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If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

Q: If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

There are 2 basic types of hard drive that most people will want to install.

They are 1 - Pata, also called ide and ata. Easy to recognise as they have a large 40pin socket and jumper settings.

And 2 - Sata, both sata 1 and 2 are set up in the same way. They are easy to recognise as they don't have a 40 way socket but have a 4 way instead.

There are also scsi hard drives but i doubt may people will be using them so i will not be dealing with them in this post!!


Pata - Pata's will connect via a 40 way data cable that has 2 plugs on it excluding the one that plugs into the mobo.

It is VERY VERY important to get the jumper settings correct or THEY WILL NOT WORK!!!!

There are 3 basic jumper settings, cable select, master, and slave.
The easiest way to set them up is to use cable select. The mobo itself will then assign master and slave as it sees fit. Usually it will set the drive on the end plug as master and the other one as a slave.

If you are running more than 1 pata drive on the same cable then you must insure they are both set to cable select or that 1 is set to master and 1 is set to slave. Having both set to master WILL NOT WORK, and having both set to slave WILL NOT WORK.

Once that is set correctly most mobo's will be happy and boot fine, if yours doesn't then you will need to check the bois settings. The instructions for doing this will be in your mobo manual!!!




Sata - Only 1 device is catered for per cable so there is no need for jumper settings.

Its just a case of making sure your bios picks it up correctly, again, you will need to refer to your mobo manual for instructions.



If, after properly installing your hard drive and checking the bios out it still doesn't show up in windows then it probably requires formatting.

For windows XP Pro, right click on your "my computer" and select manage, storage, then disk management. Locate your new drive on the right hand side and right click and use the format wizard.

Once all that is done you should have a new hard drive installed and working properly!!! Enjoy!!


P.S. I only have XP Pro so if anyone else can add the formatting procedure for other windows versions then please feel free to do so.

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Preferred Solution: If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

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A: If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

One minor correction to avoid potential confusion. It's really a 40 pin, 80 wire cable. Most will know what you mean, however.

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All this techie stuff is Latin to me. So bear with me. I took Spanish in high school.

1. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505. I bought it used 4 years ago.
2. I am installing a brand new hard drive, fresh out of the box.
3. The drive that died on me was a Seagate Momentus 7200.1, 100GB, 7200 RPM, Firmware 8.04
4. I went online to best buy and micro center, but am in the dark regarding the driver interface. Since the laptop is pretty much dead in the water, how can I determine the it? I'll need to know that before I walk up to the kid in the store, right?
5. As soon as you tell me what I need to buy, I'll install it and then have some questions about installing Windows XP.

Thanks in advance,

Patrick
 

A:Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

Hey Patrick,

Yes you check what the problem is in your lap before buying the HDD. So,
Does the laptop turns on without the hard disk? If so a message should appear there is no boot device.
If the lap works fine without the hard disk well you should buy the new one.
If the lap is pretty much dead well it is probably dead from every circuit on it.
 

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Hi guys,

I'm replacing a dead hard drive from my dell dimension pc with a brand new hard drive. I have an xp installation cd, can somebody remind me of the steps I need take to prepare my new hard drive (once it's all plugged in) for the installation of XP. Haven't done this in ages so would really appreciate a reminder!

Thanks

Jacob

A:Installing XP on brand new hard drive... need a reminder!

This is all you need to know friend. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsys...nstxpclean1.htm

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Hello,
my cd drive ( hl-dt-st dvdram gsa-t50f ) in my toshiba satellite l355 s7831 laptop
won't read my brand new pro tools 9 upgrade cd or the instrument expansion pack cd

it can read music cd's, and it can read my old protools 7 cd. i'm wondering if there's a new format of DVD that it might be burned to so my drive can't understand it?

i also just installed a fresh copy of windows 7 on my computer.
and the driver for my cd/dvd drive is installed,
i erased upper and lower filters in regedit
i used driver genius to install all my drivers

and the new cd's i'm trying to read DO work in my girlfriends laptop

if anyone has any ideas it would be so greatly appreciated,

thank u so much
 

A:cd drive cant read brand new Pro Tools 9 CD

Is this a DVD?
Can you read other DVDs?
It's possible you need to replace the drive.
 

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I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.
 

A:Hard drive formatting instruction for brand new hard drive

rskin2001 said:

I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.Click to expand...

Can you see the drive in the BIOS setup?
 

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I have a dell laptop, D620. When i first put it on the screen was loading funny. as i move the mouse over it a square at time would come in...then when i tried to boot it again. it said new user.. then it just woulnt boot got read error hit control alt delete...i called Dell they said hold fn key and hold start but it went into diagnostic mode. in a few minutes they said HARD DRIVE must be replaced.

My problem is now... that to recover the data companies want from $500 to 25oo to recover the data... is there any program or thing i can do to try to get my files back?

Marv Alpert
[email protected]
thanks!
 

A:Hard Drive canNOT Be Read, Computer won't boot. Read Error

Hi malpert and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

As a laptop only has the ability to support 1 harddrive your option is to remove the drive from the laptop and connect it to a desktop PC using a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor and try to read the files on it, however I would download the test tools from the makers website and run a thorough test on the drive to ensure readability of the drive.

Remember though if the drive has failed mechanically then any data may be lost and you will need to use one of the professional data recovery services such as "ontrack data recovery" to get it back.

Backup, backup and backup is the mantra when it comes to important data...

Dont put your mailing address on a forum like this by the way you will end up getting spammed to hell.

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The actual problem I am encountering is that I get a "asms file is needed" message and I have no idea what to do from here. I investigated several threads that my search took me to but the threads have been closed and I didnt find and solutions. I have the original WXP pro install disc and SP2 & SP3. I am not at all PC savvy so I need help with what to do from here. Can someone please help?
 

A:Trouble installing WinXP pro on brand new drive

Is that an actual XP Pro CD, and is it XP original or XP SP1?

If you've installed a new hard drive, it needs to be formatted before you can install XP Pro in it.

The XP Pro CD does all the work - if that's what you have.

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hi

a little while ago my hard disk broke so i just bought a new one to replace it.

now im just a little concerned about my windows XP activation key. if i use the same key i used on the old (and now broken) drive, will it still work on my new drive? or do i have to buy another copy or something to get it working?

ive tried a dozen things to get my old drive back in order but nothing worked so i threw it out. i know that i cant use the same key on multiple machines but im just wondering will Windows be able to recognise the fact that im upgrading now?

thanks

A:HDD broke, installing windows on a brand new drive

give it a try worse thing is you will have to call ms and explain to them what happened and see if they will five ypu a new key

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I'm looking to get a new hard drive for my computer and was wondering what brand is generally considered the best.

I currently have a maxtor and its already been replaced once so I'm skeptical to go with Maxtor again.

Basically I'm looking to get around a 120 or larger drive with either ata133 or 100. I don't want to get a sata drive and I'm not looking to go with a raid array.

Basically I just want to know what people recommend.
Thanks for any help.
 

A:What's the best brand of hard drive?

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Bought a 1tb seagate HD from scan when I plugged it into my PC it told me to format the drive which I thought was odd. I did what it said and got the error message saying the format could not be completed.

I've tried using disk management deleted the volume and started from scratch but no luck. I then tried to format using CMD in administrator mode and it didn't even get past 0%.

It's a brand new drive and I'm thinking that if the drive has corrupted how can I fix it.

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks
 

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Okay... so I bought a new hard drive for my Dell Desktop 430 after the old one died.
I got it up and running and installed Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit again from the Dell re-installation disc. Yay!
(However in order to get it to install Windows Vista, I had to make a change in setup. It wouldn't install so I had read somewhere that changing to Autodetect RAID (or something like that) would help. I did, and it worked.

Then I created a partition using the excellent guide created by Brink at this forum! All good so far!

Then I grabbed a backup image of my old drive made by Paragon backup, and transferred it from my external backup drive to my partitioned drive R.
I then used the Paragon backup program to try to install the Partition over the C drive, loading it from the R drive.

It started doing its thing and seemed to be running just fine. I think there were 4 steps for it to go through to install the Image and it was on step 2 when I left home to go out for awhile.

When I came back home a couple hours later I found the blue screen of death and a message that said something like "No drive is detected to boot from".

I restarted and it just want back to the same screen. I restarted again and the same thing.

My question is, What happened?
Did the Paragon Personal Backup program kill my drive somehow? I find that hard to understand/ believe.
Or did the drive just die "out of the blue" because it is a lemon? That is my working theory.

How can I p... Read more

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Hi...not sure if this is the right place but...I have a generic external USB 2.0 hard drive that is beginning to phase out of existence haha, and I need a new one. What's the best, most reliable brand to get...maxtor, western digital?? etc

Also, when can I really know that it's time to get rid of my current hard drive. It works fine, but sometimes when I turn it on, it'll be loud for a minute or 2, then die down...

thanks
 

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I'm new here but I thought I'd ask this question. I recently had some hard drive problems myself and may need to get a replacement (current drive failed).

Which hard drive brand do you prefer? I like Maxtor and Western Digital myself but I know that other brands make quality products as well.

I apologize if this has been posted before. I looked but couldn't find anything too similar...
 

A:Which Hard Drive brand do you prefer?

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Does anyone have a good word to say about Samsung hard drives? I know they are not "up there" in popularity with Seagate and Western Digital but sometimes I like to go with the underdog and every review of them I've sen has been good.
 

A:Need opinion on hard drive brand!

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!!!HELP MEH PLZ!!!

Bought a new HD (dont care about files on other 1) put it in the comp and placed theses
CD's in it so windows xp would be there now when it starts up it says

start in safe mode
start in safe mode with networking
last working settings

blah blah blah....

and I cant do anything else with ti
the comp is lol

a dell
pentium 4
designed for windows xp
says dimension 3000 near power button
the hard drive i bought just came in a bag sum guy at teh store brought it to meh

thats about it srry for the lack of detail
 

A:A brand new hard drive and its messing up?

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Purchased a new HP Envy last week, arrived yesterday 2/27/17.  Hard drive died 2/28, operating on the SSD.  Case number 303 709 9840.  Called the HP support center several times, but in each case the call dropped when trying to transfer to Level 2 Customer Support.  I need to know how to have the computer repaired under warranty.  Thanks!

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I was just wondering if there is any way to see what speed my hard drive is? My hard drive is pretty old and I was just curious how it compared to some of the new 7200RPM drives. Is there any way to access this info in either windows or BIOS? In device manager it says WDC WD600BB-32CXA0
Thanks
 

A:Hard drive brand and speed???

I found a couple of googles referencing your Western digital drive as being 7200rpm.Here`s one - http://www.ultratec.co.uk/stocklists/Search-ResShopnew.asp?model=WD600BB - 32CXA0
 

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New hard drive installed and all i'm getting is NTLDR is missing...ctrl alt del to restart.... and restarting does nothing. I ran a diskwizard which told me to remove the cd, put my windows xp cd in and reboot. This install is going nowhere and my computer is useless. I've installed windows once before but never a new blank hard drive. What's the secret? I'd hate to take the thing in and pay a tech, this should be a simple thing to do. Before running the diskwizard all i got was the setup menu or the option to reboot and nothing else, just kept going back and forth with those two.
 

A:Brand new hard drive just won't work.....

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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My hard drive will not boot any more.  So I bought a new one and I want to install Windows 7 on it.  I have my original Product Key but I do not have an install CD.  How do I install the OS on a blank hard drive?  How do I get the installation cd?  I am not paying for a product I already payed for either. Thanks for the help in advance.

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Hi there.

I have an old emachines 590 computer with a recovery cd that came with it.

I am wanting to upgrade the hard drive to a bigger one as the standard one is 60GB and is very nearly full.

Will the recovery cd work on a new hard drive and install windows and the drivers etc, OR can it only be used on the original hard drive?

I would think that as long as the motherboard hasn't changed, that the recovery cd will work on a different hard drive, but just wanted to check before!

Thanks very much,

Craig

A:Using EMachines Recovery CD on a brand new hard drive?

The recovery CD should work as long as only the hard drive has been changed. If you have installed any new hardware, you will have to reinstall the drivers for it as this recovery CD will not contain them. If you have replaced some hardware with new one (such as the wi-fi card, for instance), then this can cause problems ranging from the relatively benign inability to use the wi-fi functionality until you reinstall its drivers, all the way to inability to boot into windows.

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I purchased a new hard drive, for my laptop that crashed and need to recover. I bought it in 2014. It saud the system memory passed but hard drive failed.I just don't know how to recover it with the new hard drive.Please help me!

A:How to system recover with brand new hard drive

Hi,Yours is a CTO machine.Which operating system came pre installed in this laptop?You can do factory reset by booting from Recovery USB/DVD that you should've created after setting up this laptop first time.If you have not created one, you have to order one from HP in your region.http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/bph07143If this laptop came with Windows 8/8.1 or 10 you can do a Clean install alternatively.Windows will get activated automatically after installation, while you are connected to internet. NM8.1 , option 1: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html10: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-windows-10-clean-install.htmlAdditional drivers from here: http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-ENVY-15-Notebook-PC-series/5401187/model/6521450RegardsVisruth

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i'm planning to get another external hard drive....since my last one is kinda dead....can someone suggest any good brand for external hard drive??

is LeCie any good???
 

A:What's a good brand for External hard drive??

I would think whatever brand is good for the internal hardisk would hold true for an external. I like Maxtor/Seagate products, but I'm pretty sure they are not the best.
 

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Hi folks.

I'm wondering if anyone can answer this question for me...

I recently rebuilt my computer: ripped out the drive, put in a new one, partitioned it, etc etc.

As part of the rebuild I bought a new Western Digital External Hard Drive (from BestBuy) that I'm using as a back-up drive (where I'd copied the contents of my old drive (minus software and programs. Just my old files)).

The new drive comes loaded with a few programs and folders: Acrobat, Skype, Google toolbars and desktop, Picasa.

I haven't run the install on any of these folders. Frankly, I just want an empty drive, so I'm tempted to just erase these folders.

In any case, at some point today I copied my old files back to my new hard-drive. And then I installed BitDefender on my computer and ran a scan (the computer is NOT hooked up to the internet yet).

The scan included a scan of my WD External. And -- surprise surprise -- the scan comes up with warning telling me that one of those prepackaged Google files on that drive is infected.

The file is: GoogleToolbarInstaller_pt-BR.exe

and the trojan it's telling me I'm infected with is: W32/MalwareHiderPatched-based!Maximus

Is it really possible that the new HardDrive is infected? I did connect the hard-drive to a second computer (in order to re-copy my old files to a THIRD hard-drive), and that computer is connected to the internet. But BitDefender has told me that that computer is clean. Which means the infecti... Read more

A:Brand New Western Digital Ext. Hard Drive Infected?

I've never purchased a new Hard Drive that was pre-loaded with anything from any supplier.I may be wrong here, but me thinks you've been given a used drive?Send it back to start and get another.Thereafter address your questions again in the "Am I infected" forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

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Ok I ave a Acer Aspire 5100 series laptop. It recently gave me a bunch of errors about a fixed disk, and I came here for help. turns out the hard drive was failing so some of the members on this site told me to replace it. I had bought that previous one on ebay, which was a mistake. I just purchased a new 160gb EIDE hard drive from Western Digital. I installed XP on it but every few times I reboot the computer I get an error saying failed fixed disk 0200. I have read and some people say the motherboard, some say the connectors, cmos, etc....I really can't afford to continue to replace things in the computer if it's not broken in the first place. ow can I find out the root to tis issue without having to replace multiple things? I need tis computer for school and can't just afford to go buy a new one. Please help
 

A:Fixed Disk Error 0 - Brand New Hard Drive HELP!!

also if it's the motherboard thats failing, how long could this hard drive/computer last me? I would like to return my hard drive if the computer is just going to give me issues in a week, but if it will last me a few months/year with just giving me an error every so often I will keep t. Please any suggestions!!
 

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I got a new laptop for Christmas but I didn't turn it on until January 16th, and it seems slower than a brand new laptop should be. At first it froze up while operating window's explorer and it loaded things slowly.Well I discovered I was running 2 anti-viruses at once (which is  a problem). Things improved after I disabled one of them. Then, still had issues. Updates took FOREVER... 3-4 separate sets of long updates Had an issue with my mouse moving around on the screen. I thought maybe the touch pad was too sensitive or there was something on the touch screen- but they were both fine. I restarted it, and then it was fine. The fan is blowing a little louder than I thought it was going it. My old laptop is 7 years old so I imagined that its fan should be loud. Are all laptop fans a little loud? It also feels pretty warm- even with a cooling fan underneath it. Is that normal, too? This is my first new laptop since 2011 and first computer with Windows 10 and all that- so this may just be normal? Any advice is appreciated!  It has a year warranty, so I can go through HP if it does appear to have a faulty hard drive, but I don't  want to have to do that. tx

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Hello,
The last two times I've posted here were regarding some personal PC issues, but now this problem extends to a friend.
 
A friend and I just finished building a gaming PC for him. Part list is located here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L9TN99
 
A little background on this build...the BIOS on the motherboard was incompatible with his CPU, so we put the CPU from my rig into his, installed the OS onto the Samsung SSD, then updated the BIOS. When we put the 4790k back into his PC, it booted just fine (albeit for an SSD, it was very slow, which is a separate issue)...
 
To my knowledge, Windows 8.1 installed correctly. No errors in the installation process, no errors during the BIOS flash, it runs just fine (aside from the slow boot). The SSD is listed as the C drive and has all the capabilities of a normal hard drive. The entire OS is on there. I have the same Samsung running Windows 7, boots up in about 5-6 seconds. I also have the same Seagate HDD, and had no problems turning it into a single partition and formatting it (again, on Windows 7).
 
On his PC, the Seagate is recognized under the device manager, and it shows up in the disk management interface. It can't be used, of course, because it's not formatted. It also shows up in the sata ports in the BIOS. However, the Seagate HDD will not format through the disk management interface. The memory partition is healthy, and the capacity seems to be correct, but every attempt to format NTFS will simply erro... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 not formatting a new hard drive on brand new build

In his bios setup screen there should be an option to ' load performace defaults'
 
Did you install the motherboard drivers after windows 8?
 
If you think it could be the cable .. Try a different one?  Make sure you didnt connect his sata drive to any RAID connector on the motherboard.  It should be put in SATA 1

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purchased this product two months ago and we go to turn it on and states no hard drive?? Is there a fix for this? We just got this thing. 

A:HP 15 NOTEBOOK PC - FAILURE TO LOCATE HARD DRIVE - BRAND NEW...

The hard drive cable may have lost a secure connection-partially unplugged, which happens on occasion with transporting,etc. Unfortunately, on the newer models it is not a simple task of removing a panel on bottom to check the cable. I would suggest to call HP Support for service. >>Contact HP

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it was working fine this morning, and i'd left my computer copying files on to it all day, and when i got back to it just now it started telling me that this hard drive doesn't exist.. it had it as g:, and i have another one plugged in now called f: (which is showing up okay), and my computer's hard drive is split in two, c and d, so it's not a name confusion thing.. just stopped working all of a sudden, even its little light isn't lighting up.. .. i managed to use it fine once before, to copy files on to (needed to do that so i didn't lose everything when i wiped my computer's hd, for another reason (most stubborn virus i've ever met)).. .. so what should i do now? is my stuff still salvagable?
 

A:WD hard drive, almost brand new, not showing up in my computer all of a sudden

Is it an external hdd? You could start Disk Management (press start, and run diskmgmt.msc). If your hdd shows up there you can right click and assign a new drive letter.
You can also try to connect it to another computer.

Sadly it's also possible that your hard drive just died, even if it's new. In that case you should return it to wherever you bought it and get a replacement, but your data could be difficult to recover (maybe it's possible, but very expensive). One of my Transcend external drives stopped working after only a few weeks
 

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hi all.....i have been searching here and see lots of related problems, but not my exact problem...here goes

sony vaio running xp sp2, yesterday we purchased a fantom titanium 500 GB hard drive for backing up extensive photo and music as well as word data...the back up seemed to go fine, we used the backup wizard in xp...however, now, after the backup is complete, clicking on the icon only brings us a message about "windows needs to know what program created this file in order to open it"....that is not the exact message, but you get the idea. The "files" themselves don't show in the external hard drive window when we open it. Is that normal? I had an idea that i could click on F: drive (we allocated f: as the external hard drive) and it would show me specifically which files we loaded onto it... how can we be sure they are there?
the reason we are so consumed with whether or not the files "show" is a second problem which I have posted else where here, but is that the usb ports on the desktop pc all fried simultaneously and so we need to do a system restore to try to get them working again, and had to back up everything just in case.

thanks a million...
 

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i bought a seagate 500gb 2.5" SATA hard drive from amazon for my ps3 i also got a 250gb plain external drive from wal-mart its also a seagate i successfuly reformated the 250gb to 32 fat for use with my ps3 to back up my system but when i tried to fromat the 500gb my computer wont even reconize it when i plug it in... so im stuck also i should point out that i just bought the hard drive with out the case since i planned on puting it in my ps3 so i had to take apart an old hard drive my roomate had and used the chip thing from it to plug the hard drive into my computer his hard drive was an 80gb idk what brand anyways help would be very apriciated -thanx
 

A:brand new 500gb hard drive isnt reconized

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Hello,

I recently built a new pc, with the intention of using the Toshiba SSD from my old laptop that is defunct(win 7 home premium was installed on my own). I completed the build this evening, ensured everything was properly connected, and booted it up, thinking I would just have to install the motherboard driver and be mostly up and running.

I was wrong. It restarted a couple times after powering on, then wanted to start scanning for issues, because it couldn't start Windows fully.

That told me it can't fix the errors, showing error code 0x0. When I tried to run chkdsk from the command prompt, it tells me that the disk is read only, or write protected. Is there any way to do this without reformatting the drive? I haven't been able to find my windows reg key. There are also no system restore points, unfortunately.

The mother board I'm using is Gigabyte AMD FM2+ A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 mATX ATX DDR3 2133 NA Motherboards GA-F2A68HM-H

A:Drive set to read only after installing it in a new pc

I have no experience with Toshiba SSDs, but I would suggest plugging it into another machine already running Windows and run Toshiba SSD Utility (go here, select SSD in list on left, then "Q300 Series SSD Storage Utility").

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Hello,

I recently built a new pc, with the intention of using the Toshiba SSD from my old laptop that is defunct(win 7 home premium was installed on my own). I completed the build this evening, ensured everything was properly connected, and booted it up, thinking I would just have to install the motherboard driver and be mostly up and running.

I was wrong. It restarted a couple times after powering on, then wanted to start scanning for issues, because it couldn't start Windows fully.

That told me it can't fix the errors, showing error code 0x0. When I tried to run chkdsk from the command prompt, it tells me that the disk is read only, or write protected. Is there any way to do this without reformatting the drive? I haven't been able to find my windows reg key. There are also no system restore points, unfortunately.

The mother board I'm using is Gigabyte AMD FM2+ A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 mATX ATX DDR3 2133 NA Motherboards GA-F2A68HM-H

A:Drive set to read only after installing it in a new pc

I have no experience with Toshiba SSDs, but I would suggest plugging it into another machine already running Windows and run Toshiba SSD Utility (go here, select SSD in list on left, then "Q300 Series SSD Storage Utility").

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will any brand hard drive work on dell desktop systems??
i have been told they don't??
wanted to ask be fore i tried it.
 

A:will any brand hard drive work on dell desktop systems

Hm im not sure, i own a dell and i'm pretty sure you can use any type of drive so long as your computer supports it. Such as, dont get a sata drive if you dont have sata connectors. I'm pretty sure any IDE drive would work with a Dell. However Dells tend to be on the cheaper side and dont always have expansion bays for a second (or third) hard drive . Open your case or look at your manual to make sure you have room for expansion before buying one. If you don't, simply buy an external one that connects VIA usb. Because I think firewire doesnt come standard on most dells.
 

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Well, I've been having this problem for a while, but now it's getting a bit out of hand. When I go to stand-by and get out of stand-by, it says 'Unable to read/write from drive C:' and other times (just regular surfing, playing CS, etc) the HD locks up for about 10 secs. It also does a thing I'd like to call "HD-turns-off-then-turns-back-on-again-with-a-grinding-sound".

I've tried reformatting which had some '...trying to recover' errors. And I've tried ScanDisk on thorough A LOT of times and it came up with some bad sectors on some of the scans. I've also tried Western Digital's disk drive utils. but it has some weird error now saying the IDE isnt plugged in correctly, but it is.

Specs:
Win98
40GB Western Digital HD
[ I won't say all the other specs. I don't want to intimidate other people ^_^; ]
 

A:Hard Drive acting weird. Unable to read/write on drive C:, and other errors

Hi trunten

A grinding sound with a hard drive and many bad sectors is not good. It sounds like your drive has bit the dust. Since it is 40 gig there is a good chance that it is still under a warranty as most hard drives come with at least a 1 year warranty and many have a three year warranty. You could recheck the drives jumpers (master/slave) and reseat the data cable but I don't think that will help. BOL
 

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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Just got a seagate barracuda 4tb hard drive. When I go into the disk manager it show up uninitialized, but shows the available space. I try to initialize it with gpt or mbr and it comes back with an I/O device error.

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This all started when I used my backup hard drive w/Win2000 (seagate) as Primary & my newer hard drive(Maxtor) w/Win2000 as my slave. I bought a new HDD (Western Digital) & wanted to copy files.

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.

I finally created a new OS on my Western Digital and made it my primary & put the messed up Maxtor as a slave. All I saw in the drive was the file folder with file fragments.

HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??

One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?
 

A:Primary Hard Drive Cannot read 2nd Hard Drive

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Anyway I ran scandisk on it. When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.Click to expand...

at this point a good file recovery app. is needed






HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??Click to expand...

0&0 recovery and file scavenger recovery app. are a few




One more problem. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't. Any suggestions?Click to expand...

this drive may be on the way out
HDD regen is a application that may fix it up for a while
 

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Ok. So what I think is happening is that my newer hardrive is being read by the other hardrive, somehow, or if that makes sense, but it shows up when I boot the computer, but nothing from the hard drive is actually to where i can get to it.

Any ideas? Anything that might help you then just ask!
 

A:Solved: Hard Drive Being Read By The Other Hard Drive?

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I've had a few problems with my hard drive & it is being exchanged by the manufactuer. I have backed the hard drive using the back up facility in sytsem tools windows 2000. I have backed it up to another PC I have on a peer to peer network.
My question is this. After formating the new hard drive will I have to install the O/S or just restore the backed up file. I should mention that I did a "back up everything on my computer" back up & I'm unsure if that would back up the O/S as well.
Anyway do i just restore or load the O/S then restore.
Many thanks in anticipation.
 

A:advice needed for installing back up files after installing a new hard drive

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So i need to install windows 7 on my HTPC which has no CD Drive or Operating System. I havnt got a 4gb Flash drive or a HDD to boot from. I thought about Booting From Lan but how would i install the operating system. Could i use my Other computers CD Drive over lan to accomplishe this? I need quick help please

A:Please Read - Installing Windows On HTPC With No CD Drive

pedroc, Follow this How to install Windows 7 from the network? - Super User and you should be OK

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I want a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent.

Any brands to avoid?

So far I haven't seen anything under $109 for my specifications..

I should be able to use the portable with my desktop until I transfer to a laptop, shouldn't I?

Home Edition
Version 2002
32-bit
Service Pack 3

Dell DIMENSION DIM2400
Intel(R)
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
2.66 Ghz. 2.00 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Size 111.72 GB
Free Space 37.3 GB

planning to move soon to state of art processing power and at least 8GB RAM
 

A:Suggestions please for good brand & place for great deal on external hard drive

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Hello everyone.  This is my first post with a question.  I searched the forums and didn't see anything quite like it.
 
I have a Velocity Micro computer with a RAID hard drive (in case this matters) on which Windows 7 Professional is the OS.  I've forgotten the RAID number designation, but it's the one in which there is no data redundancy.  Both of the two physical disks (1 TB each) must be in place to form one usable drive, which has a 2 TB capacity. At least that's my understanding.  Again, this may not matter to my question, but I wanted to mention it because I'm concerned it could.
 
The computer also has 12 GB of RAM and a 6-core Intel processor, for what that information is worth.
 
A year or so ago (after using the computer for at least a year), software that had worked fine slowly began to fail, one by one.  I'm not sure of the order, but they include...
 
-Windows Update wouldn't download anything or even notify me of updates anymore
-WinTV stopped working; I could no longer record TV shows
-the Windows program that monitors whether I have security software running or need backups or updates vanished from my tray
-BOINC 6.10 kept giving me a message about zero status but no finished file, or something like that
-BOINC 7.0 wouldn't install
-Weather Watcher could no longer be double-clicked to open
-couldn't boot in one operation; I had to get to a point in the process (I've forgotten the details) and then shutdown and ... Read more

A:installing Windows 7 on a new hard drive; old hard drive is RAID

All your symptoms point towards malware in your old Wodniws OS.
 
There is no reason that you could not use your RAID array as your storage and boot off another drive, seems perfectly logical as there is no need for RAID with a Win OS as Winsxs.sys already exists within. Yes you change the boot order in the BIOS, set the cd drive first, then point the installation at the new disk which will default to C:\ No need to remove the RAID array, which will appear as additional storage. You may need to install drivers to get this to function correctly.
 
You could of course back up your data to another drive and re-install you rOS on your original disks...
 
Up to you.

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Hi there,

I recently recovered from a severe virus and then was uninstalling programs and damaged my hard drive. Dell came and reinstalled a new hard drive with Windows 7 on it. Lost everything (except that during the virus fiasco I saved my important documents online).

Before I start using my computer regularly I would like to protect it properly so that this doesn't happen again.

I have already downloaded Malwarebytes Anti Malware from the link provided on this forum.

What should I download to protect me in real-time and while surfing the internet. I don't want a program that will ask me every two seconds if I will allow it to make changes, etc (Like SpyBot)

Any input would be appreciated. I want to make sure that this doesn't happen again.

Also what is a good way to keep my system backed up when I don't have a disk drive or a flash drive large enough (all I have is a 2GB)

Thanks for your help!

A:Brand New OS, recent recover from virus and other hard drive issues, need to protect myself properly this time around

Well you can use the free versions of internet security such as avg, avast, and avira. They are all good proformas and you can also use the paid versions of these programs. You may also look into kaspersky which is what I use for most of my systems. Also get rid of spybot, it had its day but its no longer what it used to be.

On another note if your saying that Dell switched out a hard drive because it was damaged due to the virus damaging it that's actually not possible. Did they say it was a virus or do you assume it was? Also if they said that their was a virus their is no reason to switch out the hard drive.

If you paid for them to come in and do the work I suggest you find out exactly what they did. If they tell you that it was a virus and they you needed to get a new hard drive I suggest that you demand your money back. But if it was under warranty then it doesn't really matter.

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Existing CD/DVD drive doesn't recognize DVD media after installing DVD-RW+/- in separate bay. Both are on the IDE (ribbon). Existing CD/DVD drive is set to "Slave" and the DVD-RW+/- is set to "Master". OS XP Home. Sony tech says this is a common problem and that I can't have both the CD/DVD drive and the DVD-RW+/- hooked up to my computer internally. He suggested I purchase an external DVD writer. Any ideas on how to make what I have work?
 

A:Existing CD/DVD drive doesn't read DVD media after installing DVD-writer

Can you hook up one of the drives on the same cable as the hard drive? (I know I can't due to case / ribbon location on my pc).

Try setting both jumpers to cable select.

The only other think I can think of is upgrade your mother board bios, download the most current mother board chipset drivers.

If it's a compatibility issue with your board or the drives that can't be fixed.

I would get an external fireware/usb enclosure that allows you to but one of your drives into the enclosure then hook it up to your pc. The other route is to by an PCI IDE controller card and hook up you components differently (one drive on MB IDE other on PCI IDE).

Your DVD burner should also act as CD/DVD reader as well.

On my system I have a CD-R/RW and a DVD-/+ R R/W Dual layer drive one IDE channel.

almost forgot, Welcome to Tech Spot
 

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Hello, i have a big problem with my desktop, first of all i was using computer then its suddenly froze i restart it, and it showed me message, Please insert recovery CD..... Windows can't find .../system32/stab.dll

I started the recovery CD it didn't work i tried it for 5-6 times on 7 try it showed me message that windows xp can't find your hard disk, so i thought my problem was in hard drive - it died or something, i went to best buy bought new hard drive, but it still showing me the same error!!! Right now i have no idea what i should do
PLZ somebody help me
 

A:CAN'T READ Hard Drive >HELP PLZ<

Alex: There is not enough info in your post for me to understand your problem.
What Brand of computer are you takling about, and what Operating system are you using?
Can you see your original Hard drive in BIOS or Device Manager?
Did you install an OS on the new drive when you put it in? I'm guessing you didn't.
What is your level of expertise in computers?
 

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