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Must turn external hard drive off and on after reboot in order to use it

Q: Must turn external hard drive off and on after reboot in order to use it

Minor but annoying problem here.

I have 2 external 300GB hard drives (IDE type) connected via USB. Let''s call them D drive and E drive.

Well, let's say that I have them both turned on while my system is on and for some reason I have to reboot my system. Well, once my system is rebooted and up and running again I can start using D drive right away. But if I want to use the E drive, I have to turn the drive off then back on again in order for the system to recognize the drive after the system reboot.

It's always been this way ever since I got the drives about 8 months ago or so. I only now just decided to post about it since it's only a minor annoyance.

Anyone know why the D drive is ready to use after a system reboot without having to turn it off then on again whereas the E drive isnot?

Would love the E drive to behave like the D drive, of course.


A: Must turn external hard drive off and on after reboot in order to use it

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This is my info from speccy

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Intel Core i5 4460 @ 3.20GHz 32 ?C
Haswell 22nm Technology

8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (8-8-8-24)

ASRock H87 Performance (CPUSocket) 33 ?C

BenQ GL2460 ([email protected])
1024MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 200 Series (Gigabyte) 27 ?C

465GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (SSD) 30 ?C
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (SATA) 30 ?C
1863GB Seagate Expansion Desk SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA)) 43 ?C
1863GB Western Digital WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 29 ?C

1397GB Seagate GoFlex Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ?C

Optical Drives

Realtek High Definition Audio

1397GB Seagate GoFlex Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ?C
This drive here... is the drive that never shows when I reboot or turn on pc.
If I unplug and plug back in after pc is on... its good to go...
Any ideas?

I had it on a usb3 usb card (where the other 2 drives are), and then swapped it, to the mobo usb3 port. But again, no difference.

I am at a loss, any help would be excellent, cheers.

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Any ideas will be gratefully received.


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I purchased an external SimpleTech SimpleDrive (250 MB) to use for imaging my hard drive. At the present time, this is all I'm going to be using it for. After imaging my drive, I will remove all the cables from it and put it in our safe--just in case we ever have to restore the image. Every day or so, I'll hook it back up and run a differential image. Then every month or so I can run another full image.

My question is, does it matter whether you keep your external drive on when you are not using it, or is it better to shut it off? I notice that it gets a little warm to the touch as it sits there. I also feel a vibration, which I am assuming is some kind of internal fan to keep it cool?

Thank you in advance for any of your ideas and opinions...

A:Should I turn off my external hard drive when I'm not using it?

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I thought I would try this forum as a last resort in trying to fix my external hard drive. I have all of my music, movies and college papers (5 years worth) on it and for some reason it won't turn on. My unit is a Maxtor:

Maxtor - Maxtor Peripherals PTE
Model: Maxtor One Touch III
Capacity: 320GB

It was working fine until the other day when I tried to turn it on and nothing happens. When I plug in the powersupply I get the green light, but when I turn on the unit nothing happens. When I turn off the unit (even though it doesn't turn on) I notice that the littel green light on the powersuplly flickers. I'm thinking it could be something with the powersupply, but I thought I'd check for anyone else's thoughts?

Maxtor customer support is the worst.. so i'm hoping someone here can help.

I thank you,

A:My external hard drive won't turn on.

How is it powered? There is not much internally as far as a "power supply" goes. That is external.

If you have a light, it has power. Has anything happened to it lately?

How old is it? Still warrantied?

Anything you don't have backed up is nothing you want to keep.

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I just recently bought a 2TB LaCie External Hard Drive. My Mum wanted to buy me a LaCie Network Space 2 one, but I thought that because it had too many functions in it, it may possibly break down quick. >.<

I used to have a 1TB one, but it randomly broke down too. I had it for about 3-4 years and it used to work just fine until one day - when it decided to not turn back on. It kept making a spinning noise, as if it's attempting to turn on but would turn back off and try again. Changing the power supply didn't help. I hope that the files are safe though. Gonna try giving it to a professional, hope that he'd be able to retrieve the files... Anybody else ever had this problem?

My question for now is; Is it bad to turn my LaCie on & off often? I only turn my external hard drive on when I need it, then turn it back off so that it doesn't get too hot. But is that a bad idea? If so, how often should I turn it off?

Thanking you.

A:Solved: Is it bad to turn on & off an External Hard Drive often?

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I could swear the tech told me to turn off my external hard drive ONLY while computer is ON, but it doesn't make sense to me...should it be off or on when I shut down my computer...



A:External Hard Drive-turn off while computer on or off?!

You want to make sure nothing is access the drive or writing to it
You should have an icon in the system tray - lower righthand side to eject (stop) the drive
I have done Both depending on what I wanted to do next - if I want to continue to use the laptop - i would make sure nothing is communicating with the drive and switch the drive off and unplug or if i finish for the day I just shutdown and then switch the harddrive off.

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About a week ago, my external hard drive just stopped turning on after I turned it off.. The power supply light (on the power supply box) changes from flickering to stable when the switch on the hard drive is switched on/off. The hard drive itself doesn't turn on at all (the light never comes on).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

A:External Hard Drive wont turn on, please help..


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I bought this external hard drive:

Em I suppose to leave it on all of the time ,even when my PC is off?
I do not think my external hard drive has a on/off switch, because I cannot find it. There is only a USB jack and a power jack.

Also if I had to transport my external hard drive, how do I safely shut it down and turn it off?

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Any advice is appreciated.

A:External Hard Drive won't turn off automatically

That's the way it works normally, I just shut them off. I'm wondering how you got the one to spin down, none of mine do that.

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I have been having this problem for about a year now, I usually turn my external HD off (built my own with a WD hard drive and antec external case)

It will not show up after turning it on unless i reboot windows, I have gone into device manager and searched for new hardware but rarely that ever works.

Any ideas how to solve this?


A:External hard drive not showing up when turned on?(reboot required)


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Help - Please!!!  My Desktop decided to install the Windows 10 updates to my Windows 7 environment -- oh the joys!  Nothing but trouble ever since.  I uninstalled 10 to take me back to 7.
Upon reboot all was fine for a day.  Then, black screen with a cursor.  What the heck?  I checked all the things I was told to check, I ran all the diagnostics.  I uninstalled, reinstalled, did a system restore back to before the update.
After spending 3+ hours letting my system go thru the recommended ePSA Preboot System Assessment (All Tests Passed) - Today I have a system that I can't get to boot up because it says I have:
Status:  Oxc000000f
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I'm not a computer geek.  I can't get thru to anyone at Dell.  I've been trying to resolve this for 4 days now. 
The only thing I can think that is happening is that the computer is trying to boot from an external hard drive that is in a "locked/password protected" mode on my system.  I have no idea how to bypass this.  I've tried unhooking the drive and rebooting and then it just goes back to black screen with a cursor.
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A:Can't Reboot Past External "Locked" Hard Drive

Hi DEAR64,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Please check if you can boot into safe mode <F8>.
Do you have the OEM Operating system DVD?
Please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id (Note: please don't mention the service tag or email id on the public forum as it contains your personal information).

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That's not an option, or I'll lose tons of months worth of data. The drive is pretty warm.. I'm letting it cool down to try again, but i cant see any reason why this drive could have been damaged just moving files to it.

Any ideas of other reasons why windows might erroneously fail to detect the drive properly and give me this error?

A:External hard drive suddenly "needs to be formatted" after a reboot

Hello mate, perhaps checking the HDD will tell you something.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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once again sorry for my english
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and so on.
It seems that the tv software sort files by the date the file has been written on disk; I was wondering if there's a program that can help me or another solution.
(tv firmware is updated I can't solve anything on the tv side I have to find a solution on pc/hd side)

A:Alphabetical order on external drive

It sounds like Windows Explorer is set to sort by date modified.

Open Windows Explorer > View menu > Sort By > and choose Name.

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In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Well, since Windows was already installed on the boot drive as C:, you can't simply add a new hard disk and have it be the boot drive.

It's simple to save your downloads there, but cookies will take some registry tweaking, and I personally wouldn't recommend you do that.

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Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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What to do?

A:External hard disk does not restart after reboot

Try running a chkdsk and see if that helps.
as in Part 8, ck both boxes.
Check Disk - chkdsk

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A:change hard drive boot order??

Quote: Originally Posted by msongs


I have win7 on the HD that boots up now. I also have another HD with the old vista set up. How can I change the bios so the vista HD will boot? tried a few things in bios but nothing changed. have sata system. the vista hd is listed as slave.

really what I want is to boot into the vista setup. I can get data files but want to see a program setting for access to internet (if that's possible), and that requires opening the program on vista, not the win7.


Hi and welcome.

You can use bcdedit to set up a dual boot. instruction here BCDEDIT - How to Use

Just leave both plugged in and set up the two OS's

Kenn J++

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Please tell me what could I do to fix it.

Excuses for my english hope you could help me.

Thanks for your attention,


A:How to turn off external hard disk

Does it have an external power supply as well? If it does it should have a switch to power it down. How are you telling it to shut down?

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Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Please do not post multiple threads on the same topic, continue here:

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my machine doesn't find this without a reboot: it's connected via a SATA cable.

WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB)

Hopefully all the info you'll need to try and help me is here..

dpaste: #662807

And ideas would be much appreciated,


A:Have to reboot to find external drive

It may be a drive letter assignment problem, as often happens with external drives.
Windows sometimes fails to assign a drive letter to it, but it's easy to assign one manually.

Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Find the ribbon at bottom right which represents the external drive. You'll see it has no drive letter. Right-click this ribbone and choose "Change Drive Letter & Paths"
Click "New".
Select a drive letter from the drop=down alphabet.
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Only started happening about a month ago, before that the files saved fine.
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A:Saving file to external USB requires hard reboot & corrupts every time

If it helps anyone who gets here via google:

It turned out the issue was strongly linked to the drive being exFAT. A USB stick I formatted to exFAT also had the same issues. My conclusion was that it was likely a bug in the latest Visual Studio. Have reformatted my drives to NTFS and all is well.

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I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
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Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
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Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
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Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Sorry if this is confusing

A:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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Hello, my computer had locked up not to long ago so I had to give it a hard reboot. However, now it doesn't seem to recognize my main hard drive. I have 2 sata hard drives plugged in and it only recognizes my other one. If i set the option for "Configure SATA as" to RAID in bios, it shows it in the boot list but then throws a BSOD with error code 0x0000007b. Also it seems the same BSOD error happens when I set it as AHCI. Both hard drives recognized but BSOD thrown.When it has "Configure SATA as" IDE it only shows the other hard drive. Any ideas?

My System is:

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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In my search I read in another forum one member who suggested, "With my Win7 installation, I went to the JMicron site and downloaded the appropriate driver installer package, executed it, and it found the controller and installed the drivers. The eSATA controller now shows up on Device Manager (as a JMicron JMB36X Controller under "Storage Controllers") and performs hotswap properly, automatically recognizing any eSATA disks that are plugged in or removed."

Well, I installed the JMicron file just like he said and now I see it in Device Manager, but I'm still no closer to figuring out how to shut down my external e-SATA drive. I'm curious how this controller performs hot-swap? I haven't been able to figure it out.

I also took the advice of someone else on another forum and used Disk Management to turn my external drive into a Dynamic Drive. I'm not sure if this was a good idea or not, because now the drive runs all the time and is very warm to the touch. Before I did this the drive didn't run constantly. Now I have no idea how to undo it. Unfortunately, this didn't enable me to make it unpluggable, either.

So my question is, how do I enable this external drive to appear in the taskbar so I can shut it down? I thought the JMicron thing would do it, but so far I haven't been able to figur... Read more

A:How to turn off external e-SATA drive?

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I have two external drives that I'd like to share. I have them mapped as an X: and Y: drive.

I go into advanced sharing settings > permissions, and add Full Control for the group "Everyone".

I hit apply and it looks fine and dandy.

When I reboot my machine the sharing settings are lost.

When the computer initially starts up Auto Play opens for both drives. Not sure if this has anything to do with it though.

Any ideas on how to get my sharing settings to stick for both externals?

A:External drive losing sharing settings on reboot

Have a look here.
Antivirus software may cause Event ID 2011

and if that doesn't help you can try manually altering the registry to be persistent through reboots.
Same problem, but solved after below registry value change - CNET Computer help Forums

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Setup a new RAID. Previously had 10 -80 gig drives, have upgraded to 300gig drives. Using Win2k server. Have about 18-300 gig drives setup in a software raid 5 configuration. 12 drives are in an external enclosures that are connected to USB2.

Here's the thing. Since some of the drives are external, the driver doesn't load for them until after windows reboots. On my last raid, I was able to just simply go into Disk Management, right click, and reactivate those disks, and everything was fine.

Now, with this RAID, (fresh OS, blank from data, I didn't migrate anything, I started fresh with new drives), everytime I reboot, I go into disk management, and reactivate the disk, and after it reactivates, it starts to regenerate. With an array this size, it takes about 3 solid days to regenerate. After it regenerates, everything is fine. All the data is still there, and it's perfectly usable, until I reboot again, and then I have wait another 3 days.

My question is this, how can I make it so I don't have to regenerate the entire array everytime the system is rebooted? The previous raid was setup exactly the same way as this one, except this one has larger drives and more of them.

Any and all help and advise is appreciated. Thank you very much.


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The comp want reboot never got disc tryed the f10 but still will not reboot gave the drive to comp tec they said its fried bought new drive sata 1ter 7200 and tryed to use my windows 2000pro to bring it up want come up do I have to buy a new windows xp disc can some one give me a hand i used the comp in my shop for doing graphics in airbrushing,to make templets i lost a lot of data from it the old drive still spins $ are short right now but want the comp backup does anyone have disc for the master reboot of hp hp says they dont have the drive that was in was same as new one except for space I live back in the sticks so town is aways away and a city is hrs away thanks again
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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

A:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space order problem

Hi first can you confirm which operating system this is as you list xp and have posted a thread in win vista and 7,I think you might need to redo your install

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During the first restart after downloading and initiating the install of the Win 10 Ann Update (1607) via Windows Update, I am getting the message "Scanning and Repairing drive (F: x% complete. This scan is very slow. I neglected to turn off or disconnect an external hard drive before initiating the restart. Since this scan of a 500GB drive is probably going to take several hours, if I just disconnect or turn off the external drive, will it just abort the scan and proceed with the restart, or will that mess everything up?

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I have a 750 GB Western Digital external Hard Drive, and it won't let me "cut" data (only copy & paste) from it because it say's I must turn off the "Write Protection" how do I turn off the write protection? Thanks for any help on this!

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !

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A:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!

A:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

A:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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Hi Guys !

I have an external USB drive. Each time I power it on before I startup the computer, the drive's partitions appear as "monitored" in system restore. If I switch the USB drive on when the computer is already on, system restore shows the external drive's partitions as "disconnected" (might not be the right term, my OS isn't in english).

I don't want system restore to monitor that drive, since it's a backup drive. But I don't want to have to power it on after the computer each time since it then takes some time before I can use the disk. Is it possible to set a value in the registry or whatever to deactivate system restore on external drives ?

I read this on microsoft support but found no clues about my problem in the different registry values :

A:How to permanently turn system restore off on my external drive ?

This may answer your question.

"Should I let System Restore monitor my external drive?"
as quoted by

It is a bad practice to let System Restore monitor an external drive. By design most external drives are monitored by System Restore. If any changes are made to the external drives files while it is not connected to the system, the next time it?s connected System Restore will find an inconsistency in the SR log and cause all existing restore points to become corrupt and require there deletion. The same can be true if the external drive is powered off while the system is running.

A possible work around is to assign a permanent drive letter (the higher in the alphabet the better) to the external drive via Disk Management. To access Disk Management, go to Start - Run and type diskmgmt.msc then press enter.

Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Do one of the following:

1. To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

2. To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

Reboot the system. Open System Restore and stop monitoring that drive. This should keep System Restore from monitoring that drive, but not always.

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I'm not sure if I should have put this in "Hardware" or not so...
I am, by far, a professional at this so hang in there with me if I confuse you. A few months ago my children broke the screen on my laptop and for a few weeks I was trying to use the External Monitor so it would show up on a monitor my sister gave me. Well I finally got that up and working however, now when I connect my external hard drive to the laptop, it will not show up on the desktop monitor. (The external hard drive is Western Digital).

This external monitor is a new thing for me, actually I knew you could do it but didn't try it as an option until my nephew - who is much younger than me - thought of it lol. Anyway, I have pictures and such on my external hard drive that were put onto the external by the very laptop I am using. I'm not totally sure of the montior I am using, all I can tell you at the moment is it's a Dell. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A135 S266; the laptop has Vista Home Basic (32 bit) and I believe the desktop monitor is running with Vista too but I'm not sure if that's important since it is only serving as a "view." Anyway, I would love some help with why the drive may not be working with this set up.


A:Help with External Monitor and External Hard Drive

This may seem like a silly question, have you tried the HD on another PC to see if the issue is with that?
Also, are you saying it's not showing up in 'My Computer', or are you not getting the option to open files?

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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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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).

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

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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Hi, I just bought a new hard drive for my computer and I have the wierdest problem ever. The computer will boot up just fine from the beginning, but if I try to restart from windows or if I install an update and need to restart the computer for it to finish, then when it tries to restart I get the infamous "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" error.

The hard drive is a Western Digital Caviar Blue 160 GB IDE/PATA. I am running Windows XP. I have an ASUS A7V600-X motherboard with a 2.0GHz processor and 1.5 Gigs of RAM. So far I have tried downloading all the windows updates, the latest hard drive driver, the latest driver update for my motherboard, running the Western Digital diagnostic program to make sure all the sectors are fine in the drive, changing the boot order, changing the position of the jumper on the hard drive, repairing windows, and reformatting over again. The only other thing i can think of is flashing the BIOS but I don't want to do this yet because I want to be sure that it will fix it!

It is the wierdest problem I've ever had with a computer because everything else works perfectly, but it just won't reboot via telling windows to do so! If I push the restart button or shut down and start up the computer it works just fine! Or if I enter the BIOS and exit then the computer will finish starting up just fine! It is a pain because when I'm installing many updates and need to restart then I get that error and can&#... Read more

A:New hard drive, will not REBOOT!

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Good day. Not long ago i've taken my harddrive out of my computer. Now when I place it back in, my computer won't reboot. I have winxp pro. Can you tell what's wrong and how to fix it? Thank you.

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I was wondering if anyone knows a good site that could give me step-by-step instructions on how to erase my hard drive and reboot it. I am new at most of this, so it will really need to be step-by-step in English.


A:Erase and reboot my hard drive

Hi mlg6271,

Before we can help you, we need to get a little information.
Which Operating system you plan on installing:
Type of Computer:
Hard drive size:
Ammount of RAM:

If this is a "Brand name" PC, it may come with a restore disk, so that might be the best place to start. Also, don't forget to save your important files before you reformat it.

Paul V

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I have 3 hard drives, A 500GB InternalA 250GB InternalA 500GB External (USB)On Hard-drive 1, I am running Windows 7. On 2 I am running the Windows 8 Dev Preview, and my external is a backup. I was switching from my Windows 7 to Windows 8 to do some software testing, but missed the bios, so I just held the power button and hard-reset'd the computer, went into W8, did what I needed to do (Even went into my W7 drive and grabbed a file). But when I restarted it went into Start-up Repair and checked for disk errors, it did that for about 4 hours, restarted and just locked up at the stage between the Windows Boot logo and the login screen, (Black screen with a cursor). I left it for another 5-6 hours and nothing happened, so I turned it off and went back into W8, now I cant gain access to my W7 drive, when I try exploring to it, I get a Access Denied warning, when I try to navigate to it using command prompt, I get a Access Denied message.The hard-drive is visible in Disk Management, and the Properties window is usable (Shows actual stats, unlike the properties in Windows Explorer that shows nothing)What can I do to unlock my drive? I don't need it to boot, just would like the have my latest files as opposed to the backup.

A:Hard-drive locked after reboot.

I would move this topic into the Windows 8 forum.

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I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Vista Home Premium 32bit. My computer has been shutting down without my doing anything. When I try to reboot, it says that it cannot detect my hard drive and my computer will not start up again. HELP!!!! Thanks

A:Will not reboot; says cannot detect hard drive

Hello arubalover,
Go in to the Bios and see if the HDD is being recognised there.
Take a look and post your results, good luck.

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I was wanting to know how I can reboot my toshiba computer that is a 32 version without the disk? It has crashed on me I can get into the HDD part on computer. But not any further on getting to the point of having my computer to reboot bac to factory. I need your help. Please and thank you.

A:reboot my computer from the hard drive

You'll need to describe the problem more clearly so people here can understand what you're asking. I gathered that you want to factory reset your laptop, but it isn't starting up? What happens when you press the power button?You've been helped by a 15 year old.

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Here is what I am trying to do: I have about 30 computers that i want to setup exactly the same. I want the users to be able to use the computers, but if they save anything to the C Drive, it does not get saved when the computer reboots. This way, it will prevent any potential problems with users install software, etc. However, there is a catch. I need to know where users have been surfing on the web. Does anyone know how to do this or know where to get information/software to do such a thing? Any and all information will help. Thanks in advance.

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hey guys a mates pc was and still is working ok but his slave ide hard drive went wrong some how? is was fine and the pc was shut down but when turning it back on it couldnt read the drive and says it now in raw format.....

how / why as this happened?
and can it be set back or repaired without loseing all the data?

any help would be great......

pc specs
msi / motherboard
nvidia 6600gt 128mb graphic card
amd 64 2.6 gh
450w psu

A:hard drive turn raw

Why has this happened? All drives fail. It is only a question of when your drive will fail. This is why we stress backups so much.

Next download and run the drive maker's utility for checking the drive. You download this from whomever made the disk; ie WD, Seagate, etc. Post back with the results of your diagnostic.

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I'm looking into purchasing a hard drive enclosure/external hard drive...

What's the difference? I have three spare hard drives here; two are clearly marked IDE; and another one that looks like it's probably IDE. But in the stores they have 2.5inch and 3.5inch. what's the difference?

I measured one of the drives, and the "front" side of it is like 4 inches...or is the 2.5/3.5 the diameter of the physical "disk" inside of the enclosure?

A:hard drive enclosure/external hard drive

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I am looking to buy a new hard drive to store data (mostly games and pictures). But I'm not sure which type of hard drive to buy. Could you please help I want to be able to transfer the data to my laptop also.

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My old lap top crashed so I took out the hard drive and put it in an external usb case. I would like to delete everything off of it from my old computer and have a clean hard drive but am not sure how to go about doing this. Is it ok to just simply delete everything? Or is there a process I need to go through? I have tried searching this on google and can't find much helpful information. Any help would be great thanks


A:Turning old hard drive into external hard drive

if you want to wipe everything then right click on the drive and format it. it may tell you to format it when you plug it in but if not then to wipe everything right click on the drive and format it. it should show under the hard drives list

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I have Windows XP. Last week my internal hard drive had a mechanical failure and had to be replaced. I have a Memorex (aka Imation?) external hard drive that I used to back up my files. The first back up I ever did was a full back up of all programs and files, and since then I have backed up incrementally.

Once my new hard drive was installed and operating system etc restored, I plugged in my external hard drive and tried to restore my files. I started with the folder from my first back up and clicked 'Quick Restore'. I followed the instructions and it appeared to be restoring my files, but at the end of the process there was no visible difference. I tried restarting my computer but again, no change to the hard drive content.

My external hard drive came with a brochure but it only talks about how to back up files, not how to restore them. What am I doing wrong?



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When i try to backup my files using windows 7 backup function i get an error message at the very end, usually an hour or more, that says the backup yo my external hard drive was unsuccessful because a file on the C drive could not be found? I've tried for the past 2 weeks and the same thing happens over and over again.

A:backup of hard drive to external hard drive

With a lot of external hard drives, they are unfortunately formatted as FAT32 for compatibility with other OS's and systems. FAT32 cannot handle a single file over 4GB

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.


A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."


A:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.

A:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?

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Recently bought a new Laptop, and went through all the setting up process, one of which was Windows 7 back up. At the time I just went for the partitioned drive option, but after a week, I've decided to buy an external Hard drive for my back ups instead.
My questions are:
1. Can I easily change the destination of the back up files?
2. Do I just delete everything on Drive D once I'm backing up to an external Hard Drive, or will Windows give me this option when I change to external Hard Drive?
3. The Back up is done on a schedule, so how do I get on when the date passes? Will it ask me to plug my external Hard Drive in the next time I boot up?
4. Finally, I'd like to back up our Desktop too, running on Vista. Can I just partition the external Hard Drive, and keep our laptop, and Desktop backed up on the same hard drive??

Cheers, Matthew

A:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


A:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I&#8217;ve seen this section called &#8216;On Chip Config&#8217; on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it&#8217;s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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xp cannot find it.......disk manager format and no drive letter help please.....thank you

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help trying to initialize an external hard drive on xp home ed


i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will 80 gig external hard drive was given to was rebuilt on a win 2000 home edition of win xp--reconginzes disk 1- in disk manager....however it is not formatted or able to be found, and does not have a drive letter assigend to it... i logged on as "administrator" safe mode, to see if i could get the drive path settings option to come up in disk manager ...i could not-------does any of this make any sense to anyone?.......that option still does not come up..under user or disk managment--so it is unformatted and has no drive letter......thus xp cannot find it......

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model ME051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1396 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 12/22/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.

STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

Allow your computer to complete the installation ... Read more

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I have heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.

A:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

A:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

A:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?

A:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.

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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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I had to buy a new hard drive because mine died after being very slow for a week, so my question is can you reboot from the recovery disk that the laptop told me to make after replacing the hard drive?

A:new hard drive can you reboot with recovery disk

After you purchase a new hard drive and replace the old drive with the new one... you must use your HP Recovery Media to return the computer to a factory like state. Next, insert disc #1 and boot up the compute. You may have to select "boot from optical" or similar to boot from the CD/DVD drive. After the computer is in recovery mode, please follow the prompts. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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I'm running windows 98 and ran my reboot disk on the hard drive. The instructions indicated that I would be walked thru the process and able to pick and choose what would be restored. Well, it didn't. So the entire hard drive was 'wiped out' and replaced with the data from the boot disk. I'm mainly interested in getting all the data back from the 'My documents' area and only some of the applications. I've seen products to buy to help with this, but I'm thinking I could run the commmands myself given some direction. Are there such commands or should I purchase a product. Any recommendation on the product?

Thx for your help.

A:Windows 98 reboot -restore hard drive

Boot with the bootdisk, then get into DOS mode/shell (a option somewhere in the program), try "dir" at the C:/ prompt. IF you can see the contents of the drive. Then you can get your doc's back with a few commands. Try that first.

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Hey, im a bit confused here, i just formatted about 2 days ago and it seems that every time i restart the computer from windows or otherwise it wont detect the hard drive (quantum fireball as 60) and it says insert boot cd then disk boot failure please insert boot disc. If i go into the bios and auto detect it finds it but it still wont boot when i exit (finds the hd but stalls). If i turn off the computer and on again everything works fine. Im pretty sure nothing on the hard drive is screwed because it was fine before the format, unless its some programs doing something like tweak xp i have no idea... motherboard is an epox 8rda+ with bios version 3716. Could it be something like that it is shutting down before it finishes with the cache? It almost seems like it forgets the bios setting after a boot.. i have no idea, though it seems like something easier than im looking for... btw running windows xp corp with sp2

Thanks for any help guys

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Running Win XP. PC is about 3 years old. For past few months on shut down, PC hangs and doesn't completely shut down.

Today on Reboot, got blank screen and hard drive clicking sound. I shut it down again, and rebooted in 10 minutes with success. Does hard drive clicking mean the near end of my machine?

What could be root cause of clicking?

A:On Reboot - hard drive clicking sound

Generally if I hear the hard drive clicking I back up everything; it's usually near the end for that drive. The rest of the computer is probably fine. You want to make sure it's the hard drive and not a fan.

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Hello. Recently I've been losing large amounts of hard drive space on my Asus laptop upon reboot. It is running Windows 7 Home 64bit. The hard drive is not partioned. It is the OEM hard drive and is about two years old.

For example last night I had about 21 GB free (out of total C: space of ~400 GB). This morning upon rebooting, I had a low memory warning and hard drive space had dropped to about 7MB! This has happened before -- I've moved files to an external drive freeing up several GB and again total space on C: drops to about 10MB after reboot. At the same time this has been occurring, I have also been receiving this error message at almost every boot:
Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occured with your paging file configuration when you started your computer. The total paging file size for all disk drives may be somewhat larger than the size you specified

Could these two things be related? I don't have access to the laptop currently, so unfortunately I won't be able to provide any screenshots or run diagnostics until later. I also plan to go through Brink's "Hard Disk Space -- How to Free Up and Recover" post. I am curious to hear whether anyone has come across this before. I am concerned that the hard drive may be failing. Thank you in advance.

A:Losing hard drive space after reboot

Check with WinDirStat what's eating your space. WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

If that does not show anything unsusual, run this command in elevated cmd:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

How big is the Assigned number ??

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I have 4 hard drives and one of them failed the other day when I was trying to play a video clip. When trying to play it with WMP9 it would freeze so then I had to go into ?task manager? and ?end the process?. I did this 2 times and then the 3rd time my computer shut down and went into a looped re-boot mode.
PC Boot would be good, the windows logo screen would come up, but then it would disappear and a blue error screen would come up for a split second. I have not been able to see what the specific error as the computer goes to re-boot but have seen it say ?windows has been halted to prevent damage from occurring to your computer? or something like that.
I was very worried in the beginning but after unplugging each HD, I have concluded which HD is the cause. So at least everything else works ok, whew!
One other thing to mention is that the failing HD is a Maxtor 160Gig SATA drive filled with only 250MB empty. I?m thinking this is a cause but not sure.
Does anyone know of something I could try to get this drive working again? I do need the information on it.
Thanks in advance

PS ? after this scare I did a major back-up of all other important info I could access.

A:Failed Hard Drive = Xp Reboot Loop, Help Please

The only thing I could think of that might conceivably work is to make a copy of UBCD and try to hook up the drive but boot with the UBCD. You might then be able to move files to another drive until you free up space on that drive. Since it's not booting the Windows operating system, it might work, but it seems a long shot. I have used UBCD with a thumb drive to move files that I wanted to keep.

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Specs: Windows XP Pro, SP3

I have a computer that will not load my OS. It appears to start loading with the bottom bar running, and then I get this error:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt -

This happened overnight, and prior to the problem, the machine was having no problems at all!

I have tried repeatedly to get into Recovery Console but I all I get is Access Denied errors at the prompt when I try to start making a temp directory.

I tried accessing it as a secondary drive through another machine. First, it gave me an inaccessible/corrupt error, then disappeared altogether from Explorer. Upon reboot, I ran the chkdsk utility. On the screen, it kept showing " -- record segment is unreadable, and then "deleting corrupt attribute record". After checkdisk completed, I removed the drive, put it back in the original box and now I have ran chkdsk three times with the /p and /r switches - each time it gets to 50% completed, and then shows this:
"the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems". Upon reboot, system again does not load and shows the same message I began with. I'm guessing that all of these errors are telling me that my hard drive is toast. Am I correct? Also, I would like to pull a couple of folders off, but that looks like it won't be possible. Anyone have any suggestions or concur in my "diagnosis"? (Yes, I'm a newb, and this... Read more

A:System won't reboot - hard drive errors

I think this is one of those hope you have your recovery disk type situations. I'm thinking this is a data corruption problem reinstalling may fix your problem, i however doubt it is the had drive or you wouldn't even make it to a error.

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hi guys. the external hard drive, here at work, cannot be detected by any of the computers. my thoughts are that the data was wiped clean. i've removed the hard drive from the case and installed it onto my computer as a slave drive. a) how can i view if these files still exist. and b) if they are missing, can you recommend a software recovery program?

A:Solved: external hard drive/slave drive recovery

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I purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

A:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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