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Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

Q: Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

Dear Community Members, My hp Machine is - Pavilion 15 n210se I old hard disk failed and i need put all including OS and Drivers. I machine came with windows 8, is this upgradable to Windows 10? Please mention the steps to install the Genuine Windows on my PC. my question is 1. Where i can download the Genuine OS ? 2. Is it possible to place the DiskImage of WIndows Installation as before, so that i can use the recovery tool.3. how to get the Windows 10 ? or shall i install windows 8 and do all updates to get the Windows 10? With Regards,Faizana

Preferred Solution: Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

Hello @faisana, You need to know few things about HP Recovery Media:1) It is NOT downloadable, you have to order the physical media2) It is not free, you have to pay for it You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.htmlNOTE: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836If HP no longer provides Recovery Media for your model, a couple of other sites you can check are: http://www.computersurgeons.com/ and http://www.restoredisks.com/Good Luck Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !! **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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I replaced my hard drive as the original crashed and when I put in the recovery discs i had created from original hdd the first one ran OK then put 2nd disc in and it stuck at 51% then gave error message 0x4001100200001005. Then when I tried to boot from hdd it said pxe-e61 media test failure and pxe-m0f exiting pxe rom. I tried running the recovery discs again and when i load the 2nd disc at tne prompt it now says the inserted disc is not the required supplemental recovery disc.
Having searched online I now believe that I cannot reinstall windows 7 from these discs?! I am out of warranty and so it doesn't let me download the OS from Dell website. What is my best way of getting windows back on my laptop.
Also I have read that I need to put back on the same version that it came preinstalled with. Is this correct or could I load on windows 10 from a disc as it would probably be easier sourced than windows 7 now. It only lists windows 7 and vista as supported for my service tag on Dell site.
I'm struggling.  Any help appreciated.

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After replacing a crashed 320 GB disk with a 1 Tb disk and following recovery proceedure the new disk now operates OK but only shows the same amount of space as the previous disk. Is it possible to bring into use the missing disk space.

A:Replaced Hard Disk

For others to help you please post on of these.

By Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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

A:hard disk replaced need to rebuild laptop

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

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

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

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

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3 year old Gateway computer running XP, shut off computer one day, it had been running extremely slow, went to start up next day, wouldn't turn on. Replaced the PSU and booted it up, now getting error message while booting up:

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.

I can hit F4 to boot up all the way.

Any chance this is related to the psu dying or just a coincidence the hard disk is now failing too.

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I am having HP pavilion sleek book laptop and it was having Windows 8. Recently the hard disk got crashed.
I have replaced it with new one and installed windows 8.1 from Microsoft site. Since it is EOM based, Windows didn't get activated. Unfortunately I don't have recovery disk and HP asking too much money for providing the recovery disk.

Can you please suggest how to fix the issue.

Thanks in Advance...

A:Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

You will need to extract your Windows 8 OEM key and activate with that.

Product Key - Find for Windows 8 (option 5 will backup you key for future reference)

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I sent my portable to Hp on account of a hard disk problem.  My disk contained Win 10.  They replaced the disk as my portable is still on warrantee.   For some reason that I cannot understand they shipped my portable back to me with Win 8 in it instead of my Win 10.  I am getting the run around from people on the help lines(from other countries); You should hear some of their solutions, i.e replace the chip on the MB and other stupid answers. I am trying to get my Win 10 back, surely HP must be able to supply me with a link, but I guess that is beyond their comprehension. Sorry for sounding so hard but at 80 years of age,  I don't have much patience left. Maglite

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A:Wrong Windows on replaced hard disk

Hi, As mentioned on my last reply, HP can only reset your machine back to its original Windows because HP does not own Microsoft products. Many thanks to let us know Microsoft gave you free upgrade because they stopped this few days ago. My last point: I don't know why they (from HP Support) asked you to change chip on the MB. Have a good weekend. Regards.

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Hi! My sister's PC went dead and technician said the motherboard had to be replaced. When she got back the PC, the hard disk had been modified -- she didnt have all of her applications and her documents and personal stuff were in a new folder with her name. I wonder if if is necessary to install a new HD when the MB is replaced. Wouldn't the previous hard drive work with a new board? Thank you for your help.

A:Solved: Replaced motherboard -- hard disk changed

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So lo and behold this morning I found my internal hard drive disk was not working. I ran the pre boot diagnostics and everything else was working fine. I went to best buy and got another hard drive (1 TB SATA drive) and switched the old one with the new one. The computer still won't boot, but now the pre boot diagnostics recognizes the drive is present and says it's working fine. Any ideas?

A:Internal Hard Disk Drive not found... After replaced!

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I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,


A:can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?

Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004

I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,


When you get the PC, it will have Windows on it just like when it was new. Using your Repair Disk would not put your settings or anything else that you had put on there. It is only for, well Repair. You will have to install all of your programs again.

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

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

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

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

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

Please assist.

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

Quote: Originally Posted by louis cardinal

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

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

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

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

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

Please assist.

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

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


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Laptop model: Dell Latitude e6420
I found the windows key within the battery compartment
Windows version: Windows 7 Pro OA
I replaced my old hard disk because it simply did not work anymore and now when I try to start my laptop, I get the message that there are no boot devices.
My mom bought me this laptop years ago and it is a refurbished laptop. How do I re-install windows on it?

'Hope someone can help. I know nothing about computers. Thank you in advance to the kind soul(s)!

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I have a Dell Inspiron N 5010.  I had to put in a new hard drive.  I do not have a disk with windows 7 on it.  I have a recovery disk but it does not work.  How do I get back my OS?  Also the windows code on the bottom of the computer has worn off and is not readable.  Can anyone help me?

A:Dell Inspiron N 5010 replaced hard drive have no OS disk

Is your Dell registered with Dell? Have you contacted them to see what help they can provide?

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I recently swapped out the hard drive on my laptop, replacing a 500gb with a 750gb (2 partitions, main partition where Windows resides left unchanged in size) and shortly thereafter started getting warning messages that my Windows 7 is not genuine. Not sure if they're related, but the proximity of the two events makes me wonder. I've scanned the steps recommended and can't seem to make any progress. The results of the MGADiag are below. I've also run SFC / scannow and don't see anything in the log, but it is long, and may have missed something. I also tried to run CheckSUR, but get error 0xc8000247 when it tries to install. Any clues what to do? Thanks.


Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0x8004FE21
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-V8PH8-QRHQ4-WYCFY
Windows Product Key Hash: FcEU+SMwlbzShLgd6Oe/pLbex00=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8882277-47810
Windows Product ID Type: 3
Windows License Type: OEM System Builder
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {0597AC50-D6B1-488B-8B21-49EFC30A6E11}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered,
Signed By: Microsoft
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Windows reporting as not genuine after hard disk swap

Welcome to Seven Forums.
Who installed the w7 for you? did the SFC scan say you have corrupted files it can't fix?

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I have genuine windows 7 license installed on HDD 1TB, I bought a new HDD 2TB. So I want to move windows 7 license to the new HDD.

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My HD failed, and I needed to replace it.
I have not repair DVD, or no media to install Windows.

I tried to download it from Microsoft, but they send me to Toshiba.
Any way I can download a proper Windows 7 for my laptop?


A:Replaced HDD, need new genuine Windows 7

If you want to have original OS version that you got with your notebook it has nothing to do with Microsoft. What you need is original recovery installation disc.

This recovery image cannot be downloaded. You must order recovery media.
This can be done on - https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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i am having a bit of a problem with pc.
it said this morning that genuine windows files have been replaced and i need to contact administartor or insert sp2 disk (which i dont have)
tried doing a file checker scan with windows and it kept asking for sp2 disk again.
heres my hjt log
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:39:23, on 19/06/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5346.0005)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\daniel butler\My Documents\information\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?L... Read more

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I have a Latitude E6420, got error code 2000-0142 and blue screen. I replaced the hard drive with a new one. I put the new drive in and reboot. I am still getting "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable".
In BIOS setup, i had my HDD as the first to boot already. I ran a Diagnostic test and got:
Error Code 2000-0142 Validation 119106
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N 6WS1712X, Long Self test unsuccessful.
What can I do next? I have a new hard drive put in and still getting this?
Please HELP!!
Many Thanks in Advance

A:Replaced Hard disk, still getting "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable"

You must install WIndows onto the new drive -- it is blank when it arrives from the factory.

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HiHow do I back up the hard drive disk and its contents to store away on external device using Lenovo software that came with the B50-70? I think this is called 'cloning'? Is there a manual for how to use Lenovo back up software? Thanks in advance.  Machine details:B50-70Model name: 20384

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Hi, I am wondering if there is a way to back up a hard drive into another hard drive, for instance, i have drive F, and G. I download a video into the F drive and I want the video automatically gets a copy into the G drive, is it possible in Windows 7? without having to use the RAID configurations.


A:How to Back Up a Hard Disk

I don`t think windows will do it automatically, you will have to do it manually.
You would probably have to install a backup program to do what you want.

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Hi ,
I'm a quite experienced person in computers , but i have never seen this.
my hard disk , whenever i try to double click it , it says " c:\resycled\boot.com was not found ", and if i right click , i see there is "autoplay" at the top .. as in the default action , i try to click open , it says " G: is not a valid WIN32 application" ... i cant browse through my files unless i click explore. plz help , im using windows xp sp3, please note that it is an external portable hard disk with 40 gb of total space

A:Solved: i want my hard disk back !!

Sound like a virus to me! Have you scanned recently?

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The hard disk (HDD) of my laptop was replaced by the HP service center as it had failed. Due to this I no longer have an OS for my laptop. I have not created any recovery media either. I would like to know whether it is possible to recover my OS by any means. Also any information on whether HP will install a new OS for me as my warranty period is not yet over will be highly appreciated. Thank you.

A:How to get the OS back after replacing the HDD(HARD DISK) du...

@HELPHP2 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! I don't understand -- as the HP Service Center should have also reloaded the original OS onto your drive, not left you with a blank drive. Please provide the detail information on the Service Center that did this -- so I can pass that information along to the forum Mods -- to get to HP.

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I tried to install linux in my lap... Unfortunately i partitioned the hard disk so that my lap stuck in attempting errors....so i decided to change my os again and my hard disk files are formated...and now its telling me that no bootable device insert boot disk and press any key

A:I formated my hard disk...how to boot os back ??

Hi,Did you prep hard drive?You can follow HP expert erico's suggestion here for SSD from command prompt using another PC (applies to your HDD too): https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/How-do-I-upgrade-my-notebook-t...After preparing, clean install Windows 10 Home by creating UEFI bootable installation USB using Microsoft windows media creation tool, if you've already upgraded and successfully activated Windows 10 previously or if your laptop came with Windows 10 from factoryhttps://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-usb-flash-drive-create-install-windows-10-a.htmlRegardsVisruth

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this started about twodays ago and I cant find anything about it. I'm using an assus laptop and have had this popping up every ten to twenty minutes. when i choose to back up it asks me to print off instructions. is there anything I can do?

A:Problem with hard disk, asking to back up every ten mins

Yes use a system imaging program to make a complete system backup image - Macrium Reflect Free

And BUY a new hard drive

then use Macrium Reflect Free to restore the system backup image to the new hard drive

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I have a laptop with Windows 7 Home Basic OEM pre-installed, it was genuine and had COA on the bottom of laptop.
Accidentally, at that time I was 12 years old, so I don't know about 'crack', 'hack', software counterfeit, etc. . Thus, I thought my Windows was 'low', I want to upgraded it to Windows 7 Ultimate version with Windows Anytime Upgrade.

I searched key generator (keygen) on internet, I found it and generated the code (for Windows 7 Ultimate). Then, I pasted the serial number (product key) to Windows Anytime Upgrade. First, it was failed. So I cancelled the upgrade. But, when the laptop's shutdown and I turn it on again, it was upgrading to the Windows 7 Ultimate. How weird!

Now, I know the pirated / not genuine Windows is not safe, against the law, etc.

My question, is, I restored it to the genuine version of my Windows (7 Home Basic OEM) using my product key.
But I downloaded the setup using the Windows 7 Ultimate pirated (using keygen) that I told you...
Is my Windows become 'not genuine'?
After I restored it, It is very good, clean, doesn't contain virus or error, works perfectly. Then I upgraded it to Windows 10 Home.
Is it okay? Or I should buy the DVD to perform clean install so it is 100% clean?

Need your opinion, please...

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Re above error message on the subject line - is the disk errors needs to be repaired or replaced? it is out of warranty now.   Thanks

A:"hard disk errors - back up your computer" message

Shut down computer. Turn it back on. When you see the HP screen tap F10 choose BIOS. Somewhere in the BIOS there is an option to check the drive. Or an eaiser way I just remembered. Tap F9 at the HP screen and run diagnostics get the error code for the drive. I hope you made recovery DVD's. If not and HP does not have them I recremend getting them from Computer Surgeons they are good and should have your disk. Get it on USB if possible. Using these disk will take about 3 hours but it goes through a process of rebuilding the partitions and will create the D RECOVERY on a new drive. You need a new drive the size of the factory one or bigger to run recovery disk. 

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my hard disk is given the msg every time to backup the data, but i didn't back up.. i was tried to format the c drive.. i thought that is there any possibility to my hard disk get worked properly..but while formatting option i was format the c drive but now it didn't install the windows 7 in c drives... it showing the message your not able to install the windows to your hard disk because it damaged.... Now what can i do.. i have very important data in my hard disk how can i get that data... Plzzz help any body... please help me Sir...i requesting you to give me a solution...

A:My hard disk got damged is there any possibilty to get my data back

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Hey everyone.

I'm having problems with my computer running Windows XP in that, well, it won't actually boot up. This happened after I accidentally hit the switch on the wall before it had finished shutting down. I've tried all the different options (last known good config, safe mode, etc.), but nothing works, so it looks like I'm just going to have to whip out the XP CD and either try to repair the boot files or totally reinstall Windows. (If anyone can think of any alternatives, I would appreciate it greatly if you could let me know).

Anyway, that's just the background story. I want to back up the contents of my hard disk before attempting anything that could prove life-threatening to my computer, and my plan is to extract it from my XP box, plug it into my family's Windows 2000 computer and back up all of my important files onto DVDs from there.

It sounds straightforward enough, but that computer is vital to my father's business and he's concerned that I'm going to break it.

So, what I want to know is, are there any potential dangers in plugging the hard disk from my Windows XP computer into my Windows 2000 computer? Surely, as long as it is defined as a secondary hard disk, the computer will not try to boot from it, and it'll be as harmless as sticking a USB drive in?

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Running Windows XP.

I've never worked with an iPod and a customer says he lost all his iTunes on the hard disk but still has them all on his iPod. I told him I was sure there was a way to copy them from the iPod back to the hard disk; but, I've never done it and don't know how.

I'm going there today. What help/references can anyone give me?

A:How do I copy iTunes from iPod back to Hard Disk?

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Hi Guys,

Sorry if it has a already been posted.My System was working fine yesterday.I turned it off and came back today and tried turning it on.It took the System to Automatic Repair and got stuck there
- When ii restarted it. it said "Select a proper Boot Device"
- I Booted into BIOS and it stopped getting Detected
- I reseated the HDD and it was getting detected again
- I took it out and connected a friends system and checked
- It took a while to Start his OS.
- Then In Computer Management my hdd being shown as "931.2Gb Unallocated"
- How to get it Back..
- I have 6+ years photographs on it.
- Can anyone please help me with it?
- I checked this tutorial "http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26829-convert-dynamic-disk-basic-disk.html"
- But not aware which option should i use so i can recover my data back.
- Can anyone please help me with it please
- It is a western Digital 1TB HDD

A:Hard Disk Unallocated Space. How to get data back.


The only thing I can think to try is to boot into Partition Wizard, and then attempt to recover any partitions on that HDD using the Recover Partition Wizard option.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.


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I am trying to troubleshoot an issue which has been bugging me for quite a while. Basically, I leave my computer on overnight and don't close it to download stuff and updates and also because I don't like the time to boot up.

Well anyways after coming back to my computer at the morning, my computer becomes almost like a brick. The hard drive activity is pretty much always red, everything lags a lot, mouse event, or any input. CPU is not having much of a usage, but RAM is almost full. I attached a screenshot if it helps.

I also noticed one of my hard drives, the one which is slower and I only use it for backup and no programs or games, is almost 100% all the time, while the other one which has windows installation and program files is not that intense in activity. Also notice the read and write speed is not that big, but response time is huge.

Any idea the cause of it? It only happens if I come back to my computer for a long time not attending it.

I disable system restore, Windows defender real time protection and sleep.

A:Intense hard disk activity and ram usage after coming back

another one re: "Disabled Windows Defender real time protection", do you have another Anti-virus app.?
It is said that one should Reboot one's machine at least once a week to allow for Critical updates, improvement updates or at the Very Least, allow a machine to Refresh itself..

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I'm looking for advice on good software to back up data CD / DVD discs to my hard disc. I would like to be able to make an exact copy, which would then let me run the application as if I had put the disc in the drive.

Could anyone suggest software to do this type of archiving, or can I just simply do a copy in windows explorer (perhaps with some way to find every file which may have been hidden)


A:Software to back up data discs to hard disk files

I have done that with several of my applications, and it was just a question of creating a new folder for each application, and then copying the files from the disc to the new folder in Windows Explorer.

I'm sure others will chip in if there is a better way.

Two big benefits are that you preserve the disc (less wear and tear) and the install completes a lot quicker.

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My monitor goes black and I am forced to reboot. After rebooting I get a blue screen prompt telling me that i've recovered from a BSOD. I've been monitoring them since October.

In October, I RMA'd my graphics card. Oct 27. You can see that after I got a new GPU, my BSOD's halted... so obviously its the GPU right? if you look at my BSOD dumps the last one is OCT 27, new gpu, and i don't get one until Feb 7.

So on Feb 7 I call up eVGA again and say, ok so my GPU is bad again and I wonder if its something im doing to kill them.

So I am going to get a second RMA and the tech tells me that they received my first card and they ran it for over a hour in a diagnostic app and didn't have a single problem... aka my card was fine...

so i explain my BSOD issues and the tech tells me that it may be a voltage issue and that it may be my power supply... soooooooooo

I goto Tiger Direct down the street and buy a "whatever i can get" thats over 1000 watts supply because I have a 850 watt PSU and obviously its not enough power so i go big... and guess what... My last BSOD dump before the PSU is 3/18 March 18. So new PSU and I don't get a single BSOD until 6/14/2014.

So I have attached "All" of my dumps and all my info with the issues.

My problem is... if its "not" my GPU, why did getting a new one give me no BSOD for 3 months.

my problem is... if its "not" my PSU why did getting a new one march 18 let my PC run ti... Read more

A:BSOD 0x116 (stop error) Replaced GPU, replaced RAM, replaced PSU

Hi Zuriel.

I read your OP. I would suggest you to have an open mind; and dont decide that it is not it. Because during troubleshooting you have to get everything tested.

The BSOD is a stop 0x116. That is an error from the part of the display environment. That means ....
The GPU itself
The display driver
The system temps and dust allocation inside the computer
The hardware parts like GPU fans
Overclocking failure
And etc. I would suggest you to go through a thorough troubleshooting, whatever may be the idea you may have about those.

Are you overclocking? As you are getting BSODs, you should stop overclocking and run all the hardware components like CPU, GPU and RAM to their default settings.

Check if the Power Supply Unit (PSU, 850 watts you said) supplying adequate power to the computer or not.
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5

Is the computer hot? Report us the heat of the computer after a couple of hours of your normal usage. Upload a screenshot of the summery tab of Speccy. Alternatively, you can publish a Speccy snapshot too: Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs .

Stress test the Graphics Card using Furmark.
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Install the NVIDIA DRIVERS 314.22WHQL only, at least as a test. Because it never fails on itself.
Uninstall All nvidia items in Control Panel > Programs and features3D Vision Control Driver
3D Vision Driver
Graphics Driver
HD Audio Driver
nvidia Update
(Are you using nvidia chipset dr... Read more

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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My Toshiba laptop has a touchpad which sends the cursor where you wish. But not always! If you touch the touchpad just the wrong way, the cursor arrow is replaced by a rectangle, sometimes vertical and sometimes horizontal, and your position on the page is sent involuntarily careening to the top or bottom entirely against your will. If I didn't know better I'd think this is a virus but I believe Microsoft programmed this horror into Windows 7. My question is how I can disable it.

A:cursor replaced by demon rectangle which sends me to hell and back

Hello ;

You need to uninstall the present pointing device manager in computer management and install the Synaptics pointing device.
Here's the link from where you can download it - Synaptics Touchpad driver - CNET Download.com

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Hey everyone.

A little back story. I previously have had a continuous issue with this for the past 6 or so months. Generally get the BSOD after the laptop has been running for a few hours but sometimes more quickly. Dell decided it must be the hard drive and they replaced (they didn't give me any reasoning... they tend to just throw parts at you until something works) it. Obviously started with a fresh version of Windows 7 Home 64. Anyway it's been a week or so and today I got another BSOD. Didn't install anything today but there have been a number of automatic windows updates recently.

Programs that I would assume may be an issue after reading other threads: BitDefender , utorrent , and maybe my network adapter drivers?

I didn't want to start messing with anything just in case my issue is different from what I've seen with others. I'm really not tech-savvy at all.

I followed option #1 on the BSOD Posting Sticky. I hope I did it correctly, if not I will do my best to remedy any misstep quickly.
Huge thanks and respect to anyone who takes the time to help me out, it's greatly appreciated, I will pay it forward in some way or another.

A:BSOD Randomly. Dell replaced HDD (?) did clean install and its back.

Also have this to add:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 4105

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 4a
BCP1: 00000000771B132A
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: FFFFF8800720DB60
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

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Hi, I'm in a bit of a pickle and I'm wondering if anyone here can give me some advice?

Just over a month ago I bought a laptop from a local shop that came with Windows 8.1 installed. I've spent the time since then installing programs, copying all my files over and most importantly tweaking a lot of things to get everything looking and working just how I want it to.

I'm really happy with it now but last week I found out that the shop I bought it from had closed down and the man running it has been arrested for supplying & installing counterfeit software (among other things). I didn't get any sort of documentation or discs with the laptop and there is a Windows sticker on the bottom but all the writing is sort of faded/rubbed off so I'm pretty sure that the copy of Windows on my system is dodgy.

I've ordered a legal copy of Windows 8.1 from Amazon but I really don't want to start from scratch and install everything all over again - I can't even remember exactly what settings and tweaks I have implemented on the system so it wouldn't be an easy task at all to get it back to its current state.

Is there any way that I can just copy my files, installed programs, settings etc. so that when I get the genuine Windows 8.1 and install it, I can just restore the backup and have everything exactly as it is now?


A:My Windows 8.1 is not genuine - how to back up everything?

Control Panel\System and Security\System bottom right corner "change Product Key" I believe this is all you'll need to do.
Otherwise back up your data and clean Install and reconfigure

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I have HP 15 R210ne ENERGY STAR LAPTOP. I tried to partition my hdd and messed it up

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I had upgraded 7 to 10 with the free upgrade. Then my disk died. With a new disk and Win 7 reinstalled, will Windows try and recommend/reinstall Win 10?

I want to stay on 7. I have a laptop on which Windows 7 is optimal. Runs great. I had upgraded it to Windows 10 to claim the free install and then the drive (which had been failing) failed.

New drive installed, I installed Windows 7 from CD and activated it.

So this machine has rolled back, but not through any formal Windows Rollback procedure.

Now as I run Windows Update I wonder, will Microsoft automatically install Windows 10 on this machine?

If in Windows Update I check "install recommended updates", is Windows 10 AFTER the free update period (but on a machine & license that had been upgraded) still considered a recommended update?

Should I install GWX control panel?

A:Replaced disk, put 7 on a 7->10 machine. Will Win 10 try to reinstall?

MS says that the free upgrade offer has ended, so I suppose that it wont try to install win 10.
BUT, as you have the right to install Win 10, for precaution I would block win 10 with GWX.

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I had upgraded 7 to 10 with the free upgrade. Then my disk died. With a new disk and Win 7 reinstalled, will Windows try and recommend/reinstall Win 10?

I want to stay on 7. I have a laptop on which Windows 7 is optimal. Runs great. I had upgraded it to Windows 10 to claim the free install and then the drive (which had been failing) failed.

New drive installed, I installed Windows 7 from CD and activated it.

So this machine has rolled back, but not through any formal Windows Rollback procedure.

Now as I run Windows Update I wonder, will Microsoft automatically install Windows 10 on this machine?

If in Windows Update I check "install recommended updates", is Windows 10 AFTER the free update period (but on a machine & license that had been upgraded) still considered a recommended update?

Should I install GWX control panel?

A:Replaced disk, put 7 on a 7->10 machine. Will Win 10 try to reinstall?

MS says that the free upgrade offer has ended, so I suppose that it wont try to install win 10.
BUT, as you have the right to install Win 10, for precaution I would block win 10 with GWX.

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So I bought 2TB HDD for week ago, didn't use it but thought I'd sort all folders today

Anyways, something is very messed up


Double disk locations

(neither of them shortcuts)


No download folder (shown in first pic)

Basically I were going to try store download stuff on my new larger disk (done before, worked), had an error this time and it didn't work. I still got the files left from the download folder, however the download folder is now just a "normal" folder left now, and is not registered as the actual download folder, as the special icon for the folder is gone, and when I download stuff it just stores in the main E (new disk) folder


Anyways, I think I understand what is going on, the E disk pretends to be the download disk, which explains both problems, however how do I solve this?

A:Help, my new disk replaced my downloads folder?

Fixed issue one, however I still don't got a download folder and now my files get saved in "D:\Library files\Documents\Downloads" ....

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Hello,I replaced a corrupted HDD on my PC with a brand new one, and now i'm getting the error 'no boot disk has been detected or disk has failed' whenever i try to start. I've gone into the BIOS settings and can see that new HDD is recognised - and other tests against the new disk come back ok. Any ideas what to do next? It came installed with Windows 8.1 and i had the free upgrade to Windows 10. thanks  

A:Replaced a corrupt HDD with a new one, but get 'no boot disk...

With this statement "It came installed with Windows 8.1 and i had the free upgrade to Windows 10."I assume you mean the HP ENVY 23 ALL-IN-ONE.  If you did not do anything to the new hard drive, then what you are seeing is expected.  The new hard drive needs the software to be reinstalled.  Assuming you would like Windows 10 again, it will need to be downloaded from Microsoft and then installed.  On a different working computer, go to here and make use Media Creation tool to make installation media to then install Windows 10.https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10Scroll down to the "Using the tool to create installation media"  Click on the + and follow the directions until completed.  Or get a retail copy of Windows 10 and run the install.  If you are using either way to install Windows 10, when it asks for a product key, click "Skip" and then proceed to install.  It will self-activate once you connect to the internet.

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I replaced the CMOS battery in my computer. When I restarted, the computer installed some driver. I now have a F drive which was not there before. It belongs to my Lexmark printer which has a card reader built in.
How can I delete the F disk?

A:replaced CMOS battery, now I have a mystery disk

Hi HAVOC , My Epson shows up the same thing ,I think it's normal

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Spurred by user pressure...Microsoft yesterday released an updated version of its antipiracy program that changes the frequency with which it checks for pirated or counterfeit copies of its client OS (operating system).An updated version of Microsoft's WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) Notifications program available now no longer checks a server-side configuration of a user's version of Windows every time the user logs on to see if it is a valid copy of Windows. Instead, it checks periodically to see if the copy is genuine...Users can opt out of WGA Notifications, but not the WGA program in general if they want to use Microsoft's download services...Microsoft is including instructions for removing an older version of the program from a PC as KnowledgeBase article number 921,914 on Microsoft.com...pcadvisor.co.ukHow to disable or uninstall the pilot version of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

A:Microsoft Dials Back Genuine Advantage

Microsoft have been under a lot of pressure. Its about time they make up for their bad mistakes..
First its the new IE7 and now its this news posted by quiteman7. Then what......

A post bill gates == problem prone software period on the horizon?????????????

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A:Hard Disk Test Failed Hard Disk 1roduct QE24UA#ABA ID: GG8KH...

The hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail  SATA hard drive can be used. I believe this model uses a laptop/mobile hdd.Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Media to install Windows. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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