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Erased hard drive to reinstall Win 7 but now won't reinstall

Q: Erased hard drive to reinstall Win 7 but now won't reinstall

I wanted to convert my Sony Vaio back to Windows 7 after updating to Windows 8 last year. I tried using the recovery disks that I created when I got the laptop. It told me that I couldn't reinstall. So after trying multiple things, I finally decided to wipe out the entire hard drive thinking that it would automatically reinstall Windows 7 64 bit. Now when I try to reinstall, it can't find a drive to install it to and all I have is a black screen now telling me Operating System Not Found....please help so that I can reinstall Windows 7 64 bit on my Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX with a 500 GB SATA Hard drive and 6 GBs of RAM.

I'm thinking I may need to create a partition so that when I put the recovery DVD in to reinstall Windows, it has a drive to install the software onto. I don't know how to create a partition or if that will solve my issue. My laptop is now worthless. Also, I can't access BIOS. I completely erased the entire hard disk.

Preferred Solution: Erased hard drive to reinstall Win 7 but now won't reinstall

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A: Erased hard drive to reinstall Win 7 but now won't reinstall

Jim depends on how you set the wipe up and how you formated it mate look at this and if you have access to another machine do it.
If the drive is wiped clean then follow this it says for SSD's but will also work on spinners
SSD Alignment

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I have a Toshiba satellite L3050 that has an erased hard drive on it. On the bottom of the laptop there is a Microsoft proof of license sticker with product key. I know this computer is a little older but I want to reinstall an operating system on it for my kid to use to play around on it till they are responsible enough to get a new computer. How do I reinstall the operating system on it?

A:reinstall windows vista on toshiba satellite with erased hard drive

Per comments in the Geek Police, follow these instructions
1. Restart the computer.

2. Repeatedly tap the F8 key until you see the Advanced Boot Option Screen.

3. Select Repair Your Computerand hit Enter.

4. Select your country >> OK.

5. On the System Recovery Options Screen select Restore Application.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

8. When prompted, select on "Full Factory Recovery"

9. Select Next >> Yes.

10. After a couple of minutes the recovery will be completed.

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I have an Acer aspire e1-570 where the c: drive partition is deleted. (It is a friends pc and he treid to put win 7 on it) All the other partitions are still there. He did not make any recovery dvd or usb stick.
I trayed to get i restored to factory settings, but can not.
It says it is missing a partition.

Any one know what to do?

A:Erased c: on Acer laptop can not reinstall win 8

You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

Acer | Recovery Media
Check in Accessories
or check the main web site.
Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region

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Hi guys
I`ve got that oriole problem.

I had a problem with Windows 7 unable to boot with another Ubuntu partition. I took ours to be able to back up all the files in windows using a XP live disk. After the back up i had all my files safe but the grab has been damaged and no OS wanted to load (error 17).

After few attempts, my MBR sectors has been erased including the partition table.
So now i`ve got a lonely 250 gb unallocated partition.

Now i just want to have a genuine copy of Windows 7, but the laptop came to me with zero recovery DVDs or else and the partition containing the recover get "scr..ewed".

The only things i`ve got are few Ubuntu live cds, a downloaded pirate copy of windows7 (hope to make it genuine), a windows XP cd and
THE WINDOWS 7 PRODUCT KEY printed on my laptop bottom.

I hope somebody can help me!
(i was thinking about installing a Windows7 pirate copy and make in genuine with my product key, but i`m not sure)

A:WINDOWS 7 reinstall - MBR erased - No Recovery DVD

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I installed a Maxtor 200gb hard drive as a slave unit behind an 80gb drive in my HP Pavillion. When I originally formatted the drive, the computer only recognized 137 gb of the drive. After using it for a while, I did a repartition to open up the other 63gb, and all the data on the 137gb section was lost, and the computer only saw the 63gb. My IS guys at work said the drive was good, only the data was lost, so I reinstalled and formatted the drive. Now the computer only recognizes 37gb.
Can anyone tell me what is going on, and what I can do to open up the full drive?
I'm using Windows XP home edition.

A:Hard Drive Reinstall

Are you using SP2 on XP home?

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I just purchased a computer that had XP SP2 installed on the hard drive, but it did not come with a Windows CD. How do I get a Windows CD (I do have the cert of authenticity attached to the outside of the computer)? Can I get one from Microsoft? This computer does not have a CD burner, so I don't think I can burn one from the hard drive.

A:How do I reinstall XP if I only have it on the hard drive?

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I got an error message when Windows boots that I have imminent hard drive failure.I purchased a new HD and I am trying to do a fresh install of OS onto the new hard drive.I made a rescue USD (Windows 10) and tried to use that but I get an install fail.I have also used the HP recovery disc and Windows repair discs (Windows 7) that I made when I first got my computer.That also fails to install. What else can I do? Thanks

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I have a Dell 1405 inspiron notebook with XP operating system. When I first got it, I never made cd's for it. Now I am worried what to do because I get this message to back up my things because a hard drive failure is going to happen. I am sure this means my hard drive is shot. But, since all the reinstall stuff is on this hard drive, How do I get it on cd's to put it on a new hard drive? Thank you for your help in advance.

A:Reinstall on hard drive

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or does the motherboard get infected also?

I can get a new harddrive and reinstall XP pro as long as the motherboard isnt infected also

does Windows still support XP pro updates?

A:If I Buy A New Hard Drive And Reinstall Xp Pro

Yes unless it's a BIOS infection. Rare but not impossible. What is the malwares name?
Seems would be cheaper to remove the virus or fully format the existing drive then to replace it.
What antivirus and spyware tools are installed?

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The hard drive on my customer's Inspiron One 2330 died. Obviously, there will not be a recovery partition on the new HDD that I've installed. Since the Microsoft Windows 8 activation key is embedded in the BIOS, how will I be able to activate the OS if I install from a DVD if there is no recovery logic to tell the install routine where to find the key?

A:How to reinstall on new hard drive

The Product Key is embedded in the UEFI BIOS. It'll be automatically input by Windows 10 TH2 installation media. If you are asked for a product key however then you have used the wrong Edition of Windows 10 TH2 so should use Windows 10 TH2 Single Language:
Note Microsoft have stated the end date for the free upgrade is in ~3 days so you need to clean install Windows 10 TH2 and activate online before this date.

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My friend has a dell 4400 with win xp, she says they messed up some of the programs and now
it will not start up correctly, I dont know what kind of errors etc...but how do you format it and
reinstall win-xp? what is the best way to get to the c prompt to do a format? thanks..

A:How do you format the hard drive and reinstall win-xp?

For XP, just boot from the CD and when you get to the screen about asking which partition to use, delete the partition and then create a new one.

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I have a laptop computer (ASUS) that I purchased a 2 years ago that I think has been compromised.  I've done lots different product scans with and it doesn't find anything.  The computer runs brutally slow and it takes Firefox almost 20-30 seconds to load and Chrome close to minute.  The only scanner that I've used that finds things is SuperAntiSpyware and Hitman Pro.  I've tried everything to get rid of the cookies found by Hitman Pro, but they just won't go way.
Since I was frustrated I decided to cut my losses and just do a factory reset, but the partition has gotten corrupted.  That is really fine because I much before to DBAN the hard drive and reinstall the OEM copy of windows 8. This would also get rid of the ASUS bloatware that drives me crazy. The only problem is that I've looked all over the case and the only thing I can see on the bottom is the Windows 8 emblem, but there is no license key to be found.  Is there a way to obtain the key so I can go out to Microsoft's website and download the .iso file for reinstall?
The only other option I'm considering is to just blow it all away and install Linux Mint or Zorin and call it a day.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:OEM reinstall on laptop hard drive

On OEM pre-installed systems the Windows 8/10 key is stored in the uEFI or BIOS firmware chip. When installing Windows 8 the key will be retrieved by the installer without user intervention.
To get the key you can use:
Windows OEM Product Key Tool
Windows 8 Download Instructions
But before installing any other Operating System you might want to check the hard disk for bad sectors, as that could have caused the recovery partition corruption and the computer slowness.

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My old hard drive(s) have been failing for some time, and I finally got a new one and we have it physically installed, and it seems to recognize it, but it says my "selected boot device not available" (it's set to boot from the CD-Rom and my Windows XP Reinstallation disc is in. My previous hard drive was 2 160 Gbs with RAID striping. (SATA) This one is a WD SATA 500 GB, and I just want to install Windows on it. Why isn't it working?
So stressed...

edit: when I reboot with the Windows disc in, it says "NTLDR is missing".... That's not good, right?

A:Trying to reinstall windows on a new hard drive

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I read an article that said to format and reinstall XP, all you do is insert the CD and follow the directions. Since this XP is not an upgrade and the PC came with XP installed, is there any other CD I need to get it up and working again after I format?

A:Format hard drive and reinstall XP

Did the computer come with a restore CD?

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I recently changed my hard drive in my laptop and need reinstall windows is there any way I can do that I had just upgraded to windows 10 aswellI hope there is a way to get this sorted

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I bought a new hard drive and am trying to reinstall windows xp (my other hard drive crashed and it was time for a upgrade). I have a 5 year old HP pavilon Motherboard. I but the Windows CD in, select boot from CD, and then a Warning Message comes up that says "You must remove the HP personal Meida Drive or any other external media drive from the system before attempting system recovery. Data will be erased if the external drive is left in the system. Remove any such device and press any key to continue." This is not a fancy computer. Only the hard drive, CD drive, and video card are plugged in. In my ten years of computing this is the first time I am really stumped. Thanks for any help.

A:Cannot Reinstall Windows On New Hard Drive

Hey Nick and welcome to Bleeping Computer.HP directly addresses this problem in their article, Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows XP. They offer three solution depending on your level of problems.Good luck.

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I am recovering from a blistering service pack 2 install. It damaged a lot of settings to the point at which I needed to uninstall. It took all of my drivers with it, so I decided it would be best to reformat my hard drive, EXCEPT, now I seem to have opened a can of new worms.

Problem 1) I want to reformat the hard drive, but XP Pro refuses to delete the partition claiming that there is necessary installation information on it. I want to reformat the drive, and this is seemingly impossible at this point. I have tried everything to my knowledge. I have tried the repair feature to format the hard disk, still to no avail. Even tried the format function from My Computer > C: -- it tells me it is unable to format and I should close anything using the disk (?? Nothing was open.) I overwrote the harddrive with a current version of XP just so I'd have a functional OS, but ultimately, I still want to reformat (I believe that XP copied over itself, or considered it a dual-boot, because a sizable amount of HD space was used). I run BIOS boot sequence to run from the windows CD, and it prompts "press any key to boot from CD" and continues booting like normal. No "configuration" for windows installation. I've tried doing it from the CD after the computer boots up, but it won't prompt to reformat or delete the partition. It's driving me INSANE! I've looked at the archives, and I see that a lot of people recommend doing it from a Windows 98... Read more

A:XP Reinstall & Hard Drive Issues

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Hello my parents have an old dell latitude d630laptop that they use sometimes and it has been a little over a year since windows was last reinstalled on it.

Problem is, it's starting to get really slow and I'm doing tune-ups on it, but it still has a rough time watching videos. I'd really like my parents to use it more often and all but they use their phones a lot these days.

My question is: should I just reinstall windows 7 on it, get a new hard drive off of Amazon for 30 dollars (80gb since that's all they need), or do I get an ssd?

They are low on money since my mom lost her job but I'm really for the idea of a change on the laptop. Plus they always complain to me about it being slow too.

I'm even willing to do my weekly chores for free so they can buy a new hdd or ssd. What do I do?

I need another IT persons view on this. Thank you!

By the way I'm not an adult and still am in high school. I know some about computers I've gotten viruses, but not enough yet. I need college for this stuff.

A:Reinstall windows or new hard drive, or ssd?

This is the best thing to put in a older laptop forget about another slow hdd.
Amazon.com: Crucial BX100 120GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT120BX100SSD1: Computers & Accessories

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I have a IBM Laptop with Windows XP pro. I would like to reinstall it, but my computer did not come with a cd, the information is aparently on a hidden part of the hard drive. Can anyone give me instructions or links to instructions for this sort of reinstall?

A:XP reinstall with OS built into hard drive.

If you expect people to HELP you, then you need to provide a LOT more information than THAT! WHICH MODEL of IBM Laptop do you have? IBM has a LOT of helpful information on the 'net, but you NEED to know your make and model of laptop AT LEAST before you can get started!

Use this link:


and see how quickly you can figure out how to reinstall WinXP, then post back here and tell us how EASY it was, and how you're going to reinstall XP every week for a MONTH, until you become an EXPERT at it!

Good luck - HTH

- slingshotter

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I had this issue where hard drive was on 10 and it was so bad that i wasnt able to do anyhting on the comp.

so i did a fresh install and all seemed to be well again for a few weeks and now its started again! It isnt just one hard drive either it will be one then the other but never both at the same time.

before the reinstall the process would always show 'system' but since reinstall and it happens its been comodo. you might think it innocent enough maybe it is carrying out needed tasks. thar is until i decided to uninstall comodo today and it still happened. the process seems to be whatever it can find/ wharever is running.

I went into safe mode tho and it doesnt happen.

i ran ccleaner and search and destroy and they didnt find anything.

what should i try next?

i have a couple of windows upadates to install but for some reason i cant access the server it just stays stuck at 0%

A:Constantly on 100% hard drive even after reinstall


Originally Posted by Remes

I had this issue where hard drive was on 10 and it was so bad that i wasnt able to do anyhting on the comp.

What does that mean? ("...was on 10...") -- what was on "10"? Where did you see this/how do you know this?

If you think there is a problem with the HDD, run SeaTools for DOS, LONG test - https://www.sysnative.com/forums/har...agnostics.html

Regards. . .



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After reinstalling windows, I can't access anything on my 2nd HD, which has all of my backed up data. Under disk management, it's labeled simply as "disk 1, Volume 2, Healthy (Active)" but with no drive letter assigned. It worked fine before the reinstall, I haven't changed any settings. BTW, it's a Western Digital WD800JD SATA drive. Any tips would be most appreciated.

A:Solved: No 2nd Hard Drive after XP reinstall

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The hard drive on my Toshiba Satellite crashed. I made the backup discs when the computer was new, but evidently made them through the Toshiba backup rather than Windows backup. Now my recovery discs want to access the hard drive partition to reinstall Windows 7 which it cannot do.

How can I install the Windows 7 OS onto my new hard drive? I have the product code on the back of my computer, but how can I get Windows 7 to install without having to purchase it again? Thanks for any suggestions.

A:W7 Reinstall when hard drive crashed

Download an ISO from mydigitallife,info. Burn that ISO to a disk. Reinstall from the disk. Activate with your existing product key.

It's all legal and above board. You will NOT have any software that may have been included with the Toshiba and you may be better off for it.

Get it here; get the same version you now have:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life

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Hello again.

After I have installed a fresh Windows 7 64 Bit installation on a newly bought Crucial M4 SSD drive there are the BSOD's again.
The last time I thought the cause perhaps was, a driver mcdbus.sys installed by a video editting program. This program is now not installed at all. Or the cause was the program Migicdisk wich I had removed later. (See my previous post)
Now sometime later my harddrive crashed completely! So I bought a new hard drive an SSD as stated above and reinstalled Windows on this drive.

Does one of you know perhaps where the problem really could be found?

System specs are in my Profile.



A:Again BSOD's after reinstall W7 on new SSD hard drive

Is there anybody who could look at my problem.
If you need more info please let me know!!


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hey all, i recently posted that i lost access to my keyboard and mouse during xp installation, well, heres the story about that, i had an idea to transfer all my hardware froman emachine to a amd motherboard which is where the hardware came from, a virus forced me to get a new pc, anyway, after about 2 month with the emachine, i decided to go back to the amd because it has a stronger processor and can hold more ram. Well asfter taking the hard drive out of the emachine, which had xp installed with lots of important data that i cant lose, i put the drive into the amd pc and i booted it up and it brought to the XP setup which was halfway through, when it got to the Regional and Language options wen i lost control of the mouse and keyboard which is needed. any way i can bipass the setup and get back to the data i had or can i get my mouse and keyboard working? please help, iv been stuck on this literally all day thanks!

A:having to reinstall xp after hard drive transfer

Can you use a PS/2 Keyboard instead of a USB? Other options for canceling a Windows Repair install If you want to backup your data on the drive put the drive on another computer as a Slave Drive or with a USB Adapter and backup your files or use an Ubuntu Live CD and a flash drive to backup your data.

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I'm trying to delete everything from my old pc, prior to selling it on (get rid of all my old files and programs as the purchaser doesn't need them). I then want to install XP from CD. What's the easiest way - when I did this on a previous Win 98 pc, I'm sure it let me just format the hard drive and start from scratch. XP doesn't seem to want to let me do that! The way it's going, I'm likely to lose patience and just go buy a new hard drive, it'll be less hassle than this has been so far. Any ideas/help appreciated.

A:Format Hard drive and Reinstall XP

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I am trying to reinstall windows 7 or reset my laptop back to the factory settings. My laptop will not start up, it freezes on the Windows Startup screen. No OS disc came with the laptop, it is installed on a hidden partition on the laptop. I am not sure how to go about reinstalling it. Could someone please post a link to walk me through this?

Thank you

A:Reinstall Windows From Hard Drive

What make/model laptop?

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My first post so I hope I am in the right place. The Hdd that contains my windows !0 is playing up. I have a spare Hdd on my computer, is it possible to reinstall to the other drive. My current Win 10 was a free upgrade from Win 7.

A:Reinstall Windows 10 to another hard drive

Hi, you can swap the drive and reinstall with impunity. Activation should be automatic.

Note: if you were in the habit of using disk imaging (e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + external disk + its boot medium) you could have restored exactly what you had when the image was created to your new HDD - OS, programs, data, settings, everything.

Strongly recommended approach here. Several other such programs available.

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Hello, my computer keeps alerting me that my hard drive might be failing and theres an issue with it.  After doing a system test on the HDD, it said it failed the test, so i think my hard drive is going bad.  So I am wanting to reinstall windows 7 to a new drive, which I plan to get an SSD.  I have never done this so I am not sure what steps to take and how to merge windows from my old drive to my new drive.  I have the windows key and such.  I can do a clean install as I backed up everything i want to back up from it.  
Computer Specs:
WIndows 7 Home premium
8 GB Ram
I5-3210M processor
750 GB HDD
17 inch screen
I plan to go from a 750 GB HDD to a 500 GB SSD

A:How do I reinstall windows to a new hard drive without cd?

Please Open Disk manager and take a screen shoot, post in your reply.
To Open Disk Manager
- click Start
- on the search box type diskmgmt.msc
- click diskmgmt.msc on the search results to open the Disk Manager
- expand the window to show all drives and blocks then take a picture

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If my hard drive crashed (only has 1 HD), would replacing it also require purchasing Windows again or is there a way to get Windows from the crashed hard drive? Would it be smarter to buy a new laptop? It's a Toshiba.

A:Hard drive crashed, help with reinstall

Most Toshiba laptops come with a reinstallation/recovery cd.

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I'm getting a new motherboard, hard drive, and graphics card today. I want my Windows 7 installation to be on this new hard drive instead of the old one. Am I going to have problems getting it activated? Is there some sort of proper deactivation process I need to do? I heard that your hardware is taken into account for whether it's a legitimate reinstall on the same system... is this true? Are these changes going to make the system "different" to the point that it won't consider it the same computer?

For the record, my old motherboard works, it's just that I'm swapping it out for a new one. I'm putting my old one in my dad's computer. So, if there's something I need to do while the old parts are still in my computer, that is still very doable.

A:New MB and hard drive... can I reinstall Windows 7?

Is you windows version a Full Retail or a Mfg. OEM version ?

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After having a ton of issues with Windows over the past few days, I decided to just give up, reformat my hard drive, and reinstall XP.

Unfortunately, my hard drive won't reformat. Using the Windows XP CD, I first tried to do a full reformat, but it would stop at 15% and not move. So I then restarted and tried to do the Quick Reformat - it went to 20%, jumped to 100%, and then gave me the message "Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged."

I can't afford a new hard drive at the moment (or any other equipment), and my warranty ran out 2 months ago. Right now the hard drive, and thus the computer, is completely useless. I am downloading the Ultimate Boot CD, but am not even sure what to run on that because Toshiba doesn't have its own diagnostic utility.

Any help at all would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Here are my specs:
Dell Laptop (Latitude D620)
Hard Drive: toshiba disk drive mk1254gsyf

A:Hard Drive won't reformat to reinstall XP

The issue surely is the drive being corrupted. The only thing that I could think of (and I certainly don't recommend it) is to try creating a partition size that is smaller than the disk size and see how it goes. For example if you have a 160GB drive, try creating a 30GB partition to install windows and see if allow the format to complete. I'd go smaller and smaller until it works. That's really the ONLY option that I can see short of getting a new drive.

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hi. after problems removing a backdoor trojan decided to do a reinstall. I had windows xp pro on my pc which I bought second hand - had to by myself a windows xp home edition cd. On starting the process i chose a new install. When asked which partition to install to I only get one option - as far as I know my harddrive has no partitions. Have tried a few times now and my harddrive which has a 150 gig capacity says I have only 29 gig available - how can this be when I have selected a new install and backed up all my mp3's and avi's to an external harddrive?

Any help much appreciated as I want to put back my backed up files and give the external drive back to it's rightful owner! Have tried reinstalling a few times but same problem..........

A:after xp reinstall most of my hard drive disappears


It sounds like when you've reinstalled windows it has created a new partition, a small one at that.

Go to My Computer and have a look to see how many HD it showing, if it's been partitioned you'll have something like C: & D:.

If this is the case your going to have to use partitioning software to merge them both.

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I decided to reinstall my OS this afternoon, and all went well. I have however got a problem with my 2nd hard drive, it is not listed in the drives section. I guess I'm supposed to format it in the disk management section, but I'm unsure of what steps I need to follow from there.

anyone know what procedure I need to follow to get it formatted and listed?

A:2nd hard drive not listed after OS reinstall

if the drive appears in Disk Management, you may just need to assign it a drive letter from there.

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OK, so I have 2 hard drives, an SSD for my OS, and a 2nd drive that I store all my files on. I had to do a reinstall this morning, and since I understand W7 has issues installing sometimes when there's 2 discs connected, I disconnected the power and sata cable from my 2nd drive. So I install W7, and it goes fine. I turn off the computer, plug the 2nd drive back in, turn the computer on, and see the drive letter, but when I click on it, I get a message "You need to format the disc before you use it". So I'm thinking, wtf? I go into disc management and it's listed there as well, but the File System is listed as Raw. So I'm thinking, how the hell did that happen? Since W7 only takes 15 minutes to install on the SSD I use, I decided to install it once again, but leaving the 2nd drive connected this time, hoping that would somehow fix it. Nope.

So is there ANY way to fix this? My BIOS recognizes that the disc is there, as does windows...it's just telling me it's in RAW right now, and I have no clue how that happened. Oddly enough I even made an UBUNTU disc and booted to that...but from UBUNTU that 2nd drive doesn't even show up, it only recognizes the existence of my primary hard drive.

A:After reinstall, W7 says my 2nd hard drive is in RAW format..help

Boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD which gives even more reliable readings than Disk Mgmt.
Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

You can use the Partition Recovery Wizard to see if you can rescue the partition if it doesn't show up to explore.

IF this fails, I'd boot free Paragon Rescue CD to try it's Partition Rescue function, then try to Rescue Data. Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

As a last resort, use free Recuva Data Recovery which can try to piece it back together after deletion: Recuva - Features

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I want to do a clean reinstall of XP. It boots ok from the CD. But when it gets to the point of dealing w/hard drive - it says there is no drive present. So I get bumped out of the sequence or it crashes. Help, pleease. Thank you ahead of time.

A:XP reinstall can't find hard drive?

If this is a SATA drive you may need to install the drivers first. You need to hit the F6 at the beginning of the install.

If this is an IDE drive, check your cables

Did this drive work previously?

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i have a dell 6400 + recovery discs. i want to clean hard drive + reinstall discs. basiclly return it to how it was when i brought it new. i am not selling it on but want it for use in holiday home for family/friends to use. what do i do and how easy is it to do.

A:clean hard drive & reinstall

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I need to install my old Maxtor (Diamondmax Plus 9 80 GB ATA) to try to recover some data. I installed a new Western Digital Sata hard drive with a sata cable but the other one was using a ribbon cable. Will that be a problem? Thanks.

A:How do I reinstall my old hard drive as slave?

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i wiped my pb eastnote TE (didnt really know what i was doing) i was restoring it to factory settings, i thought id just have put in my usb and it would reinstall everything for me, but it hasnt.. ive no idea what to do, error mes im getting it ;there was a problem while resetting your pc, all im getting is a blue screen, but the options they are giving me are not working

thanks for looking

A:help, wiped my hard drive and cant reinstall from my usb

It would help if you explained exactly what you did, and what kind of USB media you have.

For instance, when you say "I wiped", what exactly did you do? And is the USB a Recovery Drive that had the Factory Image on it, or something else?

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Hi. The original hard drive in my laptop died just after the warranty ended I purchased a new SSD drive and tried to reinstall OS from the recovery DVDs delivered with the laptop. I have tried both Win7 and Win8.1 media. With the Win7 Pro media the installation seems to go through but the Windows always fails to start. The description says that Windows failed to load because kernel is missing or corrupt. The missing file is always different, e.g. ntoskrnl.exe. The given error status with this file was 0xc0000221. With the Win8.1 media the installation did not succeed at all because some files were missing. Now I cannot even boot from the Win8.1 DVD. What could I do?  

A:Unable to reinstall OS on new hard drive

Eniq Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about problems reinstalling from the recovery media to an SSD and wanted to help.Two questions: (1) how big was the old hard drive (capacity), (2) how big is the SSD (capacity)? Asking because while I was able to migrate my HP DV6 HDD to an SSD, I did that using an SSD the same capacity as the HDD. I have been told here, that as long as the SSD is at least 256GB, the HP recovery will work -- but I have not tried that and can not personally confirm that.Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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My hard drive is failing the SMART test. I have been receiving errors on startup, so I have ordered a new hard drive. I know how to do a clean install with W7. My question is, isn't there an easier way to get everything from my dying HD over to my new HD?

I really don't want to have to load and update all my software on the new HD.


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I have a Dell Inspiron 15 N5050.
This unit was having high lag and memory utilization of 100% shown in task manager and resource monitor. Ran Dell Extended Troubleshooting. Results = Hard Drive error. Replace hard drive.
What are the Hard Drive specs for this unit.
This unit runs Win 7. How do I reinstall on new hard drive?
Thank you in advance for your help!

A:Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

Any 2.5" SATA notebook drive will work that's 9.5 mm or slimmer.
Ideally you prepared a set of recovery media when you received the system -- if you did not, you will need to contact Dell to purchase that now.

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Hi all

I have a Samsung EVO SSD & I tried to reinstall Windows 7 but Windows won't allow me to perform the reinstall & gave me this message ..... " Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI system, Windows can only be installed to GPT disk."

I've also include a screen shot of my drive to view.

Any help would be very much appreciated.


A:Cannot reinstall Windows 7 due to Hard DRive issues

Welcome to the forum. If you delete all the partition so it's a blank disk it should work

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I have a computer that apparently has a virus.
It won't even completely boot.
I would like to reformat the hard drive and reinstall windows.
This computer is only a year old and runs xp.
All data is backed up. I have tried to do this but go to some choices about particians and didn't know what to do.
Can someone post instructions or link to instructions?

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I want to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows 10, but the PC I want to format was originally Windows 7, and upgraded to Windows 10 when it was free. Is there any way for me to install Windows 10 again without now paying for it? I'm not asking for an illegal way to download, but maybe there are installation files still on my computer? If so, Would I use the Windows authentication code that came with the Windows 7?

A:I want to format hard drive and reinstall Windows 10, but...

yes, when you upgrade you automatically get windows 10 registered - so you can download the windows iso and re-install.
It will authenticate windows 10 with the servers automatically

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I downloaded my version of Windows 7 from the Microsoft store, but my hard drive is failing and I need to replace it with a new one, which has Vista. How do I retrieve my version of Windows 7 to install on to the new hard drive?

A:Need to reinstall my version of Windows 7 on a new hard drive, but...

Hi how did you install it as it comes as a iso file so needs to be burnt to a disc prior to install,if you still have the disc your problem is solved if you have the iso file on the drive try to copy it to a disc,or you can try these http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&sou...up39wXbVzwduJQ http://www.ubuntugeek.com/recover-da...-dd_rhelp.html

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Hi. I don't know much about Windows 8 so I am looking for some help in this matter. Here's the situation...

A friend of mine has a Acer laptop running Windows 8. When it boots up there's a message that says "No Bootable Device Found." I tested his hard drive and it's a complete failure. I even took it out and hooked it up to a dock to try and view and recover files and it's not readable at all. Below are my questions about it which I hope you can help me with...

1. I know he needs to purchase a new hard drive. 2. He never made recovery media so I guess he must order recovery media from Acer or is there another way around this? Is there a Windows 8 iso for download that I can use to reinstall his OS? What about a OS product code? How do I know what his registration code is? Is it in the BIOS? How can I find it? Any and all help with this is greatly appreciated as I am a novice with Windows 8. Thank you!

A:Reinstall issues after hard drive failure

The forum tutorials are your friend.
Here is the one about downloading the Win 8 iso.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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