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how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Q: how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

A: how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,


A:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

A:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?


A:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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I moved about 10GB of files (using Photoshop Elements) from my laptop's hard disk to an external hard drive. I double checked and the files were moved correctly - they don't show up on the laptop and show up on the external hard drive. However, the laptop's C drive does not show an increase in space. I restarted the laptop but it still shows the same free space as prior to the move.

Any idea why? This is with a Lenovo T440s with Win7.


A:Moved files to external hard drive but no change in laptop disk size

Dumb question, did you delete the files off C ?

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My hard disk (C drive where the windows 7 is) is going to fail soon. It has some bad sectors and some corrupted parts and I encountered blue screen that says something about hardware failure. When my Acronis is doing backup, Acronis stopped half way because it cannot access some sectors to do the backup, it was fine previously.

I can still login to windows (depends on luck).

1. I want to change to a new hard disk, what is the best/fastest way to do it?

2. If I copy the whole disk to another new disk, would I encounter problems copying half way since there a

3. Will the data copied to new hard disk be incomplete since there are bad/corrupted sectors on my old hard disk?

4. My old hard disk is 1TB WD Black. What should I use for the new hard disk? Does it need to be same size and model?

Thanks a lot. Greatly appreciate your help.

(I do know how to change a hard disk and reinstall Windows 7 (Windows 7 updates took a long time) and install all programs again and setup again. That would take a few days so I am wondering if there is a faster way.)

A:Hard disk is failing, how to change to a new hard disk?

If you don`t have a complete backup image, then there`s nothing you can do about it. You`re gonna have to re install windows.

Get your data off before the drive dies.

Your new drive does not have to be the same size and model, you can get whatever you want.

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

A:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition -
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] -
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

A:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.

A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.


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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

A:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.

A:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.

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

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

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

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

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

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

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

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


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I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

Checked with the fresh install, that my two external hard drives, had there drivers and were present. They were ... Read more

A:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive


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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...

A:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

Formatting USB external hard disk
Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
&... Read more

A:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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I'm using a motherboard (MSI-7592 G41) and I was using 4 hard disk through it in the past. Two of them started to show problem so, I stop using them for a while. I thought it was the problem of the hard disk. But I checked it on another PC, there were indeed some problems in them which I fixed with chkdsk command.Upon further checking out I found it was the cable from the power supply (dont know the name but i have the picture of it below) at fault. So, I replaced them. Now when I plugg all 4 hard disk on my pc. It is working fine and showing all hard disks but I feel like there is something lagging in my system. Sometime it hangs... but most of the time it works fine....So, my main question is... should i continue using 4 hard disk on my motherboard... will it be ok or not...

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I'm running on Vista 32 bit home basic and have been using this hard disk for almost 4 yrs now.... I use it to store movies, movies and all the other entertainment files including games...

Today I had a problem of BOOT.MGR missing and I fixed it with my Vista installation disc...
Everything is back to normal, but when I open My computer my drive [ entertainment (D ] is not shown or missing completely...
I tried to go to disk management but it doesn't show there either... It's like it doesn't exist...

Please help ASAP

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2044 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4850, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 70737 MB, Free - 22306 MB; E: Total - 81886 MB, Free - 26947 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, D945GCNL, AAD97184-105, BTNL803009CU
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Internal Hard disk Problem, PLEASE HELP !!!

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hey friends!! I want a software to put password on internal harddisk...
i cant find any software for it... so please help... and thanks in advance..

A:how can i put password on (internal) hard disk??

Hello hakimkaukawala and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not sure if this is what you're looking for:

Free Hide Folder: a free security software to hide folders.

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux


Or you could password protect a specific user account at log in.

Password - Create for a User Account

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

A:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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Oh boy. Somewhere between the time I posted tonight about my computer running slow and now, my computer has completely failed me.

It's a Dell Inspiron 9300. About 4 years old. Without finding a way into it, I can't tell you much else. The only thing I downloaded today was HJT so I could post a log on the other thread I have up.

I fell asleep on the couch, and when I awoke, there was a lovely blue screen with some gibberish about "if this is the first time you have seen this screen, restart" and when I did...BLACK SCREEN and this horrendous clicking noise coming from the lower right-hand side of the unit. I should also mention the unit was so hot to the touch I nearly burned myself. Literally. It's gotten hot before, but this was honestly stove-top burner hot.

The message is "internal hard disk drive not found" press f1 to continue or f2 to...something. F1 gets me back to the same black screen. F2 gets me to bios where it confirms I no longer have an internal hard drive.

The good news is I have an external harddrive backup. The bad news is it was last backed up on 9/10 and I've done at least 20 jobs since then (graphic design) and three in progress with in-hand dates of less than 5 days from now. I'm just sick. AND I KNOW BETTER!

Anyway, is it really toast?! Help!

A:Internal hard disk drive not found - PLEASE HELP!!

Yeah 4 years out of a Hard Drive is actually very good. There are a couple ways to retrieve the data. It just depends on how important it is. If it is very very important ($2500 important) than locate a data recovery center.

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So I've had my Dell Inspiron for about a year now. The other day, I tried turning it on, and it brought up only a black screen telling me to try reseating the hard drive. I figured I was supposed to take out and put back in the hard drive. After doing this twice, the screen keeps coming up. I would love to be able to use my computer again. Am I doing anything wrong? I still have a warranty for a week. Would that help with this situation? I have a Dell Inspiron 15 3541

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I hope this is the correct forum?

I received my new desktop today and it is running Windows 7 OS.

I am using it for work and it has 2 x 320GB internal hard drives so that I can back up my work related files from one HD to the other, then if the number 1 (C: drive) fails, I have a backup on the second HD. This is particularly important since it has all my business related stuff (invoices etc.)

Anyway, I thought that I would be able to schedule a backup via W7, however W7 is not recognising the second HD. The wizard to schedule a backup is suggesting I use an external drive and does not recognise that there are actually 2 internal HD in the tower.

I have done a bit of research and I have found the second HD and initialized it. I have then set the HD up as GPT and I am now at the stage where the insallation wizard is asking for a Simple Layout and NTFS file system.

I don't want to click finish on the wizard if this is not the correct procedure to allow W7 to find the 2nd HD so that I can schedule the backup from HD1 to HD2.

Can anyone help and advise if this is thecorrect procedure please?



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I have an ISO image file of Kaspersky Live CD. Though it not directly related to the malware related issue, I still wanted to know this. It would be kind of you if you could help. I see these days there are a lot of Live CDs available of different applications. Do I need to have a hard disk to run applications such as web browser from a Live CD? Suppose, I don't have an internal hard disk installed but have an Ubuntu's Live CD, would I be able to run applications? Thanks.

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how can i lock with a password just like we do it on folder ... is there any special software for these kind of thing...if u gus know any please let me know

A:How can i lock my hard disk(internal) with a password


TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source Disk Encryption - Documentation - Tutorial

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista. it's 3 years old and out of warranty.

There was no problem with this computer before but it crashed today. When I tried to start my laptop, I receive a message “internal hard disk drive not found” “To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.” “No bootable devices—strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. “Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.”

I took out hard disk and put it back but it didn't work
I have not backed up anything from this computer and I really needit fixed asap
please help me!

A:internal hard disk drive not found

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Alright, so I have a Dell Latitude D630 laptop that's rather old and has several major problems, including never charging, overheating without a small fan next to it, and the occasional key falling off. Well, I was using it a few nights ago and it was working better than usual. Eventually, I turned it off and went to bed. Nothing unusual happened then, but the next day, when I booted it up, it told me the internal hard drive was missing and suggested I reseat it. I ran a diagnostic and it told me basically the same thing but this time it was accompanied by a happy little tune composed of loud beeps, as if to say: "Ha ha, I have found yet another way to ruin your life by becoming even more of an ungrateful mule than I already am, a feat which you thought was impossible but apparently isn't." As of today, when I try to boot it up, it doesn't even show the Dell logo before turning off. This is naturally a tad miffing, but I hope reseating the hard drive will help. Thing is, I don't know how. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I had bought an internal hd (500gb) an year back but due to some reason my motherboard was not detecting it. So I bought a case and made it external.
Now yesterday I bought a 2tb ext hard disk . So I thought that I should get rid of my internal 160 gb hard disk and remove the case of the 500 gb one and make it internal.

Now I want to format the 500gb.
Right now it is external but I'll be using it as internal. So I'm worried to format it just like that.
Is there a software for proper formatting of a drive or should I format it through the right click option.
If through the right click option then what should be the type ?
NTFS(default) or exFAT ?
And what should be the allocation unit size ?
There are many of them .

P.S. If I'm posting this in wrong section then please move to the proper one.


A:Help in formatting ext hard disk ( actually internal with casing)

Format it via the right click way,and if you want choose full format for safety, the the type is NTFS Default,and the size will be filled in by the pc automaticly,so just leave that as it is. There are other softwares to use,but this way is the fastest. If you want you can format it when you boot up you pc,via the bios setup. But doing it the right click way will be easier.

Good luck

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I hope this is the correct forum?

I received my new desktop today and it is running Windows 7 OS.

I am using it for work and it has 2 x 320GB internal hard drives so that I can back up my work related files from one HD to the other, then if the number 1 (C: drive) fails, I have a backup on the second HD. This is particularly important since it has all my business related stuff (invoices etc.)

Anyway, I thought that I would be able to schedule a backup via W7, however W7 is not recognising the second HD. The wizard to schedule a backup is suggesting I use an external drive and does not recognise that there are actually 2 internal HD in the tower.

I have done a bit of research and I have found the second HD and initialized it. I have then set the HD up as GPT and I am now at the stage where the insallation wizard is asking for a Simple Layout and NTFS file system.

I don't want to click finish on the wizard if this is not the correct procedure to allow W7 to find the 2nd HD so that I can schedule the backup from HD1 to HD2.

Can anyone help and advise if this is thecorrect procedure please?



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I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop 1526, 2 years old. It came with Vista. I upgraded to Windows 7 back in Dec 2009.
I backed up my files onto an external HD the day before my system got this error. (3 days ago)
I physically took a picture of the screen with my camera to show what I was getting.
The first screen shows that internal hard disk drive not found.
Then I tried to do a "repair", and this is what it shows now ( i also took a picture of that too)

Test Performed:
System Disk Test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code OXO
Time taken 15ms

Root cause found:
System volume on disk corrupt
Repair Action: File system repair (chkdsk)

I have the original Dell OS says its Window XP service pack 2...however it came with Vista installed.
I also have the Windows 7 CD

Thank you

A:Internal hard disk drive not found

Run hard drive diagnostics: (or sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Hi, I recently brought 2 Hard Disk Drives, 1 for my comp and 1 for my partner, mine workls perfectly without a hitch but when i installed my partners hers screen doesn't seem to turn on, i re-installed her old 1 but even with the old hard drive the screen doesn't seem to turn on, doesn't any one know what the problem might be???

Cheers, Mr.Stud25

A:New Internal Hard Disk Drive Problems

You may have knocked the video card loose when replacing the HDD.
Make sure it's firmly in the slot.

If the PC has a built-in video chip, then make sure all the cables and memory are firmly plugged in.

When you turn it on, does the PC sound like it's turning on? (fans spinning, beeps, etc.)

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Whenever I start up my Dell XPS 15 I get the error "Internal hard disk drive not found..."
I checked the BIOS and it shows the hard drive is there and also ran the Dell Startup thing that checks the different components and got no errors.

What do I do next?

A:Internal hard disk drive not found...

Run the Dell Diagnostics again but this time select the Custom Hard drive extended test. The hard drive has most likely failed.

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Hello! I have a Dell studio 1735 laptop, with (seemingly) common problem and even more interesting spin to it.

When I boot, it sticks to the dell bios screen at about 95%, then shows up with this message:

"internal hard disk drive not found
To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive."
(system beeps)
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics"

Of course, i press F5, it runs its full diagnostics, with flying colors (everything passes)
once thats done, it boots to windows fine, but its the ONLY way im able to boot to windows,i just dont want to have to do the full diagnostic EVERY time i turn on my laptop.. (plus i think that means that the HDD is going bad?)

I have reseated, checked connections, etc. i have pretty much checked all that i can find online about how to fix this issue, but no one else seems to have the same situation i do.

im not sure if anyone could help me, but im savvy enough to dump diagnostic files on here/etc.. i appreciate the help in advance

A:internal hard disk drive not found, until i run diagnostics..why?

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Hi All,
I just purchased a new internal hard drive (Seagate Barracuda hard drive - 3 TB - SATA-600) to be used for storing data. Installation was simple, and Disk Management noticed it right away, with 1 problem: The free space is 743.48 GB, not the 3000 or so I was expecting. Disk Manager says it is 100% free. So the big question is: Where is all that other disk space?

Thank you!!
HP Z600
Win7 x64

A:Missing disk space in new internal hard drive

Hello and welcome, Sparky67

Can you post a screenshot of your full screen disk management window, and your my computer window ?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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My DELL Inspiron N5010 15R, Harddisk WDC WD5000BEVT-75A0RT0 is not starting up. While diagnostic test performed by pressing F12 at startup I am getting an Error Code 2000-0146 Hard drive-DST Short test Fail.
What I am really worried about is losing my data as I did not take any back up of it. What should I do? In case I have to replace my harddisk is there any way to recover my data before replacing my harddisk.

A:Recover data from my corrupted internal hard disk

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hello everyone! sorry for my bad english, i hope you still able to understand my explanation.

my laptop crashed about a week ago when i was browsing using google chrome. my laptop suddenly freeze, everything become not responding, blue screen appeared for a second then i restart using the power button.

after restart my laptop show this message:internal hard disk drive not found
To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.

No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.i still able to use my laptop though it run very slow. few days after the first bsod, the crash frequency increase and it happened at random. even when i just let it on without doing anything (idle, on battery). i download and update all the updates for windows, perform disk check, clean and defrag the disk but no work.

so yesterday i sent it to dell service center, they delivered back it today and says everything been fixed. when i start my laptop i realized they just reinstall the os to win7 ultimate, replacing my original win7 professional. they also dont install the hardware drivers properly. And the problem still there and the same.

my laptop specs:
Dell inspiron 1420
windows 7 ultimate x32
intel core 2 duo T5750 2.00 GHz
2gb DDR2 RAM

attached dmp and system health report file. please help me

A:freeze, BSOD, then it says no internal hard disk found

Check your HD.
1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup (for command prompt)
Open an command prompt.
In the command prompt, type chkdsk C: f/x/r/v and press Enter.

Disk Check
Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Respected Sir,
I am using win7 as my O/S at present. Yesterday i was trying to make my external USB Pen drive a bootable device using CMD Prompt and i did it very well. But, unfortunately,just after that,i have restarted my system by mistake as i forget to switch my internal hard disk to active. i have activated the external usb drive to active during that process.
Now, when i restart my pc, it throws me an error { " No partition found" grub rescue> }
please provide me the best solution to get rid of this problem.
i am using HP Pavillion dv 6000 series.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Thanks and regards,

A:PC is not detecting the Internal Hard disk. Connection Lost.

Hi and welcome to TSF do you mean you set the usb to be the boot device ? have you tried going into the bios F2 on booting and setting the hdd as first boot device then use F10 to save and exit

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My DELL XPS 17 L701x laptop was equipped with Samsung Spinpoint MP4 HM640JJ 640GB 7200rpm hard disk. Last month, due to noise and auto shut down, i gave my system to dell service center for repair but took out my hard disk as it was containing "sensitive" data and i don't want to take any risk. Also i needed it for my dissertation. as my all data was on it. In the mean time i bought another Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200rpm drive as the xps has space for one more hard disk.
i put the samsung hard disk in usb case which need both side male usb connector. i was having an old connector which i tried to use but i can hear a little sound and it is not detected by my home desktop. so i got a new usb connector and it was easily detected and i used as usual usb external storage. when my laptop was fixed, i took back the samsung drive along with the new one to service center. and when they tried to place both drive, the system didn't responded at all, after some tries, they announced the samsung drive (which was originally shipped with laptop) has gone bad and is unable to detect. so i asked them to only fix newly bought drive in the system and make it workable by installing OS.
Now the issue is that my samsung drive can't be detected anywhere. neither in laptop, nor in my home/office desktop. though i was able to use it as external storage before but it suddenly stop working, leaving me nowhere. i have lot of important data on it and i want to recover it myse... Read more

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I have bought laptop hp 15 ac 124tx online , i just want to make sure that it was not alterd by delear , because Idon't trust on it due to some senario. so please  give me solution that how can i cross check all the componemt by it's serial no.  of  each component (ram , hard disk) are original(factory given).

A:how to verify internal part of laptop like hard disk ,ram a...

Hi, The following link shows its specs: Which part do you wish to check ? Regards.

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

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

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

A:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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I receive the following message on start up: "Internal hard disk drive not found, to resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive"
I ran the PSA test and all seem to be working good, also, the HDD and SD are seen in the BIOS menu. 
Please advice what to do?

A:Internal hard disk drive not found Dell XPS 9530

have you checked this thread? Does it help?

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This is a Dell Latitude laptop with Windows XP
I let the battery die on it and when i plugged it in the next morning to turn it on I get that error message. I tried taking out the hard drive and putting it back in. The BIOS is not seeing any hard drive. It reads "<none>"
I am not sure if the battery discharging has anything to do with it or not.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Internal hard disk drive not found after battery discharge

Faulty HDD Controller but I would have that laptop check out if you can. Most likely it's the MOBO that is to blame. MOBO = Motherboard. See if that was XP not seeing the HDD then you could re-install XP. But you said your BIOS is not seeing the HDD. It could also be your HDD as failed. Normally DELL has a tool that you run to test your system out. This tool is use by DELL Certified Techs to see where your issue is. HDD, MOBO, Battery. Most of the time the MOBO is replaced. Then HDD then the Battery to solve your issue.

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i have a Dell XPS 14, i7 intel core, 8 gb RAM.

When i installed windows 7, i deleted the partitions of my internal hard drive 465 gb as it is necessary for a clean install of windows 7. i have installed all the drivers that matches my dell service code and the windows updates. But the internal hard disk did not show up. It does show in the "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" software (Screen shot in attachment) but does not show up on "My Computer" or in "Disk Management". I can only see the one drive (Screen shot in attachment).
How can i make windows detect it?

A:SATA internal hard disk not detected after clean installation of Win7

You installed on SSD. Did you clean partitions on internal harddisk when installing windows (not necessary, just a question)? Was internal harddisk working prior to reinstall?

Look in eventlog for relevant errors

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I have an old sony laptop PCG-383M and my hard disk recently died (of old age :) so I've bought a new one and installed window 7 eternity. But when I restart and take the CD out I get the message - Operating system not found! I went to BIOS to check the boot preferences as I wanted to set it up so the system boots from hard disk instead of optical disk but on the list of boot options says that internal hard disk is excluded from booting! Why is that? How do I change this? Bios is updated and all the drives are up to date. Please help!!

A:Problems booting windows from internal hard disk on Sony vaio

Hi icetana,

Try reseating the computer hard-drive. Also, try searching for the latest BIOS update for the computer on Sony's website. Hope everything works out well for you.

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I don't know what is my problem because is not the first time that usb external hard drive is working fine until get damage and said " it need to be formatted " and lost all the INFO because I have to format again the disk to be usefull. Also it is not the same hard disk.

A:Why USB external hard disk show now " The disk need to be formatted"

Hi Elnene,

I am actually having the same issue regarding a spare external drive and Windows 7. The drive works perfectly on XP and Wii but the second I plug it into my laptop (windows 7) **YOU NEED TO FORMAT......** This is not an option! I have searched the internet far and wide - there are a few fixes that have worked for some but unfortunately not me. I also noticed that NONE / NO ONE / NOT ONE Windows 7 'Help sites' that have Windows 7 'gurus' have bothered to EVER answer this rather common problem. There are threads older than 4 years that have never been answered and I see your thread is already 4 weeks old... Sad really.

I CAN'T BELIEVE MicroSoft can't help regarding this issue???????????????????

In this time I hope you have come right!!!
Kind regards
Eldin Mc

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Answer Match 95.76% new on this forum and i have a problem with my old hard disk..every time i turn up my pc, windows pop out message ""Windows detected a hard disk problem" ,"Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss". So i decided to replace my old hard disk, but problem is that i have vista preinstalled on my old hard disk. So my question is how can i install vista from my old hard disk into my new one?..please help me and thank u for your reply

A:how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

hi check out this first just in case and if you do need to read this

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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so i was told to buy a sata data and power combo cable and connect the hard drive to my desktop but i don't know what to do after that, is there a certain web site i go to to fix this problem or reformat it is a dell inspiron 1545 and i have windows vista please help

A:Dell laptop says internal hard disk drive not found and no bootable devices

Can you say what happened to your pc, does it boot into Windows?
What do you want to do with the SATA cable you have bought?

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Hello everyone!I have to change my device's hard disk because it broke down. I am interested if there is some limitation of the maximum capacity of the new hard disk or any other detail I should pay attention on.The device is HP 550 Notebook PC and it is 7 or 8 years old.Thanks in advance!

A:Hard disk change

Hi, From the following information Your machine has 160GB SATA HDD (mostlikely SATA 1 or 2). In theory you can use any standard HDD for laptops but because machine is around 8 years old now therefore my suggestion: buy a standard 2.5" HDD for laptops up to 1TB such as: Regards.  

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I just bought the Precision 5510 and I'm trying to replace the original 250GB SSD PCie with a Predator Hyperx 480GB.
When I plug the new disk in, the system won't boot and stays on a black screen (no dell logo, nothing happens).
Kingston's support has replaced the disk but the symptom is the same with the new one.
What can I do ?
Best regards,

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Dear Specialists,
Could you please instruct me how to transfer live TV programs directly to my
external hard disk?
Thank you and with kind regards,
Beni Even

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I have WD 320 Gig External.

Windows detect the drive and can be seen on my computer but their is no size on the drive.

Check properties no size.

I try to open but windows hangs.

What could be the problem of this?

The USB cable? or my drive is damage?

I also try insert to different computer and all the USB port front or back same result.

A:WD External Hard disk Help

Did you initialize the drive?

This may not be the right instructions for your drive:

Because you did not offer more than it being a WD 320GB external.


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I have a Western Digital external hard disk on USB. The instructions say I should stop it when closing down pc but when I select it on remove hardware icon it just says 'this device cannot be stopped now, try later' even though I have no programs open that are using the disc. Will it cause damage if I leave it on and just close down. Have done this a couple of times but wonder if I will damage it.

A:External hard disk

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I have WD external hard drive. computer reads the hard disk after taking more than usual time. But when i copy the matter of my hard disk and try to paste it on my computer....It dose not work. The copy window shows 0 % . Want to extract data. Please help

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This is dheeraj kulal. i have a problem with external hard drive.

I copied all the data from my pc to an external hard drive(FAT 32). Then i formatted the PC hard disk and created 5 partition with 50GB each. Installed windows xp SP2.
External hard disk is of 500GB. Had nearly 250GB of data in it before copying data from my PC hard drive. After copying data from PC hard drive only 30GB of free space left in external hard disk.
Now the actual problem is the external hard not showing any of the files that i copied on to it. and few of the files already in it are missing too. But when check the property of external hard disk it shows only 30GB is free that means remaining are the data in it.

please help me,, files are very very very important for me... wt to do

A:external hard disk

Open Windows Explorer and go to Tools > Folder Options > View tab. Under 'Hidden files and folders', click 'Show hidden files...' and click OK.

See if tha helps

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how to know when was my external hard disk was used or plugged to pc or laptop?
i mean putting monitoring on external hard disk.

for PC's there is a event viewer, what about external harddisk's?

A:how to know when was my external hard disk was used?

Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

First I don't think you can tell when your external hard drive was used, unless you have something on your system that would tell you if it was used or messed with your kind a out of luck so to speak.

You can always set up a password on your external hard drive to lock people out.

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Im realy fed up .......
I have wd 500gb elements (external)...driver shows on device manager and even shows on disk management as disk 1 with a deffirent letter as F I changed it as it was G but no data and cant access and doesn't show on my computer it happened diuring transferring data from my computer to the external hard drive but a suddenly shut down due to high tempretur on wd windows diagnostic tool shows as failer, lights on its working and its fan data I tride many ways to fix by installing and uninstalling changed the cable and cleand registrey by ccleaner but......pls give any seliution not to lose data ....over 270gb data...............

A:wd external hard disk

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your Western Digital external HDD plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Before taking the screenshot, please click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane to hide those so that you get a full view.

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So, i tried to pen my external hard disk,
and this is what happened:
The USB Protection i use is USB Disk Security and i dont know if this options (in image) does something about it..
Thanks in advance

A:External Hard Disk Help

This most likely is due to USB Disk Security software, if you changed something recently within, I'd try to reverse it.

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Could anyone please help me to make ma own external hard disk without external power supply.

Because its difficult to bring the power adapter always with the drive

A:External Hard disk

sorry, but hard disks need some sort of power. they are mechanical and have motors.

maybe use a usb flash/thumb drive instead?

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well, my external hard disk was working just fine then it started showing as "local disk E" and i couldn't open it. I searched online for a solution and did the "chkdsk" thing and it worked again. few hours later the problem game back.. this time what i did before didn't solve it. it only made the contents of the hard disk appear but i couldn't use it .. so i copied some of the small files i needed from my 300 gb of data on it. now it's back to the "local disk e" thing and i can't even use cmd while the hard is connected. is there a way to solve it or at least copy my files from it?
Edit: now i can't even use cmd or disk management or my computer when the disk is connected

A:how to fix my external hard disk

Back up your personal data while you canDownload CrystalDiskInfo.V6.2.0 and run to check if your HD is any good.Try to run: chkdsk X: /r /f ======> X is the external drive letter. Will take a while to completeIf happens again then replace your HD.

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hello guys,
first of all im using win 8,1 64 bit .
its been some time that i cant install the windows updates.
when i hit install and it says that is downloading the updates it freezes.
so without the new updates i see that i cant safely remove my hard disk(external)
so im removing my external hard drive just like that
and today my 2tb seagate external became raw(one of the two partitions)
i really need your help here to restore the disk to its normal status and find a solution with win updates cause i dont want this to happen again.
wating asap for your answer
thanks in advance

A:raw external hard disk

Firstly, I would not have the external drive attached when doing updates. 
That being said I would download Testdisk for Windows and unzip the file to a folder on your desktop. Run Testdisk and do a QuickSearch. After a QuickSearch does it detect both partitions on the external drive? Highlight the RAW partition and press the "P" key. Do you see your files on the RAW partition? 
Windows  This is the file to download
If doing a QuickSearch does not detect both partitions then do a deeper Search. 
Do you have enough space on your internal drive to copy the files from the RAW partition?
TestDisk step by step

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hey how are you guys doing? just have a quick question it the same as his problem and hope you guys can help me out. i got the found new hardware message but no appearance on my computer. i tried to do through disk and i still can't see it there either wha t do i do. i know wi have to format it an I know it will do it for me but, i dont see it in disk any suggestions?
i'll check in later on to see if u guys can help me
thanks alot

A:External Hard Disk

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please post complete details on your environment and we'll be glad to help you out.

If it's just a formatting question, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management, and you can partition and format the drive there.

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hi everyone i from mumbai. i have a 500 gb external hard disk and it fell from my hand . after which its not functioning but its in ok condition. as i connect it tells me to format it. does formatting delete all my stored information. is there anty way i can recover my files and then format it, (if formatting deletes all files)

A:external hard disk

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to change the icon for example for an external hard disk or internal hard disk

is enough to create an Autorun.inf file in the root of the hard disk with this code

and save the customicon.ico file in the root of the hard disk?

any advises are super welcome!

i would like to use png icon but i guess i can't do it

i would like to have a small program that add an icon on the desktop when i plug an external hard disk/usb stick or mount a truectypt container/partition
and have the possibility to customize the icon


A:is this the best way to change the icon of my hard disk ?

Hello drugo,

That's one of the easiest ways to change the drive's icon, but you would need to use a .ico file since that is an icon file, and a .png is not.

Drive Icon - Change

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I have Western digital WD3200BEVT (SATA 320 GB) hard disk drive in my laptop. Today, it suddenly started making noise as if it is stopping after every ~3 seconds and starting again. The HDD light of my laptop started blinking.

There are lot of important personal data in that HDD and I don't have back up. I took my HDD to the shop. They asked huge money for data recovery. So, I get the HDD back as I can not afford that money (or my data is not that worth it). So, I thought to gamble a little. I was looking for HDD of same series. But I couldn't find that series. So I bought the later version , which is almost same.

old HDD model is - WD3200BEVT-22A23T0 PCB no.- 2060-771672-001 REVP1
New HDD model is - WD3200BEVT-00A23T0 PCB no.- 2060-771672-004 REVA

Now, I changed the PCB and put the new HDD's PCB into old one. Then I connected it to laptop using USB enclosure. And the clicking sound is gone! It's running smoothly. Now, I connected that HDD using USB enclosure and it is recognized as "Generic Mass storage device" by windows xp. But I can not see the partitions. Also it is not in shown in disk management.

I connected to the SATA port of the laptop and rebooted. Then BIOS says, "primary hard disk drive error".

Now, how can I solve this problem? How can I make the HDD recognized by PC? How will I recover the data? Is there any way to change the firmware of the HDD circuit so that it would work with this drive?

A:Change PCB of Hard disk and ?recovery?

i would try UBUNTU _ its not windows and doesnot get hung up with windows permissions - see below
Its possible the drive has failed completely - sometimes you can get the drive going again - just for a short while - by freezing the hard drive - BUT be careful - when you remove from the freezer condensation will cause more issues
see an article here on freezing the harddrive

It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto and download the ISO

YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick

full details are here

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC &#8211; remember where you saved it &#8211; so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program

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I want to change the icon of my hard disk drives icon......can anyone explain me how to do it...thanks in advance

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Dear support,  I would like to replace the Hard drive disk on my laptop to put a SSD Disk instead.  The problem is that I'm struggling to disassemble it and get to the disk. Could you please refer me to a documentation or procedure ? I remove all the screws including this of the DVD/CD drive, but I cannot get further. I'm wondering if there are additional screws hidden under the 2 rubbers at the hinges level ? Thanks very much in advance. KR, Samuel Galiez  

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Hi, my toshiba 1tb external drive has become unaccessible after working fine till yesterday. When i plug in the drive the green bar ontop keeping forward and if i click on drive Explorer hangs. It also doesn't disply detail in my computer like free space. On previous threads you have asked for picture of disk management, i cant post it as it becomes unresponsive as soon as i plug in the drive. After searching for a while i am using photorec to recover files but it going slowly. Should i use ddrescue or clonezilla? Any other software?please any help would be appreciated. It is important that i recover my files.

A:External hard disk unaccessible

You could try burning a light weight linux distro to a CD such as Puppy Linux and see if your ext HDD is recognized along with the files.
Note when you mount partitions with puppy linux you can simply drag and drop folders from source to destination. When you drop you get options - select the copy not move.

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Laptop with XP recognize this disk. This WIN 7 recognize another external hard drive. What to do?

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when i inserted the external hard disk to the back USB port, the computer (running win 7) recognized it as "Portable USB drive", but I cannot open the file that i put in this drive. What can I do?

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Laptop with XP recognize this disk. This WIN 7 recognize another external hard drive. What to do?​

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I bought an external hard disk (a WD 500) and plug it to my computer. It doesn't work very well, please see below the example of issues I have with this external hard disk:
- when I plug it with a thumb plug to my computer, it takes very long for my computer to recognize the disk (when it does recognize it indeed)
- when it finaly reconignize the disk, sometimes I can read the files I already copied on it sometimes I can not!
- sometimes I can copy / paste data on it, sometimes I can not!
I'm getting very frustated with this disk. Can anyone help me with it?
Thank you very much for your support,

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Recently, my external hard disc dropped down frm my writing table on to floor, After that, I connected it to my PC, the PC detected the hardware yet the PC did not show ''Hard drive'' when I clicked on ''My Computer''. Is my hard disc spoiled and cannot be repaired anymore??SAD............ T.T ...a lot of my pictures are inside...

A:External hard disk problem

Does it spin up? Is it making any noise (Clicks?).
If it was running when it fell, there's every chance it's dead.
HD s are not a good choice for backing up important files.
Cloud or optical storage is safer and more reliable.

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i have a 500gb Freecom external hard drive, i use it for both storing files and multimedia playback via my xbox 360, it was setup as a Fat32 format, but i needed to store files larger than 4gb on it so i took everything off reformatted it to NTFS and put the large files on there, now i found out the xbox 360 wont read this format, so im guessing the answer is to partition it? one side being NTFS other Fat32? is that possible and also do i have to remove all of my files back across again took 4 hours last time. it has 200gb left.
what program to use as well, like a free one if possible!

A:External Hard Disk Partition

I can only help you out with the file copy program,which is
I don't have an answer to the rest of your questions,sorry!

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I have Windows 7 Professional 64Bit installed on a 250GB internal hard drive. I also have a 750 GB secondary drive installed in the system. When I connect an external hard drive to the computer and try to transfer some files (in this case a Windows 7 SDK DVD iso), the external hard drive self ejects and the transfer gets interrupted. The very next second the hard drive comes back on. I have made sure that it is not the external hard drive at fault as the same issue occurs with my flash drive and also my friend's external hard drive (with different files.) I usually did not care and retry it, but recently I have been loosing files when the hard drive ejects itself and it has started to get annoying. Sometimes the file just dose not transfer no matter how many times I try. All that happens is the hard drive gets disconnected and connected again till I just let it be.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:External Hard Disk Self Ejects

How old is the dive and who manufactured it

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Hello. I have a Seagate GoFlex 1TB External Hard Disk. I had been using it for quite sometime without any problems. Now it doesn't get detected in "My Computer" window. I checked in Computer Management and the drive is detected in "Device Manager". However, in "Disk Management", it shows as Unallocated. I am extremely perplexed as this drive had a lot important softwares and books and I don't want to format it to make the hard disk re-detectable. Is there any way to restore it to its previous state without formatting?

Any help will be appreciated.

A:External Hard Disk Not Detecting

First thing that comes to mind is to shut down the computer then unplug the power for about ten second then plug back in and restart. If that doesn't work and you have another computer or laptop that you can use then test it on those.

A last resort would be to take the HDD out of its holder and plug it directly into the computer using any extra internal plugins. If you do not have any extra ones then unplug the DVD/CD drive and use those. This will give you an idea if there is any thing wrong with the HDD. . .Good luck.

BTW, "Welcome to the Seven Forums." . . .

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I've been using my external USB hard disk often, but all of a sudden my PC doesn't recognize it. Actually, it does make a sound when I plug it in, and I can also go to "safely remove hardware" option down in my taskbar. But this HD never opens automatically as usual, and it cannot be seen in "My computer as one of the hard disks." The same thing also hapens when used on other computers. Anything I can do before paying the service guy? Thanks.

A:External USB hard disk not read by PC

Right click on My Computer, click on "Manage" and then look for Disk Management.

Is it there?

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Hello. There is my problem:
I get BSOD while uploading data to my external Hard disk. In the begining there were no BSOD's but after a while it began.. Firstly while trying to upload large data AND read from it at the same time. And now it get's EVERY time i try to upload (not read) ANY data to it. I tried fixing errors and bad sectors, didn't work.

Dell Inspiron 1520

Some stuff: OS - Windows 7 Professional;
Originally was no OS installed;
Legal full retail version;
Hardware is like 2 years old [1 year ago internal hard disk, keyboard, touchpad were changed do to an accident];
Age of instalation.. Like 7-8 month;
Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2100MHz
Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT 256mb

Something about my external Hard Disk:
LaCie 1 TB
More info:

A:BSOD while using external Hard Disk

Trying to upload..

Can't upload second file, so there's the link:

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I'm new here, and pardon my english.
I'm totally panic, I was backup my files to my TOSHIBA Ext.HD (500GB) a while ago, and suddenly my HD said it need to be format so the HD is function again, kinda...
Well I don't want to loose all my data, at first I try to command prompt and use "chkdsk :H/F" (I found it in the internet it said this can help) and the scaning is stop at 72%, I tried it over and over again it's just the same. I try to unplug (safe remove) the HD and plug it again, now my HD is unallocated until now.

I tried EaseUS Partition Recovery 8.5 & EaseUS Partition Master 10.2 but when the list to choose partition to recover show up, the list just blank.

And everytime I go to disk management it's told me to intialize the disk. (the Ext.HD)
Well some say the other way to fix it is to format it, through the disk management with the "New Simple Volume" but I can't click it. PLEASE HELP ME!!

A:HELP! My External Hard Disk is unallocated!

Hello and welcome Wepepe mate if ti is just the data you want then try using this ditty of mine

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

Now there is another one you can use it is Linux Mint MATE but basically they run the same way. I use a disk as I don't like using sticks because it is a waste of one with just one bootable item on it. They both boot to the other OS if you set the BIOS boot order to where the Ubuntu or Linux is and it runs independent of Windows

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I brought a Seagate Expansion Hard Disk about six months ago and have never had problem with it till now....
The problem is that my HD does not get detected if its plugged in after the windows startup.... In most cases it hangs my PC. The green light blinks so I'm positive that it's not a problem of the HD. The safely remove hardware icon also comes up. But the Autoplay menu doesn't show up and its icon wont be there in My Computer (that is, if I'm able to open My Computer. As I already stated, in most cases, the PC gets stuck).
I discovered that there are no issues if I keep it plugged in the USB port before the startup, but that is an inconvenience since I only have one free port . Ive tested with other pen drives and they work just fine. I even tried plugging it to a different port, but to no avail. It would really nice if you could help me with this....
Thnx in advance.....

A:External Hard Disk not being detected...

Try it on another machine. It sounds like the drive is having some problem. Run chkdsk /r on it in the other machine and check for bad sectors.

Hopefully, the data was backed up recently. External drives are the most unreliable of all storage media. If not, you better make a fresh backup in case something is wrong with the drive.

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what should i do, when i unable to format my external and when i click on xternal it appears the parameter is incorrect

A:external hard disk can not format

How does the drive appear in Disk Management? Does it appear in explorer? Is it initialized and partitioned?

Are you sure that you are trying to format the correct drive? Do not use drive letters to identify them since they can change.

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I currently have two external hard disk drives I am having major problems with. One is a SeaGate Free Agent and the other a Hitachi which seems actually to be a Western Digital internally.

Both of them have recently stopped working. When I say stopped working I plug them into the USB port and both of them spin and light up but they continue to spin and never mount or connect properly. I can see the Hitachi is making some connection when I look in syslog but I don't know what to make of it.

I have attached segments of the syslog where the Hitachi was plugged in and then removed. However nothing to report from the syslog when the SeaGate was plugged in or removed.

The Hitachi was plugged in at about 11:03:15secs and unplugged at 11:06:15secs. I plugged it in again at 11:07:05secs and unplugged it again at 11:10.

The SeaGate is under warranty but I am concerned about sending it in with the personal data on it. I have tried using SeaTools suggested by SeaGate but it does not recognise the drive. Are then any other ways I can retrieve the info of this drive or at worst ensure all data has been removed before sending back for a Warranty Return?

The Hitachi is not under Warranty but the supplier has offered to replace it. Again I would like to do everything possible to retrieve the data on it, or at worst ensure everything is deleted.

I have also tried plugging both of the drives into my girlfriend's OLD Sony Vaio but it did not recognise either of them as well.

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buffalo 1 tb external hard disk not showing in my computer. its showing in device manager.
disk manager is not opening.

what to do?

A:External Hard Disk Not Opening

disk manager is not opening

Doesn't really tell us much.

What do you see for the external drive when you open Disk Management?

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I have a 1TB iomega Select Desktop Hardrive.
I have used it to back up data, but never had the need to restore any of the data.
Now I need to access the Ext HD ands restore some of the data.

I have connected the Ext HD on 2 machines and in both cases the Ext HD is not recognised.

Question - How long does ity take for a PC to recognise the EXt Hard Disk?

Is there something I am doing wrong?

A:Recognising an External Hard Disk

It only takes 10 to maybe 30 seconds from the time you pw ON the external until you can access the drive.

External drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a few reasons;
1 The extra interface of the enclosure. This can fail and the drive be just fine.
2 Shock damage from you moving the external around, etc
3 Heat. External drives are NOT made for continuous duty. Unless they have a cooling fan [which almost none do] they are made to switch ON and make a backup then switch OFF.

Have you tried opening the enclosure and connecting the drive as an internal drive?

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Hi Guys!
It seems like I get a new virus every day
Anyways, when I double-click on my hard disk, it says the following:

O:/Access is Denied

So I right-click, right? And it gives me:

"If freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will have freedom"

I scanned it with Norton and nothing came up! And it's the latest version!
Anyways, I'm pretty sure that my PC is infected, so here's my HJT Log with the HD plugged in...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 16:58:54, on 29/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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i've a seagate freeagent pc detects the hard disc but hangs when i try to open...the problem is with the hard disc as this happens to every pc it is connected to...i've tried to format but it does not happen..

A:problem with external hard disk

as its detected do a repair on it first

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Hey Everyone!

I installed the firefox portable in my external hard disk and use it at the library computer.

One thing very strange is all the setup of firefox e.g. proxy, addons, and the open tab history are gone after I unplug it from the library computer.

Looks like it has to do with the permission setting on the external hard disk.

Can you tell me how to change the permission on my external hard disk?

In addition, say if I want to use my external hard disk as the portable computer that I have all the application installed and ready for use on any third computer. Is there any application/platform can help me to achieve that?

Thanks for your help

A:How to re-set the permission on external hard disk

This should be in the Windows Vista forum (as you are talking about permissions I'm assuming Vista and you list your o/s as Vista). Perhaps a mod could shift it to the right place?

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