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DVD drive powered off, won't turn on

Q: DVD drive powered off, won't turn on

I'm baffled that for some reason, on my T530, my DVD drive D: shows as "Powered Off." I can right-click the drive and it shows me a 'Power On' option, but clicking it does nothing. If I hover my mouse over drive D, it says: 'drive is powered off, to power on the optical drive, press the eject button on the optical drive.' That also does nothing. Also, my 'battery stretch' is off, so it does not appear to be a power setting. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: DVD drive powered off, won't turn on

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Greetings. Earlier today I turned on my laptop and it worked fine. I went to hook it up to a LCD projector, and it shut down totally. We have not been able to get it going again since.  Please advise on how to resolve this issue. We have done all the steps found online regarding removing the battery, holding down the power button, all that. Nothing is working. The charge indication light is coming on where the adpater plugs in, but nothing is registering to the computer. Please please advise. Thank you!

A:HP G62-367DX Laptop suddenly powered off and won't turn on!

Hello @Tiffany58, Welcome, and thank you for posting on the HP Forums! I have read your post and understand that your HP G62-367DX is not powering on. This could be related to either a hardware or BIOS issue. Did the notebook shut down the second you plugged it into the projector?what color is the light on the notebook where the AC adapter plugs in?Is there any light on the Caps lock or Num lock keys?Does the power button light turn on at all? I know you have done it before, but please perform another hard reset. Once that is complete, try following these power-up failure documents: HP Notebook PCs - Using and Testing the AC Power AdapterHP Notebook PCs - Computer Does Not Start (Windows 10) I look forward to the results.

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Hi,

Initially the fan was running on even after i turned the laptop off so i manually switched it off and then when i turned on the PC, the second light from the left comes on and i can hear the fan start but then within 2 sec the fan stops running and the light goes as well.. Tried the basic methods but with no luck. Can someone please help me here. Already spent a lot of money on this laptop and still getting problems on a daily basis.

Much thanks,
Ashish

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My laptop HDD recently would not load windows. So i installed the OS on a different drive. Now, when i connect the old drive VIA USB 2.0toSATA it will not show up in My Computer. Disk Management will not show the drive either. The HDD is getting power, i can hear the disk spinning.

A:Hard Drive is powered, but does not show up.

Plug in and turn on the external USB hard drive
Right mouse click on My Computer
Left click on Manage
Left click on Device Manager
Expand the USB list
Find the USB device for your USB Hard Drive (the one that has no description)
Right mouse click - Uninstall
Turn off the external USB hard drive
Turn on the external USB hard drive and let it find and install the driver

Open 'Administration Tools', select 'Computer Management', click on 'Disk Management' and see if it can be seen here. If it does show here, chances are it doesn't have a drive letter assigned. If this is the case, right click on the drive, select "Change drive Letter...', and assign a drive letter to it.

If it was not seen there, go to 'Action' on the menu bar, click on 'Rescan Disks' and it should come up. If necessary assign a drive letter to as described above.

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Possible hardware/firmware design problem.  Two identical laptops purchased 2 years apart.  Both work great with headphones or built in speakers.  Neither will work with powered speakers.  Tried 3 different powered speaker systems, including a high end model.  All had the same problem on both laptops.  Drops one channel and/or goes mono.  Sound quality is POOR.  Realtek only shows one output device HP/Speakers.  Config options don't show any option for external speakers.  Since headphones work fine, assuming it is having problems when it senses a powered speaker system. Has anyone else seen this?

A:hp stream won't drive powered speakers

Hi @Rev-Brian,I hope you enjoy your visit to the HP Support Forums. I understand you are having an issue with sound quality. I will be glad to help you. Please look at the following document.No Sound from Speakers (Windows 8) I would also check the software driver version.Here is a link to download Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Version 6.0.1.7339 Rev.A Please keep me informed of how things went. If you require further assistance, let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help you.Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks.

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I have a Sabrent 2.5" hard drive enclosure SBT-EKU25 that I am trying to use with USB on a Windows 7 laptop. The drive works but stops doing anything for several minutes at a time. There are no error messages, it just stops... no flashing or steady light. A minute or two later it picks up where it left off as though nothing has happened. It will then run fine again for several seconds and then it goes back to "sleep". I am trying to use the drive to backup files and it spends more time sleeping than doing anything else.

The drive enclosure does not come with any drivers and is supposed to be plug and play. I have checked the USB drivers and Windows says they are up to date. I have installed a 60Gb hard drive from an old laptop in it.

If i plug the the drive into the USB port on my Windows XP desktop it works fine.

A:USB powered hard drive enclosures

What type of drive did you put in the enclosure? According to Sabrent's web site it only works with IDE drives.

Sabrent | USB 2.0 to 2.5″ IDE Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure – BLACK |

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Hey, I'm using a Lenovo T430s (Windows 10) . Recently, my DVD RW Drive showed it's powered off, and it wouldn't turn on saying that a specified module of Power Manager wasn't found (see the pic 1). Moreover, the battery icon has dissappeared from the toolbar on the right bottom. Any particular solutions for this?I tried downloading the Desktop Power Manager for this from https://support.lenovo.com/in/en/downloads/ds003852. The installation fails saying there's an older version already downloaded (see pic 2). I'm not able to find the older version also to uninstall it





Rashaad Mirza

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Another issue with the laptop: the Passport drive is not recognized in the USB 3.0 connector on this laptop, but it is on the 2.0 connector. The USB cable I am using is the one that came with it, it has the blue part and sticker that says 3.0.

I was able to put this drive onto the laptop in the 3.0 connector yesterday but not anymore. I tried disable and re-enable the USB Controller but that didn't work.

When I plug it into the 3.0 connector, it actually does get power to the drive - the light comes on and I can hear it spin, its just that Windows 10 won't see it.
 

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Dell Precision 4300 laptop T9300 2.5ghz processor running windows XP pro. Have a WD 400 passport external drive (powered through usb) that worked great for 6 months. Having problems recognizing the drive on usb port. Have a powered Hitachi drive that fine in the same port. Took WD passport and placed it on another computer and it works fine. When plugged into my laptop I can hear it fire up and the indicator light is on. WD troubleshot with me and we eliminated my drivers etc and same result. They warrantied the drive and new one has same issue. Tried a different cable. Dell troubleshot with me and diagnosed bad motherboard. Tech came to house and replaced motherboard with same results. Flashed bios and removed/installed drivers again same result. Drive will appear under device manager butI can't get to it. Part of my computer will lock up when drive in port and unfreeze when I pull it out. Also will see drive appear under my computer when removing usb cable. If I remove usb drivers and power up with WD plugged in occasionally I will be able to get to unit but it will freeze.
 

A:usb powered hard drive not recognized

try this remove safely then reinstall it might work after several times you could go to the website and dowload the proper drivers hope this helps lisa6447
 

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Hello,

I have a Compaq desktop with an
AMD Athlon 1.1GHZ
128MB of RAM
a 16mb TNT video card
and 60GB HDD

I tried to reformat the hard drive because I initially had a virus on it - so the only means was to format it. The first time I reinstalled it successfully with a copy of a WinXP Pro cd, that came with a dell laptop of mine. BIG MISTAKE-- the computer tripped out and was asking for authentication. No problme arised yet, windows xp installed, and authentication was the only thing that was being irritating.

I commensed to reformat the hard drive with nothing in it except the OS installed, with a different copy of WinXP that did not come with my dell laptop. In the middle of reformatting, however, about 51% complete, I powered down the computer because I thought it would not hurt the formatting process, so I could take it back to the owner's house and finish up the reformatting process there, and at the same time be able to hang out at their pool. the old idea of "kill two birds with one stone" or something. >_< I feel pretty stupid. I hope you guys don't chew me out now, but yeah.

So I tried to turn the computer on again later on to finish reformatting. I pressed the power button and everything seemed to go right, until nothing appeared on the monitor. the monitor stays black, with an orange 'standby' light as if the computer was on standby.

P.S. does extreme heat destroy the desktop or the computer parts? i had l... Read more

A:My desktop powered down while formatting hard drive

bump

bump^ is this even allowed? bump. no responses yet ;/
 

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I have a USB powered Maxtor 320GB portable HD connected to Windows XP laptop. As it got close to being full it has started to give me "Delayed write error". Sometimes I can access the drive and the files but sometimes the folders show as being empty. Sounds like it is dying. What can I do? What is the best way to save the data and copy it to another drive? At the moment it is not possible to copy data from the drive as it will fail half way through the transfer.

any advice appreciated

Lucian
 

A:USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

As tedious as it may sound, I'd try copying small chunks at a time instead of the whole thing.
 

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I use a Seagate USB 3.0 external hard drive to do automated system backups on a weekly basis, using both Windows and Acronis. I have always left this drive on all the time, even though I only use it weekly.

I have read where some users power their external hard drives off between backups.

Any recommendations on the best thing to do.......leave it on or turn it off?

Thanks in advance.........

A:Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

If you can disconnect this drive when backups are not happening, you increase your odds of not having any viri or malware hitting the ext HD. Other than that, disconnecting and powering off ext HD saves some wearNtear on said device.

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I apologize for my english in advance.
Yesterday I update my laptop to Windows 8.1(full specifications are available in my profile).
Then I noticed the following: The icon of DVD drive was changed and:
"Drive is powered off. To turn on the optical drive, press the eject button on the optical drive".
After pressing the DVD drive is powered on, but after few minutes it powered off again.

Thanks in advance for the help.

A:DVD drive is powered off, Lenovo X230, Windows 8.1 64 bit

i think thats normal behavour , it will work when ever you need to use it ,can you right click on the icon and click on eject to open it [i cant check mine right now on iam my mac]almost positive mine is like that

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Hi there

Intuitively one might think using Powered (from the mains) external USB HDD's would require more power from the computer as well compared with those small self powered units.

I've no way to measure this but I'm sure the small units might consume MORE power as the computer has to supply all the power for Disk rotation and the USB I/O controller.

I only ask this because I need to put two large powered USB units (both with 2 X 3 TB Raid 0 HDD's in each unit) on to a USB 3 Hub.
The two HDD units seem to perform perfectly well whether connected to the chargeable port on an HP laptop or the "non chargeable" ones.

The RAID 0 is powered by the HDD itself (internal Hardware RAID) --used RAID 0 for speed -- don't need to mirror etc - I've enough backup if the whole thing goes bonkers. !!

The files on these HDD's are serving music and video so not intensive used -- don't seem to have any problem streaming media from the laptop.

Any engineers out there - curious over what is the actual load (power wise) on the computer if a POWERED USB HDD is used compared to a Self powered one. Note the Hub I'm using is not also powered.



Cheers
jimbo

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I have the T110, I can create the recovery discs in Windows but when I restart the computer and press F12 it shows no CD/DVD drive in the BIOS.

So I cannot restore from or boot from the external CD/DVD drive.

Help!

A:Satellite T110 - USB powered CD/DVD drive not recognized in BIOS

Hey,

I don?t have the notebook in front of me but check the BIOS if you can find an option called ?USB legacy support?. If yes you have to enable this feature that your notebook can recognize the external drive.

Can you boot from an USB stick? I mean you can also create the recovery files on an USB stick so this would be also an option to restore factory settings.

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I have three Dell Lattitudes with powered eSata ports. I purchased a sata/power cable to SATA interface hoping to use a SSD or 2.5" hard drive.
However although there is power going to the drive, it is not recognised on boot nor in Windows 10 x64.
There are no drivers missing in Device Manager. The SSD/HDD are all recognised and working using USB to SATA adapters.

Can any one help please? 
Is there a missing Driver?
There is nothing in the BIOS I can see that I can turn on ... everything is enabled.

Thanks

A:(Redirected) Dell Lattitude E6230 - powered eSATA port and Drive not recognised in Windows 10 x64

BISHOP2
As you have laptops, best to post this in the Laptop Forum here:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/default.aspx
Bev.

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I have forgotten where and how to navigate to turn on the "DMA" feature of my drives in Windows XP. Help?

A:How do I turn on DMA on my second drive?

DMA is usually automatically enabled. Go to Start/Run and type devmgmt.msc in the Device Manager open IDE/ATA Atapi Controllers, Right click the controller which your drive is attached, and choose Properties/Advanced Settings. DMA should be set to Automatic and turned on.

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I finally decided to get a small SSD for my my Desktop
after lasts weeks descussion here, that was very helpfull.
My question now is do I have turn off the SSD drive or can I leave it on for long
hours without doing any damage to it?
I tend to leave my computer on for days doing various tasks.

What are your thoughts?

A:SSD Drive Replacement turn on or off ?

Leave it on as long as you want, it wont' hurt a thing.

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I have a satellite receiver with a usb port that I can record my shows onto a flash. I also have a usb cable that can connect from the usb port on my receiver to the usb port on my pc. Is there a way to somehow trick my receiver into thinking my pc is a flash drive? That way I can record straight to my pc instead of my tiny 1 gig flash.

A:Can I turn my pc into a flash drive?

Can you provide more details about the device you have including brand, model, etc.? In general, USB ports of two computers can not be linked up to transfer data from one to the other. I am guessing that the receiver has a basic computer built into its base which uses the USB port to communicate with the flash drive inserted there. If so, I don't think you can get it to communicate with a PC using that port. However, you may be able to buy a cheap high capacity hard drive (1 TB hard drives are less than a couple of hundred bucks nowadays) and use that instead of a flash drive.

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hey guys a mates pc was and still is working ok but his slave ide hard drive went wrong some how? is was fine and the pc was shut down but when turning it back on it couldnt read the drive and says it now in raw format.....

how / why as this happened?
and can it be set back or repaired without loseing all the data?

any help would be great......

pc specs
msi / motherboard
nvidia 6600gt 128mb graphic card
amd 64 2.6 gh
450w psu
 

A:hard drive turn raw

Why has this happened? All drives fail. It is only a question of when your drive will fail. This is why we stress backups so much.

Next download and run the drive maker's utility for checking the drive. You download this from whomever made the disk; ie WD, Seagate, etc. Post back with the results of your diagnostic.
 

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When look at This PC (in tile view) I get an icon for each drive with a stripe above it showing usage.
Sometimes the bar goes red. I assume to show the drive is too full.
What ratio is used? Can I change It ?

Don Cole

A:Drive icons turn red

The current storage usage colors in My PC are:


0-74% - Green
75-89% - Orange
90-100% - Red
The colors don't indicate an error, just how much space is being used on the drive.
They cannot be changed.

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HI all when i installed win 8.1 i was having the secure boot issue it since resolved, but i notest that it did nto encrypt my drive like it suppose to and it doesn't even show up in PC Info for encryption so how do i turn this on? I have a Alienware X51 revision 1 with Bios version A12.

Win 8.1 pro with media center is what i have

A:win 8.1 did not encrypt my drive how to turn it on??

Hello Tony,

The tutorial below can help show you how to turn on BitLocker Encryption for your OS drive in Windows 8.1.

BitLocker - Turn On or Off for OS Drive in Windows 8

Hope this helps.

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i replaced the hard drive in the 750-177c  win10 desk top with a 500 gig ssd and really enjoy the speed and quiet performance it provides. I would like to repurpose the original hard drive for back up and assorted file storage but would like to do so without having it "on" all the time to reduce power and noise issues. My question is how can i easily software control the hard drive to a power on/off state to take full advantage of this resource  ? Thanks in advance for any/all help on this question. DV7Lee

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Turn on my flash drive.

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Turn on my flash drive.

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Upgraded & re built my PC from 7 32bit to 7 64bit with new, Mobo, CPU, Ram, & Intel 520 SSD C drive.
I kept the old HDD's in the case attached via sata, but now when working only on the new SSD something is accessing each of the old HDD's in turn every second. When I first started up the new configuration at first the old drives were silent ie no read/write activity, but now they are on continuously although I never access them. I would like them to spin down to stop when not needed. Indexing is only active for the C drive, also I have Iolo System Mechanic Pro installed c/w it's Anti V & Anti Malware. Win 7 32bit is still installed on one of the old HD's in a dual boot type senario, from the Bios screen.
I've got Process Hacker 2, & Process monitor loaded and looked at the results but failed to identify the process accessing the 3 HDD's every second.
Anyone got any good ideas, as to where I go next?
Thanks,
pme2

A:New SSD C drive but what is accessing 3 old HDD's in turn every second

Hi

1stly, it is most likely that boot manager and other hidden files have been installed to one of the mechanical drives which in turn is making them spin up occasionally (this happened because you had the other drives attached while you installed windows on to C:\)
2ndly System Mechanic Pro will spin up the drives and IMO does more harm than good, i suggest you ditch such software that claim to be all singing and all dancing...9/10 they don't do anything good

the above said though i have a similar issue because i left in the other drives (i don't care much to do anything about it until i need a full clean install still going strong for over a year now) though i was given the solution but never acted upon i suggest you await a more experienced member in this department to come to you aid

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Hi,

I have a HP Personal Media Drive which didn't seem to be working, both when I put it in to the media drive slot in the tower of the PC and also when I connected the USB and power cables in to the enclosure externally.

Thinking it was a problem with the actual enclosure I purchased another external hard drive enclosure from CIT. Having connected it all up and switching it on all I seem to be getting is a flashing blue light from the enclosure and the actual drive doesn't seem to be on and isn't making a noise/heating up.

The hard drive is a Maxtor DiamondMax 9 160Gb ATA.

Does anyone have any idea what possibly might be the problem and how I may solve it?

Thanks
 

A:Hard Drive won't turn on

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Our school district just purchased 30 800 35W G2 Minis to replace some older machines in a computer lab.   We are attempting to build and restore an image on these machines via USB using a couple different backup software tools.  Our problem is no matter which settings we change or modify in BIOS after booting to the USB drive all USB ports turn off and we are unable to use our mouse and keyboard to get the image created/restored.  We cannot find a setting in BIOS that ensures that the USB ports stay on etc.  If anyone out there has some specific items we could try that we may not have thought of it would be highly appreciated.

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every time I plug in my USB Cruzer drive I get a requester that ask how I want to sync. I don't want to Sync the drive to window Media files but I can't find a way to turn it off. I went to the Sync Center and I turned of the Partnership with the Cruizer drive but it still tries to sync with it when I plug it in. Any Ideas?

Mik
 

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Win7 is sending me a lot of warning messages that tell me my new Samsung drive (HD103SJ) is about to fail. I checked the drive with DickCheckup and it didn't report any problems. That utility records data every 10 minutes. I assume that Win7 is getting something from the SMART output and flagging it, but my guess is that the drive is okay as indicated by DiskCheckup. So, I would like to turn off the annoying messages. Is there any way to do that?

FWIW, I have made multiple images of the OS (resides on the Samsung drive) and use the rest of the drive only for backups. If it dies, I can recover.

A:Can I turn off the hard drive warning?

goto samsung's website and download their hard drive tools and test with that. Those might give you a better idea of whats wrong with the drive and if you need to RMA the drive.

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Hi my optical drive has an on off switch.

If I try to switch it off I get this message:

"..Problem ejecting standard dual channel PCI IDE controller" and then advises that I need to close the program that is using the PCI controller.

If I right click in the systems tray - safely remove hardware - there is an option to eject the "standard dual channel PCI IDE controller"

If I do eject that, will it mean that when I re-boot the optical drive will no longer be recognized by windows? THought id ask before trying it.

The reason why I would like to turn it off is because it is hardly used and I am sure that it just drains the battery. Thanks

A:Optical drive issue - cant turn off, always on

Hi there, you cant disable and ide controller

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Hi all,

I have two 4TB Seagate Backup Plus drives, I sat the drives to go to sleep after 3 min in Seagate Dashboard program, the drives do go to sleep but the LED lights won't turn off, they are always on?

But if the same drives are connected to my iMac, they goes to sleep mode and the LED lights turn off.

What do you think the issue is?

Regards,

A:Seagate Drive LED light won't turn OFF

Just out of curiosity, when the drives go into sleep mode do the LED lights either change color (ex: green to amber or yellow) or do the change their blink rate (solid light when not asleep, blinking light when in sleep mode.) Perhaps these Seagate articles can offer some help.

Memeo Premium/Instant - How to adjust drive settings (sleep, lights, diagnostics)

Seagate Manager: FreeAgent Drive Light States and Options

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I've been searching around for a way to turn off my external e-SATA drive, instead of having to shut down my computer every time.

In my search I read in another forum one member who suggested, "With my Win7 installation, I went to the JMicron site and downloaded the appropriate driver installer package, executed it, and it found the controller and installed the drivers. The eSATA controller now shows up on Device Manager (as a JMicron JMB36X Controller under "Storage Controllers") and performs hotswap properly, automatically recognizing any eSATA disks that are plugged in or removed."

Well, I installed the JMicron file just like he said and now I see it in Device Manager, but I'm still no closer to figuring out how to shut down my external e-SATA drive. I'm curious how this controller performs hot-swap? I haven't been able to figure it out.

I also took the advice of someone else on another forum and used Disk Management to turn my external drive into a Dynamic Drive. I'm not sure if this was a good idea or not, because now the drive runs all the time and is very warm to the touch. Before I did this the drive didn't run constantly. Now I have no idea how to undo it. Unfortunately, this didn't enable me to make it unpluggable, either.

So my question is, how do I enable this external drive to appear in the taskbar so I can shut it down? I thought the JMicron thing would do it, but so far I haven't been able to figur... Read more

A:How to turn off external e-SATA drive?

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this is a update to sloved blue screen error 1 and 2
if iv had my pc on for 3 hours and try plugin my jump drive it lights up
and then goes died iv updated my mainboard and everthing but no luck
so what now where do i go with this now

A:[SOLVED] cant turn on jump drive 1

i upgraded to vista home basic and it fixed it

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In installing a second hard drive, I found that Gateway hadn't given enough wiring to reach the second hard drive by about 1/8 inch. Would it cause any problems if I turn the hard drives over so the connection I need (it's the small electrical looking wires with the smaller white plug not the wide cable) will be within reach of the wiring? My husband will need to drill holes in the hard drive cage, but that looks like all we need. Will this work OK or will it cause the hard drives to not work properly?

Thanks for any help.
Peg
 

A:Can I turn hard drive upside down?

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I have Atholon, with 256 RAM running WinXp, sometime i have problem with my burner after recording one CD, the CD-WR dissappear from Nero application and only shows Image Drive instead of burner.

I would appreciate anyone for helping me out this problem, either its CD burner fault or its application fault.

Aslam
 

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I purchased an external SimpleTech SimpleDrive (250 MB) to use for imaging my hard drive. At the present time, this is all I'm going to be using it for. After imaging my drive, I will remove all the cables from it and put it in our safe--just in case we ever have to restore the image. Every day or so, I'll hook it back up and run a differential image. Then every month or so I can run another full image.

My question is, does it matter whether you keep your external drive on when you are not using it, or is it better to shut it off? I notice that it gets a little warm to the touch as it sits there. I also feel a vibration, which I am assuming is some kind of internal fan to keep it cool?

Thank you in advance for any of your ideas and opinions...
 

A:Should I turn off my external hard drive when I'm not using it?

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Hello,

I thought I would try this forum as a last resort in trying to fix my external hard drive. I have all of my music, movies and college papers (5 years worth) on it and for some reason it won't turn on. My unit is a Maxtor:

Maxtor - Maxtor Peripherals PTE
Model: Maxtor One Touch III
Capacity: 320GB

It was working fine until the other day when I tried to turn it on and nothing happens. When I plug in the powersupply I get the green light, but when I turn on the unit nothing happens. When I turn off the unit (even though it doesn't turn on) I notice that the littel green light on the powersuplly flickers. I'm thinking it could be something with the powersupply, but I thought I'd check for anyone else's thoughts?

Maxtor customer support is the worst.. so i'm hoping someone here can help.

I thank you,
Jeff
 

A:My external hard drive won't turn on.

How is it powered? There is not much internally as far as a "power supply" goes. That is external.

If you have a light, it has power. Has anything happened to it lately?

How old is it? Still warrantied?

Anything you don't have backed up is nothing you want to keep.
 

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I've got a SUBST for a folder to drive letter P:

I have noticed that exploring these folders from P: is now INCREDIBLY slow, taking up to a minute sometimes to show files. I'm showing them as general files and not thumbnails, so it's not that.

Looking at the original folder in explorer is lightning fast.

I've checked the indexing options and indeed the folder where my files are stored is checked as indexed. I can see my P: drive in the list, but clicking on the checkbox won't do anything.

Does anyone have any clues as to how I can fix this?

(Running Windows 7 just to be clear).

A:How do I turn on indexing for a SUBST'd drive?

HI,
welcome to sevenforums. There are many knowledgeable peeps around here. (I don't include myself). But here's my fix effort.

Things to try.
SYSTEM must have full permissions on the folder in question.
Add the path to the indexed locations.
Try rebuilding the index.

One of these may do the trick.

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Input devices will not respond! New hard drive problem?

Hey everyone, I joined this forum to see if you could solve my problem.

I got a new hard drive a while ago and i installed it when my old hard drive was still installed. I didn't know much about jumper settings then so i just left both my my hard drives with the master setting. I reformatted my computer soon after with XP home on the new hard drive. However, XP pro was still on my old hard drive but my computer worked fine until 3 days ago. The green motherboard light was on and when i pressed the power button the fan would spin. The computer would not turn on though. I then waited for a few hours and tried again, to my suprise it turned on perfectly.

Now, 3 days later, the motherboard light is still on, but the fan will not even spin when I press the power button! What do you think is preventing my computer from turning on?
Thanks alot.
 

A:Computer won't turn on. New hard drive problem?

Fan

Now, when i press the power button, the fan actually starts working! Actually, it's twitching..
 

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I have just purchased a Maxtor 200 GB 7200 rpm external hard rive in a "BYTECC" case for my Win 2K machine. I had no real problems putting it together and getting it running but now when I shut down the computer it does not shut down. I have to turn off the switch every time and then turn it on each time I boot up. It also runs constantly. I have another 260 GB external hard drive which shuts down when I shut the computer down and stops running after a few minutes of not being accessed. I never did anything to get it to do this and I thought this was natural. How can I get my new hard drive to do the same as the the old one?

Any advice is appreciated.
 

A:External Hard Drive won't turn off automatically

That's the way it works normally, I just shut them off. I'm wondering how you got the one to spin down, none of mine do that.
 

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When booting from his new SSD boot drive, Leo will end up with "errors" on the hard drives that need to be "fixed" IF he accesses any libraries that he set up on his old hard drive still is the computer.

My friend Leo, installed and boots from an SSD I gave him. He loves it. He also like that he can still boot from his old hard drive. If he accesses something via the library links that he had set up tho, it causes Win8 to report disk errors on boot that need to be fixed.

How would Leo go about disabling the libraries that he has set up? And is this the real issue for the errors? (Leo says that that he gets no errors unless he accesses something via the libraries).

A:How can I turn off Library links on old boot drive?

Make sure fastboot/hibernate is disabled in the win8 os. It can cause these errors.

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It will not turn on keeps saying diagnosing pc repairing pc then restart and never comes back on tried unplugging and holding down for 15 seconds

A:My hard drive won't turn on says diagnosing pc repairing pc ...

@Hannablings,It is difficult to assess your problem unless you state the following:1) Exact model number or product number.2) Original OS that was installed at time of purchase.3) Was it in this restart loop again and again?   That is normal for an OS repair.

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I have Vista Home Edition with a Dell laptop and TSSTcorp DVD RW. I tried to go to DVD properties does not have any security to change but when I use Microsoft Movie Maker to burn DVD, it automatically adds write protection. Anyone know how to turn this off?

A:Write Protection on TSST DVD RW Drive turn off?

Hi,

Just for clarity, are these DVD files from "Home make videos files" or from a purchased DVD?

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ok I was trying to format a hard drive from older computer, and had numours problems so I decied to use the hard drive as a slave on another computer and format it that way, BUT i followed the pin instructions to make it a slave, and on my other computer it didnt have instructions for the pins to be master, slave, ect. So I figured it was correct. I went to use the slave drive on the computer plug everything up and started up and got a blue screen of death, so i figured it was due to the slave drive so I unplugged it and used just my main hard drive and now the computer just gets the blue screen of death everytime I start, but can start in safe mode. So how do I fix this?

A:Need Help Tried To Use Slave Drive Now Computer Wont Turn On!?

What does the error message say?You could try running System Restore.Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that you want and then click Next> to start the System Restore. This may take a long time to complete, and when it is done it will restart your computer. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

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Hi,

I could swear the tech told me to turn off my external hard drive ONLY while computer is ON, but it doesn't make sense to me...should it be off or on when I shut down my computer...

Thanks!

Jane
 

A:External Hard Drive-turn off while computer on or off?!

You want to make sure nothing is access the drive or writing to it
You should have an icon in the system tray - lower righthand side to eject (stop) the drive
I have done Both depending on what I wanted to do next - if I want to continue to use the laptop - i would make sure nothing is communicating with the drive and switch the drive off and unplug or if i finish for the day I just shutdown and then switch the harddrive off.
 

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