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HP laptop no C drive on boot, data shows on F drive

Q: HP laptop no C drive on boot, data shows on F drive

Friends HP Vista laptop got infected so I pulled the drive updated my antivirus, put her drive in SATA dock and scanned it, found 8 games under ms games AVG said had heur??????(my machine is windows 7 starter), once done I put her drive back into her laptop (HP) Now it boots to recovery part., if I go to command prompt it has X: for recovery, then what should be C is now on F. bootrec /scanos shows 0 found, bootrec /fixboot and /fixmbr both say sucessful but boots to recovery with same issue, the correct part is marked as active if I look at it in disk management on my win7 box.?? Thanks for any help!

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With my 2009 Seagate 500 GB sata hard drive, the re-allocated sectors count shows 2 bad sectors, in the Ubuntu 10.04 disk utility for the smart data. In this multi-boot desktop PC the XP with a drive monitor program called, Active Smart shows this drive health status as good, including that reallocated sectors count item, so is this not to worry about for now, or what. I do monitor the hard drive temperature, which does stay cool enough, in the seventies up to about 80* F.
Or can this be caused by mixed partitioning methods, since the new way is now align to MiB, and not align to cylinder as it was. I used the GParted tool to create and change partitions when it was set as default to align to cylinder, but then I recently used both my Vista Disk Manager, and the newer version of GParted to re-size some of the partitions, which both now use that align to MiB method by default, which often has near 1 MB gaps between partitions then.

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I copied my hard drive's(internal drive) data to another computer using an external casing.I copied it back later and in a hurry I forgot to unmount and removed the drive from the USB interface and plugged it back to my laptop(internal drive). Now I can see the space as full but I cannot see the folders even.
Issues :
I have lost my collection of softwares? (I will be happy if it can be recovered)
I cannot reclaim my hard drive's space.


I do not have copies on the backup computer and also I have tried the above mentioned softwares on the backup computer.

A:Cannot see data while drive shows space as used

Hello and welcome kavish mate try this


Makea bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Setthe BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you ascreen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY

Whenit is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in thepic .

Openthe drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settingsyou may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source orother installed drive doing this.

Iam not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this methodboth on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data fromusing Windows.
NB You can hook the drive to the machine direct or with a USB gadget.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1035T Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 10 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 4079 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 315, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 230349 MB, Free - 178013 MB; D: Total - 231063 MB, Free - 13 MB; L: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 933371 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire M3400
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled.

My D: Data drive has suddenly decided it's almost full despite my not saving any day to day files (music, pics etc) there. Is there something hidden that is taking up room? All the files and folders in there barely amount to anything, let alone the 225gb disk space.
I've tried the web (and this site) but opinions vary from hidden files to iTunes data to viruses as to the cause.

Can you please help discover the root of the problem and help me fix it. Thinking it may be virus related, I've run the scans called up by that forum section:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 21:45:02, on 10/04/2013
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v10.0 (10.00.9200.16537)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\EgisTec MyWinLocker\x86\mwlDaemon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\EgisTec IPS\PmmUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Acer\Hotkey Utility\HotkeyUtility.exe
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A:Solved: D: Data drive shows almost full

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Hello, I'm fairly new to these forums but would like to request help for upgrading my laptop. I am thinking of adding a 120GB Msata and 1TB HDD to it (to replace 500GB). My question is how would I go about transferring my dat,a(Pictures, music, videos) to the new hard drive and setting the Msata as a boot drive(for OS and programs)? I would also like recommendations on which Msata/hdd to put in it? I have been considering these:

Amazon.com : MyDigitalSSD 128GB (120GB) 50mm Bullet Proof 4 BP4 50mm mSATA Solid State Drive SSD SATA III 6G (120GB)(128GB) : Computer Internal Solid State Drives : Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014: Computers & Accessories

but would like to know if there are better options available? Thanks in advance

A:How to migrate data to bigger hard drive and set Msata as boot drive?

I don't think you can use the Msata SSD as boot drive. It is configured in Raid with the spinner and serves solely as cache. It is just a fancy SSHD.

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Hi, in "This PC" my 2nd internal data HDD shows an Optical Drive icon instead of the usual HDD icon. How can I fix this? Thanks

A:2nd internal data HDD shows with Optical Drive icon

Set your folder options to "show hidden files" & Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" then look in the root of the drive. Is there an autorun.inf file there ? If so, delete it.

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I have a older WD My Book drive for all of my music. I got a 2nd drive to back up all of my files. Copied folder over to new drive. All folders show up but folders are empty. When I go back to my old WD drive it shows 192GB being used but the music folder is empty when I open the folder.

How can I get my music back?

A:Can't find files - Data still shows under drive properties

What operating system are you running?

On your old drive, is this just for backup on are you running an operating system off this drive?

You say 192GB is used on the old drive. When you right click on the music folder on the old drive, select Properties, how much data does it show as being used?

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I have the opposite need. I already have an IDE Boot drive for XP and programs. I would like to setup a Raid0 for a pair of SATAII drives (for my data:videos). My MOBO is GigaByte GA-965G-DS3 which has GSATA2 controller to set up the Raid0 and a PATA port working on the same chip.
The manual for setting up SATA RAID0 leads me through to the installation of the OS which I do not need.

Once I set up the BIOS and Raid0, the machine does not boot as it cannot see the IDE boot drive. It sees it as a SCSI. Do you have a method of setting up the raid such that it does not become the boot drive and simply functions as a striped DATA storage ?


Pentium D 960
Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3
4G Corsair 900 DDR2

A:IDE XP Boot drive Need Raid0 SATAII Data drive

Usually,there is a second bios display after the normal one for raid during boot.
You should be able to set the raid options there.
Should say to hit a key to enter.

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I have external USB hard drive 'Seagate 500 Gb'
When I transfer data (say Video file) from my Laptop to External Hard drive, it starts coping but it stucks and cannot finish coping.

Check out the attachment for the detail of the error while coping.


A:Copying data to External hard drive shows error

Hi and welcome,

The I/O device error implies a problem with the USB device.

Run a chkdsk /R on the USB device, and then also run this program to check the health status of the drive:

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World


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Ok, So I've got this
-300gig external maxtor Diamondmax 10
-model: 6L300R0
-300GB PATA133 HDD

Ok, so the problem is it used to have my entire schoolwork, business, music files, and so forth on it. It worked great and as soon as I got all of my information transfered onto it, it went kaput. Ever since then I've been unable to view any data on it. The way it works is it connects via USB and lights up, the icon usually (not always, but usually) appears in my computer. I can open it, but there is nothing there, it is just an empty window. So, even though all my data is there, I say whatever, I need the storage space, so I'll just reformat it. well, it allows me to right click and select reformat, but nothing ever loads or happens. I have tried copying and pasting files there and none of them actually pastes or transfers. I've searched the forums and tried bringing it up in computer management>disk management or removable storage but it doesn't show up there. Please help me to figure out a way to either A)get it working again with the data still intact or B)allow me to reformat it so that I can just use the darn thing for storage. Really, either option would be great, amazing, excellent. I just really could use some help and am willing to try whatever you can recomend, but I just need it to work. PLEASE HELP ME. I am ALL EARS. Thanks in advance for a quick reply, it means a lot to me. Than... Read more

A:external hard drive shows in my computer but won't hold data or allow reformat

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My Win7 setup used to be with a primary HD C drive (1.5TB) and a backup E drive (1TB). I then installed an SSD with a fresh install of Win7.

Now that the SSD has been running for a while, I'd like to repurpose the old C drive as a data drive (for backup) and move the backup data from the old backup drive (E) to the repurposed drive.

I'm attaching a screenshot of my current disk management. It shows 3 drives:Disk 2 as current C boot drive (on the new SSD)
Disk 0 as my Backup E drive (1TB)
Disk 1 as my old boot drive with 3 partitions: OEM, RECOVERY (F) and OS (G)

What I'd ideally like to do is this:Blow away Disk 1 and repartition to a single partition and reformat and assign drive letter E
Have Disk 0 take on a new drive letter

(Assigning the new single partition Disk 1 to E isn't necessary, it just makes things easier for me in terms of not having to redo the target drive for the various backup stuff I have. I can certainly reconfigure the automatic backups if it's difficult to reassign drive letters)

I do NOT need or want the RECOVERY partition currently on Disk 1.

I'm fairly handy with computers but my expertise is in Macs...this is my wife's machine so I'm not as proficient "under the hood" of a Win 7 machine.

How do I repartition Disk 1 into a single partition? And can the drive letters be easily reassigned?

[Yes, I will backup the current drive E on Disk 0 first and then copy it onto the newly partitioned Disk 1]

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A:Repurpusing former boot drive as data drive

I would start by disconnecting all drives and then plugging the SSD to the connector for drive "0". Make sure the computer boots and is happy like that. If all is good, shut down and reconnect drive "1". Restart and if all is still good start to reformat/delete all the partitions. When the complete drive is empty, reformat as one partition and it should pickup as "E" if you have only one optical drive installed.
If there is a choice I would always let windows select the drive letters as it seems much happier not to be told what to do.

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I have a HDD that used to be the boot/OS drive for my Win7 tower pc. I installed a SSD as the boot drive (fresh install of Win7) and moved the HDD from SATA-0 to SATA-1 to use as a data drive.

I moved some of the user folders to the HDD: Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos.

Strangely, the HDD is much more noisy than I ever remember it. It sounds like it is constantly being read (or written to). It's a Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm drive and I ran the SeaTools tests (SMART, short self-test, short generic test), and it passes all these tests. It's physical location in the tower wasn't changed, and I never removed it from the tower when adding the SSD.

Any ideas on what might be going on, or how I can better diagnose this?

A:HDD, formerly boot drive, now a data drive - has become very noisy!

When you installed Windows 7 on the SSD, did you disconnect the Seagate drive?

If you did, did you delete the Windows partitions on the Seagate afterward?

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So, I was thinking about buying a 128GB SSD and installing Windows 8 on it, but installing my programs and games to my secondary HDD drive. My question is, how much performance would I gain if I'm still launching my programs and games from the HDD instead of the SSD?

Also, would it just be better to get more RAM (double from 8 to 16GB) instead?

A:Looking at using SSD as boot drive with HDD as data drive

Check to see how the Seagate hybrid is setup. You are thinking of doing something similar. See what Seagate claims for performance improvement. I don't think we can judge whether it would "be better to get more RAM (double from 8 to 16GB) instead." I'll say this, though, if you are serious about performance on demanding tasks, then more RAM is an absolute necessity. In this regard, I am assuming you are running 64 bit. I'll also mention that Apple is moving to hybrids so you can be sure there is a significant performance enhancement, other things equal. Do both, your drive setup and more RAM. You only live one or more times, after all.

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I am planning on building a new computer, and I want to put a 250GB SSD (Samsung 840 EVO) in it to use with 8.1 Pro. However, most of the programs and data I need are still on the old computer's boot drive, specifically all of my STEAM games (none of which I have the DVDs for.)

My question is if I can create symlinks to the old boot drive without losing data on it. This will most likely be a temporary measure, as the drive's a fairly slow 5900RPM Barracuda, and I want something faster, but I can't afford a better one just yet...

A:Can I use former boot drive as data drive w/new SSD?

Is the old drive MBR or GPT? If MBR it may be easier to use legacy boot options and just dual boot. Boot the old drive when you want to run programs from it.

There is a Steam Mover program and others to move programs to another drive. But you would need a target drive to copy them to. In your case using symlinks may be a lot of work.
But if someone has more info than I about this option I hope they chime in.

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Windows XP, NTFS, 80 gig Western Digital, 23 gig used. Went to boot up yesterday and after I logged in an error screen popped up and said that there was not enough page file space to run certain programs and adjust the size. Looked at My Computer and the drive properties, and the status said that the drive had 0kb used and 0kb available and the file system was RAW. Looked at Computer Management and saw the drive, listed as healthy, with the correct size and file system, but am still unable to open the drive. Error shows that the drive is not accesible. Took the drive to another XP system with a good drive and installed the bad drive as a slave, booted with the good drive and tried to open the bad drive to get at the files but the drive is inaccessible. What am I doing wrong? Please help me with this situation.


A:Bad HD problem! Try this one! Drive is able to boot but shows as 0kb

sounds like the partition table was smashed.

can you see the disk at all;
cp->admin->storage->disk mgmt?

on the second system, where you moved the HD as a slave,
you might be able to use Partition Magic to see/repair the PT.

you should prepare yourself to accept the loss of data/programs and
start gathering the CDs to rebuild the system --- sorry for your plight

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Good morning!
Reinstalled XP to a friend's Dell Latitude D620 laptop using Dell Recovery Disc. Had to manually find drivers for just about everything - Intel chipset, graphics, audio, wired and wireless, etc. Device Mgr. shows no question marks now.

However, the internal Philips SCB5265 optical drive shows up as a removable USB device. The little "Safely Remove Hardware" icon is always on in the lower right corner of Desktop. The drive appears to be functioning OK - any disc I pop into the drive comes up as one would expect - but it's going to be confusing to the users.

Googled around a bit - tried Microsoft Fixit utility but that didn't do anything.

A:Laptop optical drive shows up as USB?

Hi have you tried uninstalling it from device manager and rebooting windows will install it again

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My boot C drive shows full in windows 7 Ultimate explorer. Itís a 447 gbyte SS Drive showing only 3.8 gbyte free. I know this canít be true. When I run WinDirStat it shows only 92 gbyte used, which squares with the software installed. There are no video files or other user files on this drive only installed third party software and Microsoft software. All the user files are on other physical drives. Iíve run chkdsk /r/f with no help. I hate to think of formatting and re-installing windows and the rest of the software. Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:SS Boot Drive shows large discrepancy in available space

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Hi im Using hp envy 4-1046 notebook.  and i am Using windowos 8.1 pro but now i need to install windows 10.  with the boot option (Clean Installatin) but the boot Doesnt show me CD drive or even the Usb drive also not Showing  only  "boot with Hard drive"  is showing so plz help me to solve the problem very soon  

A:windows boot doesnt shows usb n cd drive option

Hi @allwynloon,Thanks for becoming a member of the HP Support Forums. I understand you are trying to upgrade to Windows 10 from USB drive. I will be glad to help you. As of July 28, 2016, Microsoft is not longer offering free Windows 10 upgrade. As for booting from a USB, boot into the BIOS. Please look at document for Configuring the Boot Order in the System BIOS. Please keep me informed of how things went. If you require further assistance, let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help you.Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks.

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So I've been using my 64GB ssd as my windows 7 boot drive and i have a 1TB hdd as my data drive. Recently the my computer has begun to freeze up with errors like "explorer.exe" has stopped responding or "windows" has stopped responding and half of the time when i try to boot it says it cant find windows. This has lead me to believe that my ssd is dying despite being only a year old. I need to RMA my ssd but to do that i would be losing my boot drive for weeks. So I thought id try to create a system image so that i can simply put my boot drive on my hdd, but when i try to create the image it says that the image would be 711GB because its including all of my hdd (which contains all my user libraries and downloads). My question is: how do I make windows stop thinking that my hdd is a system drive so that I can create a reasonably sized image, or more generally: how can i easily move my boot drive to my hdd? Also, I've read some posts about using "easyBCD" to accomplish the latter but I'm not sure that's exactly what i need in this situation. If someone can clarify that that would be great too.

A:Moving Boot Data to Data Drive

Hello Astronomicat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) screen show the full layout of all HDDs? This may be able to help determine why it is including more than your 64GB Windows 7 SSD in the system image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Did you move your page file, user profile folder, or user folders to another HDD/partition location other than the default C: ? If so, then those locations would be included in a system image as well, and cannot be unselected until they are moved back to the default location.

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My laptop suddenly shows an extra drive by the name of local disk (Z. I can't open it to see what is in it.  It shows as 192 MB free of 265 MB. I dont want to delete it in case it is needed for some reason. Recently just had a BIOS update.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:My laptop suddenly shows an extra drive by the name local di...

Hi, Please do not worry about it. The Windows updating process created it, it should be hidden and it will go away after updating process completed. I think Microsoft should tell users about this. Regards.

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Hello peeps...

I have a system drive on a workstation which is 1) removable, 2) contains 2 partitions - one for the sytem & data files, one reserved by the os.

I would like to use this drive and it's file data in an external drive case (SATA) connected to my notebook.

Is this possible? Will the notebook handle the external drive properly?


A:Using system drive data as a data drive on seperate machine

It shouldn't be a problem, the notebook should see the drive as secondary. Can't hurt to create a System Resore or image the system first, though:

System Restore Point - Create


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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

A:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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I am trying to access files on a hard drive from a different computer which will no longer load the OS. I have connected the hard drive using a usb adapter. When I plug it in, I get a notice that the device is ready to use, but it does not show up in Computer.

It is visible in the disk manager. There is no drive letter assigned and the options to do so are grayed out. Most of the options in device manager are grayed out, except for 'delete volume' and 'help'.

A:hard drive w/ usb adapter- drive shows in disk manager, not computer

Welcome to the forum,

Can you post a maximized screenshot of your full disk management window.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I'm in a panic mode.
My files are supposed to be inside a subfolder within the drive. Now all the subfolders are visible but there is no contents inside.
That is My Computer - DRIVE F - Subfolder A (visible) - Subfolder A1 (visible) - contents in Subfolder A1 (EMPTY).

Now when I check DRIVE F it tells me 156GB of 210GB used, which corresonds to the file sizes. So it seems to recognize files inside the drive but when I go inside it's completely empty!

Any help?...

A:SOS: Drive space shows 156GB used but drive contents empty


Please open a CMD window, then navaagte to the drive and folder that you think has the files. Now type dir *.* and hit enter.

Please post the results here.


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A couple weeks ago, I bought a new 1TB Caviar Black for my computer. I used HDClone to copy everything to the new drive then I reformatted the old one. Everything was working great. When I finally got around to installing the rc, stuff started getting weird. It turns out that it moved the windows data onto my older, slower drive and put the 200MB boot partition on my new drive. The computer works, but I would prefer if I could somehow move the windows partion onto the new drive and mod the 200MB partition to tell it to look there for the windows data.


A:200 MB boot data on a different drive than windows


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I currently have a 120GB, 7200RPM Western Digital HD. Nothing wrong with it, but I want to add an SATA drive to my system, my new mobo has the connectors.

I recently purchased a digital camcorder, so I'm getting into video editing and will need the extra space.

My question is, should I go for a smaller SATA drive and set it as the boot HD, or should I buy a bigger one to use as the data drive? I won't be doing video editing most of the time, so I want the configuration that will give the the best overall performance.

Thanks for any advice!

A:SATA as boot or data drive?

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i have 2 computers that i needed to transfer some files to. my computer (xp) has 2 hard drives and my dads (98 se) had 1. the 2nd hard drive in my comp had to be formated and i saved all of the data onto my dads hard drive due to lack of space on my other one. my dads computer now comes up with this 6 selector interface asking what mode to boot into: reg, safe, command prompt etc. Now i do believe that my 2nd hard drive had a windows system folder on it that i copied to my dads hard drive. what can i do to recover the info on my dads hard drive. also i have tried putting my dads hard drive as a slave in my comp with no luck. i just get a message from xp that the disk drive is not formatted and it wants me to do that. please i really need this data. all help is welcome

thank you

A:hard drive will not boot..need data

yeah if anyone could help me out here it would be really great

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Hello. I recently upgraded my computer by replacing the motherboard, CPU and RAM. Upon starting up I was no longer able to get into windows because it would BSOD immediately. I have 2 drives: one 60gb and one 120gb. I had previously had Mandrake Linux on the 60gb drive which was set up as the primary slave. I was using Lilo boot loader. Immediately after finding that I could not boot, I tried to do a repair on the 120gb drive.Then I installed windows on the 60gb and connected the 120gb as a slave to the 60gb. The drive shows up, but when I click on it, it tells me that it is not formatted. I switched the 120gb back to the primary master and set up the 60gb as a slave. It now starts the initial bios boot and then prints a series of 01s on the screen that fill about 27.5 lines. (01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01) you get the idea. and then it freezes. I tried going into recovery console and doing a fixboot, but it did not help.

How can I get this drive to boot without losing all of my data on this drive and retain my settings that I've worked so hard to get just the way I like?
I'm desperate now... THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Oh - I almost forgot: I'm running XP pro.

A:Cannot boot drive, don't want to lose data!

Firstly its fatal to try and boot XP when the operating system on the drive belongs to another installation. On trying to boot, it force feeds all the wrong chipset drivers to the new motherboard and chaos reigns.

Windows will BSOD to try and limit damage. Its not always successful.

Your subsequent actions may have further damaged the file structure.

Don't try and boot the drive any more, if you cannot get in when its set as a slave drive, then you may need to talk to a data recovery company, if the data is critical.

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i think the motherboard went out on my laptop (have a gateway nv53, turned it on one evening after using it that day and the power light came on, the cpu fan came on for a second, then nothing, no "no hard drive detected" no beeping, nothing. after taking it apart and trying to see if something came loose, i found nothing. i have a thermaltake backxduet internal drive docking station. I can see my drive, i can see everything on it, except what i really want, windows 7 puts everything in a library, i see it under user, my name, but if i click on the folder it tells me access denied. that is where all my photos and documents are, and that is what is important to me. I can get a motherboard for $150, but i dont know if it is the motherboard for sure or not, i am guessing since i get power, the cpu starts to heat up if left on for a while (amd chip) so i know the cpu is getting power, the fan is getting power, the monitor has a plug that i think i power, it is getting voltage, i also tried plugging in an external monitor and i had nothing. is there data recovery software that i need to buy to get that info?

A:cannot access data on laptop drive

Hello JD, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if taking ownership and setting permissions to "Allow" your account "Full Control" of the folder may allow you to have access.

Take Ownership Shortcut


(Option Three)
Take Ownership of file

Hope this helps,

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hi! im newbie here! i bought a new acer laptop and the laptop has preinstalled OS which is... i install windows xp Sp2 . . a prompt appear says there's a 2 partition . . the other one is fat 32 i think den the other one is named unknown . . i delete the partition named unknown and convert it to ntfs after that the windows xp successfully installed den when i check the capacity of my hard disk it shows only 35 GB while the true capacity of my hard disk is 80gb . . my problem now is where the other 45 GB now . . can i resize the the 35 gb to 80 gb? thanks

Edit: Please us proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.

A:Hard drive shows 35gig, even though it`s an 80gig drive?

That other "unknown" partition would most likely be your ACER Recovery Partition where you can reinstall your OS in the event of a windows OS being corrupted..

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I bought a hard drive enclosure so I could use an old (year old) 750GB drive as a place to store backups - the USB drive I've been using will only hold one system image at a time, and if I end up having to reinstall Windows using it I invariably lose some files.

I used a 3rd party disk utility program to wipe the drive- but it only shows about one half of what the drive is labeled as.
I went into diskpart and listed the volumes and it says the same! Now where could this other 300 odd Gigabytes have gone?

A:750GB drive shows as only 365GB drive - where's the rest of it?

Post a screen shot of Disk Management.

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I've connected an external USB drive, but when I go to My Computer it shows it as a network drive. In addition, it gives it the same name as the mapped network drive that already exists there. When I change the name of the external drive there, it then changes the name of the mapped network drive, so again they both have the same name, although the drive letters are different. Any ideas how to make the external drive appear where it belongs in My Computer, under Hard Disk drives?

I'm also seeing some other odd behavior on this computer, and since it may be related I'll mention it. When I first opened my Computer, it showed the same networked drive repeatedly, with every letter from F thru Z. I deleted them all except one, but now every time I reboot, I get a logon connect dialog that asks to reconnect one of them. So with each reboot it is adding back one of the duplicate mapped networked drives that I had deleted. I expect it will eventually end up with all the alphabet letters like it was when I first sat down at this computer.

My main concern is to get the external hard drive to appear where it belongs.

A:External hard drive shows up as a network drive

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How do I fix this?  I went to Disk Management and Disk 0 Partition 5 does NOT have a drive letter assigned and all options are grayed out.  However, in Windows Explorer I see it listed as Drive E: but you cannot explore the drive (as is expected). 
How do I get rid of this listing in Windows Explorer?

Keith Barrows - http://about.me/keith.barrows

A:Win 10: System drive shows in Explorer with drive letter...

Hi Keith,
Open the command prompt and run diskpart.exe, then
list disk
select Disk 0
list partition
select partition 1 (the one corresponding with the hidden system drive)

This will ONLY remove the drive letter it won't delete anything! Also note that the drive you are reffering to is Disk 0 partition 1 and not partition 5!

If you find that my post has answered your question, please mark it as the answer. If you find my post to be helpful in anyway, please click vote as helpful. Regards Simon Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees, and
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Hey guys I used the builtin backup and restore to make an image of my 160GB hard drive because I wanted to install a 250GB HD. The image worked great and I put the new 250GB drive in. The issue is that I do not see the rest of my drive space. The drive shows the capacity of the old drive (160GB) instead of the 250GB that it should now be.

A:Drive shows capacity of old drive after restoring bckup

Hello Zay,

What does it show in your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) screen? Could you post a screenshot of it?

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So after I did change to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray. So how do I fix this issue, and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922976, and is found right here; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

A:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.

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Re: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick
Nov 29, 2014

this link helped me:


----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Subject: cloned a 80G HDD to a 128G USB Flash stick

hi all,

happy holidays, etc.

this is an old issue, yet i am still working on it

in July 2013; I cloned my 80G HDD onto a 128G USB Flash stick

in Sept. 2013; I had a data loss...

so, I thought to recover my data using this 128G clone...

I put this 128G Flash stick into my computer, and it showed up as a Local drive, yet was inaccessible and with its LED flashing incessantly...
{this was after, I treated this 128G USB flash stick as if it were a whole computer, and I then attempted to use/misused Win Vista's EasyTransfer program in a failed attempt to restore my lost data :(}

I later ran CHKDSK /f /r on it, and Chkdsk repaired and/or deleted about 7 "attributes" files

after which, this 128G Flash, only shows up as a Removable Storage(not Local) drive.. and remains locked/data inaccessible yet without the flashing LED

the USB drive, when I clicked on it in My Computer, would give the/an error message "Insert drive into H: drive"... Insert? a drive? into my tiny USB drive? which isn't even a CD or DVD drive? ... I tried all the fre... Read more

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Well like alot of people I made the mistake of selecting safeboot in the boot.ini file in the msconfig file after my comp got a virus and would not boot into safemode. The hard drive is in two partitions: the C drive used to contain windows, and the D drive which has the data i am trying to save.

I don't have a Windows XP disc because it was already on the comp when i bought it. I have attempted to restore the windows files with Bart PE bootup image disc but it wiped out Windows XP completely from the C drive in the process, but the Data drive is still showing up with all its files intact. So i purchased a usb external hard drive and then tried to use Bart PE to backup the data but it would stop right in the middle of the backup.

Is there a easier way to just drag all my data files right to my external drive? I am really trying to get these files back.
Thank you in advance

A:XP will not boot - Can I back up my data to a external drive? Please help!

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here's the specs and then the problem.

2.7ghz celeron
512 ddr ram
soyo p4i845pe v1.0 mobo socket 478
120 gb hitachi deskstar sata hdd
40 gb western digital ide hdd
30 gb maxtor ide hdd
audigy 2 platinum
an array of pci cards but that is really irrelavant

this ight be lenghty and alot of it mught be erroneous but to give a complete picture of whats goin on heres how it goes.

the parts mentioned above minus the sound card, western digital hdd and hitachi sata is is about to be given to my grandparents when my new stuff gets here in the next few days (thanks to newegg)

the hitachi hdd is my primary drive and will be reformatted and put in the new rig that is on its way. i was bored and set up xp pro on the maxtor that is not staying with me. it had all my important stuff backed up on it. not a big deal i was going to back up all my stuff on the western digital drive off of the sata drive so i didn't care that i reformatted all my backup.

i got lazy and didn't back up all my data from the hitachi on to the western digital and well i think i got a virus and my xp pro has become unbootable on the hitachi. it hangs at the black screen with the scrolling blue bar and then reboots its self. so basically i am pretty sure i am S.O.L on getting back my music porn etc. about 20 gigs or so of stuff i have collected.

my mobo only supports a single sata hdd (no other type of sata device) it is only detected as the master no way to make it the slave. ... Read more

A:can't use ide to boot so i can get data off of sata drive that is corrupted

simpler way of putting it

i failed to mention or it wasn't made clear that i want to get my data off of the sata drive before i do a fresh install on my new rig thats coming. unless someone has a definite way of doing it i can bet i have already tried it. i am horribly stumped and am going crazy. i need the eqiuivalent of jumpering two ide drives to make one boot and the other not boot if that makes anymore sense.

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Well like alot of people I made the mistake of selecting safeboot in the boot.ini file in the msconfig file after my comp got a virus and would not boot into safemode. The hard drive is in two partitions: the C drive used to contain windows, and the D drive which has the data i am trying to save.

I don't have a Windows XP disc because it was already on the comp when i bought it. I have attempted to restore the windows files with Bart PE bootup image disc but it wiped out Windows XP completely from the C drive in the process, but the Data drive is still showing up with all its files intact. So i purchased a external hard drive and then tried to use Bart PE to backup the data but it would stop right in the middle of the backup.

Is there a easier way to just drag all my data files right to my external drive? I am really trying to get these files back.
Thank you in advance

A:XP will not boot - Can I back up my data to a external drive?

You say it stopped right in the middle of copying. Did you get an error message of any sort? How long did you wait? It could have been a particularly large file and it just appeared to freeze.Some other thoughts Depending on the external HDD, they are notorious for over heating problems. Perhaps this was your problem.A copying ALTERNATIVE that I have used with great success. Not blazing fast but I have found it to be very reliable.

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I have the opposite need. I already have an IDE Boot drive for XP and programs. I would like to setup a Raid0 for my data(videos). My MOBO is GigaByte GA-965G-DS3 which has GSATA2 controller to set up the Raid0 and a PATA port working on the same chip. The manual for setting up SATA RAID0 leads me through to the installation of the OS which I do not need. Once I set up the BIOS and Raid0, the machine does not boot as it cannot see the IDE boot drive. It sees it as a SCSI. Do you have a method of setting up the raid such thatit does not become the boot drive and simply functions as a striped DATA storage ?


A:IDE Boot drive and SATAII Raid0 DATA

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I run XP pro. Went to turn on machine ,it gives me three options, safe mode, safe mode with net work and normal mode.

What ever one I choose it will start the boot up from the beginning and come back to this orignal promt as above stated.

I tried to make the drive a slave but the systems keeps telling me "do you want to format?

For some reason the drive cant be accesed? Is there a program to extract info that I want to save? If so please advise.

Thank you

A:How can I recover data from drive that wont boot?

Have you tried reloading your last saved settings?

Start / Programs / assesories / think its restore settings ... it will or should give you the option of going back to a previouse setting ..... and think you can do it from safe mode.good luck !

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I have a friend who dropped a laptop and the drive is dead. She brought it to a data recovery place and they want to charge her $1,300 to recover the data--she is interested primarily in about 1700 Itunes downloaded. Seems to me that she could re-download the Itunes, can't she?

Also, if she does have to have data recovery, is there a place anyone knows for a more reasonable price?

A:Data Recovery on Dead Laptop Drive?

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Hi folks. I hope someone on here can help me. As normal I've been searching all over this site for my answer but on this occasion can't find it!
My laptop had a major power problem which was not repairable, and has now been replaced. I kept my hard drive as I have alot of info on there that is very important to me. A friend has a similar laptop to my fried one so I assumed if I connected the hard drive to it that I could save the data to a stick drive, but alas it wouldn't boot up with my drive in there.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am hoping now to connect it somehow to my desktop and recover the data that way - is that even possible? - Thanks for reading this.

A:HELP!! Laptop fried, need data from Hard Drive

Hello, carlty, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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With regards to your problem, you can get a 2.5 to 3.5" converter so that you can connect your hard drive to your desktop pc as a slave drive and then copy your data off of it

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Hi all,

Yesterday my clients laptop HDD became corrupt and unreadable. Unable to boot to Windows or recognise disk through WinXP re-install process. I replaced the HDD and software re-built his laptop. All went well.

My problem is that of course, he has alot of data on the old HDD and did not have a back-up in place. I have a USB - IDE tool that I connect the old HDD up to my laptop with, and WinXP does recognise the disk, but when you try to access the disk it says the file table is corrupt or unreadable. chkdsk returns a message saying master file table is corrupt, and it does not run the chkdsk after that.

The disk is in trouble I know, but it is not making any strange noises and My PC picks it up straight away, so there is a chance I may be able to salvage some data from it somehow.

Any ideas or programs would be appreciated.

Cheers :grinthumb

A:Laptop hard drive data recovery


Look at this guide:


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Hi, I suppose you get this all the time but I have searched the internet and have only found one method of recovery.

Basically A virus has destroyed my operating system and I need a method of getting the data my laptop's hard drive. I have tried to install a new operating system using Ubuntu however once trying to install it says that there is not enough room on the hard drive which is understandable as it was pretty much full and when I installed ubuntu onto a USB stick It loaded through however I don't know how to access the original hard drive data when it loads through.

I wanted to know whether if there was an external method of taking the data off using another computer. The laptop is a Satellite A210 - 1C0.

Any Information would be great. Thanks.

A:How To Recover My Data Off My Laptop Hard Drive

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Hello, first timer here. I have two old HP pavilion Enternainment PC of which either the monitor is broken or the grafic card was down. I can not use them anymore to get access to the content of there hard drives. I was wondering, is there a connection cable/ port to which I could connect the hard drives and connect them to my current, HP laptop? Via USB cable or something? So I still could access the data saved on the hard drives? Basically, can internal hard drives be made an external hard drive via a docking station of sorts? One hard drive is an Samsung 250 GB, model: HM250JI Thank you for any insides to this


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A:How to access data of old laptop hard drive?

@apprenant You can buy an IDE to USB and a SATA to USB. This is the one we use. "SATA"  REO

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