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, IanRead other answers
I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.
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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.
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.
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
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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.Read other 3 answers
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, IanRead other answers
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 ) ThanksMarkRead other answers
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\220.127.116.11\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more
Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read moreRead other 2 answers
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?
Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
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.Read other answers
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
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 & AccessoriesRead other 3 answers
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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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
Intel Celeron D 335
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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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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.
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, ianRead other answers
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!
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.Read other 9 answers
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).
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
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!
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!Read other answers
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
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?
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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.
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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.
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".
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 18.104.22.168
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);
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?
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.
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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.
Check all the cables.
Check your HD.
Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
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)
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.
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.
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?
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
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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Great! So much for the Seagate Barracuda!
I start my PC up today, figiting with the sound settings. But anyway. As i was installing some software, the PC crashed.
Tried starting it up again and then nothing - I knew something was wrong with the hard drive.
The ways i tried to overcome the problem are the following:
Removing my Hard Drive from my old PC and placed it into the new PC. It failed to load and kept going through loops of restarting.
Placing this Seagate Barracuda into my old PC. Failed to start also.
It kept displaying the message: \Windows\Inf\biosinfo.inf was missing or corrupt.
Repair the File press "R" at the first screen to repair.
Tried to reformat the hard drive and it caused the whole PC to slow down.
Any suggestions? thanks.
Doesn't mean the drive is bad possibly just messed up your OS by placing it in a different PC with different hardware. The whole problem probably stemmed from your failed software installation and moving the drive to another PC just made things worse. Should have booted to safe mode and removed the software or done a scanreg /restore.
Was this jsut a secondary hard drive or the one your OS was on?
past few days my computer has been crashing 1-2 times a day.
firstly it freezes for 1-2 min then a blue screen comes up saying your computer has been shut down to help protect itself blah blah blah w/e i turn it back on and it says a problem with the hard drive, if it happens again il take a screen shot or copy what it says exactly in here
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I got a new Western Digital 320 Gb hard drive for my desktop machine that is running XP. It is an IDE hard drive and when I installed XP on it, it didn't register at first as a slave. The BIOS recognized it and it was in the device manager, but I couldn't access it. I made it the primary hard drive and installed XP on it. It made me partition it, so I did. The max partition amount it would let me do is around 130 gb but the drive is 320. How do I get the full amount? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You have one harddrive with XP loaded on it- no dual boot or other harddrives in the system- is this correct?
Assuming this is correct and you want to resize the partition to include the whole harddrive then you are best to download a program such as:
An easy program to use.
I personally prefer to use GParted here
It allows you to work on the partition using a linux program that isn't in the partition you are trying to resize. It is more complicated. The manual is here.
The FAQ and disclaimer are here
REMEMBER TO BACK UP ALL YOUR DATA. Resizing partitions is not risk free.
When I boot up my computer I get the following message
Pri Master Hard disk; S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, back up and replace
Press F10 to resume
The 1st time this occured was after a virus attempted to invade my PC. I have done a virus check with no apparent viruses?
My questions are;
1) Is this a result of the virus?
2) Do I need a new Hard drive?
No, a virus did not do this. Yes, it does look like the drive is bad.
Alright, standard Maxtor 300GB drive, was working fine. It's in an external enclosure, fed in via firewire. I was using it on a non updated non SP1 WinXP home machine at work when the power dropped and came back. When I tried to access the drive, it gives me a "File corrupted or unreadable" error. I've done a small bit of searching so far, but I haven't found any programs that can get into the drive and let me pull files off before I reformat it. I'm currently using a WinXP Home SP1 machine and a WinXP Pro SP1 machine. Any advice/help is much appreciated.
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I have a 40 GB hard drive and it is a machine that I've had disconnected for about 6 months. For some reason the hard drive is partitioned so that it shows 2 GB is the C: drive and the other 38 are nothing. That is what it shows in disk management off of the computer management thing.
I tried fdisk but apparently that isn't an option in XP.
Is there a way I can combine these and make all 40 GB usable and not have to delete my files on the 2 GB space that I'm using now?
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I recently bought a new 320 GB hard-drive replacing the old 30GB HD and the secondary 10GB HD. Here the problem.
It seems that the 30 GB HD has windows installed and the 10 GB has boot.ini attatched to it. So installing the new 320 GB HD is IMPOSSIBLE.
How can I resolve this problem?
wrong forum. Install one of the old drives as an external USB drive and format it. You may have to transfer data.
Im trying to install a hard drive into a computer I found. The hard drive actually had been used in an Xbox. When I run the diagnostic tools to format the hard drive it comes up Fatal Error There was a device error reading drive 1 absolute sector 0 count. Any help would be appreciated.
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I had an external hd I was using, took it apart, 400GB as a whole, 200on each drive. I want to use one of them. I had to buy a ide-sata converter to hook it up. My system isn't picking it up. Curious to know if anyone can help me with this issue.
Also I was suppose to send someone my psu. Dont remember who it was. Had to delete my inbox was full. pst if its you.
What is your jumper set to? I have read that with those converters you aren't supposed to use a jumper at all.
when i boot pc i get ther is no herd drive or no drives for this ?
since you didn't get a whole lot of specs about the system that you have , i'll assume that once you start the computer on the POST screen it shows no HDD's.
That can mean couple of things:
1. Might be that the BIOS settings for the hard drive had been changed and instead of having it on AUTO you have it on none ( so check it out)
2. Could be that the cable which connects the hard drive is busted . Once you start the computer does the light on the front of the case shows up? If it doesn't , check out the power connector ( try a different one )
3. All this fail , listen when you start the computer( take the case off ). If the drive making any noises? No noises = dead hard drive
If it doesn make some noise try to connect the hard drive to the second IDE connector on your board and give it a try.
hi everyone !
I have a serious problem with my computer last days ! when he starts up and before showing the windows loading logo , the hard drive shutdown, when I retry booting , Windows boots but very slowly!
can I get some help from you guys!
configuration is :
Windows XP professional SP2
Intel P4 3.00GHZ HT
When you say the Hard drive shuts down do you mean the PC Shuts down?
I have a strange problem which may be hardware, but it may also be S/W related. My son was playing a game over the internet on the home PC. The PC froze for no reason so he rebooted it. At startup the first message was "error loading OS". We're running XP on an Athlon 64 3000 CPU with 1GB RAM, a 160GB master HDD and 200GB slave HDD, both SATA. I checked all the cables were working by swopping between drives. I checked the BIOS and the system recognises both drives. I put the original Windows disk in the DVDdrive and booted off that with the intention to do a repair. After loading all the files into memory the screen tells me it recognises the two partitions on the 200GB drive(where I store must keep data) but on my boot drive it tells me it is 160GB unpartitioned. This says to me that I'm in deeper doo doo than I first thought. Any suggestions as to where I go from here as I don't want to have to go through the days of work to install the OS (and updates) and all the applications etc which I would need to do if I partitioned the drive. The only sofware installed recently was a copy of Norton Internet Security 2006, upgraded from 2004 2 days ago, and my son installed Battlefield 2 deluxe, which he was playing when the PC Hung. That was installed the day before the problem and had been used for " a while with no problems", teenagers!
Any help would be much appreciated as I'm stuck.
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Alright, so I've had my new PC for a couple of weeks now, and it has been running fine (after i figured out why my bad_pool_caller error kept happening)
anyway, I was browsing away as usual, with MSN, firefox, and Steam open along with a couple of background programs. then everything just froze up, so i did a hard reset because i couldn't do anything else.
then i got this error:
"disk boot failure: insert system disk"
In BIOS, and also when i try to repair my windows installation, my 80 gig WD SATA hard drive isn't detected, but my 640 gig hard drive is (WD sata as well).
furthermore, my boot order was CD-ROM, HDD, i forgot the 3rd. I tried swapping the first two around but that didn't do anything.
did my hard drive simply crap itself, or is there some sort of way to get around this?
if you need more info, just ask. I'm not sure what else to add really.
Thanks in advance.
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This is my first post and I will try to provide as much information as possible so please bare with me. I am running Windows 2000 Pro (yes I know its obsolete) on an AMD machine. About a month ago I had been drinking and decided to run a spyware sweep. It detected all sorts of things (I am hazy on this) and like a moron I decided to erase them all. Needless to say I think I needed some of them.
While my computer has not been the same sense I have been able to nurse it back to the level of functionality I need. ITunes still won't run, I still get a .DLL error upon start-up etc. All this I could live with.
The original harddrive on my machine (partitioned C and D) is very old (the motherboard has been replaced/upgraded) so a couple years back I decided to install a new harddrive, F:, in order to have a safer place to keep my extensive collection of photos (in JPEG form) of me and my friends from my late teens/college/early 20s. I thought they would be safer on a newer hard drive.
Anyhow, during the course of patching up my computer after my inebrieated mistake, my drives got assigned new letters, so I assigned them back. I don't believe this is the problem. Fast forward a month later and after installing Limewire (for use legally) I download my 3rd song and it says it cannot save to drive F:, and I need to run Chkdsk on drive F:. I do this, and it takes a full 45 minutes for checkdisk to run upon rebooting.
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i got problem on hard disk.... i duno wat i did but now my hard drive it become that d:61Gb [raw]................when i try to format it but can't ..... it said the file system is raw ............ so wat could i do to switch it to NTFS ???? thankx
Try deleting the partition first then create a new on and format it. You may also want to get the manufacturer's diagnostics and do a thorough test on the hard drive to make sure it is not failing.