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Is my hard drive going bad,or am I have a series of unrelated problems

Q: Is my hard drive going bad,or am I have a series of unrelated problems

I have a 3 year old Dell laptop that I bought refurbished. It has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel i5 2.53GHZ. 6GB hard drive less than 50% full.

The laptop screen has always occasionally gone gray instead of loading - the computer continues to boot up properly, just no display. It does this on initial start or sometimes (more often) when coming out of screen saver. If I close the laptop lid and reopen it in a minute, it comes back to normal. It has started do it more and more now that I am having other issues.

It would help to know if these other issues are related or unrelated:

- I lost the ability to make new folders and after searching around the web a lot, I found the solution and that is finally back. Accessories lost the CMD and I figured out how to put that back.

- It has never just automatically updated Windows, I get Error Code 80072EE2, but have run the troubleshooter to no avail. I can update Windows, I have to manually do it from the option at the bottom of the update screen that says Check Online For Updates From Microsoft Update. I finally found out somewhere that I could delete a certain file in my registry and figured that out. Then Microsoft told me I didn't have an authentic Windows, but then certified that I did.

- Recently the program list in the Control Panel (Uninstall program) lost about half of the programs listed. The programs were still on my computer, but they were no longer on the list. I have spent a fair amount of time uninstalling and reinstalling the programs I really wanted to have back. I'm afraid to do that with a couple of programs that came pre-loaded on the computer since I don't have a way to reinstall them. (PowerDVD and RoxioBurn).

- Microsoft Security Essentials won't run a full scan, but it will run a short scan. I've looked that up and in finding what someone wrote on that, I tried doing chkdsk /f /r and it only froze up on the step where it was checking files. I researched that and it appears that my hard drive may be going bad. I am in the process of backing up my computer to one of those online backups. Should I take MSE off and reinstall? In running chkdsk, it would hang up at about the 80,000 file area (of 564,000, I think) and would (most times) say it fixed some files. Should I keep trying to run chkdsk? The first time it froze there, it stayed in that place for 18+ hours. It allowed me to restart the computer, which then wanted to run chkdsk again, but after about 6 tries, I researched it (to find out that my hard drive might be going bad), exited chkdsk (which thankfully, it allowed me to do) and am in the process of backing up my drive online (6 days later!). I'm using BackBlaze which was highly recommended on a website that rated the online backups.

-Sometimes Adobe Flash crashes spontaneously, sometimes I get a message saying that scripts have stopped working and I never know whether to stop them or what.

- Last, but quite possibly the most important of all (certainly the most ANNOYING!) is that my computer slows WAY WAY down and takes minutes to open or close a page or program and can take up to 2 hours to shut down once I coax all the programs to close.

Does all of this suggest that my poor computer is dying a slow death? Or, are these separate issues that I can try and solve separately? If I'm backed up online, I can do a whole system reinstall once I get back home at the end of August and get one of my computer friends to help me with it.

Sorry this was so long, but being only a good "muddler" (basic knowledge back from the DOS days) with these things, I'm a bit confused and don't know how to sort out nagging minor issues from the major stuff. Thanks!

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A: Is my hard drive going bad,or am I have a series of unrelated problems

Hello and welcome Lucy look I am not a fan of refurbished machines to be brutally honest and I think you might be well advised to run some tests on the drive for starters two you can use are
SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
and a surface test with this Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. see my pic.

Other things to do are these




download from bleeping computer ? delete any rubbishthese find.

Further on you might even have to do this


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/105647-ram-test-memtest86.htmlthis one you will need to make a bootable disk set theBIOS to optical (or USB if preferred) boot the machine and let it run for at LEAST 8passes unless the errors come up straight away. Takes fair timeto complete and some leave it running overnight.

Ifthe errors come up quickly then you can stop it and you will have to test eachstick and maybe in each slot to sort the bad one out.

It would be good to see what the temps are too use this
Speccy - Download < from piriform

In all honesty I think you may be up for a reinstall and this is the best way to do that
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 see pic for versions

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Recently I have had a series of hard drive failures. Three different hard drives have failed in the past month, two of them new. Each hard drive failed the same way, initially the MoBo would not detect the hard drive, I would then change the Sata port and it would be detected again. The hard drive would then start failing during use, as a result the computer would just reboot and I would be left with a non system disk error in bios. After that any attempt to use the hard drive fails because of many many bad sectors on the disk. What I need to know most is, what is causing the problem and is there any way to fix these bad sectors (I have used the Vista built in disk check to no avail.

A:Series of Hard Drive Failures

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)

In particular to Benchtesting and cleaning your computer of dust (if it's a PC)

Also the power disperse should avoid you changeing Sata ports all the time

Let me know how it all goes

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I have an older IBM Thinkpad I-series in which the hard drive has gone for the big on. I need to replace it but I am finding it difficult to get a straight answer as to the largest drive size that it would recognize. The original hard drive was 4.8 GB.

A:Thinkpad I-Series Hard drive

This may give you some help here.
The spec will need to match and so there is likely to be very little choice.

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Hello, I just bought this Inspiron 7000 gaming laptop as a replacement for my old Studio XPS that *** out recently, and one of the selling points was the ability to add a hard drive in the empty bay. I threw my XPS's HDD into the slot, but then the Inspiron wouldn't boot. Removed it, booted fine. I assumed that this is because the HDD comes before the M.2 SDD in the boot order and tried to fix that, but to no avail. With the HDD removed I set the BIOS to legacy boot, but it appears that reading an M.2 slot is beyond its capabilities, because Windows just cycled "choose a boot option" over and over no matter which Hard Drive disk option I chose (there were 2, I assumed one would be the SDD). I switched the BIOS back and everything's back to being fine.
There must be some way to do this, but I'm coming up empty on searches. Does anyone have a solution?

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I purchased an Inspiron 14 3000 Series along with Microsoft Office 365. I had difficulties loading the Microsoft Office software. After several attempts I took the laptop to a local Computer shop. They told me that there was not enough hard drive to support the software. I ask if they could put a larger hard drive on. They said yes but quickly found out the computer is not upgradeable. Now I want to know if I can trade the computer in for something with more hard drive? Secondly, why did DELL not inform me that the computer would be able to support the software that I purchased from you at the same time? I am very disappointed in DELL!

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Need to replace my hard drive (500 gb seagate Momentus Thin)..would like to upgrade to a 1TB HDD SATA any links appreciated

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This very mildly used system mechanic (dell recommended) "safeguarded"  computer has crashed, under warranty and ProProtected yet ZERO support despite 5 hrs of phone time with India. Any suggestions as to how to contact corporate in TX? 

A:Inspirion 7000 series crashed hard drive

Inspirons do not qualify for US support, though it's an option on Optiplex, Precision, Latitude models.
What's the exact Dell diagnostic error you're seeing?

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I'm working on a used Gateway M-Series laptop, model number: W650I. The laptop runs fine, but whenever I try to boot into Windows with the hard drive that came with it, I get a BSOD! It essentially reads:

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /f to check for hard drive corruption and then restart your computer. Technical info: STOP: 0x0000007BC, 0xFFFFF880009A9928, 0xFFFFFFFFC00000034

Thinking that it could be an issue with the drive, I took it out and put it a drive from a Linux machine, and the Gateway booted up normally. I also took the Gateway drive and put it in the Linux box, and the computer gave me an endless reboot cycle of "Windows is loading files." So the Linux drive works in the Gateway and in its own computer, but the Gateway drive works in neither. Simple, right? Just fix the drive; problem solved. Not so fast.

Now I know for a fact that the prior owner of the Gateway infected the machine with all kinds of malware, and a lot of it was never removed. Since Windows was compromised with so many viruses and other nasties, I simply decided to start with a clean slate. So I formatted and reinstalled Windows 7 on the drive. Knowing that formatting doesn't remove all malware, I also hooked the drive up to o... Read more

A:Gateway M-Series BSOD with hard drive boot

With all testing you have done, may be a bad connection.
I would check the pins on the Power & Data connection on the MOBO & HD.

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@Bill_F? was kind enough to send me some factory hard drive screws for use and testing. Many thanks to Bill.  These do thread into the soft aluminum of a hard drive, but re-thread it.  Then actual 6-32 screws will not work.The hard drive cage accepts the newer one inch thick hard drives.   I found replacement screws.   Fastenal part number 0170770, description SS FILSLMS6-32x1/4 defined as:#6-32 x 1/4" slottdrive Fillister  Grade 18-8 Stainless Steel Machine ScrewPrice per 25 pc (minimum) is $2.55, total price to local vendor is $3.95 The screws sent were:head diameter 0.26, these were tolerance spec 0.208 - 0.226head height 0.12, these were tolerance spec 0.086 -0.09

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I've been googling and using various other search engines to try and find a hard drive caddy and connector for a Vpr Matrix Series 110 (185A5). Anyone have any ideas ???


A:HELP:vpr Matrix Series 110 Hard Drive Connector impossible to find

I suppose you've tried newegg.com?

These have a pretty big range of pretty much anything.

Good luck.



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Good afternoon,
I need some help. The other day my laptop crashed when I tempted you turn it on. My laptop turned to a blue screen that stated it ran into an error. I took it to Best Buy, the geek squad. There they ran a diagnostic and told me my hard drive failed. I would also need a new one. I bought a Samsung SSD 860 EVO. I was able to remove my old hard drive and place the new one in but my laptop still having issues. When I attempt to turn it on it states, ? internal hard disk drive not found. to resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive. No bootable devices. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter set up menu, F5 enter PSA?

I?m losing my mind. I?m currently in school and I NEED this laptop to work! Please! I appreciate your help!!

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Okay, so, this requires a bit of backstory.
A couple months ago, I was just using my laptop, and bam.
Everything froze. I had to hard shut down and rebooted it to a screen that said: "hard drive not installed."
So after being on tech support, they came to the conclusion it needed a replacement. So I did that.
A month later, a few nights ago, same thing happens. I noticed strange beeping noises coming from the laptop a few hours before, and while working, it froze, I rebooted it, and same screen.
What I know is that something it frying my hard drive. I don't know the why, though. I plan on taking it back in tomorrow, to one again replace the hard drive, and hopefully find the source of the problem. But I don't even know where to begin on why. Any thoughts on why a brand new hard drive, used for barely a month would just commit suicide, out of the blue?

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Hi Buddies

I am having a Tecra R840-13V, Part No: PT429E-01Q01UAR, Purchased at Oman and i'm currently living at Qatar. I am using this laptop since 2010 and i need experts advise on Hard Disk upgrade. The default HDD capacity is 500GB and i planning to upgrade to 3TB and planning to get genuine Toshiba HDDs. The issue i am facing i could not figure out which model of Toshiba HDD will perfectly suits for my laptop. Kindly advise which model of HDD i can go for my Tecra. Thanks in advance.

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The Hard Drive on my second new Inspiron 17 7000 Series 2-in-1 just died. The first one only lasted 3 days. The second one lasted 13 days.  Is anyone else having a lot of problems with the hard drives in these systems? The system hasn't been jarred (it hasn't even left my living room).
The first issue was I received, this message popped up on the Dell Logo screen:
Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete.
After more than 24 hours I gave up and exchanged it for a different one.
The second hard drive gave me this error:  Error Code:  2000-0142   Validation: 83350
Is anyone else experiencing pre-mature deaths with their hard drives on these 2 in 1's?
I'm wondering is it:
Low quality Hard Drives
Design issues (like drives getting too hot, they were left both running overnight)
Bad Luck (if it weren't for Bad Luck, I'd have no luck at all).
I'm just trying to decide if I should exchage it for a third replacement or if I should move on to a different system.
TIA - microdude

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My laptop will not boot, the screen comes on and the dell logo is there and the lights flash around the like it's trying to boot and then it goes dark and that's it.  When I check the setup it can find the hard drive, it lists it by the HDD.  When I run diagnostics it fails with short test unsuccessful.  I have reseated the hard drive and tried to reboot,  but it is not working.  I'd like to run chkdsk /r from the command console like I saw in one of the possible solutions, but I don't know how to get to the command console.  I'm thinking I need a new hard drive but I would like to try everything to save this one first.

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Recently my laptop hard drive crashed and i want to replace the same with new one. Old HDD was of samsung 320GB and i want to replace the same with WD 500GB.
I had recovery discs with me.
But VAIO i heard that in VAIO laptop we cannot easily install new HDD.

Can anyone please guide on how to install new HDD, so that i can install original windows on the same as i had key for original windows which came with my laptop.
Also i want to prevent sony softwares as well which are factory setup in existing hard disk.

Request your help for the same.


A:Replacing hard drive in Sony Vaio VPCEB14EN series Laptop

Hi there.

For the physical replacement I found these instructions in Sony knowledge base and I hope they could help you out:

As for the factory settings, on most of the laptops there is an hidden recovery partition (used to create recovery disks) which you can try to access it by pressing the F12 or F11 key (depending on the exact model) while booting your laptop and I think from there you can restore your laptop to factory settings.

Hope this helps.


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I have XP Pro and the problems I am having are below:

1. Whenever I am listening to music, in either Rhapsody or Winamp, it plays fine only when it is the window ontop. If I click away from it, it begins to skip and jump. Actually, as I type this, IE being ontop doesn't seem to affect it, but other windows do it.

2. When browsing the net with IE, every so often I will get this error message: "Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display properly."

The thing about this message is that I can get it on a page one time, then reload and not get it (also the other way around). I am thinking it might be adware, but I'm not sure.

A:Two unrelated problems in XP

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hi all
i am thinking of using this ssd for the windows home premium and would like some advice on it it

1) it is 30GB will this be ok for the operating system?
2) do i have to do a reinstall of the operating system or can i copy the existing one on my hard drive at the moment?
3) does the ssd connect to the motherboard like the hard drive?
4) and any advice would be greatly recieved

Kingston SSDNow V-Series 30GB 2.5 inch Internal SATA Hard Drive - Computing at Play.com (UK)


A:Kingston SSDNow V-Series 30GB 2.5 inch Internal SATA Hard Drive

i found a review
Kingston 30GB SSDNow V-Series (Review) | Skatter Tech

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First of all, I have a Windows xp cd, but no key and I would just like to solve some very annoying issues.

First, I tried to get rid of Symantec antivirus, but it won't go away. I removed the program, but endpoint protection is still up and it still tries to perform scans. Meanwhile, I installed bitdefender because I though I was rid of Symantec, how do I get rid of it?

Second, a weird one, when I use google, while clicking on links, most of the time it will take me to a different link usually two times before it finally takes me to the correct site after clicking back and re-clicking the link.

Third, my keyboard is going awol. I have a Razer Lycosa with new firmware. All of a sudden, the keys often don't work. They also don't repeat when held. So yes, every time I need to capitalize something I have to hit shift and the key I wish to capitalize simultaneously, and it is getting worse and worse after about a week.

Lastly (I think and I hope), my Pioneer 115d drive won't recognize blank cd's or dvd's. I doubt it is the firmware, but I have downloaded the newest version, but I don't know what to do with the file, it looks like a rar file in a box. It is a self-extracting archive and it asks me where to extract, but I don't know where, and when I try it says "available target is not found". Anyways, any tips on why it won't recognize blank discs and how to fix it? I sincerely appreciate any and all help, as you can see...I need it. :(

A:Multiple unrelated problems/terrible day...PLEASE HELP!

First download Magical Jellybean key finder. This will tell you your current XP Serial Key to reinstall with.
Next download the Symantec Cleanwipe utility to totally remove Symantec.

As for clicking links that hijack you to another site, you definitely have malware. Download CCleaner delete temp files. Run regsitry Cleaner too. Then download malwarebytes Run full scan, delete nasties. This malware is probably affecting your Pioneer drive.
As for updating the firmware. Here are the instructions:
1. Run DVR115D_FW118EU.EXE to extract the firmware file and firmware update program to C:\\DVR115D\\FW118EU2
2. Go to C:\\DVR115D\\FW118EU2 and run R115D.exe to flash in the new firmware to your Pioneer 115D DVD Writer.
As for the keyboard, try a different keyboard.

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First of all, I have a Windows xp cd, but no key and I would just like to solve some very annoying issues.

First, I tried to get rid of Symantec antivirus, but it won't go away. I removed the program, but endpoint protection is still up and it still tries to perform scans. Meanwhile, I installed bitdefender because I though I was rid of Symantec, how do I get rid of it?

Second, a weird one, when I use google, while clicking on links, most of the time it will take me to a different link usually two times before it finally takes me to the correct site after clicking back and re-clicking the link.

Third, my keyboard is going awol. I have a Razer Lycosa with new firmware. All of a sudden, the keys often don't work. They also don't repeat when held. So yes, every time I need to capitalize something I have to hit shift and the key I wish to capitalize simultaneously, and it is getting worse and worse after about a week.

Lastly (I think and I hope), my Pioneer 115d drive won't recognize blank cd's or dvd's. I doubt it is the firmware, but I have downloaded the newest version, but I don't know what to do with the file, it looks like a rar file in a box. It is a self-extracting archive and it asks me where to extract, but I don't know where, and when I try it says "available target is not found". Anyways, any tips on why it won't recognize blank discs and how to fix it? I sincerely appreciate any and all help, as you can see...I nee... Read more

A:Multiple unrelated problems/terrible day...PLEASE HELP!

First run the Norton Removal Tool to get rid of any leftover bits of Norton.Then run this scan:Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take so... Read more

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Ok, unfortunately right now I can't be too specific because I have to travel to use the internet but here's whats going on.

First, for a couple days my computer would suddenly shut off and would not turn back on unless I unplugged the power cord from the back of the computer and plugged it back in. I noticed a fan on my case was barely moving so I unplugged it. That problem stopped.

A couple days later I noticed my internet wasn't working, my cd-rom drive wouldn't open (wasn't recognized by xp at all), and my XP firewall service wouldn't start. All this happened at once when I booted up. When I restart I always get the same error message about iTunes, something about
a bad image file...
dll or program at c:/windows/program files/etc...something.dll.

I've gotten this same error message for other programs too.

Also, when I try to open the system manager I get an error message about some service that can't be started.

I'm thinking power-supply, but i'm not sure about the OS problems. I have RAID and the status when i'm booting says error for each HD but OK for the array. Can't do much without a cd rom drive, any suggestions?


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I have recently create separate user accounts for my daughter and partner on my pc. It has SP3 running.

My partners account is admin, my daughter's is restricted.

I now get three problems - in order of priority / annoyance:

1. The two new accounts hove no right mouse fuinctionality. I.e Right mouse click does bring up a menu. Right mouse works correctly on the original account.

2. I cannot amend the display properties on any account. (this may have pre-existed the new-account creation) Right clicking display proporites or chosing from Control Panel or running desk.cpl does not bring up the display properties dialogue box on any account.

3. I am getting Bluse Screen crashes. This used to happen whenever I changed account, but i fixed that by removing a wireless connection manager and reverting to Windows Wireless COnfig. However still get the odd crach - which i have never had in all the many years of running this PC until now.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions - especially for point 1, which I find most bizarre!


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First of all, I have a Windows xp cd, but no key and I would just like to solve some very annoying issues.

First, I tried to get rid of Symantec antivirus, but it won't go away. I removed the program, but endpoint protection is still up and it still tries to perform scans. Meanwhile, I installed bitdefender because I though I was rid of Symantec, how do I get rid of it?

Second, a weird one, when I use google, while clicking on links, most of the time it will take me to a different link usually two times before it finally takes me to the correct site after clicking back and re-clicking the link.

Third, my keyboard is going awol. I have a Razer Lycosa with new firmware. All of a sudden, the keys often don't work. They also don't repeat when held. So yes, every time I need to capitalize something I have to hit shift and the key I wish to capitalize simultaneously, and it is getting worse and worse after about a week.

Lastly (I think and I hope), my Pioneer 115d drive won't recognize blank cd's or dvd's. I doubt it is the firmware, but I have downloaded the newest version, but I don't know what to do with the file, it looks like a rar file in a box. It is a self-extracting archive and it asks me where to extract, but I don't know where, and when I try it says "available target is not found". Anyways, any tips on why it won't recognize blank discs and how to fix it? I sincerely appreciate any and all help, as you can se... Read more

A:Multiple unrelated problems/terrible day...PLEASE HELP!

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A couple of weeks ago, I started up my computer after some Windows automatic updates installed. The system was acting totally abnormally - the XP taskbar and general appearance was that of the old style Windows, no programs would open, and my broadband was disconnected and I couldn't get back online.

I did a Dell restore with Symantec which restored my computer to it's factory state. I reinstalled my McAfee.

There's now several probems:

Programs (everything, IE, mediaplayer etc) and windows (such as Add/Remove programs, control panel) take 3-5 minutes to open after I click on them.

Everything is generally slower.

McAfee System guards keep turning themselves off, and I can't do a scan using McAfee ("scan has encountered an error from which it cannot recover"). A McAfee technician took control of my computer remotely, removing and re-installing IE7 which he said was the cause of that, but the problem has arisen again.

Today, both IE and firefox simply froze and wouldn't respond. I uninstalled IE7 and I can now get online again, using IE6, although all of the other problems remain.

I've done full scans using Windows and McAfee and nothing untoward has come up.

I'm at a total loss as to what to do or what the problem might be. Please help!

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Since I am running XP I thought that I would post all three issues in this section:

1.) Yahoo: My Yahoo homepage is very slow to come up and does not show any graphics at all. The whole network has been down for me for the past two days. Alta Vista loads ok, except for the title of the graphic on the page, Other sites that contain Gif or Jpeg graphics load fine. (You can read more details about my Yahoo problems in another thread.)

2.) AVG: My AVG anti-virus has also not updated for two days, All checks have been done. updated, ran all Malware removal products. When I try to update, it says that it can not connect to the server. No error messages, I just can't get the updates.

3.) I sometimes run Panda's free online Virus Scan at:


4.) I also got the same results going to Symantic's site

It says, "Page can not be displayed"


A:Solved: Three Small (But Unrelated Computer Problems)

Can you get to any web sites?

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A few days ago, I got the antispyware soft virus.I couldn't get Software Doctor to work (it looked like it wanted me to pay for it) and was having problems with getting Malwarebytes to run properly with the virus so I removed it manually downloading an app specific for that purpose that shut it down (I cannot find it now but it and did the trick - will look harder if that seems important) and then used the "Manual Removal" instructions I found here:hxxp://www.2-viruses.com/remove-antispyware-softThat nastiness was supposedly behind me but I am dealing with Google search results redirecting me to other sites and sometimes my IE will just go to a website seemingly without any prompting - it went to onlyspecialoffers.info just a minute or so ago. The Google redirect issues are also affecting my Firefox - I just tried this search:hxxp://www.google.com/search?q=antispyware+soft&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-aI went to the third link listed which should be:hxxp://www.spywareremove.com/removeAntiSpywareSoft.html]Instead it went to the following link and subsequent redirects:hxxp://icfkaiser.com/search.phphxxp://shopcompareus.com/ac/search.php?phrase=Antispyware%20Soft&uid=536e4bdab77e644af6d47735f4589eab&kuid=ca4366e6f13e65e4b3941b89d7e5017b&src=ads&partner=se1-93705Malwarebytes does not find anything. I am running a scan with AdAware right now.On top of that, this could be unrelated but at th... Read more

A:Google Redirects + Driver Problems (maybe unrelated?)

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanx heaps in advance,


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

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

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

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

Good luck.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance and kind regards


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

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

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

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

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I am building a new computer from scratch. It is has an Intel Motherboard, 1.8Ghz Pentium 4 Processor, 2 IDE Ports + 1 for the floppy drive, I have 4 External 5-1/4" slots, 2 External 3-1/2" slots and 3 internal 3-1/2" slots for hard drives. Here are my problems.

I had a Compaq Presario with a 5-1/4", 12gig Hard Drive. That motherboard went bad so I decided to build my own computer from scratch and everything was going fine until now. I took the 5-1/4" hard drive out and put it into my new case. It had Windows 98 on it and so I upgraded to Windows XP Professional. That solved many of my problems but I am still stuck with the following problems.

1. My Hard Drive Light on my Case which is suppose to light up when my hard drive is active, doesn't work. I can see a little green light on my hard drive itself light up but not on the front of the case where it is suppose to.

2. I decided that the 12Gig hard drive from my old system is a little too slow, so I bought a 40Gig, 7200 rpm Western Digital Caviar Drive. It is a 3-1/2" drive which I put into one of those internal drive bays. When I boot up, I go to CMOS by pressing F2 and then I go and see that the computer is recognizing it and it is. My problem is when I go to Windows and to "My Computer", it isn't there. I am sure it is something small that I am overlooking but I am new to this. I bought the hard drive as an OEM and it came with nothing. I am wondering what I need to do... Read more

A:Hard Drive Light / Hard Drive Problems

Hi sdh31873

Do not put both hard drives on the same string as the controller will default to the lowest speed hard drive. In fact I would think about getting rid of the old drive entirely as its age means that it should be very slow.

Have you tried turning the led HD connector to the motherboard over?

You can get an Promise PCI controller card that will allow you to add some extra IDE ports. The controller will show the devices on it to be D0, D1, D2 etc. It looks like a SCSI device to the system but hooks up IDE devices.

You need to FDISK and format a new hard drive before windows can see it.

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Hey Guys, first things first. I had an old hard drive from a crapped out laptop. My uncle gave me an USB Hard drive converter(unsure on it's brand, after it worked i threw out the box). Problem is that I used it several times between a mac and a pc(school and home computer) and now it give me an I/o error when I try to copy stuff and says it can't find the item when I try to delete something. I tried reformatting(all this is on a PC BTW). I tried plugging it into a mac at school, but it wouldn't show up as connected.

I just realised that I had a driver cd for it, but I have lost it and cannot find it(too many CD's to keep track of, lol), I was wondering if there was anything I could do to fix this problem. It is a fujitsu, 30 GB hard drive(though it when I was using it, it showed as a 20 GB) I would prefer not to have to buy a new adapter or hard drive. I would just like to use this, to store all my music on, because the hard-drive on this computer(it's only 40GB getting a new one soon) is getting cluttered with music.
Now for my second problem, which isn't really my problem at all, but I digress. My friend was using her microphone(on an XP Home) and half way through her conversation it cut out. I have got her to check all her sound settings, no low sound settings on her computer. She has tried recording messages but nothing happens as if a microphone is not plugged in. I gave her my microphone to try out with no avail. I had a feeling that it... Read more

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Hi folks,

This forum has been extremely helpful for me in the past, so I'm testing your awesomeness once again.

I've had an unusual networking problem for about a year and a half. When browsing the web, certain requests will just never complete, on any browser. Downloads are often interrupted (anything larger than 10MB is nearly impossible). Even large transfers between this machine and others on my local network will fail. SCP connections will sometimes abort in the middle of a transfer.

It's quite inconsistent. I don't have this problem for any particular resource, and the failure point is different every time. If a particular page isn't rendering, I can often go to my.yahoo.com (which for some reason always seems to work) and hit the back arrow, and then the request will often complete normally.

Google is a little unique: when I encounter this problem on Google, I have to wait for the original requests to be aborted (after about 26 seconds) before any further requests to Google will succeed.

I can't say exactly when it started, but it was reasonably close to the time I updated a driver for my network adapter, as instructed.

At the time, I was on a wired network, using a Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller adapter, connecting through the wired port of an old Netgear router (sorry, I don't have the model number) to cable broadband (with NuVisions).

Since then, I have changed just about everything except my motherboard. I've disabled my old network a... Read more

A:Inconsistent networking problems, unrelated to network or network card

Sorry, I didn't complete the checklist!

I have no anti-virus, security or firewall software. I've run numerous scans since the problem began, and they've always been clean.

Attached is the output from ipconfig /all.

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The particulars are regarding a 32 bit version of Vista Home Basic Edition on an Everex laptop. It began giving startup error messages about an imminent hard drive failure months ago, requesting F1 to continue. Eventually the messages began to appear while the PC was running. The user disabled the msgs and the laptop continued to function for months, without any apparent problem beyond the boot msg.

I ran chkdsk 3 times in a row and saw the exact same named cluster errors every time, although the utility said after each pass that they'd been repaired. Then I ran the HDAT2 utility. It ran for about 7 hours, and it also said that it had repaired clusters. Subsequent boots however. always gave the same imminent HDD failure msg, press F1, etc....

Although it's an Everex laptop, I have no Everex CD, so I tried to boot using a 32 bit Dell Vista Home disk. I hear a lot of noises. But I never get a thing to pop up on the screen. Same non-result with a Spotmau Bootsuite CD. The only thing I got to work on a disk was the one with the HDAT2 utility. So I put the Vista disk in a disk reader which plugs into a USB port. (It's a Targas DVD-ROM reader). I wasn't sure just how to change the boot order in setup to access the disk in the reader so I simply put the hard drive last. Didn't do a thing - it just attempted to boot from the HDD. By this time it was blue screening with an unmountable boot volume, so I put another hard drive in the laptop. It won't boot from it - although I am offe... Read more

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I took the hard drive (a barracuda 7200.7 30 gig by seagate) out of my dell Pc when I got this laptop for Christamas(wife). I was told that I could take the hard drive out put it in an external hard drive case. I did so, however, it recognizes it as Mass storage device/ then it says the new hardware is installed and ready to use/ then it says there was a problem during install and the hardware my not work. I have been through MS Support /Seagate/ support/ Gateway support. Please I have so much data on the drive it is extremely important. Any help would be incredible!!!!!!! Thanks

A:Old Hard drive new external drive problems

Please don't post duplicate threads on the same issue. You already have a thread going here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/543301-external-hard-disk-issue.html

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I have a Compaq Presario 5461, and I've had to install a new hard drive (the old one crashed and could not be repaired).

Anyway...I've installed the drive (set to Master), and now the system gets hung up on the opening Red "Conpaq" screen and will not boot anything from the floppy drive or the CD-RW drive (before removing the old drive the system booted from either the floppy or the CD-RW with the emergency disk).

Any ideas about what I can do next would be appreciated.


Oh, and I have checked the BIOS settings and I cannot seem to find a way to have the system auto-detect the new hard drive.

A:Still Having Hard Drive Problems...Help Please

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Hello there, this has been upgraded to 8.1 after I bought the computer... anyway: I was on the internet but also typing on a word document on the computer... when all of a sudden the page started to scroll down the length of the five page document to the end and then it just 'froze', and I couldn't get any response. or find the arrow...  I left it for a while but nothing would workI've never experienced this before, I tried esc, and after some time decided to switch off. pressed the start button but the screen would only highlight a little, it wouldn't do the usual start up. I pressed the F12 button, and the display showed 'hard disk error' - Hard Disk 2 (3F2)F2 system diagnostics completed the tests: Failure ID: PLV608-6B08HX-MFPX0K-620Q03Product ID: C1W54E#ABU this is a small hard drive of 1GB - (thank goodness not my main hard drive)and I think it's something to do with 'Intel rapid Start Technology' as that dialogue box came up as not enabled, when I managed to boot the system eventually. guess this can't be repaired and will need to buy that part, can you guys advise from where please. I'm based in the UK... Many thanks

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So, I just recently reformatted my hard drive because it was getting cluttered and i wanted to start over. I went through the process of reformatting my hard drive, re-installing windows 2000 and my drivers. So i now have a working, uncluttered, computer. Unfortunately my second hard drive did not make it. Ive tried every method i know to try and find it and I'm stumped, it doesn't even show up in compmgmt. So If any of you have any other possible resources for finding my lost hard drive, I'd LOVE to hear them.


A:Hard Drive Problems

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hi im not sure if this is the right place to post this but here it goes,

the problem is that my oldish hard drive keep saying it needs to be formatted to be used but ive used around 200 Gb of the space on there and im not sure what the problem is, i really dont want to loose whats on there mainly because there's photos and personal documents, it's the same pc and motherboard but the only thing thats changed is that the old hard drive with the Os on it died out so i bought a new one and reinstalled my OS on the new hard drive and everything seems fine exept that problem wich is annoying me.

the old hard drive form what i can see is a WDC WD40 00AAKS-OOTMS SCSI

hope you can understand what i mean and help


A:Hard drive problems

Sounds like it is about to fail or has failed already. Hard drives always fail (unless they are taken out of use before they do) and are not good places to store data.

Testing the drive may kill it, so be sure you have new backups before you do much testing.

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:
Ariolic Disk Scanner (Checks disk for read errors)
Manufacturer's Tests
Victoria for DOS
Victoria for Windows (Both versions of Victoria are among the best and most thorough tests available.)
HD Tune
CheckDisk 1.03 (Marks bad sectors as unusable.)
HDAT2 (Diagnostics and bad sector recovery)
MHDD Low-level Diagnostics
Bootable Hitachi Drive Fitness Test Floppy or CD Image (works on most drives)

Hard Drive Manufacturers' Diagnostic Utilities Links:


If you can't access the drive's contents at all, make a boot CD:

Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)

Boot it up and see if you can see your files in the file manager. If you can, move them off the drive to somewhere else.

If you can't, try the Testdisk Utility in the "Start" menu to see if you can recover the partition table.

If that doesn't work, try the file recovery tools.

Sorry, but all those files may well be lost.

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Just recently I replaced my Playstation 3 HD with a larger one. The one that comes stock in the PS3 is a Seagate Momentus 5400 RPM 60 GB HD. The one I put in was a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 5400 RPM 320 GB HD. Since the hard drive that came out of the PS3 was perfectly good I figured that I'd throw it in an external hard drive enclosure for some extra space and a way to move files to/from my PS3. After putting the PS3 hard drive in the case, deleting the volume, partitioning it into two 27.5 GB partitions and reformatting it as FAT 32 I plugged it into my computer. After a little while it began beeping very loudly. So, figuring this wasn't good I immediately unplugged the hard drive from the computer. However, I figured I'd see if this would happen a second time when plugged in so I plugged the hard drive back in and Windows told me that both partitions were corrupted and had to be reformatted. At the time nothing was on the drive so I figured it was no big deal so I did the same process with the partitioning and reformatting, once again in FAT 32 format. Once again the hard drive began beeping very loudly and once again Windows told me it had to be reformatted. This time I wasn't reformatting again before I got some advice. So I contacted Seagate and this is the email they sent back.

Thank you for contacting Seagate.

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A:Hard drive problems

Does the new drive apparently work OK in the PS3? If so, may be some type of compatibility built in where you can swap, but only one way--as you have discovered.
I am not a drive engineer, but you have probably noticed that drives have circuit boards and all that that implies. They aren't just spinning discs.

I think the firmware resides on a chip on that circuit board. Maybe the firmware on the new drive is PS3 compatible, but the firmware on the old drive is NOT PC/SATA compatible. Sounds reasonable to me, but I don't know if it is true. Maybe you can get new firmware for the old drive that might render it sane in an external enclosure?

If not, maybe it is worthless for your purposes.

I wouldn't think formatting would touch firmware.

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Okay for some reason the windows installation isn't recognizing the hard drive. Yet when I boot up it says theres a harddrive connected. I checked that the wires were connected properly already. Help would be nice.

A:Hard Drive Problems

What kind of hard drive, IDE or SATA? if it is SATA did you load the sata drivers during boot up?

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So I got a new Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB hard drive for Christmas. Yippee, right? Not so much. I installed the drive and backed up my data onto it. I then reformatted the drive to install Windows. Windows installed ok with a couple bumps but works ok for the most part. My hard drive showed up ok. Everything was good. After installing some updates and shutting down, my computer would hang on the shut down screen for at least an hour. So I restarted with the physical button. Then my hard drive is saying it needs to be formatted to be usable. I was reluctant but ended up formatting and recovering my data with other software. I tried copying some files onto it and that worked ok. Now the hard drive doesn't show up. When booting, chkdsk will come up and complete then the drive shows up. Then it will disappear again. Now chkdsk comes up to stage 2 and the screen goes blank. What should I do? Is this windows related or is it the drive? Is there a way to make chkdsk come up for sure when I start? I've tried unplugging the drive, restarting then plugging it back in. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Hard Drive Problems

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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About one week ago I plugged my SATA hard drive from 3GB/s to 6GB/s port. Now every time I restart my computer it says at the launching there is a new hardware installed to the computer, how to get out of this?
Other problem is that I plugged an old hard drive with IDE port to my motherboard and launched my computer, and now it says the new hardrive at the launching too.
My actually problem is that now it reseted my BIOS launching order and i could't find my OS hard drive. Eventually I found it and restarted it but now my SATA hard drive is called "IDE seagate..." in BIOS.
Of course it is actually SATA III but why BIOS told me that it's called IDE. I don't have any jumpers in actually IDE hard drive, do I need to add the slave jumpers on it?

Sorry for my weird text but I need some help.

A:Hard drive problems

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so i have to hard drives and both of them arent working. they used to work but all of a sudden they stopped working and when i restart my computer it just says NTDLR missing. what does this mean? thanks for the help

A:hard drive problems

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Hello. My mom has a Dell 2400 with a 1.7ghz p4 , 768mb of pc2700, a 80 gig maxtor ide hard drive..everything has been well with it until last night..she said on the phone that it turned off and wouldnt boot up...when i went over there to see what the problem was it said there is no hard drive...i checked all the cables and jumpers and i also tried another hard drive still no luck.. does anyone know whats wrong?

A:Hard drive Problems.

is it getting power?

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Well i got a new Sony VAIO laptop last thursday i think, came with windows vista 64bit pre-installed, however, after downloading updates, and Windows live messenger, the laptop just stopped working for about 10 minutes, i turned it off by holding power button down.

i booted it back up, and it took about 20minutes on the vista green bar loading thingy (technical, i know :P), i downloaded a Vista repair disk from a website, burnt it to a DVD, and started up.
I then tried chkdsk c: /r, and it got stuck at 10% for about 2 hours, then tried chkdsk c: /f /c /i, this got stuck at 23% for 7hours! i then tried chkdsk /r /c /i, still got stuck at 13%, not for a long time this time, i closed it, as i had the feeling it would be stuck there forever :P.

So today, i thought screw it, i didnt put anything on the laptop really... and tried format c:, encoutered bad sectors (2000 or so of them), so i then tried a CHKDSK again, this time it said, Disk type is RAW, and it could not run because of this.
So i then tried 'Convert c: /fs:NTFS' Again, unable to run because it cant convert RAW...

I've tried pretty much everything, i have a windows vista home premium install disk for my computer, but same options are available as the downloaded one.

So i dont mind if i loose all the data, i just really want to get the laptop back working.
Oh another thing is, i cant start windows normally, can only run the recovery/windows install disk. Any help is much appreciated.

A:Hard drive problems...

With chkdsk running into issues, and it being a new laptop, any chance you can take it back to be repaired under warranty? Doesn't often happen out of the box, but could be a faulty HD and if it's only a few days old, would be under warranty

They can at least just re-image it too (hopefully)

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I'm not really a newbie wit comps but installing a hard drive is pretty new to me. I installed a hard drive but my windows 2000 doesn't detect it. then i relized that i should try to format it...

but then comes another problem i dont know how to format a hard drive...

but even so, shouldn't my computer detect the hard drive?? or should the formatin fix all that?

A:Problems with hard drive

Hi masterjtp01,
A few questions:
I assume the drive is a second Hard drive? ( dumb question I know)
Did you set the jumper on the back of the drive to slave?
The jumper is between the power and cable plug ins.
Is the drive on same cable as original drive, in second plug?
If so go to start, settings, control panel, administrative tools ( assuming you are using this at home and have administartor rights), Computer management. Click on disk management.
Right click your second hard drive ( the new one) and select format. If you use NTFS on the first one select NTFS, click quick format. Hit ok. One thing I forgot, When you boot go into BIOS (F2 at starting up screen, I think) Make sure it is reconozing it there. Set it to Auto in CMOS settings.

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