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Q: Windows installation storage

So I bought a pc from a friend who is not a computer guy at all.
When he bought it, he let his acquaintance install the operating system for him.
Hard drive is total 300gb,but the problem is that the dumbass partitioned it 30/270gb
I am fighing for free space.. (cache is cleared, windows update files cleared, everything..)
So I want to repartition it, but I don't know if I can add 20gbs to the C drive without formatting the 270gb D drive.

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Preferred Solution: Windows installation storage

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Hi people,
I've been trying to make a clean installation of Win7 SP1 64-bit (Home Prem OEM, previously pre-installed) with a support for Intel RST on my Dell Ultrabook Z14-5423.
I've been following this instruction: http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/sln286337/how-to-install-windows-onto-a-system-with-msata?lang=en
When it gets to the point where "No discs were found" I manually load SATA driver from a USB, exactly as instructed. I use this driver: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/17882, f6flpy6489.zip files.
Win7 installation properly recognizes the driver and tries to load it. However, nothing happens then. I get back to the point where "No discs were found”. So finally the driver is found on USB but not loaded. Looks like I don't have the right driver. The point is, however, that I use exactly what the instruction tells me to use (the link mentioned above).
Intel RST in enabled in BIOS during the installation.
Any suggestions?
Regards and greetings from Poland,

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I was asked by answers.Microsoft.com to refer this question to this forum.

BTW there doesn't seem to be an option for Windows 10 forum. So I  had to choose Windows 8.

1st of all everything was fine until 2nd of December.

My Laptop installation of Winodw 7 and then upgraded to 10 was configured from the start to have the USER folders (u sing a script provided by Microsoft) on an SD card through an Expresscared media read/write because my system disk is a 64gig SSD
( which BTW means that system restore has been disabled).

on 3rd of December when:

I turned the machine on it couldn'the read my user profile.I tried to login in safe mode but I got sihost warning: unknown hard Error! But I got into prompt screen and ran diskpartThere is an inbuilt SD card reader slot in the machine where I store large downloadBut the system could only see the main SSD and the expresscared SD card with user folders on itI ran sfc /scannow &  then DISM and the sfc /scannow again until both were successful.But again diskpart  only detected the SSD and Expresscard SD cardBut the attributes on the SD card claims that Current state read-only : Yes although read-only flag is No.I have checked the SD card on other machines and it is not write protectedI have tried introducing writeprotected entry in the registry with values of 0 and 1 without successI have tried everything else that I could in Safe mode but other than what is expected in safemode (e... Read more

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Hello, searching around Google this forum has come up a few times now with threads about "USB Mass Storage Device" but I don't see a "solution".

If I can quickly outline my problem and then if anyone needs full specs ask away and I'll provide.

I've got a new PC. It has Vista Business x64 on it. All works fine. Or so I thought. Using the USB slots at the front of the machine for things like card readers or headphones they do their job.

When I went to plug a memory stick into the computer I got an error about "USB Mass Storage Device" failing to install. I tried other sticks. Same problem. I then tried some Maxtor external drives. Same problem each time. My iPod Video also hit the same thing. A Lightscribe external DVD writer... same thing.

Ok, maybe it is a device driver... so I uninstalled the device under Device Manager and scanned for new hardware... same problem. I deleted the USB controller - same problem.

I tried plugging each of these devices into the back of the computer in another USB slot. They all worked faultlessly (indeed the lightscribe is working away as I type this).

So the USB device driver seems to work - just not on that controller.

I found one thread that referenced C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository and looking to see if there are multiple entries like usbstor.inf_84963b7b (and others with different alphanum entries). There are.

I have tried to point the driver install at different ones with no luck.

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A:USB Mass Storage Device installation

Not all usb ports work exactly the same ..."It's about power" ..

Try an UBS powered hub ...

There should be more than 1 port in the front ...?

Did you try all of them....?

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I created a Storage pool with the following setup. Three 3TB drives with parity all in an external enclosure with eSata and USB 2/3 ports. It was connected via USB when created and had production data loaded and tested without any issues.
After a few days of use I decided to see what happened when I tried to access it via the eSata port. No luck, due to a driver on the eSata card issue with Win 8. So I powered all back down and plugged back in via USB. At this point the Storage pool went
into the state as per the screenshot below. Any suggestions to either fix the issue and/or retrieve the data that is in the volume?

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So I recently did a fresh OS installation on an old machine I use for pretty mundane computer stuff...

That went well, but after doing so, my machine is unable to identify a USB External Hard drive I use to keep music, video and important saved data on.

Before the fresh OS installation, it did identify it.

The EXT HD is a 160gb in a ACOM DATA Enclosure.

All my drivers appear to be good and up to date, but for some reason, no luck identifying this drive.

I am running Windows XP Home on a Compaq Presario 6016us computer. All windows updates have been done to date.

Any suggestions?

Baffled in the Mountains,

Buffalo Bill

A:PC wont identify USB storage after fresh OS Installation...

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im trying to install XP on a Tecra S5.
As described in the manual, I created a disk with Intel Matrix Storage Manager.
With a USB-floppydrive I tried to install XP with the F6 method.
I could choose the correct driver from the disk and was able to create partitions and format them.
Short time later in the installation process, XP asks for the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager"
in drive A:.
Altough disk is still in the drive, there is no reaction.
Even when I change the disk, nothing happens.

Any ideas?

A:XP installation on Tecra S5 - Intel Matrix Storage Manager


Start WXP installation again and when necessary load driver from floppy disc using F6 option. This will make HDD ?visible? for WXP set-up. When the HDD is recognized properly install WXP. Later when WXP is installed properly you can change partitions structure.

I don't understand why is floppy suddenly not accessible anymore. Check the data saved on it.

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I'm hoping this is the proper forum for this issue...

I've got a Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials setup that is functioning well except for one Win7 Pro 64bit client computer (the one shown in my system specs) --4 other computers connect to the server and are working fine.

My problem: Something happened to one Win7 Pro client computer that messed up it's connector software and its not fully functioning and I'd like to uninstall it, reboot, then reinstall it--but I can't.

The connector shows up under Programs & Features as "Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Connector". However when I go to control panel and try to uninstall the connector on this client, I get a message pops up in a box titled "Windows Server Connector" that says:

"There is a problem with this Windows Installer Package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run..."

And attempts to reinstall the connector tell me that the connector is already installed.

So, I'm in a mode where I can't uninstall the connector in order to re-install, which is what I feel will fix the problem with this client PC.

As mentioned above, the connector appears in the programs/features list but oddly, doesn't appear in a Revo Uninstaller list.

Can someone tell me what I have to do to clear the existing installation so I can attempt a new installation of the connector? I'm thinking I probably need the Regedit entries affected by a connector install?

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A:Win7 Pro botched Storage Server Connector installation


Have you tried going into program files and then running the setup/un-installer from in there? (Run it as Administrator).

Sometimes Programs have trouble un-installing from the control panel for whatever reason.


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My desktop machine is built on Gigabyte GA-Z87-UD3H and Gigabyte provides the latest driver for Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), which I installed after installing the OS. Same goes for my Lenovo Thinkpad-T420. And for both machine, checking the controller device under the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers section in Device Manager I see the driver has been updated to the latest version.

- I set the SATA controller to AHCI from BIOS
- On the desktop machine I have one WD 2TB BLACK & one WD 3TB Green
- I don’t use RAID, & no chance of using in near future, but according to Intel IRST improves performance in single disk scenario too.

Now I have the following questions –
1. What is the actual purpose of IRST (pre-OS install) driver that doesn’t get served with a post-OS driver that I installed? There must be some difference, otherwise there wouldn’t be a pre-OS version of the driver. Right?
2. In the pre-OS procedure (loading the drivers at OS-installation time) after successfully completing the OS installation, do I need that post-OS driver? Because after installing from that one I got a quick launch icon that runs the IRST configuration application. Where do get that after installing the pre-OS driver?
3. As it is “pre-OS”, when I load it at OS-installation time, does it updates anything at BIOS level or anywhere other than HDD? That’s because I’m going to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 8.1, and after installing Wind... Read more

A:Intel Rapid Storage Technology (pre-OS) driver installation

The pre operating system drivers exist to allow installation of operating systems that do not already contain the appropriate drivers. Windows 7 contains the necessary drivers, therefore no additional pre OS drivers are required.

Adding the IRST after OS installation would essentially update those drivers to the latest (not always necessary).

If you manage to install the latest during the OS installation, then you would not need to update them later.

However, you would need to install the IRST software to get the configuration application.

Nothing is updated at the BIOS level when using pre OS drivers.

I would install both Windows 7 and 8 without messing with any pre OS drivers.

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I'm trying to install Win7 64bit with a Win7 enterprise iso from USB Flash Drive on an Zbook G3 but Setup is not showing any harddrive on Win Setup. Bios secure boot is already  disabled. I 've slipstreamed USB3 drivers and Intel  iaAHCIC.inf and iaStorAC.inf bevore.The Flash Drive is a USB 3 compatible device.Loading any drivers on setup as Intel Rapid Store Drivers and other HP Storage drivers does not have success. Any advice? Thanks in advance, DZNE-IT   

A:Zbook mass storage driver missing on installation with Win7 ...

Hi, Are you trying to install Windows 7 to a PCIe SSD?  If so, see the document on the following link. http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c05040446 Regards, DP-K

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I'm struggling with a problem with a new build that I volunteered to do for a friend recently. I got everything put together fine but then when I went to install windows no hard drive appears. I've tested different sata cables and ports and the problem doesn't lie there, I can also see the HDD in the bios but when windows goes looking for the HDD it won't find it. This seems to commonly be a driver issue so I looked into that also, downloaded and installed the "Intel desktop/workstation/server express chip set sata ahci controller but that didn't help either. To test the drive itself I put it in a different PC and formatted, assigned a drive letter to it and everything works fine.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The mobo is a gigabyte h61ma-dv2 and the HDD is a WD Green 500gb drive

A:No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage for installation.

set sata to be seen as ide in the bios

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Hi all, I have a Dell M1530 XPS and what a nightmare I am having installing Windows 7 on it.
I go to install and get hit by this message
"No Drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation"
When I click next nothing happens I have the to cancel the installation.

I have tried pressing F2 to bring up the setup menu but do not know what to do from there.
I have had a brand new motherboard fitted from dell and now unsure what model I have now.
Using Belerc Advisor this is what it says about my system, any help would be great:
Processor a
1.67 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded
247.18 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
146.89 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


Ricoh MMC Disk Device (247.18 GB) -- drive 1, s/n 0001

A:o drives were found. Click load driver to provide a mass storage driver installation

Hi there

Some problems I had and that also BSOD alot was that the hard disc compability mode was set wrongly, if so you would not see the discs.

Check in bios for somwthing like "AHCI" mode and "Compability" mode.

Put it to compability as otherwise special drivers are neededm ones added you can swap this back to get more speed.


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7 Month old HP Win7 6gb x64 machine. Keyboard and mouse drivers unaffected.USB Mass storage device properties messagewith driver check on:"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device."with driver check off:Tells me drivers are corrupt or missing.Search show diver where it should be: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\usbstor.sys (also usbfilter.sys).Used the HP Recovery Manager to restore factory setting for USBStor.sys, it indicates it is successful but no changeon reboot, still cannot use flash drives, SD cards, external HDs. Units work find on my laptop.Called HP 4 times, after extensive troubleshooting each time, following their instructions, go to hp.com/go/instant, get screen saying request has been received. Each time tech tells me he cannot find my request.After a while, read 2 hours, told they need to talk to supervisor, will call me back, KISS OF DEATH, never hear from them.So can I fix this or am I going to have to pay for repairing a seven month old HP?Or am I going to have to buy yet another pc?

A:USB Mass Storage Device will not recognize external storage devices

Nobody has a clue, huh?
I guess I am the only one ever to have this happen!
Ok, thanks, goodbye.

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I currently have the Intel ICH9M E/M Sata AHCI Controller, driver version dated 4 June 2009. Does anyone know if it's possible to upgrade to Intel Rapid Storage Technology, and if so, what's the latest version I can safely upgrade to, and do I need to make any BIOS changes?
As usual any help is really appreciated.

A:Can I upgrade from Intel Matrix Storage to Rapid Storage?

I have an Intel ICH9R controller and am using the same driver version. Was not able to find a newer one. I think the newer drivers aren't compatible anymore.
(Windows 7 has been installed few weeks ago.)

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I need to do a repair of Windows but I do not have the original Windows installation cd. I lost it in a fire a years ago..Is there a workaround for this?


A:Perform a Windows repair installation without the original Windows installation cd

Not without having a Windows installation cd.

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MBR issue was came in lenovo laptop. DVD writer are read some CD's not all CD's. but DVD are not reading. so i install the Windows Vista (Home Basic) from a bootable pen drive.
firstly i deleted all the drives and create the three partitions.
during installation process when it reach to option of installing updates before complete installation option, it restart. after restarted it again start the installation of windows if i have not removed the pen drive when it is restart.
so when it is going to restart after installing updates option, i have removed the pen drive then it come to complete installation option.
i have query why it again start the windows installation during installation process.
Is there any problem in hard disk. please suggest.

A:laptop start the windows installation again during windows installation process

I don't know which version of vista you have so you can see both options here.
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
Repair Install For Vista
Both thanks to Brink.

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I was trying to install windows XP home edition in my custom build desktop. Every time I tried to format my hard drive and install windows its coming back with not copying so many files from windows setup. Sometimes its copying the files when I pressed enter but sometimes I had to press esc to skip the file. I tried reformatting and every time it ended up in not copying some different files. These are the steps I have done so far
1) I replaced my optical drive with a brand new cd drive to make sure its reading the disc properly
2) I checked hard disk in BIOS hard drive test and its came back with no errors in it
3) I tried with 3 different windows installation disc to eliminate errors due to scratches on cd surface.

Could anybody please tell me what else I can do to complete my installation properly. Thanks in advance

A:unable to copy installation files during windows xp home edition installation. help ?

try 1 stick of ram until windows is installed.

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The problem occurs after Windows 10 installs the latest Windows 10 updates.  The first occurrence of difficulty produced deletion of all the Office applications from their respective directories.  The second occurrence produced a transition from
"activated" to "not activated' in Office.  Many, many numbers had to be read over the phone to Microsoft to regain "activated" status.  This won't do.


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Hello. I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this topic but I think it is.

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows 7. Recently I made the decision to restore my system to "out-of-the-factory" settings using the Toshiba program that came with the computer to do this. This went well.

when this was done, the computer restarted, and after the normal start-up screen, it began installing windows.

About halfway through this process, my brother decided it would be funny to turn off the computer in the middle of the installation.

when I turned the computer back on, it went to the windows installation again, but very soon an error message came up saying

"the computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation."

However, after pressing OK, the computer restarts, but the same error message comes up, leaving me in a loop.

So is there anything I can do to fix this? Or does my brother owe me a new computer?

Btw I don't care about losing data, I have everythign backed-up on an external hard drive.

A:"Computer restarted unexpectedly....windows installation cannot proceed" installation loop.

I think you need to reformat C: (delete the partition) and (redo partition) using ntfs drive and restart the installation. Do you have a OS Windows Disk?

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Hi Guys,

I have a problem installing Windows Vista. The installation process works fine until after the 1st reboot that goes to "completing installation". It completely freezes at that point and after 1 hour or so goes to a black screen where i can see nothing but my mouse pointer.

I just got my laptop 2 days ago and it's brand new Vista compatible. In fact it came with Vista installed and it was working perfectly fine until I decided to reformat it so that I could check if my new hd i tried installing was the main reason for this installation failure.

I saw a post with similar problems explaining that the BIOS was in need to be updated, but my BIOS is up to date and vista compatible.

My laptop specs are as follows:

Inspiron 1720, Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 2.2GHz, 800Mhz, 4M L2 Cache
2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600
17.0 inch Wide Screen UXGA+ TLLCD
Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem,
8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy
Intel 4965AGN Wireless-N Mini Card
Can someone please help me out! Thanks.

A:Solved: Windows Vista installation freezes at "completing installation&q

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I am trying to install Windows 7 on my laptop. When I click on "upgrade" it takes me to a compatibility report that says "the computer started using the windows installation disc. Remove the installation disc and restart your computer so that windows starts normally." When I remove the disc and try to restart the computer, it takes me to a black screen with a bunch of computer gibberish on it and says "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". In other words, I am getting a message from windows 7 telling me to reboot my computer without the windows 7 disc, but the computer WILL NOT reboot without the disc. When I click on "custom (advanced)" instead of "upgrade", it takes me to a page that says "where do you want to install windows?" with a blank box and a message at the bottom that says "no drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation"
I have tried everything in my capacity as someone who sucks with computers and need help from someone who doesn't. Thanks for the help.

A:Windows 7 installation compatibility report- remove installation disc

What is the BIOS set to boot 1st from? (Hard drive, CD/rom, USB)

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When I got my laptop it was set up with a 1TB storage device but my pool only has 250GB even though I set up the device, how do I add storage to the pool?

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Windows 7.
With Google I couldn't find answer, how to handle USB removable media inside camera.
With camera there is no "Safely remove hardware and eject media" option.
When Photo camera is connected, a new camera device is installed and GUI window is opened with option to browse or copy photos. But there is no removable storage devise eject button on notification area. The USB removable Storage devise is also present on File Manager Computer left panel but again, there is no mouse right button eject option as normally with removable storage devices. I have checked in on several computers. How to understand. I don't believe that it's camera specific but Camera is Canon S95.
Any ideas?

A:How to handle and difference of USB storage and in Camera USB storage

Can you set the camera to "Disk Mode"? If so, it will treat the camera as a flash drive.

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Has anyone tried the new Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8? Your experience with it?

More specifically:

1. If this system is used on a shared network with other operating systems such as XP and Windows 7, can the storage pool drives be set up as shared, and become visible and usable from the XP and Win 7 machines?

2. If you have a Network Backup drive, like WD My Book Live, will it see and back up the Storage Spaces configured drive just like any other drive on the network?

A:Storage Spaces (Storage Pool) Experience?

I've only set this up on a Windows Server 2012 configuration therefore I cannot provide the exact steps on how to set one up in a client environment. That being said, a storage space/pool is essentially a virtual disk that resides on one or multiple physical disks allowing you to accumulate free space. For example if I have multiple servers with free space on their data drives I can then create a storage pool to accumulate this. To allocate this storage pool/space to a user or machine you will need to decide what you wish to do with it. Below are a couple of examples of how:

Share via Windows Folder Sharing (UNC Path)Use iSCSI to use the current ethernet infastructure allowing you to assign the storage pool/space a drive letter to the client machineIn a server environment you may wish to use it for DFS (Distributed File System) to maintain redundancy

Personally I use my storage pool as an iSCSI drive for which i have partitioned.

You can only use the free space of a non Windows install drive. To my knowledge you cannot overcome this with partitioning.

In relation to your second question, you will only able to use the share as a safepoint backup if it is shared via Windows Folder Sharing. For example: \\computername\share

Also you will need to make sure that the NAS is on the same workgroup as the Windows 8 machine hosting the storage pool otherwise it will not be able to find the share. Hopefully this is what you asking however pleas... Read more

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I have an Acer Aspire One CloudBook 14 with absolutely no storage space at all...not even for critical updates. It came with 28GB of which most of it was used for a reinstallation of the OS because of infection. There's a Windows.old file that for some reason I cannot delete no matter what...tried adding an external (flash) storage to no avail...At my wits end...there has to be a way to retrieve some if not all my storage back...

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Comp Spec

CPU ? E6600
GPU-ATI 4780
MB - Gigabyte 965P-DS3P (rev 3.3 I think although manual says 2.0)
Ram - GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C4 800MHz

What should have been a straight forward installation of a new SSD (that I have done before) has turned into a nightmare.

First of all I attached the hardrive and installed windows 7 without a hitch. Then for some reason the installation got corrupted (I think in my haste I restarted the comp while it was installing a million updates). No problem I thought, I?ll format the hdd and install it again. This is where things started to go wrong.
First of all I got the bootmgr missing error when trying to install from the disk so I created a bootable usb pen and everything seemed to be going fine, however when the system reboots it hangs on completing Installation and after 5 mins or so I get the BSoD (restarts too quick of me to read) and the comp restarts. I?ve spent hours/days trawling the forums and trying various fixes but none seem to work for me

What I?ve tried

- AHCI is enabled
- Swapped an usb keyboard for an old one (whatever they?re called)
- Disconnected everything when window reinstall during installation that I can (keyboard, mouse
- Disconected everything I Can from the MB ? wireless adapter, 3 sticks of ram (Left with 1 stick of 1GB), optical drive
- Swapped gfx cards
- Booted in safe mode as far as I could and tried to disable the VGA display adapters.
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A:Windows 7 installation hangs at "Completing Installation” - I’m at my

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. Next if an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. We are creating the partition here to mark it Active which overcomes certain install failures.

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Hi, all. I'm in the middle of installing Windows 7 Pro x64, but it's giving me the message "Installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unstable Windows installation". This occurs after I click "Load Driver" and select my Rapid Storage Tech driver from my USB stick.

This is the driver I'm trying to install: Lenovo Support - Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) and XP (64-bit) - ThinkPad

I've even tried rebuilding my Windows 7 image in RT Seven Lite with the "Force Unsigned driver integration" checkbox checked. I still get the message after burning that ISO, and retrying the installation. How do I force unsigned driver installation?

A:[SOLVED] Unsigned Driver Installation During Windows 7 Installation

Nevermind, I just let the install finish as normal, and I haven't gotten any bluescreens. For future thread visitors, just make sure your SATA mode in the BIOS is set to "AHCI", and not "Compatibility", and you should be fine.

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I just bought a new hard drive and a brand new Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit disc and I am doing a clean install on the new hard drive. it seems that everything is going normal, but at a random time during the installation, the computer just shuts off. sometimes it doesn't even get to the installation when it shuts off. sometimes it shuts off in the middle of the "windows is loading files..." black screen. there are no beeps when it shuts off or when I turn it back on. there are also no error codes. whenever i turn it back on it simply acts as if it never tried to install windows and starts the boot all over from the disc. i have no idea what the problem is. Please help ASAP

A:Windows 7 Installation - Computer Shuts Off During Installation

Take a look at these posts:

Common Installation Problems and Their Solutions
Questions to use for help with Installation Issues
Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7
Questions to use for help with Installation Issues
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Clean Install Windows 7
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Can you post your specs
Filling out System Specs

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Hi, all. I've loaded a driver into my Windows 7 Pro x64 installation, but it's giving me the message "Installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unstable Windows installation".

This is the driver I'm trying to install: Lenovo Support - Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) and XP (64-bit) - ThinkPad

How do I force unsigned driver installation (without rebuilding my Windows 7 image in RT Seven Lite)?

A:Unsigned Driver Installation During Windows 7 Installation

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You could try booting into Safe Mode (F8 on startup) where you can choose to force unsigned driver installs in Windows 64-bit.

I think you can also do it by changing Group Policy parameters: Disable Driver Signing in Windows 7

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I have a legacy Windows XP x86 machine that I am trying to migrate.  To do that I have mapped a number of shares on a Windows 10 x64 machine.  Most of them map normally.  However, when I try to map one of them I get:
Using a command line:
L:\>NET USE I: \\NYW10-0016\Install /PERSISTENT:YES
System error 1130 has occurred.
Not enough server storage is available to process this command.
Using mapping from File Explorer:
Windows Explorer
\\NYW10-0016\Install is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

Not enough server storage is available to process this command.
The share shows up in my network places and I have been able to map it before to an XP machine.
The big difference between this share and others that I can map is that the share is a USB drive.  Again, please note that in the past I was able to map it.  Has something changed in Windows 10 to prevent mapping to a USB drive?


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Dear Sir,
We have windows 2008 R2 domain controller and we have just purchased windows 8.1 desktop but after joining domain users are not able to access windows 8.1 local d drive. all computers having same OU with other OS like windows 7/8/8.1.
We have enable removable storage access policy to block pen drive but local drive also block. if i remove this computrers from domain or move at computer OU then its working fine.
please help me to resolve this issue because i have 150 windows 8.1 desktops.



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Hi there,
i created a storage pool on windows 10 (goal was actually to create a windows firendly RAID0). Problem is when i plug it on a windows 7 machine, i can see disks in the disk manager but the Storage pool it self is not mounted. I cannot access the storage
pool like in windows 10, where it is mounted as a normal Hard Disk.
Are storage pools compatible with windows 7 ?
Thanks for your help,

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hey i recently bought an SSD with 250g space on it and i would like to move my OS and boot from there along with a few other programs from time to time, however i would like to continue using my HDD 1tb as a storage device with everything still intact. Im pretty uncomfortable with messing around with HDDs and backing up and stuff for whatever reason so i'm here asking for some advice before i get started!

A:put windows 10 on SSD and use HDD as storage

That's a perfectly standard setup that many people use.

You can either clone/migrate the current HDD to the SSD with the software that come with it or use a third party tool to clone it over. You can then then erase the HDD and move over the data you want to store on it. This will only work if you have less than 250GB of used space.


You can do a fresh copy of Windows onto the SS, install your programs, then clean up the old HDD and use it for the data. In this scenario I would move the data to the SSD you want to keep and also format the HDD so Windows is no longer there, then move the data back. But if you want to keep Windows and the programs on the HDD as a backup you could just leave it as is, just make sure the computer is in fact booting and running completely off the SSD; check teh BIOS boot order and boot it a few times without the HDD connected.

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I have a HP Stream Laptop. It says I don't have enough memory to download Windows 10, so I am trying to use a 16GB USB stick as an external storage device... can I do this? If yes, how? Thanks

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Hello. I read somewhere in a Storage space you can attach drives with different sizes.. I got a pool made of 3 x 500 GB drives. Now i added a 3 TB drive to the pool. But when i try to moves files to the drive. The disk goes offline and under "disk managemet" the disk is offline cause its out of space. Is it cause it cant use the 3 tb drive with 3 x 500 ? in a pool ?

Update: I found the answer. The storage pool does not automatic rebalance the drives. Will this be added in the future ?

A:Windows Storage spaces

Take look at those tutorial:
Storage Pool - Delete in Windows 8
Storage Spaces - Add or Remove Drives from Storage Pool in Window 8
Storage Spaces - Create a New Pool and Storage Space in Windows 8
Storage Spaces - Delete a Storage Space in a Storage Pool in Windows 8
Storage Spaces - Rename Storage Pool, Storage Space, and Drives
Storage Spaces Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

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I got a new HP Pavilion Gaming Windows 10 laptop on Thursday. I?ve been able to install the programs I need but I?ve been having problems with storage space. Currently, I?m trying to export a little over 90 GB of music from my iPod with CopyTrans. Last night, I got a notification that the drive was almost full. I was surprised because I thought this laptop had 1 TB of space. I looked and I see there are two hard drives: the C drive with 118 GB and the Data D drive with over 900 GB. It seems that documents, pictures and other folds are on the C drive. My previous laptop is a Lenovo Windows 7, which has a Local C hard drive of over 400 GB. I see that there?s a way to change the save locations for your files, which I want to change to the D drive instead on of the C drive given the space difference. Still, I don?t know if I would be doing the right thing.

For the time being, the music that did transfer to my laptop is not on there anymore. Everything is still on the iPod. I know there are ways to free up space on the C drive but even I did that, 90 GB is a lot. So my question is this: is the D drive for the Windows 10 the equivalent of the C drive for the Windows 7? Is there any way to make the D drive my main hard drive? I did the Cortana set up when I first booted up the laptop. Is there a set of second steps?

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Help w/ storage on new Windows 10 Laptop

I think that you need to be more clear about your disk "drives." Do you have one hard drive with "C" and "D" partitions (that Microsoft likes to confuse us by calling them "drives")? Or do you have a small hard drive (with "C" partition) and a large hard drive (with "D" partition)? Or a relatively small SSD (with "C") and a large hard drive (with "D")?

A screen shot of the Disk Management window would help somebody help you. If you need help with a screen shot see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows Vista or latter I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.

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Hello. I read somewhere in a Storage space you can attach drives with different sizes.. I got a pool made of 3 x 500 GB drives. Now i added a 3 TB drive to the pool. But when i try to moves files to the drive. The disk goes offline and under "disk managemet" the disk is offline cause its out of space. Is it cause it cant use the 3 tb drive with 3 x 500 ? in a pool ?

Update: I found the answer. The storage pool does not automatic rebalance the drives. Will this be added in the future ?

A:Windows Storage spaces

Take look at those tutorial:
Storage Pool - Delete in Windows 8
Storage Spaces - Add or Remove Drives from Storage Pool in Window 8
Storage Spaces - Create a New Pool and Storage Space in Windows 8
Storage Spaces - Delete a Storage Space in a Storage Pool in Windows 8
Storage Spaces - Rename Storage Pool, Storage Space, and Drives
Storage Spaces Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

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My laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad) needs me to free up space as I have apparently used 111GB and have 7.38GB free. It also shows that I have used 88.1GB on Apps & games. However, when I sort my apps from largest size to smallest and go through the list, the largest size is 2.05gb and the rest of the apps are less than 10GB added up altogether.
For example, the list goes 2.05Gb, 1.28Gb, 1.02Gb, 797mb, 399mb, 363mb, 289mb, 172mb, etc. I want to know how I have used 88.1GB and how to free up space as I am unsure where the other 78gb on apps and games has gone. Thanks for your help

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Ya its a big problem you know. I start my pc with new installation with 40gb partition where 38gb is free. but after 2-3 months it becomes 15gb free space. I used ccleaner uninstalled many programs and deleted so many files. But i don't know why the hell it is not making free space. after all of these there is 20gb free. but how??? and why??

Pls need help

A:windows xp storage problem

Use one of these to see where the space is being used.
Hard Drive space usage:
TreeSize Free
Disk Detective



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I want to install windows 8 on my 60GB ssd and use a 1TB hdd I have using storage space feature in windows 8. Is this possible?

A:Windows 8 storage space ssd and hdd

You can create a storage pool with a single drive...you just won't be able to use any of the resiliency functionality, but can expand it later.

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Hi Everyone Long time reader just needed help now ,
Been running 4x 2TB HDD In Parity mode within storage spaces.
I have just added 2x 2TB more to the storage pool. Which went fine.
So i now have a total of 6x 2TB drives.
question i have is the 2 new drives are empty. I thought storage spaces would move all the data so all the drives are in sync.

at the moment the 4 old drive have the data and the new drives dont have any.
Of course i understand this but point using storage spaces is if a drive fails i can replace it and not lose any data. if there not all in sync this wont work right ?
Am i missing something ?
thanks alot all

A:Windows Storage Spaces.. Little help ?

this the only way ?

Right now the poor man's rebalancing is:- right-click largest drive in pool, select Remove
- wait a day
- re-add drive to the pool
- right-click second largest drive in pool, select Remove
- wait a day
- re-add drive to the pool
- right-click third largest drive in pool, select Remove
- wait a day
- re-add drive to the pool
- ...
- right-click smallest drive in pool, select Remove
- wait a day
- re-add drive to the pool
Storage Spaces already is recognized by the "Disk Defragmenter and Opitmizer" as being a Storage Space, and will offer to "Optimize" the drive.
Except that it claims the efficiency is 100% when in reality it's not 100%:
It seems like there's was the spot created where the functionality was *going* to go; it just never ended up being written.
It would be nice to finally have it written.

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I am getting a pop up message stating my storage is almost full.  I only have 2mb left of 918gb of storage.  Over 800 of it is in the system files.  I upgraded to windows 10 quite a while ago and don't really have that much used in other areas
of my computer.  Why would my system files be so high?  I did the clean up like it suggested and got rid of the old windows 8 files.  What is going on with this?  There doesn't seem to be a virus or anything....  HELP!!

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I'm working with a bootloader program for a product with my company. The code designates the USB connected product to act as a Mass Storage Device with 64Kb of memory. This is important because the image to be loaded is exactly 64Kb. This process
works perfectly for Windows 7. On Windows 8 and Windows 10 when looping at the properties of the Mass Storage Device there is 1Kb of (1024 bytes) of used space when the device should be completely free. I'm not sure where this mystery 1Kb comes from. Does
anyone know the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8/10 with regards to initializing a Mass Storage Device?

To make this problem even weirder I discovered that if the computer goes into Sleep mode and is woken up from Sleep mode. The the Mass Storage Device is fixed. It shows 64Kb of free space and the mysterious 1Kb is gone. What happens to the USB drive
in sleep mode? Is there a reset that occurs that causes the computer to reread the correct storage space?

When I unplug the USB and re plug it back it the problem returns. And is again fixed by a Sleep mode cycle.

Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

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Hi all, just wanted to know if there was a way I could save all of the updates required for Win7 to a portable media device to save having to download them all over again. I have a low amount of data each month to use, and when doing a clean install, it uses a huge chunk of it.
Thanks in advance.


A:Windows Update file storage????

Quote: Originally Posted by Thorn8369

Hi all, just wanted to know if there was a way I could save all of the updates required for Win7 to a portable media device to save having to download them all over again. I have a low amount of data each month to use, and when doing a clean install, it uses a huge chunk of it.
Thanks in advance.


Hi Thorn,

Unfortunately for now, you will need to download each one manually... Ive been working on a application for that specific purpose but it wont be ready for another month or two yet


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Ok. Now i'm already on 32-bit version of Windows 7 and so far happy with that. The only hurting loss is RAM, but all other things seem to be perfect.

But still, i remember (just a couple of weeks ago!) myself having pain with my external HDDs, portable player and other devices. So here i am, posting TEMPORARY fix for this.

From an elevated command prompt (right click on the command prompt shortcut, run as administrator):
1) Type "bcdedit /set truncatememory 0x80000000" (no quotes)
2) Reboot
3) Go to control panel -> System and Security -> view amount of RAM and processor speed.
- It should report 4GB (2GB available)

To undo this, open an elevated command prompt again:
1) Type "bcdedit /deletevalue truncatememory" (no quotes)
2) Reboot
3) Go to control panel -> System and Security -> view amount of RAM and processor ... Read more

A:USB Storage devices on Windows 7 x64 - WORKING FIX

What is this a fix for?

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