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Solved: Cannot Access Compressed Hard Drive

Q: Solved: Cannot Access Compressed Hard Drive

My compressed SATA hard drive is set up in an external drive bay.My system (win 7) will not detect the drive except by computer management. The drive is not a boot drive. I cannot get the hard drive to be detected except by using Computer Management. The drive is running.

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A: Solved: Cannot Access Compressed Hard Drive

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It is on a computer running XP SP3. Now, it shows up in ?My Computer? but with no statistics and I cannot open it. The drive does not show up in Windows Disk Management. I have gone thru the Seagate website's ?External Drive Trouble Shooter for WinDOWS xp/2000? as well as contacting Seagate Support with no success. I have tried Windows Format, DOS Format, Seatools for Windows, HD LFF Low Level Format, testdisk_win, and Disk Wizard with no success. The drive showed up but they all reported failure in testing and/or accessing the disk. Seatools for DOS sounds like it would do the trick but it didnotrecognizeeitherofmyexternaldrives, theotheroneofwhichisworking.Can anyone recommend a fix? Seems to me that it is a software problem, not a hardware problem, so there should be a software solution. I have very limited funds and can't afford to replace the drive right now. It is used as a backup drive so loss of the data on the drive is not an issue. I'll just run another backup when the drive is restored to health. My boot drive is not backed up on this drive, so that is not a problem.

A:Seagate expansion hard drive worked fine until I aborted a conversion to a compressed drive

Have you tried reinitializing the drive?

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I am needing to reformat a Toshiba Tecra 8000 lap top and I have found that the C drive is compressed and to check the drvspace. I have heard that trying to reformat a compressed drive can be pain, and I haven't dealt with this situation before. Anybody know how or what I need to do?


A:Compressed Hard Drive

Q. My system tells me that the drive I am formatting is a compressed drive. It tells me to use the DRVSPACE tool (Drivespace) to format the drive. Can you help?
A. In Windows 95/98/Me, click the START button then Programs, then Accessories then System Tools. Select Drivespace. Select the C: drive. Click the "Drive" menu (at the top left) and click "Format".

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I have a Toshiba Inter Core2 duo, 3072 MB memory, system BIOS version 1.30. Yesterday i compressed my hard drive accidently. Now i get the following notice:
BOOTMRG is cpmressed, press CTRL+Alt+Del to restart.
We just moved and i have no Vista DVD at the moment to repair my laptop.

A:Help! I compressed my hard drive and have no Vista DVD at the moment!

I am sorry, but you NEED a Vista DVD in order to fix it. Download one from the Internet if you can. Just follow the instructions below.

* Boot into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) from the Windows Vista DVD and perform a “Startup Repair”.

* If the above doesn’t solve the problem then boot into WinRE again, but when selecting the Vista-installation choose “Load Drivers” (Instead of “Next&#8221 and use the mini Windows Explorer to right-click the boot-drive and deselect “Compress this Drive” and choose Apply to sub-folders and files.

* If that also fails then boot into WinRE again, and go to the “Command Prompt” and execute these commands:
o compact /U C:\bootmgr
o compact /U C:\ntldr

Good luck!

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I had some files compressed on vista, that were moved to 7 and now, everytime I open them I get access denied, even though I am Administrator.

A:Solved: Access denied on a few compressed files

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Hello all,
  Duh moment - I right-clicked on my C-drive properties, and selected 'compress drive to save space', and it actually did it!  Yes, even the Boot Manager.  Now I try to boot up, and only get a DOS prompt that says 'BOOTMGR is compressed - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart'.  I can't boot to my W7 disk.  Not sure what to do now - any ideas, my genious friends?
Thank you in advance,

A:Compressed OS drive - Boot Manager now compressed

To fix this issue, you need to boot from a Windows 7 install DVD/USB or a system repair disc. Why you can't boot from the Win 7 disc ?.

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My compaq desktop was working fine, until I attempted to install Samsung Sync Master 170N As soon as I downloaded the drivers for monitor, my screen went black.. Hooked up original monitor...same problem...I cannot access my hard drive...tried boot up disks...restore etc.....nothing....monitor does not even "flicker". When I turn on the computer it sounds like it is trying to "boot" runs for a minute or two and then shuts itself off... Any way of getting files off hard drive if this problem cannot be corrected??? Thanks...

A:[SOLVED] Cannot Access Hard Drive

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I've got an old, parallel-interface hard drive (wide gray ribbon cable) from an old XP machine that I would like to have show up as another drive on my Win7 computer. The computer it's out of is very temperamental, otherwise I'd just try to network the two computers. What I am looking for is some sort of enclosure/power supply that would run the old drive, and then either with USB or network connection, let me see it with Windows Explorer. I don't need to run any of the programs resident on the drive, but just to pull off data files. Is this possible?

A:Solved: Access an old hard drive

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I had some problems with my hard drive, downloaded the Maxtor diagnostics tools and was told it was toast. So I used the tools to do a low level format. Now my computer is reading the drive but I can't access it. In Disk Managemnt it is there but says "unallocated". Right clicking only shows properties (not format). Is it really toast or is there anything I can do?

A:Solved: Can't access Hard Drive

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I have a 40 GIG hard drive WITH WIN 2000 on it that i can't boot up to or access as a slave drive.... (it prompts me to format it hen i access it as a slave) the file system for some reason is RAW now and I have tried reloading the 4 floppies to make it bootable again to no avail. There is enough stuff on there to make it worth my time to try to access it and move it to another drive before I format it. I wouldn't let me load win 2000 over the top of it.........but is it possible if i tried loading a bootable Win XP disk that it might let me in?

Looking for answers............

A:[SOLVED] Can't access hard drive

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Hi, after I formated and installed vista again, I can no longer access one of my hard drives.

"Access is denied"

When I go to the security tab in the properties for the hard drive it doesnt show me the usual auth users, system, admin etc in the username list. It only shows "S-1-5-21-" followed by loads of numbers. That however has full permissions to the hard drive.

If this helps, in Disk Management it shows as a healthy, active primary partion and the hard drive appears in my bios. I have no trouble accessing any of my other hard drives just this one. In PartionMagic the hard drive appears as the only drive to have a partion on it.

Any ideas on whats wrong? Oh, and I am logged in as a system admin.

Thanks, Lee

A:Solved: Cannot Access Hard Drive

Take Ownership.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

"Only drive with a partition" -- Your system cannot see the drive that you booted from or any others?

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Recently my 1TB hard drive failed. I use Clickfree as a backup software. I decided to buy a 2TB drive to replace the failed drive. I installed the new drive and used Clickfree to re-image the old drive on the new drive. I assumed that after that I would see the extre TB, but apparently the re-image does just that and I can only see the original 1TB. Is there a way to get the extra TB?

A:[SOLVED] How to access all of hard drive

Hi -

Is the additional 1 TB of space listed in Disk Management as "unallocated"? If so, you can format it and assign it a drive letter via Disk Management.

If unsure of what I am asking, please open Disk Management and take a screenshot pic and post.

Click on START | type diskmgmt.msc | maximize the screen | use Snipping Tool for screenshot

START | type snip | select Snipping Tool

Regards. . .



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System is an AMD Athlon 64 powered laptop running Windows XP Home with Service Pack 2. I have installed a Western Digital WD200BB 200 gig hard drive in an Evertech model THB3530 USB case.

The system detects the USB plug in, and installs the proper driver for the Hard drive and USB mass storage device. How ever, no Icon appears in the my computer for the hard drive and no access is allowed. Also no window pops up asking what you would like to do with the hard drive. I have tried jumpering the pins to slave or neutral. No luck.

Any Ideas?


A:Solved: No access to USB Hard drive

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Okay so I have 2 hard drives first one is a 160GB WD and the 2nd one is a 120 GB Seagate the WD one has windows vista on it and the Seagate has windows XP. Today I tried to get some music from my windows xp hard drive but vista wont allow it. How can I copy my music to windows vista?

A:[SOLVED] Can't access XP hard drive

hi possibly unplug the xp drive boot then shut down replug and reboot and see if it is discovered and lets you do what you want

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My computer has two hard drives, C:/ and E:/ around 220 GB each. I had XP installed on my C drive, and used the E drive as storage for my files. After installing windows 7 earlier, I can no longer access my Local Disk E. (I installed windows 7 on the C drive ofcourse, over my XP)

It says "E:/ is not accessible. Access is denied."

I'm not sure if the format before was NTFS, also there is something strange: on proprieties it shows as 0 bytes free space/used space, but when I tried to change permissions on the drive (Proprieties--->Security--->Advanced--->Owner--->Edit--->El) and check the replace owner on subcontainers and objects, I see the names of my folders which were on the E:/ drive on the window that pops up so the 0 bytes mentionned earlier doesn't make any sense.

Anyways, I tried using the command prompt, it didn't work either. Here is a screenshot for more details.

Any help would be really appreciated as i'm not very good with this kind of stuff and that drive had some really important files in it.

A:Solved: Cannot access hard drive

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when I go to access my C drive an eror message pops up and says

"Windows cannot find "RECYCLER\s-1-2-94-100026750-100011381-100025454-5413.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click Start, and then click Search"

I've uploaded a print screen of the windo that pops up if that helps.

I don't know what to do can you help plz!?!?

A:[SOLVED] I can't Access my C drive (hard drive)


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Just installed a new motherboard and fresh install of XP home. My previous OS was 98SE with the old mobo. None of the drives were changed except formatting the C drive for the new OS. Everything appears to run correctly now except I can't read or write to the D drive (which is the secondary 40 gig hard drive). I have tons of saved info on this drive and need to get to it very badly. I try to access the D drive with Windows Explorer and I get a window stating the disk in drive D is not formatted? How can I get to this info.???


A:Solved: Can't access secondary hard drive

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


A:Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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Left click "My Computer"
Left click on any of Hard Drive C icon (HP Pavillion), Hard Drive D icon (HP Recovery) or Simple Drive (K) and the following occurs

Red X warning

"Windows cannot find 'RECYCLER/S-8-9-29-100026537-100017197-100002751-1607.com'

I have to right click each hard drive icon and left click "explore" to access the respective hard drive's contents

we recently had to rebuild the computer due to a nasty malware installation and this is the result...

any feedback much appreciated.\

A:Solved: Hard drive access problems

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Hello, I changed windows from xp to win7 and now when I try to enter to my external hard drive (which was working perfectly on win xp) I get an error "F:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." Win7 doesn't have access to that hard drive, it even can't run error-check. Any advice?

A:[SOLVED] Can't access external hard drive

Hello and welcome to TSF, wedegnar!

Are you the owner of the drive?

Right-click and select Properties. Select the Security tab. Click Advanced. Select the Owner tab.

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I recently defragged my additional hard drive and now when I click on it I get a message saying it isn't formatted. Is there anything I can do to access the drive?

A:Solved: Can't access additional hard drive

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My gf got me this Seagate HD for Xmas and my brother got me this external enclosure for Xmas. So I installed the drive in the enclosure and hooked up the USB cable to the computer. When I did that, it made the same chiming noise it makes when I connect my flash drive, and the "Safely remove USB device" icon pops up in the system tray. The drive even shows up in the Device Manager both under "Disk Drives" and under USB as a mass storage device, and says that the device is working properly. But, the drive doesn't show up under My Computer, so I can't copy files to it, format the drive, etc. I looked for updated drivers for the enclosure, but all they have is a driver for Win98.

To make it even more confusing, there's a firmware update for the drive that u can see in the link above. But how can install it thru a USB connection? I do have a SATA connection on my mobo, but my internal drives are IDE and hooking up a SATA drive will cause all sorts of conflicts.

The other issue is that I'm not sure if the enclosure can handle a 1.5TB drive. The site says 800GB, the box that it came in says 1TB, and the manual says unlimited capacity.

So what should I do??

I forgot to mention that I tried it 2 different computers that are both running WinXP, and it did the same thing on both computers, and that I can feel/hear the drive spinning up when the turn the enclosure on/off.

A:Solved: Can't access new external hard drive

Assuming Windows XP: Start> Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management.

Right-click the drive and create a partition. Then format it. Do it all in Disk Management.

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Hi, i have a difficulty.

I made a mistake when installing fresh copy of win HP. I had a new HD and i've installed windows on it. But the old HD that was on my PC was found during the installation and the system found it like partition C:. I've made a mistake and made that partition unpartitioned space and than again i have made it partition. The disk is not yet formated but off course, i cant access the data that is on the disk. Can anyone tell me how can I save the data that is on my disk. Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Access unpartitioned Hard Drive

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Can this be done? I need to reinstall the OS on the hard drive, but I have to try and get some files off of it first or can I install new OS over the old one without a loss of my files?

A:Solved: Can /I boot from a CD and access my hard drive?

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I had a 200 GB HD which became defective. I was able to fully back up all the data on an external USB drive. I bought a Western Digital WDC2500SB EIDE drive which is 250 GB. When I went to restore the data from the Toshiba USB drive I made a wrong selection and although all the data and OS was intact the drive only shows 189 GB total capacity in My Computer. I can back up onto the external USB drive. My question is "How can I format or whatever to utilize the full space on the WDC (250 GB)?"
I use the EaseUS backup freeware on the Toshiba USB drive.

A:Solved: How To Access 100% of Hard Drive Space

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I enabled bitlocker by editing the group policy. At tha time, I encrypted my internal and external hard drive. The internal drive saved the key to my usb drive and by default, the external drive save it in my Documents folder. I also selected the auto-unlock option to prevent myself from having to key my password each time I used the drive. Due to performance issues after upgrading from Vista, I decided to reinstall Windows 7. I copied all of my data over to the external drive from the Documents folder, right clicked th external drive from the Computer folder and assumed by removing the password, which is allowed since the auto-unlock setting was enabled (not the best idea for those who might be considering this) and thought that Bitlocker was disabled from the external drive and was not aware that it had to be turned off from the Control Panel System and Security area. I proceeded to install Ubuntu which repartitioned the hard drive.I was curious to see if the new beta release fixed a kernel panic issue I was experiencing and it did not. I now went back to Windows 7 and started the installation. This repartitioned the drive again and everything was reinstalled. I go to plug in my external drive and now I'm prompted for the 48 digit recovery key. Ok, I pull out my jump drive to find that I don't have it. Since it was in my Documents folder and I copied all of that data to the external drive prior to the reinstall, its now encrypted on the drive and I've basically lost all of ... Read more

A:Cannot access external hard drive after enabling Bitlocker to go. Recovery key file is on the encrypted drive and I cannot access it. Any suggestions?

No, without the cert you cannot gain access to the drive, by design, and as expected behavior. If you could, there would not be a reason for the encryption to exist at all.Rating posts helps other users
Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP

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I had a small drive and had seen compress drive 20 gig it took for ever.
and now I get after bios COPUG is compressed press control alt delete to restart.

And we are back where we started.

WHY and how do you offer an option that wrecks your puter?

Any way out other than a reinstall?

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I have a computer here that slows to a crawl at random intervals while the hard drive spins for now apparent reason. There are several programs running, so it's difficult to track down the problem. It's got plenty of ram free, shows no CPU activity, and no network activity.

Is there a utility out there that can show what programs are accessing the hard drive in the same way that task manager can show how much of the CPU a particular program is using?

Windows XP Pro

A:[Solved] utility to watch hard drive access?

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I have a program that stores profile information as part of it's registry entry. It's for an old FTP program (FTP Explorer)
The Hard Drive is currently not bootable (dealinig with it) and I am in the process of recovering lost programs from the back ups and some that couldn't be backed up.

Note: The Hard Drive is not accessible in any mode Safe or otherwise - Stop error 0x00000024 - appears to be a hard drive failure. I have however been able to access the data through a data recovery program I have and I can see all files including Windows directory.
I may be able to revcover the drive but I may not. All relavent files have been copied to an external drive.
Recovery is not the issue here - I can and will deal with that later.

For this program specifically I have in the past exported the registry enty and saved it as my backup and then imported as required.
Unfortunately there are more entries (profiles) since the last backup.

So the question is... Can you recover registry enties from the hard drive?

Any thoughts, direction, suggestions appreciated.

(WinXP Pro SP3)

A:Solved: Can you access registry info from a Hard Drive

Not to be unreasonable but have you access to a HDD station ? They work rather well if the drive will spin although I have never went after Registry entries before.

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After installing a windows update I can't access my external hard drive. When I plug in the USB cord the laptop recognizes it and installs the drivers. However, when I go to My Computer all I see pertaining to the ExHDD is "Removable Disk (D: )" and "Removable Disk (E: )" instead of the old "Maxtor One Touch (_: )" like it did before. Clicking on both D: and E: results in "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (D/E: )". I've tried doing a system restore back to a week ago and then to 2 weeks before that with no luck. I've also uninstalled all the USB drivers in device manager, restarted, and plugged in the ExHDD again. After plugging it back in the drivers were reinstalled and it nothing else happened. The ExHDD doesn't make any abnormal sounds, it lights up properly too so I don't think it's damaged at all.

It's filled with data so I want to avoid having to erase any of it. Any suggestions on what I should do?
Running Vista on a HP laptop. The external hard drive is a Maxtor One Touch 4 500GB.

A:Solved: Unable to access external hard drive

Have you tried a system restore to see if you can get back to where you were?

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I have a Seagate NAS110 network storage drive. Sadly ,Seagate's Global Access interface doesn't work, which is also know among it's forum contributors

Is there a way to connect to it directly through the web?

The unit does have aan set up section-

Lan Modes- Static and DHCP
Services-Web Access
(Default: 80) Default
(Range: 8000 through 8999)

(Default: 443) Default
(Range: 8000 through 8999)

FTP Service EnableDisable

Enable Anonymous YesNo

(Default: 21) Default
(Range: 8000 through 8999)

SSL/TLS Connection EnableDisable
UPnP Port Forwarding for Web Access & FTP

Service EnableDisable

NFS Service EnableDisable

Also- Dynamic DNS
I'd need help to get to work if I can use this to go direct

Please let me know

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Can I access my hard drive directly from away from home?

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I have a friend who has a hard drive that he can't access the data on. He says it's a SATA2 hard drive.

He has tried to re-format it (by overwriting, not using a new partition) but he gets an error saying that the data can't be accessed. Also it crashed during one of the attempts. He also tried deleting the partition to save his hard drive (the partition takes up the entire hard drive's capacity) but got the same result. If he attempts to run the already installed Windows 7 on the hard drive it gets past the 'starting windows' screen and then automatically restarts.

This problem started when windows was carrying out an update but the computer shut off before it could complete. Then it was all downhill from there...

Does anybody have any last effort ideas for saving the hard drive and possibly the files on it?

Since I'm speaking for my friend I might not have all of the details, so please let me know if you need any more and I'll try and find out.

A:Solved: Hard drive can't access data, may be corrupted

You need to find out the manufacturer of the drive and use their diagnostics to test the drive for errors.

Ultimate Boot CD is a bootable CD with all the manufacturer's diagnostics that you can use to test it: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

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system info:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 350 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3892 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1722 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461829 MB, Free - 315150 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 08VFX1
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I have a LaCie Minimus external hard drive which shows up in the Device anager but not in Computer and I can no longer access it. To own up, I think I may have disconnected the USB cable when the hard drive was attached to another computer we were having trouble with, and it was still running. (Other computer fine now, thanks for help from another forum). The original error message I had was E: is not accessible. Parameter incorrect. I have run Checkdisk on it and some files have been corrected but still no joy. Is there anything else I can do to recover the files or is reformatting the only option? Fortunately we're reasonably sure the files are all available elsewhere.
If I have to reformat, is it sufficient just to respond to reformat request or will I have to anything further to enable me to use it again. Thanks for any help and advice you can offer.

A:Solved: Can't access my external hard drive, reformat?

Hi, Problem solved! I looked in your wiki and found a reference to HDD health at http://panterasoft.com/, downloaded the software and clicked on it in the list of programs. Immediately I had the 'upload your pictures to Dropbox' window, and, lo and behold, I could suddenly access the hard drive again. Coincidence or what? Many thanks to your website for help with solving two problems.
Incidentally the I found this YouTube video helpful for running the checkdisk sequences http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp1MUqMHWZY . I had already done this when I downloaded the HDD health.

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Guys, I messed up real bad. I have an external hard drive partitioned in 3 partitions. I use these partitions to backup my 3 computers to. For some unknown reason I started playing around trying to add an autorun.inf and an ico to the partitions. I was trying to change the icon of each partition. Long story short now when I plug in the external hard drive, Windows will not recognize the partitions. Windows does give an audible sound when I plug the hard drive in and keeps giving the sound over and over. How the heck can I access this drive to reformat it and start over? HELP!!!!

A:[SOLVED] I Screwed Up &amp; Now Cannot Access External Hard Drive

Hey Guys, Never mind the post. For some reason after 3 restarts the external hard drive was recognized and I was able to delete the faulty autorun and ico files. WHEW! I was really scared I had a 1 tb brick. Thanks

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I have a non-branded box running Windows XP Home Edition. After un-installing Netgear USB Adapter software and restarting the computer I received a BSOD with a Page_Fault_In_Nonpaged_Area. After this I was able to access Safe Mode w/o any problems.

No big deal. After I backed-up all of my information (it wasn't much) I inserted my XP Disc but it stated that no hard disks could be found. I started Windows XP setup while in Safe Mode. It eventually failed. Now I cannot access Safe Mode because each time I do I receive the following error. Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now.

Now each time I restart the computer I eventually receive the following notice Setup is being restarted.... which then fails and leads to the BSOD screen.

Ok, I realized I have a Promise MBFasttrack 133 Raid controller and downloaded the controller driver to a USB drive. Since the box has a floppy drive my hope was to access safe mode and copy that information to the floppy. But since I cannot access Safe Mode this is not possible.

Each time I boot from the XP disc and press F6 to install the needed driver it goes straight to the A: drive.

I have no problem re-installing the OS but how can I get to the point that the XP disc recognizes the hard drive? Many thanks for looking.

Solved: Placed the controller drivers onto a flash drive, booted the computer using UBCD. Copied the controller files onto the floppy drive. Pressed F6 while the XP disc was booting. Installed... Read more

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Hi guys,

I'm not exactly sure how to explain this so I'll try and give you as much information as possible.

I am currently running Win XP SP2 on my PC with 2 hard drives. Whilst doing all my usual diagnostics/maintenance I noticed that my second HD (which is a SATA btw) is showing up with unreadable files and errors whilst running a CHKDSK /F. The process seemed to stall, so I was forced to reboot.

However when I rebooted, I found that the SATA HD was not being recognized by XP. So I rebooted again and checked the BIOS. The SATA drive was still there. Again I let XP load and again it was not showing up. Since then the SATA drive shows up intermittently in the BIOS when I check it, but it never shows up in XP.

All I want to do is to somehow get access to this SATA drive so I can reformat it in an attempt to fix the problem (even just temporarily). If anyone has any suggestions I would be most grateul. I'm also happy to give you any further information you need (if I know!)

Much obliged.

A:Solved: Hard Drive showing in BIOS - but can't access in XP?

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I use Task Manager and Procexp to monitor the processes running on my Vista and W7 machines.
But, sometimes I see my disk drive light blinking madly or even solid with access and can't figure out, from these tools, what is accessing the drive so much.
Is there a (free) utility that can do this?

A:Solved: looking for software to monitor hard drive access

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So, the screen on my friend's laptop is dying and I took his hard drive out and put it in a USB 2.0 external enclosure. The hard drive has Windows XP installed on it.

When I connected the hard drive to another laptop he has that is running Windows Vista (Home Premium I think), Vista mounted the drive as read-only and I'm told I'm denied access to most of the files on the drive. By using the UAC, I can gain access to the files but I don't understand why I'm getting the security problems, in the first place.

I then connected the hard drive to another system, a desktop system running Windows XP Home Edition, and when I tried to access the files, I get "Access Denied" messages. So, there must be something on the hard drive in the USB enclosure that is causing the security problems.

When I connect the drive to my Linux system, I can access the files without any problems.

Any ideas on what the problem might be? I'm posting this issue here since the ultimate goal is to get read/write access to the hard drive in the USB enclosure on the laptop running Vista.



A:Solved: Help needed with access to hard drive via USB enclosure

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Hi Everyone!
I am having some issues with the new hard drive I put into my Dell Inspiron 560. I installed it and it seems to be doing great except for that fact that it will not use a wifi connection to access the internet. It only uses the Ethernet cable successfully. I have tried updating from Microsoft and Dell, but I am still having this issue. The sound doesn't seem to be working either. Anyone have any ideas or solutions for this? ( I did go to dell and entered my tag #, and downloaded what it said was needed...what am I doing wrong?)
Please and Thank you!

A:Solved: New Hard Drive Installation-No Wifi Access

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Hello and thank you for reading my first post on TSGF!
When I start my laptop I get this message " BOOTMGR is Compressed
Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

I've had this before when I accidentally compressed my drive but this time I have no clue what I've done! Unfortunately I've lost my Windows Disc this time. I do have an 8GB USB drive and I'm wondering if I can get a Startup repair on that. Any Step by Step help and links would be great

A:Solved: BOOTMGR Compressed fix (Using Flash drive)

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I connected my WD Passport External Hard Drive after quite some time to my laptop. When it was initially installing the driver, i interrupted the process. My bad!!

The computer recognized the hard drive but with an error. I downloaded the driver from the WD website. The device is recognised in Device Manager but does not appear in My Computer.

How do I gain access to my files??

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-60, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1790 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 36961 MB; D: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 40831 MB; E: Total - 50877 MB, Free - 49419 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 360A
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: External Hard Drive: Unable to access through My Computer

It could be as simple as getting your Windows7 up to date. You are missing SP1 and all post updates. After installing SP1 be sure to restart the computer if it did not do so. Then, using your Windows Update, complete all post updates.


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My laptop died a couple of weeks ago. A friend of mine tested the laptop hard-drive and apparently the disk is non-bootable (he's in IT so did the analysis with a devide to test the hard-drive directly) and corrupted. So I put the hard-drive in an enclosure kit and I'm using it to retrieve some of the files in the disk.

The problem is that I can't access the 'Documents and Settings' folders because I can't boot the disk and I guess i need to start the system with my profile password. Is there a way I can access the files in my profile folder?

System in the old hard drive: Win 7 64-bit
New laptop: Same

A:Solved: How can I access 'Documents and Settings' from a non-bootable hard-drive (ext

With a corrupted disc there's no way to predict what files will still be readable.

You will not be able to access 'Documents and Settings' if the drive contained only Vista or 7; in those OSes 'Documents and Settings' is a junction point (not a folder) whose purpose is to allow old programs to access folders/files that used to be there but in Vista and 7 are in C:\Users. Can you access <drive>:\Users?

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Hello i have recently bought a new hdd and installed windows vista on it. i have attached my old hdd to my computer, which still has windows xp installed on it.
My problem is, i cant access this old drive through vista, when ever i go to copy or even view any of the files it give me access is denied, or i do not have the correct permissions.
I am logged in as administrator.
Please help!

A:Solved: Access Denied - incorrect permissions to 2nd Hard Drive

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Hi... I have a Maxtor 500 G external hdrive attached to my Acer Aspire 5315 Laptop running Vista Home Basic.. I get an ACCESS DENIED message now when trying to access it . I used to be able to access it on the laptop. I recently restored my laptop back to factory settings tho have done the windows updates. I can access it in safe mode on the laptop just not normal windows mode? I can access the External drive from my PC running XP home. The usb ports are all fine on the laptop so it isn't that. I just don't know what else could be the problem :( Help please?

Thank you
Leanne aka Silver^Rose

A:[SOLVED] access denied to external hard drive on acer laptop

Hi. . .

Did you by any chance install the software that came with it?

I have found that most external drives of this type (I have one just like it) install backup sodtware that is incompatable with Vista. This woiuld be one reason why it works in SAFEMODE and on your XP system.

I simply do not install the software and just copy files over.

Either un-install that software or perform a system resore using a restore point prior to the install of the software.

Regards. . .


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I am wondering if I can access files on a SATA or IDE hard drive installed in a desktop computer with no other hard drive installed. Meaning, the drive I am trying to access isn't configured with drivers for the desktop's other hardware or motherboard. There is no other drive installed in the desktop. I was wanting to know if I could use a boot CD (Hiren's or Linux) to use as way to access files, pics, etc. and transfer it to a usb flash drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Can I access data from a SATA or IDE hard drive on a system it's not configur

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I recently purchased an Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive and was working fine when i first got it. Now, a week later i am unable to access the hard drive on multiple computers. It is detected as being plugged in and windows goes through the found new hardware when its plugged in but i cannot access it. Could someone possibly help me with this?

A:Solved: Help with Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive (unable to access)

See if it is visible in Disk Management and what it says about it.

How did you partition the drive? If you didn't, it should be done by you and not rely on the bad job done by manufacturers.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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