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Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

Q: Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

Hello,
I've been trying to clear out my hard drive of some stuff to free up some much needed space. However, I can't seem to find what it is that's taking up so much space. When I look at what all is on there, nothing seems to add up to the amount that it says is on there. My main drive is 69.6 GB big and it says I have 13 GB free (I know that's low, that's why I'm trying to clear it out of things I don't need on there). The problem is, I have uninstalled and deleted everything I don't need and have the main drive almost down to the essentials and a few other programs I use regularly. It should leave me with almost 30 GB free space, but as I have mentioned, it says I only have 13 GB free. Aside from what I have done, how else can I find out what is taking up all this space? Could it just be that something is wrong with my main drive? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Preferred Solution: Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

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A: Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

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

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

I would like to do the following...

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

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

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

 

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

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Okay, after searching for the entire day in solution to my problem i hope someone on here can help.

I have an Asus p4s533 motherboard and a maxtor 120gb IDE hard drive set up on my computer. This set up is five years old or so so i thought i would treat myself to a new hard drive to cope with expanding collections of photos, mp3's and videos.

I bought a samsung spinpoint HD753LJ 750gb sata 2 hard drive and a Adaptec Serial host PCI controller (as my mobo has no sata connections).

Okay, all good so far. What i want to do is use the new hard drive to run windows xp and then when all files have been transfered and all is working use my old hard drive as a second drive.

I installed the PCI controller card no problem, attatched the Samsung drive, windows recognised it and then i partitioned and formatted the new drive using windows disc manager. The new drive now appears under my computer and is usable. All good.

Then i changed the Boot up settings in my bios to boot from the 'SCSI boot device' before my old maxtor and tried to install windows xp from the installation disc onto the new drive.

During the first few black screens it recognizes the samsung device and gives its capacity. Then the blue screens appear, it asks me to press F6 for any additional sata or raid drivers, which i do and then load the drivers from the 1.44mb floppy disc. Still all good.

I get the setup screen and the lisence and all that but when it comes to installing windows it only reco... Read more

A:Solved: Sata hard drive mystery

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Here is the situation. My customer called me and said his computer keeps booting in an endless loop. I suspected a corrupted master boot record. I went to his house, booted up into the Recovery Console, did memory checks and such, and did a FIXBOOT command. Well, this did nothing for me except give me some typing practice. I noticed too that I can't get it to boot into SAFE MODE.

When I rebooted it, it came up with the infamous "NTLDR IS MISSING - PRESS CTRL-ALT-DEL TO RESTART". And then it gets really exciting!! I tried rebooting again and got the BSOD 0x0000007f error. Well, I did all of the normal processes of elimination by removing one RAM module at a time (but memory already checked good so it was more of a second check than anything else) and disconnected one CD/DVD drive, although since I worked on the hard drive last, it just makes sense that something went awry on the hard drive.

Moving right along, I removed the hard drive and connected it to my Linux laptop (gotta love Linux!!!) and Linux sees all of the folders and files. I think something got messed up in the boot sector but now all I can get is a constant BSOD. Let me just clarify one point I left out above....the BSOD appears when I try to boot from the Windows XP disc in an attempt to get back into the Recovery Console. I think that perhaps the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands jacked up some pointers and now the processor doesn't know where to look so it stops.

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A:[SOLVED] BSOD due to main hard drive

Hi Mike, you know I've been seeing this kind of thing alot lately. It ususally ends up being just like you said a totally messed up boot record. Now how this comes to be I really haven't found out yet, although I suspect some sort of a Win update, 3rd party service conflict that is occuring to all these computers. Although you may very well be able to resolve this without a reinstall, since you are able to recover the info with linux, the easiest fastest way to fix this persons computer is going to be to get the data, use kill disk to wipe the drive and do a format and re-install. Believe me the client will thank you since the computer will most likely work better than ever. If you need a link to download killdisk just let me know. I'm sorry I don't have a better fix for you, but I have tried everything else with this problem and as I said this was always the easiest fix.

Let Me know if I can help further.

Reguards
Patmark

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I bought a new WD 1TB blue internal for backing up my media files (mp3s, etc). After formatting then checking for errors with HDtune I went to backup all my media files to it. Well, the new drive had 12 additional files versus the original. How's that possible? It was empty before and I compared all the folders and they were equal so I don't know what's going on

I'm re-formatting and going to try again to see what happens.

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Backed up media hard drive gained 12 mystery files--how??

Well I found the folder, but couldn't find the new mystery files. Just going to re-rip those discs.
 

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I just recently built a new computer and used a couple of hard drives for my different storage drives I have used in the last two I built. I followed the same steps as before but have run into one little glitch. After I restarted my computer after putting them in they now are part of the safely remove hardware section. I should say two of them are but one of them is running like normal. What did I do wrong? What info do you need me to give.
 

A:Hard drive mystery?

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I have a 40 GB HD on a 2005 Compaq Mobile celeron computer - always had about 20 GB free. Suddenly last month discoverd there was only 5 GB free. I looked on Control Panel Add Remove Pgms list and it shows only the original 4.5 GB trial MS 2003 Office which I have not opened and another 2 GB or so programs. I looked on all Drive C folders and it appease as 2-3 GB total. I looked on My Documents and less than 2 GB. I looked on desktop MS Word files I saved in special folders - onlyabout 3-4 GB Maximum.

All is within 1-2 GB or so that I had before. I did make more DVD copies with Nero Express on my external Sony DVD burner from my own originals of my own Stretching DVD's as i have done with same originals for over a year. Can not find any 2.8 GB or 5 GB files of the Videos anywhere that might have gotten recorded on HD.

Anyone know how I can find where the add'l 15 GB info or pgms is?

Lou
 

A:Mystery 15 GB used up on my hard drive

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Hello folks,

I'm running Vista Business v.6.0

I did a search for any music I had on the hard drive after transferring most of it a long time ago to my laptop.

I found 40gb of music in a folder (J:/) that doesn't exist anywhere. I clicked on a file and clicked 'open file location' but got a very long message saying

J:/King Khan and the Shrines/What is refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted or that you are connected to the internet or check your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located the information might have been moved to a different location

I cannot find a J drive anywhere and want to get rid of anything that might be lurking in it.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance

A:Mystery Hard Drive

Right click on Computer and then click Manage look for the drive there.

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Hello folks,

I'm running Vista Business v.6.0

I did a search for any music I had on the hard drive after transferring most of it a long time ago to my laptop.

I found 40gb of music in a folder (J:/) that doesn't exist anywhere. I clicked on a file and clicked 'open file location' but got a very long message saying

J:/King Khan and the Shrines/What is refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted or that you are connected to the internet or check your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located the information might have been moved to a different location

I cannot find a J drive anywhere and want to get rid of anything that might be lurking in it.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance
 

A:Mystery Hard Drive

Did there used to be one?

It may be gone now. How are you searching? Are you using an indexed search?
 

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I'm trying to load win2000 on an older pc, ~3yrs, Western digital 20gig. Used WD diagnostic because win2000 was telling me could not format because drive was unreadable or damaged or something similar to that. Did full WD diag came up with nothing wrong, used WD to completely wipe HD clean, went to format ntfs got to the end told me no go. What's going on, what am I doing wrong or are older drives not compatable with NTFS, makes no sense, because NT has been around longer than that drive.
Any clues?
 

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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Hi.can anyone help me with the above question??

A:How to Add exterior hard drive and use as main hard drive??

Hi, No, you can use it as secondary HDD. Regards.

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I have Win 10 on C Drive, SSD and I have Win 7 on a storage disk D drive, 1TB Mech. I've been able to boot to either.

I have been using Win 10 for a few weeks with a few problems, my system locked up and upon reboot, gave me an error:


OK, I can usually deal this.. but there's more..

When I go to the boot menu, and select the mech drive (D with Win 7) it boots to my SSD Win 10 C drive just fine.. and everything this is a go. I can see and access the D drive.. and all works. How is that even possible?
So looking in my BIOS, both drives are recognized, however.. only the C (SSD) drive shows in the boot sequence. So, if I need to reboot, I have to stop it with F8 and select the OTHER drive from the boot menu . to get to my main drive! what!

I have scanned both drives for errors, none found. I don't seem to be able to run a boot repair via Win 10, because it goes to a keyboard layout selection that I'm unable to select because mouse and keyboard at that point are not functioning. I've reseated cables.

I have a Win 10 on USB, I have a recovery USB and I have my original Win 7 Disk. But no clue where to start this troubleshooting because of the freaky boot stuff.
 

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XP Home.
Hope you'll stick with me on this, there are several questions involved.
In December we added a second hard drive to store all the junk that was getting out of hand. I was the one who moved files and set up new folders in the new hard drive, and everything was moved into a totally blank and totally empty F Drive. After that, I saw there were some hidden files that I hadn't put there, called: WUT (I guess Windows Update Temp), and MSO Cache. If you go one step further and Show Hidden System files, there are: Recycler and System Volume Information.

My questions:
1.) I guess MSO Cache stands for Microsoft Office Cache. Disk cleanup just told me there were 289,034 KB of Microsoft Office Setup files there, and the MSO Cache is 290 MB. So I guess that's what it is. How did it get there? We had MS Office set up on the C Drive, and working fine months before we put in the extra drive. Why did the F Drive butt in? Why would those files have found their way there? Can I delete them?

2.) The Recycler - Is this where the deleted files from the F Drive go? Sometimes I delete files and they never show up in my C Drive Recycle Bin...but sometimes they do. I just deleted one, and it showed up in my C Drive Recycle Bin. This Recycler is 323 MB. When I open the folder, it has six little Recycle Bin icons sitting there, each with varying amounts of junk in them. But when I click on them, they each contain only the file I just deleted - all six of them! So I don't... Read more

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So I recently installed an SSD in my HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 laptop to use as a boot drive and then use a caddy to convert my previous "all-in-one" hard drive to one just for storage. Everything went fine at first.... until I deleted all of the Windows OS files on my previous "all-in-one" hard drive. All of a sudden, after installing windows updates and shutting down, my computer would no longer boot and was stuck in a boot loop with no way of getting out. I thought it was the windows updates that messed my SSD up. So after countless searching online and watching youtube videos on how to fix this problem I just gave up.

Fast foward 3 days... Since I don't have money to buy another SSD and want to access my old files really badly, I decided to convert my old "all-in-one" hard drive to an external drive to try to access the files on my desktop PC. However, it does not work! Then I tried booting up my HP Pavilion laptop (with my new SSD boot drive still inside) and wahlah! It boots up like new!

Basically, I am wondering why deleting system files on my OLD, secondary hard drive affected the booting of Windows of my entire laptop? Moreover, I am wondering why my old "all-in-one" hard drive doesn't seem to work as an external hard drive any more. I don't even see the device/volume at all when I plug it in to my desktop PC like I used to before. I have a lot of files on there and hope that I can still access them. Someone please... Read more

A:Hard drive crash mystery

If both drives were installed during setup, setup will copy the boot files to the first drive listed in the bios. While you can install windows on any drive, some files [BCD or boot files] are installed on the first drive listed. If you remove that drive, no boot files and no booting of windows.
 

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Hi folks,

I could use some help with ideas!

Last October, I built my own PC with parts from NewEgg.com. I won't go into the whole setup yet (unless someone thinks it may be relevant), but basically it's an Intel processor, an ASUS motherboard, a SSD as the main OS drive, and a regular ol' hard disk for storing the data. Windows 7 64-bit OS.

Everything went well, and the new system flies. A few months later, I ran into a problem where all of a sudden, the OS wouldn't recognize the boot drive. Sometimes it would happen in the middle of working on the system. Everything would lock up, and then when I cold rebooted, it couldn't find a boot disk. Then, magically, it started working again. This happened several times. I'd try running the Windows repair, and it would find that there was no valid boot sector, or some such. Sometimes running the Windows repair would make everything start working again, sometimes not. If I got it working again, the status of the disk was fine. No loss of data or anything. Eventually, after much gnashing of teeth, I came to the conclusion that the SSD drive was bad. Seemed unlikely, but Corsair graciously replaced it.

While I was waiting for the replacement, I swapped in another regular ol hard drive in its place. Everything worked swimmingly, and because I couldn't afford the downtime/hassle, I have yet to swap the SSD back in. Only now, it's doing the same thing again! Exact same symptoms, exact same unpre... Read more

A:Mystery hard drive failures

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Here is the problem: I got a WD hard drive from a direct TV old DVR, model WD5000AVVS and tried to put it in my PC. Unfortunately, the BIOS and the Windows does not recognize it? The BIOS detects something but I guess it cannot recognize it and shows blank, while an empty SATA shows [AUTO].

Of course that is not the weirdest of all. Some Linux live CDs recognize the drive and I can even format it and work with it. If I only soft restart the PC the BIOS recognizes the hard drive and I even have access to it in Windows but as soon as the power is off, it loose everything and the HDD is unavailable.

Any suggestions why is that and how can I fix it.
 

A:Mystery: Hard drive troubles

Hi D2Nik welcome to TechSpot!

have you tired installing it inot an external caddy and plugging it into the PC via USB?


James
 

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I am running XP Pro and the frees pace shown on my C drive is about half what it should be. I have a 160gb drive, am using about 45gb, yet the computer shows only 50 gigs of space available. I have cleared all my system restore points, etc.. I downloaded SpaceManager and it says I have about 35% free space of 160gb yet also only shows 45gb used. What could be the problem?
 

A:Hard Drive Space Mystery

1) A lot of that is probably a hidden restore partition put there by your manufacturer so that they don't have to give you actual restore cd's.

2) Another part of that is the fact that windows and advertisers show hard drive sizes differently. Windows uses the binary (base 2) method and advertisers use the base 10 method shown in the below link.

See the below link for more info.
http://reviews.ebay.com/Why-Hard-Dr...m-Advertised-Sizes_W0QQugidZ10000000004624235

3) The rest of that is probably take up by your system restore saves. To recover that space, you can disable system restore but if you do, then you don't have that option in case of a crash. A compromise is to turn it off from time to time to delete/recover the space from the old restore points and then turn it back on and create a new restore point.
 

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Hi,

I have a 4 yr old Compaq computer running Windows XP Pro (upgraded from Win 98). I recently put an additional 80 gig hard drive in and want to make it the main drive and leave the original 10 gig drive for special storage (pictures and music). how do I make this happen?
 

A:Making New Hard Drive Main One

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I bought a new ssd for my computer but i still havn't installed anything on it yet.
I would like to know if i will have problems or will it be as easy to install and run normaly as the youtube videos show.
On my main hard drive i had windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10. I only have my windows 7 CD so it would install windows 7 on it. Do i need to reinstall windows 7 on my main hard drive, maybe find a windows 10 upgrade or will it all work together fine?

A:Do i need to downgrade my main hard drive (new ssd-win 7)

Dont really understand what your are saying

you want to install windows 10 on your new ssd ?

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Hello,

I just installed windows xp pro on a new hard drive I had to get and instead of the typical C:\ for my main drive it has assigned it an E:\. Can anyone tell me what I'd need to do to get it changed to C: It is a particularly a problem when I download and it looks to install on C not E

Thanks.

A:Main Hard drive assigned E: not C:\

There is no practical way to change the drive letter of a drive containing an OS. Windows will function normally as it is. I used Windows 2000 for years on D: with no problems whatsoever. You can almost always change the default install folder.

The only way to change the drive to C: would be to do a clean install.

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Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?

A:Main Hard Drive isn't letter C:

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sonicroxs


Hi,
I had Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC and decided to change to 7. It didn't recognize the main partition so it formatted it, and installed. When the installation was done, my main hard drive letter is E: . I tried changing it through Disk Management: it gave me ''The parameter is incorrect''. I tried editing the MountedDevices registry key: it gave me problems and I had to system restore back to normal.
Is there anyway I can change the drive letter? Maybe with Gparted?


You are probably going to give yourself a bunch of trouble by changing it why not just leave it the way it is?

Ken

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Hi

The main hard drive on my pc that has the operating system on and everything is begining to fail and i need to sort it out before i cant use the disk anymore. The disk is in warrenty so i will be able to get it replaced but not all the things on it.

How can i backup my operating system and all of the programs and files on it, i have another hard drive that i can use as a backup but im not sure how to do it.

Can anyone advise me on what to do?

Would be a great help thanks.

A:Main Hard Drive failure - What to do?

Hi Fields,

Have a look here;
http://www.zdnet.com.au/downloads/0,...675060s,00.htm

Pooch

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Hi, This issue is causing some serious problems like installing software and doing all kinds of stuff. Every time I try to do that some type of error comes up saying insert Drive. What do I do?
 

A:F is main hard drive.. Need to change to C.

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I have been using two hard drives, with the slave being a clone, replica or image of the main. When the master got fouled up, I used Norton Ghost to restore from the slave. Ghost was not reliable, and I found Maxblast worked better. Recently a worm or virus got in the master and wouldn't let it boot. Restoring from the slave didn't help, it was in the slave also. I had to clean up both HD's with fdisk and fdisk/mbr, then restore with CD's which takes a lot of time.

How can I make a BOOTABLE clone of the master, take it out of the machine, and swap it back in case of crash again? I use Windows 98 SE, and there may be a way to use the OS to do this, but I am not clear on the details such as copying the boot sector. BTW I now scan all downloaded files with Norton AV before opening but this is not foolproof.

Thanks for looking, Laremac
 

A:Backing up the main hard drive

afterthought: What about going into the Bios and setting the machine to boot first from CD-ROM, then the back-up HD would not need to be bootable. I could clean up, restore form the slave, and just leave the CD in to start. That is unless they have developed a virus that will infect a CD-ROM!
 

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I have a second hard drive in my PC that I use for media files like audio and video, etc. Every now and then I just make a complete copy of the drive, just in case it fails one day.

This morning I started wondering if I could maybe make a copy of my C drive, ie the drive that actually runs the PC itself? This way if that drive ever failed and my PC refused to start up, I could just swap in the backup drive and be up and running again.

Am I being hopelessly naive here or is this something one could actually do?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, believe you me.
 

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I have a Western Digital 120 GB HD and for some odd reason my computer fails to read it. All i get is Failure to read Master Disk Drive or something to that affect, then a blank screen just appears and you can not input any commands, or other times it will ask you for a bootdisk but this happens very rarely, unfortunetly i bought my computer from a friend and he lost the bootdisk, what should i do to fix this problem?
 

A:Main Hard Drive not reading?

Hello...

Go here and get their diagnostic tools and test your drive to see if it is defective or not.

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools

Shane
 

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I have an 80 GB Hard Drive and it is almost full. The problem is 60 GB is hiding somewhere in the "Local Settings" Folder. There are two folders in local settings (application data and temp) and those two files equal less than 1 GB. Even though display hidden files is activated I cannot find the mystery 59 GB. Any thoughts?

Dean

A:Hard Drive Full with mystery files

try this :

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail...e/1118628172/1

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I'm trying to build a computer for a friend from spare parts.(Computer A) The Hard Drive was too small, (about 2 Gigs, w/ Win ME) so I added a bigger drive as a slave. The slave drive came from a newer computer and was clearly marked 20GB. (It was corrupted, had to be formatted. The computer I took it from, (Computer B) wouldn't boot, no OS.)
Computer A says this is a 2GB drive.​ I assumed old BIOS/ can't recognize over 2GB. I removed both drives and put them into Computer B, where the 20GB drive came from. (Same config: 2GB master, 20GB slave.) Computer B calls it 2GB too!​What's going on? Damaged hard drive? Need to reformat under Computer B BIOS? Will it still hold 20GB despite the smaller label?​I'd really appreciate some good advice here.​
 

A:Spare Hard Drive / Capacity a Mystery

Since you have not listed the Harware you are working with ,I will just give a couple of things to check on .
If the bios is identifying each drive is correctly , check the settings for cylinders etc. some older bios needed the HDD's characteristic's set manually.
Also you can download Drive Diagnostic programs for all major HDD's and run them from Floppys. These will check the drives for errors and format the drives for use.
 

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I'm showing only approx. 2 gb available on my hard drive (out of 36 total), however, when I add up programs (from add/remove window) and file sizes individually, I'm coming up with less than 10 gb. How can I be sure I'm seeing everything on my computer? Are there "hidden" files I'm not accessing?

Lenovo thinkpad, R51e, winxp

thanks!
 

A:Hard drive free space mystery

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I have a 1TB SimpleTech external hard drive, which I have had for a few months, without any major problems. Just last night, my laptop (an Alienware with an XP OS) blue screened. The laptop came back up just fine, no problems. However, the hard drive which was attached at the time (though not in use at that very moment) has not.
My laptop recognizes that it is plugged in, claims it is working just fine. It says the same amount of space is being used as it was prior to this incident. However, going into the hard drive, all I see are a shadowed System Volume Information folder and a Recycler folder. The first inaccessible and the other empty. I can save anything new to the hard drive, however, the 652G of information is nowhere to be seen. None of my files can be found. Even taking the hard drive elsewhere does the same. Not changing the drive it's attached to. Not uninstalling and reinstalling software and doing everything except reformatting (which I am doing everything possible to not have to do as I don't want to lose the information). I have run scans on it and everything is clean. Even my computer which is a vile thing that is desperately trying to tempt me into hacking it up with a knife for lack of a gun to shoot it with.
If anyone. Anyone at all, has a suggestion as to what I can do to fix this poor thing, it would be greatly appreciated. As that is a terribly large amount of information to have to lose......
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A:SimpleTech External Hard Drive Mystery

I had a similar problem with the same drive except that in my case it suddenly just refused to be recognized on any computer; it would power up and then nothing.

I deleted all the usb devices from device manager and let them reinstall, then after various rebootings etc. it suddenly sprang back into life; not quite sure what fixed it in the end. Maybe it was the laying on of hands

In your situation I would strongly advise you not to write any (more) files to your drive; if any of your data is still intact you will probably be destroying it!

You should run some data recovery software on the drive; not sure what to recommend, try google.

Slainte

midders
 

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Running Vista Business. When I open My Computer and open the main hard drive, the first folder there looks like a registry key of some kind. In addition to the normal Program Files, Drivers, Users, etc. folders, one folder is called {96229774-D3a0-4410............}. If I open that folder, there's a file called uts and it's an exe file. Anyone know what that might be? I also see these other files in My Computer:C called:

bootsect.bak
comlog
syslevel.lgl
tvtpktfilter.dat

Any idea what these are for and can I delete them?
 

A:Some strange UTC.exe file on main hard drive...

Are you asking about UTC.exe or UTS.exe?

Have you run any virus scans?
 

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Hi everyone,
 
I require some help from experienced members of this community to find bulk and clutter on this laptop. I know I'm supposed to have over 100 GB on this SSD, but somehow I start with a little over 96 GB and I only have 5 GB of free space remaining. Could someone help me take a look and see if there are any junk programs that have come pre-installed on this Dell laptop? I would love more space.
 
There has also been problems of physical memory maxing out at 100% when I'm running 2-3 programs. But that can be solved after the hard drive space situation has been eased.
 
Thanks!

A:Main hard drive lacking space

Download MinitoolBox and check list installed programs. Copy and Paste the log into your next post.
 
In the search box type Run. In the Run Box type %temp%. All the files listed can be deleted. Do this for every account on the computer.
 
If you do not have CCleaner install it and use the default settings to clear out your browser temp files and history. 
 
WinDirStat is good for finding files that are taking up space on the drive.

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Hi everyone,
 
I require some help from experienced members of this community to find bulk and clutter on this laptop. I know I'm supposed to have over 100 GB on this SSD, but somehow I start with a little over 96 GB and I only have 5 GB of free space remaining. Could someone help me take a look and see if there are any junk programs that have come pre-installed on this Dell laptop? I would love more space.
 
There has also been problems of physical memory maxing out at 100% when I'm running 2-3 programs. But that can be solved after the hard drive space situation has been eased.
 
Thanks!

A:Main hard drive lacking space

Download MinitoolBox and check list installed programs. Copy and Paste the log into your next post.
 
In the search box type Run. In the Run Box type %temp%. All the files listed can be deleted. Do this for every account on the computer.
 
If you do not have CCleaner install it and use the default settings to clear out your browser temp files and history. 
 
WinDirStat is good for finding files that are taking up space on the drive.

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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!

(originally posted in Win XP forum by mistake)
 

A:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

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So, I thought my main hard drive in my computer was failing because my monitor wasn't turning on during boot up. So I wanted to see if it would at least show the boot screen if I put a different hard drive in there. The only one I had handy was a 1.5 TB one I've been using as a portable hard drive (filled with data) so I put that in there, and same thing. So after I while I figured out it was my RAM, which I just newly installed 2 more gigs, wasn't seated properly, so my computer is back to normal now. This is the least of my worries.

Now, my 1.5 TB that is filled with 10+ years of data is showing as RAW format, and "needs" to be formatted. Which I definitely don't want to do. I have EASUS data recovery on my main comp, and used that, but that only recovered 40% of my data. Is there any way that I can change the settings on the hard drive or something to get it back to normal???

Please help!
 

A:USB Hard Drive put into main computer, now showing as RAW

If you plugged it into a USB port on the front of your machine, try plugging it into one of the ones on the back and see if it reads it correctly.
 

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I have an HP Pavilion laptop with the Windows XP Professional O.S. Recently (last week or so) I have been under attack from some sort of virus (or so it seems) that my McAfee Anti-Virus program does not find at all. And another antivirus program that I tried also did not find it either (Avest A.V. I think is the name of that).

I got fed up with what it was doing to my computer. So I took it to a professional shop here where I live and had the main hard drive (there are two via a partition) entirely reformatted. The guy at the computer shop reformatted the main drive but did not reformat the other drive (which had next to nothing on it). However, the unknown virus appears to still be present somehow. I have tried everything I know of - system restore, operating in Safe Mode and running the anti-virus program, etc., but nothing seems to be able to FIND this friggin problem that is clearly still affecting my computer.

The primary problem that I am NOW having is the following - When I try to type something on any internet forum or on any Word program, etc., some sort of gremlin keeps affecting what I type. By that I mean while I am typing something there is some sort of glitch that happens every few seconds. This "glitch" results in the movement of the cursor to all sorts of places on the message (other than where it is supposed to be). So time after time I have to get the cursor back to where I was typing and also correct the inevitable mistake that occurr... Read more

A:I had my main hard drive reformatted - virus is still there - HOW?

I'd run a hard drive diagnostic, first step.

Louis

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I have C which is the main hard drive but I also have F, should I plug it out before formatting?

A:When formatting, should I plug out all but the main hard drive?

Yes unplug all other HDD.

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I have two 120gb WD hard-drives (IDE), both are hooked up as Raid, The main one is dead. I've tried using the second one only, but bios doesn't detect it even after disabling raid. Do I have to have two hard-drives in order for my pc to work? My pc is older and I'm running an Asus P4T533/R motherboard running windows XP. It's setup as Striped Raid array, Raid 0.
 

A:main hard drive bad part of Raid

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I have a Dell Inspiron that is running Win7 Home premium 64 bit and I am getting an error message while booting up it states
"No boot sector on internal hard drive"
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot"

When I hit F1 it does nothing. I am not worried about losing data on this computer because I have everything backed up. I would just like to fix it so I can use it again. When I first received this message I was able to strike F1 and it would boot just fine but then I tried to fix it on my own. I think I killed the boot sector altogether. I must warn you that I am new to the MBR set up so you will have to walk me through it one step at a time.

A:No Boot sector main hard drive

Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.

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Alright, so I've got this extra computer that my family uses. And somewhere along the line, they started noticing that their C: drive is constantly full. Clear it as they might, eventually it fills up by hundreds of megabytes, and usually within a few hours time.

Disk Cleanup has done all it can. But that's probably irrelevant because this is probably a malware problem. Right?
 

A:Something is eating up space on my main hard drive.

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I loaded windows onto my PC without assuring the 1TB Hard Drive was properly plugged in so it loaded instead to something else that only has 16G so now that I have found the issue with my hard drive I plugged it in and my PC recognizes it but it will not
transfer windows to it and I cannot rename my hard drive from A to C drive thinking that would fix the issue. I have attempted to change the values, etc but it will not allow me too. Ive even tried to put windows 7 disk back in and reload, uninstall and nothing.
Can somebody please help??

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Hi there,

The space on my hard drive has slowly been decreasing as of late, I am stumped as to why this is happening. At this very moment I have 4.62GB free of 682GB (750GB Internal Hard Drive). However when I open Local Disk C and view the properties of all the folders to see how much space they take up, it says 173GB. I have shown the hidden folders as well when viewing properties.
So I have no idea what is taking up the remaining 509GB of space.

I have done some research for this problem already but with no successful solution.
I have:
- Used WinDirStat, it says 192GB is in use.
- Used Disk Cleaner (which was able to free about 500MB of space)
- Used Disk Cleaner to remove restore points (I had some trouble getting it to work, it would continually get stuck on "Scanning: system error memory dump files"). After getting it to work finally, it cleared only 2.5GB.
- I have used Norton 360 to do a Full System Scan
- Deleted temporary files

Does anyone know what could be taking up this huge amount of space?

Thanks.

A:Huge amount of mystery space taken up on Hard Drive

With WinDirStat make sure you have Show Unknown clicked in Options.

You can also try TreeSize free, it may help see where the space is being used.
TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

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I had to replace my hard drive an windows assigned the drive letter to I: not to c: how do I change it to c:

A:how to change the main hard drive letter back to c:

Hi

See this article: How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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My former hard drive with my MBR on it failed. This hard drive was/is 750GB and when I purchased my 'main' 2TB hard drive I made another fresh install of Windows. In other words, I had two installations of Windows on two separate hard drives. However, the MBR is located on the now-failed 750GB hard drive, and so my 2TB install of Windows won't work. I have tried (and failed) at repairing or otherwise installing a new MBR on the 2TB hard drive. I am at a loss at what to do. Perhaps I am missing something big or am making a small oversight, I really don't know. Help appreciated!

A:Hard Drive with MBR Failed; how do I get main installation working?

If there was no MBR on the 2tb HDD drive, Windows would not install.

For old 750gb HDD drive
Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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(Main questions are at the end if you want to skip.)

Meaning if I have two hard drives on my PC, both set to "cable selected" by the jumpers to the motherboard. Well do I have to have Vista on my "C" drive? If so that sucks unless someone here knows something like "Partition magic by Norton" that can partition "already formatted" drives. I only have about 50 gigs left on my main harddrive and I wanted to keep it pretty clean so I could fill up my extra 120 gigs on my 2nd internal harddrive labeled "H: Extra storage" on my system for games, music, and other stuff. I thought "Cool, Vista Beta gives the option to install not necessarily overtop my OS" I chose my other harddrive.

Things went fine, it installed, I saw the sight I wanted with the boot menu saying "Do you want to boot VISTA or an eariler version of windows". I thought "great it worked", nope, blank screen. I thought maybe there are some hidden calcs working, nope, I left it sit for about a half an hour. The computer is running and I can reboot XP home SP2 just fine, all the files(all 2.48 gigs of them) are there sitting pretty on my 2nd harddrive. But it won't load, won't delete, and I'm pretty sure after the 3rd reboot, booting visting from the "H" drive just gives a blank screen.

So maybe I'm naive, because honestly I don't know. I never tried to install an OS to a 2nd harddrive cable selected bef... Read more

A:Simple question: can Vista only run on the main C hard drive?

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