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How many drives can be installed and where are they located in this work station?

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Hi tinkerstoys, According to the document quickspecs:http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/getpdf.aspx/c04834941.pdf?ver=9 "Four (4) dedicated drive slots, two (2) M.2 slots, and two (2) 2.5?drive bays." I hope that helps !Can I ask you a favor ?If the question is clarified, mark my answer as "resolved" and click on the icon of the "hand" to provide "congratulations" in recognition.Have a nice week !I´m a volunteer in the HP Forum !

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Can anyone give me any pointers on how to get my 5.25 hard drives into the two top 5.2 bays of the HP 440 Chassis? I can't a seem to fit them around the CPU fan from the inside and the front plates don't seems to pop out easily. Is there a trick i am missing? Thanks for any help. mosea

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Can anyone give me any pointers on how to get my 5.25 hard drives into the two top 5.2 bays of the HP 440 Chassis? I can't a seem to fit them around the CPU fan from the inside and the front plates don't seems to pop out easily. Is there a trick i am missing? Thanks for any help. mosea

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A Moderator has Moved your thread to our Windows 7 forum as there are some things you need to know in order to

rescue data you probably need and some other stuff you shouldl be aware of..help should arrive soon

My hard drive won't boot, and SMART says it's 'BAD, backup and replace."

I can't replace it now(no money), so I was wondering if there's a way to get Windows 7 completely pulled off the drive from its sectors and transferred to another storage drive WITHOUT the hard drive connected to a motherboard, no BIOS, etc. Just independent of its self, with the jumper/power to start it, can data be physically removed from it without it being connected to a motherboard?

Is there any way something like this can be done?

Because here's what I want to do ...

I want to clear the hard drive and keep its files, the OS, and other files on it, move them to another storage drive, then boot them from, say, a 64GB USB drive, and install them on a new hard drive from there. Will something like this work?

Assuming I boot from the USB with a new, functioning hard drive installed, can I just sort of "move" the OS to the new, empty hard drive to install it there? What are the steps of doing this exactly?

I'm not skilled/experienced in this area at all.

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I have two HD (both WD / 1 ATA - 1 SATA) I want to install in a couple of old computers as a second drive data storage. I've tried connecting them but they don't show up as being installed. Also, one has a clacking sound when computer is turned on.

How can I check to determine if they are good or not?


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I created a Storage pool with the following setup. Three 3TB drives with parity all in an external enclosure with eSata and USB 2/3 ports. It was connected via USB when created and had production data loaded and tested without any issues.
After a few days of use I decided to see what happened when I tried to access it via the eSata port. No luck, due to a driver on the eSata card issue with Win 8. So I powered all back down and plugged back in via USB. At this point the Storage pool went
into the state as per the screenshot below. Any suggestions to either fix the issue and/or retrieve the data that is in the volume?

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This is a pre-sales question - I find it odd that I can't find anywhere on the HP site where I can ask a question - instead I have to rely on asking a question in a forum where one relies on the kindness of strangers to answer a question. This is a very weird way of conducting business. Anyway, I want a laptop with a big screen but I can't stand the row that laptops make - so I want a solid state hard drive which, as I understand it, are silent. But, I read that the machine I am interested in has a SSID of 128 gb and 'storage' of 1tb. What is this 'storage'. It is a hard drive? Is this constantly accessed so you still have the whine of a hard drive to listen to?

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I've just bought a Samsung SATA DVD drive, model SH-S223L/RSMN. It appears in Device Manager as TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223L ATA Device. Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit.

It seems to be working fine, but in Windows Explorer (Tiles, Group by Type) it appears in the Hard Disk Drives group, and not under Removable Storage.

The only change I have made since installing it is to add an UpperFilters entry to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} to make iTunes start without complaining. I don't think this is related.

Any ideas how to get it back in the right group?

A:DVD in Hard Disk Drives group, not Removable Storage

I would check your bios settings. What's the port it's plugged into designated as?


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Recovering from a recent crash, windows decided to wipe the storage space I had that contained 2.6tb of media. Ignoring that fact, I'm trying to get things set back up. Windows 8, I can access the drives themselves with no problem, individually, but storage spaces shows only 1 drive, no information, and it's unusuable. Now, if I plug the same drives into my other computer, it works fine, can even create the storage space. But if I switch it back over, then suddenly it's and unrecognized configuration. I've rebooted, formatted, swapped USB ports, switched to a hub and back, and I cannot get windows to recognize the drive in storage spaces. Computer management shows them fine, and as I said I can access them using the drive letters with no issue. Any suggestions on how to proceed with this?
Also, it's a fresh install of windows, although it did install nearly 200 updates yesterday.

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I would like to find out if my laptop has two hard drive bays. I intend to add an SSD to my HDD, I know there is the option of an SSHD but i havent seen any with the SSD compartment greater than 32GB, and i want one larger than that to keep my windows folder and games Model: Envy x360 15t-w100 SPECS:Intel core i7 - 5200u8gb RAM1TB HDDNvidia geforce 930m15.6"               

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Hi,i'm searching for a notebook with 2 HDD slot, an Intel i7 cpu and at least 8GB DDR3 RAM....anyone knows some laptop with these features???? Thanks

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Operating on my HP Laptop running Windows 8.1, what can I do about retrieving the data on several drives I've just found in my desk drawer.  Where are the different drives I am used to that would allow me to read these drives?

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....

A:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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Hi, i have alot stored up as backup, but would like to install about 3 or 4 IDE drives into a docking box, or external box..........

anyone know of some nice products out there that can do this?

i want to store about 3 or 4 IDE drives in an external enclosure that you can hook up USB and self powered.........


A:Looking for a Storage Solution (IDE DRIVES BOX)?

The only multi enclosures I have seen are sata. What you could do would be to build a basic system and connect all the drives you want with a ide controller card/raid card. This would then connect through a network and be available to all systems on your network.

I have a backup box I made from old parts/pulled parts. It has four ide drives in the system counting the system drive. Each workstation on the network has access to all drives for backup, etc.

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Hello everyone,I'm planning to buy my first Thinkpad, probably a 8th gen Intel processor one. I read this on the T580 specifications sheet : "System has one HDD slot or one M.2 2280 slot exclusively for storage" but that doesn't seem clear to me.I found here someone else who as the exact same, unfortunately unanswered, question :System has one HDD slot or one M.2 2280 slot exclusively for storage. Why I cannot use it with dual drive setup. One fast but low capacity PCIe NVMe ssd on the M.2 slot and another high capacity hard drive on the regular 2.5" HDD bay. Why one or another but not both? I couldn't find a simple and clear answer to that question

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Someone I know split my C:drive and created another drive (E) but the problem is that the C drive has on 1.95 GB and the E drive has 16.6 GB. My computer is not functioning correctly and need to reformat so that C has more space to download things, install programs etc.

can anyone help?

M Harber

A:Split drives need more storage

simply put when you reinstall create a larger C:\ partion typically i like to use around 4-5 GIG but thats up to you...

Are you reinstalling xp or is this an older o/s?

one thing you can try if you dont want to have to reinstall is one of the drive partitioning programs such as partition magic...

Caution: using partition magic can cause you to loose data...

It all depends on how it wants to work for you. I have used it at times to extend a partition and it has worked flawlessly, then other times it royally hosed the drive causing me to have to wipe all partitions and start over..

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I fixed a laptop with the help of Nasdaq, now I have another security question. I did a clean install of Win7 on my desktop, but I did not format m storage drives. I left them untouched. What is the best way to scan them for viruses, malware, etc? Can anything self install off the drives without being clicked?

The computer had an svchost.exe issue. That is what prompted a clean OS install.

A:Best way to scan storage drives

So far I have run MSE and am now running malware bytes.

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Good morning. My built in card reader drives are not showing up under My Computer, and they are not working at all. Any thoughts or direction on how to remedy this would be greatly appreciated. I use the compact flash all the time, and having to use a plug in card reader is terribly slow.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3453 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 372554 MB, Free - 243351 MB; D: Total - 8997 MB, Free - 1024 MB; G: Total - 953198 MB, Free - 445444 MB; J: Total - 610328 MB, Free - 149051 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Nettle2
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Removable Storage Drives Seem to be Gone

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 12
RAM: 8142 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (400 GB Free); D: 931 GB (930 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., AB350N-Gaming WIFI-CF
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

my pc reads my storage drive as two with the little partition showing a H/P logo and it being the primary partition. i can't seem to remove it when i go into manage and disk management. here are some pics to show you what i mean. hope this makes sense to yous...

A:my Pc reading my storage drive as two drives

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I'm hoping someone here might have experience with mirroring 2 drives in Windows 10. I'm reading How-to's but some of my basic questions remain unanswered.

I have an SSD (C) used for the OS and loading apps and a 2TB drive that holds for all my files, images and videos, etc.

I want to add a second 2TB drive and create a Storage Spaces 'Mirror' setup to offer redundancy in case the D drive fails. (I also have off-site of backups). From what I've read the mirrored drives will need to be formatted so I will have to backup and re-copy all the current data onto the Mirrored set.

But here's the question:

Will a single mirrored drive behave like a single drive if it's removed from the set and connected to another computer?

Does the file and folder structure of one of those mirrored drives offer access to the files if it's removed and accessed using a removable SATA dock on another computer?

Thanks for any help with this question.

A:Storage Spaces Mirror 2 Drives?

It's a bit pointless as a lot of space will be wasted and if one is infected so will the other. If you use disk imaging you can have lots of backup spanning a few months that is creating images not cloning

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Hi. Can anyone help me? I am really concerned I may have lost the contents of the Storage Space I have created in Windows 8.

Having read an article by Woody Leonhard extolling the virtues of Storage Spaces and how it could take over from Windows Home Server,I began the transfer at the end of October. I started with 8 HDDs, most 1.5 or2Tb drives, but there were 2 @ 3Tb drives which I had been using elsewhere and which were already formatted as 2.72Tb. The transfer process was going well and I had got almost ? complete, with about 18Tb transferred on to the storage space based on a now grown pool of about 15 HDDs.

The Storage Space ? it was on a ?parity? basis- was ?all green?, although I was often prompted to increase the number of HDDs as the transfer progressed and all new HDDs had been successfully assimilated (Borg like!). The problem arose when I tried to add a new 3Tb Seagate HDD. It was only recognised as 2Tb and so I attached it to my main PC and formatted it via GPT and got 2.72Tb showing. I then put the HDD in the Win8 machine and in ?My Computer? it appeared as 2.72Tb. However, when I sought to add it to the Pool, the applet showed the HDD as being only 1.99Tb. Back in ?My Computer? it confirmed the HDD was 2.72. I thought it might just be a minor bug in the applet and clicked to add the HDD to the pool, but having done so, the overall size of the Storage Space only increased by 2Tb, not the 2.72 I expected. I immediately hit the? remove? button before anything... Read more

A:Help: Windows 8 Storage Spaces and 3Tb Drives

Sorry you are having problems with this. I was not running a Storage Spaces until you posted and then I decided to try it using 2 640 GB drives. Not many of us have 15 hard drives laying around.

None of us would want to be responsible for you loosing any data, so any suggestions should be vetted thoroughly before you take any action.

Considering the info you have given, I would try to add the last 3 TB drive and see if it can be incorporated, and don't worry about its size just yet. The Storage Spaces utility seems to format the drives, so being pre-formatted may not make a difference to it. Also, there may be some requirement by the utility to balance out the space for consistency. But I would guess right now, your primary goal is to remove the red notification on your space. Would you agree it is probably the result of the 2, 3 TB drives being shown as "disconnected"?

I will hope, that because the drives show as disconnected, the data was maintained on the remaining drives. Is there any way you can tell for sure?

So, some questions. of the 15 drives, how are they connected to your system?

Are you using a UEFI or Legacy install? My drives were configured as GPT by the Utility, but I run UEFI.

Now, my tests:

I had to test using a Mirror setup, since I only have two drives. You need at least 3 for parity. If I can find another drive, I might try that later.

But I created the pool, shut down the system and removed the drives. A reboot showed no... Read more

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Yesterday my external hard drive, flash drives, iPod, and memory card reader, which are all USB mass storage devices were working fine. However, today none of them show up in explorer, and when they're viewed in device manager all of them have an error message that says, "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)". I have already used system restore to go back to yesterday and it didn't solve the problem. Also, my flash drive is made by Sandisk and has a second partition that mounts as a CD drive, and this works properly. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? This is very bad for me because I can no longer back up my computer until it recognizes my external hard drive.

Thanks for the help!

Edit: I am using 64-bit Windows 7

A:USB Storage Drives Not Recognized, Code 39

I updated to the latest chipset drivers and the latest BIOS for my motherboard, but USB storage devices still won't mount. I'm at a loss. Perhaps something is wrong with my motherboard?

Here is a picture of what device manager looks like now. As you can see, the USB drives no longer have yellow error triangles next to them under the "Disk Drives" dropdown, but under "storage volumes" there is an equal number of generic volumes with yellow triangles as there are USB storage devices plugged in.

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This problem is driving me crazy and I am having one great big headache at this moment trying to figure this one out. None of my removable storage drives are functioning. All are recogninzed by the computer but they can not be accessed. Everything says "<drive> is not accessible. Incorrect function" I put my flash card in and the computer sees it and recognizes it as such but won't let me access it. Same with any CDs or DVDs I put in my drives. I can't install new programs with a cd because it is not accessible. (I install new software by downloading from the proper website) When I plug in my Fuji camera to download pictures to the pc, it recognizes the camera and gives it a drive but I can't download the pictures. My A:/ drive is not accessible. What is happening? I am running XP w/ SP2. My DVD drive is SONY CD-RW CRX175A. My DVD is generic DVDRom 12X. I have tried a system restore with no success. I have tried to update everything and nothing! I have disconnected, unplugged and tried reinstalling EVERYTHING without success. Please help!!

A:Removable storage drives not working-HELP

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I’ll try to keep it short as possible. Been reading the do’s and don’ts most of the day and made it a long way through the elephant in the room post. Already knew the do's and don'ts but wanted to make sure. Haven't been here in a while.
One problem - got a few more, slow of course - I can barely write this.
Each time I reboot my pc, I get an icon in my systray to remove new hardware. This I really only noticed today so I don’t know if it’s always been there - 2nd/extra computer, desktop/changing to Windows 7 I hope with your help.
The message: USB Mass Storage device - Drives -(F; G:, H:, I:,)
Not even sure I have all of those..
Second problem, only mention it here because it might be realted. I bought this computer used. It’s obvious that he tried to clean out his data first and most likely got more than his data or it had a bad effect. From the first time it was started a pop-up says:
"WELCOME TO THE FOUND NEW HARDWARE WIZARD! (You lucky JERK!) "This wizard helps you install software for: PCI device".
Tried the wizard a few times - Windows can’t find the software. I don’t have a disk that it will take either. I just close it but it pops back up every few minutes. Have no idea what it wants or what a PCI device is to try tracking something down.
HP Pavilllion a630n
MS Windows XP Home Editiion Service pack 3
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 280 GHz, 503 MG
Intel 82516 Express family Chipset.
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A:USB Mass Storage device - Drives -(F; G:, H:, I:,)

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The message: USB Mass Storage device - Drives -(F; G:, H:, I:,)
Not even sure I have all of those..

According to the official specs ( http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c00210099 ),your PC seems to have come with USB card reader. XP will show the "Safely remove Hardware" message if there is a card reader is plugged so there is nothing wrong with that.

ried the wizard a few times - Windows can’t find the software. I don’t have a disk that it will take either.
To identify the device with missing driver, please follow the below steps.
1. Open RUN dialogue ( Win key + R ) and enter Msinfo32.exe in it.
2. When the "System Information" tool opens, choose File -> Save and give a name a name of your choice. 
3. Download and install 7-Zip from http://downloads.sourceforge.net/sevenzip/7z920.exe
4. Now right click on the saved file and choose  7-zip --> Add to archive. This will compress and considerable reduce the file size.
5. Attach the file using More Reply Options --> Attach files with next reply.

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Are different capacity (128 GB vs 256 GB) more expensive to manufacture? If so, why? How do these costs change depending on the type of storage, like Flash Drive vs SSD vs HDD, and for what reasons?

I realize larger drives will generally be PRICED higher simply because more space = better (generally), better = higher demand, higher demand = people willing to pay more. But are there MANUFACTURING/MATERIALS cost differences between the two and if so, what components/labor/manufacturing processes bring these about? Obviously HDDs have some rare materials, like Neodymium, but this would be present in roughly the same quantity regardless of HD capacity (provided drive physical dimensions stay the same, which they generally do).

A:Manufacturing costs of storage drives

Unless someone on our forum is a manufacture of such items, I don't think we can give you a exact answer.
With any product things like demand, materials, labor, market place competition, shipping, storage, advertising and many more have bearing on the cost.

Intel will spend over a Billion dollars to have a plant constructed just to make cpu chips.

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HP Pavilion desktop and Laptop, same OS: Windows Home Premium 64bit
I use a Linksys Router on my Network Storage and Lots of std USB Attached Drives (seagate, fantoms,etc).
The USB's are attached to my Desktop and shared on the Laptop. if I go to the recycle Bin on the Desktop C: drive, only 2 drives are listed, the C: root drive and ONE and newest USB 4tb drive.

The network storage has a $Recycle Bin on it but saves no deleted files/folders and is empty. As the other drives but only the TWO drives listed on C: go to the Bin.

I would like ALL USB Drives AND Flash drives to go through the C: boot drives in case of mistakes.

I can't find any references on how to accomplish this or if it can be done.

And I don't know why the single seagate 4tb does and the others don't.

Any ideas?


I would like to utilize the C: drive Recycle Bin on all drives but when I deleter files, they do not appear

A:$Recycle Bin - Using it on USB Drives and Network Storage.

When a file or folder is deleted it goes to the $Recycle.Bin folder of the drive in question. This is fundamental to the way the recycle bin works and there is no provision made for changing it.

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In the Storage Pool section, I get this error message:
Drive or Storage Space issues; Check Physical Drive and Storage Spaces sections.

In the Storage Spaces section, I get this error message:

Error Inaccessible; check the Physical Drives Section

In the Physical Drives section, all 4 2T drives are checked as okay and have either 49.6% of their capacity used or 49.8% of their capacity used.

These drives are in a 4 disk enclosure that can be attached either by eSATA or USB 3.0. I get the same error under either attachment method.

I am guessing that the virtual disk information, metadata, is corrupt and the data on the four drives is not recognized as a storage pool any more. The device manager shows the disks individually, and the storage pool. is not recognized. In the Storage Spaces section of the Control Panel, the storage pool is recognized, but inaccessible.

Since the data on the disks appears to be good, is there a way to rebuild the virtual disk data. Parity is the redundancy method.

Thanks, in advance, for your help.

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Hi, I recently bought a fairly high spec refurbished computer from a school clearance sale and I am now wanting to use it to be the basis of a simple media center. The problem I am facing Is that it wont recognize my mass storage devices (memory sticks and an external HD) through the USB ports. It Knows they are there because it will show me the names but it wont install them automatically and brings up the 'Install New Hardware Wizard' I've tried using this but it will reach the end of the installation and then say Invalid data. I have checked with the drivers on my laptop and there are the same ones on the new PC.
I am aware that some schools deliberately block USB storage devices for a variety of reasons so I googled my problem. It came back telling me that to disable/Enable USB ms devices there is a simple registry tweak, to change the DWord "start" value to 4-disable or 3-enable which is located at:
However, when I checked in RegEdit there was no USBSTOR directory at all. I have many questions,
Does this directory exist as a default or is it something that is added for this tweak?
Is there another way of disabling the USB for hardware other than mouse and keyboard? If so how can it be reversed?

A:USB mass storage drives are not working

I just checked 2 of mine.
USBSEOR is there
Go to the Device Manager & see if the USB is listed & enabled.
If it is expand the listing, right click each [in turn] & uninstall them
Restart the unit to let them reinstall
when done try them.

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We have 3 different drives for the office on a network and it says there is only 24.5GB of 278GB on all 3 drives? All the drives contain different files mostly word and pdf docs.. and all of the drives have no where near the 278GB of documents. How could I go about getting to the root of this issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

A:3 drives EXACT same amount of storage?

Hi otterman It seems like these three shortcut point on the same drive. The first two would be:\\\COMMON01\\\COMMON02And I suggest you to ping "PC-090". I'm ready to bet that its IP address is In short, all these shortcut points on the same drive, but on different folders on that drive. There's no issue so there's nothing to look for

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Windows 10 really likes to start up my storage drives. I have them set to sleep after one minute in the balanced power profile but not long after they spin down something else causes them to start up again.

They will eventually turn off but spin up again at a later time for no reason.
I see that there is no data being written to them in task manager.

A:What keeps waking my sleeping mechanical storage drives?

Windows itself will wake the drives periodically for maintenance and such, if they are on USB then the drive itself may be just coming in and out of sleep mode.

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I want to install Windows 8.1 on minibook that I have changed its Hard Disk. but I encountered this error:
'We couldn't find any drives, To get a storage driver, click Load driver'
thanks in advance

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I am really interested in drive pooling as I have a computer running windows 7 now that has 5 drives (3x2TB and 2X3TB) that act as my home media storage center. I have TV shows split between 3 drives and movies on 2 drives. When I access these from other applications, it can be hard to group everything together and if I run out of space somewhere, it is a nightmare.

Win 8 pro x64 is on it's way, but wanted to know how to set up Storage Space. I have looked through the tutorials, but cannot figure out how to set my system up, if I have media in different spots.

Do I create 1 Storage Space and all 5 drives are in it then I just have to point to if from my other applications to get to the data? Do I create a storage space for each type of media (music, TV shows, Movies, etc.)? When I add a drive to a storage space, how do I get it to include the files within the storage space and not just use the "empty" drive space?

I am not looking for redundency protection, but to make my handling of data across all the drives easier (e.g. "Did I put my Futurama series on drive 1 or 2...Did South Park make it on to one drive or did I have to split it up?)

A:Storage Space set up on computer with data on drives...

Hi can you not dedicate 0ne or both of the 3Tb drives to video/audio. If you could then everything would be on one drive and I would guess each would take a lot of DVD's / downloads


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Good morning,

I'm intending to buy my first SSD and to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

My current BIOS will allow me to set the ACHI option which I understand is required for SSD use. I've also read that changing this setting in the BIOS from IDE to AHCI will cause my current XP Pro OS to BSOD, that in itself is not a problem as I won't be using it again.

What I would like to know and to get some assurance about is what will changing that setting do to the SATA drives, also connected to the mobo (not USB), that I use purely as storage? Will they be OK? Will I lose access to them or will they be fine?

Any help gratefully accepted.


It's a mistype in the title, I know it's AHCI

A:What does changing to ACHI do, if anything, to purely storage drives

Hello ZBDMiller. Welcome to the forum.

Switching to AHCI will have no effect on your data drives. They will look and work exactly as they do now.

Switching modes only affects previously installed operating systems. It is a software problem, not anything to do with hardware or any physical change to the drive.

AHCI introduces some advanced connection features. The main one is just how the drive communicates with the controller - all behind-the-scenes stuff.

The one feature of AHCI that is noticeable to the user is the ability to "hot swap" drives. That is, connect or disconnect a drive while the PC is running.

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I have a simple three disk parity RAID - calles Storage Space - W: drive.
3 x 1.36Gb gives me about 2.72Gb storage plus the parity bits.

This storage space has about 1.47Gb of data leaving some 1.24Gb free.

Storage Space Static is telling me my disks are 88% full and to add three extra drives

See screendump. What am I missing or not understanding here ?

How do I rectify this situation please ?


Muppet the Wonder Dog

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All right, so this problem happened about 3 days ago when I came across a virus/malware program called SpywareRemoval 2009. Needless to say, I immediately ran both my anti-malware and anti-virus software and caught it right on its arrival.

Now, NONE of my extra storage devices (iPod, SD card, USB drive... nothing!) is being detected as storage.

They all appear in Device Manager under disk drives, yet when I check Disk Management, none of them appear. Everything that was once plug and play is no longer doing anything (although... it is kinda weird that the USB drive shows up as a CD-Drive with no storage capabilities...).

I REALLY don't want to have to wipe my system. I've got all my music on my internal and no way to back it up.

If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:All external storage devices are not being detected as drives. Help!

Hi, you probably have trojan, read


the solution starts on p2

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I used to know of a security system for usb flash drives and pretty much any portable storage.

It used auto-run and a batch file to automatically send an email containing the IP address of any computer that it is plugged into(Except computers in witch you say are ok)

This way, if your flash drive is stolen and used on a foreign computer it will send you an email with the IP address of whoever stole it.

You can use their IP address to locate their location and/or report them to the police.

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

If you know what im talking about and perhaps have a link to the files, please post it. Thank you.

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I've seen such progs for laptops, for instance http://www.absolute.com/solutions-theft-recovery.asp but not flash drives. If you want to secure data on your flash drive (and keep a backup copy elsewhere) you could use the well regarded (free) TrueCrypt in 'traveller mode':

I hope this helps?


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I was wondering if anyone could advise me. I'm needing to reinstall Windows, and I figured I may as well use the reset feature. Would I need to disconnect my external drives and internal storage drive first, to isolate the SSD/C:? Or is it clever enough to leave the storage drives alone, and only wipe/reset the SSD?

I'd rather not have to haul everything out and open my PC up if it's not necessary, the thought scares me.

A:Reset PC and storage/external drives query

Originally Posted by abibee

I was wondering if anyone could advise me. I'm needing to reinstall Windows, and I figured I may as well use the reset feature. Would I need to disconnect my external drives and internal storage drive first, to isolate the SSD/C:? Or is it clever enough to leave the storage drives alone, and only wipe/reset the SSD?

I'd rather not have to haul everything out and open my PC up if it's not necessary, the thought scares me.

First - a clean install using a Windows 10 installation flash drive or DVD is much more reliable than the built in Windows 10 reset.

Second, in order to answer you question we need to see a good screenshot of disk management, with all the columns expanded to see all the info in them:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

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I recently built this computer (see other a thread on building a PC) using Windows 7 on a ssd drive, and I used my sata drives for storage (audio/video). The other drives are from my old system, and they were set up for RAID. I re-formatted the drives, but now they automatically create a system info folder and a recycle bin folder. I don't know why, but I can't create a folder on these drives. They are patitioned (NTFS). Does this have something to do with the RAID configuration from my old system? I need to create folders to manage my projects, but it will not allow it. Also, I installed Norton on the system (I am using the internet for downloading programs I need, once everything is going smooth I will no longer access the web with this PC). The Norton has an error on it, and when I try to fix it it gets stuck on trying to optimize the storage disk E. My SSD is drive C with a partition D for B/U, the next drive is E. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? Thanks to anyone who can speak to this problem.

A:Can't create folders on storage drives using Windows 7

Which RAID Configuration are you in? I think you may have have it set up incorrectly. Depending on what RAID you are using will depend on how your drives can be used. Let us know what RAID you are running which you should be able to find this in your RAID control panel when you boot into it. Thanks.

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I honestly have no idea what that page is called, but when I want to change save locations, none of my drives show up. It worked before but now it just doesn't want to display anything sadly. Here are a few pictures of what I am talking about.

My drives wont show up in this section either...

The thing is though, they display properly in the "This PC" Section so I know they are plugged in correctly.

Any help would be highly appreciated. Thank you!

A:Windows 10 System Storage not displaying drives.

bump... Can someone please fix this?

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sorry and please redirect if in wrong forum<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Hi everyone,

I want to back up my drive contents. I was looking at the vast arrary of online and external storage drives.

I think i want to go for an external drive. USB 2 probably with at least 150gig. Can anyone point out good model / company to buy from.

Also could i install another aperating system on this drive that my computer can boot from?

All replies views and do's and dont's appreciated.


A:Solved: exteral or online storage drives?

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OK, I was preparing my computer to do a clean install of Windows 7. A few weeks ago I inquired if it would be safer to disconnect my storage drives prior to doing a clean install of Windows 7. I went ahead and disconnected my storage drives except my computer would not boot up. I got a message telling me I had a boot up failure and to install my system disc and hit Enter. I did that, but nothing happened. I re-connected the storage drives only this time I did not get a message plus my computer did not boot up. I just had a blinking cursor at the upper Left corner of the screen. After a couple of hours of troubleshooting I entered the Setup BIOS and selected Load Defaults. Well, everything was back to normal and the computer booted up. I don't want to go through this again, so I am asking, how can I get my computer to boot up with only the C: Drive and without the storage drives connected? I am just leery about doing a clean install and having my storage drives affected one way or another, considering all my backups and settings are stored in these drives. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Computer would not boot disconnecting storage drives

It could be for many reasons.
I guess the boot loader isn't on your drive C: but on one of your Data HDD.
You probably has a Legacy system with Master boot record (MBR).
When it boots, the information of MBR transfer the booting system to a Boot Loader. On a MBR system you can only have one main Boot Loader. This Boot Loader can have more than one OS on it's parameters, that is, the boot sequence can be transfered to more than one secondary boot loader.
You also have Ubuntu on your system. If it has been installed after Windows and not on the same drive, the MBR on C: is transferring to Grub main boot loader on the drive where Ubuntu is installed. Grub then loads Ubuntu or transfer to Windows boot loader on C:.
If you take out this drive, MBR on C: won't find Grub and you can't boot.
To fix this, remove all drives except the one with Windows and with Windows Installation DVD make a boot repair. It will modify the MBR on C: to transfer boot sequence to windows. Ubuntu won't boot any more.

Then you have two options. Load Ubuntu from Windows boot loader (https://askubuntu.com/questions/1399...ws-7-boot-menu) or install MBR on the Ubuntu drive that will transfer the boot sequence to Grub on that drive, a Grub boot repair (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair). Before loading Grub boot repair, remove all HDD except the one that has Ubuntu. Then you will have two separated OS, each one with its own drive and MBR and you choose witch one to boot on BIOS.

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
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A:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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