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@ Boot Screen hard drive has 1.8 TB - Meanwhile @ Windows Explorer same hard drive has 223 GB ????

Q: @ Boot Screen hard drive has 1.8 TB - Meanwhile @ Windows Explorer same hard drive has 223 GB ????

In summary:

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)
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In detail :


'Disk Management picture' - text version :
Disk 0 - Drive (D) 223.57 GB (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
Disk 0 -
Disk 1 - 3 partitions --> Acer C 84GB free



'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID Name Level
Strip Size Status Bootable
0 Volume 0 Recovery(OnReq) N/A 223.6GB MrDrvMissing Yes
Physical Devices:
Port Device Model
Port 0 - WDC WD20EARX-222P Size 1.8 TB
(My input - this is Drive D )
Port 4 - Sandisk SDSSDXP2 Size 223.5 GB (My
input - this is Drive C )
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Other notes:

Using Windows 7 64bit and I am in Administrator mode

I recently changed Volume 0 from MBR to GPT (using EaseUS partition master). However, this was one (novice) attempt to fix the above issue (evidently not the right fix) - as it didn't work out.

Any ways to resolve this ? I want my WDC Drive to appear with 1.8TB (and ideally with all original-original-data, which is probably hiding in the background? Unless i wiped it all, and if this is the case, then what's done is done...

Cheers for any help you may be able to provide

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Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).
 

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy


Hard drive #1:
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Hard drive #2:
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A:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.
 

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Hi,

I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

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Hi
This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

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Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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Yes - you understand it correctly
 

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nVidia 9600gt
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Windows 8 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

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Do you have an MS XP CD that is bootable?

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All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
 
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You'll need to contact Dell to purchase a copy of the recovery media.

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hello every one and thank you for your help!!

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C: and Y: are being detected and working fine in windows.
I've had all three in the computer and working for a good 6 months now.
X: is where the problem is at, I have about 400GB of media on there, so obviously I don't want to have to format it without being able to get those files.

BIOS DETECTS it.
Device Manager DETECTS it.
Disk Management does NOT detect.
Windows Explorer does NOT detect.
I then ran uBuntu off a CD and that COULD detect it.

I've used google time and time again, failing to find any information or advice on this problem.

Please help me guys, I know this is your specialty. =]
 

A:Hard Drive not detected by Windows Explorer

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HI, i purshased 4 HDD HITACHI sata 320g c5k500 for laptop.
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A:Hard drive detected by Windows, does not appear in explorer

In which computer is it installed, and what is your operating system?
 

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Hello, people, new Windows 7 user here and I already need some help. I've got three internal hard drives, and they're all formatted and partitioned. But my D:\ (which is physically the same drive as my C:\) won't show up in Windows Explorer. The drive is installed, formatted and has information written on it. I can go to Internet Explorer and type "D:\" in the address bar and it takes me right there, I can see it in Disk Management. It also gets written to as the only thing so far on that drive is Steam (a game downloading program) and it saves all my games with no problem.

But if I wanted to say, save an image to that drive, it doesn't show up in the "Save As" dialog box. So does anyone have any ideas? Formatting the drive isn't really an option as my OS is on it. Thanks for any help!

A:Hard Drive Not Showing In Windows Explorer

Damn, 67 views and nothing? That bites. Anyway, I found I can change the drive letter and it shows up. Which is very weird. It won't recognize a drive designated D:\.

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I have installed a usb hard drive on a system win xp pro and it seems the process went smoothly. There was no need for driver and I received the messages about XP finding new hardware, installing it, and device ready to use.

In Windows explore though the hard drive doen't appear.
In Disk Management the disk is present (under the name of Disk 2 ) but not inizialized and with an unallocated space of 510 GB when the drive capacity is 12 GB!
When I try to initialize it i receive the message:

An unexpected error has occurred. Check the system event log for more information on the error. Close the disk management console, then restart disk management or restart the computer.

Unfortunately the event log doesn't tell me anything I understand!

Any help?
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EDIT: Nevermind, fixed, using the instructions on this webpage: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227647/how-to-initialize-and-format-a-new-disk-for-use-in-windows
 
I just installed a refurbished 2TB hard drive. When I fired up the computer, Windows automatically downloaded and installed the drivers, and finished by having a green check beside the words "ready for use." I know this was the drivers for the 2TB hard drive, since it said "Hitachi" at the beginning of the name of the product it was installing the drivers for, and this is the only Hitachi product I own.
 
However, when enter the Start Menu and select "computer," my main 500GB hard drive is still the only one listed.
 

 
What's going on? The computer definitely RECOGNIZES the hard drive! How else could it have installed the drivers automatically upon start-up? So, why the hell isn't it showing up?

A:2TB Hard Drive not showing up in Windows Explorer

How is the drive listed in Disk Management? 

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
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Hey everyone,
Well last night I was just enjoying my new computer when the power went off in my house for a second, the power immediately came back on and then.... of course, the same thing happened. No lightning, not even any clouds.
My computer is connected to a brand new (about a week old) cyber power surge protector so I figured everything was ok, when I tried to boot my compuer up again it went trough all of its tests and then a black screen....... I left it for about 10 minutes until I got frusterated and turned it off. I was able to boot up in safe mode but it took forever. I tried a system restore (why not) and then when I restarted I had to wait at the black screen for about 5 minutes and then it booted up.
I have to go through this everytime now and sometimes I have a problem shutting down.
Once everything boots up everything in windows works fine eccept it wont recognize my external hard drive. I can hear that the computer sees it but it wont come up!?!
Do you think that it is a hardware issue now or is it the mobo, or something else? I just dont know! It is wierd that windows still functions fine once it is up....
Could anyone PLESE give me any advice on the situation! Im not exactly an expert when it comes to this so I am completely lost

Thank you!
 

A:Vista-Black screen on boot up, wont recognize external hard drive

Hi

let if fail and then take it back to where you got it from , assuming its a new PC it should have warranty with it.

Regards
 

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When I press the on button, the light for power turns on and I can hear the fan spinning. Windows 7 is installed. Putting my hand on the hard-drive I can feel it spinning as well. After several restarts and nothing coming up on the screen, I pulled the hard-drive, then I turned it on and it said "no OS found". Seemed like it was functioning correctly to me.
I plugged in the hard-drive again and went back to a black screen. Took more of the laptop apart, pulled the CMOS battery which was around 1v, replaced it and the first time I turned it on it booted.
I turned it off to put it all back together and after I did that, it no longer booted... I pulled the HD, still no screen, pulled the CMOS battery (no jumper that can clear it), still didn't work with or without the battery. Tried several times then I got a screen without the HD inside saying again that "No OS..."

So what the heck can I do now? I tried researching online but I couldn't find any good ideas :( Please help me out, thank you.

A:Intermittent boot with and without hard-drive. Black screen. Gateway NV53 Laptop

It may be caused by bad RAM. Download the ISO image for Memtest in my signature and burn it to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, or burn to USB flash drive with Rufus, in my signature or use their burning tool on their web site. Remove all but one stick of RAM. Boot off of the newly created media and do the tests on each stick of RAM separately for at least 7 passes. If you get any errors, red in the bottom half of the window, that stick is bad and needs to be replaced.
You can also remove the HDD and attach it internally to a desktop computer, or via a USB Adapter or put it into a USB dock or enclosure to backup the files and run Diagnostic tests on the HDD.

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The computer had a corrupted pci.sys file error. I tried to copy the file from a xp sp1 cd, and it wouldnt let me from the repair console. I did a repair and got an error message saying pci.sys was corrupted or something along those lines.

I decided to try the repair console with a windows xp home sp2 cd and it let me copy the pci.sys file to c:\windows\system32\ so now I think I have fixed the file.

When i go to load the computer xp automatically jumps to the installation screen because of the failed repair.

How can i get that to go away and have the computer boot to the hard drive?

do i need to edit the mbr or something?

thanks guys
 

A:XP Repair failed, no boot from hard drive now, jumps straight to install xp screen

could i boot into safe mode and edit the boot.ini file so it won't load that partial repair on boot up?

-update ... i tried to boot into safe mode and the comp throws an error that says windows can not boot into safe mode computer will be restarted.

Can I edit the boot.ini through repair console?
 

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I find that my external hard drive (Western Digital Desktop drive) is inaccessible. When I try to access it through Windows Explorer, It does not show the device at all. The HDD is detected by the device manager in disk drives.

The HDD is not detected in other 2 computers too. tried in a mac and windows laptops.

I ran CHKDSK. At the beginning, it gave me the following message: "Warning! F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode." It claimed to fix some things at the end of step 2, but it didn't help.

Device Manager thinks that the device is running properly.

I rebooted the machine but that didn't help either.

I ran chkdsk/f as suggested for one of the similar problems in another thread, but for that lucky guy, the drive was visible in windows exploreer.

Any ideas?

Pls pls help me a it has all my important data in it.
 

A:External Hard Drive not detected by Windows explorer

Have you run fdisk to partition it and then formatted the partition(s)
 

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I am using Windows XP SP3.

My external hard drive isn't showing up in windows explorer. It does show up in the disk manager and it says healthy.

I have tried changing the drive letter and that didn't work. I have also tried plugging it into a different usb port.

It has never done this before. What is going on?

A:External hard drive not showing up in windows explorer

Post the data reflected in Disk Management for this drive, please.

Both from the upper and lower levels of the Disk Management screen.

Louis

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Just added a new hard drive (Maxtor 6Y120P0 - 120GB). I can see it in Device Manager (this device is working properly) also in my CMOS set up (auto detect) but cannot see it in Windows Explorer and also when I'm in the DOS prompt.

I delete it in Device Manager and did a re-scan of my computer for newly added hardware and windows XP recognized and installed the new hard drive and even flashed a message that the new hardware is installed and is ready for use. But still it's not being displayed as a local disk in windows explorer. I have 1 local hard disk (main) and 1 CD drive and 1 DVD drive and I'm trying to add this new hard disk as my slave.

I use Windows XP service pack 2

hoping for your prompt reply and thanks in advance.

Yours Truly,
Almon
 

A:New Hard Drive not Found in Windows Explorer - WinXP

You need to format a hard disk before it can be used!

Just right click my computer/Manage/Storage/disk management. Highlight the new disk and click format.

A hard disk fresh from factory can be used for other systems like Linux, Mac etc. Can we expect the disk manufacturer to know it is for Windows files in you case? Even if he hits the bull eye and format it for NTFS files you may tell him off and say you prefer FAT32.
 

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About 3 weeks ago, my 3TB seagate drive suddenly 'disappeared' from Windows Explorer. I rebooted and it reappeared. Sometimes when I copied files over to the drive, my computer would suddenly freeze, forcing me to reset the computer.

Today the 3TB seagate drive disappeared again. Rebooting didn't make it reappear. The BIOS shows that it is connected but Explorer AND Disk Management do not see it.

I downloaded Seatools for Windows but when I run it, my computer freezes. Seatools DOS version does not work either. When I boot Seatools DOS, it just stays at the FreeDOS screen.
How is it possible for a hard drive to freeze my computer when it is accessed? My OS is on a working SSD. Any advice on what I should do?

A:Hard drive suddenly disappeared from Windows Explorer

Try these:

Reseat the power and SATA cable of the drive.

Change to a different power and SATA cable.

Change to a different SATA port.

Have you downloaded the new SeaTools for DOS SeaToolsDOS223ALL.ISO from SeaTools for DOS | Seagate and burnt it to a CD?

If not do it and try.

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I am having a strange problem with my external hard drive for my backups. When I plug the drive in, it does not show up in Windows Explorer. I can make it show up by going into disk management and assigning it a drive letter, but the next time I plug it in, I have the same problem again. Any ideas why this might be occurring?
Edit: Turns out this is not limited to my backup drive. Once I assign a letter, the drives work fine. They will even keep the letter if I eject them and re-insert the USB connection, but any external media I plug in fails to assign a drive letter automatically the first time it is plugged in. While I do not see this as a huge problem, it bothers me that Windows is not working as it used to nor as it should.

Edit2: After reading some of the related forums, I realize I should be clear about a couple things. I am having this problem with drives that have already had their drivers installed in Windows. I do not get a dialog saying that Windows is installing these devices because the devices have already been installed. For some reason, their volume letter has been forgotten by Windows and I have to re-assign it. I am being careful not to use the same letter more than once. I am plugging the drives in while Windows is already running.
Any help would be greatly appreciated so that Windows will automatically assign a drive letter to a device instead of me having to manually do it when Windows forgets what letter it had assigned.

A:External hard drive not showing up in Windows Explorer

Windows 7 x64 Quit Assigning Drive Letters Automatically helped me solve my problem. Ran an Elevated Command Prompt and typed the following commands.mountvol.exe /n
mountvol.exe /eGuess it just needed to be reset by disabling auto mounting and re-enabling it.

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I can not access hard disk properties because Windows Explorer hangs whenever I Right click on a hard drive icon. I am running WXP pro SP2 completely up to date with updates.
 

A:Windows Explorer hangs when I Right click on hard drive

What's your system specs? Have you added any hardware/software since the problem started?
 

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I have bought laptop with ore installed windows 7 premium 64 bit. It came with a 320 gig hard drive. I have upgraded to a 1 tb and using seagate disk wizard I cloned the 320 hd to the 1 tb. But ever since then the 1 tb hard drive boots fine to windows but the explorer keeps crashing and restarting several times. I have tried running an sfc scan and presently running a chkdsk scan. If there is any help on what I can do to sort this out would be much appreciated

A:Windows explorer crashing on cloned hard drive

This is after last sfc scan. The scan completes but cant fix 2 files as shown in text. Does anybody no how to fix this please .....

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Using Windows Vista on one computer and Windows XP on another - same problem with both.
Therefore I believe it is a problem with my Seagate Free Agent Desk 1,00GB external hard drive. Other external hard drives work ok.

THE PROBLEM: Reading and recovering data [digital pictures] from the hard drive. No problem with saving to the drive. Explorer will recognize some files but then locks up and does not respond.
I try to copy the files to another hard drive but only get a few or none at all before it quits responding. I then tried to copy to my computer hard drive but ran into the same problem.
 

A:Windows Explorer/External Hard Drive Issue

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I have a x64 windows 7 and an iomega eGo external hard drive. The external hasn't been used in a while, it's just been sitting in my desk drawer. I'm trying to see if I have any files on it, but every time I plug it in, and try to open it, the green loading bar in Windows Explorer moves to the end but never finishes and the program (Windows Explorer) stops responding.

I don't think I have any really important files on there, I think I've moved them , so if I have to reformat it or anything it should be okay. But is there anything else I can do?

A:External Hard Drive Windows Explorer Not Responding

Try this.

Download v 0.8.1 of the drivecleanup.zip from Drive Tools for Windows.

Unzip it to a folder, say drivecleanup.

You will have two folders Win32 and x64 each containing DriveCleanup.exe for 32 bit and 64 bit respectively.

Remove all USB storage devices/printers/card readers etc., from your system (except your Keyboard and mouse) and reboot.

Right click on the DriveCleanup.exe and run as administrator. (Use the *.exe file appropriate for your bit version of Windows.).

After the clean up act, reboot , plug in your Iomega external drive and check. ( After the drive cleanup every USB device plugged it will be installed afresh.)

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Hi,
I'm having a similar problem to the one posted here.
I've added a second HD as the master drive on my secondary IDE cable. It is recognized under BIOS and Device Manager, but not under Windows Explorer.
I went to Disk Management and the drive is listed as "Healthy (Active) status. It does not have a drive letter and the file system is blank.

I'm hesitant to partition the disk though, as it is my backup disk, with all of my documents and other files on it. (This makes me extra concerned as I just noticed it also lists the drive as 100% free.) The drive was working fine on the same hardware setup a week ago. I formatted to unclutter my XP, and I'm putting all the goodies back in the case now.

What can I do here? Is my data in fact gone? Or do I have options still? I'm getting more confused the more I figure out on this one...never a good sign, *sigh*...

Thanks,
Jon
 

A:Solved: Second hard drive not recognized in Windows Explorer

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I have windows XP installed on my 160 GB WD Scorpio Blue PATA hard drive on a DELL Latitude D600. One day I wake and my laptop doesn't boot. My computer starts, leaves POST, but the hard drive doesn't boot. It just sits there. I try pressing buttons but it starts beeping, so I have to turn it off. Normally if there are no devices that my computer can boot from it displays something along the lines of, "No primary boot devices found. press F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter the configuration utility." but the screen shows nothing.

I ran chkdisk and a number of other diagnostic tools on the hard drive but nothing helped. I have Ubuntu on a flash drive, and with it, I can access the files on the hard drive - all files are intact, and I can read/write without problems. It just doesn't boot.

How would I go about fixing this? Any help is appreciated. This is the third hard drive that failed inside my D600 (my second WD). I've had enough of this!

A:Windows XP does not boot, no hard drive

Repair Install would be the easiest approach.

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I just rebuilt my pc last night I re used some parts like hard drive, optical drive, powersupply, and video card. Eve thing else is new like motherboard, cpu and ram. The pc turns on fine like it should but as loading windows 7 it freezes and blue screens the restarts loading over and over again the pc dose not crash or turn off I believe it's a hard drive or operating system failure just not sure. As all computer store around me are closed or there techs arent in. Pls help
 

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