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Remove 2.5 HardDisk and stick with just only M.2 (Boot disk) on P52

Q: Remove 2.5 HardDisk and stick with just only M.2 (Boot disk) on P52

Hi, I got my new Lenovo Thnkpad P52 Workstation. I'm putting additional M.2 SSD now. I have a 2.5 Spin Drive from factory which have Win10 and as boot disk. Now, I installed M.2 and want to remove my 2.5 HardDisk completely and keep only M.2 as my Boot Disk. Is it possible ? Haver anyone tried ? Please share steps ?What BIOS settings needed to achieve this ?Is it allowed by Lenovo BIOS/Hardware configuration to use without a 2.5 Disk onboard ? Thank!

Preferred Solution: Remove 2.5 HardDisk and stick with just only M.2 (Boot disk) on P52

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A: Remove 2.5 HardDisk and stick with just only M.2 (Boot disk) on P52

no problem.

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my husband's laptop does not boot correctly:
after installing "SpyHunter" there always comes a
very strange menu named GRUB4DOS 0.4.3, but none of the
menu items (SypHunter, Windows XP and Windows Vista) are
working. Not to tell about the fact, that there isn't any
Windows Vista on this laptop, only Windows XP Home Edition.
Unfortunately the CD/DVD drive does not work anymore, so
he cannot boot with the Recovery Disk.
I could boot with a DOS Boot diskette, but with that I cannot
reach the C hard disk, because it has NTFS file system.
I tried to make a bootable memory stick (using the "mkbt" tool),
but I failed: the tool always tells me that the stick is not
I think the problem is, that the tool tries to copy a DOS boot
sector to a FAT32 formated memory stick.
Please, does anybody know how to help?
How can I make a bootable Floppy disk / memory stick for Windows XP ?
Or, how can I handle / remove this strange GRUB4DOS menu.
Many thanks in foreward,
greetings from Vienna
Annie (^_^)

A:Need to boot XP from memory stick / floppy disk - any ideas ?

This may help.http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm

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How do I set up the XPS 8920 computer to be able to boot from an emergency disk or memory stick?
Thanks in advance...

A:XPS 8920 How to enable boot from emergency disk or mem stick?

Check the BIOS setup and change the boot priority. To change the preference please follow the steps given below
Step 1 - Power on your computer and press the boot menu key F12.
Step 2 - Open BIOS setup and when BIOS setup screen appears, go to Boot tab.
Step 3 - Please rearrange the preference. If you want to boot from memory stick, put Removable device as first. If you are booting from emergency disk, rearrange CD-ROM drive to first.
Step 4 - Press F10 to save and exit from boot menu.
Step 5 - Restart your computer by connecting the bootable device.

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I am the happy owner of a Windows 7 computer, which functions as sort of a home entertainment and storage machine. Recently I started encrypting all of the data drives with BitLocker to prevent an eventual thief from gaining access to our personal files. As my motherboard doesn't have a TPM chip, I wanted to encrypt the system drive and start it up using a BitLocker key on a USB disk. Unfortunately, when I perform the BitLocker Encryption Check nothing happens (the computer does not detect the USB disk at boot, starts normally and does not begin encryption) or it halts with a blank screen, forcing me to shut it down physically, remove the USB disk and start it up again (at which point it boots normally).

The BIOS settings are the same in both scenarios aside from one thing. In the first scenario, the boot order is HDD, FLOPPY, CD-ROM and in the second scenario it is HDD, USB-FDD, CD-ROM. In the first scenario, it seems like the computer does not see the USB disk at boot and thus just skips the BitLocker check. In the second scenario, the USB disk is detected but causes the booting to halt.

USB Keyboard Support and USB Legacy Storage Detect (or whatever it is called) are both enabled in BIOS. The USB disk (a small 2 gb stick) is formatted in FAT.

I suppose, that if I can get Windows 7 to start while the USB disk is plugged in, I can get BitLocker to work. Any suggestions?

A:Windows does not boot when USB stick/flash disk drive is plugged in

Quote: Originally Posted by ahoegh


I am the happy owner of a Windows 7 computer, which functions as sort of a home entertainment and storage machine. Recently I started encrypting all of the data drives with BitLocker to prevent an eventual thief from gaining access to our personal files. As my motherboard doesn't have a TPM chip, I wanted to encrypt the system drive and start it up using a BitLocker key on a USB disk. Unfortunately, when I perform the BitLocker Encryption Check nothing happens (the computer does not detect the USB disk at boot, starts normally and does not begin encryption) or it halts with a blank screen, forcing me to shut it down physically, remove the USB disk and start it up again (at which point it boots normally).

The BIOS settings are the same in both scenarios aside from one thing. In the first scenario, the boot order is HDD, FLOPPY, CD-ROM and in the second scenario it is HDD, USB-FDD, CD-ROM. In the first scenario, it seems like the computer does not see the USB disk at boot and thus just skips the BitLocker check. In the second scenario, the USB disk is detected but causes the booting to halt.

USB Keyboard Support and USB Legacy Storage Detect (or whatever it is called) are both enabled in BIOS. The USB disk (a small 2 gb stick) is formatted in FAT.

I suppose, that if I can get Windows 7 to start while the USB disk is plugged in, I can get BitLocker to work. Any suggestions?

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Trying to be mindful of backups I installed Macrium Free and created a USB boot drive. However, it took about six tries to get that made. When I went to reboot, the message was: insert the proper media and reboot. It took about a dozen times for the USB drive to be accepted as the boot drive.

My system drive no longer appears in the list of drives. I thought it might be a MBR thing, but there is no disk to select to rewrite the MBR. I tried 'fixmbr /scanos' but that detected no Windows installation on any of the disks, which is true, because the system disk has gone into a parallel universe.

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I am not entire dumb, but this is way over my head. How do I get my system disk back? I have the Windows 7 repair disk, the Macrium PE USB boot drive to work with so far.

Would appreciate any suggestions.

A:System disk disappeared after Macrium install and usb boot stick creat

Boot into BIOS setup to see if HD is any longer detected. If not reinstall it, change the cables, or replace it.

If so boot the WIn7 repair CD, accept any offered repair. If none then run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots no matter what it reports or finds - even if no installation is found to repair.

If this fails every other possible thing to be done is in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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I'd like to replace he hard disk an need an isntruction how to get to the hard disk.

A:remove harddisk HP F4H58LA#ABM

Hi, Your machine is an HP 14-r022la as shown:       http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c04334201 Please use information from page 68 of the following manual:     http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04513798.pdf Regards.

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My HD crash, so i put it as external usb to open, everything open fine, but when i need to go to my folder it keep telling me it cant open due permission, I assume that when i used it in the comp, I password protected it when open windows normally.

Now my question is, i know my password, is a way that i can enter that use-sing that external way, so every folder can open normally?

A:How to remove password of external harddisk

i search my self and this was helpfull http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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I just don't remember the password and cant find the recovery key. So I just try lot of passwords and now its just ask the recovery key only. I think its because of the too many attempts that I tried to find correct passwords. I have the laptop that I
use to encrypt that harddisk but I don't have any other information. Is there anyway to remove the bitlocker without damaging the files that inside ?

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Hi all, my harddisk is having this problem again. it used to be named Expansion (F but now it changed to Local Disk (F and it lagged my com when plugged in and it took my com more than half an hour to start when it is plugged in (ended up having to remove it and my com started normally)

tried to run cmd check, but it freezes all applications and when plugged in, it caused all my other applications (chrome etc) to be unresponsive. Is there anything I can do? It is still under warranty, but i have more than 1TB of data inside that I really need, so is there anything I can do to at least recover the data?

tried to run seatools, but it ended up not loading when my harddisk was plugged in so I couldn't checked anything at all It was working fine a few days back and I don't know the reason why it turned out like this.

A:Harddisk appears as local disk

Hello stoleaway and welcome mate. Got any screen shots? of the drives in Computer to have a look at please? or is that drive singular?

Now one way of recovering the Data is to boot from a Ubuntu ISO disk (don't install) and via it you can see the data on the drive and possibly extract them that way.

Sounds like the drive is going south or has become corrupted or has a nasty on it.

Some system specs would be nice too as it is hard to know if you have a desktop laptop or whatever.

Personally I do not like large drives too much to lose when they head off into the sunset - as an afterthought got any backups made ? rescue disk etc I prefer 500GB max and back up to an external or if you have a desktop a second drive in the machine.
Download | Ubuntu < remember it will ask run or install just run.

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Smart harddisk error 0301 on disk 1 the disk are the memory card on 2 GB with manuals and it's not true the card worked on another computer - testing disk 1 failed there are also an error when the card is taken out

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Windows 7
I'm trying to get a definitive statement on how to map event log errors that reference this:
\Device\Harddisk<X>\DR<Y> where X and Y are numbers (not the same)
onto the actual hard disk. My question is: what exactly are X and Y? To be clear: I don't want to know how to run chkdsk. What I would like to know is what X and Y exactly relate to?

Let's look at previous non-answers:
1. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/2e3d2e68-a4e7-49b7-9d70-7b70c166a1c9/how-to-find-out-which-hdd-is-deviceharddiskdr-
Three "answers" were given in the above thread:

Unplug USB drives until the error goes away. This is a) clearly not a practical answer (especially if you don't have USB drives!). And b) it doesn't answer the question of how the numbering in the event log error relates to the installed drives.      
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/159865. This article points to registry settings that disappeared in Windows 2000.
"Y and X are the same". That is just plain wrong.
So, the above thread was not actually answered. (The "unplug USB devices" was oddly, marked as an answer.)

2. http://forum.sysinternals.com/the-device-deviceharddisk0d-has-a-bad-block_topic19288.html
Same question and lots of posts about how to fix the problem. But, the final post (helpful at last but not from Mic... Read more

A:Which disk does \Device\Harddisk<X>\DR<Y> relate to?

"For Y, i need more time to research
it to make sure what it really means."

I am still awaiting the research results.

You could download and run WinObj from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896657.aspx. Under
Device it lists your storage devices. You will find that Y is a number that gets dynamically assigned to each drive. When you go through the following sequence then you will see that the number keeps changing:

Plug flash disk A into USB port x. Press F5 to refresh the display.Unplug it.Plug flash disk B into USB port x.Unplug it.Plug flash disk A into USB port x.
WinObj will show you a different value for Y each time.

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I have just acquired an old laptop that has a lot of old crap on it that I can't get rid of. It really needs a good fresh start to get going.

From the research I've done it seems that the best way to do it is to format the hard drive. I don't have the original Windows XP CD, though...or any other driver CDs for that matter. I do have, however, all the software CDs for my new desktop computer I purchased.

Do you think it's possible to use the Windows XP CD I have for my new computer? Any other suggestions for what I can do?


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i have 10gb harddisk which has a password on how do i remove it kindly assist

A:i have 10gb harddisk which has a password on how do i remove it kindly assist

You contact the hard drive manufacturer or a data recovery company.

ATA hard drive passwords are implemented inside the hard drive itself and AFAIK there are no easy and publicly known reset mechanisms.

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I upgraded my sister's computer from Vista to 7, and now her boot disk shows up as an ejectable drive. how do I fix this, as I'm pretty sure Windows will become unstable if she accidentally ejects the boot drive

A:Remove local (boot) disk from device eject menu?

Don't worry. You would not be able to eject the system disk.

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Hello, I have 4 hard disk drives in my system, 3 Seagate (2 320GB, 1TB) and 1 Western Digital (1 160GB). One of the drives (the 160gb) is running very hot constantly (60C on average) and is also labeled as a "System" drive in Disk Management because it was once my original boot drive years ago. I want to take this drive offline because I fear it will eventually die and leave me to unable access Windows 7 without mucking with something.

I want to remove that from the drive and put it on the Boot drive, which is one of the 320GB drives but I also want to make C: (my OS drive) disk 0 but it is disk 1. I cannot format H: (the 160gb WD) yet there is nothing else but an emaciated/gutted XP install with several files which I cannot remove at any cost.

What would I have to do to get myself in working order to my specifics?

A:Make boot drive disk 0 AND set system attribute, remove from H:

Hi Glaice

You could take a reading at the links below

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

To make drive 1 to Drive 0 unplug all the hard drives but the one you want to be drive 0 and do a startup repair for it to be a boot drive.

Can you upload an image of your disk management

Link below will show you how

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hey there

I'm having a weird issue with booting up my computer and I'm hoping to find a solution that does not involve reinstalling windows completely. Might come to that, but first I'm looking for other issues.

To give some context:
A few months ago my primary harddisk started failing. I acquired a new harddisk, installed windows on it and it has been working fine.

When I boot up the computer, I can select between the old and the new windows installation and I've simply been using the new one. I've left the old harddisk plugged in as I had some data on it I wanted to salavage and then I just left it there. I've gotten the data of it and have had no reason to unplug it.

Recently, however, I wanted to unplug the old harddisk as there has been some issues with hangups and I had a suspicioun they were caused by windows (for some reason) reading from the old harddisk.

When I unplugged it I got a "Bootmgr is missing" error and could not boot up. Thus I need to have the old harddisk plugged in in order to boot up windows.

WHich is annoying, as I think the old harddisk is the cause of the performance issues I've been having.

Obviously the new harddisk has not been made bootable by installing windows on it. The old harddisk was plugged in when I installed windows, so that's likely the cause of it (for some reason...?).

Is there any way for me to fix this without unplugging the old harddisk and installing windows again? I'd rather ... Read more

A:Cannot Boot from Harddisk

The Windows installer will put its boot-up code (the bootmgr) on the primary hard drive regardless of the drive that Windows proper is installed on. You can repair this by booting your Windows 7 DVD and running the Startup Repair tool. See Microsoft's how-to article here. Make sure that the original disk is unplugged before attempting this repair.

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I have windows XP professional on a 40GB harddisk, but I can't get it to boot up! I'm sure it has something to do with the MBR. The computer is an old compaq, with a floppy A: drive that does not work!
I'm totally new to this sort of problem, so I'd be really gratefull for clear instructions on how I can get it up and running again.

For example I found a download for a DOS that I can use via the CD drive. However I haven't a clue as to how I can use it to boot up or fix the MBR, if it is indeed possible!

Grateful for any help, advice or suggestions.

A:No boot from my harddisk

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-when i try to connect the external 1tb western digital harddisk it simply doesnot display any thing and when i go to disk managment it shows "not initilized" i tried to initilize it but i got this error''hard disk not initilizing i/o device error" it doesnot shows any property or size of hard disk.i also tryied to repair it with comand "chkdsk/r"but there it said""cannot open volume for direct access""and also my harddisk is encrypted and this error occured when i was downloading torrent directly into external hardisk.my pc also go frce shutdown due to absence of electriccity
..over all i cannot see hard disk on my computer and cannot open it..tried it on other computers also
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Disk" />

<EventID Qualifiers="49156">11</EventID>




<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-11-01T11:40:14.311802300Z" />




<Security />

- <EventData>
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A:external encrepted harddisk hard disk not initilizing and showing i/o device error

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

I recently replaced my old harddisk to a new harddisk. The old harddisk has windows xp home and other programs installed.

I did not format the old harddisk, I only took out the old harddisk and replaced it with a new harddisk. I then installed windows xp home to the new harddisk.

While I am installing programs on the new harddisk, I discovered that one of the programs do not allow me to activate the program license because I have previously activated the program on my old windows. I need to do a proper uninstallation to release the license, then I can activate the license of the program in the new harddisk.

My question is, can I take out my current new harddisk, replace it with the old harddisk, boot up as normal into the old harddisk windows, uninstall the program inside the old harddisk, then replace the old hardisk with my new harddisk again.

Will I be able to access the old windows on the old harddisk?
Will it mess up my current windows/programs settings?
Will my current new harddisk windows be able to work as normal after accessing the old harddisk windows?
I thought of accessing the old harddisk as a slave, but I do not know if it is possible to access the old harddisk and do a proper uninstall of the program?
Is there any better way of uninstalling the program on my old harddisk?

Thanks in advance.

A:Accessing Win XP on old harddisk to uninstall programs after installing new harddisk

you have to swap out the drive completely. at no time should you have both hdd plugged in.

repeat, do not run them as master and slave. run each hdd individually at each time only.........

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I have 40GB harddisk and now I am moving to 120GB SATA hardisk. But i want all the data with softwares, plugins and all the windows settings to be transferred in the 120 GB harddisk.

There is any way so that all files and setttings will transferred and I dont have to install everything again.

In my system Windows XP Pro SP1 is installed.

A:Transfer data/settings from small harddisk to big harddisk

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help me please
my laptop recently started playing up so i tried to re-install windows XP home edition only to find that halfway thru the installation i had the incorrect product key so i restarted my computer to find that i couldnt boot from the hard drive and wen i tried to install from the disk it got to the point where u accept the license agreement and then it gives me a stop error saying IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL with som 0x000000a rubbish that i dont understand. i then tried to format the computer with a disk from my brothers computer which is EXACTLY the same model but then it gave me an error saying unable to determine bios lock, contact system manufacturer. please can someone tell me what the problem is or how to fix it

my spec is 256MB RAM, intel celeron M processor 1.6 GHz, Insyde Software Mobil Pro Bios, intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphix controller, Eealtek AC97 Audio (sound card)

please please help

ps im a bit of an amateur at this so i wud be grateful if u could be a bit simpler in ur diagnosis

A:IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL cant boot from HardDisk

Fine!!! i dnt need ur help anyway, support guy my arse. I fixed the problem myself, with my own genius good bye suckers, if an administrator reads this can they please delete my account

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My desktops internal harddisk of 250gb showed some kind of error. When i tried to format the disk containing os.windows 7, i was unable to do so. Later i found the disk is showing as boot x. And a space of around 35gb or something. I have all my memories in another drive. I need to fix it any how. Please help.

A:Harddisk shows boot x

When i tried to format the disk containing os.windows 7, i was unable to do so. Click to expand...

Were you trying to format the disk while you were logged into Windows 7, or were you using an alternate boot device? Trying to format a disk containing the disk, while you're actually using that OS, will never end well.

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Ok - so I've just installed a new harddrive. Its to replace the current drive.

I used drive image to clone the system partition.

Booting with the new disk results in the following error on screen & wont go further :

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

Now I realise that XP has probably cant handle the new disk with the old configuration & needs to be reinstalled. However, I have done the same operation on quite a few systems before & windows has always coped with the change - never got this message before.

Any Ideas to save me reinstalling XP & all the additional programs on this system ?

Thanks - abbyk

A:XP will not boot after new harddisk install

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hi..my harddisk screwed up..i'm able to start up the pc but it does not load windows where a blue screen is shown for 1 second and then it restarts itself..i sent it for repair and the guy said that my harddisk partition is screwed up and he cant reinstall windows..is this possible?

which is a better brand? western digital, maxtor, or seagate?

A:can a harddisk boot if there's problem with partition?

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I have a problem with booting Windows7 right after I changed disks.I work with removable harddisks (2 with Windows XP and now 1 with Windows 7 RC1).Working with XP is alright.Working with Windows 7 is also OK.I can startup, shut down as many times as I like.BUT,   when I put a drive with XP in and startup it's OK.THEN,   put the drive with W-7 in, it won't startup.Screen stays black.When starting in safe mode, the computer stops with the file "Windows\System32\Drivers\ClassPNP.SYS" and hangs.Then I start with the repair disk, and that says "Boot sector code for system disk partition is corrupt"Then "Boot sector repair" and the drive is OK again.I myselve think it is because Windows 7 sees a different harddrive in the BIOS.Any idea what I can do?Thanks in advance,Ruud.

A:Boot-error when changing harddisk

Hi Ruud_Win,
Based on your description, I noticed that that the issue can occur due to hardware or software conflictions. Let us try the steps below to narrow down the cause of the issue. Please check if we can boot in Win7 normally:
Device Clean Boot==============In this situation, your system will only have the basic hardware devices and it should be more stable. If it is inconvenient to unplug the devices, we can disable them in Device Manager. Please refer to the following steps: 1. Click "Start", type "DEVMGMT.MSC" in the Search textbox and press Enter.2. Expand "Sound, video and game controllers". 3. Right click on your Sound Card, select "Properties"4. Click "Driver" tab, click Disable (Disable the selected device). Click OK 5. Please use the same method to disable other hardware such as: Modem, network card, CD-R drive. Please note some devices such as video adapter are not available to be disabled.6. Please restart the computer. Can we boot in Win7 properly?
Clean Boot ==================1. Click the Start Button, type MSCONFIG in the Search Bar and Press Enter to start the System Configuration Utility.
Note: Please click the Continue if the "User Account Control" window pops up.
2. Click the Services tab, check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box and click Disable All (if it is not gray). 3. Click the Startup tab, click Disable All and click OK. 4. Restart the computer and test the result.
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Hello, im new to the forum, it looks great!

Here's my story:

I have one SATA disk with windows XP installed on it and another IDE disk (parallel ATA) with no data on it. In my bios (newest for this moby) the IDE disk is set as boot disk (yes this works, please read on...).

I want to remove my IDE disk because it makes a lot of noise and i dont use it anayway. I disconnected the IDE disk and setup the SATA disk as my boot device in BIOS. But then windows won't start up anymore. It tells me "please insert boot disk" right after POST. Even when i just change my boot device in BIOS to my SATA disk and let the IDE disk connected i get this message.

What i think is the problem (because i think i cancelled out a BIOS problem) is that somewehere on my IDE disk there is data (Which i'm unable to see btw) left which tells windows to boot from my IDE disk (maybe because of earlier XP installs on this disk). The reason i think this is because i tried to completely format my IDE disk, but at the end of the proces it tells me "cannot complete format" (or something the like).

Is there anyway to resolve this problem so i can boot from my SATA alone (without the IDE disk conected). Preferebly without a completely new windows installation.

Many thanks!!

My specs:
ASUS A8V deluxe
AMD 3500+
Hitachi 160 GB SATA disk
Maxtor 8 GB IDE disk (parallel ATA)

A:sata harddisk as boot device


Hope you didn't say this and I just missed it somewhere. Have you gone to your BIOS setup menu and set your Boot Order to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
SATA - 3rd

Don't forget to save before you exit.

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i want to use my 400gb usb hd as suitcase for all matters.

how do i set up multiple partitions to boot from?

so that i have on bios boot menu a list of available drives
with options like install 7 32bit, 7 64bit, repair cd, partition tool, umbuntu, etc?

A:USB Harddisk with multiple boot options

Quote: Originally Posted by deskareas

i want to use my 400gb usb hd as suitcase for all matters.

how do i set up multiple partitions to boot from?

so that i have on bios boot menu a list of available drives
with options like install 7 32bit, 7 64bit, repair cd, partition tool, umbuntu, etc?

MS has said you cannot install Win7 to an external USB drive.

Has anyone tried it? Workaround?

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I setup my pc with 2 harddisk. I dual boot xp 32-bit and windows 7 64-bit on 1 harddisk and other harddisk is for my data storage for xp and 7. The problem is that windows 7 recognize the 2 harddisk and I can access the data but xp won't. Xp can see the harddisk on 'my computer' but it was listed RAW.

Anyone know how to fix it so that xp and 7 can access the 2nd harddisk?


A:Dual boot: xp won't recognize 2nd harddisk.

Look in XP Disk Managemnet to see if the missing partition is assigned a letter. If not, give it one.

Otherwise, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk management map.


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after I came back from holiday yesterday I switched on my computer for the first time in two weeks. As I progressed through my usual routine - check news, check email - my computer simply froze, starting with Winampradio and quickly progressing until there was nothing left to do but reboot.

Upon reboot, I simply saw the manufacturer's logo and no progession of the computer booting up. I managed to get into the BIOS settings after spamming F2 and waiting a looong time, and switched off the logo. All I see now when I boot up the computer is its self-diagnostics starting and the message
"Memory runs on single channel", followed by a list containing "Master 0" that turns out empty and negative until the computer recognises my CD-ROM drive and my DVD drive.

It seems that my harddisk isn't recognised. I tried popping in a WinXP installation CD and all works well until I pick the option to reinstall, and the program can't find any harddisk space - the entire options menu to select partition and formatting is simply empty.

I'm inclined to believe my computer has contracted a virus of some sort but I'm at a total loss of what to do about it, since I can't really get anything to start up properly enough - not even the WinXP HD formatting utility, since it simply doesn't recognise the harddisk.

Some details about my system that might be relevant:
- Using updates Avast! Antivirus with some live protection utility
- Using ... Read more

A:Severe boot/harddisk problems

Open it up and check all your connections. Remove any dust from cooling fins while you're there. Be sure that all your PCI cards and memory sticks are firmly in their slots.

Try disconnecting from power and removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes to reset its memory. When you first boot after that, you may get a CRC error. If you do, just enter BIOS setup and set it to "default" or whatever the equivalent is.

You're right that you'll get nowhere until the drive is at least recognized by BIOS. Another drive being defective can also be the cause of your system drive being unrecognized, so for testing purposes, try disconnecting all your other drives, even the optical ones, and leave just your system drive connected.

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Hard boot error came while booting computer

A:Harddisk failed error while boot

Hi,In that case you need to replace the failed hard driveIf you're within warranty, HP would replace it free of costhttp://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-phone-assist.htmlSpecs:https://support.hp.com/sg-en/product/hp-14-ac100-notebook-pc-series/8499318/model/10110412/document/...Manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04644008You need 2.5 inch SATA HDD or SSD.If you've created HP Recovery USB using HP Recovery Manager just after initial setup of this notebook, use this to factory reset after replacement of hard driveIf you've not created it, you can order HP Recovery USB directly from HP for your model:https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/bph07143Alternatively you can clean install Windows 10 Home 64 bit in your new hard drive by creating UEFI bootable Windows 10 installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool;https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-clean-install-windows-10-a.htmlWindows will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetAdditional drivers from here: https://support.hp.com/sg-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-14-ac100-notebook-pc-series/8499318/model/101104...RegardsVisruth

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I was trying to clone my win 7 to another SSD and I messed somthing up.
Let say, I have two SSD A (Original) and SSD B (New)
SSD A: System Reserved + F:
SSD B: Deleted partition + C:

I was try to undo the clone. However, Boot up on SSD A is pointing to SSD B. How can I reverse it back to SSD A? (F: and C: are the same)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Messed up boot up harddisk. Need help to repair.

Hi JoshuaAvalon, welcome to the Forum.

If you disconnect SSD B, will the computer boot up?. If it does can you make a screen shot of your SSD A. To that follow this tutorials on supplying a screen shot.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also what size are both of the SSDs?.

What program did you use for the clone?.

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I've made a UEFI Win8PE by WADK , then burn it to a CD. I boot normal and I can see X:\Windows\System32.
I use EasyBCD to [Add New Entry] to append new boot item to existing Windows 8. The boot menu becomes like this :

Windows 8

But the Win8PE fail to boot with error message like insert Windows disc again ...... in the primary black and white screen.

Should I not to use EasyBCD to [Add New Entry] ? As I do the same thing in BIOs + MBR harddisk that booted perfect. In UEFI + GPT partition , do I better not to use EasyBCD , instead to use BCDEDIT , if so , what's the command line to do this with bcdedit ?


A:UEFI Win8PE don't boot from GPT harddisk

WinPE3 x64 & WinPE4 x64 have two boot modes, Legacy & UEFI.

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Hi when I try to remove the three files from the USB stick generated by the W32.Mumawow.F virus, I can delete the text and other file but the Autorun file can not be manually deleted. Can you please advise how to remove it? Thanks for your help.

A:Remove Virus From Usb Stick

Hi Gav141 and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Have you tried formatting the flash drive?

You can google the specific drive that you have and see if there are instructions for formatting it.

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I need to access a FAT32 formatted harddisk in a Dell laptop. I mucked around with it a while ago and changed some file names. Now it can't boot Windows XP anymore. However, I've got a feeling that all I need to do is to rename a couple of files in the C:\ root. Anyone know of a USB boot solution (or something I can burn to a CD/DVD), that can give me access to these files in the root and offer me the opportunity of renaming them?
I can't just take out the harddisk of the computer and connect it to another one since the harddisk has a peculiar interface that I don't have cables for.

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: How can I USB/CD-boot PC to access FAT32 harddisk?

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System Gigabyte X48T, 4G ram, usual bits. Video
Sata Port 0&1 - Gigaraid 2x 750G Raid 0 - Scsii disk Boot.
Sata ports 2&3, 4&5, 6, - 5x 500G 2TB dynamic GPT Raid 5
Sata Port 7 -1x 750G Roms & software disk.
Rocket Raid Scsii 0_1, 5x1TB in raid 5.
Scsii 0_0, 1x500G JBOD. Problem is here.

I have been trying to get this system ready to do extensive HD video editing and multimedia work so thumbnails are critical to sorting out 1000's of clips. Vista just doesnt show thumbnails. I have been waiting years for Windows 7.
This system is fast. Boot drive reads at over 160MB/s sec. The 2 Raid 5 arrays can copy to each other at 250MB/s plus (for multi GB files). Interesting HDTach 3.0.1 only shows 160MB's for the Highpoint array.
They will have to fix their software..

In the last few weeks the system had become very flakey - win7 x64 & vista x64 system -video thumbnail display & codec errors etc, windows explorer hangs, system corruption, bad software & codecs.

The boot manager from the latest (Paragon i think) partition manager for windows 7 got stuck on resize partition and it doesnt time out. I want my pc to be always on for remote access..
Anyway the system finally crashed. I lost one of the Raid0 boot disk array IDs when I tried to delete the boot manager. One disk offline and array gone. 60 hours, 400G of newly imported video from 8mm tapes..

So I decided on clean install just windows 7 after I recovered the... Read more

A:fix boot error when extra harddisk connected

Quote: Originally Posted by rmerrick

Question is..
1 What is the purpose of the 100MB that windows installed onto the boot disk.
2 how do i find the boot manager that screws the system when I connect a new drive (including USB key).
3 How do I force the boot to the correct disk array regardless of which drives are installed or not.
4. Is there a boot "something" I can install on every disk to point to Scsii Gigaraid

The 100MB partition stores the Windows boot manager. That is the partition that the Master Boot Record labels as the boot partition (aka "active" partition).

Each hard disk can have it's own MBR, boot sector, etc. And when you plug in a new disk, the BIOS may try to load the MBR of another disk (depending on boot order). It sounds like that is what happens in your case.

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Is there any freeware than can used to boot,
then can backup the entire harddisk content and burn into CD or DVD?

When there is the need for recover, these CDs or DVDs can perform a harddisk format and restore the files?

Just like Ghost Recovery Disk.

A:Looking for freeware than can boot, backup and restore harddisk

danserv said:

Is there any freeware than can used to boot,
then can backup the entire harddisk content and burn into CD or DVD?

When there is the need for recover, these CDs or DVDs can perform a harddisk format and restore the files?

Just like Ghost Recovery Disk.Click to expand...

Well yes there is one that's can do all of that and it's free but complex to use.

Some you can use (freeware)

GFI Backup


http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp (this one is complex but does it all)

CloneZilla (opensource) (more like Norton ghost)

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Editon

I use Arconis True Enterprise Edition but I haven't tried the Home Version with Windows 7 yet though since ATEE won't working with Windows 7?

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So i snapped off the IDE on my mother board, totally fxxxed my self lol
and just found a 4 GB mem stick which is like 3.69 GB. So it is 110 MB short for my Windows 7 Disk to fit on it. How can i slim down my Boot disk so i can make my Boot stick?

support // don't really need this also right?
upgrade // i feel i can remove this one.. i think

A:Windows 7 too big for mem stick, what to remove to to slim down?

Any win7 Install DVD should fit on a 4GB USB stick

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hi - I was trying to boot XP installer from my stick and wrote the XP bootsect onto it. Even after formatting stick, it remains to block successful booting of Win7 now.

Should I diskpart to clean all the stick? Or is there a command to reverse XP bootsect?


A:Remove XP bootsect from flash stick

Can you overwrite XP's boot sector with 7's?

bootsect /nt60 [drive letter]

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I have fujitsu laptop AH531/GFO , i can n't boot from harddisk and the booting stops with black screen without any message ,sometimes it enters into an infinite loop(restart and stop with black screen ) and sometimes stops in black screen for long time . i used chkdsk for diagnosing this situation ,and it gave me a message with blue screen("20121112_232111_.jpg") :Benutze: \windows\system32\AUTOCHK.EXEMissing export: "memset" !Missing expott: "NtSerializeBoot" !etc....Exception: 0E Error code : 0004etc...CauseWay error 09 : Unrecoverable excption . Program terminatedNote: I have tried to repair system and nothing happened .and I can access the hraddisk from Cmd.Please help me what should I do? thanks

A:I can n't boot from harddisk , freezing with black screen without any message.

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Hi all,
I was uninstalling AVG and my syatem would get the BSOD and xrash before I completed it.

Eventuallt my whole system crashed and all I get is a message on a black screen fron Phoenix Technologies aaying 'Boot from BBS-harddisk'.

Anyone know what this means and if this screen can be bypassed. I can't use f2, f8 or f12.


A:Toshiba L500 crash - boot from BBS Harddisk message

Hi, I did a lookup on that and it is related to the hard drive. BBs mean Bios Boot Specification

The recommendation is to unscrew the cover over the hard drive and remove the drive. Then replace it and make sure it seated snug. Put the cover back and reboot. Let us know how it goes.

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I have installed Windows 7 on a 1st PC, included driver and other software.

I use GHOST to copy partition image of 1st computer. Partition that have backup,

>> 100MB System Reserve Partition
>> Drive C

Then, use Ghost to restore the 2 partition image to 2nd PC's harddisk.

After task complete, reboot.

The 2nd PC was unable to detect any OS.

How to resolve this problems?

A:W7 wont boot after ghost image restore on new harddisk

Well, I am going to over look the fact your are trying to clone a Win 7 install, but did you try restoring to the original computer?

I have never been able to get Ghost to work correctly.

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I'm having problem's with an install which I think is due to issues with the DVD. I had to load win7 on a USB stick in order to get it to be found by the laptop. I have performed a clean install but now that I'm trying to utilize the recovery disks I get into same issue of the laptop cannot find them in the DVD drive. so I'm thinking, can I place the four recovery disks on the USB stick and

Update: I'm letting go of this idea. I did manage to finally muddle through and performed a Clean install, which left me with having to download from Acer, Ethernet and wireless drivers onto my desktop PC then transfer to the laptop. All seems well!

A:Are the 4 Recovery Disk In ISO format, can they run from USB stick?

This almost never works unless you make the Recovery media in USB format to begin with. For example you can write the Recovery disk ISO to stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive but it only works rarely. If it does however for the first disk, then you can write each subsequent disk as it is requested in the same way and it should complete.

What is the problem with the disks not being recognized? Sometimes what works is booting the Win7 DVD or REpair CD to wipe the HD first from its Command Line with Diskpart Clean Command.

Since a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 is much superior install, perhaps we could help you resolve any issues you have with it since it is a specialty of these forums where we have helped countless thousands get perfect Clean Reinstalls.

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running windows 10. I had a USB drive in my computer, however if I try to view files on it it tells me "Please insert a disk into (E:." If I try to format it it gives me the same error. I had tried going to computer management/ disk management and change drive letter whitch seems to be the most common Fix I could find. I have also gone CMD>Diskpart>Select disk 1 (its number)>clean> Select disk (same one) > create partition primary. It failed around the clean or maybe create partition primary -clean: Virtual Disk service error: there is no media in the device. -Create partition primary: No usable free extent could be found then two more paragraphs saying similar stuff.

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Hi folks

A friend of mine has a Acer mini PC which doesn't have a DVD drive only USB ports. It occurred to me that if things went wrong it would be difficult to troubleshoot. I would like to create a recovery dick on a USB Stick. Windows will only create to a DVD drive. It would be for Windows 7 Home Premium.

Apologies if this has be posted before...


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hi guys

i have a peak 2gb usb stick
it says please insert a disk into drive g when i double click on it.
when i get properties on it, it says 0 bytes

i googled this and it shows you how to format it...

is there any way to retrieve data off it...very important data.
without formating the drive.

please help

A:usb stick saying:please insert a disk into drive

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I have a 64GB USB3 stick that shows as 'Local Disk' in Computer. I am a bit puzzled. Why would it not show as a removable device like any other good USB stick. That is the only one of my sticks that does that. It is this one:

A:USB stick shows as local disk

Just a thought.
Did you choose the drive letter (M) or did you let Windows pick the drive letter.
Did you wipe the stick; their might be something on the stick from the manufacture.

Crazy thoughts but sometimes I think that way.

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