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So I am looking into purchasing the lenovo P51... The mobile workstation looks amazing... everything is upgradable.. amazing to see in 2018 where everything is soldered on..One snag.. when reading a lenovo data sheet : http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20P51/ThinkPad_P51_Platform_Specifications... it says some support m.2 sata some support m.2 nvme and listed no model numbers... sata and nvme are two way different animals.I want to make sure if I am going to purchase a p51 that it will support nvme..Or is the article saying that it supports both nvme and sata m.2 and that just different SKUs come with different ssd models but you can upgrade to a nvme if you please. Another thingI have found on this forum that if you want to do a second m.2 that you need to purchase the m.2 caddy.https://www3.lenovo.com/ca/en/accessories-and-monitors/memory-and-storage/hard-drives/HDD-BO-TP-M-2-...but it doesn't look like there is a pcb board that connects to the ssd and the laptop. Third, if i want to add a sata 2.5" hdd to this laptop what caddy/cable do i need to purchase?I found a forum on this website for the P50 but not the P51.thanks for the help in advance

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I bought an HP Envy x360 - 15t. For some reason I have 2 drives C and D. C is the smaller one and D is the larger one. I'm supposed to have 1 TB drive.  I'm trying to bring my files over and there isn't enough room on the default drive C. I need help getting to the right drive and being able to go to Word and Word to be able to find them. So far I'm completely frustrated. I just got the computer so I have the 1 year warranty but HP doesn't seem to make it possible to get live support. Even a chat would be fine with me. I'm in my 70's and used to know computers. Is it just me or are they deliverately making life more difficult for people to do their own problem solving.I hope someone out there can give me step by step instructions or lead me to where to get step by step instructions.The internet connection is wireless.Thank you in advance. ljc747

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I'm about to install a 2nd hard drive into my computer. Both the old and new HDs are SATA drives. Gonna use XP Home on new HD (its already on old HD). Physically installing the new HD should be easy. Its the set-up afterwards that I have questions for you experts.

I'm not gonna have several partitions. Just gonna have 1 big one like old HD.

My goal is to hopefully have the new HD be my main HD (since its bigger) with drive letter C:\ and my old HD being the back-up with some other letter.

I will change the bios boot order so it looks for the CD 1st since this is where I'll be installing windows from. I dont have a floppy. I have a reinstallation CD plus many other CDs with drivers and so forth so hopefully that wont be a problem. I printed out the order of installing the OS, drivers, service packs, etc from another thread at this great site so hopefully that wont be a problem either. Its before getting to that point that I have questions.

1. I should disconnect the original HD connecter and just leave the new one hooked up when 1st booting correct?
2. Whats gonna happen with the driver letters? I think the new HD is gonna get assigned the normal C:\ drive letter since the old HD that had that drive letter wont be hooked up. That would mean both end up with C:\ (when old one is hooked up again). I'm sure you cant have two HDs in same system with same drive letter so that wont work right?
I know how to change drive letters in XP BTW.
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A:Installing new 2nd Hard Drive plus drive letters questions


1. you are correct.
2. yes the new one will be the c:/ drive. the old one when hooked up will be automaticly change to a different letter e.g E:/
3. if the old hd has a windows installation on it you should be able to boot between the two hds. if you were to boot into your new hd the shortcuts on the old one will not work. if you were to boot into the original hd the letter would be changed back to C:/ ; therefor the shortcuts will work.
4. the first idea would be a bit easier (my opinion) but you could install the new hd before anything is put on it and it would be set a drive letter. when you go to install windows you will be able to select a disk (e.g your new one) to install to. and if the drive letters are confusing it should list the size of each disk so you would install to the bigger hd.

I hope this helps.


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I used a program called WinDirStat that gives disk usage statistics for Windows. The results showed what's using most disk space on my computer. When looking at the results for D: Drive there were multiple lists of the same files in all D: Drive folders. I've included a screen shot of the files, and you can see they're all protect."name of language" starting with protect.russian, protect.chinese hong kong, protect.chinese simplified and so on down in alphabetical order ending with protect.turkish. There may be a good reason for these files to be on D: Drive, but why are they in D: Drive $RECYCLE.BIN? Also, the list of protect. files in D: Drive RECYCLE. BIN don't include the entire list of languages that are seen in all the other D: Drive folders. These folders are preload, SOURCES, boot, HP, System Volume Information, etc.

The reason I used WinDirStat was because my notebook has been doing odd things lately and I'm trying to figure out why. When I close the browser (Firefox) sometimes there's an image on the desktop lasting a fraction of a second that then vanishes. Today I managed to identify the image as a frame of a YouTube video I viewed earlier in one of the open Firefox tabs. Other times the image seems to be of something I don't even recognise. I have Microsoft Security Essentials installed and have scanned for viruses, etc. Any insight would be appreciated, and it would be good to know about the D: RECYCLE.BIN protect. language files.

A:Questions about files in D: Drive and in D: Drive $RECYCLE BIN

Is the D: a partition that you created or is it a recovery partition?

Since the files are in the recycle bin, you could delete them.

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Hi Everyone

I'm full up (my hard drives that is). So I'm going to get a external hard drive but don't know too much about them as the product only gives tech specs and little else. The reason I need an external is to help out my son as he has got some games for christmas and theres no room on the PC !

1. Is a external the same as a normal HDD ? can I install games on a external ?

2. Is a external ok to use on a normal PC ?

3. My mobo has usb 2.0 and RAID is this ok ?

Thanks V_S_D

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The majority of external drives are USB 2.0 and Firewire (1394). Whichever your motherboard supports is fine.

I would recommend using an external drive for storage and backup only.
Figure out how to clean off your internal drives and use those for games and applications. You could also get a larger internal drive (if your machine supports it) and move the contents from your current drives to that disk.

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Is wondering how to get manual control over the cd drive door.
Whenever I burn files to a cd, in windows 7, after they are burned, the cd drive
door opens, like it is telling me to eject the cd, but I've got more files to burn.
So, then I have turn around and push the cd button on computer and start
the search and file burning all over again.
Isn't there some way to be able to control the cd door manually?

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well im not sure what your using but if its media player right click near the bottom and under the tools section select options , select the burn tab then uncheck "automatically eject the disk after burning"

all burning software has this option somewhere in its settings

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In a Win XP Pro, I have a working C drive that is 4 years old and because pure paranoia that might stop working, I bought a new internal hard drive.
My plan is to install it and loaded with my Win XP Pro (do not want to duplicate o mirroer) and make it bootable (I still do not know how) once I have achive this, I was going to go inside the case and swicht hard drives. Would this work?

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Change the boot order in the BIOS and there will be no need to change anything inside the case.

If the objective is to have a spare bootable drive, in my opinion, it would be better to simply lay the drive aside and do a drive image to DVD using a program like Ghost or Acronis True Image.

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Hello. I am buying a CDR/RW drive, but I want to get one that has that "buffer underrun protection." Can somebody clarify exactly how this protection works and what drives (for $220 max) have it?

Thanks Dudes

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Little explaination of burn proof

BURN-Proof (Buffer Under Run Error Proof) is a technology developed by Sanyo
that allows compact disc (CD) recording to automatically stop in the event of
an unplanned interruption and then to resume recording. BURN-Proof is a
registered trademark of Sanyo.

When a CD is burned (recorded), the data must usually be written onto the CD
without any interruption. If an interruption, such as the opening of a new
application, does occur, a Buffer Under Run error occurs and the burn is
unsuccessful. BURN-Proof technology located on firmware inside the CD-R or
CD-RW drive monitors the recording process. If the drive detects a Buffer
Under Run error, it suspends recording. When the problem is resolved, the
CD-R or CD-RW drive restarts recording data from where it stopped.

BURN-Proof technology is used with CD drive speeds 12x and higher because
Buffer Under Run errors occur more often with faster drives. Many CD recording
application vendors provide BURN-Proof support with their software
More here http://www.burn-proof.com/

As far as drives go I prefer plextor's but not sure on the pricing.

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So when I tried to copy some files I dowloaded to a cd rw disk in drive E a window appeared saying cannot read disc in drive e not formatted. Bu, tI was not offered a way to format the disc. This of course made it impossible to copy. The discs are cd-rw blank discs. They are old maybe ten years old. Do I need to buy dvd-rw discs for my new machine?. Oh,  I just bought it,  it's a week old wed. the 30th of March. Should I use only dvd-rw discs?

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Hi, Since external HDD's now are very reliable and very CHEAP, I think forget about dvd-rw blank discs and use -r or +r to burn because dvd-rw discs are not reliable and sometimes they give us few headache. Regards.

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I will soon be migrating my setup to a new case and I have two questions.

1. should I use cable select or just jumper the drives as Master and Slave. I have used both ways in the past and am currently using cable select but I'm wondering if there is any performance difference between the two methods.

2. I have two hard drives (80 GB and 20 GB, the OS is on the 80 GB), a cd burner, and a DVD Rom. For the best performance, how should these be setup as far as master, slave, primary, and secondary? Of course the 80 GB will be the Primary Master but what about the others? If it helps I could also not have the 80 GB as the primary master as my boot manager would tell the comp where to boot from anyway. So how should I set everything up for the best performance?

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I have a Sony Vaio pcv-rs 520 running windows xp sp2. I have started doing some digital video and need more storage and, I think, more RAM.

First question, with regard to RAM, Sony says I need DDR PC2700 333MHz 64-bit 2.5 volt. Sony also says I need to pair the modules. I already have a pair of 256s in there. I happen to have a couple of Kingston Value Ram 512s. One is PC2700 333MHz 2.5 volt. The other is PC3200 400 MHz 2.6 volt. Can I pair the first with the second?

Second question. I will install a second hard drive. It is a Seagate 300 gig. Should I install the ram or the hard drive first? Can I do both at the same time once I open the case?

Thanks you for your assistance

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Never mind, I figured it out looking at responses to a few other posts. thanks jcberner

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I need a little help.


1. How so you know how large a hard drive your BIOS will accept?

2. Should you use auto in BIOS to detect all hard drives or is it better to manually input the info?

3. I thought Fat32 had a 2GB limit?

4. If you had a large hard drive what is the best way to partition it (size of Primary and extended partions)

5. Basically how would you go about installing 20GB hard drive?

6. Is there a way to know if a system will handle a certain size drive without looking at BIOS (Like if it is a Pentium or Pentium II etc)

7. If you are installing a large drive in an older system your choices are upgrade the BIOS or use a program from the manufacturer of the drive right? (would this program make the BIOS recognize the drive)

The largest drive I have ever installed is a 1GB in a Celeron. I am sorry for the amount of questions but this topic really confuses me. I have read some of the other threads on a hard drives but I am still confused on these topics. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Hard Drive Questions

Hmmm lot's of questions, I can answer a few
1. Not sure sorry
2. I prefer autodetect, only manually if it won't work
3. fat16 has the 2gig limit, fat32 will generally support the drive size.
4. Depends on the individual, I have a 17 gig split in three, 5.xx per partition, one for os, one for apps, one for games, works for me. Some only go with one large, some go with a os partition of 5 or 6 gig and the rest extended into one more.
5. Depends on how you want to partition, the fdisk and format are basically the same, if your replacing a master then you would need to copy the old over if you wanted or just do a clean install to the new one and use the old for a slave backup. You need to physically mount the drive, connect the ide cable and power cable, set the jumper according to master or slave, boot up, enter bios, detect drive. save and exit, boot with startup disk, run fdisk from the a prompt, answer yes to the message about lba, create primary dos partition and size, set active, create extended dos partition, create logical partitions inside the extended dos partition, when done format all using lba
6. unsure sorry
7. bios upgrade is preferably, less trouble, but the program from the manufacturer will write an overlay which will allow the bios to detect and configure the drive

If you need specific's when installing a new drive feel free to post the exact components and what you want to do, someone will gladly help you out.

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I recently had my dual 160 gig raid 0 setup **** itself and one of the drives completely died. I recovered from it with the remaining drive and just bought a new 300g, 7200 rpm, 16mb drive. So I need some advice. I need to know what the best setup for partitioning it will be. I want to have the new drive set as my primary and keep the old one for extra junk. Will I need to partition the 300gig drive for windows to read all of it or has that problem been fixed. I also heard that running your OS on a separate partition is a good idea so it doesn't take all of your **** with it if it craps out. I was also curious if I will need any extra wires
to have this setup. The drive I bought was ogm(or something) so it only came with the drive. I have a blue cable that connects to the tow drives and a cable with a bunch of wires that splits to connect to two drives. I guess I need someone to suggest some sites with some directions on how to hook everything together and set it all up since I'm pretty much a novice at stuff like this.

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For you primary partition (os) dont put much more than 20-30gb. Partition the rest as logical drives as you see fit. A program such as partition magic will do this all from dos. With the two drives one should be jumpered as master and the other as slave, or both set as cable select, the drives will have instructions on them for this.

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I have an old backup/test PC that has a very small (80GB) SSD C drive. I'm considering replacing that with a larger drive before attempting to migrate to Win10. Rather than doing a clean install of Win7 (and having to re-install everything I currently have installed) I think I'd like to do an image backup of the current drive and a restore onto the new drive. I would be willing to use either the Windows Backup and Restore utility or Acronis True Image 2015.

This PC is no longer in use much, so I don't want to spend very much time and money on this project. I thought I would buy an inexpensive 256GB SSD and use the easiest technique.

But first I have some possibly bonehead questions.

If I don't use the same make of drive, do I have to worry about drivers? I assume BIOS will be able to read the drive and start the boot process, but I don't know what will happen if Windows expects an Intel SSD and finds something else - a Samsung or something.

My PC currently has the SSD and 2 (small) HDDs. Luckily, the case has room for another. I assume I can install the new drive, point whichever utility I use to it, and restore. Do I then have to remove the old SSD and put the new one in its place, or can I just point BIOS to the new drive as the boot device?

I've never done a system image restore before. Are there potential pitfalls? (At least I'll be restoring to a new device, not overwriting the old one.) Any suggestions concerning Windows vs Acronis utilities for the proc... Read more

A:Questions about upgrading SSD C drive

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Quote: Originally Posted by pokeefe0001

But first I have some possibly bonehead questions.

If I don't use the same make of drive, do I have to worry about drivers? I assume BIOS will be able to read the drive and start the boot process, but I don't know what will happen if Windows expects an Intel SSD and finds something else - a Samsung or something.

No worry about drivers.
My PC currently has the SSD and 2 (small) HDDs. Luckily, the case has room for another. I assume I can install the new drive, point whichever utility I use to it, and restore. Do I then have to remove the old SSD and put the new one in its place, or can I just point BIOS to the new drive as the boot device?

The new SSD may come with transfer software which may or may not work. You could at least try it.

You've got 2 basic choices: cloning or imaging. Either can work or fail. Cloning is probably worth a try, but be prepared to try imaging if cloning fails.

Personally, I'd use Macrium Reflect rather than Windows or Acronis or whatever software may come with the new SSD. Windows Backup would be my last choice for the job.

I've never done a system image restore before. Are there potential pitfalls? (At least I'll be restoring to a new device, not overwriting the old one.) Any suggestions concerning Windows vs Acronis utilities for the process?

Do I need to worry about anything else I haven't thought of? Th... Read more

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So my old computer totaly died, motherboard, chip etc. After looking at upgrading, most of my components are too old for todays new technologies. So I end up buying a new PowerSpec B668 unit from Micro-center running windows 7. The unit comes with 2-500g hard drives. What I didn't realize is they are set up in a Raid 1 mirror configuration. I don't know anything about this mirror configuration. When the unit starts up both drives are listed in the bios, but you can't see the second drive listed anyplace else on the unit, device manager, disk managment etc. So how do I know if the second drive is actualy getting written too, and also I have a brand new WD 320g sata hard drive here at the house. I have one sata port open. Can I add this hard drive to the system as a storage drive or will this interfear with the raid 1 set up.
Any suggestions would be appreciated

A:Hard drive questions

The mirrored raid is for data redundency.
It uses both drives as one,but the exact same data is
written to both drives.
If one drive fails,you can disconnect it and still run the computer
from the other.

You should be able to connect your storage drive without any major problems.
If it doesn't boot,you would probably need to change the first
boot device in bios setup back to the raid.

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I had a friend guve me a 40 GB Western Digital HD. He said every time he ran scan disk on it it would quit about halfway. I installed it as my slave drive to see if I could fix it and use it.

After installing it my system perfomance has went WAY down. When Windoze Boots up it says there may be inconsistances with the disk and wants to run scan disk, but it freezes. So I skip the disk check and when Windoze finally boots it seems to take FOREVER for things to work.

I click on My computer and the search icon appears. After a little while the floppy drive will show along with the two HDs. The CD-ROM and CD-RW drives wont show along with the buttons for the explorer window. I cant click on either drive that is showing.

I also installed a new CD-ROM.. It works fine I put a cd in and it played, but I cant get it to show up under My Computer.

I checked device manager and all the drives are working properly. What gives?

I am running Win 2000 on a dual boot setup w/ Mandrake 9.1
System specs:
Athlon 850
384 MB RAM


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I have a Dell Dimension 2400, and I just recently cracked it open to find that there is only one slot for a hard drive, and it?s taken. Aside from simple switching of hard drives once or twice, I have no real knowledge of how it works. :bounce:

I was wondering, what would happen if I switched the cables (the current one goes straight from motherboard to HD with no slave connection in the middle) and just laid the second hard drive at the bottom of the computer case? (not screwed in place) Would the hard drive spin around hitting stuff when it?s active, overheat, or just plain not work?

Also, I?ve seen somewhere that hard drives over a certain size (120 Gb?) don?t work with every system. I believe there?s some kind of controller (hardware or software?) in order for the computer to use it. :approve:

I don?t know if this helps, but my computer came with an 80 GB hard drive.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks

A:2 Hard Drive Questions

I would not leave a loose HDD vibrating around on the bottom of the case.Look around your extra parts box for a pair of CDrom drive bay adapters brackets or some thing similar.Find a spot where you can get a little air flow .Drill and screw the mounts in place ,then mount the drive in them.
If memory serves ,Fat 32 has trouble reading past 132gigs something like that. As long as the Bios supports large disks , just partition the drive smaller., eg. 200 gig partitioned to 2 - 100 gigs .

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I recently removed the harddrive from my external HD (80GB IOmega) & placed it into a new enclosure (made by Mad Dog Multimedia). The instructiomns on for the enclosure say you have to partition & format the drive. This is so it is assigned a littler & reconzined by the computer. Is this really nessasary as the drive I am putting into it had already been formatted & such? shouldn't I be able to insert the new drive, plug it in to my computer & be good to go? I don't want to format the drive as it currently has files on it & it's my understanding that if I format it I would lose all my files. If it does indeed need to be formatted inorder to work iss there anyway to save/copy these files so I don't lose them? Almost forgot. My operating system is windows XP. Don't know if this would make a difference or not, but figured I'd include that info in case you guys needed it. If you need any other info just let me know. Thanks!


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ok i got a new computer today, i then put i my hard drive from my old computer to the new one but now all it does is constantaly restarts after the windows was unsucessfll at loading do you want safe mode/ last good configuration.
anyone of them i try just restarts my computer i am going crazy plz help me

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Hi. I just bought a new laptop because my old one was a Dell and it died on me. I decided to buy a different one (not a Dell) instead of trying to fix it for the millionth time. I took it with me to a laptop store and asked if they could save the hard drive for me and figure out a way to transfer the data to the new computer. What they did was they encased the old drive in a box with a USB cable connected to it and told me that I can connect it to my new computer any time I want to and access any of my files or programs. While I'm sure this sounds very easy, I am nervous about it and I don't want to screw anything up. How is the best way to access my files and save them on my new drive? What about programs?

Next question: Is it possible to transfer installed programs from an old drive to a new drive? I think we are better off reinstalling them on the new drive, but my husband thinks that the laptop place should have transferred them all for me to save me the trouble. I don't even think that is possible and if it were, wouldn't we end up with some nasty registry problems? Maybe I'm wrong. Please share your vast wealth of computer knowledge with me!

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Copied all my data, pics and music files on to a flash drive. I want to try a system recovery on Windows XP Home Edition. After the system recovery will the usb port recognize the flash drive if I put it in the same port or will it have to reinstall via new hardware.

If it needs to reinstall will that effect any of the data on the drive?

A:USB Flash Drive Questions

You don't mention operating system--
If Windows 2000 or above, it will install its own drivers- but will take a few seconds to do it.

If 98 series- 98, 98SE, or ME-- then you need to install driver first for OS to recognize the unit.

If Linux, should recognize it.

If MAC- should recognize it.


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Just set up my new computer and I have a few questions about using partitions in XP Home upgrade edition.

I always used to use FDISK for this, but I wanted to try XP for partitioning this time, also I wanted to avoid installing a floppy drive on this new system because I never use it anyways.

I figured out how to set up partitions and install xp on a brand new unformatted hard drive. Piece of cake, I set up C with 10GB, and two more, 60GB and 50GB.

I chose FAT32 for my C partition, because thats what I have always used before and I've never had any problems with it.

Windows XP installed fine.

When I went into format my other drives in XP my computer, it only gives me the choice to format them in NTFS format.

Why can't I format them in FAT32?

Will the fact that my C drive is formated in Fat32 effect my 2 other drives being formated in NTFS?

I've decided that I would like all the partitions in FAT32, but don't know how to do it or now how to fix the drive that I have already formatted in NTFS.

Also XP labled my drives wrong It has the hard drives as C, D and F and the CD ROM as E. Can I change this?

Thanks in advance, this is a really great site!

Exactally the place I needed.

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I'm thinking about getting one of those usb pen drives so I can download stuff at work and take it home (i have dialup and they have dsl)..question is my work of course only has usb 1.1 and I have 2.0 at home. is this going to work? also whats a good drive to get? thanks!

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I recently swapped my old internal hard drive for a new SSD and the system runs really quickly and super fast with no issues. Things is, I wanted to use my old hard drive as storage but my PC doesn't want to recognise the old drive when I plug it in externally (I have a sata to usb cable).

The old drive is a HGST Deskstar 7K1000.B HDT721050SLA from Hitachi (going off the model number). I have tried the sata cable on another hard drive I have, a Seagate LD25.1 ST9402115AS 40Gb SATA Laptop Hard Drive and the PC recognises it without a problem. What could be the problem?

Also, I have another hard drive, this time from my old PS3 (western digital 320gb) which I'd like to use as storage. Whenever I try and plug this into my PC (using the same sata to usb cable) my mouse stops working! What's going on here?

Any answers, greatly appreciated.


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I recently built my first PC and for the time being I'm stuck with this. Crucial M500 - SSD - 120 GB.
Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive.

I had a 2TB HDD that I can't use right now and I'm waiting for my next paycheck to buy more SSD.

Now I'd like advice on how to utilize this 500GB drive to it's fullest capabilities. I have my Steam library on there and I'd like to know if it's using it's full speed or not.

I plugged it in back through the USB 3.0 port, how can I check to make sure it's good?

I also heard something about taking it out of it's case and connecting it via SATA or something? Anyone know more about that?


A:Questions about my SSD and external drive.

Hatashi of course you can do that I have done it many times. Take the drive casing apart - you might wreck the casing doing it - then take the drive from inside the casing - it will just pull out as if you were removing a drive from a laptop.

Now I am assuming it will be a SATA drive and not an IDE one - take the side off the machine and ground yourself before touching anything inside the machine.
Then find a SATA power cable and fit it to the drive - then just hook up the drive with a SATA data cable to the board SATA port. Turn on the machine and see if the drive is recognised in Computer.

If it is you can then test want you want to and if all is ok then power off remove the cables from the drive and fit the drive into a 3.5" bay adaptor and then fit that into a 3.5" bay. Reconnect the cables and you are finished. Test to see if it is still recognised - done!

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Hi there guys, I have a 250 gig SATA hard drive for about a year now in my gaming rig, it has 93% free space still. I'd like to buy a new 500 Gig HD, but I have a couple of questions.

1. I have 2 DVD Drives and no Burner, I'd like to save my saved game files, or as much data as possible in general. Whats the best way to do so without a DVD Burner. Transfer Hard Drive data basically to another HDD.
2. I have an ASUS M2N Deluxe P35 570SLI motherboard. Is it possible to Run 2 HDD's at once and transfer the data onto the new HDD and remove the Old one afterwords? How does running two SATA HDD's work what are the factors?

My main goal here is to keep my saved game files and if possible all of the 30 gigs of data as well, thats why I have been questioning running 2 HDD's but not sure on the requirements for doing so. Thanks Guys.

I use Windows XP OEM

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Hi Tech Gurus,

I have bought a WD 80 gig HD that was on sale this week @ OfficeMax. I am going to add it to my computer and have a couple of questions:

1. My current HD is 40 gig. Should I Ghost everything over to the new one and make it the master and the old one the slave?

2. If I use the new hd as the slave, do I have to install the OS (WinXP) on it, or just format it and give it a drive designation or what?

Thanks for your help and insight into these questions!

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I would keep the existing drive as the master drive. You already have your os and all on it. All you have to do is partition and format the new drive and set it as slave.

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Current system has 2 hard drives: original 10gb and an added 120 gb. Running XP home. Would like to replace the 10gb
with a 40 gb but condition of the 40 gb is questionable. Can I replace the 120gb with the 40 gb to test it out and see if it
is worth using as a replacement for the original 10 gb? When I am satisfied that the 40 gb is OK I would then put the 120 gb
back in place and put the 40gb in place of the 10 gb and reload the OS to the 40 gb. Will the existing 120 gb maintain its contents thru the removal and reinstall? Thanks for your comments!

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I'm assuming the 120GB drive is the Primary slave drive and the 10GB drive is the Primary master which has the OS installed on it. Your question is whether removing the 120 physically from the computer tower and installing the 40 will in any way cause you to harm the 120 in any way. There is only one remote possibility and that would be if you have moved either your page file or your My Documents folder to the 120 drive. If you have done neither of those, you should be OK to remove the 120 and install the 40. What do you have on the 120GB drive?

Also, unless you just want to do so, you do not have to do an install of the OS on the 40GB drive if and when the time comes. There are programs available which will clone the content of the 10GB drive to the 40GB drive and you just go on as before.


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I am getting very confused right now with my hard drive.
Today I looked into my PC and I see that

My hard drive is connected to Secondary IDE Master
My CDRW is connected to Secondary IDE Slave
My CDROM is connected to Primary IDE Master

First of all shouldn't the hard drive be Primary Master? If I change it around now, will I lose any data, or will anything be screwed up.

Also, I looked up some things in Sisoft Sandra and now I am even more confused. I thought my hard drive was on IDE but now I don't know. Here is what I get from Sisoft Sandra

ATA/ATAPI Information:
ATA Controller 0
- ATA Device (fixed) -- This is my hard drive
- ATAPI CDROM/DVD Device -- This is my CDRW

Now I look in:
SCSI Information:
SCSI Host 1
- E-IDE CD ROM -- This is my CDROM.
SCSI Host 2
- QUANTUM FIREBALL AS -- This is my hard drive
- SONY CD RW CRX1611 -- This is my CDRW

So what do I have my CDRW and Hard drive on? SCSI or IDE, I thought they were different. Is something messed up with my PC?

I also wanted to add another hard drive. Before I thought I would do it like this:

Primary IDE Master - Current Hard Drive
Primary IDE Slave - Second hard drive
Secondary IDE Master - CD ROM
Secondary IDE Slave - CDRW
Primary IDE Master - Current Hard Drive
Primary IDE Slave - CD ROM
Secondary IDE Master - Second Hard Drive
Secondary IDE Slave - CDRW

But now with this whole SCSI thing I am really confused. Can someone please clarify this for me. I went through several articles on the ... Read more

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I don't know if this is the right place to post my question. But if anyone can help please do so. I have a question about hard drives. Which is the best hard drive manufacturer. I heard from a couple of technicians that Maxtor is a piece of garbage, while other technicians say their great.

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Can a Flash drive be partitioned???

I have a couple of SanDisk 4GB Cruzer Flash drives on one of which I have a small Acronis boot file. Well, thinking I'd like to use the remainder of the device for storage of various files, I inserted the drive into a USB outlet and checked on Disk management. Sure enough it was there and showed the partition size to be 3.9x GB. Then I open Easeus Partition Manager with the idea of resizing the partition down to a smaller size. The flash drive was not detected by Easeus

So I thought perhaps it's because it's connected via USB. I then powered up my external HDD (also connected via USB) and again launched Easeus. The extrenal HDD shows up in the list.

So now I'm wondering whether a flash drive can even BE partitioned. Anybody know about that? I also noticed both Flash drives are formatted in FAT. Can they be formatted in NTSF?


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Even floppies can be formatted NTFS. But there is a lot of overhead and not really worth it for small drives. You'd lose maybe 12% just for the MFT.

Yes, I have successfully partitioned a flash drive before using Paragon. But something didn't quite work right, if I recall. It may be that Windows refused to give the second partition a drive letter, but I can't remember for sure. I actually wanted to make 2x2GB partitions so they could be formatted FAT for caching (FAT is faster than FAT32 or NTFS).

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I'm replacing both my HD and CD Rom.

Can I do it at the same time or should I do the HD first then the other?
I am told I can set up my new HD with the XP disk true?
During Windows XP set up, any settings preferred over others? NTFS over FAT 32 seems to be the choice. Thanks as always.

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I have been having trouble with a drive for some time "I actually asked about it in the past on here". Basically about last friday I noticed that my windows installation would just out of the blue go to crap. It would lock up and freeze for about a 5 minute interval, so I ran a CHKDSK on the drive at boot up and it found some "orphaned" files and attempted to repair the system. Well the system booted up one more time, then refused to boot again.

So into the installer DVD I go, it attempts a startup repair, and now when I boot windows goes directly into startup repair.

So off to Ubuntu Live via usb pen drive. I back up the drive then format it and reinstall windows. It still refuses to boot, this time it will hang at the bios command prompt just after "boot from disk drive".

So my initial thoughts was that the drive went bad, since its impossible to boot from it. So I totally unhook the drive, and attempt to install ubuntu to one of my IDE drives, just as a temporary solution untill I can order a new drive from newegg. Well then I notice that they wont boot either. So thinking it may be a Slave/Master setup, I unplug one drive and adjust the jumper.

Well it still refuses to boot, so I decided to try installing windows to it, so I pop in the windows installer dvd and it literally takes it like 15 minutes to get to the first dialog in the installer process, it takes even longer to get next window.

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There were several other steps you could have used before jumping to ubuntu which has probably destroyed the bootmgr by now.

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

and it sounds like you had a file issue, not an actual startup issue to begin with, this would have been the proper fix for that.
SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

...just for future reference.

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I own on old relic computer named LASER which had no hard drive, only a 3.5 floppy drive and a 5.25 floppy drive. If I connedt an external hard drive(if that is possible via a DB9 or a DB25 to USB cable.)..will that work? I doubt it, probably there is not enough motherboard or whatever internal structure is required.....
Another quesstion: is there enought room on one hard drive to run two platforms like XP & Vista without partitioning?


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I bought a new hard drive 40 g. The computer store installed it for me. I told them that I will load the os myself so that I wouldn't spend anymore money.

Well I thought it would be simple. Just put in the boot disk and windows 98 disk. Well it doesn't see the drives. I have 3 cd drives. it comes up as E: F: and G: drives but doesn't see the windows 98 cd in them.

what do I do. Do I suppose to do something before loading the os. I don't need to go into the bios do I?

please help.

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Where are you that you see these drives?

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Hey gang, got another question I thought Iíd put to the fine folks at this site.

Last night I bought a new hard drive, a Western Digital 60GB. I actually managed to install it, though I was fairly sure Iíd screw up somehow (I almost always do, where my computer is concerned). Amazingly enough, the computer recognized the drive and began the process of converting the contents of the old drive (20 GB) to the new one. After a little while, what I had was two identical copies of the same hard drive, both installed and working.

Now at this point, a logical man would leave well enough alone. Everythingís installed, everythingís working- why would I want to tamper with anything? Well, itís because Iím a moron, thatís why. But at least Iím smart enough to know not to do anything without checking here first. If Iíd done that in the past, I could have saved myself some major headaches, believe me. So this time, Iím gonna run a couple of things past you guys, ask a couple questions, etc., BEFORE I do anything. You know, as opposed to coming back on here tomorrow with a post entitled, ďCANíT START COMPUTER Ė HELP!!!!Ē Seems like a good idea.

So here goes. First, my basic questions.

1. Does it matter which drive is the master and which is the slave? Right now Iíve got the newer, bigger drive running as a slave to the older one that came with the machine. Iíve read some things that say itís better to swap them, once the contents from the old one are safely on the new... Read more

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Recently I had a External Hard drive that died and I'd like to get a Internal drive for my computer but I'm not exactly sure what drive I want/need.

Mostly I'm not sure what kind of interface I need I know that the Internal drive in the computers Model Number is: "WDC WD150EB-00BHF0" and that it says its a IDE/ATA Interface but my problem is that when I search for a Hard Drive all I find is things like "PATA" and "Ultra ATA100" and I'm not really sure what type of interface I need.

I'm not exactly sure how to find out what type of Motherboard I have either; although if it is needed to determine what I need for my board I will gladly follow any steps given to me to find out my motherboard type.

Lastly, I'd like to know if for each interface if there is a difference between certain Interfaces I've done a little research but I'm still unsure of what to buy.

Thanks in Advance.

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As far as the interface you need get whatever one will fit will fit your Motherbard and PSU. If they only support EIDE(AKA PATA) than thats what you will have to get, same goes for Sata. Sometimes your Motherbaord will support both but your PSU will only support one. The best way to figure it out is to open up your machine and see what kind of hard drive is in already and get the same Kind.

If your cable plugged into your drive has an end on it like this than its EIDE or PATA

If its SATA it will look like this

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I currently have a SATA drive in my desktop. I desire to add a second SATA drive to increase storage space. In reading about the drives many places speak of the need for special SATA cables. I have not pulled the case yet on my computer but, with older computers, there have always been extra connectors on the ribbon and power cable to connect to additional drives. My basic question is if I purchase a "bare" drive, do I need some sort of cables to connect it as a second drive in my computer??



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Hello Dave,

Since you have a SATA drive already, then all you need is just another SATA cable to connect the new drive to a SATA port on the mothermoard.

SATA cable:

IDE cable:

Motherboard SATA port (right) - IDE port (left)

Hope this helps,

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OK I have been trying for the last 2 days to boot from a usb drive on my computer, read some of the tutorials on how to do this method. Nothing seems to work so far. Been trying the recovery method, then choosing Advance setup.
That works to the point of showing my choices, if I choose the boot to uefi settings then choose boot options from my menu, usb option is never listed. If I use a dvd, then its always listed as an option.

Now this is the strange part for me, Also listed at the advance setup menu at boot up is TWO UEFI RealTek PCie GBE Family Controller's on my menu. one says IPv4 the 2nd one says IPv6 Should I show two family controllers on the boot menu??? Is this normal?? Computer is an HP Envy Desktop 810-160

Bottom line is this computer is 2014 model, so kinda new, and I have not found anyway yet to boot to any usb drive yet. Boots from dvd drive with no problem. Fast boot is off.

A:Booting from USB drive questions

On my Laptop I have to enable "Legacy emulation" mode to support USB before the OS is loaded. If I don't have that enabled when I open the boot order menu nothing is listed for USB even though there is a stick in the port with an OS on it.

I leave it enabled because if you want to use a USB keyboard in the BIOS/UEFI settings it won't see the keyboard without it after a cold boot.

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ok so im thinking about buying another stick of ram. the thing is i dont know which one. i have a compaq presario 6000 so what kinda stick of ram do i need? and also i cant survive with the little hard drive on this thing so if i bought a new hard drive could i put it in my computer as another hard drive? or would i have to take my current one out?would it require more cables? if so where to get them?? thanks!!!

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the RAM type is PC-2100 http://www.4allmemory.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.memorySearch&manufacturer_id=25&model_id=-692...

and you can add the new HD as a Slave, and have all the files and stuff from the old HD 2 the new 1...

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I have recently formatted the drive on my laptop and reloaded the programs from disk (XP) and have a few questions I hope someone here could help with:

1. Reloading the programs from disk was pretty straightforward but downloading and installing the Windows service packs, updates and patches etc took hours (on broadband).
Can I back up these updates to disk so in future I can save all the downloading time and what exactly do I save? I looked in the files and just donít know where to start!

2. After loading the various programs from disk and a few others such as AVG, Zone Alarm etc but prior to downloading the Windows updates the disk space used was about 3Gb. After downloading the service packs etc the disk space used jumped to over 9Gb! (yet, when I add up the individual folder sizes, it comes to only 4.4Gb)
Do the Windows updates take up an extra 6Gb? And where are they hiding?

3. The @ symbol has jumped from the [email protected] key to the Ď2í key. How do I change it back?

Apologies for the lengthy post but some help would be very much appreciated.


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I'm going to be getting a new 1TB hard drive for my laptop, and have some questions about it:

1. Someone told me they didn't think my laptop would support a HD that's 1TB, that I'd have to partition it into smaller sizes. Is this true? Is there any way to tell? I wouldn't mind doing that, but I'd like to know beforehand.

2. I'm going to take my old 320GB laptop hd and use a SATA to USB connector to use it as an external storage device. Since it will still have Vista installed on it (at least until I reformat it) will I be able to boot vista off it through that USB connector? If not, is there any way I could do it through other means? I'd like to use it to experiment with dual booting and partitions (since I've never managed to do either successfully) but I want to do that on a hd other than the one I'll be using in case something goes bad again.

3. I'd like to duplicate the 320 HD I have onto the new 1TB HD, but there's a problem. I know there are several utilities I can use to back up an image of a HD, but I have nowhere to store that backup image. My current HD has about 10GB free, and the SATA to USB connector I'm going to get says it only supports sizes up to 500GB. I was thinking there's a way I could put the new HD into my laptop, then use a Linux Live CD to boot up and plug in the old HD with the USB adapter and use one of those utilities to copy that HD image right onto my new one, but I'm not at all familiar with any of those procedures. A little help would be g... Read more

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Go to your manufacture's website and they will tell you what you can do and tell you what you can't do. Thats what I did and you can even print there instructions. LOL

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I am running win 98 II on a P III 450. My current 3.2 g HD is making periodic loud rattling noises which suggests imminent failure.
I have purchased a Maxtor 20g HD and would like to make it the primary HD with a partition. I would like to copy all the info (including operating system - to avoid the need to reinstall
software) from my current HD to the new one so as not to lose any info. I would also like to make the 3.2 g (old) HD the secondary drive until its failure - if that happens.
How do I do that? Is it a good idea? Do jumpers need to be changed on the old 3.2 g drive? Will there be a conflict with the CD-ROM drive? Are there bios changes to be made? Would the easier (best ) solution be to make a clean install with Win 2000 and re-install all apps?
Thanks for your assistance.

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Runing Windows 7
Has CD rom and primary hard drive on a IDE cable. I also have a secondary drive on a SATA cable. Recently after a crash I could no longer get the SATA drive to work. The computer would hang on shutdown. You cant see the drive in Windows but you can see it in the Bios.

I swaped out the SATA drive with a new one and even tried another SATA slot on the motherboard but still cant see the drive in windows at all.

Any ideas where to go with this I think that the SATA driver might be corrupted but no idea how to fix that in Windows 7 as I am fairly new to that OS.

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What was the nature of the crash?
Can you see the drive in disk management, and is it formatted?

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I have a western digital 500gb internal hard drive it always show bad sectors when i scan with hd tune but when i scan with western digital data logistics tool via booting through ubcd it shows me no error.
After scanning with wd tool for some time the bad sectors warning get disappeared and also when i scan wih hd tune
It shows me no error about bad sectors.
This happens frequently.i.e "for some times gives error some times not ".
And still today the hd tune gives me bad sectors warning
Can you please tell me the soluton and cause of this error?

I have defragged and ran chkdsk but that reports no errors.

P.S. This has no relation with my other post. Thanks

A:Hard Drive Questions

You can`t fix bad sectors on a hard drive.

Install and run Crystal Disk

CrystalDiskInfo Free Download - Temperature Monitors

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i have 2 hard drives, one is used, the other is empty

is there any way to run the second hard drive with a separate operating system than my main one? (my main one is running vista, but i want to use XP on the other one)

solutions? questions? wrong forum?

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Yes, you can; but, one of the drives will have the boot files for both operating systems. I'm not familiar with Vista so I cannot tell you whether Vista is XP friendly. In the Past, Windows 2000 could install beside Windows 98 and dual-boot both. Windows XP worked the same for Windows 98 and 2000; but, I don't know about Vista.

If Vista doesn't want to play with XP; you could do it with a third-party boot manager. Still, the boot files for both operating systems with reside on a single drive while the Windows folder, the Program Files folder, etc. for each OS will reside on the different drives or on different partitions.

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