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dell precision 380/ win 7 / 3 hard drives all needed to boot

Q: dell precision 380/ win 7 / 3 hard drives all needed to boot

I am trying to get my computer to boot up using only one hard drive. Currently it will only boot up
if all 3 drives are connected. I am sending a screenshot of the disk management screen so
someone with know how can diagnose why all 3 are interconnected and need each other.
I bought a stand alone drive copier to copy my hard drive to a larger drive. I would like to make the copy of the "C" drive on the 250 gb. drive shown but I think if I change something on that drive the comp. will not boot at all.
I hope that i conveyed this so that people can understand because it is somewhat confusing. My computer skill level is decent but i need assistance on this.
I would add a second drive once I clear this up.



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A: dell precision 380/ win 7 / 3 hard drives all needed to boot

Because you have all three drives with a partition marked Active. Windows thinks all three are needed for boot when they're marked active. You need to mark the other two partitions on other two drives as "Inactive". Leave drive C "boot" partition as active.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

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Hi, I have a dell precision workstations T7500 and have just purchased a SSD.  The SSD documents state to fully benefit from the speed of the SSD I need SATA III 6.0Gb/s. 
Does anyone know if my workstation motherboard supports SATA III 6.0Gb/s?
I know the Integrated LSI 1068e SAS/SATA is 3.0Gb/s speed and i'm lead to belive the optional PERC 6/i PCI-e SAS/SATA/SSD controller is also 3.0Gb/s.
I am suprised to find there is only one RAID card supported on this dell precision, and that my super powerful dell workstation is limited to the 3.0Gb/s speed.

A:Dell Precision T7500 SAS controller support for 6.0Gb/s SSD drives

Motherboard DOES NOT support SATA III.

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Regarding this PDF:

It says:"NOTE: SATA is configured to support RAID mode. No SATA operation support in Tower 7910."
Is there a typo there?
Should it say that there is no SATA RAID support, (only SAS RAID)?

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I have a Dell Precision 530 and I would like to replace the two SCSI hard drives (Win XP OS) with two IDE hard drives instead with Win XP as the OS. Can anyone tell me how to go about doing this? Should I just do a clean install of Windows XP on the IDE drives? I know that the SCSI controllers are difficult to deal with.Are there any specific settings I need to enable/disable in the bios/setup before attempting to do this? I intend to completely remove the drives and the SCSI connector cable from the machine if I can get the IDE drives to work.

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dell precision m530 workstation network driver needed for windows 7, can t seem to find one and also sound driver thank you in advance godfathertre.

A:windows 7 driver needed for dell precision 530 desktop

Dell says that model doesn't exist ...

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I tried to install the newly released Dell Precision Optimizer v3.5.5 (A00) August 18, 2016 on my Precision 5510, running Windows 7 64bit.
During the installation, an error panel pops up with this text:

> SetupNew\setup.cpp (140)PAPP:PVENDOR:PGUID:[email protected] Vista Service Pack 1 (7601)IE Version: 9.11.9600.18426
The installation then fails and the installer log shows the following:
[08/25/16 13:16:06]    Open file: C:\ProgramData\Dell\UpdatePackage\Log\Application_KKJH9_WN32_3.5.5_A00_2016-08-25.txt[08/25/16 13:19:12]    User Command: attended[08/25/16 13:19:12]    DUP Capabilities Value: 2097151 (0x1FFFFF)[08/25/16 13:19:12]    DUP Vendor Software Version: 3.5.5[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Local System/Model Compatible with this Package? Yes[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Local System OS Version:[08/25/16 13:19:12]    OS Compatible with this Package? Yes[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Local System OS Language: DE[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Language Compatible with this Package? Unknown[08/25/16 13:19:12]    User Parameter: logfile[08/25/16 13:19:12]    User Parameter: logfile changed to: C:\ProgramData\Dell\UpdatePackage\Log\Application_KKJH9_WN32_3.5.5_A00_2016-08-25.txt[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Extraction-miniunz path: C:\PROGRA~3\dell\drivers\APPLIC~1.5_A\miniunz.exe[08/25/16 13:19:12]    Extra... Read more

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Hello !
           I have bought a new Dell Precision 5510 and I switched it on, then i heard some noise from its hard disk continuously. I dont have any idea that what is the reason of this sound. I also run the diagnostic but it did not detect the hard disk noise issue or anything. If someone could explain that why there is a noise in its hard disk.

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Hi Guys,
I have acquired a Dell Precision 590 workstation which has a boot issue that I cannot seem to solve.  The machine goes through it's POST and boot procedures and I receive messages stating that it cannot find SATA 0 or SATA1 it then gives me the option to press F1 to continue or run setup.  After I press F1 the machine continues to boot into Windows normally.  I cannot seem to get the machine to boot straight into Windows without pressing F!.  I'm not sure how to correct this issue and would appreciate any assistance you can provide.  I realize that this machine is a bit old but I would like to get it up and running correctly so that I can reinstall Windows and drivers.  Despite it's age this machine still has considerable processing power.and I would like to get it working if possible.  Thanks for the assist.

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I have a Dell Precision Workstation 390. When I boot system, first the fan is loud, then it quiets down, then the startup screen appears with the dell logo and the usual F2, F12 options and then the fan revs up and that's it. Power button is green. System is rarely used, purely a backup system in case my main system, its clone, ever fails so no dust. Every so often I start it up to make sure it is working and to update Windows, Norton etc.
How do I proceed from here?

A:No Boot, loud fan, Dell Precision 390

Any beeps from the tower? If you press F12 at boot, can you to get a menu with options to run the diagnostics?
What color are the diagnostic LEDs on the front panel?  If they don't all go off, look up error code in the manual:
downloads.dell.com/.../precision-390_setup guide_en-us.pdf
When was last time you replaced the motherboard battery?

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Hello everyone,
I have an Dell precision 960 which won't boot, during boot it beeps short twice, and the post lights 1,2,3 are lit, in the manual it says that you have to look on the screen for further problems, but the pc doesn't give video out.
the pc has 16g ram allocated on 1st 4 slots and has a low-end graphics card installed, no DVD, HDD connected to eliminate them.
thanks in advance:

A:dell precision wont boot

I don't see a Precision 960 listed -- is this an Optiplex 960?  Or is it a Precision 690?
If it's a Precision 690, the very first thing to look for is the presence of bad or leaking capacitors on the mainboard - particularly near the memory socket and CPU socket.  If any are bulging or leaking a brownish substance, the mainboard will need to be replaced.  These systems were very well known for capacitor failures.
There's a set of four diagnostic LEDs on the system -- what pattern of off/green/amber shows on those?

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I am in the process of selecting a Dell Precision 670 workstation. (PW670)

(Not sure if the link will work)

I require hard drive mirroring, which I understand is RAID1.

In the PW670 selections available on the Dell website I have chosen:

First Hard Drive
40GB SATA, 7200 RPM Hard Drive for RAID [subtract $1]
Hard Drive Configuration
C4- All SATA drives, RAID 1, 2 drive total configuration
40GB SATA, 7200 RPM Hard Drive [add $49 or $2/month1]

The reason I went with SATA was purely cost consideration.

I am not that fluent RAID wise and to tell the truth the terminology confuses me a bit.

I first started looking at this machine for a couple months ago and the first Dell representative I spoke to said that the RAID control that comes with the workstation is software RAID1 only, not hardware RAID1 which I have been led to believe is far superior performance wise.
His opinion was that he would have to supply me with a separate PCI RAID card to accommodate my RAID1 needs.

Now the new person that I spoke to seems to be intimating that this workstation is capable of RAID1 hardware without having to purchase an extra RAID card.

I'm not sure if I've adequately communicated my question to him, or maybe the original rep was in error. Any idea who might be right?

(by the way the original rep has since left Dell hence the new rep)

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A:Solved: Dell Precision 670 Hard drive mirroring question.

We received your report asking that this thread be removed.

Rather than remove it, would you mind sharing the solution that you received from Dell? This information could be helpful to others as well.

Then feel free to mark it solved.

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I have 2 M4500, and I have a same problem, when I will open the device, I had seen this message:
No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine.
How can I solved it??
Please answer me, I'm really need it.

A:Dell Precision M4500 - Wont boot

Hi mahmoud issa,Thanks for posting.Apologies that your system isn't working as expected.  Without knowing more details about your system, we can only guess at a solution.  Here is some information that may be helpful:  http://dell.to/2mORDuu

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I have a new Dell Precision T5600 workstation with A11 bios. I want to use network boot. F3 does not work. Going into the bios system setup (with F12) and changing the boot sequence to put the onboard NIC first did not work. Any clues?

A:Dell Precision T5600 network boot

Never mind, I stumbled across the bios setting. The Onboard NIC has to have PXE enabled before it will show up as a boot target.

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Hello im new in this forum, and was wondering if anybody can help with my problem,
this morning i took my computer apart to clean it, (which i have done several times)
and the computer wont boot, i dont have any diagnostic lights on, the power button is solid amber color.
i tried disconnecting every piece of hardware to try to see if its a hardware issue and even with everything unplugged same thing, solid amber light with no diagnostic light and no beeps (i think there is no internal speaker) i have repeatedly check all connectors.
**I am somewhat techsavy

Thank you for your time!

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So earlier today I was playing a game on my Dell precision T5510 and all of a sudden it powers down and wont boot back up...every single time i turn it on it shows led # 3 and 4 blinks number 4 twice then turns on led 1 and never continues..I have a Geforce GTX970 in the PCI connector and it has both processor sockets full and has 8GB RAM per core...and from the error sheet provided for the computer it states that it has something to do with the memory. Please tell me if im doing something wrong because tech support has been one massive circle.

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Older desktop running XP Pro. Had some problem booting yesterday; and today am unable to boot up at all.
Problem area seems to be the CD drawer.

Fairly sure that boot sequence is CD then C and then perhaps A (diskette drive).
Yesterday, it took several tries to boot the desktop, and I noticed that the green light on the CD drawer often kept flashing even after I had been successful. I ended up using a paper clip to open the drawer and left it open for the remainder of the day.

Today unable to boot successfully.
At one point screen showed some brief text, I believe whatever is typical at starting up sequence, but this immediately went dark. It seemed like the CD drive and drawer were trying to be accessed.

After several abortive attempts, I did a text message with something like
I believe Checksum error or Sum error but very far from being completely sure on what error code.
Previous attempts at starting computer have failed, please contact Dell for support.
While yesterday I had been successful at some point in getting CD tray to stay in the open position, and not keep closing - today I have been unable to do so.

At some point I should replace this old machine. If I can get it up and running again, I expect that I should take the CD drive out of the boot sequence (or put it after C drive).

I do not have any bootable CD at the office, and not sure if I have one at home either (this is computer I used to use at home and now have in office).

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A:Unable to boot desktop (Dell Precision 450)

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Hi Guys,
I have a Dell Precision 690 Workstation.  I want to reinstall Windows 7 but the CD ROM does not appear in the Boot Menu.  The drive is visible from within Windows, so I'm at a lose as to why it's not listed as a boot device.  Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

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I'm not sure if this should go under Hardware, Antivirus or OS Windows XP.
I apologize if this is in the wrong Forum.
DELL Precision 470
Windows XP Professional SP3
BIOS only allows for boot from disk or CD drive.
No Floppy Drive
2 SATA Drives in factory default of RAID-0.
Antivirus Program:
Symantec Endpoint Protection version 11.0.5002.333
The Following are setup in Symantec Endpoint Protection:
'Antivirus and Antispyware Protection'
'Proactive Threat Protection'
'Network Threat Protection'.
Symantec Endpoint Protection gave me a pop-up warning that it found Backdoor.Tidserv.

I went to the Symantec website and found the article for Backdoor.Tidserv. The article recommended downloading from their website and using FixTDSS.exe to remove it.

The instructions for using FixTDSS.exe included a portion where it recommends to 'turn off System Restore'. I followed the instructions and turned off System Restore.

I then executed FixTDSS.exe. It almost immediately came up with a prompt to reboot.

I clicked on reboot and was shortly presented with Blue Screen of Death.
The BSOD output (I have a photo as well):
problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer


Technical Information:
STOP: 0x000000A (0x00000004,0x00000002,0x00000001,0x804FB051)
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A:Solved: DELL Precision 470 - XP SP3 - RAID-0 - BSOD - Setup did not find any hard dis

An additional effort today, I tried using a friend's Vista install CD and had the same result, it couldn't find any hard disk drives.

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I have the problem of "setup did not find any hard disk drives". I have a Dell Precision 690 with Intel Xeon dual core processors. The IDE ATA Controller is Intel 631xESB SATA. The hard drive has 700 GB.

64-bit Windows does not have drivers for some of the most important software I use, so I wish to be able to do dual-booting on this computer. I bought a 200 GB Maxtor drive and installed it. When I tried to boot with a Windows XP CD in the drive, I got the famous message "setup did not find any hard disk drives ?". I have tried all the options discussed in this forum with no luck. In particular:
1. I used nlite to slipstream the SATA drivers which I downloaded from the Intel website. I downloaded both the 32-bit (f6flpy32.exe) and the 64-bit (f6flpy64.exe) drivers. I created the WinXP CD and booted from it. Every time I get the message "iastor.sys is corrupted" and the booting was aborted. I tried all combinations of slipstreamed CDs (Win 2000, XP SP4, etc) but with no luck. Note that I also copied the driver files from the C drive of the x64 installation and got the same problem.
2. I then tried the floppy diskette idea. I saved the driver files in a floppy and during booting I hit F6 and tried loading the drivers (one at a time and in combination). I got the same error message. Sometimes I got the message that the drivers I am trying to install were newer than the ones in the CD. I tried both accepting and rejecting the use of th... Read more

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I just got a new Precision 7510 and can't figure out how to get it to enable numlock automatically on boot.
I checked the BIOS and that is enabled already.  
I would like this as I am running WIndows 10 and it is setup to login with a numeric PIN.
Does anyone know how to do this?

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So I got the TB16 to use with my Windows 10 Precision 7510. I've had issues with the USB devices dropping out randomly but I seem to have got that under control (for now). I'm having another issue of sorts. Updated the BIOS then went into the BIOS changed restart/shutdown to "thorough" and checked "thunderbolt adapter boot support" and "thunderbolt adapter pre boot modules" as I wanted to boot from a USB DVD drive that was connected to the TB16. But when I tried to boot the laptop got stuck on the Dell logo and wouldn't go into POST. I tried diagnostic boot and got the same result. Couldn't get far enough to press F2 or F12. When I disconnected the TB16 and powered on the laptop it booted up fine. I could then connect the TB16 and it would work fine. But if I tried to restart with the TB16 connected I had the same issue. I eventually unchecked "thunderbolt adapter boot support" and "thunderbolt adapter pre boot modules" just so I could restart without having to disconnect the TB16 (I don't know which of the two options is causing the booting issue though). I can get by without booting from the TB16 but I got it partly for that reason so would to get it working if I can. Any ideas?

A:Dell Precision 7510 TB16 Boot Issues

So I got the TB16 to use with my Windows 10 Precision 7510. I've had issues with the USB devices dropping out randomly but I seem to have got that under control (for now).
It might be if the devices are intermittent, they would exhibit problems during a Pre Boot Scan.
I wanted to boot from a USB DVD drive that was connected to the TB16. But when I tried to boot the laptop got stuck on the Dell logo and wouldn't go into POST.
You are wanting to boot a UEFI capable DVD, such as the Win 10 Install media, connected to the TB16?  If that is the case, I can test to see if I can do it.  I am wondering if the Thunderbolt is connected to the PCIe bus if any device there will be checked for boot compatibility.  
I suppose you can boot from that USB DVD when connected directly to your system?

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Hi everyoneI bought last week DELL T-5810 workstation. It has Xeon E5-1620v3 (3.50GHz) , 16GB RAM (DDR4 – 2133MHz), 1TB / 7200rpm and I added an TRANSCEND SSD 220S TS480GSSD220S, 480GB, SATA III, 2.5' on it.
I have clean install of windows 10 on it.
My problem is: Whenever I press power button to start the computer, it take 27 seconds (measured with stopwatch) to display the DELL logo and 1 minute to get until the windows lock screen.I tried to change different settings in the bios (i have the latest bios version A16), without any luck. I run diagnostic tests from bios and on dell website , but all tests are passed, and no matter what I did, the DELL logo is always shown after 27 seconds.Also, I found this post which is for laptop machines, but the issue that people are describing here, are prety much the same with mine. Ho help from ther either.When computer starts, it is very, very fast, and I have no complains there. But it is not acceptable for +$2000 computer to boot in 60 seconds. At hime, I have 2 other DELL work stations at home (2 and 3 year olds), which boot in less than 15 seconds.Can anyone help me to resolve this issue?

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I want to install a new SSD Samsung V-nand 850 EVO in a Dell Precision M6500.
I clooned the hard drive. The bios is AHCI.
When i boot the SSD from the Dell Precision M6500 i got the message "inaccessible boot device"
When i boot the same SSD from other Dell (par exemple Inspriron R17) the disk is booting with no problems
The prosed repair didn't worked, the SSD is recognized in the BIOS and DOS-prompt accessible (letters X en E).
So i think it should be a BIOS problem or a driver issue.

Any idee how to solve the problem ?

A:Dell precision M6500 and new SSD Samsung V-nand 850 EVO - INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE

Was the drive cloned in AHCI mode?  Once the cloning was done, did you remove the original hard drive and install ONLY the cloned drive for the first bootup?

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I've got a Dell Precision 7710 with the Dell Precision Optimizer. It works great for when I'm using AutoCAD Civil 3D in setting up the laptop for optimization by turning off 2 cores and increasing the clock speed of the processor. 
Unfortunately I also do programming with Virtual Machines. When I'm in this mode I want all 4 cores to share the load instead of 2 cores. 
Is there a workflow available to go from one profile to no profile? Do I have to do a restart to switch between profiles? So if I'm doing CAD work and then switch over to programming do I have to turn off the AutoCAD profile to no profile and the restart the computer? I tried turning off the profiles and nothing changes for the cores. 
Is there a way to create my own profile? Or should I pick one like 3ds Max that would utilize more cores?  Or should I not use it since it won't meet my needs? 

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I am having a problem with a precision M6700 with a Nvidia K4000m. I installed Windows 10 Pro in the UEFI mode and Legacy ROM enabled. Later, i enabled secure boot from the BIOS and now there is no display. Tried resetting by removing power and removing CMOS battery. No change.
Need immidiate assistance.

A:Dell Precision M6700 Nvidia k4000m no display at all after enabling Secure boot

Sounds like a tough one. Your support site has articles & threads about it.
Precision M6700 Support site

Computer Does Not Turn On Or Go Into Windows
=== Quote ====
No Video
If the power indications are normal but there is never any video seen on the computer's display during the startup process, this probably indicates a No Video issue.
If you have a desktop computer and the monitor has its own power supply, make sure the monitor has a power indicator showing that it is turned on.
To troubleshoot a No Video issue, click on the links below:


For a notebook, press and hold the Fn key and then press the power button. This starts the pre-boot testing and will launch ePSA. ePSA will test video with a series of patterns. If they look fine but you want to test more, you can respond to the video test with "N" and ePSA will then launch the LCD BIST test. If you have a no video issue, you can either run the Fn+Power to enter ePSA or D+Power to run the LCD BIST.
=== EOQ =====

Resolve No Power, No POST, No Boot or No Video issues with your Dell Computer

Laptop M6700 Screen goes blank
Cure: Update the BIOS. Also suggests plugging in an external monitor.

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I have had several Dell Laptops (D630, D830, E6410, E6510, Precision M4500), and with the D630 and E6410 Dell was VERY helpful after the warranty expired (in one case by 5 months).. even replaced a system board or 2 since tons of people were reporting issues similar to mine on the D and E series.

on my Precision M4500, I called Dell 1 day (24 hours) after the warranty expired.

Issue: The system would REFUSE to boot past the dell BIOS splash screen.
It would finally boot after 10 or so power cycle attempts.

Dell refused to "help" me but did give me some advice
now ... 1 month after the warranty expired - the issue is back

System Info:
Dell M4500
16GB DDR3 RAM (Dell Certified) - issue remains when I use the 8gb in my e6410
bluray drive (I also tried to boot using the dvd drive in my e6410, issue remains)
intel 6250 wifi/wimax card
gobi 2000 card
i7 cpu
NVidia FX 880 gpu
bios level a15
os: dual boot via GRUB - Ubuntu 13.10 and windows 7 ultimate (both 64 bit)

when it does finally boot, I get a message about intel management engine booting the factory image or something to that effect

it will NEVER boot past the bios splash screen on battery only (even with a new battery)
once booted, I can unplug and get about 2 1/2 hours of usage from the pc

I can access the bios settings with no issues - even on the "no-boot" power ups

once it does boot, there are no other issues

after reading on the internet I found this to be a COMMON problem
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A:Dell Precision M4500 - Wont boot past BIOS splash screen

I now have 2 M4500 that do the same thing. With Intel SpeedStep enabled, it refuses to boot. Both have SSD drives, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA FX880 GPU. one has a i7-940 and the other a i7-920. I hope DELL steps up and fixes this issue in A16 BIOS update.

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Hi all,
Well, my computer was infected by spyware and its cousins and I do believe it was taken care of by the nice people in the Security forums, but I was thinking I want to start new and not worry about lingering problems and such. I was thinking on building my own external hard drive, I have 2 options please let me know with each option, what are the pros and cons and any opinion you might have or ideas you can add. I also have a couple of questions. Thanks

Question 1: If I reformat my Hard Drive, will the refomatting process get rid of all data including any lingering spyware and its cousins?

Question 2: If I transfer data (mainly music and pics of family) will other unwanted files follow in the data transfer?
Option 1: Buy new external enclosure and hard drive and transfer all the data from my old HD to the new external HD. Refomat the old HD + a fresh install of Windows and then pick all the important files (music + pics from the external HD) I need, then transfer it all back into my computer.
Option 2: Buy new external enclosure and put in the old HD from my computer into the enclosure. Buy a new HD, put into computer and then transfer all the important files (music + pics from the external enclosurew/ old hd) into the new HD.

What do you guys think?

A:Questions on and Opinions needed on external hard drives

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Hi Guys,

Looking for a bit of help with a storage problem I am currently having. Im trying to turn an old PC of mine into a media server, and therefore trying to install a couple of 500GB IDE hard drives to it. Because the PC is old (a Compaq Deskpro EN P3 733) I am pretty sure it only supports 28-bit LBA. So, for what I thought was a solution I purchased a PCI IDE Controller Card / RAID Controller (http://www.ite.com.tw/product_info/PC/Brief-IT8212_2.asp), and while the RAID BIOS sees the 500GB drive on startup, it doesnt show up within XP.

I tried hooking up an older 80GB hard drive that I know works with they system (and works when hooked up to the on board IDE controller) and that WAS seen by XP even though the 500gb wasnt.

So the questions:
- Do most PCI IDE controllers have built in 48-bit LBA support, even if the motherboard only supports 28-bit LBA?
- Is there a software workaround for this? A little research turned up this - Intel Application Accelerator - http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/iaa/ - which is supposed to offer 48-bit support on a 28-bit. Anyone used it? Is this likely to fix the problem?

And just to throw another variable in there, I am not sure if the drive was formatted correctly as I did it using the 28-bit system - would this make a difference?

Any help would be brilliant - I have been tearing my hair out with this one!


A:Problems with PCI IDE Controller - not seeing large hard drives... Help needed!

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I'm facing the following issue with a Dell Precision 5510 laptop with latest bios 1.2.14 A13. It appeared suddenly, I just rebooted a working system.
The laptop does not boot anymore and the Dell logo is not shown, however, the diagnostic battery led blinks 2 times white and 2 times amber.
According to the error table that I found here http://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukdhs1/SLN295101/EN#2016_to_Present that means
System Board : BIOS, ROM Failure
and the suggested next steps are:

Flash BIOS to latest revision
If problem persists contact Tech Support for further troubleshooting
Did anyone had a similar experience?
How can I re-flash the BIOS from a non-booting machine?
I found some tricks for the Dell XPS 9350 (extracting HDR and ROM files from bios executable and plugging a USB drive) but they do not seem to apply to this laptop.
I found http://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukdhs1/SLN300716/en but I'm still unable to recover the computer. I keep getting the 3:3 blinking pattern, even after I put the latest BIOS (renamed to 'BIOS_IMG.rcv') into a newly formatted FAT32 USB stick (2 GB). I also tried with different USB sticks, and both USB ports.
Any help is really appreciated
Best regards,

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This is how I got my T5600 to work from a SSD SATA connected to a PERC 310H card and boot as UEFI. It can also be a SAS drive. In this example I was only using a single drive and have not attempted a RAID setup. 

I may have skipped some parts where you have to reboot. If I refer to the BIOS settings then you would have to reboot first. 

1. Setup hard drive as a NON-RAID drive. When booting it will appear as BIOS handled and NON-RAID.
2. Download the Windows 10 installer onto USB using Microsoft Media Tool.
3. Download the DELL T5600 Payload for T5600 and BIOS files (if needed). Install latest DELL BIOS if you have an existing older OS. 
4. Unzip the DELL driver payload onto the USB drive for Windows 10 and leave inside a folder called T5600.
5. Using a rear USB slot that is NOT USB 3. Go into F2 and load the USB stick under UEFI, it may have a strange name if the BIOS is old (such as INT13). Saqve changes. Reboot. Boot from the USB stick. 

6. Make sure the drive you are working on does not contain data you want to keep. Ideally you would disconnect any drive you dont want to accidentally alter. 
When given the option to select a hard drive, if necessary, delete any previous partitions so the drive is without any partitions. Then click the * NEW button. 
7. After clicking NEW it MUST generate 4 partitions, 3 system partitions + 1 OS partition (made by Windows installer). If it only has 2 partitions it will never work as a UEFI boot volume
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Hi all, wonder if anyony can enlighten me on how dell partition their hard drives. I have a latitude D420 with a 60 gig toshiba mk6008ga HDD.
I can install linux ubuntu to the HDD and it runs fine, when i try to install any windows op system it stops at "installing windows" and gives the blue screen "windows has stopped to prevent damage to your comp etc".
I have just started Dariks boot and nuke 2.2.6 which takes several hours, so i left it. On reading the screen info it shows that there is a 3.8 gig SCSI disc and a 55 gig ata disc. Dban is treating them as seperate discs and writing over both at the same time I have assumed that this 3.8 gig partition is the dell partition causing the problems but why SCSI.

Dban is still running i will update progress later

As this has no optical drives i am installing from a usb flash drive

Any help would be great

A:How do DELL partition hard drives

Take a look here as may also be the issue with XP and your hard drive

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I have had to replace the hard-drive I use as a secondary drive in my Dell 8400 three times now in the past 6 months. It has destroyed a Maxtor and 2 WDs. It is connected to a ups and the anti-virus is constanly updated. Could it be a a power supply issue and if so, how would I verify this? Dell support had no clues. Thanks!


Dell Dimension 8400 (Bios A03)
Intel 3.2GHz
Windows XP PRO+SP2
Radeon X800 SE
HDD1 - WD SATA Raptor 36GB (10,000rpm)
HDD2 - Has eaten a Maxtor SATA 7200rpm & 2 WD SATA 7200rpm drives.

A:Dell 8400 eating my hard-drives.

When you say "I have had to replace the hard-drive I use as a secondary drive in my Dell 8400 three times now in the past 6 months. It has destroyed a Maxtor and 2 WDs." What exactly happened to them? As for the power supply, I'm not entirely sure how to test it for hard drive failure since one of your drives seems to be working

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I recently got a Dell PowerEdge 840 server, but I'm having a few issues with it. When I first got the server, there were no hard drives inside of it. So I got a 3TB SATA hard drive and stuck it in the hard drive slot so I could install Windows. But the computer doesn't seem to realize that I put a hard drive in it. When I go into the BIOS settings, it says 'Unknown device' under all 3 of the SATA hard drive slots.

This is the first time I've ever really worked with a server like this, so I don't have any experience with this kind of stuff. So if anyone knows what I might be doing wrong (or what I can do to fix this), please let me know. Thanks in advance.

A:Dell PowerEdge 840 won't recognize hard drives

The Dell desktop forum would be the best place to post this problem. People there familiar with Dells.

You can also find the Dell documentation on this server model HERE

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I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 in which I bought years ago. At that time I bought it with only 25Gb hard drive space. I want to replace it now and buy a new hard drive. Does anyone know which hard drives are compatible with this computer Dell Inspiron 8600? Thank you.

A:Dell Inspiron 8600 Hard Drives?

Any HD with a ATA-6 interface would work with you're laptop, heres a link with all ATA-6 specific HDDs.


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Hi, I have a dell inspiron 6000 laptop, with an 80 gig hard drive. I need a replacement but dell is out of the hard drive I need. Does anyone know if they are proprietary? Can I buy a hard drive from anywhere or do I have to stick with dell??
Thanks for your help.

A:Are Dell laptop hard drives proprietary?

generally no. I have never heard to dell hard drives being proprietary, however RAM and power supplies usually are.

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Just purchased 2 in 1 Inspiron i7 7000 which has a 1tb hard drive and and 120gb SSD.  After set up it seems to have installed Windows on the 1tb hard drive which is designated as C: and the SSD data designated as D: drive is empty.
I tried to speak to Dell - long distance hard to hear conversation - and they seemed to say this was right. And that there was only one hybrid drive with partitions?
Other literature suggests there are in fact two separate drives. And that Windows should be on the SSD.
Is that right?  And if so how do I fix it? There is nothing else of importance on computer so drives can be wiped etc.

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My SSD crashed, with the boot program on it. Can I get my HDD to boot  the comp? It's not partitioned for it. I have a 32 gb 3.0 flash drive. Running 8.1. Already tried to recover, and restore the ssd, partition isn't there. I think it's toast. 

A:Dual Hard Drives, SSD (Only boot Drive) Crashed, Can I get HDD to boot?

A couple more details. I'm hearing a beeping sound when I power up now. The ssd isn't even recognized when I scan the comp. If I use this comp, also a dell, and running 8.1 to load my flash drive with 8.1, will it boot my laptop, then can I set up my hdd to boot?

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Been having an issue that's been quite a headache for creating backups and transferring files. My Dell XPS 2720 has problems with USB external drives. Some drives connect and read & write just fine, although at a much slower rate than what I would expect from USB 3.0 (around 15 MB/s tops). Some drives will not be recognized as an NTFS partition by the operating system (it will be recognized as an unknown partition). Some drives will get hung up 20 minutes into transferring a large data set (e.g. doing a backup) and slow down to a transfer rate of zero MB/s. Either way, I've always had some sort of random I/O problem with every external hard drive I've tried, and those drives always work normally on any other computer. Interestingly, I don't have any problems with flash drives or any other USB devices like mouse, keyboard, printer, etc, only USB external hard drives. I've tried both desktop drives (powered by wall plug) and portable drives (USB-powered).
I've already tried running WD and Seagate diagnostics for all the drives, including my internal drive. Nothing found. My USB drives are up-to-date. Any ideas?

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I have search for many hours for answers to questions on new Graphics Cards which require 8pin and 6 pin or 8pin and 8pin power connections aside from the motherboard supplied power and what the appropriate method was to connect the GPU cards to the 8 pin pcie power connections. This is complicated by the fact that the Precisions seem to only have 6pin cables installed with the towers regardless of the power supply that is installed.   Yes. Everyone understands hopefully that if you have, for example, a 450 watt power supply ( forget the efficiency aspect of the actual power supply) as I am interested in the mechanics of the  design.
The power supply connects to a PC board, which appears to be called "Power Supply extended card"
Now, looking at the connectors on this extended card, there is a "POWER_VGA1" 8pin connection on this extended card (bottom left black socket).  To this 8pin connector, on my T5600 and seemingly on all the others that have made similar inquiries, we all have a 8pin male connector that fit into the extended card. My 8pin connector has two sets of wires leaving the connector and becoming two 6 pin connectors, one of which 6pin connectors is plugged into my stock Quadro 5000 video card.
OK. So, now most people are wanting to change out the 6pin Quadro card with either an 8pin or 8 pin plus 6pin or 8pin and 8pin graphics card such as a GTX 980TI or GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 or AMDs similar card. 
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Hi Guys,

Last week I found my Laptop was hanging/lagging as soon as i get my Desktop screen. At first i thought it should be a Virus problem, but i had latest Kaspersky Internet security software. When i ran it, laptop freezes. Booted the laptop in safe mode and tried uninstalling few memory consuming programs, still no luck.

Ran Dell memory test and found a problem with Hard disk. I had 4 partitions(c:\ is primary where OS is installed). I formatted the C:\ drive and tried re-installing Windows Vista, but it was an failure, I tried this more than 10 times in different ways.

I had second thought to connect this Hard Disk to another computer as secondary drive and to move data to other drive. So I bought a new Hard Drive and Installed vista on it and it works fine.

I bought 2.5" Hard Disk connector and connected to laptop. It showed as Mass storage device connected, but when i went to "My Computer" I could not see the any other drives except the new drive.

I went to Disk Management and found the crashed drive and it showed as "Unallocated"

I seeked help of an expert but he said it will very expensive (>3500$) which is not affordable. I need an help. I have helped many of them in this forum to resolve their issues, lemme see if someone can help me on this.

A:Dell Laptop Hard Disk Crashed -- Help needed

Techyy said:

Hi Guys,

Last week I found my Laptop was hanging/lagging as soon as i get my Desktop screen. At first i thought it should be a Virus problem, but i had latest Kaspersky Internet security software. When i ran it, laptop freezes. Booted the laptop in safe mode and tried uninstalling few memory consuming programs, still no luck.

Ran Dell memory test and found a problem with Hard disk. I had 4 partitions(c:\ is primary where OS is installed). I formatted the C:\ drive and tried re-installing Windows Vista, but it was an failure, I tried this more than 10 times in different ways.

I had second thought to connect this Hard Disk to another computer as secondary drive and to move data to other drive. So I bought a new Hard Drive and Installed vista on it and it works fine.

I bought 2.5" Hard Disk connector and connected to laptop. It showed as Mass storage device connected, but when i went to "My Computer" I could not see the any other drives except the new drive.

I went to Disk Management and found the crashed drive and it showed as "Unallocated"

I seeked help of an expert but he said it will very expensive (>3500$) which is not affordable. I need an help. I have helped many of them in this forum to resolve their issues, lemme see if someone can help me on this.Click to expand...

Can you hear the old drive spin?

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A:Two Hard Drives Will Not Boot

Not a good idea to post a link giving your serial numbers on a public forum.

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I have a 6 year old Dell XPS 600 desktop that I'm having major issues with. I'm not quite 100% positive that it's hard drive yet (I'm getting constant blue screens of death despite repeated reformatting attempts, I cannot even load windows).

But, I suppose the only way to find out is to replace the hard drive? The problem is, I've never done that before. I gather it's relatively strait forward, but the first question that comes to my mind is what hard drive do I buy.

This is the only info i could get from Dell on the one in my system, which I can't make heads or tails of:
MC249Hard Drive, 160G, Native CommandQueueing, 7.2K, 8M, Lead Free SGT-PU

I am just looking for a general replacement for this one. Upgraded, of course, but I'm not looking to spend money for something excessive. Would this be a good one to order, or would you suggest something else? http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...XJZE/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1319706047&sr=8-7

I gather that once I have physically installed the drive that it basically boils down to just going through the same motions as if I were reformatting, and that my factory reinstall discs from Dell will do the trick on the new drive?

As soon as I can get some direction here, I'm going to get one sent overnight---unless someone more knowledgeable than me has another idea?

A:Replacing the hard drive in a dell xps 600 desktop, input needed

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After a short power outage, I managed to loose my boot files on a Maxtor 120GB Hard drive.
The original format/partition & install(XP Pro) made use of a "Dynamic Disk Overlay"(via floppy) supplied by the Maxtor install CD, because the motherboard couldn't see large drives.Subsequent start ups were usually normal, but, now and then, start up or restart began with 'you have 7MB on your hard drive, to save these settings press f1. From there I just had to pop in the DDO floppy, it would load, I'd pop it out, hit cnt. alt. del., back in business. Problem is that no longer works. As it
stands now I'm left with only 8MBs seen on the drive, (DDO's boot partition). DDO boot floppy and/or XP Pro sys. disk no help. Maxtor, MSoft, & other websites so far have been no help at all.
Even a newer motherboard no help.At this point, I would like to just be able to save my data from that drive.
I have in the past, accessed all info on a drive by making it a slave, boot from a different drive, going rt.past the boot, but not this time... I'd like to either repair/replace my start up files,
or just access beyond the 8MBs to the rest of the drive.
I have found a couple boot repair/replace programs but not sure about using them with the DDO etc.
Anyone have some insight in this area?

Thanks, key4us2c
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A:Boot files, Hard drives & D.D.O.'s Oh my!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315679http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/over_DDO.htmThere have always been potential issues with using DDOs with Windows...I would try contacting the provider of the DDO.Louis

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I recently took the 20 GB hard drive (with Windows ME installed) from my old desktop and added it as a slave drive to the 30 GB hard drive (with Windows XP Home SP1 installed) to my newer desktop. I want to set up a dual-boot configuration, and while I know enough to be dangerous, apparently I'm not dangerous enough for this task.

I do not want to format the 20 GB hard drive - there are programs installed on there that I have, over time, lost the install disks for. For whatever reasons, I'm just not willing to lose those programs. I'd rather not have to format the 30 GB hard drive, or install a 3rd party program, but I will if I must.

I've tried modifying boot.ini to include the location of ME on the slave drive, but when I select ME from the list as I boot up, it gives me an error message, usually that a particular XP file is missing from my <windows root>/system32 directory. That wasn't the type of error I expected, so I'm guessing that playing with boot.ini is not going to help me.

Is there anything I can do short of sucking it up and setting the 20 GB ME drive as the master, re-formating the 30 GB drive (with FAT32, right?) and re-installing XP?

Thanks in advance for any help - this has been driving me nuts.

A:Dual-Boot with two hard drives

What I would do would be to pull the drive with xp on it. Boot your system with the me drive; it will need to re-detect all hardware. In addition you MAY have to install drivers. Once you get it all up and running correctly, put your xp drive back in and set the me drive as the slave.
Now follow these instructions; you should end up with a dual boot system that works and a boot menu.

Boot your computer with the Windows XP CD. When prompted to Setup or Repair, choose Repair. In the Recovery Console, enter the following commands:

FIXBOOT, answer Yes

CD \









In the last two commands, X is the letter of your CD drive.

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ok yesterday i installed another hard drive (IDE) and the 1 that I already have in there is a SATA2 hard drive
IDE hhd has ubuntu on it
SATA2 has windows on it
when there is power to the IDE hdd it boots to Ubuntu and doesn't give me the option
same with when I don't have the power to the IDE hard drive it boots to windows and doesn't give me the option to choose
and i want to have the option to boot to Ubuntu or Windows
i have changed the boot sequence so it boots from my SATA2 not the IDE
I goto Start->Control Panel->Administrative tools->computer Management->Disk management
and heres whats there

Any help?

A:2 hard drives boot problems

Looks like the C drive has 3 partitions, and no other physical drive is present.The C drive is formatted NTFS. Is this the ubuntu installation? It is never recommended to install a hard drive loaded with an OS from another computer...

Boot from the Windows OS disc and see if the Windows partition is still visible. If it is, try repairing that installation

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Hello. I cloned my pc today. Have done this many times. I use acronis 14. Much to my surprise, my pc will not boot from the newly cloned drive OR the Original hard drive. It says there is no boot disk. I cannot go to safe mode at all. Can't get to a command prompt. I can get to system setup but that Doesnt seem to do much. I am running dps test but don't think I'll get anywhere with that. Suggestions??? Thanks much!!!

A:Cloned my pc and now both hard drives won't boot

Is the original hard disk in MBR format?  Since you are using Windows 7 that is probably the case. I suggest doing the following on the clone target disk first. If you boot to a Windows 7 installer and go to a comand prompt ,you will be able to repair the MBR(master boot record). After that is done, barring any other issues, the disk should be bootable again. Read the details in the tutorial at the following third-party web page.https://neosmart.net/wiki/fix-mbr/

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