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Q: slow transfer from sd cards to hard-drive

i have two cards, a class 6 and a class 10. The problem is not reproducible on my laptop, which transfers around 8mg/sec.

i've had intermittent problems since upgrading. At first i was getting what i consider a normal transfer rate of 8-10 mg/sec with each card. But several weeks ago I began experiencing rates of UNDER 1 mg/sec. That is KILObytes. It takes an hour to transfer my photographs, which is amazingly not ok.

i have a standard HP set-up, basic computer model, AMD Phenom 8450 Triple-Core 2.1 GHz

i've noticed that when i turn the indexing off, the transfer rate rebounds to normal. But then i have to turn it back on and reboot before either I or a program can locate a file.

which is also amazingly not ok.

i've tried everything i can think of short of a clean reinstall. Which i REALLY would like to avoid. I've already done that twice since upgrading in November.

i really need help. My livelihood is photography, so these long transfer times are costing me time and money, not to mention aggravation.

I'm not a geek but i can follow instructions. I've been fairly hands-on since DOS.

if there is more information you need, please just point me in that direction, and I will do my best to provide it. But without direction i am clueless. I really appreciate any assistance!

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A: slow transfer from sd cards to hard-drive

If I right click a portable drive and disable indexing for the drive letter. Things are cool.
Next time I look at properties for that portable drive, its got a check mark allowing indexing again that I certainly didn't enable. Wish they would stay unckecked. As soon as I plug in a drive, windows indexing discovers it and starts working on it - indexing is a slow process and slows down the back up images in my use that I'm trying to write to the drive.

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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

A:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Hello all. I am hoping someone can help me out here. I purchased an Iomega 500GB Network Hard drive a week or so ago and am experiencing extremely slow transfer rates over my network.

This is a small home network, nothing fancy. I have a D-Link WDA-1320 wireless card in my PC that communicates with a Netgear WPN824v2 wireless router. When I attempt to transfer about 5GB of mixed media files to my network hard drive it takes over an hour. If I take the network/wireless out of the equation and connect the hard drive directly to my PC via a crossover cable, those same 5GB worth of files transfers in about 17 minutes. I have checked the settings on my router and did not discover anything out of the ordinary. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

A:Transfer to Network Hard Drive Slow

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i am trying to add some movies to my Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST31000520AS 1TB from my other hard drive but the Transfer speed is so slow it starts with 150mb and in 5 sec it will go down to 10mb it show it will take 1GB file for up to 20hours to copy what is going on i need a fix pls.

A:Slow Transfer Speed hard drive

Do you have the latest drivers for your chipset? Is hard disk DMA enabled?
Windows falls back to PIO mode when DMA is not available (disabled) or too many errors occur (bad cable, bad controller, bad drive).
Uninstall IDE ATA controller from device manager, reboot , then install the newest IDE controller from the motherboard manufacturer.
I believe Seagate has good customer service so they can be also be contacted, if required.

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I am having an issue with my USB 3.0 Ports. I am trying to back up a lot of my files onto a Kesu External Hard Drive, but I am getting abysmally low transfer speeds. They start at around 10-15 mb/sec, then drop to as little as 500 kb/sec over the course of an hour. I have already changed the Kesu's settings to prioritize better performance, and it's been recently formatted as a NTFS drive, and has nothing on it. I am using an HP Elitebook 8460p with Windows 7 64 bit. Please help, as I bought this hard drive specifically to back up my files or transfer them to a new computer, and I can't transfer anything with these low speeds.

Thank you!

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So I have quite an old PC running Windows 7 and Ubuntu, my laptop had died recently so I thought the logical thing to do was add the hard drive to the PC in the living room to give myself a bit of space amd also save some files, bad mistake.

Since doing this my transfer speeds dont go above 1mb/s it was telling me it would take 14 hours to transfer 60gb. I looked around and tried a few things like disconnecting the sata and adding it via device manager when the PC had booted up but still the problem persists, i then tried to copy the files within Ubuntu which transfered the files within 15 mins at normal speed.

This has obviouslt given me the conclusion that windows is telling it to go that slow for some reason and I can't for the life of me figure out why that would be, hence me coming here with you lovely people.

The machine in question is old, its a 2.4ghz dual core pentium 3 with a 40gb ide hard drive and is primarily my download machine. The hard drive I added is a 250gb sata drive that was freshly formated to NTFS upon adding it to the computer

Can anyone shed some light on this conundrum for me please

A:Slow transfer speeds since new hard drive added

Did you add the ex-laptop drive to your desktop machine as secondary drive?
If above is true, is this connectoed to the same flat cable as slave? You probably dont have any jumpers to set the laptop drive as slave so what I would do is to connect this alone with his own cable to your desktop secondary IDE connector making sure you use the primary connector on the drive end.

Sorry I just realized that you mentioned the added laptop drive to be SATA not IDE as the original one.
In that case yes, windows is seeing this differently as obviously Ubuntu its seeing it as it works okay when running in Ubuntu.
I would be corious to see what happens if you connect the new drive through an USB Enclosure and see if is still extremely slow.

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I have been using a USB 2.0 Seagate 250GB external hard drive for a number of years and it's been working fine.

My laptop has USB 3.0 ports.

The last couple of weeks it's got really slow (less than a MBs) when transferring a video file.

I checked the hard drive for errors - none were found.
USB drivers are up to date Driver Booster 3 says.
Is there some settings I could try to speed things up?

As far as I know I've not changed anything so I don't know why it's suddenly got so slow.

A:Extremely slow transfer speed to external hard drive

If you right click the drive in Device Manager and look through the Properties you may see an option to either treat the drive as removable or permanent. Removable supposedly you can unplug without ejecting. But it is slow. Permanent supposedly enables write caching. Likely it was set to permanent before.

If nothing seems apropos you can try the old trick of deleting the drivers and rebooting. Plug and play will install the same drivers that were there but will do it "right" somehow. I have seen a lot of problems disappear just by doing this on a particular device. That is why support does it. Anecdotal success rate seems to me around 50%.

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Hi Everyone.

I have recently had to format my hard drive and re-install windows. I have also had to replace the motherboard, CPU and power supply. I borrowed a 1.5 TB Freecom firewire external hard drive from a friend to back-up important data before the format, but the transfer speed is uselessly slow now that I am attempting to put the data back on the drive.

I have tried:

- updating the drivers for the firewire card
- switching to 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (legacy) in the device manager
- Optimizing the drive for 'better performance' as opposed to 'speedy removal' in the drive's properties.

As things stand at the moment, I am getting about 400 kb/ps transfer speed from the external to my on-board drive. As you can imagine, this is virtually useless to me, considering I have hundreds of gigabytes worth of data to transfer.

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Extremely slow transfer speed from external hard drive

The best option if the external HD offers an eSata port would be to plug the drive in by either an eSata port provided with the case you or by an addon eSata card. Even when backing things up on a drive in a usb enclosure like seeing a full system image made the data transfer rate slows to a crawl.

One example for that was an image made from a 7 laptop to the drive in the external enclosure taking some 3hrs. to finish from a 120gb drive with hardly anything on it and comparing that to an image totally 497gb made to another internal drive on the desktop here only taking about 35min.!

Unfortunately the only other option would be removing the drive from the self contained external casing it came in to install internally like I did with one WD Essentials 500gb model during the beta and RC testing of 7 simply to add in an extra drive. Otherwise you have to suffer with what the firewire bus will allow.

Of course if it did have an eSata port you could also open the side cover on the case while powered down long enough to plug the drive into a port on the board long enough to see everything copied over which would be faster but just a little awkward. Then you would be using the onboard sata controllers.

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I have been using a USB 2.0 Seagate 250GB external hard drive for a number of years and it's been working fine.

My laptop has USB 3.0 ports.

The last couple of weeks it's got really slow (less than a MBs) when transferring a video file.

I checked the hard drive for errors - none were found.
USB drivers are up to date Driver Booster 3 says.
Is there some settings I could try to speed things up?

As far as I know I've not changed anything so I don't know why it's suddenly got so slow.

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I have searched long and hard and need help please.

I have a P4 2.8 CPU with 512 DDR400 Ram and WinXP Pro installed. My hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 120GB (Ultra) ATA. I have replaced cable to manufacturer's spec Ultra ATA cable, black interface used for master and jumper on Cable Select. I do not use the slave on this cable. I have checked BIOS and auto detected drive again. All seems fine here.

I have tested transfer rate on this drive with HD tach and HD Tune and get around 2.8 MB/sec. I experience very slow boot up and PC in general is very slow to start and execute programs.

I have removed all spyware and other threats with no effect.

A:Hard Drive transfer rate very slow (Seagate Barracuda 120GB)

Make sure you have hard disk DMA enabled in BIOS and see if Windows is using it.

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I'm having trouble watching video from one of my hard drives (XP). At first I thought it was a codec problem so I uninstalled and reinstalled the codecs but that never worked.
Then I tried watching video on the other hard drive and no problem there.

I confirmed that its a hard drive problem when I tried to copy one of the files from the problematic hard drive, it showed 30mins left where it normally takes 1-2mins.

I checked to see if the channel was in PIO mode but all are in DMA.

Any way around this ?

A:Hard Drive Problem: Choppy Video and slow file transfer

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Hi All,
I'm hoping that some of the gurus in this area can help me to resolve why my transfer rate to my external hard drive is so slow (ranges from 200 kbps to 15 kbps), but is almost always in the 15-20 kbps range vs. an advertised/expected transfer rate of

5 Gbps.  That's < 1% of expected transfer rate.  Any thoughts on possible root causes that I should investigate?

I have an HP Probook 430 G1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256 GB SCSI internal hard drive and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. I also have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard driveBoth the internal drive and the external drive are bitlocker encryptedI've connected the drives via USB 3.0 ports + cable. I've also connected the drives via USB 2.0 port on laptop and USB 3.0 cable.I've checked the My Passport for errors and found none.
Any insight would be much appreciated.

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Hi, After weeks of trying to get an answer to this problem without any assistance, either online or here (what's the use of a warranty when there's no customer service to speak of?) I tried transferring some files to my flash drive a day ago. The thing that happened now was that the transfer started out fine for the first few seconds (as usual), before crawling to a halt and then stopping completely - I can't remember what the exact message was, but it was something in the vein of "problems with disk". I then found out that I could neither add or delete files to the flash drive as it had been write protected. I searched online for how I could remove this protection (regedit, command prompt), but nothing helped - to my great, great frustration. Therefore, the flash drive is now useless to me, thanks to the laptop. I then experienced that the external hard drive that I tried to transfer the files from had also been write protected! Before pulling out my hair I checked if this was also the case when I plugged it in to another laptop (Asus). It wasn't. But on my Lenovo z50-75 that hard drive is useless for some strange reason. After experiencing this mountain of problems I want to do a full factory reset on my laptop, and then reinstall all my programs. My question is how I go about doing this. And also: when doing the reset, will it boot up with Windows 10, as it did when I purchased the laptop a little over a year ago?   

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I have an HP Pavillion dv6500 laptop that originally was loaded with VISTA, but now is operating  with WINDOWS  7.   I do not have any INSTALL DISKS FOR vista or WINDOWS 7.  The laptop was originally owned by my daughter and she gave it to me after upgrading to a new laptop.  Last year I received notification via the laptop that I could upgrade to WINDOWS 10 for free.  After trying unsuccessfully numerous times to upgrade. I read the System Requirements for WINDOWS 10 and found that my laptop lacked the required free RAM, 16 GB.  I decided to replace  the original stock Hard Drive, 150 GB, with a new HD, 500 GB. I am looking for the best way to transfer the data from the old HD to the new HD.  Please know that this is the first time that I have performed any type of work of this type on a PC device, so please be aware that I probably will ask questions or ask for clarification of your recommendations, so bare with me. Thank you in advance!

A:Transfer existing Hard Drive info to new Hard Drive

Blazer5 Let's correct a few things, first. Win10 does not require 16GB of RAM; instead, it requires that much Disk Space. Win10 requires only 1GB RAM (32-bit PC) or 2GB of RAM (64-bit PC). As to transferring the data, there are two part to this -- the easy part and the hard part. BOTH start the same way, by you purchasing a USB-to-Hard-Drive adapter and using that to connect the old drive to the PC. But, you first need to determine if the old drive is IDE or SATA.  IDE drives have two rows of small pins on the back; SATA drive have two plastic connectors with contact strips on them.  IF it's an IDE drive, make sure that the Adapter you obtain handles IDE drives -- most new ones do NOT. Then, after connecting the drive to the PC, you should get popups about opening a File Manager window for each of the partitions on the drive.  If the drive is still formatted the original way, the really large partition will have the OS and data files in it. You should then be able to copy the data from this old drive to your PC simply by dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer. That's the easy part ... The hard part is that the files she saved under her user account will be protected, and while you MIGHT be able to copy them, you will NOT be able to open them -- this is by design.  This allows multiple folks, each with their own user ID, to use the same PC and not see each other's files. To solve that, you will have ... Read more

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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Is there a program taht will allow for this, that is relatively cheap, or is there a way to do it without using a program?

A:Data transfer from hard drive to hard drive via USB cables

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Tried yesterday with an SATA adapter (unpowered) and my Yoga 920 would ding that something was plugged in, but wouldn't show it in File Explorer.Traded the unpowered drive for a powered one and the same result, a ding but nothing shows up. Is there something else that I can do? Thanks in advance

A:Can I remove the hard drive from my Yoga 2 Pro and plug it into an SATA drive and transfer the data?

I am confused.  You are talking about an mSATA -> USB adapter?  mSATA-> 2280 SSD?  What is a powered mSATA adapter?

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I'm using Windows xp sp2 and a couple of days ago I tried to copy a wav music track from a cd in my cd drive onto one of my hard drives(not the hard drive with windows on it) it gave a message saying unable to complete due to hardware connection being interrupted
since then the Cd drive and Harddrive I was copying too work only intermittently and for a short time. If you try and copy anything too or from the drive it will start working and then stop.
I think this is a virus problem but aren't completely sure as I've run spyware doctor which found a couple of viruses, but the problem continues despite removing them
thanks. hope someone can help

A:Hard drive and cd drive stopped working after file transfer

I'm not a 100% sure but I'm suspecting you power supply. Anybody else go a thought?

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I had this idea, see if anybody has an opinion about this. My wife has an old XP computer I want to buy her a new one but she doesn't like the vista and she wants to keep the old xp operating system. What I want to do is take the old hard drive and put it in the new computer as the master and take the new hard drive and put it in as the slave erasing the vista off it. Then using the master slave way can I transfer the xp operating system and all her files and data from the old hard drive to the new one.

A:Transfer data from Hard Drive to Hard Drive

You cannot simply put the hard drive with XP on it in the new system to have the new system running XP either from the old drive or by transferring to the new drive. It just does not work like that
You need to install XP a fresh on the new system AND you will need a new XP license to do so.

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Can you transfer contents of C: drive to another hard drive easily? My C: drive is out of room, and I have another new hard drive waiting on my shelf...is it a simple thing to have my local shop just transfer the contents to the new drive, so that when I reconnect I have my OS, everything intact?

Not interested in doing it myself; I don't have the software or the time and don't want the hassle.

A:Can you transfer contents of C: drive to another hard drive easily?

Just ask them to clone your old drive to the new drive. Think out in advance what you want to do with the old drive, maybe have them do that too. Cloning makes the new drive look just like the old one in exact detail. They just use some software to do the copying. Pretty simple, shouldn't cost much.

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Hi, I installed a second drive into my PC yesterday. The drive shows up in both device manager and My computer. There seems to be a problem when i try to transfer files to it. If i copy a small file such as a photo it is slow but the file will copy across. Any file bigger will cause my PC to hang and i am forced to reboot.

Can anyone suggets what could be causing this?

I have checked in Device Manager and under the Primary IDE Channel Properties on the Advance Settings and it shows 'Device's Current Trasfer Mode: Not Applicable'.

My drives are Maxtor DiamondMax + 10 160GB S150 and my new drive is Maxtor DiamondMax10 200GB S300.

Any suggestions would be greatly recieved

A:Slow file transfer between Hard Drives

are they connected to the same ide channel? if so try putting on seperate.

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Greetings all,

I have 2 hard drives in my machine. First, I have a WD Raptor 37gig for my Windows install. Second, I have a Maxtor 200gig for storage. Both are SATA. My question:

Any idea why it would take me roughly a half an hour or more to transfer a dvd from the Raptor to the Maxtor or vise verse? That doesn't seem right to me. It took that long even before SP 2. I can transfer that much data over my network in a fraction of the time.


Soyo Dragon 2 MoBo
AMD 3200+
1 gig Corsair RAM
WD Raptor 37gig SATA
Maxtor 200gig SATA
GeForce FX 5900
SB Live 5.1
XP Pro SP 2

A:Hard Drive Transfer

Maybe one of your drives is badly fragmented? Or maybe you don't have the right drivers installed? Or maybe DMA is off?

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This is my first post - please be patient. I have homemade video shot on VHS that I transfered to DVD. How can I upload this to the hard drive or, at least post this on youtube or something?

A:DVD to hard drive transfer

Hi. . .

To transfer from DVD to your hard drive, bring up two Windows Explorer screens and copy from the DVD to your hard drive - like your pictures folder.

Then log into youtube, and upload the mpg or mpeg file from your pictures folder.

Regards. . .



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I currently have a dual boot system (98SE and XPPro) and have just bought a new system installed with XPHome. The C drive on the old computer is 98SE and the D drive is XPPro.

I want to remove at least the D drive on the old computer and install it on the new system, and possibly the C drive.

What will happen? Will the second drive automatically be recognized and intact? How about if I add the C drive with 98SE? I would really like to be able to simply install the D drive and run the current applications that are on it, on the new computer...

What other issues might I expect?

Thanks in advance...


A:hard drive transfer

When you install the second drive, you will have to make sure you set the jumpers ok. Also, the programs you have installed will need to be re-installed on the new XP Home PC. Also, you can not run the XP Pro OS on the new PC because the MS licensing will not allow you to run it. You also LEGALLY can not run the 98 on the new PC. Your documents, such as non DRM music files and the like should work fine.

If the drive is preformatted like it currently is, it should instantly be recognized when you install it onto the PC.

Hope it helps,

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I have an old desktop HPdx2000 with maximum ram 4g and running XP Pro. I deleted a bunch of programs that I really didn't want to do because I was at 24% left open on my Seagate Barrucuda 80g HD and my some of my programs wouldn't run. I am now at 34% open. I plan on replacing the c: drive with a used 320g IDE hard drive. I have an old version of Ghost 14.0. I also have an IDE transfer cable where you hook two hard drives together to transfer from one to the other. I don't have a recovery disc for windows. Everything is in CAB files on c: drive.
What's the best way to clone my c: drive including the OS to the 'new' hard drive? Will I run into partitioning problems if the new drive is re-formatted? I would like to only copy certain files over because I think there may be a bunch of old non functioning files left over from old installs. There seems to be something running in the background that I can't find because when I try to delete some temp files it says it can't be deleted because another program is using the file. Same thing happened when I tried to update my Adobe Flash player. It said another file was using the program. I can't find it though, and I don't want to copy all the garbage over to the new drive.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:What's the best way to transfer to new hard drive?

I would use any number of cloning programs which are better and more current than Ghost.

I have used both Macrium Reflect and Easeus Partition Master to clone drives/partitions...but there are a number of alternatives available.

Cloning the hard drive results in a bootable copy...and I would not make the space used on the new drive any larger than the size of the drive cloned.


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I am trying to transfer a primary hard drive from one computer to another. I am also transferring a CD-writer. The hard drive was the boot hard drive in the older computer, it will still be the boot hard drive. The CD-writer was a secondary CD on the old computer, it will be the primary CD on the newer one. The newer computer is not recognizing the CD's. When it starts it goes into the BIOS. It begins to load Windows 2000, but does not complete. I get a message telling me that boot drives are not accessible. In the Bios the hard drive appears o.k. but the CD?s are not registering. I also have a secondary hard drive, but have disconnected it until I get the others sorted out. The older computer is a Dell optiplex GX100 (a celeron 800) and the newer one is a dell optiplex GX400 (a Pentium 4). Do CD?s have jumpers to set?

A:hard drive transfer

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I need to transfer my hard drive from my old lap top to it's replacement which is the same model but when I swapped the drives the new computer would not recognize my old hard drive.  Is there some way to format my old drive to work on the new computer?  If not can I use an exterior drive enclosure?  The computer is a 7600 series Acer with a 500 gb WD drive.

A:Transfer hard drive.

Unless the systems have exactly alike hardware components...your chances of successfully switching a hard drive to a new system...are slim.
What is the reason for the replacement system?
Does the BIOS of the replacement system...reflect the hard drive properly when attached?
Since this is an Acer/OEM system...the Acer software may also be a complicating factor.

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Is the a way to transfer files from one harddrive to another without having to first download to a disc?

A:transfer from one hard drive to another

put both hard drives in same computer format the new one if necessary then copy and paste files or cut and paste if you want to remove from original harddrive. or you can transfer across a network if hard drives are in seperate computers but that take alot more time.

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My old computer was a windows 8 that was upgraded to windows 10. I just ordered a new i5 6600 which comes with windows 10, a 250G SSD and 1 TB hard drive.. My old hard drive appears to be a Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA which seems to be the same as the one in my new Vanquish. My old hard drive is 2/3 full and is backed up often. My question is can I move this old hard drive to my new computer as a separate drive without formatting it and use the data on it (or transfer my data) or does it need to be formatted (thus giving me roughly 2 TB of space with the 1 TB provided with the computer). It was my C: drive in the old computer.

A:transfer hard drive

You can install it as the third hard drive in the new computer. Then I would use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to delete all the extra system reserved and recovery partitions on it and expand the partition containing your data into the free space.

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Ok so my old computer broke down a while back and id like to transfer all the information from it to my new computer. The old computer doesnt turn on so i guess my best option would be to attach the hard drive to my new computer.

Old computer ~ Compaq Presario s6700NX, windows XP, intel pentium 4, 160 GB ultra DMA hard drive

New Computer ~ GateWay Veriton M430 windows 7, AMD Phenom II X4 945, 1TB hard drive

Questions ~ Both computers are quite different so I was wondering if this was possible without buying another type of wire or such.

Will I be able to use windows XP if I wanted ? (just curious this holds no importance to me I just want my old files).

Would I be able to have both hard drives operating simultaneously ? Or would i have to swap out one hard drive for the other ?

All in all I'm just looking for a way to transfer the data from my old hard drive to my new computer I'm open to suggestions or different methods.

A:Hard Drive Transfer

It all depends on what type of hard drive it is, IDE or SATA, and whether the new motherboard has the matching socket. If it does you can connect it inside the new PC's case, if not you will need a lead or enclosure to connect it to a SATA or USB socket.

Once connected you should be able to get the files off ok.

The XP on the drive will almost certainly not work on the new PC because the hardware drivers will be different.

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I recently bought a hard drive and installed a brand new version of Win XP sp3. Within the week the computer has basically fallen to its knees. I am in the process of building a new system and I am going to use the HD in this system. How do I go about this, without having to remove and re-install the OS?

Old mobo Shuttle AK39n

Thanks, Tom

A:Hard Drive Transfer

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How do I transfer entire contents, including OS from one HD to another?

A:Hard drive transfer

Generally you dont.

You format the new drive, install the new OS and then reinstall the programs.

There are programs such as Norton Ghost that will create a disk image but they are designed more for backup purposes.

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How can I transfer my files (or everything for that matter) from my old Toshiba, came with computer, hard drive to a new Seagate Momentus drive?

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Hi cclloyd9785,

Can you please clarify exactly what you want to do? Your "old Toshiba" - is that the one with Windows 7 on it, as your System Specs indicate? What do you mean by "came with computer"? Sorry for misunderstanding...


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Hello all! I have an old hard drive (western digital. Caviar 33200, 3.2 gigs) from my computer that finally crashed. Is there any easy way to connect this to my new computer to get some data and files from it? My new system is a gateway 500s with 160 gigs and 512 ram. I was thinking of some kind of usb plug-in I could connect it to in the way you can connect two computers together and tranfer info from one computer to a new one. Thank for the help! Mike.

A:Hard drive transfer

Add the drive as a slave on the new computer.

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Hello, crazy question to anyone with this kind of experience. Is it possible to transfer my hard drive from my old dell laptop into the same laptop with same specs? I'm having no success getting the laptop to stay on. I'm almost positive it's a hardware issue. If it does turn on there's no problems with the software. Thank you in advance

A:Possible to transfer hard drive

Well...it's a Dell system and OEMs may use BIOS passwords, system passwords, etc. that might prevent moving the intact Windows O/S to another system, IMO.

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Here is my problem, my Step moms gateway mobo died putting new mem in it so I picked up a refurbashed computer that is way more faster and higher mem for 149.00.

old system has a 160G HD i installed 2 years ago and the new has a 80G, I want to use the 160G in the new one insead of what came in it but I understand with xp ther is a prob because the 160 has info of the old hardware and drive.

how can I use this HD in the new system with all fer files.

Thank for all the help ahead.

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Hi, I am currently using a Gatway, Pentium III computer running Xp Pro and I want to upgrade to a Dell that is a little nicer system. Can I simply shut down and remove my hard drive and transfer it to the Dell or do I have to back up and reformat before it will work?

A:Hard Drive Transfer

Transferring the HD won't work. You could probably install it as a slave and copy the files, but you'll need to reinstall the programs.
Both Vista and XP have file transfer procedures that address this issue, although I've found it faster to simply copy the relevant files from one to the other via network, CD or flash drive.

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Ey guys,

Need some info on solving a bit of a problem ive got. I got a 120Gb HDD running XP that will no longer boot XP, the problem is insolveable, unless by reformat. In just saying that, i cannot reformat as there is much valuable information on the drive. However, i do have a 5Gb HDD that has windows 98 running on it. Is it possible to hook that one up in my computer, boot Win 98 off it, so I could access my other drive and burn the information i required to DVD's? And then reformat?
Any help is aprreciated, thx

A:Hard Drive Transfer

Have you considered doing a repair of your Xp installation?
What sort of error messages are you getting that prevents you from booting into Xp?
Here's one way of booting up with your 5Gb HDD.......But before you do this, give us some more info about why it won't boot......
You could try connecting the 120Gb HDD as a 'slave', and the 5Gb as the 'master'.
To do this physically look at the pins [next to the power plug] on each of the drives and set the jumper pins to the appropriate slots [the master might not need any pins at all]..it will show [hopefully] 'Single or Master' without any pins, and the other will need to connected as a 'Slave'.
Your biggest problem will be that you might not have enough space with your 5Gb HDD...if you can get it to boot, try copying what you need to CD's, but don't try copying any of the system files, as they will not work afterwards.
Let us all know the answers to these questions please.

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The motherboard went out on my laptop & since repairing it would cost just as much as I paid for it in the first place. I have since bought a new laptop & would like to retrieve the files on the old one. The Hard Drive still works on it so that won't be a problem. I've been told I could use it as an external hardrive or I could simply transfer the files over to my working laptop with some kind of adapter. My question is what would be the the easiest & cheapest way to access the information on the old hard drive.

A:Transfer Hard Drive

An external case would probably be easiest.
You can get usb adapters,but if you mount the drive in a case,
you can get your files off,then use it for external storage or backup.
Make sure the case you use is the same type as the drive.
Sata or IDE.

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Hi.  This is my first post so keep that in mind :D
I have been experiencing some issues regarding my hard drive and im pretty sure it is dead and have decided to get a new one.  The thing is i have so much unwanted stuff on my old hard drive that i don't even want to do a transfer because in my mind downloading the several games i play on a regular basis isn't really a hassle and i don't have anything like pictures and stuff that i want to save.  
My question is are there things on my hard drive that need to be transferred other than the OS?  Things i dont know about?  And if i do get a new hard drive will i be able to install my windows 7 copy on it when i have already installed it on my hard drive im using now?
Sorry if these are silly questions i just need to be clear on what will happen if i get a new HDD.  Thanks

A:Hard drive transfer?

Hello Enisa, and welcome to BC!
I will answer your queries in order:
You said:

are there things on my hard drive that need to be transferred other than the OS

Yes there are.
In order to fully answer your question, I must know something: do you have a System Installation disc from your computer manufacturer that came with your computer when you purchased it, or do you have a full, retail CD of Windows 7 from Microsoft? IF you have a retail copy of Windows 7 from Microsoft, do you also have a CD from the computer manufacturer labeled as "system disk", "restore disk" or somesuch title? This is very important because it will determine what we do next.
Also, please post the manufacturer and model of your computer.

And if i do get a new hard drive will i be able to install my windows 7 copy on it when i have already installed it on my hard drive im using now?

Yes. As long as you do not change the motherboard in the computer you will have no problems.

Sorry if these are silly questions

There are no silly questions here. Life is very big; nobody can be expected to be an expert on every problem that arises and nobody is laughing at you. We are here to help folks don't have the time to get A+ certified in computer repair. If we didn't want to help we would not be here.

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Iím thinking about buying a 300 GB Maxtor SATA hard drive to install in my computer to replace the existing 120 GB ATA model.

I would like to partition the 300 GB into two drives and install my existing OS from the old one onto the new. I donít want to have to re-install the OS because everything is running great.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

A:How to transfer OS from one hard drive to the other?

You can use an imaging program like Ghost or Acronis. I personally like Acronis, all you have to do is use the Clone disk option and it will take like 5 min. However I think it might make your main Partition the full size of the 300G disk, so you might have to go back and repartition it using something like Partition Magic

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Alright so I decided to warranty the drive that gave me an issue yesterday because after doing a CHKDSK it had some unreadable sectors. I want to transfer everything off to the new one before it's too late.

Since this drive is just a storage drive and DOES NOT have the OS on it can I simply just plug it in, add it as a new volume, and just drag, and drop everything from the other drive on it? Then once it's done, just change the letter of the drive to the letter of the other one, and be done? Or, is there another faster way I should be copying everything over to the new drive?


A:Non OS Hard Drive Transfer

If there's not to much data on it, just create a folder on your OS drive, copy the contents and when your new one turns up just send it there.

As it has bad sectors DO NOT copy/clone the COMPLETE drive as they will be moved as well.


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Is it possible to pull my 2.5" drive from my laptop, put it in an enclosure and then transfer the data via USB to another PC???

If I plug in the enclosure via USB to another computer will I be able to access the drive like any other memory device such as flash memory etc...


A:Is this possible 2.5 Hard drive transfer?

Yes. You can pick up a 2.5 External Enclosure, put in your drive, and access it via USB.

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I just reinstalled Windows Xp. I installed it on one hard drive and my games are installed on another hard drive. Is there a way that i wont have to reinstall the games?

A:hard drive transfer

Hi weapons master,

there's only one way to find out and that's to run the games. Some games do install some registry keys which are required to be present before they run but others don't. I have my games installed on a different partition and 3 out of 4 run without a problem after a reinstallation of Windows. The other one will run but only if I back up its registry keys before formatting and merging when its finished.

If some games do not work, then it will be a case of reinstalling but once you have done that, you can search through the HKCU and HKLM registry branches for any related keys and then back them up just incase you need them again.

Hope that helps

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Is there anyway to move my old hard drive to a new machine without making it the slave to a master currently in my new machine. In otherwords, can I order (or build) a new machine without a hard drive, and merely move my current hard drive and all of its existing data/files/programs (from my old machine) to the new machine as a single hard drive?

Thanks ahead of time for the replys!

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