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Cannot transfer files from a dying laptop hard drive

Q: Cannot transfer files from a dying laptop hard drive

I am using a ribbon cable with a pcmcia card that connects to my working laptop on one end and a connector on the other end that connects to my failing hard drive. When I view the contents of the failing hard drive, I see the folders, but cannot access the files that the folders contain. How can I obtain access to them and transfer them to my good hard drive/laptop?

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My laptop died and I removed the hard drive.
I hooked the hard drive up to my new laptop via a SATA/IDE cable.
I can see the old hard drive in the E drive and it appears that all the contents are there by the size of the hard drive (same as when I had it in the old laptop) but I can only see, actually view, a very small percentage of the drive.
My goal: I want to transfer all old music, word documents and photos from old laptop into new laptop.
My issue: I can't see most of the files or I don't seem to have total access.
The ingredients being used:
Old lap top was a hp pavillion ze4500 with about 27 gig fuijitsu hard drive
New laptop is hp with 80 gig hard drive
Both systems are running XP.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

A:Transfer files from removed laptop hard drive

It might be a simple matter of taking ownership of the files on the old drive.

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

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I'd like to upgrade my Toshiba laptop's HDD from it's current 160-GB to 320-GB or larger.

My question is.... given the nature of laptop SATA hard drives and Windows Vista, what is the easiest way for me to transfer my programs / settings / files / etc. from the 160 to the new 320 ?

Or, do I have to go in and manually reload all of my programs and redo all of my custom settings ?

Thanks in Advance


A:Solved: Laptop Hard Drive Files Transfer

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my office laptop is an ibm a22m. the hard drive is a 20gb travelstar. it's had freezing & turning off problems for a while but we're used to our office giving up crappy machines (our IT staff is clueless in Chicago). anyway, last friday the machine started clicking and froze. i ran out and bought an external hard drive & usb 2.0 port. unfortunately when i turn the computer back on it usually starts clicking before the system has booted up, which means it's frozen again. i let it sit awhile a few times and have been able to copy 3 small directories to the external. i have about 5.5 gb of data and about half is backed on floppies. but i want the larger files (which are critical to my work) and MY MUSIC. i tried installing the drive into another laptop but the clicking was still there (so it's definitely the hard drive). i don't understand that slave/master thing i've read in some other threads (so please explain if it will help). i don't have the windows 98se cd rom cuz my office keeps all installation software (they don't trust us)!!! i really want my data (surprise, surprise). i've read the freezing trick and the bang with the palm trick. haven't tried, but will if i can't find anything else to do. i just need the machine to stay on long enough to download the rest of my stuff (and install cleansweep so my office doesn't know i'm looking for another job!). even if it's a few minutes at a time, i... Read more

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I'm running a 2 year old MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6, and i recently got a new Lacie 2TB hard drive in which i put about 500gigs worth of files on. Something happened, i dunno if i disconnected it while i was transferring them, or if the hard drive did it after the matter, but 75% of the stuff on that hard drive is now screwed up. By screwed up i mean that the files(mainly Pictures and videos) are either unreadable or readable but have lines through them(example: http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/681/img9446l.jpg ). The working 25% i had transfered at a later date.

Things to note:

-The thumbnails for the images look fine, but when you actually open the image they reveal to be corrupt
-When accessing the corrupt data, my processor locks out at 100% full usage and finder crashes until i restart
-Other files on my hard drive are fine, i even reformatted using that drive
-My hard drive runs in RAID, but im not sure if its RAID 0 or RAID 1, I'm pretty sure its RAID 0 since i have access to the full 2TB.

What i have already tried:

-Using MacKeeper to try and undelete the files from where i originally copied them from, but that failed.
-Using Drive Genius 2 to run an Integrity Check on the drive with the corrupt files which seemed to turn out ok.

So am i screwed? or is there any chance in saving these files?

A:Hard Drive dying? or files just corrupt

It looks like a problem with your graphics card displaying them, probably not the files themselves. Do you have access to another computer to view the same files?

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I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.

A:Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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A Compaq Presario 900 laptop running XP home froze and rebooted.

Error message was something similar to "Boot disk error occurred" Press Ctrl+ALT+Del to restart. Upon reboot the same message.

After googling found a link to diagnostics at the Hitachi website and ran them
message received was "smart test failure- send drive to vendor"

Friend then found the recovery CD so placed that in and ran the recovery
which took me to the C: prompt. Ran CHKDSK /R (it took about 24 hrs) moving 1% every 15 minutes.

This morning had the C prompt again, Removed the CD and rebooted.
Something about a TRAP error 6 showed on the screen as well as some Eax type things. Rebooted again, TRAP error 8 with "double fault" with more gibberish on screen.

Found a reference to "Extracting data from a dead laptop with a laptop hard drive adapter" and about to pursue that avenue but don't know how fruitful it will be. IF the desktop HD sees the laptop HD - just copy the files over, right? And if the desktop HD DOES NOT see the laptop HD then ???

What I'd like to do is recover certain files from the dead drive by any means possible (starting with the least expensive and easiest and progressing accordingly).

I'd greatly appreciate any further suggestions.
If all else fails any recommendations on data recovery software or firms would be great (I have spinrite and it says the drive is in bad shape and that the recovery option may take over 40 hours... Read more

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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I took the hard drive out of my 2004 hp pavilion.  I went to walmart and best buy and asked for a cable converter because i want to trasnfer the files from this hard drive to my Mac. They both said they dont have what i need.  they said i need a "paddock" (i dont know if i spelled that right and i dont know what that is???).so i am asking what products do i need to buy to trasnfer this to my mac? thanks!! here are some pictures:  

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I have a 120Gb HDD that is acting up. Random sputtering sounds and then reboots. I have another 120Gb empty HDD. Want to transfer all files, including Win2K Pro to the new drive.
I looked at some messages for hardware, but they are for Win98 and Me. Says problems with Win2K, etc. Are there any other programs other than xxcopy that will work with Win2K? I was familiar with Ghost, but only with Win98SE. Would there be a version of Ghost that would work now? Thanks for any help you can give. Regards, Goofy

A:Hard Drive All Files Transfer

You can try using something like the System Rescue CD if you are somewhat Linux savvy (im sure it is all explained on their site as well).


Really though the CD is meant more for making images of a drive in the sense of restoring from the image later in the event of a software/hardware failure.

But it still might help since its free.

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[RESOLVED]How to transfer files to new hard drive?

I bought a new hard drive for my laptop and I am wondering how should I copy the operating system and all of the contents off my current hard drive to my new one?

I considered using a backup program such as Ghost to copy my current hard drive and put it on my new one. The problem with this is, wouldn't I still need to install an OS and Ghost on my new hard drive before I can use the backup image?

A:How to transfer files to new hard drive?

Not for the weak of heart, but for the least stress and the most complete move for someone new to the transfers, I recommend the full version of Acronis... Some hard drives have their own free or low cost version of Acronis...
There are others, but the cost is higher and so is the confusion.

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I recently installed a new hard drive on my laptop, since the last one broke. I'm wondering if there is any way to transfer saved files from the bad hard drive myself? I'm trying to not have to take my laptop in to a technician and spend a lot of money all for them to tell me that it's impossible. If there is a way, what can I do? I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with Vista Home Basic installed.

A:Transfer files from old hard drive?

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I recently bought an ipod. When I tried to install iTunes, it wouldn't install onto Win Me. It only works on Win 2000 and XP. Eventually I'm going to get XP, but until then I'd like to use a friend's pc (Win XP) to upload tunes from my pc to the ipod. Should I:

A> Install my hard drive into my friend's computer, use it as a slave, and install iTunes on her master drive (XP), then upload the files to the ipod?

B> Transfer the files from my pc (about 16 gigs of mp3's) to her's (if so, which method is best?), then upload.

C> Something else? (Your suggestion here)

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Dell has replaced my PC tower. The new one has a slot and connection for a second hard drive. I plan on taking my old HD and hooking it up to transfer my data to my new PC. I'm assuming the new PC will see it as a new drive. Am I right thinking I can simply do this. Is there anything I need to know before I start?

(I will have to replace the old HD to return the old PC to Dell)


A:transfer files from old hard drive?

As long as you're just looking to copy data, not programs or the OS, you should be fine. Just make sure that you have an IDE cable capable of supporting the 2nd hard drive (you could also hook it as a slave to the optical drive). Only thing that you may have to modify is the jumper pins on the hard drive and the IDE slot you are going to connect it to. You can't have both set on "master" or "slave" at the same time. You should be save setting them both as CS (cable select) and making sure your OS drive is first in line.

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So here's the problem. I just got a new computer that has vista. Well my old computer has xp. The hard drive on the xp, the booter or possibly the power supply screwed up, so it wont boot up. So i went out and got an enclosure for the hard drive with xp so i could get my stuff off. Well when i went to get the stuff off and move it to my new comp with vista it tells me that access is denied and that i need permission. I know that i had a password on my old comp with xp and that that's probably one reason why it wont work. My question to whoever should read this is how do i get around the password encryption?????


A:Help!!! Trying to transfer files from hard drive to computer.

Hi Drake. . .

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

If you got an "access denied" message it very well may be from the Vista side related to the destination folder. You can only move folders/files within the user profile areas like Documents, Music, Pictures, etc.. . Any installed programs that you had on XP will have to be re-installed under Vista.

I believe the password you are referring to is associated with the user name that you had on XP. If so, that would have no bearing whatsoever on copying the files into Vista unless we are talking about actual file encryption. Did you have to supply a password to open these files within XP? Can you open them now on the other drive?

If you let me know the destination folder name in Vista, I can better assist you.

Regards. . .



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Hello all,

I need some advice and I don't know if this is even possible. I had a old computer AMD 1200, 20G hard drive, 64MB vid card, 512MB memory windows XP pro SP2 and the motherboard died on it and I just cant find another. I bought a new gateway and I would love to get all my old stuff off my old hard drive. I bought a USB hard drive converter for my old hard derive and plugged it in to the new computer and I can access my old hard drive but I would really like to do a File and setting transfer with the wizard but it wont let me do it. Any ideas?

A:Transfer files and settings from USB hard drive

As I understand it you have the new omputer up and running with an external USB enclosure that contains the old HDD in it. If I am right, and I am not sure I am, The file and transfer wizzard is only from one computer to another, as opposed to a USB dive to which the computer it's connected to. What you have done is the same thing as installing the old HDD as a slave drive in the new computer,where jumpers have to be reset from master to slave on the back of the old HDD. But since the new computer can read the drive in the USB enclosure, you can transfer DATA from one to the other, but not programs that need to be installed. For example, before you can copy your old Outlook Express address book from the old HDD you need to have Outlook Express installed on the new computer. Comprende!!!!

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A recent Windows 10 update on my old computer was interrupted and corrupted the OS and windows would not open. The computer was old and wasn't worth paying to have it repaired so I removed the hard drive and recycled the computer. I now have a new computer. My question is if I install the old hard drive in the second hard drive slot can I transfer some files and programs to the new hard drives? I no long have the installation disk or codes for the old programs. Since the old hard also has a corrupted OS is there any chance it might corrupt the new computer? I did have the old hard drive check and it is readable.

New Computer
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 158 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 12
RAM: 7999 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 916 GB (855 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0DF42J
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

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My solid state c: is near full, and I want to transfer the programs, games, etc to my other in internal drive. I would like to keep the OS on ssd for booting purposes. Also, will the programs still run/work without being on the c:? I've never done anything like this before so please be patient with me. Thanks

A:Transfer files from c: to other internal hard drive.

The easiest way may be to leave the Registry info as is for installed programs and use Symbolic Links to redirect access to the new folder on the different HD. This article explains the technique:

Nifty Way to Safely Move Folders or Programs to Another Drive or Partition in Windows 7 | Gizmo's Freeware

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I am running Windows XP Pro but I only have a 10 GB hard drive, 950 MHz AMD processor. I want to transfer all to a 40 GB hard drive to use as my main drive and eliminate the 10 GB drive. What is the easiest way to do that?

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The internal hard disk I store my backups on is dying. It is taking and increasing long time to write to the disk.
I want to install a new disk and initially I want to be able to transfer the old backups. I suppose I could just copy the content from the old drive but I am afraid that windows backup may not point to the new drive and I will have lost all my previous saves.
Can Windows backup be used to move between drives and save the old backups?

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I backup, but not with Windows backup.

Are these backups of your Windows installation only? Or of data only? Or both? Or?

My guess would be that the backups on the failing internal could simply be dragged to the new internal IF and maybe only IF they are dragged to the same place in the same folder structure on the new drive as they were on the old drive. If they are now in D:\kitty, then drag them to D:\kitty on the new drive. Make sure the new drive has the same drive letter as the old.

Windows Backup is finicky and I seem to recall that the location of the backup is one of the things that is it finicky about--that's why I say drag them to the identical location on the new drive.

On the other hand, can you just ignore your old backups and make new backups of your primary data drive, which I assume is working fine?

Your failing internal could be failing in such a way that your backups are already fouled up and corrupted. If that's true, they'd still be fouled up if you dragged them to a new drive. So, given a choice, I'd just make new backups on the new internal.

But I'm guessing maybe your failing internal backup drive contains some stuff not found anywhere else? If not, why not just start over with new backups?

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I tried to install my old '99 Gateway hard drive ( uses windows 98) to me new '05 Dell ( uses XP). I plugged it in just like the manual says, though the drive was a tad big in the slot, it was plugged in properly. When I turned on the computer though it couldn't read either hard drive. When I took it out and put it back in the old computer, both worked just fine. What could be the problem?

A:Problem adding old hard drive to transfer files

Make sure the jumpers on the drives are set properly. One, the original drive, should be set as 'master,' and the other drive, the old '99 drive, should be 'slave.' Alternately, both drives should be set as 'cable select' or 'cs' and appropriately positioned on the ide cable. Yet another possibility is they both be set as 'master' on seperate ide cables.
Now, having all that together, make sure to visit the bios and set the ide channels to 'auto,' save and exit.

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Had a HP running Vista Home Premium. System board croaked and owner elected to buy a new HP with Win 7 Home Premium. I figured it would be a piece of cake to mount the old HD via a USB connection and run Windows 7 Easy Transfer to migrate things from there to the new computer.

Bzzzzzz ... wrong ... Can't be done.

I had to copy everything over manually, one profile at a time.

This seems like an obvious scenario that WET should handle but it doesn't. Was there any other automated process I could have used? Just curious at this point as the work has already been done and the new computer is up and running.

A:Transfer files and setting from old hard drive to new computer

Hi Rich -

You could see if HD will start up in new machine, if not run Paragon Adaptive Restore to remove all the drivers, activation and hardware iD's so it will start up, then in-place Upgrade, or copy files over to Win7 clean install.

I have a SysPrepped image of my standard install after setup with programs installed which can be reimaged to any HD and will start up on any hardware. I made it by cloning my best install then SysPrepping the HD to take an image: SysPrep to move HD to another computer

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I have a dell 2400 that died on me so I pulled the hard drive hoping to transfer pictures, quickbooks, etc. to my new laptop. I have a self powered Sabrent SATA/IDE USB adapter from newegg. Anyone use on of these before and have any luck???

Any information will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

A:Transfer data off of old hard drive to laptop

tried with both 3.5inch IDE, 2.5inch IDE and sata with no problem. looks the same with different brand though.

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I broke my old laptop's screen and just bought a new updated computer , but I am left wondering how am I going to transfer my hard drive content to my new computer??? Help!!

A:How do i transfer my hard drive content to a new laptop?

hi Alo568,

you can get an enclosure or an adapter to transfer the files you want.
Newegg.com - BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter
Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Computer Cases, External Enclosures, 2.5"

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So I fried my HP laptop and I am stuck without a recent backup. (silly boy).

Anyway, a friend has exactly the same laptop so do you think it will be possible to just swap my hardrive with his and power up his laptop with my hardrive? That way I can at least access my important files and folders.

Or maybe windows will detect the different system and refuse to boot?

Thoughts please.

A:Can I transfer a hard drive to a similar laptop??

I doubt you'll have any luck with that, you could have asked that in your other thread since it's the same issue.

Problems with permissions

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I am nnot sure if this is the right board, but here goes. I have a compaq 6270s. It was only a cheap backup for some files and office work. However recently the laptop took a bit of a bump and I am almost certain the hard drive has failed. Now I have another cheap replacement coming. The harddrive of the laptop can be easily removed. I wanted to know if it would be possible to transfer the data or at least some of it to my new computer and if so if there is a cheap piece of equipment that I can just plug the harddrive into and then connect it via USB to the laptop and just transfer like you would with any USB stick? Because the Compaq laptop won't boot up, there is nothing I can do from that angle however a quick search of Amazon showed all these results... https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/255-9957494-1401233?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keyword... the first few seem as simple as plugging the harddrive in and connecting it via USB. Obviously the harddrive is not working to the point of booting up the laptop but might it still have the individual files I want? And secondly is the harddrive to USB as simple as I described. Thanks for your help. 

A:Hard drive data transfer to another laptop? HELP

@Tech-user93 Very simple, one of the following enclosures can do the job:        http://www.msy.com.au/132-25-hdd-enclosure You can re-use it many times. Regards.

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Hi there...

I have a friend who's very old IBM thinkpad wont turn on because of a battery/power issue that just can't be resolved, but the hard drive is okay.

I hope I'm explaining this clear enough:

He will get a new laptop, but I'm wondering how I can transfer the old data over to his new HD. I know about setting master and slave, but I'm curious if there is a tool to help, or some sort of technique I'm not familiar with - because I'm pretty sure laptops don't come with expandable options like the desktop PC's do...?

Thanks for reading, and your support.

A:[SOLVED] Laptop hard drive transfer

hi a 2.5 usb caddy or similar should probably be ok

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Hi There

Transferring 135gbs of files from one External to another, started at 12a.m. on 10/30/2011, it's now 2:55p.m. 10/30/2011 and it's still going, Any tips or ideas on how to make it faster

Western Digital 500gb drive usb 2.0 drive

and Seagate 320gb USB 2.0 drive

A:USB External Hard drive Taking Ages to Transfer files

Transferring that much data from USB to USB will take a long time. You'll be lucky to get 6Mbits/s since the bandwidth is shared. If you have other interrupt driven devices on USB, like a keyboard and/or mouse, it will drop even more.

If possible, try plugging the two drives into different hubs. Typically, the front panel and rear panel ports are on different hubs but not always. You'll need to check your hardware configuration to verify this. If your copy procedure is reoccurring, it might be worthwhile using eSATA ports or at least for one drive.

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Hi guys

I had an old laptop that died so i'm looking for a transfer cable to put the contents of the old hard drive onto my new laptop.

good news is i found a lot of options for the cables. bad news is that my new laptop has only 2 usb ports and they are found on opposite sides of the laptop.

Is there a single port usb transfer cable that works as the power source and the transfer line for a hard drive? Or do you really need the 2 usb ports available (1 for power and 1 for xfer)


A:Solved: laptop hard drive to usb transfer questions

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My old Compaq Presario 900US laptop got bad (water got in it). I got the hard drive out and attached via USB to my new laptop (Compaq Presario V2565). I can see the files under drive E: (USB port). Is there any way to transfer all the files, programs (have them install automatically) and settings from the hard drive to the new computer? The hard drive (old connected by usb) ran on windows xp and so does my new computer. thanks

A:Laptop Hard Drive File and Program Transfer

The operating system and installed programs cannot be recovered.
You can recover (copy) any data you had stored ... and any email still in OE.

If you can read the HD .. are you sure it's bad ???

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Hi all,

I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex with Windows 7 a few years ago, not a brilliant PC but it was cheap and did the job for me. I used my own TV as the monitor so it was connected via VGA.

One day when I turned it on it made a series of beeps which at the time I didn?t panic about. So I turned the power off and back on and this time it started up as normal.

Later in the day I had left for a short while but when I came back the TV?s sleep mode had kicked in and I couldn't get the computer display back on at all. So I turned it off at the power again and back on and this time it made the series of beeps again (6 in a row I believe) and it did this every time I tried powering off and on again.

I looked it up online and found that the number of beeps was a code and 6 beeps was something to do with the video card/display I think so the main suggestion was checking for dust which I did.

I also then replaced the VGA cable but got the same issue.

Knowing it wasn?t the TV/Monitor I thought I?ll try replacing it anyway to be sure, we have another TV exact same model in the house so tried it with both the VGA cables but same again.

A colleague in work recommended a product to me ?Asus GeForce 210 Nvidia Graphics Card (1GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort, DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2, Dust-Proof Fan)' this had a VGA and HDMI port on it so I tried both of these but still the same.

Somewhere along the line as well the computer no long... Read more

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My Lenovo 900 was literally cratered in an accident but the hard drive was undamaged. Some of the data was backed up but there are some files that weren't or had not been updated. What is the best option to extract / convert / save / or even just read and select specific files to save from the hard drive.The hard drive is a Hynix 256GB - HFS256G39MND-3310A. Neither my local Geek Squad or Fry's Electronics have or carry the adapter that would fit this hard drive. A technician told me I needed an M.2 SATA drive adapter. But they had two different models and neither worked so I am trying to figure out what specific function or key I am looking for to make sure I purchase one compatible with my drive. I doubt it is relevant but I replaced the laptop with a Lenovo Yoga 720. I have no desire to switch out the hard drive though. I just want to read the old ones and select and save the files I want to keep. Whether that is by reading the actual hard drive or converting and saving its data to another source.

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Hi, I have a serious problem with my PC and after spending far too long trying to fix it i'm getting a bit fed up.

A while ago my hard drive (120GB Maxtor Plus9) started going bad. It would work normally most of the time but now and then it would make a single mechanical clicking noise and the whole computer would freeze a few seconds after. I would need to turn it off and on again to get it back up. It tended to happen the exact time i clicked on something or if i was copying / downloading so was not totally random. It started happening more and more often and got to the stage where it would just click as soon as I turned it on, over and over again. I temporarily solved this by giving it a sharp hit and / or turning it upside down. Then it would be ok for a few days before it went bad again.

OK so not hard to fix I thought, Ill just buy a new hard drive. Now here's where it gets interesting...

I bought a new 200GB Maxtor Plus 10, and after a few attempts, managed to copy everything off the duff drive. Great I thought, with a new Windows install and a working drive, my PC was running sweetly. Then a few weeks ago it started clicking just like the one before...

What could this possibly be?

Any help greatly appreciated.

A:Please help my dying hard drive

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Hello all,

I am experiencing a problem with my computer which I believe is being caused by one of my data hard drives

Before I go into details here is my current hardware:

Q6600 3.0GHZ
6GB PC2 6400 800mhz (2x 2gb/2x 1gb)
Nvidia GTX 275 896mb
Onboard soundcard
Windows 7 x64
Jeantech 1000W PSU

Operating system is on 500GB drive
++ two 1TB data drives (2.5TB total storage)

The problem:

Upon accessing certain files in one of my 1TB drives, I hear a distictive "click/lockup/halt" sound and then the entire system crashes (first the drive will become inaccessible, then windows explorer will crash, followed by the mouse and eventually a BSOD after a minute)

My sixth sense is telling me there must be certain portions of this drive which are extremely corrupted/malfunctioning - an uneducated guess as to what could be happening.

Possible causes:
I rarely defragment (once a year?) and I am always working with/shifting around massive uncompressed video files (30GB+)

I haven't had to format my operating system for a few years, so could there be corrupted registry files? I haven't used any registry clean up/checking software

PSU issue? Bear in mind the computer has operated flawlessly for the past year and the crash appears to coincide with opening/accessing certain files

Generic hardware malfunction
Things I've tried:
Error checking tool (this process itself crashes the "faulty" 1TB drive after about 10 seconds causing... Read more

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Dying HDD


Do you have or have you tried using a different PSU to see if it the cause - and PSU intermittent fault is one of the hardest faults to trace without a meter - and can cause some serious head scratching issues.

It is unlikely that the cables would work loose.

Have you tried disconnecting the 1TB and then booting to see if you have the same problem. If you disconnect it then boot and everything runs fine then you deffo have a problem with the 1TB and yes it can bring down the rest of the system.

If however, you still have the problem then you could seriously ascertain that the 500gb could be the culprit and not the 1TB.


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My PC has been freezing and stuttering a lot lately. Sometimes it will reset itself during these freezes, it even freezes in the boot menu. Task Manager says disk usage is at 0% all the time no matter what I do. Every time I try to use system restore or disk check I get the DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD. The HDD is 5 years old and It wouldn't surprise me if it was dying. What do you guys think? I'm open for suggestions. Thank you.

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Welcome to the forum. It could be anything best bet is to go to makers site of the hd and download their test which will tell you if there are any faults

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

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My laptop is almost 4 years old. This morning I started hearing a scraping sound from the HDD. Right now I booted into an old Knoppix CD. I tried running fsck but nothing seemed to happen. Anything else I can do?

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These two hard drives I have, the 30 gig and 20 gig are relatively OLD as in 3-4 years old. In the last 24 hours, I've notice screen freezes, a noise that isn't right as in a high pitched squeal and then it will all unfreeze. Yesterday, It would freeze so bad that I would have all my screens stop responding. I would have to go to Task Manager and end them. And then do a Cnt/Alt/Del. That didn't even work.

And you know how if you hit that twice, it's suppose to reboot? Well, not here. And during rebooting, it would FREEZE! I would have to do the *one fingered salute* to get it back up and running, which I HATE to do. But I did wait til it was technically off before turning it off.

If I was doing a normal reboot, it works fine. It's only during a screen freeze that we have the problem. Could my hard drive be biting the dust finally? I have taken precautions and gotten everything of importance off the computer already. If I can't replace it by going online or putting in a CD, it's on my husband's computer or burned onto a cd (or both) . I'm just afraid I'm losing my hard drive.

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

Here is a link to all my computer specs: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/n...MWcuRIO8IFYnG2

A:Is my hard drive dying?

Have you made full-partition backups of your OS and data partitions to an external source? You might want to make a couple of images each, then get ready for the regulars, seasoned techs, to give you detailed advice. I'm simply a newbie here.

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Hi all
i just wanted to know, how do you tell if your hard drive is dying.
i am on windows 98 and it is a compaq computer it is two years old, i started to get the blue screen saying cant read c drive, then sometimes it was not enough memory, i have done adaware and that has fixed most of the problems and only once in the last week i have got a blue screen. i shut down the puter and when i went to restart it, it went to do a scan as it said it wasnt shut down right, but it was, Anyway after it did the scan it said that it found a bad sector and it might become unstable.
i have not reformated as i dont know what that is, as i am only learning as i go.
This is some info about the puterMicrosoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Clean install using /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS /IS /IW /IQ /ID /IV /IZ /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 5.00.2919.6307
Uptime: 0:05:44:54
Normal mode
On "DEFAULT" as "Default"
Compaq Computer Corporation
GenuineIntel x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 3
65% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (12943MB free)
Available space on drive C: 12943MB of 14338MB (FAT32)
Available space on drive D: 141MB of 294MB (FAT32)
hope this info is a help
look forward to hearing back from you all


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i forgot to say that everything else is going good. i still can save and download have no other trouble apart from that message
ok then thanks

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I have a hard drive that is dying on me. Its still working but on boot up, bios returns with a bad disk on start up. Able to resume and run windows as usual with minimal issues ( slow load times, slow saves etc) I bought a new HD and backed up the dying old one. My question is what would you suggest I do. Im not sure if I should just use the dying disk as a back up? Or perhaps raid the 2. Or perhaps another possibility.

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If a harddrive is dying or dead its not much good for anything anymore.All you can do is junk it.

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The hard drive on my PC is apparently dying. I need to replace it... no big deal, I can handle that. But I want to get my information off the drive because I stupidly haven't backed it up recently. I can get the drive to start (with protests and a very slow reaction time), but though I can hear it spinning and feel the vibrations, it won't trigger the monitor. I don't get a "no signal" message, all I get is the power light blinking at me.

I DO know that the monitor works. I've hooked it up to my laptop and was able to get it to display. Also, the second hard drive on the desktop will trigger the monitor (disconnected the main hard drive and the second drive will run and function properly, so it has to be the main hard drive, right?). I've tried both the current video card and the old one that I replaced... either one works on the secondary hard drive, neither on the primary.

I freely admit to not being the best when it comes to the innards of my computer... I'm much better at the software side of things. Anything that you can suggest that I try before I surrender this beast to a computer "doctor"? All I want to do is copy all my files and I need to see what I'm doing...

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Here's my prob.I keep getting this error, Source: Disk Event ID: 11 The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0. It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,I ran memtest86 for over 3 hours and everything came out fine with that.I reloaded in windows x64 and that didn't help.Sometimes when windows starts I'll get the blue screen of death,but it go's by so fast I can't read it,also when booting at the loading screen it will just sit there,the light on the pc doesn't blink and rebooting won't work.I have to shut the pc pown and turn off all power to it for a bit then windows will fire up again with on probs.I know it's not over heating, I have a 120mm fan blowing right on it.I also changed out the cable and that didn't help.If any one can give me some ideas that would be great.....Thanx

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It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,Click to expand...

can you go back to the original memory configuration ?

if so see if the PC is stable again ....

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Recently my Laptop (toshiba 2545 cds) running 1st Ed Win 98, is booting up slowly. But sometimes it doesn't fully boot at all.

I noticed it when the screen froze up early in the day.
Each time it did it I hear a faint pop over the speakers.

Normally, when I try to boot up the computer. I get a strong flashing HD lights and some dim flickering.

Lately, when I reboot, I've noticed that the HD light flicker rapidly and dimly.

It was a fast to boot up the Anti-virus pre-scan and the The toshiba (red) splash screen logo too.

But then I'd either get a blank black screen and or a blank black screen with a tiny hour glass in the center of it. Sometimes that would be for quite awhile, then if it took too long it would just shut down.

Then sometimes it would reach the Windows splash screen and boot up.
Forget about the safe mode restart, it will shutdown, but not complete the start up. It also did that or a regular restart too.

I did a Scan Disk and a disk De-frag, neither reported any problems. But I do have a few bad bytes or clusters (312k worth approx).

Is this the beginning of the end for my hard drive?
Or is this the time to reboot windows 98 again.
The second option, is such a pain and takes quite some time to re-install all the programs.

I ran a Hijack and found no problems.
I ran a spybot and found no bots.
I ran a spyblaster and had no problems
I ran a few Antivirus programs (Dos, Memory and drive C) and found no viruses.
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Hi there,
I have a server which currently just has two hard drives...one new one and one very small one i just use for virtul memory. The other day the server crashed and then got in a loop of rebooting during startup

When i erased this disk clean with boot and nuke it fixed the problem - same as unplugging the disk....Is it broken..or what lol?!

Is there anything i can do to fix it!?

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My system has an SSD boot drive and a secondary internal hard drive. The hard drive is assigned drive letter E. I use it for general storage, downloads, etc.

Starting today the system hangs at boot time on SATA Port 6 - which is where the hard drive is connected. If I pull the power connector off the drive and boot the system boots OK but (of course) without drive E. If i then connect the power cable to the drive it appears as a removable drive and works fine. CHKDSK finds no errors. Update Driver says the driver is current. Device Manager & Disk Manager show the drive properly. Basically the drive works OK.

The only way I can get the system to run properly is to unplug the power cable from the hard drive and then reconnect it after the system boots. So is this telling me the drive is bad? Even though it works OK when mounted as removable?

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