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Thinkcentre 7373-CTO problem with hard drive

Q: Thinkcentre 7373-CTO problem with hard drive

Dear colleaguesI have obtained one of these tower systems and proceeded to open it up and the first thing I did was to remove the 160gb SATA hard drive .Foolishly I then took out the caddy (or, as I think it is called the Chassis) in which the hard drive was contained.The problem is that I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the chassis back in place.The fan that is over the processer just seems to get in the way. It came out but it won't go back. I wonder if anyone can advise what is the procedure to get it in. Do I have to remove the fan first, or do I have to remove the PSU.I know this is a simple problem but I an not an expert if anyone can advise I will be gratefulThanks, Ian

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We have several relatively new, unused Lenovo ThinkCentre MT-M 7373-AMU workstations that were recently donated to our senior center's home computer training center. The workstations have Windows Vista SP1 installed and are working fine under Vista. However, we are using the workstations to teach senior citizens how to operate home computers and need to install XP along with Vista in dualboot mode. Basically, these workstations will not accept Windows XP clean installs even on a dedicated hard drive. Attempts to perform a clean install of XP results in screen announcements that there are "compatibility issues" which probably have to do with the hardware configuration and/or the BIOS.  Thanks.

A:Lenovo ThinkCentre MT-M 7373-AMU XP Problem

I've edited your post to remove the reference to an almost two year old thread as there were no replies to it and it doesn't add anything as you've presented the problem with sufficient information to stand on its own. I'm sure someone will be along to assist you. Good luck.

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Dear colleagues
I have obtained one of these tower systems [7373-CTO] and proceeded to open it up and the first thing I did was to remove the 160gb SATA hard drive .
Foolishly I then took out the caddy (or, as I think it is called the Chassis) in which the hard drive was contained.
The problem is that I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the chassis back in place.
The fan that is over the processer just seems to get in the way. It came out but it won't go back. 
I wonder if anyone can advise what is the procedure to get it in. Do I have to remove the fan first, or do I have to remove the PSU.
I know this is a simple problem but I an not an expert if anyone can advise I will be grateful
Thanks, Ian
Mod:   added system type to Subject line


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A:M58 Tower: problem reinstalling hard drive (7373-CTO)

You have a M73.https://www.lenovoservicetraining.com/showcase?sid=1161&key=TGVuZw== You MAY have to remove the front bezel and slide the SSD in from the front bezel.Remove the retainer, wiggle the finger sized bracket. Thats what I did. I did similar SSD install a few weeks ago in my tower. Way crowded. No PSU, NO fan removal needed at all.My tower looking in after front bezel removed.Do the front bezel entry. Just remove the retainer and put it in your spare parts box.I have no idea how the training video person made it look so easy. It was not THAT easy.

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Dear colleaguesI have one of the above and am thinking I would like to have two monitors attached to it.However there is only a single monitor point at the back.Please can anyone advise whether I can adapt it to have two monitors.If so what upgrade part would I need to install on the machineThanks for your kind helpBest wishes, Ian

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Hey,  So i have 28 stores and they are all using the Thinkcentre M93P ( i3) small form factor desktops. ( they are running a SQL DB ) They are all plugged into the battery backup of brand new APC 725 UPS's.   My issues is sometimes when the store loose's power, the PC powers back up but then says no OS found. And then a disk read error occured. When they ship me the PC, I hear a faint  BEEP, BEEP and I have determined it's the hard drive. Do anyone else have this issue, as of right now I find these units not very tolerable to power loss and I have to keep replacing the drives in the PC's.  anyone have any ideas on how i can possibley prevent this from happening? I looked in the newest BIOS update and I don't see anything in there refrencing the issue im having. ( i believe this is 4 possibly 5 now that i'm after replacing the hard drive in )  ThanksMark    

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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I need to install extra hard disks into ThinkCenter M800 desktop. There is one drive bay at the bottom and I think there are two drive bays at the top. The one at thebottom is same as the one drive bay that is having the drive that came with the system. But the two top drive bays are kind of much wider. What do I need to install harddisks into these drive bays? Do I need some special part to install harddisks into the drive bays? Any help is much appreciated.

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This forum was a tremendous help to me when my laptop had serious problems after 2 years. Long story that I won't repeat.

I now own a Lenovo M53 Thinkcentre Desktop (I couldn't help laughing when I opened the box and saw it's actual size). I'm so used to desktops having a CD drive that it completely slipped by me that the M53 does not have one. I learned from this forum about covers for hard drives to use them externally and bought one for the HD that I removed from my laptop. I also removed the CD drive and was told by Lenovo that the CD drive does not require a cover, I would just connect it via usb.

There is no usb port on this drive, so how would I connect it to my M53 so I can install my software? Thank you. Jane

A:How to connect CD Drive to Lenovo M53 Thinkcentre?

Can you list the model on the cd drive, that is odd that it would accept usb without an adapter I think they were confused. EDIT: is this your drive? Amazon.com: Lenovo N580 N585 DVD-RW SATA Optical Drive DS-8A8SH 11S45N7592 45N7592 Black: Computers & Accessories if so you need something like this. Amazon.com: USB 2.0 to 7+6 13 Pin Slimline Slim SATA II Laptop CD/DVD Drive Adapter Cable: Computers & Accessories

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I have only one IDE channel on this motherboard where both the HDD and DVD drive are connected along the same cable. The HDD is master and the DVD is slave. When I go to the device manager, both devices on the Primary IDE channel are set to "DMA if available", but both are currently operating on "PIO mode". The computer's speed performance is okey but I was concerned if I can make it faster by making DMA mode active on both devices. Is there any reason why I can't in this case?

Win XP Home Edition
IBM Thinkcentre
Intel Celeron D 335

A:Solved: IBM Thinkcentre HDD and Disk drive stuck in PIO mode

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Hi, I'm trying to add drives to the M800/M900 SFF (10FX, 10FY) and need the FRU's for the bays. It is not clear in the FRU list what to choose.Can anyone clarify for me:Optional 2,5" bay (under the 3,5" bay) for 2nd drive2,5" plastic tray (the blue one)3,5" bay in the 5,25" slot I guess this is the 3,5" tray (blue one): 00XD462 Thanks.  

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Dear colleagues
I have just acquired one of these although there is a coa (windows vista business) it doesnt have an operating system. Please can anyone advise:
1. Do I install 32 bit or 64 bit Operating system- I am going to put on windows vista as it will be a legal install
2. what is the maximum memory with a vista install (presently there is 4gb - two modules.) 
3. Although it comes with a 160gb sata hard drive, I wish to install an additional drive. Would I need to obtain some sort of caddy - I can't see where just a hard drive would slot  in on it's own.
4. What additional cables would I need (presently there is one hard drive and one DVD drive. I cant see any sockets that could plug into an additonal hard drive.
5. I would also consider installing a ssd drive. Would I need an adapter of some kind to get it in 
Sorry to be a nuisance. Best wishes, ian
Mod:  edited Subject line with M58 system type

A:M58 tower 7373: 2.66ghz core 2 duo system questions

1.  Microsoft support for Vista ends in a month, I suggest you buy a cheap Win 7 license (good until 2020.) 
Other questions:  there's a ton of info on the M58 here, but was before my time.   I suggest you use the search engine above right, do some research, and update those threads with any questions you may have.  Also download and use the Hardware Maintenance Manual.   Ty. 

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Dear colleaguesI have just acquired one of these although there is a coa (windows vista business) it doesnt have an operating system. Please can anyone advise:1. Do I install 32 bit or 64 bit Operating system- I am going to put on windows vista as it will be a legal install2. what is the maximum memory with a vista install (presently there is 4gb - two modules.) 3. Although it comes with a 160gb sata hard drive, I wish to install an additional drive. Would I need to obtain some sort of caddy - I can't see where just a hard drive would slot  in on it's own.4. What additional cables would I need (presently there is one hard drive and one DVD drive. I cant see any sockets that could plug into an additonal hard drive.5. I would also consider installing a ssd drive. Would I need an adapter of some kind to get it in  Sorry to be a nuisance. Best wishes, ian

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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Hi. I'm always a little nervous about jumping into a forum--hope everyone here's patient with dumb newbies, 'cause I are one.

Anyhow, here's the problem: Toshiba laptop got infected with Vundo virus, tried many anti-virus & vundo specific tools, & the virus would always reappear (it seemed to actually keep some like spybot search & destroy from running at all). Got disgusted, tried to reinstall OS from recovery discs, install would never complete. Reformatted and repartitioned, then got error message saying hard disc was about to fail whenever I booted. Ran some disc recovery utilities, no go.

So I bought a new hard disc, installed it just now, and tried to boot from recovery disc to as to install XP on it. The computer starts, I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order. I tell it to boot from the CD drive, it goes through the bios check and the CD drive runs, then everything just stops & I have a blank screen. When I put the old HD back in, I can boot from the recovery disc just fine, though it still says the hard drive is about to fail and I can't get to windows, but I can get to setup just fine. Is there something about the new HD that could keep the machine from booting from the recovery disc? Or am I just missing some obvious step I should have taken (I really have googled the heck out of this, so I don't think so).



A:Problem installing XP on new hard laptop hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The recovery partition is on the original drive, which means you have to install XP the old fashioned way:


This assumes you have an XP Installation cd . . if not, you can request a replacement from Toshiba or borrow an OEM version from someone.

Was this a typo?

I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order

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Hard Drive Installation Problem

I am trying to move a hard drive that was installed on an AMD processor
system to a computer with a Pentium 4 motherboard. The drive has Windows XP installed. What do I need to do to get this to work. Ultimately I want to install a new hard drive and move the files over from the old one that was installed in the AMD system.

A:Hard Drive Problem - Moving hard drive from AMD system to Pentium system

Should be a simple move

There is nothing uniquely different about a computer with an AMD vs Intel processor. The hard drive, which I assume is your only drive, is not a processor dependent peripheral. Bringing up a new motherboard, however, will trigger plug and play reinstalls for most of your peripherals--sound "card", video card, modem, e.t.c.

When you install a "new" hard drive you will need devise a cut over procedure. Usually, what I do is as follows:

- Install the new drive as a slave drive, keeping the old drive (i.e. C: ) as the master. The new drive will have no partitions and will not be formatted. Jumpers will have to be set on each drive to accomplish this.

- Using Partition Magic, or a similar utility, copy the primary partition from C: to the new drive which will now assigned drive letter D.

- If you have other drive letters in use, and you intend to retire the old drive, copy each letter to the extended partition on the new drive. If you intend to keep you old drive as a slave drive you can leave the additional drive letters alone.

- After all of the copying is done you must now reverse the master/slave jumpers on each drive. Your new drive will be drive C, your old drives primary partition will become drive D.

Until everything seems to be working OK for a week or two I usually "hide" my old primary partition, which is now drive D. You can then either delete and reformat the old pr... Read more

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Ok, truth be told I' quite the noob when it comes to computers, and my father has recently just given me his really old piece of crap computer. It's an IBM ThinkCentre. And everything is fine but I just can't get the audio to work. I'll list the System Specs below I got from that Everest program everyone seems to be using on this forum. I've spent the last two days putting every single driver that I've been told will work into my computer and I still have nothing. And no it's nothing to do with the speakers because that little megaphone icon doesn't even appear in the system tray in the bottom right hand corner.

Can someone please help me out and tell me where to find the driver I need to make my sound work? Thank you so much!

Computer Specs:

Field Value
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name JPC
User Name Jordan

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2600 MHz (13 x 200)
Motherboard Name IBM 8187DHM
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
System Memory 246 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (09/05/03)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter Intel Extreme Graphics 2
3D Accelerator Intel Extreme Graphics 2

Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

IDE Controller I... Read more

A:Audio Driver problem with IBM ThinkCentre

The ThinkCentre is a good machine. All the drivers are available from the Driver Matrix by going to www.lenovo.com, then entering your Type number from the machine label. It is seven digits.

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I have heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.

A:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.

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I told my sister I'd help her replace the broken hard drive in her 6 year old HP laptop (G60-120US). We plan to restore the Vista OS that's on the restore disk which came with the machine.

I was concerned about finding a hard drive with the same geometry as the existing drive because I know that was a potential problem some time ago. But then I became convinced that it doesn't matter because ...

1) There's no geometry info on the hard drive currently installed in the laptop (which is a 250GB WD).
2) Sellers of laptop replacement hard drives don't say anything about the geometry of the drives they sell.
and 3) I found this, below, on an HP site but nothing about geometry considerations other then the new AF sector size.
"Customers using original HP supplied recovery discs on systems that have had the 512-byte sector drives replaced with a new Advanced Format HDD may experience issues and may not be able to re-image their system. The most common issue customers will see is that they will not be able to use their current recovery media if they try to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on AF Drives."
I found other HP info which said only that you need to replace a laptop HD with one of equal or larger capacity.

But then I was looking at hard drives from Discount18, an Amazon seller, and their web site said that once you've replaced a HD with one of their drives you have to do a full OS install, you cannot use the restore disk. I asked about that and got this res... Read more

A:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

You will need to reinstall your OS, if you have the disks, just load from there. I believe your quote is referring to using the HP recovery disks, but your disk may be different.

Honestly, your best solution is to get a copy of vista and use your serial to install a clean copy, though you will need to get your drivers from HP.

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.

A:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

A:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?

A:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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Hello everybody, this is my first post, and it's a really critical issue that's pissing me off for quite a long time.I've bought ten ThinkCentre M700 Desktop PC's for normal usage, not really overextending the system's capabilities.I am using the two DP entries to connect two monitors to it, with VGA-DP adapters.The problem is that in one of the devices, the second monitor blinks at every time, and in another one, when the user stands up and leaves its chair, the monitors start blinking and they remain like this for about 10-15 minutes.I've got problems in general which I've resolved using brute force (changing adapters 20 times until it works) but this problems are consistent and won't solve at any cost. Could anybody help me? Thank you!

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I am trying to install Windows XP on a Lenovo Thinkcentre (MT-M 7373 - AMU). They have windows Vista on them and our school district doesn't support Vista, only XP. Every time we try to put XP on it wont let us downgrade in OS for some unknown reason. Please let me know of anything we could try

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I am trying to revive the local Priest's computer - he has nothing backed up (and I'm not even Catholic ;-))
He has a Dell Dimension 933r running Windows XP Home. When he started the computer yesterday it started to boot into Windows and then just restarts in an endless cycle. It got to a point where it came up with an error "autochk not found - skipping autochk" and then a Windows XP BSOD (the ones with some hex addresses) pops up with an error for about a tenth of a second (I cannot read anything on it - it is too fast).
I pulled the drive and put it in another computer. The computer (Win XP Pro) finds the drive and it shows as "healthy" in Disk Management, but it does not assign it a drive letter. I would just like to be able to get in and copy his data.
I tried a repair install, but Windows XP says it cannot intall to the partition.
I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax (it is a Maxtor 40GB drive) utility and the drive passes all tests with no errors or failures.
I can see directories, etc. when I boot in the Windows Recovery Console, I just can't do anything with them. It tells me "access is denied" when I try to go to documents and settings, etc.
I have tried a fixboot, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how I can help him get his data back?
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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After sending in my new 750 GB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive due to my partitions getting completely screwed multiple times. I received a brand new replacement 1 TB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive yesterday. Everything was working fine until I turned on my desktop on today and received the message "operating system not found". This is the same problem I got with my older hard drive. I tried everything, including creating a new partition using the command prompt on my old hard drive and I still had the same problem. I haven't tried anything yet with my new hard drive and I'm wondering what is causing my hard drives to do this? Any ideas of what could be causing this and fixes would be immensely appreciated. Thank you for your time.

-Not posting this from my desktop.
-Both drives are OEM and I do not have any discs with to run a diagnostics or repairs.
-I can not start up Windows in anyway.
-I still have my Windows 7 64 bit disc.
-My computer does not recognize my hard drive due to the partition being corrupted.

A:Hard drive problem with partition. Even after a new replacement drive.

Check all the cables.

Check your HD.
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8109 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 464 GB (397 GB Free); S: 1 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: LENOVO,
Antivirus: Baidu Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

Purchased this Lenovo ThinkCentre new in 2014. Warranty expired 12/1/2016, just received a hardware error concerning storage devices. I do not have any storage device because I purchased an external hard drive in the past but couldn't figure out how to operate it to back up files and ended up returning it. Am requesting advice on purchasing and using a simple storage device in hopes that this "might" fix the hardware error(?) While the computer is still working fine (except for occasional blue screens while my husband is playing computer games), I'm worried about this hardware "failure." Does anyone have some advice for me?

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First of all,
I have an advent t9004,
this originally came with a sata hard drive, but when the computer crashed, i took this out, and plugged in a standard hard drive with the "ide lead" Now the advent t9004 has only 1 ide input on the motherboard, so i had to disconnect, the the cd drive...... now i need to use the cd drive, i have put the cd drive on " slave" and got a slave lead, so i plugged the ide lead into the motherboard, then the middle part(which im guessing as the slave) into the cd drive, then the end part into the hard drive, now my computer wont load up xp i have checked in the bios, and its not even showing my hard drive or cd drive ! ..... where did i go wrong? And yes all 3 items work ( ide lead, hard drive, cd drive)

A:Problem WIth Hard drive/ Cd Drive/ Ide Lead

Make sure the jumper on the hard drive is set to master or master
with slave,depending on the model of the drive.
Then enter the BIOS setup at boot and make sure the hard drive
is set to first boot device.

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Hi Guys I have just installed a second hard drive to my system, and upon reboot a black screen appears advising “ no boot device detected” In the BIOS the boot order has changed to (1) Floppy. (2) Lan, (3) Lan, (4) Lan. In the CMOS splash screen upon start-up no drives are recognised, displaying NONE for all. My system is a Dell Dimension 2350 P.4 running XP sp3. 1GB RAM. In this installation setup I have an 80GB HDD set to Master jumper setting and a 20GB HDD ( 2nd HDD) set to Slave.
Prior to the installation of the 2nd HDD the 80GB booted OK, and the BIOS settings were (1) Floppy (2) Hard Disc (3) CD ROM (4) Lan.
One thing I should mention this system has just come back from a computer shop where I had XP sp3 installed due to a mishap on the original Hdd which destroyed the Operating system. The XP sp3 system which came back from the shop had Acronis True Image installed on it? I was going to clone the new system to my 20 GB using my own Acronis software, as a backup, because I would not have a disc to recover to if anything went wrong in the future. Anyone got any ideas on this puzzle, or diagnostic ability. All help welcomed.

A:Solved: Technical Problem 2nd hard drive installation problem

Sounds like either the drivers are jumpered or cabled wrong or that booting from a HDD has been disbaled in the BIOS. If you disconnect the second drive does the system boot?

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hey guys. i have seemed to run into a problem and some help would be appreciated. the story goes like this.

yesterday i came home with a semi brand new 60gb maxtor hard drive in my hand. i have a 120 gb hard drive already in my dimension 4550, and i thought hey, i got this for free from a friend so why not use it. I take the original drive out so it was less annoying for me to work in that small space, and put both drives back in. i must have gone wrong somewhere because when i booted up, it said that primary drive 0 was not found. after a while, i got the computer to recognize both drives. the 120 gb is a western digital and the 60 gb is a maxtor. even though the computer is recognizing both drives, when i go to boot, after the first part (the DELL sign and the loading bar), it is just a black screen with a blinking _. and after that it will boot to cd because as of now i have the xp professional installation disk in there.

now, when i run the ide drive diagnostics under the boot screen it recognizes both drives but this one word scares me. it looks something like this

wdc (the western digital drive) - thenabunchofnumbers - Fail - return code: 7
then the same thing with the maxtor drive underneath that.

i wouldnt really have much of a problem just re-installing windows onto the original drive since i didnt have anything that was irreplacable on there, but when i go to system recovery and the chkdsk option, it recognizes that there is an installation of windows o... Read more

A:hard drive problem / windows xp boot problem

Hi exodent and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:


you dont say how you connected the drives, or if they are IDE or SATA, did you

a) put them both on the same cable and set the jumpers correctly.
b) put them on seperate cables but have a CD or DVD on the same cable somewhere.

If its A then its possible that you have set them so that Primary drive 0 is now Primary drive 1 and thats why it wont boot.

Take out the drives and start again from scratch, find the one with the OS and make sure the jumper is set to Master and if you are using a cable that allows you to have 2 drives on it make sure it goes at the end of the cable and see if it boots.

If it does you now need to set the other drive as Slave and put it on the same cable and use the other IDE connector .

If it then misbehaves again and everything is set correctly then its possible that you have a drive that doesnt like having a Slave device attached to it, some IDE devices are like and your only choice is to put the 2nd drive onto the secondary IDE channel, again make sure you check the jumpers of any other devices you have on the channel.

Lastly some BIOS's allow you to set the boot device by actual connected device, such as primary device 0, primary device 1, for those that have this type of BIOS it means that they can have 1 or more drives with an OS and use the BIOS to decide which boots, other BIOS's just have the choice of HD or CD or Floppy in the boot order.

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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I just got a GA-7VAXP board and a AMD Athlon XP 2200 and thanks to help from this board i was able to get it all setup and running! But today I had a problem I have never seen before. I had downloaded the 3Dmark test from Madonion.com and installed it the computer that had been up and running for about 24 hours with no problems. Then I got busy and my buddy started the benchmark test for me. During the test the computer just shut off and wouldnt turn back on! I thought it was the power supply so I replaced it since and it still wouldnt work! after doing a bunch of other stuff I figured out that if I had the power plug into my harddrive the computer would not power on but if I unplug the power it would. I have replace the hard drive with a temp one i have and got the computer all back up and running but I wanted to find out if anyone could tell me what would be wrong with this hard drive to do this? I have had it replaced like 3 times because of other problems its a western digital 20 gig!


A:Hard Drive Problem

is there a jumper on the harddrive\
most western digitals if there is nothing else on the harddrive will not operate correctly if there is a jumper on it

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Hi all, I am trying to fix my sons computer but this screen keeps coming up even after I put the Windows 7 disk in the drive. It always comes back to this message no matter what we do. Please help.....Oh by the way, the disk tries to load, says its loading windows when the hard drive is disconnected and then of course since there is no drive it stops.

File: \Boot\Bcd

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

A:Problem with hard drive

the disk tries to load, says its loading windows when the hard drive is disconnected and then of course since there is no drive it stops.Hi -Sorry but you have me totally confused here !! >>the disk tries to load, says its loading windows when the hard drive is disconnected and then of course since there is no drive it stops.<< How can you try to install Windows 7 when you have the HDD disconnected ?? Or am I reading this totally wrong ??Can you please try to explain this briefly in another way ??Thank You -

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I have some questions about Hard Drive:

1.My friends just bought Seagate SATA HD yesterday. However, the new HD shows up as SCSI HD in Device Manager and the HD Manufacturer Diagnostic Utility (SeaTools). What could caused it? He used Windows XP SP2.

2.After the new HD was installed yesterday, he also get slower Windows startup than before. What caused this?

3.What does "Current Pending Sector" and "Offline Uncorrectable" on SMART Attributes mean? My friend other HD on another PC has 186 Raw Value on both of them. He also has 1443 Raw Value on "Reported Uncorrectable" (Attribute 187 on Seagate HD or sometimes list as an Unknown Atrribute 187). The "Reallocated Sector Count" still has 0 Raw Value,though.

He also having error "\Device\Harddisk1\D has bad blocks" and always get auto CHKDSK at startup and slower startup then he used CHKDSK /f, CHKDSK /r and CHKDSK /f /r.

The CHKDSK at startup dissapeared (The CHKDSK process took about 14 hours,though) but he still get slower startup of Windows.

He used HD Diagnostic Utility like HDDScan, it founds 173 Bad Sectors/Bad Blocks and he thinks it mostly in Free Space of the HD because when he add a file to the HD it was fine but when he try to move it to another HD, it gave him CRC Error.

This HD is not where Windows is installed. What should he do and what could caused it (the Bad Blocks itself and why the Bad Blocks seems appeared in Free Space of the HD)?

A:Some problem on Hard Drive

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i have a hp comp. with a maxtor 40 g hard drive that i took out to put in a nother comp. but when i start it it ide -o ok but then it tells me disc drive error restart comp. put back in the hp works fine ?? . the bios finds it ok . any help thanx, DAVE

A:Hard Drive Problem

<<...that i took out to put in a nother comp.>>

IDE-0 denotes the boot/system drive.

What version of XP (if using as boot drive), since XP OEM cannot be moved to another system as a boot/system drive?

Did you remove the drivers which do not apply to the new system and install the appropriate drivers for the second computer?

Did you check to see if the BIOS properly detected the drive? Auto detection does not always happen.

Did you ensure that the jumpers on all drives in the 2d system would be the same as the jumper on the drive you added?
Generally, you can use C/S or Master/Slave on the same cable, but you cannot combine drives which have dissimilar settings.

Is this change permanent or temporary?


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I was installing a program a few days a and got an "error writing to disk" message. Everytime I start my PC i get a message that I need to run scandisk, but when I run a thorough scan, the PC freezes up about 25% of the way through the serface scan. This happens whether I scan from windows or not. I tried to defragment but it also freezes in the same spot. Any ideas what caused this or how to fix it?

A:HELP! hard drive problem

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Ok here's the problem.

I have an HP laptop (couple years old) and a couple of days ago it just stopped working. I rebooted and i get a blue screen of death, i reboot again but now it takes forever to load and get to the desktop. Once i'm at the desktop it takes a long time to get things going.

I've recently done a diagnostics of the laptop drive with my Seagate software with my Desktop pc. (took the hdd out and put it in an enclosure kit). The software tells me that the hard drive is fine. I DON"T GET IT!!!!!!!! why can't i get my laptop working. I desperately need important files off this laptop, which is why i care so much. If i didn't care i would have just formatted and re-installed windows on it.
Anykind of ideas or suggestions would be great.

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when I installed windows 7 RC 7100 I bought a new hard drive and put my XP home one in the sata 2 slot thinking I would have access to my DATA
I was wrong for Documents and Settings, I can't access them, I can access everything else, Program Files, games, completed torrents that aren't in My Documents, but all my other stuff, like My Received Files or My Pictures, are locked, it won't allow me to copy paste on my win7 OS hard drive
any idea how I can get the rights to access it??
I won't be able to boot with the old hard drive, because I installed windows 7 with my new motherboard

A:problem with old hard drive

You need to take Ownership of your My Documents folder to gain access, you can download this Context menu shortcut to make the job easier.

Take Ownership Shortcut

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I have recently had some problems with my laptop and in the end of the story its hard drive died. So i bought a new 500gb samsung hard drive and it does not work properly. I have also got another laptop, it is not mine, but i can test everything with it.
So there i got 2 laptops and 2 hard drives - a new one and a working used one. When i put a used hard drive to my laptop whichs hard drive died, everything works - the windows boots up properly.
When i put the new hard drive to the same laptop, it offten wont load windows and when it does it just stays on starting windows splash and does not boot up.
When i put the new hard drive to another laptop from which i took the used hard drive, everything works perfectly.
How is that possible that one hard drive works on both laptops and the other one on only one of them?

My laptop did not even let me instal windows on to the new hard drive, it would get back to the start of instalation after first reboot. I had to instal windows using the other laptop.

My old hard drive which died was 250 gb seagate. Both laptops are Asus, mine is F5SL and the other ones model i can not remember right now, but it is slightly older.

A:New hard drive problem

Connect the new drive.

Boot into the bios.

Choose Default Settings.

boot up again.
All ok?

If not go back into the bios, and make sure that the boot order and the disk order is correct. Asus bioses are a little different so you may have to set one to boot first from Hard Disk, and then tell it which it hard disk.

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Power surged last night.Now I get this.Faulure ID:  GK4ETS-70F8GR-MFGJXF-60CH03Product ID: EOK77UA#ABL Does this mean I need a new Hard drive and a copy of windows 8.1?

A:Hard drive problem

Hello 4040CR, Welcome to FORUM !! Sorry to know ! Whenever the Hard Disk Short/Long DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby Please try the below shown troubleshooting steps once:Step 01. Remove the battery and unplug the AC/Power AdapterStep 02. Press and hold the Power button for more than 30 SecondsStep 03. Plug in the AC/Power Adapter (leave the Battery out for now)Step 04. Press the Power button and check if the Unit works normal If the above mentioned steps does not help, then you can try reseating the Hard Drive on your Notebook If the issue persists again please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory operating system after replacement (if you've not yet created Recovery Discs/USB Media) Note: Back up all the personal data to an external drive if it's possible. Otherwise you could connect the failed HDD via SATA to USB adapter with another PC or same PC after replacement of HDD & re-installation of OS and try copying /recovering the files. You can also refer to the below shown link for further supporthttp://www.wikihow.com/Recover-Data-from-the-Hard-Drive-of-a-Dead-Laptop P... Read more

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Recently I built a new computer with my friend and I added my old computers hard drive to the current one. Later on, I put the old hard drive back into my old computer, setup the old computer, reinstalled windows and it worked fine. But a couple of weeks later, I tried installing software for a calculator and it asked for at least 3mbs of virtual memory even though I have 1536mbs. On further inspection, my 160gb hard drive is now apparently 30 gbs and the removeable drives that usually show up on my computer are gone. Does anyone know what I should do or whats gone wrong?

A:Hard Drive problem

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The wife's computer went down last week. Prior to going down the monitor image would go diagonal (eg:///). this went on for a couple of days. shut down and do a restart would cure it for about a half hour. Then on day the monitor would not display anything. Check the system"s) to isolate what was offending. Monitor it self was ok. computer was the thing that was not working. took hard drive out of computer and stuck it into an old (older than dirt). and the monitor went (////) . to me that says the HD is the offender. My question is Is the hard drive totally toasted or can there be some way of resurrecting the thing?

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i have installed a second hard drive into an old pc using windows 2000 sp4.
it is recognised in bois, start up, device manager and by everest. However it doesn't show up in "my computer - only one local disc shown" and therefore i cant save anything to it.
the drive was working fine 2 weeks ago as i used it to check a hard drive problem with a friends pc. the motherboard is an Asus P2B bois revision 1006.
i assume i am missing somthing simple here but despite playing around with various bois settings i cant fix this......please help.

A:2nd Hard Drive problem

i've just read a similar post and located the second drive in disc management. it shows the disc partition as unallocated - a black bar not a blue bar.
should i simply partition the drive??

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I added a second hard drive last night and it has 2 partitions on it and I want the entire drive to be one...
I am running windows 2000 if that is necisary information at all.

A:second hard drive problem

you will need to delete the partitions - i'm not sure about win2K on that
find disk management on win2k
maybe under control panel
admin tools
computer management

sorry i just have forgotten win2K

from there you should be able to right click on the drive and delete and change partitions


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hey guys i recently had to format both my hard drives and when i reinstalled winxp on my first drive i clicked my computer and my second drive had dissapeared. i find this strange since it was working fine before i formatted them both. and whats even weirder is that my device manager reconisises it but it still dosent show up, so can anybody help me with this problem please?

tnx in advance

A:second hard drive problem

Go into Disk Management (right-click My Computer > Manage... > Disk Management). Can you tell us what appears alongside 'Disk 1' on the right side of the screen?

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