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Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

Q: Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan

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Preferred Solution: Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.

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I have to use recovery console xp sp3 on my computer. There is a problem when it asks which directory is the windows folder located in. It gives me just an option 1.C:\WINDOWS
Actually, my 'WINDOWS' folder is located in hard drive named H:\

If I choose 1, will it delete my files on H:\ disc and create a new C:\ disk or not?
Is there an option to change the name of the drive to H:\ instead of C:\ ?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi, I have been looking all over the net for an answer to this, and I can't find anything. My problem is this: at first, all that would happen was while in XP, my laptop would make funny noises, and gradually get slower and slower and then crash, and I'd have to reboot. Eventually, on bootup I wouldn't even be able to get into XP, and I'd get the message saying C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM was missing or corrupt. I looked on the net and found that that problem was fairly common and there was an easy fix. However, when I tried to follow the directions, I found that I was unable to copy the SYSTEM file or replace it with the backup file in C:\WINDOWS\REPAIR. It would try to copy and then give me an error message saying "unable to copy". I have also tried doing a repair install from the XP installation disc, but it doesn't give me that option, it only asks if I want to do a clean install. I've tried everything, and I can't get a clean copy of that SYSTEM file.
I eventually went to CompUSA to get them to diagnose the problem, and they told me that my hard drive was corrupt, and they couldn't backup/recover the data on my hard drive, and there was no way of fixing my computer. I'd have to get a new hard drive.

My problem now is this: is there any way of recovering the data on my hard drive, when I can't get into XP? I have gone into the recovery console, and from the DOS prompt in recovery console, I can navigate th... Read more

A:backing up a hard drive from recovery console (XP)?

Can anyone help? Is there anything I can do?
 

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I think that I am hosed. I tried to boot my wifes computer the other day and the bios went through its thing and ended with the following message:

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Error finding btmagic.img
Press any key to continue (I pressed the "any" key)
Partition table invalid.

I tried to boot my Partition Magic cd thinking I could rebuild the partition table. The PM CD is not a bootable CD because the it falls through to the above message.

I tried booting off the SUSE 10 CD and install a text system to try to repair the problem. It tells me that the partitioning tool in SUSE is not the same one used to do the partitioning and so it cannot continue.

I then tried to boot the Windows XP Home CD. When I try to go to recover console it says no hard drive was found and blows me out. Same for install.

I am not sure what to try next short of installing a new harddrive and not sure how to get my data off the old one.

Any and all suggestions will be most welcome.
 

A:Recovery Console cannot find hard drive

If you have PM installed you should be able to make a set of boot disks to possible fix the partition tables.
 

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i've been trying to reformat my hardrive using windows xp recovery console after rebooting from the windows xp cd rom. i consistently get a error message saying that my hard drive can't be detected, even though bios detects my hard drive. any thoughts?
 

A:hard drive not detected recovery console

is the drive hooked up via controller card? if so, then when installing XP hit the F6 key to install 3rd party scsi or raid controllers. then when promoted insert the floppy disk that came with the controller or find drivers for that controller card and put them on a floppy. IF NOT hooked up via controller card ( i had this happen to me) then make sure that drive is set to master. The only other thing left would be to RMA the drive if above is not the case or this is a single drive with jumpers set correctly. let me know how it goes.
 

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I had an old (6 months old) internal hard drive that I had setup as an external drive go bad yesterday so I replaced it with a brand new internal drive that I am trying to connect using my esata connector. It is the same exact setup as I had for my old drive that did work for 6 months.

The new hard drive shows up in Device Manager, and in the Devices and Printer panel, but it does not show up in my Computer Panel under Hard Disk Drives.

Does anyone have any idea of what can be happening and where I should look to make this new hard drive visible as an accessible drive?

A:New hard drive not showing up as an accessable drive

Hi,

When you click Start & right-click 'Computer', select manage. See if it comes up under drive management and if so it may be showing as unallocated space.

Try...Partition or Volume - Create New and skip straight to Step 4


OS

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Hi,

I installed an additional hard drive in my machine.
It shows up in the bios, and when I run the diagnostic it also shows up there.
However, it is not visible in the windows explorer and therefore I can not access it.
What do I need to do to be able to use it.
There were no directions with the hard drive so I am at a loss.
Please anyone I need your help.

Adrian
 

A:New hard drive not accessable

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I have purchased a WD 5001AALS sata hd and installed it and booted up but the new icon does not show. I am operating win xp 3 gig with 1 gig memory, An asus board. I have done this before with a seagate drive and had no problems. This will be a third hd on this pc. Just can't figure what I am missing.
I checked device manager and the drive is there listed, but no show. I rebooted and still nothing. Tried help and went through the steps but it tells me my new hd is working prefectly, but no icon I cannot access the drive. I am using this drive as a extra drive to store pics on. Need help bad. Thanks...
 

A:new hard drive not accessable

Have you partitioned and formatted the drive?
 

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I have a main drive that now doesnt allow me to access it. in the properties of MY Computer its states its offline but doesnt allow me to click on the settings.

its was a raid system and should have a mirror drive. they are currently H: & I:, H; being the main drive.

i tried to run a check disk on it but it just pop open a blank dos screen for a split second and gone....

i tried using a file scavenger program to see if it has files in it and yes it does...but i can recover anything because there is no filing system for those file (UNKNOWN)

the drives does say NTFS and i dont want to reformat because i know ill lose all the files doing that...

can anyone help me gain access to that drive again? even if its to just recover and reformat?

thank you

A:Hard Drive not accessable

oops the drive DOES NOT say NTFS sorry

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I was clearing space on my computer a few days ago, and i restarted it because one of the programs recommended it. did not notice at first because it dose not change the use of the computer much, but not the computer will not let me access the hard drive at all. i cant save pictures, i cant get into device management.
please help me with this.
 

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I'm at my wits end. I have a WD My passport 320GB hard drive that is read as 0 bytes and RAW filesystem. when I try to open it I get "F: is not accessible, access is denied." But in the Disk Management console it appears healthy and says the filesystem is NTFS. I've tried everything. I've ran chkdsk, I've tried fixing permissions at least three times, I've reset the attributes to all the files (chkdsk says it didn't find any problems with it and 0KB in bad sectors) and I don't know what else to do. I can't access the drive at all. I have too much important data to reformat my drive. Please assist. Recently my hard drive got hit with the autorun virus and it set a lot of my folders to hidden and the checkbox to undo the hidden properties was greyed out and I was unable to unhide them. I removed the autorun virus and my hard drive was working fine after.

A:External Hard Drive (F is not accessable Access is denied)

External Hardrives have an autorun feature and some firewall suites such as mine (outpost security suite) won't allow autorun to execute until you configure the suite to do so. Autorun virus protection is starting to find it's way in antivirus software..I don't know but you may check that, it seems you've done everything else..

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My PC's motherboard died a few months ago, and I was finally able to find a cheap replacement that is almost completely identical. I have placed my hard drive into this computer, and tried to boot.

My hard drive is encrypted with TrueCrypt, and it prompts for the password in the BIOS environment before Windows can boot. This part works fine, so the TrueCrypt boot loader does not seem to be corrupted.

But as soon as I enter the password and hit enter, it shows the Windows dialog of "Windows failed to start. It may be due to a hardware change" (similar to the screen seen at boot up when you'd shut down the PC improperly). When I select the "Start Windows normally" option, it shows the Windows 7 screen for about 3 seconds, then it freezes, then BSOD, then restart.

From my online searching, I've figured that it must have something to do with driver conflicts. Is it just the hard drive driver causing the problem? Does anyone have any idea how this can be resolved, if at all?
Thanks very much in advance.

Relevant screenshots (sorry for poor quality):

1. TC Boot Loader (on my hard drive) prompt is shown, password entered, shows "Booting..."

2. "Windows Error Recovery" screen shows, offering options of "Launch Start Repair" or "Start Windows Normally".

3. When "Start Windows Normally" is selected, the Windows 7 boot logo begins, and then freezes after about 3 seconds.

4. BSOD appears, with the relevant t... Read more

A:TrueCrypted hard drive moved to alternate PC, causes BSOD during boot

Load up into safe mode with networking by pressing F8 on start up. Then follow the http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html so we can assist better.

-Justin

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My HP DV9000's motherboard died a few months ago, and I was finally able to find a cheap replacement that is virtually identical. I have placed my hard drive into this computer, and tried to boot.

My hard drive is encrypted with TrueCrypt, and it prompts for the password in the BIOS environment before Windows can boot. This part works fine, so the TrueCrypt boot loader does not seem to be corrupted.

But as soon as I enter the password and hit enter, it shows the Windows dialog of "Windows failed to start. It may be due to a hardware change" (similar to the screen seen at boot up when you'd shut down the PC improperly). When I select the "Start Windows normally" option, it shows the Windows 7 screen for about 3 seconds, then it freezes, then BSOD, then restart.

From my online searching, I've figured that it must have something to do with driver conflicts. Is it just the hard drive driver causing the problem? Does anyone have any idea how this can be resolved, if at all?


Thanks very much in advance.

Relevant screenshots (sorry for poor quality):

1. TC Boot Loader (on my hard drive) prompt is shown, password entered, shows "Booting..."

2. "Windows Error Recovery" screen shows, offering options of "Launch Start Repair" or "Start Windows Normally".

3. When "Start Windows Normally" is selected, the Windows 7 boot logo begins, and then freezes after about 3 seconds.

4. BSOD appears... Read more

A:TrueCrypted hard drive moved to alternate PC, causes BSOD during boot

The first step I would recommend is backing up your data. Then we can attempt to repair the Windows installation and get it up and running. I cannot guarantee we will be able to get Windows working again. Often, when key components are replaced, it requires a clean re-install of Windows.

Backup Files Outside of Windows:To backup your data when unable to boot into Windows: The simplest method is to copy and paste through the System Recovery Options


First, insert your backup drive via USB. Then log in as your administrative user after selecting your keyboard input method:Next, select System Image Recovery:Hit cancel when the System Image is not found. Then click next.Click advanced, and then click Install a driver.Click OK after being asked to insert the driver installation media. Then select Computer from the list on the left. Navigate to the drive and directory you want to copy (I copied the whole users folder)Choose the location to copy to:Right click in a blank space within the folder you want to copy to, and click Paste. The Windows circle of waiting may show up for a long time, but the system is doing something despite the appearance that it is not. It may take a while, so go get coffee or food in the meantime.Select Yes if given any warnings. Cancel out to get back to the System Recovery Options.

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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My DV9000's motherboard died a few months ago, and I was finally able to find a cheap replacement that is virtually identical. I have placed my hard drive into this computer, and tried to boot.

My hard drive is encrypted with TrueCrypt, and it prompts for the password in the BIOS environment before Windows can boot. This part works fine, so the TrueCrypt boot loader does not seem to be corrupted.

But as soon as I enter the password and hit enter, it shows the Windows dialog of "Windows failed to start. It may be due to a hardware change" (similar to the screen seen at boot up when you'd shut down the PC improperly). When I select the "Start Windows normally" option, it shows the Windows 7 screen for about 3 seconds, then it freezes, then BSOD, then restart.

From my online searching, I've figured that it must have something to do with driver conflicts. Is it just the hard drive driver causing the problem? Does anyone have any idea how this can be resolved, if at all?
Thanks very much in advance.

Relevant screenshots (sorry for poor quality):

1. TC Boot Loader (on my hard drive) prompt is shown, password entered, shows "Booting..."

2. "Windows Error Recovery" screen shows, offering options of "Launch Start Repair" or "Start Windows Normally".

3. When "Start Windows Normally" is selected, the Windows 7 boot logo begins, and then freezes after about 3 seconds.

4. BSOD appears, with the... Read more

A:[PICS] TrueCrypted hard drive moved to alternate PC, causes BSOD during boot

My DV9000's motherboard died a few months ago, and I was finally able to find a cheap replacement that is virtually identical. I have placed my hard drive into this computer, and tried to boot.Click to expand...

"Virtually identical"???
You are probably going to need to do a clean windows install if you have changed mobo's. If your windows disc is OEM it is tied to your original mobo and you would need to purchase a new copy.
 

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy


Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

A:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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recovery DVD stok on 3 dvd...... Or fail to windows installation.....I have formated my disk comple   ERecovery Management stuck on windows install ...3 on dvd or it not installe completely fail error messages are missing some files

A:New Hard Drive Will not Boot Using Recovery DVD , ...

Ti-Noir, I don't think you're supposed to partition or format your new hard drive prior to running the recovery discs.  The recovery discs should know how to partition and format a new hard drive automatically.  Just let the recovery discs automatically partition and format your new HDD. So to fix that, so you can start over......and to put your hard drive back to new (unallocated space), you can use diskpart clean.  Be careful when using diskpart clean and make sure you select the correct drive (correct disk). Diskpart clean will wipe your hard drive so you can completely start over with your recovery discs. "Diskpart clean" works on both hard drives and solid state drives.   Be careful!! http://forum.crucial.com/t5/The-Cru/Reset-your-SSD-to-factory-settings-Windows-DiskPart/ba-p/162503 http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/005929en After you use "diskpart clean" on your hard drive, don't partition or format it.   Just insert the recovery discs and let them automatically partition and format your hard drive.......which they should do during the recovery process.    

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recovery DVD stok on 3 dvd...... Or fail to windows installation.....I have formated my disk comple   ERecovery Management stuck on windows install ...3 on dvd or it not installe completely fail error messages are missing some files

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I have installed a new hard drive after my old one bi the dust.  I ran the recovery from the HP Disks.After it formats the disk and copies the files, it will not boot from the disk.  I have changed the boot order and tested the drive in BIOS.  What am I missing?

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)
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In detail :


'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free



'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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Well....I guess we will see if anybody in the Forums has a solution. This is a complicated lengthy explanation so bare with me.

1) My wonderful son borrowed my wife's brand new Windows 7 laptop as his was on the blink. After discovering that her laptop was not very fast he chose to remove the hard drive and install it in his laptop. (KEY NOTE: yes, the nice fella neglected to make a Recovery Disk prior to doing this.) He then reformatted the drive and installed his version of Windows 7.

2) Then he purchased himself a new i7 laptop at Christmas. At that point he decided to give mom's laptop back to her. He took the hard drive back out of his old machine and installed it back into mom's laptop. At that point he did nothing with respect to starting it to ensure that it worked.

3) Now I am stuck with a laptop that won't boot up as the computer obviously doesn't recognize the hard drive due to the Windows 7 install from the son's computer.

I've tried repairs, recovery, safe mode boots....and anything else that comes to mind but to no avail. I would like to get to a command prompt so that I can format (fdisk) the hard drive and try and start from scratch. I have found no help to date that allows me to do that either.

Your assistance would be much appreciated.

A:No recovery disk.....How to boot to dos to format hard drive

Do you have a Win 7 install disk? If you use an install disk to boot from, you will be able to partition and format the disk as part of the install process.

Another option would be to download one of the many Linux distros which would partition/format the disk as part of it's installation.

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A:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.
 

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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I have a cyberpower laptop computer that fails to boot in normal or any of the safe mode options. It will go to the Windows loading screen, and then it goes to a blue screen that says windows has halted to prevent system problems check new hardware or software. There is no specific error. It doesn't stay on the screen long before it just restarts. When I attempt to run recovery console it doesn't ask me to log on, and the only disk it will recognize is the cd-rom. I've have tried to use the virus programs on UBCD, but they only run for a second and report no problems, so I don't think they are detecting the hard drive partition. There is only one hard drive and it is SATA. What would cause such a problem and is there anything I can do short of reformatting it?
 

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Hello all,

Specs:
Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?
Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I hve a 200gig maxtor SATA hdd, which I was running as my master, and I believe that I have a boot sector virus. I am unable to boot into windows, or safe mode for that matter. Upon trying to use the recovery console, the computer restarts to "avoid damage" upon trying to access the drive.

I have a lot of data that I was hoping to save. I have had this exact same problem before, perhaps 6 months ago, I brought it to a computer repair, and they successfully saved my data, and were able to reformat the drive for me. My main question is, how can I access the drive to save my data? Even when I try to boot windows from a different drive, it will not boot if the infected SATA drive is connected. My motherboard brags that it supports "PC Cillin Anti-virus", which led me to believe that I could disable that in my bios, however, I could not find anything in the bios that would allow me to do so. Can anyone help me? Thank you.
 

A:Boot sector virus on a SATA drive, unable to use recovery console

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My motherboard brags that it supports "PC Cillin Anti-virus", which led me to believe that I could disable that in my bios, however, I could not find anything in the bios that would allow me to do so. Can anyone help me? Thank you.Click to expand...

The AV is just another program which runs in Windows. Has nothing to do with your MB or the BIOS.
 

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

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hi guys. the external hard drive, here at work, cannot be detected by any of the computers. my thoughts are that the data was wiped clean. i've removed the hard drive from the case and installed it onto my computer as a slave drive. a) how can i view if these files still exist. and b) if they are missing, can you recommend a software recovery program?
 

A:Solved: external hard drive/slave drive recovery

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I just noticed that I am only able to use ~500GB of the 750GB I have on my hard drive. On Disk Management, it says that "System Reserved" takes up 100MB, "RECOVERY" takes up 179.67GB and "C:" takes up 518.87GB.

A:Why is my recovery drive taking up 179GB of my 750gb hard drive?

Post a screenshot of Disk Management as described in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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hey all I am having a problem. My old emachine went belly up a week ago. (bad mb/processor) I went to my government surplus and bought a used dell from them. Took the hd out of the emachine and put it in the dell. Well after putting in my password I get a messege saying that windows had a prob activating this copy of windows on this machine and gives this error code "ERROR-CODE 0x80004005". The copy of windows on the hd is the one that came with the emachine. The emachine came with a restore disk. I can get a copy of xp and install over the top but will this fix my problem? I can login to safe mode and look around and all still seems to be intact. Any help will be greatly appreciated
 

A:Hard drive from one PC moved to another

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Some time after doing the free update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 the laptop crashed and became in-useable.after 4 attempts all by different Microsoft agents they managed to get it up and running again but my wife complained that it's been slow since so I decided to have a look for myself.when I looked I found 6 partitions on the hard drive so I created a restore disk on a 64Gb pen drive, removed the hard drive and using my desktop PC deleted all the partitions and formatted the hard drive ready to re-install everything from the restore drive.this is when I found out that the restore drive has somehow been corrupted and is now blank and useless.now, all I get when switched on is a black screen with the messages" Boot Device Not Found "" Please install an operating system on your hard disk- "" Hard Disk - (3F0) "" F2  System Diagnostics "" For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcentre/startup " The web address re-directs. can someone please help.

A:Hard drive blank, recovery drive corrupted, no way to re-ins...

Hi,Your laptop came with Windows 8.1 64 bit from factoryhttps://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04471211Windows 8.1 activation key is embedded in the BIOS chip on board.I assume that you've already successfully upgraded and activated to Windows 10 Home 64 bit previouslyIf so, you can clean install Windows 10 Home 64 bit by creating UEFI bootable Windows 10 installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool, follow this tutorial:https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-clean-install-windows-10-a.htmlDisable secure boot from BIOS setup, plug in the USB, change boot order to USB - continue with installationWindows will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetAdditional drivers from here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-15-p100-notebook-pc-series/7234915/mode...RegardsVisruth

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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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Some time after doing the free update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 the laptop crashed and became in-useable.after 4 attempts all by different Microsoft agents they managed to get it up and running again but my wife complained that it's been slow since so I decided to have a look for myself.when I looked I found 6 partitions on the hard drive so I created a restore disk on a 64Gb pen drive, removed the hard drive and using my desktop PC deleted all the partitions and formatted the hard drive ready to re-install everything from the restore drive.this is when I found out that the restore drive has somehow been corrupted and is now blank and useless.now, all I get when switched on is a black screen with the messages" Boot Device Not Found "" Please install an operating system on your hard disk- "" Hard Disk - (3F0) "" F2 System Diagnostics "" For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcentre/startup "The web address re-directs.can someone please help.

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i am trying to install a new hard drive but the system says that there are no fixed drives installed. how do i fix the problem and get the system up and running. i have checked all connections to the cd-rom drives and hard drive but still no go.
 

A:HELP......need to help with hard drive installation (moved from XP)

what type of hard drive are you trying to install pata or sata?
 

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hello all,

i have an old p4 dell that i was hoping to replace with a new quad core pc...it has an application called signlab that i use for sign writing...i installed the app and everything was working...but the files were not being displayed properly.

long story short...i have batled with their (signlab software) support for the last 3 weeks trying to get this sorted...they tell me its because of the old fonts that are not on the new system...any way ...i have tried importing fonts...everything

i gave up on a new installation and decided to clone the old drive and install it on the new hardware...

i used storage craft...and i dont know how to do HIR i straight cloned it and installed it on the new system.

of course it blue screens about 5 seconds into loading...but it does get into safe mode...

can anything be done?

i have tried installing drivers for missing devices....but this hasnt worked...
can you correct this,or is the hardware is too different?

any info please...
 

A:moved hard drive to another machine but...

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I have decreasing hard drive space without any activity on my part. I have run the combofix.exe from this site and have the results and can post when asked to do so.

Thanks.

Tharunam

A:hard drive decreasing [Moved]

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.==>PLEASE DO NOT NOW POST LOGS<== unless a log is specifically requested.Are you experiencing any other issues besides decreasing space in the Hard Drive? If so, please describe as specifically as possible.Orange Blossom

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I have a trojan and I think I got rid of it but I'm not sure. I want to just completely wipe my hard drive and I wanted to know if it would get rid of it for sure. If it does do you recommend any programs to get the job done? Thanks in advance.

A:Wipe Hard Drive [moved from V/T/S Help]

I hate to bug, but can anyone help me out quickly? I really need to get my computer back up and running.

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My friend's laptop's hard drive broke down recently, and I had an old laptop laying around with a broken screen so I decided to put in the hard drive from that computer into his. His laptop is a Sony Vaio but his hard drive was a Toshiba Hard Drive and the one I put in is also Toshiba. I'm having a ton of problems. While I can get to the desktop perfectly fine, internet seems to not be able to work and I can't reset the computer to factory settings (It says I need a windows disk which I do not have, and I also don't have any recovery disks) There are a ton of drivers on my drivers list with the Yellow "!" symbol. I don't exactly know what to look for. Much help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

A:Moved an old hard drive to another laptop?

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Need command prompts I can follow to reboot in xp recovery console with partitioned drive/
Message is bad shutdown or harware,due to me trying to remove trojan from startup in msconfig/access deniedfrom trojan IS 2010

A:need command prompts in windows recovery console to regain boot without disk on partioned drive with xp

Need more info pepperonione1

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Hello,

I have read most of the of the post on ntldr missing, but have not found the answer. We are getting a message "NTLOADER MISSING HIT ANY KEY TO RESTART"

A friend has an old Gateway Plll 500mhz they use in their business. The need to update there software and will require 1GB of ram, the Gateway can only handle 384Mb. They are using Windows 2000 Pro with fat 32

So they purchased a used HP Compaq Desktop d530 convertible Intel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz to meet the ram requirement.

The quick answer was to just move the hard drive to the newer computer. When we do we get the error "NTLOADER missing hit any key to re-start" when I hit enter the screen just blinks and gives same message. I put the hard drive back in the old computer and it boots just fine. It just wont boot in the newer computer.

I can hit F10 when I reboot and go in to the BIOS and see all the settings, I just can't get past this point. I tried to see if it would boot to a safe mode menu but it won't. If I put the W2k CD in the drive I can boot to the CD, currently the newer PC has 512Mb I have not increased the ram yet.

I'm thinking this is a BIOS problem I just don't see anything that jumps out as a wrong setting. What am I missing here!

Thanks
 

A:Moved Hard drive NTLDR Missing, Help!

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