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

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

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?

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

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 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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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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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!!?

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 2 hard drives in my computer, one with the OS and programs on it, and a second drive just for storage (videos and such, no programs).

Recently my second hard drive has started having problems (bad sectors), so I recovered all the data I could and am going to RMA it. The second hard drive is basically dead: it has gotten to the point where it does not even show up in My Computer and doesn't seem to show up in Device Manager either.

However, whenever I remove the failing second hard drive (unplug power and SATA connection to motherboard) and try to boot up my computer, I get a BSOD, and cannot boot.

If I plug the failing second hard drive back in, the computer boots fine.

How can I fix this so I can remove the failing hard drive?

- the perfmon report is attached in the zip file
- the BSOD dump/system file collection app's results are attached in the zip file
- the main hard drive (the one that works) is from 2009, the rest of the computer's parts (including the dead hard drive) are from 2010
- the OS was NOT pre-installed, I installed it myself
- this is not the first OS installed, I installed an OS once in 2009, and again in 2010 (current installation)
- both times I installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:BSOD when booting up ONLY when second hard drive is removed

Analysis:Odd that removing the second drive would cause any issues. It may have something to do with the fact that your Windows is not genuine...
I am afraid your installation is not genuine. Non-Genuine Windows contains security leaks and also cannot be properly updated which may result in instabilities and blue screen crashes. If you were not aware that your Windows was Non-Genuine, contact your seller or the company that provided the seller and file a complaint. Also let Microsoft know of the problem.

I am sorry, but due to forum rules, we may not assist you further until you have installed a genuine version of Windows. Once you install a genuine version:Please follow the Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions. Post the results in your next post; do not start a new thread.

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ok here it computer had a virus on it or SOMETHING so i did system installed XP perfectly fine but then when i booted my computer up for the first time after the restore....when i go to "MY COMPUTER" my 2nd hard drive (slave) is not there...when i go to device manager it SHOWS that there is a hard drive connected and everything but I CANT ACCESS IT!!! it also shows me in my motherboard bios that there is a hard drive master hard drive is (E) now when its suppose to be (C)....this never happened to me before...usually ill restore and my master will be (C) and my slave IS BOOTABLE as (D) but i have no reason wat is going on...cananybody help me please?

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Okay so sorry if this is hard to follow but i'll try my best. I have an HP Pavilion that i've had for about two or so year now. Last November my computer started giving me harddrive errors, sometimes i could reboot mp PC and my computer would go as normally, and i thought maybe it was just something messing up every now and then and that it would go away. After about a month of that (about beginning of December) my computer died completely. It would start up, the fans would spin, and the green light would glow in the back of the tower, but the start button wouldn't light up w bright white like it' supposed to. So be being me, I thought it was a hard drive problem, and bought a new hard drive (the exact same one) and a copy of Windows 10. I went away on vacation for christmas and arrived back today. So i decided i'd work on my pc today to try and fix it. I installed the new hard drive, and get the same result, the green power light on the back lights up, when i press the start button the fans start, but the white light doesn't start from the power button. So i put the OS disk in, and lo and behold... nothing happened. No signal to the monitor, and it was as if nothing changed, except a hundred dollars or so buying the OS and new HDD. So... I would like to ask kindly if someone can help. I don't know the exact problem, but I imagine it has something to do with the power button not lighting up as it was previously supposed to do. Any help will be appericated, thanks!!

Answer:New hard drive, OS, and booting problems

To clarify, when my computer compltely died in december, there was no signal to the monitor then either.

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I know for a fact that the harddrive works because I tested it in a different laptop and it boots Windows XP fine. When the harddrive is in my compaq presario v2000, i get a BSOD 7B error code and the system reboots immediately. Through use of AVAST BART cd i was able to check the harddrive and it is being detected and free of errors. I have tried moving the harddrive jumpers, but nothing seems to work. Am I having mobo problems or do I not have the correct harddrive drivers? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Problems booting from Hard Drive

Have you reinstalled XP? If you are able to boot with this drive on another PC that means that the hardware profile that XP has stored does not match the PC that it is in and would give you issues.

Which would require either a Repair install or a reinstall of Windows.


The error you are getting is a inaccessable boot device which could also point to the fact that the boot information on the drive does not match that of the system.

If this was used as a 2nd drive in another system and is now the only drive the boot information would be incorrect and would give you this problem.

More than likely you will need to do a repair install of XP to fix this.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

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Ok, my first question is, has my hard drive crashed.

When I start up, the device info is supposed to say something like:
"Maxtor 2B020H1" but instead I get
"Maxtor eph7 hgnk78l"
note: the odd device name isnt exact, but I could write it down and post it if it helps.

This all happened when I unplugged the ribbon cable from my m/b. -dont ask- lol
When I plugged it back in I got that message.
I have confirmed it is the hard drive itself, by trying it in a different computer.

My second problem is, that was my primary master hard drive. I did not have the operating system on that hard drive but, that hard drive contained the xp boot record or ntldr ..something, i dont know much

so Is there a way to restore that boot program/record onto a different hard drive and gain access to my operating system.
Also if it helps I can get into vista too (different hard drive and bootloader so wasnt affected)
The reason I'm so frustrated is because xp was my main os (

Answer:Booting problems - hard drive fail and more

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I had several hard drives stored at my mothers which seemed to have been tampered with. I'll list them in seperated postings. The one in this post used to have XP (cd no longer exists). It gives me a black screen with booting options which give me the following results:

*Start Windows Normally & Last Known Good Configuration both only attempt but revert back to the initial black screen w/booting options.

*Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/Networking, & Safe Mode w/Command Prompt will all only attempt then quickly scroll a list but ends at the following before reverting to the initial black screen:

I tried the F8 key which only gave me an Advanced booting option screen which adds Enable Boot Logging; Enable VGA Mode; Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only); Debugging Mode; Disable Automatic Restart on system failure... but all do nothing other than ultimately revert to the black screen.

I tried the Delete key which brought up a blue screen stating the following:

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
The BIOS in this system is not fully ACPI compliant. Please contact your system vendor or visit for an updated BIOS. If you are unable to obtain an upda... Read more

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive and Booting problems!

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This past Sunday I tried turning on my computer, only to hear a loud buzzing sound. When computer reached the point where it would usually boot into Windows, the screen just filled with 1's and 0's. I thought the harddrive had crashed, and thus went out and bought a new Western Digital drive. Alas, after this new drive was installed, I got the same buzzing noise when I turned on the computer, again eminating from the front section of the computer. I now get the Boot Disk failure error.

What could be causing this noise?

Answer:Hard Drive Noise / Booting problems

What happens if you boot the system with NO harddrive attached?

Try this.. turn the computer on with no drives attached, and no case. Listen for the buzz, see if you can see where the noise comes from.

Then, also listen for a POST code beep. Almost every computer makes it when turned on, but most people tune it out now.

If you get something other than a single beep (or a really long beep) let us know what you hear.

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bsod at the starting of the hard drive and need to be fix and i can't go to safe mode and here is the bsod code: 0x000000d1 (0x00000000, 0x00000007, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) on a acer veriton 5200 running windows xp home with sp2 or sp3 i don't remember which service pack

Answer:Solved: bsod at the moment the hard drive start booting xp fix asap

Take your laptop apart as far as you can and feel confident and clean everything thoroughly. Of course if you have a second laptop (or a friend with one) try swapping HD's to narrow down the variables in the troubleshooting process. These kinds of BSOD's could mean a number of things. Another thing you could try is booting of a live cd like hirens.

This particular bootcd contains many diagnostic tools which should be able to help you find the faulty device(s).

Bas Kalter

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Heya guys,

Now to be honest, I attempted the original install about a week ago (I was also replacing a power supply, ram, and a new burner, and since those others worked fine, I put of finishing the install until later).

I'm installing a 120g drive, in addition to the 40g one i currently have. It seems to recognize it in bios but not in the drive manager (I'm using XP.) Any ideas? I'm not tremendously experienced with installing hardware. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive Installation problems

radiohead_1 said:

I'm installing a 120g drive, in addition to the 40g one i currently have. It seems to recognize it in bios but not in the drive manager (I'm using XP.) Any ideas? I'm not tremendously experienced with installing hardware. Thanks in advance.Click to expand...

Have you formated the drive?

Ya might post some more info, Your PC's basic spec's, also some info on your HDD's the old & new, are they SATA? and how you have configured them?

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Can any one help / advise please.Was installing a second hard drive onto my computer last night (following instructions from the HD suppliers) I am no expert when it comes to upgrading computers but i thought i would give it a go. Got quite excited when everything was connected up and the power was turned on. On the bios screen (windows xp) the second HD was detected and everything thing seemed ok - windows xp loaded. However when it came to the log in screen the computer just froze - wouldn't enter the desktop.Are there any settings i need to change in the bios? I didn't think i would need to download the SATA driver for the motherboard as there is already a SATA HD on my computer.Does any one recognise what i have done wrong and that can helpThank you

Answer:Second Hard drive installation problems

Fit 2nd HDDclick hereclick here

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I have a HP Pavilion that needs a new hard drive, I have used XP Pro genuine product to install the new OS. After it formats and I have done all the create partition and so on, it finishes the format and then wants to repeat the format process again when it should be going to installation of the OS. I have bios set to boot from CD and have Hard drive set as master. I have done this many times and had this problem once before some years ago, I can't remember what the reason was. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:New Hard Drive Installation Problems With OS

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ok. i'm using an XP machine. athlon 2200. I currently have a 40GB hard drive. works fine. but i want bigger. so i bought an 80GB hard drive. i've installed it as a "slave", by taking the jumper off completely as it states. i've been into the BIOS and set it up as the slave. it recognises it, telling me it's an 81GB thing, and filling in all the details, etc. when i start my machine, there is no sign of this new hard drive (i cannot see it in "my computer". yet i found it in the system section. where it tells me everything is working fine. so why is this? is there something else i should do? does it need formatting first? perhaps not all hard drives are compatible with certain specs? help and advice would be great. thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive problems (installation)

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I have a Dell Dimension 2350 running XP SP3. I bought it used. It only had a Western Digital 400 (40GB) IDE drive, so i decided to upgrade. I purchased a Western Digital 2500 (250GB) IDE drive. When i opened my case, i saw that the ribbon only had one plug on it (i.e. it did not have the Master and Slave plugs) so, i purchased a new IDE ribbon. I put the existing hard drive on the Master plug, and the new hard drive on the Slave plug. I have also checked the jumper positions on the drives according to Wester Digital's website. when starting up the computer does not recognize either hard drive (BIOS says something like "No bootup drives were found please insert boot disc and press F1 or press F2 to enter setup") when i go into BIOS, i have everything for the IDE drives set to AUTO. Bios does not seem to be detecting the hard drives. I am lost at this point. if anybody can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Installation Problems, please help

First check that the 40GB drive, installed in the master position, (far end of the cable), will still boot, if installed by itself on the new cable.

If you intend to install the OS on the new drive, install it singly, and try using your restore discs to get up and running.

Many times when something like this happens, you need to attend to boot order, in the BIOS, "Boot Menu".

I don't know why "auto" drive mode need be set. If we're dealing with actual IDE drives, then IDE mode, (if it exists) should be set.

At the age of this machine, does the motherboard have SATA ports?

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i have tried to upgrade my h drive in a century city system ast, new drive not functioning. any ideas from anyone ,8.4g to 60g.

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OK... this is a long one, but it's only long b/c I want to be very clear about the problem I have and what I have tried to fix it.
It starts off when I installed an old zip drive on my computer (which was running on Win2K, and was built by a fried 3 years ago.) The zip drive was put on the same IDE cable and power cable as my hard drive. I installed the drivers and the zip drive (which was pretty old) and waited awhile before I restarted b/c there were other things I needed to do before I restarted. Once I did restart, the computer would not load Windows... the blue screen of death would appear while Windows was half loaded. The screen said "inaccessible boot drive." After exporing several possibilities of things that may have caused the problem, the only conclusion was that the hard drive was done for. Windows boot disks did nothing. So I bought a new hard drive.

On installing the new hard drive, I ran into more problems; Window's setup CD's didn't work, windows boot disks didn't work, DOS boot disks didn't work, and the hard drive software boot floppy didn't work. My computer wouldn't go past the startup screen. The BIOS on my computer won't recognise the hard drive at all. The jumper is set correctly. All cables are secure to all places, and inserted correctly. The boot sequence is correct. I believe all options have been explored.... do you have any other ideas of things I should try? What are all of the possibilit... Read more

Answer:hard drive installation problems

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Ok my mothers computer has gone wierd after working fine, it's an AMD Athlon 3500+ , 2.5GBs DDR-400, Foxconn 939 board, 4 year old WD Caviar 250GB win XP Home SP3. Anyway it had a disk read error after verifying DMI Pool Data, then actually booted into windows but as it was loading blue screened. I am wondering whether the hard disk is going bad :/

Anyway what I WANTED to do was plug it (the potentially bad hard disk) into my PC and copy the important data across, format the "bad" had disk and copy the data across.

However when I plug it into my PC depending on which SATA data cable I plug in it either: tries to boot to windows XP, or give me a disk mgr problem and wont boot any OS.

I have tried changing the boot order in the BIOS but my pc's hard drive isn't even detected just the "bad" one. I have also changed the jumpers to no avail.

help very much appreicated


Answer:AHHH hard drive booting prioty/detection problems

Go to the Western Digital site and download the appropriate Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Utility for your PC.

WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS

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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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Ok, I created an ISO Backup onto my hard-drive of one of my CD's, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction considering it was getting pretty scratched up and I had plenty of room on my hard-drive to store a good copy. So, since then the CD has become unreadable and I don't have any spare CD's laying around so im forced to install through the hard-drive. Anyway, after I used WinISO to extract the file contents onto the hard-drive, I got into the folder and clicked setup but it asks for you to put in the Lord of Destruction disk... I've done this before with other cd's i've backed up and it never asked for you to put a cd in when im running it off the hard-drive. This isn't making sense. My question is, is there something I can do to the file to have it install without any problems like this?

Answer:.ISO CD Image onto Hard-Drive - Installation Problems

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I'm having trouble installing a Western Digital 60gb Hard Drive:
The HD Supports Ultra ATA.
I connected the HD to the IDE 4 Connector, and the Promise Raid does detect it, as 55gb (which is fine). It says ID:0

When I installed windows, the HD was connected to IDE 1, and it didn't detect it. I installed Windows XP Pro, and it supposedly formatted the drive. After copying the files and finishing the installation, the machine rebooted. After windows started loading, it stopped, and the monitor went blank. I got into Safe Mode, and found out that there was a problem with the ATA/RAID Driver. I reinstalled it, but it still said it wasn't working properly. After this, I disabled the driver. I switched the IDE Cable to IDE 4, and now the BIOS detected it (after saying Detecting /) but when it tried to log onto windows, it gave me some kind of blue screen with memmory adresses.

What should I do?
Is there any way to install this hard drive as a regular IDE hard drive and turn off the Ultra ATA and RAID???

Should I start a fresh install of Win XP and Press F6 to install third party SCSI or RAID drivers?
Thanks a lot!
Alfonso Olvera

Answer:Urgent!! Hard Drive Installation Problems

How many other IDE devices are you intending to have on this unit? How many Operating Systems?

I'd pull the Promise card out,install the drive on IDE 1,install the OS (main system drive C: ),then reinstall the card and other devices.That way,the OS can start to identify new devices as they are added,instead of trying to force birth them into the system.
And forget the Ultra ATA issue for the moment as well,you can get around to that after you have the devices all installed and recognised by the OS.

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Hi everybody,

I seem to be having some problems installing a clean copy of Windows XP on my new computer...

(The following is a long read but I just wanted to make sure I include as many details as possible to describe my problem)

Yesterday I purchased a new computer from Future Shop. It already has a pre-installed Windows XP Media Center Edition with SP2 on it. Everything works fine but they put 12 gigs of junk on it that I really don't need, like promotional offers from HP, some games and other useless stuff. I though it'd be a good idea to format the drive and start fresh with a new version of Windows XP. Since my computer is a Dual Core with Viiv Technology, I thought it'd be a good idea to have a 64 bit version of Windows XP, so I bought one the same day. I have no problem formating and proceed with a clean installation of Windows XP as I have done it so many times before that I could do it with my eyes closed.

So I insert the Windows XP installation CD in the drive. I restart my computer and then go to setup to check if my boot sequence is set to read the cd drive before any hard disk drives. Everything's alright and I load setup defauls just to make sure it's kept this away. I save and exit. Then the black screen comes up a message saying to press any key if I want to run the CD. I press Enter. Then the blue screen comes on loading drivers for the windows installation. After it had finished loading, it displayed the first screen of the installation where it... Read more

Answer:Problems with Hard Drive During Windows XP Installation

i must say,

thats an awesome computer/deal for Future Shop...2GB of ram on a computer...

back to the problem,
i would call HP technical support for help. They probably have special technology on their HD's to prevent people from installing stuff on them.

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Newbie to forums needing help please. This is kinda long but hopefully will have most of the data needed.

PC is a Sony VGC-RB42G, hard drive is WD 250Gb SATA. Hard drive had dual boot set up for XP and Ubuntu. PC had 2 sticks of 512 mb RAM, added 2 comparible sticks and the problems started.

Before I go any further, yes I am a dumba$$ (thought I'd save everyone the trouble and say it myself) but I like playing with pc's to see what I can and can't do to one. Have been building them for about 8 years and never had an OS install problem till now.

On with the saga....

Repeated problems with the pc (and a desire for a new faster pc) made me yank the HDD and set it up as an external drive to use with the new pc. New pc is running Vista. I used the partition program there to format and repartition the external drive. Worked fine.

Now my son needs a pc so I thought; ok just use that HDD in the other pc, pull the extra memory sticks, reinstall the OS and give him a good pc.

No go. I did all of that and it boots straight to BIOS. I checked the boot sequence and it shows booting to the DVD drive first, HDD second. Both drives are recognized but it won't boot to either. I know the MBR on the HDD is screwed but I can't run a bootable CD/DVD in the DVD or the CD drive (pc has both). I've tried the restore DVD's, three different linux live cd's and nothing. The optical drives don't even spin up. I reset the BIOS by removing the battery fo... Read more

Answer:Problems with blank hard drive and installation

Hi hotwheelz,

I once had a similar problem, but the details are a little vague in my memory. I was trying to install an OS (can't remember what flavour) and the install process claimed that it couldn't find a HDD. I think what I did at the time was use a Windows XP install disk to get as far as creating the partitions, and then aborted the install. The other option is that you can usually get a low level format program for your HDD from the vendor's website, not had to use one in a while, but that should get rid of whatever is causing your problem.

Other than that, maybe its worth checking the master/slave jumper settings on the drives, since I've just noticed that you're having problems booting from CD/DVD. Another thought that springs to mind is perhaps you could disconnect all but one CD/DVD drive and see if you can boot from a disk in that, then re-connect everything until it stops working, then you know where the problem comes about.

Hope these ideas help

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Hello all,

I'm new to this forum and have a problem i was hoping you could help me with, i have a relatively old Samsung RV511S02UK laptop and I've been trying to upgrade it and have hit a problem with installation of windows 7 on my new Seagate 1Tb Laptop SSHD.
After putting the disk into the drive and booting from the windows disk,it comes up with the preparing files white bar which fills but once filled the screen goes to the Windows 7 start up screen but immediately restarts and starts the whole process over again and i have no idea why this is. Any help with this problem will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 installation problems with new hard drive

Where did you get the Win7 disk? How was it burned? What was the source of the ISO file if applicable? Obtaining good media is discussed in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which are the steps you should follow to get and keep a perfect install on your Samsung. There is even a Special Note to Samsung owners at the end to study.

Is the hard drive detected in BIOS setup correctly? Try resetting the BIOS to defaults.

Then work through the rest of the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hello guys,

I have a Dell Dimension 9200 desktop, core 2 duo 2.4 cpu, 4gb RAM, ge force 8600 gt. I have one hard drive, 2 cd-rom drives. I am running windows 7.

Yesterday i tried to install windows using a bootable usb with win 7 on it, because i don't have a windows cd. I realised that it won't boot from usb. I setup in bios to boot from usb, tried to press F12 at startup and selected to boot from usb and nothing, pc just freezes. Then i got a windows cd and tried from cd, same thing. When i try to start windows normally, boot from hard drive, pc restarts at logon screen, at that windows animation screen. I tried in safe mode, it freezes at a file called classpnp.sys. I tried many sollutions found on google, nothing works. I also tried to replace the hard drive with another one from my laptop, same thing happens. I loaded bios to defaults, same thing. I tried repairing, it sais that windows could not rapair. I think i tries almost everything i found on google. What could be the problem?

Thx in advance for your help.

Answer:Problem booting from cd, usb, hard drive...

Now, when i boot from cd, it not freezes, but start some Caldera dos instead of windows setup. I also disabled restart so windows would not restart at login screen and i get blue screen with error: 0xfffff880009a0028, 0xffffffffc0000034, 0x0000000000000000

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I recently moved some cables around in my computer, to increase the air flow, and make it look better. I have one of those stupid IDE cables where it matters which end you put into the mobo, and which end I put into the HDD.

I accidently put it around the wrong way, and it wouldn't boot at all. I then fixed the cable, and then my OSs would have a big fit, and say system error, or not boot at all. I've got a couple of blue screens with Windows.

Yeah, so, I tested my Hard Drive on my parents computer, and the same thing happened.

So, I think my Hard Drive is the problem.

I'm running Windows XP Proffesional Service Pack 1, and Ubuntu Dapper Drake.

I was wondering if you guys would be able to help me...

Answer:Both OSs not booting... Hard Drive Problem?

check bios see if drive shows
if you have the install foe OS you may need to do repair

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I have just fitted an SSD drive and cannot set the device as the primary boot source. I have Win 7 home premium. Gigabyte GA-H61M=USB3H Micro-ATX Motherboard.
I have two options on booting up F12 or Del key. If I press F12 I get the option of selecting the SSD drive and it duly boots up ok. Pressing Delete key shows all the boot options but the SSD drive is not shown so I am unable to save this as the primary boot option. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Problem booting from new ssd Hard Drive.

OK problem now solved.

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Hi everyone

I do hope you can help.

I recently turned on my computer to find the message "No bootable devices", press F2 or F12? blah, blah, blah.

I'm running Vista on a Dell laptop. It's about two years old. After some fiddling, that message stopped appearing, but now every time I turn the laptop on it asks me if I want to start the machine in recover mode or normal mode. No matter which of these options I select, the computer still does not boot.

I did a bit of research and attempted a system recovery with two different CDs. No joy. The one that was recognised by my computer (the other didn't even boot) tried to reinstall Hal (?) and another element. However, I think it may be windows that is now missing (?) or I have a hard drive issue.

Could it be that I need to reinstall Vista? I have my product key but no CD to boot from. Does anyone know where I can get one? Do you think this will resolve the issue? If it means I lose my files, so be it - most are backed up anyway.

So, in summary:
- computer says "No bootable devices"
- I tried to recover windows with two disks? recovery didn't work, plus struggled to back anything up
- I don't have a Vista CD but do have the product key.

Please can you help?!

Thanks in advance

Answer:Hard drive booting problem

when you first start your computer, are your hard drive(s) listed?
if not, you might try resetting the BIOS to default values.
if thats not the problem, your probably going to need a windows disc.

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i'm very new to these kind of forums, but my problem is as follows:
a few days ago i was having some problems with my laptop's speed so i shut it down and thought nothing of it. the other day, i attempted to boot it up as normal and it wouldn't do anything. i tried in safe mode - nothing. at one restart there was a flash of a BSOD, so i figured i must have caught a virus. i've now attempted to save my files via a SATA/IDE connection, and here is my problem.. after i've plugged everything in it shows up in my computer, but it seems like there is nothing on the drive.. i've used this kind of connection many times before and have never had any problems recovering my files.. does anyone know what could be the problem? my hdd from my laptop is a hitachi 5k750 and it runs windows 7 x64 and the computer i'm using is running at a 32bit OS. could that be the reason why it doesn't want to open? the only other option i see is to do a factory reset, but i'm desperate to avoid this as i have so many files i didn't get to back up and it would be a huge loss to me if i had to take this option. i would appreciate any help!


Answer:Problem regarding hard drive booting?

Welcome to Seven Forums tstylez88.

Try the steps from these tutorials:

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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Hi there go easy on me im a newb. :S
right basically i bought a brand spanking new maxtor 160 gig harddrive this week to add to the space i already have (a 10gig western digital caviar whajamajobby). I installed the hard drive as a slave and turned my old hard drive from cable select to master and my cd drive is currently on cable select although i also tried it as a master. at first my cd drive was fine. until i formatted the hard drive in windows and when i rebooted all of a sudden my cd drive was gone. i went to my computer > manage and it says the cd-rw drivers cannot be loaded (err 31 [iirc]) i tried updating the drivers which didnt work so then i tried uninstalling them and reinstalling them. once again it didnt work.

When i go into the bios i get this about my IDE connections:

primary 0: hard drive
primary 1: hard drive
secondary 0: cd reading device
secondary 1: off

primary 0 & 1 and secondary 0 i set to auto in the bios and so everything seems normal in there too. when i looked in computer management though i noticed that in the properties for my hard drives etc there is a location bit.

my old hard drive is set to location 0 (0)
my new one is set to location 1 (1)
and my cd drive is set to 0 (0)
so far this is the only thing i can see that may be a problem. it looks like my computer thinks that both my old hard drive and cd drive seem to be trying to use the same connection.

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Answer:CD drive/ hard drive problems on installation

What configuration do you have in terms of the placemnt of the drives on the respective cables? Assuming that drive 0 is primary master , is the burner secondary master? I believe the ideal scenario would be Primary channel , drive 0 (boot drive), primary slave (cd-rom), secondary channel, secondary master,CD-RW, secondary slave HDD. I have found that this seldom is practical since the cables don't usually reach, so the two HDDs would be on the primary, and the 2 optical drives would be on the secondary. I would try a different cable if the problem persists. It does appear that the cd rom is trying to use the same designation as the boot drive. Perhaps you can manuallyset the number of the cd to 2.

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I was building a new system and as I was installing Windows XP, the first time I got a graphics card driver problem. So I did another installation and I got a blue screen. I tired it two other times and always got some type of blue screen error. I get another harddrive and install windows on it and it goes without a problem

What could have caused windows to not install properly on that first harddrive? Could it be that it has bad sectors or something? I know it works because it was able to install windows, at least to a point and once I install windows on the other harddrive, I added it to my computer and could see the windows files so that means it works.

Should I just get rid of it?

Answer:hard drive causes windows installation problems. bad harddrive?

I would first hook up that drive and run chkdsk /r /f on it. that will scan for bad sector and try to repair them. If anything it will mark them as bad and not use them. See if you can at least use it for storage.

If the drive has made any kind of noise in the past it is most likely dying.

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Hi. One of my computers has stopped booting. I was playing a game earlier and it froze completely, total failure which required holding the power button. I started it up again and it booted then froze again when playing the game again a few hours later.
Now it fails to boot. When turning on, "Intel Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM" starts with a prompt to press Ctrl+I to enter the configuration utility, then after some seconds to another prompt to do a recovery.

In the recovery utility I am given the arrangement of the hard disc:
"ID: 0 Name: ARRAY1 Level: RAID0(Stripe) Strip: 128KB Size: 931.5GB Status: Failed Bootable: No"
Underneath, the physical devices involved, two entries on ports 0 and 1, device models, serial numbers, size and then type/status (vol ID) of Member Disk (0) and Non-RAID disk".

The hard drive is a Seagate 1TB model (I think) running Windows 7.

What exactly has happened and is there anything I can do? Will it not be able to boot again without deleting the RAID volume and therefore formatting the disc?

Thank you in advance and if I've left anything out, please say.

Answer:Computer not booting - Hard drive problem

RAID-0 is very prone to failure. You could have one bad drive but unfortunately that renders all the data gone. You should test each drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics, run the full test and see if it reports any errors. On many systems you can just disconnect one drive at a time while leaving RAID on for the test, otherwise you have to go into the BIOS and change the drive mode from RAID to AHCI or IDE/Legacy for the testing then switch it back on.

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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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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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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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My Bios set up shows my boot seq as my 2 CD Drives as 1/2, followed by my A:\ drive, followed by my two internal hard drives, followed by a network option.

I am trying to run a back up utility that will perform my back up to a 500 gb USB hard drive, then switch off/restart my computer. I can not run this because the computer will not boot with the external hard drive attached.

Is there a way round this problem...................amny help would be appreciated.

Ian Wallace

Answer:Solved: USB Hard Drive Problem on Booting

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I've got a 2.5" hdd from a broken laptop. Just ordered an enclosure off of newegg for it. Will I have any problems plugging it into my desktop? Like will it read right away or is there something I'll have to do first?

Only thing I'm worried about is this:
My desktop is running Windows XP SP3
The laptop hdd has Windows XP SP3 installed on it

Will it boot the desktop copy of XP? And will having XP installed on the laptop hdd make it difficult to access the files I need to backup?

Answer:Solved: 2.5" laptop hard drive in an enclosure, any potential problems booting it up?

Boot the desktop up without the external enclosure connected then when the computer is up and running, plug the external in.

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Hi Guys and Gals,

Ok here's the thing.

I have a Compaq Presario 900 which doesn't have a working CDrom drive.
I took my harddrive out and put it in my friends Dell Inspiron B130 and installed Windows xp SP2. Now that all works fine but(there is always a but ....) when I tried to put the harddrive back into my laptop(Presario 900) Windows will not boot, even if I go to safemode first thing. I thought maybe I could install Windows from the USB port but my BIOS doesn't have a BOOT FROM USB option. Also there is no Bios update that will give me that option.

I have tried deleting and installing all the drivers for the Presario then trying to boot like that but it still gets stuck.

Is there a way or does anyone know of a way I can somehow get this to work???

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Problem Moving hard drive and booting Xp on different computer

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I have setup my PC to have dual booting with Win XP MC OS on a SATA hard drive and Win XP Pro OS on a separate (IDE) hard drive.

I have no problems booting up in either OS, however, the problem is that the drive letterings are DIFFERENT depending on which OS is working. I am concerned because I may run into problems when I try to restore a drive after a failure etc - I could mix things up and end up ERASING the wrong drive !!

Let me be more specific in describing my set up since this might be critical in your assisting me.

Like I said, the Win XP MC OS is on a SATA drive which is on my Intel motherboard. This drive has 2 partitions on it.

The Win XP Pro OS is on an IDE hard drive (with 1 partition) and is mounted as a MASTER on an IDE cable with another hard drive mounted as Slave on the same IDE cable. The Slave hard drive has 3 partitions.

This IDE cable is attached to an Adaptec ASH-1233 ULTRA ATA/133 PCI card since the Intel board had only 1 IDE slot which is being used by my 2 optical drives (If I hook up the optical drives to the PCI card the computer was telling me in the boot menu that there were no optical drives - so I had to hook them up directly to the motherboard).

As I said, despite the "confusion" above, I have no problem booting up in either OS and running the 'computers'

The letterings I get are as follows :-
(I am listing them so that the drives correspond in each OS)

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Answer:Problem with Hard Drive lettering in DUAL BOOTING PC

Okay i dont get it? What is the letter as they are seen under SATA and under IDE. I see a bunch of letters but none of it makes sense. C: C: G:

What does all that mean? Go this way.

C: System Drive
E:\ First partition SATA Drive

IDE drive 1

IDE Drive 2

Soemthing like that and tehn go the same route with the IDE Drive. That way we can figure out what is going on.

The way to change them is right click on My Computer>Manage>Disk Management. In there right click on any partition and change drive letter. But you will not be able to change the system drive that you are currently working under.

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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)
Chipset: AMD 785G
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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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When I start up my computer I get a notice telling me that a parameter has exceded it's normal operating range, and to back up any data. Usually I just pressed F1 to continue the booting process, but I can't do that anymore. I can't even press F2. What can I do? Is my HD dead?

Answer:Having a problem with my hard drive, computer won't go past booting up

That's a possibility, but if it were caput, you would get a no boot device error.

Any prior symptoms leading up to this?

And, what is that F1 to continue to boot thing? You know that's not normal.

It's also possible you were hit with malware.

Couple of things to try:
1. Enlist the help of a friends pc, and download the Seatools diagnostic iso; burn it to cd using ImgBurn at 4x speed. Boot your machine with it and do the tests. Seatools will work with most hd's. If the hd passes, go to step 2.

2. Download the Kaspersky rescue disc iso, and burn this to cd disc as well. Make sure your internet connection is good so you can update the program when it loads. Boot up with this, update, and run the scan. Let us know all the results.

Please fill in all your specs!

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I have Windows 7 installed on my new computer, but my firewire audio card and also some software wouldn't work properly with it, so I put my old hard drive with Windows XP installed on it into my new computer.

I can boot up Windows XP from the second hard drive at the bios screen bit, but when it gets to the log in screen, the mouse and keyboard will not respond. I have tried multiple mice and keyboards including the old school style non-USB keyboard. The keyboard works fine to press F12 to get into the boot menu etc but then just stops working completely when XP is loaded. I assume its some kind of driver issue or something like that but I'm pretty useless with computers and I have no idea how I can get my mouse and keyboard to respond in XP

Please if anyone knows how let me know, thanks!!


Answer:Booting XP from second hard drive Mouse/Keyboard problem

I was thinking about maybe if I copy and pasted all the drivers from my C: windows folder into the windows folder on my D: drive (old hard drive). Maybe this would let my mouse and keyboard work? I'm a bit worried though it seems like the kind of thing I do that seems like a logical idea but actually screws up my PC

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I tried putting in my old hard drive into my new one as a secondary. i couldn't set the jumpers because i dont have the piece.

so what can i do now? do i have to buy a new hard drive and install that instead?

Answer:hard drive installation problem

You should have EIDE which does not require the jumpers. The end plug is the primary.

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Hi everyone,I've just assembled a new pc with all components new. Everything worked fine to the time installation was neccessary. I put in the bootup disk for Windows XP and everything was working fine until the last disk #6 which brought out a blue screen with some problems. I tried it second time and the same problems keep coming up. I've heard people called this "Blue Screen Problem" but I don't know how I can get over it.Could you please tell me exactly what I can do to make my new computer works. Thanks a lot.

Answer:Problem with Installation on a new hard drive

It would be a good idea to post the error

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My Dell E1505 laptop hard drive has went on vacation. Purchased a Seagate 250gb sata hard drive, but when I insert the XP disc, my cd rom spins up, and then I get the message, NTLDR missing. Unable to format, thus unable to install XP, thus I have a Dell E1505 fishing sinker. Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive installation problem

Have you gone into the BIOS and changed the boot sequence to boot from CD ROM first?

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Hi, I have an 8199-84U A30 ThinkCentre that I am trying to get a WD EIDE 320gb hd installed on & I am having nothing but problems. I know that none of the original drivers are installed, but I can't get the computer to recognize the hd. I tried to f6 to install the drivers but it wants me to install the media into drive a but I have a cd & can't get the bios to switch to read the cd. I made a boot cd but it doesn't have the drivers on it. If anyone can help, I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks in advance.

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I have purchased a corsair SSD 250 gm hard drive and installed it in my acer lap top.

prior to installing the new hard drive, i created recovery disks so i could easily reload my windows 7 and drivers.

now, when i load windows, it still shows the old 450 gb western digital drive, and shows me how much space is used on it and how much is left. when i install anything, it says it is installing it on the old western digital drive.

when i go to start -> computer -> manage i see the old hard drive and its partitions. i also see the new drive, and it says 240 gb unassigned.

i can see the corsair under my devices. so the computer is seeing it. but windows thinks the old hard drive is still in the computer.

not sure if this is impacting performance or not. is windows utilizing the ssd speed? i have no idea how much space is left on my hard drive.

anybody seen this before?


Answer:New/Old Hard Drive Installation Problem

Quote: Originally Posted by magicapples


I have purchased a corsair SSD 250 gm hard drive and installed it in my acer lap top.

prior to installing the new hard drive, i created recovery disks so i could easily reload my windows 7 and drivers.

now, when i load windows, it still shows the old 450 gb western digital drive, and shows me how much space is used on it and how much is left. when i install anything, it says it is installing it on the old western digital drive.

when i go to start -> computer -> manage i see the old hard drive and its partitions. i also see the new drive, and it says 240 gb unassigned.

i can see the corsair under my devices. so the computer is seeing it. but windows thinks the old hard drive is still in the computer.

not sure if this is impacting performance or not. is windows utilizing the ssd speed? i have no idea how much space is left on my hard drive.

anybody seen this before?


Welcome to SevenForums.

To help us understand, please carefully carry out the following:


Run disk management:
WIN is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo (this pops up a menu) followed by X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field. This is very important, otherwise, n... Read more

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Hi guys,

I just installed winXp on my computer and i am having trouble with one HD. I will explain below in detail.

I had Win Xp before and i got a problem with the system, so i decided to install XP again. I started my computer with the disc in and i installed Xp just fine (I chose the option of having C not formatted, just Windows folder overwritten). It recognized everything and i installed all my drivers for graphic card, audio and i managed after a while to get my SATA HD to work. The problem that remains is another HD. I had, before I reinstalled, a 300GB Ultra ATA/100 Seagate HD as a Slave to my OS HD (I have the OS alone in a 30GB hard drive with only some basic programs). After the installation the HD is showing only 137GB (even though its showing normal 300GB at the setup blue screen, I get that by pressing Del), and when i click on it in the my computer folder it asks me to format it... I really dont want to loose all my data. Can you please help me?


Answer:Hard drive problem after new Win XP installation

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I have an P333Mhz System that I am trying to reinstall XP on. The hard drives is recognized in the BIOS. When the XP installaiton starts it says that it can not locate a hard drive and quits the installation. I have tried three different hard drives and receive the same error. I have two controllers on the board, primary and secondary. I tried both controllers and still get the same error. Can anyone offer suggestions

Answer:Hard Drive/OS Installation Problem

have you tried putting the hard drive as the master on the primary and the cd-rom drive as slave on same cable?

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Recently bought new hard drive and installed as "Master" "C" drive. My old "C" drive connected as "Slave" now "F" drive.Although I can open folders and read files on "Slave" drive I cannot access some programs, most importantly "Quicken" and "Outlook Express". Also, my audio, which worked well on the old drive does not now work from either, all I get is a loud crackle from the front centre speaker.For Mainboard was replaced a few years ago.

Answer:Problem with new hard drive installation

Did you clone your old C drive? Or have you just reinstalled windows on the new drive?

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I just bought a new hard drive and cannot figure out why it won't install right. I have an old Abit BM6 motherboard and bought a new UltraATA 133 80 gig hard drive. Now I don't know what hard drive speed my mother board is capable of, that's why I bought the Maxtor ATA pci card with the IDE controllers on it so that the motherboard can handle the speed of the new hard drive. Well I have an older 10 gig HDD as my bootable HDD in thier right now w/Windows XP installed on it. I plugged the PCI card in the motherboard and the ATA133 hdd into that, turned on the computer. It said it found new hardware and to put the CD installation disk in so it can install the drivers. So I put the MaxBlast plus II in(came with PCI card), and it said something about the drivers not being compatible with XP, even though on the instructions it says that it is XP compatible.

So I scratch that for now, I put the new hdd on the same IDE cable as the old HDD, start the computer. Run auto-detect, it detects both HDDs, save and restart. Start up with boot disk, get to the a: prompt, and run Fdisk, the old HDD is in thier but the New one is not, so now I can't partition it.

Can someone help me, what am I doing wrong, I really need to get this HDD installed. I don't know what other information u need.

Answer:Hard Drive installation problem!!

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Hello, and here's the thing,

I recently tried to install a new maxtor diamond 8 plus hard drive in my machine, and while the physical end of things went well enough, I have encountered a real poser on starting back up. I downloaded all the relevant software from the Maxtor site (I think, that site needs an interpreter!), and ran it. Everything proceeds normally upto and including loading Windows 98. The load up had to use Maxtors' DDO overlay option, but this appeared to work, and the drive was recognized as 40GB.
The machine functions well enough until you do a restart. At this time I get the following message:

Error 1 loading OS

1. Shutdown
2. Boot from floppy
3. Run OnTrack from disk manager (?, I don't know what or where this is!).
4. Upgrade

Any suggestions appreciated,


Answer:hard drive installation problem

Can you get to Find Files and Folder from Start?
If so, try a search for disk manager to find it.

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Hi everyone, yesterday I decided to upgrade my existing hard drive on my cpu. The original one began making a noise so I got scared and decided to upgrade. My current system is a Dell Dimension 2350 w/ 2.2 ghz p4 and 512 ram running Windows XP. I decided to buy the drive at the following link -

I installed the drive fine, went through all the procedures and had my cpu up and running, therefore I know that the cpu does indeed accept the drive and the installation was originally done properly. The problem was that, as you know, you need Windows XP SP1 or higher to access the rest of the partition (using the easy installation for Maxtor it partitioned the drive to 127 gb). I installed the OS w/ SP 1 and installed the registry patch that Maxtor supplies to allow the cpu to access the rest of the partition on the drive which worked fine. The problem was that, while I got a message stating that the registry patch was successfully applied and I could now access the rest of the drive, I didn't know how to partition the rest of it so that it can actually be used. This is where the problem occurred. I opened up the MaxBlast software and I wasn't sure where to go. I booted up w/ the Maxblast disk in order to attempt to reclaim the rest of the hard drive and I did something in one of the settings that, from what I understand, tells the system bios that the drive is actually smaller than ... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive installation problem!

it looks like you destroyed your partition table when trying to access the rest of the drive the first time. you did the right thing by doing a low level format (writing 0's). if anyone wants to know, low level formatting will fix all partition table errors and some other random drive errors that can't be fixed by a regular format. anyhow, try installing windows as is and see if you can find all 250gb. you should be able to find it all, in fact. if you really really can't, you can use partitionmagic (dos edition) to expand your 127gb partition to the rull 250. but no matter what, i highly recommend you let windows initially partition and format your drive.

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I recently bought a new hard drive that I want to install as my new boot drive and use my old one was extra storage. i pretty much want to jsut copy my old HD over to the new one and erase the old one. here is my problem:

I followed the instructions to perform this task as explained in the manual and despite my gut feeling that it wasnt right, i went ahead anyways. the program that came with my new HD (Maxtor MaxBlast) had me install windows onto the new HD. This is what is wrong I believe. I installed windows fresh and then did a disk transfer (frmo old HD to new) using this MaxBlast program, it said it would over right any duplicate data, so i thought that this way would work. it didnt, and i cant even boot my cpu up now.

so here are my questions....i think the best way to solve this problem would be to completly erase and format the new HD and just do a data transfer from the old drive and reboot. how can i format the new HD without being able to boot into windows? and secondly, is there anything else i should do before the data transfer after the format?

thanks for your input in advance!

Answer:New hard drive installation problem.

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When I install a used Maxtor 17 GB HD(Win98SE and boots in its own P-II 300 MHz system,jumpered to CS) on the primary slave IDE cable connector in my HP Pavilion 325C (WinXP on Samsung 60GBSV0602H jumpered to CS; on the Primary Master connector),the BIOS will auto-detect the 2nd drive, but does notdetect the original (master) drive.Exiting BIOS, the computer freezes.When I remove the 2nd drive from the slave connector,the original drive boots to XP normally.Any similar experiences or possible solutions?

Answer:2nd hard drive installation problem

Set the first HDD to Master, second to Slave.

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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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Hi Guys I have just installed a second hard drive to my system, and upon reboot a black screen appears advising “ no boot device detected” In the BIOS the boot order has changed to (1) Floppy. (2) Lan, (3) Lan, (4) Lan. In the CMOS splash screen upon start-up no drives are recognised, displaying NONE for all. My system is a Dell Dimension 2350 P.4 running XP sp3. 1GB RAM. In this installation setup I have an 80GB HDD set to Master jumper setting and a 20GB HDD ( 2nd HDD) set to Slave.
Prior to the installation of the 2nd HDD the 80GB booted OK, and the BIOS settings were (1) Floppy (2) Hard Disc (3) CD ROM (4) Lan.
One thing I should mention this system has just come back from a computer shop where I had XP sp3 installed due to a mishap on the original Hdd which destroyed the Operating system. The XP sp3 system which came back from the shop had Acronis True Image installed on it? I was going to clone the new system to my 20 GB using my own Acronis software, as a backup, because I would not have a disc to recover to if anything went wrong in the future. Anyone got any ideas on this puzzle, or diagnostic ability. All help welcomed.

Answer:Solved: Technical Problem 2nd hard drive installation problem

Sounds like either the drivers are jumpered or cabled wrong or that booting from a HDD has been disbaled in the BIOS. If you disconnect the second drive does the system boot?

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i have a toshiba satellite a105-s4274 and i tried to reformat it and after it went most of the way thru i got a "ntldr is missing hit ctrl alt del to exit" and called toshiba they said hard drive was no good so i buy a new hd and put it in and am getting this error with the recovery cd in

pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable
pxe-m0f: exiting intel boot agent.
operating system not found

toshiba said i'd need to have a tech look at it which best buy wanted $50 to install it and i already paid 50 for the new hd and the laptop itself is only worth 150 or so, so i'd like to get this fixed or just sell it, any info would be appreciated

Answer:new hard drive for laptop installation problem

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i have a toshiba satellite a105-s4274 and i tried to reformat it and after it went most of the way thru i got a "ntldr is missing hit ctrl alt del to exit" and called toshiba they said hard drive was no good so i buy a new hd and put it in and am getting this error with the recovery cd inpxe-e61: media test failure, check cablepxe-m0f: exiting intel boot agent.operating system not foundtoshiba said i'd need to have a tech look at it which best buy wanted $50 to install it and i already paid 50 for the new hd and the laptop itself is only worth 150 or so, so i'd like to get this fixed or just sell it, any info would be appreciated

Answer:new hard drive for laptop installation problem

Recovery CD only works with original hard drive by "recovering" the image on the hidden partition.  Put the original hard drive back & try again.  This will return the computer to the original "as shipped" condition & you will lose everything else.

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I am trying to install a HD, which used to be an external, into my main desktop PC as a slave. A problem happened when I put the wrong power adapter into the external which caused it to malfunction. I was given advice to take the HD out and put it in the machine and test it. Now for some reason everytime I go to put it in the machine and power it up the power will not work. When I take it off by unplugging it the power comes on like normal.

I have looked here:

For the correct way to set the jumpers but I have had no luck. Im curious to know if this is the final sign that the harddrive is broken beyond repair or am I not configuring it correctly.

I figured despite the configuration you would still be able to boot up. I booted up using anther HD and it came on but to set it up as slave seems a little different.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Basic Hard Drive Installation problem

Sounds like the jumpers aren't right.
You will also need to set the jumpers on the Master drive.
For example, if the Maxtor is slave, make sure the master is set as master and not Cable select, or set both drives for cable selest if your drives both support CS, and your mother board needs to support cable select also.

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I`ve just installed a small Maxtor Hard Drive to use as slave/backup. It appears to be working fine and I have full access to the drive through "My computer". The problem is everytime I reboot the PC XP recognises the drive as new hardware and tries to get me to install it.Do I need to use Fdisk to install the drive or does that just format/partition the drive?

Answer:Slave Hard Drive installation problem.

click here= for maxtor guidance on dealing with this.

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I have just installed a new hard drive on a HP Pavilion xt963 and am now having a problem with the monitor not turning on. I have tried the HP Chat Support to no avail. The new hard drive is a Western Digital 80gb.

To be clear, there is no blank screen or black screen with a blinking cursor. The led indicator on the monitor turns green when the computer is turned on, but immediately turns yellow, which is the color when the system is on standby.

I have tried all that I know and am now at my wits end. I would appreciate any help in this matter.


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Installation Problem

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ive just installed an extra 10gig internal hard drive to my pc i have a 20gig master and have now installed a 10gig drive as slave. the problem is when i powered back up again my pc which is windows me operating system recognises the two drives, but it has the master drive at 17gig and the slave drive at 3gig. does my pc still think that it still only has 20 gig installed, and is sharing the memory capacity between the master and slave drives. if so how do i get round this. please help...

Answer:Solved: hard drive installation problem

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I have a older computer and the manufacturer of the pc says that the motherboard can only read up to 8.4 GB I want to install a new HD so I bought a 20 GB it's the smallest I could find , anyways does anyone know how to trick the motherboard and although im wasting most of the HD, can I make the motherboard work it as if it was a 8.4?

I was told by them it was possible. So far i've installed a smaller HD and setup windows on it, so it could boot. But I tried to install the 20 gb and it just freezes at start up no bios screen nothing at all. Any ideas?

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Installation... problem

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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 am trying to install an additional hard drive in my Compaq Presario 5000 and can figure out no way to attach it with the brackets that were included in the maxtor kit. The original hard drive (which I want to keep) is enclosed in a cage type metal bracket and there is not a second one for the new drive. Have contacted Compaq with no result. They keep giving me directions on how to configure which I'm sure will be helpful if I ever get it attached. They studiously ignore me when I say I think a part is missing, i.e. the bracket. Does anyone out there know the type of bracket or part # so I could find another one. I can see that it would be simple to put in if I had that particular bracket. Written on it is Mace Tech REV: 5 and p/n 66300006 but I can't find that anywhere and am thinking that Compaq must use another number. Is there some other way to attach using the brackets that came in the Maxtor kit? Or a way to jerry rig it without harm? The new hard drive is a Maxtor 60G, 7200 Rpm. I would really like to try this myself rather than have a tech install it but not even being able to connect to begin with is frustrating.

Answer:hard drive installation bracket problem

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I've just fitted a 40GB excelstor HD in my Dell Dimension xps T700r, previously running windows 98. Dell diagnostics CD correctly identifies the disk, but I can't get any further as no C:\ drive is recognised when I try to run anything else. Excelstor don't seem to offer any real help. I don't know how to set it up to be able to load windows 98 and use the damn thing. It is the master, I have removed the faulty old drive. Annoyingly all the customer reviews on ebuyer praised its ease of setting up! which is why I chose this make that I've never previously heard of. Help???

Answer:excelstor hard drive installation problem

You will have to format it first, If you wish you can also partiton it using the fdisk command.

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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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I've been trying to install Windows 7 recently, on a computer that was running XP. I was prompted to install it by a series of BSODs, and general crashes, usually triggered by particularly system-heavy operations. This was usually followed by a restart - and when I attempted to restart the computer, it sometimes said that it couldn't find Disk 0, and that it couldn't boot. So, I tried to install Windows 7 with an installation disk that's been lying around for about six months - seeing as I couldn't boot XP. The boot screen from the disk showed up fine - the pulsating Windows logo, that is - and then it just got stuck there, for about two hours. I repeated this process, restarting the computer and turning it off, until I got to the install screen, and tried to install it. I selected the C: partition on the second install window (I have a single drive divided into two partitions) and proceeded to format it. This formatted both partitions, and therefore lost my backups which I had naively placed on the D: partition. So, I was left without backups. However, I kept on with the installation, hoping that it would work - and tried to install it on the (empty) C: partition. However, the progress bar became stuck at 0% for the next hour, at which point I restarted the computer and tried again. This time, there was only one partition - the C: partition, and it was full up. It was a 500gb drive, and it had 1024kb of space left - I then tried to use it, select it,... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 installation problem & bad sectors on hard drive

The hard drive is shot. Trying to install Windows on a failing hard drive is like painting a house that's on fire. It's pointless. There's nothing you can do to fix a failing drive.

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I'm having horrible problems getting a working windows machine running. I had about 180gb of extremely important files on a seperate partion of a 298gb atapi hard drive, and I tried reinstalling windows on a smaller partition of the same drive. at the partition selection screen, the only option it gave me was to repartition the (already ntfs) partition as ntfs, so I did that, and it rebooted and when it (almost) came back up, I found out that it had wiped out every partition on the entire drive, so that it was just 298gb of unallocated space.
The only free partition revocery software I could find and use other than testdisk for linux is a program that has to be run from windows,
I tried using testdisk on the PartedMagic CD I use to recover the lost partition, and it saw everything but my important 180gb partition, so it was useless to me. Since then, I've tried installing windows on at least a handful of physical hard drives, and on every one of them, the windows xp installation starts fine, and gets up to the first time where it's supposed to reboot, and when it does reboot, it says:

Disk error
press any key to restart

I know it's not a problem with a single hard drive or (probably not) a hard drive controller, since as I said before, I've used a handful of physical hard drives, all with the same effect. Also, I can install a working installation of Ubuntu Linux 7.04 on them, and it boots from the hard drive just fine, which seems odd to me.
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Answer:urgent hard drive/windows installation/partition recovery problem

have you disconnected the other h/d whilst you install
the inicial load goes into ram and it hands over to the hard drive on the first reboot
check the jumpers are correct on the drive,with it the only one in set it as master
clear it first with dban
then do the format and install

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Hi all.

Chkdsk /r took two days to get to 64% so I shut it down. was able to run windows but then tried to run other softwares to see if i had bad sectors and wanted them relocated. ran diskpatch and ran the scan for read errors. while it was also hanging I decided to abort then it shows up to 32 read errors (this is not a read/write test) read only test, but somhow either it or the disk itself relocated some of the bad sectors, among them was first few sectors, so my partition doesnt start at 0 anymore maybe like 30 or 60 or so anyways.

Tried to reboot but i get blue screen briefly followed by reboot. Now trying scan disk in recovery, and seems to get stuck on 50%. wanted to do a windows xp install on my other partitions but it doesnt show partition C as a NTSC anymore, it shows unknown file system format. also I wanted to try and reinstall-repair windows over exisiting xp on C:, cant do thaat since it is stuck at unknown file system. I will leave chkdsk /p to run over night but if problem persists i think im gonna have to format c:

I dont belive I have physical bad sector, just badly corrupted sectors. But i dont have any free software to test it. BTW the hard drive test in BIOS failed. and using speenfan SMART output it shows i have over 600 reallocated sectors and 300 pending, this was after Diskpatch, before it was arround 300 pending but I didnt have 600 reallocated sectors, maybe 250 or so.

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Answer:Windows problems or bad hard drive? BSOD then Reboot.

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I built Steve Walton's 8/2014 "Budget Box" with the Kaveri A8-7600 and the recommended motherboard, memory, SSD, optical drive, case, and monitor. No overclocking. Beautiful to look at. The very first time I powered up I was able to install Windows 7 64-bit, but it crashed during the giant Windows Update process and would not reboot. Assuming that the installation was corrupted by this, I tried re-installing Windows 7, and was able to reformat the drive but it crashed during the "completing installation" step. Now I can no longer boot from the Windows 7 CD at all; at the "Starting Windows" screen it bluescreens 0x3b, 0x50, or 0x7e + ACPI.sys.

I am able to boot Hirens 15.2 from CD or USB on this build, so I can run tests. Below are my fault isolation attempts:
- memtest86+ each stick, each slot, each overnight. No errors.
- prime95 overnight. No errors.
- chkdsk /r on the SSD (attached as a data drive to a working PC). No errors found.
- Tried with SATA configured as IDE in the BIOS, no effect.
- Swapped out PSU and memory from a working PC. No effect. Attached working graphics card, no effect.
- Tried a spare Windows 7 installation CD, then a Windows 7 installation USB, no effect.
- Stripped motherboard of everything non-essential, no effect.
- Replaced motherboard, same model, no effect. Re-tested all of the above, no component errors, same bluescreens.
- Successfully installed Windows 7 on the SSD using another PC, then moved the SSD to t... Read more

Answer:BSOD booting from Win7 installation CD/USB

"Tried with SATA configured as IDE in the BIOS, no effect"... Is the SSD normally configured on a SATA 3 port and set as AHCI?

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I am having problems booting with my PC. At first, I tried all windows recovery options but doesn't help. I always get a blue screen which says 'Your PC ran into a problem' and auto restarts. Later when I ran a quick hard drive test, I got the following feedback. Smart Check: Passed; Short DST: Failed. The failure id is GUW2TQ-6Q68KS-MFPX0K-60XJ03 (note: I may have mistaken the 0 for the O and vice-versa). Product id: D4B09PA#ACJ. I am using a HP Pavilion G6 Notebook PC and the warranty has expired. I have back up discs that I had ordered from HP. Also, I bought the laptop back in India and currently I am living in Germany. I am in urgent need of help. Thank you.

Answer:Issues with booting the PC and OS installation problems

Hi,Hard drive has failed.Have you backed up the data from it?There are 2 main methods you can try to salvage data from failed hard drive :1) Create LiveCD from another computer. Boot from this disc in your laptop, then copy the files from failed HDD to another external hard drive connected to notebook. Take out the failed hard drive out. Connect it to another computer using SATA to USB adapter. Use Windows explorer to copy the files you need from HDD to another external hard drive. all these,Replace hard drive. Use HP Recovery media to factory reset after replacement.You've to replace hard drive with a new one of similar form factor2.5 inch SATA hard driveSpecs: see hard drive replacement steps recovery media you've ordered from HP to factory reset after replacement of HDDOr you can go for clean install of Windows 8.1 Single Language 64 bit, by creating UEFI bootable Windows installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetAdditional drivers from here: Read more

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Hey guys,

I have a HP Touchsmart IQ500. Turning my computer PC on today, all I got was a blue HP invent screen with setup, boot menu, system recovery, and system diagnosis, and I could not get past it.

I entered the BIOS and figured out that the hard drive was listed as "not installed." Pretty sure that is the main problem.

I tried a system restore (with the Windows 7 install disc), but I guess the computer couldn't read the hard drive enough to enter safe mode (I tried restarting and F8ing several times).

I put in an external hard drive, and the BIOS read it; however, windows does not allow you to partition an OS on a hard drive.

I am all out of ideas; I'm currently taking apart the computer (touchsmarts are hard to pry open), but I have no clue about computers so I'm hoping one of you guys can help.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Computer Not Booting Hard Drive/Unresponsive Hard Drive

It should be under warranty...probably too late but taking it apart will most likely void the warranty.....sounds like a dead hard drive/loose cable

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Hey gang,

I'm getting the dreaded blue screen more frequently of late and I am unsure as to what may be the cause. One clue is that the cpu seems to lag (i.e. hourglass icon and freezing) moments before the BSOD appears. I'm also getting varying messages from the blue screen.

I ran a memory test for 24 hours that came back OK. My next guess is the hard drive, which is still under warranty from Western Digital. Perhaps someone out there has another idea. Could it be the power supply? Mobo?

Specs are as follows:

AMD XP-2500 Barton
Chaintech KT-600 Mobo
WD 80GB Hard drive
512 MB Mushkin Ram
Geforce FX-5200
400 W Power Supply - came with case.

Rig is about three years old.

Answer:BSOD -- Hard drive problem?

your pc is probably infected, then again it could be the HD.
you also have just said the equivalent of calling a Doctor on the phone and saying " I am sick, what do you think is wrong?"

The BSOD has an error code that can be most helpfull in determning what is wrong with your pc, if you post the error code we will have a look, if the error code just flashes by
and the pc reboots
do this
click start
then run
then type
hit enter
click advanced tab
then down at the bottom
click settings for start up recovery
uncheck automatically reboot

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Yesterday, after coming home from work, I noted that my computer had restarted. Thinking it was Windows Update, I jumped back into Windows. It took me almost 15 minutes to get into Windows, which is abnormal for my computer. In trying to diagnose that, it froze again, and the one thing I noted was that my hard drive didn't appear to be reading.

I decided to do some investigating, and came across the possibility based on the one time I was able to get into the event viewer was that it appeared that Windows thought there was an issue with my hard drive controller (error code 11? Windows isn't my strong point, hardware is, and I can't easily get back)

Running diagnostics on my hard drive, it came up with nothing, saying that the hard drive was fine (I used WD's LifeGuard tools). And after some time, the error seemed to go away, and I was able to go about normal activity. I did make a change though, telling Windows that if it BSOD'd, that I didn't want it to restart.

Through the night, it BSOD'd again, and does not give a process or file that is causing the problem.

The stop code is as follows.

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8010835060, 0xFFFFFA80108010835340, 0xfffff80003581510)

In researching the error message I received above when I was able to get into Windows without problem, it seemed that I would want to investigate either the hard drive controller, the hard drive itself, or the cabling, so I will be switching out the cable after I p... Read more

Answer:BSOD Possible hard drive problem?

That crash primarily indicates hard disk problems. This could mean hard disk corruption, bad sectors, a failing hard disk, Windows files or registry corruption, viruses, or memory problems. In other words, it is not necessarily the hard disk itself causing the crashes, but the hard disk is a possible culprit. Let us know what you find when you replace the cable. Here are the steps I usually give for that crash:

If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop.

Run Disk Check with both boxes checked for all HDDs and with Automatically fix file system errors checked for all SSDs. Post back your logs for the checks after finding them using Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log (you may need to search for wininit instead of chkdsk).
For any drives that do not give the message:
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems
run disk check again as above. In other words, if it says:
Windows has made corrections to the file system
after running the disk check, run the disk check again.

Run all Basic tests with SeaTools: S.M.A.R.T. Check, Short Drive Self Test, Drive Information, Short Generic, and Long Generic. Run the tests for all HDDs.SeaTools for Windows

SeaTools for DOS
If you have an SSD, make sure the following are up to date:SSD firmware
BIOS Version
Chipset Drivers
Hard disk controller drivers/SATA drivers
If you have a Marvell IDE ATA/ATAPI device, make sure the drivers are up to date from the Intel site or Marvell site an... Read more

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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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Hi, when i boot up my other computer it is a black screen and says "Primary hard disk Drive 0 cannot be found, strike F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup utility." When i strike F1 it says something like "boot up failed press F1 to try again" what do i do? When i press F2 it takes me to a screen and Undery Hard disk drive 0 it says unkown and under hard disk drive 1 it says off.

PS. My computer also makes alot of beeping sounds all of a sudden. Plz help me What is going on? Thankyou

Answer:Problem booting computer "hard disk drive" help plz

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have been getting an intermittent BSOD refering to memory parity error which stops windows just as the desktop appears. have tried different memory module to no effect. it also occurs in safe mode and while trying to repair windows installation with xp home cd. unless any one has any other idea i was just going to do a fresh installation and hope it was just software and not hardware problem.

however having removed my HD and put it in a usb enclosure to back up my files to another PC i have realised i cannot open the folder in my user area (my documents and such) as i had a password for my user profile.

so i would like to know what is the best course of action to retrieve these files before formatting drive and staring afresh

thanks for any help you can offer

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Hi all,
having a BSOD error with the following codes:
(the requested page of kernel data from the paging file could not be read into memory)

1: 0xC03E6614
2: 0xC000000E (STATUS_NO_SUCH_DEVICE or device not found)
3: 0xF9985130
4: 0x05413860

have run Hijack this (log below). the problem seems to be associated with java (particularly with azureus). have run the DSKCHK utility which found 1 (or more) bad sector(s) which it repaired. Have also tried clean reinstalls of java and azureus, but the error is still occuring intermittently. The problem may have been associated with an .iso generator on a dvd burning program (i use nero but was trying out a few at the time the error began, all of which have been uninstalled fully i believe). Can anyone help? Is this a registry error or virus or is my hard drive about to die? i fear the latter, but await your advice.



Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 18:37:40, on 18/05/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16441)

Running processes:
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Answer:BSOD and pottential hard drive problem

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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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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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My machine won't boot up unless I disconnect all of the Hard Drives. I still have my two SSD's (RAID 1) that have Windows 7 Professional installed still running fine.

I had one hard drive ST4000NM0023 (4TB) fail (had four of them), and so I replaced two of them with ST10000NM0096 (10TB) drives.

I had software backing up the failed drive, which was my D: (Documents & Program Files) drive. The backup drive F: (D Backup) has now been renamed my D: Drive, and I transferred all of it's files to a new F: backup drive.

I had to copy & paste everything from one folder over to another one of the same name because Windows 7 had automatically installed new folders with the proper icons on them (as per attached image). I had two of "My Pictures", "My Documents", etc.., with one having an icon and one not.

It seems like I had to move my files to the new folders or else my other programs couldn't seem to find the files they needed even though the the folders had the same name, minus the icon.

Copying files from folder to folder was very time consuming, and used all of the systems memory. I would successfully reboot the system after each successful transfer so I could restore the RAM back to 64GB.

I left the largest folder "My Documents" till last. After I successfully transferred the files in this folder over to the new "My Documents" folder with the icon on it, I tried rebooting the system and it would not work. I ... Read more

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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 have been given the challenge to make a way to install Windows without any installation media and without having to even touch the computer while it's installing. So far I've made a .wim image with the help of this guide and I've made an Autounattend.xml file with the help of this guide. I put the install.wim image in the \sources directory on a flash drive and the Autounattend.xml file in the root of the flash drive, and it does exactly what I want it to - all except it's not on a partition. So I move it to a partition and add a boot entry using EasyBCD. It boots fine, but it acts like the Autounattend.xml file isn't even there. So right now I have the choice of hands free installation with media, or manual installation without media. My main question is why the Autounattend.xml file isn't working when I boot the same media from a partition. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Problems booting an unattended Windows installation from a partition

Is this some sort of school project? I can't vouch for anyone else, but I would feel terrible if I gave you information that basically did the project for you.

Usually people do this with Windows PE. Have you checked it out?

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Hello everyone. I would like to say in advance thanks for any help anyone can give me. BSOD's are not exactly what I would like to happen very often.

Anyways, this blue screen has only started happening within the past week. My friend and I were building a different computer for my other friend. To make sure it ran, we had to open up mine and take a stick of RAM out and use it in the one we were building. I put my own RAM back into my computer later. After I put mine back together, it started to do this stupid blue-screen problem. However, the blue screen only seems to happen when I am playing games. It has happened once on Team Fortress 2 and once on Bioshock 2. Also, I have noticed that my computer and games seem to be running slower and transfering files/copying files is also slower. This makes me assume it's a hard drive problem. Anyways, I'm not the expert here, so I'll let anyone who wants to help my full appreciation. Thanks!

P.S. I have included the ZIP file with the BSOD information, as well as an image I took with my camera of the BSOD itself. Hope it helps! (Don't worry, it's not horrible quality.)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (Retail version)

Age of System: PSU, GPU, RAM, Hard Drive, and CD-ROM all bought and installed about 1 1/2 ago. CPU and MotherBoard bought and installed about 5 months ago.

Age of OS Installation: Never reinstalled it, may have to try that out.

CPU: Intel i7-2600 LGA 1155

Mobo: Gigabyte P67A-UD3P

PSU: hec X-Powe... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] BSOD Problem (Maybe Hard Drive Related)

Hi -

Probable causes -


lvrs64.sys Tue Nov 09 21:36:46 2010 (4CDA053E)
AppleCharger.sys Mon Apr 26 23:54:05 2010 (4BD65FDD)
Update your Logitech Camera driver -

Update/ remove -

Remove Norton Internet Security/ N360 - NIS/ N360 Removal -- - MVP

Regards. . .





Built by: 7600.16695.amd64fre.win7_gdr.101026-1503
Debug session time: Sun Apr 10 15:15:07.630 2011 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 17:29:39.581
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for lvrs64.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for lvrs64.sys
Probably caused by : lvrs64.sys ( lvrs64+10308 )
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x7E_lvrs64+10308
Bugcheck code 1000007E
Arguments ffffffff`c0000005 fffff880`06965308 fffff880`05b66998 fffff880`05b66200
BiosVersion = F2
BiosReleaseDate = 11/16/2010
SystemManufacturer = Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
SystemProductName = P67A-UD3P
MaxSpeed: 3400
CurrentSpeed: 3392
Built by: 7600.16695.amd64fre.win7_gdr.101026-1503
Debug session time: Sat Apr 9 20:05:52.042 2011 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:59:49.072
*** WARNING: Unable to ve... Read more

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I went back to the factory installed image. This is after replacing the Motherboard. 6 months ago I sent the computer in and they replaced the motherboard and power supply. I feel like the power supply may be the issue after getting the event id 41 kernel power, also I am questioning whether I originally had a 800W vs the current 500W. Though it may be because I had to force power on/off. I have been reloading my computer with stuff I saved on my external hard drive and playing itunes one song off of my external hard drive, (WD15000H1NC my book). Attached is the system health report and a .arn file. AVG antivirus will be installed today, please help me so I haven't thrown $800 down the drain.

Is Windows 7 . . .
- x64
- Windows 7 pro 64bit
- OEM, with disk.

- What is the age of system (hardware)? 1 year
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) put OEM image on 2-4-2012

Answer:BSOD - External Hard Drive problem? help needed

Quote: Originally Posted by joshnixee

I went back to the factory installed image. This is after replacing the Motherboard. 6 months ago I sent the computer in and they replaced the motherboard and power supply. I feel like the power supply may be the issue after getting the event id 41 kernel power, also I am questioning whether I originally had a 800W vs the current 500W. Though it may be because I had to force power on/off. I have been reloading my computer with stuff I saved on my external hard drive and playing itunes one song off of my external hard drive, (WD15000H1NC my book). Attached is the system health report and a .arn file. AVG antivirus will be installed today, please help me so I haven't thrown $800 down the drain.

Is Windows 7 . . .
- x64
- Windows 7 pro 64bit
- OEM, with disk.

- What is the age of system (hardware)? 1 year
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) put OEM image on 2-4-2012

No dmp files included in upload try this method
If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to... Read more

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Hello, Coming here once again for help.
Apparently our Toshiba Satellite laptop has been having a BSOD for a while and i didn't know about it, But my mother came to me the other day ( after the laptop had been running very very hot ) and said that it had stated that it had started in a special version of windows after a hard disk error and the drive should be backed up.
It warns that there is a problem with the hard drive and requests you run a back up.
(We've run a backup recently and appear to have all our stuff available ) One thing that puzzles me is the laptop appears to be running on an old version/backup with many programs and files missing.
I'm wondering If i need to purchase and replace the hard drive on it, and what diagnostics can be run to pinpoint the problem and what needs to be fixed.

Answer:Toshiba Satellite Hard Drive problem/BSOD

Is the computer starting in Safe Mode?
Safe Mode run a very few files and drivers.  One of the drivers it doesn't run is the driver for you specific graphics, it runs a native driver.  This make the image look almost like a cartoon by comparison.  You would also see a lack of icons since some of the applications are loaded in Safe Mode.
Is there more than one user account on this computer?
If there isn't is there only the one account requesting a password?

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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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