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Having trouble accessing hard drive (No Partition)

Q: Having trouble accessing hard drive (No Partition)

I was moving some files between my external hard drive and computer, but my cat knocked over the external, causing it to disconnect. I am now having trouble accessing the hard drive. I'm thinking that the hard drive became corrupt (like when it does not get safely removed). I've tried to use Testdisk to try to repair the hard drive, but I keep getting "Partition: Read Error". I cant access the hard drive at all, but it does get detected by the computer. Is the data still salvageable? The drive is a 1TB toshiba external SATA drive.

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I am having a similar problem where a partition is not accessible and when I click on properties I get a message that recycle bin is corrupted. I have a win7 OEM Home edition and one feature that I do not see is the security tab in Properties that many of you have mentioned as a means to resolve this issue.
Any suggestions are much appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any and all considerations in this matter.

A:I am having trouble accessing a partition on an external drive.

I am having trouble accessing a partition on an external drive. Other partitions on that drive are accessible. When I click on properties for that partition, I get an message saying that the recycle bin is corrupted, do i want to empty it? I saw elsewhere in forums that others were having similar problem and that this was recommended as a solution. I downloaded the zip file, followed the instructions and when I click on properties for that partition I still do not get the option of taking ownership.
Will try rebooting to see if that helps. Otherwise any and all consideration in this matter is appreciated.

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Ok, well I dropped my external hard drive and am now having trouble accessing it on my computer. When I plug it in it makes this strange series of beeps. Kind of hard to explain. But anyways after that stops the icon in the bottom right corner appears letting me know that the computer has recognized the hard drive and is giving me the option to safely remove the device. So this is where the trouble starts. When I go to my computer, my external is nowhere to be found. It is listed in the device manager, but I still can't access it. I have tried updating the driver and rolling it back. Still nothing. I am hoping that the hard drive isn't fried and perhaps the enclosure is having trouble connecting the drive to the computer. I have a ton of music on it so I'm praying that I can get this squared away. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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I'm wondering if anyone can help me out here; I have a strange situation.
I'm running Windows 8 and I have an external hard drive that won't let me access 900GB or so of its 1TB. The drive mounts about 10GB, and the rest is nowhere to be found. If I go into Disk Manager I can see both of them: the 10GB reads as K:, FAT32, healthy, active, and primary partition, while the other 900 reads as healthy and primary partition, no letter or anything else. If I right-click it, my only options are delete volume and help. It's brand new, and the 900GB has nothing on it.
Here's the catch: it's not my hard drive. This hard drive actually has to go back to a Mac user, NOT a Windows user, to reiterate. I've only got so long with this thing and I have to put some files on it. How can I make this 900GB usable for me so I can put files on it, and then usable for a Mac user?
I'll provide any information you need. Thanks!

A:Problem accessing a partition on an external hard drive

the mac part is what got me to my answer, it is because that 900GB partition most likely in format mac os journaled and not seeable by windows at all and never will be it has to be fat 32, NTFS (which a mac can't write too without special drivers), or ExFAT which if you are sure that there is nothing on it then you can delete the whole partition setup of it and format the whole thing to ExFat as that is something mac and windows can read and write too.

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

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I'm facing a big problem with my Simpleshare 160 GB hard drive and Windows Vista. Here is the situation. I have two machines in network and both of them have more or less the same configuration. Both have Intel Pentium 4 2.66 Ghz processor and 1 GB ram. But the one in which i am having a problem right now also has 256 MB Nvidia Geforce Graphics card(6600).
I have been using Vista for quite sometime now. But this time when i thought that my machine is becoming slow i formatted it and since then the issue with my External Hard drive has come up. The access to the folders are very slow and if i want to install an application it takes ages to show up. I must tell at this point that My Simpleshare is connected to both the machines and in the other machine there is no problem at all..So at this point i can say its not a Generic Windows Vista and Simpleshare drive clash.It is very specific to one of my machines. i tried the following things:
1. Tried bringing up my machine in Selective startup mode. In this mode i deselected all the services(except for those which are required for networking) in Windows Vista and disabled all the startup items. Still the issue persisted

2. At this moment my External hard drive is connected through a router to two of my machines. This time i connected my external hard drive directly bypassing my Switch to make sure there is no problem with my Netgear Switch.

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A:Trouble accessing Simpleshare External Hard Drive

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I have a Dell Inspiron with the the new Windows Visa OS. I'm attempting to use my LaCie d2 Hard Drive Extreme (160gb). When i plug it in the computer only partially recognizes it. If I go to "manage" my computer and then storage, the device appears there. it doesn't, however, appear under the My Computer main page (the one with the main internal drive, and the cd/dvd drive...etc.)

Any ideas why the computer isn't allowing me to access the drive? If so, what do i do?

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I'm running windows xp and have linux installed on a separate hard drive. The drive doesn't show up in my computer and windows explorer isn't able to let me view the files. The drive shows in disk management, but does not have a letter assigned to it, nor am I able to assign a letter to it. The Linux hard drive has a ext3 partition and a 2gb swap partition on it. I need to access the ext3 partition. Any help is appreciated. Is there anyway to make windows explorer able to view the files on the ext3 partition on the linux drive?

*edit* nevermind, I got it to work using ext2IFS

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ive a maxtor 300 gig hd as a secondary drive for data and the partition became corrupted, i tried making another partition to move the data to but created a 10 gig fat partition on xp instead of ntfs and i cant find the partition in chkdsk and was wonderin if anyone had any ideas? thanks John

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Hi everyone, I've a disk in a laptop (XP NTFS with 3 partitions) that is failing to boot so I've placed it in a caddy and attempted to access it on my Windows 7 PC.

When it's connected it prompts me to initialise device first (which I suspected it would do).

I've managed to access partitions to some degree using a diag mount utility http://hddguru.com/software/2007.05....ind-and-Mount/ but where the data is stored it won't let me change the permissions, reporting the device is write protected when I attempt to re-assign full permission or ownership.

Having had a good look around for some software to access it and allow permission/ownership changing, I've not got that far and don't want to end up installing this and that.

Has anyone some suggestions how to access or can anyone recommend a utility so I can change the permissions/owner to get the data off?


A:accessing non bootable NTFS partition/s on USB Hard Disk

You can try booting from a live linux cd and accessing the data from there.

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I have an older 30 GB SATA drive (FAT format) that I use for backups via USB. It works fine when I connect it to my Mac. When I connect it to my XP SP2 computer, device manager shows it's there without any conflict, yet I have no way to access it - there is no icon under My Computer for it.


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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.


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Hello all,

my old computer stopped working (some problem with the board) and I had to get a new one. I extracted the hard drive from it, a Seagate Momentus 5400.2, 120 GB drive, model ST9120821A. Is there a way to access that hard drive from my new computer? Do I need a cable or any other devise? Thanks a lot for your help... I know very little about computers and any help will be appreciated!

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3 ways

1. Mount the hard drive as secondary in the new PC if it has an IDE connector on the motherboard. Most newer PC's do not.

2. Install the drive into an external USB hard drive enclosure

3. Use one of these. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189169

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i am using windows 7 64 bit version last night i installed magix pc check & tuning 2012.after i run the pc check then i select the fix all problems . today i open my computer and i accessing c drive and d drive there showing you have may not appropriate permission message showing. What can i do Plz help me thanks.

Plz check the screen shot.

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Quote: Originally Posted by thribhureddi


i am using windows 7 64 bit version last night i installed magix pc check & tuning 2012.after i run the pc check then i select the fix all problems . today i open my computer and i accessing c drive and d drive there showing you have may not appropriate permission message showing. What can i do Plz help me thanks.

Plz check the screen shot.

Welcome to 7 forums.

Do you get the permission message for both C and D drives or for folders in the drives ??

The screenshot is not there.

Please update your System Specs in the User CP.

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and I don't know why. It's driving me crazy because my pc has come to a grinding halt. It's almost as if I tried launching 50 programs at once.

Here are my specs:

P4 (not dual core) 2.8 GHz, 256 MB of Ram, Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3 with a DVD ROM player. (The specs under my username are for my pc at home...the one I need help with is my pc at work).

I suspect it's my memory (I know it's very low) and I'm planning on upgrading it to 1GB soon, but in the meantime, how do I figure out why my hard drive is always reading? I opened up Windows Task Manager to see what's running but can't really understand much from that. Is it possible my HD is dying?

My pc is approx 7 years old but I take care of it (defragging, updating anti-virus, spyware etc) and have lots of programs which tune up and fix many problems (Advanced System Pro, Tune Up Utilities 09). These programs have supposedly fixed alot of problems but my hard drive accesses even when I'm not using my computer. I even disabled my anti-virus (AVG) and I have nothing running in my system tray. In fact, the only icon there is the volume control.

I ran numerous tests including virus, spyware and had Advanced System Pro fix a whole bunch of things like registry, memory etc. AVG has found nothing infected and neither has Spybot. So why is my hard drive constantly working? I'm hoping that it's not my HD going on me! Could it be windows' file-swapping? Please, any suggestions or help is much need... Read more

A:Hard drive keeps accessing something.....

Boot into Safe Mode with Networking download and install CCleaner, delete temp files. Then download www.malwarebytes.org. If malwarebytes doesn't find anything then go to the Task Manager/Processes when your computer slows down, and see what program is using the most memory usage. Also go to Event Viewer and see if any System or Applications have a red X error next to them.

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My son installed a slave hard drive on my Compaq Presario running Windows XP professional. The original hard drive was 111.78 gbs and the new one 250 gbs. When I do a cold boot of the computer, the second drive is not recognized (either in "My Computer" or the shortcut on the desktop.) Usually, but not always, the second drive shows up in "My Computer" and the shortcut, when I reboot. I'd like to use the drive for storage but am reluctant to put anything on it that I value very much, as I'm not sure I'll be able to access the drive again. Any suggestions for fixing this problem?

A:Accessing second hard drive

First thing I'd do is double check all the power and data connections. Maybe even try a new 80 wire IDe cable. Check the jumpers on the back of each drive as well.

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Hi There,

Hoping to get some expert help. The problem is - is that upon start-up of windows my computer hard drive continually accesses itself constantly. I've tried killing things and seeing what is taking ram/CPU usage but don't see anything out of ordinary.

I do not have access to a XP boot CD.



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DDS (Ver_2011-06-12.02) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_25
Run by kng at 10:19:16 on 2011-06-22
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3510.2331 [GMT -7:00]
AV: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {A1C4F2E0-7FDE-4917-AFAE-013EFC3EDE33}
AV: McAfee VirusScan Enterprise *Enabled/Updated* {918A2B0B-2C60-4016-A4AB-E868DEABF7F0}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Broadcom Corporation\Broadcom USH Host Components\CV\bin\HostControlService.exe
C:\Program Files\Broadcom Corporation\Broadcom USH Host Components\CV\bin\HostStorageService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Endpoint Encryption for PC\SbClientManager.exe
C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\aexnsagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\STMicroelectronics\AccelerometerP11\InstallFilterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\EngineServer.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\mdm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k ... Read more

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I have a notebook that bit the dust because of motherboard issues. It had win 7 on it. I took the hard drive out and have connected it to my older notebook a P4 - via a usb enclosure, that has win xp on it. When I look in the control panel, I see that the notebook is recognizing the usb hard drive but in my computer I cannot see it. What is going on? Not sure if this is a win 7 question, a win xp question or a hardware question - sorry if it is misposted. The hard drive in the usb enclosure has been partitioned to c: d: and e:

A:Accessing a hard drive with win 7 using win xp

I moved your thread from Windows 7 to XP since your current OS is XP. Perhaps it's a hardware issue.

What is it in the control panel that indicates the notebook is recognizing the USB hard drive?

I'm guessing that c:, d: and e: were the drive letters assigned to the partition when you booted to Windows 7. Almost guaranteed that different drive letters will be assigned whenever you mount the disk on another Windows system.

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Need some help. I recently bought Acer Aspire 5560G. It comes with 500GB HDD with only one partition which is drive C. There are 2 hidden partitions as well. I would like to split my drive C in 2 partitions without effecting my Recovery partition. Is it possible??? if yes than what's the best way?? Help would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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I think the easiest way to accomplish that is to shrink your C: partition. That will create unallocated space. And the unallocated space can be used to create a new partition.

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

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My old computer was put to rest with a big power surge last week. I had to buy a new computer and now I would like to access my old files. I have taken the hard drive out of my old PC. My new PC of course has windows 7. I am not a computer expert but I am not a novice either. The old hard drive has the sata connection and I have a sata cable, but have never used one previously. I connected the cable to the old hard drive and then plugged in the power cord to the wall outlet. I then I connected the USB cable from the sata cable connected to my old drive to my new PC?s USB port. I haven't been able to access the files on the old drive but I know my new pc has recognized the hardware. After I connected the USB cable to my new pc under Devices I can see a hardware named USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge. Not sure what that means. There is ?No? drive listed for it though when I open Windows Explorer. I can only see the (OS) C drive and the HP Recovery D drive. Any help on how to access my old files would be greatly appreciated.

A:Accessing file on Old Hard Drive

Quote: Originally Posted by eddie57

The old hard drive has the sata connection and I have a sata cable, but have never used one previously. I connected the cable to the old hard drive and then plugged in the power cord to the wall outlet. I then I connected the USB cable from the sata cable connected to my old drive to my new PC’s USB port.

That last sentence seems incomplete.

"I then connected the USB cable from the SATA cable connected to my old drive to my new PC's USB port."

Do you mean that your old drive had BOTH a SATA connector as well as a USB connector? This was an internal drive in your old machine before it died?

Do you mean you used some kind of SATA-to-USB adapter cable, going from SATA connector on the drive to USB and then into a USB socket on the new PC?

Are you planning on adding this drive from the old machine as a second internal hard drive on the new machine? You can certainly do that very easily (it just needs a power cable connection and a data cable connection, and an available slot in your internal hard drive cage).

If this was a SATA drive and was in your old machine as a SATA drive then it had a SATA cable and a SATA power connector cable. You should use a SATA cable and connect it to an available SATA connector on the new machine's motherboard.

I still don't understand how USB enters the story. Please clarify. If it was a USB drive on the old machine, it can certainly be a US... Read more

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Hello guys, my bios does not support my hard disk "quantum fireball", How i can detect it, infact partition system of my hard disk has been damaged, or is there a way that i can repair it.

A:accessing hard drive through bios

Go here http://www.maxtor.com/en/index.htm and d/load the diognostic and repair tools for your drive.Maxtor has the tools for Quantum drives. Go into bios and in the cmos setup you can change your drive detection to auto, save and exit, and see if it detects the drive then.

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I have a Seagate BUP Slimline 1TB external drive, all was working well, but I think I have pulled it out while it was "reading"

External drive shows in device manager and properties says its working properly

Nothing showing in Explorer or My Computer
Nothing showing in Disk Management

I have tried right clicking it within device manager to try and force it to disable/enable or update driver or uninstall and it just hangs indefinitely.

I have downloaded a couple of data recovery programs but they don't see the drive.

I have plugged the external into my sons desktop and it's not seen there either.

Does anyone know of a fix for this? or have I rendered it useless?

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Help accessing external hard drive

Hi @3billy3!

Since the drive appears in Device Manager you can try to boot with Linux Live CD and see if you can access the data stored on it. In order to do that just follow these steps:

1. Download/burn the ISO image to a CD or USB.
2. Change the boot order to the media you burned the Linux on.
3. Once it loads, you could try and mount the drive (or if Linux can read it, it will mount by itself) and see if it is recognized. In case it is - transfer the data.

Once the information is stored on another location you can run a diagnostic test on the external with the manufacturer tool and see if anything wrong will be detected. In case there is you can RMA it back and get a replacement unit if it's still under warranty.

Hope this helps and let me know how it went. Feel free to upload some screenshots as well so I can take a look.

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I have an external hard drive that is connected to a laptop. I want to be able to view/access the files on that hard drive w/o physically having to be at the laptop it is connected to. Is my best bet for this to just set the drive as "shared" on my network so I can see the files from any computer connected to the network?
EDIT ---
2 machines are Win 7, 3 are Windows 8, we are behind different domains and connected to different workgroups, which I am sure throws a big wrench into things.

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Here's my hijack this log. I can't pin down what's constantly accessing the hard drive (I did defrag it):Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:55:13 PM, on 12/28/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\brsvc01a.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\brss01a.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Brmfrmps.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXEC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\srvany.exeC:\pvsw\bin\w3dbsmgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Fi... Read more

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Figured out the problem. Windows Media Player has some sort of setting to share files with an XBOX 360, which is also on the network. What a pain. Turned off that sharing feature in WMP, and all is well.

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even when idle. Sounds like it's working even if I am not doing anything.

I would be thrilled to get this machine back to fighting trim. Any and all help welcome!

Thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:40:54 PM, on 2/22/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Efficient Networks\Tango Manager\app\TangoService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\VSO\mcvsshld.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
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Hey everyone.

I have a problem. Basically my computer has 2 hard-drives, the HDD I'm currently using has Windows 7 (which I only recently got), the other has Windows XP installed on it, which has loads of files and stuff left on it. Now my problem is, I can access my old hard-drive from this one, however everytime I try to open a folder or anything I have to manually set permissions for just that one folder/file. Now I have a huge amount of files and folders on there, so it would take my weeks to manually set permissions for all of it. I also cannot copy and paste the folders/files from my old HDD to my new one.

My question is essentially is there an easy way to set permission that will affect ALL the folders and files in my old HDD?

Thanks for your time. Any help is appreciated.

A:Accessing files on old Hard-Drive.

Go to the Documents and Settings folder on the XP drive (from within Windows 7)
Right click on the Documents and Settings folder and select Properties
Then select the Security tab
Then select the Advanced button
Then select the Owner tab
Then select the Edit button

Change the owner to you
THEN place a checkmark in the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" box. Let it run until done.
Then click Apply, then click OK repeatedly to exit the dialog

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My friend asked me to look at his computer because it was asking him to install an operating system. He was running Windows 8.1 on a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion 15 laptop with 8Gb of ram and an AMD A6 processor. I start it up and yes, that's what it's asking for. Says hard drive is in imminent failure and to backup the data. Hard disk (3F0). I do a purge (pull the battery and hold the power button for 20 sec). It takes me straight to the uefi. I do a hard disk test and it fails. I pulled the hard drive and tried to connect it to my computer using a sata to usb connector. As soon as I switched it on it crashed my computer. So I says to myself "Let's use Knoppix". Nope. Knoppix can't mount it. So I can't access the data. I figure I might as well forge ahead and see if Windows 8.1 can repair it. (I know). So I put Windows 8.1 on my usb stick, go into the bios and change it to boot first and ... nothing. I get the same screen of imminent hard drive failure. I am unable to change the boot order and get it to boot from the any other drives.

My friend likes to tell me he doesn't use it for very much. He checks his email, goes on facebook, looks stuff up, listens to music. But his browser will have a half a dozen pages open with a dozen tabs on each. He'll have Winamp open and going, several pages of Youtube open and sitting on pause, while watching the news or reading various articles. All at once. When I opened the back to retrieve the ha... Read more

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Have a Fujitsu PIII C Series LifeBook Laptop. Model C7651 which has a Toshiba MK4018GAP 40GB Primary Master.

Quest 1: Boots up, then goes to WindXP Home opening screen and then posts msq re FAT32 and hard drive consistency. Is hard drive bad or can something be done about it?

Quest 2: If hard drive is bad, how the heck do I open the case to get in to change it with a new hard drive?

Could really use some help. Thanks.

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my brother in law has an e-machines pc running xp home with an amd cpu. the graphics circuit on the motherboard went bad and installing a video card won't solve the problem. i would like to know if i can swap the hard drive from the amd pc into his new e-machines pc running xp home with an intel cpu in order to copy some data off the drive. i would rather not go the master,slave route so as to not change the drive letter designations. will the intel pc recognize the hard drive from an amd pc?


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Hi all,
I just installed new hard drive as I though it was going out since it never stopped read/writing. After multiple fresh installs and disabling some of the non-essential stuff my computer once again has crawled to a snail's pace. This is not even a year old and I have a 4-core processor and 4 gigs of ram. More than enough for what I need it to do.

Here is a Hijack This report:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:13:02 PM, on 6/19/2012
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3505 SP1)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16446)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BluetoothHeadsetProxy.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
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A:Hard Drive Won't stop accessing

Use Task Manager and check the cpu usage. You can also check which process is using the most cpu (assuming the cpu usage is high).

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I recently installed Norton AntiVirus. It found a Magistr virus in one of my email files. It reported that it had removed the virus. However, in the last several days I've heard something accessing my hard drive on an ongoing basis. I can't figure out what it is. I looked at running programs with CTRL+ALT+DEL. They seem normal. Things like: Rnaapp, Systray, Mixer, Directcd, Navapw32, Conmgr, Ptsnoop, and Explorer. Is there some other place I could look. I disabled Auto-Protect to see if that was it - NO. Does anyone have any other ideas of what it could be or where to look to find it?


A:Constant Hard Drive Accessing

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I think my problem to most likely be a relatively simple one. I have a desktop (Using it right now) with a hard drive, 7 etc etc and everything works fine. I am however having issues accessing a hard drive from an old lap top I used to own. It was sold, but I kept the hard drive. This was a while ago so I can't remember its OS, but I'm pretty sure it was XP but possibly vista. I have plugged it into one of my towers extra hard drive spots in hopes of being able to retrieve some old pictures from it.

This is my problem: After reboot, it got a message saying the usual installing device driver software thing, after that... nothing. I look in my computer and no new drive showed up. Anybody know what to do?

A:Problem Accessing My Old Hard Drive

Go to Start Orb -> right click "Computer" -> choose "Manage"
Then, go to Disk Mangement.

You will see on the right, your usual hard drive and your optical storage drive. If your old hard drive is detected, you will see it there. If it is, right click then give it its own drive access letter. Then, it'll show up in Computer just fine

If it isn't... well, there's a problem with the hard drive.

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Hi folks,

My laptop recently died, and I'd like to salvage some information off the hard drive. I was planning to put the HD in an external HD case and connect it to another computer, but the laptop HD seems to have some different kind of power connection. Seems like it does have SATA. What kind of cord would I need to power the HD in this external enclosure? Is there anything special I should know about these laptop HDs?

This is the hard drive:

Doctor Kazefa

A:Accessing laptop hard drive

It should just be the sata power connector, does it look like a larger version of the sata connector?

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 1:57:48 PM, on 1/7/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\TPSrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\pavsrv51.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\AVENGINE.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exec:\program files\panda software\panda platinum 2006 internet security\firewall\PNMSRV.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\cisvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.EXEC:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum... Read more

A:Program Accessing Hard Drive


Sorry for this delay. Please post a fresh log if you still have this problem.

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Hi everyone!
Ok I'll admit I am technologically challenged.
I have a question about accessing my desktop pc's hard drive from my laptop.
I have a Gateway desktop pc, Windows XP, just a regular home pc. I have a dsl connection. I have a wireless router thingie by Linksys so I can use the internet on my laptop anywhere in my house. My laptop has pretty much the same specs as the desktop but it's an older laptop, a compaq x6000 or something.

I would like to know if it's possible to access my desktop's hard drive using my laptop. Is this a silly question? Can I do it wirelessly? Or do I have to hook up cables & stuff?

Thanks so much!

A:Accessing desktop hard drive

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I alwasy start these things with sorry if it's in the wrong place, because I really don't understand most forums to be fair
so once again, my apologies if it is.

but any way... I have a computer which crashed, and I can get to the screen where I can log in, but there is no longer any user profiles for me to log into, and an error message said about the drive being damaged...
so I was wondering, the computer still works... it's just the drive doesn't.
so is there any way to access this computer through my laptop and take a look at the hard drive through there to see if there is anything I can recover?
the only part im struggling with really is connecting the computers so I can explore the hard drive.
is this simple? even if it's a case of there is no chance of recovering anything, then still. is it possible to do this... as it might come in handy in the future any way.
although one last thing I must say... is there any way of doing it without removing the hard drive, as that is why im asking here as iv not found any method that means I don't have to take the computer apart.

thanks for ya help.

A:accessing another computers hard drive?

Try this boot disc: Ubuntu Live CD to back up files from your dead Windows It should allow you access to the drive and to back up any important data to DVD's or an external drive as long as the hard drive is not completely inoperative.

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My IBM Thinkcentre Windows XP crashed and when I tried to repair XP it basically installed a brand new version of the OS partition. So now I cannot access files such as pics, music etc from hard drive.

Thanks in advance!

A:Problem Accessing Data from Hard Drive

At this point, do as little as you can from that computer. You can probably still recover these files. Download a free program like Recuva and run a scan on that hard drive to try and recover those files. You may have to mount the hard drive in another computer and run the scan from a different Windows OS. Good luck!

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I am new to this site so forgive me for not searching for my answer before posing the problem.

A month ago my five year old Dell running ceased Windows XP SP3 ceased booting. I ended up buying a new machine, Dell running Windows 7. Since the old machine will not boot, I have connected the old hard drive to the new machine because I need many of the files saved there. The problem seems to be entering the hard drive with access as if it were the primary source (Windows XP login and administrator PW). The new machine does recognize the drive and all the files however due to "security restrictions" I can not even view a photo from the old drive.

Is there a way I can access the old drive's files? Ideally, I would like to even to be able to access my email accounts from the old drive so I can transfer files which had been "saved to this machine" so I can transfer them to the server and in turn save them to the new machine.

I am not sure if it is possible but if I were able to create a back door remote access (without being able to initiate it from the old computer) I think I may be able to get what I need and want - like my iTunes, photos, etc...

Any help will be much appreciated, thanks

A:Accessing an internal hard drive as if it is external.

You simply need to take ownership of the files, see here: http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to...sions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

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roperty > I can no longer access my D: drive (1 TB Seagate HDD, connected via USB) used for storing my file backups. From Windows Explorer I get the message of "D:\ is not accessible". In FreeCommander file manager I can see the drive, but previusly I got the message of "The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable", and now no folders or files visible and CHKDSK D: /r (or any other variant) run from there abends.

However, I can see all the folders and files on the drive in Command Prompt using dir D: and lower level dirs. Device Manager says "This device is working properly" and the driver is up to date, while Disk Management says that it is a Healthy Primary partition, but when trying to run Properties >Tools > Check it abends with the message of "The disk check could not be performed because Windows can't access the disk".

From this I assume that the problem is in Windows 10 rather than the hardware. My OS has been acting weird for some time now, but I've ran SFC /scannow and that came back clean.

Help, how do I get my drive back?


PS. SysInfo output, which curiously does not show myD: drive:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 2047 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 917 GB (693 GB Free); G: ... Read more

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When I start up my laptop I get pretty much solid HD access for probably 3 to 5 minutes. I know this isn't right. Is there a program out there that I could download to see what exactly if doing all that accessing so I can deal with it?

A:any programs I can use to see whats accessing my Hard Drive?

Give these a try:
Process Monitor

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ok so im just another sap with a hard drive issue and this is my first post. great start eh?

well my issues are this. i decided to rebuild my computer from other dead towers i had laying around, and i got everything working fine. no problems, and then 2 days after it started showing me some error message about "no hard disk" and referring to some parameters? then when i restarted the computer i got some other error about workgroups and an .exe not being able to start.

i tried running scandisk, and defrag but neither would start, and i cant get them to start. i asked a friend who works with computers if he could help and showed him the error message about the no hard drive. he said i should reinstall the driver. after much searching, empty promises and dead ends still no way to download the driver.

btw the hard drive(s) having issues are a western digital WD400-BB (40gb) (boot) and the secondary drive a Quantum Fireball lct20 (30gb)

i found out the other drive the Quantum was having issues when i tried opening it by double click. i received yet another message concerning not being able to find "recyclers". i get that error trying to access both drives, yet i can still access by right click "explore".

using device manager, the drives are invisible and only my cd-rom drive shows. using disk management both hard drives are shown, and the update driver option does jack good.

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A:multiple issues accessing hard drive(s)

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I am trying to access my personal files from an internal Hard Drive in which I removed from a computer of mine which stopped working. This computer was using Windows XP Professional.
The computer I am using now uses Windows 7.
I removed the hard drive from the failed computer and tried connecting it to my present computer using a USB 2.0 To IDE/SATA Cable but I am always asked to initialize the disk. I have doubts about doing this as I think this will wipe the hard drive clean.
I did however backup my personal files using Microsoft Backup before my failed computer stopped working.
I downloaded and installed the Restore Utility for Windows from Microsoft on my present computer and tried restoring my backup but I keep getting the message 'This media has been secured. You do not have the proper privileges.' I think that this is because I protected my backup with a password.
I would appreciate any help in solving my problem.

A:Accessing files from an old internal Hard Drive

Is your old drive IDE or SATA?
On your new Motherboard do you have both IDE and SATA Ports?
You should be able to connect old drive to new mobo

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western digital 160GB hard drive inside an external usb2.0 enclosure from bytecc.com is constantly being accessed. i can't "legally" unplug it from my box with the "safely unplug hardware" icon from taskbar. gives error: "The Device 'Generic Volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it" and the access light on the enclosure comfirms that it is being accessed but i dont know why or by what. my AVG anti-virus perhaps? there doesn't appear to be any loss of data when i just unplug without the "safely unplug hardware" icon but id like to figure out how to stop this unknown application from constantly accessing my hard drive because i have another external drive from buslink (80gb usb1.1) that unplugs and plugs fine.

my reason for suspecting AVG anti-virus is that when i plug i in, almost immediately, an AVGsomethingoranother.dat file and a hidden folder with AVg in its name appear on the drive. the .dat file is onle a couple kbytes.


thanks in advance for any help provided.

A:constantly accessing external hard drive

Are any programs installed directly to it rather than just using it for storage? If so any one of them if running can cause a problem. Another test you can do is do an msconfig and pick to bootup with certain things enabled or disabled. this will givey ou a list of the running things and what may be accessing the drive.

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I got these cables that came in a white box. The box just has "PCABUSBX0017" written on it. No instructions or CD or anything. I recall it was quite cheap. I was able to use this years ago to help a neighbor access files from their old computer that they couldn't get on anymore.
I use the power cable and hook it into the hard drive. I can hear the hard drive come on and start spinning.
Next I attach the USB adapter to the hard drive then plug into my computers USB.
It installs a driver for the adapter and says it finished installing.
At this point I don't know where to go from. It doesn't list any new devices or drives in My Computer. I can hear the hard drive spinning and when I plug the USB into computer it makes a little noise notifying me, but nothing else happens.

Am I not doing something correctly?


Could it be an OS compatibility issue on the driver? It says "Supports Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista and MacŪ OS" -- I'm on Windows 10.

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I am getting the error windows cannot access \\CHRS_LAPTOP\laptop harddrive

What is going on, I set the sharing preferences so no password is needed to access the hard drive and everyone can access it. This worked in windows 7 and 8.1, what changed in windows 10?

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