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I have Windows XP disk from dead PC...

Q: I have Windows XP disk from dead PC...

... in my new Windows 7 PC (virtual machine anyway). Can I copy programs, registry entries etc from XP to Windows 7? I can not boot into XP from the XP disk.
I no longer have the installation disks for the software I need (Photoshop CS2) as these were lost when I moved overseas.
Somehow need to copy the registry...?


Preferred Solution: I have Windows XP disk from dead PC...

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A: I have Windows XP disk from dead PC...

Quote: Originally Posted by aardvark42

... in my new Windows 7 PC (virtual machine anyway). Can I copy programs, registry entries etc from XP to Windows 7? I can not boot into XP from the XP disk.
I no longer have the installation disks for the software I need (Photoshop CS2) as these were lost when I moved overseas.
Somehow need to copy the registry...?


Why not contact the 'Photoshop' people?

With a little luck, maybe you registered the software...

But then, ........

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I have been monitoring KB articles about dead keyboard on wake-up after sleep, but there is a related problem in Windows 7 as follows:
1. A DOS-based application using ISAM files running under CMD.EXE rebuilds an ISAM index requiring many tens of thousands of disk accesses. On completion the files are correctly closed, no errors have been reported, but the keyboard is dead.
2. Other parts of the same DOS-based app. are effectively a report generator working on the same ISAM files. On completion of a long report the keyboard is again dead.
This bug appears to be NOT hardware related in that it occurs in many makes of PC with many manufacturers' motherboards.
The bugs affects both USB and PS-2 type keyboards alike.
The bug is not in the keyboard hardware because the Windows on-screen keyboard behaves similarly.
The mouse is not affected. Indeed the only recovery from this error is to use the mouse to kill the application.
The bug was not present in any previous version of Windows (95/98/ME/2000/XP) and seems to have been fixed in Windows 10 (either by design or accident).
Any advice would be much appreciated because these PCs are running 24/7 in a retail EPOS environment.

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I have an Aspire V5-571G, with a dead hard disk. can anyone tell me if the windows 8 licence key is stored on the hard disk or in the BIOS? - it's not my laptop so please don't give me a hard time about recovery disks etc I don't want to buy a new disk and a new version of windows, as for what it'd cost it'd be better getting a new laptop. thanks

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Hello there! My hard disk is completely gone, In the bios nothing appear as hard disk connected, instead if I connect another hard disk, the bios reads it Now the question is: Can I download an original copy of Windows? The recovery partition is on the dead hard disk and I cannot use it! thanks!

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I have windows 7 OS installed in my PC. I am getting hard disk errors, I have installed Hard Disk Sentinel Pro, I looked at the results, but i did not understand them well, So please suggest me what to do?

Hard Disk Sentinel- Report

Failure Predicted - Attribute: 5 Reallocated Sectors Count, Count of sectors moved to the spare area. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads.

There are 4095 bad sectors on the disk surface. The contents of these sectors were moved to the spare area.

201 errors occured during data transfer. This may indicate problem of the device or with data/power cables. It is recommended to examine and replace the cables if possible.

Replace hard disk immediately.

It is recommended to backup immediately to prevent data loss.


A:Is my Hard Disk dead?

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I have a 40GB Toshiba Hard Disk Drive on my Compaq Presario 2100 laptop.

Lately it has been giving me a lot of problems:

1. Laptop started shutting off by itself sometimes.
2. Then I started getting blue screens with messages that files are missing. This was either fixed by using the boot cd or reinstalling the whole system using the recovery cd.
3. Squeking noise is coming from the computer sometimes when it starts.
4. Now it wont turn on at all it says "no operating systems found" when actually there were 2 operating systems that time: home and pro.

This is what I did.

1. Wanted to clean install everything again so using the XP cd formatted the whole drive. It took about 5 hours, and then it said "Setup was unable to format the partition"
2. Went into recovery console and at the promt I typed "chkdsk /R" it said "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."
3. By this time the laptop was really hot. I could not hold it from the bottom. So I shut it off and after a few hours I did "chkdsk /R" again. This time it did not give me any errors. So I did "format c: /Q" it has been formatting for 3 hours now and it is still at 55%.

This is the first time it is happening to me. Does this mean my hard disk crashed? Any help would be really appreciated.

A:Is my Hard Disk DEAD ????


Looks to be more than just your HDD if your laptop is getting too hot to hold. You might want to take it to a specialist before things get too bad. If it's still under warranty, even better. If your an end-user and don't know much about PC's in general, i don't suggest you opening it to have a quick bash.

Try stay away from "Friends in the know" too. They sometimes cause more problems than they're worth. After reading something in Rink works...do NOT drills holes in the bottom as this won't help



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Hi im using my friend pc, Just a moment ago I was using my computer listening to music on msn and I was scrolling a folder that had thumbnails enabled and I was going to send a picture to someone normaly that takes a whole to show cause it has to make a preview it load about 50% then the hard disk made the turn off sound and did not come back on so i pressed power button and now when i try to turn it on the hdd led is constant red and hdd doesn not turn on.

Any ideas what happened an why?

Im leaving it for a few min to see if it works again

A:Hard Disk Dead?

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Well, i think i have 2 dead CD drives...
ok. My RW drive doesnt read CD's anymore, like it whirs for a while, then stops.


A:Dead Disk Drive

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hi guys
I have a 20 GB Seagate(slave) Hdd model number ST317221A...I somehow shut down my computer from the mains for was in a hurry..When came back and switched it on the slave drive wouldnt come up...no lights ,no sounds from the drive ,Its not rotating at all....tried re connecting all the cables adn stuff but no use...Is my disk gone for ever.,..I have very ,I mean extremely important data on the disk ,can some one help me for what should I do...
Pls help me ,I m all relying on your suggestions...All I want is the disk to somehow work and so I can have my data back...
I dnt know ,but can we remove the disks in the hdd and some how retreive the data,,,I m choked for cant do without the data...

waiting for ur help

A:hard disk dead...pls help

You can't open a harddrive - instantly all data would be gone, nor do I see how that would work. Assuming that the internal mechanics/platters are ok you could get an EXACT same harddrive and replace the circuit boards and hopefully the disk comes back to life.

There are companies that retrieve data but they charge several thousands of dollars to do so.

If you connect only the power cable with no IDE cable and do not feel it spin up then its definitely the drive, if it spins up it could be the computer.

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Hello! My name is Julio, I'm from Bogotá and I am very sorry that my first message in this community has to be with a problem... I really hope somebody here can help me with this issue.

Well, the problem is this: Saturday, I was working perfectly, no problems with a new hard disk which I bought one month ago (Maxtor 500GB) in order to get more storage because the old Hard Disk was only 160GB, so I turned off the computer and Sunday morning when I started it, I receive a message that NTLDR was not found...

Obviously the NTLDR shows that there is no operating system on the master HD... so I went to the BIOS Configuration and I found that the system was not detecting the new hard disk (500GB) but the old one which has not OS and of course that's the reason of the "NTLDR" message.

So, my question is if there is any possible reason to explain why the system did not detect the primary hard disk and if there is any possible way to recover all the files in it? Or is this new hard disk dead? (hope not)

That's all... thanks for your time and reading, hope somebody can help me.

A:Is my Hard Disk dead?

hi Julio,
Im not sure why you suspect that the new HDD might be dead,or dying....is it making different noises than it was before?, download speedfan and under the S.M.A.R.T. tab run the in depth hdd diagnostic , it will tell you the health of the hdd and if there are any indicators that it might have some impending problems. start there, if it is on its way out there are programs to recover your data. let me know what you find


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Hi, my computer is having trouble loading Win XP. After turning it on, it goes through the BIOS stuff and then halts at 'Boot from CD/DVD: '. I'm guessing that it's not detecting the hard disk anymore. It was going fine yesterday until everything just froze on screen. The only thing I could do was turn the power off and it hasn't been able to load Windows since. Anyone know what I could do? Thanks in advance.

A:Is my hard disk dead?

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I'm new here... I don't know if this is the right place for my question... but I hope so!!

Days ago I did partitions on my hard drive.... I had 2 partitions (one with the windows folder + videos, musics, photos, etc..., and another with some important videos) + Unpartitioned space...

Well, the problem is, 2 days ago I had my PC running... And I had a cut of energy... So, my computer shuted down... And 15/20 min later I turned it on again... But it was always booting... I tried several times the "fixboot" in MSDOS contained in the install CD... But the same happened... I tried too the "chkdsk /r" and also the "fixmbr"...

That wasn't resulting... I think I made the situation worse..!!

So I thought if I install again the OS in a new partition (remember that I had unpartitioned space), i could have access at that partition... But i was completely wrong because i did it and here appears the partition is empty...

Any solution??

These data files are really important to me... That partition contains the Windows folder (not so important to me) but it had musics, home videos from weddings and birthday parties, etc..., photos of my friends and of my travels... Important stuff that i would like get back...

So, if you can help me, or if you know where i can find help, please tell me!!

Very thankful...

P.S.: My english is horrible... Please, ignore the bad spell and phrases constructions..

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Guys I have a Western digital (manufactured Feb 07) that's dead, it prevents the computer from starting when the power is plugged in, I have taken it out of the PC and plugged it into a storage tower that I have and that will not start at all when the drive is plugged in (Power only no data cable).
I'm resigned to the cardinal sin of not backing up and a mountain of data is probably gone. With that in mind is there something that may be done to recover the data?


A:Dead hard disk, looking for god

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I've a Maxtor DiamondPlus 9 80 gb. Yesterday it began making some beeping noises and I can hear the head trying to read. I took the hard disk amp installed it on another PC. It reported 'Secondary Controller or Disk Failure'. When I install it as a slave and check the bios it reports only the number of cylinders as 67000, the tracks, sectors and megabytes are all 0. Someone tell me, is it dead? Thanks.

A:Could The Hard Disk Be Dead?

run a check disk. you can even download Maxblast or maxblaster or something like that. it's the software that checks maxtor hard drives, and also helps you format them and partition them.

that should tell you if it's dead or not.

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Hey guys,

I'm hoping some of you may be able to help me, my problem (as succinctly as I can describe) is as follows;

Laptop started to freeze frequently, decided to back up my data and do a clean install using the Recovery Partition. All went fine. 2 days later I had to restart after installing SP2... next thing I know the laptop won't boot. I got the following error message;

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

If Windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup Repair can help disgnose and fix the problem. If the power was interrupted during startup, choose Start Windows Normally.

Launch Startup Repair (recommended)
Start Windows normally

(1) If i choose startup repair Windows looks like its loading. The screen goes black for 5mins and I have a cursor, then it goes green plus the cursor, then Recovery Tools are being launched please wait window pops up and thats the way it stays for hours on end with no changes.

If i choose Start Windows normally it goes back to the "windows failed to start" and loops.

Using F10 at boot i get the following;

Edit windows boot options for: Vaio recovery environment

Path: \windows\systme32\boot\winload.exe

[/DETECTHAL /MININT /REDIRECT RDIMAGEOFFSET=8192 RDIMAGELENGTH=3161088 RDPATH=multi(0)disk(0)partition(1)\sources\boot.wim

If i hit enter it goes to the Recovery mode launching please wait and gets stuck, as above.

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A:Hard Disk Drive Dead?

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I am having a problem that my hard disk is almost dead , the C partition is read as REM but the recovery partition is NTFS and i can access it but i dont know how to boot this recovery partition on my new hard disk , so could you please help me to get this recovery partition on an external usb and boot from it my new hard disk to get back my original windows and all aplications came with the laptop ( i need to make the laptop as factory reset on my new hard disk ).Thanks in advance

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hi. this is my 1st post here and im very excited to learn new things as well as help others here in this forum. I'm in desperate need for help. Ive tried many things but now Ive hit a dead end.I recently used DBAN to wipe out the HD on my HP Mini since it had all sorts of problems. i was planning on installing a fresh copy of windows xp. since this laptop doesn't have a CD drive, i need to boot the comp with a bootable USB which ive done before on other computers with success. Evey time i boot up my comp, i get a screen that says "please select a OS to start. whichever one i pick, i get another screen saying "windows couldn't start because of a comp disk config problem. i have images posted below. whatever i click here, it takes me to the following screen below:so how do i fix this? im extremely desperate to get this fixed since im in the middle of a very busy school semester. any help would be really really appreciated!!!

A:comp disk cfg problem. I've hit a dead end :(

First guess would be bad CMOS/RTC battery.

System manufacturer and model?


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Hi all.

For the past two weeks my PC was booting up very slowly. I have Windows 7 installed on a 120GB Corsair GT SSD and a Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS for Games/Media. My boot times had increased dramatically from about 5 seconds to 45 seconds. I feared it was an issue with the SSD or some bad/incomplete Windows update. However, last night, when I booted up my system I found that chkdsk had detected "inconsistencies" on the Seagate drive. If I skipped chkdsk on boot I was unable to see this drive in Windows. I followed similar instructions to THIS and managed to have it back up and running. Boot times improved significantly (however, still not as fast as before).

My system was functioning fine till today morning. In the afternoon when I turned it back on I was unable to see the Seagate drive and its partitions in Windows. I shut down the machine and on the next boot went into BIOS. I found that the Seagate drive was listed there. However, on booting back into Windows there was nothing. Now on restarting the PC (not turning it off completely) and going into BIOS I found that the drive was no longer shown. I shut down the system and changed the SATA connector and the port. Once again it was listed in BIOS but not in Windows. On removing the HDD from the system I found that my boot times were back down to the 5 sec mark.

So I took the HDD to a friend who plugged it in as a second drive in his machine. There was a message stating something in the lines of &quo... Read more

A:Is My Hard Disk Drive Dead?

Check Windows Disk Management to see if the drive has for some unknown reason been dismounted.

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I got an hp slimline as a present last year for my first year in college, I was introduced to gaming and I've been through upgrading my computer.

Computer came with oem hp vista, later hp sent me a free upgrade to 7. Their disk says it only works on hp computers..

So i installed it, no problem, so I buy a new psu, Case, gpu off newegg and install them, but somewhere in the process I fried my mobo. A friend confirmed this and I just ordered a new asus mobo off newegg.

So I know my os won't work off the hdd, totally dif chipsets. So what are my options here? Can I install it off the hp disk? The computer didn't come with a vista disk, so I can't use that. But than ms offers a 30 dollar generic upgrade disk if you have a student discount, so I could do that if worst comes to worst

A:Oem vista, hp upgrade disk, dead motherboard

I'm assuming this was already out of warranty for tech support and hardware replacement since HP could have done all of this for you otherwise.

Thanks to MS, the Vista-to-Win7 Upgrade kits required manufacturers to provide a clean copy Win7 install DVD rather than a Recovery Disk with factory bloatware. We have helped many clean install the DVD from boot even after wiping Vista from the HD.

And there have been reports that some of the DVD's were used on other computers, even other makes. It has never been made clear if they are OEM media which locks to the mobo once installed, or Upgrade version which is retail and can migrate. I just checked the Acer upgrade I clean installed from Upgrade Kit DVD here and it has no "OEM" in the Product ID string shown on Control Panel>Properties page.

So it is worth a try to reinstall on the new mobo, even make the call to MS to attempt phone activation on the possibility it might be retail Upgrade and allowed to migrate. For OEM locked to mobo, there are periodic reports that MS even makes exceptions for replaced mobos when asked nicely, so that could work in your favor.

Finally, I would even try calling HP tech support as a last resort to ask them if they can help. You can usually get enough information about whether or how some thing is doable that puts you on your way even if you are out of warranty. Be polite and determined.

Others will have further ideas.

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Hi all:

I am currently in Amsterdam and Sony support was utterly useless.

My vaio hard disk basically died on me, so I had to go out and buy new ones, I bought 2 500GB ones.

As all was ok, I went from striped BIOS to Mirror so one disk mirrors the other.

I then proceeded to perform a clean install of WIN7 32 bits, installation went well until restart of services.

From that point on I get the message that it can't complete installation.

Upon requesting support from SONY VAIO customer support, they basically told me it would nto work because I changed the Hard disks.

I mean they are same rpms, just 2 times 500GB...

SONY helpdesk basically told me , go buy a new laptop, worst service ever. tbh...

Have tried all kind of things, rebooting, doing reboots using safe mode nothing helps can't get past it, seems like installation is ok , but something is blocking me.

Anyone can help me out?

Thanks, quite desperate after 3 hrs of tryin everything.

A:Have a VAIO VGNAR79OU with a dead Hard disk


It sounds to me as if you are trying to install to a RAID1, but that you haven't enabled the RAID controller in your BIOS. Check to see that the RAID controller is enabled. If it is, then there may be a an issue installing to a RAID1, so try this instead to at least see if you can get an installation up and running:

1, Disconnect and remove one of the HDD's.
2. In the BIOS, change to the AHCI or IDE controller.
3. Perform a clean install as normal.

Clean Install Windows 7


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Hello, I have a Compaq Presario SR1150NX Desktop from 2005. Everything runs fine in it and we cleared out the dust not to long ago. But then one day I went to boot it up it said a critical system file was missing. I am confused at first. After spending a half hour creating a USB Disk only to find it didn' t work, I was then forced to use the Windows XP Recovery Console. Then after I fixed it it still didnt boot because it couldint find the file. But when I start the computer up it shows me that if I press F10 it boots into system Recovery mode. Ot booted and told me I could boot into windows xp system recovery. But in the middle of that, the computer overheats and shuts off. When I tried to turn it on again it gave me a Disk Error AND when I boot into recoervy, it just bluescreens. Now when I turn on the computer it does nothing. Is there anywhere where I could download a recoervy tool to get the hard drive open so we can get the data off of the drive and get a new drive? Or get a Windows Recovery Disk? Any Help is Apprecited!

A:Disk Error, Compaq Recovery Dead

> .. anywhere where I could download a recovery tool to get the hard drive open>  so we can get the data off of the drive and get a new drive? You're very fortunate that your Windows XP system, which has not had an Windows security-updates (and anti-virus updates) for the last 2.5 years was still running, since it is dependent on an 11-year-old disk-drive. Rather than "software", you need a piece of "hardware":    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8430866&CatId=468 Remove your disk-drive from your computer, connect it to this adapter, connect the AC power, and connect the adapter to a USB port on a Windows 10 computer that you have just purchased, to "modernize" your computing needs. Then, you might be able to copy all your files from your "antique" disk-drive onto the new computer. Remember to responsibly recycle all the parts from the old Windows XP system. 

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Respected concern,

Bought a laptop with embedded Windows 8.1. Hard Disk stopped functioning. It is drop dead. Nothing can be recovered.
Bought new hard disk. I want to install windows again. I need the product key. I can't find a way to retrieve it.

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My Windows 7 crashed, I reinstalled it. It lagged very much, showing constant HDD activity.. Crashed again when I tried to install Graphic card drivers.
I opened it up and cleaned it up from dust a bit. When I turned it on, it says on the Windows Repair that "A hard disk could not be found. If a hard disk is installed, it is not responding." But it recognises it in the BIOS, I can see the HDD model name, serial number... I can also see my HD in the boot order.
So is it my HDD failing or is it my Graphic card?

Also note: When I managed to install Windows, I went to see the GPU details and the temperature was 63?C and the power was at 0.7W. Is that normal for Intel HD family 1GB? Also, in the BIOS it says: Total memory: 4096MB; Video memory: 128MB. I assume that is not normal also.
So my question is, Something is dying, but what- HDD or GPU?
I need answers guys, quickly because I am willing to buy a new HD but my GPU would have to go with the motherboard. :'(
Thanks in advance

A:Win7 Hard Disk problem, is it dead - yes or no

If you cannot get the hard drive to register in the BIOS by reseating it or changing the cables, then replace it.

If it will register then run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic CD scan. If it will run then follow it with Disk Check from the Win7 disk's Command Line to know for sure it's condition.

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Hi guys
I have an Inspiron 3537 i7 with a dead hard disk. I have a new SSD to replace it with but need the recovery image for windows, etc that the laptop came with. The website support is no help as the laptop is out of its service warranty (bought in 2014). Where can I get the image file from? I have the service tag but am not going to post it publicly.
Any ideas?

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Note: When reading the following be aware that despite any apearance to the contrary I am pretty useless when it comes to tech stuff and have very little understanding of what I'm talking about.
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I have looked for similar threads and did find one but cannot now find it.It seemed to suggest there might have been a malware problem.
I have a Dell Zino running Windows 7 Ultimate 64. I got it second hand with Windows 7 already loaded - no recovery disc, product codes or Windows 7 disc. Over the last two weeks I got the BSOD several times and just switched off and on again (possibly not a good move). I also have children who use it unsupervised so it may have had some less than ideal treatment. A few days ago it wouldn't start up at all but just gets stuck with two choices:
Startup Repair
Advanced System Recovery Options
Start Up Repair Bugcheck analysis: 
Error Code = 0x0
Root cause found: 
Bad hard disk: Bugcheck 7a. Parameters = 0xfffff6fc50060b18, 0xfffffffc0000185, 0x3d300880, 0xfffff8a00c16548.
I can't access Safe Mode.
I've managed to rescue all my data to an external hard drive using Knoppix but I'm now wondering if the hard drive problem is terminal.     
After trying to repair I get this message:
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200471
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A:Is my hard drive dead? "Problem Signature 07: Bad disk"

You should try running a "Pre Boot System Assessment". More info here: http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&docid=266787

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When I boot up my computer, I get the message:

A disk read error has occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Even when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del, I just get the same message after it restarts. I cannot boot into safe mode - when I press the safe mode key (F8) it just brings me to a boot selection. If I select my hard drive to boot from, I get the disk read error again.

I have already tried unplugging and replugging the cables on the drive.

My drive is a Seagate 160 GB IDE (2.5 years old). It has also been making a clicking sound (that I think was the hard drive) for the past couple weeks.

Is my hard drive completely dead? There isn't anything really important on the hdd since I just reformatted, and its still under warranty.

ETA: The computer is recognizing the hard drive in the BIOS.

A:Disk Read Error - Hard drive dead?

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How To Backup and Resurrect a Dead or Dying System Disk With Clonezilla


March 31st, 2011 is “World Backup Day”—celebrate it by using free software Clonezilla to clone an exact copy of your OS system disk, regardless if you use Windows, Mac OS, or Linux!
In the event of tragic hardware failure, a backup image or completely cloned disk can save you from loads of worry, and get you back on your feet effortlessly. Get in the spirit of the day—keep reading to see how to resurrect that machine with bootable copy of your OS.


A:How To Backup and Resurrect a Dead or Dying System Disk With Clonezill

It's great the Linux community provide these apps. free.

You will also find Clonezilla on compilation discs - Parted Magic has it, I believe.

Cloning seens to have gone out of fashion - probably because there are now so many free apps. for imaging - which is quicker and takes less space.

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I'm In a dilemma with An Emachines T2792 I received the pc from a friend whom knows I work on PC's on the side when I plugged it in I found it to be stuck turned on
The green indicator light was lit like it was turned on, but no signal was stated on the monitor,, then after trying unsuccessfully to press and Depress many times did nothing
so I unplugged and replugged in the same, so I unplugged again, and messed with button some more then replugged in , nothing no green indicator light then i noticed a soft whistling and clicking sounds from power supply, so I got another brand new power supply {correct power supply} when I plugged tower in it lit the green indicator light on tower then softly went out
I tried pressing in power button nothing no response.
Now my question is I am pretty sure I need to buy another power supply now
But I need some ideas on what to replace to get the pc up and running again??
would it be the switch???
or the motherboard????

A:2 Dead Power Supplies need to Ressurect Dead Emachine T2792 Help

I had a similar problem with an emachines T2825. When I plugged it in, it automatically came on, and wouldn't turn off unless I unplugged it. It wouldn't POST or anything. After testing everything, I found out that the motherboard was bad. So that would be my guess, is that it could possibly have a bad motherboard.

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Need help guys.

I have tried putting in my windows disk but it still comes back

I have been told to post a log generated by hijack this so here it is

A:Windows - No Disk There is no disk in drive please insert a disk

grevious, to better help you, can you let us know when the error message started to occur and what the exact error message is?

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Nothing happens if I hit WinX, and if I right click START cursor moves up and right a bit but nothing happens. Right click an icon, very poor response, yet shellexview shows nothing odd. Had separate issue - couldn't log into to other IDs, fixed that by copying clean DEFAULT from other Win 10 PC. I've done everything I can find, the DISM stuff, the reinstallation of 'window' apps. This appears to be a common problem. It used to work fine some weeks ago, don't know exactly when this started.

System is a laptop with 16gb ram, I7, HP with hybrid graphics, build 10586 / 1511 up to date HOME.

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I've usually built my own and family members' computer systems, so have been using the original Windows 7 installation disks whenever I needed to do a fresh install or do a repair install, etc.
Only recently have I created Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit system repair disks, so wanted to ask what is probably a basic noob question.
As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two types of Windows disks (install and system repair) is that the original installation disks will support making a fresh install of windows, and the repair disks don't.
Is this the only difference, or am I missing something?

A:Windows 7 System Repair Disk Versus Windows 7 Installation Disk

Basically a Windows 7 recovery disk allows a non-booting system to access the Advanced Options screen for start up repair, Repair install, etc. It won't restore an image, you need a installation disc for that.

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I have owned my Vostro 1500 for nearly a year and a half since purchasing it from the Outlet.  I have had no problems at all until Sunday night when it just died.  No warning.  Just dead.  I first tried these suggestions found here and elsewhere on the web... Press Fn key while pressing power button, reseat DIMM A & B.  No signs of life.
Since it's out of warranty I feel like I have nothing to lose, so this morning I took everything apart looking for anything that looked melted or dislodged or overly dusty.  Everything looks great.  My husband has the same laptop, so I have been able to test the battery and AC adapter and in his and both work fine.   One thing I have noticed though is this.  When my AC adapter is plugged into the wall but not into the computer, the light is green.  The second I plug it into the laptop, the light goes out.  If I then plug the AC into the good laptop, the green light does not come back on until I separate the AC cord from the adapter (brick part) and plug it back in.  This leads me to think that it could be a problem with the DC Power Jack where the AC Adapter is plugged in.  But why wouldn't it still work with the battery??  Why would that cause it to just shut down mid use?  Is there any chance it can be revived?  This laptop has been like my right arm.  I feel lost without it.
Any thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.  I&#... Read more

A:Vostro 1500 Dead as dead can be...any suggestions??

Sounds like your mother board is shot. Looks like it would be something possibly in the power supply section.
As to your data the hard drive may very well be good and you could get an adapter to put the drive in and plug it into your husbands computer to be able to access your files.

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Computer was given to me because the cdrom was dead.
The tick of death started, so the harddrive is dead too(it is dead now sure)
XP licence is stuck under laptop.

Pity to throw this laptop away, I would liket to get XPback on, but failling that anything is accepted.

A:laptop, dead cdrom, dead harddrive

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my toshiba laptop was dead, the powerlight came on, the hard-disk was spinning but the screen remained blank.
I tried everthing , stripping it completely, trying a new ram and narrowed the problem to the motherboard or the cpu. i.e I can conclude that the problem is with the the mobo or the cpu.
This was a month ago.

Today I switched on again and voila! it worked, the bios loaded! I had removed the hard-disk, so switched it off, attached the HD and started it up again.. this time it didn't work. And hasn't since. I have again stripped it down , but it still doesn't work.
CAn anyone plzzzzz exlplain what is going here?? I mean it started , that means nothings fried, right??


btw the fan spins for exactly 5 seconds before turning off.

A:Dead laptop came back to life, now dead again

there is something like a "hardware reset" available on many laptops.
- try to plug out everything except cpu and memory
- remove the battery and do not attach the power supply
- open the lid and hold the power on button for like 20 seconds
- plug everything back in and try to boot
that worked for me for some compaq and dell laptops which did act like yours

my two cents...

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I'm working on a 10-yr old HP pavillion pc. The pc would not turn on at all, monitor displays 'no signal'. the pc lights flicker. I had an older atx power supply and tried that- it worked. so I know that the old power supply was bad. the case was VERY dirty. almost all the vent holes were clogged. even after I tried my 'new' power supply, the cpu fan does not come on and I still get 'no signal' on monitor (the hard drive/cdrom drive DO come on). I'm thinking the power supply blew, taking the mobo with it. I don't want to spend alot of time on this, but can anyone offer any thoughts on this? thanks.

A:power supply dead;cpu fan dead,mobo?

A 10 year old system that you don't want to spend a lot of time on. What can I say?

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sony vaio xp sp2...lots of peripheral usage, we have front and rear usb ports, digital cameras, printers, mp3 players
one morning when switching the usb printer cable from the laptop back to the front usb port on the desktop, the computer froze and NONE of the usb's front or back, have worked ever since.

important to note is that we do lots of plugging/unplugging usbs for the above devices

what we have tried to awaken our usb's (keep in mind we are in the early learning stages of computer knowledge...)

static discharge
safe mode reinstallation of usb root,etc
system restore...didn't work...no matter how far back we went

last ditch chance is a system recovery, so we bought an external hard drive and are backing up ( as with everything we do, not without problems, but that is another post here)
in preparation for the recovery

any other, clear step by step advice for us?
thanks in advance!

A:Solved: all dead usb ports....not dying...DEAD.

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Hello. I get the following error when trying to run Dead Rising 2 from Steam:

I believe the root of the problem is Games for Windows Live, which doesn't seem to want to install, even if I try to install it manually.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8178 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 121751 MB, Free - 36386 MB; D: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 639375 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, 970A-G46 (MS-7693)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
(Note: I use avast! Free Antivirus.)

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Hi everyone,

I have a Dell XPS laptop, which was working fine up until yesterday when this morning I got the black Windows Recovery screen telling me that Windows had failed to start. I went onto Startup Repair but this didn't work, and tried starting normally which just kept restarting my computer.

Luckily, I have a Windows 7 DVD, so I can reinstall with no problem -However I have lots of files that I really want to save.

I booted from the DVD and ran the command prompt so I could transfer my hard drive to my external USB drive (they're both about 250GB) before I reinstall Windows. I ran the Disk Part/List Disk command but it cannot detect my USB drive; it can only find the internal hard drive.

When I use another computer, it does detect my USB drive using List Disk, so I'm thinking that the USB drive is fine.

I read something about Windows XP not being able to detect removable media in this way, but shouldn't this work under 7? What am I doing wrong?

I am kicking myself for not backing up this data! Learn the hard way, I guess.

This site has helped me out a lot of times in the past so thanks for any help.

A:Command Prompt Disk Part/List Disk cannot find USB drive (Windows 7)

Get a Live Linux CD (download), either ubuntu, or fedora. Run linux from the CD use the file manager to move your files to the USB drive.

Once you have all important data saved, reinstall Windows.

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I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.


A:Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk problem - Windows Vista

Two things:

1. Check your cable to your harddrive and from your harddrive to your motherboard and make sure it is securely attached.

2. If that isn't the problem then go into your BIOS and place your CD/DVD drive as First Bootable and see if you can now run that disk you made.

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I'm trying to install a PC with Windows 7 threw USB (2.0). Therefore I've used Windows USB/DVD Tool.
To note, I've installed a NEW hard drive, the old one broke down due to it's age.

Now I'm getting the next message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK.

I've tried setting the boot sequence but none of that helped, I keep getting the same message.

Thanks in advance,


A:Windows 7 Installation error DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK

Normally means that the hard drive is not detected. Check its connections, plugged securely into SATA1 port with no others attached, data and power cable securely attached.

Then enter BIOS setup by tapping the key given for that on the first screen. Is the hard drive registering anywhere there? It often will be represented by its Serial Number.

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save settings and Exit.

Proceed to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have just moved house and my computer has been in storage for 6 months. I've just set up the PC and when I've come to turn the computer on it says "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter". I have a Packard Bell computer with Windows Vista Home Premium installed but wasn't given a System Disk as this was pre-installed onto the computer. I suppose if I could log into the computer I would be able to run some kind of system restore but I can't get past the "Disk Boot Failure" screen.

I've made a recovery CD from the internet but when I've put this in the CD drive and even selected the BIOS setup to go to the CD drive first it doesn't boot the recovery disk.

When I click on F8 when booting it doesn't give me the option of booting from Safe Mode it just shows a list of bootable drives.


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I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in detail what my system was and they still sent me the recovery disk for the wrong machine. so I did the install not knowing it was for a think pad and now realize that there are things missing plus it is supposed to be win 7 64gb and the baseband drivers are not installed and I can't get them installed. well they won't transfer the warranty from one department to the other and say that I cannot get an extended warranty through the right department because it shows there that it is expired any way I have installed the drivers that are ment for my system to the best of my ability but I'm sure there are drivers installed for the wrong system and if I run test every thing says it is OK but I'm not sure I trust that plus I have a 32gb win 7 installed when I should have 64gb and I cannot find my blue ray info in device manager it just appears that I'm stuck unless I fork out more money for there mistake and I just don't know where to go from here or what to do! I hope this post is not offensevie in anyway I just have learned to trust this forum and respect the views and help I have received so if any one has any input please by all means let me know. Sorry again if this post is improper!

A:Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!

Hi there ... This seems all wrong to me you now have a 32 Bit OS which wont support your 8GB of Ram .. How ever you should have a Product COA Key it should be some where under your Laptop .. If this is the case you could do a Clean Install of windows with the 64 Bit OS .. But if i was you i would be seeking Legal Advice ...

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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i tried to make a disc image yesterday, then tried to backup my laptop (compaq w/ hp software and W7 home premium) and it comes up with an error saying its missing a "Volume Shadow Copy blah blah blah" its in the attachment. i want to create a system image.

help'd be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 can't backup or make disk images or system repair disk

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My Windows 7 64 bit system has windows7 installed on a 128 Gb ssd (called disk-a).

In addition two more sata HDD disks exist configured as raid (called disk-b and disk-c).
I cloned the ssd 128 Gb disk-a to a bigger one (SSD 500 GB, disk-d).
Then I detached disk-a from the power cable and data cable and attached disk-d instead to the same cables.
Unfortunately now the system refuses to boot.
When changing back to disk-a it boots as before normally again.
As long as disk-d, disk-b, disk-c only are attached the error message states that a necessary device is not available and recommends to start the windows repair console from CD/DVD.
If both SSDs and HDDs are attached then boot is normal (OS loaded obviously from from disk-a).
I have seen in computer management that a 100MB system partition exists on SATA disk-b.
On disk-a and on cloned replacement disk-d no system partition or MBR exist.
What can I do to simply replace disk-a with the cloned disk-d ? Thanks in advance!

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I am trying to Install Windows XP on my old PC. It didn't have a CD-ROM so I used one from my new Computer. The Problem I am getting is that whenever I connect the CD-ROM, computer doesn't boot. It Ends Up giving me error : "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"
The Hard Disk is alright and does boot if CD-ROM is disconnected. However, After I connect the CD-ROM, Hard Disk won't Boot either, even when it is first boot device.
CD-ROM is working fine on other PC and hard disk is also quite right when CD-ROM is not connected to the PC.
I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.

A:Can't install Windows... Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

If the optical drive is IDE, check the jumper settings on the back of the drive. If you have the CD drive and the hard drive on the same cable, one should be master and the other slave or set both to cable select.

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Currently I am unable to boot my Windows 7 Pro OS on my Lenovo X230 Thinkpad which has been working well for sometime dual booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.3.I bought the laptop 2nd hand while it still had a valid warranty although it has since expired on 29/5/16.I had a problem with an external USB 3 1TB HD being used with a Samsung smart TV for recording and pausing programs, the TV failed to recognise the HD when connected.After rebooting the laptop with the HD attached I believe the Windows 7 MBR has been corrupted preventing the OS from loading.My Linux Mint OS is still perfoming fine.The reason for my post here is that I am unable to access the Repair option when booting up from an external USB DVD-RW drive with a generic Windows 7 Pro install disk downloaded and burnt onto a DVD.I have tried 32Bit and 64Bit versions.Also a version which I believe was "OEM".The Windows 7 Pro install disk loads but when the Repair option is selected returns a message about using an incompatible OS disk.I believe that this is because the Windows OS originally installed is a Lenovo "OA" version rather than full retail.It seems hard to believe that this gives Microsoft the right to restrict my access to the disk repair facility by which I was going to restore the MBR to enable my installed OS to load again.Microsoft it appears advises users to go to the vendor to resolve the issue. On the label under the battery the OS is listed as:-Windows 7 Pro OA for LenovoX1693704It seems that w... Read more

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