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Q: Hard Drive Failures

I've been having a serious run of bad luck (or gremlins/ whatever) with Hard Drives on the machine I built a year ago last summer (July 2006). Its my BlackBeauty machine which is based on an Asus M2N32SLI mainboard with an X2 - 4400 processor with a Zalman 9500 cooler, 2x1GB Corsair DDR2-800 in an Antec SOLO case equiped with 2x 92mm Nexus Case Fans IN and 1x 120mm Nexus Case Fan OUT and originally a pair of 75GB Raptors and a pair of 250 GB Samsung SATA Spinpoints, running Windows XP Pro. The machine has performed quite well, very quiet, very smooth and no problems other than I am losing HDDs left and right. I originally had my OS and any utilities on one of the Raptors and my primary software (CAD) on the other. After 8 months, last February 2007, the Raptor with the OS on it died suddenly with no warning. I had barely gotten the OS up and running on the other Raptor when italso died. I mean, nothing, wouldn't even spin up. Neither of them. Just a soft click when the power came on and nothing. Just a side note, I bought the Raptors brand new in an unopened box from the local Best Buy. So I got a Seagate 750GB SATA, one of the perpendicular memory HDDs, again from the local Best Buy, and installed it. Nice drive, very quick, quiet and simply huge. All is good and well, until a week and a half ago, when the Seagate died, again with virtually no warning, just a couple of lockups and then no boot. No noise, nothing. I did manage to offload most of the more vital stuff to a Seagate External, Free Agent, with a 750GB drive in it (again, very nice, fast, quiet and huge). I stuffed one of the replacements Western Digital had sent me for the Raptors that had died in and set about installing OS and my software. I had it up and running for about 2 days, popped the Seagate into an External Enclosure and got it spinning, though the OS drive was gone and after a couple times booting it, it died the rest of the way and I sent it off to Seagate for replacement. After about two days with the replacement Raptor in, it started locking up like they had done before. I offloaded as much of the settings as I could and then it also croaked. I had planned to clone it with the other replacement Raptor but that's not going to happen now. I have the other replacement installed now. So far so good, but I am walking around on pins and needles waiting for it to die as well. I'm looking for some other drives that I can rely on but I am not very happy with Western Digital or Seagate and I've never liked Maxtor. That leaves Samsung, whom I've had a lot of success with and no disappointments, and Hitachi.

My big question is maybe its not the drives, but something with my machine or me. I have the drives being monitored and the intake fans blowing on them are thermostatically controlled, temps never get over 40C. The air is filtered. I do have high humidity, 75% to 85% but the first ones died in February when the humidity is down to 50% to 70%. Plus it seems like its been either the motors or bearings that have failed and they are all sealed.

Could a funky data or power cable cause this sort of death syndrome? The machine is on an 1000W Uninteruptible Power Supply that is off a large wattage filtered circuit so the power should be clean. The Power Supply for the machine is an Antec TruePower 550 watt unit.

I've heard of some issues with the SATA ports on the Asus board, but nothing like this, either they work or they don't work. Just to be careful I've started using other than the #1 and 2 SATA ports with the latest installation. By the way, the two Samsungs have been spinning away without problem.

Anybody have any ideas?

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Preferred Solution: Hard Drive Failures

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We have had a large number of Toshiba hard drive failures with-in the last three months. Anyone have any knowledge of the issue?
1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up one of the following error codes on the hard drive component:
2000-0141
2000-0142

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

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Formatting USB external hard disk
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Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

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Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
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The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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A:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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My computer is made up of a 3.06 GHZ p4, 1 GB ram, and most importantly 3 hard drives:
1. C & E Drives: 80 GB hard drive with 2 equal partitions of 40 GB each. Windows is installed on c:\windows

2. D drive: 120 GB hard drive, but after a crash and a format 90 GB magically dissappeared with no trace... Im left with 30 GB of usuable space

3. J drive: 250 GB external Lacie Hard Drive

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The computer would start up fine, and then it would freeze unexpectendly and I would hear screeching sounds from the drive. When I restart the PC it freezes before Windows is loaded and some other times a screen appears informing me that Slave Hard Disk drive 3 has failed. It seems to me that the drive is not defunct yet but is certainley causing some problems. I dont think that its a power failure or anything similar because I have not opened up the case for monthes now.

Any insight would be appreciated!

P.S. I would also like if anyone explained to me why 90 GB of my precious hard disk space has vanished from my 'D' Drive?
 

A:Hard Drive Failures

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About two weeks ago my hard drive disappeared from the BIOS menu list, I opened up my case, unplugged both cables from my hard drive and plugged it back in, it was working again.

Ever since then, when I start up a program or a game, I hear a click from my hard drive and my entire pc freezes for a few seconds or minutes.

I have never had this problem with ANY pc before. does anybody know what to do or how to fix this?
I host several servers with my pc, and every time this happens the whole server freezes and everyone disconnects.
 

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I had 2 hard drives that went bad on me. Someone told me that my hard drives are getting too hot. IF this is the case (I think it might be), can someone give me advice on how to keep hard drives cool?

Thanks.
 

A:Hard drive failures

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I consider myself relatively computer savvy, and I even talked to my IT-professional soon-to-be brother-in-law... but now I turn to you, BleepingComputer. I really need help here.Short Version:I keep all of my personal files on an external hard drive. That 1TB hard drive was getting full, so I bought a new 2.5TB hard drive. I start working from the files on the new drive. After about 30 seconds or so, folders just show as 0 bytes and "There are no files in this folder". The hard drive works on other computers (HP laptop) but not my Dell desktop. This has happened (sort of) with three different, brand new external hard drives. What would cause this?Super Long VersionI'm running a Dell Precision T5400 workstation with Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium. I keep two 1TB redundant drives at all times, synced monthly via SyncToy. The 1TB drives were filling up so I bought two 2TB Seagate external drives. And then this string of events happened:1) Copied all of the data from the 1TB to a 2TB SEAGATE drive. 2) SyncToy'ed them to ensure that all of the data was definitely there.3) Retired the old 1TB drive.4) Began to duplicate the 2TB drive to the other 2TB drive. 5) In the middle of copying, I received the error, (something like) "Cannot copy files as the source file no longer exists". 6) Checked Disk Manager, and the 2TB drive shows up as RAW format now?! It was originally NTFS. Search Seagate forums and you'll find that this is a common pro... Read more

A:Three Hard Drive Failures? Riddle me this.

Are you saying...that you have no system problems at all...unless you attempt to use external hard drives?

Louis

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Hi folks,

I could use some help with ideas!

Last October, I built my own PC with parts from NewEgg.com. I won't go into the whole setup yet (unless someone thinks it may be relevant), but basically it's an Intel processor, an ASUS motherboard, a SSD as the main OS drive, and a regular ol' hard disk for storing the data. Windows 7 64-bit OS.

Everything went well, and the new system flies. A few months later, I ran into a problem where all of a sudden, the OS wouldn't recognize the boot drive. Sometimes it would happen in the middle of working on the system. Everything would lock up, and then when I cold rebooted, it couldn't find a boot disk. Then, magically, it started working again. This happened several times. I'd try running the Windows repair, and it would find that there was no valid boot sector, or some such. Sometimes running the Windows repair would make everything start working again, sometimes not. If I got it working again, the status of the disk was fine. No loss of data or anything. Eventually, after much gnashing of teeth, I came to the conclusion that the SSD drive was bad. Seemed unlikely, but Corsair graciously replaced it.

While I was waiting for the replacement, I swapped in another regular ol hard drive in its place. Everything worked swimmingly, and because I couldn't afford the downtime/hassle, I have yet to swap the SSD back in. Only now, it's doing the same thing again! Exact same symptoms, exact same unpre... Read more

A:Mystery hard drive failures

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Hi,
Recently I have had a series of hard drive failures. Three different hard drives have failed in the past month, two of them new. Each hard drive failed the same way, initially the MoBo would not detect the hard drive, I would then change the Sata port and it would be detected again. The hard drive would then start failing during use, as a result the computer would just reboot and I would be left with a non system disk error in bios. After that any attempt to use the hard drive fails because of many many bad sectors on the disk. What I need to know most is, what is causing the problem and is there any way to fix these bad sectors (I have used the Vista built in disk check to no avail.
cheers
Hynesy
 

A:Series of Hard Drive Failures

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)

In particular to Benchtesting and cleaning your computer of dust (if it's a PC)

Also the power disperse should avoid you changeing Sata ports all the time

Let me know how it all goes
 

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Hi,I have a hp evvy 15 j101tx with the following specs:Intel core i7 4702mq8gb ram1tb hdd with 24gb msata cache1920 X 1080 FHD touchscreen panelNvidia gt 750m with 4gb ddr3 dedicated video memory.However, My laptop has been constantly having issues to do with hard drive failure. I bought the laptop in May 2013 and i have replaced my hard drives six times so far. Even the last SSD(Crucial 256GB) that i used failed. Is there a problem with the motherboard or the laptop?? Note: I am now using the 24gb msata as boot drive since a hard drive rplacement only lasts for approximately six months and then dies.  

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Has anyone encountered problems with hard drives failing in 790's? Had loads of these go in the last few weeks. And conveniently just a few weeks after the 3 year warranty had expired. Slap a new hard drive in and re-image and they're back up and running again. But a colleague said one of them was the second time in 3 months that a hard drive had to be replaced.
Always this model. We have older Dells, HP's, etc, which rarely fail.

Wonder if it's a similar scenario to the one about 10 years ago when a peeved employee set something or other so capacitors started to blow after he left the company (so I heard from a Dell techie). GX280 was it?
 

A:Hard drive failures on Dell Optiplex 790

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I have a 2010 Macbook, and within the last year, I have had two different hard drives fail after being installed. The first HDD lasted around 4 or 5 months after I installed it (upgrading from 250GB to 1TB) before symptoms began appearing (crashes, kernel panics). Thinking I had just gotten unlucky, I ordered another, different, 1TB HDD, which in the last week had a sudden, catastrophic failure. According to Apple's support pages, in the recent failure's specific case, this type of failure may possibly occur after a power interruption, which I attributed it to, as the laptop had run out of battery, then crashed completely on waking up. However, after seeking advice on other forums, I was told that it is much more likely that the HDD itself is just faulty. Assuming that it is simply that the hard drive has failed due to its own faults, I have now had two hard drives fail in a row. Is this just bad luck, or is there any possibility that something about my laptop is causing this behaviour?

The only ideas I had for possible causes are that I upgraded the RAM in the laptop around the same time as I installed the first drive, though when running a piece of software (Memtest or something similar?) when this drive failed, I was told that the RAM was functioning. The other possibility is my own treatment of the laptop, as I rarely power it down, and regularly carry it in my bag whilst on, although closed over. I am, however, slightly skeptical about this being the cause as ... Read more

A:Two hard drive failures in one year - Just bad luck?

Well 2 HDD going so soon is rare but can happen. First carrying it round while ON means that the drive is spinning and if you knock it about can damage the drive...this may or may not be the problem. The original drive may have taken knocks better and it was more robust. A solid state Drive would be great in this case but are very expensive. Your drives are under warranty a least. Try another HDD and turn it off when carrying it round and see if you have any problems as a test.
 

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I've looked around for an answer to my question, but haven't been successful in finding an answer, so I thought I would post it here.

I've got a WD 120GB IDE HDD, manufactured Jan 2003, that has suffered not one, but two data corruption failures over the past several years, and I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the drive, and further, I'm wondering if it is safe to wipe it clean and reuse it again.

Background: The 1st corruption failure occurred back in 2009 and I actually started a thread on it here. To make a long story short, it was a storage drive that was formatted in FAT32, and the WinXP machine it was installed in lost complete access to the files stored on it. It passed all diagnostic tests thrown at it at the time. Lo and behold, when I connected it to a Win98 machine, all files became visible and were recovered. I wiped the drive and reformatted it in NTFS and placed it back in the WinXP machine from where it was originally installed, and everything seemed to be working fine, although the computer was not used very often. I don't think it is necessary, but if you want more details, you can review the thread here.

Fast forward to recently. The same WinXP computer began losing access to the same drive, along with another IDE drive on the same ribbon cable. I removed both drives, and discovered the WD 120GB IDE HDD had a corrupted Master File Table (MFT). Again, it passed all mechanical diagnostic tests thrown at it. Since ... Read more

A:Multiple Hard Drive Data Failures

I would guess that since the drive is 12 years old its probably at the end of its life. i wouldnt trust using in any computer because its just a matter of time before it goes completely.finding an ide drive isnt going to be easy and they arent cheap.
 

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Hey,

A few months back I built myself a new PC and everything was working great for a month or so, no problems at all. However for the past few weeks I have been having trouble with (I assume) my hard drive and getting it to boot my OS (Win7 x64).

Heres what happens: I power up my PC and it goes through the "Asus Express Gate" and other "BIOS stuff" - I notice that my HDD doesnt appear in the Sata device list on the next screen it says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key." So I restart and hit [Delete] to check my Boot Devices in the BIOS. My Samsung HDD does not appear anywhere as if it was disconnected. I open up the case to check the SATA and Power connectors which are all seated firmly in their sockets.

The first time this happened I "solved" the problem by plugging the HDD into a different SATA port on my MB. It booted up Windows fine for a couple of days but then the same thing happened again, and again I tried a different SATA port with the same results. I have been having this problem for around 2 months now and recently when I have tried reseating the SATA connector in a different port and rebooting it is not working right away and I have to try multiple ports with much rebooting in order to get it to work.

I have tried using the hard drives from my old PC which work fine and I was able to boot up Win XP. I checked all my drivers were up to date - which they wer... Read more

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Hello,
I am currently attempting to wipe my entire hard drive for my compaq presario pc. I have Derik's boot and nuke but after a minute or so after boot up, an error would pop up stating "dban finished with non fatal errors". Clearly it had not wiped anything on the hard drive and I was stumped. I had used DBAN to wipe a Dell inspiron with no problems but it just isn't working for the compaq. I downloaded killdisk free and booted it on my computer and wiped the hard drive but I am also aware that killdisk is not as thorough as DBAN. Once it was done wiping the hard drive (which took a little under 2 hours, which seemed way too soon to be finished to me) I inserted my windows 7 disc. At first it showed the windows files are loading phrase, with the loading bar, but then a screen appears and says "windows failed to start, a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert you windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3.Click "repair your computer"

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File:\windows\system32\drivers\cng.sys
status:0xc0000221
Info:windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

if i choose to continue, a screen will appear with the windows symbol and states "starting windows". Then it takes me back to the ... Read more

A:Attempts at wiping hard drive failures

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Starting in February of this year, hard drives in our Optiplex 9030 AIO's began failing at an alarming rate.  We're now up to 11% of all of our 9030 AIO's that have had the hard drive fail in just 4 months time.  The symptoms of a hard drive failure are:

1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
3. Computer boots to an option to repair windows, which always fails

Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up the following error codes on the hard drive component:
2000-0141
2000-0142

We're actively working to contact our account manager with an analysis of all of these failures, but I can't believe it's just our organization having the issue.  Anyone else out there in IT land having this issue?  I can't get any more specific about these failures and the hard drive manufacturer's involved, because our organization's remote offices are spread out through a large geographic area, and physical inspection of the failed unit isn't possible.

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive
Age of system: 1 yr 2 months
Work environment: Clerical cubicle in a temperature-controlled office environment

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I have a 2nd hard drive ( 120Mb) that I installed about 1 year ago. It's been that's working fine until about 2 months ago. I cannot write to it; get disk write error blue screen. I have no problems reading. It passes all the disk dianostics I could find, including powermax.

Any ideas?

thanks,

mrpro
 

A:Hard drive write failures; reads fine

Hi and welcome. I'm going to assume you mean 120 gigs, not megs.

What does the blue screen read? Disk write error? Sometimes diagnostics pass, but the drive is bad. I'd try to RMA it.
 

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Okay, I thought that I had it. Started having S.M.A.R.T. messages at boot. So, I figured that I could use a new hard drive. I followed the directions, created a backup to a clean, formatted USB flash drive. Successful backup. A rescue disk was also burned.

Took my brand new hard drive, connected it up. Inserted my rescue desk, connected my USB, and started the restore. 90 mins later, failure. "Error details: The operation failed due to device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation. (0x8078012D). I did as suggested, no errors noted. 90 mins later. Repeat failure.

Any ideas? Cloning software?

A:Hard drive failing. Trying to replace. Restore failures.

You have a disk error. You have to fix that first as was suggested.

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Has anyone experienced frequent hard drive failures on Dell Latitude D400/D600 series laptops?
 

A:Hard drive failures on Dell Latitude D400/D600 laptops

Had mine for 3 years trouble free. Just change to a Thinkpad.

There seems to be more failure in the laptop 2.5" hard disks than the 3.5" units in the desktops.
 

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I bought an XPS 8900 for Christmas - I work from home and teach online - computer engineering and databases no less.
So I now have an 850$ boat anchor on my hands.  Hard drive died a week ago - Dell sent onsite tech to replace.  Guy took 5 minutes, said You'll be fine. Thing died in about 10 minutes, saying "Windows could not complete the installation."   Rinse and repeat - second hard drive installed today - Guy took 5 minutes, said "You'll be fine."  Thing died again after 5-10 minutes.  "Windows could not complete the installation."
The first failure, Dell supervisor in India (surprise, surprise), said they would replace my computer - well I guess Dell allows their supervisors to lie through their teeth.   After FOUR HOURS ON THE PHONE with Dell (guess where folks ???) the tech person finally threw up their hands - they could not figure out what was going on.
I am now told to JUST PUT IT IN A BOX and send it to the address I'm supposed to receive in an email.  They will Repair it AND SEND IT BACK TO ME.  This company and their tech support is an absolute joke.
I Will NEVER EVER EVER buy another Dell.  Period.

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Hi

A very happy & merry christmas to u all.
I was working on preparing a document on 'what possible reasons can lead to a hard disk failure' for branded PC's like Dell,HP,Compaq etc..

If anyone can provide some useful info on this, i will b very glad.
Thanks in advance

Vaas
 

A:Reasons for Hard disk failures???

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Hello again,
I had a disk problem last week. I started to get disk error messages about disk0, which is I think the hd with winxp on it. My pc froze and I had to restart several times. Later the same day I started to get error messages about disk1 as well, which is my second hd.

Also, I was using a trial copy of eset internet security, which started to give error messages too. Then I noticed that one of the svchost processes running was using 20-30% of my processor, which caused my pc to lock down after a while. I didn't know what caused it all, so I wiped c: and did a clean install of winxp and later I did that with the first partition of my second hd as well.

Everything went well for a few days. A colleauge of mine gave me a copy of Norton Internet Security which has a 90 days trial period so I installed that one instead of eset.

But since yesterday my problems have returned. Disk0 is doing fine now, but disk1 seems to be malfunctioning. The second partition, on which I had a lot of important files, is not accessible anymore, but also the first partition, which I formatted last week and which was almost empty since then is giving error messages in the event viewer. The message I keep getting is that there was an error during a paging operation on disk1.

I am very puzzled. How could two disks break down at almost the exact same time? What was going on with svchost? If I had a virus how did it come back after I wiped c: clean and reinstalled windows? I ... Read more

A:Hard disk failures and paging errors

I'm thinking like everyone else, Motherboard; HDD data cables and Power Supply. Basically hardware.

Mind you, a virus can remain, if you didn't remove the partition also.

But, can you attach all your System Specs to your Profile

If this is a proprietory computer (HP, Dell others) Instead of writing in the motherboard name, better to put the computer's make and model.
 

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Hi, I have been having a problem with my PC, I have built it myself and everything was properly installed. However I am having issues with blue screen restarts and hardware failure. So far I have lost 1 motherboard 1 of the sticks of ram went bad and all were replaced. Also 1 sata harddrive and 1 sata SSD have failed. I have since replaced all those parts and am still getting blue screens that restart my computer. These blue screens happen at random times and I am unsure what to do. my specifications are as follows.
 
windows 7 home premium 64bit
16 gigs kingston hyper X DDR 3
AMD FX 6100 6 core at 3.3 ghz
Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 SE
M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard
 
 
I don't know tons about computers but I know enough to put one together and navigate my way around. So if someone can walk me through a way to get whoever is helping me the information they need to make a proper diagnosis that would be awesome.
 

A:rediculous bluescreen prob multiple hardware failures. mobo/ram/2 hard drives..

Well, I probably look at your power supply since you have not replaced that. It could be providing dirty power causing the other components to fail.

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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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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

A:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\3.8.2.9\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

A:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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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
 

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 had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly
 

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Hi,

I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards

Stuart
 

A:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

Hi
This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.
 

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

A:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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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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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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A:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

anyone?
 

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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else)..by plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

A:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.

Louis

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Hi,
I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
MHDD
Recover My Files v3.98
FileScavenger.

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,

Ben
 

A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/
 

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Had this laptop for about 6 years, had a few issues in the past, but nothing major like this. After, I ran a system dianostic, the result shown that the Hard drive short DST failed. Not totally sure how to do a recovery, I do have the Recovery Discs, so I searched up how to run the discs; turned on the system- press f11-  window loading files- window starting- then it just stuck on a window blue screen with nothing but the cursor. Can I even use the Recovery Discs? I want to replace the old HDD with a new SSD, but I'm not sure if I have to install a new OS or can I recover the old hard drive OS and transfer to the SSD?

A:Hard Drive failure (Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed)

DST:Fail means  the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Discs. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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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
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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.
 

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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I am having a serious problem with my pc.Windows disk is showing me these following errorsBoot sector of the hard drive disk is damagedBad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation tableRead time of hard drive clusters less the 500 msHard drive doesnt respond to system commands40% of hdd space is unreadableWhat does this mean and can I fix itI cannot access my documents folder or other programs Any Help would be greatI tried the defrag thing but it didnt workEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum, at the recommendation of forum staff. ~ Animal

A:Critical Error Hard Drive not found. Missing hard Drive

When you say "Windows disk". Can you give a little better description of just what\where the warning message is coming from?

You "tried the defrag thing but it did`t work".

Where did you go to access the defrag? What does "it did`t work" mean?

The reason I am asking these questions is not to give you a hard time. There is a virus going around that is very similar in it`s behavior.

I am just trying to find out exactly what it is we are dealing with.

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.

Leroy

A:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.

Leroy

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