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Technical Boot Question (2 Disks)

Q: Technical Boot Question (2 Disks)

When I go to my BIOS, I see two hard drives: P0 and P2.
Let's call them as Disk1 and Disk2.

Regularly, I am booting from Disk2.
(By the way, one of the disks is dedicated to operating systems, and the other is dedicated to libraries. I don't know which one is which, since they are identical drives, but as I said regularly I am booting from Disk2).

When I have a boot problem such as "Insert correct media device", I am putting the system repair disc, and (after booting the system repair disc from cd/dvd drive) it gives me the error that "this repair disc is not compatible with your version".
But, when I change the first drive from Disk2 to Disk1 in BIOS, it doesn't give that error and shows me the system repair options.

What does this mean?
Why it is happening like that?
Does it mean that if I remove Disk1 physically or disable it, I can never use any system repair disc?
How can I solve this problem?
What are my options if a system repair disc gives me the "not compatible" error?

Preferred Solution: Technical Boot Question (2 Disks)

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Technical Boot Question (2 Disks)

It sounds like your boot files are on disk 1, P0, and your OS is on disk 2, P2. You need to have a look in disk management to see whats what. If that is true, you won't be able to boot up to your OS if you remove disk 1.

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How do you create a Emergency Repair Disk and the start up boot disks (which should take 4 floppies)?

Are they the same? Anyway, thanks in advanced

A:simple question re: ERD and boot disks

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Right hopefully someone can assist here!

I used to find Windows Media Player had a useful automatic cleanup option when 5 or more mp3s were found in the library without an actual mp3 file to relate too....

I want to know why now when i have 7 or 10 tracks that have been removed by myself, when i go to play them (forgetting i removed them) do i no longer get the option pop up asking if i would like WMP to cleanup the library!?!?

I use Windows 7 btw

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Can I change my Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5914 built with a AMD Sempron™ 3600+ CPU to a AMD Athlon 64/X2 CPU. Toshiba Tech support tells me that the processor is soldered and built into the motherboard but it is not. Both processors are socket AM2

A:Technical Question

The only hardware upgrade that you can usually make to a laptop is to add more RAM - if it supports adding more.

From what I've read so far, that model laptop comes with the AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.00 GHz processor and supports up to 4 GB of DDR2 PC2-6400(DDR2-800) RAM.


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I have XP installed on my PC and wanted to install it on my laptop. I called MS to activate it and was told that the license did not allow me install it on two machines.

I can't believe this. Any comments?

A:not a technical question

"license did not allow me install it on two machines"

I believe technically it's supposed to be that way with all there OS's according to the ELUA

more info...XP Activation


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Can any kind person explain the difference between a

Boot disk and Restore disk?

The reason I am asking is my Hard disk appears to be on its last legs and when it finally goes I will have to buy and install a new one.

I have a Restore CD (actually 2 that came with my computer) and I have read a little about Boot disks.

so .... When I start my computer with the new Hard disk what do I use? (as it will be blank)

a Boot disk?
or a Restore disk?
or both?

many thanks

A:Boot disks and Restore disks?

A boot disk is a disk that your computer can use to boot. A restore disk is a disk that contains some sort of restore information.

A boot disk may contain restore information and a recovery disk may be bootable.

In your case, you should just boot from the restore CD and follow the pretty on-screen instructions.

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I have a client who is receiving the BSOD when she is just surfing the internet. Here is the STOP code she is receiving:

0x00000050 (0xBFBFBFC3, 0x00000000, 0x8052DB78, 0xoooooo2)

Computer Specs:
XP sp3
2GB Ram

I have researched this as much as I can and have come to the conclusion that it is either the PSU or the Ram. I have just started learning how to research BSOD codes and would like a second opinion about this.

Thanks in advance.

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I bought a new Compaq Presario laptop, and the specs say it has 256mb of PC2100, (266MHZ) DDR-SDRAM, with a max capacity of 1G. So I went out and bought 1G (2-512mb modules, same specs). When I opened up the memory compartment and removed the memory the laptop came with, it was marked 256mb, DDR, 333 mhz, PC 2700.

My questions:

Are the two types of memory interchangeable?
Can using PC 2700 333 mhz harm the computer if it is meant to run PC2100, 266 mhz?
If I use the PC2100, 266mhz, will my computer run slower?
What should I do?



A:LAPTOP RAM - Technical QUestion

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I am using a program (which I didn't write) which creates a database driven website. It was working well, but suddenly, when I try to add new records, I get errors. I have the system on a WIN2000 server, and also mirrored on my WIN98 system at home.

On the WIN2000 server, I get this error message: "ERROR: Multiple-step OLE DB operation generated errors. Check each OLE DB status value, if available. No work was done."

On the WIN98 system, I get this error: "Errors Occurred"

In both cases, the record does get added, but it cannot be edited - only deleted.

Since I couldn't reach the guy who wrote the program I was using, I did some research, and found this page over at Microsoft:


It described this error exactly. It said I needed to upgrade my MDAC and JET versions to make these errors go away. I don't really know what MDAC and JET are, but I found them for download on Microsoft's site.

Using my WIN98 system as the guinea pig, I downloaded and installed MDAC 2.6 and JET 4.0 - the most recent versions of both. Needless to say, it didn't fix the problem.

The only thing that changed on my WIN98 system is that instead of getting the "Errors Occurred" message, I now get the much longer error message that my server returns.

I haven't tried upgrading the server because - well - I'm afraid to touch the server, especially when the fix didn't work on... Read more

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I have a client who needs BOTH some PHP and some SSI code in a webpage. The filetype needs to remain as SHTML. I tried making an SHTML page that included PHP, but what happens when I modify the .htaccess file is that one or the other gets done, but not both.

For example, I used this in the .htaccess:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .shtml
AddType text/x-server-parsed-html .shtml
DirectoryIndex index.shtml index.php index.html

That does the PHP coding just fine in the shtml file, but not the
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/Tracking/ax.cgi" --> SSI code
line in the shtml page.

When I switch the first two lines, it does the SSI, but not the PHP.

How can I get it to do both the SSI *and* the PHP?



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A while back, I asked a DSL provider about the distance betwween my house and the nearest DSL central office, which is about 6 miles away. Here's the partial response I got:

If the form says you qualify then you should be no more than 18,000 feet from the central office in your area. However, that is 18,000 feet in actual line length, not in walking or driving distance from the CO.Click to expand...

Question #1: How many miles is 18,000 feet? I'm sure it's less than 6 miles.
Question #2: Why are the DSL cables so short?

Today, I ordered it anyway from my phone company, and a technician is coming later this week to install it for me.

After it's all hooked up, if it doesn't connect, I'll have to cancel the whole shebang.

I really hope it works cuz I'm getting fed up with this dialup connection on these very crappy voice-grade phone lines.

A:A Couple of Technical DSL Question

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i need to install windows 10 in my windows 7 pc due to win 7 is done in 7 days,,,will installing win 10 delete the raid 1 volume in my pc...or should i delete the raid volume before i install win 10....i really need some help,,i cannot afford another pc
yet so i have to go this route.....thanks

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Hello you smart computer techies!!! I need a little assistance. I hate Norton as it was hogging up my PC. So I uinstalled it (via the norton uninstall) and went out and bought PC-cillin 2005. I installed it and everything was going fine until I attempted to connect to the internet (via IE). No internet. No email connection either (makes sense since IE and OE 6 are connected to each other. Aren't they?) Anywhoo, I uninstalled PC-cillin pdq, and viola Internet working just fine.

Called PC-cillin cust. spt. a very nice Hindu lady finally helped me disable the 'Personal Firewall' component of the new software after we reinstalled it. She assesed the problem is with my Internet provider. I was asked to call them and ask three specific questions 1. what port number am i using, 2. do they have a firewall up?, 3. any specific password or setting?

Internet provider was very perturbed at first with my three little questions insisting that the problem is with PC-cillin software not with them (the service provider). they answered my questions though, --, no, no.

I just sent an email to cust spt @ PC-cillin with the same info presented here.

but since you guys are almost always quicker, and there is no need to decipher the accent, I thought I'd try TechSupportGuy too.

I have a limited knowledge of computers, even less it seems when it comes to software conflicts. But my guess's at the problem is this, : 1. norton is not TOTALLY off my pc, or 2. I'm runni... Read more

A:Very technical question may be difficult to answer

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When a song is played in iTunes where does it load to?

Obviously the song is on the hard-rive but does it constantly read it off the hard-rive? Or does it throw it into the page file or ram?

A:Solved: iTunes Technical Question...

Players usually buffer at least part of what they are playing in RAM to insure a constant data stream and smooth playback. Some of that could end up as paged if the OS needed the RAM for something else, but probably not very often, if at all.


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On discord, its not uncommon for me to come across "Cursed MP4 Files" with strange properties.

I'm incredibly interested how the creators of these files were able to get their results and mostly I want to make my own "cursed files". Some of the properties I've seen are video lengths upwards of 13,000 hours long, yet still being 1 MB. I've also seen videos that have negative video lengths and videos that display the video length as 0, yet still plays a video.

How were some of these made? I can file share the specific MP4 files in question

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Greetings, helpful and wonderful people.

I currently have a 2x2gb setup in 2 of my 4 DIMM slots on my motherboard. The timing is 8-8-8-24. The speed is DDR3 @ 1600MHz, and it is a matched pair. They run at 1.65V,

I am looking to expand this memory, but the pair I have picked out to add to the second bank (the remaining two DIMM slots) has differences in the size, voltage and timing. I have tried my best to research this problem before creating a thread but haven't found an answer detailed enough to explain why this would or would not work. Anyways, here are the details on the second pair.

2x4gb, same brand (Crucial). Timing 10-10-10-28. Speed DDR3 @ 1600MHz, matched pair. Running at 1.5V.

The three differences are the size (4gb vs 2gb per module), the timing (CAS latency 10 vs CAS latency 8), and the voltage (1.5V vs 1.65V).

The motherboard can handle all the specs of the possible new pair. Crucial's website confirms compatibility by suggesting this pair with its scan utility.

HOWEVER, my question is: What will happen in my BIOS configuration when I put this new pair in the second bank?
1. What will Dual-Channel, what will not, and why?
2. Will I have to manually reduce the latency of the second pair, or will I have to manually increase the latency of the first pair, in order to make them match? Will this result in a major speed decrease?
3. Will the difference in voltage be modified automatically? To which? (1.65v or 1.5v?)
4. Is it actually worth it to kee... Read more

A:Rather Technical Memory Matching Question

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Got any suggestions on what could be wrong with my memory card when it won't read the data when it's plugged in?
It says "No Data"
The card is official. I've tried other slots. Other mem cards work, tried turning it off and on, etc. We have a hunch that the problem could be that the contacts on the memory card have been misalligned, however there is no damage we can see without taking it apart.
Is it possible to take it apart or are there rivets or anything in the back end of the memory card that would hold it together?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Question regarding PS2 Memory Card technical difficulties

Try it and see, get a screwdriver, and see if you can pry the case open. I have no idea if it will work, but if it doesn't work, then you've got nothing to lose by trying to get it open.

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I just wanted to know if anyone knows a website, or book that I could learn all of the "Computer Lingo" like what is FSB, or a multiplier of 13 = clockspeed. I know somewhat about computers, but in depth I really don't know anything. I love to come to this forum for advice, but I hate not knowing anything at all. I'd rather read up on this stuff instead of constantly asking for help this is to help me so I won't be completley lost; Trying to overclock my computer, or making my computer run very smoothly. Please help.


A:Question: Resource for technical terminology explanations

Computer Stuff @ Howstuffworks

Have a nice time reading.

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Hi there,

I have a question about the "amvo virus" and Combofix...

My goal is to REMOVE this virus and then PREVENT my PC from being infected another time by the same virus...Does ComboFix just remove "amvo" or fixes the problem, protecting my PC "forever" against this virusc ???

If it doesn't, can anyone tell me a good practice for preventing this infection in future? (possibly, something more sophisticated than just disabling the execution of the autorun.ini in every external drive...)

Thanks a lot guys...

A:Technical Question about ComboFix and the AMVO malware

amvo.exe) is a backdoor Trojan that is installed with other malicious files. Backdoor Trojans, IRCBots and Infostealers are very dangerous because they provide a means of accessing a computer system that bypasses security mechanisms and steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data which they send back to the hacker. Remote attackers use backdoor Trojans as part of an exploit to gain unauthorized access to a computer and take control of it without your knowledge. Read Danger: Remote Access Trojans.If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should immediately disconnect from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately to include those used for banking, email, eBay, paypal and online forums. You should consider them to be compromised. You should change each password by using a different computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. If using a router, you need to reset it with a strong logon/password so the malware cannot gain control before connect again. Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach. Because your computer was compromised please read How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?Although the infection has been identified and may be removed, your PC has likely been compromised and there is no w... Read more

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I understand USB flash drives are composed of two components, the memory part that retains the data and the controller that regulates the writing and retrieval of the data. I alo understand there are different types of the controller components.

Also, I've learned that some machines will see just about any USB flash drive; but, I occasionally see some machines that will recognize one of my flash drives and not the other. I suspect this is because of the different controllers in each of the USB flash drives.

Here's the question: Is there a way to determine which USB flash drives contain which controller components?

The reason I'm asking is that I have two USB flash drives, a 16-Gig and a 32-Gig. The 16- is getting too small and I'm going to retire it in favor of a new 32- or 64-Gig and I don't want to end up with two that have the same controller component and then run into a machine that will see neither.

A:Technical question about USB flash drives' internal controllers

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Yesterday morning I restarted my Dell Inspiron 6400 to finish installing an update to my virus protection software (McAfee Plus), and as the computer was shutting down my external HD became disconnected from the laptop. Since then, however, my computer has failed to start. It gets to the very first screen, with the manufacturer's logo and progress bar, then moves to an error page.

On that page, "Windows Boot Manager" informs me that failed to start. "A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." To fix the problem, they recommend I insert my Windows installation disc, follow the repair process, etc.

I do not have this DVD, as it never shipped with my laptop. They recommend, as an alternative, to contact my computer manufacturer. I've done so, and checked through Dell's support site. Their FAQs told me to contact their support department. However, my warranty has also ended. Simply to contact them to find out what my recourse is will cost $49. I'd prefer not to do that unless I know they'll send me some sort of repair DVD.

So, a few questions, more to your experiences than to the software itself:

1. Is it likely that Dell will provide a Windows Vista DVD to a computer past warranty? I doubt it sincerely, but perhaps there's a chance.

2.If that doesn't work, I presume I'll have to buy Vista. Being as I had Home Basic before, would I be able to purchase and use an upgrade disc, or would I have t... Read more

A:Not strictly a technical question: trouble starting Vista

They should provide one for a small fee.

You won't be able to upgrade a Dell version of Vista with a normal Vista upgrade. You would need to get a full version, or an upgrade that Dell has altered for their machines.

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Hypothetical situation:

The givens:
desktop computer
a power supply with intermittent voltage drops
voltage occasionally drops enough to cause a spontaneous reboot.
voltage is being monitored on the 12-volt leg
wall current integrity is good at all times
When a spontaneous reboot occurs, what voltage should one see this occur at?

A:Technical question about power supplies and spontaneous reboots

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Hi there, I have a T400 running Windows XP Professional that's in pristine condition, that I'd like to upgrade to Win 7 Prof + an SSD + 8GB of RAM.  It came with a Window's 7 upgrade DVD (and companion DVD) with instructions that note I will need to do a clean install since I have XP. I specifically had this system downgraded from Vista when it was shipped to me in 2010.  The Upgrade DVD says "Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro UPG Fulfill Lenovo" on it. I'm okay with the clean install since I'm running XP, but my question is: if I'm already going  to swap out the HDD to an SSD and I need to do a clean install anyway, can I just remove my old HDD, F1 boot from the disk and then install Windows 7 straight to my new SSD?  Or will the "Upgrade" version of Windows 7 look for something on the old HDD to give it permission to install? Thanks for any advice.  So essentially   

A:Lenovo T400 technical question - upgrading to Win 7 Prof + Samsung SSD and 8GB RAM

If the DVDs came from Lenovo, I am fairly sure it will work fine and use the Vista license in the BIOS

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I have a HP Desktop PC running Windows 7 64 bit- C: Operating System D: Recovery Petition no amendments or extras added. Recently I had to use HP System Recovery to Reload Windows to Factory Settings due to a serious error. Everything went well and the system is error free, boots up no problems. However when I run McAfee I have noticed it now scans 3 Boot Records whereas before it only scanned 2. I am no technological queen and this concerned me a bit, should I be concerned when the system is working perfectly. IS McAfee reading all the old data on my Desktop? Can someone explain why I have 3 Boot Records in plain easy to follow English and also if this is acceptable. All answers appreciated and thank you for reading. PS In Msconfig I only have one C: Operating system showing in boot up. Apologies if this is in the wrong section, I am relatively new and will stand corrected.

A:Technical Expert help with Windows 7 Boot Records Please

It may help answer your question about the additional third boot record if you could post a screenshot of the expanded (maximized) view of disk management. The HP System Recovery may have added a new partition to the hard drive.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Many long-times users of Windows 7 (people who have been testing and using it since Beta and before) feel that McAfee is not a good choice. It is a known contributor to crashes, BSODs, etc and has been nicknamed MuckAfee. Unless you have a compelling reason to keep it on your computer (like you just paid for a 3 year subscription with no money back option) it would probably be in your computer's best interests to use a different product.

NOTE: If you decide to uninstall McAfee you must uninstall it from Control Panel > Program and Features first and then use the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool. Failure to use the removal tool could leave behind file remnants that may interfere with getting a clean install of a replacement product.

How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)

Since your computer appears to be working just fine, I wouldn't be overly concerned about this situation. It probably wouldn't hurt to use the built-in Windows 7 utilities for... Read more

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everytime i try to play something on my standalone dvd player, it keeps making noises, sometimes the video automatically jumps. i have cleaned the lens of the player using lens cleaner, and still the same problem happens. i know that there is totally nothing wrong with the player and the video, so it would be the disks.

1. what is the best type of dvd disk to use for watching videos in the sandalone dvd player? dvd-r or dvd+r - it can support all disks apart from the dvd-ram disks.

2. what is the best dvd brand disks to use? e.g. sony, maxell.... im using cheap disks which are: Mr.DVD

3. because technology is increasing, can all standalone dvd players play .avi files?? of all types of codecs?

A:DVD and DISKS question

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Hello all

I couldn't quite figure out what group to place this post. Anyways, just a question for all you computer/tech savvy people out there. Can anyone recommend a good brand of DVD RW disks to back stuff up on?

I only have a 120GB HD at the moment so I have been using Paragon software with DVD RW disks to back up my hard drive with. For the last year I have been using Maxell DVDRW's to do my backups with and have gone thru quite a few, due to disks going bad.

Am looking for a better brand of DVD RW's, so any help would be greatly appreciated


A:Question about DVD RW disks

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Hi my pc has recently decided to not cooperate and wont boot without help, it wants me to either refresh my pc or reset it.
So I tired refreshing it so I don't lose all my data and files, but that wouldn't work.
Anyway I have made a usb flash drive recovery disk from my other netbook, if I use that to recover my pc will I lose all my data?

Thanks in advance.

A:Question about usb recovery disks

Yes it is possible.

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I have Norton Corp V8. Made the 2 disk boot disks and when I try to boot up using these disks the computer reads disk 1, asks me to insert disk 2 and press any key and nothing happens. Disk 2 has the ghost.exe file and it is not being read and executed.
I have a Dell XPS 600 system running XP Pro. Any ideas why this is happening and how do I correct it so I can reimage from these files.

A:Norton Ghost boot disks don't boot

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when u use cd-rw disk do you just record over whats on the disk or do you have to do something to clear it up so you can reuse it again?

puter hater

A:Silly question on rewrite disks.........

If you use packet writing software like DirectCD or InCD you format the RW and it becomes like a big floppy or slow hard drive. You can overwrite or erase individual entries.

If you use mastering software to write to RW you don’t format the CD and write to it just as if it were a CDR. You have to erase the entire CD to reuse it.

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I don't like using eMachines recovery disks. They put a lot of garbage into the OS that I don't want and I then have to spend time getting it back out. All eMachines have an eMachines-branded product key on them.

Does a disk exist that would allow me tyo install Windows XP (clean XP without the garbage) on an eMachine and use the attached eMachines-branded product key.

For those who might not know, an eMachines WinXP product key will work only with an eMachines-branded WinXP disk.

A:Question about eMachines recovery disks.

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I am getting ready to install windows 7 professional on my XP machine, I know I have to format the hard disk. If I have two hard drives and just copy everything from the drive I'm erasing to the other one and disconnect it during installation to make sure no data gets lost, will the second drive still work when I reconnect it after the install is finished? Both drives are IDE

A:Multiple hard disks question

If you disconnect other drive you will not have a dual boot machine, either leave drive connected and you will have the option of which win to start at bootup.
Or if for some reason you wish to unplug it and wish to make dual boot later use easybcd software to edit boot files, or you could use win 7 repair facility to repair boot files after but you will have to run this function 3 times to be sure of a complete repair

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Mod EditThis post was split from this topic:Question About Necessity And Frequency Of Defragging Hard DriveI cant believe I finally found a topic that pertained to me and my problem, I just joined this site after finding it on goggle, I have visited so many different forums from other sites that never discussed this problem. I do have a question about can or cant defragment a partitioned drive, a week ago I bought an HP desktop XP Media center m7330n, I never had a computer with a partitioned drive before, when buying the computer from this fellow and after checking it out and everything was fine he gave me all manuals cables etc. I asked him where are the restore disc's, he said it didn't come with any, he almost lost the sale when I thought he was lying, after investigating he was right, I never heard of any computer that did not come with a restore and drive disc's, but HP for some reason decided not to do it that way, stupid idea if you ask me but nothing we can do about it. The fellow told me if anything happens to my hardrive I can do a system restore from the d drive partition, also I can create them myself from HP create restore disc's, he also said whatever you do don't mess with the d drive at all, its a 250 hardrive on c, and about 10gb on d. OK advise well taken. After bringing the computer home I used it for several days and set it up just the way I want it installing everything I needed and normally use, than I decided to clean everything up like I always did... Read more

A:Question about using created HP recovery disks

Go to the Drivers section of the HP website, input your model number, then select your OS, then scroll down until you get to the section on restore disks. Order them (they used to cost about $20 shipping included).

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I had a floppy disk where the little sticky lable kept trying to come off and I put a new label on it. Today, when I went to back up some files to the disk, I got an error message that said something like: "Floppy drive controller can't read disk in Drive A." I had no choice but to reformat so I did exactly that. I did a Quick Format. and now the disk works. Did this correct the problem or not? Other floppy's have not had this issue. I also save to CD-Rom once a month just as a back up for these types of issues.


A:Problem With Floppy Disks/Question?

It was on some other floppies but a reboot seems to have solved the problem. I am suspecting something was knocked out of alignment, because the data seems to be coming up fast (for a floppy that is.) Will wait for a few days before I report that problem is resolved.


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Hello peeps.

I have a quick one for you all.

For a little while now I've been getting irritated by my 1TB hard disk constantly powering down when not used for a while, and then having to wait for it to spin back up when its accessed.

Its not making my PC freeze or anything, but given that my "home" folder is located on this hard disk, whenever I request access it takes 4-5 seconds before my request is forfilled, as it has powered down the disk while not being used. As you can imagine, even clicking a link on the desktop causes the delay as well, because it is actually on the 1TB disk.

So, would I risk loads of wear and tear on the disk if I turned off the shutdown disk option, and forced it to run the whole time the PC is running?

Its not the end of the world if I can't do it, but its just bloody annoying going from super fast operations because of my SSD, to literally having to wait for the 1TB hard disk to spin up just to access a personal file. Firefox is the worst for it though, as when I go to download something, the default folder is on the hard disk, and it literally locks it up for 4-5 seconds, and causes mayhem should it be a small file, as I then have to wait for it to come online, then the download ends almost immediately and is scanned... It seems it totally confuses Firefox and it throws a fit in the process!

So would it be alright to just make it run nonstop like the SSD?

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A:Question regarding wear on disks if you keep them running

Definitely disable the auto turn off disk setting...that is only useful is u are super eco concious, otherwise, repeated spinning up of the drive is actually detrimental to the health of the drive and will reduce the drive's life and likelihood of failure will increase...

In short, u will be better off with that option disabled

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I have a Dell XPS 8500 desktop running Windows 7. When new, I made the System Recovery Disks as suggested. Only used 2 DVD's. Kept them safe.
Within the past month I had to use them to recover a half working system. Tried everything I could think of prior to that.
My question: Could I use that same set to recover my system in the future if necessary? This is the only computer I have running Win. 7 so they are exclusive for this computer. Reason I am asking: I see no way I could make another set, no options anywhere I can find. Don't want to do a full image if I can avoid it.

A:Original System Recovery Disks Question

Welcome to Seven Forums Bd
Of course you can use them again, that`s what they`re for.

But you should really be creating disk images, even a partition on the same drive will work if you don`t have anywhere else to store it.

And you can always store an image on dvd`s but I don`t trust that method.

Isn`t there a Recovery partition already on the drive ? Dell usually always puts one on there.

Post a shot of Disk Management if you want.

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Because of a not relevant reason I need to restore my computer to vista from 7. I have a dual boot setup of linux and windows 7. If i restore via restore discs will my linux partition be wiped?


A:Question on restoring vista using recovery disks

My thoughts are yes it would be.

In my experiences with Recovery/Restore discs, especially if supplied by the PC manufacturer, the first thing they do is format the drive. Some have the option to let you keep your User files but usually thats the most they allow.

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I asked a question in another thread wanting to know if there were any good free alternatives to programs PCAnywhere or GoToMyPC. Boy did I ever get more than I expected in TeamViewer that EAFiedler suggested.

Now I have a technical question about how TeamViewer works. It connects to remote systems across the internet not by an IP number that I enter but rather by an arbitrary nine-digit number assigned to the system when the program is set up. It connects so quickly that I know it cannot be scanning every IP address on the 'net looking for a TeamViewer connection at every one of them. So, I have deduced that there must be a server out there somewhere that stores TeamViewer information.

Does anyone know enough about this to confirm this and/or explain it to me somewhat?

Next question: What about security? Are there any security issues I should be concerned about, other than the obvious, of course?

A:Technical question about TeamViewer remote access/remote office

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So basically my girlfriend has Windows 7, I decided to upgrade her computer to the Windows 10 Technical Preview to fool around with it a bit more.
My question is, once its released on July 29th, will I be able to get the FREE copy I was originally supposed to get or am I stuck with the technical preview version?
How does Microsoft know I used to have Windows 7?
She has the Chinese version, so when I upgraded it converted everything to Chinese and I had to change all the settings to English. Will I be able to download a FRESH english ISO and upgrade to that for free?

A:Question Regarding Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview

Hi Simpuhl What a coincidence, someone just posted a picture on another forum that answers your question.So yes, you'll be able to either upgrade to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, or download an .iso to perform a clean installation and use your product key to activate it.

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What is the difference between booting with boot disks to install windows and just booting with CDROM? Is one better than the other?

A:Boot Disks

cdrom quicker

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I know that there is a way to get the boot disks from my Windows XP home edition disk. It says to:

Copy all the files from \VIA\VIASATA\DriverDisk to floppy diskette

I load in the OS disk and browse it, but I can't find that file anywhere. So I decided to download the boot disks off of the Microsoft site. It says that I need 6 boot disks, but when I begin the download it fills up the first disk and refuses to give me instructions to put in the next disk.

I use the Adobe Download Manager, but I also tried the standard download manager from Internet Explorer.

Please help.

A:Help with OS boot disks


Try this page


You should end up downloading a file which create the six disk set.

If this fails try http://www.bootdisk.com



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I got a Gateway computer which used to have Windows 98 on it. It was wiped with dban and now when you turn it on it displays the gateway logo then goes to a black screen that says it needs a boot disk in the a: drive. It currently has no operating system. The computer's specs meet that needed of Windows XP Pro and I have the setup and installation disc on hand. I just need help creating a boot disk that will allow the cd/dvd drive to work so I can install XP.

A:Need help with boot disks


Any floppy boot disk with CD-ROM driver support ought to get you into your disc drive and on with the show.

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Hello all,

Really struggling to restore a computer which was suffering from BSOD issues. Windows 10 64bit CPU is i5 6600K OC to 4.4Ghz Graphics is GTX960

So background to the story. Computer was prebuilt from a uk computer called Yoyotech and been fine since January this year.

Few days ago, getting various BSOD with different error messages. Before i could troubleshoot they went away and the computer was fine for a week. I did memtest and sfc scannow and nothing.

Today playing a computer game, the computer kept coming up with a Windows error reporting error, after googling, it said the drivers were the problem.

I tried to update the graphics card drivers through the Geforce Experience, but it kept failing, so i downloaded it from NVIDIA website and updated via task manager. This solved the game crashing.

Later in the day, i got more BSOD to the point that it would not boot anymore with BSOD. I disabled the OC in BIOS and it seems to work, but then after login it would start BSOD again, quickly tried to view the BSOD tech info and it said ntoskrnl.exe was causing it. At work, thats usually been the graphics card drivers, which was strange because i had just updared them.

So then i do more googling and enable Windows 10 Driver verifier to try and troubleshoot, the help link suggested only loading drivers not by Microsoft. I rebooted and now all i get is BSOD stating the verifier has detected an error but does not list what. I presume its ntoskrnl.exe because this driver ... Read more

A:Can't Boot On Various Disks

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Hi ... Everytime i try to download the startup bootdisks for xp pro from microsoft or from other third party .. i get a error from microsoft site which say Error: An extended memory manager is already installed ... XMS driver not installed ... file not found .... I try to post this in microsoft question section without cause ... I have an ibm computer P3 256 ram16 gb... any help would be appreciated thanks

A:Boot disks for xp pro

hi and welcome to TSG.

ive looked in Google and the XMS drivers are something to do with DOS!!! here is a link to themXMSdrivers. also lookHERE. and i dont know if this will helpYOU, from looking at Googles its something to do with DOS, memory or both.

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i need some help...i wanna take a boot disk pack i d/l off of microsoft and instead of using 6 floppies which i dont have...use cd-roms...if any1 can help me i will be sooo thankful. i think my XP got screwed up by a hacker..

A:Need Help With Boot Disks For Xp!!!

all i have is cd-roms and no floppies and are desperate to fix it tonight

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I want to update the firmware on my SSD's. I have the FW updates in zipfiles on my desktop. I have active iso in my computer. How do I make boot capable cd's to flash the drives? I'm an amateur here, so take it easy, please.

A:Boot Disks

Unzip download to a folder,open folder, see if there is file called makedisk.

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NB. Although my problem involves Unix, this is a Windows question.

Current Situation:
I have an installation of W2K Pro That uses two simple volumes (of 8GB and 5GB) of a 40GB HDD. I would like to install a version of Unix on some of the remaining space of this drive. At some point in the past, I decided it would be a good idea to 'upgrade' the HDD to being a dynamic disk. This does not sit happily wth installing Unix.

What I want to achieve:
I want to back up my entire system, including data, programs and system state, reconfigure the disk as a basic disk, and restore all my programs, data and settings, leaving the rest of the HDD to do what I want with.

My Question:
Will restoring my current 'System State' using NTBackup restore my current dynamic Disk configuration? If so, is there another utility I can use to restore my system back to its current state in every respect except the Dynamic/Basic configuration of the HDD?

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