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A problem with my new hard drive

Q: A problem with my new hard drive

A few days ago i bought an internal hard drive, i installed my new hard drive and i followed youtube guides and it all worked fine started downloading games into it and it was working all fine
and then woke up today, didn't change anything the PC was still on and the hard drive just dissapeared from the devices and drivers folder, it is still showing in the BIOs, so i tried reformatting it in disk management and i got a pop up saying "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error, and so i googled how to fix it and that didnt really help

Preferred Solution: A problem with my new hard drive

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

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

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

A: A problem with my new hard drive

What are your system specifications? What type and size of hard drive? What version of Windows? Use the system info utility and paste the results into a post (http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe).

We're the games installed from cds or were they downloaded from the Internet? I wonder if the drive might have become infected. What's your antivirus software?

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

A:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

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

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

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

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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Hi. I'm always a little nervous about jumping into a forum--hope everyone here's patient with dumb newbies, 'cause I are one.

Anyhow, here's the problem: Toshiba laptop got infected with Vundo virus, tried many anti-virus & vundo specific tools, & the virus would always reappear (it seemed to actually keep some like spybot search & destroy from running at all). Got disgusted, tried to reinstall OS from recovery discs, install would never complete. Reformatted and repartitioned, then got error message saying hard disc was about to fail whenever I booted. Ran some disc recovery utilities, no go.

So I bought a new hard disc, installed it just now, and tried to boot from recovery disc to as to install XP on it. The computer starts, I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order. I tell it to boot from the CD drive, it goes through the bios check and the CD drive runs, then everything just stops & I have a blank screen. When I put the old HD back in, I can boot from the recovery disc just fine, though it still says the hard drive is about to fail and I can't get to windows, but I can get to setup just fine. Is there something about the new HD that could keep the machine from booting from the recovery disc? Or am I just missing some obvious step I should have taken (I really have googled the heck out of this, so I don't think so).



A:Problem installing XP on new hard laptop hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The recovery partition is on the original drive, which means you have to install XP the old fashioned way:


This assumes you have an XP Installation cd . . if not, you can request a replacement from Toshiba or borrow an OEM version from someone.

Was this a typo?

I get the COMPAQ screen where it tells me to press ESC to change boot order

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Hard Drive Installation Problem

I am trying to move a hard drive that was installed on an AMD processor
system to a computer with a Pentium 4 motherboard. The drive has Windows XP installed. What do I need to do to get this to work. Ultimately I want to install a new hard drive and move the files over from the old one that was installed in the AMD system.

A:Hard Drive Problem - Moving hard drive from AMD system to Pentium system

Should be a simple move

There is nothing uniquely different about a computer with an AMD vs Intel processor. The hard drive, which I assume is your only drive, is not a processor dependent peripheral. Bringing up a new motherboard, however, will trigger plug and play reinstalls for most of your peripherals--sound "card", video card, modem, e.t.c.

When you install a "new" hard drive you will need devise a cut over procedure. Usually, what I do is as follows:

- Install the new drive as a slave drive, keeping the old drive (i.e. C: ) as the master. The new drive will have no partitions and will not be formatted. Jumpers will have to be set on each drive to accomplish this.

- Using Partition Magic, or a similar utility, copy the primary partition from C: to the new drive which will now assigned drive letter D.

- If you have other drive letters in use, and you intend to retire the old drive, copy each letter to the extended partition on the new drive. If you intend to keep you old drive as a slave drive you can leave the additional drive letters alone.

- After all of the copying is done you must now reverse the master/slave jumpers on each drive. Your new drive will be drive C, your old drives primary partition will become drive D.

Until everything seems to be working OK for a week or two I usually "hide" my old primary partition, which is now drive D. You can then either delete and reformat the old pr... Read more

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I have heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.

A:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.

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I told my sister I'd help her replace the broken hard drive in her 6 year old HP laptop (G60-120US). We plan to restore the Vista OS that's on the restore disk which came with the machine.

I was concerned about finding a hard drive with the same geometry as the existing drive because I know that was a potential problem some time ago. But then I became convinced that it doesn't matter because ...

1) There's no geometry info on the hard drive currently installed in the laptop (which is a 250GB WD).
2) Sellers of laptop replacement hard drives don't say anything about the geometry of the drives they sell.
and 3) I found this, below, on an HP site but nothing about geometry considerations other then the new AF sector size.
"Customers using original HP supplied recovery discs on systems that have had the 512-byte sector drives replaced with a new Advanced Format HDD may experience issues and may not be able to re-image their system. The most common issue customers will see is that they will not be able to use their current recovery media if they try to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on AF Drives."
I found other HP info which said only that you need to replace a laptop HD with one of equal or larger capacity.

But then I was looking at hard drives from Discount18, an Amazon seller, and their web site said that once you've replaced a HD with one of their drives you have to do a full OS install, you cannot use the restore disk. I asked about that and got this res... Read more

A:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

You will need to reinstall your OS, if you have the disks, just load from there. I believe your quote is referring to using the HP recovery disks, but your disk may be different.

Honestly, your best solution is to get a copy of vista and use your serial to install a clean copy, though you will need to get your drivers from HP.

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

A:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?

A:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.

A:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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After sending in my new 750 GB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive due to my partitions getting completely screwed multiple times. I received a brand new replacement 1 TB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive yesterday. Everything was working fine until I turned on my desktop on today and received the message "operating system not found". This is the same problem I got with my older hard drive. I tried everything, including creating a new partition using the command prompt on my old hard drive and I still had the same problem. I haven't tried anything yet with my new hard drive and I'm wondering what is causing my hard drives to do this? Any ideas of what could be causing this and fixes would be immensely appreciated. Thank you for your time.

-Not posting this from my desktop.
-Both drives are OEM and I do not have any discs with to run a diagnostics or repairs.
-I can not start up Windows in anyway.
-I still have my Windows 7 64 bit disc.
-My computer does not recognize my hard drive due to the partition being corrupted.

A:Hard drive problem with partition. Even after a new replacement drive.

Check all the cables.

Check your HD.
Disk Check

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

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I am trying to revive the local Priest's computer - he has nothing backed up (and I'm not even Catholic ;-))
He has a Dell Dimension 933r running Windows XP Home. When he started the computer yesterday it started to boot into Windows and then just restarts in an endless cycle. It got to a point where it came up with an error "autochk not found - skipping autochk" and then a Windows XP BSOD (the ones with some hex addresses) pops up with an error for about a tenth of a second (I cannot read anything on it - it is too fast).
I pulled the drive and put it in another computer. The computer (Win XP Pro) finds the drive and it shows as "healthy" in Disk Management, but it does not assign it a drive letter. I would just like to be able to get in and copy his data.
I tried a repair install, but Windows XP says it cannot intall to the partition.
I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax (it is a Maxtor 40GB drive) utility and the drive passes all tests with no errors or failures.
I can see directories, etc. when I boot in the Windows Recovery Console, I just can't do anything with them. It tells me "access is denied" when I try to go to documents and settings, etc.
I have tried a fixboot, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how I can help him get his data back?
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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First of all,
I have an advent t9004,
this originally came with a sata hard drive, but when the computer crashed, i took this out, and plugged in a standard hard drive with the "ide lead" Now the advent t9004 has only 1 ide input on the motherboard, so i had to disconnect, the the cd drive...... now i need to use the cd drive, i have put the cd drive on " slave" and got a slave lead, so i plugged the ide lead into the motherboard, then the middle part(which im guessing as the slave) into the cd drive, then the end part into the hard drive, now my computer wont load up xp i have checked in the bios, and its not even showing my hard drive or cd drive ! ..... where did i go wrong? And yes all 3 items work ( ide lead, hard drive, cd drive)

A:Problem WIth Hard drive/ Cd Drive/ Ide Lead

Make sure the jumper on the hard drive is set to master or master
with slave,depending on the model of the drive.
Then enter the BIOS setup at boot and make sure the hard drive
is set to first boot device.

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Hi Guys I have just installed a second hard drive to my system, and upon reboot a black screen appears advising “ no boot device detected” In the BIOS the boot order has changed to (1) Floppy. (2) Lan, (3) Lan, (4) Lan. In the CMOS splash screen upon start-up no drives are recognised, displaying NONE for all. My system is a Dell Dimension 2350 P.4 running XP sp3. 1GB RAM. In this installation setup I have an 80GB HDD set to Master jumper setting and a 20GB HDD ( 2nd HDD) set to Slave.
Prior to the installation of the 2nd HDD the 80GB booted OK, and the BIOS settings were (1) Floppy (2) Hard Disc (3) CD ROM (4) Lan.
One thing I should mention this system has just come back from a computer shop where I had XP sp3 installed due to a mishap on the original Hdd which destroyed the Operating system. The XP sp3 system which came back from the shop had Acronis True Image installed on it? I was going to clone the new system to my 20 GB using my own Acronis software, as a backup, because I would not have a disc to recover to if anything went wrong in the future. Anyone got any ideas on this puzzle, or diagnostic ability. All help welcomed.

A:Solved: Technical Problem 2nd hard drive installation problem

Sounds like either the drivers are jumpered or cabled wrong or that booting from a HDD has been disbaled in the BIOS. If you disconnect the second drive does the system boot?

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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hey guys. i have seemed to run into a problem and some help would be appreciated. the story goes like this.

yesterday i came home with a semi brand new 60gb maxtor hard drive in my hand. i have a 120 gb hard drive already in my dimension 4550, and i thought hey, i got this for free from a friend so why not use it. I take the original drive out so it was less annoying for me to work in that small space, and put both drives back in. i must have gone wrong somewhere because when i booted up, it said that primary drive 0 was not found. after a while, i got the computer to recognize both drives. the 120 gb is a western digital and the 60 gb is a maxtor. even though the computer is recognizing both drives, when i go to boot, after the first part (the DELL sign and the loading bar), it is just a black screen with a blinking _. and after that it will boot to cd because as of now i have the xp professional installation disk in there.

now, when i run the ide drive diagnostics under the boot screen it recognizes both drives but this one word scares me. it looks something like this

wdc (the western digital drive) - thenabunchofnumbers - Fail - return code: 7
then the same thing with the maxtor drive underneath that.

i wouldnt really have much of a problem just re-installing windows onto the original drive since i didnt have anything that was irreplacable on there, but when i go to system recovery and the chkdsk option, it recognizes that there is an installation of windows o... Read more

A:hard drive problem / windows xp boot problem

Hi exodent and welcome to the TS Forum :wave:


you dont say how you connected the drives, or if they are IDE or SATA, did you

a) put them both on the same cable and set the jumpers correctly.
b) put them on seperate cables but have a CD or DVD on the same cable somewhere.

If its A then its possible that you have set them so that Primary drive 0 is now Primary drive 1 and thats why it wont boot.

Take out the drives and start again from scratch, find the one with the OS and make sure the jumper is set to Master and if you are using a cable that allows you to have 2 drives on it make sure it goes at the end of the cable and see if it boots.

If it does you now need to set the other drive as Slave and put it on the same cable and use the other IDE connector .

If it then misbehaves again and everything is set correctly then its possible that you have a drive that doesnt like having a Slave device attached to it, some IDE devices are like and your only choice is to put the 2nd drive onto the secondary IDE channel, again make sure you check the jumpers of any other devices you have on the channel.

Lastly some BIOS's allow you to set the boot device by actual connected device, such as primary device 0, primary device 1, for those that have this type of BIOS it means that they can have 1 or more drives with an OS and use the BIOS to decide which boots, other BIOS's just have the choice of HD or CD or Floppy in the boot order.

Also whilst yo... Read more

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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I think this one's dead, but I'll take an opinion.
Windows doesn't detect it, the driver for it is installed. Windows detected it, has an error and can't install it's driver... yet the driver is already there.
It makes a cicada sound and then stops... Not sure if it's trying to read or what. It's an old WD Passport. 320 gig

A:Another hard drive problem

Clanking sounds means it's duff (bad) replace it or if you want to try to see if you can get it work and to pull off files. The old freezer in the ziplock bag with a folded paper towel should do the trick. 3 hrs in a freezer then thaw it (but even while thawing the device) it can still work. What do you have to loose?
This happen to mine and it still works today! Good luck!

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Power surged last night.Now I get this.Faulure ID:  GK4ETS-70F8GR-MFGJXF-60CH03Product ID: EOK77UA#ABL Does this mean I need a new Hard drive and a copy of windows 8.1?

A:Hard drive problem

Hello 4040CR, Welcome to FORUM !! Sorry to know ! Whenever the Hard Disk Short/Long DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby Please try the below shown troubleshooting steps once:Step 01. Remove the battery and unplug the AC/Power AdapterStep 02. Press and hold the Power button for more than 30 SecondsStep 03. Plug in the AC/Power Adapter (leave the Battery out for now)Step 04. Press the Power button and check if the Unit works normal If the above mentioned steps does not help, then you can try reseating the Hard Drive on your Notebook If the issue persists again please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory operating system after replacement (if you've not yet created Recovery Discs/USB Media) Note: Back up all the personal data to an external drive if it's possible. Otherwise you could connect the failed HDD via SATA to USB adapter with another PC or same PC after replacement of HDD & re-installation of OS and try copying /recovering the files. You can also refer to the below shown link for further supporthttp://www.wikihow.com/Recover-Data-from-the-Hard-Drive-of-a-Dead-Laptop P... Read more

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Recently, my hard drive starting acting a bit differently than normal. After the computer had been started up and whil the startup programs at my desktop were loading, my hard drive would go into a brief series of spinning and then slowing down. It would do this about three times and then on the fourth round there was a bit of vibration. At the same time that this started occuring I would also start getting an error message for Windows Explorer whenever I opened certain folders. Any reason for this errartic behavior, I would presume that my hard drive is dying even though I have only owned for about 2 years. Of course it is OEM for Dell which may play a big role.

A:Hard drive problem

although most hard drives will last yeaars and years (as evidence i have 4 sub-gig drives that are at least 10 years old that are still running and I use them to store downloaded installation files on), it is not uncommon for a newer drive to give up the ghost after a shorter time. Seem the manufacturers caught on to this hence the reason so many warranties are only 1 year now instead of the old standard 3 years. And dell does not use drives that are any worse than any other manufacturer. Suggestion. Back up your data now and keep frequent backups until you can get a new drive to replace the possibly failing drive. This is a bunch cheaper than hiring a company to recover data from a dead drive.

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I bought the Maxtor hard drive. I installed it but How do I use the max blast plus to tranfer the data from my older hard drive to the new one?

A:New hard drive problem

Maxtors Notes

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Hello once again all, I'm back with yet another problem

I've just installed a new motherboard gfx and psu, everythign was fine yesterday, everything was running perfectly, this morning for reasons unbeknown to me whenever I try to boot windows from my SATA drive (which was the primary drive with windows XP on it yesterday) I keep going into a Blue Screen of Death loop

where the BSOD appears, computer restarts and the process goes on and on.

fair enough i thought, I'd just reinstall windows, didn't really have anything on there i needed to keep,

however now when I use the XP disc it won't let me do ANYTHING on this drive, when I try to reinstall, repair or even use the recovery console it says examining disk and stays there (most time I left it like that was one hour)

my question is (before I take a sledgehammer to this ba**ard drive)
is there a way I can format this disk without using the XP disc?

I'm currently running XP in my new setup on an old ide, 80gb.

I've tried connecting the SATA to this computer and taking it out of boot priority in the BIOS, i've even stuck an old RAID controller in the PCI slots to see if that would let me format it from My Computer ((I almost got there with this one but it seemed to hang my system, or take all my resources when I opened my computer)

is there anything i can do? or is this drive FUBARED?

A:problem using a hard drive

I'll assume you want to use NTFS.. Create a BartPE boot CD.. Check this web site for more info http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ But more than likely you will still not be able to install XP even if you reformat the drive.. Do you have another XP disk?? Check it for dirt, scratches etc. If that's OK then I would look at faulty hardware such as RAM

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i purchased a compaq deskpro and i formated the hard drive using a windows 98 boot disk. i dont have a windows 98 cd rom though. everything seemed okay. when i reboot the pc, the windows 98 screen comes on and then i get the "c prompt." what's up with that? what is the next step? thanks.

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Recently, my computer's been shutting down spontaneously. I considered heat problems, and they don't seem to be the issue. None of the temperatures are above 45, the GPU's temperature. I've noticed a few consistent patters in the shutdowns that seem to be consistent with a problem rooted in the hard drive.

The computer consistently shuts down during normal startup, when the windows logo appears, before which it would shut down spontaneously during normal use. I was able to run in safe mode without interruption, but the computer has started shutting down while loading safe mode as well. On a whim, when safe mode was working, I decided to analyze the hard drive with Defraggler, figuring it would have to access the suspected crash-causing bit of the hard drive, causing a shutdown, and the computer did crash during the scan. I had hoped to fix the problem with a disk check, but the computer crashed shortly after starting Stage 4. Attempting to run a system restore also prompts a crash.

Is it likely that the hard drive is the source of the problem? If so, can it be fixed?
I can't get much of my system information at the moment, since the computer's not running. I'm running Windows 7 on an HP Pavillion, which has a Western Digital WD Caviar SE hard drive and an Antec 450W power supply.

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I mostly use Crystal Disk Info to see the smart status for the HD . you can download from here if your system still work

I would suggest if you have important data better go to safe mode and save in USB Drive if you have... or take it out put in another system to get back the Data..

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Hi I am new to this sight. I am a relatively new computer tech. I have fixed every problem ive come across so far. I have a customers computer that they say just freezes up then then they shut it down and it wont start back up. They remove battery and unplug it and at times it would start back up, but finally it wouldnt. I pick it up take it home and it started right up. I do optimization and sweep out some spyware, figuring they are running low on ram with too many programs running. (512 MB) Ram. I take it back and they try to start it and right there it doesnt start. This is the first time I see the problem. I take it back home. I let it sit all night- wondering if it is getting overheated. Next day still wont start. I take out the hard drive and hook it up to my own computer to see if I can access the info on it with my usb data transfer adapter. I hear the drive power on but the access light doesnt come on. It seems as if the connection is bad, by playing with it, you can get it to come on for a second, but then it stops, but you can hear the hard drive humming. So, think the hard drive is basically good but the connection is bad. I ordered a new drive, but my concern is if i install new drive and charge customers, and this doesnt solve the problem. can it be anything else? I put the old hard drive back in the computer and it booted up again. I spent lots of time using it and no problems. Finally it did it again. Seems the more you move it around? This is an HP Pavilion ... Read more

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i have recentley encountered a problem when i shut down my pc the wrong way by just yanking out the power cable from power supply... now i get blue screen of death when it tries to load windows and says... physical memory dump in progress and then it say it finishes... it restarts the pc by itself and when i try to put it in safe mode wont load..

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I think you missed one important word, that may cause a lot of grief by replies to you:

"when i shut down my pc the wrong way by accidentally just yanking out the power cable"

I hope that's not the normal way you shutdown :rolleyes:
Anyway, try running CheckDisk via boot up CD, info here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post694184-132.html
And if that doesn't fix it, you may need to run a Windows Repair:

Microsoft's Windows XP Repair Install step by step

Vista Repair:
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winvista/index.htm (index page)
http://vistahomepremium.windowsreinstall.com/repairstartup/repairstartup.htm (guide)

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Hey all, I have a 4yr Inspiron 1420 that is dying on me. I was trying to backup my files to my external hard drive but the computer freezes during the transfer and sometimes it actually gives me the blue screen of death.

The internet is great and fast and my Mcafee virus scan says the computer is virus free, although a full scan will also freeze the computer on certain files. I originally thought it was a virus but the only problems are usually with files from the same folder (like say a picture album or one of my work project folders).

Can anything be done to succesfully backup my photos/documents and is it worth to reinstall Windows or do I basically have a dying hard drive that i shouldnt bother replacing if I'm buying a new laptop?
Thanks for your help!

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Try scanning just the problem folders, but it does sound like iffy files that you DON'T want to copy!

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Please Help Me

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Yesterday, I got a message telling me that I had some bad clusters (14 to be exact). I was able to reboot after having gone through the scandisk. A message popped up telling that I might need to run scandisk periodically for a while. I used the computer for the rest of the day without problems. However, this morning when I turned the computer on, I was given the message "bootdisk failure". When I rebooted with the win 98 bootdisk I was given the message that Win 98 had detected that C: did not have a valid FAT or FAT32 partition.

My options were run fdsk from MS-Dos command prompt (did not work when I tried to use it after booting with the bootdisk - I receive the message that ni fixed disks are present); check for viruses (however, I ran a system scan with Norton yesterday and it did not detect anything).

What are my options? I've tried to format C: (I receive the message that Format is not supported on C, reinstall windows (does not work); reinstall using Norton ghost (does not work).

Please help me. I don't know what to do now. Any help would be appreciated.

My Specs:
P4 1.5 GHZ
40G hard drive (brand???)
512 mb
Win 98 SE

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My computer was stuck on the loading screen at startup so i ran a system diagnostic and my hard drive failed ID of failure:6FVWK0-7LS8GM-XD7V6K-60R203


I precise the failure was on DST short hard drive

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For some reason my secondary hard drive seems to have unformatted itself overnight. Up until today Vista has been trouble-free for me. Now, anytime I try to access my other hard drive I receive a message saying it can't be accessed, even though the drive is showing up in CMOS and My Computer. I hadn't been given any warnings or anything. I haven't installed anything new or removed anything either. Should I keep my fingers crossed and try the drive on a computer with XP or should I give up all hope?

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I would try that hd on a different computer with XP, why give up so fast.. who knows, it might work. good luck

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Hi, Had a problem with pc not booting few months back, no post, no beeps, nothing ,but fans ran .
after a bit of searching i came to conclusion this could be the hard drive, sooo before i risked spending cash i tried a 2gb one from my very old pc and to my surprise it booted up and worked but obviously 2gb is to small nowdays so i bought a new seagate 40gb.
connected it up...nothing no post, no beeps, just the fans running same as before.
so now im thinking maybe the hard drive wasnt the problem , but why does the pc run fine with my old samsung 2gb ?
i cant understand it, any help appreciated

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I just got a GA-7VAXP board and a AMD Athlon XP 2200 and thanks to help from this board i was able to get it all setup and running! But today I had a problem I have never seen before. I had downloaded the 3Dmark test from Madonion.com and installed it the computer that had been up and running for about 24 hours with no problems. Then I got busy and my buddy started the benchmark test for me. During the test the computer just shut off and wouldnt turn back on! I thought it was the power supply so I replaced it since and it still wouldnt work! after doing a bunch of other stuff I figured out that if I had the power plug into my harddrive the computer would not power on but if I unplug the power it would. I have replace the hard drive with a temp one i have and got the computer all back up and running but I wanted to find out if anyone could tell me what would be wrong with this hard drive to do this? I have had it replaced like 3 times because of other problems its a western digital 20 gig!


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is there a jumper on the harddrive\
most western digitals if there is nothing else on the harddrive will not operate correctly if there is a jumper on it

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hi everyone !
I have a serious problem with my computer last days ! when he starts up and before showing the windows loading logo , the hard drive shutdown, when I retry booting , Windows boots but very slowly!
can I get some help from you guys!
configuration is :
Windows XP professional SP2
Intel P4 3.00GHZ HT
382Mo RAM

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When you say the Hard drive shuts down do you mean the PC Shuts down?

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ok i purchased a new hard drive for my compaq presario cq60 260us laptop. it originally came with a 160 gig hd. i got a 500gb. i formatted and used norton ghost to copy the 160 to the 500. the first time i did it i forgot to copy the master boot record. so i reformatted and recopied with the mbr. now when i put my 500 gig in the laptop it doesnt read. it comes up with the diagnostic screen were i can push f10 to get to bios and what not. then it goes to a black screen with a cursor in the upper left hand corner. so i tried to put my old 160 gig in and it does the same thing. i did a primary hard disk self test on the 500 gig. the quick test passed but the comprehensive failed about 80 percent into the test with a #2- 07 message. what does this mean? Is my hard drive dead?

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hey ksith

Can you please give us detail on what operating system you're using (XP, Vista, Linux etc.).


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I upgraded from Windows ME to XP but could not start up computer except in safe mode. It kept going into a Scandisk loop. Sooo I bought a new hard drive and installed XP on that. My computer also has a slave drive. After installing XP on new drive I disconnected the slave drive and now it doesn't see the operating system unless the slave is connected. Why is that? Also, being the intermediate novice that I am.... the drive with XP which is the primary drive became the "F" drive and the slave is the "C" drive. Could that be the problem? I thought I should be able to run the computer without the slave hooked up.

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Computer will not start windows xp, nothing on monitor screen, and won't turn off. Have to unplug it in order to turn off. When I plug it back in it automatically starts, but nothing happens. Can't seem to find problem. Dell Dimension 4400.

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have a great problem; when i start my computer it's tells me their is no bootable device to read. do i have to buy a new hard drive or it can be fix, IF so please for your goood advice (thanks in advance)

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Ok today my dads friend installed for me, a western digital 120gb hard drive, and another 256mb of memory. We got the drive up and runiing and all was fine with it. I then used Norton Ghost 9.0 to copy all my data from drive C: to the new Hard drive D:. It took an 1hour and 10 minutes to do, and then told me and my dads friend to make the new drive the Master and either remove the old drive or keep it in as a slave. so bascially we just unplugged it and kept it for a spare as it was only 10 gb. Anyway we tried to boot up after making the new hard drive the master and it wouldnt boot??? we have had to connect the old hard drive back up to get it to work. Any ideas on whats wrong? Have i missed something out? Please help

Keibs xxxx

A:New Hard Drive Problem... Please help me???

Was the drive prepared properly before using Ghost ? ?
You have to fdisk and format new drives and set them as active in order for them to boot.
I have used the utilities that ship with WD hard drives and it has come a long way.Use their utility not only to prepare the drive but to clone the old drive onto the new one. Then remove the old drive, set the new as master and re-boot. It should work like a charm.
Then run Ghost to make an image of the new drive and burn it to CD for backup...


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I just got a 2tb Hitachi Hard drive and NONE of my computers will recognize it. The hard drive is in an enclosure and is connected to the computer via USB. I have plugged it in on on XP and Vista and none of them work. The enclosure is on and there is a green light (not blinking and you can hear the HD spinning. I have already dried going to disk management but it's not their either.

EDIT: I have also tried different USB cables.

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If the drive is not being recognized it is most likely either a problem with the drive itself or with the enclosure adapter.

I would return it and purchase an enclosure and drive separately and assemble it myself. They are very simple to assemble (about 15 minutes and a screwdriver) and later if you have a problem where the drive has to be removed you don't have to worry about any "surprises" as happened in this thread.


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Hi bro, I had a newly bought sata harddrive of 250gb, when i connected to my mother board for installation of xp, up to copying of files was successful ,i.e successfully partitioned hdd and made c:\ of 110 gb and every thing worked fine, after setup has restarted after copying of files 100% completed , My Sys suddenly showed me "BLUE SCREEN"(i.e before second stage of setup) saying

and use CHKDSK / F to check your disk and try again, what is this bro. Really i'm fed off with this seagate hdds
Mother broad of EP-43 of Gigabyte
Cpu of 2.6ghz core 2 duo
4gb ram
nvidia 9500gt graphic card
And newly brought 250gb hdd..

kindly help me to make it successful
note: i changed this same hdd (replacement 8 times from seagate)

thanks and regards


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