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booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

Question: booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

Ok, I have an external hard drive (150GB) which is partitioned into two parts. One partition , about 145gb, is data and files of my own. Then there is an extended partition at 5gb in size, which contains windows xp installation files. What I did was take my windows xp cd, make an ISO, and then extracted the iso and put the files into the extended partition of my external usb hard drive.

The computer I want to install to has a cd drive that is not working and thus i cannot install windows xp from a cd. The BIOS of the computer DOES support booting from a USB device.

I have partition magic software and have used it to create the 5gb extended partition on the usb external drive. However, I don't know how to configure anything so that it will acutally know to boot from this partition and what files to use to start the installation.

Any ideas!!?

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Preferred Solution: booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

The partition on the external drive that contains the installation files needs to be an active partition in order to boot from it.

Personally, I would install a working CD drive. They are quite inexpensive these days.

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I have a hard drive from an old pc which was broken and I had to scrap. I bought a new pc with vista installed. I now have the old hard drive connected via a usb caddy and wish to boot from it with my new pc (the connections are different so cannot connect it internally).

I read on ehow about being able to do this but you had to edit some .IN_ files using cab SDK to extract them. I cannot find cab SDK in xp or vista and the link to download it from the microsoft site no longer exists. Please advise me of a way to edit these files in order for me to boot xp from my external usb drive.


Answer:Booting windows xp from external hard drive

Not going to happen as far as I know.

The only way I know of is to install XP to the external drive.

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Hi,I have a lenovo y50 laptop that comes preinstalled with windows 8. The laptop has a 1 TB hard disk that I decided to replace with a SSD. I then installed windows 7 on the SSD and the SSD became the internal storage and the 1TB hard disk became an external storage connected through the USB.I use legacy boot to boot windows 7 from the SDD and it works great.My problem is I can't boot windows 8 from the 1TB when it's connected as external storage through USB. I had used UEFI boot and tried also to disable secure boot but had no success.I always get an automatic repair window, However windows 8 boot correctly if I connected the 1TB as an internal storage with the same BIOS setup (UEFI boot and Enabled Secureboot)Any ideas how I can boot the preinstalled windows 8 from a hard disk that is connected as an external storage?Thank you.

Answer:Problem Booting Pre-Installed OEM Windows 8 From External Hard Drive

If you wish to boot from a USB device you will need to change the boot order in the BIOS so the the USB is the first device in the boot order and the hdd the second device.
You will have go through this every time since these are on to separate drives.

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Before upgrading from XP to 7, I made backup on 2 external drives. I tested both backup, and they tested fine.
I then reformated my laptops hard drive & installed Windows 7. No problems were reported.
However I could not access the data on the 2 external hard drives. Windows 7 reported that they were unreadable and that I needed to reformat them!
The 2 hard drives were connected to my laptop when I installed Windows 7
I had to take both too a comuter geek who spent 2 days recovering my data - at a huge cost to me.
I am not impressed!!

Answer:Windows 7 Installation destroyed external hard drive

Hi, sorry to hear about your predicament. Though you had to pay someone to recover your data, at least it was recovered.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the general advice around here when installing Win 7 is to install / upgrade with the bare minimum hardware connected to the CPU, i.e., mouse, keyboard & monitor.

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I recently re-installed my windows operations system, stupidly i had left my external hard drive (WD my book) plugged in. I'm definite i selected to format my primary drive and install windows, however now i can't read off my hard drive in windows or linux. Am i in deep ****????

Answer:Didi Windows installation Format my external hard drive?

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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in the process of reformatting, i've run into booting issues. it's nothing serious; the cd-rom is not working and i'm being sent a new one but in my haste to get my laptop back into action, i tried booting from my seagate external hard drive.

i copied my windows XP pro sp1 OEM cd to the external hard drive and then reconfigured to boot from the USB mass storage device. i get an error message saying that the NTLDR or something like that is missing. i was pretty sure it wasn't going to work but i gave it a shot. why exactly doesn't it work tho? i've snooped around the forum and have read that USB 2.0 doesn't work unless some version of windows is installed? why then is there the option to boot from the USB mass storage device?

is it possible to boot from an external hard drive with all the windows software copied onto the external? i'm guessing one would have to reconfigure the boot so that the computer looks on the USB mass storage device for the files instead of looking at the cd-rom?

Answer:booting from an external hard drive

USB 2.0 only works in certain versions of windows, but that only matters if you are dealing with things in windows, in your case this doesn't matter. Yes you have to tell the bios to boot to the ext hdd, however you cannot just simply copy the cd contents to the drive. Sounds like you also have other files on the drive. The reason this doesn't work is probably because the drive's Master Boot Record isn't setup to point to the winxp setup files.

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I am a new owner to the Lenovo Thinkpad R61i.  I would like to set up a Western Digital 250GB USB Hard Drive so that I can load WinXP and use it as a sepearate hard drive the same way I use the C drive.I know this is possible to do with other computers (eg. Dell Latitude D600).  Is it possible to set up an external USB HD in the same way and boot from that drive on this R61i?Thanks for any help or feedback.

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My laptop encountered electrical problems, but I was able to remove the hard drive before it crashed. I can now access the hard drive from another laptop through an adaptor. However, I can't access the email that is on it. Is there a way to do this? Many thanks

Answer:Booting an external hard drive

Heres a few things you can try, transfer your info over.  Remove the drive inside the pc.

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I am having problems with my hard drive in my laptop and was wondering if i could use my extenal hard disk as the master drive to boot windows xp on my laptop.

Answer:booting from external hard drive.

Set 1st boot from usb device (some laptops have usb floppy drives eg IBM thinkpad, COMPAQ) in the bios.

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So I have searched high and low and I cannot figure out if the Toshiba Satillite's are able to boot an OS off an external Hard drive. I have found out that there are laptops that can do that but their BIOS must beable to do it. If Toshiba notebooks can do this which ones can?

Answer:OS booting from External Hard drive


As far as I know it?s not possible to boot from the external USB HDD.
I have found several postings about the similar themes and it seems that it?s only possible to boot from the external USB FDD, HDD, ODD and LAN sometimes also form PCMCIA card.

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Motherboard: Asus A8N5X

So after the hard drive fiasco that I reported in another thread, I got clever and decided to create an "Emergency Boot Drive" that would have Windows on it as well as some utilities for data recovery.

I took one of the many old hard drives that I have floating around and plugged it into the compter AND unplugged my other two drives. Then I ran Windows Install off the DVD and installed Windows to the old drive. I installed my software. All was good. I plugged in the other two drives and tried to boot from the "Emergency" drive and it worked fine.

Last step was to unplug the emergency drive from the motherboard, connect it via USB and try to boot. The BIOS sees the drive and I tell it to boot from the drive.

So the computer is booting. The "Starting Windows" message comes up and then the system reboots. This happens everytime I try it.

Any ideas of what it happening here? Does Windows reset the USB ports so that the drive suddenly vanishes?


Answer:Booting from external hard drive

Hi BarnabasSackett, As far as I am aware ,you cannot boot a windows OS from an external USB drive . It is possible to boot from a usb pendrive though

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I have an external hard drive connected to my PC via hard drive dock on USB 3.0 port. Whenever I turn my PC on with the hard drive connected, my PC won't boot up because it is trying to boot up from the external hd where I have an image of both my Win 7 & Win 8 OS. How can I stop my PC from booting up from the external hd? Thanks.

Answer:Win 8 booting up from external hard drive

Change the boot order in bios to set your internal HD first.

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I created a new partition as part of XP installation. after the formatting completed the PC the HD will not boot and hangs.With the XP installation disc after the message Setup is checking your computers hardware configuration I get a black screen and the system hangs. I cannot access the drive to continue the XO installaion.

Answer:XP installation problem, Hard drive not booting

Are you sure the partition is formatted (NTFS or FAT32)? Do you have more than one partition?

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I have primarily use a Dell Studio 1558 laptop. I recently had a hard drive failure. Luckily I cloned my entire hard drive to an external hard drive using Macrium Reflect. I tried changing the boot order in the BIOS so that my laptop would boot from a USB device, but this doesn't work. I also tried using bootsect to make my external hard drive bootable but to no avail. Can anyone give me any help with getting my laptop to run off the external hard drive? The laptop in question no longer boots at all, it crash dumps every time I try to turn it on and boot from the internal hard drive and it crashes when it automatically takes itself into Startup Repair.

Just thought I'd add what I tried to do with bootsect:

Put bootsect.exe into windows\System32

"Open cmd

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr


sel vol c


But the cmd said "bootsect is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"

Answer:Trouble booting from an external hard drive

The BIOS in Dell laptop's doesn't usually give you a lot of options so it might not be possible to boot from USB. Presumably you'll be looking to replace the internal hard drive with a working one? If so, you could use a different system to clone the content of your external hard drive to the new internal one and then plug it into your Dell.

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So I have an Acer laptop that was given to me after my desktop computer stopped working. Instead of paying to get it fixed, I took the hard drive out of the desktop and bought an internal hard drive converter so I could hook it up externally to the laptop. It has worked fine, but I'm having some issues with booting from the now-external hard drive. I go into BIOS and make the external hard drive the number one hard drive option on the list or whatever. The computer boots, and starts to load windows, and then once the windows loading screen is done, the computer just restarts itself and goes back to the Acer loading screen (where I'm able to press F2 for BIOS). Am I doing annything wrong? Is it a problem with my old internal hard drive from my desktop?

I have windows vista on the laptop, but windows XP on the external, is that an issue? I have a lot of music production kits and programs and whatnot on my old hard drive that I'd like to now use on the laptop so I figured booting from the old hard drive would be an easier option than having to reinstall all the programs and everything onto the laptop (which would not even be possible because I dont have enough memory on the laptop hard drive to hold the files I need from the old hard drive).

Any help or advice would be much appreciated as I'm trying to get back to my work as soon :)

Answer:Problem booting from external hard drive

Hi and welcome to TSF

Generally speaking it will not work, as the old HD, is married to the old, now dead PC, hardware. It is looking for things that no longer exist anymore.


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I am trying to wipe my current XP installation clean and move on to Windows 7.

I first tried to install the setup.exe (Custom install option of course) from within the XP OS, but soon discovered you cannot do that and wipe out my only partition on C: at the same time.

I don't have a DVD-RW drive to write a boot disk, so instead I am trying to install through my external hard drive. I meticulously followed this tutorial from PC World yet when I instruct the PC in BIOS to boot from the external hard drive, I keep getting an "invalid system disk, press any key" error when the computer boots and looks for the setup files. This is despite the fact that setup seems to work perfectly from within the XP OS.

PC World tutorial:
Install Windows 7 From an External Hard Drive - PC World

Answer:Error booting from external hard drive

For any others who may be experiencing similar difficulty, the solution for me was simple.

With the external hard drive connected, I found that if I started the setup by double-clicking the exe in the external hard drive, then 7 setup recognized the external hard drive as its own partition and from there I was able to install 7 on the C partition.

7 then created a Windows.old folder I had to delete afterwards.

Now everything works great!

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I have been having many problems with my computer lately and I would like to be able to boot to my external HD in case of emergency, is it possible? If so, how? And is there a program that will automatically backup my computers HD onto my external one? Also, my extermal HD gets very hot when it has been on for a while and it has no fan, should I be worried?

Answer:Solved: Booting to External Hard Drive

IMO externals without a cooling fan are NOT made for continuous ops. They are made for turning on and copying whatever you want then OFF.

Next you cannot boot a windows os from an external drive. This is because of how windows handles the usb ports.

Is there a program to auto backup? Yes. I use and recommend both acronis true image and macrium reflect. Both of these work very well. You can make an image of your drive and save it to an external. If needed, you can boot with the boot CD the apps will make for you and restore the image.

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I have Windows 8.1 installed on an external hard drive. actually you would on an internal drive (WinToUSB - Install and Run Windows on a USB Drive)
and I want to use it with my main PC without booting entirely from it... which is where VMWare comes into play.
So, want to boot from external drive containing Windows 8.1 using VMWare
Anyone know how?

Answer:Booting from external hard drive in VMWare Workstation?

Hi there
AFAIK the only way to boot Windows from an external HDD is to either use a Windows to Go system (Enterprise) or create a bootable Linux system (these boot from external devices) and run a VM from the Linux.

I've done this many times on an external USB connected via a SATA==>USB connector on a laptop. I use an old Laptop HDD -- works fine. If you have a SATA==>USB3 connector even better or an external USB even better.

Here's a link about this I made a while ago.

How to make Portable Windows system (any version)

This system will run TOTALLY from am external HDD even if there's NO internal HDD in the HOST computer. Other solutions like attaching Virtual HDD's are OK but this then NEEDS the initial boot from an internal HDD to mount the VHD. My method runs 100% from the external HDD.


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"M200 Recovery using Floppy or SD Card
Posted: 15-Aug-2005 10:36
I am posting this in the hope it will help others seeking to use the recovery CD/DVD but without a bootable CD drive. I would like to acknowledge the Toshiba forum of

for the inspiration of how it was done.

1. You will need a floppy drive or an SD card plus any type of CD drive. If your M200 is not working properly you will also need access to another computer to prepare the floppy disk.

2. You will need to download some software: IsoBuster
and WinImage
or similar programs.

3. Put the Recovery CD into any computer and run IsoBuster. Click on Bootable CD on the left and then on the right you should see an .img file of size 1.41MB on the right. On my CD it's called Arnes Boot Record.img. Right click on it and extract the file. Close IsoBuster

4. Open WinImage and then File/Open this .img file. This will be your boot floppy with all the CD drivers you need. In Disk, ensure Use Floppy A: is ticked then Disk/Write Disk. Close WinImage

5. Connect floppy and CD drives to your M200, and boot up from the floppy. It will take some time to find the CD but it will and you will eventually get the recovery screen.

That's it! If don't have a floppy drive but have an SD card and a working M200 then Toshiba's SD card program will put the .img file onto the SD card and ... Read more

Answer:Portege M200: Booting from SD to external hard drive


as far as I know booting from an USB device is possible. So if you have an OS on an external HD, you should be able to boot directly from it.


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A few days ago my computers VGA and HDMI stopped working, and it's screen had been broken for a while meaning I have no way to access it. I decided to get one of those Sabrent SATA enclosures so I could retain the 500g HDD and revive all of my music, ect... on a different comp. After trying to access the files under my username through the HDD, I get the message:

"You do not currently have permission to access this folder."

Research concluded I needed to switch ownership and after going through the wringer, I get the message:

"Unable to set new owner to Local Disk (F.
Access Denied"

If anyone knows of any fixes or ways that I can get to all my desktop files, let me know. My end goal is to create a external hard drive that any computer would have the ability to access, without me having to reset ownership. The priority is to reclaim my music folders.

Running as ADMIN

Answer:Turning a booting hard drive into an external storage

You don't need to apply it to the whole drive, just the folders you don't have access too, generally the User Account folder.

Is this what you are doing:

Once you have access to the files, I'd recommend you copy off all teh files you want to keep, then either format the drive or better yet, delete the existing partitions and create a new single partition and format it. Once done you'll have a nice clean drive that you can copy your files too and not have any permission issues or any Windows folders, locked directories, hidden partitions, etc.

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My mom's friend's laptop died. I pulled the hard drive from it and put it in a usb 2.0 enclosure. I was wondering if there is any software that could boot, from a windows xp enviroment, a virtual desktop based on the files on the hard drive? This would make it tremendously easier for her to recover files, any ideas guys?

Answer:Booting a virtual desktop off an external hard drive

Do you need to boot to it? Can't you just boot into your normal system and access the files anyway?

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I just put a new hard drive in. Didn't work, messed around found out it was the CMOS. Booted up first time, got the "Found new hardware" thing. I then partitioned and formatted it and it worked great, until it got to 100% then the whole thing froze. No mouse not tab no nothing. Had to do a hard shutdown. Now when I boot up it gets to the screen with the blue bar scrolling across on the bottom.

After that it flashes the BSOD. Then it restarts itself. It then asks me if I want to start in safemode and all that kind of stuff. I click on any of them and goes back to the windows screen. Up pops the BSOD and start the whole process over again.

Also, it does not recognize my optical drive./

Can anyone help me?

Answer:Booting up after new hard drive installation problems. Also BSOD problem

Its probably a bad drive.

What is your EIDE Configuration?

How are the slave and master set and state what drives and Optical drives are on which channel.

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Hi i recently bought an external hard drive.

I have took out my Dell C600 laptop hard drive and put it in the enclosure. Then i have connected it via USB, it does not recognise it.

I go to device manager and it has a yellow apostrophe called USB mass storage device. It is not showing in my computer.

Please help!

I have been told i need to partition and format, what is this??? Also what is fdisk and do i need to use it???

I would like to keep my files on the drive i have if possible

Hope someone can help

Answer:External Hard drive installation

First of, we need to fix the problem in Device Manager before you can format it.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

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can you boot vista ultimate 64bit from an external hard drive??? i don't have it on a dvd but i do have the file. Is it possible and if it is then how, i have vista home premium on my laptop already.

Answer:Booting vista ultimate 64bit from external hard drive?

For all things bootable go here:
Boot Land

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This time, I'd like to make this Satellite 1670 CDS booting on an external USB Hard Drive.

The BIOS setting "bootable add-in cards" in the 'Boot' section seems to indicate that it's possible to boot on PCI devices.

Then, I want to buy a PCI USB 2.0 controller to make it.
The motherboard is USB 1.0, so I don't know if a USB 2.0 controller would work, or if it will limit possibilities to USB 1.0.

It's quite disturbing : I don't remember if there's free PCI slots inside the laptop, and even if there are, there's no place to put the USB ports accesible from the external (humm sorry I don't have words to say it).
But I'm ready to cut the plastic box of the laptop to create a space where the USB ports could be accessible.

One of the goal of this is backing up data to another drive, if my inside-laptop's HDD crash.

Finally, did anyone already made this kind of thing ?
Do you really think this is possible ?

Let me know ;) I've got the saw in the left hand !

Answer:[S1670CDS] "Bootable add-in cards" : booting on an external hard-drive

Sorry I have to disappoint you!

A PCI card is only for desktops, it will not fit in the notebook!

You can buy a USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card for connecting the HDD, but you can't boot from it!

You wrote that your internal HDD crashes, the only way to run the notebook is to change the internal HDD and install an OS on it!

In my opinion is the best to change the internal HDD (a small is available at ebay), install the OS and for more HDD space you can use an external USB HDD!

Bye Rudi

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I have a Dell 8300 Dimension XP(home)/SP2 with 1

I had an 80GB external hard drive (designated G in which I was backing up old files, but wanted to make it my photo storage area since I keep a large number of working images. This worked well for me with no problems.

I bought a Simpletech 160GB external hard drive from Circuit City to add additional storage, advertised as ‘plug and play’, so I hooked it up (the computer designated it as drive F and then installed the Simpletech StorageSync software. I was able to back up C drive to F drive (the drive designated for the Simpletech external harddrive (160GB). No problems occurred.

Everything seemed to go OK. Backup Files were seen on the F: drive.

Then I looked into drive G:, the existing 80GB external hard drive that I had been using for backups. It had been working perfectly. It had been using the Acronis backup software with it. I could see all folders, but when I tried to open folders, I saw nothing!!. No files were showing.

I decided to reboot. Then to my surprise, no F: or G: drive was recognized. I disconnected and reconnected power source and USB connections. Didn’t work.

Then I found the detailed .pdf file in the Simplesync disc. It said I should disconnect the external harddrive and then instill Simplesync. So I disconnected both external hard drives. Uninstalled completely the Simplesnyc, then reinstalled Simplesync and reattached the connections to the USB ports. Drive F: came up. But when I tried a backup f... Read more

Answer:external hard drive installation problem

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I have a DELL4100 PenIII 933/133 384mb 20gb winsME. I bought a WD External 80gb HD. I am confused as how to format the new driver to my computer. WD installation disk does not tell me how to format to new drive to my sys. I thought that the was going to be a simple task. Sort of a Plug n play procedure. Can anyone point me in the right direction?? What changes do I make in BIOS? Divice Manager?? Thanks for any and all help.ODIE

Answer:External Hard Drive Installation Problems???

If it is external - load drivers and plug it in and see if under My Computer you have a new drive. If your on Win ME use fat32 format. The drive doens't have an install wizard?
What have you tried? little more info please

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guys, when i install my seagate external harddrive softwar - "installseagatemanager.exe", i always fail.
i just don't get why this happens..

the error messages that i get :
error 1935. error occurred during the installation of assembly component {04B9F3B6-9645-7658-A01F-C8B3B9A1E18E} HRESULT: 0x80073712

then after it cancels the installation, i get another error:
error: -1603 fatal error during installation
consult windows installer help (Msi.chm) or MSDN for more information

could anybody help me to solve this?
why, and what should i do?

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Hello,I recently tried to install an HP Simple Save External Hard Drive on my computer running Windows XP. I received the following error message:"The application or DLL C:\Documents and Settings XXXXX \HP SimpleSave Application\magFileIO.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette."I looked up the problem on this website and followed the instructions: have run McAfee, AdAware, Spybot S&D, and hijackthis. I am still receiving the error message above when I try and run the external hard drive. Below is my hijackthis log.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:56:00 PM, on 4/11/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exeC:\WINDO... Read more

Answer:Malware Removal / External Hard Drive Installation

Hi Matt,Download DDS and save it to your desktop from here or here or here.Disable any script blocker, and then double click dds.scr to run the tool. When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt Attach.txtSave both reports to your desktop. Post them back to your topic.--Download GMER here by clicking download exe -button and then saving it your desktop:Double-click .exe that you downloadedClick rootkit-tab, unselect "files" and then click scan.Don't check Show All box while scanning in progress!When scanning is ready, click Copy.This copies log to clipboardPost log (if the log is long, archive it into a zip file and attach instead of posting) in your reply.

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I plugged in my WD passport external hard drive into my USB port on my pc that has a newly installed copy of windows xp professional. The new hardware installer pops up, I chose the auto find drivers. Then it copied over called Initio. After that I got another little window asking to give the location of this missing file ivusbWxp86.sys.

I have never heard of this file and I googled it and there was only 1 page that mentions it. However when I went to the site, it said nothing more about it. I even searched their site for it, and found nothing. I plugged the same drive into my old pc that my kids use and it installed just fine and works. It also works just fine in my husband's pc.

On another note I had to do a fresh install of windows because my old hard drive went bad. The hard drive is new.

My computer is custom built with :
NVidia GE Force 9600 GT graphics card
Intel Core Quad CPU Q6600 2.40GHz processor
MS Windows XP Pro w/service pack 3

Answer:Solved: USB External Hard Drive installation problem

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Is this possible? Is it possible that it might mess up the transfer process when I try to back files up onto it from my ASUS laptop?

Answer:Can outdated programs mess up the installation process of an external hard drive

I'm confused by the title and then the subject of your topic. Please clarify your question. Your title asks about installing an external drive. The content of your topic asks about the back up process. I'm confused.

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I have a problem with an external drive that is driving me crazy.
2 weeks ago I replaced my laptops HDD with a larger one using Apricorn's EZ Upgrade. Worked like a charm - plugged in the new drive to USB, cloned my HDD (including partitions, C & D (recovery)), removed old HDD, plugged in new one, and all was well. Larger drive, old system and files.
According to Apricorn I should now be able to either change the cloned (old) drive file to an image, and/or use the old HDD as an external (they provided an enclosure.)
I plugged it in, Windows (XP/sp2) found it and installed all the USB Mass Storage drivers and I cold now see both partitions in "My Computer" (F & G.)
Couldn't figure out how to change cloned portion to an image, but as I'm about to do a complete reinstall I really wanted the space as external, so I formated the F partiition (non-recovery) and unplugged it.
Now whenever I plug it in (USB) Windows automatically starts to boot from it. I get a blue error screen for a split second and then it starts to reboot. Going into F10 BIOS setup and changing to HDD justs starts a loop - boot, to bios, to boot, to bios. The only way to stop it is to unplug it and reboot without it. This happens both when I use the provided Apricorn enclusure (with circuit board) and with and IDE/USB adapter I have.

I tried installing it in my desktop (Vista) and have a different problem there - it installs, but doesn't show in "My Computer." It... Read more

Answer:external drive booting (while already in Windows)

Some BIOS's get confused whenever there is an attached USB HD. That's probably why you get the loop.

As for the in Windows problem to see the blue screen errror that causes the restart go into ControlPanel/System/Advanced/Startup and Recovery/Settings. Under System Failure uncheck the Automically Restart box. Post the blue screen message.

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Hi, I have a Hp DV4 laptop, its ok but it heats up quickly and pretty high, I tried cleaning its interior and I found out the HDD heats up the most, or atleast stores the heat for long durations.

My solution was to remove the drive and connect it externally through a USB or a firewire. In my PC bios I have a feature (I never tried) to boot from the USB drive, but my laptop doesnt, isnt there a way to make this work?


Answer:Booting Windows from an external drive

Hi B44g6,

If your BIOS has no Boot from USB then the odds are the laptop doesn't support it. All boards are different and you can try booting from it but i dont think it will work,

If you find your laptop is overheating i recomment purchasing a laptop cooling pad they are not that expensive and have fans in them to keep your laptop cool.

hope this helps

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I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.
I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide:

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

I&#... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

please do not duplicate posts here
Not sure if you have die to a server error - i have been experiencing here
however, closing this post
continue here

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I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: How to Install Windows 7 or Vista from Bootable Portable USB Flash Memory Key or Hard Disk Drive ? My Digital Life

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive with CMD.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 ... Read more

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Hi all,
I recently installed Windows to Go on my 1TB External Hard Drive. I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Wizard to do it.
I can boot it fine on Inspiron 1560, however when i try to boot it on HP Probook 4530s or HP Elitebook 8460p it gives error
"Disk Read Error. Please Ctrl + Alt + Del to Restart"

Can anyone help please ?

Answer:Error Booting Windows to Go on External Drive

Official WTG or home grown WTG? If home grown, my guess is a driver error. USB 2 or USB 3? If USB 3 try plugging into a USB 2 port.

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I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide:

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

I&... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

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Does anyone know if it would be possible, instead of installing W10 directly onto a laptop, to instal it on an external drive instead?

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I bought a brand new Seagate 1TB drive and inserted the installation disk, commenced installation. Not thinking that I had to remove them I also had two external USB drives connected. One WD 3TB drive and the other a WD 500 GB drive, both USB. During the installation, it asked me which drive to utilize. I selected the 1 TB drive and the other two drives weren't even listed. When it got to the point of supposedly writing the files to the drive, it just sat there and sat there and sat there. I looked at the external USB drive and it was very active, where the drive light was flashing with activity. The screen stated that it was still 0% writing so in my panic, I cancelled the installation. It appeared to quit properly and the computer powered down. I disconnected the two external drives and made a second attempt. The second attempt flew through with no issues, loading and it booted up in 7 fine.

I connected the one WD 3TB drive. It recognized the drive and I was able to see the contents of the drive with no problem. I restarted the computer. During the restart, when the window comes up "starting Windows", it just sits there. Windows emblem pulsing, just sits there. I look at the external drive and it is active. It never boots.

I powered down. I disconnected the newly installed W7 hard drive and installed a previous drive I have with Kubuntu 12.04. During the boot process, it too, now lags in booting, now taking about 4 minutes to boot, finally coming up to the d... Read more

Answer:New Windows 7 installation trying to boot from external USB drive

Please post back a screenshot with all drives connected of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Confirm that only the Win7 hard drive is set first to boot in BIOS setup. I would also confirm that you correctly installed in AHCI mode for the SATA controller which is optimal.

If so you may need to move the data off to wipe the hard drives with Diskpart Clean Command which clears any boot code that can interfere. But first let us look at the configuration to make sure Win7 is configured correctly and only its intended boot partition is marked System and Active.

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Hey guys!

I finally got tired of Vista so I have decided that this be the day that I get windows 7. The computer is backed up and ready. With the small problem of having something to boot it from. I have an iso of Windows 7 Ultimate that I want to install.

I have no dvds available. The largest usb drive I have is 2gb. I do have a 1.5TB external drive with ntfs but it's almost full at the moment so formatting it is not an option. Also I have a jailbroken iPhone 4 which I've read is possible to turn into an usb drive.

And here is my canundrum. I read something about shrinking a drive but I must admit I didn't quite understand it. I have about 200gb spare on my external harddrive, is there any way of making a partition of it to boot from without screwing up the rest of the harddrive?

Also there are a couple of different ways into turning the iPhone into an external harddrive, but I suppose it's a very bad idea to start changing the file systems of a partition in order to make it bootable?

Is there any way of making this happen today? I really just want to make this happen. Any and all help is much, much appreciated!

Edit: I tried using the external harddrive as it is and extract the ISO to the root, but I get the ntldr is missing error, which is really what brought about all this chasing around for a solution.

Edit 2: The computer I have is a Lenovo computer and it comes with this 20gig partition of whatever's on there. Going to try and boot the installation from there... Read more

Answer:Booting installation from external harddrive (iphone?)

Really go out and buy a DVD (or a pack of them) or a USB thumb big enough to hold the OS ISO.

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Please help Windows 7 crash
If someone could please try and help me fix this or just start over.

Ok I have a emachine e725 running windows 7 32bit and a acer running on windows vista. My emachine recently crashed in the blue screen and I tried to complete a system restore. I was able to get through the advanced boot menu and use the repair your computer option to restore windows. During the windows setup process I got another blue screen and the computer restarting. It then started the process over and once it got to the step that says windows is preparing setup, it gives an error msg saying something along the lines of windows was interupted and needs to restart to complete installation, and it has an option to press ok. This cycle continues and I can not open in safe mode because it says "windows can not complete the installation in safemode. Also the option to repair your computer in the advanced menu options is no longer available. So after wrestling with windows starting up I decided to create a back up and restore disc on my acer for my windows 7 computer. I tried putting it on a disc but it would not boot. So I tried creating a installation disc of windows 7 and tried booting from the cdrom drive. Once I did that I got a error msg saying "device driver not found: MSCD001 No valid cdrom device drivers selected. It then gives me the A:\>. Im not sure if I created the disc wrong since I cant unzip the entire file I downloaded with needing an encryption pas... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 not booting from cd or hard drive

When Win7 will not start, you want to run Startup Repair from the Repair My Computer console if available on F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu, or by booting the Win7 Repair CD:
System Repair Disc - Create
Startup Repair

In your case, you ran full Factory Recovery which has now stalled. If you are still under one-year Tech Support warranty I would call eMachine to have them help you. If not, do you have the Recovery Disks which should have been made off the Recovery Partition when you first got your computer? You would normally use these to boot and start the Recovery again. You may need to order the disks from eMachine tech support.

The error you are getting while in Safe Mode means you may be able to follow the "Now for Safe Mode" steps at the end of this tutorial to access Device Manager to uninstall any Device which is showing in error - this device is probably the one causing the blue screen, and by uninstalling it you may be allowed to complete installation then update the driver correctly from the desktop. Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

If you can find a Win7 installation DVD for your version you can also wipe your HD to clean reinstall with the Product Key on your COA sticker. This is a much cleaner install allowing better Win7 performance without the factory bloatware and useless factory utilities which have much better versions built into Win7: Reinstalling Windows 7

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Okay, I've searched as much as I could and I couldn't find out how to fix my problem so I'm hoping someone can guide me to possibly fixing it.

Okay, to start out with some back story...

My computer:

Dell 8400
Windows XP Pro SP3
1.52GB's of RAM
500GB Hitachi HDD
80GB Seagate HDD
X1900 Diamond graphics card

Okay so I had some spare time and I've been wanting to format a spare Seagate 80GB HDD that's been just sitting in my PC doing nothing for a while now. So I broke out my Partition Magic and went to format the HDD, well, I got an error or two and I gave up... But then I got to thinking maybe I might try rebooting my PC. So I did that and then there was trouble.

I got the "Drive not found, strike F1 to continue, F2 for Setup" (sp?).

So I figured it was nothing major and hit my F1 key and then I got some weird letters on my screen... So weird, I can't actually type them out. (I'll upload a picture even though it won't help)

So after messing around in the BIOs to no avail, I though maybe (some how) my 80GB was trying to boot instead of my 500GB. So I took my 80GB out and put it's connections on my 500GB HDD, started it up and still did the same thing...

So, I gave up, I figured I'd have to go ahead and boot up into a Ubuntu disc and see if the drive is even visible. To my surprise, it was. I got to at least backup some things and that's great and all but I truly hate to format and reinstall Windows again, even more so now that I know my 5... Read more

Answer:Windows XP hard drive not booting.


1st thing do you have any windows CD eg windows xp (must be bootable)?

just making sure before we try anything lol

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I have a T61p which originally had a Hitachi 100GB HD.  I cloned that drive and copied it over to a new 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT.  Problem is that when I try to boot I get nothing but the flashing cursor in the top left corner.  Here is what I have tried:Replaced MBR, Boot.ini, drive ID, Boot cfg. I have tried switching the SATA settings in BIOS to compatibility mode.  The bios recognizes the drive just fine.  I can run diagnostics on it (all check out good) and bring it up in the windows pre-enviroment 2.1 rescue disk from the clone software (Macrium Reflect). I tried to load windows XP from CD to run recovery console and I get a message that there is no drive present.  Can anyone tell me how to make this work please.


Go to Solution.

Answer:New BIG Hard Drive not booting Windows XP

joiseystud, welcome to the forum,
How did you clone the drive, was the new drive inserted in your T61p as primary or was it external?  The drive being cloned to needs to be in the system as primary.
Knowledgebase Article; Upgrading-HDD-on-ThinkPad-T61p   Another thread; T60 problems changing the harddrive
And something I threw together with fellow moderator KalvinKlein.
A search of the forum for; "clone blinking cursor", will also find a plethora of information

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Hi there,

I was wondering if there is any way to boot my new Windows XP computer off of an old Windows 98 Hard Drive without screwing anything up. What I am trying to do is access and run a program that was installed on the WIN 98 Hard Drive. The software was an expensive Patent Software and I no longer have the installation disk.

Here is what I have already tried:
1. Connected the WIN98 hard drive to my XP Computer and booted up. Computer started to boot into WIN98 but came back with some kind of memory error and shut down.
2. Tried running the software from the WIN98 Drive in WINXP but came back with an error about missing DLL files.

Someone mentioned running the drive as a virtual machine. Is that an option? If so, how do I set it up. Also, the old drive is partitioned into 4 pieces which doesn't help.

Please let me know if there are any ideas to get it running on my new machine.



Answer:Booting from an Old Windows 98 Hard Drive

Hi and welcome. How about putting the drive back into the windows 98 machine

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I just got done building my first computer! (12 gb ddr3 ram, i7 950, WD 1T HDD, 128gb SSD sata 3, radeon HD 6950) and I'm trying to figure out which drive windows 7 is booting from?

Answer:which hard drive is windows booting from?

disk 1, however the boot partition is on disk 0, this is done for hardware reasons, as some systems will not see the bootmgr unless it's located on disk 0. This is a physical identification based on where the disk is plugged into the motherboard.

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I have three hard drives in my computer.
2. Main 1TB WDCaviar Black with windows 10 installed
0. secondary useless (as of right now) 1TB generic HDD
1. SSD with Mac installed

if I remove drive #1 I can still boot to drive #2 but if I remove drive #0 (with nothing on it), I cant boot to my dive #2

I read somewhere that the boot partition gets installed to wherever 'disk0' is.
maybe that will help?

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Windows will not boot, only gives access to the basic menu to check memory and hard rive. Memory check passes, hard drive check fails and gives error ID OLXV79-81D8K8-XD7WMA-6OU803.


View Solution.


The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will replace it. If not a retail 2.5" laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use HP Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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I have three hard drives in my computer.
2. Main 1TB WDCaviar Black with windows 10 installed
0. secondary useless (as of right now) 1TB generic HDD
1. SSD with Mac installed

if I remove drive #1 I can still boot to drive #2 but if I remove drive #0 (with nothing on it), I cant boot to my dive #2

I read somewhere that the boot partition gets installed to wherever 'disk0' is.
maybe that will help?

Answer:Problem booting Windows Ten without my other hard drive.

From the screen shot you posted, we can't see which partition is Active, but if you can't boot with Disk 0 disconnected, it would seem that the first partition on 0 is active. If you highlight this partition in Disc Management, you'll be able to see.
If this is correct, you'll need to mark it Inactive, and make Disk 2 (C) active.
You can asssign drive letters to the large partitions on Disks 0 and 1 by right clicking them, and make them usable.
If you plan to keep Disk 0 in the computer, there's no need to change the active partition. Oh, and the active partition doesn't have to be on Disk 0

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I found an old pc in my basement and I thought I would try to restore it and use it as media pc. The PC was without a hard drive and an optical dvd drive (only cd's) so I got a hard drive. I wanted to install windows 7 on it, so I connected the hard drive to my pc I use normally installed windows on that and it booted fine and worked nicely. Then I came to swap the hard drives so I put it back into the old pc once windows was installed and I got errors, I could not boot up. I checked RAM, made sure everything was seated correctly but nothing. It then asked me whether I wanted to do a start up repair which I said yes to but once it had finished the repair I got the message:'Setup repair cannot repair this computer automatically'. I looked in the logs and the error codes all were 0x0. What can I do now?Thanks

Answer:Swap hard drive windows not booting

You cannot install windows on a hd on one system and boot to that hd on another system. You have to format and install the OS on the system you want to use.

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1. Can a second, non-OS, internal hard drive going bad cause Windows - Vista to hang during bootup? Used only for storage.

I've had the same setup - same 2 Seagate SATA drives - several yrs - no problem.
Suddenly, Vista hangs after the post screens & after the scrolling icon, but before Windows logo on splash screen. Boot into all Safe modes hangs, too.

Tried startup repair & Windows restore - no change. Finally, disconnected the 2nd drive & Windows boots as long as it's disconnected.

It's not set in BIOS as a / the boot drive. But I see it has an MBR (maybe damaged?).

2. Ran Seatools diagnostics (boot disk) & the BIOS DST on 2nd drive.
The 1st run, they both failed it. So changed out SATA cable & switched to another power connector. Reran diagnostics.

This time, BIOS DST passed - on - short test, but SeaTools short test just loops - no result.

3. If answer to # 1 is "No," still need another tool to test the drive. Probably from bootable disk.

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Basically, I had my primary slave drive start giving me greif with write errors and that, and so I thought I ought to scandisk it. I had a load of sector errors and it spent a day or two fixing them all. When it finally finished, windows (obviously on the master drive) refused to boot saying:
error initialising SHELL
krnl386.exe missing or invalid
press any key to continue...
and then shut down when u did. After all sorts of sillyness like reinstalling the file I found and disabling bus mastering (oh yeah - safe mode worked) that the computer would boot if i removed the drive. However, I could always view the drive in dos, and i've now plugged it into this machine and i can read and execute files, and it booted into windows (albeit '95) perfectly. I was just hoping you may have some idea of something I could tweak to make it work again on mine?

the drive is a maxtor diamondmax vl30 5400rpm 30gb at drive...

thanks in advance for anyhelp

Jonny Platt

Answer:my 2nd hard drive stops windows booting

Hi namdas, welcome to TSG....

What operating system is running on the primary master drive?

Does it still boot up by itself?

Once you disconnected the problem drive and put it into another machine, you more than likely changed the jumpers....make sure you change them back to slave when attempting to re-install it in your other machine.

Also, bios will need to re-recognize the drives again as well.

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As I have understood it, new Windows 8 is possible to boot from virtual hard drive. Do that mean that I don't need to burn it into CD anymore but just keep it in my VHD and boot, if needed, from there?

If that is true, I just cant understand how you can boot anything from your PC before it open?!

Answer:Windows 8, virtual hard drive booting

What do you mean by "boot from virtual hard drive"? Is this something other than a guest system in a virtual machine such as VMWare Player or VirtualBox?

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello! Having some serious issues, as it seems we all have. So, here's the situation. As a nerd truck driver I bought a laptop for skyping with the family and playing games. Laptop was working fine one night and the next morning I start it up and windows won't boot. Just gives me a blank screen with the infamous blinking cursor in the top left.

After searching the forums, it appears I need the Win7 install discs, which this computer did NOT come with. I may be able to get my hands on a reinstall disc, but I doubt it'll be a samsung laptop disc. I was, however, able to make a recovery disc from my wife's Dell laptop. I thought she had a reinstall disc, but we can't find it.

My current problem, and the most troubling, is that now BIOS doesn't even show the HDD. I checked the connections and they are fine, and I was able to put the SATA drive in my desktop and copied all my important data to my desktop. So I know the drive is good. Nothing is corrupted and all partitions, including the recovery partition is intact. I can't figure out why the laptop isn't showing the drive in BIOS now, though.

I've tried the recovery disc a second time, but it doesn't seem to want to boot correctly now. It worked fine when the HDD was recognized, but now it's getting to the blinking screen, then the cursor jumps to the bottom right and pixelates across the bottom of the screen like it's trying to load.

I can probably get my hands on a reinstall disc if I can download one or ask around tomorro... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive first not booting Windows, now not recognized in BIOS

Ok, I got the recovery disc to boot again, but still don't have the HDD in BIOS yet. Only option that works in the recovery disc is the command prompt. searching for the HDD that way, but so far, I have only found D: which has the Dirs: Boot, and Sources, and a file called bootmgr. This is along with X: which is obviously the recovery disc. So far, I can't find anything else.

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So recently, the hard drive that came with my computer has failed. So I purchased a replacement hard drive (Blank / Unformatted) and have been trying to re-install Windows 7 Home Premium 62-bit. The only problem is that I cannot boot from the disk, it doesn’t even seem to recognize that one is in it. All I get is the “Reboot and select proper boot device or insert media” screen. Here is my Boot Priority:

1st Boot Device: CD-ROM Group
2nd Boot Device: HDD Group
3rd Boot Device: Floppy Group (Not Installed)
4th Boot Device: Network Boot Group (Disabled because one is not setup)

Note that there is no option to select a USB device as that would require an update to the BIOS which can only be done with a CD-ROM or Floppy Disk (Which this computer doesn’t have). I am wondering if the problem is a driver issue as any CD-DVD Driver would have been on the old hard drive or if it is just faulty. I Have tried both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit DVD ROM for windows 7 (Just in case the older hard drive is for whatever reason not 64-Bit compatible and took out all but one stick of RAM and it still won’t boot.) If anyone can help me figure out what is going on it would be greatly appreciated. Here are my system specs:

Old hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (ST31000528AS)
Capacity: 1 Tb
RPM: 7200
Firmware: HP35
Replacement hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ES (ST3250620NS)
Capacity: 250 Gb
RPM: 7200
Firmware: 3.A EG
Motherboard: N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix)
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Answer:Problem Booting From A Windows 7 CD After Hard Drive Failure

No one have any ideas?

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Hello all,
I was hoping someone could give me a little insight and direction on what might be the problem here. Here's the deal:
When I boot up windows my hard drive will "clunk" (basically it sounds likes it powering off and then back on really quick). It does this intermittently, but every single time it happens it happens at the same spot in the bootup sequence (I am gauging by the approximate time it takes from the moment the Windows XP loading screen appears to when I get the "clunk"). When this happens Windows stops load. I figure it is obviously confused by the sudden and unexpected disappearance of its hard drive. Anyone have a clue what’s going on? I have a feeling its a combination of mobo, hard drive, and windows XP causing it. At first I thought perhaps the hard drive was overheating and shutting down. I installed a hard drive heatsink and the temps are normally below 30C now. The problem still remains however.

Here are my system stats.
AMD Opteron 170 (stock speeds for now with stock HSF)
2x Corsair 1024MXS 3200c2pt @ 2.5,3,3,6,1T
2x 400 GB Western digital SE16 drive
Lite-On DVD RW
X-Plosion DTS sound card
Antec NeoHE 550

Thanks in advanced for any assistance you can provide!

Answer:Very strange hard drive issue when booting Windows XP

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I just received a refurbished M7510, that has a 256GB SSD installed and a 1TB hard drive.  It has Windows 10 Pro installed.
I noticed that the C: drive is the 1TB hard drive, and the D: drive is the 256GB SSD.
Does that mean that the machine is booting off of the 1TB hard drive?
Is that normal for a Dell M7510?
I'm kind of assuming that the C: drive should be the SSD and the D: drive should be the 1TB hard drive?
How can I re-configure it so that the SSD is the boot (and C:) drive?


Answer:Refurb M7510 - Is Windows booting off of the hard-drive instead of the SSD?

If the WIndows directory is on the hard drive, that's where it's loaded.
You'd need to reload the OS (from the  recovery media you can make using the system tools) to reload the OS to the SSD.

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

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

please help?

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

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

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

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

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

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If i were to get a new hard drive for my laptop i would have to install my windows xp on to it from my old hard drive. Would I be able to do this? Would the Windows software allow me to install Windows Xp on two different hard drives?

Answer:New Hard drive and Windows XP Installation

unless your laptop allows two hard drives to be connected at the same time, you have to use a Windows installation CD. Your laptop should have the activation code on the underneath so all you need is to borrow one from a friend. Does your laptop not have a system restore CD? This would work too.

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Hello, I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on my computer and the installation will not see my hard drive. What I am doing:
I am currently running Windows 7 32 bit, I plugged in a second hard drive, formatted it, turned off my PC. I unplugged my hard drive that Windows 7 32 bit is installed in, plug in the USB drive that I installed the Windows 7 64 bit installation on. The computer boots to the installation screen but it will not see my hard drive.

I burned the AHCI drivers from this page:

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM2+ - GA-MA78GM-S2HP (rev. 2.0)

and tried to install using these so Windows installation could use the drivers to see the hard drive. It says the device driver could not be installed and to contact my vendor for updated drivers... I double checked my mobo model and version number and the bios is set to AHCI. Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 64 bit installation does not see my hard drive.

Where did you get your copy of the Windows 7 Ultimate from?

Can your system handle a 64bit OS?

Does any drive show up when installing Windows?

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I have windows xp pro installed on my hard but as the system is getting slow i wanted to make a clean install on the hard drive, so i popped the xp disk in the drive and get as far as the blue screen that asks you where you want to put your new copy of xp, or which parition do you want to delete, below those options where the partitions on the hard drive are usually listed it says no hard drive recognised and if you click to delete a partition or to install the os i just get a blue failure screen, anyone got any ideas on what might be going wrong?

Answer:No hard drive at windows installation


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To cut a very long story short i would like to know if it's possible to create a windows me installation disk from the contents of a hard drive attached as a slave to an xp pro pc and if so how?I'm sure i've read somewhere this is possible but can't remember where or when or even if i actually did :-(Maybe wishful thinking.Any Ideas??

Answer:windows ME installation cd taken from hard drive

Helpful as ever ßéLâ :-)I knew i'd read it somewhere.Thankyou

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I am trying to install windows XP on a new drive. My computer will not restart after the first install restart, so I can't go any further with the installation. Any suggestions, please?

Answer:windows xp installation on new hard drive

Try the install again.If you are using two memory modules remove one of them and just use the one.Also is your computer's hardware compatiable with XP?

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Ok, so here is the story.

I have a laptop which has a ATA HDD and I tried to install Windows 7 on it, but when you come to the window for choosing a partition, nothing shows up.
I have tried to upload new drivers for the chipset on the motherboard from intel (Intel 865 Chipset) but no luck still it doesn't do anything. I am able to find the drivers and I guess it installs them but in the end nothing.
So my second attempt was to try and bypass this. I took another laptop and pluged in the hdd there and tried the installation, everything went smooth, when the first restart was prompted I took out the HDD and plugged it in my comp. Now windows starts up but only up to the logo and than restarts, over and over. I tried to install all over again but it still doesn't recognize the HDD on my laptop.

If you can think of anything pls help.

Answer:Windows 7 cannot see hard drive during installation

Please answer a few questions.
Did you have an OS installed on it before?
As I understand it, the installation works fine on another machine, but not when the same HD is in your machine. Is this correct?

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i updated this post. look above it to find the other one! thanks

Answer:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

closing duplicate post
continue here

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hi. i have an hp pavilion slimline. (model: s5213w) i am upgrading my hard drive but my power supply is limited to having just one hard drive installed at a time. when i put the new one in i ran the disks given to me by HP. the first half of the installation works fine (the part where im putting all the diff cd's in) then it says to remove all cd's and windows will automatically start installing the software. (it may take up to 3 hours). then a black screen comes on. kinda like comand prompt and the cursor line just flashes. three hours later. same deal. any help on this issue? its SATA btw.. idk if that makes a difference.

What im trying to install is windows 7 on a Brand New WD5000AAKX (western digital) hard drive. ive used these cds before on my previous hard drive (which came with widows 7 on them from HP) and they worked fine to re install windows 7. The paper that came with the cds from HP say to use them when you want to "upgrade to a new hard disk drive"

do i have to create a partition inside it or something? i jsut put the blank hard drive in because i dont have the power supply hookup for 2... is there a way to do it from BIOS. also i have no experience with how to use bios.

Answer:Windows 7 Installation on New Hard Drive

Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion Slimline s5213w desktop.

The "How To - System Recovery - Recovering The System After The Hard Drive Is Replaced(Windows 7)" section should be helpful to you.


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Hi, I recently pulled my hard drive from a windows 7 machine and changed ownership (on winxp) of the hard drive so I could copy some files. Well now that I put the hard drive back in the windows 7 computer it boots, shows the windows 7 logo then black screen with a functioning mouse pointer.

I am guessing this happened because I changed the hard drive owner.

I tried changing the permission on the hard drive to allow everyone full access but that did not work, still won't boot. I also tried f8 and did a repair, but it did not find anything to repair.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank u so much.

Answer:Windows 7 booting issue after taking ownership of hard drive on another pc.

Since you can access Safe Mode go again to 'Repair your Computer' and run it 3 times in a row,(reboot after each time)NO matter what results you get the first two times.İf that doesn't do it,and you don't mention any error messages or the like)you may be best served by simply reinstalling the OS,if you don't have any system images at the ready.

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I was recently running windows XP professional on my Compaq 1900 laptop when my hard drive crashed, so I searched on ebay and bought the exact same model MK6014MAP (Toshiba). When i got the drive I put it in my laptop and turned it on. It didn't automatically recognized the hard drive so I put the Compaq recovery disk in to help the BIOS recognize the drive, it worked and I was able to boot from the windows XP pro setup disk. While setup was formatting my hard drive it crashed at 94%!!! So i turned off my computer but this time the BIOS didn't recognize the hard drive. So I put in the Compaq recovery disk in again and the BIOS recognized it once again but this time my Laptop won't Boot from the XP cd it just gave me a black screen. I tried booting from the cd with the hard drive removed and it works perfectly!! Can some body please help me! I love this laptop and can't live without it!!!

Answer:My hard drive is keeping me from booting to a windows pro xp setup disk!!

I am A+ certified with no experience under my belt so this is just my fart in the wind. I think you may need to look into updating the motherboards BIOS. Your BIOS should have no trouble recognizing the HDD. If that doesn't work I'd try contacting Compaq's technical support team. Hope that helps :/

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HiMy current pc specswindows 7 ultimate,hdd:320 gb(now replaced),1gb RAm2 weeks ago my lenovo R61 started showing fan error,I force fully sometimes closed laptop by pressing power button for 5 sec around 10-15 times because it never gets shut down,after opening it by pressing Esc key.Then I opened it,saw dust,cleaned fan dust.And it worked smoothly but after one day,windows stopped booting at logo glowing screen.It hangs there for so long.Again forcefully shut down.Luckily i installed ubuntu too on separate partition.It was working normally but few days later,ubuntu also stopped booting.Then  I thought to replaced my current hard disk(320 gb)  with my older one(It is 160 gb,it has windows 7 installed, i took it from my brother lappy of SL500).And my pc boots normally,it worked but again with some times showing fan error and on pressing Esc,logging inwindows 7,sometimes mouse automatically right clicks (i have updated mouse drivers).No fan is available in india of its model,although i have now extra one cooling pad,which keeps laptop cool.Questions:Is my hard disk(320 gb) has failed?Is my fan error eventually going to destroy my motherboard,if i do not replace fan?Why sometimes fan error comes and some times not, and why mousepad sometimes gets disabled on some parts like taskbar,and then it works,sometimes automatic right clicks ,then later works.?What is problem  

Answer:Fan error,windows stopped booting,replaced hard drive,Windows boots mouse problem

Typically, a fan error means you have a bad fan and if not that, probably a motherboard problem.  I would first try ordering a new fan (I will locate a part number for you).
Hard shutdowns do damage because the OS could still be writing system information when the PC suddenly goes off, and on the next reboot, you may have a damaged file.

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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I have a 34gig partition on an external hard drive and would like to have a look at Windows 7. Would I be able to run it ok from there and more importantly would I be able to direct the installation to that partition? Any help or advice would be appreciated. AB68

Answer:Windows 7 on external hard drive

I would say NO to this one.

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Hi, Can anyone recomend a good 1TB or over external hard drive that is compatible with windows 7 32bit, l bought a WD but had to do an RMA as it had a fault (so l thought) they replaced it but l still had the same problem, l sent WD an email which took over a week for them to reply only for them to inform me that the hard drive is not compatible with windows 7. If anyone knows of one that is fast and quiet with it's own power suply, l do alot of photography so l need something reliable. Many Thanks.

Answer:external hard drive for windows 7

A hard drive is just storage medium to say its not compatible with windows 7 seems extremely oddIn device manager, go to the properties for the ext hdd and changed the removal policy from the default quick removal, to best performance and everything should then work.

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I have a large USB External Hard Disk for all my work tools. I am trying to install Windows PE on the USB External Hard Disk. I am not sure how to procede. I have a bootable Windows CD made with BartPE which works. However, it is very slow. I want to move this to the USB Harddisk and add some other tools. So basically the question I have is this possible (which I am assuming yes) and if so where do I start?

Answer:Windows PE and USB External Hard Drive

It's not possible, as far as I know, and you don't want to be booting from a USB interface. DOS works fine on a thumb drive, but anything more than that is not going to work too well.

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HP Envy dv7, Windows 8

Seagate 2TB drive mounted in a Thermaltake, Max 5 enclosure. The drive does not show in Windows 8. Does show when running Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) but shows as "Unallocated" without a drive letter. If run the Seagate drive tools, it shows up as unallocated, with drive letter "C". But there is obviously already a drive "C".

Disk Management does not present a means by which to assign a drive letter.


Answer:Windows cannot see external hard drive

Disk Management does not present a means by which to assign a drive letter.

It should. However, you need to create a basic volume via right click menu and assign a drive letter that way.

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i have an external 500gb hard drive i used to use with my mac, and now use windows as well and would like to be able to use it for both. does this require some sort of formatting, as when i plug in into windows it says i need to format it to even read it. also if possible i would like to use it for ReadBoost as well as data storage. is this possible? thanks

Answer:External Hard drive mac and windows

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i have bought two additional external hard drives for my windows xp. but it record stuff gobbledegook and then asks me what programme to open it in. i don't understand this as th data is on loads of different programmes. so I've had to take them back.i have wonderful Maxtor one touch 4, which is full up. and no problems. what can i buy which will just do the job without downloading patches or other stuff i don't really understand. the new ones were huge bite size drives. any advice please. linda

Answer:which external hard drive for windows xp.

Any of the major brands of external hard drives, Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor, Samsung etc. should work OK. They are 'plug and play', so should just connect to your PC via the USB port and work without any further intervention from you.

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I was told that i could test Windows 8.1 by installing it to an external hard drive and running it through my PC. I tried using a program called Win2USB or something like that. I had created a new partition and managed to copy the files from the Windows 8.1 disk to the partition, the copy i presumed was bootable. So what would i do now? I am running Windows 7 and want to plug in the external and have it boot up Windows 8.1 as i start up my PC. Thanks.

Answer:Using Windows 8.1 from external hard drive

WinToUSB > WinToUSB - Install & Run Windows/WinPE on a USB drive!

Does all the work for you - you do not need to copy any files over to the USB manually...
So your usage of the program may be flawed.. You could use a 16GB USB, but a 32GB is better...

Not knowing your partition selection and setup process, it is hard to say, but with the USB plugged into the PC you would then have to bring up your BootMenu (usually F12) and select the USB as your Boot Device..
There is another program (that I use) to do the same thing WinToUSB does, But this program does it better and offers more options..

WinNTsetup >

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i just want to ask .. i bought 1000 gb external hard drive and i connected to MAC system and i copied my portfolio in it but now i want to copy all my portfolio in Windows system but when i connected my external drive to windows system its not showing in my computer. can you help how can i figure it out ....

Answer:how to fix external hard drive in windows

Mac and Windows used entirely different file systems
for both machines to be able to see the drive it will need to be formatted as FAt32 which has its limitations for more info see here

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Windows XP Sp2 on Compaq Presario with 2.67GHz CPU, 1GB RAM. Purchased new WD My Book Essentials 500GB External USB HD. Installed per instructions. Reformatted from FAT32 to NTSF per instructions with Windows Drive Manager. Shut down all, rebooted. Drive Manager, Device Manager, TuneUp Utilities, and Diskeeper all see the "H" Drive just fine and indentify it correctly. BUT, My Computer and Windows Explorer do not see it at all!

Changed drive letter fron H to W - made no difference. Emailed WD but have had no response. If I figure my time at minimum wage, I've spent more trying to make the @#%#@$ work than I paid for it! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thnx.

Answer:Usb External Hard Drive & Windows Xp Sp2

You may have already tried this, but in Device Manager, uninstall the drive, reboot and let Windows XP find the drive and then it should reinstall. That's all I can think of, there are people here a lot smarter than me and hopefully one will show up with a cure if this does not work..

Edit, ooops, failed to notice the USB part of the drive. But you can try to boot with the drive hooked up and see what happens...
This happened to me once and I went into Admin tools, but I don't remember what I did. Sorry.

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Hello everyone,
A few months ago my laptop broke and it needed repairs. The HDD was replaced and i got my laptop back with one new HDD inside and one "broke" HDD in a bag. Later the "Repaired" Laptop crashed again so i bought a new one and took the HDD out of the old laptop. I bought a HDD case with USB connection and both of the HDD's where intact. The oldest HDD contained windows 7 and the replaced contained windows 8. Now i want to sell the Windows 8 HDD so i want it to be clean of personal files but i want it to keep windows 8. I thought the solution was to run the windows 8 on the HDD so i can use the program deletation program of that windows 8. The problem is i dont know how to run windows 8 of a hard drive. I have searched the internet but with no succes. I know its possible but i dont know so i ask you guys if you can help me.
Greetings Sebas

Answer:How to run windows 8 from external hard drive?

Why not just wipe the drive so it's blank, delete all the partitions on it. There is no point in trying to keep the Windows 8 install that is on it. You can't sell a preinstalled OS like that, not legally anyway. It's going to fail activation anyway when put in another PC that has different hardware in it than the one it was originally installed on.
Windows To Go will run from a USB drive but you have to have Windows 8 Enterprise to create the drive. Your normal Windows 8 install isn't meant to run like that.

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I just recieved my WD external hardrive that by mistake I ordered for Mac edition can it be formatted to work in windows?
I really apreciate your help!

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Recently we (my wife and I) purchased a Seagate external Hard Drive to back up our digital pictures. My wife then wanted to take the External Hard Drive to work, so she could move / delete pictures around (clean things up). The problem is that when she connects it to her work computer, it recognizes the drive but it will not allow her to delete/move/ or edit the pictures in the various file folders.

I have done some research and some have said its a admistration rights issue, security issue, read / write issue between Vista and XP.

I am not sure what operating system she is using at work, she said Vista sounded familar but I have a hard time believing that a company has already adopted Vista so it could be XP Pro. At home we are using XP Pro

I am stumped. Can anyone provide some assistance? I dont recall ever experiencing this problem with any other EXternal hard drive I own.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:External Hard Drive and Windows XP

It may be where she works. If they have it set so she can not do a lot with the computers, it might not work there without getting someone with admistration rights to do it for her. I know USB flash drives use a generic driver which normally works with any user, but if the hard drive requries more than this, it may not be possible for her. I would say (if possible)she contact the person in charge of the computers there about this and see if they can help. There should not be anythng wrong with the drive if it works on your computer. Also if it is Vista were she works, i am not sure if it will have a driver for it or if she as to install one, but if Vista generally still should work but there is a chance it may not.

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HiIs there someone who can advise me please?I have an old e-machine - windows Me and he is ready to retire.We have six years of our lives stored on this computer that is now chocking to death for lack of memory which has reached its memory capacity and is threatning to give up at any time.We are buying a new vista computer and would like to take all the information off the old ME computer and store it in an external hard drive so that the data can be transfered to the new vista computer when we are ready.Can anyone advise which is the best external hard drive to buy in order for us to do this.We recently purchased one which said it would work on windows Me only to relise when we got it that it did not, even though it said it did all over their website and the box it came in!!.So if anyone knows of a make that actuly works with Me then please advise.Thanks

Answer:Need external hard drive for windows ME

It is not the HD that is at fault but the ability of ME to recognise it.You either need software which used to be supplied with the external kit, or to make ME able to use USB, which is the same thing.It seems to me that data rescue is priority and you can probably buy a cheap PCI to USB card to put into your ME system and solve the connection problem straight away.Another roundabout way-If you are thinking of a new computer? When the new one is up and running "borrow" its old HD, temporarily put it in the external case case and copy everything you want to the new computer.

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I wanted to know how to do that, because when i put on Win XP cd, it only let to put it on my pirmary hard drive, and i can't make an extran primary.

Answer:How to put windows on an external hard drive

If at all possible, you'll need to get the drivers on a floppy for your drive. Be it usb or ieee1394.

As soon as the blue installation window appears hit F6. (it should tell you at the bottom of the screen)

It will ask you to insert the driver disk. Do so and it should recognize the drive to install on.

Hope this helps.

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