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Can't format secondary drive (old system drive)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My laptop has to terabyte hard drives, one which has Windows 8 and one that has Ubuntu 14.04. I use to use Ubuntu quite a bit, but all the more I really use my laptop for is to play games, so Ubuntu has been getting used less and less over the last couple of months. I've thought about getting rid of Ubuntu, and turning that hard drive back into simply being a secondary hard drive for Windows, but I can't seem to find out how to do it? Should I decide to do this, how do I?

A:How do I format a secondary hard drive with a different OS

Does Windows Explorer even SEE that drive?

If it does, you can right click on that drive in Windows Explorer (MyComputer) and select "Format".

Since the drive does not have a DOS or NTFS compatible format, working with it from Windows may not be possible. I've had that problem before, with Linux formatted drives.

I could remove that Linux partition with FDISK, a DOS program that I keep on my DOS Utilities CD.
Then make just one partition using FDISK and then DOS Format the drive, then windows could see it and reformat it as NTFS, if indeed that's what you want.

Personally I keep my extra drives formatted FAT-32, so I can access them and the files I store on them, even from a DOS boot disk. (not so, with NTFS) For instance, most USB Drives come already formatted FAT-32.

If you were local, I could fix that problem for you.

Good Luck, and Happy Holidays

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I have an unattached drive in the box that I need to format "outside" of my Win 7 Pro 64bit box.

Is there a way to use the startup/recovery Windows CD to format drive L: (formally C: drive before cloning to current C: drive) without starting Windows up ?

I have a key program the keeps giving me fits when it detects the previous installation on the detached drive when starting my new HDD

I'd like to shut down...reconnect the target drive....restart to the startup/boot/recovery CD...and hopefully reformat the "old" C: HDD to use as storage ?


A:Can you format a secondary drive outside of Windows

Why exactly don't you just use the drive manager to format your drive for storage use?

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I format once a year and I have a little problem regarding format.
When I format the primary drive, install the OS and all software, the secondary harddrive is not seen. So I reformat the secondary harddrive with the software that came along (Maxtor).

I like to know if it is possible to format the primary harddrive and have the secondary harddrive to retain all the contents. Meaning, I do not want to reformat the secondary drive and continue using it as it is, even after formatting the primary drive.

Is this possible?

A:Format primary harddrive and not touch secondary drive


Under normal circumstances formatting the boot drive should have nothing to do with being able to use the slave drive after the format is done...that is assuming nothing has changed from the way you had it before.

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I format once each year and I have a little problem regarding format.
When I format the primary drive, install the OS and all software, the secondary harddrive is not seen. So I reformat the secondary harddrive with the software that came along (Maxtor).

I like to know if it is possible to format the primary harddrive and have the secondary harddrive to retain all the contents. Meaning, I do not want to reformat the secondary drive and continue using it as it is, even after formatting the primary drive.

Is this possible?

A:Format primary harddrive and not touch secondary drive

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

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

A:a secondary drive marked as system drive?

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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

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fiddling with restore & noticed, on my backup HD or D drive, that for some unknown reason I had a restore usage setting of 23% & current usage of 80GB - even tho the System Protection is set to Off
I do not remember doing this (would never set it to 23%). Couple years ago I moved the OS to a SSD & kept the original HD for backup purposes. Of course formatted the old HD to remove any instance of the old OS.

1) If System Protection is turned Off for the backup drive why would Restore be using any space?

2) Would restore have been automatically enabled on the secondary HD for any reason? I do use Windows Backup & place the backups on the secondary HD. Does Windows Backup require System Restore?


A:Why have system restore on secondary drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by newpgm


fiddling with restore & noticed, on my backup HD or D drive, that for some unknown reason I had a restore usage setting of 23% & current usage of 80GB - even tho the System Protection is set to Off
I do not remember doing this (would never set it to 23%). Couple years ago I moved the OS to a SSD & kept the original HD for backup purposes. Of course formatted the old HD to remove any instance of the old OS.

1) If System Protection is turned Off for the backup drive why would Restore be using any space?

2) Would restore have been automatically enabled on the secondary HD for any reason? I do use Windows Backup & place the backups on the secondary HD. Does Windows Backup require System Restore?


The System Protection settings can be a little confusing.

If you store windows system images on that drive, the size you set in System Protection for that drive will control how many system images you can have before they're deleted. Even if it's set to Off it still controls the size.

System Protection also controls the size of shadow copy (restore previous versions) size. The larger you set it, the more previous versions of files you can have.

"Restore system settings and previous versions of files" should only be selected on the OS drive.

If, like me, you have separated your Data from the OS drive then you only need to have "Restore previous version... Read more

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My PC crashed, sent it back to ASUS, I think they reformatted the HD (they won't say!). Upon return I did a reinstall with the backup disks, BUT... connected the secondary hard drive before the reinstall. Big mistake, now that drive is "system reserved," and I can't access the files on it. I have to have those files - this was my backup. Any suggestions?

A:Secondary drive is system reserved - how to open?

Post a screen shot of a full screen Disk Management window.

To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Use the Browse and Attach This File buttons below the text input area while using the Full editor to upload and insert here.

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Good evening posters.

I'm a new member and I'm completely lost on how to fix a recent problem. My windows backup typically runs on Thursdays and last night it finished in a much shorter time than I usually expect it to. I don't know if this is related to my current problem.

When I started my PC after coming home from work today (Friday) my computer didn't recognize my F: drive. I have three 1TB drives, C: contains my OS and is my boot drive, E: is the drive Windows does backups to, and F: contained all my personal files/folders.

After opening the disk manager the HDD that was my F: drive is now showing as a "System Reserved" drive with no drive letter. I'm given it the former drive letter of F: and I only see 100mb of the 1tb drive with no files/folders.

My multi-part question is as follows:
How did Windows create this System Reserved on my F: drive when it was only a storage drive?
How do I get rid of the System Reserved partition without losing all my files/folders that should be on that HDD?

My research has returned lots of results on System Reserved partitions, but I haven't seen anything that covers my specific problem. I'm lost at this point and desperate to fix this without losing the data on that drive.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.


A:System Reserved created on a secondary drive

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I have two hard drives, a 240 GB SSD with the OS, and a second internal hard drive, a WD black edition 2 TB drive.

Everything worked fine until I temporarily attached a friends hard drive (OS drive running Windows 7 prof) to my system in order to recover some files. After removing the friend's hard drive, my system hangs-up after the motherboard splash and will not boot. If I disconnect my WD drive, the system boots normally. If I disconnect the WD drive until the Windows logo appears, then connect the WD drive, the system boots normally, and the WD drive works fine.

What do I need to do so I don't have to disconnect/reconnect the SATA cable from my secondary drive(WD) every time I reboot the system?

A:System will not boot with secondary hard drive connected

Could you post a shot of Disk Management with both drives connected please.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I was recently doing a fresh install on my SSD (primary). I saw a 100mb system reserved partition and deleted it thinking it was from the primary drive. But it was from my data drive/secondary hard drive. Now the data partition is there in secondary hard drive but I'm unable to access it. Windows says I have to format the drive to access it, rightfully so.

Is there any way to access my data now?

A:Deleted system reserved partition from my secondary hard drive

Didn`t you even pay attention to what the Disk # was when you deleted it ? Obviously not.

Why didn`t you unplug your data drive before you even attempted the new install ???????

If you format your data drive, bye bye data.

There is no reason you can`t access the data on that drive.

Partition Wizard, Linux etc, there are many ways.

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My system runs Windows 7, 64bit OS.
Replaced Socket 775 Mother board and CPU with Socket 1155.
ASUS was manufacturer of both old and new mobos.
Kept all hard drives and reinstalled them.
2 x Seagate 350Gb Sata 3.0 (one is the boot drive with OS)
1 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1.0 Tb Sata 3.0
PROBLEM: System would freeze at post, just before Windows launch.
Isolated to the WD hard drive as problem.
When disconnected, Windows booted normally and all other drives appeared.
I did a ?Clean Install? of Windows 7, 64 bit. I reinstalled latest mobo bios and all chipset/device drivers, but problem continued.
Tried to ?Hot Plug? the WD drive after windows launched and it worked. It booted and loaded drivers. When Hot Plugged it operated normally and was visible in both My Computer and Disk Management. I could see files and transfer to and from the disk.
HOWEVER, when I shut down and restarted, I was back to square one. Drive caused system to freeze before Windows launch.
The only way to access the drive is via Hot Plug, which is not realistic for an internal drive.
Anyone have a solution? Help Please. Thanks.

A:Secondary Hard Drive freezes system before Windows launch

Does the main drive and the WD drive both have the OS loaded on it? Next question: What SATA port do you have it plug into...it does make a difference? It should be plugged into sata ports 1 - 4. The other ports require either AHCI driver loaded to activate those ports or the RAID driver to use all port at the same time. It's a limation of the mobo do to the controller responseable for the remaining sata ports.

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I've had two disks:
1- SSD drive with OS
2- HDD with 4 partitions + system reserved

Because i wanted to get rid of system reserved partition i've deleted and extended one of those 4..
After that i formated and installed windows 7 x64 on my SSD.
Right now the hdd partitions won't show up, and the only way i can see those partitions is running windows installation cd, but they are listed as Dynamic and cant do anything about them. The partition i resized appears multiple times, i don't know what to do. I'm desperate here.

Gregrocker if you are around, please help me out.

A:Deleted System reserved partition on secondary hard drive

While you're waiting you should post a screen shot of the HDD.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
If you have made 5 partitions you have probably made the HDD dynamic and should attempt to make it basic again. A basic drive can have a maximum of 4 primary partitions.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hello everyone!

There is a folder in my DATA (D drive called '1e42ab03aa7144cdba8d91e53d8ee2', it seems to be an 'application', but with SYSTEM permissions? Here's a picture of the folder -

as you can see, there are bmp files and lots of different folders. I have tried adding myself to all the permissions, but for some reason, I get 'Access Denied' when I try adding permissions!

I never had this UGA problem back in Windows 7, could someone else me? This folder is getting on my nerves. I know it's unnecessary to worry about it but it's just.. strange!

I want to know what this is.. but because of permissions, I can't open the bmp files. They would show exactly what it is! 'watermark.bmp', 'splashscreen.bmp'.

Thank you.

A:Strange folder with SYSTEM perms in secondary hard drive

It's a temp folder that an MS installer created during the unpacking of an update. Nothing to worry about. You might be able to take ownership of it and delete it that way.

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lately my system has been freezing up. i can start up windows (xp sp2) fine, but then will freeze for about 4 seconds, then ok 4 seconds, frozen, ok, etc.

i have a maxtor 250g sata hard drive connected through a pci adapter, and when i disconnect that, the problem goes away.

is that drive effed or what? is there a away i can defrag it w/o it freezing? what utility pay or otherwise would be best to copy all of that info from the drive to a new one?

many thanks in advance,


A:Secondary Hard Drive Causing System Freeze Cycle

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I have a z575 with a SSD divided into a c drive and d drive. I just formatted the c drive assuming I could leave the d drive intact with the data. when I try a fresh install on the c drive with a Windows 10 disc, I get     Recovery     Your PC Device needs to be repaired     A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.     Error Code: 0xc000000f      Press Enter to try again     Press F8 for startup settings Enter does nothing.F8 does nothing.Each time I reboot hoping to snag the dvd drive, I get immeditatly sent to the Blue screen above. Should I be able to install windows 10 to the c drive regardless of the d drive?I have been running Windows 10 with no problems other than a long lag on boot up, I think because of an old Windows 7 installation. Any insight would be appreciated!Thanks!

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My wife has bought a new Dell XPS 8300 as her HP is four years old. The new machine has Windows 7 Professional already installed.
Is it possible to remove the original primary disk from her old machine and install as a second drive on the new one? Will we have to remove Windows 7 Professional on the old drive before installing in the new computer as a second drive? Will the new machine recognize her programs and data files on the second drive?


A:Installing old primary drive in new computer as secondary drive

Yes, you can install the old drive in the new PC.

No, you will not have to remove Windows 7 from the old drive.

The new PC will recognize the data on the old hard drive, but not the programs. You will have to reinstall the programs onto the new hard drive in the new PC.

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While preparing to move my boot drive to an SSD, I found that $PatchCache$ is over 3gb! I understand from reading that these are artifacts of updates and installs I have done over time and they should not be deleted.  Can I move them to my slower E: drive and redirect via a mountpoint or some other method ?

A:Installer\$PatchCache$ on OS drive is very big - How can I move it to a secondary drive

You cannot be able to move $PatchCache$ to other drive. You can delete files under this directory if you want, and your applications will continue to run normally.DO NOT delete %WINDIR%\Installer no matter how large it might be. Leave %WINDIR%\Installer severely alone.
I have found a work around for you:Click Start button, input “cmd” right-click command prompt and click run as Administrator.Type the following command to remove the Windows Installer baseline cache:rmdir /q /s %WINDIR%\Installer\$PatchCache$
You must stop the Windows Installer service for the change to take effect.You can set the MaxPatchCacheSize system policy to 0, so that the patch cache will not be created for this or any other products when patched.
To see “Freeing additional space” of the article: http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths/archive/2009/08/09/atl-security-update-kb971092-still-offered-on-microsoft-update.aspxHope it will help you!

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I recently had to clean install Win7 on my laptop. C: drive is an 80gb SSD which has my OS and I also have a 500gb HDD which I want to install programs so that I can save valuable space on my SSD. I can't remember the procedure I used to install and configure iTunes, which prior had been on the HDD which is now empty.
I'm sorry if I Posted my question in the wrong section. Thanks for any help or suggestions

A:Installing iTunes on a secondary drive, not on my Win7 C: drive

Anyone have any thoughts or point me in the right direction???

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Hello, I hope someone can help me with an issue I've just come across.

I bought an LG BH14 Blu Ray DVD drive to replace my old LG drive. I unplugged my pc, pulled out the old unit, disconnected the two wires, connected them to my new unit, and popped it back in. Too easy, right?

After startup, I went to install the software that came with the new blu ray drive, and noticed that my secondary hard drive was missing from 'My Computer'
I have a WD drive as 'C', and a Seagate that is partitioned into E,F,G, etc.... all that was showing and accessible was the 'C' drive.
I checked Disk Management, and only 'C' and the blu ray drive are there.

I tried System Restore to no avail.... nowhere on my pc can I find, access, or even prove that my other drive even exists, even after reboot.

So, again I unplugged and popped off the cover to see if any other wires came loose, but everything is as it should be.

I've scanned the forums and seen similar problems, but not the same. This is an existing drive that has worked well for over a year, not a new install.....

I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree, so any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.

oh, I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit...... whatever that means

A:Secondary hard drive disappeared after install of Blu Ray DVD drive


I would double-check both the power and SATA cable connectors between this 2nd disk and the motherboard. Then, when booting, enter the BIOS screen and see if this 2nd drive is listed in the BIOS.


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How do i format system drive, from windows?

can i use command prompt?

A:How do i format system drive

You want to format the drive that your operating system lives on? While you are running the operating system?

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



A:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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Hi! My mom brought her old computer from work (PIII, 600 MHz, 128 MB RAM) and it had Windows 2000 installed on it.
I wanted to reformat it to start fresh, and I have a Windows XP UPGRADE CD, so I installed from the CD. Somehow I picked the wrong options during the installation and I now have both operating systems on my C drive, so when I start the computer it asks me to pick which OS to use between Windows 2000 and XP.
After I realized this happened, I tried to format C by again starting up the Windows XP installation and telling it to reinstall Windows XP, and when it brought up the existing partitions (C: Partition1 [NTFS]), I tried the 'D' key to delete that partition, but it would not let me saying that "temporary files required by the installation are on that partition!"
I then tried another technique, again starting up the Windows XP installation but this time selecting 'R' for the repair mode. It then popped up two options for "which Windows installation would you like to log on to": Windows XP or Windows 2000. I don't know the administrator password for the Windows 2000 installation, so I picked the Windows XP installation. It then came up with 'C:\WINDOWS>' so I typed 'FORMAT C: /FS:NTFS'. It told me that everything on the C drive would be deleted and asked me to confirm so I typed 'Y', after which it took about 10 seconds to do something and then came back with 'C:\WINDOWS>'... Read more

A:Desperately trying to format my system drive - PLEASE HELP!

Welcome to TSG....

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP During an Install.


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I need to install windows 98, but windows XP is still on a partition.
Every time I start my computer it still trys to finish installing. How do I delete windows XP of off a partition format my drive, and put windows 98 on.......

A:format drive with no operating system

do you have a boot disk that you can boot on ? if you do , set the boot sequence to boot from the floppy, and then let it boot up from the floppy and format...If you want you can download boot floppy from here...its on the bottom of the page


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So to give an idea of whats going on: D: Drive is where Vista USED to be. C: Is where I put 7. E: Is a small drive I dropped in for XP.

Now that 7 is on C: I have no real use for Vista and want to format D: for storage of all non-system files. However its not letting me delete all the files (it shows about 50+ GB os files in D:\Program Files\ and D:\Windows from the old installation) OR Format the drive because it treats is as a system drive. Any way around this? Any help appreciated.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ard/error1.jpg is the error I get when I try to format

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ard/error2.jpg the error I get when trying to delete

A:Unable to format a system drive?

First off welcome to the sevenforums! ccwildcard

You are in a bit of fix there! First off if you delete the former Vista C primary neither XP or 7 will start up! The main boot files are located on the now seen by as D primary. Apparently you first saw an install of XP following Vista by the looks of the setup there.

In order to see a working dual boot of XP with 7 now you would need to follow a few steps I can outline for you here. But that will mean another slight change in the way things are setup.

1)You have two options of first seeing a second 7 installation on the first primary originally used by Vista. Or you can backup the two primaries and delete both the Vista and 7 primaries in order to see one larger new one for a fresh install of 7.

2)If you elect the later once you have the new primary created and formatted in order to be ready for use you first perform a repair install of XP in order to see the new mbr entries along with the new boot files placed at the root of the new C drive. How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

3)Once XP is up and running again following the repair install which will preserve the existing XP installation you can then install a fresh copy of 7 on the new primary then becoming the default OS as well as seeing XP added into the 7 boot loader seen as "previous version of Windows".

The BCD editor tool can be downloaded separately in order to rename that to XP Home or Professional depending on the edition. The free too... Read more

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Im looking into a toshiba p50-b-11l to buy as my new laptop, but i wanted to replace the hdd that it comes with with an ssd with windows and some software and place the hdd on the dvd drive using an adapter, which is something that is quite common to do with other laptops.
I do know i have to open the laptop up to replace the hdd, i don't mind it.

But i was searching and saw that some users seem to have problems setting it up that way and making the ssd boot, while others seem to can (although with other models. So, is it really possible to set it up this way and make the bios recognize the ssd and boot from it or not? This will be a huge factor that will make me either buy it or pass it, so i would really like to know.

Thank you!

A:Satellite P50-B-11l - Ssd as boot drive, hdd as secondary drive

According to your message, you want to replace the internal ODD (optical disk drive) with an adapter which allows you to add the additional HDD… is it correct?
I think there could be a problem with the BIOS…

In the past many different Toshiba notebooks supported such extension because the units supported the Toshiba slim select bay… this was the case with some Portege and Tecra series.

But I think this Satellite notebook does not support such adapters and probably the HDD within the ODD bay would not be recognized by BIOS.

But you have to know that this is just my personal opinion and i did not test such combination

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Ever since doing a fresh install of Windows 10, in "This PC", my secondary hard drive is not in the list. I have already tried right clicking "This PC" and clicking Manage -> Disk Management, but there is nothing there except my SSD with Windows 10 installed.
I have tried changing SATA cables, SATA ports, but it still does not appear in This PC. I have also tried installing my hard drive on a another computer to see if the files were corrupted. They were not, all files were still the same before the installation of Windows 10. I did not leave the hard drive plugged in during the installation.
In the BIOS, my computer recognizes both my SSD and my hard drive, but in This PC, it's still missing.
Anything else I can do? Thank you!

A:SSD Detected - Secondary Drive (Hard drive) is not

They were not, all files were still the same before the installation of Windows 10. I did not leave the hard drive plugged in during the installation.
Looks like the new os do not reconize the old table sitting on the 2nd drives (or the mbr of the drive).
many ways to correct that..how much work are you willing to do? Like backing up all the 2nd drive to a secondary location, perfrome a 2nd installation who include a format of the 2nd drive  etc etc   you get the idea...

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Well just bought new everything for a brand new pc I'm building. I got everything running and set up the bios defaults and had the cdrom first priority for boot.

I put in Windows XP Professional SP3 installation disc in and then when I press enter it hangs on "Please wait..." So I ended up updating the BIOS to its newest version and tried it again.

Now I click enter and it shows the agreement, and I thought it was working now. It goes to the next screen after I agree and it shows unpartioned and I press C to make a new Partition and make it the maximun GB it could be because I'm only going to have one drive.

I then click enter and I click the next option (not the quick mode). Right after I click that option, my system just restarts.

A:System restart after trying to format new hard drive

How old is your Xp setup disk? Does it need a clean? Have you been successful in the past with this CD?
You don't state the size of the HD. Try a smaller size partition. Use the NTFS option.

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I've been having all kinds of issues lately so I have decided to do a reinstall with a system image I made after doing an original clean install when I got the pc. I just have a quick question before doing it. I'd like to reformat the C and D drive. Can I do this using the recovery console before I load the system image?

A:Reinstalling from System Image and want to format C drive

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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my laptop came with windows 8 now automatically updated to windows 10, but accidently i format system recovery drive. please help me how to create that drive back again, n recover that data and then i would be able to install window by pressing F11 on my laptop.thanks,

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Hi all

Please bear with me I'm new at this and a little unsure as to exactly what I'm doing.

A few months ago I was having trouble with an incredibly slow system running Vista 32 bit. I run some RAM hungry programs so decided I'd try a Win 7 64 bit system, and if it was stable I would then look to increase my RAM beyond 3GB (Apparently my motherboard will take 8GB of RAM)

A screen shot of my basic system info is here...
I obviously now want to stay with Win 7 64bit and format the Vista drive for the storage space but have no idea how to make my Win 7 drive the system drive and then format the old Vista drive.

I hope I've given enough info, and my request makes sense.

I'd be really grateful of a fairly straight forward "how to". I'm reasonably savvy and can follow instruction but certainly no expert.

Many thanks in advance


A:Cant format old system drive after dual boot install

Mark the Windows 7 HD Drive ACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Active
Physically disconnect the old HD.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the other two HD, as Disk1.

Mark the Windows Vista HD Drive INACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Inactive

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Okay so here goes... I was getting frustrated with adware,spyware and viruses, I mean really frustrated they corrupted my computer and made using internet explorer a pain in the @$#. So after deleting the corrupted programs and files from my computer I decided "Why not go all the way and delete the all the embedded crap from my system registry?" So I did just that I started manualy deleting all of the spyware that a spyware scan had found in my registry. Working my way through over 800 different directories. More determined to rid myself of these... mother#$^*#&... than I have ever been in my entire life. I mean I wasn't going to leave my chair until they were gone, all of them. Time began to pass and night became day, but shortly after, realisation came that I was done. It was now time to restart my computer and do another scan so I could know for sure. Then I'd be able to sleep. I clicked "Start" and proceeded to shut down my computer. At this same moment I noticed that beside my "My Computer" and "My Network Places" Icons in the Start Menu were the words "Folder" not "My Computer" or "My Network Places". The Computer powered off. I quickly powered on my computer It began to load windows xp, it continued to load windows xp, and 5 hours later yes, it was still loading windows xp. It is frozen at the blue screen just before the welcome screen where I'd log onto my User account. I rebooted in safe mode. ... Read more

A:Hard drive Won't Format! And Operating System Won't Start! Pls HELP!

Format.com cannot handle NTFS that is why you get the error when chosing option 2

Normally I would say you start with option 3.
But you say it failed.
So start with 1, remove all partitions, create new ones.
Since these will not be parititoned, you can now partition them with format.com if you want.

Although normally , the XP installer will not only partition but also format the drive when it installs.
contains a nice step by step of installing XP

Indicates that you do have a windows XP installer.

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Hi All,

It's time to format my hard drive. It hasn't been formatted since 2008 when it was bought and it's having some major issues.

I made a system image. when i was installing it, I couldn't check the option to "get rid of the partitions and format the hd". It requested the drivers, asked me to insert the disc, but I don't have any disc with the drivers.

Is there another way to install the same system image I've made and get the hard drive formatted too?

A:how to format my hard drive and reinstall the same system image

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I am unexperinte with partitions and boots on Windows & (and other systems too). I had installed Windows 7 x64 ultimate on my computer in a 150GB hard drive.
I bought a new 1TB HD and created 3 partitions (two with 250 GB and another with 500 GB). I copied my system from 150GB drive to the first 250GB partition on my new HD and had a dual boot system installed (my old 150 GB system and my old system copy on my new 250 GB partition). I following reinstalled the Windows 7 x64 system in my second 250GB in order to reinstall all my programs again to clean up all dirt stuff I had installed since I installed Windows 7 the first time.
Now I had 3 boots working fine (my old system, my copy, and my new system).
I in sequence formatted my old system in the 150 GB and did a new boot and what a surprise! The system did not boot any more.
Surprised and desesperated I reinstalled the Windows 7 again on my 150Gb drive and everything started normally again, but I had 3 boots (my copy, my new system where I was installing my programs again and the system in my 150Gb HD).
I looked now on my Disk Management and get the following:
Disk 1 Drive E: 250,60GB NTFS Healthy (Active, Primary Partition (my copy)
Disk 1 Drive C: 251,23 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition (the system where I am installing my programs again)
Disk 2 Drive F: 149,05 GB NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
I realize that when I did a format in my 150GB partition it... Read more

A:How to format a drive with Windows 7 Dual Boot system?

Reading your post, all I see is one big mess, & not sure what stage you are at.
From what i can see, your HD Drive layout may be like the screenshot below.

Take a look at this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

But you may like to start afresh with a clean install, with the 1TB HD Drive as Disk0 & the other HD Drive physically disconnect.

You also say you are dual booting, Windows 7 & OS unknown.

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I bought a 64GB Iron Man USB from eBay the other day (THIS)

It worked perfectly for a day, I put 3 films on it which didn't even scratch the size.

Now, It won't format

I've tried several ways such as:
Right click > Format - Doesn't work
Disk Management > Right Click > Format greyed out

I've also tried formatting programmes and it says the disk is protected.

Searching around somethings todo with command prompt to remove the protection and still nothing.

Also the list (can't remember name) to set a value from 1 to 0 to remove the protection and that doesn't work.

Please, any idea's will help !

Also added some screen shots.

A:64GB USB/Pen Drive - RAW File System - Protected - Won't Format HELP?!

Ok so some how I got it to start formatting, But after 12 HOURS I got a little annoyed at it only being at 17%!
So I disconnected it but back to square one.

Still RAW file, can anybody even explain what the best thing todo is?

Send it back?

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Yesterday I was going to format an external hdd, however I accidentally format the system reserve drive(with minitool partition wizard and disk management), and then my win7 won't boot. So I create a win7 iso boot usb, it can go into the installation, however when I click install is says no driver found, i tried the swap usb driver method and still not working.

Additional information, from the installation, i found out that all other disk were fine(all file are still there) beside C:, the only thing left in my C: drive is a file called temp, so I assume maybe my win7 os has delete?

Sony laptop with win7 home premium 64bit os

How should I fix this problem? can i still recovery my C: drive?
Any suggestion would be helpful, I'm very appreciate that

problem restate:
1.accidently format system reserve with minitool wizard
2.installed win7 through burned dvd iso
3.still cannot boot windows with hdd
4.C: drive said no label and only thing left was "Temp" file
5.the installed win7 is in G: drive - local disk

A:format system reserve drive by mistake, cannot boot win7

Where did you get the Windows ISO and how did you turn it into a boot USB?

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So I bought a used 2 TB Hard drive and it supposedly was only used a couple of times and I got a good deal.

I plugged it in and the software was installed successfully but it doesn't show up in the explorer with a drive letter. Now when I go to the device manager it does show up but I am not able to format it or give it a letter etc. Also like I said in the title it doesn't have a fat32 or NTFS File System.

Here is a screenshot:

The hard drive I right clicked is the one I am talking about. If you need more pics let me know.

I would appreciate if you could help me get this external hard drive to work so it is viewable etc.


A:Western Digital 1021 2TB Hard Drive - No file system and can't format?

I will assume you do not want any of the data that might be on the drive.

In the lower section of the Disk Management window there are 3 'boxes' next to Disk 2.
Right click on that middle (hatched) box and click "delete Volume".

Then Right click on the first box (System Partition) and click "delete Volume".

There should now be just unallocated space for the whole drive (black box). Right click on that and choose "Format".

Let us know if that will work.

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Should this be posted in Installation & Setup or Performance & Maintenance?

Hard drive in 2009 Satellite P500 series notebook, Windows 7 Home Premium X64, is pre-Advanced Format Drive.
The 2008, 500 GB Hard drive failed with SMART warning at every boot. (Pre-Advanced Format Drive)

Replace with new 500 GB HDD (AFD) Advanced format.
Repair with Toshiba supplied 3 Disc set
"Recovery Media Satellite P500 series"...
Boot okay, no network, Device Mgr shows 6 yellow exclamation marks, but properties all show "The device is working properly". Download latest drivers and install... no change in symptoms.
Scrounge up another 2008 (320 GB) Hard drive, and the Recovery Media installs fine.
System boots and everything is working great.Image Backup with three different programs, (PQ Drive Image (GHOST), Acronis, [email protected] Image)Restore to new 500 GB (AFD) hard drive
Continue to configure and customize system, and install all the latest updates.

Install again, the new AFD hard drive into computer.

Machine seems okay.. Use it for a couple days...
Discover that Windows Update does not work. Says service is not running... but it is. I spent most of a day trying to resolve... can't fix it.
Download an install a stand-alone fix does not work either.

And it now reports "NOT GENUINE"
Also I discovered a lot of repetitive errors in Event Log, one of which is Cryptographic Services failed, error 583.
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A:Recovery Media to Advance Format Drive creates unusable system

Good information here that may help: How to Re-install an Operating System on an Advanced Format Hard Drive for Home Users

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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Hey any help would this would be GREATLY apprciated.

One of the hard drives on my pc [250gb drive , drive E:\] has about 180gb of that data inside one folder. Today I went to open the folder and the pc locked up for a second and then said that DRIVE E:\ is not formated and asked if I wanted to format it. If I select no and try to access the folder again it does the same thing. I cannot risk loosing any of the data that is inside this folder on this drive. IF anyone could try and help me access the files inside this folder I would be so appriciative!!!

Someone please help....


All other folders on the drive open just fine...

A:Folder inside drive will not open - telling me to format entire drive..

It also says that there is 0 bytes in the folder when there should be over 110gb ...

Is there any sort of program that will repair something like this...

When I right click the drive in my computer and check properties it says used space 184gb...but then when I go into the E:\ drive and select all the folders and select properties it says there is only 74.2gb used ?

The other 110gb is in that folder that I am not able to access....

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i go into device manager and i see tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m .however device is unable to play any cd ,dvd or burn.problem also with usb2.0 drive says unable to format and cannot display any files however it does work on any other pc.I would appreciate if someone can help me resolve this.this forum is great by the way I didnt know barely how to turn on pc and thanks to this forum I AM MORE KNOWLEGIBLE ABOUT PC.THANKS IN advance.

A:my disk drive tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m also usb drive says unable to format

Uninstall the cd/dvd drive from Device Manager and restart Windows.

After Windows restarts the drive will be reinstalled.

If still having issue try the solution here

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

A:File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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I have an anternal media drive whith a number of hidden partitions which do not show up in windows. One of these partitions had become corrupted and unuseable and I would like to try re formatting it to fix the error.

In Partition Magic there are a number of drives listed. Some of the drives on the partition have assigned drive letters but the one I want to format has is greyed out and listed with a * infront of it. Partition Magic will let me enter the drive to view details and even gives me the option to format it BUT then wants to assign the drive the letter A:

If I do this then the media drive will be unable to work as it will have lost the file path it needs to record on to. I just wnat to re format this drive (with whatever freeware) and have the drive letter (wich is currently unassigned) untouched so that the media player never knows its been formatted.

File system is FAT32, partition size is 10gb, using Partition Magic, there are 2 partitions with assigned drive letters and 3 without on the 1gb HDD.

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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Hi,I am using a windows xp sp2 and a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N cd/dvd driveThe problem is my cd drive is sometimes detecting the contents of a cd and sometimes not. I am not even able to find the pattern because the same cd when i insert it into the drive at times it shows the content and at times not.I want to format only my C drive using the windows xp cd. But the problem is when i am trying to boot from the cd, the os is not able read from cd.I checked the bios boot priority configuration and it is set to cd/dvd first.what is the other way of format my c drive other than by booting from cd ?i copied all the contents of the "windows xp installation disk" onto my usb flash drive and wanted to setup windows xp.when i double clicked on "setup.exe", i was able to go to the blue screen which had options of "collecting information, dynamic update, preparing installation, installing windows, finalizing installation". the problem is ..it has not asked me whether to just format c or format c,d,e drives.what will happen if i go ahead and format. will i lose all my data in d, e, f drives also..or by default it just formats c drive even if it does not ask us ?I am actually facing all these problems bcos...my pc is not booting from my cd.Please help me with answers.thank you

A:cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?


When this happens can you eject the cd? When it doesn't read it does it still sound like it is being read in the cd drive?

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