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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive?

Q: My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive?

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

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Preferred Solution: My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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I've hp laptop windows 7 home basic with 3 drives :

C: 445 GB
D: Recovery 15.6 GB
E: HP_Tools 3.95

i wanna divide the 'C' , used shrink i got "212987" MB then used the "New simple volume wizard " after pressing finish i got the msg
The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk t dynamic , you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume). are you sure ?

when i press yes i got error msg
" Dynamic disk are not supported by this operating system or server configuration . dynamic disk are not supported on clusters.

can you help plz i dont wanna format plz advise me

A:partition hard drive in Windows 7 home basic Without Formatting

Thank your lucky stars that it did not convert to dynamic.

Dynamic disks are a pain and to be avoided except in unusual circumstances.

You need to make an extended partition from that shrunken space without going to dynamic.

Post a picture of Windows Disk Management so we can see what is going on with your partitions.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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Hi, my computer about 5 years ago, it came with Windows XP Home edition preinstalled. The manufacture did not include a windows XP Home disc - instead there is a Windows XP Home code sticker on the back of the computer.

I have to replace the hard drive and do not wish to pay the retailer to reload windows XP Home -have installed other Windows operating systems and hard drives so I have the skills for this task. Now my million dollar question - Product key codes with Windows XP; f I borrowed a retail copy of Windows XP Home can I use the Windows code from the Microsoft Windows XP Home sticker on my computer to reinstall Windows XP Home on my system and activate it or do I need a new key code? The copy of XP Home I am borrowing is has already been installed on another system and I would like to keep my system legit, and be able to activate my windows system.

Thanks Scott

A:Windows XP Home install on new hard drive

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Here's the question --
I had a Dell Dimension IDE XP SP3 PC but the memory/motherboard is gone. I ordered a Dell Inspiron 530S that only has 1 320 Gb SATA drive. I have access to older Dimension PCs at the office, and could use some direction or web shortcuts on taking my old HD, which has XP Home SP3 and pictures and financials and resumes (Word '03) and adding that to a PC that can "see" my home PC hard drive as a secondary IDE drive so that I can copy files to a flash drive/CD to transfer to my new Dimension SATA/Vista Home SP1 drive. Thanks in advance for your response.

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

A:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

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

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Hi there
Confused but not dangerous here. My computer was running Vista home basic SP2, and the hard drive seems to have died. I have a recent backup so that shouldn't be an issue, and I never did update to W7 prior to the crash. Want to do that now, not sure how to begin. Have bought OED W7 and a nice new 160 GB drive. How to introduce them to each other and promote a fruitful union?
ever hopeful

A:Vista Home basic HD died. Need to replace w/ W7 drive. help pls?

unfortunately oem software cannot be used on your system. It is only for a system that never had an operating system on it. The only hardware replacement you can make where you can use oem is the motherboard.

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A friend brought me her Dell Vista Home Premium computer and told me that the old hard drive had failed.  She was afraid to swap out the hard drive and I told her I would help.  She got a new 500 gig hard drive which I installed.  No problem in hooking up the sata and power connectors.  The CD/DVD drive as well as the Seagate hard drive are both recognized in BIOS. 
She received a Windows Vista 32 bit Disc operating system disk from Dell.  Dell also sent her drivers.
My problem is that after I've set the #1 boot priority to CD/DVD and restarted the computer does not boot from the installation disc.  It shows a notice that there is no boot device. 
I thought this would be a simple install.  Not sure what I should do.  I would sure appreciate any assistance.  Thanks in advance.

A:Can't install Windows Vista Home Premium on a New Hard Drive.

Tapping F12 at boot should bring up a boot menu. Do you see a CD/DVD entry?

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So The hard drive on my notebook died and i want to reinstall windows whitout loosing my licence, and also have HP Recovery mannanger , Quickweb, etc. The thing is that my pc didn't came with a reinstall windows cd , i already bougth a new hard drive so can anyone can tell me how to reinstall windows on my pc with my original product key? and where i can find a iso for windows.

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

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

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

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My laptop shut itself down and said there was an imminent hard drive failure. Gave it to my district's IT person who tried to copy the hard drive to put into the new one I bought, but she said her drive copier couldn't read the drive. Of course I can't find the correct version of Windows anywhere. (She has Wondows 7 professional, I found the Vista Update of Windiws 7 professional but we can't find a copy of 7 home.) We checked HP and I can order Windows or Recovery discs but she said the sticker on the laptop doesn't have the serial number needed. Tried emailing HP for advice on that but their technical contact page "cannot be found" and I got put on hold forever when I tried to call.

Here's the info she said us on the label if my laptop:
Pavilion dv7-4087d Entertainment Notebook

Any ideas? Thanks

A:Hard drive died...anyway to download windows 7 and/or recovery discs?

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

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

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

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

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

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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compaq presario 5000, model 5BW220, made 7/19/00. i installed a new hard drive on my computer because i think there's something wrong with the original. i have a new xp home oem installation cd that i want to install onto the new hard drive. the cd won't install xp home onto the drive. i only get a screen saying something like: "no operating system found, please press any key to try again". i think that i need to boot from the dvd drive that the xp home cd is in in order to install xp home onto the new hard drive, but when i go into bios the only two options to select to boot from are the A floppy drive and the C hard drive but no option for the dvd drive. how do i select to boot from the dvd drive if indeed that's what i need to do? also, if i am able to install xp home what are the next steps to take to get my computer running. my understanding of computers is pretty rudimentary. thanks for any replies.

A:Can't Install Xp Home Onto New Hard Drive

Go into boot options in bios and make sure cd Rom is before hard drive in the sequence

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So I have a brand new hard drive and looking through this online guide and Im pretty sure I can do it (first time) but it says I need a "Qualifying" disc, any previous Windows software like 2000 or ME. Anyway I dont have any, only my XP disc that my computer came with.

So am I gonna be able to install it or am I out of luck here? Thanks

A:About install XP Home on new Hard Drive...

A qualifying disk is required...only when the user is using an upgrade version of XP for an install. One of the qualifications to use that particular version of XP is that the user already owns a "qualifying version" of Windows.http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_upgrade_paths.htmIf you received a copy of XP with your system purchase...it it unlikely to be an upgrade version of XP.But it can be a restore/recovery CD, which is not necessarily akin to Microsoft XP install CD and plays by the rules of the system manufacturer.System manufacturer and model?Louis

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

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

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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

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Ok so here goes. I'm having major problems with my laptop (Dell Inspiron N5030). All was well and good when I was running windows 7 home premium, but then I upgraded to 8 via Microsoft's online ?24.99 upgrade offer. Since then the laptop has crashed several times and I don't have the product key to reinstall and activate despite numerous attempts at contacting Microsoft and every other method of recovering the product key. Now my hard drive has failed and I have to replace it. What I need to know is how do I put windows 7 home premium onto the new hard drive? I have the disc to do this, and the driver disc from my original dell package.

Please keep this as simple as possible as I am not great with computers and can't afford to bring it to the shop to get fixed!


A:How do I install 7 home premium on new hard drive

Also have my original 7 product key sticker on laptop

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I put the XP Home Edition CD into my drive, turn it on, and it does the little Setup is analyzing your configuration or whatever. I go through all of the screens, format the drive, but after the computer restarts to continue the installation, it simply says "can't load operating system." I unhooked my other hard drive which had XP on it, set the jumper to Master on the new one, but it still won't install! I have no idea what's going on...any help?

A:Can't install XP Home Edition on a new hard drive.


I had the same problem earlier this week with a brand new WD HD. It seems that WD HD's have another jumper position for "single" (pins 4 and 6)when it's the only device on an IDE channel - I changed my jumper and the problem was resolved. Look on WD's web site http://wdc.custhelp.com for more info.

Please note that I also "slipstreamed" my copy of XP with SP1 so that I could format the drive to it's full amount, but I'm pretty sure it was changing the jumper that solved the problem.

Hope this helps.


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toshiba hd died put new hd in want do notting. no curse bleeking in the corner.the f2,f8 and f12 key does notting. if i let it run for a minute it says operating system not found. put windons xp and windows7 cd in with the hd in does notting for a minute then trys to boot but crashs with this message for xp stop : 0x0000007B(0xF78DA63C,0xc0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000). for windows7 it run but says no device drivers were found. trying to get in the BIOS but no luck. can some tell me the keys to push .oh put new hd = harddrive in say need driver what driver. this is win7. toshiba satellite L655-S5061

A:Toshiba hard drive died, new drive not seen

Toshiba hard drive died new drive not seen

what is enable AHCI and how do i get to it.

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Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

I explored the above topic and found either too technical answers or that it could not be done.
I have Win XP Home
Is there any better solution?

Dai, Manager, Hardware Forums said:
this thread is nearly 2yrs old
please start your own thread for your own problems."

A:How to install Win XP Home on external USB hard drive and boot it

unless your bios supports booting from usb and very few do,you cannot do it

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Hello my first post on this site, after a couple of years not building any pc's i decided to upgrade to an Athlon 64, anyways the hard drive i recieved ( i bought online ) was already formatted ( is that how they come now ?) and when i installed win xp home, i checked the size of it on the disc and found it was taking up 107 gig of my 250 gig hard drive i know windows is big but thats ridiculous, has anyone any ideas ? i'm doing my nut here :hotbounce i've reformatted and reinstalled twice.

A:New XP home install takes 107 gig of my 250gig hard drive

check to see that you are not just reformatting a pre existing partition because it will still only format in that peramiter. Delete all partitions and make 1 partition that takes up the whole disk.

But u say that windows xp is taking up over 100 gigs of space. be sure your copy of windows is legal.

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i want to clean my hard drive and re in stall xp home i only have the cd supplied by the manufacturer which was iqon technologies if anybody can help it i would be very gratefull my hard drive is a maxtor 4R080J0



Ps I have to go now but will be back online tomorrow night

A:I Want To Clean My Hard Drive And Do A Fresh Install Of Xp Home

It depends on what you mean by "CLEAN". If the cd you have from the manufacturer is a "Restore CD", chances are it's the XP install cd. When you run the install, it should format the harddrive, meaning completley erase every file and partition you have. If you want to do a complete wipe w/ a fresh re-install, that's the way to go.I've heard of some XP disks that DON'T format automatically, but give you a choice whether you want to. I've never experienced one of those myself, so i don't know what it edits or keeps.Remember, before you reformat and re-install, save any files you need to keep on a floppy, cd-rom, or flash drive.

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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

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

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

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


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

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


OR you can TRY try this

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

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


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I recently bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Green 2TB in system spec) due to a a failed Hitachi 1TB drive, and I have no other internal drive attached to my system.

I'm therefore trying to install a fresh copy of Vista Home Premium on the new drive, but I can't get this to work, and I cannot format the drive through the option on the Vista install CD.

I've searched through different forums and have found that the problem may be that the nVidia 570 chipset on my motherboard will not support hard drives >1.1TB. I've therefore tried to install the updated nVidia SATA drivers (through the Vista install CD driver function) but this hasn't worked.

I've also run the MiniTool Partition Wizard as a boot disk which recognises the drive, but when I try and format it, it runs the format, but labels it a "Bad Disk" and the format fails. I'd like to try and split the disk into 2x1TB partitions (so as to be under the 1.1TB), but it (understandably!) won't do this until I've formatted the disk itself.

The disk is recognised in the BIOS, by the Vista install CD and by the Partition software, all with the correct 2TB file size, so I don't think (!) there is a problem with the disk itself or the connections.

As I'm now struggling to come up with anything else to try, I wondered if anyone had any ideas?



A:Cannot format new hard drive or install Vista Home Premium

I would try some of these testing tools first.

7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

TestDisk - CGSecurity

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I posted here a while back with complaints about my PC, as i couldnt get XP to re-install.

Well, now it tells me the Hard drive is dead and to contact the manufacturer .

Its a Dell Dimension 4300 1.7GHz, and from a quick google search i have found a replacement HD, but its 140 notes. Now, if that doesnt work and the computer still wont get its act together then im 140 down, which im not keen on .

My question is...... Its only a 40gig HD, and i know i could find one a lot cheaper than 140, but im not sure if it would be compatible.
Does anyone know if these machines are fussy as to what make or model of HD you sling in them??

A:Hard drive has died

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I have a Compaq Presario 6027US Desktop PC. I tried to turn it on the other day and a message popped up saying it failed to boot up due to a missing or corrupt C:\Windows\System32\Config\System file. I tried to recover but it only made it 60% before stopping. I restarted it and it said "eminent failure has been detected on your hard disk." I was going to use Knoppix and retrieve my files off my hard drive, if possible. What I need help with is buying a replacement hard drive. I can't get onto "My Computer" to see what exact type I need.

I know it uses an "Integrated Hard Drive Controller" ATA 100.

What I don't know is whether or not it is 5400RPM or 7200RPM.

It will make a difference because I want to upgrade the storage size as high as possible. If it is 5400 RPM it will only upgrade to 80GB, but 7200 RPM will upgrade to 120GB.

Is there a way to find the exact specs. of my system since my computer will not boot?

Any help would be GREAT!


A:Hard Drive has DIED! NEED HELP!

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Hi to the forum.

This is my first post.

I got a windows 8 pro disk from amazon and installed it on my laptop over windows 7 and it worked great, no problems.

I then downloaded windows 8 pro from Microsoft on to one of my desk top pc's which was running windows xp. This went well with no problems at the time.
Tonight the hard drive died on that desk top. When I put a new drive in this desk top can I use the windows 8 pro disk to install on this hard drive but with the windows pro 8 key from the windows 8 pro I downloaded.
also as its is a upgrade windows 8 will I need to reinstall windows xp first.

Thank you for you help with this.

Regards Cornishman

A:hard drive died

Hello Cornishman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, you will be able to do a clean install with your upgrade Windows 8 Pro without having to install XP first. You would just use the same product key number that came with your download.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Hope this helps,

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I started to get a sense the hard drive was failing so did a full back up using XP supplied backup to an external hard drive. Took
close to 5 hours via USB. Now what? I was able to build a boot floppy before the failure. I do NOT have the original OS cd's as
I bought the machine used. If I get another drive what steps do I follow? This is a Thinkcentre desktop with a Hitachi Deskstar
500GB drive.

A:Hard Drive died

You are going to need a legal copy of windows.

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I have an HP dv5135nr 100gb IDE hard drive that just died out on me. I need to get a new hard drive obviously....i have no idea on how to go about doing so. Any help would be appreciated.

sorry typed so fast i didn't put specs and put the wrong model number

HP dv5135nr notebook and internal.

A:Hard Drive Died

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Recently my Hard drive died and my Laptop just boots to the BIOS.
I can here a clicking sound so know it's the hard drive that's faulty and the BIOS says no hard drive is detected. 
I have upgraded a hard drive before using cloning, but never had to replace a faulty hard drive that has completely died.
I have removed the old hard drive and ordered a new one, but how do I now recover the Laptop?
I have a recovery DVD or USB, when the new hard drive arrives can I simply put it in and then insert the recovery DVD or USB reboot and go from there installing the OS (Win 8.1) or do I need to create some sort of DVD / USB with Drivers for the new hard drive?
Any advice on replacing a dead hard drive and recovery of a Laptop back to the OS would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

A:Hard Drive died

If the Recovery DVD you have is simply a Rescue disk and not the full OS you can download the Windows 8.1 media creation tool here. If the computer came preinstalled with Windows 8 or 8.1 the key is embedded in firmware. After installing the OS it will self-activate once online. If you use the Media Creation Tool additional drivers from your OEM's support site may need to be installed.
When installing using the OS from the MCT click next when it asks for the key.

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Hi, Is this possible? I have tried numerous times on my PC to install Windows 7 onto my Sata Drive to no avail. Yet as soon as I plug in my IDE HD it installs fine.

I have unplugged all external peripherals USB and internal Card Reader. Set my Bios ok as it sees both the Hard Drive and DVD fine (Both in the bios and during selection of hard drive during windows 7 installation). Yet when I come to install it, it craps out at a random percentage saying cannot read from source or worse yet it crawls so slow through the percentages (I really don't think Windows 7 should take 6 hours to get to 15%!!) Yet both the hard drive and dvd are fine and the disc works great on my other PC without the sata drive in. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!

My motherboard is a Biostar G31-M7 TE with latest bios now what is odd is that I recently updated the BIOS to the latest one so does my problem come from here or was it always going to be a problem on this board? Also when I do have win7 installed on the IDE drive when I plug in ther sata drive inside the whole system goes belly up (from freezes when transferring large files to just not seeing the drive)


A:Install Windows 7 with Sata Hard Drive and IDE DVD ROM Drive

Have you checked out all of our Questions list ?

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

One of my favorite tips is to pre-format the HD on another computer to the partitions that you want for the new install on the new computer. Sometimes SATA drivers are required during install either from Disc or USB flash drive containing the correct Sata drivers needed.
Also check your Bios setting for AHCI, SATA, IDE.

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Need help! my old 120 gb hd will not load windows xp. It stalls at the safe mode option page and will not load in safe mode, last known or normally.

I bought new 160 gb hd and tried to install windows xp from original cd, which does work on other computers, but only loads everything and stalls at starting windows.

I also tried to run bart pe from cd but that also stalled at startup.

I'm at a loss. I can't seem to do anything with this pc.

Does any one have suggestions to test further? can it be a memory, video or motherboard problem. All help is greatly appreciated. bob

A:cannot load windows xp on old hard drive, cannot install xp on new drive

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545. The hard drive went bad just a couple weeks after purchasing it. Dell replaced it. Now a year and a half later the hard drive went bad again. I have over a years worth of pictures, videos, and files on there. Is there any way I can get these back?

When the hard drive died recently my laptop just froze. I turned it off. A few hours later I went to get back on and could not start windows. It told me to "start normally" or "set up repair" When I would choose set up repair, the laptop would restart and go back to the same screen. If I chose start normally it would go to the windows start page not doing anything, flash a blue screen, and restart. I contacted Dell and they had me do some tests, which it said found no defective hardware. I got a new hard drive and the laptop works fine. I just hate to lose my data for, what seems like, the hundredth time! I've lost at least 5 hard drives in 4 years. =\

A:Hard Drive died.. can I get files?

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This is my first post, I hope someone can help me.

My 2 week old Western Digital Elements died. Totally dead. My laptop isn't even recognising it any more. Since it's only 2 weeks old I hadn't had a chance to back up the stuff I had put on it yet (well really, who'd've expected it to die within two weeks?)...is there any chance whatsoever of recovering the material on it? I'm really kinda devastated at the loss of things.

Thanks in advance!


A:External hard drive died

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I have a HP dv1000 laptop. I was having problems with the power cord, and the day before I was going to take it in for service, it just suddenly would not proceed past one of the DOS screens... so I took it in for service (luckily I had a protection plan), thinking there was a command I didn't know how to do or something, and when I got it back they told me my hard drive died and had replaced it with a new one. Well I was thankful to have the problem fixed but I had data I didn't have time to back up! If I would have known and had a chance beforehand, I would have backed up my data...

So I'm on this forum because I want to find out if there's a way for me to go BACK to my old hard drive and retrieve the data and programs I NEED... I did purchase an external hard drive to transfer everything to. HELP IS NEEDED! Thanks in advance.

A:My laptop's hard drive died

Have you installed the old drive in the enclosure?
Does diskmanagement "see" the drive?
We need to know what you have tried

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Hi I recently tried plugging my external hard drive in to my computer and at first it didn't load up but the light went on the hard drive. I played around with the power connection cord and the light went on and then off and it hasn't worked since. I was wondering if we can't get it fixed by anyone would it be possible to get the information off of it. We have very important photos home movies and iTunes on it. We have some backed up but not all. Thanks

A:External hard drive has died

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Haiz,       Today was a nightmare for me bcos ACER aspore  E11 E3-112M hard drive die instantly warranty out and so far i never done image backup or recovery and there are no clue or help can be done so what i done mean done and  i create a recovery and image backup from another acer ICONIA W7 install to new hard drive for Acer ASPIRE

A:Hard drive died and no way to recovery and never i...

Was there a question or are you saying it worked and your E11 is up and running?

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So I bought a new one, but i don't have an XP Cd to load the OS onto the new drive. The laptop just shipped with recovery disk. So i was wondering, could i possibly clone my desktops hard drive to the new drive then Run my laptops recovery disk when i install it back into the Laptop? Any help would be great.

A:Laptop Hard Drive Died!!!!!

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Sad, but true. I DO BACKUP my data, weekly, keeping 2 weeks on cd's. BUT, now that my hard drive started "clicking" on occasion, I can't copy data to disc. Took hard drive in to recovery company and they said they can't copy, but can recover data for exorbinant amount. I know, through it away and use most recent backup, except.....backups were in the case stolen from car (was on way home to put in safe). No back up. Is anyone aware of any programs, etc. that would assist in getting my data off the drive? I can still access it, (don't have it in the machine at present), but can't copy from it. Thanks.

A:Solved: hard drive died

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My Y50-70 Touch no longer boots and the hard drive makes weird clicking noises when I turn it on. I'm assuming dead hard drive. Not had to replace. I've done it before. What I need to know is does Lenovo have some sort of software recovery disc or am I stuck buying the OS again? 

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Computer Died.. can I install drive with Win XP Home Edition in different machine?
The origional machine is Dell Insperion Win XP Home Edition SP3, with 2 SATA Drives. I have a lot on info on the DESKTOP I don't want to loose.
The machine I want to put them in is a Dell Precision PWS 670, (32 bit) running XP PROFESSIONAL. 
What is the best way of doing this?
If I take out the drive in the Dell 670 and install the Sata Drive with Win XP Home Edition what might happen ( it has a different bios)
Will it boot up?  Will I loose everything on my old desktop?
Help with this would be greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance ..

A:Computer Died.. can I install drive with Win XP Home in different machine?

Hello, and Welcome to BC
I doubt the computer would boot if the hardware was different. You can try but the best option would be to use a USB enclosure or adapter like this one. An enclosure would allow you to use it for external storage. 
You could also connect the drive from the Insperion to the Precision internally. Does the Precision allow for the addition of another drive? Do both computers use the same interface? IDE or SATA? You could boot XP pro on the Precision and access your data on the Home drive. 

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I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards


A:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooki... Read more

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

Yes - you understand it correctly

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