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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 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 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 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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Hello, I have harddrive that is a slave drive and it has already been formatted and everything. It's a 20G Maxtor. The problem I'm having is that when I get ready to install or download to the drive it tells me that I don't have enough space, free up some space. But the drive is clean and it is showing that 19G is free to use.

Can anyone help me with that?

A:hard drive problem (Maybe)

What are you trying to install? If it is an Operating System, which one?

Did you Fdisk and format the drive yourself?

What type of partion was created? What type of File System?

To find this info you will have to use a boot or startup disk, type fdisk at a:/> prompt.

Here is a link for fdisk instructions.

Since you need info on Slave you will have to use 5 on second screen, Change current fixed disk drive. Select your Slave, then 4 to display partition info.

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Is there some new feature in windows vista which allocates hard drive space?

-I installed vista and windows updates (19Gb just for drivers, updates, and vista ultimate)

Here is all that I have installed, now look at how much space is gone. Can anyone tell me how to fix this?

Let me show you:


I installed some new game demo's... Played them for a bit and uninstalled them, now my hard drive space is just gone and I don't understand how or why. What you see, is exactly what is installed on my computer and that is it.

A:Big Problem with hard drive

Here is whats happening with the second hard drive


5.65 from 293 is not 274... The hard drive is tripling my Gb used on single files and program installs (Its gotta be a feature of vista that is doing this).

Please HELP!!!!

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i was having a windows 7 operating system after that i have reinstalled it but second patition of my system is not visible can u please guide me in that.

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I am trying to install Vista on a Dell Dimension E521. I keep getting a no Drive "0" although the Bios recognizes the HDD. After not being successful using the recovery part ion I installed the OS on partion (3). Partion (2) being recovery partion. the computer is working this way but I want to set back up with the recovery. Any ideas? I checked Disk management and it shows a 39 GB partion in the first partion nor is it showing that it has a letter assignment or is formatted! Please help!

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Hi, i have three hard drives, one of which is a sata and the others are IDE

my 80gb hd has my OS on it and all MY things, and i have to manually
unplug the IDE cable if i want to switch from my moms to mine.

And the 200gb sata has nothing but movies and stuff like that on it, so im
wondering if the sata is disrupting the connection between the two drives,
as i already broke 2 or 3 data pins on the HDD itself.

Your Kindfullness would be appreciated.


A:Hard drive problem

You might need to make that post a bit clearer to understand

3 Hard Drives:

Sata 200Gig -> Movies
ATA 80 Gig-> OS
ATA ?Gig ->Faulty Pins?

I think?

Having ATA and Sata together, in one machine usually will not effect anything

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windows XP pro sp1
2.00 amd athlon
roxio media creator 7
nero 6.0
lite-on dvdrw ldw-411s
jlms xj hd165h cd rom drive

Am having problems with my disk drives.
when i use try to copy a disk with nero 6.0 i get the message:
"drive is in use by another application"

when i try same with roxio 7 i get the message that:
"the source and destination are incompatable"
anyone else had this problem?
if not i would be grateful for any assistance on this annoying problem


A:hard drive problem

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Hi all, I am trying to fix my sons computer but this screen keeps coming up even after I put the Windows 7 disk in the drive. It always comes back to this message no matter what we do. Please help.....Oh by the way, the disk tries to load, says its loading windows when the hard drive is disconnected and then of course since there is no drive it stops.

File: \Boot\Bcd

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

A:Problem with hard drive

the disk tries to load, says its loading windows when the hard drive is disconnected and then of course since there is no drive it stops.Hi -Sorry but you have me totally confused here !! >>the disk tries to load, says its loading windows when the hard drive is disconnected and then of course since there is no drive it stops.<< How can you try to install Windows 7 when you have the HDD disconnected ?? Or am I reading this totally wrong ??Can you please try to explain this briefly in another way ??Thank You -

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When I started my toshiba laptop this morning, it started up normally, but then it shut down. When I tried to start it up, the screen was blank, but the power light was on. After about an hour, it just shut down. I tried to start it again, and it worked fine. I then ran a diagnostic test and it said "HARDDISK DRIVE TEST FAIL" What can I do to fix this?

A:Hard drive problem

Buy a new hard drive.

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Hi folks – I have a question that probably spans a couple of forums, but thought I would try here first.

WIN XP will not read a USB hard drive with a WIN98-created FAT32 drive that has the WIN98 operating system installed. This drive has all of my backup information from my dead laptop.

I had a motherboard failure in a notebook, removed the drive that contained all of my backup files and put that drive in an external USB enclosure. (I know that the enclosure works – I have successfully retrieved data from another drive using that enclosure.)
My new notebook, running XP Home, sees the drive but will not access it. My local “guru” tells me it is because it is an “Active” drive, i.e., it contains an operating system (in this case a FAT32 partition from my WIN98 laptop). He went on to tell me that since XP will not access the “Active” drive, the disk must be made “Inactive” using WIN98’s “fdisk”. He was short on specifics after that!

Any suggestions on how to make this old drive seen/read by WIN XP? I am currently on a 2 week business trip & don’t have access to any other computers other than my new WIN XP notebook. I would dearly love to retrieve my old files!!

Anyone who can help me access my backup data will surely see a little extra something in their Christmas stocking!!

Thank you!!

Dave, the DVR2 Guy

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I have a Samson sv 4080d I have been trying to install in my machine as primary slave. I have it set up on cable select, have gray to slave, black to master.
The drive is good, it checks out with both Chk disk and the samsung diagnostic but on boot, my system keeps saying SMART status of the drive is bad, back up and replace. F1 to enter setup, or F2 to continue. F2 brings me into windows and everything is lovely. I can store files on the drive, etc.
Is there something I need to do? I may need to setup a primary partition on the drive or something, I am not sure. The drive is formatted to NTFS, I am running XP home. I just want this drive for my game files, backups etc. My game files are taking about 30 gig of an 80 gig drive and the 40 gig will definitely help out. Any ideas?

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I have a problem with my desktop computer. I have changed the battery as I was told to do but I still have a red flashing light and it is making a beeping sound

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Hi: If you have a HP/Compaq business desktop PC, please see the troubleshooting guide at the link below, Appendix A, starting on page 57 for the list of beep codes and troubleshooting steps for each code. http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=3784892&docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c01...

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They certainly could see what's on the drive but chances are they're going to format it and re-install the OS. If the drive is damaged they'll replace it and re-install.

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Hi, basically installing XP on my sister's PC. I created a partition, formatted it with NTFS (quick) and it restarted. Got to the setup screen and my mouse and keyboard were not owrking so I couldn't click next :/ Rebooted and the hard drive is detected but no disks will load anymore. I just get 'non-system disk or disk error strike key to continue'. A second ago a disk actually worked - the dosk I used to format the hard drive to get rid of the old OS. However when I tried to reformat hoping it would erase the maybe corrupt partition? It stuck at 0%. Now it's not loading anything again. It passed the IDE DPS self test and said it was a Maxtor 20GB HD which is correct. What could be the problem here? Thanks in advance.

UPDATE - Rebooted hoping the disk would be loaded. It has loaded the first screen but got stuck. After this it read the error: 'InitDiskerror reading partition table drive 00 sector 0'. Not sure what this means?

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i have win98se running on a pc at home. recently it started going into scandisk before getting into windows, saying that it found something wrong. it runs through the basic stuff and then starts on a scan of the surface. i've been cancelling out and going into windows and haven't noticed any problems. the pc has been shutting down fine all by itself, too, so it's not that the pc wasn't shut down properly. i've gone into safe mode and run a thorough scandisk twice now, weeks apart, and it hasn't found any bad sectors. does it sound like the drive is going bad or do i just need to wipe the drive clean and reinstall everything from scratch? let me know what you think. thanks.

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I am running windows xp, and I'm trying to install a additional hard drive. I had two hard drives and have move the data off the slave onto C and removed the hard drive and installed the new hard drive.

I have set it as slave but there are various setting for 15 & 16 Pin and 32 bit ...confused !

So it is now connected and set as slave in 32 bit jumper settings and in devise manager it is recognized and states working properly but I cannot access it ??

What should the jumper setting be set to and do i need to do anything in the BIOS ??

Many thanks

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i hope someone can help!

my comp got infected with spyware, and i tried everything to get it off. I tried to do an System restore and thats when the problem started, it got stuck. cant get into safe mode, cant do anything. the drive goes trough bios, but than it gets stuck. i bought another drive, installed windows on it, and hooked the bad one on as slave, but i can get into every folder but My documents and settings, where i have all my stuff that i need ie. music and pictures(pictures being the most important). it says that access is denied. i also tried to reinstall windows on the bad drive, but it tells me that windows cannot access the mother board, cause the software for it is not compatible with windows xp. i backed everything up, but when i went to look for my stuff, it gave me the same error message, access denied.

i dont know what do do anymore, any ideeas will help out.

thank you for your help,

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Another reason I hate NTFS! But I digress...

Basically that folder is probably corrupted, NTFS being the dog, instead of recognizing it and fixing it or simply ignoring it like previous OS's just won't allow you access to that folder.

Your best bet would be to get a third party disk "repair" program, the built in utility usually makes problems worse but if all else fails Chkdsk is worth a try. But be forewarned you might loose a large number of files.

My friend has had this problem many times on his dell, sometimes it fixes itself but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Good Luck

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today i swithed on my computer which was fine last night and today the hard drive was making a continues clicking sound.

i didnt sound right and i got the message "error with drive c" or something like that.

i then restarted it a few times, the hard drive still making the same sound but this time it was just the windows 98 screen which i could see.

is there a way to fix this or is it broke?


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I recently bought a new western digital 80GB 7200rpm ATA100 8MB WD800JB its install windows picks it up so does bios. but it has no drive letter can someone help me and fast because i really need it i only 500meg left on my origanal drive.

i am using windows ME

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I have a little western digital Cavair 31600 1624.6mb dinky eh! well anyway i want to use it as a slave for my Quantum fireball 10g but the caviar just keeps making clicking noises.theres probably somthing wrong with the thing .i know western digital was having problems with these 3 cylinder models but was hoping you guys would have a solution for it. ps :warranty is up of course.thank you Derrick

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I have a laptop that has a 20 gig hard drive. I installed window's 2000 on it. The drive would not let me fully format it. I partitioned it several times to find out were I'm having the problem. It won't format the last 1.77 gig. What I have done was only recognized 14 gig. 6 gig is not even partitioned or formated. I am staying clear of the last part of the drive.

My questions are will this prolong the life of the drive? Will doing this stop the drive from using that part of the drive?

Thanks for your help!!

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Hi. When I double click on my hard drive icon, it opens in a new windows. I can right click and select open, then it opens in the same window. And there is some rare signs when i right click. Anybody knows whats wrong?

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So I tried turning on my Asus G73JH laptop today, and I got the Asus screen followed by just a black screen... it stays that way indefinitely. Tried rebooting many times without the battery to no avail. I can access bios, and already tried resetting to optimized defaults but it did nothing. So I booted up with knoppix to try and diagnose the problem... My top priority is backing up everything on my hard drive to my external one, cause I have a ton of extremely important work & school stuff on there. However it won't mount my HDD (sda2) for some reason. Here is the error I get

Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sda2: Command-line `mount "/media/sda2"' exited with non-zero exit status 13: ntfs_attr_pread_i: ntfs_pread failed: Input/output error
Failed to read hiberfil.sys: Input/output error
Failed to mount '/dev/sda2': Input/output error
NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a
SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
/dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the 'dmraid' documentation
for more details

How can I find out exactly what the problem is? Is there any way I can run a chkdsk or system restore? Can data recovery software salvage an I/O'd disk? I've been thinking about disassembling... Read more

A:Serious hard drive problem

Hi Cybermancer,

Welcome to SevenForums.

Don't try to dismantle your laptop and take out the HDD. As far as possible an attempt should me made to try non-invasive methods first.

On a google search I found this thread where the OP faisal2 had a more or less similar problem and was able to successfully enter Safe mode and copy all data using Windows Repair Disk.

[SOLVED] Can't mount HD

Of particular interest to you should be post #7 by coffeecat suggesting Windows repair using Windows Windows Repair Disk and post #7 dated 23 Sep 1013 and the Op's post #10 dated 24Sep 2013 giving a thumbs up.

Unfortunately I am not well versed in running Windows Repair Disk - I have that repair disk tucked in somewhere but had never used it - and hope someone else well-versed can go through the referenced thread and advise you if you have any further doubts on using it. What all I can understand is that the OP did a Windows Repair. Ask further questions on it if any to catch their attention.

Good luck.

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I have a custom desktop pc running on windows XP and I had to recently reformat and reinstall XP but when I did one of my hard drives was missing. I have a 30 gb hard drive installed now that is working fine but the 250 gb hard drive(installed internally as well) just seemed to vanish. I am running out of space and I really need my 250 hd but have no idea on how to get it working for me again.......PLEASE tell me how to resolve this problem. I'm driving myself crazy trying to figure this out and I JUST knowwwwww it has to be something simple that I am overlooking.....hopefully someone here will be kind enough to help me. *smiles*

A:Hard drive problem

Enter the bios and see if the drive is listed.

Have you tried reseating the cable and power connections?

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