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I replaced hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recover...

Q: I replaced hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recover...

I replaced the hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recovery discs. Suggestions?

Preferred Solution: I replaced hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recover...

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A: I replaced hard drive in my HP G61 laptop. I have no recover...

Hi, I don't know its model/product therefore won't be able to help much. But normally (a) Do a factory settings: Since you don't have media, you can order from HP, Please use the following instructions http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/bph07143 (b) Do a clean install: For Windows 7: You can use the product key from a ticker on your machine (bottom or inside battery chamber) to download and re-install.For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10: You can down load ISO file from Microsoft and install, skip the key during installation process and it will re-activate for you when online. Regards.

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A routine hardware scan found errors in the hard drive and the motherboard, so I contacted Lenovo support.  They had a technician come to my house and replace the parts, then started the recovery DVDs to get the system running again.  However it failed to install!  He called Lenovo service and tried several things to get it installed, to no avail.   They sent me a new set of six recovery discs, but these have now also failed.  I contacted support again and they tried to help me through several boot options to get it to work, but nothing has worked.  They have "escalated my case to the Customer Relations Office" so they can resolve my issue, but I am now worried that this is going to drag on for a very long time.   Does anyone else have suggestions about how to resolve this issue?  Could my upgrade to Windows 10 be complicating this?

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I have an HP Notebook that came with Windows 10 installed. The hard drive has died and I have replaced it with the one from my older Laptop (not working for a different reason) but it has Windows 8.1 installed on it. To my amazement I have actually got it to boot up and every thing seems to work after installing some different drivers however the following "other" devices have missing drivers:PCI Data Acquisition and signal processing controllerPCI Encryption/Decription controllerSM Bus ControllerUnknown Device (2 of these) Can anyone tell me where I can get these drivers. I have tried finding them manually without success. Also anytime I try to use the "update windows" or "update driver" functions the process activates but then sits there indefinately searching for something. The cancel buttons do not work and the only way to exit is via task manager. I have not made any changes to the Bios Thanks for your time 

A:Replaced Hard drive with one from another Laptop

Hi: You need these W8.1 drivers... PCI Data Acquisition and signal processing controller & one Unknown Device: This package contains the driver that enables the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework firmware. Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework provide system temperature and power utilization information for the system thermal protection to function properly. This package is provided for supported notebook models running a supported operating system. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp71001-71500/sp71262.exe PCI Encryption/Decription controller: This package provides the Intel Trusted Execution Engine Interface (TXE) Driver for the supported notebook models running a supported operating system. The Intel Trusted Execution Engine Interface enables the Secure Boot and provides services required for platform security features such as Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PPT). http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp71001-71500/sp71264.exe SMBus Controller:  Note install this driver first and restart the PC. This package contains the Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver for supported notebook models and operating systems. This utility enables the operating system to show the correct name for the installed Intel hardware in the Microsoft Windows Device Manager. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp71001-71500/sp71260.exe The other unknown device probably needs this driver... This package provides the H... Read more

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Greetings,I received instructions from another HP volunteer about replacing a bad hard drive. I`ve replaced the hard drive with a new one and need someoe to please walk me through how to format my new hard drive back to the WIN 10 I had installed on the old one. I did also purchase a 22 pin usb to SATA adapter. The other agent said Windows 10 can be reinstalled onto a new hard drive if your installation was activated before. The Microsoft activation servers just know your computer and will reactivate. You need to go to the Media Creation Tool, and have it make a bootable DVD drive or you need a usb thumb drive at least 4 gigs.  I am in Germany but do not know the language well enough yet and could not find a Windows Media Creation tool in English free repacement version. I do not know what to do to format my new hard drive...please help!Thank you.Wes

A:Need help formatting a replaced hard drive in my laptop

Additional info: The new laptop came with Windows 8 OS installed and I had chosen the free WIN 10 upgrade when it was available.

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I was having issues with a virus removal and inability to remove files from the original hard drive in my Dell Vostro 1500, but needed a working laptop. so I replaced the hard drive with a 250 GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue drive (SATA 8MB/5400 RPM).

Installation and formatting went fine. I installed XP and then required drivers from the resource disk from Dell, followed by a few hours of updates from Windows Update. I then installed Kaspersky Internet Security, Carbonite, Adobe Reader, Flash, Shockwave, Evernote, OpenOffice, Malwarebytes, Ccleaner, Picasa, and started to download iTunes.

While everything was working fine, and I was rebuilding my software library, I noticed that the system locked up. I couldn't even shut down or stop running processes. I've tried disabling startup menu items like Bluetooth (which I don't need) and nuisance programs like Adobe and Google updater. I tried to do a selective startup to isolate the issue but can't determine if one particular thing is at fault. I ran diagnostics on the whole system and all systems, hard drive, etc checked out.

I started it in safe mode with networking and was able to keep it running that way, but still wonder if this is a hardware issue since there is nothing on this system other than some basic programs that ran just fine together on the older hard drive. One process that was running in the background was the download of backed up files from the Carbonite server.

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A:Replaced laptop hard drive now it locks up

I'm going to move this (copy it) to the Windows forum in case this is more XP-related than hardware as I've been using it all day in Safe mode with networking with no issues.


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I replaced the hard drive on my Lenovo G585 laptop and I'd like to include a restore partition. I already created a 25GB partition but how do I include a file to restore an image of my fresh system?

A:Replaced laptop hard drive, need restore partition

See here: Recovery Partition - Create

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Hi, so I am using 14 inch HP pavilion ab154ca.Since last week, my hard drive started not working so I purchased a new hard drive(it was second handed) at just random electronic store.I plugged this new hard drive to my laptop.However, my laptop's manufacturer became Asus, maybe because its secondhanded.Also, my laptop keeps saying No Wifi networks found..I tried everything on device manager by updating driver, downloading HP wireless Lan software but there is no progress at all...I even tried to format this laptop but there isnt even such thing as Restore to Factory setting.I've picked erasing all option but still after format, the manufacturer keeps appearing as Asus..Can please anyone help me with these issues?Thank you..!

A:Problems caused after I replaced my hard drive for laptop

Hi.Welcome to the forum.Downloading or Updating Software and Drivers for HP ComputersOverview of Recovering or Reinstalling the Operating SystemObtaining HP Recovery Discs or an HP USB Recovery DrivePress the icon""to say thanks, Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem.

Apart from participating in the forum of Hp in English and Portuguese, I am one of the main authors of solutions in the forum in Spanish.

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My z585 hard drive began to fail. I purchased a set of Windows 8 recovery disks (Windows 8 was the factory install I had before I upgraded to Windows 10).  After putting in a new hard drive, I tried to use the recovery disks following the method in my manual--i.e., put in first recovery disk, turn on computer, wait for logo or beeps and hit and released F12 key repeatedly.  Didn't bring up anything.  Also tried Method 1 per the support forum--i.e., "the prerecovery protocol" - without the recovery disk in the optical drive, turned computer on and immediately hit and released F1 repeatedly.  Again, nothing.  Did both of these procedures multiple times.  Without the recovery disk in, while turned on, all I hear is going through a loop of trying to boot. Also tried using the "one key recovery key" to bring up menu."  This works but when I try to enter either the BIOS menu or the boot menu, nothing happens.  I had the new hard drive tested to be sure it was good, since the one I previously purchased turned out to be defective.  They told me it was good, but the laptop is doing the same thing it did when the defective hard drive was in.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. 

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So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.

A:Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

Quote: Originally Posted by louis cardinal

So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.

Your laptop should have a sticker on the bottom with the key for your version of windows. Also, your manufacturer might provide recovery disks.

This is another good reason to always make the recovery disks when you first setup your new laptop.


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I have a hp laptop dv6502au . The hard disc of my laptop is gone so i replaced it with a new one. The problem is that i created a set of recovery discs using a option in my laptop. But if i insert that recovery disc in my laptop it shows that 'this system does not support this recovery disc' I dont know how to install vista back to my laptop. My laptop came with original version of windows vista home premium. I have a product key also at the bottom of my laptop. Please help me to install legal version of vista back to my laptop. If you want any further details i am ready to provide it.

Bharathwaj Vijayakumar

A:please help to install windows vista in a hp laptop replaced with a new hard drive?

hi,,, if you know anyone with an origanal vista disc then they can install vista back on your machine using the product key on the bottom of the laptop,,, a greenish blue sticker with microsoft on it,,,,, this install will not load all the HP stuff that comes with your pc when new,,,, but once the os is back on you could look on the discs to find all the HP stuff,,,,
good luck

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Hello.  I posted about a month ago when my 13-month-old Dell Inspiron N4110 was stuck in a startup repair loop.  It needed a new hard drive, which I installed myself, and everything worked great for a couple weeks. Then the constant freezing started. I thought it was Firefox, since that was what I was using most often, but it turned out that *everything* would eventually start hanging--Word, Task Manager, iTunes; it even froze on shutdown a couple times. I tried disabling and reinstalling all the plugins in Firefox, I ran virus scans and diagnostics and troubleshooters and chkdsk, and no issues were ever found--until, I think, I downloaded Microsoft .NET framework when a Dell diagnostic tool asked me to.  And finally the constant freezing stopped.
But then it started again a couple days ago. The computer starts up fine, but within a few minutes it will start hanging regularly--like every 30 seconds, the cursor either won't move or clicking on something gives me a "(Not Responding)" message at the top of the window.  This lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to a few minutes.  When I open Task Manager, the CPU usage fluctuates wildly (when Task Manager itself isn't frozen)--it's usually at around 30-60%, but will rise all the way to 99% and then down to 0%.  This is when I just have one or two programs running--Firefox and Word--and I don't have many startup programs, nor a lot of programs or files on the computer in general. Once again, all the W... Read more

A:Replaced hard drive, now Dell laptop constantly hangs

Can you boot into safe mode? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode
Try running the computer for a while in safe mode and see if the problem continues. If it doesn't, it may be a problem with one or more of your drivers. When you installed the new hard drive, did you use the Dell install CD or just a generic Windows 7 CD? Dells use very specific drivers and it's best to install the OS using one of their install disks.
You may want to try a clean boot and performing some diagnostics. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
It's hard to say at this point what it could be -- this kind of behavior usually indicates an issue with driver and/or system files not loading properly and hogging all the processor bandwidth.

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My laptop had a problem with the hard drive (or so it seemed because it was unable to load up) What happened with the laptop was I tried to turn it on, the computer will load for a few seconds, then it will turn off. (So it never made even to the Windows logo screen).

My friend took it to the technician and the technician said it was a hard drive failure and needed to buy a new hard drive and install Windows onto it. The technician was going to charge $165 for new hard drive and Windows installation.

I thought $80 for a new hard drive than another $85 for a installation was overpriced. So I ordered the hard drive on my own and planned on replacing the hard drive myself.

So, I replaced the hard drive. What is going on now is that if I press the power button, I see the red light on the power button. Then in less than 5 seconds or so, the computer goes off. There is nothing on the screen during those 5 seconds.

This laptop is quite broken down, the CD Rom sometimes does not work. But regardless, with less than 5 seconds, it was quite hard to even eject the cd-rom. So I am not quite sure how am I supposed to go on and continue with the installation and such if the computer does not even turn itself on.

Now, is this really a hard drive problem or something else? Please help. Thank you very much in advance.

A:Laptop hard drive replaced, won’t boot up properly, shuts off in less than few second

$165 is actually a reasonable price.

If you remove the new drive, does it still shut down in 3 seconds?

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Lenovo laptop G580I have created a Windows 10 recovery onto to a USB stick.I have replaced my faulty hard drive, but now I can't recover windows to the replacment hard drive.When starting up with the new hard drive installed I get the blue screen with "Choose Language Option"After choosing language I get the Troubleshoot or Turn off  optionWhen choosing the Troubleshoot option, I only get the optionsSystem Restore - use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore WindowsSystem Image Recovery - recover Windows using a specific system image fileI am not seeing the option Recover from a Drive, which should be there, I believe, from various Internet messages and posts I've seen Can anyone hlep please to get my laptop back up and running Windows 10 ? Geoff

A:Can't recover Windows 10 on to replaced hard disk

If you are not getting the Recover from Drive option, you must have missed selecting the option to "Backup system files to the recovery drive" when creating the Recovery drive, so you will have to download and create Windows 10 Installation Media to reinstall Windows 10 to you laptop.     Download Windows 10https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 When you get to the point where it asks for a Product Key, select the to skip  (or I do not have a key) option and Windows will automatically activate upon completion of the installation.  Unfortunately you will be starting clean, so any data will have to be restored from backup, and applications will have to be reinstalled.  FYI, If you do no have your data backed up, with luck you may still be able to recover it from the old drive if it just failed to boot from the drive, by mounting the drive into an external 2.5 inch USB enclosure, and copying off the the c:\users\<username> folders to your new HD.  Cheers, 

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Hey everyone,

I'm hoping you can help me recover data from my laptop hard drive. The machine is a Dell purchased in 2006, the drive is a 100g seagate IDE. The drive has a (somewhat) recent WinXP SP3 install. The information that wasn't backed up from the drive is priceless - the drive itself I don't care about.

Two days ago, I performed a windows defrag on my laptop. Once completed, the system was running extremely slowly - taking 30 seconds to open folders, etc. I rebooted, and encountered the same problem. Realizing something was very wrong, I attempted to start getting important files off the machine - but it crashed. Following that, I began getting BSODs. They give the error "Unmountable_Boot_Volume". I immediately purchased an external hard drive USB adapter, hoping I could save the files and format the drive. When I hook my laptop hard drive up to a second laptop (running Vista), Windows recognizes the drive, but can't browse it or anything else, and the Vista machine begins to struggle and pause when the drive is connected. Vista eventually says that the disk must be formatted before it can be used, which of course I don't want to do.

While connected via USB, I tried a couple of data recovery programs, PC Inspector File recovery and VirtualLab. Both gave NTSC read errors during the process, and one of them was eventually able to locate deleted files on the disk - unfortunately, I'm not looking for any of the files that had alr... Read more

A:Recover Files from Laptop Hard Drive

you could try this
Create a UBUNTU liveCD

You can put this into the CD/DVD drive and boot the operating system from the CD
then hopefully
You should see the Harddrive and be able to copy files across to a USB drive
I did this on a PC last wednesday and copied 7.2GB of there important data
hopfully this will work unless the harddrive is really broken

if you freeze the harddrive - you can copy data off - this has been suggested a few times here and worked - BUT BE VERY careful water and electrics are not good

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Hi, I suppose you get this all the time but I have searched the internet and have only found one method of recovery.

Basically A virus has destroyed my operating system and I need a method of getting the data my laptop's hard drive. I have tried to install a new operating system using Ubuntu however once trying to install it says that there is not enough room on the hard drive which is understandable as it was pretty much full and when I installed ubuntu onto a USB stick It loaded through however I don't know how to access the original hard drive data when it loads through.

I wanted to know whether if there was an external method of taking the data off using another computer. The laptop is a Satellite A210 - 1C0.

Any Information would be great. Thanks.

A:How To Recover My Data Off My Laptop Hard Drive

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My friend has a dell laptop, and now when they turn it on it just gets a black screen. I tried it, it just has a blinking cursor in the top left corner.
I booted to a linux mint cd, but when you try to mount the hard drive, it gives an error about the file system being half broken or something (sorry I don't have the exact error, but basically it said it couldn't mount and you should run chkdsk /f in windows)
So I took the hard drive out and put it in my usb drive dock. At first it seemed to add the drive, but, in explorer it only showed the dell recovery partition drive, not the main boot drive. I looked in computer management, and it doesn't show the drive at all, and then in explorer the dell recovery drive disappeared. Now explorer won't respond.
If I go to safely remove hardware it does show it as E and G, so I guess it's sort of seeing both the recovery and main drive partitions. I just clicked on it to safely remove but nothing is happening. Explorer is still not responding.
How should I proceed?

A:Trying to recover files from maybe dead laptop hard drive

10 minutes later safely remove finally comes up and says its safe to remove the drive (and explorer is no longer frozen) haha. I'm going to just turn off the dock for now and wait for some replies here because I'm not sure what to do next.

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Hi all, glad I found this forum, and am hoping somebody will help me out.

Here's the background to my issue. I have an older HP NC6220, XP Pro, with a Seagate 40gb ST94813A Momentus 5400.2.

While downloading pics from my camera to the hd, which I've done many times before, the laptop died. I think something with the power supply went bad. I pulled and re-installed the aux and main batteries, but could not get it to power up.

I bought a new HP G71 W7 laptop.

Someone suggested buying an external case for the old laptop's HD so I could get my files off of it. I did. The external case comes with two USB cables; one seems to be for power and one for data. I plugged the drive into it, making sure the one missing connector matches up with the same location on the pc board fo the holder.

I plugged it into my new laptop, the red light on the holder changes to green, but I get one of three results: driver missing, there is a problem, or no message at all. The drive does spin when plugged in with either or both cables.

I did go to the Seagate site, but all I could find on this drive was info related to the drive being inside a laptop. I could find nothing on accessing it in a holder. If you know of info there on how to do this, please send me a link to the section.

Then someone suggested that because the old laptop was XP Pro, the new W7 could not work with it. So I Plugged the thing into my homebuilt desktop that runs XP Pro. The light never turns green on the ho... Read more

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I did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!

A:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

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A:Solved: Can Dell hard drive with Vista be replaced with Hard Drive XP?

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For my wife's computer her hard drive has failed and will lose Windows 10 please advise best method to resolve and restore computer use with Win. 10 after drive is installed with her original Win.7 (now called illegal)

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I purchased my hp envy x360 in July of 2015 and sometime in September of 2015 I had to replace my hard drive. I used my laptop very little before the hard drive went bad and I never dropped it either. I got it replaced free under the warranty. Now my hard drive is bad again and needs to be replaced and my laptop is just out of warranty. I feel like the problem was not just the hard drive that was bad but something else and the problem was not fixed the first time I got the hard drive replaced. So I was wondering if there is any way that HP can cover the cost of this second hard drive or replace my laptop that is most likely defective. Thanks, Drake85

A:Replaced a hard drive twice

We cannot help with that. You need to contact HP Warranty claims. Will they honor the warranty shortly after it expired? Maybe, not likely. Will they give you a replacement laptop? I would say not going to happen. 

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The Hard Drive crashed on my Dell Inspiron 8200 and I replaced it with a new one, had to use Reinstallation CD to start it running that came with computer. Now the computer wont reconize my modem or vidio card, says there are no drivers. All this came installed on the computer and I have no disk for this. I can't get on the internet to get drivers, is it possible to load drivers from Win 98 or ME to get drivers????

A:Replaced Hard Drive

It is somewhat unlikely that Win98 or ME drivers are going to work with Windows2000 or XP (not sure what OS you have)

Typically Dell provides a drivers cd with the computer.

Another option is to simply go to the manufacturer's web site and download the drivers you need.

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Hi everyone,

I replaced the hard drive on my Compaq presario 2100. Now I get an error message "Media test failure test cable" then followed by "Operating system not found"
Do I have to purchase windows xp again and reinstalled it? does anyone know what the media test failure test cable means?

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I replaced the hard drive on my Compaq presario 2100. Now I get an error message "Media test failure test cable" then followed by "Operating system not found"
Do I have to purchase windows xp again and reinstalled it? does anyone know what the media test failure test cable means?Click to expand...

Operating system not found means...well...the operationg system was not found, your drive is most likely blank.
Why did you replace your harddrive in the first place?
If you still have the original drive, you can use both at the same time.

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Upgraded the 6G Seagate that crashed due to heat and age I guess. Unforunately the startup disk formatted my new 30.7G as the old seagate device, so 24G is unavailable. How can I correct this? Thanks

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Hello I had a bad hard drive on my laptop I have replaced it with similar type and size . It was abit difficult as everything had to be dismantled so now everything is back but how do i get the pc to boot from CD Rom. it gives me error that tells me there is no operating system "deh" I can't seem to get it to do anything except sometimes it will start the diag or go into a shell ( maybe) Linex system??  any help would be apprieciated Clake434168

A:replaced hard drive

Have you tried tapping esc or f9 to get the boot menu as you power on before the startup polls the hard drive? The window of opportunity is pretty quick. 

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Replaced a samsung hd with a western digital hd in an old hp computer. In set up it shows the hd as wdc but boots to error code. The WD is formatted and has data.

A:Replaced hard drive

So how did you transfer the Operating System and data? What OS are you using? Is the new drive type the same as the old one (IDE, SATA etc). Old HP often had (say) XP and a restore partition, which was used for the boot files of XP, so they were not actually on the OS partition at all. You will need to clone all the partitions if that is what you are doing. Another potential problem is HP were pretty strict about pirating, such that the OS can be tied to a particular model or type of Hard Drive.

Chances are you will need to talk to HP, quote the PC model number and ask how do you replace a failed HDD?

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Hi, I had to replace my hard drive as it was dead. I bought one with Windows 7 already on it. When I put it in and booted up, it says windows failed to start asking me to do a start up repair (didn't work) or start windows normally (sends me back to this screen). I tried to boot in safe mode thinking its a driver issue from the PC it came from. Any ideas?

A:Replaced Hard Drive

Yes, the hard drive is hardware dependent to the computer it came from and will not work with your computer. You need to format and load Windows clean. Windows 7 Install Guide

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I am something of a novice when replacing hardware. I have an old Dell Dimension 4300 that I replaced my HD with a new ATA/100 40 gb. I hooked up all the connectors OK. But when I boot up it says "Diskette drive 0 seek failure. Primary Hard Disc drive 1 not found. Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to set up utility." Hitting F1 just gets the same info. Hitting F2 runs the set up utility I tried booting up with the Dell install disc but that doesn't help. Did I miss something in the install process?

A:Replaced hard drive..Now PC won't boot up.

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Notebook running very slow, barely ever used, so took it for a check and have been told the hard drive has failed. They want to replace A 2TB drive with a 500GB drive because they say it is more stable?  Doesn't sound right to me....... 


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A:Hard drive failed. 2TB to be replaced by 500 GB because it i...

Agreed. They are just trying to get you to take what they happen to have in stock. Run don't walk to another technician. 

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My son's laptop hard drive failed at school.  He did not have a recovery disc.  I replaced the failed hard drive with one from another laptop (which I converted to a ssd).  I can boot the laptop to the login screen but cannot get it to recognize a PIN.  My recovery disc from the other laptop will not work and as I mentioned, my son did not make a recovery disc for his laptop.  Since the hard drive failed the first quarter after the 1 year warrenty expired, HP will not even talk to me about what I might do.  Since HP no longer provides discs to go with the pre-loaded software I am stuck.  What do I need to do?  Do I have to go buy another license for Windows 10 and wipe the drive to start over?

A:replaced failed hard drive, cannot log in

They should still have Recovery Media for a Windows 10 machine. They still have media for windows 8 machines and some windows 7.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop and had to replace the hard drive due to a virus.
The harddrive I had was
Samsung HM250HI 250G 5
400 RPM SATA (M7S2) Hard drive

the company I ordered from sent
Hard drive 250GB, S2, 5.4K, 2.5 WD-ML160
I installled it and it seems to run slower, is this the same hard drive?

A:Solved: Hard drive replaced

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My MacBook hardrive decided to poop out last night and the guy at the Genius Bar said that it would cost $1500 to get an expert to retrieve my data. (All this before I can get it replaced, because they "have" to send the old part back in order to get a new one.)

Do any of you tech people have any suggestions for me?


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I know quite little about macs, but what do you mean by 'poop out'?

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I recently lost a hard drive in my 4+ year old HP Pavilion XT978. I bought a whole new system and moved on.

With hope of restoring my old one so it could be functional enough to sell or donate, I was able to get a few cast off drives from my company. They are also about 3 or 4 years old, but fully functional. I tested them outside of the tower in my USB enclosure and know they work.

So heres the question. I installed one in my old PC and believed I could boot from the drive. Alas, all I come up with is a blinking cursor.

I verified boot sequence in the BIOS and I can also see the disk (Maxtor) is recognized as the primary/master. Also, I enabled the BIOS to display its steps. I can see that memory check is OK and then it rolls thru the devices. After that blinking cursor.

I have checked jumper settings on the drive and even switched between master and cable select. No difference.

It could very well be that the OS is not on the hard drive, but that is unlikely as it did come from a functioning PC. I even saw the ol' WINNT folder on it. Unfortunately, I have no other bootable disks or CDs.

Have I missed anything obvious? Any suggestions?

Thanks much.

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To reinstall Windows 8 on your computer, you can follow the instructions mentioned on the links below:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/clean-installhttp://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-8 Hope this will help you.

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A:My hard drive failed so I replaced it but how do I...

To reinstall Windows 8 on your computer, you can follow the instructions mentioned on the links below:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/clean-installhttp://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-8 Hope this will help you.

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The hard drive on my HP Pavilion p7-1380t died and needed to be replaced. I purchased the same model drive and the correct recovery discs from HP. I installed the hard drive, turned on the computer, inserted disc 1, turned off and on - nothing happened, blank screen. I checked all connections, checked the monitor with my laptop and tried again. Power to both the hard drive and DVDs drive appears to be ok, still nothing.
I know I'm not the most computer literate guy, but I have replaced a hard drive before without issue. What am I doing wrong?

A:HP Pavilion hard drive replaced

Is the disc drive set first in the boot order in the BIOS so it can boot from the disc?


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Hello! I'm new, but will do my best.
NOTE: I am using another older PC to post on here since the laptop I am having issues with is currently in the boot menu "Scanning & Repairing C: 12%"

So about two days ago on my ASUS Windows 8.1 laptop, I get an error message basically telling me something is wrong with my hard drive C: and I should backup my files and then call the manufacturer to repair or replace the hard drive as soon as possible. I bought the laptop in the year 2014, so it's about 4 years old and haven't had any problems with it until now.

Now I've been doing some research and work of my own, but obviously still having some trouble since I am posting here. My inquiring is to figure out if the message is just an error and whatever is corrupting the drive or making it think it's going to fail soon is fixable?
Is my hard drive indeed going bad and I should be looking to purchase a new one?

I have tried a few things so far including..
-Thru elevated CMD Prompt, I ran /sfc scannow which found errors, so I went ahead and ran the DISM and that seemed to fix whatever corrupted files were there as I ran /sfc scannow again after utilizing the DISM and no errors were found.
-Next the part I am working on and having trouble with is trying to get Windows to scan and repair the drive C: itself. At first, I tried right-clicking on the drive C: itself and went to properties, then tools, then selected "error checking." And it wo... Read more

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I had to replace the internal hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 600m laptop and now I can't reinstall Windows XP because the new drive is not recognized or found....
In all the research I did, everything said replace the drive and reinstall the operating system. I am using the Windows XP (home) disk from Dell.
Any suggestions?

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If you are using a SATA drive you may need to check
the dell website for sata drivers.
You will need to download them and put them on a floppy disk.
While booting to the install disk watch for press F6 to load
third party SCSI or RAID drivers.
Press F6 and have the disk ready for when it asks for it.
Follow the on screen instructions.

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Hello, I bought a almost new but used laptop Sony VGN-N220EW with Windows Vista home premium as it was original from sony my laptop hard drive broke I bought new to replace it but is new and does not have windows installed, have the original windows product key but need to install vista do i need to buy new OS? help thank u.

A:replaced Sony hard drive....

a new hard drive wont have anything on at all,by saying you brought it "almost new" ill take it you got it from a friend all else where meaning there is no warranty, ask the previous owner if they ever made the recovery cds/dvds for the sony,if they have then its as simple as booting from the cds/dvds and reinstalling vista ,if not then you can either order recovery cds from sony direct but at a cost or use/borrow someone's vista cd to reinstall vista,

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Good Evening, I have a Dell Inspiron 15r 5520 intel core i5 6GB Memory originally with a built in Microsoft Windows 8.

Purchased in 2012
It has since been updated to Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 
I upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as I found out Windows 10 was free for people who had Windows 8
Windows 10 was working fine until July and then that's when the Motherboard 'gave out'
I tested it and it said the Motherboard is fine it's just the HDD.
Well the Hard Drive and Motherboard overheated and both died.

I have replaced a Heat Sink AND Fan to attempt to save it (Yes, I used a rice size amount of Thermal Paste to reinstall)
So now I purchased a New 1TB (1000GB) 8MB Cache 5400RPM SATA 2.5" 9.5mm Notebook Hard Drive and that was fine.
I also purchased a replacement Motherboard for my Laptop, which came with no Software, leading me to purchase Microsoft Windows 10 Pro.
I have had trouble downloading the Windows 10 pro, as it would turn off during download and refuse to actually go on and give me the proper download for a while.
After 2 days of trying, I finally realized I had to remove the CD once it was installed, and Windows 10 Pro was installed on my computer. After a few downloads, Skype, Google Hangouts and Roblox(Online game) to be exact, the motherboard fried out.
I recently got a Motherboard on ebay from China and now I am trying a USA seller instead.

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New purchase. Good machine so far, but want faster access. Want to install an SSD and take out slower hard drive. Is it possible and please if not, give me a reason why.  

A:Can the hard drive in my all-in- one 24-g014, be replaced w...

@HeyRube, welcome to the forum. I don't have any experience with adding a SSD to an AIO, but I'll bet that it can be done.  I know there are several AIO's that can be configured with a SSD.  Here is a guide that shows how to replace the hard drive.  I suggest opening the case to check how the HDD is installed.  Then, you will have an idea if there is a way to get the SSD to work.  I am certain that you will need an adapter to make the 2.5" SSD fit properly in the enclosure that is used.  I checked Crucial Memory's website to see if they have SSD's that they recommend and there were none. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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My wifes computer was upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 during the free offer period, but last week the hard drive started making a noise so we decided to replace it. I have cloned the drive using Acronis and all seems to have gone ok(This is something I've successfully done before with Windows 7)

Now when I put the new drive into her computer and try to boot it says I need recovery tools but I'm not sure what that means and what I need to do.

Could anyone help please?

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Hi, I forgot to create any recovery disks for my E532 laptop and the hard disk has failed. I?ve bought a new hard disk thinking I could download a build disk from Microsoft and input the key for Windows. However I get no boot options at all, i.e. the bootable device list is blank. I have changed the boot order to no avail. I don?t want to have to buy recovery disks if possible so is there a way round please? It was Windows 8.1 when I bought the laptop and upgraded to W10.Thanks

A:hard disk replaced need to rebuild laptop

just follow these simple steps:download the iso file of microsoft windows 10 (x64 if your PC has over 4GB of ram) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10download Rufus, plug an USB flash drive and set Rufus as on the home page screen:https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_USclick on the little disk icon on Rufus and point to the downloaded iso filelet Rufus copy the installation files on USB flash drivereboot your PCplug the USB flash drive, press F12 at next boot and choose the USB flash drive as bootable deviceproceed with windows 10 installation and skip the product key requestenjoy your windows 10 installation

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Hello all I just replaced a hard drive on my Tosheba Satellite windows 8 64 gigs 4 gigs memory  it was from another Laptop I had the drive, It is pretty new and has my windows 8 on it. My Laptop is showing that it is showing up as my c drive. But my hardware says there has been hardware changes and then a Ctray.exe pops up and says hard drive unknown. I am running updates right now.
How do I fix this issue?

A:Replaced hard drive but Ctray. exe keeps poping up

Ctray.exe is potentially a malware infection, which makes me question the source of the Windows image that you used to (clean/fresh) install Windows 8 on the replacement drive. If you bought the Windows 8 media or it came supplied with your computer, you might have picked up an infection after installation. If you downloaded Windows from pirate (illegal) sources, it may highly likely be a compromised image. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ctray.exe-20304.html

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I've posted about this in the HP forums but I'm looking for more responses/help. Only got reply from 1 person over there.

Computer info: HP HDX16 1375DX - Laptop

First, my computer was running very slow, so slow that everything became unresponsive. The hard drive light was "busy" always yet my CPU usage was fine and no processes were causing it to do this. Starting up my computer took a good 8-10 min.

I restarted my computer thinking it'd fix itself but I get the error "Windows has failed to start. A recent hard ware or software change..." I attempt to repair using various repair methods I've seen, CD, the option at start up, etc.... It always comes back with "It could not be repaired automatically, send to Windows.... etc" Again, starting up took 8-10 min and sometimes it would restart itself to the beginning.

Me & boyfriend became convinced it's hard drive failure since his laptop he bought only 5 months after mine experienced hard drive failure (experiencing the same SLOW symptoms & errors) but he was covered under BestBuy warranty. I did not purchase it..

I bought a new hard drive [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004I9J5OG//ref=nosim/connorswebguidec Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive: Electronics[/url]

and then use my WIndows 7 Upgrade CD and installed Windows 7 unto the brand new hard drive.

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A:Replaced hard drive - still slow computer.

My two cents - I suspect a failure on the motherboard, possibly the controller.

The steps you took seem to be correct, going through the repair options, running a diagnostic on the HDD or just outright replacing it, and reinstalling Windows.

Since the problem reoccurs even with a new hard drive, and even in a new Windows install, I would think motherboard next.

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