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Hard Drive reported as empty after accidental power off during shutdown

Q: Hard Drive reported as empty after accidental power off during shutdown

Hi my advent monza t100laptop was turned off by my grandson shuting down and when I turned it back on I get aptio setup utility on screen and been told lost harddrive can I use my advent vsta harddrive and ry that in monza t100thanks

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A: Hard Drive reported as empty after accidental power off during shutdown

What is the exact error message?
If your are getting the Setup Utility, then you probably still have the HDD and it is not lost. The HDD may, however have failed.
You can create an Ubuntu Live CD and boot off of that and it will allow you to browse your C: drive. This will also confirm that you do have a C: drive still and it is not lost. Then you can save any personal files to a USB HDD.
Once you are safely backed up, you can Run the Setup Utility and restore the computer to Factory Defaults. If that fails the HDD may need to be replaced and Windows will need to be reinstalled.

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I image copied data from a 20 GB Maxor hard drive to a 60GB Maxor hard drive using the Max-Blast v1.30 utility that ships with the Maxor hard drives. All data was correctly copied, but the 60GB
hard drive capacity now is read by Dos and all other utilities as 20GB. I tried deleting the DOS partitions and reformatting the hard drive, but it still is recognized as a 20GB. Does anyone know how to recover the missing 40GBs?
 

A:Hard drive capacity being incorrectly reported

Does your BIOS and OS support large partitions?
 

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Hello all,

I couldn't determine whether this is being caused by the OS or the Hardware, but here goes. I recently decided my HD was due a reformatting. I transferred files my clean (virus-scanned) files onto an external HD and back again after reinstalling Windows XP (SP2).
Reinstalled the most crucial drivers first, and whilst reinstalling various applications, I saw a small notification pop-up in the bottom right informing me that my C drive is running low on storage, then again soon after informing me it's critically low.

Bringing up the properties of my C drive displays the following:

Bringing up the properties of the contents of the C drive (including hidden and protected operating system files/folders) displays the following:
I also opened up disk defragmenter to see if that had anything to say which might help, and though it reports the same inaccurate usage for C, in the top pane, the graphical chart seen at the bottom would indicate that around 50% of C Drive space is unused:
I've never encountered anything like this before and really have no idea how to further analyse the problem; any suggestions apprechiated, thanks.
 

A:Incorrect Hard Drive Usage Being Reported.

What files?

Was it just data files or all of the files on the old supposedly clean drive like Windows, program, and data files?
 

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Hi,

I recently purchased a refurbished E-machine, and after having to replace the memory, finally got it to load windows, and reboot corrrectly. I did wipe the hard drive, and reformat by writing zeroes, then used the restore disks, and re-inatalled the o/s, as it had gotten corrupted after the memory crashed. I now have it running properly, but the HD does not show correctly in the device manager, or in the properties for each drive under 'my computer'.

The HD is a Seagate Barracuda 80GB (7200rpm). I have downloaded (and ran) Seagates 'Seatools' Desktop utility for checing the HD. It found numerous errors on the first test, and I selected to let it correc them, then ran it again, and it found 2 errors, and I again let it correct them. Both tests showed no problems with the memory.

The properties within my computer for each are as follows:
C: (Local Disk) 28.0GB Capacity / 19.1GB Free
D: (Recovery) 3.47GB Capacity / 1.66GB Free

Is there a way to get windows to recover this free space that is not being reported? I just got this all set up, adn would prefer not to do a clean install, but if that is what is necesary, I will do that. This is a model# T-3830 E- machine, with WinXP Home pre-installed, a 2.8Ghz Intel Celeron, and 512 Mg RAM.

I do have XP Pro available if I need to do a clean install, as well as Symantecs partition magic, although I looked through it, it seems to be able to reassign volumes of already created partitions, and n... Read more

A:Hard drive size not reported correctly

Are you sure it is the drive that is reported incorrectly? Pehaps you just have small partitions created?

See the Drive Manager in Computer Management.
 

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I am frequently having to run scandisk to correct a problem where
a) the free space on the hard drive is reported incorrectly, or
b) size of a file is reported incorrectly.

Pentium III 600MHZ
256 Ram
60GB IBM Deskstar
both: WindowsME and WindowsXP (At different times not two simultaneously installed op systems.
Is it a hard deive problem?
software problem?
Disk was formated using MS Format
Thanks for any help you can give.
Jim Harding
 

A:hard drive free space reported incorrectly

Are you running anti-virus software? It could be caused by a virus.
 

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My Windows XP Pro SP2 laptop reports to me that I have 2.66 GB free on my C drive, which is a 40 GB drive (37.2 Gigs formatted). Yet when I add up the size values for every folder on the drive through My Documents-> Properties (with it showing all Hidden Files and Folders) it adds up to 25.15 GB which would theoretically leave 12 GB open. But, again, it reports only 2.66 GB free.

I just attempted to add files that totaled 3.36 GB to it from my external drive to see if it let me. It did not, but when I checked the free space after deleting the test files, it said 5.02 GB.

Does anyone know what's going on and/or any way to fix it?
 

A:Hard Drive Free Space Incorrectly Reported

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Had accidentally shut down during update. Powered back up and computer installed update. Now have nothing but black screen and caps lock and scroll light's flashing.

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I sent back a broken Hard Drive to a company (it was still under warranty), and about 2 weeks later I got back a new one. I plugged it in and booted it up, but all I get is "Reboot and Select Proper Drive". Does this mean that they forgot to install Windows 8 onto the hard drive, or is there something wrong with it?

A:Empty Hard Drive?

when you sent it back to them all they did was replace your drive but they are not a data recovery service so they sent you a blank drive. you have no os atm and need to install one.

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I just got a new 300 GB Seagate internal hard drive installed after running out of space on my 40 GB one. I need to know how to move stuff off the 40 GB master drive to my 300 GB slave drive. I'm using Windows XP.
 

A:New empty hard drive

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I reformatted my HD by going to the c promt and typing in <format c:>. After the computer had cleared the entire HD I put in the first disk for installing DOS 6.22. When I typed in a:\setup it said that I had to restart the computer to continue the setup process, so I restarted. Now when the computer is done loading the memory test and is about to load dos a line comes up that says
"Non system disk or disk error
replace and press key when ready"
I tried using a boot disk and it doesn't do anything but show that line everytime.

Please help!
 

A:Empty Hard Drive

The first DOS 6.22 disk should be a bootable disk. try rebooting with it in your floppy drive. If it boots, do a DIR and see if anything was actuall installed on the harddrive. You may need to re-install DOS.
 

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Someone came here with a windows 8 laptop. He had a BSOD because of BCD. I took a screenshot of disk management when i plug in the Hard drive. Disk 2 is the one from the windows 8 laptop. Is it empty, or will I be able to recover his stuff?

Thanks!

A:Is the hard drive empty?

Mini Tool Partition Wizard may help you

How Can I Recover My Data from an Unallocated Hard Disk Space?

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Before I moved, I took the 500gb hard drive out of my desktop and packed it. I also had just bought a 500gb hard drive but didn't have time to install it. I thought I took the used hard drive with me but when I got to my new home and installed it in it's "new home" I got a message that told me it didn't have an OS on it. Is there some way to make sure this drive is really empty and not just void of a .com file

A:Is this hard drive really empty?

I would run a hard drive diagnostic test on it and if that checks out and no errors are found, chances are it's actually empty. A link is available in my signature for diagnostic tools for different brands of hard drives. Choose the appropriate one.

You could also hook the hard drive up as a slave drive on a working computer and check the contents there.

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Hello, I've recently accidentally pulled the plug of my PC. Now, everytime I turn on my pc and log in, my sidebar loads and closes and an error message pops up with a couple of options I can choose from. One was Check online for solutions and restart program. Another one of my start up programs which is Yahoo Messenger also closes at times after I've signed in. I know that the cause of this is some sort of loss data b/c of the shutdown. I've tried restoring a couple of days before the shutdown happened but that did not work.

Sometimes both work BUT will close when you mess with it (add/move things in sidebar).
I've tried reinstalling yahoo messenger and that did not work

Help is appreciated.

A:Accidental Shutdown, problems with some start-up programs

Have you tried a System restore to a point prior to your accidental shutdown?

I would also run a CHKDSK.

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Recently a hard drive named OS (X: ) (space inserted so it isn't posted as a smiley face) appeared in my computer. It seems to be identical in memory to my actual hard drive, but is actually empty. What exactly should be done about this?





 

A:Empty extra hard drive?

Not sure off hand but I'd open up Disk Management to see what it says there.
 

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I finally replaced my primary hard drive after a major failure, but now I'm having trouble with my secondary hard drive. According the My Computer, the drive is empty, but the Properties tab shows 159 GB of used space.
Here's what I know.

Primary drive: WD 160 GB PATA drive
Listed as E: drive, 5 GB of 127 GB used
(This is the new drive where Windows XP is freshly installed)
Jumper set to cable select

Secondary drive: Maxtor 200 GB Serial ATA drive
Listed as C: drive, 159 GB of 189 GB used
(This is the older drive that's coming up empty)
Jumper set to cable select

When I installed Windows XP, I had the jumper on the new drive in the wrong spot (I copied what was on the busted original drive instead of following the new drive's directions). Could that be the problem?

I tried setting the primary E: drive to master and the secondary C: drive to slave, but the secondary drive is still "empty."

The letters associated with the hard drives are a surprise. The secondary drive used to be G: and now it's C:. I'm not sure why the new primary drive is labeled E:.

Any ideas?

A:[SOLVED] Hard drive... empty?

I would go into disk management, allocate/initialize the secondary
drive. You should be able to change drive letter to your OS drive
to c:. Thier is a tool in disk management to do this. Dont format
anything unless you want to lose data.

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I have an HP/Compaq nc8000 laptop running Win XP Pro. When XP starts up in normal mode, I just have my normal background screen, but it is completely blank; no shortcut icons, no recycle bin, not even the start button. Ctrl-Alt-Del will not even bring up task manager. I rebooted in safe mode, got a Start button and went to my computer. When I opened the C drive, the root directory only showed a log file from Roxio. It made it appear that there is nothing else on the hard drive. I went into control panel, and it does show the programs installed under add/remove programs. While in safe mode, I ran Malware Anti-Malware Bytes from a flash drive. Did a quick scan and it found 366 infections, which MBAM fixed. Rebooted in normal mode -- still no icons, start button or task manager access. Restarted in safe mode, C drive still appearing as virtually empty, ran MBAM again, but it did not find anything this time. I also ran chkdsk on one of the reboots and it returned no errors on the hard drive. Suspect it is still infected by a virus or viruses. Is it worth it to find them, or would it be better to just wipe the drive and reinstall XP?

A:Hard Drive Appears Nearly Empty

Please post the complete results of your MBAM scan for review.To retrieve the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan log information, launch MBAM.Click the Logs Tab at the top.The log will be named by the date of scan in the following format: mbam-log-date(time).txt
-- If you have previously used MBAM, there may be several logs showing in the list.Click on the log name to highlight it.Go to the bottom and click on Open.The log should automatically open in notepad as a text file.Go to Edit and choose Select all.Go back to Edit and choose Copy or right-click on the highlighted text and choose Copy from there.Come back to this thread, click Add Reply, then right-click and choose Paste.Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.Logs are saved to the following locations:-- XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-yyyy-mm-dd-- Vista, Windows 7, 2008: C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-yyyy-mm-ddThe symptoms you describe can be indicative of a side effect from the HDD Defrag family of rogue security programs which changes file attributes to "hidden", making them appear invisible so the user thinks some of their files have been deleted. Newer variants of the FakeHDD rogue delete Quick Launch and Start Menu items/folders.Plea... Read more

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Hello, I've found an old hard drive, so I plugged it to the pc and formatted it, now, Windows shows that it is empty but when you open properties it shows that 190 MB are in use. why is that, is there a way to remove those 190 MB?

A:Hard Drive formatted but not empty

190MB is a very weird amount. Just a wild guess on my part but did this drive happen to come from an Xbox 360? The Xbox 360 console software needed for Kinect requires 190 megabytes of storage space. I think I remember reading/seeing something to the effect that the very early Xbox hard drives automatically set aside 190MB and it couldn't be deleted. This is complete speculation and I could be totally off the mark here. What is the make/model/size of the hard drive?

Xbox 360 Storage | Xbox 360 Storage Space | Xbox 360 Available Space - Xbox.com

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Hi guys !!!

I have windows 8.1 x64 pro vhd (stored seperately on another drive).. and I envisaged a scenario where my current operating system goes bad i have to format it.. so now the whole drive is empty.. and i want to start my computer with the help of this windows 8.1 x64 pro vhd file.. How do i do it?

Thanks in advance

P.S I know about the boot order and stuff.. and i know how to transfer my vhd file to the current hard drive physically.

A:Booting from a VHD on an Empty Hard Drive

System Image Recovery

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Hi all,
Recently my laptop notified me of some computer updates, this yellow window popped up and gave me the option to start now or delay the update for 4hrs so I delayed because I was busy. A few hours later I used my laptop again and about 20mins into using it, the laptop restarts itself without notifying me, to install these updates. While these updates are being installed it recommends you don't shutdown the computer. But my boyfriend shut my laptop lid without knowing. Now when I attempt to use it, the log in menu appears, but once it logs in, it logs me back out and takes me back to the original log in page. Ive tried rebooting several times but it hasn't solved this problem. I don't know how to fix this, if anyone could help it would be much appreciated,
Thanks

A:Accidental shutdown/sleep of laptop while updates installing

Hi Viviant11,

Please login in safe mode and check if you are able to login. Please use the following link for detailed instructions to go to safe mode: Safe Mode

If you are able to login in safe mode, then try to Perform System Restore (only if Software Configuration Changes were made) providing the link for your reference: System Restore - Microsoft Windows

NOTE: With system restore you will not lose any data from the computer, any new programs installed in the computer you would need to reinstall the programs back on the computer.

Kindly let me know the results.

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So as I was using the computer I received a notice in the lower right hand corner that said something along the lines of "hard drive failure, please restart computer." So I did. But when I did, I came back and the desktop was empty and the background was blue. The only thing left was the taskbar at the bottom, but even there, most of the quick launch icons were missing too. I clicked the start button and under programs there were no programs! However upon looking under "my computers" supposedly everything is still there...

I ran anti malware bites, I have Mcafee Antivirus installed, and I ran Emisoft Anti-Malware... all found a few things, and I have a few icons on my desk top now, but still for the most part it is exactly the same! What do I do?!!?

Oh and the internet still works, as I'm using the computer with this problem on it. I just use the "run" function. I guess I should also add I'm using XP Professional.

A:Hard drive failure, then empty desktop

your system is infected. I'm asking a mod to move this to the appropriate forum. Sit tight.

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My HP Notebook (Windows 7) suffered a sudden meltdown earlier this evening and after hours of trying to resolve the problem, I did a system recovery and took it back to its factory settings. Everything seems alright now, except for one annoying thing: I connected my USB external hard drive and it showed up as normal in Computer, (G, and also displayed the usual 250GB free of 450GB blurb underneath the title, but when I clicked to open it, nothing was there except for the words 'This folder is empty'. I plugged it into my flatmate's Mac, and all the files showed up fine, but they just won't show up on my laptop. Does anyone have any clue as to how I can rectify this? Thanks in advance.
 

A:External hard drive claiming to be empty

Can you move a test file to the "Empty" folder on the external and then see it?

Raybro
 

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Hi need help, have basic computer skills.
My computer went insane last night and to cut a long story short I ended up having to reformat my pc. When I had everything set up again I plugged in my external hard drive and it showed up as empty. I got out my backup cd and copied it during the process I got a warning message that there was already a folder called (Creative Writing) and did I want to overwrite the originall. I stoped the copying. I'm assuming that means the files are all still there (phew) now how do I make it so I can see and acess them. I have the pc set up to see hidden files.
 

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Hello everyone. First of all I want to say you guys are great! I was able to rid my mom's desktop of an annoying virus thanks to you guys. I hope you are able to help me with my laptop now as well.
Somehow, there are random files being created on my hard drive and I have no idea how or why. They are always empty. The names are just a random string of letters and numbers. I have googled my problem and have been unable to find anything helpful relating to the issue I am having. 
I recently ran into the issue of my hard drive being too full to download a program. This doesn't make sense. I have my hard drive split into 2 partitions, my c: is 110 gigs and my d: is 110 gigs. I use the d: for all my movies and everything else is on my c:. When I check the properties of my user account it is taking up 45 gigs of space. I know the OS and program files take up some room but it doesnt make sense for them to take up the rest of the hard drive. I have had this computer for years and it was never an issue. I don't understand how it could be full.
The only reason I noticed these empty files is because on my d: when i open it up it is just a list of movies. There's not a bunch of files leading to files, or complex pathways or however you say it. (Sorry i am not very technologically inclined so I am having a hard time trying to describe what i mean.) So anyway, on my D: is where i first noticed these weird named files showing up randomly. Now, i think the same thing is what has used up ... Read more

A:Something is filling my hard drive up with empty files...?

Hi FasrFifty
 
My name is polskamachina and I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal Forum. I will be helping you with your malware issues.
What follows below are some ground rules for this forum.
I will reply as soon as possible (typically within 24-48 hours). In turn, I ask that you please respond within 72 hours. If you know you will be away longer than that, please let me know. I am in California at GMT-8 hours (Pacific Standard Time). If I do not respond to you within 48 hours, feel free to send me a private message.
Some points for you to keep in mind:
Do NOT run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.
Do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
I cannot see your computer. Periodically update me on the condition of your computer, and provide as much detail as you can in every post.
Once things seem to be working again, please do not abandon the thread. I will give an "all-clean" message at the very end.
NOTE: Backup any files that cannot be replaced. Removing malware can be unpredictable and this step can save a lot of heartaches if things don't go as planned. You can put them on a CD/DVD, external drive or a flash drive, anywhere except on the computer.
NOTE: It is good practice to ... Read more

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I replaced my primary hard drive after a major failure and installed Windows XP, but now I'm having trouble with my secondary hard drive. According the My Computer, the drive is empty, but the Properties tab shows 159 GB of used space.
Here's what I know.

Primary drive: WD 160 GB PATA drive
Listed as E: drive, 5 GB of 127 GB used
(This is the new drive where Windows XP is freshly installed)
Jumper set to cable select

Secondary drive: Maxtor 200 GB Serial ATA drive
Listed as C: drive, 159 GB of 189 GB used
(This is the older drive that's coming up empty)
Jumper set to cable select

When I installed Windows XP, I had the jumper on the new drive in the wrong spot (I copied what was on the busted original drive instead of following the new drive's directions). Could that be the problem?
I tried setting the primary E: drive to master and the secondary C: drive to slave, but the secondary drive is still "empty."

The letters associated with the hard drives are a surprise. The secondary drive used to be G: and now it's C:. I'm not sure why the new primary drive is labeled E:.

Any ideas?
 

A:Secondary hard drive appears empty

Hi and welcome to TSG.

Ok..... im a little confused:

SATA drives don't have Master/Slave Config........

Compare THESE TWO DRIVES to the ones you have... And we will try to establish what were dealing with.

If you do have a SATA drive and you have been setting jumpers on it; Depending on where you have set the Jumpers HERE IS AN OVERVIEW of What you Have been Actually doing.

Its not advisable to install your OS on a PATA Drive they are a thing of the past. if what you say is true, you should Copy any Important Data to a safe location and Install your OS on your SATA Drive, and use your PATA Drive as storage.

But we will cross that Bridge bridge when We come to it.
Could you post your spec please.
 

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I have a laptop hard drive that I'm trying to clean with Diskpart.

I was wondering if I can use a USB to SATA/IDE Adapter and connect this harddrive to a Win-7 Laptop and use diskpart OR
Do I need to install this in a laptop, use Win-7 install disk and try to use "Recovery Tools" if it can be used at all?

What is the preferred choice - a or b or something else?

thanks for your assistance

A:How to use Diskpart with a Empty Laptop Hard Drive

Is it a laptop hard drive ? Then put it in the laptop.

Follow these steps exactly to use diskpart.

DISKPART : At PC Startup

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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This drive is to replace the other that totally crashed. The drive is a maxtor 500 gb sata drive. My motherboard doesn't have a sata connection on it so I put a pci card in for the sata connection. Well I attempted to install windows xp-pro but the problem is its not reading the drive as a drive at all. Any ideas on what I need to do to correct this problem.
 

A:Trying to Install a sata 500 gb empty hard drive

wrong forum - storage and networking.
 

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Two empty files per minute are being created in my Windows\Temp folder i.e, Win1.tmp, Win2,tmp, etc. I have been deleting thousands of them and can not find what program is generating them. I cannot boot in safe mode for some reason, I get a blue screen saying something about IRQL not equal to something. I have enabled boot logging but can't find boot log file and have installed and ran hijack this but don't understand it.

A:Hard Drive Killer - Empty Win*.tmp Files

Your system is most likely infected.At this point you have 2 options:1) Post in Am I Infected? http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/ A malware removal expert will let you know what scans you need to run.If you choose this option, DO NOT POST YOUR HJT LOG IN AII. If a HJT log is needed,your helper will let you know. By posting here, you receive help quicker than Option 2. Many times an infection can be cleaned without the use of HJT. 2) Post your HJT log. First though, Read and follow the instructions HERE:Preparation Guide For Use Before Using HijackThis and other Malware Removal Tools, Instructions for receiving help in cleaning your computerAfter you post the logs Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.Whatever option you use, please go to Bleeping Computer Tidiness, post the link to this topic and request that... Read more

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I recently bought a laptop with Windows 8 and have erased the hard drive while trying to install another OS (not a good move, I know). This caused problems and now I'd like to re-install windows 8, except I have no way of doing this without knowing my product key, which I cannot access through my computer now. Is there a way to re-install windows 8 without having to purchase it again?

A:Reinstalling Windows 8 on an empty hard drive

Does this laptop have the UEFI BIOS?

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Hey all, I'll thank you in advance for the assistance.

So I just install two new HDD (WD 640gb) yesterday. The system already has 2x500gb drives set-up as RAID0 on the boot drive. The second two were going to be setup as double safe storage in a RAID1 configuration.

All was good in the beginning I installed the 2xHDD and config'd the BIOS and RAID in the pre-OS boot phase. In windows only one 600gb drive (plus the 900gb RAID0 boot drive) was showing, which means that the RAID1 set-up worked. I then quick formatted it and all seemed good. But as soon as I tried to transfer data to it, after about 6gb, it tells me the drive is full. I next proceeded with a full format (which took ages), but alas the some outcome. Windows even says that there is 586gb free on the drive but...

I haven't yet upgraded the BIOS which I might try next, but if anybody else has suggestions!!!!

Thanks
 

A:Hard Drive practically Empty but Vista says it's Full

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I have a new Dell Inspiron 580S computer (only have been using it less than 2 months) running Windows 7. Recently I connected my 7-year-old Dell computer to my new computer in order to transfer some of my favorite programs and many folders and files from the old to my new computer. I am finished with that and the old computer is no longer connected to my new computer. Now when I click on C:\ (my hard drive) at the top of the list of contents in my hard drive I see approximately 15 different folders that do not have names--just a series of numbers and letters. Each folder has a string of approximately 35 to 40 numbers and letters with no spaces in between. When I right-click on the folder and then click on Properties, it shows 0 bytes. If I click right on the series of numbers and letters this appears "This folder is empty." All 15 folders show 0 bytes and all show "This folder is empty." Since I am new to Windows 7 and new to this computer, I am very hesitant to delete these 15 different folders. Does anyone know what they are and if it would be safe to delete them? A Dell live chat about this did not offer any information about this.
 

A:Solved: Strange empty folders on hard drive

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How do I permanently erase deleted files from empty hard drive space on Windows XP, without buying software? Can this be done through command prompt?

A:How do you permanently erase empty hard drive space on XP

go to start, run, type cmd and press enter. Type
format c: /U
and press enter and all the info will be erased.

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Woke up this morning and the computer rebooted over night, when I logged in my desktop picture is still there but all my desktop icons have disappeared.  Did a quick google search and tried ending the explorer task and running it and still nothing. 
Rebooted the computer a couple times and still nothing.  Then figured I'd go look into the registry to see if anything weird was showing in there and nothing. 
 
When I click on the computer it shows my hard-drive is using 100GB of space but when I click on the c drive to view the contents it says that the folder is empty.  Verified that files weren't hidden and even after doing the show hidden files it still
says it's empry.  Windows 7 seems to be operating fine even though it's showing nothing.  Computer boots up fine, the ie icons on the taskbar opens up fine, any command line commands work.
 
Tried running the sfc scannow and came back clean, chkdsk has come back with no problems either.  Kinda at a loss as I'd rather not reinstall windows and I can't even back up the files I have as they aren't showing up.  I do get the same thing
whether I boot into safe mode or not.

A:No desktop icons except recycle bin and hard drive shows empty

Hi Christian,
Running a System Restore rollback to a previous working date seems to be the best option here, as the incident has been observed only today. If you're unable to run System Restore from Windows, you may try running it from Windows RE.Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience

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Hi, I have a 500gb seagate external hard drive, and already used 240gb space.
It worked fine until yesterday suddenly i could not access the files at all. I checked disk management, and it showed that my external drive became RAW drive.

I tried to do chkdsk that i learned from one of the forum, and then it somehow has fixed the RAW drive back to FAT32. However i still cannot see any of my files.

I opened command prompt, and typed in dir /a
and it said 0 files 0 byets, 4 DIR 288,714, 293, 248 bytes free

How can i bring my files back?? I don't want to lose my files
can someone help me please..urgent

Sorry i am no tech expert, so please help me using an easy explanation =)

A:HELP! External hard drive shows used space but empty folders!

Sounds like the FAT table has got screwed up meaning the OS will not be able to display your files - don't worry, this is quite common and you should be able to recover them on the assumption the drive is not physically damaged (i.e. clunking when seeking).

There are plenty of recovery programs, some free, that work well.

I'll check these out and post back.

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Hello everyone,

This morning I checked and saw a new folder named "A" on my C:\ drive.

It's quite strange as I've just recently reformatted my computer and have zone alarm internet security (7.1.248) installed, as well as sunbelt's counterspy v2. I performed scans using those two programs as well as superantispyware, avg antispyware, b-i-t-defender online scan, panda active scan online, and checked my HiJack This! log and compared it to the day after I formatted (they look the same), I also ran F-secure's antirootkit and AVG's antirootkit. The scans were done in normal and safe mode with the most updated definitions for each.

All come up clean, and I'm sure stumped...

This "A" folder has come up about 9 months before, but I've reformatted since then.

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Hey, my laptop (A two and a half year old Dell studio 1735) has been running Windows Vista like a boss up till a month or so ago. Suddenly it wouldn't boot up windows anymore - it had happened before but a fresh install of the OS fixed that. So when I had the same issue I figured a quick nuking of the hard drive and reinstalling windows would work. (Even "restore to a previous start up" thing didn't work and neither did the safe mode start up. Selecting either just made the laptop restart.)

It didn't work out - I got error code after error code and it got into the same vicious cycle of trying to install windows, failing, restarting. Here's an excerpt from my oddyssey (I take notes while I do huge system things like these):

"Error code 0x80FF0000 - Windows could not set the offline locale information"
(Installation cancelled)
Next attempt:
- completing installation
- "Windows has failed to start"
- Windows Error recovery

Attempt 4 - booting from disc again
- Installation started
- Installation type choice screen unresponsive (6 minutes)
- Unresponsive grey screen for one minute
- Disc partition screen unresponislbe for 3 minutes
- formatting selected partition
- Parition failed (Error 0x8000005 )
- Disc partition screen unresponsive
(edited for jiggery pokery of trying to format partition)
- Selected a partition for windows
- Expanding files
- Windows failed to start
Status 0XC00000e9
" Info: Windows failed to load becau... Read more

A:Failing to install Windows vista on empty hard drive.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/error-code-0x80ff0000/0826de2a-f1c6-4bf0-912e-d9d411919b42You did delete all existing partitions, correct?Support ReferencesLouis

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My Buffalo external drive shows empty on window 7 pro, no previous signs of malfunction just a little slow before this incident.
when i trying to right click and check properties, after a while windows shows a message saying " data error (Cyclic redundancy check)"
It contains all my family photos for the last years, please if anyone can help me with this issue I will appreciate
thanks

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my laptop config is i7 550U. iam using this laptop since 2016 and recently iam facing the issues ike the laptop suddenly shutdowns while gaming on power supply with out any error dispaly notification. i have searched the many solutions like thermal paste changed, and my hdd to ssd and i also upgraded the ram but the problem still continues and i also visited the lenovo authorised service centre so many times . but the problem still continues what to do please help me 

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First time in almost 2 months I've seen a BSOD on shutdown.

Systems been very stable.

I ran an analysis (BlueScreenView) and it pointed to two drivers as likely culprits. The first one is called mcupdate.dll, but there is actually NO DRIVER or DLL like that on my machine. I suspect its the media center update, but that exits only as an EXE in the windows\ehome directory.

But the crash dump says mcupdate.dll. wtf is that about? Nothing on the net that I can find.


The other possible culprit was the commonly blamed ntoskrnl.exe

A:First BSOD on shutdown Win7 x64. Mystery dll reported

Maybe this is the answer you searched for?
mcupdate.dll - What is mcupdate.dll?

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Basically when I went on and click troubleshoot "Display Aero desktop Effects" my laptop displayed the blue screen of death(BSOD) and the laptop turned off itself, so I had to press the power button to turn it on.

I had found out the problem which caused it which was the anti-virus software activating when the troubleshoot was scanning the laptop so I disabled it for a short time and it finally worked when I clicked "Display Aero Desktop Effects",

My question is:Could pressing the power button on when the laptop has just switched off damage the laptop in terms of components/hardware/software? (Not sure if this is called a cold-boot or hard boot) or Pressing the power button (Hard shutdown) damage the laptop? I'm a bit worried

A:Could pressing power button(Hard shutdown) damage laptop in this scena

Hi James202, welcome to 7F!

From the way you describe the shutdown there should be no problems. Your laptop shut itself off to protect itself.

Problems arise when Windows isn't allowed to "tidy up" after a session, but in your case it sounds like your laptop did, only it did it without all the bells and whistles (silently).

Two scans to try and give you peace of mind would be: Disk Check

And: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If your SFC scan shows problems and repairs them or not, run it again after a reboot. You may have to do this up to three times until the scan tells you it could find no errors.

Please post back with the results.

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Hi All,

I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out my BSOD drive_power_state_failure. I appreciate any advice to resolve the matter. I've also attached the required zip drive.

I do not use the power button on my desktop to shut down. This is a home built computer that I've had for about 3 years, no big issues since then except for a bad graphics card.

This is the error message I get after restarting from the BSOD:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 9f
BCP1: 0000000000000003
BCP2: FFFFFA80067D6A30
BCP3: FFFFF800043BF3D8
BCP4: FFFFFA8006C76010
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Windows\Minidump\011117-6973-01.dmp
C:\Users\Chris\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-9157-0.sysdata.xml

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Several months ago I upgraded most of my PC.
ASRock Z370 Gaming K6
i7 8700k Coffee Lake
Team T-Force Vulcan DDR4 2800 (16 gigs)
EVGA Geforce GTX 970
2tb SATA hard drive

This was all running on a Corsair 500 watt power supply. Now a couple days ago I decided it was finally time to upgrade, so I bought another 16 gigs of the same RAM listed above and a Seasonic Focus+ 750 Gold power supply. (I think) everything is hooked up the way it should be, only now it's sounding like my hard drive doesn't want to turn on. It'll make a whir like it's trying but then it just makes a sound like it can't turn on. I'm assuming this is the problem because my motherboard can't detect the hard drive, and it's still plugged in the same spot I had it originally when it was working. I believe it was slot SATA3_0_1.
Faulty hard drive? Or hopefully I'm doing something wrong so I don't have to screw with returning it.
Any ideas would be warmly welcomed!
 

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Other than TestDisk, what are some other free software downloads that
a person might try to recover data from a formatted drive? The drive was
formatted by accident.

This addresses an issue form one of my previous post but I have not
had any luck with TestDisk.

Thank you,
 

A:Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Please don't post duplicate threads. If your thread is in an inappropriate forum, please report it and a moderator will move it.

Continue the problem resolution here: http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/871411-possable-recover-formatted-drive.html
 

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Greetings, we recently got a new desktop and my nephew configured the wireless DLink router for the desktop and two laptops. It was all working fine, with our *****home network connecting with all the computers. Then my laptop stopped being connected to the home network. I tried rebooting, didn't help.
I read online that I should reset the router- so I pushed on the reset button and reset it. Then I learned that was the worst thing I could have done-my home network disappeared. I think it deleted all the configurations on the router. My question now is- can I get it all back? I am very computer illiterate. I do have the CD that came with the router- can I just reinstall it with the CD? I see that the *****home network is still on the computer but it will not show up on the internet access. The only way I can connect to the internet is using the DLink internet access, but I understand that is not safe. So- is there any way to recover all the configurations my nephew put in, or must I start from scratch? Thank you in advance!
 

A:Accidental hard reset on router- Help!

ask your nephew if he saved the settings for you, or try searching your computer for a file named something like this

network settings.conf

not sure if DLink save as .conf files but worth a try
 

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I understand normal Hard drive noises. Indeed, I am an engineer retired from the hard drive business.

I heard abnormal clicks coming from my 1.0TB Hitachi drive during shutdown / restart. It started recently. Multiple click-click click-click about 5 repetitions before the CPU resets / power goes off. Fingers crossed I waited until after Christmas because of lack of space to open up my computer.

Copied entire old drive to new Seagate 1.5TB 7200 RPM drive. SAME PROBLEM! I setup the older drive for handy storage of grandkids pictures. Problem still around.

Now restarts show S.M.A.R.T. errors on both drives. Ctrl-Alt-Del or hard reset button restarts BIOS and Windows comes up normally.

The click-click might be parking. Does something in Windows tell hard drives to park? And tell them to park multiple times? I would suspect that drive controlled (as opposed to power fail) head parking would not click

Does Windows use the BIOS for shutting down hard drives?

I can guarantee the noise is not from my sound card. Speakers are not plugged in. It?s not fan related. Fans continue to run for restart. They stop on shutdown when power goes off. Noise does not come from CD drives.

A:Hard Drive Clicks on Shutdown

same thing happens to me sometimes except it is cd rom clicks at startup but nothing bad happens.

usually hard drives have auto park so i dont think its a windows error or anything like that.
maybe you can check your controllers?

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Hello,

I've searched for a solution to my problem but have not found any. I'm having thrashing upon shutdown of my windows 7 box and can't figure out why. I have tried the obvious such as updating the bios, updating the sata bios, updating all drivers, disabling the floppy and testing the hard drive, memory, and proc.

Here are some specs:

-Fresh install, updated to current updates
-Abit IN9-max32x motherboard (latest bios)
-Pentium 4 HT 2.8 processor
-wd1500ahfd 150gb sata hard drive (windows tells me this is the most up to date driver)
-Nvidia Geforce 7600 GS (tried different versions of the nvidia driver)
-Dual booting XP ( everthing there is fine)

Now I have noticed no clicking or problems in XP and compared the drivers there w/ the ones listed under the hard drive in 7. Both os's contain Disk.sys and PartMgr.sys. Only 7 has SiRemFil.sys listed. The Disk.sys and PartMgr.sys on 7 list the date 6/21/06 and version 6.1.7600.16385. The Disk.sys and PartMgr.sys on XP list the date 7/1/06 and version 5.1.2535

I'm at wit's end here and dont know what else to try... Any help would be appreciated.

A:Hard drive thrashing upon shutdown

See if problem continues with a clean boot
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

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Have a Dell Laptop running Windows Xp Home. When I boot up it comes up to desktop and after a time shuts down. Sequence I have to use is:

Turn it on
boots up fine
screen shuts off and goes black
fan is running
power light stays on, battery light goes off
wireless card green lights go off

The only way to get it running, is to take the battery out, unplug the power cord to shut it off cold. Then put battery back in.
Any suggestions appreciated.
 

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