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Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

Q: Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

i want to install from my boot usb but windows tells me no drives are suitable.
it says it cannot create a partition.
what to do?
what I do now is the screen before use shift + f10 and then diskpart.
if i am lucky by fiddling around i can get a disk to take the new install.
This is not very satisfactory. I have no idea why the fiddling works.
Please educate me.
Roe5685

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Preferred Solution: Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Problem finding a disk to install win10/8 on.

Is your hard rive GPT or MBR? What

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Clean Install - Windows 8
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...ndows-8-a.html

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I need to replace my failed system disk with a new one and wonder how I can go about installing a new win 10 bought and downloaded from Microsoft. I imagine the process would be the same as for a new custom built computer. I miss being able to buy a Windows on a DVD.

Thank you.

A:How to install Win10 Pro to a new empty hard disk.

See if this will help you. Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

Or Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

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Trying to clean install win10 from usb flash drive, but it won't inslall. Getting this:" Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition was reserved by the computer's Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM)". and it's the only disk i can install into(I updated from win 8.1 to win 10 already. ) Any help?

A:Iconia W700 win10 clean install OEM disk

Hi, I think that deleting all the partitions from the drive could solve the issue. Then windows would create all needed partitions (EFI, system reserved and of course OS partition). HOWEVER, if you plan to try it like this, I highly recommend to create a complete image of the drive before doing it. If anything will go wrong you can always restore the image. Don't underestimate this, there are a few stories on the forum where on some systems people did not made the backup, and then the method did not work well for them, and they spend countless days to restore the system. Also why you don't try a refresh of the pc Settings ---> Update and Security ---> Recovery--->Refresh this PC. You can select to wipe all the data, and thus this would be almost like a clean w10 install.  

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Trying to clean install win10 from usb flash drive, but it won't inslall. Getting this:" Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition was reserved by the computer's Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM)". and it's the only disk i can install into(I updated from win 8.1 to win 10 already. ) Any help?

A:Iconia W700 win10 clean install OEM disk

Hi, I think that deleting all the partitions from the drive could solve the issue. Then windows would create all needed partitions (EFI, system reserved and of course OS partition). HOWEVER, if you plan to try it like this, I highly recommend to create a complete image of the drive before doing it. If anything will go wrong you can always restore the image. Don't underestimate this, there are a few stories on the forum where on some systems people did not made the backup, and then the method did not work well for them, and they spend countless days to restore the system. Also why you don't try a refresh of the pc Settings ---> Update and Security ---> Recovery--->Refresh this PC. You can select to wipe all the data, and thus this would be almost like a clean w10 install.  

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I'm going to replace the motherboard on my home-built computer. My computer is currently running Win10 x64 upgraded during the free "upgrade to Win10" period.

I know I can download the Win10 ISO (USB version) to do the install.
What will I need to "activate" Win10 once the new MB is installed?

Should I install and activate Win7 first, then upgrade to Win10?
Or
Do I just need my old Win7 product registration code?

If so, do I need the "specific activation code" I used on this computer for the original Win7 install for this computer? I have four computers upgraded to Win10 (during the free upgrade period), so somewhere are four Win7 product/activation codes in my office.

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I am using a usb bootable drive to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I have used hade USB copy of Windows for some time now so I know that it works.
My issue is at the moment is once the install starts and makes it to the screen that ask you which drive you would like to install windows on it cannot locate any drive.
I says something similar to no useable drive or something similar. (I do not have the screen in front of me) The list is empty. You have the options of opening a command prompt, advanced repair options, or load drivers. From what I see I need to
create a new drive but cannot figure out how or if I'm trying to do something I don't need to do.
Any help walking me threw this Please.

P.S.   The hard drive I am using was at one point used in a different computer and was wiped clean

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Hi I'm trying to do a clean install WIN10 Release on my W700. My win81 is kind of crap and i need to do a clean install (and not first win8, win81 and then win10). When the WIN10 installer shows the destination window, it is just empty and it asks for a device driver, and gives me the posibility to specify one. I just don't have any idea of which driver it is.Any ideas? br Lars










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A:Disk driver for WIN10 clean install on Iconia W700...

Solved.I have a WIN81 PRO license, so i downloaded the WIN10 64bit PRO version of course. THis one can not see the disk in my tablet.Then i downloaded the Home version, and this on works. After installation and activation, windows did the pro upgrade automatically. 












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Hi I'm trying to do a clean install WIN10 Release on my W700. My win81 is kind of crap and i need to do a clean install (and not first win8, win81 and then win10). When the WIN10 installer shows the destination window, it is just empty and it asks for a device driver, and gives me the posibility to specify one. I just don't have any idea of which driver it is.Any ideas? br Lars











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A:Disk driver for WIN10 clean install on Iconia W700...

Solved.I have a WIN81 PRO license, so i downloaded the WIN10 64bit PRO version of course. THis one can not see the disk in my tablet.Then i downloaded the Home version, and this on works. After installation and activation, windows did the pro upgrade automatically. 













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Hello to everyone, Very recently, 07-Jan-2017, I purchased HP Pavilion au116tx with additional 4GB ram (total 8GB ram) from HP official distributor. Once i connect the laptop with wifi at my home, it took whole night to go with latest OS patch/security updates as well as major driver updates. Later, I started using laptop. Yesterday 10-Jan-2017, I have noticed a noticeable lag when i open a application but it didnt respond. When I check task manager, CPU is loaded around 13%, Ram is loaded around 27% but Disk is loaded 100%. It was the case for next 5 mins. During that period, I am not able to run any parallel application.Then I looked in to YouTube/internet and got following links and i tried all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mbrw1x0LzUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhhDtOHaOrY But still, I am not conveninced with the performance. Can anyone give professional advise and what to do?  Looking and respcting your valuable guidance. Thanks and regardsAjith Pandian.

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Hi,
My disk contains 5 partitions:
part1 = ntfs-win10 free upgrade of win home premium (primary)
Part2 = ntfs-win7 home premium (primary)
Part3 = ext3-Extended (logical)
Part4 = ext3-LM rafaela (extended)
Part5 = swap (extended)
This setup worked good.

Part2 win7 got buggered, and reinstalled (nvidia chip-set melt down during win7 boot). The MB was replaced.

I can no longer get to win10 boot Part1. Booting to Part1 or Part2 results to booting the newly installed win7. Rafaela boot did not change: still working.

How can I reclaim my win10 boot? I can't upgrade for free anymore so I'm hoping there's a way to work with what's there.

Thanks,
Keith

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does anyone know the best way to solve this type of problem? or how to diagnose this problem? or the most common reasons for why it happens?

* happens on startup and just randomly from time to time

* solves by itself randomly

* the performance mointer thingy shows it's not any of programs cos none of them are high at all

been happening for like... i don't know whenever win10 first came out, i just never asked and could never find an answer

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I have a perfectly fine Dell Inspiron pc (win7)- it is old but it works fine. I am just wondering what your opinion of getting win10 installed at a local pc shop or Staples -- what should I pay - is it trustworthy? Just curious. Thanks so much.
 

A:Looking for win10 install info - do not have a problem

What's the exact 7-character "service tag/serial" number on your Dell Inspiron PC?
Unless it's more than 10 years old, its support site should show us what hardware it came with and if it's a good candidate for Windows 10.

Is it running Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional or some other version of Windows 7?

There's no reason for you to run out and buy a copy of Windows 10 because you may still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
The cost of buying Windows 10 may also be more than what your PC is worth, depending on how old it is.

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Hello guys,

I need help for my new build.

from a fresh install of windows 10 i try to install the drver for my IGPU Intel HD 530. each time i do that i get a BSOD with this message:

VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE igdkmd64.sys
Or sometimes it's
SYSTEM_THREAD_EXEPTION_NOT_HANDELED igdkmd64.sys

i've tried drivers from motherboard manufacturer CD, website and intel and some autodetect driver software .
i always get the same behavior:

the screen start blinking several time ( black screen) before showing the BSOD then reboot and repeat it self.
even the driver downloaded by windows update have the same impact.
i've managed to install it in safe mode but when i restart in normal mode i get the same behavior.
i've tried 2 different monitors, VGA and HDMI , tried with UEFI on/off => same result.
i've tweaked onece the tdr delay to 8 second, but didnt work.

i really need some help here, i'm desperate!

CPU: Intel I7-6700KMotherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING
RAM: HyperX FURY HX421C14FBK2/16 - 16Go Kit (2x 8Go) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM
SSD: Samsung EVO 850 MZ-75E250B/EU 250 GB
with 80 PLUS 550W power supply.
OS: WINDOWS 10 FRENCH HOME X20-25432

A:Unable to install Intel HD graphics driver on a fresh install of WIN10

The most likely suspect is a bad video chip.

Now it could be a power related problem too, or heat, but if you have used good parts and a cool case and have tried multiple versions of the driver then it starts looking like hardware failure is likely.

Who makes your 550W power supply?

Double check all of your connections.
And you could go into the UEFI/BIOS and reset all defaults - don't do any tweaking until this problem is resolved.
Is that board running the most recent version of the BIOS?

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I have been having so many problems with the Windows 10 installation I'm thinking about going back to Win7 until MS works out all the bugs in Win10.

My PC came with 8.1 and updated to Win 10. Win10 was fine until the last major update when everything went h--- in a hand-basket. Update reset everything to defaults, installed apps I'd uninstalled.

Question: Can I remove the HD with win10 and put it on the shelf until MS gets it running. I want to install a bare HD and install a valid genuine Windows 7 OS on the bare drive. Is there anything I need to know before I give this a try? I know I'll have to reinstall all programs and all missing win7 updates...

Will I be able to install the Win 10 HD at a later date, install updates and be back up and running under Window 10 user accounts?

A:Install Win7 to replace OEM win8.1 w/Win10 install

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Since you're talking about a separate win-7 installation on the machine your plan is sound and exactly how you should do it

You might in your bios have to disable fast start and possibly secure boot but otherwise you shouldn't have any problems installing win-7 fresh
You might have to gather drivers if this is a laptop but a desktop would have no issues windows updates will provide most
If you review device manager and see if any unknown device listings are there just post about them same goes for installation of win-7 issues.

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I have Win10 installed into a system which is UEFI but on an MBR disk. I have a recent backup and want to delete all partitions on that disk and convert it to GPT. Do I need to start over with a clean install of Win7 on the MBR disk and then do the free upgrade to Win10? Or would I be able to do a restore of my Win10 from backup?

In other words, I am asking if the Win10 which I presently have installed on my MBR disk must always be installed on an MBR disk or if it is possible for it to be recovered to the disk after it has been converted to GPT.

A:Can BU of a Win10 OS that has been on MBR disk be recovered to GPT dsk

You will be able to convert disk to GPT and then do a clean install of W10, during the install you skip the product key entry and it will activate automatically later on.

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Hi, I bought my Epson CX7400 printer about a month ago, and during my move to my new house, I lost the install disk. Is there anyway to install this printer to my computer so I can start using it? Thanks!

Kristen
 

A:Lost my install disk for Epson CX7400 Printer, anyway to install it without disk?

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/..._UseBVCookie=yes&oid=93718&infoType=Downloads
 

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Windows vista boot manager says the is has no entry.I need a fix without the installation disk.also I'm not able to get out of the boot manager screen.
 

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I installed Windows 7 on my laptop, an Acer Extensa 4630z. It went painfully slow the first time, took about 3 hours to get through but never gave any error message or stopped completely. But when it restarted the first time it froze at the windows is starting logo. When i booted in safe mode it stopped at disk.sys. I reinstalled windows overnight and about 8 hours later it was installed, rebooted, and running. I thought it might be solved and I restarted the computer just to check. It froze in the same place, at the windows starting logo, still disk.sys in safe mode. I thought it was a hard drive issue so I tried everything I could think of, changing BIOS settings between AHCI and IDE, even tried a completely different hard drive. I've tried removing each stick of RAM individually. I've tried both 32 and 64 bit versions. Nothing works. Please help. At this point i feel like hurling the thing out the window.

A:disk.sys problem during/after install

Remove all devices non-essential. Use unit only while plugged into wall socket to install.
Remove as much system ram as possible while still having a functional unit to install.

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Dear all,I'm gonna add a Samsung EVO and make a clean Windows 10 64 install in this Envy 17. Apparently, this is my notebook: http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-ENVY-17-n100-Notebook-PC/8499288/model/8949605 First question is how do I get a list with my product specification? Could not find on the site. I can easily find them for my previos HP notebooks. Second, in which order should I install the drivers I downloaded from HP site? Which of them need a reboot after install? HP Notebook System BIOS Update _Intel Processors_sp75152.exeHP Wireless Button Driver_sp74735.exeIntel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver_sp72105.exeIntel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework_sp72106.exeIntel High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp74569.exeIntel Management Engine Interface MEI_sp74364.exeIntel RealSense Depth Camera Manager DCM_sp74366.exeIntel Serial IO Driver_sp72681.exeIntel Software Guard Extensions Device SGX_sp72682.exeIntel Wireless LAN Drivers_sp74466.exeNVIDIA High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp73302.exeRealtek Card Reader Driver_sp72116.exeRealtek High-Definition-audio_sp74368.exeRealtek Local Area Network LAN Driver_sp72119.exeRealtek RTL8723BE-RTL8188EE 802.11bgn Wireless LAN Drivers_sp73310.exeSynaptics TouchPad Driver_sp74369.exeValidity Fingerprint Sensor Driver_sp74365.exe Thank you.

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I have a Toshiba TE2000 with valid PID.



Using this site as a reference, I have tried the Windows XP Professional OEM "WXPOEM_EN" label twice, because everything that I have read has said that the OEM versions are the most versatile. But the install fails because XP doesn't like the PID.

But doing trial & error on XP installs is time consuming, and I was wondering if there was a way of decoding the PID sticker in order to determine which XP label will work with this PID.

I've done extensive Google (and other search engine) searches on all of the text on the label, to no result. Nor have I been able to find any kind of reference that explains what the various codes mean (X08-73066, E85-01144, etc...), so any help there would be appreciated.

Also I'm interested in learning more about what the "1 - 2 CPU" means, and also that with this PID you can install either Win2000 Pro, or XP Pro.

Any help would be appreciated.


- Fren

A:[SOLVED] Help Finding the Right XP Pro Disk ?

So what exactly is your problem. Are you wanting to reinstall but you lost your OS disc? I would call Toshiba and ask them if they can send a replacement. They will charge you a couple of bucks to do so but it will be cheaper than buy it new. To use those Product keys you will probably need an OEM OS disc.

XP Pro and 2000 Pro can run on a dual processor machine.

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I am not sure where this goes so please feel free to move it or tell me where to post it lol.

I am trying to find a recovery Disk for an Emachine computer we just acquired. I already tried to contact Emachine for it & they said they do not manufacture that disk any more & just told me to buy a new OS & find the drivers online. Which wouldnt be a problem but the 60 bucks for a new Windows XP disk is more then the PC is worth lol.

Figured I would ask here, see if someone happens to have one laying around they wouldnt mind selling to me or letting me have for cheap.

Oh & we tried to use our Windows XP disk with the OEM number on the Emachine, but it now wont register or anything & of course I figured out that that is a no no.. Is there a such thing as a Non-OEM Number containing disk that you can buy & use to reinstall windows w/ the computers OEM number?

Tyia!

Btw. the Emachine is model # W3050

Thanks again!
 

A:Help Finding Recovery Disk..

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So I got this new 5580.
Disk usage is at 100%, by the System process.

What I have tried:
Reinstall Windows
Update all drivers, BIOS, FW, Windows updates
Turned off Windows Search and Superfetch
SSD FW will not update:Yes, it is a San Disk A400 512GB
But nothing, system runs 100% disk usage, get hot and fans running 100%.
Win10 Pro Ent. x64

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Hey guys,

I?ve been googeling this for a few days and can not seem to find the answer. So here goes...

Problem:
I have a 2TB seagate barracuda HDD that is not showing up in:
- disk management
- CMD -> diskpart -> list disk

It does show up in:
- device manager
- bios
- Intel rapid storage technology

Screenshots:

Specs:
CPU: I5 6500
Motherboard: GA-Z170XP-SLI
Windows 10

I also tried switching out cables and ports. Same results.

Any help or further questions would be awesome. This is starting to piss me off...

A:WIN10 2TB HDD not showing up Disk management

Can you try the HDD in another PC or can you lay your hands on a SATA docking station to test if the disk is a dud or not
I'm assuming the disk is new, has it ever been working before in any circumstances?

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My wife has a Lenovo Laptop with only 27.1 GB Internal Hard Disk Capacity. She uses this in conjunction with an external hard drive of many TB capacity on which she stores all her text and graphical data. The only applications that she has installed on the c:\drive are LibreOffice, Dropbox and Firefox. She has only 769MB of free space left but this is not a problem in everyday use. The problem arises when Win 10 decides to do an update as there is not enough disk space on the c:\Drive to accomplish this. The update download is directed to the external hard drive and completes satisfactorily and the installation proceeds as far as 17% before the updates requires an additional 5GB of space on the c:\Drive. The Win 10 prompt at this point suggests that the external hard drive can still be used to complete the installation but nonetheless the "next" step still looks for space on the c:\Drive. Needless to say, my wife has not updated the operating system on this laptop for some considerable time now (with no obvious problems arising).

Is there a way to complete the installation from the external hard drive? Does it really matter if she does not update the Win10 operating system?

Current c:\ folder capacities are:
$windows.~BT 346 MB
Program Files .97 GB
Program Files (X86) 3.49 GB
Temp 2.49 MB
Users 1.01 GB
Windows 21.3 GB
Windows10 upgrade 19.9 MB
 

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I've registered here because I desperately need some tehnical help.

Yesterday i've bought new Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD drive, which i've put onto my Gigabyte GA-B250M-D3H motherboard. Ever since then i've been having trouble with BIOS/Win10 not recognizing M.2 disk/slot.
Drivers are updated, i've tried switching between UEFI/Legacy, unfortunately cannot find CSM settings to try that, tried switching boot priority (SSD not found), tried with disconnecting main SSD with Win10 on it to try and format/install Win10 on M.2 disk (SSD still not found).

Additionally, it does say "Fast Onboard Storage with NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 110mm M.2 (Up to 32 Gb/s), GIGABYTE M.2 solution offers considerably faster storage performance and support for both PCIe and SATA interfaces for M.2 SSD devices." on their main site.

Comparing one and two shows that motherboard and M.2 SSD are compatible, even their site suggests this SSD disk.

Any other suggestions?
 

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I have 1 laptop use SATA hard disk. I try install new Windown. First time I got 1 report that my computer dont have hard disk. Seconds time i use F6 to set drive for SATA hard disk but it need Floppy and my computer dont have Floppy. I cant install new Windows without Floppy.Please help me fix my problem.
 

A:Problem install Win XP Pro on SATA disk

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

What you could do is slipstream your sata drivers into a copy of your Windows cd.

Look HERE for instructions on how to do this.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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Hi everyone, this is my 1st post but I've been following for quite a while and I've to say I found an answer to a lot of my problems here! So thank you in advance for the great initiative, awesome job.

I post here because I think it's an hardware problem, but I'm not completely sure about it. I recently changed the whole system, because I thought that the old motherboard's SATA controller was giving serious issues to my hard disks, but also because it was time to do so.

Unfortunately, even with the new system, the problems are still there.

Here are the problems:
When I try to install Win7 (x64 ultimate retail) I get the infamous error: "Windows could not format partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code 0x80070057". This happens either if I try to format or if I directly try to write on the existing partition.

I have 2 disks: a WD Raptor 150Gb (the one where I'm trying to install Win7) and a WD Caviar Black 1Tb. The Raptor is like 2 years old, the Caviar black few months old.
In the old system, I also tried to install Win7 on the Caviar Black, I've been able to do it but the disk was really slow (like a half of the speed). That brought me to think the problem was the motherboard. Now, with the new system I have the same problems..

Now after all of the solutions I tried, I ran out of ideas.. I still can't install the OS. And the Caviar black sometimes isn't recognized by the system.
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A:Disk problem (?) on Win7 install

Hello CitizenErased. Welcome to the forum.

I would suggest first running the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics on both drives:
WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD VelociRaptor

Also: are you trying to install W7 onto a preexisting partition that previously had an OS on it?

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Hello, all...

I am attempting to do an original XP install on an empty HD in my DIY machine. I want to partition the HD three ways [OS, programs, data]. I downloaded the WestDig diagnostic and partition utility - Diag504cCD.ZIP - unzipped it and burned it to a CD as Diag504cCD.iso [as read elsewhere on this forum]. Before loading XP, the machine would not recognize the file and run it. Thus I couldn't partition the HD before loading XP. So, I loaded XP and saw the partition option. I chose a 10Gb partition and loaded XP into it. That went ok. But, now my C: drive is "only" 10Gb large, and the rest of it is "invisible." The WD utility still won't run. XP doesn't recognize the file as an executeable.

Do I start over, by Partition Magic [or some such], or what? Most interesting. Thanks in advance for anyone's help.

...robert

A:XP install problem with disk partitioning

if you would like to use the PM go ahead it will fix your problem. Or you can reinstall the OS again and delete the partitions first and install the OS on to unpartitioned space. The setup will automatically configure the entire unallocated space as one big partition.

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I have tried to add a second hard disk to my P4/XP machine. It came with a 1.2 G Seagate ultra ATA 100 disk and I have bought a 500G PATA Seagate. I installed the new disk, using the 'cable select' option, as the secondary disk. It seemed to work OK at first and I successfully transferred files from the original disk. Only a day later when I tried to transfer more files I got the 'delayed write fail' message. Once I get this it won't go away and I have to reboot to continue using the computer. The computer seems to work OK if I don't use the new disk,except that I have started to get messages asking me to run Chkdsk. The latest message said that C:\windows was corrupt. I wonder if this means that the original disk is about to fail?
I would be satisfied if I could transfer everything to my new disk and forget about the original disk. Unfortunately I can't find the Windows disk so I can't re-install Windows.
Any suggestions or advice would be very welcome.
 

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i have an hp pavilion a1560n. i am trying to install win xp pro sp2. just put a new hard drive in but windows installer will not recignize the drive. i have tryed to install 3rd party raid and it doesnt work does anyone have any suggestions?
 

A:problems with hp finding hard disk

You really need to share more about what's going on and what you've done so we can help better. You installed a new hard drive? Bios recognizes it? But the OS install can't find it? It's a Sata Drive? Jazz
 

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When computer boots it gives me a boot disk failure and wen I check the bios I find that the biso hasn'f ound the hard disks. Sometimes it finds them sometimes not. Coulld anyone please tell me how the problem can be solved?


Thank you

A:bios isn't finding hard disk

take the motherboard out of the computer with the hard drive power supply and RAM. See if it recreates the issue outside the box. Sounds like bad ground or bad mobo if this really is an intermittent issue.

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I have a problem on my Acer aspire 4740g laptop after downloading the latest windows anniversary update, the disk usage is always on 100% and the acer updater client is failing to start all the times. Could you please assist? as I've followed many solution online with no luck.

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Hi:

I upgraded Win 7 Pro to Win 10 Pro a few months ago. My desktop looks "similar" to Win 10. Or am I confused? All works fine. This is a Lenovo T530 laptop. "Settings" shows Win 10 Pro is activated. The Seven Forums System Info tool shows OS is Win 10.

But the desktop has a "Computer" icon not "My PC" like another Win 10 Computer here. Somehow the desktop looks a hybrid of Win 7/10. I know, I must be losing it.

I don't recall my upgrade procedure except that I used a Win 10 iso from Microsoft Creator Tool. I've done a number of Win 10 upgrades but perhaps I'm losing my bearings (or worse).

I just looked at my HDD structure (see below). Would someone interpret these partitions for me? Why Win 7?

Thx awfully - dizmayed

A:Win10 installed but is it? Disk Manager shows Win 7?

My Disk Management only shows - OS (C: ) there. No Windows label.

John

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My son has the above laptop, a HP 15-AC121 DX.  The original hard disk failed so I had to replace it.  We have no start up disks.  How can I get the needed software to wake this laptop up?  I have access to the internet with my laptop.Thanks, JJFinSRQ

A:HP laptop Hard disk failed - need Win10

Hi,Contact HP to order HP Recovery USB for your model: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-phone-assist.htmlThey would charge you ~$60 for it.3rd party online sellers also have it in their stock, reliable one: $27http://computersurgeons.com/p-28101-windows-10-home-1b-recovery-kit-856408-002-for-hp-notebook-model...Specs: https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c04753170Without spending a penny, you can alternatively clean install Windows 10 Home 64 bit using Microsoft windows media creation tool by creating UEFI bootable installation USB: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-clean-install-windows-10-a.htmlAdditional drivers from here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-15-ac100-notebook-pc-series-touch/8502685/model/...Windows will be automatically activated after installation while connected to internetRegardsVisruth

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I'm using Windows XP, just installed more RAM (was 512, now 1GB), have had no problems installing other Nancy Drew Games but now the new one (Haunting of Castle Malloy) has me stumped. Disk #1 installs just fine; gets to Disk #2 and then won't continue. Although I know the computer recognizes disk #2, the box keeps popping up telling me to insert disk #2. I've tried - turning off anti-virus, etc., dis-enabling the CD burner "thing" (can't think of the name of it right now) but so far nothing seems to work. Any info is greatly appreciated!
 

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I have a 500 gb maxtor serial trying to install in pc with a serial 120 gb seagate and wd 160 gb ide drive it is not showing new maxtor drive in either the bios or in vista, using vista ultimate on intell 6400 dual core2 pc, I want to make 500 gb the boot disk
 

A:serial hard disk install problem

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I have a 500 gb maxtor serial trying to install in pc with a serial 120 gb seagate and wd 160 gb ide drive it is not showing new maxtor drive in either the bios or in vista, using vista ultimate on intell 6400 dual core2 pc, I want to make 500 gb the boot disk
 

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Windows XP pro activation notice comes up when booting from the new hard disk (C drive) on which I did a clean install of XP pro sp3. The status is "Already Activated" when booting from the D: drive (formerly C: drive). Thus, in the same XP computer, I have the said two hard disks, each of which can be booted by switching hard disk in the bios. When booting from the new hard disk, the "activation" notice comes up (I try to activate but it fails because of "too many installations") but booting from the 2nd hard disk is fine as windows is already activated on it. Does anyone know how to solve this "activation" problem when booting from the new hard disk? Thanks in advance.
 

A:XP activation problem after clean install on new disk

Windows OS installs are good for one OS on one drive. Your second copy installed on a additional drive is considered as illegal install.
 

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Hi there
I decided to install W8 RP on a shiny new 120 GB SSD -- it was partitioned with a full partition (Primary / active).

Install went fine but it wouldn't boot.

So I went back to install again -- this time in the CUSTOMIZE section I deleted the partition -- and created a new one.

Windows created a 320 MB system partition too -- then install and boot up worked fine (7 mins on SSD !!!).

Now Windows W8 CP didn't mind not having a system reserved partition -- W8 RP seems a bit fussier. So if you find your system won't boot after install check whether it has a system reserved partition or not (to check just start the install process again and choose custom in the installation type screen).

Whether this is because I am using an SSD I don't know but the fix worked and with the SSD it' LIGHNING fast. !!

Cheers
jimbo

A:Pre-formatted disk install --- be careful of THIS problem (W8 RP)

Jimbo45, Please have a glance at my posting of yesterday about the disaster I encountered and see if you think you might be able to help me. I would like to be able to call you for a conversation on the subject.
Waldie

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Hi,
I want to reformat my upstairs computer. Last time I did this, I tried to use the windows CD that I purchased for my downstairs computer which included sp2 and it did not accept the cd key for the gateway upstairs. The upstairs computer is slightly older and did not come with sp2. I then used the install disk that came with the gateway and it worked fine. This time i don't have the install disk that came with it, I have yet to try again but I'm thinking the same conflict of cd keys will occur. Any idea what I should do?

Specs for Gateway upstairs:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
Report Date: Saturday 02 February 2008 at 20:09

System Summary

Manufacturer Gateway, Inc.
Mainboard Intel D845GRG
Chipset Intel i845GL
Processor Intel Celeron @ 1800 MHz
Physical Memory 128 MB (1 x 128 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card Intel Corporation 82845G/GL/GV/GE/PE Integrated Graphics Device
Hard Disk ST340810A (40 GB)
CD-Rom Drive HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8400B
Monitor Type Gateway EV530 - 14 inches
Network Card Ralink Technology Corp RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
Network Card Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL (ICH4/ICH4-L) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c

A:Factory Windows Install disk vs. NewWindows Install Disk

There is a way to get it to work, but you will have to copy the files from the XP cd, edit one of the files, then burn it to another cd (and make the cd bootable).

Alternatively, you could contact Gateaway and ask them for a replacement CD and they should be obligated to send you one.

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Hi All,
I have to find the disk utilization as per user using powershell.
I can do this with UI like -:
1) Right Click on This PC.

2) Go to properties from drop down and go to advanced settings

3) Click on User profile's setting then we can see the users and there usage.
Now I want to do this programmatically.
I've requirement like if a particular user usage is more than 2GB space then he should get automatic email trigger.
How can we do this with powershell?

Regards,
Punjab1018

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I've recently tried out Windows 2012 Data Deduplication and due to an error I could not retrieve all my files.
I'm trying to find all of the files on the disk that say they have a file size but when you look under "Size on disk" it says it takes up 0 Bytes.

I've tried sorting the files by Size and by Space used. I've searched using Windows Explorer with size:empty but am coming up with nothing.

Thanks for your help.

P.S. I took a look into Sparse file utility but it turns out these files aren't sparse files.

EDIT: I've also tried chkdsk but it reports that there are no errors on the drive.

A:Finding All files with 0 Bytes Size on Disk

Can you post a screen capture of where it shows it has a size but size on disk is 0?

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Hello,
I have two identical work laptops "HP Elitebook", I upgraded(Clean installation) the first one to Windows 10 Pro 64bit, and the thing is that I don't want to do the upgrade process again.

Questions:
1- Is it possible to clone the hard disk of the upgraded one, then copy it to the second laptop without having any activation problems?

2- What software is best to do this? I wish if I can copy the clone data to an external drive, then use a bootable version of the clone software on the second one to apply the cloned data.


I understand that I need to change these things on the second laptop after cloning:
1- reactivate using its own windows product key.
2- change pc name.


Thanks.

A:Cloning disk on two Laptops, avoiding win10 upgrading twice.

I would not recommend a clone of any OS onto a different system as even seemingly identical systems may have slight variations in the components used that are enough to cause issues.

There is an option to perform multiple installs or upgrades using downloaded media The Media Creation tool is available from microsoft

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

If you had a lot of systems to install I might be useful to use an image system and use sysprep to customize the image but for just two systems I think the Media Creation Tool is best

Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

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I had WIN 7 on my desktop computer did the upgrade to WIN10 free. Everything was working fine then one day I turned on the computer and received a boot disk error. I went into BIOS and tried booting from there and it worked the first time. A couple weeks later we had a storm and I think my computer was on during it. I tried powering on the CPU the next day and it gave me the boot disk error again. I went into the BIOS and tried booting from there and it didn't work came back to the boot disk error. I tried all options in the BIOS to boot CPU from and nothing works. I went online to see if there was a boot disk for WIN10. On Microsoft's web site they had a medicreationtool you can download a copy of WIN10. I tried doing this and downloaded it more then once since the first time wouldn't open the download. I finally have it saved to a flash drive and nothing else is on the flash drive. I tried to reboot from the flash drive and receive the bootdisk error on one option and the UEFI flash drive gives me a DISK I/O error. I have a friend that will be coming down around the 31st who built it for me to look at it. I wanted to see if someone here could help me get my computer back up and running. Thank you very much.

Very RespectfullyAndy

A:Win 10 boot disk error after upgrading from Win7 to Win10

First question. What exactly is on the flash drive? Is it just the ISO file itself (one file), or is it the extracted contents of the ISO file (a Windows setup folder structure, with a setup.exe file in the root folder)?

Second, is the flash drive formatted as FAT32?

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I have a Stream 11 (32GB SSD drive, 4.5GB free) with Win10.  I've just done a factory reinitialise, and the Win10 update process is downloading and installing the bundled fixes and updates rather than them each individually.  Unfortunately they're big - too big for the SSD. I have a 32GB SD card installed (29GB free), but windows update seems to be ignoring it. The install asks for a disk with more space, and when I point it to the SD drive (error dialogue box), the install part after the reboot fails, so the whole update is reversed out and fails.  I also tried a 32GB USB stick as an install temporary location, with the same results. Any advice on how to either:1) download and install the upgrade in component parts other than as a consolidated bundle, or2) download and install a Win10 version which doesn't need a massive update file installed, or3) make the massive update install work using the SD card? Without a solution this is an expensive paperweight.  Out of date software = no security. ThanksDavid

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Hi all

I recently built a new machine and installed Windows 7. Install went flawlessly and everything has been working great.

Now that I have most of my software on the new machine I attempted to make a clone of my c drive (1 tb samsung spinpoint) to an identical second drive in my machine.

However, when I looked I did not have a second drive listed as a installed D: drive in my windows installation. Both new drives were installed straight out of the box before the OS was installed. Check out Disk management screen shot


As you can see my bios and windows see there are two physical hard drives installed, but for some reason it split the system volume data from the rest of the OS data. It places them on two separate hard drives.

The problem with this is I typically clone my c drive onto my d drive to serve as a complete bootable backup of my main drive. In its current state, if I clone my C drive onto my second physical drive I will wipe most of my windows install.

Therefore I am looking for help in getting all the data on one drive without doing a complete reinstall. From my simplistic perspective it appears all I need to do is make a D: partition on Disk0 and transfer the contents of the C: drive(disk1) to the D: Drive(disk0).

I have attempted this but some files would not transfer because they were in use. I was also concerned with disk0 boot issues using this method. Also with this partition (disk0) labeled disk D: wouldn't that cause boot issues?

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A:Need Help Fixing Split Hard Disk install Problem

Technically, you only have one usable hard drive as the second identical hard drive is unallocated space. So you don't really have a D: drive, only a C: drive for your OS. What you would want to do is make a new partition using the 931.41GB unallocated space. This will allow you to use that space and should fix at least some of your problems.
Partition or Volume - Create New

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