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E-System 3089: hard disk replacement

Q: E-System 3089: hard disk replacement

Hi all,

I need to replace my hard disk (Toshiba 40GB) and the configuration of my laptop E-SYstem 3089 is the following:

quite scary to be honest: there is a sort of armor protecting the hard disk and I don't know how to get it out... do I need to dismount all the pieces?
So please if someone experienced of this EI-Systems can share a tip, I'd be very happy and grateful. Thanks in advance!!
Joe User

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I bought this computer new several years ago and the hard-drive died today.  I went out and bought a new internal hard-drive, but I did not realize that I also needed to install an operating system with the new hard-drive.  So, I am trying to see what I need to do to get my new hard-drive to boot up?  I do not have the recovery disk that came with my computer.  I was told that maybe HP could send a new Operating System disk so that I could reinstall windows.  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you

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hi, i just formatted a friends ei systems laptop and he hasnt got the drivers disc, from what iv heard this laptop is made by the "great" people over at pc world.
iv searched the internet for two days now and im still coming up blank. iv found the video driver but no sound drivers...... Can anyone help me please?

thanks to anyone in advance


A:In need of drivers for ei system 3089

humm; next time get the drivers BEFORE formatting

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We need to recover the hard disk as an ex-employee has deleted some files within the OS.
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We have the software to recover the data but need to gain access to the Hard Disk and remove it, then run it on our test machine.

Does anyone have any idea how to remove the hard disk?

A:A100 Hard Disk Replacement


you find the HDD when you turn the A100 at the right side! You have to remove only one screw and take the small HDD flap away! Then you can pull out the HDD!

Bye Hans

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How to replace hard disk in Toshiba NB100

Can anyone help me ?



Message was edited by: faggiano

A:NB100 - Hard disk replacement

I believe the HDD is under the top cover which is hard to get to.

You should get a Service Center to do it for you, so nothing gets damaged and your warranty stays valid.

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I have seen other posts on this but no definitive answer.
My HDD is dying and needs replacing. I see the posotion of the HDD is LHS under the palm rest and there appears to be a removable flap - other posts say there is just one screw to remove but there are no visible screws under the machine.

I have changed HDDs on other Toshibas with absolutetly no problem - anyone any ideas?

A:Hard disk replacement A100


The HDD replacement on this notebook is not simply procedure. I am not 100 % sure but the whole Palm rest/Touch pad must be removed at first. HDD cover is fixed with one screw but you will see him just if the Palm rest is removed.

When this screw is removed Hold the HDD tab and pull out the HDD assembly. Next step is to detach the HDD bracket from the HDD.
The unit is pretty new and before you do anything checks if the warranty is still valid.

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A:Replacement of Imminent Failing Hard disk

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook.  1Tb Notebook Hard Drive. The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 77 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery Media to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive - this procedure is detailed in the following HP document. If you don't have your Recovery Media, see if you can order a replacement set using the link below. Order HP Recovery Media.  If you have any problem with this link, try ordering this directly from HP. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. Regards, DP-K

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Hello to all fellow Lenovo owners. Recently, my G570 Hard drive crashed. I  removed it and will purchase anew one but desperately need detailed, specific instructions about formatting, partitioning and installing Windows 7and whatever else is necessary to get up and running. I'm not a techie, but am handy and wiling/able to learn.Thanks in advance for any help. dcnyr


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A:g570 hard disk drive replacement

hi dcnyr,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 Were you able to Create a Recovery Disc from the old HDD when it was still working? or you have an RCD when you first got the unit?
 Because if you have, you don't have to worry about any partition or procedure just pop the First RCD and just follow the Prompt,
but If you were not able to create set of Recovery CD then,
First you can contact Lenovo To Purchase a recovery CD
and another option is this:
"There's a big possibility that you're able to activate Windows 7 64bit using that COA,
Try to:
1. Create a recovery disc (just in case something goes wrong, you can revert back the preloaded OS)
2. Download and install Belarc Advisor to extract the Windows 7 product key on the BIOS.
3. Download a Windows 7 ISO and burn it using imgburn. Check here how
4. Install Windows 7 using this guide (use the key that you obtained from Step 2 if necessary)."
Hope this helps,

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Good morning to everyone,I have a DV6735el, PN: KN782EA#ABZ and I would like to upgrade to 4GB RAM (ok) and a drvie bigger than the default 250GB. Does this model support:1 o 2 TB?I suppose it can use interface Sata III (without spped improvement).It requires drive with hight 10 mm or can I use also 15mm? Thank You   

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A:Maximum size Hard Disk replacement

Any 2.5 inch wide and 9.5 mm thick SATA laptop hard drive will work and they do make 1 and 2 TB models so those are fine. It can be SATA III but will only work at a lower SATA speed on your laptop. Post back if you need any more help. 

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Hi - Yesterday, my Averatec 3250 laptop stopped working and now I cannot boot it up. I am getting a "SMART command failed" and subsequent message about disk read error. It sure sounds like the hard drive is shot. This machine gets light use, so this is very disappointing as I bought it new in late 2004. I was thinking about replacing the hard drive, but there is no information in the user manual. Any advice appreciated.

A:Solved: Averatec 3250 - Hard Disk Replacement

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Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4F8HK-M4P73-W8DQG
Windows Product Key Hash: Xs1iQgVeo0C+sObJxS7eu+FuBPQ=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00057
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {885A901D-B8AC-437A-9497-77D160681927}(2)
Is Admin: No
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7600.win7_ldr.110114-1504
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_02... Read more

A:Invalid Product Key, when activating after a hard disk replacement

The serial used is the OEM SLP key, that is the key the computer was installed with when it left the Toshiba factory. To use that key you have to use the Toshiba recovery disks to reinstall.
If you do a clean install from any other Windows 7 DVD you have to use the serial that is on the case of the computer/laptop.
You could try and call MS support and explain your problem. You might need to call several times as some of the support guys are less friendly than others.....

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
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I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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I've got a problem with my brothers laptop.

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256K Cache SRAM Passed
System BIOS Shadowed
Video BIOS Shadowed
Mouse Initialized

Then in a red flashing box in the middle of the screen it reads: "Couldn't reset hard disk system Save to Disk feature is disabled"

Then, "Operating system not found" below

I would much appreciate any help or assistance I can find.

A:Couldn't reset hard disk system, save to disk feature is disabled

I'd bet the harddrive has a loose connection or completely failed. If you don't know how to take it apart and check it take it to an expert.

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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Hey Guys,

Looking for your advice and any links if any...cheers in advance

My Situation

In December 2009 I purchased a Toshiba Qosmio X500 - Model No. PQX33A-00X00J

At the time I upgraded my purchase from Toshiba Reseller BD4U, going from the standard 1x 500GB Sata drive + 1x 64GB SSD... to instead having 2x 500GB sata drives. I purchased with 3 year onsite next business day warranty, that is is now expired.

It came loaded with MS Win 7 Premium Home Edition - but no disks provided.
My Needs
I need/want to factory reset my PC - its starting to run slowI need to re-partition from my existing 4x partitions to just having 2
The Issues
Possibly as a result of upgrading the disk drives at time of purchase, I don't believe I have a hidden Recovery partition in order to do a System Recovery from the Hard Disk Drive - see image of my current partitions attached I don't have Win 7 OS installation disks or Toshiba Driver disks as they should have been installed by Toshiba
My Questions
Do You agree that I DONT have a Recovery Partition - when looking at the partition image? I'm confused on this point coz people say its hidden!?Given I have no Toshiba Drivers Disk or Windows 7 OS disks - what should I do? I'm thinking of downloading Win 7 (use my product key from sticker under PC) and making a disk/USB (but need to learn how)Is this where I get ALL necessary Toshiba drivers for my PC from?Does Toshiba provide a link on its site and instructions on where to get Win 7 ... Read more

A:Qosmio X500/00X System Recovery (Factory Reset) From Hard Disk Drive or Separate Disk

Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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Hi, please can you help?

I have a 250Gb Seagate Barracuda ATA internal hard drive which is mounted in a Safecom usb/firewire external caddy. It has 2 partitions; a 15Gb FAT32 drive and the rest divided into 2 logical NTFS drives of 160Gb and 60Gb.

I have only had the disk a couple of months. Shortly after I purchased the disk I had a power failure whilst scan disk was running on one of the NTFS drives. Upon reboot XP did not recognise the NTFS drives reporting that the file system was corrupt, the FAT32 drive was fine and accessible.

I managed to recover all my files (mostly mp3s and movie files) from both NTFS drives using GetDataBack, reformatted the disk, replaced the partitions for good measure and reinstalled my backup.

Since then I haven't really had cause to use the disk so it has remained switched off but today I needed to transfer some files across for backup purposes. Having done this I then did a bit of housekeeping; deleted a few files and moved a few folders around on the disk. Then explorer crashed and after I managed to recover from the explorer crash I found that the NTFS partitions were once again inaccessible in XP. XP reporting that the file system is corrupt once again. Once again the FAT32 drive is accessible.

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A:hard disk file system corrupt and disk not accessible

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I was advised by a computer tech to buy a new hard drive because of issues I had with my HP pavillion s3330.
After installing I got a non-system disk error message.
After going into the BIOS to make sure it was booting my HP recovery cd from the the right drive, I ran a diagnostics test and after finding no problems an error message came up at the bottom saying - Testing: BOOT PATH, Error code: BIOHD-3.

I consulted HP who said I need to create a partition for the software to be installed to.
If that is the problem then can anybody assist me with this as I have no clue.

By the way, I'm using Vista home premium.



A:non-system disk or disk error - new hard drive

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My Hp pavillion pc started crashing a lot recently and recovery didn't work so I told was advised to get a new hard disk which I did but now I keep getting the above error. I've been into the bios and all seems to be booting from the correct drive
The first time I tried the hp recovery disk it started to work but when it came to reinstalling the software it stayed on 0% for long so I switched off. Maybe that was a mistake. I've run a diagnostics test all passed the test but at the end it said testing: Boot path, error code BIOHD-3.

I tried putting the old drive back in and it was the same as before. But I was still able to go online, albeit until it crashed again.
HP want more money to help even though I brought the recovery discs they suggested.

I really hope someone can help, I've been told there needs be A partition before the software can be installed.

Sorry if the wording is a bit messed up, I am writting this from a mobile.

Thanks in advance,


A:Non-system disk or disk error with new hard drive

Have you tried to run the recovery disks again? They should automatically put a partition on the hard drive.

If it still doesn't work then there's usually one of two different possibilities:
- bad recovery disks
- other bad hardware in the system

I'd suggest running these free bootable diagnostics first: Initial Hardware Diagnostics
Then, if those tests pass, contact HP to return the defective recovery disks and get a new set.

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

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Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

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A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.


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A:System (Z) hard disk

LeonidR This is nothing to be concerned about. This is an artifact of recent Win10 Windows Updates.  MS uses that for a working area for the update tool.

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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.
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I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

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

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

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

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


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I am having two hard disk in my system and both are bootable independantly and having different OS. 1st hard disk is having OS Windows XP and another one is having Windows 2000.

When i boot system from one harddisk then I am able to see contents (Drive of another harddisk) of another hard disk.

Could you guide me how to disable to see drives (Contents) of another hard disk?

Thanks & Regards,
Padam Kumar Tripathi
[email protected]

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What could be causing my system to lose communication with my hard disk?
Thanx in advance for your thoughts.

A:System cannot find hard disk

I would do a system file check and a malwarebytes scan.

System Files - SFC Command

Tutorial:Thanks to Brink


EDIT:Schedule a disc check for next start up as well.

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Now i want to add this 1 TB harddisk again.
It has a lot of data in it.
how can i do this without affecting any of my data

Kindly help me with this.

A:Adding hard disk in system

Connect the disk as it was before. On boot, enter the BIOS and confirm the 250-Gig drive is still the first hard disk in the boot order. Exit the BIOS to restart the system and you are good to go.

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A:System on a portable hard disk

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So TSG masters,

I am currently building a computer as a birthday gift for my father. The hardware configuration is as follows (non-critical info has been omitted).

FoxConn 945P7AA Motherboard (SATA support, no NCQ support)
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Pioneer DVD-R/W Drive IDE (connected via IDE PATA ribbon)

I am trying to get an operating system installed. I've gone through all the settings in BIOS/CMOS setup that I'm familiar with, but I must admit I'm not an expert.

The initial BIOS sees the drive and identifies it as expected. Later in the boot sequence, though, the IDE idenfitication process takes place, and it does NOT see the hard disk. I can boot to the DVD drive, start Windows installation, but Windows cannot find a hard disk. I fear that this has something to do with using both PATA and SATA devices, but I've got the BIOS configured for Combined mode.

I've checked every setting I'm familiar with, and even played with a few that I'm not familiar with, to no avail. I cannot seem to get this problem sorted out.

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Here is my system rating

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I am changing to a new hard disk and here's my question. Can I just use the Windows 7 system image which I created from the old C drive to "restore" or image it into the new hard disk? Thanks for all replies.

A:Using System Image on New Hard disk

As far as I know, yes you can do this...

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Dear Friends,
I have 2 hard disks (20 GB & 10 GB) in my computer.
20 GB - WinXP operating system
10 GB ? Win98 Operating system ?.

My questions?.

If I turn on my computer automatically goes to WinXP ? if I want Win98 ?.how can I get?

Note: currently I have been using a way that if I want open win98, remove the cable of 20 GB hard disk and restart ?.

Sorry for my little English


Irsath mohammed

A:2 Hard Disk & 2 Operating System ...

with you running windows, i know this isn't a mac, so i'll be moving this to the windows section.

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Hi there,

I have a friend who owns a Samsung notebook, I'm not sure what model it is, but It has an AMD Processor, 4 Gigs of ram and he bought it in 2014. Yesterday I came to find out that he had a lot of virusses, adware & malware on his laptop, so I tried to delete them by installing an antivirus. For some reason the site from which I can downlaod such programs were all blocked and the laptop was really struggling to perform. After hours of trying to start it up I thought It would be smarter to make a copy of his C drive on an external hard disk and after that, install Windows again, but with an antivirus and all of his files. After we were completed doing those things and trying to copy the backup, we couldn't seem to folders like:"Downloads, Pictures, Music, etc.". The Hard disk has the usual files in the first folder (Programfiles,sources,windows), but when I enter the Users folder I get these files:
Administrator (folder)
EasySurvey (folder)
Local (folder)
Survey0C0A (shortcut)
The Administartor and Local folders do not have any of the files we are searching for.
Thank you for reading my post, I hope you could please help me because I'm running out of ideas.

Yours Sincerely,
Ryan Nighel

A:System Hard Disk Troubleshooting

Hello Ryan and welcome to Seven Forums.

"For some reason the site from which I can download such programs were all blocked and the laptop was really struggling to perform."

That's what malware usually does ... blocks websites containing anti-malware help and slows things to a crawl. It might help to visit the anti-malware sites using a clean computer. Most of these reputable sites offer their anti-malware programs in a portable version called "emergency kit" or "portable app", "rescue CD", or something similar. (You install the program onto a CD or USB flash drive instead of trying to download it to the infected machine.) This previous Forum thread has some suggested products to look at:

What's the Best Anti-virus?

And here's a couple more suggested programs:

5 Best Portable Antivirus and Anti-Malware Software To Fix Threats Anywhere

Five portable antivirus and antimalware tools to carry with you at all times - TechRepublic

As far as copying your friend's infected C: drive to an external drive, I think that would lead to even more issues. There's no way of knowing how the multiple malware might affect the original C: drive let alone a copy of the drive. I'm not a security expert so hopefully others with more knowledge will jump in with suggestions. In the meantime, I'd try creating an emergency/rescue flash drive or CD and use it to clean the infected computer. Perhaps you can get it clean enough to install a traditional program... Read more

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hie there...
i am facing a very strange problem wid my pc..

earlier i was using a 40gb samsung harddisk..but due to bad sectors..i got a new hard between i was using a 10gb harddisk wid win98...i was not facing ne problem at all...
now, i have my new hard disk...its a samsung 40gb hard disk.,
and i switched on the pc,bootd from cdrom,and created 3 partitions....(installing xp over here.)
after creating partitions,(ntfs partions), installantions begins, and when the systems restarts in between for installation process,the win xp screen appears and in a 2-3 minutes,,the system is restarting...the is happening everytime...sometimes it restarts as soon as the xp screen appears,or after 10-15min,after taking the key,and the comp name.....
and i have tried 3 differents XP cds wid three different keys..but the same problem is there.... i dont know where the problem is..and now..if i install win98 on the same 40gb hard disk,its fine,the problem is not there..but now again i format this hard disk,start a fressh installation of xp ,and it restarts in between..and i have even tried dis wid another 40gb hard disk..same thing happening.. i m using samsung SP0411N..

PLSSSS HELP ME OUT...i really dont know wats the problem..wid other hard disk,which has 98...i m not facing ne probs at all..
here is my sys details... i have used Everest..

Motherboard: CPU Type Intel Pentium IIIE, 850 MHz (8.5 x 100)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset I... Read more

A:System is restarting wid New Hard Disk

sounds like a driver and/or update issue.

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The pc shows hard disk failure on the system diagnostic interface after running a hard disk test with a failure ID

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I have 2 pcs (an old IBM Aptiva with W95) and a newer generic PIII with Windows XP Home). The IBM Aptiva has blown its power supply. I want to rescue the data on it's 3.2 gig WD HD. It is currently jumpered as a single/master. I'm sure it would be fine with another power supply but since that is not an option, and all I want is to recover data like files and pics, can I rejumper it as a slave and put it in the newer computer and access the data?. Is there another way to access my old data?

A:Rescue data from W95 hard disk to an XP system

Putting in as another drive in XP is the easiest way to get things off it. XP will handle the FAT file system just fine and you can drag and drop,

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Assume I have a BIOS (=NON-UEFI) based system/motherboard with a first MBR based hard disk (which contain the winOS 7 system).

Now I want to attach a second, big (3 TB) hard disk.

Due to the size I have to set it up as GPT hard disk.

Can such a second GPT hard disk co-exist with a first MBR based hard disk (if it is attached directly
to the SATA mainboard slot)?

Assume I put the second GPT based hard disk into an external USB case.
Can such a second GPT hard disk co-exist with a MBR based system mentioned above?

If both answers are negative: Is there another solution (without migration to UEFI)?

I want to use the second hard disk only for data storage. No bootable system should be installed on it.

A:Can I run a second GTP hard disk on a NON-UEFI MBR based system?

Hello Peter,

Yes, that would work just fine since they are separate hard disks, and the GPT disk will not be an OS disk.

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I tried to open my computer and I got a screen saying:BootDevice not foundPlease install an operating system on your hard diskHard Disk - (3F0)F2 System DiagnosticsI have no clue what this means or how to fix it

A:Install Operating system on hard disk???

Lily, welcome to the forum. This error message is telling you that your hard drive has failed.  I suggest that you run the SMART test from the BIOS to make certain.  Your only option is to replace it if it has failed. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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Hi, new here, so let me know if I've posted in the wrong section.

I recently got a free subscription to Iolo System Mechanic 8. It picked up some problems, which I think were correct, however it also detected hard disk problems. I think it was right, as it was running slowly, and Office programs were also crashing. I upgraded the HD from the 80GB to a brand new WD 250GB 2.5".
I clean installed everything (Vista, Office2007 etc) and SM8. I ran it after installing the basic programs that I require, and it already is detecting hard disk errors! I used the Windows Error Checking utility, and it said that it was 'clean'.
Is it a common fault that SM8 picks up non-existent HD errors, or have I been sent a faulty HD.
Everything is running a lot faster, and not had any error messages.


A:System Mechanic 8 - Hard Disk Errors?

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Okay, so I had various issues months back and I had reported it here. My system had various problems because my HDD is failing, found temporary solutions, but seems like I should get a new HDD before I lose my data or my system goes down for a day or 2.

So shall I take a complete backup of the OS (i am not sure if it is possible), and everything and restore it on my new HDD?
I am not looking forward to have a fresh installation, cause this seems to be fine for now; so if there are no risks from taking complete system backup and restoring it on the new HDD, I would prefer so.
If that can be done and it's not too time-consuming, please show me the methods too.


Edit: Can my unresponsive Right click be related to the issue? Also sometimes mouse is unstable while drag and drop/selecting stuff.
Edit 2: The store from where I bought told me WD will replace the HDD since mine is in warranty period. Give me suggestions please. (in case if you will need any info, I stay in Mumbai,India)

A:[Failing hard disk] Shall I take a system backup?

SP33dyk, the best answer you need is YES, make an image backup if that is possible. You might want to copy all of your documents and data to an external drive.

YES back it up.


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Hello Guys,
I need a help. I just buyed a new Hard disk and When i connect this My system is not detecting anything in my pc so plzz help me
Here Some Screen Shots

A:System Didnt Detect Hard Disk

is this a USB connection for the drive ?

show a screen shot of my computer

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My commuter only works intermittently! Most the time it starts up it states "Boot Device Not Found" "Please install an operating system on your hard disk" no clue at to do. Sometimes after I plug it into its charger it works but most the time it does not.

A:Asking me to install an operating system on my hard disk.

jeanieq88 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about multiple problems with your laptop and wanted to help -- but need more information. Without your detailed product number, I can not confirm whether or not HP has Win10 drivers for your PC, so please follow the directions in this link to find the detailed product number of your PC: that is not possible, then look for a sticker on the PC that includes the product number and post that here.  If the battery is removable, the sticker is likely to be in the battery compartment. Also, need to know what Windows version your PC is running. We need that information because troubleshooting steps are different for the various Windows OSs.Here is a link on how to find that info: it's running Win10, did it come with that preinstalled? If not, what was the prior OS of the PC? We can proceed once you provide the information.Thanks

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Now this is one hell of an annoying problem:

I had this problem before, wtih my warcraft 3 periodically crashing on me by disconnecting me from when I play on I had no idea how to fix this and decided to scan my hard disk with seatools (I am using a baracuda model ST380817AS) and upon the file system check, it found errors. I decided to format the drives that had errors, which worked. I was overjoyed and becan to restore my computer's old settings when to my annoyance, warcraft 3 crashes again by giving me the disconnect to After this, I immediately check my hard disk and the file system is corrupted again!

Could this be my RAM? It should definately not be my software, especially after the reformatation. I am using Infineon RAM (I have never heard of this type of RAM before...), x2 sticks of 512 megabytes in Dual-Channel Mode (supposedly, if my motherboard works).

Someone please help!

A:Hard Disk File System Error....

whats the power supply specs?
to test your ram, use memtest from the link below, 1 stick at a time
post back

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i can not boot my windows 7 it show me error as in photo

i boot using usb then when i get to system recovery option my partition size was 0 mb
so i get to cmd command and i type diskpart then list volume and it show that my c drive and d drive is in
i do not want to format my drive there is alot important files
i tried minitool partition recovery wizard in boot mode since i can not enter to windows
and it show me 2 drive
1 is unallocated the type is logical
2 show me 3 partition 10.3 GB - 100 MB - 683 GB and the 3 of them the unused space is 0 B
and the file system is "other" the type is primry
what should i do so i do not loss all my files

please help

A:my primary hard disk c + d are in raw file system

you could try creating a UBUNTU DVD or USB drive and booting from that device , and also running from the device - DO NOT install on the drives
you may then be able to get to the data - depending on whats happened on the drives

If you cannot boot windows on Your PC , this can be a useful test to see if the hardware is working and also if necessary be able to copy all your data to an external harddrive.

This information quite long, as i have tried to provide as much detailed infomation as possible

UBUNTU Stand Alone DVD

Note the latest version of UBUNTU needs a DVD to use and boot from

if you only have CDs then you can use an older version, version 10 or 11 from this archive list

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 any of your data off.

If you have another PC with a DVDwriter and Blank writable DVD
Download the ISO

UBUNTU version 14
For almost all PCs. The following ISO 32Bit image will work on most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors.

You can also run from a USB device now - if t... Read more

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I have provided Disk information in the attachment.

Disk 0 - Partition C (System) and Partiton E (Data)
Disk 1 - Partiton D(Win7 OS) and Partiton F(WinXP)

To boot I need Disk 0 as it has the system partiton, which got messed up during installation of WinXP and it didn't change when I installed Win7 in my current dual boot System. It is working fine today as long as I connceted the Disk0. If I remove Disk0 and set the boot order to Disk1 I am getting the ntldr missing error and the system refuses to boot.

I need help in moving the System parttion to one of the existing OS partition or to a new partition in Disk1 so that I can get rid of the old Disk0 completely without disturbing my current dual boot system.

I am not able to find any straight forward safe solution to move the system partition. As it contains the boot information of both XP and Win7. Any help will be highly appreciated to do so without installing any of the existing OS. Thank you


A:Need help in moving the System partition to a different Hard disk

In what OS were you booted when making the screenshot? Win7 is letter D and XP is letter F.... the current OS is always C if you do a clean install from CD/DVD.

Boot to win7 please. In Elevated Command Prompt do:

bcdedit /enum all>c:\bcd.txt
Post c:\bcd.txt afterwards as attachment

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I turned on my computer and got this message '"boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard drive."'.... Please can someone tell me what to do?

A:how to install an operating system on my hard disk

Greetings, Please provide more information: Product number Did you upgrade to Win 10 and what operating system did your PC have when purchased? Either I or someone else can help but we need more specific information on what is happening. Your problem could be the Win 10 upgrade, or a disconnected HDD/motherboard cable, or a failed HDD. Cheers!  

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hey guys, iv set my hard drives to sleep after 20 minutes inactivity(all except c:\ which runs on a separate physical disk).

the problem is that when any other drive wakes up, the whole system stalls and waits for it to fully spin up before resuming whatever it was doing(eg. playing a game of team fortress, or watching a video)

is there anyway to stop the stalling while still allowing my hard disks to go to sleep?

A:waking hard disk stalls system

Having this same annoying problem

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First and foremost, hello to everyone.

Usually, I can solve my own problems involving computers and windows, but this time I'm kind of desperate. I need help figuring out what's wrong with my new laptop.

I bought an acer 4830TG in august 2011. Here's the description:
AS4830TG-2434G75MN | Product Model
(I'm sorry for the French, I couldn't find the exact same model on the US site)

Everything worked fine with it. It was a very good machine... So when it was stolen from me I bought the exact same model and things went sour:

I burned the recovery discs and subsequently installed a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
Then I carefully installed all the necessary drivers etc... Exactly as i did with the first one.

The problem is that every time i start an application that read/writes to the hard drives intensively, everything slows down, hangs or crash.

For example:

When making a copy from my desktop computer over the network (directly through a crossed cat5e cable), the throughput initially reaches 50-70 Mb/s and rapidly comes down to 10-15 Mb/s. At this point, I can't to do anything with my laptop while copying in background... My browser is unresponsive for several seconds at a time, then is responsive again, then is unresponsive etc... If I try to play a video with VLC it seems it can't buffer more than 10 seconds of video before buffering again for several seconds (I solved that particular issue by moving the video file to a ramdisk prior to playback)... Simpl... Read more

A:Hard Disk overload and system hanging

Do you get the same behavior if:

Anti-virus is disabled?

All non-Microsoft services are disabled?

Startup tab in msconfig has nothing checked?

When booted into safe mode?

When simply copying a large file from folder A to folder B?

I"m just stabbing in the dark here.

What is revealed about running processes when you look at Task Manager and/or Resource Monitor?

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I turned on my computer and got this message '"boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard drive."'.... Please can someone tell me what to do?

A:how to install an operating system on my hard disk

The message that you are receiving means that your hard drive has failed.  Your only option is to buy a new one.  You should buy one the same size or larger than the one being replaced to assure that the Recovery media works with it. For future reference, when requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Strangest thing!

I have two IDE drives as master and slave on same ribbon controller. The primary drive repeatedly clicks and whirs loudly during boot up, crashing the system before Windows has even loaded - but ONLY when the slave drive is connected!

When I disconnect the slave drive, the primary disk behaves itself and boots windows normally in silence!!!

I assume my primary drive is in the process of dying, but why does it malfunction only when the slave drive is connected? Could it be a power supply issue?

My system:

Athlon XP2600
300W PSU
Nforce 2 board
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
Hammerfall PCI sound card


A:Hard disk CLICKING and CRASHING system!!

Are you sure it's not the slave drive causing the crash and making noises?

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Hi! Can someone help me out? I just installed a second hard disk on my MSI GT780 machine with 8GB of RAM, both drives are detected working perfectly.

The old hdd, a generic 5400 rpm, is mainly for storage and the new one, 7200 rpm is where I installed my OS. Both are 500GB in capacity. The only thing I noticed is that I'm getting some lags, CPU usage would spike up to 90-100%, RAM never goes over 50% while gaming (Batman Arkham City and Battlefield 2).

This never happened before I added the 2nd hdd and before then, I can have 2 games in the background (GTA4 & Battlefield 3) while browsing and music steaming with no problems at all.

I updated the motherboard and VGA drivers after a fresh install on the new hdd.
I'm using a 64bit W7 Ultimate using the same installer I had for the old hd.


A:System Slows After Adding Second Hard Disk

Are they both SATA's?

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I got a new laptop a few hours ago and this is all I've done with it since then:

1) Made back up disks
2) Installed Firefox
3) Installed Adblock
4) Installed avast anti-virus free
5) Restarted
6) Messed around on facebook and checked my e-mail
7) Played solitaire/hearts
8) Uninstalled Norton internet security 2009 using control panel (I know it doesn't delete everything)
9) Restarted computer
10) Played Solitaire

Five minutes after playing solitaire it froze and a black screen came up saying boot 030 'please install operating system'. I did a diagnostic on start-up and run-in, both turned out fine. When I ran a diagnostic on the hard disk it said there was no hard disk detected. I didn't know what else to do so I restarted it. Everything restarted fine, I logged in and went to the internet to see if I could find out what had happened. Five minutes in same thing happened. I restarted again and checked avast. It said that my antivirus software was out of date so I tried updating but it didn't want to update, said that the package was broken. It was suggested that avast was the problem so I uninstalled and restarted, same problem.

I'm currently at a loss on what else to do short of using my back up disks to restore my laptop.

It's an hp dv6-2066dx, 6gb ram, 320 gb harddrive, duel-core amd, running on windows 7.

A:Operating System/hard disk not detected

Take it back...with a pc you have a few days to return...10 or 15{dis satisfaction}
Try another one

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after try to clean up the laptop ,i can't start it again its say boots device not found,to install operating system on the hard disk.I have done system diagnostic its pass all  of them but wont reboots,i got the information visit ;,that;s it thanks for helping.

A:need to install operating system on the hard disk

how to install operating system on the hard disk? 

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hey all! just googled pc forums and this site came up. its amazing!!!! going to be up all night reading some tips and stuff cos this is one huge forum.

I live in west yorkshire currently, soon to be the dales when the house completes. Beginner at pc's and am a financial recruitment consultant during the day.

good to be here! will be doing more reading than posting though!

got a bit of a problem that I could do with some help with:
my system is grinding to a halt.

i have 80gb hard drive but only 9gb left.

i am going to back up my music and pictures but they only add up to 4gb which means I am still losing masses of space.

is there anyway I can search to clear more hard drive space?? where do all the move clips go when you stream them??

this is wierd - i dont have 70gb worth of rubbish on my system.

any advice greatly appreciated!!!


A:freeing hard disk space on my system

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If I'm not mistake, this P75 system I'm playing with is not going to recognize at the very most, an 8gb drive (Maybe even less like 4gb or 2gb?).

I was thinking if I partitioned the drive in 8gb partitions (or a size it can handle), then it might be able to read it? But it seems to me that is more on the software level and not the hardware level.

What can I do to get around this?

A:13gb+ hard disk on a Pentium 75Mhz system?

I believe its more an issue of the hard drive geometry that the BIOS can address.... Partitioning it into 8 GB chucks won't help because its not the volume size that's the problem (that's more down to the file system and the operating system) its the actual physical or logically translated layout of the drive itself which is too much for the BIOS.

You could try a BIOS upgrade to fix this, or purchase a seperate PCI IDE controller card which will have its own BIOS.

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I recently upgraded a PC and bought a Seagate Barracuda 250Gb HD. I found how to transfer the XP etc from the old Maxtor 80Gb and went through the routine. All seemed OK until I looked at the new disk which has been reduced to the samesize as the old one!
What went wrong?
Unfortunately, events overtook me and since I started I have had the whole house in a mess with renovations etc. so can't recall exactly what i did. I have tried to re-format the 250Gb drive but it just comes up as 76.2Gb and stops part way through.
Surely the darned transfer hasn't ruined the drive?

A:Transfering file system has shrunk my hard disk

My guess is that the old drive had an overlay installed. When you cloned the drive, that was also copied. It could also be that when you cloned the drive, you copied exact partition sizes.

To fix.
1 Boot with the seatools for dos boot disk and zero fill the seagate drive. Note this destroys ALL data on the drive. Make sure you backup anything important.
2 Boot with your xp CD with at least sp1 already on the CD. Clean install windows.

Your drive will now be 250gig. Note you must have an install CD with at least sp1. If your install CD does not have sp1 or later, you will end up with 127gig or so on the drive.

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Along with a slew of "System message - Write Fault Error" Popups, and a Popup that has a bunch of what I assume is Russian Chars that ends with "DFS has stopped working", the top Popup reads "System Error. Hard Disk failure detected".

I have read the Prep guide and will include the output of DDS below.

Looking forward to getting this crap off of my machine.

Thanks for being here, your expertise is much appreciated.


DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421
Run by Don at 10:56:55 on 2012-09-25
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.6143.5233 [GMT -4:00]
AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows&... Read more

A:System Error. Hard Disk failure detected

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At the ... Read more

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the desktop background is now black, a get a dozen pop ups that states:

System Message - Write Fault Error
A write command during the test has failed. This may be due to media or read/write error. The system gemeratesan exception error when using a reference to an invalid system memory address.

Then I get a pop up that states:

System Error. Hard Disk Failure Detected
It's highly recomended to run a complete HDD scan to prevent loss of personal files
Run Scan or Close and Restart
The desktop has been wipe clean except for the the recycle bin, internet explorer(which doesn't work) & windows explore. All my other files & programs are gone. There is also nothing in the start up menue except for windows word. Not even the control panel is showing.
Starting in Safe Mode, the desktop & start menue are the same, except i dont get the pop ups.

i wanted to try and run rkill from my flash drive, but i cant even get to the driver to start it.

Any help would be great


A:System Error. Hard Disk Failure Detected

Boot into safemode with networkingDownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan resultsDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results hereDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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I originally posted on the "Am I Infected" Forum, but think it probably will end up here. Apologies for posting on both.
Good Morning,

Have run into a problem removing some malware. We have successfully removed malware from this and other computers in the past, but ran into an issue this morning.

Computer is running XP SP3. This morning, we found that there were a large of number of "critical hard drive" alerts, both in the task bar and in pop ups (Red icon in taskbar with white x in it?). None of those files were clicked and we rebooted into safe mode with networking. However, once logged in as the same user that was logged in previously, we are unable to run rkill.exe (or several of its renamed versions) and are also unable to install malwarebytes. Both programs receive "access denied" errors.

Appreciate any assistance that can be provided!
Wanted to add a little more information.

The main dialog box (lots of cascading dialog boxes) listed "System Error. Hard Disk Failure detected. It's highly recommended to run complete HDD scan to prevent loss of personal files." The two buttons were 'scan and repair' or 'cancel and restart.' (Didn't click any of these)

In the taskbar, the pop up says "Critical Error. Drive sector not found error."

Thanks again.

A:System Error. Hard Disk Failure Detected

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I have a 1 TB western digital external portable hard disk (of my passport series).
It was perfectly fine, until now. Whenever I try to access it, my system hangs. And sometimes it does open but it takes a awful lot of time. What maybe the reason for this. Can anyone help me on this matter?

A:System hangs when external hard disk is accessed

Hello Shwetha, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this is an eSATA drive, then double check in your advanced power plan settings to see if you may have set Turn off hard disk after X amount of minutes. If so, then set it to Never to see if that may be the issue.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

Hope this helps,

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I have windows vista on an acer aspire. about an hour ago, I got an error message that said " system error. hard disk failure detected". after that I got about 50 error messages all layered on top of each other, with 2 options I can't remember. I was then reading about this possible virus online when my desktop folders disappeared and soon the computer shut itself off. I restarted and got all the error messages again, but was able to get on to the internet (under the start menu all the programs were gone, but when I went to all programs you could see them). but again the computer shut itself off (after i tried to close some of the error windows which were blocking my view of the web browser).

now I tried to restart my computer again but it will not start. instead it is giving me a window with the option to repair or restore.

I am on my phone posting to this site, hoping someone can help.

I do not have a cd/dvd drive, btw.

A:system error. hard disk failure detected

Have you ran mbam yet?

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I'm not sure if it's part of a malware, trojan or something that some games cannot be installed. I understand that compatibility problems might surface with Windows Vista but this is a case where I can't install the games which my friends can.

Can someone help me check my log for stuffs which is not supposed to be there? Or maybe something is supposed to be there?

Btw, I'm losing lots of hard disk space. It's running out fast too. It might be the works of Vista log files...or virus.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:43:10 AM, on 9/7/2007
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Bioscrypt\VeriSoft\Bin\AsGHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\SMSERIAL\sm56hlpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\DAP\DAP.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
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Hard disk drive is causing computer to freeze when I try to open it from my computer icon. I do not have any access to files on disks. Windows 98 operating system..


A:Please Help...hard Disk Drive Causing System To Freeze

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Hi everyone. First post at BC.
I'm trying to restore from a system image to the  single 1TB HDD that is working from my RAID 0 Array after one of the member disks gave up the ghost, until I replace the other one, but unfortunately it would appear that even though my system image is only around 500GB and I'm restoring to a 1TB disk it fails because the destination partition needs to be as big or bigger than the original partition from which the image was made. Now I don't know if that means the entire RAID disk ie 1.8 TB or just the original C drive (virtual disk) with a partition around 900 GB. I can't remember exactly but if it was bigger than the current 931 GB partition it will fail. At least I hope that is the situation, as all I need to do is replace the second disk and rebuilt the RAID Assembly. My question is now: I know that you need to have 2 identical drives for RAID 0 but how identical do they need to be? Do they need to be the same make and model as well as the same size. I presume they both need to have the same spin speed ie 7,200 rpm, but what about cache size and SATA type eg II or III. In other words can I buy a similar spec HDD to go with the original working one or would I need to get 2 new identical drives as the original is at least 4 years old?
Thanks in advance. 

A:Restoring from a Windows 7 System Image to New Hard Disk

Did you format the disk before adding it to the array?

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The above tests failed, and the SMART, Memory, and Battery tests passed.  I was having trouble with one program so I rean these diagnostics.  The failure ID is 9LGDWX-5M984B-MFH15G-60SN03.  What does the failure code mean?  If I need a new hard drive, how do I know what one to get?

A:DST, Run-In, System Tune Up, and Hard Disk tests failed- Wha...

Dear Customer , Greetings for the day!!!  HDD IS FAULTY !!!  Hard Disk 1 Quick Test Failure - 9LGDWX-5M984B-MFH15G-60SN03 as per the description is hard drive is faulty depending on the noteook details please contact the HP REP from the country of purchase i am sure you will be provided the best solutions from us.

I'm an HP Employee.The opinions expressed here are my personal opinions, not of HP.Click on Thumbs up if my post helped you.Make it easier for other people to find solutions, by marking an answer ?Accept as Solution? if it solves your problem.Regards,Vijay

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I am currently working on windows 7, and I restored my system using "system restore". Previously, I had two partitions of hard disk namely C and E. Now I can't see the E drive in "My Computers", however it is still visible in Disk Management. But when I right click on the E drive only "help" option is shown.

How do I access the "E" drive. Any help would be hugely appreciated

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My current system is running Win7 with SATA configured as AHCI.
I have an old desktop running WinXP but with SATA configured as IDE.

May I ask : Is it safe (in terms of data reliability) to plug the old WinVista HD in the current system for retrieving data files ?

A:plugging old SATA hard disk in AHCI system

Why do you mention the XP machine ?

Yes, it`s safe.

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I have written this thread originally in JustLinux Forum. In view of the fact that it may be useful to MS Windows users I have re-written it to suit the non-Linux users. The method can be used on a healthy system or just to salvage data off an unbootable system.


Step 1 &#8211; use Linux dd commands to clone the original disk to the new bigger hard disk (only two terminal commands and one of which is optional)
Step 2 &#8211; use Gparted or Parted Magic to resize the partitions to absorb the extra space (Optional if you want to use up the spare space in the larger hard disk)

Theoretical consideration (User not interested in the theory can skip the black section and go straight to the blue text

With hard disks getting bigger in capacity and selling cheaper per Gb many PC users can now afford to upgrade the hard disk to a bigger unit. Migrating an operating system to a different hard disk can be hazardous because the integrity of the filing system and the boot loader may be affected in the new home. However if the basic rules are adhered to then the migration can be effortless.

This thread is written to show how to use a Linux Live CD, of either Gparted or Parted Magic, to clone from a smaller source disk into a bigger target disk. Both Gparted or Parted Magic are now available as free downloadable bootable iso images. Just download any one of them, burn the iso into a bootable CD and yo... Read more

A:How to migrate an operating system to a bigger hard disk.

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I have a system that was custom built about 3 years ago - Guy put XP pro on it, but wasn't a "valid key". I just purchased a full version of XP Pro, and am trying to reformat my hard drive with this (I was told on a forum about 9 mos ago that my registry was seriously screwed and this was the only option). Got it to boot from the new XP CD - but then says cannot find any hard disk drives installed in computer. I have 2 hard drives - one removable (hoping to save some pics on this and not have to reformat this). Thanks for your help - Moe

A:Reformat Of Xp Pro - System Can't Find Any Hard Disk Drives

What kind of hard drive is it? IDE, SATA or SCSI? Is the drive recognized by the bios?

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Ok so i have bought a new hard drive for my netbook, which currently has windows 7 32 bit installed

I need to backup all my installed programs/system and re-install on the new hard drive.
Whats the easiest way to go about doing this without using 3rd party software.
Files/Librarys are of no concern

Everywhere i have looked i am told:

- Need to create a system image to recover from (check)
- need to make a bootable USB Drive (cant do because i dont have a windows 7 CD or a CD drive) to install windows 7 from

I have a recovery partition on my current HDD but i dont know how to go about doing this

p.s. I have an external hard drive i can use, aswell as an 8gb USB stick

A:New Hard Drive for a Netbook - System Image/Bootable USB disk

I know absolutely nothing about netbooks.

But if the procedure is the same as on a PC, you would:

1: Make an image file of your current hard drive using Windows Backup and store the image on your external hard drive
2: Install the new hard drive
3: Restore the image from the external hard drive to the new hard drive

No need for USB stick.

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I was wondering after all the normal cleaning and maintenance how do I fix my problem when I get an error on my photo program that says not enough disk space on hard drive containing your system folder, need to free up more space. I have a new computor that has
dual core processor
3.20 ghz
4GB RAM memory
871 GB of free space
win 7
I Have oen pcture open that I am trying to print as a bussiness card that I want to print in a multiple print on a page of 10 and it won't allow me to print. Can someone please help me.

A:free disk space on system folder hard drive?

You have 871 gb of free space yet it is saying that you have no free space? I doubt that is true, can you show me a screenshot of Computer to see the 'free space' on your drives.


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Hello everybody.
I have 3 HDD, 500GB that I use for storing files, downloads and games - all the stuff I don't need much. Other is 1TB that holds 2 disks, 100GB system disk and remaining space for programs, music, documents - important stuff. And the third is 1TB and I want it to be used as a backup HDD. So what I want is to have a complete backup of system disk and important stuff and ignore the 500GB HDD. I set the backup to be performed everyday at 4 am since I don't turn off my PC. Recently I noticed that system image started to require that 500GB disk. I was wondering why? All it has is a folder with one game that I didn't even install - just copied, and a Downloads folder. I installed Dues Ex 3 on this disk but removed since. Can I somehow manually find the reson for this disk to be necessary for system image and eliminate it?

So what I need is to always have a most recent backup of one 1TB HDD on another 1TB HDD. And it would be nice to have a system saved as well so if my HDD crashes I won't have to reinstall everything. If this is too much to ask from Windows 7 I guess I'll just have the files backed up, without the system.

A:Hard disk required for Windows system image, though it shouldn't be

Hello Pokrishka, and welcome to Seven Forums.

On the 1TB HDD that you want to use to save system images to, did you do any of the following:Move the page file to it, or set to have a page file on
Move any user folders to it
The HDD or a partition on the 1TB HDD is listed with "system" in Disk Management

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I have had some problems in the last few days where playing youtube videos or netflix was very very choppy.

I looked into these performance issues and in order to avoid standard responses: I cleared my browser cache and clean up my flash player junk with Ccleaner as well.

Doing some observation of my task manager quickly gave me an answer to my problem: System and compressed memory would constantly use about 50% of my HDD capacity and especially when a new webpage is opened or a new program is started on my computer, it would peak to over 80% for this process with total overall HDD usage at 99%. This is what causes my videos to be very choppy, especially in the beginning.

I have no clue what to do with this or what causes this process togo bazerk like this. Does it have to do with power settings? I tried changing from high performance to balanced or energy saving, but that doesn't do much at all. Doesit have to do with recent tweaks in my Nvidia control panel to optimize my GPU performance for certain games? A quick look at my current global GPU settings say that it's all pretty default at the moment. I also changed from Norton 360 to Avast internet security lately, though I reckon it las little to do with it (i'm just desperate for answers lol)

The internet provides no answers, so I hope you guys could enlighten me.

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ok my sister formatted her hard drive to wipe it out and reinstall windows...ok she gets an invalid system disk error ...replace disk...and blah...blah...blah...well there is no disk in computer....yes i have tried booting from a win floppy...made numerous copies tried them all...all connections are tight...she has a western digital hard drive even tried their tools...just will not do

A:formatted hard drive...invalid system disk error

If its not booting from a correctly formatted and created boot floppy, then you need to go into the BIOS and make the floppy drive higher in the boot order than the Hard Drive. Sounds like its still finding the Hard Drive, or you are not correctly formatting and creating a boot floppy with all the system files and the boot sector files.

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Last April, my hard drive (running Vista) crashed. I received a new one with no OS, and my school installed windows 7 professional on it, giving me the MSDN-AA "Enterprise" product key but no install disk. I have since graduated, and my hard drive has crashed again. I've been able to make a system repair disk, but it won't let me make a system image or back up because the shadow copy is timing out (I'm only getting my files to an external HD by copying and pasting...). Windows won't mail me a disk because they say my school has to do it. Since I have graduated, my school won't mail me the install disk, even though I still have my old product key. My new hd comes on monday, with no OS.

I have the Vista installation CD's, so I suppose I'll install Vista for now, but I'd like to re-install Windows 7 onto the clean disk or at least upgrade vista to windows 7 - any ideas?

A:New Hard drive, same prod. key, no system image, no install disk?!

Unfortunately, since you no longer qualify for the MSDNAA option, you will need to purchase a retail/upgrade version of Windows 7..

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I just got infected by the virus/scareware "system fix". Which I already seem to have got ridden of, thanks to Malwarebytes Anti Malware. Only the hard disk is used now more often, even when the system is not in use. The system reads/accesses the hard disk now every second, which is not normal. I dont remember that it accessed the hard disk that often in idle. And there are still some few files, that got installed with "System Fix" and I found an invokesi.exe stored in Users/public, which seems to be something bad too.

My system is Win 7 professional 64b and my av-scanner is the free version of Avira Anti-Vir.

Here the background how the infection happened and what I did so far:
I was just browsing the web with the firefox 9 (beta) until it completly disappeared. Avira Anti-Vir (free version) informed my about a malicious file (I dont know the name anymore), which was placed in a temp folder (as far as I remember the temp folder by Firefox, but I'am not shure). I just deleted the file and ignored it, since I was browsing on only pretty well known sites and big communitys which I have been on for many years now nor download anything from an unsecure source. Then I restarted Firefox which just restored my last session.
Now the madness begann. Firefox disappeared again. My wallpaper was black, I was not able to reach the task manager, almost every folder and file was about to get hidden and a lot of messages and warnings appeared (which I just i... Read more

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Hey there, so I've just been looking at my old desktop PC and i was looking into the system restore settings and seen that 12% of disc space is reserved for restore points. i've changed this 10% now as the PC barely gets any use anyway, will that be ok? (Equates to about 10GB)
I also noticed that my 2nd hard drive was enabled for system restore... However, this drive only has media on it, no programs, no operating system nothing, just music files.  Now my question is, can i use this drive for system restore points even though the OS is not installed on it? The Reason I ask is because i have a lot more free space on this drive...  If not, should I just go ahead and disable monitoring on that drive?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

First of all yes, 10% is fine. Second, system restore keeps it's files in a hidden folder named "System Volume Information", and there is one of those folders on each drive on which System Restore is enabled. Last, the system restore points for any given drive MUST be stored on that drive.
Personally, I'd suggest disabling system restore completely and using disc imaging software instead.

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Re: "Boot mgr missing press ctrl + alt + delete to continue". My friend recently plugged my 120gb hardrive into his external disk reader, right clicked on the drive when shown in "my computer" then clicked "Format" to clear the disk. I then plugged it back into my PC to reinstall Windows XP onto a clean disk only to find that an error message appeared reading "Boot mgr missing press ctrl + alt + delete to continue". I have pressed these keys yet nothing is happening. I have tried to boot from the windows disk but obviously it cant boot as "Boot mgr" is missing. Is their any way I can install windows or the Boot mgr file onto this disk or is it now a 120GB storage device. PLEASE HELP. Also if any one out there can help please use simple terms to explain as I am far from computer literate.

Many thanks

A:Solved: Boot mgr missing on hard disk - No Op system installed yet.

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I have a Lenovo R61 with a Windows XP operating system.

So this is what has happened so far:

I was working on my computer when I noticed that I was suddenly getting continuous popups. Realizing that I had either spyware or a virus, I tried loading my McAfee and Spybot applications. For some reason, they were not loading, and then I noticed that I suddenly had porn thumbnails being downloaded onto my desktop. I quickly used my external hard drive and saved my pictures and documents. Then, I tried to restart my computer. I've been trying everything I know to get my computer back, but I keep getting blocked at every turn.

When I try to restart my computer, it goes to the windows login screen, which it used to always bypass. When I press enter without inputting a password, it states that I am "logging in" and then immediately changes to "logging off" and forces my computer to restart.

When I try to load in safe mode, it scrolls through a few pages of script and then errors on me and says that I cannot go into safe mode.

I changed my boot device to boot from my cd drive in order to reformat using a legal Windows XP cd. When I try this, it tells me that my hard disk drives are undetected.

When I try to do a full recovery through Thinkvantage's recovery program, it says that it cannot be done.

I have run diagnostics on my hard drive, and now I am doing the same through BIOS. So far, it seems unaffected.

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I have recently re installed windows 7 on two computers, and both are now experiencing HDD failure. Is it a coincidence, or am I doing something horribly wrong? 

A:Re-installing the opperating system causing hard disk failure.

I think it's just a coincidence. The lifespan of HDDs vary greatly, so there's no telling when one's going to fail.

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I installed an empty HD on my PC in order to image a ReplayTV DVR drive. I ran the software and just about 1/2 through my PC unexpectedly rebooted. On reboot, windows restarted, but froze before the user login screen. At this point, the drive started making noise. I shut it down immediately.

Since I have a spare cloned drive, I removed the bad WD drive and installed the cloned. Unfortunately, the cloned drive has not been updated in 6 months, but it runs fine. I'm just missing a few new programs and all my emails.

I downloaded Acronis True Image, with the hope I can clone my bad drive and install the image on a brand new drive. I installed the bad HD on an external USB enclosure and ran the WD diagnostic tool. The drive passed all the tests, no errors found. I also ran the Windows disk utility programs and no errors were found, but the disk was fragmented. I then backed-up the drive using the Acronis software.

Since the drive passed all the tests and wasn't making noise, I thought I would reinstall the bad HD and see if it starts. It started and got past BIOS, but then everythings stops and I receive this message "please insert system disk." I restarted again and check BIOS and the HD is recognized.

Anyone know why the HD won't boot. Did the MBR get messed-up.

I tried restoring the backup of the bad drive to a new HD this morning, but the system froze on me.

Any ideas on whats happening.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Error - Insert System Disk

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Found this problem yesterday when I tried doing a clean install of Win7 due to virus-like Windows behaviour. I've had no issues previously with any HDD's. I have 2 HDD's, one internal partitioned into C and D drive, the other external as F drive (by personal choice). My system partition and recovery partition are undiscoverable in Windows' Disk Management tool, by Windows Setup, and it seems Device Manager. They are seen by Windows Explorer though. Can anyone please help with this BAFFLING situation?

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Hello all ,,

I have that problem when I tried to install win xp sp 2

what I have is sp1 ,,

my MB is :


VIA P4M800 chipset

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 80GB Hard Drive
6V080E0, Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s, 7200 RPM, OEM

I think there is something to do with the BIOS

But I'm not quit sure what to change

plz help how to let the win cd installation can be able to see
the HD ????

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drivrs installed in your system!

Firstly you need to check on the initial boot screen or in the bios to make sure bios sees your drives, but I think the problem is that you have a sata hard drive and some boards will not see these drives unless you install drivers.

What you need to do is go onto the site that made your mobo, or use your setup cd (from another computer) And find the sata drivers - they will not be the windows drivers but a small driver utility that you can extract to a floppy disk - when you extract the drivers you should have several files, one of them will be called something like textsetup.oem or something similar, then you know you have the right one, once you have extracted these to floppy you can run the windows cd again from the computer your uinstalling windows to (If you dont have a floppy you need to attach one temporarily) and as XP is loading, insert the floppy).

Now at the first blue screen of XP setup it will be loading drivers at the bottom of the screen, and it will say press F6 or F* (one of the two) to install aditional drivers, press this key, then it will read the floppy and give you the option to install your boards sata drivers - if there are several drivers install them all one by one.

After you have done this setup will continue and it will find your drive.

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Compaq Presario C350EA
It has NO floppy disk drive

The problem - I installed Fedora 8 (linux) about a week ago, after trying to get my wireless to work, i decided to go back to windows.
I booted from the CD and installed XP. When i started the computer, it would not go past the XP loading screen instead it flashed blue screen and reseted and kept looping.
So, i booted from Darik's Boot and Nuke and did the automatic wipe.
Now the problem is that whenever i insert the XP CD i get the message "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system" and therefore can't install.

I have been reading up on this topic and it seems that to get the XP CD to install you have to install some sort of driver from a floppy disk during the XP installation... The fact of the matter is, im out of my comfort zone!

Any help would be appreciated

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system

The doesnt appear to be an option to do this in the bios

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Hi guys, this is the first time I have faced such a powerful enemy.
My laptop HDD keeps running all the time. System restore has been disabled. Windows explorer keeps restarting. Norton AV has been disabled. PC takes an hour to restart.
Ctrl+Alt+del takes a long time to show up and does not work sometimes.
When I try to cancel smss.exe process, I get Access denied message.

If I try to do any windows related operation like open control panel etc, the windows explorer restarts and I also get a bunch of error messages all windows related like -
Host process for windows services stopped working
Reliability analysis metrics calculation executable stopped working and was closed.

If I hard restart, I have gotten to a clean start once out of say 6 restarts. But then the PC restarted overnight and in the morning, hard disk was spinning constantly.

I ran a trendmicro scan, nothing turned up.
Installed pareto logic AV, the damn thing keeps updating forever.
Same thing with norton.

Is my OS screwed? or is it a virus?

My OS is VISTA Home premium
Laptop is compaq CQ50 142US

A:Hard disk running continuously, system restore disabled

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I just got a brand new Vista x64 desktop PC today, and I've been spending all day getting everything installed and properly set up.
I just can't decide what to do with the system restore feature though. In the Windows scheduler I've blocked it from running after system startup, settling for a supposed once a day restore point creation.

Unfortunately that's not really how things work in the real world - I feel like I can't do a damn thing without Vista deciding it had better spend yet another ten minutes creating a new restore point. Obviously a lot of that is due to all the day one application installs I've been doing, but even on my previous Vista PC (a laptop), I would usually see several restore point creations every day through what constitutes normal PC use for me.

What makes it damn near unbearable with my new PC is that the hard disk is much louder than the 5400 rpm disk in my laptop. I had feared that the GTX 260 graphics card in the new system would be the "trouble maker", but compared to a round of restore point writing, it's almost completely silent even under heavy load .

Right now I'm seriously tempted to turn off system restore - I managed fine without it through six years with Windows 2000 after all. But on the other hand it also seems like it could be a life saver.
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A:System Restore hard disk trashing is driving me nuts


You can stop and start system restore manually - I do it all the time.

Type services.msc in start search box - when it pops up may as well rt click and pin to start menu.

Click it to open it - scroll down to Volume Shadow Copy - rt click , select properties - in the drop down flap, Disable and then Stop the service.

Don't forget to reverse the steps when you want to create a restore point , or do a system restore.

FYI - the other services that need to be running to create a point or restore it are Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider, and Task Scheduler - you should be fine to leave those as they are.


Hope it helps.

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Hi, im having a problem trying to create a system image and store it in my external hdd.
This isnt the first time i use the windows backup to create a system image, ive done it before using this external hdd with no problems at all.
But now, for some reason it wont detect this hard drive, it only gives me the option to store the image on a dvd, i dont know why?, i tested the hard drive on a different computer and IT WORKS, i tried to create an image and it does work.

Heres a picture so you guys can see the problem:

sorry the image is kinda big, but as you can see on the left, windows DOES detect the hard drive, BUT when i try to create the image, it simply doesnt, it only gives me the dvd option.
i hope you guys can help me here, thanks a lot

A:Create system image won't detect external hard disk

You have not stated the App you are using to create the sysrem image. Please tell us.

I have experienced the same thing once in a way with Acronis but the issue always gets resolved by restarting Acronis. You may try to restart your imaging App to see if the matter gets resolved. But I suspect that you may have already done that to no effect.

The next thing to do would be to change your image back-up App. This might succeed. Please try it out and let us have the results.

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When I boot, the hard disk light flashes more or less normally until the logon screen is presented. Then the HD light goes into a constant on state. Anything after this is very slow. I would estimate on the order of 1000:1 or more slower than usual. During a normal boot (not to safe mode) it took about 3 hours for the desktop to begin populating with the pre-icons. A couple of the icons eventually showed up after another hour but I forced a reboot to safe mode. Safe Mode is similarly slow but I think it does a lot less so it doesn’t take as long. It can get the desktop fully populated in about an (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 MINIMALInternet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_32Run by dhains at 12:06:21 on 2012-09-24Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1729 [GMT -5:00].AV: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {A1C4F2E0-7FDE-4917-AFAE-013EFC3EDE33}AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {EDB4FA23-53B8-4AFA-8C5D-99752CCA7095}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exeD:\Program Files\KEDITW\KEDITW32.EXE.============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============.uSearch Page = hxxp:// Page = hxxp:// Read more

A:Hard Disk Light constant--extremely slow system response

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