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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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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

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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My labtop is y700 15ISKi didn't download any program but i found the used Space get bigger Suddenly this pic : http://prnt.sc/d9yq77in this pic you see the free space is 165gb but before 2h it was 173gbso what is the problem and what i should i do ?

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Hi -

i bought a custom made pc with intel i3 processor, 2 TB or hard disk and 2 GB or ram.

I am not sure why... but i have a felling that 2 GB of RAM is not enough.

FYI
Windows explorer crashed when i visit a specific directory of the a drive. that particular folder has around 100 Videos(Movies) in different formats (mkv, mp4, avi, wmv). The same folder can be accessed through VLC open window.

Problem
Window explorer crashed and asks to restart when opening a specific folder.

A:2 TB of harddisk - what RAM is recommended?

you probably want more, but how about helping us to help you by filling in your system specs>
Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec (left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
Manufacturer and Model and
ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

You will find that in Speccy, you can select info from the display
using your mouse/touchpad and then paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.

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Guys, today I install the 200 GB Serial ATA drive in my system, But after formatting it shows total 189 GB, where 11 GB gone. Anyone can tell me, I am also attaching the partition magic screenshot.
 

A:Where the space gone from harddisk

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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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Sir, i've 80 gb harddisk, but unfortunately while i'm formatting it, it shows me only 37.7 gb instead of 80 gb. So, sir please help me urgently to solve this problem.
 

A:problem in harddisk

First, please confirm that the hard disk contains only one partition and that it uses all the space on the hard drive. If that is the case then I would guess that chkdsk has over the years identified (and marked unusable) about half the sectors on the disk. That is unlikely; more likely you are talking about a partition that is only about half the hard disk.
 

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Hi....


I have a strange problem with my harddisk. There'e a light idicator on my computer shows that if the harddisk is running or not. After restarting my computer, this ididicator shows that the harddisk is running. This light lasts for many hours even I stopped all the programs running and Internet is disconnected. THe only way to stop this idicator is running a virus scan on the harddisk. After that scan, the idicator's light stops showing that nothing is using the harddisk. The virus scan shows that my computer is clean. Some days this problem doesn't appear but most days I have to do scan. I forced to do this scan because neglecting this may lead to harddisk failure as it happend before.

Any help?

A:Problem with harddisk

Hello Newtonx,

This is normal for there to almost always be some activity on your hard disk. Vista has many background programs and services that are constantly accessing the hard disk. Some of the most common ones are the Index updating the index during low or idle usage of the computer, System Protection creating a restore point, scheduled Disk Defragmenter scans, etc........

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello! can anyone help me to solve this problem please?
i want to resize drive C: because it too small. is there any software to deal with this problem? right now i'm using window 7 with system type: 64 bit.

A:need help for resizing harddisk

Paragon Partition Manager v10 works well with Windows 7 x64

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I am not sure if this is the correct forum to post this question. If it is not, I apologise in advance. Just as a matter of interest, is it possible to over defragment one's hard drive? Can it maybe corrupt files? I defragment almost everyday, sometimes even twice or more times a day. Thanks.

A:Harddisk Defragmentation.

If you are talking about Windows XP it should tell you there is no point in defragmenting below a certain limit. If it does that don't bother to defrag - you're just wearing out your hard drive for no purpose.
Assuming everything is working perfectly no harm should come from defragmenting when its not needed but in the real world it does increase the chances of corrupting data through either disc error or power glitches. It's a matter of balancing the risks and the benefits.

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Hi all,

I have some harddisk space problems, where i need your help.

I have allocated 100GB for my system drives, and 50GB is the actual space used for the system, while the balance is free space. This morning, i notice that about 32GB has been "used", and the balance free space shown is 18GB. I have look through all the folder, in cluding hidden file in the system drive...but...is fantastic, i sum up with total 50GB.

Where my 32GB gone????

Thank you,

Best regards,

Puah

A:Harddisk Space

that happen to me too harddisk space gone so fast.

i think it is because of a harddisk virus that eat your harddisk space .

so maybe do a defrag and scan your computer for virus and spyware.

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I had to do a clean reinstall of Windows 7 as my PC was getting slower and slower and really bloated. After the OS install I also installed FF, Thunderbird, Alibre Design (170Mb installer), MoI (16Mb installer) and Avira. Not a lot, right?

It seems though that only 129Gb of my 148Gb harddisk is still available. 19Gb for an OS and a few piddly programs?!

A:What is using my harddisk space?

Don't know if this is the reason but installers are usually much smaller than the actual program. Just as an example, the free Nitro PDF reader says the installer is 28MB, but the installation footprint is 106MB, and it can use up to 335MB of available hard drive space.

About

If you go into control panel > programs and features it may show the size of each installed program, app, etc. And don't forget to include other things like Windows Updates, whether or not you've installed IE9 or some other browser, your anti-malware suite, etc.

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hello I'm back again with his brand problematic disks WD Scorpio Blue. bootscreen loading resulted in a very long time and finally did not find the drive...

how to fix that

A:HARDDISK not bad sector

If you would please list the modle number of your laptop, so we can see if it's a PATA or SATA drive. Or the exact modle number of the drive.
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/2879-701278.pdf

If it's a PATA drive make sure that the little jumper on the drive is set to master or cable select.
http://support.wdc.com/images/kb/scorpio_jumpers.jpg

Thanks Fabe

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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.
 

A:cannot see harddisk D:/ in my computer...

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Hi,
 
i have a Problem with a System that i don't know how to fix. Every time I start a programm the Harddisk runs with 100%. CPU and Ram are normaly.
The space is half fulled (500GB). It's an Acer Notebook with Windows 8.1 and now it is upgradet to Windows 10. I call Acer and they told me that the
Problem is a Microsoft Update that possibly comes in when Windows 8.1 was aktiv.
Does anyone know thomething about this update?
 
Thanks for help,
 
Aitora
 

A:Harddisk runs by 100%

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 

 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 

 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 

 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.
 
 

Please download MiniToolBox to your desktop.
 
Right-click on MiniToolBox.exe and select Run as Administrator.
 
You will see an image like the one below.
 

 
Click on the following checkboxes only:
 
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
 
Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, then copy it and paste it in your topic.

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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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Hi bro, just a question which company's internal hard disk is good and very stable. I have been using seagate for long time, i believe company's reputation has gone.I replaced my 320 gb hdd for several times , even though company gives 5 year warranty but no use.I was replacing my hdd continually and so many times data losses,recently just a weak back my hdd has come from replacement, just with in 5days of time again status of hdd has degraded. I'm really fed off with this hdd(seagate) prior to this same case with 250 gb. So which internal hdd is best(cost effective).

And please let me know that any incompatibility of my system is causing frequent hard-drive failure , I will provide with full specifications of my system. Myself i built this system.

Core2duo E7300
GA-Ep43(gigabyte mobo[no display board])
4gb(2+2) 667mhz
320gb seagate hdd ( 2008 june)
d-link wireless desktop adapter
Nvidia 9800gt of 1gb DDR-3
LgDVDrom
I-ball gaming cabinet with 600watt smps.

Cooling-additional 4 powerful fans and default 3 fans

regards
sandy
 

A:internal harddisk

If it's a computer I advice getting an external hard drive, you can get 1TB for like $40, and internally I'd go with Acer, of all the Acer computers I own, none of the hardware has ever failed. Yet, with HP, the HDD, mintor, CPU, fan, and some other stuff, all broke in less than a year.
 

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hi
i have a mdf file on a cd which i try to copy from the cd to the harddisk...it doesnt...it gives an error which says

error copying file or folder

Cannot copy mir-popt2t.mdf there is not enogh disk space

the size of the file is 4.6gb and the drive i am trying to install it to has more than 20 gb free

waT SHUD I DO?
 

A:cannot copy from cd to harddisk

You posted it in the wrong forum. Please try to get it in the right forum for a faster response, or a response at all.

If the file is 4.6 gigs, its on a dvd and not a cd, but regardless, what file system is that hd formatted in? If its FAT32, right there is your problem, FAT32 can't handle files over 4 gigs in size. You will need to convert the FS to NTFS if you are on a Windows machine.
 

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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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hello guys,

got a strange problem with my laptop when ever I turn on my laptop it boots perfect and I am in my windows then the problem starts here it gets too slow and then i cant go inside anything but the laptop is processing ok then i realised it seems like harddisk is making some strange kind of sound like tik tik but its too hard to hear that sound..

Anyways any suggestions or fixes what can i do with it...
 

A:laptop harddisk

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what is best thing to do wen a laptop DAT is suppose to boot asks of harddisk password....and d harddisk is Toshiba mk3265gsx

A:harddisk security

Hi,
Have you set any passwords in BIOS?
Please make sure that you have turned off the 'Hard disk password' option is turned off in BIOS of the laptop.
To reach the settings,
Tap F2 or Del or Esc key to enter the BIOS (The exact key will be displayed while the first screen is shown after your press the power button on laptop.)
Navigate to 'Boot' tab.
Check if there is an option related to 'HDD Password' or 'Ask password on boot'.
In case of 'HDD Password'
Select if and press enter
Choose 'Modify' if available or turn off/Disable.
Enter the current password if asked
Press 'Enter' if asked for new password. (TWICE)

In case of 'Ask password on boot'
Select it and press 'Enter' key.
Select 'Disable'.

If none of above works, Navigate to 'Exit' tab of BIOS (Last tab or option, usually)
Select 'Load defaults' or 'Load default and restart'
Please let me know the exact BIOS name provided by the interface for exact assistance. The name will be similar to APTIO, AMI for Dell, Phoneix etc, mentioned either at top or at bottom center.

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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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In my system 40GB normal drive is installed with Windows XP SP1.

Now I am moving to 200GB SATA harddisk. But want to know that there is any way we transfered all the data with OS into the new harddisk so that I dont have to install everything again.

I heard about Ghost software but not clear that they will do this thing properly and Windows XP will detect the new harddisk because if there is any major change in the hardware then it not accept it .

And mostly my harddisk is filled, so how much space these softwares required to make the image.
 

A:ATA to SATA harddisk

The harddrive manufacturer should have a utility program to copy everything from the old HDD to the new one. Check their website.
 

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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.
 

A:No boot from my harddisk

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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%.

My pc's config is AMD athlon 2400+ xp,256mb ddr,onboarg graphics suspport,samsung 80gb 72... Read more

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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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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as you see in the picture that there is a needle over the circular disc so my curiosity is that what makes that needle move here and there, and doesn't it will be out of order before the hard disk. doesn't it make scratches while moving so quickly over the disk? please remove my curiosity

A:working of harddisk

Video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6wTZhsffEE

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my harddisk size is 20 GB.i m using only 3 GB of it.BUt it still shows 16.65 GB used whereas I m using only 3 GB. I checked all the contents of my hard drive.It is only 3 GB. I restarted my computer also but still it doesnt show any change.Cleared all the history and deleted all the temporary files but still cudnt get out of this.
 

A:Showing more used harddisk than actually used

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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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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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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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i used laptop hd as an external harddisk whenevr i connected in my computer(win7,64bit) it did not detect the drive but i try it to 3 other computer it detect the drive, what should i do please help me
 

A:harddisk is not detected

Hi benangaihte

Right click on my computer
Choose MANAGE
Then find DISK MANAGEMENT
You should see your ext hard drive under the list.
Right click on it, and choose CHANGE DRIVE LETTER
Choose anything, but I recommand something higher than M:

I've seen this problem with alot of STORAGE DEVICE

It happen more often with Laptop because they usually have Card reader.
So it makes couple drives like e:, f:, g:.
Storage device tries to install themself with the drive letter next to CDROM
c: - HD1
d: - HD2 or CDROM
e: - Mass storage device (maybe for card readers)
So your external HD tries to have the E: drive (probably a bug)
 

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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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