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OKR on Z500: Will it remove the data in all the partitions I created after purchasing the laptop?

Q: OKR on Z500: Will it remove the data in all the partitions I created after purchasing the laptop?

Hi, I have a query regarding OKR on Windows 10 Lenovo Z500 laptop where I'm expecting to get some definitive answers if after doing a One Key Recovery on my laptop will it remove all the partitions I added after purchasing this laptop? So, it cam with only C and D partitions. I created few others for my data (let's say E, F and G). Will running OKR reset all my partitions or just the system 'C' partition? If someone has this kind of setup and have run OKR, please suggest based on your experience. I would appreciate if someone can respond to this soon as I need to do this recovery soon. Let me know if you need any clarification on the above query. Regards,Nick

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Preferred Solution: OKR on Z500: Will it remove the data in all the partitions I created after purchasing the laptop?

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.)


I am considering doing this and i was just wondering would it remove a virusEdit: Topic moved from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Will reinstalling windows and deleting partitions and all my data remove a virus

For most of viruses I would say - absolutely yes. Only few really hardcore ones can survive a full disc format.

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When I create a partition on my hard drive using the windows XP it is not created (there is still the same amount of unpartitioned space to when it was not created).And when I create a partition using the windows 98 startup disk (fdisk) it is created but if I go on fdisk again the partition is not there (there is still the same amount of unpartitioned space to when it was not created).I have tried 3 hard drives and there was still the same problem.
I can format the partition using the windows98 startup disk but windows XP will not format or install using the windows98 startup disk format.

A:Partitions not created

Maybe the partition table(s) is/are FUBAR? How about wiping the beginning of the drive clean with a disk wiping utility (or the dd command in any decent OS (not Windows))?

Or maybe just try a Linux live CD and partition there?

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Whist setting up my new Fujitsu AH530 laptop, a box appeared asking whether I wanted to partition the hard drive. This being the second laptop running Windows 7 and a prior one running Vista, that I have started from new, I know that, being Dual Core, there will be two partitions as standard (C&D). Thinking for some reason this computer wanted me to manually set partitions, I clicked yes and adjusted the percentage to 75%/25%, presuming that would give me 'C' Drive of 375GB and 'D' Drive of 125GB.
After setup had finished, a pop up stated that 'E' drive was very low on space. Not knowing where the E drive was (usually dvd drive) I looked at Computer Properties. It stated that 'C' drive was only 40GB and almost full, and 'E' drive, (what would normally be 'D' drive) having only 9.77GB.
I looked in Computer Manager and found that by clicking 'yes' to partitioning the drive, the computer had created another partition.
I now have:-
4/5 partitions,
<2GB Recovery>
<40GB System> 'C'
<9.77GB Drivers> 'E'
<7.00GB Free>
<406.99GB Unallocated>
How do I now get back to having the normal two Partitions of approx 250GB each?
Having never come across the question asked about partitioning the HD,I wonder whether it is something peculiar to Fujitsu.

A:Too many Partitions created on new computer

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Off hand, I'd say you have a recovery partition, a Windows partition, a driver backup partition and an area of the hard drive that has nothing on it, which should be a data partition.

We'll know more when we see your screenshot.

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Hello, I was redirected to start a new thread in this section of the forum.

Basically, I have 2 hard drives. One SSD for the primary and one 2TB drive for the secondary.

My secondary drive was partitioned into 4 parts.

In the last month the secondary had been disappearing.
I could see it in safe mode. And when I scanned for hardware via rapid storage technology, it would pop up in Windows Explorer during normal mode.

The only problem besides disappearing after shutting down/restarting was that it would freeze the computer if kept on.
Today I tried to do the old Rapid Storage trick. Everything was visible again, except one drive. It was saying access is denied when i tried to open it in windows explorer.

I tried swapping SATA cables for the current one. I also tried connecting it to other ports.

I read somewhere that flashing the BIOS would solve the problem. I flashed my BIOS with Gigabyte's @BIOS with the latest BIOS. The latest BIOS was for "Better SATA compatibility."
It didn't do much, all it did was cause Rapid Storage Technology to see less ports which I believe were the would be partitions on the secondary drive.
So I disconnected the secondary drive and tried connecting it to the PC with a SATA to USB adapter.
It saw the HDD, except 3/4 partitions were empty. And even in the 1 partition the folders housing the bigger files that took up most of the drive is empty.
Sorry for typing up so much, I just wanted to get everything out there.
If anyone c... Read more

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Normally I Partition my drives myself using Gparted.
With a Fresh out of the box (Not even formatted) I wanted to see what Win10 would do with the drive.

It created 3 partitions (Which surprised me).
I expected an EFI partition, and the OS partition, but I didn't expect a 450 MB "Recovery Partition" to be created at the very beginning of the drive.

This is a Zenbook (so a UEFI system) UX303UB, 12 GB Ram, i76500U Processor, & an nVidia 940M (with Optimus)

What exactly does Windows 'DO' with this "Recovery" partition, and IF I had partitioned the drive myself with only the EFI System Partition, would Windows 10 Really have cared?
What functionality would I have been out exactly?



A:New SSD - Clean Install - 3 (???) Partitions Created!

That contains the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). It provides you with advanced boot (try depressing shift key while restarting) options - recovery troubleshooting and others. You may or may not prefer to do without it. Those partitions, along with a 16 MB MSR partition (snugged in between the EFI System Partition and the OS Partition, that you don't see in Disk Management) are part of any standard Win10 clean install to a GPT disk.

You can see all 4 partitions from an elevated (admin) command prompt using the following commands, in sequence:

select disk 0
list par

("exit" to leave diskpart)

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I just started running Vista Ultimate 64bit. I had a copy of Windows XP Pro, and I created all my partitions in that, when I upgraded I just formatted my drive C and installed Vista.

I was told that I should not partition any drives that have partitions created in XP or earlier systems because it will cause the data to corrupt, due to the way Vista deals with the sectors of the hard drive. Is there any truth to this?

A:Vista Partitioning XP created partitions.


Since you formatted the drive before Vista install, there should be no problem.

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Hello everyone

I'm after some advice for something that has me a little perplexed and was wondering whether you could help ...

Firstly a little about my PC -

Am running Windows XP (Pro) and have a SCSI hard drive (8gb), a newly installed secondary hard drive (40gb), a DVD rom (master), and a CD-RW burner (slave) all on an IBM Intellistation E-Pro. Both hard drive file systems are NTFS (dynamic) and all appears 'healthy' when looking in Disk Management. I thought I'd let you know all of this before I ask, as it might help you understand why the below is happening.

Prior to recently installing my secondary hard drive, my drive letters were C:, D: (for the DVD rom) and E: (for the CD-RW drive) and when going into Windows Explorer, all drives appeared on the tree to the left with no problems.

Once I installed, and partitioned, my secondary hard drive (it has been recognised by the system by the way), and changed drive letters for all (including the partitioned 3) I expected to see all drives once again in Windows Explorer (C, D, E, F, G & H - I changed them around numerous times by the way to get it to work properly) - I was only able (no matter which drive letter was assigned to what) to see two drives at a time in Explorer other than that of the C drive, not all of them. Depending on the drive letter assigned, I could sometimes see only the external drives, and then if I changed the drive letters again I'd be able to see two of the three partit... Read more

A:Appearance of newly created Partitions

This problem has since been fixed ... but thank you anyway for your interest.

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I can not boot my Toshiba laptop Windows 8.1 computer after I was attempting to resize partitions.
I got in over my head. Now I'm stuck and cannot boot.

I believe the problem is I somehow created a second copy of my EFI partition. Now I have two "system" partitions of the same size.

Cannot boot, but got a command prompt. Ran "bcdedit" and got:

"The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
The requested system device cannot be identified due to multiple indistinguishable devices potentially matching the identification criteria."

Other things I uncovered:

Diskpart> list partition

Partition 1 System
Partition 2 System
Partition 3 Reserved
Partition 4 Primary
Partition 5 Recovery
Partition 6 Recovery

(note both partitons 1 & 2 say "System" for type.)

Diskpart> Select Partition 1
detail partition
* Volume 2 System NTFS Partition 352 MB Healthy Hidden

Diskpart> Select Partition 2
detail partition
* Volume 3 FAT32 Partition 352 MB Healthy Hidden

I conclude that Partition 1 equates to Volume 2, Partition 2 to Volume 3. However there is no longer a "System" label on Part 2/Vol 3 once drilled down to details. Also its FAT32.

I am hoping/praying that I could "delete" one of the duplicate partitions. But scared to make any such move. And not sure which one would be advised.

Not sure where to go from here. Any and all help appreciated.

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A:Cannot Boot! Created duplicate EFI partitions by mistake,

What you have stated about partition layout is OK. Partition 1 is the old Windows 8 Repair tools partition, Partition 5 is new Windows 8.1 Repair tools partition.

Did you use Partiton Software that is signed by Microsoft for with Windows 8.1.
If NO, the partition types have been changed, therefore will NOT BOOT.

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.

Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media DVDs on a Windows 8 Laptop - YouTube
Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube
Creating Recovery Media for Windows 8 - TOSHIBA FORUMS

Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
Toshiba Service Portal - Laptop Recovery Media Services - Toshiba

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I think this is some windows application, but I cannot figure out what exactly is going on. From time to time I have this locked folders created on USB drives and my d: partition called something like "53ab78a8548aac7479d7a4ee".

Any ideas? Is there a way to hide/stop these if this is from Windows?


A:Strange folder being created on spare partitions

Could this be from Acronis Backups?

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My DELL Latitude laptop came with Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on it. I decided that I want to upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro x64.

Before I did anything I used DELL Backup and Recovery to create a flash drive so I can always restore the PC back to factory if anything goes wrong during the upgrade process.

After creating the recovery media I used the Windows 10 upgrade wizard to upgrade to Windows 10 carrying over all of my existing files. I primarily did this so my Windows 8.1 Product Key which is injected into the motherboard would officially become a Windows 10 Product Key.

Now I would like to do a 100% clean install of Windows 10 through a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive that I just got done creating but have a few questions:

I booted from the flash drive and went to Custom (Advanced) install and I am currently viewing all of the partitions:

Drive 0 Partition 1: "ESP" type: (System)
Drive 0 Partition 2: "DIAGS" type: (OEM)
Drive 0 Partition 3: "" type: MSR (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 4: "WINRETOOLS" (Recovery)
Drive 0 Partition 5: "OS" type: (Primary)
Drive 0 Partition 6: "" type: (Recovery)
Drive 0 Partition 7: "PBR Image" (Recovery)

Which of these are DELL related and which of these are just the additional partitions Windows automatically installs?

Can I just delete them all and fresh install Windows 10 on Unpartitioned space?

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A:Is it safe to delete the DELL created partitions when upgrading OS

Hi, Blake, and welcome to TenForums. I've responded to your questions within the quote block, in red.

Originally Posted by BlakeRivell

My DELL Latitude laptop came with Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on it. I decided that I want to upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro x64.

Before I did anything I used DELL Backup and Recovery to create a flash drive so I can always restore the PC back to factory if anything goes wrong during the upgrade process. Good smart move.

After creating the recovery media I used the Windows 10 upgrade wizard to upgrade to Windows 10 carrying over all of my existing files. I primarily did this so my Windows 8.1 Product Key which is injected into the motherboard would officially become a Windows 10 Product Key. What actually happened is that MS activation servers recorded a digital entitlement to Win10 based along with a hardware hash id (based primarily on motherboard) to track that entitlement, all this after it picked up the 8.1 product key from the Mobo - that pre-established digital entitlement is what will be key to activation of your clean install.

Now I would like to do a 100% clean install of Windows 10 through a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive that I just got done creating but have a few questions:

I booted from the flash drive and went to Custom (Advanced) install and I am currently viewing all of the partitions:

Drive 0 Partition 1: "ESP" type: (System)
Drive 0 Partition 2: "DIAGS" ... Read more

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I had an about.blank iexplorer hijacker.
I ran adaware free version to remove it I found 101 malacious entries and files.
I quaranteened them all then deleted them.
Now when I insert a data cd into my dvd-rom/cd-rw drive it doesn't recognise it.
I have tried it with 5 data disc's that worked previously.
But it works fine with a dvd movie.
What the smokies is going on, please help me....


A:My laptop will not read data cd's after I ran Adaware to remove an about.blank

Have you tried deleting the device in the Device Manager and letting Windows re-add? You may have mistakenly deleted an importnat system file, which Windows should re-add.

If not, got to Start/Run and type SFC /scannow to run System File Checker. Hopefully, you have another CD drive to put your Windows CD in, which you will be prompted for at some point.

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I have lost my ideapad Z500 and want to get the MAC adress of the laptop (to find its location).
I have the serial number of the laptop but not the laptop itself.
Is this possible?
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:Z500 - Getting the MAC Address of my laptop

i am not sure but you will try to enter your router and try to find history of devices. it will show all devices with mac info what was connected to router..
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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I am purchasing new laptop. I am tired with boot speed & performance of SATA drives & want to go with SSD.

Currently, I am comparing
XPS 17 Laptop - Feel the Thrill with 3D Laptop Screen | Dell
XPS 15z Laptop Details | Dell
Premium Laptop, Professional Audio Laptop | HP Envy

My requirements are

-> Slim & Stylish
-> SSD drives for OS & Sata for data
-> Long battery life
-> Shouldn't more than 7-8 lbs

Remaining things like Processor, RAM etc any thing will work from Core i7 range & 8GB will be good. Not high end gaming cards, just normal will work. I don't want any heating & rebooting issues.

I hope someone will help to choose some good laptop.

BUDGET is not an issue.

Waiting for some responses.


A:[Help] Purchasing new laptop

Well given the three choices I would automatically lean toward the HP. I have a grudge against Dell, they don't stand behind their products and their tech support is hopelessly useless. I've had good luck with the HP machines I've worked with. I currently run an Acer *See my system specs. that has been great. They just released a bunch of second gen iCore powered machines, might be worth a look.

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Do you have a recommendation re: buying a laptop with 4GB ran dual core must have windows XP home???

A:purchasing a laptop

what do you mainly use a laptop for, gaming, school, general usage. It makes a difference.

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Ok, I'm looking for a laptop under 2000$ that is powerful (um, something above 2.8ghz that's not a celeron), upgradable (that is in graphics card and up to 2gigs of ram) plus a case that looks cool (kinda like the alienware laptops). I've seen the new AMD 64's for only 1,600$ but they don't have nifty cases. Any ideas my dear friends?

A:I need help purchasing a new laptop.

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Hello, I need a new laptop and I'm not quite sure where to start because I know nothing about computers. I know that I need something that is very durable because I move my laptop a lot. I do a lot of music downloading, so I guess I need something with plenty of memory, I'm not quite sure. I was reading that it was good to get an external hardrive to add on to the internal hardrive, but I don't know if that's hard to do. I was thinking of going through Dell, but not sure if that is the best bet. If anyone can give me some tips and recommendations, that would be great! Thank You

A:Need Help with Purchasing a Laptop

I would go to dell. Get me one of them XPS lappys lol.

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I'm in the market for a laptop. I've settled on one that looks good, but I'd like to get a second opinion. I'd most likely use the computer for word processing, running iTunes, and light-to-moderate gaming. I'd also like to not spend more that $575 on it (yeah I'm a cheapskate, I know ). Anyway, here we go:

Compaq V5000Z Series Notebook PC

OS: Windows XP Home Edition
Processor: AMD Sempron(TM) 3300+ (2.0GHz/128KB L2 Cache)
Display: 15.4" WXGA Widescreen (1280x800)
Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM (1x256MB)
Graphics Card: 128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM)
Hard Drive: 40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
Primary CD/DVD Drive: DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (Q: Does this write DVDs and CDs, or just CDs?)
Networking: Integrated 56K Modem + 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Primary Battery: 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Productivity Software: Microsoft(R) Works/Money

Final Price: $489.99 (after rebates and savings )
So, any thoughts?

A:Purchasing a Laptop: What do you think?

I would up the Ram to 512MB, 256 will work but you will get a big performance boost from 512.....especially since the graphics card will be using some of the system memory for itself.....

as for gaming....don't plan on too much with a laptop...that graphics chipset won't play much.........

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I'm not sure if I'm on the right board or not, but I'm giving this a go.

I have a superb desktop but recently a need has arose for a laptop. I need something rather cheap, my expenses are up right now and I can't really go over $500, (I know, not many good ones that cheap)

My only requirements (other than the standard stuff) is the ability to smoothly run all Adobe CS2 applications (not simultaneously), would you say any of these computers could handle it?


A:purchasing laptop

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What is the most durable/best long lasting type of laptop that you can purchase? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks for your time.

A:Purchasing a Laptop???

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I'm in the market for a new 15.6 laptop. Iíve been testing one of the new Acer models and it appears to be the best bang for the buck. It comes with a multitude of features including at least 4G Ram, 350G HD, Four (4) USB ports, HDMI, Modem, Card reader, Video, audio, microphone inputs, 8 X DVD, Web Cam, Windows 7, Intel Processor, etc, etc., for about $650 at Costco. The only downside I see is the terrible Acer support. Doesn't seem they have much interest in supporting their products. Their English is very difficult to understand and they are quick to hang up. Costco is the big plus. Two year warranty support and 90 days full refund if you are not satisfied. I'm not familiar with Acer at all and need some opinions. Does anyone have an opinion about Acer and please let me know what other brands you would recommend that can match up with these features and price?

A:Purchasing a laptop

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What are the main points to look for when puchasing a laptop in the price range up to about ?700.It will be used in the main for e-mailing,surfing the internet and games.Is a SSD superior to a hard disk drive and if so are there any drawbacks with them.Also what processor would you recommend.Any advice and guidance would be appreciated..

A:Purchasing a New Laptop

Quote: Originally Posted by denwilliam

What are the main points to look for when puchasing a laptop in the price range up to about ?700.It will be used in the main for e-mailing,surfing the internet and games.Is a SSD superior to a hard disk drive and if so are there any drawbacks with them.Also what processor would you recommend.Any advice and guidance would be appreciated..

Obviously features and basic specifications would be a primary consideration, but I'd also give a lot of thought to build quality and support---what is going to happen if you have failure of some type within warranty?

SSDs are inferior only as regards price and capacity. They are noticeably faster than standard drives. If your laptop will hold only 1 hard drive, an SSD may not be large enough to hold all of your data--in which case go with a standard HDD.

At your budget, I'd guess you can get an Intel processor of some type. They are generally better performers in the mid and upper price ranges.

If you have a supplier picked out, maybe you can post a link to the web site.

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I am looking for a nice decent stable laptop that i can if possible run Windows and Linux on. I am also considering doing the Mac OS X on there but not sure. Ive never used OS X or rather any mac before but i am after all a Geek and need to know how to use them. Price Range: as low as i can. its not going to be a power pc or anything just something to get me through the day, possibly doing some Wireless Security Checking for clients and general things like typing and such. Any laptops that dont break down so bad over time? For instance: My sister purchased a compaq 2 years ago. so far she has had, A Failure, DVD drive failure, Screen failure, and keyboard failure. Anything anyone can suggest. Pretty much any software issues i can easily take care of myself so i dont really need the tech support i just NEEd FAST hardware repairs if the computer breaks down. Apple i hear makes a nice pc. probably a grand is my max price just doing some browsing. Or i plan on just getting a desktop i build from scratch which will do about 5 times the power as any laptop i can get for the same price, more stability, but no portability. The whole idea of carrying a small laptop around would be nice.

A:Purchasing a laptop

they do make very small factor boxes these days
I have a HP dv5094ea - excellent machine and great value for money given the spec
1GB memory

but it is a HP which meged with compaq 4 years ago...

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As my previous thread "HP Laptop doesn't work" I am planning to get a new one. I still plan to fix the old one to give to my Dad. Which was the original plan before I dropped the laptop.

I kinda like the Asus laptops but the 17.3 is so wide it won't fit in my carrying case at almost 18 1/2" wide. The Dell Studio 17 doesn't seem bad but would prefer a 17.3". I can spend about $900 and want something that has good reliability.

I primarily will use the laptop as a desktop replacement.
Office 2007
Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks CS3
Working on Website
Going to school online.

I am not into gaming except for the occasional game of hearts. However, I would like to connect the laptop to the LCD 1080p Television I plan to purchase in the near future.

There are so many choices and brands out there: Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, MSI, etc... it is scensory overload.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Purchasing a new laptop

I like HP...

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Hello, I started having an issue with my z500 laptop and here is how it went. First I updated my laptop from Windows 8 to 8.1, then after the update was finalizied I shut my laptop down, then next day I woke up and attempted to use my laptop it used to open but the screen was fully blank. I can hear the fans moving and the laptop was on but it had no cursor and the screen seemed off. I read online that you had to connect it to a computer and manually alter the settings there, my computer was not functioning that time so I decided to leave it till later and use this laptop as an alternative. 3 weeks passed and when I attempted to open it it did not respond at all. No fans running, no blinking, nothing at all, dead. I tried to charge it it still didn't work, I left it overnight charging still nothing. I opened up the laptop removed my battery and put it back in after 1 minute still no difference. I've literally removed my battery 3 times and tried all I can to fix the laptop yet it isn't even charging. I am thinking this could be because I haven't installed the Battery manager or battery firmware for Lenovo when updating to 8.1 but I am not sure. Please help me open my laptop I have a lot of work there that can't be thrown away. Thanks!

A:Lenovo laptop z500 not working

Does holding the OneKey recovery button work? I think you'll need to perform a battery firmware but for that you need to boot the computer. Also, try draining the residue power. To do this, simply hold down the power button for 30 seconds

I'm a Lenovo advocate, part of the Lenovo INsiders program. #LenovoIN. I don't work for Lenovo.

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Please can tell me how to open a cd that was written win 95 on my winxp

A:can i open a data cd created on win95

You need to find out what program was used to write the CD. Was it wordpad ,excel or whatever and use the same program to open it ,the operating systems are compatable.
If you don't know what program was used insert the Cd in the XP machine go to my computer and open the drive then highlite the file and look for the file extension ,this is a dot followed by three letters post this extension here and we can tell you what program will open it

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I use an internal data drive for most of my data. In win 8 the drive is E and I've created several
folders and populated them with data. I then rebooted my machine to a Win 7 pro system and added
a folder and some data to the E drive. No issues.

When I go back to Win 8 i can't see the folder and files I created on the E drive from Win 7.

I haven't gone back to Win 7 yet to see if they are there, but I would be willing to bet that I will
see them in Win 7.

What is the issue here and how do I resolve?


A:files created on win 7 data drive not seen on win 8

Can you see the drive at all? Make sure it is mounted. Did you encrypt the folders under Windows 7 at any time? THAT would be a problem.

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I've gone ahead an ordered the y510p, Thanks for the help.

I live in Indiana, USA

My current laptop has probably died on my graphics wise, and I'm planning on getting a new laptop. Whether or not Wal-Mart abides by the warranty I purchased from them.

It's the sort of screen corruption seen when the integrated graphics are shot. The laptop probably needs a new motherboard. Playing high intensity video games for long periods on laptops isn't a good idea unless they have been designed to do the job. That warranty should come in handy.Click to expand...

With this in mind, I want to purchase a laptop that can handle prolonged gaming, as that is my primary use for the laptop. The secondary usage is for my college courses. As I have not spent much time comparing computer products, I'm not sure where to begin my search, or what to look for.


My current laptop is an Inspiron N5050
Intel Core i3-2330M Processor
4GB Memory
Integrated Intel HD Graphics (Stupid no 3D shadow shading)
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dell Stage software

The main games I play are Minecraft, Pay Day 2, and League of Legends. I would like to play games such as cube world, Planet Side 2 without lag as I have invested money into them, but not had that much opportunity to play extensively due to current lag issues.

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A:Looking for advice on purchasing a laptop

Bought my son a Sager from Xotic PC. They certainly build gaming systems and they give you some latitude to configure. Their customer service is excellent. I never heard of them before until I went here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ and through research - a ton of research - I went ahead and pulled the trigger. Other excellent companies are PC Digital, Power Notebooks, and Mythlogic. Seriously, check them out.

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Hi all,
I am in the process of purchasing a new laptop and I was thinking if
Dell Inspiron is a good choice.
Any of you guys has good experience or bad with this brand, please share this with me.
I will apreciate it.
Thanks in advance.

A:Advice on purchasing a new laptop

You should also consider post-purchase support.

Dell generally makes pretty good stuff--as good as any major OEM, better than most.

Dell support is fair to decent, not good. But as far as I know, NONE of the manufacturers have "good" support any more. It's all been sent offshore to Asia. If you ever have to deal with support, you will probably become frustrated, regardless of your brand choice. Part of it is the language barrier, but there are other shortcomings.

You may be able to choose a Dell support option for extra money that will provide support from a US source, but it isn't cheap.

About all you can do is hope you never have to deal with support. Dell is probably as good a choice as any, but you can have bad luck with any brand. I did.

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I am wanting to check that the Notebook is maybe able to be upgraded in the future to a larger SSD without resorting to expensive technician soldering tasks - i.e. is the SSD simply a plug in device like the older generation notebooks?  ThanksOBuck 

A:I am looking at purchasing a 14-AL027TU laptop

Hi,Specs: https://support.hp.com/lamerica_nsc_carib-en/product/hp-pavilion-14-al000-notebook-pc-series/1086215...Your laptop came with 256GB M.2 2280 SATA-3 SSD. It is not soldered, it is plug and use.Video guide: https://h20574.www2.hp.com/results.htm?SID=10862154&MEID=65618DC0-D54F-403A-B3DA-F4E22780C9BFManual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05122703I just bought a HP Pavilion 14 al111tx notebook which is having exactly same internal configuration like yours.If I think in putting M.2 SATA SSD, I'll go for this one: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-Internal-MZ-N5E500BW/dp/B00TGIW1XGNow it's currently having Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD replacing factory built in hard drive. Just upgraded 2 weeks back.RegardsVisruth

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Hi there,

I'm very new to the computer world and am really looking forward to purchasing a laptop for my boyfriend for his brithday. Trouble is. I'm not sure what to look for, what to look out for and most importantly..... that's in my price range... He would be using it for school.. so basically internet researching plus doing some research papers

Used/Refurbished/New.... doesn't matter to me... as long as it's in decent condition ....

Second it needs to be wireless internet.. preferrably built in wireless..

Third, this is the main one.. My ceiling limit is $500 CDN.....

Does anyone have any leads to this???????


A:Need Advise on Purchasing a Laptop

Wow! your BF is really lucky to have you as GF....lol Anyway to help you with your inquiry. First thing to remember when purchasing a laptop you should consider is the dependability of the computer. Second will you ue it for gaming, school projects, downloading or just for browsing the internet. Since you mention that your BF will use for school I say look for laptop that could handle hyperthreading...Hyperthreading means having to open multiple applications on your laptop but the speed is not very much affected. For the wireless connection there are laptop brands that has a built-in wireless card. Last thing to consider is parts availability if in case the a problem occur with the laptop.

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So I'm thinking about buying a new laptop!

I've got a set of questions for you.

Background Info: I've pretty much decided that I want the current Dell Inspiron 1420, or that I want to wait for the new studio/inspiron laptops to be released (there seems to be controversy over how exactly the newer laptops will fit into the current lines of laptops as well as when they will be released.) Here's a link about them: http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/03/dell-studio-line-details-leak-out/

Other things to keep in mind: I'm not in a huge hurry to replace my current laptop (which is a dell inspiron 8600), but I kind of want to I'm slightly nervous about it since that blue screen incident (even though that turned out to be not a big deal)--it also does some other slightly disconcerting things, like beeping upon startup (which apparently indicates errors?), the screen flickers sometimes (particularly when it's not plugged in), and the fan is louder than it used to be (I think). I don't know if any of this indicates anything very negative, but these things combined with the age of the system (about five years) makes me slightly nervous--whether that is justified or not. *shrug* I would also like to be able to at least have the option of carrying the laptop to campus when I need to without dreading it--my current laptop is very heavy, and I can't take it if I have almost anything else to take with me.

On to the questions!
1. Do you think I s... Read more

A:Purchasing a Laptop--Many Questions!

personally i would wait.
When you do buy a laptop i would make sure it has a core 2 duo at least 2.0ghz with at least 2gb memory and a 250gb hard drive...

If you could afford it i would actually go with:

which i believe also has a new model coming out this month or next..

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Current one is down on its last legs, umm so looking for the usual, good deal, but yet somehow built for gaming. Is www.IBuyPower.com a reliable site? Been eyeing a computer they have


Basically I would like something that won't be outpaced my minimal system requirements for games for at least the next 2 years, don't need max, just playability is fine with me oh and something that can easily handle current games like Oblivion and The Orange Box. Current one crashes on portal which was a sign....

How important is CPU speed? Dell has some great deals but all their duo core processors are 1.5 GHz and no graphics chip to speak of...

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Hey there,
I'm planning to purchase a laptop from Futureshop here in Vancouver,BC. Canada.
It's a Toshiba (Intel Centrino Duo Processor Tech. with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450)
2GB Memory (type unkown)
250GB HD Space
GFX:ATI Radeon HD 256MB Dedicated
Wireless: 802.11a/g + Pre-N WiFi +BlueTooth
TruBrite Screen, Webcam and Mic, 5-1 Media Adapter
Price: $1599.99 CDA
$70.83/Month for 24Months

I kind of hate how Futureshop give such vague specs on the products they sell. :T I kind of don't want to buy it from here, but the laptop looks pretty good in terms of specs and Futureshop has financing available.
I'm just wondering if this will be a good buy..I'll be mainly using the computer for school, a little bit of gaming (WC3, CNC, ..etc, mainly RTS Games)
I'm fairly new to laptops..
basically want a decent one with a dedicated gfx card for my rts games and one with a fair bit of hd space.
any tips, suggestions, or comments please share them with me
I keep second guessing on laptops I want to purchase. I do want to get the most out of what I pay.
Thanks in advance! Cheers-

Here's another Laptop I'm Considering
HP Intel Centrino Duo Processor Technology intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450
Ram: 2GB DDR
HD: 200GB
GFX: NVIDIA 8400M 128MB Discrete Graphics
Wireless: 802.11b/g Pre-N +Bluetooth WiFi
12 Cell Lithium-ion Battery, Webcam,Mic,5-1 Media Reader,Remote & Earbuds
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A:Purchasing a New Laptop, have some questions~

First off I will say that most of the time, Best Buy is pretty overpriced. Also I've never been a huge laptop enthusiast, as I use my computer for gaming, it's a little pricey to get a gaming laptop (and by a little I mean VERY pricey). But from when I have looked at laptops, I've noticed that if you know what you are looking for, you can often find something cheaper on warehouse like websites, such as Newegg.com. Also, if you go with Newegg, they offer extended warranty plans.

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Hi there,

Apologies if posting in the wrong thread!

I have recently purchased a CEH course and it has supporting documents which talks about running labs. As I will be running a few VMs it has said there are some minimum spec requirements of the laptop/desktop.

Can someone help me on finding a laptop/desktop with the below specs? My budget is not huge and I was initially thinking if I buy a low level spec device and then upgrade individual modules to meet the min requirements. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz 64-bit CPU or better (multiple cores is preferred)
16 GB RAM (32 GB or more is recommended)
200 GB free disk space, 7200 RPM or faster drive (SSD is preferred)
DVD drive
1 Ethernet network adapter
Sound card
Internet access
Wireless network adapter (built-in or USB)
Thank you in advance.

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I need to purchase a 3rd machine for my wife that will not have the heavy use of her office and home Win7 desktops. That would mainly be used at meetings for spreadsheet, Word, Quickbooks and mail. We'll get the same machine for her brother whose use is minimal.

We had previously purchased the now not available Acer 15.6" Aspire Windows 8 Laptop i3-3217U 1.8GHz 6GB 500GB | V5-571-6891 for another person at her office and he's been very pleased with the machine since.

The wrinkle in the pending purchase is the OS. I do not want Win8 for either of the machines. The current crop of Acer Aspires in the referenced price range ($5-600) come with Win8. The only Win7 machine I'm finding that BOTH is listed as a good machine and comes with Win7 is the Lenovo Edge. I've always had Thinkpads (model T) but the reviews all discuss woes with the trackpad and left/right clicker.

I'm sure I've missed something and that there is a machine(s) that fits my bill and YOU likely know the answer so I'm listening...


A:Purchasing inexpensive laptop?

I found a site with a few Win 7 PC's. I just Googled "Laptops with Windows 7".

Windows 7 Laptops

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I didnt know whether to put it in the Vista forum or the XP forum so I put it here. Question. I have heard that the license that comes with a Vista product will work for a XP Pro installation. Is this correct? Will I be able to install XP Pro using the Vista license or would I have to purchase a new XP Pro license, or at least use one that we have?


A:Purchasing a new laptop with Vista want XP

Only if you have Vista Business or Ultimate ... (According to this) ...

Don't know anyone who's done it yet.

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Hello,  I just got a new Notebook 15-AY-195NR, I wanted to create a USB recovery drive and I followed the steps given by the HP Recovery Manager, I plugged in 16 Gb USB drive and followed the steps to create a USB Recovery , After the process completed, My system shows that USB has occupied with 12 GB data but when I open flash drive, I do not see any data or files or folders. How can I be assured that the recover has been created successfully.  Can someone help me. 

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I am going to be purchasing a laptop and I would like some ideas and Brands to choose from. It needs to be great for gaming and graphics. Every store I go to has a different brand they say is best, I would like to know from users their opinions I would like to keep it under $1400.00 Canadian Thank-you

A:Purchasing a Laptop in Ontario Canada

This thread might help...


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Hello Sirs and Madames,

Kindly help out a lost person if you have time.


I have a Lenovo Z500 laptop which I installed with Windows 7 Professional (x86) and a Windows 8.1 Professional (x64).
I installed all my work programs in Windows 7 and my gaming environment is at Windows 8.


Some of my work programs are starting to have bugs. some Visual Basic stuff with my autocad have not functioned well like before when I first set this up. I want to reformat only the Windows 7 OS without affecting the Windows 8. I already did this once before but I stupidly reformatted my Windows 8 OS in the process.


Is there a possibility that I can format only the windows 7 without affecting the Windows 8 OS?
Desperately seeking for help,


A:How to reformat 1 OS in a dual booted laptop (Lenovo Z500)

First off Label the windows 7 drive (volume)

Second while booted into windows 8 right click and format windows 7 volume
boot into windows 7 setup media and install to the windows 7 volume (partition)
Dual boot win7 and win8.1 - done

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First of all good day everyone! I have some question to ask after telling you the situation and I will put it with numerical order below.

I have a system running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a A6 6400k processor and MSI A88XM-E35 Motherboard which I think capable of running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit UEFI? And recently I figured out that if that board is UEFI ready, I did installed my Operating System wrong way if I want UEFI. That's because before I bought the Motherboard I was just learned that almost all new motherboard in the market today are capable of a features called FAST BOOT and don't know much about different installation on this new system called UEFI. So when I was installing my Operating System which is Windows Ultimate 7 64 bit, I installed it in traditional way which is booting it from flash drive that I created from winsetupfromusb 1.0 beta 8 and it was formatted also from NTFS and I did not realized that only Fat32 is supported. Then after that I installed drivers from driver pack solution 14.8 but I observed the features fast boot I was looking for looks like not functioning because when I boot the system and observed the time it used when booting is just the same. So I went to my motherboard manufacturers website and saw the Utility driver for Fast Boot Features and installed it but after that I realized the same thing it's not working. That's why I search around the Internet and learned all these things.

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A:Some questions about Installing UEFI and data created in the past

Boot into BIOS setup to look for settings for Secure Boot to disable, CSM, Legacy BIOS or UEFI. Report back settings choices for any of those, or similar. Pictures can help.

Download the latest official 64-bit installer for your licensed version from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 but use only Option One here to write it to stick: UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows.

Boot the stick as a UEFI device from the BIOS Boot Menu, following these steps for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Hello Friends or Tech Experts

I am using a Lenovo laptop with windows 7 and specifications are in the end of the thread provided by SysInfo Utility
So the Problem is whenever I attach any removable disk to my laptop a shortcut is created in that disk and all the data which is stored in it is directly transferred within the created shortcut
this take too much time for loading these files scanned the laptop three to four times "no virus detected" always the message
Anyone knows anything about it
guide me to Fix my laptop

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1000M @ 1.80GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1621 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 618 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 149899 MB, Free - 83448 MB; D: Total - 199999 MB, Free - 21290 MB; E: Total - 126937 MB, Free - 15595 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 20205
Antivirus: Quick Heal Internet Security 2014

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This is a life-destroying moment for me. I have a 2TB External Hard drive, with 2 partitions. The first one is 50 MB (actually ~48.5MB) UDF containing setup files for veracrypt and truecrypt, and keyfiles. The second partition is a Veracrypt-encrypted partition of size 1.8TB, which was quick formatted by Veracrypt. The drive was GUID -based, and the first partition was made an OEM partition using Diskpart and the second one an EFI partition in order to prevent accidental formatting by the system. However, a sudden accidental right click has pasted this script in diskpart and ran it before I could halt it. Diskpart doesn't even ask for confirmation before cleaning a drive.

select disk 0
convert gpt
create partition primary size=300
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter="T"
The new partition has a 300MB partition called Windows RE tools, and the rest is unallocated. I assigned a letter to the unallocated drive without formatting, hence it's a RAW partition, but Veracrypt couldn't open it. Is there any way to recover the previous data. It is extremely important for me and my job depends on it. The disk containing the backup of the data crashed last week and I had sent it to RMA. Hence I'm left with no backups.

I have opened the disk using WINHEX and I have seen the contents of the 50MB UDF partition, the keyfiles and the setup files. They are intact. Then there is a whole lot of gibberish, which I believe ... Read more

A:Data Recovery after Diskpart cleaned and created new partition

UDF, GPT, veracrypt - Plus you ran diskpart clean. All too complicated.

Anyway, post a screenshot of your external drive in Windows Disk Management.(Please remove all other external storage devices.)

Also a screenshot of how Minitools Partition Wizard sees it.

Third run the Partition Recovery Wizard on the external drive, do a Quick Scan. Let Quick scan complete.Post a screenshot of the Partitions shown. (See my post here for reference Raid 5 became unallocated.)

Once you have snapped it, click on Cancel and close the Partition Wizard.

Let us see whether at all we can see any light at the end of the tunnel.

You said using WinHex you were able to see the contents of the UDF partition.Are you sure that all the data in the full 50MB are intact? Even if part of that partition at the beginning has been zeroed by diskpart clean I would think that even if we manage to recover the gibberish data in the other partition,it cannot be decrypted.

Post these three screenshots. Even if not me, some other member with more insight on veracrypt may chip in with some ideas.

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