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can a harddisk boot if there's problem with partition?

Q: can a harddisk boot if there's problem with partition?

hi..my harddisk screwed up..i'm able to start up the pc but it does not load windows where a blue screen is shown for 1 second and then it restarts itself..i sent it for repair and the guy said that my harddisk partition is screwed up and he cant reinstall windows..is this possible?

which is a better brand? western digital, maxtor, or seagate?

Preferred Solution: can a harddisk boot if there's problem with partition?

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Hi, I have a boot problem.when i do the Harddisktest it gives a failure:u4G42K-5SU8HT-MFPV5F-60W303with product id: A1Z63EA#ABH I used UBUNTU to save files from my harddisk, so i can see the maps. Is it possible that it is stil broken? regards, Patrick  


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A:boot problem/ harddisk problem

Hi,It had failed. You need to replace hard drive with new one of similar form factor2.5 inch SATA HDDhttp://support.hp.com/ph-en/document/c03025707Use recovery media to factory reset after replacement.Your came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bitRegardsVisruth

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Hi all

i have bought a new DELL Inspiron 1525 with vista home prmium as OS.
but it only has C: drive with 148 GB and recovery D: drive with 12 GB(In which i cant make a folder also).Now i want to partition my hardisk in three drives. can i do it without formatting and if yes. then please help in how to go about it??

A:How to partition the harddisk in Vista??

Yes =]

- Click the Orb(start)
- Right click "Computer" and click "Manage"
- In the left pane of the computer management dialogue click "Storage->Disk Management"
- In the "Disk [disk's id probably 0]" right click the partition you want to shrink(partition) and click Shrink
- Enter the amount to shrink the volume by in the spin box and click Shrink/OK

- Now right click the new "free space/Unused space" thing and click "New Simple volume"
- Go through the wizard Choosing a drive letter and appropriate space(All of the free space).
Hope all works, if not then please post saying so.


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     Hello all:      I newly bought 15-ay039wm only have 2-partition for the 1T hard-disk: C, for OS w10, and Recovery. I am used to have 4-partition and used "Partition Magic" to do the job.      People told me that "w10 has the partition function"  I did not find it yet.     Please tell me what should I do for the partition?     Thanks!

A:How partition the harddisk of the new 15-ay039wm?

Hi,Please go through this: https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-partition-a-hard-drive-2626081RegardsVisruth

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I am having one 80 GB hardisk with two partitions, recently its partition got currupted.When I am click on partitions to enter, it gives the message "Corrupted or unreadable" there is data inside which can been seen by some data retreival softwares.
Now the big Question is how to repair the partitions so I can able to open that. I have downloaded several softwares but most of them retreive the data in compare to repair partition.
Please help in this regard.

A:HardDisk partition corrupted

Check your HD.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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Hello, I had bought a HP laptop more than a year ago in US. I brought it to India and few days back the harddisk crashed.I bought a new harddisk and installed win 8.1 to it. I see 2 issues.... 1) The OS is not taking the produc key, am working with microsoft on this.2) I have lost the recover partition due to this hdd crash. Now even if I installed the win 8.1, how will I create a recover partition on my new HDD? Can you please help and explain in detailas to what can be done on this? Regards,DK 

A:Creating recovery partition on a new harddisk.

Please identify your notebook with its product number. Otherwise. it will be unnecessarily difficult to help you. You can find the product number in the BIOS on the system information tab. You may also find it on the bottom of the notebook in very fine print. Was the notebook delivered with an operating system or was it a FreeDos type? If it was delivered with Windows 8.1, then the license key should be present in the BIOS, unless someone inadvertently cleared the keys. Did you make a usb recovery flash drive? If you did, then running a factory image recovery will restore the hard disk to the state it was in when you purchased it. The factory recovery will also install the recovery partition to the new hard disk. 

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Does anyone here know how to partition and format a slave harddisk on windows 98se? (i'm sure someone does) Thanks.

A:How do i partition and format a slave harddisk?

Try stepping through a previous posting. It should answer your question.

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My HDD have 4 Primary partition. It still i have 280GB unallocated space but i can't create partitions. I need two more partitions. When i am going to make partition it show me a message like "Disk will be converted to Dynamic". I know in win7 x64 its not possible to make more than 4 Primary partition, but i need to create Logical don't need primary. Here i have attached a picture of my disks, where yellow marked drives are my PC'S internal hard disk condition: So, please help me. I have tried about 4 days but have failed and i have exam soon. So, please help me as early as possible.

A:How can i create Logical partition from my harddisk

Minitool Partition Wizard can convert from Primary to Logical.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition 9

You should backup your data BEFORE making changes so you can recover if something goes wrong.
It looks like you have plenty of free space on your Disk 2 [I] partition to create backups.

Instructions to convert from Primary to Logical are here:
Set Partition as Logical

If i had your setup, I would convert [F] to logical.

hth, de

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hello everyone..
it seems that whenever i open D drive of my harddisk, it opens it with notepad. i can still open and view stuff inside it through rightclicking and chosing the opening option. i enabled 'view hidden files' and everything thing like that and this has something to do with 'autorun.inf' i think. plz help i just wana open it with windows explorer like it normally did..but how


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I want to partition harddisk and create user in Windows (2000, Xp, 2003) by run a batch file. Then when I click batch file it automatic run like when I setup Windows. Please, help me. Thanks a lot!

A:Automatic partition harddisk and creation users in Windows

WHAT!? dont understand dude

if you want to create an automated Windows install - then look at sysprep



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I take new laptop of Dell 5567 i7 7th Gen with 1 TB HDd
I'm unable to shrink my HardDisk after shrinking a particular Size like 448GB while whole HDD is free of space.
When I try to shrink more than 448GB but it's not Highlight to shrink.
See the attachment

I'm trying to resetting it but it close on 52%.
And I also try deftagment but problem is remains same.
Please Suggest me.

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I would like to know if anyone can help me with my harddisk.

I tried doing partition in vista management but during the process, computer hangs then tried to restart.

After that my 300gb harddisk now shows capacity of 212gb only.

My system is vista business 32bit

Attached is the screenshot. Dont know what to do.

A:Harddisk Capacity - Missing space after failed attempt of partition

anyone can help me?

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I have windows XP professional on a 40GB harddisk, but I can't get it to boot up! I'm sure it has something to do with the MBR. The computer is an old compaq, with a floppy A: drive that does not work!
I'm totally new to this sort of problem, so I'd be really gratefull for clear instructions on how I can get it up and running again.

For example I found a download for a DOS that I can use via the CD drive. However I haven't a clue as to how I can use it to boot up or fix the MBR, if it is indeed possible!

Grateful for any help, advice or suggestions.

A:No boot from my harddisk

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Hey there

I'm having a weird issue with booting up my computer and I'm hoping to find a solution that does not involve reinstalling windows completely. Might come to that, but first I'm looking for other issues.

To give some context:
A few months ago my primary harddisk started failing. I acquired a new harddisk, installed windows on it and it has been working fine.

When I boot up the computer, I can select between the old and the new windows installation and I've simply been using the new one. I've left the old harddisk plugged in as I had some data on it I wanted to salavage and then I just left it there. I've gotten the data of it and have had no reason to unplug it.

Recently, however, I wanted to unplug the old harddisk as there has been some issues with hangups and I had a suspicioun they were caused by windows (for some reason) reading from the old harddisk.

When I unplugged it I got a "Bootmgr is missing" error and could not boot up. Thus I need to have the old harddisk plugged in in order to boot up windows.

WHich is annoying, as I think the old harddisk is the cause of the performance issues I've been having.

Obviously the new harddisk has not been made bootable by installing windows on it. The old harddisk was plugged in when I installed windows, so that's likely the cause of it (for some reason...?).

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A:Cannot Boot from Harddisk

The Windows installer will put its boot-up code (the bootmgr) on the primary hard drive regardless of the drive that Windows proper is installed on. You can repair this by booting your Windows 7 DVD and running the Startup Repair tool. See Microsoft's how-to article here. Make sure that the original disk is unplugged before attempting this repair.

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I have 40GB harddisk and now I am moving to 120GB SATA hardisk. But i want all the data with softwares, plugins and all the windows settings to be transferred in the 120 GB harddisk.

There is any way so that all files and setttings will transferred and I dont have to install everything again.

In my system Windows XP Pro SP1 is installed.

A:Transfer data/settings from small harddisk to big harddisk

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

I recently replaced my old harddisk to a new harddisk. The old harddisk has windows xp home and other programs installed.

I did not format the old harddisk, I only took out the old harddisk and replaced it with a new harddisk. I then installed windows xp home to the new harddisk.

While I am installing programs on the new harddisk, I discovered that one of the programs do not allow me to activate the program license because I have previously activated the program on my old windows. I need to do a proper uninstallation to release the license, then I can activate the license of the program in the new harddisk.

My question is, can I take out my current new harddisk, replace it with the old harddisk, boot up as normal into the old harddisk windows, uninstall the program inside the old harddisk, then replace the old hardisk with my new harddisk again.

Will I be able to access the old windows on the old harddisk?
Will it mess up my current windows/programs settings?
Will my current new harddisk windows be able to work as normal after accessing the old harddisk windows?
I thought of accessing the old harddisk as a slave, but I do not know if it is possible to access the old harddisk and do a proper uninstall of the program?
Is there any better way of uninstalling the program on my old harddisk?

Thanks in advance.

A:Accessing Win XP on old harddisk to uninstall programs after installing new harddisk

you have to swap out the drive completely. at no time should you have both hdd plugged in.

repeat, do not run them as master and slave. run each hdd individually at each time only.........

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help me please
my laptop recently started playing up so i tried to re-install windows XP home edition only to find that halfway thru the installation i had the incorrect product key so i restarted my computer to find that i couldnt boot from the hard drive and wen i tried to install from the disk it got to the point where u accept the license agreement and then it gives me a stop error saying IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL with som 0x000000a rubbish that i dont understand. i then tried to format the computer with a disk from my brothers computer which is EXACTLY the same model but then it gave me an error saying unable to determine bios lock, contact system manufacturer. please can someone tell me what the problem is or how to fix it

my spec is 256MB RAM, intel celeron M processor 1.6 GHz, Insyde Software Mobil Pro Bios, intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphix controller, Eealtek AC97 Audio (sound card)

please please help

ps im a bit of an amateur at this so i wud be grateful if u could be a bit simpler in ur diagnosis

A:IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL cant boot from HardDisk

Fine!!! i dnt need ur help anyway, support guy my arse. I fixed the problem myself, with my own genius good bye suckers, if an administrator reads this can they please delete my account

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My desktops internal harddisk of 250gb showed some kind of error. When i tried to format the disk containing os.windows 7, i was unable to do so. Later i found the disk is showing as boot x. And a space of around 35gb or something. I have all my memories in another drive. I need to fix it any how. Please help.

A:Harddisk shows boot x

When i tried to format the disk containing os.windows 7, i was unable to do so. Click to expand...

Were you trying to format the disk while you were logged into Windows 7, or were you using an alternate boot device? Trying to format a disk containing the disk, while you're actually using that OS, will never end well.

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Ok - so I've just installed a new harddrive. Its to replace the current drive.

I used drive image to clone the system partition.

Booting with the new disk results in the following error on screen & wont go further :

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

Now I realise that XP has probably cant handle the new disk with the old configuration & needs to be reinstalled. However, I have done the same operation on quite a few systems before & windows has always coped with the change - never got this message before.

Any Ideas to save me reinstalling XP & all the additional programs on this system ?

Thanks - abbyk

A:XP will not boot after new harddisk install

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Hard boot error came while booting computer

A:Harddisk failed error while boot

Hi,In that case you need to replace the failed hard driveIf you're within warranty, HP would replace it free of costhttp://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-phone-assist.htmlSpecs:https://support.hp.com/sg-en/product/hp-14-ac100-notebook-pc-series/8499318/model/10110412/document/...Manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04644008You need 2.5 inch SATA HDD or SSD.If you've created HP Recovery USB using HP Recovery Manager just after initial setup of this notebook, use this to factory reset after replacement of hard driveIf you've not created it, you can order HP Recovery USB directly from HP for your model:https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/bph07143Alternatively you can clean install Windows 10 Home 64 bit in your new hard drive by creating UEFI bootable Windows 10 installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool;https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-clean-install-windows-10-a.htmlWindows will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetAdditional drivers from here: https://support.hp.com/sg-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-14-ac100-notebook-pc-series/8499318/model/101104...RegardsVisruth

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I have a problem with booting Windows7 right after I changed disks.I work with removable harddisks (2 with Windows XP and now 1 with Windows 7 RC1).Working with XP is alright.Working with Windows 7 is also OK.I can startup, shut down as many times as I like.BUT,   when I put a drive with XP in and startup it's OK.THEN,   put the drive with W-7 in, it won't startup.Screen stays black.When starting in safe mode, the computer stops with the file "Windows\System32\Drivers\ClassPNP.SYS" and hangs.Then I start with the repair disk, and that says "Boot sector code for system disk partition is corrupt"Then "Boot sector repair" and the drive is OK again.I myselve think it is because Windows 7 sees a different harddrive in the BIOS.Any idea what I can do?Thanks in advance,Ruud.

A:Boot-error when changing harddisk

Hi Ruud_Win,
Based on your description, I noticed that that the issue can occur due to hardware or software conflictions. Let us try the steps below to narrow down the cause of the issue. Please check if we can boot in Win7 normally:
Device Clean Boot==============In this situation, your system will only have the basic hardware devices and it should be more stable. If it is inconvenient to unplug the devices, we can disable them in Device Manager. Please refer to the following steps: 1. Click "Start", type "DEVMGMT.MSC" in the Search textbox and press Enter.2. Expand "Sound, video and game controllers". 3. Right click on your Sound Card, select "Properties"4. Click "Driver" tab, click Disable (Disable the selected device). Click OK 5. Please use the same method to disable other hardware such as: Modem, network card, CD-R drive. Please note some devices such as video adapter are not available to be disabled.6. Please restart the computer. Can we boot in Win7 properly?
Clean Boot ==================1. Click the Start Button, type MSCONFIG in the Search Bar and Press Enter to start the System Configuration Utility.
Note: Please click the Continue if the "User Account Control" window pops up.
2. Click the Services tab, check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box and click Disable All (if it is not gray). 3. Click the Startup tab, click Disable All and click OK. 4. Restart the computer and test the result.
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i want to use my 400gb usb hd as suitcase for all matters.

how do i set up multiple partitions to boot from?

so that i have on bios boot menu a list of available drives
with options like install 7 32bit, 7 64bit, repair cd, partition tool, umbuntu, etc?

A:USB Harddisk with multiple boot options

Quote: Originally Posted by deskareas

i want to use my 400gb usb hd as suitcase for all matters.

how do i set up multiple partitions to boot from?

so that i have on bios boot menu a list of available drives
with options like install 7 32bit, 7 64bit, repair cd, partition tool, umbuntu, etc?

MS has said you cannot install Win7 to an external USB drive.

Has anyone tried it? Workaround?

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I was trying to clone my win 7 to another SSD and I messed somthing up.
Let say, I have two SSD A (Original) and SSD B (New)
SSD A: System Reserved + F:
SSD B: Deleted partition + C:

I was try to undo the clone. However, Boot up on SSD A is pointing to SSD B. How can I reverse it back to SSD A? (F: and C: are the same)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Messed up boot up harddisk. Need help to repair.

Hi JoshuaAvalon, welcome to the Forum.

If you disconnect SSD B, will the computer boot up?. If it does can you make a screen shot of your SSD A. To that follow this tutorials on supplying a screen shot.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also what size are both of the SSDs?.

What program did you use for the clone?.

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Hello, im new to the forum, it looks great!

Here's my story:

I have one SATA disk with windows XP installed on it and another IDE disk (parallel ATA) with no data on it. In my bios (newest for this moby) the IDE disk is set as boot disk (yes this works, please read on...).

I want to remove my IDE disk because it makes a lot of noise and i dont use it anayway. I disconnected the IDE disk and setup the SATA disk as my boot device in BIOS. But then windows won't start up anymore. It tells me "please insert boot disk" right after POST. Even when i just change my boot device in BIOS to my SATA disk and let the IDE disk connected i get this message.

What i think is the problem (because i think i cancelled out a BIOS problem) is that somewehere on my IDE disk there is data (Which i'm unable to see btw) left which tells windows to boot from my IDE disk (maybe because of earlier XP installs on this disk). The reason i think this is because i tried to completely format my IDE disk, but at the end of the proces it tells me "cannot complete format" (or something the like).

Is there anyway to resolve this problem so i can boot from my SATA alone (without the IDE disk conected). Preferebly without a completely new windows installation.

Many thanks!!

My specs:
ASUS A8V deluxe
AMD 3500+
Hitachi 160 GB SATA disk
Maxtor 8 GB IDE disk (parallel ATA)

A:sata harddisk as boot device


Hope you didn't say this and I just missed it somewhere. Have you gone to your BIOS setup menu and set your Boot Order to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
SATA - 3rd

Don't forget to save before you exit.

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after I came back from holiday yesterday I switched on my computer for the first time in two weeks. As I progressed through my usual routine - check news, check email - my computer simply froze, starting with Winampradio and quickly progressing until there was nothing left to do but reboot.

Upon reboot, I simply saw the manufacturer's logo and no progession of the computer booting up. I managed to get into the BIOS settings after spamming F2 and waiting a looong time, and switched off the logo. All I see now when I boot up the computer is its self-diagnostics starting and the message
"Memory runs on single channel", followed by a list containing "Master 0" that turns out empty and negative until the computer recognises my CD-ROM drive and my DVD drive.

It seems that my harddisk isn't recognised. I tried popping in a WinXP installation CD and all works well until I pick the option to reinstall, and the program can't find any harddisk space - the entire options menu to select partition and formatting is simply empty.

I'm inclined to believe my computer has contracted a virus of some sort but I'm at a total loss of what to do about it, since I can't really get anything to start up properly enough - not even the WinXP HD formatting utility, since it simply doesn't recognise the harddisk.

Some details about my system that might be relevant:
- Using updates Avast! Antivirus with some live protection utility
- Using ... Read more

A:Severe boot/harddisk problems

Open it up and check all your connections. Remove any dust from cooling fins while you're there. Be sure that all your PCI cards and memory sticks are firmly in their slots.

Try disconnecting from power and removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes to reset its memory. When you first boot after that, you may get a CRC error. If you do, just enter BIOS setup and set it to "default" or whatever the equivalent is.

You're right that you'll get nowhere until the drive is at least recognized by BIOS. Another drive being defective can also be the cause of your system drive being unrecognized, so for testing purposes, try disconnecting all your other drives, even the optical ones, and leave just your system drive connected.

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I setup my pc with 2 harddisk. I dual boot xp 32-bit and windows 7 64-bit on 1 harddisk and other harddisk is for my data storage for xp and 7. The problem is that windows 7 recognize the 2 harddisk and I can access the data but xp won't. Xp can see the harddisk on 'my computer' but it was listed RAW.

Anyone know how to fix it so that xp and 7 can access the 2nd harddisk?


A:Dual boot: xp won't recognize 2nd harddisk.

Look in XP Disk Managemnet to see if the missing partition is assigned a letter. If not, give it one.

Otherwise, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk management map.


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I've made a UEFI Win8PE by WADK , then burn it to a CD. I boot normal and I can see X:\Windows\System32.
I use EasyBCD to [Add New Entry] to append new boot item to existing Windows 8. The boot menu becomes like this :

Windows 8

But the Win8PE fail to boot with error message like insert Windows disc again ...... in the primary black and white screen.

Should I not to use EasyBCD to [Add New Entry] ? As I do the same thing in BIOs + MBR harddisk that booted perfect. In UEFI + GPT partition , do I better not to use EasyBCD , instead to use BCDEDIT , if so , what's the command line to do this with bcdedit ?


A:UEFI Win8PE don't boot from GPT harddisk

WinPE3 x64 & WinPE4 x64 have two boot modes, Legacy & UEFI.

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Is there any freeware than can used to boot,
then can backup the entire harddisk content and burn into CD or DVD?

When there is the need for recover, these CDs or DVDs can perform a harddisk format and restore the files?

Just like Ghost Recovery Disk.

A:Looking for freeware than can boot, backup and restore harddisk

danserv said:

Is there any freeware than can used to boot,
then can backup the entire harddisk content and burn into CD or DVD?

When there is the need for recover, these CDs or DVDs can perform a harddisk format and restore the files?

Just like Ghost Recovery Disk.Click to expand...

Well yes there is one that's can do all of that and it's free but complex to use.

Some you can use (freeware)

GFI Backup


http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp (this one is complex but does it all)

CloneZilla (opensource) (more like Norton ghost)

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Editon

I use Arconis True Enterprise Edition but I haven't tried the Home Version with Windows 7 yet though since ATEE won't working with Windows 7?

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Hi, I got my new Lenovo Thnkpad P52 Workstation. I'm putting additional M.2 SSD now. I have a 2.5 Spin Drive from factory which have Win10 and as boot disk. Now, I installed M.2 and want to remove my 2.5 HardDisk completely and keep only M.2 as my Boot Disk. Is it possible ? Haver anyone tried ? Please share steps ?What BIOS settings needed to achieve this ?Is it allowed by Lenovo BIOS/Hardware configuration to use without a 2.5 Disk onboard ? Thank! 

A:Remove 2.5 HardDisk and stick with just only M.2 (Boot disk) on P52

no problem.

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I need to access a FAT32 formatted harddisk in a Dell laptop. I mucked around with it a while ago and changed some file names. Now it can't boot Windows XP anymore. However, I've got a feeling that all I need to do is to rename a couple of files in the C:\ root. Anyone know of a USB boot solution (or something I can burn to a CD/DVD), that can give me access to these files in the root and offer me the opportunity of renaming them?
I can't just take out the harddisk of the computer and connect it to another one since the harddisk has a peculiar interface that I don't have cables for.

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: How can I USB/CD-boot PC to access FAT32 harddisk?

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System Gigabyte X48T, 4G ram, usual bits. Video
Sata Port 0&1 - Gigaraid 2x 750G Raid 0 - Scsii disk Boot.
Sata ports 2&3, 4&5, 6, - 5x 500G 2TB dynamic GPT Raid 5
Sata Port 7 -1x 750G Roms & software disk.
Rocket Raid Scsii 0_1, 5x1TB in raid 5.
Scsii 0_0, 1x500G JBOD. Problem is here.

I have been trying to get this system ready to do extensive HD video editing and multimedia work so thumbnails are critical to sorting out 1000's of clips. Vista just doesnt show thumbnails. I have been waiting years for Windows 7.
This system is fast. Boot drive reads at over 160MB/s sec. The 2 Raid 5 arrays can copy to each other at 250MB/s plus (for multi GB files). Interesting HDTach 3.0.1 only shows 160MB's for the Highpoint array.
They will have to fix their software..

In the last few weeks the system had become very flakey - win7 x64 & vista x64 system -video thumbnail display & codec errors etc, windows explorer hangs, system corruption, bad software & codecs.

The boot manager from the latest (Paragon i think) partition manager for windows 7 got stuck on resize partition and it doesnt time out. I want my pc to be always on for remote access..
Anyway the system finally crashed. I lost one of the Raid0 boot disk array IDs when I tried to delete the boot manager. One disk offline and array gone. 60 hours, 400G of newly imported video from 8mm tapes..

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A:fix boot error when extra harddisk connected

Quote: Originally Posted by rmerrick

Question is..
1 What is the purpose of the 100MB that windows installed onto the boot disk.
2 how do i find the boot manager that screws the system when I connect a new drive (including USB key).
3 How do I force the boot to the correct disk array regardless of which drives are installed or not.
4. Is there a boot "something" I can install on every disk to point to Scsii Gigaraid

The 100MB partition stores the Windows boot manager. That is the partition that the Master Boot Record labels as the boot partition (aka "active" partition).

Each hard disk can have it's own MBR, boot sector, etc. And when you plug in a new disk, the BIOS may try to load the MBR of another disk (depending on boot order). It sounds like that is what happens in your case.

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i got 2 hdd at my pc

i got 2 hdd at my pc

1st boot = DVD-rom

2nd boot = hdd-0 is C, D, E
windows 7

3rd boot = hdd-1 is G, H, I
windows xp

when i install win 7 step

i remove my 1st hdd(xp),
and change 1st boot is DVD-room.
i am set the windows 7(hdd) is the 2rd boot when i install my windows 7.

now my setting is
1st boot = DVD-rom
2nd boot = hdd-0 (primary IDE slot-last)
3rd boot = hdd-1 (primary IDE slot-middle)

now i am using EasyBCD,
but look like can't use.
because EasyBCD didn't the function to start at another hdd.

now how to settle about this question?

i can start my xp, but need go to biao change 2rd boot is xp(hdd-1)
thx to help me...and my stupid english

A:problem at boot partition setting

Please don't cross post. I answered in your other thread. This is the correct forum for questions if you are unsure where they belong. Mods will move them if they think they will get more attention elsewhere.



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i resized my windows 7 partition to install ubuntu on my computer, after I had finish installing it I tried to boot windows and it came up the the error 0xc00225 and sometimes 0xc000000f. i have tried fixmbr and that just deleted grub and fix boot says it can't use disk or something like that. also when i am in the recovery disc menu up the top it says unknown OS on unknown disc, so i think it can't recognise window. also after fixmbr it comes up with this is not a bootable disk.
does anyone know a way i could try and fix with out having to reinstall windows? i have tried everything i could find.

A:win 7 boot problem after partition size

Quote: Originally Posted by ryan6

i resized my windows 7 partition to install ubuntu on my computer, after I had finish installing it I tried to boot windows and it came up the the error 0xc00225 and sometimes 0xc000000f. i have tried fixmbr and that just deleted grub and fix boot says it can't use disk or something like that. also when i am in the recovery disc menu up the top it says unknown OS on unknown disc, so i think it can't recognise window. also after fixmbr it comes up with this is not a bootable disk.
does anyone know a way i could try and fix with out having to reinstall windows? i have tried everything i could find.

I ask on the remote chance, do you have a backup from before the problem that we can restore from??

Do you have a win 7 dvd that we can do a repair install from???

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Hello everyone!

I have a Compaq Presario C735ET laptop which is designed only for Windows Vista. There is not any driver for Windows XP or Windows 7 so I am stuck with Vista.

Because I was not very happy with Vista, I installed Ubuntu on this computer, however, for some reason, I needed Vista again and removed Ubuntu. I deleted all partitions except the recovery one. Using Hirens Boot CD v14, I made that partition "not hidden" and "active" but I still could not boot with it. These actions were probably wrong but I just gave it a try.

I used "Startup Repair" option using Vista recovery CD but it did not work.

Then I used "bootrec /fixmbr" and "bootrec /fixboot" commands using the same CD, at command prompt, but they did not help.

Then I messed it even a little more, I tried to manually use bcdedit.exe however it still did not boot. Unfortunately I lost probably already corrupted /boot/bcd file in my recovery partition during this process.

At this point I decided to ask for help here, because I am tired and I know that if I try more I am afraid the situation will get even worse.

I do not have recovery CD's of Vista, we have never had them, and the image of C: drive I've taken with Macrium Reflect did not work, thus I am having all these problems.

Please find attached "dir /s" command output of my recovery partition.

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A:Boot into recovery partition problem

If youi don't get it to work, you can download a Vista iso from here and activate it with the key on your COA sticker. If you do not have a key for Ultimate, you have to finagle the iso like this: Windows Vista: Making a

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I'm not *quite* sure what's causing the problem, but for one reason or another, Vista never gets past the "loading" bar. I've run the startup fixer-thing, but it just said there was a problem that couldn't be fixed automatically and rebooted (or failed to reboot, rather)

I've installed Ubuntu, which seems to have no real problem reading the partition, so I think it might just be a problem with the bootloader files. When I try to mount it, it says it's marked as still in use, which makes sense as my last shutdown was a crash, and when I use the terminal to force it, it gives an error but still works.
"$LogFile indicates unclean shutdown (0, 0)
WARNING: Forced mount, reset $LogFile.
fuse: failed to access mountpoint /media/OS_Install: No such file or directory"
But, it still works. That's the only reason I have to believe it's a partition problem, other than that, it seems to exclusively be Windows' fault.

The last "shutdown" was a hardware crash, I'm on a ******-built MSI gx-630. The case literally bends, causing some sort of short or something (possibly in the graphics card), which is why I had to do an unclean shutdown.

A:Vista boot/Partition problem

Hi, boot from the vista DVD go past the language setup and select "repair your computer" go to command prompt and type. Reboot to take effect:-

Bcdedit ?store c:\boot\BCD ?set GUID path \windows\system32\Boot\winload.exe

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alright here is the deal guys, i recently went to a computer show (yesterday) and bought a new bare-bones computer, well i installed everything into the bare-bones and loaded it up. Now after i hit the windows splash screen, it loads half way and then a blue screen "STOP" error occurs.its says something to the effect of "no accessible boot drive........." now from what the gentlemen told me, that sold the bar-bones to me, is that due to the piracy issue that Microsoft is attempting to fix in XP and 2000, that they did something with XP and 2000 that maid it harder for people to install a used 2000 hard drive into a new system, something like that. But, anyway this is leading to one thing, how do i run fdisk?
i went into the run .exe thing under the start menu and typed "cmd" and the dos style thing i type fdisk and it says" 'fdisk' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file." i know I'm going to feel stupid when you guys tell me, but i need to know this i did not spend all that money for no reason, ALL help will be greatly appreciated, thanks SIASWOLF.

A:Win 2000, boot partition problem

If I understand correctly, you put your hard drive from another device into the new one. Did you check the bios to see if the hard drive is seen? Are the jumpers on the drive correctly and everything connected securely?

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I am going to be building a new Win 7 computer in a couple of days and need to move the 1Tb SATA hard drive from my present XP computer to the new computer, but I want to keep the old XP computer alive with all my programs and data intact. I have an old 250Gb IDE hard drive, so I decided to clone partition C on the 1Gb SATA drive to partition C on the 250Gb IDE drive and use the 250Gb IDE drive in my XP computer.

I used 3 different cloning programs, none of which worked because the 250Gb drive would not boot past post. I have since found this is because I was cloning SATA to IDE.

I then installed a fresh copy of XP onto the C partition of the 250Gb drive in order to set the boot record. Then I put both drives into another computer and used Windows Explorer to delete everything from the 250Gb drive's C partition and copied in everything from the 1Tb drive's C partition.

The 250Gb drive now boots and seems to work perfectly - but only if the 1Tb drive is also present in the computer. If the 1Tb drive is removed the 250Gb drive will only boot to the point where the words "Starting your computer.." should be shown, then it freezes and Ctrl_Alt_Del does not work.

My guess is that it is a registry entry problem - but it might not be. Please help.

A:Boot problem after cloning HD partition

SOLVED - and it was simple. All I had to do was change the 250Gb drive's letter to C.

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I recently installed Win XP & SP4 (2002 version). It was working very nicely. Because my C and D drives were each Partitioned with "useless"(?) small E and D partitions (C and E, D and F) which resulted in strange Identifying Letters for all my drives, I tried everything I could with "Partition Magic" 7.0, to get rid of E and F. Whatever my last attempt was resulted in making the computer unable to Boot. It goes through the CMOS routine then stops leaving on the screen, "Verifying DMI Pool Data.........". I have not used "Partition Magic" for many, many years and was using the program not really competent to do so.
If anyone recognizes this fiasco I would very much appreciate hearing from you.
Thank you,
Richard Baldwin

A:Probable Partition Problem- won't boot

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I have a hard drive that came out of an HP pavilion xt963 (mobo/bioschip failure) I am trying to install in another computer Compaq Presario. The drive itself is not wanting to boot but I'm unsure of the problem.

If I let it try to boot it goes to safe mode menu. If I choose Safe mode it starts to load and locks up on c:\windows\system32\whatever... first it was agpsys.. (I no longer can remember the name). I disabled this in recovery console booting from xp cd. It locked on the next file. I disabled it again. Still locks on whatever the last file is before loading safe mode.

If I try to load normally or last known good configuration then it locks and nothing ever happens.

I tried using the HP restore cd's but they will not work.
I can boot to an xp home cd. I don't want to reload for 2 reasons. #1 Won't I get the error that it cannot load from xp cd due to the HP restore feature? #2 I will, of course, lose all data...not that its worth anything right now...

If I press F10 on boot to try to get to restore I get the message
couldn't open drive multi (0) disk(0)rdisk
NTLDR couldn't open drive multi(0) disk(0) rdisk(0) partition (1)

drive is setup as follows:
_:\ EISA utilities 4511 mb (827 mb free)
C:\ partition 2 (HP_pavilion) NTFS 33643 mb
unpartitioned space 8 mb

Any suggestions would be GREAT!!!

A:Solved: Partition? XP Boot Problem (HP)

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Need help with Partition Magic. When I installed the second disk after everything was loaded it said "media error on disk" what can I do now as my computer will not boot Any ideas would be appreciated.

A:Partition Magic Boot Problem

What are you trying to do? I have partition magic and the only time I ever used the rescue disks was when I created a second primary partition and after booting to the newly created partition found I was have problems installing windows,so I used the disks to "set as active" my other,original primary drive.So again, what have you done and what are you now trying to do? The "media error" error message does not sound good. Sounds like the floppy may be corrupt/missing certain files.

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I made a stupid mistake and changed my primary drive I had second thoughts but my PC automatically shut down before I could change it back. I tried to boot from a DVD disk with no luck.

I obviously have no understanding as to how the partitions in windows 7 work.

I use my computer to record music. Massive files ensued. What I did not know is that I had to route the files to the empty partition. The problem started when all of my files were saving to the system drive (c). Which is about 100 Gb. It turned red showing almost full. I saw that the 350 Gb portion was empty. I switched primary drives like an idiot. I seriously was going to change it back when my computer just shut down!!!

Now I cannot boot it. I set bios to boot from DVD but it will not. I have a guy looking at it and unfortunately he says he has to wipe the drive and cannot boot it up, stating that the 500 Gb drive is full! I don't understand this, as 350 Gb drive was empty when it shut down. I do not want to lose my files but it may be inevitable.

Can anyone here offer suggestions or explain how drives are partitioned in Windows 7 64? Is wiping the drive my only solution? I could not find any answers to this in previous posts.

Thanks in advance,


A:Solved: Boot problem-Partition

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Hi all,
I had a dual boot setup with windows 7 x86 and ubuntu 9.10, then I formatted the windows partition and installed x64 on it, as expected, it overrode grub thus i did not have any bootloader in the boot, then i reinstalled grub and got my ubuntu back but now i have the dreaded BOOTMGR issue in windows 7 boot, when i boot with windows 7 install disk, it detects the windows installation but the volume letter has now changed to E:. I suspect that the partition is not active anymore so that it is named E: and it cannot be booted from. How do i make the partition active again without reinstalling windows 7 and harming ubuntu? I presume windows 7 does not have any utility equivalent of fdisk.exe. any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Active partition and boot problem

Try a Repair Install to allow Win7 to reconfigure the dual boot correctly, as it does when it is installed last.

There might still be a conflict with the GRUB so you might want to remove it now, or see if it is overwritten.

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Hi all. Got a bit of a problem and I'm not sure how to go about fixing it. Firstly, I dual boot with xp and debian linux. I have my ntfs partition with xp, a fat partition to store files accessable to both, a linux swap partition and two ext3 partitions. I wanted to get rid of one of the ext3 partitions and resize my fat partition to make it bigger. Anyway partition magic fixed a few bad blocks or something when it started and then it wouldnt work with a "init error 117" error. I think that was it. So then I went into partition magic tools and was having a look and it has an option to boot another os. Now, I dont have the partition magic bootloader installed (am using linux one. -grub) but my curiosity got the better of me and I clicked the button to see what would happen. (maybe my curiosity will kill me one day) Anyway, computer reboots and goes straight to windows screen (with black background and little blue moving bar) it hangs there for a couple of secs and then comes up with "autocheck not found" or something to that effect. Then to another screen which says "irql not less or equal" with a heaap of stuff underneath saying about a problem. Then system reboots and I get the usual grub menu screen. I can still boot into linux but if I choose xp then the same thing keeps happening. So I put an install cd in and go to recovery console and the funny thing is that it doesnt see my ntfs partition, only my fat one. So therefore I cant fixboot,... Read more

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I have fujitsu laptop AH531/GFO , i can n't boot from harddisk and the booting stops with black screen without any message ,sometimes it enters into an infinite loop(restart and stop with black screen ) and sometimes stops in black screen for long time . i used chkdsk for diagnosing this situation ,and it gave me a message with blue screen("20121112_232111_.jpg") :Benutze: \windows\system32\AUTOCHK.EXEMissing export: "memset" !Missing expott: "NtSerializeBoot" !etc....Exception: 0E Error code : 0004etc...CauseWay error 09 : Unrecoverable excption . Program terminatedNote: I have tried to repair system and nothing happened .and I can access the hraddisk from Cmd.Please help me what should I do? thanks

A:I can n't boot from harddisk , freezing with black screen without any message.

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Hi all,
I was uninstalling AVG and my syatem would get the BSOD and xrash before I completed it.

Eventuallt my whole system crashed and all I get is a message on a black screen fron Phoenix Technologies aaying 'Boot from BBS-harddisk'.

Anyone know what this means and if this screen can be bypassed. I can't use f2, f8 or f12.


A:Toshiba L500 crash - boot from BBS Harddisk message

Hi, I did a lookup on that and it is related to the hard drive. BBs mean Bios Boot Specification

The recommendation is to unscrew the cover over the hard drive and remove the drive. Then replace it and make sure it seated snug. Put the cover back and reboot. Let us know how it goes.

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I have installed Windows 7 on a 1st PC, included driver and other software.

I use GHOST to copy partition image of 1st computer. Partition that have backup,

>> 100MB System Reserve Partition
>> Drive C

Then, use Ghost to restore the 2 partition image to 2nd PC's harddisk.

After task complete, reboot.

The 2nd PC was unable to detect any OS.

How to resolve this problems?

A:W7 wont boot after ghost image restore on new harddisk

Well, I am going to over look the fact your are trying to clone a Win 7 install, but did you try restoring to the original computer?

I have never been able to get Ghost to work correctly.

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