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Boot issues, Hard drive error issues

Q: Boot issues, Hard drive error issues

About a month ago my hard drive froze up and I replaced it with a Western Digital Caviar Black 500 gb Sata drive. I used an external USB hard drive enclosure to remove files etc, the old hard drive still worked, just wouldn't boot the OS. Well since then I had problems with boot up. At first it was just that restart wouldn't work out of Windows XP. The motherboard would beep, display it's identity and stop. Sometimes it would stop after detecting the CPU and the memory but not continue on to even look for the Hard drive or anyother bootable device. Now it takes two, three, sometimes four tries to get it to proceed to detect the hard drives and occasionally freezes on the Welcome screen to XP. When I check the event viewer it seems to get into loops of security checks, running the same one over and over. The last time I checked the System events, it showed none prior to the current boot up. I am also getting hard drive errors. No bad sectors, just corrupted files and messed up index entries.


Amd Athlon 64, 200 MHz 3200+ about 3 years old
Winfast NF4SK8AA Motherboard
3 GB Ram, 2 x 512 Kingston, 2 x 1024 Lifetime
Asus branded - Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS
Windows XP Home, SP3

I am also having no problems once the computer actually boots, no BSOD's, nothing untoward. Also after it's going awhile, seems to start and stop no problem. It's feeling like an old car right now.

I am wondering whether to replace the current generic 450 W(DEER Computer Company ltd. )power supply with a corsair 450 W model. Looking at the Motherboard everything looks clean and appropriate (ie.. no oozing, crystallized gunk or anything like that).

I have not run memtest and will do that at some point too. Virus scans keep coming up clean.

Any thoughts would be helpful.

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A: Boot issues, Hard drive error issues

First, I would certainly change out your power supply because generic ones are often garbage. There are tremendous deals in the 450-550 range reputable psu's.

Second, check out this superb tutorial on USB by LookinAround: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic122125.html

Third, run ChkDsk.

Fourth, I think it would be good for you to run a harddrive diagnostics. Your manufacturer will provide a free utility to do so.

* By the way, I have the same cpu on my second rig and it is a solid one. Steady as she goes...

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Hello, Firstly my internal hard drive failed on me, I bought a new one and fitted it. I carried out a test and it passed.   Now I'm completely stuck I had thought I could download a file called media creation tool on to a disc and start downloading Windows that way by pressing F10 and switching Legacy boot and Secure boot etc from this page: http://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c03653226#AbT2, it didn't work (as I had hoped it would/supposed to) I got near the end where I was supposed to insert the disc, after doing so a message came up saying that either there is no disc or the hard drive is no visible (something simlar anyway).  From then on when I have tried I had the message "exiting pxe rom" in white writing on a black background.  I have a few questions, any help would be much appreciated, I'm trying to save money from taking in my PC to a shop to get fixed, but I will do if it will all take too long or is too difficult.  1) I had updated to Win10 from Win8 last year but I havent any boot discs at all. Do I need to buy a HP recovery disc, or is there anything else that I can do to install Windows?  2) Do the boot discs need to be Windows 8 (my original version) or Windows 10 (what I upgraded to) followed by a product key or something.  3) should I just take it to PC world a fork of the 60 or so to get someone who isnt clueless.  Thank you for any help,  

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Sometimes when i boot up my windows 7 home premium 64 bit computer it gets to the boot page before windows even loads. it doesnt register that the hard drive is there at all but it registers my other sata device (my disk drive) however when i turn the computer on and off a few times it does eventually boot fine and the sometimes it will boot fine several times in a row before the problem repeats itself.

can anyone help me this is driving me mad and its ruining the which i spent a lot of time and money building.


A:sata2 hard drive boot issues

Hi and welcome.

Please fill out your system specs so that we have a better idea of what kind of hardware you have. It's easier to help that way. Thanks.

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I am having an issue booting my pc up. It is a ibm thinkpad t42. It runs windows xp, or at least it did until recently. My first issue was the monitor. it just wouldnt start up. so I attached it to a desktop monitor, and when I turn it on the ibm logo appears then dissapears as it tries to boot up windows. it redirects me to a msg saying, "<windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe please re-install a copy of the above file." The pc was refurbished, and did not come with any discs. so I can not boot from disc. I can enter the bios setup utility and reset the defaults but it doesnt change anything. I have tried to boot up in safe mode to no avail.. it just redirects me to the same msg. I have tried to restore to the last known good configuration and tried to use the directory services restore mode. both redirecting me to the same msg. Nothing is seeming to work. Normally I can solve my pc issues with google, and following others advice on what worked for them. except this time I notice that although many ppl get the same msg as me, most either have a boot disk, or can still acces windows somehow, and get into their control panel. I am completely lost. If this doesnt get resolved soon, I might have to just put my laptop in the BBQ, sauce and all. I will literally eat this thing digestion problems or not. i am getting that frustrated. anyone that might be able to help can reply or email my hotmail. [email protected] thank you in advance to anyone... Read more

A:Boot issues, possible hard drive failure?

tried a program called spotmau. it tried to replace the files, and now it is even worse i think. I am getting a different error msg. and now I cant even press f8 to get to the safe mode option. not that it worked before, but i found a different one to try and it wont boot up to it. it is called new multiboot dvd. both of these programs came reccomended i am still having issues..

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On my laptop which is now about 6 years old I have been experiencing a few issues. First as the laptop is so old it has seen its fair amount of system restores but one thing I have been noticing is that my hard drive space is disappearing. The laptop started with 160gb (shows how old it is) split 80gb between the different partitions but now it only has 69.5gb per partition, so does anyone have any clue how to restore the space?

The second problem I am having is with installing my printers, I have successfully installed two wireless printers on my desktop pc but when it comes to connecting to the printer I must first setup a temporary link with a usb to one of the printers but when I connect them together it does not pick it up. But if I plug other devices in then run fine, anyone got any ideas?

The last issue I am having seems to be some sort of autorun problem, for example when I insert a install disc the autorun box pops up but does not display the install and I only have the option the view all of the files so I have to find the setup application within the disc myself. Any ideas?

I know I am asking about a lot of issues but any help is appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] USB, hard drive issues and auto run issues

Hi try this for auto run Fix Windows 7 AutoPlay Dialog Box Missing or Not Appear, Display and Pop Up ? My Digital Life
for question one are you saying you have 69.5 gb free on each drive partition
on question 3 did you install the driver for the printer which is the default

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Hi Folks,
I'm new to this forum. Thanks in advance for your help.

I cut and pasted this from another thread, it's very similar, but I read trhough the thread and it did not resolve my problem. It's also dated. http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic5352.html

I have a big problem. Windows XP pro got a blue screen suddenly. And now it can't boot. normal mode... safe mode, recover console,... anything.

ERROR 0x00000024

and it says... check the disk with CHDSK /F to repair the problem.... but I can't because I can't access to anything to do a CHKDSK...

What I've done to date is: Replaced the HD, The system can boot, but I need critical data on the other hard drive. I called MSFT tech support and had them walk me through a boot from cd. If I connect the old HardDrive as a secondary, the blue screen does not allow me to proceed. I do not want to overwrite/reformat the hardrive until I get the data off.

What elss can I do?
Really need some help here - Thanks

A:Hard drive issues - NTFS.SYS ERROR 0x00000024

Went to the knoppix site, it's not english and I'm mono lingual unfortunately. Any advise? what does knoppix do anyhow?

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I have an HP Touchsmart 310 All-in-One and it will not boot up. I was running windows 7 on it. Every time I boot the computer, I get the error message ?AHCI Port 0 device error? press F2 to continue. It doesn?t ever boot to windows when I press F2, just eventually back to restarting with the same error message. I was unsure if it is my hard drive that went bad, so I attempted to replace it to see. When I did this, I no longer got the AHCI error message, but got another. PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM. Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device or insert boot media in selected boot drive and press any key. The system boots in the correct order?hard drive first. So I?m unsure as to what could be wrong. Please, please help! I just want to get to my windows screen again.

A:Hard drive issues-AHCI port0 Device Error

With the new drive installed, you need to install windows on it. It's asking for the install media (what ever you have the ISO of windows on DVD/USB drive) and then to change the boot order so it boots from the install media.

As far as the first message goes on your original drive....looks like your HDD was switched from SATA mode to AHCI which explains your error message. Go back into the BIOS and change the the drive mode to SATA and reboot and see if that works

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Dell Optiplex GX280, Windows XP Pro, MS Office 2000 Pro
All issues started within the past 24 hours
1. Try to open MS Outlook, error message, "OUTLOOK.EXE - Application Error", "The instruction at "0x02b80df3" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read". etc.
2. Open MS Word, Visual Basic.net tries to install but it's already installed and was working fine until now.
3. Sometimes the hard drive will start running as if searching for something and will do this for many minutes then stop. Usually happens with a browser window open (I only use Firefox, doesn't matter how many tabs open)

Just ran Hijackthis, have log file

Thanks for any assistance!

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Hi, I really need some help here.

My system has two drives:
1) SSD (C: drive) where my win7 OS boots from (call this normal_win7)
2) HDD (D: drive) where I keep my data

I created a D:\virtual_win7.vhd file and installed win7 on it (for testing purposes) following these instructions:

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

When I boot, I get no boot menu asking me to choose either between normal_win7 or virtual_win7 install. By default, it boots into virtual_win7. To boot into normal_win7, I need to press F11 at reboot to enter into Boot Menu and select it. I thought I would be presented with a boot menu at reboot each time? Those instructions I followed in the link told me the boot manager would be present. So I got a feeling something went wrong somewhere.

These are some things I observed:

1. I installed EasyBCD within normal_win7 and it only has one entry listed in the bootloader:

HTML Code:
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
2. Within System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Startup and Recovery, there is also only one entry.

3. In Disk Management (within normal_win7), the vhd does not appear.


What do I need to do to get the boot menu manager going when I reboot my system to allow OS selection?

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A:Boot issues with virtual hard disk. No windows boot manager

I guess everyone is using win8 these days, or my question is at the cutting edge of technology that no one knows the answer

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I have 2 hard drives in my computer. The slave drive which is 80gb large and pretty old and is giving me problems. It keeps on shutting down then booting then shutting down... How I can tell it is doing this is because constant noise is coming out of my computer tower, which sounds like it's booting up and shutting down. And when I go into "My Computer", the 80gb slave drive doesn't show up.

I had important files on this hard drive, and now I can't access them. I switched ribbon cables and the power plugs but with no effect - my hard drive is DEAD!

So now my question: How am I to retrieve my files on that hard drive, or how do I make it work? I have the knowledge to build a computer, but I don't have the knowledge to break apart a hard drive. If someone can give me directions, or tell me how to retrieve my files, I would greatly appreciate it!

A:Hard Drive issues

Did you ever make backups of all those important files?

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Alright, me and a far more computer-savvy-than-myself friend of mine have been hard at work trying to fix a hard drive space issue on my computer.

Every day or so, it seems I lose another Gigabyte or two of hard drive space, with an absolute max on my hard drive of 139 GB. I've got a hard drive space visualizer that I've been using to track down where this space is being used up, and it doesn't seem to register. The space is just gone.

Solutions we've already tried include the following:
Defragged the hard drive, thinking it might be a packing issue(whatever that is). Didn't work.
Ran two seperate high-end anti-virus systems(Windows Security Essentials, and MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware, one after the other, both updated to the latest versions. Found some viruses, but the problem is still ongoing, and my friend says this is not typical malware behavior.
Deleted restore points, under the impression that it may be restore point bloat. As soon as I did this, I actually lost another 100 MB of hard drive space, meaning this is not the issue.
The classic blobs.bin problem. File's been deleted, and coming back, but not at a rate fast enough to warrant it being this particular hard drive issue.
Internet file overload. Checked them, and they're not big enough for them to be the problem. I'm not getting very many new temporary internet files, and the problem persists and gets worse by the day.
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A:Hard Drive Issues

Run Treesize - see where space is being used -

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

The other issue could be with VSS/ System Restore. Download this app; extract the batch file; save to Documents -



RIGHT-click on the BAT file, select "Run as Administrator".

A Notepad will open with the results - save as text file. Upload and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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My wife's Inspiron 17 5767 started making HDnoises.....tic tic tic......until it got louder and louder then failed completely The laptop was still under warranty so I sent it back to Dell....they replaced the harddrive and sent it back. It's only been two weeks and the hard drive is making the same noise again....tic tic tic. Well before it went all the way out I bought another hard drive and loned the laptop HD......I then put t the laptopn and guess what.....tic tic tic. So I got the hard drive that Dell"replaced" stuck it in a dock and it didn't make any tic tic tic noises....ran quiet as it should. Now, my question for you geniuses.....what other hardware would casue the harddrive to go out ?? I want to figure it out before I contact Dell again. Is it the MB ???

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I've got a Toshiba drive in my laptop and it seems to be very sluggish as of late. I defragged it, checked it for errors (found none), but nothing has helped so far. So I ran some benchmarks and it seems that the sequential read/write are about normal for the drive; however, the buffered read/write and sequential burst are only operating at 50-70% of what they should be. If it was a hardware problem with the drive, I would think that the performance would be affected across the board, not just in those areas.

Any ideas or suggestions?


A:Hard drive issues (?)

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Ok everybody heres the issue. I have three hard drives lets call them 1, 2, and 3 number one has the the operating system on it. This needs to be the master. 2 and 3 need to be slaves. I jumpered 1 as master and the other two as slave. everytime i plug them in and turn on the machine it trys to make 2 the master. When i unplug number 2 and just leave 1 and 3 plugged in it loads the op sys and all but in the very first boot screen where it lists the drives 1 is labeled as primary slave. even though it is jumpered as master. What am i doing wrong here this is the first time i have ever had this problem. please help and thanks in advance!

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I am having a problem with the computer starting up. It is making a load clicking noise what I start it up. When it goes forward, it is telling me that there is not a Operating System detected. So I tried to run a fully recovery and nothing, it wont even do that. Is the hard drive done? HELPPPPPPP

A:Hard drive Issues

Have you tried booting off of a boot disk and then running scandisk from the boot disk? When you do run a surface check of the disk [it will be one of the options]

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To make a long story short(er), my hard drive is having issues. It started when I plugged in a backup drive after it had fallen to the ground. After plugging it in and seeing it no longer worked, I left it in overnight. Now the main drive which never left it's cradle or became unplugged, is no longer loading up. Let me rephrase it... It loads, but it loads to the windows 10 system recovery keyboard selection screen which won't let me select a keyboard. I've tried several things to no avail. I've also had a friend come over and he also had no luck.

For the sake of being thorough, I'm going to just swallow my pride and take your suggestions from basic remedies to advanced ones. I do have a windows 10 dvd. I also have a laptop (running vista). I do not have another desktop, but I am currently thinking of swapping hard drives to another computer somewhere to hopefully save my photos etc.. Unfortunately with my backup dying a day earlier, I don't have a backup for my files currently.

A:hard drive issues

you might try a docking station, i got 1 and managed to get all the stuff off my dying drive,
this is the same as the 1 i got

Dual 2 5" 3 5" IDE Sata HDD Hard Drive Disk Dock Docking Station USB 2 0 WIN 7 | eBay

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Hello, I am new to these forums and going to start off with saying thanks for taking a look. My Computer started crashing over the weekend which I believe is RAM related issue but figured I would try out these forums to see what other say. MY computer is about 6-7 years and has worked fine up until recent. I?m running Windows 7 Ultimate edition, 2.6 GHz AMD dualcore processor, 2 GB of RAM, 600 watt power supply. I am writing this from work so to get more detailed about my system set up I will have to update later after work. Well about a week ago I started having start up issues but didn?t think much of it because I would just restart it once and everything worked fine. Well over the weekend I wanted to upgrade my RAM to atleast 4 GBs so I shut down and took one stick out to verify the type needed. Well when I put it back in I evidently didn?t sit it in all the way without realizing it and start the PC up. Naturally problems occurred and didn?t start up properly. I still had the normal start up with post and the graphics card logo. The windows logo came and then a BSOD came up doing a physical memory dump. My first thought was the RAM so I turned off the PC and went to check the RAM and noticed the problem and it was so hot it was like toughing a hot oven. Fixed the RAM problem and everything started up fine at first and when I got to my desktop everything was going really slow and getting program errors as if they were starting to not respond one by one over about a ... Read more

A:RAM or hard drive issues

Well, hello and what are this "old" computers complete specs and model?

"Went to check the RAM and noticed the problem and it was so hot it was like toughing a hot oven"...
Not good! The motherboard and or power supply may have caused this and they are now in need of replacement. 6 or 7 years is very old for a computer with XP let alone Windows 7

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Roughly a month ago my 300gb Western Digital IDE drive started making some exceptionally loud noises. I know drives can be noisy, but this was a very loud squeeling. Being a drive hog, and having some extra cash I decided to buy a new Seagate 320gb. Upon startup it made the same exact noises. Ive also plugged it into an external enclosure that runs on its own power and it runs fine. My comp also reboots numerous times at startup, and the drive is also noisiest then.

Everything in my comp is less than a year old. Nothing major as far as a mobo, processor, and video card. Im a music hound, so I just love drive space.

Im pretty sure its the power supply, because there were a few complaints about the power supply that came with my case. Being no tech genius Id like a second opinon. Does this sound logical?
Thanks in adavance.
My harware.

Foxconn K7S741GXMG-6L Socket A (Socket 462) SiS 741GX
AMD Sempron 2200+ Thoroughbred 1.5GHz Socket A Processor
Rosewill TU-155 Black 0.8mm SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W(20+4 pin) Power Supply
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700)

A:Hard Drive Issues.

First stop is to replace the power supply. Are you SURE the noise is coming from the hard disk? I'd expect that to be something like a fan failing, it's rare for a hard disk to make that kind of noise.

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Ok, so i had a working 200 gig Maxtor Hardrive that stopped working when i moved my computer from my place to my dad places. By stop working I mean it still shows up in windows, but does not display a capacity and says the drive is not yet formatted when I try to access it. I don't know if moving my computer was the cause, but the problems came about when I moved it.

So I figured it came disconnected or something while i moved my computer, however all the cables are fine and it detects it correctly in BIOS just as before. But for some reason windows decides it to have no capicity and not yet formatted, even though it should be and I have data on it.

Any Idea how to fix this? if not then how to retrieve the data? (data isnt critical, just annoying if i lose it). Im afraid to click format for obvious reasons too.

A:Hard drive issues.

Try data recovery software.
There are free ones on the net just google it.
Free one

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Exactly one week ago after a windows update I turned on my hp pavilion dv6110us laptop computer and it was in a continuous reboot and would never load windows completely. I got on the phone with microsoft and hp and they were not able to fix the problem, and said I needed to reformat. We tried booting in safemode, doing diagnostics and everything. I assume this was from a virus that I had to remove, and some important files got deleted with the virus. This was fine, I keep everything backed up daily so I was not worried about that.
I reformatted, re-installed all my basic drivers and programs that I use and exactly one week from that incident I turned on my computer and it was continuously rebooting again. This time when I ran the hd diagnostics in the bios menu it said that no ide device was detected and when I put the windows disc in again to reformat it said no hard drive was detected. I went and bought another hard drive(it is compatible) put it in and I'm getting the same error.
I did not remove any viruses this time, nor did the incident occur after i installed a windows update.
I have heard of people needed the RAID controller installed, but I don't see how that was my problem since I was using the computer fine the whole week and even an hour before it crashed.
I can only assume this is a motherboard connection problem, or just a motherboard problem since a new hd did not work.
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A:Serious Hard Drive Issues

Hello lrbridges and welcome to TSF!

you might have some "heating" issues in your computer's hardware. Try speedfan http://download.cnet.com/SpeedFan/30...-10067444.html

or take off the cover and use a compressed air clean up your computer well and see if this helps. Check out all fans as well.

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Hi guys, I know I've posted in here about hard drive issues, but it was in relation to external hard drives, but right now I am awaiting to purchase one. My question today though is on the issue of my D: drive currently running on very low space.

I tried deleting a lot of software that I had on it, but that's not helping. I am guessing that it decreases, everytime I do anything, like when I using Photoshop and I have too many files open, I'd have to close a lot of them to then open another one, or to even do a function in Photoshop cause the scratch disk is too full. I was wondering if I am going to have to go and get more Ram installed onto my laptop?

A concern I have is having a tech guy do it for me, because I have personal pictures of me and my girlfriend on this laptop and wasn't feeling very comfortable allowing someone else to handle my computer. So I was wondering if it was actually possible, and even easy for someone, who's a newbie at computers, to be able to install more Ram onto my laptop?

Or do you guys think it's okay for me to let a tech guy at maybe Best Buy install more ram on it? I have a Vaio laptop and my computer specs are listed in the my computer specs sections.

Thanks again and hope to hear from someone soon

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So, I decided to invest in a new hard drive, and now my computer won't load. It is constantly stuck at the flashing "_" sign, and I have no idea what the problem is. I had previously tested both my computer and hard drive separately, and both work fine. In fact, the hard drive is even recognized in the BIOS settings on my computer. Can anybody help with this?

Hard Drive Model: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
Computer Model: HP Pavilion a1640n

Additionally, I have loaded Windows 7 on the hard drive with the use of another computer, as my computer in question refused to load any OS onto the hard drive.

The boot priority is not the problem either; as I have tested all possible permutations. Additionally, I have tried to manipulate the jumper settings, to no avail. My computer works with older hard drives, and my hard drive works on newer computers, so would it be a simple case of incompatibility? I am on the verge of returning this hard drive in favour of an older one.


A:New Hard Drive Issues

What version of Win7 and where did you get it?
Typically, you would boot to the Win7 DVD and install from there. Did you try this, and what happened if you did?

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was repartioning my hard drive got to about 24 persent hard drive was making a scatchy noise and now it tells me there are no hard disk drivers tryind using recovery disk and cant install or repair. what do i need to do. also with turning battery around and reseting is that mother board or cpu. thaen how would i find a compatable one for a intel dbg850

A:Hard drive issues

Question 1 Your HDD is screwed and you need a new one.

Question 2 Turning the battery round is not a good idea, remove it, this will reset the BIOS to defaults.

Question 3 sorry what do you want to find thats compatible, if you mean a Hard drive, then Ebay is a good bet or any PC shop.

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Hello again all, i have a curious problem. I have recently installed a new hard drive in my computer and i have been having problems with my computer freezing. the screen either freezes or goes screwy, like the v-hold on an old tv is a bit off, and it freezes like that. when i restart, it gives me a hard disk failure.this has happened twice, and i cant seem to isolate what it is that seems to trigger it. i do notice when it freezes, the only way to correct it that i can surmise it a hard reboot. i do notice that when it freezes, the orange light on the front is stuck on. the first time it happened, i figured it was just trying to load, but after ten minutes of being frozen, i restarted it, then got the hard disk failure. i waited about a hour and tried again and it worked for a few hours, then it froze again, with same hard disk failure. again i waited awhile and turned it on again, and here i am. it seems like an overheating issue to me, but when i opened the computer, nothing seems to be hot.

my computer is a compaq presario sr2010nx
operating system is windows xp home i believe sp2, but not sure.
processor is AMD Sempron 3400+
old hard drive was 120gb
new hard drive 160gb

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Hope someone can help with this issue.

The HDD in my Pavilion 7955 XP got hung up in the SP1/soft Restore issue.
(can explain further if needed)

I do not want to loose the photos on this drive so I took the HDD from a spare
computer and installed it as the master. Using the Restore discs I obtained from HP, I began loading. All was fine until after disc 7 when it said "could not create user partition." I followed the steps given for this exact issue on HP's website with no luck. I cannot get to dos to run fdisk.

My next thought was to take the original XP HDD and install it as a slave on another PC running W98se and pull the files that way. I can see the HDD in device manager but there is no drive letter and I cannot access it.

Is there a step I am missing? I have tried setting the jumpers to both slave and cable select positions.

A:Hard Drive Issues

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I have two hard drives. One 80GB SATA, and one 160GB IDE. The SATA contains my operating system (XP), and the IDE is mainly an extension, as the SATA is running low on space. The IDE is on its own cable and is set to master. Now, whenever I boot up with both drives installed, it will always boot into the IDE drive, when I want it to boot from the SATA.

The IDE does have XP installed as well, as it came from one of my old machines. Do I need to uninstall XP from the IDE for it to stop booting into it?

Also, another issue. Whenever I take the side door off my PC when it is running, I can hear three or four audible clicks from the SATA drive, and it shuts down with a BSOD. This is without even touching it, only removing the door. I've noticed it also happens whenever I touch the PSU cables. I'm thinking it's a paranoid PSU, but I could be wrong.

Any help on these issues would be greatly appreciated.


A:Hard Drive Issues

In your BIOS you just need to change the boot order the primary hard drive from the IDE drive to the SATA drive to stop the computer from booting from the wrong drive.

As for the other problem, try changing the power cable that goes to the SATA drive, and maybe even the SATA data cable, it could be just a poor connection.

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Good day everyone. I have two computers that are having hard drive issues, my main computer , which is a Dell Dimension 4300, running XP and my 2nd (back-up) which is a Dell Dimension 2400, also running XP. The most concerning is with my main comp and will deal with my back-up at a later time.

Recently, I had a scan performed by a Dell tech and I was informed that my main hard drive (C which is a Seagate Barracuda ATA IV, Mod. # ST340016A 40 GB, is dying.... slowly, but dying none-the-less. Obtaining funds to completely replace this drive will take some time, as being a healthcare provider for my handicapped gf pays nothing, except for her SSI, which we need to survive, I wasn't too worried about this due to the fact that I have a second drive (D which is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 40GB installed. I am confused from this point on. I know this drive is functional because I keep files on it, ie; music, videos, movies, exe. programs, etc. but, the drive is not being "recognized" by the computer. (?)
Not being too computer savvy (I don't even know how to command prompt.... I know), I thought that all I had to do was to switch drives (1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st) and this would resolve my issue.... but I was wrong !!
My question(s):
Why is my second drive not being recognized, even though I am able to store files on it ?
Can this be resolved ?
(if not)
Why can't I use my second drive as the main drive ? (or is that part of my first question as well)
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A:Having Hard Drive issues

The drive may have files on it but it doesn't have Windows on it. You would need to install Windows, or any operating system, on the drive to make the computer boot from it.

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System crashed while running chkdsk i: /r chkdsk got to stage 3 and then I received the error - unable to read security descriptor data stream, does anyone have any suggestions?


What is drive i?

What is your system setup? Sounds like multiple hard drives or partitions?

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i have a samsung 320gig hard drive that was on my laptop and it started showing an error message that i should backup my things and replace the hard drive,so i backed up my documents and formatted the hard drive and installed fresh windows 7 but it kept on showing that message that i should replace the battery.So i bought another hard drive and the laptop is now fine.the funny thing is i put the same hard drive into an external case and it seems to be working fine, i can copy to and from the drive without any problems so far.My question is if i use it as an external hhd will my things be safe?won't it give me problems later on ?Please advice.thanks

A:Hard drive issues

I suggest you run Crystal Disk Info which is a program that diagnoses your hard drive. The link to the download is here: http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html

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I have a Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB (HD753LJ) that is quite new, I only got it on 27 Feb 09.

Okay I am going to try and write exactly what has happened and everything I know so far as to provide as much information in the hope that someone can provide me with some help.

First off windows media player started having some issues playing back my music which is stored on the drive in question. I restarted my PC to try and sort of WMP. After the reboot I launched WMP and tried to play my music but it said that it could not locate the music files in the directories. I then tried to access my D: partition on the drive in question and it said that the hard drive wasn't partitioned.

I ran Check Disk on D: and basically it went through and found lots of errors (lots of 'error in index $130' messages for what seemed to be every single music file I had). Then it tried to 'recover orphaned files' some files it seemed to be a success, but it seemes to fail on every single music file I had, saying that there was 'insufficient disk space to recover lost data'.

After Check Disk was completed I could access my D: partition again and everything seemed intact apart from my Music & Software folders which said they were empty. I could not access these folders. Upon attempting to access the folders it would say that the disk was not formatted and ask if I wanted to format it.

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Right well I just discovered that the software I was using to rcover my data had a drive diagnostics tool. I ran the tool and basically my drive failed the test and it has advised to me to replace the drive. So I suppose its time to contact either the store I bought it from or the manufacturere (Samsung).

I just tried to access some other directories other than those that were originally proving troublesome and they are showing the same signs of failure. I am now going to unplug the drive and leave it until I get some advice on how to procede.

My question now is should I wipe the drive before I return it? Would wiping the drive be a bad idea as it is faulty and might it ruin my chances of getting it replaced? (There may or MAY NOT be some software and/or data that may have been pirated). And if so using what should I use to wipe the drive.

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So I used to have vista, xp, and mac on my pc. After a while xp screwed up and left me with only vista and mac. My school handed out a bunch of software including windows 7. I saved the installer and key on my desktop and pretty much just left it there for two months. Eventually my vista crashed and could have only used mac. After a very short while my mac crashed to. Thankfully I saved my key on a piece of paper but unfortunately I lost the installer.

This morning I found a iso, burnt it on another computer and poped it in. Everything was fine until I was asked where I want windows to be installed. Due to the fact that I tried to fix vista from dos, my hard drive configuration got messed up. Regardless of that I didnt care becasue everything was backed up on a external so I tried to format all of my harddrives and then instal windows. "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition." What am I supposed to do?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Hard drive issues

Let me ask you this. When did the message appear exactly. Was it when it asked where to install the partition, or when you tried to format it?

There is software that you can burn to a disk the simply erases everything on a hard drive. Kill Disk is one example. This will return it to its original configuration; unformatted and no OS. However, I am worried that your HDD might have reached the end of its usable life. If this is the case you can no longer use the hard drive and it will need replacing. I recommend getting a new HDD from Newegg, because they usually have the best deals on hardware. Now-a-days you can get a brand new hard drive for as little $35 plus shipping. Good luck.

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Hello, I have a lenovo G780.  This morning i was getting an error that my drive wasn't working.  It worked fine yesterday.   I did what several people recommended about switching the Boot to Legacy and Legacy first.  That didn't work.   I am still getting the error Cable not connected PXE-MOF:  Existing Intel PXE ROM.  My BIOS showed that the hard drive was not detected.  I reseated the drive but that didn't help.  When I cold start my computer it beeps continuously.   I tried getting into my BIOS again a few minutes ago and I can no longer access it.   The data on my hard drive is very important.  Can anyone please help.  Thank you.

A:Hard drive and other issues

Hi jwolvie , 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
Non detected device on the BIOS may already signify issue with harddrive physically and this can be confirmed if another harddrive would be detected. Try to reseat again the harddrive assuring that it is firmly seated then checking again on BIOS as you F9 to load defaults F10 save and exit hoping for detection .
If during the course of restart that you manage to boot to WIndows , do take that opportunity to do needed backup as it may not have the same opportunity the next time. Alternatively , slaving the harddrive on an external harddrive enclosure for backup can be done but if even that would not have the harddrive detected then best way to recover data would be thru data recovery centers. 
Running diagnostics on a bootable device can help verify any physical failure . 
If initially that it fails , shut it down and allow it to cool down a bit before retrying again. 
Hoping for the best.

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Hi I just bought a Western Digital 1TB Hard drive. But it seems to despise working for my correctly, or Vista won't let it work correctly.

I get frequent errors saying that the file on the hard drive is corrupted or unreadable, but after restarting or doing a check disk it becomes readable again.

I have reformatted the hard drive numerous times and even reinstalled Vista. I've also checked for loose cables and such and I can't seem to figure out what the problem is.

A:New Hard Drive Issues

Have you also removed the partitions and repartitioned it with Vista? Try that. Vista makes a different partition than other apps or operating systems.

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I?m trying to open my hard drive on Windows 10 but the external hard drive shows up in devices and when I click on it it either takes me to properties or takes me to a panel with remove device, trouble shooting and create shortcut.

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Hello, I am currently worried of my hard drives. I have 2 of them, one is a Western Digital Caviar Blue, about 2 years old I think. The second is a Western Digital as well, but I'm unsure of the type and age, it's a 150GB drive.
One of these drives are making an odd noise, I suspect it's the main drive, the 500GB Caviar Blue. Reason being is because after starting up my system and selecting either Windows 7 or Windows XP it does a Disk Check before going to the Welcome screen, it does not do the Disk Check every time, but it happens quite often. Disk Check of course displays no issues upon completing. The thing I notice that happens, but not very often, it's about a 1 second kind of low screech noise coming from my computer tower. It is making me worried of my computer health and how much longer is might live.

Update: Could the screech like noise possibly be the plastic fan on my CPU? It causes slight vibration.

A:Hard Drive Issues?


I would suggest checking the SMART data of your drives. To do so, you can download SpeedFan. Once installed, run as admin then go to the SMART tab and select your drives. You can see the "Performance" and "Fitness" bars. If they are dramatically low, I would suggest cbuying an hard drive as fast as possible to save your data.

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Hello all,

I am having major problems with my pc.

I went to turn my pc on yesterday, and found i had a missing driver that is needed for windows to boot from dos. I repaired it by using the windows disk, rebooted my pc and now my hard drive has disapeared.

What i have done to troubleshoot is,

Changed sata header, changed sata cable.

My other hard drive shows up no problem and my DVD/RW

When i went to run the error test it kept saying i had no Western Digital Drive, i rebooted 3 to 4 times and it then found the hard drive, ran the Western Digital lifespan test and had no errors at all. rebooted my pc and it booted into windows.

Shutdown the pc to reboot and it had disapeared again.

Also, when the BIOS goes through its checks, where it does the memory test and showing the BIOS details, yarder yarder yarder, it stops and says 'detecting IDE dirve'. Well i don't use IDE anymore so this option is turned off in BIOS. it was even doing this when it did get to boot to windows.

This is very annoying as i think i may need a new motherboard, but does anyone got any ideas whats going on or what i can do.

A:Hard drive issues

Hello LuckyStar, reseat the SATA cable of the hard drive and then remove the CMOS battery and put it back in. Then enter BIOS and let WD hard drive be at the 1st boot device. Reboot the pc.

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My HP terrabite portable HD when I first installed it appeared as Drive E, but after about a month became Drive F all of a sudden and I had to reinstall all my programs. I'm having a similar issue again where now it's saying it's Drive E again but this time even if I double click on the drive it won't even open! What should I do to make it A work and B stop randomly renaming from E to F and back? I tried plugging it into different USB ports but it doesn't have any effect.

A:Hard drive issues pls help

Try this to set your drive letter, and hopefully it won't change.

Windows automatically assigns drive letters to "new" mass storage devices, so hopefully this is the trick!

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History: Main PC had continual crashes, had to restore 4 times in 10 days. Reformatted everything, won't come back. Install hangs at 23% and says cannot find file on CD. Have 2 windows XP Home cd's and both gave same problem. The continued 23% on both cd's eliminated in my mind the cd-drive. Hard-drive or other system failure was left.

Hooked up Main PC's harddrive (40gb, 7200 rpm maxtor ata133) to Second PC and it auto-ran chkdsk...well it fixed like a thousand things no joke. It moved around a ton of indexes. Also said something about deleting an orphaned index.

The messages that keep re-occurring are:
"File record segment 820 is unreadable"
"File record segment 821 is unreadable"
"File record segment 822 is unreadable"
"File record segment 823 is unreadable"
What does that mean? Hard-drive bad?

It also says "Unable to read security descriptors data stream" at the end.

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Hi to all We purchased our sons G50-80 just under 2 years ago. It's the 1st time we have purchased this brand and our experience is not positive ! His lap top has been performing poorly for a few months and his school work has suffered from lack of access to a lap top. The lap top has had very light use and is in perfect (cared for condition). Cannot access any Lenovo support services directly from his lap top and ALL Lenovo recovery tools have proved to be completely usleless !  Have run BIOS checks which always come back as clean.  Have tried resetting (FULL RESET) numerous times but never gets beyond 14%. I would greatly appreciate any advice on our issue Best regards

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I have a usb 3.0 2tb hard drive that works fine on a windows 7 machine. When I plug it into Windows 8, it see's it but doesn't let me access it, gives a ton of errors in the event log, and slows down the pc. I am an techy with 10+ years experience and I am at a loss as to what's wrong. I hope someone here can shed some light.

examples of event errors
The IO operation at logical block address xxxxxxx for Disk 3 was retried.

The device F:\ (location (unknown)) is offline due to a user-mode driver crash. Windows will attempt to restart the device 3 more times. Please contact the device manufacturer for more information about this problem.


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i'm in the process of getting my new computer all working. I'm having a problem with it recognizing my 2 additonal hard drives, they arn't seen in the bios even! what could be the problem? both are set on slave.

A:hard drive issues

Good Morning lightsareout, if they are on the same IDE, one needs to be slave and one master.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3874 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, 1873 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 584878 MB, Free - 522690 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K53E
Antivirus: Ad-Aware Antivirus, Disabled

Ok, so my daughter got this laptop and as soon as she got it, it was running slow. She thought that it was just a larger computer and so it loaded slower. Then she went to college and had to get a different computer. My laptop was getting worn out and so I decided to pull hers out to use it. It was still running slow. I decided to do a clean install and thought that would fix the problem. It didn't. I can cut the computer on and browse the internet or check e-mail or perform other functions and sometimes it will be fine and then other times it will freeze up and say(not responding) and I will have to wait for a while and then it will unfreeze or I will have to shut the laptop down and restart the laptop. I took it to Best Buy and they ran some kind of scan and said that it was taking to long and they felt like it was a bad hard drive and that it was probably bad out of the box. I have run chkdsk and performed a surface scan and everything appears fine. I would love to hear your thoughts on what might be going on. I do not want to replace the drive un... Read more

A:Possible hard drive issues??

Hi Here are 14 free HDD testing manufactures you can choose from. I prefer seatools but best to use the manufature of your drive!!

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I have a 120 gb Western Digital hard drive and it won't simply appear in my system when I attempt to boot it up. It isn't in the manage storage, the computer simply doesn't see it. But When it is with other hard drives it gives me a "101 Error". How can i fix this? And is there a way to bring back this hard drive?

A:hard drive issues

Good Afternoon Num, is that a normal IDE type drive or something else?
The 101 usually means a big error of some kind as far as I recall.
What kind of machine are you trying to hook it up to?
Is the drive new or previously used and what system might have been formatted on it previously if so?

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hi guys please could someone confirm that my hard drive is on it's way out. if so is it repairable. only hard drive C is the issue.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-4300 Quad-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8189 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R7 200 Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953766 MB, Free - 845678 MB; F: Total - 305241 MB, Free - 289506 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-78LMT-USB3
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Updated and Enabled


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My boyfriend purchased a second hard drive this morning and attempted to install it. After getting everything connected, we started the computer. It stalls on the boot screen with a message saying that the Nvidia media test failed and to check the cables. Cables have been checked, they are firmly in place.

We tried booting from the Windows disc only to find out that the computer thinks that Windows needs to be reinstalled. I click through this past the "Enter your CD key" screen and then the computer informs me that it cannot find a hard drive to install Windows on.

So, basically, the computer no longer recognizes either HD. I tried taking the new one off, no luck. Tried just the new one, same deal. Would appreciate any help offered.

Edit: Running Vista Home Premium.

A:hard drive issues

If the pc does not recognize any hard drive which had already been installed by your boyfriend then the installation had been incorrectly done.

It only point out that both of you has very little or no knowledge on how the task should be done.

I suggest that you take the pc to the shop from where the hard disk was purchased and have them check it out and re-install the disks properly.

This you should do before you do more damage to your computer and incur unnecessary additional cost.

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I am still having hard drive issues... when the computer is booting up it is still finding my TB hard drive i put in but when I go to check my drives there is still only one hard drive there.. then I did what someone told me to to go to disk managenent and utilize the drive, well now it made is a system reserve drive with only 100mb, instead of a full drive and the over 900gbs that it has.. can someone plz help

A:Still having Hard drive issues!!!

it is also saying that 931gb Unallocated

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