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Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

Q: Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

All this techie stuff is Latin to me. So bear with me. I took Spanish in high school.

1. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505. I bought it used 4 years ago.
2. I am installing a brand new hard drive, fresh out of the box.
3. The drive that died on me was a Seagate Momentus 7200.1, 100GB, 7200 RPM, Firmware 8.04
4. I went online to best buy and micro center, but am in the dark regarding the driver interface. Since the laptop is pretty much dead in the water, how can I determine the it? I'll need to know that before I walk up to the kid in the store, right?
5. As soon as you tell me what I need to buy, I'll install it and then have some questions about installing Windows XP.

Thanks in advance,


Preferred Solution: Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

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: Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

Hey Patrick,

Yes you check what the problem is in your lap before buying the HDD. So,
Does the laptop turns on without the hard disk? If so a message should appear there is no boot device.
If the lap works fine without the hard disk well you should buy the new one.
If the lap is pretty much dead well it is probably dead from every circuit on it.

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Hi guys,

I'm replacing a dead hard drive from my dell dimension pc with a brand new hard drive. I have an xp installation cd, can somebody remind me of the steps I need take to prepare my new hard drive (once it's all plugged in) for the installation of XP. Haven't done this in ages so would really appreciate a reminder!



A:Installing XP on brand new hard drive... need a reminder!

This is all you need to know friend. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsys...nstxpclean1.htm

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There are 2 basic types of hard drive that most people will want to install.

They are 1 - Pata, also called ide and ata. Easy to recognise as they have a large 40pin socket and jumper settings.

And 2 - Sata, both sata 1 and 2 are set up in the same way. They are easy to recognise as they don't have a 40 way socket but have a 4 way instead.

There are also scsi hard drives but i doubt may people will be using them so i will not be dealing with them in this post!!

Pata - Pata's will connect via a 40 way data cable that has 2 plugs on it excluding the one that plugs into the mobo.

It is VERY VERY important to get the jumper settings correct or THEY WILL NOT WORK!!!!

There are 3 basic jumper settings, cable select, master, and slave.
The easiest way to set them up is to use cable select. The mobo itself will then assign master and slave as it sees fit. Usually it will set the drive on the end plug as master and the other one as a slave.

If you are running more than 1 pata drive on the same cable then you must insure they are both set to cable select or that 1 is set to master and 1 is set to slave. Having both set to master WILL NOT WORK, and having both set to slave WILL NOT WORK.

Once that is set correctly most mobo's will be happy and boot fine, if yours doesn't then you will need to check the bois settings. The instructions for doing this will be in your mobo manual!!!

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A:If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

One minor correction to avoid potential confusion. It's really a 40 pin, 80 wire cable. Most will know what you mean, however.

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I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.

A:Hard drive formatting instruction for brand new hard drive

rskin2001 said:

I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.Click to expand...

Can you see the drive in the BIOS setup?

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The actual problem I am encountering is that I get a "asms file is needed" message and I have no idea what to do from here. I investigated several threads that my search took me to but the threads have been closed and I didnt find and solutions. I have the original WXP pro install disc and SP2 & SP3. I am not at all PC savvy so I need help with what to do from here. Can someone please help?

A:Trouble installing WinXP pro on brand new drive

Is that an actual XP Pro CD, and is it XP original or XP SP1?

If you've installed a new hard drive, it needs to be formatted before you can install XP Pro in it.

The XP Pro CD does all the work - if that's what you have.


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a little while ago my hard disk broke so i just bought a new one to replace it.

now im just a little concerned about my windows XP activation key. if i use the same key i used on the old (and now broken) drive, will it still work on my new drive? or do i have to buy another copy or something to get it working?

ive tried a dozen things to get my old drive back in order but nothing worked so i threw it out. i know that i cant use the same key on multiple machines but im just wondering will Windows be able to recognise the fact that im upgrading now?


A:HDD broke, installing windows on a brand new drive

give it a try worse thing is you will have to call ms and explain to them what happened and see if they will five ypu a new key

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Okay... so I bought a new hard drive for my Dell Desktop 430 after the old one died.
I got it up and running and installed Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit again from the Dell re-installation disc. Yay!
(However in order to get it to install Windows Vista, I had to make a change in setup. It wouldn't install so I had read somewhere that changing to Autodetect RAID (or something like that) would help. I did, and it worked.

Then I created a partition using the excellent guide created by Brink at this forum! All good so far!

Then I grabbed a backup image of my old drive made by Paragon backup, and transferred it from my external backup drive to my partitioned drive R.
I then used the Paragon backup program to try to install the Partition over the C drive, loading it from the R drive.

It started doing its thing and seemed to be running just fine. I think there were 4 steps for it to go through to install the Image and it was on step 2 when I left home to go out for awhile.

When I came back home a couple hours later I found the blue screen of death and a message that said something like "No drive is detected to boot from".

I restarted and it just want back to the same screen. I restarted again and the same thing.

My question is, What happened?
Did the Paragon Personal Backup program kill my drive somehow? I find that hard to understand/ believe.
Or did the drive just die "out of the blue" because it is a lemon? That is my working theory.

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I'm looking to get a new hard drive for my computer and was wondering what brand is generally considered the best.

I currently have a maxtor and its already been replaced once so I'm skeptical to go with Maxtor again.

Basically I'm looking to get around a 120 or larger drive with either ata133 or 100. I don't want to get a sata drive and I'm not looking to go with a raid array.

Basically I just want to know what people recommend.
Thanks for any help.

A:What's the best brand of hard drive?

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Bought a 1tb seagate HD from scan when I plugged it into my PC it told me to format the drive which I thought was odd. I did what it said and got the error message saying the format could not be completed.

I've tried using disk management deleted the volume and started from scratch but no luck. I then tried to format using CMD in administrator mode and it didn't even get past 0%.

It's a brand new drive and I'm thinking that if the drive has corrupted how can I fix it.

Any help would be appreciated


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Hi...not sure if this is the right place but...I have a generic external USB 2.0 hard drive that is beginning to phase out of existence haha, and I need a new one. What's the best, most reliable brand to get...maxtor, western digital?? etc

Also, when can I really know that it's time to get rid of my current hard drive. It works fine, but sometimes when I turn it on, it'll be loud for a minute or 2, then die down...


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Purchased a new HP Envy last week, arrived yesterday 2/27/17.  Hard drive died 2/28, operating on the SSD.  Case number 303 709 9840.  Called the HP support center several times, but in each case the call dropped when trying to transfer to Level 2 Customer Support.  I need to know how to have the computer repaired under warranty.  Thanks!

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New hard drive installed and all i'm getting is NTLDR is missing...ctrl alt del to restart.... and restarting does nothing. I ran a diskwizard which told me to remove the cd, put my windows xp cd in and reboot. This install is going nowhere and my computer is useless. I've installed windows once before but never a new blank hard drive. What's the secret? I'd hate to take the thing in and pay a tech, this should be a simple thing to do. Before running the diskwizard all i got was the setup menu or the option to reboot and nothing else, just kept going back and forth with those two.

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I'm new here but I thought I'd ask this question. I recently had some hard drive problems myself and may need to get a replacement (current drive failed).

Which hard drive brand do you prefer? I like Maxtor and Western Digital myself but I know that other brands make quality products as well.

I apologize if this has been posted before. I looked but couldn't find anything too similar...

A:Which Hard Drive brand do you prefer?

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Bought a new HD (dont care about files on other 1) put it in the comp and placed theses
CD's in it so windows xp would be there now when it starts up it says

start in safe mode
start in safe mode with networking
last working settings

blah blah blah....

and I cant do anything else with ti
the comp is lol

a dell
pentium 4
designed for windows xp
says dimension 3000 near power button
the hard drive i bought just came in a bag sum guy at teh store brought it to meh

thats about it srry for the lack of detail

A:A brand new hard drive and its messing up?

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I was just wondering if there is any way to see what speed my hard drive is? My hard drive is pretty old and I was just curious how it compared to some of the new 7200RPM drives. Is there any way to access this info in either windows or BIOS? In device manager it says WDC WD600BB-32CXA0

A:Hard drive brand and speed???

I found a couple of googles referencing your Western digital drive as being 7200rpm.Here`s one - http://www.ultratec.co.uk/stocklists/Search-ResShopnew.asp?model=WD600BB - 32CXA0

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Does anyone have a good word to say about Samsung hard drives? I know they are not "up there" in popularity with Seagate and Western Digital but sometimes I like to go with the underdog and every review of them I've sen has been good.

A:Need opinion on hard drive brand!

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i'm planning to get another external hard drive....since my last one is kinda dead....can someone suggest any good brand for external hard drive??

is LeCie any good???

A:What's a good brand for External hard drive??

I would think whatever brand is good for the internal hardisk would hold true for an external. I like Maxtor/Seagate products, but I'm pretty sure they are not the best.

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My hard drive will not boot any more.  So I bought a new one and I want to install Windows 7 on it.  I have my original Product Key but I do not have an install CD.  How do I install the OS on a blank hard drive?  How do I get the installation cd?  I am not paying for a product I already payed for either. Thanks for the help in advance.

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Hi there.

I have an old emachines 590 computer with a recovery cd that came with it.

I am wanting to upgrade the hard drive to a bigger one as the standard one is 60GB and is very nearly full.

Will the recovery cd work on a new hard drive and install windows and the drivers etc, OR can it only be used on the original hard drive?

I would think that as long as the motherboard hasn't changed, that the recovery cd will work on a different hard drive, but just wanted to check before!

Thanks very much,


A:Using EMachines Recovery CD on a brand new hard drive?

The recovery CD should work as long as only the hard drive has been changed. If you have installed any new hardware, you will have to reinstall the drivers for it as this recovery CD will not contain them. If you have replaced some hardware with new one (such as the wi-fi card, for instance), then this can cause problems ranging from the relatively benign inability to use the wi-fi functionality until you reinstall its drivers, all the way to inability to boot into windows.

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I purchased a new hard drive, for my laptop that crashed and need to recover. I bought it in 2014. It saud the system memory passed but hard drive failed.I just don't know how to recover it with the new hard drive.Please help me!

A:How to system recover with brand new hard drive

Hi,Yours is a CTO machine.Which operating system came pre installed in this laptop?You can do factory reset by booting from Recovery USB/DVD that you should've created after setting up this laptop first time.If you have not created one, you have to order one from HP in your region.http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/bph07143If this laptop came with Windows 8/8.1 or 10 you can do a Clean install alternatively.Windows will get activated automatically after installation, while you are connected to internet. NM8.1 , option 1: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html10: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-windows-10-clean-install.htmlAdditional drivers from here: http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-ENVY-15-Notebook-PC-series/5401187/model/6521450RegardsVisruth

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The last two times I've posted here were regarding some personal PC issues, but now this problem extends to a friend.
A friend and I just finished building a gaming PC for him. Part list is located here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L9TN99
A little background on this build...the BIOS on the motherboard was incompatible with his CPU, so we put the CPU from my rig into his, installed the OS onto the Samsung SSD, then updated the BIOS. When we put the 4790k back into his PC, it booted just fine (albeit for an SSD, it was very slow, which is a separate issue)...
To my knowledge, Windows 8.1 installed correctly. No errors in the installation process, no errors during the BIOS flash, it runs just fine (aside from the slow boot). The SSD is listed as the C drive and has all the capabilities of a normal hard drive. The entire OS is on there. I have the same Samsung running Windows 7, boots up in about 5-6 seconds. I also have the same Seagate HDD, and had no problems turning it into a single partition and formatting it (again, on Windows 7).
On his PC, the Seagate is recognized under the device manager, and it shows up in the disk management interface. It can't be used, of course, because it's not formatted. It also shows up in the sata ports in the BIOS. However, the Seagate HDD will not format through the disk management interface. The memory partition is healthy, and the capacity seems to be correct, but every attempt to format NTFS will simply erro... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 not formatting a new hard drive on brand new build

In his bios setup screen there should be an option to ' load performace defaults'
Did you install the motherboard drivers after windows 8?
If you think it could be the cable .. Try a different one?  Make sure you didnt connect his sata drive to any RAID connector on the motherboard.  It should be put in SATA 1

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it was working fine this morning, and i'd left my computer copying files on to it all day, and when i got back to it just now it started telling me that this hard drive doesn't exist.. it had it as g:, and i have another one plugged in now called f: (which is showing up okay), and my computer's hard drive is split in two, c and d, so it's not a name confusion thing.. just stopped working all of a sudden, even its little light isn't lighting up.. .. i managed to use it fine once before, to copy files on to (needed to do that so i didn't lose everything when i wiped my computer's hd, for another reason (most stubborn virus i've ever met)).. .. so what should i do now? is my stuff still salvagable?

A:WD hard drive, almost brand new, not showing up in my computer all of a sudden

Is it an external hdd? You could start Disk Management (press start, and run diskmgmt.msc). If your hdd shows up there you can right click and assign a new drive letter.
You can also try to connect it to another computer.

Sadly it's also possible that your hard drive just died, even if it's new. In that case you should return it to wherever you bought it and get a replacement, but your data could be difficult to recover (maybe it's possible, but very expensive). One of my Transcend external drives stopped working after only a few weeks

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purchased this product two months ago and we go to turn it on and states no hard drive?? Is there a fix for this? We just got this thing. 


The hard drive cable may have lost a secure connection-partially unplugged, which happens on occasion with transporting,etc. Unfortunately, on the newer models it is not a simple task of removing a panel on bottom to check the cable. I would suggest to call HP Support for service. >>Contact HP

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hi all.....i have been searching here and see lots of related problems, but not my exact problem...here goes

sony vaio running xp sp2, yesterday we purchased a fantom titanium 500 GB hard drive for backing up extensive photo and music as well as word data...the back up seemed to go fine, we used the backup wizard in xp...however, now, after the backup is complete, clicking on the icon only brings us a message about "windows needs to know what program created this file in order to open it"....that is not the exact message, but you get the idea. The "files" themselves don't show in the external hard drive window when we open it. Is that normal? I had an idea that i could click on F: drive (we allocated f: as the external hard drive) and it would show me specifically which files we loaded onto it... how can we be sure they are there?
the reason we are so consumed with whether or not the files "show" is a second problem which I have posted else where here, but is that the usb ports on the desktop pc all fried simultaneously and so we need to do a system restore to try to get them working again, and had to back up everything just in case.

thanks a million...

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i bought a seagate 500gb 2.5" SATA hard drive from amazon for my ps3 i also got a 250gb plain external drive from wal-mart its also a seagate i successfuly reformated the 250gb to 32 fat for use with my ps3 to back up my system but when i tried to fromat the 500gb my computer wont even reconize it when i plug it in... so im stuck also i should point out that i just bought the hard drive with out the case since i planned on puting it in my ps3 so i had to take apart an old hard drive my roomate had and used the chip thing from it to plug the hard drive into my computer his hard drive was an 80gb idk what brand anyways help would be very apriciated -thanx

A:brand new 500gb hard drive isnt reconized

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Ok I ave a Acer Aspire 5100 series laptop. It recently gave me a bunch of errors about a fixed disk, and I came here for help. turns out the hard drive was failing so some of the members on this site told me to replace it. I had bought that previous one on ebay, which was a mistake. I just purchased a new 160gb EIDE hard drive from Western Digital. I installed XP on it but every few times I reboot the computer I get an error saying failed fixed disk 0200. I have read and some people say the motherboard, some say the connectors, cmos, etc....I really can't afford to continue to replace things in the computer if it's not broken in the first place. ow can I find out the root to tis issue without having to replace multiple things? I need tis computer for school and can't just afford to go buy a new one. Please help

A:Fixed Disk Error 0 - Brand New Hard Drive HELP!!

also if it's the motherboard thats failing, how long could this hard drive/computer last me? I would like to return my hard drive if the computer is just going to give me issues in a week, but if it will last me a few months/year with just giving me an error every so often I will keep t. Please any suggestions!!

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I got a new laptop for Christmas but I didn't turn it on until January 16th, and it seems slower than a brand new laptop should be. At first it froze up while operating window's explorer and it loaded things slowly.Well I discovered I was running 2 anti-viruses at once (which is  a problem). Things improved after I disabled one of them. Then, still had issues. Updates took FOREVER... 3-4 separate sets of long updates Had an issue with my mouse moving around on the screen. I thought maybe the touch pad was too sensitive or there was something on the touch screen- but they were both fine. I restarted it, and then it was fine. The fan is blowing a little louder than I thought it was going it. My old laptop is 7 years old so I imagined that its fan should be loud. Are all laptop fans a little loud? It also feels pretty warm- even with a cooling fan underneath it. Is that normal, too? This is my first new laptop since 2011 and first computer with Windows 10 and all that- so this may just be normal? Any advice is appreciated!  It has a year warranty, so I can go through HP if it does appear to have a faulty hard drive, but I don't  want to have to do that. tx

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Hi folks.

I'm wondering if anyone can answer this question for me...

I recently rebuilt my computer: ripped out the drive, put in a new one, partitioned it, etc etc.

As part of the rebuild I bought a new Western Digital External Hard Drive (from BestBuy) that I'm using as a back-up drive (where I'd copied the contents of my old drive (minus software and programs. Just my old files)).

The new drive comes loaded with a few programs and folders: Acrobat, Skype, Google toolbars and desktop, Picasa.

I haven't run the install on any of these folders. Frankly, I just want an empty drive, so I'm tempted to just erase these folders.

In any case, at some point today I copied my old files back to my new hard-drive. And then I installed BitDefender on my computer and ran a scan (the computer is NOT hooked up to the internet yet).

The scan included a scan of my WD External. And -- surprise surprise -- the scan comes up with warning telling me that one of those prepackaged Google files on that drive is infected.

The file is: GoogleToolbarInstaller_pt-BR.exe

and the trojan it's telling me I'm infected with is: W32/MalwareHiderPatched-based!Maximus

Is it really possible that the new HardDrive is infected? I did connect the hard-drive to a second computer (in order to re-copy my old files to a THIRD hard-drive), and that computer is connected to the internet. But BitDefender has told me that that computer is clean. Which means the infecti... Read more

A:Brand New Western Digital Ext. Hard Drive Infected?

I've never purchased a new Hard Drive that was pre-loaded with anything from any supplier.I may be wrong here, but me thinks you've been given a used drive?Send it back to start and get another.Thereafter address your questions again in the "Am I infected" forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

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will any brand hard drive work on dell desktop systems??
i have been told they don't??
wanted to ask be fore i tried it.

A:will any brand hard drive work on dell desktop systems

Hm im not sure, i own a dell and i'm pretty sure you can use any type of drive so long as your computer supports it. Such as, dont get a sata drive if you dont have sata connectors. I'm pretty sure any IDE drive would work with a Dell. However Dells tend to be on the cheaper side and dont always have expansion bays for a second (or third) hard drive . Open your case or look at your manual to make sure you have room for expansion before buying one. If you don't, simply buy an external one that connects VIA usb. Because I think firewire doesnt come standard on most dells.

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Just got a seagate barracuda 4tb hard drive. When I go into the disk manager it show up uninitialized, but shows the available space. I try to initialize it with gpt or mbr and it comes back with an I/O device error.

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I've had a few problems with my hard drive & it is being exchanged by the manufactuer. I have backed the hard drive using the back up facility in sytsem tools windows 2000. I have backed it up to another PC I have on a peer to peer network.
My question is this. After formating the new hard drive will I have to install the O/S or just restore the backed up file. I should mention that I did a "back up everything on my computer" back up & I'm unsure if that would back up the O/S as well.
Anyway do i just restore or load the O/S then restore.
Many thanks in anticipation.

A:advice needed for installing back up files after installing a new hard drive

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I want a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent.

Any brands to avoid?

So far I haven't seen anything under $109 for my specifications..

I should be able to use the portable with my desktop until I transfer to a laptop, shouldn't I?

Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
2.66 Ghz. 2.00 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Size 111.72 GB
Free Space 37.3 GB

planning to move soon to state of art processing power and at least 8GB RAM

A:Suggestions please for good brand & place for great deal on external hard drive

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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
-couldn't boot in one operation; I had to get to a point in the process (I've forgotten the details) and then shutdown and ... Read more

A:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
Up to you.

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Hi there,

I recently recovered from a severe virus and then was uninstalling programs and damaged my hard drive. Dell came and reinstalled a new hard drive with Windows 7 on it. Lost everything (except that during the virus fiasco I saved my important documents online).

Before I start using my computer regularly I would like to protect it properly so that this doesn't happen again.

I have already downloaded Malwarebytes Anti Malware from the link provided on this forum.

What should I download to protect me in real-time and while surfing the internet. I don't want a program that will ask me every two seconds if I will allow it to make changes, etc (Like SpyBot)

Any input would be appreciated. I want to make sure that this doesn't happen again.

Also what is a good way to keep my system backed up when I don't have a disk drive or a flash drive large enough (all I have is a 2GB)

Thanks for your help!

A:Brand New OS, recent recover from virus and other hard drive issues, need to protect myself properly this time around

Well you can use the free versions of internet security such as avg, avast, and avira. They are all good proformas and you can also use the paid versions of these programs. You may also look into kaspersky which is what I use for most of my systems. Also get rid of spybot, it had its day but its no longer what it used to be.

On another note if your saying that Dell switched out a hard drive because it was damaged due to the virus damaging it that's actually not possible. Did they say it was a virus or do you assume it was? Also if they said that their was a virus their is no reason to switch out the hard drive.

If you paid for them to come in and do the work I suggest you find out exactly what they did. If they tell you that it was a virus and they you needed to get a new hard drive I suggest that you demand your money back. But if it was under warranty then it doesn't really matter.

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Hi. I'm always a little nervous about jumping into a forum--hope everyone here's patient with dumb newbies, 'cause I are one.

Anyhow, here's the problem: Toshiba laptop got infected with Vundo virus, tried many anti-virus & vundo specific tools, & the virus would always reappear (it seemed to actually keep some like spybot search & destroy from running at all). Got disgusted, tried to reinstall OS from recovery discs, install would never complete. Reformatted and repartitioned, then got error message saying hard disc was about to fail whenever I booted. Ran some disc recovery utilities, no go.

So I bought a new hard disc, installed it just now, and tried to boot from recovery disc to as to install XP on it. The computer starts, I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order. I tell it to boot from the CD drive, it goes through the bios check and the CD drive runs, then everything just stops & I have a blank screen. When I put the old HD back in, I can boot from the recovery disc just fine, though it still says the hard drive is about to fail and I can't get to windows, but I can get to setup just fine. Is there something about the new HD that could keep the machine from booting from the recovery disc? Or am I just missing some obvious step I should have taken (I really have googled the heck out of this, so I don't think so).



A:Problem installing XP on new hard laptop hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The recovery partition is on the original drive, which means you have to install XP the old fashioned way:


This assumes you have an XP Installation cd . . if not, you can request a replacement from Toshiba or borrow an OEM version from someone.

Was this a typo?

I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


A:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

- I immediately shut off my computer and removed Dr... Read more

A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

A:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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Hi Gang

My mate has just asked me is it easy to install a new 40GB drive in his PC. We are going to a PC show tomorrow and he wants to buy one.

What do we need to know re SCSI stuff etc??? Do we need any cables? Do we buy 2.5" or 3.5" internal drives?

Any quick advice greatly appreciated, thanks


A:Installing a new Hard Drive - easy or hard ??

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I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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A:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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when I try to boot from usb the screen just goes to blue and does nothing? 

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Everyone,

I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt move. When I go to restart, the 320 Primary Drive dissapears and only the 1.5tb drive is visable.

So what I've tryed to do is ive disconnected the 1.5tb drive, i left the 320 drive connected and it booted up fine. got into windows and worked as normal. but when I plugged in the 2nd drive it doesnt boot up. and when it doesnt boot, you restart and the 320 dissapears. I've also ghosted my 320gig drive to the 1.5tb drive. My 320 contained 2 partitions (C: for windows and D: for data) So atm im using my 1.5tb drive like my 320 with the C and D. But would anyone know the issue why I cant have both drives in there.?

Here are the troubleshooting steps I took

1) Changed SATA Cables
2) Changed the sata order (Plugged primary in SATA 2 and DATA HD in SATA 3 to see if the ports are faulty
3)Took out the IDE CD-ROM
4) Tryed to mess around in the bios and nothing worked.

Also using an ASUS P5ND mobo with lastest bios update.

A:Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive

What is the power supply like? Make sure the power cables are on a different branch, if possible.

Perhaps the PSU isn't sending out enough power for both drive on a single cable?

Just a guess.

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I have had many issues with this comupter, but my Dell Inspirton 1545 had started to read "no bootable devices" and wouldn't start at all. Now, after buying and installing a brand new harddrive, it reads it again, but only SOMETIMES!

When it gives me options of rebooting or running a diagnostics test, if I switch some stuff around or restart it, or even just leave it alone for a little while, I can start it and it works fine. Except after a short while of using it, it will malfunction and go to "no bootable devices" page again. Tech support says that the hard drive may not be connected properly, but I don't know what to do!

A:Dell Inspiron says "no bootable devices" with brand new hard drive

Probably a silly question, but is anything on the hard drive, like an O.S.? Has the "new" hard drive already been formatted? I'm only asking for sometimes some of my clients will go behind my back and install things like hard drives on their own and try to load an O.S. on them, failing to go through the formatting process, and they in the end either through frustration or embarrassment wind up calling me to drive to their house and fix their problem, like installing the O.S. properly.

Also checking your connections might not hurt, just make sure everything is fitting nice and snug and connected the right way.

(This was just me kind of thinking out loud for you.)

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Hey Gang,

I'm using Norton Ghost 9.0. I'm trying to back up my C and D drives to an external drive. Its a WD Caviar 250 GB. Its Brand New. I got it today from Tiger Direct.

I've Fdisked, Formatted and Scandisked. However when I try to create a backup with Norton Ghost 9.0 I get the following error:

I have Goback on my machine but I've disabled it.

Can anyone help me out?


A:"Externally Altered" Error on Brand New Hard Drive

It sounds like something running on the system has changed a file that GHOST was trying to copy. I don't believe this has anything to do with the new drive, it's something running on your system. Try using the bootable CD to do the backup, that precludes any files being open and/or modified during the backup.

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