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Computer would not boot disconnecting storage drives

Q: Computer would not boot disconnecting storage drives

OK, I was preparing my computer to do a clean install of Windows 7. A few weeks ago I inquired if it would be safer to disconnect my storage drives prior to doing a clean install of Windows 7. I went ahead and disconnected my storage drives except my computer would not boot up. I got a message telling me I had a boot up failure and to install my system disc and hit Enter. I did that, but nothing happened. I re-connected the storage drives only this time I did not get a message plus my computer did not boot up. I just had a blinking cursor at the upper Left corner of the screen. After a couple of hours of troubleshooting I entered the Setup BIOS and selected Load Defaults. Well, everything was back to normal and the computer booted up. I don't want to go through this again, so I am asking, how can I get my computer to boot up with only the C: Drive and without the storage drives connected? I am just leery about doing a clean install and having my storage drives affected one way or another, considering all my backups and settings are stored in these drives. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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A: Computer would not boot disconnecting storage drives

It could be for many reasons.
I guess the boot loader isn't on your drive C: but on one of your Data HDD.
You probably has a Legacy system with Master boot record (MBR).
When it boots, the information of MBR transfer the booting system to a Boot Loader. On a MBR system you can only have one main Boot Loader. This Boot Loader can have more than one OS on it's parameters, that is, the boot sequence can be transfered to more than one secondary boot loader.
You also have Ubuntu on your system. If it has been installed after Windows and not on the same drive, the MBR on C: is transferring to Grub main boot loader on the drive where Ubuntu is installed. Grub then loads Ubuntu or transfer to Windows boot loader on C:.
If you take out this drive, MBR on C: won't find Grub and you can't boot.
To fix this, remove all drives except the one with Windows and with Windows Installation DVD make a boot repair. It will modify the MBR on C: to transfer boot sequence to windows. Ubuntu won't boot any more.

Then you have two options. Load Ubuntu from Windows boot loader (https://askubuntu.com/questions/1399...ws-7-boot-menu) or install MBR on the Ubuntu drive that will transfer the boot sequence to Grub on that drive, a Grub boot repair (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair). Before loading Grub boot repair, remove all HDD except the one that has Ubuntu. Then you will have two separated OS, each one with its own drive and MBR and you choose witch one to boot on BIOS.

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I created a Storage pool with the following setup. Three 3TB drives with parity all in an external enclosure with eSata and USB 2/3 ports. It was connected via USB when created and had production data loaded and tested without any issues.
After a few days of use I decided to see what happened when I tried to access it via the eSata port. No luck, due to a driver on the eSata card issue with Win 8. So I powered all back down and plugged back in via USB. At this point the Storage pool went
into the state as per the screenshot below. Any suggestions to either fix the issue and/or retrieve the data that is in the volume?

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I am really interested in drive pooling as I have a computer running windows 7 now that has 5 drives (3x2TB and 2X3TB) that act as my home media storage center. I have TV shows split between 3 drives and movies on 2 drives. When I access these from other applications, it can be hard to group everything together and if I run out of space somewhere, it is a nightmare.

Win 8 pro x64 is on it's way, but wanted to know how to set up Storage Space. I have looked through the tutorials, but cannot figure out how to set my system up, if I have media in different spots.

Do I create 1 Storage Space and all 5 drives are in it then I just have to point to if from my other applications to get to the data? Do I create a storage space for each type of media (music, TV shows, Movies, etc.)? When I add a drive to a storage space, how do I get it to include the files within the storage space and not just use the "empty" drive space?

I am not looking for redundency protection, but to make my handling of data across all the drives easier (e.g. "Did I put my Futurama series on drive 1 or 2...Did South Park make it on to one drive or did I have to split it up?)

A:Storage Space set up on computer with data on drives...

Hi can you not dedicate 0ne or both of the 3Tb drives to video/audio. If you could then everything would be on one drive and I would guess each would take a lot of DVD's / downloads


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A Moderator has Moved your thread to our Windows 7 forum as there are some things you need to know in order to

rescue data you probably need and some other stuff you shouldl be aware of..help should arrive soon

My hard drive won't boot, and SMART says it's 'BAD, backup and replace."

I can't replace it now(no money), so I was wondering if there's a way to get Windows 7 completely pulled off the drive from its sectors and transferred to another storage drive WITHOUT the hard drive connected to a motherboard, no BIOS, etc. Just independent of its self, with the jumper/power to start it, can data be physically removed from it without it being connected to a motherboard?

Is there any way something like this can be done?

Because here's what I want to do ...

I want to clear the hard drive and keep its files, the OS, and other files on it, move them to another storage drive, then boot them from, say, a 64GB USB drive, and install them on a new hard drive from there. Will something like this work?

Assuming I boot from the USB with a new, functioning hard drive installed, can I just sort of "move" the OS to the new, empty hard drive to install it there? What are the steps of doing this exactly?

I'm not skilled/experienced in this area at all.

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Operating on my HP Laptop running Windows 8.1, what can I do about retrieving the data on several drives I've just found in my desk drawer.  Where are the different drives I am used to that would allow me to read these drives?

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I have a 1TB external storage drive that uses its own power supply and connects to my laptop via USB 2.0 cable. For months I've had absolutely no problem out of the device, until the computer randomly decided to forget the device was plugged in. Now I'm lucky to get the device to be recognized by the computer at all, and when it is recognized, if I try to move anything to/from the device, the connection is immediately severed from the computer.

I use this device for my backup as well as holding on to things I would rather not get rid of. All my drivers are up to date, I've done all the Power Management checking and unchecking that I've read from other threads found via Google search, and still it won't work correctly for me. Any advice?

A:Self-Powered External Storage not recognized/randomly disconnecting

Providing you have done all the power options to attack the problem from the OS end of things, then you must consider that the drive itself is the problem. This seems likely since the drive has worked fine in the past.

The first suspect would be the USB cable, the connector on either end, or the port on either end.

The second suspect would be the hard drives power supply. These do go bad. If it is not supplying proper power then the drive will fail to be recognized correctly.

Try the drive on another computer. If it exhibits the same behavior there then you can narrow it down to one of the two issues above.

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Okay, have this OLD workstation that was collecting dust in the closet. There are a couple of personal files I THOUGHT I had backed up and would like to retrieve if possible before recycling the computer. The last time I turned it on, several years ago it booted fine. The CMOS battery has died since then and the bios settings have been reset. Installed a new battery and have been tinkering with the bios settings for a couple days trying to get it to boot.
There are 3 hard drives in the system. One is just a storage drive. The other two are setup in RAID0. The OS is on the RAID.
Here is a link to the motherboard manual that shows all of the bios options: http://aliendl.alienware.com/Motherboard/Intel/X2/X2_user_manual_v2_1.pdf
The hard drives are plugged in via SATA connections but there are two IDE ribbon thingies connecting two CD Drives. Also a Floppy drive attached by a ribbon cable. My hunch is that an option is not correctly set with the IDE configurations shown on page 20 but I'm pretty sure I tried all possible settings. Aside from that, I tried researching almost every other bios setting individually briefly but after 50 restarts or so, still nothing. My next guess is the boot information is corrupt on the RAID? I see that there are two RAID options, one built-in to the bios, and another that is accessible by pressing F4 immediately after turning the computer on. Everything looks great in the RAID setup after pressing F4--it's ... Read more

A:Unable to boot old computer that was in storage. BSOD 0x0000007B

There are a few things that could be causing this, i would take a look at this link provided below.

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Last summer we bought 120 HP Probooks 6570b running Windows 7 Pro. I been running into a issue with our mapped network drives on our server. We have these drives so that people can save their files to and take from. For whatever reason whenever you try to access the drive to either share or pull files from, it will randomly disconnect saying that it cannot find/access the "S" drive. Sometimes it takes 5 seconds to disconnect sometimes a few minutes (pretty random) but it definitely disconnects if more than a few people try pulling a file from it. None of the other laptops/workstations in the building are having this issue. These are working right off the wifi by the way and I know we have plenty of access points close enough to the laptops. So far what I have tried is this (suggested by HP support):
-Update to the most current Wifi Driver
-Update the BIOS firmware
-Went into Device Manager >Power Management Options for the wifi and unchecked "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"
-Went into regedit > HKLM> system >CurrentControlSet> services > LanmanWorkstation > Parameters > and added DWORD 32bit > KeepConn for 15180. I googled this, this step supposedly tells the computer to hold its network connection for a full day. Still didn't work.
At this point I am scratching my head and HP has basically given up on helping me with this. None of our other computers regardless of how new or old are ha... Read more

A:Mapped Drives Disconnecting?

Is your problem that some PCs are losing their network connection or that they are losing the mapped drive?

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Is it possible to disconnect a SATA drive thru GUI (with the effect of also powering-down the drive)? Kind of like (loosely) ejecting an optical media (right-click optical drive icon -> eject) or (more closely) disconnecting a USB device (Safely Remove Hardware -> Stop). At the same time, again thru GUI, reconnect or re-enable the SATA drive (the drive has not been physically disconnected since being "diconnected").

I have several SATA drives and, for most of the time, are not accessed (but are simultaneously used when needed). Being able to disconnect them (and power them down) when not needed saves power and extends the life of the drive (unless, ofcourse, frequently disconnected/reconnected). Setting the Power Options -> Turn off harddisks settings won't work since, mostly, any service/software polling the drives will just power them back on (resulting in inceased wear). In some cases these services/software, if they can be identified at all, doesn't always have the option to disable polling.

Putting the drives on removable bays is one option, but is costly and consumes a lot of space (as the number of drives increase, in cases where multiple drives must be accessed simultaneously).

If it can't be done natively in Vista, how about any 3rd party software?


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hi everyone, thanks in advance for any help.

Yes, I have a HP elitebook laptop, win 7 professional, I uninstalled Intel rapid storage, and now the computer wont boot up. it boots in safe mode ok. I tried to download driver from intel but got stuck with a battle with winrar and dont know what to do with the files.

Any help much appreciated


A:Uninstalled Intel rapid storage now computer wont boot up

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770
GPU: Nvidia GTX 650 
SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB 
HDD: Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB
RAM: Adata MI64C1D1629Z1 2x8GB 
MBD: Asus M51AD
I'm a budding documentary filmmaker, and a solid storage/ingesting/transcoding/editing workflow is paramount for me to get my work done. Unfortunately, neither my 3+ year old ASUS or Windows 8.1 are up to this task as of now.
I utilize 5 Seagate/WD USB 3.0 external drives (both portable and desktop w/AC power) in tandem with this Anker 7x USB 3.0 hub:
Windows continuously disconnects/reconnects my external drives every couple of minutes, which apart from being hair-rippingly annoying jeopardizes my data. I'd even researched and switched to this Anker hub from an older model, figuring it was being triggered by this.
This issue appears to be commonplace within 8.1 & 10 for years now, as Google searches linked me to similar cries for help such as this one:
The most common solution I've seen/read about this problem is below:
I gave this a crack this afternoon, but my USB driv... Read more

A:USB 3.0 hard drives keep disconnecting/reconnecting

I'm not sure you came across it in your reading but did you disable USB Selective Suspend? I would also change your power configuration to maximum performance.
The guide is for Windows 7 but works for 8.

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I have a problem with mapped network drives in my organization. About a week ago our helpdesk started reporting calls from users saying their mapped drives said they were disconnected. At that time it was only a few people at another site that were experiencing this. This week we've been seeing it happening at all sites. The strange thing is sometimes the drive will be marked as disconnected, but upon clicking it, it opens up. Other times it says access is denied. A temporary fix we've been using is to delete all local profiles on the machines that have been experiencing this. I'm wondering if this is an issue with the user profiles that's somehow preventing the drives from mapping or if it's an issue with the permissions. I'm reluctant to think it's a permission issue since prior to a week ago all drives were mapping normally. All machines are running xp pro. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Mapped network drives randomly disconnecting

I'd check offline files and make sure that it and "offline synchronization" are disabled.

I've experienced this as well, and so far my best guess has been with the offline files feature.

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Okay so i have my drives hooked up.
1. External 250GB (valuable data on it)
2. Internal 80GB IDE (valuable data on it)

Trying to get the files off onto the HD i have just booted from.
Only problem is that my drives 1 and 2. they are not appearing in "my computer". but when i go in "computer management", they are there but are listed as "unallocated".

does this mean the end of all of my files i have on them? is there any software out there capable?
help will be very much appreciated.

A:Storage Drives Not Appearing in "My Computer" but in "Computer Management"

Try the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows

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Need to do Win 7 install on 50 gb partition and keep my 200+ win 7 install intact but don't want to use it as a boot and dont want to delete it just to get rid of Windows and boot. I want to use it just as a data drive. Dont want to have to activate the new small drive.

A:I don't want to have two boot drives of Win 7 on the same computer.

submit following:
Run disk management:
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

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Is there a way to hide drive letters or otherwise prevent users from disconnecting maped network drives?

I have a network drive mapped to Z:/ and have applications relying on reading and writing data from this server location. I'm looking to either prevent users from disconnecting this mapped drive, or make the drive letter hidden everywhere in XP.

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My machine has an SSD boot drive and 2 3TB HDDs for storage. The 3TB drives are (were) in a RAID 1 array (a software array, managed by Win7) to provide a redundant backup. I had a problem w/ the boot drive from another computer, so I temporarily disconnected 1 of the 3TB drives so I could hook up the suspect drive.

I rebooted w/ the suspect drive (which didn't work), shut the computer down, and reconnected the 3TB drive. Now when I go into Disk Management to rebuild/resync the array, all of the options that I think I need to use are grayed out.

So how do I get this back together?? Both drives still have nearly identical data on them, so I thought it would just be a matter of resyncing them.

A:Solved: How to rebuild RAID 1 array after temporary disconnecting of 1 of drives?

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Just recently put this computer together, and installed Windows 7 on my SSD. However, it seems to only want to boot about 1/5th of the time. I have to hit the reset button at least 4-5 times before the computer will boot itself. Every other time I get the same Error message.

Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key


Windows failed to start properly. Please insert the installation disk (I installed from a USB), select language, and click on 'Repair my Computer.'

It seems that when I unplug and plug back in the SATA cables, the computer will boot.

Also, when I go into BIOS to set the boot order, when I click on System settings, it freezes and I can no longer interact with the computer.

Then, for what seems like a fraction of the time, my computer boots normally and I can use it like I want too.

System Specs

CPU: Intel i5-4690 3.5 GHz Quad Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI H97 Guard Pro ATX LGA1150
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB DDR3-1600
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card
Monitor: 42" Haier HD TV
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
PSU: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Pro
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case

A:Computer has problem with Boot Drives

When Windows is running I'd go to Win7's Backup and Restore and create the Repair Disc then boot to it. If that doesn't work I can create the disc on another Win7 computer but have to be careful to use the same type computer, either 32-bit or 64-bit.

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I have windows 7 Ult.
I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping.  I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems.  I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message  "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually.  I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help.  Is
there a solution to this Microsoft glitch?
 David Kirk

A:Windows 7 Disconnected Network Drives that work but noway of disconnecting the mapping

This may do it.
Look for a registry entry for the mapping under
Note a mapping to \\Eblaptop\F (for example) will show a registry subkey named as ##Eblaptop#F
If found, delete that key and then log off and back on or reboot and it should be gone.
(As always be careful when editing the registry.)
Please advise how this works out for you.  I have done this successfully (in XP and Vista) though in those cases the 'stuck' mapping was not actually connecting.
"IT-TAZ" wrote in message news:[email protected]m...

I have windows 7 Ult.

I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping.  I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems.  I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message  "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually.  I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help.  Is there
a solution to... Read more

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Okay so i have a dell xps 600 running Windows 7 32-bit,2 gigs of ram,2Nvidia 7800 gtx cards(SLI), and 2 250 gig HDD running in RAID 0. Now the issues

Sometime around early last month i noticed my computer would be off when i had left it on hours before just recently i was on my computer when it physically shut itself off out of nowhere, when it reboots itself it says cant find drive 0 and 1 and at the bottom of the screen it says no disk reserved for raid use. its my HDD's can anyone confirm. i have tried different sata cables and i have tried changing my memory as well as the sli bridge.

I looked at the event viewer and i found where it shuts down it says this:

<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2010-08-22T02:35:52.562500000Z" />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="4" ThreadID="8" />
<Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
- <EventData>
<Data Name="BugcheckCo... Read more

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My wife's desktop has a dual boot setup--Vista on the C drive and a 256-gig SSD with Windows 7 on the 2nd drive. Because her computer was so slow, I set up the SSD with Win 7 from a upgrade Family 3-pack and installed all the programs she had on the C drive so she can work off the SSD instead. Unfortunately, the computer is old, the hard drive with Vista is failing, and now the motherboard is starting to have problems. I bought her a new computer with Win 7 Premium on an SATA hard drive. Is there any way to move the SSD to the new computer to use in a dual boot situation similar to the one on her old computer without reinstalling Windows 7 and/or all the programs? Is there a better way of handling this than what I'm proposing?

A:Move 2nd of dual boot drives to a new computer

old computer: So win7 is on a SSD. Vista is on a normal hdd. Correct? Is it win7 home premium or professional or....? Valid retail license or OEM?

Is old computer still working...if so post screenshot of disk management please.

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Computer won't boot up. Fans and cd drives work. I get no signal on my monitor. The light on my motherboard is green. If I leave it on, sometimes it will shut off. Also, my keyboard lights don't come on. No beeps. I've removed ram, put it different spots. Still not working.

Motherboard: Asus M2N SLI Deluxe
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 64
OS: Windows 7

A:Computer won't boot up. Fans and cd drives work.

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So I messed up pretty hard. I got a new hard drive and I have been trying to make it my boot drive by cloning my old hard drive to my new hard drive. I never altered the old hard drive (99.9% sure of this). I was never able to clone and then add unallocated space to the partition, and i spent hours on it so I just said **** it, so I put the new hard drive (wiped) into a new comp I am building.

Here is the issue now. My old comp won't start up unless both hard drives are present. With the old hard drive it just won't start up. With the new hard drive it says I am missing windows files. this is odd because the new hard drive is wiped clean. Not even a partition, all unallocated space. Windows will only start up if I have both hard drives connected to my comp, and even then I can't even show the second drive in Disk management OR My computer.

I really need help. Appreciated.

-Windows 7
-Phenom Quad Core 3.2 ghz

doubt any other specs matter for this issue. I can not remember what motherboard I have.

A:Can not boot computer, unless two hard drives connected.


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I fixed a laptop with the help of Nasdaq, now I have another security question. I did a clean install of Win7 on my desktop, but I did not format m storage drives. I left them untouched. What is the best way to scan them for viruses, malware, etc? Can anything self install off the drives without being clicked?

The computer had an svchost.exe issue. That is what prompted a clean OS install.

A:Best way to scan storage drives

So far I have run MSE and am now running malware bytes.

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Hello everyone,I'm planning to buy my first Thinkpad, probably a 8th gen Intel processor one. I read this on the T580 specifications sheet : "System has one HDD slot or one M.2 2280 slot exclusively for storage" but that doesn't seem clear to me.I found here someone else who as the exact same, unfortunately unanswered, question :System has one HDD slot or one M.2 2280 slot exclusively for storage. Why I cannot use it with dual drive setup. One fast but low capacity PCIe NVMe ssd on the M.2 slot and another high capacity hard drive on the regular 2.5" HDD bay. Why one or another but not both? I couldn't find a simple and clear answer to that question

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Good morning. My built in card reader drives are not showing up under My Computer, and they are not working at all. Any thoughts or direction on how to remedy this would be greatly appreciated. I use the compact flash all the time, and having to use a plug in card reader is terribly slow.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3453 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 372554 MB, Free - 243351 MB; D: Total - 8997 MB, Free - 1024 MB; G: Total - 953198 MB, Free - 445444 MB; J: Total - 610328 MB, Free - 149051 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Nettle2
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Removable Storage Drives Seem to be Gone

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Someone I know split my C:drive and created another drive (E) but the problem is that the C drive has on 1.95 GB and the E drive has 16.6 GB. My computer is not functioning correctly and need to reformat so that C has more space to download things, install programs etc.

can anyone help?

M Harber

A:Split drives need more storage

simply put when you reinstall create a larger C:\ partion typically i like to use around 4-5 GIG but thats up to you...

Are you reinstalling xp or is this an older o/s?

one thing you can try if you dont want to have to reinstall is one of the drive partitioning programs such as partition magic...

Caution: using partition magic can cause you to loose data...

It all depends on how it wants to work for you. I have used it at times to extend a partition and it has worked flawlessly, then other times it royally hosed the drive causing me to have to wipe all partitions and start over..

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I have two HD (both WD / 1 ATA - 1 SATA) I want to install in a couple of old computers as a second drive data storage. I've tried connecting them but they don't show up as being installed. Also, one has a clacking sound when computer is turned on.

How can I check to determine if they are good or not?


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Hi, i have alot stored up as backup, but would like to install about 3 or 4 IDE drives into a docking box, or external box..........

anyone know of some nice products out there that can do this?

i want to store about 3 or 4 IDE drives in an external enclosure that you can hook up USB and self powered.........


A:Looking for a Storage Solution (IDE DRIVES BOX)?

The only multi enclosures I have seen are sata. What you could do would be to build a basic system and connect all the drives you want with a ide controller card/raid card. This would then connect through a network and be available to all systems on your network.

I have a backup box I made from old parts/pulled parts. It has four ide drives in the system counting the system drive. Each workstation on the network has access to all drives for backup, etc.

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I’ll try to keep it short as possible. Been reading the do’s and don’ts most of the day and made it a long way through the elephant in the room post. Already knew the do's and don'ts but wanted to make sure. Haven't been here in a while.
One problem - got a few more, slow of course - I can barely write this.
Each time I reboot my pc, I get an icon in my systray to remove new hardware. This I really only noticed today so I don’t know if it’s always been there - 2nd/extra computer, desktop/changing to Windows 7 I hope with your help.
The message: USB Mass Storage device - Drives -(F; G:, H:, I:,)
Not even sure I have all of those..
Second problem, only mention it here because it might be realted. I bought this computer used. It’s obvious that he tried to clean out his data first and most likely got more than his data or it had a bad effect. From the first time it was started a pop-up says:
"WELCOME TO THE FOUND NEW HARDWARE WIZARD! (You lucky JERK!) "This wizard helps you install software for: PCI device".
Tried the wizard a few times - Windows can’t find the software. I don’t have a disk that it will take either. I just close it but it pops back up every few minutes. Have no idea what it wants or what a PCI device is to try tracking something down.
HP Pavilllion a630n
MS Windows XP Home Editiion Service pack 3
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 280 GHz, 503 MG
Intel 82516 Express family Chipset.
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A:USB Mass Storage device - Drives -(F; G:, H:, I:,)

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The message: USB Mass Storage device - Drives -(F; G:, H:, I:,)
Not even sure I have all of those..

According to the official specs ( http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c00210099 ),your PC seems to have come with USB card reader. XP will show the "Safely remove Hardware" message if there is a card reader is plugged so there is nothing wrong with that.

ried the wizard a few times - Windows can’t find the software. I don’t have a disk that it will take either.
To identify the device with missing driver, please follow the below steps.
1. Open RUN dialogue ( Win key + R ) and enter Msinfo32.exe in it.
2. When the "System Information" tool opens, choose File -> Save and give a name a name of your choice. 
3. Download and install 7-Zip from http://downloads.sourceforge.net/sevenzip/7z920.exe
4. Now right click on the saved file and choose  7-zip --> Add to archive. This will compress and considerable reduce the file size.
5. Attach the file using More Reply Options --> Attach files with next reply.

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We have 3 different drives for the office on a network and it says there is only 24.5GB of 278GB on all 3 drives? All the drives contain different files mostly word and pdf docs.. and all of the drives have no where near the 278GB of documents. How could I go about getting to the root of this issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

A:3 drives EXACT same amount of storage?

Hi otterman It seems like these three shortcut point on the same drive. The first two would be:\\\COMMON01\\\COMMON02And I suggest you to ping "PC-090". I'm ready to bet that its IP address is In short, all these shortcut points on the same drive, but on different folders on that drive. There's no issue so there's nothing to look for

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Yesterday my external hard drive, flash drives, iPod, and memory card reader, which are all USB mass storage devices were working fine. However, today none of them show up in explorer, and when they're viewed in device manager all of them have an error message that says, "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)". I have already used system restore to go back to yesterday and it didn't solve the problem. Also, my flash drive is made by Sandisk and has a second partition that mounts as a CD drive, and this works properly. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? This is very bad for me because I can no longer back up my computer until it recognizes my external hard drive.

Thanks for the help!

Edit: I am using 64-bit Windows 7

A:USB Storage Drives Not Recognized, Code 39

I updated to the latest chipset drivers and the latest BIOS for my motherboard, but USB storage devices still won't mount. I'm at a loss. Perhaps something is wrong with my motherboard?

Here is a picture of what device manager looks like now. As you can see, the USB drives no longer have yellow error triangles next to them under the "Disk Drives" dropdown, but under "storage volumes" there is an equal number of generic volumes with yellow triangles as there are USB storage devices plugged in.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 12
RAM: 8142 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (400 GB Free); D: 931 GB (930 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., AB350N-Gaming WIFI-CF
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

my pc reads my storage drive as two with the little partition showing a H/P logo and it being the primary partition. i can't seem to remove it when i go into manage and disk management. here are some pics to show you what i mean. hope this makes sense to yous...

A:my Pc reading my storage drive as two drives

sorry i should have rotated pics first

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This problem is driving me crazy and I am having one great big headache at this moment trying to figure this one out. None of my removable storage drives are functioning. All are recogninzed by the computer but they can not be accessed. Everything says "<drive> is not accessible. Incorrect function" I put my flash card in and the computer sees it and recognizes it as such but won't let me access it. Same with any CDs or DVDs I put in my drives. I can't install new programs with a cd because it is not accessible. (I install new software by downloading from the proper website) When I plug in my Fuji camera to download pictures to the pc, it recognizes the camera and gives it a drive but I can't download the pictures. My A:/ drive is not accessible. What is happening? I am running XP w/ SP2. My DVD drive is SONY CD-RW CRX175A. My DVD is generic DVDRom 12X. I have tried a system restore with no success. I have tried to update everything and nothing! I have disconnected, unplugged and tried reinstalling EVERYTHING without success. Please help!!

A:Removable storage drives not working-HELP

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In the Storage Pool section, I get this error message:
Drive or Storage Space issues; Check Physical Drive and Storage Spaces sections.

In the Storage Spaces section, I get this error message:

Error Inaccessible; check the Physical Drives Section

In the Physical Drives section, all 4 2T drives are checked as okay and have either 49.6% of their capacity used or 49.8% of their capacity used.

These drives are in a 4 disk enclosure that can be attached either by eSATA or USB 3.0. I get the same error under either attachment method.

I am guessing that the virtual disk information, metadata, is corrupt and the data on the four drives is not recognized as a storage pool any more. The device manager shows the disks individually, and the storage pool. is not recognized. In the Storage Spaces section of the Control Panel, the storage pool is recognized, but inaccessible.

Since the data on the disks appears to be good, is there a way to rebuild the virtual disk data. Parity is the redundancy method.

Thanks, in advance, for your help.

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Are different capacity (128 GB vs 256 GB) more expensive to manufacture? If so, why? How do these costs change depending on the type of storage, like Flash Drive vs SSD vs HDD, and for what reasons?

I realize larger drives will generally be PRICED higher simply because more space = better (generally), better = higher demand, higher demand = people willing to pay more. But are there MANUFACTURING/MATERIALS cost differences between the two and if so, what components/labor/manufacturing processes bring these about? Obviously HDDs have some rare materials, like Neodymium, but this would be present in roughly the same quantity regardless of HD capacity (provided drive physical dimensions stay the same, which they generally do).

A:Manufacturing costs of storage drives

Unless someone on our forum is a manufacture of such items, I don't think we can give you a exact answer.
With any product things like demand, materials, labor, market place competition, shipping, storage, advertising and many more have bearing on the cost.

Intel will spend over a Billion dollars to have a plant constructed just to make cpu chips.

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Hi, I recently bought a fairly high spec refurbished computer from a school clearance sale and I am now wanting to use it to be the basis of a simple media center. The problem I am facing Is that it wont recognize my mass storage devices (memory sticks and an external HD) through the USB ports. It Knows they are there because it will show me the names but it wont install them automatically and brings up the 'Install New Hardware Wizard' I've tried using this but it will reach the end of the installation and then say Invalid data. I have checked with the drivers on my laptop and there are the same ones on the new PC.
I am aware that some schools deliberately block USB storage devices for a variety of reasons so I googled my problem. It came back telling me that to disable/Enable USB ms devices there is a simple registry tweak, to change the DWord "start" value to 4-disable or 3-enable which is located at:
However, when I checked in RegEdit there was no USBSTOR directory at all. I have many questions,
Does this directory exist as a default or is it something that is added for this tweak?
Is there another way of disabling the USB for hardware other than mouse and keyboard? If so how can it be reversed?

A:USB mass storage drives are not working

I just checked 2 of mine.
USBSEOR is there
Go to the Device Manager & see if the USB is listed & enabled.
If it is expand the listing, right click each [in turn] & uninstall them
Restart the unit to let them reinstall
when done try them.

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HP Pavilion desktop and Laptop, same OS: Windows Home Premium 64bit
I use a Linksys Router on my Network Storage and Lots of std USB Attached Drives (seagate, fantoms,etc).
The USB's are attached to my Desktop and shared on the Laptop. if I go to the recycle Bin on the Desktop C: drive, only 2 drives are listed, the C: root drive and ONE and newest USB 4tb drive.

The network storage has a $Recycle Bin on it but saves no deleted files/folders and is empty. As the other drives but only the TWO drives listed on C: go to the Bin.

I would like ALL USB Drives AND Flash drives to go through the C: boot drives in case of mistakes.

I can't find any references on how to accomplish this or if it can be done.

And I don't know why the single seagate 4tb does and the others don't.

Any ideas?


I would like to utilize the C: drive Recycle Bin on all drives but when I deleter files, they do not appear

A:$Recycle Bin - Using it on USB Drives and Network Storage.

When a file or folder is deleted it goes to the $Recycle.Bin folder of the drive in question. This is fundamental to the way the recycle bin works and there is no provision made for changing it.

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How many drives can be installed and where are they located in this work station?

A:storage bays and hard drives

Hi tinkerstoys, According to the document quickspecs:http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/getpdf.aspx/c04834941.pdf?ver=9 "Four (4) dedicated drive slots, two (2) M.2 slots, and two (2) 2.5?drive bays." I hope that helps !Can I ask you a favor ?If the question is clarified, mark my answer as "resolved" and click on the icon of the "hand" to provide "congratulations" in recognition.Have a nice week !I´m a volunteer in the HP Forum !

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Hi. Can anyone help me? I am really concerned I may have lost the contents of the Storage Space I have created in Windows 8.

Having read an article by Woody Leonhard extolling the virtues of Storage Spaces and how it could take over from Windows Home Server,I began the transfer at the end of October. I started with 8 HDDs, most 1.5 or2Tb drives, but there were 2 @ 3Tb drives which I had been using elsewhere and which were already formatted as 2.72Tb. The transfer process was going well and I had got almost ? complete, with about 18Tb transferred on to the storage space based on a now grown pool of about 15 HDDs.

The Storage Space ? it was on a ?parity? basis- was ?all green?, although I was often prompted to increase the number of HDDs as the transfer progressed and all new HDDs had been successfully assimilated (Borg like!). The problem arose when I tried to add a new 3Tb Seagate HDD. It was only recognised as 2Tb and so I attached it to my main PC and formatted it via GPT and got 2.72Tb showing. I then put the HDD in the Win8 machine and in ?My Computer? it appeared as 2.72Tb. However, when I sought to add it to the Pool, the applet showed the HDD as being only 1.99Tb. Back in ?My Computer? it confirmed the HDD was 2.72. I thought it might just be a minor bug in the applet and clicked to add the HDD to the pool, but having done so, the overall size of the Storage Space only increased by 2Tb, not the 2.72 I expected. I immediately hit the? remove? button before anything... Read more

A:Help: Windows 8 Storage Spaces and 3Tb Drives

Sorry you are having problems with this. I was not running a Storage Spaces until you posted and then I decided to try it using 2 640 GB drives. Not many of us have 15 hard drives laying around.

None of us would want to be responsible for you loosing any data, so any suggestions should be vetted thoroughly before you take any action.

Considering the info you have given, I would try to add the last 3 TB drive and see if it can be incorporated, and don't worry about its size just yet. The Storage Spaces utility seems to format the drives, so being pre-formatted may not make a difference to it. Also, there may be some requirement by the utility to balance out the space for consistency. But I would guess right now, your primary goal is to remove the red notification on your space. Would you agree it is probably the result of the 2, 3 TB drives being shown as "disconnected"?

I will hope, that because the drives show as disconnected, the data was maintained on the remaining drives. Is there any way you can tell for sure?

So, some questions. of the 15 drives, how are they connected to your system?

Are you using a UEFI or Legacy install? My drives were configured as GPT by the Utility, but I run UEFI.

Now, my tests:

I had to test using a Mirror setup, since I only have two drives. You need at least 3 for parity. If I can find another drive, I might try that later.

But I created the pool, shut down the system and removed the drives. A reboot showed no... Read more

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I'm hoping someone here might have experience with mirroring 2 drives in Windows 10. I'm reading How-to's but some of my basic questions remain unanswered.

I have an SSD (C) used for the OS and loading apps and a 2TB drive that holds for all my files, images and videos, etc.

I want to add a second 2TB drive and create a Storage Spaces 'Mirror' setup to offer redundancy in case the D drive fails. (I also have off-site of backups). From what I've read the mirrored drives will need to be formatted so I will have to backup and re-copy all the current data onto the Mirrored set.

But here's the question:

Will a single mirrored drive behave like a single drive if it's removed from the set and connected to another computer?

Does the file and folder structure of one of those mirrored drives offer access to the files if it's removed and accessed using a removable SATA dock on another computer?

Thanks for any help with this question.

A:Storage Spaces Mirror 2 Drives?

It's a bit pointless as a lot of space will be wasted and if one is infected so will the other. If you use disk imaging you can have lots of backup spanning a few months that is creating images not cloning

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I used to know of a security system for usb flash drives and pretty much any portable storage.

It used auto-run and a batch file to automatically send an email containing the IP address of any computer that it is plugged into(Except computers in witch you say are ok)

This way, if your flash drive is stolen and used on a foreign computer it will send you an email with the IP address of whoever stole it.

You can use their IP address to locate their location and/or report them to the police.

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

If you know what im talking about and perhaps have a link to the files, please post it. Thank you.

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I've seen such progs for laptops, for instance http://www.absolute.com/solutions-theft-recovery.asp but not flash drives. If you want to secure data on your flash drive (and keep a backup copy elsewhere) you could use the well regarded (free) TrueCrypt in 'traveller mode':

I hope this helps?


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I honestly have no idea what that page is called, but when I want to change save locations, none of my drives show up. It worked before but now it just doesn't want to display anything sadly. Here are a few pictures of what I am talking about.

My drives wont show up in this section either...

The thing is though, they display properly in the "This PC" Section so I know they are plugged in correctly.

Any help would be highly appreciated. Thank you!

A:Windows 10 System Storage not displaying drives.

bump... Can someone please fix this?

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This is a pre-sales question - I find it odd that I can't find anywhere on the HP site where I can ask a question - instead I have to rely on asking a question in a forum where one relies on the kindness of strangers to answer a question. This is a very weird way of conducting business. Anyway, I want a laptop with a big screen but I can't stand the row that laptops make - so I want a solid state hard drive which, as I understand it, are silent. But, I read that the machine I am interested in has a SSID of 128 gb and 'storage' of 1tb. What is this 'storage'. It is a hard drive? Is this constantly accessed so you still have the whine of a hard drive to listen to?

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I recently built this computer (see other a thread on building a PC) using Windows 7 on a ssd drive, and I used my sata drives for storage (audio/video). The other drives are from my old system, and they were set up for RAID. I re-formatted the drives, but now they automatically create a system info folder and a recycle bin folder. I don't know why, but I can't create a folder on these drives. They are patitioned (NTFS). Does this have something to do with the RAID configuration from my old system? I need to create folders to manage my projects, but it will not allow it. Also, I installed Norton on the system (I am using the internet for downloading programs I need, once everything is going smooth I will no longer access the web with this PC). The Norton has an error on it, and when I try to fix it it gets stuck on trying to optimize the storage disk E. My SSD is drive C with a partition D for B/U, the next drive is E. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? Thanks to anyone who can speak to this problem.

A:Can't create folders on storage drives using Windows 7

Which RAID Configuration are you in? I think you may have have it set up incorrectly. Depending on what RAID you are using will depend on how your drives can be used. Let us know what RAID you are running which you should be able to find this in your RAID control panel when you boot into it. Thanks.

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Hi everyone,

I want to back up my drive contents. I was looking at the vast arrary of online and external storage drives.

I think i want to go for an external drive. USB 2 probably with at least 150gig. Can anyone point out good model / company to buy from.

Also could i install another aperating system on this drive that my computer can boot from?

All replies views and do's and dont's appreciated.


A:Solved: exteral or online storage drives?

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