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Q: Notebook hard drive too small to accommodate major Windows 1...

I have a HP Notebook which I think is 12-15 months old and came with a hard drive of only 32gb. Windows is trying to update to the new (Anniversary?) edition of Windows 10 but there is not enough space on the hard drive to accommodate the update. I have a 32gb Micro SD slotted into the SD port with plenty of space on it but I don't think Windows can run from this. Apart from disk cleanup and deleting any unwanted programmes has anyone got any ideas of how to install the new version Windows over the existing one? I would be very grateful for your help. Mike.

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I was passed on a second hand Fujitsu Handydrive 300GB (Model number MME2300UB) USB hard drive that I can?t seem to install on my computer. I have a 32 bit/10.1 inch MSI Wind notebook. Whenever I plug the device, my computer doesn't detect it at all. I'm not tech savvy so I really need some assistance.

I know this is quite an old hard drive but it would be a waste if I can't put it to use. That is, if it is compatible with my laptop.

Please help. Thanks in advance!


A:Can't Install USB External hard drive in Windows 7 notebook

does the HD run on other PCs?

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As above the laptop is not booting up, the hard drive is not being detected and everything is wiped. I still have warranty can I send it off to be fixed?

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A:Can I add additional hard drive to my yoga 20CDCTO1WW? My installed SSD drive is too small (duh).

How to find out if the Thinkpad S1 Yoga has an additional SSD slot?

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I have an HP 8650C 533mhz. It had a 20gb hard drive that went bad about a month ago. Today I bought a western digital 80 gig 7200 rpm hard drive. When I installed it and right click on my c drive it tells me my hard drive capacity is 1.99 gig. I tried downloading bios configurations update but they did not seem to do anything. There was an error, something about a memory manager. Any ideas how I can get it to recognize the 80 gig size???

A:hard drive too small

I'm going to guess that the BIOS date is no later than 1999. If so, the machine will have problems with drives larger than 32gigs, and if there isn't a BIOS upgrade, that's a problem.

There are two solutions, one is the partitioning software that comes with most large drives, like Maxblast with Maxtor drives. The other is an add-on IDE controller, like the Promise Ultra133 TX2. Both will allow you to use the full capacity of the drive.

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Have an Acer Predator G 3610, with pre installed Windows 7 64. The hard drive is removable but it now quite full. Is it possible to copy all of my c: drive onto a bigger hard drive without losing the Operating system, games etc?
Please advise
Alf 404 Sweden

A:Hard drive too small

You could using some cloning software which should do the trick.

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I've looked around, and although a few threads touch on this issue, I would like to make something a bit more comprehensive. There are a lot of people I know who want to do this, but get lost during setup of a computer.

So, Internet, we have some computers that have a Small SSD (Typically 60-240 Gb) and we would like to have Windows freshly installed there. We Also have a large HDD (often more than 1Tb) where we would like to put everything that doesn't start up with the computer. Our Documents, Pictures, Downloads, Movies, Music, and Saved Games should all be on the HDD. Any new programs should by default be on the HDD. (Did I forget anything?)

We also want to ensure that the new SSD has TRIM enabled. If anyone else thinks of something that needs to be done, let me know.

I am going to be doing this to my computer over the next few weeks, so I have a bit of personal interest in doing this as well. If I Forgot anything, please let me know!

A:Small SSD, Big Hard Drive

Just to be clear, are you asking how to do these things, or are you throwing out your ideas and asking if there is anything else you should be doing with your SSD/HDD situation?

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I am currently running two 500GB WD hard drives for movie and show backups. I'm getting close to having each filled, so I will need new ones at some point. My original intention was to just stick with 500GB drives so if I have a failure I don't lose everything. However, this is looking like an expensive way to go considering I could have boughten a 2TB HD for what I have invested in the 500GBs...

All that and all my question really is is, are the 2TB drives reliable?...or do they have higher failure rates than the smaller drives?

A:Hard drive sizes...many small or one big?

For me personally, I would rather use a couple smaller hard drives than 1 really big one. You might want to get a couple 1TB drives. If you do go with large disks, use one externally and backup your data from your internal to your external. And if you can, keep the external out of your house...so in case of fire, theft, otherwise...your data isn't lost.

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Ok, I have an ancient hard drive with XP on it, and there is a total of 4 gigs on that driver. Well there is 1.1 gigs left on that drive. Is there anyway I could install sp2 to my seconary driver (73gigs)? Right now I just can't install it because it says sp2 needs 700mb's of space so it can uninstall it-self if nessecery.

A:Installing SP2 to a small hard drive

Nope . . SP2 has to be installed on the drive with the operating system . . I'd backup the data on the larger drive and install XP on it . . Partition 8 - 20 Gig for the operating system and programs, the balance for data. The new one is likely much faster than the old one and you won't haveto worry about space.


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Have an Asus K52F laptop with windows 7 premium 32bit. The C drive(hard drive) being the main drive where everything get saved to only has 75GB of space (it's formatted and won't let me change anything) whilst the Data (partition) drive has 206GB of space. I was wondering if it's possible to swap the amount of space between them or can i make the data drive a main save point like the C or should i try the recovery disks and see if a partition option appears???

The programs that came with the laptop takes up a third of the Hard disk space so adding pics, music and a few games uses the rest up very quickly. I moved all my music, pics and games to the data drive for a short period of time but the programs couldn't locate the data so i've now moved them to my external hard drive so i and i'm hoping they don't have to stay there.

All suggestions welcome. Please help me with my space problem.

A:Hard drive space is too small.

Well, I'd begin by uninstalling the programs you dont use.

You can alter partitions using disk management ( press the windows key and type in disk management). Its pretty easy. (Backup your stuff before making any changes. I've only ever resized empty partitions, so I have no idea what effect it would have on a partition thats being used)

You could also backup your stuff and reinstall Windows(reformatting the disk during the install should leave you with a single partition, well two, if you count the 100Mb one that WIndows makes). Then transfer everything you need.
I'd take that last route. Its probably going to be the easiest route, and I'll leave you with a clean unbloated machine.

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I have a Sony Viao running XP
The original c hard drive was partitioned too small and is now full and causing several problems.
the specs are:
C drive:  13.8 MB used   144 MB free
D drive 94.9 GB used   71.3 GB used
I have removed as much stuff off the C drive as I felt comfortable with my limited knowledge
Can I somehow repartition this to add more space to the C drive?

A:Hard drive partition too small

Partition Magic was the first thing that came to mind, but it looks like it was bought by Symantec and killed.
EaseUS Partition Master might be a good replacement.
As always, back up before you do this.

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I have been trying to partition my hard drive, but it will only let me create a partition of 57MB. I have 165GB free why is this?

A:Too small hard drive partition

The 165 appears to be on your C drive. It is my guess that you are using C when trying to change the partition. You cannot change the partition that is in use.
In addition, you may want to try
Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.
It is excellent software to partition your Hard Drive.

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Hi, I seem to be having a very strange problem, while playing several different video games located on several of my secondary hard drives the games will crash randomly, and a message will pop up that says, "You need to format the disk in drive X: before you can use it." X referring to all of the drives this has happened too, which are D: and the partitioned G: and H: This is really weird because i have been using these drives for years, and this is the first time I've had trouble with them. I looked around and I could only find it in relation to portable external hard drives, and there was also some people that mentioned a boot sector virus. Since after the game crashes the hard drive it says needs formatting is the one the game is located on, it leads me to believe that it is a hard drive problem. Any help is appreciated, Thanks.

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I need to wipe my hard drive on my Vista computer, so I put the recovery disk in and it warned me all data would be wiped, and I said yes but it came up saying it was "Write Protected".

So I tried again, but now when I put the disc in it comes up "Windows Setup" and goes to "Upgrading Windows".

What do I have to do?

A:Wiping Hard drive - Need Major help

Okay I let it run the "Upgrade Install Windows" thing and everything is still the same, except the "Windows" folder in local disk has been updated, and it now says in the bottom right hand corner of the screen "This copy of windows is not genuine"

Please, will somebody help? What do I need to do?

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Im trying to install a 2nd hard drive thats 60GB but the BIOS says its only 32GB.Also i get disk controller error when i connect it as a slave.If i put it as a slave and boot up my computer wont boot from the hard drive (my master that is working) , or boot form CD or floppy.I then switched them round so the working one is the slave and the one im trying to install is the master and it tried to boot from the master but it wouldnt. i tried to use maxblast to partition it but it says thet the BIOS for that hard drive is switched off and i should switch it on , what does this mean? I get the same thing if i put it just as a master with my working hard drive not attatched. Ive used maxblast to check the settings and it said everything but the partition was fine , i did this when it was connected as the master. I have both drives jumpers on cable select. What is wrong? What should i do?



A:Need major help installing 2nd Hard Drive

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I recently tried updating my bios from the asus updater. When I rebooted the computer after a successful flash I received an error, unable to access drive or something like that.

Setup: Two 300gb hard drives raided together and partitioned into three drives. 150gb C drive A D drive for games and E drive for data

So after alot of trying to get back in I gave up and installed a copy of windows on the c drive. And it shows the D drive as a unpartitioned unallocated 450gb drive. And does not even show the E drive at all. I've tried a dozen recovery programs, they see the E: drive and just report it as unallocated 298gb drive. I really need to get the files off the E drive, any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated.

A:Major Hard Drive problems.

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Hello im posting here because my computer Freeze randomly when i do either gaming/ browsing internet/idle on desktop.
me and a friend swapped parts for a day or 2, and my freezing problem appeared on his pc, with my Hard drive, (i made a clean install with the clean command in windows reformating console) but now, his harddrive is in my pc, but i did get the freeze.So we tough the problem was from my Hard drive but my computer just frozed with HIS harddrive. so we are desperate and we are looking for help.

A:[MAJOR BUG]Freezing due to hard drive

The freeze is total, if sound was playing, it doesnt anymore and show the lasted picture i was doing, IE: watching a movie , it will show the last picture before the freeze , mouse doesnt move, and if i press the num lock button on keyboard , the light will not go off/on

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I just recently bought an HP 1.2 ghz with a 40 gig hard driveand XP, and I decided to switch my old hard drive with this one. My old computer is a 633mhz emachine with a 15 gig hard drive and ME. So I went ahead and switched them, and there are 2 problems. On the HP, after adding the hard drive with ME, the monitor won't get any res better then 640x480, and 16 bit color. This makes everything very drab looking, which is well, drab

Anyone have an idea why, and/or what I can do to fix this?

The other problem is bigger. Upon installing the XP hard drive on my emachine, it won't boot up. It hangs at the black screen with the cursor blinking. Any idea why?

I formatted the ME drive before I installed it on the HP, but the XP drive, I just pulled right out because I didn't have a recovery disk.

This is driving me crazy.

A:Major hard drive problem

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I think this is probably a hard drive problem but want to make sure.

I ran some software called ZAR data recovery whilst trying to recover some photos which were deleted from a camera. I followed the instructions, and left it to it to do its processing etc.

I come back and find that I'm being asked to Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.

I notice someone recently had this error message and I have entered the BIOS and selected Hard Drive as primary boot, eg. above floppy and CD. However, when I press F11 for Boot menu, the hard drive isn't there.

I tried running my windows CD but can't reinstall/repair as it cant find the hard drive.

I'm pretty sure this is not a coincidence and someone has gone horribly wrong with the ZAR software, which I'm cursing ever downloading!

If anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated?!


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My hardrive is not responding. I've 2% of space left. I've deleted programs, files, pics etc. Then I do a search for anything I've removed and delete those components.
It still remains at 2%. Not Budging.
I can surf, get my e-mails etc.
I contacted Dell & the tech even logged on to my computer & checked everything out. He suggested reformatting. My PC is only 2 years old.
Can't wait for some good advice!!!

A:Major Hard Drive Problems

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Hi, there might already be something similar to this on the site and it is most likely a silly question.
But anyway, I need to move all the files on a server to an external hard drive which can be accessed by all on the network. In a sense kind of just archiving all those files etc. Now as I understand it, this can be done with a simple external hard drive and a shared folder of sorts? but then the computer that it is connected to needs to be on at any time the other computers on the network might need access to the stored data right? So I figured I need some sort of NAS device, can you actually buy just external nas hard drives? or are they all just servers with different storage amounts? and does that even matter? And finally how can I find out what devices would be compatiable with each other so i know im getting the right one.

Sorry if it the question is a bit long, and thanks in advanced for any help!

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Just purchased my C930 was surprised that my storage was not sufficient for my file transfer (though processing speed is much improved over my old Dell.) How do I increase internal storage? Can I do it myself?Thanks~

A:Yoga C930 hard drive too small

Hi there. Yes, you can upgrade the storage, and you can do it yourself. 
The C930 has an M.2 PCIe slot, so you can upgrade to a larger M.2 2280 NVMe SSD. Here are a few options: 
500GB: https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/yoga-c930/CT13279892
1TB: https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/yoga-c930/CT13279889
You'll need to clone your current SSD to the new one. Here's a good guide for that: https://www.pcmag.com/feature/363387/how-to-clone-a-hard-drive/5
In order to clone your drive, you'll need an M.2 SSD to USB adapter, like this one: https://www.amazon.com/M-2-External-Converter-Adapter-Enclosure/dp/B076DCNZM3. (Technically, you could use the M.2 slot for the wireless card to avoid having to buy an adapter, but it's risker as the slot for the wireless card is a 2242 form factor and the SSD won't just fit in there. In short, I recommend just buying an adapter like the one I linked above). 
Circled in red is the storage drive. You'll just need a small Philips head screwdriver for that. 

And here is the hardware manual. Refer to page 36 for more detailed info on how to swap out the storage drive: https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/yogac930-13ikb_yogac930-13ikbglass_hmm_201808.pdf
Hope that helps!

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I have 2 internal SATA hard drives, the primary one is running XP Home, and the secondary one is only being used for storage (images, music, etc.).

I'd like to install a 2nd OS on the secondary hard drive to dual boot with my existing XP.

Question: (If I wish to keep everything that's on it,) Do I need to (re)move all the data that is stored on the secondary drive before I can partition it for the installation of a secondary OS?

Thanks very much in advance.

A:small question about partitioning a hard drive

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I have a 100 gb 2008ish xps M1330 and am the only user of the pc and up until this point i thought vista was ok not much to complain about. like 2 days ago my c drive warned me it was full (97 gb) i performed a disk clean up (rid of 2 gb) tried to make it do a disk defragment it told me my laptop doesn't need it. i read on a wiki page about the shadow storage did all that (rid it of like 8-10 gb) and through this issue learned that vista may have some problems. like the windows permission (or atleast for me,seems like its not my pc sometimes) but i was happy that my laptop wasn't loading slow anymore until today its full again WTF i didn't do anything.. so i performed all the mentioned above methods and maybe i deleted somewhere around 7 gb and i honestly can not find any more gb to delete and even with the seven gb deleted my c dirve still tells me its full (still in the red) and its performance has went so far south (the performance rating is a 4 but i dont how significant that number is)...

so i've been deleting all my non Windows programs which were only i tunes and some small file guitar software. Now im left with 18 different windows programs and some google programs (all which it came with)
i just don't understand is it something i've done or the computer. Was my money wasted on this laptop??

Im stuck and these are the last things i know to do im not sure what all of them do

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A:Major hard drive issues with memory tried it all

any suggestions or reasons why i should'nt do one of them options or anything??

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Hello all
I'm having major problems with an external USB hard disk drive.
the device works fine ( tested on other computers, PnP, no driver included or necessary), and which does appear in XP's device manager. However it is unaccessable, unformatable, and doesn't appear in "my computer".
what happens during install is as follows : device is recognized, "new device detected : volume",
but i then get an error message saying that "windows was unable to load the volume installer, contact vendor for more info".
I then get a "your device is correctly installed".
this is the setupapi log i get, in french, so i'll add a translation under each entry

[2006/11/21 11:20:00 2560.2]
#-199 Exécution de "C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe" avec la ligne de commande : rundll32.exe newdev.dll,ClientSideInstall \\.\pipe\PNP_Device_Install_Pipe_0.{82C33746-952B-4267-898C-ABA018D273F8}

executing of"C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe" with command line : rundll32.exe newdev.dll,ClientSideInstall \\.\pipe\PNP_Device_Install_Pipe_0.{82C33746-952B-4267-898C-ABA018D273F8}

#I060 Pilote sélectionné défini.
Selected driver defined

#-019 Recherche de la (des) ID du matériel*: storage\volume
searching for device ID : storage/volume

#I022 "STORAGE\Volume" a été trouvé dans "C:\WINDOWS\inf\volume.inf"; périphérique*: "Volume générique"; pilote*: "Volume générique"; fournis... Read more

A:major ext. hard drive install problem

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What I have: Pentium II, 566, 256 ram, 14 gig harddrive, running Windows 98, DSL modem
la, la, puttering along everything is fine... then whammy, a complete freeze, no mouse movement or anything. Ctrl Alt Del does nothing, no way to reboot without physically rebooting with the button on the CPU.
Then get a message when starting up that it can not continue because it "The hard drive was not found, tells me to consult the trouble shooting guide of my windows help". Decided I was not going to accept this as an option and started fiddling around with my boot disk, finally got it booted up, and then it starts to run ScanDisk.
Gets to 13% and says "scandisk encountered a data error while reading the FAT on drive C. This error prevent scandisk from fixing this drive."
Talked to someone who is supposed to know and was told my harddrive is a goner, along with all of my files and there is nothing I can do. Refused to accept this also, so booted up again with boot disk, tried going to the harddrive in DOS and whalla,, is still there, and so then I was able to change to the Windows directory and start up Windows (is windows 98 by the way).
So now I have it where it will run Windows, but still scandisk gives the same error, defrag complete freezes if I try it, so have to do a hard reboot. Tried reinstalling windows 98, was told there was a problem on the harddrive and it can not install until I use scandisk... which doesn't help.
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A:Fat32/ Hard drive major problem

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OK, Here's my dilemma

I was working on my computer when I got the infamous blue screen telling me windows had to shut down due to an error. It performed a dump and rebooted.

When it tried to reboot I got an error message saying "cannot load operating system"

I tried booting in safe mode, but nothing happened when I held f8 - and I still got the same error. If I go into the bios, the drive is listed there. I tried running checkdisk from the WinXP install cd, but got a message saying that there were unrecoverable errors to the drive.

I found an old drive...installed windows on it...hooked up the non working drive as a slave and tried to access it...windows recognizes it, but it comes up that it's not formatted. I can't get into any of my old files.

Is there a way I can get into it at all???? Most of the stuff I've been backing up,but I've got pics there from my brother-in-law's funeral that my wife would really like to have.

The hard drive is a Samsung SP1203N. I'm using WinXP SP2.

Any help would be greatly appreciated....thnx

A:Solved: Major Hard Drive Problems!!!

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I have a Acer Aspire 3023WLMi laptop that was working this morning but now, after shuting it down and moving it downstairs fails to get anywhere really. I get the acer screen where F2 can enter the setup screen and then get a black screen that reads as follows;

'Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8110S/8169S Gigabit Ethernet Controller v1.40 (0412224)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operating System not found'

It seems that it is probably related to the hard drive because it cannot find the operating system and on the setup menu the hard drive details read as follows;

'HDD Model Name: None
HDD Serial Number: (lots of incomprehesible mumbled dots and short dashes)'

I have disconnected the hard drive and reconnected it but still get the same. I've also tried taking the whole laptop case apart but I couldn't seem to get it open even after unscrewing all visible screws and one screw under the hard drive/memory cover.

I cannot even get into safe mode or anything past the black screen.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance, Anthony

A:Major problem, probably related to hard drive.

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2.5" SATA 80gig would be plenty & FAST!

A:In the Market for a Small, Fast and Inexpensive New Hard Drive

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Any way to stop windows from telling me?

Here is the problem, It has ALWAYS been like this since it was at work (i got this from work today) we didnt notice since it was on an XP machine for about a year.

Its driving me nuts because the drive works fine. Is there any way to stop SMART from giving me this error?

Now for the RAID question.

Will my RAID controller tell me that this drive is failing and make me press F1 every time if i try do a RAID 1?

Thanks Guys

A:Hard Drive Errors and a small RAID Question

I don't want to state the obvious but I would take heed of the messages you have received, looks like to me your drive is on the way out.

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Hello all,

I'm after some help/advice please?

I have a Compaq Mini Netbook with windows XP installed on it. I would like to sell the netbook however I obviously want to erase my hard drive of any personal data etc and restore the NetBook to factory settings (as in when I bought it new) and leave windows on for the potential buyer!

As with most netbooks it doesn't have a CD drive and already came with windows XP installed. Can anybody give me any insight into how I can accomplish this please?

I would be really grateful for any advice given!!


A:How to wipe hard drive on compaq notebook without CD drive

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Hi there. I was wonder what exactly may be wrong with my laptop. The story goes that while I was in Taiwan, I purchased a new Internal Hard Drive with a external enclosure. Now, after comming back to the states I set it up in my college dorm and about 3 weeks later it crashed. I was very sad . So anyway, I sent the hard drive back and installed a new 300 gb Western Digital Hard drive into the enclosure. I partitioned it into 2 different drives (so I can keep fun stuff and school stuff seperate). Now, there seems to be major lag times when I try to load new programs. It seems that when ever the external hard drive is on, it seems to lag up up the processor, and then makes the external think alot, and then the program opens. I am talking about a major lag time of like 1 min or more. THe computer just kinda freezes there for a bit, and then if I leave it for 1 min, it then opens the programs. So I was wondering if I had installed the external wrong or was it something to to with my programs or processes in the backround. Here is my hyjack this log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:41:44 AM, on 10/6/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv... Read more

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Hello, Well... I first bought a Mesh Computer last year some time, And about 6 months ago it had a hard drive problem, So when i took it in to a computer shop they told me i needed a new hard drive, They replaced it with a SeaGate hard drive, I have been having alot of computer problems lately and i don't know what has caused it, At first when i turned my computer on it would freeze and just stop, i wouldn't be able to move the mouse or anything. I tried it about 2-3 times a day and after about 4-5 days it worked, It loaded up the user i clicked on (the only one on the comp) and then i got like a little yellow sign in the bottom right hand corner of the task bar. I put my mouse over it and it said somthing about files being corrupt and i should run chkdsk.

So i click on run and type the "cmd" command, And do chkdsk /f /r command and it asks me if i want to check it on next restart, I say yes and then when i restart my computer nothing happens.

I load everything back up again to find out the problem has only got worse, I click on the user and i get a message which says as following;

This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shutdown was initiated by NT AUSTHORITY\SYSTEM
Time Before Shutdown : 60 (It starts at 60 and counts down in seconds)

The system process
C:\windows\system32\services.exe terminated unexpectedly with status code -1073741819. The system will now shut down and r... Read more

A:Seagate Hard Drive/Major Computer Problems help

After the message

C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>chkdsk c: /f /r
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.
It should come up with the message that asks me if i wish to run the chkdsk at next restart but it doesn't it just freezes at that point.

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Our hard drive has been going out, so we purchased a new one and installed it last night. We installed our OS and security software, downloaded the drivers that we needed for the printer and the scanner, but this whole path has been fraught with difficulty. First of all, our new hard drive is recognized as the F drive by the computer, and the C drive is now called a removable drive. When we run our anti-spyware scan some of the files from the C drive come up and it says it cannot read them unless we place the disk in the drive. So, we just skip those ones. But now our DVD and our CD are not reading/working. I am about ready to just go buy a new computer, but don't really have the money for that.

So, I have two questions. First, do I need to be worried about the files still remaining from the C drive? How can they even be on there if the c drive (old hard drive) is not in the computer? Can we remove those, or can we move them to the F drive?

Second, why is the CD and DVD players/burners not working? The DVD said something about not being compatible, so should we download new drivers?

Please forgive my lack of knowledge, we are somewhat computer literate, but our computer guy moved away and assured us that we should be able to install a new hard drive and the OS without too much difficulty. I did not think it would cause this many problems. I homeschool and my kids use the PC for school, so the sooner we can fix this the better.

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A:Installed new hard drive and now having major problems with computer

Here's what to do
Remove your old drive (just unplug it from the motherboard)
Run the below guide (whichever OS you have) but start by removing the Partition
Once Windows is fully installed, and drivers done, (Service Packs, and Antivirus installed as well)
Then plug the original drive back in

Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

* Warning deleting the Partition will remove all User data and Windows system files

Vista Repair:
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winvista/index.htm (index page)
http://vistahomepremium.windowsreinstall.com/repairstartup/repairstartup.htm (guide)

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Errr TWO small questions: I have an EMachines E620 (Acer) Laptop. 160GB Hard Drive. Spilled coffee on the backside of the computer. Cleaned it up and removed the battery which was where the bulk of coffee spilled; dried it all off and checked under all the other other covered areas and didn't see any spills; and powered on again. Worked just fine .. for about 20 minutes. I walked away for a moment and when I came back I had the 'blue screen of death'. I immediately turned it off; and rebooted as instructed to see if it would recover. Not a chance. Said 'check cable' and it couldn't find the OS (Vista). Called Emachines tech support ($60 later) and they said "yup your hard drive is toast". I had already powered on a couple times and was able to get to the BIOS and of course it doesn't 'see' the Hard Drive.

Finally went to Best Buy to talk to the Geek Squad and see if a drive enclosure might allow me to recover all my data. The guys there just plugged my hard drive into their unit there in the store and we couldn't see it. When they took the hard drive out of the small 'tray' that it was mounted in .. we could see that coffee had gotten on the circuitry in one corner so I'm sure that's why its fried. There is no coffee anywhere else on the laptop inside or outside.

Just two questions now: is there a way to recover my data (I don't hold much hope of that) and since everything looks clean and... Read more

A:Solved: Laptop Hard Drive is Toast - One Small Question

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My computer was running very slow. I tried everything to fix it, but nothing seemed to work. So I formatted my drive and re-installed Windoes XP Professional. Now, I cannot install Service Pack 2 because "I do not have enough free space?" HUH? The hard drive is very small. About 7 gigabytes, but when i right click on it in My Computer, and go to "Properties", It says that the drives capacity is 2 gigabytes. I figured that checkdisk might fix my problem, so I told Windows to start it at the next boot. It started fine...BUT, I got the error message "Cannot open volume for direct access." It then skipped the checkdisck utility and started up fine. I then tried to defrag my hard drive. Almost all of my drive is "Unmovible files". I went to the microsoft website and they said that to fix my problem, i need to install SP2. I really wish that I could! I am thinking that I made the problem when I was formatting my drive from the Windows XP Pro CD. I deleted the partition that Windows XP was on before formating it. You know what?... I bet that is my problem! My old Installation is probbably still on my drive, and I have very little free space left over. Maby I should format my drive again and then create a new partiton. Then install Windows XP Pro on THAT.

If anyone has any comments or things that you found out that I did wrong (which was probable alot), PLEASE TELL ME!

Thanks alot to whoever can help.

A:Solved: ***Small amount of disk space on Hard drive***

Try running chkdsk from the command prompt, if it skipped the one when you reboot . That's worked for me sometimes..

That's all I know how to do, sorry

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I have installed a new hard drive in my HP Compaq nx6125 notebook. I am also trying to do a clean install of Windows 7.

The new hard drive is 149 GB, larger than previous hard drive.

I am receiving the following error message while trying to install...

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Ensure disk's controller is enabled in computer's BIOS menu"

Windows 7 detects new hard drive.

Can someone please help me? Thank you!


A:New Hard Drive in HP Notebook

It is for Vista but same principle. Error message when you try to install Windows Vista on a computer that has uninitialized hard disks: "This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk"

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Hello, My PC has 500 GB hard drive that is about 55 percent full at present.  I would like to install a second working drive -- either SSD or regular.  I would connect it via USB 3.0.  Is this possible?

A:Can I add a second hard drive to my Notebook PC?

Yes, you can easily attached an external hard drive via USB 3.0A better option may be to replace your existing Optical Drive Bay/DVD drive with a Hard Drive Caddy.  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.        If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks! 

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Helloi bought a Notebook about 6 months ago, i recently had a knock on it just below the keyboard and the laptop switched off.after trying to get it back on for a while a realised that the hard drive was exactly below where i had knocked it and i had broken the hard drive. What would be the best solution to fix my laptop? Can i just buy a new hard drive, install it and then install a normal version of windows or do i need a special HP version/Recovery disc to do so? if i do need a recovery disc is it possible to download from somewhere or would i need to get one from HP or can i install a normal verion and download all the drivers and stuff i need from HP website? Any help would be great. dont want to order something only to find out its not going to work

A:HP Notebook - 15-ba100na New Hard Drive

According to the SUPPORT PAGE for that model, it came with Windows 10, so the Recovery Media kit would reinstall just like it was from the factory.  HP has not made that available through download, however.  It needs to be ordered. If you wish to install Windows 10 without using the Recovery Media, then the drivers are available form here:http://support.hp.com/hk-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-15-ba100-Notebook-PC/12499462/model/13556521

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I took the hard drive out of my notebook and when I turned it over, there was a single click as if the little arm had shifted position in there. Is that OK or should they never ever make and mechanical noises?

A:Notebook hard drive noise

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My wife (bless her heart) dumped a glass of wine on our relatively new HP notebook. The power immediately went out, and of course it wont start up at all. No power. I assume something shorted out or the power supply is cooked. I have no idea.

I was wondering if anyone knew if there was an adapter available out there that would allow me to plug her notepad hard drive into a regular PC via a USB, or Serial port. She's a teacher and has information saved on there vital to her job.

A:HP Notebook Hard Drive Adapter

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I have a HP Notebook with a 60G hard drive I want to replace it with a 120G which I have already bought.
The HP has the normal NTFS drive C patition and a FAT32 Recover Patition.
How can I best image the data from both patitions on the new drive??


A:Replacing a HP Notebook Hard drive

Not easily, I'm afraid, since you can only connect one drive at a time.

The easiest would be to buy an external USB enclosure for your new drive and then use a cloning tool to clone the old to the new. A recent user used XXClone running from Windows successfully.

The other method involves buying 2 adapters for the drives and connecting them to a desktop for the cloning process.

The enclosure could be used for your old drive as a backup and storage place after the cloning is finished, so that seems the logical best idea.

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Partition Saving
PCI CloneMaxx
Drive Image XML
copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

Commercial Apps:

O&O DiskImage
Acronis True Image Home
Farstone Drive Clone (Drive image, snapshots, file/folder backups.)
EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
Drive Snapshot
Keriver Image
Avanquest Copy Commander
Paragon Drive Backup
R-Drive Image
Norton Ghost
HDClone Pro or Enterprise
Terabyte Image for Windows
Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup

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My 4 year old toshiba satellite is now making noises when I tilt it or put any pressure (resting hands) over the area of the hard drive. It sounds like the hard drive is wobbling or jamming. If I keep tilting it the computer goes to the blue error screen and the computer restarts. Is my hard drive about to die me? Think there is somekind of fix for it?

A:notebook hard drive noises

Pop it open and see if anything is loose like Connectors ect ect....

Whilst you have it open turn it on and find what is making this sound..

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Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez help!!!!!!!!!
Drive passes diagnostics. Is recognized.
Seems fine.
Install disk is fine.

What happens>>>>
Win 2k does the usual all around the damn bush stuff
until is gets to the (computer will reboot is 15 seconds and continue install)
When it reboots NOTHING HAPPENS. Just the blank black screen with the cursor.

A:Install win 2k on new notebook hard drive

Is this a new drive?
Your problem sounds typical of a defective hard drive. If new, replace it under warranty.
Most often this problem occurs when any of the first four sectors have defective media.

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Yes, My friend has an HP Pavilion notebook ze4500. Her hard drive is dead and she wanted to know if she can get any notebook hard drive for it? I told her I don't see why not. Anyway I told her to get this one but she wants to be sure it will work in it before she buys it. Her dead Hard drive was a MK4021GAS:* 40GB capacity ,Rotational Speed:4,200rpm. The one I told her to buy is:Seagate Notebook Internal Hard Drive (ST9120821A)

SGE ST9120821ARK
• 120GB capacity, 5400RPM
• 8MB cache
• Ultra ATA/100

• Highly secure
• Low battery consumption
• For Mac® and PC

Can anyone tell me if this will work? Thanks.

A:Compatible Notebook Hard drive

That should be fine 44 pin

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I replaced a defective hard drive in my NEC 2205c notebook, all went well. When repowered, the screen remained black, I powered down, repeated the procedure with the same result. with the drive removed the startup stops at "starting WIN 95", next error MAG. ,as would be expected, "hard drive missing".
Where do I go; from here?


A:notebook hard drive replacement

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