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Unable to access Hard Drives in Windows 7 installation

Q: Unable to access Hard Drives in Windows 7 installation

One evening I attempted to install windows 8. After the installation it repeatedly booted back into the windows installation. After removing the install disk, it booted into windows 7 normally. I decided to install a clean copy of windows 7 and that's when the problem appeared. The windows insall will not allow me access to ANY hard drive shown. Says unable to find windows partition or something like that. I've tried reformatting all the drives and same message always comes up. I cannot re-install Windows 7?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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A: Unable to access Hard Drives in Windows 7 installation

It MIGHT be because Windows 8 installed as a GPT Partition...

But, Windows 7 and Vista can only see a GPT Partition as a non-booting data drive, unless using an UEFI BIOS.

Which MIGHT be why your Windows installation 'cannot see' an INSTALLABLE drive.

I would suggest Booting from a LINUX Bootable CD or USB Stick and reformat the Hard Drive to MBR,
i.e. delete the partition and recreate it as MBR and format to NTFS

Then reinstall Windows 7...

Hope this was helpful

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I have three hard drives C F and G. If I double click on either F or G I cannot get into them. I can access them through my network or from a running programme. restore point is also a no-no and at one time I was unable to get on the Internet. Something else [which is a niggle], everytime I log on to Bleeping Computers I have to put in my user name and password even though "Remember Me" is ticked. I have run MalwareBytes, SAS, CCleaner, AdAware,and ATF.
I have read all the instructions and think that I am posting correctly. If I have made any errors then I apologise in advance.

Here are my DDS Logs.
DDS (Ver_09-01-19.01) - NTFSx86
Run by George at 10:27:17.35 on 27/01/2005
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.662 [GMT 0:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
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A:Unable to access two hard drives

Please can anyone tell me if I need to do anything before putting irreplaceable files on to this computer.

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I have 2 ADATA 500 GB external hard drives. I plugged them into the USB port and the computer recognized them by name and installed the driver files. It assigned both of them a drive letter but then gave me a message saying that they needed to be formatted. I clicked ok since they are brand new drives and do not have any data on them, but the format failed to complete on both drives. I took both drives to another PC running Windows Vista and they were recognized and accessible. I even transferred a few files to them for testing purposes; however, when I plugged them back into my Alienware laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, then I got the same error. If I go to the disk manager, then I can see the drives by their drive letter and they are listed as healthy with a primary partition but the file format shows as RAW. I tried to use the device manager and uninstall the USB Mass Storage Device drivers for each drive and then I unplugged them and plugged them in again and I would get a device driver installation message that identifies the drives by name and tells me that the device drivers were installed correctly and that my devices are ready for use but then a few minutes later I will get a message telling me to format the drives. Please help. I've run out of things to try. I can still access my iPhone via USB and my USB wireless mouse still works so I know my USB ports are good.

A:Unable to access or format external hard drives

Try this link and see it helps ya any:

Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

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I have windows vista ultimate 64bit and have 3 sata hard drives and very important information on 2 hard drives and vista on the other one drive letter as c:/. When installing windows 7 will it format all hard drives or is it the same installation as vista and only formats the drive I select as C:/?

A:Windows 7 installation formats my other hard drives

When installing an OS, the setup routine will only format the drive or partition that you select.

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My computer got infected by suspicious.mystic and it doesn't boot anymore (winlogon crashes).
I've decided to do a clean install after saving my files.
I've tried accessing my files from a quick win xp install on another hard drive, but I can't see the raid array (not even in the disk manager). Is there something I should do?
I hope I didn't lose all my personal files - I used RAID 5 for back-up so wouldn't understand if it's causing me problems now...
Any help is greatly appreciated!

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I had some issues with the original hard drive in my pc, so I have installed a new larger internal hard drive alongside it (so now have 2 internal hd).

Due to these issues I would like to switch the installation of windows from the old to the new h/d, but keep the old one in place as extra storage in case I should need it.

Is there an easy way to do this, or what is the best way to ensure I keep all my data etc and can still use both drives?

I have windows 7.


A:Switching windows installation between internal hard drives?

How to clone your old SATA drive to a new SATA drive.
Solved How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

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I have a Windows PC used purely for storage. It is shared by 10 other Laptops.

The laptops are running Windows 10.
I created users on the Win 7 PC.
Shared the folders.
Created mapped drives on the Win 10 laptops.
This has been operating with very few issues for a number of years.
Today 2 laptops are unable to access the mapped drives.
I have uninstalled the Antivirus.
I have updated the Intel Lan cards.
Run Ipconfig /renew. Wouldn't renew.

Changed the registry setting - HKey-Local Machine\system\... to allow access.
PROBLEM solved - Windows 7 update caused a conflict. Rolled back to a previous restore point - Bingo it worked.

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Recently I bought this computer.
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

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Recently I bought this computer.
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

Ok Im confused.
Please clarify a thing or two.

According to the site it comes with XP.
Did it?

In your post you state that you are trying to put SP2 on it.
Is this a XP disk that has SP2 built into it?
If it is and you already have XP running you wont need that.

Please clarify and we will get you sorted out.

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Recovering from a recent crash, windows decided to wipe the storage space I had that contained 2.6tb of media. Ignoring that fact, I'm trying to get things set back up. Windows 8, I can access the drives themselves with no problem, individually, but storage spaces shows only 1 drive, no information, and it's unusuable. Now, if I plug the same drives into my other computer, it works fine, can even create the storage space. But if I switch it back over, then suddenly it's and unrecognized configuration. I've rebooted, formatted, swapped USB ports, switched to a hub and back, and I cannot get windows to recognize the drive in storage spaces. Computer management shows them fine, and as I said I can access them using the drive letters with no issue. Any suggestions on how to proceed with this?
Also, it's a fresh install of windows, although it did install nearly 200 updates yesterday.

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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i recently installed oracle on my hp dv6500 and after i booted, windows stopped showing my 1 partition and the other one it shows can not be accessed. i think my partition tables are gone. can some one tell me how to recover with out loosing my data on my drives.


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Hi. I have a brand new laptop with 2 blank hd. One's a ssd which I want to install Win7 on. The other is just for storage. Will be using usb to install.tq

A:Win7. New installation - 2 hard drives

Forum tutorial links:
Install Windows on MSATA (SSD) Drive
Install Windows on System with MSATA and ISRT

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Hello. I am trying to install xp home on my laptop and after it loads the files it says it cannot detect any hard drives. Any suggestions

A:Can't detect any hard drives in XP installation

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Hi everyone..

i recently switched my motherboard and i had to rehook everything up... you know how it goes..

well anyway.. i can't seem to get my second hard drive up and running, and i have had experience in doing so, yet it won't compromise this time!

I set my regular hard drive to Primary master and set the other one to Primary Slave, however that didn't work. so then through trial and error i tried putting the jumper in every slot and still no reaction what-so-ever!

I have tried installing the necessary items from the website and that didn't work either...

any help!!

Post Script:
The hard drive is a 120 gb SEAGATE


A:Questions regarding installation of Hard Drives!

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I have had this system for over a year and no problems. A few days ago I could not access my dvd drives in xp. They are still assigned letters in my computer and the device manager tells me that both devices are working properly. I have tried every type of disk that I have. They will not autoplay nor will they open. I have not installed any new software lately. Everything else on my system works. I have a dual boot system, xp pro and vista ultimate 64 with each os being on a seperate hd. When I go into vista my dvd's work fine. I have downloaded the latest firmware for both optic drives. I can't play music from a cd or install any programs. My computer shows me that they are there but i just can't get in them.

4gb corsair memory
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
AMD Opteron Processor 185

A:unable to access dvd drives

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Hello when I connect my mobile to my laptop, it is not accepting any USB drives

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I am installing windows 7. but the installation cd won't recognized the hard drives but my bios does. i went to the website and looked up drivers for the wd2500s but they don't have them. they said that they use the software in windows to work. so is there any way to get the drives to work? i have three set up on raid 0

A:Solved: installation doesn't see hard drives

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Having recently purchased a new MSI P965 Neo2 mobo that has 4xSATA sockets and 1xIDE and 1xFloppy connections, I was wondering if anyone here at Tech Support Guy could advise me about the following:-

A) As 80Gig seems to be the smallest size SATA drive available, I would like to fill the 4 onboard vacant slots with 4x 80Gb SG's or WD's, the IDE connections with 2x Optical Drives (No Blu-Ray) gizmos and 2x Floppy Drives. My question about this set-up is:- Would a 750watt PSU have enough leads to connect all these 8 drives, and if you know of one, are you permitted to tell me the manufacturer here on our Tech Support Guy forum?

B)My preferred OS is the well worn and battered XP Pro, as Vista has yet to aspire to maturity with a SP2. And I am a fully addicted flight simmer that loves things to run smoothly, as in FPS terms. My current machine is pretty good with FSX but I gather from the respective forums, that an Intel Dual Core, 4Gigs of RAM*, an NVIDIA 8800GTX Graphics card and at least a dedicated SATA drive for FSX and another for Paging Files is the way to release the full potential of XP Pro when it has its own SATA drive too.

Any constructive advise or comments about this type of set-up would be well appreciated.
* I am aware that XP can only see 3.5 Gigs of RAM but I like to keep things equally paired, especially memory sticks.

A:Solved: Hard Drives & Installation Requirements

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I just bought a new HP Pavilion 17-g101nu and tried to install Win7 via USB Drive. While installing there were no drives to sellect as where the OS to be installed. What can I do? I found people on the internet use some kind of a CD that has the Notebook's drivers burned and then install them while on the proccess of the Windows' installation. Will that also work? Also I haven't found any settings in BIOS about SATA formats, and so on. Thank's for reading.   (I have no idea if this is the right place to ask, but just bought this laptop with only just DOS.)

A:Win7 installation Hard Drives NOT FOUND

If what you are asking, and it seems that you are in the text of the post - the drivers for Windows 7 install is discussed in THIS THREAD, as someone else asked the same thing.

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I recently got a new Western Digital Hard Drive (WD5000BPKT: Scorpio Black) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LR1RPK/..._26725410_item for my laptop and on the wrapping it says to be aware of advanced formatting.

If I installed Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 U (media refresh), do I need to install the software WD says to do to partition your HDD for optimal performance?

I am unsure how exactly the new advanced formatting technology works and what I have to do to get the most out of my HDD. I may not even be sure that the WD5000BPKT supports Advanced formatting.

Here is WD page about Advanced Format Utility: Product Features


A:Installation for Advanced Format Hard Drives?

Hi bancosrs

You should have no problems doing a clean install on the AF hard drive . Windows 7 will automatically align the drive to 1024.

Press enter when you see the screen that says Press any key to boot from cd or DVD…( image below )

When you get to this screen ( image below )

Press Shift and F10 . You will get a command prompt window . It should open up to X:\Sources . In there input these commands and press enter after each line .


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...but my CD-ROM drive works fine and my DVD drive can access CD-ROMs.
Here's my system:
-HP Pavillion 8755C 800MHz, 128MB RAM, running Windows ME
-Std floppy disk controller
-LG CD-RW CED-80838
-Samsung DVD-ROM SD-612

The problem started happening after my power supply blew and I had it replaced. The message I get is "Please insert a disk into drive a:" (e: for the DVD). I've checked all the suggested things on the HP support site:
- device manager looks good
- uninstalled all 3 devices in device manager, all 3 reinstalled with the same config after restart.
- Secondary Master, Secondary Slave, Primary Slave look ok
- cables look good - the stuff above wouldn't show up otherwise would it?

The only thing that looks different to me is that the drive letters have changed from m: & n: to d: & e: for the CD-RW & DVD drives. Any thoughts appreciated!


A:Unable to access floppy and DVD-ROM drives

Welcome to TSG!

If your DVD will read CD's but not recognize DVD disks, then the optics are hosed for the DVD playback. A DVD Drive typically has 2 sets of optics or optics that rotate. If the DVD read optics are bad, that is what you'll get.

As for the floppy...odds are that it's gone too!

If the Power Supply went out, it may have spiked and damaged the drives. Just hope that the motherboard isn't bad.

If the system is still under warranty, have HP replace both drives due to the power supply spike. If replacements are done and still having issues, then it would be the Motherboard that got taken out!

Good Luck!


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Hi I recently upgraded my PC to windows 10 and every since have been unable to access any USB external drive.

The laptop picks up the drives and acknowledges that they are there and working but they do not appear in file explorer.

I have looked in disk management and the drives are there and healthy.

The USB ports work 100% as i have plugged in keyboards etc to test and all the drives i've tried work with other computers.

I've tried everything I could find on forums that have worked for other people. I've reinstalled windows twice. Ran various disk cleanup utilities, checked for hidden drives etc.

I need to upload video files to my laptop to edit for work, so need to resolve this ASAP :/

Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated!

Thank you

A:Unable to access external USB Drives!

Hi, some people seem to experience this, particularly with Seagate drives.

You might try disabling fast startup, or plugging them in to a USB2 port

Windows 10 can't find external USB 3.0 drives... - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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This all started when I was unable to reach my NAS drive (DNS-323) from my laptop. ("The network location cannot be found.")
Trying from other computers was successful...so I know the problem is related to just my laptop.

I started up a MalwareBytes scan and when it reached my ATAPI.SYS file...my AVAST AV popped up with a virus alert. AVAST reported that I have a "Win32:Alureon-FR" located in "C":\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\atapi.sys".

I told AVAST to skip the file (for now) and I terminated the MalwareBytes scan.

What is the best sequence to get this file cleaned up?

A:Unable to access network drives

Hi and welcome.Please follow this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/ and then post your logs here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs//Barilla

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I tried a hackintosh attempt today on a friends Acer 4738 laptop. It didn't work and at the end I had to format the hard drives using the Mac Lion Installers Disk utility as Windows wasn't booting up and a Clean Installation of 7 was the only way out.

So using Disk Utility, I formatted with the MSDos file system and then when I tried installing Windows from a DVD the drives wouldn't show up. So I reformatted the hard drive with NTFS file system using Hirens Bootable Disk , still the drives aren't showing up at the installation.

Note - Hard drives show up in BIOS and also on the hirens bootable disk. Also tried toggling between AHCI abd Sata mode, didnt help.

A:Hard Drives not showing up at installation after Hackintosh attempt

Where did you get Win7? If you burned the DVD yourself I'd confirm the ISO and burn another DVD or write to flash stick using the tool using the official ISO and tool in this tutorial to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If that fails then wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command from the Win7 DVD Command Line accessing DISKPART At PC Startup. Then create and format your install partition during install, or let the installer do it for you.

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Hello guys, the rookie is back... ,

Last week, I got help to re-take ownership of my personal dox folder, to which I could not access anymore; I then made a backup on an external hard drive.

Now I tried for the last days to format the internals c: and d: hard disks. Looks like impossible to achieve. I tried from the explorer, format starts, but does not run and this for hours and hours. So I tried opening a dos windows, still running windows Xp, I started from the c: drive, as it's on this one that I would like to re-install later my Xp french version, which does not starts anymore. On the d: drive, I have an english version installed, and it's from this one that I am trying to format the c: drive. It started, reached 91 % of formatting c: drive, and then got stucked... I left the machine running the whole night, but remained to 91 %.

I do not have anymore a floppy disk, like on my other older laptop, so I do not know what to do to get to the dos only, on my newer machine, with a cd R/W.

No more ideas, now I'm lost... I would like to format the c: drive, then the d: drive, and then re-install windows from my original cds. I will re-install only the french version, as my problems started when the conflicts between the French and the English version of XP made me loose ownership to my own "My documents" folder.

How can I format my drives ? Any help will be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance.

Fred, from Geneva, Switzerland.
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A:Unable to format hard drives c: and d:

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Hi Guys,

Im hoping someone can advise or point to a good tutorial.

I have a couple of XP Pro machines hooked up to a router, all are getting internet and all are seeing each other in my network computers. But when you click to access one of the network PC's seen in the home netowrk you get an error and cant get in..

Some times its working but mostly its doing this.

I think I have set up the right permissions althought Im sure to be wrong..
I can access the other pc's using FTP so it must be a windows permisssion im mising?

Any assistance in the basic steps so I know I have them covered would be very welcome.

A:Solved: Unable to access XP network drives from XP PC

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

PING <ip address>
PING <computer name>

<ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
<computer name> - is the computer name

A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

Check your Services are Started on all PCs:

COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
TCP/IP Netbios helper
Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)

Note: You can check the services in Con... Read more

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Hey there,

I've had this persistent problem since the beginning of January. Every time I try to open files/folders in, say, my documents, in shared folders, etc. my computer freezes and doesn't bounce back. I've let it sit for almost two hours to see if it'd work itself out, but it never does. This correlates with my Firefox browser freezing during random intervals and causing my entire system to lock up. I recall installing Adobe Photoshop CS3 around the same time this started happening, but I'm not sure if it's something that could cause this kind of reaction. I also have the addon "ljlogin" installed on Firefox, but thus far, I haven't found any discussions to imply that ljlogin could be detrimental to my system. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling firefox with all of the necessary updates. That made a difference for about two weeks, but now it's acting up again. It's also really hard to uninstall/reinstall things because the system locks up.

It's really tough not being able to access my files, but I can browse on Google Chrome without any issue (Unless I try to upload files from my PC). Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Unable to access files on C and D drives due to freezing.

What is it like in

How to Start in Safemode

1. Restart your computer.
2. Before the windows logo you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode..

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I have an issue with Windows 7 64 bit laptop.
The laptop is connected to a domain and can do the following:
-Login okay
-Ping all servers
-Remote desktop

However, the laptop cannot see or find any network drives.

If I click run and enter \\server\xxxx - Nothing happens!

Ive tried logging in as admin - No luck
Removed and re-added to the domain - Still nothing.

Please help!

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I am using Win XP Home Ed.
For two days, my computer has been restarting after some time(4-5 hours) automatically. Sometimes a blue screen appears right in the middle of my work. Then I installed a Windows Malicious software removal tool and it did remove some trojan. Today, Norton 360 removed another trojan, some "Backdoor" something. And now, when I try to scan my hard drive using Norton, it says "hard drives unavailable". The same is the case when I am checking drives for errors. But I am able to access the drives with no problem at all.
I regularly update Norton and Windows.
What should I do ?

All help appreciated.

A:Unable to Check or Scan Hard Drives ?

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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I cannot access my CD drive or my CD/DVD burner drive, (Gateway Computer, win Xp) it has a yellow error message. I did an an un-install for both drives, then went into new hardware and let it reinstall them- but it says it cannot find the drivers. I attempted to do a system restore and discovered no matter what date I choose, it will not let me restore- it says cannot restore and your computer has not been changed.
I do not use Norton- I have AVG the paid version, and Webroot Spy Sweeper. Some have said "look for a virus- but I haven't found anything yet.
I don't know what to do...
thanks for any help!

A:Cannot do a system Restore at any date, unable to get access to CD and CD/DVD drives

Try uninstalling the IDE driver, reboot and let the OS reinstall it on reboot.Go Start > Run > type "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.Click the plus sign to the left of the entry IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right-click on the entry Secondary IDE channel and select Uninstall. Close out of all the windows and Reboot.

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I have XP home edition. I am trying to transfer a large video clip (downloaded from my camcorder) 16.4 GB from "C" drive to my "F" drive.

C drive has only 5.65 GB left now so is running a bit slower which affects the smoothness of playing the clip.

The F drive has 171 GB free space but when I try to drag and drop or "send to" my F drive the system says there is not enough room on the disk !!!

Ideas please?

Many thanks

Tony Harman
London - UK

A:Unable to transfer large files between hard drives

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Hello. I have a brand new Sony SVT13112FXS - hard drive is a hybrid of 500 GB HDD and 32 GB SDD.

I was attempting to reformat it to get all of the anti-virus stuff off, except when I tried to reformat no disks were shown in the reformat tool. It asked for drivers, so I assumed I'd need to install the SATA/chipset drivers. I downloaded them from the Sony website but it wouldn't allow me to install them (from a flash drive). Specifically the error is "No drives were found. Click load driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation."

In my troubleshooting I (stupidly) marked the wrong partition as active and got the dreaded "bootmgr is missing" upon restart. I attempted to repair using the windows 7 disk as a recovery tool and selected "startup repair" 3 times, but it still does not work.

I am able to get into command prompt and I am assuming I can inactivate the (wrong) active partition there. However, when I go into DISKPART and type "list disk", all that shows up is my flash drive that I am attempting to install windows from - the computers hard drive does NOT show up here.

I will also happily completely reformat instead of repairing, but I cannot do that since I can't get the disks to show up in the reformat tool.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

Edit: My next idea was to try Gparted - any thoughts?

A:bootmgr is missing - unable to view hard drives

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I recently underwent a refresh install of my Vista x64. when i first updated my windows, i couldn't find a way to install vista SP2. i was told at the time by a tech support that it seems like my computer has been compromised and i should start again and ensure i update windows before doing anything else. this has now worked. but i can't seem to access my hard drives?
could this be related to the vrisu/spyware? if so, is there a way to get rid of it?

the time where i couldn't install SP2, i could still access these hard drives, so i can't see how they could've failed all of sudden.

any help would be great!

A:Can't access hard drives

Given that it gave you an "access denied" error, it could mean that you reformatted, and caused your current account to not have the required permissions to enter the HDD. Try right clicking on the drive, then clicking the security tab. Find the button that says "Edit..." then just click your user group and tick the "Allow" box to give that group control of the device.

Hope that helps.

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First post here. Was a gamer for years but no time for it or the video editing I once did anymore so I traded my 2011 2k custom desktop rig for a laptop.
Have a Toshiba Satellite L955-S5330 running Windows 8.

I took my Seagate 2TB, and two WD 1 TB hard drives out of my pc before trade, they worked fine in the desktop rig running windows 7. I bought a Vantec sata to usb adapter so I could connect my drives with all of my personal files I've obtained and saved over the years to transfer all of it to a few external drives and then I plan on selling internal drives once done. They power up great, windows recognizes them and give each a letter F drive, but I cannot access any of them. When I attempt to open it windows tells me I need to format it, when I click no it says "file system not recognized". I connected two of the three to another desktop running windows 7 and it works fine, try again on my laptop through usb and same thing, can see it but can't open it.
I tried Stellar Phoenix recovery software and it took forever to amass the files in two of the drives but in the very end on both drives it errored out saying drive cannot be recovered. I again connected both to yet another pc this one again on windows 7 and drives showed up and was accessible. WTH?
Drivers are up to date, I have uninstalled them and with reboot w8 reinstalled them, no fix there. I read somewhere it could be a security issue preventing w8 from accessing the drives but I cannot find any... Read more

A:W8 can see but not access 2TB second hard drives.

Maybe your Vantec Sata USB adapter driver is not compatible with Windows 8. You can open the Device Manager and check if there is a yellow exclamation mark in front of the USB port.

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I re-installed win xp pro on a new segate ata hard drive which is working fine along with another segate drive. But my 2 western digital hard drives are recognized in the bios and in device manager under disk drives and they also show up in disk manager as active drives, but they fail to show up in "My Computer"... I have had 4 hard drives running on this computer for over a year with no problems... please help

A:can't access 2 hard drives

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Hey, every time i try to open my C drive from my computer the "Select a program to open this file" pops up. Recently i used avast antivirus software to delete some viruses and this started happening afterwards.
Heres the stuff i got rid of...:



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<OrigFolder>C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp</OrigFolder>
<Comment />
<Virus>Win32:Magania-DT [Trj]</Virus>

<Comment />
<Virus>Win32:Magania-DT [Trj]</Virus>

<OrigFolder>C:\System Volume Information\_restore{34D6A881-73E7-4B8C-8AFB-37CED6CA4C0E}\RP52</OrigFolder>
<Comment />
<Virus>Win32:Magania-DT [Trj]</Virus>

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A:I can't access my hard drives!

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When i go to My Computer, i cannot see my hard drives or any folders.
When i click on my documents, there's a msg pop out saying "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."
i think the computer guy at my workplace has locked all the computer at my workplace, how do i cancel the restrictions ?

Thanks in advance. (:

A:how do i access my hard drives ?

Hi and welcome to TSF

According to our forum rules, there is nothing we can do with
restrictions placed on a work computer. You need to talk to your computer guy at work.


You may not ask for assistance to circumvent restrictions or security on any computer system or network.

Rules can be found here:


This post is closed.


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I have purchased, installed all of my pertinent programs and files, and have begun using my lovely new HP laptop. All is well but for one major issue.
The new laptop does not have an SD card slot. I did not think this would be a big deal, but it is turning out to be a major pain.

Background Details:
New HP EliteBook
OS - Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
Full Administrator
I have been completely and miserably unable to access various thumb drives and micro SD cards via two different card readers. Each external drive that has appeared but not allowed me access has been on FAT32-formatted media.
The external drives appear in Windows Explorer as Drive F:\

When I double click the drive icon to view the files therein, I receive the following message:
"You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder."

When I click "Continue," I receive the following message: "You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab."

When I right click the drive's icon, there is NO SECURITY TAB.

I have also attempted these same steps and received these same results after setting my UAC settings tab all the way down to "Never Notify me when"

I have also attempted to gain access to the drive and give myself the permissions that I should already have as Administrator via a Command Prompt.

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A:Unable to gain access as Admin to external (FAT32) drives.

Hello MdmRptr. Welcome to the forum.

ACL refers to a Access Control List. This is a type of file security protocol.
Access control list - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You may need to remove the ACL in order to access the files normally in Windows.

Looking up ACL brings up a lot of Oracle links. Are you - were you - using an Oracle product with these cards/files?
Using Access Control Lists (ACLs) (System Administration Guide, Volume 2)

If it was an Oracle product you could use the method to remove the ACLs here:

If you were using a Linux program you could start here to investigate the removal of the ACL in Linux:

First I've heard of ACLs. Maybe this info will help to point you in the right direction.

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Okay so I'm Unable to delete corrupted folder on 1 of my external hard drives, I have downloaded the program Eraser and that has not worked, I have permissions and have 'taken Ownership' and still the folder will not delete. Chkdsk takes about 2 days to run so I have not ran it because I use the drive daily. Any other suggestions?



A:Unable to delete corrupted folder on 1 of my external hard drives. Help.

Welcome to TSG, Majikwiz1.
Only suggestion I have would be to take everything else off the drive, and try reformatting it. Then you can put everything back on.

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For some reason about 75% of the time when I have an external hard drive plugged in to either my laptop or desktop computer (both running Windows XP Professional SP3) it won?t let me safely remove the drive when I?m done with it; the error message I get on both computers when trying to remove the drive using ?Safely Remove Hardware? is: The device ?Generic volume? cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it. Except no programs are accessing it, not even Explorer. I?ll then have to shut the entire computer off in order to remove the drive since nothing else seems to work.I did try the steps listed at this site but I still got the same ?Generic volume? error message after closing the two threads that were accessing the external drive and Process Explorer didn?t show anything at all as accessing it once I had closed the threads that were there. If it helps, the two threads were apparently the same thing at the same location: F:\System Volume Information\EfaData\SYMEFA.DBI googled that file/file path but didn?t really find anything that related to my problem. So could anyone here help me out? Like I said, this happens on both my laptop and my desktop computers which aren?t connected to each other in any way so in addition to wondering why I?m getting this message to begin with I?m wondering why I?m getting it on both machines.Any info or advice would be much appreciated.

A:Unable to “safely remove” external hard drives on either of my computers

Hi -Microsoft has published an article on this - It may help you, or at least worth a try -1. Download a free utility from a third-party Web site at the following address:http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html 2. Click Find, Find Handle or DLL in the tool menu. ? Type the drive letter of the USB device in the Handle or DLL substring textbox, and press Search Button.? Find the process and its PID in the following box.? In system process tree view, find the process according to the Find Handle or DLL dialog box.? Press Ctrl + H to show Handles in Lower Pane View. ? Find the File according with the drive letter , and right click it, choose Close Handle.Thank You -

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I cant access my hard disk drives when i double click on the drive because i get a message box "Windows Script Host" saying....

Loading script "C:\autorun.vbs" failed (Access is denied.).

Is there anyone who can show me how to fix the problem rather than do it for me, that way i can fix the problem myself if it happens to me again or to somebody else who needs help with the same problem.

Here is the current log...
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:35:35 p.m., on 4/05/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)

Running processes:
D:\Ad-Aware Pro\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
D:\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
D:\Norton Ghost\Agent\PQV2iSvc.exe
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There are two hard drives inside the computer case. Only the one of them is showing up in "My Computer" as "Local Disk (C" Both HDs are connected. How do you access both HDs?

A:How to access multiple hard drives?

Sinse its not showing that means its not installed correctly, poss: connection pblm>jumper setting[sata or ide] You did not say ide or sata? did you format the drive?

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I was hit by a virus and now I can't access my hard drives from My Computer. I get a message "Windows Script Host" and "cannot find script file, "C:\autorun.vbs" when I click on my "C" icon. Right clicking gives me gibberish in the menu box where the "Open" should be. I can still get through to the contents via My Documents and up-leveling.

Some of the steps I have already taken:
1. Run a number of scanners to rid the virus which appears to be gone.
2. Disabled System Restore, ran scanners, rebooted, and enabled System Restore. No help.
3. Run "Disk Cleanup".

None of the above have fixed the problem.

A:cannot access hard drives from My Computer

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I had (as apparently many others have had) the fake Antivirus attack. I had the red bio-hazard symbol on the screen, "Virus Alert" instead of seconds on the clock, recurring popups for antivirus removal program.

I have used Spybot-Search and Destroy, Ad-aware, and Autoruns several times and seem to be back ... for the most part. Spybot removed many trojans, but couldn't remove a folder on the C drive. I figured, no problem, I'll just do it myself. But ... my Windows Explorer still cant see my C and D drives.

Any help appreciated.


PS I also have McAfee Security Center - AOL edition on the machine.

A:Can't Access Local Hard Drives

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen:Click on the Show Results button to see a list ... Read more

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We have 2 hard drives on our computer, drive C and Drive F. Drive F is where we keep all of our family finances , how do we keep the kids user accounts from being able to access that drive, we are running Windows XP Pro, SP2.

Thanks for the help.

A:Limiting access to other hard drives

Password your user and then give the kids their own user that is not an Administrator. Go to users in Control Panel to do it.

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