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I canNOT find the drivers and the .inf file(s) for my hard drive.

Q: I canNOT find the drivers and the .inf file(s) for my hard drive.

I'm getting a new system, and I want to wipe out Windows 7 and install Windows XP on my old system. I have not actually done anything yet--Windows 7 is still installed--but I'm trying to understand what I need to do.

I don't have a floppy drive, so I want to try the nLite slipstream procedure.

Unfortunately I've looked everywhere I can think of, and I have not found the SATA drivers. My motherboard is an MSI X-58 Pro-E (MS-7522)3.0, and my hard drive is a Western Digital Raptor 300GB 10,000 RPM Model No.: WD3000GLFS. I've looked at the MSI site, the Western Digital site, and the CyberPower site. I've looked in my Windows 7 installation disk. I've made numerous searches on the Internet....I just can't find those drivers, or the .inf file(s).

My PC manufacturer did not send me any floppy disk or CD having drivers for either my motherboard or my hard drive. I have submitted an email to Western Digital customer support, but today is Saturday, and I do not expect a reply before Monday.

Where can I find those drivers? (and the .inf file(s)).

Preferred Solution: I canNOT find the drivers and the .inf file(s) for my hard drive.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: I canNOT find the drivers and the .inf file(s) for my hard drive.

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You should be able to find the driver you need at the manufacurers site under chipset drivers.

Their is no specific driver needed for your hard drive.

Once you have iinstalled you chipset drivers you can install the XP as usual, just insert the disc format and install.


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Put new hard drive in. Windows 98 can't find device driver for Compaq installed devices. Any info would be helpful.


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I need to know if anyone can help me find Canon "mf drivers" in my laptop. I am trying to re-install Canon MF3240 printer. It's telling me "an older version of mf drivers exists in this computer. uninstall the older version of mf drivers, and then try to install again." There is no canon folder on my machine anymore. I can not follow the --all programs-canon-mf drivers instruction anymore! Need to manually find it. Please help!

A:How to find and manually delete "mf drivers" from my hard drive?

When such happens with printers...it's often because a process left behind by the uninstall effort...still relates to removed hardware.
I'd take a look, using a Speccy snapshot.
Please follow the directions at Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 .

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Hi, i have a WDC WD10EADS-22M2B0 Hard Drive and i need the driver for it because i am going to install windows 7 on it but it is not showing up in the windows 7 setup.
Can someone please give me the link to the driver downloads. i have searched for hours but i cant find them anywhere.

A:Cannot Find Drivers For WDC WD10EADS-22M2B0 Hard Drive

No HD Drive drivers are needed to install Windows 7.

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My computer died and I had chrome set up to autofill my passwords.  I have about 100 accounts and I cant remember them. 
The worst part is that they are all set to send the password to an email account that I can't access because I don't have the password for it and the security questions are all wrong. 
So, I need to get into the hard drive and locate the file within chrome that stores passwords

A:Anyone know how to find the password file for chrome on a hard drive?

Hi chrisarnt If you were logged on Google Chrome back then and saved your passwords in it, they should all be sync'd to your Google account. So logging back in Google Chrome should sync them all back locally. If not, the Google Chrome password file is located in C:\Users\$username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and it's the Login Data file.

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So my motherboard on my windows 7 laptop died. I had the hard drive tested and it's fine. So I pulled the hard drive, bought a SATA cable and turned the old hard drive into an external hard drive on a brand new windows 8 laptop.

I had a fully functional 2013 one note installed on that original hard drive. Now I'm not able to figure out how to launch the one note application on my new laptop. Is it not possible to launch it from my external hard drive?

I use Carbonite backup and can find the notebooks saved there, the one note cache files etc but need the one note application itself to open them.

Also all of my notebooks were synching except one before this motherboard crash. That notebook is listed in my backup files via Carbonite but is empty. So far I have not been able to figure out how to access the sky drive where my notebooks were synching. However, before the motherboard crash each time I opened one note this troublesome notebook was there so I know it's stored somewhere on my old hard drive (now an external USB windows 7 hard drive).

If it can be located out of the cache files from Carbonite that would be fantastic to. How can I find it?

A:Find OneNote Notebook file on hard drive

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I get intermittent file corruption when copying files, e.g. I copied a directory of photos from one drive to another then did a binary comparison of the files and 5 - 10 % of the copied files differed from the source and had bit errors.

I have the latest bios and drivers, I?ve run chkdisk, reformatted drives, run Norton disk doctor and Checkit diagnostics and everything is reported healthy.

Here are my system specs:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF-9
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 300+ S939 rev E
Memory: 2 x 512MB OCZ Tech DDR PC3200
Cooling: Stock CPU fan, case fan
Power supply: 400W
Hard Drives: 1 x Samsung SP0812C SATA 80GB (boot drive, 2 partitions c:\ & e:\), 2 x Hitachi HDS728080PLA380 SATA II 80 GB w/RAID 1 (1 partition f:\)
OS: Windows XP Home SP2

I?ve seen file corruption when copying in either direction between drives, when copying from other computers on my LAN, when downloading files from the web.

Is the problem with hard drives, controller, motherboard, drivers, os? Any suggestions for how to fix?


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

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

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

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

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

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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

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

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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

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i got new notebook HP dv6670ej.
i have vista on it and problems with it, i tried to format and
install windows XP but in the begin after the computer loads the files,
it shows me error: setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed in your computer.
i searched for ways to fix it, one way is to disable SATA in bios, but i dont have the option in there. other way is to make a windows installation with nLite,
but i have no idea what drivers i need for it and where to download them.
maybe there is another easier way?
can someone help me please?

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drivers

in most of the links you gave i saw that i need a floopy drive that i dont have.
and i still cannot understand what drivers i need and where to get them from.

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Hi there
for nearly every Sony Vaio model use the ASIAN Site -- they've even got hard to find stuff like the drivers for the Dual Sony MMC SDHC card reader.

Original Drivers and Applications for VPCEH/EJ Series (Windows 7 64-Bit) : Download : Sony Asia Pacific

(Other models too -- I was just chasing down stuff for a model I've been using).

Forget about those VILE sites that sucker you in to "Free Driver Search" -- and when they find something you have to PAY to access the relevant area (We call this stuff "Sneakerware" and it's becoming more and more prevalent - they say FREE DOWNLOAD-- but that's all that's free is the Download !!!!!)

Don't use DriverMax or sites like those any more. All this stuff is FREEWARE anyway.


A:Hard to find Sony VAIO drivers try HERE

Good find jimbo +1

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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When i first got my computer the drive worked fine, but since the first time i opened it, It stopped working. Anyway I found the problem (the cable had been damaged) and now the computer can see it but cant find any drivers for it.

Under drive properties it says the drivers are not installed code 28

I dont know the manufacturer of it either, the properties just say standard CD-ROM Drive

A:Cant Find Drivers for My CD-ROM Drive

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I've been following the instructions for removing Security Tool Malware that has infected my computer. One of the last steps instructs me to delete the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\HOSTS file. I used Windows Explorer to try and find the file, but I am unable to see it anywhere in any of the folders under my Windows folder.

Any ideas where I would find this file?


A:Cannot Find C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\HOSTS File

Problem solved! I was able to get the answer on the live chat!

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first of all my dell 1501 torched the hard drive(overheated) 99% of all the data lost. sent it to the shop and had a new one installed and reloaded with vista again(bundle) . now my external HD MAXTOR III mini wont work. i get the cant locate driver window. I have been to the seagate site for the drivers and software. it unzips and is in a folder but when i connect the drive and reboot i get the same thing. o go thru all the windows to search and locate the drivers. the drive is recognizes in the device manager. i have uninstalled it . the drive worked on this machine before and still does on my other identical dell

A:external drive cant find drivers

try putting it to another usb, do you have all drivers for usb and so installed?

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My PC currently can't read disks for whatever reason, the only disk it read was the windows 7 installation disk. The disk drive is incredibly stubborn and won't update properly. Can't find the updates or something, then say it has the best drivers already installed despite it's telling me there's an error with my disk drive and it won't work.Can somebody provide me the link for the proper driver or some sort of fix?I think the dvd drive is called, HL-DT-ST- DVDRRW GSA-H30L ATA deviceScreenshot. The dvd drive doesn't even display on the computer tab, no matter what I put in it.Screenshot

A:Need drivers disk drive, can't find them anywhere

sounds like your dvd drive is failing go to your local computer store or walmart and purchase another one they are fairly cheap

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I use two hard drives, a smaller one that runs XP and a larger one for primarily storage. I replaced the storage drive...this had been the "first" drive and was labeled c: while the one running XP was labeled d:

I installed the new drive and rebooted. In the process, the volume labels flipped: the primary drive became c: and the storage drive becoming d:

This has thrown Windows into a world of confusion and all previously installed programs show up as uninstalled. They are still there in "program files" but many of them refuse to open, reporting not being able to find .dll files which I can search for and find on the computer.

Is this a registry issue? Is there a way to reconcile it without installing all this software again?

Thanks for any help.

A:Can't find drivers since putting in new drive...

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Hi there,

I have had a problem with a bsod on my acer 5942g laptop screen reads UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME now i changed the sata mode to IDE and then popped in a windows 7 repair disc i am now in system recovery options but my os isn't listed in the window. It says if my os isn't listed i have to load the Load drivers then install drivers for the hard disk but i have no idea what i am looking for or where to even begin looking. can anyone help?

A:where to find hard disk drivers for the acer 5942g using repair disc?

Switch back to AHCI and download the SATA AHCI driver here: Acer Support: Downloads & Support Documents - Notebook / Aspire / Aspire 5942G

Save it on a USB flash drive or blank disc and install it when asked.

You also need to upload your mini-dump files so that our BSOD experts can check it out for you.

Dump Files - Upload to SevenForums

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Hello, My Hard Drive has failed, I have purchased another one however I am having trouble getting a copy of window's 7 to re-install.  Does someone know what to do?  When I go to windows site it says my product key it says "The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options" can't find a download on the HP site...can't seem to find live chat anymore either? Help!

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I just purchased a new Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, it has a TS-L633C DVD-RW drive.

I updated the DVD drive firmware to a version available on Dell's website (original D300, current DW10).

Now every time Vista starts, the "found New Hardware" wizard opens and attempts to install drivers for the DVD drive (which it doesn't find).

The drive functions perfectly, it appears in "Computer", and I am certain there are no drivers that need to be updated.

How do I get Vista to stop nagging me to update the drivers ?


A:updated DVD drive firmware, now Vista cannot find drivers

Are you sure that's the correct firmware for that drive? Check the maker's tool here: SAMSUNG ODD SERVICE

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I am trying to load our company image on a new Dell 3410 win an ssd hard drive.  It currently has win 10 home. the installer gets to the point of which image to install, I click the correct 64 bit win enterprise version, and it cannot find the drive. 
I search for the drivers on the USB with the image as well as the drive I am targeting, but keep getting a select the driver to install option and No signed device drivers were found. 
I did not see  drivers on the MS download site for the 3410.   any idea where to find them?

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?


I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?



A:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.


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My Epson 3-in-1 CX4800's scanner stopped working (copying and printing is fine). I have tried (with live phone help from Epson) several times to reinstall scanner drivers, but, even after downloading them, the message comes up: Windows failed to install drivers. Cannot find file specified. Epson had me find the file folder, click on the file (which obviously was there), try again, but same message. They finally said it is an OS issue, mine is vista home premium 32 bit. Can someone help me with this? Thanks a lot!

A:Epson CX4800 -- error: Windows failed to install drivers. Cannot find file specified

have you tried to uninstall the drivers and program, reboot the pc, than try to reinstall the dirvers and program?

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I am installing a new hard drive on my pesario r3000 notebook intel computer. It is an ata drive and when I go to install windows the hard drive is not found. It says hit f3 to exit installation. I think I installed it correctly, so why can't it recognize the new hard drive. The hard drive is a hitachi travelstar 2.5

Not sure how to check the bios exactly but I did look and it seems that didn't recognize the drive either. This is the only drive I'm installing and I have installed one on my desktop but this laptop has me confused. Thanks if anyone can help.

A:Can't find hard drive

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I recently was getting files put on my hd from a mac (for which it had to be reformatted) and when i connected it up to my (vista) laptop it does not autorun, nor can i find it in my computer. The only evidence of it being there at all is the safely remove hardware icon on the bottom right panel. please help.

A:Cannot find hard drive

hi and welcome first where is the drive what did you reformat

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My PC locks up on boot. When starting, It says cannot find bootable drive or harddrive has failed. If I get into the bios and set the defaults and save and let it run, it will boot into Windows. However this happens every boot and it is really annoying. I have also seen where you want to do something and it may say drive is locked. This is a new harddrive  (1)TB to replace the old drive that was doing the same thing. I have also updated the BIOS to the latest with no issues. however I can't fix this. Hope someone has a solution. Thanks -Peter 

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Its a full version of xp, its my old computer. (i havent found any info on the laptop yet) and im not totally for sure if i want to wipe everything yet.

since i dont have any of the original disks it will be very hard to do. (i would think anyways)

what do ya think?

Intel Pentium processor 447 mhz, 128 mb ram

microsoft windows xp, home ed, version 2 service pak 3

didnt know if you needed this or not.

A:how to find what is on my hard drive?

Perhaps you could explain precisely WHY you might want to wipe your hard-drive, especially if you cannot (apparently) reinstall the Operating System?For a discussion about how to find out what files are on your hard drive, this thread seems important:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/221865/how-to-find-out/Regards,John

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Hello everyone,

just now I tried to boot my pc when he "told" me he couldn't find the requested boot device. I checked my BIOS settings: the hard drive was selected as my primary boot device, as normal. When I had a look at the "devices" tab, I saw a list of the available SATA's. SATA 2 was my CD-ROM drive but SATA 1 wasn't recognized.

In short: my BIOS settings don't seem to be wrong but the computer just can't find the hard disk. I haven't made any hardware changes recently.

As always, any help would be appreciated.


A:pc can't find hard drive

Does your computer recognize the hard drive in the popup boot menu? Usually F11 or F12 during POST.

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I have an extra storage drive on my system. To avoid erasing anything during a reformatt of drive c, I unplugged it. Reformatted C and then plugged it back in again. Now it's not showing up. I checked the connections and robooted several times but nothing so far. Not sure what I should do now.

A:Can't find hard drive

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You can see my specs above...

I need help buying a new hard drive. All I need to know is what kind of HD my PC takes.
I plan to look inside the case in a bit. Is there any way I can tell by looking? What do you think I'll need? Thanks.

A:How can I find out what hard drive my PC needs?

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I downloaded a game from download.com. Installed it. Clicked the icon to start the game and "poof" I get the "your computer is shutting down to protect itself" blue screen.

I tried to repair windows but it tells me it doesn't appear I have *any* hard drives, which is making me wonder if it's a virus or maybe hardware... I can't even reformat with a new install of windows because of the same issue.

However I ran some diagnostics from those scary DOS-looking screens you get to from the boot/setup commands, and it says there's a drive there.

(I cant get to windows through safe mode or last config either)

Any ideas/suggestions?

A:PC cant find hard drive.

congratulations. You downloaded a virus/trojan.

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In Bios pc see's hard drive. When going to install XP it can not find hard drive for some reason. I was able to format the drive no problem. Used Mini XP it found the drive no problem. So I have not a clue why when installing XP PRo it does not find the drive?????????

A:Pc won't find Hard drive

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i just reformated my computer last night. and now i cant get my other hard drivve up were i saved everything. can anyone give me a suggestion on how to get it running again

A:cant find my 2nd hard drive

foghorn28 said:

i just reformated my computer last night. and now i cant get my other hard drivve up were i saved everything. can anyone give me a suggestion on how to get it running againClick to expand...

might sound silly but try 'add new hardware'from control panel!

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I have a Compaq Presario S4020WM and 40 Gigs is no longer enough for me, after 4 years. I'm wanting something bigger. Compaq said it must be 5400, but I think the computer may accept 7200 RPM. They also recommend 120 GB, but I think I can have more than that. Can I? I looked at WalMart and Newegg, but can not decide on one. I'm planning to be a DJ for a radio station, so I need at least 100 Gigs, but I would like to have 200 Gigs or more. I just want to make sure I get a hard drive that will work for my computer.

Plus, do I need to increase the wattage of the power supply? The limit is 200W, so I am not sure.



A:Help me find a hard drive, please.

I have never had any problems replacing 5400 RPM drives with 7200 RPM driver. They are just a little bit faster. I had a 5 year old HP with 866MHz processor and 40GB IDE HD. I bought a 7200 RPM, 300 GB, 16 MB cache HD and put it in there just fine. Windows read the entire 300GB on one partition. I don't see why a big 7200 RPM IDE drive wouldn't work for you either. HD space is actually quite cheap now days, you should be able to find the storage space you're looking for at around $100. Here are my 2 personal favorite sites to shop PC parts, because of the nice price comparison:


I think you need an IDE drive (or EIDE), not SATA (Serial ATA)

I think this is your computer:

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I have a hard drive failure on my computer.  I know it is a 500gb 5400rpm.  What I dont know is if it is a sata drive or not. Any help would be appreciated it. I did a system test and got the following failure id on the Hard Drive Short DST Check. Failure ID: 0K6CGF-7JK8GX-XD7WLJ-60U203 Product# CND51076HJProduct Name- 15-r052nr

A:Need to find out which hard drive to get

>  I know it is a 500gb 5400rpm.  What I dont know is if it is a SATA drive or not. Disk-drives using the "old" interface (Parallel ATA) had a maximum capacity of 500 GB, but that was a long time ago.Given that your computer is running Windows 8, it came with a SATA drive.Look for a 7200 RPM disk-drive, instead of a 5400 RPM disk-drive.Or, if you don't use all 500 GB, think about buying a 240 GB SSD ("solid-state-disk"), for much faster I/O. Example: $80 US for: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sandisk-ultra-ii-240gb-internal-sata-solid-state-drive-for-laptops-black...  

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every time i start up my computer, it goes fine, takes a little less than a minute, and everythings fine, then i get to the login section and it says "There is no disk in the drive, please insert a disk into drive /Device/Harddisk1/DR3." Then it takes a awhile to get to the desktop, then everything takes forever to do. Im pretty sure that its the hard drive, and it crashed, but i dont know. and yes it is in there and all connected. i have an emachines t6524. please tell me how i can fix it...

A:Cannot find hard drive, PLEASE HELP!!!

How did your HDD crashed?

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I have installed a third hard drive. It is a WD160GB internal hard drive on an Adaptec Ultra ATA 1233 Card. It does not show up in “My Computer” or “Computer Management”. It does however show up in “Device Manager” as WDC WD16 00JB-00GVAO SCSI DISK DEVICE.
If I relocate the drive or card to a different location (I have 3 spare PCI slots) “found new hardware” will come up and I can access the drive until I reboot, then it goes away again.
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance

A:Can't Find Third Hard Drive

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I just reinstalled win 7 home premium edition onto my cpu and now i cant find my secondary hard drive. It shows up in my bios but not on my computer screen. NO I do not want to format this hard drive it has all my backed up files!!! Can anyone help me?
A little more info:
Before i redid my cpu the hard drive was a secondary that i had used bitlocker on to keep it password protected. I know my password but i do not see my hard drive and i NEED to get into this hard drive.

A:Cant find Hard drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carry out following please:
Run disk management:
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

thanks, karl

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I was wondering if someone on here could help me. I was trying to find out my hard drive speed as it is the lowest score on my setup. I downloaded a small speed checker program and ran it. It was set to read mode and was writing a log file. I then switched it to write test and got a message saying the it would destroy data, I assumed it meant the log file and clicked ok.

All seemed well until suddenly the computer restarted. It then could not find the systems files. I checked the bios and found that it was trying to boot to "apti drive", whatever that is, and so I changed it back to my hard drive. Still it wouldn't fire up.

I have been looking through the forums and have put in the win 7 disk and tried to repair it, also bootrec, bootsect/ mbr, nothing works.

I downloaded an updated bios file which seems to have loaded ok.

I am showing a hard drive in setup and everything looks fine. When I am in cmd prompt and try to change to C drive, it doesn't recognise it. In cmd the drive is showing as X, all I can get is my cd drive which has changed to D.

It is as if my hard drive has vanished. I am assuming that the program wiped my start up files, but I can't understand why I cannot reinstall them. I also tried to reinstall win7, but it can't find a drive to install to. I am getting a bit desparate now please help.

It looks like my hard drive has just vanished.

A:Cannot find hard drive

What was the name of the software?

It sounds as if it has wiped the drive.....use this to check if the disk/partitions still exist or have data on them:

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I am trying to setup Windows XP on a Gateway Notebook MT6840.
After pressing Enter to start with Windoes setup, it gives the message :
"Set up did not find any hard drives installed in your computer".

This computer has Windows Vista pre-installed. I defined a new partition there, and that is where I want to install XP. Also , it has a SATA driver.
It only has CD Drive, no floppy Drive.

I know that during the setup, and before getting the message , you can press F6 to load SCSI/RAID controllers, i do not know if I have to press it, and then F2 for recovery. However, this computer only has CD Drive, no floppy Drive.

Any suggestion to fix this problem?



A:XP Set up did not find any hard drive

use a usb stick for the floppy driver install
do a google search on how to install xp after vista

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My PSU went bang I replaced it and now my computer hangs on starting
If I try and reload windows 2000 it says it can,t find a hard disk
If I try and load XP get blue screen error and say windows is shutting down
If I go into the bios again there doesn’t appear to be a hard disk
Tried the hD on another computer … same problem
Can I do anything to make the computer see the HD or is the drive kaput?
Many thanks
Mark UK

A:Cant find Hard Drive!

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This is a query about a NEC Versa Note laptop. It is 4 years old with lots of use and runs Windows 2000 and Linux. Recently got a message that it could not find its hard drive. The drive was replaced and it worked for a week or two and then the same
message. This time the hard drive was taken out and checked on another machine and the drive was fine.

The question is what is the likely cause of this problem and how should I remedy it?

A:Can't find hard drive

Was the IDE cable checked at the time?

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I'll try to explain my situation the best i can.

A few weeks ago my laptop got a virus and after some works i got it to work fine again. I decided update the laptop's service pack. After installing it the laptop will not load as a it says "!!0xc0000034!! and because of this you cannot not access anything. From looking online the main advice is to reinstall the operating system. I am trying to do this with a XP installation CD but once it loads it tell me it cannot find a hard disk drive.

How solve this without being able to load the laptop fully?

Any help on how to solve this would be great and i am willing to answer questions in needed.

Thanks for reading,


A:Cannot find hard drive when reinstalling XP

Is that XP installation CD - SP1.
Is the HDD in the computer SATA.
If so therein lies the problem.
It may also apply if the CD is SP2.
Does the laptop have a floppy drive.

1. On start up press F2 to enter BIOS

2. Expand the "Drives" section

3. Go to "SATA Operation"

4. Change this from "RAID Auto/AHCI" to "RAID Auto/ATA"

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I am trying to reinstall windows 8, but when I do it says it can only find the MBR and that my disk isn't large enough.  My hard drive is 500GB and the partition says it is 14 and it can't find any other partitions or the rest of the hard drive. 
I can only boot into the system using the disk (which I can get into a cmd prompt). 
Any suggestions?   I came across this because my computer wouldn't load anymore and just keep scanning for disks for days.
Thanks in advance!

A:Can't find entire hard drive only MBR

WIth CMD on the windows 8 install disk, I ran diskpart and it only shows Disk 0 , Status: Online, Size 14 GB, Free 0B.  Nothing else. 

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