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C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Question: C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

I recently got a new hard drive. The first thing I did was create a new partition. After that, I copied the contents of my C drive to the new partition using HDCopy. Next, I changed the letter of my C drive(changed it to Z) and changed the letter of my new partition to C. Now it looks like everything works, but I do have one question. When I go to windows computer management, it still says my drive that used to be C is my system drive and my NEW C drive is Page File. Here's a screen shot to help:http://i42.tinypic.com/1zxbg9e.jpgI'm wondering if this is problematic and if there's any way to make my C drive listed as the system driveThanks,Austin

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Answer: C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Your pc is still booting to the Z drive it seems. You might want to try just backing up your stuff and doing a format so that the new drive does not contain your system root.

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DELL PC Windows 10 Outlook 2007 RAID

One user has no items listed in the Sent folder. This incident happened after the local electric supply blacked us out three times a couple of days ago. The user was in Outlook 2007 and was about to send an email. The email is in the Outbox. The owner has tried to run the Inbox Repair Tool but it can't find the C Drive. The PC has two hard drives set up as a RAID Mirror. Disk Management reports the RAID as Drive E. I tried to change the drive to C: but received an improper parameter.

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Hi I have recently bought an Ideapad Z580, but the DVD drive is missing.  It is showing in Device Manager under DVD/CD-ROM drives as TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB, but it has yellow exclamation mark over it. As directed on the Lenovo support pages I uninstalled it and restarted the computer, but I still see the same in Device Manager.   I have right-clicked on TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB and Properties show the device status as "Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)". Can anyone help resolve this? THanks













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Answer:DVD drive is listed in Device Manager but has a yellow exclamation mark over it

hi Greenleaf,
 
Welcome to the Lenovo Community.
 
Can you try this microsoft hotfix:
 
Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs
 
Note:
Please backup the registry before making any changes
 
 
Let me know your findings
neokenchi

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Hi can anyone tell me whats wrong with this laptop?

The problem is im using my DVD-ROM drive and it stops working. I went into the device manger and it wasnt there and it wasnt in my list of drives. I went in and checked the BIOS its not listed there either and the BIOS wont pick it up all I get is check cable or conection.

Would be grateful if some knows whats happened or if my drive is past it.

Thanks

Answer:Satellite Pro A100 - CD/DVD drive is not listed in device manager and BIOS

Hi

If the CD/DVD drive is not listed in device manager and BIOS it seems to be faulty and must be replaced.
What do you think about this?

You can exchange the drive yourself. Check the user manual for a compatible CD/DVD drive or you go to an authorized service provider. The technicians can order a new drive and exchange it.

Sorry but if the drive is not listed in BIOS it seems to be faulty.

Bye

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1. The original drive is not working. Upon inserting a disk the drive's light does shine and it does spin - but nothing further.
A little investigation shows no optical drive listed in the BIOS or Device Manager (naturally).

2. Perhaps I'd like to reinsert the drive, but I can't find any instructions on the internet about removing/replacing this drive.
Neither in the owner's manual.

Can someone steer me to these instructions?

Many thanks

Answer:Satellite A100 CD/DVD drive is not listed in BIOS or device manager

?Owner?s manual? is not the same as maintenance manuals. Please note that this is not the same and exact description about notebook disassembling procedure is for authorized service only.

Anyway, as far as I know the optical disc drive is fixed with one screw and it can be removed from the bottom side. The screw is placed near the memory cover exact over the optical drive. Not on the side of cooling vent but on the other side.

Be careful because all you do is on your own risk.

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Any idea why my SSD is listed as a 'Hard disk drive' instead of 'Solid state drive' as in your screenshots above? I am running W8 Pro x64 RTM from Technet. In Device Manager my SSD shows as a 'Samsung SSD 830 Series SCSI Disk Device'. I wonder if it's being on a Marvell controller might be the reason. My mobo has both Marvell and Intel disk controllers.

Answer:SSD listed as 'Hard disk drive' instead of 'Solid state drive'??

The ssd should always be used in an Intel port imho bud. The driver you are using is making it appear to be a scsi device.

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

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

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

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

Any help would be most appreciated!

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

Welcome to the forum,

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

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

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Long story short, working on a buddy's computer. I installed Windows XP Pro SP3. My Computer showed the hard drive as C.

Couldn't update thru the Control Panel, but Auto Updates worked. Let them run several times, and brought it up to speed. Last round of updates fixed whatever was wrong with it's ability to update thru the Control Panel. Cool. But it also changed the drive letter to H: Very uncool. I need to install some custom software, poorly coded, that has to go to C.

I put the windows XP install disk back in, and booted off it. Opened the Repair module. When it asked me which installation of Windows I wanted to work on, the only option was C:

So it would seem to me that Windows is applying the H: designation during boot. It was loading a bunch of memory card reader slots in front, as C, D, E, and F. So I unplugged that sucker. But it STILL loads the hard drive as H.

Is there a way to fix this? Is it in the registry? HELP!!!! I am going nuts trying to fix this sucker!

Thanks for any and all help!

Slider
 

Answer:How do I change Drive Letter Windows Assigns to System Drive

Hi

This is easily remedied. It is accomplished in Disk Management.

How to use Disk Management

To start Disk Management:

Log on as administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
Click Start, click Run, type compmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
In the console tree, click Disk Management. The Disk Management window appears. Your disks and volumes appear in a graphical view and list view. To customize how you view your disks and volumes in the upper and lower panes of the window, point to Top or Bottom on the View menu, and then click the view that you want to use.
You should be able to right click the C:/H: partition, and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" or something similar (that's what the option is in Windows 7, unsure if it's exactly the same in XP).
 

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Hello everyone,
So, due to audio problems....I decided to just revert to my old XP64. At first I was gonna try to dual-boot, but the fly in the ointment was all I had was an image on my external HD, which has about 100G of other stuff on it. My disc drive would not for the life of me burn an ISO image on any of my three DVD types. And the process of trying to find how to fix the drive problem and/or create just a bootable PARTITION on a HD without effecting everything else just drove me insane...which is kind of where I am now. After a week now I just have to get back to my project. lol And if that means no fancy windows 7 internet experience......

BUT HERE'S THE THING. In my frenzied state, I think I may have screwed up my MBR, but idk. I hope I can explain this right.

At one point, while attempting a dual-boot scenerio workaround, I shrunk partition C and created a new 5G partition at the end of it. After that:

In EaseUS, I assigned it letter B and I set it to active, figuring it was to be bootable (wrong, I know). Additionally near the same time in Folder Properties, I unhid system files, folders...etc.

NOW the System drive showed as F! Then, attempting to use EasyBCD, it told me it could not find the BCD files to begin. So, naturally it had to do with that.I thought maybe it should have been B, but why would Ease US give me that letter option?

After showing Easy BCD the file it seems to be OK....there. Also in Startup & Recovery it is listed in Syste... Read more

Answer:Default drive letter for "System" drive in Windows 7?

:wacko:no?

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This problem all stems from the fact I want to change a drive letter of a drive that is NOT my boot drive, which should be quite easy. I reinstalled Windows last night on the same drive it was on before (C drive). Before installing, I detached all my other drives to avoid confusion. The install completed, I booted up, turned off again, and then reattached my 3 other drives. Two of the three drives complied with my wished to change their drive letter. The third, however, kicks me an error saying that it is a system drive and "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume."

What have I done?
 

Answer:What is the difference between a windows Boot drive and a system drive?

Boot drive has boot loader & boot sectors on it.
System drive has windows on it.

If they aren't the same in your system, then it is probably because you installed windows when both disks were present in the system, and the one that became "BOOT" was the one that the BIOS returned first, and the one that is "SYSTEM" is the one that you picked to install windows on (and likely became C: but that may or may not be the case)

Since you installed with only one drive, it is also likely that one of the other drives HAS a valid boot sector on it already (possibly from a previous windows install) and is currently the 'first' drive the BIOS tries to boot, and thus the system uses that for the boot sector but ends up using another drive with the windows install. I would check into the bios/boot order stuff.
 

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I know it's a fairly common rookie mistake, but I'm a plumber by trade and I don't get much experience building PCs...so I apologize for my carelessness, but still hope someone is willing to bail me out with this.

I muffed my image restore attempt after a nearly complete hardware upgrade, and decided to go ahead and reinstall windows and restore files to a clean install, but I left both new SSD disks in when I installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

Now I've got my System reserve on one disk, and my Windows C-drive on another....and I spent many, many hours reloading programs and data to complete the restore before I realized what I had done

My desktop boots fine after stopping and forcing me to choose which "Windows 7" install I want to use during boot up , but I'm hoping one of you all can tell me how to recombine windows on C-drive so it will boot without stalling on "two" Windows installs and make backing up understandable for a simple man like me.

This is a screen shot of what I've got now:

Answer:System reserved on D-drive, Windows on C-drive booboo...

You don't need system reserved per se, but you do need the files within it.

Notice that system reserved in your pic is marked "system". That indicates that your boot files are in that partition.

You can copy those files to C using this tutorial and application:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

After you do that, system reserved would be unneeded (unless you use "BitLocker", unlikely). So you could delete it.

You would need to mark the C partition as "active" after you move the files.

Here's a pic of my Disk Management. Notice I have no system reserved. Notice that C is marked as "system".

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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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I am trying to access files on a hard drive from a different computer which will no longer load the OS. I have connected the hard drive using a usb adapter. When I plug it in, I get a notice that the device is ready to use, but it does not show up in Computer.

It is visible in the disk manager. There is no drive letter assigned and the options to do so are grayed out. Most of the options in device manager are grayed out, except for 'delete volume' and 'help'.

Answer:hard drive w/ usb adapter- drive shows in disk manager, not computer

Welcome to the forum,

Can you post a maximized screenshot of your full disk management window.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I'm working on my sister computer and put in a new hard drive. I imaged the drive in windows (using xp) and all seemed to go ok. I took the original out and now windows will book ok, but will hang on a screen that resembles the windows login screen, blue background with a windows xp logo on the right side. The mouse still works as well as the numlock lights, but it will go no futher. I've tried changing drive letters with the old drive installed, but somehow, i've fubar'd both and now both drives hang at this spot regardless of whether or not the other is plugged in as well. I have a feeling, from research i've done on the web, that windows is looking for system files on a drive letter that doesn't exist. The problem now is that i cannot boot into either install of windows, nor thier respective safe mode options. In safe mode, i get the same screen as i do when booting into normal mode. How do i get either one of these drives to boot? I know the data is still there and the data is fine, but I need to make windows boot. I've also tried using the recovery console to do a fixmbr and a fixboot, but neither helped (I didn't figure they would as the address different aspects of the boot than what i suspect to be the problem). Any ideas?
 

Answer:Imaged drive in windows, took original drive out, now new drive hangs on login screen

have you tried booting from the cd and running the repair option? --um--nevermind
 

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After I installed the anniversary update for windows 10 windows defrag/optimize doesn't have my c drive listed therefore it won' defrag

Answer:c drive not listed on windows defrag after anniversary update

After installation of the anniversary update windows 10 defrag doesn't have my c drive listed as an option to defrag

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I bought a new DVD-drive today and tried to install it, but it only sees my old CD-RW drive. They work if one is unplugged and the other is connected. If both are connected at the same time, then it only reads the CD-RW. When the other is disconnected, it gives the other the drive letter 'D'. Why won't it recognize both or how can I change the letter on my old one? The Device manager won't let me type another name in for the old CD-RW.

How can I get it to recognize both?
The brand of the DVD-drive is Pacific Digital and the CD-RW is Samsung.
I am using Win. XP on an eMachines T1440; Intel Celeron at 1.4 gHz.

Thanks,

Stephen
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Device Manager doesn't see new DVD-Drive, but does see my old CD-RW drive!

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This problem is back. As mentioned in this thread attempting to install via Windows 10 via a USB drive does not see the NVMe M.2 sticks (I have two 1 TB sticks that came with my P70 from Lenovo). I did an install back around on Nov. 29, 2016 and it worked back then using the USB drive + drivers I left on the stick. Since then I've kept my machine current so I'm not sure what's changed (BIOS did get updated0. My P70 is a model 20ERCTO1WW.BIOS is N1DET83W 2.12 Can we get updated drivers ASAP Lenovo?Thanks!   

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I recently installed software that allowed Windows XP to access linux partitions (EXT2) on an external drive (assigned them to P: and V: ). Once I had copied out the files I wanted from those partitions, I uninstalled the software and reformatted the drive to NTFS (assigned to Q: ). The software I used was Ext2 IFS (www.fs-driver.org).

Disk Management shows that drive as only having one partition (74GB, Q: ). However, the other drive letters are still listed in My Computer (and any Explorer dialog). When I try to open V:, it gives a long dialog that starts "V: refers to a location that is unavailable." I would be okay with leaving that one. The REAL problem, in my mind, is P:, which opens the same file system as Q:. I've never had two letters pointing to the same drive before, but I can't imagine it's a very good idea.

Any suggestions on how to remove these drives from Explorer? I am comfortable navigating the registry, if that's what it takes (as long as you're comfortable telling me correctly what needs to be removed/altered in the registry).

Things I have tried:

1) Looked in Disk Management -- not listed.
2) Looked in Device Manager -- not listed as volumes for the disk.
3) Tried assigning those same drive letters to another drive -- those letters remain unavailable from the drop-down menu in Disk Management.
Thanks!
 

Answer:Windows XP - Nonexistent drive listed in XP and two letters assigned to same partitio

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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 just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

Answer:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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Version 10.0.14393
I have a Dell Inspiron 17 7779 with a 128 GB SSD system drive and a 1TB HD. I have set my "library" folders (Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.) to exist on the D: (hard) drive, as well as locating my primary Outlook PST file to that drive. Although I have created a Recovery thumb drive, as well as creating a system image, backing up both drives to an external 1TB hard drive, I can envision a worst case scenario where I might have to do a System Reset (completely reinstall Windows).
So, my question is, since my system currently exists on the 128 GB SSD C: drive, with, AFAIK, no involvement of the D: drive, if I do a System Reset, will the process wipe only my C: drive for the reinstall, leaving my data alone, or will it insist on needlessly wiping the D: drive as well?

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Files listed as Shortcuts in my flash drive opening in Windows 7 and Office 2010 PC

I have a flash drive that is showing the original PowerPoint files as well as shortcuts to it. Anyone experienced this issue and why do u think these shortcuts are showing? Any observations will be helpful.
 

Answer:Files listed as Shortcuts in my flash drive opening in Windows 7 and Office 2010 PC

What do the shortcuts point to? Do they point to the file located on the flash drive, the file located on your hard disk, or something else. To find out right click on the shortcut and click properties.
How did you move the files to the flash disk?
 

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Hi there,

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

My question:

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

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

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

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

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!
 

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

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I hope I can get a guru on this, because I think my situation is kinda unique, since google or search hasn't helped....

I built new machine using all my old drives laying around, 6 in total so far.

when I installed winXP pro, I had an issue deleting a particular partition on a particular drive, it wouldn't do it, saying it was a system partition. I didn't think much of it, and just continued on installing, which was a different drive. I figured I would take care of it within windows itself.

well, the result is odd; I have windows installed on D:/ and as it turns out, the drive in which I could not repartition or format is now labeled C:/ in disk management, and I have zero options within disk manager to reformat or repartion that drive.

In manager, C:/ says it is a Dynamic Drive, and that it is a System Drive, which isn't true because there is zero data on that disk, and it's secondary partition is drive I:/ (the later information probably isn't important, just thought I would tell you how windows named the drive and partition.)

In manager, Drive D:/ is labled as a Basic Drive and it is the Boot disk.\


seem odd so far? yes...

as I continue, I tried unplugging drives to figure out which physical drive is this mysterious Dynamic System Drive, and if I unplug it, even though there is no data on it, windows will not boot.

now, for the clincher, I realized that this mystery drive (Dynamic System Drive C:/) is an old C:/... Read more

Answer:Boot drive and System Drive (yes, 2 seperate drives) how to fix? guru needed

Get Darik's Boot and Nuke and wipe the disk so you can start fresh, i'd recommend Autoclave (included in UltimateBootCD) but seems the product has been discontined

good luck
 

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Hi there,

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

My question:

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

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

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

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

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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

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

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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Hi,

Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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I've got a customer with a Y580 who wants to upgrade to an SSD.  Only, in asessing the laptop for the upgrade requirements, I see it has a 64GB mSATA SSD.  I think it's configured as a caching device.  Is it possible to set it as the boot volume and just install Windows there?

Answer:Use mSATA drive on Y580 as primary system boot drive?

It is possible. You'd probably need to uninstall the cacheing software, but I'm not sure - check the BIOS to see if it comes up as a boot option first. Once you can get the computer to recognize it as a drive you can boot from, install Windows on it and move it to the top of the boot order.





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My 80GB Windows 7 drive isn't cutting it, and I don't want to do a reformat on a new drive.

I'm thinking of getting a WD 500GB Black to replace it. (Or are there any other recommendations for a fast system drive?)

What is the best, possibly free program to image my system drive to the new 500GB so there will be no problems once I plug it into my computer?
 

Answer:Best (free?) program to image a system drive to a bigger drive?

Since you're buying a Western Digital drive, this will be the best thing for you:

http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en
 

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Ok. I tried everything to repair an XP install on my Qosmio GA35-650. The recovery disk was a joke and wouldn't work...I decided to skip all of the DMI junk I read about and clean install a copy of XP.

Put the Raid drivers on a floppy and proceeded with the install. Setup would not install on the boot partition and gave me a "page_fault" error. I went into the bios and changed disk 0 to JBOD from RAID, disk 1 was already set to JBOD. Reentered setup and at the point where you select the partition to install to only one partition was shown. This was not a good thing as I backed up all of my data from the C: drive (Disk 0) to the F: Drive (Disk 1). I went back to the BIOS and set Drive 0 back to Raid and started the Setup procedure over again. Two partitions were showing this time but Disk 1 was not showing an F: drive designator.

The question. Did I lose all of my data on the second 100gb drive in the system? Is my F: drive recoverable?

Help!
 

Answer:Two HDDs in System. Deleted partition on Drive 0 now cant access Drive 1?

I think it depends on what Raid type you were using, some good info of different types here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=597010
Personally I don't like Raid all that much, as I don't think it's fantastic for data recovery or backup (which was its actual purpose, plus speed)
 

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BACKGROUND
My 750gb hard disk is failing on a HP laptop that came preloaded with W7 home prem. I have a SMALLER excellent 500gb, 7200 rpm hard disk that I'd like to replace the failing hard disk with. I've read that my W7 System Repair DVD will not restore my recent system image (on NAS) to a smaller partition. The C: partition on the failing drive is well over 600gb but can shrink to 300gb.
QUESTION
Can I restore a system image from my larger drive "as is". If not, and I shrink my C:\ partition (contain windows) to say 350GB will I be able to restore the system image to where windows will boot?

I have an old copy of (7.0) partition magic that I used to resize partitions on XP machines Can this old 32 bit partition magic safely resize my C: partition. If so, and I create a new system image can I restore it to the new disk?

Please help. Thank you.

Answer:Using System Image to replace 750GB Drive with s 500GB Drive

Download Macrium reflect free home edition, make a restore CD, and either backup an image or clone the drive directly. I haven't used their clone facility but have used their image backups dozens of times and it is good and fast.

Otherwise, with windows backup, you will need to defragment the partition, then shrink the partition, then defragment and shrink.... until you get a < 500 GB partition.

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My computer wouldn't boot a couple of days ago and I did a System Repair. It worked, and my computer booted just fine. Now I've noticed in Disk Management that the F:\ partition on my second internal drive has been declared a System Drive!

So I disabled "Hide System Files" and looked at my F:\ drive. There's been a BOOT folder added! How do I fix this? Can I just try to delete the BOOT folder or what?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro.

Please tell me it's something simple.

Peg
 

Answer:System Repair Made my 2nd External Drive a SYSTEM DRIVE!

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Hi There!

I have two physical disks in my notebook, one simple partition each, BitLocker encrypted. Drive C:, which is my system drive and drive D:, for some media stuff.
Windows Version is Windows 10.0.10586 x64

I have configured VSS to use the "Previous Versions" feature in case I accidentally delete or overwrite a file. I did this on my Win7 install to and it saved my butt at least three times.
Anyway, I am IT Tech and I usually know what I am doing. VSS is running (Volume Shadow Copy Service set to "Manual"), snapshots are there but when I right-click on a modified file (or on the root of the disk) and click "Previous Versions", my D: drive correctly displays the existing snapshots, on my system drive C: there is always a "There are no previous versions available" message. But, when I click the "System Restore..." button, I get a list with my snapshots, so I guess I could restore my system.
Googling around I was not able to find a solution, not even a hint. I am hoping for help here.

Here is the output of vssadmin. As you can see, configuration seems to be ok and the two manual snapshots are there on both drives. For the moment there is no system restore point, but it does not work with snaps created by them either.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>vssadmin List ShadowStorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For... Read more

Answer:Previous Versions does not work on system drive but second drive

I have tried to create a symbolic link to the shadow copy and this actually works, not really as expected, but basically it does.

C:\>mklink /d c:\shadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17
symbolic link created for c:\shadow <<===>> \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17

C:\>dir shadow
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow

File Not Found

C:\>dir "shadow\Users\My Name\AppData"
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow\Users\My Name\AppData

06.01.2016 14:38 <DIR> Local
03.01.2016 14:09 <DIR> LocalLow
06.01.2016 23:45 <DIR> Roaming
0 File(s) 0 bytes
3 Dir(s) 201.821.536.256 bytes free

I mounted a snapshot from my C: drive (remember, I do not get any Previous Versions in the GUI).
It works. I cannot see any files or folders from the root of the drive. When I try to access the "C:\shadow" folder from Windows Explorer I get an access denied error.
But I can browse and read all sub-folders of the mount and I can create the link directly to a sub-folder as well.

Seems to me like a bug in the Previous Versions GUI?

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I have a 1T SATA system drive and a 1T SATA working drive. I installed a 3T SATA storage drive, and now my system won't boot from the C:. I have to go into the BIOS and boot from there, or use a boot disk. How do I get the system to boot from C: again?

Answer:Installed storage drive, now system drive will not boot

Hello,
Was 1T drive was removed from the computer or it is still present in the computer and what is the boot sequence selected?
Also does your motherboard support 3TB hard drive?

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Hi There!

I have two physical disks in my notebook, one simple partition each, BitLocker encrypted. Drive C:, which is my system drive and drive D:, for some media stuff.
Windows Version is Windows 10.0.10586 x64

I have configured VSS to use the "Previous Versions" feature in case I accidentally delete or overwrite a file. I did this on my Win7 install to and it saved my butt at least three times.
Anyway, I am IT Tech and I usually know what I am doing. VSS is running (Volume Shadow Copy Service set to "Manual"), snapshots are there but when I right-click on a modified file (or on the root of the disk) and click "Previous Versions", my D: drive correctly displays the existing snapshots, on my system drive C: there is always a "There are no previous versions available" message. But, when I click the "System Restore..." button, I get a list with my snapshots, so I guess I could restore my system.
Googling around I was not able to find a solution, not even a hint. I am hoping for help here.

Here is the output of vssadmin. As you can see, configuration seems to be ok and the two manual snapshots are there on both drives. For the moment there is no system restore point, but it does not work with snaps created by them either.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>vssadmin List ShadowStorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For... Read more

Answer:Previous Versions does not work on system drive but second drive

I have tried to create a symbolic link to the shadow copy and this actually works, not really as expected, but basically it does.

C:\>mklink /d c:\shadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17
symbolic link created for c:\shadow <<===>> \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17

C:\>dir shadow
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow

File Not Found

C:\>dir "shadow\Users\My Name\AppData"
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow\Users\My Name\AppData

06.01.2016 14:38 <DIR> Local
03.01.2016 14:09 <DIR> LocalLow
06.01.2016 23:45 <DIR> Roaming
0 File(s) 0 bytes
3 Dir(s) 201.821.536.256 bytes free

I mounted a snapshot from my C: drive (remember, I do not get any Previous Versions in the GUI).
It works. I cannot see any files or folders from the root of the drive. When I try to access the "C:\shadow" folder from Windows Explorer I get an access denied error.
But I can browse and read all sub-folders of the mount and I can create the link directly to a sub-folder as well.

Seems to me like a bug in the Previous Versions GUI?

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Hi There!

I have two physical disks in my notebook, one simple partition each, BitLocker encrypted. Drive C:, which is my system drive and drive D:, for some media stuff.
Windows Version is Windows 10.0.10586 x64

I have configured VSS to use the "Previous Versions" feature in case I accidentally delete or overwrite a file. I did this on my Win7 install to and it saved my butt at least three times.
Anyway, I am IT Tech and I usually know what I am doing. VSS is running (Volume Shadow Copy Service set to "Manual"), snapshots are there but when I right-click on a modified file (or on the root of the disk) and click "Previous Versions", my D: drive correctly displays the existing snapshots, on my system drive C: there is always a "There are no previous versions available" message. But, when I click the "System Restore..." button, I get a list with my snapshots, so I guess I could restore my system.
Googling around I was not able to find a solution, not even a hint. I am hoping for help here.

Here is the output of vssadmin. As you can see, configuration seems to be ok and the two manual snapshots are there on both drives. For the moment there is no system restore point, but it does not work with snaps created by them either.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>vssadmin List ShadowStorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For... Read more

Answer:Previous Versions does not work on system drive but second drive

I have tried to create a symbolic link to the shadow copy and this actually works, not really as expected, but basically it does.

C:\>mklink /d c:\shadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17
symbolic link created for c:\shadow <<===>> \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy17

C:\>dir shadow
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow

File Not Found

C:\>dir "shadow\Users\My Name\AppData"
Volume in drive C is System
Volume Serial Number is E2ED-A141

Directory of C:\shadow\Users\My Name\AppData

06.01.2016 14:38 <DIR> Local
03.01.2016 14:09 <DIR> LocalLow
06.01.2016 23:45 <DIR> Roaming
0 File(s) 0 bytes
3 Dir(s) 201.821.536.256 bytes free

I mounted a snapshot from my C: drive (remember, I do not get any Previous Versions in the GUI).
It works. I cannot see any files or folders from the root of the drive. When I try to access the "C:\shadow" folder from Windows Explorer I get an access denied error.
But I can browse and read all sub-folders of the mount and I can create the link directly to a sub-folder as well.

Seems to me like a bug in the Previous Versions GUI?

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My mission:Boot a P100 machine using a HDD I have which has a previous installation of Win95.An obstacle arises:The HDD is auto-detected and identified by the BIOS, but then the system hangs and I get the following message:Disk I/O errorReplace the disk, press any key to continue.The HDD in question works fine as a secondary drive (All the disk contents are there). The P100 machine boots with no problem using a HDD I have with Win98 installed.Things I?ve tried:Checked the HDD with AVG ver.8, - no problems detected.Booted the P100 with Win95b floppy ? DOS cannot see c: drive (I get the message ?Invalid drive specification?). However, if I run FDISK /status, c: drive and its partition is found!I tried FDISK /mbr, ? the problem still occurs.Norton Utilities Disk Doctor can only see a: drive.Is it time to abort this mission? Thanks,Harry

Answer:System Drive issues - Invalid drive specification

try leaving the jumper out

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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I have an SSD that I want to install my operating system on, and make it the boot drive. The reason being that some software will default to install on the C drive automatically, without prompting for another option, so I want to use just a regular hard drive for data and some programs, and I want this to be the C drive. Boot from the D drive, which will be the SSD.

Does this make sense? How do I go about this? Thanks!

Answer:I want to make my D drive the boot/operating system drive

If you install windows 7 to the ssd in the normal way, using booted media e.g. the dvd , it will assign itself letter C.

It is possible to assign a different letter during boot media install - but it's complicated.
If you already have windows 7 installed on the HD ( I assume it has already itself C ) - running setup from there and pointing it at the SSD will cause the installer to use the next available letter.

That will be much easier for you.

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Long sad story. Please bear with me.

My drive was dying but was still recoverable using commercial recovery software. Unfortunately, I only did a partial recovery and when I tried again, the drive had failed further to where there was no longer a drive letter and the commercial recovery software was no longer an option. So I tried Recovery Console but got "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32\drivers\ntfs.sys. So i installed a floppy drive, and tried to copy a new ntfs.sys onto the hard drive but i got "access is denied". The i tried a dir on the c drive and i got "an error occurred during directory enumeration". Following some other online discussions I tried a "fixmbr" which was successful but accomplished nothing. Then i tried "fixboot" and got "fixboot cannot find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid". I've also tried chkdsk /r and got "the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems".

The drive is a Western Digital 400gb (wd4000yr) and i'm on an xp pro hp system.

Short of paying a gazillion dollars to DriveSavers, anyone have any more suggestions? I'm nearing the end of my rope!

thanks in advance

Answer:fixboot cannot find the system drive or the drive specified is not valid

It sounds like you have some physical problems with the hdd. I would to to the Western Digital web site and download their diagnostic tool and run it. This should provide you with an accurate account of the hdd.

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

Answer:A 2nd System Reserved on Another Hard Drive Under Its Own Drive Letter

Temporarily disconnect disk 0 (contains F and D) by disconnecting the SATA cable from it then reboot your PC. If it boot then you can safely delete the System Reserved D.

To delete the system reserved partition from disk 0 (Drive D), Open Admin command prompt:
diskpartselect disk 0select partition 1delete partition overrideexit

After done with the above, You might also want to swap the SATA cables between disk0 and disk1 to make C drive on disk 0 and F drive on disk 1.

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new hp pavilion g7 computer with windows 7 premium operating system..under system protection the (c)disk drive has system protection turned on but the recovery(D) drive is off should it be turned on.













Solved!

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Answer:c drive has system protection turned on but recovery d drive...

Hi, What you are seeing is the correct setting - system protection should not be turned on for the Recovery D partition. Regards, DP-K

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Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

Under xp pro is possible but I haven't try under windows 7 64 bits.

xp is possible according to

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Do you know the procedure ?

Best Regards

P.D. I have seen a pair of post in this forum but I was not able to determine....

Answer:Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

It seems to be the same. But why on earth did you want to do this.

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I have a T400 without optical drive. Want to change hard drive.  What's the easiest way to copy OS and files to the new hd? Thanks.

Answer:How to change hard drive on system without optical drive

Hello, I would suggest to use Acronis True Image. Make a clone of your hdd onto an usb-drive.  Then attach your new hdd into your system (the other way round won´t work!)and play back the image from your external hdd. Please read here for further suggestions.Message Edited by Agotthelf on 21-11-2008 07:31 PM

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.


I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

Answer:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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A friend gave me an old computer with XP Pro on it, but no backup XP disc. The old hard drive(C) is only 12 GB, so I bought and installed a new internal 250 GB drive(E). I want to transfer all my data from the small C drive to the new E drive and then make the new E drive my Primary master. So far, I have been able to copy the contents of my C drive to the E drive. I'm new to doing this, so I am unclear about where to access the XP operating system and whether I can transfer it to my new drive, so my new E drive will work like my old one. Naturally, I rather not have to buy a new XP disc, if I can move my existing XP to my new drive. Is there a way to do this? Thanks alot for any advice.

Answer:Moving operating system from old drive to a new drive? (RESOLVED)

Hi there.Welcome aboard.
Yes, there is a way to do this. Follow the instructions in this article. Don't be put off my the size of the article, it's very easy to follow.If you have any problems or queries don't be afraid to ask. Good luck.

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My attempted upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 stopped with the message that my System Reserved Partition was too small. Sure enough, my research indicated that Windows 10 requires a larger petition. I used MiniTool to extend the partition and discovered that my System Reserved Partition, which Windows has assigned drive letter E:, was on a different drive than I thought. Attached is a snip capture of my disk management screen.

Disk 2 has the OEM Windows installation, which is now in drive G:. I added a 500GB SSD as Disk 0 and cloned the original disk. I added Disk 1 and Disk 3 for additional storage. In the transition, somehow the Drive E: System Reserved Partition ended up on Disk 1. I used MiniTool to extend the Data partition on Disk 0 (from 100 MB to 408 MB) as well as the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 1 (from 100 MB to 533 MB). There seem to be a few glitches from the resizing that I need to clean up. The worst seems to be related to an error messsage that C:\Windows\Prefetch is corrupt and unreadable. This is related to Adobe Creative Cloud and I haven't tried to fix it yet. I think that there are pointers to the G: drive rather than the C: drive.

After seeing that my disk management is a bit messed up, I decided to post here rather than proceed with the Windows 10 upgrade. I want to have the System Reserved Partition Drive E on Disk 0. (Do I need a Drive E:?) I think the Gateway C: drive on Disk 0 needs to made Active. And I think I need to tell ... Read more

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I was trying to get rid of a persistent Vundo infection yesterday.

I turned the PC off to reboot when I though I was going into safe mode and went into regular mode instead. Now, it thinks one of my external drives is the C drive. On boot, I am getting a message that it cannot recognize find the system 32 windows config file (I'm paraphrasing).

I used the repair utility to get to the C prompt (which is pointed at the external drive) and checked the drive letters. I don't think the PC bios knows the hard drive is there.

I tried going into setup and reverting to factory installed configuration and that didn't change anything. I could not get it to recognize the hard drive.

The PC is a Dell Dimension 8400, about 5 years old.

Dell support (out of hardware warranty, but will provide phone support) said that I should reinstall windows but it will wipe out whatever is on the hard drive. They suggested finding a data extraction service.

I'm not against that, but I'd like to see what I can do to get at the REAL C drive beforehand.

I do have the factory Windows disk, although I am not sure of my product key.

I also saw the material on windowsinstall.com about getting it to recognize the C drive, but that seems on the edge of my technical expertise.

Does anybody have any other suggestions?

Thanks a lot.
 

Answer:system thinks external drive is hard drive

I do have the factory Windows disk, although I am not sure of my product key.Click to expand...

There should be a sticker on your Dell somewhere .. that will tell you the Code for your OS.
Most likely .. you will not need this code to use your Dell recovery CDs

Using the Code finders will not work for the OEM installs in a Dell, HP or others.

I'd remove the drive (at 5 years old) and install a new one .. and recover it.
Then ... there's ways to read the old HD and extract your data from it.
Here's one way >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156017
 

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I need to make my Plextor DVD drive the first bootable drive. I've looked in BIOS and my options are as follows with the floppy being the first bootable drive.

Floppy 3.5
IDE-0: ST380011A

And that?s it, there?s a line for CD/DVD but it?s blank. I?ve looked up my configuration and it goes like this:

Primary IDE Channel
-Master: ST380011A

Secondary IDE Channel
-Master: Plextor DVD
-Slave: CD-RE-CDR

How do I get the DVD drive into the BIOS listing so that I can boot from the CD? I'm guessing I need to change cable connections or something. The PC has always been set up like this, I've just never needed to boot from CD before. Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Drive Not Listed in BIOS

What mobo (motherboard) do you have?

There should be an option for boot sequency somewhere in your bios but i need to know what your mobo is before i can advise you on how to sort it.
 

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I made a repair disc from my hubby's computer (we have same computers). I tried option 1 here:

System Recovery Options

using both local and admin accts. didn't fix the problem. system restore not an option as it doesn't go back far enough.

so I'm guessing my next step is option 2. I put in the disc, and restart the computer. it goes straight to windows logon screen. ditto for shutting down computer, putting disc in and turning it on. so I guess i need to set the bios??? woulda thought that woulda been the default. so how do I check that?

Answer:set the BIOS to have the CD or DVD drive listed first

  
Quote: Originally Posted by oldbat


I made a repair disc from my hubby's computer (we have same computers). I tried option 1 here:

System Recovery Options

using both local and admin accts. didn't fix the problem. system restore not an option as it doesn't go back far enough.

so I'm guessing my next step is option 2. I put in the disc, and restart the computer. it goes straight to windows logon screen. ditto for shutting down computer, putting disc in and turning it on. so I guess i need to set the bios??? woulda thought that woulda been the default. so how do I check that?


Reboot or boot the computer and during the startup process press the "F2" key to enter the BIOS. You can download the User's Manual from;

http://support.asus.com/Download.asp...&m=g73jw&os=30

HTH

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I have a slow win 8/64 system (not 8.1) with one 500gb GPT hdd. When I went to optimise it, no drive was listed, further when I tried the cmd prompt (as admin) defrag c: /a /u /v - it just said optimise and went straight to the basic c:\ prompt, ie didn't do anything. I am using defrag now, but I am curious to know why the win 8 defrag isn't working?

I have searched for something remotely related to this, but mostly its about SSDs which isn't relevant, but i understand that one doesn't want to optimise SSDs anyway.

Anyone sorted this issue?

Answer:win 8/64 optimise no drive listed

Because defrag.exe doesn't do anything in windows 8 x64, only in 32 bit - you have to use dfrgui.exe.

It should run automatically unless you've deliberately disabled it though. If you click on defrag (not defragment and optimise drives) it will not do anything either. Not sure why it is still shown (the second one in the picture I mean) but it is... Habit I suppose.

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I ran a program called trend micro[housecall] and it scanned only d drive,so I thought this was funny,so I opened my computer from the start menu,and no c drive is listed there. Thinking back I had noticed in downloading programs,there was no entry option for c/program files either?My P.C seems to be running fine,other than my OE often hangs on checking mail,and needs a reboot to function correctly. W/XP/Pro - I E 6. I have kaspersky running on my P.C and no virus problem detected? I am not very P.C literate,but hope this great site can assist as in the past.Dark.
 

Answer:No c drive listed in my computer

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I have windows xp and just installed a lite on dvd writer and it wont burn anything it shows as a cd drive. I actually had a second that was installed first and did the same thing and i thought the drive was bad and went and bought a new one. any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:dvd writer listed as a cd drive

OK, you need to post more info;
1 What LiteOn drive did you install? There are a LOT of them; post a link to your drive.
2 If this is a sata type drive, how is your sata controller mode set ie ahci, native ide, or raid?
3 You post you have xp. What service pack level and are ALL updates done?
 

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when i go to my file explorer in Windows 8.1 all of a sudden a new drive is listed called ESP (F:). It didn't show this before today. My laptop is about a year old and now this is showing up.
When I click on it i get an error as shown in the image.
What is this drive, why does it show up when it didn't before and why can't i access it?
The only thing that happened in the last 24 hours was an automatic update by windows. But I don't know what that update was.



Keith Aul

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I recently reformatted my laptop and after doing so my disc reader isn't working... I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad Y710 (all stock parts, nothing upgraded) and I've tried downloading the driver from the Lenovo site but it doesn't seem to be working...

http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_show_970.html <--- the one I downloaded...
I get these errors:
 

Answer:CD/DVD Drive Not Listed on Device

hi iam curious why is it listed in downloads it should be in devcie manager have you checked in device manager for errors ie yellow ! or red Xs
 

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Hi guys,

I was looking at the CMOS in a friends pc and saw that there was no primary (or slave) hard drive listed. Now I know she has one, because the pc works plus I oped it up and looked at it (just in case).

Am I being stupid. It should be listed there - shouldn't it?

Its an Athlon cpu, don't know mobo, 30g Seagate, Win 2000 Pro

Thanks
 

Answer:No Primary Drive Listed

It is possible that the drive is connected to a controller card. In that case, there would not be a listing under ide in the bios.
 

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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Hi...I'm new to the forums here, and need some help. I have an HP dv8000 laptop with two 80GB hard drives (160 total), "C" and "D", and I can't access anything on "D"...a long time ago I was able to create some picture folders on that drive, but it never let me put pictures in the folders. Then I tried to delete the folders, and it wouldn't let me...I would get the warning dialog box stating "D:\My Pictures D\photos is not accessible. Access is denied". I hate to think that HP would have given me two 80GB hard drives, and only one of them is usable. I was hoping someone here could maybe tell me some simple solution to allow me the use of this otherwise useless 80GB HDD...a way to "turn on" the access to it...can anyone help me???Thanx,TheresaP.S. I have Windows XP Professional

Answer:Help! Dual drive system-can't access "D" drive

Hello. First of, I'm pretty sure that your computer only has one harddrive with two partitions. I could be wrong, but I have never seen a laptop with two harddrives in my life. So you are having trouble accessing your D: partition? It seems like you dont have the appropriate permissions. So, you have to take ownership of all the folders in the D: drive. This article explains it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 Hope this helps, let us know if you need help.

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I had Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit installed on a partition of my 1TB drive. I recently bought a 240GB SSD and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit there. I did a completely fresh install, since I needed to move things around on the original partition anyway. So basically, I put all the drives in (which was probably my first mistake) and fired it up and low and behold, it booted immediately from my original drive, despite the fact that I had set the SSD as the first boot option in BIOS. Grr.. Anyway, I ran the setup for Win 7, hoping that would resolve the issue and I now boot (sort of) exclusively from the new SSD and into the new install of Windows.

EXCEPT... now that I've moved everything off the original drive that I wanted to keep (onto a 3rd drive) I want to delete the old Windows partition and merge it with some other unused space on that drive... but it won't allow me to do that, since the old Windows partition is listed as the System drive, while my new Windows partition is listed as the Boot drive. I can't seem to figure out how to change this.

The other strange issue that I came across... is that I went back into BIOS and removed the option to boot from the old drive completely... and then it wouldn't even boot at all. It kept asking me if I wanted to make a floppy disk of the SATA drivers.

Answer:Need to change the drive designated as the System Drive

Hi MFrag,Welcome to the forums , have a look at this tutorial it may be of help to you Boot Windows 7 from a Logical Partition

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Hello forum friends!
This morning i did a fresh install of windows 7 pro 32 bit.
my rig has as main disk a 60gb ssd , and 3 secondary drives for multimedia storage and backups.
as i was selecting the drive i wanted to install the windows 7 on, it appeared that one of the drives had a "system" characterisation, as opposed to the other drives that were "logical drives"..i went ahead and installed the os, just fine, but it really troubled me.
what could it mean?why is the secondary drive i use to store family photos and videos characterized as "system drive" ?

thanks in advance for the time you to took to answer/read this.

Answer:a secondary drive marked as system drive?

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Good day, everyone! I'm trying to scan a drive other then the system drive with ComboFix and am wondering if there is a switch or different procedure I can perform to do so? (If it's possible at all...) Thank you so much in advance for your help! -Jason_MKG Edit: Moved topic from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Can Combofix scan a drive other than the system (C) drive?

Please see this thread for information regarding ComboFix.

Link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic273628.html

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Hello, I have an HP Omen Laptop 17t-W000. I have the system installed on 128GB ssd drive. I add another 240GB SSD by replacing the DVD drive. I want to extend the System drive by adding this SSD(240GB) to the first one(128GB) or to boot directly from 240Gb SSD drive.In bios I can't change the boot drive from 128GB to 240GB.Can you help me please? Best Regards,Dragos Andrei 

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Hope someone can help,

Am trying to install a game on my kids computer, XP, and the stupid developers don't give an option to install anywhere other than the system drive where I don't have room for it and there's no way I can free up the 12Gb it needs. I have stacks of room on other drives. It's an installshield based installation.

Is there any way to force it to install somewhere else? It's Medieval Total War II Gold btw if that is any help.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:How to force installation to a different drive than the system drive

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I'm running XP pro, SP2, my system drive is drive F: but i need to change it to C:.Is it possible to change without reformatting ?Thanks.

Answer:Can i change the drive letter of my system drive ?

In w2k it's control panel/admin tools/computer management/disk management/and right-click. But you can't change a letter until the original drive letter has been changed, and rebooted.

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Guys

My whs system is loading and giving me several errors if it evens loads. On top of that the system drive now has data on it as I maxed out my 6tb of free space, I was not aware the system drive would take data (movies, pictures, and music).

What I would like to do is (1) Install WHS on a fresh hard drive (2) Install another 2tb drive as install the bad system drive (3) Transfer the data off the bad system drive to the new 2tb drive (4) Remove the bad system drive. Hopefully fix this issue and leave me some space again until I can buy some more drives.

Any ideas, sorta a newbie at this stuff.

Thank you,

Tyler
 

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Hi! I have this hard drive, which was put in a pc that didn't work due to power supply failure. The OS is windows 7 ultimate (with password).
And I want to install this into a different pc (OS: windows xp) as a slave drive, I just need to take out the data from drive D and E.. How to set my hard drive as a slave drive in this pc which has different OS too? my hard drive is a SATA, and the PC does have SATA port..

Do I need to set the BIOS too? and How?

Help needed! Please include the steps, I'm a newbie.. Thank you!

Answer:How to set my hard drive as a slave drive in a different system?

This link might help you.

Configure-Master-and-Slave-in-BIOS-for-Two-Hard-Drive-Disk-in-a-Single-System

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got the following questions:

1) i installed new Windows 7 to drive E in addition to the original OEM Vista installed in drive C of my computer (drive D is the original OEM restore drive). i want to do a SYSTEM IMAGE to backup drive E only (because the windows with all my files I now use is in drive E) but there seem to be some boot files/system files also in drive C (which i don't want to use) and Windows indicate the SYSTEM IMAGE must include both drive C and E. how can i make drive E (the 2nd physical hard disk that the computer got) function exactly as "drive C" with ALL boot files/system in it. so that my SYSTEM IMAGE only includes drive E without wasting space to include the entire drive C which i don't use now. ( OR i am asking, if I can only copy/clone drive E, when both physical drives failed, i want to make sure my copied/cloned drive E alone can function to boot up windows. right now, it seems to tell me I have to backup/clone drive C as well for drive E when i don't even use drive C now).

2) my computer does not go to sleep mode automatically even i set it so. it keep turn on in normal mode. i don't know why. the BIOS indicated it is from march, 2010, so should be update. is there anything i can do to make it sleep automatically?

Answer:use 2nd physical drive as the sole system drive

As far as removing the Vista drive and switching the boot information over to the Windows 7 installation, you can do this easily with a program called EasyBCD.

Download EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Here >>
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

Now use that program to move your boot files over to the Windows 7 installation.

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I have a system with 4 Seagate hard drives, two are ATA and two are PATA. A few months ago, I had a problem with one of the PATA drives which was less than several months old. It was returned and exchanged with a recertified drive. Within two months, it began to fail in the same manner as the first. I would hear a very faint beeping sound coming from the hard drive and the event viewer in Windows would reveal the following: An error was detected on device during a paging operation. After that error, the device would disappear from the system. Upon rebooting, it would reappear. I used the Seagate DOS utilities to examine the hard drive and it detected a bad sector. I repaired the sector, but the same problem occurred. As a consequence, I removed the drive (the system appears to be functioning normally without it) and I have asked for a replacement drive.

Could I be having a problem with my system? Or have I just had two bad hard drives back-to-back?

With the first drive I returned, I was able to retrieve my data by putting it into a USB enclosure. It appeared to function okay in the USB enclosure, even though it did not work when attached directly to the motherboard. I have not tried this yet with the drive that just failed.

It's a bit puzzling and I wondering if there is a way to check my system.
Processor
Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Speed : 3.00GHz
L2 On-board Cache : 512kB ECC Synchronous ATC

Mainboard
Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI USB FireWire/1394
MP Supp... Read more

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Failure - Is it the Drive or the System?

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I have a 128GB SSD with Windows and my programs on it. I also have a 3TB data drive with almost 500GB of data (and backup copies). I have about 30GB of my SSD spare and I was wondering if there was a program that would automatically cache frequently accessed files to spare space on the SSD, so they would appear to programs to be on the HDD but really be on the SSD for faster access. Any good software for this purpose that anyone knows of?

Answer:Cache data drive (HDD) onto system drive (SSD)

Bump, surely I'm not the only one that would like to do this.

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Had my system repaired and now every time I load any software or the system boots up it uses H: (Recovery Drive) which puts me in a low drive space situation. How do I get change the default drive from H: to C:? What are the steps to get the information that's currently loaded on H: to C: (My operating system is Windows XP and I am using a HP Pavillion 404)
 

Answer:System uses Recovery Drive H: as default drive

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Hey sevenforums,
very sorry if this thread is a double, I have seen others with a similar problem but unfortunately none of their fixes have been able to help me.

I have upgraded my computer to use solid state drive for the operating system. as other walkthroughs have suggested I have removed my separate hard drive in order to do a clean install. windows installed fine but when I went to attach and format my secondary drive I ran into some problems. formatting from within Windows told me that the hard drive was already in use and I had to shut down other applications. then I tried formatting it from within the Windows 7 Installer and it told me that I could not because I had my system files and what not on there. then I tried to use diskpart but it told me the same thing when I ran the clean up it said I had my page files and system files and other things on there.

is it possible that my computer is confusing the new system files with the old? they both have installed the identical copy of Windows.

I have backed up my old drive so recovering the files off of it is not an issue at this point I would just like to do a big dirty format

sorry for the formatting and punctuation errors I am using my phone

Answer:Can't format secondary drive (old system drive)

You can use Partition Wizard free to wipe that old disk. If it doesn't do it inside windows, create the bootable media and boot into PW, format there.

Windows most probably just sees that system files etc/could be marked as active also and stops format.

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Hi All

One of our users has a problem regarding their drives. It would appear that the mapped SharePoint drive (w:) has the same space as their system drive (c:). Since their system drive space is low it means that they cannot save anything to the SharePoint.
 I've tried remapping the drive but the same problem occurs. Another thing to note is that another two mapped drives (k:) and (g:) are showing the same space on file explorer. Even though their contents are completely different. Nobody else in the company
is having this problem.

Any ideas?

Regards
Jason

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Hi there,
This is the first time ever asking for technical support.
So here's the problem,
Until recently i had a perfectly functioning DVD ram or rom drive(whatever and asus m50sv comes with) and then one day WHAM, it just disappeared. It displays in device manager and i can boot it from the bios. (i have installed fedora and osx 10.5 with it while vista couldnt find it) i can go into administrative tools and then computer management and then storage. The drive detects there too but with no assigned volume letter. Whenever i try to assign one it sets it for 5 seconds and then un-assigns it again. This is REALLY frustrating guys(and girls) please help me.

I work in the IT industry and everyone is stumped. I have tried numerous registry fixes, uninstalling all my burning programs even resetting my MBR to default.
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
~muffin_boy~
btw its a laptop running vista sp1 and i have 4 gb ram, 250 hdd and a t9500 running at 2.5ghz

just wanted to add that windows will keep no drive letters assigned longer than 5 seconds even virtual emulations from daemon tools and alcohol 120%
 

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I decided to reinstall my OS this afternoon, and all went well. I have however got a problem with my 2nd hard drive, it is not listed in the drives section. I guess I'm supposed to format it in the disk management section, but I'm unsure of what steps I need to follow from there.

anyone know what procedure I need to follow to get it formatted and listed?

Answer:2nd hard drive not listed after OS reinstall

if the drive appears in Disk Management, you may just need to assign it a drive letter from there.

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A coworker of mine was having problems with Outlook sychronizing upon login and shut down on her laptop. Investigating I found on my computer she had 3 devices listed. One removable CD drive and 2 networked drives where all her information is being stored. It looks like there is no hard drive but device manager lists one and more importantly, she can work without being on the network! Obviously she has a hard drive but why would it not be listed and why does all her stuff show up on the network drive? I can research further and see if she is default saving to the network but why can't I see the C: drive?
 

Answer:No C: drive listed but computer works!

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Yesterday I did a format and clean install of Windows 8 Pro. For reasons unknown to me however, my hard drive has been assigned two different drive letters and so is listed twice in My Computer among other places. Why is this and how I can return it to normal? Please see screenshot below if this description was not clear.

Answer:Hard drive listed twice in My Computer

Can you post a screenshot of disk management like this:

Attachment 24534

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Hi, I've been tidying partitions on a hard drive and I'm left with 1.unallocated 2.c:drive and 3. unallocated. I'd like to merge the 2 unallocated amounts together to give me 1.c:drive and 2.unallocated. The software will only let me resize into the unallocated space AFTER the c:drive but not the space BEFORE the c:drive.Windows 7 and Partition wizard free edition don't seem to allow me to do this. I can't see how to 'merge' the unallocated amounts together.All is working fine with the PC,I just wanted to finish tidying-up the drive. I'm using Win7 64 bit. Any help would be appreciated.Thanks.

Answer:unallocated partition listed before c:drive

Since C is the primary boot drive, A is a floppy drive and B doesn't exist, you need to create a new partition and use the unallocated space for the new partition. It will be created after the C drive.

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I'm sure I created this problem but don't know how to fix it.

I built this PC (Windows 7 Pro) using an OCZ SSD for the C drive. I never could get the system stable so I replaced the SSD with a hard drive.

I would now like to include the C Drive in my Schedule of drives to be automatically defragmented.

Windows Disk Defragmenter lists my C drive along with the System Reserved Drive and two other physical HDDs. However, when I click on "Configure Schedule" only the other two HDDs are listed.

I'm thinking that Windows might think the C drive is still an SSD. Can anyone please tell me how to fix this?

Answer:Drive not listed in Defragmenter Schedule

Did you re-run the Windows Experience test when you swapped out the drives?

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Hi there,
This is the first time ever asking for technical support.
So here's the problem,
Until recently i had a perfectly functioning DVD ram or rom drive(whatever and asus m50sv comes with) and then one day WHAM, it just disappeared. It displays in device manager and i can boot it from the bios. (i have installed fedora and osx 10.5 with it while vista couldnt find it) i can go into administrative tools and then computer management and then storage. The drive detects there too but with no assigned volume letter. Whenever i try to assign one it sets it for 5 seconds and then un-assigns it again. This is REALLY frustrating guys(and girls) please help me.

I work in the IT industry and everyone is stumped. I have tried numerous registry fixes, uninstalling all my burning programs even resetting my MBR to default.
PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
~muffin_boy~
btw its a laptop running vista sp1 and i have 4 gb ram, 250 hdd and a t9500

EDIT: just wanted to add that windows will keep no drive letters assigned longer than 5 seconds even virtual emulations from daemon tools and alcohol 120%
 

Answer:DVD Drive not listed in Computer - VISTA

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(Reference - Lightscribe 1x3 Duplicator) Part of my Lightscribe Labeling directions are as follows: (1) Locate my saved icon. (2) Right-click on the icon. (3) From the Send To option ... select my drive. The drive I need is "E Drive." However, when I choose Send To, my E Drive is not among those drives listed. It has been there, but it is not there now, and neither is D Drive. I'm "dead in the water"... as far as following the precise directions go. Can you give me an alternative to my problem?

Answer:Why is E Drive not listed from Send To option

Go here for instructions, last item on page.> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/2...

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I own a Satellite A100-1AI and have moved from Vista to Wndows XP?

My DVD drive has been discovered as a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T20N but is only showing as a CD drive in the My Computer screen.

Also Device Manager is showing Mass Storage Controller and SM Bus Controller as an unknown (other) device.

Since moving from Vista to XP I have not adjusted my BIOS settings

How do I clear these unknown devices and make my DVD drive see CD's

Many Thanks in advance

Spon

Answer:Satellite A100-1AI shows CD drive but Device Manager shows DVD drive

Just one question;
Can you read and burn CDs?

Regarding the unknown devices:
These devices are supported only by Vista and therefore there are no drivers for Mass Storage Controller.

Check this:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB83023N0000R01.htm

+After installing Windows XP there could be a yellow exclamation mark by a "PCI Memory Controller" or *Mass Storage Controller* in the device manager.+

_Solution:_
+This device is likely the Turbo Memory former Robson module.+
+This hardware will only supported by Windows Vista.+
+Therefore there is no Windows XP driver.+

Greetigns

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Service Pack 3. My original Western Digital Drive was dying. This drive was the boot drive and listed first in "setup" (after hitting F2) There was also a 300GB Maxtor SATA drive already installed which I used for data storage -- not bootable. It was listed 2nd in "setup".

Ultimately the WD Drive wouldn't boot. I cleared the 300GB Maxtor and did a clean install Win XP from manuf. disks WITHOUT removing the WD - Drive 1 first. (I had hoped to remove some data I hadn't yet back up

I tried rebooting BUT if both disks were set to "On" in "setup - F2" the system would NOT boot. If Disk 1 (WD Drive) was turned off the system would boot fine. I removed the "boot partition" on Disk 1 but if both drives were turn on - no go.

I have now replaced the defective drive (WD) with a Maxtor SATA II/300 (1 TB).

The boot drive (300GB Maxtor) is the "last" drive on the SATA interface cable and the new drive (1 TB) is on the second to last connector.
Still, if the blank, new drive is turned on in "setup - F2" the system won't boot. If off, system boots. (I want to use the 1 TB drive solely for data storage).

It seems the SATA controller refuses to recognize the bootable drive if both drives are active. All I can think of is this is due to the 300GB being "Drive 2" in my original system and still listed that way in "setup". There is NO ability to c... Read more

Answer:Solved: Drive Crashed - XP installed on 2nd Drive - Replaced Drive Won't Work

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Hi guys, i wonder if you can offer any ideas here. I have a brand new T420s which came with an optical slot place holder piece of plastic. I removed this and popped in a 'Lenovo DVD Multi IV DVD Multi Recorder CD-RW' P/N 45N7453. It clicked into place fine, but the power light on it does not come on and the eject button does not work.This same drive works fine in 2 other T420s laptops my colleagues have, so the drive is ok. I tried disabling the optical drive in the bios, rebooting, re-enabling, rebooting but nothing. Is there anything else i can try or would you say its a board issue and i'm stuck with it ?

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I have 7 flash drives plugged into a USB hub. I use them mostly for back-up storage of my system, music and picture files.

I was annoyed by the way XP assigned drive letters to the flash drives under My Computer in Windows Explorer. The flash drives were all mixed up. I wanted to re-order them so that the music flash drives would all be grouped together, and the same for the picture flash drives.

I found a web site with instructions for changing the drive letter assignments, but I'll be danged if I can find that same page now. What I did was go to Settings>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management. And then by right clicking on each of the drives, I used the "Change Drive and Letter Paths..." option to assign a new drive letter to some of the flash drives, to try to get them to display in logical order.

This process worked -- up to a point -- but I ended up with a duplicate drive. Here's a screen shot of what I ended up with:


Look at drive letters H: & N: As you can see, they have identical drive names, but drive N: has no sub-directories. Not only that, but Windows tells me that that drive doesn't exist. It seems to be some kind of phantom entry.

So, how do delete it? I've tried shuting down and rebooting. But drive N: is still squatting there in Windows Explorer, giving me the raspberry. I've tried disconnecting drive N: which seemed to work. But as I continued to change the drive letter... Read more

Answer:Duplicate Flash Drive Listed in My Computer

According to your screenshot N, along with L and M, are network mapped drives to a computer called Inspiron1100. You cannot have a network drive and local drive share the same drive letter. You will need to move the local USB drive to another drive letter using Computer Managment or Disconnect and re-mapped the shared folder to another drive letter. To disconnect a mapped drive, right click on it in Computer and choose disconnect. You may also need to reboot the computer if you tried to assign N to two different resources so that Windows releases the drive letter.
 

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Hello SevenForums folks,

I am writing because I found myself in trouble when installing win 7 on msi U110 (MSI Global U110 ECO).
The problem is that when I am in the win 7 installation menu, the hard drive on laptop cannot be found and therefore win 7 can't be installed.I tried rebooting the machine and chose startup repair and selected command prompt.
After doing diskpart and list disk, the hdd also are not present.

I have also tried taking out the hdd from laptop and connected via usb to my pc and the hdd seems to function perfectly.

I appreciate every matter of help on this, hoping on you.
Much thanks,
Martin7R

Answer:No hard drive listed in win 7 install menu

Is the hard drive shown in the BIOS?

What exact message do you get when attempting to run Diskpart?

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I am working on a Dell 8110 system with XPSP3 that was infected with AntiSpyware Pro and other beasts that I am currently removing.

The hard drive is an 80 gig partitioned into 60 and 20 gig
BIOS recognizes the drive and the system boots fine

Odd thing is that the hard drive is not listed in disk management or device manager.
If I go to My Computer or Windows Explorer the drive is there and works fine.
No conflicts in device manager. The IDE ATAPI controlloers are listed as Intel 82801EB which is what they should be.

I have never seen this before
Anyone have any ideas why?

Answer:Hard drive not listed in Dev Mgr or disk mgmt

May sound odd but have you cloned any of your disks? or have had any odd circumstance that would cause this such as a new install of windows gone wrong? Also I don't think this is an internal hardware problem more of a operating system problem. (should be moved to windows XP forum).

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I have a new Compaq AMD notebook CQ61-313US with Windows 7 Home Premium. It came with a CD-RW/DVDR drive. Today I put a CD in to just listen to and nothing happened. I clicked the "computer" icon & the drive is not showing at all, only the C & the D drive. Am at a loss as to what to do. How could it just disappear like that, & what can I do?

Answer:Laptop Internal CD-RW/DVD drive ... not listed in computer!

Have you recently installed any new hw or sw?

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What gives? I am supposed to have 80 GB but only about 75 GB is accounted for. Does this mean my hard drive is damaged? Also lately I have been noticing sometimes when I let my computer go into sleep mode it goes black(not the screensaver) and will not respond. Also during this nonresponsive time my fans are going full force. I tried just leaving the case open thinking something was overheating and that would help but to no avail.

I know you guys know your **** and aren't incompetent like me so enlighten me please.
 

Answer:Correct hard drive memory not listed.

Question 1
http://forums.techguy.org/t413953&highlight=hard+drive+size.html

Question 2
Power saving settings don't always work right on a desktop. Which Windows version are you using?
 

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