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Q: operating system on both drives

does the motherboard keeps any data of the hdd i use , suppose i have windows 10 installed on one hdd and then i unplugged it and used another drive which had win 7 on it. will there be any trouble ? can i switch witout losing my data or settings?

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A: operating system on both drives

I have removable drive trays on my computers, I swap between hdds with win & ubuntu. Occaisionally, ubuntu messes up the time setting in bios, put in win hdd & now its 8 hours slow for whatever reason. Thats the only issue I ever had, a slight annoyance, , , , ,

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My pc have 2 hard drives with operating system xp each one. I installed one as master and the other as slave. I want run the pc with the 2 hard drives and operating system on each one. When i run my pc it runs well but when i want to open the slave hard drive I cant open it because a message say the i have to format the drive. ***How I run my pc with the 2 hard drives with operating system xp on each one?****

A:Help How to Run 2 Hard Drives with operating system on each

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I changed my disk drive letters on one of my operating system but i think that i made a mistake. because cannot start up again, as it freezes when the welcome sign shows up, (except this time it doesnt show the welcome sign it shows the windows xp sign. I have two windows xp operating systems and I'm now on other operating system but i was wandering if i can change it on this system. Any help?

A:Changing disk drives on a different operating system?

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I have bought a IBM Thinkpad 560Z laptop with no operating system or internal drives. I want to load XP onto it. I have bought an IBM external CD ROM drive - USB 2.0 with optional split PS2 connectors.

I have tried connecting it from the cd drives USB to the PS2 on the laptop, it lights up and I can put the bootable XP CD in the drive. However the same startup screen always comes up on the laptop.

It is a picture of a floppy disk, with all the F keys along the bottom, the picture of F1 pressed down, and pressing between F1 and F8 just stays in a black screen, and gives "I9990302 I9990302 I9990305" if that means anything. You can't go any further.

Is this because there is no driver for the drive? The USB driver is on a floppy disk, but does it need this going from USB on the drive to the laptops PS2? Do I need to get an external floppy drive and install it/another driver, to then install XP?

What's the easest way to get XP on this machine?

A:How to load operating system with not internal drives

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I have searched all over the internet, but I still haven't figure this out.
I'm having a laptop, with Windows 7 Pro 32bits installed, and I would like to install a second hard disk in the place of the DVD-RW (I will buy an extension slot, it exists). The second hard drive already have Windows7 Pro 64bits, with everything installed for the computer, but at the moment I am changing them each time I need to boot the other and is very annoying.

I would need to know, how could I set the hard disks that, when I will chose from BIOS to Boot from Hard Disk HDD0, to boot from it with no issues, and to have the other hard disk (HDD1 maybe), deactivated, and not available in Windows.
And when I need HDD1, to set from BIOS to boot from it, and also, to have in the second windows, the HDD0 unavailable.

Also, it is not possible to change anything on HDD0, neither its location. I can do whatever I want with the HDD1.

I need this complicated thing because I use one of the hard disks for work, one for home, and I would like to don't mix things up. And it is very difficult to get around with to laptops.
Both HDDs have 2 partitons.

Thank you in advance!

A:2 Hard Drives, 2 Operating system, Separate boot

No answer?
Is it impossible to make it work somehow?

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I am running Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 4). I currently have a 4-gig SCSI hard drive divided into three partitions. Partition 1 (2 gigs) is my C drive and contains all of my software. Partition 2 (2 gigs) is known as D and is used as “MY DOCUMENTS” drive. Partition 3 (47 MB) is named my E drive and is used as a “RECYCLE” bin. These drives are in FAT format.

I have purchased and installed a new 18-gig SCSI hard drive with a logical name of G. This drive is in NTSF format. I thought that what I wanted to do was to copy my C drive to G into a folder called Old C Drive and copy my “MY DOCUMENTS” from D to the root of G. I do not need drive E and it is empty.

At that time I could reformat my 4-gig drive (C, D, and E) into a single partition as my C drive. This would give me two physicals drives each with a single partition: C and G. I would then have to reinstall my software to drive C.

I have sought advice from some people that know more than me. Some agreed with my plan and others suggested creating more than one partition per hard disk. However, when I asked why, and what are the tradeoffs, no one could answer why they choose their method.

Now I am turning to the true experts with my issue. Can you suggest how and why I should handle this process one way or the other? Perhaps there are even better ways of setting up my computer to make it run better and faster.

Thanks for your help,


A:Partioning Hard Drives under Windows NT Operating System

Welcome to TSG.

There are many reasons to have multiple partitions, and others for not having them. It will end up being a persoal choice, as neither is better than the other.

Having one large partition means that you never have to woryy about one partition running out of space, and having to move files around to other partitions, or restructuring. however, it takes an age and a day to defrag, scandisk, and AV scan one large drive!

Having multiple partitions allows you to save certain files to specific drives. It is also much handier to run defrag, scandisk, and AV scans. The problem is allocating enough to each partition, to make it small enough for the system tools to run effectively, and yet large enouhgh that you shouldn't run out of space soon.

I have a measly 8 Gb hard drive in one partition. 10 Gb would be the largest partition I would have. If I had an 18 GB partiton, I would suggest breaking it down to at least 2 partitions. Adding your original 4 GB as your primary, to run OS related functions, then have each 9 gig partition store work and personal, or any other config.

Again, it is a personal choice. Some people have no problems with time, as they might leave their computer running overnight for the requisite 3-4 hours to defrag their 30 GB Hard drive. Others, who like more organisation, have more partitions.

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I would like to describe a problem, the solution I arrived at, and put a question to the Forum.
I recently re-arrange my 4 500GB SATA drives to provide better cooling. The system rebooted fine but every two or three days on booting Vista would kick me back to the BIOS starting screen, or, completely freeze, requiring a reboot. The system then wouldn't boot saying it couldn't find an operating system. Turning the computor off, and a restart would fix the problem until the next time. I resolved this by rearranging my hard drives so that Vistas C drive was the Motherboards logical boot drive. An obvious solution. My question is two fold. Why would BIOS find the Boot Drive sometimes and not others (The disks are not faulty), I perhaps don't fully understand how SATA operates, and, Is this the solution or a fix that masks another problem. I have had no further problems to date.

A:Sata Hard Drives and Vista Operating System

Hi Norm,

When you rearranged your drives, did you disconnect the cables from them whilst you were doing so? It is possible that you didn't connect the drives back to their original port on the motherboard when you wired them back up. Check this, and also check that all cables are securely fitted.

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Hello. I originally listed this under Software (XP) section of this forum, but someone thought I should have it moved to the hardware. I marked the other one as solved, so I could change the title of the thread to better match the hardware section. Here is the post again.

I have completed a brand new build with all new parts and it goes to BIOS, sees all the components and everything is as it should but when I try installing Windows XP Professional, I keep getting the blue screen saying "A Problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer." Technical Information: *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I made a bootable disc so that I could run CHKDSK and SCANDISK and that one said that it found errors and tried moving files from the one area over to another and block off the corrupted area and it couldn't even do that because it had said there was physical damage to the drive.

So, I opened the other OCZ SSD drive I have (the exact same one - model, etc..) and tried it with the same error happening. I even opened a new xp professional installation cd because that first one had scratches on the cd, and both installation cd's are giving this error to both of these OCZ SSD drives.

This is the first time I am using a solid state drive, so I do not know if I have to make sure I unlock something or what, but the BIOS found the drive stating it's size and all.

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A:Solved: Will Solid State Drives Install XP Operating System?

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Hey all! I am pretty new to this kind of Win7 issues, so I hope some of you will be able to help. Story goes...

After few hours of gaming the computer died. (It happened right after switching keyboards.) Now, on every setup BIOS(?) comes up with list of options (F2 enter BIOS, F11 boot options, F6 Flash etc.). After that a black screen with error message comes up: Missing Operating System.

I tried rebooting from USB (since I have no disk-drive) and I keep on getting the answer: Error Loading Operating System.

Any ideas?


A:Missing Operating System/Error Loading Operating System

All unlikely, but possible - (a) your HDD died. (b) your bios became corrupted (c) your HDD boot sector became corrupted (d) your HDD partition is corrupted.

Does the drive spin up when you switch on (feel it)?
Check the bios to see if the HDD is reported correctly and is at the top of the boot order.
Find a bootable CD - an OS installer, or create Easeus partition manager bootable CD http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm and boot from it. What does the HDD look like with Easueus?

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hi. i have 2 hard drives. and and windows xp home one each one of them. how do i uninstall one of them without causing problems with the other operating system.

A:How do i Uninstall one operating system with multiple operating systems

could format one drive from another...take all data needed from one to another

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My Operating System Is Not Listed in Select an operating system and version to see available softwarmy operating system is windows 8.1 but register site only show the windows 8

A:My Operating System Is Not Listed in Select an operating sys...

Dear Customer, windows 8 and 8.1 use the same base kernal so the drivers will need to be identical.yes, they are the same drivers.  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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I'm trying to fix my friends Hp and I usually know what im doing. But here I have no idea what to do.

I tried going into the bios to change the boot order to cd to format and I can't. Can anyone tell me what to do.

-I changed out his hard drive with mine and it does nothing. just posts and goes to a black screen instead of trying to boot and blue screening as it usually do when you change hardrives between two computers

-Changed the Ide cables no luck.

Any ideas

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A friends Compaq computer with Windows XP Pro suddenly does not recognize either of the CD/DVD drives. She was unable to either play a CD or burn a CD on her CD burner. The prompt said something about the drives not being properly configured. I had her uninstall and then reinstall the hardware, and the red exclamation point disappeared from the two drives in Device Manager. But upon reboot, the same prompt and the same two exclamation points appeared.

Can anyone tell me what is going on? A technie friend said that a power interrupt can blow the fuses on the drives and the CD/DVD drive and the CD burner will have to be replaced. But my friend with the problem has a surge protector and recalls no sudden power interrupt. And isn't it unusual for BOTH drives to blow at the same time?

When I am at the computer tomorrow, I wil post the exact prompt that spoke of faulty configuration.

Any help before I submit further details would be appreciated. We sure hope we don't have to go the route of replacing the player and burner.


A:Neither CD/DVD Rom Drives Operating

Try the fix detailed in this MS-KB article. This happens for a lot of reasons, not only CD-Creator, and it's fixed it for me a number of times. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314060&Product=winxp

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Ran F12 to regain Operating system - long version. Says computer passes everything but there's no operating system found. Did this Twice. Tried "Operating System" CD that came w/ Studio 17 laptop. Hit option to run via CD & never got anywhere after an hour. Tried Reinstall Hardware disk that came w/ laptop. It shows Vista, but laptop came w/ Windows 7. See where it shows the system's checking things out, but never get anywhere. HELP!

A:No operating system found but it's operating

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I am currently running 2 operating systems (98SE) on a FAT32 fs and (XP) on NTFS fs on the second hard drive.

windows 98se is my c: drive - primary

xp is on my second hard drive that i've just recently installed.

for some reason, after reformatting this drive twice, i can not get all files to work - for example i cannot access system information, help and support etc etc.

i want to reformat the d drive - the one with windows xp but when i shut down to dos to do this, dos is not recognizing the d drive.... is that because i've made it NTFS and it's not seeing it from the FAT32 drive?

i'm so lost!!

my goal is to have both drives with FAT32 fs so that they are accessible from each other, but i cannot seem to be able to format the drive with xp which has nothing on it other than the operating system.

any ideas? geeze i re-read this and it doesn't even make sense to me, never mind someone else. sorry folks!

any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!

A:2 hard drives, 2 operating systems

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I have a 32bit single core computer, I want to install two hardrives with different Operational systems. One with XP Pro, and the otherone with Win 7, can it be done, and when opening computer, can I choose which one I want to work on.

A:Different operating systems using two hard drives

It can be done. Do a lot of reading in setting up dual boot systems...

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OK, not sure if this is the right place to post this thread but here goes.
My system has a WD 500Gb drive with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
My mothers system(Dell Studio Slim 540s) has a Seagaate 620GB(HD642JJ) with Windows Vista originally but has been upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. Now she has been having allot of issue's(freezes BSOD's ect). So I took her hard drive and installed it in my system in the hopes of using allot of diag repairing programs I have accumalated on my system to trouble shoot and maybe repair hers. The reason I just didn't do this in her system is because any time you try to access things like the registry or sensitive such areas it will BSOD and so no changes can be made. So any ways is there any way to have both operating systems running on the same system at the same time without having to switch between them by booting? Also have tried to make a recovery disk but again every attempt results in a BSOD. So if it is even possable to wipe the drive and do a recovery without the upgrade disk which she seams to have misplaced some where, would be a great option also. Any help ideas would be greatly welcomed. All other programs on her drive a expendable but really don't wanna have to buy another Windows package if I do just wipe the drive.

A:2 Drives with 2 operating systems aat same time?

You won't get the drive to work inside your machine you would need to place it in a usb enclosure,the reason is the hardware is not the same so it will not boot correctly,put the drive back into the dell and see here for service manual user guides and trouble shooting Dell Studio Slim 540s Service Manual | Dell
if possible you should follow the istructions here
you will find links in the first link I gave you on running the dell diagnostic and to the user manual which should tell you if the machine has a recovery partition,please also check the ram ie remove and reseat and if it has a graphics card do the same also check the cables and connections are firmly and securely seated

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hello -
i'll try and make this simple .
i have 1 HD with windows installed on it ,it's having probs i need to format .
i have another HD that also has winodws installed ,im going to use that HD.
my question is . im only using 1 HD the other isnt connected ,its a back up HD.
i want to connect them both and transfer the important files over to the back HD up from the HD thats having the problems .where should i put all the files from the HD that is having problems,so i can see them when i am using the back up HD .so i can see the files from the problem HD ,so i can transfer over the files .?
the reason i ask is i have alot of stuff on the problem HD that is on the desktop and in my documents folder ect..
if im not booting up from the Problem HD then i wont be able to see the desktop folders ,my documents ect..,right ?
i hope this isnt confusing .
thanks .

A:2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

Make your backup HDD primary master and problem HDD primary slave. Boot your computer. Windows will take care of your drive letters, so you should have any problem copying the data.

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i have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop with a bad hard drive. I've ordered a new hard drive. I have a more current Toshiba laptop with a smashed screen. But the hard drive works. Computer number 1 had a Windows 7 operating system. Computer number 2 is Windows 10. Can I transfer operating system and files and program from computer 2 to computer 1 ? Thanks

A:Hard drives and operating systems

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I am running windows 7 pro 64 bit on a WD 500 gig Sata Hard Drive, The other day I pulled the sata cable from the 500 gig sata and installed a samsung 250 gig SSD and loaded win 8 pro. The install went great. The problem is when I connect the sata cable back to the 500 gig HD to boot to win 7 I have to hook to a different slot on the motherboard to get it to boot. If I want to boot to the win 8 hard drive I have to do the same. If there a easier way to use two hard drives with two different OS in one computer so I can boot to either one. I dont want to dual boot on same drive. Thanks for your time

A:Using two hard drives with two different operating syatems

Are you using Windows 8 Upgrade?

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i have a question (well i was wondering)

i have 2 hard drives in one machine and i have Windows 98 on one and the other with Windows XP.
is it posible to select an OS at start up with the 2 drives??

A:is it possible to boot 2 operating systems on 2 hard drives in 1 PC

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Is this possible on a laptop? If yes how would one decide to boot from one or the other?

A:Installing two operating s on 2 seperate hard drives...

yes it is possible to do.

you will need a boot manager to switch between the different os's

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I have three optical drives, connected to sata 2 ports on my Z68X-UD3R mobo.

A LG DVD Drive GH22NS30, Firmware v2.00, added 2009
A LG Bluray writer BH10LS30 firmware v1.00, added 2010
A LiteOn Bluray writer iHBS212 2 firmware 5L09, added 2011

According to my Intel rapid storage technology application these are all running at 1.5gb/s.

Shouldn't these be running at 3.0gb/s, sata 2 speed?

If so, any ideas on how I could get them to run at sata 2?

Or is it typical of optical drives to run at 1.5gb/s


A:Optical drives operating at sata 1 speed 1.5gb/s

SATA is backwards compatible. I think these are SATA 1 devices, but would have to double check to be sure

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I am trying to do a backup of my Win 7 system drive (C, but the backup utility is saying that it must backup by non-system drives (E: and H, which happen to have "System Volume Information" folders on them. They are not system drives. E: is my main utilities drive and H: is my games drive.

Somehow, Windows thinks they are system drives, when in reality they aren't. Any ideas on how to change them? When I go in to Disk Management, they are not showing as system drives. They are all partitions on the same hard drive, but there are other partitions not included in the backup.


A:Non-System Drives Show Up As System Drives For Backup

Are you trying to create an image? If so, you can't put it on the same hard drive as the one you're trying to create an image of. You should be able to backup files to a different partition, but this really isn't a good backup. If the drive fails, you lose both copies of data. Backups should be done to another drive or removable media.

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At work I am running xp home but I have another harddrive in the bow which has Win 2k pro with a program on it I use weekly. How can I set the machine up so I can boot from either drive. I have tried everything I can think of but can't figure this out. I placed the drives in cable select mode but only the xp drive shows up in bios setup. When the box boots up I can see the win 200 drive but can't open the program from the xp drive. This program will not work in xp. Long story short is the boss is cheaping out and will not upgrade the program

A:How can I boot from multiple hard drives and operating systems

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1Should do it. I don't use it but it looks like it should be simpler and more windows centric than what I use.There are other boot managers. I use grub to boot Linux and three different versions of windows on the same machine. Grub is a bit complex but is integrated into multiboots that include linux

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Yes it sounds foolish BUT, I was able to fix an OS (operating system) on 1 disk infected by a ransom virus from an OS on the second disk. Here's my dilemma, because I almost lost some very important data, I would like to protect certain data from damage or viruses in the future so -  I want to have 2 hard drives with a total of 5 OS's on them. First disk would have XP & Win7 on it. Second disk would have XP, Win7, & Ubuntu. My reasons are I would like to use one XP OS for financial transactions & nothing else. I use 2nd XP as a backup/recovery for the 1st XP. Then I use 1st Win7 for general surfing & research. I use 2nd Win7 for backup/recovery of 1st Win7. For the 3rd system I would like to install & try Ubuntu for a few months to see if I would like it.
     So far I have installed XP & Win7 on one hard disk. I have created 3 partitiones on the second hard disk, formatted 2 of those partitions & installed XP on the first partition & planned on installing WIn7 on the next partition then Ubuntu on the final partition. Now when I boot up the only OS's that appear on the list are the 2 XP systems. The Win7 system doesn't show up as an option to start. So at this point I'm not sure how I should proceed from here to have the Win7 OS to show up as an option to start & be able to continue installing the next Win7 & Ubuntu systems... Read more

A:1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Well one way to do what you want is to use a boot manager. There are a bunch listed when I Googled with "partition boot manager"
Using one XP OS for financial will not be enough protection. If you were to get a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for example they would be able to see and access all the drive letters in the computer.There are ways around that but I went for the simple method in my case.  One method to be secure is use removable drive trays and only have one OS inserted at a time. One OS for financial on its own drive, One Tray for the other OS's. The other way would be to use security software that encrypts the OS drive to be unreadable until you boot it and enter the password, Another possibility would be Virtual Machines holding the OS's.
One nice desktop for everything except for financial use. Then a inexpensive laptop that gets used for online banking, Billpaying, Income tax, Shopping at known good sites such as Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect and clothing/shoes. No Email, No surfing the web. Nothing else. I pull it out twice a month Bank, pay bills, Make an order, if needed, Then I shut it down and put it away again.
That is about the best I can think of for my peace of mind.
Good Luck

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Hi all,

Installed a DVDRW drive but comp crashed when installing some software and it stopped detecting my Primary Master and Slave drives. I've fiddled about with the Master and Slave configs and have managed to get it to detect my HD and DVDROM.

I've unplugged my DVDRW and my small HDD and am trying to get windows to load up.

After using FDISK /MBR an rebooting, I get "Missing Operating System".

Tried installing Windows XP after formatting, it seems to have installed but it's not loading.

Current config:

Slave: Pioneer DVDROM (not the DVDRW)
Master: Seagate 80GB (C: = 15GB) & (D: = 61GB).

D: has files on there that I'd like to recover. Too big to put on floppy.

I've run a search for similar problems and tried some of the solutions but no good. Any ideas? Thanks

A:"Error Loading Operating System" to "Missing Operating System"

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I have an old HP Pavilion 8260 that I got for free which is having some odd issues. Any time I try to boot, I get one of these 2 errors (first it was always Operating System Not Found, now it's Missing Operating System).

Here are the steps I've tried so far: I tried to boot from a floppy with a disk I know works; tried to boot off of the CD Rom; Tried disconencting everything except Floppy, CPU, and RAM; Tried resetting the BIOS by selecting "Set to Default" and by pulling out the CMOS battery (it was after doing this that it switched to the Missing OS error message).

The hard drive is dectected in the BIOS, as is the CD Rom and floppy drive. It properly recognizes the amount of RAM.

I am fresh out of ideas, even though I'm generally pretty good at this. If anyone else has any advice, it's greatly appreciated.

A:"Missing Operating System" or "Operating System Not Found" errors...

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I have a Sony Vaio VGNFS315Z with Windows XP Home. I am looking to connect a 60gb Hard Drive in a firewire enclosure which currently has the same Windows XP operating system on it. I would like to retain the use of both operating systems to preerve some of the software on the 60gb drive.

Apart from plugging it in to the firewire port what are the steps I need to take so that my Sony Vaio will view it as a separate operating system. This will prevent me having to format it and start again.


A:Simple steps to using 2 operating systems on separate hard drives with one computer.

Even if your laptop supports booting from firewire hard drives, Windows doesn't.

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Please can anyone help?
In task manager I accidently closed an explorer process, the laptop then crashed. So I closed it down, then it now is unable to find the operating system. Can anyone offer any advice on how to help it find the files it needs to boot?

Can this be done by using the command prompt? Start up repair ran for over 24 hours with no success.


A:Operating system can't be found computer loading with system recovery options

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

Do you have your Windows Vista CD?

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"Missing operating system" massage is coming when i start my system and i am not able to start. I think because , i had given "mark partition as active" option for one hard dive (E) in disk management when last time i opened. it did not have any data. i did not know, this will make any problem. Now i am not able to boot windows re installation dvd also. i can only take BIOS settings. please any one suggest any way for rectifying this problem ASAP.

A:Missing operating system" error massage when system starts

Try disconnecting all drives except for your main drive and powering your system back up.

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Hey guys:

I'm an idiot!!! Last night I deleted my System Volume Information folder off of a Raid-0 set of hard drives. As I mentioned, this raid set is not drive with my XP on it. This is just a drive for storage of pictures, video, and other programs I prefer not to have on my C:\. I did take go as far as to turn off System Restore before deleting it. Now when I boot up I cannot access the drive at all. It tells me that "The drive is not formatted. Do I want to format it now?."

I don't want to do that and I am wondering if there is a way to create a new System Volume Information folder so I can access the drive again???


A:Deleted System Volume Information Folder on a Non-Operating system drive???

I think you are connecting the dots...where there is no connection.

Deleting a system volume folder...isn't possible by me, even when system restore is not used (I always disable SR immediately after a clean install). Even though the folders are empty and I don't have SR employed, the system won't allow me to delete these empty folders.

I believe that the problem is your RAID setup...perhaps you ought to try to repair it.


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When i start my pc, i get a 30 second count down to either choose an operating system or system restore. if i choose windows xp professional, everything is fine. when i choose restore point, i get "INF file textsetup.sif is corrupt or missing, status 14. setup cannot continue. press any key to continue".
choosing last known best settings hasnt changed this situation either.
basically i just dont want to see this screen, it prolongs the computer start up. i just got it today as a refurbed hp desktop from buy.com. i tried system properties, advanced, startup settings and unchecked both boxes, as well as clearing the boot.iti file to no avail.
a rep at hp that was nice enough to just give me an opinion said i need the disk that came w the pc, which i obviously cant get. any ideas?
thank you so much for your time.

A:Choose operating system at startup-windows xp or system restore

You probably could purchase the disk from the manufacturer. They make a lot of money selling them to people.

Post the manufacturer & model of the computer, and verify the exact text of the message. That message is odd.

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This morning I attempted to perform a system restore on my other computer. I legally own Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and was using the 3 system restore CDs provided by my manufacturer at the time I purchased the computer. If it matters, the computer is a Sony VAIO AMD Athlon.

I inserted the disk before booting up the computer, and everything seemed to go fine. The system restore screen loaded and I chose to do the recommended system restore, erasing all the files from my drive and restoring to the computer's original configuration.

It began performing the normal "Restoring Drive C:" operation. About 20 seconds into the restore, I received this error message:
Disk Access: Sense Operation Failed

I hit "Okay," the only button available. I then received a message saying the system restore failed and my operating system may not perform correctly (what an understatement). I removed the system restore CD and rebooted my computer. I now get an error message, "The operating system has failed to execute." I can't do anything, except try to do another system restore, in which I receive the same "sense operation failed" error from before.

I tried calling their tech support to which I was told (after waiting 20 minutes to speak to someone) that because my limited warranty had expired, I would have to pay $19.99 per call to have it fixed. Yeah, right. Neither Sony nor Microsoft's online tech support pages were at all helpfu... Read more

A:XP system restore failure... operating system failed to execute

I would guess that your CD is scratched or unreadable for some reason or that the CD Rom isn't reading properly. Give it a good wiping.
I would just format and reload XP if you have a fully licensed disk. Takes 39 minutes or less and you'll have a nice clean install and you get to start over. However....... if you have only restore disks I am unsure as to whether you can do an install from them.

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If I change my operating system to linux and delete my old operating system entirely, will I be able to still use system restore to change my old operating system back?
Please help. All help is appreciated.

A:If I change my operating system to linux, can I still use windows' system restore?

The simple answer is no. If you remove an OS then you can not use it to do a restore because it is no longer there to run the restore program. What I would recommend would be to have a duel boot system.

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I am having trouble with xp home edition operating system. Everytime I go into window, I immediately get this message "XP SYSTEM SHUTDOWN NT AUTHORITY SYSTEM" and the pc shutdown within 60 seconds. Please help - Thanks

A:[moved from Other Operating systems]Xp System Shutdown Nt Authority System

it sounds like the blaster worm virus i will move you to security,ms have a patch for it
follow the 5 steps here

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Do you know anything, like what i should do?

Acer Extensa Laptop 1.9GHz 2GB 120GB

A:System continuously crashes when installing operating system

At what point in the installation does it crash. Like, what does it say it's installing on the screen when it crashes?

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I have a HP G42 Notebook laptop preinstalled with Windows7.Yesterday i did a System Recovery using the HP utility as described at below link(Section: Recovery from the Windows 7 desktop screen):http://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c01867418But after recovery my laptop won't start. It shows a black screen on startup with below error:An operating system wasn?t found. Try disconnecting any drives that don?t contain an operating system.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restartThe laptop didn't came with a Genuine Windows CD/Recovery Disc neither i can download the Genuine copy of Windows 7 from Microsoft Site as its a OEM copy. I have checked with HP support team for Recovery Disc and they will get back to me after the availability of the same.I have a Bootable Live Linux CD using which i am able to run linux and able to view disc partition. Is it possible to create recovery disc on Linux?Is there any other solution which i can try?Note: Windows is not working

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I installed a Windows XP Home Edition SP2 in my Windows XP Professional Edition. When my computer restarted I saw that I have 2 operating systems. I realized my mistake, so I did a system restore on Windows XP Pro. I had set it before I installed Win XP Home. When I restarted again, it then boot in Windows XP Pro.

While I was using the computer, it gave a warning that I was low of space. So I had my disk clean up. Then I did the Disk Defragmenter, it said I only had 14% of space and it wont be able to defragment because it needs at least 15%.

Is the Win XP Home still there? Or did the system restore delete it? If it's still there how can I delete it? What do I do?

A:Help! Does system restore remove an installed operating system?

i assume you installed it on it's own partition so format it

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Hey guys. I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 that has crashed and will not boot. I do not have a Windows 7 CD nor do I have the money to pay for one. When my computer boots up, it says "BOOTMGR IS MISSING" and I press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and it loops back around to that page. I created a System Repair Disc and that boots up fine. When the System Recovery Options come up, no operating system is listed for me to choose. I can't do anything from here and I have not found any solutions so I came here. Any help is appreciated!

A:Operating system does not show up in System Recovery Options

Try this: Bootmgr is missing - Fix

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While doing some heavy video work, I managed to overheat my system spectacularly, resulting in the smell of burning plastic, all my fans going at 100%, all lights on the PC going off and all buttons becoming unresponsive.
I pulled the side off to see what was going on and found a desert of dust in there. Possibly somewhat foolishly now that I think about it, I left it running with all the fans roaring away and directed my desk fan inside the case while I went and got the vacuum cleaner and an air sprayer and got most of the dust out. (Still with the system running. No, I didn't touch anything while doing this. The vacuum was held well out of the case, just to suck up the dust cloud.)
I then rebooted it and it died in exactly the same way soon after. Through subsequent repeated crashes, I have established that it goes off at roughly 1 minute and 42 seconds after the "Do you wish to enter Safe Mode?" screen is dismissed. Any delays (such as being in the BIOS) prior to and on that screen do not affect the timing.
Very oddly, safe mode works perfectly, and I can't see the bios complaining anywhere (not that I am remotely familiar with the BIOS.)
I have tried:
Booting normally - crashes
Booting into Windows Recovery - crashes
Booting into an Ubuntu LiveCD - crashes
Resetting the BIOS - no change
Taking the top fan off the CPU heatsink and removing the cubic meter of dust somehow compressed within the fins - The BIOS reported the CPU running 30ºC cooler than ... Read more

A:System blacks out less than 2 minutes after loading any operating system

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I have been reading the forums and it seems that my win7 desktop has an issue with the system restore virus/worm/trojan. I was searching the web for information on teens huffing chemicals using Firefox & Google search. One of the pages began playing some annoying video, when I went to close it out I was presented with the same windows and warnings described in this post http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-windows-vista-recovery

normally I would not post on forums concerning issues such as this. I prefer to find the fix myself but the malware seems to have taken itself to a new level on my desktop. I cannot even get F8 to work. The computer launches the MSI screen that offers the press delete to get to the bios and tab to switch to post but only the delete button works then if I let it load all of the way I just get a back screen with the little DOS line flashing but I cannot type anything onto the screen. The only keys that seem to work are control alt delete to restart the computer.

I have been reading through a lot of posts on these forums concerning this issue but have been unable to find one quite the same as my present situation. It would be great to be able to save the information on the hard drive but I just spent a year in Korea and while I was gone my wife misplaced the backup and start-up disks for the desktop.

Is there any hope or should I just trash the hard drive and start over with the desktop?

Thank you

A:system restore virus operating system will not load

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then post them in a reply to this topic by using the Add Reply button.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the post and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the reply and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.Please note that I am not a member of the Malware Removal Team and will not be assisting you in removing the infection. I'm simply helping you to post the information they need in order to assist you.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.Orange Blossom

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Hi. My system has caught the "system security" virus where a screen pops up every minute or so saying my computer is infected. I ran Norton, didn't find anything. Ran Malware and 5 Rogue files were found so I thought it was gone but I rebooted and it is still here. Here is my HJT log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 4:52:55 PM, on 12/28/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exec:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\... Read more

A:"System Security" Virus - slow operating system

Please download RSIT by random/random and save it to your Desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSITBefore you click "Continue", make sure you change the List files/folders created or modified in the last 3 monthsClick Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt and info.txt in your next reply.NEXTPlease download GMER and unzip it to your Desktop.Open the program and click on the Rootkit tab.Make sure all the boxes on the right of the screen are checked, EXCEPT for ?Show All?.Click on Scan.When the scan has run click Copy and paste the results into a Notepad >> save it and attach in this thread.Post me these logs in your next reply.. Post each log in separate post..1. RSIT log.txt2. RSIT info.txt3. Attach GMER result..

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Hi everyone... I'm here begging for your knowledge to help me out of this mess my computer has got me into.I'll try to keep it short.I got the blue screen of death on Friday night, for no reason at all. I made a vista recovery disk from Neosmart as I was getting nowhere with the F8 key.Everything went fine from these instructions HERE, recovery disk loaded and went through the motions... however when it got to the part with the System recovery options, I didn't have any system on my list.I also don't know where to find one in the drives... it just wants me to keep opening folders, so I can't even select the whole C:So I click NEXT.Nothing there in the following list works.I've seen a post simalar to this one on the site but here's where my problem differs.In the command prompt the directory isX:\Sources> and not X:\windows\system32which wont allow me to type in any prompts giving me this message everytime ' ...... is not recognized as an internal or external command, orperable program or batch file'Sooooo what do I do???Anyone that can shead some light on this, I'll be soooo grateful. I'd hate to have to reinstall everything and loose all my stuff and I've no clue how I could even back them up as the system wont even start up without the recovery disk.

A:Operating System missing in system recovery

I'm so sorry to bump... but could anyone pleeeeeeease help me with this, I've searched and searched all over the internet and just can't come up with a solution.


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I am trying to reinstall win 7, but when i get to the point where I have to choose partition, there is no partition to install win on. And I am not allowed to create any new partitions. Any ideas on how to proceed.

A:System partition deleted and no operating system either.

Work through the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Is this an EFI BIOS? Look in BIOS setup for settings for CSM, Legacy BIOS, EFI, UEFI to enable or Secure Boot to disable. If an EFI BIOS the disk needs to be booted as an EFI device, then delete all partitions to reset the hard drive formatting.

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