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Using two hard drives with two different operating syatems

Q: Using two hard drives with two different operating syatems

I am running windows 7 pro 64 bit on a WD 500 gig Sata Hard Drive, The other day I pulled the sata cable from the 500 gig sata and installed a samsung 250 gig SSD and loaded win 8 pro. The install went great. The problem is when I connect the sata cable back to the 500 gig HD to boot to win 7 I have to hook to a different slot on the motherboard to get it to boot. If I want to boot to the win 8 hard drive I have to do the same. If there a easier way to use two hard drives with two different OS in one computer so I can boot to either one. I dont want to dual boot on same drive. Thanks for your time

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A: Using two hard drives with two different operating syatems

Are you using Windows 8 Upgrade?

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I have the blue screen and was told that i need a complete system recovery. I do not have the Windows Operating System Disk. Where can I save a free copy of Windows 7 OS 64 bit onto my USB disk so I can fix my laptop.

A:operating syatems

Hi and welcome to TSF there are no free copies anything saying it is would be suspect do you have the error code,what is the make and model of your computer

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hello -
i'll try and make this simple .
i have 1 HD with windows installed on it ,it's having probs i need to format .
i have another HD that also has winodws installed ,im going to use that HD.
my question is . im only using 1 HD the other isnt connected ,its a back up HD.
i want to connect them both and transfer the important files over to the back HD up from the HD thats having the problems .where should i put all the files from the HD that is having problems,so i can see them when i am using the back up HD .so i can see the files from the problem HD ,so i can transfer over the files .?
c:/
the reason i ask is i have alot of stuff on the problem HD that is on the desktop and in my documents folder ect..
if im not booting up from the Problem HD then i wont be able to see the desktop folders ,my documents ect..,right ?
i hope this isnt confusing .
thanks .
 

A:2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

Make your backup HDD primary master and problem HDD primary slave. Boot your computer. Windows will take care of your drive letters, so you should have any problem copying the data.
 

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I have a 32bit single core computer, I want to install two hardrives with different Operational systems. One with XP Pro, and the otherone with Win 7, can it be done, and when opening computer, can I choose which one I want to work on.
 

A:Different operating systems using two hard drives

It can be done. Do a lot of reading in setting up dual boot systems...
 

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I am currently running 2 operating systems (98SE) on a FAT32 fs and (XP) on NTFS fs on the second hard drive.

windows 98se is my c: drive - primary

xp is on my second hard drive that i've just recently installed.

for some reason, after reformatting this drive twice, i can not get all files to work - for example i cannot access system information, help and support etc etc.

i want to reformat the d drive - the one with windows xp but when i shut down to dos to do this, dos is not recognizing the d drive.... is that because i've made it NTFS and it's not seeing it from the FAT32 drive?

i'm so lost!!

my goal is to have both drives with FAT32 fs so that they are accessible from each other, but i cannot seem to be able to format the drive with xp which has nothing on it other than the operating system.

any ideas? geeze i re-read this and it doesn't even make sense to me, never mind someone else. sorry folks!

any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!
 

A:2 hard drives, 2 operating systems

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i have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop with a bad hard drive. I've ordered a new hard drive. I have a more current Toshiba laptop with a smashed screen. But the hard drive works. Computer number 1 had a Windows 7 operating system. Computer number 2 is Windows 10. Can I transfer operating system and files and program from computer 2 to computer 1 ? Thanks
 

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My pc have 2 hard drives with operating system xp each one. I installed one as master and the other as slave. I want run the pc with the 2 hard drives and operating system on each one. When i run my pc it runs well but when i want to open the slave hard drive I cant open it because a message say the i have to format the drive. ***How I run my pc with the 2 hard drives with operating system xp on each one?****
 

A:Help How to Run 2 Hard Drives with operating system on each

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Is this possible on a laptop? If yes how would one decide to boot from one or the other?

A:Installing two operating s on 2 seperate hard drives...

yes it is possible to do.

you will need a boot manager to switch between the different os's

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i have a question (well i was wondering)

i have 2 hard drives in one machine and i have Windows 98 on one and the other with Windows XP.
is it posible to select an OS at start up with the 2 drives??
 

A:is it possible to boot 2 operating systems on 2 hard drives in 1 PC

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Yes it sounds foolish BUT, I was able to fix an OS (operating system) on 1 disk infected by a ransom virus from an OS on the second disk. Here's my dilemma, because I almost lost some very important data, I would like to protect certain data from damage or viruses in the future so -  I want to have 2 hard drives with a total of 5 OS's on them. First disk would have XP & Win7 on it. Second disk would have XP, Win7, & Ubuntu. My reasons are I would like to use one XP OS for financial transactions & nothing else. I use 2nd XP as a backup/recovery for the 1st XP. Then I use 1st Win7 for general surfing & research. I use 2nd Win7 for backup/recovery of 1st Win7. For the 3rd system I would like to install & try Ubuntu for a few months to see if I would like it.
     So far I have installed XP & Win7 on one hard disk. I have created 3 partitiones on the second hard disk, formatted 2 of those partitions & installed XP on the first partition & planned on installing WIn7 on the next partition then Ubuntu on the final partition. Now when I boot up the only OS's that appear on the list are the 2 XP systems. The Win7 system doesn't show up as an option to start. So at this point I'm not sure how I should proceed from here to have the Win7 OS to show up as an option to start & be able to continue installing the next Win7 & Ubuntu systems... Read more

A:1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Well one way to do what you want is to use a boot manager. There are a bunch listed when I Googled with "partition boot manager"
 
Using one XP OS for financial will not be enough protection. If you were to get a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for example they would be able to see and access all the drive letters in the computer.There are ways around that but I went for the simple method in my case.  One method to be secure is use removable drive trays and only have one OS inserted at a time. One OS for financial on its own drive, One Tray for the other OS's. The other way would be to use security software that encrypts the OS drive to be unreadable until you boot it and enter the password, Another possibility would be Virtual Machines holding the OS's.
 
One nice desktop for everything except for financial use. Then a inexpensive laptop that gets used for online banking, Billpaying, Income tax, Shopping at known good sites such as Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect and clothing/shoes. No Email, No surfing the web. Nothing else. I pull it out twice a month Bank, pay bills, Make an order, if needed, Then I shut it down and put it away again.
 
That is about the best I can think of for my peace of mind.
 
Good Luck
Roger

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At work I am running xp home but I have another harddrive in the bow which has Win 2k pro with a program on it I use weekly. How can I set the machine up so I can boot from either drive. I have tried everything I can think of but can't figure this out. I placed the drives in cable select mode but only the xp drive shows up in bios setup. When the box boots up I can see the win 200 drive but can't open the program from the xp drive. This program will not work in xp. Long story short is the boss is cheaping out and will not upgrade the program

A:How can I boot from multiple hard drives and operating systems

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1Should do it. I don't use it but it looks like it should be simpler and more windows centric than what I use.There are other boot managers. I use grub to boot Linux and three different versions of windows on the same machine. Grub is a bit complex but is integrated into multiboots that include linux

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Hello,

I have searched all over the internet, but I still haven't figure this out.
I'm having a laptop, with Windows 7 Pro 32bits installed, and I would like to install a second hard disk in the place of the DVD-RW (I will buy an extension slot, it exists). The second hard drive already have Windows7 Pro 64bits, with everything installed for the computer, but at the moment I am changing them each time I need to boot the other and is very annoying.

I would need to know, how could I set the hard disks that, when I will chose from BIOS to Boot from Hard Disk HDD0, to boot from it with no issues, and to have the other hard disk (HDD1 maybe), deactivated, and not available in Windows.
And when I need HDD1, to set from BIOS to boot from it, and also, to have in the second windows, the HDD0 unavailable.

Also, it is not possible to change anything on HDD0, neither its location. I can do whatever I want with the HDD1.


I need this complicated thing because I use one of the hard disks for work, one for home, and I would like to don't mix things up. And it is very difficult to get around with to laptops.
Both HDDs have 2 partitons.

Thank you in advance!

A:2 Hard Drives, 2 Operating system, Separate boot

No answer?
Is it impossible to make it work somehow?

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I would like to describe a problem, the solution I arrived at, and put a question to the Forum.
I recently re-arrange my 4 500GB SATA drives to provide better cooling. The system rebooted fine but every two or three days on booting Vista would kick me back to the BIOS starting screen, or, completely freeze, requiring a reboot. The system then wouldn't boot saying it couldn't find an operating system. Turning the computor off, and a restart would fix the problem until the next time. I resolved this by rearranging my hard drives so that Vistas C drive was the Motherboards logical boot drive. An obvious solution. My question is two fold. Why would BIOS find the Boot Drive sometimes and not others (The disks are not faulty), I perhaps don't fully understand how SATA operates, and, Is this the solution or a fix that masks another problem. I have had no further problems to date.

A:Sata Hard Drives and Vista Operating System

Hi Norm,

When you rearranged your drives, did you disconnect the cables from them whilst you were doing so? It is possible that you didn't connect the drives back to their original port on the motherboard when you wired them back up. Check this, and also check that all cables are securely fitted.

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I am running Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 4). I currently have a 4-gig SCSI hard drive divided into three partitions. Partition 1 (2 gigs) is my C drive and contains all of my software. Partition 2 (2 gigs) is known as D and is used as “MY DOCUMENTS” drive. Partition 3 (47 MB) is named my E drive and is used as a “RECYCLE” bin. These drives are in FAT format.

I have purchased and installed a new 18-gig SCSI hard drive with a logical name of G. This drive is in NTSF format. I thought that what I wanted to do was to copy my C drive to G into a folder called Old C Drive and copy my “MY DOCUMENTS” from D to the root of G. I do not need drive E and it is empty.

At that time I could reformat my 4-gig drive (C, D, and E) into a single partition as my C drive. This would give me two physicals drives each with a single partition: C and G. I would then have to reinstall my software to drive C.

I have sought advice from some people that know more than me. Some agreed with my plan and others suggested creating more than one partition per hard disk. However, when I asked why, and what are the tradeoffs, no one could answer why they choose their method.

Now I am turning to the true experts with my issue. Can you suggest how and why I should handle this process one way or the other? Perhaps there are even better ways of setting up my computer to make it run better and faster.

Thanks for your help,

foranyjob
 

A:Partioning Hard Drives under Windows NT Operating System

Welcome to TSG.

There are many reasons to have multiple partitions, and others for not having them. It will end up being a persoal choice, as neither is better than the other.

Having one large partition means that you never have to woryy about one partition running out of space, and having to move files around to other partitions, or restructuring. however, it takes an age and a day to defrag, scandisk, and AV scan one large drive!

Having multiple partitions allows you to save certain files to specific drives. It is also much handier to run defrag, scandisk, and AV scans. The problem is allocating enough to each partition, to make it small enough for the system tools to run effectively, and yet large enouhgh that you shouldn't run out of space soon.

I have a measly 8 Gb hard drive in one partition. 10 Gb would be the largest partition I would have. If I had an 18 GB partiton, I would suggest breaking it down to at least 2 partitions. Adding your original 4 GB as your primary, to run OS related functions, then have each 9 gig partition store work and personal, or any other config.

Again, it is a personal choice. Some people have no problems with time, as they might leave their computer running overnight for the requisite 3-4 hours to defrag their 30 GB Hard drive. Others, who like more organisation, have more partitions.
 

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I have a Sony Vaio VGNFS315Z with Windows XP Home. I am looking to connect a 60gb Hard Drive in a firewire enclosure which currently has the same Windows XP operating system on it. I would like to retain the use of both operating systems to preerve some of the software on the 60gb drive.

Apart from plugging it in to the firewire port what are the steps I need to take so that my Sony Vaio will view it as a separate operating system. This will prevent me having to format it and start again.

Thanks
 

A:Simple steps to using 2 operating systems on separate hard drives with one computer.

Even if your laptop supports booting from firewire hard drives, Windows doesn't.
 

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?
 

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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Hi,
I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.
 

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?
 

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....
 

A:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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A friends Compaq computer with Windows XP Pro suddenly does not recognize either of the CD/DVD drives. She was unable to either play a CD or burn a CD on her CD burner. The prompt said something about the drives not being properly configured. I had her uninstall and then reinstall the hardware, and the red exclamation point disappeared from the two drives in Device Manager. But upon reboot, the same prompt and the same two exclamation points appeared.

Can anyone tell me what is going on? A technie friend said that a power interrupt can blow the fuses on the drives and the CD/DVD drive and the CD burner will have to be replaced. But my friend with the problem has a surge protector and recalls no sudden power interrupt. And isn't it unusual for BOTH drives to blow at the same time?

When I am at the computer tomorrow, I wil post the exact prompt that spoke of faulty configuration.

Any help before I submit further details would be appreciated. We sure hope we don't have to go the route of replacing the player and burner.

Thanks!
 

A:Neither CD/DVD Rom Drives Operating

Try the fix detailed in this MS-KB article. This happens for a lot of reasons, not only CD-Creator, and it's fixed it for me a number of times. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314060&Product=winxp
 

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does the motherboard keeps any data of the hdd i use , suppose i have windows 10 installed on one hdd and then i unplugged it and used another drive which had win 7 on it. will there be any trouble ? can i switch witout losing my data or settings?
 

A:operating system on both drives

I have removable drive trays on my computers, I swap between hdds with win & ubuntu. Occaisionally, ubuntu messes up the time setting in bios, put in win hdd & now its 8 hours slow for whatever reason. Thats the only issue I ever had, a slight annoyance, , , , ,
 

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
 
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
 
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A:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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OK, not sure if this is the right place to post this thread but here goes.
My system has a WD 500Gb drive with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
My mothers system(Dell Studio Slim 540s) has a Seagaate 620GB(HD642JJ) with Windows Vista originally but has been upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. Now she has been having allot of issue's(freezes BSOD's ect). So I took her hard drive and installed it in my system in the hopes of using allot of diag repairing programs I have accumalated on my system to trouble shoot and maybe repair hers. The reason I just didn't do this in her system is because any time you try to access things like the registry or sensitive such areas it will BSOD and so no changes can be made. So any ways is there any way to have both operating systems running on the same system at the same time without having to switch between them by booting? Also have tried to make a recovery disk but again every attempt results in a BSOD. So if it is even possable to wipe the drive and do a recovery without the upgrade disk which she seams to have misplaced some where, would be a great option also. Any help ideas would be greatly welcomed. All other programs on her drive a expendable but really don't wanna have to buy another Windows package if I do just wipe the drive.

A:2 Drives with 2 operating systems aat same time?

You won't get the drive to work inside your machine you would need to place it in a usb enclosure,the reason is the hardware is not the same so it will not boot correctly,put the drive back into the dell and see here for service manual user guides and trouble shooting Dell Studio Slim 540s Service Manual | Dell
if possible you should follow the istructions here
http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ta-452654.html
you will find links in the first link I gave you on running the dell diagnostic and to the user manual which should tell you if the machine has a recovery partition,please also check the ram ie remove and reseat and if it has a graphics card do the same also check the cables and connections are firmly and securely seated

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

A:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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A Moderator has Moved your thread to our Windows 7 forum as there are some things you need to know in order to

rescue data you probably need and some other stuff you shouldl be aware of..help should arrive soon

My hard drive won't boot, and SMART says it's 'BAD, backup and replace."

I can't replace it now(no money), so I was wondering if there's a way to get Windows 7 completely pulled off the drive from its sectors and transferred to another storage drive WITHOUT the hard drive connected to a motherboard, no BIOS, etc. Just independent of its self, with the jumper/power to start it, can data be physically removed from it without it being connected to a motherboard?

Is there any way something like this can be done?

Because here's what I want to do ...

I want to clear the hard drive and keep its files, the OS, and other files on it, move them to another storage drive, then boot them from, say, a 64GB USB drive, and install them on a new hard drive from there. Will something like this work?

Assuming I boot from the USB with a new, functioning hard drive installed, can I just sort of "move" the OS to the new, empty hard drive to install it there? What are the steps of doing this exactly?

I'm not skilled/experienced in this area at all.
 

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I volunteer for a Charity in the main role of IT admin. Part of what I want to do is ensure the Laptops, External Drives and Memory sticks are encrypted, but I am worried if I (try to) encrypt a drive with files already on, they will get messed up. I am not an expert, so would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can give. Any favourite products? We are a charity so want to pay little or nothing for this. The intention is to ensure any personal information we hold is secure if it falls into the wrong hands. I am clearly looking at making sure no-one uses Laptops/Ext drives/memory sticks that do not belong to the charity when working (self included), but am a little uncertain where to start with this and do not want to make things worse. Any input gratefully received. Probably a simple question for lots of you, but not for me!!
 

A:Encryption of hard drives, external drives and Memory sticks

All the encryption programs I know of support encrypting drives with data. BitLocker and Vercrypt(TrueCrypt port) absolutely do. BitLocker absolutely requires the use of strong Windows passwords as it only protects the drive if its removed or accessed via another boot device. VeraCrypt has the added benefit of having a pre-boot password so you cannot even boot to the operating system without entering the password. You should still of course have strong passwords and automatic locking of the system after a set time of inactivity.

You may also want to re-evaluate the need for USB drives and sticks, not only are they bad for data security but also easy to lose, have stolen, or just fail. Central storage and VPN access may be preferred to a giant pile of external devices that some places end up relying on.
 

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Hi,

I have three optical drives, connected to sata 2 ports on my Z68X-UD3R mobo.

A LG DVD Drive GH22NS30, Firmware v2.00, added 2009
A LG Bluray writer BH10LS30 firmware v1.00, added 2010
A LiteOn Bluray writer iHBS212 2 firmware 5L09, added 2011

According to my Intel rapid storage technology application these are all running at 1.5gb/s.

Shouldn't these be running at 3.0gb/s, sata 2 speed?

If so, any ideas on how I could get them to run at sata 2?

Or is it typical of optical drives to run at 1.5gb/s

thanks
Tanya

A:Optical drives operating at sata 1 speed 1.5gb/s

SATA is backwards compatible. I think these are SATA 1 devices, but would have to double check to be sure

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I changed my disk drive letters on one of my operating system but i think that i made a mistake. because cannot start up again, as it freezes when the welcome sign shows up, (except this time it doesnt show the welcome sign it shows the windows xp sign. I have two windows xp operating systems and I'm now on other operating system but i was wandering if i can change it on this system. Any help?
 

A:Changing disk drives on a different operating system?

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I have bought a IBM Thinkpad 560Z laptop with no operating system or internal drives. I want to load XP onto it. I have bought an IBM external CD ROM drive - USB 2.0 with optional split PS2 connectors.

I have tried connecting it from the cd drives USB to the PS2 on the laptop, it lights up and I can put the bootable XP CD in the drive. However the same startup screen always comes up on the laptop.

It is a picture of a floppy disk, with all the F keys along the bottom, the picture of F1 pressed down, and pressing between F1 and F8 just stays in a black screen, and gives "I9990302 I9990302 I9990305" if that means anything. You can't go any further.

Is this because there is no driver for the drive? The USB driver is on a floppy disk, but does it need this going from USB on the drive to the laptops PS2? Do I need to get an external floppy drive and install it/another driver, to then install XP?

What's the easest way to get XP on this machine?
 

A:How to load operating system with not internal drives

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

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I've got an old Dell Inspiron 8200 PC that the office uses as shared storage, printer server etc, and it's been having issues seeing USB drives correctly (Although the laser printer that's on USB has never ever had a problem!?!)

Yesterday it dawned on me that instead of plugging in the extra 2 drives I need I could put another couple of hard drives in, in place of the optical drives, that are never used on that machine.

So after a bit vague googling it seemed this was possible, so I went ahead and removed both optical drives, replacing them with 2 hard drives, (so now the PC has 4 internal drives).

... and they work! You wouldn't believe the hassle I've had with NetworkAttachedStorage and various different USB drives, while figuring out that this machine doesn't like USB drives!)

The thing is: the drives seem to be running really slowly. Is this because CD drives won't need to receive data as fast as hard drives do? Is there any way of setting it up to send data faster to these drives?
 

A:Plugging Hard Drives into to Optical Drives' IDE Cable?

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

A:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

A:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my system or some program is blocking me when I try to create a new folder in my drives. need advice and help.

A:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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I opened my computer the other day and when I clicked "computer" to go to my mapped networks drives to my surprise there are no hard drives or mapped drives displayed anymore.

Even when I go "open" in excel for example I don't see the drives.

I tried uninstalling sp1 in hope it would fix the problem but it did not. When I go into disk management I see my hard drives.

Is there a way to fix this? I have Vista Home Premium

Thanks

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I have several old hard drives, taken from previouse CPU's. Is there anyway in which I can use them as external hard drives or be able to read what is stored on them, without hooking up INSIDE my CPU ?
 

A:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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I already found out the hard way that flash drives don't have a registry in which I can install a program to it, and run it on other computers, unless the program is a lite program. Is there a way to make it more flexible in the sense of creating a registry for it?

Next question; Do external hard drives have a registry? Could I install games and or programs to an external and run them directly from it? Is there a way to create a registry for it if it does not have one?
Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
 

A:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
 

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I just recently built a new system running an Intel Q9550 quad core 8 GB of ram and Vista Home Premium x64. Everything works flawlessly except for connecting external hard drives and thumb drives through the usb port. I've tried multiple hard drives/thumb drives on multiple ports on the front and back with it working only once for the thumb drive. Usually Vista keeps sounding the device connect and device disconnect dongs for a few minutes and then every once in a while says the drive needs to be formatted, but the drives work fine on my Laptop that's running Vista Home Premium 32-bit. Is this a common problem with x64 or is there something wrong with my system?

thanx

A:USB hard drives/thumb drives to work

when I hook the usb thumb drive to the usb port on my printer, Vista recognizes it and lets me see the files on the drive, it also lets me copy a file to it but then freezes after it finishes copying (the copy window has a full progress bar and say "about 0 seconds remaining".

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Hello. I originally listed this under Software (XP) section of this forum, but someone thought I should have it moved to the hardware. I marked the other one as solved, so I could change the title of the thread to better match the hardware section. Here is the post again.

I have completed a brand new build with all new parts and it goes to BIOS, sees all the components and everything is as it should but when I try installing Windows XP Professional, I keep getting the blue screen saying "A Problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer." Technical Information: *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I made a bootable disc so that I could run CHKDSK and SCANDISK and that one said that it found errors and tried moving files from the one area over to another and block off the corrupted area and it couldn't even do that because it had said there was physical damage to the drive.

So, I opened the other OCZ SSD drive I have (the exact same one - model, etc..) and tried it with the same error happening. I even opened a new xp professional installation cd because that first one had scratches on the cd, and both installation cd's are giving this error to both of these OCZ SSD drives.

This is the first time I am using a solid state drive, so I do not know if I have to make sure I unlock something or what, but the BIOS found the drive stating it's size and all.

I don't see how ... Read more

A:Solved: Will Solid State Drives Install XP Operating System?

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I have just recently changed my PSU. I now have conflict with the hard drives and the DVD ROM and CD RW. When i plug the main wire in (the wide wire which goes to the motherboard from the drives) it seems to freeze the computer. As i do this, there is a change in noise coming from the computer it seems to go quieter. I think that when i plug the drives in it takes most of the power away from the hard drives therefore they are unable to run. I am running a 400w PSU for a P3.

Am i right in saying this, if so what can i do to over come this? I have been advise that it might be the jumpers on the CD RW and DVD ROM but i haven't changes these plus i do no what/how these work. Could this be a/the problem?

Thank you
 

A:Conflict between hard drives and cd drives

That would be the IDE cable and they have to be connected to PIN#1 of the drive to pin #1 of the cable there is a colored strip on one edge of the cable that connects to PIN#1 of the drive when connecting the drive the colored strip should be closest to you. Also please don't tell me your connecting cables with the PC powered up. IDE drive can also be daisy chained (two drives on each channel Master and slave)
 

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At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers"

I did take out the hard drive and connected it to another computer using a sata to usb cable, but the drive was not recognized so I put the hard drive back.

Now when I am unable to boot up. It is a windows 7 64bit.

A:BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers

Please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions http://www.sevenforums.com/bsod-help-support/96879-blue-screen-death-bsod-posting-instructions.html. Upload the files here, this will tell you how. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/9733-screenshots-files-upload-post-seven-forums.html

Also, please give us a better explanation so we will understand what you did.

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Hey Guys,
I have a Dell XPS 600 with 2 160GB hard drives that mirror each other and would like to be able to reinstall the operating system but I'm not sure how to configure the RAID option. I would like to reinstall the O.S. either on one and keep the other as storage , or keep them mirrored and reinstall the O.S. I am using original Dell XP Media Center Edition 2005 disk. Thanks
 

A:Solved: Hard drives mirrored, need to configure raid for one hard drive

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So the machine I am working with is a consumer line Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Media Center and the latest A17 bios. It came with a 60GB sata hard drive that was almost full and wanted to upgrade to a larger drive. I grabbed a brand new Seagate 320GB hard drive.I booted up Acronis and attempted to clone to from a 60GB drive to a 320GB. Everything looked perfect. It saw all four partitions from the source drive and once done showed that for the destination as well. I shut off the computer install the new hard and proceed to boot. The computer attempted to boot but then received a stop 0x0000007b error (unmountable boot volume, for those unfamilar). Common issue when cloning disk so I proceeded to boot to an XP disk so I could repair the Windows install. Once it booted up, I noticed the drive was shown as a 58GB hard drive (the brand new 320GB drive). I restarted the machine checked the bios and it saw the drive as a 58GB hard drive. I pulled the drive and hooked it to four other machine that all stated the disk was now a 58GB hard drive. We checked disk management, booted to several hard drive testing tools and even poped it into a linux environment. The drive had been Permanently changed to a 58GB disk. To my disbelief, I started investigating. I tried another 320GB new hard drive, this time with ghost booted from win 98. Same process, everything seemed perfect. Reboot, dosnt start. I check the BIOS. This drive as well has been Permanently changed to a 58GB.Keep in m... Read more

A:Virus Permanently Modifies HPA of Hard Disk cloned and Locks it. damaging hard drives.

After some more research I have figured this out. I can post what the fix was if anyone is interested. It was NOT a virus, it was Dell Media Direct.

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I'm making an inquiry for a friend..

She has a computer with 2 hard drives.
The problem began with a 'screen error' saying to check the monitor connection. She bought a new monitor and had the same error message.

She then began having hard drive read/write errors. Thinking she may have gotten a virus, she wiped both her hard drives and reformatted.

When she tries to reinstall XP it gets about half way through and gives her the read/write error again and will not complete installation. This is true for both of the hard drives.

So far she's tried cleaning the connections on her 4 memory sticks (while grounded) and still cannot reinstall Windows due to the read/write error.

What is your suggestion for her next step since she has no working operating system from which to run tests?
 

A:Hard Driver Read/Write Error on Both Hard Drives

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I have a system and 3 internal hard drives.

The drvies are 120GB, 160GB, and 180GB but my system only recognizes 111GB, 149GB, and 167GB respectively. Tha tis about a 7% loss of space for each drive. 33 gigs lost in total. That's a lot of space.

None of the drives are partitioned and it's not and HP or other like system. It's a custom built PC. I only have an OS (WINXP) installed on my C drive (the 160 GB drive).

No matter how I connect these drives (on-borad IDE or IDE controller card) my system will not recognize the full space of any hard drive I install on my system.

The 120 is slave to the 160 and the 180 is on an ATA controller card (Promise Technologies) all by itself. All are Western Digital. The 180 is a special edition (and I recommend you stay away from WD special edition HDs. I have had to swap it for a refurb 3 times in 1.5 years. This is the first time I have installed it on a newer computer, though, so I hope it does not break like it did on my old, ancient system 3 times. My old system was and AMD 850 Duron with 128M RAM..but I digress).

So is there a way to get back this 33 gigs of missing HD space or is this just the way it is with WINXP?

Thanks in advance.

BTW, my MB is an ASUS P4P800SE with a Cerleron D 2.4MHz in case any of that matters.
 

A:7% of hard drive space lost on ALL hard drives...

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While looking into another possible problem with a hard drive on my system,I began unplugging the devices (there are four of them) to isolate the problem and in doing so, I I seriously corrupted C drive, and began getting 0x7b BSOD messages. First I tried to do a System Repair with the Repair disk. It didn't work. I have a cloned version on an other HD for just such an occasion, so I attempted to boot from it. No dice, which surprised me. Remembering that one of the options in repair involved such a disk, I attempted to fix it that way. It refused to recognize it as well. I sat and waited a moment to consider my next move when the computer rebooted. Ok, let it run, and upon finishing POST, now I have Win7, Win XP (my dual boot) and Win7 Ultimate (Recovered) as my boot choices. Win 7 (Recovered) runs, but Win7 does not. XP still runs (thank god!). but here's the rub: if I disconnect either of the drives, my original (C drive) with the original installation or this cloned drive (J Drive) the system will not boot. Further, any updates say to the video driver installs to Drive J but it is obvious from running checks with EasyBCD and Security Essentials, some of the information is coming from C, some from J, therefore the "Virtual" name in the title. They are both contributing to the boot.

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A:A Virtual Hard Drive? Two separate hard drives now run Win 7 x64

Do you have an Advanced Format (AF) drive or a drive greater than 2.2TB on your machine. For some reason WIN 7 ASSUMES that you want to use the AF drive rather than a different drive that you may have specified. This happens whether you are trying to do a new clean install or a repair on an already existing installation. Also, WIN 7 does this with no warning leaving you to ASSUME that you made the new install or repair where you wanted it.

I have very recently experienced the exact same problem when I updated my motherboard and processor.

Even though I did a sysprep on my old install to prepare for the new motherboard, WIN 7 still struggled with the 3TB drives. I tried a few times to 'repair' my install, but then again WIN 7 put the repaired install on another drive.

The only way that I found to prevent WIN 7 from defaulting to the AF drives was to unplug them completely. By this time, my old installation had become so corrupted thay I finally had to resort to a new install instead of the easy migration I had expected.

Once I removed the AF drives, the new install went completely smooth with no other phantom or otherwise installs on the AF drives.

I did have backup copies of my system on an image on an 'Acronis Secure Zone' (ASZ) partition, but with a clean install of WIN 7, once I told Acronis to use the ASZ, it deleted the backups and created a new empty ASZ.

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