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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
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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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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

A:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

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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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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
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Also whilst yo... Read more

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well im new to this forum and i just needed to ask some questions
my 2nd hard drive has been acting up and its just a storeg for my music and its been acting laggy and slowin my system down and some time frezzez my pc please help need to know if i need to buy a new one

A:Hard drive problem need help please any one

We need to know your system configuration, hard drive brands and models, and what you mean by "acting up." What is installed on the two drives?
The freeze could be anything, but hard drive is a good guess, if it is more than three years old, or a Quantum or a Maxtor, or a DiamondMax, or a Hitachi, or a Fujitsu, or a silver 80 GB Western Digital.

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I am installing a hard drive on a dell computer. The hard drive that I have is not made by dell. When I put the Hard Drive in and power on...it say's Primary Drive 1 not found. Is doing the same thing the last Hard Drive did? What could be wrong?

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My Computer Specifications:

AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ (less than a year old)
2.41 GHz 1.98 GB RAM (3 sticks that are years old and 1 stick that is less than a year old)
MSI K8NGM2-NBP motherboard
Windows XP Home Edition v5.1 with Service Pack 2


Description Of Problem:

The first reoccurring problem I recall was my CD/DVD burner burning slowly and Nero would report avoiding buffer overrun more than 300+ times for each burn session, whether it be from an image or just burning an audio CD from WAV files). Nero would also burn at about 2x speed rather than 24x speed or whatever higher speed I select. Also, I used to be able to burn CDs/DVDs on Nero v6.6.1.4 and run multiple applications at the same time with no lag whatsoever; now, if I burn anything, all other applications run ultra-slow. Additionally, whenever I would play a music CD on my CD/DVD-RAM drive, it would play extremely slowly. My Samsung CD/DVD-RAM drive is less than a year old.

Months later, I get a series of more than 5 random blue screens of death. In one instance, I took a photo of the screen:

And in this instance, when I rebooted, I got this error message for the first time:

And while the computer was rebooting, there was this repetitive clicking noise. I tried to cold and warm boot several more times, but got the same results. I finally got my computer to boot after opening up the case to blow some dust out with canned air. I have since then not ever heard... Read more

A:Do I have a hard drive or RAM problem? Or maybe something else entirely?

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I have a problem with my hard drive, I have an 18 GB hard drive on my computer. My parents got a new hard drive for their computer so I took their old 9 GB hard drive and attempted to install this in my computer in order to have extra space. My problem is that when I use my original drive as the boot drive either alone or with the extra drive installed the computer will not load. All that comes up is a black screen with a cursor blinking and it does not go any further than that. I can use the 9 GB hard drive as the boot drive with the 18 GB drive as extra storage but I had my username password protected as System Administrator and now I can not access files I had on that drive because of the password protection.

Can anyone help me figure out either how to get around this password protection and retrieve my files or else help me figure out how to get my original hard drive to work?

Any assistance anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks All,


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Anthony, this may be an issue with master and slave drives on the same IDE channel. I assume they are IDE drives? These use a broad flat cable usually grey.You probably also have at least one CDROM drive in your system. So when you connect up the two hard drives are they both on the same cable? Or is one sharing a cable with the CDROM?If they are both on the same cable and it is an old style cable (all the plugs are the same colour) then one drive must have the jumpers set to master (the one you want to boot from) and the other must be jumpered as a slave. There should be a diagram on the drive label how to do this.If it is a new style cable having black, grey and blue plugs (or other differing colours) then both drives must have their jumpers set to "cable select" and the boot drive is determined by which colour plug it is connected to.. (the blue plug always goes to the motherboard though).If the second drive shares a cable with the CDROM then the master/slave situation applies, check the back of the CDROM to see which type it is set as and set the hard drive to the other type. On the other hand if you can't get your original drive to boot even when on its own, in its original location, there may be something more complex going on.

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hello; someone gave me a dell dimension e310 running windows xp he gave me the computer with a new hard drive the problem i have is the system keeps saying no driver found i tried a drive test and it said pass what can i do to make it work...

A:hard drive problem

Does "new hard drive" mean no Windows install is present? Or that he put Windows on the new drive for you?

If it is the first of those two you will have to reinstall Windows and get your hands on the appropriate SATA hard drive drivers. XP install does not recognize SATA HDDs like the one in your Dell, so you need to get it the drivers for install to work.

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Got my new pc all rigged up. One slight (but uhh.. important) problem though - it is recognizing my 400 gig hard drive as only being 127 gigs large. Is this because of the way I hooked it together (used the correct power supply cord and used a SATA L shaped connector to hook it into the SATA 1 slot on the motherboard, although another 4 pin slot stayed untouched). Any help appreciated. I will find the HD on newegg and edit it in momentarily...
here is the HD


A:hard drive problem

Are you using XP SP2? You should be.

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Hard drive problem

I have a Magnetic Data Technologies 80gig, 7200rpm, ATA100, 8mb buf hard drive that I did have in my server pc.
I installed linux on this drive in another pc. Now when I try to put this drive in my server I get ERROR reading disk.
Weird thing is I can place this same drive in another pc and it works fine?
I have this drive in the server as master, slave, and any other jumper combination it has.
I have installed windows 2000 back on this drive from the other pc, but the server still gets error?
Am I doing something wrong? Do I have a defective drive?

My server pc is a SOYO SY-K7VEMPRO mobo with AMD Athlon 1800+

A:Hard drive problem

When do you get ERROR reading disk? Is it before booting or after the bootloader?
Is the drive detected by the BIOS?

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Hello once again all, I'm back with yet another problem

I've just installed a new motherboard gfx and psu, everythign was fine yesterday, everything was running perfectly, this morning for reasons unbeknown to me whenever I try to boot windows from my SATA drive (which was the primary drive with windows XP on it yesterday) I keep going into a Blue Screen of Death loop

where the BSOD appears, computer restarts and the process goes on and on.

fair enough i thought, I'd just reinstall windows, didn't really have anything on there i needed to keep,

however now when I use the XP disc it won't let me do ANYTHING on this drive, when I try to reinstall, repair or even use the recovery console it says examining disk and stays there (most time I left it like that was one hour)

my question is (before I take a sledgehammer to this ba**ard drive)
is there a way I can format this disk without using the XP disc?

I'm currently running XP in my new setup on an old ide, 80gb.

I've tried connecting the SATA to this computer and taking it out of boot priority in the BIOS, i've even stuck an old RAID controller in the PCI slots to see if that would let me format it from My Computer ((I almost got there with this one but it seemed to hang my system, or take all my resources when I opened my computer)

is there anything i can do? or is this drive FUBARED?

A:problem using a hard drive

I'll assume you want to use NTFS.. Create a BartPE boot CD.. Check this web site for more info http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ But more than likely you will still not be able to install XP even if you reformat the drive.. Do you have another XP disk?? Check it for dirt, scratches etc. If that's OK then I would look at faulty hardware such as RAM

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I have a custom desktop pc running on windows XP and I had to recently reformat and reinstall XP but when I did one of my hard drives was missing. I have a 30 gb hard drive installed now that is working fine but the 250 gb hard drive(installed internally as well) just seemed to vanish. I am running out of space and I really need my 250 hd but have no idea on how to get it working for me again.......PLEASE tell me how to resolve this problem. I'm driving myself crazy trying to figure this out and I JUST knowwwwww it has to be something simple that I am overlooking.....hopefully someone here will be kind enough to help me. *smiles*

A:Hard drive problem

Enter the bios and see if the drive is listed.

Have you tried reseating the cable and power connections?

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Computer Specs:
Motherboard: Asustek 845E
OS: Windows XP
Updates: Service Pack 1

I recently purchased a 160Gig WesternDigital Calvier Hard drive to replace my 40 Gig hard drive. When I reinstalled windows, windows partitianed my drive to be 130Gig.

Problem: How can I get the full amount of the hard drive i Purchased? Basiclly my motherboard, the bios doesn't support large hard drives past 130gig.

I have tried intel application accelerator and it says the hard drive is at 160gig while if you check in my computer, it is still 130gig.

I have also updated my bios to the newest avaliable on the asus website.

I have installed the CD that came with the harddrive to later find out that it has no use.

I Hope someone can help me with this... Gracias

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Hi I am new to this sight. I am a relatively new computer tech. I have fixed every problem ive come across so far. I have a customers computer that they say just freezes up then then they shut it down and it wont start back up. They remove battery and unplug it and at times it would start back up, but finally it wouldnt. I pick it up take it home and it started right up. I do optimization and sweep out some spyware, figuring they are running low on ram with too many programs running. (512 MB) Ram. I take it back and they try to start it and right there it doesnt start. This is the first time I see the problem. I take it back home. I let it sit all night- wondering if it is getting overheated. Next day still wont start. I take out the hard drive and hook it up to my own computer to see if I can access the info on it with my usb data transfer adapter. I hear the drive power on but the access light doesnt come on. It seems as if the connection is bad, by playing with it, you can get it to come on for a second, but then it stops, but you can hear the hard drive humming. So, think the hard drive is basically good but the connection is bad. I ordered a new drive, but my concern is if i install new drive and charge customers, and this doesnt solve the problem. can it be anything else? I put the old hard drive back in the computer and it booted up again. I spent lots of time using it and no problems. Finally it did it again. Seems the more you move it around? This is an HP Pavilion ... Read more

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What's going on here??

Hello all.

I'm having a bit of trouble with a new harddrive I bought.

Here's the deal:
I have two old systems still kicking around, both with Windows 98se on them. One system has an 80gb WD JB80 and a 20gb Barracuda in it. And the other system has just a 7gb WD in it.

I just bought another 80gb WD JB80 drive to add to that second system. However, there was about 30gb of data on my first system's 80gb drive that I wanted to move to the new 80gb drive.

So I hooked up the new 80gb WD drive to my first system (the one with the 80gb WD & 20gb barracuda) and ran the utitlity off the Western Digital website that partitions it and makes the drive ready to use.

I transferred the 30gb or so of data from the first system onto the new drive. Everything worked flawlessly. All the files there and working when I opened them. However, when I then put that new drive into my 2nd system.... the drive showed up in Windows Explorer but many of the folders were missing and all of the files had some strange garbled foreign looking text!?

What exactly could be the problem? I did put that drive back into the first system to check the intergity of the data that I had just copied and all was well. And everything is FAT32 and Windows 98se.

Any ideas as to what the heck is going on here?

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A:New Hard Drive Problem (What's going on here?)

The Western Digital utility probably put some coding on the first harddisk in the PC where you copied from.
This code is missing in the second PC, so it probably cannot read the new disk properly. Perhaps you could run the same utility in the new PC as well. Worst case, you have to recopy the data from the first PC again, but the receiving PC is now ready for it when you finally put it back in again.
You still with me?

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Ok, so... Ive installed my F drive a while ago, everything worked fine but then I got infected with a virus so I wiped both my drive and restarted Windows Xp. The problem is now it says only my C drive is installed and I cant figure out how to get the F drive working again, I need it for memory because my C has 15 gigs while my F has 250.

A:Hard Drive Problem

You may need to tell windows to use the drive again (and also may need a re-partition and format).

Right click My Computer->Manage

Go to the Disk Management section and the two drives should show up there. Right click on the second one in the bottom section and you should get some options up - I think the correct one is 'Initialise' or 'Mount' (Can't remember and can't look it up right now as my work computer is locked down.)

Let us know if this helps!

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I am running XP HomeEdition. I purchased another 160 GB hard drive which I used for about 4month. One day, I wanted to access the files on it, but when I tried to access it in windows explorer, I get a message that says Drive D, not formatted and it asks me if I want to format. Of course I say no. If I look at properties, I can see the drive identified, but anything on the volume descriptions shows nothing. I don't know why that suddenly happened. Everything worked fine for 4 month and suddenly this!
Can that be that I formated my old drive?
I formated the old drive,which is as C and H, but formated only C with a recovery CD (Sony).
However, for about 3 days or so,nothing went wrong...
I don't know what to say...

Please help with any advice.....

A:Second Hard Drive Problem

Are you using Windows XP or 2000? If so, check the logical disk manager (it is a snap-in in computer management.) To get there, right click on my computer and select "Manage", then click logical disk manager.

If you can see the drive and the partition there, right click on the partition and see if you can select "Change driver letter and paths..." and see if you can choose a letter to mount the drive to.

If an NTFS volume tries to force itself to a certain drive letter but the letter is already used, it may not be mounted. This could be the problem.

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my hard drive crashed, so i bought a new hard drive, when i try to install XP on it it doesnt read my floppy setup disk or my cd-rom.. it goes strait to a blank screen with a white flashing underscore.

i took my old hard drive out

A:hard drive problem

Did you switch your bios to boot from cd first? You need to do this for it to see the windows cd. And with XP you shouldn't need a floppy unless you need to load sata drivers.

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Can a power supply damage a hard drive? Here is what happened.....

I turned on my computer to the blue screen of death. Rebooted, still there. Took out drive and put into another computer, saved my files. All was fine.

Put in another HD that I already had with an OS on it (windows 2000) but that I had just put away when I got a bigger one. Attempted to power up computer but it would just start to power up then go off again.

For a long time the power supply has been making a loud noise and I figured I'd have to replace it. So I got a new one, installed it and powered up the computer.

Here is the problem. I've got another hd installed for storage, partitioned into 2. One partition is fine, no problems, files are still there. Second one is not accessible. It is reading in My Computer but when I click on it I get "The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable".

Can a power supply damage a partition? If so, is there anything I can do to get my files back? They are not life or death files, I've obviously backed up those, but I'd like to get them back none the less.

Is it odd at all that I get the blue screen AND a damaged HD AND a faulty power supply at the same time? Or could one of these conditions cause the others?


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Hello everyone.

I am new here and I am getting desperate...so if anyone has any ideas, let me know:
I bought a computer that me and some friends assembled toghether (they are good at it), and when we thought everything was fine, a new problem appeared:

I think my hard drives are...corrupted or something. You see, when I try to install anything on my disks (I have 2 - Sata western digital 250gb) the installation usually blocks in the middle of the proccess and doesnt go on. When I tried installing WoW for example, it said it couldn't be installed due to an hard disk error.Tried copying something from one disk to the other (so far the only thing I could install was autocad and it took 6 hours to finish the installation) and it says it will take 130 mins to copy a 1gb folder from 1 disk to the other.....(and it doesnt even move) Since my last computer is now dead and I need to get not only my games but my work going I would really apreciate if you could help.

So far here is what I tried:
- Since i have 2 disks - Formatted the one without windows in it and retried installing something - failed.
- Went to bios and saw if it identified them both - it did.
- Changed both Hds from where they were to a more loosen spot( they were a little tight)
Thank you so much in advance =)


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