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installing vista on brand new hd with partition

Q: installing vista on brand new hd with partition

hi im having a problem
i have an 80gb old seagate hd and a brand new 750 gb samsung hd (both sata) i had originally xp installed on the 80gb and then got the upgrade to vista disc and had no problems... now i wanted to get rid of the old 80gb hd so i could use the second sata port for my new blu-ray disc player but i have data on my second 750gb that is valuble to me and is not easy to move.... so i created a 100gb partition using paragon partition manager and installed the os on the new partition which is the G:/ HD.... So i have the two options of vista when i start my pc but when i try to remove the old hard drive and boot vista just on the new one i just get a black screen with a dos type (_) symbol

please help me out here as i want this fixed (i spent hours installing programs and settings etc. on the new hd)

thanks in advance,

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A: installing vista on brand new hd with partition

Anyone? please this is pretty urgent

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A few weeks ago I decided to get a new computer for gaming, but not knowing much in the field of hardware I let my cousin (way better on the subject) basically pick out the parts, let me order them, and he'd put it together.

The parts came a few days ago and Ive had the computer built for awhile, we ordered Vista home premium with it (32 bit edition) and I still have yet to get it installing correctly.

So basically the first night I start installing it, everything seems to be going fine but its taking a LONG time (around 7 hours), at 1 AM it still shows no signs of being done and I did not want to leave it on overnight, so I turned it off.

Turned it on the next morning, saying it didnt finish and would need to resintall, tried it again except this time it stays at 0% on the second step ("Expaning Files")

I mean, after like an hour or 2, its still at 0%, but the computer has not actually FROZEN, just hanging or whatever.

Ok, no big deal, I use a reformating program, completely wipe the HD and try again.

Its not freezing anymore! huzzah! So I wait for 7 MORE long hours, watching it slowly install, it restarts a few times, theres some points where its just a black screen with the mouse cursor for like 15 minutes, I get the "Vista is preparing for its first start" message, it restarts, says its completeing the installation, then I get an error saying something along the lines of "Windows setup failed to install Vista on this hardware"... Read more

A:Huge issues installing Vista on a brand new PC

It's possible that you got bad memory or a bad drive. Start with the memory. If you have multiple sticks, remove them one at a time and try to install. If you want faster results, use a memory test. You can use the one on the Vista DVD or:

MemScope (Floppy and CD images.)
Microsoft Memory Test (floppy or CD ISO image)

Then I'd suspect some misconfiguration of the drive. Check BIOS settings and look on the drive for a jumper (even SATA).

I've installed a few Vistas and the number 7 was not ever involved, even on old machines.

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Hi I recently built a system, bought all the parts on newegg, put it all together, and everything starts up fine, seems really smooth. Unfortunately when I try to install vista, it BSOD's on me before I can even get to any startup screen. It goes to the windows loading files part, then on the next teal blue screen it bsod's. I bought a new sound system along with all the other components and it included a sub that warns to keep it away from PC's etc. Unfortunately they put the boxes right next to each other outside my door, is there any chance it could have fried both my HD's? I've tried everything I can think of, installing with just 1 HD (tried both), tried with 1 stick of ram (tried both), I just can't think of what else it could be. I'm pretty sure everything is compatible or else I wouldn't even get this far, but I'll list my system.

Also tried to install windows xp as a last resort, I get a bsod during installation on that (right at the end, finalizing installation step) and eventually I even got it installed, but then it bsod right at the end. When I restarted I even got to a mainscreen kinda, where it told me it was changing my resolution, it changed it then I got an error about Windows media player. Tried repairing the install and it said couldn't copy file wmp.dll along with about 30 other files. I'm just at a loss and really frustrated here. Anyway, here is the system.

GeIL EVO ONE 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop ... Read more

A:BSOD installing Vista on a brand new comp

Hi -

I am concerned about the formatting of the drive(s).

Re-format the HDD with KillDisk then try the Vista installation again. Leave XP out of this for now.

KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

Be sure to change the BIOS firing order so the DVD is 1st.

If you get another BSOD, get at least the 1st 2 sets of numbers. Any digits to the right of the "0x" that are zeroes are assumed. So, if the code is

0x0000008e -- this is equal to 0x8e or 8e

Try to get the "8e" or whatever the number is from the 1st and 2nd set of numbers of the bugcheck

Regards. . .



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I want to install Vista on a new partition, then delete my current one. However, once i put in the reinstallation disk, it doesn't ask where I want to install, instead says i don't have enough space on my D: drive to continue the installation....and obviously I don't want it on the D: drive, I want it on my F: drive.

How do I direct the installation to my F: drive so I can complete the install?


A:(re)installing Vista again on different partition...however

Hello Huskersfan1,

Is your D: and F: drives separate hard drives, or just separate partitions on the same hard drive? If not, can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management?

Are you doing the installation at boot using the Vista installation disc?

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I have an acer 5630 which recently started showing an error message on the boot saying that the error has been caused by disconnecting a removable, external device at an incorrect time or something along those lines. So I tried the Erecovery program by pressing 'alt-f10' on the boot and it got to around 21% and then froze, it wouldn't recover anymore so I turned the computer off and tried to boot up through the windows vista disk which was successful.

Although when I came round to deleting, formatting and creating a new partition of 102GB (max HDD capacity), I press 'next' and I get an error saying that the partition does not meet the criteria to have Vista installed on it... Also when I start up my laptop it says the hard drive may have an error and that I should back-up files and expect an imminent failure....

I just want to know how do I make a partition, or repair one so that I can install windows vista on it... at the moment I can only go through boot options and windows vista setup, where I can access a command prompt.

Any help appreciated,
need more info just ask,

A:Installing Vista on a 'corrupt' partition.

If you do not need to backup any user data
You should be able to boot from the Vista disc and remove the partition fully
Then continue installing Windows.

If this still faults, you could download Gparted Live boot CD and remove the partition using that.

If it still faults, you could run a HardDrive Diagnostics test to confirm your HardDrive is not faulty.

Note: Sometimes the fault is in the physical HardDrive sata cable (on Desktops) that just requires replacing

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hi guys, i want to ask,,

before i used windows vista home basic, then i install again windows 7 professional (the one i use now)

but when i install the windows 7, i'm install it at the same partition with the windows vista..

i want to ask how to make it dual boot.. can it??

if cannot, can i delete the windows.old folder?? i mean, is it safe if i delete the folder windows.old (that contain my vista)??

A:[ASK]installing windows vista & seven in same partition

Quote: Originally Posted by andresse89

i want to ask how to make it dual boot.. can it??


Yes it can, and this will show you how - Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Quote: Originally Posted by andresse89

can i delete the windows.old folder?? i mean, is it safe if i delete the folder windows.old (that contain my vista)??

It is safe to delete, but just make sure you have backed up all your personal files first.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

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Hey everyone.

I'm trying to install Vista over XP. It's giving me an error telling me that I need "at least 405 MB of space on the F drive."

My partitions:

C: 35 GB of 145 GB
D: 3.39 GB of 3.39 GB
F: 26.4 MB of 39.1 MB

E is the disc drive.

When I reformatted a couple of years ago perhaps I did something wrong with the partitions. I don't need to reformat, do I? Your helpful input would be appreciated.

My Specs:

Computer: Dell XPS 400
Processor: D
Memory: 4 GB

A:Installing Vista (Partition Space?)

Hi why are you trying to install it on drive F

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I have an MSI gaming computer running Vista home premium 32bit, I am planning to upgrade to Win7 64bit (I already checked compatibility and its good). My hard drive is in two partitions, one for the OS and one (labeled DATA) where I've installed all my programs and personal files and such. If I wanted to install Win7 over Vista on the OS partition is there any chance the process could corrupt or damage my files on the DATA partition?

A:Installing Win7 (Over Vista) on one partition

I also have an AMD 64 turion dual core hard drive (2.2 GHz) in case that could be a factor in the switch as well

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Hi all,

I know there are many threads revolving around this subject, but I couldn't find answer to my problem.

I have 4 partitions in the only disk I have. Please find the snapshot attached. I have also attached a disk info which I got using windows diskpart tool. I had formatted a previous data partition (partition 3, volume 2) to install windows 7 in it using a DVD. Now that I'm happy with 7, I want to format the Vista partition (partition 2, volume 1) and use the space, and if possible, combine it with the last partition (partition 4, volume 3). I also want to keep in mind that I don't want to delete the recovery partition (partition 1, volume 4) because I have not been able to make recovery disks due to some issues (which I have not been able to resolve). BTW I would also like you to help me on this thread regarding MBR issues in Disk2Disk recovery (probably happened while installing 7). Also, I have backed up data from Vista drive to 7 drive and I don't have any external medium to backup my data to. But if extremely necessary, I can arrange one. So I would prefer not to clean install everything. I really need some very good tips on this one. Thanks!

A:Formatting Vista partition after installing Seven

Quote: Originally Posted by The AudGuy

Hi all,

I know there are many threads revolving around this subject, but I couldn't find answer to my problem.

I have 4 partitions in the only disk I have. Please find the snapshot attached. I have also attached a disk info which I got using windows diskpart tool. I had formatted a previous data partition (partition 3, volume 2) to install windows 7 in it using a DVD. Now that I'm happy with 7, I want to format the Vista partition (partition 2, volume 1) and use the space, and if possible, combine it with the last partition (partition 4, volume 3). I also want to keep in mind that I don't want to delete the recovery partition (partition 1, volume 4) because I have not been able to make recovery disks due to some issues (which I have not been able to resolve). BTW I would also like you to help me on this thread regarding MBR issues in Disk2Disk recovery (probably happened while installing 7). Also, I have backed up data from Vista drive to 7 drive and I don't have any external medium to backup my data to. But if extremely necessary, I can arrange one. So I would prefer not to clean install everything. I really need some very good tips on this one. Thanks!

Your goals are admirable, but.

First recovery will only help you if you wish to go back to vista.
Second you can have but 5 partitions, and only one active.
So what besides the above do you want to do?
Stay with vista?
Go to win 7?
Dual... Read more

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hi guys!

can anyone help me with partitioning the hard disk...

i recently picked up a HP pavillion laptop ... config is 1.6gz intel core 2 duo with 2 gb ram and with 2 hdd of 110gb and 10gb. windows vista home premium is pre installed and on the bigger one and recovery files on the smaller hdd.

now i want to partition the bigger one to 3 portions so i dont disturb any of the operating system files so the system crashes.

and i dont want to spoil my system so i am asking help in this forum... please help me in detail with this regard....

A:how to partition after installing vista home premium

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Arlight, right now I have Windows Vista Home Premium with TONS of things wrong. I was wondering if I could partition my Local Disk, install windows vista brand new on it, and keep all my programs and personal information.

A:Creating a partition, installing windows vista on it

yes, you can go into the partition manager, create a new partition, and transfer all your files over to it, then reformat the primary partition with the OS on it. the partition manager should be in control panel and hardware if I recall properly.

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First off let me say Hi since this is my first post.....second let me get right to the point...

I am having some trouble installing XP on a partition that I created on my XPS that came with Vista already installed on it. I succesfully created a 50 GB partition and when I pop in my XP disc to boot up and install on the partiton it gets as far as saying that it is starting up windows and then a screen comes up and says something along the lines of "windows has shut down to protect your computer"...."if this is the first time you have seen this message restart your computer"....."check you computer for viruses...properly formated hard drive..." needless to say I cant get past this point to install XP on the new partition. I couldn't find anything else on the forum like this in thirty min of searching so I appolagize if it has been covered but I was looking for some help on the subject or if anyone else has had this problem and if they fixed it, Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] Installing XP on partition made in Vista

Welcome to TSF!

What is the Stop error listed in the technical section?
It's probably STOP 0x0000007B and the 2nd number after it is 0xC0000034

You need to slipstream the SATA controller driver into a new XP CD, or change a BIOS setting if your system has it. See this post:
Installing XP on a SATA hard drive

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Let's say i have 2 partitions, Vista and Win7. If I'm now ready to get rid of my Vista and Install Win7 final release over it (for example), what's the first step I have to do with the Vista partition? do I have to reformat it first? what are the steps on doing a clean install on the vista partition. thanks!

and BTW, I have read that the RTM was released, but some says that it's not the final RTM. so what's the forums conclusion about it? final or not?

A:QUESTION: about installing WIN7 on Vista partition

ill answer your first question: What you can do, to make this as simple as possible, boot from your W7 disc,and when all the partitions are shown, where your Vista install is, format it, then deleter the partition, so you only have 1, then proceed with installation, which will install W7 onto your HDD. And your second Question, i dont know lol.

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Um, what the title says. I went to boot up vista and it says boot failure. I haven't changed anything on that hard drive. help...

A:Vista partition won't boot after installing windows 7 on another hdd

it says. boot disc failure. insert system disc and press enter.

When i installed windows 7. i took out my hdd with vista on it and put a new hdd in to install 7.
When i swapped them back, i get this error.

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Hi all professionals
I've got a serious problem here.

I've used Partition Magic 8.05 to cut a part of my HDD to install Vista. However, aftering installed the Vista, i can't access to the XP partition(old partition). Althought i can still see the partition by disk management, there's no letter label and i can do nth with it.

Here comes the photo (it's the chinese version , but i think it still help you to understand the situation)
Can anyone plz help me? I can't lost the data in my old OS.

A:Driver lost after installing Vista with Partition Magic

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Is there a thread on this Forum that deals with installing the Vista Beta version on a separate partition so that it can be booted independently of XP. In particular I am looking for answers to the questions below:

Environment : XP Pro SP2. Multi disk, Multi partition. Current system on 1st disk drive C:

1. Can Vista Beta be installed in any partition or must the partition start within the 1024 cylinder boundary?

2. Is it possible to install Vista Beta completely independently of XP on the same machine. Is there an absolute guarantee that it won't impact on the existing installation.

3. If Vista is installed in a separate partition can it be activated through an entry in the boot.ini file or is it necessary to use a Boot Manager?

4. Is there an authoritive User Information Guide that explains the entire process from download through install to logon?


A:Solved: Installing Vista Beta on a separate Partition

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Here is the situation: Vista was installed to my C: drive on my first hard drive. I have a second hard drive being used for storage.

I shrunk part of my second hard drive (the storage one) and made a partition to which I installed Windows 7. Now that I have Windows 7 up and running, I want to format the drive that has Vista on it but I constantly keep being denied ("cannot format the system partition on this disk"). Clicking delete the partition doesn't work either. I know it has something to do with (System) being on there, but is there anyway I can remove that?

I thought the problem mainly was that the hard drive with Vista was still named C: so I changed it to F: as you see in the picture. Any reason why I can't delete this?

A:Solved: Cannot format partition with Vista on it after installing Windows 7

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My Dell Laptop came with Windows Vista Home Premium. I didn't get any Windows Disk but there is a Windows Vista Recovery partition from which I can restore laptop to the condition it was when I first got it. It has only 2 partitions; the system partition and recovery partition.
Now I want to install Windows 7. I tried to shrink the system partition so I can save the Vista installation, programs and data and install Win7 for a dual boot but I can only get 14GB even though HDD capacity is 320GB and free space is more than 100GB. I like to have the ability of restoring my laptop anytime to its original condition with Vista.

1 - I need to install Win 7 and use it regularly
2 - Want to have the ability to restore that to its factory settings ( Don't want to harm the Recovery partition & ability to recover from it)
3 - Optionally! Better if I can dual boot the default Vista with my new Win 7

Shrinking won't help because it doesn't give enough space, can I use Norton Ghost or something like that to save my original HDD image. But then I will have it saved somewhere else not in my own Laptop if I had to remove the recovery partition and format the disk again.
Please give me my options and tools which I can use. Thank you very much.

A:Installing Windows7 without removing Vista recovering partition (DELL)

Installing Windiws 7 may/may not make the Dell Recovery Partition unusable.

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

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Hi there,I just received a new HP Elite e9290f computer with the following specifications:Intel Core i7-920 Processor at 2.66GHz per core8MB shared cache on die Level 3Windows 7 Home Premium9GB DDR3 SDRAM1TB SATA HDD at 7200rpm1.8 GB dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Graphics CardWhat I want to do now is install Windows XP Media Center 2005 on a separate partition. I will be using Partition Master Professional Edition to set up the partition. Is there any specific way that I need to go by this install? I understand that Windows 7 and Windows XP versions have totally different boot loading options. Can anyone offer any help? I would greatly appreciate it. I really don't understand SATA or IDE controllers really well, I'm not sure they have anything to do with what I am asking but would appreciate any clarification. Thanks a lot in advance...

A:Need To Partition Brand-New Computer

Hi Feonix:

In Windows 7, there is a disk management utility built-in already; there's no need to pull out all the big guns in the form of Partition Master PE.
Here's how to access it:

In Windows 7, click the Start button, and locate 'Computer'.
Right-click on 'Computer' and select 'Manage' from the context menu. [Agree that you know what you're doing if UAC steps in]
In the left column of the 'Computer Management Console' you will see Disk Management. Click that.
From here, it's just a matter of determining how much space you want to allocate and the file format (I'd stick with NTFS if you're going to install XP MC).

If this just simply isn't what you need, post back here and let us know. One of us will surely be able to further assist you if you need it. Good luck!

[p.s. those specs made me drool, you lucky dog]

[EDIT] Feonix, the Windows 7 bootstrapper will indicate after BIOS that you have an OS loading choice. It will say something like 'Windows 7 Home Premium' and something to the effect of 'Older versions of Windows'. I had a dual-boot machine at work for awhile with Win7 Ultimate and XP Pro and it worked beautifully, on a far inferior rig compared to yours. Go get em tiger!

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I have installed Windows 7 on a partition created in Windows Vista. The problem is that now the computer will only boot to the System Recovery Oprions tool. I have tried using the Startup Repair tool. It tells me to disconnect any newly connected devices. However there are not any that have been added. It tells me this when trying to repair beth 7 and Vista.

Thank you,

A:Installing Windows 7 on a partition in Windows Vista Problem

only boot to the System Recovery Oprions tool.

Do you mean the Dell Recovery Partition?

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Hi all,

I’ve recently built a system from scratch and I’m having trouble formatting my new hard drive. The drive is a western Digital Raptor (740GD) and I initially went to set it up with a boot disk utility I have (with Windows not yet installed.)

Using FDISK I went to create a partition…and promptly forgot how to do it!So, here is the problem; I want to format the drive as FAT32 however after creating my partition, DOS would only allow me to use NTFS. Furthermore, it only saw the drive as having 5gb or so (creating a partition of about 5546mb…saying this was 100%) But it is a 74gb drive! I tried various other approaches, such as turning “hard disk support” off and re-partitioning which allowed me to format as FAT32…but would only see it as 1.99gb!

So, I’ve installed windows on another HDD I had lying around, which has allowed me to access the Raptor as a separate drive. This has finally helped me format it as FAT32, yet windows still only reads it as having 69.2gb. I know that you always lose a few gb here or there and that windows won’t see the whole 74gb…but missing almost 5bg seems quite a difference to me.

What have I been doing wrong with this process? Does anyone know how to properly partition and format a disk so that you get as much free space as possible? (access to 74gb of a supposed 74gb disk would be nice.) Or can anyone recommend a good partitioning/formatting app or disk management utility…even a decent boot disk utility recommendation would be... Read more

A:How do you correctly partition and format a brand new drive?

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I have just built my first computer and am attempting to install Microsoft Windows XP: X64 edition. I get through the initial installation and it tells my comp will reboot and then continue setup. it then restarts and i get te windows logo and a loading screen but then nothing happens. someone please help me out. i don't want to pay microsoft $35 for help. Thanks ahead of time for helpin me.

A:Installing on brand new HDD

have you checked your connectors for your hardware and try and format the hdd again. when the windows screen loads and nothing happens then so i understand it is the services. if may be your cd drive as sometimes they can cause that problem

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So here's the story. One of our staff knocked a ThinkCentre A2U onto the floor.  It appears that the HDD is damaged beyond repair - we can't get past the BIOS screen. Easy enough to buy a new HDD, but how to install Windows 7?  We have the Product Key, but Microsoft rejected it saying that we needed to contact the manufacturer - Lenovo. So here we are.  DigitalRiver is no help, it just refers back to Microsoft. Any suggestions, guys?

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I am new to Windows 10, never used it... Here is my question...

I have a new SSD and a genuine Windows 7 Pro key, which I have not used. Do I have to install windows 7 with this key on my new SSD first and then upgrade and then clean install windows 10 or is there a way to do a clean install of Windows 10 and then activate using the windows 7 key.

I suspect the answer will be NO but I thought I would ask...

Thanx for the replies...

A:Installing on a brand new SSD with a genuine Win 7 Pro key...?

No need to install 7. Download 10 Pro from Tech Bench, put it on a USB with Rufus, clean install Windows 10 and put in your 7 Pro key when asked.

Absolutely there is no need to install 7 first.

Where (or who) is Anduin by the way?

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Hey peeps!

I just bought another 8gb stick of ram to go with my other 8gb. Whats installed in there right now is the Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200mhz 8gb. The one i purchased is Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400mhz 8gb. My motherboard being a MSI Z170a sli pl. Will The 2400 mhz stick work with the 3200mhz? If so how would i go about installing it? Do i dual link it, or single? Go into bios set timings with the 3200mhz?voltage?
Or will putting in the Stick automatically adjust the to what it needs to be?

A:Installing Ram same brand different frequencies

It should work but both sticks will run at the lower speed of 2400MHz.

Are you in Poland ? (Looking online for your motherboard found only Polish websites).

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Hi all,

A few days ago, I bought a GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD and a Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM HDD from a PC parts store. I installed them in my tower's case and connected them up. Then, I attempted to install Windows 8.1 Core onto the SSD from a bootable USB drive I had made using Microsoft's Installation Media Creation Tool. The installer promptly error'd. I attempted a few more times, to no avail. I contact MS's answer desk, and they couldn't help, so I left it for the night and went to bed. The next day, I decide that I will attempt to install Windows onto the HDD and then clone it over. Of course, it installed perfectly fine on the HDD. Using both Windows' System Image Backup/Restore tool and a myriad of others, I still could not get an installation on the SSD. I ran a surface test on the SSD which turned up fine. I tried again tonight with the same USB drive to install Windows onto the SSD, again, it error'd, I contacted the MS Answer Desk again, they had me change a BIOS settings, and then take my ram cards out and clean them with an eraser. Neither of those worked, and MS support suggested I contact a local tech as it is a hardware issue.

Do you guys have any thoughts on what I should do? Feel free to PM or reply asking for more info.


A:Installing Windows 8.1 on a brand new SSD

Now that you have windows on the HDD - Does the SSD show up in file explorer? and Disk management ?

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I just added a second hard drive (160gig) to my computer. Obviously, I have my C: Drive as my primary drive and the new drive is mostly going to store my music and video files. I will access my music daily but the video files not nearly as much.

I just installed the drive successfully but it was only set up with one partition. I think I read somewhere that large drives should have more than one partition....is that true? Is the drive currently set up to give me max performance?

Before I start moving anything to the drive I just wanted to double-check that I've got it set up right. Like I said, it's installed properly and it is ready to have data stored on it, but I chose the default partition set up and I wasn't sure if I should have done a custom set up.


A:Solved: Question about setting Partition size on brand new 160gig drive

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I am trying to install Windows XP Home SP2 onto a brand new IDE hard drive but it gave me an error when trying to install it.

I then tried to format the drive (using the Windows XP disc) but after sitting through the entire format process it gives me the following error....
Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.

Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your scsi devices are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or scsi adapter documentation for more information.

You must select a different partition for windows XP.
To continue, Press ENTER"
There is only 1 drive to choose from when I run the XP setup disc, here is what is displayed on the screen....

190780 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

C: Partition1 [Unknown] 190782 MB < 190782 MB free >
I have tried doing a quick NTFS format and a normal NTFS format but they all result in the same error message above.

Any ideas or things that I should try?

A:Solved: Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. (Brand New HDD)

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I just recieved my new Dell dimernsion 4600 and wanted to install an Optorite DVD+/-RW that I just purchased. The burner reads and writes in both cd and DVD. My new Dell came only with a CD ROM drive. I am wanting to know if there would be an advantage to keeping the new Dell CD-ROM drive in my computer or should I just install the DVD burner in its place.

THanks for your assistance. I am definitely new at installing hardware so any tips about the installation process would be very helpful

A:installing DVD burner on my brand new dell

If the CDROM is on the secondary IDE cable, install the DVDRW on the same cable as the CDROM. Make the DVDRW master and the CDROM slave.

This way you can do on the fly CD to CD copying.

At the end of the year you can replace the CDROM with one of those Dual layer DVD 16x drives that are supposed to be coming out.

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I just bought a new laptop yesterday, so there's no bugs or anything on it. All I've done is check my gmail, install an the antivirus program Best Buy gave me, and try to install some of my audio recording software (Adobe Audition and Guitar Port).
And that is where my problem starts.
My old computer had windows xp on it, and it ran my software just fine.
Now with this brand new computer, it won't install.
I get just past the part where you agree with all their license stuff,
and then suddenly it tells me, "Setup has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly." And then it just closes the program.
I bought this software in 2007, so I hope it isn't "too old" for Windows 7 or something...

A:Brand new Windows 7 not installing software

Run it in compatibility mode

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All this techie stuff is Latin to me. So bear with me. I took Spanish in high school.

1. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505. I bought it used 4 years ago.
2. I am installing a brand new hard drive, fresh out of the box.
3. The drive that died on me was a Seagate Momentus 7200.1, 100GB, 7200 RPM, Firmware 8.04
4. I went online to best buy and micro center, but am in the dark regarding the driver interface. Since the laptop is pretty much dead in the water, how can I determine the it? I'll need to know that before I walk up to the kid in the store, right?
5. As soon as you tell me what I need to buy, I'll install it and then have some questions about installing Windows XP.

Thanks in advance,


A:Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

Hey Patrick,

Yes you check what the problem is in your lap before buying the HDD. So,
Does the laptop turns on without the hard disk? If so a message should appear there is no boot device.
If the lap works fine without the hard disk well you should buy the new one.
If the lap is pretty much dead well it is probably dead from every circuit on it.

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a little while ago my hard disk broke so i just bought a new one to replace it.

now im just a little concerned about my windows XP activation key. if i use the same key i used on the old (and now broken) drive, will it still work on my new drive? or do i have to buy another copy or something to get it working?

ive tried a dozen things to get my old drive back in order but nothing worked so i threw it out. i know that i cant use the same key on multiple machines but im just wondering will Windows be able to recognise the fact that im upgrading now?


A:HDD broke, installing windows on a brand new drive

give it a try worse thing is you will have to call ms and explain to them what happened and see if they will five ypu a new key

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There are 2 basic types of hard drive that most people will want to install.

They are 1 - Pata, also called ide and ata. Easy to recognise as they have a large 40pin socket and jumper settings.

And 2 - Sata, both sata 1 and 2 are set up in the same way. They are easy to recognise as they don't have a 40 way socket but have a 4 way instead.

There are also scsi hard drives but i doubt may people will be using them so i will not be dealing with them in this post!!

Pata - Pata's will connect via a 40 way data cable that has 2 plugs on it excluding the one that plugs into the mobo.

It is VERY VERY important to get the jumper settings correct or THEY WILL NOT WORK!!!!

There are 3 basic jumper settings, cable select, master, and slave.
The easiest way to set them up is to use cable select. The mobo itself will then assign master and slave as it sees fit. Usually it will set the drive on the end plug as master and the other one as a slave.

If you are running more than 1 pata drive on the same cable then you must insure they are both set to cable select or that 1 is set to master and 1 is set to slave. Having both set to master WILL NOT WORK, and having both set to slave WILL NOT WORK.

Once that is set correctly most mobo's will be happy and boot fine, if yours doesn't then you will need to check the bois settings. The instructions for doing this will be in your mobo manual!!!

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A:If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

One minor correction to avoid potential confusion. It's really a 40 pin, 80 wire cable. Most will know what you mean, however.

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I would like to install a ssd to my new IdeaCentre 510-15ABR. Is there the ability to install a ssd or would I have to invest in a hybrid ?

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I am trying to install Spore and in the middle of the installation it gives me a CRC Error! I think it's either the CDROM Drive or a bad spot on the hardisk because other new games will install fine. No scratches on disk and a used CDROM?

HELP!! This is frustrating!
Thank you!

A:CRC Erorr message installing brand new Game

CRC is a mean of verifying the integrity of the data. The content of the data that's written on the drive is compared to a reference data. Could be an error on the CD, with the CD drive or on the hard drive but an overheating cpu or a failing ram stick can also cause read/write errors.

See if you can install the game on another computer to check whether it's the CD or your computer that's in cause. If it installs fine on another computer come back and report here.

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Hi guys,

I'm replacing a dead hard drive from my dell dimension pc with a brand new hard drive. I have an xp installation cd, can somebody remind me of the steps I need take to prepare my new hard drive (once it's all plugged in) for the installation of XP. Haven't done this in ages so would really appreciate a reminder!



A:Installing XP on brand new hard drive... need a reminder!

This is all you need to know friend. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsys...nstxpclean1.htm

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The actual problem I am encountering is that I get a "asms file is needed" message and I have no idea what to do from here. I investigated several threads that my search took me to but the threads have been closed and I didnt find and solutions. I have the original WXP pro install disc and SP2 & SP3. I am not at all PC savvy so I need help with what to do from here. Can someone please help?

A:Trouble installing WinXP pro on brand new drive

Is that an actual XP Pro CD, and is it XP original or XP SP1?

If you've installed a new hard drive, it needs to be formatted before you can install XP Pro in it.

The XP Pro CD does all the work - if that's what you have.


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First of all, can I say that I am somewhat computer illiterate, but I am determined.

I recently purchased a new desktop computer, the specs are:

Intel Core i7 2700K CPU - 3.5GHz
Gigabyte / Asus Z68 Motherboard
16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM
1TB SATA3 7200RPM Hard Disk
BluRay Combo Drive(LG)
2 x ATI HD6970 2GB PCI-e in Crossfire configuration
Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case
Thermaltake Tough Power XT 875W PSU

Now it comes time to install windows 7 professional, so I purchase a copy of the OEM version (because I'm stingy).

When I put the DVD in the drive it boots straight away and it comes up with a black screen that says "Windows is loading files........." . The bar on the screen loads and then it says "Starting Windows", after that a blue screen with some leaves and what looks like a very small bird appears in what I am assuming is meant to be the start of the windows 7 professional setup screen, however nothing comes up and after a while (5 minutes or so) my computer restarts and it's groundhog day (has been doing it for the last 3 hours).

Can anyone help me?

A:Problem installing windows 7 on brand new desktop

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I would like to install a ssd to my new IdeaCentre 510-15ABR. Is there the ability to install a ssd or would I have to invest in a hybrid ?

A:Lenovo IdeaCentre 510-15ABR - installing an SSD for brand

A SSD is no different from a regular spinning drive to the computer , and per the Hardware Maintenance Manual for your model, you can add a M.2 SSD storage drive (see page 34 of Hardware maintenance manual) in addition to the drive you already have if it is a spinner  in the storage bay, so there is no reason to go with a hybrid, and I believe one additional storage bay is available on that model as well that can accept an addition 3.5" drive, or even a 2.5" HDD or SSD drive (with 3.5"-2.5" adapter) as shown on page 37. Cheers, 

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Good day to all. Can someone please assist me, advance thanks..

I bought a PC with MSI mainboard, N430GT, with 2-2GB Kingston KVR1333D3N9/2G installed RAM (=4GB), 500GB HDD.
Everything works smooth until I read that I could upgrade memory up to 16GB max. BTW my OS is Win7 64 Ultimate.

So I decided first to buy and install 2pcs-4GB Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G (=8GB), for a few days everything works fine as expected, I shut it down one night and the following day restarting my PC, it turned BLUE with messages., and then on as often as every 5 minutes or less it turns BSOD.

I asked my friends and told me to do a clean OS reinstallation and I did that, but the problem persisted as if nothing changed.

So I did a memory diagnostic and It noted that possible hardware problem.

I did immediately changed and swap back my original 2pcs-2GB memory, and surprisingly until this thread writing it is ok.

My mainboard supports dual channel (two slots only) and I want to know how could I checked which one of the two 4GB memory modules is not working, or is it safe to install only one 4GB memory to checked which of the two is working or both are not working?

Any immediate response is of great help. thanks.

A:BSOD after upgrading &/or installing new memory module on brand new PC

The Kingston Value Ram (KVR) is known to be marginal and not even work in some PC's. The regular Kingston memory is usually OK but none of the techies that I know will use or recommend the KVR.

Check the MSI (or whoever the motherboard vendor is) site for your motherboard model (you didn't list it so I can't check for your). The N430GT is your video card, not the motherboard. Most motherboard vendors list compatible memory for their motherboards. Best to use memory that has been certified for the specific motherboard.

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I just purchased a brand new Windows 7 laptop for school, unfortunately they don't support Windows 7 so I need to install Windows XP.

I insert my disk to format and do a clean install of XP but I return this error:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

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 Information:

***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)Click to expand...

I literally just got this computer, plus I've even tried to put the Windows 7 install disc, and that works fine.

I've tried inserting 2 separate Windows XP discs that have both worked for me in the past, and both return the exact error.
System Specs:
HP G60 Noteboox PC
Dual Core 2.10GHz
4.00 gig memory
64 bit OS (Could this be the problem? Both XP copies are 32 bit)

Thanks for any help you have!!

A:Installing XP on Brand New HP Desktop Returns Blue Screen!

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Hi all, trying to setup up a secondary monitor (LG 24MP58) for my Lenovo Yoga 900 tablet...to no avail. Everything seems to be assembled correctly, but absolutely no response from the LG. Doesn't even light up or appear to be "trying" to work. There are no physical buttons or controls of any kind, on the monitor. Win 10 generated a PnP monitor in Devices. HDMI is connected to Type-C USB port on tablet via Insignia adapter. Would eventually like to have a duplicate of my tablet screen on the LG.
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.


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I'm not too sure what to do as of now, the free partition that is worth 66gb is just there. I right clicked my Primary Cdrive partition to try extend it but it was greyed out and so i couldnt merge the two..

Help is greatly appreciated!

A:How do i Merge a free space partition to my Primary C drive partition? IN VISTA

You can't modify the partition that has Windows installed on it because doing so would destroy your Windows installation.

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My husband bought me a brand new laptop from Best Buy and also recently purchased an iPod touch for me for Mother's day. I had downloaded iTunes 9 on my old laptop (before getting this new one), the old computer was running Windows XP and I did not encounter any problems installing iTunes 9 & using it to get my Touch started.

I wish to install iTunes 9 on the new computer to use for playing, storing, and burning CDs but when the download is complete and I start going through the installation process, at the very end of it all I get an error message saying that the installer detected an error and the installation could not be completed...and then something about try installing later. I would have copied and pasted the message but I am in a bit of a hurry and I don't have time to sit through the whole download again to get the message.

Anyway, I can follow directions but if anyone has any help to offer please put the information in lamens terms...I'm very familiar with computers and other forms of technology but after wasting all day trying to solve this on my own I just want someone who can help to give me the simple steps to solve this problem so I can get iTunes up and running.


A:Trouble installing iTunes 9 on brand new laptop running Windows 7

Redownload the Installer. It's probably corrupt.

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