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Q: XP Harddisk Advice

Hi, I plan to install a new 40gig harddrive and need some advice...heres my story:

I have a Packard Bell iconnect 1225 and when I got it came preinstalled with Windows Me. For more info on the iconnect click here. When I got it, about three years ago it had a 10gig harddrive with a 1gig partition. If you have a PB you'll know that this is a backup sector which can be launched by booting off a recovery floppy and restores your system back to the way it was when you left the factory. This is really useful and I used it alot back in the Windows Me darkages when it was the best answer to any serious problem and the last time I used it was when I got XP and forgot to download some drivers before installing and had to rollback and then later reinstall. Even though XP is so stable I would still like to keep it and that why I need as much information as possible.
My plan is to go to my local computer store/pc world and ask for a 40gig harddrive to be installed. As the backup (hidden) partition is named D: the new harddrive must be called E: or something else, will this happen by default? I will then use the restore program to go back to Windows Me (Deleting Windows XP and basically cleaning out my system or unwanted rubbish) and then install windows xp again. In the installation I will select that Windows XP to be installed onto the new drive and to format the drive using the NTSC filing system as its better. After its installed I will use XP like normal and should I ever run into trouble simply enter my disk to roll back, I wont use the other disk though so that will have to be set as Slave when its installed.

Can you see anything wrong with my plan?
Thanks in advance
Tarq!

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Preferred Solution: XP Harddisk Advice

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

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

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

A: XP Harddisk Advice

A few things. You want a 40gig HD? Buy one and see if that Packard Bell will support it. Have it installed (or do it yourself) and load XP on it. XP has a built in restore function. The one you are used to that came with the PB is a Recovery Disk. If you own a copy of XP, then you shouldn't need to go through all that riga-moroll. If you really want the security of a "fall back" program, then you can purchase a program like GO-BACK (I think Roxio makes it) and it will do the same thing. The filing system you want is the NTFS verus the FAT32 filling system. XP's System Restore feature doesn't always work as it should in that XP may or maynot have made restore points needed to work. Save all the info you want off your old drive to disks and then you can format that drive also in the NTFS mode and use it as a slave drive to your 40 gig.

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

In my system Windows XP Pro SP1 is installed.
 

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

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I am trying to setup the 3rd Hard Disk in my CPU. It doesn't seems to able detect my already formated hard disk. Is it possible to have 3 Hard Disk in 1 CPU? If so, how do should I go about it? Do I need to do anything with the Jumper on the Hard Disk?
 

A:3 HardDisk in 1 CPU

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hi

i have a western digital 160gb caviar blue hd now i want to buy a new one but some questions are bothering me

first is seagate any better than western digital i ask this because 1tb seagate is just slightly expensive than 500gb western digital so should i go for seagate?

second is that if i buy seagate, will it cause any problem to the system having one wd hd and one seagate?

please answer in details would love to hear anything to increase the knowledge

A:help about a new harddisk?

1. you can mix any makes of disks. They are all 'compatibel'.

2. the make does not matter. They are all the same since they all come from the same factories in Thailand. I have a dozen different makes and do not notice any difference.

3. except Seagate - one of those just died on me. The first and only disk that died in my installations.

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I have an 80GB IDE Hitachi HD which was formatted NTFS on my computer running Win 7 Ultimate. My problem is that when connected to my computer via external Sharkoon Drive link USB adapter, it is not shown in Windows Explorer but is shown in Device Manager as USB Device and in Computer Management it is shown as ?Disk 1 ? Not initialized? and when clicking on to initialize, an error shows as ?This device not ready?. Same occurred on another PC running Vista Ultimate. Strangely, when connected to IDE inside PC it works perfectly. Can anyone help please?

ASUS P5GC-MX/1333 MB
500GB sata Hitachi HDD
2GB Ram
3.2GB CPU
Windows 7 Ultimate

A:USB Harddisk

Does the USB adaptor work correctly with any other drive?

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i have an old hdisk on an old pc.
the disk label shows that is 4+ Gigs
when i try to fdisk and format, only half is available
at fdisk options appears to be only 2+Gigs
wtf?
 

A:only 1/2 of harddisk is there!

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Hey can anybody tell me which is the best harddisk drive for which i should go??????????I need atleast 250 gb or more of diskspace so suggest me the best HDD with their latest price ????????Thankyou.
 

A:Best HARDDISK

Get Seagate 500GB SATA-II

125bucks.
 

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Hello,
a week ago i transferred a list of archived files to my mp4, then the light went off ,when it came back, i can't find the archives on the partition , nor the mp4

also some sound files disappered from the mp4, also files are occupying space whether on the hard disk or the mp4

i tried to show hidden files, but i still can't find the files

so what's wrong ?? , how can i get the files again ??? because the computer shows that they are still occupying space

thanks in advance

Best regards,

A:HardDisk & MP4

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Mitooo


Hello,
a week ago i transferred a list of archived files to my mp4, then the light went off


Hi.

Does that mean you lost power to your computer or drive?







  
Quote: Originally Posted by Mitooo


because the computer shows that they are still occupying space


If you lost power whilst transferring, there is a good chance some of the files will have become corrupt.

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I have an ultraDMA harddisk from compaq. I hope to know what is the ATA and RPM value of my 20GB drive. Is there some software that I can use to check it?
 

A:Harddisk

The only 20 GB HDD I could find on the Compaq site is 20GB Ultra ATA 100 Hard Drive (7200rpm)
251974-B21

This was at http://www.compaq.com/products/desktops/options/options_storage1.html
That doesn't mean that there aren't more. The way to know, for certai8n, is to open your system up, and get the part number, or full specs from off the HDD case itself.
 

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My computer came with a 10gig hardrive with Windows Me preinstalled. I upgraded to Windows XP Home Edition and have been very impressed it was well worth the £90 I payed for the upgrade pack! I purchased 64MB of RAM to bring my memory from 64MB to 128MB and my computer hasn't crashed ONCE since I got XP! But having two operating systems on one 10 gig hardrive and lots of preinstalled programs such as office has taken its toll and I was warned the other day that my harddisk was nearly full! I deleted all my unnessesary files and managed to get back 1 gig of space but I'm still not happy and would like to get a new 20gig hardrive. It makes more sense to use my recovery disk to return my computer to the way it was when it left the factory and reinstall windows XP on the new harddrive leaving my old operating system on the old C:\ and installing all my programs into the new harddrive. I have two questions about this:

1) Will my computer become dual-boot which i DONT want to happen I want the same setup as I have know but with XP installed on the new harddrive?

2) Will I be able to call my new harddrive B:\ as I don't have a 5 1/2 floppy drive installed and would prefer to have things organised and call it that, if not what will my drive call itself as default as I already have A,C,D,Q,R drive letters already taken?
 

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Hi which would be the best free hardrive checking tool that would tell me if something is failing or is dead

A:harddisk

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-win-master/
http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-dos-master/

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Hello,

Re: Win98SE - Intel 465 Mhz

The harddisk in my PC is 8 GB of which only 2,56 GB is still available now.
From I similar PC (done away in the meantime) I still have a 8 GB IDE harddisk.
and want to place it in my PC.
Please mind that I have never opened a PC sofar.

a) I don't know to what electronic circuit-cable it must be connected (wondering about serial and parallel)

b) then this second harddisk must somehow be connected to and made visisable to the system (by cables I think; however what cables, new ones or
already present)

When I tried to google this subject I only found items on partitioning etc, not
about how to get and connect a second harddisk inside a PC.
Furthermore I have no idea whether there are special well-known problems
related to having a seond harddisk installed (e.g. very slow system)

Advises will be highly aprreciated.

Best regards,
a.ruiter
 

A:add a second harddisk

This may help http://www.perfectdrivers.com/howto/seconddrive.html
 

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My computer came with a 10gig hardrive with Windows Me preinstalled. I upgraded to Windows XP Home Edition and have been very impressed it was well worth the £90 I payed for the upgrade pack! I purchased 64MB of RAM to bring my memory from 64MB to 128MB and my computer hasn't crashed ONCE since I got XP! But having two operating systems on one 10 gig hardrive and lots of preinstalled programs such as office has taken its toll and I was warned the other day that my harddisk was nearly full! I deleted all my unnessesary files and managed to get back 1 gig of space but I'm still not happy and would like to get a new 20gig hardrive. It makes more sense to use my recovery disk to return my computer to the way it was when it left the factory and reinstall windows XP on the new harddrive leaving my old operating system on the old C:\ and installing all my programs into the new harddrive. I have two questions about this:

1) Will my computer become dual-boot which i DONT want to happen I want the same setup as I have know but with XP installed on the new harddrive?

2) Will I be able to call my new harddrive B:\ as I don't have a 5 1/2 floppy drive installed and would prefer to have things organised and call it that, if not what will my drive call itself as default as I already have A,C,D,Q,R drive letters already taken?
 

A:Harddisk!

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Hi!Where can i buy sata cabel to my ideapad y700 because i have ssd but i cant connect hdd harddisk because i dont know where to buy the cabel. I only have ssd m.2 .  Please help me !

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Halo.I have replaced my harddisk after a crashed. Never made a recovey disk. How to get the notebook working again.What to do? Must I buy a new OS for the machine and where to buy?

A:Harddisk crashed

Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. If your computer originally came with Windows preinstalled, your computer is eligable to original Windows. You can purchase and use HP Recovery media to restore your PC to factory default condition. HP Recovery media might not work if your new HDD is smaller (with smaller capacity) than the original one >> e.g. original one is 500 GB , new one is 128 GB. Please, post this information:>> your full computer model and PN  >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00033108>> country where you are and where you bought the PC from  Looking forward to your reply.

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Hi Guys,
My comp's been having this very wierd problem lately.

My harddisk shuts down automatically.Everything's fine one moment,then suddenly the orange light on the cpu(which shows hdd activity)goes off and the monitor also shuts down(the green power indicator on it turns to orange). Although the green light on the cpu(indicating power supply)still remains on.Now,in this state, even if i try to press the cpu restart button,nothing happens.I have to cut the power supply from the wall socket and then restart the pc.

Now,this situation happens randomly.It's not overheating probably because it can happen anytime after switching the pc on,10 mins or 2 hours.But another thing is that this issue happens only wen i'm watchin a movie saved on disk or playing a game like Counterstrike etc.I can surf the net or listen to music for hours and nothing happens.Even while watching a movie or gaming,it won't happen always. Sometimes several days go by before anything happens,on other days it happens every 5 mins.
I've opened the cabinet and interchanged the power and data cables between my cd-drive and harddisk,to check whether anything's wrong with the cables.But still da same problem.i've even tried using different players to watch the movies(VLC,Media player Classic),but no use.I observed the cpu usage during movie playing and it hovers around 15-20%.

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A:Help: Harddisk shuts down...

Have you checked your hard drive for bab clusters?
Also what kind of PSU do you have?
 

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Would i be able to connect a 200mb Harddisk to my compter, to copy the contents into an image with Norton Ghost. I have IDE CD CDRW and Hardisk already and would make this disk a temp Seconary slave. My mother board is June 2000 Bios dated im guessing this would auto detect 200mb disk. What Specs do u think 200mb disk would be any any probs which might arise?

Cheers guys
 

A:OLD 200mb HardDisk.

Yes that should work. Just use auto geometry. Mobo's IDE is backwards compatible.

I don't think you would want to keep it on there long after the data was copied off of it, though. Such an old device is just taking up a valuable IDE channel.
 

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Hi
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to add another harddisk(Scsi) to an existing raid5 set on an NT Server and have the space shared amoung the existing volumes(three) .If possible can you please tell me what I have to do.

Thanks
 

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Hi,
 
Toshiba L750, core i5 - win-7 64bit installed. 4gb ram, 600gb HDD,
50gb os, 250gb, 250gb partitions. 8gb Virtual memory on 3rd partition.
 
Used sparingly and working fine until a few days ago. I heard some faint whirling sound (probably the HDD) and in some time the OS crashed.
It went into an infinite loop of shutting down and rebooting trying to recover the system.
 
At some time, I chose command prompt and ran chkdsk on all the partitions chkdsk /f /r
 
It seemed to work, although the computer was only half as fast.
 
After a couple of boots, I only get a blank screen and a cursor at left hand top, post the bios screen.
 
Has my harddisk crashed? If so, how do I get it working back, either with the same HDD or another one
The data is not really important to me ( I have a back up on my desktop)
 
Thanks in advance for your help

A:Has my harddisk crashed ?

Yes it sounds like it.  Here is a video showing you how to replace it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svTUrXrAa1U

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My hard disk did not detecting when i connect hard disk to the pc the system will restarts
please anyone can help
 

A:harddisk problem

Remove temporarily the HDD while computer is turned off and unplugged. Does it reboot also?
 

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Hallo,
 
my laptop, Compaq presario, crashed 2 days ago.
 
I took of the harddisk and i put another one.
 
I installed the windows home premium again , everything is working perfectly, only the sound.
 
The icon is there down in the toolbare and when i play music or something with sound, i see that there is  little bit of movement , but i hear nothing.
 
No sound comes out, i tried almost everything and still nothing.
 
who can help me please?? you are my last resource.
 
Regards
tanya

A:harddisk crashed

When you say 'everything' what did you try?
Did you try updating the drivers?
Did you make sure the volume is full from the speaker icon in the taskbar?
Did you make sure no sounds are muted when you click on mixer?
Are you using external speakers/headphones?

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HalloBei meinem Laptop hat ein freund probiert Windows neu zu installieren. Er hat alle angezeigten Platten gelöscht und hat dann auf der hauptplatte Windows installiert. Nun starte ich der Laptop und es kommt Boot Device Not Found Error or Hard Drive Not Detected. Drück ich da F10 und gehe ins BIOS und mache legacy mode auf enabled und secure mode auf disabled und speichere und drück dann F9 kommt das Boot Menü und da steht auch meine Festplatte. Klicke ich darauf macht er Windows normal auf. Aber nach Neustart dasselbe wieder. Nix geht, ausser wenn ich die ganzen bios Umstellungen vornehme. Kann man den legacy mode nicht immer aktiv lassen? Oder was kann ich einstellen das er sofort weiß das er von Harddisk starten soll. Weil original steht im BIOS ja nur das uefi Menü und da steht nicht Harddisk dabei, nur wenn ich umstellen auf legacy mode, dann kann ich auch Harddisk auswählenBitte helft mir

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i have hitachi 80 gb external usb harddisk. It has two partition yesterday night i am working on it but suddenly i am not able to access my hard disk so i unplugged harddisk.

now when i click on this drive it gave me error "file and directory is corrupted or unreadable" so i format my drive after almost completion it gives error "windows is not able to format this drive".

when i restart my computer and i click on this drive it gives message "this disk drive is not formated do you want to format it now?" it has two partition so when i click on other partition it works ok but this partition has some problem

when i click on this drive it shows me 0 bytes in used space and 0 bytes in free space. Now what to do i also check this drive with check now but no window is open and check now is not started what to do?

my data in this drive is not important can any software help me for this problem
 

A:external usb harddisk

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I dual-boot my pc. Win2000 and Win XP. The software i used for cloning the harddisk is Norton ghost 2001. Its installed on win2000. My question is, if i clone the pc, will i only clone the partition with the win2000 only? or the software will clone the whole harddisk for me including all the partitions and information thats on a single harddidk?
 

A:clone a harddisk

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Hi,

I have hitachi 320 Gb Hardisk and it got bad sectors i tried windows chkdsk but its not worked so i am trying to do low level or zero level format .
So i have certain queries please help it to solve them
1.I laptop cd drive is not working so can i use it through usb & how.
2.Does it really solves my bad sectors problem..I have heard that if it stuck in between hadrdisk become useless is it right..???
3.Currently its showing 397 bad sectors on disk surface according to software Hard Disk Sentinel

Operating System Win 7

A:Bad Sectors on Harddisk

Currently its showing 397 bad sectors on disk surface according to software Hard Disk SentinelHi -This program is not one that I am familiar with, but it sounds like many Registry Fixers that show 200 problems, and say" for $50 we can fix these" I would be very careful about believing all that this program is telling you about your system !!The Hungarian or German company behind this program seems to offer very little support to their program, and also seem to want your money -Run chkdsk /r first and see if the report is the same as this HDS program reports to you, as your inbuilt diagnostics are usually better than some 3rd party programs -Method 1: Run As Administrator from shortcutUse this method and type chkdsk /r at the command -Thank You -

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Is there a way to format new harddisk in xp pro. I already have n operating HD with xp pro installed. When i put in an unformatted harddisk, it does not detect my harddisk. The jumpers are correct. I have to disconnect my original HD and format the new harddisk using my dos bootup disk. Is there a better and easiler way to add on new hardisk without having to do all those onnecting and disconnecting?
 

A:format new harddisk in xp pro

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I'm trying to figure out how I can interpret this:

\Device\HarddiskVolume7\$mft

for Windows 2000 server
 

A:harddisk volume

That's the Master File Table - with an NTFS volume, it's what tells the system where on the hard drive each file is located.

If that file gets corrupted, you will get file system errors.

It can be repaired by running a CHKDSK on your drive (alternatively with the /R parameter, to repair bad sectors, or at least move any recoverable data from a bad sector to a new location.)
 

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I am using win7 64, I have eset as antivirus the space on local disk is getting low even though
I had 57 hours ago. I searched and it seems a virus but when I scan the laptop it shows nothing
how can i fix this problem and is it really a virus
I deleted many files I had almost 2 gb and overall space is 450 gb

A:harddisk getting low a virus how do i fix it

If you only have essential data on that disk I would recommend getting an external drive and transfer data in order to take the load off the other drive. A full HDD is a slow one because the read/write head has to scan the whole platter in order to retrieve data. SSDs don't have this problem. Otherwise, the best way to find out why you have low disk space, is to look and see how many restore points you have. If you have your data backed up on another disk (which I recommend). You can delete some of the restore points up to the most recent one. However, I don't recommend doing this unless your confident on the recent restore point. These restore points can take up a lot of space. Other than that, you can go into the 'add/remove programs' and remove whatever you don't need. On the other hand, If you are worried about a virus, I would recommend you seek an analyst in the security forum.

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Hi, I`m a novice when it comes to computers, so I don´t know all
(hardly any) tricks of the trade when it comes to cleaning up my system from unwanted files, doubles, etc.. I´ve heard that Windows saves everything that I have done on my computer (all keyboard strokes, all internet surfing, etc.) in hidden files not easily accessed by a normal user. Is this true Is there (preferably) freeware available on the webb that would allow me to permanently erase these files and return the freed disk space for use?
 

A:Harddisk cleanup

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hi, My HP 255 G3 doesn't boot any more. The harddisk check gives FAILURE ID 9AJE04-7LW8H2-XD7V7A-61CQ03.I could now buy a new harddisk, but that would come without OS. The OS was pre-installed on the harddisk, so where do I get that from? Or can I somewhere buy a new HD with pre-installed OS? thanks,/conny

A:Harddisk failure HP 255 G3

Hello Conny2003, No Harddrive will come preloaded with OS.  If you want the HDD replaced and OS reinstalled together, you will have to send the laptop to HP for service. This will done free of cost if your laptop is under Warranty. If not under warranty, you will have to call HP and look out for Out of Warranty options and charges are applicable. Whenever the Hard Disk Short/Long DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby  Please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory operating system after replacement (if you've not yet created Recovery Discs/USB Media) Note: Back up all the personal data to an external drive if it's possible. Otherwise you could connect the failed HDD via SATA to USB adapter with another PC or same PC after replacement of HDD & re-installation of OS and try copying /recovering the files. You can also refer to the below shown link for further supporthttp://www.wikihow.com/Recover-Data-from-the-Hard-Drive-of-a-Dead-Laptop Please click on the link In order to Identify, Prevent, Diagnose & Recover from Drive Failures on HP Notebook Hard Drives & Solid State Dr... Read more

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Good morning.I have tried everything that's possible with my laptop.I can't get it to work. I try to do a factory reset but nothing.Is it not possibe to get a windows 10 recovery USB stick from hp support?or Ihave bought one, where can I get one?

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My don't start.I need a recovery cd or usb. On the mean time bought a new harddisk now I need Windows 10.Try to do factory configuration, but nothing. Or simple I can't do that.I have never made a recovery cd. M#: E0K02UAS#: 5CG3254F3L

A:Harddisk problem

If you have previously installed and activated the Windows 10 you can reinstall it without a license key. The hardware id is stored on MS servers and will activate automatically.Use the directions here to "create installation media to use on another pc".https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

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Hi.
I have an external harddisk of 1TB recently it became RAW type and i have lot of data in it so I tried TESTDISK but everything goes fine but in the end it happens nothing, it again shows in RAW format and windows ask me to format the disk to use it.

Somebody help me.Thanks in advance
 

A:External HardDisk became RAW

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Hi,

I am getting following warnings via Crystal disk info. Please help how to resolve them:

http://img821.imageshack.us/i/hdderror.jpg/
 

A:Harddisk error Please help

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Hey there

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Cannot Boot from Harddisk

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

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i bought an external hard disk its western digital 320gb, i observed data transfer rate of that disk is 30-40mbps only but ability of usb2.0 is 480mbps, how come very less data transfer, is there any way to increase it or any other application to increase it.

help me in resolving
thanking you
sandy
 

A:external harddisk

Transfer rates externally (i.e. USB or Firewire) are recorded in mega bits per second, however ATA and IDE protocols are measured in mega bytes per second. This means 480bp/s translates to 60MB/s (taking into consideration 1 byte = 8 bits). It seems the speeds on external USB drives are bottlenecked at around 40MB/s anyway - so if you're missing out, it won't be by too much.

Speeds also depend on how your external drive (well, inside the enclosure) works and reads the information off the disk. For example, reading from the outer edges of the disk will result in faster transfer rates than if it was reading from the inner part of the disk.
 

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I install windows RC 7100 this afternoon and amazed by it stunnishing graphic but it seem to have a problem, thats is i cannot see my original local disk (D/) in my computer. i got all my music stored in that partition.
Actually i do a dualboot and have vista ultimate in (C/) and i installed Win 7 in partition (J/). But when i boot into Win 7 it Drive letter change from (J) to (C/)and the original (C/) that stored vista ultimate change to (D/)... And the weird thing is that the original pertition disappear from my computer....

how to make my partition (D/) to be shown on window 7 ?

for information, i didn't installed any OS in this partition, it just stored all my music and picture and some games.

Thank for any kind reply.
 

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hi,
am using HP dv2500 notebook,it has vista home premium OS , but i formatted with vista business . The problem is my hard disk is hitting , why and how to resolve it. and any problem if counties using.
 

A:why my harddisk hitting

Do you mean your hard drive is making a tick tick sound ? ( what do you mean by 'hitting' ?) If you hard drive is making a ticking sound, then you should look into getting a new hard drive.
 

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I was using Xp and I installed ubuntu by making partion in my hard disk and suddenly last week one virus (Userinit.exe) hit my XP and Now I can't Login In Xp So I want to Format my Hard Disk (C drive or even Full Hardisk).
I Tried Booting From Xp bootable cd but can't able to boot,so that to check it i inserted Ubuntu Cd i was Booting But Xp cd can't.Currently i am using Ubuntu On same system.
So,help me for booting, Formating My Hard Disk.


Thank You!!!

A:Format HardDisk

with your bootable xp disk when you booted the pc ,,did it ask you to hit any key to boot from CD?

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Hi Guys can anyone tell me why my Laptop is doing this when i boot up  and why it happened  Thanks Hard disk security error:sata port o hgst hts545050a7e680lock  

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

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

Grateful for any help, advice or suggestions.
 

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hi
At present I am using a hitachi 80 GB SATA hard disk.It is so insufficient so I am planning to buy Samsung 500GB SATA.Now if I add the new HD what would happen to the previous one?(80 GB hitachi).Will it remain or replaced by the new one?Let it is possible to add the new one with old one(80+500=580) then reinstalling the operating system(xp sp3) is reqired?
 

A:New harddisk question

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Dear members,
I bought a new 320 GB harddisk (Seagate, ST3320620A). First, I open my Computer's case then pluged it as the secondary harddisk for formating it. It's done, I can find my new drive. Then, I took it out and put it into the external case to use it as the portable-external harddisk. But when I connected it to my computer using USB cable, my computer cannot see the new drive. Normally, this case may be happen, if you haven't enough USB power supply. But in my case, the external case provides the power supply too (with AC adapter). Moreover, I tried to change the USB cable to the another good one, it's still not working.
However, I connected it to my friend's computers, some of them can work properly but some cannot work. Is it the USB driver problem? How should I do?

--I use Windows XP Professional (lastest update) on Dell Optiplex GX280.

Thank you very much,
 

A:Cannot found 320 GB Harddisk

Hi Ceowebmaster and welcome to the TS Forums

I dont get this part of your post.





ceowebmaster said:



However, I connected it to my friend's computers, some of them can work properly but some cannot work. Is it the USB driver problem? How should I do?Click to expand...

Mostly when an HD in an external closure is not seen by the OS it is because the HD is set to cable select not master.

If however the enclosure works OK on another machine then yes you have some kind of USB issue, the easiest cure for this is to remove all USB related items under Device Manager and then reboot, XP will refind the items on bootup and reinstall them.

Please explain your post or let us know if the abvove is of help.

Regards
 

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how can i install xp sp3 on my usbharddisk? i can try this but it give error.

A:os installed on usb harddisk

Your computer must be able to boot from a USB port.

This is a very hard thing to accomplish and it probably should not be attempted by an average user.

More information can be found here.
http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176

-Coolfreak

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Yeah... So I'm trying to install W8 dual boot with W7, and when in the setup file (following this guide; step 6D, the installation: Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista ) - after entering the serial and agreeing with the terms - When it's time to select a drive to install W8 on; It says I can't install on the hard disk "Windows8" because it is... Well, I don't remember exactly what it said but something like "Can't install on hard disk Windows8 because it is a GPT hard disk". Windows8 is a hard drive partition I created yesterday; before downloading W8.
Now... How do I change that? The hard disk has 49,9 GB of space avilable. So... Yeah.. How am I supposed to do? I really want to install Windows 8!
Hope you can help! Thanks!

A:Can't install W8 - Something about GPT harddisk....

I'd use gParted by booting to it. Use that to make it a basic drive with a primary partition. Set it active.

Reinstall Windows.

Many, many ways to do. I gave ya mine. Good luck.

---- Edit:

Ohh, I re-read and this is not a drive but rather a partition you're trying to install to? You'd probably have to convert the drive to basic first, non-destructively. I think gParted does that too.
This thread seems to have other good info:

Unable to install Win8 x 64Pro Retail on 3TB GPT drive on ASUS UEFI

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