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Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

Q: Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


A: Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?

My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page

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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.

One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.

The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.

So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?

Ive never seen ones like this before.

I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
Made: 26th May 1999

I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.

But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!

Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



A:scsi NT -- how to add IDE hard drive?


Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.

Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.

You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.

There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.

A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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A:SCSI Hard Drive

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A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


You can check couple of things.

You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).

If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.

Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.

Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.

Good Luck,


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You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.

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I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.

When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?

Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.

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EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4

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OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:

Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.

Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.

My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?

I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:SCSI hard drive question

I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.

For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.

It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.

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Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.

Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.


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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?

does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?

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it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
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A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?

Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?

If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.

Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers

Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that what you are using?

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Hello all,

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This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

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A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????

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i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

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-David Betournay

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Hello All,

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ill start with my computer specs:
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abit kn8 sli
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nvidia gs6800 ( normally 2 but just one now- you'll see)
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What are the differences between all of these?

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A:HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.

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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

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You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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A:NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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A:SCSI hard drive died - can i switch to ide or sata?

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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy

My problem...
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory

Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved

BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI

Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result

OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.

Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
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A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.

The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.

Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?


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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings

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Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.

Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
Cache: 8MB

I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?

This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-

They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.

You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.

Also go to
for a bit of background.

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I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.

All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.

and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
Like it says, it's not ready.

now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.

Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?

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I've got an old, parallel-interface hard drive (wide gray ribbon cable) from an old XP machine that I would like to have show up as another drive on my Win7 computer. The computer it's out of is very temperamental, otherwise I'd just try to network the two computers. What I am looking for is some sort of enclosure/power supply that would run the old drive, and then either with USB or network connection, let me see it with Windows Explorer. I don't need to run any of the programs resident on the drive, but just to pull off data files. Is this possible?

A:Solved: Access an old hard drive

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Okay so I have 2 hard drives first one is a 160GB WD and the 2nd one is a 120 GB Seagate the WD one has windows vista on it and the Seagate has windows XP. Today I tried to get some music from my windows xp hard drive but vista wont allow it. How can I copy my music to windows vista?

A:[SOLVED] Can't access XP hard drive

hi possibly unplug the xp drive boot then shut down replug and reboot and see if it is discovered and lets you do what you want

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Hi, after I formated and installed vista again, I can no longer access one of my hard drives.

"Access is denied"

When I go to the security tab in the properties for the hard drive it doesnt show me the usual auth users, system, admin etc in the username list. It only shows "S-1-5-21-" followed by loads of numbers. That however has full permissions to the hard drive.

If this helps, in Disk Management it shows as a healthy, active primary partion and the hard drive appears in my bios. I have no trouble accessing any of my other hard drives just this one. In PartionMagic the hard drive appears as the only drive to have a partion on it.

Any ideas on whats wrong? Oh, and I am logged in as a system admin.

Thanks, Lee

A:Solved: Cannot Access Hard Drive

Take Ownership.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

"Only drive with a partition" -- Your system cannot see the drive that you booted from or any others?

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Recently my 1TB hard drive failed. I use Clickfree as a backup software. I decided to buy a 2TB drive to replace the failed drive. I installed the new drive and used Clickfree to re-image the old drive on the new drive. I assumed that after that I would see the extre TB, but apparently the re-image does just that and I can only see the original 1TB. Is there a way to get the extra TB?

A:[SOLVED] How to access all of hard drive

Hi -

Is the additional 1 TB of space listed in Disk Management as "unallocated"? If so, you can format it and assign it a drive letter via Disk Management.

If unsure of what I am asking, please open Disk Management and take a screenshot pic and post.

Click on START | type diskmgmt.msc | maximize the screen | use Snipping Tool for screenshot

START | type snip | select Snipping Tool

Regards. . .



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System is an AMD Athlon 64 powered laptop running Windows XP Home with Service Pack 2. I have installed a Western Digital WD200BB 200 gig hard drive in an Evertech model THB3530 USB case.

The system detects the USB plug in, and installs the proper driver for the Hard drive and USB mass storage device. How ever, no Icon appears in the my computer for the hard drive and no access is allowed. Also no window pops up asking what you would like to do with the hard drive. I have tried jumpering the pins to slave or neutral. No luck.

Any Ideas?


A:Solved: No access to USB Hard drive

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I had some problems with my hard drive, downloaded the Maxtor diagnostics tools and was told it was toast. So I used the tools to do a low level format. Now my computer is reading the drive but I can't access it. In Disk Managemnt it is there but says "unallocated". Right clicking only shows properties (not format). Is it really toast or is there anything I can do?

A:Solved: Can't access Hard Drive

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I have a 40 GIG hard drive WITH WIN 2000 on it that i can't boot up to or access as a slave drive.... (it prompts me to format it hen i access it as a slave) the file system for some reason is RAW now and I have tried reloading the 4 floppies to make it bootable again to no avail. There is enough stuff on there to make it worth my time to try to access it and move it to another drive before I format it. I wouldn't let me load win 2000 over the top of it.........but is it possible if i tried loading a bootable Win XP disk that it might let me in?

Looking for answers............

A:[SOLVED] Can't access hard drive

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My computer has two hard drives, C:/ and E:/ around 220 GB each. I had XP installed on my C drive, and used the E drive as storage for my files. After installing windows 7 earlier, I can no longer access my Local Disk E. (I installed windows 7 on the C drive ofcourse, over my XP)

It says "E:/ is not accessible. Access is denied."

I'm not sure if the format before was NTFS, also there is something strange: on proprieties it shows as 0 bytes free space/used space, but when I tried to change permissions on the drive (Proprieties--->Security--->Advanced--->Owner--->Edit--->El) and check the replace owner on subcontainers and objects, I see the names of my folders which were on the E:/ drive on the window that pops up so the 0 bytes mentionned earlier doesn't make any sense.

Anyways, I tried using the command prompt, it didn't work either. Here is a screenshot for more details.

Any help would be really appreciated as i'm not very good with this kind of stuff and that drive had some really important files in it.

A:Solved: Cannot access hard drive

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My compaq desktop was working fine, until I attempted to install Samsung Sync Master 170N As soon as I downloaded the drivers for monitor, my screen went black.. Hooked up original monitor...same problem...I cannot access my hard drive...tried boot up disks...restore etc.....nothing....monitor does not even "flicker". When I turn on the computer it sounds like it is trying to "boot" runs for a minute or two and then shuts itself off... Any way of getting files off hard drive if this problem cannot be corrected??? Thanks...

A:[SOLVED] Cannot Access Hard Drive

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when I go to access my C drive an eror message pops up and says

"Windows cannot find "RECYCLER\'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click Start, and then click Search"

I've uploaded a print screen of the windo that pops up if that helps.

I don't know what to do can you help plz!?!?

A:[SOLVED] I can't Access my C drive (hard drive)

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How can I test disks that are 68 PIN SCSI?
I have a SCSI controller but it takes a different connector.
Can anyone shed some light?

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Just installed a new motherboard and fresh install of XP home. My previous OS was 98SE with the old mobo. None of the drives were changed except formatting the C drive for the new OS. Everything appears to run correctly now except I can't read or write to the D drive (which is the secondary 40 gig hard drive). I have tons of saved info on this drive and need to get to it very badly. I try to access the D drive with Windows Explorer and I get a window stating the disk in drive D is not formatted? How can I get to this info.???


A:Solved: Can't access secondary hard drive

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I had a 200 GB HD which became defective. I was able to fully back up all the data on an external USB drive. I bought a Western Digital WDC2500SB EIDE drive which is 250 GB. When I went to restore the data from the Toshiba USB drive I made a wrong selection and although all the data and OS was intact the drive only shows 189 GB total capacity in My Computer. I can back up onto the external USB drive. My question is "How can I format or whatever to utilize the full space on the WDC (250 GB)?"
I use the EaseUS backup freeware on the Toshiba USB drive.

A:Solved: How To Access 100% of Hard Drive Space

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I recently defragged my additional hard drive and now when I click on it I get a message saying it isn't formatted. Is there anything I can do to access the drive?

A:Solved: Can't access additional hard drive

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My compressed SATA hard drive is set up in an external drive bay.My system (win 7) will not detect the drive except by computer management. The drive is not a boot drive. I cannot get the hard drive to be detected except by using Computer Management. The drive is running.

A:Solved: Cannot Access Compressed Hard Drive

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Left click "My Computer"
Left click on any of Hard Drive C icon (HP Pavillion), Hard Drive D icon (HP Recovery) or Simple Drive (K) and the following occurs

Red X warning

"Windows cannot find 'RECYCLER/'

I have to right click each hard drive icon and left click "explore" to access the respective hard drive's contents

we recently had to rebuild the computer due to a nasty malware installation and this is the result...

any feedback much appreciated.\

A:Solved: Hard drive access problems

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Hello, I changed windows from xp to win7 and now when I try to enter to my external hard drive (which was working perfectly on win xp) I get an error "F:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." Win7 doesn't have access to that hard drive, it even can't run error-check. Any advice?

A:[SOLVED] Can't access external hard drive

Hello and welcome to TSF, wedegnar!

Are you the owner of the drive?

Right-click and select Properties. Select the Security tab. Click Advanced. Select the Owner tab.

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My gf got me this Seagate HD for Xmas and my brother got me this external enclosure for Xmas. So I installed the drive in the enclosure and hooked up the USB cable to the computer. When I did that, it made the same chiming noise it makes when I connect my flash drive, and the "Safely remove USB device" icon pops up in the system tray. The drive even shows up in the Device Manager both under "Disk Drives" and under USB as a mass storage device, and says that the device is working properly. But, the drive doesn't show up under My Computer, so I can't copy files to it, format the drive, etc. I looked for updated drivers for the enclosure, but all they have is a driver for Win98.

To make it even more confusing, there's a firmware update for the drive that u can see in the link above. But how can install it thru a USB connection? I do have a SATA connection on my mobo, but my internal drives are IDE and hooking up a SATA drive will cause all sorts of conflicts.

The other issue is that I'm not sure if the enclosure can handle a 1.5TB drive. The site says 800GB, the box that it came in says 1TB, and the manual says unlimited capacity.

So what should I do??

I forgot to mention that I tried it 2 different computers that are both running WinXP, and it did the same thing on both computers, and that I can feel/hear the drive spinning up when the turn the enclosure on/off.

A:Solved: Can't access new external hard drive

Assuming Windows XP: Start> Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management.

Right-click the drive and create a partition. Then format it. Do it all in Disk Management.

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Can this be done? I need to reinstall the OS on the hard drive, but I have to try and get some files off of it first or can I install new OS over the old one without a loss of my files?

A:Solved: Can /I boot from a CD and access my hard drive?

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Hi, i have a difficulty.

I made a mistake when installing fresh copy of win HP. I had a new HD and i've installed windows on it. But the old HD that was on my PC was found during the installation and the system found it like partition C:. I've made a mistake and made that partition unpartitioned space and than again i have made it partition. The disk is not yet formated but off course, i cant access the data that is on the disk. Can anyone tell me how can I save the data that is on my disk. Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Access unpartitioned Hard Drive

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I have a non-branded box running Windows XP Home Edition. After un-installing Netgear USB Adapter software and restarting the computer I received a BSOD with a Page_Fault_In_Nonpaged_Area. After this I was able to access Safe Mode w/o any problems.

No big deal. After I backed-up all of my information (it wasn't much) I inserted my XP Disc but it stated that no hard disks could be found. I started Windows XP setup while in Safe Mode. It eventually failed. Now I cannot access Safe Mode because each time I do I receive the following error. Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now.

Now each time I restart the computer I eventually receive the following notice Setup is being restarted.... which then fails and leads to the BSOD screen.

Ok, I realized I have a Promise MBFasttrack 133 Raid controller and downloaded the controller driver to a USB drive. Since the box has a floppy drive my hope was to access safe mode and copy that information to the floppy. But since I cannot access Safe Mode this is not possible.

Each time I boot from the XP disc and press F6 to install the needed driver it goes straight to the A: drive.

I have no problem re-installing the OS but how can I get to the point that the XP disc recognizes the hard drive? Many thanks for looking.

Solved: Placed the controller drivers onto a flash drive, booted the computer using UBCD. Copied the controller files onto the floppy drive. Pressed F6 while the XP disc was booting. Installed... Read more

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Hi Everyone!
I am having some issues with the new hard drive I put into my Dell Inspiron 560. I installed it and it seems to be doing great except for that fact that it will not use a wifi connection to access the internet. It only uses the Ethernet cable successfully. I have tried updating from Microsoft and Dell, but I am still having this issue. The sound doesn't seem to be working either. Anyone have any ideas or solutions for this? ( I did go to dell and entered my tag #, and downloaded what it said was needed...what am I doing wrong?)
Please and Thank you!

A:Solved: New Hard Drive Installation-No Wifi Access

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Hi guys,

I'm not exactly sure how to explain this so I'll try and give you as much information as possible.

I am currently running Win XP SP2 on my PC with 2 hard drives. Whilst doing all my usual diagnostics/maintenance I noticed that my second HD (which is a SATA btw) is showing up with unreadable files and errors whilst running a CHKDSK /F. The process seemed to stall, so I was forced to reboot.

However when I rebooted, I found that the SATA HD was not being recognized by XP. So I rebooted again and checked the BIOS. The SATA drive was still there. Again I let XP load and again it was not showing up. Since then the SATA drive shows up intermittently in the BIOS when I check it, but it never shows up in XP.

All I want to do is to somehow get access to this SATA drive so I can reformat it in an attempt to fix the problem (even just temporarily). If anyone has any suggestions I would be most grateul. I'm also happy to give you any further information you need (if I know!)

Much obliged.

A:Solved: Hard Drive showing in BIOS - but can't access in XP?

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So, the screen on my friend's laptop is dying and I took his hard drive out and put it in a USB 2.0 external enclosure. The hard drive has Windows XP installed on it.

When I connected the hard drive to another laptop he has that is running Windows Vista (Home Premium I think), Vista mounted the drive as read-only and I'm told I'm denied access to most of the files on the drive. By using the UAC, I can gain access to the files but I don't understand why I'm getting the security problems, in the first place.

I then connected the hard drive to another system, a desktop system running Windows XP Home Edition, and when I tried to access the files, I get "Access Denied" messages. So, there must be something on the hard drive in the USB enclosure that is causing the security problems.

When I connect the drive to my Linux system, I can access the files without any problems.

Any ideas on what the problem might be? I'm posting this issue here since the ultimate goal is to get read/write access to the hard drive in the USB enclosure on the laptop running Vista.



A:Solved: Help needed with access to hard drive via USB enclosure

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I have a computer here that slows to a crawl at random intervals while the hard drive spins for now apparent reason. There are several programs running, so it's difficult to track down the problem. It's got plenty of ram free, shows no CPU activity, and no network activity.

Is there a utility out there that can show what programs are accessing the hard drive in the same way that task manager can show how much of the CPU a particular program is using?

Windows XP Pro

A:[Solved] utility to watch hard drive access?

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I have a program that stores profile information as part of it's registry entry. It's for an old FTP program (FTP Explorer)
The Hard Drive is currently not bootable (dealinig with it) and I am in the process of recovering lost programs from the back ups and some that couldn't be backed up.

Note: The Hard Drive is not accessible in any mode Safe or otherwise - Stop error 0x00000024 - appears to be a hard drive failure. I have however been able to access the data through a data recovery program I have and I can see all files including Windows directory.
I may be able to revcover the drive but I may not. All relavent files have been copied to an external drive.
Recovery is not the issue here - I can and will deal with that later.

For this program specifically I have in the past exported the registry enty and saved it as my backup and then imported as required.
Unfortunately there are more entries (profiles) since the last backup.

So the question is... Can you recover registry enties from the hard drive?

Any thoughts, direction, suggestions appreciated.

(WinXP Pro SP3)

A:Solved: Can you access registry info from a Hard Drive

Not to be unreasonable but have you access to a HDD station ? They work rather well if the drive will spin although I have never went after Registry entries before.

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Guys, I messed up real bad. I have an external hard drive partitioned in 3 partitions. I use these partitions to backup my 3 computers to. For some unknown reason I started playing around trying to add an autorun.inf and an ico to the partitions. I was trying to change the icon of each partition. Long story short now when I plug in the external hard drive, Windows will not recognize the partitions. Windows does give an audible sound when I plug the hard drive in and keeps giving the sound over and over. How the heck can I access this drive to reformat it and start over? HELP!!!!

A:[SOLVED] I Screwed Up &amp; Now Cannot Access External Hard Drive

Hey Guys, Never mind the post. For some reason after 3 restarts the external hard drive was recognized and I was able to delete the faulty autorun and ico files. WHEW! I was really scared I had a 1 tb brick. Thanks

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I have a friend who has a hard drive that he can't access the data on. He says it's a SATA2 hard drive.

He has tried to re-format it (by overwriting, not using a new partition) but he gets an error saying that the data can't be accessed. Also it crashed during one of the attempts. He also tried deleting the partition to save his hard drive (the partition takes up the entire hard drive's capacity) but got the same result. If he attempts to run the already installed Windows 7 on the hard drive it gets past the 'starting windows' screen and then automatically restarts.

This problem started when windows was carrying out an update but the computer shut off before it could complete. Then it was all downhill from there...

Does anybody have any last effort ideas for saving the hard drive and possibly the files on it?

Since I'm speaking for my friend I might not have all of the details, so please let me know if you need any more and I'll try and find out.

A:Solved: Hard drive can't access data, may be corrupted

You need to find out the manufacturer of the drive and use their diagnostics to test the drive for errors.

Ultimate Boot CD is a bootable CD with all the manufacturer's diagnostics that you can use to test it:

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I use Task Manager and Procexp to monitor the processes running on my Vista and W7 machines.
But, sometimes I see my disk drive light blinking madly or even solid with access and can't figure out, from these tools, what is accessing the drive so much.
Is there a (free) utility that can do this?

A:Solved: looking for software to monitor hard drive access

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After installing a windows update I can't access my external hard drive. When I plug in the USB cord the laptop recognizes it and installs the drivers. However, when I go to My Computer all I see pertaining to the ExHDD is "Removable Disk (D: )" and "Removable Disk (E: )" instead of the old "Maxtor One Touch (_: )" like it did before. Clicking on both D: and E: results in "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (D/E: )". I've tried doing a system restore back to a week ago and then to 2 weeks before that with no luck. I've also uninstalled all the USB drivers in device manager, restarted, and plugged in the ExHDD again. After plugging it back in the drivers were reinstalled and it nothing else happened. The ExHDD doesn't make any abnormal sounds, it lights up properly too so I don't think it's damaged at all.

It's filled with data so I want to avoid having to erase any of it. Any suggestions on what I should do?
Running Vista on a HP laptop. The external hard drive is a Maxtor One Touch 4 500GB.

A:Solved: Unable to access external hard drive

Have you tried a system restore to see if you can get back to where you were?

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system info:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 350 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3892 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1722 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461829 MB, Free - 315150 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 08VFX1
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I have a LaCie Minimus external hard drive which shows up in the Device anager but not in Computer and I can no longer access it. To own up, I think I may have disconnected the USB cable when the hard drive was attached to another computer we were having trouble with, and it was still running. (Other computer fine now, thanks for help from another forum). The original error message I had was E: is not accessible. Parameter incorrect. I have run Checkdisk on it and some files have been corrected but still no joy. Is there anything else I can do to recover the files or is reformatting the only option? Fortunately we're reasonably sure the files are all available elsewhere.
If I have to reformat, is it sufficient just to respond to reformat request or will I have to anything further to enable me to use it again. Thanks for any help and advice you can offer.

A:Solved: Can't access my external hard drive, reformat?

Hi, Problem solved! I looked in your wiki and found a reference to HDD health at, downloaded the software and clicked on it in the list of programs. Immediately I had the 'upload your pictures to Dropbox' window, and, lo and behold, I could suddenly access the hard drive again. Coincidence or what? Many thanks to your website for help with solving two problems.
Incidentally the I found this YouTube video helpful for running the checkdisk sequences . I had already done this when I downloaded the HDD health.

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I have a Seagate NAS110 network storage drive. Sadly ,Seagate's Global Access interface doesn't work, which is also know among it's forum contributors

Is there a way to connect to it directly through the web?

The unit does have aan set up section-

Lan Modes- Static and DHCP
Services-Web Access
(Default: 80) Default
(Range: 8000 through 8999)

(Default: 443) Default
(Range: 8000 through 8999)

FTP Service EnableDisable

Enable Anonymous YesNo

(Default: 21) Default
(Range: 8000 through 8999)

SSL/TLS Connection EnableDisable
UPnP Port Forwarding for Web Access & FTP

Service EnableDisable

NFS Service EnableDisable

Also- Dynamic DNS
I'd need help to get to work if I can use this to go direct

Please let me know

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Can I access my hard drive directly from away from home?

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My laptop died a couple of weeks ago. A friend of mine tested the laptop hard-drive and apparently the disk is non-bootable (he's in IT so did the analysis with a devide to test the hard-drive directly) and corrupted. So I put the hard-drive in an enclosure kit and I'm using it to retrieve some of the files in the disk.

The problem is that I can't access the 'Documents and Settings' folders because I can't boot the disk and I guess i need to start the system with my profile password. Is there a way I can access the files in my profile folder?

System in the old hard drive: Win 7 64-bit
New laptop: Same

A:Solved: How can I access 'Documents and Settings' from a non-bootable hard-drive (ext

With a corrupted disc there's no way to predict what files will still be readable.

You will not be able to access 'Documents and Settings' if the drive contained only Vista or 7; in those OSes 'Documents and Settings' is a junction point (not a folder) whose purpose is to allow old programs to access folders/files that used to be there but in Vista and 7 are in C:\Users. Can you access <drive>:\Users?

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I connected my WD Passport External Hard Drive after quite some time to my laptop. When it was initially installing the driver, i interrupted the process. My bad!!

The computer recognized the hard drive but with an error. I downloaded the driver from the WD website. The device is recognised in Device Manager but does not appear in My Computer.

How do I gain access to my files??

TGS SysInfo result

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-60, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1790 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 36961 MB; D: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 40831 MB; E: Total - 50877 MB, Free - 49419 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 360A
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: External Hard Drive: Unable to access through My Computer

It could be as simple as getting your Windows7 up to date. You are missing SP1 and all post updates. After installing SP1 be sure to restart the computer if it did not do so. Then, using your Windows Update, complete all post updates.

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Hello i have recently bought a new hdd and installed windows vista on it. i have attached my old hdd to my computer, which still has windows xp installed on it.
My problem is, i cant access this old drive through vista, when ever i go to copy or even view any of the files it give me access is denied, or i do not have the correct permissions.
I am logged in as administrator.
Please help!

A:Solved: Access Denied - incorrect permissions to 2nd Hard Drive

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Hi... I have a Maxtor 500 G external hdrive attached to my Acer Aspire 5315 Laptop running Vista Home Basic.. I get an ACCESS DENIED message now when trying to access it . I used to be able to access it on the laptop. I recently restored my laptop back to factory settings tho have done the windows updates. I can access it in safe mode on the laptop just not normal windows mode? I can access the External drive from my PC running XP home. The usb ports are all fine on the laptop so it isn't that. I just don't know what else could be the problem :( Help please?

Thank you
Leanne aka Silver^Rose

A:[SOLVED] access denied to external hard drive on acer laptop

Hi. . .

Did you by any chance install the software that came with it?

I have found that most external drives of this type (I have one just like it) install backup sodtware that is incompatable with Vista. This woiuld be one reason why it works in SAFEMODE and on your XP system.

I simply do not install the software and just copy files over.

Either un-install that software or perform a system resore using a restore point prior to the install of the software.

Regards. . .


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I am wondering if I can access files on a SATA or IDE hard drive installed in a desktop computer with no other hard drive installed. Meaning, the drive I am trying to access isn't configured with drivers for the desktop's other hardware or motherboard. There is no other drive installed in the desktop. I was wanting to know if I could use a boot CD (Hiren's or Linux) to use as way to access files, pics, etc. and transfer it to a usb flash drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Can I access data from a SATA or IDE hard drive on a system it's not configur

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I recently purchased an Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive and was working fine when i first got it. Now, a week later i am unable to access the hard drive on multiple computers. It is detected as being plugged in and windows goes through the found new hardware when its plugged in but i cannot access it. Could someone possibly help me with this?

A:Solved: Help with Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive (unable to access)

See if it is visible in Disk Management and what it says about it.

How did you partition the drive? If you didn't, it should be done by you and not rely on the bad job done by manufacturers.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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I have a problem with Sony PMB software not recocnizing my DVD RW. Sony says its because my computer see's my drive as a scsi. It is a Sony DVD RW that is hooked up with a SATA cable to mobo. The box that the DVD RW drive came in shows it as a SATA. Do i need to do something in the BIOS to correct this. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] Dvd drive listed as scsi hooked up as sata.

Hi Odie, if you would be so kind as to mark this thread solved by clicking on the thread tools option at the top of this thread and selecting solved from the drop down menu. Then post this problem at the link below, our hardware techs will fix you right up. They are very adept at this sort of issue and will be happy to assist you. There are many sections to our forum so it is easy to get confused at where exactly to post a problem.

You haven't done anything wrong, it's just that I want you to get the proper help you need. Remember to mark this thread solved before posting over there so you don't have 2 threads open at once.

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Hope someone can help me.

Something happened to my hard drive, and it ran checkdisk, but I guess could not repair it, it says there is not enough space to repair it. There was about 12gb free on the drive, it was a 500gb drive.

The drive is NFTS.

It is not my boot drive, just one of my 500gb data drives, music actually.

When I ran FileScavenger on the drive all the files are there, and when I recovered some to another drive they were fine. There are 27000 files on it. I could transfer all the files off the drive, but that would be a lot of work, take a lot of time, and I would have to buy another drive to put them on.

So the data is there and intact, just for some reason it cannot be "seen".

I assume this is file structure table thing issue (pardon my technical jargon ) . MBR? FAT? not sure exactly.

Is there a way to rebuild it so that the data can be seen again? or do I have to do the transfer dance?

Thanks in advance.

A:Lost access to data on hard drive in Windows - how to get access back?

You will probably have to do the "transfer" dance, and reformat the drive. Chances are good that the drive is ok. The Master Boot Record (MBR) may be corrupted. There are utilities out there that can repair the MBR without destroying data

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

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A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?

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I have win xp,sevice pack 2 with 2 hard drive.

Recently my PC encountred a virus attack named ""
I scaned my PC with AVG and removed all virus,but after that I cannot access 2 partition(D-drive and E-drive) on 1st hard disk.
Everytime I click on both the partitions I get a error msg "The disk in drive D(name) is not formated Do you want to format it now?"
I cannot access through windows explorer and any of options shown on right click on the icon of D and E-drive(like "open" , "search" , "explore" & so on..)

If u have a solution please sen it to my e-mail ID: [email protected]

A:unable to access a partition drive of hard drive

The virus likely corrupted or deleted the partition information. I've used a few apps in the past with mixed results, you can give Partition Table Doctor a try.

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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?

A:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.

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Hello, I just got a new Dell Dimension E521 with Vista as the operating system. Vista Stinks! For most programs, including video and audio from XP Service Pack 2 Vista doesn't recognize drivers that were fine with XP Service Pack 2.
Even Sonic and Roxio, which are installed on the damn thing give these same problems.

My internet connection is also no better at all and was outright disabled with a message "something has caused Microsoft Internet to stop working" after I tried
to install basic version of Zone Alarm.
Then on reboot it says "unauthorized change made to your license, you must verify your software online". This message come up before the desktop appears and this screen is frozen whether you choose the "verify" or "cancel" option.

Couldn't shut down by any means either, including Control Alt Delete, it wouldn't bring up that window. Had to literally pull the plug and reboot into Safe Mode where I uninstalled Zone Alarm and a couple of other functions that worked perfectly in XP2.

Then I was able to re-boot normally, the message did not come up again.

I hate Vista. Not interested in any "fixes", not worth the trouble. The only fix for Vista is a sledgehammer to the drive!

My hope is this: can I get the hard drive removed and replace it with a clean hard drive that has XP sp2 on it, or am I stuck with this P.O.S. Operating System?

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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My hard drive crashed seemingly due to a trojan horse. Unfortunately I did not have a recent back up. So I hooked it up as a slave to another drive. I can access some of the data, but my most recent data is not accessable. I'm sure this is because of the password protection on a different profile.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition which does not have the administrator tools that professional does. Isn't there a way that I can get around the security and log in through DOS?

Do I need to use the old motherboard with the new drive in order to do this?

I know there has to be a way to do this and I am desperate to get my data off of the drive.

Please HELP!!!!!

A:Hard Drive Crash-Access from another drive

Background please: Did you try a repair install? No data loss with that.

Can you get hold of/make a Win98 startup disk?

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I have 2 scsi drives in my compaq evo w6000 pc c & d drive they are 18gb I want to replace c with a 73gb drive can i put in the d drive position & copy c drive to the new drive using norton clone & then put it in the c position & put the old d drive back in the d position will my pc boot without the old d drive when i put in the new drive in it's place so i can clone c drive to the new drive Thank You [email protected]

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