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Harddisk showing as CD-Rom in XP

Q: Harddisk showing as CD-Rom in XP

I have here a Dell Laptop with a Seagate ST94811A Harddrive. Since the last Windows update, this drive shows also as CD-Rom Drive in Windows Explorer (associated letter D), but not in the Disk Management Utility.
A reset to an older Restoration Point did not solve the problem.
The data on the drive partitions can be accessed without problems.
Already tried to google it up, at no avail.
Any hints?

Preferred Solution: Harddisk showing as CD-Rom in XP

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A: Harddisk showing as CD-Rom in XP

Dont know whats up never heard that before. Windows Explorer does some weird stuf sometimes for everyone. As long as you can access your DATA. Maybe back-up? Just incase it turns into a perminant optical drive - lol

i wouldnt worry to much - its just windows doing its usual tricks

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my harddisk size is 20 GB.i m using only 3 GB of it.BUt it still shows 16.65 GB used whereas I m using only 3 GB. I checked all the contents of my hard drive.It is only 3 GB. I restarted my computer also but still it doesnt show any change.Cleared all the history and deleted all the temporary files but still cudnt get out of this.

A:Showing more used harddisk than actually used

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Hi Guys, i am in a big trouble this time:
Having 4 partitions over it.
2day, when i connected to my Friends Computer, it detected only 2 Drives, n showed an error for other 2 drives.
hard disk showed An Error Occurred during the installation of the drive. THE driver installation File for this device is missing a neccessary entry. THis may be because of INF was written for windows95 or later. Contact ur Hardware Vendor

Now, just help me out, to get rid of this error, i have very precious data on these drives ! Pls Help !!!
what 2 do ??

OS: Windows XP SP2
1 Gb Ram,

A:Portable Harddisk Showing Error

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Hi there.
I want to reinstall windows XP. My Hard drive ( Maxtor ) 80 GB. I partitioned it with Maxblast Version 10.48 into 3 equal parts in NTFS.
When I start Windows XP installation it always show 32 GB.
When Windows XP is installed and I want to check in my computer, it shows only drive C: which is NTFS and not the other 2 partitions.

Can somebody help please.

A:Harddisk not showing full capacity

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-when i try to connect the external 1tb western digital harddisk it simply doesnot display any thing and when i go to disk managment it shows "not initilized" i tried to initilize it but i got this error''hard disk not initilizing i/o device error" it doesnot shows any property or size of hard disk.i also tryied to repair it with comand "chkdsk/r"but there it said""cannot open volume for direct access""and also my harddisk is encrypted and this error occured when i was downloading torrent directly into external hardisk.my pc also go frce shutdown due to absence of electriccity
..over all i cannot see hard disk on my computer and cannot open it..tried it on other computers also
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Disk" />

<EventID Qualifiers="49156">11</EventID>




<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-11-01T11:40:14.311802300Z" />




<Security />

- <EventData>
<Data>\Device\Harddisk1\DR1</Data&g... Read more

A:external encrepted harddisk hard disk not initilizing and showing i/o device error

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I have 40GB harddisk and now I am moving to 120GB SATA hardisk. But i want all the data with softwares, plugins and all the windows settings to be transferred in the 120 GB harddisk.

There is any way so that all files and setttings will transferred and I dont have to install everything again.

In my system Windows XP Pro SP1 is installed.

A:Transfer data/settings from small harddisk to big harddisk

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

I recently replaced my old harddisk to a new harddisk. The old harddisk has windows xp home and other programs installed.

I did not format the old harddisk, I only took out the old harddisk and replaced it with a new harddisk. I then installed windows xp home to the new harddisk.

While I am installing programs on the new harddisk, I discovered that one of the programs do not allow me to activate the program license because I have previously activated the program on my old windows. I need to do a proper uninstallation to release the license, then I can activate the license of the program in the new harddisk.

My question is, can I take out my current new harddisk, replace it with the old harddisk, boot up as normal into the old harddisk windows, uninstall the program inside the old harddisk, then replace the old hardisk with my new harddisk again.

Will I be able to access the old windows on the old harddisk?
Will it mess up my current windows/programs settings?
Will my current new harddisk windows be able to work as normal after accessing the old harddisk windows?
I thought of accessing the old harddisk as a slave, but I do not know if it is possible to access the old harddisk and do a proper uninstall of the program?
Is there any better way of uninstalling the program on my old harddisk?

Thanks in advance.

A:Accessing Win XP on old harddisk to uninstall programs after installing new harddisk

you have to swap out the drive completely. at no time should you have both hdd plugged in.

repeat, do not run them as master and slave. run each hdd individually at each time only.........

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Hi, my computer is a dell dimension 1100, with a Linksys WMP54G wifi card, running vista home basic.

So, In the wifi thing in the notification area, it shows two wireless networks, One is my normal SSID (Lower Net), and one is "Unidentified network". They are both on one wireless connection (Wireless Network Connection 3). When i try to go on the internet, it says i'm not connected. i tried disconnecting from the unidentified network, but that disconnects me from lower net too. Thanks For Any Help In Advance!!!

A:Solved: Vista showing my normail wireless SSID, plus showing second unidentified netw

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i have a western digital 160gb caviar blue hd now i want to buy a new one but some questions are bothering me

first is seagate any better than western digital i ask this because 1tb seagate is just slightly expensive than 500gb western digital so should i go for seagate?

second is that if i buy seagate, will it cause any problem to the system having one wd hd and one seagate?

please answer in details would love to hear anything to increase the knowledge

A:help about a new harddisk?

1. you can mix any makes of disks. They are all 'compatibel'.

2. the make does not matter. They are all the same since they all come from the same factories in Thailand. I have a dozen different makes and do not notice any difference.

3. except Seagate - one of those just died on me. The first and only disk that died in my installations.

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Hi!Where can i buy sata cabel to my ideapad y700 because i have ssd but i cant connect hdd harddisk because i dont know where to buy the cabel. I only have ssd m.2 .  Please help me !

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My computer came with a 10gig hardrive with Windows Me preinstalled. I upgraded to Windows XP Home Edition and have been very impressed it was well worth the 90 I payed for the upgrade pack! I purchased 64MB of RAM to bring my memory from 64MB to 128MB and my computer hasn't crashed ONCE since I got XP! But having two operating systems on one 10 gig hardrive and lots of preinstalled programs such as office has taken its toll and I was warned the other day that my harddisk was nearly full! I deleted all my unnessesary files and managed to get back 1 gig of space but I'm still not happy and would like to get a new 20gig hardrive. It makes more sense to use my recovery disk to return my computer to the way it was when it left the factory and reinstall windows XP on the new harddrive leaving my old operating system on the old C:\ and installing all my programs into the new harddrive. I have two questions about this:

1) Will my computer become dual-boot which i DONT want to happen I want the same setup as I have know but with XP installed on the new harddrive?

2) Will I be able to call my new harddrive B:\ as I don't have a 5 1/2 floppy drive installed and would prefer to have things organised and call it that, if not what will my drive call itself as default as I already have A,C,D,Q,R drive letters already taken?

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Hi which would be the best free hardrive checking tool that would tell me if something is failing or is dead



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i have an old hdisk on an old pc.
the disk label shows that is 4+ Gigs
when i try to fdisk and format, only half is available
at fdisk options appears to be only 2+Gigs

A:only 1/2 of harddisk is there!

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Hey can anybody tell me which is the best harddisk drive for which i should go??????????I need atleast 250 gb or more of diskspace so suggest me the best HDD with their latest price ????????Thankyou.


Get Seagate 500GB SATA-II


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I am trying to setup the 3rd Hard Disk in my CPU. It doesn't seems to able detect my already formated hard disk. Is it possible to have 3 Hard Disk in 1 CPU? If so, how do should I go about it? Do I need to do anything with the Jumper on the Hard Disk?

A:3 HardDisk in 1 CPU

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I have an 80GB IDE Hitachi HD which was formatted NTFS on my computer running Win 7 Ultimate. My problem is that when connected to my computer via external Sharkoon Drive link USB adapter, it is not shown in Windows Explorer but is shown in Device Manager as USB Device and in Computer Management it is shown as ?Disk 1 ? Not initialized? and when clicking on to initialize, an error shows as ?This device not ready?. Same occurred on another PC running Vista Ultimate. Strangely, when connected to IDE inside PC it works perfectly. Can anyone help please?

500GB sata Hitachi HDD
2GB Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate

A:USB Harddisk

Does the USB adaptor work correctly with any other drive?

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I have an ultraDMA harddisk from compaq. I hope to know what is the ATA and RPM value of my 20GB drive. Is there some software that I can use to check it?


The only 20 GB HDD I could find on the Compaq site is 20GB Ultra ATA 100 Hard Drive (7200rpm)

This was at http://www.compaq.com/products/desktops/options/options_storage1.html
That doesn't mean that there aren't more. The way to know, for certai8n, is to open your system up, and get the part number, or full specs from off the HDD case itself.

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My computer came with a 10gig hardrive with Windows Me preinstalled. I upgraded to Windows XP Home Edition and have been very impressed it was well worth the 90 I payed for the upgrade pack! I purchased 64MB of RAM to bring my memory from 64MB to 128MB and my computer hasn't crashed ONCE since I got XP! But having two operating systems on one 10 gig hardrive and lots of preinstalled programs such as office has taken its toll and I was warned the other day that my harddisk was nearly full! I deleted all my unnessesary files and managed to get back 1 gig of space but I'm still not happy and would like to get a new 20gig hardrive. It makes more sense to use my recovery disk to return my computer to the way it was when it left the factory and reinstall windows XP on the new harddrive leaving my old operating system on the old C:\ and installing all my programs into the new harddrive. I have two questions about this:

1) Will my computer become dual-boot which i DONT want to happen I want the same setup as I have know but with XP installed on the new harddrive?

2) Will I be able to call my new harddrive B:\ as I don't have a 5 1/2 floppy drive installed and would prefer to have things organised and call it that, if not what will my drive call itself as default as I already have A,C,D,Q,R drive letters already taken?


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Re: Win98SE - Intel 465 Mhz

The harddisk in my PC is 8 GB of which only 2,56 GB is still available now.
From I similar PC (done away in the meantime) I still have a 8 GB IDE harddisk.
and want to place it in my PC.
Please mind that I have never opened a PC sofar.

a) I don't know to what electronic circuit-cable it must be connected (wondering about serial and parallel)

b) then this second harddisk must somehow be connected to and made visisable to the system (by cables I think; however what cables, new ones or
already present)

When I tried to google this subject I only found items on partitioning etc, not
about how to get and connect a second harddisk inside a PC.
Furthermore I have no idea whether there are special well-known problems
related to having a seond harddisk installed (e.g. very slow system)

Advises will be highly aprreciated.

Best regards,

A:add a second harddisk

This may help http://www.perfectdrivers.com/howto/seconddrive.html

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a week ago i transferred a list of archived files to my mp4, then the light went off ,when it came back, i can't find the archives on the partition , nor the mp4

also some sound files disappered from the mp4, also files are occupying space whether on the hard disk or the mp4

i tried to show hidden files, but i still can't find the files

so what's wrong ?? , how can i get the files again ??? because the computer shows that they are still occupying space

thanks in advance

Best regards,

A:HardDisk & MP4

Quote: Originally Posted by Mitooo

a week ago i transferred a list of archived files to my mp4, then the light went off


Does that mean you lost power to your computer or drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by Mitooo

because the computer shows that they are still occupying space

If you lost power whilst transferring, there is a good chance some of the files will have become corrupt.

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I am trying to remove empty folders using Remove Empty Directories. I know of a few that are empty, and just ran a test to see if RED would detect they were empty. Well, to my surprise, I am finding that RED shows 1 (or more) file in these folders (a JPG at 0.00 MB), but it's not showing up in the folder. Is there any way I can have these show up in folders so I can search for all JPG's and delete them? Example:

I do have "Show hidden files, folders and drives" checked under folder options as well.

A:File not showing up in folder,but showing up in Remove Empty Directori


You could try running JPG Cleaner v2.6

I use this software on a regular basis. I'd suggest limiting it's use to only one problem folder on your machine as a test run.

Run the program with admin rights then from the GUI choose Add Folder then browse to your test folder. Additionally choose the option to delete Unknown Files and also untick the option to Create Backup Files.

Then choose Start and when the cleanup is completed there is an option to save a log file. Save the log file somewhere and have a look at it to view the results.

Additionally you could run the program again choosing the Delete Corrupt Files option.

If you're happy with the results - go ahead and add the other remaining folders or directories to be cleaned.

I've never encountered any problems using this software but as always before running any sort of cleaning product it's best to at least create a system restore point to fall back on and ideally have a system image backup handy.

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Have recently formatted my laptop and re installed Windows on my normal HDD because i have a small SSD since formatting my SSD and deleting and renewing the old partition, in windows explorer and disk management i can no longer see my SSD. I can see my SSD in Bios and in the Intel Rapid storage technology app, but cannot understand why i cannot use my SSD, Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind regards


A:SSD not showing in Disk Management, but showing on Intel Rapid Storage

Could we get some more information?

Does this laptop have 2 hard drive bays? Did it always have 2 hard drives?
What does "deleting and renewing the old partition" mean?

What I suspect is that the SSD has a partition that is still marked ACTIVE. Windows will boot from one Active partition and ignore the other. So if the SSD has just one partition that is marked active then the whole drive would be ignored.

If you deleted the partition in Disk Management or some 3rd party program then that would have taken care of the Active flag on that partition. But if you just deleted the contents of the partition that would have left the flag.

Let us know what you did.

EDIT: I should add: any partition that contained an operating system will have the active flag. This is not something you would have had to do yourself.

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Hi guys, I am fairly new to this website and would absolutely LOVE if someone could help me figure out this problem.

I have an Alienware Windows 7 M17 laptop (I know, everyone hates alienwares but I don't have enough time to build my own)
The laptop has a build in SoundBlaster Recon3Di, with an intel display audio. This problem just started happening yesterday before I went to work, and when I came back the headphones wouldn't work. I thought the headphones were the problem so I tried testing them on two different computers and they weren't working.

I went to get some new ones, and tried plugging them in and they didn't pick up either.The jacks do show that they pick up when the headphones are plugged in, just no sound will play. Speakers work perfectly fine but I listen to music all the time and need to have headphones that work. The laptop is fairly new so I know it's not a problem that persists with that..


Updated ALL of the drivers persisting to sound
Disabled and uninstalled all drivers and restarted the computer

If there's anything else I should add, please let me know. I just cannot figure out why it would suddenly stop working

A:Headphone not showing up in playback devices; jack saying it's showing up. No sound.

Sorry guys, forgot to add this into the main post.
(Attachment included of the picture)

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I have just built a new computer, using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, however, I've noticed when I open Windows explorer, 3 out of 4 times it will continuously search for drives when opening up explorer and not show any drives that are installed. I've tried reformatting, using different hard drives, but the problem persists no matter what I do. I've reinstalled Windows 7 with only a single drive plugged in, tried different SATA ports, but this problem keeps coming back. The only thing I can think of is that the Windows 7 install disk is corrupted and not installing properly.

I've also noticed that once it starts searching like this, the icons wont display in any folder, although the file names will. Likewise, when trying to sort files by date, type, etc, they will not sort.

When this happens, I can easily type in C:\ to get to the drive without problem to access the drive but above problems with icons not showing, sorting, etc still is a problem.

Has anyone had this problem? Know of a way to fix this? I'm not looking forward to having to reformat again as I don't have the time to sit through and reinstall everything again after.

A:Drives not showing, folders/file icons/thumbnails not showing

Hey Man.

When Im having problems with the system i do this:

Open cmd as administrator and then type "sfc/scannow" press enter

I will check your system for missing systemfiles and problems.

Give it a try and let me hear from you

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I have a toolbar on my taskbar titled "Programs". It has about eight folders in it. I made another toolbar, and placed it directly adjacent to the Programs toolbar, to obscure the eight folders and force it to be a dropdown menu.

Trouble is, as soon as I lock my taskbar, right next to the arrow that displays the eight items of my Programs toolbar in menu-form, one of the eight items is showing up as an icon, as if the other toolbar isn't close enough to the Programs toolbar in order to completely obscure the eight items.

Here's what I mean in graphic form:

It's bugging me to no end. Anyone else had this problem/resolved it?

A:Toolbar on taskbar should only be showing an arrow but is showing icon

Hello thewonkits, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I notice this happens when using small icons for a toolbar. If you like, you could unlock the taskbar, right click on the dotted separator line to the left of the two top far left toolbars (one at a time) click on View and Large Icons, then lock the taskbar to see if that may look ok to you. It will make the top row a bit bigger though.

Hopefully someone may know a better way to hide that bit of icon poking out when locked.

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I have a game in my pen drive that is splits second, my friend had given this pen drive to me, but windows explorer is showing that this drive is empty, i have checked it if it is hidden but still it's not showing after i had changed settings for hidden files, and i had checked the drive properties, it is showing that 3.07 GB free of 7.44 GB, please help me...

A:File folder is not showing in my pen drive, showing it is empty.


The problem could be because all the data that was present inside the pen drive now have become system files by the virus. This is the reason why they are not visible even with the option “Show Hidden files and folders”.
To remove the problem this is what you need to do.
1. Go to Folder Options -> View tab
2. Make sure that your Show Hidden files and folders option is enabled.
3. Uncheck the option that reads “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)”

Now when you see your pen drive, you will find that your data is present there but in hidden form. There are 2 ways to unhide the data, either right click and uncheck the Hidden box or type in the following command in the command prompt
attrib filename –h –r –s
where filename is the complete location of the file.

Let me know if it solved your problem.

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I am running the following system on a Dell Inspiron:
Vista Home Premium 64bitPentium Dual-Core 2.7ghz4.0gb RAM500 GB HD
My HD says it is 99% full. However, I have read all of the posts here for assistance, used disk clean-up, culled unwanted programs/files etc. and the size continues to grow.

I ran WinDirStat and it shows that only approx. 133gb is being used -- which is far more realistic.

I have ran a full system virus scan with Bitdefender.

What else can be the problem?

Thanks for your quick attention. I appreciate your help.


A:500GB HD showing 99%full - WinDirStat showing 133GB used?

Off the top may I suggest the obvious. Test your hard drive

Test Hard Drive HD Diagnostic or this test Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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In my system 40GB normal drive is installed with Windows XP SP1.

Now I am moving to 200GB SATA harddisk. But want to know that there is any way we transfered all the data with OS into the new harddisk so that I dont have to install everything again.

I heard about Ghost software but not clear that they will do this thing properly and Windows XP will detect the new harddisk because if there is any major change in the hardware then it not accept it .

And mostly my harddisk is filled, so how much space these softwares required to make the image.

A:ATA to SATA harddisk

The harddrive manufacturer should have a utility program to copy everything from the old HDD to the new one. Check their website.

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Hello, My laptop's hard disk and I dont even have a recovery disk.I was wondering how can I activate the windows if I do a clean install using a Win 8 image?There no key label on the back of the laptop either.PLease help guys. Thanks.

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I have recently had a problem with my pc and have lost important data. I was able to recover some by using recovery software. So i decided to buy a external USB HD for backing up my data from now on. Although the USC HD worked on a friends PC with XP it does not work on mine with a Win 98SE OS.
I can see the HD in windows explorer but when i try to access it, it says that the drive is not formatted and asks if i want to format it. But the HD is already formatted. I did it on the friends machine (XP) where we copied some program files that i might need on my own system (winamp3, anti-spy etc.).

Although i tried hard to get the new HD working with the external usb case i could not succeed so i decided to install it in my case as a slave driver. (Yes, i did changed the jumper settings correctly). Now, both in windows system and bios settings the new HD is visible but no drive letter is assigned to it and i can not access it in windows explorer.

Please, help. I am about to loose my mind...


A:Harddisk problem

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I'm trying to install a second hard disk into my 5 year old
Pentium 3 550 MHz. My original disk is 30 Gigs, and I'm trying to add a Maxtor 120 Gig harddisk as the secondary one. I dont have the full details right now because my friend tried the installtion for me. However the gist of the problem is this: Both hard disks are appearing on the bootup screen (the screen that first shows up when one restarts), the Maxtor 120 Gig as the slave, and the original 30 Gig as the master. However its not appearing under My Computer. To my knowledge the jumper settings are fine.

FYI I'm using Windows XP so the hard disk should be plug n play.

Can anyone advise?


A:cant install harddisk

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I have a strange problem with my harddisk. There'e a light idicator on my computer shows that if the harddisk is running or not. After restarting my computer, this ididicator shows that the harddisk is running. This light lasts for many hours even I stopped all the programs running and Internet is disconnected. THe only way to stop this idicator is running a virus scan on the harddisk. After that scan, the idicator's light stops showing that nothing is using the harddisk. The virus scan shows that my computer is clean. Some days this problem doesn't appear but most days I have to do scan. I forced to do this scan because neglecting this may lead to harddisk failure as it happend before.

Any help?

A:Problem with harddisk

Hello Newtonx,

This is normal for there to almost always be some activity on your hard disk. Vista has many background programs and services that are constantly accessing the hard disk. Some of the most common ones are the Index updating the index during low or idle usage of the computer, System Protection creating a restore point, scheduled Disk Defragmenter scans, etc........

Hope this helps,

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hi, My HP 255 G3 doesn't boot any more. The harddisk check gives FAILURE ID 9AJE04-7LW8H2-XD7V7A-61CQ03.I could now buy a new harddisk, but that would come without OS. The OS was pre-installed on the harddisk, so where do I get that from? Or can I somewhere buy a new HD with pre-installed OS? thanks,/conny

A:Harddisk failure HP 255 G3

Hello Conny2003, No Harddrive will come preloaded with OS.  If you want the HDD replaced and OS reinstalled together, you will have to send the laptop to HP for service. This will done free of cost if your laptop is under Warranty. If not under warranty, you will have to call HP and look out for Out of Warranty options and charges are applicable. Whenever the Hard Disk Short/Long DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby  Please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory operating system after replacement (if you've not yet created Recovery Discs/USB Media) Note: Back up all the personal data to an external drive if it's possible. Otherwise you could connect the failed HDD via SATA to USB adapter with another PC or same PC after replacement of HDD & re-installation of OS and try copying /recovering the files. You can also refer to the below shown link for further supporthttp://www.wikihow.com/Recover-Data-from-the-Hard-Drive-of-a-Dead-Laptop Please click on the link In order to Identify, Prevent, Diagnose & Recover from Drive Failures on HP Notebook Hard Drives & Solid State Dr... Read more

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Hi guys, I want to add a second harddrive to my new Elitebook 840 G4 but I'm missing the correct caddy. There is no caddy built in! Where I can find the correct caddy for the harddrive? best regards,Jet Ren Gen

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i used laptop hd as an external harddisk whenevr i connected in my computer(win7,64bit) it did not detect the drive but i try it to 3 other computer it detect the drive, what should i do please help me

A:harddisk is not detected

Hi benangaihte

Right click on my computer
You should see your ext hard drive under the list.
Right click on it, and choose CHANGE DRIVE LETTER
Choose anything, but I recommand something higher than M:

I've seen this problem with alot of STORAGE DEVICE

It happen more often with Laptop because they usually have Card reader.
So it makes couple drives like e:, f:, g:.
Storage device tries to install themself with the drive letter next to CDROM
c: - HD1
d: - HD2 or CDROM
e: - Mass storage device (maybe for card readers)
So your external HD tries to have the E: drive (probably a bug)

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Getting Error. 2215-EIT Failure. VA boot record read failure.Ensure drive with VA image is installed correctly. how to solve the issue and its urgent Regards, Yogesh Parate - IT Engineer.

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Guys, today I install the 200 GB Serial ATA drive in my system, But after formatting it shows total 189 GB, where 11 GB gone. Anyone can tell me, I am also attaching the partition magic screenshot.

A:Where the space gone from harddisk

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Anyone knows how to make the usb harddisk bootable?

As for the bios side, I already set first boot device to usb-hd.


A:Booting from usb harddisk.

Although some manufactureres claim USB "bootablity" right ut the box that not usually the case. I searched for answers to your question and it might involve a little more from your side.

For starters make sure you have the latest version of your BIOS.

You might want to then format and partition the drive and make it a bootable drive in that sense. Either through DOS or Windows.

Also, you might want to copy the same bootable files located in a floppy boot disk (make sure the boot files are the same as the OS your using) to your USB hard drive.

If you still need more "oomph" to this answer check out this site. https://www.codidirect.com/shop/thefactsbehindbootability.htm . Keep in mind that although they are mentioning USB Flash devices, the same technically applies to a USB HDD since it is also classified as a "storage device".

Hope this helps!!

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my laptop, Compaq presario, crashed 2 days ago.
I took of the harddisk and i put another one.
I installed the windows home premium again , everything is working perfectly, only the sound.
The icon is there down in the toolbare and when i play music or something with sound, i see that there is  little bit of movement , but i hear nothing.
No sound comes out, i tried almost everything and still nothing.
who can help me please?? you are my last resource.

A:harddisk crashed

When you say 'everything' what did you try?
Did you try updating the drivers?
Did you make sure the volume is full from the speaker icon in the taskbar?
Did you make sure no sounds are muted when you click on mixer?
Are you using external speakers/headphones?

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I tried using [email protected] on my old harddisk, but the process won't progress more than 53% on more than 1 tries. Does this mean that the disk is busted for good?

A:Harddisk Unrepaireable?

Usually, yes. Are you trying to recover valuable data? If so, install a new hard drive as master, then this old drive as a slave or USB drive, then see if you can drag and drop the files you need, or use a recover program.

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My hard disk did not detecting when i connect hard disk to the pc the system will restarts
please anyone can help

A:harddisk problem

Remove temporarily the HDD while computer is turned off and unplugged. Does it reboot also?

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Hey there

I'm having a weird issue with booting up my computer and I'm hoping to find a solution that does not involve reinstalling windows completely. Might come to that, but first I'm looking for other issues.

To give some context:
A few months ago my primary harddisk started failing. I acquired a new harddisk, installed windows on it and it has been working fine.

When I boot up the computer, I can select between the old and the new windows installation and I've simply been using the new one. I've left the old harddisk plugged in as I had some data on it I wanted to salavage and then I just left it there. I've gotten the data of it and have had no reason to unplug it.

Recently, however, I wanted to unplug the old harddisk as there has been some issues with hangups and I had a suspicioun they were caused by windows (for some reason) reading from the old harddisk.

When I unplugged it I got a "Bootmgr is missing" error and could not boot up. Thus I need to have the old harddisk plugged in in order to boot up windows.

WHich is annoying, as I think the old harddisk is the cause of the performance issues I've been having.

Obviously the new harddisk has not been made bootable by installing windows on it. The old harddisk was plugged in when I installed windows, so that's likely the cause of it (for some reason...?).

Is there any way for me to fix this without unplugging the old harddisk and installing windows again? I'd rather ... Read more

A:Cannot Boot from Harddisk

The Windows installer will put its boot-up code (the bootmgr) on the primary hard drive regardless of the drive that Windows proper is installed on. You can repair this by booting your Windows 7 DVD and running the Startup Repair tool. See Microsoft's how-to article here. Make sure that the original disk is unplugged before attempting this repair.

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Toshiba L750, core i5 - win-7 64bit installed. 4gb ram, 600gb HDD,
50gb os, 250gb, 250gb partitions. 8gb Virtual memory on 3rd partition.
Used sparingly and working fine until a few days ago. I heard some faint whirling sound (probably the HDD) and in some time the OS crashed.
It went into an infinite loop of shutting down and rebooting trying to recover the system.
At some time, I chose command prompt and ran chkdsk on all the partitions chkdsk /f /r
It seemed to work, although the computer was only half as fast.
After a couple of boots, I only get a blank screen and a cursor at left hand top, post the bios screen.
Has my harddisk crashed? If so, how do I get it working back, either with the same HDD or another one
The data is not really important to me ( I have a back up on my desktop)
Thanks in advance for your help

A:Has my harddisk crashed ?

Yes it sounds like it.  Here is a video showing you how to replace it.


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i have a Problem with a System that i don't know how to fix. Every time I start a programm the Harddisk runs with 100%. CPU and Ram are normaly.
The space is half fulled (500GB). It's an Acer Notebook with Windows 8.1 and now it is upgradet to Windows 10. I call Acer and they told me that the
Problem is a Microsoft Update that possibly comes in when Windows 8.1 was aktiv.
Does anyone know thomething about this update?
Thanks for help,

A:Harddisk runs by 100%

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

Please download MiniToolBox to your desktop.
Right-click on MiniToolBox.exe and select Run as Administrator.
You will see an image like the one below.

Click on the following checkboxes only:
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, then copy it and paste it in your topic.

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I have hitachi 320 Gb Hardisk and it got bad sectors i tried windows chkdsk but its not worked so i am trying to do low level or zero level format .
So i have certain queries please help it to solve them
1.I laptop cd drive is not working so can i use it through usb & how.
2.Does it really solves my bad sectors problem..I have heard that if it stuck in between hadrdisk become useless is it right..???
3.Currently its showing 397 bad sectors on disk surface according to software Hard Disk Sentinel

Operating System Win 7

A:Bad Sectors on Harddisk

Currently its showing 397 bad sectors on disk surface according to software Hard Disk SentinelHi -This program is not one that I am familiar with, but it sounds like many Registry Fixers that show 200 problems, and say" for $50 we can fix these" I would be very careful about believing all that this program is telling you about your system !!The Hungarian or German company behind this program seems to offer very little support to their program, and also seem to want your money -Run chkdsk /r first and see if the report is the same as this HDS program reports to you, as your inbuilt diagnostics are usually better than some 3rd party programs -Method 1: Run As Administrator from shortcutUse this method and type chkdsk /r at the command -Thank You -

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my laptop is working fine.But i heard only a sparking type of sound.when i contact the technical person he says that it is a hard disk sound ,and it is normal.so my question is ,is it correct that some noise will be there in laptop hdd.

A:harddisk sound

Dear Customer, Without hearing the sound it is hard to judge but it does not sound like a hard drive from your description. Hard drive noise is usually a rhythmic "click" not a sustained "whirr". That kind of noise comes from a cooling fan. We can test the hard drive in the BIOS. Here is a link to  test the harddrive  HP Notebook PCs - Testing for Hardware Failures (Windows 10, 8)  If  issue remains. and if this is a recent purchase, please contact HP Support again for further assistance. Contact HP Support.You can also Check your warranty Here to verify the warranty status  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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