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how do i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data?

Q: how do i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data?

Can i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data and no previous operating system, without deleting or harming that data (many folders of office files, music, pics and so forth)?

Preferred Solution: how do i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: how do i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data?

Quote: Originally Posted by irons

Can i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data and no previous operating system, without deleting or harming that data (many folders of office files, music, pics and so forth)?

You can't install Windows on the same partition as the data without wiping out the data.

But you could do this:

Shrink the partition containing the data if it isn't full.

That would create "unallocated space".

Then make a new partition from that unallocated space.

Then install Windows to the new partition.

Whether it's practical in your case depends on full the drive is. If it's a 500 GB partition, with only 10 GB free, you couldn't shrink it enough to hold Windows.

But if it's a 500 GB partition with only 200 being used, you could shrink by 300, make a 300 GB new partition, and install to it.

But-----fiddling with partitions has some risk to the data. You are best advised to back the data up to some other drive first.

Best tool for the job is probably Partition Wizard.

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Ok, so I've been using win7 for the past few years and out of the blue, it gives me a message: Microsoft Windows is not responding. So i hard-reset my computer and now windows won't load. I have the installation disc, but the disc won't install windows
on my hard drive... even after I formatted it. I also got some error message that said something about MBT or MGT or something like that, if needed, I can write it down. I'm currently using a linux usb to use my PC temporarily until I fix this.

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Hi everyone.....thanks in advance for any help

I bought a 200 GB Western Digital hard drive today, and brought it over to a friend's house. He installed it, dumped some files to it, and gave it to me. I came home, installed it, and when I click on the F: icon in explorer, I get an error that the disk is not formatted, and it asks if I would like to format. Is there any way at all for me to be able to use this drive and access the data on it? When I use the WD programs that came with the disk, ist sees the data on the drive, it just won't let me access it. Thanks!


A:Trying to install second hard drive with data on it already

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I want to install a 2nd hard drive and put all my apps and data on new drive then reformat my original drive with original
operating system (windows ME). What is the easiest way to do this? If I do this, how do I get all my programs back in the
START\PROGRAMS list and in the add/remove programs list? Thanks in advance for your help

A:I want to install a 2nd hard drive and put all my apps and data on new drive

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I have a huge honking 1TB of space on my C: hard drive and only use less than half of that, but every time I want to do a system backup and create a system image (to restore to in case everything else goes wrong, which has occurred 3 times this year) is to backup to a USB drive of only 300GB, which is about the size of a backup w/sys image. So, everytime I do that, I lose all my other backups (which shouldn't be a problem but is annoying).

I have a 700 HD I am currently not using - can anyone advise me on the steps to take? (I tried Lenovo support, and incredibly, they want $150 for such an "involved" help issue - and I am still under warranty. I asked what the $75 dollar option would give me, and they said (incredibly) that for $75 I would get three (3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) phone support sessions for "minor" problems. When asked what a "minor" problem was, they said as an example "installing software"!!!! WTF??

When asked, I was told the warranty only covered the HD, and only in certain cases. I didn't ask to define "certain" cases, but asked to speak to a floor manager (I've worked on help desks) I was then peppered with questions like: Why? Why do you need to speak to him? My name? Why do you need my name?"

It's service like this that has already made me decide to go to a different brand, any brand, just based on that. OK, Ihave finished my rant!

Any help would be appreciated (oh, the HD I will be using is not ... Read more

A:I want to install a 2nd hard drive to use for backing up data

Welcome to SevenForums.

If you want to use the second drive only for system images and it already has information on it you'll need to format it first.

You can do this by simply plugging in the USB drive ( I assume that is what your going to use) then go to my computer and click on that drive and select fomat. choose which type you want NTFS or Fat 32 I recommend NTFS.

Once you have done that you'll choose quick format.
This will EREASE everything on the drive and prepare it for new information. So make usre you don't have anything on the drive you want to keep.

Once you have formatted the drive you can use either imgburn. Download link
Or DriveImage XML Software to create the system image. Download link http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

Here is a tutorial on how to use DriveImage XML http://www.techsupportalert.com/partitioning-hard-drives-3.htm

Here is a post using Macrium with a link that will also help you. http://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/43219-image-your-system-free-macrium.html

Hope this will answer your question.

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I have a hp omni 100 desktop and the hard drive is failing. I bought a new hard drive and wondered if there is a way to transfer the os and files from the old hd to the new blank one? I do have a set up to power up the old hard drive externally and connect it via usb. Thanks for any help.

A:How do I install the data from my old hard drive onto a blank one?

Macrium Reflect Free will do this for you.

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I have Windows 7 on a SSD and my User files, programs, and data on a 1TB hard drive. I plan on doing a clean install and want to keep the same setup. Do I need to format the hard drive also? If not, how do I install Win 10 & put the User files on the hard drive?

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I have a computer that the hard drive is starting to make Indy 500 noises 3-4/day. Decided to purchase new HD and transfer date over to it before the other one hits the wall. Extensive amount of data is backed up on external HD using Acronis software from which I have never had to use the restore function. Presently running XP home ed. QUESTION! I have no more slots, data cables or power cables free. Can I temporarily unhook my zip drive cables and insert them into new drive just to complete this new install? If that is OK, do I Fdisk and format new drive from present drive to get NTSF before data transfer or do the drives come pre-formatted with NTSF? As to actual transfer of all data is it best to use Windows Explorer and copy all programs so I know hidden and R/O files are transferred or has anyone restored a full HD using Acronis so I know that when swapping new HD from slave to the slot where present drive resides and becomes the bootable drive, all will FLAWLESSLY work like intended and then re-hook up zip drive. Never had to replace HD with this many GB of data and # of programs before. Always threw the whole works in the dumpster because entire system needed to be upgraded. Any flowsheet of how to perform this task will be greatly appreciated. You guys have'nt let me down yet. Hoping for another smooth transition for a really common procedure I would guess. Thanks so much! Paul

A:Solved: Install new Hard drive and transfer data

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I bought SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery and I'm ready to download and install the program. The decision to make is on which drive should it be installed?

The company website says:

When you will click on Next, you will be asked to select the destination location for installation of software. By default, the software will get installed on this location-C: Program Files\SysToolsHard Drive Data Recovery but, if you wish then, you can also select a different destination location by clicking on the Browse button.

The email sent with the purchase instructs:

NOTE: Please DO NOT select destination drive/folder as the source hard drive (from which you are recovering data).

The data I use and want to restore is on Drive C. That leaves Drive D, which is marked Recovery. No valuable documents on there to my knowledge. Drive E is for running DVDs, but it seems a bit risky as DVDs can degrade over time.

Which way should I go?

A:Install SysTools Hard Drive Data Recovery

What exactly are you trying to recover and why?

Assuming they are simply files that were deleted on accident, the more you use the computer (especially as the files were on the C drive), the more likely the data has been/will be overwritten, and thus not recoverable. Windows and all Windows software (your browser for example), write temp files to the C drive all the time. Which means any files deleted from that drive, will quickly be partially or completely overwritten and not recoverable.

Even installing the recovery software on a different HDD (or in this case, drive D would appear to be a partition of a single HDD), will write files to the C drive.

In this instance, as soon as it was determined that file recovery was needed, the computer should have been shut down and the HDD removed. You then use a second computer with the recovery software, connect the HDD (internally, by USB adapter, or dock/external enclosure) and recover the data.

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were would I get a splitter canle for sata hard drive

A:Install second hard drive need a sata data cable splitter???

Hi, You can't split SATA data signals.  SATA power yes, but data no.

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Hi, My hard drive seems to be processing alot when we're not doing anything on the system. I have AVG & it runs an automatic scan at a specific time of day. The hard drive is churning alot outside of that scan time. Would someone mind looking through my hijackthis.log & let me know if you see anything unusual that I might be able to fix.

Thanks, Steve

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:08:30 AM, on 3/23/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TSVNCache.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nTrayFw.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Philips\Philips Device Transfer Pop-up\PDeviceConn.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Ulead Systems\Ulead Photo Explorer 8.0 SE Basic\Monitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Ulead Systems\Ulead Photo Express 5 SE\calcheck.exe
C:\Program Files\Qwest\QuickCare\bin\sprtcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Phot... Read more

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when i first go my hard drive, a sata seagate barracuda, it made no noise at all. but lately, its making alot of grnding sort of noise. like a fidgeting noise. even when opening a folder that has all my programs installers, it will make a long fidget noise. does htis mean my hd is failing? i dont want to buy another harddrive

A:hard drive making alot of noise lately

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:14:18 AM, on 2/10/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\AccessDirect\dadapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
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A:Slow Laptop - Hard drive working alot

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Please take note:If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about your installed Windows Operating System including the Version, Edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system.
If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information.If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review your topic an do their best to resolve your issues.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply'... Read more

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Ok so heres my problem. I had my computer connected to my tv through my graphics card. It worked perfectly, but when I rebooted my computer after removing the av cords my windows boot was destroyed and the NTLR was missing. I tried windows repair, but it didnt help. Now I was running a 200gb hard drive, but it only showed up as 189gb when I first installed it, I dont know why but I didnt care, but after I reformatted the hard drive with a win98 disk, then again with an xp disk it only showed up as 127gb. The hard drive is working well but thats alot of missing storage. As my processor is yet to be updated, Im pretty sure thats the reason for the initial crash. But Im at a loss when Im trying to revive my hard drive.

A:Problems with Hard drive- alot of missing storage

The Windows 98/98SE 64GB barrier is not a limitation of the operating system at all. Rather, the barrier is caused by the Microsoft disk setup tools, FDISK.EXE and FORMAT.COM.

Additionally, Windows 98SE has a default limitation of 137GB for ATA interface disc drives. Theoretically, you could then partition your boot drive for 137GB, but a limitation of the Microsoft SCANDISK and DEFRAG programs reduces the practical size to 127GB.

So with this use the windows XP to format the drive

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Hello, my pc has recently been undertaking extreme issues with it's hard drive and I believe it is time to buy a new one; a WD Black. Obviously with a new hard drive I will need a copy of Windows 7 but I don't understand the difference between these two and I am unsure of which one to get:




Windows 7 already came installed on my HP p6-2260ea and I'm not sure if that will cause any interference. Thanks for reading!


A:Help with Windows7 on new hard drive

Contact HP and see if you can get a set of DVD's for this machine. It will be cheaper than buying a retail copy.

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Dell desk top running Windows XP Home Edition. Sometimes (usually early in the day, like now) it runs pretty well with decent response times. It often runs very slowly (esp. later in the day, ~after noon and later), taking minutes for ANY mouse click. When running slowly, the hard drive runs continually. Task Manager shows little CPU usage, but high Page File History log - which runs near 80% 'most all the time. Opening programs, printing, switching screens - anything - is painful during the slow times.

Running AVG (was running McAfee before, it was slow then, too). Run CCleaner occasionally. We've been through this once before several years ago. We have four users defined on the system, but only two of us use it regularly now. Two other computers on our internet router run well.

Looking for help - my wife is ready to have this unit "professionally cleaned" - I'll try you folks first. Thanks in advance. Let me know where to start.

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I have a compaq CQ60 104TU laptop, my previous harddrive crashed and i has an external 500GB hardrive lying around. So, I opened it up and took the Harddrive out and inserted into my laptop.

When I am trying to load windows into it I get the error

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu

The Hard disk has no data, and i don't have a CD-Rom, have made my USB bootable manually using DISKPART (this method of installation has worked for me before)

I have a InsydeH2O Setup Utility
Inside the BIOS the options available to me are:-

->System Time
->System Date
->Diagonistic Log

->Administrator Password <clear>
->Power-On Password <clear>

->Primary Hard Disk Self Test
->Memory Test

**System Configuration**
->language <English>
->Processor C6 states <Enabled>
->Fan always on <enabled>
->Boot Options->


**No other options other than this are available to me in the bios**
Note:- In the BIOS Reverting back to Defaults did not work. I have already tried that

Please could you help me repair my laptop.

A:New Hard disk recognized by Windows7 but not by BIOS, install failed

8+ hrs and lots of viewers, but no answers...

giving it a bump here

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I have a corrupted hard drive with bad sectors. I wanted to clone the drive to another but I get an error because my source drive has bad sectors. It was a Western Digital 1G hard drive and software Acronis True Image. How can I clone my existing hard drive so I can replace it with a new on?

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I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,


A:can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?

Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004

I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,


When you get the PC, it will have Windows on it just like when it was new. Using your Repair Disk would not put your settings or anything else that you had put on there. It is only for, well Repair. You will have to install all of your programs again.

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i have a scSi disk 36.4GB, i lost information from it and tried to recover with other recovery softwares to no avail finally i got winhex & got the professional licence.

i can now be able to see all the information on the 1 whole NTFS partition, but the problem is that i can't be able to recover it.
when ever i open the logical drive i can see all the information and most of the information is stack up in a "free space" which is around 33gb which i can be able to see has all the information that i need.
i have tried to recover the free space but its only copied to the location that i specify and no recoveries are made.
recovering the files by type/ name has bore no fruits.

a freind told me i have to curve out that area and use data extractors to get the information out of that area (freee space).

the information in that drive are sql data bases and zip files. whats the header for sql.

what techniques do i use to curve out that space and be abele to extract the information, for i can even read the information in text format.

which are the data extractors available in the market

kindly assist its quite urgent i get this information out

A:data extractors / sql header [Hard Drive data recovery]

I don't know where this thread properly belongs -- but I suspect the question may be too esoteric for most here.

Since it involves data recovery from a hard drive I'm going to move it to Hardware, I think "all other software" is not likely to have anyone with this type of experience.

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Just a basic user here so thought I would ask somewhere on the internet before attempting. Have windows7 installed on drive C:, and have win7 and winxp installed on two other partitions (E: & F: ) on the same hard drive.

Last year I used EasyBCD so that 7 and XP could dual boot as options.

Now the main partition drive C: has way too much crap on it, want to just reinstall windows 7 all over again but leave everything else alone. Will reinstalling windows 7 to drive C: affect the whole drive, i.e. Master Boot Record, special boot loader or anything like that -- do I risk damaging other partitions in any way or any precautions I should take / be aware of?

A:OK to do clean re-install windows7 drive C:? Affect other partitions?

Hello and welcome extra mate I am NO expert but if I understand you correctly you have 7 installed ?twice? and will end up with three installs of 7 plus the XP if you go ahead.

I stand to be corrected but I think you can install again on the same drive it will keep the "old" Windows there too.

Any chance of a screen shot of the Disk Management screen? and some system specifications would be real good too.

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My External Hard Drive PDA1000B gets write delays alot, ran the microsoft hardware scan, not completing, what tools do you recommend

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Is there a program taht will allow for this, that is relatively cheap, or is there a way to do it without using a program?

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I have an HP Compaq dx2000mt desktop that has windows7 32bit enterprise installed on it. I tried to install windows7 home 32bit to replace the enterprise OS. As I was installing it stated the old OS would be marked, XXX.old and it went forward, then came to a point where there were booting errors. and it stopped installing. Now I am left with a half install, and a full OS the boot section now in its own drive named disk 0 system reserved.
I partioned the C drive and allocated 20gb and tried to install there. I received the same errors seems that my boot.ini is stuck in the system reserved and I cant figure out how to incorporate disk 0 over to disk C, so that my boot is in the same disk drive.
I have really messed this one up. I have installed an operating system before and never had so much trouble.
Any advice would be helpful.
And please if you have an answer, something for me to do, it needs to be A.B.C.'d out step by step as Im not an expert. But I guess I already proved that...
Thank you in advance.

A:Failed install windows7 home to windows7 enterprise

Clean Install Windows 7

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I have two hard drives(40 GB & 160GB both internal) installed in my system. Earlier I had installed windows XP on the first hard drive (40GB) and was using second hard drive as additional storage. I had partitioned my second hard drive into 5 partitions P, Q, R, S, T. Recently I reformatted my first hard drive and reinstalled windows XP. However this has also affected my second hard drive. Now Windows shows only two drives C: (my first hard drive) and D: (second hard drive) as only one partition each. Moreover it is not showing any data on the second hard drive. I want to get back my parition info and data on the second hard drive. I thought that formatting my first drive will not affect second drive and therefore didn't take back up of the second drive. What shall I do to get back my data and partition info.

A:How to get data from second hard drive after reformatting windows on other hard driv

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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Tried yesterday with an SATA adapter (unpowered) and my Yoga 920 would ding that something was plugged in, but wouldn't show it in File Explorer.Traded the unpowered drive for a powered one and the same result, a ding but nothing shows up. Is there something else that I can do? Thanks in advance

A:Can I remove the hard drive from my Yoga 2 Pro and plug it into an SATA drive and transfer the data?

I am confused.  You are talking about an mSATA -> USB adapter?  mSATA-> 2280 SSD?  What is a powered mSATA adapter?

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With my 2009 Seagate 500 GB sata hard drive, the re-allocated sectors count shows 2 bad sectors, in the Ubuntu 10.04 disk utility for the smart data. In this multi-boot desktop PC the XP with a drive monitor program called, Active Smart shows this drive health status as good, including that reallocated sectors count item, so is this not to worry about for now, or what. I do monitor the hard drive temperature, which does stay cool enough, in the seventies up to about 80* F.
Or can this be caused by mixed partitioning methods, since the new way is now align to MiB, and not align to cylinder as it was. I used the GParted tool to create and change partitions when it was set as default to align to cylinder, but then I recently used both my Vista Disk Manager, and the newer version of GParted to re-size some of the partitions, which both now use that align to MiB method by default, which often has near 1 MB gaps between partitions then.

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Hello, I'm fairly new to these forums but would like to request help for upgrading my laptop. I am thinking of adding a 120GB Msata and 1TB HDD to it (to replace 500GB). My question is how would I go about transferring my dat,a(Pictures, music, videos) to the new hard drive and setting the Msata as a boot drive(for OS and programs)? I would also like recommendations on which Msata/hdd to put in it? I have been considering these:

Amazon.com : MyDigitalSSD 128GB (120GB) 50mm Bullet Proof 4 BP4 50mm mSATA Solid State Drive SSD SATA III 6G (120GB)(128GB) : Computer Internal Solid State Drives : Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014: Computers & Accessories

but would like to know if there are better options available? Thanks in advance

A:How to migrate data to bigger hard drive and set Msata as boot drive?

I don't think you can use the Msata SSD as boot drive. It is configured in Raid with the spinner and serves solely as cache. It is just a fancy SSHD.

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?

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I had this idea, see if anybody has an opinion about this. My wife has an old XP computer I want to buy her a new one but she doesn't like the vista and she wants to keep the old xp operating system. What I want to do is take the old hard drive and put it in the new computer as the master and take the new hard drive and put it in as the slave erasing the vista off it. Then using the master slave way can I transfer the xp operating system and all her files and data from the old hard drive to the new one.

A:Transfer data from Hard Drive to Hard Drive

You cannot simply put the hard drive with XP on it in the new system to have the new system running XP either from the old drive or by transferring to the new drive. It just does not work like that
You need to install XP a fresh on the new system AND you will need a new XP license to do so.

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop case.how can I install windows on my new hard drive?

A:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

A:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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My C: drive only has a 9.43G capacity and I only have 240MB of free space left. I bought a 500G external hard drive, but I need to know if I can transfer all the files and programs from the C: to the external hard drive? Helpppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

A:Transfering c drive data to external hard drive

You can transfer all your data files safely - the operating system (windows XP Pro) should stay on an internal drive and I wouldn't attempt to run programs from your external drive - internal hard drives are quite cheap and easy to install - I would be inclined to get a bigger internal drive into your computer and use the external one for portability and back up purposes.

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Hello, I have a home built computer that has been running none stop since May of 2006. However, a week ago the Windows 7 Pro which is the OS on this PC hard drive would not boot past the logo. I got a BSOD with this message file mvs99xxx.sys could not be found.

Now I am not familiar with this particular file or what it has to do with the OS boot system however I was not able to get past that point. I tried to use the OS disc to repair the system but to no avail. I tried to use the rescue disc I made when I installed the OS originally but that didn't work.

I got a Linux thumb drive with a live boot version of Mint Linux and the computer booted from the thumb drive but was unable to extract the data from the drive that I needed to send the drive back to Seagate. I have taken the drive out of the computer and installed it into an external drive enclosure for the time being.

I am thinking this if I can repair the boot system because the hard drive still spins up which tells me it is alive and gets power then my problem will be resolved. However, I don't know how to do that. The other side of that thought is if I can extract the data from the drive without repairing the boot system.

What would you do and how can I do that because I am desperate to get the data from that drive because of a client that is waiting on me to finish my work on his website.

I have learned my lesson in that I need to store all data and site material on a storage drive freeing up my OS ... Read more

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I want to clean install Windows 7 64-bit and I have Windows XP 32-bit. I have two hard disks and someone said me one of my hard disks is system disk and another one is just plugged into my compuer. That person also said that I'll have to remove my hard disk with data in it but how to install it back without losing data in it?

A:How to install hard disk without losing data in it?

Unplug the other disc.

Install Windows 7 to the system disc.

After Windows 7 is installed, reconnect the other disc.

It's up to you to know which disc is which and to disconnect the right one.

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I want to replace the failing hard drive on my Windows 8 dell laptop.  
It did not come with a Windows CD.  Is it possible to install windows onto a replacement hard drive without a CD?
Thanks in advance for any replies.

A:Hard drive failure. How do I install windows on new hard drive without a CD.

You'll need to contact Dell to purchase a copy of the recovery media.

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Hi all

I am trying to get the photos etc of my hard drive that i have taken out of a netbook that broke

i have the drive connected to a laptop running vista

Have been looking on here and have gone through the steps to asign a new owner

I can get to the folder i want ie pics but it wont show them and it says i donnt have permission even in safe mode i get this

Any ideas where ive gone wrong


A:getting data from hard drive

Just take ownership of the files/folders

Take Ownership of a File or Folder
Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

if the above does not work try enabling the super admin account

Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

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I have a broken laptop which I have removed the hard drive from, and I would like to get some pictures off of it. Is there any way to connect it to my working laptop without taking it apart? This is the hard drive that I need to connect:


Thanks for any help.

A:Need to get data from an old hard drive


You need a IDE Enclosure that will hook up to your laptop via USB


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I am replacing my hard drive, is thier a way I can transfer the data over to the new drive myself without reinstalling my OS again?

A:Hard Drive Data

Most new drives from major manufacturers come with an image utility that will allow you to move everything to the new drive.

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I recently had a few too many memory-intensive programs open at once on my old computer (I DO know better…) so I rebooted after it had frozen completely, a process that I have done many times without a hitch. Well, this time there was a major problem; I got the following error message during the re-boot:

“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I tried the “Repair” option after booting with the installation disk to no avail. Nor was I successful using the ”Emergency Repair Disk” I hade made with a floppy ages ago.

So I did the following: Instead of using the “R” option while rebooting from the installation disk I typed “C” and entered into the “Recovery Console”. There I renamed the above-mentioned corrupt “SYSTEM” file to “SYSTEM.OLD”, and then copied -- into the same directory -- a new “SYSTEM” file from C:\WINNT\REPAIR.

Long story short: it seemed to boot into windows OK. CHKDSK then ran and showed lots of orphaned files which it supposedly repaired. I had to re-install the graphics card and monitor and got everything working pretty well, albeit squirrelly. (At this point I just wanted to backup some of my critical work data and had resigned myself to probably doing a clean re-install)

Well, I couldn’t back anything up to any external storage, and shortly after that nothing worked – whenever I clicked anything I got a prompt to run CHKDSK. I rebooted, and got the message: ERROR LOADIN... Read more

A:Help Me please!!! I need data off my hard drive

im afraid the same has happened to 2 of my external drives . it sounds like you got a head crash on your drive thats when the head that reads the platter comes into contact with eah other.you need to get the drive to pc world or some data recovery place, where they take the platter out of the drive case using a clean room it is an expensive process theres plenty of rip off places doing it ranging between £80 & £759. pc world will do it for £99 and if they dont retreive data you want you dont have to pay a penny. so if you want to pay these rip off companys for you own data just have a real think so see if that data is really important to you.

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I have Windows 2000 pro and suddenly got the error
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xeb81b84c, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) inaccessible boot device

If this is the first time you have this stop error screen, restart computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard driver controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run chkdsk/f to check for hard drive corruption and then restart your computer.

I have done the windows 2000 repair and it would not work so I have a couple of questions. The computer shop said they would have to format the c drive and there's alot of data on it I do not want to lose.

I can boot from a dos floppy and see the c drive. Wouldn't the fact that I can read the c drive tell me that there's NOT a hardware failure but some sort of error in Windows 2000 that needs fixing?

Also, could someone PLEASE tell me exactly how I can get the data off of my hard drive? I would like to copy it to a cd or dvd - I have both on the pc because diskettes would be nearly impossible.

If I could borrow a copy of symantec ghost would that work? And if so, exactly how would I do it?


A:Please help me get data from hard drive

If it was a hardware error, then a format would not fix it anyway, so you can probably rule out a hard disk failure. Thats no guarantee that the data is still salvageable though.

If your HDD was formated originally with the NTFS file system, then DOS will find the drive but not read the contents. DOS only understands the FAT system, not NTFS.

Its not a practical consideration to extract the contents via DOS anyway. The best way would be to re-jumper the drive as a slave and temporarily connect it in another Windows 2000 or XP computer and extract the data that way.

Since you have a DVD drive and burner, one should ask why the data was not backed up?. Its a salutory lesson, as hard drives fail quite regularly.

Get the computer shop to recover the data at the time they reformat?

Have you looked at the cost of a new hard drive, then fit your old one as a slave? Might be an economic proposition?

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I have 2 data hard drives D and E with about 130 Gigs of data one each one which has the same data because they are backup drives. When I do a select all to see how much data I have they both tell me about 130 gigs and when I go to My Computer and select the partition Drive D say's 130 gigs and drive E says 230 gigs. I'm the administrator and there are no hidden files or folder. One drive is a 750 Gig and the other is a 1T drive. It's my 1T drive that is giving me the 230 gigs. I think maybe the clusters are bigger, need to be defrag or something and I thought I would post to see if anyone know about this?

A:Data on the Hard Drive

Download windirsat and see exactly what is there

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I was wanting to ask if anyone knew of a way that I could transfer data from my old laptop, an IBM Thinkpad to a desktop PC hard drive. The laptop is incapable of being powered up as the motherboard is defunct but the hard drive itself is still ok. So what would I need in order to connect the two up and what software if any would I need to use. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

A:Hard Drive Data

You will need a Laptop Hard Drive Converter kit which will enable the 2.5" laptop to fit the PCs 3.5" bay. It all comes with cable conversions.

Do a search for them, and you will find loads of places you can buy them. They run about $10, from what I have found

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