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How to dynamically fetch the correct non-zero disk number of a disk as DiskId for InstallTo in autounattend.xml

Q: How to dynamically fetch the correct non-zero disk number of a disk as DiskId for InstallTo in autounattend.xml

I have a scenario where system can have more than one storage controllers. The first storage controller has x amount of disks and is unfortunately enumerated before the controller that has the disk I want to install to. So,
the install disk number is never fixed nor is it ever guaranteed to be zero, unless I take the controller and/or disks offline during the install. This workaround is really not desirable and I am wondering if anyone has a way of installing to a specific disk.
Not being able to install to any disk sort of defeats the purpose of having this field at all. Without someway to dynamically fetch the disk number, it looks like this will only works if the DiskId is guaranteed to be zero such
as on a system with one disk.

I have seen an example from many years ago where it was possible to get the DiskId by running a vbs script like getDiskId.vbs then the autounattend.xml would look like something along those lines. But, it wasn't clear whether
that's still applicable and whether anyone has gotten that to work.
<MetaData wcm:action="add">
In my case, a simple script that queries the device model would be able to match the correct disk and return the disk number.
But, I haven't found anything recent that provides how to do that for autounattend.xml or points to whether that's still possible. Where would the vbs script go, etc?

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I ran Computer Management>Disk Management to see the data on all my disk drives. Although all the drives are shown, when looking down the left column I noticed that the number Disk 7 was missing. In other words:
Disk 5 - Removable (Flash Drive)
Disk 6 - Basic (External Drive)
Disk 8 - Basic (External Drive)

So Disk 7 was missing in the listing. I've never experienced that before and was wondering what it meant and whether it indicated a problem.

Any suggestion/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance........

A:Disk Number Missing in Disk Management

Have you removed an external drive recently? Should there be a disk 7 or was there one recently. The system may not have reset the numbers yet.
Have you tried rebooting?

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I ran Computer Management>Disk Management to see the data on all my disk drives. Although all the drives are shown, when looking down the left column I noticed that the number Disk 7 was missing. In other words:
Disk 5 - Removable (Flash Drive)
Disk 6 - Basic (External Drive)
Disk 8 - Basic (External Drive)

So Disk 7 was missing in the listing. I've never experienced that before and was wondering what it meant and whether it indicated a problem.

Any suggestion/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance........

A:Disk Number Missing in Disk Management

Have you removed an external drive recently? Should there be a disk 7 or was there one recently. The system may not have reset the numbers yet.
Have you tried rebooting?

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I have Yoga series machiens, that have the same serial number with anther products of Lenovo, so when I try to get the warranty status using only the ssn, it return an error.How can I ask for the warranty status for such machines so I'll send both the ssn and Machine type fields using API requests? This is what I'm getting when I try to lookup the warranty manually using the Lenovo warrany site:  

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Ok I am having a problem with my DVD-RW drive. When I try to burn files onto a dvd it asks me to put in a dvd. The computer doesn't even read the dvd that I have in there. I have no idea about drive stuff so I have absolutely no idea what I should even be looking for. thanks for the help!

A:please insert correct disk

Have you tried cleaning the DVD-RW drive? If it is bnew drive try using another type of DVD (not the cheaper ones), also it is possibly that you have a corrupted driver try uninstalling the DVD-RW from the device manager then restart your computer Windows will automatically install the driver for your DVD-RW drive.

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I've been reading several posts that refer to disk management, active partitions, etc.
I'm really clueless on this topic so, I'm wondering why the "System Reserve" is marked active rather than C:\ ?

A:Does Disk Management Look Correct

Hello Bej,

Yes, it is normal for the "System Reserved" partition to be marked "Active". An active partition on a basic disk means that the computer will use the loader (an operating system tool) on that partition to start/boot the operating system.

Hope this helps,

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Hello All,

I have 2 computers, a custom built desktop PC and an ASUS N550JK laptop. The hard drives that are installed on each are as follows:

[Desktop PC]
Drive C: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD (OS Disk)
Drive D: Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD (Data Disk)

[N550JK Laptop]
Drive C: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD (OS Disk)
Drive D: HGST Travelstar 7200 RPM 1 TB HDD (Data Disk)

I recently did a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro on both computers and I noticed something odd about the partitioning of the OS disk for my Desktop PC. It did not have a Recovery partition. Also, the laptop had this partition called "NO NAME".

Here is a screenshot comparing my desktop OS disk and my laptop OS disk:

As you can see the OS disk for my desktop has the following 2 partitions:

1. 350 MB System Reserved
2. 238.1 GB OS

and the OS disk for my laptop has the following 3 partitions:

1. 300 MB Recovery
2. 100 MB NO NAME
3. 238 GB OS

When I installed Windows 8.1 on each of these computers I selected "Clean Install" and then "Customize" and wiped all the disk partitions (for all drives), then selected the SSD as the drive for Windows to install to. I did not see anywhere to select whether or not I wanted a Recovery partition to be created. In fact Windows did not ask anything about the way I wanted to partition the drive.

I don't know if Windows is smart enough to know what to do and that's why it did not ask or if I am too stupid to manually setup the partitions pri... Read more

A:Which Of Thes Disk Configurations Is Correct?

Hello Jan,

They are both correct for each one.

You installed Windows 8.1 without UEFI to have a MBR formatted disk.

Clean Install - Windows 8

You installed Windows 8.1 with UEFI to have a GPT disk. The 100 MB partition is the EFO partition, and the 300 MB is the system reserved partition. All perfectly normal.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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i bought a new WD 160gb Hdd but when i install it winwdows xp SP2 only sees it as a 128gb hdd. will updating the bios on my asus a7n8x mb sort this out or will i need to get a controller card ??

A:Hard disk size not correct

What drive size does the BIOS report? If BIOS gets it wrong, then you need a BIOS update.

As for Windows, make sure that LBA48 is enabled - there's a registry setting for that.

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IE won't work, Windows Store won't access, Can't "Refresh" without OS Disk, Won't access extra hard drive or format. Using Windows 8 Pro, don't have original disk. Can I purchase another Windows 8 Upgrade disk and install it to resolve this problem? Open to other suggestions.

A:Win 8 Pro-Lost disk, can't update, Microsoft can't correct

hi and welcome to eightforums ,are you signed in with a Microsoft acct ,or trying to use a local acct .
did you try opening a elevated CMD prompt and run system file checker .if not see link below on how to open elevated cmd prompt ,and type in , sfc /scannow .note there is a space between the / and S,GOOD LUCK

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I have an 8gb disk in my mcahine, i have installed windows 2000 pro and in disk manager it tells my i have an healthy 8gb disk but in my computer i only have 2 gb, any ideas

Pleae help !

A:Disk size not correct in windows 2000

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My Disk Drive won't work. Each time I try to play a DVD it keeps coming up with the message Region not recognised, you can only play DVD's from this region! What the hell does this mean? I always used to be able to play them with no trouble, however now, I can't play them at all. I know for definite that I have not manually altered the Region thingy, how do I change it back so I can play DVD's? Its really annoying me now and I don't want to have to get a new laptop because of this. If anyone knows how to do this and what I need to do, the instructions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!!  

A:Disk Drive- Region Error, how do I correct this?

@Auri_96 http://drm-assistant.com/dvdtips/change-reset-dvd-region-code-in-windows8.html REO

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Here is my predicament: Have a netbook with Windows 7 Starter. It dualboots with Linux. My plan is to remove the Linux partition to make space on the hard disk. Obviously then the boot information, which is a GRUB, should be corrected. How can you edit this ahead of time, to allow a boot with a single entry? A netbook has no disk drive, so there is no repair disk available. Are there utilities like BCD easy or something like it? Thanks in advance for your tips.

A:How to correct boot sector without repair disk

You can create a bootable flash drive and use it to fix the MBR.

Looks like the easiest method is to use Universal USB Installer ? Easy as 1 2 3
. Select Windows 7 from the drop down menu and your off.

Here is a link to all versions for download from Digital River: Download Windows 7 ISO (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links)

Download the one that matches what you have use the .iso to create a bootable flash drive 94GB or larger).

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I have bad blocks on my hard drive. I was told to download check disk 1.03. and this software would mark the blocks as unusable, enabling me to reinstall xp maybe solve my problem. My problem now is I don,t know how to execute the program. When I tell it to run the message say c:\ntfs system in use. So i log off and it terminates the program . I need help. please let me know if I posted this thread to the wrong forum.

A:Solved: trying to correct disk errors windows xp please help

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> http://www.xperts.co.za/multi-boot/ I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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Windows 10 Pro
Biostar TZ77XE4

I have been able to "successfully" boot the CD Drive into UEFI mode to install Windows 10 onto my new 4TB SSHD, but I run into the error were it stats that the partitions are not in the recommended order, when the ONLY partitions on the disk are the primary and the "protective MBR" before it at slot 0.

Now, when I am in windows for the first time everything seems fine, but as soon as I restart after doing basic setup, I run into an issue where I cannot browse any partitions (I try to open "This PC", but it acts like it is indexing indefinitely and I never see the drive listing).

It looks like Windows 10 may not be appropriately setting the order for the partitions. I included a screenshot of the setup below.

Is this incorrect? How would I be able to correct the issue?

At the moment I left my original installation on my 1TB HHD intact, so that I can still have an operating PC, and find out some info on this.

I literally never heard of GPT (or at least remember it) before a couple days ago.

A:Installing Windows 10 on GPT disk, partitions not in correct order?

Are you trying to do a clean install of Windows 10 or an upgrade? If a clean install, then boot from the Windows 10 USB or DVD and select the Custom install option. Delete all the partitions on the drive, then select the unallocated space to install to.

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Hi, my issues are two-fold.

After asking the guys at the shop who put my computer together to partition the hard drive, they must've forgotten.

I'm a full-time student heading toward a level 6 diploma in ICT, just started learning diskpart, etc. So it's good practice for me to make right what they didn't do.

Have read many forums trying to work out what to do because I can only shrink this Western Digital (WD5000AAKS) 500GB to half it's size (when what I really want is Windows 7 on C drive at only 50GB's).

Have tried a custom install but it asks me for SATA drivers which I cannot for the life of me find to download.

Any help is very much appreciated.


P.S: The second part of the problem is RAM related, should I fix that first before doing the fresh install, or? I purchased 4GB of RAM but right clicking computer properties shows Installed memory (RAM): 2.00 GB. Right-clicking on my-PC and choosing properties does show 2 yellow warnings with exclamation marks. The first one is PCI Simple Communications Controller but clicking the update driver part comes back with "Windows was unable to install your..." Windows could not find driver software for your device. It doesn't have any driver provider details (Unkown) so not sure how to go about fixing that?
And the second exclamation mark says Unkown Device (could that be the missing RAM?)

A:Correct SATA Drivers for hard disk controller?

1. What kind of motherboard do you have? You'll have to go to their site and get the SATA/RAID drivers for your board.
2. 32 or 64 bit? 32 bit will only recognize up to 3.0 or 3.5 GB of RAM.

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Whilst definitely not a techie I've just noticed that the size on disk is 1.66 gb and on programme files is 1.65 gb which doesn't sound right at all. Or am I missing something ?

Thanks for any advice..

A:Correct programme & local disk (C) file sizes ?

Hello mate I am not really sure of what you are asking? Are you talking about a file on the drive being 1.66GB and the same file in Programs and Features is 1.65GB? If so is this causing any issues??

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I recently created an image using Clonezilla using partitions rather than whole disk. I had to do this to apply the image to a 80GB HDD rather from a 250GB HDD. This way my whole disk image would fit on smaller drives. Well I think my shortcut to making a whole new image on the 80GB broke something.

I did this by shrinking the partition on the 250 to ~24GB and making an image of the System Reserved (100MB) and the C drive (~24GB). I then applied this image to an 80GB drive so I would be able to take a whole disk image to apply to any drive that is 80GB and larger.

After I applied the Clonezilla Part-Image to the 80GB the partition was only ~24GB... This is expected. I figured I would be able to expand the partition to the un-formatted space.

The kicker is, I can't do that. Disk Management says that the C drive is actually ~74GB.

--See attachment--

My brain hurts. Is there a known solution for this?

What I am going to try next is remove this 80GB HDD, plug it into another computer and delete everything off it. Make it RAW no partitions. Then I will apply the part image again and hope that it will have three partitions. 100MB, ~24GB, ~50GB. The 50GB will be un-partitioned space that I can extend the C drive to. This is my theory and I hope it will work.

A:Disk Management is not displaying correct HDD size. Partition issues?

I am able to extend the partition if I use a 160GB drive but not the 80GB. This is very strange.

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This morning with the help of BC board members I solved my hard disk capacity issue.

Now for disk problem number 2. According to a run on PCPitstop, my C drive has usually low performance.

My PC is extremely slow. Cleaning up the drive helped a bit

The uncached speed of drive C is 11 MB per second. The standard for a similar PCs is 45 MB per second.

The drive has been defraged.

Any suggestion on how to improve disk performance ?



A:Disk Issue Number 2

I think here we are going to have to know some information on your system, like the name and model number of your system, hard drive and whether you are using NTFS for your hard drive. There are several but the most common are Fat32 and NTFS you can find this out in My Computer and set it to details. What defrager did you use? What is the capacity and free space on the drive?Also there is a program that is very helpful finding problems with capacity of drives it is callled Treesize and can be found at:You might want to download (free) TreeSize, a small utility which shows you the HD space used by each folder to determine where the problem lieshttp://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

A:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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the problem:
there are times when one desires to clone a HDD of w10 to a SSD.  But if the HDD has a small number of bad tracks, most cloning hardware will not work.

this posting is a conceptual approach to identifying the file, some of which is in the bad sector...so that the file can be moved and the bad sector marked as not usable....so that cloning can take place.

conceptual solution:
(1) using various hardware, a person can identify the physical address  of a sector that is bad. an example is Partition Guru

(2) using sysinternal's  diskview, one can identify a file given a cluster number.  the process is not a direct outcome of the application but it will work with iterative effort.
(3) knowing the physical address of the bad sector it would be nice to be able to calculate the cluster number at which time i could reach my objective.
but i understood that cluster numbers are a conceptual object and not related to the physical disk.  Can anyone help me reach my goal....and if it is not reachable.....offer an alternative suggestion?

identify the track and sector of the physical disk problem.  In my case i used Partition Guru, but any program that gives you the exact address of the physical disk problem


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The set came with a Gateway I purchased in Dec. of 1999. Recently I noticed I am missing disk 1. I sent an email to Gateway seeing if I could get a replacement cd, but have not heard back from them yet. Would Microsoft be able to send a replacement if Gateway doesent have any to send? I have the certificate of authenticity and the cd key.
Any advice would be helpful.

A:Missing Works 2000 disk number 1.

Getting replacement media from Microsoft for a program that is 6 years old would be a challenge I suspect.

Also if it was bundled with the Gateway as you say, it's "Original Equipment Manufacture" (OEM) provided which means all support comes from the seller (Gateway). I would hold out about the same (little) hope for such an old replacement disk from them though.

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Hello ALL and Happy Thanksgiving !!!

I am configuring a computer for my sisters kids with Win98SE because of their educational games, but dont have the registration number.

I know its on the Win98SE CD, but I cant remember where ......

Any help ??


A:Windows 98SE registration number on disk

It's not on the CD, it's on the CD-cover, or on a W98-manual, or on a sticker on the pC itself.

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Dear sevenforums.

-I got HP compaq Presario CQ61 laptop.
I- check on bios and there is no serial number and product number.

* Serial number not found
*Smart hard disk error
the smart hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. to ensure not data loss please backup the content immediately and run the Hard disk test in system diagnostics.
Hard disk 1 (301)
F2 system diagnostics
Enter Continue stratup For more information please visit:- www.hp.com\go\techcenter\startup
* windows detected a hard disk problem

A:Serial number not found (hard disk 301 Error)

Sorry to see that there was no response to this thread. Are you still in need of assistance?

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HiI have T540P almost 5 years old. The hard disk is damaged and so I want to put in a new SSD. However, to install windows on the new SSD  I will need to get the windows product key. How do I do that?  Please help

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i want to do that.so give me the best way.please

A:how to move data from disk D to disk E and from disk E to disk D

Hello pvnam95 and welcome to Seven Forums.

The easiest way is probably "drag and drop". Open each disk in a separate window and drag the data from one disk to the other.

4 Ways to Transfer Data Between Two Hard Drives - wikiHow

But it really depends on what kinds of drives you have (internal, external, spinner, solid state) and the type of data you're trying to move (large movies, small documents, encrypted, the operating system, etc.) Could you provide a screenshot of your Disk Management? And also fill in your System Specs.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

System Info - See Your System Specs

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Hi there,

I bought a used laptop. I checked it carefully and sure that there was 300Gb Dik C and 500Gb Disk D.

But after a day, Disk D suddenly went missing. I checked the Disk Management and use other partition software but Disk D (w 500Gb) cannot be found.

I tried partition recovery and perhaps i might recover the 500gb in Disk C but no success.

I checked the files in Disk C and noticed a certain file with "ss" as a name and icon like a disk. "ss" format as I check is in Disk Image File.
And to my surprise, the files originally in Disk D is here in "ss"

After several tries, I figured out that in order to unhide Disk D, I have to open "ss" inside Disk C. Everytime I shut down my laptop and opened it, Disk D is missing. Then I have to click the file "ss" again in Disk C to unhide Disk D.

Though annoying, somehow it solves the problem.

However I realized that my Disk D w/c have 500gb would only saved the files in Disk C "ss" file. Meaning if I only have 50Gb files in Disk D, only that 50 Gb will be saved in "ss" file.

Has anyone encountered this problem? There are no other problems in my laptop except that Disk D file is missing. Can someone help what to do to make Disk D appear as it is? My friend told me to just reformat my laptop but it might ruin my disks. I'm currently using Windows 8.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

A:Disk D Missing/ Disk D Saved File is in Disk C

I agree with your friend. Do a clean reinstall of Windows and get a fresh start with that laptop.
Using a laptop that still contains all the debris and issues from its previous owner is not what you want to do.

What's the brand name and model name and complete model number of that laptop?


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Note I have a OEM windows product key .

No Recovery disk, Repair disk and Installation disk came with my computer.

Do I have to go to Microsoft web site or the manufacturer of the computer web site to download the recovery disk, repair disk and Installation disk.

Some one said you can download windows ISO from Microsoft web site if you have the product key is that true?

If not where do you get the Installation disk, recovery disk, or repair disk?

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Need help guys.

I have tried putting in my windows disk but it still comes back

I have been told to post a log generated by hijack this so here it is

A:Windows - No Disk There is no disk in drive please insert a disk

grevious, to better help you, can you let us know when the error message started to occur and what the exact error message is?

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Mornin' Folks,
  Got a curiosity here, and was wondering if my assumptions are correct.
Situation:  2 hd's  1=300+gbs; 2=500+gbs.  Coulda' swore that I loaded 1 as 0, installed win 7 on it(from boot, partitioned it there, as well as partioning 2 more volumes on same), partioned 2(disk 1) with 3 equal partions.  When building
sys plugged sata cords into appropriate slots. 
Loaded win 7 on disk 0.  Left other partitions alone to do later from OS gui, did NOT load anything on disk 1 (the 500) but did partition it from the boot, at the boot disk option.   Wiped all clean, reformatted all internals...etc., etc..
I reconfig the BIOS, Win 7 boots...ouila!
Config the unallocated spaces (remember I partitioned them with the win 7 disk at initial) with Disk Manager GUI.  Put a swap file on 1st volume disk 1. 

Disk 0 configs its own reserved where I had installed the OS...I know this.  Put a 400 mb. sys managed pagefile on disk 0.  Got rid of hiberfil.sys.  Swap file for ENTIRE 'puter on disk 1, partition/volume 1...first part./vol.
EVERYTHING = hunky dorey.....yee haw! 
Now, on at least a weekly basis disk 0 and disk 1 switch places as seen in Disk Manager (right click 'puter...Manage...Storage...Disk Management) ALONG WITH: All the volumes, files, AND the OS.  So sometimes the 300 has the OS, volumes, files, etc. 
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A:Disk 0 and Disk 1 keep switching places in Disk Management

"HoratioL" wrote in message news:51f7bcfa-6e1d-4fd3-b5ba-e7aefa94113b...


So Folks....anyone have any ideas on my Disks switchin' around on me?

About the only thing I can think of, if you're not switching physical connections is that something is happening in BIOS. - either you're flipping the boot order there, and Windows is interpreting it differently, or something is getting stuck, and the
boot order is changing as a consequence.

Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi |
CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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OK. I got given a laptop to fix. The problem was is that the O/S was hanging and BSoD. I thought, ok, simple fix or repair will do the trick. I was very wrong!

I tried several ways to make XP boot but failed, I gave up in the end so I created myself an XP bootable disk. Took around 10 minutes to create, all fine, no errors. Put it in the Fujitsu laptop and what a surprise, it doesnt want to boot. So I tested this CD on another laptop, it worked like a dream.

So, my first question is "Why doesnt my XP bootable disk want to load on a Fujitsu laptop?"

Next, I burned a XP iso file onto a disk and tried to boot to get into console recovery. This booted up fine, did my stuff but no help to the corrupt XP on the laptop. So I thought, ok, let me try and do a repair. This started to repair the O/S which was perfect, then BOOM! a pop up message saying "Enter your serial number in...". I looked under the laptop, wrote down the serial number, triple checked it, entered it in and "Invalid serial number".

So, my second question is "Why in the hell doesnt it like a valid serial number?"

Ok ok ok, now your thinking.
"Why dont you just reinstall the O/S from fresh?"
Well, the answer to that is well, the person has family photos on there of his kids and he doesnt want to lose them.
Yes, no back up was made.

My thoughts are on that laptop is that the laptop hard drive is corrupt, a bad few sectors or something.

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A:Unbootable Windows XP disk, "Invalid serial number". All on a Fujitsu Laptop

the xp disk you are using has to match the version of the key,which is a oem version

first slave the drive to another computer and see what you can save from it

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I ran the comman shell and typed "ipconfig"
my Default gateway number is

this cant be a correct number.
also i think my ip address number is outputting a different result.
any one have any knowledge on this matter

A:defualt gateway number i think is not correct

whats the problem you are having - more detail on the kit you have, how connected and the problem you are experiencing would help

post an ipconfig /all here
{ipconfig /all}
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here
We would like to see the results from ipconfig /all post back the results here
-> Start
-> (XP - enter the following in the RUN box)
cmd /k ipconfig /all
-> (Vista or Windows 7 - enter the following in the Search box)
cmd /k ipconfig /all

A black box will appear on the screen -
rightclick in the box
select all
control key + C key - to copy

then reply here and
control key + V to paste
From a Johnwill post

IP addresses of all zeros are normally caused by one of the following.

DHCP Service not running.
Duplicate IP address on the network.
Bad NIC card drivers.
Defective NIC hardware.

Check Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. The DHCP Client service should be Started and its Startup Type should be Automatic.

Turn off ALL of the computers and other network connected devices, restart (power cycle) the router, then restart all the computers and other network devices.

Check for upgraded drivers and/or reload th... Read more

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I am in Operating System MS Office XP, with Word 2000 (even though the document properties state Word 2002) and the page number is 0 Section 1 Page 1/3. How do I get the page number to read 1 instead of 0?


A:To correct Page Number '0' in Word

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Does "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" mean that there is no OS installed on the hard drive?

On my other computer it says "No Operating System found".


A:Solved: Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter

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Hi i have a self built pentium 4 pc that wont boot.
When i turn it on there is a very long wait at the HP Invent screen (it is a ms 6577 ver 2.1 board) and when it finally gets to the black screen with the slashing dash in the top left hand corner it just flashes for around a minute before saying "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
I have managed to get it to boot once by going into the recovery tool on the XP disk and using "FIXBOOT" but that only worked once and it wont work any more. The specs of the pc are,

PENTIUM 4 1.8GHZ 478
MS 6577 VER 2.1 BOARD
256 MB RAM

There is nothing to lose on this PC. Thanks in advance. Alex

A:Solved: Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

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Has anyone tried to resize a partition of a SATA disk with Acronis using an USB enclosure? I forgot that I tried once awhile ago, and it took an extremely long time. Of course this makes sense, given the limitations of USB.

But I forgot about that previous experience, and found myself in a position where I needed to resize a partition on a drive. My desktop is down at the moment because the raid controller failed and a replacement is on the way from LSI. So I thought I would use my laptop and put the drive in an enclosure, instead of taking 5 minutes to setup a disk to boot into on my desktop which was dumb. (because I have an extra disk with an installation for it...)

Anyway, I forgot about the problem last time I tried over USB, and as soon as I clicked "commit" I noticed the 18 hour estimated completion time. I clicked cancel, hit "yes" to confirm the cancel, and nothing happened. It's about an hour later, and it is still trying to resize the drive, and hitting cancel still does not actually stop the process.
Does anyone know what is going on?

If there is data on the partition that is being resized, will terminating the program via end process in task manager before it is complete corrupt the data on that partition?
So I'm looking to have 2 questions answered:

A.) Does anyone know of a method to get Acronis to cancel the partition resize?

I don't have another 15 hours to wait. I need to leave in an hour, and need to bring my... Read more

A:Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 - can't cancel partition resize on USB SATA disk

deuce said:

.. and as soon as I clicked "commit" I noticed the 18 hour estimated completion time. I clicked cancel, hit "yes" to confirm the cancel, and nothing happened.Click to expand...

I'm thinking you should've waited ... the first estimate is always ridiculously long ...
But once Acronis figures out what it has to do ... The time usually drops to something more reasonable.

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

A:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition - http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition-windows-7-system.html
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] - https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.

I have installed a new hard drive and used three different sata cables none of that worked. I have even taken out the battery and that did not work. I am about to give up and scape the whole thing.

A:Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter nothing seems to work

It sounds like a motherboard failure to me.

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Well, as some of you may jnow, this pc has caused me a lot of trouble. So, now its installed witha brand new Motherboard, RAM, AGP card, and hardDrive.

Installed Windows 2000 using the upgrade disk, popping in Win98 to confirm I had it. It all worked okay, but on a restart the error comes up:

Boot from CD: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Now, in the BIOS, I've had the boot sequence as all sorts. First, was

CDROM, HDD-0, Floppy

No joy, so went to

HDD-0, CDRom, floppy


Floppy, HDD-0, CDROM

Then, for the sheer heck of it

HDD-0, HDD-1, Floppy

Still nothing.

I tried it with Quick Boot disabled, nothing. Seek Floppy is Enabled, was disabled by defalut. HDD S.M.A.R.T is enabled, was disabled by default.

As the pc at home is the only one there, I can only answer via the work's pc during the day. I have my motherboard booklet, and the BIOS is Phoenix AwardBIOS

Any help would be great, so close to marking the threads that I've started on this problem Solved

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

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I've got a problem with my brothers laptop.

It is an old AMS Power CD, with win. 95. When I turn it on, it begins to boot. The screen reads:
BIOS 1.23, CPU = Pentium 100 MHz
640K System RAM Passed
23552K Extended RAM Passed
256K Cache SRAM Passed
System BIOS Shadowed
Video BIOS Shadowed
Mouse Initialized

Then in a red flashing box in the middle of the screen it reads: "Couldn't reset hard disk system Save to Disk feature is disabled"

Then, "Operating system not found" below

I would much appreciate any help or assistance I can find.

A:Couldn't reset hard disk system, save to disk feature is disabled

I'd bet the harddrive has a loose connection or completely failed. If you don't know how to take it apart and check it take it to an expert.

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Hi everyone,
This is my first post on this site, and i want to thank you for your responses in advance.

OK so here is my problem. I know that there have been posts on this topic becfore, however mine is different than the rest of the posts. In the other posts,this has occured on a modified computer, but when it happened to me, it was my unmodded computer. So heres what happened. I boot up, and after the HP screen, instead of going to the windows loading screen, I get a message with alot of text, but the main point was that "a failure was imenent", F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup. So i hit F1 to continue, and after a minute of a blank screen and the blinking text dash, the DISK BOOT FAIlURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK message. But I have never modified my coputer, and never used a setup disk before on this machine. What do you advise I should do?
BTW:I tried resetting BIOS, but to no avail.

Older Hp-Pavilion 760n

A:UNIQUE Disk Boot Faliure, Insert System Disk and press Enter

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This is my first build and only problem im having right now is this disk boot failure error..I have a legal copy of vista and trying to install it on a SATA drive and using a DVD/RW to load the CD..I've checked all the connections and everything is seated correctly..went into the BIOS and set my DVD drive to primary and the SATA drive secondary and still no luck..Very frustrated and running out of ideas...Can someone help

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I'm trying to install a PC with Windows 7 threw USB (2.0). Therefore I've used Windows USB/DVD Tool.
To note, I've installed a NEW hard drive, the old one broke down due to it's age.

Now I'm getting the next message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK.

I've tried setting the boot sequence but none of that helped, I keep getting the same message.

Thanks in advance,


A:Windows 7 Installation error DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK

Normally means that the hard drive is not detected. Check its connections, plugged securely into SATA1 port with no others attached, data and power cable securely attached.

Then enter BIOS setup by tapping the key given for that on the first screen. Is the hard drive registering anywhere there? It often will be represented by its Serial Number.

Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save settings and Exit.

Proceed to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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