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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 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.

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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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hey everyone, i just bought some new components for my pc basically i switched out everything but the dvd-r drive and hard drive. im pretty sure i got everything working fine but my hard drive is transferring data super slow (only 3mb/s) its an ide style hitachi hd (HDT722516DLAT80) 160 g.b. ive been trying to fix this all day and im stumped so if someone could take a sec and help me out id appericate it.

heres my systems specs
xfx nvidia 650i ultra mobo
xfx nvidia 8600 256 mb g card
e4300 duo core 2 proccessor
2gb patriot ram

ive tried changing dma mode in the device manager but it wont switch from pio mode, ive tried uninstalling the ide controllers throught the decive manager and letting windows reinstall them, ive tried changing some of the setting on the hd like quite mode & power saving mode and there both set to performance actually after i set those last ones i lost a mb of transfer speed, finally i check mother board bios and all seems normal as far as i can tell.

the only thing i can think of is that there is only one ide connection on the board and i have to run both the dvd drive and hd off of it and the mother board manual stated that if there are 2 drives connected to it both of the drives would run at the lowest transfer rate out of the 2. would my dvd drive run at only 4mb's a sec??? that seems slow to me but then i dont know much about it. if its needed i can take it out and grab the model number off of it.

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A:im having a problem with my hard drive

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I tried to install an additional hard drive(seagate st320014A 20G),device had been recognized by the BIOS and got a name,but after Windows 98 SE got started(from the other primary boot hard drive), I saw "...the are might be some bad sectors on the drive...running ScanDisk..", so ScanDisk started work and count and when it reaches 9,just freezes and no any movement.Disk been formated and has some software on it,but how can I take over this situation with the ScanDisk.How can reformat the disk?Any help?Thanks....

A:hard drive problem

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so i think (Think) my hard drive is heading into that state where no return is happening!

why well because its starting to make a far more menacing noise compared to before.. and what i mean by that is well..

its like the slider or the arm is making a more heavier gritty rumbling noise when i start up some games (2) to be exact.. now ive done tests and smart test is all clear as wll as surface test passed as well with a 0.73% chance of data loss chance.

all this started happening after i encountered a major PC problem (hiccup) i had about 2 days ago :More info can be found here: Steamwebhelper.exe - Application error - Steam Users' Forums

basically my system started going slow and locked up/frooze for a while after visiting a site. dont multiple scans. nothing! a full 32 hours of scanning and checking but nothing. im 100% sure that im not infected so this does not related to my problem. however i did have to press the power button in order for this mess to go away so i could get back to my desktop and quickly press cancel with causes a hole lot of another problems and while attempting to shutdown to move onto scanning etc it would not allow me. it just hanged at my desktop wallpaper for 5 mins before i caved in and just held down the power button!

im unsure whats going on here. is my hard drive starting to die or what cause i have no clue.. it does not make this noise when i player mostly any other game that i play or have tried.. only games that this happens on is [Fire... Read more

A:Hard drive Problem! i think

It does sound like your drive is failing and there isn't anything you can do about that but back up and buy another drive. If I am understanding your right those sounds are indicating that the drive is failing.

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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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well im new to this forum and i just needed to ask some questions
my 2nd hard drive has been acting up and its just a storeg for my music and its been acting laggy and slowin my system down and some time frezzez my pc please help need to know if i need to buy a new one

A:Hard drive problem need help please any one

We need to know your system configuration, hard drive brands and models, and what you mean by "acting up." What is installed on the two drives?
The freeze could be anything, but hard drive is a good guess, if it is more than three years old, or a Quantum or a Maxtor, or a DiamondMax, or a Hitachi, or a Fujitsu, or a silver 80 GB Western Digital.

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I just recently bought myself a new computer and installed Microsoft XP 64bit. I then used Acronis Disk Director Suite to partition the 1TB hard drive that came with the computer, using this software I partitioned my hard drive into three logical partitions.

After restarting and completing the partition windows booted as expected and worked great. I installed a few games etc and played around, all was fine. However I came home from work today to find that windows didnt pick up the hardrive and neither did the Bios.

So now I can not boot into windows, or even format my computer. Any suggestions on how I can resolve this issue is deeply appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Check the cables. SATA I data cables on SATA I connections are notorious for coming lose at times

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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.

A:Hard drive problem?

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I just bought a new hard drive, and installed it on my computer. I am running Windows XP, with a P4 1.5 ghz processor. My original hard drive did not have any jumpers, so I set the jumpers to slave on my new hard drive. The cable is connected to my original hard drive, and the connector in the middle is connected to my new hard drive. My computer boots up, and my new drive is recognized and is even in the device manager as working properly. But, the 120 gb is not showing up anywhere! My computer booted up normally after I first installed it and didn't even ask to format it. What do I do now?

A:New hard drive problem.

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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!

A:Hard drive problem?

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

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i replace my hd with one from a old system. when i plug it in i get a black srceen . the computer is a compaq. how can i get a fresh start from this hd?

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I was installing a program a few days a and got an "error writing to disk" message. Everytime I start my PC i get a message that I need to run scandisk, but when I run a thorough scan, the PC freezes up about 25% of the way through the serface scan. This happens whether I scan from windows or not. I tried to defragment but it also freezes in the same spot. Any ideas what caused this or how to fix it?

A:HELP! hard drive problem

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I have uninstalled a lot of programs and erased unessasary files. I also make sure to delete my temporary and internet files. I always do disk cleanup and defragment my drive but it seems like I'm loosing Hard drive space? I keep on having more lost space. It's pretty extreme because I'm loosing like 1 GB at a time. Any ideas what is going on? Do I have to do a registery clean up?

A:Hard drive problem

It's usually a good idea to start by telling us something about your machine, especially the OS, and, in this case, the HD size.
One GB just ain't what it used to be in terms of space "lost".
There are lots of candidates here: Auto-updates, email, spyware, etc. Take a look at the Temp Internet files settings in IE. This is often set way too high for today's fast internet connections. I use 10 MB.
Take a look at Fred Langa's Clean all batch file, which not only scrubs your drive, but will help understand where some of these files come from:
I know that some people are very concerned abut this kind of "cleaning", and it's a very informative excercise, but it's not necessary to be this concerned about keeping the HD sanitized on today's fast computers with large HDs.

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I have been having a lot of HD problems recently.
Before it was saying some of the files are corupted. (It also did this with the 160)
I chacked it using the WD diagnostic and it did not find anything.
I zero filled it. It was working fine until now.
Yesterday I rebooted my computer and now the computer says the WD 200GB HD is not fommatted. Do you want to format it now.
But I have alot of files that I need that are in there.
Any suggestions as to how I might be able to get all my files.

My system is:
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
Athlon 2500+
WD 200GB, WD 160GB
1 GB OCZ PC3200 Dual Channel
Windows XP Pro
Norton 2004 (updated very often)
Adware (updated)

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Hi everyone, I hope you can help me avoid a nervous break down as my HD with all my school and work info on it may be dying. I am hoping its windows messing up as usuall. Out of nowhere ive begun to have problems accessing large files on my secondary drive (Seagate ST325082 3AS SCSI). My main drive, the one with windowx xp on it is a segate ST380011A. I dont know to much about hardware but apprently my secandary drive is SATA and my primary one with the OS is not.

Recently every time i try to access large files off my secondary drive, particularly video files, I get an incredible lagging after a while. If its a movie, 10 minutes into ill experience severe lag. This lag ultimatly brings the system to a halt and I need to restart by yanking the plug. I almost seems as if the cache or something starts to choke on too much data. This never happend before/started couple days ago. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? Do you feel it is a HARDWARE problem? If so how could i go about backing up this data? I tried to copy a file over from one drive to the other and also experienced lag and eventual system inoperability. Any help would be greatly and i mean grealy appriciated. I have so much going on right now, including a cross country move soon, I really did not need this to add to my troubles.

Again, i appriciate any help you can render, even if its a friendly hug (prefer from a female hehe) )

****UPDATE*****:, I scanned drive with HDDScan_v28.zip and got a SMAR... Read more

A:Hard drive / lag problem PLEASE HELP

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Hey everyone,

in short, I have an ancient pc, by ancient I mean 1 ghz celeron etc. So, since my hard drive is an old timer too, and I didn't have enough space to store my music, I figured I should transfer it to another HDD.(Seagate 240gb). I switched the old one to being a slave drive and the new to be the master drive. Once I did that, my PC did not detect any of them, and after I disconnected the Seagate drive, my old HDD did not appear either. And after trying it in basically all of the available sockets and changing the little plastic thingies(whatever they're called, all I know is that they determine whether the drive is a slave or a master, about which I'm still kind of doubtful, to be honest.) absolutely nothing appears on my screen. So now I'm stuck with nothing, instead of new space as I initially planned.

Please help, I desperately need it. (my tv too has just broken down, so if this doesn't work out, I'm going to be stuck in the stone age.)

Also, maybe, just maybe, someone could provide some kind of explanatory picture showing where each socket goes and to which socket on the motherboard.

A:a hard drive problem

Does your bios recognize them? I'm assuming when you put the new HD in you've reinstalled your OS onto it? I'm not sure by what you say the steps you've all ready taken, or if your just dead in the water before you get to the OS on your operating system.
What do you mean socket on the motherboard? Are you asking about your IDE slots or are you running SATA? Jazz

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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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Have just inserted a new 120 Gb Hard drive, It's recognised in the bios, but does not show up anywhere else. Anybody help ?

A:New Hard Drive Problem

radio operator....
Did you already Fdisk and format this drive ? How do you have it positioned, Pri. master, slave, etc. ? Jumpers and cables correct ?


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Hello everyone and first off thank you for coming on to this post to try and help me.

So my PC 9 times out of 10 will boot just fine, but on the other 1 time it gets past the login screen to the desktop and then the icons don't load and I get the windows 7 busy cursor, resulting in having to force the PC to turn off with the power button reboot and then it's fine?

I googled this and it came up with a lot of hard drive related errors, I've only had the computer just under 6 months! the HDD should not be failing yet!! So I am now stuck on what to do, I disabled services and startup items all but essentials in MSCONFIG and now what? it still happens...

Any suggestions to harddrive tools/possible fixes would be very greatly appreciated, thank you.

A:Possible hard drive problem?

Check the drive with the the manufacturers diagnostic utility. Don't dismiss the possibility that a drive has errors just because it is new. There are 2 times in the life of any manufactured product when it is most likely to fail: when it is relatively new and when it is nearing the end of it's useful life.

The drive may not be the problem but even the suspicion of hard drive failure must be taken seriously.

Be sure you have a backup of all important files while files of particular importance need 2 or backup copies. Many people wait until there is a serious problem. Then it may be too late.

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Hello everyone.

I am new here and I am getting desperate...so if anyone has any ideas, let me know:
I bought a computer that me and some friends assembled toghether (they are good at it), and when we thought everything was fine, a new problem appeared:

I think my hard drives are...corrupted or something. You see, when I try to install anything on my disks (I have 2 - Sata western digital 250gb) the installation usually blocks in the middle of the proccess and doesnt go on. When I tried installing WoW for example, it said it couldn't be installed due to an hard disk error.Tried copying something from one disk to the other (so far the only thing I could install was autocad and it took 6 hours to finish the installation) and it says it will take 130 mins to copy a 1gb folder from 1 disk to the other.....(and it doesnt even move) Since my last computer is now dead and I need to get not only my games but my work going I would really apreciate if you could help.

So far here is what I tried:
- Since i have 2 disks - Formatted the one without windows in it and retried installing something - failed.
- Went to bios and saw if it identified them both - it did.
- Changed both Hds from where they were to a more loosen spot( they were a little tight)
Thank you so much in advance =)


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Alright, so I've had my new PC for a couple of weeks now, and it has been running fine (after i figured out why my bad_pool_caller error kept happening)

anyway, I was browsing away as usual, with MSN, firefox, and Steam open along with a couple of background programs. then everything just froze up, so i did a hard reset because i couldn't do anything else.

then i got this error:

"disk boot failure: insert system disk"

In BIOS, and also when i try to repair my windows installation, my 80 gig WD SATA hard drive isn't detected, but my 640 gig hard drive is (WD sata as well).

furthermore, my boot order was CD-ROM, HDD, i forgot the 3rd. I tried swapping the first two around but that didn't do anything.

did my hard drive simply crap itself, or is there some sort of way to get around this?

if you need more info, just ask. I'm not sure what else to add really.

Thanks in advance.

A:hard drive problem...?

Are both disks internal? Do you hear them both start up when you turn the computer on?

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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


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HI, i have hp pavilon with old hard drive hitachi 160 GB 5400 rpm which was broken. I bought new western digital 7200 rpm 250 gb but when i try to install OS say there is no hard drive installed i have done self testing and both of them passed. Could somebody help please? shall i buy new hitachi or..?

A:hard drive problem

When/where exactly do you recieve this error message?

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I have some questions about Hard Drive:

1.My friends just bought Seagate SATA HD yesterday. However, the new HD shows up as SCSI HD in Device Manager and the HD Manufacturer Diagnostic Utility (SeaTools). What could caused it? He used Windows XP SP2.

2.After the new HD was installed yesterday, he also get slower Windows startup than before. What caused this?

3.What does "Current Pending Sector" and "Offline Uncorrectable" on SMART Attributes mean? My friend other HD on another PC has 186 Raw Value on both of them. He also has 1443 Raw Value on "Reported Uncorrectable" (Attribute 187 on Seagate HD or sometimes list as an Unknown Atrribute 187). The "Reallocated Sector Count" still has 0 Raw Value,though.

He also having error "\Device\Harddisk1\D has bad blocks" and always get auto CHKDSK at startup and slower startup then he used CHKDSK /f, CHKDSK /r and CHKDSK /f /r.

The CHKDSK at startup dissapeared (The CHKDSK process took about 14 hours,though) but he still get slower startup of Windows.

He used HD Diagnostic Utility like HDDScan, it founds 173 Bad Sectors/Bad Blocks and he thinks it mostly in Free Space of the HD because when he add a file to the HD it was fine but when he try to move it to another HD, it gave him CRC Error.

This HD is not where Windows is installed. What should he do and what could caused it (the Bad Blocks itself and why the Bad Blocks seems appeared in Free Space of the HD)?

A:Some problem on Hard Drive

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I just added an extra hard drive and since then my computer has done this thing where it freezes and puts up a blue screen that says something like "dumping physical memory." My computer is running Windows 2000. Old hard drive is 40 GB. And the new hard drive is 120 GB (partitioned into two 60 GB). It will run about 30 minutes or longer before it does this. Does anyone know could cause this?

A:New Hard drive problem

I took the HD out and it did it again when I restarted.

*** STOP: 0x00000001 (0x00000015, (more stuff I'll leave out)
Address base at EB718000, Data Stamp 3e25ba5e - uhcd.sys
Beginning dump of physical memory

What's all that about?

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