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Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Q: Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooking this up I would be very much appreciatetive.

It would be a new computer with windows xp home or pro and wanting to hook up a hard drive from an old computer with windows 98 to get the files off from it. Thanks

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A: Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

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Firstly, thank you for any help/advice you can offer.

Recently I purchased parts to build my own computer. I have, up to this point, just purchased Compaqs and did minor upgrades, but I thought it would be fun to put my own together. I have followed many guides and have done alot of research about which parts to buy, so I think I am all good to go...however, I have one question. I had been running a Compaq with Windows 7 installed. It did not come with DVD Installation disks, rather, I believe the OS Install files were on a partition of the hard drive. If I scavenge that Hard drive for my the computer I am building, will I be able to reinstall Windows 7 on it, or will I need to purchase another copy of the OS?

I am hoping to save $100 here, but I understand if it is not possible. Also, I do not care about losing any data on the drive.

A:Solved: First Time Build Hard Drive Question

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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

A:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Sorry, this was a dup posting, so I have deleted the content.

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At the mo my Win XP 120 GB drive has about 26 GB left but i have a second hard drive in my PC ( which i only connect when i wanna do some thing in Win98) which is a 70 GB drive so im thinking of using that as a second drive for my PC , i have alwas been used to formatting W98 drives etc , ie using FDISK etc but im new to doing hard drive replacments / Hard Drive add ons in XP , so my question is whats the best way to add a second hard drive to XP ? i have been told i can format the drive etc while Win XP is booted up ?? is this true ? .


A:Formating a win98 drive to use a a second hard drive in XP

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Hello, I have a quick question about cloning a old hard drive to a new hard drive on a desktop computer.

I bought a new 320 GB EIDE hard drive (my computer uses IEDE not SATA) about 3 months ago.
I successfully installed it and it works, but when I set it up as a secondary (slave) hard drive (when I say set it up I mean: physically on the hard drive before I installed it into the computer, I put it to slave not master; and I virtually set it up to a slave hard drive when the computer booted up and all that stuff).
Then I put a music folder in the slave hard drive, that's it.

Now, about 3 months later, I see that I should have just set up my new hard drive to be the master hard drive because my old 70 GB hard drive is just way to small to be used for a computer.
I want to clone my old hard drive to the new hard drive (I want to boot on this hard drive and have everything that was on the old hard drive). I also want to set my new slave hard drive to the master hard drive and the old hard drive to the slave. I looked on the internet and youtube and I know how to clone so I'm alright there.

So since I want to set my slave hard drive as the master:
QUESTION: Do I take my new hard drive out of the computer and physically switch it to master BEFORE cloning, or AFTER cloning (because I'm sure you have to physically do this on the hard drive right? not just virtually through a program)? And do I have to put the new hard drive where the old hard drive cur... Read more

A:Need Help Cloning Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive (quick question)

Never mind...I figured it out.

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I have a Dell desktop (tower model) running Win 98 SE. I have had a 2nd hard drive installed for a while now, and it has been working fine. I noticed a couple of days ago that it is no longer visible in Explorer (used to be d:. Now the CD drive is showing as d: ). I cannot pinpoint when this might have started happening or any recent changes that might have caused this.

I looked in setup (under IDE), and the second hard drive is showing a capacity of 0 MB (it seems to be recognized - I saw something that looks like a serial #). I also ran Dell diagnostics - the self test ran ok, but the seek test said "target drive aborted the command". I did not try any other tests.

Any help would be appreciated. I am hoping I haven't lost the drive - I haven't been great with backups

Thanks in advance.

A:Win98 - cannot see 2nd hard drive

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My hard hard drive is 30 gig but Win 98 says when you click on "MY Computer" that is 8.4 gig is there a way of fixing this or i will have to update to Win ME. IF so how can i upgrade using the full Retail version of Win ME. I am worrie du to the fact that i am close to reaching 8.4 gig in use files.

A:Win98 says hard Drive is 8.4 gig when is 30 gig

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.


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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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Hi.This must have been asked before but please bear with me,I want to install win98 and winxp (home) on the one sata HD,how to partition and have access to them,in simple terms would be much appreciated

A:win98 and winxp on the same hard drive

I've done this before but as I suspected, others have written it for me. The secret is to install XP first and make sure the HDD is formatted as a FAT 32 partition. Check out
I think that covers it. Good Luck!

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Hi All,
Have been trying to scanDisk my Hard Drive but it tries for about ten attempts but then gives me error message saying could not scan hard drive because there is something writting to hard drive. It asks me to shut this application down and try again.

However, there is nothing I can see running in background and have shut down everything in the startup bar. Have also started pc in Safe mode and still have same problem.
I've re-started pc but still no joy. Will also not let me defrag hard drive either
Any suggestions as to why this is happening?

A:ScanDisk on Hard Drive Win98

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Does such an animal exist? We had one shipped to our house when the store was out of them and therefore didn't know the hard drive wasn't compatible with win98.

Does anyone know if such compatibility exists?

A:Need external hard drive for win98

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I put a second hard drive in a PII running window 98 SE.. drive is reconginzed in bios but not in wondows ... shows in device manager without a drive letter... if marked as a removalbe drive (it is not) windows will assign a drive letter... any idea's on how to correct this

A:Win98 not showing 2nd hard drive

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I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards


A:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

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A:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

A:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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I have an external Hard Drive (Freecom Classic 160GB), my Laptop is running under Win98 and the USB is 1.1.

If I plug in, I see that there is some activity on the the hard drive - if I go into the explorer I cannot see a separate drive and therefore I have no access to the external hard drive.

I did load all drivers successfully - if it is plugged in I see in the system environment that the hardware has been accepted and is valid - but I don't see a drive on the explorer !?

I have the same problem if I plug in a card reader in the USB slot !

I have no problem if I plug a digital Camera or a Scanner - this is working OK !

Is there anything to be configured in Win98 ?

All equipment is working fine on an other Laptop under WinXP !

Would be very nice to find someone who can help


A:No access to my external Hard Drive under Win98 using USB 1.1

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I hope it isn't wrong place we443y ask.

I want to install windows 98 to my old 166MHz computer. When i try to install then it says that windows setup requires 'largest executable files to run'. Then i bypassed memory checking but it still says that i don't have any free memory for install. Yesterday i connected old hd as a slave in my newer computer. It didn't work at first but then i changed the drive letter and i don't know what i did after that. Anyway it started to work and i formated it. I can save and copy files to 2,36Gb drive. But when i put it back to an old computer as a master then it can only read the contents. It says - free memory 0. When i connect old hd as a master to my newer computer then it says the same.

My english is not perfect but i hope that you guys understand what problem i have.

Is that someting with partitions?

i have compaq deskpro 2000 and i cant enter to bios. I know that compaq bios uses a small space of hd for setupfiles and diagnostic but i dont know how do i fix the problem.

I found that old HD is NTFS filesystem i need to change it to FAT32. Will it help?

A:Hard Drive problem, win98 installing

Sorry for double post.

I have a new problem.

When i reach to win98 setup it gives an error message "w98 caused a general protection error fault in module krnl386.exe"
and second user.exe
after that
standart mode...
raw fault frame .........

I took hd out and put it to my second computer, same thing happens. I have read that it may be a ram issue but my main computer has not some hardware issues. I still got "windows setup requires 'largest executable files to run' " but i can pass it.

Now i can make folders running in dos but i can not copy. I can copy (within ???) XP when i put old hd to my second computer as slave.

What could be the problem?

btw i made FAT32 partition and 200MB MBR partition.

"Place the Windows 98 installation files in a folder whose UNC path contains no more than 240 characters" <--I don't understand.

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I did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!

A:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)

In detail :

'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free

'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop case.how can I install windows on my new hard drive?

A:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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Hi guys. My hard drive is constable running even if I'm away from it. I don't have any P2P programs install or anything that causes the PC to download. Here's my HiJackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:45:35 AM, on 5/9/2011
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16766)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Reviversoft\Registry Reviver\RegistryReviver.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SABnzbd\SABnzbd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Motive\McciContextHookShim.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Dell\apache\bin\httpd.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\java.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe
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Ok so I used to have:
<Mobo= MSI K8N Neo4-f, Cpu= AMD Athlon 64 2.0ghz, Ram= 1gig DDR>

last week I bought the upgrades:
<Mobo= ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe, Cpu= AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6ghz, Ram= 4gigs of DDR2>

With both set-ups I had a WD Raptor 10k rpm hard drive with windows XP
loaded on it. with the previous set up I would start up my computer and it
would load to my log in, in under 8 seconds. with the new set up, it takes
more than 25 minutes and the loading bar on the loading screen is slower.
I haven't installed anything that could cause a virus so im not sure what
could be doing this.

on a side note..
my cdr/dvdr drives haven't been working either. it acts
like it can read them and it will eject the trays from inside windows, but yet when I put a disk in, it cannot read it. so with this said.. I havent been able to install any mobo drivers other than my chipset and audio drivers which I managed to get off of a flash drive and my laptop. could this be causing both issues?

anyone have any suggestions for either of these problems?

A:10k rpm hard drive, 20 min windows XP load time.. wtf?

of course you reinstalled windows with the change of the motherboard right?

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My system, an IBM PC315, has been working fine
for a year. Suddenly, the hard drive is no
longer recognized at boot time. This did not
happen in a hard way, but intermittently. That
is, for a period of about 2 weeks, the hard
drive would be seen OK sometimes, but not seen
other times.

The system has two hard drives, actually, both
SCSI. Both are still seen by the Adaptec SCSI
utility at boot time. However, when I boot from
a DOS diskette, only the second (non-boot)
hard drive is seen by FDISK.

It feels like the main hard drive has just gone
kaput. Are there any other possibilities? Could
the power supply be having a problem with the
+12 volts used by the drives? (Then why is the
2nd drive OK?)

If the drive is dead, how can I recover the data?
A lot of stuff important to me is in there.

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive no longer recognized at boot time.

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This is probably a dumb question, since there are no stupid questions.

If the hard drive from a new Vista laptop is replaced with the hard drive from an old dead XP laptop, will the new laptop boot up so that some files can be transferred from the old drive to a CD or DVD and then the Vista drive reinstalled in the new laptop without causing any problems with the new laptop?

I know about external hard drive enclosures, but was wondering if the above will work.

The hard drive is not the problem with the old laptop.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Question

No. XP installed drivers specific to the machine it was installed on.

Connect the drive as a secondary (on a desktop) and get your files while booted into the OS on that machine (or use an enclosure or adapter). Later, you can use the external for storage and backup.

Or, you could connect it in the laptop and use a bootable CD to retrieve your files, like UBCD4Win, Knoppix, or Ubuntu.

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I recently installed a 250GB Seagate internal HDD. But when I go to My Computer and click on the hard drive it says

Free Space: 127GB
Total Size: 127GB

The only thing that popped into my mind was that i didnt meet the requirement of 48-bit addressing. But that cant be possible because

A) My other hard drive is a total of 71GB. So 71+127=198 which would exceed the 137GB max enforced by 28-bit addressing

B) I know I have 48-bit addressing because im running Windows XP with SP2 and in the hard drivw manual it says Windows XP with SP1 or higher would meet the requirements.

I also noticed that the name of the disk in My Computer is "DISK2_VOL1" so is there a "DISK2_VOL2"? Because i was thinking 127 is half of 250 besides the 2 extra gigs. SO there being a "DISK2_VOL2" would make sense to me. But I really know nothing about hard drives so I couldnt be sure.

Is there anyone who knows whats going on? Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: another hard drive question

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I have a hard drive from my pc whose motherboard went, i have an assignment on it i need quite urgently i was wondering if i can plug it into my other PC and if it will work just as another drive?? Or do i need to do something else?
thanks Greg

A:Solved: Hard Drive question

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I am wanting to replace my internal hard drive in one of my computers with a larger GB hard drive. As I understand, it, however, I need to make sure what I put in it is compatible with my motherboard, since this computer is an older computer.

The hard drive I currently have is a WDC WD1600AAJ5-O7PSAO, according to the Device Manager. Its a 160 GB and I would like to get a 320 or more.

Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Hard Drive Question

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I have 2 hard drives installed on my system the master has win xp home edetion and the slave has win 98se. When i boot up it showes both drives,then loads windows xp. under my compurer it shows the drive with win 98 on it. my question is how to i get the two to work sepertately so i can load win 98? Thank you
Winxp -ntfs win 98 fat 32

A:[SOLVED] Hard drive question

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Suddenly my machine has slowed to a crawl. PC,Windows 98se, Pentium !!! 400, 256 Ram, 10meg hard disc-with about 1/2 available. Particularly noted as I use Photoshop. Have to wait for every changeof brushes, curves, view, etc..
Am also hearing some noises that are new, coming from my hard disc.
I ran discscan and defrag with no help that I can tell.
Had installed AOL Instant messanger for my granddaughter and deleted 264 files! Also, no help.
Is this possibly the beginning of a hard disc breakdown?? Or is it due to AIM?.
I would have no problem in deleting AIM. I don't use it, but it would be nice to be able to keep it to maintain contact with this granddaughter. She's amazing- I saw her juggling 4 different conversations at once!!
Len H

A:[SOLVED] Question of hard drive going??

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Me agaim, Told you wyou would be hearing a lot from me during my new build

Ok I have a hard drive that I just use to store stuff on. I have copied everything to another hard drive. I am going to use this hard drive for my c drive to hold windows and my programs on the new build.

Should I reformat it while I have it in my current computer, or just take it out and do it all, reformat and install windows when I put it in the new one?

Thanks so much!

A:Solved: Hard Drive Question

Use the new one.

It doesn't often happen nowadays, but there is a possibility that the BIOS in the old machine may map the drive differently to that in the new machine.

This certainly still happens as a difference between an internal drive and an external drive.

While it is not important when just reading and writing to the drive, it DOES make a difference when you try to use a partition manager to change the drive later on -( if you're lucky it will complain - if not it will just corrupt thee drive).

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i have a 120 GB hard drive that has nearly run out of space. i have had a good read through the forum but cant decide if i am better off putting a bigger internal hard drive or an additional internal hard drive or get an external hard drive. pc world have this one half price http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/st...m=null&tm=null&sku=133685&category_oid=-31225
what would be my best or easiest option. some of the external ones have fans some dont. many thanks gary

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I was given several HDD that had been used in a company probably on a server. When I boot from a cd to install XP I get a message H:\SCRUB\SCRUB3.EXE/d=all /1=3. The cursor is blinking as if I am to input a command but when I key in any letter etc. nothing shows on the screen. I am assuming this was something to erase the drive but I don't know what to do next. Can any one help me out?

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I just installed a new blank Hard Drive in my old Dell D520 laptop. I ran the XP install disk and created only 1 partition on the Drive and then formated it. That is all I did, I didn't install anything else. However, when I check the disk info, it tell me that I have only 99% free and there is 66 Megs of space being used.
Come on, 66 Megs to maintain partition information??? What did I do wrong. Do I need to run Kill Disk and give it another try??? Is this common occurence???
If this was discussed in an earlier discussion, I must have missed it and I do aplogize.
Thanks for your time and consideration.

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I have a general hard drive question. Lately I have noticed my hard drive running at high speed which it never used to do. Does this indicate any problem? Don't remember that it ever did this b4. Just wondered. Thanks'

A:Solved: hard drive question

If by "high speed" you mean that you're hearing fairly constant activity of the hard drive, it could be as simple as fragmentation causing extended seeks, or as complex as some phone home malware working in the background.

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I wanted to ask two questions...

1. I have an hard drive from an old computer who hasn't been working for about a year and a half (reason unknown my best guess is either it was fried or it was a touch of god...) , will it damage my current system if I connect that hard drive in order to extract some data? just for a few minutes, I swear...

2. If it's not dangerous than how is it done? do I need drivers or something? it's a WD 10GB if it matters and my current system is pretty new about a year and a half...

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My HP Pavillion is several years old and had Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.  Naturally, the recovery disks that were created would reinstall Windows 7 along with all the HP utilities.   Since I took advantage of the Windows 10 upgrade last week, I'm having the same problems using Windows Update that I did when I had Windows 7 loaded.  The problem is that it doesn't update and I've tried all the known fixes.  I think it's time to do a fresh reinstall of Windows 10 which means reformatting the hard drive, and removing the HP D: recovery partition.   My question is if there is an easy way to find all the latest drivers I'll need for my components.  For example, when I search for my computer, I'll find the sound and video card drivers here on HP.com, but it's not the latest software one would find on the component manufacturer's site.  The same goes for the BIOS upgrades for the motherboard, I think. In general, once we upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the free upgrade option, doesn't that make the HP recovery disks obsolete? 

A:Time to reformat hard drive and reinstall Windows 10?

Hi there Welcome to the community!  When you do the fresh install of the OS it should automatically download the required drivers for your system with the updates. Once you are done with ALL the OS updates you should have everything working properly and fine. Otherwise, going to the section of the specific model that you have should bring the latest drivers for your system. I'm sure someone will post it here in a while.  Doing a fresh install is a good move as there are many known issues reported by people who went with the upgrade instead of a fresh clean install. Make sure you have backups if your important data before you proceed with the drive wiping and that you check the drive's health just to be on the safe side that it's still safe to store your data.  Captain_WD.

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There are many articles here within the forum and elsewhere on how to use Disk Management to get your External USB Hard Drive to be recognized in Windows so I won't repeat that process here.

The lack of external hard drive recognition issue may continue and if it does what a pain it is to have to go through Disk Management every single time to get Windows to see your drive.

If this is your issue follow these steps as there?s actually a very simple fix to all of this.

You have to get the drive to show up as mentioned above in Disk management. Once this is done, go to a command prompt (DOS prompt). There are usually shortcuts off the start menu for this DOS prompt or hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard and tap the ?R? key. The Run windows will appear. In the Run box type: cmd
at the flashing cursor type this string:
chkdsk /f g:
so it will look something like this:
c:\users\anthony\chkdsk /f g:
[NOTE: g: is an example. you replace the g: with whatever your external drive letter is along with the colon]
you?ll be asked to dismount the drive. type Y when prompted ? let the chdksk utility run its course until you see the drive letter with the flashing cursor such as
c:\users\anthony _
type: exit
you're are done.
To test, safely remove the drive using the Windows safe remove option near the clock. Once your cable is removed, wait a few seconds plug back in an walla! your drive will appear normally without going through all the above steps aga... Read more

A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized in Windows Each Time Via USB

Hello Rev try this. Download and make a bootable disk of Ubuntu Download Ubuntu | Ubuntu set the BIOS to optical boot and stick the disk in go to TRY NOT install and let it run any drives attached should show up in the left hand side of the Ubuntu screen.

This is handy to keep if the Windows completely crashes and you want to get onto the net etc and see disks that Windows will not.

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


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It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem


OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I&#8217;ve seen this section called &#8216;On Chip Config&#8217; on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it&#8217;s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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Hey Gang,

Can anybody point me to the instructions about how to install XP Pro to a single Win98 hard drive - to make it dual boot, like Win 2k?

I've been looking all around the internet and the only thing I've found is an XP dual boot on a 2nd hard drive.

Does XP have that capability?


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My sisters computer broke, so I took her 40 GB hard drive and was going to add it to my own PC, but then I realized I can only have on internal hard drive.

So what I did was put her hard drive into my HD enclosure, and hook it up via USB cable to store files on it to relieve the disk usage on my main hard drive.

So, Say, ive put all my music over to the USB hard drive and im using it SOLEY to store things, it dosent run any actual programs (I play my music by using Winamp which is installed on my main hard drive, you see what I mean)

So my question is, can I completely format her hard drive and clear it of all its old programs and windows XP and still use it as a USB-storage type device without having to install an OS or something?

If so, I already have a program I can do this with, but should I format the hard drive as FAT32 or NTFS? (I have no idea what those mean...)


(Sidenote: Im currently having another technical issue no one seems to be able to help with, so if your reading this and want to take a look, Click here please

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If I clone my hard drive but do not bring over the OS and install a new OS on the new drive, will my programs work with the new OS on the new drive or are the tied to the original OS?
Any help would be appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] Cloning a hard drive question

Hi -

No. Programs must be re-installed.

Program installations write files all over the system including the registry.

Regards. . .



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Not sure how to word this but i have an old Dell computer that quit working several years ago,windows would not let me back in.So just went and bought a new computer but i have pictures on the old drive of my dog,who has since died,that i want to retieve.So i want to put the old drive into the new computer but i have to change the head configuration.So i was wondering how do i tell if it is a 15 or 16 head drive.It says it is an IBM deskstar model #ic35l020aver07-0.I hope this is enough info,and i suppose i should ask if anyone thinks that this will work.Thanks in advance.

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