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

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

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

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

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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well I had the same problem when I first got a new hard drive, but gave up and used Ubuntu (which is way better I now know). Anyway, now I want to dual boot so I can play games in WIndows. Ubuntu finds the harddrive easily and installs easily, but Windows can't even find the hard drive or anything.

So I used Parted Magic to shrink the Ubuntu partition by about 25GB and created a new primary primary partition.
I have a SATA hard drive with a PCI SATA card
my motherboard is from like 2002 and doesn't have any onboard SATA

halp please

A:Solved: Windows XP Pro can't find hard drive on install

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i have just swapped a 10 gig hard drive from one pc to another...
the 10 gig drive used to be in my portable usb hard drive case. which i then used as a portable hard drive.
i formatted said portable drive on windows xp.
i have just decided to put the drive into a different pc.
however when booting from my setup/operating system cd's
i get a message telling my the drive cannot be found.
obviously i have checked all the connections a few times.
im wondering if maybe i have lost some data on the drive when i formatted it?
or any other ideas and helpfull info woulld be most appreciated

A:Solved: cant install operating system as it cant find my hard drive!

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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last night i put a Samsung hard drive in my computer and every thing seemed normal xp detected it and it showed up in device manager but it wont show up in my computer.what could be wrong with it. did the drive just go bad?

A:Solved: Hard drive doesnt show up

If it's a new hard drive, did you partition and format it?

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

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Hi.. I am not computer savvy at all . I need some help . My dell inspriron laptop couldnt connect to windows. I called Dell ( my warranty expired last month) After buying a exteneded "advice "package, i was then told that my hard drive is no good and i would have to buy a new one. I asked if i would lose all my data and they said possibly and to tell who ever I have install hard drive to be sure to "save" the data.
I went to local ofc supply store, A young man explained to me to try to back up hard drive with an i-portable by iocell. It took me a while, but i figured it out how to take out my hardrive , and put in in the i-portable, (there were no instructions) but when i tried to connect it to my desktop, it wouldnt download the software / drivers (failed), I tried several times, it did not acknowledge the device. the i-portable is working, the green light was on, And i am confused about what to do when if and when it does recognise the device, will it automatically dowload to my deskop?

I dont know what to do. when i bought the laptop, the os was already installed, there was no backup disk. I think I had to backup myself, and I have 3 disks. I do remember trying to back up, but i was so unsure how to do that , i am not sure I did it right. I really hope I didnt lose the data on the current hard drive, that is why i am hesitant to put those disks in.

Any advice that you would give (and think i could understand (lol) would be appreciated.


A:Solved: laptop doesnt recognize hard drive

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I just put a new hard drive in my PC. It is my new C: drive. My original C: drive (small capacity) is also still in the PC. I also have a separate HD for my non-operating system/working files. When I boot from the old C: drive the system sees the other drive, but when I boot from the new C: drive I can't find the working drive. Bios is the same either way, so I can't figure out why the new C: can't find the working drive. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:New XP install can't find slave hard drive

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hey i have recently purchased a HP Pavilion DV2000 laptop it came with Windows Vista pre installed and as far as i know every thing on the laptop is working the way it is suposed to. the only problm that i was having was some compatabliliy issues with Windows Vista and some of the games i play. so i wanted to install a second operating system on a seperate partition on my computer, i have had experience doing this with my old pc and every thing was going well untill i tryed booting the computer using the windows xp cd to install my second operating system. it went through the process of loading the the drivers etc. when i pressed enter select the option to install Windows Xp and i got the error message "can not find hard drive press F3 to exit.
below is some information about my laptop if its any use
System Information
Time of this report: 11/2/2007, 18:15:49
Machine name: DAVID-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista? Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.070627-1500)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Pavilion dv2500 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5250 @ 1.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
Memory: 2038MB RAM
Page File: 1273MB used, 3022MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
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A:Windows XP can not find hard drive during install

i also need the answer to this, the only thing i have a problem with is windows xp, i installed linux on mine and it worked fine, just cant get windows xp pro on there, help..

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I have an older P3 600 x86 family 6 model 8 stepping, with a Fijitsu 6 gig drive model MPE 3064AT. It is dangerously close to running out of space. I am looking for say a 40 gig drive that I can use with this system. How do I find out what will work and how do I dump info and operating system from old drive to new or should I even bother? Using Windows 2000 OS. Any help, comments appreciated. Regards, RickT

A:Help! Trying to find a larger hard drive and install it.

You can safely add a 40GB hard drive no problem you can go as high as 60 GB.
Check this one out if you decide to buy it go to the Seagate website and download their disk utility they have a disk transfer software that transfers your old drive to the new one regardless of capacity differences, that's important to ghost to the full capacity of the new drive.

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I ran a complete reboot of my gateway gm5066e desktop w/windows xp media center edition 2005. over the years running slower. after the reboot runs like new again. the problem, copied all files,photos,movies to my portable external hard drive(hitachi simple drive mini) I know it copied properly because i plugged it into my wifes mac book pro laptop and automaticaly popped up and i could view the files. since the rebooting of my desktop, nothing happens, I spoke with hitachi tech support, said try updating chipset, i did,no response, the comuter doesnt recognize any external hard drive. i evern attempted all usb ports, nothing can you help me, i'm not very computer savy so please bare with me.

A:Solved: computer doesnt recognize external hard drive

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

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

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


A:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem


OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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I am having a lot of trouble trying to get the PC to find Sata drive while tring to install Windows xp!.I have checked out different sources but they all seem complicated. It is a custom built pc with an intel motherboard. I do not have a floppy drive in it. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I dont know what to do.

A:Cannot find any hard disk drives during windows xp install. do not have floppy drive!

You can provide those drivers from CD.
When the setup asks you to press F6 to load drivers, press F6, remove XP CD, insert driver CD.
When done, installation will ask you to re-insert XP CD.

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

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

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

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.


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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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I have two hard drives and use Casper software for backup. I changed from the Primary HD to Secondary HD in Bios.
How do I prove that my Secondary HD is Booted? After boot everything looks the same. When I go to "cmd" to DOS
the C: prompt still shows up....any easy answers?


A:Solved: How to find which hard drive is being used?

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I am reloading a brand new HP DV5000 laptop with a Hitachi SATA hard drive. I am doing this to get rid of all the trial software and just have a clean copy of XP Home. The problem is that XP cannot find the hard drive. I then used a 98 disc and ran fdisk. It found the hard drive with no problems. I then deleted all partitions and created one dos partition and then did a low level format. I tried to re run the XP install and it still states that it cannot find a hard drive. I went to Hitachi's website to se if it had SATA drivers to no avail. I did find a couple of H/D utilities that test H/D for integrity etc. It passes with no problems. What I was hoping for was something like MAXBLAST or Seatools (but for Hitachi). Alas there seems to be no such thing for Hitachi. I also tried to boot with the 98 disc with CD rom support, ran smartdrv and then install XP from a dos prompt using winnt.exe. It looked like this would work, but upon the first boot, I get the BSOD.

A:Solved: XP cannot find hard drive

What I need is SATA drivers for the motherboard

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So, I'm running XP and a while back I reinstalled windows because of a few errors(non hard drive related). Turns out when I did so i reinstalled on my second, smaller hard drive. After realizing my mistake I once again reinstalled windows and in deleting that second partition I may have deleted the actual hard drive from the computer. My problem is I dont know what type it is if I need drivers, and the Device Manager only sees one drive (the larger one)...

How bad did I mess up?
Does anyone know how I can get both hard drives recognized and get all the space I paid for?

I appreciate any and all help.
Thanks in advance!

A:Solved: Cant Find Hard Drive

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Hi Everyone,
I installed a new Seagate 160g sata hard drive on my PC but it's not showing up. I found it in the device manager but not in my computer and I didn't see it the post. My Western Digital IDE 60g is still hooked up as the master and the new sata is on the primary sata connector. I have also tried it on the secondary. Seagates disk wizard can't find it,Acronis can't find it. Please Help!

A:Solved: Can't find my new hard drive

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Hello, My Hard Drive has failed, I have purchased another one however I am having trouble getting a copy of window's 7 to re-install.  Does someone know what to do?  When I go to windows site it says my product key it says "The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options" can't find a download on the HP site...can't seem to find live chat anymore either? Help!

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Hey guys,

I'm looking to replace my laptop's hard drive. It's a 5400rpm 60GB ATA-6 drive, and ideally I'd replace it with a 7200rpm, 120GB drive (the biggest my system will recognise). However, I can't find a single 7200rpm drive that doesn't use SATA.

So, I've got two questions:
1) is there such a thing as a 7200rpm ATA-6 hard drive for laptops?
2) is it worth buying one, or should I just settle for a 5400rpm drive?


A:Solved: Trying to find a replacement hard drive

Haha, there are 7200rpm ATA-6 type hard drives around, but the largest one that I have found is only 100gb.

Here are the links:

The first one is a Hitachi, the second is a Seagate.

Getting one depends on your budget and what your needs are.
There is a difference between a 7200 drive and a 5400 drive. The 7200 drive is faster, but it also drains more power and it is more expensive.

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I have just reformatted my hard drive using a 98 startup disk with cd-rom support but it will not recognize the cd-rom. i have had this problem before the format. but don't want to invest the money for a new cd-rom since I'am giving the computer away to a friend without one.
error message "device driver not found: 'MSCD001'"
no valid CD ROM device drivers selected

Please help before I throw it out the window.


A:[SOLVED] reformatting hard drive but can't find CD-rom

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My wife's laptop has started to take up almost all of it's disk space.
It is an 80 gb drive and there is only about 9.5 GB of free space.

I have tried running windirstat.exe but I'm not able to dertemine which
files are eating up all the space. There is nothing unusual on the disk.
We have Outlook 2003 running, IPOD software, Word and Excel, Google toolbar, Mozilla Firefox and all the usual "stuff", but none of them seem to add up to 68 Gb of data.
I have removed all the .jpg files, which only resulted in about a 1.5 GB
becoming free.
I'm at a loss. I ran Scandisk (no errors), & can't do a defrag since the system needs 15GB free space to execute.

I have an external hard drive (250mb) that I have been "off loading" some files to and have managed to gain about 3 gb of space, which has the system sitting with the 9.5 gb I mentioned.
I am including a HJT report. Perhaps you might see something that's causing the problem.
The five largest files I could find are the Windows driver.cab 74,903kb,
Registry Backup.reg 66,571 kb,
IPOD Updater 2006-01-10.exe,
another Windows driver.cab (in a diff directory) 74,902 kb (same as the first one,
and lastly the outlook.pst file which I know is large, but we have a lot of emails and contacts in it (184,529 KB).
Here's hoping you can supply some help.

MY Wife's computer: (Ignore computer specs in my signature, that's for my laptop)
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A:Solved: Hard drive almost full. Can't find out why.

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Okay *sigh* I'm getting desperate. Let me explain.

I have a Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600. It has two hard drives, and XP Media Center Edition. I'd been heavy hit with viruses for whatever reason and was cleaning them out, my internet got really slow, and eventually the whole computer froze, only to get a black screen when I tried to reboot.

Trying safe mode only got down to "isapnp.sys" in the drivers before it stopped.

Trying to boot from an XP disk only said it could not find any hard drives. The BIOS says they are both online.

Please, please, please help! I'll bake you a cake if you live in the Chicago area! Seriously.

A:[SOLVED] XP Repair Cannot Find Hard Drive

At what stage does it say hard-drives not detected? Does it boot from the windows xp disc and load all the drivers, then say no hard-drives detected?

If so then go into bios and disable the Native SATA option and retry.

Thank You

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

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A:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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Hopefully someone has answers for this one.

My PC crashed yesterday. It would not boot. I have resigned to the fact that I will need to format the hard drive. So I have gone out and bought an external drive and an external converter so that I can save my files from the old hard drive before I format the drive.

Using my laptop, I connected the old hard drive via the USB, and the old hard drive appears to be working fine. If I right click on "Documents and Settings" I can see well over 100GB of data inside that folder.
However, when I look in the "Documents and Settings" folder, I can't see any files from "My Documents". If I right click on the 3 x folders (Administrator, Default User, All Users), each of them only show a small amount of content (ie. 500MB at the most). I am viewing 'hidden files and folders' but can not see where my documents actually are.

At the moment, I am moving all the data from the old hard drive to the new external hard drive. I can see that it is moving all of my 100GB of files as I can see their names. But looking in the external drive, I still can't find where they are. I have tried a search of known files, but this comes up with no result.

Any ideas on how I can find and retrieve these files?


A:Solved: Can't find files in My Documents from old hard drive

Was infected by a virus. Typed in "files hidden by virus" and there was an easy solution there.

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I just purchased a new hard drive for my Dell Latitude C600 assuming that was the problem. But after inserting in my laptop I still keep getting the same message when I put my windows xp disk in. Windows starts the setup but gets to a point where it stops with the message: Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program. Setup cannot continue.

I do not have a manufacturer supplied dianostic or setup program. Is there anyway to go on the internet and download to a different computer and then run it on the Dell?

I am soooooooooooooo frustrated with this.

A:Solved: New Hard Drive but Set-up indicates it can't find any harddrive on computer

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Hi. I replaced my router with a Motorola Surfboard cable modem/router combo. Since then I cannot access my backup hard drive (buffalo linkstation 250g about 8 yrs old). Everything worked fine before I replaced the router.

The only thing I have on my network is my HP laptop, vonage box and hard drive. Windows 7, Explorer 9.

Router: HD:

I've tried "tracert" and only get back the router address. I've tried connecting directly from my laptop to the HD and tried the ip instead of the 'name'. I replaced the cables, rebooted the laptop, router and hard drive. I also went through the whole "add devices" on "devices and printers" and "search network for devices"

I'm mid-level competence here but running out of ideas. I suspect there is something I need to unlock in the router. (???) Or do I have a conflict between the "...168.0...and 168.1..."? If so, how can I change it?

Any help much appreciated!!

A:Solved: New router can't find remote hard drive; help!

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Hey there!

So this is my issue -

I recently had a lap top get destroyed, and had the hard drive pulled out and placed into a dock for me to pull the files off of. I have been able to relocate most of my files-

Except EVERYTHING that had been on the Desktop. No files, folders, or anything. And I can not target anything through the hard drive itself, I have tried.

I have also tried granting permission for my new lap top to make sure I have access to everything on the drive - still nothing.

There is no 'Users' folder anywhere easily accessible, and when I DO find it, it's empty?

I have a lot of music and art files from my school work on this thing, and any help to find the files would be appreciated as I have been scouring forums for a month or so with no luck.

Thanks for the help ahead of time.

A:Solved: Can not find files on external Hard Drive

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I have a 463GB hard drive in my Fujitsu Lifebook and the properties of my C: drive says 87.9GB is being used, when i open it and select all the files (Including hidden and operating system files) and click properties it shows only 35.79GB being used witch leave 52.11GB unaccounted for. i also got a program called I.Disk and it also says 35.79GB is being used and yesterday the properties of the C: drive said 80GB so it's rising.

I don't know what it could be, maybe a virus and if so i don't know what kind.

I have AVG and it hasn't found anything.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You in advance.

A:Solved: Hard Drive space used and can't find what's taking it

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Hey everyone-

Probably a fairly simple question that I am having problems with. I have an older Lenova thinkpad laptop that has 108 GB available hard drive. It says that I have 16GB free. When I go through all the folders on this drive, the data adds up to less than 50GB - including windows, program folders, documents etc. Why can't I find an additional 40 GB of data?

Any help would be much appreciated.


A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive says it is almost full but I can't find all the data


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My wife for some reason decided to install Outlook 2000 when it was already installed and then killed it. The problem is that I have an older machine that belongs to the company I work for and I was given it "as is" with no installation disks.

I have been able to get Outlook started but I need to find where on my hard drive my account settings would be if the install process did not delete them. I need to set up my email accounts and I can't remember all of the config settings to get my email.

Does anyone know where Microsoft hides these settings? I would like to somehow import them or open them in notepad and enter the info again so I can get email.

Any help would be appreciated.



A:Solved: Outlook 2000 - Where can I find my accounts on my hard drive

Try looking in: C:\Documents and Settings\"YOUR NAME"\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.
although your email account settings may have to be re-entered the above location should have all your emails (.pst) and address book (.PAB) etc.

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I just purchased a via vt6421 RAID controller. I have 2 EIDE 160 GB HD connected to it and am attempting to load XP pro. I am unable to find any real instructions, and I have yet to install an O.S. on a raid so I am sure it is something I am doing wrong.
I found the folder called "floppy" on the cd that came with it and put it's contents on a floppy drive which are:
jraid.cat jraid.sys jraid_f.inf and last txtsetup.oem

It appears to find a driver and loads it for the raid controller, but when I am to the point to choose where to install the O.S., it says it couldn't find any harddrives.

I really think it is a driver problem since the same drives connected the same way show up when I boot into windows with my other HD.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Raid Controller Setup cannot find hard drive

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I've had this problem now for a while, the hard drive light is constantly flashing and you can hear the drive doing what it does, so decided to go ahead and do an upgrade.  Bought a new 2TB WD hard drive, and did a new install of Win 7 Home Edition.  
Problem still exists.  I am looking at the Resource Monitor > Disk Activity and there is a lot of stuff going on.  I've captured a screen shot.  Can anyone tell me what is going on and can I stop this madness?  I left my computer running all night, woke up around 4 am, and it is just as busy as ever.
Ran malwarebytes on it today and says everything is clean.
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A:New install, new hard drive, but hard drive never stops

Pretty much just looking like windows indexing your hard drive on a clean install. Pretty normal. SearchIndexer.exe is the windows indexing programing, that is reading the files and the data being written below that to the programdata\microsoft\search\ directories is where the indexed data is stored. This just makes it faster to search for files using the Windows search function. Leave the computer on for a couple of days and it should finish shortly.
However I have seen it where if you have a file that is corrupted for some reason it will cause the search indexer to lock on that file. If you restored old data to your drive windows will reattempt to index all of that old data, and potentially run into a problem file. 
If it just drives ya nuts though you can just disable the searchindexer service by hitting Start, typing services.msc, hit enter. Towards the bottom of the list find the service named Windows Search, double click it and change the startup type to disabled. Restart and you should see decreased disk activity, but will find that if you search for files it will be a bit slower.

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Just got a new board/memoru/cpu. and our old hard drive does not like it. we get a blue scree...

i know formatting and re-installing xp would be a soulution, but a hassle.

we are looking for a way to avoid formatting.

llemee kno soon

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Hi, so I only just bought this hard drive a couple of weeks ago. (HDTP210AK3AA) Recently it had stopped working on my mac, I then tried it on a windows pc and I also plugged it into my Xbox. The Xbox it didn't show up at all, whereas with the windows pc it did show that I was able to eject it but I can not access the files that are on it.

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Recently i have bought a seagate 320 gb ultra ata ide hard drive that i intended to create 4 partitions so as to install windows xp and linux ubuntu.I have partitioned the hard drive with a special tool recommended by the seagate company (even though after i have done it even with the windows installation disc).The first part of the installation seems to go well as all the necessary files are getting copied into the drive.Just to mention i have installed the ultra ata driver given by the seagate site even though windows installer gives me a message that has already an ultra controller driver (Anyway nothing changes even if i dont install it manually this driver).After copying all the necessary files and doing the reboot so as to continue the installation the pc seems to block after the message.. Verifying DMI Pool Data.Simply doesnt boot from the hard drive to continue windows installation.As a secondary drive works fine.Exactly the same happens after installing linux.
Do i need to install special ide drivers for the as8 abit motherboard?I havent found any on the abit site.Neither the abit installation cd contains any.
I would apreciate any suggestions ..i am desperate

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This is weird.

I have a newer system...(see specs...) and it uses a Sata drive. Then, on the IDe, I have plugged in a 200 gig hard drive.

I leave my computer on at all times, and after I have left it on over night, the drive disappears!

I have desktop links to my drives, and the one that links to my secondary gets the terror inspiring red question mark next to the symbol of the drive.

When I restart the computer....it is there. However, when I let it go to screen saver mode, (which eventually shuts off the screen and turns off the monitor...), god knows when the drive disappears.

ANy ideas or help please??? Thanks friends!

A:Second Hard drive shows, then doesnt.

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hi ok i got 111Gb hard drive and my program files say filled up 30gb so that would be all my games then windows is 9gb and there is a folder thats 1.2gb and in users 17gb and thats all I have used and It reckons that I only have 9gb left. I dont know whats going.
any suggestions what I should do I really dont want to format though.

A:Hard drive full but doesnt look to be

There must be some space on the drive not being utilized but still there.

Did you partition the drive originally?

Maybe you need to backtrack.......

You could use a program like Partition Magic to manipulate the drives contents....

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ok, so ive installed another hard drive, my comp apparently recognizes that there is another hardrive installed, but it is not displayed along with the other hard disk drive. i can see it in my device manager but thats all. I just dont understand how to access it or put anything on it

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Are you using XP or 2000? If so, go to your control panel, then Administrative Tools, then 'Computer Management'

Select Logical Disk Manager, and look at the new hard drive.. ensure that you have created a partition on it and formatted it. If not, create one there by right click the 'Free Space' section and selecting new partition... the rest of it is pretty straight forward.

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I have a 3 year old Gateway DX4860 sitting in the corner collecting dust and thought I'd buy a new hard drive for it and get it working again . I've never done this before and it seems pretty straight forward but I was wondering which hard drive I should buy .

It currently has a Western Digital 1.0TB #WD10EADX and finding a replacement is simple enough . But for just a few more dollars I can buy a 2.0TB #WD29EARX or a 3.0TB #WD30EZRX . Will these work in this computer ?
The 1.0TB has SATA / 32MB Cache on it and the other two have SATA / 64MB Cache on the label .

Thanks for any advice you can give me .

A:Solved: Which hard Drive Should I Install ?

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I'm hoping you guys can help me with something - I'm doing a favor for a buddy. His wife's laptop crashed - I don't know the whole story, only that I'm gonna try to pick up the pieces. The Geek Squad was able to rescue some files but said the hard drive was toast. Basically, I have a Dell Inspiron 1000 (service tag H1PY151) with a brand new hard drive and not a whole lot else. Supposedly, they didn't recieve any CD's from Dell, so the called Dell up and got 3 CD's sent to them - a Roxio CD, a reinstallation CD for CyberLink PowerDVD 5.5, and a reinstallation CD for XP Home SP2. This is my first problem:

-Am I wrong in assuming that this reinstallation disk is worthless for my intent and purpose? It's a blank slate, so I have nothing to reinstall over, correct?
- Would it work to install XP from another XP disk, only use the product key on the sticker on this particular laptop?

Assuming that I can use another XP disk, what can I expect when I turn this computer on? I've never done a fresh installation of any OS before. Since I have no drivers, I assume that I'll have to download them from Dell. What is the particular order I should do things? Is there any tutorial or link anyone can send me to, or walk me through it? Thanks in advance!

A:Solved: XP install on new hard drive

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