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Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Q: Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.facebook.com/R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.localR0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = R3 - URLSearchHook: AVG Security Toolbar BHO - {A3BC75A2-1F87-4686-AA43-5347D756017C} - C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\Toolbar\IEToolbar.dllO1 - Hosts: ::1 localhostO2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dllO2 - BHO: ContributeBHO Class - {074C1DC5-9320-4A9A-947D-C042949C6216} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\/Adobe Contribute CS4/contributeieplugin.dllO2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dllO2 - BHO: AskBar BHO - {201f27d4-3704-41d6-89c1-aa35e39143ed} - C:\Program Files (x86)\AskBarDis\bar\bin\askBar.dllO2 - BHO: QFX Software KeyScrambler - {2B9F5787-88A5-4945-90E7-C4B18563BC5E} - C:\Program Files (x86)\KeyScrambler\KeyScramblerIE.dllO2 - BHO: AVG Security Toolbar BHO - {A3BC75A2-1F87-4686-AA43-5347D756017C} - C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\Toolbar\IEToolbar.dllO2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files (x86)\google\googletoolbar1.dllO2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dllO2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.1.1309.3572\swg.dllO2 - BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dllO2 - BHO: Google Gears Helper - {E0FEFE40-FBF9-42AE-BA58-794CA7E3FB53} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Gears\Internet Explorer\\gears.dllO2 - BHO: SmartSelect - {F4971EE7-DAA0-4053-9964-665D8EE6A077} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dllO3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files (x86)\google\googletoolbar1.dllO3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dllO3 - Toolbar: Contribute Toolbar - {517BDDE4-E3A7-4570-B21E-2B52B6139FC7} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\/Adobe Contribute CS4/contributeieplugin.dllO3 - Toolbar: Ask Toolbar - {3041d03e-fd4b-44e0-b742-2d9b88305f98} - C:\Program Files (x86)\AskBarDis\bar\bin\askBar.dllO3 - Toolbar: AVG Security Toolbar - {CCC7A320-B3CA-4199-B1A6-9F516DD69829} - C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\Toolbar\IEToolbar.dllO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HDAudDeck] "C:\Program Files (x86)\VIA\VIAudioi\VDeck\VDeck.exe" -rO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdobeCS4ServiceManager] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CS4ServiceManager\CS4ServiceManager.exe" -launchedbyloginO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe_ID0ENQBO] C:\PROGRA~2\COMMON~1\Adobe\ADOBEV~1\Server\bin\VERSIO~2.EXEO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG9_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~2\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [five Media Manager Tray] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exe" /CustomId:fiveO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [kdx] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exe" -allO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottimeO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SUPERAntiSpyware] C:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PeerGuardian] C:\Program Files\PeerGuardian2\pg2.exeO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [kdx] C:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exe -allO4 - 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Extra context menu item: Append Link Target to Existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppendSelLinks.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Append to Existing PDF - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Convert Link Target to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECaptureSelLinks.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Convert to Adobe PDF - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.htmlO8 - Extra context menu item: Translate Page into English - res://C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.htmlO9 - Extra button: (no name) - {09C04DA7-5B76-4EBC-BBEE-B25EAC5965F5} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Gears\Internet Explorer\\gears.dllO9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Gears Settings - {09C04DA7-5B76-4EBC-BBEE-B25EAC5965F5} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Gears\Internet Explorer\\gears.dllO9 - Extra button: (no name) - {5C106A59-CC3C-4caa-81A4-6D909B5ACE23} - C:\Program Files (x86)\KeyScrambler\KeyScramblerIE.dllO9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &KeyScrambler Options - {5C106A59-CC3C-4caa-81A4-6D909B5ACE23} - C:\Program Files (x86)\KeyScrambler\KeyScramblerIE.dllO13 - Gopher Prefix: O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cabO20 - Winlogon Notify: !SASWinLogon - C:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASWINLO.dllO23 - Service: a-squared Free Service (a2free) - Emsi Software GmbH - C:\Program Files (x86)\a-squared Free\a2service.exeO23 - Service: Adobe Version Cue CS4 - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS4\Server\bin\VersionCueCS4.exeO23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeO23 - Service: ASKService - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\AskBarDis\bar\bin\AskService.exeO23 - Service: ASKUpgrade - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\AskBarDis\bar\bin\ASKUpgrade.exeO23 - Service: AVG Free E-mail Scanner (avg9emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgemc.exeO23 - Service: AVG Free WatchDog (avg9wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exeO23 - Service: Avid SDM Service (AvidSDMService) - Avid Technology, Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\AvidSDMService.exeO23 - Service: Avid Startup (AvidStartup) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\AvidStartup.exeO23 - Service: Bonjour Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeO23 - Service: @dfsrres.dll,-101 (DFSR) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\DFSR.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: Digidesign MME Refresh Service (DigiRefresh) - Digidesign, A Division of Avid Technology, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Digidesign\Drivers\MMERefresh.exeO23 - Service: Droppix Service - Droppix - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Droppix\DxService.exeO23 - Service: DeviceVM Meta Data Export Service (DvmMDES) - DeviceVM - C:\ASUS.SYS\config\DVMExportService.exeO23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Acresso Software Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exeO23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service 64 - Acresso Software Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService64.exeO23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c9f8ee134036f) (gupdate1c9f8ee134036f) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeO23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exeO23 - Service: HoudiniLicenseServer - Side Effects Software Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\sesinetd.exeO23 - Service: HoudiniServer - Side Effects Software Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\hserver.exeO23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exeO23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: KService - Kontiki Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KService.exeO23 - Service: Logitech Bluetooth Service (LBTServ) - Logitech, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\Bluetooth\LBTServ.exeO23 - Service: LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service (LightScribeService) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeO23 - Service: DT Utilities PC Backup Pro Backup/Copy Engine (mgService) - DT Utilities, by Data Transfer LLC - C:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgService.exeO23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: ProtexisLicensing - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\PSIService.exeO23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\SLsvc.exe,-101 (slsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: Webroot Spy Sweeper Engine (WebrootSpySweeperService) - Webroot Software, Inc. (www.webroot.com) - C:\Program Files (x86)\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exeO23 - Service: @%Systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbem\WmiApSrv.exe (file missing)O23 - Service: @%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe (file missing)--End of file - 13572 bytes

Preferred Solution: Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

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

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

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

A: Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run. After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection. Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet. Information on A/V control HEREPlease download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:Main MirrorThis version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)Zipped MirrorThis version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.Exit GMER and re-enable all active protection when done.-- If you encounter any problems, try running GMER in Safe Mode.

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Greetings group.
I have a 2 month old hard drive that failed on my desktop PC, taking My Documents with 7 years worth of data. I had just moved the folder to the new drive and hadn't gotten a chance to backup yet.
I'm trying to check Recycle bins on my External hard drives to see if I ever had even a partial Documents folder on one of them..
Problem: All 3 of my external hard drives have multiple recycle bins. All of the recycle bins show the same content as my local C Drive on my laptop. I am attaching 2 screenshots for your review. One shot is of the recycle bins on external drive, the other shot is a screenshot of the recycle bins on my C drive on laptop.
I'm logged in as Administrator because my normal login cannot access any of these recycle bins. And my normal login is in the Admin group. Using Windows Explorer as Administrator, I'm unable to see the Recycle bins. I can see them with my regular login. Very odd.

I'm so desperate for help. Any ideas appreciated.

Thanks for any help.

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I have a Dell XPS laptop which for whatever reason decided one day not to boot. I took the opportunity to do a backup and full restore using Dell DataSafe (?) which crashed and got stuck at 29%. On attempting to restart my computer I receive an error message from SMART that my hard drive is about to fail, and despite me furiously tapping f8 to enter safe mode the error screen always overrides the safe boot menu (which I sometimes see for half a second but never long enough to do anything about it).

The backup I did using DataSafe prior to my first system restore is on a partition went to a partition on my C:\ drive so I'm loathed to switch out the HDD completely at this point.

I just want to boot in safe mode so that I can move my backup to my external HDD but I can see absolutely no way to do so. I have tried using bcdedit in the command prompt but I get the exact same thing when restarting the computer, just this time in safe mode - still no option to attempt to boot. I have no SMART options in BIOS so apparently I'm stuck with the error message!

I'm sure there are plenty of specifics I've missed out that I can provide if anybody has any ideas, just a case of jogging my memory! I've spent all day trying to work this out and it is beginning to drive me insane.

Thanks for your time (and hopefully help).


A:Help! Problem with system restore and SMART Hard Drive detection

It is a fake virus and I have it too! Fortunately I have my trusty iPad!
Anyway, do a google search on SMART HDD and you will see what I am talking about.
I ended up having to buy PC Tools ($40 Australian) to get rid of the virus though I am not 100% sure if it is completely gone.
I have hopefully pasted in the link I am referring to.
For my particular issue I think I am going to have to reload the OS. At present I am backing up to DVDs because any USBs or external HDD is not recognised.
The good news is that once you follow the instructions and unhide your data should still be there. Good luck.

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Hard Drive Installation Problem

I am trying to move a hard drive that was installed on an AMD processor
system to a computer with a Pentium 4 motherboard. The drive has Windows XP installed. What do I need to do to get this to work. Ultimately I want to install a new hard drive and move the files over from the old one that was installed in the AMD system.

A:Hard Drive Problem - Moving hard drive from AMD system to Pentium system

Should be a simple move

There is nothing uniquely different about a computer with an AMD vs Intel processor. The hard drive, which I assume is your only drive, is not a processor dependent peripheral. Bringing up a new motherboard, however, will trigger plug and play reinstalls for most of your peripherals--sound "card", video card, modem, e.t.c.

When you install a "new" hard drive you will need devise a cut over procedure. Usually, what I do is as follows:

- Install the new drive as a slave drive, keeping the old drive (i.e. C: ) as the master. The new drive will have no partitions and will not be formatted. Jumpers will have to be set on each drive to accomplish this.

- Using Partition Magic, or a similar utility, copy the primary partition from C: to the new drive which will now assigned drive letter D.

- If you have other drive letters in use, and you intend to retire the old drive, copy each letter to the extended partition on the new drive. If you intend to keep you old drive as a slave drive you can leave the additional drive letters alone.

- After all of the copying is done you must now reverse the master/slave jumpers on each drive. Your new drive will be drive C, your old drives primary partition will become drive D.

Until everything seems to be working OK for a week or two I usually "hide" my old primary partition, which is now drive D. You can then either delete and reformat the old pr... Read more

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I've seen some threads for a similar problem, but mine has a slight twist to it. I have a hard drive connected through a USB enclosure that worked perfectly for over a year. I just replaced the enclosure (same make/model) and the files deleted from that drive no longer show up in the Recycle Bin. No matter how many files I delete, the Recycle Bin reads 0 items taking up 0 bytes. I checked my Recycle Bin options and the drive is registering correctly, so I don't think there are any detection issues. The box to remove files permanently when deleted is UNCHECKED for all drives and I've tried rebooting a couple times. My other drives are sending things to the recycle bin as they should, and this one is also working fine except for this one thing.

Quick notes about my system: Windows XP Pro, SP2. The drive in question is FAT32.

Appreciate your suggestions...

A:Hard Drive --> Recycle Bin Problem

Just a shot in the dark here, but have you tried unplugging the USB drive - then going into Device Manager and uninstalling any hidden devices related to this drive (usually in the Storage Volumes category). This is where Windows "remembers" your drive from the last time that you plugged it in.

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microsoft windows 7 home basic, 64 bit...i have explained each and everything in detail what i did after facing the problem... sorry if i have elaborated it too much...please check belowwhen i first met with this problem, the first thing i did was went to folder options, clicked show hidden files,folders and drives also clicked show protected operating system files...i saw this $RECYCLE.BIN folder and system volume information everywere in C,D,F drive and EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE (320gb)...(1) especially in my EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE which has $RECYCLE.BIN folder, i opened it, it had - a recycle bin folder with a lock - S-1-5-21-566146807-459689816-3130632603-1000 folder - S-1-5-21-695743439-2845992669-431325320-1001 folder - S-1-5-21-755617662-3353771602-1062257434-1000 folder - S-1-5-21-797640045-2461420396-3694299848-1000 folder - S-1-5-21-2551219980-1859055015-87672157-1000 folder - S-1-5-21-3106398197-1369648863-2263781077-1000 folder whenever i tried to open this " S-1-5........." folder i get a box which says " G:\$RECYCLE.BIN\S-1-5....... is not accessible ". access is denied.(2)whenever i try to open some songs, movies folders in my external hard drive the whole drive gets stuck and on the top it says "not responding"...then iam ableto see only the background picture and iam able to do nothing ..so i shut it down and on again...(3) but in my laptop in the c,d,f drives the $RECYCLE.BIN folder... Read more

A:$RECYCLE.BIN problem, External hard drive gets stuck and not responding...

Recycle Bin...should be a folder reflected for each partition.Recycler should be a folder reflected on each partition/drive when using Explorer view in Windows.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/171694Both of these are perfectly normal system files and should not be tampered with. Do not try to manually delete them or delete the contents.If you think that your Recycle Bin is damaged...simply turn off the Recycle Bin on the desktop to remove the contents of the folders reflected on each partition. You can turn it back on the reverse way of turning it off.http://delltech.150m.com/XP/exploring/12.htmLouis

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

A:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

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Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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I have discovered that my external hard drive is showing "unknown file system" hence why it will not show anywhere on the computer for instance under disk management or my computer, is there any way to get around this? like can a file system be recovered?

A:Unknown file system on external hard drive

Is this the same Iomega drive you had problems with before?and did you follow the advice of reformatting it on a different machine before trying to use it again?

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Over the holidays I purchased and installed a new Seagate 120GB hard drive on my system. I used the Disc Magic application that came with the drive and set up my hard drive to be the new bootable and only hard drive in the system.

Everything ran smooth and I was happy. Last night I tried to install new drivers for my sound card, things got real ugly after that. I figured I would just use system restore and revert my system to before the installation. I keep getting the system restore crashed and got the send error message to MS.

No big deal I put the old drive back in re-set up the new drive got everything working again with the old drive. I then went through the process of setting up the new hard drive again. I am now at the point where everything works except system restore. I canít even start the application from the control panel.

Any Ideas?

Thank you

A:New Hard drive and System Restore

Ok I figured that there wasn't enough information for anyone to help me so here is the exact message I get when I try to click on the system restore tab in the control pannel

an exception occurred while trying to run "c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll,control_rundll "c:\windows\system32\sysdm.cpl",system"

dose anyone have an idea of what i can do please

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I have an HP Pavillion a1473w that I installed a new WD 320 drive in a few weeks ago.
This a second internal drive just for data. Been working fine until tonight when it just vanished.
It shows up in bios but not in explorer (My Computer) or in Device Manager.
When installed I initialized it as 1 partition and formatted it. Worked fine.
I don't care about the data, just want my drive back.
What shows in bios:
Samsung SP2004C

Doesn't show in drive management either.
Tried new data cable (SATA) and reseated power cables. Even removed one of the DVD drives thinking it might be a power problem.
Also the computer takes about twice as long to boot.
Don't have another computer to try it in (my Mac is IDE).
Using Vista Home Premium. All updates.
Any ideas?

A:hard drive vanished

Have any unknown devices appeared in device manager?

Considering all that you have tried, the drive itself may actually be dead or dying.

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Hello, Another fun issue. I get a delayed right error on my E drive my storeage drive.. ive never even had 1 problem with this sata drive... then about 10 minutes later my system locked up the E drive was empty so it was due to something else I assume as there wasnt a single file in storeage. I had just formated it 4 days ago and hadn't put anything back.

And so I get the $mft delayed write. 5 minutes later a slow lock up.. I can move the mouse but the CPU is at 100% and slower then anything.. I can't even restart I have to do a button restart. and it doesnt boot. so I shut it down and reboot again. it boots fine.. the E drive is there.. then I get the "jingle" and gone... rebooted.. gone. I have no other systems to check this on.. and the drive is powered and running.

Any tips?

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How did you format it?

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Hi all,
I wonder if anyone can help/advise me with this hard disk problem.
My os is winXp pro and my current [c:] drive is an 80Gb maxtor which is working fine.
The problem is with my 120Gb seagate 2nd disk drive which I sometimes disconnect from this system and reconnect with another, which I think might be the cause of the problem, because after 2 problem free years of doing this, both computers now tell me that the disk is not formatted!!. I downloaded the seagate diagnostic prog and it told me that, phisically the drive was working fine but it gave me this report:-

SeaTools Desktop v3.02.03
Copyright (c) 2005 Kroll Ontrack Inc.

7/8/2005 @ 6:18 PM

Drive Information:
--------- ---------------------
120 GB ST3120022A

Serial Number = 5JT0YD66
Int13 Num = 81, PHYS CHS = 16383x16x63.
ParmTable CHS, Rsvd = 14593x255x63

---------- ------------ ----
# Type Start End MB
1 FAT32 0 14592 120039

Diagnostic Results:

File Structure Test Result:

Partition 1 (FAT 32 (120 GB) No Name) Result: Invalid BPB

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A:2nd Hard Drive Vanished!!

BartPE or WinPE might work.

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I just bought a 1.5 TB WD Essential My Book hard drive and it worked just fine.

Then, the other day, I am transferring some files onto it and when I return to check on them it says that there was some error and now every time I plug in my hard drive, it says that the total space on it is 0.0KB.

What happened and how can I fix this?

A:My Hard Drive just vanished...

It might help to know the specs of your system hardware and the OS.

I'm running Windows 7, 32-bit and I experienced the exact thing with a new Seagate 2TB drive last week that had been installed less than a month. It was listed in drive management as RAW. Since I had a full backup, I simply repartitioned, reformatted and copied all the files from the backup.

I know that isn't much help if you haven't backed up all your files; but, I just wanted to chime in to encourage others who may have experienced the same phenomenon. Since I had a full backup I didn't try a partition recovery program. It sounds like your OS or hard disk lost the partition table for that drive or maybe it is corrupt. You might try a partition recovery program like Advanced Partition Recovery. There are others, some freeware. Just Google up: "partition recovery" freeware

Data you have only one copy of is data you don't intend to keep. There are only two hard disk conditions:
will fail
Statistics of hard disk failure show that how new or old the drive is has little to no bearing on the point at which it fails. Some fail before they leave the factory, some after a few days, a few weeks, months or years.

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I mean... it's in the computer, and it shows up in my (Vista) device manager... but it won't mount (it's not my boot drive, but a secondary internal storage). When I go to storage management, it shows up on the list of drives, but doesn't list any partitions save some small 30 meg partition that appears to be the MBR (also listed as a Dynamic drive, for what it's worth).

I would like this drive back, or atleast try to get some files off of it (it had some schoolwork on it), but I have no idea how to fiddle with it. I already fiddled with the SATA wires in the case to no avail. I have NO clue where to go from here.
... help?

A:My hard drive vanished

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After 3 years for performing great my other Dell will now not boot as the "set-up" shows, "unknown device" for my hard drive. How do I try to fix that? Disconect ribbon cables and re-install them? I'm sorta at a loss. Any ideas?

A:system setup-shows unknown device for hard drive

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I will soon perform a system restore for my laptop. I'm working with Vista and a 150gb hard disk.

Currently there are 2 partitions in it (plus a restore partition, but I'm not counting it as a usable one). I'm not quite satisfied with this setup. I'm trying to segregate my system files to protect me from future infections and failures. So, we are looking at a preferred 3 partitions as a result [C, D, E], one for system, one for user stuff, and one for miscellaneous stuff.

A few questions emerge with this plan:
- How much space should my system drive contain? (With Vista, whatever other system files there are, and a possible 5gb of program files)
- How can I successfully move the Users to another partition? And make sure my computer isn't confused at the movement of the folder.

*I'm familiar with partitioning and restoring. I have proper software for partitioning. And I plan to format the second [current] partition to start fresh, of course, after I move my data.

A:Solved: Hard Drive/ System Restore

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hi folks,if i leave the external hardrive plugged in and i do a system restore, would it also restore the external hardrive to a previous date , i did a clone image with acronis true image and i'm sorry i did, thanks for any help you can give...patch41

A:Will system restore external hard drive

when you made your restore point if you included your external drive you can. If you didn't include the external drive when you set the restore point then the external drive will be visible but no restore point will be available for it.

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Ive sent my computer to some guy to fix it because it wouldnt turn on. After he gave it back there was windows 7 installed on it. Later i could not boot up my computer and f8 would not work. I figured out that the windows 7 that was installed was pirated. So i want to remove the pirated windows 7 but cant get computer to boot or return to factory settings. So should i buy a new hard drive? I have a compaq sr2150nx. And if i should what type of hard drive should i get? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Should i get a new hard drive? System restore not working!

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Hi All,
My hard drive recently died but before that I made a System Image on my Iomega external hard drive. (Windows 7)

I have just had a new hard drive installed with Windows 7. I located the System Image backup on my external hard drive but can't find a way to install it. On the hard drive there is no way apparent to start the recovery.

I tried Control Panel/Recovery/ Advanced etc but all that comes up is LizPC (which was an extra backup for my Docs and Pics) It does not list the System Image which has my Keepass Password Manager on (hopefully)
which I need to set up my Windows Live Email account.

If anyone can help I would be enormously grateful as I am completely lost and have no passwords.

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I've just spent a day taking System Image backup images of three different hard drives. Well ok I didn't just sit and watch the bar move across the screen although it did hold up my computer. Anyway, what a waste of a day from my PC because
when I try to restore using System Image backup from my USB drive, the USB drive cannot be found. I have followed the procedure on page 750 of Configuring Windows 7, 70-680 precisely.  I tried booting from an OS DVD and a Windows Repair
DVD, but no USB drive.  I tried using a blank usb stick and that can't be found either. The USB drive can be seen when I logon to Windows to get the images on it. Might this be more to do with hardware such as adjusting BIOS boot settings,
or updating BIOS firmware. There seems to be others with unresolved problems like this. Should I join them and buy Acronis instead?

A:System Image Restore can't see USB hard drive


Could you please check the following newsgroup posts for your answer. The posts lists different scenarios that might work for you.




Best Regards,
Kim Zhou

Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

Thanks for sending me these links and I will check them out. I think I came across most of the answer on the following link although doubts are raised: 

Basically, I should have had three files on the external drive as follows:
a.      A file named: MediaID.bin

b.      A file that has the same named as your computer name (this is where the .zip files are located).

c.      The 'System Image' folder named 'WindowsImageBackup'.
By moving my backups into a folder out of the way and... Read more

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Hey gang, got a quick question.

In another thread, some very kind folks here are helping me to try and remove some really pesky spyware/virus type of thing, something that won't go away no matter what I do.

I'm hoping I can get it off my machine soon, but if I can't, I'm prepared to do a system recovery of some sort. Either by creating recovery discs, or using Compaq's system restore software that's supposed to let you go back to a certain point, in my case, to a point before I got whatever it is on my machine.

In any case, my question is, if I do this, what are the chances that it'll mess up my 2nd hard drive? I installed it myself and there's nothing on there but files (music, text, etc). There's no windows files on there, nothing essential to running the computer, just data. However, I'd hate to lose that data when I try the system restore. I'm worried the drive will somehow get formatted, or even worse, that it'll just end up dead and useless, etc.

Do you think I should remove the drive before attempting a system restore? And if so, if the system comes back to life and doesn't recognize the drive when I put it back in, will that mean I'll have to format it anyhow?

As you can tell from reading this- I'm pretty much a novice about this sort of thing. And as I say, I'm really hoping to NOT need to do a system restore. However, it's becoming more and more apparant that I may need to do ... Read more

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I have just installed a second hard drive which I only use for backup purposes.

Do I need to have System Restore monitoring this drive or not ?

A:System Restore Monitoring Second Hard Drive?

I would turn off system restore if it's just used for data or backups. Only reason to have System Restore enabled is if you have programs or system files installed that actually run from that drive.


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I have been reading articles online that indicate if the target hard drive size is smaller than the source hard drive you cannot perform a restore. I believe I did a restore on my computer running 8.1 pro 64bit where I went from 1 tb to a 250 gb ssd.

So on my other computer being on Windows 7 64bit. I have a restore on an external HD and the size of the drive as the source was 1tb and the target is 500gb. It comes back to inform me the target ssd size is too small.

Any suggestions to make the restore onto the new ssd?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

A:Restore system image to new hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by David from Az

I have been reading articles online that indicate if the target hard drive size is smaller than the source hard drive you cannot perform a restore.

This is true for Windows inbuilt imaging. I suggest you try (free) Macrium Reflect or pay a small amount and buy Paragon Migrate. Paragon is a simple turnkey approach. Macrium requires a little more effort:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
I think with Macrium 5 the "drag & drop" transfer takes care of the smaller destination partition and the alignment.

If you can't make a new image and "must" use an old Windows image then you can try to attach/mount the old image vhd then use Macrium. This tutorial describes the basic process.
System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image

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Hello,My computer has become relatively unresponsive once I log in. If any programs run they are extremely slow (chrome, photoshop, or steam). As far as I know the majority of the issues manifested when I updated my laptop first to 8.1 and then when attempting to update to windows 10 (which failed). I have since backed up my computer onto an external hard drive.I have tried:A system refresh  (fails) A system restore (fails - windows could not complete this action)Rebooting the computer from a Thumb drive ( a fresh version of Win 8 64bit)From safe mode -Failed From the BIOS (changing the boot order to switch to the thumb drive) This worked but then asked for the windows 8.1 Product Key which I do not have because the computer was purchased with Windows 8.1. I am working on finding the windows key now but I no longer think that the OS is the main issue.  A System Extensive Test -FailedThe Hard Drive Short Disk DST check FailedThe Failure ID: 634384-7GC8G1-MFPV6K-60V503Product ID:J9N57UA #ABA Thank you for your time and Happy New Year!

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A:System restore and hard drive prob


Have you made sure all of your drivers are up to date...

Do you have malwarebytes installed on you system if not I would recommend that you download it and run a full scan here is a link for you to use. Download the free version. Malwarebytes....

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Hi everyone. (first post)
I have a second SATA hard drive which has vanished from Explorer/My Computer.
Incidentally so has my other IDE hard drive.
They show up in the BIOS & Disk Management.
Both these hard drives were working and had data written to them.
This second SATA drive is exactly the same model as my Primary C drive.
I have done the usual proceedure of checking plugs, replugging, rebooting etc.
In the Disk Management window the Second drive shows up as simple|basic|raw whereas the Primary drive is simple|basic|NTFS.
I'm sure i formatted this as NTFS months ago.
I did 'initialise' the drive after right-clicking indicated that the drive was uninitialised.
The IDE drive is currently showing as 'unallocated'.
Right clicking gives mo one option - 'New Simple Volume'
I don't know what to do as i don't want to lose the data on these drives.

Anyone have any ideas.


Vista HomePremium 32bit
WD 300Gb drives x 2 - SATA
Seagate 60Gb drive - IDE

A:2nd hard drive 'vanished' from explorer.

Hi, Chuk, and welcome to the forums.

Unfortunately, it sounds like you've already hosed one of the drives, for if disk management is reporting a drive as "raw" that means it is saying that their is no partition information on it. Your best bet is to *immediately* disconnect both drives, then go on the lookout for software that can recover deleted *partitions* - there are plenty that can undelete files, but you need one for the partition.

I'd also try the drives in another machine to see if they are really hosed first or not - it may be that Windows has lost its mind....

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Hey there. Im new to all this, I wouldnt have a clue what my computer is only how to turn it off, turn it on, download movies, music and pictures.

I installed and formatted the 2nd Hard Drive myself and all was well for nearly going on 2yrs now.

Yesterday I shut the PC down like any normal day, later on my wife turned it on and tried to watch a movie and it said that "the foldar has been moved, renamed or deleted". I was out so she waited till I got home before she told me what had happened.

First thing I noticed was my background pic was gone, so I went to "my computer" to check the other (2nd Hard Drive) drive and BOOM!! It was gone.

My main drive running vista was flawless, nothing wrong, nothing gone. But my 2nd drive which housed all my personal files (Music, Pictures, Documents.etc.) had vanished without a trace!! I googled around, was told Command prompt options of accessing my drive and "nothing". Wasnt in "disk management" where I first formatted it. Even the "Bios" couldnt locate it. Checked the drive and its humming, no clanking noises or anything, there wasnt no warning signs that anything was wrong before or after it was turned off. My computer aint even detecting a "Unknown device connected to this computer".

Someone please help, as far as the hard drive goes I dont care about it, but if anyone can show me a link to recovering my data (mostly the photos of my only child and my wedding ... Read more

A:2nd Hard drive vanished without a trace

Originally Posted by Duecem

Hey there. Im new to all this, I wouldnt have a clue what my computer is only how to turn it off, turn it on, download movies, music and pictures.

I installed and formatted the 2nd Hard Drive myself and all was well for nearly going on 2yrs now.

Yesterday I shut the PC down like any normal day, later on my wife turned it on and tried to watch a movie and it said that "the foldar has been moved, renamed or deleted". I was out so she waited till I got home before she told me what had happened.

First thing I noticed was my background pic was gone, so I went to "my computer" to check the other (2nd Hard Drive) drive and BOOM!! It was gone.

My main drive running vista was flawless, nothing wrong, nothing gone. But my 2nd drive which housed all my personal files (Music, Pictures, Documents.etc.) had vanished without a trace!! I googled around, was told Command prompt options of accessing my drive and "nothing". Wasnt in "disk management" where I first formatted it. Even the "Bios" couldnt locate it. Checked the drive and its humming, no clanking noises or anything, there wasnt no warning signs that anything was wrong before or after it was turned off. My computer aint even detecting a "Unknown device connected to this computer".

Someone please help, as far as the hard drive goes I dont care about it, but if anyone can show me a link to recovering my data (most... Read more

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yesterday i came with previously unknown problem.
Small synopsis:
After starting my pc i noticed what 99% of data in my hard disk has vanished. it used to be only a 1GB free space there and now it shows 38,8 out of 39 GB. I tried system restore in normal and safe mode. I did not help.

Thorough description of situation:

PC runs on Windows Xp SP2. It has 2 hard drives where the biggest one is paritioned into three drives: one for Windows installation, second was used for installation files of other programs (I kept Program Files folder there) and the alst one was dedicated for data storage. So the problem occured with the second drive. and as a result i do not have most of my programs running.
i checked control panel - and it shows that these applications are still there - they are nor uninstalled but going back to the hard disk in question i see only five sub-folders in my Program Files. Registry entries are also in place. It seems that only program files disappeared.

Major modifications done to the machine in the last two days include removing FIFA 2008 DEMO and Steam and installing new MSN Smilies [].

I would appreciate any help in pointing out the exact cause of the problem and how to fix it.

Thnx in advance

Merry Christmas

A:vanished data from hard drive

Run chkdsk /r on that drive. See if any bad clusters are mentioned.

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Dear Anyone.(!)

When I start my PC, it comes up 2.4 Gigabyte in 1676 Hidden Files. That's a LOT of space and I want to wipe as much as I can to free it back up.

Thing is, I can't find the files!

I've changed the file options to Show Hidden Files, but there just is not 2.4 gigabytes of hidden files being displayed. And the ones that are being shown look entirely innocuous and fairly small.

I've run a registry cleaner program, and one that says it cleans unneeded files, but there's still this mysterious 2.4 gig 'black hole'.

Also, and I'm mentioning this because I don't know if it has any relevance or not, I can no longer run RegEdit. I go to 'Run', bype in RegEdit - which I'm pretty good at using - and get a brief - less than 0.5 seconds - window that looks as if it might have been a DOS window given half a chance, then straight back to WINDOWS with no RegEdit appearing.

Again I'm just mentioning this incase it has relevance, but WordPad has vanished, too! NotePad's still there but the bigger brother's gone. Done a little-doggy search, it can't be found

Any ideas on how I can see what's eating up all that space? If you know the names of any good, free or cheap, file cleaning software that could show the files before wiping them - some might be useful - please tell me! I know you get SuperHidden files as well as ordinary hidden ones, but that many of 'em!?! And how do I get to... Read more

A:2gig of Hard Drive Vanished!!

Welcome to TSG....

Let's see if there is any infections around..

To download HJTsetup.exe from Major Geeks To Download HijackThis go to the following at the File Repository
Click on the link for = HijackThis Self Installer:


Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply. DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
A security expert with a gold shield to the right of their name should take a look at your log - please be patient.

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A week ago I had same problem 130 gig of hard drive memory and
was vanishing throughout the day.
it got down to 15 gig then I dont know what i did but it came back
Now yesterday same problem memory is vanishing and I went from 130 gig to 24 gig. How do I fix this

A:Hard drive memory vanished

This should help point you to the culprit in pretty short order.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

My first guess is virtual memory is shooting out of control for some reason.
...it would more than likely be the result of a bad app running.

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.


A:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.


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I used System Restore yesterday due to Internet Explorer crashing which was linked to a codec problem. I have had this problem before and have used System Restore previously without any problems. I had installed some codecs which were causing the problem but as I could not recall when I loaded them I used an old date (1st October) for my restore point. This solved the problem with internet explorer but I noticed that I had lost approx 12 Gbs from my hard drive. I went back to System Restore to "undo" my last restoration expecting my lost 12 Gbs to be restored but only to find that I have lost a further 12 Gbs from my hard drive and consequently I now only have just over 12Gbs left on my hard drive ????? Can anybody tell me what happend to my 24 Gbs and how do I get it back ?

A:System Restore Lost memory on Hard Drive

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I am a computer novice and I accidentally did a complete system restore to my computer two weeks ago. The machine works fine, but it shows that my c drive still has about 45 gigs on it, which is what I had before. I cannot access the files, the folder in Music and Pictures are empty, but I get warnings about my hard drive being full, and I cannot put anything else on the computer. Does any one know if it is possible to either: recover the data that was on the hard drive, or stop the hard drive from being full.

Thanks a lot,

A:Hard Drive Still Full After Complete System Restore

Please clarify. When you said you did a "complete system restore," do you mean you formatted the hard drive of the computer or do you mean you moved it back to an earlier "system restore" point?

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I had no choice but to do system restore and found it consumed a lot of Hard drive space on computer.

I wonder if there is any safe method to get back consumed space by system restore?
Or can we Undo system restore to get back consumed space safely?

Any help (if possible with images) will be appreciated.

Thank you

A:System restore consumed much Hard drive space

Originally Posted by Ari94

I had no choice but to do system restore and found it consumed a lot of Hard drive space on computer.

I wonder if there is any safe method to get back consumed space by system restore?
Or can we Undo system restore to get back consumed space safely?

Any help (if possible with images) will be appreciated.

Thank you

Hi Ari, welcome to VF, i see we are having a problem with System resote consuming hard drive space.

luckily you can set the allocation to system restore and other advanced settings, just right click computer either from the start menu or desktop, click on properties, on the left of that window there is an option for system protection, click on that, now you'll get a window that looks like this:

now look for your system hard drive and click on configure, this will allow you to set how much space is allocated to system restore.

I have 1TB hard drive as my default HDD, it allocates 1% which is 10GB which is quite a lot but you can also set the level of restoring that happens from that screen as well

hope this helps


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Hi I am running a new latitude e6510 64-bit and I am trying to create system image to a new hard drive I purchased when I bought the new computer for back up. The new drive is WD Blue Scorpio. I loaded win7 pro on the new drive and did create system image. When I tried to restore system image it says restore failed. I called WD and they said I had to remove win 7 pro and only do a format then create system image. I tried that and now it will do the system image but when I load it in to my computer it can not find (bootmgr is missing) and I have to shut down.
I am doing the system image through my USB port onto my new hard drive.
I have done this before with no problems, now I have been trying for over a week and it still won’t work. Can you tell me where I can find information on creating a system Image and Restore on a New hard drive?

A:create system image and restore New hard drive

Can you clarify
1) You have a PC with Windows 7 Pro installed?
2) You bought a new HDD as a "cold" standby / backup drive in case the normal drive fails?
3) You don't plan to have both HDDs installed together?
4) What is the size of existing and new HDDs?

5) What's the partition structure of your existing HDD
Partition descriptions, Sizes
screen shot from disk management would help but don't worry at this stage if you don't know how to do it.

Suggest you delete your personal email address from the post. Communicate through the forum.

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I used the system restore on my computer, but since I didn't have any restore points it went back to its original state.
Afterward I noticed that my hard drive lost a whole bunch of space. Is there a way to recover that space?

A:Lost space on hard drive after system restore

I never use Restore, however, I would imagine the lost space is the original system backed up.

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I have 640GB WD hard disk and i created system image of Drive C and system reserved drive. Backup successfully completed and afterward i disconnected my 640GB HDD and connect new one which is 320GB and now i want to restore my system image to 320GB WD HDD. I tried it but it gave me error saying "element not found". Please tell me how can i restore system image that was created from 640GB HDD to 320GB HDD?


A:Restore Windows 7 System Image to another hard drive!!!

What drive did you create the backup image on? Do you have the win7 install DVD ?

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When turning on the computer I get a message that no hard drive is found. I was able to do a system restore to the default settings and then the computer works fine.
Then I start getting a blue screen that says internal kernal error or something like that and I start getting the original no hard drive is found message when turning on the computer.
I'm not sure if this means I need a new hard drive or motherboard or both. I need help diagnosing this problem.
I have a Dell Inspiron E-1505 running on SP XP 3.

Thank you!!

A:Hard Drive only found when Default System Restore Done


no hard drive is found

You're HDD is failing. If you can access the HDD backup your files immediately to an external USB HDD. Then replace the HDD and reinstall Windows.

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When attempting backup operations, I receive the following error message:

The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation. (0x8004230F)

I ran sfc /scannow, with the following message:

Found corrupt files but could not repair them.

Looking through the CBS.log, the file "settings.ini" is identified as not being repaired, and there seems to have been a lot of other activity in the scan.

How do I make repairs?

A:Unable to do system or hard drive backup/restore

Hello, MildBill.

What antivirus (if any) do you have installed on your machine? I have run into problems with using System Restore with a couple of programs. They seemed to lock the necessary files.

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I have quite a problem here. I have an HP A6200N (French) computer, which is only about 10 months old. I caught a virus two days ago and as nothing could be done, I used the master CDs that were given to me with the computer that were supposed to restore everything back to factory settings...

But there's a bit of a problem. The restore itself did work and reinstalled Windows Vista... but there's a serious HDD issue. I have 2 HDDs in my computer. I have a 160GB Western Digital (WDC WD16 00JD-22HBB0) that was added in from my previous computer and a 360GB Seagate Barracuda (ST336032) that was this computer's main hard drive. Thing is, before I did the restore, I had 4 partitions:

C: was my main partition (329GB), D: was my Documents partition (19.5GB), E: was the factory image drive (not sure how big it was) and F: is the other hard drive (129GB).

After the restore, this is what I have...

C: is now 48.8GB, D: is still 19.5GB, E: is 9.76GB and F: is still 129GB.

Where has all my hard drive space gone? All I did was slip the master CD in and chose "restore to factory settings" and the rest was pretty much done by itself. When I finally got back into Vista, when I checked into My Computer, I got the shock of finding out my C: shrunk from 329GB to 48.8GB!

I can definitely hold my own in multimedia apps but I'm honestly not much tech-savvy at all when it comes to hardware and systems properties. Could anyone point out what the... Read more

A:Missing hard drive space after system restore?

Take a look at your disks using the Disk Management console.

Could well be the missing space is now unallocated space on the drives.

Click here

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I just installed Windows 8.1 on my system (from Windows 8) and had to restore to an earlier time (to one from earlier today). The issue is that my solid state hard drive was reduced by about 20 Gigs! I even deleted the other restore points and rebooted, but my hard drive has about 136 gigs of space. Before the restore, it was 156.

Does windows restore really eat up this much hard drive space? Is there a way to get it back?

A:System Restore Took 20 Gigs of Hard Drive Space

Hi there and welcome to eightforums,I dont think a restoration would "cost" you 20 Gigs,was there a big game installed while you made that restore point?You could always install TreeSize and see where all of your disk consumption goes.

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I used windows backup to create a backup of my system on an external seagate harddrive. It created an big backup of about 11GB. Now when I try to restore my system using windows backup and restore, it shows the following message "windows could not find a backup for this computer". On selecting "select another backup to restore files from", it is not able to find the backup on the external harddrive. There is no option to browse for the backup except from a network location. So, how do I use the backup?

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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I have a HP 6000dv with an 80 gb HD. I am running Win XP media center. I purchased this in 07. I recnely had to perform a system recovery as advised or prompted. I used the disc that came with the machine. Prior to performing System Recovery, my Hard Drive had approximately 60% of free space. Now it has 12% and I have removed the games and nothing more. I have not installed any new programs. Why is it that I have less disc space? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. tj

A:Solved: Hard Drive near Capacity upon System Restore

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Hi. I have 2 1.5 TB internal hard drives for a Windows 7, 64 bit Pro system.

My second hard drive keeps getting filled up by huge (200-400 GB) files that are apparently generated by System Restore and System Image.

I'd like to keep the System Restore functionality, but is there a way to limit the size of this to something reasonable? (say less than 50 GB)

Currently have a 400 GB System Image file with .vhd extension. Is it safe to simply delete that? And can I limit the size of these files as well or simply prevent them from being generated?


A:System restore and image filling hard drive

You can reduce disk space taken up by system restore and also clean up old points.

Make System Restore Use Less Drive Space in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

As for the backup image, just delete the folder WindowsImageBackup, it will deletes all existing images. Next time you create an image, it'll be recreated. You can also save images externally.

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I've installed Vista Sp1 on 3 computers, and I noticed on all 3 of them, they've lost 15-30 GB of hard-drive space in just a week !

I discovered after doing a disk clean-up, deleting the system restore files freed up all the space on my hard drives back to normal.

Anyone else notice this ?
Something to keep an eye on....

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