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Q: Wrong Windows on replaced hard disk

I sent my portable to Hp on account of a hard disk problem. My disk contained Win 10. They replaced the disk as my portable is still on warrantee. For some reason that I cannot understand they shipped my portable back to me with Win 8 in it instead of my Win 10. I am getting the run around from people on the help lines(from other countries); You should hear some of their solutions, i.e replace the chip on the MB and other stupid answers. I am trying to get my Win 10 back, surely HP must be able to supply me with a link, but I guess that is beyond their comprehension. Sorry for sounding so hard but at 80 years of age, I don't have much patience left. Maglite











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Preferred Solution: Wrong Windows on replaced hard disk

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A: Wrong Windows on replaced hard disk

Hi, As mentioned on my last reply, HP can only reset your machine back to its original Windows because HP does not own Microsoft products. Many thanks to let us know Microsoft gave you free upgrade because they stopped this few days ago. My last point: I don't know why they (from HP Support) asked you to change chip on the MB. Have a good weekend. Regards.

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Lenovo laptop G580I have created a Windows 10 recovery onto to a USB stick.I have replaced my faulty hard drive, but now I can't recover windows to the replacment hard drive.When starting up with the new hard drive installed I get the blue screen with "Choose Language Option"After choosing language I get the Troubleshoot or Turn off  optionWhen choosing the Troubleshoot option, I only get the optionsSystem Restore - use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore WindowsSystem Image Recovery - recover Windows using a specific system image fileI am not seeing the option Recover from a Drive, which should be there, I believe, from various Internet messages and posts I've seen Can anyone hlep please to get my laptop back up and running Windows 10 ? Geoff

A:Can't recover Windows 10 on to replaced hard disk

If you are not getting the Recover from Drive option, you must have missed selecting the option to "Backup system files to the recovery drive" when creating the Recovery drive, so you will have to download and create Windows 10 Installation Media to reinstall Windows 10 to you laptop.     Download Windows 10https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 When you get to the point where it asks for a Product Key, select the to skip  (or I do not have a key) option and Windows will automatically activate upon completion of the installation.  Unfortunately you will be starting clean, so any data will have to be restored from backup, and applications will have to be reinstalled.  FYI, If you do no have your data backed up, with luck you may still be able to recover it from the old drive if it just failed to boot from the drive, by mounting the drive into an external 2.5 inch USB enclosure, and copying off the the c:\users\<username> folders to your new HD.  Cheers, 

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Hi,
I am having HP pavilion sleek book laptop and it was having Windows 8. Recently the hard disk got crashed.
I have replaced it with new one and installed windows 8.1 from Microsoft site. Since it is EOM based, Windows didn't get activated. Unfortunately I don't have recovery disk and HP asking too much money for providing the recovery disk.

Can you please suggest how to fix the issue.

Thanks in Advance...

A:Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

You will need to extract your Windows 8 OEM key and activate with that.

Product Key - Find for Windows 8 (option 5 will backup you key for future reference)

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So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.

A:Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

  
Quote: Originally Posted by louis cardinal


So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.


Your laptop should have a sticker on the bottom with the key for your version of windows. Also, your manufacturer might provide recovery disks.

This is another good reason to always make the recovery disks when you first setup your new laptop.

Rich

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Laptop model: Dell Latitude e6420
I found the windows key within the battery compartment
Windows version: Windows 7 Pro OA
I replaced my old hard disk because it simply did not work anymore and now when I try to start my laptop, I get the message that there are no boot devices.
My mom bought me this laptop years ago and it is a refurbished laptop. How do I re-install windows on it?

'Hope someone can help. I know nothing about computers. Thank you in advance to the kind soul(s)!

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After replacing a crashed 320 GB disk with a 1 Tb disk and following recovery proceedure the new disk now operates OK but only shows the same amount of space as the previous disk. Is it possible to bring into use the missing disk space.

A:Replaced Hard Disk

For others to help you please post on of these.

By Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Dear Community Members, My hp Machine is - Pavilion 15 n210se I old hard disk failed and i need put all including OS and Drivers.  I machine came with windows 8, is this upgradable to Windows 10? Please mention the steps to install the Genuine Windows on my PC.  my question is 1. Where i can download the Genuine OS ? 2. Is it possible to place the DiskImage of WIndows Installation as before, so that i can use the recovery tool.3. how to get the Windows 10 ?      or shall i install windows 8 and do all updates to get the Windows 10?  With Regards,Faizana 

A:Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

Hello @faisana,  You need to know few things about HP Recovery Media:1) It is NOT downloadable, you have to order the physical media2) It is not free, you have to pay for it You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.htmlNOTE: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836If HP no longer provides Recovery Media for your model, a couple of other sites you can check are: http://www.computersurgeons.com/ and http://www.restoredisks.com/Good Luck Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Bu... Read more

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Hi, I forgot to create any recovery disks for my E532 laptop and the hard disk has failed. I?ve bought a new hard disk thinking I could download a build disk from Microsoft and input the key for Windows. However I get no boot options at all, i.e. the bootable device list is blank. I have changed the boot order to no avail. I don?t want to have to buy recovery disks if possible so is there a way round please? It was Windows 8.1 when I bought the laptop and upgraded to W10.Thanks

A:hard disk replaced need to rebuild laptop

just follow these simple steps:download the iso file of microsoft windows 10 (x64 if your PC has over 4GB of ram) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10download Rufus, plug an USB flash drive and set Rufus as on the home page screen:https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_USclick on the little disk icon on Rufus and point to the downloaded iso filelet Rufus copy the installation files on USB flash drivereboot your PCplug the USB flash drive, press F12 at next boot and choose the USB flash drive as bootable deviceproceed with windows 10 installation and skip the product key requestenjoy your windows 10 installation

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3 year old Gateway computer running XP, shut off computer one day, it had been running extremely slow, went to start up next day, wouldn't turn on. Replaced the PSU and booted it up, now getting error message while booting up:

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.

I can hit F4 to boot up all the way.

Any chance this is related to the psu dying or just a coincidence the hard disk is now failing too.
 

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Hi! My sister's PC went dead and technician said the motherboard had to be replaced. When she got back the PC, the hard disk had been modified -- she didnt have all of her applications and her documents and personal stuff were in a new folder with her name. I wonder if if is necessary to install a new HD when the MB is replaced. Wouldn't the previous hard drive work with a new board? Thank you for your help.
 

A:Solved: Replaced motherboard -- hard disk changed

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I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom

A:can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004


I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom


When you get the PC, it will have Windows on it just like when it was new. Using your Repair Disk would not put your settings or anything else that you had put on there. It is only for, well Repair. You will have to install all of your programs again.

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So lo and behold this morning I found my internal hard drive disk was not working. I ran the pre boot diagnostics and everything else was working fine. I went to best buy and got another hard drive (1 TB SATA drive) and switched the old one with the new one. The computer still won't boot, but now the pre boot diagnostics recognizes the drive is present and says it's working fine. Any ideas?
 

A:Internal Hard Disk Drive not found... After replaced!

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I have a Dell Inspiron N 5010.  I had to put in a new hard drive.  I do not have a disk with windows 7 on it.  I have a recovery disk but it does not work.  How do I get back my OS?  Also the windows code on the bottom of the computer has worn off and is not readable.  Can anyone help me?
 
 

A:Dell Inspiron N 5010 replaced hard drive have no OS disk

Welcome,
Is your Dell registered with Dell? Have you contacted them to see what help they can provide?
Thanks

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Hi
Please, please,
NEED HELP WITH my hard disk that dont work and dont shows on my computer . tried to use the mini tools partition . but its shown like a - bad disk and not recover nothing.
Who know what can I do?

A:urgent help with hard disk doing wrong . please

Hello and welcome Edi mate some more system specs would be handy please.
System Info - See Your System Specs

Now you don't say if this drive ahs data on it or not - if it has then there are ways to recover it and I use a Ubuntu boot OS to do that but first things first the specs and ? data

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I recently had to format by laptop's hard drive since it would not start up. I tried everything from restoring the MBR to deleting the partition. I got a bunch of errors of protected partiion, I assume because of Norton Goback's lock on the partition. Lastly, I restored the computer using toshiba's restoration DVD. Now windows XP and any other partition software is displaying the hard disk as 74 Gb instead of 120 Gb. Does anybody know how to fix this? I have a Toshiba Satelite M55 with Windows XP. The BIOS is a piece of crap and it doesn't allow you to get any hard disk details or do an auto config. I've restored the hard drive a second time with the restore software and the outcome is the same. Please help.
 

A:Wrong Hard Disk Size

If you right click My Computer and choose "Manage" then Disk management, see if the drive shows a portion unallocated. If so you will need partitioning software to merge it back as I don't think Disk management will do that in XP. Partition magic or Acronis Disk Director are what you will need. There is a free program called Paragon also that can do it.
 

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In my second hard disk D:\ i have files whose size is 75GB in total.
But the hard disk shows the used space to be 135GB.
6OGB are missing,WHY?

(I have the show all files option enable,i run the...disk cleanup,full scan disk check with enable the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors)
But the results are the same.

A:Hard disk wrong free space

Either there's another partition or your motherboard isn't seeing the whole drive.

I thought I'd seen the last of LBA and 130Gb visibility issues, but perhaps you have one such chipset which hasn't been updated...

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Hi
I recently came across a teribble knowledge , when I changed the partition number of my 40 gb hard disk, with partition magic ,
I made four equal partitions and install windows xp.
Now the problem is that when I check through the partion magic , it shows four partitions with 9.4 gb each (almost).
but when I check through windows , (right click>properties) it is shows only 4. 3 gb
what is the problem and how can I solve it
best regards
 

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I have a Latitude E6420, got error code 2000-0142 and blue screen. I replaced the hard drive with a new one. I put the new drive in and reboot. I am still getting "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable".
In BIOS setup, i had my HDD as the first to boot already. I ran a Diagnostic test and got:
Error Code 2000-0142 Validation 119106
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N 6WS1712X, Long Self test unsuccessful.
What can I do next? I have a new hard drive put in and still getting this?
Please HELP!!
Many Thanks in Advance

A:Replaced Hard disk, still getting "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable"

You must install WIndows onto the new drive -- it is blank when it arrives from the factory.

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Well, here's the system specs to start off...

OS: Windows 7 professional x64 new OS
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 rev. 1.3
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K x4 Clocked at 5801 MHz
RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
Harddisk: Seagate 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/64MB/SATA-6G
VGA: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W 80+ Bronze
Cooling: Corsair Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler
Network: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
Audio: Realtek High Definition Audio
DirectX 11

Hopefully that's enough.
Anyway I built this computer about 3 weeks ago and immediately had BSOD problems and graphics error kernel problems and whatnot. The graphics one I haven't seen in a little while now so hopefully I took care of that. Now I get random shut offs and blue screens. This is the newest error message: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR2. So what I'm wondering is do I have the harddisk in the right Sata port? I thought I did according to the diagram, currently it's in SATA3_0/1 which is supposed to support Intel 6gb/s connectors...but maybe I should have it in the 3gb/s ones? Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
P.S. I've also ran memtest 86+ and there weren't any errors from that. Next I'm going to remove 3 of the mem sticks and run a test individually on each of those. Temps look great- under 30C for everything and I have ran a stress test for an hour and they stayed around 6... Read more

A:BSOD could I have the hard disk in the wrong SATA port?

Experiment with different SATA ports and back off the over-clocking to 3.3GHz until you get the instability cured
 

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i think i might've posted this on the wrong forum so i thought i'd send a link here to hopefully to get some replies..

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic78108.html
 

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Hi,

I have a problem with my computer's hard drive. I have recently formatted, re-installed windows 98 (In some thread here), then re-partitioned into two drives and installed XP. I noticed that IO was missing 250mb on drive c:. I than repartitioned into one drive, and installed XP Home. That is my current setup.

Drive c:, is 3GB and when going into C:'s properties it says it has 196mb free. However When I select all files in C:, and view properties it displays that all files total to only 1.73GB. So why does c:'s properties display the wrong disk space.

Windows is reminding me that I have under 200mb on the windows drive (c. I have hidden files shown.

Could someone please help me fix this problem, thanks.
 

A:Win XP displays wrong disk space. 1.3GB missing on Hard Drive.

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I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in detail what my system was and they still sent me the recovery disk for the wrong machine. so I did the install not knowing it was for a think pad and now realize that there are things missing plus it is supposed to be win 7 64gb and the baseband drivers are not installed and I can't get them installed. well they won't transfer the warranty from one department to the other and say that I cannot get an extended warranty through the right department because it shows there that it is expired any way I have installed the drivers that are ment for my system to the best of my ability but I'm sure there are drivers installed for the wrong system and if I run test every thing says it is OK but I'm not sure I trust that plus I have a 32gb win 7 installed when I should have 64gb and I cannot find my blue ray info in device manager it just appears that I'm stuck unless I fork out more money for there mistake and I just don't know where to go from here or what to do! I hope this post is not offensevie in anyway I just have learned to trust this forum and respect the views and help I have received so if any one has any input please by all means let me know. Sorry again if this post is improper!

A:Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!

Hi there ... This seems all wrong to me you now have a 32 Bit OS which wont support your 8GB of Ram .. How ever you should have a Product COA Key it should be some where under your Laptop .. If this is the case you could do a Clean Install of windows with the 64 Bit OS .. But if i was you i would be seeking Legal Advice ...

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi everyone. I'm on a Lenovo 3000 n100 laptop with Vista. Lately I began noticing that the free disk space on my hard drive was filling up, so I deleted most of my movies and games. Now explorer shows me that I have 46GB of space free within my 106GB hard drive, and that I've used 60GB.

However, I am quite positive that I have NOT used 60GB of disk space. Highlighting all of the files in my C drive and hitting "properties" shows that they take up 25GB. I downloaded a program called JDiskReport which shows my disk usage and, as I suspected, only about 30 gigs of disk space is reported in C.

Now, I've run chkdsk and done a system defrag. I've gone into the windows disk cleaner utility and deleted most of the temporary files, including the hibernation files. I cleared all but my most recent system restore point and I also checked my shadowcopy usage in the command line (it says shadowcopy is using only about 1 gig). I ran ccleaner and have done full scans with windows defender and AVG.

Anyway, I'm all out of ideas now and I want to reclaim my 30+ GB of hard drive space! . The 60GB I'm supposedly using was actually around 75GB before I went through all of the above steps, but it still tells me I'm using twice as much disk space as I actually am. I've uploaded a picture below. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

Jimmy
http://img243.imageshack.us/my.php?image=20389232mt5.jpg
 

A:explorer shows the wrong amount of disk space on my hard drive

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

A:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

A:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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I replaced my hard drive as the original crashed and when I put in the recovery discs i had created from original hdd the first one ran OK then put 2nd disc in and it stuck at 51% then gave error message 0x4001100200001005. Then when I tried to boot from hdd it said pxe-e61 media test failure and pxe-m0f exiting pxe rom. I tried running the recovery discs again and when i load the 2nd disc at tne prompt it now says the inserted disc is not the required supplemental recovery disc.
Having searched online I now believe that I cannot reinstall windows 7 from these discs?! I am out of warranty and so it doesn't let me download the OS from Dell website. What is my best way of getting windows back on my laptop.
Also I have read that I need to put back on the same version that it came preinstalled with. Is this correct or could I load on windows 10 from a disc as it would probably be easier sourced than windows 7 now. It only lists windows 7 and vista as supported for my service tag on Dell site.
I'm struggling.  Any help appreciated.

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We upgraded the computer to windows 8.1 about a year ago.  we replaced the hard drive last week  and since then the wireless keyboard and mouse will not connect.  ive looked for solutions without success.thanks for any help you can provide

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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Hi everyone. My name is Jimmy. I'm using a lenovo 3000 n100 laptop running windows vista with SP1. Recently I noticed that my 100GB hard drive was running out of space. So I deleted nearly all my space-hogging applications and media. Windows explorer said there was still being around 70GB being used. Since I had only a few GB of documents/media and no huge programs, I suspected that this was wrong.

I proceeded to "clean up" my disk space: deleting temporary files with windows disk cleaner, running the chkdsk utility, doing a complete defrag. I deleted all but my last system restore point, deleted my hibernation files, and checked shadow copy (shadowcopy was only using about 1GB of space... not the culprit). I ran CCleaner and then full scans of Windows Defender, AVG, and Spybot S&D.

All of this freed up about 10GB, but explorer said there was still supposedly a whopping 60GB taken up on my 100GB hard disk. Highlighting and selecting the properties of all the files in C, even with hidden files & super hidden files enabled, said it was about 25GB. I also downloaded a program called JDiskReport which calculates disk usage and, affirming my suspicions, JDiskReport showed about 27GB of usage.

http://img243.imageshack.us/my.php?i...0389232mt5.jpg

So, why then the difference of 30GB between windows explorer and jdiskreport? Someone recommended that I boot from a disk or another OS and examine my C drive from there. So, I booted my laptop from WinPE on a... Read more

A:interesting junction problem - hard drive showing wrong amount of free disk space

H Jimmy. . .

Welcome to TSF Vista SUpport.

I know exactly what you are talking about with Vista Junctions. If an app uses hard-coded directory (folder) names from the XP era and is now running in Vista, the Junctions will take it for the ride of its life usually down to about 17 directories deep - depending on the length of the dir name.

I need to know if you are Vista x64 or x86 and was it an XP upgrade?

If you are Vista x64 and the program that you ran is an x86 app, the results are useless b/c of virtualization and 3 folder in particular that can and sometimes cannot be found within the Windows directory - \system32, \syswow64, \sysnative.

Please get me a screenshot of Disk Management -
START | type diskmgmt.msc & hit enter | be sure to expand screen so all can be seen

Also, run these commands line-by-line from an elevated Administrative command prompt ("DOS") -
START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe above | select Run as Administrator | the black "DOS" screen will appear | copy.paste the following (to paste - right-click at the very top of DOS screen, select Edit, select Paste) - hit enter after each if necessary:

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cd\users

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tree /a /f > "%userprofile%\documents\tree_users_10-30-08_a-f.txt" & start notepad "%userprofile%\documents\tree_users_10-30-08_a-f.txt"

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I have a hp laptop dv6502au . The hard disc of my laptop is gone so i replaced it with a new one. The problem is that i created a set of recovery discs using a option in my laptop. But if i insert that recovery disc in my laptop it shows that 'this system does not support this recovery disc' I dont know how to install vista back to my laptop. My laptop came with original version of windows vista home premium. I have a product key also at the bottom of my laptop. Please help me to install legal version of vista back to my laptop. If you want any further details i am ready to provide it.

Thanks
Bharathwaj Vijayakumar

A:please help to install windows vista in a hp laptop replaced with a new hard drive?

hi,,, if you know anyone with an origanal vista disc then they can install vista back on your machine using the product key on the bottom of the laptop,,, a greenish blue sticker with microsoft on it,,,,, this install will not load all the HP stuff that comes with your pc when new,,,, but once the os is back on you could look on the discs to find all the HP stuff,,,,
good luck

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I swapped my 320 GB Hard drive for a 1 TB hard drive. Used Acronis True Image WD to clone the drive. Seems to be working OK except when I tried to update windows. It comes up with " Cant update because service is not turned on." So I went to Services to check it and it is showing that it is running. Kinda lost as to what I might have wrong here. Any help I sure would be great full.
 

A:Solved: Cloned Hard Drive, Than replaced HD, Now can't update windows

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I did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!
 

A:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.
 

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I purchased a decked out pavilion (i5 6200u, IPS panel, 8 gigs of ram, all that jazz) a few months ago, and recently noticed dead pixels.  I sent it to HP to get the panel replaced but they replaced it with the much lower quality stock TN panel.  I paid extra for an IPS because I'm an artist so color correctness is very important.  The color shift on this panel is horrible. This isn't what I paid for.

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HP All-in-One ENVY 20 TouchSmart PC  HP 20-d034 FAILURE ID : 60FQG2-008GM-MFPP0K-60HR03PRODDUCT ID : H3Z72AA#ABA I moved up to windows 10 with the free upgrade.  I received the failure message from Windows and ended up resetting my computer to its original state which was windows 8.  It is now 8.1 and the hard disk problem still pops up. I don't have alot of experience replacing hardware in computers.  Is this an issue I can resolve myself?  Please advise. 

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
 
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
 
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
 
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
 
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
 
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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My hard drive failed on an Acer Aspire 5734z that I have. I replaced the hard drive and reloaded Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit from a downloaded copy. Since this is the same OS as originally came on this laptop, how do I get it validated? Or, alternately, how do I get a replacement OS without having to buy it again?

A:Replaced failed hard drive on Acer Aspire 5734z. Windows validation.

Hi grfull Welcome to SF

You may activate via Internet ( tutorial link below )

Activate Windows 7 Online

Over the phone ( tutorial link below )

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Use the product key under the laptop or under the battery .

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My monitor goes black and I am forced to reboot. After rebooting I get a blue screen prompt telling me that i've recovered from a BSOD. I've been monitoring them since October.

In October, I RMA'd my graphics card. Oct 27. You can see that after I got a new GPU, my BSOD's halted... so obviously its the GPU right? if you look at my BSOD dumps the last one is OCT 27, new gpu, and i don't get one until Feb 7.

So on Feb 7 I call up eVGA again and say, ok so my GPU is bad again and I wonder if its something im doing to kill them.

So I am going to get a second RMA and the tech tells me that they received my first card and they ran it for over a hour in a diagnostic app and didn't have a single problem... aka my card was fine...

so i explain my BSOD issues and the tech tells me that it may be a voltage issue and that it may be my power supply... soooooooooo

I goto Tiger Direct down the street and buy a "whatever i can get" thats over 1000 watts supply because I have a 850 watt PSU and obviously its not enough power so i go big... and guess what... My last BSOD dump before the PSU is 3/18 March 18. So new PSU and I don't get a single BSOD until 6/14/2014.

So I have attached "All" of my dumps and all my info with the issues.


My problem is... if its "not" my GPU, why did getting a new one give me no BSOD for 3 months.

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A:BSOD 0x116 (stop error) Replaced GPU, replaced RAM, replaced PSU

Hi Zuriel.

I read your OP. I would suggest you to have an open mind; and dont decide that it is not it. Because during troubleshooting you have to get everything tested.

The BSOD is a stop 0x116. That is an error from the part of the display environment. That means ....
The GPU itself
The display driver
The PSU
The system temps and dust allocation inside the computer
The hardware parts like GPU fans
Overclocking failure
And etc. I would suggest you to go through a thorough troubleshooting, whatever may be the idea you may have about those.

Are you overclocking? As you are getting BSODs, you should stop overclocking and run all the hardware components like CPU, GPU and RAM to their default settings.

Check if the Power Supply Unit (PSU, 850 watts you said) supplying adequate power to the computer or not.
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5

Is the computer hot? Report us the heat of the computer after a couple of hours of your normal usage. Upload a screenshot of the summery tab of Speccy. Alternatively, you can publish a Speccy snapshot too: Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs .

Stress test the Graphics Card using Furmark.
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Install the NVIDIA DRIVERS 314.22WHQL only, at least as a test. Because it never fails on itself.
Uninstall All nvidia items in Control Panel > Programs and features3D Vision Control Driver
3D Vision Driver
Graphics Driver
HD Audio Driver
PhysX
nvidia Update
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I reinstalled Windows 7 a couple of months ago. I have a laptop whose storage consists of a 32GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. I thought that I had installed Windows to the HDD and was using Intel Rapid Storage Technology (see this thread), but in fact I just installed Windows to the SSD, so I have very little storage. I just noticed this today, when I went to download some songs on iTunes, and my disk was too full to do so. If I try to wipe my disk and start again, I will end up destroying my Linux installation, which I've put much more time into than Windows. Is it possible to somehow copy my Windows install to the correct disk without destroying and reinstalling? I'm afraid if I try to reinstall Windows I'll end up killing my Linux install by accident since I'd be installing Windows to the same drive as Linux. Thanks!

A:Installed Windows to wrong disk

The whole idea, to me, is that installing Windows on the SSD makes things faster than using an HDD. And Yes, it will be easy to break your dual-boot setup. I'd think what you need do is redirect where your downloads go, several ways to do that, one would be to move your iTunes music to a Folder on the HDD then on the download screen direct it to that Folder. Maybe uninstalling iTunes then reinstalling on the HDD would work. Most programs have an Options or Preferences for setting the location for saving their data files.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...

patio.
 

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

A:optical disk installation of Windows 8 after a hard disk crash

  
Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan


I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?


I'm not positive, but I'd guess a $14.99 price for Win 8 would be a download, unless Samsung is offering some special promotional price for a disc.

I've seen a price of $69.99 for Windows 8 Professional, which I think is for a disc.

I'd find out what that $14.99 price is good for. It may be for an ISO download, in which case you could burn the ISO to a disc.

I'd keep the Windows 7 disc regardless. If you are like most people, you probably will find 7 preferable to 8.

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Hi all...
Yesterday, I was going about my drive management on my windows server machine, and I was cleaning two disks that I had just bought. I did not unplug the drives that I was not trying to clean from the PC, so something went horribly wrong. I accidentally cleaned one of the three of the 1.5TB drives, and it was the wrong one! I looked into using Test Disk, but I don't know what to choose or anything. I had some movies and Windows ISOs that I need to get off. Also a folder of documents that were network shared. PLEASE HELP! I also used Recuva, and I could not get the ISO files to show up. After I cleaned the disk, I made a new partition that takes up the entire drive. And Recuva was finding some of the files that I had on there.

A:Windows DISKPART Clean command used on Wrong Disk

Did you use the Diskpart CLEAN or the CLEAN ALL command?

The CLEAN command just deletes the file table. So if that is all you did then the data will still be on the drive and you can usually use recovery software to rebuild the file table.

Formatting creates a new file table. This is where I am not sure. Formatting could make the recovery of the data on the disk difficult or impossible. I can't say for sure.

The CLEAN ALL command will write all zeros to every sector on the drive, overwriting any data that already exists there. It is supposed to be final.

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I recently dropped my laptop whilst in Italy and had a new hdd fitted at the local computer shop. They installed windows 7 home premium (using the activation code on back of laptop) but in Italian only. I asked them to change language to english but it was not possible. I have tried to download windows 7 from microsoft website but get the message 'The product key you entered appears to be for software pre installed by the manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery optons.'

I dont have a recovery disk so I contacted microsoft who told me to buy a new copy of windows 7. Asus havent got back to me. Is there any way of either changing the language to english or reinstalling windows 7 in english with no disk?

A:Help cant install windows 7 oem no recovery disk wrong language now.

You will need to reinstall with english installation media.

Download Windows 7 ISOs, Legally and for Free | PCsteps.com

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I have a 750 gb hard disk and I wanted to partition the disk so that I can mount Centos (i.e operating system) however Inspite of having 262gb free space its shrinking and only showing 15gb. I used windows defragment and even auslogics disk defragment but nothing worked. Please help.

A:Windows disk management showing wrong capacity

Please post a screenshot of disk management.

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I have this really weird problem.

As seen here


Windows explorer reports that i have only 3.36 free space.

I have selected to be able to see all hidden folders (including system etc) and i right click on all the contents of the drive to see how much space they occupy.



There should have been 20GB free, and not 3.

System restore is off, i tried Checkdisk, diskcleanup and checked my pc with MSE.

Any ideas?

A:Windows 7 reports wrong free disk space

Hi there appears to be 17Gb in the recycle bin

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Please help
I have a problem with my Compaq PC ...will explain from beginning !!
At first when i boot the PC it used to come one message like " splash screen error run rompaq.." and below that black screen F1 to boot....when i press F1 ...it used to boot windows and i can work comfortably ..now the problem...before last two days when i tried to start my PC it won't boot ..instead it shows the same message press F1 to boot (i suspect by mistake i deleted some system file..but it was a normal shutdown i made last time)...after that i made one start up disk from another computer and tried to boot from it ..but i can't ..while booting from floppy it begins the booting but windows not coming..it shows like
Starting......
A:\> mode can code page prepare=((720) ega4.cpi)
failure to access code page font file
A:\> mode con code page select =720 code page not prepared
A:\> keyb us,, keyboard.sys
code page specified has not been prepared
A:\>
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem
 

A:Windows Xp Can Not Boot Both From Hard Disk And Start Up Disk

You have some serious troubles, and need to do some intensive reading on how Windows works, and what happens when a hard drive is corrupted or damaged or mis-installed..
It would be helpful for you to tell us computer, install discs, installed hardware, connection, hardware configuration you have, as well as the age of everything, and the recent history of failures and difficulties..
 

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