series, I have been told I could probably merely switch circuit boards and try again. First, is this true, and second, where in the world would I find one as old as this anymore?
Is there another solution?
John - 051122 - 22:52EST

Answer:Hard Drive Salvage - NEC

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Hi people,

my Equium M40x with DVD Super Multi GMA - 4080N will read DVD's but not audio CD's or Data CD's. I have tried everything including deleting from the Device Manager and re-booting. The laptop sees the device and re-installs, but it still does not solve the problem. Audio/Data dics merely spin happily in the drive.

Any help much appreciated.

Answer:Equium M40x-189: drive can't read audio CD's or data CD's


It seems that the drive can reads DVDs but not any kind of CDs.
Usually such issues occur because of wrong lens calibration.
In this case only the drive replacement can solve the problem.

But this would be a last possibility to solve the problem.
Before you replace the drive try to install the DVD-ram driver from the Toshiba website:

Furthermore I would recommend updating the firmware.

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8 or 8.1 is such a headache...
Asus x45a laptop. 8 or 8.1 installed. HDD was dying and the Windows Boot manager was gone, no longer present in BIOS. I tried to do data recovery but of course its a GPT partition. Cloned the drive to a used one (so the new drive COULD be part of the current issue- but only one big enough I had laying around atm). Took a day and a half.
There's 7 partitions, plus 2 Partition 0 that show 249 GB each- and the drive is only 500 Gb.??
All the partitions had errors, ran chkdsk on all of them, but 2 are RAW only. I can view the details of the System, Recovery, and OS, and now I can access the files off OS (which is F:). But I want to get this system booting.
System Restore fails to initialize, says no installation present.

Attempts to do a System Refresh gives me the "drive is locked" message.
System Reset doesn't find an installation.
In an attempt to 'unlock' the drive, in DISKPART I can't make any partition active- I get "the specified partition type is not valid for this operation".
I'm going to try the rebuild the bcd, but failing that, what would be the next step??

Answer:Trying to salvage 8, rebuilding off cloned drive

Did you initialize the new disk as GPT before you did the clone? If not, then that could be the reason for the problems. The only active partition should be the EFI system partition.
At the diskpart prompt type list disk. Does the disk show as GPT? There should be a * under GPT.

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My computer just took a dump. I'm almost positive the problem is the motherboard. I was thinking about buying a new computer which will come with a new drive and OS. How can I get some old stuff off my 2 Raid (stripped) drives? Is there a way to hook them up to a new computer (most likely having a single SATA master drive) and move my files before wiping those drives?

Answer:How do I salvage info from a RAID drive?

Are the RAID HDs SATA or PATA? If your new motherboard has support for both, try loading everything (OS, etc.) to a new HD (making it the master). Connect the two old HDs to either the SATA or EIDE ports on a RAID array and use them as slaves--make sure you enable the RAID feature in BIOS first.
The computer should be able to see your new HD as well as the other two in RAID (actually it'll see it as one, of course). You should be able to use the date from the old RAIDed HDs then.
I'm not sure if you could boot up using the new HDs in RAID mode because I think Windows has a sort of system picture saved and if you try to boot up with a totally different hardware system, it may not boot up at all. I'm not too sure about this but that's what heard would happen. It also give you just enough time to save your data from the old HDs if Windows boots up and tells you that you only have 30 days to activiate or something like that.
Hope this helps! Good luck.

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i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz help

Answer:old harddrive. need data off it. put as slave. cant access data

iLLegaL89 said:


i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz helpClick to expand...

Well, generally all the office suits are backward there's should not be any problem. Can you open that word file(s) on the old PC (World 97 as u mentioned?) If it is so, you might have some problem with this new PC office suit.
Try, making copy of the old files in old PC using save as or may be you can convert doc files (if you don't have some hi level formating) to rtf files. That can be opened in Wordpad comes with every Windows OS.
This might help, i guess..
- Nirav

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I backed up files from pc windows xp into external hard drive. My new iMAC won't recognize the files that are in the external hard drive. I' m trying to transfer iTunes library etc. Can anyone help? Thanks!

Answer:iMAC wont read data in external hard drive

Apparently you cannot transfer your iTunes music files from Windows to Mac by putting them on an external drive.The procedure is explained here:

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I recently replaced the hard drive in my 3 year old HP notebook. The original HD was an IBM Travelstar 20 gig and the new HD is an IBM Travelstar 40 gig. I am not sure if this is related to my problem but note it here just in case. After reloading my OS with factory provided restore discs as well as downloading other freeware such as hijack this and ad-aware se, my Sony CD-RW DVD combo drive will not read data or audio cds. It reads them as being blank cds and after the auto-run starts the box asking me what I would like to do with the inserted blank cd pops up. DVDs however play perfectly in the system. Obviously the drive was working when I reloaded my OS with the factory restore discs. I ran hijack this once after installing to establish an ignore list of installations on the restore that are not a regular part of my Windows XP Home but I have not deleted anything. I have upgraded the driver, un-installed and re-installed the drive, downloaded Windows updates (SP-1 and 2 and other patches) amongst other suggested solutions and have restored the computer back to when I first re-installed the OS all to no avail. The only thing I have not done is a complete reload of the OS. I have seen some solutions that speak about BIOS updates and configurations and HD partitions but they are in response to problems similar to mine but not exactly the same thing. I am reluctant to try those without more info. I am at this point thoroughly exasperated. I want to reload some picture and aud... Read more

Answer:cd dvd combo drive plays dvds but will not read audio or data cds

Well, here's what you can do to narrow it down to a software issue. You said the drive obviously was working when you reloaded your OS from the factory restore disks, which I have no dispute on. So how about rebooting with one of those disks in there again (the first one thats bootable), if it boots off of that again great, but be sure to cancel everything so it doesn't wipe your existing system.

Provided it boots from that your drive is still good, and it is something in Windows, something I can't think of right now though

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I have a Toshiba M30X with DVD/CDRW combi drive.
I have accumulated 12gb of digital photo's that I wanted to clear but did not fancy the number of CD's that entailed so I purchased a LITEON EZ-DUB external DVD rewriter and made 3 DVD-R's full of JPEG's.
However, when I put these DVD's in the Toshiba combi drive, it clicks away for a moment or two but when I click on the combi drive in My Computer, the folder is empty and it says there's 0 bytes.
CD's still work, both audio and data, DVD movies play just fine, DVD-R's made on my Pioneer DVD recorder (for TV - looks like a video/nothing to do with PC) play fine, but it will not recognise DVD-R's with data (JPEG's or MP3's) on them.

It makes no difference which software was used (both Nero 6.6 and LITEON EZDUB) and it doesn't matter whether the discs are finalised, single session, multi session or what - it won't play any of them.
These discs however work perfectly in my 7 year old desktop with a 4 year old Sony DVD/CDRW combi.
I'm stumped.
I don't particularly want to reinstall windows in case it doesn't recognise the Recovery DVD and I seem to remember Microsoft One Note having to be activated by telephone with a code that is different each time you ask it to generate one.
It's a bit of a pain as I wanted to carry my photo's with me in my laptop bag.
I don't want to be carting around an external DVD writer just to read the DVD's.
I've updated the firmware for SD-R 2512.
It had no effect other than to freeze on an ... Read more

Answer:Satellite M30X: drive won't read data DVD-R's but plays DVD-R movies and CD's


Well, I can only make some suggestions.
You are able to place many MP3 and Jpeg files on the DVD.
Maybe this is a reason why the explorer cannot handle the DVD.

Try to burn the DVD with JEPG picture but don't make the DVD full with these files.
You should let a free space on the medium. Maybe it helps.

But it's very strange for me and this is only a suggestion. I have never tired it and don't know if it helps.
I had a similar issue on my notebook but I have solved it by using a compatible medium. Some drives prefer different mediums for different kind of files.

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My hard drive on my other PC is totally fried. There's no backup (nothing much to save on there). I'm going to have to do a clean install on a new hard drive and all I have is my old windows 7 key. Is it going to let me activate windows 10 without any trouble?

Answer:Hard drive totally fried - Can I still salvage my win 10 key?

If you have activated 10 before, Windows will remember it, there is no need to enter key anymore.
In the future, link your licence to MS account, it will make it easier in case of serious hardware failures.

Microsoft Account - Link to Digital License on Windows 10 PC - Windows 10 Forums

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I accidentally deleted a folder on my external usb drive that had ~250 Gb of movies in it. It's been a while and I've emptied my recycle bin since then. Is there any way to get that file back now?Thanks for any help!Mike

Answer:Salvage items deleted from external usb drive?

First, don't do anything. The files are still there.Please look over this search. get familiar with the ideas in the first few posts. Then when you are ready, try this:  It is a free programBear in mind that neither the forum of myself can take responsibility if it fails.That is about the best I can do for you.

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Last week, my laptop unfortunately crashed. (I have an Advent 5431) On startup I received the message, "Windows failed to start" then options to either Start Windows Repair or Start Windows Normally. No Safe Mode, which is a bit of a bummer.

Clicking the former, it took me to a TechGuys (the laptop had been purchased from these guys, I believe) screen which dissolved into four options:
Windows Repair Environment, Restore Windows, Advanced Options, and the last option was to simply restart the computer, which was no help.

After a weekend of trying the Repair Environment, which led me nowhere and would sometimes choose to work and at other times be downright infuriating. I really don't think I have the patience to deal with this any longer :S

Of course, I could do a Full Destructive System Restore, but that would mean wiping my hard drive clean and I have masses of important documents, pics, essays, etc. on there that I really couldn't do without. I realise I've been stupid and clicking "Remind me in three days" for a year and a half wasn't the brightest thing I could do. No point regretting it now though, I've learnt my lesson.

I removed my hard drive, inserted it into my brother's laptop, but there wasn't any difference. I s'pose that means it's definitely the hard drive that's the problem.

After some furious Googling, I bought a Disk Enclosure. Simply put, I managed to put my hard drive into the Enc... Read more

Answer:Can I salvage files off dead hard drive?

Depending on how dead the drive is will depend on what your options are. Also, it depends on just how much additional damage may have ocurred when you attempted a repair. Sometimes restore programs can be more of a hassle than they are worth.

The semaphore error is a crittical one. That is the arm that moves across the platters inside the HD that reads the data. If it is stuck or dead, then that can be looked upon as both bad and good news. The bad is of course, you have a dead HD and can't read your data. The good is that you have done limited damage to that same data, and a recovery expert would be able to get a good chunk of it out.

Other than that external shell you bought, do you have any other external HD around? If the drive can be made to at least spin and get its arm moving again, it is possible to make an image copy of the drive to an external with a free copy of Seagate's DiskWizard (which you would need a blank CD and an external HD to do the duty with). Mind you, even if you get the semaphore moving again, that is signs of a major failure in progress, and that making an image copy and then replacing the drive is best.

Good luck!


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HiI have a suspicion my hard drive is shortly to expire - my Photoshop 6.0 has an installation disk so I can re-install on the new disk. What I am struggling to find is the source of eBook cover generating scripts that use Photoshop "actions" - if I do not find this out, I will lose forever and have to buy again.Is there any way to locate the original script author from within Photoshop as I am stuggling to locate the exe file I bought 3 years ago.Many thanksSam

Answer:HArd drive failing - need to salvage Photoshop

In the short term, why not just buy another hard drive and use something like XXCLONE to clone your original.

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Help needed desperately, please.
Formatted my hard drive yesterday as too much mal and adware on computer, slowing it down.
Spent entire day downloading all the windows udpdates etc.
CD drive will read audio disks, dvd's, program files on backup disks, utility disks....
... BUT won't read any backup data disks I made before formatting eg. word documents, power point documents, pictures. I get an error message saying : D:\ is not accessible

any ideas?


Answer:Satellite 1900-102: drive won't read any backup data disks after C: formatting


have you tried to access the disks in another computer? Maybe the problem is there.


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I have a Seagate external hard drive hooked to my XP computer and it is working and backing up fine. When I initially set up my Vista computer - I simply hooked up the drive with USB port - and opened like an extra drive and copied what I wanted on the new computer. When I went to add some files today - it will not reveal those files and keeps telling me access is denied. I have searched and cannot find solution to this. When I look at properties on the Vista - it shows the space is taken up but will not open to the files that are clearly visible on the XP - most of the research I found talked about security settings and nothing I did made a difference - and the mystery is that it worked just fine the last few times I have done this - over period of 2 months.
Hope I am in the right spot - posted first message today and got a great solution so hoping that someone will know how to fix this easily.
Thanks so much!

Answer:My vista computer will no longer read the data on my external hard drive
I found the fix - it took me LOTS of searching - and two tries as I chose the wrong identity the first time - not sure if it is consistent but needed to pick the administrator as the owner and now it works as it did.
Hope this helps someone else.

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Worth a read: Don't Panic! How to Recover Data From a Dead Hard DriveRecently I was recovering data from my friends laptop when I decided to see some different ways of recovering or backing up a hard drive.Through Google I came across this article:[/size][/size]It tells you about hard drive recovery and how you can go about doing it. It then also tells you what the chances are for recovering from a drive that has gone through a mechanical failure (Gone through a natural disaster or dipped in oil).Upon reading this I decided to find software that can recover data in situations that the hard drive is a logical failure.Here I found:[/size][/font]Clonezilla comes in a live CD that you can load into a computer and creates a partition or disk clone from your hard drive.[[/size][/font]Bacula comes with a set of programs that can manage backup, recovery and even support doing so over a large network with different OS's.[/size][/font]Redo Backup and Recovery can just about do that lot, recover, backup, partition editing, partcloning etc. and it comes in a live cd so you can boot it straight from the system.These are only a few free programs that I found from browsing SourceForge (best place for a community of people working on free projects) and it would be great if other people could sugges... Read more

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Hey all. I was wondering if anyone could give me some direction on an issue I'm having. I believe my hard drive is failing; it began to get hit with some viruses about a month and a half ago, got to the point where I had to reinstall Windows XP, and since then has deteriorated to the point where I cannot boot the OS. I've checked the Boot Sequence in Setup, and it tells me that the Onboard SATA Hard Drive is not present (in fact, the only thing that is present is the CD drive). So, I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that I need to replace my hard drive. My question is: with the issue I'm having, do I go ahead and buy a completely new hard drive (tower and all), or is there a more cost-effective way to fix my problem, a piece of equipment I can get replaced? And do I need to worry about compatibility with any of my other equipment (monitor, speakers, etc.)? Any info would be awesome. Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive Failure - How do I salvage system? (for a beginner)

turn off power pull side off tower. take out h/drive,the little black box usually situated at the bottom,replace with new one reset cmos at the same time set to boot from cd/dvd install operating system cd follow the prompts,reboot,install motherboard driver disk, reboot then install graphics card cd if it has one reboot ,and your system is ready to go, a new hd should cost around aus$100 for 160 gb hope this has helped you

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My motherboard crashed so I used that opportunity to get a whole new PC. Unfortunately I don't have an export of all the various messages, contacts, etc. from Live Mail.

If I add the original C: drive as a second drive in the new PC, is there a way I can point Live Mail to the old drive, at least long enough to do an export? I suspect the new PC is too new to simply boot off the old drive, but have not tried that yet.

Any other ideas?



Answer:Can I salvage Live Mail messages from old hard drive?

You might find it here...

\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\Storage Folders

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Dell 4600
p4 2.8
2.5gb ram
XP Pro

I recently had a hard drive failure of my 80g seagate 7200 drive. There are no errant noises or issues with the drive, just the unmountable boot volume blue screen. I used the windows recovery console to try to work out the issue with chkdsk c: /r, then with fixboot, then with fixmbr. All failed to fix the problem and there were too many corrupted sectors.

Prior to this problem, I was searching through old cd's that I burned off of my drive from my previous tower which was a great dell xps400 pii. Unfortunately, after buying a new one, I didn't turn it on for over a year. I turned on the computer to get some pictures, that the 13.6gb maxtor was making a beeping noise, so I shut it down and that was that. Anyway, while I was searching through the CDs looking for some pictures, the system got bogged down. I stopped what I was doing, unplugged my network cable, unplugged the ipods (mine and my wifes were plugged in) and got to the desk top. I shut down and stepped away. Later that afternoon, I came back to it, started it up and got the Blue Screen. My initial fear was that a virus was on the cds. in order to prevent further issues, I shredded the cds.

Now, I have a 320g WD SATA. The old 80g is IDE. It took a few steps, including having to purchase a SATA power supply adaptor and then loaded XP and office, Adobe, Norton ISS, and the rest that I had licenses for. However, I have work on the other HDD that I nee... Read more

Answer:HD Crash, how to read as slave?

So is the old drive recognized in the BIOS in any shape form or manner?

It's possible if it is set up as an Auto detect of the drive that it isn't being recognized properly and you would then need to set it up manually (if allowed in your BIOS)

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Ok I just spent about three hours looking in this forum to solve my problem and no dice.

Here it goes: I'm running xp pro and I have a Norcent RW-481 48x12x48 CDRW probably not the best brand but oh well. I'm using Nero 6, InCD is not installed.

The problem: It does not recognize any data CD's or any CD's that the drive itself writes. I can play an audio CD, which elimates (I think) that the read lense is dirty and I can burn a CD, which elimates (I think) that my burn lense is dirty. I'm mentioning dirty lenses because a post in this forum suggested that a dirty lense may be the problem. So, before taking things apart I wanted to post in the forum the problem. Any other suggestions of what else I can look for?

More info: I even switched around the jumpers from cable select to master, same result.

I really believe I have a setting wrong in my XP pro operating system. Any suggestions????? :cronfused:

Lastly, The drive is recognized corectly in device manager

Answer:CDRW Will Burn, Read Audio, not Read Data

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On boot up the BIOS hangs at the point it would access the MBR. This is the 2nd time this has happened and I resigned myself to scrapping it and instead loading windows on the drive that was my slave. When booting windows from the CD it then shows the drive partition but won't let me install windows without deleting the current partition. I don't want to do that because I will lose the data that was originally on the HDD. Can anyone offer me some advice.

Answer:Slave HDD Data no longer accessable

You can only install an OS into the Primary Partition of the hard disk and it shounds as if the existing partition is either set already using this leave the rest of the hard disk as the extended partition. You will need a good partition manager for this. If you have Partition Magic, you will find that the CD is bootable. Move your existing data to the extended partition and you will then have full ability to use your promary partition for the OS.

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I have a seagate 250g which I used as a backup. It has data on it. It became damaged, not sure how, but I used sea tools & it passed the test after repair. Now It shows in disk management but says not initialized. I have a ton of data on this drive. Will the data be erased if I initialize it? If so how do i get the data off this drive. I haven't done anything to it since it quit working except use Seatools on it.

Answer:Initialize a slave without losing data

Are you really sure the seagate 250g drive is still jumpered as slave?

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recently my system started acting up and programs stopped working and stuff.. so i thought i should reinstall windows xp.. well i did and that went okay but i went to hook up my slave drive (with all of my old music and other files) and it said i had to format it first! is there any way at all that i could get around this? or i could format it without the loss of my previous data?! please help me!!!!

Answer:Format Slave Hd Without Loss Of Data???

Do not format the drive whatever you do. You will lose all data. Is the OS the same as the previous one? (e.g. XP Pro can see dynamic disks, but XP home cannot.).

How was it formatted previously?

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I have done this a hundred times or more, What am I doing wrong. I was showing a friend how to burn some data onto a cd. she had a word document and followed my directions and it got burned on fine. I told her how if she wanted to add some info or deleted something from it she could just pull it up and make the changes and then click the red X in the right hand corner and would ask her if she wanted to save the changes I told her to click yes and it would save them and that was that. However, it keeps coming back that it cannot save the changes cause it is read only. If you right click on it > properties> it says read only and won't let you change it, I always use to change the data I burnt. What am I doing different? Please help

Answer:Solved: Windows XP SP1-Burning data to a cd, try to add some data and it says read only--hel

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Hi guys:

Have an HP Pavilion with a 4 GB master hard drive. Just installed a Maxtor 20 GB as slave (formatted and everything - works fine). I'd like to copy the contents of the master to the slave to use the new 20 GB as master (and use the 4 GB elsewhere). I inserted my boot disk and at the DOS prompt typed in XCOPY /? and keep getting an error message. Any ideas? It keeps telling me "CDR101: Not ready reading drive F: Abort/Retry/Fail" My master drive is C and my slave is D.

Thanks for your help!!

Answer:XCOPY - copying data from master to slave

not sure about the error message

why not use maxtors software to copy the drives, it's free to download or if you got the installation disk with the drive you already have it. Part of maxblast
EZ-Copy lets you make an exact duplicate of your existing hard drive

Or you could download ezdrive from here in the utilities section

command line switches for xcopy

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I have a Toshiba Satellite 2435-S255. My cd-ROM has stopped working since I tried copying one of my children's games. I thought I would make a spare for my kids to both be able to play. I tried everything to get it to work again. I even called the company that made the game and told them what I did. They said it was not their software, that they have no copy right protection that would do that. Since then I have made a mess of my computer. I have restored it a million times in the system restore program. It is playing DVD's but no data cd's will play and it does not register any blank cd's. I went out and bought a Memorex external USB disk drive and recorder. I just want to recover my computer to factory settings using the recovery disks I have. The TEAC disk drive in the Toshiba wont read the recovery disks at all and the external drive reads the disk but when it reboots it looks for the disk in the internal and wont registers the USB drive automatically. I'm hoping their is a way to bypass the reboot and just start the recovery or any other solution. I even reassigned the drive letter and have since put it back to original.

Answer:My disk drive won't read my recover disk or any other data. HELP

Check and see if Toshiba has the restore info on a hidden partition and how to proceed using it...most laptop manuf. set them up this way.

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I had a new system put together and upgraded widows from 98 to XP. My new system is working great. My old hard drive (drive c:)was also built into my new pc box, because I could'nt do back up before I had to have the rebuild done. I need to retrieve data from winfax pro and outlook express (especially e-mail addresses and address book , numbers, etc.Can somebody please advise on how to get those data back and the prehaps format the old HHD and also will it still be save to use the old hard drive for not so often use file or programs?Old Drive is 40gb and new 80 gb.Hope my request is clear enoughThanksTheard

Answer:Retrieve Data from slave hard disk to maste

Have you tried searching for it because XP can read FAT32 I did the same all I did was transfer everything that I wanted to the new one and then formatted it through disc management in administrators tools

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